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Is it Possible to be Both a Democrat and a Christian in the U.S.?

Gal 4:16  Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

(Ver 1.1)  Here in the U.S. we have been living through a very nasty election process costing billions of dollars.  This Bible lesson is intended for my U.S. readers, but the application of the Bible principles taught will apply to any nation where you are permitted to vote.  This of course will be a potentially controversial subject to talk about.  Who knows I may lose some readers by offending them with the truth as Paul did in Galatians 4:16.   But like Paul, I still want to speak the truth on my website, because this is what is needed at this critical time in America.  Can a person be a Christian, be saved, be born-again, go to heaven and still ignore the truth, the Bible and the God of the Bible doing whatever they like?  Whoops I thought this subject was about being a Democrat?  Yes, you are right the main subject is about people claiming to be a Democrat and a Christian and that goes with my preceding statement precisely.  Isn’t choosing to be called a Democrat a human freewill choice of the man or woman?  Am I saying being a Democrat is someone that is ignorant of the Bible?  Well you are going to have to read the entire lesson and decide for yourself.   Let me give you my opening scripture verse for this subject:

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

God declares that His children are led by His Spirit!  Are you His child?  Not if you are not being led by the Spirit of God you are not!    If you claim to be a saved child of God you better learn how to be led by the Spirit of God very fast.   Nowhere in this verse or in any other verse will God contradict this truth!  This verse strongly implies that those that are not led by the Spirit of God are not the children of God. The Spirit of God is never going to lead you into sin.  The Spirit of God is never going to lead you to violate the Word of God.  The Spirit of God will never lead you into hell.  The Spirit of God will only say things to you that agree with the Written Holy Word of God.  If you do not understand this you are free to call yourself a Democrat and choose to make God a liar.  So the question remains, will the Spirit of God ever lead a person to be a Democrat?  Not if it violates the Word of God.  You better find out if being a Democrat is either in agreement or discourse with the Word of God and then decide personally which path you want to follow in.

First, I strongly believe that there are no perfect people in the world; Republican, Democrat, Independent or Christian.  However, does that fact mean that that every Christian should not strive for perfection?  I seriously do not believe that is the case.  Perfection should be the goal of every Christian in order to conform to the image of Christ Jesus’ example.  If you do not want to be like Christ you are definitely reading the wrong website.  Can you find a scripture in the Bible that says that we are free to ignore what God says in His Word and still be saved?  Are we saved independently from the Word of God? I have not found any verses that say we can be saved or remain saved apart from the Bible.  I have found some verses that appear to say the opposite is true.  Jesus was speaking in the Gospels and was quoted to say the following statement that should be strongly considered if you want to call yourself a follower of Christ:

Luk 6:46  And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Who was the Lord Jesus talking to?  Notice that this statement was not made to anyone that is not a Christian or at the least thought they were a Christian.  No one is going to call Jesus Lord if they do not believe that Jesus saved them.  Did you notice that?  People came to Jesus saying “Lord, Lord!” and they did this with the forethought He was their Lord.  You see according to the Bible, in order to be saved, an individual must believe that God has raised Jesus from the dead and then must also confess Jesus to be their “Lord” with their mouth (Rom 10:9-10).  Therefore, Jesus makes this statement but, only to people that have called Him their Lord.  No unsaved person has done this nor can they.  What significance does the Lord Jesus place upon His spoken word in this statement directed at Christians?  Is the Lord Jesus a casual, unconcerned or non-caring speaker of random unimportant words like people are?  Do you think that it matters to God if you actually do anything that He says or not?  Is God simply speaking words to hear the sound?  I believe that you can clearly see in this verse that Jesus strongly implies that it matters a great deal what you do in this life concerning what God has spoken.

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

What has God spoken?  This verse informs us that God spoke the words of the Bible and that every one of them is here for the purpose of righteousness.  The Greek word translated as “inspiration of God” literally means “God Breathed”.  If God’s breath produced them they came from the Spirit of God and these are the Words that you are directed to follow by Jesus own admission.  Why call me Lord, Lord and do not what I say in my written Holy Book of Words?

Whose responsibility is it to get you to do what God says?  Who is going to make you read and learn what is written in the Bible?  Is it not your choice what you do every day?   Seriously pay attention to what the Bible is saying to you, learn it and begin to follow God’s instructions.  It will matter more on judgment day than you can possibly think at this time.  Let’s get another witness of the truth spoken from God about what you need to do:

Jas 1:22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

God speaking through the apostle James says directly to the church in a letter, that they need to do the Word of God and not just hear it only or they will deceive themself.   That is an amazing statement.  Self-deceived people are abundantly found in the church today.  These are people that go to church but still vote for a Democrat.  Of course I understand that many churches are not teaching the Bible and that is even a greater problem.    God says very clearly “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).  Not being taught the actual Word of God will cause people to be deceived equally.  I believe that it is abundantly clear that the God of the Bible was warning Christians that we better learn what He has said and then do what He has said or we will be destroyed.  Let’s then figure out what God says in the Bible and then see if any of this Godly information disagrees with Christians being a modern Democrat.

Today I’m going to give you at least 4 sound Bible reasons why you cannot be both a Democrat and a Christian.  You are free to disagree with me, but I would suggest that you do not disagree with God and His Word.  What I will say today are not my words but His.

#1 THE MAJORITY OF THE DEMOCRATS AT THE DNC CURSED GOD

Anyone can clearly observe the Democratic official platform.  The Democratic National Convention (DNC) was held here in Charlotte NC and I heard about this event for months before it happened and every day that it was here it dominated the news.  Anyone can easily verify what I am about to say by searching the internet to find the DNC position.  There are documents, videos, news reports and other evidence to the truth if you are unaware of what I am about to tell you.  First, consider at the DNC that Democrats removed the mention of “God” completely from their official position platform.  They further removed all mention of Israel and Jerusalem as their capital.   Both of these should have been clear warning signs to those that call themselves Christians and Democrats.  If you watched the DNC on TV you would have seen one man stand up and attempt to put God and Jerusalem back into the Democratic platform and he was required by rule to get a majority of the delegates to raise their voice and vote “Yes” in order to pass this position.  He called for the vote once, twice and even three times and each time the NO’s clearly won the voice level vote.  At the end of the third time he simply decided on his own that the “YES” votes won and that ended the voting session.  Many of the delegates in the audience quickly booed the decision and that is a major problem with being a Democrat.  How can you as a Christian associate with any people that are so far apart from the truth?  I do not know how you can, based upon what God says to do in His word:

Pro 14:27  The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Did the great majority of the delegates representing the U.S. Democratic Party from every state have any fear of God?  If you believe that you can boo God and be a Christian you are a fool!  If you think you can stand with people that boo God and still be a Christian you are still a fool.   To “fear” God is a Hebrew word that means a human position of humility giving God great honor and respect as He clearly deserves.  What kind of respect is it for Democrats to say to God we don’t want you God mentioned in our platform anymore?   Wow, I do not even know how to begin to justify someone saying I’m a Christian and still calling themselves a Democrat.  What did God say in this verse in Proverbs?  Did He not just say if you fear me you are on the path to life and if you do not fear me you are headed on the path towards death?  You better think a long time about what is being said here.  Let’s look at another verse that applies to this situation of the DNC vote.  Here we had a man that must have thought he was a Christian who wanted God put back into the platform and the majority of his fellow delegates blasted him down and said “NO”.  What does the God of the Bible say about this?

2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Can you read?  To be yoked to something is to be joined with them.  To be joined means to be united in purpose, plans and action.  To be yoked to anything is a clear personal choice unless you are their slave?  Are you the slave to other Democrats or the DNC?  If you are not their slave then you had a choice to be there and to call yourself one of them.  Consider the legal ramification of being present at the DNC?  If someone in the car that you are riding in commits a crime the legal system considers you an accessory even if you knew nothing about what was going to happen.  The guilt by association is a very important topic in the court of heaven.  Because you were voluntarily present at the conference you have become guilty of cursing the God of the Bible even if you did not commit the act.  Just because you are a registered Democrat you are further guilty by association with the group.  Now, shift to what it means to be unequally yoked as this statement is declaring.  I take this to mean you are out-numbered.  It is like a balance scale with you on one side and the rest of the God cursing people on the other side.  If they have tipped the scale in their favor then God says you better not be linked with them.

This is a major problem again from the scriptural standpoint of being called a Democrat.  To be in an organization that does not even desire to have any relationship with God is more than an awkward situation for you.  This man that took the vote should have shook off the dust from his feet and walked away from the cursers instead of doing what he did and continuing to be one of them.  Look at what Jesus said to His disciples:

Mat 10:14  And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

Does this not still apply to us today?  Are you not a disciple of Christ?  I know I am!  Of course this applies to you and I.  If we go and tell someone about Jesus and they reject it, Jesus said that we can walk away free in conscious that we did our job.  I feel like this would have made a much stronger statement than pretending that the “YES” vote won and add God back into the platform.  How long do you think that the DNC will keep God in?  Do you think that God will survive another vote?  I personally do not believe He will.  God and the Bible is being pushed out of the Democratic platform, it is just a matter of time before it happens.

The term “yoked” is a position of servitude whether you accept it or not.  If you desire to be a servant accessory of a people with a position that curses God then you are not a wise man or woman.  Take note with what these verses just said.  What fellowship does a righteous man have with an unrighteous man?  What communion does the light of God have with the darkness of Satan?  I know a lot of people do not understand the differences between what is being stated in 2 Corinthians 6:14 so they believe it is permissible to be labeled a Democrat.  That is exactly why I am writing and teaching this message today.

#2 OBAMA AND THE DNC EMBRACED HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE

Let’s consider point number two that was added to the official Democratic platform this year by Obama’s sudden change of position from the last election position.  In the last election Obama was clearly asked about gay marriage and he clearly stated that marriage should be between a man and a woman.  Now suddenly, the DNC and Obama openly embraced and joined themselves to the godless gay agenda by adding a gay marriage stance legitimizing the marriage between two men or two women as being normal and acceptable.  In doing this they have snubbed the Bible and the God of the Bible and they have departed to establish a new independent truth separate from both.  Here is the primary problem with the gay agenda; you cannot find it as a valid doctrine in the Bible anywhere.  In fact if you study the subject closely you will find a lot written about it in the Bible that says it is an abomination to God when people live this way (Lev 18:22).  I know that was an Old Testament verse reference and people are so quick to say that does not apply in the modern world.  Let me quickly show you a N.T. verse that is also equally very clear:

1Co 6:9  Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, (NASB)

God tells the church plainly in this text that homosexuals will never enter into the kingdom of God.  If people cannot be gay and be saved, what makes you think that you can be a Democrat supporting gays and the gay agenda and be saved either?  Perhaps you need a new perspective to the importance of being in agreement with God.  What is agreement?  Agreement occurs when two people make a pact to walk in harmony.  Disagreement is the antithesis and this simply occurs when two people are in opposite sides of any discussion.   If you look up possible synonyms for the term “agreement” you will find one term “covenant” is present.  That truth of covenant raises a new perspective and asks “Are you in covenant agreement with God?” or “Are you in covenant agreement with homosexuality?”.   Technically speaking if you are not in covenant agreement with God then you are not saved.  If yes, then God says you better agree with Him and what He says:

Amo 3:3  Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

You are being forced to make a choice today by reading the truth of God.  If you read what God says and still choose to be a Democrat and support Democrats and the DNC platform then you are not walking in agreement with God but with your godless political party.  That is an extremely poor choice in life to make yet people do it every day.  What God has just clearly stated is that you better agree with what He has spoken or you will not be walking with God.

People who do not make an effort to know what the Bible says are those that have chosen to ignore God’s Word.  Any non-decision to seek the truth is a conscious decision for ignorance of the truth.  Ignorant people will find themselves apart from God based upon what Jesus said to you at the beginning of this lesson.  You are not going to be able to call Jesus your Lord and then ignore what He has said about the subjects like homosexuality.  The two positions are mutually exclusive and incompatible.  If you do not know what the Bible says on the subject of homosexuality you need to find out very quickly.  No, the word is not officially found in the KJV Bible, but that does not mean that God does not give you what He thinks on the subject very clearly using other words.  I have a Bible lesson series on the subject called “What does God think about Homosexuality”.   If after you read this lesson series and choose to still be a Democrat then your blood is not on my hands any longer.

#3 OBAMA AND THE DNC KILL INNOCENT HUMAN BABIES

The discussion of abortion is a modern controversial subject that Democrats like to dance around by speaking about it using irrelevant oxymoronic terms like “Women’s Rights” or “Planned Parenthood” and others that twist the reality of child homicide into something legitimate sounding.  They have even gone so far as to call the unborn baby a “fetus” and not a human child even though that is clearly a lie.  The child in the womb is a new complete being after the egg is fertilized.  All of the future DNA of the complete human being is present at conception.  Cells continue to grow in the womb and develop but this same process occurs after birth also.  No human is born a completed mature work.  Therefore, the process before birth continues after birth and finally the child becomes an adult.  The baby developing in the internal water realm is no different than the external baby continuing to develop in the air realm.  If after birth the same attitude of reckless disregard is given as to the unborn life of the water realm baby and care was removed from them the child would not live in the external air realm either.  Developing cells that grow is the definition for life.  If a scientist found cells like this on Mars they would take extreme measures to preserve them.  Why then have ignorant deceived humans chosen not to value this life before birth the same as after birth?  Nothing was added or taken away from the process other than the taking of the baby’s life.  Things have gotten so bad in this area that many abortion procedures done by doctors today are to babies that could easily live outside of the womb with any proper modern care.  These procedures are called partial birth abortions and the baby is partly birthed and then deliberately killed before they can take a breath.   That is a totally insane ungodly behavior for any person to agree with but Democrats like Obama vote for it constantly to continue.

Today the determining factor for whether any baby lives or dies has been given into the hands of the woman carrying the baby.  That right there is another ignorant presupposition of the truth.  Who died and made this woman a god who decides who lives and dies?  Did the woman get pregnant by herself?   Here is where creative deceived people introduce a new argument of justification for the existence of abortions.  They say “what about incest and rape”.  They then use these minority cases to justify the existence of every abortion regardless if the woman consented to the sex or not.   God states in Genesis 2 that the two shall become one and this is a law of God’s created design.  Just because Satan has perverted it by enticing men to rape does not mean the whole result is evil.  One evil act never justifies another evil act.  The formed baby in the womb was not a participant in the evil so why is another evil taken out on them?  That just does not make logical or Biblical sense.  I recall no Bible verses that say if a man commits evil we need to kill an innocent child for retribution.

Take for example the young lady that had been kidnapped as a child by an evil man and forced to live with him for years and years until she finally escaped.  She was repeatedly raped and even got pregnant and had a child.  This child was still important and loved by God regardless of how it was conceived.  After the woman escaped the captor went to jail but she and her baby went home.  Perhaps in this case you believe we should kill the baby immediately after saving it from captivity?  What then is the difference between now and before in the womb?  Were they not both created through evil?  Surely this justifies us killing born healthy babies if they are conceived by evil acts.  If we kill evilly conceived babies after birth what stops any baby from being killed if they cry too much, are the wrong sex or whatever.  When is it murder and when is it allowable or permitted?  I do not see any lines that should ever be crossed personally.

When a woman determines that she does not desire to carry the baby to term, she chooses to commit murder and she terminates the life that God had placed inside of her by going to a clinic or by taking a pill these days.  You may quickly respond and ask who did you say put the life in her?  According to the Bible God says He put the life of the child inside of the woman.  Here is a verse that is about abortion but does not directly name the term:

Jer 1:5  Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

You can clearly see that God reveals that what the Democrats and liberals call the “fetus” in the woman was already known by God.  God clearly says “I formed you there inside of your mother”.  God also clearly says that I called you to be a prophet before you were ever born into this world.  What if Jeremiah’s mother chose to have an abortion today?  Would the prophet have been born?  Would God have stopped her from being so foolish?  I seriously do not understand why people cannot see that God will not override a woman’s will to murder her own child.   The woman’s body is the woman’s body but the child in her was not placed there by the woman so she has no right to remove it.  The child’s body is never a part of the woman’s body.  The child’s body is an independent new being awaiting arrival into this world.

In making these uninformed decisions the woman has engaged accomplices that help her.  The doctor is the instrument of murder that she uses to kill the life in the baby and I find that fact incredibly ironic.  The doctor takes a Hippocratic oath to save life and instead for money has chosen to ignore that oath and kill their own kind because an activist  judge somewhere said it was a legal act to perform.  Everyone involved in this act is a willing guilty participant or accessory and they are all ignoring God, the truth and the Bible in making this decision or even allowing this decision to be made.  That is just stupid if you ask me, but stupid is as stupid does.

In the United States alone there have been millions of abortions performed since it was legalized by a minority.  That is an awful lot of blood that is on the hands of women, doctors, judges, voters and politicians.  WHAT did I just say?  I said the blood of the murdered babies will be held on the account of all those that voted to allow this practice to continue.  If you do not think so, I would not want to be you on judgment day.  I did not do a complete teaching on this subject and I have other lessons that will expand it in more detail.  If you go and read “What does God think about Abortion” it will address more Bible verses that teach us about this very important subject.

#4 OBAMA IS AN OPEN LIAR AND DECEIVER

What is the definition of a liar?  When a man says one thing and then does something else does that make him a liar?  In my Bible I believe that is a very good definition for a liar.  What is the definition of a deceiver?  A very good definition of a deceiver is anyone that causes someone else to believe what is not true.  One good synonym for a deceiver is a “con artist”.  A “con artist” is anyone that tells you what you want to hear in order to get what they want from you.  A “con man” uses words to entice human behavior for their own personal gain.  Technically speaking a liar is a deceiver and a deceiver is a liar by definition.   Let me show you a verse that Jesus spoke to us all and you then tell me what it says on these subjects:

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.

So tell me what your God just said?  Is God a liar?  I strongly believe that God is not a liar and in this statement I believe it to be an accurate and literal announcement of truth.   If after reading this verse you still believe that it is permissible to be an abortionist murderer or a liar then I think that you are already deceived into believing a lie.  There is a missing message in many churches today called “Holiness”.   This old holiness message was previously taught strongly by many preachers but it is widely ignored in the modern Grace dominated church.  Because people believe that being holy is no longer a factor or a requirement for being a Christian they can justify being a Democrat and believe a man like Obama when he stood up in 2007 and said “I’m a Christian”.  Nothing done by Obama in the last four years has proven that statement true.   In fact his actions have proven the opposite.  Jesus very clearly taught us that we will know them by their fruits (Mat 7:16).   Jesus was speaking spiritually but said this spiritual fruit would be displayed externally in this natural realm in order for us to observe it and even possess the ability to judge it.  If you do not know what the fruits of the Spirit are perhaps you need to go study the subject closely because Obama has none of these that I can observe.  Let’s establish if Christians need holiness:

Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

1Pe 1:15  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

1Pe 1:16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Both Peter and Paul were led by the Spirit of God to teach on the subject holiness.  Essentially God declared Himself to be Holy and commands that we are also to be the same Holy type.  This gets back to the goal of perfection.  If you are not striving to be perfect like God then you have already admitted defeat.  The Bible clearly says that God is a Holy God!.  The Bible also says that God does not lie (Heb 6:18).  Therefore anyone intentionally lying is not of God and will have their part in the lake of fire as Jesus clearly says.  I could spend a lot of time listing every lie publically spoken by Obama but that is a waste of my time and yours.    Other websites have done a good job at documenting many of these, just go and search the web and you will find more statements than you care to hear about.  If you have time to watch a video on YouTube I would suggest that you go watch these examples of lies spoken by Obama.  This video is by far not a complete list.  For example, Obama declared marriage to be between a man and a woman before being elected in 2008 but yet he has done everything in his power to reverse that even now making the clear position statement that marriage is beyond God’s definition.  Make sure you understand the definition again for a liar.  A liar is someone that says he will do one thing and then does something else.  I will expand the definition of a liar to be anyone that speaks anything that is not the Truth of God and that is a much broader definition.  Here is the video of lies, go check it out for a starter course:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kg9m1F8B2_c&feature=player_detailpage

VOTING WARNING EXAMPLES FOUND IN THE BIBLE

Exo 32:1  And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

The concept of voting is found in the Bible if you actually look for it.  The word vote does not need to appear for the message to be revealed.  For example here in this story we have a nation of people in a desperate state of circumstances much like the United States today.  Their Godly leader Moses has left them, they think and now we see them making a cry for a change.  You do realize that voting is nothing but you asking for a desired outcome?   Do you remember what these people have been through?  They had just been delivered by God from a very oppressive harsh nation and a people that oppressed them greatly.  The power of God was displayed over and over until Pharaoh finally bowed to the overwhelming display of God.  The Israelites all had witnessed this deliverance but now in the wilderness when things were again tough they voted for change in gods and leaders.  Was this the right decision?  Was this the right choice?  If you continue to read down in the chapter you will find that it clearly was not!

Here is my point for this entire lesson.  Can you vote against God and expect a good outcome?   Whenever the Democrats voted to throw God out of their platform were they not repeating the historic act that was given to us by God to learn from?  Do you not understand what God says here about Israel?  God tells us in the New Testament that these things were written as examples but not examples to follow but for examples not to follow (1 Cor 10:11).  When a nation departs from God, the Bible and His ways they have also abandoned His hand of protection, His blessings and His favor.  When the people vote against God they open the door for judgment to follow.   Seriously do you feel the need to be judged?  Continue to vote against God and His Word and you will be.  Stop and read this next Bible example of a popular vote recorded in the Bible for us to learn from:

Mat 27:17  Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?

Mat 27:18  For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

Mat 27:19  When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

Mat 27:20  But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

Mat 27:21  The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.

Mat 27:22  Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.

Mat 27:23  And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

If you read this story with your spiritual eyes wide open, you will see another popular vote being manipulated by the elders of Israel and their priests.  Pilate clearly saw that it was because of envy that they were moved to do this thing to Jesus so he after being warned by his wife created a choice to vote on between two men.  One man Jesus was entirely good and one man named Barabbas was entirely evil.  Who do you think these men represent in our election?  Well, let me ask you who is in favor of murdering babies and allowing gays to marry?   Both of these are evil in the eyes of God.  Well Barabbas was elected to live and Jesus was condemned to die and this was the outcome of a popular vote of the people.  What does God say about this in the Bible?  You probably don’t know this either but this is God’s opinion of that kind of vote and voters:

Isa 5:20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Wow, I do not understand how anyone can be a Democrat today knowing what I know from the Bible.  God warns people if they call evil as good and good as evil that there are consequences for these types of votes.  If America elects this evil Obama president again, there will be consequences and heaven help us all.  If you read down in this chapter you will find what God says will happen:

Isa 5:24  Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

These curses are because the people have abandoned the God of Israel and His Holy Word.  Major parts of the U.S. have just gone through a long drought that left the farmer’s crops and ranch industries decimated.   Do you think this is a chance accidental happenstance?  When a nation kills millions of babies and promotes gay life styles as the new normal I believe this opens the door for these types of events to occur.  Let’s end this Bible lesson with the conclusion of the Jesus vs. Barabbas vote:

Mat 27:24  When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

Mat 27:25  Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

Pilate washes his hands of the matter and says this man’s blood is not on me.  The people of Israel declare let his murder and blood be upon us and our children.  In their minds they totally believed they were doing something good but their actions were not based upon any common sense or the truth of God.  Pilate could see it, do you see it?  I completely understand that God’s purpose was for Him to come to the earth and die.  I totally agree that God accomplished exactly His plan to the very detail.   However, if you believe that God manipulated the people and forced them to kill Him you are one of those confused people that believe God is a giant puppet master controller of our every move and that people lack any ability of choice.  God can use human nature without causing it to happen.  God knew what would happen before it happened so this is foreknowledge and not forced manipulation.  Unsaved people today have not really changed much have they?  They are still calling good evil and evil good.   Still killing good babies and letting murders walk free.  What was the outcome of this vote for Israel?  Did you realize that there was a consequence for their actions?

If you did not know it Israel was completely destroyed and leveled shortly after this event in history.  In the year 70 AD the entire city was decimated.  The natural nation of Israel ceased to exist for almost 1900 years after this.  The people of Israel were scattered broadly throughout the world and were continually oppressed and persecuted.  The curse that they placed upon themselves followed them from generation to generation.  It was not until the near extermination of the entire Jewish race under Hitler that prophecy began to come back into focus for this natural nation of people.  Do you think that rejecting the Word of God had anything to do with what happened to them in history?  Are there any parallels to what happened to the nation of Israel and what is happening here in the United States today?  I believe very strongly that there are many direct parallels and if we do not change quickly and embrace God and His Word as a nation again we will experience the same outcome.

So can you be a Christian and still vote for evil?  Can you be saved and ignore the Bible?  Can you vote against God and still be for God?  Seriously if you do not understand that this is not possible then your blood is not on my hands as I have already stated.  No not everything a Democrat does is evil and that is not my point here at all.  What you need to see is that it only takes a little bit of poison to kill an animal if it is mixed with a lot of good desirable food.   If Democrats were entirely evil people there would be no contest in this election, no one would vote for them.  But, since they lace their good deeds with poisonous intentions people are deceived in eating it all.  I have warned you, and I have sounded the alarm.   I am just one man on the wall willing to take the risk to blow an alarm sound of warning to the people of this nation.  You can do whatever you like going forward but the consequences will come for your vote for evil sooner than you realize.  This was the message that the Holy Spirit placed on my heart and I was just the messenger.  I pray that your eyes were opened and that I saved at least one person from deception.  If only one person was helped then it was worth all of my time and effort.  God bless and we will get back to the other Bible subjects as the Lord leads.

Understanding the Hidden Spiritual Family Structure of God’s Household! The Hidden Family of God in the Abrahamic Covenant! Part 9

(Ver 1.5)  This is now Part 9 in a series of extremely advanced Bible studies about a subject that you have probably never heard anyone teach on before.  If you have not read these lessons from the beginning, I would suggest that you go back to “Part 1” and start there.   The Spirit of God revealed this information to me more than 10 years ago and I have been diligently studying it in the Bible ever since then to prove it was true.   Over these years I became totally convinced that this was accurate simply because I could see it plainly in the Bible and I knew that it was actually what the Bile said.  This is my introduction to one of the last lessons in this series of one of the most important and complex Bible studies that you may ever try to study or try to understand.  All of these lessons have come directly from my heart today to yours.  I can’t make you see anything in the Bible.  So my prayer today is that you may have an open mind, a receptive heart and may the eyes of your spiritual understanding become enlightened with the spiritual knowledge of knowing Him who was and is and will always be eternally faithful; my God of all Grace and all Peace, my Lord and my Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

I was a computer programmer for over 25 years.  I have worked on the development of several complex large computer software systems for some very large corporations.  I will occasionally introduce computer terms in my Bible lessons and I may do that again today.  But, I have found the design of God’s Word system to be so much more advanced and complex than anything that I have ever seen created by man that it is at times overwhelming.  God’s extreme intelligence is clearly displayed in the design of His Word.  However if you have never worked on a large scale computer system before or approached the Bible with this way of study, you will not understand what I am talking about.  This is why not very many people on the earth today actually understand how to study the Bible.  Intelligent design is displayed in every word printed right in front of them, but many do not recognize the patterns being presented.  I have been studying the Bible faithfully for over 20 years using my computer and I am not any closer to learning everything that God says because of the vastness of what is covered in the Bible.  Having said all of that, God has taught me a few things since the beginning and I am closer to knowing the complete truth today than I was 20 years ago.  The things that have taken me over 20 years to discover, you can learn in a matter of a few days if you apply yourself and actually believe what you are reading and then search and see them in the Bible for yourself.  When you do this, Satan will not be able to come and steal them from you.

In the last lesson I reviewed three distinct hidden patterns of the family of 5 divided 3 against 2 using the Micah 7:6 prophecy as the foundation and the stories of Abraham as two of the repeated models or patterns.  Abraham was both the father and the son in the family in these patterns.  In each of these examples, the pattern of family division recurred as an arrangement of 3 against 2.  The patterns were always close enough that you should have been able to recognize that they came from the same Designer.  You could call these little hidden patterns just amazing coincidences or you could call them the work of God like I do.   Today I am going to show you another even more potentially controversial hidden pattern of the family of 5 divided 3 against 2 that is also found within the life of Abraham.  This will be the third witness of God’s hidden pattern found in the life of a single man in the Bible.  I do not believe that the existence of three very similar patterns found within the story of one man in the Bible can be called a chance occurrence, a happenstance or even an accident.  If you could determine the mathematical probability of this occurring I believe it would be way beyond random probability.  If you can find this pattern in the life of anyone else in the Bible please let me know about it, I would really be interested in hearing if you can find it anywhere.  I personally believe God is trying to teach us something that is extraordinarily complex and important for us to know about.  Today we are going to explore the Abrahamic covenant and what God has initiated in a cleverly designed hidden textual format that will probably amaze some of my readers and for others they will probably just walk away being perplexed and skeptical.   I cannot predict which one you will choose to be, but I will hope that you will at least give God a chance before you shut the door on what He has to say in His Word.

I am now going to take you back to Genesis again to some prominently featured Words of God in the Old Testament that are very relevant to the family of 5 being divided 3 against 2.  Of course all of this information has been very widely studied for thousands of years and yet no one could have understood what was being said because I believe that it was only intended for us to know before Jesus returns.  I want to specifically show you these hidden secret concepts found within the Abrahamic Covenant so get ready to learn something new.  We are going to be studying the verses found in Genesis chapter 15.  You may recall while reading in this chapter of Genesis that God comes to Abram and makes some very specific promises to him and to his seed and these verses are all very interesting.  Let’s start by reviewing the general themes found in this chapter.  Here is my list of the important themes found in this chapter.

  1. Abram is very concerned because he has no heir.
  2. God comes to Abram in a spiritual vision.
  3. God makes Abram certain promises.
  4. Land is a central theme in this chapter.
  5. God makes a covenant with Abram.
  6. The seed of Abram is a central topic to this entire chapter.
  7. The majority of the statements spoken by God are prophetic.

In reading and studying Genesis 15 these were some of the central themes being related to me.  God appears to be dealing with Abram personally, but also simultaneously speaking prophetically about many subjects.  The central theme concerning an heir and the central theme of the seed are both critical to understanding the purpose and the plan of God being revealed in this chapter.  I believe that we should quickly list the promises of God made to Abram in this chapter also to understand what is being promised as well as the prophecies being revealed.

  1. Your heir will come from your own bowels (Gen 15:4).
  2. Your seed shall be as the stars of the heaven (Gen 15:5).
  3. Abram will inherit the land (Gen 15:7).
  4. Thy seed will be a stranger in a land and they shall serve them and be afflicted in bondage 400 years (Gen 15:13).
  5. God will judge this nation and the seed will come out with great substance (Gen 15:14).
  6. Abram will live a long life and die in peace (Gen 15:15).
  7. In the fourth generation they shall come here again (Gen 15:16).
  8. God makes a covenant with Abram saying the land from the Nile to the Euphrates is given to you and to your seed (Gen 15:18).

These are the basic prophecies and the promises that were made concerning Abram and his seed from direct statements of God in the spiritual vision.  I believe these are very important to note, because we will learn more about them as we go further into the lesson.  I think we need to do some introductory concept analysis to exactly what a “seed of Abraham” is in order to understand who God is talking to and why.  I have done a much more extensive Bible series on the concept of Understanding Bible Seeds so I will not repeat all of that information here, but I may touch on some of it again in this lesson.  If you want to understand this subject more completely you can stop and read that series first and then come back to here and continue or you can wing it and try to catch up with what I am teaching just today about Abraham’s seed.

Before I continue let me make a point about something that God does in the book of Genesis as well as other places in the Bible that is potentially very confusing to many Christians.  God will speak about natural things and spiritual things within the context of the same chapter, even calling them by the exact same name and description and not ever tell you which one He is talking about or if He has even changed the subject or has shifted the realm of domain of the subject from what we were just reading about in the previous verse.  Wow, I’m not sure if you really understood what I just said.  Maybe you will as we continue through the lesson.  Also know that one verse may be from a participant like Abram’s viewpoint and the next verse may be given to us from God’s viewpoint of the situation.  Scripture view point is a complex subject analysis, but one that you need to be aware of in order to understand how to rightly divide the Word of truth.  For example, Abram could ask a purely natural question and God could give a spiritual answer and both should be viewed differently.  There is also another level of complexity built into the story of Abraham based upon what we learned from Galatians 4.  The story of Abraham was and still is an allegorical representation of the family of God.  This means God tells a natural story about a natural man and these are parallel references to the spiritual realm.  All of this makes the correct interpretation of Genesis 15 infinitely more complex.

There are many spiritual things mentioned in Genesis 15 as well as many parallel natural things.  For example the concept of “seed” found in Genesis 15.  “Seed” is mentioned directly 4 times in 4 different verses.  Is every verse speaking about the same type of seed?  Is every verse speaking of the same exact seed?  Is this “seed” natural or is it spiritual or is it both simultaneously?  Is the term “seed” used as a singular reference or is it used as plural reference meaning many or is it both again simultaneously?  When I studied the subject of “seed” in the Bible I found where God called at the very least 10 different things by the exact same Hebrew word translated as “seed”.  Which one of these ten is the type of “seed” being spoken of in this chapter?  Or is every reference a different type of seed?  The Bible is so much more complex than you think it is, so let me try to answer some of these questions.  Let’s go to Genesis 15 and start reading in verse 18 first.

Gen 15:18  In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

I am going to start by talking about the covenant that God makes with Abraham first and then I’m going to talk about the seed of Abraham and then finally end back up at the covenant at the end of the lesson.   According to my Bible studies that I have done, a covenant is a spiritual marriage in the eyes of God.  If God makes a covenant, he is proposing spiritual marriage.  If you do not understand this concept then you should go and read my lessons on “Understanding Bible Covenants first.  God says “Unto your seed I have given this land”.  God is speaking to Abram directly and speaking about his seed.  What or who is this seed that God is speaking of?  God actually does not define that in this verse does He?     People automatically assume it is only the natural children of Israel since they possess a small portion of that land today.   We can read in Romans 11:1 and 2 Corinthians 11:22 that Paul calls himself a seed of Abraham and Paul is very clearly speaking of a natural seed as being a physical descendant of the man Abraham.  You may recall that Abraham begat Isaac, Isaac begat Jacob and Jacob begat the 12 tribes of Israel.  We can also see in Hebrews 11:9 that Isaac and Jacob are described to be heirs of the promise.  So clearly we have some scriptures to lean towards an all-natural interpretation of Genesis 15.  We also know that Paul was born on the earth from the descendants of the tribe of Benjamin.  So there is clear precedence for a purely natural interpretation of the Seed of Abraham as being only a physical people.  This is a popular position that many Christians stand on.   But, is this all that the Bible says on the subject?  I think we are about to find out some new perspectives on this subject.

When reading the Bible it is important not to mix apples and oranges just so that you can call them all fruit.  This would be an example of trying to take the Word of God and make it all natural or to make it all spiritual by lumping both of these into a general basket category that you want to call the Truth and that would work if God wrote the Bible that way.  However God makes us divide the word of truth into categories of either spiritual or natural sections in order to understand it clearly.  What I am getting at is that there are many things that are spoken by God in this one chapter and if you think that God is only talking about one covenant, one people or even one man then you are in a position to be very confused.  You are going to have to read the Bible with a more open mind and then learn to use the Bible to interpret the Bible.  You are also going to have to discern the differences between natural things and spiritual things.  Here in this verse in Genesis it appears that God is speaking only to a natural man named Abram and that He is making a covenant which includes some physical land on the earth.  There is an explicit region described that goes from the Nile in Egypt to the Euphrates river going through Turkey, Syria and Iraq and this land has been directed to the seed of Abram.  I really do not have a problem with that general interpretation of this verse.  It is usually best to always take the Bible literally first and then stick with the literal interpretation when you can.   I said when you can, because there are some other places in the Bible that appear to expand our definition of what God was talking about in Genesis 15.  For example, read this verse in Galatians 3:

Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Here we have a major new conflict brewing with the pure natural interpretation of Genesis 15.  You see in Galatians 3:29 it appears that God is calling all Christians the “seed of Abraham”.  God also calls us the “heirs” of the promise.  Which promise, is God speaking of and what is it that we are supposed to inherit?  This is obviously a very different new type of seed being spoken of than what we originally thought from reading Genesis 15:18.  Galatians 3:29 must be referring to a “spiritual” type of seed and not a “physical” seed since I am not a naturally born Jew and neither is the majority of the modern church today.  Since I’m not in possession of the natural land of Israel, this also means there is a potential spiritual inheritance that is different than the natural inheritance that was given to natural Israel by God in Genesis 15.  All of this new information makes correct Bible interpretation infinitely more complex for us immediately.  We are going to have to learn to rightly divide the Word of Truth if we are ever to correctly understand it.  We are going to have to balance this new spiritual information with the old natural information that we previously thought to be the entire truth.  It is important to note that this scripture implies a plural type of spiritual seed, meaning many spiritual individuals being called the seed of Abraham.  Everyone that belongs to Christ is now called the spiritual seed of Abraham.  This is the same pattern that existed when we read in Genesis 15:18 and there were many implied natural descendants of Abraham called his natural seed.  What I begin to see developing is a natural pattern found in Genesis 15 that has occurred first to help point us to a spiritual pattern that has occurred after Christ was raised from the dead.  I know I added the words “spiritual” and “natural” before the words “seed” in my interpretations but that is the only logical way to differentiate them in my view point.  Let’s back up in this chapter of Galatians and see what else God says about the Seed of Abraham.

Gal 3:16  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Here is another verse that complicates our efforts tremendously when interpreting any verse found in Genesis 15 with a reference to the seed subject.  Here in Galatians, God is speaking directly about the promises that were made to Abraham and to his seed and this time God clearly comes out and says that the seed in Genesis 15 is a singular reference to Christ and that it is not a plural reference meaning many.  Do you recognize how this presents more complex problems in interpreting the seed and the promises of God found in Genesis 15 correctly.  At the very least it appears to imply that God has made simultaneous promises to the natural and the spiritual seed of Abraham.  Here in Galatians 3:16, God says this promise was only made to the one seed of Abraham called Christ (Heb 2:16).  So we have a continual increasing conflict developing.  We just read in Hebrews 11:9 that Isaac and Jacob were called heirs of Abraham and God now directs us to Christ as being the only seed that was spoken of.  We have now gone from many to one and this is a totally new perspective.  I believe that we are seeing more parallels being revealed.  Abram had only one natural son that God recognized to be his natural heir.  This heir was Isaac and he represents a natural pattern of the spiritual Christ to come.  Let’s read another verse found in the New Testament from God’s commentary about the seed of Abraham:

Rom 4:13  For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

These are vastly ignored verses in the Bible.  They clearly say the promise was not made to those natural seeds that were under the law, but that the promise was to the spiritual seed that would inherit the world through the righteousness of faith.  This is obviously a major problem for the exclusive natural seed interpretation of Genesis 15.  Here in this verse it does not name the specific region of the Nile to the Euphrates any more, it rather states it in the general term called the “world”.  The Greek word translated here as world means “an orderly arrangement”.  It denotes a place with structure and organization.   When God spoke to Abram in Genesis 15, the known world was centered between the Nile and the Euphrates.  That was the world back then.  I believe that this is what God is saying to us from these verses using patterns found in design and speech.

What I see developing is two realms of parallel existence.  The natural realm occurred first and Abraham produced a nation of natural seeds.  But, God then reveals that there is another type of seed that has also come from Abraham and this seed must be viewed spiritually from God’s point of view.  These verses in Romans and Galatians clearly inform us of another parallel type of seed that is spoken of by God and too many Christians want to ignore them to focus only on the natural descendants of Abraham.  There is an implied reference that the land between the Nile and the Euphrates was only a symbolic representation for the greater reference of the “world”.   Notice in Romans and Galatians God is speaking of the fulfillment of prophecies and He mentions the promises, the heirs and the seeds in these verses and this proves conclusively that God is speaking directly about what we are studying in Genesis 15.  Practically every major theme of Genesis 15 is explicitly satisfied in these verses.  To ignore God’s definitions, God’s perspective and God’s words of explanation will cause you to wrongly interpret the Bible 100 times out of 100 attempts.  I hope you are learning something today.

2Co 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

I believe that one of the primary goals of the New Testament is to cause Christians to transition away from looking at the temporary things of this world to try to teach us to look at the eternal things of God within the greater spiritual realm of domain.  Both in Galatians and Romans, God is attempting to shift our focus off of the natural things found in this world in an attempt to get us to see the supernatural spiritual things that He has accomplished in the unseen realm.  My mentioning these verses will probably not make me a very popular Bible teacher to a select number of people who believe that natural Israel was given the land eternally.  However, I am not going to ignore these important verses in the Bible that speak of Jesus and the church as the spiritual seed of Abraham in order to satisfy their personal private interpretation of Genesis 15.  Too many people read the fifteenth chapter of Genesis in isolation and think that God is speaking only to the natural people that will forever possess the physical land in the Middle East named Israel.  However, when we read the New Testament more closely we found some additional insight that is too important to ignore.    The New Testament appears to say that the seed of Abraham is not the natural seed, but that it is rather the spiritual seed who will inherit the promise of God.  Do not get me wrong, I’m not abandoning the natural nation of Israel.  I fully support them to get saved and come into the reality of Jesus Christ.   Let’s go through the rest of the verses in Genesis 15 that speak about the seed of Abraham to see how they might fit with what we have just learned from God in the New Testament.

Gen 15:2  And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?

Here in verse 2 it is very interesting to note that Abram is speaking to God and telling God what God already knows.  It is not news to God it is only the sound of Abram complaining.  But, one hidden word stands out to me in this verse.  The word translated as “steward” is actually two Hebrew words and the translators omitted one of them.  The Hebrew word left out is “H1121” and it means “a son” and “a builder of the family name”.   Abraham is clearly saying to God I have no son; my only family builder is my servant.  So Abram desires a son.  This hidden son reference is not a coincidence.  This is the exact same Hebrew Word that Jesus used when He said “I am the Son (H1121) of Adam (man)”.

Gen 15:3  And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

Here in verse 3 of Genesis 15, the term “seed” appears to be a singular natural and physical reference and it is spoken by Abram from Abram’s perspective of his personal situation.  Try to see how Abram is asking God a natural question and the answer that God gives back to him is precisely not the exact same question that was asked.  As you can see Abram is focused entirely on the singular fact that his wife Sarai has given him no children.  Abram desires to have an heir to inherit all that God has blessed him with.  Abram is seeking God for the very basic human need of a sole physical heir.  It is also interesting to note that Abram is blaming God for not having this heir.  Abram has been married to his wife Sarai for a while now and they have had no children but not for a lack of trying to have children.  Abram has only a servant in his house that is currently his sole heir if anything would happen to him.  There is a possible voiced discouragement in his question to God.   From this information so far we see a singular focus for a solitary son to be the natural physical heir.  To me this relates indirectly to another spiritual heir named Christ we saw in Galatians 3:16.  You see when Isaac was born to Abraham; God called Isaac his only son (Gen 22:2).  Jesus the Son of God is also called God’s “Only begotten” in John 3:16.  Are you seeing the parallel being established here with Abraham being a type of God the father?  Isaac is definitely a type of Jesus the future spiritual Seed of Abraham and the promised heir.  Let’s examine God’s response to Abraham’s natural problem.    Abraham tells God you have given me no seed.   This “seed” that Abraham is talking about is clearly a physical son.   Can we agree so far?

Gen 15:4  And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

As you can see God is telling Abram that this servant born in his house will not be his heir.  God then tells Abram that his heir will come directly from his own internal bowels.  From this statement we could automatically assume that God is indirectly speaking of a new second type of “seed” called sperm.  You can see this type of seed mentioned in the Bible in verses like Leviticus 12:2, Leviticus 15:16 and Numbers 5:28.   The sperm of a human male is definitely called by the same Hebrew word translated as “seed” in those verses.  Since this type of seed originates internally and then is produced externally we could think that God is speaking of this seed in Genesis 15:4.  If we do that the number of human male sperm cells (seeds) passed to the female can vary.  The number of sperm cells can range from 20 million to 400 million individual cells.  Yet this amount is a very countable number so keep that in mind.  Abraham was asking God about one natural seed called a child and God seems to confirm that this child will come from his own body (bowels) and that he will be produced from one of the millions of seed cells that were in him.  However that is a very human natural viewpoint of another actual spiritual situation and circumstance being spoken of in the New Testament. The word translated as “bowels” is more likely to mean the “womb” as in a female reference to a woman’s natural body part that produces children.  Obviously Abram does not have one of these, or does he?  You can look at this verse two different ways using the Bible.  There are specific verses that say Sarah’s body is Abraham’s body and that they are now one flesh (Gen 2:24).  So what his wife has Abram also technically possesses.  Then there is another aspect that is also highly applicable to our subject of having children.  These are called the spiritual children that will be birthed after the resurrection of Christ.

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

Here is a very confusing verse for many people.  A human male named Paul is writing about being in labor with soon to be born children and clearly he is not speaking literally or more specifically physically.  Paul must be writing about a spiritual process that is taking place.  I believe God is speaking spiritually in this verse in Genesis also while people are thinking naturally.  Abraham is called the “father” of the church in Romans 4:16 and James 2:21.  This cannot be speaking naturally and it can only be revealing a spiritual fatherhood that has transpired as a result of Abraham’s faith.  Do you see how complicated these subjects found in Genesis can become?  So far we have two different types of natural seeds being spoken of and one new third spiritual kind being implied in this chapter and it is about to get even more complex in the next verse.  Genesis 15:3 was a natural question and verse 4 was a potential natural answer that I believe can simultaneously apply to the spiritual realm.  These are God’s words of promise to Abram with definite spiritual applications.  We also saw a seed transition occurring; moving from a singular reference to a potential plural reference. Now let’s see what God says next to Abraham.

Gen 15:5  And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

Here in verse 5 of Genesis 15 the subject of “seed” seems to shift dramatically beyond the concepts of anything natural or singular.  Reread this verse very carefully and see if you can see how God has shifted the focus and the perspective has changed from a naturalistic human way of thinking to a purely spiritual divine point of view.  Notice how these words seem to be coming from how God see’s things happening up in the spiritual realm.  To me it appears that God is looking down from heaven at a new and different type of seed.  Remember that the last verse spoken by God could be taken either naturally or spiritually, but here in this verse it is practically impossible to take it naturally at all.  God is still speaking directly to Abram and this is still the same answer to his natural question about a singular natural heir (seed).  However, God is now comparing the concept of Abraham’s “seed” to be like the number of the stars in the heavens.  Do you have any idea how many stars there are in the heavens?   Using modern telescopes we have determined that there are so many that we cannot even begin to count them all.  Modern scientists have only been able to estimate the astronomical number of heavenly bodies.  This number is way over the trillions of stars level.  Therefore here in Genesis 15:5 God has escalated from one seed or even millions of seeds all the way to a range of uncountable seeds.   So obviously what God is saying to Abram is something way beyond what a natural human mind could conceive.  The current earth population is around 7 billion and this is still a very countable number.  Even if every human on the earth got saved today, we would not come close to the number of stars in the heavens.  Are you following me so far?  I know you can look at this verse other ways and reason that God was only speaking of people seeing stars with the naked human eye in order to determine the number of seeds to come.  However, since the knowledge of this is going forth in a day when we can see way beyond the naked eye constraints, I believe that God is answering Abram from a prophetical spiritual way of thinking and seeing?  Let’s estimate the count of the stars visible by the naked eye on a clear night to be somewhere in the range of the low thousands maybe even tens of thousands.  Is that all of the seed that Abraham will produce?  Even if you count to a million, there are 7 billion people on the planet.  There are currently over 4 million natural descendants of Abraham living in Israel today.  Neither of these numbers is in the thousands.  There is no logical way that God is talking about a number that low to be all of the seeds of Abraham.  After all God knows how many stars that He created.  I personally believe based upon what we learned in Romans and Galatians God was thinking eternally all along while simultaneously speaking of both natural and spiritual things.  Let’s skip down quickly to verses 13 and 18 to see the last two times the “seed” of Abraham is directly mentioned in this chapter.  One of these verses we already looked at, but it won’t hurt us to see it again:

Gen 15:13  And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;

Gen 15:18  In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

Here in these two verses we have what appears to be the usage or a reference to the fourth type of the Hebrew word translated as “seed” of Abraham found in Genesis 15.  This time God has seemed to shift back to the plural natural perspective of the nation of Israel being the natural seed that are to be captive slaves in Egypt for a period of 400 years and that was not what Abram was asking about in verse 3 or even what God was talking about in verses 4 or 5.  This “seed” in verses 13 and 18 appear to be plural and it is definitely natural on the surface.  Yet we are still talking about the same subject of a singular seed heir of Abraham.  This makes it very complex to interpret all of these scriptures correctly.  When the children of Israel were freed from Egyptian bondage scholars estimate their numbers to be around 1 to 2 million people.  This would involve all the men, women and children that came out of Egypt.  This reference is somewhere beyond the number one, but way below the number of the stars in the heavens.  So this is why I stated that this appears to be a fourth type of seed referenced in this chapter. We have seen multiple seed references and multiple numbers associated with each reference.  Going back to Galatians 3:29, God said “If you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s seed”.  Based upon what we just read in Genesis 15 of the 4 different types of possible seeds mentioned, which seed type is Romans 4:13, Galatians 3:16 and 3:29 talking about?

  1. Seed of Abraham = the son Isaac a solitary seed/heir (Genesis 15:3)
  2. Seed of Abraham = the sperm in his bowels in the range of millions of cells (Genesis 15:4)
  3. Seed of Abraham = something as the stars of the heavens an uncountable number (Genesis 15:5)
  4. Seed of Abraham = the natural nation of Israel in bondage 400 years 1 to 2 million people (Genesis 15:13, 15:18)

Since the majority of the church does not qualify to be seed type 1, 2, or 4, we must be found somewhere in the seed type 3 by default or we are another parallel seed type that is not directly mentioned.  We also saw that Jesus was called the singular seed of Abraham.  Which one of these seed types fit that pattern?  I believe Jesus was a pattern of the seed type 1, Isaac.  That was an introductory analysis of the very complex subject of the “seed of Abraham”.   I just showed you 3 or 4 different things that are called the seed of Abraham concurrently.  Yet God said none of these are the heirs in Galatians or Romans.  How difficult is this?  A physical heir was what Abram sought from God and Galatians 3:16, 3:29 and Romans 4:13, tells that Jesus Christ and the church are these revealed heirs of Abraham.  Yet we (the church) were not held captive 400 years in Egypt.  However, you may be able to see that according to Bible typology, the human race was held in symbolic bondage to Satan for 4000 years until Jesus Christ came and died and provided us freedom from the bondage of sin.  There are many distinct parallels given to us in the Bible about the natural nation of Israel being a pattern of the church for us to learn from.  I will not expand that part of the subject any further today, but I thought I would throw you a couple of new clues to think about.

An heir is one of the major themes of the entire story of Abraham found in Genesis 15?   A physical heir was what Abraham desired and it was a spiritual heir that God desired.  When God was telling Abraham what He would do in this chapter, you need to understand what Jesus said about this chapter in the Gospels.  Moses wrote the book of Genesis and in John 5:46 that Moses wrote about Him.  This was a very key statement to understanding anything in the Book of Genesis.  It is ulitmately about Jesus.  The truth of the Bible is rarely found on the surface text, it will only be clearly understood when we dig deep beneath the surface and find out what else God says about the subjects being discussed.  I am now ready to talk about the Abrahamic Covenant and its hidden meanings.  So far in this lesson I skipped over the primary verses that I wanted to talk about in an attempt to explain how things in Genesis 15 were given more from God’s spiritual point of view rather than they are from Abraham’s natural point of view.  What I am going to say now will further confirm that if you can see it.   We can fairly easily understand that God is doing something much greater than just making a covenant with Abraham in this chapter if we perceive the underlying messages being revealed to us.  Let’s go to verse 7 in Genesis 15 and begin to read there next.

Gen 15:7  And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

Gen 15:8  And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

Here we have another direct promise given to Abraham to inherit the land.  Notice in Genesis 15:7 God says to Abraham I brought you out of your former land to give you this land to inherit it.  I can see spiritual implications on that statement.  We as Christians have been brought out of our previous natural land to become the spiritual heirs within a new heavenly spiritual domain.  I think we need to look up the definition of the word translated as “inherit” in this verse to learn what it means.  I think we need to analyze this statement.   Did Abram ever possess the Promised Land?  Uh oh?  Abraham certainly sojourned in this land but there is no way that you could say that Abraham inherited it!  I think you will be surprised to find that “to inherit” does not mean what you automatically assumed that it meant.

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A primitive root; to occupy (be driving out previous tenants, and possessing in their place); by implication to seize, to rob, to inherit; also to expel, to impoverish, to ruin: – cast out, consume, destroy, disinherit, dispossess, drive (-ing) out, enjoy, expel, X without fail, (give to, leave for) inherit (-ance, -or), + magistrate, be (make) poor, come to poverty, (give to, make to) possess, get (have) in (take) possession, seize upon, succeed, X utterly.

This Hebrew word represents a wide range of possible meanings and uses.  It would appear to me that many of the meanings are an aggressive action of force against an enemy.   It also appears that there is a double edged sword of blessings and cursing attached to the very definition.  The occupying people would be blessed and the occupied people would be cursed.  To occupy is a conquering term where one nation overtakes another nation.  It denotes the seizing control of, the casting out of the previous occupants, or to make the previous owners poor, consume them, destroy them, ruin them, to take possession and to seize control away from someone or something.  This is not what we normally think of when we say I inherited a house from my uncle.  Using this definition that would mean you kicked your uncle out of his house by force and you took it over to live in it for yourself.   Did Abraham ever do this?  I do not see how Abraham ever fulfilled this prophecy until after his natural descendants did it hundreds of years later when Joshua led his children into the Promised Land again to possess it.  Did you know that this story of Joshua and Israel taking the Promised Land was a type of Jesus and the church today?  Do you know what Jesus’ Hebrew name was?  The Greek word transliterated as “Jesus” is the exact same Hebrew name transliterated as “Joshua” who led his people into the land to possess it.  Do you think this is a coincidence?  I can see the parallels being given to us again, can you?

Wow, I could spend a lot of time talking about that but, perhaps I better not today.  Just take note that God is speaking here about a pending battle that will take place in the future.  God is denoting future responsibility and action that is required by Abram and his seed to inherit the Promised Land.   Then look at verse 8, where Abram says “Lord how will I know that I will possess (inherit) it”.  What is God’s answer to this question?  I am about to blow you away with God’s proof text answer.  This is the surprise that I have been building to today in this lesson.  Here is God’s reply to Abram’s question.

Gen 15:9  And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

Gen 15:10  And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.

I can read these two verses now and see how that Abraham is given the task of dividing the Spiritual Family of God very plainly.  Can you see it?  You are going to have to learn to look beyond your natural thinking and begin to look for the spiritual pattern characteristics from what you have learned before.  In these two verses there is no mention of a family, a father, a mother or a mother-in-law, a son, a daughter-in-law or even a daughter, yet they are all right there in front of you in plain sight.  I call this the display of God’s intelligence and His ability to hide the truth in plain sight.  It is like I taught you earlier, when you are sewing together dresses from a single pattern, one dress can be made to look totally different than another dress by the simplest choice of options or the material fabrics selected.  One dress might be made from black silk with white pin stripes and the other dress could be made from a linen or cotton red polka dot pattern.  They can appear totally different on the surface.  However, the expert will always be able to recognize the reuse of the same pattern in both.  The designer can make specific selections to change the entire look and feel of a dress and still be using the exact same pattern.

In object oriented computer programming this is a cool feature called “inheritance” that exists that is related to our subject today.  One computer object inherits the characteristics and patterns of another object and the new object can make little additions or modifications to individualize the new component.  However the original pattern is still available and is clearly recognizable to the expert.  Did you notice this computer technique was called “inheritance”?  Did you notice that inheritance was one of the primary subjects within the Abrahamic Covenant?  You should really learn more about computers if you want to learn more about God’s word.   Sometimes the parallels are amazing.  I am teaching you God’s object oriented technique of inheritance today found in His word using patterns.  God reuses natural patterns to convey hidden spiritual lessons.  When you learn these things it changes how you study the Bible.

Did you notice how many animals that God has instructed Abram to use in this covenant?   It just so happens that there is exactly 5 animals used in this covenant.  Uh oh?  Since we are not directly told that there are five you are going to have to count them for yourself and this is just a small effort on your part to help you to recognize the same familiar pattern found in Micah 7:6.  How many family members did Jesus tell us were in the family in Luke 12:52?  Was it not exactly five?  Do you think that the use of 5 animals is just another strange coincidence?  I certainly do not believe that.  Now let me show you what else is revealed here in the Abrahamic covenant.  Did you notice that 3 of the animals are divided?  Do you think the number three is another coincidence?  Did you also notice that these 3 animals are given specific ages as well as their specific sexual genders?  One is specifically masculine and the other two are specifically feminine.  A “Ram” is always a mature male sheep.  A “Heifer” is a mature female cow.  The “She Goat” is also a mature female goat.  These are three very specific types of unique animals with great detail given to each of them.  It clearly tells me that a ram is not a cow and a goat is not a ram and a cow is not a goat.   We have three very different creatures even though they are all within the global animal kingdom.  But, that makes three animals with specific genders being divided.  Is that an accident?   There is absolutely no way that this occurs by accident.  What we are seeing is the Father, the Mother and the Mother-in-law in the family of God being divided and we will get to this in more depth very soon; one male and two females.

The specific genders of the two birds are not revealed within the text, but we now know from our understanding of Micah 7:6 that one bird is a male and the other bird has to be a female.  But, since they are not divided we learn some very new information about how the family of God is being divided.  It is essential that you notice that 3 of the animals are divided and 2 of the animals are not divided?  Does any of this sound familiar to you?  Isn’t this very similar to the patterned words of Jesus again from Luke 12:52 when He said the house would be divided 3 against 2 and 2 against 3?  Is this not another reoccurrence of the pattern of the house of 5 divided 3 against 2 with a slight new variation?  In every pattern given, God is revealing new details of the family division.  I’m telling you God is so smart that He can write something in the Bible for thousands of years and no one understands it until He reveals it to us and then it is so obvious that I wonder, why I didn’t see it before?   Let me give you a new picture diagram of the Abrahamic Covenant and show you how it fits the pattern of God’s family of 5:

This is the third time in Genesis that God has used something in direct association with Abraham to display a repetitive pattern of the 5 in one family divided 3 against 2.  The first time I showed you this pattern, Abraham was a type of the son.  The next time I showed you this pattern, Abraham was a type of the father.   Now we have the covenant that God is making with Abraham with another new variation of 5 being divided 3 by 2.  Keep in mind that this is God’s answer to prove that Abraham will inherit the world/land.  God is saying to Abraham this is all of the proof that you need, but it was certainly spiritually encrypted or encoded evidence that was not understood by Abraham or anyone else since Abraham until now.  I can clearly see the spiritual implications being revealed to us and I hope that you can also.

I need to address a subject here for the sake of argument.  You might can look at my diagram of the family of 5 and can see how Satan has taken it to possess it for a symbol of himself.  You see, I believe that Satan figured this truth out a long time ago and this is why there are so many satanic symbols today that are viewed as an upside down five pointed star with the head of a dead ram on it.  Do you think this is also a coincidence?  I believe there is absolutely no way that this is a coincidence.  I believe Satan purposely selected this symbol to discredit the truth and to present himself as God.  I do not believe that Satan is stupid.  Satan is very intelligent and very tricky.  However, I believe that God is smarter and He is definitely going to win this battle.  What battle?  You will have to read Revelation 12 to see the coming battle in heaven.  Satan will take on God in heaven with all of his might and he will be thrown down to the earth.  Let’s get back to the Abrahamic covenant.

The animals selected by God are not specifically revealing on the surface except for the Ram.  The ram is a symbolic representation for God the Father and He is always the father of the Lamb.  A lamb is of course a type of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  When Abraham took Isaac to be sacrificed, Isaac asked his father “where is the animal to be sacrificed”.  Abraham’s answer was “God will provide himself as the sacrifice” (Gen 22:8).  Now we see that a ram and not a lamb is caught by his horns nearby where Abraham was and Abraham goes and gets this animal and he becomes the sacrifice instead of Isaac.  Therefore God as a Ram in my diagram is a very easy association for me to make.  I personally believe that God chose these five animals to teach us some new truths while also using them to hide the pattern in more depth of surface complexity.  I do not ever recall Jesus being called a bird, but a dove did descend from heaven upon him when He was baptized by John.  So I can see an association of Jesus to a bird using this reference alone.  I personally believe that God did not tell Abraham to use a lamb because this would have given it away and made it way too obvious for everyone to focus on the Lamb of God.

I do not believe at this level of the discussion that the identities of the female animals, the heifer or the she goat are important for today’s lesson.  I could have flipped them and the result would still be the same for what I want to say about them.  The same is technically true of the given two birds; one is described to be a turtledove and the other a young pigeon.  However there is an interesting part of the Hebrew definition of the “young pigeon” that I will mention briefly.  This Hebrew word means “nestling” and it is referring to a very young bird without feathers.  In other words a newly hatched baby bird that just came into the world!   I do not see how this type of bird fits with a type of the Son of God, but the newborn/reborn church I can make that fit very logically.   What I want to teach you about briefly is what God uses in the Old Testament as a type of Jesus and the church.  This may be too much information in this lesson, but I’m going to try to show it to you anyway so that you can see the usage by God of these two birds as a type for Jesus and the church more clearly.  We are going to the book of Leviticus and we will read in the fourteenth chapter:

Lev 14:2  This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought unto the priest:

Lev 14:3  And the priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the plague of leprosy be healed in the leper;

Lev 14:4  Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop:

Lev 14:5  And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water:

Lev 14:6  As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water:

Lev 14:7  And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field.

I read these verses and come near to tears when I thought of them.  If you do not see what they are saying then perhaps you should get saved.  God uses the law of the leper cleansing to reflect the redemptive works of Jesus Christ on the cross.  Practically everything mentioned in these verses are symbolic representations of something much greater in power and spiritual authority.   Two birds are used and that is not a coincidence, especially knowing who the two birds are in the Abrahamic Covenant?  One bird sheds his blood in order to free the other bird after the living bird is dipped into the blood and the water of the dead bird.  There is a direct mention of an earthen vessel, cedar wood, scarlet thread and hyssop and each of these are very significant to the story of Jesus.  Jesus came to the earth in an earthen vessel to shed His blood for us.   Jesus was hung on a cross of wood.  The Roman soldiers gave Jesus a drink of vinegar and hyssop on the cross.  When Jesus’ side was pierced by the soldier’s spear, water and blood poured out onto the ground.  The scarlet thread represented the blood line of the savior from Abraham to David to Jesus.

I personally believe that leprosy is a hidden type of sin in the Bible.  Leprosy is a physical state of uncleanness that reveals to us a greater truth about a spiritual state of uncleanness.  Did you notice what the priest was instructed to do with the two birds?  One bird is killed and his blood is collected in a pot with running water.  The living bird is dipped into the pot and then is set free to fly away after being symbolically cleansed.   I of course can see Jesus as being the type of the bird that has shed His blood to cleanse the church that is represented by the living bird.  In other words we in the church, do not have to shed our blood to be made clean from our sins.  It was only Jesus’ blood that causes our spiritual cleansing from our sins (1 Jo 1:9).  Two birds are definitely a hidden pattern for Christ and the church so these 5 animals are beginning to fall into place very nicely.

The ages of the three animals that are divided are specifically given and they are said to each be 3 years old.  That of course makes life more difficult for me to try to explain.  God the Father is an eternal ageless spiritual being and has no age.   The Heavenly Jerusalem was the elder woman first created in covenant with God as the type of Sarah.  So the Heavenly Jerusalem has a birth or a start creation date, even though I do not know when this occurred.  The Earthly Jerusalem was a much younger woman and she was a type of Hagar.   We do technically know when this approximately occurred from reading in the Bible and calculating the dates.  The covenant of Abraham was made approximately 2000 years after Adam and 2000 years before Christ.  So we generally know the age of one woman in human terms she is technically near 4000 years old earth time.  However here in this verse God calls them all three years old.  I personally believe this is symbolic and certainly not literal ages.  It also emphasizes the number 3 to us to help us to see that this is an important number to recognize in this verse.  I do however believe that this number teaches us that all three animals were called mature and not newborns.  A three year old cow, ram or goat is old enough to have children and that is in stark contrast to the young pigeon that is not yet old enough or mature enough to have children.   I believe personally that the number 3 signifies a triune characteristic of each.  God was God the Father, God the Word and God the Holy Spirit at this time in the covenant.  The nation of Israel was mankind made in the image and likeness of God and they were spirit, soul and body.  Ok, here is where I get to speculate a bit.  I believe the angels in heaven were also triune beings made in the image of God.   The number 3 given to each animal could be representative of other things as well, but I do not have time to explore them today.

So why are there three animals split down the middle in this covenant while two were not divided at all?  The birds could have very easily been divided with great ease compared to a much larger cow, ram or goat.   I told you that this lesson today was going to get very controversial so here I go again.  I’m going to start with the easier one first.  If the woman Heavenly Jerusalem consists of every angelic being including Satan and his angels, I can logically see how this female in Heaven can be divided to eliminate all of the evil while preserving all of the good angles.  Therefore I have concluded that to divide the she goat is God removing sin and evil while keeping the good.  Now we get to the younger woman called the Earthly Jerusalem and things get a little more complicated because of the vast numbers of religious beliefs that are not based upon a complete spiritual view of the Bible.  I believe the same division of good vs. evil is occurring in this woman also.  You see the controversy come in when you find scriptures in the Bible that people take to say that God will come to the rescue of the entire natural nation of Israel to save them all.  I know that this is not what the Bible actually teaches us.  The Earthly Jerusalem is only the natural people of the descendants of Jacob that are under the law.  She was a type of Hagar and I showed you in the last lesson that Hagar was cast out of the family of God by allegorical interpretation.  Therefore none of natural Israel will be saved ever.  But, that does not mean they cannot become spiritually born again in order to be saved.  It does make the salvation of natural Israel conditional.  According to what God says in the book of Romans we have to balance every scripture about Israel giving each equal priority.  Here is God quoting from Isaiah:

Rom 9:27  Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved

A remnant is not many based upon the sands of the sea concept that it is being compared to.  We must realize at this time that God is saying the natural house of Israel on the earth will be divided and a remnant will be saved and others will just miss out.  We of course know very clearly how they can be saved.  God says everyone that believes God raised Jesus from the dead and confesses Jesus as Lord they will be saved (Rom 10:9).  Those that do not believe or do not confess Jesus as Lord will be damned.  This is still not good news for a lot of people.  That really saddens me tremendously but this is the way that God has established salvation to work.  I guess I should change the subject off of natural Israel and get back to the rest of the family of God again before I make some new enemies.

We are getting progressively more complex as we continue up to the top of the spiritual food chain.  The Ram being divided is clearly a type of God.  This is going to make life and your understanding of the Bible infinitely more complex to try to comprehend.  How can you divide God?   Are you beginning to see my problem?  I guess I should say God’s problem, and not mine.  In every other family member I believe there was a division of the good from the evil and how do you make that fit with our understanding of a good God?  Technically you cannot divide God.  We know that the triune God is described to be “One” (Eph 4:6)!  Yet even in mathematics you can divide the number one and get fractions.  According to the Abrahamic Covenant God says He is divided here by association to a ram.  I think I mentioned this in other lessons, but it needs to be readdressed for this discussion.  If God the Father does not die on the cross and experience death for all mankind, we (the whole earth) are in serious trouble.  This would mean God the Father is still in covenant with all of the angels.  This means God is still in covenant with natural Israel.  This would also mean God’s son does not have anything to inherit.  You need to understand that God is not evil.  However, the Bible informs us that God was in covenant with evil and this represents a major problem for God.  The only legal way to end the covenant with evil is through experiencing death to separate Himself from His old wives.  The N.T. talks a lot about us being the heirs of an inheritance. An inheritance only occurs after someone dies to leave their possessions to another.  When Jesus was raised from the dead He makes this statement that is almost universally ignored:

Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Why does God the Father have to transfer ALL power in both heaven and the earth to His risen Son Jesus?  I think that is an excellent question.  I also think since no one could answer it they ignored it.  It is very clear to me from this statement that God has transferred all spiritual authority to the Son Jesus Christ who was raised from the dead.  Why didn’t God do this before He died on the cross?  The term “power” in this verse means “authority”.  We know that God by definition is almighty and all powerful so it is impossible to transfer His power, but to transfer His authority to another member of the Godhead is a different concept entirely.  Authority is the rule or the government of a nation.  This transfer of authority tells us that whoever was running the Kingdom of Heaven is not the same one who now is running the Kingdom of Heaven in the eyes of God.  I told you this was deep and controversial.  But yet it is written in the Bible so do not ignore it.  I could give you many other Bible verses that reveal the death of God but I really do not have the time today.  I think I will end this Bible lesson here and perhaps continue it on another day in the future.  If you have understood anything that I have taught tell me.  If you have doubts and questions tell me.  I do not know what needs more explanation and what does not until someone raises the issue.  I know this was a long Bible lesson and I really could not cover everything that I wanted.  I tried to shift your focus from natural things to spiritual things and this will help you if you can do it.  I thought this was going to my last lesson, but I will probably need to do another to show you the other patterns found in the life of Abraham and his son Isaac.  So until next time, may God continue to bless you and keep you in your study of His Word.

Understanding the Hidden Spiritual Family Structure of God’s Household! The Hidden Bible Patterns of the Household of Five Divided 3 Against 2! Part 8

(Ver 1.0)  This is now Part 8 in a series of extremely advanced Bible studies about a new subject that I call “The Hidden Spiritual Structure of the Family of God”.  These lessons are designed for mature Christians who want to learn the truth about God’s Spiritual Family.  Today’s subject will be focused on the repetitive Bible patterns of the 5 family members who are divided 3 against 2.  If you have not read this series from the beginning I would highly recommend that you go back to “Part 1” and start there.  I will warn you at the start that the next two lessons in this series are potentially the most controversial lessons that I have ever done on my website.  It will cause many Christians to rethink what they have believed about God, the Bible, the nation of Israel and the subject of families.  I can guarantee you that you have never heard this taught anywhere.  But, just because it is something brand new, does not mean it is not from God.  You need to learn how God operates and how God unfolds the Bible to His people in stages.  You should then learn to use your Bible to figure out if what I am teaching to you today is something that is actually true or something that I just made up to try to deceive you.  Don’t make me or anyone else do all of your Bible study for you and never take the words of any man blindly and accept them as the truth.  Decide right now if you want to learn the truth and then get your Bible out in order to prove all things.  You are required by God to study to show yourself approved unto God a workman that has learned to rightly divide the Word of Truth who cannot be put to shame (2 Tim 2:15).  I learned that if I can’t see what someone is teaching from the Bible in the Bible for myself, then I just ignore what they said.  You should do the same with what I say today.

By now you should be intimately very familiar with the prophecy of the family of 5 found in Micah 7:6.  I gave you a new picture at the beginning of this lesson of the family of 5 with several new scripture references in it.  Some of these verses I have discussed before and others are brand new.  I would suggest that you go and read all of the scriptures that I have given to you and then go back and reread the original prophecy in Micah 7:6.  It was this specific prophecy from God that got me started studying this subject.  I quickly learned that the prophecy was repeated in Matthew 10:34-36 and Luke 12:51-53 with only some slight variations and additional new details (clues).  Both times in Matthew and Luke, Jesus is speaking and He says “I am come…” and then tells us about the Micah 7:6 prophecy as the reason for Him coming.  This told me that the prophecy was related to God and His family and not just some anonymous random unnamed household that God was using to make a point.  Jesus was in effect saying I have come to the earth to divide God’s family of 5 by putting 3 of them against the other 2.  That statement will be very perplexing and almost sacrilegious to some.  Many will read this lesson series and probably scratch their heads in either confusion or amazement depending upon their spiritual growth.

Since this prophecy is recorded in the Bible these three times, I quickly understood that God placed special significance upon it.  After all, God will never speak anything three times in the Bible using three different writers for it not to be something that He wants you to fully understand.  If God ever says the same thing three different times in the Bible it is always very important to Him.  He places extraordinary value upon His every spoken individual word so when He repeats Himself, you better learn to pay attention to it.  In addition to all of that, Jesus specifically when quoting this prophecy said this is why I have come to the earth in the flesh.  So Jesus also places such unlimited importance on such an obscure prophecy that it immediately drew my full attention to it. The problem that I instantaneously recognized with the prophecy was that all of these verses were spoken and written in the form of a riddle that actually concealed their meanings.  You could not read the riddle prophecy and be confident about what it meant, who it was speaking of or even to whom it was written.  Like I showed you before you could not even understand how many were in the family until Jesus revealed there were only 5 in Luke.  When Jesus made these statements there was no church; so technically Jesus was not speaking to the church.  I personally believe that Jesus was speaking both to the natural nation of Israel and the angels in heaven where He came from.  These were the only two women that were present in the family of God to divide when He spoke these words.  However Jesus was the Son of God and that makes the fourth member of the family.  All we need now is the bride of Christ to come into the picture to make the fifth family member.  But, since the prophecy is now being revealed to the church, I believe that it is clearly written for the benefit of the Bride.

So I studied this subject for well over ten years.  During this time God revealed more and more to me and I began to see the significance of this knowledge like never before.  There were times that I would be listening to the Bible on CD and the Holy Spirit would stop me when a certain verse came on and ask me “Did you hear that?”  When God speaks to you even in a still small voice, it is always very important to stop what you are doing and for you to give your full attention to what is being said.  So I would back the CD up and listen to the verse again and there it was a hidden pattern of the family of 5 divided 3 against 2.  Then God would show me additional details while listening to Christian ministers on TV.  They would not be teaching on this subject, but they would be reading from a verse of scripture that was another hidden reference to the family of 5 and again the Holy Spirit would prompt me inside of my spirit to pay attention to what was being read.  I soon learned who the mother was in the family, then who the mother-in-law in the family was and finally God taught me about the daughter and the daughter-in-law in some other verses.   God progressively connected all of the dots for me to understand His spiritual family and it changed my perspective dramatically forever.  God would disclose the meanings of the riddle by His Spirit that was in me.   Therefore what I’m teaching you today did not come from any man or any school on the earth.  I can clearly say that if it were not for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I would not know anything to teach on this subject.  So I soon realized that these were not my words, only those that were freely given to me to freely share with others.  I do hope you can see that also.

Joh 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

One of the greatest benefits of being a real Christian is the ability to participate in a concept and a process that the unsaved world remains clueless of.   We as Christians have an infinite amount of knowledge and wisdom inside of us because the Holy Spirit indwells us.  However, just because God knows everything and He is inside of us, does not mean that we automatically know everything.  Did you notice in my last paragraph that the Holy Spirit would always point me to scriptures?  God never spoke to me anything that was not already written in His word.  That is why the Holy Spirit is called the guide to all truth.  That is why the Bible is called God’s Truth.  When is it necessary to have a guide?  What is a guide?  A guide is always someone who knows more than you do.  You only need a guide if you are going into dangerous territories that you have never been to before.  I just called the Bible dangerous territory and that will make people think! But, all you have to do is read things on the internet and find out why I say that.  You can literally make the Bible say whatever you want it to say and that is very dangerous territory.   A guide is always someone who you will follow.  That means you never tell the Guide what to do or where to go, they will lead you and you will be required to follow them.  You are the follower and the Spirit of God is the Guide Leader.  The Spirit of Truth is of course just one of the names given to the indwelling Holy Spirit in John 16:13 and He is definitely my Guide.  Here is a basic truth that this verse in John teaches us.  We know from this statement and many others that God’s word is written in riddles using hidden word construction techniques that make it impossible for a natural man to comprehend.  The Word of God is the most highly complex spiritual book of hidden information that you will ever attempt to study.  This is why we need the Holy Spirit to teach us what it means.  He will show us where to look for the truth in the Bible, He will teach us what this truth is, He will reveal the meaning of the hidden truth, and then He will show us how these new truths fit with all of the other truths that we already know.  We are constantly moving from truth to increasing truth, always moving higher and higher in the knowledge of God, gaining new insight and revelation into these hidden mysteries of God.  I am personally very excited to be involved in the ministry at this time in history.  We are coming to the culmination of the completed work of God.  The end of the six days of God’s labor will be fulfilled shortly and God’s day of rest is close at hand.  The Savior will come and take us away from here very, very soon and then we will return with Him after 7 years to reign on the earth for another 1000 years.  I hope you are ready and looking for His soon return.   Let’s begin to examine the information found in the hidden patterns of God’s family in Genesis.

One of the first patterns that I taught you about of the 5 in one house divided was when I showed you the hidden pattern within the family of Abraham.  It is interesting to see and learn how God writes the Bible.  You see you can find verses that seem to indicate that Abraham was the firstborn of triplets.  However, the other children of Terah are omitted in Genesis 20:12 in order to make what was written a pattern of what God wanted to conceal in the Bible.  In other words God selectively chose His words with such precision that He included only the exact words in the Bible that He needed to convey the hidden message.  In this verse in Genesis 20:12 we are specifically told that Abraham and Sarah were brother and sister.  To selectively use information is a very interesting concept.  If God says something but omits many of the insignificant details, is that a lie?  I have had people try to tell me that this is a sin of omission.  Not to tell the entire truth according to them changes what you say to a lie.  I do not believe that at all.  The Bible says it is impossible for God to lie.  So if God omits certain facts to make a verse say something, to me that exhibits extreme intelligence and not deception.    God purposely omitted many specific details of human history in order to include only pertinent facts that had hidden message that He needed us to learn about.  Wow, I hope you are grasping what I just said.

In Genesis 20:12, we are told that Terah was the father of both children and they each had different mothers.  Using this single verse we now have an exact matching pattern of the family of 5 given to us reading the selective words written by God.  Each family member referred in Genesis 20:12; has the exact relationship titles given to us in the Micah 7:6 prophecy.  Since there are only 5 family members mentioned in this verse we can quickly make the connection to the family of God as being a viable natural pattern of the hidden spiritual Family of God.  God informs us in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that the thing that has been is the thing that shall be again.  God is basically teaching you about the concept of repetitive patterns.   The things that you have seen are the exact things that you shall see.   God says there is nothing new under the sun.  It is also interesting to note that the first time the term “daughter-in-law” is used in the Bible; is when it is used to describe Sarah.  That is clearly not a coincidence.  That is called the Law of First Mention and God is relating pertinent information of the Micah 7:6 prophecy to the family of Abraham.  As you continue through the next two lessons you will begin to see how important Abraham is to the subject of the family of God.  God is connecting Sarah to be a type of the future church in this specific allegorical information.  God is connecting Abraham to be a type of the future Savior Jesus Christ.  When God speaks to Abram in Genesis 12:1, He tells Abram to leave his father’s house.  This commandment from God causes a family division to occur.  We now can see the split of the two married children from their 3 parents taking place.  These are all just more hidden patterns of God’s family and they speak volumes to me.

Hopefully you now understand the names and the identities of every family member in the Spiritual House of God.  There is God the Father the Spiritual Head of the Family and God the Son, the two males in the family.  They are also the husbands married in covenant to three different women all named Jerusalem.  God the Father was married to the Heavenly Jerusalem first and then later He married the natural nation of Israel on the earth (Jer 31:32).  This city I called the “Earthly Jerusalem” was a much younger natural pattern of the existing heavenly spiritual woman Jerusalem.  Then God sent His son Jesus Christ onto the earth to be the Savior of the world.  Jesus was killed by the natural nation of Israel and the Roman Empire on a cross.  The good news is that this was the plan of God all along and God raised Him from the dead.  You see the death of Jesus on the cross was not the end; it was simply the beginning of something brand new.  Jesus Christ the risen Son of God is now joined to His new bride named the New Jerusalem in a new covenant of marriage.  Jesus Christ the risen Son of God was never before married to anyone else and since He was God and man simultaneously, He was uniquely qualified to solve problems in both the natural and the spiritual domains simultaneously.  Jesus has created one new family for God and this is very important for you to know.

The term new implies a Jerusalem that never existed before.  However, the bride of Christ technically consists of spiritual beings and people from the two previous marriage covenants along with all of the people on the earth that were never entered into a covenant marriage with God, but who have also accepted Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior.  Therefore, the New Jerusalem will consist of spiritual individuals from three separate sets or groups that are now joined to form the one new body of the bride.  Therefore, follow what I am saying, the New Jerusalem will consist of all of the gentiles who were saved from every nation on the earth, all of the natural Jews of natural Israel (the Earthly Jerusalem) that have now accepted Jesus as their Messiah and finally the good spiritual angels of God from the Heavenly Jerusalem that have never sinned.  These are the three realms of domain that have been divided to be joined for a new oneness with Jesus Christ.

Rom 7:4  Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

It is important to notice that the Gentiles of the earth were never previously in a covenant marriage with God Almighty the Father at any time.  You can learn this by the specific context of this verse in Romans 7.  These specific verses are only written to natural Israel (those that know/knew the law).   You see the natural Jews were previously in a marriage covenant with God the Father.   But, we have also learned from reading here in Romans 7:4 that through the death of Jesus on the cross, the natural Jews were now freed from their previous covenant in order to become married to another, Jesus the risen Lord.  This was an important point given to us by God in the seventh chapter of Romans because God clearly tells us to be in covenant marriage with more than one husband simultaneously is an act of adultery.  One of the major points being made in the beginning of this chapter is the fact that if the husband dies the wife is now freed from the law of her previous husband in order to marry another and then God tells natural Israel in verse 4 He has given this freedom to natural Israel because Jesus died on the cross.  This information means God the risen Son is not the same God that was in covenant with natural Israel.  I’m sure that is going to go over really big with people, but that is what is being taught by God in these verses.  This is not that complicated, but yet it is so very different than anything you have probably ever heard taught before that it makes it controversial.

There are many very tough and complex subjects found in the Bible and this one probably qualifies to be the most complex that I have ever attempted to study in the Bible up until this point in time.  Recently I had a commenter say to me that they believed that God intended marriage to be between only one man and one woman and that this was His perfectly designed plan for all of humanity.  I have to say that I totally agreed with that comment and their analysis of the Bible.  The difficulty now comes since I have tried to teach you that the Bible says God the Father had two wives simultaneously and that information seems to conflict with our current idea of the perfect designed plan of God for man.  Just because God designed something to work one way is not an indication that God does not permit alternative lifestyles.  I think you can clearly see that by looking around us every day.  The ignorant state of New York recently passed the Gay marriage law that legalizes same sex marriage and that is clearly not what God designed or intended.  However, I personally believe that God permits many things to occur that were never His original plan.  Also, I will say that just because God was married in covenant with two wives at the same time does not mean that this is how it will be forever.  I can clearly see that God in the beginning had only one spiritual wife named Heavenly Jerusalem and then reading in the last chapters of Revelation I again see that God at the end will only have one spiritual wife named New Jerusalem.  However, it is the interim period of transition where we struggle to wrap our minds around what God has done and why.  Let me see if I can explain what is going on to you so that you can understand it.

Before God created our present world, God was married in covenant with only one spiritual woman in heaven named the Heavenly Jerusalem.  This was God’s perfect plan for all of His creation right up until sin was found in His wife (Eze 28:15).  Who was God’s wife that sinned?  This was Lucifer (the anointed cherub) and the other angels that were with him.  Lucifer latter became known as Satan in the Bible.  But, when did this name change occur?  Was it before Adam or after Adam?   We know that according to Revelation 12:9 when this anointed angel appeared in the Garden of Eden for the first time in Genesis 3 he was already named Satan and not Lucifer.  Lucifer is never called by this name here on the earth; he is always called by the name Satan and other names and symbols.  What does the name Satan mean?  According to Strong’s it means “adversary”, “opponent” and “enemy”.  Who did God say were His enemies in Micah 7:6?  God tells us that those of His own household were found to be His enemies.  Now God has a major problem on His hands.  God cannot legally  divorce His wife nor can God cast Satan and his angels into hell without casting Himself into hell with her.  According to the Bible they are all “one” Spirit joined by covenant marriage (1 Co 6:17, Eph 4:4, 1 Co 12;13).  The angels and God the Father are all from one family in one spiritual household.  The problem becomes infinitely more complex when you realize that God was living within the eternal spiritual realm of existence now in an eternal covenant marriage to other eternal spiritual beings who have now committed sins.

Rom 4:15  Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

There was no time, no concept of death, no legal separation, no concept of legal divorce and no laws that could be created after the fact to solve the problem within the spiritual realm of heaven.  There has always existed the concept of sin even before God created our world, but yet there were no consequences for that sin if it was present.  You can clearly see this from reading Romans 4:15.  So what does God need to do to solve His problem?  He creates all of these needed components within the natural realm.  God created our world with a limited time constraint of only 6000 years.  Now there is no more eternity. God creates the opportunity for sin but with only one law for Adam to follow and to obey.  Now we have the creation of the law with sin consequences.  God creates major consequences for disobedience and for sin and all of these are radical new concepts that never existed before.  God said to Adam, “Don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for in the die that you do it you will surely die”.  Adam of course disobeys God’s one law and fails and he eats from the wrong tree and now sin and death have both entered into our world to initiate their reign over all that God created in the natural realm (Rom 5:14-21).   Uh oh that sounds like another new problem for God to solve.  Have you ever thought that sometimes to fix a problem you may have to create some new problems to solve first?  I guess I won’t go there, but it is an interesting concept.

The concept of death was a new concept for any previous spiritual beings to be faced with.  Adam had absolutely no comprehension to what death was.   It is clear to me that Satan did not understand the concept of death either.   Satan told Eve “You will not surely die, you will be as God knowing good and evil” (Gen 3:4-5).   Wow, did you hear that statement that Satan just made?  I know this is not what the KJV Bible says, but it is what the Hebrew text says.  Satan now reveals the status of God to His new creation.  We know from reading Genesis 1 that everything that God created in our world was by His own definition “very good”.  Therefore, Adam and Eve knew nothing but good from the beginning.  This is why Adam had no comprehension of death; death is not or never will be a good thing.  However, Satan clearly tells Eve that God already knows about both good and evil.  Where did this evil come from that God already knew?  God is revealing His personal problem here in Genesis 3.   In Genesis 3:22, God says “The man has become as one of Us, knowing both good and evil”.  God confirms by speaking this statement the fact that Adam has now become entwined in a covenant with both good and evil and he now has the same major problem that God has.  To “know” evil is a covenant term.  God says “Adam knew his wife Eve and she conceived”.  This was the exact same Hebrew word that God and Satan used when speaking about God knowing evil.  Hopefully you can begin to understand the problem God was facing.  It was impossible for a Spirit being to die or to cease to exist.  According to what we learned in Romans 4, marriage covenants are binding until the husband dies.  That makes God’s problem impossible to solve unless God creates death and comes to the earth in the flesh to fulfill it and to participate in what He has created personally.  Are you beginning to see how smart God is?  Are you beginning to see God’s motivation for what He has done?  God is motivated to end His covenant relationship with evil and this is the solution to divide His family up.

God takes and creates a new separate family on the earth apart from His spiritual household in heaven using the man Adam and his new wife Eve as the newly repeated natural pattern of God’s existing family.  Like God’s family in heaven, it started with Adam and Eve started by only knowing “good”!  However, we can see from the allegory being presented in this story of Adam as also applying to God’s family situation.  Again we see the duplication of a spiritual pattern of the one husband and one wife concept who only knew “good” to begin with.  Also, notice where Eve came from in Genesis 2?  God took Eve from the physical side of Adam in Genesis 2 and this reveals where God’s spiritual wife the Heavenly Jerusalem also came from.  The Heavenly Jerusalem had to be taken from the Spirit of God’s side.  God then tells Adam “For this cause shall a man leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife” (Gen 2:24).  These are more of the patterns that I believe have reoccurred when Jesus came into the world as the Last Adam (1 Co 15:45).

However in the interim transitional period (4000 years) between Adam and Jesus, God the Father comes into another covenant with another woman named Jerusalem here on the earth.  What is God doing?  Why didn’t God just establish His covenant with Adam and include the population of the whole earth?  I think that is an excellent question to consider.  The current population of Israel is around 8 million people and around 75% of those are natural Jews.  That is not very many people in comparison to the total population of the world that is now very close to 7 billion.  You really need to think about what God has done on the earth to see what God is doing in the spiritual realm.  These are patterns that have great significance.  God took a single nation of people on the earth and made a covenant marriage with them (Jer 31:32).  God became their husband and they became His natural people and His wife.  God is intentionally dividing the entire natural family of Adam and revealing that this is what He will do again with His spiritual family.  You see by definition a marriage is the union and the simultaneous division of two people (a male and a female) to each other and from all other people.  When I married my wife I forsook all others.  Meaning I do not go after other’s because I am joined to my wife.  When God joins Himself to one nation of people on the earth, He has now forsaken the rest of the planet.  Uh oh?  That was not good news for all of us gentiles.  We of course now know that is not what God did or had in mind.  God is only making this temporary covenant with natural Israel to teach us the concepts about what is happening in the spiritual realm.  I know that I just stepped on someone’s religious toes by saying God entered into a temporary covenant with natural Israel.  I’m sorry you are going to have to learn what the Bible actually says or you will be forever confused and misguided.  If you think the covenant with natural Israel was eternally binding to God, you have a tremendous number of things still left to learn.   For example, read this verse and apply it to how many men try to interpret the Bible concerning natural Israel:

2Co 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Of course this is some more new controversial information for many Bible students.  Are you able to see natural Israel every day in the news and all around us?  Can you go to the country of Israel and visit the physical city of Jerusalem?   If you answered yes to either of these questions, then God clearly informs us it is TEMPORARY!  That means the natural nation of Israel was never intended to be around eternally.  Wow, that is going to upset a lot of people.  Am I reading the Bible?  Am I applying the Bible fairly?  Am I using the Bible to interpret the Bible?  From my viewpoint I have done all of these.  In 2 Corinthians 4:18 God is telling ALL Christians to shift their focus off from the natural things of this world and change to look at only the eternal spiritual things that will endure.   There is nothing within the current natural realm that will survive in eternity and that will certainly include natural Israel.  You see I am not teaching against natural Israel, I am only teaching that they better get saved if they want to be in the new family of God.  They better get married to the risen Jesus because their old covenant with God the Father is OVER!  The spiritual realm will remain and those that have accepted Jesus Christ as the Messiah will remain, but there is a major difference between the temporary natural things of the earth and the eternal spiritual things of God.  God requires you to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven by the one open door named Jesus Christ.  There will come a time when this door will shut and then the foolish virgins on the outside will be crying let us in, but Jesus will say what He has already said.  “Depart from me, for I never knew you”.

I do not curse natural Israel.  I try to bless them by telling them the truth to turn to their God and Savior Jesus Christ.  Satan is out to kill natural Israel for reasons that are very important for you to understand.  Natural Israel is still the holder of the Law of God.  We learned this from reading Galatians 4 and 5 and other places in the N.T.  Earlier I showed you that without Laws there are no consequences for sin.  Therefore, Satan has realized that it is this Law of God that will convict him of his sins and soon he will be thrown into the lake of fire.  Satan’s only recourse or solution is to try to wipe natural Israel from the face of the planet; to drive them into the sea with their law.  Satan will not rest until he has accomplished this goal.  This is why Iran is building nuclear weapons. This is why the Middle East is currently in great turmoil in Egypt, Libya and Syria and other places.  The overthrow of all of these ruling dictators will usher in a new Islamic government that is not friendly to Israel.  When Egypt elects an Islamic government, they will no longer recognize their peace treaty with Israel.  The world united against Israel is coming and it is already well advanced in structure and organization.  Be warned Israel for there is an approaching evil spiritual force against you.  I believe that God has blessed Israel and will keep Israel up until a certain point in time.  All of this is another Bible lesson so I will move on to another pattern of the family of 5 that I taught you about previously.

Seeing the allegorical information given to us in Genesis 11-21 we know that God’s wife the Heavenly Jerusalem gave God the Earthly Jerusalem because she was called barren.  So God entered into a covenant with a second temporary wife in order to have a son or an heir of the Family of God.  There I go again saying God’s covenant with Israel was temporary, but did you notice that is what God says when He uses Hagar for the type of natural Israel?  Was Hagar a temporary wife to Abraham?  Did Hagar get cast out of Abraham’s family with her son?   These are questions you need to begin to consider to see how they fit with the nation of Israel right now.  There are several new verses in this picture diagram.  God and read them for yourself and see what they say. God having a Son was a part of His greater divine design to create a new family for God.  This risen Son of God will finally repeat the original design of God in the spiritual realm and this will again result in only one Husband in covenant with only one wife who knows nothing but good.   So God is not a polygamist nor does God desire polygamy.  God however used this approach to achieve a greater purpose and plan.  I am not promoting more than one wife at all.  The New Testament does not promote the idea of multiple wives.  But, we clearly see in the Old Testament things that are very different than those found in the New Covenant.  I guess we need to ask the question did Abraham sin by having more than one wife?  According to God I believe he did not.  If Abraham sinned, then Jacob sinned twice as much for having 4 wives.  Then Solomon sinned 600 times as much for having even more wives than he could ever hope to satisfy.  I believe there was a time that things were permitted by God, but that they were never intended to be to be the final outcome or even how things should have been.  For example, let’s briefly speak about another very difficult subject found in the Bible concerning the Gentile woman named Ruth.  Who was Ruth?  Where did Ruth come from?  Hopefully you understand that Ruth was a Moabite.  There is a very complex story about the origination of the Moabite people found in Genesis 19.  I read this story and I wondered why in the world did God put this in the Bible?  How is this story relevant to real Christianity?  Why is this information valuable for anyone to know?  Sure men are strange and do many wrong things, but why tell everyone about it?   The Moabites are the descendants of Lot.  Who was Lot?  Lot was a nephew of Abraham?   Wow I think this is really cool allegorical information being given to us?  Who was Abraham a type of?  Abraham was a type of God’s family.  So Lot is not in God’s family yet he is still a near relative of God.  Is that not what Adam was?  Adam was not in God’s family but he was a son of God (Luke 3:38) a near relative who left his father and mother to be joined to his wife.

Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt while fleeing from Sodom.  Now we have a story that twists and turns to even a stranger something to explain when Lot’s daughters get their father drunk to keep their father’s seed from disappearing from off of the face of the earth.  Each daughter has a child from an incestuous relationship with their own father.  Why is this recorded in the Bible?  Is it TMI or just misunderstood information?  When I see how God uses allegory in the Bible with natural patterns reflecting spiritual realities, it makes me wonder.  I do not believe that any of these stories of Lot was God’s perfect design either but God still uses it to produce the future King of Israel, David.   You see Ruth would not have existed if there was no incest and therefore since Ruth was the type of the church and the great grandmother of David, there would have been no David and if there would have been no David, there would have been no Jesus born on the earth either since He is called the son of David.  These are very tough subjects to try to figure out.  Yet you have to say God wrote them with a specific purpose in mind and it was not to teach you that incest was good.

It is entirely too complex to see everything that God allows, permits or even uses to accomplish His greater plan but I believe that God uses these natural patterns to reveal His problems and solutions for His own spiritual family situations.  Just know that there are always positive and negative things that can occur whenever you deviate from God’s perfect plan and wander into the paths of sin.  Because Satan chose to sin originally after God had implemented a plan of perfection, I believe that God was forced to compromise His perfect plan for a new alternative solution that could cause the return of something that was at least closer to the original pattern of perfection called “very good”.  God was certainly perfect in all of His ways.  God’s creation was originally perfect in all their ways.  But, the perfect creation chose to rebel, in order to become imperfect.  According to Psalms 119:96, God says all “perfection” has ended.  If the Hebrew definition of the word “All” is correct it means “All”.  The New Jerusalem that is coming is not the same perfect Heavenly Jerusalem that existed before.  There are changes and there are modifications that have occurred.  I cannot call them improvements; I can only call them perfection modifications, adjustments or even compromises.  I believe personally that the way God created our world originally will again be how the New Jerusalem will be in the future.  God said our world was originally “Very Good” and that means it was not perfect.  It also means The New Jerusalem will not be free from the order of the Law.  However, the New Law of God in the New Jerusalem will be written on our hearts by the Spirit of God and it is the New Law of Love.

I am totally convinced that God’s perfect plan was for the angels to never sin.  I am also totally convinced that it was God’s perfect plan for man (Adam) to never sin.  But, since both have sinned, God comes up with the greatest plan of redemption and salvation for all those who want to bow their knees and become subservient to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Since Satan is not interested in anything like that, he will be cast down to the pit with all of his followers.  Every human being that is also willfully ignorant can also count on being cast down with their ruler of their darkness.  These are those who are not interested in freedom or righteousness and they remain in their sin and pride.  There is coming a division of God by God that will cast out a great part of the old Family of God.  For all those who bow their knees to the Lordship of Jesus they will be saved.  That is the way it will be and it will happen if you believe it or not.

God’s plan of repentance, salvation and redemption dictates the requirement for the prior existence of sin and imperfection.  If there was no sin, there would be no need for a Savior.   Just like in the story of Ruth if there were no debts there would have been no need for a redeemer and no redemption.  The bride Ruth is bough out of her debt that she could not pay and Boaz the redeemer paid a debt that he did not owe.  This was God’s pattern for Jesus’ redemption for His bride also.  Ok, I’m going to open a new controversial subject using allegorical information encoded in the Bible.  If Ruth is a type of the church and Boaz is a type of Jesus our Redeemer, who was Boaz’s mother?  Do you know the answer to that question?  Did you know that Rahab the Harlot was the mother of Boaz?   Is God trying to tell you something?  How many times in the Bible, is natural Israel called a harlot?  There are so many times that I will not even try to give you the references, but you can find them very easy.  You can read the book of Hosea and see the theme being developed by God.  These are not subjects that are taught very often in churches are they?  The subject of being a whore is a very relevant spiritual subject to understand or you may be guilty of committing the same thing that Israel did.  You better learn from the mistakes of others or you will find yourself repeating them.  If you study your Bible you will find two or three times that God tells Israel “I divorce you”.  A divorce is a termination of a marriage covenant.  This is more evidence for the covenant with natural Israel being temporary.  You see God could legally divorce Israel and not Heavenly Jerusalem because of the Laws that God gave to Israel to abide by.  Because Israel was unfaithful to their husband, they have been kicked out of the family of God forever and that is not good news for them.  Go and study the O.T. laws about divorce.  It is illegal according to the law for the first husband of a wife to take her back as his wife.  God calls it an abomination.  So that covenant marriage is irreconcilable.  I know I am stepping on a lot of religious toes who think Israel has a future in God’s plan, but you better look deeper to see what is really being revealed in the Bible.

Ok, I have tried to teach you about how the perverted things that occurred before the New Covenant are not how things will end up after the New Covenant is completed.  Polygamy is an Old Covenant concpet and God will permit you to live in the Old Covenant and to die in the Old Covenant still to this day.  Hopefully this cleared up the concerns that my commenter had about a future monogamous plan of God being reinstituted.  This was how God originally created the Heavenly Jerusalem, this is how God created Adam and Eve and this is how it will end again with Jesus and His bride.  Monogamy and heterosexual marriage was always the intended plan of God for man and it will be that way again.  So those out there who claim differently with their alternative life styles you are now warned this is not acceptable in the eyes of God just because you can do it now.  Your personal freedom to sin will not matter when you are with your lovers in hell.  There will be no wild parties in hell with sex, drugs and alcohol.  Sorry I got of the main subject again.

I guess I will need to do a future lesson on the subject of just Biblical Patterns.  I have been talking a lot about how God creates and uses the concepts of design patterns and I have given you many examples of this practice throughout this lesson.  Today’s lesson is primarily about God’s usage of these repeated pattern concepts as it specifically relates to the family of 5.  The story of Abraham is a great lesson to understand how and why God has done what He has done.  Just as Abraham started with one wife named Sarah, so God started with one wife named the Heavenly Jerusalem.  There must have been recognition in heaven of the need for an heir of God after sin had occurred in the spiritual family.  Since the Heavenly Jerusalem is connected by an allegory in Galatians 4 to Sarah we know that she was called barren and unable to provide the heir for God.  Therefore we can better understand why God took upon a second wife on the earth.  The Earthly Jerusalem was this Hagar the slave woman from Egypt.  In the last lesson I showed you how she was bound by the law of God and that she is still in bondage to this reality even until this very day.  You have to admit that Abraham’s relationship with Hagar was not a permanent marriage.  Sarah the older wife cast the slave woman and her child out of the house and that in effect ended the marriage covenant.  This is a very legitimate type and shadow of God’s relationship to natural Israel using the precise allegorical information found in Galatians 4.

I do not deny God’s blessings are still upon the natural nation of Israel.  This was further confirmed because God said to Hagar that He would also bless her son after she left Abraham’s house to become a great nation (Gen 21:17-18).  The blessings of God appear to be unconditional towards natural Israel to some extent, but the covenant of God with natural Israel is very much conditional and very temporary.  You see you cannot look at all of Israel’s history and say that she was forever protected and blessed by God.  There are many times and places even in the Bible that Israel is taken captive by foreign nations.  The Babylonian Empire is a prime example.  The Roman Empire is another prime example.  Adolf Hitler tried to exterminate the Jewish population of the earth and came very close to it.  Stalin killed probably more people than Hitler and he included the Jews in his plan.  Where were the blessings of protection from God during these times in Jewish history?   Sure Hitler, Stalin, Rome and Babylon do not exist and Israel still does exist, but tell that to the millions of Jews that have been killed over the years.

If you do not agree with my point of view of the scriptures, it is OK!  I’m not mad at you!  So don’t be mad at me!  I’m not a Jew hater.  I do not wish any Jew any harm.  I am like a Paul, when he wrote this:

Rom 10:1  Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

This is my prayer for Israel also.  But, I pray the same thing for Islamic believers and Buddhist believers and any other religion that is currently going down the wrong path.  There is only one way to God and that is through salvation and faith in Jesus Christ.  God clearly tells us in Romans that only a remnant will be saved.  A remnant means only a very few of them (Rom 9:27, Isa 10:20-22).  That is extremely bad news for the natural Jews.   In their attempt to serve the true living God, they missed His personal appearance, His purpose, His plan of Redemption and their Messiah.  Take time to reread the story of Abraham in Genesis.  Then notice how this story both parallels and reveals God’s relationship with Israel who is called Hagar.  Then see that Sarah is named a type of the Heavenly Jerusalem, the first wife of God.  Now, use all of this new information to re-interpret the rest of the Bible.  It will dramatically change your perspective on how you view the slave woman from Egypt.  God and read Revelation 11:8 where God speaks of the great city called Earthly Jerusalem where Christ was crucified.  God reveals to you that this woman is spiritually named Sodom and Egypt.  God is connecting her to immorality and godless people.  This is just further confirmation that Hagar is a valid type of natural Israel.   These are more patterns that are being transitioned and projected from an individual named Hagar onto a group of natural people named Israel.  If God did not want you to understand these things, He would not have written them in His Holy Word.

The Story of Abraham in Genesis has had a dramatic influence for why I believe what I believe today about many things that I did not really understand before.  When God came to Abraham He knew by design what He was doing and who He was doing it with.  I showed you twice already within the Family of Abraham the repeated pattern of the family of 5 that is divided 3 against 2.  First, I showed you in Genesis 20:12 that the Bible clearly says Sarah was a half-sister of Abraham and she became his wife.  Sarah had a different mother than Abraham, but the same father.  This pattern was an exact match for the family of 5 given to us in Micah 7:6 with every family title being a perfect match.  After Abraham and Sarah were married, God told them to leave their family and to go to a land that He would show them.  This again is the patter of the son leaving his father and his mother to be joined to his wife the commandment of God found in Genesis 2:24.  We see that this makes a house that is divided 3 against 2 and this pattern is repeated in the spiritual family of God.  We saw the pattern repeated again in the family of Abraham with the addition of Hagar and when both wives have sons, the bond woman and her son were cast out of the family of 5 dividing it 3 against 2.  These are not coincidences; they are specific patterned examples that convey spiritual information of what God is doing in the spiritual realm.

I know this series is very complex. I know it is totally new to you.  I know it is hard to accept like anything new.  People are naturally resistant to change.  So if God wants to change your knowledge of the Bible, too many Christians would rather remain ignorant than to accept change.  Wow, if we are not open to change, then we are not open for God’s internal transformation.  That is a very dangerous stance to take with God.  When God commands us to “renew” our minds in Romans 12:2; it really is not an optional request.  In this verse God says “do not be conformed to this world’s ideas, thought processes, or their natural ways of doing things, but be transformed…”.  There is a transformation process that needs to take place.  God is comparing natural thinking to spiritual thinking and when you become accustomed to think this new spiritual way it is a life changing experience. I hope that I have challenged you to learn a few new things today on this subject.  I hope and pray that you will come back for at least one more lesson in this series.  In the next lesson I will again show you the complexity of God’s wisdom in a NEW hidden pattern of the family of 5 within Abraham’s life and then I’ll try to explain it so that you can correctly understand how it applies to God’s spiritual Family.  It will be worth your time to come back and to read it.  If you could see my heart as God sees my heart you would know that I love God and the Bible more than anything.  May God continue to bless you until next time!

If you would like to continue reading in this series about the Spiritual Family of God you may continue with “Part 9“.

Understanding the Hidden Spiritual Family Structure of God’s Household! The Mature Women in God’s Spiritual Family! Part 7

(Ver 1.2)  This is now Part 7 in a series of extremely advanced Bible studies about a new subject that I call “The Hidden Spiritual Structure of the Family of God”.  The spiritual information in this series will dramatically change your perspective of the Bible, if you can see them and if you will choose to accept them.  I have covered a tremendous amount of new ideas and revelations and I cannot take the time to go back and repeat all of them today, so if you have not read this series from the beginning I would suggest that you go back and start reading with “Part 1” first.  In the last lesson I introduced you to the last woman in the family of God as the church.  She is the youngest woman called the daughter in a new covenant marriage with the risen Son of God, Jesus Christ.  This woman was named the New Jerusalem in Revelation 3:12 and 21:2 and she is called the Holy Jerusalem in Revelation 21:10.  Three times in Revelation she has the title of the “daughter-in-law” or the synonymous interpretation the “bride” (G3565) found in Revelation 21:2, 21:9 and 22:17 and this can be seen easily by looking at the original Greek word definition.  Today I want to search the Bible for the identities of the other two mature women in the family of 5.  As you recall, God said the “daughter” would be divided against her mother and the “daughter-in-law” would be divided against her mother-in-law in Micah 7:6, Matthew 10:35 and Luke 12:53.   So we are now looking in the Bible for the information and the specific names to reveal who these two women are that are divided from our church daughter.  I found the identity of the “daughter-in-law” simply by searching the Bible for the same Greek word (G3565) translated as “daughter-in-law” and I found her identity easily revealed in the books of John and Revelation because of the limited usage of this word in the N.T.  She was described to be a city, a bride and the spiritual wife of the Lamb of God.  This woman was also described to be a spiritual nation of people that consisted of both male and female individuals that reside now as a part of God’s new spiritual family.  Therefore we are now searching for the other women with a similar pattern, make-up, characteristics or features.  We are also searching for not just two women, but more specifically two mothers and that should narrow the scope of the search significantly.  The Hebrew word used for “mother” in Micah 7:6 is H517 and there are over 200 verses in the Bible that contain this word.  That is really too many verses to be useful.  The Hebrew word translated as “mother in law” is H2545 and this word is only found in one other book of the Bible and that makes it very interesting to me.  It just so happens that the “mother-in-law” H2545 is used 9 other times in the book of Ruth and only one time in Micah 7:6.  I do not believe that this is a coincidence.  I see it to be a direct hidden clue to the identity of at least one of the women in God’s family.

Do you recall the story of Ruth?  If you do not, I have a more in-depth lesson series on this book of the Bible that will explore and explain many of the hidden typologies found there.  I will for your benefit give you a quick synopsis of that lesson series to show you how it applies to Jesus the Son, the church the daughter and the mother-in-law of the church.  Ruth was a Gentile woman who married a Hebrew husband after this Jewish family moved to her country of Moab from Bethlehem.  Her husband and the other males in the family all died in Moab and that left two daughter-in-laws and their mother in law as the surviving widows.  One daughter-in-law returns to her family, but the other one departs with her mother-in-law to go back to Bethlehem.  This gentile “daughter-in-law” was named Ruth.  She is the primary subject of the entire book.  There in Bethlehem, while trying to survive Ruth is met by a man named Boaz.  It just so happens, that Ruth is laboring in a harvest field that is owned by Boaz.  Boaz is a near relative to Ruth’s mother-in-law’s dead husband.  This means Boaz is a potential kinsman “Redeemer”.  Ruth is given favor from Boaz and is blessed while she is working his harvest field.  To make a long story shorter, Boaz marries the woman Ruth and redeems the land of the dead relative and they become the great grandparents of David the King.  This natural story of Ruth is an amazing parallel to another New Testament spiritual story.  Today’s church is largely comprised of Gentile people, so the church qualifies to be the symbolic type of this woman Ruth and both are called “daughter-in-laws”.  We are now the laborers in God’s harvest field of the earth and He owns the field that we are working in right now.  God has granted us His favor and blessings while we are working in His harvest field.  We are of course not harvesting natural food, but we are harvesting symbolic wheat for God’s harvest and that is His people.  Boaz the kinsman Redeemer was a Jew from Bethlehem and he is a type of the man Jesus Christ also a Jew born in Bethlehem.  Of course Jesus Christ was God in the flesh that came down from heaven to the earth which is a type of the land of spiritual Moab.  Jesus Christ was crucified and died in this realm of spiritual Moab on a cross and then He was raised from the dead to redeem us from our sins and to save us from this world.  That makes Ruth’s mother-in-law a symbolic type of the nation of Israel.  You will see why I say that very soon.  In this story of Ruth we have a “daughter-in-law” who becomes a “bride”.  We have a mother-in-law that is a Jew under the Law from Bethlehem.  We also have a son from Bethlehem who becomes the husband (bridegroom) to redeem his bride.  There are many other Bible patterns in this book, but I only hit the ones that we needed for this lesson.  The story of Ruth is a story of natural Israel, God the Father, the Son of God and the church and each of these are demonstrated to us in amazing clarity in the book of Ruth using the keywords of the mother-in-law and the daughter in-law to direct us to this information.  These are the two exact words from Micah 7:6 so they must contain related information that we need to know about.  What we need is an additional witness to this hidden reality in another book of the Bible and that is where we are going soon.

John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Jesus taught us something that was very profound in the third chapter of John.  When Jesus described the “new birth” He said “That which is born of the flesh is only flesh, but that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Jesus reveals a significant spiritual law here in this statement.  First, Jesus says spirits can give birth to spirits and second, only a spirit can produce other spirits.  Jesus goes on to say in this chapter of John, “Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God”.  This verse stipulates a fixed requirement that a second birth must take place or you will never see God’s eternal kingdom.  This statement of Jesus of course blew the mind of Nicodemus and this natural thinking man asked “How can a man be born again?”  “Can he enter again into his mother’s womb?”  Of course this was not what Jesus was saying at all.  Neither was Jesus thinking naturally of another physical birth.  Jesus is not teaching physical reincarnation.  Here is a prime example of how people can hear what God is saying and totally miss it because they are not on the same level as the speaker.  This is the greatest challenge new Christians have in the world today.  To renew people’s minds to think spiritually instead of naturally is the biggest challenge that I am faced with while teaching on the internet.  Most of my critics are dominated by naturally thinking carnal minds.  They do not attempt to think outside of their little carnal box and thus they remain ignorant of what God wants them to know.   Romans 8:7, says the carnal mind is an enemy against God.  So when my critics tell me I’m wrong, they are speaking as an enemy of God.  I certainly feel sorry for them, but I have learned that I cannot help them.  Let’s see what Jesus was actually speaking of:

Joh 3:Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Jesus is comparing two different types of birth in this one verse; one is a natural birth and the other is spiritual birth.  Jesus is saying that you are born naturally when your mother’s water breaks and you enter into the natural world through her physical door and then you are born spiritually by a similar patterned act from the Spirit of God.  Do you remember that Jesus said “I am the door” (Jo 10:9)?  Jesus is saying there is a spiritual door into the Kingdom of God and you will not enter into it unless you find it first.  Wow, that is pretty radical for those who think there are many ways to God.  Why is Jesus revealing that spiritual things are repeated patterns of the natural things that God created?  You better get a hold of this concept very fast if you ever want to learn about what God is trying to teach you.

There is a spiritual law of Genesis about seeds that is very relevant to my lesson today.  This law was a foundational principle found within the patterns of creation in Genesis.  One of the key seed law principles states that everything that God created produces after its own kind (Genesis 1:11, 12, 21, 24, 25).  Flesh produces only flesh.  Cows produce only cows.  Dogs produce only dogs.  But, also Jesus teaches us in John 3 that a Spirit produces only spirits.  It is very clear that spirits can give birth based upon the information revealed in John 3 and the natural patterns found in creation.  For example, the sperm of a man is called his seed in the O.T (Lev 15:16).  But the Word of God is also implied to be God’s spiritual sperm in 1 Peter 1:23.  Both are “seeds” but one is natural and the other is spiritual.  These are patterns that are being repeated for us to apply the concepts found in the natural to understand the concepts of the unseen spiritual dimension.  Those are radical concepts from the Creator.  What I am attempting to do is to give you verification from the scriptures that a spirit can give birth to a spirit.  Therefore, if the church is a spiritual daughter and not a physical one, we are looking for another spiritual woman that is able to give birth to us.  That statement will probably perplex many Christians who are not yet familiar with the Bible in this level of detail, but that is just the way it goes.

So far I have been giving you some basic facts of life concepts found both in creation and the Bible.  These are important patterned concepts that you need to give your attention to today, because they are very relevant to understanding God and the Bible.  God has replicated patterns from the spiritual realm into the created natural realm and these patterns will be further projected back into the new heaven and the new earth that are coming soon.  I personally believe that God created all natural things from precise patterns found within spiritual things that previously existed in the divine realm.  God then uses these temporary natural things to teach us about the spiritual concepts of eternal things to come.   It is a circular configuration of a divine design with transferred patterns from the spiritual to the temporal and then finally back to the spiritual.  It is the cycle of life as found within a progressively designed divine plan.  Things that were found originally in the beginning are the things that shall be found again in the end.   In the beginning of Genesis we see that God created everything good with the absence of all evil.  This is exactly how it will end after chapter 20 of Revelation and after Satan, the beast and the false prophet are cast into their eternal torment.  What God has created in the world is almost always an identifiable pattern for something in the spiritual realm that we have never seen.

Take the human body for example.   The human body is comprised of millions and even billions of individual cells, systems, subsystems and individual parts that are working all together to form one body.  Does any of that sound familiar?  We have more than one thing that comprises or makes up to form one unified body working in harmony.  The natural pattern of the human body’s design is the same concept that God reiterates when He describes us (the entire church) to be the spiritual body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13-27).  The spiritual church is comprised of millions or even billions of people and yet we are still just one spiritually unified body.  The concept of one being made up of many is a repeatable occurrence in the Bible that is foundational to understanding all of the identities of the women in the family of God.  None of the women in the spiritual family of God are just one person or one female individual.  Each spiritual woman is comprised of millions or even billions of people or spiritual beings that are joined together to become one spiritually named woman in covenant with God.   This was one of my main subjects from the last lesson, so please try to follow along the best that you can, it will only get much deeper than this as we continue to dig into this subject.

It is now time to reveal the mature spiritual women (mothers) in the family of God.  Both of these women were specifically described to be “mothers” therefore, both have children.  One was the mother of the daughter (bride) and other one was the mother of the son (bridegroom).   But, just as Eve is named the mother of all natural living descendants we are looking for a spiritual woman that all spiritual children can come from.  I believe to solve this puzzle we will need to look for verses in the Bible that describe two mothers and hopefully in the same verse.  Here is where it will start to get really interesting for some people and potentially more controversial for others.  I am about to show you another O.T. prophecy about the family of God that is very important for you to understand fully, but is also very difficult to understand.  This Old Testament verse reflects some more complex riddles, so be prepared for a set of new mental challenges.  I want to take you to the prophet Isaiah and get you to read about two women in the family of God from a new perspective.

Isa 54:1  Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into inging, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.

If you are not reading the Bible with your spiritual eyeglasses on you are reading it blindly. God is describing something very mysterious and profound here in another obscure prophecy found in the O.T.  Have you ever heard anyone teach about what this verse means?  I can honestly say that I have not!  However it is very difficult for anyone to teach what they do not understand.  I read some commentaries and they were all over the board to what they thought it meant.  This verse was written in the major prophet Isaiah’s work for God.  You will find in studying the Bible that God will use a technique of hiding information that I call “dissemination”.  This technique incorporates the random spreading out of related information throughout the Bible to make it infinitely more difficult for us to find it and for us to then put them all together correctly.  It is like when I sow new grass seed in my yard using a broadcast spreader, I put seeds in the hopper and adjust the flow and depending on the speed that I travel the seed is thrown out in random patterns over the spots that need it and I do not know what lands where.  Dissemination of the Word of God is a random broadcasting seed concept and God does this throughout the Bible.  You will never know where you will find some of the most valuable keys to understanding a subject in the Bible until you search for them.  Many times it will appear to be a needle in a haystack concept when looking for the truth in the Bible.  It might be found in Genesis or Revelation or anywhere in between.  Without the Spirit of God, computers and modern technology it would be impossible for any man to find the clues and then put all of the pieces together correctly.

However look closely at this verse in Isaiah and tell me if you can see that God is speaking about two wives, two women and two mothers?  There are definitely two different females being spoken of in this verse and they are directly being compared against each other.  Both women we are told are mothers of children, but we are not told who the mothers or the children are.  However the Hebrew word translated as children is actually the Hebrew word “ben” that means “son”.  When Jesus was here on the earth He would call Himself a “ben” of man.  I understand why the translators are confused and put the word for children here, but that is not the correct translation and you will understand why soon. In order to be a mother in the Bible you had to have been married.  Of course our definition of marriage in the modern world has become biased or slanted based upon the legal definition of a piece of paper or a license or a ceremony that was performed.  However, God clearly tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:16 that sex between a man and a woman constitutes a marriage in His eyes.  If you have sexual relations with anyone, by the definition from the Word of God you are married to them.  It does not matter how many partners that you have, it can be one or thousands.  If our court systems went by God’s definition there would be a lot less people doing what they are doing.  No doubt many people would benefit from this knowledge of the truth today.  It is interesting to note that only one wife in this verse in Isaiah is called married, but they must both be married in order to have any children.  Therefore, God is teaching us something else that is deeper with this statement.  I will not be able to explain this in this lesson today because this will just cloud the main subject more than it has already.

Let me tell you that God gives us a lot of hidden information in this single verse of scripture found in Isaiah.  We have two women being spoken of in very anonymous terms.  No names are given and no identities are revealed.  One woman is called barren, but she suddenly has a change of status to have many more sons than the other woman who is specifically called married.  Wow, that is pretty tough to understand and it is another monumental riddle.  What is God talking about in this statement?  I personally believe that God gives us some of the most important information in the Bible in the form of riddles to challenge us to solve them.   The way that this verse was written, it makes it completely illogical and even unsolvable unless God gives us some additional clues to what exactly He is talking about somewhere else in the Bible.  Fortunately for us, God did give us some major clues to reveal the meaning of this prophecy when He taught Paul what it meant in the New Testament and Paul recorded it for us in the book of Galatians.

Before I go to the book of Galatians, I want to make another quick point about the Hebrew word translated as “barren” in this verse.  This Hebrew word is not used extensively in the Bible and that is another clue for us.  If you search your Bible you will find that the wives of the three patriarchs of Israel were all described with this exact same word and status.  You will find Abram’s wife Sarai called barren in Genesis 11:30.  You will find Isaac’s wife Rebekah called barren in Genesis 25:21.  Finally, you will find that Jacob’s wife Rachel was called barren in Genesis 29:31.  These are very important examples to understand, but I just do not have the time to explain them all today.  I wanted to teach you how to look for clues in the Bible.  That does not mean you will understand what all of the clues mean automatically just because you find them.  I will tell you that they are all definitely related to what we are talking about today and that is all I can say about them for now.  However, we will look at one of them in much more detail, because God reveals it to be directly related by what Paul wrote in Galatians.  I have tried to teach you that there is a law of Bible interpretation that I call the “law of first mention”.  In this law I have found that God always gives us some very important information about any subject the first time it is mentioned in the Bible.  The subject of being barren is no different.  The first woman in the Bible described to be barren is Abraham’s wife Sarah.  So let’s go to Galatians and learn what this prophecy found in Isaiah means.  This verse of prophecy is repeated almost exactly in Galatians 4:27, but we will have to back up in the chapter to read the context in order to understand what is being revealed to us, so let’s start reading with verse 22:

Gal 4:22  For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.

As you can see God is speaking directly about Abraham and who we are told had two sons.  Do you see that God is speaking about two women again?  Not just two random women, but specifically two mothers of two children who were called the wives of Abraham.  You may recall that Sarah was Abraham’s wife first and that she was the barren wife that I showed you in Genesis 11:30.  So this story of Abraham fits the pattern of the prophecy in Isaiah by the direct usage of the Hebrew word translated as “barren”.  Two mothers are what we are looking for to solve our family of 5 mystery and Abraham is said to have had two wives.  One is described to be a freewoman who is a representative type of his wife Sarah and the other wife was called the bondwoman, who is a woman that Sarah gave to her husband Abraham because she thought that she was unable to have children for him.  This slave wife was named Hagar in this story and she can be found the first time in Genesis 16:1.  Let me quickly show you a scripture concerning these two women:

Gen 16:3  And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

Sarai is directly called the wife of Abram first.  Sarai is first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 11:29 so she was around for 5 chapters before the mention of Hagar.  Keep this in mind!  Hagar is the maid servant slave girl from Egypt.  This will also become very important that she is a slave from Egypt latter when we discover who she is a type for.  But, also notice what the result was of this gift from Sarai to her husband.  God informs us that Hagar has also become Abram’s wife.  God is revealing something very complex that has occurred in the spiritual realm by showing us the repeated patterns that have reoccurred in the natural realm.  Here we have one man with two wives and two children and this is either an amazing coincidence or it is God pointing us to a match for the 5 in one family pattern.

  1. Abraham              Father
  2. Sarah                   Mother            Freewoman             Barren
  3. Hagar                   Mother            Bondwoman            Married
  4. Ishmael                Son                 Slave
  5. Isaac                    Son                  Free

We have three specific parents being described to us.  One male and two females with two sons, but they are still all just one family.  This is really going to get very deep as we continue through these coming verses, so please read them very carefully.  Also notice for now that Abraham is the father and that he has two wives and two children and that definitely equals 5 in one family and this will generally fit the pattern of the family of 5 again with only some minor differences in family titles only.  While these are not exact matches for the Micah 7:6 family of 5, it is similar enough for me to see that this is not a coincidence and that God is relating to us some new information that is definitely important for us to see.  Have you ever made a dress using a pattern and a sewing machine?  While I have never done this, I did watch my mother do this and I learned the concepts behind the work.  You can choose any material and totally change the look and the feel of the dress, by using different fabrics with the same pattern.  One pattern can produce many dresses that are similar but also they can look and feel completely different to each other.  This is what God is doing in these verses of the two families of 5.  God is using the same pattern with some different spiritual fabrics.  Not everything is going to match perfectly when you do this, but the expert will still be able to identify the usage of the repeated patterns.  Do you understand this?  You probably do if you are a woman, but my example is probably  not too easily identifiable to many men.  It is the concept that is important for now and it is not important to get distracted by too many details at this level of the study.  Let us continue to the next verse in the chapter of Galatians to see what God has revealed to Paul about Abraham’s family:

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

God is still speaking of two mothers and two children that came by the one father.  All of this is very familiar so far!  The only difference between these two children is that they are both males.  So they do not get married to each other to start a new family and that changes nothing, but the creation of a new family.  In this verse God further tells us that one son came by the deeds of the flesh and the other son came as a result of a promise.  We could logically make the leap that one son came from the works of man in the natural realm and the other son came by spiritual faith in the promise of God, if you want to combine other information given to us by Paul found in Romans.  But, for now we will see that we have a family of 5 that is again being divided, but this time they are being divided not by the marriage of the siblings, but by the command of Sarah to cast out the bond woman and her son, that we will soon see.  Let me skip down quickly to verse 30 in Galatians 4 to connect you with what is being taught, so that you can see more clearly what I am talking about in combination with the pattern of division found within a family of 5.

Gal 4:30  Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

This verse is a quote from Genesis 21:10.  You can clearly see another pattern is developing or being repeated using a different two members in a family of 5; yet still resulting in the division of the family with 3 against 2.  Isn’t this what Jesus said to us in Luke 12:52?  Jesus is giving you a key pattern to look for in the Bible.  Here in this verse in Galatians we are seeing the pattern being used again.  The bond woman and her son are cast out of the family of Abraham and that leaves 3 family members still in the family and two family members on the outside of the family.  It is a subtle change and it reflects more complex information that I will not be able to elaborate on at this point today.  Just take note of the reuse of the pattern of 3 divided against 2 and we will leave it at that for now.   Let me give you a new picture of what we have learned so far:

Hopefully you can see the basic patterns being redeployed in this picture digaram.  There is a split or a divisin within the family of five that is dividing them 3 agains 2.  Let’s go to the next verse in Galatians that I was going through to see how this information fits into the family of God.  What we are seeing demonstrated to us by God is a Biblical typology using natural patterns to reveal existing and prophetic spiritual truths.  Remember we are learning about the two women and how they are both called mothers.  Also take note that God is using a real man and his real two wives to teach us about His spiritual family.  In other words Abram, Sarai and Hagar are not God’s family only the examples used to show us God’s family.  God is speaking about Sarai as being the freewoman and Hagar as being the bond woman and these are revealed to be something much more significant using God’s allegorically encoded information found in Genesis 16.

Gal 4:24  Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

We know this information would have been impossible for us to see or to understand by just reading the natural accounts of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar in the book of Genesis.  People have read the story of Abraham for thousands of years and no one had any clue that it was allegorical information about God’s family.  We would not have had any hint what was going on if God had not revealed it to Paul about what the story of Abraham in Genesis symbolically represented.  An allegory in the Bible is always a real historical story about real people doing real things in real places that contains a hidden spiritual symbolic meaning encoded within every adjective, noun and verb selected by God to describe them.  You can clearly see that this is God’s definition and not mine based upon what is being revealed to us in this chapter of Galatians.  This is a principle that reveals to us the words of God in the Bible have been carefully chosen many times to contain parallel meanings. In other words God could have said many things about Abraham that He did not say, but since these words were selected, they were specifically designed with a hidden purpose.  I once had a commenter try to tell me that the Bible did not contain allegory and that this was a man made concept invented in the dark ages.  This commenter obviously never read the Bible very closely, did he?

We can clearly see from this story that there is a direct connection to God based upon what is being said about these two women representing two covenants.  God is saying that these two women represent two different covenants and this is a Bible code word that means two marriages between God and two different women.  Therefore we know that God the Father was in covenant with two different women simultaneously as this chapter of Galatians is revealing to you.  You have to understand “Bible Covenants” in order to understand what is being taught.  A covenant with God is always initiated by God.  God is the author of all covenants by His design.  A covenant with God is also a divine marriage (Jer 31:32, Mal 2:14) between God the husband and the chosen people His wife.  In other words we do not go to God and ask will you make a covenant with me, He comes to us and says will you marry me?  So when God initiates a covenant with mankind or any spiritual beings, it is always a marriage proposal.  If you do not understand these concepts you should go and read my  lessons on “Understanding Bible Covenants”.

Since the Bible is divided into two covenants, many people automatically assume in error that God is speaking about these two obvious prominent Bible covenants that practically everyone knows. We are being presented another mysterious riddle by God.  We can clearly see in Galatians 4:24 that Hagar represents the covenant given to Israel on Mt. Sinai.  Which covenant was that?  This covenant is what most Christians today normally call the “Old Covenant”.  It is very interesting to note that God says everyone that was in that Old Covenant was called slaves.  You need to remember that because it is very important.  Based upon this information people automatically conclude that the only other covenant being spoken of here is the “New Covenant” given to the church by Jesus Christ.  However this is impossible based upon the allegorical information given to us in Genesis and the family of 5 revealed in Micah 7:6.  In this story in Genesis you need to pay very closer attention to who the women are a type of in the allegory and then see the ages of the two women and find out who was married to whom first.  Since a Covenant is a marriage, was Abraham married to Sarah or to Hagar first using God’s definition of marriage?  Was Sarah older than the slave girl Hagar?  Did Abraham have sex with Sarah or Hagar first?  Who gave Hagar to Abraham to be his wife?  All of this is very important and very relevant for you to understand which covenants God is speaking of.   Hagar is revealed to be the bond woman and she is a much younger woman than Sarah, so keep that in mind as we continue through the rest of these verses in Galatians.  Let’s continue down chapter 4 of Galatians and look at verse 25 to see the spiritual name of God’s younger wife given to us first.  Again we are looking at the “last being first” concept and this is a repeated pattern that I am following to teach you this information in reverse order:

Gal 4:25  For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

Hagar is called the “Jerusalem that now is” and her name is given to us from a human viewpoint or perspective.  Keep this in mind as we go forward.   If Hagar is a representative pattern of a woman who answers to someone calling her “Jerusalem” that clearly tells us her name and it reveals to us the key duplicate features that we are looking for to solve our mystery.  This wife is a named city and she has the same name “Jerusalem” and the inhabitants of this city will consist of both men and women in covenant with God the Father (Jer 31:32).

Are you beginning to see why I said what I said about the “New Jerusalem” in the last lesson?  What I said before was if there exists a New Jerusalem there must also by logic exist an Old Jerusalem using the law of opposition or opposites. Here is God telling us about a woman, a wife, a mother and He figuratively names her “the Earthly Jerusalem”.  This Earthly Jerusalem is the city that is still in the Middle East today and is called the capital of the natural nation of Israel and she is described to be a type of Hagar.  Remember who Hagar was?  She was the young slave woman still in bondage after coming out of Egypt.  Uh oh?  Some Christians are going to have some major difficulty starting to develop from what God is saying to us in this information.  First off everyone thinks that God freed Israel when He brought them out of Egypt and God is clearly saying here in these verses that they are evidently still slaves from Egypt.  Wow, that is really tough to accept, isn’t it?  Is God lying to us?  Is God confused?  Did God forget that he freed them from Egypt?  I personally believe that it is people who are confused.  You see I do not believe God freed them, I believe that God bought them out of bondage.  To be purchased is totally different than being freed.  These concepts also apply to the future church, but I will not go there until a little later.

Are you beginning to see the riddle presented to us?  Here in Galatians 4:26, most people think that God is referring to the New Covenant of Jesus Christ as being the second freewoman, but that is not what God is saying based upon the allegorical information given to us.  Since the Bible is clearly divided into two covenants, an old and a new, everyone has assumed that God is telling us about these two covenants, but that does not work with the allegorical ages of the women given.  The only way you could get that information is to change the roles of Sarah and Hagar and flip the titles of free versus slave.  We know from studying Genesis that Sarah was the older barren woman and she was nearly 90 years old when she gave birth to Isaac, the promised child.  Hagar was the much younger Egyptian slave girl that Sarah gave to Abraham as being the one to bring forth an heir for Abraham.  So by the time Hagar had a child, Sarah was around 76 years old and she was in covenant marriage with Abraham for a long time prior to Hagar becoming a wife.  The Bible says that Abraham was 86 years old when Hagar had Ishmael.  Then the Bible says Abraham was 100 years old when his wife Sarah had Isaac.  This means there was a long time in between the two children.  That would tell me that there was 14 years that Abraham waited for the promised child.  Fourteen years is equal to two 7 year periods of time.  How many years did Jacob have to work for his wife Rachel?  Jacob I believe worked 14 years or two weeks of years.  I guess I won’t go there either today.  I just find repeated patterns in the Bible and see all kind of interesting things to teach on.

This new information is going to cause many people to get confused.  How could God be in covenant with someone else before the Old Covenant in the Bible?  That is the divine mystery being presented for your analysis.  Do you understand that Sarah could not represent the New Covenant; since Sarah was married first to Abraham?  Sarah has to represent a previous even older covenant before God’s covenant with natural Israel and this knowledge changes things up dramatically.  Remember that Abraham in this allegory is the type for God who initiates covenants.  Hagar  represents a type of God’s wife Israel in the Old Testament (Jer 31:32).  So Sarah must represent a covenant that God had a long time prior to natural Israel and this is very important for you to see.  We therefore know from these facts that an “Ancient Covenant” existed before the “Old Covenant” came into effect.   I call it the ancient covenant because God is called the ancient of days in the Bible and I thought that term fit.  God the Father had to be in covenant with someone prior to the nation of Israel, or this allegory falls apart rapidly and that makes God a liar.  Let’s look at the next verse in Galatians and get the solution to the puzzle:

Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Wow, here is another Jerusalem being spoken of as a woman.  We can see in this verse that the free woman Sarah is being described to be a type of the spiritual woman that was up in heaven where God’s throne resides.  You can know this because “Jerusalem which is above” is definitely not the “Jerusalem that now is” here on the earth.  Remember the names of the women are given from a human perspective of a man standing on the surface of the planet.  If you look up you are looking into the heavens and this is the general direction of God’s throne.   It makes logical sense for me to think of heaven as a preexisting place.  We know that God is a Spirit (Jo 4:24) and that God is eternal.  So the spiritual realm has existed with God forever.  Did you notice that this new mature spiritual free woman is also named “Jerusalem” surprise, surprise!  However her name is qualified to be the “Jerusalem which is above” and she is being directly compared to or differentiated from another wife named the “Jerusalem that is down below” on the earth.  Next, the end of this verse reveals who this spiritual woman is.  She is called the mother of us all.  Who is “us all”?  Or I should ask who is the “us all” that the context of this verse was written to?   If you think naturally you would be clearly a confused Christian.  The “Heavenly Jerusalem” is said to be our spiritual mother; she is directly called the mother of the church of Jesus Christ since Galatians was written to the church.  Who is the church?  The church is the daughter, the last woman in the family of God.  What exactly is God revealing to us in this very key verse?  What we have just discovered is that the “Heavenly Jerusalem” is not the “New Jerusalem” that came down from heaven in Revelation 21.  Yes the New Jerusalem came from spiritual heaven, but she is not heaven.  It is just like when I was born or came down from my natural mother, but I am not my natural mother.  The New Jerusalem is the daughter of the Heavenly Jerusalem and that make her our direct spiritual mother.  Are you beginning to see how this information fits the picture diagram of the family of 5 and do you see that every woman in the family of God is named “Jerusalem”?  Who or what was this spiritual Jerusalem from above?  Just like the analogy that I gave you earlier of the needle in the haystack approach to Bible study, you have to search for the clues in the Bible in order to find the truth and since I have already done this, I will save you a lot of time looking for another needle.  Here is one of the best descriptions of this spiritual woman that I found:

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

Speaking to the Church of Jesus Christ, Paul writes that we have come unto Mt Zion and unto the city of the Living God!  Then she is clearly named the “Heavenly Jerusalem”.  This is a synonymous name for the “Jerusalem that is above” found in Galatians 4.  We are then told that this city consisted of an innumerable company of angels.  Angels are created spiritual beings that were resident with God in heaven before man existed.  We are told very clearly that this is a spiritual woman that is also a city and then we are told where this city was located and who lived there (God and the angels).   All of this information when combined with the allegorical information in Genesis 16 and Galatians 4 tells us that the Heavenly woman was the freewoman and that God was in covenant with all of these free angels in heaven prior to making a covenant with the natural nation of Israel.  We can further surmise that this heavenly free woman was also described to be barren and unable to have any spiritual children for a long time, until after Israel is given to God for a wife and then this Hagar (Israel) has the fleshly heir (Jesus of Nazareth) and they two are cast out of the family of God.  What God is revealing to you is that the natural man Jesus and His natural mother Israel cannot be heirs with the promised son.  Wow, is this deep stuff or what?   I really was not sure if I was even going to try to teach you those things today because they will be so controversial to many.  However, if you did not know it, the natural man Jesus was never intended to be the heir of God, it was imperative for Satan to kill Him and for Him to be raised from the dead in order to become the promised child or the spiritual seed.  Satan thought he was killing the heir of God, but in actuality he was sealing his own fate and dooming his future within God’s old heavenly family.  When Jesus said “You must be born again”, He was including Himself in that requirement.  Jesus Christ is called the “Firstborn from the dead” (Col 1:18).  If Jesus was born again and was the first to become this way, He now has spiritual preeminence over all other spiritual beings, including the angels and natural humans on the earth.  It also tells us that Satan and the other angels that were in covenant with God the Father are no longer in a covenant with God the Son, the risen chosen heir.  This is really cool stuff, so I hope you are grasping what God is revealing to you.  It is much more important than I can ever try to tell you.

Let me briefly make another point on the definition of what free vs. being in bondage or a slave means from a Bible perspective.  Natural slavery is of course not a positive reality so spiritual slavery is the same level of negativity.  Why are we being told that the natural nation of Israel is still in bondage and are still “slaves” today and that the heavenly spiritual beings are being called “free”?  The only explanation that makes logical sense is to see that Israel was given God’s law to fulfill in order to be called righteous.  I assume by that knowledge that the angels were righteous by default and even after sin was found in Lucifer; God was unable to convict Satan of wrong doing since there was no law in place to convict him.  If you read the next chapter of Galatians you will hopefully see that God is immediately after speaking of a free woman and a bond woman is speaking about the law in these terms of bondage.  Therefore, Israel is still in bondage because they are attempting to establish their own righteousness by works.  This was not God’s intention for them, the Law was designed to point them to a need for a savior, but yet they still for the most part have not embraced the plan of Redemption provided by Jesus Christ.  Do you understand what the concepts of free and slave means now?  Are we now free in the church today?  Uh Oh?  That is a trick question because the answer is yes and no.  We are not under the Law of Moses nor are we under the bondage of sin, Satan or this world, but we are still under the New Law of Jesus Christ who said “A new commandment I give to you”.  So technically the church is eternally bound to the law of Love!  Therefore, this is also further confirmation what the church is not the covenant that is representative of the type o the woman Sarah.  The Church is not a Free Woman!  The church is a purchased bride and that make us His property.  If you do not agree with those statements, I’m sorry I just do not have time to explain them all today.

What was the daughter’s name in the family of 5?  We know that the daughter is called the “New Jerusalem” and we now know that her mother is called the “Jerusalem Above” or I’ll call her the “Heavenly Jerusalem” because that is what God calls her in Hebrew 12:22.  We are told the “Heavenly Jerusalem” is the spiritual mother of the spiritual church in Galatians 4:26.  The Heavenly Jerusalem is being differentiated from both the “Earthly Jerusalem” and the “New Jerusalem” by definition and adjective qualification.  If a woman is a mother, she cannot be her own daughter.  This is an amazingly complex Bible study as you can tell.  If you are not careful you will get lost very easily.  Do you see what God is teaching us?  Why are all of the females in God’s family, named Jerusalem?  That is a really tough question to try to answer in a short Bible lesson but, is this cool or what?  I personally believe that every woman in the family of God is named Jerusalem because every male in the family of God is named “Israel”.  I really do not have the time to explain all of the scriptures that this belief is based upon in today’s lesson fully.  But, I will give you some basic clues.  Several times in the Old Testament God calls the people of Israel those people that are “called by my name”.  You can see statements like these in verses; for example 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Jeremiah 7:10-14 to name two places for you to research.  What you should observe is that God is saying Israel is my name and I gave it to you because you married me.  The name change of Jacob to Israel; was it God’s idea or Jacob’s idea?  I think when you read in Genesis you will see the angel of God gave Jacob this name because Jacob wrestles with him and prevailed.  Therefore the name Israel came from God.  Knowing these facts should change your perspective on how you view any verses that speak about Israel or Jerusalem in the Bible.   I think the way that God does things in His Word are very multifaceted and extremely complicated and for me to say that I understand them all would be a joke.  But, we now have three women who are representative of 3 separate cities all named Jerusalem in 3 different covenants with a God named Israel and this makes interpreting Bible prophecy correctly infinitely more complex.

In the Bible the name Jerusalem occurs over 800 times in over 700 different verses.  Now I’m going to blow your mind, the name “Israel” occurs over 2300 times in the Bible.  Why is the name Israel a dominant name or subject found in the Bible?  I believe that is it is because the name points us to the True Living God and God is certainly the dominant theme found in the entire Bible.  Based upon what we have learned today, we can never read a verse in the Bible about either Israel or Jerusalem and not stop and immediately ask, which one is God speaking about?  Is it natural or is it spiritual?  Is it new or is it  old?  Is it holy or is it unholy?  If you assume God is speaking about only the earthly city of Jerusalem in the Middle East or the natural nation of Israel you would be wrong many, many times.  God further complicates this problem by calling Jerusalem by many code names, symbolic names and other descriptive titles that I also cannot go into in this lesson.  If you are interested in seeing some of these other names for the earthly city of Jerusalem you can read my lesson on “Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of Jerusalem”.

I think I have gone long enough for one lesson.  I know this is very complex and very new to you.  I know you cannot find anyone else that is teaching it anywhere in the world.  But, that does not mean it is not what is written in the Bible.  All you have to do is to open your spiritual eyes and perceive what God is saying.  This Bible study is probably the most important one that I have on my website.  If you can understand this one, you can understand the rest of my lessons very easily.  I’ll leave you today with a new picture of the spiritual family of God with all of the names of the women filled in:

I appologize for the long lesson today, I guess I had a lot to say.  God Bless until next time!

If you would like to continue reading the next lesson in this series you may continue with “Part 8“.

Understanding the Hidden Spiritual Family Structure of God’s Household! Beginning to See the Identities of the Women in God’s Family! Part 6

(Ver 1.3)  This is now Part 6 in a series of extremely advanced Bible studies about the Hidden Spiritual Structure of the Family of God.  I have covered a tremendous amount of fresh information and several radically new concepts that I cannot take the time to go back and repeat them all.  So if you have not read this series from the beginning I would strongly suggest that you go back and start reading with “Part 1”.  Then as you go through the lessons, I would also recommend that you take notes on all of the key points.  The ultimate goal of today’s lesson is to introduce you to the first woman in the family of God.  I guess technically speaking she is my first woman, but she is the last woman in the family of God.  But, God says the last shall be first and the first shall be last (Mat 19:30) so I think I am being scriptural to teach them in the reverse order.  That was a joke!   Today’s lesson will be focused primarily on the identity of just the woman who is titled the “daughter-in-law” in the family of God.  You may recall that in the family of 5, we have 2 men and 3 women.  While we are not given the ages of the family members, there are younger and older family members implied by the titles given.  The son must be younger than his mother and his father and the daughter is also logically younger than her mother and her father.  Therefore the most recent female in the family of God is the one that is called   the “daughter” who subsequently becomes the “daughter-in-law” and both of these titles you will eventually discover apply to us, the Church of Jesus Christ.  That is where we are going today in this lesson.

I have taught on this subject before, but not in the specific context to the family of God prophecy found in Micah 7:6 so I will repeat some things while I also explore some new subjects that I probably have never taught on before.  As we continue through this lesson series you should begin to observe the fact that God uses repetitious patterns throughout the Bible.  I will try to point out as many of these as I run across in today’s lesson.  Learning to recognize patterns found in the Bible will assist you greatly in your knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.  We will soon discover that this family of 5 was a hidden pattern found in many other parts of the Bible.  For example, in an earlier lesson, I showed you that it was found in one place in Genesis 20:12 where God describes Abraham and Sarah’s relationship as a typical match for the family of 5 pattern revealed in Micah 7:6:

Gen 20:12  And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

God tells us that Sarah was Abraham’s half-sister and that they shared a common father, but that they each had different mothers.   Abram and Sarai were therefore half brother and sister and they later married and became husband and wife.  Because Abram’s father Terah is the head of this house, it technically does not matter how many wives that Terah had, they were all still in one family.  This is precisely the 5 family members in one family with the exact titles given to us in Micah 7:6.  There is a father, a son, a daughter, a mother of a daughter and finally the mother of the son who becomes the mother-in-law when the daughter Sari marries Abram.  Do you think this was a coincidence that this occurs in the Bible like that or can you see that it is just a hidden typology like I believe it is?   I am personally convinced that it was an Old Testament hidden pattern of God’s family.  However, this type even goes further than that to fulfill the Micah 7:6 patterns.  God also told Abraham to leave his parents and go to a land that He would show him.

Gen 12:1  Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

This is again a hidden typology of the precise division found within the family of 5 with the 3 parents being divided against the 2 younger children.  Again if you think this is coincidence it would be a mistake to think that way.  In this typology Abram is the son and is a type of Jesus who left His Father’s house in heaven to come to the earth, the land that God would show Him.  Terah (Abram’s father) is of course a type of God the Father who ruled the Kingdom of Heaven.  Sarai would be a type of the Church, the wife of the Lamb of God and we will get into this in much more depth soon.  As in every O.T. type and shadow everything in the story is not a perfect match.  Abraham took his father with him until he finally died.  The fact that Lot was also taken in disobedience was another fact that eventually did occur when Abraham and Lot finally separated.  A shadow will always be a recognizable pattern with some details omitted.  That is just how it works.    Later, I will show you some other 5 things split 3 against 2 as a repeated pattern in some very strange and unusual places in the Bible.  I will try to show you one of these in the next lesson and another one in a future lesson.  Just remember that nothing in the Bible occurs by chance or accident and everything has meaning and significance.  God says the thing that has been is the thing that shall be again and I believe this law is based upon the reality of repeated patterns that have occurred and that will occur again.  We are just now beginning to understand many of them, but that is the nature of how God works.

You may recall that I taught you the male members of the family were based upon the Trinity of God reality and that the Trinity contained the implied existence of females.  But, let me briefly give you a synopsis of some other reasons that I believe that the male members in the Family of God are God the Father and Jesus, God the Son.  One of the key rules that I always use to interpret the Bible, is to always allow the Bible to interpret itself.  Because God is smarter than I am, I look for His meanings and definitions to help me understand what He is attempting to reveal.  In other words I search to see if the Bible backs up what God says in other places.  I always interpret the Bible using only the Bible and I do not search any other books, Bible lessons or commentaries for what some man thinks it says to justify my beliefs.  If God does not confirm my beliefs with only His Word, then I change my beliefs to fit what He says.  Otherwise I would just be teaching you my opinion and that would be worthless.

Mat 10:35  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

From reading in Matthew 10:35 we should know that the Father and the Son are divided against each other.  The Greek word translated as “father” in this verse in Matthew is G3962 and it literally means “the male parent”.  Is this same word ever used to describe God in the N.T.?  If it is not, my interpretation fails immediately.  However, if you do a search using your computer, you should easily find that God is called by this exact Greek word title over 200 times in the N.T.  In order to find these I did a case-sensitive search for the word “Father” and the Greek word G3962 to occur in the same verse.  You can do the exact same thing if you do not believe me.  Therefore, I have concluded that Jesus could have been literally talking about His Father God being the “Father” in Matthew 10:35, by direct and overwhelming scriptural word association.  At the very least you cannot deny that it is not entirely possible based upon this overwhelming evidence.  In Matthew 10:35 the son is called specifically a “man”.  Therefore, we need to determine if Jesus is ever called a “man” in the Bible to confirm if this is also a possible interpretation.  If we cannot find where Jesus is ever called a man, this would shoot down my interpretation categorically.  The Greek word translated as “man” in Matthew 10:35 is G444 and it literally means “manfaced” or “male human being”.  Was Jesus a male human being?

Luk 12:53  The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

As you can see in Luke 12:53, Jesus used a different word for this individual male and it says the father (G3962) will be divided against the “son” (G5207).  Was Jesus ever called a “son” G5207?  If you again search your Bible you will find over 80 Bible verses where Jesus is directly called both a “Son” and a “Man” (G5207 and G444) in the same verse.  Again you do this by searching for both Greek words G444 and G5207 as well as the case sensitive “Son” all in the same verse, your results should match my results.   Finally if you search the N.T. to see how many total times Jesus was ever called a “Son”, you can find over 200 times in the New Testament where Jesus is directly called a “Son” (G5207).  Jesus is either called the “Son of God” or the “Son of Man” in more verses than I could try to name in this lesson.  This is just more confirming overwhelming evidence for the identities of both of the male members of the Family of God.   We can find scriptures that say God is a “Father” and we can find scriptures that say Jesus is both a “Son” and a “Man”.  Again using this evidence it does not conclusively confirm that God the Father and God the Son are the two male members in the family of 5 that Jesus was describing to us, but it also does not rule them out to fit the interpretation either.  Try to search the Bible and find another father and son combination mentioned over 400 times that fits with the exact same 5 family relationship titles.  None that I searched for even came close.  Father Abraham is only mentioned together in a total of 30 verses in the entire Bible.  No other father and son dominate the Bible like God and His Son Jesus.  The evidence is overpowering to me, but I’m sure we will come across some skeptics out there who can come up with reasons why they are not God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.  If is funny that God will always allow you to make the choice to be wrong.  God will never prove anything in the Bible beyond a reasonable doubt.  If God did that He would leave no one any freewill choice to believe or not to believe and God is not going to do that.

I guess I need to review another aspect that is important to know for our Bible study today.  I want to give you a couple of verses that God reveals some very relevant information about His family.  I taught on these verses before, but I will reemphasize them for your further benefit in today’s lesson to make sure you understand what is being stated:

Eph 3:14  For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Eph 3:15  Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

You should be able to see that these verses clearly inform us that God the Father has or at the very least had a spiritual family.  This verse further implies that God the Father is the Head of this family.  In this verse we are told the specific location of this family and it is explicitly stated to be in two separate realms of reality.  One is a spiritual dimension called heaven and the other is a physical dimension found here on the earth.  Wow, that is very clear to me.   God is also clearly stated to be the named and titled Father (G3962) in this family and Jesus is clearly implied to be the Son in this family.  The implication is given that the family is very large in order to reside in the fullness of these two separate dimensions.  I also want to point out that we are told that this family has God’s name.   This is clearly self-evident that God the Father was the spiritual head of the household and that He is also the husband in a relationship with a wife in order to have a Son and to give them all, His name.  Taking the husband’s name during marriage is a standard practice and tradition originated from God, but it is often times ignored in the modern world.  The modern wife sometimes does not always desire to take the name of her husband when they are married, but this is clearly not how God intended it to be.

If you search the O.T. closely you will get some more confirmation in serveral verses that say people on the earth have been given God’s name like in a marriage.  We can find some of these verses in 2 Chronicles 7:14, Isaiah 43:7, Jeremiah 7:10, 11, 14, 30, 25:29, 32:34, 34:15 and Daniel 9:18-19.  If the family of God has been given His name, what is this name?  That is a very tough question to try to answer in a concise manner, since God is revealed by many names in the Bible.  I think I will not even try to answer that question today, because it will take too long to get you to see it.  For now, just try to see the fact that God’s family is called by His name and this implies that a marriage has taken place.   What I want you to do right now, is to dig a little deeper and see what else these verses in Ephesians are saying?  Often to see the deep things of God, you need to look up the word definitions to see what they say in the original languages or learn what God’s definition of the words are in other parts of the Bible.  I want you to focus in on the Greek word translated as “family” and see what is revealed in it:

G3965

As if feminine of a derivative of G3962; paternal descent, that is, (concretely) a group of families or a whole race (nation): – family, kindred, lineage.

Many times in the Greek language one word is derived from another word which is the case in this definition.  Often times the gender of either a male or a female is also assigned within the definition and this is exactly the case for both the word GG3965 and G3962 that it is derived from.  This Greek word has some awesome detailed information within it according to the Strong’s definition.  The general definition is concerning children that have descended from their parents.  But, also notice that the usage of the word is not limited to a single generation and that it can apply to all of the generational descendants.  This Greek word is very much like a family tree diagram containing all of the family’s relatives in the lineage that originated from the specific set of parents.  But, it actually goes way beyond that as you can see.  This word G3965 can refer to the entire nation of people that have descended for example from a specific named man like a Jacob.  This is another common pattern found throughout the Bible.  You will see many men stated in Genesis that originated nations that were spread out over the globe.  Almost any nation of people mentioned in the Bible can be traced back to the originator who was the father of them all.  As you should know Jacob was the originator of the natural nation of Israel here on the earth.  But, God changed his name from Jacob to Israel.  Where did this name come from?  Can this be the answer to my question earlier of what God’s name is that was given to his family on the earth?  I believe that it is but I still can’t explain that fully right now.   I will tell you that I am convinced that Israel is God’s name and we will learn more about why I believe that as we continue.  I will tell you that the definition in Strong’s dictionary for the name “Israel” means “He will rule as God”.   Now knowing the definition of the name “Israel” does that help you to determine who the name actually belongs to?  Who will rule as God except for God?

Please notice that this Greek word translated as “family” is said to be a feminine derivative of the Greek word G3962.  This Greek word G3962 is the counter masculine reference to the male parent, so the “family” word G2965 is referring to a female family member only.  Is this not the pictured pattern of creation and Adam and Eve?  Doesn’t the Bible say that Adam came first and then Eve was formed (1 Tim 2:13) and that she was taken from Adam?  Uh oh?  It seems that God does have women in His spiritual family after all and that these women can be found both in heaven and on the earth.  I also believe that God is giving you a repeated clue to where women come from in both the natural as well as the spiritual realms.  They are always taken from the male.  I firmly believe that the origination of all these things is from God who is concretely called a male throughout the Bible.   But we also understand from reading 1 Corinthians 11 that there is a circular pattern within God’s creation.  From the man came the first woman, and after that every new man came through a woman.  Wow this is really deep.  Nothing self-exists or created itself, except for God the Father.  So if God describes a spiritual woman she must have originated from God the Father.  But, we also understand that a woman can conceive and produce others like her, either natural or spiritual.  I hope you are beginning to see that repeated patterns is a dominate theme found within the Bible.  God uses these types of patterns because they work first, but also because we can learn about one and can easily apply what we learned to the others.  When Eve was taken from the side of Adam, I am convinced that this was a spiritual pattern that existed before in heaven and that it is a further prophetical pattern to what will occur again.  I know all of these assertions are very complex statements and I do not have time to fully explain them all in the level of detail that I need to today.  If you are struggling with any of my statements, please be patient and continue to learn as much as you can and hopefully I will cover everything that I need to share as I continue.

Here is where I will start to deviate a little bit from many natural dominated thinking people.  I do not believe that a spiritual woman is exactly like what we think of when we think of natural women on the earth.  However, I believe that they both certainly do possess very similar characteristics and features.  Consider this Greek word G3965 again.  It seems to at least imply the existence of a female which can be defined as an entire nation of people (including males and females).  This will become increasingly more apparent as I continue today as I attempt to describe to you a spiritual woman in the family of God.  I think now is the time to introduce you to the last woman in the family of God.  I want to identify her by examining her title as she is called in Matthew 10:35 and Luke 12:53 to be the “daughter-in-law” and then I will search the Bible for God’s usage and definition of this word to find out how the subject is developed in the other key parts of the Bible.  Let’s first examine the Greek definition of the word G3565, translated as “daughter-in-law” in Matthew 10:35 and Luke 12:53:

G3565

From a primary but obsolete verb νύπτωnuptō (to veil as a bride; compare the Latin “nupto”, to marry); a young married woman (as veiled), including a betrothed girl; by implication, a son’s wife: – bride, daughter in law.

Here is the Strong’s definition of the Greek word translated as “daughter-in-law” from Matthew 10:35 and Luke 12:53.  This definition is also very revealing in what it contains.  A daughter-in-law is clearly defined to be a “son’s wife”.  Uh Oh, again?  Fortunately for us we have a Son in the family of God that is qualified by title to be her husband.  She is also synonymously called the “bride” in the sense of a marriage ceremony being performed to someone’s son.  Of course Jesus is this Son, but does He also have a wife?  I have heard many preachers say that the church is not the Bride of Christ, yet these men speak out and teach in error and prove their ignorance of God and the rest of the subjects under discussion in this lesson.  If you have read my other Bible lessons you already know that a covenant is a marriage in the eyes of God (Malachi 2:14, Jeremiah 31:32).  If you do not understand this you should go read the lesson series about “Understanding Bible Covenants”.  So if Jesus is the Son of God in this family we should be able to recognize that the church is the woman that is now in covenant marriage to Him.  Are you in the New Covenant with Jesus?  If you answer that question yes, then you are the Bride of Christ.  This direct knowledge would make the church the “daughter-in-law” in the family as well as the “daughter”.  But, we will need to confirm this information using the Bible rather than to speculate or assume its existence.  It is very interesting that this Greek word translated as “daughter-in-law” in Matthew 10:35 and Luke 12:53 is only used a total of 6 other times in the entire N.T.   In the majority of every other reference in the Bible when it is used, it is always being associated to Jesus as the Groom with this word being His bride.  Do you think that is a clue for us?  Let’s go find out.  The first time you can find this word (G3565) after Matthew and Luke, it is used in the book of John:

Joh 3:29  He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

Here is some very strong evidence for the identities of these two family members in the family of 5 and they are indirectly called the “son” and the “daughter-in-law”.  In this verse, John the Baptist is speaking about Jesus and he is describing Jesus to be the “Bridegroom” with the “bride”.   The term “bride” here is the exact same Greek word used as “daughter-in-law” from our riddle.  John could have actually said, “He that has the daughter-in-law is the bridegroom”.  I do not know how it can be any clearer than that.  Jesus actually calls Himself the “Bridegroom” in several places like Matthew 9:15, 25:5, Mark 2:19-20 and Luke 5:34-35.  I believe this is God’s way of giving us very specific clues about a hidden family structure.  God uses very specific words in limited capacity to show us related verses spread out in random patterns.  God is definitely revealing the identities of two of the family members directly and others are implied by logical association.  For example, you never have a bride without a mother of the bride also existing previously.  You never have a son without a mother-in-law of the bride also existing.  You will also never have a son without a father and that is everyone in the entire family that Jesus named.  It is now time to show you the direct named identity of the bride (daughter-in-law) in the Bible.  This is the woman that has married the son in the family of God.  Here is another scripture that you need to look at very closely:

Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Here in this verse we have a bride and her husband directly named.  Knowing the definition of the Greek word G3565 (bride), we can easily substitute the word translated here as “bride” for the synonym “daughter-in-law” and make the verse say this legally:

Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a daughter-in-law (bride) adorned for her husband.

Because God has used the exact same word from Matthew 10:35 and Luke 12:53, I believe that God is making a direct confirmation and a connection to who the identity of the bride is, in the family of 5.  We can clearly see the connection based upon this titled commonality.  Please recall that a commonality is a shared characteristic or feature of two separate entities.  But, it also helps us in logical discussions to identify the same entity being spoken of in two different places in the Bible.  If we can find enough shared attributes it makes it very easy to conclude that the one is the same as the other.  When you are interpreting the Bible, these are the types of clues that you are looking for.  You want to find shared connections that help you to establish the truth.  God is a highly intelligent being and He never chooses His words randomly.  Every word of God has a designed purpose and it is an intentional carrier of the knowledge, understanding and wisdom of God.  However, God did not write the Bible in a simple text book style of writing with easily laid out facts and bullet lists of every displayed subject.   God intentionally wrote the Bible more in a designed shotgun shell approach that spreads the information out in seemingly random patterns.  God did this so that He could conceal the information until the time that it could be revealed.

Let me briefly tell you about two laws of Bible interpretation that will hopefully help you in understanding the Bible.  There is the Law of First mention that is used by God to help define a subject under discussion.  You can go back and find the first time the subject is mentioned and you should be able to learn something that will help you to understand the entire subject.  I use this law frequently in my Bible interpretations and it has never failed me.  Conversely by the law of opposition or opposites, if there exists a law of first mention, there must also exist a law of last mention.  It is exactly like if you are told about north you must logically assume there exists a south.  If the law of first mention introduces you to a subject, then by the law of last mention, the subject must be concluded in those verses.   So when I looked up the Greek word translated as “daughter-in-law” I immediately found the last woman with this title in the book of Revelation.  Reading in Revelation 21 and 22 she is called this title of “Bride” 3 times and this is conclusive proof that this is the last woman that will be in covenant with the living God.  Ok, I just taught you a bunch of stuff in one paragraph that is very important.  I pray that you did not let it blow right by you.

What I want you to see is that the bride or the daughter-in-law revealed in this verse in Revelation has a name and this is exactly what we are looking for to solve the riddle.  We are intentionally trying to find the names of all of the women in the Family of God and here is the first name that is very important to learn about.  I have taught on this subject multiple times in other lessons, so I will not repeat everything all over again, but I will try to hit the important points.  The name of the woman is directly called “New Jerusalem”.  That is a very revealing and important name.  First off the word “new” is an adjective qualifier that separates this Jerusalem from every other Jerusalem.  If I say “I have a new car” you immediately know that this car is not the same as my “old car”.  I would have to omit the “new” adjective from the statement and say “I just fixed my car” or “look at my car” for you to understand that it could possibly be the same car that I already had.   This is a fact that you need to understand completely.  To qualify something means you have modified the meaning of the noun and limited the scope of it’s definition or you have restricted the definition by giving everyone a specific case exception.  Do you understand this concept?  If it was not important, I would not be asking you this question.  If you do not understand this concept, please go and look up the word “qualify’ in an online dictionary and find the definition that I have given you and then look for examples of its usage and application.  You can also explore the subject of adjectives and see how they are utilized within the English language.   What I am trying to say is that the “New Jerusalem” is not the same Jerusalem found throughout the Bible.  I do not know why this concept causes many Christians to get confused, but it does do that.

The word “Jerusalem” occurs well over 700 times in the Bible and that is a lot of verses to analyze all of them.  It is widely taught by many Christians and theologians that every verse that names Jerusalem is God speaking about the same natural city found in the middle-east today.  However, I have discovered a greater truth found in the Bible and we must consider this new information in order to interpret these other 700 verses correctly.  The first time “Jerusalem” occurs directly it appears to be in the book of Joshua chapter 10.  It would appear reading down the chapter that Jerusalem existed prior to the nation of Israel possessing it.  Interesting isn’t it?  It would also appear that this city was inhabited by “Jebusites” prior to Israel taking it.  It further says in the Bible that before Jerusalem was called by this name it was originally called “Jebus”.  The word translated as Jebus means “trodden”.  I could very easily get off the main subject and probably write you a book about the subject of Jerusalem, but I will not do that today.  What I want you to embrace is a fact that the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21:2 is NOT the same city as most other places that Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible.  The natural city of Jerusalem in the Middle East today is not the city that is described to be coming down from heaven in this verse in Revelation 21:2.  There are many reasons that I say that, but I do not have time to explain them all today.

Another aspect that is essential to grasp from Revelation 21:2, is the fact that God says a spiritual woman is a “city”.  This concept is very close to the definition of the Greek word G3965 where we discovered a woman could be viewed as a nation of related people.  God uses a city as a symbolic representation for a far greater spiritual truth.  The book of Revelation is covered with symbolic language and this helps us to understand the unseen spiritual things that are written there.  This is also God’s way of giving you a definition without saying this is a definition.  Since the city is coming down from heaven we must logically conclude that she is a spiritual representation and not an actual physical city.  If you examine the Bible very closely you will observe this is another repeatable pattern found in some very unusual places.  A city in the Bible is often referred to as a female, a mother, a daughter, a sister or a bride.  For example, a city is again called a woman in Revelation 17:18.  However, this woman is named “Mystery Babylon the Great” and she is called the mother of whores.  I could give you many more Bible examples of a city being described to be a woman, but I believe I have made my point.

This city in Revelation 21:2 is also called a “Holy” city and that again disqualifies all the other cities with the same name that do not possess the “holy” attribute.  These are not hard concepts to grasp;  but they are difficult for many religious people to accept because they have been taught wrong.   It is many times very difficult to overcome the false doctrines of men because most of them were never taught to intentionally deceive people.  Most preachers who teach in error do so out of ignorance and not for intentional evil deception.  Many very good Christians have taught erroneous doctrines and totally believed they were true.  I guess I need to get back to my main subject.

Let me briefly try to explain exclusion using qualifier words to separate things.  If I have 5 cars parked in my driveway and I hand you some car keys and say go drive the “blue” car to the store and buy us some food.  With this verbal statement, I have excluded every other car that is not blue.  You immediately know that the keys that I just gave you do not fit or start the red car, or the green car, or the yellow car or even the white car.  This is what God is doing with the adjectives of “New” and “Holy” and He is describing to you a “city” that never existed before and the keys that He has given to you only fits this “new holy” city.  God has linked a “bride” and a “daughter-in-law” directly to a city named Jerusalem and God separates her using two evocative adjectives of holy and new.  By the law of opposition or opposites, we understand that this means this bride is not the unholy Jerusalem and neither is she the old or the previous Jerusalem and that is some very powerful hidden information to who the other two women are in the family of God.  But we will not get to them until later as we continue to learn.  Remember the prophecy of Micah 7:6?  It says the daughter will be opposed to her mother and the daughter-in-law will be opposed to her mother-in-law.   These are exclusionary acts of God being stated.  Since the New Jerusalem is both the daughter and the daughter-in-law we must logically associate that a division is occurring between that which was unholy and that which was old from this newly revealed bride.  A separation is occurring of one woman from two other women.  God is separating one new city from two other cities.  God is separating one new covenant from two previous covenants.  Wow, I’m not sure if I should have told you that yet.  Hang in there and I’ll prove it all later.  Let’s define the word Holy to see what God is saying to us.

H6944

From H6942; a sacred place or thing; rarely abstractly sanctity: – consecrated (thing), dedicated (thing), hallowed (thing), holiness, (X most) holy (X day, portion, thing), saint, sanctuary.

G40

From ἅγοςhagos (an awful thing) compare G53, [H2282]; sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated): – (most) holy (one, thing), saint.

Here are definitions for both the Greek and the Hebrew words translated as “holy”.  There are many words here that are relevant to see.  To sanctify or to consecrate are both concepts that means to set apart.  Again we have the concept of division occurring.  It is funny how God repeats patterns in the Bible over and over.  The word sanctify comes from another word that means “to make clean”.  I cannot personally read any of these definitions and not think of myself and the rest of the church of Jesus Christ.  In the Word of God it is the church that are called to be as saints, we have been sanctified and set apart, bought with a price and we were cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.  The only “holiness” that humans possess is that which has been freely given to us by the grace of God.  However, this free gift of righteousness qualifies us for being holy.  I feel very confident that the Church is scripturally qualified to be this Holy City called the New Jerusalem, but we will get more confirming witnesses to help you see it.

1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

Why does God call the church a “Holy Nation of people”?  These are all spiritual names, titles and descriptions of us His new Bride.  This bride is however a spiritual woman in covenant with Jesus now.  We therefore as a holy nation of people qualify to be the city that is named Holy Jerusalem.  I sure hope you are getting what I am teaching today.  If you do it is going to help you more than I can say.  Once you understand what I am teaching you will know who you are in Christ and what your position of responsibility is in His family. You may continue to read down in Revelation 21 and see two more references to the Bride of Christ that I do not have time to go into today.  They basically say the same things that we have already said, but they give us a second witness to the name of the new “daughter’-in-law”.  In Revelation 21:9 we are specifically told the husband is the Lamb of God and this connects Jesus to be both the groom and the son in the family.  As I continue through this series you will soon begin to see a pattern of cities, women, and covenants that are repeated.  The transition will be from spiritual to natural and then back to spiritual and I wish you knew what I knew to understand that statement.  Just keep it in mind as you continue to learn.

I want to make an interesting point here for the sake of argument.  Is Jesus Christ married to a city of buildings and architectural structures or is He married to the people in the city.  Does the city represent people or buildings?  What is a city in your definition?  Wow, these are tough ones!  I have heard several preachers try to claim that the buildings in the city is what makes up the bride for Jesus and since the church is the Body of Christ, they try to tell us that this city is also our bride.  But, does God care for building structures or for people structures?  Did Jesus die for to save a city or for the people in the city?  Perhaps you think that John 3:16 says “God so loved the city of Jerusalem that He gave His only begotten son…”.  You should begin to see that Jesus is not in covenant with architectural building structures, He is in covenant with the people that make up this spiritual structure.  But it is much more complex than that statement.  The Bible tells us that God is building a new city, but it also says that we (the church) are that city:

1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Hopefully you can see what God is saying in this verse.  God is not building a natural building, the city location in Revelation 21:2 was purely a symbolic reference for a greater spiritual truth.  We are the living building blocks for God’s new dwelling place.  The word translated as “house” is a Greek word G3624 that means “a family”.  There are many implied meanings to these words.  God is building a New Family structure to replace the old family structure.  You could also say based upon what we have learned God is building a Holy family structure to replace the unholy family structure.  God qualifies this family to be a Spiritual House and a new Family and that means it is not a natural one or even one that ever existed before.  The spiritual dimension is an unseen realm of existence to us presently here in the natural realm.  I also want to point out that this New Family being built is associated with Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom, the Lamb of God, the Son of God who is our covenant husband.

Let’s shift our focus on another reference of Christ and His Bride found in the Bible.  If you read the fifth chapter of Ephesians very closely you will discover that God is speaking about a dominant subject of marriage in relationship to husbands and wives.  Now remember that a wife is always a daughter-in-law so this chapter applies to our study.  God talks about this natural subject and says many words of instruction for our benefit.  However in this chapter God has intertwined a spiritual reality that also applies to us the church.  God then ends the entire discussion with a bomb shell unveiling of a great mystery.  Since we are studying about the bride, the daughter-in-law and the marriage to the son we must conclude that this chapter is specifically related to information that we need to understand about our subject.  If you read down the entire chapter you will see many things being intermixed between natural things and spiritual things.  The natural husband is instructed how to treat his natural wife and the natural wife is instructed how to treat he natural husband.  But, during this discussion, God is also speaking about Jesus and the church using the exact same terms.  Finally when you get down to verses 30 through 32 God reveals that this is a great mystery and that He is telling us that Jesus is married to His wife the church.  If you do not understand this I have many other lessons that go into this in more detail.  We have basically seen enough witnesses to confirm the identities of at least 3 of the main family members in the family of 5.  So I’ll give you most of this information in a synopsis picture format so that you can see it more clearly or at least visually.

You may not still know who the mother is or who the mother-in-law is, but we will discover those two women in the next lesson hopefully.  I know I did not give you every scripture that I could have in order to limit the size of the lesson.  So if you would like to understand more of the details about the Bride of Christ being the church you can go read my lesson series called “Understanding the Bride of Christ”.  Also read my series called “Understanding the Book Ruth”.  You see in the book of Ruth, she is specifically called a “daughter-in-law” and since there are not that many women with this title given to us in the Bible, she must apply to the church as an Old Testament typology and her husband must also be a type of Jesus.  Hopefully you know that her husband was Boaz and that he is called the Kinsman redeemer.  All of this information fits with us the Gentile church (Ruth) and Jesus Christ (Boaz) our redeemer with amazing accuracy.  I think I have gone long enough for today and we will continue in the next lesson to identify the other women called the “mother” and the “mother-in-law”.  I hope and pray that you are learning with an open mind.  I know it is totally new to you and I know it is complex beyond our imagination.  I have been attempting to teach it in concise chunks that are manageable while attempting to simplify the subjects as much as I can.  Hopefully after I finish the next two lessons in this series you will have sufficient knowledge and understanding to be able to share it with others.  Thanks for taking the time to study the Bible with me and may the God of creation continue to bless you tremendously in your inner man to give you the spiritual eyes to perceive what He wants you to know.  Until next time continue to fight the good fight of faith.

If you would like to continue reading in this series, you may go to “Part 7” now!

Understanding the Hidden Spiritual Family of God! Part 4

(Ver 1.6)  This is now my second attempt to write and publish this article.  I had written and finished this article a long time ago, but I was waiting to publish it when my computer hard drive crashed last week and I lost many of my unpublished works that I had been writing.  Therefore, I am now in a recreate or recovery mode attempting to get back what I lost.  It is never a good thing when you lose computer files.   But, it is not an insurmountable obstacle, since I know it was God who gave me the information in the first place and I know He still knows what it all says.   Therefore, I’ll just trust Him to give it to me again, and I will retype it for you with a smile and I’ll be happy in my work for God.  Today’s lesson may not be the exact words that I typed before, but it will be close enough for you to see what He wanted to say.  One of the greatest frustrations with working with computers is when they do not work correctly or when they fail.  Since we live in a world that is deteriorating rapidly around us we just all need to become smarter in how we back up our work.  I learned this the hard way and I was reminded that just because a computer is not very old it does not mean that it cannot still fail and your work is lost.  Therefore, I have implemented a data backup plan that hopefully will fix this problem going forward.  But, enough about me and let’s move on to the Word of God which is why I’m here.  I have been doing a series of lessons on the “Hidden Spiritual Structure of God’s Family”.  This is now Part 4 in this series of extremely advanced Bible lessons and I know today’s lesson will contain more information that you have never heard of before.  If you have not read this series from the beginning, you really have no idea what I am talking about.   Therefore, I would strongly recommend that you go back and start your reading with “Part 1” to make sure you do not miss out on any important information that I have already covered.  I simply cannot guarantee that I will repeat everything that you need to know in every lesson.

In the first two lessons I taught about the direct family members in God’s spiritual family based upon patterns found in God’s created family of man.  I firmly believe that Adam was a pattern of Jesus who was to come and I also believe Adam’s family was a pattern of God’s family that already existed in heaven.  Since Adam had a natural wife that came out of his side, I believe that Jesus has a spiritual wife that came out of His side.  When the Roman soldier pierced the side of Jesus on the cross and blood and water flowed out, I believe this is a repeated pattern of what occurred when God took Eve from the side of Adam.  Certainly you can see the comparison that I am making and then you can choose to accept it or reject it.  But, hopefully you will see the significance of these two events given to us in the Bible as being something greater than just a coincidence.  I have also previously discussed that the theological doctrine of the Trinity of God directly identifies two males in the Family of God and these are God the Father and God the Son.  This foundational Bible doctrine of the Trinity of God further implies the existence of at least two females indirectly by logical association.  One female is the wife of the Father who is also the mother of the Son and the other female is the future wife of the Son of God.   You could go on and logically determine that the wife of the Son must also have a mother.  So we have at the minimum three unnamed and unidentified females that we will still need to try to ascertain.   People need to realize that when God created the natural world that the Bible says that He made these natural things to reflect and to reveal to us the things of the unseen spiritual world which I believe included His family.  We know this fact based upon Romans 1:20 and if you need to review this verse and see what God tells us, please do that.    So if God made them male and female in the beginning of human history, this must have been a reality that existed in the spiritual world by simple logical deduction.  We know that God is always called a male in the Bible so we are at the crossroads where we need to determine the existence of a spiritual female.   If she exists what is she, who is she and where did she come from?  The only way I can teach you this is to go into a lot of Bible verses that I do not have time to do today.  I will not be able to prove the spiritual existence of females to you in today’s lesson, but I will address this in a future lesson.  I know I sometimes say things that are hard to accept, but since you do not know everything that I know, you will either have to keep reading by faith or just stop here, go away and remain in your ignorance.

In the last lesson on this subject I revealed to you God’s hidden family prophesied to us from the Old Testament book of Micah.  Jesus took a seemingly isolated insignificant scripture from a very minor prophetic book of the Bible and revealed to us that this is one of the main reasons that He came to the earth in the flesh.  This statement was so profound that you do not even have a clue how important it is right now.   From this lesson I showed you scriptures in Matthew and Luke where Jesus reestablished the importance of this information without ever explaining it or telling you what He was talking about.  This is exactly why this information has never been revealed until now.  I believe that if God had not revealed it, it would still be unknown.   I hope that does not sound like I am trying to tell you that I’m anything important because He revealed it to me, because that is not what I am saying at all.  I am just a messenger who God chose and I did not ask for this revelation specifically, since I would have not known what to even ask for in the first place.  When I study the Bible, there are many times I do not know what I am studying until God shows it to me.   So it is always God’s glory for showing it to us, and never our ability that discovered it.  I learned this a long time ago and I believe that is why He gave it to me.

I think we should review the known facts for the spiritual family of God to make sure we understand what we know and what we do not know.  Let’s start by reviewing the family member titles given to us by God to see who they are called again and their relationships to each other.  If you would like to go back and reread these scriptures, you can go to Micah 7:6 to see the original prophecy or you can go to Matthew 10:34-36 or Luke 12:52-53 and see Jesus’ exact words on the subject.   Here are the family titles that were given to us:

  1. Son (the Man in Matthew)
  2. Father
  3. Daughter
  4. Mother
  5. Daughter-in-law
  6. Mother-in-law

We had 6 directly named family titles and these occur in almost any family on the earth.  However, Jesus reveals some other information that makes this family unlike almost any other family on the earth that I know of.   Reading from Luke 12:52-53 and Matthew 10:34-36 we came up with a short list of known facts and I will review this list for you so that you can refresh your mind on the complexity of this riddle:

  1. God is describing One Family.
  2. There are only 5 members in this 1 family.
  3. There are only 2 direct males mentioned by title (the son and the father).
  4. There are up to 4 direct females mentioned (daughter, mother, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law).
  5. This family will be divided 3 against 2 or 2 against 3.
  6. The Father will be divided against his son.
  7. The mother against her daughter.
  8. The mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law.
  9. A marriage is implied by the titles of “daughter-in-law” and “mother-in-law”.
  10. A man’s enemies are those of his own family.

These facts make this family so different, that it can only fit God’s family by design.  Hopefully you will better understand that statement as we continue.  I posted this puzzle on the internet over a month ago and still no one was able to come forward to solve it.  I suggested that you go through and read my other postings so that you could find some more clues, because I have all of the necessary information given and even a diagram of this family on my website and no one still could come up with the solution.  I can only assume that no one really extended any effort to solve the puzzle, so I am in a personal struggle to determine if I should do all of your Bible study for you and give you the answer or to just leave you hanging in the dark.  There are many times when I put lessons on the internet that I have to ask myself, am I casting my pearls before the swine that Jesus told us not to do (Mat 7:6)?  If a person does not see the same value of the Word of God that I do is that casting my pearl of great value to be trampled on?  To give away the Word of God for free is a perplexing contradiction.  Jesus seems to imply that some will value His Words and others will just trample upon them.  What I am teaching you today has opened up the Bible for me more than any other revelation of the Word of God that I have ever heard or learned about from anyone.  Therefore, I clearly understand the value of this knowledge, whether you do or not.  You need to decide what is valuable to you, if the word of God is not valuable, please stop reading my lessons and go away.  I know I said that already, but I am being very serious and I will probably say it again before I’m done today.  If you are an individual who sees value in what I am teaching you, then please be brave enough to tell me so that I do not decide to stop teaching because of everyone’s silence.

Since no one has solved God’s riddle, I will teach you how to solve it using Bible examples.  Today I want to start by exploring the first created family members and see what God describes to us about them in the Bible to help us to understand God’s spiritual family.  We will look at some of the children of Adam (but not all of them) to shorten this Bible example being described to us.  We know from the Bible that from the one created man Adam came every other human on the planet.  We know this based upon 1 Corinthians 15:22 since Adam’s sin was passed to every human.  Likewise we know that from the one woman Eve came every other human on the planet.  Eve is called the “mother” of all living in Genesis 3:20.  We do not technically know how many children Adam and Eve had in their 900+ years of life on the earth.  But, I personally believe that Adam and Eve had many children and I base this on a verse in Genesis where God says:

Gen 5:4  And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:

If Adam lived over 900 years on the earth, he had to have had a lot of children.  The number of children could possibly be in the range of several hundred children.  Everyone likes to ask the question “where did Cain get his wife” and God tells you indirectly right here in this verse in Genesis that Cain and Seth married their sisters.   Since that was all of the women that existed on the earth in those days this was a permissible occurrence.  Later I will show you that this was a common thing in the early days of human civilization, where men would marry their sisters.   But, for now take note that God says Adam had many daughters and we will leave it at that.  I will now give you a limited family tree diagram of Seth one son of Adam.   We know from Genesis 5:7 and Luke 3:38 that the son Seth has another son named “Enosh”.  Therefore we must conclude that Seth married one of his sisters to have this son in the family lineage of Jesus.  Now look at this family diagram and see what it reveals to us:

I am only focused in on the one son of Adam named Seth and his wife and both of these children had to come from Adam and Eve.  So we have one mother, one daughter, one father and one son.  That makes 4 in one family doesn’t it?  If the son Seth marries a daughter of Eve (his sister), then we have the new addition of the mother-in-law title to the mother simply by the definition of marriage even though she is still the new wife’s mother simultaneously.  Just take note that one single woman can carry multiple family titles by definition and circumstances.  For example, any daughter can become a wife, a daughter-in-law, a mother and a mother-in-law and she can possess all of these family titles simultaneously.   In my picture of Adam’s family the daughter of Eve would also become Eve’s daughter-in-law when she married Seth her brother.  Again we see that one woman can possess two family titles and this is a major clue to resolving the puzzling fact that God’s riddle had 6 named titles but then He said there were only 5 actual individuals.  Therefore it is essential to conclude that one woman in the family of 5 must have two of the titles given to us in order to resolve the difference correctly.  Do you understand this logic?  Since the females are the only in-law references given to us in Micah, Matthew and Luke I have ignored the male role titles.  Hopefully you can see in Adam’s family diagram that we have all six titles that were given to us in the prophecy, but yet we only have four family members and this does not match the 5 in one family that God has revealed to us in Luke 12:52-53.  So we have a family tree that is close, but it is not accurate enough to solve the mystery.  So we still have a monumentally perplexing puzzle to solve.  Do you understand what I have said so far?  I pray that you do.  So let’s shift gears to a different family tree diagram of a modern day family and see how that compares to the information given to us by Jesus.  This week in the news Prince William of England married a commoner name Kate and this next family diagram could very well apply to this marriage.

The son in this diagram would be Prince William, the daughter would be the woman Kate and then the parents of each would also apply.  As you can easily tell, using this diagram it has added too many family members to satisfy the riddle requirements.  It further complicates the matter by introducing an additional second family and that does not fit with the given description that  Jesus gave to us either.  Now instead of the 4 family members of Adam and Eve’s family we now have 6 members like in my family tree.  This diagram has two fathers, one son, two mothers and one daughter.  We also have a daughter-in-law, a mother-in-law in this diagram and all of this information is only partially accurate to the complex riddle information.   What we have done is gone from one too few family members, to one too many family members.  We have also increased the number of families from one to two, so we have actually moved further away from solving the riddle with this diagram.   However, look again at the diagram, study it and see why we have too many family members and then try to determine which one family member we can remove to make a single family of five with the same necessary six resulting family titles?  To me it is very logical to see that there are “too many” fathers in this diagram.  Clearly from reading the original prophecy we know that there is only one father mentioned and one son so we must take away one father and this will resolve every problem to solve this puzzle.  Since we are talking about God’s spiritual family and there is only one God the Father in the trinity, this tells me that there are not two Fathers in God’s family tree diagram.  These are just some of the factors that make a riddle a riddle.  If you could solve the riddle without giving it any serious thought then it would not be a riddle.  Looking again at this diagram of the 2 two families with 6 total family members, how do we remove one father and still leave two mothers that results in one family?  Wow, I think I just gave you a very major clue.  If you only have one father, he is always the head of one household and everyone that comes from him is still in the same family regardless of who the mother of the child is or how many wives he has.  You can see this logic found in the O.T. Bible in many places.  David had more than one wife, Solomon had way too many wives, and even Jacob had 4 wives that birthed the 12 tribes of Israel.  So we have just made some huge strides to solving the puzzle.  Are you getting it?  According to the Bible, a man is the head of a family and no matter how many wives he has had, they are still all in one family.  Please do not think that I teaching polygamy.   Wow, this is really getting tough isn’t it?  God as you will soon learn chooses to do something that was permissible in the Old Covenant but that is not permissible in the New Covenant in order to accomplish the ultimate hidden plan of God.  You see before the human race existed, I believe that God had a monogamous relationship.  We will learn in these lessons that God had more than one wife for an interim period of time.  Remember what a covenant is?  A covenant is a marriage to God according to the Bible.   How many covenants are there mentioned in the Bible?  You probably do not know that answer to that question and I do not have the time to tell you about them today.  However, we will find out some more information about this very soon as we continue.

I believe that after the plan of God is complete that He will end up with another monogamous relationship in the end with only one covenant being in effect.  I believe that this covenant is the one that was implemented by His Son Jesus and I pray that you can see it.  However, in the in between time in order to implement this New Covenant plan, God chose to do something that He would not have normally chosen to do.   We know that God is opposed to polygamy by the nature of creation.  Jesus taught us that in the beginning did you not read that he made them male and female (Mat 19:4)?  In other words God said that He did not make them male and females (multiple wives) or male and male or female and female.   Do you see how smart God is, with His riddle and His words?

I guess it is time to reveal the family of God to you.  There is only one family diagram that I could come up with that solved this riddle exactly and amazingly enough God uses this pattern as His family diagram.  This diagram will probably shock most of you.  You see when you look at this diagram it strongly resembles a known Satanic symbol that causes you to retract from believing it.  I purposely believe that Satan stole God’s family symbol and tried to pervert it intentionally to discredit it so that no one would accept it as being something from God.   By Satan taking a Bible pattern and making it his own, it will cause you to more easily reject the truth and this is a common way that he uses to deceive people.  Take a look very closely at this diagramed family tree and then I will discuss the facts of how only this diagram will solve the riddle completely.

Here we have a family of five and it is totally different than any family that I know of on the earth today.  However, that does not mean it is not possible.  I believe my Bible says with God all things are possible (Mat 19:26).  What I want you to do today is to change your perspective and to think about this diagram from a spiritual point of view.  Try to see it from God’s point of view.  Who are the two males in this family?  We know from the Bible that God is a Spirit (John 4:24).  We also know that God is called our Father many times in the Bible as well as the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 1:7, Rom 15:6, 1 Cor 8:6, 2 Cor 1:2).  We further know from scripture that God existed in the spiritual realm eternally before there was a natural realm ever created.  Now think, where was the Son of God conceived and born?  Clearly Jesus Christ was born a natural man in the physically created world.  So we can clearly understand that we have a natural Son that came from the spiritual realm of heaven to be born in the physical world as a man.  Therefore, we have two direct realms of reality being described to us in one diagram.  In other words this diagram originates in the spiritual realm, but it then crosses over into the natural realm simultaneously.  This is why we have two women who are married to God the Father, one is a natural woman and the other is a spiritual woman and if you have ever read my other Bible lessons you already know their names.  If you do not understand that a covenant is a marriage, then you should go and read my lesson on “Understanding Bible Covenants”.  God the Father was in covenant with two women in the Bible and I will explain this more clearly in the next Bible lesson.   So before I continue, I want to confirm this family diagram using an Old Testament family that God gives us as a natural type of His family.  God repeats patterns in the Bible to reveal hidden information to us.  However finding these patterns can be very difficult unless the Spirit of God points them out.  This hidden pattern is found in the family tree of Abraham and this should not surprise you at all since Abraham is a central figure of the Bible.  However the reality of connecting this family pattern to the matching God family pattern will take many by surprise since it was a well concealed secret.

You will look at my diagram and probably scratch your head and wonder how I got this information.  I will have to tell you that it was not me that got it at all; it was the Spirit of God revealing it to me that caused me to see it.  You see I was listening to the Bible on CD one day over 10 years ago and while I was listening to the book of Genesis chapter 20 all of sudden God said, “Did you hear that?”  I had to stop and back it up and then listen to it again and then God said that was an example of the five in one family.  Sometimes I think I shock people when I say that God speaks to me, but yet if you think that God doesn’t speak to you it is because you are not listening and for no other reason.  After I read the verse in the Bible, I saw it immediately and here is the exact verse that God spoke to me about, see if you can see it also:

Gen 20:12  And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

Did you see it?  Did you notice that Abraham married his sister?  I told you that this was a common early Old Testament occurrence in the recorded events of human history and this verse proves it.  You see Abraham was born nearly 2000 years after Adam and this proves to us that men still married their sisters even then.  However, it changes things slightly when you see that his wife was only his half-sister.  Sarai had the same father as Abram but not the same mother.  Guess how many family member that comes up to be?  If you guessed that there were exactly 5 in one family you would be exactly right.  If you also saw that they were 2 males and 3 females you would also be exactly right.  If you go on and think with me  logically you will see that every family member title fits exactly the titles given to us in Micah 7:6.  It is only because Abraham’s father Tera had two wives that make it possible for there to be 5 in one family.  We have a precise match to the spiritual family of God using an Old Testament type and shadow that has been written about for thousands of years before Jesus came to the earth to tell us about it.  I believe that when you understand that God knew the end from the beginning that it made it easy for God to hide important information in the book of Genesis that we would need to know about before Jesus came back to the earth almost 4000 years later.  It is an awesome example of the extreme intelligence of God at work.  If you do not yet understand the complexity of God and the Bible after studying this Bible series, you might just be reading the wrong Bible teacher.

DIVISION IN ABRAHAM’S FAMILY

In conclusion today I want to show you how this family tree diagram causes you to understand the plan of God in action from beginning to the end.  Hopefully you will recall that Jesus taught us that there would be five in one family divided 3 against 2 and 2 against 3 (Luke 12:52).  This stated division of 3 against 2 is actually found to be present in the Old Testament shadow of Abraham’s family tree given to us by God in Genesis 20.  The exact same pattern of mentioned division occurs in the family of Abraham that was stated in the prophecy of Micah 7:6.  You’ll see what I mean as we continue to explore this subject in grater detail.   Why are these specific numbers important for God to mention?  Why is it exactly 3 members divided against exactly 2 other family members?  What exactly is a division?  A division by definition is the separation of one person, place or thing from another person place or thing.  A division is a departure from something, or even an isolation from a given object/noun.   Why would it be necessary for God to divide His existing spiritual family?  God actually answers this last question in the Micah 7:6 prophecy and you should review this fact so that you can understand what the plan of God is doing using this simple concept of division.  Remember the prophecy said “a man’s enemies are those of his own household”.   If God’s own spiritual enemies were close family members who could God be talking about?  From the diagram we can see that the enemies of God could possibly be found to be present as one of His wives or one of His children or all of the above.  That makes things much more complex for God to resolve in this riddle.  It goes back again to the old adage that you can choose your friends but you cannot choose your relatives.  It means if God’s enemies were a part of His internal spiritual family, how does He choose to get His enemies out of His house legally, morally and justly?  You really need to give that question some very serious thought before attempting to answer it.  I believe that the answer to that question boils down to, that God chose to start a brand new family apart from his current existing family and that is the only solution that is legal while being morally sound preserving the Holy character and nature of a loving God.  God is so much smarter than you or I, and He always does things in a legal justified way that does not reflect upon Him negatively.    Division can be a positive or a negative depending on the reason for the division being implemented.  A negative division would occur if you committed a crime and were convicted of that crime and sent to prison, you have now been divided from society by your personal bad choices.   A positive division occurs when you can see how our roads have been built; we have divided highways where one side cannot invade the space of the other side’s traffic to cause accidents or deaths.   These are two different types of divisions.  They both are in effect implemented to prevent something negative from happening.

But, what is a division in the terms of a family unit?  There are actually several different types of legal family divisions that can occur and I will discuss some of these briefly to help you understand how which legal pattern of division fits for the prophecy in Micah 7:6.  One possible family division occurs when a significant loved one dies.  Whenever a family member dies, that family member is no longer a part of the family living in the same house.  Thus natural death is a division between family members.   Of course they do not cease to exist; they just do not exist in the natural realm, but death is still a clear dividing line.  We learn this concept from the book of Ruth when Ruth says to Naomi “I will be with you until death separates me from thee” (Ruth 1:17).   You need to understand that this is one of the main reasons why Jesus was born a natural man on the earth, so that He could die a natural death.  The Spirit of God could not die in heaven so He became a man.   Once you understand that death is a separating force for covenants, you begin to understand why one of the reasons that Jesus had to experience physical death.   Consider death as a potential dividing force in this family of 5.  Which two would need to die or which three would need die in order to leave the others alive and divide them 3 against 2 or 2 against 3?  Well that could apply but this is not what is mentioned as the dividing line in the typology of Abraham.  Therefore, I will think that this type of division does not apply to Micah 7:6.

Another possible family division would be a type of divorce where one parent separates from another and one gets custody of the children and the other one does not.   In this case we could observe one mother taking custody of her child and departing the family and that would match 2 being divided against 3.  That is actually an interesting concept that we will see in other coming Bible patterns but that is not what is happening in the story of Abraham.  There is no divorce mentioned in the lesson from Genesis concerning Abraham, his mother or his father or Sarah and her mother and father.  Therefore we have again a close possible solution but no direct match from scripture typology.

These two types of family divisions are close but not a sufficient match for what is being communicated in this riddle from Micah 7:6.  You see based upon the fact that the daughter is called a daughter-in-law we have an established marriage of the son to the daughter.  We therefore, should know from scriptures that a marriage is also a type of family division even if you have never thought of it this way.  Marriage is a clear separating force in the eyes of God and that is exactly how He views it and planned it to occur.  Perhaps I will do a future series on the subject of division to explain these concepts more in-depth to you, but for now let’s move on.   If you look at the diagram that I have given you of the family of 5, this family is a perfect representation for this reality of 3 divided against 2.  Let me try to explain that statement by going back to Genesis again and showing you what God says to us about the covenant of marriage.  God tells us something in Genesis 2:24 that is very relevant to this situation and here is where I am going to connect some more dots for you to see something radically new and different from the Bible:

Gen 2:24  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

You can clearly see that when a son takes a wife, there is a definite family division that is stated.  To “leave” one’s old family is a dividing line occurrence that begins a new family.  God says the son will leave his father and his mother and he will now be joined in covenant with his wife.  Anytime a son leaves his mother and father to become married, a family division has occurred.  This is a separation of being in the father’s family that results in the establishment of a new son’s family.  So when Jesus, the Son of God comes to the earth to establish a new covenant in His blood, He has just left His Father’s house in heaven and has separated Himself from ALL of His Father’s covenants by definition revealed to us by God’s created patterns and His very specific Words of Law.  Both the son and the daughter bride must leave their respective parents to become joined in covenant to form a new family household that is both independent and completely separate from the existing Father’s family household.  The father is not the one that is marrying the bride, the son is the groom to the bride so the father has no covenant relationship with this new woman.   If you do not understand how this works, I’m sorry for you, I do not know how to explain it more clearly.  You see I learned this concept because I lived it.  When I married my wife, I moved out of my parents house and got my own house.  My wife and I created a brand new family unit that never existed before and this family was now separate from both of our parents.  There is one fact that is still relevant for my new family house and this is my house had the same name as my father’s house.  Since I took my father’s name I was a builder of the family name keeping it going to the next generation and that is very important to apply to what Jesus is doing also.   When my wife and I moved out, our parents were no longer responsible for us to provide for us or to give us anything.   This is simply how life works, we still recognized where we came from, but we now we do not live with that old family since we have a new one with our own children.  Someday our children will grow up and get married and they will then become a new separate family and the endless cycle will continue until God’s timetable ends it.

So we have the son and his wife who are now two and using the diagram of the family of 5 they must leave their 3 parents that have been excluded from their new household.   We have two children who have become One New Family and we have an old One Family that was five members that now have become three by themselves.  I’m really not sure if you understood the simple math behind what I just said, but it was very deep and I know it went over many people’s head.  My Blog is called “Advanced Bible Studies” and this is why.  It is written for spiritually mature Christians who want to think.  I want you to see from my 5 in one family diagram that there are two children that leave 3 parents to be married and this is a division of 3 against 2.  This was the plan of God in a new revealed reality.   God has dissolved two covenants for the creation of one new covenant that is far better.  You probably still have a lot of questions and you are probably still lost to who these three women are, but I will explain them more in the next lesson and it will become much clearer.  If you are impatient and want to see who they are faster, just go and read my other Bible lessons and it will become much clearer more quickly.

I hope that you do not write me off as being crazy, because you do not understand all of these new Bible concepts yet.  Just realize that you still do not know everything that I know and it is just impossible for me to teach you everything that I know in one Bible lesson or even one series of lessons.  Anyway until next time, I will pray “may the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of Him who created us be there to open the eyes of your understanding to enlighten you with all of His truth”.  If you like what you are reading I would encourage you to tell me and then go tell a friend about what you are learning that is so different.  Thanks and God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading in this series you may proceed to “Part 5“.

Understanding Bible Faith! Are You Expecting? How Far Along Are You? Part 10

(Ver 1.2)  Today is Part 10 in a series of advanced lessons on Understanding Bible faith.  If you have not been reading this series from the beginning I would recommend that you go and start with “Part 1”.  These words in my title ask some specific questions that you might ask a pregnant woman.   Did you know that God created these natural processes to mimic and reveal to us the spiritual process of having faith?  You might be amazed to find the parallels in the Bible to these two realities, if you search for them and you can see the connections being taught.  Hopefully I will not get to graphic today, but this is a mature Christian subject since I might have to discuss sex.  I am personally glad that God created sex and not me.  Since it was nothing that I invented it is nothing that I can take credit for.  Obviously God created this activity for the bonds of covenant marriage and I might talk about that today also.  Do you recall how people get faith?  If you do, then make the transition to this next question.  How does a woman normally get pregnant?  You see my difficulty beginning to teach this subject today, don’t you?  In the modern world this can happen artificially, but in the world created by God if there was no sex, there were no babies.    We can tell by the nearly 7 billion people and growing on the planet that there has been a lot of sex.   Well today I am going to teach you about the spiritual concept revealed in sex and pregnancy that corresponds to God’s spiritual development of you having faith in God.  So natural babies, start by people having sex.  That is a basic viewpoint that seems rather obvious to me, but yet on the news and in our government they seem to forget this fact when it comes to allowing abortion.  If there was no sex there would be no abortions in the world and nobody wants to talk about that.  Oh well, I guess I better not go there today or I’ll get off track again. 

The concept of the husband sowing seed into his wife to have children is definitely a self-sustaining and self-perpetuating God created design of nature.   If you have never read my Bible lessons on “Understanding Seeds” then you might not understand that the sperm of a man is called his seed.  The human sperm is the natural seed of human life and it is required to perpetuate our race.  Calling multiple things by the same name “seed” is a complex technique used by God to conceal and reveal spiritual information in the Bible.  God uses the word “seed” to refer to around 10 different things in the Bible and all of these while different are very similar in design.  You see the “Word of God” is also called the “Seed of God” in Mark 4:14 and Luke 8:11.  We understand that God is a Spirit so God’s words are spiritual in nature.  Jesus said “the words that I speak unto you they are Spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).  We can therefore, conclude that God’s Words are the spiritual seeds of life.  We are already beginning to establish a direct connection between natural things and spiritual things by God’s interchangeable usage of the word “Seed”.  You might recall that in an earlier Bible lesson I taught you where Bible faith comes from.  Let’s review a verse that I gave you before:

Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

How does faith come?  It comes by you hearing God’s Seed!  Did you get the transition that I just made?  I can legally interchange “Seed” for “Word” by the laws of mathematics created by God.  If you do not understand these laws then you have never taken an Algebra class or you took the class and you didn’t learn anything from it.    What God is telling you, is that planting God’s Spiritual Seed into your heart (spirit) is the equivalent to a husband planting seed into his wife and them having a baby.   You plant a seed and you get a crop.  It is a basic design from God and it is really not that complicated.

Psa 62:5  My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

You see there are many strange verses found in the Bible that can literally be taken several different ways simultaneously.  This one in Psalms is no different.  Here is a verse that speaks of someone expecting from God.  This is the same concept that my wife told me when she said “you are the reason that I am expecting”.  Since I am teaching on the subject of being spiritually pregnant with the Word of God, what does a spiritual pregnancy infer?   Technically speaking if you have faith, you are expecting God to do what He has promised.  This is the concept of being spiritually pregnant.  Now, this concept is certainly more familiar to women, but yet if your wife has been pregnant you have at least an external perspective of the situation.  What occurs when a woman gets pregnant?   Things inside her begin to change and as time goes along, there is a growing force of eager expectation for the baby to come to fruition.   This concept is really no different than a farmer planting a field with a crop seed.  He plants the seed into the ground and then goes into expectation mode to wait for the crop to produce so he can harvest it.   Harvest time is akin to delivery time in a pregnancy.  This is the basis of Bible faith also.  God is revealing to you that you better be expecting His word to come to pass.  A woman is expecting to be delivered of her child when the time arrives and so it is with having faith.  If you expect God to deliver you from your current situation, then He will, however if you do not expect God to do anything then He will do that also.

Pro 10:28  The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

If you do not look up the definitions of the words in the verses that you read in the Bible, then you can easily miss what God is trying to say to you.  Unless you know Hebrew or Greek and can read the original languages, you need to study to figure out what is being stated.  There are just too many translation errors in every version of the Bible for you not to do this research.  This is the case for this verse, because the Hebrew word translated as “hope” is a word that means “to expect” or “expectation”.    This word expresses a human response of “waiting patiently”.  Uh oh?  That is a problem for many Christians, isn’t it?   We have just introduced a new key word to the faith equation of believing God.  God is teaching you that sometimes things take time.  Most people understand that a woman’s pregnancy term can vary, but that it generally takes 9 months to produce a healthy child.  So it is also with crops planted by the farmer in his field.  No seed planted is going to instantly produce the end result immediately.  Before the concept of harvest occurs there is always seed planting and a duration of time that occurs where we wait patiently for the result.  This is why many people start out walking by faith and then they give up because they think it is not working.  I have heard many faith critics teach against faith simply because they do not understand the complex dependent factors of how faith works.  These types of teachers obviously teach out of ignorance to their own downfall.

It is also important to note the difference between waiting patiently and waiting anxiously.  If you are worried you are not in faith.  If you are nervous, then you are not in faith.  If you are in fear, then you are not in faith.  Waiting patiently is another demonstration of having confidence in God.  If you are confident in God’s ability, power and His word then you are waiting patiently.  If you are worried or anxious if God is really going to do what He said, then you are about to abort your miracle.  Fortunately for Christians, patience is a fruit of the Spirit.  So learn to develop patients when standing on the word of God.

Heb 6:12  That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Here is a verse that certainly applies to our series about faith and possessing the Promised Land.  God is taking and connecting two different factors to produce one positive result.  Faith is intertwined with patience for you to inherit the promises of God.  So patience is a key ingredient in your successful positive outcome.   This is why the Word of God is so complicated.  It takes several simple concepts or ingredients to mix together to produce a good result.  That is why I could not teach you everything all at once.  It would have been too complicated and overwhelming.  So I try to introduce you to new concepts in stages so that you learn in manageable chunks of information.   Today subject is primarily about expectation and expectancy but you can see we just learned about a higher dimension of how patience plays a vital role in waiting for the harvest or the delivery.

Rom 4:18  Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

Here in this chapter of Romans, God gives us a major faith example for us to live and learn by.  God is speaking of the faith of Abraham.  Here was a man who was 99 years old with a 90 year old barren wife and God told him that I have made you a father of many nations.  If a human situation ever looked hopeless, Abraham’s situation was there for an example for us.  This verse says that “against hope, Abraham still had hope”.   However, this word for hope is not our modern word for hope.  When people in the modern world say “I really hope so”, they are meaning to say “I wish it were so”.   Abraham did not wish he would become the father of the promised child, this word says Abraham “expected” it to happen.  There was a level of expectancy within the spirit of Abraham that was conceived by the Word of God spoken to him.   This is an example of a spiritual pregnancy test that you should be taking on yourself today.  When a woman in the modern world thinks she is pregnant, there are things she can buy at the drug store that can be used to determine if she is pregnant.  These are natural “pregnancy tests” that confirm what she already thought was happening.  So I am making another spiritual transition from a physical reality and telling you that you need to do a spiritual pregnancy test to see if you are in faith.  If you do not have the promise of God in your spirit you need to get it into your spirit by speaking it to yourself as Abraham did.  Abraham went around calling himself the “father of nations” as his name in Hebrew meant.  This seed that was placed in Abraham’s heart developed and grew into a strong belief that God’s word was true despite the outward circumstances and appearances.  This is a faith lesson for you in your current circumstances.  No matter what it looks like on the outside, you need to look to the picture of a successful outcome on the inside of you.  If you are sick, you call yourself well.  If you are poor, you call yourself rich.  You do what God did for Abraham by saying what God said about you.

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

Paul of course was a man of God and that means he was a human male.  Yet Paul still compares the process taking place inside of him as an internal conception and birth process.   There are actually two conceptions being spoken of in this verse.  Paul had conceived and Paul was waiting for the people in Galatia to conceive and for Christ to be formed within them.  If we are looking at spiritual births, we must back up and see the steps that must have occurred for Paul to give birth spiritually speaking.   Paul is using his faith for the good of the people in Galatia.  However, this process is referred to in the terms of a child birth.  It is not a natural process it is a spiritual process that parallels the natural.  The Word of God is sown in the hearts of men and after time it produces the result of the word that was sown.  In other words if you need a specific answer to prayer, you better go get the specific promises of God Word that says you have it.  You put it into your heart and allow it to conceive there.  If you keep it in your heart and do not abort it, it will produce the result that you desired by faith.  I’ll give you one more example before I wrap this lesson up today.  Here are a couple of verses that demonstrate the spiritual concept of the heart giving birth that I have been teaching on, but in the reverse.   You see these are negative things that your heart can also produce:

Isa 59:4  None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

Jas 1:15  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

As you can clearly read God is speaking of a conception in the human spirit again, but this time it is of lust and iniquity.   We learn several things from these verses.  We learn the spirit of people can conceive either good or evil.   Do you remember the lesson that I taught on seeds?  One of these lessons I taught on the seed parable that Jesus instructed us about the wheat and the tares.  The Wheat was produced by the Word/Seed of God and the tares were produced by an enemy sowing evil seed.  You heart is the soil and the words you allow into it are the crops that are producing either the good or the evil in your life.   What did God tell Adam in Genesis 2?  God said do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or you will surely die.  We obviously learn that Adam lusted and ate of the tree of evil and thus conceived and gave birth to death.  You see Adam could have chosen life, but his heart caused him to make the wrong choice and die (Gen 2:17).  You today have been given a redo opportunity by God.  Since Jesus came to the earth and redeemed us from the hand of Satan, we now have the opportunity to conceive life within us.  Remember what Jesus taught us?  Jesus said in John 10:10 that “I have come that you might have life and that life more abundantly”.  Yet here we are still downcast and trodden by the misconceptions of deceit from Satan that it can’t get any better than what we have in our life right now.  This is not true however, since God has given us His promises to possess.  These promises of God can produce the life that we need today to change our circumstances around.  If Abraham would have looked at the circumstances he would have given up.  But, since Abraham called himself a father of nations before he was one, he conceived it in his heart by faith and Sarah birthed the promised child.  Do you think that God is talking about Abraham and Sarah getting pregnant and having a child by accident or chance?  God is making a direct connection between natural pregnancy and that of spiritual pregnancy and you have to learn how to get spiritually pregnant by faith.   Let me expound on this point in conclusion.  If you understand natural things you know that the human male places literally millions of sperm cells inside of a woman.  Why did God do it this way when all it takes is one to get the result you desire?   After all there is only one egg and not millions of eggs in the woman.   God is giving you a spiritual lesson in this natural information.  There is only one spirit inside of your body and if you want to get it pregnant you better bombard it with a lot of the Word of God.   God’s Word is God’s Seed and Jesus taught us that from the abundance of the heart, things come out of it (Mat 12:34).  Whatever you put abundantly in your hear is what you will get it to produce.    If you want to follow after the wrong things in life God will allow this to happen.  You can conceive the wrong things in your spirit and die or you can put the Word of God there to give birth to good things.  This is how spiritual things work.  If you know how to have sex, then you know how to get faith and give birth to the promises of God.  Genesis 4:1 says “Adam knew his wife Eve and she conceived…”.  Do you know God?  Do you know God’s word?  Then it will conceive in your heart if you allow it to work and stay there the same way.  Get to know the Word of God and see if it will not produce life.   We still have a lot more to talk about in this series so come back expecting to learn.  God Bless you until next time!

If you would like to continue learning in this series, please continue reading with “Part 11“.

Understanding Bible Faith! My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? Part 9

(Ver 1.2)  Today is Part 9 in a series of advanced lessons on Understanding Bible Faith.  If you have not been reading this series from the beginning I would recommend that you go and start with “Part 1”.  Today’s lesson is about having faith when it looks like it is not working.  We all struggle in this area at some point of time in our lives.  If you think you are different than everybody else, then you are deceived.  You can go through the Bible and read over and over about the stories of men who did great things for God and see that God had done great things for them and they all at one time or the other struggled to say, “God where are you?”.   One of the greatest prophets of God was Elijah.  He called down fire from God to consume the prophets of Baal.  Elijah stopped it from raining on the earth for three and half years and then commanded it to rain and it rained.  After all of these things, Elijah went into the wilderness downcast and depressed and asked God to kill him.  I am always amazed when I read the Gospels about Jesus hanging on the cross (Mat 27:46).  Here is the God of my Salvation dying on the cross for me and He says in the Hebrew tongue “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?    These words are translated as “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?”   Wow, I have difficulty comprehending that!    You should read through the Psalms of David and see how many times it looks like David is alone and in despair trying to encourage himself in the Lord.  David’s confidence level,  clearly was feigning and wavering in the face of his circumstances.  In fact these words spoken by Jesus on the cross were originally written down by David in Psalm 22:1.  Remember David was the one that killed the lion, the bear and then the giant Goliath.  But, yet when he was alone in a cave hiding from Saul, he felt despair.  We can see that it does not matter how many great things that God has done, we can all feel like we have been left alone.  What we learn is that there will always come times when life’s situations will seem overwhelming to us.  I have been there and I’m sure you have been there also.  Perhaps you are there today and that is why God is using me to write to you.  In this world there are events occurring daily that are extremely troubling.  Prices are rising, people are losing jobs, there are wars and riots all over the world, and there are earthquakes and death everywhere.   It is very easy to get into despair.  In the past few weeks, I have been teaching a series of lessons on having Bible faith in God’s Word.  As part of the lessons I taught that having confidence in God is an essential element to having success.  If the woman with the issue of blood did not have any confidence in what she heard about Jesus, she would not have gone fighting through the crowd to get her healing.  If you have no confidence then you have no faith.   So you should judge yourself and see where your confidence in God is on a daily basis.  You might have great confidence today and no confidence tomorrow.  You cannot judge your current confidence level upon your past experiences as you have learned from the examples of David and Elijah.  Today I am doing what I am teaching you to do, I am checking up on my confidence level to see if I am where I need to be.

1Jn 5:14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

Here is the first great faith verse to know and to understand about prayer.  This verse speaks of you having confidence.  This verse is talking about prayer to God and asking for Him to do something for you.  But, it qualifies the fact that there is a correct prayer and there is an incorrect prayer.  God informs us that you better only ask Him for something that is His will or He will not even hear our prayer.  How do we know what to pray for then based upon that?  If you recall in my Faith series, I taught you about possessing the Promised Land.   We are supposed to go through the Bible and learn what God has promised to us and only then will we know what His will is.  God’s will is always based upon God’s word.  You see if you are praying for God to heal you today, I’m sorry but you may not have any confidence in God.  Are you asking according to His will?  If you are what scriptures are you using to base your confidence?  What is the will of God for healing you?  Do you have any divine promises that says He will heal you?  If you can quote the verses to me, then you have a sound foundational basis for having confidence, if you cannot quote them and you have to go look them up, then you have no confidence because you do not know what God has spoken.

It is like a man who prays for salvation from God.  He is very sincere and he opens his mouth and says “God please save me” over and over again.   What is God’s reaction to that type of prayer?  I believe that God will say “I came to the earth, I died on the cross, and I shed my blood for your salvation already, what do you expect me to do now?”  God would also say “I already did save you; my part is done now you do your part and receive it”.  I heard a story of a man who kept telling a preacher, “When God gets ready he will save me”.  This preacher tried to tell the man that God had done His part to save him already.  But, the man just kept believing, that God was going to save him some day.  When this man was very old lying on his death bed he still believed the same thing and died and went to hell.  When people think and believe wrong they do without the blessing of God.  If you are waiting on God to do something, you are thinking wrong and you better learn to change to see that God has already given you the Promised Land and He is waiting on you to possess it.  These are examples of praying in error, believing in error and doing without.  When you pray and ask for something that God says has already been given to you then you are basically saying to God “I don’t believe you Lord”; “Please give me the Promised Land”.   God is still going to tell you “It is yours already”.   But, you are going to say I’m still in the wilderness and I don’t have it and God is going to say by faith you do.  That is one of the primary problems that Christians have today, God says by faith you will possess it and by having no faith you will miss out on it and die in the wilderness.

1Jn 5:15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

If you actually know something then you can have great confidence in it happening.  However, it depends upon who is speaking to you, doesn’t it?  If I told you that I will meet tomorrow in Washington D.C. at the capitol rotunda, would you have any confidence of the meeting happening?  Not, if you do not know me.  You see you are only going to have confidence in those that you know who are faithful and true.   If you do not know that God is faithful and true then you will have no confidence in Him answering your prayer either.  So what did we just learn about how to pray with confidence? 

  1. Find the Bible promises that have been given to you.
  2. Put them into your heart by speaking them to yourself over and over.
  3. Pray in faith according to the promise that was given to you believing you receive it.
  4. Since you prayed and asked God knowing His will, you now know the Bible says God heard you.
  5. Since you know God heard you, you now know that you have what you asked for by faith.
  6. Therefore, you don’t pray and ask God for it again tomorrow because it looks like it didn’t happen.
  7. What I like to do is to thank God for giving me the answer, even though I do not see it in the natural yet.
  8. Then once it does show up in the natural, then I fight to hold on to it so that Satan does not come to try to take it away from me.

It sounds easy until you realize that it takes time for the answer to arrive from God.  When Daniel prayed to God and asked for a simple answer, he waited and fasted for three weeks and finally the angel of God arrived with the answer.   I do not know how long it would have taken if it was a really big thing that Daniel needed, but it makes me wonder.  We like to think that God is omnipotent and can just cause things to happen instantly.  But, this is not what the Bible teaches us.  The angel told Daniel the very day you prayed I was sent by God, but the prince of Persia withstood me so that I could not come (Dan 10:13).  You see there are spiritual forces other than God in the world and these are not on God’s side.  These evil spirits are set to destroy you, kill you and steal from you and they are doing everything in their power to cause God’s blessings not to come to you.  These are some of the spiritual giants of the Promised Land that will come to try to keep you out.  So just because you pray according to the will of God and you know that He heard you, you will be presented a daily challenge for a time to believe that you have what God has given to you.  This is why God says for you to Fight the Good Fight of Faith (1 Tim 6:12).  Faith is a spiritual fight to possess the Promised Land and you are responsible for this fight.  We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and the rulers of the darkness of this world (Eph 6:12). 

When praying and asking God for anything and it does not happen in a reasonable timeframe, learn to recognize where the problem lies.  If you have prayed for something for 10 years and God is still silent about it, then God is not the problem you are.   I once heard a minister say this; “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”.   This same minister said if I pray and God does not answer in a short time, then I change and find out what I’m doing wrong.  You see God tells us that He is always faithful and God says He does not ever change (Mal 3:6).  So if God is not changing where does the change need to occur in order for you to see your miracle?  Wow, I said some really important things today, but this is one of the greatest ones that you need to learn quickly.  Quit praying for things that God has already said “I’ve done that!”.   Quit praying for the same thing over and over.  Either get into faith and receive the answer from God or start to realize that you may just be wasting your breath.

Pro 3:26  For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

Pro 14:26  In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

Here are just a couple of verses about having confidence in God.  It appears to me that having confidence in God helps to save us from trouble.   God speaks of a place of refuge which is like a safe house in a major storm.  God speaks of not being taken, and that is again speaking of being kept safe.  Perhaps I should discuss a little bit about what “confidence” is.  If I have confidence in someone, then I can put my trust in them.  This is the common bond to a healthy marriage.  When each spouse trusts the other, they have confidence in their decisions and actions that they are true.   If you spouse is unfaithful you learn very quickly that trust is gone.  This is our relationship with God also.  We have a covenant with the Most High God.  In the eyes of God this is a marriage contract built on mutual trust.  I hope you understand these concepts.  If you do not, go and read my Bible lessons on “Understanding Covenants”.

Rth 2:12  The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

You see the trust concept plays a huge role in your relationship with God.  The better you know Him the more you will learn to trust Him.  The less you know Him the minimum amount of confidence you will have in Him.  I believe God understands the concept that trust grows.  Here in this verse in Ruth, God is saying that the woman Ruth has grown to trust in the God of Israel.  After all she was a Gentile who was not in covenant with Him.  She had no basis for having any confidence in the God of Israel.  Yet she by faith learned to grow in trust of the Lord and became one of the women in the lineage of Jesus.

Pro 30:5  Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

God is telling you that you can trust His words.  You can put your full confidence in what God says.  This is a basic model of having faith in a God that you cannot see and cannot prove exists, yet you believe He will do what He said He will do.  I will tell you today that God will move heaven and earth for any man or woman on the earth that will believe Him.

2Ch 16:9  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

This verse tells me that God is searching for someone to bless.  It clearly tells us the eyes of God are in heavy search mode looking for someone.   What have we learned from reading the Bible is the key determining factor to whether God does anything for anybody on the earth?  You better say it is because they had faith.  You can go and read Hebrews chapter 11 and see that God’s Faith hall of fame encompasses most of the famously named individuals who did great exploits for God in the Old Testament.  God lists these people to show you that faith was the determining factor for their success in life.  The basis of their success however was also because they had great confidence in their God and His ability to save and deliver them.  So we are not putting our confidence in ourselves or our ability to do anything, we are merely exalting God to His rightful place as the source of all of our confidence and trust.

I had a man today, write me and tell me I sounded arrogant in what I teach.  This man clearly did not understand the concept of confidence and trust.  If I taught things that I learned on my own abilities then I would be having confidence in me and that would be arrogance and foolishness.  However, I teach things that God has taught me and therefore I have learned that I can depend upon Him and put all my confidence in Him so sometimes I come across sounding arrogant to narrow minded people, but hopefully to others, they will also see that they can learn to have the same level of confidence that I possess and grow in it to become even greater.  I am not talking about me or you being great, I’m talking about our confidence in God being great and growing.   You can learn to have confidence in God also and someday you will see that you may also sound a little arrogant.  Just do not confuse arrogance with confidence because they both sound very similar to the untrained ear.  You can learn to trust Him.  But, you are going to have to find out what He said in His word in order to do this.  Read the Bible like it is a personal letter written only to you.  Claim what you need and then go and possess it.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading in this series of lessons about faith then go to “Part 10“.

Understanding Bible Faith! How to Use Your Faith to Possess the Promised Land! Part 7

(Ver 1.2)  This is Part 7 in a series of very advanced studies about the subject of Bible Faith.  Today’s lesson will be an extended message on a subject that I just barely mentioned briefly in my last lesson.   Sometimes you cannot cover everything in one lesson and so you have to spread the information out to give the details in limited proportions.  I try not to overwhelm people with too much complex information all at once.  Hopefully the way that I teach a subject is in an arrangement of understandable chunks that allows you to learn it a little bit at a time.   When I learned computer programming, this is exactly how they taught it in school to me.  They taught an introduction to computer programming class first that was the basic concepts of the subject.  This introductory class was a prerequisite to the next subject of computer programming and each class became progressively more advanced.  If they would have covered the advanced subjects first, they would have had no one graduate or pass, but since they started with the basics and moved to the more complex subjects many more people were able to learn it and become programmers.  Well this is the way you should approach your Bible study also.  Subjects in the Bible range from basic to expert levels.  My Bible studies are generally very advanced complex subject studies.  They are intended for people who know the basics of the Bible already.  Paul called this teaching the meat of the Word of God and Paul had the same problem that I do sometimes.  Paul told the Corinthian church, I could not feed you meat because you were babes in need of milk (1 Cor 3:2).   I do teach some milk basics occasionally, but not always.  If you do not understand Bible basics you should find a really good Bible teacher who goes over these concepts or you should ask me questions and I will try to answer them so you will be able to better understand the complex things that God wants you to learn and grow in spiritually.

We have been progressively moving through the subject of Bible faith and today I want to teach a lesson on possessing the Promised Land using your faith.   Of course this is a strange concept to teach since we are not of the nation of Israel who lived in the Old Testament and many of us therefore think that this Old Testament story does not apply to us.  However, God teaches us something very profoundly different in the New Testament and this is what I will cover today.  If you have not been reading this series from the beginning I would strongly suggest that you go back and start with “Part 1” first and work your way forward.  Learn to look up the Bible verses that I include in these lessons in your Bible, take notes and learn to make hi-lights and underline important parts that you did not know or have never thought of before.  Learn to see what the Bible says while you learn how to study the Bible and that will help you infinitely more than the things that I teach you today.  If you can learn how to fish you will be much better off than depending on me to do all of your fishing for you.  I hope you understand what I just said.

Heb 4:2  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

Here is a very strange verse about faith.  God is comparing two groups of people, us and them.  But, who is us and who is them?  You have to back up and read the context to find the answers to those questions.  If you go back and read chapter 3 you will find references to the children of Israel coming out of the nation of Egypt.  The entire chapter is focused in on the subject of entering into God’s rest.  It is implied that the promise land was the land of God’s rest.  But, the rest of chapter 3 informs us that the majority of Israel perished in the wilderness and did not enter into God’s rest.  God’s rest is exactly a type of something that we are focused in on today.  It says in chapter 3 very clearly that the children of Israel did not enter in because of their unbelief.   I have only mentioned this maybe a couple of times in this series, that unbelief is the opposite of faith.   Actually unbelief is belief, just wrong belief in the wrong words.   You may recall that Israel sent 12 spies into the promise land and ten returned with an evil report saying we are not able to possess it.  The majority of Israel believed the evil report and as a result entered into unbelief of what God had said.  So the “them” in this verse that I gave you is concretely confirmed to be the children of Israel.  Now, if you go to Hebrews 3:1 you will see who it says is the “us”:

Heb 3:1  Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

Obviously then Christ Jesus is said to be the Apostle and High Priest of the church.  The “us” in this verse is referring to those who have believed the Gospel that was preached.  These are the Joshua and Caleb type of Christians who will actually get to enter into God’s Promised Land.   Is that you also?  I know that is me, but you may not know that this is you.  Only you can believe for you.  I cannot have faith for you to be saved.  Everyone is required to have faith for themselves.  So that is a basic faith lesson that you should have already learned or understood from the first six lessons in this series about faith.  It might have never been taught to you directly, but it was an implied teaching in many of the lessons.  Just learn that faith is personal and only your faith will cause things to happen for you.  Jesus never looked at anyone and said “Be of good cheer, My Faith has made you whole”.  Did Jesus have faith?  I believe that He did, but I also believe that Jesus could not force His faith to work for anyone else either.

So we have discovered a concept of us versus them being stated.  God says, according to Hebrews 4:2, the gospel was preached to both groups, but only one group called “us” is profiting from it.  The concept of mixing faith with the Word of God is what is being taught and many people do not even know this is a requirement.  If you think, you can see that there are many people who hear the gospel in churches and on TV and they are never saved.  Why is that?  God tells us, that it is because they did not mix any faith with what they heard.  You can clearly understand that faith is a freewill choice of man and a personal responsibility that God cannot override.  Mixing faith with the Word of God is described to be a partnership agreement.  Think of it like God gives you some faith ingredients to make a faith cake.  You are taking what He has given you and putting all of these faith ingredients for a faith cake into a large bowl and then you are supposed to turn the mixer on to combine the ingredients.  This is exactly what God is saying.  Bible faith consists of several key ingredients that I have mentioned to you and each of these is supposed to be added in the correct order to get the proper results.  Using the analogy of the cake, what if you left out the eggs or the flour?  Would the cake turn out?  If you have ever cooked before you know that following the recipe is a requirement for repeated results.  Well, this is what God is teaching you now.  Learn the ingredients of Faith and then mix them together in the correct order to get results.  God does His part and you are responsible for doing your part.  I have heard numerous ignorant people try to tell me I am wrong, but I ignore them because they lack spiritual knowledge.   I have also heard several misinformed preachers try to tell me that God is not a formula.  That salvation is not a formula.  That faith is not a formula.  In their minds they have rejected the truth in the Bible for their own personal interpretation of reality.  If God did not want you to learn about this subject, why would God have put so many examples, definitions and scriptures about it in the Bible?  You see you can clearly find that it must be very important to learn and to implement if you can actually understand what it all says.  So I’m not teaching you a formula for success, I’m just teaching you the Bible and you can do with it whatever you want.

Faith as you recall always starts with hearing the Word of God.  Faith then progresses through a series of steps that includes you understanding what you heard and then choosing and deciding to believe it to be the truth.  I then taught you that those who believe will speak what they believe and then do what they say.  This is just a basic reality of how faith works and today I am going to show you why you still need to mix faith with the Word of God to produce any positive results.

Heb 4:1  Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

Here is God telling the church that there is still a promise land left to possess.  This verse is written to you and you are still required to possess the promises of God with your faith.  God taught us that this is entering into His rest.  We read verse 2 earlier so let’s skip down to verse 3 and see what God is saying to the church:

Heb 4:3  For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

Wow, this is very difficult to accept.  Remember what believing is?  Belief is the opposite of unbelief, so we are back to having faith.  Remember that belief is accepting the Word of God as fact and that unbelief is rejecting the word of God in favor of someone else’s opinion.  We learned this by studying the children of Israel and the 12 spies that they sent into the promise land.  This verse in Hebrews 4:3 says those that have faith and believe the Word of God have entered into the rest.  Wow, again and double wow!   Do you feel like you are in rest?  I just watched the evening world news and it is almost scary what is happening in the world.  The evening news is reporting riots and people being killed.  The price of the world basic necessity of gasoline is going sky high with no end in sight.  The news is reporting escalating food prices and food shortages because of weather related catastrophes around the world.  The government problems with the out of control economies of the world are in dire straits.  There is trouble and confusion in every city and it appears to be getting worse and not better.   So are you in rest?  After hearing about the trouble it is a very difficult thing to consider.  However, God clearly tells us that those who have believed have entered into rest.  Rest represents the promises of God and the symbolic Promised Land.  I personally believe that God is calling those things that be not as though they were and I’ll talk more about that soon.

If you recall, the children of Israel came out of Egypt by the mighty demonstration of the hand of God.  God used His servant Moses to deliver the people of Israel from their bondage of Egyptian slavery that lasted 430 years.  It is almost comical to not see the spiritual implications given to us in this natural historical story of deliverance.  The children of Adam in the world were in bondage to Satan for 4030 years when the servant of God named, Jesus died on the cross in another mighty demonstration of the hand of God.  Therefore, the deliverance from Egypt is a type of the salvation of Jesus from the dominion of Satan.   Now, there are vast numbers of Christian churches that only emphasize deliverance from Egypt.  They teach salvation like it is going out of style and then neglect to mention what happens in the wilderness?  Does the story of the children of Israel stop with salvation?  You see the story does not end at deliverance and salvation; it is only there that the beginning of the new story of life after salvation starts to appear and open up.  Salvation is not the end all results for Christians in the world.  If it were the end results, then we should get people saved and kill them so that they go directly to heaven.  Obviously this does not make any sense does it?  What we learn in reading about the children of Israel is that God had given to Abraham a land and this land was theirs but yet they did not possess it yet.  God called this entering into His rest.  That almost sound like an oxymoronic expression since Israel was required to take the promise land by force and to kill all of the giants that were in it.  God called this fight a rest and it sounds much more like an extended effort of battle or work.  That is the complexity of the Bible, isn’t it?  Surely you can still see the parallels being given to us (the church) that we are required to possess the promise land.  What exactly is this Promised Land that we are supposed to mix our faith with to possess today?

1Jn 2:25  And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

Do you understand that God has made you promises in His word?  What is the definition of a promise?  This Greek word “promised” means the following “to assert something respecting oneself”.  A promise is always a word based commitment to do something.  If I said I promise to meet you at 3:00 PM in the lobby.  I committed to do something to cause the meeting to happen like I said.  This is the nature of a promise and it is totally based upon the integrity of the person who spoke the promise.  If someone makes you a promise that has no moral character or integrity, then you should know not to count on it happening.  This is where the integrity of God comes into play.  If you are a Christian then you should know Him well enough to realize that it is impossible for God to lie.  Then you must accept that the Bible is God speaking to you personally.  Therefore, if it is impossible for God to lie and you can find a promise in the Bible from God, telling you personally that He will do something, then that is your opportunity to go and possess it by mixing faith with it.  This is the New Covenant Promised Land which comes from an Old Covenant pattern and I’ll give you another Bible verse to help you begin to see it:

2Pe 1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

What does God say in this verse?  Does He not say that you have been given promises?  These are not just any normal promises according to this verse.  God calls them exceedingly great and very precious promises.  That means that they are free, but they did not cost Him nothing to provide them to you.  What God is saying is that they are highly valuable to possess, but yet we do not all possess them do we?  This verse says “that you might become partakers”.  You could call these people the potential possessors of the Promised Land.  But, this promise land is always conditional and it is never dumped into your laps with you doing nothing.  You see using the natural nation of Israel as our examples, there were many of them who died in the wilderness and never entered into the best that God had already given to them.  This was the land that flowed with milk and honey and many, many never saw it.  What can we learn from this lesson?  Obviously according to Hebrews 4 we saw that they did not mix any faith and therefore they died without it.  They heard that God had given them the land, but refused to believe it.  So they did not enter into it and died in their unbelief.

2Co 1:20  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Here is another verse from the mouth of God telling us that He has given to us “Promises”.   Is there only one promise?  According to these last two verses there are many promises.  We obviously do not know very many of them, do we?  It would be very much worth our time to go through the Bible to discover what God has promised to give us.   Maybe in a future Bible study series I will do this.  God definitely tells us that He has given to us promises, but like the children of Israel we are required to mix faith with these promises in order to possess them.  Let’s review another Old Testament example of God’s promise and how it was fulfilled to learn some more of the concepts of mixing faith.

Rom 9:9  For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.

Here in this verse we are told that God made Abram and Sarai a promise to have a son.  If you have read this story in Genesis, you know that Sarai was a barren woman unable to have children most of her life.  So when God comes to Abram and Sarai they have a great desire for an heir, but did not know how to cause it to happen.  God appeared to Abram and told him that his seed would become as the stars of the heaven and the sands of the sea shore (Gen 22:17).  Yet, years and years went by and nothing happened.  Sarai got desperate and gave Hagar to her husband so that they could have a child this way.   We can learn that Abram and Sarai knew how babies were made, so that was not the problem.  This turned out to be a huge mistake and we still see the conflict going on in the world today.  This was man’s attempt to fulfill the promise of God and this never works.  You cannot do by works of the flesh, what God has given to you to possess only by faith.   So how did God get Abram into faith?  That is a very interesting question to consider.  Remember what I taught you about the woman with the issue of blood?  “For she said” and then it happened.   God tricks Abram into having faith.  Before this next verse that I’m going to give you, Abram asks God “what will you give me seeing I go childless?”  Abram saw himself as a childless man and this is not faith.   What if God in the first chapter of Genesis saw only darkness and He could not envision light?  Would light have come?  Light came only because God could see the light inside of Him and then He spoke it out and then light was.  This is the concept of “calling those things that be not as though they were” that I talked about earlier.  Read this next verse that I will give you from the story of Abram:

Gen 17:5  Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

God tells Abram I have made you a father of many nations even before he has had a child through his wife Sarai.   This is God calling Abram a father before he was a father.  God tells Abram, “no longer is your name Abram, but it shall be called Abraham”.  This is a very tricky way of getting Abram to have faith.  If you read my last Bible lesson you understand that almost every Hebrew name has a hidden meaning and the name Abraham is no different.   The name Abraham means “a father of a multitude”.  Now everywhere Abraham goes and speaks his name, he is calling himself a father of many.  Is Abraham speaking what God said?  Is Abraham now calling himself the father of many sons?  Do you understand that this is the concept that the woman with the issue of blood also did?  She called herself healed before she was healed.   God told Abraham you are the father of many nations and now Abraham believes God and because he tells everyone his name, he speaks it before it happens.  This is an amazing faith lesson and you should pay very close attention to it.  Abraham’s faith was based upon the Word of God and your faith must be based upon the Word of God.  Abraham had a promise from God; you must have a promise from God also.  Abraham believed God and you must believe God before you see the evidence.  Remember faith is your only evidence that you possess before it happens.  Abraham learned to have confidence in God and you must learn to have confidence in Him.  By Abraham speaking his name on a daily basis, he began to expect it to happen and in less than a year, he had the promised son through his wife Sarah.  This is how faith works according the Word of God.

So go through the Bible and find your promise that you need and then mix your faith to possess it.  If you want to live a full life, then go find the promise that says “With a long life I will satisfy you” (Psalm 91:16).  If you want to be healed, the go find the promise of healing that says “By whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).  These are just two of the promises of God and there are hundreds of others.  If you want to possess them, do what Abraham did and call yourself with them.  If you have no children or are unable to have children and you want children, begin to say I am the father of a son or a daughter.  I am the mother of a son or a daughter.  When you call yourself one and believe it, God says you will have it.  This is how you poses the Promised Land and enter into the rest of God.   Do not be naïve to think that it will happen like magic, be prepared for the enemies of this spiritual Promised Land to resist you tooth and nail.  There are always spiritual giants that still exist today.  However, possessing God’s Promised Land is a spiritual internal battle that will be fought on inside of you mostly in your mind.  I believe that it will be worth the effort if you want to possess it.  I’m sure that Joshua and Caleb were very glad after they had taken the land that was said by God to be theirs 40 years earlier.  I literally poured my heart and my tears into this lesson so that I could help someone that is faced with a challenge today.  I pray that you will learn to become a doer of the Word of God and not a hearer only.  God Bless you all as we strive to enter into His rest.  In the next lesson I will be teaching about the spiritual enemies to your faith fight.

If you like to continue reading this series of lessons about Bible Faith please go to “Part 8“.

Understanding Marriage, Can Our Marriage Continue Throughout Eternity?

(Ver 1.1)  This will be an extremely advanced Bible study about a subject that many married Christians have thought on at one time or the other.  Today, I want to focus in on a challenging question that I had presented to me from a reader.   It was an excellent question and I appreciate getting stimulating questions form people.   She wondered if her marriage between her and her husband would still be able to continue after this life ends.  She told me that they loved each other greatly and did not want the marriage to ever end.  She had read some of my other lessons where I taught some potentially troubling things that concerned her future marriage to her husband and thus the reason for the question.  I do want to say up front that I admire this couple’s resolve and dedication to each other.  It is a highly commendable attitude to take hold of and to keep.  Anyone going into a marriage should be fully committed to that marriage for however long it might be and for whatever negative things that might occur.  Recently on the national news a very prominent Christian TV personality was caught cheating on his wife.  This couple after several years of counseling and help from God has decided to remain together and are attempting to rebuild the trust that was lost.  While I do not admire the actions of the man to cheat, I do admire that he sees fit to change and get it right and for his wife’s ability to forgive.   So this is a very hard question to answer without potentially offending someone or causing anyone to become discouraged, but I will try to do the best that I know how from my current level of knowledge of the Bible and then I’ll let you decide what you want to believe.  Let’s first start talking about what marriage is.

Mal 2:14  Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

Jer 31:32  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:

 You can surely see from these verses in Malachi and Jeremiah that God says a marriage is defined to be a covenant in His eyes.  A Bible blood covenant is a legally binding contract between the husband and the wife based upon the Word of God.  God told Israel, that I made a covenant with you when I took you out of Egypt and I was your husband.  That would make Israel His wife in covenant with God.  These are very clear definitions to what a covenant and a marriage are.  A covenant and a marriage are clearly synonymous terms for the same thing.  When a Christian couple unites in covenant marriage they become “one flesh” according to the Word of God and the law of marriage.  You can read this fact in several places in the Bible, but the first time it is mentioned is when Adam and Eve are created in Genesis 2.  The body of the wife was taken from the body of her husband and God says they are one flesh (Gen 2:24).  This is God’s natural law of marriage covenant between a male and a female and this law is still in effect in the New Testament (Mat 19:5, Mark 10:8, Rom 7:2, Eph 5:31).  You do understand that Adam and Eve were created before the Old Covenant.  So anything that happens before the old covenant is still in effect after the old covenant has ended.  In the eyes of God if you marry someone and consummate that marriage, you are now one flesh that cannot be legally separated for any reason except two Bible exceptions that are given to us by God.  God gives us only one legitimate reason for divorce and this is infidelity (Mat 5:32, Mat 19:9).  Divorce is the legal end to a marriage covenant contract and God says that this is only permissible if your spouse is unfaithful.  If your spouse is adulterous and sleeps around, you are free to divorce them without fear of punishment, legal recourse or retribution from God.  This is what the Bible says, so if you divorced for any other reasons you will have some future issues with God.  I’m not going to go there anymore since divorce is not my primary subject.  The only other legal end to a marriage covenant is when one spouse dies a physical death.  According to God’s word that marriage is over.

Rom 7:2  For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

According to this verse it is very clear that God says the law of marriage is null and void when death occurs.   As long as you both are alive and neither is unfaithful you are bound by the law of marriage and God.  But, as soon as your spouse dies, then you are not bound to that legal covenant any more.  We can recognize that death is a legal separating force for the termination of covenants.  This is actually a very important Bible concept that I might not get into fully in this lesson.  This concept is introduced when Ruth says to Naomi I will go where you go and your people will be my people.  Then Ruth 1:17 says until death part thee from me.  This is a popular wedding vow phrase that many have spoken when they were married.  The bride and the groom were promising to be faithful until death do we part.  You can read about this in some of my other lessons of why God did this and how He used it to terminate His covenant with Lucifer.  I want you to see the Greek definition for the word translated as “loosed” found in Romans 7:2:

From G2596 and G691; to be (render) entirely idle (useless), literally or figuratively: – abolish, cease, cumber, deliver, destroy, do away, become (make) of no (none, without) effect, fail, loose, bring (come) to nought, put away (down), vanish away, make void.

It would seem to me that this word is a very strong definition for the termination of a marriage covenant.  You can read in the definition “vanish away”, “make void”, “render idle”, “abolish”, “cease”, “destroy” and you can clearly see that there is really no other way to take these statements other than literally.  A death when it occurs in a marriage covenant represents a separating force that renders your previous obligations ineffective, useless and vain.   So while you would like to think that your marriage is eternal you must take the words of the most intelligent being (God) to be a greater witness to what actually occurs.  If you choose to ignore God’s words for what you want to believe it does not cause God’s words to fail or not to come to pass.

I heard a minister say once that he and his wife had made a covenant to stay together in heaven.  They enjoyed each other so much that they could not bear to part like my reader.   While he did not give any scriptures to back this promise, I’m totally convinced that it might be a possibility for them in some degree.  You see I do not know of any scripture that says you cannot speak to others in heaven and establish relationships or friendships.  This would further mean if you can speak with someone then you can do other things with that person as well, like walk the streets of gold, eat, fellowship, or whatever.   While Jesus was on the earth, He constantly said “According to your faith…” and “As you have believed…”.   Jesus seemed to emphasize the faith and beliefs of the people to be a determining factor to what happened to them on the earth.  Is faith still a determining factor in heaven?  Is how you believe still a defining influence to what you get throughout eternity?  That is an excellent question to consider.  I personally believe that God would not have gone to such extensive efforts to produce a people of faith, if faith was not a future eternal gift to possess and use.  Here is a Bible verse that tends to give that impression also:

1Co 13:13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

God says that there “abides” faith, hope and love and God seems to indicate that these will continue forever.  Faith is mentioned first, but God says Love is the greatest of these three.  Since the Bible says that God is Love, we know that love is an eternal concept that will never end.  If Love will be a dominant characteristic in heaven then faith will surely be there also.  The Greek word translated as “abide” means “to continue”, “to be present”, “to endure” and “to stay in a given place”.  This word seems to indicate that faith will be present in heaven and if it is like it was on the earth, what you believe is usually always what you get out of life, good, bad or indifferent.

So I have concluded that it might be entirely possible to remain in a relationship in heaven if that is what you both believed for.  Now the complexity factor is increased because of this additional emphasis which you must place on the Bible.  Bible faith or beliefs are always based upon what God tells us in the Bible.  If God says anything is for you, then you can believe it is yours and possess it.  Then there is inverse truth to that law which is that you cannot believe God for something that violates His Word and expect to get it.  Therefore, if you believe for something that is sinful, hurtful, harmful, lustful, or a violation of the Word of God you will probably not get what you were expecting.  Let’s say a man wants to live with a woman in eternity that was another man’s wife on the earth, would that be permissible or even remotely possible?  You can begin to see the complexity that is involved in multiple personalities wanting the same thing and what is the resolution?  I guess what we need to do is figure out what the Bible actually says on the subject and then believe for that.  In our world, people marry and divorce like it is no big deal.  There are many people in the world who have married multiple times.  Some have done this because their spouses have all died, but others have done it because they thought the grass was greener on the other side of the hill.  What happens when a person in our world is married multiple times and then they are saved and go to be with the Lord?   Jesus actually was presented this hypothetical question in the Gospels and here is this story:

Mat 22:24  Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

It is very interesting to note that the Law of Moses does not tell a woman to remain unmarried if her husband has died and she has had no children.  In fact the Law that God gave to Moses actually commands the opposite.  It is interesting to note that God is not opposed to being married multiple times and you should think about that.  It is more important to God why you have been married multiple times and not if you have been married multiple times.  Here in this story the woman’s dead husband’s younger brother is supposed to marry her and raise up children for his dead brother.  This means to have sex with her and give her children.  So we can clearly see that God is saying something can’t we?  Now the additional complexity comes in if they have already had children, then there is not a requirement to remarry and it is permissible for her children to take care of her in her old age.  The law was intended to give a childless widow an option that would cause her to not stoop to prostitution to feed herself.  I believe that God was looking out for the widow in this law and that it has spiritual meanings attached to it that I cannot get into today.

Mat 22:25  Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:

So in the hypothetical question being presented to Jesus there are said to be seven brothers and one woman.   The first brother dies and leaves his wife to his brother, like the Law of Moses so states.

Mat 22:26  Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.

They continue to go through the list of brothers in ordered succession and each has had their turn to be married to the same woman in this world.    This is one woman who had seven different husbands.  Surely you have read this in the Bible before?  But, did you understand it?

Mat 22:27  And last of all the woman died also.

Finally the woman dies and is buried and then what?  This is where we are today in this lesson of what happens next after this life?  The men that were standing with Jesus are about to ask him a question.  Here is the question finally presented after the long background discourse:

Mat 22:28  Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.

Jesus was being questioned by a group of Jews who did not believe in the resurrection from the dead.  The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection, so they were trying to get Jesus to see their point of view by asking a hypothetical question about it as a trick.  The Pharisees did believe in the resurrection based upon words, from something that they had read in the Old Testament it gave them the impression that death was not the end of the journey.   So the Sadducees ask Jesus which husband will this woman belong to since she was “one flesh” with all of them.  Wow, that is a tough, tough question to answer unless you are God who knows how to handle hard questions.

Mat 22:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

So here we go with the response of the creator of the universe and this is a potentially explosive answer that can be interpreted many wrong ways.  If you look at just the first part of the entire response you could say that these guys did not understand the scriptures and Jesus was saying there was no resurrection coming.  But, that is not what Jesus said at all.  Jesus literally said “You are in error not understanding the scriptures or the power of God”.   This verse actually gives us some tremendous insight into two things.  The answer to their question was clearly found in the Old Testament, if we can see it and understand it.  The next item to consider is that the Power of God is involved in the solution to the mystery.  Jesus was in effect saying if you understood how powerful God was, you would not be asking such a foolish natural question.  Wow, that is tough right there to handle isn’t it?  It almost sounds like my reader’s question of can I still be married to my husband in heaven?  Would Jesus give the same answer to my reader’s question as He did to the one that these guys asked?  I do not know for sure how to answer that.  I just know that God says “With Him ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE”.  So I’m not sure if I helped or hurt with that last statement.  Let’s continue through the answer that Jesus gives us and see what else He has to say:

Mat 22:30  For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

Here we have a very interesting statement where Jesus continues His answer to the men’s question.  Did you see what Jesus said?  Jesus definitely said there is a resurrection coming, it has not occurred yet, so it is a future event within God’s calendar.  Next, Jesus said after the resurrection that people will neither marry or be given in marriage.  Let’s stop there and think about that part of the statement.  The Greek word translated as “marry” means to wed and applies to either sex, male or female.  God says males and females will not marry after they are raised in the resurrection.  Then the Greek word “given in marriage” is a term only for females when a daughter is given to her future husband to become his bride.  These are very familiar topics and subjects that we are all familiar with in this world.  We see this happening all around us.  But, Jesus clearly says that this is not what will happen after the resurrection occurs.  The question then shifts to why?  Does it mean it is not possible or just not permitted or could it be a third option that you have not considered?  You see in the world today you see things from a very narrowly focused point of view.   What will change after the resurrection occurs?   Is it possible that you will not have the same desires and your focus will experience a transformation which will permit you to see things completely different?  Read this verse very carefully:

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.

There seems to be some clues in the Bible that we do not see things very clearly in this world.  In other words our spiritual vision is clouded and our perspectives are skewed.  I believe what God is saying to us is that what we hold as valuable in this world, when reflected on could become very minor to us when viewed correctly in the next world.  Think about this statement very closely and consider the words written there for you.  If you can only see a small part of this world and only know a minor slice of the greater truth that will be revealed later, how can you make a determination now what you will want in the next spiritual dimension?   Your desire to stay married with your present spouse might just change dramatically once you see the awesome power of God.  Your spouse might be the center of your world today, but in the presence of God they could fade and become much less important to you.  I do not mean to say that you will not love them, but according to this verse in first Corinthians you will see them more clearly along with God.

I can almost feel the disappointment that my reader no doubt might be feeling right now.  But, let’s continue with the answer that Jesus is speaking of in his response to marriage after the resurrection.   After Jesus says we will not marry, Jesus says something else that is very profound; he says “we will be as the angels of God”.  We can clearly understand from this statement that angels pre-existed man.    Angels were not created to look like us; we were created to look like them.   But, how are the angels of God?  Jesus implies that angels do not marry each other either.  The implication is that they could marry but that this is not the design of God for them to marry.  You can take this to mean that there must be both male and female angels can’t you?  If there were not any female angels then God would not be able to compare us to them.  We could never be like them, if there were only males.  Do you understand that?  You see when I read in Genesis where the “sons of God” (angels) had sex with the daughters of Adam (women) on the earth and created a race of giants, I wondered if there were any female angels.  It is clear that God says there are male angels.  If God created male angels with male sexual organs and no female angels it would not make any logical sense to me.  I guess I’m getting off of the subject somewhat, but it is a very fascinating concept to consider.  I have to conclude that if people who are resurrected can become like the angels and female humans are included in this group there has to be female angels that exist or they would not really be like anyone else.  The major thing to learn from this statement is that after the resurrection, we will be like the angels of God.  Whatever they do, we can do, whatever they are we are very similar, however they live, we will live also.  Please remember this and I will try to talk more about the angels later.  However, Jesus is not through answering the question and we must see the rest of the answer and put it together correctly:

Mat 22:31  But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,

Here is Jesus beginning to give us another very deep revelation of the spiritual realm.  As you can clearly read, Jesus has not finished speaking about the resurrection.   This next statement is a direct revelation that is very powerful to know:

Mat 22:32  I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

Wow, this is a hard saying from God.  It will go over your head if you are not careful to observe the words that are being communicated on the subject of the resurrection.  What was Jesus saying with this statement?   The words of the prophet were written many hundreds of years after the physical deaths of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  God is saying that at the time the prophet wrote these words, these three men were not dead.  These words confounded the Sadducees who were listening and put them to silence.  You see I have had several very ignorant commenters try to teach me about what happens after physical death occurs and they should have noticed what Jesus just said before they try to tell me what they think.  Some have said the soul and spirit sleep and do not know anything until the time of resurrection.  Some of them have tried to say that the human life is ended when a person dies and there is nothing else for them.  But, God Himself says that they did not die and they are alive and the resurrection has not yet occurred.  Here is one of the most important things you should learn from today’s lesson about spiritual things.  If you are a Christian and your body dies in this world, the Bible says your spirit departs and is present with the Lord (Php 1:23).  Jesus is saying that physical death is not the end; it is only a change of address.  Death is a departure from the physical realm and an entrance into the spiritual realm.  Did you understand what I just said?  If you did not you should go and read it until you do understand it or just ask me some questions about the parts that you do not understand.   What you need to see is that Jesus when speaking to these men on the earth said God is the God of the living and not the dead.  God said Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who had died physically hundreds of years earlier, were not spiritually dead but were called alive.  Let me give you a verse that I alluded to earlier about changing your of perspective after you die:

1Co 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

What I see from studying the Bible are people’s desires, viewpoints and perspectives are purely based upon what they know and have experienced up until this point in time.  In other words your favorite food might be apple pie on the earth, but who knows what it will be when you get to heaven since God could have things there that you have never experienced.   People think that because the love found in their current family has been so special and real to them, that it cannot get any better so I will be happy if I just have this throughout eternity.   However, God says in 1 Corinthians 2:9 that we have no idea or clue to the great and awesome things that He has planned for those who love Him.  I tried to tell you this before, but when you are standing on the streets of gold surrounded by mansions and an innumerable company of angels with the awesome light coming from the throne of God, if you still think and feel the same way that you do today, then God has failed in you knowing Him.

I heard a minister teach about a vision of heaven that he had once where he appeared there and saw things that were so amazing that they are difficult to describe in human terms.  He saw spiritual things and even people he knew and talked to them.  One of his relatives a sister was there and he got to speak to her.  She had died a number of years earlier and she asked him questions about her family that she left there was doing and I think these questions shocked him.  You see she did not know what was happening on the earth in the physical realm so she had to ask questions about it to her brother who had just came from there to visit.  Her brother did not tell her that her husband had remarried but, said that they were all doing fine.  You see people in heaven do not see things the same way and they do not care about the natural realm in what you ate today and what we are wearing or even who you are married to.  People in heaven do not care what kind of car you are driving or what kind of house you are living in.  Things in the natural realm are very unimportant to people in the spiritual realm.  It is a complete opposite perspective to what people on the earth are focused in on.  Those in heaven only care if you know Jesus and are saved and that you are growing up spiritually.  The eternal things are so much more important than the natural things of this world, that our perspectives are totally different after we leave here.   Here is a verse that certainly applies to what I am trying to say to you today:

1Co 7:34  There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.

God is comparing two women in this verse and it clearly says there is a major difference between them.  But, do not take it out of context or try to say that God is saying you should not get married.  You see if people did not get married and have children, there would be no harvest for God to come back to get.  God is simply showing us how a perspective changes when you are married.  You see things differently than someone who is not married.  You can also take this into the spiritual realm comparison between someone who is spiritual versus someone who is naturally minded.  If you are focused on Jesus, then you want to please Him and if you are married your focus is shifted to your spouse.  When you get to heaven, who do you want your focus to be on?  What do you think God wants your focus to be on?

So I am not saying today that you will not love your spouse when you get to heaven.  I’m not saying you cannot spend a lot of time with your former spouse in heaven.  I am just saying that in heaven you will see things more clearly than you do today.  You will be able to see God for the first time there and you will know Him better than you have ever known Him.  I personally believe that the experience of heaven will truly be overwhelming.   I believe God has some awesome things prepared for us and when we begin to see them, the past will become just what it was, a spec of inconsequential meaning that pales to the definition of an eternity with God.  The human mind cannot fully comprehend infinite and eternal concepts of time.  No doubt we will be able to do things in eternity that we never imagined in our short life span on the earth.  So I have much more to say on this subject, but I have gone long enough today.  I’ll give you a list of key points from today’s lesson about marriage before and after the resurrection.

  1. Marriage is a blood covenant union between a man and a woman.
  2. Divorce is not permitted except for infidelity.
  3. There is a physical resurrection coming where we get a new glorified body.
  4. Just because you die physically does not mean you are not alive spiritually.  You exist just not here in the physical realm. 
  5. After you die physically, your marriage in the natural realm is over.
  6. This does not mean Christians will not know each other in the spiritual realm in fact you will definitely carry over your memories and experiences in this life into the next.
  7. We will see things clearly then and not be limited in our perspective as we are now.
  8. Jesus said in the next realm we will:
    1. Not marry
    2. Not be given in marriage
    3. Be as the angels in heaven

I see marriage, children and families as natural things that God has created for us to teach us about spiritual things.  If we did not have these things we would not be able to understand the future spiritual reality that we will soon all experience with Him.  So my reader asked me if her marriage could continue and this is a difficult question to attempt to answer today.  I hope I have not disappointed anyone in my answer with what the Bible says.  I do not believe that you will be disappointed after you get to heaven in any degree.  There are many things that you do not know yet, so keep learning them and you will see things more and more clearly as we approach Him who is calling us to a greater and higher ability to see.

Understanding the Davidic Covenant and the Rapture Connection!

(Ver 1.2)  This is a basic rebuttal to a man who left me a very ignorant comment on one of my posts.  He was adamantly opposed to the concept that Jesus could possibly come back and catch His church up before the tribulation occurred.  He basically took some verses out of context and gave them some natural interpretations to justify his ignorant position and beliefs.  I have learned not to reply to my critics and their hateful words because they are not interested in getting help or learning the truth.  I may read their comments to see if I can learn something, but I then delete them and move on.  So if you want to leave me a hateful bunch of reasons of why I’m wrong, please do not waste either of our times.  So today’s lesson is not for my commenter but, only for those who are willing to hear the truth and to change.  That is what makes me different than my commenter, I am perfectly willing to change if anyone can give me spiritual Bible verses that say I am wrong, and then I will change very fast.  What this man was guilty of is an attempt to put his limitations and definitions on what God can do.  It is very clear to me that God will never violate His word.  You can always count on the fact that God will do whatever He says.  However, it is also very clear to me that there are many people in the world who do not understand God’s word so they have come up with erroneous conclusions that put limitations on what God can do in their mind.  It is interesting to note that God is not limited in His ability to what you have in your mind and what you think that He can do.  Your interpretation of God’s word does not limit His ability to do what He said He would do.  Your wrong interpretations of His word will only affect you personally and what He will do for you and it will have no effect when He comes to rapture me out of here in a very short time from now.  I am going to start by giving you his main scripture that this man said was proof for why Jesus could not come back before the tribulation ended and then hopefully show you how narrow minded and blind his argument was.

Act 3:21  Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

According to my very ignorant commenter, he claimed that this verse says that Jesus has returned to heaven and must remain there until the time when all things that have been written about have been completed, fulfilled, accomplished or performed.  In other words according to him Jesus cannot ever come back to the earth to rapture the church before the tribulation because every prophecy has not been fulfilled in his mind.  I wonder who died and made this reader God.  Clearly he acts like he knows more than God when he can tell God what he can do and what he can’t do.  Clearly he does not know how to read the Bible and see that Jesus has already been back to the earth several times since ascending into the heavens and being seated at the right hand of Majesty.  He is attempting to put God into his little box and God is not interested in his mindless interpretations.  According to my reader he saw where Scofield said that Israel must be restored to the seed of David before Jesus returns.  Therefore he has concluded that a pre-tribulation rapture of the church is impossible without understanding that the Seed of David has already been restored His Kingdom.  I went and reviewed Scofield’s notes on the subject and I do not have any idea how this man came to his conclusions based upon this information.  It is very clear to me that he is thinking of spiritual things in the terms of natural interpretations, definitions and realities and not seeing that they have already been fulfilled in Christ.  Let’s go back and see what God said to David:

2Sa 7:16  And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

The basis of the Davidic Covenant is established when the prophet Nathan comes to speak to David in 2 Samuel 7.  You can go and read the entire chapter if you like.  I just want to focus in on one verse for now and this occurs in verse 16.  God says to King David that He will make David’s house and kingdom an eternal everlasting one.  Since David died physically and has not been resurrected, God was obviously not speaking to David who was incapable of fulfilling this prophecy.  In fact there were no sons of David who were ever capable of fulfilling this prophecy until God became his son in Jesus.  If you understand the genealogies of Jesus given to us in Matthew and Luke you know that these are two different ancestries of two different people.  If you do not know this you better go and study it again in detail.  Both lineages go through David, but after David the one in Matthew is through David’s son Solomon and the other one in Luke is through David’s son Nathan.  So it is very clear that they are not the same person who comes to the end of this list.  Both do not end up at Jesus, only one does.   So how do you resolve this problem?  You have to realize that the genealogy in Matthew is that of Joseph and the genealogy in Luke is that of Mary the mother of Jesus and I do not have time to prove this to you in this lesson.  Use your brain and read it and hopefully you will see it.  What we understand from the Bible is that Joseph was not the father of Jesus, so in order for Jesus to be born a physical son of David his physical mother must have been a daughter of David.  This is the only way the Davidic covenant would ever be fulfilled eternally.  Jesus Christ is the only son of David that is alive today to take his father’s throne and since Jesus is eternally alive His kingdom is also eternal.

What I am going to do now is to change subjects for a bit to show you that Jesus is not limited to the words of an ignorant commenter to what He can do.  According to my commenter, it is not possible for Jesus to return to the earth because we read in Acts 3:21 that heaven has received him until all things have been restored in the earth.  It is very obvious to me that my commenter is expecting an earthly Kingdom to be reestablished like David’s kingdom and that only this would fulfill the prophecy in his mind.  However, Jesus is not limited to your interpretation of the scripture, so He can return to the earth as often as he likes and you can’t do anything about it.  Let’s look at a couple of examples in the Bible where it clearly tells us that Jesus came back to the earth after being seated in heaven:

Act 9:17  And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

Uh oh?  What did this verse say?  Did Jesus appear to Saul on the road to Damascus?  Didn’t Jesus know this was not permitted according to my deceived commenter?   I guess Jesus didn’t read Scofield commentary and decided to show up and talk with Saul anyway.  This verse also says that Jesus was the one that sent Ananias personally to Saul.  How did Jesus accomplish this while being in heaven?  Apparently Jesus appeared to Ananias and told him to go to see Saul.  You can read this in the surrounding verses of chapter 9 how that Jesus appears to Ananias in a vision.  What is a vision?  A vision is the appearing of Jesus in a spiritual form on the earth where a man is permitted to see him spiritually.  Maybe you do not understand spiritual visions because you have never had one.  So that is probably the most difficult obstacle for you to overcome.  You need to learn about what visions are and how visions occur using the Bible.  I wrote a Bible lesson about this subject so you should go and read that if you want to know if they are “Real or Fantasy”.  Here we have a verse that says very clearly that Jesus appeared to two different people on the earth after going back to heaven and you will have to ignore them completely to hold on to your deceived ideas of what Jesus can and can’t do in the earth before the tribulation occurs.  Here is a much more detailed account of the appearing of Jesus to Saul on the road to Damascus and you should pay close attention to this story to see if God is saying this is the way it happened or not:

Act 26:12  Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,

We can definitely see that Paul is describing his journey and the reasons behind the journey.  Saul was given authority of the chief priests to persecute the church of Jesus Christ.  That is what he intended to do when something happened to interrupt his plans:

Act 26:13  At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.

A very bright light shines from heaven into the natural realm on the road to Damascus and Saul and his traveling companions see it.  This light is compared to the light of the sun.  Of course Jesus is called the Sun of Righteousness in Malachi so this is not uncommon to describe the appearing of Jesus as being a very bright light from heaven.  In fact if you look through your Bible you will see that Jesus is described to be either light or various synonymous terms for the sun around ten times just in the New Testament.  If you do not know where these verses are you can check out my post on the “The Names, Titles, Symbols of Jesus”.

Act 26:14  And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

You see in my Bible, the words of Jesus are in Red Ink so that they are easily recognizable.  If Saul is on the earth on the road to Damascus, how is it possible that Jesus can appear and speak to him, since Jesus is obviously not permitted to come back to the earth until the restoration of all things be accomplished?  Wow, I wonder how stupid you have to be to come up with some of these false teachings.  People really need to open their spiritual eyes and see what the Bible actually says before they open their mouths and prove how ignorant that they are.  It is very clear to me that my commenter has a scriptural dilemma to resolve; a conflict of monumental proportions.   Either the prophecies that he says have not been fulfilled and God is a liar or the prophecies have been fulfilled in the spiritual realm.

Act 26:15  And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.

This verse must baffle the minds of many of the mindless deceived people in the world.  Saul was persecuting the church and Jesus says he was persecuting Him personally.  How is that even possible?  If you think only naturally it is not possible, but if you begin to think spiritually it is very possible.  You see the problem is when people do not see things spiritually they are limited to their natural view points and these are clearly not what God intended for us to use.  The Bible clearly says that the people in the church are the “body of Christ” and members in particular (Rom 12:5, 1 Cor 12:27, Eph 4:12, Eph 5:23).   Just as the human body is made up of millions and billions of individual cells, God is saying my spiritual body is made up of millions and billions of individual people.  I’m about to blow some of your minds with my next statement of revelation so get ready for a new bomb shell.  You can clearly see according to the Bible that Christ has NEVER technically left the earth fully yet!  As long as the church is here Christ is here since we are His body and He is our head.  So obviously my ignorant commenter is just a bit confused and does not know what he is talking about in this instance.  If Jesus never left the earth then it is perfectly legal for Him to return anytime He likes for any reason He likes and this would include the rapture of the church, His body.  When the church is raptured and only when the church departs the earth has Christ fully left the earth.  However, it is more complicated than that since even after the rapture occurs more people on the earth can become Christians also and choose to believe.

Act 26:16  But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;

So according to the words of Jesus himself, He has appeared to Saul to make him a witness to the truth.  Wouldn’t it be nice if Jesus would do this with everybody on the earth?  However, there is no Bible verse that says He will do this so do not pray for Jesus to come and appear to you, for more than likely your prayer will be answered by Satan and not God.  You can clearly see in this verse that Jesus is saying that He has appeared to Saul for a specific purpose and then in the final statement of this verse Jesus claims that He will come back to teach him more things in the future.  The statement that Jesus made goes from present tense to future tense and it is very important for you to see this.  Jesus is able to appear to anyone that He wishes at any time.  It is His choice to do this and not yours.  I have heard more than one modern minister say that Jesus appeared to them in a vision and that He taught them something very important to tell us.  So if Jesus wants to come back to the earth, He is not going to check with you and see if it is OK for Him to come.  Get it?  He is the head of the church and not you!

Act 23:11  And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

Here is just another Bible example of how Jesus came to Paul and appeared to him on the earth without asking for anyone’s permission.  Please understand the precedence that is being established and is presented to you.  If the Bible records these specific instances where Jesus appeared on the earth after His physical ascension into heaven, then there is absolutely nothing stopping Him from coming to rapture His church body out before the tribulation has started.  This is really not rocket science but you do have to have the eyes that see spiritual things.  You do understand that Jesus does not have to set foot on the earth to catch His church up to where He is, don’t you?  So technically speaking the rapture of the church is not Jesus setting foot on the earth at all.  We are going up to meet him and he doesn’t have to come down to get us.  Therefore, your argument for no rapture is purely fictional rhetoric.

So back to the Davidic covenant; let’s return to this and see what else the Bible says.  We know that Jesus Christ is called the son of David in Matthew 1:1, 9:27, 12:23, 15:22, 20:30-31, 21:9, 21:15, 22:42-45, Luke 1:32, Rom 1:3, 2 Tim 2:8, and Rev 22:16 to name a few of the verses that reveal this information to us.  Then you can read in Revelation 1:8 that Jesus says “I am alive forevermore”.  So clearly Jesus has been resurrected never to die again.  Based upon these scriptures Jesus certainly qualifies to be the eternal ruler of his father David’s throne which was prophesied in the Old Testament.

Luk 1:31  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

Luk 1:32  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

Luk 1:33  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

What we must do after reading this angelic prophecy given to Mary about her coming son Jesus is determine if God is declaring a natural kingdom or a spiritual kingdom.  There are obviously many Christians who do not understand that there is a difference and this is their first mistake.  What these Christians do is to think naturally first, without considering or finding out if there is any other way that this prophecy could be fulfilled in the spiritual realm.  For example, in many of my Bible lessons I have taught you that the Bible declares that there are three different cities named Jerusalem.  So when you read a prophecy of Jerusalem you must determine which city is being spoken of.  I guess this concept blows the mind of many people and they are just not making the connection.  I believe that they are having trouble making the leap from natural into spiritual things.  There is only one city in the natural named Jerusalem in the Bible and this is all they can wrap their minds around, but the Bible teaches us that there are two other cities in the spiritual realm called by the exact same name.  This makes correct Bible interpretation infinitely more complex.  By assuming that a scripture is speaking of the natural city you are more than likely missing the truth.  You see we can find many verses in the Bible that reveal there is a major difference between these two realms.  For example, read Matthew 5:34 and 23:22 to see God’s throne being described as a place in heaven.  This is clearly a spiritual location, a spiritual throne and a spiritual kingdom based upon the fact that God is a spirit (John 4:24).   If you can see the existence of parallel realities in the Bible you will be far above the capabilities of many people who read the Bible using their natural one dimensional mind.  I guess I need to do a Bible teaching on the reality of the spiritual nation of Israel.  I have avoided this subject because of the potential controversy that it can stir up.  You see I have read other people’s blogs after they have written about spiritual Israel and they are attacked vehemently by narrow minded spiritually blind people who cannot see the truth and what the Bible says.  Let me ask those who fight this Bible subject so enthusiastically if there is like the Bible says a spiritual city called Jerusalem, what is it the capital of?  We can clearly understand that natural Jerusalem was and is the capital city of the natural nation of Israel here on the earth.  Can you not think logically enough to conclude that a spiritual nation of Israel must exist if God names his new heavenly city Jerusalem in Revelation 21?  I mean come on and use your brain.

I guess I have gone long enough in today’s lesson.  I have not fully covered the subject about the Davidic Covenant and there are many other scriptures that we could add to this discussion.  I want you to think with me if God tells David in 2 Samuel that his kingdom will be an eternal one, what do you think that implies?  To me it is obvious that it is not a natural kingdom here on this earth.  There are many Bible verses that say that Jesus will come back and establishes a 1000 year reign of peace on the earth.  This is God’s day of rest prophesied from Genesis 1.   I think that there are some confused people who are expecting Jesus to set up His eternal kingdom in this 1000 year time frame and that is why they say that the rapture cannot take place until this happens.  However, this is just more misguided interpretations of the Bible while they clearly are not looking for the real answers.  Did you know that the 1000 year natural reign of Christ is not forever?  I mean think!  It clearly only lasts a 1000 years and then what?  The Bible tells us that Satan will be released from the pit to deceive again.  So everyone who is born during the 1000 years of the righteous reign of Christ will be given the opportunity to make a choice and to be deceived like we have all had these same choices to make.  There is an eternal Kingdom of God and the Bible says it is in me right now.  Jesus clearly taught us where His kingdom was located when He said “the Kingdom of God is in you” (Luke 17:21).   So men are looking for external things while God has established His kingdom on the inside of us in a spiritual realm you cannot see.  Either change your perspective to see the truth or choose to remain in your deception.  Thanks for reading my Bible lesson on the Davidic Covenant and why the rapture can take place at any time.  God Bless!

The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Part 10

This is now Part 10 of a series of lessons on the True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12.  While I have said a lot of new things on this subject, there is certainly more that I can say.  If you have not read this series from the beginning I would highly recommend that you start your reading with “Part 1” and go forward from there in order to understand everything that has been taught up to this point.   Today will be more confirming follow up information and some new perspectives on some things that the Spirit of God has taught me about this subject recently.  I have not written about this subject in a long time, but this is the way God works so I always try to go with the flow of the Holy Spirit.  I will probably repeat some things that I have said in other blogs but, I’ll try to give you a new spiritual perspective on what it all means at the same time and how it relates to the woman in Revelation 12.  I have found that no matter how long you teach or study any subject in the Bible, that there is always more to learn.  You just cannot exhaust God’s knowledge on any subject.  Part of today’s lesson will be focused upon the condition of the woman first described to us in verse 2.  Too many Christians have ignore key symbolic elements given to us in this chapter and have concluded that this woman is Israel or Mary because they assume that the child is Jesus.  I believe that I have shown you clearly many scriptural backings that the Bible says that this woman cannot be Israel or Mary.   I also personally believe that most or all of the burden of proof of whether this woman in Revelation 12 can be the church, rests entirely upon God and His Word and not upon me or you.  In other words I’m not just looking for scriptures to confirm my opinion on the identity of the woman in Revelation 12, I’m just looking for the truth no matter what it is, or who it is. 

So if God describes this woman as being pregnant in Rev 12:2, can a spiritual woman called the church become this way?  If the answer is yes, then how is this possible?  This information will clearly tell us something very profound and help to confirm what I have already taught you about the woman; I hope and pray that you can see it also.  I will warn you that part of today’s subject is a very advanced Bible lesson about sex and that is a scary subject to many Christians.  You cannot discuss a pregnancy without discussing sex unless you choose to bury your head in the sand and ignore it.  If you are not a mature Christian and have not agreed with what was taught in the first parts of this series, then I would suggest that you go and read somebody else’s blog today.  If you have read this series of lessons and can clearly see that this woman described to us in Revelation is the church, then please continue reading today’s lesson about spiritual sex.  Here is the first foundational scripture for today’s lesson:

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

We can clearly see from reading Revelation 12:2 that whoever this woman is, the woman is said to be pregnant and about to deliver a child.  If this woman is a symbolic representation of the spiritual reality called the church, then I believe all of the other references found in this chapter describing her are also symbolic spiritual realities, including the child that is delivered later in the chapter.  I have already covered verse 1 in some depth so I will not rehash those symbolic references again today.  However, I have not even touched on verse 2 in this series so I will start here today with asking you the million dollar question that arises from reading this verse.  So how does a spiritual woman get pregnant?  You may not totally understand what a spiritual woman is using God’s definitions found in the Bible so you might need to stop and go and read some of my other Bible lessons to better understand this subject.   Here is a very quick overview of what the Bible describes as a woman to God.  Technically speaking a spiritual woman is always a nation of people in covenant or married to God.  If you do not understand this I wrote other lessons about God’s definition of a woman and marriage in my series on “Understanding the Bride of Christ”.  These days if you are older than 12 years old you pretty much know how a physical woman gets pregnant so I will not discuss that, but we are definitely talking about a spiritual woman in this chapter and that is a totally different situation while at the same time being completely the same.  Here now is a verse that Jesus taught to us in the book of John and you will probably read it at first and not even know why I included it next about a study of how a spiritual woman gets pregnant.

Joh 14:17  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Jesus taught us something about knowing the truth that is very profound and extremely important to understand.  Wow, this is a difficult verse to see and understand and even more difficult to discuss when you do understand it.  We should start by saying that Jesus called himself the Truth (John 14:6).  Therefore, the Spirit of Truth would be the Spirit of Jesus Christ.  Then the verse has a phrase that says “and (He the Spirit of Truth) shall be in you” and that is the part that I want you to focus on first.  This phrase has sexual connotations attached to it everywhere.  However, the terminology is in the context of a spiritual state or reality, since the word “He” is referring to the Spirit of God, who is a Spirit.  To get a natural woman pregnant you either have to get a sperm cell (seed) in her naturally or artificially as modern science can accomplish with surgical instrumentation and procedures.   I warned you that this was going to be a mature subject, so please be mature and keep spiritual things in focus.    While spiritual sex is not like natural sex, God actually calls them the exact same thing throughout the Bible, but you probably just didn’t know that until now.  Here in this verse of John 14:17 there is a Greek word translated as to “know” and it says the unsaved world doesn’t “know” Him, but that the church does “know” Him.  If you go back to the first mention of sex in the Bible and a woman getting pregnant, you find by the law of first mention some basic Bible truths to the reality of what God wants us to understand about the subject of sexual and spiritual reproduction.  The first mention of sex that I could find in the Bible is between the first created man and woman in Genesis 4:1 and it says this:

Gen 4:1  And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

How does God say Eve conceived a child?  It clearly says Adam “knew” Eve and she conceived a son named Cain.  The Hebrew word translated as “knew” means “to know” or “to ascertain by seeing”.  That is a highly important definition of the word God created for the natural act of sex between the husband and the wife.   So what does it mean and how does it apply to what we read in John?  What we need to do is to take a natural occurrence example and correctly transfer it into a spiritual meaning; otherwise we will be just confused.  To see or to ascertain are both terms that can be transferred to “knowing” or “understanding” a subject mentally.  There is technically a great difference between knowing something and understanding something.  You can certainly know your wife but never totally understand her.  God never said that Adam “understood” Eve and she became pregnant.  So I just went down a brief rabbit trail on the related subject of understanding vs. knowledge.  What you must realize is that it takes a concentrated effort to understand anything or anyone and that this understanding only comes after the initial step of gaining knowledge.  If you do not understand these concepts I would suggest that you go back and read my lesson on “Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom”. 

In order to prove to you that I’m not making this stuff up, I’m going to teach you a valuable lesson on how to study the Bible correctly.  Because the New Testament is written in Greek originally and the Old Testament is written in Hebrew predominantly; how can you insure that when I use a word from Genesis translated as “knew” that it is the same exact word that is related to “know” in John 14:17?  That is a really good question to consider and I’m going to answer it for you right now.  Too many people just assume they are the same or even different words and jump to conclusions that could be potentially wrong.  So what do we do to solve this problem?  First we find a verse that is in both the Old Testament and the New Testament with the word “Know” in it and then we look to see if they are the same words that we looked at in both Genesis 4:1 and John 14:17.  Do you understand what I am doing?  I am proving that the Greek word in John 14:17 is the exact same Hebrew word translated as Adam “Knew” his wife in Genesis 4:1 in order for you to clearly see that they are related subjects.  So I looked for a verse in the New Testament with the word “know” and determined if it was a quoted verse from the Old Testament.  If we can find a verse in the N.T. that is quoted from the O.T. we can automatically see what Hebrew words are directly related to what Greek words.  However, this is easier said than done; unless you have a NASB translation of the Bible on your computer.  In the NASB translation they put all Old Testament quotes in ALL CAPS making it much easier to see quickly that it is the same verse as one that is being quoted.  So I found this one in Hebrews 8:11:

Heb 8:11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

This just so happens to be a quotation from the prophet Jeremiah.  If you notice this word translated as “know” is G1097 in the Strong’s.   If you go back to read John 14:17 again and look up the Greek word for “know” you will find that it is the exact same word in this verse.  So we can by logical deduction conclude that we have half of the puzzle solved on the New Testament side.  Then we go to Jeremiah 31:34 and see what word God used in this original verse that was quoted in the N.T. to see if it is related to the Genesis 4:1 word being used for sex.

Jer 31:34  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

As you can see in this verse if you look for it, the Hebrew word translated as “know” is the word “H3045” in the Strong’s and guess what, that is the exact same word translated as “knew” in Genesis 4:1.  So by doing some extended analysis of the Bible, we have confirmed that God is talking about spiritual sex in John 14:17 using the same word; this is clearly not a natural act in John but, is on a spiritual scale.  God is basically saying that having knowledge of Him is like having sex with your wife or your husband.   So how do you get the knowledge of God?  The only way that I know to do this is to read and to study His Word.  And guess what the Bible says the Word is?  The Bible calls God’s Word His Seed (Mat 13:23, Mark 4:14).  Guess what a natural man’s sperm is called in the Bible, it is called his seed.  Are you beginning to see the parallels given to us in the Bible between these two subjects?  This is obviously a very complex concept to understand for some because they are only thinking naturally.  When you think only naturally as you attempt to interpret the Bible you are thinking as an enemy of God the Bible says (Rom 8:7).  So you can search your New Testament and see that the word “know” is used frequently when discussing God’s relationship to the church.  But, it is also a two way street as a type of relationship; we obtain to know God and then God knows us.  You can see these in verses like John 17:3, Eph 1:17, 2 Pet 1:8, 1 John 4:2, 4:6 and 1 John 5:20 to give you a head start in your Bible study search.  There are many scripture verses in the N.T. that also says we the church, are “In Christ” and that “Christ is in us”.  This is just another example of this two way street that I was referring to earlier.  You can find verses like this in Romans 8:10-11, 1 Cor 1:6, 1 Cor 3:1, 2 Cor 1:21, 2 Cor 13:5, Gal 4:19, Col 1:27, 1 Th 1:1, 1 Th 1:12, Php 1:6 and 1 Peter 5:14.  What these verses say is that we are in Christ and that Christ is also in us simultaneously.  What I am attempting to do with all of these verse references is demonstrate to you using God’s spiritual Words that the church is in a spiritual sexual relationship with God.  That I know is not very religious sounding for sure.  But, nevertheless it is what the Bible says and clearly implies.  God knows us and we know God, that is how the church can get pregnant spiritually speaking.

I guess what I want to do next is to demonstrate to you that a spiritual woman can become pregnant and give birth to spiritual children using verses found in the Bible.  By doing this analysis of the Bible to confirm that it has happened before, means that it can happen again.  I want to introduce you to a woman named in the Bible as the “Heavenly Jerusalem”.  I have talked about her in other Bible lessons so this is not something new for many of my faithful readers.  However, this woman is extremely important to see as an example of how a spiritual city of God’s doing can be called by God a woman who gives birth.  Let’s start by reading in Galatians 4:22:

Gal 4:22  For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.

What God does is something that is very profound.  God takes the story of Abraham and uses it to teach us a spiritual lesson about God.  We learn in verse 24 that God calls this an “allegory”.  An allegory is always a real natural historical event with real people that reflect a type of a hidden spiritual truth.  I had one very ignorant minister write me an email that God does not use allegory and that allegory was an invention of the medieval dark ages.  He must have learned this at the cemetery, I mean seminary.  This minister obviously did not know how to read because God says right here in this chapter of Galatians that He does use allegories and that they are very important to understand correctly.  So let’s continue looking at the story of Abraham and see what God reveals to us.

If you did not realize it father Abraham is being used as a type of God the Father.  This verse in Galatians 4:22 says God had more than one son, did you know that?  Obviously a lot of ignorant NIV Bible translators did not know this, for they interpret God’s only begotten son (Jo 3:16) to be “God’s One and Only Son”.  I guess I won’t go there today any more than I already have.  Next in this chapter God says this:

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

So now we start to learn some really new things about God.  According to this verse and others going forward we can see that God the Father had two wives.   Remember that this story is an allegory and keep that all in mind as you study it.  We have the one wife mentioned as being a type of Sarah, the freewoman.  But first, we have another woman mentioned being a type of Hagar, the slave woman.   These are mentioned in referees order from last to first wife based upon the story and I’ll talk more about this soon.  These are clearly two different women and two different children produced by them so they are both directly called “mothers”.  A mother is a woman who gives birth to a child, so this is not complicated just totally new stuff to many who have never studied it.

Gal 4:24  Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

So we are just getting deeper and deeper and I hope you came ready to swim, otherwise you are about to drown in the deep end of the pool.   God tells us that these are two covenants.  If we know that God the Father is a type of Abraham we know that God is saying something that is shockingly new to most people who study the Bible.  You see God is not talking about Jesus’ covenant with the church here at all and that will definitely put a kink in your religious theology.   Most every Christian realizes that the Bible is divided into the Old and New Testaments and surely you know that the word “Testament” means “Covenant”.   So our Bibles tell us that God divided His word into two separate relationships.  One is with the Old Testament nation of Israel and one is with the New Testament church.  However, it is impossible for these to be the covenants that God is talking about using the information that we learn about in this allegory.  You can clearly see in Galatians 4:24 that God starts telling us that one of these covenants is with a woman who is a type of Hagar who bears Ishmael for Abraham.  Let’s read the next verse for more information on who this allegorical bond woman represents:

Gal 4:25  For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

God tells us very clearly that the slave woman Hagar represents the Earthly city of Jerusalem and this corresponds to the covenant given to Moses on Mt Sinai.  Right here we have a major puzzle being presented to us and this is a very complex situation to resolve.  If you do not think so, then why was this riddle not solved a long time ago?  What we can see is that the Old Covenant given to Israel in the Old Testament is the marriage of God to the nation of natural people and God calls her a type of Hagar because she is still in bondage with her children.  What is the nation of Israel in bondage to?  It is the law of God!  These are the people who are still forced to keep the commandments of God and this causes them to remain in bondage.

I did not mean to get into so much detail about the Galatians 4 women in this lesson on the woman in Revelation 12, but it is important enough for you to clearly understand that I am just going to have to do it anyway.  What we learn about one woman in the Bible always applies to the subject of other women found in the Bible.  However this woman is qualified differently because she is a bond woman and the other is a free woman.  So let’s get back to the women in Galatians 4.  If Hagar is type of the Old Testament wife of God, then Sarah the older woman must represent a covenant that existed prior to Hagar coming into Abraham’s family as a slave.  If you study the story of Abraham and Sarah, Sarah was said to be a much older mature woman than Hagar.  Hagar is described as being an Egyptian woman and Abraham and Sarah went to Egypt many years after they were married.  Sarah was also Abraham’s ½ sister and thus we have some more perplexing complexity to consider.  So if Abraham marries his ½ sister and then many years later leaves his father house to go to Egypt, we must conclude that Hagar who was a much younger woman is a covenant that occurs some time later in Abraham’s life.  So logically we have to conclude that the covenant that God is referring to here in this chapter of Galatians is a covenant that He had entered into long before the one that He made with the people of Israel on the earth.  Also keep in mind that Sarah was always called the barren woman who was unable to have children.  According to the Bible this is why Sarah gives Hagar to her husband to have a son.  Anyway this part of the allegory is not that complex, however it is totally new stuff to many so it will be hard to accept.  Here is the next verse that I wanted to get to about Sarah the free woman:

Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Here we have another woman named “Jerusalem” but she is called the “Jerusalem which is above”.  Obviously this is a completely different city than Jerusalem below.  So we can also automatically know that she exists in the spiritual realm, being labeled “above”.  This woman has to be a spiritual reality and she is inferred to be a type of the allegorical Sarah who was barren.  So Sarah must also be a pre-existing covenant of God the Father to someone else not on the earth, but in the spiritual realm.  You can see more clearly who this is by reading in Hebrews 12:22 where God tell us that this city is called the “Heavenly Jerusalem” and that this city consisted of an innumerable company of angels.  We can deduce logically that Jerusalem Above and Heavenly Jerusalem are synonymous names for the same city.  What we can logically conclude is that God was in covenant with the angels and that this heavenly city was a spiritual relationship that existed prior to God’s relationship with the nation of Israel who was a type of Hagar.  This logically makes sense to me based upon what I have learn from studying the Bible.  Of course there is a ton of more things that I could teach you from this simple allegory given to us in Galatians 4, but I do not have the time or space to do that today. 

What I have done is shown you a city named Heavenly Jerusalem that God calls the spiritual mother of the church.  We clearly understand that the mother must be a spiritual reality since Jesus taught us that, “that which is born of flesh is flesh and that which is born of the spirit is spirit” (John 3:6).  We therefore, know that this spiritual mother (woman) pre-existed prior to the creation or birth of the church in order to have us as her children and to fit the allegorical pattern given to us as the barren Sarah.

Gal 4:27  For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

God quotes another Old Testament prophet named Isaiah (54:1) here and reveals to us some more of the mysteries of these two women and covenants in the Bible.  These are presented to us as a small part of a much greater, elaborate and perplexing puzzle or riddle from God.  Reading in Isaiah 54:1 this barren woman is told to sing, rejoice and shout for joy because she has finally given birth to the promised children of God.   It is very interesting to note that the Greek word translated as “travail” in this verse is only found 3 times in the N.T.  That is certainly not a coincidence by far, for you see that word occurs two times here in Galatians 4 and once in Rev 12:2.  The only other verse here in Galatians 4 is verse 19 where it says Paul is travailing in birth until Christ is formed in them that this letter is written to.  You obviously know that Paul was a male apostle of the early church, so how can this man give birth to anything or anyone?   It is not physically possible, so it must be only spiritually possible.  That is the mystery being revealed to us; church members can give spiritual birth to a spiritual being.  This confirms that the church is a female who can give birth.  This verse of prophecy in Gal 4:27 has a lot more complex information in it but again I just cannot get into today.  If you go and read some of my other blogs you might see some of the clues that I have revealed.  Here is the last verse in Galatians that I will talk about:

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

This verse basically says what I have been trying to say in previous paragraphs.  This verse calls us (the church) the children of the “Heavenly Jerusalem” a type of Isaac who was the promised son to Abraham and Sarah from God.  Do you understand how amazing this story is?  God promises Abraham a son through Sarah and it turns out to be a type of the church.  This further implies that every child born under the Old Covenant woman of Hagar is not the promised seed so they will be cast out of the house as the story teaches us in Genesis 21:10 and they will not be the heirs with the free children.  Wow, that is bad news for the natural nation of Israel.  God clearly calls the nation of Israel the Ishmael’s of the world today.  This I know will be pretty difficult stuff to grasp for many Christians. 

What I have demonstrated to you is very clear Bible evidence that a spiritual woman can have spiritual children.  Logically we can make the following spiritual conclusions based upon our knowledge naturally created things and the verses that we have just studied:

  1.  A Spiritual woman can give birth to a spiritual child.
  2. There must have been a spiritual conception in order for there to be a spiritual child.
  3. In order for a spiritual conception to occur, spiritual knowledge must have been exchanged.
  4. In order for a spiritual woman to conceive a Spiritual Father is also required.
  5. God is always the Spiritual Father in every covenant marriage.

If you understand the Bible and covenants better now, you know that God the Father was in covenant with the spiritual angels in heaven prior to making a covenant with the nation of Israel on the earth.  This knowledge helps us to better understand why God created our world, Adam and Eve, and had a son named Jesus who came to make a New Covenant with us.  Because the New Covenant is now with the risen Son of God, God the Father tells us that the Old Covenants with Israel and the angels have been terminated.  This is exactly why the Bible says that Satan should not have crucified the Lord of Glory on the cross (1 Cor 2:8).

I have given more than enough evidence found in the Bible that the church qualifies to be the woman in Revelation 12 who gives birth to a son.  I hope and pray that you have enjoyed studying about this subject and who knows I will probably write more on it later.  God Bless you until next time.

Understanding How To Make Jesus Your Spiritual Legal Advocate Right Now!

(Ver 1.0)  I have been teaching about the Bible revelation of the antichrist in the past couple of weeks.  However, it would appear that when you write things that Satan does not want revealed, the devils in the world come out in force against you.  I have been recently verbally attacked in the last week or two by several religious minded and evil spirited men who want to criticize me, call me a liar, a fool, a deceiver and names that prove they are no Christians.  It really does not surprise me in the least bit, since Jesus told me personally if they called the Master of the House Satan, they will call his servants this also (Mat 10:25).  There are so many men in the earth who know about God, but who do not know God.  These are the types of men who like to criticize and teach you about their religion because they have no relationship with God.  I call them Pharisee Christians and there is certainly no shortage of them in the world.   Of course the term Pharisee Christian is an oxymoronic name for neither a Pharisee nor a real Christian.   I have found that these types of men are dominated and controlled by mostly scriptures found in the Old Testament.  It is like they ignore the New Testament verses that say differently than what they choose to believe.  They embrace the Old Covenant as a direct picture of how God operates in the New Covenant but this is just not the case in the Bible at all.  God is never strongly revealed as a God of Love in the Old Testament.  However, in the New Testament it clearly says that “God so loved the world that He gave Himself” and that is something new and different that He did that was never done before.  Let me ask you a simple question, if the Old Covenant was so great, why did God implement a new one?   Quit living in the Law of God and come into the Grace of God found and revealed to us in the New.  Those who want to live in the Old Testament Law are just deceived men who need to come to know the truth and more importantly, to know the God who is the Truth.  So, for those who have spiritual eyes to see the truth I will continue these lessons on the antichrist later, but for today I want to give Jesus some equal time.  Since I do what I do for Him and not for anyone else I feel like it is only right to be balanced with my Bible lessons.  So instead of teaching you only about an evil spiritual enemy I want to discuss my Lord, my Savior and my Friend Jesus Christ today.  He is the one that I know personally and I have such a great rapport with Him that it must baffle the minds of my critics when I call Him my Friend and He calls me His friend.  So based upon a suggestion from one my spiritual friends on the internet I am going to write a lesson on Jesus our Advocate.

This is a lesson on Understanding how to make Jesus your spiritual Legal Advocate from the Bible today.   We will discuss why we as Christians need a spiritual Advocate; we will then discuss what a spiritual Legal Advocate is and what He does for us.  Let’s start by defining the word “advocate”.  An advocate is usually always someone who holds superior knowledge on the subject of the law.  In our world you usually have to go to school for many years of study, graduate and then you must pass an extensive legal bar exam to become a licensed legal advocate.  Some people call these individuals lawyers or attorneys and others call them counselors.  A counselor is someone who uses their wisdom and knowledge of the law to give you advice or counsel on what you should do in the given situation that you are in.  A lawyer is of course someone who practices the profession of defending, prosecuting, administrating or judging the laws passed by the legal bodies in power.  Today in our complex legal court systems, if you try to show up without a highly skilled attorney you are in some serious legal jeopardy.  In the recent past years I recall a very famous court trial for the very serious offense and charge of murder.  I will not name names, but I will tell you that this one trial that I am using today as an example was for the gruesome set of murders of two people and you will probably know who I am talking about as I go.  This individual was charged with the crime, but he had hired a “dream team” of legal counselors because he was a rich man and could afford the best that money could buy.  While the prosecution seemed to present a good case, they were no match for the highly paid legal minds of the “dream team” lawyers who clearly made them look foolish.  To me the evidence presented in the trial was very compelling, but to the jury this man was found not guilty and thus got away with murder because of his lawyer’s abilities.  You see in our legal system all you have to do is to present reasonable doubt to someone and they must acquit.  This was the approach of the “dream team” lawyers.  They discredited the truth with as many doubts as they could invent.  They introduced unrelated distractions that had nothing to do with the evidence presented.  They manipulated the jury to believe what they wanted them to see and they won.   I learned a lot right then and there that the truth didn’t matter, justice didn’t matter, proof and evidence didn’t even matter, but what mattered was if you had a good advocate on your side to help you plead your case.  This man accused never got up to testify and never opened his mouth to defend himself one time.  The only people that spoke for him were his masterful attorneys and they prevailed.  You can obviously disagree with what I just said, but that would clearly be your opinion vs. mine.  So let’s drop our opinions and see what God and the Bible says to us on the subject.

1Jn 2:1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

We can clearly see several things in this verse and learn a lot from it if we allow God to show us what it says.   The primary subject of this verse is “sin” and more specifically the sin of a man.  Sin can be defined as many different things, but for today’s discussion I will define it as committing a violation of the law of God.  There are certainly many other more complex aspects to the subject of what sin is, but I will not be discussing those today.  There are also many in churches who only look at the subject of sin as violating the laws of God, but that is not all that sins is defined to be.  So do not get hung up on the subject of sin by me reading just one verse on the subject.  I simply can’t teach everything in one lesson, so let’s move on with today’s subject of why you need an advocate.  The Bibles tells us pretty clearly that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).  So it is not so much if we sin as to say when we sin as this verse seems to imply to me.  However, it is also clearly saying that the goal should be that we should never sin.  But, if we do sin, then this very clearly tells us we have a major advantage over many other unsaved people in the world because we have Jesus the righteous as our spiritual advocate who is now in the presence of the supreme judge who is God.  Jesus the righteous is said to be our personal spiritual advocate, if we are Christians.  If you are not a Christian, then you have serious legal issues when it comes to being judged by God and I would not wish to be in your shoes on that day.   So why is it such an advantage for Jesus to be our spiritual legal counsel?  To me that is a self-evident statement or question, but you may not understand it so I will talk more about it.  Let’s examine verses that reveal where the Law came from next:

Mal 4:4  Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

Here we have scriptural evidence and proof to the fact that God gave the law to Moses and Moses wrote it down for the children of Israel.  This represents a scriptural witness of the testimony of God.  This is what occurs during a trial.  What I am demonstrating to you is that God invented laws, courts, judges, lawyers and judgments.  These are not man made ideas, but they originated from our creator.  Our courts in America are modeled after God’s courts in heaven, if you did not know that you should learn and study that fact until you accept it.

Neh 10:29  They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God’s law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;

God said to let every word be established in the mouth of two or three witnesses.  So here we have a second witness to the fact that the Old Testament books of the Bible were dictated by God to Moses His servant and these are the statutes and judgments of God.  A statute is just a written law, so this is not that complicated.  A judgment is a verdict issued by the judge, either of guilt or innocence towards those that are under the law.  We have clearly demonstrated from the Bible that God has a legal system in place now on the earth.  We can clearly see that God is the author of these laws.  So who is the most qualified to defend you against these laws if not for the creator of the laws Himself?  This is just basic logic to me and I hope and pray that you can see it also.  This is why when the Bible calls Jesus my advocate, I feel very confident I have the best legal advice possible because He is the one that wrote the laws that He is defending me from.

We have seen a couple of verses that states many legal terms concerning judgments and statutes.  Let’s examine the Bible for scriptures to see if we even need a spiritual legal advocate or not.

Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

According to the Word of God, the Bible clearly declares a day is coming when the books will be opened before the Judge of the Spiritual World.  This verse also clearly tells me that God keeps records of everything that has transpired on the earth.  So everyone who thinks that have gotten away with things on the earth will be severely disappointed to know they have actually gotten away with nothing.  This verse implies the need for a good advocate and spiritual legal counselor because God is going to judge you whether you want Him to or not.  This verse says that the “dead” were judged from what was recorded in the books according their works.  Works are of course either positive or negative things done in the body.  I don’t know about you but I have not been perfect and I have not done everything right that I should have done in my all of my life.  So I can clearly see the need for me to have a good legal counsel when it comes to God’s judgment day.  Maybe you are different and think that you can get by on your own merits and good things that you have accomplished in your life on the earth.  I’m sure you have never lied, or stolen anything in all of your days on the earth.  I’m sure you have never spoken an evil word about your neighbor.  You have been a perfect example of a man or a woman that we could all look up to.  This is of course a very self-righteous attitude that I think many of my recent readers and negative commenters have attained to.   Oh well, I guess when it comes to this day when these books are said to be opened, then we will see exactly what is said and read on everybody whose works are then revealed.  I think many will be very surprised on that day when the verdicts are read.

Act 13:39  And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

To be justified is a Greek word that means to be found innocent.  This is clearly a term for a positive judicial verdict from a judge or a jury.  To be justified by my faith in Jesus is what this is verse is speaking of.   We can read this in Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11 and Hebrews 10:38 for they all say that the just shall live by faith.  Again we see in these verses that those who are justified and found innocent are those that live by the faith of God and what was accomplished by Him in Jesus Christ.  Being found Innocent is the directly opposed position for the negative verdict of being found guilty.  Whenever you are found innocent there is no punishment phase of the trial necessary.  An innocent man or woman gets to walk out of the front door of the court house like everyone else.   However, a guilty man or woman is not so lucky or fortunate. 

1Co 11:32  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

The word according to this verse will be condemned.  The term “condemned” means to be found guilty, a judgment against and a sentenced punishment for a crime.  If you are a Christian, this verse contrasts two different types of people; those of the world versus those Christians who are just here in the world.  We who are Christians can accept the chastening of the Lord now.  Here is where many fools thinks the Bible says God punishes Christians by making them sick or doing something else evil to them.  But, this word “chasten” means “to train up a child”.  How do you train a child?  If starts by you the parent being a perfect example of how you want your child to behave.  For example, if you smoke cigarettes and then tell your children not to do this, you are not living an example to them.  If you lie to them and then tell them not to lie you are just a hypocrite.   Sorry I guess I will not get off the subject any more of our advocate to try to teach you how to raise children in this lesson.  What you need to take away from this verse in 1 Corinthians is that it says there is a coming verdict and sentencing from God to those who are in the world.

So we clearly see the need for a spiritual advocate named Jesus Christ and our faith to be placed in Him.  In every trial the one that is being charged is always demanded to plead their guilt or innocence of the accusations being read before the trial begins.  I believe that this is the way judgment day with God will also be.  However, how we plead our case now in this life is how we will hear Jesus plead then.  You may not understand that it is totally dependent upon your faith confession now that will determine how you will be judged in the future, but this is exactly how the Bible declares to you that you will be judged.

Heb 4:14  Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

Heb 10:23  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Why are Christians told to hold fast our professions now?   Why must we have a profession in the first place?   Then what is it that we should be professing right now?   A profession by the Greek definition of this word is a verbal confession.  This word also comes from a Greek root word that means to “promise” or “covenant”.  That begins to make more sense to me now.  When a husband and wife get married, they repeat marriage vows where they promise to be faithful to each other.  This is really what these verses are saying to us.   In our marriage to Jesus Christ, we exchange words of promise to covenant together with our God.  So our confession by definition is the spoken words that come out of our mouths in this world to covenant with Him.   These are the words that we are told to hold fast to.  In God’s court system in heaven it only matters what you say here in this world and you will not be allowed to speak and say something different up there.  I hope you understand this, for it is very important.

The Bible and Jesus said something that is highly relevant to the future judgment trial that will take place in the future.  Jesus said in Matthew 12:37, by your words you are justified and by your words you are condemned.    This is a very clear admission of our own innocence or quilt being a statement that comes from your own mouth today.  Did you know this?  Did you know that God said you will be judged and either convicted or found innocent based upon your own words?   Did you know that Jesus said that what you say right now is what determines your guilt or innocence on judgment day?   This is what God said and not what I said so either learn to accept it now or be judged by it later.  This is why it is important to learn to control what you say now and then to do what God said in this verse in Hebrews to hold fast to your good profession or confession of Christ as your Lord.    I guess I’m running a little long in this lesson so I will wrap it up by telling you what Jesus will say on your behalf on Judgment Day if you are a Christian right now.

Mat 10:32  Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

Here is a statement that confirms what I have been teaching you from the mouth of God Himself.  This verse clearly says that if you confess Jesus before men on the earth today, right now, He will confess you before God His Father in heaven later.  So again it matters what you say today to what He will say later in heaven.  Get it?   Here is another verse that declares this reality using different words and descriptive terms:

Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Here we can again see that it matters what you say in the world.  God tells us that if you believe in Jesus being raised from the dead and you then “confess” Him to be your Lord, that you would then be saved.  To be saved is the opposite of being condemned or sentenced to death.    These are simple legal terms and profound Bible truths.  To many of my ignorant critics who believe that God controls everything including your outcome in eternity, you are just deceived into believing what Satan wants you to believe.  By you not doing what Jesus and the Bible say to do, you seal your fate to a Godless eternity.   Jesus will not be there to defend you if you do not accept Him as your defender here in this life right now.  Learn the legal lessons given to us in the Bible and accept Him as your advocate today, you will be extremely happy that you did later, I promise.

Rev 3:5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels

God Bless,

Understanding Angels! Satan the Anointed Cherub! Part 4

(Ver 1.2)  This is now Part 4 of a series of studies about the reality of angels found in the Bible.   We have covered a lot of information that is not going to be repeated, so if you have not read these lessons from the beginning, I would suggest that you go back and start with “Part 1”.  I personally believe that you cannot discuss the subject of angels and ignore the one angel that has caused God and man the majority of their problems.  Today I want to study and discuss the angel Lucifer as being one of the  created chief beings within the angelic class of creation of God.  I believe that when we study the subject of angels without studying about Satan, we miss out on understanding an opposing force to God and that which is good.  Many of the angels mentioned in the Bible are good and do many positive things for God and us.  However, there is a counter force to this good in the world and this is very important to understand.  I have actually already mentioned Satan in my last blog.  You might recall that God sent Gabriel to give Daniel a message and the Bible tells us that the Prince of Persia withstood him for 3 weeks until finally Michael came and helped.  The Prince of Persia was a symbolic reference to Satan.   The Bible reveals much about this spiritual being and it would take a long series of lessons to include everything but, we should still learn as much as we can about him, so today will be your introduction to him.  We will begin our study looking at some potentially controversial scriptures found in Ezekiel.  These are potentially controversial in the fact that they again do not name Satan directly.  This is one of the techniques that God uses to conceal information in the Bible and that is to call one person by many different names, titles, descriptions and symbols so that you do not know directly who he is talking about.  However these words written in Ezekiel are clearly about someone who is not a human, so most knowledgeable Bible scholars agree these verses are references to the unnamed spiritual being Satan.  We will start reading with verse 12 of Ezekiel 28:

Eze 28:12  Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

I’ll start with the word “lamentation” first.  This is a very interesting word in that it has an implied meaning of a musical dirge that is usually sung at someone’s funeral.   It usually involves much “wailing” and “sorrow” for the loss of this individual being sung about.  It would appear to me that God is prophesying the impending demise of someone who as I said I believe is Satan.  The prophet is told that this lamentation is concerning the “king of Tyrus”, but clearly reading ahead it cannot be anyone that is natural or human.  Tyrus occurs 22 times in Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Amos and Zechariah and that is too many verses to look at them all, so we will not go through all of these verses in this lesson.  The next statement is the beginning of the prophesy against this individual and it informs us of some of his past qualities and achievements.  It starts very interestingly with the words “thou sealest up the sum”.  This is a mathematical accomplishment that has negative connotations surrounding it.  It clearly implies that this individual has brought to an end something of increasing value, count or a numerical total; whatever this is of something not directly named.  In our past studies we had discovered that the number of the angels in heaven were said to be innumerable, but yet they are numbered with an end in Revelation 12 when God tells us that 1/3 of them have fallen to the earth with Satan.  This is what I believe that this is saying to us, I believe that Satan has done something that has caused an end to anymore angels being created.  Remember angels were called the sons of God in Job and Genesis and this implies that they are all a part of God’s spiritual family in heaven.  We should know that any family on the earth continues to grow and increases in total number as along as the family continues to marry and have children.  Is this a reference to what God has done with His spiritual family?  All of this is mostly just my opinion on the interpretations of this information and other scriptures that I have found in the Bible that we have not looked at yet, so you do not have to buy into what I just said at all.

The next statement in this verse is not very good information for us if this is describing Satan.  God says that whoever this is, was “full of the wisdom” of God.  To be full of wisdom is a goal that I am attempting to achieve as a disciple of Christ.  In fact it should be one of the utmost goals of any Christian to obtain first knowledge, then understanding and finally the wisdom of God.  Wisdom is always the ability to make right decisions based upon your knowledge and understanding.  So if this is Satan, I wonder what happened to change the good qualities that God put in him to the evil qualities that we see today.   What this also tells me is that Satan is not stupid.  He might have made some foolish choices, but God already had taught him a significant amount of spiritual knowledge before he sinned.  Do not underestimate the cunning craftiness of this angel.  He has been around much longer than you have and has much more experience at deceiving people than you have at resisting deception.  Let’s go to the next verse in Ezekiel to continue:

Eze 28:13  Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Now we get to some more revealing controversial statements and why people do not believe that this is a human being that is being prophesied about.  This individual is said to have been in Eden the garden of God.  Since we are literally hundreds or even thousands of years after the time of Adam when this is written, that is why most Bible scholars agree that this is not about a man that is alive at the time of Ezekiel.  But, I also want to point out a very subtle difference in this verse.  In Genesis 2 and 3 the place where God placed Adam was called the “Garden of Eden” and never “Eden the Garden of God”.  Am I being too picky or is God trying to tell us something else new.  You see I do not believe that God forgot the name that He gave it in Genesis, so this must be a different place.  Obviously both are reported to be gardens and both are named “Eden” but what we must understand is whose responsibility and control is over each garden mentioned.   Eden the Garden of God clearly means God had control over this garden, but now if we go back to Genesis 1 and read what do we find?  We must realize that Adam according to Genesis 1 was given control of the earth, the authority to rule the earth (Gen 1:28) and the responsibility to guard and protect it from invaders (Gen 2:15) and thus the earth was no longer a Garden of God’s responsibility.  Adam now held responsibility over the earth and Eden; do you understand why I bring this up?  I believe that God had a garden that Satan walked in and ruled long before the one that God gave to Adam.  If you know anything about the Bible you know that earth was made as a pattern for things that already existed in heaven.  You can see this in Hebrews and Galatians and other places.  So I believe that “Eden the Garden of God” is not the “Garden of Eden” where Adam was said to be.  Now again the “serpent” or Satan did show up in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve but this verse in Ezekiel does not say that there was any man present when Satan was there originally.  It must be different gardens.

I could go through and say many other things about this verse, for instance this individual has a covering of 9 precious stones.  There is a fascinating parallel given to us by God of the earthly Israel’s High Priest’s breastplate that also was covered with precious stones.  In fact these 9 stones that covered Satan are an exact match for 9 of the 12 stones found on the High Priest’s covering (Exo 28:17).  Did you notice what I just said?  You see I believe that this verse in Ezekiel reveals to us that Satan was a High Priest for God in heaven before he came to the earth.  Are these stones and coverings an amazing coincidence or is there some hidden information that God is revealing to us about Satan.  You see if you do an analysis of the High Priest’s breast plate you can see that they had 4 rows of three stones each.  Each row consisted of a different set of stones and each stone was different from all of the others.  We are told that these 12 stones on the High Priest’s covering were engraved with the names of 12 tribes of Israel.  But, if you cross off the stones found on Satan’s covering from the stones found on the High Priest’s breastplate you find that Row 3 is missing completely.  That is definitely not an accident, it is impossible mathematically for this to be a coincidence.  What does it all mean?  That is another really good question to try to figure out.  You see you can conclude that Satan lost three things that Israel had or Israel was given three things that Satan didn’t have.  Either way you come up with the same results.  However, I just don’t have the time to even try to talk about that in this blog nor do I know all of the answers to that question so I’ll definitely be moving on today.

Finally this verse ends with some important new information about Satan and all angels.  Satan was a created being.  This word created is the exact same word found in Genesis 1:1 where God says “In the beginning God created, the heaven and the earth”.  In general terms this is also the exact same Hebrew word used to describe God’s man Adam.  This same Hebrew Word is used to describe the origination of both individuals so we can clearly assume a connection between them.  In Genesis 5:1-2 Adam is said to be “created” just as Satan was said to be “created” in Ezekiel 28:13.  However, I do not know if they were created in the same way and I definitely do not believe that they were created at the same time.   You see God tells us very specifically that Adam’s body was formed from the dust of the ground.  This was definitely from the existing earth and I believe that God created this dust a long time before He created Adam.  If you do not understand this, you should read some of my other blogs on the subject of “The World that Was” mentioned in 2 Peter 3:6.  After Adam’s body is formed then comes his wife, Eve.  However, she was also not created from something new since her body came from that which already existed, the body of Adam.  So Adam and Eve were not a new creation.   So it could be different than Satan?  We do not know this for sure, but I’m just trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together and that is what I have concluded so far.  You also have to understand that the body of Lucifer is a spiritual immortal body and not a natural body that dies like Adam’s.  So they are clearly very different at the same time as being very similar to each other.   What I see in this information is that God says there could be a difference between Satan and Adam.  Satan was definitely a created being but it does not tell us when he was created, or how he was created and where his body originated from.  All we know for sure right now is that Adam was a being made from that which already existed and his body was clearly modeled after the preexisting angels in heaven as we have discovered in our previous studies on this subject.   However, both Satan and Adam are called sons of God and both are therefore made in the image and the likeness of God.  That may not go over very big with some people, I know.  It must be important to note the way God created Adam or He would not have included this information in the Bible.  Couldn’t God have said “Man Be” and then God see a man appear?  So why does God take existing dust and form the man’s body from it and then breath into his nostrils to give him life?  Then I want to ask you this about Adam, why did God create a new son Adam and give him a wife named Eve, if he already had a family of angels in heaven?   Believe it or not this was a pattern for what God was going to do in the spiritual realm with Jesus.  You see God tells us the law of marriage in Genesis 2, that a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and they two shall become one flesh.  If Adam is the son that cleaves to his wife, then God was his Father that he left to be joined to his wife!  This means that Adam would leave his Father’s house and be married to a wife (a woman) who would be the mother of the entire new natural human family on the earth not a part of God’s family in heven.  What is God doing?  God is establishing a new family outside of His current existing family in heaven.  This is very important to know and understand from a Bible perspective of what Jesus has also accomplished.  I guess I will stop there and let you do more research or read some of my other blogs on this subject.

Eze 28:14  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Now we are beginning to see some more information about Satan that is very important to understand.   Anointed comes from a Hebrew root word that means to smear with oil.  David was anointed king this way by Samuel.   But this word here means to “spread like wings” and it is the only time this word occurs in the whole Bible.  However, it is still important to see that Satan is said to be “anointed” of God.  This is a direct comparison to Jesus who was also said to be “anointed” of God with the Holy Ghost and power in Acts 10:38.  So now we have Satan being compared to Jesus the Messiah.  This is a clear Satan and Jesus connection.  You probably do not fully understand the concept of being anointed by God.  God anoints people in the earth to perform specific tasks like to pastor a church.  What this represents is a special divine ability to perform the duties being assigned to them.   So we learn from this verse that angels can also be anointed by God to do specific jobs and assignments.  An anointing can involve supernatural ability and even the power or divine knowledge or wisdom to do what you do not fully understand how to do.  This says a lot about Satan and his abilities.

Then Satan is called a “cherub” and this is a very unique name for a class of special angelic beings.  Not every angel falls into this class so we are beginning to see some new truths about angels.  The angels that appeared in Sodom to get Lot out I do not believe were cherubs.  Also, in the previous lesson we learned that Gabriel and Michael were described as “Chief” angels.  This just means they were a much higher rank than the others that were under them.  This word for cherub only occurs in around 66 verses in the O.T.   The first time it occurs is in Genesis 3 and God places a “cherub” and a flaming sword outside the Garden of Eden to guard the way to the tree of life.   Apparently someone wanted to take forcibly from this tree and live forever so God placed an angelic guard of the class of Satan’s ability to protect it.  It was obviously not Adam that God was guarding this way from and you can read my other blogs and find out why I can say that.  I believe that Satan was after this tree and God was guarding the “way” to the tree to keep him from partaking of it.

So what is a “cherub”?  That is another million dollar question for the day.  From what I can tell from reading these 66 verses in the Bible, a cherub is a type of angel which has “wings”, but this could also be symbolism for an anointing of God for a specific job or purpose.  God told Moses to make the golden Ark of the Covenant with two winged cherubs on the top with the mercy seat of God in between them.  This is clearly a natural pattern of something that we should know concerning spiritual things.  These are all symbolic representations of spiritual realities.

Exo 25:18  And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.

In Psalm 99:1 it says God sits between the Cherubim.  The Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant was made by God’s instructions and described to us in Exodus which was recorded by Moses.  These patterns reveal to us information about angels and God’s relationship with Satan before he sinned.  I believe that God’s throne in heaven was between two anointed cherubs and one of these use to be Lucifer.  Now Jesus is at the right hand of the Father and to me that means Jesus has taken Lucifer’s old place of authority and power.  Again that is my opinion on stuff that I’ve read from the Bible.

I want to skip forward in Ezekiel 28:14 to the part that God speaks about Satan being in the Holy Mountain of God.  We should be smart enough to know that this is not an earthly mountain.  God did come down to Moses on Mt Sinai and God called this mountain holy at the time but, Satan was never there.  No this holy mountain is Mt Zion in heaven and this is the spiritual covenant mountain of God.  When God speaks about Mt Zion, He says many things.  For example, “I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a precious corner stone” (Isa 28:16).  So we know that Zion has had a new building project started on it from scratch by the Lord Jesus Christ.  This represents a “New Covenant” and it eliminates the old covenants with everyone else.

Let’s continue looking at Ezekiel 28:14 and how God describes Satan to us.  God told us he was an anointed cherub and then said that his job or assignment was to “cover”.  This Hebrew word means to cover as a protector or as a guard.  It can also mean a fenced in hedge of protection.  It can also mean to entwine as in join together.  These are all amazing definitions.  They imply a covenant relationship and that is very important to know.  I definitely believe from the information that I have seen in the Bible that God was in covenant with the angels of Heaven, including Satan.  In fact if you read Galatians 4 very carefully you will see that God reveals information about heaven that calls this city God’s wife as a type or pattern of Sarah as being Abraham’s wife.   She is called the freewoman in this analogy.  The Heavenly Jerusalem is what this city is called in Hebrews.  In Galatians 4 it is called the Jerusalem that is above.  This is the real spiritual city of angels and it is inferred to be a wife of God the Father.  If you understand covenants you know that God was in covenant with the natural nation of Israel and the earthly city of Jerusalem.  This earthly city Jerusalem is called the “bond woman” and is the type of Hagar and Abraham who had a slave child.  Angels were of the city of the “Free Woman” called Heavenly Jerusalem.  Galatians 4 tells us that God had two wives and that these were two covenants.

Eze 28:15  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

This is the last verse in Ezekiel that I am going to touch on today.  Since I am running a little long I will make these last parts brief.  You can clearly see that Satan was not created as Satan.  The original angel Lucifer was perfect in all of his ways.  That means he did things the right way, he made the right choices, said the right things and walked upright before God.  But, God says “sin” was found in him and that is the root of God’s problem with Lucifer.  How do you end a spiritual family covenant relationship with a spiritual being in a Godly and legal way that does not cause God to become as equally as sinful?   Do you understand the wisdom of God?  God is so much smarter than us that He came up with a plan that would solve our sin problem and His covenant problem simultaneously with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, His Son.  I’ll end this blog with this last thought about Satan:

Isa 6:2  Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

Here in this verse found in Isaiah we see a new word describing what appears to be an angelic being.  This is also a winged creature that clearly flies using their wings.  It is not clear that this is describing Satan unless you look up the definition of the Hebrew Word “seraphim” in Strong’s.  This word is many times translated as “fiery serpent” and that to me describes Satan very well.  We clearly know from Genesis and Revelation that Satan is the “serpent” so we have an association to a new titled reference for this spiritual being.  A fiery serpent is a great symbolic representation for Satan.

So we have learned enough for one lesson about angels, and probably more than some can accept.  I will briefly review some of the high points:

Satan:

  1. Was a created being (Eze 28:13)
  2. Not created with evil in him (Eze 28:15)
  3. Was found with iniquity in him (Eze 28:15)
  4. Was in covenant with God the Father (Gen 2-3, Gal 4)
  5. Was anointed by God for specific purposes (Eze 28:14)
  6. Was in a class of angels called “Cherubs” (Eze 28:14)
  7. Was also described as a “Seraphim”; winged fiery serpent (Isa 6:2)
  8. Was a Priest unto God (Eze 28:13).
  9. Was called Lucifer a son of the early light (Isa 14:12)
  10. Named Lucifer means “Bright Morning Star”  (Isa 14:12)

These are just a very few things that we picked up from today and the previous lesson about Satan.  If you want to you can go and take a look at my list of Names, Titles, Descriptions and Types for Satan found in the Bible.  I know I said a lot of things and some of them are hard to accept because I cannot fully cover every related subject in a single blog.  You do not know everything that I know and I cannot teach you everything that I know in one blog so just keep reading and I’ll try to do a better job at filling in the gaps that I’m sure you feel that I have not covered fully.  If you have specific questions I would also appreciate hearing about them.   Maybe this way if I hear where I am the weakest I can address those areas first.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading this series you can go to “Part 5“.

The Most Important Things You Should Know About Heaven!

(Ver 2.0)  Today is a new subject for me, even though I have taught on parts of this subject in other lessons.  I believe that it is so important for people to clearly know about heaven; that I have decided to talk about it again using new terms and perspectives to give people another chance to grasp these concepts found in the Bible.  Does God exist and if so where does He exist?  This of course is an extremely complex subject for humans to comprehend since we are a naturally born people limited to the constraints found within a physical world and the Bible clearly says that God is a Spirit (John 4:24).  So how do natural people come to understand spiritual things?  Spiritual things are not the same as natural things.  God lives outside of time constraints and space constraints.  There are many people in the world who do not believe there is a God.  They base these beliefs on the fact that they have never seen God, cannot see God, do not ever hear from God or have any other proof or evidence that He exists.  They further expound that since God does not do anything to stop the evil in the world, He must not exist.  Of course, the flip side of this extreme is another extreme of people believing that God is causing all of the evil in the world and therefore they do not want anything to do with Him either.  But, all of this is purely by God’s design in order to give man a free and fair choice.    God purposely hides Himself from our view, if He did not do this you would have no choice but to believe that He existed.  All of that said, God has spoken to us directly in a written book form called the Holy Bible.  I have studied this book for close to 25 years and have determined that there is no way that this book did not come from God directly.  There is just too much complex information for it not to have a very intelligent designer and an author who could be no one but God.   However, there are certainly many others in the world that view this book as a collection of fantasy and made up stories because they do not understand anything that is in it.    This is again by God’s design; and it gives people who want to see the truth the opportunity to know Him and those who refuse the truth the right to go to hell.  It is a very perplexing method of operation, yet I cannot question God’s ways since He is entirely smarter than I am.  So today I want to discuss some very important things found in the Bible about Heaven, what it is, where it is and what do we need to know about it?  We might talk about some of the characteristics of heaven like the existence of many mansions being there and how the streets are paved with gold and God’s throne is surrounded by angels, but I do not think these are the most important things to know about heaven so if we do talk about them, they will be later or in another follow-up lesson.  I want to start with a verse found in the N.T.:

1Pe 3:22  Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

Why is it necessary for all the angels and spiritual powers to be made subject to Jesus, the Son of God?  That is a very interesting question to consider.  The Bible certainly has some very difficult statements to try to explain and this is certainly one of them.   I will state what I believe and say that if every spiritual force and angel was already subject to God, I do not believe it would have been necessary for God to put them under His Son Jesus.  Wow, I just got off the subject for a quick side trip to get you to think about something you may have never thought of before.  So let’s go back to the beginning of this verse and notice that the Bible says that Jesus has gone back into heaven and is now located at the right hand of God.  This verse very clearly informs us that there is a real place called heaven and that Jesus is there right now.  We know from reading the Gospels in verses like John 3:13 and 6:51 that Jesus said before He was came to the earth that He came from Heaven.  So heaven is where Jesus came from and heaven is where He went back to after He died and rose from the dead.  Since the Bible says in the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses let every word be established, I will give you another witness to this fact that we just read:

Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus, again is very clearly described to be at the right of God at this moment in time.  Where Jesus is now is also the location of the throne of God.  A throne is always a place where a King rules His Kingdom.  So heaven was the Kingdom of God, before Jesus came and died on the cross.  However, God tells us that now the kingdom of God is within us (Luke 17:21).  So it appears to me that God is said to be moving His Kingdom location and I will talk more about this later.

Heb 9:24  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

The word “heaven” appears in the KJV Bible more than 550 times.  However, it is not always in reference to the spiritual location of God’s throne.  The word “heaven” can refer to at the minimum 3 different realms or dimensions and you must be smart enough to figure out which one God is talking about by the context of the verse being read.  Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:2 that he was caught up to the “3rd heaven” where he saw things that he could not verbally describe to us with human words.  That makes heaven sound pretty awesome if you can’t even describe it.   We can see in this verse in Hebrew 8:24 that Jesus is said to enter into a “Holy Place” not made by the hands of men.  So God is now telling us about heaven as a spiritual place.  This verse informs us that heaven has a temple that is the original pattern of the objects made on the earth by the hands of men in Jerusalem.  This heavenly temple is called the “true temple” which would imply to me that the earthly temple in Jerusalem must be the “false temple”.  But, I guess I won’t go there either today!

2Th 1:7  And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

As we have seen Jesus ascended into heaven after His resurrection and is now at the right hand of God.  However, the Bible informs us very strongly that Jesus is coming back very soon.  Not long from now this Jesus who went up to heaven will come back down the same way that He ascended, the angels told the disciples this in Acts 1:11.  This verse in 2 Thessalonians tells us that when Jesus returns He will bring with Him many mighty angels.  So we have just discovered a revelation that heaven is the home or a house that is full of the angels of God and that these spiritual entities are not insignificant beings.  They clearly are said to be very mighty, meaning they are very strong.  Here is another witness to this fact:

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

So heaven is not described to be a small place.  This place also has a very specific name and is called the “Heavenly Jerusalem”.  This spiritual place is described to have a mountain named “Zion”.  This place is clearly described to be the “City of the Living God”.  This does not sound small or insignificant either, especially since you cannot number the population of this city.  This city “Heavenly Jerusalem” is said to be the home of an innumerable number of angels.  This is the mighty spiritual force army that will return with Jesus when He comes back.  It is also critical that you note the name of this spiritual city.  This city is called the “Heavenly Jerusalem”.  Did you know that heaven had a name?  This is another reference to the “true” heaven that we just read about previously.  Why does God have another city called Jerusalem?  I guess I should ask, why did God name the earthly city Jerusalem the same as His heavenly city Jerusalem?  You do understand that the heavenly city Jerusalem certainly existed before the earthly city came to be.  Isn’t that an interesting question to consider?  This spiritual city seems to be called the real or true city of God.  This is what I believe, God created a covenant with Abraham to bring forth a natural nation called Israel who would build God an earthly city that would be a pattern of His spiritual city Jerusalem in heaven.  I believe that God did this for several reasons and I will probably not be able to get into all of these today.  But, one of the reasons I believe was to show us a city that was like another city that we can’t see.  Why is there just one city in our entire world that has the focus of every eye on it?  Why does this city “earthly Jerusalem” gain so much attention?  It is because it is a pattern of the “heavenly Jerusalem”.  Just as the earthly city Jerusalem has had numerous attack and people come against it, I believe the heavenly city of Jerusalem is being attacked.  Just as the earthly city of Jerusalem is being forced to stop building and expanding, so the heavenly city of God was attacked in the same way by Satan and his army.  The majority of the world governments are proposing that the earthly Jerusalem be divided.  If you study the Bible, God is also being forced to divide His heavenly city.  So let’s look at another witness to this heavenly city of God called Jerusalem:

Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Here is another verse of scripture in the Bible that describes Heaven as a place that is somewhere above.  Again it specifically names this city and calls it “Jerusalem”, but this time it qualifies it by calling it the Jerusalem Above!  So we automatically know that it is not the Jerusalem that is on the earth or the Jerusalem below.  Heaven is again said to be a city called Jerusalem, where the throne of God resides with an innumerable number of angels.  But, this verse in Galatians tells us another major clue to a puzzle we didn’t even know was a puzzle.   This city is called the Mother of the church.  You do not understand yet how important that statement is, unless you understand God’s spiritual family structure.  What we have just learned, is that the Heavenly Jerusalem is called the “Mother” of all of those in the Church of Jesus Christ, so this means the heavenly Jerusalem is not the Church!  Did you understand what I just said?  I’ll show why this is important to note very soon.   What is a mother?  A mother is a woman who has had a child or children.  Wow that is one of the most important things you can learn today, if you can grasp this concept.  A city is a woman, a woman is a city.  A spiritual city is a spiritual woman and she can have spiritual children.  But, remember that this heavenly city Jerusalem was comprised of a spiritual nation of angels which included Satan.  Uh oh?  I just let you in on some more information that I’m not ready to discuss yet.  Let’ me shift gears and talk about another woman briefly that is said to also come from heaven:

Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

First take note of what this verse says.  A city came down from heaven and this city is called a woman, a bride and the wife for a husband who we will see later in this chapter to be the Lamb.  This woman has the same name as the other two cities that we have already been looking at.  This name is of course the “New Jerusalem”.  Why is all of this that I am trying to teach you important to know?  Because it helps you to know who you are in Christ and where you fit in God’s New Kingdom which I am attempting to reveal to you.  In Revelation 21:2 we either have the same city Jerusalem or a new and different city called Jerusalem being described to us.  From my current understanding of the Bible this is clearly a different city than the one that I just showed you in Hebrews and Galatians called the Heavenly Jerusalem and here is why I believe that.   First off did you notice that this woman in Rev 21:2 comes down from heaven?  Did heaven come down or did the city called New Jerusalem come down from heaven?   Wow, you see heaven did not come down it is still there.  What happens when a woman gives birth to a baby?  Does the baby come down the birth canal and out to the waiting doctor?  So we just read in Galatians 4 that this heavenly Jerusalem is our mother, meaning she gave spiritual birth to us.  Let me ask you a basic question, do you have babies first or do you get married first?  I guess I should ask which one should come first and not how it works in our world many times.  If the heavenly Jerusalem is a woman who gave birth in Galatians 4, then she should not logically be the woman who is getting married in Revelation 21.  Get it?  You see the woman called Heavenly Jerusalem must already be married in order to have had children.  This is not rocket science so you should be at least following my logic a little bit.  If you continue to read Galatians 4 and see what it is describing to us, you will hopefully see that it is using the life story of Abraham as an allegory for a type of God.   So let’s review the story of Abraham.  As you may or may not recall, Abraham had two wives and two sons.  One was from the much younger Egyptian slave girl Hagar and Galatians says this is a type of Jerusalem on the earth (Gal 4:25).  The woman Hagar is called a “bondwoman” and she gives birth to a slave son who is not the heir with the promised son.  Sarah who is not named directly in Galatians 4 is the type of the “Freewoman” and is called the Jerusalem that is above.  This means that Sarah (the Heavenly Jerusalem) existed prior to Hagar (the Earthly Jerusalem) and they both now have children, but Hagar’s son came first and then Sarah’s son came after.  We should know that Abraham represents God in this allegory since the Bible tells us that He was married to natural Israel (Jer 31:32).  What you must see is that both of these cities called Jerusalem existed simultaneously and are called women who are in covenant with and married to God.  Why is God telling us this information?  It must be very important for us to see and to understand clearly.    What you should notice in Galatians 4 is that God is quoting an Old Testament prophecy found in the book of Isaiah.

Gal 4:27  For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

As you can see God is quoting Isaiah 54:1 in this verse.  This verse tells us that there are two women, one a barren woman (Sarah) and one a married woman (Hagar).  As we have seen God is using the allegory found in Genesis 16 of Sarah and Hagar to reveal this information to us in Galatians 4.   Sarah the older barren woman as we have seen is the one that is said to now have more children than the bondwoman Hagar.  So the Bible tells us that these are two covenants and you automatically jump to the wrong conclusion that this is the Old Covenant between God and Israel and the New Covenant between Jesus and the Church.  However, that just doesn’t make any sense based upon the information we have just read about these women.  The Heavenly Jerusalem (Sarah) existed prior to Israel’s covenant with God on Mt Sinai (Hagar).   This city had to exist prior to Jesus coming to the earth, dying and establishing a New Covenant.  Then in Galatians 4:26 it says very clearly that this “Heavenly Jerusalem” is the mother of the church and not the church.  So whatever covenant this is referring to, it is definitely not the New Covenant between Jesus Christ and the church and it is also not the old covenant between God and Abraham in the Old Testament.  So that complicates things tremendously since no one has ever taught on the fact that the Bible mentions three different covenants and not just two.  You see, this third hidden covenant has to be God’s covenant with the angels in heaven that existed before Adam ever came along.

Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

So let’s go back to Revelation 21:2 and notice that God is describing a city coming down from above that is called the “New Jerusalem”.  What does the term “New” mean?  It means it is not the Old Jerusalem.  Which one was the barren old Jerusalem (Sarah), it was the Heavenly Jerusalem that was above.  Are you beginning to see and understand the concepts being given to us?  God has problems with the “Heavenly Jerusalem” and the “Earthly Jerusalem” so He creates a “New Jerusalem” to replace them both.  Let’s look at the verse that comes right before this one in Revelation 21:

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Again why replace the old heaven and the old earth with new ones if there are not problems with the old?  What you do not realize is that God is a just God.  He does everything in a decent legal ordered way.  If God does not follow strict rules He would be no different than Satan the thief who comes to kill steal and destroy what you have.  I have often asked myself and God this question, “If you found sin in Satan why didn’t you cast him into hell and get rid of him?”   The only answer that I got back from God was that He could not legally do this and I do not have time to try to explain that statement in this lesson.   You can go read some of my other blogs where I give you some clues to the answers to that question.  But, it has something to do with this hidden third covenant that God had with the angels and I’ll leave it at that for today.

So getting back to Revelation 21:2; we can review that this verse is also describing a city called “New Jerusalem” who is also described as a woman who is to be married to the Lamb of God (Jesus Christ).  A marriage is also a covenant defined to us in the Bible, so we know this is God’s New Covenant with US!  So what have I taught you so far?  We have three women, three covenants, three cities all named Jerusalem.  One is called “Earthly Jerusalem”, another is called “Heavenly Jerusalem” and the last one is called “New Jerusalem” or “Holy Jerusalem”.  This implies that the other two women were not the Holy Jerusalem of God and were definitely older than the “New” woman Jerusalem.  Why is this important?  Because God tells us that this city will come down from Heaven to be reestablished back here on the new earth.  In this new city, God tells us that there will be no unrighteous people, no uncircumcised people and no ungodly people, only those that have been purchased by the blood of the Lamb.  Finally there will be no Satan, no hurt, no harm, no thieves, no robbers, no murderers and no rapists, no one to do evil.  There is where the Bible describes that we will spend eternity with God. 

2Pe 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

So even as Peter wrote about looking forward to this “New” heaven and “New” earth so we should also look for the coming new city of God that dwells only righteousness.

Many people want to know, where is this heaven that now is located?  We have clearly seen in the Bible that it exists and that Jesus is there right now at the right hand of the throne of God.  This place is large and holds an innumerable number of angels.  It also holds the spirits of all of those righteous people that have died on the earth.  They are there as witnesses (Heb 12:1) that are rooting us on in our spiritual journey.   The people in heaven do not see what we see on the earth.  Spiritual people are oblivious to natural things.  Natural things are not important to spiritual people anymore.  So people in heaven do not know what kind of car you drive, what kind of house you live in or how much money that you have in the bank.  They do not know if you are married or single, and they do not care.  The angels and people in heaven are only concerned with your eternal destiny.  Have you made Christ your Lord and will you spend eternity with us.  Whenever a sinner comes to know Christ, the Bible says that heaven rejoices.  So heaven knows about spiritual things.

So where is this Heavenly Jerusalem located?   The Bible actually does not specifically tell us, primarily because we would not really understand its spiritual location.  As you recall this Jerusalem was said to be “Above”.  But, since we live on the earth which is a round ball, every direction you are standing on has an up direction.  So is heaven all around us?  We are actually given some clues in the Bible and I will end this lesson with the information about the location of heaven:

Psa 75:6  For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

Psa 75:7  But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

Many times God gives us direct information in Bible verses of specific things like God is a Spirit.  However, other times God gives us indirect information and we learn from what is not given in the verse.  This is the case here in Psalm 75:6.  God tells us three directions that promotion does not come from.  That only leaves one direction called “North” and that gives us an implied location for the direction of heaven.  As you can see clearly God leaves this direction out of the statement and then in the following verse we have a contextual statement that God is the one that promotes one person and puts another person down.  So I take these verses to indicate to us where we can find the location of heaven to be from God’s perspective.  I assume this to mean you go to the North Pole of our planet and look straight up and this would represent the nearest proximity of the location of heaven.

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?

So we have another verse in Isaiah that seems to indicate the direction of the throne of God to be an implied North.   If you can see that the North Pole could be considered the top of our planet, the earth is said to be the location of God’s footstool.  So God is sitting on the throne up above us.

I have covered a lot of new information from the Bible about this place called Heaven and shown you many things for you to think about.  These are some of the most important things that I have found about this place in the Bible.  However, I believe that if you read Revelation 21 you can see that heaven is not our final eternal destination.  It would appear that God is preparing a new heaven and a new earth that we will live within eternity on.   The Bible says that our eyes have not foreseen the things that God has prepared for them that love Him (1 Co 2:9).  So it sounds like a really awesome time in store for us.  I don’t know why anyone would not want to go to this place?

Must Women Keep Silent in the Church?

(Ver 1.2)  Some of you may have noticed that I do not avoid controversy, I take on difficult Bible subjects that many like to ignore.  The Bible has some very difficult things written in it and a woman teaching in the church is certainly one example of those.  Vast numbers of ignorant men have long proclaimed dominance over women, placing them in subservient roles that are clearly biased to what they like or feel is the proper order of things.  What these type of men do is jump on a very, very small number of scriptures that they whole hardly embrace and proclaim as the truth.  This of course forces them to ignore vast numbers of other scriptures that do not fit their desired outcome.  The Bible is a book of more than one scripture and you must balance every verse on the subject before you can say what is the truth.  Have you ever studied the Bible on every scripture reference to women in the Bible?  I say there is no way that you have done this.  The Bible is way too complicated for anyone to say they know it all.  So how is it that a man can get up and claim that women can’t preach or teach in the church based upon their limited knowledge?  I mean who died and made them God?  These men need to learn the lesson of Job.   God told Job, who is this that darkens my counsel with words with no knowledge?   When people teach that a woman is incapable of teaching or preaching in a church, I believe that this implies that women do not have the brains or mental capacity to know the truth.  It also means that women can’t hear from God and shouldn’t be praying to God because they should only go directly through their husbands or the men in the church.  People are so stupid when it comes to discussions like this that I find it baffling that those kinds of men are in charge of anything.  What we are going to do is go through some Bible verses and examine what they say in regard to references to women in the Bible and their roles.  I can personally speak for me and I will tell you that if it were not for Christian women in the church I would not be here today.  It was only because of their direct involvement and leading of God in the ministry that I am even here today to write this blog.  So I appreciate whoever God uses and I refuse to put limitations on what God can do through anyone.

1Ti 2:11  Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

So here we go with the classic, shut up and just learn speech.  However, I’m going to apply this verse to everyone today and not just women.  If you are distracted, talking to others while the Word of God is being taught, are you learning anything?  No, of course you are not!  This was the situation in this letter.  Paul was addressing a very specific problem in a very specific church and he was not establishing a law that women can’t talk.  If the problem was that the males were talking in church, then Paul would have said, men keep quiet and learn.  Humans both male and female were designed by God with a mouth and the ability to talk and communicate intelligently, so to say a woman can’t talk, is very stupid.  So now this verse ends in the word “subjection” and this is not a bad word.  It means you are “not in control” and you are “not the head”.  Everyone on this planet is in subjection to someone or something.  This word applies to men equally as strong as to women.  If you have ever been in the military you understand “subjection”.  You follow orders from the day you join to the day you leave.  You are not there to do anything but to follow orders.  The corporate business world is very similar but some people do get paid to be creative and come up with new ideas.  However, this does not mean they can do whatever they want, whenever they want to whoever they want.  They still have to be submissive to those that they are working for.  To be submissive is a normal way of life; it promotes order and chain of command and designates responsibility as well as accountability.  Even the CEO of large company is accountable to the stock holders.  There is really no one on the earth that is in complete control of anything.  Submission is not a negative thing and it should never be used to force anyone to do anything that they do not want to do.  Learn from God’s example, the utmost highest Spiritual Being came to the earth and washed the feet of His disciples.  Don’t make yourself better than God.  If you are not serving someone else, you have become deceived.

1Ti 2:12  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

So here we go with another “Thus saith the Lord”!  Oh yea, it doesn’t say God says this, it says I say this and that is certainly different, isn’t it?   Did you know that Paul could have an opinion that could be potentially wrong?  Was Paul God?  Did Paul know everything?  Were Paul’s views and words shaped by his life’s experiences and his surrounding world influences?  I have no doubt that these words were inspired by God to be written down, but that does not mean God said them.  Were women ever in charge of anything back then when Paul wrote this?  You can find a few instances of women like Jezebel, Cleopatra who seemed to have some power and authority, but for the most part, it was a total man’s world.  There are many religions in the world that still hold to this philosophy and I like to watch what the devil does and learn from how he wants to pervert things.  Satan wants to either keep women totally ignorant or exalt them to the top of the food chain and make them run everything independently of men.  It is either total submission like in countries like Afghanistan or total women’s liberation and independence like in Europe and parts of America.  Both are perverted wrongs.   Only a few Christian churches seem to have the correct perspective of a balanced approach of the truth being somewhere in the middle.  So here is another problem, I have with this interpretation that a woman should not teach and to keep silent.  According to correct Bible interpretation rules I need another witness that says this and so far I have not found it.  The Bible says in the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses let every word be established and here we read one verse and people want to make it the rule of their doctrine and force everyone to adhere to it.   I searched through every N.T. verse that had any form of the word “teach” and this is the only verse that I found with the word woman used in this regard.  I find that to be a major problem with your interpretation.  You are trying to take one verse out of context and make it a rule that does not apply to every situation.  So let’s look at some other verses in the Bible and see what they say about women and see if we can come up with a balanced approach to the subject:

Act 2:17  And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

In this verse in Acts, Peter is quoting the Word of God from the Prophet Joel.  Right there we know that means we possess two direct witnesses to what this verse says; so we are clearly on much safer ground for our interpretation of it.  Do you understand that concept?  It is so very important.  According to this verse, God will in the last days pour out His Spirit upon “ALL FLESH”!  This verse would certainly include both women as well as men as you can clearly see.  This verse continues to say that both your sons and your daughters would “prophesy”.  So let’s stop right there and ask the question what does it mean to “prophesy”?  Can you or I prophesy in silence?  What is the difference between teaching with words in a church and prophesying with words in a church?  Can you think of any differences?   Isn’t prophesying the act of speaking words out loud to someone else so that they can hear them?  Then what is the definition of teaching?  Isn’t teaching speaking out loud words for other people to hear?  It would be useless for a woman to prophesy without someone to hear her.  Uh oh?   You can automatically and quickly see that this verse directly conflicts with Paul’s command to keep silent.  You also have to remember that Paul did not really tell women to keep silent, he said to “learn in silence” and that is completely different than to never say anything.

Act 21:9  And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.

These 4 daughters were the children of Phillip the evangelist.  We are clearly told that they were able to prophesy to others.  This clearly means speaking out loud in an audible voice that can be heard and even directed at the men that were there in the house.  Did you know that the early church met in houses?  They did not have any synagogues, temples or church buildings to meet at, so they met in houses.  If the daughters of Phillip prophesied in the house they were probably doing it during a church service, so we have a huge issue with should a woman keep silent in the church.   So what is the technical difference between teaching and prophesying?   Is there a difference?  Are not both spoken words directed at listeners?  I will say this, if you do not have women prophesying in your church services, you do not have a complete New Testament church.  You have deviated from God’s plan observed in the book of Acts in favor of your ideas of order.

Gal 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

According to the Bible, God says that we are all His children.  So does God play favorites?  Are the male children preferred above the female children?  If you think that they are you are clearly ignorant.

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

We can continue down this chapter and see that every Christian has been baptized into Christ and that makes us one with Him equally.  This is an all-inclusive statement that includes both males and females.

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.

So here we go with another paradox and puzzle being presented.  In Christ males and females are not different, but in the world we clearly see that we are quite different.   This is the difference between naturally thinking and spiritually thinking.  We know in the world there are both males and females, but in Christ we are all just one and no different from each other.  Men who teach male dominance usually are just very carnally minded individuals who look at external things and do not try to see things spiritually as God sees things.   If these ignorant men would just read and study their Bible’s they would discover that the church is called the “Bride of the Lamb” and that means we are all one woman in the eyes of God.  So we are all in covenant and in subjection to our Head who is the Lord Jesus Christ.

So how can Paul write that women should not teach in one place in the Bible and then write there is no difference between men and women in Christ in another place?  If you do not understand the conflict between these two contrasting statements you have a major problem.  Here is my opinion and I usually do not give you my opinion so you do not have to take anything to heart that I say next.  I think from a natural perspective that men counseling women or women counseling men should never be done under any circumstance.  Here is the problem, men generally speaking like women too much.  I have seen the best married pastors get into physical affairs with women because of this natural attraction that God created us with.  Women should counsel women, and men should counsel men.  This just makes the most sense to me.  So I believe that counseling between opposite sexed individuals in the privacy of an office type setting should never be done under any circumstances.  By avoiding the appearance of evil, men and women will not fall into these types of traps that Satan can use against them.   However, what people do in a public church service is not limited by these natural types of rules. That was my opinion and there is no extra charge for that.  So let’s see what else the Bible says about women:

Tit 2:3  The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

This verse is directed at mature women, but I was shocked at how it ended.  To be a teacher of “good” things implies that women can teach.  In fact it clearly implies these women should be teachers.  Obviously we have another verse that goes against the “keep silent” verse that some men like to see.  So we have another conflict of whether women should teach or women should never teach.

Tit 2:4  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

Here we have the follow up to the previous verse and it clearly says that it is OK for women to teach other women.  Now it is interesting that this verse directly contradicts again that women should keep silent that some men try to teach as the gospel.  If a woman has the ability to teach another woman, then she has the ability to teach (PERIOD)!  I want you to go back and read chapter 1, because in this chapter it is talking about Bishops in the church.  God and Paul are clearly talking about women teaching in a church setting and not in a private setting.  So instead of denying women who are called of God the right to preach and teach, you should be smart enough to recognize when God is doing something.  If God is not behind it, it will not matter who it is that is teaching or preaching because there will be no anointing from the Spirit of God and it will eventually fail.  My Bible says that unless the Lord builds the house, those that build labor in vain.  So if God wants to use a woman, you better bow to the wisdom of God and keep your mouth closed while you learn.  Learn the lesson that people try to only apply to women, learn in silence and you might be amazed at what God says through a woman.  Let’s review our key verse that causes many to stumble again in the light of what we have just read in other parts of the Bible:

1Ti 2:12  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

Let me ask you how can a woman keep silent and still prophesy?  She can’t!  How can a woman teach other women in the church and still keep silent?  She can’t!  Did you know the word translated as “usurp authority over” is only in the entire Bible this one time in this verse and no other places?  According to Strong’s it means “a worker” who acts of themselves.  Do you know this is wrong for anyone to do regardless of gender?  To act of yourself means to be self-appointed.  To promote yourself and raise your ability to a level above where you should be.  Men are guilty of this more than women are guilty of it.  So I do not know of any verse in the Bible that says that a woman cannot be called by God, appointed by God, promoted by God and made to be a blessing to the church?  God has already promoted several women in the church with large ministries that are way beyond many men on the earth.  So be smart and recognize God and do not look at the gender of the person delivering the message.  Learn to see people as God sees people and you will be far ahead of others who want to remain in their ignorance.  I’ll end this lesson with an instruction that God gave to one man and you see if it is something that applies to you also:

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.

Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of Jerusalem in the Bible

(ver 2.0)  This is Part 4 in a series of reference documents revealing the multiple Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of Spiritual Individuals in the Bible.  This lesson will focus only on the subject verses describing Jerusalem found in the Bible.  This is a living document of references to Jerusalem and it will change and be updated as I am led to additional scriptures.  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 that can be viewed to apply to 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. 

Jerusalem is a central subject of the Bible and the capital of Israel located in the Middle East today.  Jerusalem is also a major city revealed in end time prophecy.  This city has captured the attention of the entire world.  Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible directly around 767 times and indirectly many other times.  However, it is very important for you to know that there is more than one city named Jerusalem in the Bible.  In fact there are 3 separate and distinct cities all with this exact name.  Knowing this information complicates correct Bible interpretation significantly.  You must be wise enough to know which Jerusalem God is talking about when you see the name “Jerusalem” by itself.  You may be asking yourself what are these three cities named Jerusalem and I will give you a quick lesson on them:

  1. The Jerusalem that now is as revealed in Galatians 4:25 and in multiple other verses and the primary subject of this document.
  2. The Jerusalem Above revealed in Galatians 4:26 and is called the Heavenly Jerusalem in Hebrews 12:22.
  3. The New Jerusalem revealed as the Lamb’s wife in Revelation 3:12 and 21:2.

From these references you should be able to recognize the existence of three cities named Jerusalem.  This document will primarily focus on the one reference of the Jerusalem on the earth that now is.  If you have seen other verses that I have not found yet for Jerusalem, please share them with me in a comment.  Thank you.

Name, Title, Symbol, Type for Jerusalem

Description

Scripture Reference

Abomination Disgusting Idol Worshipper Ezekiel 9:4; Ezekiel 16:2, 36, 51, 58; Ezekiel 22:2, 23:36; 33:29; Malachi 2:11; Revelation 17:4-5
Adulteress Unfaithful Wife Jeremiah 3:1; Jeremiah 5:7; Ezekiel 16:32; Ezekiel 23:45; Hosea 3:1
Afflicted Depressed Woman Isaiah 51:21
Aholibah My Tent is In Her; Whore Ezekiel 23:4
Ariel The Symbolic Name of Jerusalem Isaiah 29:1-7
Babylon The Whore 1 Peter 5:13
Bad City Wicked City Ezra 4:12
Birthed in Land of Canaan Where She was born Eze 16:3;
Bloody City Those that Kill the Prophets Ezekiel 22:2, 24:6,9; Nahum 3:1
Bond Woman Spiritual Hagar Egyptian Slave Galatian 4:24-25, 30-31
Burdensome Stone Load Carrier Zec 12:3;
Castle of Zion The Net or Snare of Zion 1 Chron 11:5;
City Inhabited by the Children of Israel Judges 1:8; 2 Kings 23:27; Psalm 122:3; Zec 14:2; Jeremiah 26:9
City, Chosen Highly Favored of Jehovah 1 Kings 11:36; 1 Kings 14:21; 2 Kings 23:27; 2 Chron 12:13
City of a Stranger Home of the Jebusites Judges 19:12
City of David David the Great King’s City 1 Kings 8:1; 2 Kings 9:28; 2 Kings 14:20’ 2 Kings 23:27; 1 Chron 11:5; 2 Chron 5:2; 2 Chron 21:20;  Isaiah 22:9;
City, Faithful She who is faithful to God Isaiah 1:26;
City of Righteousness The inhabitants have God’s righteousness Isaiah 1:26;
City of the Great King City of David Matthew 5:35;
City of the Jebusites Inhabited by the trodden Judges 19:11; 1 Chron 11:4;
City Where David Dwelt The City of David the King Isaiah 29:1;
City Which Is Called By Thy Name Married to Jehovah Daniel 9:18;
City Which Killed Jesus our Lord Those Who the shed Blood of God is On their Hands Mat 16:21; Rev 11:8;
Covent Breakers Those Who Broke Covent with God Eze 16:59; Romans 1:31;
Curse, A City which is cursed Jeremiah 26:6;
Daughter Female born of a woman Ezekiel 23:2;
Daughter of an Amortie Her Father was a Canaanitish Mountain Tribe; Ezekiel 16:3, 45;
Daughter of a Hittite Her Mother was a terrorist; Fear and Terror Ezekiel 16:3, 45;
Desolate Waste Land Jeremiah 26:8
Desolate City Jerusalem laid waste Eze 26:19
Desolation Waste Land Zep 2:15;
Divorced Woman She that was Put Away Isaiah 50:1; Jeremiah 3:8; Hosea 2:2
Dross Backsliders; Those who draw back; Refuse of the furnace Ezekiel 22:18-19;
Drunken She Who is Drunk Isaiah 51:21: Jeremiah 13:13; Ezekiel 23:33;
Egypt Spiritual Name for Jerusalem; Where she played the Whore in Her youth Hosea 11:1; Revelation 11:8
Evil Moral Wickedness Jeremiah 25:5
Evil Figs The Spoiled Fruit Jeremiah 24:8;
Family Know of God She who was married to Jehovah Amos 3:2;
Faithful City She who was faithful in Marriage Isaiah 1:21;
Filthiness Not Gold; uncleanness Ezekiel 16:36; Ezekiel 22:15; Zephan 3:1; Revelation 17:4
Filthy Disobedient and Rebellious Zep 3:1;
Fornicator Lover of Idols 2 Chronicles 21:11; Ezekiel 16:15;
Fuel to the Fire She which is consumed by the Lord Ezekiel 21:32;
Gomorrah Spiritual name of Jerusalem; Isaiah 1:9-10; Jeremiah 23:14;
Great City She which was Great Jeremiah 22:8; Revelation 11:8; Revelation 17:18;
Hagar The Egyptian Bond Woman; slave girl Galatian 4:24-25
Harlot The unfaithful woman Isaiah 1:21; Jeremiah 3:1: Ezekiel 16:15; Ezekiel 16:35, 41; Ezekiel 23:19;Ezekiel 23:44;  Hosea 2:5; Hosea 4:15;
Harlot, Well-favored Beautiful Adulteress Nahum 3:4;
Heifer Female Cow Hosea 10:11
Her with My Name The Name of Jehovah shall be on her 1 Kings 11:36; 1 Kings 14:21; 2 Kings 23:27; 2 Chron 12:13; Jeremiah 25:29
Holy City Sacred Neh 11:1
Imperious Whorish Woman Vixen Adulteress Ezekiel 16:30
Israel After the Flesh Natural Nation of Israel 1 Cor 6:18;
Jebus Aboriginal Name of Jerusalem; Trodden Judges 19:10; 1 Chr 11:4;
Jebusi Trodden inhabitants of Jerusalem Joshua 18:28
Jebusite Trodden Amorites Joshua 15:8;
Jerusalem Which Now Is Earthly Jerusalem Galatians 4:25
Jeshurun Symbolic Name of Israel Deu 32:15, 33:5, 33:26; Isa 44:2;
Jews Those of Judah Romans 2:17;
Jezebel A type of the False Religion of Adultery and Idols Revelation 2:20;
Killer of the Prophets Murderer of Those Who Are Sent To You Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34
Lewd Woman The Adulteress Wife Ezekiel 23:44;
Married Wife She who has a husband Isaiah 54:1
Mistress of Witchcrafts She who is deceived by Magic Nahum 3:4
Mocking to All Nations She who is ridiculed; Ezekiel 22:4;
Mother She who has born Children Isaiah 50:1; Hosea 2:5; Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34; Galatian 4:25
Mother of Harlots Her Children are like her Revelation 17:5
Mother’s Daughter The female child; like mother like daughter Ezekiel 16:45;
Mt Sinai Where the Law Given to Moses Galatians 4:24-25;
Mystery Babylon the Great The Whore Revelation 17:5
Oppressing City The City who is proud and violent Zep 3:1;
Oppression, Wholly She who has unjust gain; deceitfully obtained Jeremiah 6:6;
Polluted Trodden Down Ezekiel 16:6; Zep 3:1
Rahab The Harlot, spiritual type of Jerusalem Psalm 89:10; Isaiah 51:9
Rebellious House She who is disobedient and has become an enemy Ezekiel 17:1, 24:3;
Rejoicing City Joyous City Zep 2:15;
Reproach to the Heathen Disgrace to the Gentiles; Ezekiel 22:4;
Salem Peaceful the pattern and roots of Jerusalem Genesis 14:18;
Seed of Evildoers Fruit of Ungodliness Isaiah 1:4;
Shalem Early Name of Jerusalem Gen 33:18;
Sinful Kingdom A people to be destroyed Amos 9:8;
Sinful Nation A people led astray Isaiah 1:4;
Sister Woman with Siblings Ezekiel 16:46;
Sister of Judah The sister Jeremiah 3:1;
Sister of thy Sisters Sin runs in the family Ezekiel 16:45;
Slayer of Innocent Blood The City that Killed Jesus Jeremiah 26:15;
Smitten To Strike Down Ezekiel 33:21;
Sodom Spiritual Name for Jerusalem; Isaiah 1:9-10; Jeremiah 23:14; Ezekiel 16:46-49; Revelation 11:8
Thy Mother’s Daughter Daughter of a Hittite (terror) Eze 16:45
Uncleanness Religious filth Ezekiel 36:17;
Where Our Lord Was Crucified Jesus was hung on the cross there Rev 11:8
Whore Adulteress Idol Worshipper Ezekiel 16:33-34
Whore, Great Adulteress Idol Worshipper Revelation 17:1;
Wife She who is married to Jehovah Jeremiah 3:20, 31:32;  Ezekiel 16:8; Ezekiel 16:32;
Woman The Great City Ezekiel 23:44; Revelation 17:18
Woman, Removed Unclean Woman Ezekiel 36:17;
Woman Who Breaks Wedlock The Unfaithful wife of Jehovah Ezekiel 16:38;

If you would like to read other reference documents about Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols here are some others that are available:

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! We Are the Seed of Abraham! Part 10

(Ver 1.3)  Today I am writing Part 10 in the series of lessons that I have been doing on the spiritual concepts and laws surrounding God’s designed Seed planting principles.  If you have not read this series from the beginning, I would strongly recommend that you start with “Part 1”.  If you have been reading this series, then welcome back.  When you get a hold of this teaching it will change a lot of what you think and know about God and the Bible.  The concepts given in the Bible about seeds cannot be overly simplified because they are vastly complex in how God applies them throughout the Bible.  The concepts of seeds are overlapping and run in parallel at the same time.  Seeds concepts are truly woven threads in the fabric of God’s truth found throughout the Bible.  The subject of seeds is a common theme given to us in every part of the Bible.  You can find seeds mentioned in the beginning of Genesis 1 all the way to references to seeds in the last chapter of the Bible in Revelation 22.  Seeds are everywhere in the Bible if you know what to look for and if you understand the concepts behind them.  You see in Revelation 22:2 God speaks of the “Tree of Life” on each side of the river flowing from the throne of God.  These “Trees of Life” produce 12 kinds of fruit.  If you recall we learned that Fruit comes from planting seeds, naturally and spiritually.  You plant a seed, you get a tree and then it produces the fruit to produce more fruit trees.  It is a simple concept, yet so profound.  So who are these symbolic fruit trees in Revelation 22?  Do you recall reading back in Genesis 2 about the first mention of the Tree of Life?  God created a Garden for man.  In the garden God placed two trees, named Adam and Eve, I mean the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life.  It would appear to me that God’s plan was for man to eat of the Tree of Life and live forever, since this is the way it is described to end up in Revelation 22.  So what can we learn here?  We learned from the Parable of the Sower that the Word of God was the seed of God.  We learned that the hearts of men and women in the world were the soil where seeds are planted.  Let’s stop right there and analyze that statement.  What is a Garden?  A garden is where you plant your seeds to grow your fruit.  Genesis 2 describes vast amounts of seed principles being applied by God.  We have a symbolic Garden and we have 2 trees that are symbolic of something also.  One tree is OK to eat from and one tree is not OK to eat from.  Sounds like a good time for making the right decision.  Since Adam did not make the right decision we still see that God says I will make the right decision and it will end up the way that I planted it to end up.  After all it is my garden and my seed.  Are you beginning to see the concepts being given?

When you begin to understand just a little bit about seeds you can begin to see that God is smarter than us all put together.  I am a firm believer that God’s stated beginning in Genesis 1 & 2 was a symbolic representation of how He wanted it to end up when our time on this planet is completed.  We know that God is the giver of the “Good” Seed.  We know that we (the people) are God’s Soil or Garden.   That would make God the Ultimate Farmer!  Do you understand this?

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.

Here is an amazing verse of scripture that describes God’s Farm System.  The Lord God is described as being the “husbandman”.  This Greek word translated as husbandman in the KJV Bible means “a worker of land” or literally a “farmer”.   We can again see in this verse that Fruit is the desired anticipated outcome of God’s laborious seed planting.  God sowed the good seeds to produce the good fruit from the earth.  This verse is very symbolic in nature.  The “Husbandman” is the Land Owner who Works the Soil to plant His seeds in.   We can clearly understand that God owns the Earth, but that is only natural soil.  God is not talking about a natural crop of corn in this verse.  God is referring to a spiritual crop of fruit.  But, realize that seeds do not produce fruit, seeds produce trees that produce fruit.  This is a very critical part of the seed principle.  This is why I called Adam and Eve trees that had no fruit in Genesis 2 and 3.  Adam however, chose the wrong seeds and allowed the wrong fruit to grow, sinned and died.  Adam in effect sold his birthright for some wrong fruit to Satan.  We (the church) are now the purchased possession of God, by the redemptive price that He has paid with His own blood.  Christians have been purchased, redeemed without money the Bible says.  So we are God’s gardens that have allowed His Seed into our hearts to grow and produce fruit.  We produce the Fruit that God is after.  So when you read Revelation 22:2 and see the Trees of Life on each side of the river flowing from the Throne of God, we can understand that we are these trees producing this fruit every month of the year for an eternity to come.  That is pretty cool stuff, if you ask me.  If you can see it you will think it is pretty amazing also.  Only by rightly dividing the Word of God have I come to these conclusions.  By letting the Bible interpret itself and by understanding simple spiritual concepts like Seeds, Soil, Gardens, Planting, Sowing,  Rain, Watering, Fruit, Reaping and Harvests.

So that was a quick introduction to an overview of how to apply the knowledge that we have gleaned from the Bible subject concerning Seeds.  Like I told you before there are over 250 scriptures in the KJV Bible that directly mention the word “seed”.  In many modern translations the literal meaning of the word “seed” is translated as offspring, children, or some other word that loses the true meaning that God was trying to get you to see.  So while I do not try to tell you what to do, that is why I do not read many translations.  They take too many liberties with God’s Word and change it too much.  The best translation would be no translation, but since I do not speak Hebrew or Greek, I just look up the words in the dictionary and do the best that I can with God’s help.  So the best translation of the Bible is the one that is the most literal and I can’t tell you which one that is, I just know some that they are not.  People need to realize that God could have used any word that He wanted to and He picked “Seed” to describe these things we have been talking about.  I guess translators think that God is stupid and He did not know the right word to use.  Plus I use the KJV version because it is a FREE version of the Bible that is readily available to everyone without charge, limitations or restrictions.  Jesus said freely you have received so charge the heck out of everybody and get all that you can.  I think that is what some Bible manufacturers think, because this is the way that they act.  It is only for the money they think.  Oh, well I guess I’ll get off my soap box and keep teaching on the subject of seeds.  Let me briefly review two concepts that I have touched on before, but this time using some new scripture verses.

Heb 11:11  Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive  seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

Hebrews chapter 11 is one of the most important chapters in the Bible.  But most people do not see what it says.  The chapter is dominated by one Subject and that is “Faith”.  We can learn that even though God did not reveal “Faith” in the Old Testament, He definitely made it a determining factor to what people received in their life.  This chapter goes through many examples of Bible faith and in this verse we are told of Sarah’s faith in God’s Word.  Sarah believed that God was faithful because He had promised them a child.  Now she was 90 years old when this child came, but yet God was not too late was He?  Many times God’s timing is not your timing, but yet we should not question God, just believe that it will happen like He said.  In this verse there is the direct mention of “seed”.  Sarah was able to “Conceive” Seed.  Did you know that this is how that Mary got pregnant with Jesus also?  These were examples of conceiving two different types of “seeds”, but yet the end results were both the same.  Sarah conceived natural sperm of her husband Abraham’s natural seed.  While Mary conceived the “Word of God”, God’s also known as spiritual seed.  Both women were required to believe that it would happen like it was told to them.  Both women heard the message, before it actually happened to them.   Neither woman had any evidence or proof that it would ever happen, did they?  There was no proof?  This is a pattern of how to receive anything from God.  If you want a baby and have not been able to conceive a child, here is your answer.  God does not show any favoritism to anyone!  God is no respecter of person!   What God did for Sarah and for Mary, He will do for you if you choose to believe also.

So I got off the subject of the Seed of Abraham.  That is what this lesson was supposed to be about when I started.  I guess God wanted to talk to somebody out there and tell them there was hope.  before I more on completely I also want to point out that God can exachange one seed type for the other by the lessons of Sarah and Mary.  What God has created in the natural can still happen by an equivalent type of substance usage or exchange from the spritual realm.  A spiritual seed can replace a natural seed and still give the same result.  Let’s move on to an example of this using the seed of Abraham.  The Bible clearly tells us that Jesus Christ came into the world as the Seed of Abraham.  Let’s prove that statement by reading this verse and see what God reveals:

Heb 2:16  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

The Bible is so complex, that it is impossible to teach everything that just one verse says in a short lesson like this.  Why would God mention that Jesus was not born or created as an angel?    That is a much more complex subject that I guess I shouldn’t have mentioned because I cannot talk about it in this lesson.  It only gives you something new to think about.  Learn to ask God questions when you read the Bible and you just may be amazed when He shows you the answers.  So Jesus was not an angel, just load that basic fact into your mind for a future reference to a new unkown question.  However, Jesus was born the “Seed of Abraham”.  We need to review the basic seed concepts again that we have previously learned that should be firmly established in you by now.  We learned that a man is a physical being that has “Seed” within himself.  I showed you several times now that when Abraham paid tithe, his future descendant Levi was reported to have also paid the tithe at the same time.   This was because the physical future seed Levi was in his great grandfather Abraham.   If you do not recall this you should go back and review the earlier lessons, because this is a very critical piece of spiritual information to fully grasp.  The principle revealed to us in this lesson was that every natural descendant of Abraham did exactly what Abraham did because they came from Abraham’s physical seed.  Now that would be really good information if you were a natural seed of Abraham and I’ll tell you why soon.  What about the rest of us on earth?  We were called Gentiles by the laws of flesh in the world that were not born from natural seed of Abraham?   Are we all left out because we were not born from the natural seed of Abraham?  We will find out as we continue.

Keep in mind that the Bible is so much more complex than you give it credit to be.  Also keep in mind that God is smarter than you and I are.  His ways are not your natural ways, so it makes it very difficult for us to grasp these very spiritual things being taught to us.  Let’s turn to Galatians and learn something brand new about seeds:

Gal 3:19  Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

You can see that this is a verse with wide seed applications attached to it.  We talked earlier about that the word seed can either be singular or plural and you really have a very difficult time in determining which one it is by only reading on the surface.  The word in this context is clearly singular.  Jesus Christ is again called the Seed of Abraham as we can see.  This verse tells us clearly of all the natural seeds that were “IN” Abraham, only one of them carried the hope of the promise that was given to Abraham.  This was a very literal one in some several millions of future natural seeds, type of prophecy.  God singles out and separates “One Seed” to be the “Chosen Seed”.  We know that this Seed was God Himself.  Knowing this now doesn’t sound very good for all the other natural seeds that came from Abraham.  Can you see how the Bible presents us with puzzles and paradoxical predicaments?   We read in one place that being a seed of Abraham seems to be a good thing, but now we read that only one of the seeds actually carried the promise.  Wow are things getting complicated or what?

Gal 3:18  For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

Let’s back up one verse in Galatians and see some of the context of what is being discussed around this subject of the “Chosen Seed”.  I’ll try to stay on subject, according to what we just read in verse 19, we are talking about the Seed called Jesus Christ who we can see in this verse was promised the inheritance.   So the inheritance was not promised to every seed, just the One!  That is a pretty complex thing to think about and it can become a point of confusion, if we are not careful.  What is an inheritance?   Do you understand this concept?  Have you ever seen or been to a lawyer’s office who reads someone’s last will and testament?   Someone had to die in order for there to be an inheritance available to anyone.   Do you understand this?  This will certainly get more complicated than you can imagine when I tell you who died.    Who died to leave an inheritance to the Chosen Seed?  If you guessed that the Chosen Seed died you would actually be right!  God gave Himself to be the sacrifice for man’s sin.  God became the Chosen Seed of Abraham.  This Seed died and was planted into the natural ground for 3 days and rose up spiritually alive again forever.  God is the only one that I know of that is capable of experiencing death and then coming back to life to inherit that which He had left as an inheritance.  I don’t know if you understand these concepts or not, but I know they are staggeringly powerful spiritual laws in action.  Do you see how God used seed concepts and laws in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?

What does all of this have to do with you and I?  How does it affect us personally in the church?  How do I apply seed information to me if I am not a natural seed of Abraham?  I think that is what interests many people, what is the bottom line for me today?  That is where I want to get to now.  If you are a true Christian, a born again believer in Christ, then it has everything to do with you.

Gal 3:22  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

As you can see in this following verse of Galatians 3, the promise was by the faith of Jesus Christ that it might be given to us who believe.  Do you see why I included the scripture about Sarah?  Do you see how she was given a promise by God and trough her faith in His promised words, she conceived seed?  God has implemented a system within Christianity that is based totally and completely upon faith and seeds.  Let’s look at Faith in the terms of “Seed” concepts briefly.  If you went to your garden and planted some seeds in it, did you have any faith when you plant your seeds?  Do you believe that what you are doing is going to result in anything good in the future?  You see if you did not have any faith in these seeds you would not have planted any of them in the first place.  A seed is not a magic potion; you do not plant them and poof there they are like some magic bean stalk!  Faith is never a Jack in the Bean stalk reality or fantasy.   It always takes time and care to develop and produce that which was planted.  So farming is a faith lesson.   God planted a seed and expected a harvest.  That is the definition of what faith is in a nutshell; believing in a harvest by only planting seeds in the ground.  Remember that natural seeds are invisible substances when placed in the ground.  You see nothing for many days and only believe they are there by faith.

Are you a believer today?  Then you believe in God’s Seed principles.   Even though you have never seen Jesus personally, you believe that He is faithful who has promised.  The Bible says “Why stare ye into heaven?  This same Jesus that you saw go up into heaven, will come back down in the same way” (Acts 1:11).  Believing only in the words of angels written down in a book with no basis of proof and no physical evidence that you can take to court, that is what faith is.  God’s Word is the Seed, remember?  If you believe God’s Word it will conceive in your spirit the same as it did for Mary.  No, you won’t have a virgin birth, God did not promise you that, but you can go into the Bible and see what He did Promise you and believe for that.

Gal 3:7  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

This verse near the beginning of  Galatians 3 makes a declaration that is not widely understood.  As you can see this verse is addressed to the Church of Jesus Christ.  How can a widely Gentile congregation of people be called the children of Abraham?  If you look up the definition of the words, it actually calls Abraham our “father”.  I thought God was our Father?  Here is another perplexing puzzle given to us in the Bible.   You see there is NO WAY that I am a natural descendant of Abraham.  I was not born of the natural nation of Israel.  But, yet God still calls Abraham my father.  People obviously just ignore verses like these in the Bible, I guess?  Since I am not a natural child of Abraham that only leaves me to be a spiritual child of Abraham.  Do you understand this logic?  There are only two realms of existence and these are the created natural realm and the original spiritual realm.  If you are a living born again Christian on this earth you exist within both of these realms simultaneously.  If you are not a Christian you only exist in the physical realm until you die physically.  If you look at the context of this verse you can see that Abraham was justified by faith.  Abraham believed God, Galatians 3:6 says to us.  So this means that we have also been justified by the same faith that Abraham possessed.  Not just believing in God, but believing God came to the earth personally and died for your sins and was raised from the dead.  This is faith in God’s personal accomplished works and His Words.

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.

You should make a valid attempt at understanding every verse in this chapter of Galatians.  It describes who you are and reveals how you became what you are in very clear in-depth terminology.   Let’s start by realizing that Abraham was extremely blessed by God.  The natural descendants of Abraham have always been extremely blessed by God.  The natural nation of Israel has controlled vast amounts of the world’s wealth ever since they left Egypt and took all they could carry.  But, this verse says that the blessings of Abraham should come upon us, the Gentiles.  How did this occur?  It could only occur by you getting born again by your faith in Jesus Christ.  Now that makes you of the same faith as your father Abraham.  Again we see a principle of the seed within itself concept being given.  Whatever our father spiritual Abraham did, that is also what we who believe God have done.  Faith is a spiritual force of the human spirit.  So you cannot see Abraham’s faith unless he does something to demonstrate his faith to us.  When the lame man was brought to Jesus at the house where they tore the roof up to lower him to Jesus, the Bible says that Jesus could see their faith.  So faith can be seen depending upon what people do.  So what did our father Abraham do to demonstrate his faith?  If you recall you might remember that God changed his name.   When God changed his name from Abram to Abraham, Abram could have said that is not who I am and refused to go along with it.  The name Abraham means “father of nations”.  So by Abraham going around saying his name he confirmed that he was the father of nations even without having the promised child yet.  This is another faith lesson that is an excellent story to show you how God works with people.  But, this verse also says that the promise to Abraham was for us to receive the Spirit of God by this same faith.  I honestly do not know how to explain that verse of scripture, so I just accept it by faith for now and trust the Lord God to reveal it to me later.   Let’s skip down to the end of the chapter and see the last verse to wrap this lesson up:

Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

This chapter of Galatians ends with another seed concept and statement.  If you are Christ’s, meaning that you belong to Him, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.  We again see a reference to the promise of God made to Abraham and to his seed.  God promised the Seed of Abraham that He would be the heir.   This seed was Jesus Christ.  But, now it calls us this same seed at the same time.  Since you and I are not Jesus how do we explain what this verse says?  That is a very strong question that many people do not fully try to comprehend how that we in the church have become an equal heir with Christ.  God again exhibits His extreme intelligence in how He designed these things to work.   We are joint heirs with Christ by marriage covenant.  The church is the Bride of Christ and if you do not understand this, you should read the series of lessons that I did on this subject.  By being joined to Him by marriage covenant we have become one with Him.  The law of Genesis says that the two shall be even as one!  We have just seen another paradox being presented to us.  We have one body or seed but two heirs.  We can only resolve this paradox by studying how Eve came from the one body of Adam to make two.  So the Bible is complex I know and you may struggle with many of the things that I teach.  I hope and pray that you at least go and read all of these verses in your Bible and look up the definitions and meanings of every word you can find and see for yourself if they are true or not.  Do not ever take my word for anything, I am a man that makes mistakes, I am capable of failing since I am an imperfect growing Christian just like you are.  So the bottom line of today’s lesson was the Church was called the Seed of Abraham.  Did you know you were a seed?  I bet you are beginning to see that you are a seed in more ways than one.  I apologize for covering too much in one lesson and making it so long today.  God Bless You, until next time.

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons on “seeds” you can go to “Part 11“.

Understanding the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ! Part 3 Getting Paul’s Input!

(Ver 1.2)  This is now Part 3 of a series of lessons on the importance of believing in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.  I have been attempting to give you some new spiritual Bible perspectives into the identity of the Son that was born to the woman Mary and the importance of us believing that she was a virgin.  Too many people today who call themselves, Christians have an opinion that Paul never wrote about the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, so they therefore try to conclude that it did not happen, or was not important or maybe even try to stretch to say that Paul didn’t believe in it at all.  All of these are just people who are deceived into believing a lie from the enemy.  If you have not read this series from the beginning, I would strongly suggest that you go back and read starting with “Part 1”.

While Paul may not have written directly about the virgin birth, that does certainly does not mean he did not believe in it.  Nor does it mean that Paul did not write about the virgin birht indirectly using words that are dependent upon the existence of the virgin birth in order to be viewed as the truth.  There are literally too many ways to say something without saying somthing directly to say that Paul never understood that the virgin birth was a basic truth.   I personally believe that Paul was sent by God to teach the advanced revelation of other truths found in the Bible.  Most of these truths could not possibly be true without the existence of the virgin birth so the virgin birth is implied in the writings while never being directly mentioned.   Let’s start by analyzing some verses that speak about Jesus and see what they say about him.

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

There are at least two implied references to the virgin birth of Jesus in this verse written by Paul.  Either people do not know how to read or they just do not know what to look for when searching for scriptures on this subject.  To say Paul never wrote anything about the virgin birth is denying the original author of the Bible.   God uttered the words, and men wrote them down.   God is the author of the entire Bible and He says plenty about the virgin birth.  In this verse in Romans 1:3 Jesus Christ is called the Son of God.   Doesn’t that imply or mean Jesus didn’t have a natural father?  So how did He get here and who was He born from?  People obviously see what they want to see in the Bible and ignore what they do not want to see in the Bible.   Then this verse tells us that “according to the flesh” Jesus was “made” of the seed of David.  To be made something is an implied creative act of God.  Anything that God creates He has made.   So what does that tell us?   That means Jesus didn’t come into the world, the natural way like you and me.  What we have is an indirect reference to the virgin birth being revealed to us.  We have Jesus who came according to flesh as being the Son of David, but according to Spirit, He was the Son of God.  How can this be if it was not from a virgin birth?  This represents the physical and spiritual union of God and the woman Mary and the result was a man named Jesus Christ.

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

Anytime Paul writes about Jesus Christ being the Son of God, He is inferring the existence of the virgin birth.    Anytime Paul writes that God came in the flesh, he infers the virgin birth.  Jesus Christ, who was God, took on the likeness of sinful flesh in order to condemn sin in the flesh.  We again see a clear reference to God’s union with the woman Mary to produce the physical man Jesus Christ.  It is interesting to think that the Bible says “God is not a man that He should lie, nor the Son of Man that He should repent”.  But, yet God becomes a man and a Son of Man.  That is a perplexing mystery that causes vast numbers of Jewish people to reject Jesus Christ.  You see when Jesus was on the earth in the flesh, He came to John the Baptist and told him to baptize Him.  Why did Jesus do this?  John was baptizing people for the remissions of sins, yet Jesus had not committed any sins.  John tells Jesus in the 3rd chapter of Matthew that he needed to be baptized of Jesus and Jesus tells him do this to me to satisfy all righteousness.  Jesus who was God in the flesh, was baptized of John for the “repentance of sin” (Mat 3:11).  After John baptized Jesus, the Bible says that the Holy Spirit descended from heaven in the form of a dove and God spoke out of heaven in a thundering voice and said “This is my son, in who I am well pleased”.   So why didn’t God do this before Jesus was baptized by John?  I think that is a really good question.  Perhaps you can read some of my other blogs and get some clues to what happened, but for now let’s continue with the virgin birth:

1Ti 3:16  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh,  justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

You see again that Paul writes a simple statement that God was “manifested” in the flesh.  If this is not a clear reference to the virgin birth, then what is it?   How did God come to be here in the flesh?  The term “manifested” again refers to being “made” in the flesh.  So how do you make babies?   How does a Spirit being make babies?  It is certainly not the same way that you do it.  We know that God is a Spirit.  We also know God is omnipotent.  So how would omnipotent God become a man legally on this planet?  I believe that He gets a virgin woman to agree with the plan and to believe that she will have His son.  Isn’t it funny how Mary’s response to the angel of God was “Be unto me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).  Mary obviously believed it would happen to her even before it happened to her.  That sounds a lot like someone with faith, someone who believed, and someone in partnership with God.  Because Mary believed the words of God, she received the word and He became flesh inside of her.

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

Those that claim Paul never wrote about the virgin birth are clearly ignorant and foolish.   This verse in Galatians compares two sons born of Abraham.  The first is called him that is “born after the flesh” and the other one is called “the promised son”.   As you recall Abraham was given the slave woman Hagar to have a child by his wife because Sarah was barren and he did.  That is called the child after the flesh.  This son however never received the blessing of the firstborn since Sarah miraculously conceived the promised child.   While this was not a virgin birth by any stretch of the imagination, it was clearly a miraculous birth for a 90 year old woman to give birth to a son.  So what is God saying to us?   I believe that God is giving us a prophetic view of the virgin birth.  You see Isaac was born in a supernatural way and this is a type of the birth of Christ who was born in a supernatural way.  These were just types and shadows of another son that was promised.  Jesus Christ’s birth was also prophesied to be a miraculous conception by the type of Sarah and Abraham having the son Isaac.  However, Jesus’ birth is a much greater miracle than that of Isaac.

Heb 5:5  So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.

Again we see Paul writing to the Hebrews and he says a prophetic quote from God “Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee”.   The Greek word that is translated as “begotten”, means to “procreate as of the Father“.   What does the term “procreate” mean?   To procreate means to bring forth offspring or children.  It can also mean to “conceive”, to be “born” or “to give birth”.   Anyone with any brains at all can figure out what he is talking about.   If God is the Father and Mary is the natural mother, then how did God get this woman pregnant?   It wasn’t the natural way.   We have already seen very specific scripture that the Holy Ghost caused this to happen and that Mary was a young girl that had never known a man.  So it is very clear to me that Paul believed in the virgin birth and thought it was a critical piece of information to learn.  In other words it was a foundational part of his theology and his belief system.

Heb 1:5  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

What we have is another witness to the fact that Jesus Christ is “begotten” by God.   Never had God done anything like this before and never will he do this again, this is what took Satan by surprise.  Satan did not know what to do with this man, Jesus.   According to Jesus’ parable Satan thought this was the heir so they had to kill him (Mat 21:38).   However, Jesus came into the earth to die and that is what defeated Satan.  What you need to do is realize that anytime the Bible calls Jesus the Son of God that is indirectly calling him the one that was born of a virgin.  Anytime you read about God coming to the earth in the flesh you are reading about a virgin birth.

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,

In the first lesson in this series I talked about the resurrection of Jesus being different than other people who were raised from the dead.   I asked you to think about why the resurrection of Jesus was so important to our beliefs and our salvation.  I showed in Romans 10:9 that it says that if you believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and called him your Lord you would be saved.  This verse in Hebrews again refers to Jesus being raised from the dead and this is in conjunction with the “blood” of the everlasting covenant of God.  So where did Jesus get His blood?  You might recall in another blog I talked about the blood of a baby being a union of the father and the mother’s blood type.  So why is this important?  What made Jesus’ blood an acceptable payment for our sin and the foundational basis of an everlasting covenant?  Obviously Jesus’ blood was not the exact same as our blood, but yet at the same time it was.  So we have another paradox, and a mystery of Biblical proportions.   If Jesus blood was just like our blood then God could have picked anyone to pay the price for our sins.   You should really think about the blood of Jesus for a long time, because it is very important and very significant to your salvation.  You need to figure out why the blood of Jesus was sufficient to pay for your sins and why your blood is not sufficient payment for your sins.  I’ll give you some clues and more information on this subject later.

Paul writes a considerable amount of scriptures about the blood of Jesus Christ and its value and power.  What makes the blood of Jesus Christ so special?   In order to understand this it comes back to the virgin birth?  That is the only difference between my blood and Jesus’ blood.   His natural father was the Holy Spirit and mine was not.  My father’s lineage goes directly back to Adam and Eve and there lies the problem with my bloodline and yours.

1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Why, is Jesus Christ called the “Last Adam”?   To me that was a really interesting thing to discover and to study.   What we see is a direct comparison of two men.  The first Adam is called a living soul and the “Last Adam” a quickening Spirit.  One is said to be physical and natural man and the other is inversely spiritual by nature.

1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

As you read through this chapter you find that natural things always came first in the world and then spiritual things came later.   This is a pattern for us to understand how God created this world.  We were first born naturally, and then we were born again spiritually.  Did you notice what Paul wrote in 1 Cor 15:47?  He said the second Adam came from heaven!  Uh Oh?  We have another clear, but indirect reference to the virgin birth.  God says that the body of the first man came from the earth.  But, the body of the second man was born here, but came from heaven.  We again see an implied reference to God coming in the flesh.  This is the Lord of Glory being made a man.

1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all  be made alive.

We can see that through Jesus, the Last Adam, He causes all men to have the ability to live.  This is in direct contrast to the first Adam who caused all men born on this planet to die.  So was Jesus Christ born a man on this planet?  If you understand the Bible you know that He was.  That means He had to die like everyone else that was descended from Adam.   Realizing that Jesus Christ who was God in the flesh came to the earth to die is a basic part of theology that you must embrace in order to understand who Jesus was and why he came to the earth.   What we have seen is two individuals, both are called a man, both are called Adam and both were made originally by God.    The first Adam was a natural man whose body was formed from the dust of the ground.  The last Adam came by the word of God through a virgin woman.

Now I want to talk about the Blood of Jesus Christ and give you some more insight and understanding on how it was able to satisfy the payment for our sins.  Paul writes about the blood of Christ in numerous verses.  You can read some of them in Romans 5:9, Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 2:13, and Colossians 1:14.  By reading these verses you find out what Jesus bought with His blood.  There are many things that were resolved, there were many things purchased, there were many things that were forgiven, and there many things that were accomplished through the blood of Jesus Christ.   All of these verses tell us clearly that Jesus’ blood was something of great value, something that would cover the cost of the vast expanse of the sin of all humanity.  It also indicates that His blood was more valuable than our blood.  Therefore we have reached again a full circle that states Jesus Christ must have been born of a virgin to make Him different than you and I.  So what makes the Blood of Christ more valuable than ours?  Let’s briefly examine the Bible and find out:

Gen 9:4  But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

So what makes this flesh uneatable according to God’s commandment to Noah?  It is the blood!  The Blood of the flesh is said to be the Life of the flesh.  Isn’t that interesting?  Do you remember what Jesus told us?  Jesus said “I am the Life” (John 14:6).  Could Jesus have been referring to His blood?

Lev 17:11  For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for  your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

You see we have another confirmation written in the Law of Moses that says the life of the flesh is the blood.  So we then see God giving us another key piece of information.  The payment of sin comes from the shedding of blood.  It is the blood that will provide atonement for us.  The Hebrew word translated as “Atonement” is an interesting word that means “to cover”.  It can also mean “to forgive”, “to show mercy”, “to reconcile”, and “to cleanse”.   These are all the works of God and what He has accomplished in Jesus Christ through His blood.

Heb 10:4  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

So we have another mystery given to us.  Clearly in the O.T. God implemented a series of laws that showed the people how to make sacrifices of animals for the sins of the people.  However, we discover that God would later say that the blood of bulls and goats would never take away our sins.  So why did God do this?   What we have is another natural pattern that establishes a spiritual N.T. reality in Jesus Christ.  Did you notice this verse didn’t say anything about a lamb?   Jesus Christ is called the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29)!  I’ll wrap this blog up with one more verse about the blood of Jesus Christ:

Heb 9:14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

We have another paradox being presented to us.  How can God offer Himself as a sacrifice to Himself?  This is some really deep stuff, isn’t it?   Maybe we can talk about that in another blog, but for now let’s keep going.  If you recall from my last blog, there were three that agreed in the earth.  These were the Spirit, the water and the blood.  The blood represents the life of the flesh.  The Bible also tells us that the body is dead without the spirit (James 2:26).  We are now beginning to understand a little bit how the blood of Jesus could satisfy the price of our sin.   The man Jesus Christ born of a virgin was God in the flesh.  The omnipotent God gave His life, His eternal Spirit and His blood as payment for our sin.  As Jesus hung on the cross and bled I am convinced that He was smiling on the inside.  He knew what was being accomplished, He knew what was being purchased, and He knew the end result for all of His pain and suffering. 

Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

So if anybody ever tells you that Paul didn’t believe in the virgin birth, tell them to go and read those letters again.  Maybe you can help them now by telling them what to look for.  God Bless!

The TOP 10 Reasons Jesus Christ Came into the World?

(Ver 1.4)  Many times we study the Bible and only see one perspective, because that is where our focus is.   Our minds, our preconceived thoughts and prejudices  can cause us to miss what the Bible actually says.   People’s Bible study approach is very much like my approach to proof reading my blogs.  Many times I type what I think I should say, but when I go back and reread it a few days later, it turns out what I typed was not actually what I had originally intended.   Also, many times my typing errors are missed, because I read what I thought I typed and not what it actually says.   All this does is prove that people can look right at the words written on a page and still not ever tell what they exactly said or meant.  Students in school prove this everyday with their textbooks.   This is why I believe that many times people do not see what the Bible actually says either.  They see what they think it says and ignore what it actually says and they end up missing what God wanted to teach them in the frist place..

I have already blogged on the fact that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh.   God purposely becoming a man can cause many people to stumble.  The Creator becoming a part of His creation, that just boggles many people’s minds.   However, God did this and you either have to accept it or choose to reject it by your onw freewill.  Today I want to discuss some of the top reasons that I have found, why God did this.   What does God and the Bible say, were the top reasons for God’s personal appearance on this planet?   If you think it was just for one reason, you would be greatly mistaken.  God rarely does only one thing at a time for a single threaded purpose or plan.   God is a highly complex and intelligent being that can accomplish many things with one simple act.  We just have to be smart enough to read and find out what these were and then why God said that He came to visit us.  While I do not profess to know every reason I will give at least 10 of the top reasons that I have discovered from the Bible.

1.  To Die

I believe the number one reason why Jesus came to the earth and was born a human man, was so that he could die.   Did you know that it is impossible to kill God?   God is a supreme spiritual power and it is impossible to eliminate God from existence.   But, that does not mean that God as a man could not die a normal physical death.  It is pretty obvious that Jesus proved that after hanging on the cross.  When Jesus said it is finished, He fulfilled His number 1 purpose for coming into the world.  His death accomplished more than you can imagine right now, but read this verse:

Heb 2:9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of Jesus, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Jesus Christ was born a human male on the earth so that he could taste death for all of us.  The Bible says that it is appointed unto every man, once to die (Heb 9:27).   In becoming a man we can clearly see that God did not intend for Jesus the man to live on the earth forever or to set up a natural kingdom or rule in this dimension of time.   God specifically came to the earth in a very temporary capacity, on purpose with the set goal to die after 33 years of being present as a man.  Death is also a separating force that terminates covenants.  You can learn this by reading the words of Ruth, when she says “Until death separates me from thee”.   If God wants to die on the earth, you can conclude that He wants to end whatever covenants that He was previously tied to.   I know that is not a popular teaching, but it is a logical deduction based upon the facts established in the Bible.  You do realize that the living mortal man Jesus of Nazareth did not establish a New Covenant with anyone while He was here in His mortal physical state?   You see the New Covenant was implemented by the risen from the dead Jesus Christ.   The Risen Jesus is now an immortal and omnipotent spiritual being and only He can implement a new eternal covenant that never existed before.  This is a fact that you rarely hear taught in church.   Jesus Christ is the first born from the dead and the heir of everything (Heb 1:2).   What is an heir?   An Heir is only someone who inherits what someone who died has left.  Uh oh?   Who died?  What was left?  Who are the heirs?  You see why the Bible is so difficult to understand for most people?  The Bible is more complex than most understand.

2.  To Save Sinners

I believe the number two reason Jesus came to this planet in a physical form was so that He could save us.  We of course are like everyone else and we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).  Even though we are not really worthy of salvation, God chose to save us anyway.  I have heard many people in the world say we just want what we are deserved.   In other words in their minds the government owes them something and they deserve to get it all just because they belong in this country.   That is an attitude that is based upon pride and error.   You do not want what you are deserved, you are far better off asking for mercy.

1Ti 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Sin was a separating force from the righteousness of God.   God had to do something with the sin problem of man, if we ever were to have any hope.  God does this by becoming the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).   God’s own personal blood was shed to pay the price for our sin.   The Bible says without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin (Heb 9:22).  It also goes on to say that the blood of natural bulls and goats cannot take away the sins of the world.   So it required a higher price and only the blood of God Himself could satisfy this price.

3.  To Save That Which Was Lost

This reason I will probably not be able to elaborate on fully in this lesson.  Many will read this next verse that I give and think that it is talking about the previous reason, but I do not personally think that is what Jesus was talking about.  Jesus did tell us that He was sent to the lost sheep of the House of Israel (Mat 15:24).  So we do understand that people are spoken of in the Bible as being lost.  What I think is that it was more than that, which Jesus was talking about in this next verse.

Luk 19:10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Did you notice that this verse does not say, “Those Who Were Lost”?  Why is that important?  Why is that necessary to see?  What was lost?   What must be saved?  Many just think we the people were what was lost and that is the only thing that God came here to save.  That of course is a very narrow minded focus on what God is capable of doing.  Let me answer these questions by asking you a question.   Why is it necessary for God to create a new heaven and a new earth?  You should really give that some serious thought before you try to answer that question.  Could it be that is what was lost?   I only buy a new car because something happened to my old car, either a wreck, or just old age and it died.   Some people trade cars like they buy new underwear or socks, but God is not this way.   You have to realize that there is a major problem with the old, if God implements a new anything.  I mean think about it, can’t God ever create anything that lasts?   Is He not God?   It would appear that something happens to the old heaven and the old earth that causes God to create a new physical and spiritual realm.  So I do not deny that people are also lost.  In 2nd Corinthians 4:3 it says “If our gospel is hid, it is hid to them that are lost”.  But, this word can mean “destroyed” or “perishing”.   So while you could say people are lost, you actually find this statement:

Col 1:20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

You see you can find more scriptures about people having been reconciled back to God in the New Testament than you can find scriptures that speak about people being lost.

Rom 5:10  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

So the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ’s death is that we have been reconciled back in right relationship with God.  I think I will leave the rest of this discusion to a future lesson on the subject.

4.  For The Resurrection of the Dead

God told Adam, not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and said that in the day that you do, you will surely die.   That of course represents the poor choice that Adam made that perpetuated death upon the entire human race.   Death ruled man, man feared death, death is an enemy to man and God came to solve the problem of death.  Here is a scripture verse that helps us to see this:

1Co 15:21  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

Jesus Christ is called the “Last Adam” and because the first Adam brought death into the world, Jesus was able to come as a second man to end death’s domination over us.  You see death was a separating force that kept us from God because of Sin.     Adam sinned and sold himself into the bondage of sin and Christ came and paid the cost for our redemption with His blood.  It is an awesome work of God that He has accomplished.  The immortal God becomes mortal and dies so that the mortal men and women in the world can become immortal and live with Him forever.  It’s all a part of God’s great exchange offer.  Exchange your life for His life and you become the winner!

5.  To Undo the Works of the Devil

I hope that you do understand who the devil is?  I hope you also understand that Satan is not on God’s payroll and does not work for God.  You see God has the power to tell Satan what to do, but yet is this the way God is?   Is God pulling all of the strings in heaven and causing everything in the world to happen exactly like He wants it to happen?  You see I do not think so.   You do understand that the Sovereign God is able to give man “freewill” by His choice and design?  If you do not understand that man has a “freewill” you do not understand that it was you that chose to get out of bed this morning and not God.  If you think that God controls what you do every day, then you need to come to understand the Bible with greater clarity.  Let’s keep going and look at what the Bible says about Satan:

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

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.

Both of these verses speak of God attempting to “destroy” the devil or the works of the devil.  Why would this be necessary, if God is in control of the devil already?  You see the problem that some seminaries teach, don’t you?  The term “destroy” does not mean to obliterate into non-existence as you would think it does.   It means to “loosen”, “dissolve”, “undo” or  “reverse” the actions of the devil.   In other words Jesus came to undo the consequences of something that Satan directly caused.  I hope you understand the concept of “cause” and “effect” found within the physical sciences.  I think I first learned this concept in a High School Physics class, that every effect that we can observe always has a root cause.  For example, when you see waves in a pond, you can deduce that something was thrown into the pond to cause the waves.  It is not a hard concept to grasp.  What you have to ask yourself is what were the effects of Satan’s work that God had to come personally to reverse?  This is a tough question to answer in this lesson, so we will continue on.

6.  Jesus Came and Died, So that the Holy Spirit Could Come In and Abide

This is a simple truth, but yet very important to understand.   Without Jesus’ death we would not have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us today.   Of course the Holy Spirit is only in those who have received Him and not in everyone.   God does not force His entrance into the spirits of anyone.  Here is a verse of scripture that tells us something that Jesus said to us personally:

Joh 14:16  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Jesus said in Revelation 3:20, “Behold I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear my voice and will open the door, I will come in a sup with him”.   So Jesus said I will come inside, if you open the door to your house and let me in.   This is a symbolic representation of the heart of man.   The comforter residing on the inside is a benefit, that nobody possessed before Christ died.   Jesus told us that it was better that he go away so that he could send us the Comforter (John 16:7).    While Jesus was here in the flesh, that would have been really cool to see.   However, Jesus clearly tells us that it is better the way we have it now than the physical Jesus when He was here.   You see a physical Jesus was the manifestation of the omnipotent God of Creation with limitations.   Jesus could only talk to a limited number of people at a time.  Jesus could only say one thing to everyone at the same time.   Jesus had to eat, sleep and do other business, just like we do every day.   Jesus was God with severe limitations and restrictions.   If you do not understand that statement, I’m sorry I do not have time to explain it.   Now that every Christian has God on a personal internal level, they have a teacher, the guide, the comforter and a true friend on the inside that cam speak to everyone independently and say something different to each of us at the same time.  That is the benefit of the Holy Spirit over the physical Jesus.

7.  To Fulfill the Law

Jesus made several statements about the law that are very profound.  One of them was that heaven and earth would pass away but the law (God’s Word) would never pass away (Luke 21:33).  This would indicate that the Word of God is something that is eternal.  What does it mean to fulfill something said?   I believe that it means to perform that which was spoken.

Mat 5:18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

God’s words are prophetic and contain information about coming events.   God tells us that the “End is declared from the Beginning” (Isa 46:10).   God therefore knows the outcome even before He started.   God always recorded the outcome in the Bible for us to see before it actually happens on our timeline.   Before God did anything, God spoke and then it happens.   Jesus spoke repeatedly about the words of the prophets being fulfilled while they were walking about.   Jesus declared that everything written about him would be fulfilled.  We can therefore logically conclude that Jesus came to fulfill the Words of God that were prophesied about him.

Luk 24:27  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

As you can see the Old Testament Law of Moses is said to be words that describe Jesus and what He will do and accomplish.  These are very important things to note.

8.  To Reveal the Hidden Wisdom and Words of God

The Natural Nation of Israel and the Natural Jews have held the Words of God for thousands of years and yet they still do not understand what they say.  Jesus tried to teach as many who would hear the truth, but not very many people actually grasped the truth.   What you must realize is that the Bible was written in a manner that concealed information making it difficult for natural men to understand.  I believe that Jesus came to give us understanding and teach us the truth.  Now that Jesus is raised from the dead, I believe this understanding has been made available to us by the work of the Holy Spirit within us.

Mat 13:35  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

God has recorded many of the hidden wisdoms of God in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.   Jesus came and taught about natural things in the form of parables that revealed vastly profound spiritual truths, yet most of the listeners did not understand them.

Luk 24:27  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

You can go into many of the verses in the New Testament and see what Jesus revealed to His disciples.   Jesus went through the Old Testament starting with Genesis and showed these followers that He was written about on almost every page.   All of this was secrets hidden from the plain view of man.   I call this hiding the truth in plain sight.  God used many techniques to disguise the truth, but yet it was right there for us to see.  Did you know the term “mystery” only occurs in the New Testament?   While God wrote the mysteries in the Old Testament, God did not specifically tell anyone that they were there.  Jesus came along and read the scriptures and could see and understand the hidden secrets in the Word of God, since the Author of the Word was inside of Him.   Jesus took these secrets and opened them up for people to see and after He was raised from the dead the disciples finally got it.

9.  To Build a New Spiritual City

Jesus Christ became the chief cornerstone to a new spiritual City of God, called the New Jerusalem.   This spiritual city reflects a new beginning, with a spiritual people who are called those who are righteous in the eyes of God.   This organized spiritual structure is a new spiritual family of God and many of the old family members of God’s previous family have been omitted.  That is not very good news for them.

Heb 11:10  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

You see even as Solomon built God a temple in Jerusalem as a type and pattern for the future spiritual work of the One that is greater than Solomon, Jesus came to the earth to become the builder of a new name of God.   As the Son of God, a son’s responsibility is to marry and carry on the family name.

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.

God tells us very clearly that each of us in the church is a “Living Stone” in a “Spritual House”.   Do you understand this type of building project?   Probably not, but yet God is using natural things to describe a spiritual structure made up of people.   This new spiritual house is the Bride of Christ, called the New Jerusalem in Revelation.  If you want to learn more about that you can go and read my blog on that subject, “The Bride of Christ Revealed“.

10.  To Divide

Here is my reason number 10 for the coming of Jesus Christ into the world.  This is of course a controversial reason for the coming of Jesus Christ, because it is not widely taught nor understood by many.  As you read this statement that Jesus makes, it would appear to contradict what the Bible says in other places.  Let’s just read and see what Jesus said personally about coming to the earth:

Luk 12:51  Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

Jesus is called the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6), yet here in Luke Jesus said this is not why I am here.   That is a pretty radical statement being made by the Son of God.  God says I came to divide the earth and not to bring peace on the earth.   What is God talking about?   If you have read my other blogs you may already know the answer, but I will tell you again briefly.   On the 4th day of creation God divides Day from Night and gives the Sun to Rule the Day and the Moon to Rule the Night.   The Night is a 12 hour period of darkness, the Day is a 12 hour period of Light.   These two separate divisions are symbolic representations for what Jesus is talking about in this verse in Luke.   Jesus is called the “Sun of Righteousness” (Mal 4:2).   Jesus is called the “Light of the World” (Jo 8:12).   Jesus is called the “True Light” (Jo 1:9).   Jesus is called the “Day Star” (2 Peter 1:19).   Jesus is called the “Bright and Morning Star” (Rev 22:16).   All of these are synonymous terms for the Sun that produces light on our planet.   Jesus came into the world as the spiritual Light of the World and His Word causes illumination in the hearts of men and women so that they no longer live in darkness.   Being children of the light and children of the day, we are the ones that have been divided from those that remain in the darkness (1 Th 5:5).  All of this is a division that is taking place in the spiritual realm.  God is dividing those who belong to Christ from those who belong to Satan.  The end result is said to be completely different for both of these groups.

Mat 25:46  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Jesus speaks of two divisions of people in this one basic statement.   Those that are righteous go to a realm of life everlasting, and those that are unrighteous to everlasting punishment.   Two different results, two different people, two different divisions.  This was one of the key reasons Jesus came to the earth and God declares it.  You can choose to believe it or reject it.

The Spiritual New Birth! The Importance of Learning Spiritual Things in the Bible!

(Ver 1.3)  This is Part 1 in an essential basic Bible study series on the subject of Savlation and the Spiritual New Birth of God..  So many bloggers on the internet want to ignore the real important eternal spiritual things of God and want to only focus on the temporary natural things that mean very little.  Because they think carnally they have been blinded spiritually to the things that God wants to teach them.  I hope that I am not talking about you.  Today I want to discuss a Bible Basic Truth that every Christian should already know a little bit about.  This is the subject of the New Birth, a subject that totally revolves around spiritual actions of God and not the natural thoughts of men.  What you should see when you study the Bible is that God gives us natural things as patterns for us to understand the hidden spiritual things.  Of course if you do not understand these natural things, you will not understand the spiritual things either.  Here is the challenge that God throws down to us in 1 Corinthians:

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.

How natural are you?  We are all a little bit natural and many are more natural than they are spiritual.   God is very clear when He states the problem we are faced with in the church today.  We have many people teaching spiritual things and many people that are just not able to grasp it because they are not able to understand it without getting the knowledge past their flesh and minds and into their spirits.   People want to figure out God using only their natural human minds and reasoning and God says your mind is incapable of understanding anything about His spiritual things.  The more natural thinking you are the more difficulty you will have with understanding anything that is spiritual.

1Co 3:1  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

Every new Christian starts as a spiritual baby in Christ.   Just as natural babies cannot eat steak and the food that grownups eat, baby Christians have trouble digesting anything that has great substance and meaning to it.  Have you ever noticed that kids and children often times think they know more than they do?   They like to pretend that they are highly intelligent, even teenagers tend to think they know more than their parents.

Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

This is why many people even in churches today are unable to understand anything about the spiritual things that other people teach.  Jesus made a definite requirement to enter into the Kingdom of God.  What does it mean to be born again?

Joh 3:4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

This is a classic example of a spiritual teacher trying to teach something to a natural thinking man.  Jesus is attempting to discuss spiritual things and this man in John 3 wants to ask a natural question.  Nicodemus asks Jesus how a man when he is old can enter back into the stomach of his mother.   To Nicodemus it was a good question, but to Jesus it was just a clear indication that this man did not understand what he said.

Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Jesus tries with another statement to explain the process.  I would doubt that you fully understand this scripture either.  Jesus is not speaking of Water Baptism in this verse and I would bet that most people think that is what He is talking about.   Jesus is comparing two different births, one natural and one spiritual.  When you are in your mother’s womb, you are surrounded by water.  When her water breaks, she knows it is time to deliver.  Jesus is comparing this natural event to the spiritual birth process.  Again Jesus tells us that unless a man is born naturally and spiritually you will never make it into the Kingdom of God.

Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

We can again see the comparison being confirmed in this next verse in John.  Jesus tells us very clearly that being born again has nothing to do with the flesh.  To be born again is a spiritual birth process and something that happens inside of you.  No one can observe it when it happens, but they can observe the changes that it makes in you externally.  This verse represents a spiritual law being revealed to us.  Whoever is born of the flesh is just that, flesh!   But, whoever is born of the Spirit, they are now a new spirit. 

1Pe 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

You see the spiritual birth process dramatically resembles the natural birth process, but yet it is completely different at the same time.    Both birth processes were initiated by planting seed.  The natural seed of a man is called sperm and it impregnates a woman and a natural child is born.  This natural seed is called corruptible seed and this is directly compared to the incorruptible seed of the Word of God.  Everyone that becomes a Christian does so as a result of hearing God’s Word.

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

You see these people in Corinth were disputing among themselves, again thinking naturally and carnally and missing the spiritual things of God that Paul was trying to get them to see.  This is the same chapter that Paul said earlier that he could not talk to them about spiritual things because they were still baby Christians.  Paul reveals a part of the spiritual birth process in this verse.  Paul planted the incorruptible seed of the Word of God into the hearts of the people and Apollos came along and watered it to get it to grow.  If the people understood any of it, it would eventually begin to grow and produce fruit unto God.

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

You may not fully understand the process of being born again, but yet you can still participate in it and learn about the process later.   God designed a specific plan and a specific process for getting men and women born again.  This process is actually outlined in this verse in Romans.  It seems to start with a preacher being sent to the people.  The preacher tells the people about Jesus, what He has done for them and the people can choose to believe it and to accept Jesus as their Savior.  It is not a long or complicated process, but yet it is also very profound.   Salvation is a system based upon Words and Faith.  If you have ever read any of my other blogs you know that I say some pretty new things about these two subjects from the verses found in Bible.  God’s Word System of Salvation is vastly criticized and ridiculed by those who think naturally and do not understand it.

2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become  new.

This verse found in 2 Corinthians speaks about the new birth.  God informs us that we have become a new creation.  This of course is a creation within the spiritual realm of God.   The term “new creation”, means we are now something that has never existed before.  We are something “fresh” and “brand new”.  Being born again spiritually, gives us a new start, a new beginning as this verse says.  The old things, the old ways, the old behavior and the things we use to do have now passed away or vanished.  You could say the old you was buried and the new you has been raised to life.  The Old Man was natural and carnal with a self centered focus.  The New Man is a person that sees things differently and has a new spiritual perspective on life and others around them.

When God says “All” things have become new, you have to understand what the term “All” means in this context.  It does not mean everything as in an all inclusive new you.  While the inside spirit part of you is new, the outside physical parts of you are still the same.  The body still wants the same foods you ate before you were born again.  The flesh still wants to do the same things that it has always done.   Then there is the mind and you have the same mind that you always had.  You still have the same memories, the same experiences, the same way of thinking and all of these things are part of a spiritual growth process that begins when you are “Born Again”.  God tells us in Romans 12:2 that “we should not conform to this world’s ways”.  He then tells us “to be transformed by the renewing of our minds”.   To renew your mind is a lengthy process that involves you learning spiritual things that will allow you to grow and mature in Christ.  Just as children take many years to mature physically, so it is with spiritual babies.  They need time to learn and understand the new spiritual things that God wants them to learn.

1Pe 2:2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

What we learn by reading the Bible is that there is a growth process.  It starts with the Word of God and will end with the Word of God.  The milk of the Word represents the basic concepts, ideas, facts and information that provide you with the foundation for your spiritual beliefs.   Most of the time, these concepts are not as simple as you would like them to be, however you keep drinking them in until you grow enough to mature.  As you mature you will be able to grasp more complex and advanced topics in the Bible.  These are not always easy to digest either, but yet if God gave them to us, then they have a purpose for us to know and to understand. 

This has been a comprehensive overview of the New Birth process.   This is a spiritual reality that occurs when you accept Jesus as your Savior.   What God has done in the natural is a direct pattern for what God has done in the spiritual realm.  If you can learn and understand this process, it might help you to share it with others.

If you would like to contiue reading in this series of lessons you may go directly to “Part 2“.

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The Hidden Jesus in Genesis! Jesus Revealed in the Hidden Patterns of Genesis!

(Ver 1.5)  Jesus makes a very profound and awesome statement in the Gospels while He was speaking to the people of the natural nation of Israel.  These are such tremendously important words that we (Christians) need to grasp and fully understand what they say and what they mean.  Please read with me this statement spoken by the Almighty God personally to humans:

Joh 5:39  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

A witness is someone who testifies in court of law.  A witness in a court of law is someone who comes in and testifies about what they know, what they have seen or for something as an expert that is relevant and pertains to the case in question.   An expert witness in a court case is someone who can speak with a certain level of authority on the specific related subject about the case.   So God’s claim in this verse appears to indicate that the Bible is an expert witness for God’s case that He is presenting to us about the existence of Jesus Christ and His true identity.   We should be able to clearly see what God is saying about the purpose of the Bible.  God claims that the Old Testament contained hidden information about who Jesus was and what He is going to accomplish before He was done.  Jesus also clearly informed us that we needed to search the scriptures to find this information.  If we are required to become a “Sherlock Holmes” type of Christian doing a search of the written word in order to find these facts, that would mean that this information is not always clearly presented on the initial surface reading.   This would also indicate that the information about Jesus was purposely hidden either from someone or for someone like us to find.  For example, why do parents hide Easter eggs for their young children?  Is it to protect the candy from being discovered?   No actually it is more for the fun of seeing their children search for them with eager expectations of finding them.    The purpose of hiding eggs is not to keep the children from ever finding the candy but it does simply create a challenge for them that provides the parents the pleasure of seeing the excitement derived from their discovery.  This is a key concept that is needed to fully grasp about the words found in the Old Testament.  The Bible contains literally many hidden secrets about Jesus and these concealed clues were placed there by our Heavenly Father for us (His children) to search and discover.

The Law of Moses was given to Israel on Mt Sinai and they carried these words for many hundreds of years.  The Jewish people preserved them and cared for them and then when the author of the book appeared before them in the flesh they killed him.  Why is this, I asked myself?  I can see Jesus in the Old Testament, why couldn’t they see Jesus in the same way?  That of course is a really good question to consider.  I would guess that it is extremely more difficult to see what you do not know personally exists.  For Christians who know Jesus personally, they have a much greater advantage over the people in Jesus’ days on the earth.  They did not know Him like we can know Him so it is much easier for us to discover Jesus in the hidden verses in O.T. books like Genesis.  The rest of this lesson will be about something that I have blogged on before, but maybe not in this direct context and under this specific title.   This lesson will focus on the hidden Jesus in Genesis and I will give you at least three really good examples of Him that maybe you have not seen before.   I will focus only on the first two chapters of Genesis and you will certainly be amazed if you can see it.  Before, we start, I pray that the eyes of your understanding be opened and enlightened to see God’s truth.

Genesis 1:1

alpha_omega3_6Let’s start with Genesis 1:1, where it says “In the beginning God created, the heaven and the earth”.  Did you know Jesus was Hidden in this verse in Genesis by the Author?  However, unless you read and study it in the original Hebrew language you probably did not specifically know this.  The 4th word of the original Hebrew text is a word that has been completely omitted from the English translation and this one word reveals Jesus in this verse in a very profound way.  The Hebrew word omitted in this verse is actually not a real word at all and thus the reason for the omission of a translation to the English language.  The translators simply did not understand what to do with it, so they omitted it.    This omitted word consists of only two Hebrew letters.  These two letters are the “alef” and the “tav”.   These two Hebrew letters just so happen to be the very first and very last letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  Does that help you to see Jesus better now?   What I am saying is that Genesis 1:1 should have read “In the beginning the A-Z God created the heavens and the earth”.  The translators did not understand the significance and they ignored the word being connected to the name of God.

Rev 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

This new information should start to illuminate many spiritual light bulbs inside your heart and mind.   You see , here in the book of Revelation chapter 1 and verse 8 Jesus calls Himself the “Alpha and the Omega”.  It just so happens that these are also the very first and very last letters of an alphabet, but here it is of the Greek Alphabet.   If the translators would have converted these two Greek letters to English properly Jesus would have said “I am the A and the Z”.  Now do you see the connection more clearly? Also consider the fact that Jesus was a Hebrew.  He spoke predominately Hebrew to the Jewish people.  Therefore, when spoken this verse in Revelation could have been written in Hebrew and said “I am the Alef and the Tav”.  Since it was written in Greek the Apostle John did the inspired thing to convert into Greek letters from the original spoken Hebrew.  The English translators could have followed His example and legally translated it as the A and the Z.

What God is doing is revealing who created the world that we live in.  Jesus Christ was the Word of God and He created ALL things that we can see and observe.  Without Him was nothing that was made, made (John 1:1-3).  So Jesus is clearly identified as the creator God, the “A-Z God” who created everything that was created.  This is a very profound and priceless conformation of the identity of the Messiah to be the man Jesus Christ.  In the Beginning the A-Z God created the heavens and the earth.  That is how this verse should have read, now let’s go find Jesus in some other verses in Genesis.

 

Genesis 1:15-19  Day 4 of Creation

Gen 1:14  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Gen 1:15  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 
Gen 1:16  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 
Gen 1:17  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 
Gen 1:18  And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. 
Gen 1:19  And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. 

I want to skip down in chapter 1 of Genesis to the described Day 4 of creation.  This day is one of the most important hidden references to Jesus in all of Genesis.  I do not profess to know every hidden reference to Jesus in Genesis, but I feel this one is one of the most important to see based upon my current understanding of the Bible.   You see on Day 4 of the creation account, God tells us of two opposing lights.  What God is doing is speaking symbolically and prophetically in these verses about Jesus Christ and what will be accomplished by His appearance on the earth.

In studying the days of creation I learned that every day of creation represented a prophetic day of man’s future on the earth.  Since the beginning of Adam’s creation it has been approximately 6000 years.   6000 years can be divided evenly by 1000 giving us an answer of 6.   These 6 equal periods of 1000 years represent a prophetic day in the definition of God’s timetable for man.  We learn in 2 Peter 3:8 where God gives us a definition of a prophetic day that is a direct quote of a verse found in Psalm 90:4.  God defines that a day to Him is exactly like 1000 years to humans.  So the 6 days of creation plus the 7th day of God’s rest turn out to be prophetic days of all of man’s history on the earth.   So what happens on the 4th day of creation?   God assigns a greater light to rule the day and a lesser light to rule the night.  The greater light is of course a synonymous title for the Sun and the lesser light is certainly the moon.  But, God is not talking about only natural things, God is prophesying about two spiritual kingdoms to come.   Jesus was born on the earth some 4000 years after Adam and this can be easily translated as during the time of the 4th day of creation.   God is prophesying that Jesus will rule the kingdom of day and be the Sun light of our world.  God is further stating that Satan (the symbolic moon) will rule the kingdom of the night and all those people that live in this darkness.  There are so many scriptures that can be found in the Bible that speak of this profound revelation.  I will not attempt to give you them all, but I will go through a few to get you started.  You can read other blogs that I have written to find more information on this subject.  Or just search your Bible on your phone or computer and look for words like night, day, darkness and light.

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

In Malachi 4:2 Jesus Christ is prophesied as coming again in a very similar way that was being described in Genesis 1.  Here Jesus is called the “Sun of Righteousness” that will “arise”.    In this verse He is not spoken of as the “Son of God”, but here He is in direct connection to being the “Sun of God”.  You can understand that God is speaking symbolically again about far greater spiritual truths.   These are clues to knowing the truth but we are required to search and put them together correctly with the Lord’s help of course.

Joh 1:7  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 
Joh 1:8  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light
Joh 1:9  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

In John 1:7-9, the Bible talks about John the Baptist and Jesus and calls Jesus the “True Light” in verse 9.   You see if you think about this logically you can see that our sun in the sky is our physical natural true light that rules over the day and the moon represents the opposite realm that rules over the night.  This is a direct comparison of the two great lights in the sky mentioned in Genesis 1.   In John 8:12 Jesus is speaking and He calls himself the “Light of the World”.  He then says that those who follow Him will not walk in darkness (night) where the unstated moon (Satan) rules.   You can again see a spiritual reference to a truth that is revealed in Genesis on the 4th day of creation.  These opposing truths are called Day vs. night, the Sun vs. the moon, and the Light vs. the darkness.   These are all symbolic representations of the hearts and spirits of men and women in the world today.  Two spiritual dimensions and conditions that are directly opposed to each other and ruled by opposite spirits.   Again in John 12:46 Jesus says, “I am come as a light to the world, that those who believe in me should not abide in darkness”.  Jesus says those who do not follow Christ and His ways are those that are walking and living in the darkness and who are ruled by the night and Satan.  This CANNOT be speaking of Christians.  There is absolutely no logical way this can come close to the truth for those that believe the moon represents Christians.  I have heard this belief from several people before, but it just does not balance with scriptures.  A Christian is either ruled by Jesus in the Day or governed and ruled by Satan in the darkness..

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

Here we have another great verse that declares Jesus to be the Sun that arises and shines in human hearts to light our spirits so that we can see and understand His truth.  Notice the keyword connection “arise” given here that matches what Malachi prophesied about the “Sun of Righteousness”.  That is NOT a coincidence.  These are all profound confirmations to the 4th day of creation.  Notice that this verse in 2 Peter is speaking about previously written prophetic words concerning a light arising in a previously named dark place.  We have to search and look for these words and find them, could this be those that we found mentioned in  Genesis and Malachi?  All you have to do is read it and see what it says about these two lights to see how much is related to what we have observed.

That is part of the difficulty in correct Bible interpretation.  The Sun is called by many different names, titles and descriptions in the Bible so we have to be wise enough to see the connections and find them all using God’s help.   In Genesis the Sun is called the “Greater Light”.   In John the Spiritual Sun was called the “True Light”.  Here in 2 Peter the Sun is called the “Day Star”.   You do understand that our sun is our closest star to our planet and normally this start is the only one we can see during daylight hours?  These are just some of the ways that God uses to hide information in the Bible for us to find.   In Revelation 22:16 you can see Jesus being called the “Bright and Morning Star”.  This again is a new symbolic reference to the Sun in Genesis 1 and Malachi 4 that arises in the hearts of men.  These are all extremely important things to learn and to understand.  I hope and pray that was sufficient to at least motivate you to go learn more.

 

Genesis 2  Adam and Eve

Another way God uses stories in the Old Testament to hide spiritual information concerning Jesus is through the use of typology.    These are true natural stories of real natural people, places and things that have greater spiritual meanings attached to them to reveal to us hidden things that we cannot see.  Sometimes types and shadows can be hard to recognize and difficult to discover  or understand.  However, God has given to us some clues in the Bible to help us and to point us to what to look for.  Always trust the Holy Spirit to help you in your Bible study.  He is the only one that truly knows what it means.   In the 2nd chapter of Genesis God gives us the detailed account of the creation of man and of the woman, the law of marriage and the story of the beginning of the first human family on the planet.  This entire chapter is a more detailed view of Day 6 of creation described in Genesis 1. Why is this detail information important and how does this relate to the claim of Jesus to be hidden in Genesis?  That is a really good question.  So here is the beginning of the primary reason why this is so important to know:

1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam  was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Here is a direct clue from God showing us a direct connection between two different men both called Adam.   This verse compares the first created man Adam to the man Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ here is being called the “Last Adam”.   Why is that?   What you discover when you study Genesis 2,  is that the first natural man Adam was a natural pattern for the last spiritual man Adam that was to come.  So whatever God did to and for the first man Adam, is what will happen to the Last Man Adam in the spiritual realm.  That of course is some totally new information to many Christians and it may be hard to accept at first, but just keep studying and you will see that it is true.

God created Adam’s wife and took her body from his body.  You will recall God put Adam asleep and took from his side the bone to create a woman.  As a result of what God did, Adam says “She is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh”.  In other words, Eve was called the “body of Adam”.   According to the law of marriage given to us in Genesis 2, it says “The man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and the two shall become one flesh”.   One flesh is just another way of saying “One Body”.   Many people know that the Church is called the Body of Christ in the N.T. and yet they do not know how we became the Body of Christ.   We can answer this mystery very easily if we see that by the law of marriage and the pattern of the first man Adam Genesis 2, the church has now become the Body of Jesus by a new covenant of marriage.  You can see this very clearly by reading verses in Ephesians 5 about husbands and wives and then God reveals that this is a mystery that concerns Christ and the church.

Remember when Jesus was hanging on the cross?  He died on that cross and in the N.T. this is often referred to as being asleep (1 Cor 11:30, 1 Cor 15:51).  Jesus Christ being dead (asleep) on the cross was pierced in His side by a Roman soldier’s spear.   Does this sound familiar to what we read in Genesis 2?  Out of His side flowed Blood and Water.  These are two powerful elements of our salvation to become His bride.  Jesus Christ is the spiritual Last Adam who marries a wife who becomes His Body born out of His side.  Because Eve is a woman that births every natural and physical being on this planet she represents a natural type of another spiritual woman who will birth spiritual realities in God’s new covenant family.   I have many other blogs that talk about this in much more depth if you are interested.

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

 

Conclusion

These were just 3 of the examples of the hidden Jesus in Genesis chapters 1 and 2.  I hope that you learned something and can now begin to see how to learn to search out other hidden references to Jesus in Genesis trusting in God’s guidance.  Many times these hidden references are not obvious at all, so we have to search for scriptures and find references, definitions, types and patterns revealed in other parts of the Bible.  Jesus told us to search the scriptures, for these are they that testify of Him!   The evidence for God can be found in His Word.  God Bless!

God’s Word Based System! Are ALL Spoken Words Prophetic?

(Ver 1.1)  Today will be another lesson (Part 6) from the Bible on the spoken words of God and man.  If you have not read this series from the beginning I would suggest that you go and start reading with “Part 1“.  As we read the Bible we can clearly see that God assigned certain men in the Bible with a gift of “prophecy”.   These men were called the “Prophets” of God and they wrote vast amounts of scriptures about future events.  So a prophetic word is one that could be taken as a future prediction of events to come.  I’m really not a big fan of that definition of Prophecy.   You see you can very easily confuse the words of “Nostradamus”  as being future predictions, but did they come from God?  Were they “Prophetic” or were they just someone writing down random thoughts of what they think will happen?    I personally do not think they were prophetic or from God.  Here is what I believe about prophecy and the realm of time.  I believe that God lives outside of the limitation of time and space.  The Bible says “In the beginning, God created….”.   So we know before the beginning of time and space, God already existed.  I believe that God can see all of humanity in a single view from start to end.  The Bible says “I make known the end from the beginning”.   Therefore, I believe that when God showed men in the Bible what to write about concerning future events, in the eyes of God, they had already happened from God’s perspective and God was just reporting what happened, before it actually happens in our time line. This is of course very difficult to comprehend how this is possible, yet men like Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein probably could better see it with many of the things that they have written about, to name a couple of modern day people who think outside of the box.  So God’s prophecies are not predictions of things that might happen, they are just news reports of things that have already happened on our timeline.  This is of course not predestination either.  God did not cause all of them to happen, many times God just knew what men would do and used that for His purpose and plan.   There is a major difference in the two perspectives of Prophecy.   Every day, economists and people on Wall Street predict where the market is going based upon world events and factors that they observe around them.  However, many, many times they are totally wrong so what they say did not come from God and was not prophetic and God did not perform what they said to fulfill it.

The complexities of the Bible are so huge that this is a very difficult subject to teach on.  There are many factors and dependencies that we need to be aware of that it is impossible to teach on everything at once.   Right now I am primarily concerned with the subject of Spoken Words so that will be my main focus of the rest of this lesson.

A while back I wrote a blog on “Speak to your Rock” and then I wrote a follow-up to that about “Idle Words“.  At the very least, it would appear that God is trying to teach men, that what they say has significance to what happens in their lives.   So I had a reader ask me this question, “Are words spoken by people prophetic because God showed them what will happen and therefore, they speak it and then it comes to pass in their lives”?  Today’s blog will be an attempt to answer this question and hopefully explain what I meant in the other blogs that preceded this one on Spoken Words.

We can clearly see that every word spoken by people does not immediately happen to them.   I believe this is by God’s design, if things happened exactly like people say, very few would have made it past a very young age.   You see we have many people who say things out of ignorance and they generally do not mean a thing.   You have many other people in the world who lie and these words generally do not mean anything.  You have many other people who say things as a joke to be funny and these generally don’t mean anything either.   Then there are words of slang that have crept into our mainstream that say the opposite than what they normally mean.  Michael Jackson use to say “Ilm Bad” when he really meant “I’m Good”.  There are just too many examples of people saying things that never happen so how do you balance that with other specific examples of men and women who have said something and it actually happens, exactly like they said?   Was it a coincidence or an accident or was it something greater?   In one blog I told you about Elvis Presley who was heard more than once to say that he would never out live his mother’s age when she died.   Elvis died in 1977 at the age of 42, His mother had died in 1958 at the age of 46.   So did what Elvis say cause what happened to him, or was it just a prediction that accidently occurred?  You have to at least think about it and see that it is pretty amazing.   I also gave you another example of my personal grandmother.  She was getting older and did not like to drive her car in traffic.   She was over heard by some other family members to say that “Some crazy driver would be the death of me”.   One day as she was leaving one of her son’s houses and on the way back home, she pulled out in front of a couple of teenagers who were racing on the street where they should not have been.  They broad sided my grandmother’s car and she was killed instantly.  So again, we have to ask the question, did what she say cause it to happen or was it just an amazing coincidence?  I could give you more examples like these, but I think we should shift focus to the Bible and see what we can find there about this subject.  What the Bible says is far more important than any personal testimonies of people you cannot verify what they said.

In the O.T. in the book of Numbers chapter 13, God gives us an example that is very profound and has great significance to our current subject of spoken words.  In this chapter, God tells Moses to send out 12 spies into the land that He has given to them.  Their job is to look at the land and see if it is good and come back and report it to the people.   Moses chooses 12 men, one from each of the tribes of Israel and they go and spy out the land.   They then return to make their report back to the people after 40 days bringing large clusters of grapes.  The twelve spies were divided into two groups.  Ten said that there are strong people and walled cities.  Two of them Joshua and Caleb said, “Let’s go up and take it, we are well able”.  But, the ten said “We are not able, for they are stronger than we are”.  The ten spies said “We are but grasshoppers in their eyes”.  The ten spies stir up the majority of the people to believe they were unable to take the land that God had given to them.  As a result of the “Evil Report” they began to say “Let’s go back to Egypt, and it would be better to die in the wilderness”.

In Numbers 14, Joshua and Caleb try to convince the people that they are able because God is with them and the defense of the inhabitants of the land has departed from them.   What can we learn from this lesson found in the Bible?  The Bible says these things happened and were recorded to be examples for us, the church.   Two spies said “We can do it” and ten spies said “We are not able to do it” and both of these groups of people got exactly what they said.  This is a lesson that you should begin to apply to your life and see how it applies to the things that you say.  Review what you have said in the past and see if it is not what you are getting right now!

Let’s look at another example of a Bible story, so that in the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established.  In 1 Samuel 17, the story of David and Goliath is a classic Sunday School story of how God used David to kill the giant Goliath.  But, how was God able to do this with David and not with any of the other thousands of soldiers in the army of Israel?  What was different about David?  If you notice when you read this chapter, David was not afraid of this giant and all the other men in the army were terrified.   Does this sound familiar with the story of the 10 spies?  Weren’t they all afraid of the giants also?   If you read this chapter closely you will also notice exactly what David said that made the difference to allow God to use him and not anyone else.

1Sa 17:37  David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.

This is the beginning of a series of positive things that David says.  David has great confidence in God’s ability to deliver.   David has great confidence in God’s covenant.  David says “God will be with me and deliver me from this Philistine”.  Isn’t this like what Joshua and Caleb were saying?   Can you tell the difference between a good report and an evil report?  Both are spoken words, but one says “I will win” and the other says “I will lose”.   Does what you say have any bearing on what God is able to do?  If you do not understand that it does, you will forever be deceived into thinking that you have no responsibility in the outcome of your life.

Now let’s examine the real battle of David and Goliath.  In Numbers 17:43 Goliath who also has a mouth full of words for Israel, starts to speak to David and asks “Am I a dog that you send out a boy with a staff?”  Goliath curses David with his gods and tells David what he is about to do to him and his flesh.   Can you see this is the real battle?  David could have believed what Goliath said and run back home to watch the sheep and said forget this war stuff.  Instead, David says this:

1Sa 17:45  Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

These are the words that permit God to do mighty things.  Because of David’s faith in God and God’s ability to save, David continues to speak and declare the end even before the beginning:

1Sa 17:46  This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

As you can see David got exactly what He said.  The stone left his sling and hit the giant in the only exposed spot on his body that was vulnerable and David ended up taking the giant’s head off with the giant’s own sword.  As a result of David’s victory the rest of Israel suddenly got religion and remembered the God of Israel and were not afraid anymore.  The army of God was victorious over the Philistines that day because of the words of a shepherd boy who would eventually become King.  Did David’s words have anything to do with David becoming King?  You bet they did exactly that.  There are many Bible lessons that speak of things exactly like this.  Because you have never looked for them, does not mean they do not exist.

What you discover by digging deep into the Bible, is that the world is based on a word and faith system.  God tells us in the Bible that everything we see was created from things that we cannot see (Heb 11:3), these things that we cannot see are words.  The words of God became the things that we see around us.  If you look at Genesis 1, you will notice the Bible repeatedly would say “And God Said….”.   These words that God spoke originated from God’s Spirit and became the things that we perceive with our natural senses.   If Words created our universe that we live in, then Words can still change it.  Of course are these changes only limited to God’s Words or does the words of others effect what happens in the world?  That is a big question to consider.  Many religious people like to think that God controls everything that happens in the world.  A huge volcano eruption that was God’s work, so they think.  A big hurricane, that was also an act of God, so they think.  I guess what we need to figure out is, is this what the Bible says?

Jesus Christ is called the Word of God in Rev 19:13.  Then in John 1:1 it says “In the beginning was the Word and the Words was with God and the Word Was God!”.  So we cannot separate God from His word, they are said to be one in the same.  In John 1:14, it says “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” in speaking of God becoming a man in Jesus of Nazareth.  John 1:14 gives us an example of how God’s word, by His Spirit can become something natural and physical.  So God is His Word and the Word of God is God!  God’s Word can also become a physical something that we can perceive with our senses.  So far so good?

Then we see Jesus teaching us a farming lesson in Mark 4.  The parable given there is about a farmer who throws seeds into different types of soil and some of the soil produces fruit and some does not.  There are numerous symbolisms given to us in this parable, the soil is said to be the hearts of man.  The birds of the air are demonic forces that attempt to eat the seed so that it will not produce.  Finally, Jesus tells us that the seeds that are being planted are “The Words of God” (Mark 4:14).  Now let me ask you a simple question, if God’s words are seeds, are all words that are spoken seeds?  Is this possible?    If you read another parable you might begin to see that it is entirely possible.  In Matthew 13:24, Jesus tells us another parable about the Kingdom of God.    The Kingdom of God is like a man who sows good seed in his field…”.   Remember the fields are the hearts of men.  The Good Seed is the Word of God.  What is the opposite of Good Seed, I believe it would be Bad or Evil Seed.  Uh Oh, remember the “Evil Report”?  So in verse 25 of Matthew 13 Jesus says “an enemy came in and sowed tares among the wheat”.   If you read on you find that the tares have become the children of the enemy and the wheat the children of God.  Who is the enemy?  Satan would qualify as the enemy of God who has sown the bad seed or evil words into the world.  So now we have two different kinds of seed being spoken of, one evil and one good.   Those from God are good seeds, those from Satan are evil seeds.   I hope that you are understanding that people now have a choice of what to speak.  They can choose to speak the “good seed” or they can choose to speak the bad or “evil seed”.  In Deuteronomy 30:19, God says “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life that you and your seed may live”.   Did you notice the reference to seed again?  This is a double reference to two different things simultaneously.  Seeds can be your children and seeds can be your words.  In this verse this is spoken of in terms of blessing and cursing again and we can see more implied references to your spoken words.  Jesus cursed the fig tree and blessed the little children with the same mouth.  Jesus gave us object lessons of how a mouth can produce two completely different results based upon the seeds that they sow.   One was a blessing to the children and one was a curse to the fig tree.  So man can choose to live or die by their spoken words.   Is this what the Bible says?   If you read in Proverbs you find a very powerful truth being spoken of and it says “Death and Life are in the Power of the Tongue, those that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”.   So did you notice what this verse said?   It said your tongue has power and your words are the seeds that produce results, either good or bad.  Do you understand this?

So words are seeds that are planted in your heart that produces some result or crop in your life.  You can plant good seeds from God’s Word or you can plant evil seeds from Satan.  The soil of your heart really does not know the difference.  Someone asked me if I thought that your words were prophetic?  I would ask you, if a farmer planted a field full of corn seed, is that the crop he will harvest in the process of time?   Did the farmer prophesy “corn” into existence or was it the fact that he planted the seed and the crop grew up and produced what was put in the soil.  So Words are seeds and produce either the good or bad things that were spoken or planted in your heart?   I of course oversimplified this lesson because it takes more than just speaking words to get something to happen in your life.  Faith must also be present.  Faith is the belief and expectation of something or someone that you do not see or feel with your physical senses.  You believe in God and that He exists, even though you have never seen Him, that is faith.  You believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and was raised from the dead, and that is faith, since you were not there to witness it personally.

What people say with their mouths and believe in their hearts, that is what will happen in their life, either positive or negative.  It is the law of Faith.  Faith always existed in the world from Adam until now.  Galatians 3:23 tells us that “Faith was Revealed” in the New Testament, meaning it was present in the Old Testament, but hidden from man and they did not understand it.  So the Law of Faith existed when God told Moses to Speak to the Rock and God said that because you did not believe, you will not enter into the promise land.  Moses did not believe, that is the opposite of faith.  God told Moses what to do and Moses didn’t do it.

This is why God did not reveal the secrets of the Bible to the Old Testament saints.  If they would have figured out how spiritual things worked back then, before Jesus came and provided salvation, we could have been in some real big trouble.   God is now revealing how spiritual things work in these last days before Jesus comes back.  Those who are spiritually mature will be able to see them and understand them, and those who are still childlike will reject them more than likely.   I pray that you have understood these Bible verses and the spiritual laws revealed in them and now can apply them to your lives so that you can get Good Results and you and your seed will Live!

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons on spoken words, you can go to “Part 7“.

The Book of Ruth, Types and Shadows Revealed

(Ver 1.3)  We have explored a lot of information, and probably left out a lot of information.  It is almost impossible to fully cover any subject in the Bible, because no one knows everything about any subject in the Bible, except for God.  I have already given you a lot of information that the type of Ruth appears to correspond to the spiritual characteristics of  the church of Jesus Christ.  We have also seen that Boaz appears to be a type and pattern of the spiritual savior and redeemer Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  There are a lot of Christians who do not understand these types and Old Testament patterns and even some preachers who teach against these symbols being Christ and the church.  I have heard many internet bloggers and teachers try to convince people that Israel is the Bride of Christ and they are the woman who is married to Jesus.   These teachers further claim that since the Bible says the Church is the Body of Christ, we are also the husband to Israel.   I do not know how people can be so ignorant and come up with such wild and crazy theological theories with such broad holes in them, but they do.  Opinions like these do not hold water when analyzed using the Bible correctly, and they do nothing but promote confusion in the church, which is what Satan wants to happen.  If you have not read this series of lessons from the beginning I would suggest that you go back and start with “Part 1“.

First of all, we need to remember that Ruth was a Gentile and that is obviously the first problem with this erroneous interpretation of Israel being the bride of Christ.  A gentile is not a natural Jew or a descendant of Israel.  Ruth was a Moabite and a descendent of Lot, Abraham’s relative, but clearly not Abraham.  While reading the book of Ruth it is very difficult to see and know everything and what applies and what does not apply to each of the given types and shadows.   God selects natural events, peoples and places in the Bible to represent future spiritual patterns that will occur.  However, the natural people, places and events do not always fit exactly and perfectly with what we know at this time.  So it becomes difficult to understand how they all fit completely together.  Much like a shadow being cast on the ground by the bright sunshine,  a natural object makes a recognizable pattern on the ground, so it is with Bible types and shadows also.  The spiritual shadows found in the natural things of the Bible leaves out most of the details of the original person that is causing the shadow.  This is just how Bible types and shadows are.  They represent broad strokes without a lot of details.  God only inserts a few clues to show you how they are representative of the real spiritual realm.  I hope you understand this concept going forward.  Because a lot of the details are omitted and the fact that we do not know everything, we can only see the parts that are revealed by God.

Let’s start today’s lesson by listing the primary themes and patterns that are found in the book of Ruth.  I will list these in no particular order, and give you a brief description of what I think they mean and then we will look at how to apply them.

Themes Found in the Book of Ruth

Description

Life and Death Elimilech and his sons all die.  Death is said to be a separating force.  Death is also the beginning of the problem and the answer can only come from the living.
Families A central theme in the entire book.  The story of one family’s struggle with life’s difficult circumstances.
Hunger and Famine The lack of food causes people to do things that they would not normally do.
Widowhood The only legal separation of the wife from her husband.
The Law The rules of God based upon the wisdom of God to help man learn what to do.
Faith and Faithfulness Faith is believing in something even when it looks like it is not true.  Faithfulness is remaining loyal to someone or something even though it does not look like the best choice at the time.
Humility The opposite of pride.  A humble person always obtains the favor and the grace of God.
Wheat Harvests A crop of intentionally planted seeds.
Passover A specific time of the season for remembrance and the partaking of a covenant meal.
Near Kinsman A relative that is living who is legally qualified to become your redeemer.
Love The central theme of all of the Bible.
Grace That which is given to us freely, even though we do not deserve it.  We partake of God’s grace by our faith.
Redemption The act of restoring one’s possessions back into your legal ownership.
Marriage A covenant between a man and a woman.  The two shall become one flesh!
Children The reason for redemption.  To raise up an heir and a name for the dead.

In reading through my list of the primary themes found in the book of Ruth, I hope that you can begin to see how they fit into the spiritual picture of Christ and the church.

Now let’s list the primary people and places found in the book of Ruth and see if we can determine who they possibly represent by looking at the definition of their names from the Strong’s concordance.

Name

Definition of the Name 

Elimilech God of the King
Naomi Pleasant
Mahlon Sick
Chilion Pinning destruction
Ruth Friend
Orpah Mane, back of the neck
Boaz Unknown Root Word of unknown Meaning
Obed Servant
Mara Bitter
Bethlehem House of Bread
Moab The Mother’s Father

BETHLEHEM

These are most of the primary characters and places revealed in the book of Ruth.  As you can tell by reviewing the list we still have a lot to learn.    Let’s start near the end of the list first with BethlehemJudah.  Places are often times used in the Bible to signify a spiritual state or a realm of existence.  BethlehemJudah as it is called in verse 1 of Ruth 1 is like I said before the place where the descendants of Judah lived.   When Joseph and Mary were about to have the Baby Jesus, they were required to go to Bethlehem, because they were of the lineage and descent of King David who came from the House of Judah.   Because of the command of a census they were required to travel to their home city.  Thus Jesus was born in the prophesied location, even though his parents did not live there.  That was a very tricky thing for God to accomplish.  If you recall, the Jews thought Jesus was from Nazareth and thus missed the coming of their Messiah.  We can conclude or at least assume that the story of Ruth is related to Jesus, because of this given location.

Most of the time names of people and places in the Bible have meanings attached to them.  Many times these names help to reveal the characteristics and types of the spiritual realm entity that they represent.   Often times the meaning of names contains clues that are definitely important to understanding the meaning of the story.   Judah is a Hebrew word that means several things and has vast implications attached to it.   Judah comes from a word that means “to throw with your hands”, it also has implications of reverence and worship as in to “praise”.  In other words to “worship” with “extended hands”.  Bethlehem as we have already seen means “the house of bread”.  We can see that the word “house” means a family of relatives.   The term bread means “food for men”.   Are you seeing anything that sounds familiar?  Jesus said He was the bread of life.  So we must be talking about the family of God in this story of Ruth.  Judah represents the people who praise God, who are part of the city and the family of God.

MOAB

Moab is of course much more difficult to get people to see, because they have really given it no thought or study.  Moab was the incestuous son of Lot and his daughter.  Moab the son of Lot was also a brother to his mother.   Moab was both the son of Lot and the grandson of Lot and all of this just complicates things.  The term Moab means “the mother’s father”.  The region of Moab was where Elimilech traveled when he thought there was no food in Bethlehem.  These were people who were not in covenant with God and were not the children of Abraham.  So we can see that this has an implied meaning of those outside of the family of God.  This could be representative of the unsaved world and the people in it.  Ruth of course was a Moabitish woman and therefore came from the realm of the unsaved to be married with the savior.  Moab is mentioned more than 100 times in the Bible and most of the time it is not a positive place or reference.  Moab is usually a better place to be from than a place to be living in now.  We can understand this is a picture of the Bride of Christ.   Those who have come out of their Moabs and now live in the House of God’s Bread of Life.  The type of the church is a very good picture of those who have come out of false gods, to know the true living God.  Ruth is a great type of this picture and I believe this is why God put her in this book of the Bible.

RUTH

The name “Ruth” means “a friend”.   Jesus picked up on this in the book of John and revealed to us something when speaking to his disciples:

Joh 15:15  Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Jesus clearly speaking to the future church calls them His friends.  Do you think this was an accident or a coincidence that Jesus did this?  I definitely do not think so.   I believe it is a clue that represents a connection to the book of Ruth and helps to identify the symbolic reference to the bride of the redeemer.  We know that Ruth exemplified certain qualities in the Bible that are related to those of the church today.  The primary quality that qualifies Ruth as a type of the church is “faith”.  Ruth trusted in a God she did not know and God came through for her above and beyond her expectations.  Next, the quality of “faithfulness”.  Faithfulness is related to faith, but yet still different.  To be faithful to your spouse is what Ruth was to Naomi and eventually to Boaz.  The third quality of Ruth that qualifies her for the type of the church is “humility”.  The true church should be humble in their attitudes and come with respect and reverence towards their Savior.    Humility is the opposite to pride, and pride was the downfall of Satan.  By remaining humble before, God you are qualified to receive the grace of God.

BOAZ

Boaz has a name that has no direct definition attached to it so we have to use his title to help us identify his spiritual position within the story.  We saw earlier that Boaz was called the Kinsman Redeemer.  That means a near relative who redeems.  That is exactly what Jesus is.  Jesus left heaven and became a man just like one of us.  Because of Jesus’ unselfish acts of kindness and love we have salvation made available to us.

Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

We can clearly see in the N.T. that it talks of Jesus being the redeemer of the church.  He has bought us out of a situation that we could not solve ourselves.  This was exactly Ruth’s situation in the O.T.    As you recall Ruth was from Moab and that represents the unsaved natural world.

1Co 6:20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

The church is said to be bought with a price and we have become his property by the purchased price of His shed blood.  This is exactly the transaction that took place in the book of Ruth.  Boaz redeemed the property of his dead brother and also bought the woman Ruth to be his wife in the transaction.  This is what God did, God’s idea, God’s plan of redemption, God’s system of salvation.  To men, it does not make much sense, but to those who can see, it is a great plan.    Boaz is called a near relative, Jesus you could say was our near relative.  Because Jesus became a man, like one of us, that qualifies Jesus to be our redeemer.  Boaz denibstrates grace and extends favor to his future bride when she is unable to do anything to save herself.  This is also a perfect picture of Christ and the Church.  By Grace are we Saved through Faith.

The Marriage of Boaz and Ruth the Gentile

While the Bible is very complex, it does present us some clues to the relationship of Jesus and the church.   There are specific verses found in the Bible that declare the Gentiles will trust in the coming Messiah.  Ruth obviously trusted in Boaz enough to lay by his feet on the threshing floor.  Ruth put her confidence in her redeemer and this was a picture of church to Christ.

Isa 42:6  I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

This verse in Isaiah is referring to Jesus Christ, who is the picture of Boaz.  In relationship to Jesus, He is mentioned to be the “Light of the Gentiles”.   We can easily see how this fits with the picture of Ruth.  So while the name Ruth is not directly mentioned in the Bible, the type of Ruth is mentioned in verses like these that I am giving you.  Here is another one that is applicable:

Isa 11:10  And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

The Root of Jesse is again a reference to Jesus Christ our redeemer.  The reference is given to us in this verse that the Ruths of the world will seek after Him.  In reading the story of Ruth, you notice that Ruth goes from a poor widow field laborer to a woman married to one of the richest men in the city.  Do you think Boaz’s rest was good for Ruth?  How does the wealth of Jesus compare to that of Boaz’s money and possessions?

Mat 12:21  And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

Speaking of Jesus, in Matthew, the Gentiles put their confidence in Him.  This is the church to their redeemer.  Isaiah 11:10 is also quoted in Romans 15:12 and declares that the Gentiles have put their trust in their Boaz.  The Bible tells us in John 3:16 that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son….”.   We could say it in another way also, that “God so loved Ruth from Moab that he gave His Boaz to redeem us…” and all I did was change the names to the symbolic names found in the Book of Ruth.  We can easily see that Boaz was motivated by love when he did what he did for Ruth and Naomi.  Because of Ruth’s faith towards God she is now the wife of the savior and redeemer.   A marriage in the Bible is a covenant in the eyes of God and a covenant is a marriage.  You can see this revelation clearly by examining verses found in Jeremiah31:32 and Malachi 2:14 to name a couple of the obvious verses that you can find and read in the Bible.   So far the picture of Ruth as the church and bride fits with other verses in the Bible that state Jesus is the bridegroom (John 3:29, Revelation 21:9).

ELIMILECH

Elimilech is a very specific Hebrew name that means a very specific thing.  The name “Elimilech” means “God of the King”.  Right there is where the difficulty begins for most Christians.  That is a Hebrew word that has the name of  God “Elohiym” joined to the Hebrew word for “King”.   This of course has widespread implications written on it everywhere.  As you recall from the book of Ruth, Elimilech dies.   So who in the Bible is the “God of the King”? David was a popular King in the Bible and the God of David was “Elohiym”.   Maybe we should start with who is the real King?  Our King is said to be Jesus Christ.  Jesus is called the King of kings (Rev 19:16, Rev 17:14).  David was told by God that one of his descendants would sit upon the throne forever as eternal King.  Jesus also qualifies as a Son of David for this position.  So we can fairly easily conclude that Jesus is the King.  Who is the God of Jesus?  You can begin to see the difficulty starting to get much deeper now and much harder to understand.  Jesus was God and there is none beyond or above Him.  God is the only true and living God.   We can begin to see glimpses into the complexity of God’s manifested and revealed natures and personalities.  There is God the Father, God the Son abd God the Holy Ghost and yet these three are all still One God.

So anyway Elimilech must represent God just using the name’s definition.  But, how is this possible?  It is technically not possible for God to die, however if God does not die for our sins, our sins are not forgiven.  Thus we have a paradox and a puzzle presented to us from the Bible.  Jesus Christ was the Son of God, yet at the same time he was God in the flesh.  So whatever happens to Jesus, happens to God.  This is just basic logic using the verses that we have covered.  If Satan and the Jews hang Jesus Christ on a cross, they are hanging God himself on the cross.  Do you remember what Jesus said in a parable about killing the “heir”? (Luke 20:14)  Jesus tells of a field that has been let out to a husbandman and the owner of the field sends servants to collect of the fruit, but the come away empty.  Now, finally the owner of the field sends his son, saying they will respect him, but they do not, instead they kill him because he is the heir.  By killing the Son of God, they think they have possessed the inheritance.  Instead they have sealed their fate.

It is important to note that Elimilech in this story represents God who dies.  Through His death a redeemer is now required.  The Redeemer is of course also God.

NAOMI

Naomi is called “Pleasant” by the meaning of her name.  Since she is married to Elimilech who represent God the Father, then we can conclude very easily that Naomi is an allegorical represention of the people in the natural Nation of Israel and those under the law.  Naomi represents the Old Covenant of God.  The female wife of the Old Testament God of Abraham.  She knows the law and uses the law.  In the book of Ruth Naomi is the mother-in-law to Ruth and she tells her what to do based upon her knowledge of the law to get her redeemer.   This again is an exact picture of the early church.  Do you realize that the only Bible the early church had was the Old Testament?   Jesus taught exclusively from the text from these O.T. books.  Peter taught from the O.T. in the book of Acts.  The New Testament contains a whole bunch of quotes from the Old Testament.  What God did was finally reveal the true meaning of the Old Testament to the church.  Before, the church came along the O.T. was a giant spiritual puzzle of information that no man could understand.  However, the New Testament is written largely from the revelation given to Paul and the other apostles about the things that explain what the O.T. really means.  However, it also gives us a pattern that God can still hide more information for us to discover, even today.

Jer 31:32  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:

As you can clearly see in this scripture in Jeremiah, God says that His Old Covenant was a marriage to the people of natural Israel.   God is said to be their husband, they are implied to be the wife.   We can therefore conclude that this is a revealed pattern of the New Covenant also.  If one covenant was a marriage, the other covenant is also a marriage.  One to a natural people, and the other to a spiritual people.

So Naomi was married to Elimilech and Israel was married to Elohim (God).   Naomi became a widow after her husband died, and so did Israel.  So it still is a little bit difficult to understand, I know.   We know that Ruth is faithful to Naomi and this seems to be a perfect picture of the Church’s continued faithfulness to the nation of Israel even today.   It seems that the whole world wants to destroy the nation of Israel, except for a few that are controlled by a predominate Christian presence.  The hatred towards the nation of Israel is extremely unique among all nations.  I do not recall any other nation being so easily maligned and attacked in so many different ways.   It is noteworthy to mention that the nation of Israel receives support from the Christians of the world and this is a picture of Ruth.  Just as Naomi benefited from Ruth’s marriage to Boaz, Israel benefits from the church’s marriage to Jesus Christ.  However, it is still important to note that Boaz was not married to Naomi, only Ruth was in covenant with Boaz and this is how the New Covenant is today also.  Jesus Christ, the risen Son of God is in covenant with the Church and not natural Israel.  Israel can receive benefits from the church’s relationship, but they are required to be born again and join the same church for salvation as everyone else.  The Bible says that Israel is being provoked to “jealousy”  (Rom 10:19).  What make you jealous?   What makes women jealous?  Other women make women jealous.  Jealousy occurs when someone has something that you do not have.  The church now has a better covenant with God, that Israel does not have anymore and this is the point of jealousy.

Rom 9:25  As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.

God prophecies something in Hosea that is very profound and reveals the coming jealousy of Israel.  Israel who were God’s people are now said not to be God’s people.  Yes or No?  Of course that is what it says, whether you like it or not.  The nation of natural Israel who was the beloved wife of God, is now not the wife of God.  These are physical vs. spiritual truths being presented to us.  God is saying that I will make a New Covenant with a people that were not my people and now they will become my New Covenant spiritual people and my new beloved wife.  This is the picture of Ruth and Boaz given to us in this story of love and redemption.

Death and Marriage

Now let’s examine a new aspect that the Bible talks about that maybe you have not seen before.  If you recall I said earlier that death was a legal separation of marriages.  That means when Ruth’s husband died she was now free to marry another man without retribution or the accusation of adultery.   This is a Bible principle and a law found in the Bible that I refer to as the “Law of Marriage”.  This is what Jesus says about the subject:

Mat 19:9  And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

These are the words of God himself and they tell you exactly what God thinks about people’s wrong attitudes in the world today.   I believe the divorce rate within the church is up to around 50% and that is crazy.  So what does this have to do with the story of Ruth, you ask?   This is what it has to do with the story of Ruth:

Rom 7:2  For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

In this chapter of Roman God is discussing marriage covenants and He says that a woman is bound to her husband  by the established law of God.  If you recall in Genesis 2, when God created woman (Eve), she came from the body of her husband Adam.   God then gave us the law of marriage.  “A husband shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall be one flesh”.  So just because you get a divorce that does not solve the “one flesh” part of God’s arrangements.  As you can see in Romans 7:2 the wife is joined to her husband as long as he is alive.  But, since Ruth’s husband was dead that changes everything.  Let’s keep reading in Romans:

Rom 7:3  So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

So a woman who divorces her husband and marries another man is called an adulterer.   So what does this have to do with Ruth, well you have to just read the next verse in Romans to find that out:

Rom 7:4  Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

In this chapter of Romans, God is speaking directly to the natural Jews and not the Gentiles.   Why is that important?  Because the natural Jews were married to God in the Old Covenant and if they now married another man with their first husband being alive, they would be in adultery.   This is of course a very tricky thing to think about.  God is a spiritual being and it is impossible to kill a spiritual being.  That is why God became a natural man.  By becoming a natural man, God can experience death.  As you can see in Romans 7:4 it says very clearly that because Jesus died, they are now legally free to “marry” another husband.  This is a picture of the risen Jesus and the New Covenant.  Did you realize that the New Covenant is with the Risen from the dead Jesus and not with the natural Jesus who walked the face of the earth as a natural human male?  Did you realize that this is an important fact to know?  The risen from the Dead Jesus is an eternal being and now a permanent member of the Godhead.  So the difference between Jesus the natural man and the risen Jesus, is that the natural man was born of a woman as a mortal man who could die and the risen Jesus cannot die anymore.  The risen Jesus was born of the Spirit and He is the Immortal God Man.   There are some big differences between the two.   I know that Jesus our savior was God in the flesh, but yet He was not God in His full Omnipotent Powers, or it would have been impossible to kill him.  Jesus was a man that was able to be killed and that is not God in His FULL Deity Power.  So did God die?  If God did not experience death then you will soon have to experience it and you won’t like the end results.  We know that “through death he (Jesus) destroyed him that had the power of death (Satan)” (Heb 2:14).  So it is important to note that Jesus died physically and through his death he accomplished many positive things for us.

The Coming Wheat Harvest

This story of Ruth is a natural example of a spiritual truth that has occurred and is occurring already in the spiritual realm.  We the church are gleaning and gathering in the harvest of God’s spiritual crop of people in the world which is God’s harvest field.

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.

You see in the book of Ruth, the woman works the field to bring in a ripe crop.  This is all typological to the story of the Church reaping the harvest of God’s precious fruit that He is still waiting patiently for.  There will come a time when the harvest is over and that is a day of grave consequences for many, yet that is the reality of God.   Jesus told us in Matthew 9:37 that the “harvest is truly plenteous but the laborers are few”.   God is of course not talking about a natural harvest, but a spiritual harvest of people.  Jesus taught numerous things about spiritual things, using crops, fields, seeds and laborers.  You should go and study all of these and see how they relate to the story of Ruth.  I believe you will find them very important to know.

The Heir of the Dead

This was the book of Ruth and while we did not attempt to go into every detail or every type given, I gave you enough details to get you started.  I will leave you with this thought.  If Ruth does represent the church and Boaz does represent the Risen Jesus Christ.  Why did Boaz marry Ruth?   To raise up an heir for the dead.   Boaz has a son through Ruth, called Obed,  God’s servant.  Who died?   God died, Adam died, Jesus died to name a few obvious choices and candidates.  Jesus the eternal God Man now resolves two primary spiritual and natural problems.  By Jesus’ death on the cross, God is now free from every previous covenant relationship, whether this was Israel, Adam, Abraham or Satan.  By the Risen Jesus establishing a New Covenant that is said to be better, man’s eternal separation from God has also been resolved, if you want to receive it.  In the Book of Ruth, Ruth has a child that is the heir of the dead man’s family.  If Jesus is the husband and the church is the bride, you have to see that God will have a spiritual child through his new wife.  This child has to be the Spirit of God, since the church is a spiritual woman and Jesus said that which is born of spirit is spirit (John 3:6).  So we can see that the church must be going to have a child some day that will become the heir to everything that is or was in the spiritual and natural realms and the ownership of both of these realms will revert completely and totally back to God forever.   We can see a prophetic view of this woman and this child in Revelation 12.  This is the end and the demise of Satan’s future and represents his destiny under the heavenly Judicial system and the law of God.  This of course is all new stuff, so I anticipate it will be difficult for you to accept.  I would recommend that you not throw it away, just because it is new and different.  At least study it and see if it is true.  Thanks for studying the Book of Ruth with me.  God Bless.

The Book of Ruth, The Man with a Shoe Loose and The Marriage of the Bride! Chapter 4

(Ver 1.1)  We are now in chapter 4 of the book of Ruth.  If you have not been reading this series from the beginning you should go back and start with “Part 1“.  As you read chapter 3 of Ruth you should have noticed that Boaz tells Ruth that there is a closer relative than himself and he will have to see if the closer relative is willing to fulfill the law and marry her.  You should remember that the law gave a specific order of precedence for the fulfillment of the requirement of the law.  The order went from the closest or nearest relative to the most distant relative and always included the oldest male first down to the youngest male.  So Boaz was not the first in the line of living relatives to marry Ruth according to the law of Moses.  Therefore, Boaz in chapter 4 goes to the city gate and finds the nearer relative to discuss the situation with him.   Boaz at this point must already know his intentions because Boaz has gathered the elders of the city to witness the discussion between himself and this closer relative.

Rth 4:3  And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech’s:

Boaz starts with the good news first.  Naomi the widow of our dead brother, is come back and she is selling his property.  So far this is a deal for any man that has money to buy it.   To own land is a sign of wealth and to own a lot of land is a sign of great wealth.  But, that was the good news and not the complete picture so here goes Boaz to explain what else is required.

Rth 4:4  And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.

So Boaz before the witnesses of the elders of the city informs this relative that it is his responsibility and his decision to make.   He then informs him that besides them,  there are no other relatives that are able to redeem the land of Naomi.  This means that they are all either dead or there were just no other living male relatives born in the family.

Rth 4:5  Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.

Now Boaz starts in with the potential bad news.  I guess it depends upon your point of view, but it is either good or bad based upon how it will affect you personally.  Since Boaz was the younger brother in this relationship, it affects him differently than the older brother.   Let’s think about this and how it affects each man.  Boaz says that by buying the land from Naomi, they must also buy it from Ruth since she was married to the son of their brother.  According to the law of Moses, this involves marrying the widow of the dead so that the family name is not removed from the face of the earth.  Whatever son that Ruth and the redeemer has, becomes the heir of Elimelech ‘s land.   You see it starts to get a little complicated at this point, since the future heir is now the owner of the dead family’s property, the relative that married the widow has no family or heir.  I know this is not technically correct, but yet this is the way that these people viewed the situation.  You can see that by the reaction of the closer relative to the news of marrying the widow Ruth.

Rth 4:6  And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.

Did you see what the nearer kinsman said?   He told Boaz I can’t redeem this land or marry the widow, because it will mess up my inheritance.  In other words everything that he is in line for and everything his heirs are in line for will revert to the dead brother’s family and he would end up with nothing, so he thinks.  So the nearer kinsman tells Boaz, I won’t redeem it, so you redeem it.  This is of course what Boaz wanted to hear happen, yet the process had to be followed in the law and the procedures must be satisfied in the eyes of God and all legal actions satisfied with the elders of the city who were the witnesses.

Rth 4:7  Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.

Rth 4:8  Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.

As you can see, the nearer relative’s house is now called “the house of him who has his shoe loosed”.  In the eyes of the law, Boaz has satisfied all requirements and responsibilities and is now free to legally marry Ruth.  Boaz tells the elders and the people of the city that they are all witnesses to the fact that he has bought the property of Naomi and Ruth.

It might help you to understand what just happened based upon another story found in the Bible.  In Genesis chapter 38 there is a story of another family who is directly related to our story.  The story of the son of Israel named Judah.  He has three sons and the firstborn is named, Er.  When Er grows up big enough to marry, Judah gets him a wife named Tamar.  Remember Tamar?  The Bible says that Er was wicked in the eyes of God and so he died very young.  Judah then told Er’s brother to take the dead brother’s wife and have an heir for his dead brother, the firstborn Er.  But, the Bible says that Onan knew if he had sex with Tamar and had a child that it would be for his brother and he would not get anything.  So Onan basically refused to fulfill his requirements and the Bible says that he was found to be evil in the eyes of the Lord and he also died young.  So far not a good story, but yet this is how those in the Bible dealt with these matters.  Judah tells the widow Tamar to wait for the third and last son to grow up and she would become his wife and then that son would raise up an heir for the dead firstborn.  In the process of time, Tamar waits, but nothing happens.  Apparently Judah was not a man of his word.  Judah’s wife died and one day he went up to the city to do some business.  Tamar hears about this and takes off her widow garments and dresses up like a prostitute, covers her face and waits for Judah to come by.  She deceives Judah into having sex with her and she becomes pregnant.   Judah did not have the payment for the sex, so he left her his signet ring, a bracelet and his staff as collateral security until the agreed payment could be sent to her.

Tamar was not there for the sex or the payment that was promised to her.  She was there because Judah had not fulfilled what he had spoken to her and her dead husband, Judah’s firstborn had no heir to continue the family name.  So even though her methods were not very admirable her intentions before God were highly commendable.  So Judah eventually sends the payment back for the harlot that he could get back his collateral, but they could not find any prostitutes to pay.

Then time passes and three months later Judah is informed that Tamar has played the harlot and has become pregnant by harlotry.   Judah is outraged and tells them to get her and she will be killed for her error.  So she appears before Judah and tells him that before you do anything, I am guilty of nothing.  Here is the father of my child and she shows him, his signet, bracelet and staff.  Judah’s reaction is shock and immediately says she has been more righteous than him, because he had not given her to his younger son to be his wife.  Like I said, this is not a great or a highly positive moral standard Bible story that you want to teach your children in Sunday School, yet it has great significance to the story in the book of Ruth.  It helps to explain the dilemma that the nearer relative was experiencing.  Tamar is also a name mentioned in the Genealogy of Jesus so it must have some relevance to something we need to know.  If you search the Bible, you will discover that the term “daughter-in-law” is not widely used.  In fact Tamar and Ruth are only two of four women in the Bible called by this title.  So they are directly related and tied together meaning they share some commonalities that are very distinctive.   As we continue through Ruth chapter 4 you will see why I went over this story.

Rth 4:10  Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.

Boaz tells everyone to be witnesses to the fact that he has bought the land of the dead husband and he will marry the widow wife to raise up the name of the dead.

Rth 4:12  And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.

The people of the city now speak a blessing on the actions of Boaz.  Did you notice the name of Tamar being mentioned?  You see if it was not for the illicit actions of Tamar there would be no Bethlehem or people to witness these deeds of Boaz.  There would be no elders of the city, there would be no Elimilech, in fact there would be no Boaz.  Everyone present was a descendant of the house of Judah whom Tamar his daughter-in-law bore to him.   All of these people recognized that they would not be present if it were not for Tamar and they could foresee that down the road in the future there would be many people born on this planet who would be grateful that Ruth was there to raise up and continue the family name of the tribe of Judah.  In fact looking at the genealogy found in the Bible, if not for Ruth and Boaz, there would have been no King David and eventually no Jesus Christ.

Rth 4:15  And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.

Boaz fulfills the requirements of the law and marries one of the few women in the Bible that get mentioned by name in the genealogy of Jesus our Savior.  Boaz is called the redeemer, the restorer of life. and a nourisher.    These are all terms that could describe Jesus to us today.  The story of Ruth is different than what many people think of when thinking of Jesus and the church.  Yet it has many natural patterns in it that are very significant to this spiritual reality.  In my next blog I will try to explore more of these patterns given to us in the Book of Ruth.

You can continue reading this series, by going to “Part 5“.

The Book of Ruth, The Marriage Proposal! Chapter 3

(Ver 1.1)  We have already seen in chapter 2 where Ruth has found favor in the eyes of Boaz her potential kinsmen redeemer and she has even eaten with him in resemblance to a covenant type meal where they have shared bread.  We can tell that Boaz likes this woman and grants her grace beyond all others.  Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law knows the law and has recognized who Boaz is.   In this next chapter we will see that God has orchestrated the answer to Ruth’s problems because of Ruth’s faith.  God has answered her confidence in Him beyond her wildest imagination.   It is amazing what trusting God a little can do.  If you have not read the first part of this series I would suggest that you go back and start with “Part 1“.  Now, let’s now look at chapter 3:

Rth 3:2  And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor.

Apparently, Naomi has some inside scoop on what Boaz is up to.  Either Naomi is very nosy or Boaz has been dropping some clever clues in some obvious places.  You figure out which one it is.  Naomi knows that tonight Boaz will be working late in the threshing floor with the harvest.  Of course all of this is symbolic and has meaning.    Threshing in the Bible times was the harvest time activity by which the grain was removed from the husk.   The husk represented the tares (or false grain) when it was separated from the actual usable good pieces of the plant.  It really does not matter how this is done for this story, just the fact that it is being done is the part that is significant to what we need to know.  If you study the words of Jesus you find that there is another coming harvest of people in the world in Matthew 13.  Jesus informs us that the world is the field and that the wheat is the children of the kingdom of God.  The tares are the children of the evil one.  So we can see the Book of Ruth is prophetic in nature and speaking of something, an event that is coming soon.  You should go and read Matthew 13 and find out the pattern of things to come.  Then you will better understand the shadows contained in the book of Ruth.

Rth 3:3  Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.

Obviously Naomi knows the law of Moses and tells Ruth to clean up herself really good and dress in her best garments and then to go to the threshing floor to meet Boaz.  You can see that this is the picture of the church given to us in Revelation 19:7 where it says “his wife has made herself ready”.   But, she tells her not to do anything until after he has eaten and finished drinking.  It almost sounds like wait until the party is over and then do the following:

Rth 3:4  And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.

Here is where it gets complicated to understand.   Maybe Naomi knows something I don’t, but Ruth is instructed to uncover Boaz’s feet and then to lay down and wait for him to wake up or return to a sober state and see what he has to say and then do what he says.  The best that I have been able to figure out is that in Leviticus 18 God tells people not to uncover and make nude certain relatives for sexual purposes.  God gives us a long list of individuals including your children and your grand children and says the reason why is if you see them naked, it is your nakedness that you are looking at because they came from you.  What we can deduce from this, is that the practice of uncovering someone even partially is for sexual reasons and it is only OK for the husband and the wife.  So in effect, Ruth is saying you are my husband, I have seen you naked.  I know she only uncovered his feet, but it is a symbolic gesture that he realizes when he wakes to find her there at his feet.

Rth 3:7  And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.

So Ruth told Naomi that she will do what she has spoken and that is exactly what she does.   Remember Naomi is the one that knows the law and Boaz is the one that is suppose to follow the law and fulfill his obligation to the dead.  So Naomi is in effect speeding up the process and making it happen.  It would appear that Boaz is either dragging his feet (figuratively speaking) and not doing what he is required or there is more to the story than we know right now.

Rth 3:8  And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.

Now midnight comes around and we can assume it has been at least a couple of hours.  Ruth must have went to sleep also at the feet of Boaz waiting for him to wakeup.  Midnight is a very specific hour.  It is the 6th hour of the night, the beginning of the 3rd watch of the night and represents the middle of the darkness.  It is interesting to note that this is the hour when people are easily frightened and become scared.   It was around midnight when the death angel visited in Egypt and killed the firstborn who did not have the blood of the lamb on the doorposts.  It is also interesting to note that in Matthew 25, Jesus tells the parable of the 10 virgins.  It just so happens that the bridegroom shows up at midnight and 5 of the virgins had oil and 5 of the virgins did not and were called foolish.  So there is some significant parallels being given to us.  Jesus Christ is called the “bridegroom” and the church is His bride.  We can again see the connection between Jesus and the man called Boaz.

Rth 3:9  And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.

The word that is interesting in this verse, is the word for “skirt”.  This word actually refers to the wing of a feathered bird like an eagle and is translated like that many places.  It is also used to refer to the hem of a garment or robe.  The priests were required to sew tassels on the hem of their garments.  Then there is this reference in Deuteronomy that seems to be in reference to an elicit sexual encounter.

Deu 22:30  A man shall not take his father’s wife, nor discover his father’s skirt.

You can see that the man’s father and his father’s wife are spoken of in terms of being one.   By the son uncovering his father’s wife he is said to uncover his father.  So obviously Ruth must have learned something about the law herself.  Boaz wakes up and is startled and asks who are you in the middle of the night.  Ruth tells him I am Ruth and you are my near kinsmen redeemer.  Now here is the other part that you miss reading the English part of the translation from the KJV Bible.  This word “skirt” also occurs in the previous chapter, but is translated in a completely different way:

Rth 2:12  The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

Reading this verse we can better understand what Ruth was trying to say to Boaz.  Ruth was telling Boaz you are God’s answer to my problem, spread your wings over me and I will put my trust in you.  If this is not a marriage proposal I do not know what you would call it.  Wings are spoken of as a covering, and a place of safety in the O.T. Bible like in the Psalms.   Many times this is God’s people under the wings of God’s protection.  This is the picture of Ruth and Boaz as well as the Church and Jesus.

Look at this verse in Ezekiel and see if this is not what the woman Ruth is saying for her Redeemer to do to her.

Eze 16:8  Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.

God says to Israel, when I looked upon you I spread my skirt over you.  You can again see the reference to nakedness and being unclothed.   In association with these words God says I have entered into a covenant with you and you have become mine by marriage.   This is a very clear picture of Christ and the church.   If you recall in the N.T. the church is said to be clothed with Christ.  We wear Christ as a symbolic garment.  This is a covenant marriage description when the husband covers his bride.

 Rth 3:10  And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.

A reference to the kindness of Ruth is exemplified by Boaz.  She is also portrayed to be a woman of character and integrity who is not doing things just for her on good.  Her thoughtfulness and the fact that she followed her wiser mother-in-law’s instructions all proved that Ruth was a great candidate for a wife.  We do not know how old Boaz is, but by implications given he is not a young man.  Based upon him potentially being one of Elimilech’s brothers who has already died, we can assume that he is closer to Naomi’s age than to Ruth’s age.  Nevertheless, Ruth is commended for doing what she has done.

Rth 3:11  And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.

Boaz says that the whole city knows that she is a virtuous woman.  Of course remember we are in Bethlehem, the future birthplace of Jesus.  The Hebrew word translated as “Bethlehem” means the House of Bread.  Another symbolic term for God’s spiritual house.  Boaz commits to Ruth to do whatever is  necessary to  accomplished what she needed to satisfy his Lawful duty.  Boaz has committed to do whatever is necessary to make her his wife.  This is a marriage commitment and a verbal contract.  Boaz has committed to redeem his dead brother’s debts and to raise up an heir for him, by marrying his dead brother’s son’s wife.  This is the law of God, but also the wisdom of God and a picture of Christ and the church.

If you would like to continue this series of lessons, you can go to “Part 4“.

The Book of Ruth, An in Depth Study of the Church and Christ! Chapter 1

(Ver 1.1)  I like the book of Ruth a lot.  It is a very unique book of the Bible and a story full of types and shadows of the Messiah.  The Bible is full of complex hidden information and this book contains some of the keys to information found in other places of the Bible.   While the early church started with only Jewish believers and the disciples of Christ, today the church is widely considered to be a Gentile majority.   There certainly exists Jewish Messianic believers and they are very valuable in the church, but yet they are a clear minority.  These Jewish believers are called the “Remnant” in the book of Romans.   What makes the book of Ruth unique, is the fact that the book is primarily the story of a Gentile woman.  The life of a woman outside of the covenant of God’s Old Testament family.  Why would God put a story of a Gentile in the Jewish O.T. Bible?  Why is this significant?    What information does it convey and reveal to us?  Is the book of Ruth a prophetic statement on events to come?  I will be going through this book of the Bible chapter by chapter and then wrap it up with a study of the typologies and symbolism given to us in the book of Ruth.  In the entire Bible the name of Ruth only occurs 13 times in 13 total verses.  There are 12 times in the book of Ruth and once in the book of Matthew.  So other than the Book of Ruth itself, there is no direct references to Ruth, except in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew.  God must have a special reason for naming this woman in the genealogy of Jesus our Savior.  You see in the Genealogy of Jesus in Matthew only 6 women are directly mentioned and only four by actual name.  One woman in the genealogy of Jesus is a symbolic spiritual reference.   These women are 1.) Tamar  2).  Rahab, 3). Ruth  4). the wife of Uriah (Bathsheba) 5). Babylon and 6).  Mary the mother of Jesus.  That is some very unique company, and a very honorable mention, isn’t it?  What does Ruth have in common with these other women that God included them all in the genealogy of Jesus?  I mean what a mixture of women they are, one is a deceiver Tamar who plays like she is a prostitute, 2) Rahab a woman who actually was a prostitute, 4) Bathsheba a woman who committed adultery with King David.   Babylon is called the Great Whore in Revelation.  Why mention any women and not all the women?  Why pick what seems like some of  the worst possible women to include in the Genealogy of Jesus?  Both Ruth and Mary seem like saints compared to the others.  You should really ask these kinds of questions, if you want to know the truth.  God does nothing by accident or chance in the Bible.  Every word, every name, every mention has a purpose and is designed to conceal or reveal information.  Obviously these women are all mothers, so they have that in common.  If it were possible and you could check the mitochondrial DNA of Jesus you would also see that Jesus’ DNA had signatures of each of the women encoded within His DNA.  It also appears on the surface that all of the women mentioned in the Genealogy of Jesus are also widows.  While it does not say that directly about Rahab, we can assume it.  It does call Tamar a widow, Ruth is a widow, Bathsheba became a widow.  Mary also became a widow.  These are interesting little points to keep in the back of your mind.  Perhaps we will get into more of the similarities between the women later, but for now let’s concentrate on just Ruth.

Let’s start by listing some of the characters found in the book of Ruth.  There is of course Ruth, but she is not mentioned at first.   What we discover is the underlying story is about a family from Bethlehem, the same city of the birth of Jesus.  We can already begin to see some implied meanings based upon the city of David being the originating place of residence.   The story starts with the mention of a famine being in the land around Bethlehem.   The book of Ruth mentions that this family of four is forced to move in order to look for food.  The head of the family is a man named “Elimelech” and his wife is called “Naomi”, and they have two sons, one is called “Mahlon” and the other is called “Chilion”.  The Elimelech family is a family who has descended from Judah, the fourth son of Jacob and Leah.  The book of Ruth starts by telling us that the story occurs during the time of the judges.  This would have been after the children of Israel had taken the promised land and before the appointment of Saul as their first King.  This would have occurred somewhere around 450 years after Jacob had his 12 sons.  We do know that Israel was in captivity in Egypt for approximately 400 years and they wandered in the wilderness for another 40 years.  So somewhere after that we can see that there came a famine in the land of Israel.

Elimelech decides to up and move his family to the land of Moab, because they have heard reports of there being food there.  Now Moab is a region where the descendants of one of Lot’s sons lived, also named Moab.  If you recall the story of Lot, Abraham asks God to spare him from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and God did.  However, as they were leaving the cities, the wife of Lot looks back and turns into a pillar of salt.  Now that only leaves Lot with his two daughters.  So the story of Lot is that his two daughters get their father drunk so that he could have children or sons through them and their father’s name and family could continue.  Not a very good story is it?   It seems like the more you dig into the book of Ruth the more strange things you discover.  What you must realize is that if there was no incestuous relationship between Lot and his daughters there would be no story of Ruth.  So while I do not say incest is good, God can cause good to come from anything that man does, no matter how wrong.   So Ruth is a descendant of the incestuous relationship between Lot and his daughters.

The book of Ruth does not actually say how long they lived in Moab, but it implies that it was at least a little while, at the least many years.  We do see in Ruth 1:4 that after Elimilech died and the sons married that there was a span of 10 years mentioned.   We are not told how long it was before this or after this period of time is spoken of.   So Elimilech moves his family to Moab.   After a time there Elimilech dies and we do not know why.   After this his two son’s find themselves wives to marry from the women in Moab.   One wife is Ruth and the other wife is named Orpah and not Oprah!    It then declares that after another passage  of time, the sons also both die without having any children or heirs for the family.  All of this so far is the just the first 5 verses of the book of Ruth and it covers several years of information.

Let’s put into perspective the family of Elimilech and the given time frame of these events.  We know that Israel had departed from Egypt, being led by Moses and during this time period in the wilderness God gave Moses the Law.   God is establishing a covenant relationship with the natural nation of Israel.  God gives Moses the first 5 books of the Bible often times called the “Torah”.  We also know that during this time period of Ruth that it was during the time of the Judges.  So there were judges who ruled the people of Israel with the help of God’s prophets.   Judges represent a legal system that is based upon laws.  If anyone did wrong, they would face the judges.  Moses had been given patterns of the temple of God, the ark of the covenant, the inclusion of the Levitical priests and the origination of animal blood sacrifices.  So what do you think would happens if the covenant people of God would move away from all of this and go and live with a group of people who were not in covenant with God?  Could this be the reason they died?  I really do not know, but I can make logical assumptions based upon what happened, that it was at least related.

We know from reading the rest of the Book of Ruth that Naomi was familiar with the law of Moses.  So they did not move away in ignorance, they moved away knowing what they were doing.  However, since Elimilech was a descendant of Judah and not Levi, there were probably no more sacrifices being made for them.  Unless of course they traveled back to Jerusalem to the temple and there is no reference to this happening.  So Naomi, Ruth and Orpha are in a quandary.    A predicament of tremendous proportions.    Without any men left in the family they are doomed to a life of poverty and homelessness or either a life of prostitution.  Naomi of course is older and is in the worst situation.  Naomi tells her two “daughter-in-laws” to leave and go back to their families, thinking they have the best chance of finding new husbands with them.  Her daughter-in-law Orpah does that and returns to her family and to her previous gods.  However, Ruth demonstrates a different resolve, a different spirit of confidence.  Even after Naomi told her that she is too old to have any more sons for Ruth to marry, Ruth tells Naomi, “Where you go, I go, Where You Live I will Live, Your People will be my People, Your God will be My God”.  That if you do not realize it, is very strong covenant words for a lady who was not previously in covenant with the Almighty God.  Then Ruth makes this statement:

Rth 1:17  Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

I made mention earlier that the book of Ruth contains clues to other events in the Bible and this is just one of them.  The mention of death as a separating force is the only natural force that is capable of breaking a human covenant relationship.  When a man marries a woman, in many ceremonies that I have attended, there is a clause in the vows that says something like “till death do you part”.   In this statement, the participants are vowing to remain committed to the marriage covenant until one of them dies.  Death is the only legal separation allowed from the law of marriage.  Once you have sex with someone of the opposite sex you are legally married in the eyes of God and you are not separated legally until one of you dies.  Because, Ruth’s husband had died, she was free from the law of marriage and is now able to legally marry another man.  She could have chosen to go back to her family and find another man, but she chose to trust the God of her mother-in-law “Naomi” and the results of her faith was tremendously greater than she could have imagined.  Ruth was also married to the older firstborn son of Elimilech, meaning she has a significant advantage over the other daughter-in-law.  For Orpah to gain the same benefits as Ruth, would not have been possible according to the law, but we will get into that more later.

Let me briefly talk you through the law of marriage.  The law of marriage is given to us first in the book of Genesis, chapter 2.  God creates woman, a wife for the man Adam.  God makes the woman’s body from parts of the man’s body.  Adam saw Eve and said “She is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh”.  In other words Eve was the body of Adam in a different form.  God then declares “that for this reason, shall a man leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh”.  That is the law of marriage covenants, between a husband and a wife.  Ruth was joined to her husband and the covenant of God, becoming one flesh with him.  Ruth was technically under the law by marriage.  However, since her husband died she was freed from the law.

Because Naomi had heard that God had visited the people of Israel and that there was again bread in the city of Bethlehem, they return back to Naomi’s former home city.  Upon arriving, the people still remember her and are excited to see her, but she is really down and depressed that she left full and came back empty with nothing and very little hope.  Naomi changes here name to “Mara” and tells people to call her that because it means “I’m bitter”.    It is funny how people will accuse God of doing something that was of their own making.  I never read anywhere that God told them to leave Bethlehem, so just because the circumstances didn’t look like they should stay, that did not mean they were suppose to leave.  Did you understand what I just said?

So this is some of the basics found in chapter 1 of Ruth.  Naomi and Ruth have returned to Bethlehem and it is in the time of the beginning of the Barley Harvest.  So we know that Naomi had returned in or around the time of Passover, which can occur somewhere near March or April.  In my next blog, I’ll talk more about the other primary character of Ruth that I have not introduced you to yet.  This character is named Boaz and he is called the “kinsman redeemer” and we will discuss why this is also.

If you would like to continue reading this series you can continue with “Part 2” where we talk about chapter two, the introduction to the Redeemer.

The Sword of Our Mouth! Our Words Cut Two Different Ways!

(Ver 2.0)  I have taught on this subject of the significance of the spoken words of our mouth a couple of times now.   Today’s lesson will be Part 3 in the series and I will be talking about something that is completely new and different to many Christians.   However, if you haven’t read this series from the beginning I would suggest that you go back and start with “Part 1“.  This lesson will be focused upon God’s usage of the symbolic nature of a “double edged sword” to describe spoken words.  If you have read through the Bible you should already be aware of how God teaches us very clearly that Jesus has a double-edged sword coming out of His mouth.  We will see verses in this lesson that describe Jesus is able to destroy those who oppose Him with this symbolic sword.  This double-edged sword is widely accepted by theologians as a figurative representation of the power of God’s word spoken.  If we do not understand this concept, I will attempt to expound next in this lesson on this subject to clarify it and to help us better understand the concept of the power of spoken of words.  Let’s start by reading some foundational verses found in Revelation:

Rev 19:21  And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

God is truly an awesome God!   It shocked me a while back when I heard about a group of people in the U.S. that were getting together to form a militia to help God fight the coming Anti-Christ.  They were gathering guns and ammo like it would be useful to God’s victory over evil.  Where do people get these types of foolish ideas?  I really have no clue.  These people obviously do not know God, the Bible or understand the omnipotent power of God.   This verse in Revelation 19 reveals to us that the LORD Jesus will be sitting on a white horse and He will be able to kill everyone opposing Him, simply by speaking some choice directed words at them.  That is a clear example of the power of God in action.  God says something and then it happens.  Pretty awesome, isn’t it?  You can learn concept this from reading the Bible starting in Genesis 1 and going all the way through to Revelation 22.  God’s spoken words will always prevail and will always come to pass.  Let’s examine some additional verses because the Bible instructs us to establish every truth in the mouth of two or three witnesses (Mat 18:16):

Rev 2:12  And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

Rev 2:16  Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword1 of my mouth.

Jesus speaking to the church in Pergamos, warns them to change or else they will also see the sword of His mouth come against them.  We can easily understand that God is a Spirit (John 4:24) and that God is not talking about a literal physical sword coming out of the mouth of Jesus.  We must therefore, conclude that this described sword  is a symbolic representative for the spiritual force that exists in the power of God’s Spoken Word.  I really hope that you understand this concept.  Did you notice that God says this figurative sword has two edges?  Two edges describes a weapon that can cut in either of the two directions depending upon which way a person swings it.  Two edges could could also symbolically mean something else.  The words of our mouth can be a blessing to someone or a curse to someone.  There exists two possible realms of opposing types of words in the world.  In the last Bible lesson we observed two types called “idle” or “lazy” words versus “working” and “productive” words.  But there are others like  “good” words or “bad/evil” words, “positive” words or “negative” words and words of “blessings” or words of “cursing”.   All of these are examples of a sword that can be used for two different purposes.

I find it fascinating that the English word “sword” is the letter “S” followed by word “word”.  I believe the letter “S” can stand for “Spirit” and we will learn more about this very soon.  The power of any sword or spoken word is always the same.  It is non-existent until used or spoken.  Therefore the power of any weapon will forever be dependent upon the directed purpose of the user.  In much the same way how a natural gun is used in the hands of the shooter, a spiritual weapon can be used for two completely different purposes.  The natural gun can be used as a positive weapon to help feed or protect people or as a negative weapon to hurt or rob from people.  These are parallel truths concerning the words of our mouth.  What I would like to do is give some additional scriptures that help to confirm what I have just said so let’s take a look at these:

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

God is speaking prophetically in this verse about the coming events in Revelation.  The wicked one described here is the future antichrist who will soon be revealed.   The double edge sword we read about in Revelation in the mouth of Jesus is now called something completely new and different in this verse.  The symbolic double-edged sword of Revelation is now defined to be the “Spirit of His Mouth”.   This is still the same equivalent description of God’s Spoken Word that is infinitely powerful.  God’s spoken word has ALL of the ability to destroy or literally consume anyone who is opposing Him.   Do you understand that God’s spoken words are His Spiritual Power released?  This is an awesome revelation of something that is found within the character and nature of God the Almighty.  God is often described in the Bible to be omnipotent, but what is that makes God this way is what we will explore now:

Joh 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.

You can see a second confirmation that the Spoken Words of God are Spirit!  This verse was Jesus speaking to us and He says that His words are this Spirit that quickens.  To quicken is an old English term that means to give life to us.   God’s words are declared to be a force of life to us.  Because of what God has spoken to us we can live.  Now recall, what we previously read in Revelation.  In those verses God states His spoken Words are something that produces death.  These represent the same spiritual power directed two different ways for two different purposes.  This is an example of a double-edged sword.  A knife can be used to kill someone or it can be used to save someone’s life if used in a wise knowledgeable way by a surgeon.  Wow, these are very important lessons to learn and apply to our spoken words.

You will notice if you study the Bible, that Jesus chose His words very carefully and never shot off His mouth with random thoughts.  His words were always focused, directed and had a purpose.  Much of what Jesus said to people were words recorded by the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament.  In John 12:49 Jesus said He was told what to speak by His Father in heaven.  How many of us can say that?  How many of our words come from the God in heaven?    We should learn to become more like Jesus because, God’s words were always active, relevant and important.  Now let’s look at what the Bible says about the Power of God?

Heb 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

We can now see and learn from another verse about the Word of God.  This time God reveals to us that “All” of His Power is in His Word.  The Greek written here does not say “His powerful Word” it says “The Word of His Power” and that makes a huge difference.  Some translators tried to change the meaning to “powerful” word but the KJV Bible stayed true to the original Greek and preserved it as an accurate truth.  Here is the difference, does God’s Word have power or is it His Power?  Can we try to think why this is important?  If God said I am LOVE it would be completely different than Him saying I have love.  I believe this principle is what God was saying to us in Hebrews 1:3 to His spoken Word.  I believe that God is attempting to give us a revelation that His Word is His Power and His Power is His Word.

Therefore, we cannot separate God the omnipotent from His omnipotent Word or we could say His Word is God (John 1:1)!  This is why John 6:63 said the Words that Jesus spoke to us were from God’s Spirit and they contain His life giving Power for those who received them.  Always remember that God’s Words are Spirit!  God’s Words are Life!  God’s Words are His Power!  As we have seen before they are also a weapon against His enemies.   So we can all begin to understand that the Spoken Words of God can give life to some that will receive them and can take life away from others who do not accept the free gift of salvation.  That is the nature of a double=edged sword.  One aspect and application is always positive and the other is very negative.  That was a summary of several foundational truths that the Bible teaches us about the Word of God and the Sword of the Spirit.

So how does this apply to us?  What good does all of this information do me?  Are there any benefits to speaking God’s Word for me?  In other words what’s in this lesson for me?  We all know that God is all powerful, so how does this power help me?  Start by asking yourself this question.  Why did God give us a huge book of His Written HOLY Words?  Does the written Word of God have any visible power rising out from the pages?  Obviously not!  Therefore, these written words can only help me if I can learn to speak them.  I beleive that only by learning to believer and speak His Word will it ever help us.  I beleive this is “one” of the main reasons why God gave us His written Word.  God gave us His Word so that we can put it in our minds (Eph 4:23).  He also gave us the Word so that we could put it in our hearts (spirits) to believe it.   Finally, I believe that He gave us His Word so that we can now choose to put it in our mouths to speak it (Mat 12:34).

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than ANY two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of( soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Let me introduce you to a hidden secret, in the Bible it says God is not the only one with a “two-edged” sword in his mouth.  In fact we do not have to think very hard or for very long before we figure out that every created human in the world can open their mouth and speak words either positive or negative.  This also includes other created spiritual beings like angels, demons and Satan.  All of these beings were created with mouths which emit words that come from their spirits (Mat 12:34).  But, this verse in Hebrews says plainly that God’s sword is sharper and more powerful than any of the others that might exist.  This verse clearly informs us that the other mouths have power in them, but implies that they are in a limited capacity compared to God’s spoken Words.  Do you get this concept?

If man was made in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26), like the Bible clearly says we were, and if God’s Words are sharp and powerful, then our words must have a limited resemblance to His.  But, here is the major  part of God’s contribution to man, God gave us His spoken words written in a book form in order to permit us to put them in our mouth to speak them.  And the Bible says that God watches over His word to perform it (Jer 1:12).  Wow, I hope you understand what I just said.  The implications are far reaching if you can accept it and believe it.

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

In Ephesians chapter 6, God commands the church to put on the armor of God.  Each of the armor pieces described to us is a symbolic representation of a spiritual truth of the completed freely given work of God to and for humans.  In fact every piece of armor is something that God has already provided to us freely.   It is now up to us to make the freewill choice to take each item and put it on.  This aromor included the Shield of Faith, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Belt of Truth, the Helmet of Salvation, and the Shoes of Peace.   God is telling the church that there is a spiritual war and we must get ready for it.  So far all of the weapons of armor that I just mentioned were defensive  types of weapons to keep us safe from the blows of the enemy Satan.  But, then in verse  17 of Ephesians 6, God finally tells the church to take the “Sword of the Spirit”, which is directly defined to be “the Word of God”.  How is this Sword of the Spirit going to help us?  I believe very firmly that we now have the direct implied connection to our mouths!   Can’t you see this?  The only way that we can use the Spiritual Sword of the Word of God against an unseen spiritual enemy to our advantage is to speak it.  Leaving the Bible on our coffee tables will do nothing to keep the devil out of our houses.  This is a very powerful, spiritual Bible law being revealed to us.  What you say is far more important than what you can possibly imagine or know right now.  Take a look at this verse in Isaiah:

Isa 59:21  As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

God is prophesying an awesome new covenant reality that is now established with us in the church and God says that He will put His Spirit upon us and His Words in our mouth.  Can you see the direct connection between our mouths speaking His spoken words with His Spirit?

God literally says that these words will not depart from our mouths, nor from the mouths of our seed.  Who are those called the Seed of Abraham?  We in the church are the seed of Abraham (Gal 3:29)!  Who is the Seed of the Woman?  You probably do not know this, but Jesus was the chosen Seed and we the church are in that Seed of the Woman (Rev 12:17).  God’s Word will not depart from our mouths and we will overcome Satan by His Blood and His Word that He has given to Us (Rev 12:11)!  I taught you earlier that this was a Biblical Spiritual Law being revealed to us.  Let’s look at an Old Testament example of this.

Jos 1:8  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

The lessons found in the Bible through intense study are usually very deep and complex and have many hidden truths associated within them.  Because we do not understand them completely we can easily just read over a truth and not grasp that these words apply to us and what we should be doing today.  Here in the book of Joshua God uncovers the secret to a human’s success on this planet.  It is a basic spiritual principle and law that is not very difficult to follow if we can understand it.  God tells Joshua that He should speak His word both Day and Night.  We could say that means constantly and continually or every waking moment.   God was teaching Joshua about the Sword of the Spirit that will cause him to be a great success in this world.  But, there is also an implied opposite truth found in this verse.  God says by impled antithesis that if we do not speak the Word of God we will not be a success.  Do we want to be prosperous and successful in life or dismal disappointed failure?  God is telling us how to do both, right here!  We have to make the choice.  We are not forced to do either but usually being passive results in failure and this is many people’s wrong defaulted selection.

Remember when Jesus was tempted by Satan in Luke 4:1-13?  Three times the enemy came to tempt him into a subtle trick.  But, here is the lesson learned from this example.  Every time the enemy Satan came with a temptation, Jesus brought out the Sword of the Spirit called the Word of God and said “IT IS WRITTEN”.  Wow, that is extraordinarily critical to learn from and apply to what Satan does to us.  You see the Bible says that Jesus was tempted the very same way that we are tempted (Heb 4:15).  But, He was wise enough to use the sword correctly as a living example.  I pray that this will be a benefit in your life today.

I guess I have gone long enough in this lesson and given you plenty of new things to think about.  The sword of your mouth is either going to be a blessing or a curse to you and to those you direct it at.  While your negative words will never be able to put a curse on me, they will cause curses to come upon you and your children.  What we say is so completely important that it cannot be emphasized enough for us to think before we speak.  If we do not have a Bible verse that backs up what we are about to say, we probably should not say it.

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons on spoken words you can go to “Part 4“.

The Spiritual Family Structure of God’s Family. Part 2

(Ver 2.8)  The spiritual family structure of God is one of those Bible basics that every Christian should be intimately familiar.   God is said to be a triune being.  God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  Yet these three personalities of God are reflected in One True God.  In my first blog on this subject I talked about Jesus starting a new family of God.   I talked about Jesus being born into the world, a product of unique circumstances.  Because, God was His Father and Mary was His mother, Jesus was both God and man totally and completely.   That means Jesus Christ was 100% God and 100% Man.  Jesus Christ was the only one that was both the Son of God and the Son of Adam.  This made Him uniquely qualified to fix problems in both dimensions of the spiritual and natural realms simultaneously.  Maybe you did not realize that there were things to fix in the spiritual realm, but you really need to stop and go back to read “Part 1” of this series first.  Today I will continue to talk about the spiritual family structure of God’s family and I want to start with some things that Jesus said to us:

Joh 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

These are the Words of God coming out of the mouth of Jesus Christ.  These words declare that Jesus and God are one in the same.   Jesus very clearly tells us if we believe in God, we better believe  in Jesus.  Because, Jesus was God in the flesh, walking among us like He was one of us.  This is the amazing truth of God’s word.   It is also the only way to be saved, whether you like it or not.

Joh 14:2  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Jesus continues His discourse revealing great spiritual information to us.  Jesus announces that where He came from was His “Father’s House”.  A house is always a family structure with relatives and family members living within it.  Now, think with me and see who is speaking, it is Jesus the Son of God on the earth.  When you are a son on the earth do you live with your father forever?  That is an interesting question.  Here in the natural realm a man will marry a wife and usually establishes a new independent family and they normally do not live with their parents.  What I am getting at, is that Jesus is inferring His Father’s house is not His house.   The Bible contains some very complex truths in it and this is certainly one of them.  It is definitely hard to understand since the Son of God on the earth is God.  But, God’s intelligence is so far above our mind’s thought process that He can do some simple things in ways that are difficult for us to understand.  What I want you to begin to understand is that Jesus does not call it His house and that is very important to see.  You see Jesus is choosing His words very carefully and using extreme wisdom to reveal something that is far greater for us to know.  What we need to do today is to start thinking differently about the family of God.  Jesus tells us that He came from His Father’s house from heaven and we now need to figure out what this is or I should say was.

You see, in John 1:18 the Bible says no man has ever seen God.   We also know that when Adam was created and his wife was brought to him by God, that God established a new family on the earth which was detached from God’s spiritual family in heaven.  You see this truth when you study what God says in Genesis 2:24 “for this cause shall a man (Adam) leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife”.  From this statement we can understand that God was Adam’s father that we are told that he left to be joined to his wife.  But God is establishing a new type for a future pattern for the Last Adam (Jesus) to come into the world and leave His Father and Mother and to be joined to His bride.  Therefore, the family of Adam is a separate earthly family from God’s existing family in heaven that Jesus is speaking of where He came from and this is a prophetic view into an event that was to come after the time that Jesus was speaking these words in these verses in John.   Therefore this family of God where Jesus came from was not comprised of any of the men or women that were on the earth.  Think with me and make a note that Jesus declares God’s family consists of family members that are not men, so who are they?  We will definitely explore this information in the Bible later in this series, but for now let’s continue with what Jesus is saying.  Jesus says if it were not this way I would have told you.   Then Jesus makes this statement, “I go to prepare a place for you!”  Jesus is talking to you and I and He is saying that He was going to be leaving this planet soon and going to build a new household for His new family.  To “prepare” has an implication of a building project.  I believe that it is not just a renovation of the old, but the creation of a new home that will be better the previous one.

Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Jesus continues to speak to us and tell us that where He goes we will also be going.  Jesus tells us very clearly that He will soon return and “receive us unto Himself”.  Have you ever thought about what those words mean?  Why is Jesus receiving us unto Himself?   So many Chrisdtians in the church like to call the church the body of Christ only.  Then they ignore the rest of the Bible.  If we were just the body of Christ, we would not need to be received unto Him, would we?  I do not ever wake up in the morning and receive my body back to myself.  Do you understand what I am saying?  It would appear that Christians are now separate from Christ in order to be received by Him.   It helps if you understand “Bible Covenants“.  Since I have already done lessons on this subject I will not repeat the information here again.  You should go back and read these lessons and learn what a Covenant is in the eyes of God.  I will help you to some extent, Jesus is called the “Bridegroom” and He is in covenant with His Bride, the church.  The church will soon be fully assembled in heaven for the marriage supper of the Lamb of God.  During this time we will be fully and completely joined to Him and become one with Him forever.  Jesus later tells us in John 14 that “He is the truth, the life, the way”.  He also says that “No one comes to the Father except through Him”.  Meaning there is no other religions in the world that will offer you salvation or an alternative way to God.  That also means there are no other covenants of God that will save you either.  God has sent Jesus Christ into the world to provide one way for all the people of earth to come into this new Family of God.  We have already seen that God’s previous family structure was in heaven and had a very large location with many mansions in it, before Jesus ever came to the earth.  Jesus then tells us that He was leaving the earth to go back to heaven to prepare places for us.   So either God has a housing shortage in Heaven or the Heaven that we knew is going away and God is preparing a new place.

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Why is it necessary for God to build a new heaven and a new earth?  I can understand the earth, but heaven is a tricky thing to consider to be something that is in need of repair.   Man has done a pretty poor job of keeping the earth intact.  But, come on we are talking about God in heaven now.  Why is it necessary for God to create a New Heaven?   Evidently, we can see that there was a major problem in heaven that also consisted of a heavenly  spiritual war.

Rev 12:7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

If God’s wars are like our wars, there is always a lot of damage done to infrastructure and buildings.   Now I do not mean to imply that God makes war like we make war, that is not what I am saying at all.  After all it is God’s forces defending Heaven and not threatening to take it.  It is Satan and his angels that are trying to overthrow God’s throne.  God sends Michael and His angels to fight this enemy.  What we have is some new things to consider.  Why is Satan at war with God in heaven and what changed?  You see in the Book of Job, Satan walks up to God without any conflict and discusses Job.  By the time we get to the book of Revelation, we see that Satan is no longer welcome where he previously use to walk freely.  Do you remember in the book of Daniel when Daniel prayed and fasted for an answer from God.  Do you remember what happened in that story?  It appears God sent an angel to answer the prayers of Daniel and Satan and his angels were in a spiritual battle that lasted 3 weeks, until the angels of God finally prevailed.  The prince of Persia withstood God’s answer to the prayers of a man on the earth.  That is an amazing story of why things can take so long when you pray and ask God for help.  There is an enemy of God that is opposed to you and to God.  He tries to stop your answers from happening.  If Daniel would have resigned after only two weeks of prayer and fasting, Satan would have won.  But, since Daniel did not give up, God did not give up and God prevailed and the answer came.  Let me give you a picture diagram of the family of God revealed in the Bible as of Genesis 2:

Eph 3:14  For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Eph 3:15  Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

Since we are discussing God’s spiritual family structure, I thought I would give you some more verses to establish that God has a family and then also describe the locations for this family.  According to this verse written to the church God’s family is now in two different realms of reality.  One is spiritual and the other is physical or natural.   This verse in Ephesians declares God’s family to now be within the scope of both of these two sets of reality.   We have one set that is found in heaven and one set that is on the earth.  And God’s family is comprised of selected individuals from both of these places.  However, do not attempt to be all inclusive and say that everyone in both realms has been saved and are in the unified family of God.  That is what Universal Salvationists like to teach and project.  They claim in error that God will save everyone eventually.  They clearly do not understand that Jesus came to divide the good from the evil and not to change the evil back into the good.

Here is a graphical representation of God’s new spiritual family.  God’s family now consists of members of two different set realms.  In the previous diagram I showed how the two families were separate in Genesis 2.  The first set realm heaven existed prior to the other set realm created on the earth.   The earth is the natural temporary realm where we all live today.  God created our current world system approximately 6000 years ago and turned the authority of His creation over to His created man Adam (Gen 1:26).  Adam represented a new start and a new natural family structure of God’s spiritual family.  Adam’s family was separate from God’s family that already existed in heaven.  God did all of this for many reasons and I cannot get into all of the reasons in this blog because it would take a tremendous amount of time to explain.  Today, man exists within the constraints and limitations of time and space.   We are spirit beings created in the image and likeness of God, but  limited to the confines of a natural body.  Since Adam’s family was separate from God’s family, that is one of the main reasons that Jesus had to come to the earth in the form of a man.  God’s new family established by Jesus Christ the Son of God and the Son of Man, consists of selected members of both of these set realms.  Jesus was able to accomplish and provide salvation for man because He was a man as well as a division from His father’s house simulataneously by His death on the cross.  Let’s look at the definition of the word translated as “family” in Ephesians 3:15.

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As if feminine of a derivative of G3962; paternal descent, that is, (concretely) a group of families or a whole race (nation): – family, kindred, lineage.

This verse in Ephesians uses a word for “family” that is very interesting.  You can see from the definition some widely applicable truths.  God’s new family structure is a pattern of another previous structure that God did in the Old Testament.  We are said to be a new nation of people descended from the Most High God.  This is an interestingly different word that has a feminine connotation attached to it.  Why would God put a female reference on the church?  Because we are the bride of Christ.  The church is a representative spiritual pattern of natural Israel.   The natural nation of Israel was God’s wife in the Old Covenant.  This was a pattern given to us for the New Covenant.

Jer 31:32  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:

You need to see what the Bible says and then interpret it using the Bible.  God declares to the nation of Israel that I was your Husband.  If God was the Husband to the nation of Israel that makes natural Israel the wife of God.   A covenant is a marriage in the eyes of God.  God proposed marriage to a nation of people and they accepted and entered into a covenant with the Almighty God.   This is another example of God being a spiritual male in a spiritual family structure.   We can clearly make many assumptions based upon this unlimited information.   If God can marry one group of people, what stops God from marrying another group of people?   Nothing really, except if you just marry a new group of people and you are still married to the other group of people you are now a polygamist by definition.   There is a lot of men on earth that would like to think that God is married to multiple women, but you have not studied the Bible and therefore have put your thoughts into the mix where they do not belong.

Why did Jesus come to earth, being the Son of God?  It is because Jesus Christ the Son of God was never married to anyone else before now.  I know technically Jesus is the same God and He was married to Israel, but was that God the Father that was in Covenant with them or Jesus, God the Son?  You soon realize how smart God is and how tricky He can be.   I do not mean to imply that God is a deceiver, what God does is very legal, but yet very unexpected.  Satan did not anticipate Jesus Christ and therefore, now realizes that he should not have killed him.  Why is that?  Why was the death of Jesus so detrimental to Satan?  You should really give that some serious thought.   You see you can learn from God by reading a clue given to us in the book of Ruth, when Naomi and Ruth are talking and Ruth says I’ll stay with you until “death separates me from thee” (Ruth 1:17).   Death is a separating force.  Death is a spiritual power that naturally divides one from another.  In a marriage ceremony the husband and wife are said to be joined until death do they part.    Marriage is a covenant relationship and God uses His death on the cross to separate Himself from Satan.  Yes that means Satan was in covenant with God also.  You should really study the Bible more, you might find all kind of new things in it, if you look for them.  Let’s move on to a verse that helps to clarify what I was saying about Israel and God the Father’s covenant relationship:

Rom 7:4  Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

This verse in Romans has some amazing information in it.  God is writing this section of Romans directly to the Natural Nation of Israel.  You can read the context and see this very clearly if you understand the wording.  So while the context is talking about the law of marriage that was given to only natural Israel it then declares to them that they have been released from their previous covenant with God, by the death of Jesus Christ so that they can be legally married again.  God says very clearly that they are now free to “marry” another, and then describes Him to be the Lord Jesus Christ who was raised from the dead.  Did you ever realize that the Jesus who died was different from the Jesus who was raised from the dead?  That is what God is saying in this verse.  Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and became the “firstborn” from the dead (Col 1:18).  This verse now declares to natural Israel that they have been freed from the law of marriage with God the Father by the death of Jesus on the cross.  The marriage to Jesus who is risen is in reference to the New Covenant and their opportunity to become the bride of Christ.  Jesus confirms this reality in this statement:

  • Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

If the old covenant was a way to be saved then Jesus lied.  The Old Covenant is not the New Covenant.  We can clearly see that truth in verses like Hebrews 8:6 or Hebrews 12:24 when Jesus becomes the mediator of a new and better covenant.   Any covenant called new is one that never existed before.  All of this information that I am introducing you to will become clearer as the series continues and more scriptures are revealed to you.

Many like to think that God is a polygamist and is in covenant with natural Israel and the church simultaneously right now.  While they do not call it Polygamy, that is what God calls it.   However, once you realize that the Old Covenant was with God the Father, and the New Covenant is with God the risen Son, I believe that changes everything dramatically.  It also means that God is not in covenant with Natural Israel anymore.   I do not have time or space to explain that, but you can read my other blogs and find more answers, if you want to know the truth.   The natural nation of Israel is able to enter into the New Covenant with Jesus Christ, if they want to.  However, most of natural Israel has chosen to close their eyes and not to see the truth, so they reap the works of their own deceptions.  There is more I could write and many other scriptures that we could explore, but I have gone too long in this blog.  Hopefully I can continue this subject in the future.

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons about the spriitual family of God you may continue with “Part 3“.

A New Commandment I Give Unto You!

(Ver 1.2)  This is Part 2 in a series of Bible lessons on the subject of Understanding the Purpose of the Law of Moses.  I covered a lot of new information about the Law already and I do not think that I will review any of what I have already covered.  Therefore, if you did not read the first lesson,  I would suggest that you go back and start your study with “Part 1“.  I will say that in my last lesson I introduced you to the fact that the Law was a positive thing given to us by God.  In other words I believe that the law was an intentional good thing designed for the benefit of the entire human race.  Without laws we would not know or understand sin, guilt, punishment, consequences, to name a few things that the knowledge of the law teaches us.  Laws give us guidelines, structure, organization and meaning or definition to what is right and what is wrong.  Without laws we would live in a world of full of nothing but chaos.   This would be a type of world where everyone would be doing what was right in their own eyes while ignoring the effects to what their actions did to those all around them.  Today’s lesson will be an introduction to another brand new concpet.  Are Christians in the church today under the Old Law, or under no law or under any new New Law?  Many today believe that we are noy under any law and that is not actually what the Bible says.  They base this belief on verses like Romans 6:15 which is an example of taking one truth and attempting to make it the only truth.  This is just an example of not finding the complete truth of God’s Word on a given subject.  Many are guilty of this and it is an easy trap to fall into.   Just because we are not under the Law of the Old Testament does not mean that we are not under any New Law.  That is the primary subject of the rest of my lesson today.

What is the difference between what is old and what is new? New sometimes can be a relative term. Is it new to you or is it new just because no one else has ever possessed it before you? New to me is definitely stated not to be the old. Old to me is definitely stated not to be the new. I view this concept in the same terms like the Old Covenant versus the New Covenant which are totally separate and distinct covenants of God. Both the Old and New Covenants bare a resemblance of characteristics and features, but they are totally and completely not the same.  That was my introduction to the Law of the New Covenant.  Let me now take you to some important verses in the New Testament and discuss this New Law of God.

Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

So I asked you a question in my last blog on this subject, did God put Satan under the law?  This verse in Galatians is very clearly a clue into the answer to that question.  Why was Jesus Christ born a man under the law of Moses?   Jesus’ physical mother was a virgin woman named Mary, a direct descendant of David the King of Israel.  We know that Jesus is therefore a natural born Jew from the tribe of Judah, by birth. Therefore, God in the Flesh being born under the Law is now bound to all of these laws, commandments, and statutes written in the O.T..   Exactly why did God do this?  The God that was outside of the Law and who gave the law has now placed Himself under the law that He gave.  That means whatever the law requires applies to everything that God can do and can’t do.  Those are pretty strong words aren’t they?  Why would God put any limitations upon Himself?  Obviously God gave the law, so He must have designed the law to serve a specific purpose that would help Him to accomplish something of greater value.  What was that something that God needed accomplished that only the creation of Law could do?  You should really think about things like this and search for them in the Bible to see if you can find them.  What you should take away from this verse in Galatians 4:4 is, if it was necessary for God to be born under the law of Moses, then it would be necessary for Satan to be put under the same law also.  As I tried to teach in the first lesson, that laws only apply to those that are under them.  No law is ever applicable to anyone not under the authority of that law.

Jesus made the statement that “I did not come to do away with the law, but I came to fulfill it” (Mat 5:17).  So what did Jesus do while he was in the flesh walking under the law to fulfill the law?  What did he accomplish to fulfill all of the Mosiac law?  Was it just the fact that he did not commit any sin?  Was this the fulfillment of the law?  I do not think that is the entire picture of what that actually means.  Did you notice that Jesus died on the cross?  So being sinless under the law did not save Him, did it?  We know from other scripture that the Bible says that “No flesh will be justified by God, for keeping the law” (Gal 2:16).  So was Jesus in the flesh?  Yes, then He was not justified or saved by keeping the law either.  This is not what made Jesus righteous or justifed Him.  We can discover some valuable clues by searching the scriptures and finding out God’s definition of what this means to fulfill the law:

Gal 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

We can begin to understand what the fulfillment of the law was in the eyes of God by reading this verse in Galatians.  God tells us that all of the law is fulfilled in just one word.  What was that word?  That word was Love!  This of course is not a human kind of love, but it is a God kind of love and that is totally different.   Humans love Coke, pie, hamburgers because they make them feel good or do something good for them.  That is not the God kind of love.   God does not love us because we do something good to Him or for Him.  Bible, love is not a feeling or even an emotional state.  Love is a choice to do the right thing for others even when you do not feel like it.

Rom 13:10  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Here we have another witness to the fact that God says the law of Moses is fulfilled by the single isolated word of Love!  To do the right thing for your neighbor means that you do not steal from them, you do not hurt them, you do not lie to them, you do not covet or lust for what they possess, and on and on we could go.   Clealry God is defining a new definition for what the fulfillment of the Law represents to us.

Rom 13:9  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

All of the law of Moses is summed up into the word “Love”.  We can only comprehend the rest of the law by understanding what Love is in the eyes of God.  This is why Jesus makes this statement in the Gospels:

Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

If the Law was a negative thing God would be wanting to get rid of it.  However, we have discovered that the law is a positive and good thing and that is why Jesus gives us a New Law.  You do understand that we are still under the law being in the church right now?   It is not the Law of Moses, but it is the Law of Jesus.  Jesus initiated a New Covenant in His own shed blood and in doing so, He established a New Law.  This New Law is significantly less complicated than the old law while at the same time including all of the Old Law in the single statement.  It is amazing how complex the laws created  by our government are.  I believe the Health Care bill was a very thick stack of papers that are still being argued over to what they mean.  Would you say that more laws are better than less laws or are fewer laws better than many laws?   According to God less is better.  God replaces a thick book of written laws with a single statement and calls it better.  God is not opposed to the law, it is more what the law is intended to do and its purpose that God is most concerned with.  By Jesus giving us the Law of Love, we are now required to follow ONLY one rule.  When faced with a problem in the natural we should always stop and ask, “What would Love do with that?”   Did you notice that Jesus said you must love like I have loved you?  In other words we are not to love people like we love a can of Coke.   I do hope that you understand this profound concept.

Rom 3:31  Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

God says that by walking in the New Commandment of Love we now establish the law.  Isn’t that an interesting concept?   What all of Natural Israel was unable to do, God says that we are capable of doing.  Why is that?  For one thing we have God on the inside of us helping us to do it.  Plus we are not worried about hundreds or thousands of rules, because God has simplified it down to just One Rule!  That just makes it easier to follow doesn’t it?

If you would like to continue to read this series on understanding the Law you can go to “Part 3“.