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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“.
Understanding the Hidden Spiritual Family Structure of God’s Household! The Mature Women in God’s Spiritual Family! Part 7
(Ver 1.2) This is now Part 7 in a series of extremely advanced Bible studies about a new subject that I call “The Hidden Spiritual Structure of the Family of God”. The spiritual information in this series will dramatically change your perspective of the Bible, if you can see them and if you will choose to accept them. I have covered a tremendous amount of new ideas and revelations and I cannot take the time to go back and repeat all of them today, so if you have not read this series from the beginning I would suggest that you go back and start reading with “Part 1” first. In the last lesson I introduced you to the last woman in the family of God as the church. She is the youngest woman called the daughter in a new covenant marriage with the risen Son of God, Jesus Christ. This woman was named the New Jerusalem in Revelation 3:12 and 21:2 and she is called the Holy Jerusalem in Revelation 21:10. Three times in Revelation she has the title of the “daughter-in-law” or the synonymous interpretation the “bride” (G3565) found in Revelation 21:2, 21:9 and 22:17 and this can be seen easily by looking at the original Greek word definition. Today I want to search the Bible for the identities of the other two mature women in the family of 5. As you recall, God said the “daughter” would be divided against her mother and the “daughter-in-law” would be divided against her mother-in-law in Micah 7:6, Matthew 10:35 and Luke 12:53. So we are now looking in the Bible for the information and the specific names to reveal who these two women are that are divided from our church daughter. I found the identity of the “daughter-in-law” simply by searching the Bible for the same Greek word (G3565) translated as “daughter-in-law” and I found her identity easily revealed in the books of John and Revelation because of the limited usage of this word in the N.T. She was described to be a city, a bride and the spiritual wife of the Lamb of God. This woman was also described to be a spiritual nation of people that consisted of both male and female individuals that reside now as a part of God’s new spiritual family. Therefore we are now searching for the other women with a similar pattern, make-up, characteristics or features. We are also searching for not just two women, but more specifically two mothers and that should narrow the scope of the search significantly. The Hebrew word used for “mother” in Micah 7:6 is H517 and there are over 200 verses in the Bible that contain this word. That is really too many verses to be useful. The Hebrew word translated as “mother in law” is H2545 and this word is only found in one other book of the Bible and that makes it very interesting to me. It just so happens that the “mother-in-law” H2545 is used 9 other times in the book of Ruth and only one time in Micah 7:6. I do not believe that this is a coincidence. I see it to be a direct hidden clue to the identity of at least one of the women in God’s family.
Do you recall the story of Ruth? If you do not, I have a more in-depth lesson series on this book of the Bible that will explore and explain many of the hidden typologies found there. I will for your benefit give you a quick synopsis of that lesson series to show you how it applies to Jesus the Son, the church the daughter and the mother-in-law of the church. Ruth was a Gentile woman who married a Hebrew husband after this Jewish family moved to her country of Moab from Bethlehem. Her husband and the other males in the family all died in Moab and that left two daughter-in-laws and their mother in law as the surviving widows. One daughter-in-law returns to her family, but the other one departs with her mother-in-law to go back to Bethlehem. This gentile “daughter-in-law” was named Ruth. She is the primary subject of the entire book. There in Bethlehem, while trying to survive Ruth is met by a man named Boaz. It just so happens, that Ruth is laboring in a harvest field that is owned by Boaz. Boaz is a near relative to Ruth’s mother-in-law’s dead husband. This means Boaz is a potential kinsman “Redeemer”. Ruth is given favor from Boaz and is blessed while she is working his harvest field. To make a long story shorter, Boaz marries the woman Ruth and redeems the land of the dead relative and they become the great grandparents of David the King. This natural story of Ruth is an amazing parallel to another New Testament spiritual story. Today’s church is largely comprised of Gentile people, so the church qualifies to be the symbolic type of this woman Ruth and both are called “daughter-in-laws”. We are now the laborers in God’s harvest field of the earth and He owns the field that we are working in right now. God has granted us His favor and blessings while we are working in His harvest field. We are of course not harvesting natural food, but we are harvesting symbolic wheat for God’s harvest and that is His people. Boaz the kinsman Redeemer was a Jew from Bethlehem and he is a type of the man Jesus Christ also a Jew born in Bethlehem. Of course Jesus Christ was God in the flesh that came down from heaven to the earth which is a type of the land of spiritual Moab. Jesus Christ was crucified and died in this realm of spiritual Moab on a cross and then He was raised from the dead to redeem us from our sins and to save us from this world. That makes Ruth’s mother-in-law a symbolic type of the nation of Israel. You will see why I say that very soon. In this story of Ruth we have a “daughter-in-law” who becomes a “bride”. We have a mother-in-law that is a Jew under the Law from Bethlehem. We also have a son from Bethlehem who becomes the husband (bridegroom) to redeem his bride. There are many other Bible patterns in this book, but I only hit the ones that we needed for this lesson. The story of Ruth is a story of natural Israel, God the Father, the Son of God and the church and each of these are demonstrated to us in amazing clarity in the book of Ruth using the keywords of the mother-in-law and the daughter in-law to direct us to this information. These are the two exact words from Micah 7:6 so they must contain related information that we need to know about. What we need is an additional witness to this hidden reality in another book of the Bible and that is where we are going soon.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Jesus taught us something that was very profound in the third chapter of John. When Jesus described the “new birth” He said “That which is born of the flesh is only flesh, but that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Jesus reveals a significant spiritual law here in this statement. First, Jesus says spirits can give birth to spirits and second, only a spirit can produce other spirits. Jesus goes on to say in this chapter of John, “Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God”. This verse stipulates a fixed requirement that a second birth must take place or you will never see God’s eternal kingdom. This statement of Jesus of course blew the mind of Nicodemus and this natural thinking man asked “How can a man be born again?” “Can he enter again into his mother’s womb?” Of course this was not what Jesus was saying at all. Neither was Jesus thinking naturally of another physical birth. Jesus is not teaching physical reincarnation. Here is a prime example of how people can hear what God is saying and totally miss it because they are not on the same level as the speaker. This is the greatest challenge new Christians have in the world today. To renew people’s minds to think spiritually instead of naturally is the biggest challenge that I am faced with while teaching on the internet. Most of my critics are dominated by naturally thinking carnal minds. They do not attempt to think outside of their little carnal box and thus they remain ignorant of what God wants them to know. Romans 8:7, says the carnal mind is an enemy against God. So when my critics tell me I’m wrong, they are speaking as an enemy of God. I certainly feel sorry for them, but I have learned that I cannot help them. Let’s see what Jesus was actually speaking of:
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Jesus is comparing two different types of birth in this one verse; one is a natural birth and the other is spiritual birth. Jesus is saying that you are born naturally when your mother’s water breaks and you enter into the natural world through her physical door and then you are born spiritually by a similar patterned act from the Spirit of God. Do you remember that Jesus said “I am the door” (Jo 10:9)? Jesus is saying there is a spiritual door into the Kingdom of God and you will not enter into it unless you find it first. Wow, that is pretty radical for those who think there are many ways to God. Why is Jesus revealing that spiritual things are repeated patterns of the natural things that God created? You better get a hold of this concept very fast if you ever want to learn about what God is trying to teach you.
There is a spiritual law of Genesis about seeds that is very relevant to my lesson today. This law was a foundational principle found within the patterns of creation in Genesis. One of the key seed law principles states that everything that God created produces after its own kind (Genesis 1:11, 12, 21, 24, 25). Flesh produces only flesh. Cows produce only cows. Dogs produce only dogs. But, also Jesus teaches us in John 3 that a Spirit produces only spirits. It is very clear that spirits can give birth based upon the information revealed in John 3 and the natural patterns found in creation. For example, the sperm of a man is called his seed in the O.T (Lev 15:16). But the Word of God is also implied to be God’s spiritual sperm in 1 Peter 1:23. Both are “seeds” but one is natural and the other is spiritual. These are patterns that are being repeated for us to apply the concepts found in the natural to understand the concepts of the unseen spiritual dimension. Those are radical concepts from the Creator. What I am attempting to do is to give you verification from the scriptures that a spirit can give birth to a spirit. Therefore, if the church is a spiritual daughter and not a physical one, we are looking for another spiritual woman that is able to give birth to us. That statement will probably perplex many Christians who are not yet familiar with the Bible in this level of detail, but that is just the way it goes.
So far I have been giving you some basic facts of life concepts found both in creation and the Bible. These are important patterned concepts that you need to give your attention to today, because they are very relevant to understanding God and the Bible. God has replicated patterns from the spiritual realm into the created natural realm and these patterns will be further projected back into the new heaven and the new earth that are coming soon. I personally believe that God created all natural things from precise patterns found within spiritual things that previously existed in the divine realm. God then uses these temporary natural things to teach us about the spiritual concepts of eternal things to come. It is a circular configuration of a divine design with transferred patterns from the spiritual to the temporal and then finally back to the spiritual. It is the cycle of life as found within a progressively designed divine plan. Things that were found originally in the beginning are the things that shall be found again in the end. In the beginning of Genesis we see that God created everything good with the absence of all evil. This is exactly how it will end after chapter 20 of Revelation and after Satan, the beast and the false prophet are cast into their eternal torment. What God has created in the world is almost always an identifiable pattern for something in the spiritual realm that we have never seen.
Take the human body for example. The human body is comprised of millions and even billions of individual cells, systems, subsystems and individual parts that are working all together to form one body. Does any of that sound familiar? We have more than one thing that comprises or makes up to form one unified body working in harmony. The natural pattern of the human body’s design is the same concept that God reiterates when He describes us (the entire church) to be the spiritual body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13-27). The spiritual church is comprised of millions or even billions of people and yet we are still just one spiritually unified body. The concept of one being made up of many is a repeatable occurrence in the Bible that is foundational to understanding all of the identities of the women in the family of God. None of the women in the spiritual family of God are just one person or one female individual. Each spiritual woman is comprised of millions or even billions of people or spiritual beings that are joined together to become one spiritually named woman in covenant with God. This was one of my main subjects from the last lesson, so please try to follow along the best that you can, it will only get much deeper than this as we continue to dig into this subject.
It is now time to reveal the mature spiritual women (mothers) in the family of God. Both of these women were specifically described to be “mothers” therefore, both have children. One was the mother of the daughter (bride) and other one was the mother of the son (bridegroom). But, just as Eve is named the mother of all natural living descendants we are looking for a spiritual woman that all spiritual children can come from. I believe to solve this puzzle we will need to look for verses in the Bible that describe two mothers and hopefully in the same verse. Here is where it will start to get really interesting for some people and potentially more controversial for others. I am about to show you another O.T. prophecy about the family of God that is very important for you to understand fully, but is also very difficult to understand. This Old Testament verse reflects some more complex riddles, so be prepared for a set of new mental challenges. I want to take you to the prophet Isaiah and get you to read about two women in the family of God from a new perspective.
Isa 54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into inging, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
If you are not reading the Bible with your spiritual eyeglasses on you are reading it blindly. God is describing something very mysterious and profound here in another obscure prophecy found in the O.T. Have you ever heard anyone teach about what this verse means? I can honestly say that I have not! However it is very difficult for anyone to teach what they do not understand. I read some commentaries and they were all over the board to what they thought it meant. This verse was written in the major prophet Isaiah’s work for God. You will find in studying the Bible that God will use a technique of hiding information that I call “dissemination”. This technique incorporates the random spreading out of related information throughout the Bible to make it infinitely more difficult for us to find it and for us to then put them all together correctly. It is like when I sow new grass seed in my yard using a broadcast spreader, I put seeds in the hopper and adjust the flow and depending on the speed that I travel the seed is thrown out in random patterns over the spots that need it and I do not know what lands where. Dissemination of the Word of God is a random broadcasting seed concept and God does this throughout the Bible. You will never know where you will find some of the most valuable keys to understanding a subject in the Bible until you search for them. Many times it will appear to be a needle in a haystack concept when looking for the truth in the Bible. It might be found in Genesis or Revelation or anywhere in between. Without the Spirit of God, computers and modern technology it would be impossible for any man to find the clues and then put all of the pieces together correctly.
However look closely at this verse in Isaiah and tell me if you can see that God is speaking about two wives, two women and two mothers? There are definitely two different females being spoken of in this verse and they are directly being compared against each other. Both women we are told are mothers of children, but we are not told who the mothers or the children are. However the Hebrew word translated as children is actually the Hebrew word “ben” that means “son”. When Jesus was here on the earth He would call Himself a “ben” of man. I understand why the translators are confused and put the word for children here, but that is not the correct translation and you will understand why soon. In order to be a mother in the Bible you had to have been married. Of course our definition of marriage in the modern world has become biased or slanted based upon the legal definition of a piece of paper or a license or a ceremony that was performed. However, God clearly tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:16 that sex between a man and a woman constitutes a marriage in His eyes. If you have sexual relations with anyone, by the definition from the Word of God you are married to them. It does not matter how many partners that you have, it can be one or thousands. If our court systems went by God’s definition there would be a lot less people doing what they are doing. No doubt many people would benefit from this knowledge of the truth today. It is interesting to note that only one wife in this verse in Isaiah is called married, but they must both be married in order to have any children. Therefore, God is teaching us something else that is deeper with this statement. I will not be able to explain this in this lesson today because this will just cloud the main subject more than it has already.
Let me tell you that God gives us a lot of hidden information in this single verse of scripture found in Isaiah. We have two women being spoken of in very anonymous terms. No names are given and no identities are revealed. One woman is called barren, but she suddenly has a change of status to have many more sons than the other woman who is specifically called married. Wow, that is pretty tough to understand and it is another monumental riddle. What is God talking about in this statement? I personally believe that God gives us some of the most important information in the Bible in the form of riddles to challenge us to solve them. The way that this verse was written, it makes it completely illogical and even unsolvable unless God gives us some additional clues to what exactly He is talking about somewhere else in the Bible. Fortunately for us, God did give us some major clues to reveal the meaning of this prophecy when He taught Paul what it meant in the New Testament and Paul recorded it for us in the book of Galatians.
Before I go to the book of Galatians, I want to make another quick point about the Hebrew word translated as “barren” in this verse. This Hebrew word is not used extensively in the Bible and that is another clue for us. If you search your Bible you will find that the wives of the three patriarchs of Israel were all described with this exact same word and status. You will find Abram’s wife Sarai called barren in Genesis 11:30. You will find Isaac’s wife Rebekah called barren in Genesis 25:21. Finally, you will find that Jacob’s wife Rachel was called barren in Genesis 29:31. These are very important examples to understand, but I just do not have the time to explain them all today. I wanted to teach you how to look for clues in the Bible. That does not mean you will understand what all of the clues mean automatically just because you find them. I will tell you that they are all definitely related to what we are talking about today and that is all I can say about them for now. However, we will look at one of them in much more detail, because God reveals it to be directly related by what Paul wrote in Galatians. I have tried to teach you that there is a law of Bible interpretation that I call the “law of first mention”. In this law I have found that God always gives us some very important information about any subject the first time it is mentioned in the Bible. The subject of being barren is no different. The first woman in the Bible described to be barren is Abraham’s wife Sarah. So let’s go to Galatians and learn what this prophecy found in Isaiah means. This verse of prophecy is repeated almost exactly in Galatians 4:27, but we will have to back up in the chapter to read the context in order to understand what is being revealed to us, so let’s start reading with verse 22:
Gal 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
As you can see God is speaking directly about Abraham and who we are told had two sons. Do you see that God is speaking about two women again? Not just two random women, but specifically two mothers of two children who were called the wives of Abraham. You may recall that Sarah was Abraham’s wife first and that she was the barren wife that I showed you in Genesis 11:30. So this story of Abraham fits the pattern of the prophecy in Isaiah by the direct usage of the Hebrew word translated as “barren”. Two mothers are what we are looking for to solve our family of 5 mystery and Abraham is said to have had two wives. One is described to be a freewoman who is a representative type of his wife Sarah and the other wife was called the bondwoman, who is a woman that Sarah gave to her husband Abraham because she thought that she was unable to have children for him. This slave wife was named Hagar in this story and she can be found the first time in Genesis 16:1. Let me quickly show you a scripture concerning these two women:
Gen 16:3 And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
Sarai is directly called the wife of Abram first. Sarai is first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 11:29 so she was around for 5 chapters before the mention of Hagar. Keep this in mind! Hagar is the maid servant slave girl from Egypt. This will also become very important that she is a slave from Egypt latter when we discover who she is a type for. But, also notice what the result was of this gift from Sarai to her husband. God informs us that Hagar has also become Abram’s wife. God is revealing something very complex that has occurred in the spiritual realm by showing us the repeated patterns that have reoccurred in the natural realm. Here we have one man with two wives and two children and this is either an amazing coincidence or it is God pointing us to a match for the 5 in one family pattern.
- Abraham Father
- Sarah Mother Freewoman Barren
- Hagar Mother Bondwoman Married
- Ishmael Son Slave
- Isaac Son Free
We have three specific parents being described to us. One male and two females with two sons, but they are still all just one family. This is really going to get very deep as we continue through these coming verses, so please read them very carefully. Also notice for now that Abraham is the father and that he has two wives and two children and that definitely equals 5 in one family and this will generally fit the pattern of the family of 5 again with only some minor differences in family titles only. While these are not exact matches for the Micah 7:6 family of 5, it is similar enough for me to see that this is not a coincidence and that God is relating to us some new information that is definitely important for us to see. Have you ever made a dress using a pattern and a sewing machine? While I have never done this, I did watch my mother do this and I learned the concepts behind the work. You can choose any material and totally change the look and the feel of the dress, by using different fabrics with the same pattern. One pattern can produce many dresses that are similar but also they can look and feel completely different to each other. This is what God is doing in these verses of the two families of 5. God is using the same pattern with some different spiritual fabrics. Not everything is going to match perfectly when you do this, but the expert will still be able to identify the usage of the repeated patterns. Do you understand this? You probably do if you are a woman, but my example is probably not too easily identifiable to many men. It is the concept that is important for now and it is not important to get distracted by too many details at this level of the study. Let us continue to the next verse in the chapter of Galatians to see what God has revealed to Paul about Abraham’s family:
Gal 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
God is still speaking of two mothers and two children that came by the one father. All of this is very familiar so far! The only difference between these two children is that they are both males. So they do not get married to each other to start a new family and that changes nothing, but the creation of a new family. In this verse God further tells us that one son came by the deeds of the flesh and the other son came as a result of a promise. We could logically make the leap that one son came from the works of man in the natural realm and the other son came by spiritual faith in the promise of God, if you want to combine other information given to us by Paul found in Romans. But, for now we will see that we have a family of 5 that is again being divided, but this time they are being divided not by the marriage of the siblings, but by the command of Sarah to cast out the bond woman and her son, that we will soon see. Let me skip down quickly to verse 30 in Galatians 4 to connect you with what is being taught, so that you can see more clearly what I am talking about in combination with the pattern of division found within a family of 5.
Gal 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
This verse is a quote from Genesis 21:10. You can clearly see another pattern is developing or being repeated using a different two members in a family of 5; yet still resulting in the division of the family with 3 against 2. Isn’t this what Jesus said to us in Luke 12:52? Jesus is giving you a key pattern to look for in the Bible. Here in this verse in Galatians we are seeing the pattern being used again. The bond woman and her son are cast out of the family of Abraham and that leaves 3 family members still in the family and two family members on the outside of the family. It is a subtle change and it reflects more complex information that I will not be able to elaborate on at this point today. Just take note of the reuse of the pattern of 3 divided against 2 and we will leave it at that for now. Let me give you a new picture of what we have learned so far:
Hopefully you can see the basic patterns being redeployed in this picture digaram. There is a split or a divisin within the family of five that is dividing them 3 agains 2. Let’s go to the next verse in Galatians that I was going through to see how this information fits into the family of God. What we are seeing demonstrated to us by God is a Biblical typology using natural patterns to reveal existing and prophetic spiritual truths. Remember we are learning about the two women and how they are both called mothers. Also take note that God is using a real man and his real two wives to teach us about His spiritual family. In other words Abram, Sarai and Hagar are not God’s family only the examples used to show us God’s family. God is speaking about Sarai as being the freewoman and Hagar as being the bond woman and these are revealed to be something much more significant using God’s allegorically encoded information found in Genesis 16.
Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
We know this information would have been impossible for us to see or to understand by just reading the natural accounts of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar in the book of Genesis. People have read the story of Abraham for thousands of years and no one had any clue that it was allegorical information about God’s family. We would not have had any hint what was going on if God had not revealed it to Paul about what the story of Abraham in Genesis symbolically represented. An allegory in the Bible is always a real historical story about real people doing real things in real places that contains a hidden spiritual symbolic meaning encoded within every adjective, noun and verb selected by God to describe them. You can clearly see that this is God’s definition and not mine based upon what is being revealed to us in this chapter of Galatians. This is a principle that reveals to us the words of God in the Bible have been carefully chosen many times to contain parallel meanings. In other words God could have said many things about Abraham that He did not say, but since these words were selected, they were specifically designed with a hidden purpose. I once had a commenter try to tell me that the Bible did not contain allegory and that this was a man made concept invented in the dark ages. This commenter obviously never read the Bible very closely, did he?
We can clearly see from this story that there is a direct connection to God based upon what is being said about these two women representing two covenants. God is saying that these two women represent two different covenants and this is a Bible code word that means two marriages between God and two different women. Therefore we know that God the Father was in covenant with two different women simultaneously as this chapter of Galatians is revealing to you. You have to understand “Bible Covenants” in order to understand what is being taught. A covenant with God is always initiated by God. God is the author of all covenants by His design. A covenant with God is also a divine marriage (Jer 31:32, Mal 2:14) between God the husband and the chosen people His wife. In other words we do not go to God and ask will you make a covenant with me, He comes to us and says will you marry me? So when God initiates a covenant with mankind or any spiritual beings, it is always a marriage proposal. If you do not understand these concepts you should go and read my lessons on “Understanding Bible Covenants”.
Since the Bible is divided into two covenants, many people automatically assume in error that God is speaking about these two obvious prominent Bible covenants that practically everyone knows. We are being presented another mysterious riddle by God. We can clearly see in Galatians 4:24 that Hagar represents the covenant given to Israel on Mt. Sinai. Which covenant was that? This covenant is what most Christians today normally call the “Old Covenant”. It is very interesting to note that God says everyone that was in that Old Covenant was called slaves. You need to remember that because it is very important. Based upon this information people automatically conclude that the only other covenant being spoken of here is the “New Covenant” given to the church by Jesus Christ. However this is impossible based upon the allegorical information given to us in Genesis and the family of 5 revealed in Micah 7:6. In this story in Genesis you need to pay very closer attention to who the women are a type of in the allegory and then see the ages of the two women and find out who was married to whom first. Since a Covenant is a marriage, was Abraham married to Sarah or to Hagar first using God’s definition of marriage? Was Sarah older than the slave girl Hagar? Did Abraham have sex with Sarah or Hagar first? Who gave Hagar to Abraham to be his wife? All of this is very important and very relevant for you to understand which covenants God is speaking of. Hagar is revealed to be the bond woman and she is a much younger woman than Sarah, so keep that in mind as we continue through the rest of these verses in Galatians. Let’s continue down chapter 4 of Galatians and look at verse 25 to see the spiritual name of God’s younger wife given to us first. Again we are looking at the “last being first” concept and this is a repeated pattern that I am following to teach you this information in reverse order:
Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
Hagar is called the “Jerusalem that now is” and her name is given to us from a human viewpoint or perspective. Keep this in mind as we go forward. If Hagar is a representative pattern of a woman who answers to someone calling her “Jerusalem” that clearly tells us her name and it reveals to us the key duplicate features that we are looking for to solve our mystery. This wife is a named city and she has the same name “Jerusalem” and the inhabitants of this city will consist of both men and women in covenant with God the Father (Jer 31:32).
Are you beginning to see why I said what I said about the “New Jerusalem” in the last lesson? What I said before was if there exists a New Jerusalem there must also by logic exist an Old Jerusalem using the law of opposition or opposites. Here is God telling us about a woman, a wife, a mother and He figuratively names her “the Earthly Jerusalem”. This Earthly Jerusalem is the city that is still in the Middle East today and is called the capital of the natural nation of Israel and she is described to be a type of Hagar. Remember who Hagar was? She was the young slave woman still in bondage after coming out of Egypt. Uh oh? Some Christians are going to have some major difficulty starting to develop from what God is saying to us in this information. First off everyone thinks that God freed Israel when He brought them out of Egypt and God is clearly saying here in these verses that they are evidently still slaves from Egypt. Wow, that is really tough to accept, isn’t it? Is God lying to us? Is God confused? Did God forget that he freed them from Egypt? I personally believe that it is people who are confused. You see I do not believe God freed them, I believe that God bought them out of bondage. To be purchased is totally different than being freed. These concepts also apply to the future church, but I will not go there until a little later.
Are you beginning to see the riddle presented to us? Here in Galatians 4:26, most people think that God is referring to the New Covenant of Jesus Christ as being the second freewoman, but that is not what God is saying based upon the allegorical information given to us. Since the Bible is clearly divided into two covenants, an old and a new, everyone has assumed that God is telling us about these two covenants, but that does not work with the allegorical ages of the women given. The only way you could get that information is to change the roles of Sarah and Hagar and flip the titles of free versus slave. We know from studying Genesis that Sarah was the older barren woman and she was nearly 90 years old when she gave birth to Isaac, the promised child. Hagar was the much younger Egyptian slave girl that Sarah gave to Abraham as being the one to bring forth an heir for Abraham. So by the time Hagar had a child, Sarah was around 76 years old and she was in covenant marriage with Abraham for a long time prior to Hagar becoming a wife. The Bible says that Abraham was 86 years old when Hagar had Ishmael. Then the Bible says Abraham was 100 years old when his wife Sarah had Isaac. This means there was a long time in between the two children. That would tell me that there was 14 years that Abraham waited for the promised child. Fourteen years is equal to two 7 year periods of time. How many years did Jacob have to work for his wife Rachel? Jacob I believe worked 14 years or two weeks of years. I guess I won’t go there either today. I just find repeated patterns in the Bible and see all kind of interesting things to teach on.
This new information is going to cause many people to get confused. How could God be in covenant with someone else before the Old Covenant in the Bible? That is the divine mystery being presented for your analysis. Do you understand that Sarah could not represent the New Covenant; since Sarah was married first to Abraham? Sarah has to represent a previous even older covenant before God’s covenant with natural Israel and this knowledge changes things up dramatically. Remember that Abraham in this allegory is the type for God who initiates covenants. Hagar represents a type of God’s wife Israel in the Old Testament (Jer 31:32). So Sarah must represent a covenant that God had a long time prior to natural Israel and this is very important for you to see. We therefore know from these facts that an “Ancient Covenant” existed before the “Old Covenant” came into effect. I call it the ancient covenant because God is called the ancient of days in the Bible and I thought that term fit. God the Father had to be in covenant with someone prior to the nation of Israel, or this allegory falls apart rapidly and that makes God a liar. Let’s look at the next verse in Galatians and get the solution to the puzzle:
Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
Wow, here is another Jerusalem being spoken of as a woman. We can see in this verse that the free woman Sarah is being described to be a type of the spiritual woman that was up in heaven where God’s throne resides. You can know this because “Jerusalem which is above” is definitely not the “Jerusalem that now is” here on the earth. Remember the names of the women are given from a human perspective of a man standing on the surface of the planet. If you look up you are looking into the heavens and this is the general direction of God’s throne. It makes logical sense for me to think of heaven as a preexisting place. We know that God is a Spirit (Jo 4:24) and that God is eternal. So the spiritual realm has existed with God forever. Did you notice that this new mature spiritual free woman is also named “Jerusalem” surprise, surprise! However her name is qualified to be the “Jerusalem which is above” and she is being directly compared to or differentiated from another wife named the “Jerusalem that is down below” on the earth. Next, the end of this verse reveals who this spiritual woman is. She is called the mother of us all. Who is “us all”? Or I should ask who is the “us all” that the context of this verse was written to? If you think naturally you would be clearly a confused Christian. The “Heavenly Jerusalem” is said to be our spiritual mother; she is directly called the mother of the church of Jesus Christ since Galatians was written to the church. Who is the church? The church is the daughter, the last woman in the family of God. What exactly is God revealing to us in this very key verse? What we have just discovered is that the “Heavenly Jerusalem” is not the “New Jerusalem” that came down from heaven in Revelation 21. Yes the New Jerusalem came from spiritual heaven, but she is not heaven. It is just like when I was born or came down from my natural mother, but I am not my natural mother. The New Jerusalem is the daughter of the Heavenly Jerusalem and that make her our direct spiritual mother. Are you beginning to see how this information fits the picture diagram of the family of 5 and do you see that every woman in the family of God is named “Jerusalem”? Who or what was this spiritual Jerusalem from above? Just like the analogy that I gave you earlier of the needle in the haystack approach to Bible study, you have to search for the clues in the Bible in order to find the truth and since I have already done this, I will save you a lot of time looking for another needle. Here is one of the best descriptions of this spiritual woman that I found:
Heb 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
Speaking to the Church of Jesus Christ, Paul writes that we have come unto Mt Zion and unto the city of the Living God! Then she is clearly named the “Heavenly Jerusalem”. This is a synonymous name for the “Jerusalem that is above” found in Galatians 4. We are then told that this city consisted of an innumerable company of angels. Angels are created spiritual beings that were resident with God in heaven before man existed. We are told very clearly that this is a spiritual woman that is also a city and then we are told where this city was located and who lived there (God and the angels). All of this information when combined with the allegorical information in Genesis 16 and Galatians 4 tells us that the Heavenly woman was the freewoman and that God was in covenant with all of these free angels in heaven prior to making a covenant with the natural nation of Israel. We can further surmise that this heavenly free woman was also described to be barren and unable to have any spiritual children for a long time, until after Israel is given to God for a wife and then this Hagar (Israel) has the fleshly heir (Jesus of Nazareth) and they two are cast out of the family of God. What God is revealing to you is that the natural man Jesus and His natural mother Israel cannot be heirs with the promised son. Wow, is this deep stuff or what? I really was not sure if I was even going to try to teach you those things today because they will be so controversial to many. However, if you did not know it, the natural man Jesus was never intended to be the heir of God, it was imperative for Satan to kill Him and for Him to be raised from the dead in order to become the promised child or the spiritual seed. Satan thought he was killing the heir of God, but in actuality he was sealing his own fate and dooming his future within God’s old heavenly family. When Jesus said “You must be born again”, He was including Himself in that requirement. Jesus Christ is called the “Firstborn from the dead” (Col 1:18). If Jesus was born again and was the first to become this way, He now has spiritual preeminence over all other spiritual beings, including the angels and natural humans on the earth. It also tells us that Satan and the other angels that were in covenant with God the Father are no longer in a covenant with God the Son, the risen chosen heir. This is really cool stuff, so I hope you are grasping what God is revealing to you. It is much more important than I can ever try to tell you.
Let me briefly make another point on the definition of what free vs. being in bondage or a slave means from a Bible perspective. Natural slavery is of course not a positive reality so spiritual slavery is the same level of negativity. Why are we being told that the natural nation of Israel is still in bondage and are still “slaves” today and that the heavenly spiritual beings are being called “free”? The only explanation that makes logical sense is to see that Israel was given God’s law to fulfill in order to be called righteous. I assume by that knowledge that the angels were righteous by default and even after sin was found in Lucifer; God was unable to convict Satan of wrong doing since there was no law in place to convict him. If you read the next chapter of Galatians you will hopefully see that God is immediately after speaking of a free woman and a bond woman is speaking about the law in these terms of bondage. Therefore, Israel is still in bondage because they are attempting to establish their own righteousness by works. This was not God’s intention for them, the Law was designed to point them to a need for a savior, but yet they still for the most part have not embraced the plan of Redemption provided by Jesus Christ. Do you understand what the concepts of free and slave means now? Are we now free in the church today? Uh Oh? That is a trick question because the answer is yes and no. We are not under the Law of Moses nor are we under the bondage of sin, Satan or this world, but we are still under the New Law of Jesus Christ who said “A new commandment I give to you”. So technically the church is eternally bound to the law of Love! Therefore, this is also further confirmation what the church is not the covenant that is representative of the type o the woman Sarah. The Church is not a Free Woman! The church is a purchased bride and that make us His property. If you do not agree with those statements, I’m sorry I just do not have time to explain them all today.
What was the daughter’s name in the family of 5? We know that the daughter is called the “New Jerusalem” and we now know that her mother is called the “Jerusalem Above” or I’ll call her the “Heavenly Jerusalem” because that is what God calls her in Hebrew 12:22. We are told the “Heavenly Jerusalem” is the spiritual mother of the spiritual church in Galatians 4:26. The Heavenly Jerusalem is being differentiated from both the “Earthly Jerusalem” and the “New Jerusalem” by definition and adjective qualification. If a woman is a mother, she cannot be her own daughter. This is an amazingly complex Bible study as you can tell. If you are not careful you will get lost very easily. Do you see what God is teaching us? Why are all of the females in God’s family, named Jerusalem? That is a really tough question to try to answer in a short Bible lesson but, is this cool or what? I personally believe that every woman in the family of God is named Jerusalem because every male in the family of God is named “Israel”. I really do not have the time to explain all of the scriptures that this belief is based upon in today’s lesson fully. But, I will give you some basic clues. Several times in the Old Testament God calls the people of Israel those people that are “called by my name”. You can see statements like these in verses; for example 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Jeremiah 7:10-14 to name two places for you to research. What you should observe is that God is saying Israel is my name and I gave it to you because you married me. The name change of Jacob to Israel; was it God’s idea or Jacob’s idea? I think when you read in Genesis you will see the angel of God gave Jacob this name because Jacob wrestles with him and prevailed. Therefore the name Israel came from God. Knowing these facts should change your perspective on how you view any verses that speak about Israel or Jerusalem in the Bible. I think the way that God does things in His Word are very multifaceted and extremely complicated and for me to say that I understand them all would be a joke. But, we now have three women who are representative of 3 separate cities all named Jerusalem in 3 different covenants with a God named Israel and this makes interpreting Bible prophecy correctly infinitely more complex.
In the Bible the name Jerusalem occurs over 800 times in over 700 different verses. Now I’m going to blow your mind, the name “Israel” occurs over 2300 times in the Bible. Why is the name Israel a dominant name or subject found in the Bible? I believe that is it is because the name points us to the True Living God and God is certainly the dominant theme found in the entire Bible. Based upon what we have learned today, we can never read a verse in the Bible about either Israel or Jerusalem and not stop and immediately ask, which one is God speaking about? Is it natural or is it spiritual? Is it new or is it old? Is it holy or is it unholy? If you assume God is speaking about only the earthly city of Jerusalem in the Middle East or the natural nation of Israel you would be wrong many, many times. God further complicates this problem by calling Jerusalem by many code names, symbolic names and other descriptive titles that I also cannot go into in this lesson. If you are interested in seeing some of these other names for the earthly city of Jerusalem you can read my lesson on “Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of Jerusalem”.
I think I have gone long enough for one lesson. I know this is very complex and very new to you. I know you cannot find anyone else that is teaching it anywhere in the world. But, that does not mean it is not what is written in the Bible. All you have to do is to open your spiritual eyes and perceive what God is saying. This Bible study is probably the most important one that I have on my website. If you can understand this one, you can understand the rest of my lessons very easily. I’ll leave you today with a new picture of the spiritual family of God with all of the names of the women filled in:
I appologize for the long lesson today, I guess I had a lot to say. God Bless until next time!
If you would like to continue reading the next lesson in this series you may continue with “Part 8“.
Understanding the Hidden Spiritual Family Structure of God’s Household! Beginning to See the Identities of the Women in God’s Family! Part 6
(Ver 1.3) This is now Part 6 in a series of extremely advanced Bible studies about the Hidden Spiritual Structure of the Family of God. I have covered a tremendous amount of fresh information and several radically new concepts that I cannot take the time to go back and repeat them all. So if you have not read this series from the beginning I would strongly suggest that you go back and start reading with “Part 1”. Then as you go through the lessons, I would also recommend that you take notes on all of the key points. The ultimate goal of today’s lesson is to introduce you to the first woman in the family of God. I guess technically speaking she is my first woman, but she is the last woman in the family of God. But, God says the last shall be first and the first shall be last (Mat 19:30) so I think I am being scriptural to teach them in the reverse order. That was a joke! Today’s lesson will be focused primarily on the identity of just the woman who is titled the “daughter-in-law” in the family of God. You may recall that in the family of 5, we have 2 men and 3 women. While we are not given the ages of the family members, there are younger and older family members implied by the titles given. The son must be younger than his mother and his father and the daughter is also logically younger than her mother and her father. Therefore the most recent female in the family of God is the one that is called the “daughter” who subsequently becomes the “daughter-in-law” and both of these titles you will eventually discover apply to us, the Church of Jesus Christ. That is where we are going today in this lesson.
I have taught on this subject before, but not in the specific context to the family of God prophecy found in Micah 7:6 so I will repeat some things while I also explore some new subjects that I probably have never taught on before. As we continue through this lesson series you should begin to observe the fact that God uses repetitious patterns throughout the Bible. I will try to point out as many of these as I run across in today’s lesson. Learning to recognize patterns found in the Bible will assist you greatly in your knowledge and understanding of God’s Word. We will soon discover that this family of 5 was a hidden pattern found in many other parts of the Bible. For example, in an earlier lesson, I showed you that it was found in one place in Genesis 20:12 where God describes Abraham and Sarah’s relationship as a typical match for the family of 5 pattern revealed in Micah 7:6:
Gen 20:12 And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
God tells us that Sarah was Abraham’s half-sister and that they shared a common father, but that they each had different mothers. Abram and Sarai were therefore half brother and sister and they later married and became husband and wife. Because Abram’s father Terah is the head of this house, it technically does not matter how many wives that Terah had, they were all still in one family. This is precisely the 5 family members in one family with the exact titles given to us in Micah 7:6. There is a father, a son, a daughter, a mother of a daughter and finally the mother of the son who becomes the mother-in-law when the daughter Sari marries Abram. Do you think this was a coincidence that this occurs in the Bible like that or can you see that it is just a hidden typology like I believe it is? I am personally convinced that it was an Old Testament hidden pattern of God’s family. However, this type even goes further than that to fulfill the Micah 7:6 patterns. God also told Abraham to leave his parents and go to a land that He would show him.
Gen 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
This is again a hidden typology of the precise division found within the family of 5 with the 3 parents being divided against the 2 younger children. Again if you think this is coincidence it would be a mistake to think that way. In this typology Abram is the son and is a type of Jesus who left His Father’s house in heaven to come to the earth, the land that God would show Him. Terah (Abram’s father) is of course a type of God the Father who ruled the Kingdom of Heaven. Sarai would be a type of the Church, the wife of the Lamb of God and we will get into this in much more depth soon. As in every O.T. type and shadow everything in the story is not a perfect match. Abraham took his father with him until he finally died. The fact that Lot was also taken in disobedience was another fact that eventually did occur when Abraham and Lot finally separated. A shadow will always be a recognizable pattern with some details omitted. That is just how it works. Later, I will show you some other 5 things split 3 against 2 as a repeated pattern in some very strange and unusual places in the Bible. I will try to show you one of these in the next lesson and another one in a future lesson. Just remember that nothing in the Bible occurs by chance or accident and everything has meaning and significance. God says the thing that has been is the thing that shall be again and I believe this law is based upon the reality of repeated patterns that have occurred and that will occur again. We are just now beginning to understand many of them, but that is the nature of how God works.
You may recall that I taught you the male members of the family were based upon the Trinity of God reality and that the Trinity contained the implied existence of females. But, let me briefly give you a synopsis of some other reasons that I believe that the male members in the Family of God are God the Father and Jesus, God the Son. One of the key rules that I always use to interpret the Bible, is to always allow the Bible to interpret itself. Because God is smarter than I am, I look for His meanings and definitions to help me understand what He is attempting to reveal. In other words I search to see if the Bible backs up what God says in other places. I always interpret the Bible using only the Bible and I do not search any other books, Bible lessons or commentaries for what some man thinks it says to justify my beliefs. If God does not confirm my beliefs with only His Word, then I change my beliefs to fit what He says. Otherwise I would just be teaching you my opinion and that would be worthless.
Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
From reading in Matthew 10:35 we should know that the Father and the Son are divided against each other. The Greek word translated as “father” in this verse in Matthew is G3962 and it literally means “the male parent”. Is this same word ever used to describe God in the N.T.? If it is not, my interpretation fails immediately. However, if you do a search using your computer, you should easily find that God is called by this exact Greek word title over 200 times in the N.T. In order to find these I did a case-sensitive search for the word “Father” and the Greek word G3962 to occur in the same verse. You can do the exact same thing if you do not believe me. Therefore, I have concluded that Jesus could have been literally talking about His Father God being the “Father” in Matthew 10:35, by direct and overwhelming scriptural word association. At the very least you cannot deny that it is not entirely possible based upon this overwhelming evidence. In Matthew 10:35 the son is called specifically a “man”. Therefore, we need to determine if Jesus is ever called a “man” in the Bible to confirm if this is also a possible interpretation. If we cannot find where Jesus is ever called a man, this would shoot down my interpretation categorically. The Greek word translated as “man” in Matthew 10:35 is G444 and it literally means “manfaced” or “male human being”. Was Jesus a male human being?
Luk 12:53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
As you can see in Luke 12:53, Jesus used a different word for this individual male and it says the father (G3962) will be divided against the “son” (G5207). Was Jesus ever called a “son” G5207? If you again search your Bible you will find over 80 Bible verses where Jesus is directly called both a “Son” and a “Man” (G5207 and G444) in the same verse. Again you do this by searching for both Greek words G444 and G5207 as well as the case sensitive “Son” all in the same verse, your results should match my results. Finally if you search the N.T. to see how many total times Jesus was ever called a “Son”, you can find over 200 times in the New Testament where Jesus is directly called a “Son” (G5207). Jesus is either called the “Son of God” or the “Son of Man” in more verses than I could try to name in this lesson. This is just more confirming overwhelming evidence for the identities of both of the male members of the Family of God. We can find scriptures that say God is a “Father” and we can find scriptures that say Jesus is both a “Son” and a “Man”. Again using this evidence it does not conclusively confirm that God the Father and God the Son are the two male members in the family of 5 that Jesus was describing to us, but it also does not rule them out to fit the interpretation either. Try to search the Bible and find another father and son combination mentioned over 400 times that fits with the exact same 5 family relationship titles. None that I searched for even came close. Father Abraham is only mentioned together in a total of 30 verses in the entire Bible. No other father and son dominate the Bible like God and His Son Jesus. The evidence is overpowering to me, but I’m sure we will come across some skeptics out there who can come up with reasons why they are not God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. If is funny that God will always allow you to make the choice to be wrong. God will never prove anything in the Bible beyond a reasonable doubt. If God did that He would leave no one any freewill choice to believe or not to believe and God is not going to do that.
I guess I need to review another aspect that is important to know for our Bible study today. I want to give you a couple of verses that God reveals some very relevant information about His family. I taught on these verses before, but I will reemphasize them for your further benefit in today’s lesson to make sure you understand what is being stated:
Eph 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Eph 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
You should be able to see that these verses clearly inform us that God the Father has or at the very least had a spiritual family. This verse further implies that God the Father is the Head of this family. In this verse we are told the specific location of this family and it is explicitly stated to be in two separate realms of reality. One is a spiritual dimension called heaven and the other is a physical dimension found here on the earth. Wow, that is very clear to me. God is also clearly stated to be the named and titled Father (G3962) in this family and Jesus is clearly implied to be the Son in this family. The implication is given that the family is very large in order to reside in the fullness of these two separate dimensions. I also want to point out that we are told that this family has God’s name. This is clearly self-evident that God the Father was the spiritual head of the household and that He is also the husband in a relationship with a wife in order to have a Son and to give them all, His name. Taking the husband’s name during marriage is a standard practice and tradition originated from God, but it is often times ignored in the modern world. The modern wife sometimes does not always desire to take the name of her husband when they are married, but this is clearly not how God intended it to be.
If you search the O.T. closely you will get some more confirmation in serveral verses that say people on the earth have been given God’s name like in a marriage. We can find some of these verses in 2 Chronicles 7:14, Isaiah 43:7, Jeremiah 7:10, 11, 14, 30, 25:29, 32:34, 34:15 and Daniel 9:18-19. If the family of God has been given His name, what is this name? That is a very tough question to try to answer in a concise manner, since God is revealed by many names in the Bible. I think I will not even try to answer that question today, because it will take too long to get you to see it. For now, just try to see the fact that God’s family is called by His name and this implies that a marriage has taken place. What I want you to do right now, is to dig a little deeper and see what else these verses in Ephesians are saying? Often to see the deep things of God, you need to look up the word definitions to see what they say in the original languages or learn what God’s definition of the words are in other parts of the Bible. I want you to focus in on the Greek word translated as “family” and see what is revealed in it:
As if feminine of a derivative of G3962; paternal descent, that is, (concretely) a group of families or a whole race (nation): – family, kindred, lineage.
Many times in the Greek language one word is derived from another word which is the case in this definition. Often times the gender of either a male or a female is also assigned within the definition and this is exactly the case for both the word GG3965 and G3962 that it is derived from. This Greek word has some awesome detailed information within it according to the Strong’s definition. The general definition is concerning children that have descended from their parents. But, also notice that the usage of the word is not limited to a single generation and that it can apply to all of the generational descendants. This Greek word is very much like a family tree diagram containing all of the family’s relatives in the lineage that originated from the specific set of parents. But, it actually goes way beyond that as you can see. This word G3965 can refer to the entire nation of people that have descended for example from a specific named man like a Jacob. This is another common pattern found throughout the Bible. You will see many men stated in Genesis that originated nations that were spread out over the globe. Almost any nation of people mentioned in the Bible can be traced back to the originator who was the father of them all. As you should know Jacob was the originator of the natural nation of Israel here on the earth. But, God changed his name from Jacob to Israel. Where did this name come from? Can this be the answer to my question earlier of what God’s name is that was given to his family on the earth? I believe that it is but I still can’t explain that fully right now. I will tell you that I am convinced that Israel is God’s name and we will learn more about why I believe that as we continue. I will tell you that the definition in Strong’s dictionary for the name “Israel” means “He will rule as God”. Now knowing the definition of the name “Israel” does that help you to determine who the name actually belongs to? Who will rule as God except for God?
Please notice that this Greek word translated as “family” is said to be a feminine derivative of the Greek word G3962. This Greek word G3962 is the counter masculine reference to the male parent, so the “family” word G2965 is referring to a female family member only. Is this not the pictured pattern of creation and Adam and Eve? Doesn’t the Bible say that Adam came first and then Eve was formed (1 Tim 2:13) and that she was taken from Adam? Uh oh? It seems that God does have women in His spiritual family after all and that these women can be found both in heaven and on the earth. I also believe that God is giving you a repeated clue to where women come from in both the natural as well as the spiritual realms. They are always taken from the male. I firmly believe that the origination of all these things is from God who is concretely called a male throughout the Bible. But we also understand from reading 1 Corinthians 11 that there is a circular pattern within God’s creation. From the man came the first woman, and after that every new man came through a woman. Wow this is really deep. Nothing self-exists or created itself, except for God the Father. So if God describes a spiritual woman she must have originated from God the Father. But, we also understand that a woman can conceive and produce others like her, either natural or spiritual. I hope you are beginning to see that repeated patterns is a dominate theme found within the Bible. God uses these types of patterns because they work first, but also because we can learn about one and can easily apply what we learned to the others. When Eve was taken from the side of Adam, I am convinced that this was a spiritual pattern that existed before in heaven and that it is a further prophetical pattern to what will occur again. I know all of these assertions are very complex statements and I do not have time to fully explain them all in the level of detail that I need to today. If you are struggling with any of my statements, please be patient and continue to learn as much as you can and hopefully I will cover everything that I need to share as I continue.
Here is where I will start to deviate a little bit from many natural dominated thinking people. I do not believe that a spiritual woman is exactly like what we think of when we think of natural women on the earth. However, I believe that they both certainly do possess very similar characteristics and features. Consider this Greek word G3965 again. It seems to at least imply the existence of a female which can be defined as an entire nation of people (including males and females). This will become increasingly more apparent as I continue today as I attempt to describe to you a spiritual woman in the family of God. I think now is the time to introduce you to the last woman in the family of God. I want to identify her by examining her title as she is called in Matthew 10:35 and Luke 12:53 to be the “daughter-in-law” and then I will search the Bible for God’s usage and definition of this word to find out how the subject is developed in the other key parts of the Bible. Let’s first examine the Greek definition of the word G3565, translated as “daughter-in-law” in Matthew 10:35 and Luke 12:53:
From a primary but obsolete verb νύπτωnuptō (to veil as a bride; compare the Latin “nupto”, to marry); a young married woman (as veiled), including a betrothed girl; by implication, a son’s wife: – bride, daughter in law.
Here is the Strong’s definition of the Greek word translated as “daughter-in-law” from Matthew 10:35 and Luke 12:53. This definition is also very revealing in what it contains. A daughter-in-law is clearly defined to be a “son’s wife”. Uh Oh, again? Fortunately for us we have a Son in the family of God that is qualified by title to be her husband. She is also synonymously called the “bride” in the sense of a marriage ceremony being performed to someone’s son. Of course Jesus is this Son, but does He also have a wife? I have heard many preachers say that the church is not the Bride of Christ, yet these men speak out and teach in error and prove their ignorance of God and the rest of the subjects under discussion in this lesson. If you have read my other Bible lessons you already know that a covenant is a marriage in the eyes of God (Malachi 2:14, Jeremiah 31:32). If you do not understand this you should go read the lesson series about “Understanding Bible Covenants”. So if Jesus is the Son of God in this family we should be able to recognize that the church is the woman that is now in covenant marriage to Him. Are you in the New Covenant with Jesus? If you answer that question yes, then you are the Bride of Christ. This direct knowledge would make the church the “daughter-in-law” in the family as well as the “daughter”. But, we will need to confirm this information using the Bible rather than to speculate or assume its existence. It is very interesting that this Greek word translated as “daughter-in-law” in Matthew 10:35 and Luke 12:53 is only used a total of 6 other times in the entire N.T. In the majority of every other reference in the Bible when it is used, it is always being associated to Jesus as the Groom with this word being His bride. Do you think that is a clue for us? Let’s go find out. The first time you can find this word (G3565) after Matthew and Luke, it is used in the book of John:
Joh 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
Here is some very strong evidence for the identities of these two family members in the family of 5 and they are indirectly called the “son” and the “daughter-in-law”. In this verse, John the Baptist is speaking about Jesus and he is describing Jesus to be the “Bridegroom” with the “bride”. The term “bride” here is the exact same Greek word used as “daughter-in-law” from our riddle. John could have actually said, “He that has the daughter-in-law is the bridegroom”. I do not know how it can be any clearer than that. Jesus actually calls Himself the “Bridegroom” in several places like Matthew 9:15, 25:5, Mark 2:19-20 and Luke 5:34-35. I believe this is God’s way of giving us very specific clues about a hidden family structure. God uses very specific words in limited capacity to show us related verses spread out in random patterns. God is definitely revealing the identities of two of the family members directly and others are implied by logical association. For example, you never have a bride without a mother of the bride also existing previously. You never have a son without a mother-in-law of the bride also existing. You will also never have a son without a father and that is everyone in the entire family that Jesus named. It is now time to show you the direct named identity of the bride (daughter-in-law) in the Bible. This is the woman that has married the son in the family of God. Here is another scripture that you need to look at very closely:
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Here in this verse we have a bride and her husband directly named. Knowing the definition of the Greek word G3565 (bride), we can easily substitute the word translated here as “bride” for the synonym “daughter-in-law” and make the verse say this legally:
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a daughter-in-law (bride) adorned for her husband.
Because God has used the exact same word from Matthew 10:35 and Luke 12:53, I believe that God is making a direct confirmation and a connection to who the identity of the bride is, in the family of 5. We can clearly see the connection based upon this titled commonality. Please recall that a commonality is a shared characteristic or feature of two separate entities. But, it also helps us in logical discussions to identify the same entity being spoken of in two different places in the Bible. If we can find enough shared attributes it makes it very easy to conclude that the one is the same as the other. When you are interpreting the Bible, these are the types of clues that you are looking for. You want to find shared connections that help you to establish the truth. God is a highly intelligent being and He never chooses His words randomly. Every word of God has a designed purpose and it is an intentional carrier of the knowledge, understanding and wisdom of God. However, God did not write the Bible in a simple text book style of writing with easily laid out facts and bullet lists of every displayed subject. God intentionally wrote the Bible more in a designed shotgun shell approach that spreads the information out in seemingly random patterns. God did this so that He could conceal the information until the time that it could be revealed.
Let me briefly tell you about two laws of Bible interpretation that will hopefully help you in understanding the Bible. There is the Law of First mention that is used by God to help define a subject under discussion. You can go back and find the first time the subject is mentioned and you should be able to learn something that will help you to understand the entire subject. I use this law frequently in my Bible interpretations and it has never failed me. Conversely by the law of opposition or opposites, if there exists a law of first mention, there must also exist a law of last mention. It is exactly like if you are told about north you must logically assume there exists a south. If the law of first mention introduces you to a subject, then by the law of last mention, the subject must be concluded in those verses. So when I looked up the Greek word translated as “daughter-in-law” I immediately found the last woman with this title in the book of Revelation. Reading in Revelation 21 and 22 she is called this title of “Bride” 3 times and this is conclusive proof that this is the last woman that will be in covenant with the living God. Ok, I just taught you a bunch of stuff in one paragraph that is very important. I pray that you did not let it blow right by you.
What I want you to see is that the bride or the daughter-in-law revealed in this verse in Revelation has a name and this is exactly what we are looking for to solve the riddle. We are intentionally trying to find the names of all of the women in the Family of God and here is the first name that is very important to learn about. I have taught on this subject multiple times in other lessons, so I will not repeat everything all over again, but I will try to hit the important points. The name of the woman is directly called “New Jerusalem”. That is a very revealing and important name. First off the word “new” is an adjective qualifier that separates this Jerusalem from every other Jerusalem. If I say “I have a new car” you immediately know that this car is not the same as my “old car”. I would have to omit the “new” adjective from the statement and say “I just fixed my car” or “look at my car” for you to understand that it could possibly be the same car that I already had. This is a fact that you need to understand completely. To qualify something means you have modified the meaning of the noun and limited the scope of it’s definition or you have restricted the definition by giving everyone a specific case exception. Do you understand this concept? If it was not important, I would not be asking you this question. If you do not understand this concept, please go and look up the word “qualify’ in an online dictionary and find the definition that I have given you and then look for examples of its usage and application. You can also explore the subject of adjectives and see how they are utilized within the English language. What I am trying to say is that the “New Jerusalem” is not the same Jerusalem found throughout the Bible. I do not know why this concept causes many Christians to get confused, but it does do that.
The word “Jerusalem” occurs well over 700 times in the Bible and that is a lot of verses to analyze all of them. It is widely taught by many Christians and theologians that every verse that names Jerusalem is God speaking about the same natural city found in the middle-east today. However, I have discovered a greater truth found in the Bible and we must consider this new information in order to interpret these other 700 verses correctly. The first time “Jerusalem” occurs directly it appears to be in the book of Joshua chapter 10. It would appear reading down the chapter that Jerusalem existed prior to the nation of Israel possessing it. Interesting isn’t it? It would also appear that this city was inhabited by “Jebusites” prior to Israel taking it. It further says in the Bible that before Jerusalem was called by this name it was originally called “Jebus”. The word translated as Jebus means “trodden”. I could very easily get off the main subject and probably write you a book about the subject of Jerusalem, but I will not do that today. What I want you to embrace is a fact that the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21:2 is NOT the same city as most other places that Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible. The natural city of Jerusalem in the Middle East today is not the city that is described to be coming down from heaven in this verse in Revelation 21:2. There are many reasons that I say that, but I do not have time to explain them all today.
Another aspect that is essential to grasp from Revelation 21:2, is the fact that God says a spiritual woman is a “city”. This concept is very close to the definition of the Greek word G3965 where we discovered a woman could be viewed as a nation of related people. God uses a city as a symbolic representation for a far greater spiritual truth. The book of Revelation is covered with symbolic language and this helps us to understand the unseen spiritual things that are written there. This is also God’s way of giving you a definition without saying this is a definition. Since the city is coming down from heaven we must logically conclude that she is a spiritual representation and not an actual physical city. If you examine the Bible very closely you will observe this is another repeatable pattern found in some very unusual places. A city in the Bible is often referred to as a female, a mother, a daughter, a sister or a bride. For example, a city is again called a woman in Revelation 17:18. However, this woman is named “Mystery Babylon the Great” and she is called the mother of whores. I could give you many more Bible examples of a city being described to be a woman, but I believe I have made my point.
This city in Revelation 21:2 is also called a “Holy” city and that again disqualifies all the other cities with the same name that do not possess the “holy” attribute. These are not hard concepts to grasp; but they are difficult for many religious people to accept because they have been taught wrong. It is many times very difficult to overcome the false doctrines of men because most of them were never taught to intentionally deceive people. Most preachers who teach in error do so out of ignorance and not for intentional evil deception. Many very good Christians have taught erroneous doctrines and totally believed they were true. I guess I need to get back to my main subject.
Let me briefly try to explain exclusion using qualifier words to separate things. If I have 5 cars parked in my driveway and I hand you some car keys and say go drive the “blue” car to the store and buy us some food. With this verbal statement, I have excluded every other car that is not blue. You immediately know that the keys that I just gave you do not fit or start the red car, or the green car, or the yellow car or even the white car. This is what God is doing with the adjectives of “New” and “Holy” and He is describing to you a “city” that never existed before and the keys that He has given to you only fits this “new holy” city. God has linked a “bride” and a “daughter-in-law” directly to a city named Jerusalem and God separates her using two evocative adjectives of holy and new. By the law of opposition or opposites, we understand that this means this bride is not the unholy Jerusalem and neither is she the old or the previous Jerusalem and that is some very powerful hidden information to who the other two women are in the family of God. But we will not get to them until later as we continue to learn. Remember the prophecy of Micah 7:6? It says the daughter will be opposed to her mother and the daughter-in-law will be opposed to her mother-in-law. These are exclusionary acts of God being stated. Since the New Jerusalem is both the daughter and the daughter-in-law we must logically associate that a division is occurring between that which was unholy and that which was old from this newly revealed bride. A separation is occurring of one woman from two other women. God is separating one new city from two other cities. God is separating one new covenant from two previous covenants. Wow, I’m not sure if I should have told you that yet. Hang in there and I’ll prove it all later. Let’s define the word Holy to see what God is saying to us.
From H6942; a sacred place or thing; rarely abstractly sanctity: – consecrated (thing), dedicated (thing), hallowed (thing), holiness, (X most) holy (X day, portion, thing), saint, sanctuary.
From ἅγοςhagos (an awful thing) compare G53, [H2282]; sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated): – (most) holy (one, thing), saint.
Here are definitions for both the Greek and the Hebrew words translated as “holy”. There are many words here that are relevant to see. To sanctify or to consecrate are both concepts that means to set apart. Again we have the concept of division occurring. It is funny how God repeats patterns in the Bible over and over. The word sanctify comes from another word that means “to make clean”. I cannot personally read any of these definitions and not think of myself and the rest of the church of Jesus Christ. In the Word of God it is the church that are called to be as saints, we have been sanctified and set apart, bought with a price and we were cleansed by the blood of the Lamb. The only “holiness” that humans possess is that which has been freely given to us by the grace of God. However, this free gift of righteousness qualifies us for being holy. I feel very confident that the Church is scripturally qualified to be this Holy City called the New Jerusalem, but we will get more confirming witnesses to help you see it.
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Why does God call the church a “Holy Nation of people”? These are all spiritual names, titles and descriptions of us His new Bride. This bride is however a spiritual woman in covenant with Jesus now. We therefore as a holy nation of people qualify to be the city that is named Holy Jerusalem. I sure hope you are getting what I am teaching today. If you do it is going to help you more than I can say. Once you understand what I am teaching you will know who you are in Christ and what your position of responsibility is in His family. You may continue to read down in Revelation 21 and see two more references to the Bride of Christ that I do not have time to go into today. They basically say the same things that we have already said, but they give us a second witness to the name of the new “daughter’-in-law”. In Revelation 21:9 we are specifically told the husband is the Lamb of God and this connects Jesus to be both the groom and the son in the family. As I continue through this series you will soon begin to see a pattern of cities, women, and covenants that are repeated. The transition will be from spiritual to natural and then back to spiritual and I wish you knew what I knew to understand that statement. Just keep it in mind as you continue to learn.
I want to make an interesting point here for the sake of argument. Is Jesus Christ married to a city of buildings and architectural structures or is He married to the people in the city. Does the city represent people or buildings? What is a city in your definition? Wow, these are tough ones! I have heard several preachers try to claim that the buildings in the city is what makes up the bride for Jesus and since the church is the Body of Christ, they try to tell us that this city is also our bride. But, does God care for building structures or for people structures? Did Jesus die for to save a city or for the people in the city? Perhaps you think that John 3:16 says “God so loved the city of Jerusalem that He gave His only begotten son…”. You should begin to see that Jesus is not in covenant with architectural building structures, He is in covenant with the people that make up this spiritual structure. But it is much more complex than that statement. The Bible tells us that God is building a new city, but it also says that we (the church) are that city:
1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Hopefully you can see what God is saying in this verse. God is not building a natural building, the city location in Revelation 21:2 was purely a symbolic reference for a greater spiritual truth. We are the living building blocks for God’s new dwelling place. The word translated as “house” is a Greek word G3624 that means “a family”. There are many implied meanings to these words. God is building a New Family structure to replace the old family structure. You could also say based upon what we have learned God is building a Holy family structure to replace the unholy family structure. God qualifies this family to be a Spiritual House and a new Family and that means it is not a natural one or even one that ever existed before. The spiritual dimension is an unseen realm of existence to us presently here in the natural realm. I also want to point out that this New Family being built is associated with Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom, the Lamb of God, the Son of God who is our covenant husband.
Let’s shift our focus on another reference of Christ and His Bride found in the Bible. If you read the fifth chapter of Ephesians very closely you will discover that God is speaking about a dominant subject of marriage in relationship to husbands and wives. Now remember that a wife is always a daughter-in-law so this chapter applies to our study. God talks about this natural subject and says many words of instruction for our benefit. However in this chapter God has intertwined a spiritual reality that also applies to us the church. God then ends the entire discussion with a bomb shell unveiling of a great mystery. Since we are studying about the bride, the daughter-in-law and the marriage to the son we must conclude that this chapter is specifically related to information that we need to understand about our subject. If you read down the entire chapter you will see many things being intermixed between natural things and spiritual things. The natural husband is instructed how to treat his natural wife and the natural wife is instructed how to treat he natural husband. But, during this discussion, God is also speaking about Jesus and the church using the exact same terms. Finally when you get down to verses 30 through 32 God reveals that this is a great mystery and that He is telling us that Jesus is married to His wife the church. If you do not understand this I have many other lessons that go into this in more detail. We have basically seen enough witnesses to confirm the identities of at least 3 of the main family members in the family of 5. So I’ll give you most of this information in a synopsis picture format so that you can see it more clearly or at least visually.
You may not still know who the mother is or who the mother-in-law is, but we will discover those two women in the next lesson hopefully. I know I did not give you every scripture that I could have in order to limit the size of the lesson. So if you would like to understand more of the details about the Bride of Christ being the church you can go read my lesson series called “Understanding the Bride of Christ”. Also read my series called “Understanding the Book Ruth”. You see in the book of Ruth, she is specifically called a “daughter-in-law” and since there are not that many women with this title given to us in the Bible, she must apply to the church as an Old Testament typology and her husband must also be a type of Jesus. Hopefully you know that her husband was Boaz and that he is called the Kinsman redeemer. All of this information fits with us the Gentile church (Ruth) and Jesus Christ (Boaz) our redeemer with amazing accuracy. I think I have gone long enough for today and we will continue in the next lesson to identify the other women called the “mother” and the “mother-in-law”. I hope and pray that you are learning with an open mind. I know it is totally new to you and I know it is complex beyond our imagination. I have been attempting to teach it in concise chunks that are manageable while attempting to simplify the subjects as much as I can. Hopefully after I finish the next two lessons in this series you will have sufficient knowledge and understanding to be able to share it with others. Thanks for taking the time to study the Bible with me and may the God of creation continue to bless you tremendously in your inner man to give you the spiritual eyes to perceive what He wants you to know. Until next time continue to fight the good fight of faith.
If you would like to continue reading in this series, you may go to “Part 7” now!
Understanding the Hidden Spiritual Family Structure of God’s Household! Major Concepts Review! Part 5
(Ver 1.3) This is now Part 5 in a series of extremely advanced spiritual Bible studies that reveal God’s wisdom as He uses several divine riddles, puzzles, allegories and symbolisms of enormous complexity to hide some truths in the Bible about the spiritual family of God. Since it has been a long time since I taught in this series, I plan on doing a review lesson of the important concepts given so far while I will also introduce some new perspectives on these topics to help us better understand them. If you think that you know everything that the Bible says because you have read it or even studied it for many years, you have probably fallen into a state of deception that has caused you to over estimate your knowledge of the hidden truth found in the Bible or under estimate God’s ability to hide information. This series of lessons should prove to you how little you actually know of God’s Word if nothing else. I have been studying the Bible for many years and one of the main things that God has revealed to me, is the fact that the more that I know the more I find out that I still need to learn. If you are not there yet, you have a long way to go and many things left to see. Perhaps you did not understand my last comment. I have spoken to many, many highly educated doctors in my life and I noticed one general trait that most all of them possessed. None of them thought they that knew everything. Whenever a doctor who has gone to school for many more years than most other professions, comes across a situation that goes beyond their current expertise, they most of the time pass you off to a specialist who knows more than they do in that area. This is a very humble approach to take for any human. Humans do not generally like to admit that they do not know everything. I wish more Christians would take this attitude. However, I have seen the opposite with many Christians, where those who know the least, think that they know the most and speak out the loudest about things they clearly do not understand. Why are people like that? I believe that it could be a pride issuewhere people lack humility to admit their own weaknesses. I wish I understood how to answer that. I think God looks at people with astonishment also when they think so highly of themselves. I remember when God was speaking to Job and He said to Job “Who is this that darkens counsel with words that have no knowledge (Job 38:2). I think Job forgot who he was speaking to. I also think that God was speaking a clear message to anyone today that thinks too highly of themselves and their opinions and since that was not my titled subject, I’ll move on. Sorry for the initial side trip.
The main goal of the next few lessons in this series will be to reveal the mystery of the hidden spiritual female family members of God’s household. I have already shown you that the male family members are God the Father and God the Son. But God has revealed to us in the Bible that He also has females in His heavenly family and this new information is potentially controversial because it is based upon new revelations that are not widely known nor taught anywhere and therefore they could easily be rejected by readers. People often times reject new things automatically because they cannot find any collaborating evidence other than the Bible for what is being taught. I have had people come to me asking me for my credentials, accreditation or for my mentoring or collaborating teachers that I learned what I was teaching from, but all I have to give them is the Spirit of God and the Words written in the Bible. This is the only evidence that should be necessary, but they are looking for a human expert in the world to confirm the message and this is a very dangerous approach to take when studying the Bible. Satan will send you an expert someday to fulfill your itching ears and you will fall for his deception, if you do not know what the Bible actually says.
However, this is the normal beginning for any new revelation from God; you will always be presented the opportunity to either see it or it will cause you to withdraw from it simply because it does not fit with your current church denomination’s doctrine or what your pastor teaches to you to be the truth. Too many Christians trust the words of man, instead of trusting the Word of God. What you must realize is that this is not something new for today. This was a major challenge that the early church was faced with continually. God brought out new revelation after new revelation and there were no seminaries or Bible experts present to confirm the message spoken by Paul. Paul would come and teach a completely new radical revelation to the church and they would have to first be open to hear the new information and then they were required to go and prove it using only the Old Testament books of the law and the prophets (Acts 17:11). If you think this was easy for them to do, you would be wrong. I’m convinced that Paul had as many problems as I have had and probably many more. If you think this part of the lesson does not apply to you today, you would again be wrong. I state all of this at the beginning as a warning in order to help set the expectation level in your mind for learning something new. God clearly tells us the thing that has been is the thing that shall be again (Ecc 1:9). So I believe that we are in a cycle of that which has happened to the early church is that which is happening again to us before Jesus returns. God clearly prophesies to us about the former and later rains in Joel 2:23 and Zec. 10:1. But, few Christians understand what spiritual rain is. God speaks of natural rain symbolically to help teach us about spiritual things that are poured out and fall from heaven. I take this type of rain to be revelation, knowledge and understanding from the Spirit of God and His word. What else can it be? God is not going to give us any new books to the Bible? So He must be going to tell us about the books that we already have that were written for our benefit and this information will help us to understand them.
In this series of lessons I will be teaching things from the Bible that are radically new and different, but that does not mean they are not what God has said, so open up your spiritual eyes and ears and perceive with your heart the things that God is about to say today. I think I said this before, but I’ll repeat it for emphasis; this is one of the most important revelations of the Word of God that God has given to me up until this point in time. If you study it closely you should begin to understand why I say that. I believe the knowledge found in this series will open up the Bible to you like never before as it has for me. Because of this revelation I am able to teach almost any other subject in the Bible with a greater understanding. It should cause you to understand several new things in the Bible also, like the identities of the women in the book of Revelation. There are two or three women in the book of Revelation that are not named directly nor identified spiritually or scripturally unless you understand who the women are in the family of God. This new knowledge should also help you to know your God like never before to see why He is doing certain things that you never understood before. If you have not read this series from the beginning, I would strongly recommend that you go back and start reading with Part 1. Let’s start by reviewing the family diagram that I gave you in the last lesson and then we will look at the original prophecy of the family found in Micah 7:6.
Mic 7:6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
Only this diagram will fit to solve the riddle given to us in Micah 7:6, Luke 12:53 and Matthew 10:35 where God tells us about the specific individuals in His spiritual family. You may not understand the diagram yet, but we can only learn new things in progressive steps. Of course we are challenged to find out who or what God is speaking of in Micah 7:6, because God clearly does not reveal it to us directly. This is the nature and just some of the methods that God uses for “Hiding the Truth in Plain Sight”. If you want to learn more about this subject you can go read that series of lessons where I discuss it in more depth. God does not always tell you everything in any one verse and since Micah 7:6 is presented to us in a riddle format it makes it almost impossible for a natural thinking man to figure out what is being revealed. What I have discovered in my Bible studies is that God spreads out information in seemingly random patterns; much like a farmer sowing seeds by hand. You scatter the seeds and you do not know exactly where any one of them will fall. However, God knew exactly where every seed would fall and He has designed the Bible in a fashion that is very intelligent. I have discovered that God will present to us clues in multiple books of the Bible and we are required to find them and to put them together correctly in order to understand the picture. This of course is impossible without God’s help.
God tells us that these are all family members from exactly one house and that they are related to each other using the 6 standard, but uniquely individual family relationship titles given to us in Micah 7:6. You will have to read the clues found in Luke 12:52 to find out how many family members these 6 titles actually represent. We are told by Jesus that there are exactly 5 different family members within God’s spiritual family instead of the 6 that we thought originally. Again, this information just makes the riddle more complex to narrow the scope of possible solutions to help us solve it. Let’s review the list of family titles given to us:
- Father against his son
- Mother against her daughter
- Mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
There are exactly two males given to us in the list, so we must conclude that the other four female titles represent only 3 women, in order to resolve the clue that said there were only a total of 5 members. Each family member is uniquely identifiable to show us their individual separation while concurrently demonstrating their distinctive common oneness at each specific level of their family relationships. I’m not sure if you understood that last statement or not. Let me try to briefly explain what I meant. First let’s examine their individual titles that separate them; there were three sets of pairs given to us; a father and his son, a mother and her daughter and finally a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law. Only the women’s titles are potentially overlapping where one woman can possess simultaneous titles. The father can never be his son and vice versa. A mother can never be her daughter and vice versa. Using this same logic we can determine that the mother-in-law can never be her daughter-in-law and vice versa. But, a mother can become a mother-in-law or a daughter could become a daughter-in-law simply by the association of a marriage.
Let me speak to another obvious but often missed part of logical problem solving. If one object is stated to be against or in opposition to another object, they cannot be the same object. Do you understand that statement? For example, God says the son will against the father and therefore we understand the son is not the father. This logic is repeated for each opposing pair. The daughter is against her mother so the daughter is not the mother. The daughter-in-law is against her mother-in-law so the daughter-in-law is not the mother-in-law. This was just basic common sense using logical observation of the stated words given to us by God. Using these types of logic I simply concluded that the daughter and the daughter-in-law were the only two that could be same woman. They are never mentioned to be opposed to each other and since they both contain a form of the “daughter” title they can be more easily associated to be the same woman. You see what I mean? Of course the mother and the mother-in-law both have the same name mother in common and they were both someone’s daughters so many will try to ask can they not be the same woman? That is a good question, why don’t you see if you can draw me a family diagram that has one father and one mother where the mother is both the mother and the mother-in-law and then all of the other titles are also present and the total number of people in the family is five. If you can do that I would love to see it. You see the only diagram that I came up like that was one like I gave you in an earlier lesson that duplicated Adam and Eve’s family with their son Seth and his wife. They would have all of the titles give to us but only be four in one family and the daughter and the daughter-in-law would be in opposition to each other twice in duplication. That just doesn’t make any sense to me.
Solving the riddle diagram was a major part of discovery process from the previous lessons. You see I tried to show you in the last lesson that a “daughter-in-law” title dictates a wedding has occurred. It further stipulates by definition that someone’s son has married the bride and that the bride has now become the son’s parents’ new daughter-in-law. In this spiritual family of God, who is the Son of God? We of course know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and therefore He is the only one qualified to marry the woman called the new daughter-in-law. If this is true, which it must logically be, only the daughter is qualified to become the daughter-in-law also called the son’s wife from the family of 5 titles that were given to us. You see you never as a son would marry your mother or your mother-in-law so I ruled those two women out immediately. This forces us to conclude that the unmarried daughter is also the daughter-in-law and this knowledge resolves the difference between the six titles and only 5 family members that the riddle presented to us. Wow, I hope and pray that you understood all of my logical reasoning in solving this riddle up until this point, because it only gets more complicated from here forward.
Before I get to the new subject of commonalities, let’s get into a new perspective found within a family called structure. Let’s stop and get some definitions for the word “structure”:
- mode of building, construction, or organization; arrangement of parts, elements, or constituents: a pyramidal structure.
- something built or constructed, as a building, bridge, or dam.
- complex system considered from the point of view of the whole rather than of any single part: the structure of modern science
All of these definitions are applicable to the family of God. God’s family is a designed construction effort. God’s family has organization and different parts that are specifically arranged to benefit the whole. God’s family as we have seen is a very complex system and God presents it in a riddle that no man was able to figure out until now. Within every normal and healthy family on the earth there is an organized structure of responsibility and authority. A father is called the head of the house and he holds ultimate responsibility for the entire family. The mother of the family comes next in authority and she helps raise the children with her husband. The children in the family are always the lowest on the authority food chain, yet they are very important because of the love that their parents have for them. From the Bible we also understand that children have ranking authority and responsibility. The first born child is always the oldest and will ultimately take the lead within the family after the father is gone. The next born is then the next in line if something should happen to the older sibling and etc. down the line of children to the youngest. Since I am teaching about the structure of God’s spiritual family, keep this authority structure information in mind as we continue. Practically everything that you read in the Bible about families will apply to God and His family in some way.
Within the family structure of the 5 individuals in the one family, we will discover the presence of several hierarchical sub-divisions that are present to establish order and organized structure. If you know anything about an orchestra, you have a conductor who is the head or the leader of everyone. You can also have different sections like a percussion section which contains a multiple tiered responsibility organization within itself. You can have a brass section also with another multi-tiered responsibility sub-division. There are other sub-divisions like wood-winds and strings. Every sub-group is an organized hierarchically structured group designed to give order for the good of the whole. All of these sub-groups are designed to work together for the good or the purpose of the whole with the conductor having ultimate responsibility to lead the way for the others. In a perfect spiritual world this would be how God’s family would have operated also. However, that is where God’s problem and solution begins to unfold and take place. Since God’s enemies are an integrated part of his organized orchestra, God has a major problem with some instruments being out of step with the ultimate plan of God who is the supreme conductor. If God’s organization was an orchestra, He could have fired Satan and his angels and replaced them with newly created ones and this would have been an acceptable solution. However, since we are speaking of a spiritual family structure we must realize that this complicates things very significantly.
Everything that I have said so far is a general review with some new enhanced details being presented to you to help you understand the concepts found within a family structure. These concepts here that I have given to you are actually very important to know. God is a highly structured and organized spiritual being. God does not create chaos. Everything that God has created had a designed purpose until individuals like Satan decided to create a new separate orchestra from God’s. Hopefully you understand the concept of design and purpose. For example, when you examine the human DNA, you cannot conclude this was accidental or came into being by chance. I learned as a computer programmer that every complex system that exists in the world dictates a designer who created it. The human DNA is so complex that it forces us to believe in a creator. Yet men still ignore it and think wrong. You see God has given us many clues within the things that He has created and His written word and we must learn from each.
So I have briefly covered family structure, organization, responsibility and individuality, but now I want to shift your focus to concentrate more on their commonalities. So let’s examine the subject of commonalities within the family members given. Since the daughter and the daughter-in-law are both the same woman we have one individual being called by two distinct titles or names. Every daughter is not a daughter-in-law, but every daughter-in-law is a daughter. These are interesting concepts that we will see in other parts of the Bible and this lesson. If you have ever studied the Bible you can easily understand that Satan is called by many different names, titles, descriptions and symbols. This is the concept of one individual being called by many identifiers and now I want to reverse that concept and teach you about one named individual consisting of many separately named personalities, entities or beings. It is a very similar concept of that given to us by the reality of the Trinity of God. There is one God who is referred or identified by 3 personalities, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Still one God, but viewed by a multi-tiered methodology. This concept is very prevalent in the world and in the Bible. Let’s examine the definition of “commonality”. According to the internet this word means “A shared feature or attribute between two or more individuals”. This is an interesting concept but it also goes beyond that definition. For example, a commonality can also be binding or non-binding. In other words a friendship between two people is a non-binding relationship, but a marriage between a husband and a wife is a type of binding relationship. Surely you understand what I am attempting to describe to you. It goes again to the old saying that you can choose your friends but you cannot choose your relatives. All of your relatives share a binding commonality that none of them can get out of. As long as you and your siblings are alive you will have that brother or sister in your family. Just because you move to another family or marry a husband or a wife to start a new family, you will still possess the designated titles of brothers and sisters with your old family members. This is a simple truth, but one that you need to apply to what is being described to you today about the spiritual family of God. Are you getting it?
Therefore, being in the family of God is the first unique qualifier of unified binding commonality. Every family member has the one family of God in common with the one spiritual head of the house, God the Father. Therefore, no family members came into the family from another family by marriage or from an external source of existence for instance. This is actually an important revelation to consider. When you think about God’s creation and the created spiritual beings like angels and humans, God is saying they were all an internal part of His personal family. They did not self-originate nor did they come into existence without the Father’s direct contribution to procreate. When God tells us in Micah 7:6 that a man’s enemies are those of His own house, He is revealing to us why He is doing what He is doing with having a son named Jesus. It also explains why it is so complicated for us to understand. If Satan was not in the family of God, God could have cast him into hell the moment any sin was found in Him. But, since Satan is a foundational and integral part of the organized family structure of God’s internal spiritual household, God cannot throw Satan into hell without moving Himself there at the same time. You will better understand that statement as I continue to describe to you who the women are in the family of God, so hang in there and let’s continue on.
The concept of multiple individuals being one is a foundational Bible truth scattered throughout the Bible and the world in various examples. Since God is describing 5 members in one family this is my next point to show you the patterned effect of this reality in our world. The United States is described to be One Nation under God and this reality involves millions of individual people who were either born there, moved there or lives there. Within the nation of the United States there exists a tiered structure of authority. We have a complex organized federal government followed by a system of State governments and finally the lower level county or city government structures. A baseball or a soccer team is one group that is comprised of several layers of individual players and coaches but they are often referred to in the term of being a single named entity, like the Chicago Cubs or the Portland Timbers. Each baseball team is organized with a head coach or team manager and then sub-divided levels of coaching responsibilities, like batting, fielding and pitching. Even the players can be organized into different leadership responsibilities like being given a team captain’s level of authority. The United States and a sports team are both representative entities of a highly organized group with structured levels of authority and responsibility. Does this occur in the Bible?
Think with me about the nation of Israel. They were described in the Bible to be one nation of people in covenant with God, but they were also sub-divided into 12 different tribes that came from the 12 sons of Jacob and this resulted in many, many individual people that were again one organized highly structured nation. This nation had a king who ruled like David. This nation had priests that ministered to God within the temple and these priests all came from the sons of Aaron which are a further sub-division within the structured nation. There was a chief priest and even a second priest mentioned in the Bible. So within the sub-division of priests there were was a ranking hierarchy. What I am attempting to do is to show you organized patterns that resemble God’s family structure. We can clearly see concepts where we must conclude that many individuals can be viewed as one named organized entity and that these people can be further divided or sub-divided and organized into many tiered levels of responsibility and authority. Being born in the nation of Israel was a binding commonality that you could not get out of. Once you were born a Jew you were always a Jew. This was either a good or a bad thing depending upon your point of view and your knowledge of the Bible, but I cannot go there today. Let’s review some other family commonalities that exist within the family of 5.
I guess I have taught this next concept in other Bible lessons, but for the sake of new readers I will repeat it for a clearer understanding of the subject of binding commonality. When God created the first man, in Genesis 1, He said that He made them male and female and that He called their name “Adam”. You can read that in the original Hebrew if you study it closely or you can also go and read it in Genesis 5:2. So God is basically revealing that two can be named as one. Then God shows us a more detailed creation account of the man and woman in Genesis 2. In this chapter the woman is taken from the side of the man and God presents the woman to the man where God continues to reveal the law of marriage to us in Genesis 2:24:
Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
This verse represents God’s established law of marriage. This was not a new concept for God as we will soon learn, but this concept of marriage existed a long time before God created Adam. Within the text God says the two individuals are separate while simultaneously being joined to become one. Therefore we have the concurrent occurrence of unique separation while being joined and named as one united entity. This is exactly the concept that I have been attempting to teach you today about a binding commonality. However, this law introduces to us a completely new aspect to consider. According to God’s law, the man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his new wife and the two of them will become one new family. This is a new concept that has never happened before! Uh oh? This is also a major religious problem for how many people in the church think today. God gives us this law for the first time in reference to the creation of man and his wife. But, God never says that all of this is a new principle. We can understand that Adam is forced to separate from his mother and father and is required by law to be joined to his wife to create a new separate family. But, who were Adam’s mother and father? You see this is another one of those hidden riddle types of mysteries found in the Bible where God tells you something without telling you everything. What we see is the establishment of a new earthly family structure being organized apart from the existing family of God in heaven. God as the creator has to be the Father of Adam by definition (Heb 12:9). We can also understand this fact by the way that God breathed into the created man Adam, His own Spirit (Gen 2:7) after God had formed his body from the dust of the ground. The body of Adam had no life until God had breathed into him. We can also understand from this reality that this is a natural patterned foreshadowing of that which will reoccur in the spiritual realm when Jesus Christ came to the earth as the Son of God and the Last Adam (1 Cor 15:45). I’m sorry this is so complicated, but I did not write it. This is the Wisdom of the Most High God and it is so advanced while being concurrently simple that it makes me stand in amazement at the awesome plan of God.
From this information, we know that a husband and his wife are always two individuals that God says have been joined to become one. Therefore, we know from the given titles found in Micah 7:6 that a “daughter-in-law” title informs us of the existence of a marriage as well as a unified husband and wife relationship with binding commonality. I showed you in a previous lesson that the unmarried daughter must logically marry the unmarried son and they therefore are the only two that can legitimately become a new one by marriage. But, we also understand that the Father, the mother as well as the mother-in-law in this diagram are already all married and they are also “one” with each other. The titles, father, mother and mother-in-law all imply that they have been married. So that is 3 different layers of binding commonality that I just mentioned. First, the parents and the children are all one family. The first level of binding commonality is the Father’s family unit. The parents (father, mother and mother-in-law) are another unit of binding commonality by the law of marriage and finally the unmarried children become a new husband and wife unified family unit when they get married. We can see that there is one Father with two wives. We can know from the concepts given to us by the law of marriage that these three are one unit bound by the law. We can further know that the son and the daughter when they get married, they will become a new one family by the same law of marriage where God informs us that they must leave their current family in order to create this new family. This helps us to understand why Jesus revealed in Luke 12:52 that the 5 in one house will be divided 3 against 2 and 2 against 3. All of this helps us to understand the explanation to the riddle being presented. God is stating in a coded message that He has implemented a complex plan to cause a legal separation to occur while simultaneously a new union of binding everlasting commonality. I call this dividing and uniting at the same time. This is how God eliminates himself and us from evil while eternally joining Himself to those who are good. I know this is strange and I know this is not normal, but it is in the Bible, so God has a purpose in doing it this way and it is certainly possible even in the natural realm so you cannot disqualify it because it is different. While it is highly unique you must at least admit it is not inconceivable. Hopefully as we continue through the lesson series you will better understand why this is happening. I think I have gone way too long for this lesson. I have been reviewing some previous information today while teaching you some new very important information and we will use all of this knowledge to understand the identities of the women in the Family of God. I will hopefully get to this subject in the next lesson, God willing. Until next time God bless you!
If you would like to continue learning in this series you may go to “Part 6” now!
Understanding the Hidden Spiritual Family of God! Part 4
(Ver 1.6) This is now my second attempt to write and publish this article. I had written and finished this article a long time ago, but I was waiting to publish it when my computer hard drive crashed last week and I lost many of my unpublished works that I had been writing. Therefore, I am now in a recreate or recovery mode attempting to get back what I lost. It is never a good thing when you lose computer files. But, it is not an insurmountable obstacle, since I know it was God who gave me the information in the first place and I know He still knows what it all says. Therefore, I’ll just trust Him to give it to me again, and I will retype it for you with a smile and I’ll be happy in my work for God. Today’s lesson may not be the exact words that I typed before, but it will be close enough for you to see what He wanted to say. One of the greatest frustrations with working with computers is when they do not work correctly or when they fail. Since we live in a world that is deteriorating rapidly around us we just all need to become smarter in how we back up our work. I learned this the hard way and I was reminded that just because a computer is not very old it does not mean that it cannot still fail and your work is lost. Therefore, I have implemented a data backup plan that hopefully will fix this problem going forward. But, enough about me and let’s move on to the Word of God which is why I’m here. I have been doing a series of lessons on the “Hidden Spiritual Structure of God’s Family”. This is now Part 4 in this series of extremely advanced Bible lessons and I know today’s lesson will contain more information that you have never heard of before. If you have not read this series from the beginning, you really have no idea what I am talking about. Therefore, I would strongly recommend that you go back and start your reading with “Part 1” to make sure you do not miss out on any important information that I have already covered. I simply cannot guarantee that I will repeat everything that you need to know in every lesson.
In the first two lessons I taught about the direct family members in God’s spiritual family based upon patterns found in God’s created family of man. I firmly believe that Adam was a pattern of Jesus who was to come and I also believe Adam’s family was a pattern of God’s family that already existed in heaven. Since Adam had a natural wife that came out of his side, I believe that Jesus has a spiritual wife that came out of His side. When the Roman soldier pierced the side of Jesus on the cross and blood and water flowed out, I believe this is a repeated pattern of what occurred when God took Eve from the side of Adam. Certainly you can see the comparison that I am making and then you can choose to accept it or reject it. But, hopefully you will see the significance of these two events given to us in the Bible as being something greater than just a coincidence. I have also previously discussed that the theological doctrine of the Trinity of God directly identifies two males in the Family of God and these are God the Father and God the Son. This foundational Bible doctrine of the Trinity of God further implies the existence of at least two females indirectly by logical association. One female is the wife of the Father who is also the mother of the Son and the other female is the future wife of the Son of God. You could go on and logically determine that the wife of the Son must also have a mother. So we have at the minimum three unnamed and unidentified females that we will still need to try to ascertain. People need to realize that when God created the natural world that the Bible says that He made these natural things to reflect and to reveal to us the things of the unseen spiritual world which I believe included His family. We know this fact based upon Romans 1:20 and if you need to review this verse and see what God tells us, please do that. So if God made them male and female in the beginning of human history, this must have been a reality that existed in the spiritual world by simple logical deduction. We know that God is always called a male in the Bible so we are at the crossroads where we need to determine the existence of a spiritual female. If she exists what is she, who is she and where did she come from? The only way I can teach you this is to go into a lot of Bible verses that I do not have time to do today. I will not be able to prove the spiritual existence of females to you in today’s lesson, but I will address this in a future lesson. I know I sometimes say things that are hard to accept, but since you do not know everything that I know, you will either have to keep reading by faith or just stop here, go away and remain in your ignorance.
In the last lesson on this subject I revealed to you God’s hidden family prophesied to us from the Old Testament book of Micah. Jesus took a seemingly isolated insignificant scripture from a very minor prophetic book of the Bible and revealed to us that this is one of the main reasons that He came to the earth in the flesh. This statement was so profound that you do not even have a clue how important it is right now. From this lesson I showed you scriptures in Matthew and Luke where Jesus reestablished the importance of this information without ever explaining it or telling you what He was talking about. This is exactly why this information has never been revealed until now. I believe that if God had not revealed it, it would still be unknown. I hope that does not sound like I am trying to tell you that I’m anything important because He revealed it to me, because that is not what I am saying at all. I am just a messenger who God chose and I did not ask for this revelation specifically, since I would have not known what to even ask for in the first place. When I study the Bible, there are many times I do not know what I am studying until God shows it to me. So it is always God’s glory for showing it to us, and never our ability that discovered it. I learned this a long time ago and I believe that is why He gave it to me.
I think we should review the known facts for the spiritual family of God to make sure we understand what we know and what we do not know. Let’s start by reviewing the family member titles given to us by God to see who they are called again and their relationships to each other. If you would like to go back and reread these scriptures, you can go to Micah 7:6 to see the original prophecy or you can go to Matthew 10:34-36 or Luke 12:52-53 and see Jesus’ exact words on the subject. Here are the family titles that were given to us:
- Son (the Man in Matthew)
We had 6 directly named family titles and these occur in almost any family on the earth. However, Jesus reveals some other information that makes this family unlike almost any other family on the earth that I know of. Reading from Luke 12:52-53 and Matthew 10:34-36 we came up with a short list of known facts and I will review this list for you so that you can refresh your mind on the complexity of this riddle:
- God is describing One Family.
- There are only 5 members in this 1 family.
- There are only 2 direct males mentioned by title (the son and the father).
- There are up to 4 direct females mentioned (daughter, mother, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law).
- This family will be divided 3 against 2 or 2 against 3.
- The Father will be divided against his son.
- The mother against her daughter.
- The mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law.
- A marriage is implied by the titles of “daughter-in-law” and “mother-in-law”.
- A man’s enemies are those of his own family.
These facts make this family so different, that it can only fit God’s family by design. Hopefully you will better understand that statement as we continue. I posted this puzzle on the internet over a month ago and still no one was able to come forward to solve it. I suggested that you go through and read my other postings so that you could find some more clues, because I have all of the necessary information given and even a diagram of this family on my website and no one still could come up with the solution. I can only assume that no one really extended any effort to solve the puzzle, so I am in a personal struggle to determine if I should do all of your Bible study for you and give you the answer or to just leave you hanging in the dark. There are many times when I put lessons on the internet that I have to ask myself, am I casting my pearls before the swine that Jesus told us not to do (Mat 7:6)? If a person does not see the same value of the Word of God that I do is that casting my pearl of great value to be trampled on? To give away the Word of God for free is a perplexing contradiction. Jesus seems to imply that some will value His Words and others will just trample upon them. What I am teaching you today has opened up the Bible for me more than any other revelation of the Word of God that I have ever heard or learned about from anyone. Therefore, I clearly understand the value of this knowledge, whether you do or not. You need to decide what is valuable to you, if the word of God is not valuable, please stop reading my lessons and go away. I know I said that already, but I am being very serious and I will probably say it again before I’m done today. If you are an individual who sees value in what I am teaching you, then please be brave enough to tell me so that I do not decide to stop teaching because of everyone’s silence.
Since no one has solved God’s riddle, I will teach you how to solve it using Bible examples. Today I want to start by exploring the first created family members and see what God describes to us about them in the Bible to help us to understand God’s spiritual family. We will look at some of the children of Adam (but not all of them) to shorten this Bible example being described to us. We know from the Bible that from the one created man Adam came every other human on the planet. We know this based upon 1 Corinthians 15:22 since Adam’s sin was passed to every human. Likewise we know that from the one woman Eve came every other human on the planet. Eve is called the “mother” of all living in Genesis 3:20. We do not technically know how many children Adam and Eve had in their 900+ years of life on the earth. But, I personally believe that Adam and Eve had many children and I base this on a verse in Genesis where God says:
Gen 5:4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
If Adam lived over 900 years on the earth, he had to have had a lot of children. The number of children could possibly be in the range of several hundred children. Everyone likes to ask the question “where did Cain get his wife” and God tells you indirectly right here in this verse in Genesis that Cain and Seth married their sisters. Since that was all of the women that existed on the earth in those days this was a permissible occurrence. Later I will show you that this was a common thing in the early days of human civilization, where men would marry their sisters. But, for now take note that God says Adam had many daughters and we will leave it at that. I will now give you a limited family tree diagram of Seth one son of Adam. We know from Genesis 5:7 and Luke 3:38 that the son Seth has another son named “Enosh”. Therefore we must conclude that Seth married one of his sisters to have this son in the family lineage of Jesus. Now look at this family diagram and see what it reveals to us:
I am only focused in on the one son of Adam named Seth and his wife and both of these children had to come from Adam and Eve. So we have one mother, one daughter, one father and one son. That makes 4 in one family doesn’t it? If the son Seth marries a daughter of Eve (his sister), then we have the new addition of the mother-in-law title to the mother simply by the definition of marriage even though she is still the new wife’s mother simultaneously. Just take note that one single woman can carry multiple family titles by definition and circumstances. For example, any daughter can become a wife, a daughter-in-law, a mother and a mother-in-law and she can possess all of these family titles simultaneously. In my picture of Adam’s family the daughter of Eve would also become Eve’s daughter-in-law when she married Seth her brother. Again we see that one woman can possess two family titles and this is a major clue to resolving the puzzling fact that God’s riddle had 6 named titles but then He said there were only 5 actual individuals. Therefore it is essential to conclude that one woman in the family of 5 must have two of the titles given to us in order to resolve the difference correctly. Do you understand this logic? Since the females are the only in-law references given to us in Micah, Matthew and Luke I have ignored the male role titles. Hopefully you can see in Adam’s family diagram that we have all six titles that were given to us in the prophecy, but yet we only have four family members and this does not match the 5 in one family that God has revealed to us in Luke 12:52-53. So we have a family tree that is close, but it is not accurate enough to solve the mystery. So we still have a monumentally perplexing puzzle to solve. Do you understand what I have said so far? I pray that you do. So let’s shift gears to a different family tree diagram of a modern day family and see how that compares to the information given to us by Jesus. This week in the news Prince William of England married a commoner name Kate and this next family diagram could very well apply to this marriage.
The son in this diagram would be Prince William, the daughter would be the woman Kate and then the parents of each would also apply. As you can easily tell, using this diagram it has added too many family members to satisfy the riddle requirements. It further complicates the matter by introducing an additional second family and that does not fit with the given description that Jesus gave to us either. Now instead of the 4 family members of Adam and Eve’s family we now have 6 members like in my family tree. This diagram has two fathers, one son, two mothers and one daughter. We also have a daughter-in-law, a mother-in-law in this diagram and all of this information is only partially accurate to the complex riddle information. What we have done is gone from one too few family members, to one too many family members. We have also increased the number of families from one to two, so we have actually moved further away from solving the riddle with this diagram. However, look again at the diagram, study it and see why we have too many family members and then try to determine which one family member we can remove to make a single family of five with the same necessary six resulting family titles? To me it is very logical to see that there are “too many” fathers in this diagram. Clearly from reading the original prophecy we know that there is only one father mentioned and one son so we must take away one father and this will resolve every problem to solve this puzzle. Since we are talking about God’s spiritual family and there is only one God the Father in the trinity, this tells me that there are not two Fathers in God’s family tree diagram. These are just some of the factors that make a riddle a riddle. If you could solve the riddle without giving it any serious thought then it would not be a riddle. Looking again at this diagram of the 2 two families with 6 total family members, how do we remove one father and still leave two mothers that results in one family? Wow, I think I just gave you a very major clue. If you only have one father, he is always the head of one household and everyone that comes from him is still in the same family regardless of who the mother of the child is or how many wives he has. You can see this logic found in the O.T. Bible in many places. David had more than one wife, Solomon had way too many wives, and even Jacob had 4 wives that birthed the 12 tribes of Israel. So we have just made some huge strides to solving the puzzle. Are you getting it? According to the Bible, a man is the head of a family and no matter how many wives he has had, they are still all in one family. Please do not think that I teaching polygamy. Wow, this is really getting tough isn’t it? God as you will soon learn chooses to do something that was permissible in the Old Covenant but that is not permissible in the New Covenant in order to accomplish the ultimate hidden plan of God. You see before the human race existed, I believe that God had a monogamous relationship. We will learn in these lessons that God had more than one wife for an interim period of time. Remember what a covenant is? A covenant is a marriage to God according to the Bible. How many covenants are there mentioned in the Bible? You probably do not know that answer to that question and I do not have the time to tell you about them today. However, we will find out some more information about this very soon as we continue.
I believe that after the plan of God is complete that He will end up with another monogamous relationship in the end with only one covenant being in effect. I believe that this covenant is the one that was implemented by His Son Jesus and I pray that you can see it. However, in the in between time in order to implement this New Covenant plan, God chose to do something that He would not have normally chosen to do. We know that God is opposed to polygamy by the nature of creation. Jesus taught us that in the beginning did you not read that he made them male and female (Mat 19:4)? In other words God said that He did not make them male and females (multiple wives) or male and male or female and female. Do you see how smart God is, with His riddle and His words?
I guess it is time to reveal the family of God to you. There is only one family diagram that I could come up with that solved this riddle exactly and amazingly enough God uses this pattern as His family diagram. This diagram will probably shock most of you. You see when you look at this diagram it strongly resembles a known Satanic symbol that causes you to retract from believing it. I purposely believe that Satan stole God’s family symbol and tried to pervert it intentionally to discredit it so that no one would accept it as being something from God. By Satan taking a Bible pattern and making it his own, it will cause you to more easily reject the truth and this is a common way that he uses to deceive people. Take a look very closely at this diagramed family tree and then I will discuss the facts of how only this diagram will solve the riddle completely.
Here we have a family of five and it is totally different than any family that I know of on the earth today. However, that does not mean it is not possible. I believe my Bible says with God all things are possible (Mat 19:26). What I want you to do today is to change your perspective and to think about this diagram from a spiritual point of view. Try to see it from God’s point of view. Who are the two males in this family? We know from the Bible that God is a Spirit (John 4:24). We also know that God is called our Father many times in the Bible as well as the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 1:7, Rom 15:6, 1 Cor 8:6, 2 Cor 1:2). We further know from scripture that God existed in the spiritual realm eternally before there was a natural realm ever created. Now think, where was the Son of God conceived and born? Clearly Jesus Christ was born a natural man in the physically created world. So we can clearly understand that we have a natural Son that came from the spiritual realm of heaven to be born in the physical world as a man. Therefore, we have two direct realms of reality being described to us in one diagram. In other words this diagram originates in the spiritual realm, but it then crosses over into the natural realm simultaneously. This is why we have two women who are married to God the Father, one is a natural woman and the other is a spiritual woman and if you have ever read my other Bible lessons you already know their names. If you do not understand that a covenant is a marriage, then you should go and read my lesson on “Understanding Bible Covenants”. God the Father was in covenant with two women in the Bible and I will explain this more clearly in the next Bible lesson. So before I continue, I want to confirm this family diagram using an Old Testament family that God gives us as a natural type of His family. God repeats patterns in the Bible to reveal hidden information to us. However finding these patterns can be very difficult unless the Spirit of God points them out. This hidden pattern is found in the family tree of Abraham and this should not surprise you at all since Abraham is a central figure of the Bible. However the reality of connecting this family pattern to the matching God family pattern will take many by surprise since it was a well concealed secret.
You will look at my diagram and probably scratch your head and wonder how I got this information. I will have to tell you that it was not me that got it at all; it was the Spirit of God revealing it to me that caused me to see it. You see I was listening to the Bible on CD one day over 10 years ago and while I was listening to the book of Genesis chapter 20 all of sudden God said, “Did you hear that?” I had to stop and back it up and then listen to it again and then God said that was an example of the five in one family. Sometimes I think I shock people when I say that God speaks to me, but yet if you think that God doesn’t speak to you it is because you are not listening and for no other reason. After I read the verse in the Bible, I saw it immediately and here is the exact verse that God spoke to me about, see if you can see it also:
Gen 20:12 And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
Did you see it? Did you notice that Abraham married his sister? I told you that this was a common early Old Testament occurrence in the recorded events of human history and this verse proves it. You see Abraham was born nearly 2000 years after Adam and this proves to us that men still married their sisters even then. However, it changes things slightly when you see that his wife was only his half-sister. Sarai had the same father as Abram but not the same mother. Guess how many family member that comes up to be? If you guessed that there were exactly 5 in one family you would be exactly right. If you also saw that they were 2 males and 3 females you would also be exactly right. If you go on and think with me logically you will see that every family member title fits exactly the titles given to us in Micah 7:6. It is only because Abraham’s father Tera had two wives that make it possible for there to be 5 in one family. We have a precise match to the spiritual family of God using an Old Testament type and shadow that has been written about for thousands of years before Jesus came to the earth to tell us about it. I believe that when you understand that God knew the end from the beginning that it made it easy for God to hide important information in the book of Genesis that we would need to know about before Jesus came back to the earth almost 4000 years later. It is an awesome example of the extreme intelligence of God at work. If you do not yet understand the complexity of God and the Bible after studying this Bible series, you might just be reading the wrong Bible teacher.
DIVISION IN ABRAHAM’S FAMILY
In conclusion today I want to show you how this family tree diagram causes you to understand the plan of God in action from beginning to the end. Hopefully you will recall that Jesus taught us that there would be five in one family divided 3 against 2 and 2 against 3 (Luke 12:52). This stated division of 3 against 2 is actually found to be present in the Old Testament shadow of Abraham’s family tree given to us by God in Genesis 20. The exact same pattern of mentioned division occurs in the family of Abraham that was stated in the prophecy of Micah 7:6. You’ll see what I mean as we continue to explore this subject in grater detail. Why are these specific numbers important for God to mention? Why is it exactly 3 members divided against exactly 2 other family members? What exactly is a division? A division by definition is the separation of one person, place or thing from another person place or thing. A division is a departure from something, or even an isolation from a given object/noun. Why would it be necessary for God to divide His existing spiritual family? God actually answers this last question in the Micah 7:6 prophecy and you should review this fact so that you can understand what the plan of God is doing using this simple concept of division. Remember the prophecy said “a man’s enemies are those of his own household”. If God’s own spiritual enemies were close family members who could God be talking about? From the diagram we can see that the enemies of God could possibly be found to be present as one of His wives or one of His children or all of the above. That makes things much more complex for God to resolve in this riddle. It goes back again to the old adage that you can choose your friends but you cannot choose your relatives. It means if God’s enemies were a part of His internal spiritual family, how does He choose to get His enemies out of His house legally, morally and justly? You really need to give that question some very serious thought before attempting to answer it. I believe that the answer to that question boils down to, that God chose to start a brand new family apart from his current existing family and that is the only solution that is legal while being morally sound preserving the Holy character and nature of a loving God. God is so much smarter than you or I, and He always does things in a legal justified way that does not reflect upon Him negatively. Division can be a positive or a negative depending on the reason for the division being implemented. A negative division would occur if you committed a crime and were convicted of that crime and sent to prison, you have now been divided from society by your personal bad choices. A positive division occurs when you can see how our roads have been built; we have divided highways where one side cannot invade the space of the other side’s traffic to cause accidents or deaths. These are two different types of divisions. They both are in effect implemented to prevent something negative from happening.
But, what is a division in the terms of a family unit? There are actually several different types of legal family divisions that can occur and I will discuss some of these briefly to help you understand how which legal pattern of division fits for the prophecy in Micah 7:6. One possible family division occurs when a significant loved one dies. Whenever a family member dies, that family member is no longer a part of the family living in the same house. Thus natural death is a division between family members. Of course they do not cease to exist; they just do not exist in the natural realm, but death is still a clear dividing line. We learn this concept from the book of Ruth when Ruth says to Naomi “I will be with you until death separates me from thee” (Ruth 1:17). You need to understand that this is one of the main reasons why Jesus was born a natural man on the earth, so that He could die a natural death. The Spirit of God could not die in heaven so He became a man. Once you understand that death is a separating force for covenants, you begin to understand why one of the reasons that Jesus had to experience physical death. Consider death as a potential dividing force in this family of 5. Which two would need to die or which three would need die in order to leave the others alive and divide them 3 against 2 or 2 against 3? Well that could apply but this is not what is mentioned as the dividing line in the typology of Abraham. Therefore, I will think that this type of division does not apply to Micah 7:6.
Another possible family division would be a type of divorce where one parent separates from another and one gets custody of the children and the other one does not. In this case we could observe one mother taking custody of her child and departing the family and that would match 2 being divided against 3. That is actually an interesting concept that we will see in other coming Bible patterns but that is not what is happening in the story of Abraham. There is no divorce mentioned in the lesson from Genesis concerning Abraham, his mother or his father or Sarah and her mother and father. Therefore we have again a close possible solution but no direct match from scripture typology.
These two types of family divisions are close but not a sufficient match for what is being communicated in this riddle from Micah 7:6. You see based upon the fact that the daughter is called a daughter-in-law we have an established marriage of the son to the daughter. We therefore, should know from scriptures that a marriage is also a type of family division even if you have never thought of it this way. Marriage is a clear separating force in the eyes of God and that is exactly how He views it and planned it to occur. Perhaps I will do a future series on the subject of division to explain these concepts more in-depth to you, but for now let’s move on. If you look at the diagram that I have given you of the family of 5, this family is a perfect representation for this reality of 3 divided against 2. Let me try to explain that statement by going back to Genesis again and showing you what God says to us about the covenant of marriage. God tells us something in Genesis 2:24 that is very relevant to this situation and here is where I am going to connect some more dots for you to see something radically new and different from the Bible:
Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
You can clearly see that when a son takes a wife, there is a definite family division that is stated. To “leave” one’s old family is a dividing line occurrence that begins a new family. God says the son will leave his father and his mother and he will now be joined in covenant with his wife. Anytime a son leaves his mother and father to become married, a family division has occurred. This is a separation of being in the father’s family that results in the establishment of a new son’s family. So when Jesus, the Son of God comes to the earth to establish a new covenant in His blood, He has just left His Father’s house in heaven and has separated Himself from ALL of His Father’s covenants by definition revealed to us by God’s created patterns and His very specific Words of Law. Both the son and the daughter bride must leave their respective parents to become joined in covenant to form a new family household that is both independent and completely separate from the existing Father’s family household. The father is not the one that is marrying the bride, the son is the groom to the bride so the father has no covenant relationship with this new woman. If you do not understand how this works, I’m sorry for you, I do not know how to explain it more clearly. You see I learned this concept because I lived it. When I married my wife, I moved out of my parents house and got my own house. My wife and I created a brand new family unit that never existed before and this family was now separate from both of our parents. There is one fact that is still relevant for my new family house and this is my house had the same name as my father’s house. Since I took my father’s name I was a builder of the family name keeping it going to the next generation and that is very important to apply to what Jesus is doing also. When my wife and I moved out, our parents were no longer responsible for us to provide for us or to give us anything. This is simply how life works, we still recognized where we came from, but we now we do not live with that old family since we have a new one with our own children. Someday our children will grow up and get married and they will then become a new separate family and the endless cycle will continue until God’s timetable ends it.
So we have the son and his wife who are now two and using the diagram of the family of 5 they must leave their 3 parents that have been excluded from their new household. We have two children who have become One New Family and we have an old One Family that was five members that now have become three by themselves. I’m really not sure if you understood the simple math behind what I just said, but it was very deep and I know it went over many people’s head. My Blog is called “Advanced Bible Studies” and this is why. It is written for spiritually mature Christians who want to think. I want you to see from my 5 in one family diagram that there are two children that leave 3 parents to be married and this is a division of 3 against 2. This was the plan of God in a new revealed reality. God has dissolved two covenants for the creation of one new covenant that is far better. You probably still have a lot of questions and you are probably still lost to who these three women are, but I will explain them more in the next lesson and it will become much clearer. If you are impatient and want to see who they are faster, just go and read my other Bible lessons and it will become much clearer more quickly.
I hope that you do not write me off as being crazy, because you do not understand all of these new Bible concepts yet. Just realize that you still do not know everything that I know and it is just impossible for me to teach you everything that I know in one Bible lesson or even one series of lessons. Anyway until next time, I will pray “may the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of Him who created us be there to open the eyes of your understanding to enlighten you with all of His truth”. If you like what you are reading I would encourage you to tell me and then go tell a friend about what you are learning that is so different. Thanks and God Bless!
If you would like to continue reading in this series you may proceed to “Part 5“.
Solving the Riddle of the Family Members in the Unseen Spiritual Family of God! A Godly Riddle that Will Challenge You! Part 3
(Ver 1.5) Today is Part 3 of a series of lessons on Understanding the Structure of the Hidden Spiritual Family of God. Today I will continue the subject, but speak more directly to show you verses that describe some very specific family members in a complex spiritual riddle form. I will be discussing a revelation that God taught me over 10 years ago. This is an extremely advanced Bible topic and it is certainly one that you know very little about, simply because it has never been taught before. Perhaps you did not even know that God had a spiritual family and if you did not know this you should go back and start reading the first two lessons that I taught on this subject called “Understanding God’s Spiritual Family Structure”. I have also updated the first two lessons so even if you did read them before they contain new information that you should familiarize yourself with intimately before continuing. I get more people searching on my site for information about God’s spiritual family structure and design than any other search topic. I believe that people are hungry to learn about the hidden spiritual things of God and the only way to learn about this is to read God’s Word with an open mind and have a heart that craves to know the truth. I also find that because people search for this topic so much that it is a confirmation from God that people desire to learn about Him and that is why I teach a lot of things on this subject. In the previous lessons I taught that a natural family found on the earth consists of a husband and a wife with children and I revealed that this was a natural pattern from God’s creation that exposes God’s spiritual family. We also know from other Bible lessons that I have done (Understanding the Trinity of God) that the one true God is a Triune Spiritual Being called God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. If you do not believe in the Trinity of God then you have already been deceived by the spirit of Anti-Christ who also does not want to believe that God had a Son:
1Jn 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
This is a controversial verse that is hotly debated by many deceived Christians. Satan would like to delete this verse from the Bible and has tried to remove it from several manuscripts. Therefore, it has been easily dismissible by people who are easily swayed. However, I believe this verse because this information is confirmed in many other places in the Bible so it is not a solitary reference. When the Antichrist shows up here on the earth Satan will use him to deny the existence of the Trinity and he will certainly say that God had no Son to everyone that he can persuade and he will claim to be God personally. Have you ever considered why it is so important to Satan that the Son of God did not come to the earth and does not exist in the Bible? Religions like Judaism and Islam teach that God had no Son. You can clearly see a pattern being formed that it is important for Satan to get people to believe that the Son of God is an imaginary figure like Apollo. Jesus confronted the Jewish leaders on this very subject in the book of Luke. Perhaps you remember this question that Jesus asked them? He asked them “Whose son is the Christ/Messiah?” Jesus said this because they believed that the Messiah was the prophesied son of David. Then Jesus asked them “How be it then that David wrote about Messiah in the Psalm and called him Lord”? That was my paraphrase of Luke 20:42. Wow, that was a loaded question for these men to answer? After this experience with Jesus many of them never asked him anymore questions. Jesus really has great questions if you listen to them.
As you continue to read these lessons you should begin to understand why this is so vital to Satan that God did not send His Son into the world. You see, God accomplished several things by having a Son and one of them was the establishment of a new Spiritual Family through a Son who had never been in covenant with anyone else before. There are also many spiritual truths that we can learn from the existence of the Trinity concerning God’s family structure. For example, from the list of trinity members we have two direct male family members named and two implied indirect female family members not named. Of course there is God the Father who is called the procreator of a child who is called the Son of God and then there is also God the Son who is the originator of the New Covenant. It also means that since there is a Father and a Son, there has to be wife and a mother to the Son. This is based upon very self-evident patterns found within creation. A male and a female are always required to create a new life of the same kind. If this is true in the natural realm, it has to be true about the spiritual realm and this will become clearer as we continue through these lessons. We understand that Mary the Virgin is the physical mother of Jesus. But, who is the spiritual mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Uh oh? Who is the wife of God? Finally in the first two lessons I taught you scripturally that a Son by the Hebrew definition of the word is called the “Builder of the Family Name”. You always have a Son to keep your family name from disappearing off of the face of the planet. This is also God’s design and plan for His spiritual family. You might recall that I said Jesus Christ was a Son over His own house (family) (Heb 3:6). I also showed you where Jesus said “His Father’s house was where He came from” and this implies the Son’s house is a new separate dwelling place. These statements imply a new house that has never existed before with a new wife. Uh Oh again? Who is this implied new spiritual wife? If Jesus has married a new spiritual wife; who are the spiritual parents of this new wife? Who are all of these implied spiritual family members? There are two or three implied spiritual women in the family of God by observing just the names of the Trinity of God titles. I am about to explore this extremely new and potentially controversial subject in an attempt to solve these mysteries. If you have already closed your mind to these spiritual things that I have stated in the introduction, then you will be wasting your time to continue reading the rest of these lessons.
God has written the Bible in a way that has vast amounts of hidden spiritual information and I call this “Hiding the Truth in Plain Sight”. God has written plain text words and stories about real people, places and things that all have significance and meanings on the surface, but these same words also carry some hidden spiritual information that is greater than what we thought. If you have never read that series I would strongly suggest that you go and do so to learn some of the techniques that God uses to hide information in the Bible and this will help you to understand the complexity of what I am about to teach you today. So evaluate your spiritual maturity and make the determination if you are ready to learn some new things from the Spirit of God.
What is a family (spiritual or natural)? What makes up a normal family unit or a household? We know from the Bible that God created the first natural family on the earth in Genesis chapters 1 through 4. I personally believe that this naturally created family in Genesis was a patterned model of the design of God’s existing spiritual family in heaven and also the future configuration for His new spiritual family that was to come through His Son Jesus Christ who is called the bridegroom of the church. If you have not understood how the Church is the Bride, then you should go read my series called “The Bride of Christ Revealed”.
DISCOVERING THE RIDDLE OF GOD’S FAMILY
What I am going to do today is to show you some seldom taught scriptures in the Bible that reveal the family of God in a spiritually encoded hidden riddle format. These scriptures that I am about to give you represent a monumental spiritual riddle and a perplexing puzzle that is very complex. So if you are a puzzle solver you might enjoy this Bible lesson today. What is a riddle? According to the dictionary a riddle is a question or a statement that requires thought to answer or understand. This is exactly the nature of God and His Word if you did not know it. You can clearly see when you read the Bible that God has hidden spiritual information in the Bible, or at least I can. But there is good news about this hidden information in the book of Matthew, Jesus made this promise to us:
Mat 10:26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
Jesus claims that everything that was hidden in the Word of God will be made known and I personally believe that this will be accomplished before He returns. This belief contradicts with the popular doctrine of preeminence. Preeminence is a belief that there is nothing left to be fulfilled prophetically in order for the Lord Jesus to return. I strongly disagree with that belief. I can see statements like this in the Bible that indicate there are many things left to be fulfilled. Some try to explain this away by stating we will know the whole truth when we all get to heaven, but that does me no good in the here and now. I am a firm believer that God will reveal the truth of His word to us all before Jesus returns and if that is true we still have a lot to learn. You may disagree with that statement, but hopefully as you continue to read you will begin to see things differently. Today’s lesson is the continuation of God revealing His hidden spiritual family. Here are the foundational scriptures to today’s spiritual riddle:
Mat 10:34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Mat 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
Jesus in the course of teaching His disciples about many spiritual subjects pulls out a hidden obscure prophecy verse from the writings of a very minor prophet of God in the Old Testament and He makes a statement that is totally off the charts of our current levels of spiritual understanding. You should be able to see that in this revelation Jesus is describing to us that this is one of the main reasons that God has come to the earth in the flesh. This verse is clearly not understood, because God has never revealed it to anyone before now. I looked it up in every commentary that I could find and on the internet and no one had a clue what any of it meant. Even Matthew Henry who always had something to say about every verse had some very weak comments on these verses that were clearly based upon his ignorance of the subjects being discussed. So I started studying it in more depth and God begin to unfold it to me so that I could understand it and I was truly amazed at the hidden meanings. I will therefore, attempt to teach this new information to you so that you can also see that Jesus is revealing the spiritual members in the family of God.
The first point that I need to make is to teach you a very interesting technique of how God sometimes conceals the truth in plain sight. Here in these verses of Matthew 10:35-36, God is describing to us a seemingly random anonymous man and his family. Nowhere in any of these verses or the context of these verses does God directly reveal to you who this family is or who each family member represents or even if they are actually fictional or real unnamed individuals. Even if you go back and read the original prophecy you will not find a clue to who God is speaking about. That makes it almost impossible for you to think that God is speaking about Himself or His family. However, I will tell you that this is a repeated pattern that Jesus used in the Gospels when speaking about many of the secret things of God. Jesus would speak to us in parables using symbolism about the Kingdom of Heaven and say “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed a grain of mustard seed in a field” (Mat 13:31). Who is this random anonymous unnamed man who sowed this seed in his field and how does this information relate to God’s Kingdom? This man is certainly a hidden symbol of God. Then in Matthew 22:2 Jesus says “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king which made a marriage for his son”. Who is this unnamed certain King and who is the son to be married in this parable? We clearly have two unnamed males, an anonymous king and his son being described as the rulers of a kingdom. You see these are examples of God’s family in hidden symbolic anonymous terms. Here in this verse we are given God the Father to be the certain King and you should be able to see Jesus Christ as His Son. We also should be able to conclude that there are at least two implied women who are also not named. These two women are an implied mother of the son and an unnamed wife of the son. We could also logically conclude that the son’s wife has a mother also that is not named directly and now we are arriving at a closer match to the family being described in Matthew 10:35. I will tell you very clearly up front that God is talking about His family here in Matthew 10:35 and He is describing every spiritual member of His spiritual family household using symbolic natural family titles with amazing relationship accuracy and clarity. Jesus who was God in the flesh is describing a major reason for Him being born here on the earth, so I have concluded that this family being described must be His family diagram given to us in complex riddle form. Hopefully as we go through this study you will better understand this family at the end of the study, than you do right now at the beginning of the lesson. So hang in there and keep reading.
God reveals so many things in these verses found in Matthew 10:34-36 that it is really awesome and almost overwhelming. For example, my next point that I want to make is from Mathew 10:36 where God says “a man’s enemies are those of his own personal household or family”. Did you know that God has enemies? There are actually many confused Christians who do not know this. You can read about this enemy of God in several places, but I would suggest you go read about him in another parable that Jesus taught us in Matthew 13:39. Knowing that God has an enemy we should be able to understand that God is describing His spiritual enemy as being an internal family member of His household. Do you get the significance of that statement? God is basically making a play on the old saying that declares “You can choose your friends, but you can never choose your relatives”. You probably do not understand this fully yet, but you will. God is revealing to us that His enemy Satan is a member of His inner spiritual family. This is one of the first revelations that you need to understand about who Satan was and is. Satan was a key spiritual member of the family of God before the creation of man. Satan pre-existed man and was called “Lucifer” the son of the Morning in Isaiah 14:12. Son of the Morning is another symbolic reference containing much hidden spiritual informatoin. The Hebrew word translated as “morning” means “early light”. Since God is called Light in 1 John 1:5, you should be able to easily conclude that morning is just a reference to God a long time ago in the past. Therefore, Lucifer is being called a son of God. Not the Son of God, just a little son. Technically Satan is actually more than that as you will learn later. Did you know all of these facts already?
These lessons are really going to get very, very deep in this study, so please pay very close attention to every point being made. I already revealed to you that God was speaking about His own family in these verses. In other words Jesus is not speaking about an unknown random male’s family; He is talking about His personal family in an indirect writing or speaking style. These verses in Matthew 10:34-36 are not allegorical, they are not an analogy, they are not symbolic and they are not a parable; they should be taken very literally in all of their interpretation. You see Jesus never said the Kingdom of Heaven is like a family with family members like these, God is instead saying this is my family. The only real tricky part of the verses is that God is referring to Himself in human terms as being a father who is the head of a family. However this father is definitely not an earthly father, He is the head of the spiritual Household of God in heaven. This is at the least one of the key factors of how God has concealed this information in these verses in Matthew from our view or spiritual understanding for thousands of years. We have looked at them and thought only of natural things and we missed the fact that God is speaking of real spiritual things in these verses. In order to see what Jesus is speaking of you must shift your focus from God speaking about a human man, to God is speaking of Himself in the terms of being a human man with a family. Over 200 times in the N.T. God is called by the title “Father”. Therefore,the father in this family is definitely the Father God and the other titles are the members within the Spiritual Family of God! Over 200 times in the N.T. Jesus Christ is called by the title “Son”. God is using familiar human created descriptive terms to reveal Himself and His family so that we can understand it. Most of us understand the concepts of fathers and mothers, children and families, don’t we? I mean think about this, God created this institution called family for a specific reason. These family units are not here by chance or accident; they all have a designed purpose in the plan of God. That is also why Satan is trying his best to redefine a family in the “modern” world as being between two men or two women. You should really pay attention to what Satan does and then figure out why he is doing it and this will help you tremendously to understand the Bible. Let’s go back and review verse 35 again:
Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
What you should see in verse 35 is the fact that this verse contains a list of very typical family members found almost anywhere in the world. So there is nothing unique or special about the list on the surface and this is also why many people assume it to be any regular natural family. However on closer inspection and analysis of this family, this list is more unique than it appears on the surface and it subtly describes to us a set of family members that actually does not fit very many families found here on the earth anywhere. This is the beginning of the puzzle. After I studied this list, I could not think of any families on the earth that this information fits exactly. Can you think of any? You see you can go to almost anybody’s family reunion and find people with these titles present. First, there is a very common relationship of a man and his father and every son on the earth has a father. Next there is another common relationship of a daughter and her mother mentioned and every daughter on the earth has a mother. Finally it starts to get more complex and it says there is a daughter-in-law and her mother-in-law and you can find these relationships in most every common family on the earth. What we have is a list of six potential named individuals that need a resolution or identities assigned to them. An identity is always a name and that is what we are ultimately after. We are looking for the names of the family members in God’s family. Here is the list of the 6 titles from Matthew 10:35:
If you analyze this list it is very tricky how God uses His words. Always pay very close attention to every word spoken by God and look up the definitions and this will help you to understand what is being said. For example the son is called a man, but then his father is not called a man. You see the Bible says very clearly that God is not a man (Num 23:19), so we know that God the Father is a Spirit. However the Bible repeatedly calls God by the male “Father” title (James 3:9, 1 Peter 1:2-3, 2 Peter 1:17, 1 Jn 3:1, 2 Jn 1:3, 2 Jn 1:9 to name a few) and this implies a male. The complexity of God comes in when He becomes a man in His son and the Son of God is Jesus. Jesus is called both the “Son of Man” and the “Son of God” repeatedly in the Bible, and they are easy to find so I will not give you a list of them here. Looking at Matthew 10:35 again, since there are only two males mentioned, this information can still fit the patterns that we found in the Trinity, where there was God the Father and His Son, but we still have all of these unknown women being described to us? I think that I told you already that this verse in Matthew 10:35 is a direct quotation of a verse from a minor prophet, but I do not think I told you that it was the prophet Micah. I think this would be a good time to go back to the book of Micah and see what God says there. If you go to chapter 7 of Micah and verse 6 you will see what Jesus was quoting from and you can read the original information that was given to the prophet:
Mic 7:6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
So basically we have the exact same information from Matthew using a few different descriptive terms and titles. The man in Matthew, in this verse is clearly called a son here in Micah. The father is still the father and the others are also still called by the same titles. So we now have two major witnesses to this fact given to us in the Bible. One witness is Jesus speaking in the book of Matthew and the other is a prophet of God named Micah. If you read the context verses of Micah 7:6 you will probably be like me and scratch your head and wonder how Jesus pulled this verse out to teach us about the family of God, but He obviously knew more than we did. Here is the list of family individuals using the titles given to us in Micah 7:6:
- Son (the stated Man in Matthew)
We have now looked at two witnesses of the same information given to us about a certain family.
Let me teach you a sound technique that I use in many of my Bible studies. When searching for subjects in the Old Testament Hebrew Bible how can we know when God is speaking of the same exact subject in the New Testament Greek language and vice versa? Since the New Testament was written in a completely different language than the Old Testament that presents a challenge of great significance for us to have to deal with. Here in this Bible study is where we can learn how to overcome this challenge. Fortunately for us Jesus was quoting an Old Testament Hebrew text. So all we need to do is to take what Jesus said in the Greek language and match it with what the prophet said in the Hebrew language and that gives us a list of the words in each language that are a perfect match. Let’s do that with the family members for a later lesson where this information will be used:
|Father = H1||Father = G3962|
|Son = H1121||Son = G???? Man=G444|
|Mother = H517||Mother = G3384|
|Daughter = H1323||Daughter = G2364|
|Mother-in-law = H2545||Mother-in-law = G3994|
|Daughter-in-law = H3618||Daughter-in-law = G3565|
This list contains the Strong’s number of the Hebrew words found in Micah 7:6 that match the Greek words in Matthew. As you can see there is only one language match that cannot be completed because Jesus chose a different Greek word in Matthew 10:35 used to describe this family son as a man. However, I will resolve that very soon. What we have just learned is how words from two different languages can be legally connected together as one subject. Now from this information I will be able to search the Old Testament and the New Testament for subject references that might help us expand our understanding on what God is describing. Remember these words because I will use them again.
We are technically no closer to finding a solution to the puzzle and in fact we are probably further away from it at this point. We have just learned both the Greek and Hebrew words that apply to the family member titles and that will help us later. However, there is a third witness to this information mentioned in the book of Luke, so let’s go and read these verses and see what changes:
Luk 12:53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
I should emphasize that these words found spoken in Luke are also in red ink in my Bible, so they are the words coming directly from the mouth of God. To me that makes them significantly more valuable for us to learn everything that we can about them. Whenever God speaks something directly I believe that it has a higher degree of importance. Do not misunderstand what I am saying, every Word in the Bible is important, but I place a higher priority on the direct Words of Jesus and that is just me and how I do it. I believe that God’s words always have power, significance, purpose and meaning and they clearly give us direction, correction, knowledge, understanding and wisdom. These words about a family must have some very significant meanings behind them to be included these 3 times in 3 different books of the Bible. Do you understand this? If you read verse 53 in Luke 12 you should be able to see that God gives us the same basic information found in both Matthew and Micah but with some subtle changes being made. God uses a little bit different terminology, but the overall concept is still the same between the 6 given family titles. We will notice that here in Luke Jesus chose the word “son” and this word is a precise match for the Micah son reference. Therefore the Greek word G5207 will correspond to the Hebrew word H1121. In every verse Micah, Matthew and Luke that we have reviewed the 6 titles are always paired together in the exact same order of mention. But, in Luke each title is stated and then repeated in reverse order and I believe that this is a tricky way of bringing in more information. We have the father divided against his son, the mother against her daughter and a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law. While there is really nothing greatly apparent being changed in this verse there is some very important additional commentary information given by Jesus found in the verse prior to this one. Jesus in verse 52 gives us some very important new information which changes almost everything about how we think of this family and this is really the beginning of the riddle. Let’s read verse 52 and see what Jesus revealed to us:
Luk 12:52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
Anytime God qualifies a noun description it narrows the scope of the possible interpretations. It also makes it very specific to only one family that fits the exact picture being described. We see for the very first time that God is directly speaking of a single family unit and not just any random family. God also reveals the exact number of family members in this house and it is exactly 5. Where did Jesus get this information? It was not in Micah 7:6 at all on the surface. What we are observing is the extreme intelligence of God at work. We can clearly see that Jesus in this verse is stating that there will only be 5 and not 6 members of one family household that will be divided against each other. They will be divided 3 against 2 or 2 against 3. To me this information is very revealing, but I know what it means and you don’t. Obviously we can see using simple math 2 + 3 = 5 or 3 + 2 = 5 and we know that 5 family members is definitely not equal to 6 titles. So we have a major problem and a conflict that needs immediate resolution. We have a list of 6 titles and Jesus told us there are only 5 members in this family. That is an enormous problem and a gigantic puzzle, a complex spiritual riddle or you could call it a huge Godly mystery being presented. Let’s look at the list of the titles given to us again knowing this new information.
- Son (man)
I hope that you are beginning to see and understand the complexity of the riddle or puzzle being presented to us from God. What I want you to do now, is to use some basic computer type logic to help you to decipher this multipart puzzle. Let’s review the list of basic facts that have been given to us:
- God is describing One Family.
- There are 6 family titles described (Father, Son, Mother, Daughter, Daughter-in-law, Mother-in-law).
- There are only 5 total members in this 1 family.
- There are 2 direct males mentioned (son, father).
- There are up to 4 direct females mentioned (daughter, mother, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law).
- This family will be divided 3 against 2 or 2 against 3.
- The Father will be divided against his son.
- The mother against her daughter.
- The mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law.
If you do not understand that this informaton represents a very complex riddle, then you are probably reading the wrong Bible Study web-site. So let me expand this basic factual information based upon the implications given but never directly named or described. Any time that you have a reference to a woman with the title of “daughter-in-law”, you must have the existence of a wedding and a marriage to a male husband. Out of the list of 6 possible named titles who can be married to who? A son does not marry his mother so that is out. A son does not marry his mother-in-law, so that is also ruled out. A son would never marry his daughter, so that is also out. A Son would also never marry his daughter-in-law and that is also out. All of these statements would also hold true for the Father. The father would never marry his mother, his mother-in-law, his daughter or his daughter-in-law so these are clearly ruled out relationships. Now a father can marry the mother of his son and that is very normal. A father can also marry the mother of his daughter and that is very normal. But, the only way for his wife to become a mother-in-law is for their child to get married and this is again more complexity since we have only 5 possible candidates and only two males in the family. Wow, this is tough, isn’t it? Logically speaking we must conclude that it is the son who marries the woman who is called the daughter-in-law and this is the only possible correct fit for the limited relationships and titles given to us by God. You will learn why this is so important as we continue to study.
I think I will end this Bible lesson here for today and leave you hanging. You may still be debating in your mind that this is describing the spiritual family of God, but that is OK for now, it will come to clearer light as we continue. Hopefully you can see that regardless of whose family is being described, it is a very significant riddle being presented to you. What kind of family has 5 different family members and six different titles and fit exactly the pattern that your were given? Therefore, see if you can use your brain and your logical reasoning power to come up with the answer to this riddle, if you can do this, you will impress me to no end. Picture the facts that have been given to you and it might help you to draw the possible family tree diagrams that might fit the facts that were given to us. I wish I could say this was easy to come up with and to solve but, it is not and this is a brain teasing challenge for you to work on this week. If you can solve this puzzle before I post the solution you will certainly be led by the Spirit of God and I will be very impressed at your ability to see spiritual things as well as your puzzle solving capabilities. I will also tell you that if you have read all of my other posts on this site, you have all of the information that you need to solve this perplexing puzzle. Until next time, God Bless You!
If you want to start reading the solution to this riddle, you may continue with “Part 4“.
The Spiritual Family Structure of God’s Family. Part 2
(Ver 2.8) The spiritual family structure of God is one of those Bible basics that every Christian should be intimately familiar. God is said to be a triune being. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Yet these three personalities of God are reflected in One True God. In my first blog on this subject I talked about Jesus starting a new family of God. I talked about Jesus being born into the world, a product of unique circumstances. Because, God was His Father and Mary was His mother, Jesus was both God and man totally and completely. That means Jesus Christ was 100% God and 100% Man. Jesus Christ was the only one that was both the Son of God and the Son of Adam. This made Him uniquely qualified to fix problems in both dimensions of the spiritual and natural realms simultaneously. Maybe you did not realize that there were things to fix in the spiritual realm, but you really need to stop and go back to read “Part 1” of this series first. Today I will continue to talk about the spiritual family structure of God’s family and I want to start with some things that Jesus said to us:
Joh 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
These are the Words of God coming out of the mouth of Jesus Christ. These words declare that Jesus and God are one in the same. Jesus very clearly tells us if we believe in God, we better believe in Jesus. Because, Jesus was God in the flesh, walking among us like He was one of us. This is the amazing truth of God’s word. It is also the only way to be saved, whether you like it or not.
Joh 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Jesus continues His discourse revealing great spiritual information to us. Jesus announces that where He came from was His “Father’s House”. A house is always a family structure with relatives and family members living within it. Now, think with me and see who is speaking, it is Jesus the Son of God on the earth. When you are a son on the earth do you live with your father forever? That is an interesting question. Here in the natural realm a man will marry a wife and usually establishes a new independent family and they normally do not live with their parents. What I am getting at, is that Jesus is inferring His Father’s house is not His house. The Bible contains some very complex truths in it and this is certainly one of them. It is definitely hard to understand since the Son of God on the earth is God. But, God’s intelligence is so far above our mind’s thought process that He can do some simple things in ways that are difficult for us to understand. What I want you to begin to understand is that Jesus does not call it His house and that is very important to see. You see Jesus is choosing His words very carefully and using extreme wisdom to reveal something that is far greater for us to know. What we need to do today is to start thinking differently about the family of God. Jesus tells us that He came from His Father’s house from heaven and we now need to figure out what this is or I should say was.
You see, in John 1:18 the Bible says no man has ever seen God. We also know that when Adam was created and his wife was brought to him by God, that God established a new family on the earth which was detached from God’s spiritual family in heaven. You see this truth when you study what God says in Genesis 2:24 “for this cause shall a man (Adam) leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife”. From this statement we can understand that God was Adam’s father that we are told that he left to be joined to his wife. But God is establishing a new type for a future pattern for the Last Adam (Jesus) to come into the world and leave His Father and Mother and to be joined to His bride. Therefore, the family of Adam is a separate earthly family from God’s existing family in heaven that Jesus is speaking of where He came from and this is a prophetic view into an event that was to come after the time that Jesus was speaking these words in these verses in John. Therefore this family of God where Jesus came from was not comprised of any of the men or women that were on the earth. Think with me and make a note that Jesus declares God’s family consists of family members that are not men, so who are they? We will definitely explore this information in the Bible later in this series, but for now let’s continue with what Jesus is saying. Jesus says if it were not this way I would have told you. Then Jesus makes this statement, “I go to prepare a place for you!” Jesus is talking to you and I and He is saying that He was going to be leaving this planet soon and going to build a new household for His new family. To “prepare” has an implication of a building project. I believe that it is not just a renovation of the old, but the creation of a new home that will be better the previous one.
Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Jesus continues to speak to us and tell us that where He goes we will also be going. Jesus tells us very clearly that He will soon return and “receive us unto Himself”. Have you ever thought about what those words mean? Why is Jesus receiving us unto Himself? So many Chrisdtians in the church like to call the church the body of Christ only. Then they ignore the rest of the Bible. If we were just the body of Christ, we would not need to be received unto Him, would we? I do not ever wake up in the morning and receive my body back to myself. Do you understand what I am saying? It would appear that Christians are now separate from Christ in order to be received by Him. It helps if you understand “Bible Covenants“. Since I have already done lessons on this subject I will not repeat the information here again. You should go back and read these lessons and learn what a Covenant is in the eyes of God. I will help you to some extent, Jesus is called the “Bridegroom” and He is in covenant with His Bride, the church. The church will soon be fully assembled in heaven for the marriage supper of the Lamb of God. During this time we will be fully and completely joined to Him and become one with Him forever. Jesus later tells us in John 14 that “He is the truth, the life, the way”. He also says that “No one comes to the Father except through Him”. Meaning there is no other religions in the world that will offer you salvation or an alternative way to God. That also means there are no other covenants of God that will save you either. God has sent Jesus Christ into the world to provide one way for all the people of earth to come into this new Family of God. We have already seen that God’s previous family structure was in heaven and had a very large location with many mansions in it, before Jesus ever came to the earth. Jesus then tells us that He was leaving the earth to go back to heaven to prepare places for us. So either God has a housing shortage in Heaven or the Heaven that we knew is going away and God is preparing a new place.
Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Why is it necessary for God to build a new heaven and a new earth? I can understand the earth, but heaven is a tricky thing to consider to be something that is in need of repair. Man has done a pretty poor job of keeping the earth intact. But, come on we are talking about God in heaven now. Why is it necessary for God to create a New Heaven? Evidently, we can see that there was a major problem in heaven that also consisted of a heavenly spiritual war.
Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
If God’s wars are like our wars, there is always a lot of damage done to infrastructure and buildings. Now I do not mean to imply that God makes war like we make war, that is not what I am saying at all. After all it is God’s forces defending Heaven and not threatening to take it. It is Satan and his angels that are trying to overthrow God’s throne. God sends Michael and His angels to fight this enemy. What we have is some new things to consider. Why is Satan at war with God in heaven and what changed? You see in the Book of Job, Satan walks up to God without any conflict and discusses Job. By the time we get to the book of Revelation, we see that Satan is no longer welcome where he previously use to walk freely. Do you remember in the book of Daniel when Daniel prayed and fasted for an answer from God. Do you remember what happened in that story? It appears God sent an angel to answer the prayers of Daniel and Satan and his angels were in a spiritual battle that lasted 3 weeks, until the angels of God finally prevailed. The prince of Persia withstood God’s answer to the prayers of a man on the earth. That is an amazing story of why things can take so long when you pray and ask God for help. There is an enemy of God that is opposed to you and to God. He tries to stop your answers from happening. If Daniel would have resigned after only two weeks of prayer and fasting, Satan would have won. But, since Daniel did not give up, God did not give up and God prevailed and the answer came. Let me give you a picture diagram of the family of God revealed in the Bible as of Genesis 2:
Eph 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Eph 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
Since we are discussing God’s spiritual family structure, I thought I would give you some more verses to establish that God has a family and then also describe the locations for this family. According to this verse written to the church God’s family is now in two different realms of reality. One is spiritual and the other is physical or natural. This verse in Ephesians declares God’s family to now be within the scope of both of these two sets of reality. We have one set that is found in heaven and one set that is on the earth. And God’s family is comprised of selected individuals from both of these places. However, do not attempt to be all inclusive and say that everyone in both realms has been saved and are in the unified family of God. That is what Universal Salvationists like to teach and project. They claim in error that God will save everyone eventually. They clearly do not understand that Jesus came to divide the good from the evil and not to change the evil back into the good.
Here is a graphical representation of God’s new spiritual family. God’s family now consists of members of two different set realms. In the previous diagram I showed how the two families were separate in Genesis 2. The first set realm heaven existed prior to the other set realm created on the earth. The earth is the natural temporary realm where we all live today. God created our current world system approximately 6000 years ago and turned the authority of His creation over to His created man Adam (Gen 1:26). Adam represented a new start and a new natural family structure of God’s spiritual family. Adam’s family was separate from God’s family that already existed in heaven. God did all of this for many reasons and I cannot get into all of the reasons in this blog because it would take a tremendous amount of time to explain. Today, man exists within the constraints and limitations of time and space. We are spirit beings created in the image and likeness of God, but limited to the confines of a natural body. Since Adam’s family was separate from God’s family, that is one of the main reasons that Jesus had to come to the earth in the form of a man. God’s new family established by Jesus Christ the Son of God and the Son of Man, consists of selected members of both of these set realms. Jesus was able to accomplish and provide salvation for man because He was a man as well as a division from His father’s house simulataneously by His death on the cross. Let’s look at the definition of the word translated as “family” in Ephesians 3:15.
As if feminine of a derivative of G3962; paternal descent, that is, (concretely) a group of families or a whole race (nation): – family, kindred, lineage.
This verse in Ephesians uses a word for “family” that is very interesting. You can see from the definition some widely applicable truths. God’s new family structure is a pattern of another previous structure that God did in the Old Testament. We are said to be a new nation of people descended from the Most High God. This is an interestingly different word that has a feminine connotation attached to it. Why would God put a female reference on the church? Because we are the bride of Christ. The church is a representative spiritual pattern of natural Israel. The natural nation of Israel was God’s wife in the Old Covenant. This was a pattern given to us for the New Covenant.
Jer 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
You need to see what the Bible says and then interpret it using the Bible. God declares to the nation of Israel that I was your Husband. If God was the Husband to the nation of Israel that makes natural Israel the wife of God. A covenant is a marriage in the eyes of God. God proposed marriage to a nation of people and they accepted and entered into a covenant with the Almighty God. This is another example of God being a spiritual male in a spiritual family structure. We can clearly make many assumptions based upon this unlimited information. If God can marry one group of people, what stops God from marrying another group of people? Nothing really, except if you just marry a new group of people and you are still married to the other group of people you are now a polygamist by definition. There is a lot of men on earth that would like to think that God is married to multiple women, but you have not studied the Bible and therefore have put your thoughts into the mix where they do not belong.
Why did Jesus come to earth, being the Son of God? It is because Jesus Christ the Son of God was never married to anyone else before now. I know technically Jesus is the same God and He was married to Israel, but was that God the Father that was in Covenant with them or Jesus, God the Son? You soon realize how smart God is and how tricky He can be. I do not mean to imply that God is a deceiver, what God does is very legal, but yet very unexpected. Satan did not anticipate Jesus Christ and therefore, now realizes that he should not have killed him. Why is that? Why was the death of Jesus so detrimental to Satan? You should really give that some serious thought. You see you can learn from God by reading a clue given to us in the book of Ruth, when Naomi and Ruth are talking and Ruth says I’ll stay with you until “death separates me from thee” (Ruth 1:17). Death is a separating force. Death is a spiritual power that naturally divides one from another. In a marriage ceremony the husband and wife are said to be joined until death do they part. Marriage is a covenant relationship and God uses His death on the cross to separate Himself from Satan. Yes that means Satan was in covenant with God also. You should really study the Bible more, you might find all kind of new things in it, if you look for them. Let’s move on to a verse that helps to clarify what I was saying about Israel and God the Father’s covenant relationship:
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.
This verse in Romans has some amazing information in it. God is writing this section of Romans directly to the Natural Nation of Israel. You can read the context and see this very clearly if you understand the wording. So while the context is talking about the law of marriage that was given to only natural Israel it then declares to them that they have been released from their previous covenant with God, by the death of Jesus Christ so that they can be legally married again. God says very clearly that they are now free to “marry” another, and then describes Him to be the Lord Jesus Christ who was raised from the dead. Did you ever realize that the Jesus who died was different from the Jesus who was raised from the dead? That is what God is saying in this verse. Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and became the “firstborn” from the dead (Col 1:18). This verse now declares to natural Israel that they have been freed from the law of marriage with God the Father by the death of Jesus on the cross. The marriage to Jesus who is risen is in reference to the New Covenant and their opportunity to become the bride of Christ. Jesus confirms this reality in this statement:
- Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
If the old covenant was a way to be saved then Jesus lied. The Old Covenant is not the New Covenant. We can clearly see that truth in verses like Hebrews 8:6 or Hebrews 12:24 when Jesus becomes the mediator of a new and better covenant. Any covenant called new is one that never existed before. All of this information that I am introducing you to will become clearer as the series continues and more scriptures are revealed to you.
Many like to think that God is a polygamist and is in covenant with natural Israel and the church simultaneously right now. While they do not call it Polygamy, that is what God calls it. However, once you realize that the Old Covenant was with God the Father, and the New Covenant is with God the risen Son, I believe that changes everything dramatically. It also means that God is not in covenant with Natural Israel anymore. I do not have time or space to explain that, but you can read my other blogs and find more answers, if you want to know the truth. The natural nation of Israel is able to enter into the New Covenant with Jesus Christ, if they want to. However, most of natural Israel has chosen to close their eyes and not to see the truth, so they reap the works of their own deceptions. There is more I could write and many other scriptures that we could explore, but I have gone too long in this blog. Hopefully I can continue this subject in the future.
If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons about the spriitual family of God you may continue with “Part 3“.
Understanding God’s Spiritual Family Structure!
(Ver 2.0) This is “Part 1” in a series of very important advanced spiritual Bible lessons that will change your life and outlook on God and His Holy Word if you permit Him to do so. Do you know what a family is? How do we define a family in the modern world? Satan is diligently attempting to pervert the family definition and corrupt God’s original design but these lies still do not take away from God’s truth. Reading the Bible we can very clearly see that God created a specific family unit system and a very specific designed family structure here on the earth. Was this family design something brand new or was it patterned after something in heaven that already existed? Please let me give you a verse of great importance as a foundation to this entire series. It is found in the Book of Luke and is understood to have been spoken directly by Jesus quoting from an obscure minor prophet name Micah:
Luk 12:53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Ok, this is the mystery verse that initiated this Bible study series. I have given it to you first to help you anticipate where God is taking us. When I read this verse a tremendous curiosity to what God was speaking of filled my heart. I just had a great desire to go and search the Bible to find out the answer to the mystery being spoken of by the Lord Jesus was. I prayed and asked God to help me to understand and step by step over several years He taught me so very much about His Spiritual Family. After this study. a lot more of the Bible came into focus and was so much more understandable than before.
God created the first family of our current world system and this event is described to us in Genesis chapters 1 and 2. Take a moment and read these verses again. You should be able to observe that this created first family unit only consisted of one man called the husband and one woman called his wife. It is also important to note where the woman came from. The woman came from the body of her husband and was not created or formed separately or independently from her husband. This truth will become more important as you learn what this represents in the family of God. This earthly created family grew and expanded into numerous children and eventually became very large in numbers. In the terms of the current estimated human population on the earth today, the family of Adam has now grown to and exceeded nearly 7 billion people. We must therefore conclude from this very solid scriptural information that a real family by God’s definition and design is comprised of a single man, a solitary woman and at least some children. Does God have a spiritual family like this? Did God ever have a spiritual family that was the pattern for this created family of Adam? Here is a new question to also consider, what will the family of God look like at the end? Will the ending spiritual family of God in Revelation 22 be the same pattern of what has already come before? If you did not know it yet, God had a family exactly like this in heaven prior to creation and this is exactly how it will end up in the final chapter of Revelation. Therefore the original design of God’s family in the spiritual realm will be how the final family of God will also be patterned in the eternal spiritual realm after this world that we live within is completed.
God in the Bible is defined to be an eternal Spirit being but, the natural universe that we are now a part of, it had a created starting origination point also called a beginning (Genesis 1:1, John 1:1). Therefore, I believe that whatever God created here in the natural realm must have originated from the pre-existing spiritual realm. I believe from years of Bible study that whatever was made manifest here in the natural realm had to be patterned from that which already existed in the eternal spiritual world. I know that you may not yet understand patterns and I will give you a good introduction to pattern concepts before I continue this lesson on the spiritual family of God. Can we at least begin by agreeing that the spiritual realm existed prior to the physical/natural realm? Surely we can understand the concept of patterns by reading Genesis 1. Lets talk about light in Genesis 1 and where it came from! God is defined to us in the Bible as “light” where no darkness exists (1 Jn 1:5). Using this information we can go and look at Genesis 1:2 and see that there was no light found to be present on the earth and darkness covered the face of the deep. However, remember that the Creator God was called a spiritual light and He definitely pre-existed in heaven before creation took place. In Genesis 1:3 God said “Light Be” and light then came into existence within the natural realm. What was this natural light patterned from? If God was the spiritual light found in heaven, then it must have been patterned after God. How do I know that? Well if you read the end of the book you will see in Revelation 22:5 that we will have no need for the sun, moon or stars or even candles because God will be our source for eternal light again. What I have tried to demonstrate is how light had to exist in the spiritual realm first, and was then made manifest in the natural realm from a pattern of the spiritual dimension and then will again finally be transferred back into the completed spiritual realm of light in the end with no need for the natural anymore. Did you understand that? It is so important that you fully grasp these cycles of repeated pattern concepts.
What we are trying to do in this introduction of the subject is to establish that patterns were created by God for us to learn about hidden new spiritual things from the Heavenly. Spiritual Light had to eternally exist in heaven originating from God prior to the creation of the natural light here in this dimension. God in heaven had to be their only source for light because that is how it will end up in the end. Do remember what Jesus said? Jesus said “I am the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end” (Rev 1:8). Jesus was saying that how it was in the beginning is how it will end up at the end because the Lord changes not (Mal 3:6). We also learn from reading in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that God says “the thing that has been is that which will be again…” In this verse God claims there are repeated patterns. Therefore what pre-existed in heaven has now come into existence on the temporary earth in natural terms and after this age is completed the spiritual light of God will again be our only source for light.
I pray that we all understand these essential concepts. We have just learned based upon the verse in Revelation 1:8, Malachi 3:6 and Ecclesiastes 1:9 that how it was in heaven before the earth’s existence is at the least potentially how it is designed by God to be in the end and if not, then God has changed and must have lied to us in His word. So let me ask you this “Which came first, the spiritual or the natural”? If you answered the spiritual you would be correct. Then let me ask you “How will it end up”? Do you understand what I am trying to teach here today in this introduction? It is very much like the old human question which came first the chicken or the egg? In this classic human debate, people ask how can a chicken arrive on the earth without coming through an egg? Then the argument goes into a circular debate, how then did the egg get here without a chicken to lay it? What people fail to understand is that there was a more intelligent God than they are that was also involved in the entire process. That is a key point to remember in reading the rest of this lesson series. This more intelligent Creator God has some pretty amazing things hidden in the Bible that reveal many of the answers to the questions that we have all had at one time about things in the Bible and in the world around us.
I hope that you are beginning to see some new patterns revealed in the Bible how God teaches us that certain specific things existed in heaven before they ever existed here on the earth. Perhaps I should regress and speak briefly about what humans use patterns for in our natural world. A seamstress will use patterns to create new dresses, shirts, pants, or other pieces of clothing. Each usage of the pattern replicates the original design using whatever fabric or customizations that are desired to produce the final product. To the untrained eye it is often difficult to recognize several products that come from the same pattern. However to the expert it is usually obvious. This is exactly how the Bible is also, what I see as an obvious pattern will often be overlooked by a novice Bible student. Where do you think man learned the use of design patterned concepts in what they create in the natural? Since man was made in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26) it is clear to me that what man does that is successful and beneficial here in the natural must have originated from what God has previously done in the spiritual. People use patterns in almost every manufacturing and building process. It is a dominant business working model and best practice for success. Therefore, learn the lesson of patterns because I will be talking about them a lot in this lesson series.
I could give you many other verses to help establish the pattern truth in the Bible, but I am going to skip most of these verses to keep this lesson manageable and give you a couple of examples that are directly related to what I am trying to teach about this subject on the spiritual family of God. Begin today in this lesson by understanding that God created the natural things found in this world to give us insight into the unseen pre-existing spiritual things. What God created and how God created it reveal things that have been hidden since the foundation of the world. Another way to say this is that God created natural things as a vision, or view or a window into the unseen spiritual dimension. Here is a verse that might help you to better follow what I am saying:
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
This is an amazing verse of truth being presented to us from God. It speaks clearly and directly about the things that God created in the beginning. God said that the hidden qualities of God can be clearly observed within the views of our current natural creation. This would include the design, the components, the systems, the laws, the organization and the structure of our planet, the world and the universe around us. That is some highly informative information. God says that you can look around you and find the hidden characteristics of God in the things that surround you everywhere. This of course does not mean that we worship creation and ignore the Creator and that is what many in the government, Hollywood and TV do. What God is telling us in this verse is that the most isolated men in the darkest, deepest parts of the world who have never heard the Gospel preached are without excuse. Meaning they could easily find God, if they only looked closely around them and saw Him. This is technically only possible if the natural realm contains patterns from the spiritual realm. In the book of Hebrews chapter 11, God speaks to us about Enoch who walked with God and was taken because of his extreme close relationship with God. Let’s read this verse and then consider what it teaches us:
Heb 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Did you ever think and consider that there were no preachers, no churches, no Bibles, no witnesses to the truth and nobody to talk with to confirm that there was a God when Enoch was alive? If you do the calculations from the dates and times of birth you will find that even Adam had died when Enoch was taken up to be with God. Thereofre, even Adam who talked with God in the garden was no longer avaliable to consult on the existence of God. In fact in John 6:46 Jesus teaches us that no man including Adam and Enoch had ever seen God directly. How then did Enoch find this God and know Him so very well? I think that is a really good question to consider. Is this type of relationship with God still possible today for men to know God in this level of intimacy that God still takes us up? If you did not know it, it will happen very soon again and you could be possibly left behind like those in Enoch’s day. I believe it is possible for you to know God exactly like Enoch knew God and even greater! So let’s get back on the subject of God’s Spiritual Family Structure and prove this concept using the Bible that God had one of these in heaven.
Mat 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
Here in this verse in Matthew, Jesus is speaking to the disciples. This verse has great information within it, as long as you do not overlook what it says. Jesus is calling himself the Master and the Lord. He then tells the disciples that if the Jews said that the Master of the House is “Satan”, how much more will the servants and the members of the household be also called “Satan”. There are two very important key words found in this verse of scripture. First, is the word “master of the house” and this Greek word means the “Head of the Family”. Jesus is the Head of a New Family of God. The next key word is “household”. This Greek word means “relatives” and those that live in the same “house”. It implies a close relationship between the “Head of the House” and those who are part of His family.
So apparently God does have a spiritual family, with family members, relatives if you please that live in the same house. These relatives are us, the church now and here is another important verse that confirms this statement of truth:
Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
We can clearly see two contrasting groups of people being spoken of in this verse. One group of people are called “strangers” and “foreigners”. Have you ever been to a family reunion and not known some of the people there? Usually you know everyone that is present at the family reunion. However, if you come from a really big family you might sometimes not know every new child that is born since the last time you have gotten together. Then other family members marry new spouses and the family continues to grows and it can be challenging to keep track of everyone all the time. Nevertheless, what would you call someone who just shows up at your family party that no one there knows? They would be called a stranger to everyone. This was the exact way of God’s spiritual family when we were not saved, we were once foreign strangers to God’s spiritual family. Until we were saved, we were not members of that spiritual family, so something must have occured for us to be known by God’s family. This verse in Ephesians ends with a statement that we (the church) are now in the “household” of God. Again this Greek word, means that we are now a member of the family and even a close relative of the same family or household. Something changed or happened to put you into this family of God. Do you remember what that was? If you do not you are in trouble. If you have not been saved, you are not a member of this spiritual family. These verses imply that not everyone will be saved, so those that teach Universal Salvation have a major theological problem that they must just ignore.
Now I am going to introduce you to a verse in the Bible that I have already alluded to. Maybe you did not realize it, but Jesus has establish a New family of God. Why do I say that? Because the Bible seems to imply that the Old family of God had some significant problems with it.
Heb 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
Here we have another important verse that has great revelation if we choose to see it. Jesus Christ the risen Son of God is said to be the head or master of a new spiritual house (family). Did you know the Hebrew word for Son (H1121) is “ben” and it literally means a builder of the family name? Therefore, Jesus being a Hebrew walked the face of the planet and called Himself both the Son of God and the Son of Man. What we discover from this new information is that Jesus is a unique product combination and the manifestation of a son from two separate and distinct dimensions. One dimension was spiritual (Son of God) and the other dimension was physical (Son of Man) and Jesus embodies both of these realms simultaneously as a qualified Family Builder and name extender. Wow, I do not really know if you heard what I said but it was important. Therefore, only Jesus was capable of rebuilding a new family and restoring the natural family of Adam after he sinned and the spiritual family of God to create a brand new family that consists of chosen select members of each of these previous dimensions, while omitting and leaving out those that God does not desire in. That is very tricky and extremely intelligent, if you ask me.
Did God have a pre-existing spiritual family before the creation of Adam and Eve? Did this family have a wife? Was God her husband? Who were the spiritual children in the previous Family of God before the creation of Adam? What we must do is look at Revelation 20, 21, and 22 and see that if God has a bride and children there then He must have had those also before our world began or God has changed and we know that is not possible. There are so many questions to consider and answer. The Bible reveals a lot of information on this subject and I will continue it in another future lesson. Thanks for taking the time to read and study the Bible with me and I pray that I helped you to see a new spiritual perspective of an old familiar subject. God Bless!
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