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Understanding Spiritual Laws in the Bible

(Ver 1.3)  This is Part 1 in a lesson series about Bible Spiritual Laws created by God.  I use to like to study natural and physical laws found in science when I went to school.  We are surrounded by these natural laws, dominated by these laws and are completely dependent upon them for our continuing existence on this planet.  After studying the Bible for many years, I have realized that God created natural things as patterns for things that are found in the spiritual realm.  Every day we get up and get out of bed and never think about most of these natural laws that rule our lives.  Yet they are affecting what we do and the results that we have regardless of whether we are thinking of them or not.  The laws of motion, the laws of gravity, the laws of thermodynamics and the laws of aerodynamics are just a few of these scientific systems that we depend upon.  God created these natural systems so that we could depend upon and have confidence in them every day by faith.  You may or may not understand how these laws that I just gave you work, but yet you can believe in them and use them to your advantage or your harm depending on what you desire to happen.  For example, if you want to go to California from New York, the law of aerodynamics can help your pilot override the laws of gravity and help you to get you there in a matter of a couple of hours or so by plane.  This is just a small example of how natural laws help us in our everyday lives.

Introduction to Spiritual Laws

Just as there are natural and physical laws that rule and control our outcomes, there are also spiritual laws that control our eternal destiny.   God is a highly organized being of supreme intelligence.  Any organization in order to be organized requires structure and laws and so it is in God’s spiritual Kingdom.  God operates under a set of strict spiritual laws that I would say most Christians do not understand.  Religious minded people like to think that God is omnipotent and that means He can do whatever He wants to, whenever He wants to, to whoever He wants to.  I have no doubt that God is powerful enough and has the capability to do exactly that, however, by reading God’s Word we can discover that God has imposed limitations and constraints upon himself by His own design.  God has transferred spiritual ability, freewill, decision making capabilities, reasoning, thought processes and even authority to the human race.

Spiritual Law 1: The Law of Faith

In order to understand spiritual laws, you must first start by recognizing that there are spiritual laws.  You cannot start to learn about what you do not know, until you learn that these laws exist and then how these spiritual laws govern the things that occur in our world.  Here is a Bible verse that gives us just one spiritual law found in the Bible:

Rom 3:27  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

God informs us of many of the spiritual laws found in the Bible, but you have to look for them.  This verse tells us that “faith” is a spiritual law.  We can understand that faith is the ability of man to believe something that cannot be confirmed with our natural senses.  For example, to have “faith” in an unseen God.  You have never seen God, but yet believe that He exists.  That is Bible faith!  Faith is the belief of something that cannot be proven in the natural realm.  If you could prove this thing existed, it wouldn’t be faith.  The world likes to say “seeing is believing” but that is not Bible faith and that is not a true statement.  If you can see something you know it exists and you do not have to believe anything.  To know something is true is much different than to believe something is true.  If someone came to me and told me that they saw a man walk on the lake barefooted.  I would have to either choose to believe what they said or you would have to reject what they said, since I did not see it with my own two eyes.  If I chose to believe it, that is putting faith in that person and what they said.

So faith is a spiritual law designed by God to teach us a principle that God thought was very important for us to know.  When Jesus walked the face of the earth, if you were one of those that knew Him, you could see that He appeared to be no different than any other man.  He ate, he slept and he did all of the things that you and I do.  So how did Peter when asked by Jesus “who am I”, know that He was the Son of God?  It had to be by faith.  Sure Peter could see everything that He did and how that Jesus healed the sick and even raised the dead, but that still did not prove that He was God.  Did you ever think about the fact that Judas saw the same things that Peter did and yet turned Jesus into the soldiers to be killed.  How could both men see things so differently, who had witnessed everything that they did?  One chose to believe and the other did not!  Therefore, the law of faith worked for Peter but, Judas chose not to use it.

Spiritual Law 2:  Sin and Death vs. Spirit and Life

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Here is another verse found in the Bible that speaks of two spiritual laws that are diametrically opposed to each other.  You might think of these like the laws of aerodynamics vs. the laws of gravity.  The laws of aerodynamics overrule the laws of gravity and thus allows men to fly in airplanes.  Well according to this verse, the spiritual law of Life in Christ Jesus has super ceded the law of sin and death.   These are two scientific principles based upon the natural law of cause and effect.  The result of natural sin is natural death.  We can see this from Genesis 2 where God told Adam don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in the day you do you will surely die.  The Bible tells us that death entered into the world through the sin of one man, Adam (Rom 5:12).  But, it also tells us that by the obedience of one man, Jesus Christ all those who received it, would be made alive again.  These are two spiritual laws that have different results.  By embracing the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus we have overcome the law of sin and death that was passed upon us by our father Adam.  Our spiritual father Jesus took upon Himself death that we might be a partaker of His life.  That is an awesome trade for us.

Spiritual Law 3: Plant a Seed and Get a Harvest

There are many spiritual laws in the Bible and I cannot go into all of them.  For the sake of understanding I will give you one more example of a spiritual law found in the Bible.  This law governs men and women and their physical destiny almost more than any other that I can think of.  Because, people do not understand spiritual laws, they do not know how they have arrived at and are faced with all of the predicaments that they are presently confronted with.  People tend to believe in luck, either good luck or bad luck has dealt them what they have in their lives.  Other people believe, in the Doris Day religious philosophy “Ka Sa Ra, Whatever will be Will Be!.  Meaning no matter what happens to them it was not caused by anything that they did.  However, God has revealed something else in the Bible that is much more relevant to know than to think that everything that happens to us hass just been our bad luck.

Gal 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

You see God gives us some very specific instructions in this verse.  Because, He does not want us to be deceived by what happens to us, He tells us clearly a spiritual law that governs our lives.  Sowing and Reaping is a spiritual law found in the Bible from cover to cover.  Just as the Law of Faith occurs in the Bible as a predominate theme and pattern, you can find every spiritual law revealed in every story of the Bible, if you look closely to discover them.  Sowing and reaping is a spiritual law implemented by God and it affects everyone equally, whether they realize it or not.  If you do not understand this spiritual law you need to study about farming concepts.  Farmers understand the law of sowing and reaping.  They plant specific seeds to get specific crops and harvests.  They do not plant corn seed to get cabbage.  They understand that whatever they sow, is exactly what they reap.  This is a spiritual law as well as a natural physical law.

Gen 8:22  While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Written in the Law of God, in this verse in Genesis God is giving us some valuable information.  Many times, God speaks both in natural and spiritual terms in a verse and gives us a  law found in creation.  God informs us as long as the earth is here, we will see a cycle of continuous nights and days and  repeated seasons of warmth and cold.  But, along with this information is another repeated cycle of planting seeds and reaping harvests.  You can understand that God is speaking of how people will physically eat on this planet, but you can also apply this principle to the spiritual life of people. God is informing us how things work and we need to understand it, to be successful.  If you walk around planting seeds of discontent, seeds of discouragement, seeds of gloom, seeds of despair, seeds of evil, hurt, harm, guess what you will reap?  God said he would not be mocked, that a man or a woman would reap exactly what they have sown.  There are just as many ways to sow seed in the spiritual realm, as there are in the natural realm.  So every day you are planting seeds for your tomorrows.  Today you are reaping the harvests of your seeds of yesterdays and the cycle goes on and on.  If you don’t like what you are getting today in life, change what you are planting for your tomorrows.

So I talked about a small number of spiritual laws found in the Bible.  These laws govern and control what you get out of life.  God gives us great information about these laws in the Bible so that we can learn to use them to help us to live life to the fullest.  God gives us a number of great examples in the Bible of people utilizing these laws to achieve great things.   God also gives us examples of people who did not follow these spiritual laws and how they came to a less than admirable ending.  By cooperating with the spiritual laws we are far less likely to fall into something that someone could call just your random bad luck!  God Bless!

If you would like to continue readin about spiritual laws found in the Bible you can continue with “Part 2“.

Understanding God’s Spiritual Family Structure!

(Ver 1.9)  This is “Part 1” in a series of very important advanced spiritual Bible lessons that will change your life and outlook on God and His Holy Word.  Do you know what a family is?  How do we define a family in the modern world?  Satan is diligently attempting to pervert the family definition and corrupt God’s original design but these lies still do not take away from God’s truth.  Reading the Bible we can very clearly see that God created a specific family unit system and a very specific family structure here on the earth.  Was this family design something brand new or was it patterned after something in heaven that already existed?  God created the first family of our current world system and this event is described to us in Genesis chapters 1 and 2.  Take a moment and read these verses again.  You shold be able to observe that this created first family unit only consisted of one man called the husband and one woman called his wife.  It is also important to note where the woman came from.  The woman came from the body of her husband and was not created or formed separately or independently from the husband.  This truth will become more important as you learn what this represents in the family of God.   This earthly created family grew and expanded into numerous children and eventually became very large in numbers.  In the terms of the current estimated human population on the earth today, the family of Adam has now grown to and exceeded nearly 7 billion people.  We must therefore conclude from this very solid scriptural information that a real family by God’s definition and design is comprised of a single man, a soliatary woman and at least some children.  Does God have a spiritual family like this?  Did God ever have a spiritual family that was the pattern for this created family of Adam?  Here is a new question to also consider, what will the family of God look like at the end?  Will the ending spiritual family of God in Revelation 22 be the same pattern of what has already come before?  If you did not know it yet, God had a family exactly like this in heaven prior to creation and this is exactly how it will end up in the final chapter of Revelation.  Therefore the original design of God’s family in the spiritual realm will be how the final family of God will also be patterned in the eternal spiritual realm after this world that we live within is completed.

God in the Bible is defined to be an eternal Spirit being but, the natural universe that we are now a part of, it had a created starting origination point also called a beginning (Genesis 1:1, John 1:1).  Therefore, I believe that whatever God created here in the natural realm must have originated from the pre-existing spiritual realm.  Whatever was made manifest here in the natural realm had to be patterned from that which already existed in the eternal spiritual world.  I know that you may not yet understand patterns  and I will give you a good introduction to pattern concepts before I continue this lesson on the spiritual family of God.  Can we at least begin by agreeing that the spiritual realm existed prior to the physical/natural realm?  Surely we can understand the  concept of patterns by reading Genesis 1.  Lets talk about light in Genesis 1 and where it came from!   God is defined to us in the Bible as “light” where no darkness exists (1 Jn 1:5).  Using this information we can go and look at Genesis 1:2 and see that there was no light found to be present on the earth and darkness covered the face of the deep.  However, remember that the Creator God  was called a spiritual light and He definitely pre-existed in heaven before creation took place.  In Genesis 1:3 God said “Light Be” and light then came into existence within the natural realm.   What was this natural light patterned from?  If God was the spiritual light of heaven, then it must have been patterned after God.  How do I know that?  Well if you read the end of the book you will see in Revelation 22:5 that we will have no need for the sun, moon or stars or candles because God will be our source for eternal light again.  What I have tried to demonstrate is how light had to exist in the spiritual realm first, was then made manifest in the natural realm as a pattern of the spiritual and then will again finally be transferred back into the complete spiritual light in the end with no need for the natural anymore.   Did you understand that?  It is so important that you fully grasp these cycles of repeated pattern concepts.   What I am trying to do in this introduction to my subject is to establish that patterns were created by God for us to learn some new spiritual things from.  Spiritual Light had to eternally exist in heaven originating from God prior to the creation of the natural light here in this dimension.  God in heaven had to be their only source for light because that is how it will end up in the end.  Do remember what Jesus said?  Jesus said “I am the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end”.  Jesus was saying how it was in the beginning is how it will end up at the end because the Lord changes not (Mal 3:6).  Therefore what pre-existed in heaven has now come into existence on the temporary earth and after this age is completed the spiritual light of God will again be our only source for light.   Do you understand what I just said?  I basically said based upon the verse in Malachi 3:6 if how it was in heaven before the earth’s existence is not how it will be in the end then God has changed and must have lied to us in His word.   So let me ask you this “Which came first, spiritual or natural”?  Then let me ask you “How will it end up”?  Do you understand what I am trying to teach you here?  It is very much like the old human question which came first the chicken or the egg?  In this classic debate people ask how can a chicken arrive on the earth without coming through an egg?  Then the argument goes into a circular debate, how then did the egg get here without a chicken to lay it?   What people fail to understand is that there was a more intelligent God than they are that was also involved in the entire process.  That is a key point to remember in reading the rest of this lesson series.  This more intelligent God has some pretty amazing things hidden in the Bible that reveal many of the answers to the questions that we have all had at one time about things in the Bible and in the world around us.

I hope that you are beginning to see some new patterns revealed in the Bible how God teaches us that certain specific things existed in heaven before they ever existed here on the earth.  Perhaps I should regress and speak briefly about what humans use patterns for in our natural world.  A seamstress will use patterns to create new dresses, shirts, pants, or other pieces of clothing.  Each usage of the pattern replicates the original design using whatever fabric or customizations that are desired to produce the final product.  To the untrained eye it is often difficult to recognize several products that come from the same pattern.  However to the expert it is usually obvious.  This is exactly how the Bible is also, what I see as an obvious pattern will often be overlooked by a novice Bible student.  Where do you think man learned the use of design patterned concepts in what they create in the natural?  Since man was made in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26) it is clear to me that what man does that is successful and beneficial here in the natural must have originated from what God has previously done in the spiritual.  People use patterns in almost every manufacturing and building process.  It is a dominant business working model and best practice for success.  Therefore, learn the lesson of patterns because I will be talking about them a lot in this lesson series.

I could give you many other verses to help establish the pattern truth in the Bible, but I am going to skip most of these verses to keep this lesson manageable and give you a couple of examples that are directly related to what I am trying to teach about this subject on the spiritual family of God.  Begin today in this lesson by understanding that God created the natural things found in this world to give us insight into the unseen pre-existing spiritual things.  What God created and how God created it reveal things that have been hidden since the foundation of the world.  Another way to say this is that God created natural things as a vision, or view or a window into the unseen spiritual dimension.  Here is a verse that might help you to better follow what I am saying:

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:

This is an amazing verse of truth being presented to us from God.  It speaks clearly and directly about the things that God created in the beginning.  God said that the hidden qualities of God can be clearly observed within the views of our current natural creation.  This would include the design, the components, the systems, the laws, the organization and the structure of our planet, the world and the universe around us.   That is some highly informative information.  God says that you can look around you and find the hidden characteristics of God in the things that surround you everywhere.  This of course does not mean that we worship creation and ignore the Creator and that is what many in the government, Hollywood and TV do.   What God is telling us in this verse is that the most isolated men in the darkest, deepest parts of the world who have never heard the Gospel preached are without excuse.  Meaning they could easily find God, if they only looked closely around them and saw Him.  This is technically only possible if the natural realm contains patterns from the spiritual realm.   In the book of Hebrews chapter 11, God speaks to us about Enoch who walked with God and was taken because of his extreme close relationship with God.   Let’s read this verse and then consider what it teaches us:

Heb 11:5  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Did you ever think and consider that there were no preachers, no churches, no Bibles, no witnesses to the truth and nobody to talk with to confirm that there was a God when Enoch was alive?  If you do the calculations from the dates and times of birth you will find that even Adam had died when Enoch was taken up to be with God.  Thereofre, even Adam who talked with God in the garden was no longer avaliable to consult on the existence of God.  In fact in John 6:46 Jesus teaches us that no man including Adam and Enoch had ever seen God directly.  How then did Enoch find this God and know Him so very well?  I think that is a really good question to consider.  Is this type of relationship with God still possible today for men to know God in this level of intimacy that God still takes us up?  If you did not know it, it will happen very soon again and you could be possibly left behind like those in Enoch’s day.  I believe it is possible for you to know God exactly like Enoch knew God and even greater!  So let’s get back on the subject of God’s Spiritual Family Structure and prove this concept using the Bible that God had one of these in heaven.

Mat 10:25  It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

Here in this verse in Matthew, Jesus is speaking to the disciples.  This verse has great information within it, as long as you do not overlook what it says.  Jesus is calling himself the Master and the Lord.  He then tells the disciples that if the Jews said that the Master of the House is “Satan”, how much more will the servants and the members of the household be also called “Satan”.  There are two very important key words found in this verse of scripture.  First, is the word “master of the house” and this Greek word means the “Head of the Family”.  Jesus is the Head of a New Family of God.  The next key word is “household”.  This Greek word means “relatives” and those that live in the same “house”.  It implies a close relationship between the “Head of the House” and those who are part of His family.

So apparently God does have a spiritual family, with family members, relatives if you please that live in the same house.  These relatives are us, the church now and here is another important verse that confirms this statement of truth:

Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

We can clearly see two contrasting groups of people being spoken of in this verse.  One group of people are called “strangers” and “foreigners”.  Have you ever been to a family reunion and not known some of the people there?  Usually you know everyone that is present at the family reunion.  However, if you come from a really big family you might sometimes not know every new child that is born since the last time you have gotten together.  Then other family members marry new spouses and the family continues to grows and it can be challenging to keep track of everyone all the time.  Nevertheless, what would you call someone who just shows up at your family party that no one there knows?  They would be called a stranger to everyone.  This was the exact way of God’s spiritual family when we were not saved, we were once foreign strangers to God’s spiritual family.  Until we were saved, we were not members of that spiritual family, so something must have occured for us to be known by God’s family.  This verse in Ephesians ends with a statement that we (the church) are now in the “household” of God.  Again this Greek word, means that we are now a member of the family and even a close relative of the same family or household.  Something changed or happened to put you into this family of God.  Do you remember what that was?  If you do not you are in trouble.  If you have not been saved, you are not a member of this spiritual family.  These verses imply that not everyone will be saved, so those that teach Universal Salvation have a major theological problem that they must just ignore.

Now I am going to introduce you to a verse in the Bible that I have already alluded to.   Maybe you did not realize it, but Jesus has establish a New family of God.  Why do I say that?  Because the Bible seems to imply that the Old family of God had some significant problems with it.

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.

Here we have another important verse that has great revelation if we choose to see it.  Jesus Christ the risen Son of God is said to be the head or master of a new spiritual house (family).  Did you know the Hebrew word for Son (H1121) is “ben” and it literally means a builder of the family name?  Therefore, Jesus being a Hebrew walked the face of the planet and called Himself both the Son of God and the Son of Man.  What we discover from this new information is that Jesus is a unique product combination and the manifestation of a son from two separate and distinct dimensions.  One dimension was spiritual (Son of God) and the other dimension was physical (Son of Man) and Jesus embodies both of these realms simultaneously as a qualified Family Builder and name extender.  Wow, I do not really know if you heard  what I said but it was important.   Therefore, only Jesus was capable of rebuilding a new family and restoring the natural family of Adam after he sinned and the spiritual family of God to create a brand new family that consists of chosen select members of each of these previous dimensions, while omitting and leaving out those that God does not desire in.  That is very tricky and extremely intelligent, if you ask me.

Did God have a pre-existing spiritual family before the creation of Adam and Eve?   Did this family have a wife?  Was God her husband?  Who were the spiritual children in the previous Family of God before the creation of Adam?  What we must do is look at Revelation 20, 21, and 22 and see that if God has a bride and children there then He must have had those also before our world began or God has changed and we know that is not possible.  There are so many questions to consider and answer.  The Bible reveals a lot of information on this subject and I will continue it in another future lesson.   Thanks for taking the time to read and study the Bible with me and I pray that I helped you to see a new spiritual perspective of an old familiar subject.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading this series, please click here “Part 2“.

March 2010 Stupid Award! What Does God Need With Your Militia?

(Ver 1.1)  I was watching the news tonight and came across another example of extreme stupidity.   In Michigan there appears to be a group of people who call themselves Christians, who have armed themselves for the coming battle with the anti-Christ or so the news said.  I don’t believe everything that the news always says, but if this is true these people are deceived into believing that their guns and military training is going to make a difference at the battle of Armageddon.   How stupid can you get?  The news story seemed to indicate that these people believed that we were living at the end of the age.  It would seem that they believed that Jesus would be coming back to the earth very soon.  They believed that the anti-Christ could be here already and that the end time battle for Jerusalem and the earth was soon to occur.  So while they have it all partly correct, they ignore the rest of the Bible and have bought into selective theology to justify their actions.   In other words they have been deceived into believing a lie.  They obviously do not know who Jesus is and how powerful God is.  They are thinking naturally and carnally and according to my Bible that is enmity against God.  These people are not Christians and do not know God.  Every idiot in the earth that calls himself a Christian is not a Christian.  I can call myself a car, but that doesn’t make me a car even if I live in my garage.

Let’s examine this theology using the Bible.  Let’s start with Moses and the children of Israel leaving Egypt.  What does God do?  He parts the Red Sea and drowns all of the army of Pharaoh.  Did God need anyone of the Israelites to do this?  Were the Israelites armed with weapons of war and required any effort to fight this enemy?  Did you know that Egypt is a type of the world that we live in?   That Pharaoh is a type of the anti-Christ.  Did you know that the Bible says what has been is the thing that shall be again?  Will God need anyone to defeat the anti-Christ?  I don’t think so!  If God did need someone to defeat the anti-Christ a human male guess what, God has millions of angels that can kill everybody on the planet in a matter of seconds.

2Ki 6:16  And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

In this story in 2 Kings, the prophet of God is confronted by his servant and asked what are we going to do?  You see the enemies of God’s people had surrounded the hill side where they were and there were a whole bunch of them.  In the natural they were vastly outnumbered, but Elisha did not panic, and even said “Fear Not”.  “There are more with us than there are with them”.  At this point in time the servant could count, One + One = Two, against thousands and say what are you talking about?  Then Elisha prays!

2Ki 6:17  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

Did you notice Elisha did not pray for God to help, or to send help or ask God to do anything, but to open the eyes of his young servant?  This is what these militia people in Michigan needed was a prophet to pray for God to open their eyes.   When God opened the eyes of the young man, he saw the hills covered with the army of God in chariots of fire.  Now the servant could see that there were more with them than there were that were against them.  Did God need anybody else?   Did God tell Elisha to get his sword and fight?  You see people who do not understand the Bible think that God is incapable of repeating anything that He has demonstrated before.  You have to understand that any spiritual army of God is no match for any natural army of the earth.  You do understand that, don’t you?  Angels are bigger and stronger than you are and you do not want to mess with one of them, much less thousands of them.

These confused, deceived people who do not know God or the power of God.  God does not need their gun to defeat the anti-Christ.  If you think he does you are stupid to no end!  If you would just read the rest of your Bible and believe that God is God you will be far better off and you wouldn’t give real Christians a bad name making all of us look like fools.  The world lumps Christians all together in the same crazy boat.  Whenever, some idiot bombs an abortion clinic, thinking they are doing God’s work they make every Christian come across looking like idiots.  I know this is actually a plan of Satan to do this. discount and discredit true Christianity, by deceiving a few who look like crazy people.

So how does God defeat Satan and the anti-Christ and those that are arrayed against him?  Like I said if you would only read your Bible you find out that Jesus only needs one weapon and it is not your gun or your muscle.  So what is this weapon that Jesus uses?

Rev 19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

What part of that verse sounds like God needs your gun or you whatsoever!  The weapon that Jesus uses to defeat all of the nations of people arrayed against Him is His mouth.  The Word of God is spoken and men fall down dead.  Out of the mouth of the “Almighty God” will proceed a sharp sword and that is the only weapon that Jesus will need to defeat anybody that comes against Him.  If you still do not understand that, I’m very sorry for you, you have been deceived.

So to the militia members and self called Christians that think that God needs your gun to defeat His enemy, here is your STUPID AWARD!

Understanding God’s Spiritual Encryption System in the Bible!

(Ver 2.0)  Is the Word of God encoded with hidden mysteries and meanings?  Has the Word of God been spiritually encrypted so that we cannot see it naturally or understand it with our unsaved minds?  I often times observe other bloggers and other websites just to see what they are writing about.  It is amazing what many people think is important to write about and what they have determined to be the truth.  It obviously causes me to ask God a very direct question.  Why don’t people see what you have written in the Bible the same way?  How is it that we can have so many differing opinions to what it all means?  Some see one thing in a verse and others see the complete opposite from the exact same verse.  The words didn’t change, they read the same for both readers.  It looks like to me it was just a matter of what they wanted to see that determined what they got out of the verse.  It must be that someone or both of the readers were just wrong.  Every opinion cannot be RIGHT!  It just doesn’t make any sense does it?  Why can’t God get over His message so that we can all agree on at least some or most of what it says?  Do you think this is beyond God’s capability to do something like this?  Or is it just man’s inability to see and understand?  Could it be that God has purposefully encrypted the information to make it unreadable until the appointed time for Him to reveal it?  This is actually what I believe!  God has encoded information in plain sight using many very tricky techniques.  I have already blogged on many of these techniques giving you the basic concepts of how God implemented them.  If you have not read any of these blog I would suggest that you go an familiarize yourself with some of these techniques.  By understanding the concepts I believe you will better be able to understand the word of God.  However, today  I want to explore Biblical evidence for this spiritual encryption system of God.  Does the Bible indicate that there are hidden truths in it?   Concealed information?  Of course there are many verses that lead us to believe this, if you are looking for them:

Dan 2:28  But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king….

This verse in Daniel reveals to us the nature of God’s character.  It speaks to God’s methods of operation and to God’s ways of doing what He does.  If God is a revealer of secrets, like this verse says, then it would demand that secrets existed.  This is just basic logic and reasoning.  To understand that God has encoded secrets within the Bible allows Him to reveal them to the kings of earth.  That is you and I if you did not know it!  This is what the king in Daniel said as a reply to the information that was revealed to him:

Dan 2:47  The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.

All it took was for God to reveal a truth and this king saw that Daniel’s God was the True Living God.  Do you realize that God can do that again if He wants to?  I believe that God is revealing the Bible in these last days to show us that He is God.  But how did God do this in Daniel’s day?  God used a man to present the information and nobody saw God, nobody could prove it came from God, nobody could verify the accuracy, nobody could go to a Bible expert to confirm it.  Isn’t that an interesting concept?  It sounds like the people that God was speaking to had to take some things by faith.  They had to believe in a God that they had never seen or experienced.  God simply used one man to reveal a secret and that changed the heart of the king.  I pray that you are understanding this concept.

Pro 25:2  It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

Here we have a critical confirming verse that God has hidden or concealed information for the kings of the earth to search out.  Anything that is hidden means that it is not clearly visible, it could be camouflaged to blend in with its surroundings or it could be completely covered by something else.  To hide your money in the backyard would be an example of someone who did not want it taken or stolen until they wanted to use it.  So God has a purpose in hiding information for us, the kings of the earth to find.  To search out a matter implies work, an effort of either digging into or studying the Bible with some level of physical work or mental effort.  If you just read the Bible with a shallow surface understanding of the words, you are missing the good stuff that God wanted you to find.

Not everything in the Bible is hidden, however not everything in the Bible is clearly understandable either.  We have a challenge presented to us from God to determine what is what and what it all means.  If you think it is easy, you are mistaken.  The words are very complex and intricately embedded with meaning that is not clearly seen.

Deu 30:11  For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

Here in this verse God says what I just said is not hidden from you.  It also implies that there could be other things that are hidden from us.  The verse ends in the statement that it is also not far off.  This is a relation to distance and time.   If something is a far off, it could take time to reach it.  Since this verse is not a far off, we might could conclude that there are other verses that are potentially a far off, meaning they will be revealed only at the proper time whenever we reach that point.   God has designed specific appointed times for certain events to occur.  The coming of Christ into the world was at the “fullness of time” (Gal 4:4).  This means that after the completion of the time period allotted, Christ came.  Then there is Daniel 12:4 that tells us in the time of the end that knowledge shall increase dramatically.  We can clearly see this can be taken of natural knowledge, but I firmly believe it also applies to the Knowledge of God’s Word!

Isa 48:6  Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.

This verse in Isaiah speaks about a point in time and how God had showed them “new things”.  These “new things” were said to be hidden secrets and yet even after God showed them to the people it says they still did not understand them.  Did you know that is my greatest challenge I face on my blog.  How do I speak about new things that I found in the Bible and get anyone to understand them?   It is much harder than you might think.  People have a natural tendency to reject anything new or different, even if it came from God.  Why do you think Paul and the other apostles were in prison and beaten and persecuted to the extent that they were?  It was because they were teaching something totally new.  Even though it came from the same source as what the Jewish leaders read daily in their temples, the message was new and different, so they concluded that it must have been wrong.  Isn’t that what they thought?  The Jewish leaders of their day were clearly right in their minds, but completely wrong in their hearts.  That is a dangerous position to take and many Christians do it every day.  To think that God cannot send you another man with a new message from the Bible is clearly a rejection of God and His message.  You cannot reject one without rejecting the other.

Mat 10:26  Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

This verse has vast implications written all over it.  Being that this is God speaking, I take this statement very seriously.  To me it would seem to indicate that God will reveal the things that He has hidden to us before He returns for us.  However, you can take it to mean that God will also reveal them after He has returned and taken us up to heaven.  That is one of the tricky methods that God has used to make things not easily understandable.  To not reveal all of the information in one location that you need to know to make the determination of exactly when this will occur.  We can be assured that it will occur, but when is something we will have to find in the Bible.

Col 1:26  Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

Using this verse it would seem to indicate that Jesus was speaking about a time that is before His impending return.  This verse in Colossians you can see that there is a term that relates to “now” as being the proper time.  Now would not be later, would it?   God seems to tell us that they mysteries which have been hidden for a very long time is now been given to the “saints” to understand.  Did you know if you are a Christian, that you are one of these saints?  Some churches like to vote to make people “saints” and if they satisfy their definition of a “saint” then you become one by their transformation of a title.  However, God’s system is quite different than man’s system.  If you are born again and saved, you qualify to be a saint.  Therefore, you are the one that this hidden information is to be revealed to.

1Co 2:7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our7 glory:

Here again in the verse in 1 Corinthians, we can clearly see that these hidden things are now being revealed to the church.   God had a hidden plan from before the world began and this plan is now being revealed in the time of the church.  This plan is called the hidden wisdom of God.  This sounds like some very important stuff to know.  If we could understand the wisdom of God, we would not make as many mistakes and could potentially derive great benefit from this information.  It starts with gaining knowledge, but then it hinges on understanding these facts that you learn.  Finally, wisdom is the ability to correctly apply what you have learned so that you make right choices and decisions.

2Co 4:3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

So the Gospel is still hidden to those who refuse to believe the truth.  This implies that the spiritual encryption system that God has implemented is still in effect until we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  This also could mean this is why there are so many denominations in the world today.  The church is in varying stages of spiritual growth and development and not everyone sees these hidden things at the same time.

Mat 11:25  At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

Jesus again speaking in a prayer to His Father, informs us of some other factors of who this information is still hidden from.  Jesus clearly says that those in the world that exalt themselves and their wisdom will never know the secrets of the Kingdom of God.  These are two distinct words that you should go lookup the definitions to.  These are key factors why many people in the earth do not understand the Bible.  The word “prudent”, means to “act piously” and to be wise in your own eyes.  That sounds like they put on a show of how great they are.  This can apply to Christians as well as to unsaved people in the world.  Jesus did not qualify the statement, He only said that they would be revealed to those that have become like little children.  Children are not usually arrogant are they?  Children are usually hungry for knowledge and want to learn.  Children are usually those that look to their parents for everything that they need.  They are not self-sufficient, or able to care for themselves.  So the opposite to small children would be those that think they know everything.  Those who think they can take care of themselves.  Those who think they need no advice or guidance.  These are those that are wise in their own minds and thus are unable to comprehend the wisdom of God.  I would suggest that you figure out where you fit in these verses that I have given you today.  Since I am not your judge, I cannot judge you.  I do not know where you are at.  Only you can judge yourself or wait until God passes judgment.  I hope you enjoyed this lesson on God’s spiritual encryption of the Bible.   God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading about the methods that God has used to encode information into the Bible, please go to “Hiding the Truth in Plain Sight Part 1“.

I Said Ye Are gods! Understanding Hard Sayings to Accept In the Bible!

(Ver 1.3)  This is “Part 1” of a series of lessons that I am doing on “Understanding Hard Sayings” found in the Bible.  The Bible is full of many difficult and hard things that we wrestle to wrap our limited human minds around.  God says some things in the Bible that are extremely hard to accept by a lot of people.   Most of the time, Christians read a difficult saying in the Bible and just ignore it, because they do not know how to explain it.  Heaven forbid that we just read a Bible verse and accept it for what it says!  Hardly ever do you hear a preacher teach on any of these hard things found in the Bible and when they do they usually attempt to excuse them or explain them away as something that they do not say.  I do not know if they are afraid of these verses or just do not want to take the chance of offending anyone so they just steer away from all of the controversy.  I could give you many examples of this in the Bible, but I’m going to go into one that is extremely controversial in most religious circles and one that is hardly ever mentioned in any church.  Human reasoning has attempted to say that man is a nobody and a worm of a being.  Many think that man is a being of very low order and importance in the spiritual chain of command or you might call it symbolically, the spiritual food chain.   I have heard many ministers get up and teach how unworthy we are and how we are nothing and that we can do nothing.  Yet the Bible does not seem to indicate this at all.  I would say from what I read that it actually says the opposite. 

Let me start by asking you a question that I have thought of and maybe you have also.  If man was so unimportant and low in the spiritual food chain, why did God have to come to the earth in person to pay for our sins with His own blood and life?  I mean that is an amazing question to consider.  Couldn’t God come up with some other way or plan to fix the sin problem of the human race?  God of course is the “Most High” in the spiritual food chain.  There was and still is no one higher than God and yet He chose to come to the earth in the flesh.  Were there not anyother sinless beings in heaven?  Couldn’t God have sent someone else?   Let me ask you was there anyone else that could have accomplished what God wanted and needed to accomplish with Jesus Christ?  I do not think there was anyone else, but I can’t tell you all of the reasons why in this lesson.

Here is today’s key controversial Bible verse and it is Jesus speaking to the religious leaders in Jerusalem.  Let me tell you what is happening within the context of this verse so that you will understand it a little better.  In this chapter of John, the Jews are speaking with Jesus and they are very upset and angry with Him.  They ask Jesus to tell them plainly if He is the Messiah or not.  Jesus tells them they do not believe the works that He does in his Father’s name so they would not believe if He told them anything else.  They claim that Jesus has just blasphemed against God because He has called Himself the Son of God and they begin to pick up stones to kill Him and this is what Jesus says to them in this chapter 10 of John:

Joh 10:34  Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are Gods?

What do you do with a statement like that?  It is truly a difficult saying to accept.  You can clearly see why it has been so vastly ignored, like it is not in the Bible.  I think most people just think Jesus didn’t know what He was talking about or Jesus must have lied.  Surely He didn’t mean exactly what He said?  How can men be gods?  To hear people preach you would think that we were the lowest of the low.  It would be impossible for most religious people to think of themselves in these terms.  Do you think Jesus would say that again if He was standing in front of you in the flesh and you asked Him to?  I have to admit that I struggled with accepting that statement.  After all Jesus did not say it to me personally, or did He?  You see once I realized that the Bible was written to me personally as a love letter and a guide or handbook for every human, then I looked at this Bible verse a lot differently.   This is probably the greatest challenge most Christians are faced with.  To read a Bible verse and claim it to be true for Me and You!  As long as you read the Bible in an impersonal and indirect way like it was written for someone else and not you, you will never accept what it really says.

Let me briefly focus on the Greek word translated as “gods” in this verse.  Because it is a very important word to understand.  This Greek word G2316 is “theos” and it means “supreme deity”.  It is used in the N.T. over 1000 times and mostly for the name for our “God”.  Why would God use the exact same word to describe us as He uses to describe Himself?  I find that a fascinating question to ponder.  I believe it reveals more than we can possibly imagine.  It is beginning to change my perspective considerably on where man was created on the spiritual food chain, but we will need to research and study in order to find the truth. 

Did you know that Jesus only taught things that He learned in the Old Testament Bible?  Jesus would walk around and teach things that He found from reading the Hebrew books of the Law.  These books were given to them by God and they contained the laws of God.  So once you realize that Jesus only spoke things that He learned in the Old Testament you begin to realize the significance of the Word of God.  Jesus placed a very high priority on what was written in God’s Word.  In this verse in John, Jesus was speaking to the Jewish leaders who knew the law.  Jesus asked them a very simple question and one that could easily be verified.  Jesus asked them “Is it not written in your law?”  You see in this chapter the Jews were accusing Jesus of calling himself the Son of God and they called it blasphemy.  But, Jesus responded to their accusation with a simple verifiable question.  Doesn’t your Law say that you are gods?  In other words God had called them gods a long time before Jesus said He was the Son of God and they ignored it like religious people still do today.   Do you see the parallels found in our churches today?  Do you see the religious patterns still prevalent in the minds of religious people today?   Here is one of the verses that Jesus heard read from their law and Jesus learned this verse in their temple so they could not deny that it was written there:

Psa 82:6  I have said, ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

In this verse in Psalms Jesus was taught that the Most High God called men gods.  If Jesus could read and see this verse in the Bible, how is it that the religious leaders of the day did not understand what they had read in their own law?  Did God blaspheme when He called men gods?  This verse further goes on to call all men and women the children of the Most High.  That means they were all called the sons and daughters of God before Jesus said He was the Son of God!  If Adam was created a son of the most High God what does that make Adam?  You see now we are getting into the problem that religious people have with all of these types of verses in the Bible.  If Adam was a son of God that would make Adam an older brother of Jesus in the natural realm.  That causes many people to choke when they hear me say that.  You see I did not say Adam was God or “the Son of God”.  Adam was just a child of the Most High like this verse tells us clearly.  I certainly know how difficult the Bible is to understand and how complex it can get.  I have had people say to me that I am giving you my opinion on what the Bible says.  When someone says that to me, I know they do not know how to read or either they read it, but don’t want to see what it says.  I rarely give you my opinion about anything.  My opinion is not worth a dime to anyone, including to me.  I could care less about my opinion.  I am really only interested in what God’s opinion is and if you are not doing the same, you need to go to some other book and study it.  If you are not interested in learning what the Bible says, you should be reading someone else’s blog. 

I also want to speak of the Hebrew word translated as “gods” in this verse in Psalms.  This word is again a very importan word found in the Bible.  The Hebrew word H430 is the word “elohiym” and it is used over 2000 times in the O.T. for the name of God.  Again we have the same confirmation that God is calling us gods by direct name association.  That places such vast importance upon this subject that I cannot even describe it fully or begin to fully comprehend it all.  Let’s briefly consider some more scripture from the book of Psalms:

Psa 8:4  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Here is an interesting question that many people are asking today.  Who am I and why am I here?  This verse asks why is man on this planet?  And why did God have to come in person to visit us in the flesh, by the man called Jesus Christ.  So here is God’s answer to the question of why we are here:

Psa 8:5  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

Wow, more words religious people choke on.  You see in this verse it has a grossly mistranslated Hebrew word.  The translators were clearly choking on what it said in their minds and changed it to something else they thought was safer.  The Hebrew word translated as “angels” is the same word “‘ĕlôhı̂ym” that is normally translated as a name of God.  This verse in the original Hebrew is calling Adam a little bit lower than the Most High God.  A little bit means a very small peck down the ladder and not a vast expanse of difference.  Man was made a little lower than God and he fell down below the angels when Adam sinned.  This verse says that “Man” was crowned.  To be crowned means to be given “royal authority” and “sovereign authorization” or “power”.  The term to be crowned with glory and honor is very significant and implies many good things were given to man by God.

Psa 8:6  Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

These verses are an outstanding conformation for what God said to man in Genesis 1.  Man was given “dominion” over the works of God’s hands.  What were the works of God’s hands?  It was everything that we can see or touch that is around us.  To have “dominion” means to rule over, have authority over, to be in control of and to make decisions for.  It implies that man was to take care of what God had given to us.  It means that we were responsible to guard it and to keep those out that were not suppose to be here.   It means a lot of things.  It is like the United States government has “dominion” over the 50 state country.  It is responsible to take care of it, protect it and defend it.

Psa 136:2  O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Here we have another verse that is often ignored.  Who is the God of gods?  We can easily recognize this to be our Most High God!   However then who are the gods that He is God of?  That  becomes a mystery to many people.  To make us those individuals would never cross the minds of the religious thinkers.  However, I believe God is saying that we are those people called gods.  Again God calls us gods in a remote verse of the Bible that is widely overlooked.

So YOU and I are NOT the Most High God, but yet we were made in His image and likeness and we have His nature.  We do not have His Power or His ability, but yet for our lives we do have control of our own destiny.  You see we do have some power, we have the power to choose right or wrong, we have the power to choose life or death, we have the power to choose between heaven or hell and that is a lot of responsibility that many are taking too lightly.

So if God and Jesus called men and women gods, who am I to argue?  Who are you to say you are not?  I think some day people will stand before God and find out they had more responsibility than they realized to what happened to them.  I believe that God expects more out of us than you can imagine right now.  I don’t know if this will happen before Jesus returns or not for I do know the time we have left on this earth is very short.

It bothers me when people blog and at the end of their blog they ask people a question like what do you think?  When bloggers do this, they imply that what others think matters.  I think that many times people are just trying to encourage comments and I guess that is OK.   However, just as I am not interested in my own opinion, I am not interested in your opinion either.  If you know a Bible verse that would directly contradict anything that I just said, I would be very interested in hearing about it.  I am NOT God and I DO NOT know everything.  So I like to learn new things if they are legit things from the Bible.  If you just struggle with accepting the Words of Jesus, I suggest that you take up your questions and comments with Him and not me, because I was not the one that said it.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading in this series about Hard Sayings Explained in the Bible, please continue with “Part 2“.

Understanding the Bible is the Word of God!

(Ver 1.3)  If you are reading the Bible like it was just a book of fiction or a history book or a text book, or even a reference book or an encyclopedia, you are probably missing the most important thing that you need to know about the Bible.   Hopefully, you are already a Christian and already know God and understand that this book called the Bible was God’s handbook and personal letter written for you and to you.   The Bible is by far the most unique book that you will every encounter.  It is written in a complex and unique style like no other book that you can imagine.  This book written over a vast amount of time by numerous men who were given the task of recording it, is unique in quality and content.  One of the most important things to remember when reading the book, is who the author is.  If you are not a Christian, this will not matter, but if you are God is the author of the entire book.  Just because God is not here physically, does not mean God is not here spiritually and that He has chosen to use people to give us His message of hope.

2Ti 3:16  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

You can clearly see that this scripture in 2 Timothy claims that the Bible comes directly from God.  This verse informs us that God inspired the writers what to write.  The Greek word for inspiration actually means “divinely breathed or spoken”.  That means the words came out of God’s mouth before they went recorded into the book.  If you do not understand the significance of that statement you should read it a couple of hundred times until you do get it on the inside of  you.

Jer 30:2  Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.

Here in this verse in Jeremiah we can again see a verse of scripture that claims the words that Jeremiah wrote were the sayings of the Lord God.  God tells Jeremiah directly what to say and then Jeremiah takes God’s words and writes them down for the nation of Israel to read and hear.  This is a spiritual message delivery system that God created and utilized extensively.  It is a mediator concept where a man is selected by God to be His messenger.  God anoints this man for the job and then speaks to him to give him the message that He wants spoken to the people.   We can clearly see that these words came out of the mouth of God before they ever were written down.  God spoke them, men heard them and then finally wrote them down for us to read.  God is a Spirit (John 4:24)!  God is invisible to the natural eyes of man!  God’s face has never been seen by any man in His spiritual form.  So how would a spirit being talk with natural beings?  I suppose he could just talk to men from the clouds like a giant loud speaker.   It seems that when God did this when Jesus was baptized that some men heard it and others thought it thundered (John 12:29).  So this does not seem to be the most effective way of communication.  God could go around to everyone individually and give each one a dream and then everyone would have to figure out if it was the pizza they ate last night or if God was trying to talk to them.  God could do any number of things, including writing on the side of a mountain using giant letters like a God sized bill board.   However, whatever God does to try to get your attention, it would have be something that could possibly be interpreted as being something else also.  If God did not do this He would violate your right of choice, if He presented you with any overwhelming evidence to His existence.  So God gave His Words to a single man at a time.  They were each given specific message pieces and specific words to write down.  These words were then supposed to be distributed to the rest of the human race.  This was God’s divine system of delivery.  Hire a messenger, give them the message and we are supposed to do the rest.

While the Bible has multiple scribes or men that were given the task to record the words of God in book form, we must realize that all of the words were given and inspired by God.  This book says nothing that God would not want you to know and to understand right here and right now.  It doesn’t say anything that God wouldn’t say to you if you could stand before His throne in heaven and ask Him questions directly.   This book contains the commandments, laws, thoughts, warnings, feelings, ideas, knowledge, understanding and wisdom of God in word form.  It is a direct and personal letter full of valuable spiritual information that is designed to help you to know the author and to know who you are and your importance to the author.  You should approach the Bible with this attitude of reverence and read it with the expectation that you will be hearing something directly from the mouth of God.  When you approach the Bible in the right way with humility, God will not let you down and He will speak to you.  I know this for a fact and you can also!  God Bless!

Bible Significance of Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom!

(Ver 1.2)  This is Part 2 in a series of lessons on the subject of Bible Knowledge.  If you would like to start reading with “Part 1” please do that.  What is true Bible knowledge?  How do we this get correct Bible knowledge?  How does knowlege differ from understanding?  Is wisdom the same as knowledge?   These are basic Bible concepts that are probably better covered by the teachings of other ministers of God.  But, I thought I would include a synopsis in order to help those who are not aware of the differences between these three related subjects.  They are certainly related and they each overlap with the other, but yet they are still unique in what they represent to God.  I think many times people look at Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom and just lump them all together as being different words for the same thing.  Nothing could really be further from the truth than to say they are the same thing.  So let’s explore the subject briefly in the Bible and see what we can learn.  The book of Proverbs actually has a lot to say on this subject and I will start with a great example:

Pro 2:1  My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

Pro 2:2  So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

Pro 2:3  Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

Pro 2:4  If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

Pro 2:5  Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

Pro 2:6  For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

You see if God thought all three of these were the same thing He wouldn’t have included each of them in these verses as different and separate qualities.  What we can clearly see is an interrelated set of dependencies called knowledge, understanding and wisdom.  Each of these three elements are mentioned separately and yet joined together in a common set of themes.  Instead of going through these verses individually, let’s take each word and analyze what they are and see what God says to us.

So let’s start with Knowledge!  Knowledge is the basis for the other two, understanding and wisdom.  Without knowledge you can not have or obtain to the other two.  So if we used an analogy of a ladder, knowledge would represent the first rung on the ladder.  Some might want to jump to the top of the ladder, but in order to get to the top safely and correctly you must start with stepping on the first rung, knowledge.  So what is knowledge?  In the most basic form you could say that knowledge is the accumulation and familiarization of facts.  A fact represents a statement of truth.  You can learn from fiction, but the Bible is not fiction and that is not what I am talking about.  A fact is a true event, a true person, a true concept, a true law, a true whatever.  For example, when you learned the multiplication table in grade school as a child you accumulated mathematical facts of numbers.  One times One is One.  One times Two is Two.  Two times Two is Four.  These are all mathematical facts or truths.  If you memorized them, you gained knowledge of these mathematical truths.  At the same time you learned the fact that 2 x 3 = 6, you also gained implied knowledge of the mathematical concept of multiplication.  Learning the Bible is the exact same applied logic as learning the multiplication table.  I should probably expound on the meaning and application of logic in Bible interpretation, but I think that would go over the head of a lot of my readers.  Since I was a computer programmer for many years, I used logic in the application of my everyday tasks at work.  If you’ve never tried to write a complex computer application, I don’t know how to tell you something that you could possibly relate to easily.  Correct Bible interpretation is a logical operation or task.  As you read the Bible verse by verse and chapter by chapter you begin to accumulate knowledge.  Bible facts such as people, places, things, concepts, laws and such.  By gaining the knowledge of facts you are experiencing the accumulated process of learning.

So knowledge is the accumulation of both explicit and implicit facts.  However, knowledge is also much deeper and has many other implied Biblical meanings.  In the book of Hosea the 4th chapter and the 6th verse says:

Hos 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Here we have God speaking directly through his prophet saying “My People are destroyed (brought to nothing, rendered harmless, ineffective, defeated, perish, to be cut down, there voice is silenced) for a lack of knowledge (knowing).  Wow, that is about as strong of a statement as you can get.  While this is stated directly to Israel, the implication is given to us that we (the church), His New Covenant people can be brought down the same way.  The world says what you don’t know can’t hurt you and that is certainly a lie from the devil.  God says what you don’t know will kill you and cause you to fail.  This Hebrew word H1847 translated as knowledge comes from another Hebrew root word H3045.  This word also has huge implications that I think you should know about.   This word is used many times in the Old Testament in a form that says “And Adam “Knew” his wife and they had a son.”  To know your wife is a sexual act between a husband and wife.  This is often times referred to as carnal knowledge.  So gaining knowledge is akin to sex between a husband and a wife.  This is obviously what the Bible says and not something I just made up, you can go study if for yourself.  The implications are huge here again.  God wants you to “know” Him spiritually.  He wants you to “know” His word.  If you know God’s word you know God.  So reading and studying the Bible ought to be a time of spiritual intimacy between you and God.  Knowing this, it should change a lot of your attitudes toward reading the Bible.  In this verse in Hosea it also shows us a concept that is called “forget”.  To “forget” something means that you once knew it, but now you have let it slip.  To forget something means it has become unimportant to you.  This is a very important part of knowledge and knowing something to keep and maintain a high and  important place in your mind and in your spirit.  If it was important enough to learn, it is important enough to hold on to.

We have not fully covered the subject of knowledge, but let’s progress up another rung of the ladder to understanding.  In the book of Proverbs God tells us this:

Pro 4:7  Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

This verse starts by stating that wisdom is the highest rung on the ladder, the principal thing that we are all hoping to gain from studying God’s Word is said to be wisdom.  But,, it then declares with all your getting make sure that you also get understanding.  Generally speaking, “understanding” is the correct organization and ordering of associated facts and truths.  It is very much like putting a complex Jig Saw Puzzle together.  When the pieces of the puzzle fit together correctly you can see the big picture correctly and when they are forced together incorrectly you have nothing, but a big mess that does not make any sense to anyone.  What we can see in this verse is the reference to all three key subjects.  God is telling us all to “Get Something” and that something is His knowledge.  God still tells us that Wisdom is the ultimate goal of all of our getting, however to get to wisdom, we first need to achieve understanding by first gaining accumulating facts.

To see an example of how Jesus applied these three elements during His ministry on the earth, we can look at Jesus teaching his disciples reading the story of the parable of the sower in Mark 4:1.  Jesus goes through the parable in a public setting giving to everyone the same basic knowledgeable facts, but in private he tells the 12 the meaning of all of the symbolic objects in the parable (Mk 4:10).  The soil was the heart of man, the seeds were the Words of God, the birds of the air was Satan, etc.  By explaining the parable to them he correctly put together the associated truths and facts so that they could have a clear understanding of how the Kingdom of God operates. We can begin to see why understanding is so critical, without understanding all you have is a religion and religious people with a bunch of random religious facts.   This was an example of the Jewish leadership of Jesus’ day.  These men knew a lot of facts written in their law, but understood practically none of them.  Too many so called Christian are just people with some knowledge of some random facts.  They do not understand how they fit together, or how they work, or why they are in the Bible, how they relate to God, how they relate to them, why they are important to know and on and on I could go.  The Bible is so much more complex than you just reading a verse and you thinking that you got it and know everything you need to know.  So getting understanding is a critical piece of the bigger puzzle.  But it is still just one step in the ladder’s wrung.  Start by learning the facts and then grow to understand what each of them mean and how they relate together.  Continue to grow and understand how they apply to you specifically.  Only by understanding who you are in Christ, why Jesus died on the cross, who Jesus was, and all of the other important subjects in the Bible will you ever be able to achieve to know a level of the wisdom of God.  So let’s move on up the ladder.

So the final rung on the ladder is wisdom.  As we learned earlier it is the principal thing that we are trying to gain from studying the Bible.  What exactly is wisdom?  I would say wisdom in it’s simplest terms is the practical application of correct knowledge and understanding.  Knowing what to do, when to do it and with who to do it, that is the revealed ability to make wise choices.   Wisdom certainly involves other aspects and there are men of God who teach very in depth on the subject of wisdom so I will not venture to repeat what they can teach you more efficiently and effectively.   But, by correctly knowing God’s word and understanding it, God will give you the wisdom to make right choices in your life.  Wisdom is a gift from God and it comes from knowing God personally.  In James 1:5, God says if any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to every man liberally.  This verse teaches us that not every man has wisdom but then informs us where true wisdom can come from if we desire to have it.  So making the right choices in life is possible with God as your source and your guide.  Knowing who to marry.  Knowing what job to take.  Knowing what city to live in.  Knowing what house to buy.  Knowing what roads to drive on.  These are all things that God can show you.  By His Spirit, God guides His people to make wise choices.  However, all of these wise choices start by knowing God’s Word first.  By knowing God’s Word, it builds your character, and guides your moral convictions.  By making wise decisions morally you are better able to make wise choices socially and financially.  The wisdom of God allows you to put together good choices in life and allows you to be a better and a more successful human being.

Can you see how knowledge, understanding and wisdom fit into correct Bible interpretation and why they are so important?   The correct interpretation of the Bible so hinges upon these three qualities that it is imperative that you have a full grasp of the concepts and methods of learning and studying the Bible correctly.  Your knowledge and understanding of God and His Word will always affect your decision making.  That is why God said my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.  Thank you for reading and studying the Bible and my God bless you as you grown in the knowledge of Him.

The Biblical Evidence for the Existence of Hell!

(Ver 1.3)  This is Part 1 in a series of lessons on the subject of “What Does the Bible Teach Us About Hell”.  I’ve have heard more than one person say that hell does not exist.  Many like to say that hell is a figurative or symbolic place that really doesn’t exist.  They have even tried to tell me that nothing in the Bible says there is a hell.  In fact they have gone so far as to try to explain that the word “hell” is not even in the Bible, if you read the original text.  There is no end to the deception that Satan has promoted on the earth to give people the assurance that they do not need to do anything to prepare for eternity.  What I will attempt to do is show you Bible verses that talk about this place called hell.  I will show you that the Bible tells us where it is and what it is.  I will demonstrate that the Bible also tells us who will be going there.  I believe if you do the research that Jesus while present on the earth actually talked more about hell than He did about heaven.  I easily found over 30 different verses in the Gospels with the words in red ink that spoke about hell directly.  I believe we should try to pay attention to what the creator God taught us about why He created this place and who it was designed for.   Let’s start reading in the Old Testament:

Psa 9:17  The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God.

The Hebrew word translated in the KJV Bible as hell is the Hebrew word “sheol” or H7585.  Obviously, reading this verse and the Strong’s definition of this word it would appear that this word would seem to indicate a place that has been reserved for those who qualify as being “wicked”.  The wicked would include all those who were labeled as unrighteous.  The word translated as “wicked” in the Hebrew means “morally wrong” and that is probably everybody at some point in their lives.  The word also means a bad person or a guilty person.  So far I believe everyone in the human race would qualify at one time as one of these definitions.  The Hebrew word for “hell” has the following definition from the Strong’s:

H7585

From H7592; hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranian retreat), including its accessories and inmates: – grave, hell, pit.

We can clearly see from the definition that it refers to a place known as “hades”, called the place of the dead.  It is also given to us to be a subterranean location.  Subterranean means, beneath the surface of the earth.  Scientist and most every human alive has at least heard of  or seen volcanoes in action.  These geological phenomena’s are the external proof of the extreme heat within the earth’s core.  We know that these eruptions come from cracks in the earth’s layers that allow this molten material to leak out.  I feel like this is God’s way of trying to warn people that hell actually exists.  I do not believe that God causes volcanoes, but I do know that they do exist.  There are numerous scriptures in the Old Testament that refer to this place of the dead and even give us the location of this place.  Here are some of these:

Job 11:8  It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?

We can see clearly in this verse that heaven and hell are described as two separate and distinctive places.  Meaning they are not the same place or even in the same location of space.  In fact the two could be called opposites.  Heaven is described as being a place that is UP!  A place that is high above us.  Hell on the other hand is described as a place that is DOWN!  A place that is beneath our feet.  Interesting, isn’t it?

Psa 16:10  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

This verse is of course somewhat controversial.  You see in some Christian circles it is taught that Jesus did not go to hell.  However, this verse would seem to indicate the complete opposite.  I personally believe if Jesus did not go to hell, then you and I will have to go.  If Jesus did not take the full punishment for our sin, then we still owe a debt that we cannot pay.  It was either paid in full or not paid at all.  Jesus said before He was crucified that even as Jonah was 3 days in the belly of the whale, that the He was going to be 3 days in the belly of the earth (Mat 12:40).  You cannot take that very many ways that would not seem to say, He was going to hell.  If you still do not believe that Jesus went to hell for you, so that you do not have to go, I guess that will be your problem and not mine.

Psa 55:15  Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

We can again see a verse of scripture that clearly locates the position of hell and also confirms who it was made for.  God tells us clearly that the “wicked” will “go down”.  I guess anyone that reads this and still doesn’t believe me must think that they do not qualify as one of these wicked.  Maybe people think that my sin is not as bad as the sin of others so I must be OK!  However, the Bible says that if you even violate any single one part of God’s law, you are now guilty of sinning against ALL of the law (James 2:10)!   According to God’s written Holy Word no matter what sin you did, big or small, the consequences are just the same.

Psa 139:8  If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

There are so many verses in the Bible like these that I have shown you.  They all indicate that “heaven” is UP! and that hell is DOWN!  This verse speaks about the “omnipresence” of God and says no matter where you go, God is everywhere.  Yet it clearly tells us that some will go up and some will go down.

Pro 15:24  The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

If you continue to read the many verses like these that I have been presenting to you and still refuse to acknowledgeme the existence of hell, you have been greatly deceived in your midnd not wanting to see the truth.  This verse in Proverbs clearly says a wise man is one who acknowledges the ways of life and departs from the way that leads him into hell, below.  Again we see two places mentioned, one is implied to be good and the other is definitely not a good place to go to.  If a wise man goes Up, then that implies that a “foolish” man or a fool goes “down” by their own choices that they have made.

Isa 5:14  Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

Sadly this verse seems to indicate that hell will not be an empty place.  The indication is given to us that it will be full of fools and idiots who thought they knew better.  I’m sorry I do not know what else to call people who have refused the free gift of salvation.  In this verse in Isaiah the path to hell is again said to be down.  To descend means to go beneath the surface of the earth.  Jesus said “Wide is the gate and broad is path that leads unto destruction and many are those that choose this path” (Mat 7:13).   But, then Jesus tells us “that straight is the gate and narrow is the way to life and few are they that find this path” (Mat 7:14).  You can see that Jesus is describing two separate groups of people.  You can clearly understand that Jesus says one group will live and the other group will die.  This of course is a spiritual reality and not a physical one.  A spiritual death would be a separation from God who is the author of life.   Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6).  What was Jesus telling us in this verse in John?  Jesus was saying He was the only way to achieve true life.  Meaning that every other way that people think they are going is the wrong way.  It is a very simple yet profound truth that many still refuse to accept.  I can’t make you believe it, I can’t make you see it, even though I wish I could.

There are so many verses in the Bible that speak about hell that I just can’t go over every one.   I would strongly suggest that you get your Bible search program and look for them and read everyone carefully.  Study to show yourself approved, a workman unto God!  I will leave this blog with this profound story given to us by Jesus himself.  In the book of Luke Jesus tells us a real story of two real actual men who lived on the earth in the past.  In this story we are told the direct name of one man who was named “Lazarus”.   We know from the story that Jesus says that the man Lazarus was not well physically and was called a beggar who sat at the door of a rich man who had things very nice and lived very well.  Lazarus wanted just some crumbs from the rich man’s table to quench his hunger, but it appears the rich man did not give him any or much at all.  Jesus tells us that both men died physically and were buried.  It also tells us something else that is very profound:

Luk 16:22  And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

You see in this verse we can see two men who died.  We know from when Jesus was telling us this story that He was still ministering physically to the nation of Israel.  Therefore, we know that Jesus was not yet crucified and that the payment for sin was yet to be accomplished on the cross.  Jesus told us in John 3:13 that no man had ever gone to heaven where God was up until this point in time that He spoke that statement.  This means after people on the earth died before the shed blood on the cross, they must have gone somewhere else.   We can clearly see that the beggar is said to be carried by the angels to this temporary place  and it was called “Abraham’s bosom”.   We can also clearly learn that this was not the beggar’s body that was taken to this place, but that it was his spirit that was relocated to this temporary location with Abraham.  In this verse we are informed that the rich man also died and his body was buried.  Where then did the rich man’s spirit go?  We can read the next verse and find the answer:

Luk 16:23  And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

We can clearly see that the rich man goes to hell, a place that is intentionally described as a place of torment.  Torment is not a good or a positive word is it?   Torment implies torture, pain and suffering.  Before Jesus was crucified we can see that the beggar was somewhere, not heaven but yet not hell either.   It is a place that is described to be a far off from hell, yet the rich man could still see it.  Did you also notice that these verses said that the rich man’s body was buried, yet the rich man went to hell?  If you do not understand that you are spirit that lives in a body you need to get a hold of that fact fast.  After your spirit leaves your body you can see from this story, you still exist, you still have feelings, you still can see, you still can talk, you still can do many of the things that you can do today physically, except get saved.  It is now too late to get saved.

Luk 16:24  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

So the rich man hasn’t really changed has he?  Even being in hell he thinks he is better than the beggar Lazarus.   He asks for mercy from Abraham, his natural father, but yet ask for Abraham to send his brother Lazarus to hell to cool his tongue with water.  In this verse we can again clearly see that hell is a place that is described as very, very hot.  It is described as being surrounded by flames of fire.  So what was Abraham’s response to the rich man?

Luk 16:25  But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

So we can learn some valuable lessons if you want to see them.  Jesus told us, “How hard it is for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God” (Mat 19:24).  Why is that?  Because they think that they do not need God or salvation.  They are consumed with a life of luxury and want and need nothing.  They make themselves out to be better than others who have nothing and most of the time do nothing to help them.  We can clearly see in this story that the lives of these two men of example on earth are in stark contrast and opposition to each other.  When one cried out for mercy on the earth, the other refused to give it.  Then now that the tables are turned, the other cries out for mercy and yet nothing can be done to help him, even if they wanted to.

Luk 16:26  And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Jesus tells us that Abraham told the rich man that nobody could cross the vast expanse that was between them now.  It sounds like this area represents a spiritual barrier or even a prison wall like structure.  Nobody can get in and nobody can get out.  Once you are there you are there, at least until judgment day.  You see there is a day when the Bible says that “every knee will bow and call Jesus the Lord God”.  When presented with the truth, I assume many will still not believe it, but yet they will still be forced to bow their knee.  It would be much wiser to bow your knee voluntarily right now, than to wait until later and be forced into this position.

Luk 16:27  Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:

The rich man is not through asking for stuff and trying to negotiate a better outcome.  Now the rich man asks for Abraham to send Lazarus back to the earth to his father’s house.  Funny how rich men like to ask other people to do stuff for them all the time, isn’t it?  Did you notice that in verse 25, Abraham said to the rich man “remember”?   Do you know that the rich man in hell, without his body could still do this?  Do you understand the significance to that revelation?  People in hell can still remember and reflect back on everything that they had and the things that they did and still know everyone that they had met here on the earth.  What is more astounding is the fact that the rich man knew who Abraham was and He had never met him before.  Abraham lived many hundreds of years before this man and yet he still knew him.

Luk 16:28  For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

Now the rich man in the middle of hell realizes that the time of decision making was on the earth.  Since he has found that nothing can be done to help his situation, he wants Abraham to send Lazarus as a witness to his brothers on the earth so they will not come to the same place.  No doubt his brothers were also wealthy men who were raised to disregard others. 

Luk 16:29  Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

Now we have some more amazing information.  Here we have Abraham speaking about a future son named Moses.  How did Abraham know Moses?  Apparently Moses was there in the same place as he was and had heard the stories that Moses spoke of.  Moses and the prophets wrote God’s word down hundreds of years after Abraham lived and Abraham knew what they had done.  I find that absolutely fascinating.  Here we have a spiritual law of sorts being revealed to us.  We can see who ever lives and dies later will meet those and speak with those that went before.  An exchange of information is assumed and everyone will know everyone else who is there also.  But, did you notice that Abraham is not going to respond to what the rich man said, the way the rich man wanted him to.   Abraham tells him that God’s Word is where it was at, that was the only way to know God and to be saved.  Abraham never said anything about Buddha did he?  Abraham never said anything about any other way or religion did he?

Luk 16:30  And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

The rich man is very persistent and continues to ask for someone from the dead to be sent to his brothers so that they will hear first hand testimony of this awful place of torment.  Then if they hear someone personally say look I died and saw hell and it is not good place, they would repent.  Did you know that would really not help most people.  You see if people do not believe the Bible, how would they believe someone who came up to them and said “I’ve seen hell and it is a really bad place”.  Do you think they would believe it then?  I do not think it would make any difference.   Let’s see what Abraham thought about it:

Luk 16:31  And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

You see Abraham had the same opinion that I did, he tells the rich man that if they do not believe the Word of God, they will not believe someone who was raised from the dead.  That is such a strong Word of Truth to consider.  You see there are not many ways to God,  Abraham never said anything about Islam or any other religion.  Abraham said the key was the Bible.  This is what salvation is based upon.

We are not told very many things in the Bible about people who are directly said to have went to heaven or to hell.  Very few times are we actually given the names of specific individuals.  In fact I cannot think of anyone’s name that is said to have gone to hell.  We are told that Abraham and Lazarus was in a place not associated with hell and it implies that Moses and the prophets were also there.  From other stories in the Bible we can assume that Elijah was a specific individual that qualified as a prophet, but was someone who was caught up in a chariot by God.  We know from New Testament scriptures that Enoch was also said to have been taken by God.  Other than these few named individuals the Bible is purposely vague on the subject.  For example, I have heard Sunday School teachers teach about Adam and Eve and how someday we will see them in heaven.  However, I have not seen a Bible verse that says that they made it.  Just because your name is in the Bible doesn’t guarantee that you were saved.  There are a lot of names in the Bible that would appear to indicate that they were in hell right now.  How about Goliath, the giant?

So according to the Bible, hell is a very real place!  Jesus himself confirmed to us the existence of hell.  Jesus said, hell exists because it was created for Satan and his demons calling it eternal fire (Mat 25:41).  However, from the evidence in the Bible we can also clearly see that that there will be men and women that will also be in hell.  I could give you many more scriptures, but if you do not want to see it, it will do no good.  I knew a preacher, a man of God that I would call the greatest man of God that I have ever seen on this planet in the last 50 years.  This man’s testimony goes something like this.  As a teenager he was sick because he was born with a malformed heart condition.  This man lived to be a teenager and died, left his body and went down to hell just like the story of the rich man in Luke 16.  He could see the flames of fire and the large gate into this place of torment.  He said he saw a creature that was about to escort him into hell and suddenly something happened.  He said that before he went in, that he heard a voice saying something that was not English and he started going back up to the earth passing through the darkness.  He then came back to his bed in his bedroom and entered back into his body.  I can’t tell this as good as he could, but he is no longer with us, so I choose to tell it for him.   This story was an example of someone who died and came back to tell us personally, like Abraham said you would not beleive.  This man was saved and became a preacher of the gospel trying to get you not to go to this place.  I do not know how many, have heard this story of his experience, but God allowed him to come back and try to tell us the truth.  I believed his story, but I also believed the Bible before I heard this story.  I saw the fruit of his ministry and the effort that he would go through to help people to see the truth.  You of course can be like many others who have chosen not to believe and as a result have taken the wide gate and broad path to their own destruction.  People will either be saved or will perish based upon what they do right here right now here on this planet.

I wish I could say that I believed that everyone on the planet would be presented the opportunity to make the correct decision and have a chance of a fair opportunity to make this decision for God to go to heaven.  However, too many things in the world have proved otherwise.  Vast numbers of people have died not having heard the gospel and good news of salvation.  Children, babies and those that are too young to choose have been killed unfairly and in an untimely fashion.  I do not recall reading in the Bible that God said life is fair or just and that you will be given any such chance to make an informed decision.  I do not recall anywhere in the Bible that says God will allow you the opportunity to explore every religion to determine which is the best one and the one that is true.  If you think that you have a lot of time to figure it all out, it might already be too late for you.  Evil in the world is escalating.  Satan is feverously working to try to save himself from hell’s flames.  As a result, terrorism is on the increase, murder, suicide and other crimes against humanity are being perpetrated at increasing and alarming rates around the world.  If you think it is bad now just wait until the Christian are taken out of the world and then you try to figure out what is happening.  There will be a lot less informative blogs on the internet when that happens.

If you you like to continue reading in this series about the subject of hell you may go to “Part 2“.

Universal Salvation, Is Everybody Going to Be Saved? Pt 2

(Ver 1.2)  Today is Part 2 in the lesson series about the subject of Unieveral Salvation.  I really just introduced this subject in my last lesson.  If you did not read this series from the beginning, I would recommend that you go back and start with “Part 1“.  In the first lesson, I alluded to the fact that I have heard several people try to teach this and they have attempted to convince me repeatedly that they were absolutely correct and that I was the one that was absolutely wrong.   They would give me Bible verses and I would just have to say Yes, I know that, but…”  DId you know that no deceived person knows they are deceived?  The greatest danger of being deceived is the individual’s acceptance of the lies to be the truth.  Rather than reviewing all of the Bible verses they were giving to me, let’s talk about some other Bible verses that they have obviously ignored or refused to look at and study.  Whenever one group of people preach something that is wrong, it is usually a result of not knowing what else the Bible says on the subject.  Selective theology is a predominate fallacy of deception that people fall into sometimes way too easily.  But, it is also very difficult to get these types of people to see the truth, since they do not want to know what is truth.  In fact it is almost impossible to get anyone to see what they do not want to look at.  You could be attempting to show them one of the greatest revelations of all time from God’s Word that God himself has taught you personally and just because it is something new or different, people automatically reject it and refuse to see it.  Believe me I know this for a personal fact, it can be very discouraging if you let it get to you.  I guess it is just a basic human characteristic to not accept something new that is presented to you, after all we are bombarded by false teachings every day.

Most proponents of Universal Salvation ignore Bible verses about the existence of hell.  I guess they read them and because they do not want to see them they just ignore them or attempt to explain them away like people usually like to do.  Do you understand how easy it is to explain away God’s Word using human reasoning, people do it every day.   Instead of talking about hell first let me start with a couple of things that Jesus said about the end of the world:

Mat 13:49  So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,

In this verse from Matthew, Jesus is clearly talking about the end of the world.  A time that we are living very near to and within our sight, right now.  Jesus clearly says that the angels will be given the task and assignment to separate the wicked from the just.   The Greek word for “sever” in this verse is a word that means to divide.  To divide literally means to make two separate groups.  If you recall from my last blog I told you about these two groups.  Those of the Day and those of the Night.  God will send His angels to separate those who live in the Light from those who live in the darkness.  There will be a division of those who have accepted His salvation from those who have rejected His salvation.  Those who are said to be wicked from those who are called the righteous.   You know I did not write the Bible, God did and people easily just discount these words as being not important or that they simply think that they do not apply to them.  Nevertheless that does not change what God said.

Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

Here is another very clear verse that speaks about a prophetic event soon to occur.  Again we can clearly see another reference to a “division” that is occurring.  This verse says that God will gather every nation to stand before Him.   It then does not say that everyone will be saved, does it?   No it actually says the complete opposite.  Let’s start by acknowledging that this verse is referring to every possible group of people on the earth that currently exists, every people that existed in the past and every group that could possibly exist in the future.  In other words Jesus did not leave out any nation of people on the earth, it is an all-inclusive statement  Why would you divide your sheep from your goats?  Who do the sheep represent and who do the goats represent?  These are clearly symbolic references to something that will soon occur in the spiritual realm, whether you choose to believe it or not.  Did you realize that it doesn’t matter if you believe something will happen, for it to actually happen to you.  Things happen to you every day that you did not believe would happen.  I wonder how many people in the World Trade Center would have believed that an airplane would intentionally fly into them on 9/11/01?  Even though I am not a gambling man, I would be willing to bet you that none of them expected that to happen and yet it did.  I know I was at home watching it live on TV and I know I still couldn’t believe what was going on.  These terrorist certainly pulled off a major unexpected attack on American soil.  I would be shocked if it doesn’t happen again.  But that is my opinion and I normally don’t give you my opinion on anything.

Mat 25:33  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Again continuing in this chapter you can see that the nations are being divided into two separate and distinctive groups of people that are completely different from each other.  One group is placed upon His right hand and the other His left hand.  If you understand this is a Biblical principle and a law given to us in the Old Testament.  A son would receive the right hand of blessing from their father and this would be a sign of their inheritance.  Once this blessing was imparted it could not be reversed.  You can read about it in the story of Jacob and Esau in Genesis.   Now see what the chapter continues to inform us of these words from Jesus:

Mat 25:34  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords so we easily know who is doing the talking in this verse 34.  Those sheep on the right of God are said to be blessed of the Father like I just mentioned about the story of Jacob and Esau in the book of Genesis.  We are clearly told that these people on God’s right hand are the ones that will inherit the Kingdom of God that was prepared for them since the foundation of the world.  Meaning that there is somewhere else prepared for the other people on the left hand of the King.  This is so strong that it is obviously just ignored by those who do not want to see it.  Continuing down the chapter we finally see what happens to the other people Jesus is speaking of:

Mat 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Finally, in this verse we can see that to the goats on His left hand He clearly says for them to “depart from me”.  Where did these goats come from?  They came from the same nations of people that were divided on the right hand of God.   That does not sound like Universal Salvation to me, does it to you?   Did you also notice that God is not talking to Satan and his demons?  If you carefully read this verse correctly, you will see that there is a place that was called “an everlasting fire” that was prepared or created originally for Satan and his angels.  But, yet God is not talking to Satan when he tells these goats to depart from him.  We can clearly see that hell exists in this verse and it describes it as a place of eternal torment and punishment.  No you are right it does not call it “hell”, but what else would you call it from this clear description.  A place that is not good, a place that will not be an eternal party or a place to have fun.  Have you ever been near a raging fire on the earth, now imagine having to be in that fire and not just standing near it.

So, why do people go to hell, if hell was created for Satan and his angels as this verse in Matthew says?  In order to answer that question you have to understand Bible covenants.  You have to understand how God operates using covenants and laws.  You have to understand the Bible and how it was written and why it was written.   If Satan committed the first sin, why didn’t God just solve the sin problem and throw Satan into hell?  Why if God was God and Satan was not, why did God not just get rid of the source of all evil so that none of us would ever have to see it or to understand what it was.  Did you know that God could not legally throw Satan into hell.  Now God can, after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ when the end of the world comes, but I’m talking about before Adam and Eve came along.  Before, the Old Covenant came into existence, God had no legal grounds to stand on.  God’s law in the Old Testament gives God the legal right to throw Satan into hell, if God can get Satan under the law.  Did Satan ever get under the law?  I guess I’ll need to leave that to another blog.

If you did not realize it, God created a perfect world without any sin with Lucifer in charge of all of the angels in the beginning.  Maybe you have never studied the Bible and have not seen how that the Bible says that there was a world that existed prior to our world.  In this world, Lucifer ruled it and walked among the other angelic beings.  In this world existed the Garden of God, a place called Eden.  In this world Satan rebelled and this world fell into ruin and was destroyed.   There are many people and good Bible teachers who refuse to buy into these Bible verses, but yet they have a hard time of explaining them away.  Why was the world covered with water in state of destruction in Genesis 1:2?  Why does God describe the world as formless and void in Genesis and then in Isaiah 45:18 tells us that He never created anything that was formless?  In Isaiah 45:18 it clearly says that God when He created the earth, it was created to be inhabitable.  God uses the same Hebrew word to inform us that the world became formless and void and that was not this way when it was originally created.  Scientist through astronomical calculations of light refraction and phase shifts have measured the duration of time for light to reach the earth in terms of billions of years.  When we look at stars shinning in our night sky we are looking at light that took billions of years to reach us.  Yet we have numerous Bible teachers who want to try to convince you that the world is only few thousand years old.   Any intelligent person can simply see that the earth is not that young.  If you believe that it is you are promoting a lie and a deception to the people of God and to those who are in the world that are obviously more informed than you are.  God is not the deceiver nor is He a party to deception.  I guess I got off of the main subject, I’m sorry about that.  Maybe I’ll blog on the age of the earth from a Bible perspective later on.

There are many complex reasons for the existence of Satan and evil.  But, most of these reasons boil down to God giving us a choice.  If you see that God is good, that God is Love and still choose not to follow Him and His Word, then you by default belong in the group of goats on God’s left hand.  Why is this?  It goes back to covenants again.  Because people do not understand Bible covenants and what they are and how important they are to God and what He does, people lose sight of why God had to allow evil in our world and could not throw Satan directly into hell.

In the Bible a covenant is a marriage contract between two parties.  We who have been saved called His sheep are in a brand New Covenant that never existed before to a risen Savior that was never in a covenant with anyone else before.  Therefore we are in a spiritual marriage contract with the raised from the dead Jesus Christ (Rom 7:4).  If you do not understand Bible covenants, please read my series on “Understanding Bible Covenants“.  This new covenant relationship puts us into the category of the sheep and the spiritual realm of the Day and Light.  Those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior remain in the night and the spiritual realm of darkness controlled and ruled by Satan.  There are many reasons for this and I have alluded to Night and Day multiple times.  If you need more understanding about these spiritual states or dimensions please refer to my blogs on “Night and Day, Understanding the Spiritual Heart of Man“. 

Isa 28:15  Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

Here is a verse of scripture that speaks about a marriage covenant contract that contains grave consequences. In a Bible marriage covenant contract, what one party possesses the other party also possesses. This law of marriage works for the positive aspects of marriage as well as for all of the negative possessions that each party owns. For example, if you marry someone in the world today who is on the verge of bankruptcy with in massive amounts of financial debt, after you are married their debt becomes your debt. This is just a basic Bible law.  Hopefully, you understand this and can see the cause and effect that this verse in Isaiah 28 contains.  Clearly these people in this verse are in a covenant that a God to get them out of.

If you go into this chapter and check the context of this verse, you can see who God is speaking to directly in verse 14 of Isaiah 28.  This verse is written directly to the rulers of Jerusalem.  To be in agreement with and to be in covenant with are synonymous terms for someone who is married to the realms of “death” and “hell”.  In this marriage covenant contract, these people now possess a destiny that is very dark and gloomy.  They actually have no good future or optimistic outcome or anything to look forward to.  Furthermore, there is actually nothing they can do to get out of this contract.  It can only be broken or disannulled by God himself.  A Bible covenant cannot be easily broken, unlike people’s marriages in our world today.  You cannot just go to court and get a divorce from “death” and “hell”.  Do you understand what I just said?  There are many songs, movies and books that relate to stories of people making a deal with the devil.  They usually sell their soul for a few years of pleasurable wealth, fame or other natural earthly gain.  These fictional stories mask, mock and make fun of a spiritual reality and most Christian do not even know it is actually a real reality.

Isa 28:18  And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

So God declares that our previous agreement with “hell” will not stand and our previous covenant with “death” will be disannulled.  So how did God accomplish this great task?  There are actually several verses in the New Testament that give us insight into how God did this for us.  You may be familiar with some of these so I’ll just give you one to think about:

Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

This is an outstanding verse of scripture that has a vast amount of very important and relevant information for us to understand.  It is speaking of how God became a human in the body of a male child named Jesus of Nazareth.  We are now informed how God broke the covenant with death that had previously dominated every human on the planet.  This verse informs us that God used death to undo the consequences of death.  Because God died in the body of Jesus our covenant with death was broken.  That of course is not the complete story or results of what happened, but it is an important part of what happened.  This verse actually speaks about Satan, the devil directly as the one that God targeted with His death on the cross.  You see this verse actually tells us directly that Satan controlled the “power” of death, but that God came to “destroy” him.  The Greek word for “Power” means dominion over, strength or might.  However, the Greek word translated as “destroyed” does not mean the same thing in the spiritual realm as what we think of when we say it in the natural realm.  Most of the time we think of something that is destroyed as something that has been obliterated or reduced to a pile of ashes or something like that.  But, obviously Satan is still alive and doing everything he can to kill, steal and destroy from everybody that will let him today.  It is important to realize that you cannot destroy a spiritual being!  A spiritual being is an eternal being.  So to destroy Satan in the spiritual realm means that God came to undo the consequences of Satan’s deception and our sin.  By God experiencing death and participating in it, there are many things that transpired that were of severe consequences to Satan.  If you remember in Genesis, God told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and if he did, he would die!  So we can see how death entered into the world and we can now understand who controlled or held the power of death and this was Satan.  So therefore, we can conclude that Adam entered into a covenant relationship with Satan.  This covenant allowed Satan to live on this planet as long as Adam time to rule the planet was in effect.  In fact Adam’s rulership was transferred to Satan after Adam died.  Now Satan was given complete dominion over the earth (Luke 4:6).  In a covenant relationship we know that what each party possesses the other also owns jointly.  So now Satan was free to rule our planet and Adam and all of his children were now destined for hell.  Thank God for giving us a way out.

So how was man’s covenant with death and hell rendered harmless?  It was through Jesus dying on the cross that loosed us from the consequences of our sins.  We know the Bible says that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life (Rom 6:23).  That verse is another one that the Universal Salvation teachers like to quote.  It implies that everyone is saved according to their interpretation of what a gift is.  But, they do err in their conclusion that a gift is automatically accepted by everyone that it was given to.  Most people today do not know how to receive a spiritual gift from God?  Do you know that it requires you doing something to open a present that has been given to you?  How would you open a present that you cannot even see, cannot hold on to, or cannot even verify exists?  That is a very tricky question and one that you should figure out the answer to if you haven’t already.  Some think that it is just a matter of joining a church.  Some think that it is just a matter of saying you are a Christian.  Some think that you can be baptized as an adult or as a baby and that saves you.  Some think that it is just doing good works and good deeds for others.  Some think that it is an automatic free gift to everyone and they have it magically.  But, none of these are the correct answer.  There are not many ways to God.  There are not many ways to be saved.  There are not many religions that will work for you.  There is only one Absolute Way to God and Salvation and His name is Jesus Christ.  He died for your sins and was raised from the dead and now waits for those who will believe in Him.  I would be a fool not to tell you the truth.  You would be a bigger fool not to believe it.  If you haven’t figured it out by now, not everything that you think is always 100% correct and guess what that includes me.  I do not know everything and I am still learning new stuff about God and the Bible almost every day.    The things that I do know I will tell you boldly with confidence.  So you have now read this entire lesson and if you still want to place all of your hopes on the possibility of an universal salvation theory thinking that you have no responsibility or saying in the matter, I guess you have the right to be wrong and go to hell.  I know if I just read this and still believed in universal salvation, I would do some more research to make sure I was right.  How can you place all of your eggs in one basket and know with the same confidence that I have, that you have not made a fatal mistake?  Thanks for taking the time to study the Bible with me and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them for me.  God Bless.

Universal Salvation, Is Everybody Going to Be Saved?

(Ver 1.3)  The is Part 1 of a series of important Bible lessons countering the lies of the enemy being taught in churches called the doctrine of “Universal Salvation”.  I know it takes all kinds of different people to come up with some of the stuff that I have heard being taught from the Bible.  They probably have a lot of help from Satan to invent these concepts, but that is just how Satan works.  One of the most obscure and ridiculous things that I have heard being taught from certain nameless individuals is that everyone on the earth will be saved eventually.   This would include mass murders, terrorists, rapists, and everybody else that you can think of.  People base their beliefs upon a limited number of scriptures that seem to indicate the possibility of this occurring, but they also ignore many other scriptures that directly contradict and conflict with their beliefs.  This is a classic example of how some people read the Bible and have taken “A TRUTH” and have exalted it to become “THE TRUTH”.  People make this mistake all the time in many Christian denominations.  It is a very dangerous practice, but yet one that is found widespread in almost every church.  This type of teaching is what I call extremism.  They will take a truth to an extreme while excluding all conflicting verses they do not agree with.  However, the only correct way to interpret the Bible is to review all truths and all scriptures on a subject and then balance them all together.

People who teach this philosophy of Universal Salvation, start with believing in the complete saving power of the shed blood of Jesus, the stated love and mercy of God and the divine sovereignty of God and these are actually all very good truths to believe in.  They claim that the Bible says Jesus has paid for everybody’s sin by His death on the cross and by His shed blood He has purchased or redeemed us all from any future eternal torment.  They are at least partially right in those beliefs, but yet still mostly wrong misapplying them that everyone is now saved.  They embrace sover very basic Bible truths and then jump to some incorrect outrageous conclusions.  You see there is more than “One Truth” in the Bible!  If you only take a few of the truths and ignore all of the other truths in the Bible you are only partially right, meaning you are mostly wrong.  No lie from Satan is based upon completely false teachings no found in the Bible.  Every very good lie is based upon a lot of Bible truths with mixed in human reasoning and lies making them much more difficult to see.  Here is another popular verse that these teachers like to use to promote their idea of Universal Salvation:

2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

God being an omnipotent God says that He is not willing that any should perish.   Omnipotent means of course “all powerful”.  Since God holds all power, whatever He desires is what happens, according to these religious people.  These types of teachers have concluded that God’s will, will prevail over all others.  They can even claim that everything that happens in the world is always the will of God and therefore they justify all of the evil in the world as being something from God also.  So in their minds that have determined or reasoned that if a man like an Adolf Hitler has killed over a million Jews it was the direct will of God that this occurred.   So the universal salvation peddler says that Adolf Hitler will eventually be saved like all the rest of us.  It is really a crazy belief system and one that makes no logical sense to me.  However, I do understand how they logically arrived at their state of deception.  I believe many people have wanted to believe this teaching because of their close relatives or friends that they knew who have died without knowing Jesus and they do not know what happened to them and they do not want to think of them being tormented eternally.  Therefore, they embrace a false sense of hope in order to believe this person made it into God’s family.

People who believe things like this usually do not believe in an enemy or an unseen opposing evil spiritual force like demons.  They purposefully close their eyes so that they do not understand that there are two different spiritual forces at work in our world today.  These two spiritual forces are in direct competition and opposition to each other for the souls of the people in the world.  One spiritual group is called those of the “Day” and the other spiritual group is called those of the “Night”.  The Bible says that those who are in or of the “Day” have the light of Jesus Christ shinning in their hearts or spirits (2 Peter 1:19).  Then those in the “Night” are those without the light of Jesus and are they that dwell in the darkness controlled by Satan.  Two separate spiritual divisions. one of Light and the other of Darkness (Acts 26:18)!  Here is a scripture that has great significance to our subject:

Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Universal Salvation teachers like to think that God is an all loving God and a God who is full of mercy to everyone.  After all, what loving, all powerful God would allow any of his innocent creation to go to a place of eternal punishment?  It is so amazing that the Bible tells us that Satan has deceived the whole world in Rev 12:9.  That is a pretty broad statement and an all inclusive term.  However, Christians we know are in the world, but not of the world so we can see that Christians have not generally been deceived.   What we must discover and get others to see is the fact that Satan has deceived a lot of people into not believing the truth.  Then people need to understand how Satan has accomplished this deception.

What is Satan’s motivation to deceive people if everyone is going to be saved?  Have you ever asked your self that question?  I mean come on and think with me for a change using your brain for change.  If you continue to read in Revelation 12 you see that Satan is very angry and has great wrath towards the human race and those that are in the church, because it says that he knows his time is short.  Satan can clearly see that things in the spiritual realm is winding down to a final conclusive point of time.  He can see what is happening in heaven the spiritual realm, the church and the physical world.  He is trying to cause what God said in the Bible that is soon to occur, not to occur.  This is the key motivational factor for why Satan is trying to deceive you right now.  Satan’s only hope is to destroy the nation of Israel and to eliminate the Church or at least keep the church divided.  If Satan can do either of these, he thinks he can change his eternal fate and destiny.  At the very least he thinks he can put it off a little longer and delay it from happening so fast.

There are many who struggle with the fact that there are many religions in the world today.  Why would a loving God create or allow so many possible ways for man to better themselves and to achieve a higher state of being, they were not all legitamate paths to travel?  Many people have concluded that God loves people so much that he made many ways to achieve salvation.  However, I believe, that the primary reason God has allowed this to occur is for many compolex purposes, but it all goes back to the fact that God gave every man the right to choose.  Giving man a freewill is God’s right of giving the man the right to be wrong!  When God created the first man and woman on the earth, He presented them with a simple binary choice.  He even told them which one to choose and which one to avoid and yet they made the wrong decision.  Any choice presented to us by God dictates that we have the responsibility of things to choose from and a direct decision to make.  But, it does not mean that every way that we have chosen to go in is the right way or the correct way for us to go in.  That is what Universal Salvationists would like you to believe.  It does not matter what you choose the everntual outcome will be the same becasue of God’s Grace.  However, let’s get back to why Satan is deceiving people today?  Those in the far east and the rest of world that have chosen to believe in Buddha as their choice or option when it was presented to them have actually fallen into this trap of the enemy’s deception.  Satan causes religions to spring forth as instruments of depction.   What makes you think that it does not matter what you do here on the earth and what path you select to travel on?   What makes you believe that choosing Christianity is no different than choosing Islam?   Just because you select an Islamic path, it does not mean that this was the correct way to God.  It is kind of like the old saying, if you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.  That is the dilemma that people are faced with today everywhere in the world.  Because, they do not know this True unseen God they usually end up looking for Him in the wrong places.  After all any religion is better than no religion, or is it?  Could it be that Satan has put all of these other religions in the world in order to deceive people from choosing the right one and to keep people from selecting the only way that will let them into the Kingdom of God?  Why can’t there be One Absolute Truth against many lies?  If I was the enemy that is what I would do.  I would put out so many options, so much propaganda, distractions and smokescreens that nobody could see or have time to find the truth.  It is an amazingly useful strategy in war time, isn’t it?  Keep your enemy distracted with little things here and there and then strike with a big thing when they are not looking.  This is a common ploy of the Taliban in Afghanistan.  You of course have to understand that there is a spiritual war going on.  If you refuse to read and believe the whole Bible and only take a few verses out of context to justify your beliefs you can be wrong like the other religions in the world. 

God wrote the Bible in a fashion using techniques that purposely allowed men the right of choice.  They can read the Bible and get out whatever they want to see from the Bible and to ignore what they do not want to see.  God tells us to specifically to “rightly divide the Word of Truth” (2 Tim 2:15).  This verse implies there are many ways to wrongly divide the Bible.  Just as there are many false religions God wrote the Bible to allow many false teachings.  So how do you know when you are right or not?  That is a really good question.  It starts with knowing the author personally, and then He opens the book up for you to see what it really means, if you are interested of course.

If you would like to continue reading this series, you can go to “Part 2“.