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Understanding Bible Faith! Do I Have All the Faith I Need For Right Now? Part 13
(Ver 1.2) This is Part 13 in a series of Bible studies answering the questions about the Reality of Bible Faith. What it is, where it came from, how I get it, why it is important and how you can use it. I have taught many things in this series so I will not attempt to repeat them all again today. If you have not read this series from the beginning I would strongly recommend that you go back to Part 1 and start reading there first. In previous lessons I taught that faith was measurable meaning every Christian believer does not possess the same amount of faith. That teaching raised the question that many people have; does that mean I need more faith if the situation that I am facing is greater or more severe? Well I listened to a TV preacher this week that said that every Christian already had all of the faith of Jesus available to them right now. This preacher then implied that the only problem that a Christian possessed was simply that they did not know how to use the faith that they already had. In a way I agree with those statements and when I heard only his Bible verses that he gave he made a very convincing lesson. But he also failed to mention or take into account all of the other scriptures that I have given you that contradicts what he was teaching. The Bible is way too complicated for us to take one set of truths and attempt to make them the entire truth. If we do this then we are claiming to be smarter than God and choosing to ignore what else God says on the subject. There are over 220 verses in the New Testament alone that directly mention the word “faith” and then there are many other indirect related verses that must also be considered on the related dependent subjects of believing, beliefs, confidence, expectation, fear, doubt, unbelief and worry to name a few. In order to confidently teach any subject we are going to have to know the majority if not all of the verses that are related to the subject of faith. For example here is one verse that my TV preacher brother must have ignored on the subject of faith:
2Co 10:15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,
Paul in writing to the Corinthian church and is looking down the road to the future when their faith would be increased in order that they can become a greater blessing to others. Wow, I do not know if you heard what I just said. Paul does not tell the Corinthians that they already have ALL FAITH and that they just need to learn how to use it. Paul clearly says your faith is growing and you need to continue to allow it to grow. The Greek word translated as “increased” means to grow, increase or enlarge. If you can enlarge your faith, then you do not have all of the faith that you could have. There is a definite statement of conditionality placed upon their faith increasing. It is very clear to me that they do not possess enough faith to accomplish what Paul is looking for or expecting for them to use right now. Do you understand this? Faith is like a growing plant or even the fruit on a tree. Spiritual growth is like natural growth. When you are born again as a spiritual child you do not yet possess the fullness of all love, joy, peace or any other fruit of the spirit. Spiritual fruit grows on spiritual trees and it is not something that just magically appears and is there instantly. People are the spiritual trees that will produce the spiritual fruit, if they feed their spirits and water their spirits with the word of God to allow this fruit to grow. The word “faith” is included as one of the nine fruits of the spirit found in Galatians 5. Planting seeds and getting harvests is how practically everything in the spiritual realm works. The concept of planting seeds and growing fruit is a natural concept that applies directly to the spiritual realm. Faith is a fruit of the Spirit and not something that you have all of the moment you become a Christian.
Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
In an earlier Bible lesson on faith I taught you about how faith comes. Reading in Romans 10:17, we know that Bible Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Therefore Bible faith has a staring origination point that is totally dependent upon you first hearing God’s Word. If there is no hearing, then there is no ability to have faith in God. When you were saved it was because you heard a preacher tell you the truth about Jesus Christ and you believed it and you accepted and confessed Him as your Lord. Does this concept of hearing God’s Word and getting faith carry forward beyond salvation or does it end at salvation? In other words is a Christian when they are born again automatically given all the faith that they will ever need as my Christian brother was teaching? Or is faith still based upon the foundational principle found in Romans’ 10:17 of hearing God’s Word and getting faith? According to my TV preacher friend, you already have all of the faith given to you by God and you just need to learn how to use it or to apply it. If that was true, ignoring Romans 10:17 Christians would never need to hear the Word of God again after they were saved. There would be no need to go to church, no need to study the Bible and no requirement to listen to another preacher. Just go get saved and you got it made. Unfortunately this is not how I have discovered that spiritual things work.
The problem with this philosophical doctrine of automatic faith maximization is that it relieves Christians of any further responsibility to learn more about faith and it reduces or oversimplifies the truth that you only need to learn to use what you have already been given by God. Think with me about the children of Israel looking into the Promised Land of God. Did God not say I have given you the land? Did they automatically possess this land? Obviously they did not and they still had personal responsibilities to perform in order to possess what was clearly given to them by God. My point is that just because God has given you something does not mean that you have it in your possession and can use it. One of the verses that my TV preacher brother used was the one that I already addressed in this series so I will not repeat all of that information again. This verse was found in Romans 12:3 and it is one that many preachers like to jump onto and claim that every Christian has been given the same exact measure of faith by God and they therefore reason that there is no need to try to increase it, just use it. What we need to understand is that the Bible holds more than one truth on any given subject. We are therefore required to learn them all and then to balance each of them to become aware of the actual overall truth. I keep saying this and I will continue to say it, the Bible is much more complex than you think. Let me show you another verse in the Bible about faith and then you tell me how this verse conflicts directly with what the unnamed TV preacher said:
Rom 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Can you read? Can you understand the words written in this verse? If God had given to everyman the Measure of Faith why is there differing proportions of faith that is required to prophesy? The Greek word translated as “proportion” means a piece or a part and not the whole amount. I guess you could reason away this verse by saying that you have all faith, but that it only requires a small part of the whole to prophesy. That is certainly one way to look at. However, I do not believe that is what God is saying. If it was, then you should stand up in church next Sunday and start to prophesy and see exactly what comes out of your mouth and if any of it actually comes to pass. If it does not happen like you said then you are a false prophet. I personally believe whatever we do for God is done by our faith in Him. But that does not mean that we already have all of His faith. It means we need to learn to use the small part that we do possess and then allow it to grow into a greater quantity. The usage of the word proportion clearly implies growth potential to me. I guess you could choose to look at it differently if you want to. Let me show you another potential set of conflicting verses with contradictory information for my TV preacher brother:
1Co 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
1Co 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
1Co 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
Paul is writing about spiritual gifts that come from the Spirit of God that have been given to different men and women in the church. It is very clear that some have some of these gifts and probably many others do not. The Word of Wisdom and the Word of Knowledge are two impartations of the Spirit of God that I have seen demonstrated by only a very few preachers. These are very clearly not spiritual gifts that everyone possesses, only a very few. Now we continue to the next verse 9 and it says to another meaning not the same one as before God has been given the gift of Faith. Uh oh? That seems to be a major problem for my TV preacher brother. This verse is NOT saying that God has given to every man this gift, is it? Why is it even necessary for God to give any man this spiritual gift of faith if God has already given to EVERY man “the measure of faith” as the TV preacher has claimed? I think that is a very excellent question to try to figure out the answer to. My TV preacher brother probably could not answer this question or didn’t think of this question, so he must have just ignored this information. What is the gift of faith? For that matter what are any of the gifts that are mentioned in these verses referring to? If you do not know what they are then you are certainly going to write them off as being unrelated or unimportant. Every spiritual gift mentioned in these verses is a SUPERNATURAL manifestation of the Spirit of God through a human being to accomplish a divine purpose on the earth. Why is this necessary? Wow that is another excellent question we need to answer today. I believe it is necessary because God can only accomplish things that we cannot in our own ability or power if we cooperate and believe. God occasionally gives to us spiritual gifts such as the working of miracles to confirm His word that has been taught. God will also use the Word of Wisdom or the Word of Knowledge for a sign to help those present. God will use other of the spiritual gifts as ways to strengthen, build up and to edify the body of Christ.
Let’s go back to faith and leave the other spiritual gifts alone for now. Why if a Christian already has all the faith of Jesus would it be necessary for God to give them this spiritual gift of faith? In one of my faith lessons I taught that Jesus always claimed that it was the individual faith of the person receiving that was the determining factor mentioned for anything supernatural that occurred on the earth. If you do not understand this concept you better go back and reread that lesson again. This meant that nothing happened supernaturally on the earth unless a man or a woman believed God and His word and placed their faith in only those factors. This is why everything in the Old Testament occurred. This is why everything in the Gospels occurred. This is why everything in the modern church still occurs today. For example in the O.T., the deliverance of Israel from Egypt was based upon the faith and obedience of Moses. If Moses did not have any faith in God and would not have believed what was spoken to him then the children of Israel would still be in captivity or God would have had to find another deliverer who did believe Him. What about Noah and the great flood of the planet? Could God have saved Noah anyway, the animals and the blood line of Christ if Noah had not believed God and obediently built the boat instructed by God by faith? You see it was only Noah’s faith and obedience in God’s word that caused the supernatural power of God to manifest. I probably will get some people, who disagree with me, but you go through the Bible and you see the involvement of the partnership of man with any major event of supernatural demonstration of the power of God and then you tell me one (other than creation before there was a man) that God did independently from man. Even the virgin birth required Mary to believe in the words of an angel sent by God. It was clearly her faith that allowed God to come into the world in the flesh. What I’m getting at is that faith allows God access into the world and the lack of faith prohibits or reduces His ability to do anything. I know I’m going to get a lot of religious commenters from these statements that try to tell me that God is sovereign and that He can do whatever He desires at any time. Ignorant people often say things that are problematic to others who actually know more about the subject under discussion.
Understand what the gift of faith is. The gift of faith is the supernatural faith of God present inside a man to accomplish something that a man would not normally be able to accomplish without it. Also note that none of these spiritual gifts are resident full time in anyone. They are there temporarily as the Spirit wills to accomplish a single goal and never given at the will of the man or woman using them. They are given by God for a short time and they are then dormant. Even Jesus Christ who was God in the flesh and had the Spirit of God without measure could not operate in all of the spiritual gifts all the time. You go through the Gospels and read them very closely. You will see every manifestation of the spiritual gifts (except tongues and interpretation) mentioned in the ministry of Jesus Christ at one time or the other. But at other times Jesus could not do any miracles because of the unbelief of the people present (Mark 6:5) and then other times Jesus did not even know who it was that touched his garment and got healed (Mark 5:30). The presence of Jesus at the porches healed only one man and there were probably hundreds of others who did not get healed (John 5:2-3). It clearly shows the manifestation of the Spirit of God was totally dependent upon the Spirit of God and not the man that was given the gifts. I hope you understand these concepts. If not, please ask me questions and I’ll try to answer them more clearly.
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I’ll wrap this lesson up with this verse for today. I find this verse very interesting in the chosen phrasing of the translators. Jesus Christ is called the “Author” of our faith. Clearly this implies to us that our faith has a starting or originating point. The Greek word “author” technically means a chief leader. However I love the use of the word “author” in this verse. In the English language the term author means the writer of words. Since we learned that faith comes by hearing God’s Words earlier we know that faith is a spiritual word based system given to us from God. Without God’s words there would be no Bible faith on the earth. In the context within this verse Jesus is also called the “finisher” or “completer” of our faith. It sounds like a man writing a book. It sounds like the book was started at some point in time and then progressively grown through phases or chapters to an ultimate end of completion. Writing a book is like growing a garden of words. This is what God is doing whether you realize it or not. That is how I view our faith and God’s Word. I believe that the hearts of men and women are the new writing tablets of God’s divine authorship and I can give you Bible verses to back that belief:
Heb 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
Did you see what God says in Hebrews 8:10? God says I will put my laws into their minds and write them on their spirits. How does God get His words into or onto your spirit? Is that an automatic one time occurrence or is that an ongoing continual process? My personal faith in God had a starting point and my faith is now increasing based upon my knowledge of God’s word and it will eventually be completed because of the continuing work of the Spirit of Christ within me. This is the continuing ever increasing faith and that represents a state of transitional passage from faith to ever increasing faith (Rom 1:17). This tells me that we are responsible for participating in the spiritual growing process of our faith. This tells me that it is not automatic or that we have already been given all of the faith that we need. If our faith was already complete, we would no longer need a Jesus to be our finisher. Wow, I hope you understood what I just said. I am still awaiting a completed work of my savior Jesus Christ and I hope you are also. But, I also have a role to play. It is only with my involvement that God will continue to write on my heart His Word. Jesus is the Author, His word is the spiritual ink, my heart represents His blank pages and I get them written onto my heart by hearing them over and over. This is how things work and when you understand that you will be on the path to growing up into a faith giant killer like David.
I have attempted to teach you another basic faith lesson today. No you do not have all of the faith that you need to do everything that you need to do for God. If you did, then we would all be in heaven right now. Ask yourself this question, do I know and understand the entire Bible? If you answered no, then you do not have all of the faith that you could have. We are all still growing in the knowledge of Him and we better all be building our faith in increasing stages. I really did not talk directly about how much faith you need for each situation. I believe that it takes greater faith for bigger situations. In other words there are people today that have faith for millions of dollars that at one time they did not have faith for even two dollars’ worth of food. My TV preacher friend was one of those individuals. His testimony was that he and his wife went a long time without food because they had no money when they first started in the ministry. Now he teaches on TV and it costs him literally millions of dollar to pay the costs of TV time. Truly it is self-evident that his faith has increased over the years because his knowledge of God’s word also increased over the years at the same time. So if you want to be a TV preacher and think it is automatic success, just try it and we will watch you fail. I have seen many preachers on TV fail and they are no longer around. It is very clear to me that those who succeed are those that believe God will supply the need and those that fail are those that ask for donations from people. Faith is always the factor for success. But faith as we saw in Romans 12:6 is proportional. God said for us to do thing according the proportion of our faith. It was implied that we could overextend our faith and fail. If you want to start a TV ministry, first start with a group in your house and build your faith to grow to the millions of viewer level. If you fail with 4 in your house then you will fail even more with 4 million on TV. So faith is a factor and faith grows but there is also another matter that needs to be taken into account. Jesus taught us that even with a mustard seed size of faith we could move a mountain (Mat 17:20). A mountain represents a symbolic great obstacle or problem. So we must balance the fact that we do not have all of the faith that we could have with the fact that we just might have enough faith to solve at least some of our problems we are facing right now. What I recommend is that you prioritize your problems. Maybe they are financial, marital, children, or job related, emotional or even physical health related. Then go find all of the scriptures you can find on that subject that you deem to be your greatest need. Finally, feed your spirit on them daily speaking them out loud to yourself so that you can hear them to cause faith to come. There will come a time very soon after you do this continually that faith will become resident in our heart to solve your problem in that area. I also recommend that you do not start with the greatest most severe problem and combine every related need at the same time. To overwhelm your faith can be disastrous. It is usually best to start with the smaller things first and then work to the larger things like my TV minister example. Get faith for your daily natural food needs and then grow your faith to the millions of dollars of TV time costs. My TV preacher brother did not start on TV, he spent many, many years not on TV learning God’s word and growing in faith. It is like David in the Old Testament. He started watching sheep and grew to be King of Israel. David killed lions and bears before he ever tried to take down the giant facing Israel. Grow in faith and learn how faithful God is with your small successes and then greater things will come to allow you to have larger victories.
I hope and pray that you have learned more about the subject of Bible faith than you knew before. This is always my goal. I want to provide spiritual knowledge and insight to help you to grow spiritually. Thanks for taking the time to study the Bible with me today on the subject of faith. My guess is that I’m not even close to being finished with this topic but it will help me to know if you have any specific questions in any area. So drop me a comment and share anything that you might be struggling with and I will do my best to try to be a blessing to you. So until next time, may God continue to bless you with all the knowledge and spiritual wisdom of Jesus Christ. Amen.
If you would like to continue to study in this series you may go to “Part 14“.
A Christian’s Responsibility vs. the Sovereign God’s Responsibility! Part 1
Responsibility: the ability or authority to act or decide on one’s own, without supervision
(Ver 1.4) This is Part 1 in a series of basic Bible studies about the Personal Responsibility of Every Christian versus the Divine Responsibility of the Sovereign God. Responsibility is a word that implies authority and ability to make independent decisions. This certainly applies to God, but what about men and women made in the image of God, how would this apply to humans? I personally believe that the word responsibility is potentially more complex than this definition. There are independent abilities of man and there are dependent abilities of man. So responsibilities can be independently assigned or they can be jointly assigned or they can also be corporately assigned to many. There is a popular Christian philosophy being taught in many churches that God is in complete and absolute control of everything that happens in the world. This philosophy relieves all Christians of any personal responsibility, accountability or judgment for doing the wrong things in the world. I truly believe that God in Heaven is sovereign meaning that He is all powerful and is perfectly capable of doing anything that He desires at any time. However, is this the character of God that you know and understand and base your faith upon? Does God force people to do what He desires them to always do? Is God overriding human freewill to manipulate the outcome or destiny of individuals? If a terrorist kills thousands of other people was that the perfect plan of God in action and full manifestation? Does God really control everything that happens to every Christian and non-Christian alike? Is God the Great Puppet Master in the Sky pulling all the strings? I personally do not believe that God is in control of every event in human history. If it was true, then God is the most evil God that I have heard described and that definition would contradict with a God who is named Love!
INTRODUCTION TO THE ERRONEOUS PHILOSOPHY
THAT GOD CONTROLS EVERYTHING THAT OCCURS!
I saw a very ignorant movie last night from Hollywood called The Adjustment Bureau. This movie portrayed a God who manipulated men and women to do what He wanted them to do. It dictated a master plan of a sovereign type of God. If a man or woman strayed from the sovereign plan, they were immediately sent a being to adjust them for change. These adjustment beings would have to manipulate the circumstances surrounding the individual and they would have to change the persons’ mind or thoughts to get them to conform to the good plan of the chairman upstairs. They would have to cause them to go down the right path that they were supposed to go into to be what God had planned for them to do on the earth. This is a very popular religious philosophy taught in many churches. However, any time Hollywood embraces a Christian philosophy it automatically causes me to suspect it is a fallacy of the grandest proportions. But, we still have to balance the fact that after all God is sovereign and you cannot do anything to ever lose your free gift of salvation. It is too bad that this is not what the Bible actually teaches us.
INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN RESPONSIBILITY
I have already said that if God controls everything that it is completely unnecessary for humans to do anything for the perfect will of God to be accomplished in their life. If they wake up with cancer one morning then this was the plan of God for them to die an early painful death. The will of God must prevail so why even go to the doctor to prolong your life? Wouldn’t you be fighting against God by going to the doctor?
We should just blame God if you stay in bed all day and do nothing because this must be the will of God for you. Because it happened it had to be the plan and will of God. But is this what the Bible teaches? There is a very popular Christian extreme belief called predestination. In this belief some were predestined to be saved and others were created by God to go to hell by God’s sovereign choice. In this belief no one has any right to say which place they were made to go for an eternity. But this is a very popular lie from the devil that places no responsibility upon humans for determining the outcome for their lives. it also relieves all of the involvement of the spiritual enemy called Satan and reduces him to be a non-factor in our lives. This is exactly what Satan wants you to believe. This gives Satan free reign over your life and you will blame everything negative that happens to you on God. What a masterful deception this is.
We are about to explore verses in the Bible that teach us differently about the divinely delegated human responsibility that was given to us by a sovereign God. For example look at Hebrews:
Heb 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
Heb 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
Heb 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
There are literally many verses in the Bible that I could teach from today, but I will begin speaking about these for now. If a Christian can never be lost after being saved, then why did God write these verses of direct warning to all Christians? To be a partaker of the Holy Ghost is clearly a sign that these people being spoken of were once all Christians. But, by the time you get to verse 6 it says that they have “fallen away” (departed) from Christ and the Holy Spirit. Some Christians read the Bible without thinking about what is said by God. They will see a word like “if” and think that the word “if” means that it is not possible to fall away. But the Greek word translated as “If” (G102) in this verse could very easily have been translated as “When” so do not write it off and think that it cannot happen to you or to anyone else. Therefore, God says there is no further salvation available for them because they would have to crucify the Lord of Glory again and put Him to shame. If you do not understand these verses you better read, study and learn them very soon. These are very powerful words of warning written to ONLY the Church. They were not addressed to the lost unsaved world. If you believe you cannot fall away after you are saved or that it is impossible for this to occur, you may already be on the verge of being deceived. Because of ignorance, potential deception is more likely. This was the first and greatest responsibility given to us by God as a born again Christian believer and that is to remain or to stay a Christian. This means we don’t stray away and get lost from the goodness of God.
These verses list three specific things that you need to remain committed to. First, it says for you to partake of the Holy Ghost. Define the Word “Partake”! Is that God’s responsibility or your responsibility? If I sat a piece of chocolate cake in front of you and said “partake”. What am I asking you to do? To partake is clearly the freewill choice of every cake eater to choose to eat. This is the same for every Christian to receive the Spirit of Christ. Once you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior the Holy Spirit comes inside and abides. To accept and receive the Holy Ghost implies the responsibility for keeping the Holy Ghost resident. I know that goes against what many people try to teach from other verses in the Bible. However, if I gave you $100 today, you could by our own choice throw it in the trash or you could put it in the bank to try to keep it safe. The choice would always be yours to do with whatever you have been given freely. Next it says to taste the word of God. This is not a onetime meal. This must be a continual everyday action of eating God’s Word to make your spirit strong.
When you eat your natural meals, who is it that is responsible for you eating and tasting? Does anyone force feed you or do you freely pick up the fork and do it yourself? How many physical meals do you eat a day? You better learn to eat the Word of God as much as you eat physical food. The physical food of this world is important, but the spiritual food of God is more eternally beneficial. Finally, these verses say to taste the powers of the world to come. This means that we can walk in the power of God right now and that this power is the same as that which we will possess then in that future world. Do you know you have this power right now? Perhaps you will recall what Romans 8:11 teaches us? In this verse God says the same power that raised Christ from the dead now dwells in us and that is a statement that should be believed.
There is an old saying that goes, “with great power comes great responsibility”. This saying goes along with the current state of many nations of the earth who are in possession of weapons of mass destruction that can cause many other people hurt or destruction. God’s power is greater than nuclear power. However, this is the kind of power and responsibility that God is relating to you that you have in the spiritual realm right now. Taste and see that the Lord is good (Ps 34:8) and that His mercy endures forever. These three verses were an introduction to basic Christian responsibilities for us to live by today right now. I’ll list these again later in the lesson for you to take note of them, but let’s move to another perspective to Christian Responsibility.
IS EVERYTHING GOD’S GOOD PLAN THAT HAPPENS TO YOU?
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
This is a very popular verse of scripture quoted in many churches today by many preachers. It is read at funerals, it is read for divorces, it is read in hospitals after car accidents, it is read at every negative event that occurs in the lives of any Christian believers to provide comfort and to try to justify a greater unknown sovereign plan and purpose of God for the evil that occurred. Because preachers in their ignorance cannot explain these negative and evil events, they attribute them to be for a higher purpose to explain them away. After all they have been taught in seminary that God is in ultimate control of everything that happens in the life of every believer and this is what they were brainwashed to think and believe. This belief gives them religious comfort, relief and solace and it relieves them from learning the truth or for any personal responsibility for what may have occurred that was negative. It is what I will call “A No Fault Religion” philosophy. In this philosophical view whatever happened in my life was certainly not my fault because God is sovereign and must have willed it to occur. What Christians are attempting to do is to take a portion of a verse in Romans and change it to say something that God does not say. This is a major mistake of Bible interpretation that many make. They take things out of context and they miss or ignore the conditions being given in order to qualify for God to cause everything to work out for their good.
Christians try to take a conditional promise of God and make it completely unconditional because of God’s sovereignty. However, this verse says that God will only cause all things to work together for your good if you 1). “love” God and if you are 2). “called” according to His purpose as two major conditions for receiving the promise. But, again people take this as personally including them automatically, but then if you ask them what they were called to do by God; most of them could not tell you. I am called to preach and teach the Word of God, and that is my calling and gifting. So I have a direct and personal answer to that question if you choose to ask me. Now the subject of “being called by God” is much broader than my simply example but this is still certainly a major part to the subject. Regardless of how your were called or what you are called to do, it is still a condition for God to cause all things to work together for your good. Do you understand this?
Also there is the fact that God says to those that “love” Him all things will work out for their good. Many will say I love God and then not understand what this means either. Love is much more than just saying some meaningless words. For example, remember in John 14:15 where Jesus said “If you love me you will keep my commandments”. so do you keep all of His commandment? If not then Jesus implied that you don’t love Him and therefore you don’t qualify for everything to be working together for your good. I hope and pray that you are examining yourself to see if you qualify.
These there is further conditions give to us by God. This verse is also in the context of the two previous verses that it goes along with. These verses are often ignored because they are not understood. The two previous verses are speaking about the personal prayer life of the believer. But this is just not any type of prayer, it is a very specific type of prayer being mentioned, and even though it does not tell you what that type of prayer is you need to figure it out in order to qualify for verse 28. If you do not understand what kind of prayer that is, I’m sorry I’m not going to teach it to you today in this lesson. Just realize if you do not understand it and cannot explain it to me, then you are not doing it and you do not qualify for verse 28 and I’ll leave it at that for now.
If Christians could automatically expect everything that happens to them to become a good thing from God, then why would there be so many other verses in the Bible that instruct us to do something else? It would seem to me that too many Christians are not using a balanced approach to understanding the Bible and that they are ignoring some very important verses in favor of other verses that they like better. I call those types of Christians to be “Trail Mix” Christians. They pick out the pieces of the trail mix they like and throw out the pieces of the trail mix they do not like. Let me give you a quick example of what God says for Christians to do that makes the Christian life conditional with personal responsibilities:
Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
My primary subject today is “Christian Responsibility vs. God’s Divine Responsibility”. Here is God speaking to every Christian with two important instructions. Where does it say that God will resist the devil for you? Where does it say that God will chase the devil away from you regardless of what you choose to do? Where does it say that God will force you to submit to Him? Can you read? Does this mean if you do not do these two things that God will still cause everything to work together for your good? I assume that this is exactly what many Christians want to believe. I personally do not believe that this is the case! I believe that all of God’s promises are always conditional and that you are required to follow His instructions in order to be successful in this life. Can you answer me this question; “Is obedience a factor in this life?” If obedience is a major factor, then doesn’t obedience denote human responsibility and even consequences for disobedience?
Isa 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
Here is God giving us another clear conditional statement of promise. God says “IF” you do this and that you will get to eat the good of the land. Being obedient is one of the key determining factors to being successful in this life. The other is being “willing” to be obedient. In other words you can do what God says and be unwilling and God will tell you that you do not qualify because you failed in one key step. This is how the things of God work and if you do not believe it you can do without the good of the land. Here in James 4:7 God said first for you to submit your life totally and completely to Him. This is not that hard if you actually do it. I try to get up every morning and pray, “Not my will but yours be done today”. I tell God “I submit my will unto you this day”. I believe that praying and committing your ways to the Lord is the beginning of submitting to Him. Next, God says that you must resist the devil. Uh oh? That is a major problem for many Christians, isn’t it? How do you resist the devil if you do not ever see the devil? Have you ever seen the devil? What happens if you do not resist the devil? Are these words of warning with implied consequences? I think that will be a better series by itself so I will not get into how you resist the devil today. Just realize that these are two personal instructions that have attached responsibilities with them and implied consequences for not doing them. God is not going to do them for you, so you better learn how to do them for yourself. Also note that if you do not do them, then God cannot cause everything to work together for your good either. Since I’m in James, I’m going to stay here and give you another verse with personal responsibilities attached to it:
Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
You see the Bible after telling you to submit to God and to resist the devil says for you to also be a doer of the Word of God. This implies that you must first read the Word of God, then that you study the Word of God, next you must understand the Word of God, and this is based upon the requirement that you remember the Word of God, then you must put the Word of God first place in your life and give it priority and then finally that you will actually do what the Word of God says to do. If you think you automatically do all of this, you are probably already deceived. There is nothing that I just mentioned to you that is automatic human behavior. These are all learned behavioral modifications that you must do to renew your mind to God’s new ways of doing things. God says you can deceive yourself simply by not being a doer of the Word, but you can see that being a doer of the Word requires a lot of effort on your part. Effort implies personal responsibility and again consequences for not participating. If you do not feel this way, then you are in trouble. There is also no way that you can do what you do not know personally. God says in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge”. This means your lack of knowing can cause many of the negative things to occur in your life that you could have avoided if you only knew how to avoid them. God is saying that all things do not work together to those of His people who do not know the Word of God and do it. Surely you can see why things have occurred in the lives of many people that were very negative and why. Do not think that something negative happening to you is the perfect plan of God. This is what Satan wants you to do. If you do not fight it or resist it and you simply roll over and accept it, you are easily defeated. Negative things can be caused by many things in this world. You might have forgotten to submit yourself unto God. You might have forgotten to resist the devil. You might have not been a doer of the Word of God in the area that you needed to know how to avoid that negative situation. There are really many more factors of Christian Responsibility but I have gone long enough for today. Here is a short list of a Christian’s responsibilities that I have covered today:
- Make an effort and commit to remain a Christian daily
- Partake of the Holy Spirit continually (Praying in the Spirit)
- Continually feed on the Word of God to strengthen your spirit
- Continually taste the Power of God
- Submit yourself unto God
- Resist the devil
- Read the Word of God
- Learn the Word of God
- Put the Word of God first place in your life
- Do the Word of God
- Be willing and obedient to God
These are some of the basic Christian Responsibilities for every one of us to do daily from today’s lesson to help us have positive outcomes in our life. If you do not understand them, then you need to learn them and find out what they mean. If you do not understand what these are, you are free to ask questions, because I at least believe that I understand enough to be a help to those who do not know them at all. What I am attempting to do is to teach Christians that they have a personal responsibility for what happens to them. It is not all up to God and God is not orchestrating everything that happens to you for His perfect plan. If God was doing that, there would be no need for Him to tell you to do anything. God gives us His word so that we can get to know Him personally, His ways, His character, His nature, His love, His grace, His Son Jesus Christ and His divine responsibility. Then God gives us His Word so that we can learn who we are in Christ, what He has given to us and what we are still required to do with His free gifts of grace. These are balanced Christian Responsibilities working with the Divine God Responsibilities in partnership. I will try to continue this series in the future. Thanks for taking the time to study the Bible with me today. God Bless!
Understanding the Hidden Spiritual Family Structure of God’s Household! The Hidden Family of God in the Abrahamic Covenant! Part 9
(Ver 1.5) This is now Part 9 in a series of extremely advanced Bible studies about a subject that you have probably never heard anyone teach on before. If you have not read these lessons from the beginning, I would suggest that you go back to “Part 1” and start there. The Spirit of God revealed this information to me more than 10 years ago and I have been diligently studying it in the Bible ever since then to prove it was true. Over these years I became totally convinced that this was accurate simply because I could see it plainly in the Bible and I knew that it was actually what the Bile said. This is my introduction to one of the last lessons in this series of one of the most important and complex Bible studies that you may ever try to study or try to understand. All of these lessons have come directly from my heart today to yours. I can’t make you see anything in the Bible. So my prayer today is that you may have an open mind, a receptive heart and may the eyes of your spiritual understanding become enlightened with the spiritual knowledge of knowing Him who was and is and will always be eternally faithful; my God of all Grace and all Peace, my Lord and my Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
I was a computer programmer for over 25 years. I have worked on the development of several complex large computer software systems for some very large corporations. I will occasionally introduce computer terms in my Bible lessons and I may do that again today. But, I have found the design of God’s Word system to be so much more advanced and complex than anything that I have ever seen created by man that it is at times overwhelming. God’s extreme intelligence is clearly displayed in the design of His Word. However if you have never worked on a large scale computer system before or approached the Bible with this way of study, you will not understand what I am talking about. This is why not very many people on the earth today actually understand how to study the Bible. Intelligent design is displayed in every word printed right in front of them, but many do not recognize the patterns being presented. I have been studying the Bible faithfully for over 20 years using my computer and I am not any closer to learning everything that God says because of the vastness of what is covered in the Bible. Having said all of that, God has taught me a few things since the beginning and I am closer to knowing the complete truth today than I was 20 years ago. The things that have taken me over 20 years to discover, you can learn in a matter of a few days if you apply yourself and actually believe what you are reading and then search and see them in the Bible for yourself. When you do this, Satan will not be able to come and steal them from you.
In the last lesson I reviewed three distinct hidden patterns of the family of 5 divided 3 against 2 using the Micah 7:6 prophecy as the foundation and the stories of Abraham as two of the repeated models or patterns. Abraham was both the father and the son in the family in these patterns. In each of these examples, the pattern of family division recurred as an arrangement of 3 against 2. The patterns were always close enough that you should have been able to recognize that they came from the same Designer. You could call these little hidden patterns just amazing coincidences or you could call them the work of God like I do. Today I am going to show you another even more potentially controversial hidden pattern of the family of 5 divided 3 against 2 that is also found within the life of Abraham. This will be the third witness of God’s hidden pattern found in the life of a single man in the Bible. I do not believe that the existence of three very similar patterns found within the story of one man in the Bible can be called a chance occurrence, a happenstance or even an accident. If you could determine the mathematical probability of this occurring I believe it would be way beyond random probability. If you can find this pattern in the life of anyone else in the Bible please let me know about it, I would really be interested in hearing if you can find it anywhere. I personally believe God is trying to teach us something that is extraordinarily complex and important for us to know about. Today we are going to explore the Abrahamic covenant and what God has initiated in a cleverly designed hidden textual format that will probably amaze some of my readers and for others they will probably just walk away being perplexed and skeptical. I cannot predict which one you will choose to be, but I will hope that you will at least give God a chance before you shut the door on what He has to say in His Word.
I am now going to take you back to Genesis again to some prominently featured Words of God in the Old Testament that are very relevant to the family of 5 being divided 3 against 2. Of course all of this information has been very widely studied for thousands of years and yet no one could have understood what was being said because I believe that it was only intended for us to know before Jesus returns. I want to specifically show you these hidden secret concepts found within the Abrahamic Covenant so get ready to learn something new. We are going to be studying the verses found in Genesis chapter 15. You may recall while reading in this chapter of Genesis that God comes to Abram and makes some very specific promises to him and to his seed and these verses are all very interesting. Let’s start by reviewing the general themes found in this chapter. Here is my list of the important themes found in this chapter.
- Abram is very concerned because he has no heir.
- God comes to Abram in a spiritual vision.
- God makes Abram certain promises.
- Land is a central theme in this chapter.
- God makes a covenant with Abram.
- The seed of Abram is a central topic to this entire chapter.
- The majority of the statements spoken by God are prophetic.
In reading and studying Genesis 15 these were some of the central themes being related to me. God appears to be dealing with Abram personally, but also simultaneously speaking prophetically about many subjects. The central theme concerning an heir and the central theme of the seed are both critical to understanding the purpose and the plan of God being revealed in this chapter. I believe that we should quickly list the promises of God made to Abram in this chapter also to understand what is being promised as well as the prophecies being revealed.
- Your heir will come from your own bowels (Gen 15:4).
- Your seed shall be as the stars of the heaven (Gen 15:5).
- Abram will inherit the land (Gen 15:7).
- Thy seed will be a stranger in a land and they shall serve them and be afflicted in bondage 400 years (Gen 15:13).
- God will judge this nation and the seed will come out with great substance (Gen 15:14).
- Abram will live a long life and die in peace (Gen 15:15).
- In the fourth generation they shall come here again (Gen 15:16).
- God makes a covenant with Abram saying the land from the Nile to the Euphrates is given to you and to your seed (Gen 15:18).
These are the basic prophecies and the promises that were made concerning Abram and his seed from direct statements of God in the spiritual vision. I believe these are very important to note, because we will learn more about them as we go further into the lesson. I think we need to do some introductory concept analysis to exactly what a “seed of Abraham” is in order to understand who God is talking to and why. I have done a much more extensive Bible series on the concept of Understanding Bible Seeds so I will not repeat all of that information here, but I may touch on some of it again in this lesson. If you want to understand this subject more completely you can stop and read that series first and then come back to here and continue or you can wing it and try to catch up with what I am teaching just today about Abraham’s seed.
Before I continue let me make a point about something that God does in the book of Genesis as well as other places in the Bible that is potentially very confusing to many Christians. God will speak about natural things and spiritual things within the context of the same chapter, even calling them by the exact same name and description and not ever tell you which one He is talking about or if He has even changed the subject or has shifted the realm of domain of the subject from what we were just reading about in the previous verse. Wow, I’m not sure if you really understood what I just said. Maybe you will as we continue through the lesson. Also know that one verse may be from a participant like Abram’s viewpoint and the next verse may be given to us from God’s viewpoint of the situation. Scripture view point is a complex subject analysis, but one that you need to be aware of in order to understand how to rightly divide the Word of truth. For example, Abram could ask a purely natural question and God could give a spiritual answer and both should be viewed differently. There is also another level of complexity built into the story of Abraham based upon what we learned from Galatians 4. The story of Abraham was and still is an allegorical representation of the family of God. This means God tells a natural story about a natural man and these are parallel references to the spiritual realm. All of this makes the correct interpretation of Genesis 15 infinitely more complex.
There are many spiritual things mentioned in Genesis 15 as well as many parallel natural things. For example the concept of “seed” found in Genesis 15. “Seed” is mentioned directly 4 times in 4 different verses. Is every verse speaking about the same type of seed? Is every verse speaking of the same exact seed? Is this “seed” natural or is it spiritual or is it both simultaneously? Is the term “seed” used as a singular reference or is it used as plural reference meaning many or is it both again simultaneously? When I studied the subject of “seed” in the Bible I found where God called at the very least 10 different things by the exact same Hebrew word translated as “seed”. Which one of these ten is the type of “seed” being spoken of in this chapter? Or is every reference a different type of seed? The Bible is so much more complex than you think it is, so let me try to answer some of these questions. Let’s go to Genesis 15 and start reading in verse 18 first.
Gen 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
I am going to start by talking about the covenant that God makes with Abraham first and then I’m going to talk about the seed of Abraham and then finally end back up at the covenant at the end of the lesson. According to my Bible studies that I have done, a covenant is a spiritual marriage in the eyes of God. If God makes a covenant, he is proposing spiritual marriage. If you do not understand this concept then you should go and read my lessons on “Understanding Bible Covenants” first. God says “Unto your seed I have given this land”. God is speaking to Abram directly and speaking about his seed. What or who is this seed that God is speaking of? God actually does not define that in this verse does He? People automatically assume it is only the natural children of Israel since they possess a small portion of that land today. We can read in Romans 11:1 and 2 Corinthians 11:22 that Paul calls himself a seed of Abraham and Paul is very clearly speaking of a natural seed as being a physical descendant of the man Abraham. You may recall that Abraham begat Isaac, Isaac begat Jacob and Jacob begat the 12 tribes of Israel. We can also see in Hebrews 11:9 that Isaac and Jacob are described to be heirs of the promise. So clearly we have some scriptures to lean towards an all-natural interpretation of Genesis 15. We also know that Paul was born on the earth from the descendants of the tribe of Benjamin. So there is clear precedence for a purely natural interpretation of the Seed of Abraham as being only a physical people. This is a popular position that many Christians stand on. But, is this all that the Bible says on the subject? I think we are about to find out some new perspectives on this subject.
When reading the Bible it is important not to mix apples and oranges just so that you can call them all fruit. This would be an example of trying to take the Word of God and make it all natural or to make it all spiritual by lumping both of these into a general basket category that you want to call the Truth and that would work if God wrote the Bible that way. However God makes us divide the word of truth into categories of either spiritual or natural sections in order to understand it clearly. What I am getting at is that there are many things that are spoken by God in this one chapter and if you think that God is only talking about one covenant, one people or even one man then you are in a position to be very confused. You are going to have to read the Bible with a more open mind and then learn to use the Bible to interpret the Bible. You are also going to have to discern the differences between natural things and spiritual things. Here in this verse in Genesis it appears that God is speaking only to a natural man named Abram and that He is making a covenant which includes some physical land on the earth. There is an explicit region described that goes from the Nile in Egypt to the Euphrates river going through Turkey, Syria and Iraq and this land has been directed to the seed of Abram. I really do not have a problem with that general interpretation of this verse. It is usually best to always take the Bible literally first and then stick with the literal interpretation when you can. I said when you can, because there are some other places in the Bible that appear to expand our definition of what God was talking about in Genesis 15. For example, read this verse in Galatians 3:
Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Here we have a major new conflict brewing with the pure natural interpretation of Genesis 15. You see in Galatians 3:29 it appears that God is calling all Christians the “seed of Abraham”. God also calls us the “heirs” of the promise. Which promise, is God speaking of and what is it that we are supposed to inherit? This is obviously a very different new type of seed being spoken of than what we originally thought from reading Genesis 15:18. Galatians 3:29 must be referring to a “spiritual” type of seed and not a “physical” seed since I am not a naturally born Jew and neither is the majority of the modern church today. Since I’m not in possession of the natural land of Israel, this also means there is a potential spiritual inheritance that is different than the natural inheritance that was given to natural Israel by God in Genesis 15. All of this new information makes correct Bible interpretation infinitely more complex for us immediately. We are going to have to learn to rightly divide the Word of Truth if we are ever to correctly understand it. We are going to have to balance this new spiritual information with the old natural information that we previously thought to be the entire truth. It is important to note that this scripture implies a plural type of spiritual seed, meaning many spiritual individuals being called the seed of Abraham. Everyone that belongs to Christ is now called the spiritual seed of Abraham. This is the same pattern that existed when we read in Genesis 15:18 and there were many implied natural descendants of Abraham called his natural seed. What I begin to see developing is a natural pattern found in Genesis 15 that has occurred first to help point us to a spiritual pattern that has occurred after Christ was raised from the dead. I know I added the words “spiritual” and “natural” before the words “seed” in my interpretations but that is the only logical way to differentiate them in my view point. Let’s back up in this chapter of Galatians and see what else God says about the Seed of Abraham.
Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Here is another verse that complicates our efforts tremendously when interpreting any verse found in Genesis 15 with a reference to the seed subject. Here in Galatians, God is speaking directly about the promises that were made to Abraham and to his seed and this time God clearly comes out and says that the seed in Genesis 15 is a singular reference to Christ and that it is not a plural reference meaning many. Do you recognize how this presents more complex problems in interpreting the seed and the promises of God found in Genesis 15 correctly. At the very least it appears to imply that God has made simultaneous promises to the natural and the spiritual seed of Abraham. Here in Galatians 3:16, God says this promise was only made to the one seed of Abraham called Christ (Heb 2:16). So we have a continual increasing conflict developing. We just read in Hebrews 11:9 that Isaac and Jacob were called heirs of Abraham and God now directs us to Christ as being the only seed that was spoken of. We have now gone from many to one and this is a totally new perspective. I believe that we are seeing more parallels being revealed. Abram had only one natural son that God recognized to be his natural heir. This heir was Isaac and he represents a natural pattern of the spiritual Christ to come. Let’s read another verse found in the New Testament from God’s commentary about the seed of Abraham:
Rom 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
These are vastly ignored verses in the Bible. They clearly say the promise was not made to those natural seeds that were under the law, but that the promise was to the spiritual seed that would inherit the world through the righteousness of faith. This is obviously a major problem for the exclusive natural seed interpretation of Genesis 15. Here in this verse it does not name the specific region of the Nile to the Euphrates any more, it rather states it in the general term called the “world”. The Greek word translated here as world means “an orderly arrangement”. It denotes a place with structure and organization. When God spoke to Abram in Genesis 15, the known world was centered between the Nile and the Euphrates. That was the world back then. I believe that this is what God is saying to us from these verses using patterns found in design and speech.
What I see developing is two realms of parallel existence. The natural realm occurred first and Abraham produced a nation of natural seeds. But, God then reveals that there is another type of seed that has also come from Abraham and this seed must be viewed spiritually from God’s point of view. These verses in Romans and Galatians clearly inform us of another parallel type of seed that is spoken of by God and too many Christians want to ignore them to focus only on the natural descendants of Abraham. There is an implied reference that the land between the Nile and the Euphrates was only a symbolic representation for the greater reference of the “world”. Notice in Romans and Galatians God is speaking of the fulfillment of prophecies and He mentions the promises, the heirs and the seeds in these verses and this proves conclusively that God is speaking directly about what we are studying in Genesis 15. Practically every major theme of Genesis 15 is explicitly satisfied in these verses. To ignore God’s definitions, God’s perspective and God’s words of explanation will cause you to wrongly interpret the Bible 100 times out of 100 attempts. I hope you are learning something today.
2Co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
I believe that one of the primary goals of the New Testament is to cause Christians to transition away from looking at the temporary things of this world to try to teach us to look at the eternal things of God within the greater spiritual realm of domain. Both in Galatians and Romans, God is attempting to shift our focus off of the natural things found in this world in an attempt to get us to see the supernatural spiritual things that He has accomplished in the unseen realm. My mentioning these verses will probably not make me a very popular Bible teacher to a select number of people who believe that natural Israel was given the land eternally. However, I am not going to ignore these important verses in the Bible that speak of Jesus and the church as the spiritual seed of Abraham in order to satisfy their personal private interpretation of Genesis 15. Too many people read the fifteenth chapter of Genesis in isolation and think that God is speaking only to the natural people that will forever possess the physical land in the Middle East named Israel. However, when we read the New Testament more closely we found some additional insight that is too important to ignore. The New Testament appears to say that the seed of Abraham is not the natural seed, but that it is rather the spiritual seed who will inherit the promise of God. Do not get me wrong, I’m not abandoning the natural nation of Israel. I fully support them to get saved and come into the reality of Jesus Christ. Let’s go through the rest of the verses in Genesis 15 that speak about the seed of Abraham to see how they might fit with what we have just learned from God in the New Testament.
Gen 15:2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
Here in verse 2 it is very interesting to note that Abram is speaking to God and telling God what God already knows. It is not news to God it is only the sound of Abram complaining. But, one hidden word stands out to me in this verse. The word translated as “steward” is actually two Hebrew words and the translators omitted one of them. The Hebrew word left out is “H1121” and it means “a son” and “a builder of the family name”. Abraham is clearly saying to God I have no son; my only family builder is my servant. So Abram desires a son. This hidden son reference is not a coincidence. This is the exact same Hebrew Word that Jesus used when He said “I am the Son (H1121) of Adam (man)”.
Gen 15:3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
Here in verse 3 of Genesis 15, the term “seed” appears to be a singular natural and physical reference and it is spoken by Abram from Abram’s perspective of his personal situation. Try to see how Abram is asking God a natural question and the answer that God gives back to him is precisely not the exact same question that was asked. As you can see Abram is focused entirely on the singular fact that his wife Sarai has given him no children. Abram desires to have an heir to inherit all that God has blessed him with. Abram is seeking God for the very basic human need of a sole physical heir. It is also interesting to note that Abram is blaming God for not having this heir. Abram has been married to his wife Sarai for a while now and they have had no children but not for a lack of trying to have children. Abram has only a servant in his house that is currently his sole heir if anything would happen to him. There is a possible voiced discouragement in his question to God. From this information so far we see a singular focus for a solitary son to be the natural physical heir. To me this relates indirectly to another spiritual heir named Christ we saw in Galatians 3:16. You see when Isaac was born to Abraham; God called Isaac his only son (Gen 22:2). Jesus the Son of God is also called God’s “Only begotten” in John 3:16. Are you seeing the parallel being established here with Abraham being a type of God the father? Isaac is definitely a type of Jesus the future spiritual Seed of Abraham and the promised heir. Let’s examine God’s response to Abraham’s natural problem. Abraham tells God you have given me no seed. This “seed” that Abraham is talking about is clearly a physical son. Can we agree so far?
Gen 15:4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
As you can see God is telling Abram that this servant born in his house will not be his heir. God then tells Abram that his heir will come directly from his own internal bowels. From this statement we could automatically assume that God is indirectly speaking of a new second type of “seed” called sperm. You can see this type of seed mentioned in the Bible in verses like Leviticus 12:2, Leviticus 15:16 and Numbers 5:28. The sperm of a human male is definitely called by the same Hebrew word translated as “seed” in those verses. Since this type of seed originates internally and then is produced externally we could think that God is speaking of this seed in Genesis 15:4. If we do that the number of human male sperm cells (seeds) passed to the female can vary. The number of sperm cells can range from 20 million to 400 million individual cells. Yet this amount is a very countable number so keep that in mind. Abraham was asking God about one natural seed called a child and God seems to confirm that this child will come from his own body (bowels) and that he will be produced from one of the millions of seed cells that were in him. However that is a very human natural viewpoint of another actual spiritual situation and circumstance being spoken of in the New Testament. The word translated as “bowels” is more likely to mean the “womb” as in a female reference to a woman’s natural body part that produces children. Obviously Abram does not have one of these, or does he? You can look at this verse two different ways using the Bible. There are specific verses that say Sarah’s body is Abraham’s body and that they are now one flesh (Gen 2:24). So what his wife has Abram also technically possesses. Then there is another aspect that is also highly applicable to our subject of having children. These are called the spiritual children that will be birthed after the resurrection of Christ.
Gal 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
Here is a very confusing verse for many people. A human male named Paul is writing about being in labor with soon to be born children and clearly he is not speaking literally or more specifically physically. Paul must be writing about a spiritual process that is taking place. I believe God is speaking spiritually in this verse in Genesis also while people are thinking naturally. Abraham is called the “father” of the church in Romans 4:16 and James 2:21. This cannot be speaking naturally and it can only be revealing a spiritual fatherhood that has transpired as a result of Abraham’s faith. Do you see how complicated these subjects found in Genesis can become? So far we have two different types of natural seeds being spoken of and one new third spiritual kind being implied in this chapter and it is about to get even more complex in the next verse. Genesis 15:3 was a natural question and verse 4 was a potential natural answer that I believe can simultaneously apply to the spiritual realm. These are God’s words of promise to Abram with definite spiritual applications. We also saw a seed transition occurring; moving from a singular reference to a potential plural reference. Now let’s see what God says next to Abraham.
Gen 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
Here in verse 5 of Genesis 15 the subject of “seed” seems to shift dramatically beyond the concepts of anything natural or singular. Reread this verse very carefully and see if you can see how God has shifted the focus and the perspective has changed from a naturalistic human way of thinking to a purely spiritual divine point of view. Notice how these words seem to be coming from how God see’s things happening up in the spiritual realm. To me it appears that God is looking down from heaven at a new and different type of seed. Remember that the last verse spoken by God could be taken either naturally or spiritually, but here in this verse it is practically impossible to take it naturally at all. God is still speaking directly to Abram and this is still the same answer to his natural question about a singular natural heir (seed). However, God is now comparing the concept of Abraham’s “seed” to be like the number of the stars in the heavens. Do you have any idea how many stars there are in the heavens? Using modern telescopes we have determined that there are so many that we cannot even begin to count them all. Modern scientists have only been able to estimate the astronomical number of heavenly bodies. This number is way over the trillions of stars level. Therefore here in Genesis 15:5 God has escalated from one seed or even millions of seeds all the way to a range of uncountable seeds. So obviously what God is saying to Abram is something way beyond what a natural human mind could conceive. The current earth population is around 7 billion and this is still a very countable number. Even if every human on the earth got saved today, we would not come close to the number of stars in the heavens. Are you following me so far? I know you can look at this verse other ways and reason that God was only speaking of people seeing stars with the naked human eye in order to determine the number of seeds to come. However, since the knowledge of this is going forth in a day when we can see way beyond the naked eye constraints, I believe that God is answering Abram from a prophetical spiritual way of thinking and seeing? Let’s estimate the count of the stars visible by the naked eye on a clear night to be somewhere in the range of the low thousands maybe even tens of thousands. Is that all of the seed that Abraham will produce? Even if you count to a million, there are 7 billion people on the planet. There are currently over 4 million natural descendants of Abraham living in Israel today. Neither of these numbers is in the thousands. There is no logical way that God is talking about a number that low to be all of the seeds of Abraham. After all God knows how many stars that He created. I personally believe based upon what we learned in Romans and Galatians God was thinking eternally all along while simultaneously speaking of both natural and spiritual things. Let’s skip down quickly to verses 13 and 18 to see the last two times the “seed” of Abraham is directly mentioned in this chapter. One of these verses we already looked at, but it won’t hurt us to see it again:
Gen 15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
Gen 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
Here in these two verses we have what appears to be the usage or a reference to the fourth type of the Hebrew word translated as “seed” of Abraham found in Genesis 15. This time God has seemed to shift back to the plural natural perspective of the nation of Israel being the natural seed that are to be captive slaves in Egypt for a period of 400 years and that was not what Abram was asking about in verse 3 or even what God was talking about in verses 4 or 5. This “seed” in verses 13 and 18 appear to be plural and it is definitely natural on the surface. Yet we are still talking about the same subject of a singular seed heir of Abraham. This makes it very complex to interpret all of these scriptures correctly. When the children of Israel were freed from Egyptian bondage scholars estimate their numbers to be around 1 to 2 million people. This would involve all the men, women and children that came out of Egypt. This reference is somewhere beyond the number one, but way below the number of the stars in the heavens. So this is why I stated that this appears to be a fourth type of seed referenced in this chapter. We have seen multiple seed references and multiple numbers associated with each reference. Going back to Galatians 3:29, God said “If you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s seed”. Based upon what we just read in Genesis 15 of the 4 different types of possible seeds mentioned, which seed type is Romans 4:13, Galatians 3:16 and 3:29 talking about?
- Seed of Abraham = the son Isaac a solitary seed/heir (Genesis 15:3)
- Seed of Abraham = the sperm in his bowels in the range of millions of cells (Genesis 15:4)
- Seed of Abraham = something as the stars of the heavens an uncountable number (Genesis 15:5)
- Seed of Abraham = the natural nation of Israel in bondage 400 years 1 to 2 million people (Genesis 15:13, 15:18)
Since the majority of the church does not qualify to be seed type 1, 2, or 4, we must be found somewhere in the seed type 3 by default or we are another parallel seed type that is not directly mentioned. We also saw that Jesus was called the singular seed of Abraham. Which one of these seed types fit that pattern? I believe Jesus was a pattern of the seed type 1, Isaac. That was an introductory analysis of the very complex subject of the “seed of Abraham”. I just showed you 3 or 4 different things that are called the seed of Abraham concurrently. Yet God said none of these are the heirs in Galatians or Romans. How difficult is this? A physical heir was what Abram sought from God and Galatians 3:16, 3:29 and Romans 4:13, tells that Jesus Christ and the church are these revealed heirs of Abraham. Yet we (the church) were not held captive 400 years in Egypt. However, you may be able to see that according to Bible typology, the human race was held in symbolic bondage to Satan for 4000 years until Jesus Christ came and died and provided us freedom from the bondage of sin. There are many distinct parallels given to us in the Bible about the natural nation of Israel being a pattern of the church for us to learn from. I will not expand that part of the subject any further today, but I thought I would throw you a couple of new clues to think about.
An heir is one of the major themes of the entire story of Abraham found in Genesis 15? A physical heir was what Abraham desired and it was a spiritual heir that God desired. When God was telling Abraham what He would do in this chapter, you need to understand what Jesus said about this chapter in the Gospels. Moses wrote the book of Genesis and in John 5:46 that Moses wrote about Him. This was a very key statement to understanding anything in the Book of Genesis. It is ulitmately about Jesus. The truth of the Bible is rarely found on the surface text, it will only be clearly understood when we dig deep beneath the surface and find out what else God says about the subjects being discussed. I am now ready to talk about the Abrahamic Covenant and its hidden meanings. So far in this lesson I skipped over the primary verses that I wanted to talk about in an attempt to explain how things in Genesis 15 were given more from God’s spiritual point of view rather than they are from Abraham’s natural point of view. What I am going to say now will further confirm that if you can see it. We can fairly easily understand that God is doing something much greater than just making a covenant with Abraham in this chapter if we perceive the underlying messages being revealed to us. Let’s go to verse 7 in Genesis 15 and begin to read there next.
Gen 15:7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.
Gen 15:8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
Here we have another direct promise given to Abraham to inherit the land. Notice in Genesis 15:7 God says to Abraham I brought you out of your former land to give you this land to inherit it. I can see spiritual implications on that statement. We as Christians have been brought out of our previous natural land to become the spiritual heirs within a new heavenly spiritual domain. I think we need to look up the definition of the word translated as “inherit” in this verse to learn what it means. I think we need to analyze this statement. Did Abram ever possess the Promised Land? Uh oh? Abraham certainly sojourned in this land but there is no way that you could say that Abraham inherited it! I think you will be surprised to find that “to inherit” does not mean what you automatically assumed that it meant.
A primitive root; to occupy (be driving out previous tenants, and possessing in their place); by implication to seize, to rob, to inherit; also to expel, to impoverish, to ruin: – cast out, consume, destroy, disinherit, dispossess, drive (-ing) out, enjoy, expel, X without fail, (give to, leave for) inherit (-ance, -or), + magistrate, be (make) poor, come to poverty, (give to, make to) possess, get (have) in (take) possession, seize upon, succeed, X utterly.
This Hebrew word represents a wide range of possible meanings and uses. It would appear to me that many of the meanings are an aggressive action of force against an enemy. It also appears that there is a double edged sword of blessings and cursing attached to the very definition. The occupying people would be blessed and the occupied people would be cursed. To occupy is a conquering term where one nation overtakes another nation. It denotes the seizing control of, the casting out of the previous occupants, or to make the previous owners poor, consume them, destroy them, ruin them, to take possession and to seize control away from someone or something. This is not what we normally think of when we say I inherited a house from my uncle. Using this definition that would mean you kicked your uncle out of his house by force and you took it over to live in it for yourself. Did Abraham ever do this? I do not see how Abraham ever fulfilled this prophecy until after his natural descendants did it hundreds of years later when Joshua led his children into the Promised Land again to possess it. Did you know that this story of Joshua and Israel taking the Promised Land was a type of Jesus and the church today? Do you know what Jesus’ Hebrew name was? The Greek word transliterated as “Jesus” is the exact same Hebrew name transliterated as “Joshua” who led his people into the land to possess it. Do you think this is a coincidence? I can see the parallels being given to us again, can you?
Wow, I could spend a lot of time talking about that but, perhaps I better not today. Just take note that God is speaking here about a pending battle that will take place in the future. God is denoting future responsibility and action that is required by Abram and his seed to inherit the Promised Land. Then look at verse 8, where Abram says “Lord how will I know that I will possess (inherit) it”. What is God’s answer to this question? I am about to blow you away with God’s proof text answer. This is the surprise that I have been building to today in this lesson. Here is God’s reply to Abram’s question.
Gen 15:9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
Gen 15:10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
I can read these two verses now and see how that Abraham is given the task of dividing the Spiritual Family of God very plainly. Can you see it? You are going to have to learn to look beyond your natural thinking and begin to look for the spiritual pattern characteristics from what you have learned before. In these two verses there is no mention of a family, a father, a mother or a mother-in-law, a son, a daughter-in-law or even a daughter, yet they are all right there in front of you in plain sight. I call this the display of God’s intelligence and His ability to hide the truth in plain sight. It is like I taught you earlier, when you are sewing together dresses from a single pattern, one dress can be made to look totally different than another dress by the simplest choice of options or the material fabrics selected. One dress might be made from black silk with white pin stripes and the other dress could be made from a linen or cotton red polka dot pattern. They can appear totally different on the surface. However, the expert will always be able to recognize the reuse of the same pattern in both. The designer can make specific selections to change the entire look and feel of a dress and still be using the exact same pattern.
In object oriented computer programming this is a cool feature called “inheritance” that exists that is related to our subject today. One computer object inherits the characteristics and patterns of another object and the new object can make little additions or modifications to individualize the new component. However the original pattern is still available and is clearly recognizable to the expert. Did you notice this computer technique was called “inheritance”? Did you notice that inheritance was one of the primary subjects within the Abrahamic Covenant? You should really learn more about computers if you want to learn more about God’s word. Sometimes the parallels are amazing. I am teaching you God’s object oriented technique of inheritance today found in His word using patterns. God reuses natural patterns to convey hidden spiritual lessons. When you learn these things it changes how you study the Bible.
Did you notice how many animals that God has instructed Abram to use in this covenant? It just so happens that there is exactly 5 animals used in this covenant. Uh oh? Since we are not directly told that there are five you are going to have to count them for yourself and this is just a small effort on your part to help you to recognize the same familiar pattern found in Micah 7:6. How many family members did Jesus tell us were in the family in Luke 12:52? Was it not exactly five? Do you think that the use of 5 animals is just another strange coincidence? I certainly do not believe that. Now let me show you what else is revealed here in the Abrahamic covenant. Did you notice that 3 of the animals are divided? Do you think the number three is another coincidence? Did you also notice that these 3 animals are given specific ages as well as their specific sexual genders? One is specifically masculine and the other two are specifically feminine. A “Ram” is always a mature male sheep. A “Heifer” is a mature female cow. The “She Goat” is also a mature female goat. These are three very specific types of unique animals with great detail given to each of them. It clearly tells me that a ram is not a cow and a goat is not a ram and a cow is not a goat. We have three very different creatures even though they are all within the global animal kingdom. But, that makes three animals with specific genders being divided. Is that an accident? There is absolutely no way that this occurs by accident. What we are seeing is the Father, the Mother and the Mother-in-law in the family of God being divided and we will get to this in more depth very soon; one male and two females.
The specific genders of the two birds are not revealed within the text, but we now know from our understanding of Micah 7:6 that one bird is a male and the other bird has to be a female. But, since they are not divided we learn some very new information about how the family of God is being divided. It is essential that you notice that 3 of the animals are divided and 2 of the animals are not divided? Does any of this sound familiar to you? Isn’t this very similar to the patterned words of Jesus again from Luke 12:52 when He said the house would be divided 3 against 2 and 2 against 3? Is this not another reoccurrence of the pattern of the house of 5 divided 3 against 2 with a slight new variation? In every pattern given, God is revealing new details of the family division. I’m telling you God is so smart that He can write something in the Bible for thousands of years and no one understands it until He reveals it to us and then it is so obvious that I wonder, why I didn’t see it before? Let me give you a new picture diagram of the Abrahamic Covenant and show you how it fits the pattern of God’s family of 5:
This is the third time in Genesis that God has used something in direct association with Abraham to display a repetitive pattern of the 5 in one family divided 3 against 2. The first time I showed you this pattern, Abraham was a type of the son. The next time I showed you this pattern, Abraham was a type of the father. Now we have the covenant that God is making with Abraham with another new variation of 5 being divided 3 by 2. Keep in mind that this is God’s answer to prove that Abraham will inherit the world/land. God is saying to Abraham this is all of the proof that you need, but it was certainly spiritually encrypted or encoded evidence that was not understood by Abraham or anyone else since Abraham until now. I can clearly see the spiritual implications being revealed to us and I hope that you can also.
I need to address a subject here for the sake of argument. You might can look at my diagram of the family of 5 and can see how Satan has taken it to possess it for a symbol of himself. You see, I believe that Satan figured this truth out a long time ago and this is why there are so many satanic symbols today that are viewed as an upside down five pointed star with the head of a dead ram on it. Do you think this is also a coincidence? I believe there is absolutely no way that this is a coincidence. I believe Satan purposely selected this symbol to discredit the truth and to present himself as God. I do not believe that Satan is stupid. Satan is very intelligent and very tricky. However, I believe that God is smarter and He is definitely going to win this battle. What battle? You will have to read Revelation 12 to see the coming battle in heaven. Satan will take on God in heaven with all of his might and he will be thrown down to the earth. Let’s get back to the Abrahamic covenant.
The animals selected by God are not specifically revealing on the surface except for the Ram. The ram is a symbolic representation for God the Father and He is always the father of the Lamb. A lamb is of course a type of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. When Abraham took Isaac to be sacrificed, Isaac asked his father “where is the animal to be sacrificed”. Abraham’s answer was “God will provide himself as the sacrifice” (Gen 22:8). Now we see that a ram and not a lamb is caught by his horns nearby where Abraham was and Abraham goes and gets this animal and he becomes the sacrifice instead of Isaac. Therefore God as a Ram in my diagram is a very easy association for me to make. I personally believe that God chose these five animals to teach us some new truths while also using them to hide the pattern in more depth of surface complexity. I do not ever recall Jesus being called a bird, but a dove did descend from heaven upon him when He was baptized by John. So I can see an association of Jesus to a bird using this reference alone. I personally believe that God did not tell Abraham to use a lamb because this would have given it away and made it way too obvious for everyone to focus on the Lamb of God.
I do not believe at this level of the discussion that the identities of the female animals, the heifer or the she goat are important for today’s lesson. I could have flipped them and the result would still be the same for what I want to say about them. The same is technically true of the given two birds; one is described to be a turtledove and the other a young pigeon. However there is an interesting part of the Hebrew definition of the “young pigeon” that I will mention briefly. This Hebrew word means “nestling” and it is referring to a very young bird without feathers. In other words a newly hatched baby bird that just came into the world! I do not see how this type of bird fits with a type of the Son of God, but the newborn/reborn church I can make that fit very logically. What I want to teach you about briefly is what God uses in the Old Testament as a type of Jesus and the church. This may be too much information in this lesson, but I’m going to try to show it to you anyway so that you can see the usage by God of these two birds as a type for Jesus and the church more clearly. We are going to the book of Leviticus and we will read in the fourteenth chapter:
Lev 14:2 This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought unto the priest:
Lev 14:3 And the priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the plague of leprosy be healed in the leper;
Lev 14:4 Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop:
Lev 14:5 And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water:
Lev 14:6 As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water:
Lev 14:7 And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field.
I read these verses and come near to tears when I thought of them. If you do not see what they are saying then perhaps you should get saved. God uses the law of the leper cleansing to reflect the redemptive works of Jesus Christ on the cross. Practically everything mentioned in these verses are symbolic representations of something much greater in power and spiritual authority. Two birds are used and that is not a coincidence, especially knowing who the two birds are in the Abrahamic Covenant? One bird sheds his blood in order to free the other bird after the living bird is dipped into the blood and the water of the dead bird. There is a direct mention of an earthen vessel, cedar wood, scarlet thread and hyssop and each of these are very significant to the story of Jesus. Jesus came to the earth in an earthen vessel to shed His blood for us. Jesus was hung on a cross of wood. The Roman soldiers gave Jesus a drink of vinegar and hyssop on the cross. When Jesus’ side was pierced by the soldier’s spear, water and blood poured out onto the ground. The scarlet thread represented the blood line of the savior from Abraham to David to Jesus.
I personally believe that leprosy is a hidden type of sin in the Bible. Leprosy is a physical state of uncleanness that reveals to us a greater truth about a spiritual state of uncleanness. Did you notice what the priest was instructed to do with the two birds? One bird is killed and his blood is collected in a pot with running water. The living bird is dipped into the pot and then is set free to fly away after being symbolically cleansed. I of course can see Jesus as being the type of the bird that has shed His blood to cleanse the church that is represented by the living bird. In other words we in the church, do not have to shed our blood to be made clean from our sins. It was only Jesus’ blood that causes our spiritual cleansing from our sins (1 Jo 1:9). Two birds are definitely a hidden pattern for Christ and the church so these 5 animals are beginning to fall into place very nicely.
The ages of the three animals that are divided are specifically given and they are said to each be 3 years old. That of course makes life more difficult for me to try to explain. God the Father is an eternal ageless spiritual being and has no age. The Heavenly Jerusalem was the elder woman first created in covenant with God as the type of Sarah. So the Heavenly Jerusalem has a birth or a start creation date, even though I do not know when this occurred. The Earthly Jerusalem was a much younger woman and she was a type of Hagar. We do technically know when this approximately occurred from reading in the Bible and calculating the dates. The covenant of Abraham was made approximately 2000 years after Adam and 2000 years before Christ. So we generally know the age of one woman in human terms she is technically near 4000 years old earth time. However here in this verse God calls them all three years old. I personally believe this is symbolic and certainly not literal ages. It also emphasizes the number 3 to us to help us to see that this is an important number to recognize in this verse. I do however believe that this number teaches us that all three animals were called mature and not newborns. A three year old cow, ram or goat is old enough to have children and that is in stark contrast to the young pigeon that is not yet old enough or mature enough to have children. I believe personally that the number 3 signifies a triune characteristic of each. God was God the Father, God the Word and God the Holy Spirit at this time in the covenant. The nation of Israel was mankind made in the image and likeness of God and they were spirit, soul and body. Ok, here is where I get to speculate a bit. I believe the angels in heaven were also triune beings made in the image of God. The number 3 given to each animal could be representative of other things as well, but I do not have time to explore them today.
So why are there three animals split down the middle in this covenant while two were not divided at all? The birds could have very easily been divided with great ease compared to a much larger cow, ram or goat. I told you that this lesson today was going to get very controversial so here I go again. I’m going to start with the easier one first. If the woman Heavenly Jerusalem consists of every angelic being including Satan and his angels, I can logically see how this female in Heaven can be divided to eliminate all of the evil while preserving all of the good angles. Therefore I have concluded that to divide the she goat is God removing sin and evil while keeping the good. Now we get to the younger woman called the Earthly Jerusalem and things get a little more complicated because of the vast numbers of religious beliefs that are not based upon a complete spiritual view of the Bible. I believe the same division of good vs. evil is occurring in this woman also. You see the controversy come in when you find scriptures in the Bible that people take to say that God will come to the rescue of the entire natural nation of Israel to save them all. I know that this is not what the Bible actually teaches us. The Earthly Jerusalem is only the natural people of the descendants of Jacob that are under the law. She was a type of Hagar and I showed you in the last lesson that Hagar was cast out of the family of God by allegorical interpretation. Therefore none of natural Israel will be saved ever. But, that does not mean they cannot become spiritually born again in order to be saved. It does make the salvation of natural Israel conditional. According to what God says in the book of Romans we have to balance every scripture about Israel giving each equal priority. Here is God quoting from Isaiah:
Rom 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved
A remnant is not many based upon the sands of the sea concept that it is being compared to. We must realize at this time that God is saying the natural house of Israel on the earth will be divided and a remnant will be saved and others will just miss out. We of course know very clearly how they can be saved. God says everyone that believes God raised Jesus from the dead and confesses Jesus as Lord they will be saved (Rom 10:9). Those that do not believe or do not confess Jesus as Lord will be damned. This is still not good news for a lot of people. That really saddens me tremendously but this is the way that God has established salvation to work. I guess I should change the subject off of natural Israel and get back to the rest of the family of God again before I make some new enemies.
We are getting progressively more complex as we continue up to the top of the spiritual food chain. The Ram being divided is clearly a type of God. This is going to make life and your understanding of the Bible infinitely more complex to try to comprehend. How can you divide God? Are you beginning to see my problem? I guess I should say God’s problem, and not mine. In every other family member I believe there was a division of the good from the evil and how do you make that fit with our understanding of a good God? Technically you cannot divide God. We know that the triune God is described to be “One” (Eph 4:6)! Yet even in mathematics you can divide the number one and get fractions. According to the Abrahamic Covenant God says He is divided here by association to a ram. I think I mentioned this in other lessons, but it needs to be readdressed for this discussion. If God the Father does not die on the cross and experience death for all mankind, we (the whole earth) are in serious trouble. This would mean God the Father is still in covenant with all of the angels. This means God is still in covenant with natural Israel. This would also mean God’s son does not have anything to inherit. You need to understand that God is not evil. However, the Bible informs us that God was in covenant with evil and this represents a major problem for God. The only legal way to end the covenant with evil is through experiencing death to separate Himself from His old wives. The N.T. talks a lot about us being the heirs of an inheritance. An inheritance only occurs after someone dies to leave their possessions to another. When Jesus was raised from the dead He makes this statement that is almost universally ignored:
Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Why does God the Father have to transfer ALL power in both heaven and the earth to His risen Son Jesus? I think that is an excellent question. I also think since no one could answer it they ignored it. It is very clear to me from this statement that God has transferred all spiritual authority to the Son Jesus Christ who was raised from the dead. Why didn’t God do this before He died on the cross? The term “power” in this verse means “authority”. We know that God by definition is almighty and all powerful so it is impossible to transfer His power, but to transfer His authority to another member of the Godhead is a different concept entirely. Authority is the rule or the government of a nation. This transfer of authority tells us that whoever was running the Kingdom of Heaven is not the same one who now is running the Kingdom of Heaven in the eyes of God. I told you this was deep and controversial. But yet it is written in the Bible so do not ignore it. I could give you many other Bible verses that reveal the death of God but I really do not have the time today. I think I will end this Bible lesson here and perhaps continue it on another day in the future. If you have understood anything that I have taught tell me. If you have doubts and questions tell me. I do not know what needs more explanation and what does not until someone raises the issue. I know this was a long Bible lesson and I really could not cover everything that I wanted. I tried to shift your focus from natural things to spiritual things and this will help you if you can do it. I thought this was going to my last lesson, but I will probably need to do another to show you the other patterns found in the life of Abraham and his son Isaac. So until next time, may God continue to bless you and keep you in your study of His Word.
Understanding the Hidden Spiritual Family Structure of God’s Household! The Hidden Bible Patterns of the Household of Five Divided 3 Against 2! Part 8
(Ver 1.0) This is now Part 8 in a series of extremely advanced Bible studies about a new subject that I call “The Hidden Spiritual Structure of the Family of God”. These lessons are designed for mature Christians who want to learn the truth about God’s Spiritual Family. Today’s subject will be focused on the repetitive Bible patterns of the 5 family members who are divided 3 against 2. If you have not read this series from the beginning I would highly recommend that you go back to “Part 1” and start there. I will warn you at the start that the next two lessons in this series are potentially the most controversial lessons that I have ever done on my website. It will cause many Christians to rethink what they have believed about God, the Bible, the nation of Israel and the subject of families. I can guarantee you that you have never heard this taught anywhere. But, just because it is something brand new, does not mean it is not from God. You need to learn how God operates and how God unfolds the Bible to His people in stages. You should then learn to use your Bible to figure out if what I am teaching to you today is something that is actually true or something that I just made up to try to deceive you. Don’t make me or anyone else do all of your Bible study for you and never take the words of any man blindly and accept them as the truth. Decide right now if you want to learn the truth and then get your Bible out in order to prove all things. You are required by God to study to show yourself approved unto God a workman that has learned to rightly divide the Word of Truth who cannot be put to shame (2 Tim 2:15). I learned that if I can’t see what someone is teaching from the Bible in the Bible for myself, then I just ignore what they said. You should do the same with what I say today.
By now you should be intimately very familiar with the prophecy of the family of 5 found in Micah 7:6. I gave you a new picture at the beginning of this lesson of the family of 5 with several new scripture references in it. Some of these verses I have discussed before and others are brand new. I would suggest that you go and read all of the scriptures that I have given to you and then go back and reread the original prophecy in Micah 7:6. It was this specific prophecy from God that got me started studying this subject. I quickly learned that the prophecy was repeated in Matthew 10:34-36 and Luke 12:51-53 with only some slight variations and additional new details (clues). Both times in Matthew and Luke, Jesus is speaking and He says “I am come…” and then tells us about the Micah 7:6 prophecy as the reason for Him coming. This told me that the prophecy was related to God and His family and not just some anonymous random unnamed household that God was using to make a point. Jesus was in effect saying I have come to the earth to divide God’s family of 5 by putting 3 of them against the other 2. That statement will be very perplexing and almost sacrilegious to some. Many will read this lesson series and probably scratch their heads in either confusion or amazement depending upon their spiritual growth.
Since this prophecy is recorded in the Bible these three times, I quickly understood that God placed special significance upon it. After all, God will never speak anything three times in the Bible using three different writers for it not to be something that He wants you to fully understand. If God ever says the same thing three different times in the Bible it is always very important to Him. He places extraordinary value upon His every spoken individual word so when He repeats Himself, you better learn to pay attention to it. In addition to all of that, Jesus specifically when quoting this prophecy said this is why I have come to the earth in the flesh. So Jesus also places such unlimited importance on such an obscure prophecy that it immediately drew my full attention to it. The problem that I instantaneously recognized with the prophecy was that all of these verses were spoken and written in the form of a riddle that actually concealed their meanings. You could not read the riddle prophecy and be confident about what it meant, who it was speaking of or even to whom it was written. Like I showed you before you could not even understand how many were in the family until Jesus revealed there were only 5 in Luke. When Jesus made these statements there was no church; so technically Jesus was not speaking to the church. I personally believe that Jesus was speaking both to the natural nation of Israel and the angels in heaven where He came from. These were the only two women that were present in the family of God to divide when He spoke these words. However Jesus was the Son of God and that makes the fourth member of the family. All we need now is the bride of Christ to come into the picture to make the fifth family member. But, since the prophecy is now being revealed to the church, I believe that it is clearly written for the benefit of the Bride.
So I studied this subject for well over ten years. During this time God revealed more and more to me and I began to see the significance of this knowledge like never before. There were times that I would be listening to the Bible on CD and the Holy Spirit would stop me when a certain verse came on and ask me “Did you hear that?” When God speaks to you even in a still small voice, it is always very important to stop what you are doing and for you to give your full attention to what is being said. So I would back the CD up and listen to the verse again and there it was a hidden pattern of the family of 5 divided 3 against 2. Then God would show me additional details while listening to Christian ministers on TV. They would not be teaching on this subject, but they would be reading from a verse of scripture that was another hidden reference to the family of 5 and again the Holy Spirit would prompt me inside of my spirit to pay attention to what was being read. I soon learned who the mother was in the family, then who the mother-in-law in the family was and finally God taught me about the daughter and the daughter-in-law in some other verses. God progressively connected all of the dots for me to understand His spiritual family and it changed my perspective dramatically forever. God would disclose the meanings of the riddle by His Spirit that was in me. Therefore what I’m teaching you today did not come from any man or any school on the earth. I can clearly say that if it were not for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I would not know anything to teach on this subject. So I soon realized that these were not my words, only those that were freely given to me to freely share with others. I do hope you can see that also.
Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
One of the greatest benefits of being a real Christian is the ability to participate in a concept and a process that the unsaved world remains clueless of. We as Christians have an infinite amount of knowledge and wisdom inside of us because the Holy Spirit indwells us. However, just because God knows everything and He is inside of us, does not mean that we automatically know everything. Did you notice in my last paragraph that the Holy Spirit would always point me to scriptures? God never spoke to me anything that was not already written in His word. That is why the Holy Spirit is called the guide to all truth. That is why the Bible is called God’s Truth. When is it necessary to have a guide? What is a guide? A guide is always someone who knows more than you do. You only need a guide if you are going into dangerous territories that you have never been to before. I just called the Bible dangerous territory and that will make people think! But, all you have to do is read things on the internet and find out why I say that. You can literally make the Bible say whatever you want it to say and that is very dangerous territory. A guide is always someone who you will follow. That means you never tell the Guide what to do or where to go, they will lead you and you will be required to follow them. You are the follower and the Spirit of God is the Guide Leader. The Spirit of Truth is of course just one of the names given to the indwelling Holy Spirit in John 16:13 and He is definitely my Guide. Here is a basic truth that this verse in John teaches us. We know from this statement and many others that God’s word is written in riddles using hidden word construction techniques that make it impossible for a natural man to comprehend. The Word of God is the most highly complex spiritual book of hidden information that you will ever attempt to study. This is why we need the Holy Spirit to teach us what it means. He will show us where to look for the truth in the Bible, He will teach us what this truth is, He will reveal the meaning of the hidden truth, and then He will show us how these new truths fit with all of the other truths that we already know. We are constantly moving from truth to increasing truth, always moving higher and higher in the knowledge of God, gaining new insight and revelation into these hidden mysteries of God. I am personally very excited to be involved in the ministry at this time in history. We are coming to the culmination of the completed work of God. The end of the six days of God’s labor will be fulfilled shortly and God’s day of rest is close at hand. The Savior will come and take us away from here very, very soon and then we will return with Him after 7 years to reign on the earth for another 1000 years. I hope you are ready and looking for His soon return. Let’s begin to examine the information found in the hidden patterns of God’s family in Genesis.
One of the first patterns that I taught you about of the 5 in one house divided was when I showed you the hidden pattern within the family of Abraham. It is interesting to see and learn how God writes the Bible. You see you can find verses that seem to indicate that Abraham was the firstborn of triplets. However, the other children of Terah are omitted in Genesis 20:12 in order to make what was written a pattern of what God wanted to conceal in the Bible. In other words God selectively chose His words with such precision that He included only the exact words in the Bible that He needed to convey the hidden message. In this verse in Genesis 20:12 we are specifically told that Abraham and Sarah were brother and sister. To selectively use information is a very interesting concept. If God says something but omits many of the insignificant details, is that a lie? I have had people try to tell me that this is a sin of omission. Not to tell the entire truth according to them changes what you say to a lie. I do not believe that at all. The Bible says it is impossible for God to lie. So if God omits certain facts to make a verse say something, to me that exhibits extreme intelligence and not deception. God purposely omitted many specific details of human history in order to include only pertinent facts that had hidden message that He needed us to learn about. Wow, I hope you are grasping what I just said.
In Genesis 20:12, we are told that Terah was the father of both children and they each had different mothers. Using this single verse we now have an exact matching pattern of the family of 5 given to us reading the selective words written by God. Each family member referred in Genesis 20:12; has the exact relationship titles given to us in the Micah 7:6 prophecy. Since there are only 5 family members mentioned in this verse we can quickly make the connection to the family of God as being a viable natural pattern of the hidden spiritual Family of God. God informs us in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that the thing that has been is the thing that shall be again. God is basically teaching you about the concept of repetitive patterns. The things that you have seen are the exact things that you shall see. God says there is nothing new under the sun. It is also interesting to note that the first time the term “daughter-in-law” is used in the Bible; is when it is used to describe Sarah. That is clearly not a coincidence. That is called the Law of First Mention and God is relating pertinent information of the Micah 7:6 prophecy to the family of Abraham. As you continue through the next two lessons you will begin to see how important Abraham is to the subject of the family of God. God is connecting Sarah to be a type of the future church in this specific allegorical information. God is connecting Abraham to be a type of the future Savior Jesus Christ. When God speaks to Abram in Genesis 12:1, He tells Abram to leave his father’s house. This commandment from God causes a family division to occur. We now can see the split of the two married children from their 3 parents taking place. These are all just more hidden patterns of God’s family and they speak volumes to me.
Hopefully you now understand the names and the identities of every family member in the Spiritual House of God. There is God the Father the Spiritual Head of the Family and God the Son, the two males in the family. They are also the husbands married in covenant to three different women all named Jerusalem. God the Father was married to the Heavenly Jerusalem first and then later He married the natural nation of Israel on the earth (Jer 31:32). This city I called the “Earthly Jerusalem” was a much younger natural pattern of the existing heavenly spiritual woman Jerusalem. Then God sent His son Jesus Christ onto the earth to be the Savior of the world. Jesus was killed by the natural nation of Israel and the Roman Empire on a cross. The good news is that this was the plan of God all along and God raised Him from the dead. You see the death of Jesus on the cross was not the end; it was simply the beginning of something brand new. Jesus Christ the risen Son of God is now joined to His new bride named the New Jerusalem in a new covenant of marriage. Jesus Christ the risen Son of God was never before married to anyone else and since He was God and man simultaneously, He was uniquely qualified to solve problems in both the natural and the spiritual domains simultaneously. Jesus has created one new family for God and this is very important for you to know.
The term new implies a Jerusalem that never existed before. However, the bride of Christ technically consists of spiritual beings and people from the two previous marriage covenants along with all of the people on the earth that were never entered into a covenant marriage with God, but who have also accepted Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior. Therefore, the New Jerusalem will consist of spiritual individuals from three separate sets or groups that are now joined to form the one new body of the bride. Therefore, follow what I am saying, the New Jerusalem will consist of all of the gentiles who were saved from every nation on the earth, all of the natural Jews of natural Israel (the Earthly Jerusalem) that have now accepted Jesus as their Messiah and finally the good spiritual angels of God from the Heavenly Jerusalem that have never sinned. These are the three realms of domain that have been divided to be joined for a new oneness with Jesus Christ.
Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
It is important to notice that the Gentiles of the earth were never previously in a covenant marriage with God Almighty the Father at any time. You can learn this by the specific context of this verse in Romans 7. These specific verses are only written to natural Israel (those that know/knew the law). You see the natural Jews were previously in a marriage covenant with God the Father. But, we have also learned from reading here in Romans 7:4 that through the death of Jesus on the cross, the natural Jews were now freed from their previous covenant in order to become married to another, Jesus the risen Lord. This was an important point given to us by God in the seventh chapter of Romans because God clearly tells us to be in covenant marriage with more than one husband simultaneously is an act of adultery. One of the major points being made in the beginning of this chapter is the fact that if the husband dies the wife is now freed from the law of her previous husband in order to marry another and then God tells natural Israel in verse 4 He has given this freedom to natural Israel because Jesus died on the cross. This information means God the risen Son is not the same God that was in covenant with natural Israel. I’m sure that is going to go over really big with people, but that is what is being taught by God in these verses. This is not that complicated, but yet it is so very different than anything you have probably ever heard taught before that it makes it controversial.
There are many very tough and complex subjects found in the Bible and this one probably qualifies to be the most complex that I have ever attempted to study in the Bible up until this point in time. Recently I had a commenter say to me that they believed that God intended marriage to be between only one man and one woman and that this was His perfectly designed plan for all of humanity. I have to say that I totally agreed with that comment and their analysis of the Bible. The difficulty now comes since I have tried to teach you that the Bible says God the Father had two wives simultaneously and that information seems to conflict with our current idea of the perfect designed plan of God for man. Just because God designed something to work one way is not an indication that God does not permit alternative lifestyles. I think you can clearly see that by looking around us every day. The ignorant state of New York recently passed the Gay marriage law that legalizes same sex marriage and that is clearly not what God designed or intended. However, I personally believe that God permits many things to occur that were never His original plan. Also, I will say that just because God was married in covenant with two wives at the same time does not mean that this is how it will be forever. I can clearly see that God in the beginning had only one spiritual wife named Heavenly Jerusalem and then reading in the last chapters of Revelation I again see that God at the end will only have one spiritual wife named New Jerusalem. However, it is the interim period of transition where we struggle to wrap our minds around what God has done and why. Let me see if I can explain what is going on to you so that you can understand it.
Before God created our present world, God was married in covenant with only one spiritual woman in heaven named the Heavenly Jerusalem. This was God’s perfect plan for all of His creation right up until sin was found in His wife (Eze 28:15). Who was God’s wife that sinned? This was Lucifer (the anointed cherub) and the other angels that were with him. Lucifer latter became known as Satan in the Bible. But, when did this name change occur? Was it before Adam or after Adam? We know that according to Revelation 12:9 when this anointed angel appeared in the Garden of Eden for the first time in Genesis 3 he was already named Satan and not Lucifer. Lucifer is never called by this name here on the earth; he is always called by the name Satan and other names and symbols. What does the name Satan mean? According to Strong’s it means “adversary”, “opponent” and “enemy”. Who did God say were His enemies in Micah 7:6? God tells us that those of His own household were found to be His enemies. Now God has a major problem on His hands. God cannot legally divorce His wife nor can God cast Satan and his angels into hell without casting Himself into hell with her. According to the Bible they are all “one” Spirit joined by covenant marriage (1 Co 6:17, Eph 4:4, 1 Co 12;13). The angels and God the Father are all from one family in one spiritual household. The problem becomes infinitely more complex when you realize that God was living within the eternal spiritual realm of existence now in an eternal covenant marriage to other eternal spiritual beings who have now committed sins.
Rom 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
There was no time, no concept of death, no legal separation, no concept of legal divorce and no laws that could be created after the fact to solve the problem within the spiritual realm of heaven. There has always existed the concept of sin even before God created our world, but yet there were no consequences for that sin if it was present. You can clearly see this from reading Romans 4:15. So what does God need to do to solve His problem? He creates all of these needed components within the natural realm. God created our world with a limited time constraint of only 6000 years. Now there is no more eternity. God creates the opportunity for sin but with only one law for Adam to follow and to obey. Now we have the creation of the law with sin consequences. God creates major consequences for disobedience and for sin and all of these are radical new concepts that never existed before. God said to Adam, “Don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for in the die that you do it you will surely die”. Adam of course disobeys God’s one law and fails and he eats from the wrong tree and now sin and death have both entered into our world to initiate their reign over all that God created in the natural realm (Rom 5:14-21). Uh oh that sounds like another new problem for God to solve. Have you ever thought that sometimes to fix a problem you may have to create some new problems to solve first? I guess I won’t go there, but it is an interesting concept.
The concept of death was a new concept for any previous spiritual beings to be faced with. Adam had absolutely no comprehension to what death was. It is clear to me that Satan did not understand the concept of death either. Satan told Eve “You will not surely die, you will be as God knowing good and evil” (Gen 3:4-5). Wow, did you hear that statement that Satan just made? I know this is not what the KJV Bible says, but it is what the Hebrew text says. Satan now reveals the status of God to His new creation. We know from reading Genesis 1 that everything that God created in our world was by His own definition “very good”. Therefore, Adam and Eve knew nothing but good from the beginning. This is why Adam had no comprehension of death; death is not or never will be a good thing. However, Satan clearly tells Eve that God already knows about both good and evil. Where did this evil come from that God already knew? God is revealing His personal problem here in Genesis 3. In Genesis 3:22, God says “The man has become as one of Us, knowing both good and evil”. God confirms by speaking this statement the fact that Adam has now become entwined in a covenant with both good and evil and he now has the same major problem that God has. To “know” evil is a covenant term. God says “Adam knew his wife Eve and she conceived”. This was the exact same Hebrew word that God and Satan used when speaking about God knowing evil. Hopefully you can begin to understand the problem God was facing. It was impossible for a Spirit being to die or to cease to exist. According to what we learned in Romans 4, marriage covenants are binding until the husband dies. That makes God’s problem impossible to solve unless God creates death and comes to the earth in the flesh to fulfill it and to participate in what He has created personally. Are you beginning to see how smart God is? Are you beginning to see God’s motivation for what He has done? God is motivated to end His covenant relationship with evil and this is the solution to divide His family up.
God takes and creates a new separate family on the earth apart from His spiritual household in heaven using the man Adam and his new wife Eve as the newly repeated natural pattern of God’s existing family. Like God’s family in heaven, it started with Adam and Eve started by only knowing “good”! However, we can see from the allegory being presented in this story of Adam as also applying to God’s family situation. Again we see the duplication of a spiritual pattern of the one husband and one wife concept who only knew “good” to begin with. Also, notice where Eve came from in Genesis 2? God took Eve from the physical side of Adam in Genesis 2 and this reveals where God’s spiritual wife the Heavenly Jerusalem also came from. The Heavenly Jerusalem had to be taken from the Spirit of God’s side. God then tells Adam “For this cause shall a man leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife” (Gen 2:24). These are more of the patterns that I believe have reoccurred when Jesus came into the world as the Last Adam (1 Co 15:45).
However in the interim transitional period (4000 years) between Adam and Jesus, God the Father comes into another covenant with another woman named Jerusalem here on the earth. What is God doing? Why didn’t God just establish His covenant with Adam and include the population of the whole earth? I think that is an excellent question to consider. The current population of Israel is around 8 million people and around 75% of those are natural Jews. That is not very many people in comparison to the total population of the world that is now very close to 7 billion. You really need to think about what God has done on the earth to see what God is doing in the spiritual realm. These are patterns that have great significance. God took a single nation of people on the earth and made a covenant marriage with them (Jer 31:32). God became their husband and they became His natural people and His wife. God is intentionally dividing the entire natural family of Adam and revealing that this is what He will do again with His spiritual family. You see by definition a marriage is the union and the simultaneous division of two people (a male and a female) to each other and from all other people. When I married my wife I forsook all others. Meaning I do not go after other’s because I am joined to my wife. When God joins Himself to one nation of people on the earth, He has now forsaken the rest of the planet. Uh oh? That was not good news for all of us gentiles. We of course now know that is not what God did or had in mind. God is only making this temporary covenant with natural Israel to teach us the concepts about what is happening in the spiritual realm. I know that I just stepped on someone’s religious toes by saying God entered into a temporary covenant with natural Israel. I’m sorry you are going to have to learn what the Bible actually says or you will be forever confused and misguided. If you think the covenant with natural Israel was eternally binding to God, you have a tremendous number of things still left to learn. For example, read this verse and apply it to how many men try to interpret the Bible concerning natural Israel:
2Co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Of course this is some more new controversial information for many Bible students. Are you able to see natural Israel every day in the news and all around us? Can you go to the country of Israel and visit the physical city of Jerusalem? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then God clearly informs us it is TEMPORARY! That means the natural nation of Israel was never intended to be around eternally. Wow, that is going to upset a lot of people. Am I reading the Bible? Am I applying the Bible fairly? Am I using the Bible to interpret the Bible? From my viewpoint I have done all of these. In 2 Corinthians 4:18 God is telling ALL Christians to shift their focus off from the natural things of this world and change to look at only the eternal spiritual things that will endure. There is nothing within the current natural realm that will survive in eternity and that will certainly include natural Israel. You see I am not teaching against natural Israel, I am only teaching that they better get saved if they want to be in the new family of God. They better get married to the risen Jesus because their old covenant with God the Father is OVER! The spiritual realm will remain and those that have accepted Jesus Christ as the Messiah will remain, but there is a major difference between the temporary natural things of the earth and the eternal spiritual things of God. God requires you to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven by the one open door named Jesus Christ. There will come a time when this door will shut and then the foolish virgins on the outside will be crying let us in, but Jesus will say what He has already said. “Depart from me, for I never knew you”.
I do not curse natural Israel. I try to bless them by telling them the truth to turn to their God and Savior Jesus Christ. Satan is out to kill natural Israel for reasons that are very important for you to understand. Natural Israel is still the holder of the Law of God. We learned this from reading Galatians 4 and 5 and other places in the N.T. Earlier I showed you that without Laws there are no consequences for sin. Therefore, Satan has realized that it is this Law of God that will convict him of his sins and soon he will be thrown into the lake of fire. Satan’s only recourse or solution is to try to wipe natural Israel from the face of the planet; to drive them into the sea with their law. Satan will not rest until he has accomplished this goal. This is why Iran is building nuclear weapons. This is why the Middle East is currently in great turmoil in Egypt, Libya and Syria and other places. The overthrow of all of these ruling dictators will usher in a new Islamic government that is not friendly to Israel. When Egypt elects an Islamic government, they will no longer recognize their peace treaty with Israel. The world united against Israel is coming and it is already well advanced in structure and organization. Be warned Israel for there is an approaching evil spiritual force against you. I believe that God has blessed Israel and will keep Israel up until a certain point in time. All of this is another Bible lesson so I will move on to another pattern of the family of 5 that I taught you about previously.
Seeing the allegorical information given to us in Genesis 11-21 we know that God’s wife the Heavenly Jerusalem gave God the Earthly Jerusalem because she was called barren. So God entered into a covenant with a second temporary wife in order to have a son or an heir of the Family of God. There I go again saying God’s covenant with Israel was temporary, but did you notice that is what God says when He uses Hagar for the type of natural Israel? Was Hagar a temporary wife to Abraham? Did Hagar get cast out of Abraham’s family with her son? These are questions you need to begin to consider to see how they fit with the nation of Israel right now. There are several new verses in this picture diagram. God and read them for yourself and see what they say. God having a Son was a part of His greater divine design to create a new family for God. This risen Son of God will finally repeat the original design of God in the spiritual realm and this will again result in only one Husband in covenant with only one wife who knows nothing but good. So God is not a polygamist nor does God desire polygamy. God however used this approach to achieve a greater purpose and plan. I am not promoting more than one wife at all. The New Testament does not promote the idea of multiple wives. But, we clearly see in the Old Testament things that are very different than those found in the New Covenant. I guess we need to ask the question did Abraham sin by having more than one wife? According to God I believe he did not. If Abraham sinned, then Jacob sinned twice as much for having 4 wives. Then Solomon sinned 600 times as much for having even more wives than he could ever hope to satisfy. I believe there was a time that things were permitted by God, but that they were never intended to be to be the final outcome or even how things should have been. For example, let’s briefly speak about another very difficult subject found in the Bible concerning the Gentile woman named Ruth. Who was Ruth? Where did Ruth come from? Hopefully you understand that Ruth was a Moabite. There is a very complex story about the origination of the Moabite people found in Genesis 19. I read this story and I wondered why in the world did God put this in the Bible? How is this story relevant to real Christianity? Why is this information valuable for anyone to know? Sure men are strange and do many wrong things, but why tell everyone about it? The Moabites are the descendants of Lot. Who was Lot? Lot was a nephew of Abraham? Wow I think this is really cool allegorical information being given to us? Who was Abraham a type of? Abraham was a type of God’s family. So Lot is not in God’s family yet he is still a near relative of God. Is that not what Adam was? Adam was not in God’s family but he was a son of God (Luke 3:38) a near relative who left his father and mother to be joined to his wife.
Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt while fleeing from Sodom. Now we have a story that twists and turns to even a stranger something to explain when Lot’s daughters get their father drunk to keep their father’s seed from disappearing from off of the face of the earth. Each daughter has a child from an incestuous relationship with their own father. Why is this recorded in the Bible? Is it TMI or just misunderstood information? When I see how God uses allegory in the Bible with natural patterns reflecting spiritual realities, it makes me wonder. I do not believe that any of these stories of Lot was God’s perfect design either but God still uses it to produce the future King of Israel, David. You see Ruth would not have existed if there was no incest and therefore since Ruth was the type of the church and the great grandmother of David, there would have been no David and if there would have been no David, there would have been no Jesus born on the earth either since He is called the son of David. These are very tough subjects to try to figure out. Yet you have to say God wrote them with a specific purpose in mind and it was not to teach you that incest was good.
It is entirely too complex to see everything that God allows, permits or even uses to accomplish His greater plan but I believe that God uses these natural patterns to reveal His problems and solutions for His own spiritual family situations. Just know that there are always positive and negative things that can occur whenever you deviate from God’s perfect plan and wander into the paths of sin. Because Satan chose to sin originally after God had implemented a plan of perfection, I believe that God was forced to compromise His perfect plan for a new alternative solution that could cause the return of something that was at least closer to the original pattern of perfection called “very good”. God was certainly perfect in all of His ways. God’s creation was originally perfect in all their ways. But, the perfect creation chose to rebel, in order to become imperfect. According to Psalms 119:96, God says all “perfection” has ended. If the Hebrew definition of the word “All” is correct it means “All”. The New Jerusalem that is coming is not the same perfect Heavenly Jerusalem that existed before. There are changes and there are modifications that have occurred. I cannot call them improvements; I can only call them perfection modifications, adjustments or even compromises. I believe personally that the way God created our world originally will again be how the New Jerusalem will be in the future. God said our world was originally “Very Good” and that means it was not perfect. It also means The New Jerusalem will not be free from the order of the Law. However, the New Law of God in the New Jerusalem will be written on our hearts by the Spirit of God and it is the New Law of Love.
I am totally convinced that God’s perfect plan was for the angels to never sin. I am also totally convinced that it was God’s perfect plan for man (Adam) to never sin. But, since both have sinned, God comes up with the greatest plan of redemption and salvation for all those who want to bow their knees and become subservient to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Since Satan is not interested in anything like that, he will be cast down to the pit with all of his followers. Every human being that is also willfully ignorant can also count on being cast down with their ruler of their darkness. These are those who are not interested in freedom or righteousness and they remain in their sin and pride. There is coming a division of God by God that will cast out a great part of the old Family of God. For all those who bow their knees to the Lordship of Jesus they will be saved. That is the way it will be and it will happen if you believe it or not.
God’s plan of repentance, salvation and redemption dictates the requirement for the prior existence of sin and imperfection. If there was no sin, there would be no need for a Savior. Just like in the story of Ruth if there were no debts there would have been no need for a redeemer and no redemption. The bride Ruth is bough out of her debt that she could not pay and Boaz the redeemer paid a debt that he did not owe. This was God’s pattern for Jesus’ redemption for His bride also. Ok, I’m going to open a new controversial subject using allegorical information encoded in the Bible. If Ruth is a type of the church and Boaz is a type of Jesus our Redeemer, who was Boaz’s mother? Do you know the answer to that question? Did you know that Rahab the Harlot was the mother of Boaz? Is God trying to tell you something? How many times in the Bible, is natural Israel called a harlot? There are so many times that I will not even try to give you the references, but you can find them very easy. You can read the book of Hosea and see the theme being developed by God. These are not subjects that are taught very often in churches are they? The subject of being a whore is a very relevant spiritual subject to understand or you may be guilty of committing the same thing that Israel did. You better learn from the mistakes of others or you will find yourself repeating them. If you study your Bible you will find two or three times that God tells Israel “I divorce you”. A divorce is a termination of a marriage covenant. This is more evidence for the covenant with natural Israel being temporary. You see God could legally divorce Israel and not Heavenly Jerusalem because of the Laws that God gave to Israel to abide by. Because Israel was unfaithful to their husband, they have been kicked out of the family of God forever and that is not good news for them. Go and study the O.T. laws about divorce. It is illegal according to the law for the first husband of a wife to take her back as his wife. God calls it an abomination. So that covenant marriage is irreconcilable. I know I am stepping on a lot of religious toes who think Israel has a future in God’s plan, but you better look deeper to see what is really being revealed in the Bible.
Ok, I have tried to teach you about how the perverted things that occurred before the New Covenant are not how things will end up after the New Covenant is completed. Polygamy is an Old Covenant concpet and God will permit you to live in the Old Covenant and to die in the Old Covenant still to this day. Hopefully this cleared up the concerns that my commenter had about a future monogamous plan of God being reinstituted. This was how God originally created the Heavenly Jerusalem, this is how God created Adam and Eve and this is how it will end again with Jesus and His bride. Monogamy and heterosexual marriage was always the intended plan of God for man and it will be that way again. So those out there who claim differently with their alternative life styles you are now warned this is not acceptable in the eyes of God just because you can do it now. Your personal freedom to sin will not matter when you are with your lovers in hell. There will be no wild parties in hell with sex, drugs and alcohol. Sorry I got of the main subject again.
I guess I will need to do a future lesson on the subject of just Biblical Patterns. I have been talking a lot about how God creates and uses the concepts of design patterns and I have given you many examples of this practice throughout this lesson. Today’s lesson is primarily about God’s usage of these repeated pattern concepts as it specifically relates to the family of 5. The story of Abraham is a great lesson to understand how and why God has done what He has done. Just as Abraham started with one wife named Sarah, so God started with one wife named the Heavenly Jerusalem. There must have been recognition in heaven of the need for an heir of God after sin had occurred in the spiritual family. Since the Heavenly Jerusalem is connected by an allegory in Galatians 4 to Sarah we know that she was called barren and unable to provide the heir for God. Therefore we can better understand why God took upon a second wife on the earth. The Earthly Jerusalem was this Hagar the slave woman from Egypt. In the last lesson I showed you how she was bound by the law of God and that she is still in bondage to this reality even until this very day. You have to admit that Abraham’s relationship with Hagar was not a permanent marriage. Sarah the older wife cast the slave woman and her child out of the house and that in effect ended the marriage covenant. This is a very legitimate type and shadow of God’s relationship to natural Israel using the precise allegorical information found in Galatians 4.
I do not deny God’s blessings are still upon the natural nation of Israel. This was further confirmed because God said to Hagar that He would also bless her son after she left Abraham’s house to become a great nation (Gen 21:17-18). The blessings of God appear to be unconditional towards natural Israel to some extent, but the covenant of God with natural Israel is very much conditional and very temporary. You see you cannot look at all of Israel’s history and say that she was forever protected and blessed by God. There are many times and places even in the Bible that Israel is taken captive by foreign nations. The Babylonian Empire is a prime example. The Roman Empire is another prime example. Adolf Hitler tried to exterminate the Jewish population of the earth and came very close to it. Stalin killed probably more people than Hitler and he included the Jews in his plan. Where were the blessings of protection from God during these times in Jewish history? Sure Hitler, Stalin, Rome and Babylon do not exist and Israel still does exist, but tell that to the millions of Jews that have been killed over the years.
If you do not agree with my point of view of the scriptures, it is OK! I’m not mad at you! So don’t be mad at me! I’m not a Jew hater. I do not wish any Jew any harm. I am like a Paul, when he wrote this:
Rom 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
This is my prayer for Israel also. But, I pray the same thing for Islamic believers and Buddhist believers and any other religion that is currently going down the wrong path. There is only one way to God and that is through salvation and faith in Jesus Christ. God clearly tells us in Romans that only a remnant will be saved. A remnant means only a very few of them (Rom 9:27, Isa 10:20-22). That is extremely bad news for the natural Jews. In their attempt to serve the true living God, they missed His personal appearance, His purpose, His plan of Redemption and their Messiah. Take time to reread the story of Abraham in Genesis. Then notice how this story both parallels and reveals God’s relationship with Israel who is called Hagar. Then see that Sarah is named a type of the Heavenly Jerusalem, the first wife of God. Now, use all of this new information to re-interpret the rest of the Bible. It will dramatically change your perspective on how you view the slave woman from Egypt. God and read Revelation 11:8 where God speaks of the great city called Earthly Jerusalem where Christ was crucified. God reveals to you that this woman is spiritually named Sodom and Egypt. God is connecting her to immorality and godless people. This is just further confirmation that Hagar is a valid type of natural Israel. These are more patterns that are being transitioned and projected from an individual named Hagar onto a group of natural people named Israel. If God did not want you to understand these things, He would not have written them in His Holy Word.
The Story of Abraham in Genesis has had a dramatic influence for why I believe what I believe today about many things that I did not really understand before. When God came to Abraham He knew by design what He was doing and who He was doing it with. I showed you twice already within the Family of Abraham the repeated pattern of the family of 5 that is divided 3 against 2. First, I showed you in Genesis 20:12 that the Bible clearly says Sarah was a half-sister of Abraham and she became his wife. Sarah had a different mother than Abraham, but the same father. This pattern was an exact match for the family of 5 given to us in Micah 7:6 with every family title being a perfect match. After Abraham and Sarah were married, God told them to leave their family and to go to a land that He would show them. This again is the patter of the son leaving his father and his mother to be joined to his wife the commandment of God found in Genesis 2:24. We see that this makes a house that is divided 3 against 2 and this pattern is repeated in the spiritual family of God. We saw the pattern repeated again in the family of Abraham with the addition of Hagar and when both wives have sons, the bond woman and her son were cast out of the family of 5 dividing it 3 against 2. These are not coincidences; they are specific patterned examples that convey spiritual information of what God is doing in the spiritual realm.
I know this series is very complex. I know it is totally new to you. I know it is hard to accept like anything new. People are naturally resistant to change. So if God wants to change your knowledge of the Bible, too many Christians would rather remain ignorant than to accept change. Wow, if we are not open to change, then we are not open for God’s internal transformation. That is a very dangerous stance to take with God. When God commands us to “renew” our minds in Romans 12:2; it really is not an optional request. In this verse God says “do not be conformed to this world’s ideas, thought processes, or their natural ways of doing things, but be transformed…”. There is a transformation process that needs to take place. God is comparing natural thinking to spiritual thinking and when you become accustomed to think this new spiritual way it is a life changing experience. I hope that I have challenged you to learn a few new things today on this subject. I hope and pray that you will come back for at least one more lesson in this series. In the next lesson I will again show you the complexity of God’s wisdom in a NEW hidden pattern of the family of 5 within Abraham’s life and then I’ll try to explain it so that you can correctly understand how it applies to God’s spiritual Family. It will be worth your time to come back and to read it. If you could see my heart as God sees my heart you would know that I love God and the Bible more than anything. May God continue to bless you until next time!
If you would like to continue reading in this series about the Spiritual Family of God you may continue with “Part 9“.