Spirit Water Blood

The Spirit, the Water and the Blood

The Spirit, the Water and the Blood
By Richard St.James
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5.       The Uncleanness in All of Us

Uncleanness, uncleanness, is everywhere.

 “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” [1 Thessalonians 4:7]

The United States of America began well as a nation. 

Observation: However, what begins well, often does not end well.

Let us summarize our beginnings as a nation.

The very first book to be printed in the United States was The New England Primer, 1688, and it was used in our public schools for nearly 200 years thereafter. 

John Quincy Adams was our sixth President, who as a boy studied in the New England Primer, referred to the "insoluble bond" between Christianity and our form of government.  The Supreme Court said we must “select and prefer” Christians for our elected rulers [or officials].

 President James Madison once said that we should “govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

Our forefathers believed that religion and morality could not be divorced from politics

The House Judiciary Committee Report (March 27, 1854) said of the adoption of the Constitution and its amendments that “the universal sentiment [of our founding fathers] was that Christianity should be encouraged.”

Two months later, the House Judiciary Committee Report said: “The great and conservative element in our system ... the thing that holds our system together is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and the divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”  

Our forefathers wanted to keep Christian principles in our government.

Blackstone's Commentaries on Law are Bible based and were used by our Supreme Court for guidance for over 150 years of our nation's history.

The branches of our government: The legislative, the executive and the judicial branches, have their roots in the Scripture.  [Isaiah 33:22].

In 1844, The Supreme Court, in Vidal vs. Girard, affirmed that our public schools will teach that Christianity is our nation's foundation.

In 1892, the Supreme Court decision in Church Of The Holy Trinity Vs. United States stated that “We are emphatically a Christian nation.”

From our nation’s birth right up to 1947, our Supreme Court had steadfastly maintained that the intent of our “founding fathers” was for our nation to preserve its Christian principles in order to perpetuate its existence as a nation. 

However, in 1947, the Supreme Court, in Everson v. Board of Education, totally pulled out of context Thomas Jefferson's reference to a “wall of separation between church and state” in his letter to the Danbury Baptist Association of January 1, 1802.   The letter was to express to the Danbury Baptist Association that there was nothing to fear with respect to the federal government establishing a national church (or a national denomination).   The 1947 decision, in essence, declared that we were no longer a Christian nation

Ever since then, the Supreme Court has over and over used this phrase “separation of church and state” for the purpose to remove Jesus Christ out of our government and out of our public schools.     

Note: Uncleanness was set to come into our nation through the public schools.

The Supreme Court, in Engel v. Vitale, decided to strike out against school prayer [June 25, 1962].    The goal simply was to get God out of our public schools.   This formed the great step in a progressive movement to uncleanness.

On June 17, 1963, in Abington v. Schempp and Murray v. Curlett, the Supreme Court outlawed Bible reading in the public schools [without regard to any historical or legal precedent].   In this decision, “Bible reading” was considered psychologically damaging.  This was another great step in a progressive movement to uncleanness.

With Dekalb v. DeSpain [1967] the decision was to not allow the “Ten Commandments” to be posted in the public schools of our land.  Children would not get to see “The Ten Commandments” posted on the wall of the school telling them not to lie, cheat or steal!   This achieved further uncleanness.

And if that was not enough, in 1980, with "Stone v. Graham", the Supreme Court decided that the word of God could not even be mentioned in a public school. 

Note: This end point was a long, long way from our clean beginnings as a nation.  

The United States has now arrived to the bottom of the pit in its moral decay to uncleanness.   As with all the other nations of the world, their end is upon them.  We will now peer into the future things that will soon to come to pass to all the nations of the earth in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. 

A flummoxing scene:

In the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, in chapter nine, we will see a vast supernatural army of two hundred million horsemen ascending out from a deep, deep pit in the earth.  As we consider this sight, we will begin to more completely visualize the import of this eerie scene.   

Now here is the question: What are we seeing?  We are seeing all the people of this earth that are living in that great day of judgment being hurt [or plagued] with the fire, and with the smoke, and with the brimstone, which fire, smoke and brimstone is being issued out from of the mouths of a horrid supernatural army of horsemen.

Further, this supernatural army of horsemen is revealed here as being like locusts.  

Now note: These locusts are not the natural locusts we see today.  Rather, these are transfigured locusts and are said to have faces as like the faces of men.  And one more thing to note; all these horsemen in this nightmarish scene have stingers which sting with horrible excruciating pain the men of this earth.

Yet the people would not repent.

Revelation 9:20: “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:”

According to the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ [in chapter eleven, verse three through six], the LORD will give power to two witnesses, which are clothed in sackcloth, to smite the earth with all plagues:

Revelation 11:6: “These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

And then again, in chapter fifteen, we have the wrath of God being dispensed by seven angels, which we see in verse one, and six, and eight:

“And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.” [Revelation 15:1]

“And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.” [Revelation 15:6]

“And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.” [Revelation 15:8]

There is coming to this earth in the near-future seven plagues: Revelation, chapter sixteen.  These plagues are:

1.       Verse two, sores upon men,

2.       Verse three, the sea became blood,

3.       Verse four, the rivers and fountains became blood,

4.       Verse eight, men are scorched with fire,

5.       Verse ten, the seat of the beast and his kingdom was filled with darkness,

6.       Verse twelve, the Euphrates River dries up,

7.       Verse seventeen, a great voice cries out: It is done!  

Revelation 16:9: “And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.”

God, then dispenses these plagues.

Revelation 16:21: “And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.”

Also, note: There is a plague of hail.

However, there is a way to escape these plagues.

Revelation 18:4: “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

The target for these plagues is “Babylon the great” and not the people of God.  “My people” is a reference to Israel as a nation.

Revelation 18:8: “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.”

Revelation 21:9: “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.”

The vials contain the plagues.

Revelation 22:18: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:”

The plagues of this BOOK will be upon you if you mess with this BOOK!

Plagues are from God. [See for this in Genesis 12:17, Exodus 9:14, 11:1].

Exodus 12:13: “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” 

A plague is a judgment of God. [Exodus 32:35].

Leprosy and scall are the result of the plague. [See Leviticus 14:3, 32, 34-37, 39-40, 43-44, 48.  This is the law for all manner of plague of leprosy, and scall, verse fifty-four.

The visitation of plagues is according to their sins and our sins. [Leviticus 26:21, Numbers 11:33, 14:37, 16:46-50, 25:8, 9, 18] 

The Levites were to do the service [or minister] to the people.

Numbers 8:19: “And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation, and to make an atonement for the children of Israel: that there be no plague among the children of Israel, when the children of Israel come nigh unto the sanctuary.”

To minister one must be sanctified.  To be sanctified is to be cleanClean, clean all over!

Here is a concluding statement concerning the Levitical priest from a sanctified tribe:

A sanctified tribe is the tribe that inoculates the rest of the tribes of Israel from the plague.

We will now consider some of the instances in the Bible where the word plague appears.  We will begin in the fourth book of Moses called Numbers, chapter twenty-six.

Numbers 26:1

“And it came to pass after the plague, that the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, saying,”

Comment: This is a reference to the plague, which had occurred in the previous chapter [chapter twenty-five].  This plague came upon the people from God in his anger because they had joined themselves unto Baalpeor

Verse nine: And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.”

The visitation of plague shows the presence of the judgment of God.

Numbers 31:16

“Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.”

Comment: This is a reference to the same plague, which had occurred in the book of Numbers, chapter twenty-five.

Deuteronomy 24:8

“Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that thou observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you: as I commanded them, so ye shall observe to do.”

Comment: Israel is being instructed here to be diligent in observing for any presence of the plague of leprosy, which plague is a sure sign of the presence of God’s judgment for sin in the congregation.

Verse nine: “Remember what the LORD thy God did unto Miriam by the way, after that ye were come forth out of Egypt.” 

Note: Miriam had the touch of the plague of leprosy. 

SIN was present!  The presence of sin brings judgment.

Deuteronomy 28:59

“Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.”

  Comment: This is the pattern: The visitation of plague shows the presence of the judgment of God.



“Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.”

Comment: Again: The visitation of plague shows the presence of the judgment of God. 

It seems that only through repetition we can learn this.  We are so slow to learn, and so very quick to forget.

Deuteronomy 29:22

“So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up after you, and the stranger that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses which the LORD hath laid upon it;”

Comment: It is the LORD that brings the plague, and the sicknessesHave you figured this all out yet?

Rule: The visitation of plague shows the presence of the judgment of God.

Joshua 22:17

“Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we are not cleansed until this day, although there was a plague in the congregation of the LORD,”

Comment: Again, this matter of Baalpeor, which caused the visitation of the plague, was very heavily on their minds and was remembered by the whole congregation of the LORD in Joshua’s day.

Rule: The visitation of plague shows the presence of the judgment of God.

Joshua 24:5

“I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out.”

Comment: it is God that plagued Egypt!

Rule: The visitation of plague shows the presence of the judgment of God. 

Here we go again!  How many times does this rule need to be repeated?

1 Samuel 4:8

“Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness.”

Comment: The Philistines [the heathen] have reasoned it correctly here concerning the plague that they were experiencing.  This was their conclusion: The God of the Ark of the Covenant was the same God, which they had heard about [in history] that resulted in the death of the entire Egyptian army.

Rule: The visitation of plague shows the presence of the judgment of God.  “Woe unto us!”

1 Samuel 6:4


“Then said they, What shall be the trespass offering which we shall return to him? They answered, Five golden emerods, and five golden mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines: for one plague was on you all, and on your lords.”

Comment: Here again is stated an inviolate rule: The visitation of plague shows the presence of the judgment of God.  Now, are you tired of hearing this?  Then, just let it sink in!


2 Samuel 24:21

“And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant? And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar unto the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people.”

Comment: This plague was of God! 

All plague is from God.  David knew this.

2 Samuel 24:25

“And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.”

Comment: God stayed the plagueThere is a way to entreat the LORD God.


We need to remember: The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.”  [Psalm 145:8]

Run to HIM!  Do not delay!

1 Kings 8:37

“If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be;”

Comment: Solomon knew WHO the Author of the plague is.  In the Scripture is the answer: GOD!

1 Kings 8:38

“What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:”

Comment: Ditto!  Prayer is the ANSWER!

1 Chronicles 21:17

“And David said unto God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, O LORD my God, be on me, and on my father's house; but not on thy people, that they should be plagued.”

Comment: David knew where to turn to in time of trouble.  It was the God of Israel!

1 Chronicles 21:22

“Then David said to Ornan, Grant me the place of this threshingfloor, that I may build an altar therein unto the LORD: thou shalt grant it me for the full price: that the plague may be stayed from the people.”

Comment: Again, the rule: The visitation of plague shows the presence of the judgment of God.  Have we learned this yet?

2 Chronicles 21:14

“Behold, with a great plague will the LORD smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:”

Comment: The LORD uses the plague to smite the people when they do wickedly.

Psalm 89:23

“And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.”

Comment: God will plague them. 

It will behoove us to remember what the Scripture saith in the epistle to the Romans, in chapter twelve, verse nineteen:

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

God will plague them!

Psalm 91:10

“There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”

Comment: God can in HIS mercy withhold the plague.

Psalm 106:29

“Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them.”

Comment: Israel provoked the LORD, and thus, they got the plague.  Sin when it is done with you drags you down to the Pit – to Hell.

Psalm 106:30

“Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed.”

Comment: This is the story concerning Phinehas, a priest of the LORD.  God stayed the plague because Phinehas was zealous for the LORD. 

One man can make a difference!

Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.”

[Numbers 25:11-13]

Just one man’s zealousness for the Lord can cause an outbreak of plague to be stayed.  The LORD sees who is for God.

Jeremiah 19:8

“And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of all the plagues thereof.”

Comment: Do you now know after all this repetition where plague comes from?

Jeremiah 49:17

“Also Edom shall be a desolation: every one that goeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof.”

Comment: The judgment of God brings plague to any nation.  The nations that have rejected Jesus Christ will surely get their just dessert.

Rule: The visitation of plague shows the presence of the judgment of God.  The judgment of God is for the sin of the people; for my sin, and for your sin.  We need to cry out: Unclean, unclean!  We all need to repent and turn to the God of mercy, even to Jesus Christ to be healed by the blood of the Lamb of God.

Jeremiah 50:13

“Because of the wrath of the LORD it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate: every one that goeth by Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at all her plagues.”

Comment: These plagues will come upon Babylon that great city in the Great Tribulation soon coming to this earth.

Revelation 17:18: “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”

Rule: The visitation of plague always shows the presence of the judgment of God. 

Zechariah 14:12

“And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.”

Comment: Now, imagine it, this is a horrible scene: A plague worse than the Black Plague of the Middle Ages consuming the very flesh, and even the eyes of men while they are still yet on their feet in an instant of time in the battle at Armageddon.  This prophecy is soon to be fulfilled.

Zechariah 14:15

“And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.”

Comment: This plague [verse twelve] even includes all these animals in that day of the wrath of God.

Zechariah 14:18

And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.”

Comment: So, even during the millennial Kingdom of Heaven, the LORD will plague any nation if they will not keep the feast of Tabernacles.

Mark 5:29

“And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.”

Comment: A plague can include all manner of maladies, diseases, sickness, or lingering disorders or indispositions to the human body.

Mark 5:34

And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” 

Comment: A plague can be stayedA person can be healed!

Luke 7:21

“And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.”

Comment: There is a cure for any plague that men will suffer with in this old sin-cursed world.  Coming to Jesus Christ is the solution in preventing the plague to one’s sliding into Hell.

Warning: The plague is for all who are the unclean.  What is the lesson that we can learn here? 

It is this!   We should all desire to be clean. 

But for this, we need a priest if we are to get clean!

Next - 6.  The Priest and the Scripture


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