Do You Care What You Wear?

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Does God care what you wear? Yes He does. Do you care what you wear is the question.

The Seven Last Plagues

Do you care about the seven last plagues? Do you care about being damaged during the seven last plagues? In the seven last plagues, there is a list that I believe if we have read this chapter, we are familiar with the list of events that are going to unfold in our history in this world.

The Sixth Plague

Revelation 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs [come] out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

This affects every person living on our planet. Notice that this work is done through the spirits of devils. This will become meaningful the fact that there were the spirit of devils that are going together for this battle. It says blessed is he that watches and keeps his garments. Does that suggest something to you? Does that tell you that someone wants your pants? Blessed is he that keeps them. Somebody wants you to have no clothes? Somebody wants you to be undressed. Do you understand that? Blessed is he that keepeth his garments. The person who can hang on to his clothes is a blessed man or woman. That is what our text is telling us and undoubtedly this is talking in a spiritual sense of the righteousness of Christ. Blessed is he that can keep the righteousness of Christ. But as we considered in our last sermon, Does God Care What You Wear, we saw that whenever it is definitely talking about that spiritual meaning, it is also symbolised and spiritualised in the physical.

Here are the judgments of God, the wrath of God is being poured into this world without mixture. Right in this list God is saying, I want you to keep your clothes on. What does the wrath of God have to do with having no clothes? When the Old Testament was written, there were three main empires ruling the world that covered a large portion of the Old Testament they were Egypt, Assyria and Babylon.

Isaiah 20:4 So shall the kings of Assyria lead away the Egyptian prisoners and the Ethiopian captives, young and old, naked and barefoot even with their buttocks uncovered to the shame of Egypt.

What is this telling us about? Egypt as an empire fell to what nation? To Assyria and as this nation came to overtake the Egyptian nation, the Bible tells us that it was equivalent to the Egyptians going naked, barefoot with their buttocks showing to their shame. That was the downfall of the Egyptian empire to the Assyrians. In Nahum 3 the next ruling power was Assyria. Jonah had been there 100 years before Nahum and they had repented but Nahum comes to Nineveh the capital city of Assyria and notice what the Bible says:

Nahum 3:5 Behold, I [am] against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will show the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame. 6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.

Egypt fell to Assyria and that was the uncovering of Egypt. Then Assyria fell to Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar’s father was the king of Babylon and he was the General of the Army. He came to Nineveh and destroyed that city thus Babylon destroyed Assyria. The Bible says that you will become naked and they will see your shame. Are we getting a big of picture of what God talks about when He talks about the judgments of the wrath of God upon a nation let alone the whole planet? What does the Bible have to say about Babylon?

These three large empires took most of the time in the Old Testament. In Isaiah 47, the first one was Egypt which was going to be uncovered. The second one was Assyria, which was going to be uncovered, and now we read of Babylon.

Isaiah 47:1 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: [there is] no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate. 2 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. 3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet [thee as] a man.

Can we see very clearly that the Bible is showing that the destruction, the wrath of God, the punishment of God upon nations has to do with their uncovering? Is that clear? Is that biblical? Yes it is. We see that this judgment has uncovered Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon and the uncovering of Babylon is a symbol of the uncovering of the world. You’ve noticed the attitude of Babylon and you can see the connections in the New Testament.

Isaiah 47:5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms. 5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms. 6 I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thou didst show them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke. 7 And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: [so] that thou didst not lay these [things] to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it. 8 Therefore hear now this, [thou that art] given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I [am], and none else beside me; I shall not sit [as] a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:

Are you are getting the mentality that Babylon has? This is the mentality revealed.

Isaiah 47:9 But these two [things] shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, [and] for the great abundance of thine enchantments. 14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: [there shall] not [be] a coal to warm at, [nor] fire to sit before it. 15 Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, [even] thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee.

It is talking about the merchants. What will they be to Babylon? They will be the devouring fire. A fire will consume them in one day. The merchants will burn Babylon with fire, and they will draw to his quarter, and no one will save Babylon. In Revelation 18 we find that the uncovering of Babylon as described in Isaiah 47 is prophetic to the destruction of our world in the seven last plagues.

Revelation 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 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.

This is talking about the same thing. This is a proper contextual connection between both verses.

Revelation 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

These merchants, these kings of the earth are going to do what to Babylon according to Isaiah 47? They were going to be to her as fire. Revelation 17 is given totally to the unveiling of the woman this harlot sitting upon the scarlet colored beast. This is the context. Notice the apparel she has on.

Revelation 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

The fact of her occupation being a harlot, you can imagine how she was dressed and you don’t have to imagine do you? It is quite evident how this woman was dressed with scarlet and purple. Notice what happens to this woman by these kings, the merchants that have engaged with her.

Revelation 17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

This is the description of God’s judgments. I want you to compare this. Egypt was uncovered, Assyria was uncovered, Babylon was uncovered, and prophetically it symbolizes the uncovering of the whole world did it not? Notice what the Bible has to say in regards to God’s people. In Isaiah 52 these nations are described as becoming naked and notice, what God’s message is to His people.

Isaiah 52:1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.

Can you see? When God wants to glorify His people, do they get undressed or do they get dressed? They get dressed. He says awake you that are sleeping. To the sleeping, the Lord is saying:

Isaiah 52:1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. 2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, [and] sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. 3 For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money. 4 For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.

Where are God’s people? They are in Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon? Isn’t that the call? Come out of her my people? These nations become undressed as God’s wrath comes upon them and so He says arise out of the dust, you have been captive in Egypt and Assyria, come and put your garments on because being clothed with garments is a symbol of avoiding the wrath of God. Do you see that? It is very clear from the Bible that God’s people are not to be engaged in Egyptian, Assyrian, or Babylonian customs of this world. Arise and sit down oh Jerusalem. I encourage you to study Isaiah 52. It is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. This chapter talks about the gospel and those who are in Zion will see eye to eye.

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of them that bring good tidings and publishes peace and brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation, that says unto Zion thy God reigneth. 8 Thy watchman shall lift up the voice. With the voice together shall sing for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion.

Verse 10 this is undoubtedly the Christian church Zion because it says how beautiful are those who publish good tidings. What are good tidings? It is the gospel and the gospel is all about clothing the naked. It is all about getting people out of the danger zone of God’s wrath. That is what the Gospel is all about.

Isaiah 52:10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

What happened to Christ when He purchased our salvation? Was He made bare? You bet He was and because of that, because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, what does it say?

Isaiah 52:11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean [thing]; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.

The call is about coming out of Babylon according to the context of Isaiah 52:4-7. It is about the destruction of Babylon the call is right at the beginning of the chapter; Awake, awake put on your beautiful garments, come out of her, don’t touch the unclean things for He has redeemed Jerusalem. Arise and sit down. On what is God offering His people to sit down; on His throne.

Revelation 12:1 there appeared a great wonder in heaven and there was a woman.

What was she clothed with?

Revelation 12:1 She was clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet.

The Bible clearly says what she was clothed in. This was a garment of light. The sun is the source of light for our planet and she was clothed with this light and the dragon made war with her. If you think about Babylon, how was she dressed? Like a whore, that’s how she was dressed because she was a whore. God’s people will dress differently. They were clothed with the light that God always intended they should be clothed with.

Revelation 12:17 the dragon was in wrath with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed.

That woman has a line of history, and the dragon was annoyed with the woman who is clothed with the sun and so he goes to make war with the remnant. Which part of the role of history is the remnant; the beginning or the end? The end.

Laodicea

Revelation 3:14 are God’s words to the remnant of Laodicea. History has been rolled out and you get to the end and the end has a name to it, it is called Laodicea. The dragon was wrath with the woman and went to make war with this clothed woman. She was clothed with the sun and the devil is angry:

Revelation 3:14 and unto the angel of the church of the latter saints write these things saith the Amen faithful and true witness the beginning of the creation of God.

Here is someone who is going to speak it, as it is, a true and faithful witness to the woman the devil is angry with. Satan makes war with the remnant of the woman’s seed. Notice her condition. Who is making war with her? The devil. I want that to be a main feature in your mind. The devil is making war with Laodicea. What is Laodicea’s condition?

Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Jesus is saying to his remnant people, you guys are naked. It sounds like Satan is winning the battle. You don’t know you are naked. People think nakedness is stark nakedness but is that really nakedness? If you study the Bible, indecent exposure is called nakedness. The churches today can be in danger of thinking we are dressed but it is inappropriate dressing and as far as God is concerned, we are naked, but we don’t know we are naked. It’s time to ponder, are we actually naked? The world doesn’t call us naked but Jesus does. Perhaps we are not dressing correctly. Do you care what you wear? Why not? Jesus said to the people of this last generation :

Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear;

Jesus is very clear. He’s saying to the people who will experience the seven last plagues keep your clothes on, don’t take them off. Don’t allow fashion to dictate things that make immodesty appear, as okay because then you won’t know you are naked, as far as God is concerned you are actually naked. He says listen I am counseling you buy from me white raiment that you can be clothed so that the shame of your nakedness does not appear.

Whose Business Is It To Undress People?

It is Satan’s business to do this. What is God’s business? To dress people. This is all about righteousness but it is symbolized in what you wear physically. Do you care what you wear? God cares what you wear but do you care what you wear? We want to look at whose business is it to undress people.

Jesus and His disciples have just crossed the Sea of Galilee and got off the boat.

Luke 8:27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and wore no clothes.

It is not the first thing the devil can get people to do but after a long time their clothes will be gone. Here was a man, he had devils, and he wore no clothes. Can you see a connection? The Bible shows wearing no clothes has to do with the devil. We can see that as Jesus ministered to him He didn’t shun him because he was naked. He ministered to him and we can see in verse 35 that Jesus ministry is all about clothing people.

Luke 8:27 Then they went out to see what was done and came to Jesus and found the man out of whom the devils were departed sitting at the feet of Jesus clothed and in his right mind and they were afraid.

What’s Jesus business? It’s to clothe people and to heal the brain and being in your right mind, you will be correctly dressed. As we sit at the feet of Jesus, we will find ourselves cured of our mental sicknesses as well as being dressed. Do you care what you wear or not? Do you care if you have demons or not? Do you care about being influenced by the devil or by Jesus? Do you care about that? If you do care about you will have to care what you are wearing.

Apostle Paul is healing people and performing miracles, which to some of the Jews was amazing. Some Jews were involved in spiritual activity and they wanted to do the same miracles. There were seven sons belonging to a certain Jew and they tried to have a go at doing some miracles. Notice what happened as they tried to copy Paul yet didn’t have the love of the Lord in their hearts.

Acts 19:14 And there were seven sons of [one] Sceva, a Jew, [and] chief of the priests, which did so.

They tried to call the demon out of this person.

Acts 19:13 …We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

Who is in the business of taking people’s clothes off ? They tried to cast out these demons from this man, they failed because they were not born again and they did not have the power from God. They were trying to use man’s method and the demons threw these men out. They were seven of them. The man with a demon physically damaged these seven men and took all their clothes off and they ran away naked. Whose business is it to undress people to make them conscious of their bodies?

Adam and Eve

Genesis 3 is the ultimate example. The demons do it, devils do it and no doubt Satan himself does it.

Genesis 3:5 it tells us this. Satan is talking to Eve who has been clothed with light as the garment according to Psalms 104 and as His bride is clothed with the sun – the garment that God uses, not physical garments but the garments of light.

Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Your eyes shall be open says Satan.

Genesis 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

Whose work was this? The devil’s work? Whose business is it to undress people? It is the devil’s business.

Satan, the instigator and prime mover in the ever-changing, never-satisfying decrees of fashion, is always busy devising something new that shall prove an injury to physical and moral health; and he triumphs that his devices succeed so well. Death laughs that the health-destroying folly and blind zeal of the worshipers at fashions shrine bring them so easily under his dominion. Happiness and the favor of God are laid upon her altar. {CG 432.3}

What is laid upon the altar of fashion? Happiness and the favor of God is laid there. Who is the instigator of the fashions of this world? The devil is. What’s his business? His business is to undress people.

Satan invented the fashions which leave the limbs exposed. {CG 427.1}

Who did that? The devil invented that. Is the un-cladding of the arms and the legs a form of undressing? Of course it is. Job tells us that Satan’s goal is to have you uncovered.

Job 26:6 Hell [is] naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

Do you want to go to hell? It is all about being naked – having no covering. Do you realize how expensive it was for God to provide spiritual covering for you and what He did in the physical covering of His people? I will read how much it cost, the price it cost God so you can be covered. Do you want to hear the cost? Do you know what it cost God so you could have clothes on? Because God – never be mistaken, cares what you wear. He cares so much that this is what He paid to have you covered. Do you care about this or not?

When Jesus came into the world, Satan’s power was turned against Him. From the time when He appeared as a babe in Bethlehem, the usurper worked to bring about His destruction. {DA 759.4}

Satan had a goal. He had a result that he wanted to happen to Christ. What was that? That Christ would die, eternally die – that is what he wanted. As soon as He was born, what happened? Wasn’t there a decree from Herod that all the children under two should be killed? Who was behind that? The devil – he wanted Christ dead. That was from His birth.

The usurper worked to bring about His destruction. In every possible way he sought to prevent Jesus from developing a perfect childhood, a faultless manhood, a holy ministry, and an unblemished sacrifice. {DA 759.4}

This was Satan’s work upon Christ. Satan thought he got Christ. When Christ was 33 years old, Satan got Him, as far as he thought. He got him to a death sentence to be crucified. This is how the devil desired his creator to be killed.

In the sufferings of Christ upon the cross prophecy was fulfilled. Centuries before the crucifixion, the Saviour had foretold the treatment He was to receive. He said, “Dogs have compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed Me: they pierced My hands and My feet. I may tell all My bones: they look and stare upon Me. They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My vesture.” Psalm 22:16-18. {DA 746.1}

What did the devil want to happen to Christ? He wanted Him killed nailed to the tree because it was written cursed is he that is hung on a tree. The devil wanted to curse Christ and part of the curse was nakedness. What happened to Christ’s garments? The soldiers cast lots for them. Christ was naked on the cross. The Bible says that He became sin for us who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. How expensive has it been for Christ to cover us with righteousness as well as cover us physically?

Let there be no mistake that in heaven you will have the garment that God originally had for mankind; a garment of light. Satan took God, pinned Him on a tree, and took His clothes off Him. That’s what the devil did to God. As the Father looked upon that, what do you think He thought?

Satan with his fierce temptations wrung the heart of Jesus. The Saviour could not see through the portals of the tomb. Hope did not present to Him His coming forth from the grave a conqueror, or tell Him of the Father’s acceptance of the sacrifice. He feared that sin was so offensive to God that Their separation was to be eternal. Christ felt the anguish which the sinner will feel when mercy shall no longer plead for the guilty race. It was the sense of sin, bringing the Father’s wrath upon Him as man’s substitute, that made the cup He drank so bitter, and broke the heart of the Son of God. {DA 753.2}

He understands what it is like to be a sinner during the seven last plagues. He understands what it is like to be naked and for people to see your shame. Do you think Christ enjoyed that? Not at all!

With amazement angels witnessed the Saviour’s despairing agony. The hosts of heaven veiled their faces from the fearful sight. Inanimate nature expressed sympathy with its insulted and dying Author. The sun refused to look upon the awful scene. Its full, bright rays were illuminating the earth at midday, when suddenly it seemed to be blotted out. Complete darkness, like a funeral pall, enveloped the cross. “There was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.” {DA 753.3}

Christ suffering in my stead is naked on the cross. The angels with agony for Christ couldn’t look. The sun withdrew its rays.

In the thick darkness, God veiled the last human agony of His Son. All who had seen Christ in His suffering had been convicted of His divinity. That face, once beheld by humanity, was never forgotten. As the face of Cain expressed his guilt as a murderer, so the face of Christ revealed innocence, serenity, benevolence,–the image of God. But His accusers would not give heed to the signet of heaven. Through long hours of agony Christ had been gazed upon by the jeering multitude. Now He was mercifully hidden by the mantle of God. {DA 754.1}

What does God think about that? His Son Jesus, the second person of the Godhead was dying naked people were laughing and jeering and scorning at that nakedness and at His suffering. Did God care? He veiled the last moments with darkness. The mantel of God covered Christ so no one could see Him.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith who by the joy that was set before Him endured the cross…

What does the Bible say next? “…endured the cross, despising the shame.” Are you picking that up? Christ despised the shame.

What shame is that? It was the shame of nakedness. Christ hated not having garments on, He hated it. He despised it but He did it so that we can be clothed. Do you care what you wear? Do you care at all what you wear? Look at the attitude – Christ despised the shame.

The Attitude of This World

Philippians 3:17 Brethren be ye followers together of me, mark them which walk so as ye have us for an example. For many walk of whom I have told you often and now tell you even weeping that they are enemies of the cross of Christ whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly and whose glory is in their shame.

In verse, 17 it says Brethren be ye followers together of us, be followers in the Christian path. That’s what the Bible says. This is Christianity. Then it says for many walk. What does that tell you? Walk is the word that depicts the Christian journey does it not? For many walk I tell you that are actually enemies of the cross of Christ. Why; because their glory is in their shame. In other words, they take pride in being undressed or at least immodestly dressed. When anyone presents the covering of nakedness as it is revealed in God’s word, or presents the fact that God wants us clothed and our limbs to be clothed, what do they say about that? What do you say about that? Do you say that we should be clothed with dress reform or not? What do you say? If you are of the mentality that it doesn’t matter what you wear, then be it known that you are an enemy of the cross of Christ.

The Cross of Christ

We understand the cross of Christ purchased our spiritual covering; but no less physically. If the lamb slain from the foundation of the world, was sacrificed so Adam and Eve could take off their sleeveless aprons, which exposed their limbs, and be clothed with coats of skin shows that the sacrifice of Christ includes the covering of nakedness as much as the development of Christian attitude. If we take glory in, and think that we can walk in today’s fashion parades, and wear fashionable attire and yet be called a Christian, then think again.

Notice what Paul says with weeping; I am telling you this. This is a huge thing. Do you care what you wear or not? The apostle cried over this matter because there were many Christians who were quite proud they could wear whatever they liked, thinking it doesn’t matter, it’s just their love for the Lord and they miss the point entirely.

If you can’t be faithful in that which is little do you think you can be faithful in that which is much? If you can’t respect the symbol of Christ righteousness, how do you think you will ever respect the actual righteousness of Christ? It has to do with destruction.

Whose business is it to undress people? It is the devil’s business and if we promote that business, whose servants are we? We are the devil’s servants. If we don’t promote the covering on a physical and a spiritual level, we are doing the devil a service and we are of the caliber that the apostle cried over saying avoid such people. It’s a serious matter.

The idolatry of dress is a moral disease. CG 432:4

What sort of disease? Moral disease, we are talking about morality. Do you think that you could ever fulfill the description of God’s people, which keeps the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus if you do not cover yourself? Do you think you keep the commandments of God? It says the idolatry of dress is a moral disease. It lies heavily in the fact that thou shall not commit adultery. The way women dress whether they know it or not, whether they mean it or not, can be a direct temptation to men if the dress is not appropriate.

David

Why did David sin with Bathsheba? The king saw her unclothed. Whose fault was it? You say it’s the man’s fault he needs to control him self. It’s actually both. The woman should have been clothed and only seen by her husband Uriah the Hittite. Out of the marital circumstance, no one should see your nakedness. The Bible clearly says the uncovering of our legs is equated with nakedness in Isaiah 47.

Was Christ tempted in all points like we are yet without sin? Did He sin? No. Was He tempted in all points like we are? Is temptation sin? No. He was tempted, he didn’t sin, but He was tempted. What would you think if you were the source of His temptation? What would you think if you were the person who was tempting Christ to sin? Think about this, if you do it to the least of these my brethren, you’ve done it to me. If you tempt the least of the brethren, the weakest brother or person, if we tempt them by the way we dress, we are tempting Christ. How can that be? The fact that He was tempted is proof that Christ was tempted because the Bible says He was tempted in all points like we are. If you are being tempted in a certain circumstance, then Christ met it. Would you like to be the source of temptation for Jesus Christ? I wouldn’t. Do you care what you wear or no?

Idolatry

In Exodus 32, idolatry and nakedness go hand in hand. Thou shalt not commit adultery is underpinned by dressing, that’s a commandment of God. Thou shall have no other gods before me is a commandment of God. Dress has to do with idolatry.

Exodus 32:25 And when Moses saw that the people were naked for Aaron had made them naked unto the shame among the enemy.

What has happened? The golden calf was an idol. The gold was brought, the calf was made, and they were dancing around the calf. The Bible says they were naked. I really want you to understand that when the Bible says naked, it doesn’t mean stark naked. If you study the case of David in Chronicles when he we was dressed in his linen ephod, the Bible calls that naked. When Peter had his outer coat off and was in his underwear the Bible says Peter was naked, but when Christ came, He put His coat on. When we are in the presence of Christ like Peter, we need to be properly covered. But the idea of nakedness in our generation means stark nudity with nothing on, but that is not biblical. Dancing and being naked can mean having inappropriate clothing on.

Exodus 32:25 the people were naked. 26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who [is] on the LORD’S side? [let him come] unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. 27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, [and] go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour. 28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

This typology is connected with the Angel who had the writer’s inkhorn by his side clothed in linen garment. The Levites were known by the way they dressed. There was the class of naked people dancing around the golden calf and Moses said, who is on the Lord’s side? In other words, if you are not properly clothed, then you are involved in idolatry. Moses and Christ are calling who is on the Lord’s side and those who want to be Levites can be on the Lord’s side and be known by what they wear. ,What happened to the rest? Those that weren’t marked were slain. Young and old, women and children it didn’t matter. This is the seriousness of the seven last plagues. Jesus says of the seven last plagues, blessed is he who keeps his clothing. Blessed is he that watches and keepeth his garments lest he work naked and they see his shame.

Adultery

Adultery is underpinned by the way we dress. It is a moral issue. Idolatry is underpinned by the way we dress. Can someone remind me what the tenth commandment is? Thou shall not covet. Do you think that is underpinned by the way we dress?

Judges 7:1 but the children committed a trespass in the accursed thing.

What thing was it? It was an accursed thing. There is a certain accursed thing that kindles what? Achan took the accursed thing and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel. The seven last plagues has to do with the wrath of God. Can it be that we can actually be damaged in the seven last plagues by hanging on to some accursed thing? What are they?

Judges 7:2 For Achan took of the accursed thing and the anger of the Lord was kindled against the children of Israel. 20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: 21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they [are] hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.

What did Achan do? He coveted gold, which is very easy to covet. What else did he covet? He coverted the Babylonish garments. When it talks about the accursed thing, is money the root of all evil? No, the love of money is the root of all evil. Is holding gold a major problem? Covetousness is the problem, the gold is not the problem it’s covetousness. That is the problem. What was the accursed thing then? Was there anything good about the Babylonish garment? The fashion of the Babylonish garments was sleeveless, knee-length garments and God said that He had the accursed thing. Do we covet sleeveless, knee-length dressing? Do we covet them?

The deadly sin that led to Achan’s ruin had its root in covetousness, of all sins one of the most common and the most lightly regarded. While other offenses meet with detection and punishment, how rarely does the violation of the tenth commandment so much as call forth censure. The enormity of this sin, and its terrible results, are the lessons of Achan’s history. {PP 496.2}

What happened to Achan? He died. Covetousness is an easy thing to do, it’s not hard. You can say, oh I like that garment I want to wear it, my friends will be affect, people will look at me and we covet it and put it on. Covetousness is a sin practiced within the church and it is hinged directly on dress among other things. Can you see that dress crosses so many commandments of God? It’s a moral issue. Jeremiah tells us the mentality of God’s professed people.

Jeremiah 6:2 I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate [woman].

The context is talking about the church, those who profess to be God’s people. What does the Bible say?

Jeremiah 6:13 For from the least of them even to the greatest of them everyone is given to covetousness.

How is this manifested?

Jeremiah 6:14 and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. For they have healed also the hurt [of the daughter] of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when [there is] no peace.

Don’t think for one minute that you will survive the last events of this world’s history if you do not take seriously the offer of God’s righteousness in dress for your spirituality as well as your physical body. Just to say peace peace, it is all good, and you’ll be right is a lie. It’s to negate the words of the Bible. Christ is saying I counsel you to buy some clothes so through the time of trouble no one will be able to see your shame.

Jeremiah 6:15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abominations?

What is the context? Shame. What is shame always connected with? Nakedness. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed and neither could they blush. When do you blush? When you are embarrassed i.e. maybe you sat the wrong way and your skirt lifted up and some people saw some things indecent but as far as God is concerned even uncovered legs we should blush at. The Bible says, were they ashamed when they committed abomination? When you put on a Babylonish garment, which is an accursed thing, do people blush? No, the Bible says neither could they blush. Even if you try, you can’t even fake it because sensitive morals have been numbed by sin. Sin is numb because our senses are numb:

Jeremiah 6:15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time [that] I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.

They will fall when others fall. There is no difference. They can have a high spiritual profession, you can have a high spiritual profession but unless you connect that profession with your attitude and the way you adorn yourself, which reflects your attitude, we will all fall. We can’t blush because society does not blush. We have become so numb. Notice what the Bible says to those that have become desensitized with this world’s fashions:

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the Lord, stand ye in the ways and see and ask for the old paths where is the good way and walk ye in it and you shall find rest for your souls.

We can’t blush at the abominations. The Bible is saying get back to the old ways, consider the old paths, and walk there in. Consider what was indecent 150 years ago and what people blushed at then. Think about that, think about what happened 6,000 years ago when Adam and Eve had their aprons on and were ashamed although they still had their aprons on. Look to the old ways and see, but what’s the mentality?

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where [is] the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk [therein].

But those that will fall said, we will not walk there in. We are not going to do this, this is a lot of rubbish, and we are not going to listen to such teachings. That is the attitude inside Zion, those who profess to be God’s people. Do you care what you wear?

Armageddon

Fashion has everything to do with the battle of Armageddon.

Isaiah 3:16 Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing [as] they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab

It’s going to be sores. Are there sores in the seven last plagues? What sort of attitude underlies people who hear this message and think I just don’t care what I wear? What attitude is underlying in that statement? Haughtiness and because of this attitude which is displayed in the dress, the Lord will smite them.

Isaiah 3:25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.

What is the war? Armageddon. Thy mighty men shall fall by the sword and thy mighty men in the war. Has the war at the end got to do with the way we dress? It does because in that day there’s going to be this attitude.

Isaiah 4:1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel:

We don’t care what we wear, we don’t care that God cares what we wear. That’s the attitude. The question is do you have that attitude? If we do we have something to fear. Attitude and dress couple together, it is not just about dressing, my dressing is going to be war proof, I will avoid the seven last plagues, the sun will get seven times hotter and I will have really good clothing that will save me from it all, no. God saves us but our attitude is displayed in the way we dress. Our appreciation of the cost of Calvary in purchasing our spiritual and physical clothing is appreciated by the way we dress.

The prophecy of Isaiah 3 was presented before me as applying to these last days, and the reproofs are given to the daughters of Zion who have thought only of appearance and display. Read verse 25: “Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.” I was shown that this scripture will be strictly fulfilled. Young men and women professing to be Christians, yet having no Christian experience, and having borne no burdens and felt no individual responsibility, are to be proved. They will be brought low in the dust and will long for an experience in the things of God, which they have failed to obtain. War lifts his helmet to his brow; O God, protect Thy people now. {1T 270.1}

This is the message. Arise, awake, put on thy beautiful garments, shake thyself from the dust. But those that will fail now will be brought low into the dust. War lifts the helmet to his brow. What does the action of tilting your helmet up do? What does it say? What is the attitude behind tilting your helmet up to your brow? Remember Goliath? David, a little shepherd boy comes with some stones and a sling and what did this huge mighty Goliath with his armor and spears do before David? He tilted his helmet. He was destroyed because that is the attitude of pride. Pride is the big issue. Our attitude is the big issue, which is displayed in the way we dress.

1 Peter 3 tells us that we shouldn’t be dressed with outward plaiting of the hair and of wearing apparel and all these beautiful things but we should have on humility and meekness which in the sight of God is of great price. When you find something that is of great price, what do you do? You take it home. As you walk along you may kick all those pebbles but what if one was a gold nugget, what would you do? Oh you would take that one home. The attitude of humility is what God wants to take home. What attitude; humility. Is that showing in the way you dress? Humility shows in the way we dress.

If You Want To Survive

See this scripture in context;

Zephaniah 2:1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;

They are obviously not accepted by the fashion industry.

Zephaniah 2:1 Before the decree bring forth, [before]

What decree? The death decree, the close of probation, before they bring fort:

Zephaniah 2:2[before] the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you,

It is just talking about a time just before the last seven plagues begin. We need to listen.,

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.

We don’t have much time left. Seek meekness and you might survive. It may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger. Meekness is a garment that clothes our attitude it will be displayed outwardly. Meekness, do you care what you wear? Do you care if you are meek?

Meekness in the school of Christ is one of the marked fruits of the Spirit. It is a grace wrought by the Holy Spirit as a sanctifier, {RH, January 18, 1881 par. 20}

If you are sanctified, will you become meek? Will it be shown by how and what you wear? If we are sanctified, if we have the Holy Spirit will we be naked? Will we be inappropriately clothed? Will we have our legs and our arms showing if we have the Holy Spirit? No. But if we have the spirit of Satan, yes because it is his business to undress of people.

It is a grace wrought by the Holy Spirit as a sanctifier, and enables its possessor at all times to control a rash and impetuous temper. When the grace of meekness is cherished by those who are naturally sour or hasty in disposition, they will put forth the most earnest efforts to subdue their unhappy temper. Every day they will gain self-control, until that which is unlovely and unlike Jesus is conquered. They become assimilated to the Divine Pattern, until they can obey the inspired injunction, “Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” {RH, January 18, 1881 par. 20}

Meekness is the inward adorning, which God estimates as of great price. The apostle speaks of this as more excellent and valuable than gold, or pearls, or costly array. While the outward adorning beautifies only the mortal body, the ornament of meekness adorns the soul, and connects finite man with the infinite God. This is the ornament of God’s own choice. {RH, January 18, 1881 par. 22}

Does God care what you wear? Then if God cares what you wear, do you care what you wear? Would you wear what God would like you to wear? Meekness is the ornament of God’s own choice. God chose it God likes that one. I know many women like to please their husbands in the way they dress, only if husbands will be sanctified in what they want their wives to wear it will be a good thing. If we want to please Christ, we will wear what He chooses, if we care what we wear.

He who garnished the heavens with the orbs of light, has by the same Spirit promised that he will “beautify the meek with salvation.” Angels of Heaven will register as best adorned, those who put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and walk with him in meekness and lowliness of mind. {RH, January 18, 1881 par. 22}

If you want to be, the best dressed, if you want to please the King with what you put on, put on meekness internally and externally. If we do that and put on the Lord Jesus Christ, then we will be hid in the day of His fierce anger during the seven last plagues. It is my prayer that we can take it seriously and that we can care what we wear. I hope you do.

Amen.


Posted on May 21, 2012, in Divine Service Sermons, Dress Reform, Sermons For Sabbath. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. jacquelinellen

    this is an excellent presentation my prayer is that people will watch and understand how important this message is.

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