One of the most tragic persons in
God’s word for me is Jonathan. As David was a man after God’s heart
so Jonathan was of same spirit and heart.
David and Jonathan had the same spirit of stepping out in absolute
faith daring the impossible.
In 1.Samuel 14 we see daring Jonathan as he steps out trusting in
God alone conquering a whole Philistine outpost.
“Come, let's go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows.
Perhaps the LORD will act on our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD
from saving, whether by many or by few.” He was saying to his
And this man had the right spirit, too: “Do all that you have in
mind! Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul!”
It is so clear to see the Spirit of the Lord resting on both of them
as they stepped forward – two against twenty Philistines.
And the presence of the Lord walked before Jonathan felling the
Philistines before him without any fight. They fell before him and
the armor-bearer coming after Jonathan killed them with Jonathan’s
Later being with Israel’s army Jonathan watched David’s fight
against Goliath (1.Samuel 17) and we read in the first verse of the
And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul,
that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and
Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
Jonathan had a different spirit than his father Saul… and he
suffered under his father’s pessimism, indecision and inactivity.
Now seeing David his heart was leaping with joy. Finally someone I
can relate to… finally one, trusting God instead of sitting around
in depression disabled by God’s curse.
And Jonathan wasn’t selfish at all. His love for his “brother of
heart” was motivating him to express his love and adoration with the
utmost he was able to:
Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his
And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and
gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his
bow, and to his girdle. – 1.Sam. 18:3+4
He knew about the symbolism behind all he was doing there… and David
knew it, too! They knew that wearing Jonathan’s robe bearing his bow
and sword means that Jonathan passed over his right as heir of the
kingdom to David.
No one forced him to act this way… just his spirit and heart acted
in harmony with the will of God.
He undressed from his glory as throne-heir of the kingdom to let his
pure love flow to his beloved friend.
We read in God’s word love doesn’t seek its own and so it was with
Jonathan. Like Mary pouring costly spike-nard over Jesus to express
her love… so Jonathan’s heart was forcing him to do the utmost
possible… to bare himself from all he had to express his love as
much as possible.
He wasn’t suffering in doing so… it was the joy of his heart!
Later we read that Jonathan even risked his own life to save David
from Saul’s wrath… but he never left his father to join David. The
“bonds of the flesh” had been stronger than the “bonds of the spirit”
– with fatal consequences. (read Luke 14:26-27 + 33-35)
What a blessing both of them would have been for each other when
later David became King over Israel Jonathan being the second after
David (1.Sam 23:17+18)… but this never came to pass: Jonathan died
at his father’s side in the battle of Gilboa.
Our God is even behind choosing the right battle-places. When His
time had come he chose this place to end the reign of Saul… and to
forward David into the promises He gave him.
Here the meaning of Gilboa:
Gilboa = fountain of ebullition (Strong’s 1533)
Have you ever watched a geyser like Old Faithful in Yellowstone
National Park? Well, such a geyser is the perfect image of
expressing the meaning of Gilboa!
Definition of ebullition
1: a sudden violent outburst or display
2: the act, process, or state of boiling or bubbling up
Something has boiled for a long, long time… the pressure is rising
higher and higher… and suddenly a gushing fountain of steam and
boiling water blows up… Gilboa!
God’s promises for David laid there dormant for many years and we
see him fleeing from cave to cave deep into the deserts of Israel.
Yes, he even was forced to work for the enemies of his people just
to save his very life.
Gilboa was God’s place to bring judgment on the usurper… the one
once called and anointed but now clinging to might in frantic
attempt to secure a kingdom God already has taken from him.
God allowed this to happen. In this time of tribulation He worked on
David’s heart. Checked his motives and purged him - but most of all,
there in the desert He became intimately known to David.
There David had to face the end of his hopes and the end of his
promises… all he was waiting for just dried up shredded - was blown
away by a hot, relentless, non-ending desert-wind.
David learned that his end isn’t the end with God… and so got
fundamental knowledge about his Creator first hand.
All this time “Gilboa” was gaining steam… all this time God was
working towards the fulfillment of His divine plans… and the day
Gilboa blew away Saul - ushering David forward into his final
destination set by God.
Dear reader, I hardly have words to express my feelings whenever I
was reading about Jonathan and the battle of Gilboa. Always my heart
was crying out:
“No! No, not Jonathan!!! Why? Oh, why my God, this precious soul?
It’s right, with Saul… but Jonathan is destined to reign with David!
Why had he to die?”
I was feeling a deep inner pain… but God showed me a solemn warning
I have to bring to you today.
God showed me that loving the “right ones” won’t save us from His
judgment coming to the “wrong ones” if not standing on the right
side at this point of time!
Hanging around with “God’s pack”, supporting them and enjoying their
fellowship and counsel won’t save us from death if staying in a
system cursed by God.
For many years in my service I have watched believers having their
heart on the right place. Those believers clearly see the wrongs in
today’s Christendom and they instantaneously connect with the ones
following their Master in truth (God’s Davids today).
Often they’re even supporting their ministry with finances or other
help… but they never break with the harlot system of organized
churches we have today.
Their heart is right… and yes, sometimes they even gave their robes…
but when it comes to choices they rather prefer to “stay with Saul
in a palace… then joining David in the desert!”
Often this unwillingness to bear the consequences of being rejected
and despised is hid behind quite “pious” argumentation:
“You know, this is my place God has for me! If all would run from
this system who would remain there to be a light in darkness? God
has people He wants to save in the system, too… so I prefer to be a
light here… yeah, and there is even a good chance I can serve the
“Davids” out from this place…”
Well, Jonathan thought so too as we read in 1.Samuel 20. Jonathan
thought he might even be able to influence his father Saul in a
But let’s face the brutal facts:
Someone cursed by God you won’t have the slightest chance to
influence in any way other but the judgment destined by God!
It may take quite some time… but Gilboa will come!
In Revelation 18:4-5 we read God’s call to His people in the
harlot-system of organized Christendom:
Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins lest you
share in her plagues;
This is God’s cry:
for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her
Come out, my people! You aren’t made to share in the plagues I have
for the harlot.
Depart, depart, go out hence, touch no unclean thing; go out from
the midst of her,
purify yourselves, you who bear the vessels of the LORD.
Rather choose to stay with David in a desert cave – than having the
ease of life with Saul in a palace!
In Revelation 18 we read God’s judgments will come swiftly in one
day. He doesn’t want his people to share in those plagues.
I’m writing this message with the same aching heart as I felt with
Jonathan when reading his story.
I know so many compromising their heart for convenience sake. I’ve
heard too many times the excuses and arguments legitimizing
inactivity and indifference.
We might quench uncomfortable questions, right… but is this changing
the reality with God?
His eyes of fire seeing our hearts true motivation… what will you
I’m watching this for many years now but this morning the Lord told
me to send out this “Gilboa-Warning”:
The time to bring My word into completion I spoke to my Davids has
come. I will have a holy people representing Me alone in all they
The fountains of my wrath are boiling. The steam-pressure is rising
and rising. The wall of containment is cracking up… no one knows the
day the hour… but Gilboa will blow!
It isn’t meant for you “my dear Jonathan” but you’ve to make your
choices. I can’t save you when being in the wrong place fighting the
battles of “Saul!”
Will you be killed with “Saul” - or - will this be your start
reigning with “David”?
Where will you be found this day the “Battle of Gilboa” is dawning?
In His Service
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