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Understanding Bible Covenants! Part 2 Sex, Infidelity and Divorce

(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“.

Problems with the Traditional Christmas Story!

(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.

Key to Understanding! God is into the Details

(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.

Understanding Bible Covenants! Part 1 Covenants and Marriage!

(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“.

The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Pt 8 Micah 4:6-10

(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:

  1.  Earthly Jerusalem
  2. Heavenly Jerusalem
  3. 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“.

The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Pt 7 The Book of Ruth

(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:

  1. Elimelech, the father
  2. Naomi, the mother
  3. Mahlon,  a son
  4. 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“.

Key to Understanding! Realizing That Only God Knows Everything

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.

The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Pt 6

(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.

The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Pt 5

(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:

  1.  The natural male Jesus born in Bethlehem.
  2. The Risen Savior Jesus Christ born from Above
  3. 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:

  1. The Earthly Jerusalem
  2. The Heavenly Jerusalem
  3. 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“.

Key to Understanding! Seeing the Big Picture

(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.

The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Pt 3

(Ver 1.2)  This is now the third part in an advanced series of Bible lessons on the subject of  the “True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12”.  These lessons are intended for spiritually mature Christians with an open mind and a willing heart to learn from the Bible.  If you have not been reading this series from the beginning I would highly recommend that you go back and start with “Part 1“.

OK, in the last lesson I talked about the identity of the symbolic moon found in Revelation 12 as being Satan.  This information has been encoded (hidden) into the Bible by God’s design using some very intelligent tricky techniques.  One of these techniques for hiding information that God has used is the method of calling one person or spiritual entity by many different names, titles and descriptions.  If you have ever studied the Bible you know that Satan is referred to as the serpent, the great dragon, the devil, Lucifer, Beelzebub, the father of lies, the ruler of darkness, the prince of darkness, the god of this world, the deceiver, the tempter, the thief, the accuser of the brethren, and as we saw in my last Bible lesson the symbolic moon.  That of course is not a complete list, but just an example of what I am talking about.  If you would like to see a more complete list of “Names, Titles, Symbols and Descriptions for Satan” you can click on that link and go there.  There are many reasons why God has done this, but one of the main reasons is to allow Him to reveal the true meaning at the appointed time.  The Old Testament was full of the prophecies of the coming Messiah, but yet Satan didn’t understand them neither did any of the Jews who kept the scrolls.  God went through and completely revealed them to the apostles and Paul only after Christ was risen from the dead and ascended into heaven.  There is a reason for this and it also establishes a pattern of how God works and gives us notice that He can do it again if He so chooses.   You might call it God’s modus operandi.   God has given to us a huge book of information, which contains a countless number of  prophetic scriptures and God can reveal them to us even now and I believe that is what He is doing.

Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

What we can see in this verse a powerful spiritual truth being revealed to us about God’s creation.  God created things in our world that reveal spiritual things that we need to know.  By knowing these we will be able to understand God’s power and His Godhead.  That is why it is important to note how created things like the sun, the moon and the stars fit into the spiritual picture.  By understanding these natural things God is revealing some very powerful spiritual truths to us.

In Revelation 12:1 we saw a descriptive picture or a symbolic woman being given to us.  For emphasis I believe that I should review these featured symbolic elements.  This woman is said to have the following distinctive characteristics:

  1. A head with a crown of 12 stars
  2. A body clothed with the Sun (the Greater Light, Jesus Christ)
  3. Her feet standing on the moon (the lesser light, Satan)
  4. Finally, the location of the woman is said to be heaven

I hope you can agree with those basic statements, because they are all so very significant.  We have seen that the body (the church) is clothed with Jesus Christ who is the symbolic Sun.  We have seen that the woman’s feet is on the ruler of the darkness, the moon, who is Satan.  I have given you numerous scriptures to back these explicit and implicit asserted truths.  Knowing this revelation and understanding it will now help us to clearly identify the woman.

Psa 136:7  To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:

Psa 136:8  The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:

Psa 136:9  The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

We can see that the Genesis 1 day 4 account of creation is being repeated as a second witness in the book of Psalms.  This information verifies what we have already learned.  The Sun rules the day and the moon rules the night.  I like to try to give you two or three witnesses to every Bible truth so that you will know that I am not taking things out of context or just making stuff up as I go.

Today, I want to explore and confirm the identity of the symbolic moon in Revelation 12 called the ruler of darkness from a different perspective and see if we can establish precedence in the scripture for Satan to be under the feet of the Church (the body of Christ).  After all the woman in Revelation 12 is said to have the moon under her feet, and where are the feet, nowhere but on the body?  Let’s start by asking what does it mean in the Bible to have something or someone under your feet?  Anything that is under your feet in the Bible is a clearly symbolic reference to your higher position of order, of rank and of authority.   Someone being under foot is a sign of your triumphant victory over them as your enemy.  For example, God told Joshua in the Old Testament, everywhere the sole of your foot shall tread, I have given to you (Joshua 1:3).  To tread on means to walk over it with your feet.  We learn from this principle that whatever God has given to man, a man is required to fight and to possess and this is an established spiritual law.  These were God’s ways of demonstrating to Joshua that he was going to be victorious.  The spiritual enemy to the church is of course Satan and I won’t go into every scripture that we could use to verify this.  I believe that what God spoke to Joshua was a prophetic utterance that further applies to a pattern for the church to follow.  What I will do now is give you some Biblical backing for “treading” on an enemy.

Psa 44:5  Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.

Here we see a powerful prophetic principle given to us.  This is a statement that can clearly be taken either naturally or spiritually.  Symbolically speaking it is referring to the enemies of the church being under our feet.  If you can see this principle it will certainly make the identity of the woman in Revelation 12 easier to grasp.  Here is another interesting Old Testament scripture that must be related to Revelation 12:

Psa 91:13  Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Did you notice the reference to a “dragon”?  Do you think that this could be related to Revelation 12?  I don’t think there are very many dragons in the Bible directly named and said to be under someone’s feet.  I believe that it is a related scripture and directly points us to the identity of the moon as being Satan again.  As I ran references in the Bible looking for the principle of treading down I ran into verses like this one:

Job 40:12  Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.

 Maybe you recall how Satan was lifted up in pride in the Old Testament and some of the statements that he is said to have made.  God makes a prophetic declaration in this verse in Job and says that everyone that is proud will be brought low.  Then it also speaks of treading down the wicked.  I think both of these references could apply to Satan.

It is interesting to note what God told Adam in Genesis 1.  God gave Adam some specific instructions and here is one that is very relevant to our discussion:

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

We understand from this verse that God created the man to look like Him.  God then turned control of the earth over to His creation.  God specifically says man has been given “dominion” over all the earth, and everything that moves on the earth.  That is a very powerful bit of information for you to understand.  It is also important that you know the Hebrew word translated as “dominion” has the following definition in the Strong’s:

H7287

A primitive root; to tread down, that is, subjugate; specifically to crumble off: – (come to, make to) have dominion, prevail against, reign, (bear, make to) rule, (-r, over), take.

This word has far reaching implications attached to it.  It declares that man was intended to rule the earth.  But, did you notice the word literally means “to tread down”.   That is an active display of someone walking on something to demonstrate the defeat of that thing.  The word clearly means to “prevail against” an enemy.  Maybe you do not realize that God intentionally and prophetically declares the end from the beginning in this statement.  God is saying that the end will be like I intended it to be in the beginning.  Adam was given charge and instructions to defeat every enemy that came against him.  But, instead Adam let Satan into our world and Satan became the god of our world system.  I believe that the church will be used by God to demonstrate Satan’s defeat.   You see the man was created the last part of the 6th day of creation.  If you understand how the days of creation are prophetic this would seem to indicate that man will again become mature at the end of the 6th day or near the end of the 6000 year time period that God has given them.  This would also mean that what God intended for the man to do is what will soon happen at the end of the 6000 years.   If you look at verse 28 in Genesis 1 God repeats his instructions to the man, but this time the man is told to “subdue”.  This Hebrew word again means to “tread down”.  In other words walk on.  The word literally means to conquer and to bring into subjection.  These are all prophetic terms of a warfare that is occurring and the Church is declared to be the victorious one.  This was the way that God intended it to be and this is the way that it will be.  The church will go out victorious with Satan under our feet.  But, let’s look for all of this in the Bible.

Let us continue now by looking at what Jesus says to the church right before He ascends into heaven.  At this point and time Jesus was already crucified, and after 3 days arose to live forever more.  Here in Luke we see some instructions being given to someone.  So were these instructions given to us, the church?  In the book of Luke Jesus makes this amazing statement:

Luk 10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

You see in this verse God is talking to the church about their enemy.  This is a spiritual enemy and not a fleshly, carnal or natural enemy.  In this verse, Jesus clearly delegates responsibility to the church.  But, did you also notice the reference to the serpent?  Where was the serpent suppose to be?  Under the feet of the church, yes?   Tread on means to put under your feet and walk on.  This is a descriptive symbolic representation of where Satan is to be in relation to where the church is suppose to be.  It is not coincidental or by accident that the identity of the serpent is clearly given to us in Revelation 12:9.  But, where does this statement and concept first originate in the Bible?  It is found in the Bible in Genesis chapter 3 after Adam and Eve sinned.  God comes on the scene and speaks the following words directly to the serpent, Satan:

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

 I am going to have a difficult time here because the translators made a huge mistake.  But I’ll attempt to explain it and hopefully you will understand it.  God is speaking to Satan, the serpent so we know at least one of the primary subjects or nouns in the verse.  God says “I will put enmity between thee…” and let me stop right there.  What is enmity?  It means hatred, it is an emotional status between two enemies?  It seems to indicate a confrontation or even an assumed warfare.  Are you understanding so far?  Now God reveals the other primary subject or noun in the verse and He calls her “the woman”.  Let’s stop there again and figure out which woman.  Since there was only one physical woman on the planet, was it Eve or was it a prophetic statement of a different spiritual woman to come?  Since at no time in scriptures do we see that Eve crushed the head of Satan, I feel we can rule out this natural woman Eve as being the woman that God is referring to.  I am convinced that it is a prophetic statement concerning the church and I will tell you why later.

Then God seems to change the subject, and He says “between your seed and her seed”.  Here we have the first reference in the Bible to “the seed of the woman“.  This of course is an interesting and complex concept.  But, what we need to determine is, according to the Bible, what is a “seed”?  If you would like to read my series on this subject in depth you can go to “Understanding Seeds“.  There are many different definition of seed given to us in the Bible, from natural seeds in fruits and vegetables that you plant into the ground, all the way to the sperm in a male.  Then, children are also called seeds in the Bible.  These are all examples, of natural seeds.  But, there are also spiritual seeds in the Bible and if this is a prophetic reference to a spiritual woman, I would also guess that “her seed” is a spiritual reference.  So what are spiritual seeds?  Jesus tells us in the Gospels that the sower, sows the word of God (Mk 4:14).  We can learn from this that the seed that the sower was sowing were God’s Words.  These are spiritual seeds that are planted into the hearts of men (Mat 13:19).  These seeds are either fruitful or they die or get choked out by the enemy’s seeds because the hearer did not understand them.  There are multiple parables in the gospels about seeds, gardens and harvests that all apply to the spiritual realities that I am referring to and I will not attempt to include these in order to keep this lesson as short as possible.  If nothing else you should have learned that there are many possibilities for what the seed of the woman could be.  Maybe you are like me and have heard it taught for years that the “seed of the woman” is Jesus Christ and He is the one to bruise the head of the serpent on the cross.  That is a common misinterpretation of God’s word and I will attempt to explain why.

So here is where I’ll probably lose some, the next statement in Genesis 3:15 is the part of the verse that I believe was mistranslated by two little words.  This is what the King James Bible says “it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.  The word “it” is a Hebrew word that is often times translated as “she” or “her”.  In fact if you look at Genesis 3:12, Adam’s response to God calls his wife by this word and it is translated as “she”.  The translators thought they were talking about a prophetic statement of Jesus Christ so they changed the verse to reflect the male gender of Jesus to be the seed.   Then there is the term “his heel”.  From what I could see by studying, there was no Hebrew word for “his” so it was also added for supposed clarity by the translators.  However, if we change the verse to what I consider to be a more correct translation it would read like this:

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; she shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise her heel.

Right now this is just a minor technicality, but I believe based upon more scriptures that I will show you it will become very significant.   Remember this, right before Jesus ascended He told the church to walk on serpents.  Right there ought to tell you that Jesus didn’t already do it.  Jesus would have never delegated something that He had already done.   In Luke 10:19 we have all of the same nouns found in Genesis 3:15.  We have the serpent, the church’s feet, and Jesus’ instruction to her, the church, to walk on Satan.  I know some of these are indirect references yet they are there if you can see them.  Let me give you another valuable scripture found in the New Testament that will shed significant additional light on the subject.  In the book Romans, God makes this statement that is truly  outstanding:

Rom 16:20  And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Again we have all the subjects and nouns found in Genesis 3:15 just using different terminology and perspectives.   We see God speaking to the Church, the bride of Christ a spiritual woman saying to her that God will bruise Satan (the serpent) under her feet very soon.   You see there is a problem if Jesus has already put Satan under His feet, why would God still need to do it using the church’s feet later?   God gave Paul the book of Roman’s many years after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and at the time of this writing, the bruising of the serpents head had not yet occurred.  Did you also notice the term “bruise” in Romans 15:20?  Isn’t that what God said would happen to the serpent in Genesis 3:15?   Again, we can see a spiritual woman, her feet and Satan the serpent being bruised, all mentioned in relation to a pending future action that was soon to occur.  We can see in God’s timetable that the time of this crushing of the serpent’s head has to occur very soon.  From prophetic words that we studied in Genesis 1, we can see that the church age only lasts two days, or 2000 years.  So if it is going to happen it has to happen very, very soon.  Here is one more verse that I will leave this blog with.  In this verse we again see the pending status of God’s enemies:

Heb 1:13  But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?

Here we have another verse that states Satan, the enemy of God is not yet under the feet of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ is seated at the right of the Father and He waits for His enemy to be made His footstool.  A footstool is a place you rest your feet, yes?  If the church is the body of Christ, where is Jesus’ feet right now?  We are the feet of Jesus in the earth and Jesus is waiting for God to bruise Satan under our feet.  I believe it is time to demonstrate the defeat of Satan under the feet of the spiritual woman.   So what I have attempted to do today is to demonstrate scriptural precedence that establishes a woman that has Satan under her feet.   By establishing this in the Bible it helps us to better understand the woman in Revelation 12.  The woman is clothed with Jesus Christ and has Satan under her feet.  Who else can it be?

Thanks for taking the time to study the Word of God.  If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons you can continue with “Part 4“.

Recognizing that God Uses People

Here is an interesting topic to consider when thinking about keys to understanding the Bible.  One of the keys to understanding the Bible is understanding the systems and methods that God uses in our everyday lives.  The Bible says God is not willing that any should perish, so we know that God wants everyone to be saved.  So what is He doing to solve this problem, how does God try to reach people and get them to believe and know Him?  That is a question I think many have never thought of.  God is of course capable of solving the atheist and agnostic beliefs in everyone in an instance of time, by suddenly appearing and proving His existence.   Why didn’t Jesus when He rose from the dead, go to everyone and prove His existence?  Why did He only appear to a select few?  If He would have walked into the synagogue in Jerusalem, every Jew would have had no choice but to believe on the one that they crucified.  There would have been an instant establishment of a kingdom of God on the earth.  There would have been no room for any other religion in the world.  But, God chooses to do things differently.  God has implemented a system based around people.  Throughout the Bible we see that God selected certain individuals to bring His message to the rest of the people.  We can see this in the life of Moses, Joshua, David, Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, etc.   Here is a verse that demonstrates God’s system to us:

 Rom 10:14  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

 God created a faith based system of beliefs for the human race.  We can see in this verse that it speaks of people calling on God to save them.  But how can they call if they haven’t heard of Him.  No one has ever seen God so we are all in the same boat.  We can clearly see a reference in this verse to the human element in God’s plan of salvation.  We can see that unless men and women preach and teach about God and His ways, no one will be able to hear, no one will be able to believe, and therefore no one will be saved.  The weakest link in the chain is people.  God has left the process in the hands of people.  Those that teach the Word of God have been called by God, selected by God, given the responsibility by God to get His message out.   No man or woman on this planet can save anyone, yet God has chosen a system that is totally dependent upon people who are imperfect and capable of failing.  On one hand you can see that God is either crazy or He has great faith in the ability of His Word to accomplish change in the hearts of men.

 Eph 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

 We can see in Ephesians 4:11 that the verse contains one key repetitive word, this word is “SOME”.  Some means not everybody, it could even mean a few, as in a small percentage.  The key emphasis is that not everyone has the same function, the same level of responsibility, the same knowledge, the same spiritual growth level, the same whatever.  God selected some people to specifically teach His Word.  That implies the rest are responsible to learn what is taught.  If everyone was a teacher no one would need to be taught, no one would need to teach.  If everyone knew everything God wouldn’t need to say anything. 

 So the point to today’s blog is for you to recognize that God uses people.  Just as he did throughout the Bible.  We can see David the giant slayer, Samson, even Saul of Taurus, who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament.  God has always selected specific men and women to get His message out to His people.   This is still happening today, your challenge should you choose to accept it is to recognize those whom God has sent and ignore those that just went.  So understanding the Bible will depend upon you understanding how God works and the systems that He has implemented and working with Him to accomplish His goals and purposes.  I hope this has been a blessing to you.

The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Pt 2

(Ver 2.0)  This is Part 2 of a series of lessons on the True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12.  In my last blog on this subject, I introduced you to the identity of the Sun as being the Lord Jesus Christ.  I briefly described the Sun as the closest star to our planet, our natural source of heat, light and life.  I pointed you to an overwhelming number of verses in the Old Testament and the New Testament that called Jesus the Sun.  Sometimes He is called the Day Star, the Bright Morning Star, or the Light of the world, but all of these are synonymous terms for the sun.  If you have read through my other blogs you may already know where we are going next.  I don’t like to repeat myself, but since I have new readers all the time, it is good to review.  If you did not read the first lesson in this series I would strongly suggest that you go back and start with “Part 1“.  It is always my understanding that truth builds upon truth.  So you need to understand things from the beginning to get the new things that I will discuss today.

What we need to do next is to determine the identity of the symbolic moon in Revelation 12:1.  In the book of Genesis chapter 1 verses 13 through 18, we can see that by the law of first mention, that God gives us specific information to the identity of the sun and moon.  Of course they are not called the sun and the moon here and that has been the challenge of why men have not seen these relationships before now.  The sun and the moon are called the greater light and the lesser light and this was an intentionally designed method of God to conceal them until God desired to reveal them.   On Day 1 of creation God creates light and establishes two divisions, one called day and the other He called night.  We can understand from this statement in Genesis 1:3-5 that the sun and moon must already exist on Day 1 for any days or night to exist.  Think about it logically, the earth rotates around the sun and this rotation of the earth is what causes night and day to occur.  Without the existence of the sun, there is no day only night.  We can see on Day 4 of creation that God causes the sun and the moon to rule these two divisions called Day and Night established on Day 1.  It is very interesting to note that these two divisions are both made up of 12 unique measurements of time commonly called hours.  I believe that it is not by accident or coincidence that God has done this.  I believe that this is a purposeful, intentional act of God that reveals some hidden spiritual things to us.  In my last blog on this subject I also told you about natural Israel and spiritual Israel.  Each of these two nations also represents two distinct divisions which consist of 12 unique sub-divisions, which are normally called tribes.  Where we go from here may be very hard for many to accept.   But, I have to tell it like it is and hope that you can see it. 

Day and night are both natural symbolic references that represent spiritual realities revealed to us in the New Testament.  Both of these conditions represent the spiritual state of the hearts of men and women on the earth.  Day and Night are two distinct and unique kingdoms, one of light and one of darkness.  The church is said to be in the day and the light and the rest of the world is said to be in darkness.  If you use your Bible search program you will find lots of references to these facts in both the Old and New Testaments.  Search for key words like night, day, light and darkness to start with.  Here is one example of what you will find:

1Th 5:5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

God informs the church that we are of the Day and of the Light.  The church is actually called children of the Light.  We know from other verses in the Bible that God is Light and in Him is no darkness.  So the church is called the spiritual children of God.  There is a very clear reference that anyone not in the church is in the night and in the darkness.  We also can see that since God has no darkness in Him, these people in the darkness are separated from God.  So again we see two divisions one called day and one called night.   So why are these significant?   We know from studying the Bible that Night and Day are symbolic representations of the conditions of the hearts of men and women on the earth.  Let’s go through the Genesis 1 day 4 account of creation and determine how this information fits into the pattern of Day and Night:

Gen 1:14  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

Gen 1:15  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

Did you notice God said that there were lights, plural that were going to divide the day from the night?  What did Day and Night represent?  Day and night are symbolic states of the spiritual condition of the hearts of men.  These lights were created to give light upon the earth, but the earth also represents symbolically the hearts of men and women.  Earth is where the sun shines or doesn’t shine, the plants grow, trees grow, etc.  The church is instructed to produce fruit, where does spiritual fruit come from?  Spiritual fruit comes from spiritual trees and spiritual plants that grow in the spiritual ground of the hearts of mankind.  I could spend a lot of time familiarizing you with these basic Bible concepts, but hopefully you understand them at least a little bit.  Let us continue in Genesis and see what else God says about these two lights:

Gen 1:16  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

We can see that God declares these lights to be the rulers of these two divisions called day and night.  Here again we see one of God’s tricks being utilized, God calls the sun by a different name, called the “greater light” and the moon, He calls the “lesser light“.  This verse contains all of the essential elements found describing the woman in Revelation 12:1.  We can see, the Sun, the moon and the stars all being mentioned for the first time in the Bible.  Since it is the first time these celestial objects are mentioned in the Bible, these verses will help us to understand what these objects represent in Revelation 12.  This spiritual law is called the law of first mention and is a common practice that God uses to reveal information to us.  So who rules the day, it is Jesus Christ the Sun of Righteousness.   Here is a good scripture that is certainly related to our current subject:

1 Jn 2:8  Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.

John writing to the church tells them that the “true light” is now shining in them.  They have come out of the darkness and the night and have seen the true light.  But by the law of inverse truth, if there is a true light, then there is also a false light.  Isn’t that an interesting consideration?  You see the moon who rules the darkness does not make any light or have any ability to produce light without the sun.  The sun is Jesus Christ and the moon is Satan.   The moon is a false light, and the Sun is the true light.  Satan must be the ruler of the darkness; Satan must be the ruler of the night.  It is very much like saying Christ and antichrist.  Jesus is the Christ and Satan is the antichrist.  These are just basic Bible principles of opposites being demonstrated to us.  Jesus is good and Satan is evil.  But, let us confirm all of this in the Bible:

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

What we see in this verse directed to the church is a fact that declares our enemy to be the rulers of the darkness of this world.  Darkness is a condition of the hearts of them that are in the spiritual state of night.  This can only be Satan and his demonic cohorts.  Just note the direct reference to someone ruling and what they are said to be the ruler of; this of course is the darkness.  Darkness is simply the nonexistence of light.  You take light away and you get darkness.  The Bible says God is light so you take God away what do you have left?  Darkness is also a synonymous term for night.  If Jesus is the spiritual Light of the world, then those who do not know Christ are the ones that are in a state of spiritual darkness.  According to Ephesian 6:12 Satan is the ruler of those individuals without Christ.  If you noticed in Ephesians 6:12, it said the enemy of the church was a spiritual force that consisted of “principalities” and “powers”.  If you go back to Genesis 1:16 and note the Hebrew word H4475 translated as “rule”, it means to govern and have power over.  So we can see that God has allowed Satan to seize power over all everyone still in the darkness.  But, then we could also say that for those who belong to Christ, they are now ruled by Jesus, the Light of Day and Satan doesn’t have any power over us.  Let’s look at another New Testament verse about Satan:

1Co 2:6  Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

This verse is again speaking about Satan being called the “prince” of this world.  The Greek word translated as “prince” means “ruler”, the one that is above the rest.  This is not speaking of natural or physical kingdoms in this verse, but it is speaking of the order within the spiritual realm of darkness.  This world is a reference to the spiritual world that we do not perceive with our 5 natural physical senses.  What we realize from this verse is that this present world is ruled by an unseen spiritual force that will come to nothing.  So let’s expand our knowledge with another verse:

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Again we see a very clear reference to a “prince” as being a spiritual ruler of the world.  Paul writes that we who are now in the church use to obey this prince, but now we do not.  The implication is given that we (the church) are now on the outside from under the control of this ruler of the world, even though he still is working in those who are not Christians.  This Greek word translated as “prince” or “ruler” is clearly stated to be a spiritual being that we cannot perceive with our senses.  There is a clear division being stated between two groups of people; one group in the light and one group in the darkness.  Here is another witness to exactly what I am teaching you today:

Col 1:13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

We can again clearly see a distinction being stated between two groups of people.  These are clearly stated to be two distinct and different kingdoms and the rulers of the kingdoms are stated to us indirectly and directly.  You can clearly see that it directly names Jesus the Son of God to be the ruler of the kingdom that the church now exists within.  Indirectly you have to make the association that the “power of darkness” is a reversed opposite to Jesus the Sun of Righteous.  This can only be Satan the moon.

So we have seen several good Bible references for Satan being called the prince, ruler and power of this present spiritual world of darkness.  Then here we have another related scripture found in 2 Corinthians:

 2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Both an explicit and an implied truth is given to us in this verse that Jesus Christ is the spiritual Sun light, that is trying to shine into the hearts of men who believe not the truth.   You can deduce from this verse that those who believe, are those who the Light of Christ as risen within and those who don’t believe are those who are still in darkness.  This verse says that those who do not see the light of Jesus have been blinded so that they cannot see His light.  This verse is describing those who are in the darkness versus those in the daylight.  It also says who is blinding them and this is the god of this world, who is Satan, has blinded their minds so that they cannot see the light of Christ.  Physical blindness is the inability to see natural light clearly, spiritual blindness is the inability to see and understand the Word of God internally.  Blindness can be external or internal according to this verse.  Satan who rules the night is the one that keeps the light from shinning into their hearts and he uses thoughts placed in their mind to defeat them.  Satan is the moon who rules those in the darkness and keeps men from seeing the true light.  Because they see a little false light they believe lies.  The moon has no life or light in it and it is a deceiver.   I hope and pray that you understand these simple natural truths and are transferring this information into the spiritual realm correctly.

Gen 1:18  And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

You see in Genesis 1:17 and 18 the reiteration of the truth of God’s word, the sun will rule the day and the moon will rule the night.  This will cause two separate divisions to manifest and one will be called the kingdom of light and the other will be called the kingdom of darkness.  We know that God is light and in him is no darkness.  Therefore we know that God is of the day and that is where the true church now is also, because He is inside of us.  These are very powerful spiritual truths that every Christian needs to thoroughly understand and I hope I have helped you to see them.

I’ll leave you in this blog, with this final bit of information.  The fourth day of creation was a prophetic event.   God declares that a day with the LORD is as a 1000 years and a 1000 years are even as one day (2 Peter 3:8).  If you do the math you will find that Jesus was born approximately 4000 years after Adam.  In other words Jesus came to the earth on the 4th day to bring a spiritual Light to men.  When He came He established a spiritual division called Day, meaning he left Satan out in the darkness.  This is why the Bible says if Satan would have known what was going to happen, he would not have crucified the LORD of Glory.

Now we have established the identity of two of the major key dependent symbols in the book of Revelation and we should now be able to see the identity of the woman coming into much clearer focus:

Rev 12:1  And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman (????) clothed with the sun (Jesus Christ), and the moon (Satan) under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

Are you seeing it yet?  So far I have just filled in two of the symbolic clues and already we have a greatly reduced set of possible candidates for the identity of the woman in Revelation12.  In fact in my mind it can only be one woman in my list of candidates.  But, we will continue the study of the identity of the woman in Revelation 12 and hopefully we can all be united and all come to the same conclusion.   In my next blog I will explore further evidence in the Bible for who the moon represents.

If you want to continue reading this series go to Part 3.

The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Pt 1

(Ver 1.9)  This is the Part 1 of a series of extremely advanced Bible lessons that will reveal the “True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12“.  There are many opinions on who this symbolic woman represents.  You can go and search the INTERNET and find various approaches to the interpretation of this chapter.  However the vast majority of these interpretations are based upon human reasoning and man’s opinion of the subject.  These are all private invalid interpretations of the scripture based upon 2 Peter 1:20.   An opinion is always trumped by a known fact.  A fact will always take presedence over my opinion.  Then there is God’s Truth that  will always trump any known fact.  What God has declared in His Word will always take presedence over any fact that is known by a man.  So in this lesson we are going to focus in on God’s truths and ignore man’s facts and opinions.  Also, if you are a true believer and have been born again, you have the same Holy Spirit inside of you that Paul had in him.   You are in the same church that Paul is in.  Often times I think that people forget this, don’t know this or just ignore this fact.  But, because they don’t know this they don’t realize that what God did for Paul He will do for you and I also.  This is what Paul said about what he taught:

Gal 1:12  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

So where did Paul get the gospel that he was teaching?   Apparently it was not from any seminary, temple, or human teacher on this earth.  This information did not originate on the earth, but came from God.  So when I read through some of the blogs on the subject of the identity of the woman in Revelation 12, I was very surprised to see how many quoted some human reference or commentary.  Many of the blogs simply said I think this woman is __________.  What do you think?   Nobody could give any definitive identity to the woman, and everything that they wrote was based upon human reasoning and speculation.  I do not believe that is a valid approach to the interpretation of the Bible.  So I will warn you up front that what I am about to tell you now, did not come from man, but is a result of what God has taught me and I pray that you will see there is a major difference.

I cannot emphasize enough the complexity of the Bible.  God has written the Bible in a fashion that conceals vast amounts of information, making it very challenging for us to understand.  But once you begin to learn some of the techniques that God has used in writing the Bible and concealing information in plain sight you will soon begin to understand much more of the Bible.  If you would like to study the techniques that God uses for “Hiding the Truth in Plain Sight” then please do that first.

WHO CAN THE WOMAN BE?

Let us start with the possible candidates for the identity of the woman in Revelation 12.  I’ll give you a list of possible candidate women found in the Bible and we will need to immediately ask is the woman in Revelation 12 a literal unnamed physical woman or a symbolic representation for a unknown or unnamed spiritual woman?  From everything that I have read so far here are the possibilities:

  1. The Earthly Jerusalem, the natural nation of Israel, the Old Testament Wife of God (Jer 31:32)
  2. The Heavenly Jerusalem, the spiritual mother of Jesus and the church (Gal 4:26)
  3. The New Jerusalem, the Church, the Bride, the Wife of Jesus Christ the Lamb (Rev 21:2)
  4. The natural woman called Mary, mother of the natural man Jesus (Mat 1:16)

There will no doubt be many that will read my list of 4 candidates and not understand it.  However, if you study the Bible very closely and carefully observe what is said, you will discover that there are 3 completely different cities in the Bible all called by the same name Jerusalem.  This is just one technique that God uses to conceal truth in the Bible.  Call multiple things by the same name.  We have to realize that there are natural things and that there are also spiritual things and both of these can be called by the same name.  Every one of these cities represents a female in a relationship with God.  Also, all four of these women are described in the Bible as having children and being mothers.  Any of these cities could fit the pattern of the symbolic pregnant woman in Rev 12.  I do not have the time to explain all of this in this blog, so you will have to either take my word for it or go and study it for yourself.   I already warned you that what I’m teaching came from God and not from a man, so it will certainly be different than anything you’ve ever heard before.

WHEN DOES THE EVENT IN REVELATION 12 OCCUR?

I want to start this lesson on Revelation 12 with a new and different scripture than what you might think that I should start with.  Since we are talking about chapter 12 of Revelation, I would like to back up and start reading with Revelation chapter 4 and show you something very important that God says.   I think we can all understand that Revelation 12 is either a past historical event, a present day event or a future coming event.  Which one it is will help us determine which interpretation is valid and which interpretations are not valid.  Do you agree with that?   Let’s read Revelation 4 to find out:

Rev 4:1  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

People obviously read scriptures and just ignore them or fail to apply them.  Either way you are going to fail in your understanding of the Bible if you do that.  Here we have God in Heaven telling the apostle John to “come up” to heaven so that God can show him things that will occur from this point in time forward.  If you are intelligent; you should realize that from chapter 4 forward, whatever is written, God says has not occurred as of the time of being written on paper by John.  Is this too complicated to comprehend?  Do you understand this statement?  Do you believe God?  Is God a liar?  I think what confuses people sometimes is the fact that God uses symbolism in Revelation for spiritual things and for people that existed prior to this writing.  Some of these symbols will reflect existing spiritual and physical realities like Jesus, Satan, angels, the church, the nation of Israel, and other spiritual entities that must already pre-exist before Revelation 4:1. Therefore, what is prophesied to happen to these existing entities in the future is easily confused with past occurrences that have already occurred because of the similarities of descriptions.  Please understand the difference between something that is prophesied to happen to someone that already exists, is not a problem unless you say it has already occurred and that would violate the definition of a prophecy and the scripture we just read in Revelation 4:1 where God says everything that is stated from this point forward has not yet occurred.  Is that too complicated?  What we are going to soon discover is that there are statements in Revelation 12 that will cause most people to gravitate to a specific pre-drawn conclusion of the identity of the woman in Revelation 12 because the woman is described to be pregnant and because her child is caught up to heaven and because he is said to rule with a rod of iron  Therefore they have automatically concluded without studying or taking into account Revelation 4:1 that the child is Jesus and that the woman is either Mary or the nation of Israel.  However, this interpretation makes God to be a liar.  God is clearly confused that this has already occurred in Matthew’s Gospel and clearly God is now revealing Revelation to John a long time after the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ into heaven.   What God is trying to get you to see, is the fact that the prophecies going forward are all about coming events and not about historical events that have already occurred.  You can easily disagree with God, if you would like to but that is probably why your Bible interpretations suck.  Read the Bible and follow what it says, apply it to surrounding verses and learn by using what they say wisely.

If God says that I will show you things to come in Revelation 4:1, does chapter 12 come before or after chapter 4?  You have to agree that chapter 12 comes after chapter 4.  So that is the problem with most people’s interpretation of the woman in Revelation 12.  They have jumped to the conclusion that the child born must describe the birth of the man Jesus in Bethlehem and therefore the woman must be the natural nation of Israel or the woman Mary ignoring all of the scriptures that I will present in this lesson.  But, let me ask you this, when did John write this book?  Was it after Jesus was born or before Jesus was born?  Most Bible scholars will agree that the book of Revelation was written a long time after the birth of Jesus and could have been written somewhere around the year 96 AD.  Obviously it should be clear in your mind that Revelation was written well after the birth of Jesus, so therefore we must conclude that the baby described in Revelation 12 can not be physical Jesus using this logic alone.  I know that will upset a great number of readers, but yet I’m just reading the Bible and seeing what God says.  If God would have said in Rev 4:1 come up here and I will show you the things that have already happened and the things that will come hereafter, then that changes our view of the possible interpretations significantly.  Since that is not the case what we must conclude based upon the Word of God is that the pregnancy of the woman and the birth of the child in Revelation 12 are both future events.  I beleive that if you try to teach it any other way that you make God to be a liar.  I would personally rather stay on God’s side.

WHAT DO THE SYMBOLS MEAN?

In order to identify the symbolic woman in Revelation 12 correctly, I found that it was critical to identify the woman’s associated symbolic characteristics and descriptions first.  What we will discover when we study is that the given symbolic descriptions of the symbolic woman’s features surrounding her clearly only point us to one possible valid identity.  It is what I call a dependent truth relationship.  Until you identify the parent truths, you will never understand the child truths.  I am not really sure if you understand this concept that I just gave you.  It is found in computer programming and other paradigms, as well as in the natural world when speaking of children born from their parents.  In computer programming languages this feature is called inheritance.  This is where one computer object inherits qualties and features from another object.  But, you can not fully understand the child’s object capabilities without fully understanding the parent’s object.  If you do know anything about computer programming you still may be struggling with this concept, so I’ll try to show you by teaching you about the parent symbols found in Revelation 12 to help you understand the woman’s identity.  These parent symbol truths start with information found in Revelation 12:1:

Rev 12:1  And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

We can see immediately in verse 1 that this woman is clothed with the symbolic sun, with her standing on the symbolic moon under her feet and finally her head is crowned with a crown of 12 stars.  What we should start with is the fact that this woman is a symbolic representation of a greater spiritual truth.  Normally God gives us symbolic information using natural objects that we can understand to represent spiritual truths that we have never seen.  But, by us understanding these natural object we can then transfer this knowledge into the spiritual truths.   The next thing we should do is to understand that the sun, the moon and the stars are also all symbolic references of natural things that also point us to much greater spiritual unseen truths.  These symbols of the sun, the moon and the stars are three of the most important dependent parent truths that I was referring to earlier and these must be understood correctly in order to identify the woman in Revelation 12.  This is where most Bible teachers and students have started to miss it in their interpretations.  They have focused in on the woman and her child and missed or ignored the other key symbols given that are very significant.  My approach as I have already tried to say will be to ignore the woman and the child and to focus in on these three other symbols to obtain the keys to unlock the identity of this woman in Revelation 12.   This is a radical departure from human logic and reasoning, but you will soon discover it will help tremendously to our understanding the woman.

What does the sun, the moon and the stars all have in common?  They are heavenly bodies that surround or can be seen from the earth.  That information right there ought to start you thinking in a different way.  What doesthe earth represent in other symbols given in the scriptures?  Jesus taught the parable of the sower that earth represented the hearts of men.  I believe that is very relevant to know so keep that in mind.  Then consider this these objects exist a distance from earth.  The earth revolves around one, the sun.  Second, the moon revolves around the earth.  Third, the stars are just more distant solar systems other than our own.  Let’s start briefly with the crown of 12 stars.  We should know from Bible study that the number 12 has a lot of significance throughout the book.   This number could apply to the natural nation of Israel who had 12 tribes, but it could also apply to the church that also had 12 tribes that originated from the 12 apostles of the Lamb.  So using this information we can see that the woman could either be natural Israel or the church.  I currently do not know of any number 12 that is associated with the natural woman Mary so based upon this information we can almost guarantee that the woman is not Mary, but we will explore this more as a confirmation as we continue.  I think I will leave the discussion of the symbolic stars until another lesson.  Too many have tried to start with the  identity of the symbolic stars and have come up with natural Israel and I think that just will confuse the issue for now.  Instead of being focused on the heavenly bodies themselves (stars) many teachers have become distracted by the number 12 and placed too much significance upon it and then just ignore the other symbols.  The number 12 is important, but not in the way that you currently think right now.

What I want to do is to address the easiest and most profound symbol of  the identity of the woman in Revelation 12, the sun.  She is said to be clothed with and wearing the sun.  She is described as a woman wearing the sun as her clothing.  The Greek word translated as “clothed” means “to put on” or to “invest with clothing”.  This is an absolutely fascinating concept.  The sun is very bright, ver warm and hot, the source of life and light for our planet.  The sun is also the closest star to our planet and the center of our solar system that everything else revolves around.  These physical attributes actually give us parallels into the spiritual realm and help us to identify who this symbolic spiritual sun is.     Let me list the qualities of the sun again for those who might have just let them slide over their heads.

  1. The Source of Light
  2. Very Bright
  3. The Source of Life
  4. The Source of Heat and Warmth
  5. Only Present during the Day when we work
  6. Not present or seen at Night when we sleep

These might seem very obvious to you, but yet you still do not understand the significance to what they mean.  I just gave you 6 descriptive characteristics of the symbolic Sun that the woman is clothed with.  In knowing these we could describe that this woman is wearing, life, light, brightness, warmth and day.  Her clothing is described in these very specific terms.  Keep these in mind as we go forward with this study because they are all very important.

So what or who does this symbolic sun represent?  I will not keep you in suspense because the sun according to the Bible is the Lord Jesus Christ.  How did I come to that conclusion?  It is simply what the Bible says.  Let’s start with a verse found in the book of Malachi:

Mal 4:2  But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

You see a verse that speaks indirectly about Jesus Christ, by not calling him the “Son of Righteousness”, but by calling Him the “Sun of Righteousness”.  Surely you can see this and understand who it is talking about?  If not, take note of the fact that something or someone is called the Sun and that he will rise somewhere to bring healing to someone in righteousness.  Please note that God says the sun rises and this is a symbolic spiritual prophecy of someone that brings healing.  Now with all that in mind, let’s find out who this Sun of Righteousness represents:

2Pe 1:19  We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

In this verse we can see another reference to Jesus being a light that rises and shines in the hearts of believers.  We can also clearly see that He is called the “Day Star”.  The closest star to our planet that shines in the daylight hours is our Sun.  Do you get it?  It is a very tricky method that God uses to call the sun by different titles in order to conceal it from plain sight and to make it more difficult to find.  But, Jesus is clearly again called the spiritual Sun (Star Shinning during the Day) that rises.  The reference to dawn is a description of sunrise when light first breaks in the morning and the darkness has to vanish.  These are all spiritual truths reflected in natural symbolism.  But, wait, I’m not done yet.  For those skeptics who are blind or dull of sight, I’ll give you another great verses for the identity of the Sun.  This time it is Jesus himself talking and the words are written in red ink in my Bible:

Rev 22:16  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Here we have the same method used by God, calling the Sun by still another new name.  God calls the Sun the “Bright Morning Star“.  This is another direct reference to “dawn” when the Sun rises by the usage of the term “morning”.  We can easily understand that Jesus is the Sun that rises in the hearts of Christians to bring us light into our spirits.  If you don’t understand this you are in trouble.  Have you ever looked into the sun accidently and noticed how bright it is?  The woman in Revelation 12 who is clothed with the sun would also be called this bright.  This verse in Revelation is referring to this bright star (Sun) that rises in the morning in new different terms.  The reason people have not seen this reference is because they think this morning star is a reference to a planet like Venus.  But, that interpretation ignores the fact that God says this is a star and not a planet.  Venus is clearly not a star.  These are also the words of Jesus telling us personally who He is, if you think he is a dead planet and not the life giving star of our planet then I really cannot help you see it.   Let me give you another new title for the name of the Sun.  This time it is in the prophecy of John the Baptist’s father when speaking of Jesus:

Luk 1:78  Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

So Jesus is prophesied to be the “Dayspring”.  If you look up the definition of this word in the Strong’s it means “a rising light”.   Isn’t this what the sun does?   You can also see the meaning of “dawn” when the sun rises.  What we see is a clear reference to Jesus being the Sun and the light of the world that rises.  When Jesus was born into the world He brought the light with Him.  Let me give you another reference for the identity of the Sun.  Again we will look at the words of Jesus himself when he walked the face of the earth in the flesh.

Joh 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

You do understand the source of the light and life for our planet, yes?  The natural sun produces the light on our planet and is the primary source of life also.  In this verse in John, Jesus reveals himself to be the spiritual light of the world and the source of spiritual life.  This is a direct parallel to the physical light of the world, which is the sun.  We can clearly see that Jesus informs us if we continue to follow Him, that we would not walk in darkness.  Jesus is referring to the hearts of man in this verse and tells us that He will light them internally, or spiritually.  Since the physical sun is the source for life on this planet, we can understand that the spiritual Sun of Righteousness is the source for our spiritual life.  What we have is a natural pattern given for a spiritual reality.  We can see the same physical qualities being described in Jesus.  Jesus is calling himself the light of life, that is clearly the sun.  Jesus is calling himself the light of the world, that again is the sun.  Jesus says we will not walk in darkness or the night, because again we have Jesus the Sun in our life.

There are many verses in the Bible that I can include in this lesson to illustrate the truth of the identity of the “Sun” being Christ.  I will only go with one more that repeats some of the basics that we have already witnessed in other verses, but since we are suppose to establish every word using 2 or 3 witnesses, I will give you this one as another confirming witness:

2Co 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

This verse is very informative.  It first confirms that the Genesis account contains prophetic statements within it.  God who on day 1 of creation, commanded the light to be, declares that this was a prophesied future spiritual event that would occur when Jesus came to earth.  The location of this shining or enlightenment is clearly given to be the hearts of mankind.  This is the inward spiritual location of your eternal spirit being.  Then the verse ends with how this occurs.  It is through knowing Christ.  Finally, there is a reference given to the “face” of Jesus Christ.  I found that fascinating and informative.  You see in the book of Revelation the “face” of Jesus is described this way:

Rev 1:16  And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

You see in this verse of Revelation, it is describing some spiritual qualities of Jesus Christ.  I’ll skip the first two and go directly to the last part of that verse that says “his countenance was as the sun shining in his strength”.  Isn’t that an interesting way to describe Jesus?  The word “countenance” can be translated as “face”.  So the “face” of Jesus is said to be symbolically shining like the sun at noonday.   This I believe is highly significant and just further confirms that Jesus Christ is the symbolic Sun found in Revelation 12.  Here is a list of scriptures that all refer to Jesus Christ in terms describing Him to be the Sun.  Some of these I have given you already and some are new:

  1. The Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2)
  2. The Greater Light that Rules the Day (Gen 1:16)
  3. The Day Star (2 Peter 1:19)
  4. The Bright and Morning Star (Rev 22:16)
  5. The Morning Star (Rev 2:28)
  6. The Dayspring (Luke 1:78)
  7. The True Light (John 1:9, 1 John 2:8)
  8. The Light of the World (John 8:12, John 9:5)
  9. The Light of Life (John 8:12)
  10. The Sun (Rev 1:16, Rev 12:1)

To me that is overwhelming evidence that Jesus Christ is the Sun.  Let me now approach this subject from a different angle to give you some additional perspective on this topic of the identity of the Sun.  Is the church ever told to wear the sun?  As you recall, the woman in Revelation 12 is said to be clothed with the Sun.  Of course the church must be commanded to wear the Sun, but just not in so many direct obvious words.  You have to look for it and figure it out.  You have to make an association that starts by understanding who the spiritual Sun is.  By now I hope that you can see that the spiritual Sun is Jesus Christ.

Rom 13:14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

The Greek word translated as “put on” here means to :invest with clothing:, to “be clothed” with.  Interesting, is it not?   Isn’t this what we are talking about, to be clothed with the Sun?  If Jesus Christ is the Sun, and we have clearly seen that He is, then the church is instructed to wear this Sun like clothing.  This verse in Romans tells us to wear Jesus Christ like a garment or a coat.  If Jesus is the Light and the Sun, then we would be wearing the correct symbol, for the woman in Revelation 12, right?  Here is another witness to this revelation:

Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Again we clearly see a reference of the church being baptized into Christ.  To be baptized is an immersion and covering by water.  This is clearly a symbolic reference of wearing something.  Now if that is true then according to this verse we also have “put on” Christ.  Put on again means to “be clothed” with Christ.  The church should be going around wearing the garment of Jesus Christ, right here, right now.

1Co 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

In this verse it compares two states, one physical with the other one spiritual.   The words “borne” and “bear” are the same Greek word that means to “wear”.  God is telling us we use to wear our bodies, but now we have been clothed with a heavenly body and this of course is the Sun.  To me it is very obvious what God is talking about.  I hope that you are beginning to see it also.  Let me briefly give you an Old Testament prophecy that goes into a bit of relevant information on this topic of wearing the “Sun”.

Dan 12:3  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

So as you read this prophecy in Daniel it should be self evident that it is talking about the church.  The church is the only group that is attempting to turn anyone from their darkness into the righteousness of Jesus Christ.  But, notice the terms that are used.  It declares that will “shine” with a “brightness”.  The firmament is another word for the sky.  The earth’s atmosphere when it is lit by the sun can be very intensely bright.  This is a clear reference to the “day”. That describes someone that could be wearing the sun, doesn’t it?   This chapter in Daniel is an end time prophetic message.  It describes many things that are occurring right now.  In context with that we see the righteous being hailed as light bearers.  Jesus made several statements in regard to this also.  In calling Himself the light of the world in John, He also said “ye are the light of the world”.  How can the church and Jesus both be the same light?  It only really makes sense if we put Christ on and wear Him around for others to see.  This is a revelation of letting Jesus be seen on the outside in the visible world.  Too many Christians want to keep Jesus on the inside and never let Him be seen outside of the church building.  This is not what the Bible says to do.  We are to wear Jesus Christ like a garment that everyone can clearly see.  Here is another very relevant scripture on the subject of wearing the Sun.

Isa 61:10  I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

God has clothed the church with the garment of Salvation first and then the robe of Righteousness second.  Do you remember who the Sun of Righteousness was?  It is Jesus Christ.  So we have very clear evidence that the church is to be clothed with the Spiritual Sun of Jesus Christ our Redeemer.  So the primary clothing in Bible days were not jeans and t-shirts, but were robes.  So we can understand that to be clothed with the Robe of Righteousness means everyday clothing and not just a special wedding garment.  The Hebrew word translated as righteousness is the exact same word found in Malachi 4:2 describing Jesus as the Sun of Righteousness.  So Isaiah 61:10 describing the church is definitely related to the verse in Malachi 4:2 describing our clothing of the Sun of Righteousness.  This is not an accident nor was it placed in the Bible by accident.  This is God’s designed plan to reveal this information at the right time.  I’ll end this blog with just one more reference since I am running pretty long.

Rom 13:12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

So we can see another word association being made.  This time the church is told to put on the armor of light.  Since it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where we get our daylight from, I think it is clear that we are being told to put on the Sun.  This clothing that we are commanded to put on, is described as the “armor” of light.  Armor is what a soldier would wear for protection against an enemy.  Body armor is common for Police and military personnel.  This “light” should have the same affect for a Christian.  By walking in the light you should never be in the darkness.  The clear reference in this verse is to the spiritual day or night condition of our hearts.  So there are many verses that instruct the church to shine and put on Christ.  Here are the words of Jesus himself that are also speaking prophetically about the church at the end of the world:

Mat 13:43  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

The Words of God, from the mouth of the True and Faithful One declares the righteous to be the ones that will shine forth as the sun at the end of the world.  Doesn’t that testify that the righteous church will be the ones wearing the Sun of God?    It sure looks like it to me.

I have given a number of key scriptures that identify the symbolic Sun as being Jesus Christ.  I have given you several other verses that either prophesy or declare the church to be clothed with this Sun.  We can see this truth in many other verses in the Bible that I have not covered yet, but I will end this blog with this question for now:

What woman in the Bible is clothed with Jesus Christ?

You can certainly eliminate a lot of the 4 potential candidates for this woman.  She cannot be natural Israel, she cannot be heavenly Jerusalem, she cannot even be natural Mary.  Just figuring out the identity of the symbolic “Sun”, one symbol changes the meaning of the woman in chapter 12 of Revelation dramatically.  This blog has introduced to the subject and yet we still have a lot to learn and figure out.  Perhaps in my next blog I will talk more about the other symbols, to help you better understand this woman’s true identity.  God Bless you and I pray that you have the spiritual vision to see and to understand God’s Word.

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Does It Matter What You Search For In The Bible?

(Ver 1.1) When it comes to Bible interpretation and understanding the Bible, did you know it matters how you search the Bible?  Did you also realize it matters what you search for in the Bible?  You can apply this same principal to searching for gold or oil under the earth’s crust.  Does it matter where you drill for oil?  Does it matter what type of soil you are drilling through?  Does it matter how deep you go?  Could you drill a mile down and miss the oil by 10 feet?  You know natural things say you can do the right thing but do it the wrong way or at the wrong time, or at the wrong place and the net results will be as if you had done nothing at all.  There is a biblical principal or as I call it a spiritual law that applies to us and how we search the Bible and what we search for in the Bible.  Jesus said “He who seeks will find”. 

Matthew 7:7 Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.

This Bible truth tells you something that is so profound yet it can be so easily missed.  What you seek after is what you find.  The clear implication to this verse is that it matters what you are seeking after?  It matters what you are asking for?  It matters what doors you knock on.  It makes a huge difference to what you find.  If you search for the wrong thing in the Bible you will find the wrong thing.  It is a spiritual law from God.  There lies the primary problem of people searching the Bible just to prove something is true.  Instead of just looking for the truth, people search and look for scripture to support their opinion or their position or what they think it says or what they think they heard someone say.   I’ve seen people search the scriptures and give references to why they think abortion is OK scripturally and they supported their position based upon their findings in the Bible.  Any idiot can find scriptures that support whatever position they want to take but that doesn’t mean it’s the truth and what God intended for us to follow.  Always start by reading the Bible and asking God to reveal to you the truth and refuse to allow your pre-conceived ideas or opinions to sway or influence your search.

So the bottom line is this, it matters what you are searching for.  If you are searching for the wrong things, God said that you will find the wrong things.  If you search for the right things, God will make sure you find the right things.  So what you find is determined by what you are searching for and not so much as what is really there.  This might not make much sense to you, I don’t know.  However, people have proven this repeatedly.  Jesus didn’t lie, he who seeks will find.  He who knocks it will be opened to him and it doesn’t matter if he is knocking on the wrong door.  Make sure you are seeking the right things and knocking on only God’s doors.   So why is this law possible?  If the Bible contains the truth, why can’t we just read it and understand it.  It really all goes back to a recent Blog I did where I told you that God wrote the Bible in a fashion or style that would allow man to make a choice.  You see if the Bible was explicitly written in a textbook style, man would have NO other choice but to believe it.  Understanding some of these key principles and spiritual laws of how to study the Bible will help you gain a much clearer understanding of God’s word, if you truly apply them.