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Jesus in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Part 5 – The Dalet

(Ver 1.1) This lesson is “Part 5” in the Bible study series about the Lord Jesus Christ, being hidden by the Spirit of God in His design of the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet. This is a truly amazing subject of immense importance. The Jewish people of the natural nation of Israel, have been the keepers of God’s written Hebrew Words for nearly 3500 years. Their faithfulness to keep it intact and preserve it accurately, as it was spoken to Moses and the prophets directly from the Spirit of God, is amazing. But what is most amazing to many, is how every letter of their alphabet, pointed them to their coming Messiah, and they totally missed His personal appearance, even crucifying Him on a cross (Tav). We of course are no better than they, because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). If it were not for the grace of God, everyone would still be headed to hell in complete spiritual blindness to what God has freely done for us all and given to us in Christ Jesus.

Today’s lesson will focus upon another one of the most essential letters in the Hebrew Alphabet relating to Jesus, called the “Dalet”. The “Dalet” is the 4th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The number 4 is very significant, and we will see this very soon. We should have already learned a lot about Jesus as letters of the Alef-Bet from reading the other lessons written in this series. If you have not read the series from the beginning, you might like to go to “Part 1” to begin with the introduction to the basic concepts.

The letter “Dalet” we are about to discover is certainly one of the major ancient Hebrew alphabet letters, that describes Jesus precisely. God created a natural pictogram for the letter “Dalet”, that contains massive amounts of hidden symbolic, literal, implied natural and spiritual truths, etc. All of these reveal Jesus to us directly or indirectly.

Today we will be learning only a limited amount of this important information. There is literally volumes of books that could be written on each letter and how it applies to the work of God in Jesus Christ. Here is a quick list of the contents of this lesson’s sections:

  1. Introduction – The Dalet Door
  2. Jesus Found in the Number 4
  3. The 4th Son of Jacob – Judah
  4. Dalet + Vav + Dalet = Jesus God’s Promise to David
  5. The Door Prophecy of Jesus’ Words
  6. Jesus Declares His Legal Entrance into the Human Realm Through a Door
  7. Jesus the Ark Door of Our Salvation
  8. Jesus Our Passover Door
  9. Jesus Our New Covenant Door
  10. The Conclusion

Let us get started with learning this incredible picture of the ONLY “Door” of access to the Father, named Jesus.

1. Introduction – the Dalet Door

The ancient Hebrew letter “Dalet” is the 4th letter of the alphabet, and also has the gematria number value of “4”. Most can view the ancient pictogram of the “Dalet” and see the basic image of a door. But we can confirm this by studying the Hebrew word H1817 that is often translated as “door”. This Hebrew word is comprised of the Dalet, joined with the “Lamed” and ending with the “Tav”. This pictogram has a powerful meaning and can be understood to say, “The Door (Dalet) of (true) Authority (Lamed) will be hung on a Cross (Tav)”. This sounds like God. But this is just one of our foundational prophecies of our Savior Jesus.

These three letters placed together spell the word “Dalet” and represent the isolated letter “Dalet” in word form. This word occurs approximately 90 times in the Old Testament and is translated as “door” or “doors” 70 times, Therefore, this Hebrew word is confirming the pictured representation precisely as being a “door”.

Here is a key to understanding correct Bible interpretation. In the Bible God calls multiple things by the same name. The subject “Door” is literally no different. There are many separate things that can be a door in the Bible. The first is always the literal natural plain representation as a physical door to a house. But we are about to discover today, that many other physical things can be called doors, including the human mouth (Peh). There are also spiritual doors, figurative doors, etc. that must be taken into account to see how they apply in our study of the Dalet.

Please notice that our “Dalet” door picture has exactly 4 basic drawn connected line components. Interesting how we just found the number 4 again. There are two side posts found in God’s door design, with one top lintel post, and one implied threshold bottom surface (Exo 12:22). Adding these together we get 4 rudimentary components of a basic door design. The drawing of the ancient Hebrew “Dalet” has all four of these 4 elements in the shape of a rectangular box, with the top “lintel” post being a greater extended length. This extension appears to imply the top extended lintel post is of a greater importance. This information should help us know that it is definitely not a coincidence that the letter “Dalet” is a basic picture of a door. Knowing this we can conclude that this letter was God’s specifically planned 4th letter of the alphabet for His own very important purpose to teach us about Jesus. It is absolutely imperative to know that nothing in the Word of God is there by random participation.

But realize that these four door elements, are really just the supporting structure for the main component called the “door”. The 4 side posts are basically just limitations for the main component called the “Door”. If Jesus is the “Door” and He was God, and He was, this would be another very prophetic imagery being given to us. Remember the 4 post design points us to the physical human realm of limitations for mankind within the 4-dimensional space and time realm. What we are suddenly learning is the “Door” picture appears to provide the representation of God our living Door, becoming a “man” and limiting Himself to the features of His created human realm. This is exactly what God says He did in Philippians 2:7. Wow, we have one of our first major contributions confirming the Dalet design defines the Word of God’s appearance upon the earth as a human, to die on a cross. Now consider this next factor and how it can be a prophetical picture of the work of God in person, in human form.

We must add the center swinging door access component to our total of 4 side posts, increasing the total number of major components to 5 connected parts. It is essential to know that the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the “Hey”. This letter occurs twice in the name of God, Jehovah. This letter has the direct meaning to say “Look”, and “Behold” as in someone who is excited and taking in an extended breath of air to shout “WOW”.  I wonder if that is why the word “Wow” occurs so much in our Bible studies? I believe it is! What we are observing is when God appears in the human realm, there will be many that are amazed and excited and will shout “WOW”. But there are others born of the devil’s seed that will not react the same way. Which one are you?

It is very interesting that the number 5 is a symbol of God’s Grace in the Biblical study of God selected numbers. We should certainly be aware that if these 5 door components do represent God’s personal appearance, then it was only because of this work of divine Grace, that we were saved. Wow, another match for the confirmation of the ancient Hebrew “Dalet” design to represent Jesus’ death on a cross.

But also, do not forget that it requires “nails” to hang a door upon “hinges”, to allow the door the ability to swing open or be closed. But that type of door was normally only available in a more permanent type of house dwelling like we will read about in the Exodus Passover. For our pictured “tent” dwelling the actual door was usually very different. In a tent type of dwelling, the door was normally just a rod where a veil or curtain was hung but this was also accomplished by nails. It is this veil that we will soon see is also a picture of the coming Christ.

Every “Beyt” tent house must have a “Dalet” door. We learned in the “Beyt” lesson that God and Jesus both have a house and a family associated with them. It was the Father’s House in Heaven that begat His Son’s House. It is the “door” (Dalet) that covers the entrance or exit to the “Beyt” house dwelling, that allows legal entrance into the house and family dwelling. It is the interior area behind the door that was set apart for only the family or their special guests. This area was where they lived inside out of the exterior elements, where they slept, and were protected. Then exiting the house through the door represents the concept of going to work to bring food into the house. Therefore, the “door” represents the basic concept of “movement” from inside to outside, and vice versa.

The concepts that are implied in this “Dalet” door diagram are vast. Every tent or house has walls of separation. But a walled structure without any gate or door, means no exit or entrance to the house. Those on the inside, could not exit, and those on the outside, could not enter without a door. This lack of a door implies a total divided separation of the lives of those on either side of the separating walls (Chet). The Chet is the 8th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and is a picture of a wall, and we have not covered this letter. However, we still know that in the spiritual realm there are doors of access between heaven (spiritual) and earth (natural). We can read about Satan coming from walking on the earth to present himself before God in heaven in Job 1:7. It is very interesting that Satan tells God he has been going “to” and “fro” and “up” and “down” in it. This is another connection of the number 4, that reveals Satan could access the natural realm.

But we find another type of spiritual separating existence like a “wall” in the Luke 16:19-31 story that Jesus tells of two men that died. One poor man named “Lazarus” died and went to Abraham’s bosom. Another rich nameless man died and went to hell. In this real story we learn there is a great gulf between these two spiritual realms, and there was no way from within either place that someone could travel to the other place at any time for any reason. Hell is an example of a permanent spiritual wall (Chet) of separation. Please beware now while you can still learn how to not go there in this lesson. Abraham told the rich man in this story that the way to not come to the place of flames, is found in the implied letters, words, sentences, paragraphs, and books written by Moses and the prophets (Luke 16:29). That is exactly why we are studying this subject of an exit door today.

Therefore, we have just learned that the presence of a “Dalet” doorway in a walled existence represents “Freedom of Movement”. Consequently, we have found another major component for what a “door” represents in the eyes of God, and we need to apply this door characteristic to how it represents Jesus. We can begin to do this by remembering what Jesus said about Himself in John 14:6. Jesus in this verse clearly claims to be a type of “door” access to His Father, by stating “No man comes to the Father except by me”. This is very clearly Jesus saying He is personally going to limit access to His Father in Heaven, and this must be one of the major reasons why He is becoming this “Dalet” door letter representation. This is the function of every door to limit access to selected individuals.

Have you ever seen pictures of the place called Buckingham Palace where the Queen of England abides within? There are outer walls, and gates on the outside of a Palace dwelling. Then there are doors with guards on the outside of the Palace house walls (Chet). This makes entrance into her realm of normal interior existence severely limited to only those who she permits to see her. And they do this by entering into her Palace door (Dalet).

This is exactly one of the major reasons why Jesus has come to the earth to die on a cross (Tav), believe it or not. We can begin to learn this is true by Jesus stating in Luke 12:51, “Think not that I came to bring peace upon the earth, I tell you no, but rather division”. This is another entire book subject of immense importance about our study subject. In this statement Jesus just claimed to have come to bring a “Chet” wall of separation. If we study to find this reason for why Jesus needed to become a wall (Chet) correctly, we will find it was because of Lucifer’s rebellion in heaven. Knowing this we must then realize the reason for Jesus becoming a Dalet “Door” was it is the “door” keeper that grants access to some, while simultaneously separating access for all others (Lucifer). We should see this in some of the examples of doors as we continue to learn.

We have just been introduced to a few of the direct or implied applications for this letter to represent the work of Christ. One major application of Jesus as the doorway of access to His Father, is found in the book of 1 Timothy. In 1 Timothy 2:5, Jesus is described to be the human/God mediator between God and we that are in Him. Because we are “IN HIM” we have access directly to God the Father. Because He (Jesus) is IN us, God the Father has direct access to us by His Spirit. Wow!

This was God becoming the “doorway” solution for the human problem of permanent separation from Him. He became one of us, so that we could become one of Him. Wow, that is describing Jesus to be a “doorway” (Dalet) between two previously permanently separated walled (Chet) realms of existence.

Let us continue to learn other applications of a “door”. A “door” can also represent an “opening” to have an opportunity that you could pass by, if you do not choose to walk through it. This too points us to Christ, because He died once for all humans to have at least one opportunity to enter into the “door” of eternal life. But this opening of opportunity passes us by after we enter into another “door” called natural death (Job 38:17, Psalm 107:18). This is why normal unsaved people w/o demons, have such a great fear of natural death. While saved people who have entered the “Door” of Christ, know where they are going if and when they die.

I recently had a friend that passed from this world. He was a Christian, so we believe he just passed from the earth physical realm into the presence of the Lord Jesus in the spiritual realm (2 Cor 5:8). It is because of our belief in Christ Jesus in this lifetime that causes the door of Jesus to be entered to be in the presence of God in heaven.

We have only been introduced to the subject of the Dalet briefly. But we will list some of the key points that must be understood to continue. A Dalet is:

  1. A door of entrance or exit into or out from a house and/or family
  2. A representation for a decision point to stay on one side of the wall or the other.
  3. Choosing to enter the house, is a cross (Tav) over point of freewill choice.

These were only some of the basic concepts found within God’s “Dalet” door design. Perhaps these were enough to raise your interest levels in learning more of some of the details of Christ being our only exit door. We are about to discover that Christ died on a cross to give “access” for lost humans to enter “INTO” Him as a “door”. In choosing to do this by faith we receive salvation and deliverance from the bondage of Satan. Satan held us behind a wall (Chet) of “sin” where we were bound because of our fear of the looming eternal death door that was imminent for us all being “IN” the first Adam (Heb 2:15). Who do you want to be IN? Jesus is the correct answer for life. Are you ready for some new details you probably have never seen before?

2. Jesus Found in the Number 4

There are many well educated people including, Christian teachers, Jewish Rabbis and Hebrew teachers, who view the number 4 to represent the human realm of natural existence without God. For example, there are 4 dimensions of natural existence called, height, width, length, and time. These 4 dimensions severely limit humans to forward time and 3-dimensional space. Compared to God who can be everywhere all at the same time, and even apart from time, humans have a severely limited natural existence.

Also notice that there are 4 major directions of travel found on a natural compass, called north, south, east and west (Gen 13:14). One year of our calendar time is divided into 4 separate seasons (Gen 1:14). The night watches of the city guards standing on the gated walls, were separated into 4 divisions time (Mat 4:25). On and on we could go with the number 4 being very important in the natural human realm. 

When we know the “Dalet” is the fourth letter in the alphabet and it represents a door that could be Jesus, we can begin to search for patterns of the number 4 that stand out, to also point us to Jesus.

We can find that the number 4 is a very significant number in God’s Old Covenant creation, because of the significance of His usage of the number 4 as a prophetical type and pattern for His coming personal appearance on the earth. The very first time Jesus appears in the Bible as the “Alef” and the “Tav” which he claimed to represent in the book of Revelation 4 times, is found in Genesis 1:1. In this verse the Alef+Tav appears as the 4th word and is untranslated and ignored by translators. This is just the first amazing coincidence for the number 4 in the first verse. Now let us see another in days of creation also found in Genesis 1.

Four is the total number of days that passed to bring in the entrance of the LORD Jesus Christ into the world as the joining of two doors (Dalets) representing God and man. This revelation utilizes the God created prophetic pattern of Genesis chapter 1 where the 6 days of creation are a complete history of all human natural time including what is happening now. This prophecy was understood by God’s prophet writing in Isaiah 46:10, where God says “I make known the end from the beginning”. Therefore, we know we can read the creation account of the beginning and see the end laid out.

But in order to further understand the timing we must find God’s definition of one day found in either Psalm 90:4 or 2 Peter 3:8. In these verses God defines 1 day in His eyes to represent 1000 years of normal human time. It would appear God’s definitions of time are significantly different than the natural human perspective. Therefore, the 4th day within the God created six days of work, and 1 day of rest, would prophetically reveal a time period that would occur 4000 years after creation began.  This 4000 year, or 4th day would fall within the total of 7000 years or 7 days for the completion or end of our natural world. It just so happens this 4-day representation is the precise amount of time from when Adam sinned, until Jesus died on a cross in our place, to save us from the required death penalty (Gen 2:17).

There are also many other patterns of 4 that are found significant and we will talk about some of them in this lesson as we go. For example, for our introduction, let us remember that Jesus waited exactly 4 days to raise “Lazarus” from the dead. This story represents another significant prophecy pattern of the number 4, revealing the timing of the spiritual work of Jesus to save mankind from their condition of spiritual death. Remember Lazarus had been buried for 4 days, with a large stone “door” (Dalet) covering his tomb. What we find in this real story are multiple symbolic types that are being revealed as greater spiritual realities in Christ.

The dead man Lazarus, represented a type of all humans since Adam in a state of spiritual death (being separated from God). The dead man Lazarus laid in the tomb until he stunk, and so was the smell of humans in God’s nostrils (Amo 4:10) after 4000 years without Christ. Remember the tomb was a separated place containing only the dead and darkness. This is clearly a type of the world where Satan was ruler of darkness (Eph 6:12). The stone (G3937) should become obvious to represent Jesus himself, because it is the only “Door” for human exit from the darkness and death realm moving into the light and life realm. This we will discover today, describes Jesus precisely in His work on the cross. Hopefully you know this story found in John 11:38-44. If not, please go and study this story again, looking for all of the examples given to Jesus our Rock and Door called the savior of mankind (1 Cor 10:4), and Lazarus as the type of the dead separated human race.  We will review a little more of this story to help you recall how this relates to our lesson of a “Dalet” door.

Remember, the man Lazarus was in darkness and separated from light who is God (1 Jn 1:5). Then recall there was a closed door “stone” that would not allow access to the light (John 9:5) for those on the inside of the tomb sleeping in darkness (Eph 5:14). But Jesus will also become the door of human salvation as we will learn later by hanging on a cross (Tav).

In doing God’s work on a cross, we will find that Jesus would become a new door of exit, to grant human access back into the fullness of God’s light. Also, remember the dead man Lazarus was wrapped in grave clothes, that will be removed after exiting the tomb door, and these will be exchanged for new clothes for life. Today this symbolism is being lived out in the church who were once dead in our sins, and are now alive and told to put on Christ in Romans 13:14. So we find another pattern of Lazarus’ resurrection to be an image of the church as raised from the dead people that have a new life wearing “Christ”. This occurs when we are born-again, to receive a new spirit. When this occurs God removes our old grave clothes meaning that we have exited the darkness of our old man which was in the first Adam to now be in Christ wearing light (Rev 12:1).

In this Lazarus prophecy, there was a very clear exit of a man, from the darkness where he lay asleep (dead), and there was a very clear passage back into the light to meet with Jesus, face to face. This describes the life and death condition of all humans, originating from the first Adam that caused us all to die, until we believed in Jesus being raised from the dead, in exactly 4 days or 4000 years of total human history.  

We have just seen Jesus in the flesh raising an actual dead man named Lazarus. Jesus waited exactly 4 days to arrive to bring him back from the dead. So, Lazarus, was alive like the first Adam before he sinned, and then he died and was in darkness for 4 days stinking. The stone door was opened picturing the crucifixion of Christ on a Tav cross. The dead man was raised as a type of the second birth back exiting darkness and returning into the light of life. All of this was provided by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Finally, there was an exchange of death clothes for life clothes representing being clothed in Christ. We will only go over quickly one other parable that Jesus taught to see His emphasis upon the number 4.

In Luke 13:6-9, we find “4” verses that describe a symbolic “fig” tree. In this parable, Jesus described a “certain man” as an owner of a garden. This is clearly God who planted a Garden in Genesis 2 for His created man to tend. God spoke His first commandment to His created man in Genesis 1:28, saying “Be Fruitful”. This fruit is clearly what God desired of His creation to produce for Him, because it is how God’s creation will end in Revelation 22.

Now look at the 4 verses in Luke 13. We have a land owner that comes to a gardener that is caring for a “fig” tree. This tree is approached by the owner and He is searching for fruit on this “tree” for 3 years and finds none, so he tells the gardener to cut it down. But the gardener pleads for the owner to wait one more year and allow him to fertilize and care for it to give it another chance. This is clearly a type of mercy and compassion being exhibited. But notice how long this “fig tree” is given by the owner? It only has a total of 4 years to produce fruit, and if no fruit is produced then the limit of the owner’s patience has ended.

Wow, now we can see another amazing parallel into the 4000 years or 4 days of creation of God’s patience for His creation to produce any fruit that is worthy. If you recall there is another major encounter with a fig tree that Jesus uses to teach His disciples. In Mark 11:12-14. In these verses, God the creator of heaven and the earth in the flesh comes to a “fig tree” looking for fruit to eat. But He finds none! Does this sound familiar? Remember this encounter is occurring precisely 4 days (4000 years) after Adam sinned and failed to produce any fruit. Do you remember after Adam sinned that God says Adam clothed himself with fig leaves (Genesis 3:7)? This a direct connection to what Jesus is doing in the Gospels with telling a “Fig” parable and cursing a fig tree without any fruit.

Jesus speaks to this fruitless fig tree a curse that caused it to die in less than 24 hours. This was clearly God declaring the end of one natural garden that was planted in the first Adam. This teaches us that God is implementing a New Creation spiritual Garden in Christ, the Last Adam. FYI, this new garden is guaranteed by God to produce “fruit” because of His personal attention and participation. Praise the LORD!

This was just a very limited introduction to the number 4 being directly connected to Jesus as the Dalet Door. We will soon notice that the number 4 will continually pop-up like it was designed specifically by God, which I believe it was. But let us now get into some new detail picture representations of the “Dalet” letter to help verify how these examples of the number 4 in prophecy, and in the natural can fit with what the “Dalet” represents to be in Jesus Christ.

3. The 4th Son of Jacob – Judah

This is a section that will certainly be one that many will find amazing when discovering it. Do you remember the name of JEHOVAH was spelled using the Hebrew letters “Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey”? Do you remember that this name meant “Behold the Hand, Behold the Nail”, using ancient Hebrew pictogram letter representations? These letters of the primary name of God in the Old Testament points us to a man that will be nailed to a cross. This makes this name of God to be a profound revelation of the Creator God exiting heaven, to come to the earth personally in the form of a Man that can die on a cross (Tav). What is also interesting to understand, is the fact that this name of God consists of exactly 4 Hebrew letters, the same number of lines drawn in the ancient Hebrew “Dalet” pictogram. This is not a coincidence either.

Do you remember that Jesus’ name Yeshua, contains the name of “Jehovah” added to the Hebrew word for “Saved”? This is another amazing pointer to exactly what the nail prints in the hands of Jesus has done for everyone that believes in Him. But now we are going to add the “Dalet” to this mystery. What happens when we add the 4th letter Dalet as the 4th letter in the name of Jehovah? This would make the new name “Yad, Hey, Vav, Dalet, Hey”. Do you know what name this is, in the Hebrew language?

This is actually a very significant name found in the plan of God to manifest in His chosen man named Jesus Christ (Messiah). This name “Yod, Hey, Vav, Dalet, Hey” is the name of Judah. Who is Judah? He just so happens to be the 4th son of the twelve sons of Jacob. That is a lot of coincidences of the number 4 being connected together, isn’t it? We should all know and understand that Jesus is called the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah” in Revelation 5:5. We can clearly see in the genealogy of Jesus in Luke 3:33 that Juda is one of the key fathers of the coming future King David and his son the ultimate eternal King of Kings called Messiah, and Jesus.

Therefore, we have some very amazing connections taking place with the “Dalet” addition to the name of Jehovah who becomes a man to die for all of humanity’s salvation. How does the meaning of Jehovah change when we add this “Dalet”?  We would have “Behold the hand, behold the nailed door”. Some people try to find fault and criticize any and everything possible to discredit what is taught. Some say, we are taking the two “Hey” letters out of order and placing them first. While this is not wrong, it does not change the actual saying in any way to keep them in their proper order. In the proper order, the name Judah would be “The Hand, Behold! The nailed Door, Behold”. Can you see how this door being nailed is found in the name of Judah? Now pay attention to a prophecy of Jacob about his son named Judah:

Gen 49:10  The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. 

This is a strange prophecy of immense application to Jesus. First notice the statement that begins by saying “a scepter” will not depart from Judah. A scepter is normally viewed as a royal staff signifying the holder’s ruling authority and power. This is clearly Jesus who is stated to rule with a “rod” of iron in Psalm 2:9 and Revelation 19:15. We also must conclude that Jesus would certainly come from a “seed” that is exiting from between the legs of Judah as stated in Genesis 49:10. Jacob’s words spoken of Judah are clearly a prophecy of Jesus that would be born of a virgin woman on God’s calendar on the 4th day of mankind’s history. On this 4th day’s entrance into the world, Jesus would become a living doorway to exit out of one kingdom of darkness that Satan rules, to enter into God’s New Covenant kingdom of light that we found in the Lazarus prophecy.

The essential take away of this section, is for us to learn and understand that God “Jehovah” in heaven needed a “door” to be placed in His name to give Him legal access back to humans on the earth after sin, and for the humans on the earth to obtain legal access back to Him. It also simultaneously teaches us that Jehovah needed an “exit” door for His adversary Satan and all of his followers. God became Jesus to become this additional “Dalet” Door inserted letter into His name to teach us and to prophecy what He was about to do in Christ. We will learn more about this as we continue to confirm these words and concepts in other verses.

4. Dalet + Vav + Dalet = Jesus God’s Promise to David

Here is another important name in the Genealogy of Jesus Christ that contains a huge prophetical picture diagram for the work of God in Christ. There are several verses that we learned in the “Beyt” lesson concerning God’s promise to King David, that his future “Seed” would build a house for the LORD. We learned in that lesson, that this “Beyt” house being built was a combined Son from two dimensions of existence.  One was the natural realm where David was being promised, and the other was from the spiritual heavenly realm where God was going to send His “Seed” (Word) into the world to become joined as the simultaneous Son of Man, and the Son of God. There was a lot more scriptures in the “Beyt” lesson if you do not recall this, please go and reread it to help you see what is next.

We only want to focus upon the name of David today in this lesson. It is very interesting that the name of “David” contains two “Dalets” connected by one center “Vav”. This is not a coincidence. The letter “Vav” is a picture of a nail, in the ancient Hebrew. This letter identifies symbolically the joining of two things by implied covenant bond, because the two separated items become one together by nails.  This is still the law of Marriage from Genesis 2:24, and Jesus is the nail, plus the two doors needed by God to be joined.

What God is confirming is why He selected this man named David to be the King, that would bring the Messiah into the world, and God hid this information in David’s name. Only Jesus could be the true God/Man that could enter two doors of two separated realms of families and houses (Beyt), simultaneously. Because Jesus was 100% a man, and 100% God, only He could provide God a united and joined doorway path for the two separated realms to have close contact. Without Jesus being a common joined door (Dalet), the death of humans occurred when standing unworthily in God’s Holy presence. But because Jesus died and shed His blood for us as a God/Man Door go between, we have been completely reconciled to full intimate relationship with Him being placed in Christ (2 Cor 5;17).

In other words, Jesus could grant humans safe admission into the Holy God’s presence in the spiritual heavenly realm becoming a human door of access, and He can approach God, His Father, because He was also fully and completely God. Jesus became the sinless/spotless Lamb to die for us to provide this access coming from two directions to occur. This is profoundly prophesied in the name of David. The first letter “Dalet” is one side of the problem, and the ending letter Dalet was the other side of the problem. These two doors that were separated, are being connected together because of the power of the “Vav” “Nail” in the center. Of course, the “Vav” nail also represents Jesus, but we have not taught on this letter yet. This will hopefully come later; the LORD be willing.

Just know that Jesus had a physical body tabernacle (Beyt), that granted the Spirit of God personal access into the physical realm. This was a new and living “Dalet” door for God to have access to the natural realm. Perhaps you have never seen this in the Bible, but here is an important verse to learn from about Jesus being a new “Dalet” door:

Heb 10:20  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 

Notice this verse begins with the description of a new and living way. This is God referring to a “doorway” that provided Him entrance into the natural realm, and humans a close and direct access for us to hear, from the Spirit of God personally or at least as close as possible in this temporary form.

If you look up the Greek word G2665 that was translated as “veil” in this verse, you will see in Strong’s that this word is referring to a curtain door that covered the entrance into the Most Holy location in the tabernacle of God. God informs us in this verse, that this veil being implemented for His new temporary Tabernacle “In Jesus”, was the flesh of Jesus that covered the Holy Spirit on the inside. Wow, this was an amazing advancement for God fellowshipping with humans on the earth from the Old Covenant process.

But it is also important to realize that this was only a temporary transitional phase of God’s plan of salvation for humans. Jesus said to the Jewish leaders in John 2:19, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up”. Then in verse 21, John clarifies that Jesus was speaking spiritually of His natural body temple, and not their physical stone building.

Please just understand that God could personally walk around sinful humans without anyone falling dead legally because He came into the world as walking and living tent with a veil covering in His flesh that protected them. We have just seen a major confirming set of verses that claim Jesus is a veiled tent Dalet type of doorway.

Then remember, that Jesus had the same Holy Spirit on the inside of His mortal body before He was about to die, as He did later in His eternally resurrected body. This teaches us that God had made a onetime doorway transition path from the natural to the eternal spiritual realm using the same veiled doorway in the flesh of Jesus. Did you get what was just said by the Holy Spirit? Can you see how this relates to the joining of two doors by usage of a “Nail” (Vav) in the name of David?

This reveals to us, that whoever, chooses in the living natural realm to enter into the joined door of Jesus, can now approach God in the Spirit realm by faith, without shame or condemnation (Romans 8:1). Wow, this is all found in the ancient Hebrew pictures of the name of “David”. Did you know that God could give such awesome direct prophecies even in the names of real humans? As an interesting side note about how Genealogy names can contain prophecies of Jesus, here is a sentence of prophecy provided by combining the meanings of the names in Genesis 5 from Adam to Noah:

“Man was appointed mortal sorrow, but the blessed God shall come down teaching His death shall bring the despairing, rest and comfort”.

We do not have time to go through all of the details of every name that makes up this prophecy. But this hidden message found in real people’s name implies God was at work in directing human affairs a lot more than many realize. Let us finish this section about the name of David prophecy.

If you go and read the book of Ezekiel, 4 times God speaks of David as His servant that will shepherd His people and reign over them “forever”. This is not speaking of the literal King David as a natural human. We all know this man named David was a sinful man who died, and was buried in a grave, and he too needs a savior. No, these verses are simply using “David” as the name of the natural “father” to associate with Jesus his son.

Study it, believe it, or reject it, whatever you want to do, but it is God hiding truth in plain sight and it is not that hard to find.  Praise the LORD!

5. The Door Prophecy of Jesus’ Words

We could write another book on this single detail of the “Dalet” being Jesus the Messiah. Therefore, we willonly cover this topic as a very rapid overview of information that contains significant more specifics. We will not even include all of the verses to shorten the content and this means you need to look up the verses found in Ezekiel 47:1-12. We will however put verse 1 as a beginning:

Eze 47:1  Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. 

When we read this verse with our spiritual eyes opened, we begin to see a significant amount of symbolic spiritual information being revealed. Please notice what is being prophesied by the prophet Ezekiel is about a door, a house and this location contains an “altar” for sacrifice. This sounds a lot like what we encountered in the last section about Jesus being found in the name of “David” as a joined temple doorway of the natural and the spiritual.

We will begin by noticing the verse is about a “house” (Beyt) and a “door” (Dalet) in the house. Then we observe water (Mem) flowing out of the house’ door. What could this possibly represent so far? Natural water is a symbolic spiritual representation of spoken words. We know this by several verses, including John 15:3, and Ephesians 5:26. Both of these verses are about the Word of God that is able to make humans clean by them hearing what is spoken to them. Please take the time and read these verses to confirm that you see this for yourself.

Another key verse is Jesus speaking in John 7:38, where He says “He that believes on me, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water”. In this verse Jesus is again emphasizing a description of New Covenant believers, being filled with His Holy Spirit, to produce “rivers” of flowing water. That description is a good direct explanation of what we read in Ezekiel 47:1. The only challenge for some, is the fact that Ezekiel is prophesying using symbolism, and Jesus is speaking in literal spiritual terms mixed with the metaphor of rivers as words, and in Ezekiel words are waters. Now we need to learn about a new application for the “Dalet” door design found in a human body temple:

Psa 141:3  Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. 

Now, how does God connect the “Dalet” to rivers of words? We just read the answer in Psalm 141:3 above. This verse is very clearly claiming the human mouth is a literal “Dalet” door that opens and closes by lip movements. We are all aware that the mouth is a two-way door of entrance and exit. We can breathe air in and exhale air out with our mouth. We can drink natural water and eat physical food with our mouth. It is also possible to vomit out of our mouths if there is an upset stomach type of condition.

Pro 23:8  The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words. 

Notice this verse is using the natural vomiting metaphor as a spiritual application to words spoken. This is not our main subject, but it is very profound. It has direct spiritual applications to all of the people that have become the “body of Christ” on the earth. But let us go over a new claim that Jesus spoke to us all, while He was physically present upon the earth. Jesus said this:

John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 

Jesus is speaking and declares a very radical statement about spiritual realities. Jesus from what we read in Ezekiel 47:1 was the first spiritual God house upon the physical earth that was releasing waters of life to heal people. In the physical body of Jesus lived the Holy Spirit. He guided Jesus to speak everything that He said. Jesus literally claimed these words were coming out of the door of His mouth as rivers to give us all life. Let us confirm this with another statement:

Joh 4:14  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Do you see the water transfer being exposed in this statement? Jesus said if we will drink of the “water” (words) that He spoke, we would never thirst again, and this accumulation of drinking in His Words, would result in our ability to fill up our well (spirit), so that we could spring up words for “everlasting life”. Wow, this is really amazing. Here again we are witnessing the connection (a Yod, a nail) between two doors, being repeated. But in this metaphorical usage this spiritual door only has in common spiritual words that flow from Spirit to spirit.

Jesus is literally claiming to speak words that would fill a dry location, and when this location was being filled, it could continue to be filled, by them hearing His words. These spiritual words spoken would keep filling until overflowing, then these words would begin to leak out to become a wellspring of eternal life for ourselves and others. Jesus teaches this concept in Luke 6:45, when He said “A good man out of the treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good, … for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”. Wow this is so amazing.

We could go through every verse in Ezekiel, but that is too much information for this lesson. But please notice some of the key points related to our subject of the “Dalet” a door. We should know that these verses are about the family of God, that entered the “Dalet” door Jesus. We will learn this detail very soon. But we also must know that this is about good God “words” as our living water source of eternal life.

If you read down further in Ezekiel you will find a man that measures the depth of the water exiting the “door” of the house. It is amazing that he measures the water that exits the door, 4 times. Remember the “Dalet” is the number 4. Then we find these words being spoken (waters) are very clean and not polluted words of death. We know from reading James 3:11, that bitter and sweet waters (words) cannot both proceed from the same fountain door opening which is a mouth (Peh). The Peh is just another Hebrew letter not yet covered, and this word literally contains the meaning of the “mouth” and “the power of the words being spoken by its usage”. Surely you can begin to see the intelligent connections and design of God found in the entire alphabet.

Finally notice the comparisons of this prophecy to God’s grand finale in Revelation 22:1-2. These verses in Ezekiel and Revelation are direct prophecy and fulfillment viewpoints. In Revelation 22:1, God sits on the throne with the Lamb, and out of them flow “rivers” as clear as crystal. This represents ultimate purity and holiness in their spoken words. From this river flows life, that feeds the trees of life on both sides of the river. These trees are the saved people of the earth and we are told that we will produce brand new spiritual fruit by drinking in God’s pure words spoken to us, every month (Isa 61:3). What we have learned is a very profound introduction to spiritual doors, and flow of spiritual words for life. I pray this will inspire you to thirst for more, of knowing Him and His Word.

6. Jesus Declares He Legally Entered into the Human Realm
Through a Door

We will not teach this topic in depth today either, but it will be a continuation of some of the concepts that we have learned previously about “doors”. This topic will focus upon a new “Dalet” door type that is not yet fully understood by many Christians. Remember in the “David” lesson God gave us two doors being connected by one nail. We were introduced to one door representing the human natural realm, and the other door representing the heavenly spiritual God realm and Kingdom. It is Jesus that becomes the “Nail” (Vav) to connect these two realms and we will verify in this section, how Jesus entered into the earthly realm legally to do this by going through the human door of entry.

We will only cover the first legal door “Dalet” entrance in this section into the world.  Let us look at some key verses on this subject:

John 10:1  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 

Joh 10:2  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 

This is a radical claim of authority that Jesus the “Last Adam”, is declaring in opposition to Satan’s illegal entrance into our world, at the time of the “first Adam” (Genesis 3). There are two direct spiritual powers being spoken of here. The first spiritual power in verse 1 is referring to the “lesser light” of Day 4 of creation, who rules the Kingdom of darkness. This is clearly Satan as he is also being called the “thief”. Later in this chapter of John 10, we are informed in verse 10, that he only came into the world to “steal, kill and destroy” from humanity. This is plainly speaking of “Satan” and his theft of the ownership and rule of the kingdoms of this world (Luke 4:5-6), that are under the authority of his darkness.

We need to understand the symbolic references that are being made by Jesus to teach us how to apply this information to the spiritual kingdom realms that are being spoken about using figurative natural expression. The first and most important reference is the “sheepfold”.

What is a spiritual “sheepfold” in the context of this discussion? We need to begin by looking up the Greek word G833 that was translated as “sheepfold”. This Greek word literally means an “open air” realm of existence. This can certainly apply to the concept of a sheepfold, where there is a large open air, green pasture, that is fenced in. This type of enclosed area would require an entrance and exit capability that provides access through a “gate” that could be opened and closed. The keyword meaning of this enclosed area is defined with the word open “air” environment. Knowing this, let us read about our enemy Satan’s realm stolen domain:

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

Now we are discovering something very important to help define what a “sheepfold” was in the mind of God. In this verse of Ephesian 2:2, God speaks of Satan being the “prince of the power of the air”. This is a description of the “atmosphere” that surrounds our planet. It is this area of “air” that limits normal human realm reaches. So far no one has ever created another kingdom on “mars” or the “moon” because there is no suitable atmosphere in either. So, we can conclude the “sheepfold” of God was the planet earth that Satan had no legal access into.

In John 10:2, Jesus shifts the focus off of the illegal robber and thief Satan, that climbed into our world illegally, and is now focused upon Himself as the “Good Shepherd” (Jn 10:11) that entered into the world through the legal door. Wow, what is the legal door using spiritual definitions? How do spirits legally come into our world? To understand this we better just focus on how Jesus came, since He clearly says He entered legally by the “door”.

Ok, this is not rocket science. It is actually not complicated at all. God became a child in the womb of a woman named Mary, in order to gain legal entrance into our world. The fact that God was born of a human woman, gave Him the complete and legal right to enter our planet as a human to save us. However, we should also remember that God in Jesus completely stripped Himself of His full deity powers to become like the rest of His creation, in order to not to be accused by Satan to be illegal on the planet, like he was. We learn this plainly by reading Philippians 2:5-8.

There is a significant amount of symbolism to transfer and understand about the unseen spiritual world realm. We cannot cover this in greater detail. Just understand that the sheepfold is the planet realm of breathable air. The sheep are all humans on every part of the globe. The “thief” that climbed in illegally was Satan, the ruler of the darkness. The “good shepherd” that gained access by entering into the legal human “Dalet” entrance door was Jesus Christ. God is writing and speaking of His created world on planet earth, where He first planted a garden named Eden, and there He placed His chief created ruler named Adam to oversee the works of His hands. Adam rebelled, disobeyed and sold us to Satan, and he becomes the god of this world (Ps 8:4-6).

This was why God entered the “door” of legal access, being born of a woman into our world, to redeem us from this evil power that was sending us all to hell. By Jesus becoming the “Last Adam”, He had the legal right as our “kinsman redeemer” to buy back what was stolen from us by our sin debt. He accomplished this payment by shedding His blood, with His death upon a cross (Tav). Thank you, Jesus! We will discuss the last part of John 10 containing another “Dalet” door of exit from our world soon.

It is just very profound that Jesus comes into the world on God’s “day 4” of creation to be born a child in Bethlehem. It is more than a coincidence that God accomplishes this using a “Dalet” “door”, the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet.  Let us now stop and go over a couple of Old Testament patterns of “Dalet” doors that represent Jesus the Christ.

7. Jesus the Ark Door of Our Salvation

We are going to review a couple of the Old Testament examples of Jesus as the door of salvation in the New Covenant, with the type of the door of the ark. As you should know God called a man named Noah to build an ark. God describes this story beginning in chapter 6 of Genesis:

Gen 6:16  A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. 

God begins in this verse speaking to Noah some key building strategies. There must be a window at a certain height. There also must be a “door” in the “side” of the ark that is lower than the window. The door will become obvious to be the entrance into the ark for everyone to be saved from the coming destructive flood. It will be this “flood” of water that will kill every living creature, that has not found salvation and safety inside of the ark.

Gen 7:1  And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. 

Here is God instructing Noah and his family members to enter into the “door” (Dalet) of the ark. They have been declared “righteous” in the eyes of God in their generation. Ok, let us stop and relate this to Christians quickly. Are Christians called righteous? There are many verses that reveal we have been made righteous by entering into “Christ” (Rom 3:26, Rom 5:17, 1 Cor 1:30).

Now pay attention to the word this “generation”. God is again connecting what is happening here to the coming church age. Remember what Peter wrote about the church? 1 Peter 2:9, God through Peter writes “You are a chosen generation”. Isn’t this what was happening to Noah and his family? They came into the ark, and they were saved out of the destruction of this natural world. We as Christians are entering to a spiritual door, and we will be saved out of the pathway leading to eternal damnation.

Gen 7:13  In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; 

There are at least 130 verses in the letters written to the churches, that claim we are “IN HIM”, “IN WHOM”, or “IN CHRIST”. All of these verses reveal something we have been given as a gift from God about Christians entering into the “Door” (Dalet) of Jesus. These verses further imply that Christians have exited the world that will be judged very soon. We see a direct correlation to entering into Christ, with the entering into an ark for Noah.

Gen 7:15  And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. 

Gen 7:16  And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. 

Wow, so Noah, his family, and every animal entered into the ark “door” (Dalet) and God shut the door!  This was the sealing of complete salvation. Before this, everyone still had the “freewill” choice that would have allowed them to not go in, or to exit before the door was shut.

These were just a few of the key verses that reveal much more than you probably understand at their first glance. There is a very significant lesson this website that describes some of the key concepts about this subject, called, “Pitch within, and Pitch without”. This lesson will not be repeated here. Therefore, please go and read about it to gain a greater understanding of what is happening here about a “Door” representing Jesus.

There were other significant parallels being given concerning the spiritual church of God to our salvation, by entering into a door of Jesus. Please recall that Jesus in Matthew 24:37 said very clearly that when He returns to the earth for His church, it will be the same as it was in the days of Noah.  Jesus is making a direct comparison of these two events. We will hopefully learn more about these concepts and parallels as we continue.

8. Jesus Our Passover Door

The Old Covenant is full of types and shadows that point us to Christ being a type of “door” (Dalet). We will continue with Exodus chapter 12 and the children of Israel being “freed” from their bondage from Egypt. In this true story, there are found multiple spiritual parallels to the church and Christ. Moses was God’s chosen deliverer of Israel, is a direct type of Jesus Christ. The children of Israel are a direct natural type of saved spiritual people and nation of the New Covenant, called the church. Egypt is a type of the world’s darkness and the kingdom of evil. And Pharoah that refused to let God’s people go free, is a direct type of Satan our ruler and prince of the power of the air, our adversary.

We will not go through every verse in this chapter. There is another series found here that provides a lot more detail on this subject.  There were a series of great signs performed by God through Moses to convince Pharoah to let His people go, but none of them worked, because of his pride, arrogance, and desire and hunger for power and control. This sounds exactly like the devil today.

Therefore, God brought about one last plan.  This was a judgment against everyone called the “death” of the “firstborn”. This judgement would affect anyone that did not believe the words of God spoken through the chosen servant Moses. God told Moses to take a lamb into every house (Exo 12:3). How, did the lamb get into the house? Obviously, he was led through the door (Dalet). How many days did the lamb stay in the house? Curiously it was for “4” days (Exo 12:6). Is all of this just a coincidence or chance occurrence? Obviously not. This is just another confirmation of God’s superior knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet and the “Dalet” being designed as a “door” as the 4th letter of the alphabet.

Then the lamb in the house, had to be killed and its blood collected in a bowl. It was this blood that was then instructed to be placed upon the “doorposts” of the house (Exo 12:7). Wow, another coincidence? Eventually, people are going to have to see the intelligent designs being given to them, aren’t they” I sure pray they do!

God says in Exodus 12:23, that when He passes over each house that contains blood on the door, He would not allow the “destroyer” to come inside to kill any of the “firstborn” in that family. But in every house without the “blood” found present on the doorposts, the “firstborn” of man and beast were slaughtered. It is most interesting that on this day of “Passover” the “moon” was at its peak fulness. Remember “Satan” is the symbolic moon. This too is symbolic for what was coming in Christ’s work and blood to become our door of release and freedom from our captivity in the kingdom of darkness.

I would strongly recommend that you go and read and study the series of lesson on “God is Love” found here. In this you will find, God’s concepts of the hidden parallels between a “Passover” door and the doorposts, and Jesus being a hung as a “door” (Dalet) of salvation for us to enter, being nailed to a cross. Both set of wood posts had blood of a lamb, and both sets of posts had a door hanging on them, etc. By entering into the Passover door, the family was saved from death, and by entering into the body of Christ by Faith, we are also spiritually and eternally saved from hell. The parallels are amazingly eye opening.

What we should find, is this Passover door w/ blood covered posts, is a pictured type and shadow of the far greater Lamb of God sacrifice on a cross. In this sacrifice God’s firstborn natural son (Heb 1:6) died in our place, so that we do not need to. Remember that Jesus is actually called the “Only Begotten” Son of God in John 3;16. Only begotten simply means a naturally born Son of God that was born of a natural woman. It was Jesus’ primary reason for being born as a mortal man, so that He could physically die as well as spiritually die as a gift of substitution.  Thank you, Jesus!

9. Jesus Our New Covenant Door

We would all love it if Jesus, would just come out in the open, and directly say “I Am the Hebrew Dalet”, like He does with the “Alef” and the “Tav” in Revelation 1:8. However, even in the Alef and the Tav we must still recognize that we are required to make the necessary language translation, from the Greek “Alpha” and “Omega”.

God would have made it so much easier for us to search, find, and see Jesus if He had chosen to write the entire Bible in one language to everyone. However, this is not His chosen method of communication. He does this for a lot of very wise reasons, and one was because He was desiring to reach the entire world to save everyone. At that time the majority of the world all spoke “Greek”, and that language would allow Him to reach so many more people. God also likes to hide Himself in His writings, to cause us to want to desire to find Him. This is what we are doing by searching for Jesus to be the “Door” of the New Covenant.

Today we have already found a lot of information about Jesus’ relationships to “Doors”. Now we are going to see how Jesus claimed to be the “Dalet” exactly, but just not as a direct corresponding alphabet letter in Greek. Today, using this “Dalet” letter, Jesus is rather observed to be calling Himself to represent the pictured symbol of a “Dalet” door pictogram design. This information again is written by God using the Greek language to record it. But it is this Greek description that matches precisely to the “Dalet” ancient Hebrew pictogram. Let us stop and read the Words of Jesus written in Red Ink, to see His direct claim. We will do this by returning to John 10. In this verse we are going to find a “New” door that was not previously mentioned:

John 10:7  Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 

The Greek 2374 translated as “door” literally means a portal or entrance as in opening or closing. This is truly a profound statement of spiritual truth. Jesus is not speaking literally or naturally as in the physical realm of doors. Jesus is rather speaking figuratively of a spiritual type of access to God. Wow, this is eye opening, if you accept it. Ask yourself, these two questions and see if you already know or can find the answers:

  1. Who are the “sheep” that Jesus the door, is giving entrance into the Kingdom of God?
  2. Who are the “non-sheep”, that Jesus is locking out from entering into the Kingdom of God?

If you did not know already that you were one of His sheep, it is time to get saved so that you will know Him and His voice personally. In John 10:14 Jesus claimed to be another symbol called the “Good Shepherd”. In this verse Jesus said, “I know my sheep, and My sheep know me”. From this we learn People are obviously His sheep but these people are only saved people in verse 9:

Joh 10:9  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 

Jesus confirms that human salvation is the key to know Him as the Door and the Good Shepherd. Then in the next verse Jesus claims the access to entering this Door to become His sheep is to believe:

Joh 10:26  But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 

This verse is Jesus proclaiming what Paul wrote being inspired by the Holy Ghost later. Paul said in Ephesians 2:8 “By grace are we saved, by faith”.  Our participation in believing what God said is the key to becoming and remaining His “sheep.

To answer question 2, Jesus reveals two kinds of animals in His parables. Notice these next words of Jesus to better understand the soon coming of His glory:

Mat 25:31  When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 

Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 
Mat 25:33  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 

Mat 25:34  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 
Mat 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 

There are two groups being divided. These parallel the two parties involved in John 10. Remember in this chapter there was Jesus called the “Good Shepherd” and the “Door” of the sheep. And He is at enmity with another called the “thief” and the “stranger” that entered into God’s sheepfold illegally to “steal, kill and destroy” them (John 10:10). This enemy and evil one, is of course, the devil called Satan.

Finally notice the “sheep” that are set on His right hand by the angels and they enter into the Kingdom of God. This is opposed to those are called the “goats” that are divided on His left hand that are blocked from entering into Jesus, the Door of Heaven. These are vital “door” and “gate” concepts being taught. There is only a one Door access into eternal life. Jesus became this “Door” to also be the “Doorkeeper” or “Porter” that allows access and acceptance versus blockade and denial of entrance into God’s Kingdom. Jesus Christ is the ONLY DOOR access into the Kingdom of God.

This is a good time to remember the two kingdoms that we were introduced to in the beginning of this lesson teaching the number 4 of the Dalet. On Day 4 (Dalet), the “Door” (Dalet) was born in a manager in Bethlehem. 33 ½ years later, Jesus died upon a cross (Tav).  Three days later, He arose from the dead, and our “Faith” and “Confidence” in this resurrection grants us entrance into “Christ” the Dalet “Door”. Surely you can begin to see that all of this was prophesied in the letters of ancient Hebrew alphabet.

10. CONCLUSION

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

John was given a personal view of an “opening Door” in heaven. This Dalet type of Door appears to be another reference to the LORD Jesus Christ. He appears to open His mouth proclaiming loudly with a sound like that of a trumpet; saying “Come Up Here” (1 Cor 15:52). We know very clearly that this trumpet sound, is a voice and is stated to be a talking Spirit from God’s spiritual realm in heaven. This voice is clearly speaking to people on the earth that are NOT yet physically or spiritually with Him in heaven.

This calling up, is the catching away of the bride of Christ (Rev 21:9), as the door of the end of the two days of the Church age of Grace closes (1 Ths 4:16). At the time revealed in Revelation 4:1, the fulness of the Gentiles has entered into the salvation door of Christ (Rom 11:25) and we are going up to meet with Him in the air (1 Ths 4:17). This is a new door opening of an appointed opportunity to be prepared for, and it is a very soon coming happening, believe it or not. Glory to God!

We have gone through a lot of potentially new information for many about the different concepts of the types of “Dalet” doors, and how they relate to a picture of Jesus Christ. You hopefully recall some of the types of Dalet doors we have covered:

  1. Being born of a woman as legal entry into the physical realm.
  2. Being saved from the world’s wide path of hell, by entering into the “Door” of Jesus Christ.
  3. Taking advantage of life’s most important “doors” of opportunity are many: for example, 1) to hear the Gospel, 2) to believe and receive Jesus and get saved, 3) to study and learn the Word of God, 4) to open your mouth door to preach and teach the Gospel, 5) to be ready to get raptured, etc.

There is a lot more information in God’s Word that was not able to be covered today about “doors”. This lesson has already exceeded 10,000 words and that was above the initial desired target.

We concluded our lesson with a direct claim of Jesus being the ONLY “Door” for His sheep. It is this “Door” that directly represents our study letter Dalet and Christians are His sheep.  In this chapter of John 10, we can clearly see Jesus claiming to have figurative “sheep”. We can find out in many verses that believing Christians are His sheep, but we will go back to the Messiah prophecy of Isaiah 53 to help us know this role could be anyone in the world that accepts Jesus as LORD:

Isa 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 

Do you see the direct connection that God makes of people to be like sheep? According to this verse all people in the world wandered away from knowing God, going into their own ways. But God had mercy upon us to lay upon Himself every sin. Wow, that is an amazing display of God’s Love. Also in John 10, Jesus claims to be the “Good Shepherd” of the sheep who gives His life for us. He is truly the best shepherd that any person would want to follow. We can connect Jesus as our Lord in the description of Him in Psalm 23. This Psalm written by David, one of our subjects today was speaking of His future Dalet Door Son directly. It is also interesting that this chapter is describing Jesus as the ancient Hebrew letter “Lamed”, that has not been covered yet. Hopefully, this letter will come, the LORD be willing.

Thank you for taking the time to read and study God’s amazing Word with us today.  If you do not love God and His word, it will be too late very soon to get to know Him easily. Jesus will be returning to the earth to catch His sheep away to be with Him in heaven. During the tribulation time it will be harder to give your life to Him than you can possibly imagine. The pressure of the enemy to take His mark, will be nothing like you have ever seen. It is best to turn your life to Him ASAP, and now is the perfect time. Please go to the link below and click on how to get saved. Do it now, because you are not guaranteed a tomorrow.

God loves you very much, we love you and bless you!  We will continue to pray for you and ask the same for us. Never underestimate the power of the devil to lie to you and to deceive you. You believe you are above deception; you are already deceived. Be warned! Always place your trust in Jesus, and His work that is freely given to us. Remember always 1 John 4:4 “You have overcome them, little children, because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world”. God bless you all!

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Jesus in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Part 15 – The Nun

(Ver 1.2) This lesson is “Part 15” in the Bible study series about the Lord Jesus Christ, being hidden by the Spirit of God in His design of the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet. There are some that question the validity of this study. This is a good and understandable attitude towards anything anyone teaches about the Bible. I praise you for having this attitude towards everything you read about God, the Holy Spirit, Jesus or His Word. Question everything. Do your own research. Study every subject lesson for yourself. Do not take anyone’s word as truth, without your personal involvement to verify, and re-verify it personally. There is a number of good sources of information on this subject on the internet. Just go to “DuckDuckGo” and type a search for the “Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Pictogram”, and many research sites should appear to get you started. There are even a lot of good charts and alphabet letter pictures on search engine “Images” sites. Please study and learn for yourself. Then don’t believe anything they say either. I have found some the Spirit of God in me, gives me peace about and others that I have rejected as being off the middle ground of balanced truth.

I have only studied this subject in recent years. When this came to my attention, I too was skeptical. Then I bought an iPad and downloaded the eSword Bible App, and this came with a good starter lexicon concerning Ancient Hebrew pictograms. The more I researched the subject, the more it came alive in my spirit. The Holy Spirit bore witness with my spirit that this was such a very amazing intelligent supernatural design. You see, if this was only human created drawings, it would not contain such deep and rich hidden meanings. But if it was God inspired, He is able to place hidden information about Jesus in every little part of the drawing. Then by Him placing specific picture letters together, He is even more wise to have the ability to tell a complete story containing prophetical applications to what He was going to do in the future. I cannot tell you how amazing this has become to me, and I pray it will for you also.

Today’s lesson will focus upon one of the most essential letters in the Hebrew Alphabet relating to Jesus, called the “Nun”. The “Nun” is the 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. We should have already learned a lot about this letter, by reading from the beginning of the series, especially in the “Beyt” lesson. If you have not read the series from the beginning, you might like to go to “Part 1”.

The letter “Nun” is one of the major ancient Hebrew alphabet letters, that describes Jesus precisely. God created a natural pictogram for the letter “Nun”, that contains massive amounts of hidden symbolic, literal, implied natural and spiritual truths, All of these reveal Jesus to us directly or indirectly. One individual asked me how do we know these letters mean what is taught here? There are many reasons, but I will give you a few of the major explanations, that give us confidence:

  1. The Hebrew language usage of the “Nun”, defines the basic individual letter meaning using the definition of the word “Nun” (H5125, Nun + Nun = Sprout).
  2. The ancient Hebrew letter “Nun” pictogram, looks like a sprouting “seed”
  3. The ancient Hebrew letter “Nun” resembles the image of a sperm cell that was only possible to view by supernatural participation in its original design.
  4. Jesus makes the personal claim of being what the image of the “pictogram” letter “Nun” signifies.
  5. Jesus had made the personal claim to be the actual Alphabet letters like the first letter “Alef”, and the last letter “Tav”, and this implies He could be all of the letters between them also.
  6. Other Bible writers make the direct claim that Jesus is the pictogram representation and/or the letter’s definition.
  7. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that this information is the Truth.
  8. After studying ancient Hebrew letters for a significant time, it should become apparent and revealed that these letters were placed there by supernatural intelligent design and not by natural human reasoning.

No one here in any Bible lesson being published, is saying believe us, we are always right. That is very foolish to believe we would make this claim to everything we teach is 100% correct. Have you ever met anyone, that is 100% correct besides God? I have not and neither have you.

If you are new to the ancient Hebrew alphabet study concepts, do your own homework, study and prove us wrong. Be an Acts 17:11 good Berean type of Bible student and verify everything, anyone teaches. Use your iPad and your “eSword” Bible App. Then select a Hebrew Strong’s number, to view the word meanings in the included ancient Hebrew lexicon. You can read about the word sources, the letter meanings, and the basic messages that the combined alphabet letters are communicating. It is an excellent beginner’s tool.

I hope this encourages you to read this lesson with an open heart (spirit), and mind. Spiritual realities are easily rejected by naturally thinking people. God is a Spirit and those that worship Him, MUST worship Him in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23-24). Let us move into the Spirit, moving with the Spirit’s flow, and let us open our spiritual eyes and ears, to hear from the Spirit about what He says to us in this awesome letter “Nun”.

1. INTRODUCTION – THE NUN

The ancient Hebrew letter “Nun”, is the 14th letter of the alphabet, and has the gematria number value of “50”. Fourteen and fifty are both very significant numbers in God’s Old Covenant, because of the significance of each usage as prophetical types. Fourteen is the total number of years Jacob had to work for the bride that he loved. He was tricked by his father-in-law after their 7-year agreement, and He was then forced to work for an additional 7 years for Rachel (Gen 29:20). Jacob is a direct type of Jesus. But we will not be able to teach this concept today.

Fifty represents the year of total “freedom”, called “Jubilee” (Lev 25:10). In the 50th year, all debts were canceled, all bond slaves went freed, and all land sold to pay debts, were restored to the original family owners. Wow, that sounds a lot like Jesus’ work on the cross (Tav) already.

There are many that view the year of Jubilee as being related to the very soon coming “catching away” of the church (1 Th 4:17). I am definitely a supporter of this belief. There are many parallels between these two events that we will be unable to learn about in this lesson. But notice, in both events, land ownership is returned to the rightful family owner. We should know that the world system is currently under the control of Satan (2 Cor 4:4). This dominion of land ownership will be legally transferred back to Christ’s ownership, during Revelation 5 events, with the opening of a scroll implied to contain the title deed of the earth. Also, please understand that both events, Jubilee and rapture begin with a loud “trumpet blast”, and then people are freed (Lev 25:9, 1 Cor 15:52).

Most see the basic pictogram of the “Nun”, as the representation of a concept of a “sprouting seed”, as in an herb seed, a fruit seed, a vegetable seed, etc., which is being planted and watered to grow a “new” plant of the same kind as the “seed” contributor. It is interesting that a sprouting “seed” must have water, to produce any new life. The seed in a desert without rain, has little chance of producing any life. But when the “seed” is touched with rain in the dry desert, this place becomes a different living environment, until the rain water stops.

It is very interesting that the Hebrew letter directly before the “Nun”, is the “Mem” and this letter is a picture of “water”. God has connected these two letters together by His design in the Hebrew alphabet. These two pictures relate to almost every living thing in creation. Without the existence of three essential elements, “light”, “water”, and “seeds”, there would be no life right now on this planet.

It is most interesting that this pictured ancient “Nun” letter, significantly resembles a greatly enlarged male sperm cell which is called a “seed” in Genesis 38:9. The above photo is a picture of a magnified sperm cell. Many can see this meaning in the “Nun” representation. It is a significant reminder that when a human is conceived in the womb, that the child grows and develops in a sack of water. A water connection is a reoccurring pattern in the majority of environments where a “seed” produces a new life.

Many can also see the representation of the ancient Hebrew pictogram as an image of a “tadpole”, or hatching fish egg. This causes many to believe the letter represents “fish”. Therefore, the letter “Nun” continues the pattern of the meaning of a “seed” that is interacted with “water” to produce and sustain new life. The letter “Mem” directly preceding the “Nun” are definitely connected together by supernatural intelligent design. Let us go deeper into the concept of “seed” as a continuation of life.

A sprouting seed, represents the “continuation” of “life”. Each new generation of human life, or an animal’s life, or a tree or plant’s life, was reproduced by the spreading of “seed”, into a female of the kind, or the ground soil. There is an essential law of God about “seed” given to us in Genesis 8:22. In this verse God decrees His designed law of perpetuation for all created life. This verse says “As long as the earth remains, “seed”, time and harvest will never cease”. Wow, this law is the reason why you are here, alive, and able to read this Bible lesson right now. You were once just a seed in your “father”. But now seeing you we all can understand that your “seed”, was joined with an “egg” to grow in water, until it produced your ability to experience “life” by birth. This is exactly why Satan has been trying to kill every human on this planet before they receive this life experience. It is only a living human full of Christ, that has the ability to crush Satan’s head (Romans 16:20).

It is this representation of a microscopic reproduction cell, that proves it was supernaturally created by the Creator God, and not by a human’s simple mind who did not have a microscope to see what this cell looked like when it was first written in tablets nearly 3900 years ago. The fact that this letter “Nun” is joined with the letter “Beyt” and is transliterated as “Ben”, that God writes in the Bible as a “son”. The Beyt represents a house and a family, and the “Nun” represents a “seed” and placing them together we get “the family continues in the new son”.

In human terms, it is also interesting that it is the sperm “seed” (Nun) that will determine the gender of the produced child. It is also interesting that the father’s seed contributor donates ½ of the necessary DNA to create the child. Wow, again we see amazing truths about how Jesus came to be called the Son of God, simultaneously being called the Son of Man, and how this was accomplished by His Father God, sending His Word to a “virgin” woman named Mary. Mary received God’s “seed” (Word) into her spirit (Luke 1:38) and she conceived. Perhaps you need to be introduced now, to the concept that the Word of God is called “seed” in Luke 8:11. Therefore, the Seed of God was God’s Word, and this was made manifest as a human male (John 1:1-14). We have just been introduced to the concept of the “Nun” being a symbol of the Word of God. Please keep this in your mind as we continue.

The letter “Nun” like other letters, has a corresponding Hebrew word called “Nun”, that is used in the Old Testament. This word is H5125 and Strong and the NASEC gives the definition of this word as “be continued”, “perpetual”, and “propagate”.  This primitive root word provides another word H5126, that is used for the name of the father of Joshua, who was called “Nun”. Joshua in the Old Covenant, is another major “type” of Jesus in the New Covenant.  

This fact of Joshua being the son of Nun, connects Jesus to being a “Seed” from His Father God. This is a very amazing connection to our subject of Jesus, because Joshua is the exact same name of Jesus, just in two languages. Jesus is the transliterated Greek name of Joshua, and Joshua is the transliterated Hebrew name for Jesus. We are beginning to be introduced to a major clue, teaching us that the LORD Jesus Christ, was produced from the “seed” of God.

Therefore, this letter “Nun” fundamentally represents “seed”, plural or singular. If you have never studied this subject in the Bible, it is an awesome essential Bible study to learn. You should find at the very least 10 separated and distinct things that God labels as “seeds”.  There is a lesson series on this website that is called “Understanding Seeds”, if you would like to learn more. What we are going to do with this concept, is to search our Bible for the word “seed’ and continue to learn.

There are two major God created laws concerning “seed”, found in “Genesis’. We already learned in Genesis 8:22, a “seed” sowing was God’s designed “propagation” method for life’s continuance. Therefore, a “seed” by God’s definition means, a “seed” must be “sown”, from a current living entity, in order to produce that life to continue to exist, in the next generation. Wow, that is really amazing, even if you do not yet understand what God is speaking of.

The first mention of “seeds” in Genesis is chapter 1 and verse 11. In this verse God gives us His Law, “the seed within itself”. God created “herbs”, “grass”, and “fruit trees”, as mature living life organisms, and He declared each of these life forms, had its own “seed” in side of itself to reproduce, remain and continue on the earth. This identical law was reapplied, in the design of the fish, bird and animal realms, as well as the human domain. This is why Genesis 8:22 said seed (Nun), time and harvest will never cease as long as the earth remains.

This was a quick overview and introduction to the letter “Nun” meanings and applications to being a representation of Jesus Christ. Let us now go into a few very essential details on this letter pointing us to Jesus.

2. Jesus Christ Our Natural “Seed” (Nun) – New Covenant Representative

In the Bible, Jesus claims that He is two types of “seed” (Nun) of the New Covenant. We will begin with the natural “seed” first. As part of this claim by Jesus, God reveals Him to be our human and divine representative that is able to keep His covenant for all mankind, if they will humble themselves, submit, and accept Him as their Lord. Let us begin our detail study of Him being a “seed” (Nun), by viewing what God says about being fully humans. We will accomplish this by searching for Jesus as a “Seed” (Nun) where He is directly connected, by the Holy Spirit’s inspiration through the New Testament writers:

  1. Romans 1:3, Jesus called the “Seed” of David
  2. Galatians 3:16, Jesus called the Promised Seed of Abraham
  3. 2 Timothy 2:8, Jesus confirmed to be the “Seed” of David
  4. Hebrews 2:16, Jesus confirmed to be the “Seed” of Abraham

These 4 references represent the major direct references of Jesus being a natural human “seed” (Nun) of men. However, from these four verses, we can clearly see how Jesus is being called a natural “Seed” (Nun), of two major Bible men. Both of these men were given direct heavenly promises about a coming “Son”, which we know from these verses, is revealed to be Jesus the Christ.

This knowledge of a human “seed”, representing Jesus, brings us to also recognize the fact that Jesus is also called a “Son” many times in the New Testament. We learned in the “Beyt” lesson that a “Son” is the Hebrew word “ben”. You should remember that this word is comprised of two letters, the “Beyt” + “Nun”. In ancient Hebrew letter meanings, this can signify “The Father’s House continues in His Seed”. Knowing this, we can clearly see how Abraham’s and David’s house will continue forever in their risen Son, named Jesus Christ. Let us continue this section of the human “Seed” being Jesus with a potential new expanded view.

Remember, Jesus is called the “Son of David” in at least 12 verses in the Gospels. At least three times in the Gospels, Jesus is called the “Son of Abraham”. What we are learning is a pattern of Jesus being the human “Seed” from two earthly houses of two fathers. But also remember that David was in, and from the house and family of Abraham. So, we are now being introduced to the concept of generations through the passing of “seed”. This occurs when one man’s name, house and family can only continue, as long as his seed remains alive to be passed down. If the father dies, and leaves no heir to his house, the family name has ended.

If you read the Luke 3 genealogy of Jesus you will find Jesus came from the natural “seed” of many fathers, being passed down many times. If Satan could have killed one of these fathers before his seed of “Christ” could be passed, this would have been a very significant situation for God. This is exactly why Satan, who did not understand which seed Christ would come from, has tried to kill all children throughout all of history. But this Luke 3 genealogy and Jesus himself, makes another shocking claim in the Gospels that few pay attention to.

One of the key mentions of Jesus as a “Son” (ben=Beyt+Nun), occurs in around 82 N.T. verses. God calls Jesus by the title of the “Son of man” in multiple Bible verses. But Jesus called Himself, the “Son of man” more times than any other name or title. He did this in every book of the Gospels. If Jesus was speaking Hebrew, which I believe He was to Jewish people, He said “I am the Son of Adam”. This is because the Hebrew word H120 that is often translated as “man”, is also the same exact word that is translated as “Adam”, the first man’s name. This would make Jesus the Christ, also a “Seed” of Adam. This is completely amazing when you learn Jesus was being called the Son of Adam, is also called the “last” Adam (1 Cor 15:45), and the “second” man (1 Cor 15:47) by God in the New Covenant. These essential facts gave Jesus the legal right to be the first Adam’s, kinsman redeemer. The kinsman redeemer is revealed by God in multiple verses, but the book of Ruth and Boaz as a type of Christ, is one of the best examples. Wow, we could write a book about that subject also. But we need to move on to another direct claim of Jesus saying He is another very special type of spiritual “Seed” (Nun).

3. Jesus Claims to be a New Spiritual Seed (Nun)

We must learn in this lesson that Jesus made direct claims to being a “seed” (Nun). Remember what a “seed” was created to be.  A “seed” has the great potential to create “new life” of the same kind as the source of the seed contributor. But Jesus was a new unique man, that was a “Seed” from two families that become one in Christ. We have already seen the natural family of man contribution to Jesus. Now we will explore the spiritual God contribution.

Every “seed” produces new life of the exact same kind as stated in the law of “seed” producing after its own kind in Genesis 1:11. God establishes a law of reproductive same kind of new life, for His and our benefit. We must understand there was a need for “new life” after Adam died and let Satan become the God of this world (2 Cor 4:4). Adam sealed the fate of every human to eternal death, but God became a man to initiate a brand-new creation (2 Cor 5:17), to give us His newly created life. We are about to learn that God accomplishes this by becoming a combined physical and spiritual “Seed” Himself to die. Thank you, Jesus. Praise the Lord!

But a “seed” must be buried into the ground in order to create this new life.  A seed literally was designed by God to die, and to be buried. We will discover in this next verse that Jesus makes the direct claim to being this very specific type of “seed” that will produce our new life. It is this gift of new life that will again permit humans to resemble Him, and to be remade into His designed image and likeness. But this newly created human will have something better than Adam originally had, and that was God living in Him, and not just coming to visit Him, walking in the garden. What Adam lost; Jesus the Last Adam restores to new, but it is greatly enhanced and designed not to fail. Let us read the verse, and then analyze the words being spoken:

John 12:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn (Nun=Seed) of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 

Can you see that Jesus just claimed to be a “seed”? It might be a little concealed by the choice of word the translator selected. The Greek word that was translated as “corn” is G2848, and this word literally means a single “kernel” of seed. In an ear of corn, each kernel is a “seed” that is able to produce an entire new corn stalk when planted. This corn seed can also be ground into corn meal to produce bread. But a corn kernel is not the seed type that Jesus claimed to be.

What type of “seed”, did Jesus just claim to be? It is found in the translated word “wheat”. This Greek word G4621 means a grain, but it is mostly used to represent “wheat”. It is used 14 times in the N.T. and 12 times it is translated as “wheat”. It is most important, to know Jesus is speaking symbolically and figuratively when using this analogy. Jesus is only using the natural to teach us about a much greater spiritual “seed” concept.

This “seed’ type of wheat, is actually very accurate based upon other words that Jesus reveals about Himself. It is the grain heads of the wheat stalk, that makes ground-up flour that humans bake wheat-based bread with. Now relate quickly about bread being baked, and apply this to what Jesus did for us as a spiritual “seed”. Jesus would be killed, and then buried in the ground for 3 days physically as a natural “seed”. But His spirit that came down from the father, would spend these same 3 days in hell, a place that is a very hot oven to pay for our sin debt. This would appear to connect Jesus to being like bread also. It is very interesting to notice this is exactly what Jesus claims to be, that is made from the grain of wheat:

John 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 

We get the confirmation for which type of “seed” (Nun) that Jesus is claiming to be, by reading John 6:51. Here Jesus makes another astounding claim to be the “living bread” sent down from heaven. Here Jesus is speaking to the Jewish people who knew the story of Moses and the children of Israel in the wilderness. We can clearly understand how Jesus said the manna that was sent by God from heaven to feed Israel, was a type of who Jesus was when He appears to them in the flesh. Jesus is calling Himself, a far greater spiritual bread that is alive. The “manna” that God fed them with in the wilderness only provided physical strength and temporary life, but Jesus is claiming to be a spiritual bread that will save them eternally. Remember bread is made from “crushed” grain seed (Nun), mixed with “water” (Mem). Remember water is also a type of a life-giving essential substance, and this represents the Spirit and the Word of God. We have again repeated the pattern of the combined “Mem” and “Nun” connection. Now notice this prophecy of Jesus found in Isaiah:

Isa 53:10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 

Hopefully, you understand this chapter is Messianic and concerns Christ’s death on a cross (Tav). But notice the Hebrew word H1792 that is translated as “bruised”. This word describes a “crushing” experience of a “seed” that is done to produce bread. The Hebrew word H2233 is the word we found in Genesis 8:22 that God gave us in His law of “seed”, time and harvest for producing fruit.

We have just gone full circle from New Testament claims of Jesus being the “seed” that was given to produce brand new life in dead humans, returning to the law of “seed”, time and harvest, and finally the prophecy of how God was going to perform this plan in His Son Jesus Christ. What was the plan?

Jesus actually gave us the answer in John 12:24. Jesus claimed to be a spiritual “seed” that would be crushed for our human sin penalty, His body would be bruised, and then be nailed on a cross and die. Then the physical body of Christ a “seed”, would be buried in the ground. Jesus just described this spiritual work by giving everyone a natural farming lesson of how to produce increase. One planted grain of wheat seed can produce many other seeds when matured. These produced “seeds” can continue to grow new plants. This process can produce exponential growth over the process of a short time.

How did the whole Church body of Christ, go from 1 seed Jesus Christ, to the church size it is today? This answer should be self-evident. We can read after the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, He met with His disciples and breathed on them in John 20:22. This was the first generation of church new-life beginnings. Then we see 120 people in the “upper” room on Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit falls upon them and now the church body has multiplied by 10-fold. 3000 men outside of the building suddenly heard the commotion going on, and they come to believe in Jesus after Peter preaches the Gospel to them, and now there are at least 3120 people in the church body in only a very short time. This is suddenly almost a 30-fold growth. Can you see the exponential growth taking place in the body of Christ?

This “Seed” principle of new life, is why Satan is very sorry for killing Jesus on a cross (1 Cor 2:8). It was this concealed “Seed” (Nun) plan of God that doomed Satan to hell, and it was God guarantee of a new “Seed” in Christ, that will cause a victorious church in the very soon coming end of this world.

This exponential growth of seed time and harvest, was how God designed all natural things to function. It is this natural “seed” pattern of continuance and growth that was implemented in the unseen spiritual realm to operate also. It is amazing how one man named Adam with his wife named Eve, could produce over 7 billion people currently on the planet in 6000 years. This is what is happening in the end-time church also, before He returns to harvest His wheat, separating it from Satan’s tares of the world which will be burned in hell (Mat 13:25-30).

4. Jesus the Word (Seed) of God

One of the most significant mentions of Jesus being a Spiritual Seed is found in the New Testament. But to understand this foundational concept, let us first remember what Jesus taught us in the Parable of the Sower. Hopefully, you know this parable already. It will not be covered in depth in this lesson. In this parable, Jesus teaches about sowing “seed” (Nun) into four types of ground. 3 types of seed fail to produce “fruit” and one type of ground produces 3 levels of varying measures of “fruit”.  In the explanation that Jesus provides, Jesus is the implied “Sower” of the “seed” (Nun). Jesus the Sower we are told is “sowing” the specific type of seed, named as the “Word of God”. The soil ground is defined to be the heart of humans. Those that receive His “Seed” and produce “fruit” are those that are saved. We should all be able to apply this knowledge to the “Nun” concepts we have learned so far, of a “sprouting” seed to produce new life. Humans being saved is the goal of Him sending His “Nun” Seed into the world.

What we have just established is God declaring His Word to be His “Seed” unto human salvation. But this is a double reference, because Jesus is called the Word of God in several scriptures. Please begin with John 1:1 and read down to verse 14. It begins, “In the beginning, the Word=Seed was with God, and the Word=Seed was God”. We have just discovered that God’s Word was God, and we paired this truth with the parable of the Sower definition of what “Seed” is, and we have God’s Word is His Seed, and His Seed is God that saves us. Wow, I pray you understood.

Then in John 1:14, God declares to us all, that God the Word (Seed/Nun) was made “flesh” and “dwelled” among us. The Greek translated as dwelled, means to “tabernacle” with humans. This personal tabernacling was a prophetic fulfillment of the type given to us in the God patterns of the tabernacle given to Moses.  This is why the “Beyt” alphabet letter in the image of a “tent” tabernacle is so significant. This “Beyt” tent was a prophetic picture of God personally dwelling in a human body on the earth to die for all sins.

But let us place the Bible facts together. God came and tabernacled (Beyt) with humans, and this was accomplished by Him (the Word Nun Seed) being sent as a “seed” (Nun) which impregnated a “virgin” woman named “Mary”. The physical Nun Seed child of God, named Jesus was produced by the spoken “Seed” of God’s Word and this was joined with Mary’s natural egg to become a male son, and a human child named Jesus. This male son, was a son from two joined dimensions of reality. The mother was a completely physical/natural woman, born from Adam’s sinful lineage to die. And the Father of Jesus was completely the spiritual God creator of heaven and earth. This made Jesus the “seed” of natural men like Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, David, etc., as well as equally the spiritual “Seed” (Nun=Word) of God the Father of Heaven.

Let us confirm Jesus is called the Word/Seed of God, in other verses quickly. It is essential to understand that in 1 John 5:7, that the trinity of God is being called to be one God, in the triune form of the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit. In this verse God has revealed Himself to be the Father, the spoken Word of God representing His “Seed” (Nun), and His Holy Spirit.

In Revelation 19:13 Jesus is again called by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit as to be named “The Word of God”. This makes Jesus using the referenced definition of the “Seed” = “Word of God”, in the parable of the Sower, to be God’s Seed (Nun). Therefore, we have been given three witnesses within the New Covenant that claim Jesus is God’s spoken Word that was a “Seed” that became flesh to be born as a baby, and then to die as a man. This is very profound and significant revelation for many Christians to consider and learn.

God created His entire creation using Word/Seed (Nun). Therefore, God’s Word is the substance that created the world we live in and is also the substance that still holds it together. This is why Acts say “In Him we live and move and have our being” here on the earth. Then God does the most radically unexpected thing ever imagined by angels, devil, demons, and humans, He becomes a part of His creation by sending His Word/Seed (Nun) to become flesh to contain His Spirit. It was this combination of human and divine that saved us from our eternal demise of hell. This act was the ultimate expression of God’s Love for all humans. We should be in awe of this work, the devil certainly is, and it took him by complete surprise.

5. CONCLUSION

We are going to conclude this lesson on the sprouting “Nun” Seed of God being the LORD Jesus with a few verses of prophecy. We should all be able to see how these verses confirm the “Nun” Seed of God concepts for what we have learned today:

Isa 43:19  Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. 

The letter “Nun” represents a generation of “New” life. The letter “Nun” is clearly revealed in this verse of Isaiah. God declares through the prophet Isaiah, “Behold, I will do a new thing”. This represents the “Seed” continuation law of new life found in Genesis. God created this law to place into effect the way of salvation for every human. Jesus was this “Way”, and He claimed He was the only way for true life in John 14:6.

The Hebrew word H6779 that is translated as “spring forth”, is another “seed” (Nun) confirming characteristic. This word literally means “to sprout” as a seed in order to grow new life. God revealed this same concept in Isaiah 42:9 and we know this is written about Jesus because He tells us in Revelation 21:5, “He is making everything new”.

Now notice in this verse of Isaiah 43:19 the repeated pattern of joining a “seed” with new waters that will flow in a previously dry wilderness. Symbolically we know both of these references are referring to God’s Word. The lack of water is a location where the Word of God was not taught. The “seed” is still the Word of God that will be spread by it being taught. Do you believe God connecting the “Mem” (water) and the “Nun” (seed) together in Christ is a coincidence, or could this just be another major example of His supreme intelligence? You should know what I think already!

The last Messianic verse we will review is also about Jesus being a new tender plant that came from a Nun Seed:

Isa 53:2  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 

A tender plant, and its roots come from a “Seed” (Nun). The Hebrew word H3126, again carries the meaning of a “sprouting seed”. Jesus in these words is being stated to be, a new growing plant, which originated from a “seed”. This aligns with the concept of the “Seed” (Nun), that Jesus claimed to be. Jesus said, unless a “grain of wheat” (Nun) die, and is buried, it abides alone.

Notice in this verse the repeated connection of the “Mem” (water) (or lack thereof), with the “Nun” (seed) again. Jesus is foretold to be born as a tender plant in a land where it is void of the true teachings of God’s Word. Jesus makes the reference to the Pharisees; your traditions make the Word of God of no effect (Mat 15:6). Jewish leaders were teaching the people only human thoughts of their traditions and not the True Word (Nun) of God. But God would send His Seed Son into this dry environment to bring them light and potential new life.

What we are observing, is the plan of God to do a brand-new creation in Jesus Christ, His Seed of New Life. These verses were written about Jesus, many years before Jesus came to the earth in the flesh to die. The ancient Hebrew alphabet was designed by God to foretell of this event, even many years before Isaiah wrote about it. Wow, what an amazing God we serve.

Peter wrote in 1 P Peter 1:23, that Christians are born again not by corruptible “Seed” ((Nun), but by the “Incorruptible Word of GOD!”. These are two types of seeds that every human must experience in order to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5). The first seed is natural, the second seed is supernatural. Being born of only the first guarantees your eternal death, because in in the first Adam we all die. But being born-again by the “Seed” of God guarantees your eternal life (1 Cor 15:22).

There could have been a significant amount of other spiritual information, that could have been shared in this overview and introduction lesson on the Nun. However, this information provided should have been enough to get you interested into digging into the Word of God for yourself. It should have given you a hunger to know God more today, than you did yesterday. God became a man named Jesus, so that we could become one with Him as His New creation (2 Cor 5:17).

Thank you very much for reading and studying the Bible with us. We love you more than you know, and pray for you, please do the same for us. Jesus is coming back to the earth, sooner than you can imagine. If you are not ready to meet Him, it will be a very sad day for you to miss Him. If the LORD is willing, there will be more Bible lessons coming. God bless each and every one of you with the “Spirit of wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of Him”. Be blessed in Him

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Jesus in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Part 23 – The Tav

(Ver 1.1) This lesson is “Part 23” in the Bible study series about the Lord Jesus Christ, being hidden in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet. Today’s lesson will focus upon the last letter in the Hebrew Alphabet called the “Tav”. The “Tav” is the 22nd letter of the Hebrew alphabet. We should have already learned a lot about this letter, by reading from the beginning of the series. But if you have not read the series from the beginning, you might like to go to “Part 1” to start.

The letter “Tav” is one of the two alphabet letters, that Jesus directly claimed to be represented by personally in the Bible. We have already learned that Jesus said in Revelation 1:8, 1:11, 21:6, and 22:13, that He was the “Alpha” and the “Omega”. These are the first, and the last letters of the Greek alphabet. This was Jesus claiming to figuratively be, not only the beginning, and ending of all things, but also Him making the plain declaration that He is even literally every alphabet letter that makes up the languages that we can know Him by. Please make a note that Jesus made this claim in Revelation, 4 times. This number will become a repeated pattern in this lesson.

We must understand that the words of Jesus claiming to be one language’s first and last letters, would definitely apply Him to be found in the exact same corresponding letters, of every language. God knows every language in existence. Just because you speak a language like English, and the New Testament is written in Greek, this does not mean we all have to learn to speak Greek. This means the Greek Alpha and the Omega, could have been translated to be the A and the Z, and it would teach us the same concepts given to us by God from Greek.

Do you remember what Jesus Himself, claimed in John 12:24? In this verse of scripture, Jesus claimed the He was a “corn of wheat” seed. He then said that He would remain alone, unless He died, was buried in the ground to sprout, and then to bring forth much new fruit. Wow, this is very amazing news about His “death” on a “Tav” cross, and what happened afterwards. But please realize Jesus is speaking of Himself as being a spiritual seed, and that this planting will be of Him being raised from the dead, in order to produce His new spiritual fruit called the new creation of the church.

This knowledge should help us understand that these translation concepts, must also include the original Old Covenant Hebrew language, since Jesus was born a Jewish man. Most likely Jesus gave this alphabet representation claim to John by speaking to him in the Hebrew language. And John would have made the translation, from Hebrew to write it in the Greek language for the world to read.

We can easily reach this conclusion, because when Jesus appeared to Saul of Tarsus, being described in Acts 26:14, Jesus spoke from heaven to Saul in the Hebrew tongue. Remember Jesus was still in heaven when John received this revelation. Therefore, if Jesus spoke the Revelation verses to John in Hebrew, like He spoke to Saul in Acts, then these letters written in Greek would have been the Hebrew alphabet beginning and ending letters, called the “Alef” and the “Tav”, respectfully.

It is essential to realize that in the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, the “Alef” and the “Tav” are combined to form a mostly untranslatable word. This Hebrew word is H853 in the Strong’s, and it occurs in over 5000 verses of the text. In most of these verses, we can find Jesus being secretly referred to in the words, with God using figurative types, shadows, allegory, and other forms of writings. This is exactly why Jesus looked at the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem, and said to them, “Search your scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, but these are they that testify of me” (Jn 5:39). Remember, that Jesus was speaking to people who were Jewish, and He was referring to the Old Covenant Hebrew language when describing of their testimony of His personal hidden identity.

These words of Jesus combined with His spoken words in Revelation, claiming to be two direct alphabet letters, should cause us to begin to believe, that if the beginning letter and the ending letter of an alphabet is about Jesus, then every letter in between must also have something to “testify” about Jesus being LORD. So let us get started with the specific last and ending Hebrew letter “Tav”.

INTRODUCTION – THE TAV

We have already briefly seen the “Tav” in previous lessons in the series. The letter “Tav” has been assigned a numeric value of “400”. The “Tav” Ancient Hebrew letter pictogram, is a visual image of a cross. The letter sound in the English language is like the letter “T”. Like most Hebrew letters, there is also a word of the same “Tav” sound. This Hebrew letter sound alike word is “Tav” H8420, and it means “a mark”. Therefore, the basic meaning of the letter “Tav”, is that of a “mark”.

A mark is some kind of inscription, line, or figure that emphasizes or distinguishes something or someone. Marking a date on a calendar makes that date special to someone. But a mark could be a person’s signature. Usually, people sign their name as their mark on contracts or legal agreements, but for those unable to sign, they could simply scribble their identifying “mark”.

This Hebrew word that is translated as “mark” is comprised of two Hebrew letters. The first is the “Tav”, and the second is the “Vav”. The “Tav’, as we are learning is a “cross” picture, and the “Vav” happens to be the picture of a “nail”. A “nail” will certainly leave a mark in the body of a man hanged on a cross. One of the meanings of the letter “Vav”, is that of making a “connection”. People do this by nailing two boards together. The separated boards become joined together by the “Vav” nail. Humans were separated from God before Jesus was connected to the “Tav” cross with a “Vav” nail. Do you think any of this was a coincidence? Of course, it was NOT!

This word H8420 is used in Ezekiel 9 twice, in verses 4 and 6. In this context people who are not in favor of the nation of Israel’s sin, received a mark (Tav) on their foreheads. Everyone that does not have this mark to save them, is slain. This appears to be a type of a parallel of soon coming end time events that are described in the book of Revelation.

In Revelation 13:7, people are doomed to hell by receiving the “mark” of Satan’s beast. But in Revelation 7:4 God seals 144,000 men to save them, by placing a mark in their foreheads. Then, in Revelation 22:4, the people who do not receive the mark of Satan, receive the name “mark” of the Lamb in their foreheads. We can begin to see how there are two “marks” and “names” in which all humans can choose between. The “Tav’ mark represents God’s name and family, and this certainly appears to be the wisest human selection. The other option is to receive Satan’s name as a mark (Rev 13:7), and stay in his family.

Therefore, the letter “Tav” has at the least, six specific, indirect and direct meanings assigned to it as being the “mark” of God.

  1. The number 400
  2. A “cross” mark as pictured
  3. Jesus as the “Last”
  4. The Cross, God’s “goal” or “mark” to obtain
  5. The “sign” or “mark” of a covenant
  6. The “name” and “mark” of the family house we belong

These are just a few of the major meanings found in the letter “Tav” that we will be learning about today. Let us begin with understanding more about the letter “Tav” number value 400, first.

1. TAV – 400

The “Tav” letter has a specific number value of 400 assigned to it. If there were any other number of letters in the ancient Hebrew alphabet, the number 400 would not have fallen on this last letter “Tav”. Therefore, there must be a pre-designed higher intelligence meaning, for this specific number to be associated with this specific cross letter picture.

Remember, that Jesus spoke 4 times in Revelation that He was the last letter of the alphabet, and 4 x 100 = 400, the number value of this last letter. It is interesting that the number 100 is the value of the Hebrew letter “Qof”. This letter is drawn as a picture of a rising sun. In Malachi 4:2, God writing about Jesus says “The Sun of Righteousness, will arise with healing in His wings”. Therefore, we are observing another prophecy of the number 4 being multiplied by 100 as a sign of a man that dies on a cross (Tav), and He will arise (Qof) from the dead to give us His righteousness. We can figure out that Jesus thought that this was talking about himself, since He was the one that claimed to be the letter “Tav”, 4 times. But what does the number 4 have to do with a rising “Qof” (100) sun, in association with the timing of a cross (Tav)? We are about to find other potential prophetic associations with the number 4, 40, 400, and 4000 as we continue.

The number 4, in its various forms, is actually very significant as a pattern in the recorded records of the Old Testament. We should know by reading stories in the Bible, that the number “40” is associated with a time of “testing”, “temptation”, and “judgement”. There was Noah that entered into the Ark, when it rained 40 days to destroy the world. There was Moses that met with God on mount Sinai for 40 days (Exo 24:18), and this time delay away from the people of Israel, caused them to fail a very important test (Exo 32:1). Later in Numbers 32:13, the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years to eliminate one generation that refused to possess the promise land. Everyone should also know that Jesus was tested by Satan, for exactly 40 days in the wilderness (Mk 1:13). After the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb, Jesus met several times with His new, New Covenant family on the earth for 40 days (Acts 1:3), before ascending into heaven to sit down. Finally, remember that Jesus waited 4 days before He raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:39). That will become very significant to our lesson soon.

There was exactly 400 years stated in Genesis 15:13, when God tells Abram, that his seed would be in bondage to a nation that was not of God. There, they would be treated harshly, and be as servants and slaves. But God said He would judge that nation, and his people would be delivered, and come out from them with an abundance of His blessings. This was God speaking of the natural nation of Israel that would be delivered from Egypt, through God’s chosen servant named Moses.

This Old Covenant story of deliverance, is full of types, shadows and prophetical patters of the coming New Covenant, implemented by Jesus Christ on the cross (tav). We learn this truth by reading 1 Corinthians 10:11, where God says the words written in the Old Covenant are “ensamples” for us in the New Covenant. The Greek word translated as “ensamples” is G5179, and this word means a “die” as struck, a “stamp”, or a “scar” as a mark. Especially remember the “scar” reference, because this is a very specific type of “mark” (Tav) symbol, that we will see again soon. But the main definition states that the Old Covenant was a “type” of the New.

God informs us by using this specific Greek word selection, that the Old Covenant, has applications for covenant examples, and covenant warnings for everyone in the New Covenant. These words were given for us to learn from, to not repeat their mistakes. But what does the number 400 associated with a natural nation being freed from physical bondage, have to do with the church? Could it be that it is because the church is called a spiritual nation (1 Pet 2:9) by God, and we have been freed from our spiritual bondage from Satan (Col 1:13), a hostile enemy of God?

Let us please remember, that from Abraham to Christ was approximately 2000 years, and from Adam to Abraham was also approximately 2000 years. Adding these together we have a total of 4000 years of human history from the first Adam to Jesus, who is called the “Last Adam” (1 Cor 15:45). Isn’t that interesting that we are studying the “last” letter in the Hebrew alphabet, and Jesus is also called the “last” Adam? It should be easy to see the “Tav” connections to Jesus taking place.

Then, know that no human was ever spiritually saved until after the Last Adam, Jesus died on the cross that is representative of the last letter (Tav). When Jesus was resurrected from the dead, He was raised up 4000 years after the first Adam sinned to allow Satan to rule over our world (2 Cor 4:4).

It should be becoming more obvious now, how the “Tav” being a cross, the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and having the number value of 400, is a prophetic pictured image and timed prediction of the crucifixion of Jesus. God is shining a light upon the timing of Jesus’ coming death on a cross, as a pattern of the number 400.

Therefore, the number of 4000 years appears to be the essential timing for God’s detailed work of salvation. The number 4000 is simply “400” (Israel’s natural captivity period) multiplied by 10. The number 10 is the Hebrew Letter “Yod”, and this letter has the meaning of “work”. Can you begin to see the connection, to what God was doing in Jesus on the cross, was His greater work of all human spiritual salvation?

If Israel, was in physical bondage for 400 years, why can’t the number 4000 years, be a greater reality relating to humans being in spiritual bondage to Satan, the time from Adam to Jesus? 400 years of physical bondage, must be a type of the greater 4000 years of spiritual bondage. But how do we confirm this transition?

It is interesting that in the Hebrew mindset, multiplying any number by the number 10, can be viewed as “a completeness of order”. Or in other words, multiplying a number by 10, brings that number to a stated “fulness” of “completion”. Therefore, multiplying 400 x 10 = 4000, causes the number 4000 to be the fulfilment of the prophecy of the number 400 as a type. God confirmed this pattern with reading in Galatians 4:4. This verse states Christ’s appearance on earth, happened at a very specific planned and timed event within all of human history, and God called this event “the fulness of time”. This word can also be understood to be the “fulfilling of”. For example, Romans 13:10 says “love is the fulfilling of the law”. Do you see the concepts being taught by this word selection?

If we look up the Greek word G4138 that was translated as “fulness”, we learn it can be defined to be “completeness”, as in a cup that has been filled. It appears that God has reused specific patterns of events of previous time periods that happened to natural Israel, to reveal prophecy of Jesus’s work for all humanity. Please remember, that patterns are prophecy (Ecc 1:9). And, the Spirit of true prophecy is always a testimony of Jesus (Rev 19:10).

This one Old Covenant pattern describes their physical bondage to, and deliverance from Egypt. This recorded natural event and timing, appears to represent something spiritual, that happens to the New Covenant church through Jesus. Hopefully, you are already knowledgeable to what this work of Christ was.

In studying the Bible for many years, I have come to the conclusion that the 7 days of creation described in Genesis chapters 1 and 2, are an outlined prophetic view into the entire history of man upon the earth during this age. If we apply God’s time of one day representing 1000 years, as defined by 2 Peter 3:8, and divide 4000 by 1000 years, we arrive at 4 days within God’s defined scale of all human time as 7 days or 7000 years total.

Now take this number back to “Day 4 of creation” and see what God did. If we read Genesis 1:13-19, we will find God’s description of day 4 of creation. On this day God set two rulers into place. The rulers were called the greater light, that rules the day, and the lesser light, that would rule the night.

These two lights are called in other parts of the Bible, the “sun” and the “moon”. These two ruler separations, represent two “kingdoms”. The Day is the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, who we know is called the “Sun of Righteousness” in Malachi 4:2. We saw this earlier in this section with the mention of the “Qof” Hebrew letter that is the number 100.

The kingdom of “darkness” and the “night” is the dominion of the devil (Col 1:13, Eph 5:8). It is amazing that by humans choosing to enter into God’s “Kingdom of Light”, they have been freed from the spiritual kingdom of the darkness of this world (Col 1:13). There are multiple other lessons available here to confirm all of this with many scriptures. It is most interesting that this event of dividing spiritual night from spiritual day, took place 4000 years after Adam sold us into Satan’s authority, and this was prophesied exactly on Day 4 of creation.

Therefore, we can see how the “Tav” representing the number 400 has significant value and application to the work of God to die on a cross, and this occurred 4 days in God’s spiritual timeline, when Jesus died 4000 years in the timing of the human calendar. These 4000 years represented spiritual captivity to a spiritual enemy of God and man. There is much more that could be written about this, but this was the quick overview of the number 400 of the Tav, and how it relates to Jesus’ deliverance of humanity on a cross (Tav).

2. TAV – THE OBVIOUS MARK OF A CROSS

The first and most obvious meaning of the letter “Tav”, is taken from the plain, direct, and clear picture of it, as a Roman style “cross” of execution. We all need to take the Bible as “literally” as possible when reading and studying. Think about how intelligent God is compared to us. Then imagine Him not being able to “Say what He means and mean exactly what He says”. This is why I believe firmly that every pictogram of the Ancient Hebrew alphabet was designed by God, to get across a plain message meaning of the picture, to point us to the main subject of the entire Bible, named Jesus.

The first known crucifixions in human history, took place 500 years before Christ. This means this cross letter was written in Hebrew texts, 500 – 1000 years before Christ would die upon a cross. The first usage of a cross occurred during the “Persian” empire. It was used to make examples of at least 3000 people during the time of Darius, the King of Persia. But this method of execution became especially perfected during the Roman empire when Jesus was physically living in Israel.

Observing the picture of the ancient Hebrew letter, we all can plainly see that the “tav”, represents two crossed wooden poles, that are overlapped to form the exact shape of a common style of Roman execution device, called a “cross”. Today, many people wear this symbol as jewelry, with most not having a clue to its meaning, purpose or what God has accomplished for us in Christ hanging on a cross (Gal 3:13, Rev 5:9).

The death sentence on a cross was designed for ultimate pain, and a slow death. This “crossed” wooden pole device was implemented as the cruelest, and most humiliating method of a slow death. This method of death took place by “nailing” a human’s feet and hands, to two crossed wooden posts. The posts were made of the wood from trees, that were able to hold the large nails. This combination was able to secure the weight of the human, being hanged on it. With every breath the crucified human would have to force themselves upward creating ultimate pain, to allow air into the lungs and to exhale. Eventually the human would not have the strength to breathe again, and would suffocate.

We should all be able to understand that a “tav” represents crucifixion. We know from reading the Gospel eye witnesses accounts, Jesus was crucified and died. We can find that Jesus was hung upon a cross from 9 am (Mark 15:25) until 3 pm (Mark 15:34), a period of 6 hours, with half of them in sunlight and half of them in darkness (Mark 15:33). We can also read in Psalm 22:16, and Zechariah 12:10, that Jesus was prophesied to be “pierced” in His flesh. We know these prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus by reading John 19:31, and Revelation 1:7. This information clearly confirms the “Tav” as a cross, in the eyes of God, was speaking about Jesus.

This “Tav” cross death of Jesus and the release of His blood to die, is exactly what has been pictured in the ancient Hebrew alphabet letter “Tav” for approximately 3500 years when Moses first wrote the Torah. I call this God, hiding His truth in plain sight.  Now let us look at the important concept of this letter being the last in the alphabet.

3. TAV THE LAST LETTER = JESUS THE LAST

The fact that the “Tav” is the last letter of the alphabet, causes it to figuratively represent “completion”, “conclusion” and “closure”. As we know from studying Revelation 22:13, Jesus directly claimed to be, “the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last”. This was a very profound statement. In this statement He used the first and the last letters of the alphabet. Therefore, all of the words of Jesus in Revelation 22:13, were in clear agreement with the “Tav” being the “Last” letter.

Obviously, being the last is the opposite of being the “first”. When two human captains are picking a team for a game from a selection of possible players, usually they pick the best player first, and the least desirable player last. Therefore, being called “last” in a normal human mindset, usually carries the connotation, that the final option being chosen, discussed or observed, is not the best choice. However, in God’s mindset, He usually saves His last option, or selection to be His greatest work.

We have already seen where Jesus is called the “Last Adam” in 1 Corinthians 15:45. So this was the first picture of Jesus as being called a final, or ending “Adam” (man), that is implied to never occur again. Clearly, we learn Jesus was God’s best selection saved for “last”, and only He could save us all.

Mat 20:16  So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. 

Wow, could these words being spoken by Jesus, reveal something very profound that was happening in God’s work hanging on a cross?  I believe it does. Keep this in your mind as we continue learning about Jesus being called the “Last”. See if you can think how God’s Last Adam could possibly become a new beginning to be called the “First”? This is going to be amazing, and I hope you can see, and receive it. We will continue, by looking at some “last” words of Jesus while hanging on the Tav cross.

This “last” Hebrew letter “Tav”, further becomes directly connected to Jesus’ recorded death while hanging on the cross (Tav) by us observing this letter was a cross, and it helped manifest the death of Jesus. But we should know that it was actually Jesus’ choice to give up His spirit willingly (John 19:30), that caused His death (James 2:26). Everyone in Israel was shocked that Jesus was already dead including the Roman soldiers when they came to Him to break His legs to force death quickly (John 19:33).

Before the willing departure of His spirit, Jesus spoke some very specific “last” spoken words. One of His “last” recorded statements, was with Jesus crying out, “It is Finished” (John 19:30). This Greek word G5055 translated as “finished’, literally means to be “completed”, “concluded”, or “fulfilled”. It is definitely true that everything that the Holy Spirit wrote would happen to Jesus was being fulfilled. We can read in Matthew 26:54-56, Mark 16:49, and John 19:36 to name three, that many scriptures were “fulfilled” in the work of Christ’s death on a cross. Therefore, the words “It is finished” may mean, “Everything spoken of me, has been completed”. But that application could not be completely accurate, because Jesus had not yet risen, not yet ascended into heaven, and not yet returned to the earth to reign 1000 years, etc. Or maybe we are not seeing clearly what God has just accomplished in the words “It is finished”.

When anyone speaks the Hebrew alphabet, beginning with the “first” Alef and continuing in alphabetic sequence, they will always arrive at the Tav “last”. The alphabet speaker could be described as being “finished” speaking when they arrive at the last letter “Tav”. Isn’t that interesting? When were the “First” recorded words of God found in the Old Covenant Hebrew text?

Do you remember how God created our world in Genesis? Creation was accomplished with God’s spoken words. 10 times in Genesis 1 it is recorded “God said”. Therefore, God created everything in our world using “spoken” words that held His power to create. God formed these words from selected specific alphabet letters. Are you beginning to see how alphabet letters that form words, could be viewed as potential creation building blocks? Could this be the reason Jesus is claiming to be the alphabet letters “Alef” and “Tav”?

Who is God’s Word? The “Word of God”, if you do not know is Jesus Christ, the second member of the trinity (1 Jn 5:7). The Bible says in John 1:1-3, that God in the beginning, through His spoken Word, created everything that was created. In John 1:14, God writes that the “Word”, who is God, became flesh as the man Jesus. Colossians 1:16 further confirms that God created everything that exists in heaven and on earth, by Jesus Christ whether they are things that are visible, or invisible realities. Now remember in Revelation 19:13 that Jesus is named the “Word of God”. Therefore, we have Jesus the Word of God who was God, being spoken by God, to create our physical world. If Jesus, is the WORD of GOD, which He clearly is, He must also be the individual alphabet letters that create the words.

God’s chosen words of creation were made from specially selected alphabet letters. The precise organization of each specific chosen letter to form the correct words, caused everything in the mind of God to manifest in our newly created world, after God spoke them. Think about this! Do you even know what this is saying, based upon us knowing John 1:1? This verse says, that in the beginning before there was anything created, there existed the Word, and this Word was with God, and this Word was God the Creator! Therefore, these spoken words that created are still God? The answer is yes, He is still the Word.

All of this information, is saying to us that the spoken words of God created everything that we can see around us in our universe. This information claims that the “God Particle” that is being searched for by modern scientists are, divine “sound waves”. These spoken words of creation, made up of alphabet building blocks, are the seed elements that are holding all of the universe together (Heb 1:3).

Wow, this is a very amazing revelation to many Christians, but it can become still even more amazing. Could Jesus who is God’s spoken living word, who created everything, and is holding all of our world together, could He say anything that could cause His creation to begin to “end”?  Remember, in Matthew 24:35 and Luke 21:33 that Jesus makes the direct prophecy, that both heaven and earth will pass away. But when does this coming end, begin? Could it be at the cross?

Remember according to John 14:24, Jesus claimed whatever He spoke only came from what He heard His Father tell Him to say. We also know it was this Father God that spoke the Word (Jesus) to create the universe. What then would you think happened when the same creator God who said “Let there be Light”, would come to the earth to die, and while hanging on a cross, He says “It is finished”? What would manifest in all of our creation, through these words spoken by Jesus the creator of heaven and earth? Do the spoken words of Jesus hanging on a cross, still have the same power to cause changes for life or death to occur? The answer must be YES! Therefore, we must ask this question, what did these pre-death spoken words upon a cross (Tav) the last letter, cause to occur when He said “It is Finished”? What was being “completed”, “closed” and “concluded”? When you figure this out it will help set you free completely from the devil.

By Jesus speaking “It is Finished”, causes us to see potential new meaning for these words using His claims of being the first and the last, and the “Alef” and the “Tav”. When He died on the cross, His physical mortal life’s work was definitely “finished”. His mortal work to pay for the penalty of the first Adam’s sin, was completed with His death. But that was not everything that had to happen to save us. Maybe, you do not yet “fully” understand the power of God’s three little words “It is finished”, but they will become more amazing as you study the Bible. We will only be able to be introduced to this potential new concept in this lesson, or we would need to write an entire book to teach it more completely.

But also remember after death, that Jesus had to spend 3 days, and 3 nights in the heart of the earth (Mat 12:40), and then He had to be resurrected from the dead by the Holy Spirit (1 Pet 1:3). Believe it or not, this God designed resurrection from the dead reality, began a brand-new creation that never existed before (2 Cor 5:17). Jesus died upon the feast of “Passover” to save all humans from the old creation, and He was raised from the dead on the feast of “first fruits” to begin a brand-new creation of freedom from Satan. Satan is a type of Pharaoh holding humanity as captive slaves, and his spiritual kingdom of the dark world is a type of Egypt.

This information alone, should be turning on several light bulbs in your heart and mind. Why does God in His Word, claim that there is coming, a new heaven and a new earth? God says this will happen in Isaiah 65:17, 66:22, 2 Peter 3:13, and Revelation 21:1. Why are there exactly 4 verses in the Bible that use the words “new”, “heaven”, and “earth”, in them? In these “4” verses God clearly reveals there is coming a new heaven and new earth. We can foresee from reading Revelation 21:1 that this new heaven and new earth will come to completed “fulness” after the 7000 years of total human history.  This represents the fulness of the one week of God’s Genesis 1-2 creation pattern of prophecy.

Wow, is God’s current created world going to end totally at a sudden and surprising single moment of time, or will the ending be a transition period of delay, with a possible big grand finale? If it is a delayed event, that means it is all future. But if it is a transitional phased overlap, that means it could be happening now, which it is. Therefore, when did this ending, begin to happen? What did God accomplish to guarantee the final ending outcome that He desired?

From what God has revealed to us in scriptures, there was a new creation transitional event that occurred at the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  We are learning that God initiated a new creation transition by planting a new “seed” named Jesus. This new seed Jesus, died and was planted in God’s current old creation. It was this new surprising “seed” planting, that will result in an amazing new reality, and Satan was clearly caught off-guard by this plan (1 Corinthians 2:8). It will be this new “first seed” planted that will grow, and increase to produce God’s desired “fruit” of harvest that He has waited for, for a long time (James 5:7). This new creation was initiated by God, and began to manifest at the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Perhaps you do not understand the concept that Jesus was a “seed”, so let us cover this briefly.

Many “new” creation things happened at the resurrection of Jesus. For example, at His resurrection, God initiated a New Covenant that never existed before between the risen Jesus and any believer in Him (Heb 8:18). In the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, God created a new Kingdom of Light, without any darkness in His Son Jesus (Col 1:13).  Remember also that God created a new royal priesthood and a new holy nation (1 Peter 2:9) and Jesus is called the King of all kings, and Lord of all lords of these people (Revelation 19:13). In the New Covenant, Jesus gave a “New Commandment” of Love, to govern in the hearts of everyone in His new creation (John 13:34). In this new creation is being built a “New Jerusalem”, and this new Holy city has never existed before (Revelation 21:2). In the resurrection of Jesus Christ, God raised the God man Jesus, from the dead “first”, before everyone else. Jesus Christ, is now called “the Firstborn from the dead” in Colossians 1:18, and Revelation 1:5.

Why was it necessary for Jesus, the sinless Son of God to be born-again, and to be named the “first” one that this happens to? Uh oh! There appears to be a new connection revealed, that is recurring to Jesus being called the “Alef”, the first letter of the alphabet, the “beginning”, and the “first”!  We have just found a new reoccurring pattern being revealed. That is about all we can cover on this subject today. But hopefully it will raise your curiosity to find more on your own.

But remember this key! The resurrection of Jesus from the dead, initiated a New Kingdom, house and family of God called “Day and Light”, and this kingdom was separated from the “night and dark” kingdom ruled by the lesser light Satan, as we saw earlier in the Genesis 1 prophecy. This new life that Jesus experienced first, simply initiated His immortal eternal work after death. All of this information implies, that there was something very significant that was wrong with God’s current creation, that needed to be fixed using a new “beginning”. The full transition of God’s new beginning in Christ, is still awaiting completion to occur. This will transpire after the full “end” of our current creation. Check out this verse that Paul wrote about this creation transition that was being eagerly awaited to come to fruition.

Romans 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 

Do you see what God is saying here? The word “creature” literally means “creation”. God is saying His current creation in heaven and on the earth, are earnestly awaiting the full appearance of the “sons of God”.  This is an astounding statement, since Paul himself wrote 2/3 of the New Testament, and when he wrote this book Paul said creation was still awaiting the appearance of the Sons of God. If you do not know what this means, let us take it back to the pattern of the Genesis 1 old creation.  On the end of Day 6 came God’s creation of a fully mature righteous man and woman, and God gave them dominion over the entire planet. This is believed to be a pattern for what is being waited for, at the end of day 6 or 6000 years, when the church is awaited to spiritually mature enough to use their spiritual authority over their spiritual enemy Satan.

This new coming beginning, was decided by God to emerge in a new-birthed spiritual Son, who was the uniquely combined earth and heaven participant, named Jesus. Jesus the God/Man, was the “first” one to be born and risen from the dead.

Let us conclude with a discussion of one possible meaning of the “Tav” as a letter that represents the “Last” or “ending” of God’s original creation (Gen 1:1). We have learned that “to be finished”, means a termination has been initiated by the death of Jesus on a “Tav” cross. We can confirm this by reading this verse in 1 John:

1Jn 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 

First take notice this verse claims the devil has been sinning from the beginning of creation. Do you understand what this verse is saying? God clearly says Jesus was “manifested” as a human (implied to die), in order that the works of the devil can be “destroyed”. But this Greek word G3089, translated as “destroyed” does not mean to cause the devil to be demolished, as in obliterated or cease to exist. Hopefully you do know that you cannot kill a spirit being like Lucifer.

This new knowledge implies to us, that Satan has done a lot of evil to corrupt God’s creation in both heaven and on the earth. God personally becomes a man (Mat 1:23), so that He could use a single “Tav” cross work, to move His current creation into a transitional time for undoing all of these works of evil, and to begin a new creation that never existed before. This is confirmed in the Greek word definition. This word means to cause to be “loosened” from. Anything that needs to be loosed, implies something was previously “bound”. In our case all humans were in bondage to Satan for 4000 years, and were bound for hell. Therefore, Jesus’ resurrection started a new creation work to untie the devil’s bondages that he has placed upon those in heaven and on the earth to whom he was in covenant with.

Then after God’s work in Jesus dying on a “Tav” cross, He reveals to us a new beginning for a new spiritual way of living in a new kingdom, and these two works occurred simultaneously, but with three days of separation apart. Wow, did you notice what God just said? There was three days of tomb transition for the one-man Jesus, to move from being fully dead to becoming fully alive forever.  This appears to be prophetical time that will reveal the 3,000-year time period of God’s old to new spiritual transition. After these 3,000 years, Satan will be fully and completely eliminated from the earth. This is again the concept of one day representing 1000 years as we used in the 7 days of creation.

This time will include the 2000-year (2 day) church age, which is followed by the 1,000-year (day of rest) time of the millennial reign of Christ. We are at the end of the 2,000-year church age, so the return of Christ is very imminent.  Only after 3000 years from the resurrection of Christ will; 1) the devil and all evil be placed in final eternal bondage (Rev 20:10), 2) the old heaven and earth creation can be consumed with fire (2 Peter 3:7), and 3) a new heaven and a new earth can be created (Rev 21:1).

It appears from Jesus’ words that He was proclaiming “His physical work on the earth as a mortal man was to die for human sin, and to redeem mankind out of the kingdom of darkness, was completed”. This work was His most direct accomplishment, by Him fulfilling the plain picture of the “Tav”. But as we have learned, there is another meaning for it is finished, by what happens directly 3 days after His death. This act of God clearly “signifies” and “marks” a creative new beginning, that had never been available before. This resurrection work of God in Christ, sealed the coming demise of Satan, and lifted Christ followers into a new creation reality of living “in Christ”. Being made “In Christ” a new creation, we are now far apart from the evil of this world, having been fully reconciled to be with God forever. Praise the LORD!

4. TAV – GOD’S CROSS MARK TO OBTAIN

We have covered this subject in other lessons, but it is worth reviewing again, for all the new readers and subscribers that were led by the Holy Spirit to come and study the Bible here. This Hebrew letter “Tav” has an interesting application for the church today. We are told in Matthew 16:24, that Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross (Tav) and follow me.

What was Jesus saying to us, by speaking the words for us to take up our cross (Tav)? He has basically instructed us to stop living for ourselves and for our independent purposes. In other words, He says come end your mortal life and become a born-again spiritual follower after dying to self. In order for us to take up a “Tav” cross and follow Jesus, we are required to come to the “cross” and pick it up. Let us talk about this concept in more depth.

This “cross” symbol of the “Tav” can be viewed as a turning point of opportunity for every human. We could also call it, God’s most significant “cross” road choice for a new direction, provided for all of mankind. This cross picture represents a map of two roads with a center intersection.  When we arrive, and we will all arrive at this decision point, we are standing at the center of an intersection that represents the ultimate eternal decision point for eternal consequence.

Every human has been given the freedom right to choose to remain moving in the direction towards the “mark” of eternal death in hell, or we can repent and change our direction point to life eternal. We do this by choosing to believe in Jesus, and to change directions towards knowing God’s eternal life cross “mark” destination. This is God’s purpose for everyone, and He provided it, by the death of the LORD Jesus who came to bring us into His Light and Life of knowing Him.

From the death of one Man named Jesus hanging on a cross, He has provided every human the only available exit point, from continuing on the default wide highway path to hell. Jesus said the majority of the world would choose this path of destruction, but no one is forced to do so. Jesus died on a cross (Tav) to become the only exit gate/door from the chosen road Adam gave to us leading to eternal death.  God in Jesus selected to become the right human choice for us, by Him freely offering anyone the gift of eternal life. We simply need to believe in Him being nailed to the posts of a wooden cross, experiencing death for us in hell, and then being raised back from the dead. This act of LOVE gave us something, unexpected, new, meaningful, powerful and profound to believe in.

One of the ultimate messages of the “Tav” (cross), was God giving to us a new cross (Tav) “mark” to travel towards. And it is by our faith in His visible marked signpost of His death, burial, and resurrection, and us calling Him our Lord, that gives us the confident “hope” of our same resurrection experience in the soon future.

By Jesus calling Himself the Alef and the Tav, being the first and the last letters of the Hebrew language, He was giving us a major clue to who He was and what He was doing for us. Please recall, that the Alef is the first letter of the alphabet, and the “Tav” is the last letter. And by joining these two letters together we get the Hebrew word H853 and this word occurs more than 6000 times in the Old Testament. I still believe that every occurrence points us to Jesus in some way.

The first letter Alef as we should know, is the “Ox” picture as a strong servant. The last letter picture as we have learned today is the “Cross” picture in ancient Hebrew, meaning a “mark” or “sign”. Placing these two together we arrive at the meaning, “driving the servant ox to the mark”. Remember, in ancient times, farmers would be placing a yoke upon their strong oxen, and then attaching them to a plow. The land owner would then place a “marker” in the distance to plow towards. This was done so that they could travel in straight lines through the soil to plant seeds, to produce fruit. Doesn’t that sound interesting?

Do you realize that these two letters (Alef+Tav), just described the work of God to save every human? You do know this, if you have studied the parables of Jesus in the Gospels. It would be worth your time to go now, and re-study them and find how many have something to do with farming and producing fruit. You will find in these natural examples, that sowing is done with God’s Word and if fruit is produced this growth causes human salvation.

What we have found, is that in these two letters (Alef+Tav) that Jesus claimed to be, were the combined overview of the entire plan of salvation and the work of God to spread His saving seed, which is the Word of God. God sent His Seed into the world and He became His Son. Jesus was God the manifested strong servant, to sow seeds into the hearts of everyone that would listen. All that listened intently and placed their determined confidence in Jesus, would be saved to enter into the New Covenant church creation.

We can further expand this topic with the fact that when we are saved, we are loosed from Satan, and newly bound and joined together with Christ like two yoked oxen that are pulling and working together to reach the end mark for our life’s calling. Jesus invited us all to “take His yoke, because it is easy” in Matthew 11:29. In this statement, Jesus is claiming that He is the “Alef” who is God, for us to be yoked with.  To be “yoke” means to be in covenant with, and this is our next subject.

5. TAV – THE COVENANT MARK

The next very significant meaning of the letter “Tav”, is it also being defined as a “sign” or a “mark”. But this mark is different than the life target mark we learned in the previous section. This “sign” or “mark” was implemented by God first in the flesh. This was an external mark as a scar, that was performed when making a covenant between two individuals.

This type of covenant “mark”, occurs multiple times in the Bible, and is still done in many places around the world today. Let us describe the basic process of what God is teaching. During the making of a covenant between two humans, each of them would use a sharp instrument, like a knife to make a cut mark in their flesh, either on their hands or wrists to cause blood to flow. Both bleeding covenant partners, would then mingle their blood by touching their cut hands or wrists together, and this would cause the covenant to be bonded as long as they were both alive. This cutting of the covenant, would also result in a lasting visible personal “mark” called a scar.

An individual covenant scar could be seen on that person’s body, as a continual reminder to him that he was in a covenant with someone else. Or one covenanted human could show his covenant mark on his hand or wrist, to remind his covenant partner of their covenant commitment to both keeping the promises of the covenant. This mark could also be shown to anyone else on the earth, even an enemy to verify that they had a covenant relationship that their enemy would have to deal with, if they attacked them. If someone was smart, they would make a covenant with the strongest person they could, and this would ensure their peace and safety against all enemies. Wow!

The very first covenant making event between two humans, occurred in Genesis 2. God created one man, named him Adam. God saw that it was not good for Adam to be alone, and God put Adam to sleep and took a rib from his side. This type of surgical procedure would normally cause the flow of blood. From this rib. God made a woman, who would be Adam’s wife. This was the God created model for a male and female marriage covenant (Gen 2:24), and it is the pattern for every ongoing marriage covenant, including Christ and the church (Eph 5:32). From that day forward Adam could have shown Eve the scar in his flesh, as a sign/mark that they were both made from one body. Wow!

Do you remember when God made the covenant with Abram in Genesis 17? As part of this covenant, God required that every male, was to be circumcised. And by anyone not agreeing and submitting to this mark in their flesh, caused that man to not be a part of that covenant. This cutting of Abram’s flesh, left an external covenant scar, and it could not be undone or redone.

At least, three things resulted in performing this covenant act. First, there was the initial cutting of the flesh, and this caused pain, and bleeding. Second this made a permanent mark upon the man’s flesh as long as he was alive. Third, making this covenant, made this man unique, separate and different than all of the rest of the people on the earth, because he had a covenant with the “Most High” God, and they did not. Finally, it is important to know that God’s covenant mark was normally, never seen by other humans, since it was uniquely private and covered.

This pattern of circumcision continued throughout the history of the natural nation of Israel. But God also killed animals in the Old Covenant, and their blood was sprinkled on all of the covenant people coming out of Egypt in Exodus 24:8. Therefore, the pattern of cutting flesh, producing blood and causing it to be mingled upon those agreeing in covenant, is continuing.

But now we jump to the New Covenant in Jesus, and find that the patterns of these natural covenant marks are still taking place. But they are now being implemented by God in the unseen spirit realm, instead of the external natural human visible flesh realm:

Heb 12:24  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. 

Heb 13:20  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant

It is very clearly written in the New Testament, how the shedding of the blood of Jesus on a cross (tav), implemented a brand-new God covenant between any human (Jew or Gentile), that would receive His blood. Because Jesus shed His blood, we are not required to cut our external flesh and bleed to create a visible flesh covenant mark. But this does not mean that no flesh has any scars in it, in the New Covenant.

Here is an important fact of all God covenants ever made. No created being, has been able to keep a God covenant. The first known revealed covenant in the Bible with Lucifer the highest angelic being failed, because of his rebellion. The Adamic Covenant between God and man, failed because of his rebellion. The marriage covenant with Israel also failed because of their rebellion. Because God is Holy and His standards of perfection are so pure, God had a challenge of how to save his most loved creation man, who He had made in His image, after His likeness.

Therefore, in God’s wisdom, He solved this problem by becoming a man in His creation that could, and would keep His necessary covenant standard of perfection. Then by Grace through Faith in Jesus, God included every human that would believe in His work, the right to be identified before God in the name and the body of Jesus, who is our eternal mediator between every imperfect human and the Holy God (Heb 12:24).

It is very essential to recall, that because Jesus’ body was hung on a cross for us, the external scars in His hands and feet from the nails, and the Roman spear that punctured His side, will always be a visibly “marked” reminder to all humans that are identified to be “in” Him. This will be an eternal reminder of His great love, grace, mercy and sacrifice (Jn 20:27) that took place to save us. Every time we will see Jesus during our eternal existence, the external physical scar reminders will be sufficient proof to cause us to remember, what He did for us. We can easily recall, how our saving covenant was implemented through His flesh and blood given for us freely. But there is also another new spiritual covenant “mark” given to every saved human. This spiritual mark is unseen with natural eyes, and it is very much like the mark of Abram.

Jesus did not personally need any internal spiritual marking to take place for His saving work. But humans did. Humans will receive a new immortal body at the resurrection. But when we were saved, we received a brand-new spirit (2 Cor 5:17), and God did a spiritual covenant work inside of us, as His “signed” evidence of our salvation. Instead of an external “mark” like Abram, Christians are given an internal spiritual reminder mark for the benefit of our spiritual enemy the devil to see. This new internal “mark” takes place only in our unseen spirit:

Rom 2:28  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh

Rom 2:29  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. 

Col 2:11  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ

Wow, do you see how God places His new covenant mark inwardly upon the unseen human spirit? Do you see how it is done by divine spiritual hands, and not natural human hands? These are amazing parallels that are patterned after the Abram covenant. Any human can be made clean by receiving the finished work of Jesus’ shed blood by faith. And the new covenant mark (tav) is made by the Spirit of God inwardly in our hearts when we believe, and confess Jesus as LORD.

6. TAV – MARK OF THE FAMILY YOU BELONG

The next significant meaning of the “Tav” alphabet letter, is that of a representation of a family “name”, or the “mark” of the family house. We are going to learn a potentially new concept for some, and for others it will be a review of some items we learned in the description of the Ancient Hebrew letter “Beyt”.

As an introduction to a Tav family mark, please allow me to write about some personal human family examples of a family mark. This human example, is patterned after the Tav God created concepts. This natural human example, will help some to understand the spiritual concept that is taking place by God’s spiritual handiwork.

My great grandfather, owned and raised some livestock, many years ago. This was a common type of human farm work 150 years ago. But there existed the possibility of losing one or more of them, because of broken fences, unexpected storms, natural disasters, or other potential unforeseen problems. These lost, loosed or stolen animals could present significant ownership problems and disputes when they were lost or found by the true owner, or other human neighbors. The loss of any owned livestock would be a significant risk for a greatly reduced personal income and wealth.

Therefore, to resolve the legal disputes, and losses of income, the owner would mark their cattle externally, with their identifying family mark.  This mark would be a unique sign or symbol identifying the owning farm or ranch, and it helped to eliminate the risk of loss. Can you begin to see how this “mark” is very similar to the covenant mark we learned previously? This concept clearly represents a “mark” of identity and a relationship of ownership.

This “marking” of cattle was called “branding”. And it was done by a custom-made medal device, usually made of iron. This device could be called a branding iron. The branding iron end, containing the identifying family “mark”, would be placed into a fire of intense heat, to make it glowing red hot. The hot end of the iron containing the mark, would then be applied to the leather cow hide of the living animal. And this action would leave the lasting scar, that would identify the animal for its entire life. So, this process is almost identical to what we learned about before in the “covenant mark” discussion about Abram. This is why this concept of marking a beast for a mark of ownership, sounds a lot like the same covenant terminology and patterns. Both concepts left a visible “mark”. This human implemented process of branding, copies the pattern of a God created family covenant mark, like circumcision.

I included a picture of my great grandfather’s branding irons, above. These were handed down from generation to generation. No, they are not still being used today. But they teach us and remind us about God’s created concepts that He has done for us in our spirit by placing His mark upon our heart. Just as the children of Israel were circumcised 8 days after birth, to receive God’s “covenant mark”, so it is with the New Covenant. The number 8 represents a “new beginning” and when a child of the living God is circumcised at their new birth, God places His Holy Spirit inside of our spirit as a “seal” of the covenant that has taken place (Eph 4:30).

What we are learning, is the fact that every human belongs to someone. We are either owned by God, or owned by Satan. If we read 1 Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23 we will find God with the price of the blood of Jesus, “bought” us out of the kingdom of Satan. We can clearly see that a very significant financial transaction took place to transfer ownership from being lost to being saved. Silver and gold were not a sufficient price, for this legal purchase. It required the life blood of God Himself to make this purchase (Ps 72:14, 1 Peter 1:19).

Satan was the default owner of every human, after Adam sold himself, and all of his children, to the devil (Isa 52:3, Rom 5:19). if you have not given your life to Jesus, and made Him your LORD, intentionally and voluntarily, you are still an owned slave of Satan (Rom 6:20). Because, God worked such a great work to save us He has caused a legal transfer of ownership to be made available to every human. This concept teaches us that God gives us the freewill choice to which family we will belong. Therefore, we have not been permanently “marked” yet! As long as a human is living on this earth, they can make that choice, but any delay would cause a great risk of not entering into God’s family. Now let us explore the concept of how and when we are “marked” for ownership within one of two families, for final ownership.

Let us look this God identifying family mark by reading in one ending verse in Revelation, found in the “Last” book and the “Last” chapter:

Rev 22:4  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 

This verse in context is describing God’s people. It very clearly states that God will write upon us, “His Name”. Uh oh, sound a lot like a branding, but I do not believe it will hurt. But this concept will be Him giving us His personal ownership “mark”. This act of receiving God’s name as His family mark, is the same as when a loving wife marries her husband and takes his name to be her own. This is what Christians lovingly do with God.

In this section we have been talking about this “mark” concept because the Hebrew word H1004 translated as “house”, has its roots in two Hebrew letters. The first letter of the word, begins with the second letter of the alphabet called the “Beyt”. You should recall that the beyt, represents a tent dwelling, and has the meaning of a house, and the family that lives within the house. Therefore, this letter also signifies the location of the Father’s house, where the Son comes from.

The last letter of the word H1004 translated as “house”, is the last letter of the alphabet the “Tav”, representing a “mark”. Placing these letters together, we get the meaning, the “mark of the house”. God uses this word to teach, each house is formed and governed by the home’s founding father’s name. The strong father would be the designated family originator, like the “House of the LORD”, the “house of Jacob”, the “house of David”, and etc.

To conclude this section of the lesson about a family mark decision point of a cross, we need to remember that Satan has a family house, and is a father of many children that do evil (Jn 8:44). Satan demands humans to take the permanent “mark” of his name in Revelation 13. Everyone that does this, will be forced into hell with Satan, and an everlasting torment with him. This too will be like the concept of getting branded or tattooed. Satan will coerce people with very strong motivations to willingly take his mark. He will do this by starving people. Everyone without his mark will not be able to buy or sell normally through the government created system.

When this motivation is not enough, there will be stronger consequences for not taking his mark. If seeing your relatives starve was not enough, Satan will cause everyone not taking the mark, to have their heads cut off (Rev 20:4). All of this will be a last desperate measure for Satan to control the planet entirely. But those that have read the Bible and believe what God says will happen will never take the devil’s mark, no matter what.

Please evaluate which marked family you are in right now! Please make the wise choice to live and not die, by receiving the “mark” of the cross (Tav). Believing in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, and calling Him your LORD, will insure a new family life.

7. CONCLUSION

Thank you for reading and studying this Bible series about the ancient Hebrew alphabet containing the hidden meanings that point us to Jesus Christ. God gave us this language with intentional intelligent design pointers. These “signs” were pathway directions to obtain eternal life. These signs were multi-dimensional. These clues existed in plain sentences, the words contained in the sentences, as well as every letter that created the words. Wow!

By finding and following God’s freely given “signs”, we could live with Him, know Him personally, and never die spiritually to be separated from Him. This is why Paul wrote this verse indicating his direction of travel was to achieve the end destination of a very specific “mark” (Tav).

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus

This is an amazing verse about our study subject of the “Tav”. As you can read, the end of Paul’s calling of God in Christ Jesus, was a direct prize to obtain. Paul said this prize was a called “mark” for him to travel towards. This describes the definition of the last ancient Hebrew letter “tav” precisely, especially when joined with the first letter of the alphabet. This is because Paul also called himself a servant (purchased voluntary slave) of Jesus Christ (Rom 1:1).

The Greek word G4649 in Philippians 3:14, was translated as “mark”. This word has the base meaning of “to peer”. Peering can be defined as someone who looks “intensively”, and “searchingly” to find, or reach to obtain a destination. Therefore, this “mark” is a personal “goal” to achieve to reach in this human life before death. This is clearly speaking of humans to become Christians, and then continue on the right path looking to obtain the reward, of what Christ has given to us all on a cross.

These words are both an encouragement to continue as well as a warning not to quit. Paul wrote about this in other verses like this chapter in Corinthians:

1Co 9:24  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 

In this chapter God writes through Paul, about a race contest that we are running in. God says if we continue running His race to achieve his ending mark, we will obtain an incorruptible crown of life. This should encourage everyone to continue.

Thank you again for taking your valuable time to study the Word of God. Hopefully these lessons are a blessing and will give you the strength to continue your race to obtain God’s final “mark” of victory.

Intro Alef Beyt-1 2 Gimel Dalet Hey Vav Zayin Chet Tet Yod Kaf Lamed Mem Nun Samekh Avin Pey Tsade Qof Resh Shin Tav Chart (Series updated as LORD directs and permits)

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Jesus in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Part 3b – The Beyt – Part 2

(Ver 1.0) This is “Part 3b” of the Bible study series, revealing “Jesus Hidden in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet”. This is also “Part 2” of the very important ancient Hebrew letter “beyt” study. This series is designed to reveal the patterns of the Lord Jesus, hidden in the ancient Hebrew Alphabet pictograms. He can be found in every letter, but there are some letters that just appear to be most valuable to understanding Him. The “Beyt” is one of these letters. If you have not read the series from the beginning, it is recommended that you go and start with “Part 1”.

Today, we will continue our learning of the second letter of the ancient Hebrew alphabet called the “Beyt”. If you have read “Part 1” of the Beyt subject, you already know this letter represents a “tent” diagram where a family is planted, resides and grows. This letter also represents and identifies, all of the family members that are currently living in the house of their “father” or have come from his house. It is the “father’s name’ that marks the house. For example, notice this verse:

2 Sam 3:1  Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker. 

Here is a great example of two houses that were at war with each other. The house of Saul was a type of evil, opposing God’s selected servant David. In this verse we learn that houses can grow weaker or stronger. Therefore, it can greatly matter, whose house you choose to belong to and to who you are choosing to be in, either God’s house or the house of the devil.

In the natural realm this was chosen for you by your father Adam. Adam chose to join his “house” with Satan in rebellion, and everyone born in the natural family of Adam is destined to die (Rom 5:12). But in the spiritual realm, Jesus came as the “Last Adam” to create a new family for every human’s choice to live (Jn 10:10). Wow, it seems like an easy choice to make, but the deceiver tricks people into making the wrong choice (Rev 12:9).

This is why we are learning about two opposing spiritual houses and families, one of God and the other of His adversary the devil (Act 26:18). In Revelation 13, the beast representing the devil’s family, demands for humans to take his “mark”. We learned a “mark”, represents a family house’s name of the father. And in Revelation 13:17, we can understand this beast’s mark is joining people with the house of Satan and an eternity in hell (Rev 19:20). If you did not know that Satan was a father, and has a family, please read what Jesus revealed in John 8:44.

But Jesus in Revelation 2:17, offers those that desire to be joined with His family, the gift of receiving His name as their choice. Two spiritual families with two spiritual names of the heads of these family members. The house and family of God, is a very desired family to want to be in. We can identify people in the Old Testament that had this desire. For example, David:

Psa 27:4  One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. 

One of our key subjects today will concern King David, the writer of this Psalm. It is very clear that David valued the “House of the LORD”. It is very clear that David desired to be in God’s family. David also makes it clear the spiritual house (beyt) and family, that we seek after determines our family association.

David was only interested in dwelling in God’s house and family. David could read about the alternative house to dwell within, in the Old Testament. Approximately 10 times, God wrote to remind the children of Israel, of their time in the “house (beyt) of bondage” (Exo 13:3, Exo 20:2, Deut 6:12, Deut 8:14). This was God using the natural nation of Egypt who held the natural family of Israel in bondage, as a “type”, for the unsaved people of the world. In the world today, people who do not belong to Jesus, are all in captivity in the house of Satan, under spiritual bondage to sin. But Jesus came to “set all of the captives free” (Luke 4:18).

INTRODUCTION

We have already learned a significant amount of new information found in the one picture of a house tent that people in the Old Testament lived within. We have learned that this picture represents a “house” that was built by a man, in hope of being a future father. We have learned that this tent dwelling is empty at the beginning, and needs to be filled with a “new” family.

We learned there are two positive ways for any good father and husband to fill his house with his family. However, we were just introduced to one new negative method of entering an evil family. The devil uses tricks, traps, deception, and lies, to take people by force into his house of darkness. But Jesus, is always loving and good, He only offers people the positive right of choice to voluntarily join with Him in His house. We will soon learn today about God’s purpose of creating a new house and family of God by us entering into the LORD Jesus.

Unsaved natural humans can be rebirthed into God’s new spiritual family by being “born again” (John 3:3). This process occurs, by hearing the Gospel (God’s seed planted in the spirit of a human), believing in the Son of God as the risen from the dead Savior (spiritual conception), and confessing Jesus as their personal Lord (new birth activation) (Rom 10:9-10). This incredible new life experience (1 Cor 5:17) continues as we experience spiritual growth to maturity. This process is also a new marriage covenant relationship with the LORD Jesus who is the Son of God (Eph 5:31-32).

The son in the “beyt” family was essential to carry on the family name (mark), and to be given the primary part of the inheritance of his father. It is this son’s family responsibility to take the bride selected by his father. Then, these two will be joined to go out of their family houses of their fathers and mothers, to marry each other, and build their own “beyt” house and family. This was God’s stated Law of marriage found in Genesis 2:24. It is a pattern of what we will be discussing today about Jesus’ work for His Father.

Today, we are going to begin this study of Jesus in the “beyt”, with an analysis of a major promise made to one King named David. This promise was concerning a future son, that would come from a seed from his own body. This son was called a coming seed from the house of David, he is foretold to rule over his father’s “house” (beyt) of David and the kingdom of Israel forever (Luke 1:32-33). It does not appear that David was personally revealed the name of this future eternal King. But we discover in other parts of the Bible, this man is Jesus Christ the eternal risen from the dead LORD! Let us begin to learn what this has to do with a “beyt” family and house.

House (Beyt) + Seed (Nun) of David
Joined to the House (Beyt) + Seed (Nun) of God
Forms Jesus, the Son of David, the Son of God

We are now going to study a very important promise that God made to King David, about a coming son that would originate from one natural seed (nun) of David, and one spiritual seed (nun) spoken from God. These two seeds represent the continuation of two “beyt” houses and families of God. The Kingdom of God “seed” (nun) contributed in this promise will be sent from God’s greater heavenly spiritual house (beyt) to the earth.

This spiritual “seed” will be spoken by a heavenly messenger named Gabriel to a virgin woman named Mary” (Luke 1:26-27).  The promised natural “seed” that will be contributed by David also happens to be the virgin woman named “Mary”. The virgin Mary was the natural seed “daughter” of King David. It will be the virgin woman Mary’s faith, that will receive the spiritual spoken “seed” of God. It will then be the power of the Holy Spirit that will overshadow her (Luke 1:35), to fulfill the promise that was made to David.

We are beginning to be introduced to an amazing concept designed by God. It occurred when one natural seed named Mary, that came from the house of David, was prophesied by a prophet of God named Samuel, as a promised spoken to David. The end of the promise, was about the implied coming of a female “seed” (nun) of the house (beyt) of David. This woman would be joined with the spoken spiritual “seed” sent from God’s heavenly house (beyt). It will be the union of these two “seeds” being joined together, that will unite the natural and the spiritual realms to form one new unique divine human “seed”, called the promised Son of David and the Son of God. This final “promised” fulfilled combined seed, would be named by His Father God, Jesus (Luke 1:31).

This is the promise that we will be studying in God’s Word and it is so amazing, that it causes a lot of people to not believe in it as being possible. But too often humans limit what God is able to do. We will only be going through a few key verses found in the Old Testament in this section, to focus on God’s single promise spoken to David. This promise was spoken by God in the Old Covenant family, and houses of Israel, Judah, and David. We will also be viewing selected verses in the New Testament to confirm what God is saying in the Old Testament. Let us get started.

We should all at least be beginning to know that the name “Israel” originally came from heaven, which is the spiritual location of the house of God. We have learned how this name change from Jacob to Israel, appears to be a marriage covenant name transfer of one of God’s hidden heavenly names. We know this from reading multiple verses in the Old Testament, where God says “the house or the people who are called by my name”, like in 2 Chronicles 7:14, Jeremiah 7:10-11, 14, 30, and Jeremiah 32:34, to list a few.

It will be this man Jacob that is renamed Israel by God that will bring forth God’s promised “seed”. God made this promise to Abraham, his grandfather. This marriage covenant is spoken of in several verses, but Jeremiah 31:32 is one of the clearest. Therefore, we should all know that God was in a marriage covenant with these people and He was their Husband and the entire nation was collectively called His wife.

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 (aka, the house of bondage); which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD

But we must also know this future promise to Abraham was repeated in a promise to David concerning the same identical one seed (nun), that would be called the Son of David (Mat 1:1), and the Son of God (Mat 8:29), simultaneously. So, we are seeing the potential for two houses, the beyt of David, and the beyt of God being combined, to produce one joint Son. Let us review how this is possible according to the Bible.

Remember in the ancient Hebrew alphabet, that the “beyt” + the “nun” = a son (H1121). The “beyt” is a tent house, and the “nun” is the father’s seed that is contributed to cause his house, family, and name to continue, by the passing of his “seed” (nun) to a new generation. God combined these two letters, to give us the Hebrew word for a “son”. It is the passing of natural or spiritual “seed”, that is being sown by, in, and from the owner father’s “house” (beyt), that will produce their physical or spiritual heir. It is also interesting to know that one key Greek word translated as “seed” is “sperma”, in which we get the English word “sperm”. This information gives us one of the main concepts that was spoken of by God calling Jesus the “Seed of David” (John 7:42).

We have not covered the letter “nun” in detail. This is a future lesson in the series, God be willing. But there are at least 10 things found in the Bible, that are called by the name “seed”. The male sperm is one of them (Gen 38:9). And a born child is another reality that is called a “seed” (Gen 4:25). For our subject today, the other key “seed” that is most relevant is the Word of God (Luke 8:11). The Word of God is the most powerful and prevalent spiritual “seed” found in the Bible (1 Pet 1:23).

It is also essential to know that it is the father that determines the biological “gender” of the child. If the father contributes an “X” chromosome the child is female, and if a “Y’ chromosome, the child is male. The female mother only contributes one “X” chromosome every time to produce a child. Therefore, the mother nor the born child has a choice in this matter of gender determination, period. Consequently, it is only the human, or spiritual father’s seed contribution and the hand of God’s guidance, that can create a child as a female or a male. This will become very pertinent to our discussion of Jesus being formed as a male child, from two joined families, as we continue. Let us look at a verse that helps us to see what God is doing in Jesus:

Rom 1:3  Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 

So far, all of this information up until this point simply means that Jesus the born child of Mary in Bethlehem, had a natural father named David. Jesus came from David’s DNA, as God writes in Romans 1:3. In this verse God said “Jesus was MADE (G1096) from the “seed” of David”. The Greek word translated as “seed” is the Greek word G4690 “sperma”. This word proves Jesus came forth from the “sperm” of David the King. We should agree this “seed” represented Mary, a daughter of the House of David.

Then notice the Greek word translated as “made”. This word is the Greek word G1096 “ginomai”. From this Greek word we get the English words “gene’, “generation”, “genetics”, “genealogy”, and “genome”. All of these words relate to “DNA”, “RNA”, etc. being transferred. What we have just confirmed, is that Jesus had a natural father’s family and house that represents David. It had to be David’s natural sperm “seed” that would be passed down multiple generations to create a female child “seed”, named Mary. It is this female child born Mary from the house of David, that would grow to be a virgin woman capable of receiving spiritual “seed” from God’s powerful spoken word (Heb 1:3).

Mary, God’s selected female seed was born in the house (beyt) of David, and she would have an “egg” inside of her body with David’s DNA, that would cause her to “make” his natural son named Jesus. This information represents the maternal half of the family line of Jesus. It is because of the one male seed of David’s generational house, that would contribute an “X” chromosome, at the exact perfect time in human history, to cause the birth of a “female” seed of David, named “Mary”. It is Mary that will birth Jesus her firstborn son (Mat 1:25), and God’s only begotten Son (Jn 3:16).

It would be good if you could go and study the Luke 3 genealogy of Jesus. Remember a “genealogy” means the passing of “genes” from one seed (nun) to another, creating each new generation. In the Luke 3 genealogy, we will find how seed, after seed was passed from Adam, all the way to Mary, who gave birth to Jesus the Christ in Bethlehem. In this family lineage includes Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, David, and many other male seeds.

But the last “seed” is required by God to be “female”, so God could be the Father in the naturally created child making process. This requirement would allow God to fulfill His role as the male head of the house and family, as well as determine the gender of the child named Jesus, who also must be God’s male Son heir. Knowing this we can better understand the prophecy of God given to David the reigning King of Israel in the book of 2 Samuel and chapter 7. Let us begin to read and study the O.T. prophecy:

2Sa 7:5  Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? 

God sent a message to King David. David personally desired to build the LORD a more permanent house (beyt). This new house was intended to be a more enduring dwelling, rather than the original temporary and portable tent tabernacle. Remember God’s previous temporary house was in a tent constructed originally by God’s directions given to Moses (Exo 25:9). This is very essential for us to know, that the temporary earthly tent tabernacle of God, was a human created tent of a “pre-existing” heavenly dwelling pattern (Heb 8:5). This sounds very important, if you can see it.

Therefore, we are directly connected with two houses following one pattern. There was the original heavenly “temple” that we can believe was created by God as permanent, and this is being contrasted with a new earthly house that must obviously be a temporary “tent” structure. This is the reason that God chose the symbol of a “tent” as the design of the “beyt” alphabet letter. It should be becoming very obvious that this “old” and “ancient” design, is not the final plan of God’s dwelling.

No doubt God placed this desire for a future permanent dwelling, in David’s heart. But God did this, not to fulfill David’s desires in his natural lifetime, but rather to prophesy God’s divine plan for David’s, and God’s shared Son, named Jesus, to fulfill this desire. Notice that the last sentence just called Jesus, both the son of God and David. We found this truth in Romans 1:3, where God called Jesus His Son, made from the seed (nun) of David. This represented two fathers, and two houses, one was the spiritual God, and the other was the natural man, David. Let us examine some of the words Jesus spoke on this subject, while present physically on the earth:

Mar 12:35  And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? 

Do you remember this question that Jesus asked the Jewish rulers in the temple?  In Mark 12:35 Jesus said, “how say the scribes that Christ is the son of David?”. Then Jesus begins to quote a verse that David personally wrote about Messiah:

Mar 12:36  For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. 

Jesus reminded the Jewish people, what David had written while being inspired by the Holy Ghost, “The LORD said to my LORD, sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool” (Psalm 110:1). This is an amazing verse of scripture that contained a very significant hidden mystery. This verse is quoted 5 times in the New Testament, making it very important for what God is doing in Jesus. Let us start our understanding of this statement, by observing what God says in Isaiah:

Isa 66:1  Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? 

Notice what God says through the prophet Isaiah. God is talking about His house in two locations, asking a very specific question to the humans on the earth. He begins by saying, “Heaven” is the seat of His throne. Then He says, the “earth” is the footstool for His feet. In other words, God is saying to humans, there is no way you will ever be able to fully build me a house, where I can completely fit or rest. Wow, this is very profound, but we do not have adequate time to cover it in depth. However, we are going to be introduced to God’s solution to this problem very soon. Let us continue to see what Jesus said next about this subject:

Mar 12:37  David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly. 

Jesus continues speaking to the Jewish rulers, using the information found in the hidden riddle, written by David in Psalms. Jesus said in Mark 12:37, “If David calls the Christ his LORD, how then can He be his son?” This is supernatural wisdom of the Christ, demonstrating God’s superior knowledge, and their inferior lack of it.

Jesus had just tried to make them think and to answer this very profound question. Jesus was not saying that the Christ was not the son of David, but rather He was trying to get them to see that the son of David, must also be the Son of God, in order to fulfill the prophecy of David.

We have further confirmed how one man named Jesus was coming into the world from two houses, one natural of the house of David, and one spiritual from the House of God the Father from heaven. This is an amazing revelation, that teaches us that God is solving two problems in two houses (beyts), by combining them through a common one Son solution. A lot of readers will not yet understand that statement, but do not reject it because it is not understood. It will hopefully come into better light shortly.

2Sa 7:6  Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt (the house of bondage), even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle

David is then given more information about God’s plan of salvation. We can see a confirmation that when the people of natural Israel were delivered from Egypt which we know is also called the “house of bondage” by God. We should know that God came down personally by His Holy Spirit, and lived with natural Israel, in a temporary “tent” (beyt) dwelling. We know this was when He made them His Old Covenant natural wife, and natural family. This would be a sign of God bringing Himself down from heaven, to establish His family and His name in the earth. Wow, are we not studying about a tent alphabet picture? Do you see any new connections?

Do you remember that God said His feet will be located on the earth at rest in Isaiah 66:1? But here in 2 Samuel, God says He is walking in a “tent”? Notice both scripture descriptions involve God’s “feet”. But the Isaiah reference is a God of a future seated position of rest, and the 2 Samuel reference, is a God of temporary feet movement. If you did not know, the “rest” position is the New Covenant house of God in Jesus, where Jesus is seated in heaven awaiting His enemies on the earth to be made His footstool (Heb 1:13). But the “walking” about in a “tent” (beyt), is an Old Covenant God position in a temporary transition state of mobility, indicating no rest is taking place. Wow, that is “deep”.

One thing we need to see implied in this verse of 2 Samuel 7:6, is God did have a great desire for a permanent dwelling for His Spirit, but it was not going to be a temple made of bricks and stones. Acts 17:24 confirms this by saying, “God has made the world and everything that is in it. Seeing He is Lord of heaven and earth, He will not dwell in a temple made by human hands”. That was a paraphrase, but it conveys the essence of the inspired message about two houses (beyt) in heaven and on the earth. What we are beginning to see, is that God had already provided His Holy Spirit, with a living temporary temple (tent), to dwell in, by forming the human body from the dust of the ground (Gen 2:7). Let us continue with some of our main verses of 2 Samuel 7:

2Sa 7:12  And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom

2Sa 7:13  He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 

For the sake of time, we skipped down to verses 12 and 13. These two verses are about one man’s solitary “seed”. As we know, this man was named David, the earthly king of the natural nation of Israel. We can see in verse 12, that David will sow one seed (nun) that will come from his physical body, and it will “continue” until it produces one son (ben) that will continue David’s throne eternally.

We can clearly see in these verses, that this coming seed that will eternally rule, will only come after David is physically dead and buried. This implies a long period of time has passed before the “seed” will come forth. Between David and Jesus was approximately 1000 years, so that is a significant passage of time, before David’s promised seed would be fulfilled.

Did you notice that in these two verses of 2 Samuel, that God said twice, that “He would establish ‘his’ kingdom”? Whose Kingdom is God speaking of?  Also did you notice verse 13, that God said “He will build a house (beyt) for my name (the family mark)”? Could this name be called the house of “Israel” that is on the earth and in heaven?  So, we have the combination of the establishment of a kingdom that is to be joined with the building of a house (beyt) for God. This will be combined with the joining of two kingdoms, one of David and one of God. Wow, this can only be speaking of one man, that came from two “seeds”.

This is no doubt the new “Kingdom” of Jesus Christ. What we are observing is this future “seed” that will have a combined eternal kingdom found in two realms of existence. One is David’s natural throne, and the other is the spiritual Kingdom of Heaven. This may be difficult for some to accept, but Jesus confirms this after His resurrection in Matthew 28:18. In this verse Jesus said, “All power in heaven and on the earth, is given to me”. Why would Jesus speak of these two different realms of authority and power, being combined in Him? Why would it be necessary for God to hand over the power of earth to His Son Jesus? An even more amazing question, is why would God the Father of heaven, need to hand over heavenly authority to His Son Jesus also? Why was all of this necessary for God to accomplish? These are excellent questions to which to learn the answers. We will probably not be able to cover these questions in this lesson.

Now notice one of the “beyt” house key lesson concepts, mentioned in verse 13. In this verse we see God promising David that it will be his “seed” (nun), that will be building God’s house (beyt). Wow, this is a very radical promise, and it has nothing to do with a physical building made of bricks, and mortar. This is definitely pointing us to a spirit realm reality and fulfillment, which we will see very soon.

Remember in this section, we are exploring the concept of a two-letter word containing the “beyt” + “nun”. This formed Hebrew word is “ben”, and in English it is the “son”. We are learning that this promised “Son” must be Jesus, the Christ, and this Son must be the Son of God, equally as the Son of David a human. This also confirms the concept of two houses being combined into one “new” family. The key word is “new”, because this type of a production of a “son”, had never been accomplished before by God (Isa 43:19). God has planned the joining of one natural house on the earth from David, with the other a divine house in heaven from God, to create a never before seen new “heir”.

What we have arrived at in our Bible study journey, is the awesome truth that God came into the world to be “born” a human and divine Son. This child grew up into the man that God named Jesus, who is called the Son of Man (Adam), the Son of Abraham, the Son of David, and the Son of God. This made Jesus the Son of two realities named Israel, God the Creator, and Jacob the renamed originator of the natural nation of “Israel”. The name Israel literally means, “He will rule as God!” As you can see, we are being introduced to a brand-new concept that is amazing. The Spirit of God who dwelt, lived, ruled in a kingdom throne in heaven, came personally into the natural world, to begin a new spiritual family for Himself. In doing this great work He would also come to save the human house and family of Adam, that entered into a covenant with death and hell (Isa 28:15-18).

Jesus was, and still is, the only man that is capable of continuing the majestic Kingdom of His Heavenly Father’s name of “Israel” into a New Covenant house (beyt) family. Simultaneously, Jesus is the only son of David, that can fulfill the promise of reigning on his throne over natural Israel, eternally. We have just confirmed that one seed (nun) came into the world and this seed has come from Abraham, and David to fulfill promises given to them. It was this “seed” (nun) that came from the houses (beyts) of God (Israel in Heaven), Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Israel on earth), Judah, and David, that is fulfilled in one united Son named Jesus Christ (Israel of God that will rule forever in heaven and on earth – Galatians 5:16). We are about to learn about this new “beyt” house of the LORD Jesus, the “eternal Son (beyt + nun) of God” next.

THE NEW COVENANT HOUSE
 AND FAMILY OF THE LORD JESUS

So far, we should have learned that God has selected one man named Abraham, and from his house (beyt), chose only one seed (nun) to be his begotten son named Isaac. And from Isaac’s house (beyt), God selected one seed (nun), to be his chosen son named Jacob, who God renamed to be Israel. And from Israel’s house (beyt), God selected one seed (nun) of 12 tribes, to become a son named Judah. And from Judah’s tribe, God chose one future seed (nun) to bring a son (ben) named King David, to continue to bring forth a female daughter seed (nun) named Mary. And from all of these continuing generational seeds (nun), God at the right time brought forth His promised seed (nun), and made His promised “Son” to be the Savior of the entire world (Heb 2:16), named Jesus Christ.

God’s promised “Son” (ben) of salvation, would actually be God, the Word (seed) becoming human flesh. We know this because Jesus is a name that means “Jehovah Saved”. Jesus’ name contains His Father’s name, and one of His main purposes, for becoming a Son. We have also learned that the name Jehovah means in ancient Hebrew pictogram form, “Behold the hand, Behold the nail”. This means the work of Jesus is found in the name of His Father. But there is more evidence that Jesus was the manifestation of God making Himself into human flesh to die on a cross.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God, and He created everything good that can be seen (Jn 1:1-3). Then in John 1:14 we read about “The Word (seed) of God was made “flesh” and dwelled among us”. This simply means Jesus was Jehovah the unseen God being made manifest in flesh (Heb 1:3). As you may know, all of this is really much deeper, than can be described today. But consider this fact, and see what God has said in the prophetic verse of Jeremiah that comes directly before Jeremiah 31:32, that we looked at earlier:

Jer 31:31  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah

As you can see this verse is about the subject of two “beyt” houses. This verse is about Jesus the Christ, and is not about a natural nation of people. God is foretelling to His Old Covenant natural people, in His previous family household, that there is coming a brand-new family covenant house with a brand-new family tent door entrance (Jn 10:7). This New Covenant was one that never existed before, that He will be making with the House (beyt) of Israel and the House (beyt) of Judah. These natural people certainly did not yet realize or understand what this meant. This was because they did not yet understand that the seed of the Messiah was already in them, and simultaneously in the Seed (Word) of God, when this prophecy was spoken.

Isa 7:14  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel

Notice this verse is very profound. God Himself will provide a “sign”. This declares God’s personal participation in the sign being given to them. The virgin being spoken of is the coming woman named “Mary”, who was the natural “seed” of David. But God then says this virgin would conceive and become pregnant with a son. This is exactly what we are reading about in the 2 Samuel promise to David. This verse confirms again, that this divinely given sign, would be God Himself impregnating Mary, with His Word. This would be done to produce a physical child, but this Son would be named “Emmanuel”, that means “God with Us” in human form. Wow, this is really amazing how God spreads the truth out in the Bible. Let us look at the New Covenant writings to the Hebrews to help us understand what God is speaking of in Jeremiah 31:

Heb 8:8  For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 

As we can see Paul quotes the Jeremiah prophecy concerning two “beyt” houses, in chapter 8 of the book of Hebrews. Here in this verse, God says there was a major problem with this Old Covenant, and it was this “fault found” and other issues that cannot be taught today, that causes God to implement the New Covenant through Jesus. Notice this verse in Jeremiah is quoted in the New Testament, revealing these words are concerning, and written to, and about the church.

We now know that Jesus is the prophesied Son of God the Father, and we know that He is also the chosen Son of David. We know this New Covenant is with Jesus, because verses 1 through 7 are speaking of Him as being the High Priest of a much better covenant than the one that God the Father, had made with the natural children of Israel in the Old Covenant. Take a look at this next direct contextual verse, that will prove we are studying the same subject about a “beyt” house and family of God:

Heb 8:2  A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. 

Wow, this is one of those profound verses about our subject of the combined “beyt” house of God and David. Remember we read in 2 Samuel that David wanted to move God out of the temporary “tent” and into a more permanent house, but it was not for him to do. This promise was made to Jesus, and he has become the High Priest of the “True Tabernacle” that the LORD “pitched”.  The Greek word G4633, translated as “tabernacle”, literally means a “tent”. Remember a tent house is what the “Beyt” is a picture of. That is an amazing direct connection with God’s plan for His Son, Jesus to build the house of God and the House of David into one combined new family. Let us quickly confirm Jesus is a Son that is creating a new family for God:

Heb 3:5  And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; 

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

Can you see that these two verses are about two (beyt) houses? Verse 5 is speaking of Moses’ faithfulness to create the temporary tent house of God in the Old Covenant. But that is being compared with another house (beyt) that is much greater. This house (beyt) in verse 6 is about the “Son” (beyt+nun), named Jesus Christ. It should be very clear to you that this is called the House of Messiah, our combined Son of David, and the Son of God.

Hopefully, you can see the connection to the “prophecy” of David’s desire to build God a permanent house. God promised David that it would be “one” seed that would fulfill his desire to build a house for the LORD. We can confirm that this new house is fulfilled in Christ. But now notice how God describes this permanent temple as being the church. Pay closer attention to the fact that God places the responsibility of remaining in the new “beyt” family and house of Jesus Christ to those that have voluntarily joined His family. Let us continue to learn more details about this plan of God and how it has been implemented in the church:

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

Eph 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 

Eph 2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord

Eph 2:22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit

Wow, these are all amazing verses of truth. Do you see the connection of God’s Son Jesus, in the “beyt” house alphabet letter prophecy of David? These verses are directly focused upon the prophecy of Jesus the Son of David, that would come to the earth to build God a permanent dwelling (house).

Notice what we see, in verse 19 by the mention of people in the church choosing to come into the “household” of God. The Greek word G3609 translated as “household”, means “domestic”. The term “domestic” is defined as “as relating to a family”. This word is related to the term “domain”, which represents a realm of authority of the head of the house. This leads us to the word “dominion”, which represents a realm of sovereign kingdom rule. We can see how people that were called “strangers”, and “foreigners” in verse 19, are speaking of people that were abiding in another kingdom house (Satan). But they have now left that evil family rule, to be saved by entering into God’s new family Kingdom formed in His Son Jesus Christ.

Verse 20 reveals God’s radical concept that originates from His designed plan to build a permanent temple for His Spirit. Jesus came to the earth to save people from their death, to “build” them into a new house for the Holy Spirit of God to dwell in. The Greek word G2026 that is translated as “build”, comes from the Greek word G3618, meaning “to be a house builder”. Wow, this is such great accuracy in fulfilling prophecy. We can further see how Jesus in called the chief corner stone of the “building” project. This makes the glorified, and resurrected “body” of the LORD Jesus Christ, the chief building corner stone, that we were all, aligned and joined with. Each newly saved human, becomes a new living stone. Each person is only one of many others, that will be formed into a new spiritual temple of the living God. Jesus is not only the builder; He is also the primary part of the building.

Verse 21 confirms the building plan of God using His Son Jesus, to build together a brand-new Holy Temple. Notice in this verse it clearly says this house of God is “growing”. Wow, do you remember what we read about in the beginning about the house of Saul, at war with the house of David? In this verse God says the house of Saul grew weak, and the house of David grew strong. Do you see how every verse in the Bible has something to do with Jesus, yet? God has placed duplicate natural patterns from Old Testament stories that relate to future Kingdom of God spiritual fulfillments.

Finally, Ephesians 2:22 further confirms all of the people in the church, are being built together for God’s habitation of the Holy Spirit. We find this additionally confirmed in the book of 1 Peter:

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. 

1Pe 2:6  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded

What does it mean to be a “living stone”? This verse is God referring to humans in two realms of existence, that we have been learning about in this lesson. We learned of Jesus being born of the physical “seed” of David. In this natural human dimension of life, there exists death and this is what Jesus experienced for us. Then there is the more essential spiritual heavenly life that Jesus possessed, by Him having the Spirit of God living inside of His Body. Jesus after resurrection from the dead, was raised to be physically immortal as well as spiritually immortal. He was the first example, that we are all desiring to follow. This why He is called the “chief corner stone”.

Eternal spiritual life for a lost physical human, is only possible after the Holy Spirit comes inside of a mortal human body. Unsaved people today have a temporary basis for natural physical life, but lack the personal experience of joining with God’s spiritual “eternal life” defined in John 17:3, as “knowing God”. Spiritual death is present now in the mortal body for the lost, but it is finalized by them being separated from God, and not knowing Him, in their eventual realm of eternal existence in hell after physical death.

If you are truly saved, you have the Spirit of the living God inhabiting your physical body (1 Cor 6:19). His Spirit inside your body has been joined with your human spirit (1 Cor 6:17) to become a new creation that never existed before (2 Cor 5:17).  We can clearly read we are God’s new “spiritual house” in 1 Peter 2:5 and we now can begin to understand why it was necessary for Jesus to build this new “beyt” house and family of God.

To complete this section of God’s new House of Jesus Christ, it is most interesting to learn about the Old Testament Hebrew man named “Joshua” which is the same name as “Jesus” in English. Joshua was a definite type of the coming LORD Jesus. Therefore, God’s selected name Joshua must reveal something, and it does.

Exo 33:11  And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle

 In Exodus 33:11, we find God speaking of Joshua. We find Joshua being called a servant that we learned was the first “alef” ox picture letter. Then at the end of the verse we find that Joshua departed not from the tabernacle. This word means a “tent”, the beyt second alphabet letter. Finally, we find Joshua being called the son of “Nun”. Remember beyt + nun = a son. Wow, this is not a coincidence that we have been learning about all of these subjects.

This Hebrew name “Nun”, comes from the Hebrew word H5125, which just so happens to be formed with three Hebrew letters. There are “two” nun letters representing seeds, that begin and end the word. And these two “seeds” are joined together in the middle with a “vav” representing a nail. These are not amazing accidents; these are just more intelligent design confirmations.

CONCLUSION

Psa 23:6  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. 

Here in this verse is found our combined subject of God’s and David’s houses. David moved by the Holy Spirit declared his final “dwelling” will be in the house (beyt) of the LORD! By Him making this choice, David says the LORD’s goodness and mercy will follow him all of his mortal living days. David could foresee in the spirit, that this natural life was not his final home destiny. And that His coming “seed” would be the LORD, and He wanted to make sure that this would be his choice. If you have not made this choice yet, to join the good house (beyt) of Jesus Christ, this is the perfect time to do it. There will be a link at the bottom of this lesson to direct you how to join the best family possible.

Hopefully, this lesson was an eye-opening experience to see how one ancient Hebrew alphabet letter called the “beyt”, was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. There were literally many verses, and several other lesson subjects, that were omitted from this study. These omissions were due to the unlimited amount of information found on this subject in the Bible. If you are a curious wise Bible student, it would be recommended that you continue to dive into this subject of the old house and family of God originally in heaven, being transitioned on the earth through Moses, versus the new house and a family of God in the Son Jesus Christ.

Here is a list of questions that were not answered in this study:

  1. Who was in the family of God in heaven before Adam?
  2. Why did God create an earthly family through Adam, if He already had a permanent family in heaven?
  3. After Adam sinned and rebelled to join with Satan’s family and the kingdom of darkness, why did God want to save any of us?
  4. Why did God need a Son (ben=house+seed) from heaven to come to the earth, to be joined with a natural son (ben=house+seed) of a natural man named David?
  5. Why did God come to the earth personally to save us?
  6. How did God save us through Jesus His Son (son=house+beyt)?
  7. Why did God create a new Covenant, a new family, and a new house (beyt) in His Son Jesus Christ?

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Jesus in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Part 2 – The Alef

(Ver 1.1) This will be “Part 2” in the Bible study series, revealing the Lord Jesus in the ancient Hebrew Alphabet. Today, we will begin with the first letter of the alphabet called the “Alef”. This is one of the two most obvious letters that Jesus claimed to be directly related or named by. We learned this from the 4 statements of Revelation, where Jesus said “I am the Alpha and the Omega”. We also learned from these references that these signify the beginning and the ending, since this is clearly what they are in Alphabetic terms. What we have concluded based upon this revelation, is that all of the letters must represent Jesus in some form of identity. Therefore, the reason for these lessons.

If you have not read the series from the beginning, it is recommended that you go back to “Part 1” to begin.

INTRODUCTION TO THE ALEF

The Alef is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It has a number value of “1”. The sound of the letter is transliterated into English as “alef” or “alif”. This letter in the ancient Hebrew paleo pictogram representation, is as the image of an “Ox” or “Bull’s” head. It is noted by possessing two large horns on the top of its head with its snout pointing downward to the earth’s ground. Again, this letter also signifies the meaning of “beginning”, since it begins the alphabet.

This picture representation of an ox is very profound in association with our main subject of Jesus. An ox was a “servant” type of animal. It was identified to be useful because it is a very powerful and strong animal. It was used by ancient civilizations as the main worker in the farm harvest field. This beast was used to plow the ground in order to plant and sow seed for crops. The ox also was used during the harvest of grain to break up the harvested fruits of grain heads to make required substance of use for bread making.

This was only a quick introduction, and it should be easily seen how this ox picture letter introduces us to the concepts of the work of Jesus Christ. This work was fulfilled on the earth, during His physical natural appearance in Israel, approximately 2000 years ago. We will now go through some Bible examples of this letter representation to verify this relationship to being Jesus.

JESUS THE PROMISED SERVANT OF THE LORD

Let us begin this part of the lesson, by comparing Jesus’ first coming to being a fulfillment of a servant, like the pictograph ox prophesied by the Alef, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.  We will not go over every verse possible, but rather will only hit the major highlights, beginning with Old Testament prophets:

Isa 42:1  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 

Isa 43:10  Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 

Isa 52:13  Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high

Isa 53:11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities

Zec 3:8  Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH

As we can read in these 5 verses from Isaiah, and Zechariah, Jesus is clearly prophesied to be the coming “servant” of the LORD. These are certainly speaking of His first coming appearance, in His natural human mortal form. Clearly these can be compared to be like a symbolic ox pictogram. These should be very interesting to you.  They should also help you to see how they were fulfilled when we confirm Jesus in the New Testament to be God’s servant:

Mat 12:17  This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

Mat 12:18  “BEHOLD, MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN; MY BELOVED IN WHOM MY SOUL is WELL-PLEASED; I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT UPON HIM, AND HE SHALL PROCLAIM JUSTICE TO THE GENTILES. (NASB)

Matthew writes plainly about Jesus being the fulfillment of the Old Covenant prophecies that call Jesus, God’s coming “Servant”. Matthew is literally quoting Isaiah 42:1. If we go back to Isaiah and examine the Hebrew word that God selected to describe Jesus, we will find that it is H5650. This Hebrew word was used to define a slave or bondservant. It is used by the LORD to describe this condition of slaves, approximately 800 times. Therefore, we have no doubt what God was describing Jesus to be, when He would come into the world. Let us move to another interesting account of what Jesus claimed to be when present on the earth:

Mar 10:42  Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them.

Mar 10:43  “But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;

Mar 10:44  and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.

Mar 10:45  “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (NASB)

Wow, these are amazing words spoken by God in the flesh while physically walking among us (John 1:14). Jesus makes the personal claim to be a servant to every human on the earth. He further claims He did not come into the world to be served, but to serve all of us, by giving His life as our ransom. This was God buying us out of our spiritual slavery to Satan (Rev 5:9) through His shed blood (1 Peter 1:18-19).  In doing this great saving work of a servant, He is also claiming to be the “Greatest” among us ALL, which He was.

Let us now move to another set of verses about Jesus being the fulfillment of the prophesied servant of the LORD:

Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus

Php 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God

Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men

Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross

These are more amazing verses of ultimate truth. Verse 5 identifies the key subject of the next 3 verses, “Jesus Christ”. Then in verses 6 and 7, we find very radical claims, that this humble man named Jesus the Christ, was God personally appearing in the form of human flesh. This reveals an Old Covenant hidden divine mystery. These verses should raise important questions in your mind. How could this natural looking human named Jesus, be God who created us? This is where we find the answer in Luke 1:37, “For with God, nothing shall be impossible”. But, why would the eternal Spirit of God who made us, be made manifest to become like us within His physical natural creation?

Remember, Jesus looked like an unspectacular human (Isa 53:2), he walked (John 7:1), and he talked (John 18:1), like humans, but His words were observed to be spoken with noted authority (Mark 1:22). He got hungry (Mat 21:18), He ate (Luke 21:41-43), He slept (Mark 4:38), and He prayed (Mat 26:36) like any normal human. And He died (Luke 23:46), like the natural sinful humans, that were hung with Him on crosses, except His legs were not broken (John 19:32). Yet He had not sinned even once (Heb 4:15)

These are radical truths and questions to think on. But these facts demonstrate a confirming revelation, that God’s ways are not our normal human ways (Isa 55:8), and He is nothing like most humans have imagined growing up in the natural world. We think of God in so many ways that are not truthful and did not exemplify Jesus Christ’s example.

For example, God gets the blame for every major disaster that occurs in the world today. God normally gets questioned about, His existence because it appears that He does nothing to stop all of the great evil that we can see all around us. But all of these thoughts of reasoning are promoted by the devil to get us to not believe in a God as a loving Creator.

We can see very clearly in verse 7, where God took upon Himself an appearance of the form of a strong but lowly “servant”. This is a major confirming reality for Jesus calling Himself the Alef, a picture of the ox.

Notice we can see the true revealed nature of God in verse 8. This verse identifies God’s heart to be filled with immeasurable LOVE! The God who created everything around us, that has infinite knowledge, understanding and wisdom, power and ability, could come to the earth in the form of a slave servant to die for you and I? Wow, what a God we should want to serve. His example that was set before us to become a humble servant, should cause us all to humble ourselves to become like Him. Let us move to a new topic about the God man servant Jesus, learning about oxen “yoked” together.

TAKE MY YOKE

Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 

Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 

Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

Notice that these words are usually written in Red Ink, because they were spoken directly from the lips of Jesus while here upon the earth. Jesus begins by asking people to come to Him in order to be relieved from the extreme burdens of this world. In order to not be “burden” with the sin and death of this world, we are told to take upon us a new concept about servant oxen. This is really a new concept to many Christians.

There are too many people in the world, that do not know they are in bondage as slave to sin and Satan. They are living their lives, having fun, living without a care in the world, not knowing they are being trapped into an eternal destiny of captivity in a lake of fire. Jesus is asking us, very plainly to leave that evil bondage to take a much better path for an easier servant life path next to Him.

Did you notice in verse 29, Jesus said to take “His” yoke?  Did you know that Jesus claimed to have a personal yoke? Do you recall when we read about this was part of an ox in the introduction? The servant ox that was working in the field, would always have a yoke placed around its neck. This would be where the master would hook the plow for the strong animal(s) to pull forward to make a straight row. Jesus is identifying Himself to be this ox wearing the yoke, believe it or not!

You also might recall in the Part 1 introduction, we learned about the “Alef” and the “Tav” being Jesus’ identifiers, by His own claim. We learned this symbol occurs over 7000 times in the Old Testament. We also learned how this symbol was an ox plowing to a mark. It just so happens this mark was a cross in the ancient Hebrew Paleo alphabet. This was not an accident. We will hopefully get this letter later in the series, the Lord be willing.

Jesus is asking us in Matthew 11, to “join” with Him in doing God’s work for the coming world harvest. We do this by coming alongside Him, by being “joined” with Him in covenant marriage (Isa 54:5). This concept was established in God’s LAW in Genesis 2:24. God states in this verse: “for this cause shall a man leave his father and his mother and cleave to his wife”. The term “cleave” literally means to be joined together, like with glue.

A farming “yoke” joined a pair of animals together. In Biblical days, an older mature beast was hooked up with a younger new worker, in order to train them into service to learn how the work would be done. The more mature animal would show the younger new animal how each of the farming tasks were performed. This is exactly the normal Christian life, or at least it should be.

Jesus our mature brother, gives us His yoke and we come alongside Him, to learn what He has for us to do as a fellow laborer. Because He is God, our work is not as hard as we think, or at least it should not be. If we try to work in the flesh, we will be cumbered with a lot of stress, but if we work in the Spirit of Christ, we will find that this is where He claimed “His burden would be light, and His yoke is easy”. It is only when we do it our way, that we will struggle, stumble and can even fail.

CONCLUSION

Can you see it? This is pretty amazing and potentially new information for some. But all of this was found in the Bible. The Alef first letter of the ancient Hebrew alphabet is a picture of a bull or an ox. This animal is useful as a servant in a field. This letter represented Jesus the ultimate “Greatest Servant”, that died for all of our sins!

We are told to become a yoked servant to Jesus. This yoke provides us eternal security, as long as, we stay yoked with Him. Because God loves you so much, He will give you the “freewill” right to become detached if you choose to. This usually happens when Satan tries to place some enticing trap to distract you off of the yoked path being with, and in Jesus. This is not necessarily one “sinful” act, but it can begin that way. It would also be an opportunity to become rich or famous in the world. Whatever it is, it is your choice to who, you will join yourself to. Either direction you take, you will be joined to, or yoked with either Satan or Jesus, there are no third options available.

Thank you for reading and studying the Bible with us. We are blessed to be a blessing to everyone that will receive the Word of God. God is so very awesome, loving and kind. If you do not know Him today, it is past time to take off Satan’s yoke and for you to offer yourself as the servant of the “Most High”. Praise be to the LORD in advance, for everyone that accepts Him today. Please click on the link “Are You Saved?” to help you get started, and then leave a comment to tell Satan and his world you have renounced and left his ways, for the way of Christ.

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Jesus in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Part 1 – Introduction

I believe we can find Jesus in every letter of the ancient Hebrew alphabet. This belief is founded upon the fact that Jesus in the Book of Revelation, claimed to be the Alpha and the Omega, at least four times. We explored this in the last lesson that was published when discussing the name of Jehovah is comprised of 3 letters used 4 times to say in the letter definitions “Behold the hand, Behold the nail”.

(Ver 1.0) This will be “Part 1” in a new Bible series, the Lord be willing. Today will be the subject introduction. This lesson series will be foundational information designed for every believer. In these lessons we will explore the subject of the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet and how each of these 22 letters can represent, and reveal Jesus in some form, role, characteristic, pattern or work.

It should be becoming clearer to you, that God hid Jesus in letters, words, sentences, paragraphs, and etc., to help us learn to search to find Jesus. We will be learning that the Bible is constructed around layers of intentionally designed natural and spiritual information, with everything ultimately, pointing us to Jesus. We could say the word of God is like an onion. There is the outer skin coating, that is on the visible surface, and we by just touching, smelling and observing this outer shell layer, can gain the strong realization that there must be much more to it, that is yet to be uncovered and seen.

Think of the outer surface layer of the Bible as being the basic information about the book. There are 66 books, written by 40 different authors, divided into two major divisions containing two major human covenants. The first division is called the Old Testament, and consists of 39 books written predominantly in the Hebrew language. And the final division is called the New Testament, and consists of 27 books, written in the Greek language. There is of course a lot of other basic information like book names, author names, etc. that are not going to be covered.

The Old Testament begins with the basic account of the creation of our world, God’s creation of man and his wife, the rise of sin, and the introduction for a great need for our salvation. God initiates a human interaction with His creation to cause His plan to come into manifestation.

He does this by selecting one man named Abraham, that a natural nation named Israel would come from. We can read many real stories about real people and how God built a Covenant relationship with them. Therefore, there are real historical people with actual real names that tell a great surface story of human origin and history. Everything we can read in the Bible really happened as stated, and is the true account of many people, and things interacting with God over 4000 years.

But perhaps you remember Jesus telling the Jewish people, “Search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, but these are they that testify of me” (John 5:39). That is an amazing claim that implies that He was hidden almost everywhere in some form in the underlying layers of hidden verse information. It could be He was found in hidden symbols, patterns, practices, feast holidays, ceremonies, names, titles, or descriptions. Or He could be hidden in natural human typological patterns as in the first man Adam (Romans 5:14). Or it could be that He was hidden in allegorical stories of real people, like Abraham and Sarah (Galatians 4:24).

Knowing how extremely intelligent God is, we can begin to see that Jesus can even be hidden in the letters of the alphabet. This is a great mystery, but God said that this was what He would do in Proverbs:

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

This verse is amazing. God is claiming to be God and to have an intelligence factor of such great capacity that He can hide Himself in plain sight, using words that we can all read, even knowing all of the word definitions, and still completely miss what He wanted us to search and find. This is such great evidence of a complex design technique that is only possible coming from an infinite intelligent designer.

This is even more impossible based upon the fact that all of this is happening, from someone using 40 different authors that many never met each other, and it was written spread out approximately 1500 years. The beginning authors were all dead, when the ending authors began to write. Therefore, they could not have collaborated together, to plan any of this hidden Jesus to happen. This is one of the main reasons why a computer geek loves Him and His Bible so very much.

JESUS – THE ALPHA AND OMEGA

Let us begin our introduction to alphabet letters, by talking about a very prevalent hidden Jesus in the Old Testament writings using just two letters. Remember Jesus claimed that He is the Alpha (the first letter of the Greek alphabet) and the Omega (the last letter in the Greek alphabet).  Jesus made this claim 4 times and it was written using the Greek alphabet in the New Testament book of Revelation. But we do not actually know if Jesus spoke this to John in this Greek language.

It is very possible that Jesus spoke at least 3 languages, and Greek and Hebrew were at least two major known languages for that region and at that time. For example, the sign above the head of Jesus hanging on the cross, was written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin (Luke 23:28). It is possible that Jesus spoke this to John in Hebrew, and John wrote it down in Greek to teach and reach the world. We know from reading Revelation 9:11 John wrote the same name in both Hebrew and Greek. Therefore, John knew both languages. This information should make us wonder, why were these two Greek letters Alpha and Omega, so very important for Jesus to claim, and for us to know. That is a great question to ask God. He must be giving us a clue to something significant to learn about.

Could it be that these two letters that Jesus claimed to be, mean something more than just sayings on the surface that He is the beginning and the ending of an Alphabet? Can we ask, do these Greek alphabet letters, transfer and apply to the Old Testament writings with the Hebrew alphabet? Could it also be possible that these two letters that begin and end one alphabet also indicate the other letters in the middle are also representations of the same Author GOD?

I believe that the Alpha and the Omega are revealed clues and pointers to how we can search, find, and discover Jesus in the Old Testament alphabet. Remember the book of Revelation is supposed to be the uncovering of Jesus and it represents the completion of God’s Words to the church.

I have become a believer that the Alpha and the Omega alphabet letters do transfer into the Hebrew language. What we are about to discover, is that these first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet occur over 7000 times throughout the Old Covenant books of the Law, Psalms, and the Prophets. This is an amazing coincidence or more likely a great design pattern given by the designer to hide Jesus in the first and last letter combination of the Hebrew alphabet.

The first Hebrew letter “Alef” is combined with the last Hebrew letter “Tav”, and these two letters form a word that was mostly ignored by every translator of the Bible. These translators either thought these letters represented an unknown Hebrew word, or had an untranslatable Hebrew word meaning. If only these translators would have read the book of Revelation, and applied what Jesus said they might have potentially placed Jesus in many other places that have been hidden from us.

When I searched the Hebrew text for the Strong’s number H853, the Alef and the Tav hidden word combination was found 7302 times in 5650 verses, in one Bible software. Other Bible software had slightly different numbers of occurrences and verses but they were all close enough not to be disputed or argued.

Wow this is very amazing new information to many people. This means translators largely ignored or removed nearly 14,604 alphabet letters from what they were attempting to translate into a language that others could learn from. This was omitted information that should have been considered essential for us to understand our creator God with. This sounds like a major problem. What if we did this with a classic literature book? If someone ignored thousands of letters when translating it, wouldn’t that cause you to wonder what you may have missed?

That information should become a potential concern to everyone. There could be a lot of good information that is being ignored by a lot of the natural people of Israel, and Christians to learn about Jesus. Thankfully, there are a growing number of people that have come to this conclusion, and are beginning to learn more every day about what we have missed, and you can find some of them on the internet. Let us go over some things that help us see how there are definitely things that we have missed.

THE FIRST ALEF-TAV HIDDEN WORD

The first time this word Alef-Tav occurs is found in the fourth word of the very first verse of Genesis 1:1. I will list the word in the text as A-Z for an English translation presentation. Consider what Genesis 1:1 could have said, if they had added the omitted word:

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God A-Z, created the heaven and the earth.

The English equivalent A-Z (first and last letters of the English alphabet), could have been changed to the “God Alef-Tav” as in a Hebrew representation, or the “God Alpha-Omega” in the Greek application. If you know much about the New Testament you can find how this A-Z addition to the Old Testament harmonizes with the truth identifying Jesus as the creator of everything, we see around us that is good. We can find these confirmations in John 1:1-14, Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 1:2, Hebrews 11:3, and Revelation 3:14, to name a few.

Can we begin to see how Jesus is being directly named in Genesis 1:1, to be the creator God that made the heavens and the earth? This is really more important than you may know. There are vast numbers of people that do not believe Jesus was God in the flesh. Instead, they label Him to be a mere human man that died 2000 years ago as a prophet. Vast numbers of people believe Jesus was a good man but no greater than any other prophet. But clearly Jesus claimed to be both the Most High God who is the Creator and this was first written in Genesis nearly 3500 years ago.

As you can see, if translators would have added these two alphabet letters in their translations, humans could have been curious to learn to at least ask what these two letters of the alphabet meant. This could have potentially caused more people to search for, who or what this represents. The answer to the curiosity would have become apparent, when people reached reading the book of Revelation, where Jesus gives us the definition of these two individual letters as representations of Himself. WOW!

EXAMPLE 2 OF ALEF AND TAV JESUS

The second time this A-Z word is selected by God in His descriptions comes in just three verses after the first. In Genesis 1:4, we can read the next usage:

Gen 1:4  And God saw the A-Z light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 

If we had time to write a book about this verse, we could learn a lot of things about seeing Jesus here. But for the quick overview think of what Jesus claimed in John:

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

Compare what God said in Genesis 1:4 to what Jesus just claimed, and then tell me, both of these verses are not about Jesus coming into the world? When the A-Z God spoke into the darkness of Genesis 1 and said “Light Be”, He was making a decree for the darkness of the world to end. This was literally God speaking to the destruction and chaos that had been caused by Lucifer’s rebellion and bringing Himself into the world as the coming Jesus to undo the works of darkness (1 John 3:8). Remember Jesus was called, “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8).

Are we not witnessing the account of the creation of the current natural world in Genesis 1? Therefore, are these not the words that were spoken by God A-Z to create our world foundation? We again find another book-end conclusion like the A-Z identification of Jesus in Revelation. But in this one God confirms that He was revealing His plan to bring “A-Z the Light of the World” with His first order of creation “Light Be”. God is defining and explaining what was happening in the introduction of Genesis with the climatic conclusion of Revelation. God provides further confirmation of Genesis 1:4 to be about Jesus in 2 Corinthians:

2Co 4:5  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 

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

These are radical words being taught. There has not been enough people in the world that have seen what Jesus the A-Z, has accomplished for ALL Christian believers. God reveals a part of His foundational works of Genesis 1:4 to be about Jesus’ work on the earth, by teaching us it is the internal light of the knowledge of Christ in the human spirit, that eliminates the darkness of Satan from us.

There are at least 12 verses in Genesis chapter 1 that share this H853 Hebrew Alef-Tav word. I have just included the first two, but you are welcome to go find Jesus in the others.

EXAMPLE 3 OF JESUS IN THE ALEF AND TAV

Today’s final great Old Testament verse, that confirms how Jesus, the self-proclaimed “Alpha-Omega”, was being hidden in O.T. scriptures is found in the prophecy of Zechariah. I will again include the word in the verse as “A-Z”. Take a look at chapter 12 and verse 10:

Zec 12:10  And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon (me) A-Z whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. 

This verse is so profoundly obvious to be written about Jesus. The word “me” in the English translation is actually the “Alef and Tav” (H853) word in the Hebrew. This is one of the times when the translators decided the word Alef-Tav should be made to mean “me”. This decision is one of the few times they chose to potentially help the sentence to point us to Jesus. What we are observing is another major confirmation that Jesus claimed to be this person being written about in this book of the Bible. We know this, because we know this is Jesus’ name in the book of Revelation as He claimed to be the Greek “Alpha and Omega”.

CONLUSION

These were only three verse examples given that we took the time to find and introduce to you. But we know this is enough to establish the truth, because God commands us in the mouth of two or three witnesses, let every truth be established. All of these three verses point us to the True Jesus in the New Covenant. Therefore, we have enough evidence to at least conclude, it is a worthy Bible search to look for Jesus in the ancient Hebrew.

There are only 7300 other hidden words like these three A-Z examples, found in the O.T. Bible. This is your mission, if you should decide to seek Him. But this was an awesome place to begin your Bible study to find the hidden Jesus. Do exactly what Jesus commanded us to do and begin to search the scriptures for Him. Jesus promised that you will definitely find Him, if you diligently seek Him (Jeremiah 29:13).

The LORD be willing, we will do another short lesson, just on the first letter “Alef” next. Then, if the LORD be willing, we will go through each and every Hebrew letter in order. Thank you for taking your valuable time to read and study the Bible with Agapegeek. We value your faithfulness, support of prayers very much. We love you all and will continue to make mention of you in our prayers. May God abundantly bless and keep you.  Always remember Jesus is LORD, and He is coming back very soon.

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THE TRUE IDENTITY OF THE WOMAN IN REVELATION 12 Pt 10 – WHY THE CHURCH Pt 3 – WHO IS MY MOTHER?

(Ver 1.0) This is now “Part 10” in the advanced Bible study series of lessons revealing, “The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12”. If you would like to read from the beginning, you may like to go to “PART 1” first. Today’s lesson is also “Part 3” of the miniseries within the full series called “Why the Church”.  If you would like to read from the beginning of the mini-series, you may like to go to “Part 8” now. Regardless of where you begin to study, this series is only intended for spiritually mature Christians. If you feel this does not describe you, please do not attempt to continue to read any of this series. It could cause some to be offended, and that is never our intention. Love demands that you judge yourself.

This mini-revealing series is designed to answer a lot of Christian’s deep questions to; how this woman could possibly be the church in the light of the apparent divine identity of her child as being the Christ? Many good people see the natural words, and description written to us, to indicate this woman could only be the virgin Mary, or the natural nation of Israel.

We thank you very much for taking the time to read and study the Bible with us at Agapegeek. Whether you love the word of God or you just have a curiosity about the book written by human men containing the words of the Living God, you are not here by accident or chance luck. Within the Kingdom of God, there are no coincidences. God loved you so much that He sent an angel or spoke directly into your spirit to give you a thought to search and find this website. God wanted to say some spiritual truths, to you that your natural mind was unable to hear directly from Him on your own current spiritual ability to understand. I praise the LORD only to be used in this way, because without Him, I could do nothing.

Many Christians are challenged by the God given design of the book of Revelation. I believe the Holy Spirit spoke to me, and said the book of Revelation is a compilation of word images. God spoke these written words through His mouth, using His Spiritual tongue, to paint us a visually organized spiritual set of word masterpieces. These pictures were given to us from the ultimate Word Artist. His paintings are the most valuable images, and understanding them are of far greater value than owning a Picasso, or Rembrandt.

In Revelation 12, there are plainly many words, that can only be taken as symbolism, like a dragon, and a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet. These clear symbolic references are then mixed with natural descriptions, like a pregnant woman, who is crying out in pain, travailing in birth, laboring to be delivered, etc., that can easily be taken as a literal specific human event, like the birth of Christ in Bethlehem.

Think about what was just stated about these Revelation words being word pictures. Did you ever see the drawing that someone did of a beautiful woman? But then did you ever notice that if you looked as that picture with a different perspective the beautiful woman became a witch? Or did you ever notice the 3-dimensional photos, where on the surface it just looked like a lot of random colors and dots, but when your focus changed, it became an amazing 3-D picture of another object like the space-shuttle?  

This is exactly what is happening in the book of Revelation, with us changing our normal human natural focus into God’s spiritual higher divine perspective. These word images do two things with amazing clarity of wisdom. These words conceal the truth with natural word thoughts that can be taken one way to hide the truth. But then they can simultaneously reveal the truth, by us only receiving the Holy Spirit to allow Him to help us change our view using the Light of His Word.

Now consider this truth. God writes about every major thing that will happen in the future, but He does it in a way to keep it from being known by His enemies. The author of the book of Revelation, who is the Holy Spirit, appears to hide the meanings of His strategies and plans from the devil. But simultaneously it appears that He desired for His saved children on the earth to be able to read and discover the real actual meanings at the right time. How can God do this using only words?

He could do this by utilizing coded message. He could write the book of Revelation using an obvious message that everyone would think that it is. But using His other writings that were written to His children, He could help then to understand the keys found in the letters, and then He could use these keys to help us find the correct definitions and meanings for what was not available to His spiritual enemies.

This is the strategy of encryption using unlocking key techniques used in software everywhere today. What if God knew that people would possess, the internet, computers, and smart phones? What if God leveraged His foreknowledge of the future to hide information about what would occur during the tribulation, because people on the earth would have this technology at the end-of-days, to solve the mysteries with His help? What if this is true?

Could this new transformative spiritual information, help us to change our perspective about what a pregnant woman wearing our closest star, and standing on the moon giving birth to a child could mean? Can we begin to see the heavenly spiritual word images, instead of the earthly natural viewpoints?  Why can’t this woman mean something greater than us just trying to understand it only using natural literal imagery? Couldn’t Satan simply read about what the book of Revelation said, 2000 years ago, and then just prepare a counter-strategy, far in advance to keep it all from happening? I pray that opening will help a lot of people that are still struggling to see from God’s viewpoint.

INTRODUCTION/REVIEW

In the last lesson we were introduced to some very new radical Bible ways to change our natural perspectives into higher spiritual perspectives, of how to see the woman in Revelation 12. Many have struggled to understand how the church is pregnant and could give birth to the Messiah. But God taught us how this picture of a pregnant woman wearing the sun, and standing on the moon, can represent the spiritual church using common well known natural descriptions. We covered 7 major points in the last lesson. It was a long essential study, but today there will only be one single but very significant subject to help shorten the length of the study. Let us review a short list of items that should have been learned in the last lesson, to help us understand that the woman in Revelation 12 is definitely the church:

SYMBOLNEW COVENANT REALITY
Rev 12:2 A pregnant woman. Can this represent the church?Galatians 4:19 Paul gives birth again to cause the Spirit of Christ to be formed in new believers
Rev 12:2 The woman travailed with birth painGalatians 4;19 Paul also travails using the exact same Greek word to give spiritual birth
Rev 12:2 The woman cries out in pain (Today this is called going into labor)1 Cor 3:8, 1 Cor 15:58, Gal 4:11, Php 1:22, 1 Th 3:5, Rev 2:2, to name only 6 verses that reveal the church is in labor to produce new children of Christ.
Rev 12:2 The woman waits to be deliveredGal 4:27, Tit 2:13, Rom 7:24, 1 Cor 15:24, 2 Cor 1:10, Gal 1:4, 1 Th 1:10, these are just 7 verses of connections to the church waiting to be delivered
Rev 12:4 The woman brings forth the fruit of her wombGod’s desire was for man to be fruitful (Gen 1:28). God is waiting patiently to harvest this fruit (James 5:7, 18)
  

We will not spend any more time reviewing the last lesson. But if you have not read this one, it is highly recommended that you go back to “Part 9” and read the series overview. However, understanding today’s subject is not dependent upon reading it. Today’s Bible lesson will stand alone if you would like to continue reading.

COMMENT QUESTION AND ANSWER

Recently during the last lessons, we have had comments that try to claim the woman in Revelation 12, represented a God designed rare occurrence within His heavenly creation for a sign. This event took place in the 2nd heaven on September 23, 2017. It is undeniable that it occurred. In this created event the claim is made that our sun was in the Zodiac constellation of Virgo. During the night sky on this date some have concluded that the stars making up the constellation Virgo were clothed with our sun. An alignment took place that had another constellation above her head named Leo. This Leo was said to be her crown of 12 stars. However, normally Leo consists of only 9 stars, but during this date, three planets could be seen in the formation of Leo. This they say was the 12-star crown.

Now, is where it becomes more interesting when observing the heavenly natural layout, with Revelation 12 verses 1-3. There was the moon and a serpent constellation aligned under the feet of Virgo. Then there was the planet Jupiter that revolved around inside of the belly of Virgo for approximately 9 months before exiting Virgo between her legs, like a type of birth.

This is truly amazing but, this event should only be viewed as a visible sign or symbol that gives us the desire to point us to know that it is now the time, for us all to go and discover what God wrote about in the book of Revelation. Beyond this meaning, it cannot be interpreted to mean anything else without Bible verses that confirm it. If you know of any you are free to share them.

At the beginning of the lesson, we talked about the era of technology that we are living in. This is clearly what Daniel spoke of in Daniel 12:4 when he prophesied that at the end, there would be a massive increase in knowledge and many people would be traveling around the world rapidly. This confirms God knew the end from the beginning.

It also confirms God knew when this constellation could be seen by human technology to help us to confirm that we were living near the time that this event in Revelation 12, needs to be understood. But what if this was only given by God to help us know the times, we were living in to help us prepare for His soon coming?

There are many issues that come to mind, if we try to make this event that occurred on September, 23, 2017, to be the fulfillment of Revelation 12:1-5. First, we must ignore that the same woman is mentioned in almost every verse to the end of the chapter. If the woman in Revelation 12:1 is a constellation, then the same woman in verse 17 is also the constellation or we are being very inconsistent in our interpretations.

The second major problem occurs by the fact that this is now 2022 when writing this lesson. This would be almost 5 years after the event and Revelation 12 must have commenced and it only lasts for 42 months. We must be inside of the tribulation very deep already, and obviously we are NOT! Therefore, the only way to view this constellation event, is to say it is a pointer signpost to investigate the true meanings of the words and cannot be the actual fulfillment.

Finally, another problem that comes to mind are the words of Jesus Christ. In Luke 17:20, Jesus says very clearly “The Kingdom of God cometh without observation”.  This only means we are not going to see the Kingdom of God or Jesus coming with our natural eyes until it will be too late. Let us now go into the meat part of today’s Bible lesson. This subject will be about what Jesus thought and said concerning His physical mother Mary, when confronted with this subject while living in the flesh here on the physical earth.

WHO IS MY MOTHER, AND BROTHERS?

We are going to explore some far-reaching words of the LORD Jesus, to help us better understand, and confirm the true identity of the Woman in Revelation 12 as being the church. Do you remember the nursery rhyme called “Are you, my mother?” In this story a newly hatched baby bird, goes to look for his mother”. He asks everyone he meets, “are you, my mother?”. This bird goes to many different parts of God’s creation and asks each of them all the same question. He goes to a kitten, a hen, a dog, a car, and sees a plane. On and on until he is returned to his home nest where he finally meets his mother, and the mother asks “do you know who I am?” The little bird answers “yes you are my mother, and you are not a kitten, a hen, a dog, a car, or a plane, etc”.

This is an interesting child’s story, but it does have application to our subject of a child in Revelation 12. Would the child in Revelation 12, ask everyone, are you, my mother? That is what people in the church are doing? Or would he already know before his birth and proclaim, you are my mother, and you are not Israel, Mary, or anyone else that is natural flesh? It just so happens Jesus the Christ (Messiah in the flesh), answers this question of “who is my mother in Revelation 12”, long before the book would be written. But His words are possibly unknown, ignored, explained away, or completely rejected by those that have not seen, or do not want to see the truth. Let us read the real story and see what He reveals to us:

Mat 12:46  While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him

Mat 12:47  Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee

Mat 12:48  But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 

Mat 12:49  And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 

Mat 12:50  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother

These are vastly misunderstood words, that were spoken directly from the Creator God’s own mouth (John 1:1-4). If you read verse 46 carefully and thoughtfully, you discover a major problem developing with the belief of Israel and Mary being the woman in Revelation 12. Verse 46 says Jesus’ mother Mary the once virgin and Jesus’ half-brothers who were all the natural children of Israel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, and finally Joseph and Mary (Mat 1, & Luke 3 genealogy). 

Take note what Jesus does in verse 47, after being told that His natural family members including His mother Mary, were outside the house desiring to speak with Him!  Jesus, practically ignores all of them, by answering the messengers in verse 48, with a question.  Jesus asked them “Who is my mother, and brothers”?  Sounds like a nursery rhyme question, but instead of asking those present, are you my mother, He asks them do you know who my mother is? This was an obvious question revealing Jesus already knew His spiritual mother, since He could only be speaking spiritually, and not naturally.

Please understand, that if Jesus was speaking naturally, He must have amnesia, or some mental deficiency. Then pay attention to what Jesus’ true intention was, for this mentally challenged behavior. Jesus looks at His disciples while extending His hands toward them saying, “Behold, My mother and brothers”. WOW! Please do not ignore what Jesus just said. This is Him revealing the main reason, why He spoke and acted in this manner.

Jesus, is either a ranting lunatic or He knows something we don’t! We should believe the second. Therefore, the only logical conclusion is to settle that Jesus was speaking of a radically different mother, and brothers that were NOT of the natural nation of Israel, and Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and finally Mary. Think about it?

The natural nation of Israel was sitting all around Him. He was teaching them something radically wonderful about Himself. His natural mother and natural half-brothers were standing outside of the physical house. Respectfully, Jesus should have acknowledged Mary to be His physical birth mother and his half-brothers, to be his natural co-family members. But there is no mention of any of them. Should we call Jesus a liar? Let us look at a new verse that reveals who the natural nation of Israel believed Jesus to be:

Mar 6:3  Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him

What we learn from reading the natural perspective of the people of Nazareth, they believed that Jesus was the elder son of the carpenter named Joseph, and Mary. They believed Jesus had 4 younger brothers named James, Joses, Judah, and Simon. They believed he had an undeclared number of sisters. All of this was true from the natural perspective and viewpoint. Wow, could this be the reason why the people today have not seen the wisdom of God in Revelation 12 yet? I believe it is.

What we are observing in scripture are two viewpoints of the same man named Jesus. All of the natural humans were uninformed and ignorant of the truth. They believed He had a human father. They believed He was born in Nazareth. They clearly did not desire to ask any questions to learn the truth, so God in the flesh was asking them a question to help them change their perspectives. Does this apply to our study lesson today? Could their limitations of knowing who and what was possible for God be limiting their ability to receive higher spiritual truth?

It must be true, because we can notice how the Spirit of God in Jesus, was not looking upon their natural earthly perspective when He asked them the question, “Who is my mother”. WOW, I pray that we are all spiritually awake with our spiritual eyes being enlightened. Let us analyze another verse that confirms how Jesus thought spiritually at the young age of 12 years old, about his natural family:

Luke 2:48 – And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 

Luke 2:49 – And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

Take notice of this story that occurred when Jesus was only 12 years old. The natural family had traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. When they were returning home, Mary and Joseph finally noticed that the eldest son Jesus was not with them. It took them 3 days to find him and they discover him in the temple listening and teaching. When He is confronted by His mother Mary, saying “Son, why have you done this to us?” and “because your father and I have sought for you in sorrow”.  

What was Mary’s perspective? It seems like in just 12 years’ time, she had let slip that her son’s father really was the Holy Spirit! Could she have become more naturally thinking, while Jesus in the same time had become more spiritually minded? We must ask this question, because Jesus’s words disagreed with His natural mother’s words. Therefore, since Jesus was God in the flesh we know His truth, is not calling Mary a liar, it is only a higher truth that trumps the natural perspective.  Jesus is being well aware of His true Father’s identity when He asked them both two questions, “Why did you seek me?” and “Did you not know I had to be about my Father’s business”?

The only way to resolve this naturally viewed perspective problem found in two Bible examples of natural versus spiritual truth conflicts, is for us to change our perspectives, that these words of Jesus in Luke 2:49 and Matthew 12:49 were from a higher spiritual view of reality. This new way to see can help overcome our natural mind’s way of thinking, to be renewed to change our perspective to say and believe, Jesus is speaking spiritually and we were previously just thinking naturally from the very limited bit of spiritual knowledge that we had. 

The prophet Jesus was in no doubt speaking prophetically in both statements about His spiritual family roles. In Luke 2:49, Jesus was speaking about His role on the physical earth as a physical man, to bring the spiritual Light of the Word to humans living in the flesh, and to die for all of our sins. Then in Matthew 12:49, when Jesus asked them the question, “Who is my brother and mother”, He was envisioning the future work of God after being raised from the dead, for the new coming reality only found in the New Covenant truth of the need to be born-again spiritually. Wow!

We can understand this by who Jesus is pointing to in Matthew 12:49, when He declares them to be His mother and brothers. It was impossible for these 12 men being pointed to, to be His physical mother and brothers. Therefore, we reject this natural belief immediately, to look for a new higher spiritual truth, since Jesus only speaks truth. All of these men, became the foundational members of the church body, with the exception of Judas. These are the men that would be like Paul, to be used by God to give birth to the soon coming new church members.

These were the men that when Jesus was raised from the dead in John 20:21-22, He appeared to them and said “Peace be unto you, as my Father has sent me, so I send you”. Jesus then breathed on all of them, with His mouth, and He told them to “Receive the Holy Spirit”. This was the beginning of the spiritual church body and bride of Christ. Jesus had just transferred the Spirit of God from the inside of His single Last Adam resurrected body (1 Cor 15:45), to His human disciples. They immediately received the same life-giving Spirit of Christ that He had on the inside of Him, and they were born-again. They received this gift, in order to now spread it continually to many others utilizing a spiritual new birthing process.

Now recall that we have learned in this series, that Jesus was called the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:8). Then in Romans 8:29, Jesus was called the first born from MANY brethren. The Bible begins to make so much more sense, when we begin to understand what God is saying from His perspective. This is the church rising to come up to a higher and more mature level of Christian spiritual life.

What we are now further confirming, is how Jesus can be called an “Everlasting Father” in Isaiah 9:6, in one prophecy. The only naturally born Son of God in another verse (John 3:16). And the “Firstborn” having many other “brothers” in Romans 8:29. God writes about the same Messiah from more than one perspective. Sometimes, He is God’s ONLY naturally born Son, and sometimes He is referred to as the first spiritually born Son of God with many other born-again believers. Not rightly dividing the Word of Truth is one of the main reasons why many Christians are confused.

This new knowledge should help us to better understand how Jesus could be looking at His disciples in Matthew 12, and call them by at least 2 different family relationships. First, Jesus will become an “Everlasting Father” to his new spiritual sons, through Him personally breathing upon them His internal Holy Spirit in John 20. Then we should be learning that these same apostles, can also be called His spiritual brothers by them being born-again of the same Holy Spirit as Christ was raised from the dead by. Jesus was their personal spiritual Father, by Him sowing the Word of God into their human spirits for 3 ½ years. Jesus claimed that they had been made clean by the washing of the water of His spoken words in John 15:3.

What we have also learned from reading Galatians 4, is that human male church members can travail in birth until Christ is formed in other humans to get them born again. Therefore, these human male disciples that were the founding members of the church body, can also give the new-birth to new spiritual children through laboring for Christ, to spread the Seed of Christ, in order for the Spirit of Christ, to come inside of each of us from generation to generation.

This concept represents one of the laws of God found in Genesis, called “the seed within itself”. God’s design of self-perpetuating natural entities like trees, plants, animals, and humans, would be extended into the spiritual realm to, and for His church to continue to grow and spread. However, God realized that humans needed His help not to mess it up, like the first Adam and He gave us His Holy Spirit on the inside to insure we do not fail.

What we are observing is the fact that Jesus in the flesh, knew His Spirit of Christ would be what is given to future added church members through the labor of those disciples that were seated with Him in the room. This is exactly why Jesus could point at them, and say “Behold my mother and brothers”.  Let us now review verse 50 of Matthew 12, and learn why Jesus made this new inclusion of a new female type called sisters, in His family:

Mat 12:50  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother

There are many ignorant people that do not believe, that women should sow seeds to get anyone else saved. But according to Jesus the Christ, the Head of the Church, this is NOT what He was teaching the founding members of His body. Notice Jesus begins by saying “WHOSOEVER shall do the will of my FATHER!”. This is an all-inclusive statement including male, and female, bond or free, Jew or Greek”.  Let us continue to learn by reading some important information to what is being taught now:

1Co 12:12  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 

1Co 12:13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 

Notice what the Holy Spirit said in these verses. In Verse 12, He compares the naturally created human body that is made up of trillions of individual cells all being called by one name, is the same as the body of Christ being made up of millions and billions of individual human believers, with all of them being called Christ. Wow! We are ONE in Him. But these verses did not mention females. This is corrected in the letter to the Galatians:

Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 

Paul must have obtained a new revelation from Jesus, because his statement to Corinth has been dramatically enhanced to include female humans into the same body of Christ. We can see how this new statement potentially resolves a possible issue found in Matthew 12:50, where Jesus had included both HIS brothers, and HIS sisters, to be called HIS same spiritual mother.

We must stop thinking on such a limited natural mindset. ALL Christians, are much more in Christ, than many have realized. Too many Christians are limiting what God can do with anyone that chooses to be “in Christ”, and who also lets “Christ live in them”. Every believer whether male or female, has been given the exact same great commission to go into all of the world and preach the Gospel as His physical body living on the earth (Mark 16:15).

CONCLUSION

Thank you so very much, for spending your valuable time to read this essential end-time spiritual prophetic Bible study. We have just been presented some radical new spiritual information that was taught by Jesus to the church about who this Revelation 12 woman represents, in the spiritual mind and view of God. Today, Christians have been largely ignoring these words of Christ and it is past time for this to cease. We must stop seeing the Revelation 12 male child to be the physical man Jesus, who was actually the one that was speaking in Matthew 12 to reveal to us the truth. Since they have jumped to the conclusion that the child is natural Jesus that would die on the cross, they further the confusion by claiming the woman standing on the moon and clothed with the Sun is Israel.

However, the Holy Spirit inside of Jesus, through the omniscient foreknowledge of God was inspired by Him, to teach us some important clues about the coming future book of Revelation in Matthew. Because God foreknew Christians today would struggle to see the true identity of the woman in Revelation 12 to be the church, He answered all of our questions, with us saying “how can this pregnancy be, seeing we know not a man”, just like Mary was asking the angel, and He did this long before we asked Him the question. Wow! Praise the LORD, what a God we serve!

What we are learning today, is if we are a spiritual woman who is pregnant and laboring to be delivered, then the pregnancy, the child, the labor, the delivery are also all spiritual truths, and not physical truths. The spiritual truths of God, still trumps the natural truths of man every time. Remember what Jesus said, “I only speak what I hear my Father say” (John 12:49).

Jesus, when asked to speak to His earthly mother and brothers, makes one of the most radical statements found in the Bible. To the human mind dominated by natural reasoning Jesus sounded crazy, when He pointed to His human male disciples, and called them His mother and brothers. In the natural these men were neither.

At the very same time, Jesus totally ignored Mary and the natural nation of Israel brothers that were standing outside of the house. Don’t you think that God in the flesh, knew exactly what He was saying, and doing at this dramatic moment of time?  Can you see how He was helping us to understand something before we even knew that we needed to understand it? Isn’t this the nature of our God? Doesn’t He already provide for us everything that we need before we need it?  This would be the nature of a God, who knows that you need before you even ask!

Did the first man Adam, and his natural wife have to starve and wait for a year before they had physical fruit to eat? Why then would the second and last Adam, and His wife the church, need to wait for our spiritual food of life to eat from? Glory to God!

Hopefully, everyone can begin to see how Jesus’ perspective was on a higher spiritual dimension of thought and reason. This is the way that we should begin to think more consistently. God said in Isaiah 55:8, “My thoughts are not your thoughts”. Do you believe He said this to demean us, or do you think that He could be challenging us to come up higher and think like Him? It should be obvious because He is love that He is only challenging us to think His way. Thank you, Jesus!

Thank you for taking the time to read and study the Bible with us. We love you very much, regardless of if you agree with us or not. God loves you the same whether you agree with Him or not also. But yet God wants us all to rise above the natural human level of perspective. Hopefully, the LORD has helped us all to do this.

THE TRUE IDENTITY OF THE WOMAN IN REVELATION 12 Pt 9 – Why the Church Pt 2

(Ver 1.0) This is now “Part 9” in the advanced Bible study series of lessons revealing, “The True Identity of the woman in Revelation 12”. But today’s lesson is also “Part 2” of the miniseries within the full series called “Why the Church”. This mini-revealing series is designed to answer a lot of Christian’s deep questions to how this woman could possibly be the church. Many see the words written to indicate this woman could only be the virgin Mary, or the natural nation of Israel. This is based upon the fact that her child will rule with a rod of iron, and this MUST be Jesus in some form. No doubt this is the popular belief, and it logically stands to reason why it is believed to be this way.

What this lesson series is attempting to do, is to help you change your vision from a natural reasoning viewpoint into a heavenly God spiritual viewpoint. God sees things in ways that the carnal human does not even begin to comprehend. Therefore, it is again highly advised that you go and pray the prayer found in Ephesians 1:17-23. This will ask God to give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in knowing HIM who is Christ Jesus. Opening your spiritual eyes to see what has been accomplished by God in and through Jesus Christ. Make this prayer personal and believe God heard and answered you.

Today’s Bible lesson will deal with the Bible interpreting itself on the subject of what the pregnant woman represents and her child represents, from a Holy God perspective, and viewpoint. This should be of interest to a lot of Christians. Because it will answer a lot of questions about how this woman in Revelation 12 can represent the church. Are you excited and expecting to learn? If you really are, then you are ready to begin.

If you have not read the first part of the miniseries or the entire full series, please at least start with “Part 8 – Why the Church”, or “The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12 PART 1”. There are too many details already covered that are not able to be restated in this lesson.

First, we need to repeat the series warning.  This series was written for spiritually mature Christians. For those that are newly born again, or younger Christians, you may want to go study some more basic Bible foundational subjects before trying to digest some deep eschatological study that may be hard to swallow. This decision could possibly help you not to be offended at what will be a very deep spiritual subject filled with complex spiritual information and application, about a highly controversial topic. Thank you for judging yourself before continuing.

We pray that you love God, and His Word as much as we do. We are infinitely blessed to have the author of the Bible living on the inside of us to help us all understand the mysteries of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We want to say before you begin, we love you all very much. This lesson series is founded upon divine love and no other motivation is present or hidden. Please know this before you leave any mean or nasty comments.

One of the first things to answer about the woman in Revelation 12, is to determine, if she is natural or spiritual. Is she literal, or a figurative symbol for a greater hidden spiritual message? Answering this question, can only be established based upon the context descriptions of her.

We can remember, that she is seen in heaven in verse 1. This causes us to begin to lean to understand that she is a spiritual reality. But then we see she is clothed with the sun and standing on the moon. Both of these CANNOT be taken literally, and this almost seals the confirmation that she is a spiritual being. The major confirming sign that this chapter is speaking of spiritual realities, is the mention of the dragon and the ancient serpent, who God defines to be Satan and the devil. This being is certainly a spirit being, therefore, the woman can only be interpreted as spiritual also.

Please remember the basics of eschatological hermeneutical principles. Here is a fundamental rule to begin “If the plain sense, makes perfect sense, seek no other sense”. Because the first verse in Revelation 12, does not make plain and perfect sense, this forces us to seek God for the actual true sense. People have tried to answer this problem by searching the Bible for any references to the “sun, moon, and stars”. They have then found one reference in Genesis 37:9 in the dream of Joseph.

This was used rapidly to confirm in their minds that the woman can only be the natural nation of Israel, since that is what the dream was about. But they ignored the placement of these objects on and around the woman because these facts do not make plain sense. Because the placement of these objects is important, and they were defined by Jacob to be clear symbolic references to specific individuals, we should try to apply this information into the Revelation 12 interpretation of the symbolic elements. But few have tried to do this.

We will be exploring a lot of great new hidden secrets of God concerning the church. What we are discovering is that the woman in Revelation 12, represents a victorious church that has overcome the enemy Satan. It must be understood that the two key chapters to understanding Revelation 12, is to first understand Genesis 3 and then understand Galatians 4. These two chapters have direct connections to what God wants us to learn about Revelation 12. But we will also be going over other verses to help us. Let us look at some new insights about what we learned in the last lesson, before we continue to today’s subjects.

NEW REVELATION 12:1 INSIGHTS

In the last lesson we did an overview of some of the key aspects and descriptions found in Revelation 12:1. We all know there was a woman, that appeared in heaven. She is said to be clothed with the sun. We have learned that this means she is clothed with Jesus, the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2). But there is much more to this sun symbol than just this single great revelation. For example:

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 

Notice what this verse says to us. God says put on His armor. Then we find in the book of Romans:

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

Ok, now we are gaining important insight into what type of clothing we in the church are supposed to be wearing. Our spiritual armor is called “the armor of light”. Wow, what does the sun do for our world? The sun gives us light by day. Now we are confirming we are in God’s kingdom of Light and the Day (1 Thessalonians 5:5). We are supposed to take off the works of darkness, and put on this (sun) light armor.

By casting off our clothes (works) of darkness, what happens to them? They fall to the floor of course. If they fell, are they under us, or above us?  Uh oh? This is just more confirmation that the moon under our feet in Revelation 12:1, are things that we have put off and thrown down and this allows us to be standing above the moon. Do you see how this truth concerning the church matches the description of the woman so far very well?

This new information about clothing being like works for good or evil, implies that we are supposed to be doing works for God’s Kingdom of His dear Son, and not the works of the enemy. What we must conclude is that wearing the Sun in Revelation 12:1 is the same as wearing Light as an Armor in Romans 13:12, and this must be connected with doing good “works” for the Kingdom of God on the earth. Can we agree so far? This will get much clearer soon as you continue to read.

But also notice in Ephesians 6:11 God says by wearing His full armor, the church (we) will be able to stand against the enemy. Notice the mention of standing. Does this involve the feet? Of course, it does, and we see a woman in Revelation 12:1 with her feet, which are implied to be standing on, and above the moon. We have already determined very clearly; the moon is the representative symbol of the ruler of the darkness who God calls Satan (Ephesians 6:12).

Again, we have this connection being made in Romans 13:12, with the mention of “night” and “darkness”. Being connected with the armor of “light” and the mention of “day” being at hand. The woman in Revelation 12, is certainly standing in the Daylight of the Sun. We are experiencing another confirmation for who the woman in Revelation 12:1 really represents, and how the church is planned by God to overcome the devil, by wearing God’s defensive weapons and by wielding God Spiritual Sword, called the Word of God. Amen.

INTRODUCTION –
SEEING REVELATION 12
FROM GOD’S SPIRITUAL VIEWPOINT

Let us review one of the foundational verses for this miniseries of lessons about WHY the church is the woman in Revelation 12. We should be attempting to rise far above the normal natural human perspective of things that anyone can read in the Bible. We can read in Isaiah 55:8, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways are not your ways”. It is very clear from this statement that God claims to be smarter than us, and to think and see things different than we do as humans. This is one of the reasons, Jesus came to the earth to help reveal God’s higher thoughts and ways to us, and here is one thing that He said about this subject of perspectives:

John 3:12  If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 

Remember again that Jesus gave us this “key to help us in understanding God’s thoughts”. Knowing this will be a huge benefit to understanding a great portion of the book of Revelation. We must begin by understanding that God is a Spirit (John 5:24). If God is a Spirit, and it was Him who designed and authored the book of Revelation (2 Tim 3:16).  God selected a writing technique utilizing many major patterns from natural symbolic objects and realities, that reveal unseen existing higher spiritual truths, entities and realities.

But here is a potentially new revelation for you. God expects you to become a mature Christ follower. He expects His church to grow up spiritually (1 Peter 2:2). This simply means we are not supposed to remain as carnal thinking humans. This should help you to see the necessity to change our thoughts to conform to His. This is essential for understanding the book of Revelation.

Today we will focus on the natural subjects of the process of a physical woman’s pregnancy, labor, and delivery of a child. In this analysis, we will confirm and apply what this natural process represents, in the spiritual birth process that is taught to us in the Word of God. Probably most of you have never thought of this or studied this subject, until now. Is a spiritual woman’s process of giving spiritual birth, the same types of experiences as the natural birthing process? That should sound interesting to a lot of Christians who want to know the truth.

We will be going through additional verses in Revelation 12, starting with verse 2 and possibly continuing to verse 6. What will help you to see these verses differently, is by changing your perspective and expectation for who you may have ignorantly “pre-judged” her to represent. To “pre-determine” who she represents before you see all of the evidence, blocks your ability to see any truth that God really desired you to see. There are a lot of Christians that are closed minded to change any viewpoint. Some have called these types of people, “concrete Christians”, meaning they are thoroughly mixed up and firmly set, and almost impossible to change even with the greatest message of truth. We pray no one reading fits this description. Please, decide to be an Acts 17:11, more noble type of Bible student.

This is a common tactic of the devil, to block God’s revelation from being seen. As long as Satan can get us to seek words that makes this woman to be only natural Israel, then that is what we will see and find. This fact of what we seek for, determines what we find, is based upon the law Jesus spoke to us in Matthew 7:7. Therefore, instead of seeking to find natural Israel, just ask God to help you to seek the truth, and you are promised to find it (John 16:13).

Imagine in your spirit, that the Holy Spirit came to you in an audible voice and said “This woman is the Church”. Would you ignore this personal God visitation to help give you this revelation? Some people do this all the time. But not with an audible voice from God. No, God uses pastors and teachers of the Word of God by giving them the revelation, and then helping them to present it to the rest of the Body of Christ. This method of divine operation is so easy to bypass and ignore as false teaching, simply because a message did not conform to what you believed it said. Uh oh?

Therefore, allow the Holy Spirit that lives in you to bear witness with what you are reading today. If the Holy Spirit, makes you feel very unpeaceful, then please reject and ignore everything that this internal feeling occurs upon. It is possible, that God will give you peace with certain parts of the message and not every part. If that occurs, then be as wise as an old cow feeding in a pasture, eat the good green grass and spit out the bad tasting sticks. But if the Holy Spirit gives you perfect peace in your spirit, then that should be a sign to you, that this should be given your attention. Finally, are we ready to go? Let us turn to Revelation 12:2 and begin our study.

Rev 12:2  And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered

Rev 12:3  And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 

Rev 12:4  And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born

Rev 12:5  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne
Rev 12:6  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days

Ok, these are really awesome word selections displaying an intentional intelligent design and designer behind them. God’s intelligence is so far beyond ours, that we easily miss the spiritual truths that He is speaking using a naturally coded message. Remember that it is much easier for us to understand the spiritual truths, by first coming to understand the corresponding natural truths. Let us list some of the major new qualities and descriptions of the woman in Revelation 12 verses 2 through 5:

  1. Verse 1 informed us that there is a woman in heaven who is “with” child in verse 2.
  2. Therefore, she is crying out, while travailing in labor in the spirit realm.
  3. She is experiencing pain while waiting to be delivered.
  4. An evil dragon stood before or against her.
  5. The dragon waits to devour the male child as soon as he is born.
  6. After birth her child was caught up to God and to His throne.
  7. The woman goes into a wilderness prepared by God to be fed for 3 ½ years.

We will not go into tremendous detail, but we will try to take each point, one by one. However, this lesson will not be able to touch on every subject, because of the length of the lesson that this would cause. It is wise to warn you that this will still be a long Bible lesson. It is recommended that you break it into seven separate study sessions, unless you have the time to do it all in one study. Today we will focus our study upon seven sections of information which are:

  1. A Woman with child, which will take us to the next subject.
  2. Can the spiritual church of Jesus Christ, have a spiritual child or children?
  3. Then we will learn about how God reveals the spiritual woman the church has children.
  4. Next, we will review what are the differences between spiritual and physical births.
  5. Next, we will address, the spiritual concept of labor.
  6. Next, we will address the spiritual subject of fruit.
  7. Finally, we will address the spiritual subject of delivery.

If you notice these are all components found, or implied in the natural concepts of birth that were listed within Revelation 12, but instead of looking at them from the physical perspective, we are going to shift into the higher dimension of seeing them from God’s spiritual viewpoint, revealed in the Holy Bible. If you are ready, let us get started.

1. WOMAN WITH CHILD

What do these natural words, descriptions, and symbols teach us? First, we must begin by understanding that everything stated in these verses (1-6) are predominately spiritual truths that are being taught to us with a mixture of both supernatural, and common descriptions of natural realities. Please take notice that the words spoken DO NOT teach a natural how to guide for human pregnancy. No, God is only using concepts that most are already familiar with to help reveal the hidden unknown spiritual message.

Without this foundation, you will be very confused. Let us go over a quick list of what we should be able to see in Revelation 12:1-6:

  1. Remember that a woman (wife) in a relationship with God always represents a covenant partnership. We can learn this in several verses, but research Jeremiah 31:32 (Israel), and Matthew 9:15 (Church) to see two references.
  2. This statement implies that this woman was previously a physical reality upon the earth, before she was taken into heaven. We can confirm her simultaneous existence in both heaven and on the earth, reading verse 6.
  3. Therefore, we can conclude that God/Jesus must have taken this woman up to be with Him at the throne. Does this sound like a type of rapture for those that were ready with oil in their lamps? In this story 5 virgins were not prepared and did not enter into the wedding. These could represent the people that were left on the earth who repented and returned to Christ. We will find more evidence coming to support this view soon.
  4. Also, this verse implies that this woman’s appearance in heaven was because she is considered righteous and not of the kingdom of darkness. We will see this more clearly when we look again at her clothing.

QUESTIONS?

  1. Is the church viewed as a spiritual woman to God?
  2. Can a spiritual woman give birth?
  3. Is a spiritual woman’s child also spiritual?
  4. What does it mean to be spiritually pregnant?

2. DOES THE BIBLE SPEAK OF
SPIRITUAL CHILDREN THAT ARE
BIRTHED BY THE CHURCH?

This is a very major and significant question that must be answered accurately, in order for us to believe, and confirm that this woman in Revelation 12 could represent the church. It is plainly stated in Revelation 12:2, that this woman was pregnant, and she was crying out while travailing with labor pains, waiting to be delivered. Please remember that this Greek word used to describe the pregnant “woman”, is the same word used to describe the Lamb’s “wife” in Revelation 19.

This is a lot of amazing information that we just read. This clearly describes the natural process of birth. But does this information also have spiritual applications for the church? I believe with all of my heart that it ALL DOES. To begin, we will only focus upon answering the question, can the spiritual church body (Romans 12:5), have a spiritual child?

The Greek word G5043 that was translated as “child” twice in Revelation 12, verses 4 and 5, describes the male child that was born to the woman. But this same word is used many times in the New Testament to describe both natural, and spiritual children. A search of this word in the New Testament reveals a lot of valuable information.

Also, it is very interesting to notice that this exact Greek word is never used to describe the baby Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem of the virgin Mary (Israel). It is only used to described the physical child that was born of Elizabeth, whose name was John. But for Jesus, it is NOT used. This appears to be another strike against the child in Revelation 12 being the newborn baby Jesus. Let us go to the first book of the Corinthians next, to see what Paul wrote to the church:

1 Cor 4:14  I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. 

This is a very interesting verse of truth. Paul writing to the church in Corinth, calls them “his” beloved “sons”. It just so happens the Greek word translated as “sons” is the exact same word G5043 translated as “child” in Revelation 12. Is that a coincidence? I ask that question a lot, to get you to think. There are no coincidences in the Bible. If this is a spiritual parent child relationship, we should begin to ask, is Paul their spiritual father or mother? Uh oh? That sounds like satanic gender confusion.

We all should know the Apostle Paul was a human male. We also should all know that Paul was an unmarried bachelor (1 Cor 7:8). Therefore, it is impossible for Paul to have had natural children in this verse in 1 Corinthians 4:14, and he must be speaking spiritually. Let us read down a few verses and see another usage of this same Greek word:

1Co 4:17  For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church. 

Here, we can confirm again, that a male name Timotheus, is being called a spiritual child of his spiritual parent also a male named Paul. Wow, if that is not amazing, I do not know how to then get you awake. This described parent and child relationship is purely spiritual, and not physical. We should believe that these types of spiritual revelations, are the reason why Satan is bringing up the confusion of natural sexual identity. Satan will attempt to use this evil, to turn people away from the spiritual truth of God’s word.

It is interesting that this same pattern is repeated again in 1 Timothy 1:2, and 2 Timothy 1:2, where Paul calls Timothy his dear son (child) in the faith. This is again repeated in Titus 1:4 where Paul calls Titus, his own son (child) after the common faith. We are seeing a pattern of spiritual truth that must NOT be ignored. God confirms very clearly that there exist spiritual births that come by spiritual parents.

Now who is PAUL? Paul is a male member of the early corporate church body. He is one of the chief spiritual leaders of the Christian faith. He wrote 2/3 of the New Testament, so he definitely knows what he is talking about. Paul should be considered to be a representative of the spiritually mature part of the body of believers, since he was the one that was teaching them how to grow spiritually (1 Cor 3:2). Since Paul is one major member of the entire church, Paul qualifies to be called a spiritual woman bride. Paul is confirming that the church can have spiritual children with some of the body being a mature parent, and new believers of the body being their child (G5043). Can we all agree so far? It only gets more amazing from here.

3. HOW WOULD THE SPIRITUAL CHURCH
BRING FORTH SPIRITUAL CHILDREN?

Please take note that this is the next most significant question for us to answer, in order for us to determine if someone specific in the church, or the church as a combined whole can conceive, bare, and bring forth a spiritual child. Let us take a look at a verse in Philemon:

Phm 1:10  I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds: 

Here is Paul writing to the church and claiming to have given birth to a son while being bound in chains. The Greek word G1080 that is translated as “begotten” literally means to “procreate”. This word procreate can mean, “to multiply by sowing seed”. This word can certainly apply to both the natural methods of procreation, and the spiritual methods of procreation.

It can also be applied to the father as the seed supplier, or the mother as the seed receiver. Therefore, which one is Paul claiming to be? It is entirely possible that Paul is claiming to be both. That is a difficult new question to answer in detail, in this Bible study series, but it is answered in the Bible very clearly.

What is the answer? The answer comes from Genesis 2. This is where God gives us the details of Adam’s creation and how his wife came out of his side. This was the exact pattern that occurred in the Spirit realm when Christ died on the cross and was raised from the dead to become the second man (1 Corinthians 15:47). Jesus is also called the Last Adam in 1 Corinthians 15:45.

To help us confirm that what happened to the first Adam, is what happened to the second Adam (Jesus), we must also know Romans 5:14, where God teaches clearly that the first Adam was a “figure” of Jesus to come. The Greek word translated as “figure” means” a “sample type”, “pattern”, “model”, and “style”. Wow, that is powerful.

This knowledge teaches us that what was recorded to happen to Adam, will be the prophetical “pattern” for what must happen to Jesus during His manifested presence upon the earth. But Jesus will make the right choices and His wife and bride will NOT be deceived. Again, we have the prophesied victory of a woman over Satan spoken from God’s mouth in Genesis 3. God’s Words WILL come to pass, and the time is now for the victory.

But we did not answer the question, how can a natural male in the church be both the spiritual mother and the spiritual father of new spiritual children in the church?  The answer is still found in Genesis 2. Adam was put to sleep, and Jesus was put to sleep on the cross. Adam’s side was opened to remove Eve, Jesus’ side was opened to pour out blood and water to save His church bride. Because the first natural woman was taken out of Adam, the last spiritual woman was taken out of Jesus. But God said in the Law of Covenant Marriage in Genesis 2:24, the “two shall be one flesh”. We learn in 1 Corinthians 6:17, that whoever is joined (married in a covenant) to the LORD is ONE SPIRIT! This teaches the concept of two being called one, as long as one is a male, and the other is the female joined in matrimony.

Please remember Eve, is a prophesied pattern of the spiritual church and not natural Israel. Then recall in Genesis 3:10, Adam calls His wife by the name Eve, because she is the mother of all living. Wow! This is where Christians are missing a major revelation of the church’s role in the kingdom of God immensely. This pattern of Eve being the mother of all the natural living human race teaches us that the church must also be a mother to all the spiritually living born-again believers in Christ. How does this occur? How is this even possible?

If Eve is one pattern of who the church is, and she was a mother the natural living, then this matches the description of the pregnant woman in Revelation 12 being a spiritual mother of the spiritual living. It is possible a lot of people will not be able to comprehend this immediately. Especially spiritually immature Christians. But we will soon see more evidence for what is being taught by the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Jesus.

We do not have time to cover this part in depth. This should be a Bible study series, all by itself. But there are more than enough facts of spiritual truth being given to you to continue to study and confirm more of this with other scriptures. I would suggest that you go and read the Bible study about “How did the church became the body of Christ”.

You might also like to read and study verses like “Romans 12:5”, and “1 Corinthians 12:12, 27”. In these two verses, the church members are called the body of Christ on the earth. This clearly is God calling His female church bride by the male name Christ, also being His body. Therefore, we can confirm how the woman bride is being given the same name as He does (Christ) through the covenant that we have entered into with Him. Wow, this is awesome when you see it. How can spiritually born-again people on the earth be our risen savior’s body, while He is physically seated in heaven? This is how God reveals hidden spiritual mysteries. God reveals this problem and answered it very clearly in Ephesians 5. We need to move on to a new verse that may help people to see what is being taught.

My special reader asked, “How can the woman be the church, since we did not birth the Messiah”. My response should be, “SAYS WHO?” What we are about to confirm using the Bible, is that the church actually does birth the Messiah, but our spiritual child is not the physical Jesus born in the form of a baby, in a manger in Bethlehem. Remember to stop thinking carnally, and look for the spiritual realities of God in scripture.

Gal 4:19  My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, 

This is one of the most amazingly obvious proof texts confirming the church to be the woman in Revelation 12:2. Notice that this is Paul writing to a different church in Galatia. He uses the same terminology “children” to describe his relationship with them. The Greek word G5040 translated as children comes from the Greek word G5043 used in Revelation 12. Therefore, God confirms that we have a direct connection that He is speaking of the same subject.

Then notice the Greek word G5605 that is translated “travail in birth”. Wow, this is the exact same Greek word used to describe the woman in Revelation 12:2. Now we have two direct word connections and this one is overwhelming and irrefutable. It just so happens that Galatians 4 and Revelation 12 are the only times this word is used by the Holy Spirit in the ENTIRE BIBLE. That makes this the ultimate qualified match.

Mary is never described using this word, and certainly not Israel either. This evidence of intelligent divine design, narrows the possibilities of choice that could have been easily changed by God, selecting and using different Greek words in either verse. There are many other possible word selections to describe child birth. This specific identical word choice, simply confirm that the woman in Revelation 12, can be NONE OTHER THAN THE CHURCH!

We must conclude that Paul by travailing the same as the woman in Revelation 12, is proclaiming to be that woman. Whether Paul knew this in his mind or not, it was what the Holy Spirit inspired him to write. Therefore, God is ultimately making the match.

Ok, here is what we MUST notice in this verse. My reader said the church never gave birth to Messiah, but here is the clear evidence proving the church does give birth to Messiah. The Greek word G5547 is translated as Christ. This is the Greek word for the Hebrew word translated as Messiah (H4889). Both words mean “the anointed one”.  Clearly God has just confirmed the Church does give birth to Messiah, but this Messiah is definitely not the natural child in Bethlehem. Are we all awake yet?

What else is important to learn from this verse? Notice that Paul said I travail in birth AGAIN, until Christ be formed in you. This is amazing! Paul is claiming to be a female that gives birth to children. Paul is also claiming this is NOT HIS first-time laboring to give birth. The word “again” clearly implies there have been MANY births, and we can see this from all of the children references that Paul claims to be the birth mother of. Wow, this is amazing if you will receive it.

4. THAT WHICH BORN OF FLESH IS FLESH
AND BORN OF SPIRIT IS SPIRIT

This is a majorly deep spiritual topic today, and our prayer is that it does not escape your understanding of God’s Truth. We have talked more than once in this series of lessons about this subject, that was brought to us by Jesus in John 3:3-6. Jesus taught clearly to Nicodemus and us, revealing that there are two types of “births” possible, and they DO NOT MIX. For humans, the natural comes first, and then and only then does the spiritual re-birth become possible. You should remember that we have already established from John 3 that only a spiritual woman can give birth to a spiritual child. Therefore, Paul as a born-again spiritual participant in the New Covenant, is qualified to give birth to new spiritual children who have the Spirit of Christ. Let us look at an important verse:

Rom 9:8  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. 

Here is an essential concept concerning two kinds of children that come from two kinds of seeds, resulting in two kinds of births. The first was the natural human child birth process, and the second is introducing us to the “promised spiritual re-birth” process, that was also mentioned by Jesus in John 3.  God begins by comparing children of the flesh that came from natural Israel, with the children of the promise. Uh oh? What God is doing is informing us, that He promised all humans, that He would have spiritual children. Please go and reread Galatians chapter 4. Because this is a vital chapter needed to understand Revelation 12. Here is just one verse to pay close attention to:

Gal 4:23 – But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. 

In chapter 4 of Galatians, God gave us an allegory using Abraham, Sarah and Hagar to confirm to us an exceedingly important spiritual truth. Sarah and Hagar had two types of children because of who they were naturally. These two symbolic sons that were birthed, by two different symbolic women, represent the concepts of flesh births, versus spirit births. The first son born was Ishmael, and he is called a son of the flesh and the son of the bond (slave) woman because he came by the will of man. But then came Isaac who is referred to as the promised son who came from Sarah, and she is called the “freewoman” who came by the will of God.

We learn in Galatians 4, that this son named Isaac, was a type of the spiritual Christ that the church comes out from. This makes this type of Isaac the promised child, who is the risen from the dead spiritual Jesus Christ (Romans 7:4).  I pray no one is choking on the meat that the Holy Spirit is trying to feed us. I will encourage you that once you see this truth, it is impossible not to see it everywhere in the Bible. Notice what else God said to us in Galatians 4:28:

Gal 4:28  Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 

Paul writing to the church (the members of the body of Christ) in Galatia, and he is calling them, both his brothers as well as children, is confirming that they were, as well as we are, the promised spiritual “Christ” child spoken of to Abraham. This is an amazing revelation. But you really need to go back to Galatians 3 and study to see that the promise given to Abraham was the promise of the Spirit that will be birthed in every believer in Christ. Please read this very carefully stated truth in Galatians 3:14. If you are lost with this new information, be patient and do not throw it away. It is the truth. Let us explore this more by explaining how we can be called simultaneous brothers with Christ and other believers, and be called promised children of God, and Christ at the same time.

We are named Christ, because we are the body of “Christ” (1 Corinthian 12:27). Each individual believer represents one spiritual member, in the one spiritual body of CHRIST with every believer being joined to Him and every other believer to form this ingenious new spiritual body (Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 5:4). This new growing body of the Spirit of Christ, can also be called the temple of God (1 Corinthians 6:19).

This new spiritual design of joining believers as cells in a human body, or bricks in a temple, is practically identical to the created human body consisting of potentially trillions of individual cells, and all of them being joined together are called by the name that was given to us by our natural parents, when we were born naturally. The human body comes from the union of just two physical cells. But from these two cells, they grow by division, and spread out to every other cell, increasing until full maturity. Even after maturity, cells die and are replaced with new cells in most tissues.

This human natural growth process from two joined cells, is the exact same process that is happening in the spiritual realm for the spiritual body of Christ. Jesus was called the firstborn from the dead in Colossians 1:18. In this same verse Jesus is also called the “head” of the body (of Christ) in order that He might have preeminence.

It is the head that controls the body and not the other way around. This makes HIM LORD and not any other individual spiritual cell joined to Him (in Covenant) in His spiritual body. Are you getting this, because this is an amazing new revelation for many Christians? In His new spiritual body, He is the head, and we are HIS body members (Ephesians 1:22-23), with all of us together being called Christ. There is no sane way to separate a person by naming His head Christ, and His body (the church) something else. They are called by ONE name.

Jas 2:7  Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 

In this verse James inspired by the Holy Spirit, writes about Christians being spoken of by other humans wrongfully. God is making the claim that when they do this, they are blaspheming the “worthy name” which they are called. This name has to be “Christ”, because no other human name can be worthy.  There are many spiritual aspects of being one with Christ, and here is another factor for us being called by His name as a born-again believer:

Rom 16:7  Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. 

Paul makes a comparison of order and likeness. Paul informs us that Andronicus and Junia were his kinsman. This Greek word G4773 literally means a relative by blood. But you can tell by the names of these people in Rome, they are probably not Jewish. Therefore, Paul is not speaking naturally and this can only be a spiritual relationship by the blood of Jesus. Yes? This was the message of these men were like me.

Then comes the mention of order. Paul is teaching us next how these Christians became members of the same spiritual family, by entering into CHRIST. But we also can notice that Paul said these entered into Christ, before he did. This truth is based upon our natural time line. We are recognizing another parallel, between the natural and the physical birth process of organized order that is noted by God.

Therefore, we are learning of two simultaneous realities that occur at a new spiritual birth into God’s Kingdom. This is a very essential truth to learn. When you are born-again by believing in Jesus being raised from the dead, and confessing Him as your Lord (Romans 10:9-10), you are reborn into a brand-new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). This means this had never existed before Jesus was raised from the dead. He became the first born from the dead and each of each us after enter into Him in order of believing.

When this happens to you by believing in Him, you enter into Christ, and the Spirit of Christ also enters into you, and you reside in both the natural, and heavenly dimensions simultaneously. WOW! Did you know this already? If you did, do you understand the power that was needed to accomplish this (Ephesians 1:19-20)?

What we are learning today is awesome.  We should now have begun to understand that Jesus seated in heaven right now, is the physical raised from the dead man, named Christ in the spirit realm. He is the mediator of the New Covenant (Hebrews 9:15) that we are in. But simultaneously born-again Christians living on the earth. are also called by His name Christ, because we have His Spirit on the inside of us. We are IN HIM, and HE is in us. This was God’s plan from the beginning and His wisdom is amazing!

If it would help you, please take note of Genesis 5:1 where God describes Himself creating man as a male and a female. God then says He called both of them by the name “Adam”. This matches what God did for Christ Jesus and His Church, by calling us both Christ.

Ok, everyone needs more verses to confirm the truth. God says in the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses, let every word be established. Notice in 2 Corinthians 6:15, God through Paul writes what fellowship does “Christ” have with “Belial”. The church is very clearly stated to be named “Christ”, and if we join ourself to a devil, we are joining the body of Christ to that same spirit. Paul is writing that this should never be. Do you see this?

Now look at 1 Corinthians 6:15, and see that this is the exact same truth. In this verse, God through Paul says the church as a member of the body of Christ, we must not allow Christ to be joined to a harlot. This is just one of several other places where the church is referred to by the name of Christ.

But how does this work? We learn another important piece of the puzzle in Romans 8:10. In this verse God reveals that it is the Spirit named “Christ” that comes to live on the inside of our human body. Wow, because every born-again Christian has the same Spirit of Christ, we are all of the same name of Christ and represent one living and growing spiritual body of a child on the earth.

This brings up another new point. What happens when a Christian dies? Their spirit departs the earth body of Christ and goes to be with the spiritual body of Christ in heaven (Philippians 1:23). This helps to solve how a spiritual woman in heaven in Revelation 12:1, can still have parts of her same body as a remnant left here on the earth to battle with the dragon in verses 6 and 17. But this is probably a different topic for later.

So, we have learned how the spiritual process of a child growth and development can be understood, by us viewing a natural child’s development process. This will be brought up again in this lesson later, so please do not forget it. But remember this is what we are seeing happen to the woman in Revelation 12 with a growing child in her womb.

God was a genius in transforming one natural seed named Jesus (John 12:24), into a growing corporate spiritual entity consisting of millions and even billions of individual spiritual cell members. He did this in His own one Body and then He calls us by the same name Christ. And this is legal because we all have the same Spirit of Christ abiding on the inside of us. Wow! This truth has a far-reaching application to help us understand, and explain how the church will end up victorious over the devil. It also teaches that God views us (the church) the same as HIM. Let us take a quick side journey to help someone that needs to know how their prayers can be answered:

Joh 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 

This verse shows us why we can come to The Father in prayer with confidence, and ask Him our request. We can do this boldly because we ask in His name, and the Father in heaven will answer, because of who we are in HIM, and not based upon who we are on the earth, or what we have done. It is also important to notice the mention of bring forth fruit. We will be talking about this concept in a soon coming section in much more detail. Just take note of the connection being made by God’s design.

Now that we are beginning to learn and understand, how the church can be represented to be one body of one spiritual growing child. We need to explain, how new spiritual cell members in this growing body, came to exist. In the natural realm there are a lot of cell divisions that occur and each are just grown into a new body component, but in the spiritual realm it is slightly different. But this helps to explain how we can be both brothers and children of the same cell that birthed us. This is actually very similar to the natural if you think about it.

We are spiritual brothers because we are from the same spiritual Father (Holy Spirit, also known as the Spirit of Christ in Romans 8:9). We are spiritual children of others in the church, because we have God’s Spirit of Christ that was birthed on the inside of us from sowed Word (seeds) into our hearts shared by others in the body of Christ. These spiritual laborers, got each of us born-again spiritually, while they were travailing in birth, to bring us out of the flesh, and into the spiritual Kingdom of God. Praise the LORD!

We can further confirm what was just taught by analyzing Galatians chapter 3 that is directly connected with Galatians 4. In this chapter we learn two very important concepts about Abraham. First, we learn Abraham’s promised seed (son) was CHRIST by reading Galatians 3:16. In this verse the LORD says the seed is singular and not plural that God was speaking. Wow, that truth is ignored by a lot of Bible teachers. The main take away is for you to know God said His promised seed was only CHRIST! Please take note the name JESUS was omitted from this verse, even if we understand this was who came first to be born as the CHRIST.

Galatians 3 continues with a discussion between the promise and the law that was unable to nullify the promise because it occurred over 400 years before the law came. Then notice in Galatians 3:26 where God says we in the church have all become His children through our faith in CHRIST Jesus! Pay attention to the flipping of the order of the names, and take a note that God did not say “Jesus CHRIST”! God is so specific to even the order of words, that reordering them has a meaning about things beyond our imagination.

Now pay close attention to Galatian 3:27. This is another direct connection to Revelation 12 where the woman was clothed with the sun. Here we see how when we now in the church, are baptized into CHRIST, we have put on CHRIST. Again, this is amazing spiritual information that occurred when we were born-again. But it still directs us to Revelation 12 to confirm it is the church that is represented there.

Now for the sake of time we will jump to Galatians 3:29. In this verse God wrote about the church again, and here He says “If you be CHRIST, then are you Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the “promise”. Ok, if you study you will notice that I changed the translated possessive tense word “Christ’s”, to “CHRIST” not being the possessive tense. However, this Greek word 5547, Christos is translated as “Christ” the majority of the times it occurs. In other words, this word occurs 569 times in the New Testament, and it is translated as Christ in 553 of them. It would therefore, be legal to make it fit the majority if it works, and makes plain sense in context. I believe it does.

Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that there are times that it does appear to be correctly translated as “Christ’s”, with something belonging to Him. This is legitimate either way in this verse of Galatians 3:29. Whether we belong to His spiritual body, or are being called by His name Christ, it is the same end result as we have learned.

Notice the mention of a promise again? These are amazing connections being made.  Do you understand what the LORD is saying? I mean really, do you? This is a radical statement of your identity, and who you now are to GOD! God just called you Christ! God just said you are Abraham’s promised seed. Being the promised seed child, you have become a spiritual heir and a joint-heir with CHRIST (Romans 8:17). Let us back up in Galatians 3 and see what you may have missed:

Gal 3:14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 

What may help you in understanding, is go back to Galatians 3:14. Notice again what this verse said. Also notice this time God included the name Jesus before CHRIST. This qualifies the reference of CHRIST, to be only the physical man Jesus who died for our sins. It is by our faith in His finished work for us, that Abraham’s “promised” blessing is able to come upon the entire human race. This we can learn was the promise of the Spirit to live on the inside of us through faith in JESUS CHRIST ALONE! It was only us being born of the Holy Spirit, and being joined with the Holy Spirit, that gives us this opportunity to be named CHRIST. This was the promised GOSPEL that was preached to Abraham (Galatians 3:8), even if he never understood it on the earth (Matthew 13:17).

This potentially new spiritual information may be overwhelming to some. It will take some a lot of prayerful thought and study to come up to a higher dimension of spiritual growth to see it. No one is claiming to be GOD.  No one is claiming to be JESUS. We are just reading what God has done for us and acknowledging this is an amazing gift of sonship being freely given by HIS GRACE and we receive it all by our faith.

Let us move to a new concept that was just introduced to us. This new concept is called “labor” and it is what the woman in Revelation 12 is described to be doing.

5. LABORING TOGETHER WITH AND FOR CHRIST

It is very important to know that when a woman is in travail producing a new child, she is said to be in “labor”. Uh oh? This is just another random coincidence, isn’t it? Absolutely not! There are many verses in the letters written to the church that describe us (the church) working laboriously and painstakingly for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Uh oh? Notice what Jesus said about this subject in Matthew:

Mat 9:37  Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 

Here we have Jesus speaking to the foundational church members of the Body of Christ. Jesus was focused upon the great need of so many people that needed to come to know HIM! He is making a prophetical statement concerning a future spiritual harvest of saved human spirits (James 5:7), and their saved souls (James 1:21).

However, He is expressly declaring the need for many “laborers” to accomplish this. Wow, this is amazing when you see how this is connected to Revelation 12, and the woman that is laboring in travail. In fact, you may already can see it, since we have already found where Paul was travailing in labor in Galatians 4, to give birth to Messiah, in the people coming into the church. This work of God is certainly sharing the Gospel good news with other people and sowing spiritual seeds to produce new spiritual fruit. Notice this verse next:

1Co 3:9  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 

Wow, again we see the concept of workers in labor together with God. As a Christian, we were created in CHRIST to do works for God (Ephesians 2:10). We do this with Him, because He lives in us to help. Notice the term husbandry to define the church, because this will come again in the next section. This means we are God’s spiritual garden on the earth.

God further calls us His physical building on the earth. The building corresponds with us being His temple that we saw earlier. The LORD is using multiple natural concepts to help us to understand how the spirit realm was created and is operating today. What we are discovering is the spiritual concept of Christians that perform labor for God is the spiritual realization of the natural description of a woman in Revelation 12 in labor.

This is becoming such an accurate picture of the woman in Revelation 12, that it can’t be denied. Can you begin to see the new spiritual perspective, of how this woman was given to us by the Holy Spirit using natural realities can fit with what we are doing in the church today? Can you understand, how excited I was to hear from God at 3 AM to receive this information?

Women could describe the experience of giving birth so much better than I could. But one noticeable feature of the process is the pain. This can result in loud outcries. Another observable quality of giving birth, is that the woman’s labor pains become more and more frequent, and closer together and they usually increase in intensity as the ending finale birth comes. Did any of this sound like what might happen before Jesus comes to take us out of the world and our labors to get people saved?

Can you potentially see that persecution from the world, has been increasing in intensity and come more frequently? If you have not, then you are not laboring for God’s cause. We need to see what else the Bible says about laboring, to take us into the next phase of the revelation.

1Co 3:5  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man

1Co 3:6  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase

1Co 3:7  So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 

1Co 3:8  Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour

Notice these verses are using natural farming concepts. But farming is also an analogous concept to having a natural child in birth. Both of these subjects are parallel natural realities projecting information about the spiritual birth process that Paul was describing in his letter to the church.

The spiritual birth process is based upon the principle of “seed”, “time” and “harvest”. Wow that was a lot to process. But notice the ending statement in 1 Corinthians 3:8 is about each worker in the church receiving a reward for doing their labor. Wow, is that not more than amazing, with us seeing the woman in Revelation 12 being in labor? Connect this back to the Galatians 4 example of the labor with Paul working to get Christ the Messiah formed in the church in Galatia. Please tell me that you are seeing this.  If any of this is registering on your spirit, leave a comment to help encourage others.

Remember in Revelation 12, we had a woman wearing a victorious royal crown. Could this be a part of her reward for enduring her spiritual labors for CHRIST?  I personally believe this is a part of the reward as we can see from 2 Timothy 4:8, to name just one example. We need to move on to the next subject. Now we are going to add a new spiritual dimension to connect us to what is happening to the church and parallel to what is described about the woman in Revelation 12.

6. THE PRECIOUS FRUIT OF THE EARTH

We have been learning new spiritual God perspectives that come from the Word of God to understand the natural descriptions about a woman in Revelation 12. So far, we have discovered that the woman is standing on the devil in a position of victory in Revelation 12:1. We have also seen she is wearing a royal victor crown as a symbol of her reward for victory. We have also learned that she is wearing Jesus, the Sun of Righteousness as her clothing revealing to us her position of authority being IN CHRIST (Romans 5:17). This new information confirms that she is a spiritual being and her identity can only be the church.

But we are now beginning to see in Revelation 12:2, that she is pregnant and travailing to give birth to a spiritual Messiah in the hearts of people that are becoming new-born believers. We have also seen how this process begins to correlate together of her enduring signs of crying, travailing, being pained, waiting for the birthing full process to come to completion. We learned this could certainly be the combined natural and spiritual process of how the church “labors” in the world, for Christ to minister by spreading God’s Word (Seed), into the hearts of unbelievers, to get others saved out of the world of our spiritual enemy. Please realize that this time of completion for laboring for Christ, is soon coming to an end.

But now, let us think about the natural birth process to help us understand what else God could be teaching us from the spiritual process of producing a natural child by receiving His Seed in our hearts. Do you know what this natural and spiritual concept of childbirth, is referred to as, in the Bible? You are about to find out that it is called “producing fruit”. If you did not already know this, please get your spiritual eyes opened to what the Holy Spirit is about to say. Let us begin by reading a verse in James:

Jas 5:7  Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 

We were introduced to this topic in the previous sections. Notice this verse is about the coming of the LORD. This coming has to be for the catching away of His church bride. If this is the woman in Revelation 12, it is our hoped for “deliverance” from the world. Notice that this verse is speaking of God being a gardener, who has planted a lot of seed, and is waiting very patiently to produce something that is good for harvesting. Wow, did that turn on any lights in your mind and spirit? If not, Satan must have you very blinded with his darkness (2 Cor 4:4).

This verse in James is speaking of people. This is the only thing that is precious enough to cause God to wait and endure all of the evil of the world. God is looking for “precious fruit” to harvest. This fruit came first from Jesus sowing the Word in our hearts as taught to us in the Parable of the Sower. From God’s perspective, the end outcome of planting any of His good Seed is to produce good fruit, in the hearts of humans.

We confirmed in 1 Corinthians 3:5-8, that it is the church that has been assigned this responsibility to continue the sowing, and watering process to produce fruit in humans. Remember what Paul said in Galatians 4? “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again, until Christ be formed in you”. I believe sincerely that Paul was travailing, and waiting for these carnal Christians to become fruitful and to be on the path of spiritual maturity. Why do I say this? Because this “fruit” is what God is waiting for in James to harvest.

Now, here is another truth that helps to confirm this belief that this pregnant woman in Revelation is pregnant spiritually indicating she has produced a lot of fruit, and is waiting to be delivered. Let us remember Jesus’ natural birth to help us better understand this spiritual birthing process being described in Revelation 12.

Luke 1:42  And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 

Do you see how Elizabeth described the unborn natural baby Messiah child, that was in the belly of the virgin Mary? She called her baby inside her physical womb, to be her “fruit”. Wow, this is God revealing an amazing parallel concept between the natural and the spiritual ability to produce “fruit” from planted seed. It is very obvious that a natural child is called a woman’s fruit of her womb. God is again using natural farming concepts to describe the natural birthing process, and this means both of these are teaching us hidden spiritual concepts about fruit, that we cannot see with our natural eyes.

It is very interesting to remember what Jesus said about fruit in Matthew 7:15-16. God in the flesh who we see waiting and wanting to harvest the precious fruit of the earth in James, informs us that we will be able to determine who is real and who is fake by examining their fruits. What is He speaking of? It is NOT apples, cherries, or apricots. God is saying if what they say is a blessing to produce a new-birth in some other human, this will be a sign of their external fruit. By observing their labors to produce fruit, you will know if they are real Christians.

Let us go back to the Parable of the Sower again. In this parable that Jesus taught us, He said He was the Sower and He came to sow the Word of God! The soil in this natural to spiritual parable was the heart/spirit of a human. The parable compares soil (human spirit) types, differentiating between those that produced fruit and those that do not produce any harvestable fruit.

Matching this information with other parables, and the verse we just read in James about God being the ultimate farmer, waiting for fruit, we know that those that produce fruit belong to God, and those that do not produce fruit, must belong to the evil one, Satan. This is revealed more clearly by the parable of the wheat and tares (Matthew 13:24-35). The wheat is harvested into the barns of God, and tares are burned in the fires of hell.

Now we have determined there are two types of people in the world. Those that belong to God and produce fruit to be harvested and those that belong to Satan that are called weeds that are eternally separated from God. But applying this to what we have just learned we know the woman in Revelation 12 has fruit in her womb. We should now understand that the womb is soil of the spiritual heart of a human. The spiritual fruits that are produced in the spirit, represent a human’s good works for the kingdom of God, and the fruits of the spirit (Gal 5:22).

It is very interesting to see how in Galatians 5, this was God’s selected location to discuss and define “fruit” directly after chapter 4. In this chapter 5 spiritual comparison we find the differences between producing good versus evil fruits. This is definitely applicable to what we have been learning. Do you believe this is just a coincidence? It cannot be! This is just a confirming method of God’s intelligent spiritual design.

Finally, notice that a woman that is unable to bear fruit in her womb is called “barren”. This is also discussed in Galatians 4, but we don’t have the time to go into this part of the deeper lesson. Please just notice the fact that the woman being in travail in Revelation 12, has the visible evidence of having produced fruit in her spirit (the spiritual womb and soil) of God’s Garden (Genesis 2:8). This is the location of where His WORD was planted as a seed to produce “fruit”. Wow, that is an amazing new way of viewing the woman in Revelation 12. Can you see it?

7. DELIVERANCE

We need to wrap this lesson up quickly. We have been receiving the “Seed” of God into our spirits, while studying this subject. What we need to remember, is that in the natural process of childbirth, there is usually always a “deliverer” involved to catch the baby. This has occurred this way in every normal natural childbirth since Adam and Eve. This deliver is usually, a mid-wife, doctor, or nurse, or they could be the spouse’s husband. I believe the husband Joseph was the deliverer of Mary. But in the spirit realm this person who delivers the church, is definitely the LORD Jesus Christ.

What we find in Revelation 12, is two connected verses concerning the pregnant woman on this subject of delivery and an implied deliverer. In verse 2 and verse 4 God mentions the woman is waiting to be delivered. This is the Greek word G5088. This word has a very amazing definition that corresponds to what we have been learning about. Let us review the Strong’s definition:

G5088 to produce (from seed, as a mother, a plant, the earth, etc.), literal or figurative: – bear, be born, bring forth, be delivered, be in travail.

This Greek word contains a double wow factor. This only means it applies to the literal natural and to the spiritual by figurative application.  Notice this word applies to natural things being produced from physical seeds. This included a human mother (woman), a tree, a plant, etc. including the earth’s natural soil. All of these are naturally created realities that parallel the spiritual realm. Notice the spiritual woman in Revelation 12, is travailing in labor awaiting to be delivered. How does this apply to anything for the spiritual church? A lot of light bulbs should be illuminating in your spirit all of the sudden from this new description. Please let us read these verses and analyze them in the NEW light of what we are seeing in Revelation 12.

Luk 21:27  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Luk 21:28  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

These verses are obviously speaking of the physical man Jesus, with Him being referred to as one of His physical human titles the “Son of Adam”. As the risen Jesus departed from the earth in Acts 1 for a cloud to receive Him, He will also be returning in like manner from a cloud. But this return is for the catching away of His bride, as spoken about in the Parable of the 10 virgins (Matthew 25:1).

Jesus was teaching in this context about the signs of the times for His return. Please pay attention to the last command. Jesus speaking to His followers, told them when you see these things, “look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is very near”. Now look up the word “redemption” and see how Strong defines G629 as being a “deliverance”. This is another amazing parallel to the woman in Revelation 12 being pregnant.

Every time a woman experiences pregnancy, she goes from not being outwardly seen as pregnant, to being obviously seen to even be called big or great in her pregnancy. Or another way to look at it, is to say her delivery day is “drawing near”. The Greek word G1448 that was translated as “drawing near” is also defined as “soon approaching”. Consider what this is saying about the potential of a birth in Revelation 12.

If this woman is the spiritual church, and being delivered of this child represents the rapture, by God using naturally coded symbolic terms, this should dramatically change how we are to view what is being revealed. We should be able to see from God’s perspective, that this description of the woman in Revelation 12, could be a detailed view of the end-time church and the rapture event, followed by the mention of the people that have repented and were saved after the rapture.

It is just so essential to see that the Greek word G726, that was translated as “caught up” in Revelation 12:5, speaking of the child after He was delivered, is the word “harpazo”. It is this exact word that is used by God to describe the rapture event in 1 Thessalonians:

1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 

1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord

No place in the New Testament, is this Greek word “Harpazo” used to describe the physical risen from the dead man Jesus, being taken up to heaven. The absence of Jesus being taken as man and not as a baby, and the church being “caught up” to heaven to be with the LORD, are two amazing confirmations to the woman in Revelation 12 being the church.

Also, the Greek word G4536 that is translated as “trump” in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 announcing the rapture event, is the exact same word used by God to catch John up to heaven in Revelation 4:1. This is just another major connecting force, that cannot be denied. This would teach us that the woman’s labor of the child coming to completion, is the same event of deliverance that is being described in Revelation 4:1, and 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

It is highly recommended that you go search the New Testament and look for all of the verses that has anything to do with deliverance, or a deliverer. We should all know that the deliverer of the Church is Christ. There are also other key Greek words that mean to be delivered, like the woman in Revelation 12 is waiting for. These include “redemption”, “redeem”, “save”, “salvation”, and “savior”. Of course, there are many forms of these words and others that could not be mentioned today. But all of these confirm the spiritual truth, that the Church body of Christ, is a woman waiting to be fully delivered. For example, please remember this one:

Tit 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 

As you can read in Titus 2:13, the church is waiting for out savior Jesus Christ. The Greek word G4990 translated as “Savior” literally means a “deliverer”. That is what we could also call a person that is catching up a baby in a hospital. Wow, I don’t know how anyone can deny what the Holy Spirit is teaching today.

But notice again, that this day of deliverance is called a blessed expectation event. Again, we see a woman who is expecting to be delivered. The Greek word G1680 is the word translated as “hope”, and this word means “expectation of something good”. It can also be defined as a feeling of “pleasurable anticipation”. What this is describing occurs when a normal husband sees his wife after a long time of separation, and vice versa, the wife’s feeling for the appearance of her husband after a long separation, like a long trip. WOW!

I believe the woman in Revelation 12 represents the church from what the LORD has shown us. I believe the process of childbirth, represent every person that was, and is being born-again by planting seed in the hearts of unbelievers. I believe the growing child in the spiritual womb of the woman, represents the spiritual body of Christ growing to completion to be taken up to heaven. Therefore, I believe the woman’s final birth of the child is the completion of the church age. This soon coming completion or fulfilment of the 2 day or the 2000-year period of the church (2 Peter 3:8), is where God ends the current ongoing time of GRACE for salvation. After this God will return to the 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy to finalize His dealings, with another woman named natural Israel, for one week of years. If this is correct which I believe the scripture is teaching us, then the rapture is represented by the child’s finale birth in Revelation 12. This is why the child is immediately caught up into heaven and to the throne of God after the final birth has occurred.

In other words, the spiritual growth and birth process of the CHRIST child has been fulfilled and it is time for her to be taken up (Romans 11:25). The laboring has been accomplished. The birthing has been finalized. The woman has been brought to full safety and protection in heaven and the marriage supper of the LAMB can be celebrated. This would help us to understand how the description of the woman in Revelation 12:1, begins with a sight of a woman “appearing” in heaven. These words mean someone in the spiritual realm was looking on with wide open eyes viewing someone in heaven that was called very remarkable. Who else can this be but the body of Christ that the prophets and righteous men desired to see being fulfilled in total completion (Matthew 13:17)?

CONCLUSION

We have covered a lot in this lesson, and it has gone into so much new spiritual information that it is probably good to end now. Hopefully, the Holy Spirit has given you a lot of good spiritual meat to chew on for a long time. What God has taught us, is to look for His ways of understanding natural things so that we can apply them in the spiritual realm and find truth to see what He has prophesied in the book of Revelation. One question comes to mind that will mentioned in this discussion of a woman who is expecting deliverance. When will this occur? We can begin to learn this in this verse:

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 

As you can see God is speaking of the natural nation of Israel, and comparing them, to be separated from the largely spiritual Gentile church body of Christ. God calls His church a mystery, but He has been revealing us, with increased intensity in these last days. But notice in the last phrase of the verse. God indicates that there is coming a “fulness” to the Gentiles.

Now notice what the Greek word G4138 that was translated as “fulness” means. This word means “something that is filled as a place, a container, a time period, etc.”. Think of this in the terms of a pregnant woman. There is a limited capacity inside the womb. There is also a set time for delivery where her body just says I’m ready. God says in Matthew 24:36, that no man knows the exact day or hour of this event of Jesus coming to deliver us. But we all can see the signs and seasons, and know how close we are to this happening. I guarantee you, that it is closer than you think!

You should have a lot of take aways from this lesson. We were not able to answer every question, or go into every verse. This would definitely require many lessons to cover it all comprehensively. But remember the natural birth process of a woman, and a seed planted in a garden, should cause us to better understand what is happening in the unseen spiritual realm.

A child represents fruit using natural to spiritual symbolism. But it also represents the Spirit of Christ the Messiah being birthed inside humans to grow the church. Therefore, we have learned how the woman qualifies to be taken up into the spiritual realm of heaven to appear before God in Revelation 12:1 and 4:1.

There are multiple ways to react to what you have just learned? You can reject it completely or partially. You can also accept it partially or completely. If you have heard this taught before, I would love to hear about it and where it was shared. If you have never heard about this before, please share it with every Christian you know, if the Holy Spirit inside of you agrees with it. If not, that is OK, please just share why you feel something was not peaceful. No matter what, thank you for reading the lesson.

If you have any feedback, questions, or comments please leave them. They are greatly appreciated and encouraging. If you need prayer for any need, it is also nice to receive these requests. We will certainly pray if we are able to agree with you scripturally, and the request does not violate the written word of God according to His will for your life. We love you all very much no matter who you believe the Revelation 12 woman is. We hope and pray you will love us also. Love NEVER Fails!

If you would like to continue reading in this Bible study series, please click on “Part 10” now.

SERPENT WITCHCRAFT PART 5 – A NEW MODERN SERPENT MAGIC THREAT

(Ver 1.0) This is Part 5 on the essential right NOW warning message series of Bible lessons from the LORD. We have been going through a series of Bible prophecy lessons learning from the patterns given of enemy “serpent” witchcraft tactics. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:11, we should not be ignorant of Satan’s devices (schemes), yet many people are. In this verse God through Paul, says the ignorance of Christians gives Satan the advantage over them. This teaches us that whatever we don’t know, potentially allows Satan to deceive even the elect (Matthew 24:24). How many Christians have you seen that have become deceived by what is happening in the world today?

These studies have been mostly revealed, from the perspective of the book of Revelation. Today’s lesson will potentially be the climatic conclusion of the series. We will be focused on God’s definition of witchcraft and how God says this evil will affect people in the last of these last days. If you have not read this series from the beginning, it is highly recommended that you go back and start with “Part 1”.

It is important to note, that this lesson series, is not designed or intended to cause division or contention. But we are living in a time of tremendous polarization. It is like a line has been drawn in the sand by God, and people are being given the choice, do you want to stand with God in the Kingdom of Light, or do you want to choose the devil and stand with the kingdom of darkness? The middle ground fence balancers, are now being forced to make a choice. These two kingdom choices are becoming so very clear today. The darkness is becoming increasingly darker, and the Kingdom of God is increasing in brightness, daily.

BRIEF REVIEW

We have been learning about a spiritual enemy who was originally identified as “Lucifer” (Isaiah 14:12), who was one of, if not the highest-ranking created angels in heaven. It is highly recommended that you read Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, because these two chapters contain key information about the fall of this perfect created spiritual being.

God reveals to us in Genesis, about this fallen angel, as a symbolic “serpent”, that entered the garden of Eden, to tempt, and deceive God’s newly created man and woman on the earth (Genesis 3:1). We are informed this “serpent” was actually the adversary spiritual being we read about in Isaiah and Ezekiel, that was now identified, and named as “Satan”, and “the devil” in Revelation 12:9.

We have already read key verses from Genesis 3:1, and Revelation chapters 1, 6, 12, 13 and 19. In the last lesson we were focused upon a key verse we discovered contained a lot of hidden parallels to what we have been going through in the last 2+ years. A lot of people will try to say that these are just coincidental biased interpretations. But how well do they match? How many matches are enough to convince anyone to see what God wrote, and not us?

You should have seen in Revelation 6:2, an unknown and unnamed rider that is controlling a “white coated” horse having only a bow and a crown (Latin corona). These symbols, logically represent a type of king, prince or government ruler, that desires to deceive people into believing he is the coming Christ found returning to the earth in Revelation 19.

These symbols further imply that he is a ruler of a kingdom utilizing a peaceful conquest strategy, without the normal weapons of war. But we are taught in the verse that he remains committed upon conquering the world without violence through implied deception. This type of conquest appears to indicate a weaponry using a very unconventional type that could possibly make the rider look like a hero. This method of conquest could possibly win the hearts of the people for them to want to raise him to power as a replacement type of Christ. Clearly this would mean the presence of great deception taking place and probably great fear of some unseen motivation that causes a desire for an evil overseer.

Today we will be moving to chapter 9 of Revelation, because this also has a great number of parallels to what we have, and are still experiencing today.  Let us begin to study what the Holy Spirit wants to teach us today.

A NEW PATTERN OF SCORPION POISON

We will now go and focus on some very new critical verses, and words of warning given to humans from God in the Bible. These words will help us to support what has been given to us so far from the Holy Spirit. Today, we will be led to read verses written in Revelation chapter 9. We are about to find a lot of information, that should be appearing in our newspapers and online news feeds. But for the evil reason of deception this information is being silenced by the Jezebel evil ruling system, and the false prophets.

We will only be going to go through selected verses found in the book of Revelation chapter 9, due to reader time constraints. We are NOT attempting to do an in-depth or comprehensive study of all of the information. We are primarily looking for parallel concepts that show what we may be experiencing now. These will all be possible repeatable patterns of current serpent attacks. We will start with verse 3:

Rev 9:3  And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power

Just like the dragon, and the serpent in Revelation 12 is not a literal physical dragon or serpent, the mention of locusts and scorpions are also not to be taken literally. We can determine this by where they came from. In the previous two verses, we find these symbols being released by unlocking them from the bottomless pit. This clearly indicates that they were spiritual beings that were confined to be released here to do an extraordinary, and special type of evil. Even though these symbols are not natural creatures, their natural features and qualities of each creature can reveal hidden unseen qualities of how the spiritual beings they represent are operating on the earth. 

For example, a locust can be a consuming creature, eating up everything that comes across their path.  These creatures are also swarming entities. This means they overwhelm the target of attack with so many of them they are practically unstoppable. But these are very special types of locusts because they are described to have the authority of a scorpion. Most know what a scorpion is in the natural.

But for those that do not know or understand what a scorpion is, we will give a quick overview. A scorpion is a type of insect with 8 legs, two front grabbing pinchers, and a long tail containing a poison injector stinger. Clearly this an ominous type of evil creature, that is being released upon the earth during these last days.

Do you remember in the last lesson the comparison between a serpent fang injection system, being two fangs causing two injections? Now in comparison a scorpion while being a similar poison injector system, is limited to only a single injector at a time. But still the delivery of a toxic mixture of poison that affects the nervous systems is identical. This if very interesting in the light of what we have been experiencing with our two-injection serpent mark system, that is followed up by one or more single booster marks.  This is just an interesting coincidence to read about in the Bible. Whether it is happening now as a forerunner to the tribulation real event, you will need to decide for yourself. But wait to read the entire lesson before you make any rushed judgment.

Please just take a serious look, that this is at least the third time we have encountered the strongly implied usage of “poison” by GOD’s word choice selections. We have seen a “poisonous serpent”, and another greater “dragon fiery serpent” (Revelation 12:4), and both are related to have a poisonous 2 fang system in their mouth. Then we saw a rider in Revelation 6, on a white coated horse carrying a “toxon” that we get our words “toxin” and “toxic” from. This word choice is implying a poison tipped arrow system would be shot into the rider’s victims. Now we are observing a new type of poison injection system here in Revelation 9, that uses the symbol of “scorpions” and their tails.

This subject of poisonous injections, appears to be a very significant reoccurring theme found in the book of Revelation, and we are about to see the ultimate clue to how this poison delivery plan is attempting to be spread throughout the world as we continue.

INTRODUCTION TO POISON IN WITCHCRAFT

Let us please continue our Bible study on Serpent poison and witchcraft, by reading Revelation 9:20, and pay close attention to the God selected words and the main points, that are being emphasized with underlines.

Revelation 9:20 – And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 

This verse, could be taken from today’s lead stories, and headline news, if the false prophets of the world were honest, and sincere enough to report on them. We notice first, God mentioning that there are people in the world that have not been killed by a “plague”. What is a plague? One dictionary defines this word as the spread of a “virulent infectious disease”. That certainly applies to what we have been experiencing.

Recently, there was a crown bio-weapon released from a red dragon worshipping nation, that was spread to the entire globe. This has been labeled by the false prophets to be a natural occurring “pandemic”. A pandemic is defined as a virulent epidemic, that crosses many national boundaries. This just so happens, to be an amazing example of an ingenious modern day evil strategy for a peaceful world conquest. This type of warfare can be easily won without firing one visible weapon. This type of warfare only needs a pathogen that is 120 nm in size. This cannot be observed with the natural human eye. Remember we learned about all of this type of technique with the rider of the white coated horse found in Revelation 6:2.

But, according to Strong’s definition a plague is not the only explanation of this Greek word. This word’s definition could also apply to what people have been taking, to try to cure the spread of a deadly plague like disease. This Greek word G4127 also means “a stroke”. What is a stroke? This word stroke is defined as “an act of striking the human skin with an instrument, or a weapon to potentially cause pain, bruising, and bleeding”. Certainly, this could describe a serpent fang or scorpion tail injection, could it not? This could be applied to be a way of potentially describing a person, that has taken several metal jabs in their arm with a sharp hollow injector, called a hypodermic needle.

Therefore, this Greek word G4127, can be 1) applied to be figuratively describing something as a widespread “calamity” as a possible virulent plague, or 2) equally as well as the application of a manmade instrument to produce a human pain using a stroked lacerations for the punctured release or access to human blood. It is used both of these ways in the New Testament. The disciples were beaten and wounded with stripes (weapon strokes) in the book of Acts (Acts 16:23-33), and plagues are used in the book of Revelation (Revelation 11:6, Revelation 16). This would appear to indicate that this Greek word, could have dual application and meaning to both types of plans that could cause human deaths in this chapter. Just read and study the whole chapter, and if you see it great, if you don’t, no worries. No one here, is forcing anyone to believe anything.

However, if you choose to view this information in Revelation, we must admit there is certainly something that will cause a major “calamity” in order for it to cause 1/3 of the world’s population to perish (Revelation 9:13). Any “disastrous event of this magnitude type would be marked to be clearly intentional for genocide. Did you know there are a lot of globalist people promoting a global warming narrative, that have called for a major population reduction? Isn’t that just another interesting coincidence? By releasing a cleverly designed bio-weapon, this would facilitate both the reduction in population and world conquest, simultaneously. Please, take another look at the beginning of this verse:

Revelation 9:20 – And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, …

Notice what verse 20 says next. “None” of those that have survived this massive “plague” of death, would repent for the “works of their hands”. God says these spiritual inspired evils are coming from the “works” of human hands. This Greek word G2041 that was translated as ‘works”, can be defined as a “job in a human occupational field”. Certainly, the white coated medical field and drug industry, would qualify to fit what God is speaking of. No one is making the claim everyone in this field is the devil, no that would be stupid if we thought that way. And we all should believe that there are many other people in other occupational fields, that could have jobs that also qualify to be cooperating with the evil agenda. However, please just, analyze the truths given to us by God’s Word and make your own personal determinations. To at least some there should be a seen connection to the white coated horse industry.

What type of occupational works do these people need to repent for? A need to repent implies that these surviving people are the ones that are working these evils. However, instead of repenting they choose to worship devils and idols of gold and silver, etc. Almost no one today, worships literal idols. No, these idols are symbolic modern-day items, like homes, possessions, powers, fortunes, and fame. However, this could be a strong potential reference and Bible description, of some people in the white coat industry. Do you remember what the Bible says in Mark? Let us stop and read a small part to refresh our memory:

Mark 5:25 – And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 

Mark 5:26 – And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, 

Here God selects one woman’s medical condition to teach us what happens to a lot of people. Notice this woman has a medical condition with a blood issue. There are a lot of medical conditions and issues, that disturb or attack the human blood, and the “crown” disease, and its fang solution both work through the blood. Verse 26 informs us this woman suffered a lot of different things, like treatments, and even possible medicine potions that were given to her by physicians. Finally, notice this woman had to spend every bit of money she had to receive this painful treatment. Notice even though none of the things the physicians did to help the woman worked, they gladly took her money. Now go back and compare this information to what we just read in Revelation 9:20.

Whoever, God is speaking of in Revelation 9, they refuse to repent for the work they are doing to, or for someone, and obtaining and worshiping objects of wealth and possessions seems to be their god? This could describe a lot of people, but use the other clues that are given to us to figure out what can narrow the possibilities. I think we need to go to verse 21 next to learn what else these people do not repent for doing.

Revelation 9:21 – Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts

In this verse, God is speaking of the same living people on the earth that are being used by the serpent Satan, to carry out his plan of evil depopulation and the control of humanity. We know already that in this chapter, 1/3 of the total world’s population are being killed through this phase of the evil plan. Using current (2021) population numbers, there are nearly 8 billion people living on the earth. This would indicate at least 2.5 billion people will be killed during these coming timed events. That qualifies as massive depopulation.

Now pay close attention to the next statement concerning the fruit of their works that are not being repented for.  The very first word is “murders”.  This Greek word G5408 literally means a “slaughter”. This is why the word “genocide” should rise up in our spirits. What happened in the 1940’s to the Jewish population in Europe and Asia? 

A lot of our national and world history is being removed from children’s textbooks in classrooms. This world conquest event was a planned attempt by one man possessed by the serpent, to become the world’s ruler. He did this at first by coming to power in only one nation peacefully portraying himself to be like a savior. He used the same techniques that we can observe that are happening today. There was the immediate taking control of the national media and the silencing of every opposing voice of opposition to portray only one acceptable version of truth.

This very nefarious and evil man was named Adolf Hitler, and he rose to power in Germany. But soon he tried to exterminate every Jew off of the face of the planet. He implemented a “mark” system of population identification. They were slaughtered, shot, burned, drowned, gassed, and had medical experimental surgeries done to them without consent or anesthesia, and on and on we could go. There appears to be a lot of matching patterns found in this information that are being repeated now, and in the book of Revelation.

He also created a vast and powerful army that went to conquer nation after nation. Millions of people died during this time of history.  But Adolf Hitler did not commit these murders by himself. He had a lot of people cooperating, tolerating, and committing these murders for him.  It appears that God says this will be repeated in the coming tribulation also. But in actuality Satan could be trying to get it to reoccur and happen now.

We will briefly skip to the last word in the verse translated as “thefts”.  This Greek word means to steal or take from someone something that is not rightfully or legally earned. We know from reading John 10:10, that Jesus declared; “the thief (Satan) only came to steal, kill and destroy”, and this describes the key strategic results of evil.  Could this possibly be related to our verses in Mark 5, where the woman with the issue of blood gave all of her money to physicians?

Can you see how this woman in Mark 5, was potentially driven by fear to do what she did for 12 years? Can you potentially see how people could use their “plan-demic” to keep us in bondage to fear for the next 12 years?  Can you potentially see how a lot of physicians, might become motivated to only help her knowing they have no cure, to only take her money? Again, not every Physician is this way. We all know the disciple Luke, who wrote the book of Luke and Acts, was a physician. So, if you are working in this profession and are not like those that do things to get rich for money, Praise the Lord. Let us now focus our attention on the pivotal phrase that needs our full attention.

MODERN SORCERER WITCHCRAFTS

Revelation 9:21 – Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts

We have arrived at the most important clue in this entire Bible discussion and study. Our climatic word involves the revelation of our key subject of witchcraft. God says in verse 21 of Revelation 9, no one repented for any of their “sorceries”.  What are “sorceries”? It is definitely NOT what you think, unless you already have studied this Greek word in your Bible. If Harry Potter is only what you think of when you see this word, you would be very wrong.

The Greek word translated as “sorceries” is G5331. This Greek word is transliterated as “pharmakeia”. This is one of the main Greek words that we get our English words: 1) Pharmacy, 2) Pharmacist, 3) Pharmacology, and 4) Pharmaceutical, from. Wow, this is the most major Bible clue we have come across in this study, and it helps us greatly narrow what is happening in many verses found in the book of Revelation. It is also an amazing parallel to the white coated horse being used by the rider to spread a deadly toxin to conquer the world.

The Strong’s concordance defines this word G5331 as “medication”, and mentions the “pharmacy” as the supplier source. The Thayer Bible dictionary defines this word as “the use or administering of a drug”. Thayer also defines this word to potentially represent, “poisoning” someone with a substance. It appears from this information that medicine can be used for either good or evil, depending upon the motivations of the one that is supplying it, or the one requesting it for a supply of some need or desire. But we must be led by the context of this word’s usage. It is being used and selected by God when describing people who refuse to repent for their thefts and murders during a plague event, containing global massive deaths.  I pray eyes are opening, minds are understanding, and spirits are discerning the differences between good and evil applications and intentions for drugs. No legitimate usage of a good medicine, requires a mandate to force someone to take it. Ask yourself why is this occurring? Think by not taking the mandated “fang” marks, the only person they are hurting, is themselves, unless this mark means and does something else, that we are NOT being informed of?

Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death

The Greek G5331 word, comes from G5332 transliterated as “pharmakeus”, and this word means a “drug”, as in a “spell giving potion”. This word also is applied to people that administer these magic potions called “pharmacists”, with extensions of implications to also be stretched to be called “sorcerers”, or “magician”. It is only used by the Holy Spirit in the above Revelation 21:8 verse. This verse very clearly states people who are participating in this group of like evil, will spend eternity in hell.

Both Greek words carry the implication to be the work of “magic” by “magicians”, called “pharmacists”. But these trained white coated individuals are only the distributors. Therefore, by extension we can apply these concepts to the modern people that are actually creating, and manufacturing these potions in mass for the mandated mark distribution. All of these white coated workers are casting potential spells upon people, by giving them human created treatments for some potential cure, or relief purposes, and in doing so, are obtaining a lot of money for their work. This is sounding more and more like the woman with the issue of blood in Mark.

It is also very noteworthy to see that the Greek word G5332, carries the meaning of a “poisoner”. If that does not match what a natural “serpent” does, I do not know how to convince anyone better. We have now increased our number of references to serpent “poisonous toxins” by one more, and there are potentially others that we will not cover in this lesson. But this one is major and real, and it has serious application to what we are living through right now.

Ok, these are some very hard and challenging clues to accept. The white coated industry field has potentially done a lot of great things for people in recent history. But like anything else good, when placed in the wrong hands, with the wrong motives, and wrong desires, it can easily be turned to do something very evil, so quickly. The white coated workers, have been viewed as a positive modern accomplishment, by the majority of humans. This trust is why so many humans are rushing to be given an untested and unproven, serpent fang injection into their arms. After all, all of us are being told that it is totally safe. We are being brainwashed to believe that we are only doing what is best to save everyone else around us?  Right? If we cared about others, we would all participate blindly in full confidence they were all smarter than we are.

However, anything that comes from an end-time government does not appear to be doing anything good for their people, according to the Bible. Can you find Bible verses in Revelation or other places that teaches any government in the last days is working to save you?  Here is the main challenge. Some man-made medicines do help some people if they are used perfectly. But no one knows of any man-made drug that has no potential side-effects. Every prescription or non-prescription drug has a warning label of potential deadly side effects, including death from an overdose. This should be obvious why the Bible says they are all potential poisons.

There are a lot of possible physical problems, caused because of evil attacks of intentional or unintentional drug usage, that cause chemical imbalances in the human blood, organs, and tissues. What we learn from drug usage, and misuses, is that there can be the potential for a drug to be designed to do someone evil. The worst-case scenario, would be to cause intentional death to occur to someone. Or a lesser evil case result, would be to get someone to be easily under the power, control, or authority of another to make them like a willing slave or servant.

We could literally talk for days about the positive and negative uses for drugs. But the motivation for creating every legitimate, and major drug, from a creator and manufacturer, appears to have become, a “greed” for money. We learn this fact, that any drug that is deemed useful to help people, after the patent has expired, it then becomes legal to be manufactured by generic medicine producing companies. Suddenly, all of these companies greatly reduce the cost for the drug because of the competition between the companies. Suddenly these types of drugs are not even considered as a solution for saving lives for a crisis situation. No, the only solutions are new patentable drugs that can make a company a lot of money.

Could it be this is why God said these people in Revelation 9, needed to repent for their idol worship of gold and silver objects? This at least implies the application of “greed” being a major factor for the plagues that occur even today. If big-pharma companies, did not make billions of dollars, would there have ever been a requirement to force people to be inoculated? It is hopefully becoming obvious how this information is coming to life to describe what is happening in our world right now.

I do not know of any of these white coated companies that are labels as a “non-profit” corporation. That makes them automatically in it for the “profit” of money. This is exactly why there are so “few” disease cures. If a disease is completely cured, there is no longer any future income to be made.  Even the illegal drug makers, sell their products to make a lot of money. The more addicting a product is, the more profit they are bringing in.

CONCLUSION

We will conclude this lesson series with a reminder. Satan is a master deceiver. He has been deceiving angels and people, exponentially longer than you have been alive. If you believe you can never be deceived by him or anyone being used by him, you simply prove you are already deceived. There are just too many words of God written to people and Christians to warn us of this possibility of becoming deceived.

In these last days, there is such a massive global level of deception occurring. It has been planned and coordinated in the dark spirit realm. There is no way that people are clever enough to have perpetrated this level of coordinated global evil without dark spirit influence. It has crossed national boundaries, ethnic boundaries, racial boundaries, media and political party boundaries, even financial corporate giant boundaries and technology company boundaries.

Do you believe evil people are smarter than God? That should be an obvious answer of NO!  Do you believe Satan, is smarter than God? That answers should also be an obvious NO! But why have these less intelligent beings, now appear to have defeated God’s people on the earth? That is what a lot of people believe based upon the current circumstances.

Is God a Liar? Is His Word True? These also better be obvious questions to answer correctly for you.  God is not a liar. God’s Word is Absolutely True. Ok, let us ask some tougher questions. Does God’s Church bride lose to Satan? Is the Church of the Living God, defeated and go through the tribulation?  This is where people with faith will stand strong, despite the circumstances and take their authority to end this global conquest plan. You are either with God, or you are fighting against Him. Which one is it? Join the battle to submit to God’s Lordship, and begin to resist the devil with the rest of us. Greater is He that is in US, than he that is in the world!

Be a strong believer, in victory and shun defeat. Resist the serpent agenda. Don’t cooperate with the serpent. Pray continually and praise God even more for His Powerful ability that can be trusted. Faith filled prayers, worship and praise should fill your homes, automobiles, work places, cities and nations.

Where will you place your faith? Will you trust the false prophet narrative? Will you trust the Jezebel ruling government leaders? Will you place your trust in the white coat horse industry to be your savior? Who is really being transparent with you? Who can you really trust? Will you base your faith on God and His WORD? Will you trust in Him, or take a fang mark? Will you trust your job for your supply, or your God? IT IS TIME TO CHOOSE A SIDE AND MAKE A STAND!

It is best to end with good news after hearing about all of the potential negative end time works of the enemy serpent. Christians have been given authority over the serpent and his scorpions, according to Luke 10:19. However, this delegated authority does not guarantee our safety or our victory over him. But it will work for us, if we believe it, and exercise it as a reigning king on the earth (Romans 5:17). According to Ephesians 6:12, we are not fighting against the people being used by the serpent to do his evil. It is always the spirits that influence and possess these people that we are in an unseen battle with. Please join in unity with all of the body of Christ, and come against these unseen spiritual workers of the world. Bind them according to Matthew 18:18 and stop their takeover of the world. In Romans 16:20 God prophesied He would bruise the serpent under our feet before we are raptured. Believe this is happening now!

Finally, if you are a Christian working in the White Coated industry, please accept our thanks and encouragement for your heart to help people live. This is what is needed today. It is an extreme blessing to go to someone that loves to be a blessing to people, and that will pray for us, as well as to help people get well. Thank you again for being led by the Spirit of God to make wise bold right choices to save lives.

If you are a worker in the Jezebel government and you know Jesus, it is time to take a stand for Him. Pray for those in authority over you and ask God to remove everyone that is not willing to repent and be saved. The same is true for the Jezebel false prophet propaganda networks. Pray for these people to have a laborer of God to be sent across their paths to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. If you are a Christians working with them, ask God to use you to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God’s end time harvest is taking place before He comes to take the church away. Time is becoming very short. Be led by the Spirit of God in every moment of the time we have left.

Thank you for taking the time to read and study the Bible with us. We love you all very much. Be blessed to be a blessing. Share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with the world. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal LORD and Savior, now is the time to ask Him. There is a link that follows to help you make that choice in believing faith. God bless each and everyone. If you have a question, comment, or prayer request, please feel free to leave it in a comment, and as the LORD, leads us we will do our best to acknowledge it. Thank you again for your prayers and we will pray for you.

If you have not read the summary overview of the series, you may like to continue to “Part 6” now.

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Bible Answers: Solving the Mystery of Israel – God’s Firstborn Versus God’s Covenant Wife

israel_sign(Ver 1.1) This Bible lesson is a reply to a great reader question about the natural nation of Israel. This is an advanced Bible subject. Therefore, this lesson is potentially offensive and is intended for mature Christians that desire to learn something new in the Bible with an open heart and an open mind.  Please judge yourself if this is your desire and motivation before continuing to read about a potential Bible subject from a fresh perspective.  This lesson will be about a conflict that occurs between scriptures concerning the natural nation of Israel.  We will learn several concepts about this name “Israel” that may have never been taught to you before.  I warn you up front to help set your expectations so that I do not become your enemy by showing you something new (Gal 4:16).  Please stop and pray and ask God to help everyone see what He wants us to learn in this Bible study.

Also, this is another in-depth Bible lesson with a lot of great Bible verses to study.  I would recommend that you break it into sections and maybe do one section a day and this will spread it out over a period of time and hopefully not overwhelm anyone with too much new information at once.  I give a lot of Bible verse references and I do not address them each in detail.  Therefore, it would be highly advisable that you go and look up each verse, read it carefully, study the context, look up each Greek or Hebrew word and verify in your mind that it is saying what you think it says and use that information to apply to this lesson.  This is being a noble Berean type of Bible student mentioned in Acts 17:11. Please do not believe a word I say in any Bible lessons without you verifying it in your own Bible study. Place your trust in God and the Spirit of God on the inside of you to help you see the truth.

Some Christians think a Bible study is just reading a chapter a day for 15 minutes and bang you are done.  But that is not what a real Bible study is, even if God says something to you that is helpful to get you through that day. No according 2 Timothy 2:15, God tells us to “Study to show yourself approved, a workman unto God that will not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth”.  This verse claims Bible study is more than a casual reading.  God has implied that we are to dig deep to be able to understand His Word correctly.  Meaning it is not easy and not automatically understood.

Finally I want to say something very important to help people not get offended easily.  I love the natural nation of Israel.  I love the people living in the natural nation of Israel.  I desire everyone both Jew and Gentile to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (Rom 1:16).  So if you read something in this lesson that causes you to think I am a racist or a hater of anyone, you are wrong.  Are you ready study now?  Let us step into an initiation of the controversy within scripture.

QUICK INTRODUCTION TO ISRAEL’S
FOUNDATION AND RELATIONSHIP TO GOD

According to Jeremiah 3:8, Jeremiah 3:14, Jeremiah 3:20, Jeremiah 31:32, Ezekiel 16:8, Ezekiel 16:32 and Isaiah 54:5-6 to name only a few verses, where the natural people of Israel are called the Old Covenant wife of the Lord God.  These teach us that God’s Old Covenant relationship between the natural blood line descendants of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and his 12 sons and all the natural people that descended from Jacob was that of a husband and a wife.  These people were called God’s covenant wife (H802) until they committed adultery and whoredom (Eze 16:17, Jer 3:9, Hos 2:2) with so many other gods and idols.  God finally handed these people a bill of divorce (Deut 24:1) that ended that covenant as we can read in Hosea 2:2, Jeremiah 3:8, Isaiah 50:1, and Galatians 4:30 to name just a few. These are simply basic facts of scriptures that need to be understood.

However, there are not a lot of ministers and teachers of the Bible that I know of, that have taught this part of the subject of Israel.  But the bottom-line conclusion is that the natural nation of Israel was considered by God to be His set apart woman and His wife (H802).  This officially occurred when she entered into a freewill covenant relationship with God on Mt Sinai where God gave them the Law (Jer 31:32, Gal 4:24).

There are several other Bible lessons that go into this in more detail on this website, if you have never studied this subject.  I would suggest that you begin with “Understanding Bible Covenants” first.  But we have seen enough verses to understand Israel was an Old Covenant female wife in covenant relationship with God her Husband.  Let us continue with this introduction to see the apparent contradiction of scripture about Israel.

INTRODUCTION TO AN ISRAEL
BIBLE CONTRADICTION

The opening lesson introduction statements and verses were probably very controversial to many new Bile students. But we now need to get into a deeper discussion that represents a suggested conflict within scripture.  This potential conflict characterizes the root of my reader’s question. Let us get started in learning what was the question and the mystery that is raised within our minds creating some difficult and potentially strong levels of confusion to many Christians.  For example, my reader pointed out that in Exodus 4:22-23, the natural nation of Israel while they were in bondage in Egypt, they were potentially called by God, His “firstborn son”. Here is my reader’s exact question and comment:

“I have a question and you can post this on the blog if you want. I understand how earthly Israel is one of the wives of God, but Israel is also called God’s firstborn son in the Old Testament (Exodus 4:22-23). How do you reconcile Israel being both a wife and a firstborn son to God the Father? I am having trouble figuring out the connection and would appreciate any info you could share on that.”

What a tremendously thoughtful and excellent deep Bible question about an apparent conflict of scripture.  How can a group of natural people be a male firstborn son and a female covenant wife simultaneously?  Can you see the potential confusion that this creates?  Let us continue this section of the lesson by reading the verses in question:

Exo 4:22  And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel (is) my son, (even) my firstborn:
Exo 4:23  And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.

It is clear from reading Jeremiah 31:32 and other verses that natural Israel was called God’s covenant wife making God their covenant Husband.  But here in Exodus 4 we can clearly see an apparent conflict emerging.  The people of Israel before entering the covenant marriage on Mt Sinai to God (Gal 4:24), were potentially referred to in Exodus 4 as God’s “son” and “firstborn”.  Therefore, we have God the Father declaring someone or a people His firstborn son in relation to their existence in Egypt.  That is an amazing contradiction.  Are they His wife? Or are they His son?  Or are they both simultaneously?  There appears to be a factor of great gender confusion being suggested in scriptures.

Anytime an apparent contradiction occurs in the scripture it is a time for rejoicing.  Every perceived conflict should be viewed as an expectant great opportunity to learn, because God does not make any mistakes and there are no conflicts when understood correctly.  I have found that whenever I encounter something that looks like a conflict at first in the Bible, it is caused because I do not understand the correct point of view of the subject from God’s spiritual perspective. In other words, I was usually thinking too naturally and not enough from a spiritual viewpoint.  We all know God is a Spirit (Jn 4:24) and we should know that His Spirit thoughts are much higher than our natural thoughts (Isa 55:8).  Therefore, I seek and ask God to reveal to me, His Word from His viewpoint.

For example, Jesus told us in John 5:39 that if anyone would search the scriptures of the Old Testament, we would find Him (everywhere) in them because they were (ALL of) those that testified of Him. This teaches us that Jesus is hidden in every word, sentence, paragraph, chapter, and book somewhere using some technique of spiritual concealment.  Wow, that means Jesus must be found here in Exodus 4 somewhere. Therefore, when I see any potential conflict, I immediately begin my hunt for conflict resolution by searching for Jesus.  Let us get started.

Let us begin this part of the lesson by removing the italicized translator added words and punctuation from the verses in question in Exodus.  This may help us to see something new.

Exo 4:22  And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh Thus saith the LORD Israel my son my firstborn: 

By the removal of two added words and from this verse and the translator’s commas, it changes the focus tremendously.  The translators believed they were adding focus to the natural people and nation, but they have only detracted from God’s statement that this verse was about Jesus.  “Thus, saith the LORD Israel My Son My Firstborn”.  By removing the added italicized words, it appears the word “Israel” is a name of God’s firstborn son.  This should begin to open our eyes to see something that we may have not seen before.  But let us verify this using scripture rather than my opinion.

We will begin the verification process with a dive into the Hebrew word used by God to describe Israel.  The first word H1121 was translated as “son”.  This Hebrew word literally means a male child that is born to carry the name and blood of the family into the next generation.  Without the continued male line in the family the family name ends.  This is why God created the law where if a firstborn son marries a wife and does not have any children, then his brother was to marry his brother’s widow.  They would then try to have children for his dead brother in order to carry on the family name.  Ok, we can see this concept first mentioned in Genesis 38 when Judah has 3 sons, and his oldest son marries a woman named Tamar, but he dies before having any children.  She then marries the next son, and he refuses to have children for his dead brother, and he dies.  The third son is never given to Tamar and so Tamar dresses as a prostitute to have a child through her dead husband’s father Judah.  Tamar does get pregnant thought Judah.  Thus, the family lineage of Jesus through Judah was preserved by a righteous act of Tamar’s deception (Gen 38:26).

All of this was a God designed connection called a “kinsman redeemer”.  This occurred when one blood relative took the wife of a dead relative to have children for him to continue the family name. We can read about this concept again in the Book of Ruth exclusively as a type of our redeemer “Jesus”.  Ruth was a Gentile, and a type of the church and Boaz was the type of Jesus the kinsman redeemer that redeemed humanity out of the chains of bondage of Satan’s dark kingdom..

It is also noteworthy that the Hebrew word “H1121” translated as “son” is what Jesus was called in the Bible repeatedly.  Every time in the Gospels when Jesus called Himself the “Son of man” or the “Son of God”, the word “Son” was equivalent to this Hebrew word H1121. Right there we have two possible connections to sonship in Exodus 4 and Jesus. First, Jesus was a “Son” (H1121) of Adam and second, He was the “Son” (H1121) of God simultaneously.  This was accomplished because Mary the mother of Jesus was a virgin daughter ancestor of Adam that was impregnated by the Holy Spirit (Mat 1:20).  Let us go to the word “firstborn” next.

H1060 that is translated as “firstborn”.  This Hebrew word comes from the Hebrew word H1069 and it does mean a natural childbirth that opens the womb of a physical women for the first time. Could this potentially also be a hidden reference to Jesus?  I believe it is.  We know this by reexamining the birth of Jesus in Matthew and Luke to confirm how Mary got pregnant and then notice what this resulting child is called.  Please go read both accounts and notice all the details.  Pay close attention to Matthew 1:25 and Luke 2:7 to begin.  Both verses claim that Mary brought forth her “firstborn” son.  Wow, that sounds like the exact wording and phrase used by God in Exodus 4, especially knowing who the Father was to this child by reading Matthew 1:18 and Luke 1:32.  Both verses claim Jesus’ Father was God the Holy Spirit!

Now ask God this question about our brand-new conflict rising before us in scripture.  Was Jesus Christ God’s firstborn Son or was natural Israel in Exodus 4 God’s firstborn son?  I mean it CANNOT BE BOTH!  It is impossible to have 2 firstborn sons.  Even when Jacob is described as birthing 12 sons from 4 different women, there was only 1 “firstborn” to Jacob.  According Genesis 35:23 the firstborn son of Jacob was Rueben. The second son’s birth regardless of the mother is always the second son to the father even if it was her first.  The first son’s birth regardless of the mother is always the first son. This is also true even if they were conceived simultaneously as twins, only one son can exit the womb first (Gen 25:24-25). There is always only one “first” and one “second”.  Therefore, a natural nation of Israel cannot be God’s “firstborn” son while we see Jesus also being called His “firstborn”.

We get the further resolution to this new conflict of two potential “firstborn” sons by reading John 3:16. In John 3:16 God says “For God so loved the world that He gave His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON…”  The Greek word G3439 translated as “ONLY BEGOTTEN” means “only born”.  John 3:16 defines Jesus to be God’s “ONLY” naturally born Son.  This truth of Jesus being the ONLY NATURAL BORN SON is further confirmed by God in John 1:14, John 1:18, John 3:16, John 3:18, and 1 John 4:9.

If Jesus was God’s ONLY naturally born Son, then He must also be God’s “FIRSTBORN” Son. This is basic logic and common sense.  An only child is both the first and the last child.  We can further confirm Jesus being the “Firstborn” of God by reading these verses: Romans 8:29, Collosians 1:15, 1:Collosians 1:18, Hebrews 1:6, Hebrews 12:23, and Revelations 1:5. In every verse the Greek word G4416 that was used to describe Jesus being Mary’s firstborn son is used to describe Jesus as being God’s “Firstborn” Son.  We have just confirmed using scripture that Jesus is the ONLY BORN SON of God and the FIRSTBORN SON of God.

Therefore, the natural nation of Israel would not qualify to be called by this name or title of “firstborn” even though it was the message that was given to us by translators in the English Old Testament. Uh oh!  The controversy continues unless both verses are about the same firstborn Son named Jesus with the same common name Israel. Could this be possible?  I believe it is.  God just gave us a great confirmation that it was His Son Jesus that He was referring to in Exodus 4.  But we are not done yet and there is more evidence to consider.  We need to continue our Sherlock Holmes type of Bible Study to discover and examine all the clues.

OUT OF EGYPT I HAVE CALLED MY SON

We have been going through Exodus 4:22 and 23 trying to learn who God is speaking of as being His firstborn son with a name of Israel.  I want us to examine some new clues given to us by God in the Gospels.  I hope you read and noticed that in the book of Matthew chapters 1 and 2, God provides us amazing evidence in the narrative of the natural birth of Jesus and His early childhood.  We will be reading some truly relevant verses about Jesus starting in Matthew 2:13. Please read these verses over carefully and notice how they appear to relate directly to Exodus 4:

Mat 2:13  And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
Mat 2:14  When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
Mat 2:15  And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son

Wow, we are discovering some especially important information about God’s Son and the natural nation of Egypt in verses 13, 14 and 15. God purposefully connects Jesus to the natural nation of Egypt very plainly. As we should know, the ruler Herod was angry that the wise men did not return to tell him of the location of Jesus.  Herod then killed every male child under two years old in Bethlehem and continued his search for Jesus in case he missed him in other locations of his ruling region.

The angel of the LORD was sent by God to warn Joseph of this plan and he told Joseph to take Jesus into the nation of Egypt. Joseph was told to stay there until he was given the word to leave and return to his home in Nazareth. Then Matthew makes an extraordinary claim. Matthew reveals that this action of Joseph would be the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy saying, “Out of Egypt, I have called my Son”.  This prophecy can be easily passed over or ignored by many Bible students.  Let us go back into the Old Testament and examine God’s original prophecy that is quoted by Matthew:

Hos 11:1  When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. 

The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge gives us the necessary links to the verse of Matthew 2:15 by connecting this fulfillment back to both this verse in Hosea 11:1 and the Exodus 4 verses in question.  The original Exodus 4 divine statement of Israel being God’s Son that was being called out of Egypt is indirectly related to being fulfilled in the child Jesus in Matthew 2. Therefore, the Hosea 11:1 verse that we just read is very plainly and directly related to Jesus and Egypt.  I find this amazing to see how God speaks many hundreds of years before Jesus was born on the earth and then tells us in Matthew all of this was fulfilled in the life of Jesus.  This just continues to confirm what Jesus said that all of the O.T. was written about Him.

We should realize that God’s spiritual timings are not based upon normal human expectations.  We learn from reading in 2 Peter 3:8 that one thousand years of human time is just the same as a single day to God.  We can logically deduce that God spoke of Jesus coming out of Egypt as if it were occurring when Moses took the people of Israel out Egypt.  But this interpretation creates the conflict with other scriptures that declare this woman being taken out was going to be His Old Covenant wife and that would still not qualify to be the fulfillment of Matthew 2.

I would suggest that you go and read Ezekiel 16 to help us see God has always viewed the natural nation of Israel to be a covenant female.  In this chapter of Ezekiel 16, God described the birth of a discarded baby child that is thrown away in the pool of her own blood. This chapter further goes to describe how God took pity on this baby girl and commanded her to live and took care of her to grow up.  We can then read how she matures sexually and how God clothed her with fine clothing and jewels. This is the description of these natural people being a woman that were saved out of Egypt.  But then we still have a problem with the contradiction of Israel being a male in Exodus 4 if we take the literal English translation as a present tense fact and not a future tense prophecy.

Romans 4:17 reveals and teaches us a divine principle that God calls things that are not yet visibly seen and observable as if they were already manifested into our natural reality. We first learn this concept from Genesis 1 where several times God would say something like “Light Be” and then “Light was”.  This is how God works throughout the Bible.  Before He does a thing, He would speak it and then it would come to pass only after He had spoken it.

After creation God reiterates this principle speaking through the prophet Amos.  In Amos 3:7 God says, “Surely the LORD God will do nothing except He reveal His secret to His servants the prophets”. We learn from this concept that the prophet Moses writing in Exodus was declaring a future secret concerning Jesus. This is the pattern of God declaring His secret plan for future years before the timing of them happening.  This principle was certainly repeated by the prophet Hosea 11:1 about Jesus coming out of Egypt and I believe it is the same being said by the prophet Moses writing in Exodus 4.

Let us get back to Hosea 11:1. Did you notice what Hosea 11:1 said?  It is easily missed.  We know from reading the quotation in Matthew 2 that this verse was a prophecy of the child Jesus being taken to Egypt and then back out of Egypt at God’s direction.  But this verse begins with a very radical declaration “When Israel was a Child…”. Notice that it does not say “When Yeshua (Jesus) was a Child”. Ok, that continues the subject and repeats the question that is vital to understanding a lot of the Bible.  Who exactly is Israel?  It appears from what we are seeing so far that Israel is a name of God and Jesus.  Let us analyze this Israel name subject in more depth in our next section.

WHO IS ISRAEL?

Most Bible preachers and teachers that I have learned from believe the name “Israel” is only defined in the Bible as a natural nation of people that originated from Jacob and his 12 sons. And it just so happens, that it was these people that moved to Egypt after their son and brother Joseph was sold into slavery (Gen 37:28) where he eventually became the second in command in Egypt. Remember there was a famine in the land but before it occurred a dream was given to Pharaoh and only Joseph was able to interpret the dream (Gen 41:14-15). It was this famine that was hidden in the dream that drove Joseph’s father to send some of his remaining sons into Egypt to buy them food. While in Egypt they met with Joseph and eventually reconciled, and the entire family moved to Egypt.  One of the key brothers of Joseph that is noteworthy was Judah.

Judah was the brother that saved Joseph from being killed by his other brothers.  It was Judah that suggested they all sell Joseph into slavery.  It was this act of salvation that caused them all to eventually be saved by Joseph from starvation and end up in Egypt.  But my key point in this story is that Judah is also the name of the son of Jacob that will bring forth their Messiah named Jesus the Christ. This is an extremely important point to remember. We will try to get to this in depth later. But, for now we have just confirmed how these people came to exist in Egypt.

Now, let us consider how all of these natural people obtained the name “Israel”.  To know this, we must read Genesis chapter 32:

Gen 32:24  And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
Gen 32:25  And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
Gen 32:26  And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
Gen 32:27  And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
Gen 32:28  And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
Gen 32:29  And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
Gen 32:30  And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

We can clearly see a divine encounter taking place between Jacob and a supernatural being in the form of a “man”.  I am not going to attempt to teach this entire encounter.  We only need to focus upon the name change that takes place. Here after wrestling this supernatural man, this man asks Jacob his name and says from henceforth your name will no longer be called “Jacob” but rather “Israel” because you have obtained “power” with God and men and have prevailed.  Jacob then asked this man his name and then uses the information given to him to name the place where he was wrestling “Peniel”.

Peniel is a Hebrew word that means the “Face of God”.  From what we have been reading and studying in Genesis 32, we can surmise that Jacob has just been with God or at the least a supernatural representative of God.  We can further deduce that Jacob was given God’s name during this encounter.  Wow, I hope you got that. I am totally convinced that “Israel” was one of God’s names first and that it was passed down to the earth as a marriage covenant name change for His chosen natural people that would come from him. Our traditional human marriage covenant name change, for the wife to take the husband’s name was a God created idea.  I do not know why so many people have not seen this before. The evidence for this conclusion is all over the Old Testament.  Read these verses to help us see what God is saying to us:

2Ch 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 

Isa 65:1  I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name

Jer 7:10  And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? 

Jer 7:11  Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD

Jer 7:30  For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it. 

Jer 32:34  But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it. 

Dan 9:19  O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name

I do not have time to go over every verse that I just listed.  There are plain references in these sample verses that claim God’s natural people on the earth are all called by His name.  This is probably one reason why Satan hates these natural people so very much. In a couple of these verses it may appear to indicate that it is just the city Jerusalem or the tribe of Judah alone that have His name, but that would be a rush to judgment without giving the verses enough thought.  For example, if I said the city of Jerusalem is my capital.  It requires me asking which Jerusalem and which nation is Jerusalem the capital of?  The correct answers would be that God is speaking of the natural Jerusalem on the earth in the middle east and it is the capital of the natural nation of Israel.  Therefore, the greater binding covenant name above Jerusalem would be Israel.  And all of the people living in the subset of the city of Jerusalem would still be called by the larger mathematical set name Israel also.  These are just basic laws of mathematical sets.  Every subset category is still a member of the larger encompassing set.

This is also true for the people within in the tribe of Judah.  Judah was the one brother that was used by God to bring Jesus into the world. The single tribe of Judah is still under the national heritage of their father Jacob who was renamed Israel.   All these people that came from natural Jacob would all be labeled by God as a part of Israel.  It is important to notice how the corporate nation containing all 12 tribes originated from one man that was renamed Israel by God.  But there are other verses that we may also need to consider helping us confirm the truth.  For example, read these verses and notice what they say:

Exo 5:1  And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. 

Jos 8:30  Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal, 

Jer 7:3  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. 

There are approximately 200 verses that have the similar phrase “God of Israel” in it.  Please think with me and consider what the word “of” means.  We should begin by defining the word “of”.  “Of” can generally mean the first noun comes from the source or origin of the following noun. It would be like us saying the people of Jerusalem.  That clearly would indicate that the people being spoken of came from a city named Jerusalem.  But when God says “the God of Israel” it would seem to be an indication that God came from Israel and that does not really make sense, does it?  That would appear to be another contradiction since we know someone from heaven came down to give Jacob this name and therefore the name definitely came from heaven.

The antithesis of saying “the God’ of Israel” is found in Galatians 6:16 where God wrote the “Israel of God”. The Galatians 6 verse is clearly speaking about an “Israel” that originated from God, but the phrase “God of Israel” seems to be saying something different or is it. In the first example the God of Israel appears to indicate that God is the lower object that is contained within the higher object that is named Israel.  But in the Galatians 6 example the “Israel of God” that cannot be the same type of relationship as Israel appears to be a lower object that is contained within the larger object God.  This is just getting too complicated, isn’t it?

I am going to propose another possible solution to this complexity.  I believe the word “of” can be eliminated completely and this might solve our problem and help us confirm Israel is God’s name at the same time. This is the same principle that we used earlier by removing translator added italicized words. If you analyze the original Hebrew text in parallel to the English words being stated, you will find that there is no Hebrew word that is translated as “of”.  Therefore, it appears to be a translator suggestion to what they thought the other actual words meant.  I mean the translator could have written “God in Israel”, “God by Israel”, “God from Israel” as well as the “God of Israel” or even a multitude of other prepositional English words.  These prepositions have been added by translators thinking they help us understand the words given to us by God, but sometimes they distract from the original intended meanings.

Let us go back and reread Exodus 5:1 removing the inserted English preposition “of” that is not in the Hebrew.  It would read “Thus saith the LORD GOD ISRAEL”.  That statement makes a tremendous amount of plain sense to me knowing what I know now. We all should know that God sits in the heavens (Mat 22:32, Heb 1:3).  We now have learned that God gave Jacob a name “Israel” that came from heaven (Gen 32:28). Therefore, we have a direct connection of the name Israel coming from God in heaven.  Based upon this information it would not be an abuse of scripture to say, “Thus says the LORD GOD ISRAEL”.

Most of the English prepositional words like “the”, “of”, “in”, “by”, “from”, “with”, etc. were added by translators thinking they were helping to clarify the Hebrew words mentioned in God’s ordered sequence.  Most of the time they did a great job and they do help us.  But please understand there was not a Hebrew word found in the original Hebrew language text that could be translated “of” or “the” in any of these verses. For example, back to Exodus 5:1 if we remove all the words added by translators, God said in the Hebrew “Thus(H3541) saith(H559) LORD(H3068) God(H430) Israel(H3478)”.

If you like the added word “of” in “God of Israel” more than the “God Israel” that is fine, and I will not debate you.  For now, I see it more clearly with the omission of the word “of” as being one of God’s names that was given to Jacob in Genesis 32.  If you are an advanced Hebrew scholar and would like to share your thoughts on this wording “God of Israel” versus “God Israel”, I would love to hear your comments to learn more about it. But, I now think that we need to move to a different and even deeper study of the name “Israel” that should turn up the intensity of the light on this subject.

UNDERSTANDING THE NAME ISRAEL – DEFINITION

Israel_MeaningThis part of the subject study of the word “Israel should be a Bible study all by itself. But I will give the shortened overview to help us understand that the name Israel is particularly important to our understanding of the Bible.  Let us analyze the definitions given to us by dictionaries like “Strong’s”.  The Hebrew word translated as “Israel” is H3478.  Here is the definition given to us by “Strong”:

H3478

יִשְׂרָאֵל
yiśrâ’êl
yis-raw-ale’

From H8280 and H410; he will rule as God; Jisrael, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity: – Israel.

First notice this word H3478 is made up from the combination of two other Hebrew words.  The first “H280” means “to prevail or to have power as a prince or a ruler”.  Then that word is combined with “H410”.  This word H410 literally means “to have strength or to be mighty” and it is translated as “God” over 200 times in the Old Testament. This Hebrew word is typically viewed as a shortened form (EL) of God’s plural name “Elohim” and is often found in many other Hebrew names.  In fact, this short form of God’s name occurs in at least 150 other names found in the Bible like “Samuel” that means “heard of God”.

What I would like you to consider for a takeaway is for us to see that Strong defines this word Israel as “He will rule as God”.  Then ask the obvious questions. Who is he?  And who can rule as God?  Is the answer the natural man Jacob? Is the answer Satan?  Or is it possible that He who will rule as God is the conquering and victorious Jesus?  I believe it can only be Jesus.  We can see several clues revealing this to us in the Bible.  For example, read Revelation 12:5 which is a description of male child that is birthed by a woman that is stated to rule with a rod of iron. This male child is not named but he must represent a form of God. Then read Revelation 19:15 where a grown man riding on a white horse comes back to the earth from heaven to rule all nations with a rod of iron.  Reading back up in Revelation 19:13 we find this man’s name is the “Word of God”.  This of course is another name for Jesus (God the Son).

From just these few examples, I have concluded that Israel (HE WHO WILL RULE AS GOD) is Jesus the risen from the dead Christ.  And if we are in Him and overcome our flesh, the devil and the world, then according to Revelation 2:25-26 we read this promise:

Rev 2:26  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. 

Here we have the Highest Ruler Jesus speaking to the churches and He says that whoever overcomes and keeps His works till the end, to them He will give power over the nations and they will rule with Him with a rod of iron.  That is an amazing statement of truth.  This should give us motivation and hope for a significantly better future. It is self-evident to me that only Jesus qualifies to rule over every nation on the earth. It further says to me that only Jesus is qualified to delegate this authority to anyone else.  Therefore, the name Israel can only be God’s name and only He will rule as God!  Let us conclude this lesson with a new particularly important perspective.

LET MY SON GO

We have been studying to determine who God was speaking of in Exodus 4:22-23 that is called His Son.  We have seen in these verses where God spoke to Pharaoh of Egypt through the prophet Moses and commanded him to let God’s Firstborn Son go or else Pharaoh’s firstborn son would be killed.  We all should know the context of this command.  This occurred during God’s first Passover.  Pharaoh made the wrong choice and did not let God’s Son go.  The children of Israel were then told to obtain a lamb to slay it, and to place it’s blood upon the doorposts of the houses.  We all should know that this slain lamb was a symbolic representation of Jesus the firstborn Son of God.  Jesus was God’s Lamb that would be crucified hundreds of years later, on a cross on Passover.  It was this lamb’s blood on the doorposts of homes in Egypt that instructed the death angel to bypass  their houses and all their firstborn were saved. But the firstborn of every house of Egypt without any lamb’s blood their firstborn child died, including Pharaoh’s.

Here is the main point. When God was speaking of His firstborn Son to be freed from bondage, He was looking forward in time seeing the Son of God that would be born from the people of the nation of Israel that were being held in bondage in Egypt. All the living descendants of Jacob/Israel were being held captive slaves in this natural nation of Egypt. And if they were never freed, how could their Messiah Jesus have been born in Bethlehem?  How could there have been a temple built in Jerusalem?  How could there have been David the King of Israel, and on and on we could go.  God was calling things that were not yet manifest as if they were already real when He commanded His Firstborn Son to be freed from Egyptian slavery.  Wow, I pray you are receiving what the Holy Spirit is saying to us.

I need to show you a principle that is revealed to us in the book of Hebrews that is a MUST to understanding a lot of the Bible.  I have taught this principle in other Bible lessons because it applies to many other subjects and it represents a fundamental law of God called the Law of Seeds.

Heb 7:5  And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
Heb 7:6  But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
Heb 7:7  And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
Heb 7:8  And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
Heb 7:9  And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
Heb 7:10  For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him

Verse 5 begins with a description of Levi and his descendants being given the responsibility of High Priests in Israel.  God then says these descendants were commanded to receive tithes of their brothers in the other tribes of Israel. God ends the verse with the radical statement that all of these people came out of the “loins” of Abraham their father. That was the fundamental law that you need to see.  When God showed me these concepts I was literally blown away.  Think of the implications that this truth is revealing to us.  For example, God knows the exact sperm cell and their order of impartation into a female to cause every impregnation of every born child down the entire family blood line.  We can clearly see that God is into every detail of our life.  This is a divine characteristic of Him.

family_tree1Notice what God said in verse 5.  Remember that Levi was the great-grandson of Abraham.  Levi came from the family lineage of his father Jacob/Israel.   Then Jacob going down the family tree came from his father Isaac.  Isaac continuing down the family tree then came from his father Abraham.  Yet God speaks of them all as a corporate single individual sperm cell being one together, from one source and one father.  Wow!  You may not understand this concept of a sperm cell.  A natural sperm cell is called a “seed” by God in the Bible.  You can read about this concept in Genesis 38:9 in the story we looked at earlier about Onan who married Tamar his dead brother Er’s wife to raise up a seed for him.  In the case of Jesus it was God’s word that was His Seed that impregnated the virgin Mary.  Read down to verse 9 to find out the most important concept that applies to our lesson.

Did you notice what God says in verses 9 and 10?  God makes it very plain that Levi who received tithes three generations later after Abraham also paid tithes to Melchisedec because he was that one sperm cell in the “loins” of his father Abraham when it happened.  Wow, Wow, and Wow!   This is the law of fruit with seeds inside itself given to us by God in Genesis 1:11.  There is an old concept that  says “No one knows how many apples are in one apple seed.  That is a part of what God is teaching us, “No one knows how many children are in one Abraham “seed” except God.  We notice this concept being repeated by God in 1 Corinthians 15:22 where God says “in Adam (his seed) all die, but in Christ (His Seed) all shall be made alive”.  What God is saying is because Levi was a seed inside Abraham, whatever Abraham did was what all of his descendants from that seed also did.  Again, Wow!

Can you see how this law of Seeds from Genesis 1 applies to what God said in Exodus 4:22-23?  Since Levi was in an Abraham seed, so also was his brother Judah.  Since Jesus came from the tribe of Judah, Jesus also paid tithes to Melchisedec like Levi. This is such a radical revelation. Why do you think it was so important for God to put Jesus’ genealogy in the books of Matthew and Luke?  These genealogies show us who Jesus was in all the way back to His natural father Adam.  Jesus was in Adam when he rebelled and caused everyone that comes from him to also die.  This teaches us that Jesus was born into the world to die.  It also helps us to understand how God says in Revelation 13:8 that Jesus was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  God had Jesus planned to come into the world when He created Adam.  Jesus was the preplanned seed of redemption inside of Adam before there was any need for Him to come.  This is a great descriptive example of the Omniscience of God.  He knew what was going to happen before it happened and it was already taken care of in His mind and His designed actions when creating our world.

Therefore, Jesus was the continuing seed in all of His natural family lineage loins including when they were being commanded to be released from Egyptian captivity and slavery in Exodus 4:22-23.  This confirms how God’s commandment to Pharaoh to let go His “firstborn” was a directive to speak of His coming Firstborn Son Jesus the Christ.  When God was speaking of releasing the nation of Israel in Egypt, there was present one seed (sperm cell) in this group of all the people that contained His firstborn Son.  Please understand that I am not making up facts of truth.  God teaches us very clearly in Galatians 3 this one seed concept speaking of Abraham.  Read this verse that confirms the one seed concept:

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. 

We can plainly read when the promises of God were given to Abraham and his seed that God was only focused upon a single seed that was Jesus Christ.  God again saw every detail and selected one sperm cell and made His promise to that one seed that would continue until Jesus came into the world.  Wow!  I don’t know how anybody is not totally amazed at God’s wisdom.  Praise the LORD!

CONCLUSION

We have been discovering some radical new information and how to understand and apply it to JESUS.  Thank you to my reader for a great Bible question.  We just learned how God commanded the entire nation of Israel from Pharaoh’s captivity while He was speaking of just one Seed that would become His, Firstborn Son, named Jesus being born in a manager in Bethlehem some 1400+ years later.  Is there anybody like God?  I don’t think so!  We have just given the resolution of a major conflict of scriptures simply by seeing the verses from God’s higher perspective.  We have discovered that Jesus said all of the verses in the Old Testament testify about Him and now we are beginning to see how this can be with a lot more clarity.  I pray that you can see how God could simultaneously be speaking of natural Israel, His covenant wife while declaring His natural born ONLY SON was in her to command a world ruler to let Him go.

Today we should have learned the following facts of information:

  1. Israel was a given name that came down from God in heaven.
  2. The name Israel was given to one man named Jacob
  3. But in Jacob were the seeds for the entire nation so everyone is called Israel
  4. Israel is a name that means “He will rule as God”
  5. Israel became God’s Old Covenant wife being a nation of people referred to as a single female bride
  6. Israel committed adultery and whoredoms with other gods
  7. Israel was divorced by God ending the covenant
  8. Israel became captive slaves to Egypt
  9. God raised up a deliverer of Israel named Moses that was faithful to God to bring His message to Egypt
  10. God commanded Pharaoh to let His Son His Firstborn go or else Pharaoh’s son would be killed
  11. We now know from the N.T. that Jesus is the “Only Born” Son of God
  12. We now know also from the N.T. that Jesus is the “First Born” Son of God
  13. Therefore we know that natural Israel the nation cannot be the same
  14. We can now conclude that God’s Firstborn Son that was being commanded to be freed was a prophetic reference to Jesus who was a single seed in the natural nation of Israel and whatever happened to them would happen to Jesus
  15. Pharaoh released the natural nation of Israel (God’s Son) without fully understanding who he was freeing.
  16. Israel is Jesus’ name and He will rule as God now and in the future 1000 year millennium. 

These were some of the key points that should have been understood in today’s advanced Bible lesson.  I would highly recommend that you go back and reread lessons like this more than once.  It was too much information to get it all with one reading.  I hope and pray that everyone gained some spiritual knowledge that helped them understand God’s Holy Word.  I also pray that you learned how to study the Bible more than just to read what the Bible says on the surface.  This desire should cause us to begin to see things more like God sees them and to look for Jesus in every word.

It is my number one goal to teach people how to fish for their everyday truth food in Bible study and not to just give someone a single fish snack Bible lesson for the day.  I love God and the Bible more than life itself.  The Word of God is the most amazing Book that is available anywhere in the world.  I pray that you saw something new in this Bible lesson that you have never seen before and that this increase in your spiritual knowledge.  I pray that every new revelation that you receive from God, will help to open your eyes to become a severely starving and thirsty Christian that only knowing more about Jesus will satisfy.

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Modern Examples of Deception to Avoid Part 5 – The Deception of Criticism in the Church!

A SPIRIT OF CRITICISM!

(Ver 2.2) This is Part 5 in a Bible study series that is designed to help us to learn from examples of deception being used by Satan in the modern world that we as Christians should endeavor to avoid. Every Bible study in the series is intended to be helpful as an independent lesson. But if you would like to study the entire series of lessons from the beginning, you can go to “Part 1” first.  This lesson series should help Christians to learn that there is more than one type of deception being used by Satan to deceive them.  But, today’s lesson will focus only on how some Christians have been deceived into believing that they are the only Christians that are truly saved causing them to believe they are the only ones that are knowledgeable and right in all their doctrinal beliefs. 

This type of deception tends to cause these people to denounce all other Christians of differing beliefs to be called names such as “false prophets”, “false teachers”, “heretics”, “ministers of heresy”, etc.  Does that sound very Christian to you?  This type of behavior sounds more like the devil’s modern-day plot called “the cancel culture agenda”.  These people go so far with their mob mentality that if anyone does not agree with their beliefs, they are shouted down to silence them.  These types of mobs are very intolerant of any words that conflict with their beliefs.  They hate people that speak anything contrary and they call out their opponents with demeaning names for public shaming, like being called a “racist”.  If this does not shut the opposition up, they move to the extreme of mob violence and eventually to the even highest extreme of murder to silence people that disagree with them.  Wow, what a world we are experiencing. 

This lesson is a complete rewrite of an older lesson from years ago.  It has been completely updated and revised to hopefully be more kind and helpful.  Let us get started in our lesson.

INTRODUCTION

1Co 8:1  Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. 
1Co 8:2  And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

The writer of 2/3 of the New Testament recorded a word of warning inspired by the Holy Spirit for the church.  Please agree that Paul would qualify to have more knowledge of the truth than most other Christians both then and now.  But Paul who knew so much warns us to not allow our presumed knowledge of the truth to get us into Satan’s trap of pride.  The Holy Spirit instructs us clearly to walk in love when dealing with other Christians before we try to teach them what we think we know.  I have heard it said this way, that people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. 

Please notice what verse 2 said.  God says, if we think we know anything about a subject, we must first realize that we could be significantly ignorant to understand that we do not know the entire truth of the subject.  That was my paraphrase of the verse.  But we can see that this was what the all-knowing God was trying to teach us limited humans. I believe these two verses describe the initial stages of the downfall of Lucifer.  We can learn that it was this type of thinking that Lucifer was imagining in his heart reading in Isaiah 14.  Lucifer obviously was self-deceived into believing he knew as much as God.  This same pattern of self-deception can be repeated with humans and Christians also today. 

This truth teaches us that deception can occur two ways.  Christians can be deceived by others (1 Jn 3:7) or we can also deceive ourselves (1 Cor 3:18, James 1:26).  A Christian that studies the Bible can fall into the same Lucifer type of self-deception and self-exaltation because of our pride in what we think that we know about God and His Word.  You might recall that in 2 Corinthians 12:3, Paul informs us that God allowed a satanic thorn in his flesh to keep him from being self-exalted in pride from all of the revelation of the Word of God that was given to him. If Paul would have filled himself with pride for everything that he knew, he could have fallen to not fulfill what God’s plan was for His life. This is a great description of what happened to Lucifer, when he fell in pride.  Remember what Proverbs 16:18 says “Pride goes before destruction…”  Let us also recall what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:11-12:

1Co 13:11  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things
1Co 13:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known

These verses teach us two truths about Paul’s knowledge of the Word of God.  First, spiritual knowledge is a process of growing out of an unlearned childish state who lacks any understanding and speaks a lot of childish ma ma, da da, and goo goo words to finally becoming a mature Christian that puts away all of this kind of baby speaking.  Then in verse 12 we can see how Paul who knew more than most of us about the Word of God declares he did not know it all.  He admits that we (Paul and us) still only know a small part. Wow, that is the opposite of a prideful attitude of thinking that he had a complete knowledge of the entire truth. Newborn Christians have such a limited capacity of seeing spiritual truth. And when these types of Christians criticize others, their words can be used as weapons to offend other Christians to fall away.

If you are a Christian, you should know that this prideful pattern of self-deception occurred several times in the Bible with humans.  For example, this is what the Pharisees did to Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior!  Religious Pharisees believed they knew so much about truth that they killed their Author of truth on a cross.  This type of deception is what is happening in the church and the world today.

We can see very clearly that there are still a lot of pride filled Pharisees types in the world.  Where did they get this command to criticize others? Who has exalted them to be the anointed, appointed, and called instrument of God’s swift justice? Is it God?  Where did these people obtain the gift of criticism? This must be a spiritual gift that we missed reading about in 1 Corinthians 12.  Did you find this gift in your Bible?  In 1 Corinthians 12:4 God does say there are many different Gifts but ONLY 1 GOD that gives them all. So, does it make sense to you, that if God has given some in the church gifts to build up the church, that there would also be other gifts that are designed to divide, destroy and tear it down?  That sounds like the works of two different opposing Gods to me.

There are deceived Christian people that believe that God is a God who is intolerant of human ignorance.  There are even Christians that seem to believe that God is swift to judge ignorant misguided Christians. Could it be that many of these types of Christians believe they know more about the Bible than they do?  Could it be possible that these types of people are not pleased with other Christians who are not as perfect as they believe they are? Could it be this is because of a type of prideful attitude towards others that we learned Lucifer had towards God?  Why do Christians judge other Christians just because there are differences in Bible knowledge and beliefs?  Could it be our pride or prejudices that cause us to call some Bible teachers false just because we do not agree with them? 

I believe that we are deceived if we believe that it is only us that have the mind of Christ and only we hear from God.  I believe we are deceived if we believe that the Spirit of God only resides in us.  I believe we are deceived if we believe the Spirit of God does not teach anyone else but us and our church leaders.  I believe that we are deceived if we believe the Spirit of God does not use anyone else but us and our denomination. I believe that we are deceived if we believe the Spirit of God shows favoritism and has selected only a choice few in our own group to carry forth the truth.

Surely you have noticed people who openly criticize and condemn TV and internet preachers as being false prophets and false teachers?  Do they do this to save others from going to hell? Could listening to something that is not true be the main reason for going to hell?  If it is, we are all going to hell because no one is teaching 100% of the truth because no one but God knows 100% of the truth!  I believe listening to these presumed false preachers and teachers is not a sin or going to send anyone to hell.  This is why God wrote us an instruction how to deal with this in Acts 17:11.  Here in this verse God said to be a more noble Berean type of Bible student and look up in your own Bible daily to prove if what was taught to you was the truth. 

If you hear someone criticizing and condemning Bible teachers for what they teach, please ask them “What is the basis that makes someone false or true teacher?”  If they say it is the Word of God, then that is the pathway to knowing the truth. Ask them next for the Bible verses for their beliefs that contradict what was taught.  If they give you some, go and read them and study them yourself.  See if this is what the Holy Spirit is saying to you about the truth.  But, if they say that it is their opinion of what they think the Word of God says, that could be a reason for deception.  Who says our opinion is right or complete enough to judge?  Are we God?

We can see so many of these types of Pharisee types all around us.  Especially on the internet.  But there are some on TV that make similar claims.  It is amazing how easy it is for Satan to deceive people to judge others that they do not know personally or have ever met in person.  I believe these types of criticizing judges are not examples for real Christians to follow or try to emulate. In fact, Jesus warned us that we should do surgery to remove the large beam from our own eye before we do some minor surgery to try to remove the small speck from our brother’s eye (Luke 6:42).

In 1 Corinthians 14:1 God commands us to “Pursue LOVE, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that we may prophesy.  In verse 3 Paul defines for us what it means to prophesy.  He says to prophesy is for us to speak to the church for 3 reasons:

  1. Edification
  2. Exhortation
  3. Comfort

The Greek word translated as “edification” literally means to build a house.  That is the opposite of tearing the church down with words of criticism.  The Greek word translated as “exhortation” means to “call someone to be near” as in give them an invitation based upon love to come in.  The Greek word translated as “comfort” is a word that implies that we need to “encourage” people.  This would include telling someone about what they are doing right, good, and well.  This means that Christians should bring an emphasis to what is positive in someone in the body of Christ and not negative. This would teach that we should be looking for what they are doing good and not spending all our time trying to tear them down.  In other words we should not be examining their every word spoken or written to look for something to trap them or to use to twist against them.  No, we should rather be focused to look for the good words that they say and let the others that we may not agree with right now, maybe either just let them go by or go and study the verses to see if they are a true and better choice for our beliefs.  I heard one wise preacher teach this concept by saying “Any old cow is smart enough to eat the good straw while spitting out the bad tasting sticks”.  So just because someone is not perfect and does not know everything perfectly as we view it, it is still not wise to reject everything that they teach.

  SOME EFFECTS OF THIS DECEPTION

My primary concern about these types of deceived people that attack Christian ministers the most, is the fact that there are so many new Christians that can be  easily influenced to stumble and fall away from moving forward to fulfill God’s plan for their lives.  I believe that it is essential for new Christians to grow up to be spiritually mature and to learn to hear from God for themselves.  But deceived Christians who share criticism of other Christians can change the direction of a new Christian’s life very easily.  Ungodly criticism gives the impression to some that we are fighting between each other while we ignore our real enemy Satan. Why would God desire for Christians to fight against Christians?  Are there not demonic spiritual enemies to war against (Eph 6:12)?

New Christians can be distracted by incomplete or unsupported words of condemnation given by people that claim to be believers.  These people can sound so intelligent and can sound so sure and confident in their minds of their judgments.  But confidence and intelligence does not make anything true. God may be attempting to lead a new Christian into learning something fresh that He desires them to learn.  But Satan’s deception can keep new or even some mature Christians from searching in their own Bible to know if what is said is true or not (Acts 17:11).  The ignorance of new believers to understanding advanced spiritual Bible truths makes them much simpler to deceive than someone who has studied the Bible for over 20+ years and was raised in a good church from a young age.  This is exactly why Paul was incredibly careful at times to only bring milk subjects to certain new Christians.  Paul knew that the deep meat subjects were potentially very highly offensive (1 Cor 3:12) to new babes in Christ. Notice what Paul warned the church in this verse:

Rom 14:13  Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. 

Could it be this is what is happening when people judge without having sufficient experience and understanding of the Bible?  I believe it is exactly what is happening in the modern church.  There is nothing new under the sun.

FOUR MAIN REASONS
WHY THERE ARE DIFFERENCES
IN UNDERSTANDING SOME BIBLE TEACHINGS

When any Christian judges a Bible teacher that teaches something different than what they are accustomed to, this can demonstrate a person’s pride in their own knowledge of the Bible.  Usually when someone hears some words that do not make sense they become easily offended at the message.  This type of becoming offended can then be followed by their rapid poor choice for speaking opinionated judgements to others.  When these rapid judgments are heard by others, they can cause them to become offended also. This can then result in the placement of a spiritual stumbling block that we just read about in the last section. 

But we need to see and learn that there are several potential reasons for why someone does not agree with what is taught by others.  Most rapid poor judgments are based upon a presumed belief that someone that is different is purposefully teaching something to deceive them. But in fact, there are other reasons that need to be considered to help eliminate our poor snap judgments.

Human disagreement of the Bible can come from one of four main areas of potential misunderstanding.  The first possibility is that the teacher may be confused on the subject or ignorant of something else in the Bible that you know that needs to be known by them to better understand the subject.  That is called ignorance on the part of the teacher and we are ALL ignorant about many things found in the Bible.   Ignorance is not a sin, nor does it make anyone a false teacher. In fact, I have learned a lot of things from Bible teachers that I did not agree with 100%.  These types of ministers were very sincere in studying and teaching the Bible but did not see certain things in the Bible that I had learned from my own study.  I figured out that these teachers were not intentionally deceiving anyone, and their heart was full of good intentions to provide their message to others.  But this is one of the primary reasons that disagreements of Bible truth can occur.  It is very normal to find this happening in any church and with any teacher. We are all on differing levels of knowing the Bible. I understand that you could know something that I have not yet learned and vice versa you may not know something that I have learned.  Also, some of us are on a first-grade level of learning the Bible and others of us are at the advanced doctorate level of learning the Bible and others of us are somewhere in between. Therefore, I have learned to give other Bible teachers a lot of grace and mercy and I pray that you will do the same for me and for other teachers.

The second possibility for a Bible disagreement is that the teacher could have just misspoken or written something in haste that was just an honest mistake or accident.  I have seen many teachers and speakers do this that were both Christian and non-Christian teachers.  If you have read all the Bible lessons on this website, no doubt you may have seen where I have made several unintentional errors, typing mistakes, misspellings, grammatical errors, etc.  These types of unintentional errors are also normal and do not make anyone a false or even a bad teacher.  This just proves that we are all still imperfect humans.

Once, I remember a man that pointed out that I attributed something to Luke in a lesson that he was reading that I should not have done.  After I read it, I knew that I had done this in haste and that I should not have written it in the way that I did.  I thanked him for his comment that pointed this out and I quickly made the correction.  Even though this error occurred in typing a lesson too fast, was without intent, and was corrected, he informed me that he would not be reading any more of my Bible lessons.  He was obviously looking for an extremely high standard of perfection that would only fit his level of acceptance in study material content and that was sad.  Because of him being offended, there is no telling what he might have missed out on that God wanted to show him. 

Imperfections in speech or in writing can cause someone to be offended and this keeps a lot of people from receiving and knowing a lot of truth.  But as we learned previously, mistakes do not make anyone a false teacher, it only shows they are learning mortal humans.  In fact, God purposefully uses the most foolish imperfect people in the world to confound the wise perfectionists (1Cor 1:27). 

Now for reason number 3 that causes people to be easily offended at the teachings of some ministers.  We must understand a simple basic truth that not everyone listens perfectly to hear what is really being said.  We can see an example of this in John 12:28-29.  Here Jesus was praying to the Father and the Father answers Him from heaven with an audible voice. Some that were standing around said it was just thunder and others claimed they heard a voice of an angel.  We can clearly learn that not everyone heard the same words, the same way.

There are many words that sound like other words.  There are literally many ways for some words to be used that do not mean what someone is hearing them to say.  Slang words are one simple way for messages to be easily misunderstood. Figures of speech are another way to misunderstand the teacher.  Other words just have multiple definitions and that is a great challenge.  Unless everyone is on the same level of every word’s meaning and application there are just a lot of potential ways for a message to be misunderstood.  Therefore, we all need to stop and think before we get offended at something that we think that someone said. 

Finally, for possibility number 4.  Some differences in agreement concerning the Bible subject being taught is possibly some bad news for many Christians. From my experience in studying and teaching the Bible over the last almost 30 years, “I have found that the more I learn, the more I discover that I yet do not know”.  This fourth possible conflict situation occurs when a teacher teaches something that someone may consider heresy, but it is only a revelation found in the Bible that they have never seen before.  I have found that baby Christians that know the least about the Bible are usually the most vocal critics of things they have never seen in the Bible.  Therefore, this type of Bible teacher is not even close to being a false teacher.  We learn that the root problem occurs because of the ignorance and improper attitude of the listener who was offended.

We find this type of conflict occurs with more than just the Bible.  I have observed this where doctors that are general practitioners are wise enough to not go into brain surgery without having been trained in that specialist field.  No, the general practitioner is smart enough to refer the patient to a trained specialist and there are almost never any conflicts between these two types of educated professionals. 

I have seen the medial conflict normally occurs between the ignorant unschooled patient that has only read one opinionated article on the internet and their doctor who is more knowledgeable. It is the doctor that has spent years of education and practice and has studied the subject constantly that is opposed by the ignorant patient.  Most doctors are only trying to help them. However, the doctor is usually never offended at the ignorance of the patient, it is almost always the patient that is offended at the trained and educated doctor.  Maybe the patient searched the internet and found an article that said to do something new and crazy to cure their problem. But when they approach the doctor with their proposed answer, the patient becomes easily offended because they believed a potential false internet article that was overruled by the doctor’s advanced training.  Do you see how this analogy of the doctor and patient could apply to Bible teachers and students?

Ok, I will admit that there is a possible fifth explanation for differences in Bible teachings and Bible understanding agreement that causes someone to be offended.  It is possible that Satan has deceived a minister to accept a lie and they are teaching it like it was a true revelation from the LORD.  These types of ministers come in two types.  The first is the one that is deceived and does not know it and the second is one that is just intentionally lying to be used as Satan’s tool for the deception of others.  I believe type two is a rare occurrence.  Most preachers and teachers desire to know and teach the truth in a loving and kind way, but they just do not know the entire truth. 

We can find examples of these types of preachers that preach and teach in the subject of the rapture.  Some believe there is no-rapture, others believe pre-trib, others mid-trib and others post-trib.  There is absolutely no way that all four types of ministers are teaching the truth.  At least three of the four must be teaching something that they believe is the truth but is not in actuality the truth.  This type of conflict does not make anyone of these ministers a false teacher, it should however teach us to go into our Bible and find out what the LORD is saying to us.  Do not follow people, follow the Holy Spirit and the Bible. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into the truth in His Word.  Then open your Bible and begin your search.  Jesus promised us that if we ask and seek, He will answer, and we will find (Luke 11:10).

I knew a minister that fell into deception once.  He started a church and it grew into an exceptionally large group of over 5000 people.  He was an excellent anointed Bible teacher, and this was why the church increased.  However, deception began to creep into the teachings many years later. This was probably from the people that he began to associate with. Within a short time, he was divorced, and the church went from over 5000 members to ZERO and does not exist anymore.  What do we learn from this example?  It did not take Christian criticism to topple his ministry.  The ministry collapsed on its own weight of deception.  Please do not misunderstand me.  There was Christian criticism.  There was worldly news media criticism.  There were government investigations into the church. But it was mostly people who knew the Bible that walked away from the church that caused it to go down.  Please read what this wise man said about some real God teachers in Acts:

Act 5:38  And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
Act 5:39  But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

Can we understand the wisdom being taught to us here?  These were the religious men of the day that believed in their heart that they were right, and they knew more than these unlearned men that were preaching Jesus.  But who was right? Was it the Pharisees or these called of God preachers?  Obviously, it was these called of God preachers named Peter and the other apostles that were with him that were teaching the truth.  What did this wise man say to do to them?  Notice that he recommended that everyone ignore them and see if it was the work of man or the work of God.  If it were the work of God, he said that they would be the ones that were guilty of fighting against God.  And if it were the work of only men, it would fail under its own weight and come to nothing. That is an amazing revelation to learn.

NEW REVELATION

What is revelation?  The Greek word G602 means “to reveal” or “to disclose”, or “to uncover”.  This implies something was previously hidden for it to be made available to be revealed.  G602 comes from the Greek word G601 that means “to uncover”.  Again, this implies something that was previously covered to not be seen or recognized because of a shield that hid it.  Proverbs 25:2 claims “It is the Glory of God to conceal a thing, and the honor of kings to search out a matter”.  It appears after studying verses like this that God has purposely hidden things for saved Christian people to search and find.

What we have learned is that God has concealed a lot of information in the Bible in order that He could take the cover off it at the appropriate time. He does this for two main reasons.  The first is for us to search His Word to learn, know, understand, and apply it to our lives.  The second is to keep the information from His enemies.

The Greek words G601 or G602 occur in 44 verses of the New Testament.  I believe God is trying to teach us that there are many secrets that were hidden in the Bible to be found.  God calls these “mysteries”.  God’s mysteries are the source for God’s revelations.  The Greek word G3466 translated as “mystery” means “secrets” as in to shut the mouth and not tell anyone.  This is the concept of keeping a silent.  But God’s design was not to eternally lock these secrets of His message up permanently by not speaking to us, but rather He designed His Word in a coded fashion to allow Him to uncover them in succession, to be known in His timing.   This Greek word occurs in 27 New Testament verses and occurs first in Matthew:

Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 

Jesus speaking to the foundation of His church builders tells them the secrets of the kingdom of heaven were given to them to know, but to others it was not been given.  Wow, this teaches us even more about the subject of how there exists some people that can see selected truths while others are unable to perceive them simultaneously.  What we are learning is the fact that two people can be reading or hearing the exact same words being taught from the Bible and both could be understanding an opposed meaning or interpretation of the exact same words.  How can this be?  Aren’t the word definitions and meanings the same for both?  However, we learn that the entire issue of understanding pivots upon the point of view of the reader or listener.  God teaches us this here:

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 

Here we discover the main factor for argumentative Bible conflicts. God describes factor for understanding truth to be dependent upon the human condition of being saved or being unsaved and potentially the issue of the duration of how long someone has been saved.  Unsaved people are completely natural minded with five senses dominating their thinking.  However, saved people are in varying levels and stages of spiritual growth, development, and maturity.  Therefore, a newborn baby Christian that needs to be fed only milk subjects may not be able to swallow (understand) very much of the deep meat (spiritual) type subjects that are hidden in the Bible.  God called this process a renewal of the Christian mind to be a process of transformation from thinking naturally to thinking spiritually (Rom 12:2, Eph 4:23). 

When a new Bible student begins to read the Bible in complete spiritual ignorance there is a never ending supply of revelation and uncovering available from the hidden spiritual words and meaning that God can make available if they desire to know the truth, learn how to look for them and ask God to reveal them.  The Holy Spirit on the inside of a Christian desires to lead every Christian into a deep and intimate personal understanding of the Word of God (Luke 12:2). 

This is one reason why many carnal thinking Christians can be easily offended at hearing something that the Holy Spirit has taught others on a higher level of spiritual understanding.  The main source of conflict and challenge is that this new Christian has not yet encountered, discovered, or seen the subject in their Bible yet.  Are we all together on this concept of why some people are offended at some teachers and why they may call them a false teacher, but they really are not?

There is this major problem with teaching new revelation from the Bible on the internet and on TV.  There is no filter on an advanced spiritual teaching to keep a natural thinking Christian from being offended by it. Therefore, many will reject and come against it like they did the message of Peter in Acts 5.  Christians do this based upon prejudices and a much too rapid rush to judgment before they can test the message using a deep study in their Bible.  I know I have said this several times in this lesson but this is a main take away for reading and studying this lesson.

There is almost always resistance to change or any new addition to traditional Bible teachings by human nature.  This resistance is like me trying to show my 2-year-old son how to tie his shoes and he says to me “No, I do it”.  Can you see how unlearned Christians can act the same way today?  This is an incredibly significant deception taking place in the church.

Please go back and read the Gospels again.  Notice how many times Jesus was teaching and giving people a message that was essential for them to know who He really was and the listeners’ reaction was to pick up stones to try to kill Him or to throw Him off a cliff to kill Him.  Was Jesus telling the Truth?  Of course, He was!  He was the author of the entire Bible and it was impossible for Him to lie.  Jesus proves that truth is not always seen or accepted, and it can even move people to commit murder.

This was a common pattern that occurred in all of church history.  Paul came out and taught things that offended many Jewish believers.  These early Jewish believers thought these new Gentile believers had to be physically circumcised.  But Paul opposed this by teaching a new revelation saying “He is not a Jew that is one outwardly circumcised in the flesh, but he is a Jew that is one circumcised inwardly in his heart” (Rom 2:28-29). Can you see the two natures in conflict in this example?  Paul was thinking on a higher level of spirituality than the natural Jewish believers that were focused on some outward visible flesh priorities. Paul won this argument because it was the truth. 

Then there were other church history examples.  When Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door, because he had found things in the Bible that were not agreeable with the church’s practices of selling indulgences, he sparked a nerve in deceived church leaders.   The deceived leaders excommunicated him from their church.  But, most of Martin Luther’s sound teachings are still being taught today in protestant denominations.  He experienced the same type of religious opposition as Jesus and Paul.

Well I have had the same issues.  I have had people leave me comments informing me I am of Satan.  They are so kind to tell me that I am teaching heresy.  They even claim to be praying to God to shut down my website because of the deception that I am teaching.  I have learned to ignore them and pray for them.  I know what God says in Numbers about Balaam speaking to King Balak who wanted him to curse natural Israel.  Balaam said “I have received a commandment to bless, and He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it” (Num 23:20). People cannot curse what God has blessed.  Thank you, Jesus.

CONCLUSION

I am not someone who claims to know everything in the Bible. But like most other Christians, I have learned a few things in my life. One truth that I have learned is that there is no one human on the earth that knows and understands the entire Bible perfectly. I do not know anyone on the earth today that understands even a majority of the truth of the Bible.  There have been many people that have written exhaustive commentaries on the Bible with a lot of good information that we can learn from.  However, none of these represent the complete truth or understanding of the Bible.  Many of these commentaries can even contradict each other in certain subjects and verses.  Also, there are usually a vast number of scriptures that have no explanation because the writer did not understand it enough to comment on it.

No one knows 100% of the truth and you should have the same realization.  We must begin every day of our life understanding that only God knows everything!   This attitude gives us a more complete perspective of our humanity limitations for us to become humbler to accept and learn something new from God every day.  With this type of adjustment in attitude we might just discover something new in the Bible that we have never seen before.

I have discovered through guidance by the Holy Spirit and deep study that the Bible is much more complex than many humans think.  Humans are incapable of understanding everything that the Bible says without God’s tremendous assistance.  Some do not believe this, but it is still true.  I recently heard of one gentleman who said, “there is nothing hidden in the Bible”.  He was implying everything could just be read and understood automatically in the surface text.  I wonder if this ease of understanding that he believes in, is why there are thousands of Christian denominations in our world? 

Here is a basic fact of truth that we must agree upon.  God’s intelligence is so far beyond our intelligence that there is no comparison to be made between us and Him.  Therefore, any human that claims that they are the only teacher of all truth is an instrument of the devil sent to confuse and deceive us.  Jesus in speaking to the Pharisees said this:

Mat 23:15  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Wow, these are very blunt and direct words, aren’t they?  I see Pharisees in our world at work today everywhere.  They sit in their arrogant churches, mosques and synagogues and seek converts to become a more diligent police force for the spread of their version of the truth.  These are the self-appointed thought police of their religions.  Instead of being like Jesus they want to ram their religion down our throats and if we do not submit, they will eventually try to kill the unbelievers who resist them.   Their philosophy is either you change to our beliefs or we will silence you.  That is a demonic attitude and does not resemble the true nature and character of God in any way.

Unfortunately, there are deceived people who try to control others. But I do not recall where God ever says for anyone to go into all the world and attack every teacher, prophet or religion that disagrees with your belief.   That is not LOVE! After Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead, He asked Peter three times “Do you Love Me?”  Peter said, “Yes Lord” every time.  Then Jesus said, “Go and FEED my SHEEP!”.   Notice, that in John 21, Jesus never told Peter to confront the false feedings of false shepherds.  No Jesus just implied for Peter to become a type of good shepherd and go “feed” His sheep with good healthy “food” of truth.  Jesus confirmed this before He left this world. 

I believe we have learned that one problem with most people who attack others is based upon the fact that they just do not know much of the truth to teach.  It is very much like modern politics.  If someone on the right makes a point of truth that cannot be countered with a higher or greater truth by the left, then that person on the left just begins to hurl accusations of racism to silence the speaker on the right.  So, these types of people like to tear down others around them using biased charges to distract from their own ignorance.  So, going forward Christians should only concentrate on doing this command of Jesus:

Mar 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

This is another selection of the last words spoken by Jesus to His followers.  Jesus said very clearly to “GO and PREACH”.  In other words, He did not command anyone to go and confront, or go and criticize, or go and persecute, or go and hate, or go and force feed, or go and teach against any perceived evil doers to their face.  Jesus never mentioned that Christians should go and try to silence the false teachers.  Jesus only said for us to go into all the world and spread the good news food of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  That means teach the GOOD TRUTH as we know it and understand it.  This is the opposite of condemning others.  The good message was that of reconciliation and salvation and not attacking those who are different.  By Christians attacking others we become the same as the unsaved world.  How does acting the same as evil people convince them to change to become Christians?  It does not and that is the problem.

By doing the sayings of Jesus, we can all become a better Christian.  Jesus said if we do His Word, we will be like a wise man that built his house on the rock and when the storms of life come upon us, we will withstand them and be unshaken and will not fall (Luke 6:38). Therefore, Christians should primarily focus on bringing the “Good News” to people.  The Truth of the Good News of Salvation is what is needed to help others change their beliefs.  If we are NOT speaking truth in love, then we are no different than a radical mobster hurling a brick.  The only difference is that we would be a deceived person attempting to hurl mean words.

PERSONAL APPLICATION

Let us pray a prayer and ask God to help us not fall into Satan’s trap of condemning other people by calling them a false teacher just because they do not say or teach everything that we believe in 100% agreement.

Heavenly Father forgive me for any words that I have spoken against any of your servants.  You said in Romans 14:4 that we should not judge your servants, because you are able to make them stand or fall.  Lord God help me to be humble enough to admit that I could be wrong in my beliefs and give me the grace to go and study your Word to see if there are things that I need to change in my personal beliefs.  Help my beliefs in your Word to conform and grow into the knowledge of your higher level of Spiritual Truth.  Oh, God do not let me be deceived.  Help me to discern between truths and lies quickly and accurately.  Help me to only accept your Truth and to reject any false teachings of deception.  But, also help me not to be critical of anyone that is not teaching what is 100% truth as you have shown me.  Help me to pray for any Bible teacher that is not 100% accurate in every area and I will pray that the God of my Lord Jesus Christ, the father of glory may give them the Spirit of wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of Jesus Christ to know your truth (Eph 1:17).

Dearest God help the body of Christ to unite in one accord in these last days as your Son prayed in John 17:20-21.  Allow the Spirit of truth, love, peace, and harmony to become the dominate common bond of unity between every believer.  Help us all to be faithful laborers within your harvest field to spread the Good News to anyone that you place across our path. Grant unto us the boldness to speak and declare the Gospel at every opportunity.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen!

If you would like to continue in the Deception series please go to “Part 6“.

Modern Examples of Deception to Avoid Part 6 – Why I’m Not A Christian Anymore! A Christian’s Response to a Deceived Man!

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(Ver 1.1)  This is now “Part 6” in a significantly important Bible study series focused on the subject of modern examples of deception found in the body of Christ for Christians to avoid.  If you would like to read the series from the beginning you can go to “Part 1” first.  But please understand this lesson will stand alone to be useful and applicable for increasing our spiritual maturity.   I have never seen such an increase in the levels of deception in my lifetime.  Politics has become significantly corrupt being empowered by Satan’s deception.  The news media has been corrupt being used as instruments of propaganda for deception.  But we need to know how Satan operates to deceive us and that is the intended design of this Bible study series.   I was reading internet blogs the other day and I ran across one that particularly stood out to me.  This man had become disillusioned with God, the Bible, Christianity and Christians and he published a list of his top 20 reasons why he walked away from being a Christian.  As you read you should discover that this man was raised in country that permits Christianity to exist.  You should also notice that his parents raised him to be a Christian by taking him to church.  But, somewhere in his life he became offended at Christians that do not live up to his standards.  He became deceived and this is why we are going to read his reasons for departing from the faith.  So this is a Christian’s response to a deceived man for us to learn from so that we hopefully do not fall into the same trap presented by Satan.

This may be a very controversial subject but we must understand that there are warnings found in the Bible that inform us not to be deceived to turn away from following after Jesus.  Here is what I have learned.  I see works of deception implemented by Satan to deceive people from remaining faithful to continue in the Word of God to search for, find and believe the truth.  If a person finds or is raised in the Word of God initially but does not follow through till the end, they are like the stony soil or the thorny ground that never produced fruit for their salvation.  I believe this is what today’ Bible study is all about.  We are going to examine 20 statements that this man said were his personal reasons why he turned away from being a believing Christian (Heb 3:12).  He was raised by parents who started him on the pathway to being saved but he became spiritually deceived and this caused him to turn around to go in the wrong direction.  This is a great example for any new Christians to learn from in order to not repeat the same mistake.

INTRODUCTION

The Bible says a fool says there is no God (Ps 14:1).  In the world today a person that does not believe in God is called an atheist.  But, God gives this type of person a different title description.  I am really not sure if this man who walked away from God still believes there is a God or not.  If he does and chooses to not seek Him that sounds just as foolish as not believing that there is a God.  In Romans, God says this to people that are not seeking Him:

Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Rom 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
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

God clearly says that He can literally be seen and known by observing the things that He has created.  Therefore, every human will be without excuse on judgment day.  That is a very strong warning to us all.  If someone began their life in Christ Jesus but then they turned away to not produce any fruit the eternal consequence are amazingly sad.  But the consequences are very similar to someone that has never heard the Gospel.  We learn from this that no human will be able to stand before our Supreme Judge God and give an excuse for why we were deceived or did not believe.

This man we are about to review is just an example of someone who still has a tremendous amount to learn about God and His Truth.  Hopefully he has not closed his mind to God completely.  Hopefully he will come to his senses like the Prodigal son, to come back home to hear God’s truth, and to listen to His messengers.  Let us all pray that he will run back to the Father’s house and receive God’s blessings.

WHY HE WALKED AWAY & ONE CHRISTIAN RESPONSE

So here is the list of 20 excuses of this deceived man and my response to each one individually.  Please read what I wrote and think how you might answer each one.  If you have any better responses, please share them in a comment.  Thank you in advance.  I will also mention for full disclosure this is a condensed list of his objections to being a Christian.  I could not put the entire narrative in this lesson or it would have been too long.

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1.  God is wrathful, jealous, hateful, and kills nations of people like it is a bodily function. He is certainly not just or “holy” in nature.

Please tell me which god you are talking about?  You are not seeing accurately about the real God of the Bible.  These are a confused set of assumptive judgments about a God that must have never been known or experienced. These accusations appear to be based upon great ignorance and a lack of understanding of the Bible and definitely contain deception. 

We will start with what is true.  Yes God is Jealous (Exo 34:14).  He is not pleased with people who say they serve Him but, only half heartedly.  Too many Christians go to church while simultaneously becoming focused upon other gods (Deu 11:16).  What about this is bothersome?  If you were married and your wife fooled around with other men would you not be jealous?  Jealousy is not a sin.  Let us move to hate.

There is no hatred found in God except for His hatred for evil (Prov 6:16).  God is a Holy God and He commands us to be Holy also (1 Pet 1:16).  God’s Holiness demands justice for sin.  If there are any acts of judgments upon humans it is because God’s patience has ended and His judgements are executed for cleaning up the effects of evil on the earth.  We can find this in Genesis 6:5-7, for example.  Let us move to God’s commands to kill nations next.

There are examples in the Old Testament of God commanding the people of Israel to kill every man, woman and child in the promise land.  That sounds really hateful, but this was just another act of justice and an attempt to keep the children of Israel from being deceived to follow after these nations false gods which would result in judgment against Israel (Exo 23:31-33).   These godless idol worshipping nations were under Satan’s kingdom of darkness influence.  They could not be convinced to change to know the true God so they were judged.

There existed in Bible days many godless nations in the world.  Many of these had to be judged for their sins of great evil.  Many of these had to be eliminated completely so that they would not corrupt God’s covenant people.  This is the way of a Holy God in the Old Testament.  This changed in the New Covenant because of God’s grace. 

Why would humans ignore the existence of evil and human sin to deny the requirement for divine justice and consequences for these wrong human choices?  For humans to judge God as being unjust is clearly a denial of a truthful need for justice.  If a nation allows murder to occur without consequences the increase of murderous acts would explode.  Every time a human would bet angry at someone, it would result in the loss of someone’s life.  That would be unjust and unfair, not punishing the person for committing the crime.

Worse still is someone calling God a murderer for judging righteously.  Evil sins have consequences (Gal 6:7).   Here are a few key verses to learn and understand:

1 Jn 4: 8 “God is Love and he that does not love does not know Him
Jn 3:16 “God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have eternal life“.
Job 4:17 “Shall a mortal man be more just than God?  Shall a man be more pure than his creator?”
Zep 3:5 “The LORD is righteous within her; He will do no injustice.  Every morning He brings His justice to light; He does not fail.  But the unjust knows no shame”.

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2.  The act of throwing people into infinite torture and punishment for not believing in a Jewish guy from 2,000 years ago was God’s son, or unknowingly worshiping the wrong god, is extremely cruel and sadistic.

Why do you think that people like me spend so much time trying to get people like you to believe in this Jesus?  I mean there must be a good reason for this extraordinary effort?  I believe this effort of preaching the Gospel of Truth is extremely important and worth every second.  There are countless Christians on TV, the internet, in books and in person who try to get unsaved people to see and receive the truth!  People must think that we are all stupid for wasting our valuable time warning people about hell.  However, Jesus commanded us to go into all the world and preach the good news to every person on the earth (Mk 16:15).  Why would He do this?  It is because He wanted to warn them about hell and tell them that God is not mad at anyone (Col 1:20).   God has forgiven the sin of every human by the personal shedding of His blood once (Heb 9:26).  But while this gift of not going to hell is offered to everyone it must be received by every human on God’s terms (Rom 10:9-10).    God made it so simple to get saved and avoid hell.  All that we have to do is believe in Jesus was the virgin born Son of God who died for our sins on a cross and after 3 days He was raised from the dead and then we must confess Him to be our LORD and we are saved.  Why is this wrong?  If I told you that I was going to give everyone that came to me a million dollars but you had to do somethings to receive it, does that make me unjust or unfair? 

The real question that needs to be asked is not why a loving God would allow anyone to go to hell, but rather why would any human reject the free offer of salvation from a loving God to not die and be eternally separated from Him?  Let’s review some verses that confirm it is a human choice where they spend eternity:

Mar 16:15-16  And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.  He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned”.

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life

Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved

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3.  The statements, “God works in mysterious ways,” or “It will all make sense in heaven,” are little more than irrational cop outs. This God allows horrible atrocities to be committed against innocent men, women and children every day.

This is probably one of the few reasons that I agree with you on.  Christians can be as ignorant as non-Christians sometimes.  Because Christians do not know how to answer a question using the Bible truth correctly they make up a religious answer like “God Works in Mysterious Ways”.  That is totally a cop out and I would say that it is the wrong thing for them to say.  It would be far wiser for a Christian to say “I don’t know” than to give anyone an opinionated biased untruthful answer like one of these. 

But, that does not answer the real question to why God allows evil to be done to presumably “innocent” people. Ok, let us start with asking some basic questions, 1) what does it mean to be innocent, 2) who is innocent and 3) is there anyone that can be considered completely innocent? To be “innocent” is like someone pleading “Not Guilty” while being charged with murder.  But this does not necessarily mean they are innocent and not responsible in some way for the death.  They could plead “Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity”.  This would change our viewpoint dramatically.  Now we understand the person is taking responsibility but claiming they did not understand what they were doing when they did it.  That is not being “innocent”.  

I personally do not know of anyone born on earth that is truly “innocent”.  Romans 9:10 quotes a O.T. verse and says “There is none righteous, no not one”.  Then in Romans 5:12 God makes it even more plain by saying “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon ALL men for that all have sinned”.  Wow, that simply means there are no sinless people in the world and death can occur to anyone because of sin that our father Adam committed.  You see in Hebrew 7:9 God reveals to us that whatever our fathers before us did, is what we are guilty of doing because we were in their body.  Wow, that leaves none of us innocent or sinless.   But, that still does not answer why God allows bad things to happen to sinners.

I have to answer this question this way.  In Genesis  1:26 when God created humans He says “Let them have dominion over all the earth”.  This was God giving humans responsibility to rule over, manage and control His creation.  Based upon this information God must allow whatever humans allow to happen since He has delegated this task and responsibility.  Therefore, if humans allow a Hitler to kill millions of Jews on the earth, God must allow it.  God is not committing the atrocities nor does He permit them to occur unless we allow them. 

We must begin to realize the consequences for Adam’s sin and rebellion against God’s command.  In fact, the Bible informs us that the creator God is not the “god” of this current evil world system (2 Cor 4:4), God says that Satan is.  We can further confirm this truth by understanding the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4:8-9 when Satan takes Jesus up to the top of a high mountain and shows Him all the kingdoms of our world.  He then tells Jesus if you will worship me, all of these I will give to you.  Since Jesus did not dispute this claim to be a lie, we understand the rulership of kingdoms given to Adam in our current world were taken from him and transferred to Satan’s control.  What we are learning is God is not in sovereign control of what humans do.  God will let you go out and commit 150 murders tomorrow, if that is what you want to do. 

So who is doing all of the evil, humans or God?  If humans are doing the killing then humans are doing the evil and not God.  If humans become wise enough to make the right choice to accept and believe in Jesus Christ this transfers a human from Satan’s kingdom of darkness and evil to God’s Kingdom of Light.  Then God comes to live on the inside of a Christian to help them to not do evil, Praise the Lord!   Christians still must continue to be in the Word of God consistently to renew their minds in order to change old human habits of doing wrong.  God is helping me and He will help anyone else who desires to change to do the same.

But, if other people love evil more than a desire for knowing God and doing good they have that right of choice.  A few terrorists went and killed over 2000 people on 9/11, it was their wrong choices that committed the evil and NOT GOD!  God is sovereign!  Yes!  But, God is NOT a Grand Puppet Master pulling everyone’s strings controlling them by force to do what He wants them to do. Humans were created with a “freewill” and given the right to make up their own minds to do right or wrong.  When we blame God, we are shifting the human responsibility given to Adam for stopping the evil off of our choices and that is what Satan wants us to believe.

God wrote us the Law in the O.T.  In this are found 10 key commandments.  These are laws like “thou shalt not lie”, “thou shalt not commit murder”, “thou shalt not commit adultery”, etc.  Yet God cannot force anyone to follow them and obey.   It works exactly like this in our world.  There are laws for people to not steal, commit murder, etc. and yet people ignore these everyday also.  So who is to blame?  It is NOT GOD!

Will forcing people to do no evil in the world fix those who are evil in their heart or mind who want to commit these atrocities?  What would you suggest that God do with all of these evil people to stop them?  Are you saying that God should kill them?  I think that was your reason #1 complaint that you thought that God kills people for no good reason.  But, I have proved that God has plenty of valid reasons to execute justice.

No the only solution for eliminating evil is to change the human heart and mind of every evil human and get them saved to know the LOVE of GOD!  That is exactly what I am trying to do.  Therefore, I’m not blaming God for evil people, I’m just telling them how they can change to live a life that is so much better than committing any evil following after Satan’s plan.

1Jn 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us

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4.  Bloody animal and human sacrifices are illogical demands by a divine god as payment for petty wrong human doings. These actions are no different than the rituals of archaic pagan religions. Not to mention the bizarre ritual of symbolically drinking human blood and eating human flesh.

You speak of “petty wrong human doings” in this reason and God allowing horrible “atrocities” in your previous reason.  You obviously accuse God of allowing these horrible atrocities and men of doing only petty minor offenses.  That is another example of shifting blame where the blame is not truthful.  We have already seen that God says there are no righteous people without Jesus and that we have all sinned.  Now combine this with James 2:10 that says “whoever keeps the whole law but offends in one point, is guilty of breaking every law”.   Wow, that is not exactly  good.  That means if you don’t commit murder but yet tell one lie you are technically guilty of murder in the first degree.  Therefore, there are NO PETTY SINS!

Let us examine your issue with blood, animals and sacrifice.  God never performed, commanded or allowed human sacrifices.  If anyone was killed it was for a just legal judgment based upon their own evil behavior.  The need for the bloody sacrifice of animals in the Old Testament was to teach people the consequences for committing sins. God lays out the requirement for blood to cleanse human sin in Hebrews 9:22.  In this verse God says “Almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without the shedding of blood is no remission of sin”.  In the O.T. the high priest would take a pure and spotless animal like a lamb and kill it.  The innocent blood would make a temporary atonement for human sin. But, this was required every year since people kept sinning continuously.  God was trying to teach humans that another final greater payment for sin was required.

This teaches us why Jesus had to die on a cross.  His personal choice to come to the earth to be our sacrifice by shedding His innocent blood once and for all, was what was needed.  This was God’s greatest payment for human reconciliation and redemption and it alone satisfied His pure and Holy justice requirement to save us from hell.  Only the blood of God Himself could pay the price that was necessary.  Now, no other blood ever needs to be shed either animal, human or divine.  Blood sacrifices have ended and this is now a mute point and a wrong reason not be a Christian.  Thank you Jesus! 

As far as your references to the saying of Jesus to “eat my flesh and drink my blood”, you are missing the point that was being made.  Jesus was speaking figurative and not literally.  People do this all the time.  We say “it is raining cats and dogs”.  That does not mean it is literally happening.  This is why people are so easily deceived or offended at the Words of the Bible.  They take many words out of context, misapply them, misunderstand them or just misinterpret them and this leads to deception.  I will not attempt to explain fully what Jesus was talking about in this reply.  But, in order to understand it, we must understand that His flesh was the Word of God.  We know this by reading John 1:1-14.  Jesus was trying to tell people in order to have eternal spirit life they had to have the Word of God in their spirit.  

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5.  If God loves us and wants us to know and believe in him, why be so completely invisible? What is the purpose of being so illusive to those who believe and worship him?

This is actually a great question.  But, I do not believe that you understand the God that I know.  I believe God talks to me and converses in personal conversations with me to lead me, guide me and help me become more like Him.  I believe He teaches me new things every day and I talk to Him and say thank you a lot.  This is called a relationship.  Real Christianity is NOT  RELIGION.  If someone does not experience this God that I am describing, then God appears silent.  God is an extreme Gentleman.  He does not force Himself upon anyone.  He chooses to not speak normally unless you focus on Him first in silence.  Notice how I described my relationship.  I believed in Him.  I believed He was leading and guiding my footsteps and helping me daily.  I also believe that I hear and know His voice and that He speaks to me personally because He loves and cares for me individually.  How does that compare to your beliefs?

Psa 102:2  Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. 

The Bible does claim that God hides from humans at time.  I believe He does this to help us.  I also believe that God chooses to be invisible to those who do not believe in Him.  Then I have learned that God normally speaks to those who want to hear from Him and are listening.  Hebrews 11:6 says “But without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to God must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him”.  God just laid out conditions for His fellowship and relationship with a human.  We must have faith to believe that He exists even if we never see Him or hear Him.  If we could see Him easily there is no requirement for faith to believe in Him.  This removes faith completely and replaces it with personal experience and knowledge.  We can experience God but we must normally come to Him first by faith alone.  We are required to believe that if we diligently seek  Him that He will see our faith and reward us with a personal relationship producing experience.  Uh Oh.  It sounds like our human ignorance of God’s requirements could be limiting us from learning the truth.  Could these choices that we are making be the reason why we are not hearing from God?

Then there is another potential problem, in that you may not know how God speaks so you do not recognize when He speaks.  You might be expecting God to speak to you like your parents did.  Maybe in a loud audible voice calling you by your full name?   However, God does not speak normally in audible voices that everyone can hear with their physical ears.  Nor does God normally appear visibly and prove His existence to anyone.  However, this does not mean that God did not leave us enough evidence of His existence, if we wanted to find them.  This also doesn’t mean that God does not speak in our heart with a still small voice that may appear as an inner thought.  There could come a thought into our mind that we say “Where did that come from?”  We weren’t thinking anything and suddenly we think about something unexpectedly.  That is either God or Satan.  If we don’t know the Bible we may not be able to know who it was that was speaking to us.

If God proved to everyone that He was real and existed, we would have no further choices by faith to make in life in regards to God.  Also, salvation would no longer be voluntary, it would become compulsory.  God will never overrule our right to be wrong or rebel.  Either we learn to speak and hear God on His terms or we should learn to expect God will appear silent.  Here are just a couple of Bible verses to think about on this subject:

Jer 23:23  “Am I a God who is near”, declares the LORD, “And not a God far off?

Psa 14:2  The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God.

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6.  God never manifests himself or performs miracles as he regularly did for the Israelites in Old Testament stories.

This is another narrow minded perspective based upon a lack of understanding and a vast assumption based upon human ignorance.  Who says God does no miracles today?  This type of attitude can only logically exist in a person that believes they are equivalent to God, who is everywhere and knows everything that is happening at the same moment.  The Bible claims God is omniscient (Heb 4:13).  The Bible says God is everywhere at once in the world (Prov 15:3)?  Do you have cameras in every corner of the world?  Do you know every human being?  Have you interviewed every human being to see if God has done anything miraculous, great and spectacular for them?  If not this is a very deceived and ignorant reason to abandon a God who is.  Since no human can prove or disprove that God has done nothing miraculous today, it is not even close to being a relevant reason not to be a Christian.

But, I will tell you that God has done many, many miraculous things for me.  The first and most important is that He saved me from my pathway that I was walking that would result with me going to hell.  That is the greatest miracle that I know of.  Since being saved He continues to do miraculous things in my life.  He filled me with His Holy Spirit and that is more than an amazing miracle of everything that He did in the Old Testament.  He has led me by His Spirit to change me from being a former very sinful evil man.  He is transforming me into a person that closer matches the example that He set in Jesus every day.  That is another great miracle.  These are just a few of the great miracles He has done for me personally.   I could go on, but hopefully you get the idea.  Perhaps you are searching for the spectacular and missing the most amazing supernatural things that God does today.  Please find out what He will do for you by seeking Him with your whole heart.  He will answer and you will find Him.

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7.  Prayers are never answered. Certainly not in the way Jesus described. Prayer has absolutely no affect on the world around us.

Here we go again.  This is another example of extreme ignorance.  God deals with a similar man in the book of Job. In Job 38:2 God asks Job “Who is this that darkens counsel with words without knowledge”.  God goes on to ask Job “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth, tell me if you have understanding”.  Wow, this is how almost every human is.  We all think we know so much when in truth we know almost nothing about anything.  

I assume you are again reasoning based upon your own personal experiences.  Could it be possible that you are just praying the wrong way.  Could it be possible that you did not understand how Jesus taught us to pray.  Jesus teaches us prayer several times and we should learn them all.  Also, God says very clearly in the Bible that there are a lot of reasons why prayers are not answered.   These can include human sin and iniquity as two of the main reasons why God will not answer a prayer:

Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.

I can hear your next question.  What sin do I do?  Unfortunately sin is so much more than we know.  Sin does not have to always be just the commission of an evil act like murder.  For example in Romans 14:23, God teaches us that whatever we do that is not of faith is a sin.  Right now, when people do not walk in faith believing God is worthy of our respect, honor, trust and love, we are in sin. Not acting in faith alone makes almost everyone a sinner at sometime or the other.   But that is not the only type of sin we can be guilty of.  There are sins of omission also.  That occurs when we are able to do something that is right, honest and good but we make the choice to go out of our way not to do it.

What other things stop prayers from being answered?  James 4:3 teaches us that people do not receive answered prayers because they are asking for things to satisfy their lustful desires.  We can pray for a new mansion to live in or a new luxury car while not being thankful and a good steward of taking care of the one that we have.  I heard of a lady once that prayed and asked God to give her someone else’s husband.  Hopefully we can understand this was not a Biblical prayer that could be answered.  Oh, well that is enough of this subject. 

There are many other reasons why God does not answer human prayers but I will leave you with this one.  God says in Mark 11:24 “whatsoever things you desire when you pray, believe you received them, and you will have them”.  This is one of the most important prayer verses that I know of.  God informs us that we must believe and have faith that we have the answer to our prayer request immediately after our prayer has ended.  This can be potentially a long time before we see the answer.  This means we can stop the answer from arriving by our doubts and unbelief or simply if we choose to stop believing before the answer comes.  This is how Jesus taught us to pray.  Did you know this before now?  Were you doing it this way?  We can confirm this prayer, faith and believing principle in relationship with answered prayer delays by reading Daniel 9.  Daniel prayed and the answer was sent immediately but did not arrive for 21 days later.  So while waiting Daniel continued his praying and fasting until the answer came.  The angel that brought Daniel the answer informed him that he was being held up by a spiritual being that resisted the answer from arriving.  That is another amazing reason why prayers can not be answered.  Christians must realize we are in an unseen spiritual battle with demonic powers.  Ok, let us move on.

So when you say prayers are not answered you are not speaking for me.  I know God hears and answers my prayers.  There have been too many examples.  God’s goodness never ceases to amaze me.  Thank you Jesus!  Here is a verse that we should memorize:

Mar 11:24  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 

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8.  Jesus did not fulfill major Old Testament prophesies or even fulfill his own promises and predictions.

Wow, you obviously have not read and studied the Bible.  Jesus fulfilled over 100 very specific named prophecies found in the O.T. by coming to the earth in the flesh. The mathematical odds of probability for this happening to one person is way beyond the odds of accidental or random chance.   Just fulfilling 8 of these prophecies would be like some one taking one silver dollar and placing an “X” on it and then mixing it with enough silver dollars to cover  the entire state of Texas in many layers 2 feet deep.  Then this someone that hid the silver dollar asking you to go and pick just one of them randomly blindfolded to see if it is has the “X”.  What are the odds that you could find that one?  Well Jesus fulfilling all of these 8 prophecies was like Him finding the one silver dollar by walking directly to it and picking it up while being blindfolded. 

There are so many books and references on this subject, if you are interested in learning the truth.  People need to try to do some real research and study before making any such false claims.  This is another example of God saying “Who is this that darkens counsel with words without knowledge”.  Please go into your Bible and read it.  Find the prophecies.  They occur beginning in Genesis and continue to the last book of the O.T. called Malachi.  Prove to me and the many  other Christians that we are not right, if you can!  Give us the Bible verses that Jesus did not fulfill.  I know that you cannot do it!

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9.  The authors of much of the Bible are unknown. And of these unknown authors, the men who wrote the gospels likely never even met Jesus considering they were written 40-70 years after his death. A far cry from reliable testimony.

This is just another example of tremendous human ignorance and speaking words without any knowledge in the subject of Bible study.  The Bible is so well documented and verified that it is foolish to even compare it with any other book from history.  There are more ancient copies of this book to verify its accuracy than any other book, by far.  This is exactly one reason why the Bible is the most popular best selling book in human history.  The news papers have ignored this book as the best seller to diminish its significance.   But, not reporting the truth does not eliminate the truth.

I will also tell you that every author of practically every book of the Bible is well known.   The only book that I know of that has no direct mention of the author is the Book of Hebrews.  But even this book has distinguishing qualities that point us to Paul as being the writer.  Every other N.T. book is well identified to be written by the eye witnesses to the literal events and accounts.  There are only two books that have been researched and written about from the accounts of eye witnesses and these were the books of Luke and Acts both written by Luke.  Matthew, Mark, John, Peter, James, John and Jude were all personal eye witnesses that knew Jesus personally.  Please do some serious study before spreading untruthful gossip that you have heard.

God knows who wrote every book of the Bible.  The Old Testament Hebrew words are frequently quoted in the New Testament writings.  Many times the O.T. author’s name was confirmed with the quotation.  For example, Jesus quoted the O.T. to inform us that Moses wrote the books of Genesis through Deuteronomy in Mark 10:4-9.  According to Jesus who was God, He was asked about the law of divorce written by Moses and Jesus responded by quoting another law written by Moses in Genesis 2.  Wow, that proves the author beyond any reasonable doubt.  What we just learned from reading Mark 10 is that Jesus claims the ultimate author of every Book of the Bible was God!  You obviously are looking for any false excuse to try to justify your decision.  Here is another Bible verse to learn and memorize.  This verse contains the word “inspiration” that means “God breathed”:

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

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10.  The Bible is repeatedly contradictory with itself, reality, and the laws of morality. Couldn’t God inspire a less poorly written book?

The response of natural young children to any advanced subject is normally the same as people who do not understand the Bible.  If we gave a 6 year child a textbook on Advanced Calculus or Quantum Physics and asked them to share their opinion on what it meant, they would probably say it was a stupid, and a silly written book.  They would ask where is all the pretty pictures?  Where is the real story of the bunny rabbit and the bear?  Because someone does not understand what is written, they can easily believe it has a lot of errors and contradictions. 

God who is the most intelligent individual we will ever attempt to understand is so far above our level of intelligence that anyone can be deceived to think that we should just be able to read the Bible for the first time and understand it all.  But, things in this world don’t perform like this for our children, so why expect God’s word to be automatically understood by any of His spiritual babies?  Also notice what 1 Cor 1:27 says about how God chooses specifically foolish things of our world to confound those people who think they are wise.  

I was a computer software engineer in the information technology industry for most of my business career.  I worked on very large scale complex computer systems  These designed software projects were so large that understanding the entire system was a major undertaking.  For example they all contained a large data design layer, large sets of business logic, contained with layers of rules and complex divisions of user information and while also containing input, more processing rules and presentation layers.  All of these layers had complex sub-components with individually designed objects and modules that had to fit together and work cooperatively based upon guidelines to produce the understood desired and anticipated end result.  Why is this important?

From my years of computer experience, I have discovered that the Bible is by far a much more complex set of designed components than any human software design.  In the Bible, every single letter, word, sentence, verse, paragraph, section, chapter and book was specifically placed to work together in an integrally designed method of cooperation and collaboration, and design that is not easily replicated without very advanced computer assistance.  Since none of these modern computing devices existed at the time the books were written it is impossible for them to have been written without a very major God participation and control. 

This has taught me that the Bible was designed and produced by a far greater superior intellect than any human could possibly imagine.  The Bible was so well designed that it contains a self correcting set of rules to counter an enemies attempt at destroying or corrupting it.  The Bible also contains multiple recorded predictions of things that would happen in the future.  These were recorded many hundreds of years before they happened.  This proves the book’s origin came from outside of the dimension of time.

If you search the Bible you will find that there are codes and encryptions not easily possible using modern human computers.  These hidden codes were designed and placed intelligently under layers of plain Hebrew words that all had real meaning that can be understood. Many times these hidden codes confirm what was written in the plain text that they were hidden in.  Wow!   I hope you understood this complex claim.

Then there are parables where God uses created items to describe hidden spiritual realities in great detail.  This teaches us that whoever designed and created these natural items like “seeds”, “trees” & “fruit” to name only 3 also wrote the Bible.  There are also real historical recorded events that are implemented using allegory that teach the same types of hidden spiritual information using literal verifiable human events.  Also in the Bible, there is typology, there are patterns, there are symbols, and there are other hidden messages, and concealed information that can be revealed by the author at His will.  This is called “encryption”, “concealment” that can be read later by design of the author using “revelation” or the “uncovering” of the hidden divine truth. 

This book of 66 book divisions, written by 40 individual writers over the course of around 1600 years is so well planned, designed, organized and implemented, that it anticipates every question that anyone can raise and it resolves them all with an answer somewhere in the book.  It contains solutions for every human challenge conceivable.  God placed such unlimited information in this book that studying it everyday for 12 hours a day for 100 years, we would not come close to understanding everything that He wanted to teach us from it.

Please approach the Bible with a different attitude along with embracing some humility and you should be able to begin to understand that God’s intelligence is infinitely beyond your capacity to grasp everything that He says right now.  God will come down to our two year old child level of understanding Him, if we are sincere and we want to learn.  However, God also expects us to grow up and mature spiritually during the process. 

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned

God says that a natural human is like a two year old child that will never understand the complex spiritual things of the Spirit of God.  Because people do not understand the Bible, only proves how natural minded they are.  God wrote a complex book of intelligent complex spiritual information, wisdom and knowledge that is impossible for non-spiritual or spiritual babies to understand.  But, God wrote the book in this manner to allow people to have their own free thinking choices and make their own individual decisions.  

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11.  The Bible is open to interpretation. Everyone interprets it in the way that suits them best or serves their purposes.

You know here is another area that I have to agree with you on.  Many unsaved people and Christians’ attempt to understanding the Bible is just wrong.  Too many are looking for confirming words and teachers to approve their life style choices and their sins as to being acceptable to God.  People often read the Bible with a wrong lensed point of view or motive.  We could call it reading the Bible with a pair of rose colored glasses that causes our viewpoint to be shifted or out of focus with God’s way of seeing the intentions and the meanings.

However, much of what people call science is also open to interpretation.  Do you discredit and reject all of science, because every scientist does not agree about any or every subject?  You can find just as many opinions and theories of how the universe began, and quantum mechanics operates, etc. as you do with any church doctrinal differences.  If you gathered 100 people in a room and discussed any subject, how many could you get to agree about anything?  So your argument is baseless and without facts and is just erroneous. 

We do not throw out the Bible or Christianity just because we cannot get everyone to agree.  We are the only one that needs to agree with what God shows us in the Bibles.  I am responsible to God to learn what He wants me to know.  You are responsible to know and understand what God wants you to know. If you don’t agree with that which I believe He has shown me in the Word of God that is really not going to change my belief. 

Please pick up your Bible and ask God to reveal to you what He wants you to know and then start reading slowly and carefully.  If a word stands out or raises a question look it up and study it.  Find out what it means and how it is used in other verses in the Bible.  Find out and learn God’s definition for the word.  There is so much to learn.  For example this verse answers your concern:

2Pe 1:20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation

Even God agrees with you.  God says we should not place our own human interpretation upon any of His Words.  God makes the claim that He explains every word somewhere in the Bible.  Every word, every phrase is explained somewhere but we are given the responsibility to search and find what He means.  My basic rule of interpreting the Bible, is based upon one main rule that we just read in 2 Peter 1:20 “THE BIBLE INTERPRETS ITSELF”.  Let’s use the Bible to understand the Bible, OK?

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12.  Throughout history, Christians have justified horrific actions by the Bible and its teaching.

Another poor excuse without any real knowledge to confirm the concern.  Maybe you are talking about the crusades or something else, I do not know.  The errors and mistakes of humans who called themselves Christians, do not discount or invalidate God or the Bible.  If you are looking for Christians to be perfect you will be sadly disappointed.  If you are looking for Muslims to be perfect, you will be sadly disappointed also.  If you are looking for Buddhist to be perfect you will be sadly disappointed.   There are no perfect people in the world, we all make mistakes. Please remember that Jesus is the only human to live on earth that is recorded to have never sinned (Heb 4:15).  

Just because someone says they are a Christian, that does not make them a real Christian.  Jesus tells a story of people who will say “Lord, Lord didn’t we do many things in your name”  and Jesus says “Sorry depart from me, I don’t know you” (Mat 7:23).  These people thought they knew Jesus and thought they were saved Christians, they thought they were doing the right things, but they were not.  So while you compare yourself with others you make yourself to look superior.  Just please read the Bible and compare yourself with the perfection of Jesus and His example to live our life and this should cause you to want to change to be like Him and not me or any other human. 

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13.  The Bible promotes hate and persecution against women, homosexuals and those who worship other gods or no god at all.

You are obviously not going to the right churches!  True Christianity is a church that Loves others and does not promote hate!  Just because someone stands up with a sign that says “God Hates Homosexuals” is just their worthless opinion.  There is really no difference between their worthless opinion, your worthless opinion or mine.   If God hated Gays He would not have died for them to help them get saved (Jn 3:16).  The wrong words and actions of people who say they are Christians, could lead you to go to another church if that is God’s will. 
Pray for these people that are not being led by the Spirit of God.  But do not give up on God and the Bible.  There are many good churches who do not promote evil, hatred and bigotry.  But, I am also saying that these good churches should not tolerate sin either.  Sin is still sin.  God loves the sinner, but He hates the sin that they do (Prov 6:16).   There is a major difference between hating sin and hating people.  We can all change and repent of our sin.  God can change our heart so that we do not want to sin anymore.  Just don’t get offended at someone to walk away from the only hope you have of not going to hell.

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14.  According to the Bible, nearly 70% percent of the people in the world will burn in hell because they don’t believe Jesus was the son of God.

I do not know where you get your figures, I guess you pulled it out of the air and made it up.  However, if you know that is what the Bible says and still want to go to hell you are deceived.  However, you are also probably very close to knowing the truth.  Matthew 7 13 is where you are referring to.  This verse is Jesus recommending that we go through the straight and narrow gate rather than taking the easy way of the wide gate that will permit many to be deceived to enter into it.  Please notice in the Bible who it is that is working to deceive people to take this wide way by embracing Atheism, Islam, Buddhism, Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, and the thousands of other choices that lead to human destruction.  Satan is called the master deceiver in Revelation 12:9 who we are told will deceive the entire world.  Without Jesus on the inside of us to help us not be deceived and reading our Bible to learn the truth, we are certainly on the wide path to hell. 

However, if we reject His loving offer for salvation and still go to hell by being deceived by Satan that was still our choice.  People make a lot of stupid choices.  That is not God’s fault.  That is a human’s choice.  Please don’t follow the majority to hell.  Follow Jesus and run to Him.  He will not let you go to hell.

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15.  The only reason I was a Christian was because I was indoctrinated into the religion as a child as a result of the culture and region of the world in which I was born.

So what would your chance of salvation be, if you were indoctrinated as a Hindu, Buddhist or Muslim?  Would it be better or worse?  Do you think that the truth is found somewhere else?  Where is your internal and eternal peace found?  Rather than being deceived into believing that the truth is somewhere else, why not be thankful that your parents were pointing you in the right direction for you to have the opportunity to see the truth?  Say thank you Jesus for allowing you to be born where you were.  Say thank you Jesus for giving you the opportunity to be born in a Christian family who took you to church.  Be thankful and not deceived.

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16.  Christianity has no more rational or factual foundation than any other religion on earth that I openly reject.

Your ignorance of God and the truth of the Bible is overwhelming me. The evidence and facts found in the Bible are amazingly different than any other religion.  Plus I already told you that true Christianity is not a religion, but rather a personal relationship with the real creator God.  A religion is just man’s attempt to please a God that they do not know.  We all must choose this day who we will serve (Jos 24:14).

Not choosing to follow Jesus to make Him our LORD and Savior is a default choice to choose Satan as lord.  There are only two spiritual choices one of the LIGHT and DAY with Jesus ruling and the other as DARKNESS and NIGHT with Satan as ruler.  It is a binary choice and no choice is a choice.  I pray that you will make the right selection.

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17.  The Christian church is disjointed and can’t even agree with one another.

So are the Muslims all in agreement?  Are the Hindus all in agreement? Are the Atheist all in agreement?  Isn’t Islam divided into the Sunni and the Shia?  Don’t they fight and kill each other regularly?  Your argument for the rejection of Christianity is sad.  As I said before, if you get 100 people together, you will probably see that 50% of them will believe one way and the other half another way.  It is extremely challenging to get everyone to agree on anything.  Have you ever tried to listen to eye witness testimonies at a trial?  The questioning prosecutor, usually can’t get two eye witnesses to agree on everything that they think they saw perfectly.  This is just human nature and part of the inequality of human knowledge, education, life experiences, points of views, prejudices, etc. that make everyone unique individuals.  We all have different gifts and abilities.  Some see things logically, some do not.  Some see things emotionally and others do not.  Does that make all of them wrong?  Just because my perspective and viewpoint of a verse is different than another teacher does not mean either of us is 100% right or 100% wrong.   I love the quotation of Will Rogers who says “We are all ignorant, just about different things!”  Therefore,  each of us in our varying states of ignorance on any subject, should become more tolerable for each other.  because “Only Gods is All Knowing”!  

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18.  Christians are not at all ethically or morally different from non-Christians.

You obviously do not know any real Christians or you are not going to the right church.   You should try hanging around the right people and quit judging others.  We already know that there are no perfect people in the world (Rom 3:23).   Even Christians will make a mistake.  You are only responsible for your behavior.  I am only responsible for my behavior.  You can’t change me and I can’t change you.  Only God can change anyone to make them more like Christ and that is if only they want to cooperate.  So when we see a Christian that is not doing what is right, let us show a little compassion and pray for them (1 Jn 5:16).  Let us avoid being a hypocrite that does not see the plank/beam in our own eye while trying to remove the speck in his brother’s eye (Mat 7:3-5).

Rom 14:13  Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way

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19.  Today, powerful church leaders steal, lie and molest young children. The church repeatedly attempts to cover up these atrocities, only to reluctantly apologize as a last resort.

So you are still looking for a perfect Christian to prove to you that God is real.  Men and women could always let us down.  Therefore if we are looking to humans to help save us we may be looking in the wrong places to find God.  I do not defend the mistakes of priests, preachers or church leaders that should know better than to do some of the things that they have done.  But, they are not my God and I do not reject God because some have failed.  My eyes are not on a human.  My eyes are focused upon Jesus and I will pray for anyone that has done anything wrong.  I only look to Jesus the author and finisher of my faith (Heb 12:2) and I refuse to let what others do affect me.

Finally, I will say that leaders in the Christian faith are often more heavily attack by devil than are other Christians that are under them.  If a devil can help one preacher fail as an example of true Christianity this defeat trickles down to cause many others to be easily deceived.  Therefore, we are instructed to pray for our spiritual leaders.  This is the opposite of speaking evil about them and spreading rumors.

Heb 13:18  Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. 

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20.  It is absolutely irrational to continue to believe archaic teaching with the amount of knowledge we’ve gained through science and technology. The Bible reads like a book of primitive folklore, not divinely inspired insight into our true reason for existence.

So again you are so wrong.  You have made yourself wise in your own eyes and as a result you demonstrate to real Christians how easy it is to be deceived.  You have placed too much value in the words of human science and technology and not enough in the Bible that contains the words of Creator that made the science.  Let me ask two very simple questions.  How often has science changed its message in the last 200 years?  My answer to that is constantly.  How long has it been since the Bible’s message changed?  I’ll answer that question and say “NEVER”.  Yet the Bible is still the most widely purchased best selling book in human history.  If so many people can see the importance of the words on the page then maybe you should ask God why can’t I see it?

Not long ago scientist believed the universe was an infinite dimension of space that contained a fixed and static number of stars and planets.  Some even claimed the Milky Way Galaxy was the only galaxy.  Some even believed our sun was the center of the entire universe.  Now science has radically shifted to believe the universe as a whole is finite, and had a set beginning point that originated with a big bang.  They have discovered this truth because of the expansion of the universe at an amazing rate of speed.  Yes, we have learned a lot through science. But did you know that almost everything that science is discovering was already written about by God in the Bible in hidden forms using non-technical descriptions.   You see God created everything we are discovering and He said in the Bible I make known the end from the beginning.  Since God can know the end before the beginning we understand that God exists outside of the dimension of time and must have been the creator.  Genesis 1:1 clearly teaches us that our universe including the dimensions of space and time all had a beginning.  Wow, I wonder how Moses would have known about this over 2500 years ago?  

We already can see that scientific knowledge changes day by day.  Whereas the Bible never changes.  Therefore, since God knows the end has already informed us about what is coming very soon, the Words of God written in the Bible are extremely relevant, consistent and applicable for us all today.  There is no revised edition of the Bible with corrections, it still has the same words that were true 2000-3000 years ago.   There is still more that science does not know, than what science does know.  The textbooks cannot keep up with the revisions and changes, they are happening too fast.  You are placing all of your faith in a moving target and God says He never changes (Mal 3:6).  God’s Word will never change either (Luk 21:33)  Jesus is the same today as He was 2000 years ago (Heb 13:8).  That is consistency that we can count on. 

You place a lot of value on unproveable human theories.  Almost every science lecture that I have observed mentions the word “Evolution” as a way of brainwashing humans into believing something that is fictional.  After all the years of archeological research, no valid missing links have been or can be found.  I wonder why?  Then there is false concept that a universe could violently explode and expand while originating complexly designed living creatures.  The complex digital information contained within the Human DNA alone proves an external designer and maker.  No complex designed order is originated by disordered confusion.  The belief that this can occur over billions of years violates the second law of thermodynamics.  This law states everything of ordered design is consistently moving downward into a state of disorder.

Nobody can make us see the truth and it is not my responsibility to force anyone to believe anything.  We all have to make our own personal choices and God says in Gal 6:7 that He will not be mocked because a man will reap whatever choices that we make.  Please make an effort to not be deceived into believing a false reality that someone has invented in their own mind with the help of hidden spirits tricking them into believing.  We have not talked a lot about negative spiritual influences that occur in our world.  But there are literally millions of unseen beings that influence people into thinking such false realities.  I pray that your spiritual eyes would be opened and that you would be able to see God and to know Him and the reality of His truth. 

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CONCLUSION

I pray that someone has seen something new to think about.  I also pray that others will be able to learn from how one man was deceived to walk away from Christianity because of a lack of understanding of what the Bible really says.  This is one of Satan’s greatest advantages over humans.  Satan has existed on our earth for at least 6000 years and most of us have been here for less than 100 years.  He has been deceiving people far longer than you have learned to resist the deception.  The only thing that will give us an advantage over being deceived is by us learning what the Bible says with God’s help.  We are told that we have the advantage if we are born again and saved because “God the greater one comes to live on the inside of us to help us overcome him” (1 Jn 4:4).  His presence will help us if we learn to cooperate with Him, listen to His voice, to learn what we need to do and obey to not be deceived.  I would recommend that we pray and ask God for this help.

PERSONAL APPLICATION

Lord God I come boldly to the throne of grace that I might obtain your mercy.  Help me to know how to resist the devil’s deceptions that are found all around me.  Help me to discern between truth and lies on the television news networks.  Help me to avoid deception from my school teachers and college professor.  Help me to not embrace any false scientific theory denying your existence and your work in creating our world.  Reveal to me Bible verses that explain science from your perspective.  Help me to not be deceived by the empty words of politicians.  Open my eyes to see and know your Word because your Word is truth.  I give you first place in my heart and mind to allow the Holy Spirit of Truth who lives on the inside of me to overrule any deception that enters my thoughts.  I give you complete control and permission to bring to my mind the Bible verse that will defeat any deception.  Thank you for loving me so very much that you came to live inside of me.  You are my Good Shepherd and I am one of your favorite and blessed sheep.  Thank you for leading me into all truth.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

If you would like to continue reading and studying in this Bible series, please continue by going to “Part 7” now.

Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of the Antichrist in the Bible

(ver 1.0) This is Part 5 in a series of lessons revealing the multiple Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of significant Individuals in the Bible.  This lesson will focus only on the subject verses of the Antichrist found in the Bible.  This is a living document of references to the Antichrist.  It will change and be updated as I find additional scriptures or you can submit verses that you have found to be added.  A Name is a direct reference to the individual.  A Title is a given direct identifying appellation signifying status or function.  A Description is something that represents the individual in expressive words.  A Type is a real named person, place or thing in history that can be viewed to apply as a pattern of the spiritual individual not directly named.  A Symbol is a natural object that describes the characteristics or features of a spiritual being that you cannot see or understand without first understanding the symbol.

We should all know that we are living during the last of the last days of the church age of Grace on the earth.  The end of our age and the soon coming of tribulation judgments has been well documented with Biblical prophecy written thousands of years before. The signs of this end and the rise of the Antichrist is clearly observable.  At no time prior to now has the rise of Globalism increased to set up a false world ruler.  This ruler will be able to deceive much of the world easily.  Using modern technology, he will be able to control and limit human behavior by forcing them to receive his mark of allegiance or else they will not be able to buy, sell, or eat. The preparations for his appearance are happening right now.  No doubt he is alive somewhere on the earth awaiting the departure of the church, to rise to power after the resulting chaos.  He will be an eloquent speaker and will present his false expectations, solutions, and explanations using clever words and phrases.  He will be a masterful deceiver, a speaker of non-truth appearing as truth.  His entire experience of physical power and rulership will be short lived of only 7 years when he will be defeated and thrown into hell by Jesus Christ.  People who are not ready for the rapture better learn quickly what will be taking place during these 7 years or they will not have any further opportunity to be saved and there only option will be to go to hell with him.  Let us look at some of the Bible verses used by God to describe this man and learn how we can share this information with our friends and family.

Name, Title, Symbol, Type for the Antichrist DescriptionScripture Reference
Abomination (G946) of Desolation (G2050)Detestation of Idolatry that Lays WasteMat 24:15;
Abomination (H8251) that makes desolate (H8074)Idolatry that DevastatesDan 11:31;
Adversary (H6862)Opponent, Antithesis of God and GoodPsalm 74:8-10; Isa 59:58-59; Lam 4:12; Amos 3:11
Angel (G32) of the Bottomless Pit (G12)Angel destined for the center of the earth;Rev 9:11;
AntiChrist (G473 + G5547)An Opposite Messiah1 Jn 2:22;
Assyrian (H804)A potential source for the origin of the AntichristIsa 10:5; Isa 14:25:
Beast (G2342)Wild AnimalRev 11:7, 13; Rev 19:19-20;
Belial (H1100)Wickedness, evil, worthlessNah 1:11, 1;15
Bloody (H1818) man and Deceitful (H4820) ManBloody as loss to cause deathPsalm 5:6
Branch (H2159) of the Terrible (H6184)A pruned twig of power, oppression and violenceIsa 25:5;
Chief (H7218) Prince (5387)Head RulerEze 38:2;
Crooked (H1281) Serpent (H5175)The fugitive serpentJob 26:13; Isa 27:1;
Cruel One (H394)Terrible, Violent, DeadlyJer 30:14;
Deceitful (H4820) ManDeceiver, FalsehoodsPsalm 5:6
Destroyer (H4873) of the Gentiles (H1471(Destroyer of foreign nationsJer 4:7;
Enemy (H341)Hater of GodPs 55:3; Jer 30:14;
Evil (H7451) Man (H120)Bad and evil manPs 140:1;
Father of liesOriginator of DeceptionJn 8:44; 2;
Great (G3172) Star (G792)Mighty & Strong StarRev 8:10;
Head Over Many CountriesLeader of the earthPsalms 110:6
Idol (H457) Shepherd (H7473)Worthless good for nothing shepherdZech 11:17;
King (H4428)World Ruler;Dan 11:36;
King (H4428) of Princes (H8269)Ruler of the underworld captains/rulersHos 8:10;
King (H4428) of Babylon (H894)Ruler of Confusion and Chaos (Babel)Isa 14:4-20;
King (H4428) of fierce (H5794) countenance (H6440)Strong Face KingDan 8:23;
Lion (H738)Violent BeastJer 4:7;
Little (H2192) Horn (H7162)Small Rising RulerDan 7:8:11; Dan 7:21-26; Dan 8:9-12; Dan 8:23-25;
Man (G444) of Sin (G266)Human of Offence/Sin2 Ths 2:3
Man (H582) of the Earth (H776)Mortal of EarthPs 10:18;
Merchant (H3667) with Balances of Deceit (H4820)A Canaanite with unfair deceitful scalesHos 12:7;
Mighty Man (H1368)Powerful warriorPs 52:1;
Nail (H3489)He who thought he was secureIsa 22:25;
Prince (H5057) that shall come (H935)Future RulerDan 9:26;
Prince (H5057) of Tyrus (H6865)Ruler of the RockEze 28:2-10;
Profane (H2491) Wicked (H7563) Prince (H5387) of Israel (H3478)Pierced King IsraelEze 21:25-27;
Proud (H3093) Man (H1397)Arrogant WarriorHab 2:5;
Rod (H7626) of (my) AngerA Ruler with or of angerIsa 10:5;
Son (G5207) of Perdition (G684)Son of Ruin, Loss, Waste2 Ths 2:3;
Son (H1121) of the Morning (H7837)Lucifer son of early light (morning)Isa 14:12;
Spoiler (H7703)Large strong personIsaiah 16:4;
Vile Person (H959)Someone disesteemedDan 11:21:
Vine (G288) of the Earth (G1093)False Vine of the Soil (a weed)Rev 14:18);
Violent (H2555) Man (H376)Incarnate man of violencePs 140:1, 11;
Wicked (G459)Lawless Man2 Ths 2:8;
Wicked One (H7563)Morally wrong manPs 9:17; Ps 10:2; Isa 11:4; Jer 30:23;

UNDERSTANDING THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER – PART 5 – AN ESSENTIAL SOIL TYPE OVERVIEW

Parable_of_sower_5(Ver 1.1) This is Part 5 in the Bible Study series of the most significant Parable in the Bible.  Jesus said if you do not understand this parable, how then will you understand any parable (Mk 4:13)?  That makes this parable on a greater level or a higher plain of importance than all the others.  Of course, all of them are still important to us.   If you have not studied this subject from the beginning, I would highly recommend that you begin with “Part 1” first.  We will be unable to go over every detail previously provided in this series.  For example, in earlier lessons we obtained an excellent overview of the sower, the seed and the fruit.  These were three positive symbols given to us in the parable by Jesus.  In these lessons we should have learned that the Seed represents primarily God’s spoken Word, but that there was also an implied negative counterpart to it that comes from Satan.  This negative seed type will result in distractions and deceptions that we can label as “weeds”.  Spiritual “weeds” originated from the curse spoken to Adam in Genesis 3:18 when God said the soil would produce “thorns” and “thistles”.  Today we will learn more about what these represent.

Finally, we learned about fruit in our last lesson.  This subject is the positive intended outcome for God’s incredibly positive Word when planted in good soil.  I am convinced that “fruit” is God’s spiritual goal and plan for every human who will cooperate and receive His Word into their heart.  I am also convinced that fruit represents requirements or specifications for salvation.  This brings us to today’s subject of the soil.  The soil represents the unseen heart of a human.  However, this invisible heart is NOT the physical blood pumping organ that keeps our human body alive.  No, the heart of a human is the unseen captive eternal spirit being on the inside of our body.  Our human spirit becomes one with the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:17) after we receive the Word of God, believe, and confess Jesus as our Lord.  There was more to our lessons than that, but that was a quick review.  We will now continue with this subject and the specific topic of “soil” and “soil types”.

INTRODUCTION TO THE SOIL

I would like to begin this study of the “soil” with an overview of the soil types found in the Parable of the Sower.  Soil represents the heart also called the spirit of a human.  This is the internal unseen spiritual part of the triune composition of every human (1 Th 5:23).  Our heart element is the human portion that will never cease to exist (Lk 16:22-23).  We should also understand that Jesus gave us 4 specific divisions of spirit/soil types in the Parable of the Sower.  It is also important to note that this parable occurs in 3 Gospels Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke 8.  All accounts of the parable agree, but with some specific details only being mentioned in one parable.  This is a major reason why we should read every one given to combine them into an accumulated list of facts to conclude every truth that was taught.  It is very much like a crime that occurs with three different witnesses that observe the event from three different angles of perspective.  Each witness testimony must be true from each individual perspective but when it is balanced together the combined agreement of testimony provides the most accurate overall information of what happened.  Here are the main 4 soil types as described by Jesus:

  1. Way Side (Mat 13:4, Mk 4:4, Luk 8:5)
  2. Stony Ground (Mat 13:5, Mk 4:5, Luk 8:6)
  3. Thorny Ground (Mat 13:7, Mk 4:7, Luk 8:7)
  4. Good Ground (Mat 13:8, Mk 4:8, Luk 8:8)

We are going to go through each soil type individually picking out the details of Greek Words to help us understand what Jesus said.  We will list every descriptive explanatory verse from Matthew, Mark and Luke to learn from.  Let us get started with the wayside soil.

#1 – WAYSIDE SOIL OVERVIEW

highway of dirtThe first type of soil mentioned by Jesus is called the “way side” soil.  This soil type comes from the Greek word G3598 that literally means a “road” or “highway”.  That is an informative descriptive term with widespread implications attached to it.  Any well-traveled road in Bible days was a soil that was compacted from constant chariots, carts, and human foot traffic as well as other animal hoofs (horses, donkeys, and camels) loaded with people or goods.  The soil would be so compressed that scattering seed upon it would do no real good.  The seed would rest on the top of the packed surface and would be easily eaten by any birds that were nearby.  Let us review the three explanations that Jesus provided to help us understand what this soil type represents:

Mat 13:19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

Mar 4:15  And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. 

Luk 8:12  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 

Can we notice the symbolism?  This ground type is called “Wayside”.  Remember this is the Greek word G3598 that means a “road”.  How would this symbol correspond to a human heart/spirit?  What does it mean when someone or something is being walked on symbolically in the Bible?  This condition of being walked upon normally indicates a person or a nation that has been defeated, conquered, overcome, and beaten in a battle.  God told Joshua in the book of Joshua chapter 1 “Everywhere the sole of your feet shall tread, I have given you”.  God was representing to Joshua that wherever he chose to begin walking by faith in the promised land, he would be victorious over those people that were occupying it.  God used the symbolism of “treading” upon to describe this victory. Tread is an action verb that means to walk with your feet as in “step on”.

In the Parable of the Sower the wayside soil represents a human heart that has been hardened by Satan to not be able to hear and understand the Gospel.  We see this plainly stated in Matthew 13:19. In this verse God declares this soil type heard the Word of God but since they did not understand it, it was easily stolen by Satan.  This soil type indicates this person can be easily distracted, deceived, and defeated by Satan.  This is implied because of the reference to the “birds of the air” that represent the devils in the world.  Unclean and evil spirits can easily come to trick the wayside soil’s mind to prevent the seed from being sown.

Notice that in Luke 8:12 the primary objective of the Word being sown is to cause the human to believe it for their personal salvation.  In contrast, the primary objective for the devil’s work is to deceive the soil to not believe the Word so that they will not be saved.  This corresponds with 2 Corinthians 4:4 where God informs us “Whom the God of this world blinds the minds of them that believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel (Seeds) of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them”.  Pay close attention to presence of a spiritual battle of two opposing kingdoms.  One is of darkness (blindness from Satan) and the other is of the light (from God).  Now recall Psalm 119:130 that says, “the entrance of thy Word bringeth light and understanding to the simple”.  God’s plan is to help people receive and understand the Word and Satan’s focus is to make sure that this does not occur.

This “Wayside” soil type represents the only human heart that is incapable of being saved as it is because of the darkness covering their minds.  The inability of the Light of God’s Word to enter their minds causes this lack of understanding and this results in their continued captivity to the darkness.  This is exactly why Satan removed the Bible from public schools in the USA in the 1960s.  As a result of the elimination of God’s truth being taught in public-school the brains of ignorant children have grown up creating an easy age of deception.  Anything sounds good and true when it is not compared to the actual truth.  This blindness will remain unless parents teach the truth of the Bible at home.  I personally believe that this Wayside soil type was never saved through hearing the Word of God, nor can be.  But that does not mean this person cannot be changed to become a different soil type through prayer and a process of seed planting.  Let us review what we have just learned:

  1. The objective of God giving us His Word is for our salvation through hearing and believing.
  2. The objective of Satan stealing the Word is so that humans will not believe and be saved.
  3. One strategy for humans not to be saved is for the Word of God to never be heard.
  4. Another strategy for humans to not be saved is for the Words not to be understood.
  5. Wayside soil humans are already hard hearted defeated captives of the kingdom of darkness.

We will talk more about this soil type later when we get into some examples.  Let us move on to soil type #2.

#2 – STONY GROUND OVERVIEW

white stones and green grass on the wild stony ground

Mat 13:20  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it

Mat 13:21  Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended

Mar 4:16  And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness

Mar 4:17  And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended

Luk 8:13  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation (G3986) fall away.

The stony ground is the next soil type described by Jesus.  Jesus refers to this soil as a type of intermixed hardness of stone under the surface with an implied thin layer of softness of one human heart on the outside.  But clearly Jesus claims that the presence of the hard rocks and stones does not allow for the development of adequate roots from the seed to grow deep enough to endure the heat of being a Christian.  Jesus said when the sun comes up and shines on this growing seed, it lacks sufficient moisture, withers, fades, and is too weak and dies. Luke 8:13 describes the heat of the sun to be a time of temptation.  Literally this word represents a satanically inspired testing time to see if someone really believes the Word of God that was spoken to them.  However, Matthew describes it in a much clearer manner in Matthew 13:21. Here Matthew teaches us that the heat of the sun represents “tribulation” and “persecution”.  “Tribulation” represents satanically inspired “pressure”, “stress”, “worries”, etc.  The word “persecution” literally represents human “sufferings”, “oppressions”, “harassments”, “intimidations”, “discriminations” and can even be physical and mental “tortures” for believing in Jesus and letting others know about the same message that was sown in them.

Notice that Jesus said in Matthew and Luke that this soil type received the Word of God with “Joy”.  Jesus said in Mark this soil type had significant “gladness” after what they heard what was taught from the Word of God.  This is particularly important because the Word of God is called the Gospel, and this simply means “good news”.  The Word of God should make us extremely happy.  Why should we be happy?  The Good News is based upon Jesus paying the price for our sins dying on a cross, being raised from the dead and giving us His righteousness in exchange so that we do not have to go to hell.  Wow, that makes me happy!

I think everyone that has ever been saved has experienced persecution and satanic testing at one time or the other.  Notice this soil type indicates that the person began the Christian walk with joy at the beginning of the process of generating fruit.  But did not endure through the pressure of persecution to become fruitful.  This clearly teaches us this soil type was on the path to being saved but chose to not remain saved because of the pressures of friends, relatives, or other worldly people.  Jesus indicates strongly that this soil type heard the Word of God, believed it, and was saved for a short time but then turned away because of Satanic attacks and tests.

I want to quickly address two important facts of truth that were mentioned by Jesus in this soil type.  Jesus clearly teaches us that producing “roots” before we produce “fruits” is essential to the process of our salvation.  How is this accomplished?  Also, Jesus clearly said there is a stone and a rock that can be found that causes us not to remain saved.  How can we get these rock elements out of our hearts? Let us address removing the stone first.  We will turn to 1 Peter chapter 2 and read starting in verse 6:

1Pe 2:6  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded

1Pe 2:7  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 

1Pe 2:8  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 

Jesus is clearly observed to be compared with a stone.  This is an analogous typology that represents a potentially greater spiritual truth.  We clearly find the presence of believing the Word of God in this discussion.  Therefore, it is right in line with what we are studying and read in the stony ground explanations.  Notice the Holy Spirit teaches us that whoever remains in faith by believing in Him (Jesus) will not be confounded.  What does the Greek word G2617 translated as “confounded” mean?  Strong defines this word to mean “to shame down”.  Thayer says it means to “put to shame” or to “make ashamed”.  Uh oh!  We are catching on to some of the reasons why people fall away after believing the Good News with a joyful heart.  Remember this concept because it is important.  Feeling a sense of shame after believing the Word of God is what Satan will try to get a Christian to do by using persecution and pressures of the world.  It can also be the fact that some of the Words that were heard were not understood enough or at all.  We will see this later in an example.

“Persecution” is a major stratagem of Satan.  Many weak newly born-again believing Christians will not be able to withstand against the outward peer pressures when someone comes and calls them a stupid idiot for believing in an old book of fables and fantasies.  Of course, the Bible is not either of those, but that does not mean the devil is not going to try to convince someone that it is, with his lies.  I want us to also focus on the Greek word G4625 that is translated as “offence” in verse 8.  This word represents the inner-working mechanism of a trap that causes someone to become ensnared and trapped again, back into captivity that they were previously released and freed from after believing in Jesus.  Wow, this sounds important. Please recall what Jesus said that He came to do in Luke 4:18. In this verse Jesus said, “God had sent Him to preach deliverance to the captives”.  Preaching is sowing seeds and these seeds if they are believed, will release people from a spiritual prison that they did not even know they were in.   Satan will attempt to persecute new believers to get them to return to their past lifestyle and way of living in darkness.

Ok, we need to keep moving with the subject of producing roots.  Hopefully you learned that persecutions does come in this life and these are designed to try to get us to turn away from, believing, knowing and growing in the Truth of the Word of God.  What are roots and how do we cooperate with allowing them to grow.  I do want to emphasize that the first step after receiving and believing the Word of God is for us not to become offended at the words of other people that do not know the truth in the Bible.  But there is more to it than this.  We also need to pray and ask God to give us boldness to be able to share His Word with others free from any shame that could result by others rejecting it or laughing at it.  Getting rid of “stones” that cause the roots to fail will help us move closer to a fruit bearing season  Let’s move to root development next..

We must continue in the Word of God to allow God’s seed to be watered.  Without continued watering any natural or spiritual plant seed will wither and not continue to grow.  Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:6 “I planted, and Apollos watered, but God gave the increase”.  The word “increase” simply means God produced the “spiritual growth and maturity” through the continued entrance of every word of God spoken into our ears. We also learn from Ephesians 5:26 that the Word of God represents His Water.  Therefore, the continued watering of the Word of God, is an essential part of our spiritual growth to produce roots and fruits.   Let us review another part of the root subject by reading in Ephesians 3:17:

Eph 3:17  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love

Eph 3:18  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 

Eph 3:19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Ok, did you see the connections from the parable of the Sower?  We have the main subject of soil by the reference to the human heart.  We have the factor of faith remaining in the human heart by a human choice.  We also have the subject of deep developing unseen roots in the human heart that are connected to continued believing.  Remember what roots do for a seed and the developing plant that comes from the seed.  The roots provide essential nourishment for the plant production of eventual fruit when the plant becomes mature.  By continual hearing of the Word of God our faith grows stronger and the unseen roots are the symbol for this strength.  As we have seen essential nourishment of plants is water and that represents the never-ending flow of the Word of God.

Remember what Psalm 1 teaches us.  God says in Psalms 1, “blessed is the man that does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly”.  Counsel represents words of advice, guidance, and direction.  These words being referred to are obviously not the Words of God.  Then in verse 2 God says, “This man’s delight is in the law of the LORD”.  These are the wise words of God.  So, we have a battle of words being revealed to us.  There are two sources of words to choose from and continuing with the Word of God exclusively is the wise choice to make us strong.

Then in verse 3 God says this man is like a tree planted by the rivers (of water/His Word) that brings forth his fruit in season”.  Wow, we have some great connections being made by the Holy Spirit to the Parable of the Sower.  A tree feeds from the river because of the well-established root system.  The river represents the Word of God.  The continual supply of the Word of God will produce “fruit”, and this is the goal of salvation that God’s Word is designed for.  We have just discovered another trait of fruit failure.  This comes from Christians not developing good changed habits of putting God and His Word as their number one priority after first believing.  It would seem to imply that because of continued bad habits people are hardened in a part of their heart to become easily offended.  Ok, let us quickly review the major points of the stony ground.

  1. Stony Ground received and believed the Seed of God at first.
  2. Their hearts were initially filled with Joy and Gladness and began the process of producing roots and fruits.
  3. But when persecution, trials and tests came upon them to test their faith, they became offended and ashamed of the Word of God unable to stand strong and defend the Truth.
  4. The stony ground could not endure the test of Satan and fell away being dry leaving to go back into their previous way of life because of a lack of Water from the Word of God.
  5. The stony ground was initially saved but left the faith because of Satan’s attacks, temptations, tests, trials.
  6. Stony ground was not able to develop new habits that will result in new thinking, that will result eventually in new actions.

I pray that this was helpful in your understanding this Stony soil type.  We will review some of these types later in the examples.  But, for now let us move to the Thorny Ground overview.

#3 – THORNY GROUND OVERVIEW

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Mat 13:22  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care (G3308) of this world, and the deceitfulness (G539) of riches, choke (G4846) the word, and he becometh unfruitful (G175).

Mar 4:18  And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word

Mar 4:19  And the cares (G3308) of this world, and the deceitfulness (G539) of riches (G4149), and the lusts (G1939) of other things entering in, choke (G4846) the word, and it becometh unfruitful (G175).

Luk 8:14  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches (G4149) and pleasures (G2237) of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection (G5052)

Ok, soil type 3 is called the “thorny ground”. Jesus teaches us that this thorny ground human was also able to receive the Word of God like the previous stony ground and it is implied that they believed it and were in the process of bringing forth fruit.  Also notice that it is implied that this soil type does not have hard places of offences or shame.  Jesus further implies this truth in Matthew 13:23 when the seed in this soil type begins the process of first taking root and then the next moving into the process of growth to initiate them producing fruit.  We know this because the Greek word G1096 that was translated as “becometh” before the word unfruitful implies the process of being fruitful must have been initiated, in order for it to be terminated and chocked out by the thorns that were growing in the same soil simultaneously.

What then were these thorns?  Jesus taught us that the thorns represented “worldly cares” and “deceitfulness of riches” in Matthew 13:23. And in Mark 4:19 Jesus adds the “lusts of other things” to the list of thorny issues.  Lust is a Greek word that means to set our heart on something that has the appearance of good in our sight but has evil motives and intentions resulting in our future destruction.  Luke 8:14 reveals the choking thorns to be the previously mentioned “cares” and “riches” and these are added to a new concept called the “pleasures” of this present life. This is a remarkably similar concept to “lusts” that do not satisfy us.

Let us start this with understanding the word “cares”. “Cares” is the Greek word G3308 and it represents the concept of “distraction” or “isolation”.  If Satan can distract a Christian with something that is not necessary and important but appears desirable, then he has their focus removed from what God desired them to see in His Word.  If that does not work, another strategy is to separate a Christian from obtaining support and encouragement from other Christians.  Both are tricks that can be used to cause a Christian’s fruits to be choked out.  But Christians can apply 1 Peter 5:7 and allow God to take all our cares that are attempting to distract or isolate us when we choose to cast them upon Him.  We allow Him to carry them and solve them.  We do this while we don’t even worry about them.

“Pleasures” is the Greek word G2237 that means “sensual delight and desires”.  This is a truly clear reference to a person that is walking in the flesh and not in the spirit. These wrong desires and lusts based upon the five physical senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound) appear to take control of the human heart to not allow God’s good seed to produce mature fruit.

The Greek word G5052 was translated as “fruit to perfection” but it literally means “to ripen fruit”. This Greek word that means “to ripen” was combined with the absolute negative G3756 word that declares no ripe fruit was produced.  God is teaching us that because of the presence of thorns (pleasures and lusts) distracting the believer from the Word of God, the human fruit of salvation begins but is never completed.   What other distracting and choking thorns apply to you?  What is taking your time away from the Word of God to focus most of your time on a 5 physical sense item in life?

Thorns could represent a lot of things in the human world.  But these could include a person that desires and lusts for wealth, fortune, fame, power, control, a celebrity status, stardom, recognition, casual physical sexual relations, highs from drugs or alcohol, maybe it is even cooking and eating too much, or dieting, etc.   There are many tricks of the devil used to entice a human away from God, His Word, and His salvation.  Let us go over a list of key points that we have observed about the thorny ground.

  1. The Thorny ground received the Word of God and is implied to have believed it to begin the process of producing fruit for their salvation.
  2. There are no mentions of being hardened by symbolic stones in this soil type and it is implied by this omission that Satan could not offend them to turn them away from God’s Word by using “persecution”.
  3. Therefore, Satan tried a new tactic and strategy to divert the believer away from God. Satan places enticing elements of fortune and fame before them and these elements tend to become a greater and greater distraction from being watered by the Word of God daily.
  4. The end-result of this soil type is a barren bush that has no matured ripe edible fruit. The thorn plants growing in the same soil has become their dominate desire and has completely choked out any possibility of “fruit”.
  5. Therefore, the thorny ground represents another unsaved human spirit.

We will see some examples of this soil type later in the Bible Study.   Let us now move to the good soil overview.

#4 – GOOD SOIL OVERVIEW

Crops grow on fertile farm land panoramic before harvest

Mat 13:23  But he that received seed into the good (G2570) ground is he that heareth (G191) the word, and understandeth (G4920) it; which also beareth fruit (G2592), and bringeth forth (G4160), some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Mar 4:20  And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

Luk 8:15  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience

Finally, soil type 4 called the “good ground” is the only human heart condition that produces the precious fruit that God is seeking (James 5:7).   I would like to go through a few of the key words selected by the Holy Spirit to describe this soil type.  The first is G191 that was translated as “heareth”.  This word literally means “to give audience”.  This is the deliberate choice of human participation to listen closely to what is being said.  If I go to church and while the preacher is speaking, I am looking at my phone to see who wants to do something after church, am I giving audience to the speaker.  It would be like someone paying $300 for ticket to a concert and they spend the whole evening outside the arena at the food and drink line.  When something else takes our priority over what is really the most important subject of the evening that is a wrong human choice.

One of our main subjects in this Bible study on the Parable of the Sower, is the Word of God called “Seed”.   This should be our number one desire whenever we can give audience to hear it.  Notice this topic specifies there are personal decisions and choices made to participate. This is important to know.  The next Greek word is G4920 and it was translated as “understandeth”.  This word means “to put together”.  It comes from another Greek word “G4862 that literally means to be in “union” with.  Wow, this is important even if we do not fully understand it.  To be in union is marriage covenant terminology.  It would be like Adam “knew” his wife and they had a son (Gen 4:1).  Having and participating in gaining knowledge and understanding of the Word of God contributes to the presence of a covenant relationship.  Finally, the Greek word G4920 translated as “understand” contains the implication “to act piously”.  In other words, after we understand the Word of God, we are supposed to be wise enough to apply it and do it.  Wow! Notice what Jesus said in this verse:

Mat 7:24  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine (Seeds), and doeth them (Act on them), I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

It would appear, that just hearing and beginning to learn the Word of God is only an initial part of the process for bearing fruit unto salvation.  This could be another factor for why some Christians only produce a 30-fold return.  These 30-fold soils may only be applying a small part of the Bible while ignoring other parts.  God is teaching us that we must “act piously” to continue the spiritual growth process.  This simply means that we should become wise enough to do what the Word of God tells us to do.  Never forget what Jesus says to some people, “Not everyone that says to me LORD LORD will enter into the kingdom heaven, but only he that does the will of the Father shall enter” (Mat 7:21).   How do we know the will of the Father?  We read His Word and do it.

The next Greek word in Matthew 13:23 is G2592.  This word was translated as “beareth fruit”.  It is defined by Strong as “to be fertile”.  There is an implied application that this is our responsibility of choice to make our self “to be fertile”.  I believe humans have a lot more accountability than we care to acknowledge in this fruit bearing process.

Let us move to the next Greek word G4160.  This Greek word was translated as “bringeth forth” in the KJV Bible.  But it is defined by Strong as “to make or do”.  In other words, this is another Greek word that is assigning human responsibility in the fruit producing process.  It represents a verb of human preference, choice, and action.  Jesus used this same word in Matthew 4:19 when He spoke to the future disciples in their boats and said, “Follow me and I will make (G4160) you fishers of men”.  Clearly, we can see Jesus’ commitment of personal responsibility to teach them to become a human fisherman.  But we can better understand that Jesus was not going to force them to do this and they needed to cooperate and begin to take steps to follow.  No, Jesus ask them to come, but it was their choice to follow.  This is exactly what the Parable of the Sower is teachings.  Jesus wanted to save us, so He chose to spread His Seed/Words in our ears so we could permit them to enter our hearts.  Then we are required to cooperate to listen to begin the process of receiving them and after believing them to begin the seed growth process by doing them.  The first soil type failed completely in this process.  The second and third soil types failed later during the ongoing process to not bring forth fruit.  But Jesus is talking about the good soil, these people have decided to be a faithful follower of Jesus and His Words to “bring forth” the fruit He desired.

This good soil type desires to hear the words of God, values the Word of God sown more than any other thing found in the world and overcomes every Satanic persecution and distraction to remove it from their heart.  This type of ground chooses to be well watered by participating in every opportunity where the Word of God is being spoken and focuses on absorbing and understanding every Word of God that was spoken.  What Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “I planted, and Apollos watered, but God gave the increase he was very clearly cooperating with the God designed process of salvation by planting God’s Word in their hearts and then Apollos continued the maturing growth process of the fruit by watering the initial seeds with more of the Word of God.  But the people that were listening had to be cooperating with this divine process by intensely listening with an open mind to hear and understand (Acts 17:11).  These are the types of good soil that produced fruit.   Fruitful people primarily concentrate on the Word more than anything or anyone else in the room that could disturb them.  These people do not get consumed or entangled with the short-term pleasures of sin in this world and they continue in the Word of God until they produce as much fruit for salvation as is possible.

It is particularly important to notice that Jesus taught us that some in the good soil type produced 100-fold, while others fell shorter at 60-fold and then finally others fell even shorter at producing only a 30-fold return of fruit to seed and water ratio.  This simply proves that not every Christian is going to produce the fruit level that God intended or desired for them to deliver to Him.  But we must ask and answer why this variation of fruit occurs.  Is it God’s choice, Satan’s work or a human choice that causes many to have no fruit and some to have varying levels from 30 to 100 times fruit production?  I believe we can find the answer confirmed in another parable that Jesus taught us:

Joh 15:5  I (Jesus the Word) am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me (human choice), and I in him (a divine choice), the same bringeth forth much fruit (30 fold 60 fold or 100 fold): for without me (Jesus the Word) ye can do nothing

Joh 15:6  If a man abide not in me (human negative choice), he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire (hell), and they are burned

Joh 15:7  If ye abide in me (human positive choice), and my words abide in you (human choice), ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you

We can see how Jesus claims to be a symbolic vine and His implied believers in Him are described to be His symbolic branches.  We can clearly see how these branches wither and die if they choose to not remain in Him.  The factor of human choice is mentioned directly 4 times in these three verses.  We can further see that there is an implication based upon verse 7 of John 15 that it is the amount of the Word of God that we let come in us and remain in us that will determine the level of fruit production.  Jesus is the living Word of God (Rev 19:13).  But I believe God is saying we are to keep His written Word in us every chance we get.  We can see this in other places in the Bible that confirm this truth (PS 1).  Therefore, I believe the key to no fruit, little fruit or much fruit is the amount of time that we spend in the Word of God.  Finally, notice this amount of Word remaining in us, is also a contributing factor for God answering our prayers.  But that is another topic.

Let us list some of the key points given to us by Jesus in the explanation of the good soil:

  1. The Good Soil Always Produces Fruit in season.
  2. Based upon previous soil types this fruit that is initiated endures to become matured fruit.
  3. This fruit is produced because they first heard the Word of God.
  4. This person chose to receive the Word (let it enter their minds and heart while ignoring every distraction)
  5. Keep the Word (regard the Word as Valuable and Important enough to try to remember it)
  6. Aggressively pursues to understand the Word of God.
  7. Ignores all persecution to continue in the Word of God.
  8. Exalts the Word of God far above any other natural or physical desire or pleasure.
  9. Chooses to “bring-forth” fruit with “patience” over an extended period of time.
  10. Continues in the Word of God to allow it to transform and renew their mind to water the seed that has been planted.

Let us move on to the subject of the human heart/spirit for a better understanding of soil types.

THE HUMAN SOIL/SPIRIT FIRST CONCEPTS

first_wordI would like in this Bible study to move next in the subject of the “soil” to God’s first mention of the word “heart” in the Bible.  This is one great, common, and fundamental technique of sound Bible interpretation and understanding God’s design of His Word.  It is very much like when a baby is born and the parents eagerly await the first word of their baby.  Will it be “mama” or “dada” or “big truck”.  God implemented this design on purpose to help us understand every major subject of the Bible.  We will use this established law of “First Mention” to discover some very important basics to the subject of the “heart” of man.  We will do this by searching for this word “heart” in our Bible program and then going to the verse where it is mentioned and read the context.  We will find that this word is first used by God in Genesis chapter 6 and reading with verses 5 and 6:

Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart (H3820) was only evil continually

Gen 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

This chapter of Genesis can be considered widely controversial to many Bible teachers and students.  God placed some things in this chapter that are exceedingly difficult for people today to accept.  The time frame of this chapter was shortly before the flood of Noah.  We read in verse 5 one part for the need for God’s judgment to practically destroy the entire earth and to start fresh with just 8 people that survived.  Notice in verse 5, that God was observing His human creation on the earth and He remarked that they were greatly wicked.   Many will assume that this was the physical acts of their flesh and I believe that was the external lack of positive fruits that could be observed.  But I believe God was more interested in what was happening in their internal spiritual condition first.  God teaches us that He sees things not as man sees them but since He is a Spirit, He judges’ a human spirit first.  Let us review an evidence of this truth:

1Sa 16:7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart (H3824).

We learn something especially important by reading 1 Samuel 16:7. God speaks to the prophet while he is looking on the outward qualities of the man standing before him.  God’s prophet was judging in his heart based upon the man’s outward appearance.  But God clearly tells us this is not His focus or His priority.  It is very clearly stated that God judges a human based upon their unseen heart.  Ok, we have just learned that the unseen part of the man is God’s principal focus.  All three verses that we have read so far have the key word “heart” (H3824 and H3820).  By the way H3820 is a form of the word H3824 so there is a direct connection.  Let us get back to Genesis 6 now.

In Genesis 6:5 we learn that God was genuinely concerned that man’s heart had become very wicked.   I would like to point out that the Hebrew word H120 that is translated as “man” can also be transliterated as “Adam”.  It is the same Hebrew Word.  But here God is not speaking of one Adam as an individual but rather as all humans collectively comprised of every descendant that came from Adam’s body. That would include people today.  Keep that in mind.  God then teaches us that these Adam descendants were very wicked.  Wicked is a Hebrew word (H7451) that means “bad or evil” in the sense of natural behavior or moral intent and desires.  God then begins to describe the initiating process for this wickedness.   God says that man’s wickedness originated from an internal spiritual process dealing with the human “imagination”.

What is imagination? And do people today still use this divine gift of imagination?  Perhaps you have been to Disney World.  They thrive on making a fortune taking advantage of their human imaginations.  Perhaps you have heard of Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Little Mermaid, and on and on.  Obviously, human imagination is still thriving in our world also.  This should give you some idea that imagination is alive and well in the modern age. But what is it exactly?

Here is where we begin to go much deeper into a complex subject.  Imagination can be either good or evil or positive or negative.  The Hebrew word H3336 that is translated as “imagination” literally means “a form”.  This Hebrew word comes from H3335 that literally means “to squeeze into a form” or “mold into a shape”.  This represents a process concept that can be visualized very well from the observable actions of a potter that is molding a shapeless useless lump of soft clay into a lovely pot which is useful.  A potter is normally using and applying their imagination to change a lump of useless stuff into something especially beneficial.  That concept of imagination represents creativity and design.   No exquisitely designed vase has ever “evolved” from a lump of clay of its own will power over a very long period of time.

God uses the Hebrew word H3335 in Genesis 2:7 when He formed the body of man from the dust of the ground.  Wow, I pray you are paying attention.  Remember God says in Genesis 1 everything that He created was good and was summarized to be collectively “very good” in Genesis 1:31.  But, before this we know that man was “made” in the image and likeness of God in Genesis 1:26. Therefore, we learn that God must have transferred a portion of His divine ability into humans to design and make non-functional things into useful objects. Exercising this ability can be considered human imagination being applied on a lesser level than the God kind of awesome imagination.  This human imaginative ability had to be a divine pattern of intelligent design.  A human that can manufacture good objects had to come originally from God the utmost imaginative intelligent designer and creator. However, man in Genesis 6 was not using this God given gift of their imagination for creating anything good.  No, we are told that all of man’s thoughts were coming up with designs and plans for only evil.  That is a major problem that required God’s attention.

Finally, Genesis 6:6 God gives us some new information that He has a heart.  God uses the identical Hebrew word H3820 translated as “heart” in verse 5 describing man’s heart to refer to His divine heart.  Therefore, we learn where man obtained their spirit from.  In verse 6 God’s heart is grieved for the current state of man’s heart being so evil.  Uh oh!  Did not God create humans in the state of good at the beginning?  Didn’t He use His omnipotent power to create them the exact way that He desired?  We just learned that man was created in a described state of “very good”.  But, now 5 chapters later in Genesis 6 God is very regretful that He even made them.  Does this sound familiar?  Do you remember what God said about Satan when He was created?  Reread Ezekiel 28:15 where God says, “You were perfect in the day you were created until iniquity was found in you”.   That is a remarkably similar description to what just happened to Adam’s lineage almost 1500 years later in Genesis 6.

What we are learning is the concept of “freewill”.  Apparently, God’s created angels and human both had been created with the ability to make their own independent decisions to do as they please even though they had everything that they already needed to be happy.  It was Satan’s choice to rebel even though it was not morally permissible or acceptable in the eyes of God to do so.  It was this way with God’s human creation also.  It is still this way in humans today.  Every person has the freewill to make whatever choices they wish either good or evil daily.  Adam and Eve had everything they needed including fellowship with their Creator but they too rebelled.  This concept of “freewill choice” will play a major role in us understanding the heart of man in the Parable of the Sower.  We have already seen this in Parable but now let us examine some relevant Bible examples to prove it further.

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EXAMPLE 1: SOIL TYPE 1 AND SOIL TYPE 4 COMPARISON

I would like us to go through a few Bible examples of these important soil types that the LORD has taught us about in this subject.  I love to use the Bible to understand the Bible.  God’s design of His Word is so immensely amazing. He has designed this book masterfully as a well-integrated set of truths using positive and negative examples for us to learn from.  For example, He teaches us a simple parable of sowing seed and that represents a great beginning, but then He places living models and patterns of these basic truths right in front of our eyes to confirm what was metaphorically taught in the parable.   We are going to begin this section by reading a story of Jesus teaching and healing a lame man.  In this story please look for the presence of at least two different soil types (humans) that Jesus (the Sower) is sowing His Father’s Words.  Notice how each of their hearts received the Word and then notice their responses and attitudes:

Mar 2:1  And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house

Mar 2:2  And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached (Sowed) the word (Seed of God) unto them (All Soil Types/hearts).

Luk 5:17  And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching (sowing Seeds from the Word of God), that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by (Soil Type 1), which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power (G1411) of the Lord was present to heal them (EVERY SOIL TYPE)

Luk 5:18  And, behold, men (Soil Type 4) brought in a bed a man (also Soil Type B) which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. 

Luk 5:19  And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus

Luk 5:20  And when he saw their faith (Soil Type 4), he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. 

Luk 5:21  And the scribes and the Pharisees (Soil Type 1) began to reason (In their Minds), saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone

Luk 5:22  But when Jesus perceived their thoughts (Negative Words of Unbelief in the Minds of Soil 1), he answering said unto them, What reason (Negative Judgments Based Upon Your Ignorance), ye in your hearts (Soil 1 spirits)

Luk 5:23  Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? 

Luk 5:24  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, he said unto the sick of the palsy, I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house

Luk 5:25  And immediately he (Soil 4) rose up before them (Soil 1), and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God

Luk 5:26  And they (Soil 1) were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.

Mar 2:12 And immediately he (Soil 4) arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all (Soil 1); insomuch that they (Soil 1) were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

Many times, in the Bible God uses direct comparisons of opposite beliefs, attitudes, motivations, desires, reactions and results to teach and confirm to us very profound truths.  In this story of a lame paralyzed man that could not walk, is found one of these examples of opposing soils types.  You probably noticed that I included a few verses from the story found in Mark to fill in details that were not included in Luke.  Please note that I do not plan to teach every verse.  I pray you read it over closely and paid attention to the underlined words and my added explanations in the parentheses to help identify a few of the important differences between these two soil types that I called Soil 1 and Soil 4.

What was the number one difference between these two types of soil?  Perhaps you noticed in Luke 5:17 that the Power of the LORD was present to heal everyone but only 1 lame man received anything from Jesus!  Please do not let that bypass your focused attention.  What was the reason for Jesus not healing everyone?  It should become obvious that it was the positive faith combined with their attitudes of purpose and determination within their hearts of the men in Soil Type 4 that were radically different from the negative attitudes found within the Soil Type 1 hearts.

The house where Jesus was teaching was jammed packed with people of Soil Type 1.  They were sitting everywhere and even blocking all the doors and windows.  On the surface this would appear to be a positive desire to hear the Words of God spoken by Jesus.  But we learn from other scriptures that many of the Sadducees and Pharisees desired to trap and trick Jesus into saying something that could be used against him in a kangaroo court (Mar 12:13, Luk 11:54, Luk 20:20).  We know the end of the story by reading the Gospels.  Jesus was taken before the Roman government and the demand for His execution was not going to be denied.  Therefore, we begin to understand what type of soil these religious leaders sitting with Jesus in the house represent.

Notice the especially important contrast of the 5 men we called Soil Type 4 on the top of the roof of the house. They possessed determination and confidence that Jesus was their answer to the lame man’s problem.  Pay close attention to verse 5.  This verse claims that Jesus saw their (the 5 men of Soil Type 4) faith.  What is faith?  I pray you have read the Bible Study Series called “Understanding Bible Faith”.  Romans 10:17 is where we learn how faith comes to every human.  According to this verse in Romans, God reveals that these 5 Soil Type 4 men, have already heard the Word of God from Jesus and have believed His Seeds planted in their hearts.  This is dramatically an opposite of the religious men sitting in the house and blocking the doors to not allow any others soil types to come in.

It should now be plain that these men on the inside of the house Soil Type 1 were the Wayside Soil type.  These were men that had a hardened surface of pride, that would not allow the Word of God to penetrate their hearts.  It was this trampled-on soil type that was easy for Satan to steal the Word Seeds up quickly before entering their hearts.  But, notice how Satan did this sly work.  Satan used their own thoughts and said to their minds “who is this that blasphemes, who can forgive sins except God”.  Do you understand that most of Satan’s thoughts that are placed in your mind are given to you as if you had thought of them?  This is a masterful trick of deception.  People are most easily tricked when a thought is believed to be from their own mind spoken in the first person about them self or someone else.  Satan’s thoughts are almost always spoken in the human mind as if it was our own personal thought.  That was a gift from the Holy Spirit and worth reading this entire lesson if you won’t forget it.

These men inside the house were simply distracted from believing this man named Jesus was more than a man, that had just forgiven a lame man’s sins and healed him.  In fact Jesus was the creator God in the flesh standing in front of them in a human form (John 1:1-14).  No one present in the house before the lame man was able to think correctly and choose to have an open mind to receiving the truth.  These religious men did not know enough and did not want to learn.  They did not know Jesus was born in Bethlehem the city of David (Micah 5:2).  They did not know His mother’s lineage was directly from King David (2 Sam 7:13, Luke 3:31).  They also did not know He was born of a woman that was a virgin who had never had physical sex with any male and according to Isaiah 7:14 this made Him God as well as a human son of David simultaneously.  By fulfilling just these 3 prophecies Jesus is proven to be a human child of Mary and the Son of God.  Therefore, according to Hosea 4:6, God says His people are destroyed for their ignorance and because they have no desire to learn the truth.  Finally, another reason other than pride, desire and ignorance is based upon their prejudicial beliefs.  Human beliefs based upon our personal preconceived information absent of the real facts is a major blindness that causes people’s eyes to be unable to receive the truth. It was only the lame man that received the healing through Jesus, even though the Bible clearly says, “the power of God was present to heal them all”.

Here is what I take away from this example of these two soil types.  Most of the people that were present listening to Jesus were unable to be saved because they refused to listen and see (receive) truth from the correct perspective.  Most of these men were educated and sophisticated religious types of leaders with roles of power and influence.  They also believed things mostly based upon their five physical senses.  We know this from reading Luke 5:26 and Mark 2:12. These two verses claim that they left Jesus being amazed saying, “we have seen strange things” and “we have never seen it done like this before”.  This confirms they only were looking at natural things and ignoring the spiritual words being spoken to them.

But, the five men that had faith from hearing the Word of God went away rejoicing and giving all the glory to God having received the healing that was always there. These 5 men with faith that I called Soil Type 4, they represent Jesus’ “Good Soil” and they were on the way to being saved.

Joh 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. 

The Greek word that is translated as “saved” in this verse is “sojo” G4982.  Mostly it is translated as “save” or “saved” but it also means “healed” or “made whole”.  According to the last statement in John 5:34 Jesus claimed that His words that were being sowed into the human lives on the earth, they were designed by God to “save” us.  We get a further confirmation of this truth by reading what Paul wrote to the Roman church:

Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power (G1411) of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Notice what God says in this verse.  The Gospel of Christ is the “power” of God which has the potential to produce human “salvation”, but only to those that believe it.  In other words, God’s Word is sovereignly powerful to save anyone, if they choose to receive it, believe it and act on it.    The Greek word translated as “power” in Romans 1:16 is the exact same word selected by God in Luke 5:17 to describe the “power of the Lord” that was available to heal everyone present.  This is not a coincidence.

We are gaining significant understanding that soil types have a role to play in the powerful Word of God seed sowing salvation process.  God clearly teaches us these concepts by giving us 4 soil types and only 1 good seed type being sown by one good sower.  Jesus was sowing seeds to the Jews first while walking the land of Israel.  But, after His death, burial, and resurrection, the Word of God Seed for salvation began to be spread to Gentiles.  Natural seeds work like Spiritual Word seeds.  The concepts are significantly similar in operation by God’s design.  A natural seed that remains in a packet unopened represents a preacher that keeps their mouths shut to never share their seeds inside them with anyone.

We know that everyone present in Luke 5 and Mark 2 when Jesus healed the lame man could have been healed by the same “Power of God” by receiving, believing and acting upon the same Words that were being spoken by Jesus.  This firmly convinces me that it is the human’s choice what type of soil we want to be. I do understand that it takes the Holy Spirit’s drawing of humans to also be saved (John 6:44).  But that does not mean God only draws to Him some to be saved and not others. This also does not mean that the Words (Power of God) are being spoken only to a few and not to everyone present at the same time.  That type of belief would be a doctrine of “bias” and “favoritism”. Many religious people put all the responsibility of who is saved and who is not only on God’s sovereign choice.  This belief eliminates a man’s responsibilities of choice and freewill to believe or not to believe like John 3:16 claims.  “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.

Can we begin to see how the choices to what we hear and believe and how we hear can result in our spiritual, mental, and physical outcomes?  I know speaking personally of my own experiences of making good and bad choices, I have either succeeded or failed to receive what God wanted for me for years because of my beliefs or unbelief.  Let us go on to a new example of two other soil types found in the Bible.

EXAMPLE 2: SOIL TYPE 3 AND SOIL TYPE 4 COMPARISON

To begin we will read from the book of Luke and chapter 10:

Luk 10:38  Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha (Soil 3) received him into her house

Luk 10:39  And she had a sister called Mary (Soil 4), which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word

Luk 10:40  But Martha was cumbered (G4049) about much serving (G1248), and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me

Luk 10:41  And Jesus (the Sower) answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful (G3309) and troubled (G5182) about many things

Luk 10:42  But one thing (G1520) is needful (G5532): and Mary (Soil 4) hath chosen (G1586) that good part (G3310), which shall not be taken away from her.

Here are two more of the basic four soil types being taught to us from one real life true Bible example.  We will call these the MARY (Type 4) and the Martha (Type 3) soils.  I am sure you can already begin to see which of the 4 soil types each woman represents from the Parable of the Sower.  We will deal with the positive Mary Soil Type 4 first.  She was described by Jesus in verse 42.  This verse contains two great Greek Words that need to be understood to appreciate the Parable of the Sower.

The first Greek word was G1586 and it was translated as “chosen”.  This word clearly teaches us that it is the human’s right and freedom to choose to listen to the Words of God being spoken or not to listen to the words of God.  Mary was intensely listening and paying attention to every word coming out of the mouth of Jesus.  Mary made Jesus and His Word her number one priority. We understand this by the Greek word G3310 that was translated as “part”.  This word informs us of Mary’s choice to be with Jesus instead of doing other things of less significance.  The Greek word G3310 shows us Mary was “participating” with receiving the Words of Jesus and Martha was not.  Mary made it her number one main concern to listen intently with her whole undistracted heart and Marth did not.  We understand this by the Greek word G1520 that was translated as “one thing”.  One thing means there were no other things on her mind.  In other words, Mary was only thinking of what Jesus said and not what she was going to eat for lunch or whatever else could distract her.  Wow, this is important.

Remember the focus of thoughts from the last soil type example of the religious rulers?  They appear to be focused on what Jesus said to accuse Him of blasphemy.  But Mary was listening with no wrong motives and was open to hear whatever was spoken even if she did not fully understand it all immediately, or agree with it, or receive it completely.

Mary “chooses” to be a type of good soil by focusing on Jesus and His words and making it her focused precedence without prejudicial judgments.  Also notice that she took a place of humility at His feet listening very closely to every Word that was being sown into heart.  Humility is a key to receiving anything from God and this attitude was the opposite of the position taken by the religious leaders in the house at Capernaum.  Mary clearly gave Jesus more of her selfless priority than anything else that she could have been doing to work, cook or serve him.  All these works can be good unless they cause us to become distracted from knowing and hearing from Jesus.  That is especially important to learn.  What we focus upon and place our priority upon in our mind will determine what type of soil we choose to become.  Also, the humbleness of our heart will allow the Word to enter while the pride of what we think we know already will close our mind from receiving.

Obviously, Martha was a representative type of a negative non-fruit producing soil.  She was very distracted by worldly priorities of doing good works of service for Jesus instead of sitting at His feet to make Him her priority.  These choices that Martha made choked out the Words of Jesus that were being spoken to everyone in the house.  The Martha Soil Type 3 fits the thorny ground soil type very well.  Jesus clearly said she had “cares” that caused her to think that hearing from Jesus was not as an important focus as her works of service for Him. What was the primary difference that caused the Marry soil Type 4 to be wiser than the Martha Soil Type 3? They were both sisters living in the same house.

Here is where some Bible teachers would attempt to claim that this was God’s sovereign selection or election.   One woman named Mary was created to be saved and the other named Martha was not chosen.  But that cannot be true.  Humans love the sovereign God belief that everything in life that happens to them was His choice.  This removes the responsibility for their bad choices and places them upon the shoulders of God to blame Him alone.  It is the classic blame shifting we read about in Genesis 3.  Adam said it was this woman that you gave me.  Eve said it was this serpent that deceived me.  This is a major deception of the enemy.  Satan likes humans to believe they have no responsibility for their own bad choices.  However, using God’s evidence given to us from the Bible proves this is NOT TRUE.

No, here we have an example of two soil types that were determined by their own individual priorities, desires, and choices.  One woman named Martha cared more about doing some worldly good serving things than listening to the Word of God.   Maybe you know people like this in your church?  They are great volunteers and servants but if you asked them about the Bible, they might have difficulty to know what it says or means.  Wow, does that mean we should not serve or do good works?  Absolutely not!   This only means the soil type should make the Word of God and fellowshipping with Jesus their number 1 priority above serving.  When God is speaking, we should shut up, stop what we are doing and listen.  We should change our focus off the world and make Him our goal.

Let us ask the question what would have happened if Martha had made the same choice as Mary?  Do you believe that Jesus would have let everyone in the house go hungry?  I remember when Jesus fed 5000 once and 3000 another time after everyone listened without complaining of their hunger.  These large numbers of people were further examples of the good soil type.  They were hungrier in their spirit for His Words than they were for any natural food in their stomachs.  What did Jesus finally do?  I know you remember that He fed them from a small amount and after this they had a lot of food left over.  God was able to multiply a small amount of natural substance to feed them all.  Let us move into another example of the thorny soil.

EXAMPLE 3: A DIFFERENT PATTERN OF SOIL TYPE 3

Mar 10:17  And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running (SOIL 3), and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life

Mar 10:18  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 

Mar 10:19  Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother

Mar 10:20  And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth

Mar 10:21  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me

Mar 10:22  And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions

Mar 10:23  And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God

Mar 10:24  And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

This is an incredibly significant example of how a man’s desires for his natural possessions and wealth overruled his desires for God’s Kingdom.  We can tell by the way the man approached Jesus, that he was humble, honest, and sincere.  He had a significant desire to know the truth.  He even knew a lot of the Bible commands and trusted in his service to obey them.  But when the truth was presented in love to him by Jesus it caused a new problematic change in his focus and attitude.  Suddenly the rich man took his eyes off Jesus and in his mind reflected on everything that he had accumulated to exalt them more than his desire for eternal life.  Jesus was deeply saddened by this man’s reaction and bad choice.  The rich man was also saddened but still turned away from following Jesus and longer.  This was not a wise choice.  In contrast we can read about Moses who was raised in Egypt by Pharaoh’s daughters and he obtained everything that the world could possibly offer, fortune, fame, a life of luxury and power, etc.  But, according to Hebrews 11:25:

Heb 11:25  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

According to God’s Word Moses made the right wise choice to suffer affliction rather than to enjoy temporary pleasures for a short season of his life.  The eternal rewards of making wise choices like Mary and Moses will pay off with far greater benefits than living life here on earth to get only get rich..

EXAMPLE 4: A BIBLE PATTERN OF SOIL TYPE 2

Joh 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world

Joh 6:52  The Jews (Soil Type 1) therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat

Joh 6:53  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you

Joh 6:54  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day

Joh 6:55  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed

Joh 6:56  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him

Joh 6:57  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me

Joh 6:58  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever

Joh 6:59  These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. 

Joh 6:60  Many therefore of his disciples (Soil 2), when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it

Joh 6:61  When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples (Soil 2) murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you

Joh 6:62  What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 

Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words (Seeds) that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life

Joh 6:64  But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 

Joh 6:65  And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 

Joh 6:66  From that time many of his disciples (Soil 2) went back, and walked no more with him

 This is a long set of verses that center on the primary subject of “How to receive Eternal Life”.  Jesus is speaking about spiritual truths that are difficult to understand for unsaved and naturally minded Christians.  It is noticeably clear that Jesus is the Sower in this story. He is there in the synagogue teaching God’s Words.  This is clearly the “Seed” of God being spread verbally from His mouth.  If the soil (people present) received it, it would allow the fruit growing process to start or continue.  However, there are two major problems revealed in this passage taking place in the hearts of a lot of the people that were listening.  First, they did not understand that He was speaking of Spiritual things called “Bread” also known as “Words” and they were only thinking of physical natural bread.  They were also “ignorant that His flesh did come from heaven sent to them by the Word of God (John 1:1-14).  God did this by sending His Word to the heart of Mary who received it, believed it and conceived it to produce the male child Jesus in her womb (Luke 1:38).  Therefore, we have a factor of ignorance and a lack of understanding that caused a significant problem.  Let us look at the next problem.

Problem number two was revealed by Jesus in John 6:61. Here Jesus asks them “Does this offend you?”   This Greek word translated as “offend” is G4624 and it comes from G4625 that we have looked at earlier that means “to set a trap” in order to capture or recapture a free and living creature.  The Greek word G4624 means “to trip or cause to stumble”.  This is a fully accurate description of one of Satan’s key strategies to stop people from being saved.  Many of Christ’s followers admitted they did not understand what He was talking about in John 6:60. They said, “This is a hard saying, who can hear it”.  They were saying, “Who can participate with these words?”  It was the wrong thinking of these disciples that caused their offence in their heart.

John 6:66 is the final confirmation of which soil type these disciples that could not participate with the Word of God.  This verse says, “from this day they turned back and walked no longer with Jesus”.  These were obvious personal choices that they made to begin to “walk with Jesus” and to “walk no more with Him”.  It was the Words that Jesus spoke that caused them to make both decisions.  With the first words that they heard, they must have received and believed them with gladness.  But the later words in this example were suddenly offensive to cause them to be turned away.  What made them offensive?  We should have just learned it was their lack of understanding and their choice to not continue to participate to learn what they meant.  This was a great specific example of Soil Type 2 called the “Stony Ground”.  Jesus’ words became a stumbling block of offence and Satan used it masterfully to get them to all turn away.

CONCLUSION

We could go through example after example in the Bible of the four types of soil given to us in this Parable of the Sower, but I will leave that to you.  I would highly recommend that while you are reading the Bible, pay close attention to why some received, believed, and were saved and why others that heard the same words were not.  There are always reasons given in almost every reference.  Just look up the Greek words that are used to describe each situation and individual.  Notice what was said and how it was heard.  Was it taken as it was intended or was it misunderstood as something totally different like we read about in John 6 about Jesus’ body being Bread from Heaven?

I hope and pray that this lesson was a blessing to you.  I really am blessed to write them and give them to you to read, study and learn.  Also, I am blessed to hear your comments and questions.  I pray that everyone will be ready to meet Jesus, because I believe He is coming soon.  God Bless you all until the next lesson.

Ten Reasons Based Upon the Book of Revelation to Believe in the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church

Rapture Of The Church1(Ver 1.1) This is now Part 7 in the important Bible study series concerning the “Rapture” also called the “Catching Away” of the Church.  We have not studied together in this lesson series for a long time.  But I felt led to share some new thoughts on this subject.  I believe in the light of everything that has been occurring in the world recently with the coronavirus pandemic this subject should gain an increased value for our focus and awareness.  Personally, I believe we are rapidly approaching the end of the church age. There are too many signs that are happening in rapid succession for us not to realize Jesus is coming back to get us very soon.  Today’s subject is focused upon the catching away of the Church by Jesus Christ.  The Church is His Bride, His Body and His Building (Temple) and we should be looking forward to His soon appearance coming in the air to take us up to heaven.

I will warn you that this is another long Bible lesson.  Therefore, you may want to read and study it in sections.  There are approximately 13 section topics.  There are three foundational sections to begin the lesson, followed by ten reasons from the Book of Revelation to believe in a pre-tribulation rapture. Each section could be divided into a single day devotional if that is how you would like to study it.  Others might just like to read the entire lesson like a book.  However you choose to study, please be blessed as we learn to understand the awesome Word of God!

 

THE BLESSED HOPE IN TIMES OF EVIL

We will begin with a truth written by the Apostle Paul to a Pastor named Titus.  Paul was an encourager.  Paul had endured extreme persecution like few have ever had to endure.  Yet, Paul remained optimistic and positive throughout his life.  What caused this hopeful optimism?

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

hope_titus_2_13Christians are experiencing and observing such a rise of evil in the entire world.  But in the center of every evil, like Paul we can remain optimistic to expect Jesus could come and get us at any moment.  What kind of evil had Paul been going through serving Jesus that caused Him to be so cheerful and positive writing to Pastor Titus?  We can read in 1 Corinthians 11 that Pau had been given 39 stripes on his back, 5 times by Roman guards.  Three times Paul had been beaten with iron rods.  Paul was stoned at least once and dragged outside the city being left as dead.  Three times he was sailing in a ship that was shipwrecked.  Paul had to tread water for a long night and day in at least one of these shipwrecks.  Paul was threatened by robbers repeatedly.  Paul informs us that he had been in the condition of severe hunger and thirst frequently.  He also described experiencing extreme conditions of cold and being without clothes.  Paul wrote about all of this while in prison chained to guards.  These were not all the listed trials and troubles that Paul endured, but these words were written to help us to be encouraged to endure.

How many of us today have come close to what Paul had to go through?  Isn’t it amazing how encouraging Paul was despite all the evils that had been done to him?  Notice in Titus 2:13 how Paul encouraged Titus nearly 2000 years ago.  Paul instructs Titus to place his confidences in an unusual concept that was called the “blessed hope”.  Paul defines this as the appearance of Jesus Christ our Savior.  What does this mean to you?

Please allow me to tell what it means to me.  “Looking for” is the Greek word G4327 that means “to wait patiently with confidence”.   “Blessed” is the Greek word G3107 that means “to be supremely blest and happy”.  “Hope” is the Greek word G1680 that means “confidently expecting”.  “Appearing” is the Greek word G2015 that means “to come into visible manifestation”.  And “Savior” is the Greek word G4990 that means “a deliverer”.  So, what is a deliverer?  A “deliverer” is the person that provides something that has been promised and is now expected to arrive at any moment to fulfill the commitment.  Wow, why is this important?  This is what the verse means to me:

Paitiently waiting for the great God Jesus Christ, my supreme blessing with all of my confidence expecting His glorious promised personal appearance to rescue me at any moment!

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That is exactly what I believe God is saying to us in this verse.  But can we confirm what was the promise given to us by the LORD Jesus that will be delivered, honored and fulfilled soon?  I believe we can.  Here is one essential promise made by the LORD Jesus that will be fulfilled to the church very soon to answer our blessed hope:

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 you may be also. 

Jesus, our bridegroom tells us that he must go up to His father’s house to prepare a place for us.  Before He goes, He promises us (His bride) that He will return for us.  And then when He returns, He will “receive” us up to be where He is.  Jesus does three things and tells us that we are the focus of what He will do three times.

1.    I go (ascension into heaven)
2.    And prepare a place (at my Father’s house) For you
3.    I will come again (at the trumpet sound) For you
4.    And receive (rapture, take) You
5.    So that where I am (in heaven) There you will be also

Where is Jesus right now?  According to New Testament Jesus went up to heaven (Acts 1:9).  Now notice the word translated as “receive”.  This is the Greek word G3880 and it is a compound word containing G2983 that literally means “to take” as in “to get hold of”.  This verb implies a divinely forced departure and that sounds a lot like the rapture to me.  Now remember what the angels told the church leaders while they were watching Jesus go up:

Act 1:11  Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

joyful-hope1No matter what you are experiencing today in the world, after reading this entire Bible lesson you should have this same confident joyful expectation of His soon appearance to take us up to be where He is away from all of this evil in our world today.  Let us all divert our eyes off of the temporary troubles, trials and tests of this world to focus them on the eternal things and Jesus Christ.  Let us move to the next reason to believe Jesus is coming soon.

 

 

SHOULD THE RAPTURE
TAKE CHRISTIANS BY TOTAL SURPRISE?

1Th 5:2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
1Th 5:3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
1Th 5:4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

surprise-faceWe have been experiencing a crisis in 2020 that literally has engulfed the entire planet very suddenly and unexpectedly.  People on earth have been dramatically affected in one way or the other.  The number of reported deaths from this plague seem to still be growing all around us.  I believe we are witnessing a significant warning sign of things that are prophesied to happen during the tribulation.  Major unexpected disastrous events and lawlessness will continue to arise with greater intensity and frequency. There will be plagues, famines, earthquakes, volcanos, droughts, floods, tsunamis, hail, tornados, cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons, meteors, etc.   These will be occurring more frequently leading up to and during the tribulation.  Here in 1 Thessalonians, Paul is writing to Christians in the church (you and I) and he says this time of tribulation will not come upon Christians like a thief as it will the rest of the world.  This is because Christians should be aware of the Bible prophecies that inform us of the general timing of this end.

Christians should be wiser than the unbelieving world and be able to observe the indicators that are occurring around us (Mat 16:13).  Christians must desire God’s illumination, receive His light, understand His light, love His light, and walk in His light in order to recognize these world events and to not be deceived by Satan’s attempt at darkening our minds.

I do not believe the church will leave this world as a beaten and defeated bride.  But I believe that we must be ready and expectant of Jesus’ return at any moment.  I pray we can agree and look forward to His soon return.  This Bible study will stand by itself if you would like to read it alone.  But, if you have not read this series from the beginning, you may want to go back and start with “Part 1”.  Let us get into our lesson on the catching away of the church and why we can believe and have confidence that this will happen before the Revelation description of the tribulation event begins.

 

INTRODUCTION:
AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF LOT!

sodoma and gomorraToday’s lesson will focus on ten key reasons from the Book of Revelation that the Rapture is a precursor (indicator, pointer, forerunner) event to the Tribulation and not an event that occurs during or even after the tribulation.  I believe that we the people in Christ can come to the firm belief that a “catching away” of the church must occur before the seven years of God’s judgment and world tribulation can commence.

I know there are other good people that believe differently.   I have heard several Bible teachers that claim the church is going through the tribulation either partially (mid-trib) or fully (post-trib).  But those beliefs just do not balance with what the LORD has shown a lot of other Bible scholars.  Even if you do not believe every reason that is given in this lesson, please at least keep an open mind and go and study what is stated here to see if this is what the Bible actually says.

Please allow me to provide a simple overview of basic end time eschatology as I understand it from my studies.  Jesus Christ is the Bridegroom (Mat 9:15, Mar 2:19) that has gone up into heaven to His Father’s house (John 14:2) to prepare a place (John 14:3) for His bride (the church, 2 Cor 11:2, Eph 5:32). Suddenly without warning He is going to come back for us (1 Cor 15:52), and the church is required to make herself ready (Rev 19:7) for His unexpected appearing (Mat 25:10).  Shortly after the catching away of the church the antichrist is revealed to the world (2 Th 2:3) and tribulation is initiated (Mar 13:19).  This time of tribulation will continue a total of 2520 days, which is equivalent to 84 months (Rev 11:2 + Rev 13:5), which is equivalent to 7 years.  While this judgment of the people on the earth is taking place (Rev 6:17), the wedding supper of the LAMB happens in heaven simultaneously (Rev 19:9).  Then Jesus riding on a white horse returns to the earth with the church saints riding behind Him to rid the earth of all evil (Rev 19:14).  Satan, the beast and the false prophets with all those that have taken his mark are cast into hell for 1000 years (Rev 19:20, Rev 20:2) while Jesus and His Saints rule a new kingdom of peace upon the earth.  Satan is then released from hell to deceive anyone that he can (Rev 20:7-8).  Satan with his new followers are finally defeated.  The Great White Throne Judgment of all unbelievers takes place (Rev 20:11) with a permanent end to the surface earth dwelling of all evil being thrown into hell (Rev 20:15).  This completes God’s recorded judgement of evil.   And then the earth and the heavens will be burned with fire (2 Pet 3:7) and a new heaven and new earth is established (Rev 21:1).  That was a lot of general overview information of end time events lacking many details.

But some believe that even though Jesus knows about the judgement that is coming upon the earth during the tribulation, He is going to permit His future bride (aka His body) to stay here on the earth to be raped, beaten, or even killed by a brutal evil world ruler.  They claim that “This will be used to test the bride before He can come save her”.  What loving husband who is knowledgeable and who could save His bride from His own judgments upon the unjust world would sit idly and allow this to happen to her?  Would any loving and caring husband who judges evil righteously do nothing to save His already justified and forgiven clean future wife?  What kind of sadistic husband would this make our God and Jesus our covenant husband?

These are incredibly good questions to consider.  Is God Love? Yes (1 John 4:16). Does Jesus Love His Bride? Yes! (Eph 5:25). If a sane natural husband would not permit this to happen to his future wife before the wedding, why would an infinitely greater supernatural God who is all knowing and all powerful not be far more gracious and kind?

Do you remember what Abraham asked God when he was negotiating for the life of his nephew Lot?  Abraham asked God “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”  Wow, do we NOT know that this statement still applies today to the subject of the church bride and the tribulation?  Abraham asked God in Genesis 18:24 and 25 these questions:

Gen 18:24  Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
Gen 18:25  That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 

What wisdom Abraham displays before our LORD.  Abraham is pleading his legal case before the supreme court of heaven and says to our JUDGE “To slay the righteous with the wicked, that be far from thee to do, shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”.  Wow again!  Yet we have Christian ministers even on TV that claim God will not do right and will commit or at least permit this kind of evil on His bride during the tribulation.  What kind of God are we serving today?  Is there a perverted justice system in heaven now?  Has the Judge now changed to be a different kind of God than Abraham’s God?  If our God has changed, then Malachi 3:6 is a lie.  Malachi 3:6 says very clearly “I am the LORD and I change not”.  Also, according to Jesus, we need to learn God’s commentary on this story of Lot.  He says something that is truly relevant to our discussion of the rapture:

Luk 17:28  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Luk 17:29  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Luk 17:30  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

According to the words of Jesus our LORD and Savior, He claims “as it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be when He will be again revealed to the earth”.  Jesus very clearly states the righteous were first taken out of the city before ANY judgments of God would begin.  This is a noticeably historical clear pattern of the righteous being removed the judgement of evil people.  This means this must be what occurs in any similar future situation before the judgment and demise of the unrighteous in the tribulation.  I believe that is an excellent foundational reason to believe in a “Pre-Tribulation” rapture and we have not even started to read and study in Revelation.

Let us go and explore some more good reasons found in the book of Revelation to believe in this Pre-Judgment catching away by force (G726=Harpazo) of God’s righteous saints.

 

REASON #1
CHURCH NOT MENTIONED BY NAME AFTER CHAPTER 3

missing_word_1The church is explicitly mentioned by name 19 times in the Book of Revelation.  Eighteen times the Greek word G1577 transliterated as “ekklesia” occurs in 18 verses of chapters 1, 2 and 3.  This word literally means “a called-out people”.  But suddenly this called out woman named the church is not referred to by name again until chapter 22 five verses before the end of the entire book. Therefore, the church is mentioned directly before the tribulation and directly after the tribulation at the end by name but never during the tribulation.  Ask yourself this basic question.  What happened to the church after Chapter 3 until chapter 22?  Why is the Holy Spirit suddenly no longer speaking directly about the “ekklesia” after chapter 3 by name?  Is this a hidden clue and indication for what happened to the church?  I believe this is exactly what is happening by God’s design.

I believe this is very important and we must remember there are 18 direct named references to the church on the earth (called “ekklesia”) in the first 3 chapters of Revelation and then not again until the end of the book after tribulation is completed. Could this be a sign and a hidden clue for what will happen to us? I believe it is.

Also remember that there are 7 specifically named churches by physical location given to us in chapters 2 and 3.  All the other references are general “church” or “churches” references.  I believe that the direct mention of this name is a revelation that confirms the church is physically present on the earth before the tribulation commences but not after.

There is no doubt in my mind that Jesus was speaking to physical born-again people in these 7 letters to the churches.  But beginning in chapter 4 a dramatic change takes place and none of these names or locations are referred to again.  Not the 1) “ekklesia” in general or, 2) not the specific local church in Ephesus (Rev 2:1), 3) not the specific church in Smyrna (Rev 2:8), 4) not the specific church in Pergamum (Rev 2:12), 5) not the specific church in Thyatira (Rev 2:18), 6) not the specific church in Sardis (Rev 3:1), 7) not the specific church in Philadelphia (Rev 3:7) and finally 8) not the specific church in Laodicea (Rev 3:14).  What must have occurred in the future prophecy starting in Revelation 4:1, for there to be no further direct physical mention of the church on the earth in the book of Revelation?

Ok, we are going to explore something new that also applies to our study.  If we search the Bible, we will not find the literal name “church” in the Old Testament either.  Why is the church name not found anywhere in the Old Testament?  However, maybe you have read O.T. verses and can see that many of these do apply to the modern church.  In fact, we should know that we can find many O.T. quotations in the New Testament that the Holy Spirit used to explain church principles, concepts and doctrines.  But the church is never directly named in the O.T.  This seems to indicate that the church was hidden and concealed in the O.T. and I believe this too is a pattern for why the church is not mentioned directly by name during the tribulation.

The only logical explanation that I have found for there to be no direct mention of the “ekklesia” after Revelation 3, is that the church has been taken up and off the earth into heaven by a divine forced sudden departure.  This lack of mention of the church appears to be an indicator for the sudden exit from within the natural realm to now be only seen within the hidden spiritual realm.  The lack of any further mention in Revelation provides us the foundation to believe we are hidden and concealed from natural human view and can only be seen by those in the spiritual dimension.  Let us get back to Lot and end this introduction.

A pre-tribulation rapture fits perfectly with the pattern described to happen to Lot being taken out of Sodom first by angels.  We could say Lot was saved by angels using a pre-fire and brimstone taking out.  In other words, if Lot had been removed out of the fire by angels during the middle of the fire and brimstone falling none of them would have survived.  Nor could Lot and his family be taken out after the end of the fire and brimstone judgment because survival would not have saved them.  I hope we are seeing something new in this that we have never seen before.

Therefore, these parallels from what has happened to Lot in the past teaches us that the church must be removed prior to the tribulation.  If this does not occur the pattern for what has occurred in the past does not align correctly with what must occur in the rapture of the church in our future (Ecclesiastes 1:9). I believe the church will be taken up into heaven by angels to be raised into an elevated new spiritual perspective.  If we read the story of Lot after the angels removed them from the city of Sodom, they were also told not to stay in the plain to be destroyed but rather “to go up” into the mountains.  Within typology “going up” into a mountain is like going up in a rapture event (Gen 19:17).  They were also told never to look back at the destruction.  I believe this is another of the direct parallel typology for us in the church while in heaven not being able to see the judgement that will be occurring on the earth.  Finally, in Genesis 19:22 the angel informs Lot that the destruction of Sodom cannot begin until they have fully departed.  All of this is types and shadows of things that will happen to us.

We will end this important foundational section with one final point.  The Greek word G1577 “ekklesia” is formed by combining two Greek words.  The first is “ek” G1537 and this was often times translated as “out”.  This word represents a prepositional term that means “origin” as in the point where motion or action proceeds.  I hope that did not pass you by.  We need to understand that a rapture is a “motion event”, moving us from point A on the earth to point B up in heaven.  The second Greek word “kaleo” G2564 literally means “to call aloud”.  It comes from another Greek root word G2753 “to incite by word”.  Two synonyms for incite could be to 1) “initiate” or 2) “cause” something to happen by speaking.  This is like a king giving a command and expecting it to be carried out immediately.  Is this name an accident or a divine design?  I believe it is the later.  We have just learned that the literal name of the church “ekklesia” signifies a rapture event.  That just cannot be a chance occurrence.  God is teaching us that our name “church” represents someone (God) giving a royal command to take us out of this world.

God’s word is filled with intentional connected design patterns.  And all this information is one of the most profound revelations that teaches the church has been physically removed from the earth and has gone up into heaven to be hidden with our Bridegroom after the end of chapter 3 of Revelation.

 

REASON #2
WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCHES
ENDS IN THE LAST VERSE OF CHAPTER 3

Rev 3:22  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

stoptalkingThere are 7 verses in chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation where John writes a command to the churches.  We can read this spoken command in Revelation 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:29, 3:6, 3:13 and 3:22.  This phrase always starts with “He that has an ear, let him hear”.  Who are these people that are supposed to hear? We find out the answer by continuing to read the end of the verse command.  “What the Spirit says to the churches” is how these verses all ended.  Therefore, we in the church are required to hear what the Spirit is saying to us here on the earth right here and now. Some people who believe they are Christians do not believe the Spirit of God ever speaks to them.  According to these verses He is speaking if we choose to tune our ears to listen and hear Him.  That sounds like it is a personal choice to listen.  It also implies God is speaking and trying to get us to hear even if we are not listening.  Why are we going over these verses and why are they important to us learning about a pretribulation rapture?  Great questions, I am so glad you asked.

Think about how the book of Revelation was laid out and designed by the Holy Spirit.  There is not one word given that is there by random chance.  Many Bible teachers and scholars believe that the list of 7 churches selected by Jesus to write to in Revelation 2 and 3, fit the pattern description of the entire 2000-year church age.  If Jesus had listed the churches in any other order or selected any different church, the pattern would not match according to these teachers and scholars.  While this is not firm evidence it is a significant matter to consider.  If this selected church pattern is true, it would cause us to easily believe that the church age has ended after chapter 3 and what follows is a different dispensation of time outside of God’s ordered period of Grace.

Think with me and consider this fact from Romans 5:20 where God declares “where sin abounds, Grace does much more abound”.  Where in reading the book of Revelation, does it ever appear that Grace is abounding to hold back the judgment of evil?  Can we see the potential conflict, if the church remains on the earth during this 7-year time?  Please do not misunderstand what was just said.  There are elements of divine grace being displayed many times in Revelation, but these are provided during a time of the simultaneous descriptions of divine destructive judgements like we read about in the story of Lot.  Did Lot have to hide in the city while the fire fell?  Did God have to put a divine umbrella over Lot before or while the fire fell?  No, the LORD took him and his family completely out of the city and then judgement started.

If the church is present during the book of Revelation judgments of God, that would appear to nullify verses found in Romans 5 and 6 and 2 Corinthians 8:7 and other that claim the Church is under God’s Grace. Let us continue and read another verse that will assist us in solving the issue of God’s grace versus His judgments and where the church is during this time of judgment:

Rev 13:9  If any man have an ear, let him hear. 

Here is another one of the main points that we need to see and understand.  The phrase “He that hath an ear, let him hear” occurs a total of 8 times in the Book of Revelation.  It occurs once in each of the letters to the seven churches where God includes the ending phrase “what the Spirit of God says to the churches”.  But there is a similar phrase that is used by God in Revelation 13:9 where the complete phrase has been modified significantly.  Let us analyze the two phrases to find the exact changes taking place by the Holy Spirit’s choice.  I will give Revelation 3:22 with all the Greek words first from the KJV.  Then we will see Revelation 13:9 from the KJV with all Greek words and then we will read from the NASB with all the Greek Words:

REV 3:22 He who has(G2192) an ear(G3775), let him hear(G191) what the Spirit says to the churches. (KJV)

(KJV)REV 13:9 If any man(G1536) have(G2192) an ear,(G3775) let him hear.(G191) (KJV)

REV 13:9 If(G1487) anyone(G5100) has(G2192_ an ear(G3775), let him hear(G191_ (NASB)

In Revelation 13:9 God adds at the beginning of the phrase a new word that means “whosoever”, “anyone” or “any man”. Then He completely removes the ending phrase “what the Spirit says to the churches” at the conclusion of the verse.  This is a radical change to who this verse is being written and spoken to.  It completely shifts the target audience that is instructed to listen and hear and converts the phrase to a conditional announcement with “If” in front of it.

In Revelation 13: 9 of the KJV God added one new Greek word G1536 and it is a composite of two other Greek words G1487 and G5100.  G1487 occurs in over 300 verses and it is most often translated as “if”.  If is a word that introduces conditionality to the next statement that follows.  Conditionality simply means there are requirements for one or more instructions to be met.  Wow, this was NOT the message given to the churches in the 7 church letters of Revelation 2 and 3 that had no conditions.

G5100 is the next compound word of G1536 and it is a word that is often translated as “any man”.  The Strong’s definition says it means “any” or “some”.  God appears to be asking “if any man” as in, “is there anyone that can still hear what I am trying to say on the earth?  This is what I believe, is God’s plea for a human still living on the earth to seek His love, mercy, and grace to be saved.

Revelation 13:9 informs us that God is no longer speaking direct words to His saved church and has shifted His message to anyone else on earth that still desires to want to listen to Him.  This clearly implies that the church is not present on the earth to hear these pleas but, it does indicate God is still available to save if any desire to hear Him.

What is God teaching us with this?  It must be the fact of truth that the churches are no longer physically present on the earth to be spoken to during this 7-year time of tribulation.  That is the only logical explanation of this clue that makes any common sense.  The only people that could possibly hear what the Spirit was saying on the earth during Revelation 13 would be those that needed to hear and wanted to listen to potentially get saved by believing in Jesus.  I believe this is the only valid interpretation for the shift of the intended audience from the exact same phrase “has an ear let him hear” being repeated 8 times in the book of Revelation.  I pray that everyone will see and agree.

There is truth in every verse of the Bible but often it is overlooked because of our lack of understanding of God’s designed requirement for us to search for it (Prov 25:2).  I do want to make a quick final point in this section.  I believe some people will get saved during the tribulation.  We can see indications of this in Revelation 7 when God speaks of 144,000 being sealed from 12 named tribes.  There are also other verses that indicate this like Revelation 20:4 describing people who had their heads chopped off for having the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Salvation will still be made available for anyone who has not taken the mark of the beast (Rev 19:20, Rev 20:4).    Let us move to reason 3.

 

REASON #3
JUDGMENT BEGINS AT THE HOUSE OF THE LORD

judgment_begins_house_of_GodToo many Christians today emphasize the Grace of God without balancing the Justice and Judgment of God.  We are living at the end of God’s Church Age of Grace.  However, the Bible clearly teaches that there are still consequences for Christian sin in the church today (Gal 6:7, Rom 6:23 1 Jn 5:16, Jas 1:15, Rom 6:16, etc.).  A lot of people ignore these verses and that is sad.  I could list many others for you, but I will focus on only a couple of scriptural examples that stand out in contrast to the extreme unbalanced Grace message.  Acts chapter five reveals 2 Christians named Ananias and Sapphira that fell down dead in a long church service being preached by Peter.  Extreme Grace teachers attempt to explain this away as two people that were not saved.  That make this God’s judgement upon unbelievers and we should read Revelation to know this judgment will not occur until these 7 years.  But if that were true and God judged sinners and liars in the world today, then everyone that ever lied or sinned would be dead and no one be available to get saved.  This unfounded interpretation that these two were not saved Christians would mean God would be unjust if He did not judge everyone that committed the same sin with the same verdict of immediate death.

No, these two people had to be saved, born again people that made a huge mistake while a gift of the Holy Spirit (a Word of Knowledge) was in manifestation.  I believe that Judgment fell on them as an example to other saved Christians in the church to not repeat the error.  As a result, a great “fear” of God came upon everyone that witnessed this judgment or heard about it.  This should include you and I also.  You see a fear coming on the church would not result from a sinner’s death.  If you do not believe this interpretation is correct that I just gave you, please keep reading to find out what Peter wrote about it in his letter to the churches.  I will go into that after one more example.

Another judgment of a saved Christian in the church of Corinth took place in 1 Corinthians 5.  Paul was not present in the flesh but still heard about a man that had taken his father’s wife so that he was committing fornication with his stepmother.  Paul was writing about this to the church as a warning for us in the church to not commit the same immorality.  Paul said I have turned him over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh that his soul might be saved (1 Cor 5:5).  Paul was speaking about a Christian man that was being judged for his sin while alive on the earth.  Paul claimed that he was going to die young before his old age as a consequence for his sin.  This is how God in the church age of grace operates.  If you go and read and study 2 Corinthians, you may learn that this young man changed and repented and did not die young.  This is a great example of how 1 John 1:9 works in the age of grace.  Sin can be confessed to Jesus and God is faithful and just to forgive us.

Yes, God does show us grace.  But God still says that sin has consequences if not confessed.  Ok, this information is potentially offensive to a lot of Christians.  I do not want to offend anyone.  But like Peter and Paul taught us we in the church must be warned.  Let us review a particularly important verse that applies to what this section is about.  This verse applies directly to the example we reviewed in Acts 5 because the Apostle Peter was present then and this is what he wrote about judgment falling on the unsaved world.  Uh oh, I mean the church.  Read this verse very carefully and see how it applied to Acts 5 and 1 Corinthians 5:

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 

God is warning the church through the Apostle Peter that the time to be judged for our willful intentional sins has already commenced during this age of Grace.  God is simply saying Christians should not be like the world.  We should not be doing what the world is doing. According to this verse the world will not be judged during this age of grace, but the church will be judged for doing what they do.  Wow, this is important.  We all need to analyze what the world is doing and make sure we are not following them.  Christians should be following the direction of the Holy Spirit and the Bible.

Notice what Peter wrote.  He divided people into two categories.  Those in the house of God and those not in it.  Therefore, we know that God’s judgment begins in the house and family of God long before it is initiated to those that are not in God’s family.  In fact, Peter implies that if it is hard for believers in Christ to be saved, how much harder will it be for those that do not obey at the end of age during the tribulation.  Wow, again.    Let us read another verse that comes to us from the next letter written by Peter.

2Pe 2:9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: 

Here is another verse that compares God’s different types of dealings between the righteous opposed to the unrighteous.  This verse again confirms that the righteous will not be judged and punished with the unrighteous people.  Did you notice the timing of the unrighteous judgment?  Peter wrote and called it the “day of judgment”.  That phrase is used 9 times in the New Testament from Matthew to Jude to describe God’s time of judgment during the tribulation.  Some might try to say this is the Great White Throne Judgment after the tribulation has ended, but that is a very limiting and restrictive definition of the phrase “a day”.  A day can many times represent more than a 12-hour period of daylight.  Figuratively a day can represent an entire period of time even up to a period of 7 days of years (one week of years).

Rev 14:6  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

Notice we have a revealed angel that we will talk more about later in another reason.  But he is going about the earth to preach the gospel to Christians.  Whops, that was a sarcastic slip.  No He was present on the earth to preach the gospel to “those that dwell on the earth”.  This is a frequent term used in  Revelation for people that are not saved.  This angel is preaching to every nation, race, and language of unsaved people.  That statement tells me the church is not here on the earth to hear this message.  Let us read the next verse:

Rev 14:7  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Notice what this angel, says to the people that are left here dwelling on the earth during the tribulation.  This supernatural being flying in the air about the earth uses the exact same Greek word G2920 that we read about in 2 Peter for “judgment” day.  Here we have a more narrowed viewpoint on the timing for God’s judgment to be limited to an “hour”.  I believe this still represents a greater expanse of time than just 60 literal minutes.  I believe this is also a figurative expression connoting a longer time but a time that is significantly shorter than a day that we read about in Peter’s letter.

Notice that this angel during the tribulation claims the “judgment of the LORD has come” to the earth.  That makes it sound like it is something new.  But this is the same type of judgment that we were told which first started at the House of God way back when Peter wrote this in his letter nearly 2000 years ago.  The only difference what is happening in the church today and what will happen in the tribulation then is the fact that the future judgment in the tribulation is only against the unrighteous (unsaved).

We just went through a lot of information that was not found in the book of Revelation to help us understand what the book of Revelation is saying.  God is informing the church that we will be judged long before this end time 7-year tribulation judgment of the unsaved world begins.  This is just another presentation of the evidence of God’s truth in His Word to say, “the righteous church will not be judged at the same time as the unrighteous world”.  That belief would be unjust and would not align with Lot’s removal from Sodom.  However, as we have seen that does not mean that we in the church will never be judged.  It only means God is working on His bride now here on the earth to help clean us up so that we can be ready for his catching away.

I would highly recommend that you go and reread chapters 2 and 3 of the Book of Revelation.  These 2 chapters contain the 7 letters written to the physical churches on the earth. Notice in the letters how Jesus speaks of what is good in the churches and what is not.  If any changes are required to cause them to fulfill their purpose and call, Jesus is very direct in warning them to repent.  For example, check out what Jesus says in this verse to a church:

Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

I am amazed at some modern extreme grace teachers who claim Christians never have the need of any repentance.   Jesus very clearly teaches us that if He loves us, He will rebuke and chasten us.  When Jesus does this to anyone, we need to listen, hear and obey to do what He says and be very quick to repent.

 

REASON #4
JESUS PROMISED US WE CAN BE SAVED
FROM THE TEMPTATION TO COME ON ALL THE WORLD

Rev 3:10  Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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We have looked at this verse before in a previous lesson, but it is so incredibly good that we will review it quickly as another confirmation from the book of Revelation for our belief in a pre-trib rapture.  This verse was written to the specific church of Philadelphia in Revelation chapter 3.  But it technically applies to every church as does each of the letters because of the statement “what the Spirit says to the churches (plural)”.  Notice what Jesus just said to this church in Philadelphia!  This is a very profound promise.  Jesus says because you have kept the Word of my patience, I will also keep you from the hour of temptation that will come to try them that dwell upon the earth. Remember we learned in the last section that “them that dwell on the earth” is a phrase that refers to unsaved earth inhabitants.  That information alone separates the church from the unsaved to be treated differently.

We learned in Part 5 of the series that God is not the tempter or tester of humans.  I will not repeat all the verses that were provided to prove that statement.  Here we understand Jesus is speaking of saving us from a coming time in the future and we can begin to read about this in Revelation 6:

Rev 6:15  And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Rev 6:16  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath (G3709) of the Lamb:
Rev 6:17  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand

These verses describe a horrific time to be alive on the earth.  It includes everyone physically alive by the description of every bondsman and every free man.  That leaves no one out.  What do these people cry?  They are crying for the mountains that they are hiding in to fall on them.  Why would anyone that is sane want such a thing to occur?  The answer is given to us in verse 16.  They say, “Hide us from the face of Him that sits on the throne”.  We could think that this is our Almighty God in general or God the Father in particular.  But, the focus of who is sitting on the throne is narrowed to the “LAMB” by the Holy Spirit’s choice.  Uh oh?  Isn’t He the One the church is in covenant with?  Isn’t He the Bridegroom of the church?  It appears to me that “wrath” coming down from heaven, from the LAMB and occurring in the first 42 months of the tribulation proves His church bride is not present on the earth to be judged with the unrighteous.

We must see this because this is essential.  The LAMB of God is pouring out His justice upon the earth and all its people.  But He is our covenant making and covenant keeping faithful Husband.  Does this sound right for Him to be pouring out wrath upon us with the world?  What is He mad and angry with us about?  I just do not understand why someone would claim the bride of the LAMB would be treated the same as the unsaved world.  Let us confirm this with scripture:

1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us (the church) to wrath (G3709), but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ (the LAMB),

Either God is a liar (NOT), or the church cannot be on the earth when Jesus our sacrifice LAMB pours out His wrath.  The exact same Greek word G3709 for wrath is used here in 1 Thessalonians as was selected by the Holy Spirit in Revelation 6:16 describing the wrath of the LAMB.  So, either Jesus Christ is not the LAMB (NOT), or the church is not in the flesh on the earth during these 7 years.  Which one do you believe is the truth?  Notice the Greek word translated as “salvation” in 1 Thessalonians is G4991 and this word could be translated as “rescue” or “safety”.  It comes from another Greek word G4990 that is used for titles of the LORD Jesus and it was translated as “Savior” and “Deliverer”.  We were introduced to this word in the first section of the lesson.  This word translated as “salvation” informs us that we will be removed from the place of danger and hurt like Lot was rescued and taken to safety prior to the destruction of Sodom.  Ok, Let us look at another verse that describes Jesus as “Savior” and confirm that we belong to Him.

Php 3:20  For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which also we are looking for the Savior (G4990), the Lord Jesus Christ,

Are you looking for your “Deliverer”?  Are you expecting your “Savior” to come and get you?  Are we expecting a “Rescue” out of the coming judgment wrath of the LAMB on this earth or are we expecting to be judged with the unrighteous?   Those are great questions to ask and answer while we still can.  I believe He is coming sooner than we think.

I would highly recommend that you go back and read “Part 5” in the series for more details on this subject of the church being saved from the tribulation to come.  This belief and interpretation will align very well with the patterns that we have found describing Lot being taken out of the city before the judgment fell on the ungodly.  God will NOT judge the righteous with the unrighteous.  That behavior would violate HIS character and nature and would cause Him to be unjust.  Since the judgement and penalty of our sins have been taken out on Jesus Christ on the cross, we will be spared from any future tribulation judgments.  To judge the church again would represent “double-jeopardy”.  God’s justice system demands that He does what is right and not judge the righteous with the evil people that have not accepted Jesus as Savior.  I will end this section with one more confirming verse:

Joh 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. 

Notice what Jesus says here.  There are two different types of people being compared.  One is called “believers” and other is called “unbelievers”.  The believing group has “eternal life” and the unbelievers do not.  Now notice the mention of our subject of “wrath”.  This is the same Greek word as the previous verses.  The Holy Spirit writes very clearly that it is ONLY the unbelievers that will have the wrath of God abiding on them.  This is just another way of teaching us the church cannot be present when God’s wrath is being poured out.  Remember this is Jesus speaking to us.  Are you a believer?  If you are not yet a believer, you can become one right now.  Let us move to the next reason.

 

REASON #5
COME UP HITHER!
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Rev 4:1  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

This is one of the strongest reasons for believing in a pretribulation rapture.  I believe this is a major factor for trusting in the LORD to rescue His church before the tribulation of God’s judgment.  Recall the design of the book of Revelation that was mentioned before.  The book begins in chapter 1 with the revealing of Jesus and is then followed by His praises, directions, and admonitions spoken directly to His churches in chapters 2 and 3.  After this , suddenly the references to the physical church on the earth stop.  The church by no further direct references can be said to disappear from the book until the end.  Wow, I believe this is a great general overview for the pattern of the entire church age.  Let us see if this fits with the life of Jesus on the earth.

Jesus was born and revealed to the world in a manger in Bethlehem.  After this He grew up in Nazareth in wisdom and age, was baptized by John when he was 30, and then he went about teaching, preaching, and healing everyone that would come to Him.  After this, He died, arose from the grave and after 40 days went up to heaven.  Does this seem to be a similar pattern for the church and the book of Revelation? Yes, I believe it does. Now let us see what God says by analyzing some of the details of Revelation 4:1, to learn how it could possibly fit into the pattern of the church age.  Let us read the beginning of verse 1 in chapter 4:

Rev 4:1  After this ….

Notice how Revelation chapter 4 begins by God’s design.   Verse 1 opens with the phrase “After this…”.  I want us to focus and ask the question about the first two words of the verse asking “After WHAT?”  This phrase “after this” indicates something that had previously happened has been terminated and something new is about to be initiated.  “After this” represents a progressive sequenced order of events.  This is like I did in the paragraph above describing the life of Jesus on the earth.  What has just happened before this statement?  Remember there are no chapter and verse divisions in the original writing.  The answer is Jesus was just speaking to His church and suddenly stopped.  These two words imply heavily what is about to happen next occurs only after Jesus has finished with His “church”.  This implies that the church age is done, finished, and completed.  The age of Grace has ceased.  Uh oh!  These two words appear to represent an important transition.  Let’s continue to the next phrase.

Rev 4:1  After this I looked,….

I just want to focus quickly on the word “I looked”.  This is G1492 and it means became aware, I saw, or I observed something.  It is generally used in the past tense.  It implies in this verse that John had observed something new that had not previously been seen or known to him.  We also get this impression by noticing the next word in the phrase:

Rev 4:1  After this I looked, and, behold….

Now notice the word translated as “behold”.  This is the Greek word G2400 that is used in 213 verses of the N.T.  It is a word that denotes a measure of surprise or awe.  Perhaps you noticed that I like to use the word “Wow” in my Bible lessons to express the same amount of emphasis and wonder.  In many of God’s usages of this Greek word we can clearly see the immediate supernatural involvement of God or angels sent by divine direction to do something that is unexpected, new, and amazing.  This word usage in Revelation 4:1 appears to imply that God is about to cause a departure from normal human affairs to do something supernaturally spectacular.  I would recommend that you go read through these verses to get the concept being described.  The idea being given to us by God in these combined initial phrases in Revelation 4:1 appears to say something sudden and unexpected is about to divinely occur at the end of and after the Church age.  I wonder what that could be?  Let us continue to read and find out:

Rev 4:1 …a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither,…
Rev 4:2  And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

Notice what just happened unexpectedly.  God provides us a description of five-steps in a process:

1). a door in heaven will be opened,
2). a voice like a trumpet sounds
3). shouts “Come up here”
4). immediately John was in the spiritual realm
5). Having been “taken up” to stand before the throne of Jesus.

Wow, that is amazing! Why is all of this mentioned directly before beginning the description of the seven years of tribulation? Does any of these words help us in the church to understand God’s timing of events?  I believe it does and that this literal past event that happened to John close to 2000 years ago, represents a prophecy of the soon coming event we call the “rapture” of the church.  God does this repeatedly in the Bible.  He uses one historic real and specific event to be a type, or we could call it a pattern of a greater future spiritual event that has not yet occurred.  Asking good questions is essential to understanding the Bible.  Therefore, let us ask some more good questions.

Why did God do this catching up of John?  Was it necessary for God to give John this vision of what would be happening later at the end of the church age in heaven?  Obviously, it was not necessary.  For example, we can read about Peter receiving a spiritual vision of future a future event on the earth, while he was praying on a rooftop in Acts 10:9-10.  There is no mention of Peter being taken up to heaven during this message from God. We need to understand the difference between these two visions within the early church leaders. Peter’s vision was given from the church’s perspective on the earth in the physical realm.  But John’s vision was given to him from the perspective of the church being transformed into the spiritual realm standing in heaven with Jesus personally.  Wow, that sounds important to know.

Also, I do not recall any O.T. prophet that was caught up into heaven to be shown what was going to happen to Israel in the future and then returning to the earth to write about it?  Moses going up on a mountain to meet with God is the closest event like this that I know of.  Can we see how John’s vision is a major change of how God had dealt with prophets many times before?  I believe that is a significant clue.  I will admit that Paul was caught up into the third heaven in 2 Cor 12:2-4. I believe that this was a confirming pattern of human experience for a future rapture event that could suddenly occurs to the church.  In fact, these verses use the exact same Greek word G726 (harpazo) that that we have been looking at in this series.  I believe 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 was given to us as a proof text to the fact that raptures have occurred in the past as well as it provides us evidence that they can and will happen again in the future.  But I still believe that Paul’s experience was for a different divine purpose and experience than John’s in Revelation 4:1. I believe this because Paul was not permitted to write much about his experiences in any detail.  I believe John’s experience of being taken up was for revealing God’s detailed plan for the timing of the rapture more than to just prove that a sudden going up could occur.  We all have a choice to believe this or not, but I choose to believe it this way.

God’s placement of this catching up of John is at the perfect location in the book of Revelation to reveal a pretribulation rapture.  I believe I have said this before but please notice that this catching away event occurs immediately after Jesus had finished dealing with the churches and before the beginning of the tribulation.  I believe that there cannot be any better placement within the book of Revelation that God could more clearly represent a “pre-tribulation” catching away of the church without just openly stating it in the plain text.

Please stop looking for every truth to be plainly stated.  That is NOT how God wrote the Bible.  Jesus proved this by informing the Jewish people to “search their scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, but these are they that testify of me” (John 5:39).  We can see from this one statement that the truth of Jesus was hidden and had to be searched out to find Him.

Rev 4:1  After this …. must be hereafter.

Ok we need to notice how the beginning and ending phrases of verse 1 match.  Notice these were translated as “After this” and “must be hereafter”.  The ending phrase “be hereafter” is identical to the beginning phrase “after this” in the original Greek.  Both phrases come from two Greek words G3326 (meta) and G5023 (tauta).  This phrase occurs several times in the Bible and it is often translated as “after this”, “after that” or “after these things”.  This phrase teaches us the truth concerning a series of events limited within the fourth dimension of time that must occur in a precise determined order.  We can learn that something new or different is about to happen that has followed something else that just concluded.  In other words what will happen next is something fresh that occurs after what has past, and these previous things are now implied to have ended.

I am going to ask again to make sure no one missed it.  What are the things that have ended that God was just talking about in chapter 2 and 3?  The easy answer from what we read must be God’s dealing with the church on the earth has ended.  That makes great logical sense to me.  Then at the end of the verse God uses “meta tauta” again to say, “after this event”.  What event did God just do to John?  God took John up in a rapture into heaven to stand before the throne of Jesus.  Therefore, what comes after this rapture by God’s design, begins to teach us of something brand new that has never previously occurred to this extent or in this order. These words and the combining of them with named precise events are describing the separate distinct and ordered pattern of events in succession that must occur.  I believe this is the plan of God.

  1. Jesus deals with the Churches
  2. After this the Church Age Ends
  3. Followed by the Rapture of the Church
  4. Followed by the 7 years of Tribulation and Judgment of Israel and the world

Let us review some other important descriptive facts found in Revelation 4:1 to add to our consideration of why this verse represents the church rapture.  If we read verse 1 carefully it appears to parallel the pattern description of the rapture found in 1 Thessalonians 4 because of God’s specific word usage and selection.  Read this verse in 1 Thessalonians 4 and see if you can agree there is a divine connection between these two verse event descriptions:

1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump (G4536) of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up (harpazo) together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 

God uses the exact same Greek word translated as “trumpet” both in Revelation 4:1 and here.  This Greek word is G4536 and it is only found in 11 verses in the entire N.T.  It occurs 4 times after Revelation 4:1 in chapters 8 and 9 dealing with 7 angels with 7 trumpets.  These are called the trumpet judgements.  After these verses, this Greek word is NOT used in any other verse of Revelation.  Uh oh?  I thought a great number of people believed in a mid or post-tribulation rapture?   Why would there be only a mention of a trumpet rapture event before the tribulation begins describing someone going up into heaven?  I think that should be a potential problem for believing in anything but a pretribulation catching away of the church.  We could talk a lot more about this, but we will move on to another connection to consider.

Notice the fact that in conjunction with a trumpet being mentioned a shout occurs.  1 Thessalonians does not mention the shout phrase but it does say clearly it occurs.  Now notice in Revelation 4:1 the actual shout is given “COME UP HERE!” but we are told it is a shout.  That appears to confirm another very profound parallel to the same descriptions.  Let us move quickly now to a rapture reference found in 1 Corinthians:

1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump (G4536): for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 

Notice the profound process being described here by the Holy Spirit.  God writes this is a mystery.  This teaches us that the message has been and potentially still is hidden. We all understand this because there is still such a great debate occurring in the church with us wondering when the rapture will occur.   Notice what Paul writes. Paul says not everyone will die a natural death.  But we shall be changed.  Changed is a Greek word that means made different and we know this is speaking of becoming incorruptible and immortal by reading the context.  Then the Holy Spirit says in a moment or a twinkling of the eye this change will take place.  The Greek word G823 (atomos) means something that is indivisible.  That is a description of such fast rapid event that we cannot even fully imagine it.

Notice the word selection of the Holy Spirit to select and use the exact same word found in Revelation 4:1 for “trumpet”.  This word was translated as “trump” in Thessalonians, but it is the same Greek word we just read here. God is connecting these verses by designed divine word choice.  Also note that this reference to the G4536 trumpet in Revelation 4:1 is the last trumpet blast used to call up people into heaven used by God.  That would appear to match what we are reading here in verse 52 of 1 Cor 15 saying the “last trump”.  The Greek word G2078 translated as “last” is not used this way in the book of Revelation at all.  It occurs 7 times in Revelation, twice to describe last plagues and 5 times to describe Jesus Christ as the “first and last”.

What I am trying to say is that Revelation 4:1 appears to be the “LAST” trumpet to call up anyone in the book of Revelation.  The other trumpet references appear to be judgments being released on the earth.  This information just appears to help confirm the timing of the rapture to occur before the tribulation begins.  Can we begin to see these parallels?  I do not believe this is an accident.  I believe all of this is a divinely designed pattern of repetition given to us by God to teach us.  Let us move on to the next reason.

 

REASON #6
CHURCH IS REWARDED IN HEAVEN
AT THE BEMA SEAT DURING THE TRIBULATION

1Co 3:12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward (G3408).
1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Receive_a_crown1According to the New Testament there is coming a judging of the works of Christians.  While works cannot ever save us, they do appear to cause us to be rewarded after this life is over.  The Greek word G3708 that was translated as “reward” literally means “pay for service”.  God is teaching us that we will receive a payment for what was done for His glory on this earth to fulfill His will.  Many theologians view this rewarding like a prize for running our race of life well on this earth as Paul wrote of in 1 Corinthians 9:24. That could be a part of it.  But these verses also speak of human works that will be burned up and consumed as if they did not matter to the reality of our eternal reward.  For example, many people are doing nice religious things, but I believe they are in vain to just make them look important. A lot of Christians do not ask or want to know what the will of God is to hear His plan for their life.  It is like the old joke, Jesus is Coming, look busy!  Ok I will give you a list of a few of these earthly types of works that will cause a heavenly reward.

  1. We Endure Persecution or False Accusation While Rejoicing (Mat 5:11-12)
  2. When We Love Others that Hate Us (Mat 5:46)
  3. When We Give to Others or the LORD in Secret (Mat 6:1)
  4. When We Pray Privately Hidden from Public View (Mat 6:5)
  5. When We Fast Secretly Not Making It Known Outwardly (Mat 6:16)

There are a lot of other examples given to us in the Bible.  None of these are normal human behavior that comes naturally.  I believe these works are totally different than the types of works we do in the natural and must be learned and acquired by repetition.  People go to work at a company and want to be acknowledged and praised by everyone.  Natural humans are proud of their accomplishments, promotions and enjoy the recognition of other people.  But, God’s reward system for what we will receive in heaven is far different.

When does this judgement of fire for rewards occur?  There are some who believe it occurs after the tribulation.  There are two main judgements described in the book of Revelation.  The final judgment occurs in Revelation 20:11 and it is called the Great White Throne Judgment (GWTJ).  This is the judgement that occurs for all unbelievers that have rejected God’s gift of salvation.  Their names are not recorded in the book of life (Rev 20:12).  This GWT Judgment is for the spiritually dead and not for the spiritually living.

We also should know that there is a judgment for believers.  This is called the Bema Seat Judgment (BSJ).  This judgment is for believers in Christ Jesus only.  These believers are the symbolic “wheat” and “sheep” that are gathered to be saved.  They are compared with the rejected tares and the goats in the parables that Jesus taught on about the division of people on the earth (Mat 13:25-31, Mat 25:32-33).  The righteous are described to be on His right hand and the unrighteous were on His left hand and these are the ones that will be judged in the GWT Judgment and then cast into hell.  It appears that we should all seek and learn how to be in those that are on His right hand.  So, let us analyze if there is any indication from scripture when this Bema judgement occurs.  Here is an especially important verse to learn:

Rev 11:18  And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward (G3708) unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

God describes the church being judged, during the tribulation here in Revelation 11:18. It would be logical for Christians to conclude that the church must already be present in heaven for this described event to occur.  How do we know we are there?  We can use the words given and search for them in the N.T. to see if the church is ever called by these names and titles or described with these characteristics.  For example, the Greek word G40 which was translated as “saints”.  This word is referred to multiple times in the New Testament and it is used to describe Christians.  Paul uses this word in almost every letter written to church members as a title and description of their character.  I would recommend you do a search and read these verses. But I will list a few to get you started.  Read Romans 16:15, 1 Corinthians 1:2, 6:2, 2 Corinthians 1:1, Ephesians 1:1, 3:8, Philippians 1:1, Colossians 1:2 to name a few that confirm how church members are called “saints”.

Next notice the key word G3708 that is again translated as “reward”.  This word alone connects us directly to what God described in 1 Corinthians 3.  Here are the “rewards of payment” for our labors on the earth being given out to His servants and saints.  The Greek word G1401 translated as “servants” is used in Acts 16:17 by a demon possessed woman screaming near Paul and other Christians.  She cried, “these are servants of the Most High God who show us the way to salvation”.  I can imagine that she was saying it in a mocking way and not in a complimentary promotional way.  But nonetheless she has labeled them correctly as servants of Jesus the exact same word used to describe those being rewarded in heaven in Revelation 11.

Paul calls himself a servant in Romans 1:1 and Galatians 1:10. I believe we can see the connection between Christians being labeled as “servants” and “saints”.  Finally, the last phrase that should seal the truth that God is speaking of the church rewards is G5399.  This Greek word G5399 means to “fear or revere as in awe”.  It describes a person with a respectful attitude for God’s omnipotence (power). G5399 is the opposite of people who take God’s name in vain swearing or cursing Him.

G5399 is used directly in Acts 10:2 to describe Cornelius the centurion that was sent and angel messenger from God to go and get Peter.  Servants of Cornelius came to the house where Peter was receiving a vision of God instructing him about the people that were coming to see him and why.  Peter followed them and went to Cornelius house.  Peter preached Jesus to Cornelius and his family and they were the first Gentiles saved in the book of Acts.  Therefore, we know God is speaking of people who honor and believe in Him and are saved.  Christians are commanded to fear God in Colossians 3:22 and 1 Peter 2:17 to provide just two confirmations of how the church should be in awe of God.

Ok, I am going to go over quickly another important factor on this subject of timing.  This Bema Seat Judgment appears to be referenced somewhere near or after mid-trib.  The beginning of chapter 11 to verse 18 describes the event of God sending two witnesses that stand in the streets of Jerusalem prophesying the Word of God to everyone still on the earth.  We will talk more about this later in reasons #6 and 7.  But understand that the two witnesses preaching spans the entire first half of the tribulation.  Therefore, chapter 11 represents a new overview from a different perspective during the same time found in the description of chapters 4 through 10.  God simply singled out a specific event which overlaps with the entire 42-month first half tribulation period.  What I am trying to say is that when the tribulation begins God sends two witnesses and they remain through all of the events reported previously in chapters 4 through 10 when they are killed, and their bodies lay in the street for 3 ½ days and then they are raised from the dead to stand up and then they slowly are caught up into heaven after God says “Come Up Here”.  This calling up to heaven is remarkably like what we read about in Revelation 4:1 for John’s catching up.  However, this description uses the Greek word G305 which implies a slow ascent that can be visible to any human that is looking on them as they go up.  Also, notice in chapter 11 there is no mention of any trumpet.  Therefore, this event is not the “harpazo” for a sudden unseen disappearing.  This event just does not match with the description of the rapture as we have seen.  We just cannot say with great confidence that this going up slowly of the two witnesses represents a type of the rapture of the church.  We will see this more clearly as we continue to study.

Therefore, we can conclude that somewhere in the middle of the tribulation it appears Christians will be rewarded for their works done on the earth.  This does imply that our works were completed and that we are present in heaven to receive them.  Some will try to stretch these 2 witnesses going up to heaven to represent the church is raptured at mid-trib but there are too many issues that do align with scriptures to cause that belief to be accurate.

 

 

REASON #7
RAPTURE OF CHURCH TO HAPPEN SUDDENLY

Pleasant_surprise_comingThis reason is an extremely basic common-sense explanation for a good belief in a pre-tribulation rapture event using the type and pattern of John’s sudden unexpected rapture in Revelation 4:1 as our representative. Did John expect to be shouted up into heaven in Revelation 4:1?  If He did it does not say it. No, I believe Revelation 4:1 was a sudden unexpected departure from earth.  We should know that John wrote the book of Revelation at close to the age of 92 while a prisoner of Rome on the penal colony located on the Isle of Patmos.  It was while he was a prisoner that this vision of the future was given to him.  While we might expect John was anticipating removal from the island, I don’t believe he was expecting it to be a direct trip to heaven without seeing physical death first.

This concept of sudden unexpected removal is based entirely upon the dominate belief from basic church doctrine called “Imminence”.  That is a word that we do not use very often in modern conversations or hear preached often from many pulpits.  This basic doctrine teaches us that Jesus’ coming in the air to catch away the church is not dependent upon any other Biblical event that must happen first.  Imminence means Jesus’ coming is close, near and could happen at any unexpected moment.  This means it could literally happen while you are reading this Bible lesson.  Did the Apostle John the writer of Revelation, believe in the doctrine of Imminence?  I believe if you read what he wrote you will say that he did:

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

John begins the book of Revelation with a reminder that this prophecy will be fulfilled in a time that is very near.  This Greek word G1451 that was translated as “at hand” literally means “it is near”.   If it was close 2000 years ago can you imagine how close it is now?  That was the beginning of the book of Revelation and at the end Jesus gives us a further confirmation:

Rev 22:20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

The Greek word G5035 was translated as quickly and it is defined as “shortly, without delay, suddenly and soon”.  Therefore, the book of Revelation begins and ends with the warning of this prophecy coming upon the world quickly and unexpectedly.  It is also important to understand the rapture of the church is NOT the 2nd coming of Christ.  These are two separated events that occur 7 years apart.  In the rapture Jesus does not set foot on the earth and the church is called up to meet Him in the air.  This is also not a yo-yo rapture trip where we are called up to quickly come back down to rule during the millennium.  No, the rapture event is the only prophesied event that is not dependent upon anything, the 2nd coming is completely dependent upon many other prophesies that must be fulfilled first.

If we do not believe in “imminence”, that could be a major problem that distorts our belief of Revelation.  This non-belief in imminence would also allow Christians to live any lifestyle they want or desire without the fear of God.  If everyone knew when the rapture would occur, we could all just fall on our knees and repent a few seconds, hours, or days before and then expect to be taken up to be with Christ.  But if we do not know when it will occur there is no other way but for us to focus and stay ready, prayed up to be following the Holy Spirit every second because He could come when we did not expect Him.

Mat 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Mat 24:37  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:38  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Mat 24:39  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:40  Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Mat 24:41  Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Mat 24:42  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come

This is only one passage that confirms the Church “Doctrine of Imminence”.  But it is always one of the clearest references to being ready, that I know of.  This passage of scripture should not be overlooked concerning the rapture of the church.  Notice Jesus said He did not even know when He would return exactly.  This makes me laugh at all the preachers and teachers that try to calculate dates and times.  You may recall a few years ago a man that I will not name predicted May 21, 2011 as the return of Jesus day.  Wow, that day came and went, and this man looked very foolish to many that were paying attention.  His belief denied the existence of the “Doctrine of Imminence”.  According to this man all the days between his day of prophecy and that specific calendar date had to pass before Jesus could come.  Do you understand the basic “Doctrine of Imminence” better now?  Can you see how this will fit within our knowledge of the outline of the book of Revelation?

four_horsemen_1Please go and read the entire book of Revelation again from beginning to end.  God gives us the description of the entire seven-year tribulation period in graphic detail using an ordered sequence of events.  In Revelation 6 we begin to see Jesus opening a scroll with seven seals in heaven.  Each seal in the numbered order is broken and each triggers an event occurrence that is not good for the people left on the earth.  During this opening there are also four horsemen described, one white, one red, one black and one green.  Each is released in the specific order to bring on other specific events of judgments on the earth. All of this is required to happen in the first half of the tribulation.

Now, remember what we read in Revelation 11?  We read two witnesses had to preach for exactly 42 months and then they were called up into heaven and then the Bema Seat Judgment commences.  But this knowledge defeats the belief of mid-trib and post-trib raptures because they both fail the “Imminence” test.  If mid or post-trib was when the rapture occurred, we would all watch the two witnesses for 42 months, see them get killed, lay in the streets for 3 ½ days then we would know that we needed to repent and get right with God to be taken up and judged.  We could literally almost set the date of departure and judgment.  God gives us the precise number of days the two witnesses preach.  This is 1260 days.  Just get your calendar and start marking the days. But that is like the preacher saying Jesus is coming on May 21, 2011.  That does not work with the solid “Doctrine of Imminence”.  The conflict completely disqualifies a mid-trib or post-trib rapture.

When we read the entire book of Revelation.  We need to notice in Revelation 7:1 that God gives the identical phrase “meta” + “taupa” again?  This teaches us God’s standard of a specific ordered sequence of events is still taking place throughout the first half of the tribulation. Next in chapter 8 after the seventh seal was opened and 7 angels were given 7 trumpets, and this begins another set of judgements upon the earth.  These also are given to us in the order that they will literally occur.  There is considerable hardship and death described in the book of Revelation and it will be a time like no other in the history of mankind.  Finally, we get to Revelation 16 and the 7 bowls of God’s wrath that will be poured out again in ordered sequence.  The term “meta” + “taupe” (after this) occurs in Revelation 7:1, 7:9, 9:12, 15:5, 18:1, 19:1 and 20:3.  All of these references describe events that occur in chronological order within the seven year time frame called the tribulation.

We could map out and link together one event after another from all this information and many have done this.  Using this specific timeline of events we may not be able to place the mid-trib or post-trib rapture of the church to an exact minute or second, but we could get it close enough to know when we needed to get ready for Him to come.  But before this, we just need to sit back, hide and wait for Him.  I think that is a major problem with NOT believing in an unexpected imminent appearance of Christ to take us out of the world.  Can you see how believing in a mid-trib or post-trib catching away becomes dependent upon so many specific events occurring within the dependent given order?  If these events listed in Revelation have not occurred, we could just sit by and wait for them to happen and then get all ready.  Only a pre-tribulation rapture which could occur at any given moment in time makes any sense to believe in.

Perhaps you still do not believe in a sudden unexpected departure?  I would recommend that you go and read the parable story of the 10 Virgins in Matthew 25.  Because this is another example of an unexpectant imminent rapture event.  In this parable a man that is a type of Jesus suddenly comes to his bride and only half of them are prepared to meet Him with full burning lamps, and only they enter into the open door before it is closed.  This is a perfect example of a rapture based upon the parable typology and the traditional accounts of the Jewish wedding ceremony.  This coming of the bridegroom happens while the other virgins went away to get ready by buying lamp oil for the groom’s (Jesus) sudden coming at midnight.  Ok, lamps are symbols of the church.  Oil in the lamps are a symbol of being full of the Holy Spirit.  However, when the foolish virgins return to the wedding the door is locked, and they are no longer able to enter the wedding feast.  Even when they knock, Jesus says depart I never knew you.  Wow, that is a perfect example and pattern of a door in heaven suddenly opening and only John going up to enter into it.

The traditional Jewish wedding is the same process.  The man sees a woman that he is interested in and approaches her to make the proposal.  Gifts and payments are made to her family.  A marriage contract is entered into and the groom goes away to prepare a place for his wife.  The woman prepares herself to be ready because at any unexpected moment he may come to take her into the wedding feast at his father’s house.  This Jewish wedding feast continues for 7 days or one week.  This is the reason why, in John chapter 2 Jesus was called upon to turn water into wine by Mary because they had run out of the wine that was supposed to last all week.  This was a very quick overview of the traditional Jewish wedding, but it fits the marriage of Jesus and His bride perfectly.  There are so many N.T. verse that confirm this and I’ll give you a homework assignment to go and find them all.

Remember what Jesus taught us in Matthew 24 about only one being taken and the other left as they both slept.  Or one was taken and one left from the two that were grinding at a mill.  Or one was taken and one left as they were working in a field.  Again, these examples are a 50% parallel reaffirming the 5 wise virgins and 5 foolish virgins’ percentage.  I am not making any predictions, but it is possible that only 50% of people who say they are Christians could be taken and the others may be left on the earth.  Also notice how these people that were taken were on two sides of the planet and everyone that was qualified was taken simultaneously whether sleeping in darkness or working in the daylight.  Finally, notice that there is NO way that any of this description fits anything that is happening during the 7-years of tribulation.  Everyone being described by Jesus is living life doing normal everyday activities like it was during Noah’s day before the sudden destructive flood of judgment.

This is another reason why I know this coronavirus is a quickly passing pandemic.  I do not see how everything we have just read that was spoken by the LORD Jesus or is found in the book of Revelation could fit anything but a pre-tribulation rapture event based upon the “Doctrine of Imminence”.  The sound doctrine of imminence nullifies the pattern a MID-TRIBULATION or a POST-TRIBULATION catching away event because of the stated events that must first occur that everyone will see in plain sight.  So, if anyone is a mid-trib or a post-trib believer it must be a very sad day because it is impossible for Jesus to come back today!

 

REASON #8
WHY SEND TWO WITNESSES?

Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

two_witnesses_of_revelation_1Here is another great reason why I believe the church must be raptured up to heaven before the beginning of the seven years of tribulation.  God sends two witnesses that some believe are Enoch and Elijah and others believe they are Moses and Elijah.  But whoever they are they appear in the streets of Jerusalem for exactly three and half years, also known as forty-two months, or it can even be known as 1260 days.  These are all the same way to describe the first half of the 7 years of tribulation.  God very clearly informs us in Revelation chapter 11 that He will send two witnesses to the city of Jerusalem in order to prophecy to the world.

Now may I suggest that we all think about what is being revealed by God in this verse?  What was the great commission given to the church right before Jesus ascended into heaven?  Didn’t Jesus command the church to go into all the world and preach the gospel (Mar 16:15)?  It appears to me that the only logical reason that God would need to send His two witnesses back to the earth from heaven would be because the church is no longer on the earth to preach to anyone on the earth.  Wow, I do not know how anything else could possibly be true.  Did the church suddenly all get murdered?  Did the church all go into silence and hiding in bunkers?  What else can it be?  Think about it!  For 42 months these two witnesses are declaring the Word of God to the people of Jerusalem and the earth.  Suddenly they are killed, and their bodies lie in the streets of Jerusalem for 3 ½ days and then what happens?  The world sees them be raised from the dead and then they go back up slowly into heaven.  If the church is still present on the earth, then the word of God is still being preached but if not, then what happens in the book of Revelation next after the two witnesses? Does the gospel of Jesus just stop?  We will find our answer in Revelation 14:

Rev 14:6  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 

Why would God almighty have an angel preach the Gospel if the people in the church were still on the earth?  This just does not make any logical sense.  The only reasonable explanation for this need to preach from two witnesses or an angel must be because the church would not be here on the earth to do what Jesus commanded us to do.  That is what I believe.  So, we have just learned of two different types of preachers that are found on the earth during the tribulation besides the church.  There were the two witnesses that preach the first 42 months and there is the angel preaching to humans somewhere in the last 42 months.  This is profoundly amazing.  The church must be gone!  Praise the LORD!

 

 

REASON #9
THE BOOK OF REVELATION IS THE JEWISH 70TH WEEK

To correctly interpret the book of Revelation there is a dependency to first understand the book of Daniel.  The book of Daniel was written years before Jesus’ first physical entrance on the earth.  But these words were hidden and sealed from understanding until the time of the end (Dan 12:9).  However, the book of Revelation we are told was not sealed because the time was near at hand (Rev 22:10). Therefore, the book of Revelation helps us to unveil the book of Daniel and vice versa.  Too many Bible students fail to go back to understand the Book of Daniel.  In chapter 9 of Daniel it contains key information that informs us of important details of the tribulation period in Revelation.  Daniel teaches us that this period of time during the tribulation is a length of seven years and that it is primarily focused upon God’s dealing with the natural people of the nation of Israel.  Knowing this information provides us a good foundation for why the church is not explicitly mentioned by name after chapter 3.  This also helps us to understand that the “rapture” of the church must have already occurred.

Let us talk very briefly about why these two books are intimately connected.  One distinct connection are the references to a beast with 10 horns.  We see this in Daniel chapter 7 and in Revelation chapters 13 and 17.  The horns we are told represent kings but that is not important for this lesson.

There are several direct connections but one that is significant is the connection of the term “Time”, “Times” and “Half a Time” (aka dividing of time).  This phrasing is an incredibly unique terminology that I have only found in the books of Daniel and Revelation.  Most scholars that I have heard teach on this subject, agree that this phrase is speaking of 1 Year + 2 Years + half a Year.  Adding those together we get 3 ½ years total.  That matches perfectly with the references to 1260 days (Rev 11:3, 12:6) and 42 months (Rev 11:2, 13:5) and 3 ½ years (Rev 12:14) all found in Revelation.  We can also read this specific phrase “time”, “times” and “dividing time” in Daniel 7:25 and in Daniel 12:7 where we find “time”, times” and “a half” and this matches Revelation 12:14.

Rev 12:14  And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 

Now let us read one of the key verses that is required for understanding the seven-year tribulation we can also labeled as God’s last week dealing with nation of natural Israel:

Dan 9:24  Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people (natural Israel) and upon thy holy city (Jerusalem), to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

There are a lot of Bible scholars and teachers that agree this verse is speaking of seventy weeks of years and not seventy weeks of days.  A Week is a representation for the number 7.  Therefore, if we multiply 70 times 7, we arrive at 490 years of total time that God is referring to for the nation of Israel.  However, these 490 years do not occur in consecutive order.  You see in verses 25 God begins to describe that there will be 7 weeks of years before the city of Jerusalem will be rebuilt.  Next will follow 62 weeks of years (=434) and then Messiah will appear in the city Jerusalem.  In fact, someone has done this calculation and found that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey on the exact day when these 469 years were fulfilled.  Now let us look at the specific tribulation week that we are concerned with in Revelation.  It is being described by Daniel in chapter 9 and verse 27:

Dan 9:27  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. 

This verse is concerning a prince called the anti-Christ.   Most educated Bible scholars agree this verse is teaching events that occur within the 7 years of tribulation using the term “one week”.  We are told that this man will make a covenant with the Jewish people on the earth and this is presumed to be a peace treaty of some type.  But, according to this verse in the middle of this 7 years (3 ½) he appears to break the covenant and bring desolation upon the earth.  I am unable to go into every detail in this very quick overview format of the book of Revelation.  Therefore let’s wrap this section up.

Please just understand the connections being made and how Daniel was a book written about God’s dealing with the natural nation of Israel for a total of 490 years.  I believe that this information helps us to understand why the church on the earth is not mentioned after chapter 3 by direct name.  I believe since God is dealing with natural Israel primarily in this book of Revelation the church must have been taken into heaven before this week of years can begin.  We know this because we have just seen that God sends two witnesses to stand up and preach in the city of Jerusalem for 3 ½ years.  Now remember what happens to them at the end of these 42 months.  These two witnesses are suddenly killed, and their bodies lay in the streets of Jerusalem for 3 ½ days and then they are raised back to life.  This seems to correspond to what we just read in the book of Daniel about the anti-Christ breaking the peace covenant and this is when the “Great Tribulation” breaks out and angels are then revealed to be preaching the gospel.  Wow, this sounds like we are now understanding more of why the church is not mentioned after chapter 3.  Let us go to the final reason in this lesson for why I believe the church has been raptured from the earth while these 7 years are taking place.

 

REASON #10
THE CHURCH MUST RETURN TO THE EARTH WITH CHRIST
AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION
HOW AND WHEN DID WE GET THERE?

This reason is another common-sense revelation.  This reason for believing in a PRE-TRIBULATION rapture is based upon what was given to us in Revelation chapter 19 and then what is implied but was not explicitly stated to how it occurred.  We will begin reading in verse 6 and then go through verse 14.  The passages begin by describing the church in heaven at the marriage supper of the lamb in verses 6 through 10.  Then this is immediately followed in verses 11 through 14 with Jesus coming back to the earth with the church riding behind Him to rule and reign with a rod of iron for 1000 years.

The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

Rev 19:6  And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Rev 19:9  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. 

The Rider on a White Horse

Rev 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. Rev 19:12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Rev 19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean

OK, we just cannot go through every verse and every word found in the Greek because it would take too long.  Focus on verse 7 to begin.  We have the marriage of the Lamb and the mention of His wife having made herself ready.  This corresponds very well with Jesus’ description of the bridegroom coming suddenly to the five wise virgin that had made themselves prepared and ready for His coming.  It also corresponds to Ephesians chapter 5 in discussing husbands and wives where God speaking of this as being a great mystery concerning Christ and the church.  In Ephesians 5:26-27 Paul writes of Christ sanctifying and cleansing His bride with a washing of the water of the Word of God.  I cannot teach that subject fully either.  You can go and read about the bride of Christ in other series on this website.  Notice how this woman is described in Revelation.  She is clothed in fine white linen in verse 8.  Then notice these people are clothed in the exact same garments that are coming back riding on white horses with Jesus in verse 14.

I believe verse 11 is also relevant to take note of.  Verse 11 teaches that heaven must be opened for Jesus and the church to return.  That sound like the parallel to the 5 foolish virgins knocking on the door after it was locked shut and Jesus saying, “depart I never knew you” (Mat 25:12).  I would recommend you read and study the subject of weddings in the Bible.  The wedding feast is also described in a parable given in Matthew 12:1-14.  We don’t have time to read and study that either but know this is message spoken to Jews about a King (God the Father) inviting the Jews to come to the wedding of His Son (Jesus) and they did not come so He commanded His servants to go and invite others (Gentiles) to come into the wedding feast that had been prepared.  In this parable one man comes into the wedding without the proper wedding attire and he is promptly discovered, questioned and cast out to regret not having the proper wedding clothes.

If these people being described in Revelation are wearing the proper wedding garments we can easily believe they are the church and we are coming back to the earth with Jesus after this wedding feast.  Therefore, how and when did the church go up to be with Him in heaven?    We had to be there in heaven for longer than a quick snack and rapid return?  In other words, a POST-TRIBULATION sudden taking up and an immediate coming back down just cannot fit what many teach.  In fact, a MID-TRIBULATION 3 ½ year pattern of going up and coming back does not fit the wedding feasts Bible pattern either.  Let’s quickly establish verses that teach the church is coming back with Jesus to rule:

1Th 3:13  To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

God clearly describes the church will be returning to the earth with Jesus in this verse.   Holiness is a pattern description for a pure bride wearing white and clean garments that we were reading about in Revelation 19.  Also, it is interesting to see the word “all” describing His saints.  This Greek word means the whole.  There is another New Testament prophecy concerning this return to the earth found in the book of Jude:

Jud 1:14  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
Jud 1:15  To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 

I believe these verses are describing the exact Revelation 19 return to the earth of Jesus and His church, but only in greater detail. It is remarkably interesting to note that we are coming with Him to judge the ungodly sinners.  This is just further confirmation that the church is not present on the earth to be judged with them.

When did the church get to heaven to return to the earth with Jesus in Revelation 19?  I cannot find a catching away in the mid-tribulation theory found in Revelation.  I certainly cannot agree with a post-tribulation catching up of the church to be immediately returned either.  Neither of these beliefs match the typology of Noah’s flood or Lot’s taking out of Sodom.  In both examples the righteous were taken out before any of the judgment of the wicked began.

The only legitimate answer that fits typology and and patterns found in ancient Jewish wedding feasts is the pre-tribulation catching away of the bride.  In the ancient Jewish wedding ceremony several things occur in a specific order.  I will list this so that we can see how they match the pre-tribulation rapture.

  1. The Groom approaches the Bride and proposes marriage
  2. Gifts are given to the bride’s family
  3. A legal contract agreement is accepted by both husband and wife
  4. The bridegroom promises to go to his father’s house to prepare a place for his new wife.
  5. He leaves her and does not see her until the father instructs him he is ready to go and get her.
  6. He leaves the father’s house to go and get his bride
  7. The bride never knows when he will return for her so she must be constantly ready and expecting him with eager anticipation.
  8. The bridegroom sends his servant ahead of him to announce his appearance.
  9. The bride rushes out to meet him and they immediately depart for the father’s house.
  10. A wedding feast then commences at the father’s house.
  11. This wedding feast normally lasts for 7 days where they eat and drink and celebrate the marriage has come.
  12. Now the bride and the bridegroom leave the father’s house to enter into their new house to be together forever.

This was just a fast overview of the process.  But, please notice the parallels that are given to Christ and the church.

 

CONCLUSION

The only balanced timing for the church rapture event that matches all of the patterns given to us in scripture is found in Revelation 4:1 (pre-tribulation).   God provides us a profound clue to the timing by using John being caught up into heaven before he was shown the future events transpiring in the tribulation.  This was a divine pattern for the “PRE-TRIBULATION” rapture.  I have become convinced that this is only event time that matches typology taught by Jesus in Matthew 24, the doctrine of Imminence, God’s dealing with Israel during the 70th week and the end of the church age of God’s divine Grace.  We have just read 10 direct and indirect reasons that help us establish an incredibly good solid foundation for the belief in the PRE-TRIBULATION rapture!  We could have found others.  For example, we did not speak of the Jewish wedding pattern.  Weddings in Jesus’ days on the earth were usually a 7-day feast celebration with food and wine.  This is why, Jesus was asked to turn water into wine in John 2 by Mary.  Jesus turns 6 very large containers full of water into wine because there were more days to celebrate than the day He performed the miracle.  Seven days is a week, right?  Why does God call this a week of years in Daniel?  Is this another clue to our covenant marriage event occurring in heaven?  Could it be that our Covenant Wedding feast will be celebrated for the entire week of tribulation on the earth?  I believe it will.

I pray you were blessed and are willing to go read and study these verses for yourself to confirm if this is what the Holy Spirit is saying to you.  If you believe there are any challenges to what was written here, then please share them in a comment.  If the Holy Spirit bears witness with your spirit, this is truthful, then please leave that as a comment.  God bless you and let us all know that Jesus is coming soon!

 

~WHAT WOULD HAPPEN, IF I DIED TODAY?~

Today, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal LORD and Savior or you do not have the full confidence that you KNOW what would happen if you died suddenly, it is time to get your life in order.  I believe NOW is time to resolve your fear of an uncertain eternal destination after this life ends and before it is too late.  Some might think I’m not a bad person and have not committed any bad crimes, but God says our righteousness is like filthy rags compared to His standard of Holiness.  By default, without making a choice we are all headed to a lake of fire that burns very intensely to be separated from a loving God that already forgave us.  That is a very sad reality.    One wise man has said NO ONE is ready to live, until they are ready to die.  Please go to “Salvation” and read and pray the prayer to receive the free gift of forgiveness & eternal life.  This will be the greatest decision that you will ever make.  Thank you and God bless you.

 

 

 

Corona Who? Part 4 – Taking God’s Medicine

Exif JPEG(Ver 1.1) This is Part 4 in the Bible Study series about the current world crisis called “Coronavirus” or “COVID-19”.  If you would like to read the entire series, please go to “Part 1“.  This is a situation that has been occurring like no other that I have ever seen.  We have governments in over 150 nations placing people into quarantine to stop it from spreading.  This has caused great fear and panic in many people.  To a Christian we should not fear death.  We learn from reading Hebrews 2:15 that unsaved people are in the bondage of this fear.  I believe this is because of the uncertainly of what happens to them after they die. If anyone is not saved, I can tell you plainly the Bible says your fear is justified.

But that is not my subject today.  The LORD wanted me to put this out a few days ago and I pray I’m not too late to help someone going through what the enemy Satan is trying to do in all our lives.  The Bible declares God’s Word to be the source of LIFE ETERNAL (Salvation).  But also in the same redemptive work of Jesus, He gives to us healing and health.  Throughout the Bible this TRUTH is communicated.  We are required to take HIS Word like we would take a pill that the doctor gave to us.  If you went to a doctor and he recommended a pill that he thought would help you get better, what would you do?  I personally would pray over the matter with God and if I had peace, I would take the medicine.

The Bible says God’s Word is HIS medicine for our spirit, soul and body.  The Hebrew word H7965 is transliterated as “SHALOM” and is often translated as “peace”.  However, this word is ALL-INCLUSIVE, and it means peace, safety, health, welfare, prosperity and even happiness. A very similar Greek N.T. word is G4982 “SOZO” and it is often translated as “saved” or “made whole”.  This Greek word again is “ALL-INCLUSIVE”.  N.T. salvation includes our spirit, soul and body.  This should help us to understand why the WORD of GOD is so important.  This should also help to encourage us to read the WORD of GOD about our situations that we are facing “out loud” every day and even multiple times a day when fear tries to overcome us.

Remember God told Joshua in Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart from out of your mouth, but you shall mediate therein day and night.  Then you observe to do it according to all that is written therein.  For then you shall make your way prosperous and then you will have good success”.  Wow, what a concept!  The Hebrew word translated as “meditate” literally means “to mutter” continually.  What God is saying when My Word gets into your heart to change your thinking, believing, speaking and actions you cannot be defeated by your enemy.

I have been taking God’s medicine daily ever since this evil suddenly came to light.  I regret not doing this as faithfully before it came.  I trust with the LORD’s help I will do a better job in the future not to let this habit slip. I believe this was just God’s way of waking me up.  Therefore, please join with me if you believe the Power of the Word of God and take God’s medicine with me daily up to 3 times a time or more.  If a doctor gives you a prescription please don’t stop taking that, just add the Greater medicine God’s Word to it.  Here are just a few of God’s medicine verses that I believe the LORD wanted me to say out loud daily.  I changed the words in the verses to make them personal to me.  I like to take make the Bible a personal love letter to me from God.  This is the way I believe God intended and designed it to be.

 

GOD’S MEDICINE – TAKE 3 TIMES A DAY

 

We will begin with Galatians 3:13 a very important verse of truth for every Christian:

Gal 3:13  Christ has redeemed ME from the curse of the law, being made a curse for ME: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree:

(What was the curse of the law?  We can find that answer in Deuteronomy 28:15-68.  But the verse 61 is the key to fighting and taking a stand against the coronavirus:)

Deu 28:61  Also every sickness (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc), and every plague (Coronavirus, etc.), which is NOT written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon those that are disobedient, until they be destroyed. 

Isa 53:4  Surely he hath borne MY griefs (Sickness & Disease), and carried MY sorrows (Pain): yet we did esteem HIM stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isa 53:5 But HE was wounded for MY transgressions, he was bruised for MY iniquities: the chastisement of MY peace was upon HIM; and with HIS stripes I am healed.

Mat 8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isiah the prophet, saying, Himself took MY infirmities, and bare MY sicknesses.

1Pe 2:24 Who HIS own self bare MY sins in HIS own body on the tree, that I, being dead to sins, will live unto righteousness: by whose stripes I was healed.

Psa 107:20 He sent HIS word, and healed ME, and delivered ME from MY destructions.

Exo 15:26  And said, If I will diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD MY God, and wilt do that which is right in HIS sight, and will give ear to HIS commandments, and keep all HIS statutes, HE will put none of these diseases upon ME, which HE has brought upon the Egyptians: for HE is the LORD that healeth ME.

Psa 103:2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all HIS benefits:
Psa 103:3  Who forgives all MY iniquities; who healeth all MY diseases;

 

Pro 4:20  Because I am His child, I attend to HIS words; I incline MY ears unto HIS sayings.
Pro 4:21  I WILL NOT let them not depart from MY eyes; I will keep them in the midst of MY heart.
Pro 4:22  For they are life unto ME because I find them, and health to all MY flesh.

 

Pro 17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.  (Laugh every day this will help build your immunity against every disease)

 

Exo 23:25 And I WILL serve the LORD MY God, and HE will bless MY bread, and MY water; and HE will take sickness away from the midst of ME.

 

Psa 91:1  Because I dwell in the secret place of the most High I will abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psa 91:2  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in HIM will I trust.
Psa 91:3  Surely HE shall deliver ME from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
Psa 91:4  MY GOD shall cover ME with HIS feathers, and under HIS wings shalt I trust: HIS truth shall be MY shield and buckler.
Psa 91:5  I shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Psa 91:6  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
Psa 91:7  A thousand shall fall at MY side, and ten thousand at MY right hand; but it shall not come near ME.
Psa 91:8  Only with MY eyes shalt I behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Psa 91:9  Because I have made the LORD, MY refuge, even the most High, MY habitation;
Psa 91:10  There shall no evil befall ME, neither shall ANY plague come nigh MY dwelling.
Psa 91:11  For MY GOD shall give HIS angels charge over ME, to keep ME in all thy ways.
Psa 91:12  They shall bear ME up in their hands, lest I dash MY foot against a stone.
Psa 91:13  I shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shall I trample under MY feet.
Psa 91:14  Because I have set my love upon HIM, therefore will HE deliver ME: HE will set ME on high, because I have known HIS name.
Psa 91:15  I shall call upon HIM, and HE will answer ME: HE will be with ME in trouble; HE will deliver ME, and honour ME.
Psa 91:16  With long life will HE satisfy ME, and show me HIS salvation.

 

CONCLUSION

Remember to read and speak God’s medicine daily as many times as you can.  God’s medicine has NO ill side effects.  God’s medicine only produces life spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.   If you think the conditions are getting worse take it more often.  Command the devil’s symptoms to leave.  Say “No devil you can’t put that on me, I’m redeemed”.

Thank you for reading and studying the Bible with us.  I believe that we in the church are going to come through this with a major victory.  Please join with me and many other Christians this week of Easter to pray and come against this foul satanic enemy called “coronavirus”.  According to Philippians 2:9-10 God informs us that Jesus was given the greatest name in heaven and under heaven on the earth.  So that every other named thing must bow their knee to the name of Jesus!  Therefore we in the church are going to come against this named enemy and command it to bow to the name of Jesus.  According to Luke 10:19, we in the church have been given this authority over our enemy.    But this given authority is useless if not being spoken and exercised.  Everyday from now until Easter I will be commanding the named virus “Corona” to come into obedience to the authority of the Word of God.  I overcome you by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of my Testimony.  “Bow your knee in Jesus name and be gone from my city, state, & nation, etc.”  Please ask all your Christian friends and relatives to join us in this stand with the Word of God, the Name of Jesus and the Blood of Jesus!  Thank you and God bless you all.  If you have any specific prayer needs or requests, you are welcome to post them for us and every reader to pray with you.  If you have other Bible verses that you love please leave them in a comment.  Thank you!

 

~WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I DIED TODAY?~

Today, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal LORD and Savior or you do not have the confidence to KNOW what would happen if you died suddenly it is time to get your life in order.  I believe NOW is time to resolve your uncertain eternal destination after this life ends and before it is too late.  Some might think I’m not a bad person and have not committed any bad crimes, but God says our righteousness is like filthy rags compared to His standard of Holiness.  By default, without making a choice we are all headed to a lake of fire that burns very intensely to be separated from a loving God that already forgave us.  That is a very sad reality.    One wise man has said NO ONE is ready to live, until they are ready to die.  Please go to “Salvation” and read and pray the prayer to receive the free gift of forgiveness & eternal life.  This will be the greatest decision that you will ever make.  Thank you and God bless you.

 

 

 

Corona Who? Part 3 – God’s Victorious Church

victory_in_Jesus(Ver 1.1) This Part 3 in the series of Bible lessons written during the Coronavirus Pandemic.  People in the world today are being overwhelmed with a flood of negative words producing a spirit of fear.  This spirit is also called Satan and he has been using the world’s news media as his mouthpiece to spread his evil terrorist agenda.  At first the media denied the existence of coronavirus, then they denied the significance of the virus and now they are denying the source of the virus and blaming the President.  Leaders in China (the source of the virus) have initiated a propaganda campaign to blame the U.S. military as planting the virus in China and the media cooperates with them.  This is the classic distraction technique of Satan.  What Satan is guilty of he points to it being God so that humans blame and fear God to not come to Him to be saved.  For example, remember when Satan said this to Eve, “Has God said?”  Then Satan speaks “You shall not surely die”.  Then he said, “for God knows when you eat of the tree you will be like God knowing good and evil” (Gen 3).  In other words, Satan pointed the blame to God as being the one that was not truthful.  Satan seems to imply that God didn’t want them to become like Him.  When in reality they were already made in His likeness.  This satanic deception resulted in human rebellion from God and turned them into being afraid of God.  It was like they forgot that God was the one that was the source and supply of their every blessing.    This is a great deception that is still being followed and imitated today concerning the coronavirus.

If you have not read this series from the beginning, you are welcome to go and read from “Part 1” first and then “Part 2” next.  However, this Bible lesson by itself should be a blessing to you.  If you are blessed by this encouraging message, please share it with your friends and family.  Also press the “Like” button and leave an encouraging comment to share with others.  Thank you in advance and may God’s blessings fill your heart and mind with hope as we study about “God’s Victorious Church”.

 

INTRODUCTION

This series is called “Corona Who” for some good reasons.  We talked about one aspect in the last lesson when the “sons of Sceba” were casting out demons from one infected possessed man.  The spirit in this infected man said to these foolish young men “Paul I know, Jesus I know but WHO are you?”  That is an amazing spiritual question.  In the spirit realm there is some people and things that are known and some that are not known.  Jesus made a very similar statement when He came to a place called Gadara.  He encountered a demon possessed man and asked, “What is your name?” (Mark 5:9).   This story is a great Bible study but that is not my main subject.  The primary point for mentioning it, is that Jesus asked the devils their name.  They answered “Legion, because we are many”.  Why didn’t Jesus already know that?  Why did Jesus even need to ask the question?   I believe it was to teach us an important concept.

Do you recall what Jesus said in Matthew 7:23 to some people that claimed that they knew Him and had even done great works for Him?   How could demons in one example in Acts say they know Jesus but Jesus in other examples need to ask them their name?  Obviously, Jesus did not know them even if they thought they knew Him.  Wow, that is important.

Remember what Jesus said to these people in Matthew 7?  Jesus said, “Depart from me for I never knew you”.  To know someone intimately and personally is a claim of a covenant relationship.  Jesus was saying to these legions of demons in an indirect way “I don’t know you because there is no covenant with you to me”.  Wow, that is a lot to think about.  Do you believe Jesus knows the coronavirus or the spirit behind this evil?  I personally believe they both have no covenant relationship with Him and He would just say “Depart I never knew you”.  As a Christian, we have a New Covenant with Jesus.  But we better be known by Him when we think we know Him.  Therefore, if we are known by Jesus, we should not know the coronavirus.  We should be saying “Corona Who?”.    Let’s get deeper into the lesson.

 

GOD’S VICTORIOUS CHURCH

Rom 16:20  And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.

This is a very encouraging word from God written to us in the church, at the end of the book of Romans.  What does this verse mean?  Probably not much if you don’t understand the promise source in the Word of God.  Paul was referring to a prophecy given in Genesis 3 being spoken to Satan.  Perhaps you have read and studied the other lessons on this website about this matter.  I hope you have.  But, God spoke in Genesis 3:15 “I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed and it (her seed) will bruise your head and you shall bruise his (technically in the Hebrew “her”) heal.  I don’t have time to explain this verse as in other lessons.  But, know this prophesied hatred (enmity) is between us in the church (the bride, wife, woman, body of Christ) and Satan.  We can clearly begin to understand that this verse in Genesis 3 is written about the church based upon this verse in Roman 16:20 being written to the bride and body of Christ.  Both verses are speaking of the identical subjects.

What does the bruising of an enemy under our feet mean?  It must be defined to be “when an enemy (in our case Satan) will be overcome and defeated”.  God told Joshua in Joshua 1:3 “Everywhere the sole of your foot shall tread I have given you”.  This land that was given to Joshua was still filled with big enemies that could of killed them and they still had to be overcome.  Even though the victory was given to them they were required to believe, participate and cooperate to possess what was promised.  This is the exact same for us in the church for this promise treading under in Romans 16.  We are faced with a lot of invisible enemies including one called the great wall of “Coronavirus”.  We are not to be afraid of taking on this enemy.  However, we are to do as they did and seek God’s face for direction and instruction.  Perhaps God is saying something new to the church today.  Pray and ask for His guidance and wisdom to know what He wants us to do during this time to win this battle.

This verse in Romans 16, further warns the church people that will bruise Satan’s head, that they will also have their foot/heel bruised in the process of obtaining the victory.  Anything that causes a bruise is usually something that is associated with a strike to that part of the body to cause the pain.  Don’t think that Satan is just going to lay there helplessly waiting for us to bruise his head.  He is going to resist the defeat with all his power.   Jesus never promised that the church believer would experience zero troubles and tribulations (Jn 16:33).  I think most of us can testify to this truth who have been saved very long.  The more we do for God’s Kingdom, the greater the resistance appears to come out of nowhere.   I heard one minister say when God promotes us to a new level there will come greater levels of devils to resist us.  We are in a spiritual fight.  But we are prophesied to be victorious.  Is God a Liar?  No, He is not.  He even gives us His personal armor to help us (Eph 6).  In fact Romans 16 says the God of Peace will do this and Ephesians 6 informs us that He equips our feet with the shoes of peace.  Wow, praise God.  Peace should be on our feet during this battle.  Are you standing in peace?  If not, put on His shoes.

When is this bruising of Satan’s head supposed to happen?  This is a great hidden mystery.  God clearly said when Paul wrote this letter to the Romans that it had not happened yet and that it would occur shortly.  These two Greek words G1722 and G5034 that are translated as “shortly” here are also used in Revelation chapter 1 verse 1.  Here God says “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servant things which must shortly come to pass”.  God appears to be making a connection to the book of Revelation and the end of the church age.  This can surely become confusing to humans who have no reference to what eternity represents.  Humans are limited to the dimensions of space and time, but God is not.  To us 2000 years is a very long time to wait for something to happen, but to God this is only about two days according to 2 Peter 3:8.  If I said to you “I’ll see you in a couple (two) days would you think that is a long time?  I mean if I lived next door to you that might be different than if I lived in Arizona and you lived in Florida.  It might take me two days to drive to where you are and then your perspective would change dramatically.  We need to begin to see more things from God’s perspective.  Even if the Coronavirus lasted one year of human time that would only be 86.4 seconds to God.  Wow, I find that very interesting.

2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

There will be times of pressure, affliction, tribulation and persecution in this world for Christians but, God informs us that this is nothing compared to eternal life in His presence.  But God calls this a passing moment of light trouble, meaning it should not be regarded as significant.  Remember, us getting a bruise on our foot is far better than Satan’s bruise upon his head.

 

COCLUSION

If you have not read the Bible series on the “True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12” I would highly recommend you do so.  I believe the LORD has taught me that this woman in Revelation 12 represents the victorious, overcoming and raptured church.  She is clothed in the Sun and standing on the moon under her feet with a victorious crown on her head.  That is a description of the Bride of Christ.  The woman is clothed with the Sun and that represents a people being clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ (Mal 4:2).  Standing on the moon is the symbolic representation of bruising our enemy Satan under our feet (Rom 16:20).  Satan is described to be the ruler of the darkness of this world (Eph 6:12) and God says in the Bible in Genesis, Psalms and the N.T. that the moon rules the dark night (Gen 1:18).  I believe with all my heart that the church will be “caught up” very soon as an overcoming bride, not a defeated or beaten wife.

The main point of this Bible lesson is that Satan and his coronavirus are already defeated foes.   God has already given to us the victory.  But, that does not make Satan and coronavirus powerless.  It does make them defeated and under our feet.  Jesus and His bride/body are more than conquerors over Satan (Rom 8:37).  Let us give thanks to God who always causes His church in Christ Jesus to triumph (2 Cor 2:14).  But just as Joshua and the people of Israel had a choice to live in fear of the giants dying in the wilderness and to not possess the victory so the church must make the same decision today.

Let’s try to begin to see this present life more from God’s point of view.  What we think is the end of the world today may seem insignificant to what could occur tomorrow or in eternity.  Please do not think that I am making this to be as a nothing event.  There have been a lot of people in a short time that have died.  If anyone has lost a family member or friend during this crisis, we are all praying for you.  I hope everyone that died knew Jesus Christ and were known by Him.  If they did and He did, they are in a far better place according to 2 Corinthians 5:8.  Let’s stand against this unseen enemy and put them under our feet.  Let’s use any spare time to pray and ask God how we can reach someone that needs to know God.  Live today like it was your last day on earth.  Thank you and God bless you.  If you need any specific prayer, please leave it as a comment.   Jesus is LORD over Satan and over coronavirus!

If you like to continue reading in the series please go to “Part 4“.

 

~WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I DIED TODAY?~

Today, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal LORD and Savior or you do not have the confidence to KNOW what would happen if you died suddenly it is time to get your life in order.  I believe NOW is time to resolve your uncertain eternal destination after this life ends and before it is too late.  Some might think I’m not a bad person and have not committed any bad crimes, but God says our righteousness is like filthy rags compared to His standard of Holiness.  By default, without making a choice we are all headed to a lake of fire that burns very intensely to be separated from a loving God that already forgave us.  That is a very sad reality.    One wise man has said NO ONE is ready to live, until they are ready to die.  Please go to “Salvation” and read and pray the prayer to receive the free gift of forgiveness & eternal life.  This will be the greatest decision that you will ever make.  Thank you and God bless you.

 

Corona Who? Part 2 – Balancing Taking Commonsense Precautions with Applying Faith in God and the Word of God

balance-scale101(Ver 1.1) This Part 2 in a series of Bible lessons concerning the current state of concern called the Coronavirus Pandemic.  This is an unseen enemy that is affecting a lot of the world with fear.  I have never seen anything exactly like this in my lifetime.  I believe most will agree.  There have been many thousands that have died so far.  Shelves at stores are empty of many of the basics and essentials.  People have been ordered to remain in their homes except for important needs.  This sounds very similar to the coming times described in the Book of Revelation.  But I do not believe we are there.  I believe this is only the beginning of the birth pains described in Matthew 24:7. Jesus taught us very clearly that things like this would come before the end.  Don’t be surprised as these types of events continue to grow in intensity as the sorrows come closer and closer to the end.

 

INTRODUCTION TO ONE EXTREME ATTITUDE
IGNORING THE POWER OF THE ENEMY

This lesson concerns the issue of extreme positions dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.  There are many younger people in the world that think that they are invincible against the virus to believe that it will have no effect on them or anyone else that they encounter.  This is truly a non-realistic selfish type of thinking.  When I was young, I was no doubt the same way.  We all think very little of the consequences of our actions or the consequences of bad choices that result in pain, suffering or death.  This attitude is very foolish and not based upon the Truth of the Bible or even basic human common sense.   This is an extreme egotistical and self-centered lack of love with no concern for anyone else but themselves (2 Tim 3:1-2).

The reason that I called this Bible study “Corona Who” was because of what God reveals to us in Acts 19:15. In this story there were seven sons of Sceva that attempted to cast our a devil from a man saying “We adjure in the name of Jesus whom Paul preaches”.  Obviously, these young sons believed they were invincible and nothing bad could happen to them whatsoever.  That same attitude is being displayed today.  However, God’s Word proves that this was NOT the case.  The devil said to these seven sons, “Jesus I know, Paul I know but who are you?”  It appears to me like the seven young men in Acts 19 did not consider the power of their unseen enemy that they were faced with.  This lack of fear and respect for an unseen enemy is the same as young people today.  There is nothing new under the sun!

The devil in this one possessed (infected) man overcame all seven of them, even ripping off their clothes so that they fled and ran away in terror naked. Wow, the parallels to our world is very profound, to say the least.  This was just an introductory side subject to the main subject of other extreme attitudes found in the world today concerning coronavirus.  I do want to say this introduction to the lesson concerns a few mostly unsaved, unbelieving people of the world.  But real and mature Christians should be different.  So, let’s change our perspective.

 

A COMMONSENSE ONLY ATTITUDE VERSUS A FAITH ONLY ATTITUDE

The main subject of this lesson is intended for Christians.  I write many of these lessons to help me first and then to share with others second.  How should a Christian react to a pandemic virus or plague?  We already talked about do not fear it in Part 1.  If you have not read that short lesson, I would highly recommend that you begin there first.

I believe the Holy Spirit instructed me to only fear Him.  He is the only one that could kill my body and my soul.  No epidemic can take my soul unless I blame God for it to curse God and die like Job’s wife suggested.  But, what about faith?  There are a lot of people searching and finding scriptures in the Bible to stand upon in the face of this pandemic evil.  I think that is great and I admit I do that.  For example, Psalm 91 is a very appropriate and applicable set of divine promises to quote daily and believe.

Psa 91:1  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty

Psa 91:2  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust

Psa 91:3  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence

Psa 91:4  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler

Psa 91:5  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day

Psa 91:6  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday

Psa 91:7  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee

Psa 91:8  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked

Psa 91:9  Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation

Psa 91:10  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling

Psa 91:11  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways

Psa 91:12  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone

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

Psa 91:14  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name

Psa 91:15  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him

Psa 91:16  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation

 

This is an awesome set of promises made to the people of God.  I like to read these out loud as often as I am able.  Especially during major situations like we are facing. However, it is very important to note that the promised positive outcomes are conditional if we are meeting the requirements to receive them.  We are required to dwell in the secret place of the LORD.  We are required to say to the Lord “You are my refuge and fortress, You are my God in who I trust”.  We are required not to be afraid.  In other words, to remain in faith. We are required to set our love upon Him only.  We are required to know Him by “Name”.  We are required to “Call on Him”.  Just note that God’s love is always unconditional, but every promise must be possessed by faith.

Just because we believe God promises us protection does that mean we can ignore the governmental authorities and their warnings?  I don’t know about you, but I pray daily for our President asking the Almighty and All Knowing God to give our President wisdom to do his job.  If you do the same and believe that God hears and answers these prayers, then why would you or I defy his recommendations to remain inside our homes and limit human social contact with others for a period?  Would following his word be us disobeying God or His Word?

If we read 1 Timothy chapter 2 verses 1 and 2 God appears to answer this dilemma.  In verse 1 we are instructed to pray for all people.  Then in verse 2 God specifically says for us to pray for those that are in authority in our governments.  Here in verse 2 God provides us the reason for the prayers “so that we may live a quiet and peaceful life”.  I believe that speaks volumes to me.  If the government is trying to help us live peacefully and quiet and eliminate our unseen enemy, let’s cooperate.  That is my opinion based upon what we will further study today.  Let’s move on to the main subject for Christians fighting against an unseen enemy.

 

A Proposed Balanced Church Reaction
to What is Happening in the World

I’d like to propose a viewpoint from scripture of a possible way to balance what the church’s attitude and response to this situation coronavirus might be.  I’d like you to read it and make up your own mind, if it is what the LORD is saying to you today.  There are a lot of people on TV and the internet that may not agree and that is OK.  If the LORD leads you to them and they agree with what the Holy Spirit is saying to you then do that.  Trust in the Holy Spirit on the inside to guide you and not any human.

What should we be doing in the church today?  Of course, beyond not living in fear we should all be praying and asking our Lord for wisdom and guidance.  Also agree with the Bible and know that God did not send this on the world.  Yes, He allowed it to occur.  But, usually these evil acts of Satan are granted permission because of human sins coming to fullness (Rev 17:4).  I don’t have time to explain or teach that part of the subject.  Please understand that this coronavirus is not God’s wrath.  We are under grace until the end of the church age occurs (Luke 21:24).  Then the tribulation will bring forth the full wrath and judgments of God.  Can we agree that coronavirus is not God’s fault?  I sure hope and pray we can.  Let’s now observe what is happening in the church today to compare extreme opposing and unbalanced views.

In the church today, there are people who would claim that we are foolish to close or limit church services just because the government says to do so.  We can easily come up with logical reasons why we should not obey.  However, I believe that response and attitude is what the devil wants the church to do.  If churches started to defy and resist governmental leadership and authority to not limit the numbers, and if anyone got sick and died as a result of that encounter, that pastor and church could be held legally and criminally liable and negligent.  This would give the government the beginning rights to shut down every church service permanently.  Having the government bring charges against you is not living a quiet and peaceful life.  No that sounds like we could become like living in a China or North Korea where many churches must meet secretly and they are thrown into reeducation camps if they are caught.  Therefore, I am of the belief that churches should agree or at least respect leaders and follow recommended guidelines for keeping people safe.  Also remember that not everyone in a church has the same level of faith as the pastor.  The pastor might be risking the life of a new baby convert thinking they should be able to resist the devil the same as they do.  That is just not how it works in the Kingdom of God.

I believe that there are at least two extreme Christian positions of error in this fight against Coronavirus found today in the church.   1). There can be people who ONLY have faith in the Word of God and ignore the government directions and these do not normally take any commonsense precautions against the coronavirus.   Or 2). there can be people that ONLY obey the government using natural precautions while totally ignoring the Word of God.  I believe that both extreme approaches and attitudes are not what the Bible teaches us to do.  I believe based upon what we will learn today we should be doing both.  Let me introduce you to a wrong example of taking just some of the Word of God and omitting God given common sense:

There are a few people in the world that call themselves Christians and do some very foolish things.  One group takes a bunch of poisonous snakes into their church services and picks them up to prove that they are being protected by God’s Word to not be bitten and die.  They base this belief on a literal reading of Mark 16:18.  A lot of these people have been successful, but some have died attempting this.  I assume that those that were bitten and died must not have been a true Christian?  No, the Bible does not teach that we should be handling snakes in church to prove we are saved.  These people stand on what they think the Word says and totally abandon their God given common sense.  What a dangerous religious mindset!  This is just foolishness and we can prove it by the Bible.  Can we begin to see where the Holy Spirit is taking us?

Do you recall what happened to Jesus after He was baptized by John?  Was Jesus the Son of God (Acts 8:37) and God in the flesh (John 1:1-14)?  Yes, He was.  What was Jesus’ approach to doing something foolish to prove He was God’s Son and God would protect Him?  We can read about this in Luke 4 during His temptation after a 40 day fast:

Luk 4:9  And he (Satan) brought him (Jesus) to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 

Luk 4:10  For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 

Luk 4:11  And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 

Luk 4:12  And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 

Can we see the application in this test of Jesus to what some people are doing handling snakes and what we all are facing today in the world with coronavirus?  In these passages, Satan uses scripture and quotes it to Jesus after telling Him to jump off the top of the temple.  Where did this verse come from that was quoted to Jesus?  You probably already know it came from Psalm 91.  We just read it at the beginning of the lesson.  It is one of the same verses that I am reading today.  I pray it is one of the same verses that you are quoting today also.

What was Jesus’ reaction and attitude towards this awesome promise of God?  Wow, this really is important for us to see.  Jesus did not say “You are right and I’ll jump” thinking God will protect Him with His angels.  No, Jesus applied common sense and the Word of God combined.  Jesus knew about the law of gravity that He created and said, “It is also written, I shall not test the LORD my God”.  Are we potentially testing our LORD God when we quote Psalm 91 believing God will just automatically protect us without applying common sense that He should have also given to us?  What else is written in the Bible that we need to quote to Satan?  I believe that is a great question to consider.  Please let’s not ignore the rest of the Bible for a verse that we think is all we need to know.

If the Holy Spirit instructs us and leads us to go and lay hands on someone with coronavirus to heal them, know that is a lot different than us just presumptively walking down a street to get take out at a restaurant with potential coronavirus personally serving us.  One is an act of obedience and the other is just satisfying a carnal appetite.  I knew a pastor that was led by the Holy Spirit to drive home a different way than what he normally did, but he reasoned and thought it was too much time to go that way.  His not being led by the Holy Spirit almost cost him his life in a significant car accident.  God tries to lead us not to be in some places and just quoting a verse thinking He will protects us is very foolish.  There are times for obedience in faith and there are times of the application of our God given common sense.  There is probably a lot more that could be said here but I will end.

Thank you for reading these Bible lessons.  Thank you also for sharing this Bible lesson with your friends and relatives.  Leave us a comment and share what the Lord has been saying to you.  If you don’t agree with this, please feel free to share that also.  Let’s please continue to pray for each other.  Let’s also be led by the Holy Spirit.  Let’s also read and quote the Word of God to the devil.  The Word of God is our sword of the Spirit.  But, also trust God’s given common sense to follow the leadership directions of our elected leaders federal and state.  God Bless you always.  I love you.  I am praying everyone will be safe.

If you would like to continue reading, please select “Part 3“.

 

~WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I DIED TODAY?~

Today, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal LORD and Savior or you do not have the confidence to KNOW what would happen if you died suddenly it is time to get your life in order.  I believe NOW is time to resolve your uncertain eternal destination after this life ends and before it is too late.  Some might think I’m not a bad person and have not committed any bad crimes, but God says our righteousness is like filthy rags compared to His standard of Holiness.  By default, without making a choice we are all headed to a lake of fire that burns very intensely to be separated from a loving God that already forgave us.  That is a very sad reality.    One wise man has said NO ONE is ready to live, until they are ready to die.  Please go to “Salvation” and read and pray the prayer to receive the free gift of forgiveness & eternal life.  This will be the greatest decision that you will ever make.  Thank you and God bless you.

 

Corona Who? Who or What is Our Primary Focus?

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(Ver 1.1) God Bless you today. This is Part 1 in a series of messages addressing a need for hope & encouragement in the days of potential coronavirus  stress.  Thank you for reading and sharing your comments. It seems that almost everyone in the world is focused upon only one thing. Human normalcy of a daily scheduled routine existence has escaped many of us. Many have lost their jobs and income. These types of loses seem minor compared to others that have lost their life on this earth. The News media is consumed with one story. A solitary focused upon an agenda that is opposed to God. The underlying motivation of the message is focused upon producing fear in everyone. But, the Word of God says in 2 Timothy 1:7 that “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love and of a sound mind”. Therefore, the media message does not speak for God whatsoever. Recognizing the source of the message will help me redirect my focus upon God. I hope that helps you also.

I know that, I personally can easily become consumed with watching the developments of this pandemic on the news. This is clearly Satan’s attempt to keep me from the Word of God. Perhaps you recall the Parable of the Sower. The enemy came immediately after the Word of God was sown to eat it up to stop it from producing fruit. How is Satan able to do this? It is not like we think. Because everything that is happening occurs in the spiritual realm of my mind. Things today are changing so rapidly. What is happening today in the news reminds me of a scripture from the book of Isaiah that describes Satan’s methods to try to overcome me:

Isa 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

This verse starts by speaking of a people that fear the name of the LORD. This is a good fear and not related to the type of Satan’s fear being produced from the Coronavirus reports. This corona-virus is nothing but an alternative form of “terror”. This “terror” does not come from people blowing themselves up or chopping your head off, no this is a different type of “terror” from an unseen, invisible with the naked eye source. But the result is still the same. The news media is feeding this terrorism for ratings and money. Let’s know that!

Look at this verse’s ending statement. God speaks of the enemy coming in like a flood. That is an amazing statement and it describes the news media today very clearly. Spoken words are symbolized in the Bible as a type of “water”. Fast moving waters are described symbolically as representing many spoken words. This type of analogy is like a flowing river or a flood. For example, Jesus said in John 7:38, “He who believes in me, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water”. These waters are good types of words that Jesus spoke of. But in Isaiah 59:19 these are not positive life producing words being called a flood. The flood of words being spoken of here are only words that produce fear, anxiety, panic, worry, doubt and insecurity. The intended result of these types of rapidly flowing words are used by Satan to produce death the opposite of what Jesus said should be coming out of a believer’s mouth.

The message from God to me is to not stop listening to the news completely but rather to change my priority to focus on the Name of the LORD and fear Him alone. When I fear God more than what can kill me here on this earth, I will begin to see things from a new perspective. Here is a verse that should be considered during this time of uncertainty:

Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

This is truly a profound statement. Corona-virus can kill some people’s body, but not their soul (spirit, mind, will and emotions). Satan is trying His best to get me to take my eyes off the Word of God. How about you? My prayer today is that I not let Satan’s distraction of a flood of negative words in the news to get me down. I pray that for all of you also. I plan on spending more time reading and studying the Word of God than I do watching the news. In the next lesson, the LORD willing, I will try to continue this series by helping to balance taking natural common sense precautions with standing firm upon the Word of God’s Truth. Thank you for reading and please leave a comment. God Bless you.

If you would like to read the next lesson please click “Part 2“.

~WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I DIED TODAY?~

Today, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal LORD and Savior or you do not have the confidence to KNOW what would happen if you died suddenly it is time to get your life in order.  I believe NOW is time to resolve your uncertain eternal destination after this life ends and before it is too late.  Some might think I’m not a bad person and have not committed any bad crimes, but God says our righteousness is like filthy rags compared to His standard of Holiness.  By default, without making a choice we are all headed to a lake of fire that burns very intensely to be separated from a loving God that already forgave us.  That is a very sad reality.    One wise man has said NO ONE is ready to live, until they are ready to die.  Please go to “Salvation” and read and pray the prayer to receive the free gift of forgiveness & eternal life.  This will be the greatest decision that you will ever make.  Thank you and God bless you.

 

 

Praying for the Nation and the World!!!

(Ver 1.1)  Sunday, March 15, 2020.  We are joining the cry for a National Day of Prayer.  The President of the United States requested that we all unite and pray to our Most High Creator God.  The world is facing a severe crisis situation at least one major world organization calls a “Pandemic”.  A new virus  recently originated from a province in China and has spread rapidly to almost the entire world in a very short time.   There has been too many deaths that have occurred from this new virus.  Therefore, we will obey God and follow His Word:

2Ch 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

The people of God need to begin to humble ourselves before the awesome Supreme Judge of heaven to begin to pray.  Christians must make a decision to be Holy like He is Holy.  Then we must earnestly seek His face.  Repent for our sins and the sins of the nation.  Sins like lies, hatred, adultery, homosexuality, abortion, etc.  But, first and foremost for the sin of removing God, the Bible and Prayer from our public schools.  Our nation has declined since this Supreme Court decision was forced upon every person in the nation.  Since then we have raised generations of  children with godless morals and values.  Today, almost everyone does what is right in their own eyes.  Father forgive us for our complacency and passivity to not stand with you and your written Holy Word and ways.  Forgive us and cleanse us from all of our unrighteousness.   We plead for the blood of Jesus to cleanse us from every unrighteousness thought, motive, word spoken and action.  Let not any of these wrongful ways be held against us in the courts of heaven to allow Satan access to legally kill, steal or destroy us.  Thank you for hearing our prayers, forgiving our sins, and healing our land.  Lord Jesus be our advocate in heaven, intercede for your people and let your blood shed speak better things than the accusations of our enemy accuser.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

The Satanic Plan to take over America and the World Part 3

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(Ver 1.2) This is Part 3 in a Prophetic Bible study series concerning the Satanic Agenda Designed to Attempt to Take Over America and the Entire World. Today’s subject is focused on a new very specific but very significant part of the Satanic plan to silence and remove Christian influence. Christians are still being targeted in greater numbers today, much like we were when the church first began nearly 2000 years ago. We will soon discover that Satan uses the same strategy and plan to silence and remove God’s people as he did with the Old Covenant natural people of Israel. We will explore this ancient and repeated pattern found in the Bible today. Hopefully we will learn from these warnings given to us by God to not fall into these tricks and traps of Satan. That is why this lesson is so essential. It is the Christian’s ignorance of our enemy and the Word of God that gives Satan his greatest advantage to dominate us. This lesson is intended to give you wisdom of Satan’s devices and schemes. Today’s lesson will stand alone, but if you would like to read this series from the beginning, please go to “Part 1”.

Warning, Warning, Warning! This is a potential highly offensive subject to some. If you are not a spiritually mature Christian, it may be wiser if you do not read this lesson. It is never my intention to offend anyone. I desire only to hear from God and teach what I believe He gives to me. I have been studying the book of Daniel recently. I was going through the book of Daniel chapter 6 when the words came to life and I begin to see things that I had never thought of before. I believe this was because of what God wrote in Daniel 12:9 when Daniel was told that the words will be sealed until the time of the end. Therefore, I believe these old words of Daniel should be more relevant to us today at the end of the world than when it was originally written.

If you have not figured it out yet, the subject today is political in nature. Therefore, if you are easily offended by ideas you don’t agree with, please stop and go read something else. Please, do not read what was written, get angry and leave us a very nasty and hateful comment. That is NOT appropriate Christian behavior. If you feel confident that you are mature, please let’s begin.

 

INTRODUCTION

Recently I have been studying the books of Daniel and Revelation. A couple of days ago while going over chapter 6 of the book of Daniel the words really leaped off the page and I saw things that I had not previously observed. A new perspective based upon the events that have been happening in the United State and other nations (like Israel) came into a new dimension of understanding. When this happens, I have learned to recognize that it is God teaching me something new for my benefit and to share. So, I pray that you will be open to receive it.

So many Christians in the United States have been very passive when observing what has taken place in our nation and our government. The moral decay of the fabric of our nation has been in a slide downward and to the left for the last 60+ years. Darkness has been allowed to creep in gradually until it has gotten overwhelmingly more powerful and corrupt. It began to be noticeable in the 1950’s. Then its influence became more pronounced and openly in your face in the 60’s. Perhaps you are old enough to remember? Do you recall the removal of prayer and Bible from public Schools? Did you know almost every major university began as an institute for the purpose of teaching people the Bible? How did we allow this removal to happen? What were the fruits produced from these evils? We began to see the rise of mass shootings. We began to see the rise of drugs. We began to see the rise of immorality and nudity in public. One of the next major consequences happened with abortion being legalized because men and women wanted sex but not the consequences of the sex. Then we were slowly introduced to the gay lifestyle as being acceptable. On and on I could go about the moral decline of the United States. I believe a large part of the blame of why this occurred should be placed upon Christians not standing up for and with God’s Word.

I don’t agree with everything that the Presidents says or does. But I do agree with a large portion of his accomplishments. He supports religious freedoms. He supports freedom of speech. He supports the right of people to defend themselves. He supports a strong military. He works hard to make America safe and prosperous. He supports the nations of Israel. He is opposed to abortion. Why isn’t everyone in favor of these great blessings, rights and freedoms? I have never witnessed a President in my lifetime that has promised to do something and then actually done it. Most politicians make empty promises to get elected and suddenly grow amnesia to not remember what they told us they would do. Therefore, rather than pick up stones to throw at anyone, I just want to address what God says in His Word about how Satan used people to try to remove His appointed leaders from their high offices. I hope you are ready to learn, please get your Bibles out and open them to the book of Daniel chapter 6.

 

SATAN’S PLAN AND STRATEGY TO GAIN POWER

When reading chapter 6 of Daniel, I believe that there is a message from the LORD. This message concerns Satan’s plan to take out God’s chosen leaders. After reading and studying this chapter I began to see amazing parallels to what has been happening in the United States with our President. It was as plain as it could be. It is amazing how the devil uses the identical tactics that he used before on previous leaders. We will soon learn that this plan failed then and I believe that it will not succeed now either. But that outcome is conditional. We all like to read stories in the Bible and see how God delivered someone from great potential harm and even death. But we must first judge ourselves to determine if we are doing what they did to be protected. Wow, that was an important truth. This is what I pray for myself, you and our President.

According to Ecclesiastes 1:9 God said, “The thing that has been, is the thing that shall be, that which was done will be done again, for there is nothing new under the sun”. God is teaching us that there are patterns from the past that will be repeated again in the future. In other words, I believe that we can find everything that will happen in the next few years laid out in detail from the words written down by God in the past, believe it or not. I know a lot of people don’t believe this, but it is still the truth. I’ll give you another verse that confirms this foundational truth in Isaiah 46:10 “Declaring the end from the beginning…”. You see God teaches us that the end was already written down in the beginning. God knew the ending before our world was created.

Please read though the entire story of Daniel if you have the time. But if not, please focus upon chapter 6. I will include the verses in this lesson that are important. Who was Daniel? Daniel was a highly favored man of God. Daniel was one of the only men in the entire Bible, besides Jesus where nothing directly negative was written about him. He followed God’s commands to the letter and was a very diligent man of prayer. Daniel was taken captive with others in Jerusalem and carried away to Babylon. Daniel as you will learn from reading his story rose to the second most powerful position in the Kingdom of Babylon only being under the ruler Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar grew in pride and his kingdom was overthrown by the Persians. But Daniel was still given favor from God and again rose to power being 2nd in command to only Darius of the Persian Empire. What were some of the qualities that made Daniel blessed by God?

  1. Integrity
  2. Honesty
  3. Faithfulness
  4. Uncompromising
  5. Humble
  6. Spirit of Excellence

These are just a few of the great characteristics that can be used to describe Daniel. I believe God is looking for more men and women with these characteristics today. Please read the story and we will go over the key points afterwards:

Dan 6:1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;

Dan 6:2 And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.

Dan 6:3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

Dan 6:4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

Dan 6:5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

Dan 6:6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.

Dan 6:7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.

Dan 6:8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

Dan 6:9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

Dan 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Dan 6:11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.

Dan 6:12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

Dan 6:13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.

Dan 6:14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.

Dan 6:15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.

Dan 6:16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

Wow, wow, and wow! What an awesome story of Satan’s plots, plans, deceptions and tricks to get a chosen man to stop him from doing what was right in the eyes of God and to eliminate him from his powerful position in the government. I pray that you will begin to see how this is happening again in our U.S. government. We will begin by observing some basic parallels. There were 120 rulers that were placed into power in Daniel 6 verses 1 through 3. But, the one man that was over them all was Daniel. I liken this to the 2018 mid-term election in the U.S. where one political party took power in the U.S. House of Representatives. Daniel, I liken to be a type of the President who was clearly of a different political party. The Darius I liken to be like the people of the U.S. that voted people into their powerful positions. Almost immediately after the election of 2018, the plot began to impeach the President. This opposing political party placed all their hopes in the Mueller Special Counsel Investigation report. It is very clear to me that all of this happening was in parallel to what we read in verse 4 of Daniel where the 120 and the presidents look for an “occasion” to remove Daniel.

Let’s go through some of the key words found in Daniel 6:4. The first word to notice is H5432 that was translated as “presidents”. This word is a Chaldea word that means “emir”. An “emir” is historically defined as a Muslim type of ruler. Wow, if that is not amazing? But I view these types of individuals to be likened to the leader of the house and the chairs of the sub-committees. Two of which are known as the Judicial Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee. Both leaders were heavily involved in leading the other “princes” of Congress to impeach the President.

The next key word in the verse is H1156 that was translated as “sought”. The verse says, “The presidents and the princes sought…”. This word is defined by Strong as “ask, pray, desire, request, petition, seek”. Wow, every word definition is profoundly parallel to what we see occurring in Congress. From the moment many liberal Congress women and men were sworn into office in January 2019 they swore a plan to impeach the President of the U.S. These word definitions imply a scheming and planning in secret as well as an external search for evidence for accusations. One key word definition “pray” was used outwardly on TV by several house representatives as they spoke to the news media. They would literally claim that this is such a solemn and prayerful time for us and the nation. They looked deeply into the camera and pretended to be deeply troubled and disturbed.

The next key word goes along with exactly what the Bible was saying in the last paragraph. This word is H7912 that was translated as “find” in this verse. “They sought to find….”. “Find” is defined by Strong as “a disclosure of previously hidden or forgotten thing”. In the light of what was going in this scenario of Daniel 6, it would be very much like them investigating how to create or produce evidence for the desired verdict of guilty to remove Daniel. This would be completely different than searching for the truth regardless of guilt or innocence. In other words, there was no presumption of innocence or due process.  In fact for Daniel there was no ability for him to defend himself.  But rather it is the display of an attitude that “we know he is guilty because….” and we hate him and we want Daniel out. Therefore, we must find the information necessary to achieve this goal. The end-result of taking Daniel from his place of authority, justifies whatever is done no matter how evil, unfair or unjust it was to obtain the goal. It is very clear to me that we are seeing people in Darius’ kingdom that were power hungry and very jealous of someone that was not like them and did not fit into their club. They hated Daniel so much that they would do anything to take him out of his position. Wow, does any of this sound familiar?

The next key word found in Verse 4 of Daniel 6 is H5931. This word was translated as “occasion”. They sought to find occasion