Numbers 5: 11 - 14: And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man's wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him, And a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and there be no witness against her, neither she be taken with the manner; And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled:
The spirit of jealousy enters when an agreed upon covenant has been corrupted and secret unfaithfulness is suspected (Exodus 34: 14: For thou shalt worship no other god viz: “do not commit adultery with another god (man)”: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:). When a man was suspicious of his wife but could not produce witnesses as required by the Law (Numbers 35: 30 & Deuteronomy 19: 15) or other evidence of her guilt, then a trial of jealousy was held. If the woman had been caught in the act of adultery (taken with the manner; Numbers 5: 13), then the penalty was death (Leviticus 20: 10).
If a man was jealous of his wife, then he warned her before two or three witnesses, “Speak not with so and so…” This was a shadow of Christ and His Church during the Gentile dispensation, for in each age there was the Bride, the foolish virgins and the false church. The LORD then had to separate the foolish virgins from the false church before the heavenly witnesses (1 John 5: 7: For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.) and the earthly witnesses (1 John 5: 8: And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.). All three groups (the Bride, the foolish virgins and the false church) claim to be married to Christ but all three steps of grace (justification, sanctification and the Baptism of the Holy Ghost) are required to produce a child of God.
If the woman spoke with another (a little flirt with the world), she may still consort with her Husband (Christ the High priest) and partake of the heave-offering (His holy portion: the revelation of the Word); she is not disfellowshipped. But if the woman secretly went aside with another man, being with him long enough to suffer defilement, she could not consort with her husband nor partake of the heave-offering because she had received strange seed, and not the seed of Christ who is the original Grain.
This trial upon the foolish virgins is to separate them from the “flirters” (denominational harlots). The foolish virgins go into the Tribulation and are martyred by the false church, but will be given eternal life at the Great White Throne of Judgment whilst the false church will be cast into the Lake of Fire. Those who reject the Word or fail to come under pre-eminence to the Word, not being Bride, will drink the vial, and those who fail the ordeal will have their names removed from the Book of Life.
Each church age had a message which was the Gospel of Salvation whereby Christ sought to make love to she who called herself His wife. But in every age the non-elect refused to consummate their marriage vow by coming into union with the Word for their day, and as Ahasuerus put away Vashti, Christ put them away, closed that dispensation and took another, for it was unfaithful. Grace in the message of each church age messenger becomes a curse in the vials of God’s wrath when rejected.
Numbers 5: 15 - 18: Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, and he shall bring her offering for her, the tenth part of an ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense thereon; for it is an offering of jealousy, an offering of memorial, bringing iniquity to remembrance. And the priest shall bring her near, and set her before the LORD: And the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel; and of the dust that is in the floor of the tabernacle the priest shall take, and put it into the water: And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and uncover the woman's head, and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy offering: and the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that causeth the curse:
The Church has Jesus on Her hands. Placed in the woman’s hands as a tithe of one day’s portion was the tenth part of an ephah of barley meal, it signified her life or character; no oil or frankincense was put upon it. Oil represents the Holy Spirit; it cannot be brought because the trial is concerning the husband’s suspicion of his wife’s purity. Frankincense, when it is subjected to the action of fire, it becomes sweet and gives out a savour; it goes up before God as a sweet smelling savour; it speaks of service, that God is pleased. The Holy Spirit, that anointing, that service, is taken out; the fragrance of that life is taken out because it was to be a memorial of sin that began in the Garden of Eden when Eve went and lived with the Serpent.
The earthen vessel was made from the clay of the earth, just as God formed Man from the earth. Adam was from the earth, from the dust. The trial involved an earthen vessel of clay because the adultery of Genesis 3: 6 brought the curse of death: from the dust back to the dust (Genesis 3: 19). Dust from the ashes of the blood and offerings was gathered from the floor where only the holy walk of the priests had trod; the dust was mixed with water from the laver in which the priests washed their hands and feet before ministering before the LORD, making the water holy, representing a water of separation and judgment (Ephesians 5: 26 - 27: That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.).
The trial was because the woman was suspected of dishonouring her headship (her husband), therefore her head was to be uncovered and the memorial offering placed in her hands to speak of the works of the woman. The woman’s husband would then make her drink a vial on the evidence of witnesses or his own evidence. If she admitted uncleanliness then she was put away, but if she declared that she was clean then she had her head uncovered (and shaved) by the priest for all to behold that she had been shamed (1 Corinthians 11: 14). Since the opening of the seven seals, the denominational covering of creed and tradition has been rent; those beneath it are naked before the One with whom they must deal and will be made to drink of the cup of God’s wrath unless they come out of that mess.
Numbers 5: 21 - 24: Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh (generative parts) to rot, and thy belly (womb) to swell; And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen. And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water: And he shall cause the woman to drink the bitter water that causeth the curse: and the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter.
When the woman drank the water, she, the water and the Word became one as is recorded in Revelation 10: 8 - 11: And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. This water of separation separates the foolish virgins from the false church and separates the believers from the make-believers.
The curses were to be written in a book; the Book is the Bible which records the following in Revelation 22: 18 - 19: 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: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Numbers 5: 25 - 28: Then the priest shall take the jealousy offering out of the woman's hand, and shall wave the offering before the LORD, and offer it upon the altar: And the priest shall take an handful of the offering, even the memorial thereof, and burn it upon the altar, and afterward shall cause the woman to drink the water. And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter (to bring guilt to light), and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people. And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.
The Ordeal of Jealousy is a test for innocence or guilt; this is how God distinguished the “saved foolish virgins” from the lost false church at the end of each church age. Revelation 15 shows each church age messenger (the seven angels) dressed as judges bearing a vial filled with the wrath of God to pour upon those who have not fully received or have rejected the revelation of the Word for their day whilst claiming kinship in the body of Christ.
The swelling of the belly and rotting of the thigh was the consequent judgment upon an adulterous woman; the same punishment will come upon this adulterous world as is written in 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. The seven vials of God’s wrath will be poured out collectively after the Tribulation to destroy the harlot system and to purify the earth; the radioactive power of nuclear weapons will suddenly consume the flesh of many whilst they are standing upon their feet.