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(Ver 1.2) This is now Part 2 in the series of Understanding Bible Covenants. The Word of God is so awesome, I just love studying the Bible more than anything. I hope you are as excited about learning about God as I am. In today’s lesson I want to continue talking about understanding Bible covenants. I want to give you several new established scriptures to expand your foundation for a sound understanding of what a Bible God type of covenant is. Today’s subject as you can tell by the title will certainly be different than most anything that you have probably heard before and represents an advanced study on the subject of covenants intended for mature Christians. If you are not a mature Christian then please just go read someone else’s Bible lesson for today. Also if you have not read from the beginning of this series I would strongly suggest that you go back and start with Part 1 dealing with Covenants and Marriage.
In my first blog in this series, I introduced you to some of the basic concepts and parts of what a Bible covenant is and some of what a Bible covenant is not. I told you that a Bible covenant is like a legal contract relationship between two separate individuals but yet it is certainly much more than this. I then described this legal contract to be equivalent to a natural marriage between a husband and a wife. I also introduced you to the fact that a Bible covenant relationship can be between any two of the following:
- A spiritual being (God the Father, Jesus, Lucifer, etc.)
- A physical being (Abraham)
- A group of natural beings (Israel)
- A group of spiritual beings (church, angels, etc.)
A covenant will always be between two of these categories of individuals. I should also point out that a covenant can be between two individuals of the same type, for example a spirit being to a spirit being or a physical being to a physical being, or even a nation of people with another nation of people. It is of course difficult to think of a group of people as being a single united entity, but that is what the Bible declares so I’ll stick with that. In my last lesson, I gave you examples of the natural nation of Israel being in covenant with the creator God. In these verses, I then showed you scriptures that God called this covenant a marriage relationship. We can see that in a covenant with God, God is always the husband representative and the nation, group or individual in covenant with God is always the female wife representative. This pattern established in the Old Covenant was continued in the New Covenant with Jesus being the husband and the church being His wife.
In my last lesson I also introduced you to the concept that when two people or individuals are married, that they become one flesh and/or one spirit. I gave you scriptures that describes God’s law of marriage first given to us in Genesis 2. Today, I do not want to get too graphic and turn you off or on, but I will warn you that today’s subject matter is of a very mature nature. If you didn’t realize it before now, God created physical things like sex as a pattern for us to understand a hidden spiritual truth. If God created natural sex, it must be good and have a purpose. I will begin by saying that sex was of course designed to be limited within the boundary of a covenant marriage between a husaband and his wife. Since I have been talking about covenants as a marriage, it doesn’t take long to realize that sex is a integral part of the covenant relationship. Satan wants to pervert sex and make it a casual normal practice for anyone and everyone, even young children dating. You can’t watch TV or movies without seeing sex promoted in a very prevalent and a dominate fashion. If Satan wants to pervert the subject, it must have a legitimate purpose and reason for existence for God’s glory. What we need to begin to realize is that physical sex only points us to a spiritual truths within a much higher dimension.
So, what does sex have to do with Bible covenants? We should start by understanding that spiritual beings do not have sex, yet natural sex is a pattern for a spiritual truth. Let us go to the Bible and use the law of first mention and see what God reveals to us on the subject of sex. The first mention of sex that I found in the Bible was Genesis 4:1:
Gen 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
Here we have a pattern of Christ and the church. Adam, the first man was a created pattern of Jesus Christ who was going to marry the church. This verse in Genesis represents God’s way of describing physical sex in the covenant relationship between Adam and his wife Eve. There is however, a fascinating concept given to us. To “know” something or someone, what does that mean? I’ve often heard the term for sex to be described as having “carnal knowledge of” them. Carnal knowledge is just another synonymous term for natural sex. The actual Hebrew word YADA (H3045) that was translated as “knew” is defined as follows: “to ascertain by seeing”. It seems to be a form of knowledge, but going further than just a casual surface knowledge something or someone but it rather means to understand the something or someone.
There are many varieties of knowledge in the world. To know a friend is not the same as for you to know your wife, or at least it shouldn’t be. Let’s think about a different form of knowledge other than physical sex for a moment. You see you can also go to school to learn some specific subjects. For example, you can sit in class to know algebra, to know geometry or to know trigonometry and these are all representative types of having sex within the confines of a physical marriage according to God’s selection and usage of the word. This word to know (YADA) can apply to either type of interaction by God’s design. You can know a subject intimately so that it becomes a part of you and you understand it and this is representative of a covenant relationship, to know and to understand husband or a wife subject intimately. What we have to see and understand are the concepts given to us by God. Understand that there are parallels to knowing a subject and how that is related to sex. God when He was in covenant with the natural nation of Israel, wanted them to know Him so He gave them the law and the words of the prophets. Jesus wants the church to know Him so He gave them the Epistles. Us studying and having intimate knowledge of Jesus in His Holy Word is the spiritual form of a wife having a physical relationship with her husband. In our covenant marriage case we are His wife and He is our husband.
You might be of course struggling with the concept of what I am teaching today so I’ll give you some more key scriptures to help us more fully understand the subject of sex and knowledge more clearly. I’ll turn to a verse that you have probably never considered what God teaches us and we will look into it to learn about covenant marriage relationships:
1Co 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
This verse represents the very complex subject of covenants utilizing other phrases, words and terms. We can see that there is an inferred meaning that the church is now married to Jesus Christ in this statement. We can then see that since we have become the body of Christ by covenant marriage, that we can still go and commit adultery and become the members of a harlot. We can see that it is still possible to be joined spiritually, physically and sexually with another. This is God’s law of natural marriage from Genesis 2 being restated and applied using other words and a spiritual application. According to God the author of the Bible to become one with a harlot is to be joined with her physically or spiritually through sex (to know or having knowledge of). This statement is actually a parallel to some Old Testament realities that transpired many years before Paul wrote these words. What we can observe and understand from this is an implication that if one wife can commit adultery then any wife in covenant can commit adultery. Let’s look at the next verse to learn more confirmation to what is being taught by God:
1Co 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
In this next verse we can see some more outstanding spiritual implications being given to us by God. We can very clearly learn that sexual relations with a harlot in the eyes of God is the exact same thing as a covenant marriage. That means that having casual sex or a one night stand with any woman or a whore will cause you to be in covenant relationship with her. In the eyes of God sex is marriage and marriage means there should be sexual intimacy. That is some very strong words I know, but you can read it for yourself. Study it out and see if this is not what God is saying. Even a casual one night stand causes the participants to be in covenant relationship. We know recently in the news that a prominent sports figure was accused by several women to be in relationship with all of them. These fourteen or more women all accused this married man of having had sex with them. According to the scripture verses that we just read this man now has a bunch of wives. These physical realities are parallel to the spiritual realities that God is attempting to get us to see and to understand. We can see this in the next verse:
1Co 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
You see in verse 17 we see another implied reference to Christ being married to the church. The verse speaks directly that the church is “JOINED” to the LORD. That is a marriage term and is the same word that is translated in other places as “cleave” to his wife. This verse then declares that the church is One Spirit with our husband Jesus Christ. Again more marriage terminology. We can understand that this new covenant marriage is suppose to be a sexual relationship just based upon the context of the surrounding verses speaking about people who have sex with harlots. In fact these verses are a warning written to the spiritual bride of Jesus telling her not to be involved with joining herself with other gods, idols or whoever or whatever. There are certainly many things to consider about these statements and we can apply them to both natural and spiritual covenant relationships. These constitute concepts of physical faithfulness and they should apply to us in our spiritual relationship with Christ as well. The bottom line of these verses in 1 Corinthians 6 point us to being faithful to Christ Jesus our husband and not to wander off with a deception of Satan.
There are some very stout words given to us in the Old Testament concerning the natural nation of Israel. Remember that according to verses in Jeremiah an other ones that I could give you that the natural nation of Israel were the wife of their husband God. These words it seems have not been clearly understood. But, before we go to the Old Testament let me show the law of marriage again restated for us in the New Testament:
Rom 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
We can see new meaning in these words when we apply what we have just learned about the term “know”. To know something or someone is a sexual term that denotes a covenant act and relationship. So this verse is written to those that were in covenant with God and the law and this could only be the natural nation of Israel because the Law was given to them by Moses on Mt Sinai after coming out of Egypt. Let’s see what God is saying to them that “know” the law:
Rom 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
These are some interesting words given to us from God. These words declare that a woman is bound to the covenant law of her husband as long as he is alive. We know from previous study that Israel is called the wife of God in the Old Covenant. So we are told by God that this group or nation of natural people were bound by the law of God as long as He lives. God says very clearly that only when the husband is dead is she free to marry (enter covenant) again.
Rom 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Here we have God’s definition of an adulteress. I do not understand how people have not put these things together, but I guess they are just hard to accept so they refuse to see them. Any way verse 3 of chapter 7 says if her husband is alive and she marries another man, then she shall be called an adulteress. An adulteress is a noun title for a woman who has committed adultery. Adultery is defined as “an extramarital sexual affair” and “infidelity” also known as unfaithfulness. This is what is called the state of being unfaithful to your covenant spouse. Are you following these concepts? How do we apply these physical things to spiritual things? We know that the natural nation of Israel did not have physical sex with other gods, idols or religions, but God said numerous times in the Old Testament that they were very unfaithful to Him. So apparently spiritual sex follows after a pattern of natural sex and is treated no differently by God. In fact in the eyes of God it is exactly the same. Spiritual sex would involve worshipping false gods, idols and other such unfaithful acts. These spiritual acts of the knowledge of foreign gods are covenant acts of infidelity in the eyes of God. This was Israel His wife making herself in covenant relationship and being joined with other gods as we have just learned from the New Testament. Let us start looking at some Key Old Testament verses that speak about this subject:
Jer 3:1 They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.
Yet more difficult words to swallow from God. It is a struggle to understand how Israel the natural nation of people are said to have committed adultery with many lovers. In fact this verse actually says that Israel has become the wife of another man by being unfaithful even while being married to the living covenant God. Remember what we read in 1 Corinthians, that the sexual act itself causes you to become married in covenant with the harlot. This verse in Jeremiah calls Israel the harlot and the wife of someone else and this husband is not God. The implications to these statements are huge and very powerful. The ramifications and consequences to Israel’s acts of unfaithfulness are enormous. Who is this one that Israel is accused of having spiritual intercourse with, and is in covenant with, if it is not with God? It will certainly be a new thing to research and consider using the Word of God.
Studying the Bible on this subject is incredibly difficult, because it implies so many heavy and deep things for us to consider. Many ministers in the church teach and preach such favorable things about the nation of Israel and I guess that they gloss over and ignore statements in the Bible about her infidelity and unfaithfulness. As we continue with this lesson it will not get any easier for me to teach or for you to accept. Let’s continue with this verse also in Jeremiah 3:
Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
In Malachi 2:16 God makes the statement that he hates divorce, however in Jeremiah 3:8 we see a direct statement that God has just divorced Israel, because of her repeated adulteries. If you recall from the definition of an adulteress in 1 Corinthians, an adulteress is any woman who has sexual knowledge outside of her covenant marriage while her husband still lives. God says backsliding Israel has committed adultery while I yet lived as their husband. What are the consequences of those transgressions? Here is a statement by God that directly breaks and terminates the old covenant marriage with the natural nation of Israel and completely ends the relationship. When God gave these words to His Prophet Jeremiah, the nation of Israel was divorced by law and no longer could be called the covenant wife of God but she is called the wife of another man in this book and others because of her sexual relationships with those gods. Because of Israel’s infidelity she has become the wife of another by the simple act of spiritual adultery. I told you that this wasn’t going to get any easier to accept. We are now heavy duty into the subject of divorce as it relates to the subject of marriage covenants. What gives God the right to divorce His unfaithful wife Israel? Let us confirm the divorce for the naysayers so there is no confusion: Please read another witness from the prophet Isaiah:
Isa 50:1 Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.
Here we can clearly see God speaking about His covenant wife Israel. This verse was written to the Lord Jesus speaking to Him to ask His mother about her divorce. What I want you to see that God very clearly says “I have put her away”. This Hebrew word translated as put away means to cast out. Also in this verse God uses the Hebrew word H3748 that is only used 4 times in the O.T. This word is translated as “divorcement” here and it literally means a cutting of the marital bonds. The only other time this word is used is found in Jeremiah 3:8 that we just looked at and in the Law of Moses written in Deuteronomy 24:1-3 where God permits divorce because of the hardness of the hearts of the people of Israel according to Jesus in Matthew. Let’s look at that verse quickly:
Mat 19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
Notice what Jesus teaches about covenant relationships. Jesus said there was a time when this was permitted but it was only because they were hard hearted. Then Jesus says very clearly that this was not the intended design of God from the beginning. This would help confirm to us why God wrote in Malachi 2:6 that it is written that God hates divorce. God does not want to divorce anyone. God also does not want anyone in the world to divorce each other either. Divorce is far from the perfect will of God. God only permitted divorce under the law because of Israel’s repeated unfaithfulness while committing whoredom over and over and over. Let’s look at another verse that Jesus directly speaks concerning divorce in Matthew:
Mat 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
Jesus enforces God’s right to divorce His unfaithful wife Israel here in this verse in Matthew. Here we have Jesus speaking of divorce as not being a legitimate alternative to end any covenant relationship except for the reason of “fornication”. The Greek word G4202 that was translated as “fornication” here actually means “Harlotry” or “whoredon”. I have not heard many or any Christian leaders, preachers and teachers teaching these concepts. I wonder why? Do they exist in the Bible? It is also interesting that harlotry is the physical or natural meaning of this Greek word, but it also conveys the spiritual meaning of “idolatry” in the case of natural Israel. In the case of God’s relationship with natural Israel His wife, the sole legal reason for His divorce to her is based upon Israel’s constant interaction with other gods, religions and their idols. They worshipped false gods and idols instead of the true and living God. They became those that worshiped the creation more than the creator. Wow does that sound familiar?
Jer 3:20 Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD.
Here we have another incredible scripture that relates Israel to be the wife of God. The word “as” is added to the verse by the translator thinking that they were making a comparison, but Israel was the covenant wife by God’s own admission that God was speaking to in this verse. It goes on to describe her as a woman that has “departed” and “left” her husband. God does not like that one bit. A wife should not depart from her loving husband ever. In this verse it is implies that she (Israel) has left her husband for another man. I wonder why these scriptures are not taught and have been overlooked and ignored in the Bible? Are these verses written in the Holy Book? Did Israel commit adultery and fall into a covenant with another spiritual being? How could this be and who is this spiritual being that is now in covenant with natural Israel? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you should. They are truly important to your understanding of the Word of God.
I have to limit the number of verses that I could include on this subject due to lesson length. But please understand that just because I gave you a few verses, it doesn’t mean that there are not many, many others that say the same thing. You are welcome to search and find them out for yourself. You can find many verses of the whoredom of Israel in Jeremiah 3, 16, Ezekiel 16, 20, 23 and 43 and the book of Hosea to name the major references. Go read them and study them all for your self and learn what spiritual adultery represents. This was a woman that has left her husband to go and commit an act of sexual knowledge with another god besides her husband.
What I did was attempt to give you a foundational overview of a very complex subject, showing you how natural things are directly related to spiritual things. Marriage, sex, infidelity and divorce are all subjects that you should be familiar with in the natural. But, knowing how to apply them to God’s designed spiritual things is the challenge we are all faced with. I have shown you that God’s Old Covenant wife was unfaithful to Him and as a result, God has divorced her. That at least implies that this old covenant is over and done with for God the Father but not for natural Israel because of the law. Let’s go back to Romans and see a verse that I did not give you yet about this subject of covenant marriage:
Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Here is a complex verse that does not make any sense if you do not see that it was only written to those that “knew” the law. God says you that knew the law have been freed from that bondage of covenant relationship because your husband God died on the cross in the flesh. Then God says directly to these people that were bound to that covenant that they could be married in covenant with another man named the risen from the dead the Lord Jesus Christ. You see this verse does not make any sense for a Gentile that was never in covenant marriage with God. It can only apply to the natural nation of Israel. Any way we look at it, the natural nation of Israel must enter into the marriage covenant with Jesus Christ or they will not enter into everlasting life. Jesus declared quite literally that He was the only way to the Father and that no one could enter in by any other way and that means covenant also.
There are multiple implied verses given to us in the Bible that the woman natural Israel is now married to another spiritual being and this could be the reason why Satan wants to wipe Israel off of the face of the planet. If you didn’t already know that you must have been living in a vacuum or a bubble. Satan is trying diligently to wipe Israel off the map and probably will attempt something dramatic very soon. As soon as countries like Iran develop nuclear weapons, Israel is in deep trouble. These weapons are not for defense, they are for the sole purpose of eliminating Israel. Many Christians view natural Israel and call them God’s chosen people and assume that is why Satan wants to kill them. I would suggest that Satan may want to kill them for a different reason. Perhaps in my next bible lesson we will get into more verses concerning this unfaithful woman that was in covenant with God but, appears to be married to another now.
If you would like to continue reading this series on Bible covenants, you can go to “Part 3“.
(Ver 1.3) Almost every Christmas these days I come across another example of how people have adopted a tradition rather than the Bible. It seems that people are more comfortable with their idea of Christmas rather than what God said really happened in the Bible. What am I talking about? Mostly I have a problem with the manger scenes and living nativities that many churches put up this time of the year. If you have ever read any of my blogs you know I am a stickler for the details. I feel if God went to so much trouble to put a story in the Bible for us to read, we ought to have enough respect to figure out what it says and then to teach that. Obviously there are a lot of people who disagree with me on this or they wouldn’t have the wise men visiting baby Jesus in the manger in Bethlehem.
You really don’t have to be a rocket scientist to read and to study the Bible. You just need to pay attention to every word. The wise men were never in the town of Bethlehem and Jesus was there for less than a week. If you have read the Bible you know that the story starts by Joseph and Mary having to travel to Bethlehem in order to pay taxes and participate in the census that the Roman government had imposed on all of their citizens. Sounds a lot like what Congress is trying to do to us now. But I won’t go there. Joseph and Mary traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem because they were of the house of David. If they were not David’s descendants Jesus would not have been born in Bethlehem. It is funny how God knew what was going to happen and He prophesied where Jesus would be born way before hand.
Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Here is another point that I always like to make about the Christmas story. Why was Jesus born in a manager? I think most people think that it was simply because they were so poor that they couldn’t afford anything better. But, that is not what the Bible says either. We can clearly understand that because of Mary’s condition of being almost 9 months pregnant that they were not making as good of time as everyone else that was also having to travel to Bethlehem. When Joseph and Mary finally arrived in Bethlehem we know that Jesus was born in the manger because the inn was already full of people (Luke 2:7). We can easily conclude that Joseph had the money to stay at the inn and also enough in his pocket to pay his taxes. You did know you don’t pay taxes if you don’t have any income or money earned, don’t you? So Jesus was born in a manger because of the slower travel time and the insufficient space at the inn and not the lack of money of Joseph and Mary as many teach. That to me is a very important point to the Christmas story that you should not throw away and ignore.
Next, we find in the story of Christmas, that the angels appeared to some shepherds that were nearby tending their sheep and told them of the great news of the birth of the messiah (Luke 2:8-10). It is certainly significant that shepherds were told this since the Lamb of God was just born in Bethlehem and who better to come to see this Lamb of God, than these nearby shepherds tending their sheep. So we know that the shepherds were at the manger and witnessed the Lamb of God in Bethlehem personally. So where do we get the idea that Jesus was also visited by the wise men at the same time? I honestly do not have a clue where this tradition originated, nor do I care. If you read the account in the Bible you find that the wise men could have been there to see Jesus, up to two years after his birth in Bethlehem. We know that Jesus was circumcised in Jerusalem on the 8th day of his life so we can thus determine that Jesus was in the manger for less than a week. Just long enough for Mary to recover and for Joseph to pay the taxes. They then went to Jerusalem and did what the law instructed them to do for their new born son and offer all the appropriate sacrifices.
What would you assume that Joseph would have done then? If you guessed go home you would probably be correct. So here is the root of the problem, we have two different accounts of the birth of Jesus, the main account is found in Luke, but Matthew also provides us additional information. The problem occurs when people try to combine these two accounts into one story when they are really two separate accounts. In Matthew 2 we discover that the Magi were come from the east and they appear in Jerusalem, not Bethlehem. We also discover that they talk with King Herod and stir up a hornet’s nest of controversies. They are told that the messiah is prophesied to be born in Bethlehem of Judea. I guess this is automatically assumed to be where they travel to, to see Jesus. But that is not what the Bible says.
Mat 2:11 and having come to the house, they found the child with Mary his mother,
You can see in Matthew 2:11 that the wise men show up at a house and not at a manger. Who do you think this house belonged to? You can assume many options, but the one that makes the most sense was it was Joseph’s house in his hometown Nazareth. Here is the other interesting point to be made in this story, the Greek word translated as “child” does not mean baby or new born. When Jesus was a baby in the manger he is called by a different Greek word. You can look it up for yourself. This Greek word actually means a half grown child. So we can see that a lot of time has passed before the Magi make it to Jesus.
All you have to do is read and study and you come up with the right story. If you preach and teach the wise men showed up at the manger then you are either ignorant of the truth or you choose to preach a lie, either way the truth is oppressed for what you think and not for what the Bible actually says. So when we see a manger scene with 3 wise men on camels we are looking at a lie, a fabrication of the truth. How can the world learn to believe what a Christian is saying is the truth if what a lot of what they say is a lie. Is it important to be truthful all the time? I believe that it is. There are really so many other things we could look at in this story. For example, no where does it say that there were 3 wise men. Where did we get that in the story? I assume it is because they brought 3 types of gifts and everyone assumes that every wise man had a different gift. When we make such assumptions we again see how man can so easily get it wrong. There could have been 100 wise men or 2 wise men both would fit in the Bible text that we read in Matthew. My point is for us to be as precise to tell what the Bible actually says and for us to lose our traditions and what we thought was accurate. When we start to teach the real truth the world will have a much better opportunity to see it and to accept it.
I hope that you have a great Christmas Day.
(Ver 1.1) In searching for the hidden qualities of the character of God I have discovered one of these to be significantly applicable to Bible Interpretation. While God created a very diverse number and types of people with various talents, abilities, personalities and physical qualities we were all made in the image and likeness of God. When unsaved people see Christians in the world they should be able to see the qualities of the Father being reflected outwardly so that they can come to know these hidden qualities of Him also. So while studying the Bible I discovered that God cares a lot about the details. I know some people only look at the big picture and they are happy with staying at the 1000 foot view of the scriptures. Others I’ve found like are like me and like to get the Word of God and look at it through a microscope so that they can fully understand every little detail. I get very frustrated sometimes when I listen to preachers who preach at the 1000 foot view level. I constantly say to myself, that is not what God said. I think overall it is what God said, but it is the fine little details that were omitted to potentially give the wrong impression of what God said. I don’t think it is wrong to stay at the 1000 feet level, it’s just not for me. You see when I read the scripture that told me God knows the number of hairs on my head, I very quickly realized that God cares about and pays very close attention to the most minute and trivial details of every area of our life. If God is truly detail oriented to an extreme and I would say that He is, then this should help us in our understanding of the Bible if we can apply a certain similar approach to reading and studying the Bible. I believe that it would immediately help you, if you just become aware of how God operates. Just by knowing that God cares about the smallest of details will help you change your focus to potentially have a greater understanding of the Word of God, even though that might not totally fit your personality.
My wife and I were eating out at a restaurant a while back and we looked the menu over and placed our orders. If it didn’t matter what we ate or what we liked, then why did the restaurant send us a waitress asking us what we wanted? You see I have been to a restaurant before where there was not choices of food. You went in and sat down and they started bringing out the food and you either ate what they gave you or you you went somewhere else. But, normally there are choices given to you at every restaraunt and you choose what you want to eat and how you want it cooked and on and on I could go. I think sometimes people miss out on understanding the basics of life. Any way we placed our order and asked for things to be prepared a certain way. We ordered something like a burger with mustard, lettuce and tomato. So here is the beginning of a huge potential problem, we were concerned with the details and someone either in the food service or preparation phase was not. Oh sure we got the 1000 foot view of the burger delivered to us, but because someone either assumed incorrectly or didn’t hear the details that were given we ended up with a product that was wrong. Does it matter if your customer got something they didn’t order even though it was still pretty good and edible? Sometimes customers are allergic to certain things like pickles and tell the server no pickles. It they ate this it might make them sick or even kill them. Is that OK? Is it important for food service and food preparation staff to be careful to follow exact directions for someone’s personal safety? If you don’t think so, you have a major problem. You see if it matters how physical food is prepared it also matters how spiritual food is prepared and served. There is no difference between the concept of both of these food sources. The details matter a tremendous amount in both the preparation and the delivery of the Word of God.
When I worked as a computer programmer I was very fortunate that God taught me to pay close attention to all of the details. When you write computer software the details matter a great deal. You can write a large routine correctly and it can even look like it ought to work perfectly for what it was designed to do. However, if you leave out even a single character like a semi-colon or a period it could change the logic so that it does not function correctly at all. In my early years of mainframe computer programming I wrote a lot of code in a computer language called COBOL. The simple omission of a period in COBOL could cause huge problems and be extremely difficult to debug and correct. Later on in work, I learned C++ and the omission of a semi-colon could also cause a similar major problem. You see a principle here from software construction that the omission of even a seemingly insignificant little detail matters. The omission of a single character can effect the outcome and actually make the rest of the code useless. This principle actually applies to Bible interpretation whether you realize it or not. You might not have followed my comments on writing software and you might find it hard to relate to my analogy, but I hope you at least understand the general concepts that I gave you.
You know what happens when you become detail oriented? You start looking at every word using a style or method that promotes a much closer observation and analysis. Knowing the details. doesn’t change the big picture, but it does enhance your ability to understand it and to teach it. Attempt to rise to God’s level of detail analysis. See the details like God intended you to see them. Get into the details and it will change your perspective on the Word of God and cause you to learn things like never before. I believe this and I practice it daily. God bless you to do the same.
(Ver 1.2) Most people who have read the Bible, know that the Bible is divided into 2 covenants. The first is called the Old Testament and the other is called the New Testament. The Word Testament is really just a synonymous term for the word covenant. A last will and testament are what many people write to control what happens to their assets when they die. This is an amazing realization of the Bible to some extent. It is also important to know that these two covenants are completely different and separate from each other. In fact each of these covenants involve 2 completely different individuals. The two individuals of the Old Covenant are not the same two individuals of the New Covenant. I know that statement will cause many to think. What I am doing is being very specific and detailed oriented when I make that statement. I don’t think a lot of people think that way when they read the Bible. The Old Covenant was between God and the natural nation of Israel. The New Covenant has been established between Jesus and His bride the church. The old covenant was made with God the Father and the new covenant was made with God the Son. I know it sounds like I’m nit picking because there is only one God that is made up of three revealed personalities, but it is a very important designated difference to understand. There is a major difference between these two revealed covenants. I have personally heard that many Christians think that the new covenant spiritual church was grafted into the old covenant natural Israel covenant and therefore God has produced a combined and integrated mixed up conglomeration of the natural and the spiritual individuals in a single combined covenant with God. But this is not true and does not conform to scriptures.
God reveals to us in the Bible that the body of Christ (the new covenant people) are made up of a widely diverse conglomeration of individual members from every natural race and creed that we can find on this planet. But, even that does not mean that God has included the old covenant and combined it with the New Covenant. However, I will say that new covenant Christianity is based upon the established morals and principles found within the Jewish Old Covenant, but God has implemented a New Covenant that is so unique and fresh that it is completely different while being completely the same simultaneously. Always remember this establish truth, the old covenant a covenant with a natural people in the physical world and the other is a brand new covenant with a spiritual people in the spiritual realm. If you do not know the difference between those two, you are reading Bible lessons from the wrong Bible teacher.
Let’s understand basic logic and apply it to God’s Word. We never say that something is new without first understanding that it is NOT the same as what is called the old. If I said that I bought a new car, you would automatically know and understand that the new car is not the old car that I use to drive or own. I might still have an old car, but the car that I have now is newer and certainly much different than the car that I use to have. When God said I will make a New Covenant in His Word, you must automatically conclude, know and understand that it is not the same as the old covenant. These are basic principles based upon basic logic and grammatical syntax for adverbial qualification. One never needs to place the adverb new qualifier before the noun covenant if there are no other covenants to distinguish it from. But yet we have people teaching a wide variety of things that go against these truths.
Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Everyone that reads this verse almost always automatically assumes that God is talking about the natural nation of Israel. However, this of course is a problem to make any assumptions without studying to find out who God is talking about. Making assumption will normally lead to error 100 times out 100 attempts. We have a widespread problem within the body of Christ of people taking one truth and attempting to make it all of the truth. I really don’t know if you understood what I just said, or not? But, we can find many truths in the Bible, but the Bible is much more complex than that. For example, there are natural things and then there are spiritual things. There are also multiple different things, items or people called by the exact same name in the Bible. Sometimes one of them is a natural people, item or location that reflects an image or a pattern of a spiritual reality. God uses a wide variety of methods of concealing information and truths in the Bible. In order to correctly understand what you are reading, you must understand how the Bible was written and why God concealed things in this encoded fashion.
Let’s get back to our subject, what is a covenant? If we look in the dictionary we can see several definitions for the word covenant. The basic definition of the word covenant is a formal sealed agreement or legal contract. In many commercial loans from banks, the legal document produced between the bank and the customer making the loan often times contains a list of covenants. These are usually legal stipulations, restrictions and requirements concerning the terms and usages of the money that is loaned. However, this type of covenant does not accurately represent a Bible covenant. Then if you’ve ever bought a piece of property in an established organized neighborhood or development, most of the time the property comes with a set of covenants. These are usually restrictions and rules of property usage. These often time will tell you what kind of fences you can build, what kind of buildings you can add, even what colors you can paint your house. This also does not represent a Bible covenant.
The Hebrew word translated as covenant occurs approximately 284 times in the Old Testament. This Hebrew word is H1295 according to the Strong’s and it has the following definition:
From H1262 (in the sense of cutting (like H1254)); a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh): – confederacy, [con-]feder[-ate], covenant, league.
We can see that this word also means a legal contract, but it also has a basis founded on division or the cutting of flesh. You see in the definition that the word implies the presence of a knife that must be used to cut and produce blood. This definition would also imply that there is the necessity for the flow of blood if someone were cutting flesh. We can find this reality given to us as a pattern in the Old Testament. For example, the Abrahamic covenant in Genesis 15 involved the killing and splitting down the back bone of 3 different 3 year old animals, a male ram, a female heifer and a female goat. As you can imagine this would have been an extremely bloody mess after this cutting took place. Abraham cut the animals into two pieces and they were then laid on the ground. Then the covenant was made by walking between all of the pieces. So a foundational principal of blood covenants involves cutting. This is the concept of dividing one piece into two. This is very significant whether you realize it or not right now. There is a principle being established within a Bible covenant. It involves the creation of a covenant relationship between two individuals. But it also involves a separation of those who are in covenant from those who are not in that covenant. Did you understand that statement? It is very important that you do. So why is this so significant? In the Old Covenant, God made a covenant with the nation of Israel and they became God’s covenant people. The establishment of this covenant made the natural nation of Israel God’s people and all those not in this covenant excluded from being called God’s covenant people. We can clearly observe the establishment of a division, or a partition of distinction between the covenant people and the non-covenant people. What a powerful concept that God has implemented through is superior divine wisdom.
The closest thing that we have to a Bible blood covenant in this world is a marriage between a man and a woman. Of course modern marriages today can come with pre-nups and other legal restrictions that disqualify them from being an example of a Bible covenant. In an example of a Bible covenant, the one party making the covenant with the other says, what I have is yours and what you have is mine. There are no exclusions, exemptions, or exceptions and it is an all or nothing proposition. A Bible covenant is the 100% commitment from both participants in the covenant. Each participant in the covenant can fully count on the resources of the other participant if they have need of them. This was how Bible covenants worked and this is how marriages should work
You can also see by studying this subject that there are different strengths of covenants in the Bible. One of these is the blood covenant, which is the strongest covenant that can be made between any two individuals or parties. David made a blood covenant with Jonathan in the Old Testament. Even though Jonathan’s father Saul tried to kill David, David never retaliated against that family because of the covenant. Even after Saul and Jonathan were killed, David tried to establish the blessings of the covenant with the descendants of Jonathan. You can read these accounts of David in 2 Samuel and it has a story of how David wanted to honor the covenant that he made with Jonathan. David sends out his people to find a crippled boy named Mephibosheth to confirm and establish his covenant with Jonathan. Mephibosheth was in hiding because he thought that David the king was going to kill him, but David just wanted to bless him. These are types and patterns of Jesus and the world. Jesus came and died to save the world and they are all afraid of Him becuase they think that He just wants to kill them also. So we have a stand-off, the world is in hiding and those who are sent out to tell them that, Jesus loves them and wants to bless them because of the covenant. Mephibosheth was eventually brought to the king’s palace and given the best of the best. That was done only because of the covenant that David made with Jonathan, Mephibosheth enjoyed everything that David enjoyed. This is an example of a Bible covenant, a blood covenant that describes Jesus and the church.
I guess this should establish the fact that true Bible covenants have blessings attached to them. If the one party of the covenant has any need of something that the other party in the covenant has, it is available for them to freely use and partake of. This is one of the key ingredients to a Bible covenant. I think in most people’s minds today, a marriage means you also take the bad or the curses along with the good and the blessings. But with covenants with God, He is always good and only provides us with blessings. God does not intend to do any harm or anything bad or evil for or to any of us. He wants to bless us with only the good. This is what a Bible covenant is all about.
Bible, covenants are always between two parties exactly like a marriage is only between a husband and a wife. It is important to note that covenants can be between a diverse type of individuals. You will understand this better as we go on in the series. God many times considers a group of people such as the nation of Israel to be identified corporately as a single entity, personality or even named individual. Everyone in the nation is treated the same, given the same benefits and blessings.
Covenants can be between any of the following three groups or classifications of individuals:
1. spiritual being to another spiritual being or a spiritual group of beings
- God and Lucifer
- Jesus and the Church
2. spiritual being to a physical being or a physical group of people
- God and Abraham
- Satan and Adam
- God and Israel
- Satan and Israel
3. physical being to another physical being
- Natural husband and wife
- Adam and Eve
- Abraham and Sarah
- Abraham and Hagar
- David and Jonathan
I tried to give you some examples of some of the possibilities of each of these types of covenant relationships. I know you have probably never heard of many of these covenants that I mentioned, but yet that doesn’t mean they don’t exist, it just means you never researched them and studied them to see if they exist. I have done the research and I am convinced that every example that I gave you is a valid covenant found in the Bible. There is of course one noteworthy difference in some of these covenants. Covenants with God are a blessing and covenants with Satan are a curse. God wants to bless you and Satan wants to kill, steal and destroy you and everything you have. There are major consequences, distinctions and differences between the party you are in covenant with and who you are not in covenant with. I don’t know you personally and only you and God know where you are right now and who you are in covenant with. But I can guarantee you that you are in covenant with someone right here and right now, either Satan or God.
Some have tried to differentiate between covenants that involve God and covenants that don’t involve God. But the principles and practices of Bible covenants apply across the board to whoever is in covenant with another. So there really is no difference in the basic concepts of Bible covenants, they apply equally across the board to all participants and all types of covenants mentioned in the Bible.
What I will do now, is to give you some scriptural backing for what these covenant types are to help you understand them more completely. Let’s start with a physical or natural husband and wife type of covenant. We call these covenants, marriages and in the eyes of God a marriage is a covenant relationship and a covenant relationship is a marriage. If you asked me if I could prove that by the Bible, I would say yes. Let’s look at a verse found in the book of Malachi to begin this part of the study. This verse is a scripture that is certainly very relevant to our subject:
Mal 2:14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.
We can clearly see a relationship being established between a husband and his wife. God chastises the man for mistreating his wife. But he ends the verse with a statement that declares his wife to be in direct covenant relationship with him. A husband and wife are the natural example of a Godly Bible blood covenant, or at least they should be. It is funny how perverted our society has gotten. So who were the first husband and wife? Of course they were Adam and Eve in Genesis. God created a natural covenant family as a pattern for us to see into the future spiritual realm. Let us go back to Genesis 2 briefly and discover what God says about the law of marriage.
Gen 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
We can learn from this verse in Genesis that the woman was taken from a man and that her body was his body. This is a natural pattern for a spiritual reality of Jesus and the church. The church is called the body of Christ and most accept that reality without asking how the church got to be the body, if you want to learn more about this I would recommend that you read my blog on the subject. How the church became the body of Christ.
Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
In these two verses in Genesis 2 a spiritual law is established by God that governs every true covenant relationship, both physical and spiritual. God establishes a precedence that two will become one. Either one flesh or one spirit, depending on the two parties in covenant. If they are both physical, then they are one flesh. If they are both spiritual then they are one spirit. If one is a spirit being and one is a natural people, then they are the least common denominator, or one flesh but that is my opinion and I haven’t found that in the Bible yet. I do know that the church is called the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27) and is also said to be one spirit with Christ (1 Cor 6:17). We can learn from these two stated dimensions that Christ has been joined with the church both physically and spiritually.
So a marriage covenant represents a union as well as a division. The taking of two separate individuals and making one out of them, with the exclusion of all the rest. That is the basis of a Bible covenant. Now what one has the other has. What one has need of the and the other has, it is automatically made available without conditions or cost. This is the foundation of a Bible covenant, how well does it fit your marriage? So let’s shift our focus to a spirit being in covenant to a natural physical people example and see if it fits the pattern that I have described for you:
Jer 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Wow, this verse really blew me away! The creator God of the entire universe was married to a natural people. The verse speaks directly about a time when God led the people of Israel out of the country of Egypt and He says He took them by the hand. That is what a man does to a woman when he proposes marriage. We can clearly see that God intended it that way, but did Israel? Obviously not. Israel didn’t understand what they were getting into, even though it was the best offer they ever had, at least until Jesus came along. God called himself the husband to the nation of Israel. God directly links marriage to be a covenant and His covenant with Israel to be a marriage to them. God does not with the association of words from H1285 translated as covenant and H1166 translated as husband. An omnipotent God married to a physical natural nation of people, both males and females. That would make the entire nation of Israel the female wife (bride) to the LORD GOD. I truly hope you are grasping the concepts of this lesson because they are so very important. Could it really be possible that a spirit being could be in covenant marriage to a natural nation of people. Obviously it was true. However, this was the Old Covenant, which was only a natural pattern for the coming New Covenant.
Now I will briefly show you the New Covenant so we can see if it also fits the pattern that I have described as being a husband to a wife. There are many scriptures that I could give you but the best one is found in Ephesians 5:
Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
These verses in Ephesians 5 starting around verse 22 are specifically directed to natural husband and wife relationships. But, intermixed into this context of these natural marriage verse is also the spiritual relationship between Christ and the church. So we can clearly see that God believes that the church is the bride of Jesus Christ and that Christ’s relationship wit the church is a marriage. Here in verse 30 we can read that we are members of His body. Then it declares the words of the law of marriage we read earlier in Genesis 2, we are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. These are marriage terms and direct conformation to how the church became the body of Christ. Then in verse 31:
Eph 5:31 For this cause shall a man (Jesus) leave his father (God the Father) and mother (Israel), and shall be joined (married) unto his wife (church), and they two shall be one flesh.
We again see the law of marriage being restated and applied for us. I filled in the blanks and put in parentheses who God is talking about in this statement to help you see it. I have had people question me about Jesus leaving His father and mother and being joined to His wife, but I just simply go by what the verse says. . For we then see the realization to the truth in verse 32:
Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
God declares this covenant relationship to be a great mystery. Obviously it has been greatly misunderstood even today. There are many who refuse to believe the church is the bride/wife in covenant with Jesus, yet God tells us directly in verse 32 that He is speaking of Christ and the church as being a husband and a wife. I’ve noticed that you can’t make people see the truth, you can only tell it like it is and hope they see it eventually. I have given you three really great examples that describe covenants to be marriages and marriages to be covenants. These included 1) physical to physical marriages, 2)spiritual to physical marriages and 3) spiritual to spiritual marriages/marriages. These are all examples of Bible covenants that fit the truth of the pattern given to us in the Word of God.
It is important to note who originates Bible covenants. True Bible covenants are always initiated by the man and God the Father is always the male in every covenant relationship, except when we see the new covenant that was initiated between the risen Son of God and His bride the church. Always remember that Jesus represents a male son within the Triune Godhead. The Triune Godhead is actually made up of three male personalities and all of them are One God. In a normal human marriage the male asks the female to be his wife. The female then has the choice to become one with this man or to walk away. This is a picture and a direct pattern of the New Covenant relationship with the bridegroom Jesus Christ. He has invited everyone on the planet to be in this covenant, He has proposed marriage and everyone on the earth has a choice to make, either to accept or reject. A non decisions is of course the same as a rejection and a mistake with eternal consequences.
I hope that you are grasping these concepts, because they are truly great spiritual realities. God created and implemented natural things, systems, types and patterns to help us to see and understand spiritual unseen things. I think I will end this lesson today on that note for now and hopefully continue the lesson of what a Bible Covenant is in my next lesson in this series. Thank you for reading and studying the Bible with me and I pray that you will continue to grow in all of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. If you would like to continue reading this series, please goto “Part 2“.
(Ver 1.1) This is now Part 8 in the series of lessons of “The True Identity of the Woman in REvelation 12”. If you have not been following this blog series from the beginning I would strongly recommend that you start at the beginning and read “Part 1“. I know there are still many who are struggling with what I have shown you in the Word of God. It is so difficult to get people to see new things. They have been taught the woman in Revelation 12 is Israel and the man child is Jesus by so many people. Men have stood up and taught this like it was the truth and obviously that is what they believed. However, I have given you overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Yet still people like their traditions better than the Word of God. Paul and the apostles had to deal with this attitude and this attitude still exists in the hearts of many today. I welcome you to find me wrong, study the Bible for yourself and discover the truth. DO NOT take my word for anything, you look it up in the Bible and see if that is what God is saying to you. I thought that my last blog would be the last blog on this subject but I decided to help skeptics a little bit more. You see there are many Old Testament scriptures that I didn’t cover. I primarily focused on what the New Testament said, but the New gives us insight into the Old and vice versa. So let me continue this subject with some more Old Testament scriptures that I was told are related to the woman’s identity in Revelation 12. Let’s look at some verses in the fourth chapter of Micah, from the prophet of God:
Mic 4:10 Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.
So who is this woman in labor? Who is the child that she brings forth? These are fascinating verses, but ones that are so easily misunderstood. If you have been reading the blogs on this subject I am going to be forced to repeat myself in order to explain the identity of this woman found in Micah. Most Christians automatically associate Zion and Jerusalem to natural Israel. However, I have given you numerous scriptures that have shown you there are 3 cities called Jerusalem. Perhaps I need to explain them again.
Start by asking yourself this question? Who are the children of Jerusalem? Focus on the children of the city and not the city of Jerusalem. We could of course say it is the Jews. That would be correct if we were talking about the natural earthly city of Jerusalem. But, who said that was the city that God was talking about? You see people often times get into trouble by assuming too much, too fast. There are three different cities in the Bible all called Jerusalem and here they are again:
- Earthly Jerusalem
- Heavenly Jerusalem
- New Jerusalem
So when you read a verse of scripture about a city called Jerusalem you need to first ask God which one He is talking about. All three of these cities represent Women in the family of God. These are all separate, unique and distinct cities. Everyone of these cities represent a different covenant relationship with God and a different family. Children of the natural earthly Jerusalem are the natural Jewish people found on the earth still today.
Mat 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
These are the words of Jesus speaking about the earthly city of Jerusalem. He speaks to her in terms of being a woman with children. These are the natural children of the Jewish people that he was bringing the message of God to. These are the children that mostly rejected the message and killed him. What I want you to see from this verse is a woman with children. Now let’s move on to the heavenly Jerusalem.
Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
Now we see a direct contrast given to us. This woman in Galatians is said to be a free woman. Her location is given to us as being somewhere above this planet. By reading the context of this verse we can see it is compared to the earthly Jerusalem who is the woman that is in bondage. We can determine from these verses in Galatians that there are two distinct and separate cities, both called Jerusalem and both as we have seen are stated as having had children. In fact the heavenly Jerusalem is said to be the mother of the church. We can ascertain from that by simple logic that the heavenly Jerusalem is not the church. We can see by further analysis of Galatians that the earthly Jerusalem is said to be a type of Hagar and that they heavenly Jerusalem is said to be a type of Sarah. If you understand the story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar you know that Sarah was much, much older than the slave woman Hagar. We can therefore conclude by using logic again that this heavenly Jerusalem existed prior to the establishment of the earthly Jerusalem came into existence. Are you following all of this? This is important stuff.
The Bible speaks about a new heaven and a new earth being created by God. These verses also speak about the old heaven and old earth passing away. Why is it necessary for God to do away with the old and start over? It is a very perplexing question to ponder. Nonetheless, that is what the Bible describes to us. So I told you there were three cities in the Bible called Jerusalem so let’s find out about that one:
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
We can clearly see a revelation of God being described to us in this chapter. Here is the new Jerusalem, a city coming down from God. This city is also a woman who is adorned for her husband. We can see from this that there is an implied marriage. So let’s start by asking who is the husband?
Rev 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the lamb is come, and his bride hath made herself ready.
We can see in the Bible that the husband is the lamb of God. Jesus of course is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. I’ve heard several ministers try to teach that since the church is the body of Christ, if Jesus has a bride then we have a bride also. They try to place the church into the same class and gender as God. You know the term bride of Christ technically doesn’t exist in the Bible. No you see in Revelation it describes the bride as being the Lamb’s wife. I don’t know about you but I have never heard the church called the Lamb of God, have you? No, you see the church is not the groom, the church is the bride. Here is what Jesus said on the subject of the identity of the bride:
Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
Here we see Jesus speaking to the church, saying those that overcome He will write the name of this city called, the New Jerusalem. If you don’t understand that statement. I really can’t help you I guess. The church is the New Jerusalem. The church is the bride and wife of the Lamb of God. The church is in covenant with Jesus. A covenant in the eyes of God is a marriage. God being the male, the people in covenant being the female. This is how it worked in the Old Covenant and this is how it works in the New Covenant.
So who is the mother of the church? It is the heavenly Jerusalem according to Galatians 4:26. So who is the church? The church is the bride of the Lamb. We can then logically deduce that the church is the daughter of the heavenly Jerusalem. Where have we seen that term before? Daughter of Jerusalem occurs several times in the Old Testament in fact it occurs directly describing the woman in labor in Micah 4:8:
Mic 4:8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
So who is the daughter of Zion? Who is the daughter of Jerusalem? It is the daughter of Jerusalem that is said to be in labor and not the mother Jerusalem. Do you understand that statement? Do you see that there is a difference between these two women? If Jerusalem was pregnant, then she could be giving birth to a son or a daughter, but it says the daughter of Jerusalem is pregnant and she is about to give birth. That is a different woman than those who have said this is Israel in Revelation 12. If the woman in Revelation 12 is Israel, it would have said in Micah that Jerusalem is about to give birth. It is critical that you understand who God is saying to be pregnant.
Heb 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
This statement written to the church of Jesus Christ informs us that we have come from Mt Zion, we are from the city of the living God called the heavenly Jerusalem. The Heavenly Jerusalem is our mother, we are the daughter of the heavenly Jerusalem. It also informs us that our mother is a spiritual mother, a city of spiritual beings. Mary gave birth to Jesus, some 2000 years ago, the heavenly Jerusalem started giving birth to the church some 2000 years ago. We can see from Revelation 12 that this is a prophetic birth that has not yet occurred. This birth according to the prophet Micah is of the woman called the daughter of Jerusalem or we could also call her the New Jerusalem. There is still so much to learn, if we open our hearts to the truth and let God teach us. I know these lessons have been new and dramatically different than anything you have ever heard before. I know they are from God and not from me, so if you choose to reject them you are rejecting God and not me. I have never been smart enough to think this stuff up.
If you would like to continue reading blogs in this series, you can go to “Part 9“.
(Ver 1.1) This is now my seventh blog on this subject and I hope you have been following it from the beginning. If not go to the beginning and start with Part 1, before you try to read this blog. It will make much more sense if you take them in order. In my last blog I scripturally pursued evidence for if the Bible says anywhere that Jesus could be a spiritual father and have spiritual children. You see if it says in the Bible anywhere that Jesus doesn’t have children or simply does not say, then we would have no basis for the woman in Revelation 12 being the church. I believe I showed you a few good scriptures in my last blog that Jesus can and does have a spiritual family and that this spiritual family can have spiritual children. One of these scriptures was a popular Christmas card verse about Jesus being called the “Everlasting Father” in Isaiah 9:6. I then brought up this point. Why would God need to qualify the noun “father” with the adjective “everlasting”? Here we have a noun (father) being modified using an adjective called “everlasting”. I thought God the Father was the Everlasting Father? Everlasting means eternal or the one that lasts forever. The implication from that qualification is that God the Father is not the Eternal Father, Jesus is. I don’t know everything, I just read and study the best that I know how. I stay open to God and if He wants to teach me something about a verse I just try to listen. So I try to stay open and pay close attention to every word that is written.
Today, I want to take a turn and explore this subject from a completely different angle. So many times God when he answers prayer He does so in a way that we were not expecting. God gives us the answer to the prayer, but usually in a way that was different than what we would have done, or the way that we would have like it to be done. This is a lot of the time, the trouble with our Bible study techniques. Instead of studying a subject from God’s perspective we want the Bible to fit our idea of the way it should be. But, we soon discover that God if he wanted us to know everything clearly could have written the Bible that way. However, since God wrote the Bible in a concealed manner we must learn to work with what He has given to us. In doing this we soon learn that we need to change how we think. God is not like us, His ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts. But that does not mean that we cannot change to learn His ways and think His thoughts. It just takes a renewing of our mind to know and understand the things of God.
I will start this blog by saying that the child in Revelation 12 is God. Every male child in the family of God is always God. Every female in the family of God is always the people in covenant with God. So if a spiritual woman has a spiritual male child it can only be God. I just gave you some very basic concepts of spiritual things that I know I did not explain scripturally. Right now you will have to trust that I know what I’m talking about. If you keep reading my blogs we will eventually get there but it will take time.
So today I want to explore the Book of Ruth. The book of Ruth in the Old Testament has some absolutely fascinating information given to us in it. If you have never read this book perhaps you should do that now, before you continue with my blog. It is a short book, only 4 chapters so it will not take long to read through it and to gain a quick overview of it. To those who have read it and think they know what it is about, let me briefly recap. The primary subject of the book is a woman named Ruth. This woman is a gentile woman, not in covenant with God, not born into or of the nation of Israel. A gentile woman not in covenant with God, this is very important to understand. The book of Ruth starts with the story of a family from Bethlehem. Already we can see some parallels being developed. Where was Jesus born? Jesus was of course born in Bethlehem. The story of Ruth starts with this family from Bethlehem leaving their home because of a famine. Famine is a state of or the absence of natural food to eat. Natural food parallels spiritual food and gives us insight into a greater spiritual problem, but I won’t go there right now. Any way this family consisted of the following family members:
- Elimelech, the father
- Naomi, the mother
- Mahlon, a son
- Chilon, a son
This family of four members, rises up and moves to a place called Moab and settles down. There in that land the father dies and the two sons marry gentile women and they also die. Now we have a family that consists of nothing but three women who are left alone. A Jewish mother with two daughter-in-laws. One of the daughter-in-laws leaves and goes back to her family, but the other daughter-in-law made a wiser choice. This woman named Ruth said to her Jewish mother-in-law, where you go I will go, where you live I will live and your people shall be my people and your God will be my God. Ruth made a great choice and God honored her decision tremendously, by allowing her to become a great-great-grandmother of King David. There are only 4 women directly mentioned by name in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1 and Ruth is one of them. God bestowed a great honor upon this woman Ruth for trusting in His Word.
We can see a great story unfolding of a gentile woman not in covenant with God, speaking covenant words to be joined into the family of God. These words spoken are a pattern of another spiritual woman to come. In fact, all of these characters in this story I believe represent an allegory of a much higher spiritual reality. God is giving us a look into the spiritual realm by analyzing this story. This story is primarily about a gentile woman named Ruth and this woman is a type or pattern of the church. Her mother-in-law Naomi is a type or pattern of the Nation of Israel. Her Father-in-law is a type or pattern of God. Earlier I told you that males in a family always represent God, females represent women in covenant with God. In this story of Ruth, we see that the father as well as the sons all die. When Jesus died on the cross who really knew what this meant? Obviously Satan didn’t know. I do want to explore this subject, but I cannot do that without a huge study that would cause me to get off of our current subject, so I have to leave that for a future blog.
Now let me go into what Ruth is primarily about. You see everything that I said up until this point is just the introduction to the main subject found in Ruth. The main story line concerns the law of the kinsman redeemer. If you read chapter one of Ruth you saw Naomi make a statement to Ruth that she was too old to have children for Ruth to wait around and marry. You see in Jewish families if a son married a wife and died without children it was the responsibility of the nearest relative, a brother to marry the widow to raise up heirs for his dead brother. This is the foundational basis of the story of Ruth. What hope does Ruth have by hanging around her mother-in-law? Where does Ruth place her trust in for her destiny and future? Ruth is placing all of her trust in the law of God. God’s Word declared that a relative was responsible to come into the picture and marry the widow to have children. Notice what I just said? The reason for the marriage was to have children. This is so significant that you cannot even begin to image what it all means. Ruth is a type of the church, Boaz the kinsman redeemer is a type of Jesus Christ, our redeemer. Boaz takes Ruth the gentile to be his wife with a covenant of marriage for the purpose of having children and they become the great-great-grand-parents to King David. This is amazing stuff if you are understanding the implications. All of these concepts are found in the law in the book of Numbers and if you read through them closely you should begin to understand some of the spiritual implications to these words:
Num 27:6 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Num 27:7 The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.
Num 27:8 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter.
Num 27:9 And if he have no daughter, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his brethren.
Num 27:10 And if he have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his father’s brethren.
Num 27:11 And if his father have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it: and it shall be unto the children of Israel a statute of judgment, as the LORD commanded Moses.
You see God goes through a long discourse of how to distribute the inheritance of a family when the father dies. Who is our spiritual Father? Oh well I am sure I will have some say God the Father cannot die and I will not argue with you. You either see it or reject it, you choose. Any way in the law, if the father dies the inheritance begins to go to the children starting with the firstborn. Then if there are no children it is interesting to note that we start with the nearest relatives, uncles and then cousins. We can see a hierarchical order of inheritance being established. God is establishing a law of precedence in the natural realm to demonstrate how He will do something later in the spirit realm. I would like to ask those skeptics out there this question. Did you ever notice in the New Testament that we, the church are called the joint heirs with Christ? What is an heir? An heir is someone who inherits after someone else died. Get it? Uh oh? Who died to leave us an inheritance? What was that, which we inherited? How did this inheritance follow the law in Numbers that we just read. There are just so many questions to think about, isn’t there?
So the story of Ruth is a natural pattern to a much greater spiritual truth. We can see Ruth, who is the pattern of the church, marries the redeemer Boaz a pattern of Messiah in order to raise up children for the dead husband and father. Let me briefly give you some scriptures in Ruth that may help you to understand this story better:
Rth 4:3 And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech’s:
Rth 4:4 And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.
It was the responsibility of the nearest relative to buy back the land that belonged to their family. In this verse, Boaz approaches a nearer relative to ask him to buy the land of their brother Elimelech. But as you read down you find this relative refuses, because it would mean that it would ruin his inheritance. You can see in verse 4 that Boaz tells this other relative that if he didn’t buy the land that he would do it, because there are no other relatives that can legally do it. But, did you notice the term “redeem”. “Redemption” is a New Testament term and work of Christ.
Rth 4:5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.
You can see in this verse of Ruth the problem that the other relative is faced with. In order to redeem the land of Naomi, you must marry the gentile woman Ruth and have an heir for the dead relatives. This is the law of God given to the nation of Israel and it is very significant to the story of Jesus and the church.
So how does all of this relate to other scriptures in the Bible? I’ll end this blog with this related reference found in the New Testament:
Rom 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
Rom 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
Rom 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Here we have a passage related to the law of marriage. These verses have widespread spiritual implications written all over them. Did you notice who they were written to? Paul writes these verses to those under the law. He actually says those that “know” the law (Rom 7:1). To “know” something is a statement related to a covenant relationship. I’ll try to do a blog in the future explaining that statement in more depth. We can see that Paul is writing these verses to his natural brothers of the nation of Israel. So while the book of Romans was written to the church, these verses pertain only to the natural Jews. It is very important to see this. The law stated that a woman who was married could not be married to another man as long as the first husband was alive or she would be called an adulteress. But, the woman whose husband is dead is free to marry another (Rom 7:3). So what does God say to those who were under the law? God told them that they are now free to marry another, and this one that they should marry is the one that God raised from the dead, Jesus Christ. Are you following the reasoning and logic of these statements? Because Jesus Christ was crucified, these verses claim that their former husband was killed or died. That is what Romans 7:4 is telling them. The crucifixion of Jesus now freed them from the law to be in covenant with the risen man Jesus Christ, the Son of God. A marriage to the Son and not the Father. We can clearly see that these verses do not apply to gentile believers because they were never under the law or in covenant with God. The gentiles were never in or under the law and therefore were free to be married to whomever they choose. However, the natural nation of Israel was given the law on Mt Sinai through Moses and this law established many boundaries that they are forced to abide with as long as they refuse to accept their Messiah. Let me briefly go back to the book of Ruth and tell you about a statement that Ruth makes that reveals to us the principal of these statements in Romans 7:
Rth 1:17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
Ruth makes a statement of truth that has widespread implications. You can see from the statement that death represents a dividing line. Death causes a separation of one connected person from another person. Only death can separate us, Ruth said. This is an incredible revelation if you apply it correctly and understand it fully. Ruth gives us a secret to how God will separate himself from Satan. Only by his death will the wife be freed from the law of her husband. Death represents a division between two connected individuals. Through death a legal separation occurs between two people who are in a marriage covenant. It is important to know that God does all things in a legal, orderly manner.
There is so much more that we could discuss about these verses, but I wanted to show you another set of verses that speak about God experiencing death for us. The death of Jesus has so much more meaning than we have ever imagined. That means we have an inheritance that must be distributed according to the law. Ruth is a story that has so many great truths in it, that I did not get to them all in this blog. Hopefully you will continue to study the book and see the other details that God reveals to us. For example, Boaz must go to a closer relative and ask him if he wants to marry the gentile woman. The closer relative refuses to marry Ruth because it will mess up his inheritance, so he thinks. Who is this closer relative representative of in the spiritual realm. How does this pattern fit into the redemptive work of Christ? Then there is this fact found again in the genealogy of Jesus. I told you earlier this list only contains the names of 3 or 4 women and they all have significance and meaning to Jesus. Boaz was a type of Jesus. Who is Boaz’s mother? Boaz is the son of Rahab the harlot. That is also significant in the typology analysis. Who was Jesus born of? Israel is also called a harlot in Old Testament books like Hosea. There are so many more things to consider. If you dig really deep you can find so many valuable truths.
So I have attempted to give you scriptures that show why the woman in Revelation 12 is pregnant and who this child is and why He must be delivered. The child in Revelation 12 has widely been taught to be Jesus Christ, but the typology and symbolism in the rest of the chapter does not fit the natural birth of the Messiah. So we have to look for spiritual truths and spiritual reasons to identify the male child and hopefully I have pointed you in the right direction. I know I did not cover everything in its entirety and I know there is absolutely no way that I could do that even if I wanted to. Only God knows everything and we only see things through a glass darkly and only truly understand what God wants us to understand, when He wants us to understand it. I believe that we have so much more to learn.
If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons, please go to “Part 8“.
When studying the Bible, we discover some of theological qualities of the deity of God. This is sometimes overlooked when we just read the Bible, but knowing these characteristics can help in our understanding of God’s Word. We should always start by knowing that God is the only deity power that knows everything and we should then realize that we are not him. This is a very basic truth, but I’ve heard some preachers get up and make statements, that sounds like they are God. For example, I heard more than one preacher say something like “Search the Bible and you won’t find anything that says blah, blah, blah”. This is about as an idiotic of a statement as anyone can make. I can only say that God is the only one that is qualified to make a statement like that since He is the only one that knows everything that the Bible says. Men sometimes act like they have searched and because they haven’t found anything, that means there is nothing about that subject in the Bible. Here is a truth that you should be aware of, in the New Testament Paul wrote “For we know in part”. If Paul knew only a part of the truth, I would venture to say that we only know a part of the part that Paul knew. I won’t call names in this blog but I will give examples.
I heard a minister say, you can search the Bible and you won’t find anything in it that says the church is the bride of Christ. What an idiot. Who does he think he is? Obviously he thought he was God who knows everything about the Bible. What people don’t realize is the complex ways that God uses in the Bible to conceal subjects. God uses a multitude of different methods to make the Bible a giant puzzle. There is symbolism, typology, analogies, patterns, parables, a multitude of ways to call the same object by the same name, there are multiple things called by the same name, there are independent truths, dependent truths, and on and on I could go. Guess what, I did what he said, I searched the Bible and I found a bunch of scriptures that confirmed the identity of the church as the bride of Christ and just because he didn’t see them, it doesn’t mean they don’t exist. What he did was he made a statement that caused a lot of not so capable or mature Christians to believe something that the Bible doesn’t say. What he did was contribute to the confusion and the divisions that are already well ingrained into the body of Christ. After I studied the subject, I have a hard time understanding how they miss it and don’t see it. This is such a problem that men make this mistake more often than they realize and this is the root cause of the majority of the divisions within the church. One group sees a truth, the other groups don’t. It would be nice if men only taught things that were really truth. I’ll end with one more example of arrogant idiocy. I heard a minister make this statement, “This woman is Israel, you can’t make this woman any other identity because it won’t harmonize with the rest of scripture”. Do you understand what an arrogant statement that is? He doesn’t know the rest of the scripture, so how can he make a statement like that? All he did was contribute to a falsehood using his opinion of the truth. He was talking about the identity of the woman in Revelation 12. After I studied the subject I didn’t have clue how he could have made that statement. He didn’t give any scriptures or backing for the statement, he just said it like it was Gospel and therefore everyone was suppose to believe it.
I don’t fault these teachers that I just gave you as an example, for they truly think and believe they are right. The Bible is however so much more complex than it appears on the surface. So instead of telling people what the Bible doesn’t say, concentrate and focus on what God tells you that it does say and only teach that. We have so many examples, of this in the church it would be impossible to include every example. So what is the low hanging fruit of this topic? Teach what you know and not what you think you know. If you make a statement make sure you can provide the verses to back the statement. If you can’t do that then it is wise to keep your mouth shut.
(Ver 1.1) We have been exploring the identity of the woman in Revelation 12. In my last blog I know I left a lot of people hanging because I just couldn’t go into the detail that I needed to explain it thoroughly. It is very difficult and challenging to teach a subject that is highly complex and is so totally new to everyone. I feel I need to give Bible reasons for everything that I say and I only can do that in a limited time and space. So I try to balance not taking up too much of your time with getting enough details in to confirm everything that I say. If you are a pastor, I am sure you know what I am talking about. If you have not been following this series from the beginning, I would strongly recommend that you go back and start with Part 1.
So rather than rehashing my last blog, please allow me to approach this subject in a way that you might not expect. I think that if it is as we have seen that this woman in Revelation 12 is the church and if she is married and in covenant with the risen savior Jesus Christ, that we should determine if this man Jesus can have any spiritual children? I think you might be surprised to find that He can. Let us first start with some Bible basics. We know that Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the triune Godhead. The Trinity of God being comprised of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three unique personalities make up the One True Living God. Three personalities, but One God. Three manifestations of One God. So let’s start by confirming that God is called a Father in the Bible:
Heb 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
We can clearly see that God is called the Father of spirits in this verse in Hebrews. We should immediately try to determine who are these spirits that God is said to be the Father of. By implication we can see that this verse at least implies that every spirit has their origin from God. We can say this includes every spirit of every man, woman and child on the planet. But, I would also say that this includes every angelic or demonic spirit that exists also. All of these are spirit beings, and had to originate from God, the Father of spirits. That to me is just basic logic. I think we also have to briefly examine the Biblical fact that Jesus the Son of God was born of a natural woman. So we can clearly see that God the Father can also have natural physical children. But because the Bible says in John 3:16 that Jesus was the “Only begotten Son” we know from the Greek word there that “begotten” means physically born. God is not going to have any more physical children, ever! Mary was the only virgin birth that God will ever participate in. So if God is said to be the Father of spirits, can the Son also be a Father of spirits? We know that Jesus was a natural male, and capable of having natural children in the normal way with a natural woman. But, just because some idiots have tried to say Jesus had sex with someone and fathered a child, do not be so easily deceived. Jesus never had any natural children on the earth. If he did we would be in serious trouble, there would be no possibility for salvation for us then. But, let us look at the other possibility. Can Jesus now in heaven, the second part of the Trinity now have a spiritual child and become a new Father God? I think that is an interesting concept to consider. Think of it this way, God created natural physical things as a view into the spiritual dimension. These natural things are shadows, types or patterns of spiritual things that we cannot see. These natural things point us to and give us glimpses into a realm of spiritual possibilities that we cannot see with our physical eyes or senses.
So what did God create in this world? Adam and Eve were the beginning of the human race and they had children and probably lots of them. Certainly, Cain and Abel came from Adam and Eve. These two first parents were patterns of spiritual things to come. God created the family of Adam and Eve as a separate and independent family unit from God’s family in Heaven. Adam was created as a pattern of a father to every natural living human being on this planet. Adam could be called the father of the human race. Whatever happens to Adam, happens to everyone that comes from Adam. Adam had a child and his son had a child. This is also a pattern of something else to come. There is a spiritual truth being implied here that anything that happens to God the Father happens to every spiritual descendant or male child of their spiritual Father. That was a major clue to why Satan should not have killed Jesus Christ, if you didn’t understand it, I’m sorry. I don’t have time to explain it right now. The current subject is about spiritual fathers and sons and can they have children. If God the Father can have children, then God the Son can also have children. This is just basic reasoning and logic based upon patterns we see from God’s creation. I do hope you are following my logic. But, let us take a look at what the Bible says, here are some interesting verses that pertain to our current subject:
Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
These verses in Ephesians gives us two valuable conformations, first that God is the Father and that He also has a family. God’s household is comprised of a family of spiritual beings in heaven. These are representative of the pattern that God implemented with Adam and Eve’s household and family household on the earth. A natural family with natural parents giving birth to natural children. All of these are patterns for spiritual truths concerning spiritual families.
Now let’s explore this logic scripturally and see if it holds water. We need to see if there are any scriptures that speak about Jesus being a father. Let’s start this analysis with this scripture in Hebrews:
Heb 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
When I read this verse I almost missed what it was saying. It is so interesting that I studied it for a long time until God showed me what it was really saying. You see this verse is speaking of Jesus our Lord, the Son of God. This verse declares that Jesus has established a new house. This is a new house that didn’t exist before. But what does it mean when it says house? A new house implies a new family. In fact if you look up the word “house” in the Strong’s you will find that it means “a family”. Why did God have to establish a new spiritual family through Jesus Christ? Apparently there was some major problems with the old spiritual family of God. Without getting into the details, because I would have to write you a book, we need to realize that God’s spiritual family included all of the spiritual beings, angels, Michael, Gabriel, and Satan (Lucifer) and his demons prior to Jesus coming and dying on the cross. Remember that the Bible says that Satan would not have crucified Jesus if he had known the consequences for killing him (1 Cor 2:8). You can see from that scripture that something happened on the cross to cause Satan to be very unhappy with the outcome. Something happened that affected him directly and personally. I wish I could go into in more depth but I just don’t have the time right now. I did give you a major clue earlier on this subject so I hope you can put the pieces together and seek the answers for yourself or you can wait until I have time to get into it.
So we can see from Hebrews 3:6 that Jesus has established a new family unit for God. Let me ask you this basic question, that I guess many don’t know in the world today, but what constitutes a family? What is a family defined as? What does a family unit consist of? I believe according to the Bible definition, a family is a man and his wife and their children. If you try to define a family any other way, you are wrong. Hollywood and television want to redefine marriage and modern families. There is even a new TV show called Modern Family that promotes the homosexual lifestyle and other abnormal behaviors. But we have to stick with what God thinks, God’s definition of marriage and family and only go by that. Jesus when confronted on the subject of marriage and divorce said, “can’t you read? in the beginning God created them male and female.” That of course was my paraphrase, but nonetheless it is the basic concept that was conveyed. We know that Adam and Eve were a natural pattern for Christ and the church. At least, I know that. We can see that God calls Jesus Christ the last Adam in the New Testament (1 Cor 15:45). God connects Jesus to the pattern of Adam directly. We can definitely see that Adam was a natural pattern of the spiritual Jesus. Adam had one wife who was the body of Adam, Jesus has one wife who is the body of Christ.
Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam‘s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
What is the subject of this verse? It is directly related to Adam, and God says Adam is a pattern of Jesus to come. There are many other parallels and patterns that we could explore, but let’s continue with our subject and study can Jesus have children.
We know from Hollywood and a non-Christian author named Dan Brown that Satan has attempted to say that Jesus who was a man, had a sexual relationship with a woman on the earth and had children. I often times wondered why it was important for Satan to try to plant these misdirected seeds in the minds of people on the earth. Satan rarely does anything that does not have a purpose. I believe it is an attempt to distract us from the truth. True Christians will always reject that Jesus had a sexual relationship with a natural woman, but what else does the words of Dan Brown do to us? They automatically cause you to reject any other new assertion that Jesus could be a spiritual father of a spiritual child. The automatic conclusion would be, if we reject the physical child birth we must also reject a spiritual child birth. But here is the main difference, we reject the physical child birth, because it is not in the Bible. So we should see if the spiritual child birth is in the Bible.
We can see so many verses that give widespread implication of the establishment of a new family of God if we look for them. Here is a verse that speaks to us along these lines:
Gal 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Using logic again we can see this verse speaks of two divisions of people. Those who believe and those who believe not. Those who believe are a people in a new family or a new household of faith. This word “household” literally means a close relative, those who are in the same family. But this is not just any family this is His family, the family unit of Jesus Christ. Those that have believed on Him.
So we have seen scriptures that indicate Jesus has established a new family of God and that this family is a new spiritual household with new family members. So does Jesus Christ have children? Here is another scripture that I found absolutely fascinating:
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
This verse is absolutely more proof that people read things and don’t see what it says. I’ve had this Bible verse printed in a bunch of my Christmas cards and I didn’t see it for a long time. Did you see it? Is this verse about Jesus Christ? Sure it is! Jesus is the child that was born, and the son that was given. Since it is currently the Christmas season, we can certainly see that Jesus, the Son of God is also being called a father. This verse in Isaiah 9:6 calls Jesus Christ the “Everlasting Father“. Do you understand the implications behind that little statement? I doubt very seriously that you do. Why does God need to put an adjective “everlasting” in front of the noun “father”? The reason you do this is to differentiate one father from another father. You see I thought God the Father was the Everlasting Father? Oh well, I guess I won’t go there today.
Did you know that you can’t be called a father or a mother, unless you have children. That is just a basic Bible fact. So if we read in Isaiah 9:6 that God calls Jesus the “Everlasting Father” we can conclude that he has children. There are two kinds of fathers in the Bible, one is a natural father and the other is a spiritual father. A natural father is only someone that has sown natural sperm into a natural woman and she has conceived and has given birth to a natural child. Then he is a called a father. Spiritually speaking a pastor, a priest or a bishop could be a spiritual father. All of the apostles were considered spiritual fathers. Paul was considered a spiritual father. In fact any Christian can sow spiritual seed into a non-Christian and if they believe and Christ is conceived in them, then they also become a spiritual father. You see there are spiritual families as well as natural families. That means there are spiritual seeds that were sown into the hearts of men and women and they have believed and accepted Jesus as Lord. The spiritual process follows a pattern of the natural process so that we can understand it.
So I have given you a lot of new information to think on. I have given you direct and indirect scriptures that indicate Jesus Christ is a Son who has established a new family for God. This family consists of Jesus the bridegroom, the Church his wife and some potential spiritual children. You have to study the pattern of Adam and Eve and you have to put some pieces of the puzzle together so I know there are still some that don’t see what I’m saying. Before I comclude let me quickly give you one more revelation from the Word of God. Jesus called Himself the Son of God and the Son of Man. The Hebrew word “Son” (and Jesus was a Hebrew) means “the builder of the family name”. In other words Jesus said I am building a new family for God and for Adam. Everytime Jesus said He was a Son, He implies that He will have children. This basically leaves Satan and the other demons out of the new family established by Jesus and His bride. I guess I’ll stop there in order not to overwhelm you with too much new information all at once.
I hope you realize how difficult it is to give you just a little bit and not cover a subject with adequate scriptural backing. If what I write is just my opinion it is not worth a dime, but if it is God’s Word, then you cannot dismiss it or write it off, unless you are stupid. All we have seen so far is the possibility that this child in Revelation 12 is a child of the church and Jesus, we have not really concluded who the child is, so please realize it will take more time for me to explain what God has taught me. We will continue with the subject of the identity of the woman in Revelation 12 in my next blog. I pray that you are thinking with your spiritual eyes open and that you can understand the Bible lessons being presented. Thank You for taking the time to study the Word of God with me.
If you would like to continue reading this series, you can continue with Part 7.
(Ver 1.1) In my last blog I went into verses found in Revelation 12 that described qualities and features of the woman. These descriptive terms spoke of those that overcame with the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, those that kept the commandments of God and those who possessed the testimony of Jesus Christ. I provided a number of verses that all demonstrate these qualities are describing the church. I also said that in this blog that I would start the process of identifying the man child that this woman in Revelation 12 delivers. I do not think that I will be able to get to everything that I wanted to today, but we will get there eventually. This is now the fifth part of a series of lessons on the “True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12” and if you have not read them from the beginning I would strongly suggest that you go back and start with Part 1.
First, I want to briefly address a difficult comparison without going into a lot details about the subject. In other verses in chapter 12 we can clearly see that the woman is persecuted by Satan. We can see a hatred and anger directed at the woman. Satan is said to be at war with this woman. I believe those statements can and do apply to both Israel and the Church equally and is therefore is one reason why people have said this woman in Revelation 12 must be natural Israel. However, from my study in the Bible, there are two completely different reasons why Satan is persecuting these women. Both of these reasons revolve around Satan being motivated by a need for self-preservation. If you haven’t figure it out, Satan knows that his time is short (Rev 12:12). He is doing everything that he can to stop the plan of God and save himself from being cast into hell. I could go into this in much more depth, but I believe I will save that for possibly a future Bibles study topic. Just keep in mind that both women are being persecuted by Satan so both qualify based upon that to be the woman in Revelation 12. But, as we have seen in other verses in this chapter everything must line up in order to conclude the true identity of the woman. We can’t just take a part of the chapter and say this is this woman based upon a part of the chapter and leave the rest out. That is why I will now try to continue to explore the subject of why the woman is pregnant?
This of course will be something new, as if nothing that I have said is something new. Oh well, here we go. Let me start by giving you the possible candidates for the identity of the male child in Revelation 12, some of these you have heard before and others you probably have not:
- The natural male Jesus born in Bethlehem.
- The Risen Savior Jesus Christ born from Above
- The Spirit of God
As you can tell by my list of candidates, the child can only be God in some manifested form. I am convinced that the child cannot be anyone else, but God. So let us do some logical analysis of the verse in Revelation 12 that speak about this birth of a male child.
If the symbolic woman is a spiritual reality like I believe she is, being the church, then the child also has to be a spiritual child and not a physical child. That is just basic logic and it is also what the Word of God says. Jesus himself, said that which is born of flesh is flesh and that which is born of spirit is spirit (John 3:6). Taking what Jesus said we can see that this woman has to be either one natural woman with a natural child or one spiritual woman with a spiritual child and you can’t mix them up. If you try to mix them up you violate God’s Word! You can’t have a spiritual woman giving birth to a physical child and you can’t have a natural woman giving birth to a spiritual child. So who or what was Jesus born as? Of course Jesus was born as a natural physical male child in Bethlehem from the natural physical woman called Mary. The Bible says the Word was made flesh (John 1:14). Jesus was born of the flesh as a natural man. So Jesus was a physical man born of the flesh, even though he was still the Son of God. Jesus always made a point of calling himself the “son of Adam” or the “son of Man”. If you have read my other blogs you already know that “Adam” and “man” are the same Hebrew word. So if it is as most Bible teachers have declared, that this child in Revelation 12 is Jesus the Christ, if that is true then we are forced to conclude that the symbolic woman has to be Mary his natural physical mother. You see that which is born of flesh (Mary) is flesh (Jesus). I don’t know if you are following my logic or not. Me, being a computer programmer I am a highly logical thinker and God uses this to teach me things in the Bible. If you are not a logical thinker then you are probably struggling with this paragraph. What you should take away from this discussion is this, if this child in Rev 12 is Jesus the natural man he had to be born of a natural woman called Mary. Then you have to look at every other verse in the chapter and determine how Mary could fit in with that interpretation. If you are very smart you can immediately see that Mary doesn’t fit with any of the other descriptive qualities of the woman in Revelation 12, other than being a woman and being pregnant with a male child and that is just a small part of the whole knowledge revealed about this woman.
Next, we have to determine if the child is the risen Lord Jesus. The Bible says that Jesus the risen Savior was born from above. Jesus is called the firstborn from the dead (Col 1:18). Jesus himself said that a man must be born again in order to see the kingdom of God (Jo 3:3). Knowing that Jesus is a man, he must include himself into that statement. Jesus being God in the flesh is forced to abide by His own statement of truth. Jesus said a man must be born again or He cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. So we have to conclude that Jesus was the first one born again from the dead. It is just a simple fact, any man in heaven must have been spiritually born again in order to get there. I know this is a difficult side trip, but one that has spiritual significance if you can see it. If the child is a spiritual child, like I believe it is, then the mother has to be a spiritual mother and a spiritual wife. I told you the Bible was complicated and there are many potential interpretations, but still only one truth. Let us therefore strive to understand the truth.
So can a spiritual woman have spiritual children? Of course she can and here is the scriptural precedence for that statement:
Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Jesus in this verse is called the first born from the dead. This is obviously a spiritual birth and not a natural birth, yes? If Jesus is born of the Spirit, then that demands by logical deduction the existence of a spiritual mother. That which is born of spirit is spirit! Some have tried to conclude that the woman in Revelation is the Spirit of God. But I have bad news for you, God is not a woman. God does not give birth as a female. God is the male, the Father, the Husband and the man in every covenant relationship. If you try to think otherwise, you are wrong. There is a very strong implication in thinking about Jesus being the firstborn from the dead, that a spiritual woman existed, prior to the resurrection of Jesus in order to give birth to him. This also shows us that a spiritual woman also existed prior to the church. This woman is assumed to be mature enough to give birth to children. Are you following my logic? These are all awesome statements of truth. So who is this woman that is mature enough to give birth to a risen Lord Jesus Christ? Here is another verse that God gives us in Romans that sheds more light on the subject:
Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Again we see Jesus called the firstborn, but this time it says there is a second born, a third born and on and on we go. It actually says Jesus has many spiritual brothers and sisters. What we see is another implied reference to a spiritual woman that gives birth to these spiritual children. This is such an important concept to fully grasp and understand. Now let us figure out who this mature spiritual woman is that gave birth to all of these spiritual children:
Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
This of course is a scripture that has been bypassed for lack of understanding for a very long time. We can see that this verse is speaking to the church directly so we can conclude that the church are the spiritual children that is being referred to. If we apply the logic that only spirit beings can have spiritual babies, then the woman mentioned here, this Jerusalem has to be a mature spiritual woman. We can also see the location of this woman as being somewhere above. Meaning it is not the earthly Jerusalem or any other place on our planet. Now some might try to conclude that this is the New Jerusalem, but it cannot be. You see I haven’t told you directly yet, but the church is the New Jerusalem. By using basic logic, a mother has to exist prior to having children. A woman does not give birth to herself. If Jesus was the firstborn from the dead, his spiritual mother had to exist prior to that birth. If the church is the new Jerusalem, there is no way it could be the mother of Jesus, this woman is said to be his wife in Revelation 21:2. If you continue to read chapter 4 of Galatians you can see that two different Jerusalem’s are mentioned. One is said to be a type of Hagar and she is called the “earthly Jerusalem”. The other Jerusalem from above is called a type of Sarah. Both of these women were Abraham’s wife and I don’t have time to explain that, just go study your Bible. If the earthly Jerusalem is called “Hagar” she is the younger woman and Sarah the Jerusalem from above is the much older barren woman. In this story of Abraham, Sarah was around 90 years old when she had her first child. Sarah is therefore the woman that has been around for much longer than Hagar. These are all valid types and patterns that I know is difficult to grasp at first. So what is this Jerusalem that is above? We can see another reference to this woman in Hebrews:
Heb 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
You can clearly see that this city Jerusalem is said to be the city of the living God. It is the current location of heaven where God has His throne. This city as it says in this verse in comprised of an innumerable company of angels. These were the only spiritual beings in the city prior to Jesus’ resurrection. What we see is a pattern being given to us of a spiritual city, with a heavenly location with a lot of angels in it. This is the spiritual mother of Jesus and the church. This woman existed a long time before the earthly Jerusalem ever existed. At Jesus’ birth the New Jerusalem did not exist so we know that this woman cannot be either of these two Jerusalem’s. Here again are the cities that we have just identified:
- The Earthly Jerusalem
- The Heavenly Jerusalem
- The New Jerusalem
So what we have is the clear reference in the Bible to three completely different cities, all called Jerusalem and all three in covenant relationship with God at some point in time. I know this is complicated and totally new to most of you, but you don’t know everything that I do and I can’t teach you everything that I know all at once. What you need to realize is that there is a spiritual woman called the heavenly Jerusalem that has given birth to a spiritual daughter called the New Jerusalem and both of these women are not related to the earthly Jerusalem. The next thing that you should realize is that, if one spiritual woman can have children, then another spiritual woman can also have children. This is in fact a very significant statement to consider. If the woman in Revelation 12 gives birth to a spiritual being, she has to be a spiritual woman. The natural nation of Israel is a natural woman and not a spiritual woman. The natural nation of Israel is a pattern for the church a spiritual woman in covenant with Jesus Christ. I know I have a lot of explaining to do and hopefully I will get to it in a future blog. I know I did not discuss my third candidate possibility yet either. This child in Revelation 12 could still be the Spirit of God, but why would it be necessary for the spirit of God to be born from a new spiritual mother? That is a very interesting question to consider.
If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons, please continue to “Part 6“.
(Ver 1.1) This is Part 1 in a series of lessons on understanding Correct Bible Interpretation. I personally believe in order to correctly interpret the Bible we need a good foundational understanding of all of the Bible basic concepts and themes. The Bible is certinaly the most complex book written by the most intelligent author that you will ever read or attempt to understand. That statement might surprise many. You see I base that statement upon the clear evidence of the number of splits and divisions within the body of Christ that we can see everywhere around us. What other religion in the world do you see such widespread division? Can you name any? I know Islam has two basic groups and maybe a third group of extremist. But look through the phone book yellow pages and see how many different types of Christian churches you find listed. In some large cities you could be looking for a long time. The Bible contains simple truths but even these are not always clearly presented. However, I believe that we have to understand some of the basics before we can ever begin to understand any of the more complex subjects of the Bible. I firmly believe that the complex truths of the Bible are built upon many other simplier truths found in the Bible.
What are the primary themes and subjects of the Bible? I would say that we should start by saying the Bible is predominantly about Jesus Christ. In other words Jesus Christ is the central theme to the entire Bible. You should be able to find Jesus in every chapter of the Bible in some form. Jesus as a central theme occurs very frequently in every book of the Bible. This is one of the primary keys to understanding and interpreting the Bible correctly. There are certainly many other central themes that are found throughout the Bible and I will not attempt to name them all. If you would like to leave a comment on this blog about a central theme that you see as important, please do that and share it with the rest of us.
The Bible is written much like a weaver would create a fine tapestry. There are threads of truth woven throughout the scriptures. These truths are woven among other truths and intersect at specific points of the textual fabric. Like a tapestry, these threads woven correctly project a larger image and a picture that can only be seen after stepping back and looking at it from a distance. If you stand too close you always miss the big picture. If you only study the big picture, you always miss the details. Biblical themes should be prevalent throughout the scripture and help you to clearly see the big picture. The big picture themes should always help you to understand the details. There is a unique harmony and balance between the two. For example, Jesus said in the Gospels, I give you a new commandment and he told us of the commandment of love. In this he also told us that love fulfills all of the law. So we should recognize that the God who is Love, is a central theme of the Bible and you should see love in action as you read the rest of the Bible. God gives us the definition of the Agape kind of love in 1 Corinthians which I have included from the Amplified version of the Bible:
- Love endures long
- and is patient and kind;
- love never is envious
- nor boils over with jealousy,
- is not boastful or vainglorious,
- does not display itself haughtily.
- It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride);
- it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.
- Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way,
- for it is not self-seeking;
- it is not touchy or fretful or resentful;
- it takes no account of the evil done to it
- [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
- It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
- Love bears up under anything and everything that comes,
- is ever ready to believe the best of every person,
- its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances,
- and it endures everything [without weakening].
- Love never fails
- [never fades out
- or becomes obsolete
- or comes to an end].
So the challenge is to find the central big picture themes of the Bible first and then use them to help interpret the rest of the Bible details. Study the the Bible detail truths only in context using the knowledge of the greater big picture truths to help us to undertand the details. What I am trying to say is if Jesus is the central thene for the entire Bible, then use your knowlede of Jesus to help you interpret all of the other verses in the Bible that appear not to be about Jesus. You might think that this doesn’t sound that difficult to do, but you will soon discover after much study that things on the surface are not always as easy as you might have thought at first. We will continue talking about this subject of Correct Bible Interpretation in a future lesson. God Bless.