Oil of God or Oil of the Devil
"And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first. And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house..." - (Gen.28:18,19,22).
This is the first oil found in the Bible, and God shows us the oil of God and the oil of the Devil. While Jacob slept on the stone pillow on the ground he dreamed of a ladder on the earth reaching to haven, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon it. When he awoke in the morning, he took his stone pillow and set it up for a pillar and poured oil upon it, and he said this is Bethel, meaning house of God.
Oil on the stone – rock oil - is what petroleum is. Petra meaning stone and olium meaning oil. Our wicked, godless world cares nothing about God's oil of the Holy Spirit from heaven, but cares only about the riches and the oil from below in hell. Petroleum is a liquid fuel drilled by man through rock down into the deep part of the earth - it's the Devil's oil. And rich U.S. uses more oil than any other nation and lusts after it. And now God has given U.S. an oil plague in the Gulf of Mexico because of our sins as He tries to turn us back to Christ and righteousness and to repent of our wickedness. God's Word shows us petroleum again in (Du.32:13) - "...and oil out of the flinty rock." Oil is called 'black gold,' and many want to strike it rich.
The true riches come from the oil of God that gives us eternal life and conquers death and hell. Jacob's stone with oil on top and called the house of God, points directly to Christ. Christ means "the anointed of God” and He is the precious cornerstone of the Church, the N.T. house of God. Each one of us that are saved by Christ and born again are also anointed by the Holy Spirit, and become a spiritual anointed stone in God's temple. We receive a spiritual anointing and become a part of Christ's spiritual Church not made with hands. "For of a truth against thy holy Child Jesus whom thou hast anointed..." - (Acts 4:27)."Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God" - (2 Cor.1:21). Yes, being saved by Christ the anointed one, and being anointed by the Holy Spirit is the greatest riches in God's universe.
The worldly crude oil of the Devil is first taken to a refinery where it is put into a furnace of fire, which is exactly what hell is called. And a lot of oil is used to fire up automobile engines and oil furnaces to heat buildings. Maybe the fire of hell will be fueled by oil.
God's physical oil in the Bible was taken from the olive tree, and used for anointing people, and was especially used for the lights in the house of God. The candlesticks were never to go out. And the anointing of the Holy Spirit in a born again Christian gives him light in the Word of God and truth. "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him" - (I Jn.2:27). Again - "But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things." - (I Jn.1:20).
God's two prophets, His two witnesses soon to come, are called two olive trees, and two candlesticks because of the great light they preach for God. Also Zechariah speaks of two olive trees and two candlesticks, two men who are called “the two anointed ones." "...what are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? ... what be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? Then said he, These are the two anointed ones that stand by the Lord of the whole earth" - (Zech.4:11-14). God gave the oil of the Devil to the Arab countries, but he gave the golden oil of God to Israel which is the true riches. The anointed, the Lord Jesus, is a Jew, not an Arab. Christ means “Anointed One," and salvation is of the Jews.
God's olive (O-live) tree is the cross of Christ who offers eternal life to all who will repent of their sins and believe in Christ in their hearts by faith and be born again and have eternal life. Christ is the oil of the Holy Spirit to all who are saved by Him - He is the anointed one. First Christ, the anointed one, and the first cornerstone of God's N.T. house, and next was Peter - (The second stone) - Petro-olium - amen. Spiritual stones in God's house, GGod's temple, saved from hell and the furnace of fire. "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" - (Mt.16:18). Peter means stone or rock.
In (Mt.25:1-15) we have Christ's parable of the ten virgins and their lamps, and He gives us warning concerning the need to be ready for the glorious coming of the Lord Jesus, the bridegroom, when He returns to claim His bride, the true church. But five were wise and five were foolish. The five wise virgins took oil for their lamps, and the five foolish took no oil. The ten virgins represent Christendom today. Among the untold millions of church members and religionists, there are the true born again believers And there are those who profess Christ, but do not possess Christ in their hearts. Five are real Christians and five are counterfeits. Lack of the oil of the Holy Spirit is the fatal flaw in the lamps of many professing Christians today. Then comes the 'midnight cry – ‘the bridegroom cometh,' and the five foolish virgins are caught short, and they don't go up in the rapture. Christ said to them - "I know you not." The foolish make-believe Christians said to the true Christians who have the oil of the Holy Spirit - "Give us of your oil," but they got none. You see, that's what they have always done, they got all their spiritual truth from the true Christians.
And now God is speaking to the world about oil with the great oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and is showing true Christians that the Lord Jesus is coming soon for His true bride at the rapture, and then comes the Great Tribulation - "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour where in the Son of man cometh." Are you ready? Do you have the oil of the Holy Spirit in you? Have you received the “light of this world”, the Lord Jesus, as your savior? Be saved and become a candlestick for Christ, preaching the gospel of salvation to a world in the darkness of their sins. "That ye may be blameless and harmless, the Sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world”- (Phil.2:15). Be wise, not foolish. Make sure you have the oil of the Holy Spirit in your body - in your vessel.
The Church has always been plagued with the tares among the wheat, and the unsaved foolish among the wise born again. So the religious world is made up of two groups: those who have the oil of the Holy Spirit and are born again, and those who have only the outward show of religion. It is not enough to have the outward baptism of water, and join a church made of wood and stone. You must have the baptism of the Holy Spirit that only Christ can give, and join the true spiritual church made of saved, sanctified people made of flesh and bone. It is not enough to have the outward forms of religion, you must have the one thing that makes the difference between eternal life or eternal death. You must be born again and indwelt by the oil of the Holy Spirit. You must be a living candlestick, giving the light of Christ out of your vessel of flesh to a dark world in sin.
In (Rom.11) we are told that the Jews who would not believe in Christ, the Anointed One, were branches broken off the olive tree, and the believing Gentiles were olive branches grafted into the Jewish olive tree. But at Christ's second coming on the Mt. of Olives, Israel will be grafted back into God's olive tree again. Christ, the Anointed One, ascended up from the Mt. of Olives when He left this earth, and He will land on the Mt. of Olives when He returns - (Acts 1:12 and Zech.14:4). The emblem of Israel is two olive branches on both sides of a candlestick.
We are now in the midnight hour of the church age. Soon the midnight cry and the rapture trumpet will be heard, and the true bride of Christ will be translated up to meet Christ the bridegroom for the great wedding in the heavens. Certainly the great cry being heard in our nation "Get rid of the oil plague in the Gulf of Mexico," is God zeroing in on the word 'oil' and especially the parable of the ten virgins. You must have the oil of God for the true riches of eternal life.
Repent of your sins and believe in Christ in your heart by faith, and receive forgiveness of sins, and be saved from hell and become a new born again creature in Christ having eternal life. You will be indwelt by the oil of the Holy Spirit, and immediately become a candlestick for Christ, witnessing of Christ to a lost and dark world. Think about the oil plague in the gulf and the oil from hell, and remember the words of Christ concerning the rich man in hell being tormented in the flames - "And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed..." - (Lk.16:26). No traffic moves betweenn heaven and hell. Nobody can bring water to cool the tongues of the tormented in hell and the most daring sinner in hell can't escape over this great gulf. The door of mercy is shut, the bridge is drawn. There is no coming out on parole or bail, no, not for one hour. O do not spurn the love and grace of God in His beloved Son on the cross or the wrath of God abides upon you. "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" - (Rom.6:23). Repent of your sins and be saved today and be a partaker of the Holy Spirit and spend eternity on the heaven side of the great gulf. Don't be engulfed in hell for eternity. Receive the golden oil of God which is the true riches, and beware of the black gold and the oil from the Devil.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
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