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Genesis 3:14 – Was There a Literal Talking Serpent in the Garden? Pt 2

Snake-speak-300x224(Ver 1.2) This is now Part 10 in the Bible study series dedicated to understanding God’s spiritual subjects hidden beneath the natural words found in Genesis chapter 3.   This is also a continuation of the first lesson in the series relating to the subject, “Genesis 3:1 – Was There a Talking Serpent in the Garden?”  I taught on this first subject a long time ago but I was led not to publicly respond to an important question that I received concerning the meaning and application of what God says in Genesis 3:14 and how it relates to what was communicated to us by God in Genesis 3:1.  Since I received the same question recently, I felt led to now publish the answer for everyone else to study.   If you have not read “Part 1”, the introduction to the identity of the symbolic serpent to discover what the Spirit of God said about Genesis 3:1, I would recommend that you go back and read that lesson first before you continue on with this lesson.  Reading the foundational basics will just help to affirm what the Spirit of God says to you today while providing additional context information found in the rest of the chapter.   Also by reading this entire Genesis 3 lesson series you should be becoming spiritually aware of how many new subjects are found in this chapter.  Not recognizing spiritual content within the natural word description Bible story is one of the greatest reasons why we have such diverse opinions to what the words mean today.  That is why I have been teaching this series of lessons on Genesis 3 to help people think in a new spiritual way concerning the very specific words that the Spirit of God has inspired Moses to write in this chapter.  This will probably be a long lesson with many new things to learn.  I need to go into a level of additional detail in this lesson to help people see that reading Genesis 3 in isolation is a very easy way just to be confused.

WHAT ABOUT GENESIS 3:14?

 I am now going to respond to the direct reader question “What about Genesis 3:14”?    You see in the past there are has been so many Bible teachers within the Christian body that have taught concerning the existence of a literal talking snake in the garden which tempted Adam and Eve to sin that it is now difficult for anyone to accept any new revelation on the subject.  This popular natural way of thinking and teaching promoted the creation of a commonly misunderstood physical interpretation which violates the information given to us by God in the Bible, the natural laws of creation and the mathematical laws of God.  People often believe that God created these laws but then they do not believe that God chooses to live by them and I do not agree with that religious philosophy.  That type of reasoning promotes a God that says “Do as I say but do not do as I do”.  Man being made in the image and the likeness of God clearly must learn to follow and conform to His examples of behavior or we just fail in our own efforts.  I believe firmly that man was created to be an imitator of God’s ways.   Jesus clearly provided humans an example of this divine lifestyle in the natural when God appeared personally upon this planet.   Our Christian belief of following God’s and Jesus’ examples has created the popular modern concept of “WWJD”.  When humans are faced with challenging situations and circumstances they should stop and ask “What would Jesus Do”?   I believe a Christian should act like Christ, look like Christ and speak like Christ and in doing these point others to Christ.  You are free to disagree and not attempt to be like Christ.

This prominent teaching of a literal talking snake is also directly linked into the propagation of the many paintings of a naked man and women in the garden being pictured with a serpent in the tree performing the temptation to eat the forbidden fruit.  This has been the prevalent traditional viewpoint of this chapter and people accept it today because it has been so frequently and widely taught.   Everyone in the world telling you the same story over and over and us all hearing it told over and over causes people to accept it and believe it more easily, even if it was never true.  I have learned this concept by observing what has been happening in the world in the last 50 year with the gay community message.  50 years ago gays were not accepted and even looked negatively upon for their poor choice in lifestyles.   But during this time more and more gays have been opening up and “coming out of the closet” to proclaim themselves as being normal.    TV and movies began introducing the subject in the 1970’s and now it is mainstream and widely preached.   In the last 50 years gays have increasingly proclaimed their normalcy and demanded their acceptance and finally now the majority of the people in the world are buying into these lies to believe them as the truth.  However, even if everyone is in full agreement with a belief, that does not change the belief to be a God inspired truth.   Truth is only found in the Words of God.   But only the Spirit of God can reveal to us His truth in His Word.

This teaching about the literal talking serpent is what I call a tradition of men taught by men based upon a man’s carnal human reasoning rather than the actual Biblical spiritual insight from God.   We should become smart enough to see that none of these Bible teachers that teach on the subject of a literal talking snake can provide us with sufficient scriptures to back up their belief.  The Bible very clearly says to let every word be established in the mouths of two or three witnesses (Mat 18:16, 2 Cor 13:1).  That means we need at least one other reference apart from Genesis 3 where an actual serpent speaks to tempt a human in order to embrace that concept fully.  Can you search your Bible and find one for me?    God has established specific rules for rightly dividing the Word of Truth and not knowing these rules or choosing to ignore them will result in a chaos random Bible interpretation where any interpretation is truth.  We need to become wiser Christians verifying what people teach, applying the correct rules and not accepting blindly anything just because they said it (Acts 17:11).  That is what I want you to do with everything that I am going to say today.  You analyze it closely with the information found only in the Bible and if you don’t see it like I said it, then that is fine with me, don’t believe it.

What God has shown me is that there was no literal talking snake in the garden.   There are two primary reasons why many Christians do not see what is written by God in the Bible and one is that they think totally natural ignoring the spiritual elements of application or two they do not know how to study the Bible from a God spiritual author perspective.  I am going to address both of these situations today in this lesson.   My goal today is to teach you to think spiritually concerning Genesis 3:14.  You may not yet understand that thinking carnally is different than thinking spiritually but if you continue to read with an open mind you should be able to make the transition.  Carnally dominated people think that if they cannot see it, touch it, feel it, hear it, smell it or taste it, then they believe that it is not a reality or a state of truth.  In thinking this way they believe that spiritual things do not exist or that natural things are superior to spiritual things.  Carnal thinkers are totally dominated by the 5 sense realm.   Spiritual thinkers are more influenced with the Spirit of God, the Word of God and the unseen spiritual realm.   Being spiritually dominated versus being naturally dominated should become your goal today even if you do not understand it yet.

Ask yourself if natural things take precedence and priority over the spiritual things in your life?  Maybe I’ll help you, is eating natural food a bigger priority than eating God’s spiritual food from the Bible?  God says very clearly that “the unseen spiritual things are literally more important and permanent than anything observable here in this natural universe”.  That was my paraphrase of a verse found in 2 Corinthians 4:18.  Since all natural things were created by a Spirit (John 4:24) it should be self-evident that the spiritual realm pre-existed everything that is natural and therefore the spiritual realm is greater by definition.  What does it mean to be greater?  Is the created automobile greater than the manufacturer or is the manufacturer of the automobile superior to the created automobile?  If the manufacturer was broken the automobile could not fix it, but if the automobile was broken clearly the manufacturer could certainly repair it.  I think you get my point that only the Spirit of God can fix a human to see His superior spiritual ways.  Let’s go and begin the study of Genesis 3:14.

ANALYZING GENESIS 3:14 – GOD SPEAKS TO THE SERPENT

I want to begin this part of the Bible lesson by giving you the key Bible verse in question.   This Bible verse is easily misunderstood and commonly misapplied.  To remedy this problem we will be analyzing the words carefully in three distinct phrases using the Bible to define what the statements mean.  Allowing the Bible to render the interpretation will remove our opinions to what we have read discovering what God was speaking about in the verse to begin with.  God does not leave us helplessly guessing to what He has written.  God places so many clues in plain sight that it is amazing how we do not see them.   To correctly determine the verse’s interpretation using God’s methods, I need to give you a list of the basic rules for interpreting and understanding any verse found in the Old Testament.  These rules of correct Bible interpretation will take us out of the realm of unstructured random Bible study placing sound organization within the realm of intelligent constraints and these learned laws will provide order and structure to our Bible study methods.  I follow these rules whether I tell you about them or not.  But by me teaching you how these rules work, you will gain great benefit for how you study the Bible in the future.   I will also tell you that these rules of interpretation were given to me by the Spirit of God and I did not learn them from human teachers, so they may not agree with your seminary version of interpretation rules.

As you read this verse please allow the words to be fresh and new ignoring what you have heard about them in the past.   I say this because many times people need to remember that everyone was once taught that the earth was flat until some brave people like Columbus and Magellan proved this was clearly not an accurate truth.   To allow a round earth truth to become a fresh new normally accepted reality those that believed in the flat earth theory so firmly had to release their corrupted viewpoint in order to see the new.  This is what will also need to occur today with what God will teach you in this lesson.  It would even be good for you to stop and say a prayer before you start reading God’s Word and ask Him to allow you to see how He sees the words.  Only by changing to look at the Bible from God’s point of view can we begin to see the truth from the author’s perspective and not a skewed human viewpoint or opinion.    Are you ready to begin?

  • Gen 3:14  The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.

This verse begins with the LORD God speaking directly to the stated serpent.  This “serpent” is the same being that was introduced to the reader in verse 1 because God repeats the same Hebrew word H5175 in both verses.   This Hebrew word occurs 5 times in this chapter and this mention in verse 14 is the last time God uses the word in this chapter.   The other word references are found in Genesis 3:1, 2, 4 and 13.   The Hebrew word H5175 by Strong’s definition means a “literal snake”.  But is that what this word is really referring to in this chapter?  How do we know when to take a word to be literal versus making it a figurative or symbolic representation for something else?   That is the answer that we will seek in God’s Word and I hope and pray that you are ready to learn how to do this.  I will mention briefly that the only other time this Hebrew word for snake is mentioned in the book of Genesis is when it is found in a prophecy spoken by Jacob about his sons.  It would be good for us to stop and take a look at how God used this word there to potentially apply that knowledge to what we are reading in Genesis 3:

  • Gen 49:17  Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

I must ask you, is this mention of a serpent a literal snake or a figurative representation?  Does the son of Jacob named Dan change or transform into a literal serpent?   It would be extremely ignorant to think that this is a literal prophetic statement.  Why then do people believe the serpent in Genesis 3 which is the exact same Hebrew word must be literal also?   It is interesting to note that if we consistently interpret every H5175 word occurrence in Genesis as being symbolic that this would further match the 5 serpent references that are found in the book of Revelation which I believe are equally all symbolic for the same creature.  I also find it very interesting that the tribe of Dan is never mentioned in the book of Revelation when the other 11 are clearly named in chapter 7.  Just thought I would throw that fact in for you to consider since Dan is prophesied to be a serpent in Genesis 49.   Let us look at the definition of this word given to us by Strong:

  • H5175
  • From H5172; a snake (from its hiss): – serpent.

In the definition of the Hebrew word H5175, Strong defines it to be a snake and never mentions that this word could be used figuratively and I believe that was an oversight on his part since we clearly saw in Genesis 49 that this word was used this way in relation with the prophecy to describe Dan.   Then further notice that this definition includes the sound that a literal snake makes as a “hiss”.  I found that part of the definition to be an extreme contradiction to what was just recorded in this chapter 3 of Genesis by God.  Nowhere in this chapter is this serpent ever hissing before or after the fall of man.  This hissing sound is based upon the Hebrew root word and we will get to that soon but it also corresponds to the modern or present day noise that a literal snake makes and that does not conform to what is witnessed occurring in Genesis 3.  This is where too many people try to come up with creative unstated explanations for what they believe must have occurred.   These people automatically assume that snakes could talk before the fall but after the fall serpents were reduced to hissing sounds only.  I call that a work of fiction based upon imaginative suppositions.  Perhaps it will be good to review the first verses of Genesis 3 and learn the sounds the serpent is stated to have made:

  • Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
  • Gen 3:2  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
  • Gen 3:3  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
  • Gen 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
  • Gen 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

This described serpent in Genesis 3 is clearly speaking with extreme intelligent terms using logical and informed reasoning with plainly understandable word statements in verses 1 through 5.  Not only can the serpent think clearly and talk perceptively, but this being can hear and understand the women’s responses and communicate back with her on a level that is clearly above her.  Believe me I am not saying that the woman was stupid; I believe she is very intelligent but this being must be far above her level of understanding if he is able to deceive her so easily.   I want you to go back and notice that the serpent knew what God had said to Adam in verse 1 where there was no mention of a serpent being present during this discussion in chapter 2.  How is that even possible?  We must conclude from this information that the serpent was either present but not mentioned in Genesis 2 or that the serpent heard about this event from another source that was present and that only included the stated participants God and Adam.  Based upon Bible information given about Satan either one of these could have occurred.  For example take the story of Job the oldest book of the Bible.  In this book Satan appears before God to discuss a human named Job and this story is very relevant to what we need to understand about what is given to us concerning Adam and Eve.

  • Job 1:7  And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

I want you to notice certain facts given to us about Satan in this verse.  The name Satan means “adversary” or “enemy” and this clearly denotes Satan’s position at this time to not be a friend of God.   Yet, Satan has just come from the earth in order to have a conversation with God.  We therefore know that God and Satan talk and even communicate about human events.  This could be the way that Satan found out about Adam’s conversation with God in Genesis 2.  However the last part of this verse also applies to Genesis since Satan is walking about the earth even though there is no mention of him being seen by the human man named Job.   Since Job knows nothing about Satan what would make you think Adam knew anything about him either?  Satan very clearly walks the earth after the fall of man in the book of Job, could this be the way that Satan found out about the conversation in Genesis 2?  I believe it could be.  Adam was clearly given the task to guard and protect the garden before the fall of man occurred and this had to be guarding it from an external being like Satan since he is the only being that appeared on the scene in chapter 3 to deceive his wife.  Since the first 5 verses occur before the fall of man, this proves that Satan had access on the earth before the fall as well as after the fall of man.

What we have just discovered is that Satan has great ability to communicate with beings even with an extreme intelligent being like God the creator and this means him speaking with a man or a woman on the earth is probably more like child’s play than speaking with God where he is clearly the child.    Regardless of how Satan knew of the conversation the fact remains that this stated Genesis 3 serpent being had great knowledge of past events with outstanding memory recall abilities and that is very important to understand who you are dealing with.    Satan has been here on the earth for at least the last 6000 years and you have been here probably far less than a100 years.  Who do you think knows more you are him?

These facts found in Genesis 3:1-5 would appear to me to be a direct contradiction to what God says in the Bible in chapters 1 and 2 of Genesis if this is a literal snake.  All the land animals were created on the first part of day 6 of creation before man was created last as the culmination of all of God’s creation.   So would that order of creation make the animals supreme to the man because they were first?  Or did God leave all of His creation in the hands of the supreme last created beings as I believe occurred?  God says that man was created to have dominion which means to rule and have authority over ALL of the animals in Genesis 1:26.  I do not see how a lower created being could have been fashioned to be smarter than God’s man made in the image and likeness of God himself.   I do not recall any other being that was made to be like God in Genesis 1 or 2.  I also recall no other recorded conversation between God and any other created being.  Both of those are major problems for those who believe in a literal talking snake that deceives Eve.   We are already discovering some very significant inconsistencies in what is being defined and stated versus what is being taught by many preachers and teachers in the church today.  This is a very good time to dig deeper into the Hebrew word definition translated as “serpent” to discover what else is contained within this word.  This Hebrew word H5175 comes from the Hebrew root word H5172 and that is a very important new word to learn and apply to what is being communicated to us by God here in Genesis 3.

  • H5172
  • A primitive root; properly to hiss, that is, whisper a (magic) spell; generally to prognosticate: –  X certainly, divine, enchanter, (use) X enchantment, learn by experience, X indeed, diligently observe.

This Hebrew root word contains the meaning of a “prognosticator”.  Do you know what that is?  That is someone who foretells the future.  This is what many would call a fortune teller who speaks words about forthcoming events in your life.   Do these still exist today?   Are they still talking snakes?    Let’s go back and review the conversation that the woman had in the first 5 verses again using this new information.  Do you recall what the serpent said to the woman?  The serpent begins the conversation with a question to engage her mind.   The serpent asked “Did God say?”   The serpent’s question in verse 1 includes a stated connection back to what God said in chapter two as previously stated in this lesson.  Then when the woman responded to that question in verses 2 and 3 the serpent responds back in verse 4 “No, you shall not surely die”.  Didn’t the serpent just attempt to foretell the woman’s future with this statement?   I find that fact very significant to know.  Then in verse 5 the serpent makes a claim that is beyond comprehension.  The serpent claims to know what God knows.  How could a created inferior being on the earth even come close to knowing what the creator God knows and how would the created superior man and woman not know the same thing or even other greater truths that God shared in personal conversations with them?   Of course many people will counter this information that I just stated with the fact that Jesus claimed the devil was the father of lies (John 8:44) and therefore the serpent was lying in all of these statements.  But using that logic just made this serpent the same as the devil and not a literal talking snake, so which one is it?  You can’t have it both ways even though some have tried to claim the devil possessed the physical body of a created serpent in order to communicate with the woman and I gave you New Testament evidence that this would be an illegal supernatural temptation for the devil to do it this way.  I’m not going to repeat that again.  So far we have at least three possible interpretations given for the identity of the serpent by Bible teachers and these are:

  1. A literal talking snake (A NATURAL ONLY INTERPRETATION)
  2. The devil possessing a literal snake with the devil doing the speaking (A COMBINED NATURAL WITH SPIRITUAL INTEPRETATION)
  3. The devil in the spirit realm talking to the mind of Eve (A SPIRITUAL ONLY INTERPRETATION)

So far I believe that the evidence being presented by God in the Bible dictates that the serpent can only be number 3, but number 2 can be easily beleived by many to be the truth also until you put all of the pieces of the puzzle together correctly and see that this is not possible.   Number 1 is definitely out of the question but we will explore more of why this is not possible also.   What are the facts presented to us so far?

  1. We know the serpent is smart and possesses great intelligence.
  2. We know that the serpent had recall of past events even when not stated to be present during the occurrence of them.  We know the serpent knew what God had said in previous conversations with Adam.
  3. We know that the serpent can remember, think and reason.
  4. We know that the serpent can speak clearly understandable words.
  5. We know that the serpent predicts the future speaking of events that have not transpired whether they are completely accurate or fictitious is really irrelevant to the facts given.
  6. We know from verse 1 in Genesis 3 that the serpent is very cunning. 

There is at least one recorded conversation between man and God in chapter 2.   God’s voice is also described to be walking with man in the garden in Genesis 3:8.   This description clearly makes it sound like it was not the first time that this voice of God walked there since Adam and Eve both recognized Him being present.   But up until this point in Genesis 3 I want you to see clearly that there have been no recorded conversations between a serpent and God, yet this creature is clearly more informed than the man and the woman to know how to deceive them.

I really hope you have read the entire Genesis 3 series of lessons because I’m not going to repeat them here.   I did one lesson on the subject “You shall be as God Knowing Good and Evil” and that was a prophecy of misfortune but yet it would still come to pass.  This statement literally contains the implied knowledge that the serpent understood the current status of God.   All of this information is a direct contradiction for a literal snake to know how to speak, to know the status of God and His thoughts or to even predict the future of the woman.  This is a major problem for a literal only interpretation yet it is explained away because of what people think that Genesis 3:14 says.

Please review the definition for the Hebrew root word H5172 again and see how it was defined.  It is stated to be a literal hiss but then it is directly tied into someone whispering a chant or a magic spell.  This changes the word’s usage from a literal hiss sound to become a potential figurative or symbolic word application.   Do you have any clue yet how Satan communicates to you every day?  Did you even know that the serpent is still speaking to people like you and I every day?   Doesn’t Satan still come to us using whispered subtle phrases?  Aren’t these whispered words of temptation picked up by your mind so that you can hear them as thoughts?  Satan will come to your mind and whisper a thought to entice you and many respond to this mental stimulus, even Christians.  The reader of this chapter can still ignore all of this information and try to take these initial verse statements of Genesis 3:1-5 and 3:13 and 14 literally.  Many people will still try to think that God was speaking to a literal created being that thinks and talks like a man no matter what I teach to the contrary.  But if those that want to see what the Bible really says they should begin to weigh the growing evidence for how this serpent was just a symbolic named reference for the hidden spiritual being named Satan who was not yet revealed to man.   But we need more Bible verses to confirm which viewpoint is the truth and that is the objective today for us to find.  Let’s continue analyzing the phrases in Genesis 3:14 and see the next stated expression.

  • “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field;

Again in this next statement of Genesis 3:14 we can see a common theme reappearing from Genesis 3:1 in that the serpent is similarly compared to the “cattle” a subset of the beasts of the field and then God compares the serpent to the superset of “all the beasts of the field”.   We should easily know that a literal serpent is not from the livestock mammal class of beings so that is pretty simple to understand that the serpent does not belong in that set or class of created beings.  But again in this verse we see the word ALL being placed in front of the noun set of the “beasts of the field” to qualify the applicable scope of the statement.   Since “ANY”, “EVERY” and “ALL” are synonymous terms and they mean none are omitted from the specified set of referenced nouns we know by this statement made by God alone that the specified serpent is not a member of the “beast of the field” superset or class of created beings either.    This is not rocket science but people ignore the words on the page to render what they want them to say.   God chose these words so it is very important for you not to ignore one word like “all” because it does not conform to what you think it needs to say.  Let’s move on to the last controversial statement that was made by God to the serpent and explore this for the remainder of the Bible lesson:

  • On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life;

People still look at this last statement in verse 14 wondering what it means.  In fact that is exactly what initiated this entire Bible lesson and why I am attempting to respond to two different commenters.  God says in the last part of the verse that the serpent will travel on its belly and eat dust.  Here is where people again begin to jump to erroneous assumptions and wrong conclusions misunderstanding and misapplying what was actually stated.   Because everyone knows that has seen a literal modern snake at the zoo or in their yard that they slither on the ground on their bellies as the primary way to get around they therefore assume that this is what God was declaring to happen.  Thus they believe that God was talking to a literal snake and this is where they become more creative again to imagine or invent some new unstated explanation of what God just said in His Word.    I have heard more than one preacher try to claim that the serpent before the curse walked using legs but after the curse his legs were removed and now he had to slither in the dust on its belly.  That is the required logic that must have transpired for a literal interpretation.  But, that type of belief or reasoning is based upon a form of reverse evolution.  Reverse evolution occurs when a higher formed creature returns, regresses, reverts or mutates backwards to a lesser or inferior form of creation.   This belief is the stated antithesis of the theory of “evolution” also taught as the “evolving” of lesser beings classes that are raised to a higher state of development class by some unknown miracle.  I have a major problem with believing in either of those two theoretical scenarios since there is no written evidence or fossil evidence that either of these theories ever occurred.  If there were walking snakes before the fall then there should be some fossil evidence for them found somewhere on the earth.    Instead of thinking on these words from a completely natural perspective inventing creative untruths to confirm them, let’s divert our attention away and try to see the words from a new spiritual point of view.  We can only counter theories with facts.  We therefore need facts from the Bible that trump the reverse evolution belief.

Do you understand what symbolism is in the Bible?   I have already tried to explain that the “serpent” was a symbolic reference to a spiritual being named Satan as revealed by God in Revelation.   God uses vast amounts of symbolism in the book of Revelation but yet people like to think that God never used symbolism anywhere else in the Bible especially in Genesis.  Suddenly people want to think that God changes to do something new in Revelation and uses a novel technique never before used in the Bible.  But that is clearly not sound reasoning to think that way.  For example, Jesus taught consistently in the Gospels using parables.  What is a parable?  A parable is a lesson about spiritual things using natural symbolic references to convey the message.   Clearly Jesus used natural symbols and I could give you other uses of symbols in the Bible if you do not believe me ask me a question and I will supply you with an introduction to the subject found in the O.T. and even in Genesis.

There is another important concept that is related directly to symbolism found in the Bible called a “figure of speech”.    Do you understand what a figure of speech represents?   I’ll not go into this in depth but I will attempt to give you a couple of examples of a figure of speech to help affirm the conclusion.  If a person today says “You are a pain in my neck”, was he saying something literally or figuratively?  I believe you are smart enough to know that this is a figurative description of the person and not a literal one.  You can see God using this illustrated type of speaking example in the Bible several times when He says to the natural people of Israel “Wipe them out or they will become thorns in your side” (Num 33:55, Jos 23:13, Jdg 2:3).   You see God was not speaking to Israel literally so He must have been declaring a figurative statement that they should have been smart enough to recognize.   What is a thorn in your side?   That is just an example of someone who causes you physical, mental or emotional harm or causes you to stumble over something that results in physical, mental or emotional harm.  In these three Bible examples that I just gave you, God was saying these people will introduce you to their idols and by you worshiping them these people will cause you great negative consequences.   That is exactly what God was doing in Genesis 3:14 when speaking to the symbolic serpent.  God was not telling the serpent that he just lost his legs; He was saying something else which you do not even yet understand.

RULES FOR O.T. BIBLE INTERPRETATION

How can we find the meaning of these figurative and symbolic words in the Old Testament?  How do we understand any verse written in the Old Testament if the Jews could read them all for centuries but never saw any of the words that described Jesus’ coming?   These are finally great questions to answer.   Please allow me to introduce you to some very basic rules for O.T. Bible interpretation and understanding.  Read these rules over and then I’ll explain them and apply them more completely as we continue into the rest of the Bible study:

We can only understand the O.T by:

  1. First understanding that the Bible is ONE BOOK written by ONE AUTHOR with superior intelligence (2 Tim 3:16)!  Therefore, we must not study one part of the Bible trying to understand it while ignoring the other parts of the Bible that reveal it.
  2. Secondarily understanding that the Bible interprets itself and we need not add our opinion to the mix or we will violate God’s law of correct interpretation found in 2 Peter 1:20.
  3. Next understanding the revelations, explanation and descriptions of the words, concepts and subjects found in the verses in the New Testament.  The Bible is progressive revelation also called the unveiling, the uncovering or the revelation of the truth (Rom 16:25).
  4. Searching, finding and observing God’s definitions of the words and subjects in the New Testament and other parts of the Bible where they are given (Col 1:26).
  5. Observing the context of the verses around it.
  6. Observing God’s usage of the same Hebrew words in the other verses of the O.T.
  7. Looking up the definitions of the Hebrew words in dictionaries like Strong’s.

That is certainly not an exhaustive list of rules for correct O.T. Bible interpretation but that was enough to help get you started moving in the right direction for studying this part of the Bible.  I have just given you a short “to do” list for O.T. Bible study.  This is a list of items to consider when desiring to know what you are reading from the Old Testament.  These are very specific things that you should not ignore but rather learn, apply and deliberate on while you read the Bible.  These are very direct items that are essential for studying to find God’s revealed answers to your questions.   These are the basic rules that I follow and I will apply them directly to the rest of this lesson to teach you how you should apply them to what you do.  Not understanding them and applying them is the primary reason why many Christians do not know what the words on the pages mean.   They simply have not been taught how to resolve the lack of structure for how they study the Bible.  I hope that you at least try to use this initial list and see how it changes what you find in the Bible.  If you find them to not be useful, then that does not bother me but it might reveal why we believe differently about the same verse.  Let’s study the verse here in Genesis 3:14 using these rules and see what develops and changes about what we can see in the verse.

I will say that rule number 1 is a general statement of fact and truth.  It is repeated in more detail in rules 2, 3 and 4.  The combination of the first four rules is us finding God’s details and interpretations already recorded in the Bible.   We do this these through other rules that I may or may not get into fully in this lesson.  I just mention this because I know them and you probably do not unless you have read most of my other Bible lessons where I give you descriptions in certain places on how to use them.  I’m sorry I just can’t teach everything that I know in every Bible lesson or I would never get a lesson completed.

RULES 1 AND 2: ALLOWING GOD TO INTERPRET HIS WORD

I want to begin with rules 1 and 2 of every sound Bible interpretation.  We must allow God the author of the entire Bible to interpret His own words in order to leave our thoughts out of the meanings.   God’s mind is superior to my mind and yours.  When we introduce the thoughts of our mind into the discussion we introduce an inferior process and way of thinking.  I have discovered from many years of Bible study that God is smart enough to interpret His own writings if we can become smart enough to learn how to find them and apply them.   That is your number one challenge being issued within the Word of God.  Go find the verses that explain the verse that you want to learn about in the Old Testament.  That is what we need to do next so let’s go looking for some New Testament explanatory words for what we have read in Genesis 3:14.

RULES 3 & 4: WHAT DOES THE NEW TESTAMENT TEACH ABOUT SERPENTS?

Since someone was questioning if the serpent in Genesis 3 was literal or symbolic we need to ask what does the New Testament say about “serpents” and how should these references be applied to this question concerning Genesis 3?    Can you see that I have already answered a portion of this question in the previous lessons in the series?  I pointed you to two verses in Revelation (Rev 12:9 & Rev 20:2) where God directly identifies and names the “old serpent” and the “ancient serpent” to be the literal enemy Satan.  This was a God inspired definition that was further mentioned within the context of another symbolic name for the same individual called the “dragon” and that truth helps to teach us that the serpent and the dragon are both symbolic titles for Satan.   We need to treat both referenced titles of the serpent and the dragon to be equivalent for the literal spiritual being named Satan.  There are also other references to a serpent in Revelation and one is found in Revelation 9:19 where God uses this same word to be like something else.  This fact teaches us that God is in the practice of using a serpent as symbolism to teach us about spiritual things that we have never observed with our eyes.  The next reference that I gave was that of Revelation 12:9 but also in this same chapter God uses the serpent again as symbolism to be associated with a symbolic woman also mentioned in the same chapter.  I hope that you have already read my Bible study on Genesis 3:15 called “The Seed of the Woman and the Seed of the Serpent”.   If not you really do not understand that Genesis 3:15 and Revelation 12 are parallel prophecies of a soon coming future event.

If you continue to read down in Revelation 12 to verse 14 you will see the woman and a serpent being mentioned in the same verse.  I’m not going to elaborate on these, just understand that they are both symbolic for someone else.    In the very next verse Revelation 12:15 you will find the fifth reference in Revelation to a serpent.  In this verse you should be smart enough to see that this serpent is again a symbolic reference and he is stated to spew symbolic water out of his mouth like a flood to cause the woman to be carried away by the flow.   I really do not have the time to teach this chapter in full.  Just understand that the woman and the serpent are both clear symbols for a greater defined spiritual reality and God is for the woman and against the serpent.   We also know that the woman is not named or identified directly but the serpent was and that is what we were searching for to understand Genesis 3:14. This is just very basic information that helps us to confirm that the serpent in Genesis 3:1 through 3:14 was not a literal reference but rather also a symbolic association.

The term “serpent” is only mentioned in 15 verses of the KJV New Testament.  Only once can it possibly be considered to be a literal created serpent moving on the ground.  Let me give you all of these verses so that you can review them for yourself to learn how God uses the term:

Verse

Symbolic/Literal

Description

Matthew 7:10 Symbolic Referenced by Jesus in a teaching about Father giving the Holy Spirit
Matthew 10:16 Symbolic Referenced by Jesus in a teaching to His disciples about them being wise as a serpent but harmless has doves both symbolic references
Matthew 23:33 Symbolic/Figurative Speaking Jesus speaking the leaders of Israel calling them a generation of vipers.
Mark 16:18 Symbolic Jesus instructing the disciples after His resurrection often called the Great Commission
Luke 10:19 Symbolic Jesus speaking in contextual reference to Satan giving authority to His church to tread on the serpent
Luke 11:11 Symbolic Jesus speaking to the church about the Father in Heaven giving the Holy Spirit
John 3:14 Symbolic Reference to O.T. symbol being placed on a pole by Moses
1 Cor 10:9 Symbolic/Literal Possibly a reference to either or both a symbolic and literal snakes killing Israeli people in the wilderness who disobeyed God
2 Cor 11:3 Symbolic An explanatory reference written about Eve being deceived in her mind by the serpent
James 3:7 Literal Here James is using a reference to taming created animals and creatures but this is a totally different Greek word than all the other references to a serpent.  This one is G2062 and is translated as “creeping thing” every other time in the N.T.
Rev 9:19 Symbolic Used by God to describe the 4 angels that kill 1/3 of the human race during the tribulation
Rev 12:9 Symbolic Verse where God identifies Satan to be the serpent of old
Rev 12:14 Symbolic Symbolic connection of the woman and the serpent found in Genesis 3:15
Rev 12:15 Symbolic Symbolic connection of the woman and the serpent in Genesis 3:15
Rev 20:2 Symbolic God again clarifies the identity of the ancient serpent to be Satan

I just gave you 14 verses containing the direct references to the Greek word G3789 translated as “serpent” and the evidence is very clear to me that the vast majority of the N.T. word usage must be considered as symbolic references to a spiritual being.  The only verse that I could possibly leave to be a natural snake was 1 Corinthians 10:19 when God was describing what occurred to the natural people of Israel in the wilderness after they disobeyed God.  Every other reference appears to be a symbol for Satan and the enemy of God.  I can still see how people could argue about some verses being literal but that is probably because they do not see what is stated.  For example the 2 times that Jesus speaks about a father giving his son a serpent when the son asks for a fish is definitely an example of a parable where all named nouns represent a spiritual reality not named.  The literal symbol of a snake in these verses is used by Jesus to teach a spiritual lesson.  Then consider John 3:14 where the serpent was placed on a pole to bring healing to the people of Israel in the wilderness.  This is clearly another symbolic representation for Christ being made sin for the salvation of His people in the New Testament.  I do not know how you can ignore all of this evidence?   If the New Testament references are 13 out of 14 for the “serpent” being symbolic in the N.T. then this teaches us that we must consider this information and apply it to what we are trying to understand in the Old Testament.  God would not have given us so many clear examples if we were supposed to not understand them.  So if you did not realize it already, I have just used the first four rules of O.T. Bible interpretation to discover the explanation, definition and identity of the “serpent” in Genesis 3.

I would also like to teach you a basic Bible fact that the O.T. was written in Hebrew and the N.T. was written in Greek.  How then do we know that a N.T. Greek word is equivalent to a given O.T. Hebrew word?   That is another Bible interpretation rule that needs to be learned and observed.  There are generally two ways to solve this language difference problem.  The first primary way is to find an O.T. verse that is quoted in the N.T. that contains the word that you are searching for.   Since the “serpent” word is not found in this manner we must use plan B.   Plan B is finding a verse that speaks about the subjects found in the O.T. even though it is not a direct quote.   Since 2 Corinthians 11:3 contains the subjects of Eve and the serpent together we can confirm conclusively that the Greek Word G3789 is equivalent to the Hebrew word H5175.   We are now assured by rule definition that these verses found in the N.T. are speaking to us about the same subject given by the author in Genesis 3.   That was a very important part of the study that I just gave you.   I did not use random chance to connect O.T. words with N.T. words.  I used rule based methods that were designed by God and that changes everything.

RULE 5: WHAT IS THE CONTEXT OF GENESIS 3:14?

Let’s move on to rule number five for correct Bible interpretation.  This rule involves us observing the context of the verse in question.  This would include the speakers, the participants and the intended reader audience.  Let’s begin this section of study by observing the next verse 15 following Genesis 3:14 because I believe this is very relevant information.   I have already published a Bible study on this subject that you should have previously read but if not we will go back over parts of it very quickly.  The statement in verse 15 is a continuation of the statement in verse 14, do you understand this?  Therefore whatever God was talking about in verse 14 is still being continued in verse 15.  I cannot disconnect the two verses and neither can you if you use wisdom.  God is still speaking to the same symbolic serpent but God is now introducing a new important connection for the serpent.   I’ll give you the verse so that you can read it again for a mental refresher:

  • Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

God introduces us to a woman in verse 15 that He declares to be the serpent’s new forthcoming or prophetical enemy.  God says very clearly I will put enmity (hostility or hatred) between you (the serpent) and her (the woman).  Right there that new statement should become a mental “turn on the light bulb moment” clue for you that this stated serpent is not a literal physical talking snake.  Yes women are not the usual friends with natural snakes but that is clearly not what God is saying in this prophesy.  You do realize that this statement was a prophetical statement, don’t you?   Eve was the only literal physical woman present during this conversation, therefore you must show me where she ever stepped on the head of this physical snake to bruise her heal or bruise the literal serpent’s head.  Since you cannot find a verse that states this occurred, that is a major problem for a physical or literal snake’s existence as being cursed by God in verse 14.   A physical serpent’s life span in this day and age is less than 50 years by far.  Therefore this event if it was a literal snake must have occurred during a time span of reasonable age less than the life time of the woman in this chapter.  Since it was not recorded as a past event we must now reassess if a literal snake makes any logical sense at all anywhere in this chapter.

No God is again speaking purely prophetically and figuratively in verse 15 using natural symbols for a coming spiritual event.  The woman is symbolic, the seed is symbolic, the heel is symbolic and therefore the serpent must also be symbolic along with the head of the serpent.  If you can find me where any literal woman, heel or seed steps on the head of any literal snake to bruise it then we can all join together into the same belief that this is a literal historic account of literal beings.   I believe what we have just confirmed is that verse 15 is symbolic and matches what I previously showed you to be symbolic references in Revelation 12.   If the context of Genesis 3:15 is both prophetic and symbolic, then the previous verse 14 references must also be prophetic and symbolic and that changes most everyone’s way of viewing it.  This means in verse 14 the serpent is symbolic, the belly of the serpent is symbolic and even the dust is symbolic for some things that you have not yet discovered.  Who knows if I have convinced anyone yet, but we are not finished with the study so please continue to read the next important Bible interpretation rule application.

RULE 6: HOW DOES GOD USE THIS PHRASE IN OTHER O.T. VERSES?

Let’s review what else God says about this subject in the Hebrew Old Testament to consider the further usage of the words found in Genesis 3:14.  We are interested primarily in what God says about a serpent eating dust so I did a search for these key words and found a verse that you must read and apply to what was stated by God in Genesis 3:14.  Obviously God knew that He would have many people that would not understand His selection of the words in Genesis 3:14 so He uses them again to teach us what they mean later in another prophet’s words.  Read this verse slowly and carefully and observe it to be a prophecy on the same subject:

  • Mic 7:17  They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.

I need you to examine this verse word by word and then if you don’t know the answers to my questions go and read the context of this verse to see who God is speaking to and about.   I guess I was going to first ask you who and what this verse is concerning but I better just answer it for you so you learn how to do this.  If you go back to Micah 1:1 you will find God informing the prophet Micah concerning the kings of Judah concerning the area of Samaria and the city of Jerusalem.  Therefore the rest of this book is written by that direction and must be interpreted in that light.   When God writes to them and tells them in chapter 7 verse 17 that they will lick the dust like a serpent, is that literal or is that figuratively speaking terminology?   I can see how people will try to make it literal but God is speaking to men using symbolic application.   I connected this verse in Micah to Genesis by looking for “serpent” and “dust” together in the same verse.  God uses a synonymous reference for eating with the term lick but they are basically equivalent phrasings.  I can very clearly eat an ice cream cone by licking it.   Let’s pursue another example of God’s usage of this term in another prophet’s writing:

  • Isa 65:25  The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

Here is another important verse to consider for us understanding Genesis 3:14.  Here is a verse written by the prophet Isaiah literally many hundreds of years after the prophet Moses wrote Genesis and this verse contains the exact same three Hebrew words that Moses used in the Genesis text.  These words are H6083 translated as “dust”, H398 translated as “eat” or “meat” and finally H5175 translated as “serpent”.   The translators made a slight modification so that the one word “eat” from Genesis 3:14 is not easily recognizable but that is why I searched using the Strong’s numbers and not the English words.  Did you read this verse and consider how it applies to Genesis 3:14?   Is the verse in Isaiah speaking literally or figuratively?   I also want to ask you is this statement a historical past tense description, a present tense right now (at the time of the writing) description or a prophetical future tense based event description?   I can potentially hear many different answers to my question but only one answer can be correct.   Since this is the prophet Isaiah writing many, many years after Moses wrote Genesis 3:14 and both are speaking of the same thing I cannot agree that this occurred in past history in Genesis 3.  No, I see both statements in Genesis 3 and Isaiah 65 to be written about a future coming prophetic event that has not yet occurred.   If you do not agree then explain to my when you ever saw a lamb lie down with a lamb and dwell in peace and safety?  For that matter when was the last time you saw a wolf eat straw regularly?  Then analyze the last part of this verse and tell me when this has occurred in the Bible?   God describes that His Holy Mountain will never again be destroyed nor will there be found any hurt or pain present there?   I just don’t have the time to explain this verse fully.  Please know that this has not yet occurred and will not occur until the end of Revelation the last chapters.   Then know that if this verse is a future speaking prophecy it helps us to understand how Genesis 3:14 is concerning the same prophecy.

I want you to understand very clearly that Isaiah 65:2 and Genesis 3:14 are the only two verses in the entire Old Testament (23,145 verses)  that contains these three exact Hebrew words together.  Do you believe that was a coincidence or a chance occurrence?   I really do not believe that.  God has placed a design in the Bible using extreme intelligence.  He has implement certain rules of interpretation that are being revealed now to help us through the use of computers to find the meanings of what was written thousands of years ago.

CONCLUSION

Since I have already used Rule 7 in previous discussions of the Hebrew word for “serpent” I will not redo that work in this part of the lesson.   I pray that you understand how I applied the definition of the word in Strong’s and the Hebrew root word to the lesson to show how it was used symbolically.   I have covered the application of seven Bible rules of interpretation.  We have explored New Testament references and definitions and applied them to what was spoken of by God in Genesis 3:14.  We have looked at the context of Genesis 3:14 to see that it was  both prophetic and symbolic.   We have looked for and found other verses in the O.T. to further confirm this was also a prophesy found in Genesis 3:14.  What I have attempted to do is to teach you that the words of a verse in Genesis can have a much different intended purpose by God than a literal only interpretation.  I have used sound rules to give you a new and different way of seeing the words.  I may have not fully explained what the words “upon your belly you shall go and eat dust all the days of your life” mean but I have tried to teach that God does offer a way to learn what they mean by searching the Bible.  If you still do not understand we can do more lessons later on this subject of the symbolic serpent if you ask direct questions about what I have presented to you.  From everything that I have found so far in the Bible there is only evidence given by God to support a symbolic reference for the serpent in Genesis 3 to be Satan and not a literal talking snake.   I thank you for taking the time to read this advanced Bible study lesson and please help others to see what God has said in His Word.

Bible Answers: Why Did God Accept Abel’s Offering and Reject Cain’s Offering?

Cain_and_Abel(Ver 1.1)  This quick Bible lesson is the answer to a very common Bible student’s question.  We usually all have very similar questions when reading the Bible, so I will answer this question from one person and believe that it will help others that were not brave enough to ask the question.  I find it interesting that people will ask you questions as long as you give them the answer that they wanted to hear.  But if I say something new or controversial that God has taught me from the Bible, the responses can be very diverse and unexpected for a Christian.  I have had some people unfriend me or just stop talking to me because I didn’t agree with what they viewed as the only truth in the Bible.   If we are not open to learning something new and greater from God we will all remain in a stagnant state of ignorance apart from what He desired us to know.  Today, we are going to analyze the information given to us by God surrounding the story of two brothers.   Regardless of what you already think that you know about this story please leave your pre-conceived expectations behind and focus only upon what God says in His Word.   Be open to the Holy Spirit and be led by only Him.

The question asked by my reader was concerning the story described in Genesis 4.  It appears from reading these verses that one brother’s offerings were accepted by God and the other elder brother’s offerings were rejected by God.  Why was that?   This subject has been preached by many people and most of them have not seen the fullness of what the Bible actually says so they draw wrong conclusions using insufficient information and teach people about things that do not directly apply to the actual story.  For example, one preacher that I recall hearing taught that Abel’s offering was accepted by God because it was a sacrifice of shed blood and Cain’s offering was not.  He used this as a type of Jesus the coming Lamb of God that was going to shed His blood for all people.  Well that was an interesting and creative approach but that just doesn’t make total sense to me based upon other scriptures that I know on the subjects.  I certainly understand the association and how he took the leap to bring the two stories together but is that what God desired us to learn from this story?   I have found at least 4 popular human explanations for why God rejects Cain’s offerings.  Here are the four popular theories listed in random order:

  1. The Absence of a Blood Sacrifice from Cain.
  2. The Poor Quality of the Offered Sacrifice of Cain.
  3. The Heart Issue of Cain’s Attitude Giving the Sacrifice.
  4. The Sovereignty of God.

All of these are legitimate ways to look at the story from a student’s viewpoint of the text.  However, we should not attempt to say that any one of these is more important than the others because they are all contributing factors.  The story of Cain and Abel quickly becomes a war of human opinions and my opinion is as totally worthless as your opinion.   Therefore, we need to learn God’s opinion.  What does God say about it and how do we even begin to find it in the Bible.  That is the number one reason why people do not understand the Bible correctly.  They read an isolated passage in Genesis 4 and ignore the whole rest of the Bible.   That is a crazy way of studying the Bible.  I heard one preacher say we should only study one book of the Bible at a time and I thought that was a foolish way of studying a book that was designed the way the Bible was written by God.   The Bible is progressive revelation.  What is hidden at the beginning is uncovered at the end.  Therefore we cannot understand any of it without taking into account what is written in every part of the Bible about the subjects that we are studying.   If you don’t have a good Bible software program on your computer get one.  There are many that are free and I recommend one called eSword.  Then search the Bible for the subjects found in Genesis 4 like the names of Abel and Cain and read what God says about them.  For example, Abel is only referenced directly a few times but the statements describing him are infinitely important to why God accepted his offering and not Cain’s.   Get your Bible search software and let’s get started with the story of Cain and Abel.

CAIN AND ABEL TWO OFFERINGS, ONE GOOD RESULT

We will begin by going through the verses in Genesis 4 to gather the factual information to help us to understand what is expressed by God.   We will turn to the second verse in Chapter 4 and begin to read there:

  • Gen 4:2  And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

Cain was the firstborn of Adam and Eve.  That fact is interesting but not significant for this Bible lesson.  Abel was revealed to be a keeper of sheep and we all know lambs come from sheep.  Thus we have the foundation beginning for the belief in the assumption theory number 1 concerning the blood sacrifice, but we won’t go there.  Cain as you can see is a ground laborer and that is just another name for a farmer.    Let me ask you, how would a farmer of crops give God a blood sacrifice of something that he does not possess?  I think that is a problem right from the beginning.  Are we expected to give from what God has given to us or does God expect us to give what we don’t have just to please Him?  A mindset of religious works would demand that we must do specific works of the flesh in order to be pleasing to God and I do not believe that is the revealed nature of God.  I think you should think about that for a while before you answer.

  • Gen 4:3  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

Pay very close attention to the phrasing of the story.  Every word has significance.   God informs us that in the process of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the land.  You do understand that it takes time for crops to produce?  Crops are not an overnight miracle.  Since Cain was a farmer this description sounded pretty good until we actually read about what Abel did in the next verse:

  • Gen 4:4  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

As you can read both brother’s offerings took time.   Animals are not an instant miracle either.   A lamb can take 150 days to be born.  Therefore both offerings presented to God could only come after time.  There are certain keywords given to us by God that are important.  The term “firstling” and “fat” are two keywords that have significance to describe Abel’s offering to be remarkably different than his brother’s.  The term firstling means the first born and that is significant.  The term “fat” literally means the best.   Here is where we get the foundation for assumption theory number 2, the insufficient quality of the offering of Cain.  Abel brings God the firstlings of his flock and the fat thereof.  The absence of any adjective qualifiers describing Cain’s offering implies them to not be special.   Then notice that it says God had “respect” for Abel’s offering.

  • Gen 4:5  But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

As you can see God had no “respect” for Cain’s offering.   Here we can also read that Cain’s attitude was not very positive.  He becomes angry and depressed and those seem to support the theoretical assumption number 3 that Cain failed God expectations with his wrong attitude.  You can quickly see how each theory has a basis for beliefs and why they are taught in churches.   The only theory that I have not touched on is assumption 4 concerning the principle of the sovereign choice of God.   There are endless numbers of Christians that place everything that happens in the world in the hands of God’s design, purpose, will, and plans and they leave nothing out for us to do or for any contribution of Satan or evil spirits to be involved.  I call this the response-less devil and human theory.  No matter what they do it makes no difference because God’s will is always done.  These types of Bible teachers go with theory 4 so that they do not have to teach any human responsibility or accountability.  These types of teachers also have to attribute every evil in the world to be a gift from God.  I was on Facebook the other day and I saw a very ignorant statement.  This person said God sent the storms so that He could prove that He was the only protection from the storms.  That sounds very religious but that is not my God and people really need to read the whole Bible.  I’m not going to go there fully but I will show you a few verses that counter this wrong belief concerning the sovereignty of God.

GETTING GOD’S COMMENTARY ON CAIN AND ABEL

Here is where I’m going to start the main lesson on the story in Genesis 4.  My approach will be to use God’s commentary on the subjects and not just the words found in Genesis chapter 4 alone.  We are going to depart from the popular 4 theories of assumed interpretations and begin to see what else God says on the subjects of “respect” and “Abel”.   I picked the subject of “respect” to begin because it is a major part of the reason that God is accused by men of making a sovereign choice.  The Bible very clearly says that God had “respect” for Abel’s offering but for Cain’s offering God had “no respect”.  What is “respect” and how or why does God respect one but not the other?  Read what Peter says about God in Acts and learn how this verse applies to our story of Cain and Abel:

  • Act 10:34  Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

The Greek word that is translated as “respecter of persons” in this verse means to have partiality for one individual and not for the others.  It would be like a teacher in school picking one child as their favorite and the others are not treated equally.  Being partial clearly is a conscious decision to show bias, prejudice or preference for one human and not do the same for another.    This would be like two men walking into your church.  One is dressed in rich apparel and the other is dressed in rags.  The ushers could treat both men the same and be like God or they could take the wealthy looking man to the front and sit the raggedy man in the back of the church and that would be an example of being a respecter of persons.  Showing favoritism would be preferential treatment for one while exhibiting inferior treatment for the other based solely upon their appearance.   According to scriptures in the N.T. God is not a type of God that respects one individual over ANY other.  We can clearly read that here in Acts but it is also found in Romans 2:11, Ephesians 6:9, Colossians 3:25, and James 2:9.  That is 5 verse witnesses in the Bible that teaches us the truth about God and you should not ignore them.

It appears that we have a scriptural battle raging where one verse in the O.T. says that God had “respect” fighting with 5 other witnesses in the N.T. that says God does not do that.  Here is a great opportunity to learn that the Bible does not ever contradict itself.  It is only a human’s wrong interpretation or understanding that causes the conflict in their mind.   However, pay closer attention to what God respected.  Both men gave God offerings over extended times but God saw one offering as good and the other as potentially not so good for an unknown or an unstated reason.   Notice in Genesis that God had no lack of respect for either men but rather only for their offerings.  God is stated to be love in the New Testament.  Did God love Abel more than He loved Cain?  You see I do not believe that is true.  However do not confuse God’s hatred towards your sin to be the same His love for you.  God can hate what you do and still die to save you because of His love.   Let me give you one more verse about God’s lack of human respect variance that just might help us:

  • 1Pe 1:17  And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

Here is an excellent verse that will apply to what we have just read in Genesis 4 about Cain and Abel.   God says that He does not respect any specific individual but that He does judge their works.  This is a commonly ignored verse in the Bible.  This was written to Christians but it does apply to all of the people of the earth, past, present and future and it definitely has an application to what God says about Cain and Abel.    If God does not respect a person or an individual but rather will show respect for their works what was it about Cain’s works that were rejected and Abel’s works that were accepted?  Doesn’t that change the perspective of the story significantly?   That is what we are talking about in the story, right?   The fact that both men gave an offering and one was pleasing to God and one was not, that tells me a lot.  There are three basic ways to judge a person’s work.   A person’s work can be judged for what they did, how they did it or why they did it or a combination of all of these three.

Did you know that you can do the right things at the wrong times or in the wrong ways or even with the wrong motives and still be found guilty before God?  It goes back to a question that I used to ask job applicants during the interview process where I worked.  I always tried to ask them, “What matters more the end result or the methods used to achieve the end-result”?    You see in every business if the end-result was the only thing that mattered then we could all lie, cheat, steal and rob to get the job done.  Recently in the news Lance Armstrong came out in public and said that he had used banned substances to achieve his 7 bicycle race victories.  He clearly viewed the end-results to be more important than the methods to achieve them and now he is paying the ultimate price.  This was probably not the wisest thing that Lance ever did.  What I am teaching you, is that matters how you do something and why you are doing it, more than it does getting it done to God.

Learn from the lesson of Lance Armstrong and let’s see if this modern story applies to the life of Cain and Abel.   We can clearly see both Cain and Abel gave an offering to God.   But, what caused God to judge one offering to be different from the other?   There are not very many verses in the Bible about Cain and Abel but there is at least one that you need to see.  If you did the search in your Bible for the name of “Abel” you have already found my next Bible verse to learn.  God lists the name of Mr. Abel in the Faith Hall of Fame and his name is forever preserved with the heroes of the Bible like Moses, Abraham, David, and Joshua to name a few.   Let me show you what God says about Abel:

  • Heb 11:4  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

Did you see it?  God says the sacrifice that Abel offered was “more excellent”.  So clearly sacrifices of lambs are better than fruits?  But is that what it really says?   What did God say directly before that statement?  Doesn’t God tell us of Abel’s motivation and methods?  How did Abel offer this more excellent sacrifice?    God says Abel offered it “By Faith”.   The implication given by God is that there was a factor missing from the offering of Cain and this factor was his faith.  You see if you read down in Hebrews 11 you will find a revelation that directly applies to the story we read in Genesis 4.

  • Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Without faith it is impossible to even try to please God.  Is that not the reason why Cain’s offering was rejected?  The absence of faith means God will not be pleased with anything that we do and it really does not matter what you are bringing before the Lord.  Get out of your religious box and see the truth of God’s Word.  Many people today go to church and think that God is pleased because they showed up.   That is crazy thinking my friend.  If you are not going to church in faith you are failing.  I’m not going to teach you the entire subject of faith today; that would be a very long complex subject that has many parts to it.  If you don’t know about faith, go read my Bible lessons on that subject.  Faith is one of the top three Bible subjects that you need to learn before Jesus comes back.  Why?  Because Jesus said this:

  • Luk 18:8  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

The way I read His statement, He is looking for a people with faith that pleases Him when He returns.  So when you so dearly ignore the subject of faith in the Bible you just might find yourself to be more like Cain and less like Abel and that is not a good place to be.  What company do you wish to associate?  Which example do you wish to demonstrate to Christ?  Your name could be with the others in the Faith Hall of Fame.   It is really up to you more than you think.  If you wish to be pleasing to God then you need to learn the subject of faith.

Since God has been talking about the subject of sacrifices in Genesis 4, is God still looking for a sacrifice from His people today?  Maybe you need to go and read further in the book of Hebrews past chapter 11 where Abel was mentioned.   God speaks a lot about this subject but I’ll only focus in on 2 verses that apply to the church:

  • Heb 13:15  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
  • Heb 13:16  But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Did you notice what these verses said?  They are speaking of sacrifices but not the blood types like an animal or a lamb.  No, God is saying offer up the sacrifice of praise unto Him.  Wow, that is very strong isn’t it?  It appears that God still desires us to make a sacrifice but with the fruit of our lips.   Uh oh!  What did Cain offer God?  Was it not the fruit of the ground?   What are your lips made out of?  If you did not know it, your lips are made from the ground also and these produce fruit for God.  Why did God reject Cain’s offerings of fruit but still desires the fruit from our lips?  I pray that you are learning something new.  God just got through talking to you about the whole long subject of faith in chapter 11 and now in chapter 13 He connects that with your sacrifices which are still required.  Do you believe that whatever sacrifices you give to God that you better do them in faith to be accepted?   I seriously think that would be a great idea.  What did we read in Hebrews 11:6 that pleases God?  Without “faith” it is impossible to please Him and therefore faith pleases God.  Even though you are doing something that could please Him like praising Him with the fruit of your lips, if you are going to do it without faith it will not be found pleasing.

I just did a quick Bible lesson on the importance of your faith and giving God your sacrifices today.  There is more to the story of Cain and Abel than this, but that was the message from the Lord for you today.  Abel through his faith in God was called righteous and his name is mentioned in some elite company.   If you think it is too late for you to be added in this group I believe you are wrong.  Thank you for reading my Bible lesson.  May the love of God become known to you in new ways that are beyond your natural comprehension!  If you have any Bible questions that you like for me to see if I can answer please provide them in a comment and as I am led by the Spirit of God I will address them.  God Bless!

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 Deception in the Bible! Can a True Christian be Deceived? Part 6

(ver 1.2) This is now Part 6 in a series of very advanced Bible lessons about the subject of deception.  I have uncovered a lot of new information in this series and today’s lesson is some more information on the subject using the Bible to help answer and clarify a comment that I got recently.  In today’s lesson I will focus on a very important question that was raised when someone told me that a Christian cannot be deceived because God will not permit them to be lost.  That is a very common doctrine of theology in many churches, but is that what the Bible actually says?  If you have not read this series from the beginning, I would suggest that you go and start reading from “Part 1” first.  I will warn you up front that this will be a long lesson.  I have a lot of things to cover today.  But, if you read it all I believe you will learn much more than just the primary subject about deception.  In one of my last Bible lessons I taught about Understanding Bible Prophets, what they are, why they exist and what they can and cannot do.  In that lesson I paraphrased a verse that Jesus gave as a warning to us (the church).  I thought it was a valid paraphrasing, but my commenter thought otherwise and told me why they thought this was wrong about what I said.  I basically said a Christian could be deceived, so Jesus was warning us to be careful.  I basically took the scripture personally and felt like this was God speaking to me.  But, my commenter had a different point of view using a very different perspective of the Bible and tried to teach me how they understood the Bible.  I want to say first that I believe my commenter was a Christian and that we are both climbing the same mountain to reach the peak of knowledge and understanding.  However, our views of the scriptures were clearly from very different perspectives, like me being on the north side of the mountain and them being on the south side of the mountain.   What I was looking at was not what they were looking at so this will at times cause many of the theological differences to occur within the Body of Christ.  The only legitimate way to resolve these types of conflicts is for each party to change positions in order to try to gain the view from the other side of the mountain and then combine the two realities into the view from the top of the mountain.  Maybe you do not understand mountain climbing.  At the early altitude you are many times within the tree line and you have to rise beyond the trees to finally be able to see out.  Then as you ascend your view becomes increasingly different until you reach the top and can see in 360 degrees of every side.  In between the bottom and the top there are varying stages of revelation, the higher you go is based upon how much you know and have seen.  I’m sorry I like mountains so I may have used this analogy before in another blog.  When I was younger I liked camping in Colorado on the top of the mountains.  The views were so awesome and the lessons of life are clearly learned from the things that God has created.  I believe the world was created by design and that nothing occurs by chance or accident.  We therefore, have to become smart enough to learn the lesson that God is trying to present to us with creation while simultaneously giving His written Word first priority in everything.  Here were all of my commenter’s words that were shared with me.

In the initial paragraph of this week’s publication you state that, “Jesus also warned us that even the very elect could be deceived by their trickery, Matt 24:24.” KJ

Actual quotation from Matthew’s text:  “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” 

Readers need to know that this verse indicates, “IF POSSIBLE!”  In other words, God does not allow this to happen to those who are truly saved nor does he even make it possible. However, he is using this language to cause the reader to understand the intensity of deceit that will be in the world during the last days.

Those who abide in Christ and have the Holy Spirit will not be taken captive by the world. The “perseverance of the saints,” is made possible through the indwelling Holy Spirit… “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil 1:6 KJ

We’ll I read their comment and I know why they said what they did, but the root of the problem is that there is more than one truth in the Bible and it appears to me that my commenter might have been closed to try to see the other scriptures found in the Bible from my view point.   This is why we have so many Christian denominations in the world today.  One church likes the view from their side of the mountain that they are climbing on and another church stays on the other side of the mountain loving their limited view of the same verse and we have isolationism occurring from our limited perspective view of the Bible.  I have said this repeatedly and I will continue to teach it until we all get it, “there is more than one truth in the Bible and we as believers must see them all in order to view the complete actual truth”.  No church should exalt one truth and claim that is ALL of the truth that is necessary for you to know.  When people do this that is a very serious misrepresentation of God and the Bible and it oversimplifies them both.  It is also a common ploy used for deception by Satan.  The devil will tell someone one thing so that they ignore the other more important things and he then has them defeated and they do not even understand that they are in this condition.  This was Satan’s approach with Eve when she was deceived in the garden.  God said “Do not eat or you will surely die”.  But, Satan never mentions that part of the subject.  Satan says “You shall be as gods, knowing good and evil”.  That was a new truth that replaced what God said in Eve’s mind.   God never told Adam and Eve about what the consequences of death meant and Satan avoided the subject by telling them something else that sounded good on the surface.  This was a tricky way to deceive someone, if you ask me.  It is also the first time Satan deceived anyone in the Bible so it would be a very good future lesson to explore in this series.

You see I do not deny my commenters scripture references, I just have a problem with the fact that they have ignored the other parts of the Bible in order to interpret them in the way that they have.  If we do not use the entire Bible to interpret the Bible we are doing nothing but promote the selective isolated doctrines of men and that is foolish.   I tried to explain to my commenter that the law of gravity is a physical law of truth that states it is impossible for a man to fly.  So the law of gravity was a valid truth that ruled men for thousands of years.  Man believed this truth and lived by this law until finally they discovered another greater truth.  When mankind learned of the law of aerodynamics and how that it supersedes the law of gravity this new truth allowed man to fly like a bird.  So both laws are great truths, but one truth causes the other truth to become minor or insignificant when viewed and applied correctly.  This is how the Bible is written.  The Bible contains many truths, with some of them being dependent horizontal truths while other truths are independent vertical or hierarchical truths. Ok, I probably went over the head of many readers with that last statement, but this is an advanced Bible study so I will say things occasionally to get you thinking about old concepts in new more complex ways.  Please just try to understand that one truth can supersede another truth.  Let me give you a Bible example for what I am trying to say; the Bible says “The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has freed us from the law of sin and death” (Rom 8:2).   This is exactly what I was attempting to say with the example of gravity and aerodynamics.  The law of Life in Christ is a much higher law of truth that has nullified the law of sin and death just as the law of aerodynamics has nullified the laws of gravity.  I hope you understand these truth concepts, they are very important to know.  Let me start by giving you the actual verse that I paraphrased again and show you what Jesus says:

Mat 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Ok here is the exact words written in the KJV ible and we need to actually see what it says.  My first point is to notice the words “it were” are in italics and that reveals to us that these words were not written in the original Greek language and they have been added by the translators so we should technically ignore them.   So the original verse says “If possible, they (the false Christs and false prophets) shall deceive the very elect”.  I immediately wondered who my commenter thought the “very elect” were if they are not Christ’s church.  Then I began to wonder what do the words “If possible” mean?   According the Strong’s the Greek word translated as “If” is a particle of conditionality.  In other words if this is true this occurs, if this is not true then something else occurs.  This is a classic programming paradigm called If Then Else Logic and if you are not a programmer you probably do not have a clue what I just said.  Nevertheless, the word “If” is always a conditional statement where something else either given or implied is a determining factor for whether what is stated can or cannot occur.  Going back to my programming paradigm, when a compiler comes to an If statement a test is made in order to determine the next instruction to execute.  When a test occurs, the next instruction that is executed is based upon resulting True or False condition of the test.  Do you understand this?  You do not have to be a computer programmer to understand this is how you behave every day.  If you are hungry you get something to eat and if you are not hungry you don’t.  The term “If” certainly does not mean it is NOT POSSIBLE for this to occur.  You cannot get that from the definition of the word at any time.  The term “possible” is a Greek word (G1415) that means “powerful” or “capable”.   We know from the Bible that with God all things are possible.  So we must determine what the word “If” coming before the word “possible” can mean.  God uses three other Greek words in the New Testament for “impossible” and these are G101, G102 and G418.  If God knows the difference between what is possible and what is not possible, I believe that He knows which word to use in what verse.   I would suggest that you go and search the New Testament for G1415 (possible) and G102 (impossible).  If you look up the definitions of these two words they are actually very revealing.  Impossible is a word of “weakness” and possible is a word for “strength”.  Which one is God?  All things are possible with God meaning all things are strong with God.   However, the Bible says “It is impossible for God to lie”.  So God displays “weakness” when it comes to speaking lies.  These are fascinating concepts that many Christians have not considered.  Weakness is a positive when it comes to sin.  But, strength in virtue and truth must be admirable.  Because the word “If” occurs before the word “possible” God is saying this is possible but it has specific conditions which must be present to cause it to happen.  This is a very simple way of saying you can be deceived under the right conditions.  According to my commenter, they said it is not possible for a Christian to be deceived, because God would not allow or permit this to occur.  I assume from their logic that they believe God controls the outcome of everything based upon the very popular Sovereign God theological doctrine found within many churches and they must feel that man has no further contribution to make to determine their eternal destiny.  Go back and read my commenter’s words again.

Readers need to know that this verse indicates, “IF POSSIBLE!”  In other words, God does not allow this to happen to those who are truly saved nor does he even make it possible. However, he is using this language to cause the reader to understand the intensity of deceit that will be in the world during the last days.

Hopefully you can see what they are trying to say?  My commenter said “IF POSSIBLE” could be substituted for GOD does not allow this to occur”.  Wow, is that what it really said?  I am really not sure how anyone can arrive at that conclusion or interpretation of the verse, but obviously that is what they said.   That is not what Strong’s said the words meant.  Since Strong was a Greek and Hebrew expert I rely on his expertise more than my own or the opinions of people who leave me comments.  In other words I’m not going to try to say what the verse says without some collaborating and supporting evidence from someone who is or was smarter than I am.  If God tells me in another verse in the Bible that it is not possible for a man to be deceived, then that would be the best.  If Strong, Thayer or Nave does not say that either then I just cannot override their expertise with my opinion of what I think it means.  So whenever someone says “In other words” you better be careful that what is being stated is an actual equivalent phrasing for what was actually stated.  The only way that I know of to how you can legitimately do that, is for you to look up all of the words in a dictionary or a thesaurus and then to see what they mean and if they are really valid synonyms.  This is just basic Bible study guidelines and rules to follow.  I’ll ask you again “What do the words If Possible mean”?  Does it mean it is not possible?  I do not think so.  God tells us in other places in the Bible “It is impossible for Him to lie” (Heb 6:18).   God obviously knows when something is possible and when something is not possible to occur and He knows when to use what word for either case.  My commenter seemed to think that God wrote it this way to emphasize a point.  But, I still think that this is trying to interpret the Bible in isolation without using the other verses found on the subject to help us to understand what is actually being communicated.  For example, if you search the Bible you will find that these exact same Greek words translated as “If Possible” are used in other verses in the N.T.  If you go and look at one of them they ought to show us if God uses the words in the same way in order to determine if God is being consistent with His words.

Rom 12:18  If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

As you can hopefully see if you try to say “If possible” means that it is not possible, you must use that logic in this verse also in order to be consistent.  So if you try to apply that logic to this verse in Romans, you would make it say “God does not permit you to live peaceably on the earth with all men.  I do not think that this is what this verse is saying, do you?  Do you understand this logic?  Can you find anywhere in the Bible that it says “God does not permit” when used with the words “If Possible”.  If it were not possible for a Christian to be deceived then why would God not tell us that anywhere?  I think that would be a very good thing to know if that was actually true.  Another point that I want to address is the implied statements being made by my commenter.  My commenter implies that they are the “true Christians” and therefore they cannot ever be deceived.  Since my commenter did not tell me otherwise I have to assume this is what they meant by examining what they have said.  If this is what they believe, I feel very strongly that this is an extremely dangerous theology to base your faith.  This would be a great theology if they were right, but if they are wrong then what guarantee do they have that they are not deceived already.  Since Bible doctrine and theology is a moving target based upon your current knowledge, there is technically no one that can guarantee what they are preaching today is what they will preach tomorrow exactly.  I do not know if you understand that statement or not?  Truth is a complex subject and many people want to base their eternal destiny upon their limited knowledge of the Bible and God just might show you a new Bible verse tomorrow that completely changes your theology.  Since neither you nor I are God we must be open to learning more at all times and this reality alone should cause us to change our theology as we all attempt to get to the summit of the Bible knowledge mountain.   What we all need to do is to research the Bible to figure out the actual truth the best way that we can using all of the information that we can obtain on the subject.  Study to show ourselves to be approved a workman that will not be put to shame because we rightly divide the Word of Truth (2 Tim 2:15).  So that is what I will try to do again today.  You see, I am smart enough to know that I do not know everything.  I also think that God is still revealing new things every day.  So these two beliefs lead me to be open to change.

Bible study is a rules based system of learning.  In other words if you do not know the rules you cannot follow them and therefore there is no way that you will figure out what the truth is.  I will not try to give you all of the rules for Bible interpretation today; I have tried to do this in many other Bible lessons so go and read them to learn the correct way to interpret the Bible.   I will give you a secret that I use to study the Bible constantly and this may help you if you apply it.  When you study a subject search the Bible for the words that you are interested in and find all of the Bible verses that contain those words and then go read what they say.  If God uses the same Greek or Hebrew word in every verse then you can be assured you are learning about the exact same subject.  Therefore what God says in each verse applies to what is said in every other verse with that same word.  This is just a very basic Bible study methodology.  You see I know for sure my commenter did not do this or they would have seen what I am going to show you today about the subject of deception.  Another Bible study basic is for you to look up the words that you are reading in a Greek or Hebrew dictionary to see what they mean in the original languages.  Many times English words have changed and the meanings are no longer the same.  For example, in the King James Bible many times the Greek word “agape” is translated as “charity” and this is a total inaccuracy using modern day concepts of the English word for charity.  Agape is the Greek word that describes “the God Kind of Love” and that is an important difference between the English word and the Greek word.  In fact in the Bible there is more than one Greek word translated as love, how are you going to know the difference if you do not go and search for it?  Let me give you the Greek Word definition for “deceive” as it is translated in Matthew 24:24.  I think I have given you this definition before in previous lessons, but this is so important that I feel it needs to be restated:

G4105

From G4106; to (properly cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue): – go astray, deceive, err, seduce, wander, be out of the way.

You should see by the definition of this Greek word translated as deceive alone that it causes major problems for my commenter’s theology.  To roam or to go astray is a clear description of someone who once was on the path of safety, virtue and truth and they have now wandered from it to become lost.  Uh oh?  It is very clear to me that the Greek word definition shows someone who once knew the truth, but wandered away from it.  Are you a Christian today?  If you are then it is because someone presented you the truth and you decided to believe it.  Can you knowing the truth now choose to walk away from it?  According to the definition of this word it is more than possible.  The definition of this word “deceive” says people were in the town of Truth and they wandered off and got lost and now cannot find their way back.  What are we going to do with that information?   Can you see and understand how to apply this?  Do you remember when Jesus said “I am the Good Shepherd?  Do you know that we are His sheep?  Do you know that His sheep can wander off and decide not to follow the shepherd?  According to my commenter’s theology this is not possible, because every one of God’s sheep must have a tight choker collar around their necks with a leash that is tied around the shepherd’s staff, so they cannot stray and get lost.  The only way to keep a sheep from straying is to tie them and no shepherd that is good will do this to their animals.  Please go search the web and see how shepherds lead their sheep.  If you want to learn more on this subject you can read my lesson on “Understanding Sheep in the Bible”.  Jesus told a story of a sheep getting lost and Him having to go out and find it (Mat 18:12).  Jesus is using a story with natural symbolism to convey a spiritual truth about God and us His people.  If you look up the words in this verse you will see “go astray” is the same word translated as “deceive” in Mat 24:24.  Uh oh?  Therefore, we are talking about the exact same subject, yes in both verses?  In this story Jesus says He will leave the 99 to try to find the 1 who was deceived to stray.  Who is guarding the 99 while He is out looking for the one that was deceived?  Can a wolf come and kill one of the 99 sheep while Jesus is looking for the one?  Could the wolf already have killed the one sheep that left the safety of the shepherd?  Why did God allow one sheep to leave and become deceived?  Oh, yea God is sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient and is omnipresent.  If that was all of the truth then why did God use such human examples to describe Himself when He possessed such gret deity qualities?  If God is permitted to use all of His supernatural powers then it would be impossible for any of His sheep to get lost in the first place.  Since He clearly tells us that a sheep left the flock and must be searched for this tells us God is not in control of what that sheep did.  That sheep was deceived to leave the safety of the flock and the shepherd and that is not good for them.   I believe that God chooses not to use His supernatural powers by His own choice.  If you can find me scriptures to contradict this belief, I will be happy to change.  But, I believe that this is the only viable explanation of how a human example of a shepherd losing a sheep could apply to God.  If God does not give His sheep the freewill choice to leave, that would make God a controlling manipulator.  If you are a married person, is that the kind of spouse that you desire to be married to?  I do not think so!  Otherwise I have no explanation of why Jesus used this example to describe Himself and us His sheep.  Just notice the story of the sheep and see that Jesus says there are 100 sheep and one is deceived and has been lost because they wandered off by their own choice or will.  This is what Jesus is teaching to us; His sheep have the right to leave and they can be deceived.  Do you understand this?

Let’s back up in the chapter of Matthew and read some other words that Jesus spoke before this statement in Mat 24:24 in order to examine the context of the statement.  If you go back to the first part of the chapter you will see Jesus describing things that will occur in the last days.  Since we are living in the last days I believe that means whatever Jesus is about to say applies to us.  The disciples then come to Jesus privately in Matthew 24:3 and ask Him, when will these things occur?  Who is Jesus speaking to in this chapter?  My commenter thinks that Jesus is only speaking to the readers, whoever they are.  I do not know about you, but I am reader?  I wonder if my commenter is also a reader.  I guess they think they are not?  Since I know of hardly any unsaved people who read the Bible, I’m not really sure who they are thinking Jesus is speaking to.   God says in Matthew 24:3 that He was speaking to the disciples and they were the founding fathers of the church.  But, my commenter has determined Jesus was speaking to someone else.  However, here is the beginning of Jesus’ answer to the “disciples” question:

Mat 24:4  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

Wow, this is obviously a hard saying if Jesus the Son of God is speaking in private to only His own disciples.  Jesus clearly says “Beware” and “do not let anyone deceive you”.  Does Jesus ever say “It is impossible for them to be deceived”?  Is Jesus speaking to the founding fathers of the church?  Obviously Jesus does not even come close to saying they cannot be deceived.  If Jesus warns His personal disciples, His inner circle of 12 students not to be deceived, it is very obvious to me that they could easily become deceived at any time going forward from that warning.  What is a warning?  A warning is like when you tell your children do not touch the stove because it is hot.  When you said that did you mean it was not possible for them to touch it?  Obviously that was not why you warned them not to touch it.  This is really not that hard and it only takes a little common sense to see that Jesus would never warn His disciples of something that was not possible to occur.

This revelation alone disqualifies the “Predestination” theology.  This knowledge alone invalidates the “Once Saved Always Saved” theology.  Here Jesus is speaking to many of the future writers of the New Testament and He says you better be careful or you will be deceived.  I will tell you this directly, if it was possible for the disciples to be deceived, then any regular Christian today is in dire straits if they think they cannot ever be deceived.  These are very strong words and very important words for you to understand.  I also want to point out that this Greek word translated as “deceive” is the exact same word found in Matthew 24:24 so Jesus is definitely giving you relevant information that you need to know about the subject of deception in the last days.

Let’s explore the same information found in Matthew, but this time read it in Mark.  Many times one writer will phrase the text in one way differently than the other or they will give you the same information with different words.  Plus I like to find two or three witnesses in the Bible to everything that I teach in order to help establish the truth.  So let’s turn to Mark 13 and read what Jesus says there:

Mar 13:5  And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:

Mar13:6  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

If you continue to read down in this chapter you will again see that Jesus is speaking of the last days.  Since I believe strongly that we are living in the last days, I believe that if you do not take this warning personally as a True Christian that you can be deceived very easily.  Every word of God is written to you personally and this verse does not say “If Possible”.  It says “Take heed” and that is something that you are required to do, not God!  Too many Christians want to put the responsibility all on God.  God will not permit me to be tested.  God will not permit me to be tempted.  God will not permit me to be deceived and that is just not what the Bible says anywhere.  Jesus would not have given us a warning if it were not possible for us (the church) to be deceived.  If you ignore these Bible verses and think they do not apply to you, I’ll say it again you are in trouble.  Think with me for a second and determine who was present to hear these words of Jesus.  Weren’t Judas and the other 11 disciples always present when Jesus spoke?  What did Judas do?  You probably know that Judas betrayed Jesus and turned Him over to be killed for silver.  Was Judas deceived?  Absolutely, Judas was deceived.  He heard the exact same words of truth that Peter heard and every other disciple heard and he still decided not to believe in them and do his own thing.   You can clearly read in the Bible that Satan entered into Judas and this caused him to betray Jesus.  It is very clear to me that Satan was present to cause any disciple to fall into deception that would permit him to do so.  Only Judas because of his greed for money was motivated to ignore his eternal outcome for a monetary short term gain which he soon regretted.  However, if one disciple of the twelve can be deceived every disciple can be deceived.  If any disciple can be deceived then you can be deceived.

Think with me for another moment about what Jesus said in Matthew 24:24 knowing the context of the verse are about the end time events.  Jesus said beware of the “false Christ”.  This is a direct reference to the coming anti-Christ which is probably in the world today somewhere.  We know there have been foolish men who have claimed to be the Christ and they have caused many to die and be lost.  But, if the anti-Christ is a false Christ and Jesus is speaking a warning to the church, what is going to happen when he shows up doing great signs and wonders that only a supernatural being can do.  I believe that many Christian will buy into his false message based upon his overwhelming knowledge of how to deceive people.  This is why Jesus said in Matthew 24:24 that it is possible for even the elect to be deceived, they should be careful not to allow this to happen.

My commenter said that a “True Christian” cannot be deceived and by this they imply there are false Christians in the world.   They further imply they are one of the “True Christians” that are incapable of being deceived.  This is of course a very convenient theology to believe in with great personal benefits.   It is no wonder that so many Christians have bought into this philosophy.  Now whenever, anyone comes up as having been deceived, they can simply say they were never a “True Christian” in the first place.  Of course this is not true using the definition of the word “deceive” that we found.  Jesus warned us of the coming “False Christs” and the “False Prophets” who will deceive many.  By definition a false prophet is a man who says he is a prophet but who is not.  It is the same with a false Christ.  Finally, a false Christian is one that says they are a Christian and they are not.  I do believe that all of these exist in the world today right now.  Both the true and the false must coexist in the world simultaneously by simple logic and reasoning..  However, I am not addressing false Christianity because they are already deceived.  You do not ever warn someone about something they have already fallen into, right?  You can only try to help them out of their pit of deception if they are interested in getting your help.  If not, they will remain in the their deception and be content.   So by simple logic found in Matthew 24:24 we can determine that Jesus cannot be speaking to anyone, but a Christian who is walking in the Light of Truth.  This would be someone who knows the truth, but chooses to walked away from it to do the wrong things.

Let me talk to you about some modern day preachers that have been deceived.  I know of several and I could name their names and you would know who I am talking about, but I will not do that.  You will probably know who I’m talking about anyway because they were in the news.  Anyway one preacher had a national TV ministry and a major Bible school and obviously was doing great things for God when one day he was discovered with a prostitute.  This was not good news for his church or his wife and family.  Was he just a false Christian or was he a Christian who was deceived?  Remember the definition of the word “deceive” from Strong?  I recall that “deceive” seems to be defined as someone who was safe in the truth, but who has now wandered off from it.  Was this famous preacher a false Christian or just one that knew the truth and decided to do the wrong things anyway?  Do you see how complicated this subject really is?  I believe that you cannot say this preacher was not a Christian to begin with or that he was a false Christian based upon the fruits that he had exhibited.  Jesus said you will know them by their fruits.  But, even a preacher, saved and filled with Spirit of God can be deceived to do the wrong things.   Plus the fact that this preacher asked for forgiveness and the Bible says that when you do this God will forgive you (1 Jo 1:9).  Let me say that deception comes in varying degrees.  I believe that any Christian can be deceived to sin, but not be lost completely if they turn and see their mistake and repent.  If my commenter thinks they are a perfect Christian that never sins, they are definitely deceived.  If they think that it is impossible for them to sin, again there is deception that has already occurred and they better wake up soon.  Let me say again that any Christian is capable of sinning and knowing this fact alone we should realize that Satan is out to try to trick us into going back to what our flesh use to want to do all the time; whether it was drugs, sex, cigarettes, alcohol, food or whatever.

Another preacher that will remain nameless had a 5000 member church in the Bible belt of America.  His TV ministry was seen nationwide.  I went to his church and I saw all of this first hand, so this is not hearsay or speculation.  I saw the church and the ministries grow, I saw the salvation of many people while I was in the church.  People would get saved in almost every service.  I felt the power of God present and things were happening supernaturally so God was present.  I sat under the anointing of God and felt the power of God present so I know he was a Christian.  I could hear the sermons and read the Bible verses that were being taught and they were sound doctrine.   However, over time I saw a change occurring in the senior pastor and the church.  He eventually left his wife and married another woman and began to preach some really strange things.  There were many personal and church related problems and issues and this senior pastor soon left his new wife and married another woman.  The church went from over 5000 members to it is non-existent today.  That church went from awesome to nothing in a very short time all because of one man being deceived by Satan. There was clearly a level of deception that had taken place to take this senior pastor from a great man of God to his downfall.  All of these examples are warnings for Christians today.  I could give you many more examples, but that is just pointless.  Just understand that if it can happen to a major church pastor, it can happen to you.  If it can happen to a disciple of Jesus it can happen to you.

Let’s go through some Bible verses in the New Testament and see if God says if a Christian can become deceived or not?  You are going to have to read your Bible and study it, but they are not complicated if you can open your spiritual eyes and see what God is saying.  I will only focus on scriptures written to the church.  The Church is the target readers of the Epistles.  All of these letters were written to True Christians for instruction and for correction and that is what I hope they do for you today.

1Co 15:33  Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

1Co 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

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

These are three direct witnesses that convey the message that Christians can be deceived.  You do not write to anyone in the Church and tell them not to fall into deception if it is impossible for them to do this.  That would be stupid for God to do.  Do you understand that?  Are these the Words of God written to you and I?  I believe they are.  I’m sure there are some people who can explain away what the Bible says, but I choose to take the words of the Bible to be truth.  I want you to see that three times God writes to the church and tells them it is their responsibility not to fall into deception.  If God could stop it from happening, He would not warn you that it could happen.  If you look up the Greek word translated as “deceived”, you will see that it is the same one used by God in Matthew 24:24.  Therefore, these verses apply to the subject given and it clearly tells us based upon context that a Christian can be deceived.  Let’s go though some more scriptures that say this also using some different phrasing.

Eph 5:6  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

1Jn 3:7  Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

Here are three more direct witnesses from the scripture that clearly say “Let no man deceive you”.  Notice that none of them said “God will let no man deceive you”.  These words are clearly written to the church and the Apostle John even calls us the “children” of God.  It is self-evident that even real Christians can be deceived by an active or inactive participation of their own freewill.  If you let someone deceive you, you can make the right choices to keep from being deceived.  This is a clear assignment of self-responsibility.  If God says “Let no man” there is an alternative outcome to being deceived and it comes back to a conditional statement of dependency upon what you do or permit to be done.   Therefore, it is an act of your will or the omission of action by your will that causes you to be deceived.  Wow, that is an important statement to learn.  Let me give you a funny example.  When my wife was young her mom would make her a sandwich and she would need a drink or something and have to get up from the table to get it and when she came back someone had taken a bite out of her sandwich.  Well this was a cruel joke by her dad, but she got the point very fast.  She never left her food again on the table if she got up to get something.  It is like the old saying fool me once shame on you, but fool me twice shame on me.  I guess what we need to do as Christians is to learn what we need to do to keep the devil from taking a bite of our sandwich and then keep him from doing it ever again.

Deception is a very important subject and that is why I teach on it so much.  It is critical for you to know as much as possible on this subject so that you understand how deception can come so that you will be able to avoid it.  Deception will come to you in many forms, in many ways and for many purposes.  But, one of the ways is through men who wear sheep’s clothing, but are the hidden wolves underneath (Mat 7:15).  God would not warn Christians Not to be deceived, if it were not possible.  This is just basic reasoning and logic using simple Bible study techniques to help discover the truth.  What we as Christians must realize is that we are in a spiritual warfare for the eventual outcome of our eternal spirits.  Satan is highly motivated to deceive even “God’s elect ones”.  Satan has the knowledge, power and experience to do it and he does not need God’s permission in order to try to do it and this is what you need to know today.

I’ll end this lesson today with another set of witnesses found in the Bible, but these are a little bit different in what they say and how they say it.   But you will still notice that they are definitely written to the Church and spoken by Jesus to us.  These verses have some very profound words within them and they definitely apply to the subject of deception, even if the word does not appear in these verses.  You see there are more rules to Bible interpretation than what I can tell you about in this one lesson.  You will just have to read what Jesus is saying and then figure out how it applies to God, to you, the church, Satan and the subject of deception.

Rev 2:7  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Rev 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Rev 2:26  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

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.

Rev 3:12  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

Rev 3:21  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.:

Why does Jesus speak these 6 times about “those that overcome”?  Do you understand that these are all promises or rewards from God of something for something?  In other words every one of these promises are conditional.  It is totally depends upon the fact that if you qualify for the promises then and only then will you be rewarded with the promises.   Do you understand that all of these are the words written to the Church?  Are not these people the True Christians who have been given these messages?  Maybe you think that you are not in the same church as these people that Jesus is speaking to, and if that is the case you are in trouble.  I believe Jesus is making a very serious point by repeating this phraseology this many times.  Jesus is clearly saying that you have a Major Responsibility to become an overcomer.  What does it mean to be an overcomer?  Wow, I guess that is something not too many Christians understand unless they were in the military or played a competitive sport or had cancer and finally got a clean bill of health from their doctor.  You see an overcomer is only someone who is victorious.  Clearly an overcomer is a winner of a battle or conflict.  These statements have vast implications written on them.  It means you can be a failure by default.  It means that you can be a quitter by choice.  It means you can be defeated by your enemy.  It means you can stray from the narrow path and follow the crowd down the wide path to destruction.  These verses tell me that a Christian can be deceived and not be victorious.  It is your choice, your will, your decisions and your actions that will either cause you to win or to be defeated.  If you follow God and the truth of His word this will never happen, but if someone comes to you with a great false message and you follow that, you have left the truth and been deceived and God will let you go.  It means you are in trouble if you believe that God is not going to allow you to be deceived.  I do not see anywhere in these verses in Revelation where God guarantees you victory if you quit or don’t fight or don’t want to win, what do you think God is going to do about that?  Do you believe that God is going to override your desire to do your own thing to force you to His things?   If you think this you are clearly mistaken.  God is not going to make you do the right things.  God will not force feed you so that you grow in the truth.   All God can do is send someone like me to try to steer you back into the right path and if you refuse to listen I’m sorry but there is nothing else He will do for you.

God expects you to do something and you need to learn what that is.  One of the first major prophecies in the Bible is one found in Genesis 3:15 where God says “The seed of the woman shall bruise the head of the serpent”.  I know I paraphrased again.  But, that was the verse in a nutshell. We all know the serpent is Satan, but few understand who the Seed of the Woman is referring to.  If you want to learn who this is you can read my other Bible lessons to find out for sure.  But, I will tell that this woman is the church and she is the one that God expects to be victorious.  To be under someone’s foot is a symbolic sign that they are defeated by that person whose foot is on them.  You can see this many places in the Bible and one place is in Joshua where God told the nation of Israel everywhere the sole of your feet tread I have given to you.  Well Israel is a natural typology of the church in this example.  Just as Joshua fought to take the promise land, we are forced to fight a spiritual battle to possess God’s promises.  What did we read in Revelations 6 times?  We read conditional promises?  Was the Promised Land conditional for Israel in the O.T.?  What if they had not fought the giants, they would have died in the wilderness like everyone else and missed out on the promise.  Hopefully you can understand my point.

You see in Romans 16:20, God writes to the church and says “The God of Peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly”.   According to this verse in Romans, we are the Seed of the Woman that was prophesied about in Genesis 3:15.  It is the feet of the church that God is going to use to bruise the head of Satan.  If this is true, then we as a church have a role of responsibility to participate in its fulfillment.  I know there are many Christians who believe God controls everything that happens in the world.  These Christians have been deceived already into believing they have no role to play, no responsibility for anything and no accountability if it is not done.  It is what I preach to be a “No fault” Christian religion.  No matter what happens, it was not my fault.  I never planted the seeds that caused that to happen!  I never stopped it from happening, but that was not my job!   I wonder how these types of Christians get up in the morning and do anything all day long.  If everything is completely up to God, it would seem to me that we should not try to do anything all day.  It would be best, if we all become vegetables and stayed in bed until God bruises Satan’s head and then comes and takes us all away.  You see while Christians believe this C.R.A.P. (Christian Reasoning Applied Poorly) they fail to know that God is waiting on them to become strong enough to fulfill what He has planned.  Is God waiting for the church?  Is that possible?   When God describes to us that He has long patience as He does in James 5:7 that is a clear revelation that God is not controlling everything that happens and He is waiting patiently for something to occur in order for the end to happen.  If you do not understand what that is, you better learn it quickly because the end is coming soon ready or not.  I plan on me being one of the ones that is ready for the end so if you care to join me let’s work together to fulfill the prophecy of Genesis 3:15.  It is only when the church is victorious over Satan that Jesus can look at us as being the overcomers as He clearly stated 6 times that He was looking for in the book of Revelation.

If you have read this entire lesson and still want to believe you can never be deceived, I’m not sure if I can say anything else to prove to your otherwise.  Deception is a very large and complex subject found in the Bible.   Because you do not understand it, you easily misapply the verses to say that it is impossible for you to be deceived.  However, God is never going to force you to see the truth.  God will let you go to your grave believing in you erroneous theology.  But, you will have to tear those pages out of the Bible of all of the Bible verses that I have given to you today in order to still go to church and believe wrong about deception.  There were at least 14 Bible verse witnesses to the fact that church members can be deceived.  Since the Bible says in the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established, I have given you overwhelming evidence to the truth.  If you deny it your blood is not on my hands.  If you have 3 Bible verses that say a Christian can NEVER be deceived, I would love to hear about them.  I have gone on long enough today, so please come back next time and I’ll try to speak about a different subject that may be more popular with everyone and less controversial.  Just understand my motivation for doing what I do.  If I did not care, I would not try to help you.  If I did not love you I would not bring you an alternative viewpoint.  Do not think that I am here to criticize you; I am only here to try to help.  I know I’m not perfect and I know can say things that offend people, but I do not do it to deceive you or cause you harm.  If you could see my heart I think you would understand why I address the subject of deception with such a passion.  God Bless!

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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! 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“.

Hiding the Truth in Plain Sight — Understanding God’s Methods of Hiding Information in the Bible! Pt 10

(Ver 1.1)  This is Part 10 in a series of advanced Bible lessons on the complex methods that God has used to conceal spiritual information in the Bible for us to find.   If you do not understand these concepts of how God hides spiritual information, then you have not read the internet very much.   When I read the internet on any given Bible subject, I can find 15 different interpretations to almost every verse in the Bible.  Everyone is convinced that they know the truth and they teach it like there is nothing else to learn.   We know by the sheer numbers that God is not divided into 15 different interpretive meanings of the Bible.  God did not create but one actual truth and we have not learned it or we would not be seeing so many attempts at what is the truth.  Therefore, we can clearly understand that out of the 15 possibilities that you can read on the internet at least 14 and maybe even all 15 of them are very wrong.  Jesus taught us “that if you continued in His word, then you would be His disciples and then you will come to know the truth and this truth would then set you free” (John 8:31-32).  So if you are not continuing in the Bible to obtain to this level of knowing the truth, you have already determined in your mind that you are free and you therefore, should not be wasting your time reading my Bible lessons today.   What I have been attempting to do in this series of lessons is to point out recognizable, patterns, techniques and methods of hiding the truth using a plain text system of encryption.  I have already covered a lot of information that will not be repeated, so if you have not read these lessons from the beginning I would strongly suggest that you go back and start your reading with “Part 1”.  I will also tell you that I go back and update previous lessons with new information so it might be good for you to go back and reread from the beginning just to get up to date with the latest information on each topic that I have already covered.

Technique 10: Changing the Definition of Common Words, Using Code Names

This is now the tenth technique for concealing the truth in the Bible that I have covered and it is intermixed randomly in several different books, chapters and verses and it is often very difficult to find and recognize unless you know what to look for.  One of the key ways that God uses to conceal information in the Bible is to give you a statement using words that you think you know and can easily define, but then later when you read other parts of the Bible you discover that God has a very different perspective to what these words actually mean.  This is a common practice used in modern language found in the everyday conversations of people.  People use slang words that mean one thing in the dictionary and another completely different thing when heard in the context of the rest of the statement of whoever is speaking.  For example, a popular rock star use to sing a song that claimed “I’m Bad”.  If you used the popular dictionary definition of this word you would think that it meant he was wicked or evil.  However, to the rock star it meant I’m good and I know it.  This is a classic example of changing the definition of a known word to convey a new message.   We have a whole bunch of people in the world who do this every day.   They have invented a new “slanguage” of ways to communicate to each other that others do not understand.   This is a highly tricky method of concealing information using words that are clearly readable on the surface but, unless you know that God does this, you will be in the dark on what you are reading and not even realize it. 

In an earlier lesson I taught you about God calling multiple things by the same name and then I taught how God can call one thing by many multiple names and these are certainly very similar techniques to what I am teaching today.  You see God can selectively change the definition of a word only in certain few verses and in other verses the word means something completely different.  Take the word “Day” and try to come up with all of the possible definitions for this one word.  This can be a 24 hour time period, a 12 hour time period, or an 8 hour work day, or just a coming time on the calendar or an era, or it can be a specific time of an event like the day we met and this can be past, present or future and it can mean a time of existence like the day of the dinosaur.  These are common dictionary definitions of the word ‘day” found in the Bible.  But, to God it can also be a specific 1000 year time period based upon God definition of a day found in 2 Peter 3:8.  You can clearly see in this verse that God says that “a Day is” and whenever God does this He is about to change the definition of the word that you thought you knew all about.   It is like a spy or a policeman with an undercover code name.  When someone is undercover they are never called by their real names.  They would always use a code name like “mother goose”, “desert eagle” or “Hawkeye”.   You can recognize that this might be a code name or you might not know that is what it is, nevertheless you would not know the identity of the person based upon this code name alone.  This is a common technique used by the U.S. Secret Service when they are protecting the president, the vice-president and their families.  Everyone is given code names so that they can be easily identified internally, but this name can be changed if compromised and they are clearly using this technique to hide the information about who they are protecting.  In all of these examples, you would have to have a key or a clue to unlock the identity and this is how God also hides information in the Bible using embedded clues for us to find.  If you don’t believe me you should really read the Bible more closely.  I always strongly suggest that people use a Bible software search program that allows you to look up every occurrence of each Hebrew and Greek word found in a scripture.  In doing this you will soon discover if God gives you a definition of the word in another book, chapter or verse of the Bible that may not be what you thought it meant.  Regardless of if there is a new definition or not you will find out what else God says about the subject and learn something potentially new.

So this new concept you are looking for in the Bible is not that complex, but yet it can be very hard to find.  You are looking for verses that say “something” IS “some definition”, or “This IS” something and then some definition.  Of course getting a definition for the word “IS” is not that easy either.  As you listened to a president on TV a few years ago there seems to be many possible definition to this word, but to me it means something that resembles the likeness of something else.  You might call it a synonym or a synonymous term.    I will give you several more examples of this found in the Bible so do not panic and think that you have to figure it out all by yourself.  I already told you about 2 Peter 3:8 where God gives us a very different definition to the word “Day”.  However, you cannot apply this definition to every time you see this word in the Bible or you will get confused.  There will be times when you can use it as a double reference and see if it reveals something new in a verse that you thought you previously understood, but yet it is sometimes challenging to make the transition into the spiritual meanings behind a verse that is describing a natural story.  Take the days of creation in Genesis 1 and 2.  God lists six days of creation and one day of rest in Genesis 1 and 2.  If you try to take the 2 Peter 3:8 definition of a day and make God’s creation last 6000 years, then you would be hopelessly confused.  What you must do is see that Genesis 1 and 2 is describing actual creation 24 hour time periods that have a double referenced meaning for a prophetic day of human history attached to it.  God says “I make known the end from the beginning” (Isa 46:10).   So we must realize that from the information given to us in Genesis, God is revealing the end.   Since it has been nearly 6000 years since the creation of man on the planet, we can understand that this corresponds to the 6 days of creation that are spoken of in Genesis 1 using 2 Peter 3:8 definition of a day.   Therefore, each day of Genesis 1 is a prophetic view into the coming 6 – 1000 year time periods of human history.  When you can see this, then you are approaching the hidden meanings attached to them.  It is very much like solving a very complex riddle or puzzle.  God is the master concealer of information in the Bible and He has implemented some very tricky ways to conceal information in the Bible for us to find.  If you are not a puzzle solver type of person, then you should not be studying the Bible.  I talk about the prophetic viewpoint of the days of creation in other Bible lessons that I have already done, so I will not get into that again in this lesson today.

I will give a few more examples of this technique in the Bible and you might learn how it works when you read about them.  Take the words “eternal life”.  These words occur only around 30 times in the New Testament in about 12 New Testament books.  If you looked up the definitions of the words in the dictionary you might find something like “the condition or state of being alive forever” or “the immortal state of never dying”.  Most Bible scholars associate God’s life span to be eternal or infinite.  We look at God as having no beginning and no end.  Therefore, God possesses eternal life qualities.  But, is this what God is saying in the Bible when He uses these words?  Let’s look at a sample verse:

Rom 2:7  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

Here we have a very interesting scripture verse.  It speaks of men who seek some things from God.  At least that is what it appears to me to say.  However, notice the end of the statement and see the words “immortality” and “eternal life”.  What is the difference between these two things?  They would seem to be synonymous terms for the same thing from my viewpoint.  Immortality would mean never dying or no end of existence.  I guess “eternal life” could be slightly different when referring to men or to God, but I won’t go there right now.  All men and women on the planet have a beginning when they are born into this world.  So do people exist prior to conception?  Actually that is a really good question, but I believe that from what I have seen in the Bible that people have a set beginning at conception and prior to this they do not exist.  If you know of scripture that states anything differently I would be happy to learn about them.  So now we have the problem of determining when does or if it is possible for a human to ever cease to exist and I do not believe that this is possible based upon what I know about the Bible.  A human is a spirit being who lives in a body and after that body is dead; the spirit then departs to be with the Lord if they are saved (2 Cor 5:8) or they are relocated to hell to await judgment.  If you do not like that explanation you need to learn to read your Bible and see that this is what happened by the words of Jesus himself in Luke 16:22 where God tells us of two men who died and what happened to them after they were buried.   Several very ignorant and spiritually blind people have tried to tell me that this is just a parable, but that is clear fallacy and a feeble attempt to explain away the truth.  Jesus never mentions the name of a real man in any parable, if He did this He would become a liar.  Let’s get back to “immortality” and “eternal life” and why God uses both of these in that verse in Romans 2:7.

Jud 1:21  Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Here we have another verse containing the phrase “eternal life” and it appears that whatever this is comes from Jesus Christ.  We are still guessing to determine the definition of these words and we are not any closer to a resolution so we must continue searching the Bible to see if God enlightens us to what we need to know about this subject.  Fortunately I have already done this search and I found God’s definition of “eternal life” in this verse:

Joh 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Here is God’s new definition using the classic “This IS” eternal life definition.    If you can see what this verse says, it dramatically changes the definition of every other occurrence found in the New Testament of the phrase “eternal life”.   Those that have eternal life are only those that know God.  If you do not know God then you do not have eternal life.   Of course both groups of people live forever somewhere, but they are in completely different locations within the spiritual realm.  What we have discovered by searching the Bible is a clear redefinition of the words “eternal life” and these are not found in the dictionary definition anywhere.   God is in effect changing our perspectives to how we saw these 30 occurrences in the New Testament that speak about eternal life.  This is clearly a code name substitution method and a great example of how getting God’s definition to the words has revealed the truth to us.  By getting God’s definition, I greatly increased my understanding of the verses that I thought I already understood.

I cannot give you every example, of this technique in the Bible, because I do not know them all.  I will give you a table of some example code names and descriptions found in the Bible and you should go and look up the verses and read them to see how God is changing the classic definition of some common words and phrases.  This is a prevalent method used by God to conceal truth in the Bible and surely you can see it if you study them carefully.

Scripture

Bible Code Name

Description

Psalm 119:105 Lamp and Light The Word of God
Proverbs 3:18 Tree of Life Wisdom
Proverbs 6:23 Lamp The Word of God
Proverbs 10:11 Well of Life The mouth of the righteous man
Proverbs 11:30 Tree of Life Fruit of the Righteous
Proverbs 12:18 Health Tongue of the Wise
Proverbs 15:4 Tree of Life Wholesome Tongue
Proverbs 16:22 Wellspring of Life Understanding
Proverbs 18:10 Strong Tower The Name of the Lord
Matthew 11:14  Elijah John the Baptist the messenger of the Lord
Luke 11:29 evil generation those who seek a sign
John 3:19 Condemnation/Judgment men who loved darkness instead of the light
John 6:29 Work of God Believe on Him who was Sent from God
John 6:40 Will of God See the Son of God and Believe on Him
John 6:50 Bread of Heaven Jesus who has come down from heaven
John 15:12 My Commandment Love one another
John 17:3 Life Eternal Know the true God
Romans 9:9 Word of Promise Spoken to Sarah about her son
Romans 11:27 My Covenant Take away their sins
1 Corinthians 11:25  This Cup The new covenant in my blood
Galatians 4:25 Hagar Mt Sinai and Jerusalem who are in Bondage
James 1:27 Pure Religion Visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction
2 Peter 3:8 One Day 1000 Years
1 John 2:25 The Promise Eternal Life
1 John 5:3 Love of God Keep His Commandments
1 John 5:4 Victory Being Born of God
2 John 1:6 Love Walk in His Commandments
2 John 1:7 Deceiver He who denies Christ is come in the flesh
2 John 1:7 Antichrist He who denies Christ is come in the flesh

There are too many code names in the Bible for me to list them all.  Jesus was given many code names that describe Him to us in many different hidden ways.  Jesus is called “the Sun of Righteousness”, “the Word of God”, “Daystar”, “Bright and Morning Star”, “Alpha and Omega” and on and on I could go.  Satan is called “the serpent”, “the dragon”, “the deceiver”, “the wicked one”, “the beast” and on and on I could go.   These are all code name substitution techniques that conceal the identity of the one that they are referring to.  By understanding this we begin to unlock some of the doors of the mysteries of God using the keys that He is teaching us how to use.  Jesus told us “I give unto you the keys of the kingdom” (Mat 16:19); could these be some of the things that Jesus was referring to in Matthew 16:19?  A data key always consists of words, letters, phrases or things that you use to unlock encoded information.  For us to know the secrets of the Kingdom of God is the reason for why God put them in the Bible in the first place.  God would have never hidden information if we were not intended to learn them before He comes back for us.  I hope and pray that you have learned some valuable things from this series of lessons and I may write more about it later.  God Bless!

Understanding Satan’s Abilities! Can Satan Read Your Mind?

(Ver 1.4)  This will be an extremely complex Bible study today of a highly spiritual nature about the spiritual abilities of your enemy Satan.  We will explore many difficult and different scriptures found in the Bible that help us to see the truth.  In studying your enemy you should learn both his strengths and his weaknesses so that you can be better prepared when he comes to tempt, test or attack you.   Satan is definitely this enemy that I am talking about if you are a Christian.  God tells us that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood (people) but the principalities, powers and the rulers of the darkness of this world and the spiritual wicked in high places (Eph 6:12).   The Bible clearly tells us that we are in a spiritual warfare with a spiritual enemy that we cannot see.  Since we do not perceive Satan with our physical senses we must read the Bible and see what God tells us about this unseen spirit and how he operates.  Today I am going to focus in on one aspect that many Christians have wondered about.  I was asked this question recently by one of my readers so I thought it would be a good topic to share with all of my readers.  Here was their question:

Can Satan Read Your Mind?

Let’s start by addressing the question “What is your mind”?  Most people associate your mind with your physical brain, an internal organ in your head.  But this is not technically true.  While the physical brain has some vital functions within the natural realm, we must ask “what happens to our mind when our body dies?”  Does it cease to exist?  Absolutely not, the mind is just a part of your internal soul realm.  Your soul is comprised of three elements; your intellect, your will and your emotions.   Your intellect is comprised of your ability to think and reason along with your ability to recall the memories that you have learned or experienced.  Let’s look at a story that Jesus taught us to learn about the mind after death:

Luk 16:20  And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
Luk 16:21  And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
Luk 16:22  And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luk 16:23  And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Luk 16:24  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
Luk 16:25  But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Luk 16:26  And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Luk 16:27  Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
Luk 16:28  For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Luk 16:29  Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
Luk 16:30  And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
Luk 16:31  And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

Reading the story that Jesus teaches us of Lazarus and the rich man in Luke 16:20-31, we can see the actual account of two men who lived on the earth and then died with their bodies being buried.   After they have died physically they are still alive spiritually and are able to speak verbally, think and reason mentally in this story without their bodies.  Therefore, we know they had conscious awareness and the same mental capabilities that they possessed when they were here on the earth in their bodies.  We are told that the rich man was now in hell and he asks Abraham to send someone back to the earth so that his 5 brothers would not come to this place of torment where he currently was.  In this conversation Abraham tells the rich man to use is mind to “remember”.  This clearly tells us that you will take your past memories of this world into the next eternal realm.  The rich man was able to recall that he had a father’s house and even five natural brothers.  The rich man was further able to mentally reason and come to the conclusion that he did not want his brothers to die and come to this place.  This demonstrated a measured capacity for compassion.  This is a very powerful real life specific lesson about the afterlife experience of three specific men.  It further teaches us that the human spirit and the human mind will be complete together during this afterlife.  The rich man’s ability to think, reason, feel and remember was not tied to whether or not he had any brain cells.  Get it?

The human mind is a very complex and powerful feature of God’s creation.  We use it to think and create many things in our world.  How do we do this?  We take mental concepts and process them and then make determinations and decisions based upon these ideas or thoughts.  It is this advanced reasoning mental ability that humans have that makes us completely different than the animals on our planet.

There are really only three basic states of thought origination, we can make up our own mind thoughts to one point of view, we can change our mind to the opposite perspective or we can attempt to be double minded and accept both realities simultaneously.  Jesus actually warns us about doing this when He said “I would that you were either hot or cold, since you are lukewarm I will spew you out of my mouth (Rev 3:16).  God is speaking of a man who is not committed to either way of direction.  God is declaring that the choice is clearly a binary one to make.  Either choose good or choose evil but do not try to fall back and forth into both.  God actually teaches us in the book of James that this is called a “double minded” man:

Jas 1:8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

God is warning us about being a man who is indecisive, uncommitted, trying to appease everyone and God says this man is unstable in all of his ways.  The term translated as “double minded” in James 1:8, is the Greek word that can mean a man who has two spirits controlling him.  Therefore, we see a definite connection from our mind to our spirit and that is very important to understand.  We know that when Lazarus and the rich man died their souls which included their minds, memory, reasoning facilities and even emotions did not die with their physical bodies.  These were still fully intact with their spirits.  Therefore our ability to think is tied directly to our spirit and not our body.  A thought is a process that occurs and is associated with the human mind, but what is the source of a thought?  Where does a thought take place and how does it work?

Gen 6:5  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Here is the first occurrence of the thought process of man being stated or described in the Bible directly by name.  We of course realize that the thought process of Adam and Eve were involved in their decision making back in Genesis 3, but God never mentions it directly.  Here in Genesis 6, God looks down on the men on the earth and sees that they only think evil things in their hearts (spirits).  We can again see the connection of thoughts to the spirit of a man and not his physical brain.  So a thought must come to rest in your spirit.  I’m not sure if it originates there, but it is definitely connected as a resting place.

Here in this verse in Genesis 6, God implies that the thoughts of man’s heart could be one of three states, good, evil or both as I previously stated.  We can understand this based upon the words “only” and “continually” used with evil.  The antithesis of these two states would be a man that thinks “only good” and “never evil”.  We could further stipulate someone who is in the middle as being “occasionally evil or intermittently good”.   I personally believe based upon this information that there are three sources of thoughts in the human mind and that these are as follows:

  1. A Thought can originate from a man’s spirit  (Self)
  2. A Thought can originate from a good God’s Spirit (Good)
  3. A Thought can originate from another spiritual being, either a holy angel (Good) or Satan, devil, unholy angel, demon, or unclean spirit (Evil)

A thought represents the potential seed from an unseen realm of influence that can be birthed and expressed in the external actions or words of a human.   Having an evil thought does not make you an evil man, unless you act upon it and live it out.  I believe that a person can be influenced to do good or evil according to what they entertain and allow to remain in their minds.  This is what we just read in Genesis 6 when men only thought evil and acted evil.  God’s

There is a verse of scripture that occurs in the N.T. that says “Those who are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Rom 8:14).  This verse is a scripture that demonstrates the potential for spiritual influence on humans.   It teaches us how a spirit can encourage people to do the right things.  To be led is the human action of choice to following a guide who shows us the way to go.  However, to be led means we have the opportunity to go the other way and not follow their directions.  It further implies that there are other spirits that can also lead us to do the wrong things in life.  This means that all spirits good or bad can give you direction and that each spirit speaking to us know exactly what they said to you.  This does not mean they read your mind, it only means they provided the guiding thought.  They spoke something to your mind and your spirit and what you do with it is totally up to you.  You can be led by it or you can be a person who ignores it or even one that rebels to do the opposite.  It really boils down to your ability to discern the origin of the voice (thought) being spoken internally.  The good news is that you can know the difference between God and a demon and this is because God says this to you:

Joh 10:4  And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

Joh 10:5  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

Joh 10:14  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

We can clearly see Jesus speaking to us and we are called His sheep.  He says we will be able to recognize His voice because we belong to Him.  We should know that this is a faith proposition being presented to us, but there is also an internal spiritual knowing that will be present.  It is very difficult to explain this to people, if you have never experienced it.  Some have called it an intuition, but we could call it a hunch or awareness or an instinct.  You do not know how you know, you just know.  This has happened to me repeatedly, I have a thought and just based upon the content of the thought I know it came from God.  It is very hard to explain in natural terms because it is a spiritual experience.

2Co 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

This is a fairly popular verse of scripture that you should already be aware of.  But, since we are speaking about the realm of the mind and the origination of thoughts let’s examine what God is saying.  We can see that God is speaking to us to do something.  God tells us to “Cast Down” imaginations.  Then God says to “Take Captive” every thought that does not align with the Knowledge of God.  These are two aggressive actions that we are required to take based upon what?   If you read the context of this verse you can see that God is again describing a spiritual warfare that is taking place.  This means you must interpret this verse within the context of spiritual warfare and this is how you fight against your spiritual enemy Satan.  Where do these thoughts and imaginations come from that you are to “make captive” and “cast down”?   They must come from Satan, otherwise if they were from God we would not need to do anything but follow His leading.  We can assume by indirect reference that the source of these things in our mind that are NOT supposed to be there are from Satan and it is our responsibility to police them out.  It is also obvious to me that if Satan puts these thoughts in our mind then he certainly knows what we are thinking at that instance.  But, he is waiting to see what we do with the thought to see if it worked or not.

Mat 6:31  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

Here is a vital spiritual principle to understand.  Jesus said that you can take a thought or reject the thought by reverse implied reference.  This is also a demonstrated choice or act of our freewill.  God never says that He will control our thought in the Bible.  A thought is like if someone offered you some money, you could take it or you could walk away from it by your own choice.  More than likely you will take it because it is desirable.  However, if I handed you a poisonous snake and you took it from me, then you may be called a fool.

This is the nature of the spiritual battle found within our mind.  Jesus is teaching us not to take every thought that we have and to speak them verbally, or act on them, or accept them, etc.  To take a thought means you accept it into your heart and then you begin to speak out what you were thinking.   This is how Satan knows his mind seed trick has succeeded.   As soon as you think something that is contrary to the Word of God you should immediately think what does the Bible say about that?  When Satan tempted Jesus, Jesus would automatically say “It is written” and inform Satan what was written to counter what Satan had just said to Him in his mind.   This is what we need to do also.  However, this assumes that we have studied and read the Bible in order to know what to say in response.  Satan is not going to wait for us to go and get our Bible and look up a scripture.  Satan is going to find you alone in the wilderness without anyone there to help and then bring thoughts into your mind.  It is at these times of isolation that we better have something to say from our heart.  Here in the context of this verse in Matthew 6, Jesus is speaking of how people can let worry consume them into saying and doing things that they should not.  Worry is another negative mental process that is thinking on the wrong things and allowing them to control us.  Jesus is giving us some important information to know about the mental and spiritual realm of reality.  I hope you can see it.

 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GIVING US A THOUGHT AND MINDREADING

I personally do not believe that Satan can hear your thoughts or read your mind.  However, Satan can certainly give you these thoughts as we have seen to try to influence you through your mind.  I do not believe that Satan is omnipotent, omnipresent or omniscient based upon my study of the Bible.  Satan as the being Lucifer was a created spiritual being who was created to be the high ranking ruler of the angelic order or class of beings.  I believe that Lucifer was a being second in rank only to God who was and is still Supreme.  God created Lucifer to be the “anointed cherub” and you can read about this in Ezekiel 28.  For him to have the title “anointed cherub” implies some supernatural abilities were given to him by God.

For example, in Acts 10:38 says “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil”.  Jesus was also anointed by God according to this verse in Acts and by His title of “Christ” which means “anointed one”.   You can clearly see that an anointing represents a supernatural power over the natural.  Jesus it says did good with His anointing and healed people because He possessed this anointing.  It further implies that Satan using his anointed power caused all these sick people to be in this condition by his implied anointed power.   Therefore, we can logically conclude that God’s anointing to heal in Jesus was and is greater than Satan’s anointing to make ill.

So far in my Bible study searches I have not seen any direct verse that says a spirit like Satan can know what you are thinking.  However, God is the exception; according to many Bible verses He does know our thoughts (1 Cor 3:20, Ps 94:11, Ps 139:23).  There are many verses that inform us God knows what we are thinking all of the time and that God revealed these to Jesus sometimes when He walked the face of the earth (Mat 9:4, Mat 12:25, Luke 5:22, Luke 6:8, Luke 11:17).  I do not believe that Jesus knew everyone’s thoughts all of the time based upon scripture.  If you recall the woman with the issue of blood snuck up on Jesus and touched Him and got healed and Jesus knew it happened because He felt power leave Him, but He still did not know who it was that touched Him (Mark 5:30).  Get it?  Let’s now change our focus on other spiritual beings.

Let’s look at some examples of Jesus running into people who were possessed by evil spirits and see what these stories say to us.  The first one I want to read about is found in Mark the first chapter.  Jesus is in the synagogue on the Sabbath teaching when He encounters a man with an unclean spirit who says:

Mar 1:24  Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

As you can read this unclean spirit recognizes Jesus for who He really was and speaks directly to Him.  It is very interesting to me that evil spirits knew who Jesus was, but the natural Jews did not.  Did you notice what this spirit being asks Jesus?  This spirit asks Jesus “Did you come to destroy us”.  Any spirit who could read minds would already know this fact and would not have to ask this stupid basic question.  Do you understand what I just said?  It is very obvious to me that evil spirits cannot read the minds of God, men or even other angels if they have to ask them questions to why they are here what they are doing.  You can clearly see this example repeated in Luke 4:

Luk 4:34  Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.

What we observe is a second witness to the fact that evil spirits are not all knowing or mind readers.  Jesus was God in the form of a man who walked the face of the planet as any other human man would.  God the omnipotent supreme power of the universe lowered Himself and becomes an intimate part of His own creation.  Evil Spirits would consistently say we know who you are; you are the Holy One of God.  Then they would ask Him are you come to destroy us?   They did not know why Jesus had come in the flesh and for what purpose He had manifested as a human being.  This act of God obviously took them by great surprise and they were afraid and very confused to know what to do with Him.

1Co 2:8  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Here in 1 Corinthians, God further confirms what I just said.  This verse clearly says that if Satan would have known why Jesus was here, he would not have had Him crucified.  Satan does not understand acts of love; God who is Love, so loved the World that He gave Himself for us (John 3:16).  There are many God concepts that Satan does not understand.  We know that God’s ways are not our ways according to Isaiah 55:8, but we can also clearly see and understand that God’s ways are not Satan’s ways either or Satan would have understood the plan of God and countered it with more effectiveness.

Jud 1:9  Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

There are other instances in the Bible that are related to this topic of Satanic mind reading. For example here in Jude we see Michael another high ranking angelic being having a confrontation with Satan (Lucifer) about the body of Moses.  If Satan could read the mind of this angelic being that was sent to him, there would be no need for a fight.  The existence of an implied verbal confrontation confirms that there was no mind reading abilities in either created spiritual being either good or bad.

So while the Bible does not have a direct verse that says Satan cannot read your mind, you have to find out what the Bible does say on the subject and put the pieces of the puzzle together to understand what he can and can’t do.  We can clearly see that Jesus walked the face of the earth for over 33 years and that at no time could Satan read His mind and find out why He was here.  If you believe that Jesus was a man like yourself, then you have to conclude that Satan cannot read your mind either.  So the subject is a very complex one that is probably difficult for many to grasp.  I believe sincerely that Satan cannot read your mind directly, but in this same lesson I teach you that he can give you thoughts to think on and that he knows what he said to you.  These thoughts are his seeds that can take root in your spirit and grow into weeds3if you let them.  You spirit was created and designed by God to be His garden and God has put you in charge of weeding it out by casting down vain imaginations and evil thoughts.  These are the ways that Satan can take control of your external life behavior and he does this by planting internal seeds into your spiritual component.  If you want to learn about how things work in the spiritual realm this is one of the most important subjects for us to know.  It also tells us that Satan can cause people’s minds to be blinded so that we do not hear or accept the truth of God (2 Cor 4:4).  The spiritual battle is primarily a war of the thoughts in your mind.  Satan wants to control your thoughts and by controlling your thoughts he is able to control your actions through his negative influence.  However when we meditate on God’s Word we are able to replace Satan’s thoughts with God’s.  I hope that you learned something new today that will help you in your walk with God, until next time may God continue to enlighten the eyes of your spirit that you may know Him.

Understanding why People Murder People! Genesis 4 – Cain and Abel!

(Ver 1.2)  This is a very tricky complex subject.  In light of the events in America this weekend in Arizona, I thought it would be a good topic to discuss briefly.  I do not like evil and this is not my favorite subject in the Bible to study.  Clearly the murder of defenseless people is an evil action which should be viewed as an abomination to God and not the plan of God.  While it is possible for God to cause something positive to come from any evil negative, there is absolutely no way that God planned it, authorized it or was a party to it.  If you think that He was you are probably very ignorant!   People read stories in the Old Testament like how Joseph spent years in slavery and prison and think that it says God caused this injustice to happen to him so that Joseph could fulfill a greater plan of God, but this is just a religious philosophy to help explain away the existence of the devil who influences evil men in the world to do stupid things.  You see in the Bible it clearly teaches that Satan was a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44).  So if a man ever killed anybody, where would they have learned it from?  Was it God or Satan?  Let’s look at the first murder in the Bible and see what God says about it. 

Gen 4:3  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

Gen 4:4  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

I like verses like this in Genesis.  It says “in the process of time” which represents a scientific principle of creation.   In other words, before creation there was no time, but now we live within the designed process of time constraints.  Cain was the firstborn son of Adam and is said to be a farmer who grows things and his younger brother Abel as we are told is a shepherd of sheep.  Kind of sounds familiar doesn’t it?  Jesus was both a shepherd and the Lamb of God and his brother Satan killed him also.  Uh oh, maybe I shouldn’t have told you that already.  Here in these verses we are told that both men are attempting to do service to God and try to do the right thing, but one does it much better than the other.  Did you notice the difference?  It wasn’t the fact that one brought sheep and the other brought their crops from the field like I have heard some preachers try to teach.  What they brought was not the key difference being revealed to us.   God says that Abel brought the “firstlings” and this is not what Cain did at all.  So what does this word mean?  It basically means the “firstborn” or those who have the birthright of man or beast.   So God had respect for Abel’s offering because He gave the best and Cain only gave some of his crop and not necessarily the first fruits like Abel did.   Oh well that is not my subject today so I’ll move on.  Hopefully you understand what I just said because I will not explain it any further today.

Gen 4:5  But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

So here is where Cain’s offering mistake hits the fan.  Since God did not respect Cain’s offering it made him very angry.  Emotions are one of the greatest blessings and the greatest curses that we have been given depending how we use them and where they directed.   Let’s think logically again and determine whose fault is it for God accepting Abel’s offering and not Cain’s?  In today’s society no one wants to accept responsibility or accountability for doing the wrong things.  You see in the news recently a young Mexican man was killed by a U.S. Government border agent because he started throwing rocks at the agent, so the agent had to defend himself and stop him.   Well, the news media interviewed the young man’s mother and she was very upset calling the shooting a crime against her son of major proportions.   Isn’t it funny how the mother ignored all of the crimes that the young man was guilty of only to say that an officer defending himself was the real problem.  You see the young man crossed into the U.S. illegally and was not supposed to be there to get shot.  Then if he hadn’t thrown any rocks at the officer he would have just been sent back to Mexico and not shot.  Does the young Mexican man have any responsibility for what happened to him?  I believe he holds all responsibility, whether you want to see the truth or not.  So it was in Cain’s day also.  Cain could have done the right things like Abel and God would have respected his offering also. 

So up until this point nobody has been killed, but yet the seeds are planted in the mind of Cain.  Here is where the story repeats in today’s murders also.  We have a man who has done wrong and has become emotionally unbalanced because of his past wrong thoughts, choices and actions.  Cain let’s jealousy overrule the love for his borther and doing right.  Since Cain has justified his actions as not being the problem it is now much easier for him to escalate his actions to a much greater sin level.  Are you learning anything about how people become murderers? 

Gen 4:7  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

It is very clear to me that God tells Cain what I just taught you.  God says to Cain change and do the right thing and I will accept your offering.  However, Cain refuses to conclude that he has done anything wrong.  So a smaller insignificant sin is about to become the entrance door to a much greater path to sin.   This is exactly how murderers become murderers.  They hardly ever start out at the murderer level; it is usually always some smaller petty crimes that are committed first and then they grow into a harder more callous state of the hardness of their heart towards others.  It is a progressive build-up within an evil process over time to become a murderer.  These are the seeds of Satan being planted in the hearts of men that cause them to do progressively evil things.  It always starts with little things and then grows to the greater.  That is why God tells parents in the Bible to “train up a child in the way that they should go and when they are older they will not depart from it” (Prov 22:6).  That is the root to how children without any correct training are becoming murderers in our world.

Gen 4:8  And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

So instead of Cain making corrections he became more hard-hearted towards God and took it out on his brother since God was unable to take the wrath that he wanted to display to him.  Here is another factor to why people murder; people will take out their anger towards God on whoever they see first.  Because God has mistreated them and not been fair in their minds, they have become mentally bent to relieve their frustrations on somebody and sometimes anybody.   God tells us that Cain began to talk to his brother and because his brother was the only one there at the time and of course God treated him differently then he became Cain’s solution.   Instead of talking to God, Cain thought that by getting rid of his brother that would solve his problem and now God would have to accept his offerings.   Isn’t it amazing how twisted the human mind can become when all it took was for Cain to take responsibility to do the right thing?   Believe it or not this is why the young man also killed those people in Arizona.  This man took out his misguided frustrations and anger upon the person who he thought would take away his responsibility for his own past bad choices and self-justified actions.  It’s craziness I know and borderline insanity, yet he clearly knew it was wrong based upon his notes that he left asking for forgiveness.   He was not insane, he was just deceived and took out his foolishness upon those who could not defend themselves.  It is extremely sad when this happens in the world, but yet I believe God says these things will happen more as the time of the end grows nearer.  It is important as Christians not to let murderers think that have won anything.

Heb 11:4  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

Here is God’s commentary to the story of Cain and Abel.  You can clearly see that God honored Abel because of his faith.  You can assume that it was the lack of faith that caused God not to honor Cain’s offerings.  You see the Bible says that God is not a respecter of persons, but it does not ever say that God does not respect someone’s faith.  If you have been reading my lessons on Bible faith you understand this by now, I hope.  Here is the other major thing to see from this verse of scripture in Hebrews; God tells us that Abel was deemed righteous and you can assume Cain was not.  This is the difference between going to heaven and going to hell.  I will not be surprised when I meet Abel in heaven.   Abel’s righteous actions still speak the Bible says and they are profoundly greater than those of his brother, the murderer.   I would much rather be in Abel’s shoes than Cain’s shoes today so it is with the killer of those in Arizona also.   I’ll wrap today’s blog up with a statement from Jesus that you should take note of being a Christian.

Mat 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Here we have a major revelation being presented to us.   Jesus is declaring the life in this world is only temporary so we should not be so afraid of anyone who could kill us physically.  Jesus is clearly saying that there is an eternity after this life that we better be concerned with.  Fear God who is able to save or throw you into hell forever.  This life is only a time of preparation; it is not a permanent lasting situation.  Jesus is clearly saying that just because someone kills your body, the real you (the spirit being) is not dead.  You are just not here in this world alive physically anymore.  Jesus is warning you that we should be eternity aware and not so much concerned with the natural realm where crazy evil men will try to take your life.  I guess that is enough for one lesson today and I pray that you at the least learned a little bit that helped you get through the events that happen daily on our news.   God Bless.

Understanding the Symbolic Nature of Genesis 1, 2 & 3! Spiritual Symbols Found in Genesis!

(Ver 1.4)  In reading and studying the Book of Genesis I have found that it is essential to look at the first 3 chapters of this book using symbolic spiritual eyeglasses which allow us to see the concealed spiritual meanings that were hidden from the surface only reading that many Christians do.  By studying the book of Genesis I have discovered that most of the subjects written about in these three chapters contain natural symbols that convey a much greater and complex spiritual truth.  The difficulty comes in rightly dividing what is natural and what is spiritual and then interpreting both of these at the same time correctly.  Clearly the book of Genesis and especially the first 3 chapters contain both real naturally created realities and people, but at the same time it contains a vast number of spiritual symbolic references that are intermixed throughout the text in almost every verse.  This makes correct Bible interpretation of Genesis infinitely more complex, especially for carnal minded Christians.

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 

I put this verse in this lesson to show you how important rightly dividing the Bible is to correct interpretations.  Here God says there are many who teach things in the Bible that are just from man’s own wisdom.  You can still find this in churches and on the internet everywhere.  But, God says there is a better way, let the Holy Ghost teach you spiritual things and then compare these spiritual things with other spiritual things. Most Bible scholars would certainly agree that this complexity is repeated in other books of the Bible like the prophets and especially the Book of Revelation.  Revelation is dominated by symbolic references throughout the entire book and it is widely one of the most controversial books with the most widely dispersed interpretations surrounding it.  So symbolism is an added layer of complexity that makes understanding these Bible books with it, much more difficult to comprehend and to understand correctly.  For example when God mixes natural fruit with symbolic spiritual fruit in the same chapter this forces us to see what is being discussed by the context and then to use the rest of the Bible to help us interpret the meanings of the spiritual side of the information given.  This is called “Comparing Spiritual Things with Spiritual Things” and “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth” and we are required to see it correctly or we will remain hopelessly confused.  We must therefore, choose to rightly divide the Word of God deciphering or decoding every word between the spiritual definition and the physical definition or we will wrongly divide it and make them all spiritual or all physical references.  To make them all spiritual or all natural, we would get most of our interpretations wrong when doing this.  So God did this all by a grand design.  God purposely hid complex information in the Bible to keep it from Satan and to allow Him to reveal it to us His church in His perfect time.  It is the designed process that I call “Hiding the Truth in Plain Sight”.   So in today’s blog I am going to focus on the symbols recorded in the first three chapters of Genesis and give you a list of the most important ones that I have found.  Here is the List of Symbols in Genesis 1, 2 & 3:

Symbol

Description

Chapter Verse Reference

Adam A real man, but also a symbolic representation of the man Jesus Christ Genesis 2:18-26Romans 5:14
Afraid The symbolic spiritual force of the fear of the consequences of sin and death Genesis 3:10Heb 2:15;
Ashamed, Not Symbolic Spiritual Innocence Genesis 2:25; 1 John 2:28
Cleave The symbolic covenant of marriage between Christ and the church to be JOINED! Genesis 2:24; 1 Cor 6:17
Darkness The spiritual kingdom domain of Satan and those in it Genesis 1:2; Rom 2:19
Day Those in the Kingdom of God where the Sun of Righteousness has arisen Genesis 1:5;  Malachi 4:21 Th 5:5;
Day The days of creation were symbolic 1000 years of the history of Man Genesis 1:5, Genesis 1:8, Genesis 1:13; Genesis 1:19; Genesis 1:23; Genesis 1:31; Genesis 2:2; 2 Peter 3:8
Divided Symbolic separation of spiritual beings Genesis 1:4; 1:7; Luke 12:51
Dust The Symbolic Spiritual ground and the possession of man for 7000 years (7 days) Genesis 2:7; 3:14; 3:19;
East The Symbolic direction of the rising Spiritual Sun Genesis 2:14; 3:24; Mat 24:27;
Eat Spiritual enlightenment and understanding either of good or of evil Genesis 3:6; 3:11-19; 3:22; John 6:51
Firmament A spiritual division or separation, an expanse or spiritual dimension as a partition.  Above the firmament is heaven the throne of God.  Below the firmament is the future expanse of Satan’s domain.  The air realm represents man’s current position and where Satan currently resides. Genesis 1:7;
Flesh, One The symbolic covenant of marriage between Christ and the church Genesis 2:24
Fourth Day, the The 4000 year appointed time of the coming of Christ into the world Genesis 1:19
Fruit That which is produced by a Spiritual Tree either good or evil Genesis 3:2, 3, 6; James 5:7
Garden The heart of man, the symbolic soil of the earth where God plants His seeds to grow spiritual fruit Genesis 2:8; 3:2; 3:10
Greater Light, the (Sun) The symbolic Jesus, the ruler of the spiritual day Kingdom of Light Genesis 1:16; Mal 4:2
Hand Symbolic Spiritual Power Genesis 3:22
Lesser Light, the (Moon) Satan the ruler of the darkness of this world; the Prince of the Kingdom of Darkness Genesis 1:16; Eph 6:12
Light The God of Creation, God is Light Genesis 1:3; 1 John 1:5
Meat The symbolic food of a spiritually mature man Genesis 1:29-30; Heb 5:12
Naked The External Shame of Sin also the unclothed spirit of man Genesis 3:10; 2 Cor 5:3
Night Those in the spiritual darkness, who stumble and sleep and get drunk in the world; kingdom of Satan Genesis 1:5; 1:14; 1:16; 1:18; 1 Th 5:7
Rain The symbolic outpouring of the Spirit of God, the former and the later Genesis 2:5; James 5:7
Sea(s) Peoples/Nations of the earth Genesis 1:10; Rev 17:15;
Second Day, the The Covenant of Abraham to separate God’s people from the other people on the earth Genesis 1:8;
Seed The symbolic representation of children, words, and several other types of spiritual things Genesis 1:11-12; 3:15;
Serpent, the Satan the spiritual ruler of the darkness, the deceiver of the nations Genesis 3:1; Rev 12:9; Rev 20:2
Seventh Day, the The Millennial Reign of Christ; God’s symbolic Day of Rest Genesis 2:2; Heb 4:4Rev 20:6;
Sixth Day, the End of the The prophetic coming into maturity of the church of God before His return. Genesis 1:26
Skin The outward clothes of the spirit of man; God later removes this with the circumcision of the heart Genesis 3:21; Rom 2:29
Third Day, the God starts planting seeds and expecting fruit to grow in His garden; Moses given the Law Genesis 1:12
Thorns and Thistles The Weeds of the Enemy Satan Genesis 3:18
Tree(s) Any man who makes a choice to either produce good fruit or evil fruit Genesis 2:9; 3:8
Tree of Life Those men who have chosen to receive the Word of God and produce fruit unto righteousness Genesis 2:9; 3:24
Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil Those men who have seen good but chosen evil Genesis 2:9, 3:11;
Waters Symbolic people, the voice of many waters Genesis 1:6; Rev 17:15;
Way, the Symbolic Spiritual Path to Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom from God Genesis 3:24
Woman The symbolic type of the Church who was taken out of Christ Genesis 2:22-23; 3:15; Eph 5:32

These are certainly not every symbolic reference in these three chapters of Genesis; these are just the ones that I have seen and feel are important to know.  You of course are welcome to look for others and if you find them please let me know so that I can add them to the list.  I will certainly confirm that I do not know everything and I like to learn new things.  God teaches me new things almost every day and it is very exciting when He does this.  I pray this list will be a helpful tool in your study of the Bible and specifically the book of Genesis.  God Bless!

Understanding the Concepts of Deception in the Bible! Righteous vs. Evil Deception! Part 4

(Ver 1.2)  Today is Part 4 of a series of very advanced lessons on Understanding Deception in the Bible.   We have covered a lot of important information about this subject, so please do not start reading here in the middle of the series, go back and start reading with “Part 1” so that you can better understand what has already been covered in more detail than what I can do today.  The church world has widely been taught that Satan is the initiator, instigator, mastermind, leader or distributer of deception in our world and that this deception is always evil.  I of course concur with these facts whole heartedly.  However, in the last lesson in this series I introduced you to the concept of “Righteous Deception” and I will carry this lesson further today so that you can better understand these new concepts revealed to us in the Bible.  What I have discovered by Studying the Bible is that there are several types of deception mentioned in the Bible and some are positive and some are negative.  By the Bible definition we can understand that evil deception is when someone comes to you with hurtful or harmful intentions and lies to you to get you to do something that you should not have done.  However, I also showed you in the last lesson that the Bible speaks of “Self-Deception” as being a condition where a man or woman has deceived themselves into doing something that they should not have done.  You should have gone and looked up the verses that I gave you so that you can better understand this situation so that it does not happen to you.  So I gave you several brand new concepts about deception that you should at least be a little bit familiar with by now.  According to God’s definitions, a deception in order for it to be a sin must be directed at a person to cause hurt or harm or an expected evil outcome.  We clearly saw in Genesis 38 that Tamar used deception for a positive outcome and for the good of God, Judah and the nation of Israel.  Tamar was exalted by God for what she did so that she was included in the genealogy of Jesus Christ in Matthew 1.  Without Tamar’s intentional deception of Judah there would have been no King David, no Solomon and no Jesus.  I know these statements rock your religious boats to no end.  I totally warned you in these lessons that I was going to upset you evil deception apple cart so that you would have to see this subject in a new more complex and different way going forward and I hope that you are doing just that.

I’m going to start today’s lesson by giving you another natural example of the use of deception for a good or more positive outcome.  Say you are working late at night at a restaurant and about to close up and go home.  You hide the majority of your daily money and receipts in the hidden vault in your office and you put the rest of the money in your petty cash drawer.  Say you have $5000 in the vault and $500 in the petty cash drawer.  Then suddenly an armed robber comes into your business to steal from you.  He demands your money or your life so you hand him your petty cash drawer and tell him to go.  He asks for more money and you say I gave you money now go.  You are clearly attempting to be deceptive while not telling a lie and you convince him to finally leave.  You call the cops and they show up and so on.  So was what this man did a sin of deception in the eyes of God and the Bible?  You see I do not think so, because it matters who are trying to deceive and why.  You are not trying to harm this thief you are just trying to keep him from taking everything that you have.  This is the way Satan is in the world also.  Satan is an evil thief that has come to “kill”, “steal” and “destroy” your life’s work (John 10:10).  So how do you handle an evil spiritual thief like Satan if you are God?  I believe that sometimes you have to deceive (trick) these evil people into doing the right things.  I know there are religious people who are just having fits right now because I implied that God can legally use deception.  To deceive someone without sinning requires great wisdom to do and God is the ultimate authority of all wisdom.  Why am I giving you this example?  I want to show you what the Bible says that God did and then you can better understand this concept of “Righteous Deception” a little better.  Read this next Bible verse very, very carefully using your eyes and your brain:

1Co 2:8  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

In this verse it declares a concept that right “knowledge” is the key to doing what is best for you.  What we learn is that if we would have known that the highway was closed, we would not have gone that way, for example.  The Bible says in Hosea 4:6 that my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.  So again knowledge is the key to not being destroyed in the world.  Here in this verse, we have an instance of implied active righteous deception being taught to us.  The princes of this world are references to Satan and his demonic angels.  They are the rulers of this world that God is speaking of.  If you look up the Greek word translated as “Prince” it means “ruler”.  This verse then tells you that if they had known what was going to happen to them by killing God on a cross, they would not have done it.  Do you understand this very complex concept being given?  Satan hung Jesus on the cross because he didn’t know what was going to happen and he thought if he killed Jesus this would just get Him off of his planet.   It appears to be a clear case of the lack of information from God and wrong assumptions on the part of Satan.   This sounds exactly like what Abraham did in Genesis 12, doesn’t it?  Abraham withheld information and the king made wrong assumptions and thus the wrong choice.  It is very clear that God withheld important information from Satan and as a result Satan did the right things that God needed done.  This is really an amazing example of God’s ability to control information in order to get a powerful spiritual being like Satan to do the right thing for God but the wrong thing for himself.  You see it was God’s death on the cross that ended His covenant relationship with Satan and the angels forever.  Satan is now only in covenant with the humans on the earth, the sons and daughters of Adam.  I cover this in other blogs so I cannot repeat everything here.  So just understand that the death of God on the cross caused something to happen to Satan that he greatly regrets today.  Do you understand how God used deception because He had an evil enemy and how God is justified in using this deception because he was deceiving a deceiver.  You can clearly see that this type of deception is a potentially powerful tool when used properly and not for evil.   What I am trying to do is to get you to think outside the box and to see that not every deception in the Bible is an evil or a sin.  This of course represents a two-edged sword in what I am trying to teach, because there will obviously be some who try to use what I say to justify their evil intentions and only God knows your heart better than you, so you will never get away with using this wrongfully. 

So let’s go back to Genesis and look at another example of “Righteous Deception” used for the good of God’s chosen people.  In the story of Isaac in Genesis 25-27, Isaac and Rebekah have two twin sons.  They however are not identical twins because they look and act completely different.  Esau comes out first and becomes the first born in the family who is slated to inherit everything that his father Isaac owns.  However, the implication from the birth is that Esau did something underhanded to come out first and Jacob stuck his hand out and caught his brother by the heel.  These are clearly symbolic types being given to us of what was going to transpire in the future.  So Jacob the “heel catcher” was born second and he is in the natural line to serve his older brother.  I’m sure that you are familiar with this story because it is widely taught, but it has probably never been taught in the context of it being a “Righteous Act of Deception”.   Jacob’s mother Rebekah comes to him with a plan and here are some of the concerns that Jacob brings up in this chapter of Genesis:

Gen 27:12  My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.

The mother’s plan was for Jacob to get his father’s blessing by the use of deception.  You can clearly see that Jacob is concerned with being labeled a deceiver by his father, so we are definitely talking about a clear case of the act of deception in this story of Genesis.   In this story you see that Jacob’s mother comes up with this plan of deception for her husband and two sons.  I don’t know why this is the second story concerning the righteous act of deception by a woman.  Rebekah tells her son Jacob to go and kill some animals that she can fix his father favorite meal.  Then she tells Jacob to go and get some skins to cover his arms, hands and neck with.  Why did Rebekah instigate this deception and for what purpose was it done?  You might have to go back to chapter 25 to see part of the answer to this question.  When the children were still in the womb of Rebekah, she noticed that they were already fighting inside of her.  She went to God to find out why and God spoke to her some inside information (literal pun) that was very relevant to this lesson of deception.

Gen 25:23  And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

God says these are two nations of people and only one will be called by my name.  Not good news for one of them, is it?  Here we have a story that is very difficult to grasp and accept.  Esau is clearly a child of Isaac and the firstborn from him, the rightful heir of all of his father’s wealth.  But, God said that the elder firstborn would serve the younger second born.  You should understand the concept of “Analogies” from the Bible if you have read my other Bible lessons.  This is a concept that a natural real story gives us spiritual information about two spiritual brothers that I just cannot get into today.  Just understand that there is more information hidden in this story than is on the surface and then go and dig for it.  I will help you and tell you that the younger son is a type of Jesus so now go and figure out who is Jesus’ older brother. 

Rom 9:13  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

So God knew the sons of Rebekah before they were born and God also knew what they would do in this world before they were born.  So God let Rebekah in on a secret and this was why she could do what she did and be justified in the eyes of God.  So why was Jacob justified in doing what he did in deceiving his father for the blessing?

Gen 25:31  And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

In Genesis 25 Esau comes home very hungry and not thinking and asks his brother for food.  His brother says “sell me your birthright”.  The birthright is the right of the firstborn to own everything of his father.  So Esau reasons in his mind that unless he eats his birthright will not do him any good and says this:

Gen 25:32  And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

So then Jacob tells his brother to swear that the birthright will be his.

Gen 25:33  And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

So you can clearly see that Esau sold his birthright to his brother for a bowl of soup and some bread.  Esau also gave his word to his brother and in the eyes of God your word is your legal commitment to do what you have said.  If you did not mean it you should not have said it, the Bible says.  It could be that Esau was playing Jacob for a fool because he clearly still expects to go and inherit the blessing from his father later in this book of Genesis.

Gen 25:34  Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

You can see that God says the man Esau “despised” his own birthright.  This Hebrew words means to NOT Esteem or to disdain, scorn.  It is the act of a vile person the definition says.  This is certainly not a positive confirmation for what Esau has done in the eyes of God.  It also gives legal justification for what Rebekah and Jacob did to deceive Isaac for the blessing that now rightfully belonged to Jacob.  There is a lot of things to learn from this story, and one thing is that even though Jacob was justified in what he did, the Bible says that God is not mocked whatsoever a man sows that will he also reap.  So Jacob planted the seeds of deception and these came up when he was working for Laban for his wife Rachel.  Laban deceived Jacob 10 times it says in the Bible changing the terms and conditions of his employment.  Jacob thought he was working for 7 years for Rachel and ended up working 14 years for her.  So while you can be justified in doing deception, it usually always comes back to bite you later in life.  God however, did not abandon his man Jacob and continued to bless him even though Laban was attempting to steal from him and to use him.

So it is interesting to note that Esau was legally the heir of his father Isaac, but God caused this blessing to go to his younger brother Jacob who became the father of the nation of Israel.  So we learn that not everyone that came from Abraham can be called Israel, only Jacob’s descendants.  This is an example of righteous division or separation.  The sons of Esau were not the chosen ones.  What we have seen is a clear use of deception initiated by God.  God told Rebekah about the sons in her womb before they were born.  I do not know if you like everything that the Bible says or not.  Many of these types of stories are very difficult for many to accept.  I sure if you wanted to you could come up with alternative meanings and interpretations to everything that I just have taught on this subject of deception.  But, I hope that you can see who God was dealing with and why deception was used to cause a positive designed result.  I think that I will end this lesson here today.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading in this series about deception, please go to “Part 5“.

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Understanding Seeds! Seeds and Weeds! Part 11

(Ver 1.4)  Today is Part 11 of a very important series of lessons on Understanding Seeds in the Bible.  We have covered a lot of very significant information that will not be repeated so I would highly recommend that you go back and start your reading with “Part 1”.  Today is a follow up to some concepts that I have talked a little about before.  However, today we will get into the aspect of weeds in a much more in depth study from the Word of God which will certainly challenge you to think.  I will probably introduce you to several brand new concepts found in the Bible on this subject so be prepared to learn.  Let’s start by stating the basic concepts of weeds.  Weeds are plants that you did not plant!  This is the basic concept that is critical to understand.  If you wanted thorns and thistles growing in the front yard you would have planted them.  But, if you are like me you put out weed killer to eliminate these types of plants so that your grass will grow and be healthier.  Weeds grow in the same soil as plants from good seeds and in fact weeds also come from seeds, but just not the seeds that we plant intentionally.  I personally believe that weeds are a result of the sin of man and God’s curse and we will probably talk about this more as we go.  I would venture to say that weeds are a caused effect.  Nothing happens by accident in the world.  There are always causes and effects to everything.  These are basic laws of physics implemented by God’s design.  If you see waves in a pond of water you know that something caused the waves.  So you must realize that God when He created our world and looked out on it and said “It was very good”, that God did not create weeds.  I do not consider weeds to be good, but maybe you do.  It is a highly subjective topic.  Regardless, if weeds are present we know that something caused them to be here.  So let’s review some things that we covered before and then go into more details in other parts of the Bible.

If you recall we covered several parables on seeds and one that Jesus taught that said the Kingdom of God is like a man who planted wheat seeds in his field.  This parable is often called the parable of the Wheat and Tares.  In this parable, while the man was sleeping an enemy came and sowed the seeds of tares among the seeds of wheat.  It is interesting to note that by only looking at the ground at this point in time you cannot tell this was done.  The implication was given to us that this was done secretly when the owner was away from the field and the owner only finds out about these weeds after time goes by and both kinds of seeds come up and grow together.  In this parable the owner of the field is clearly God.  The field can be viewed as the mass of humanity which is a type of the soil of the earth that we live in where seeds are planted.  The good seed is again the Word of God.  The weed seed was sown by God’s enemy Satan and these are the words not from God.  The good seed produces the desired crop of righteous people on the earth; these are those who have chosen the narrow path and the weeds are those people who have been deceived and chosen the evil wide path to destruction.  In this parable the servants (symbolic angels), go and ask the owner if they should pull up the tares, but the owner says let them grow together, or when you pull up the tares you also take out some of the wheat.  So the harvest is representative of the end of the age that we are currently living within and the time for this harvest is extremely short.   The harvesters are the angels of God who will gather God’s crop into God’s barn in heaven and then cast the weeds into the fire to be burned.  You can read this parable in Matthew 13:24-30 if you would like to, but I covered the greatest parts of it in enough detail that you should understand these concepts pretty well.  What we learn from this parable is a fact that God did not plant the weeds.  God did not cause the weeds to be planted and in fact this parable states that God had nothing to do with the weeds.  That is one of the key pieces of information from this parable to understand, so get a hold of that.

In the parable of the Wheat and Tares God introduced us to the concept of both seeds and weeds and this is my primary subject today.  How are they related, where did they come from and who is responsible for each.  It is clear in this first parable that the weeds are the evil people who have bought into Satan’s deceptions and are not saved.  The wheat plants are the good people who have been saved by accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior and these are called the righteous seed in the Bible.  So in this parable the concept of weeds is related to people.  However, in another lesson the concept of weeds is potentially something completely different.  Maybe you recall in the Parable of the Sower that Jesus taught us some more seed concepts that were extremely important to know.  In the parable of the sower, the soil was the hearts of men and women in the earth.  The good seed was of course the Word of God still.  The sower was the preacher that would proclaim the Gospel of Christ and the Word of God.  This parable also contained the concept of weeds being introduced in it, but this time the weeds were not specifically people, they were the things that caused people distractions in this world so that they did not produce fruit unto to God.   It is critical to understand the difference in these two parables and to also put them together correctly so that you understand the similarities and the differences.  Both parables are about the primary subject of seeds and both parables contain the concept of weeds.  However, if you look at the first parable you could attempt to claim that the weed people were predestined to be weeds and the wheat people were predestined to be God’s harvest, but that interpretation contradicts the information given to us in the parable of the Sower.  We must balance both parables to understand the subjects being taught.  In the Parable of the Sower, everyone had the same opportunity to hear and understand the word of God, but clearly only three out of six soil types produced any fruit unto God. Here was Jesus’ explanation of these weeds:

Mat 13:22  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

The first thing that you need to understand from this verse is that thorns are weeds; something that was not planted by the original farmer.  So we can see that Jesus calls seed among the thorns to be those people who care more about things in this world than they do the eternal things that God says in His Word.  Part of the root of this problem is given to us as being the deceitfulness of wealth and money.  Often when people get a hold of money on the earth, they think they are in need of nothing including a savior.  You can read about this parable of the sower in Matthew 13: 3-9.  So we have two different parables with seeds and weeds using two different perspectives.  However, they have more in common than you can imagine.  They are actually the same people from two points of view.  Those who are the tares in the first parable are those who have let the weed seeds of Satan dominate them.  In fact the first three types of soil are all tares in the first parable that we looked at.  These are those who have rejected the truth, refused to hear the truth, let others in the world talk them out of the truth or as we have seen love things in the world more than they love the truth.  Both of these parables resulted in the same two separate groups of people, those who are weeds and are burned and those who produce fruit unto God and are harvested into heaven by the angels.  So let’s examine this subject in other areas of the Bible and see what else God says to us about weeds and seeds.  Where is the first mention or implied reference to weeds in the Bible?  I will give you a clue and tell you that it can be found in the Garden of Eden.

Gen 2:15  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

Here we have the description of God’s creation.  God planted a garden and caused to grow every tree that was good for food the Bible says.  This subject so far sounds very similar to the two parables that we just read about where Jesus told us of God’s attempts at planting seeds into His gardens from two different perspectives.  Both of these parables involved planting good seeds that came from God to produce good crops and an enemy comes into the garden to cause weeds to try to overcome God’s garden.  Isn’t this what happened in Genesis 2 and 3?  I believe that it is exactly what happened in these two chapters and we will begin to see that more clearly as we go.  In Genesis 2:15 God describes the man’s purpose for being in His garden was to “dress” it and to “keep” it.   Both words denote delagated human resposibility and accountablity.  The first word is a word that means “WORK”!  To work a garden implies one thing, that there are potential enemies and weeds that may come in and therefore you must do something about them to keep them out.  Work involves two aspects in gardening, first caring for the plants that are good by feeding and watering them and eliminating the enemies and the plants that are bad to protect the good.  The next Hebrew word translated as “keep” is very similar to work and it means to “watch” and “protect” the garden.  A watcher or protector is someone who is given the task and responsibility to not only work the garden, but is required to protect it from any enemies who could potentially come and destroy it.  Wow, two words of instructions was all that is necessary from God and they say so much to us in light of the parables that we have just seen about seeds and weeds.  What we begin to understand now was that it was not God’s responsibility to keep the enemy out because that was given to Adam for him to do.

Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Here in chapter 3 of Genesis we now are deeply into the subject of an enemy coming into God’s Garden where he should not be.  Therefore, we are currently entrenched in the middle of the parable of the wheat and tares that we have looked at in the beginning of this lesson.  We see this enemy, the symbolic “serpent” coming to Eve and he begins to plant weed seeds into her mind that caused the doubts of deception to grow.  These are examples of the weed seeds of the enemy that God was teaching us about in the two parables we just reviewed in Matthew 13.  God places a man in His garden and then leaves him in charge and goes away and now the man is responsible to “dress” and “keep” it.  Satan brings the evil seed of the tares to Eve and she speaks them out for her husband to hear and he willfully hearkens to the voice of his wife and they are now captive to the deception of their enemy.  Adam had the opportunity to guard and protect the garden of his heart, but he allowed Satan’s words through his wife’s voice dictate his decision to intentionally sin.  I hope you understand what I just said as an overview of this story.  If not, you can go and read my detailed lessons on Genesis 3 and hopefully you will grasp these subjects more clearly.  I will drop down in Genesis to help you see a part of what I just said:

Gen 3:17  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Here is a key verse that reveals to us God’s actions for the intentional sin of His man Adam.  You can clearly see that God says Adam listened to Eve’s voice and not to Satan’s voice.  There is no mention that Adam ever heard Satan speaking directly.  Do you understand this?  Probably not, because of the erroneous teaching of many tells us that there was a physical talking snake in the garden and if Adam was there he would have heard it all.  However, that is not what the Bible says at all.  You should go read my lesson on “Was there a Talking Snake In the Garden?”.  Then you can see that God says something else about the ground being cursed for Adam’s sake.  God then says that Adam will eat from it all the days of his life in sorrow.   What was “IT” that Adam is said to be eating from.  You can potentially say the ground that God just cursed, but I do not see it this way in the light of other verses found in the Bible.  I believe God was saying because you Adam chose to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you will eat from it all the days of your life.   Isn’t this what Adam was just found guilty of partaking from?  So what was the ground in the two parables that we looked at?  The Garden soil was clearly the hearts of men and women.  So what does all of this mean?  If you search your Bible and read the references for this Hebrew word that is translated as “cursed” they almost always have something to do with someone who disobeys the Word of the Lord.  God says something for them not to do and they do it and a curse is brought upon them as a consequence for their sins.  However, curses are just the opposite of blessings.  So how does God or people for that matter bless someone or curse someone?   If you have read my other lessons you know that you bless people with the words of your mouth and you also curse people with the words of your mouth.  James 3:10 said “blessing and cursing from the same mouth, this ought not to be”.   So curses are spoken words that produce negative results in our lives or in the lives of those the words are spoken to.  I think I will continue to the next verse in Genesis just to show you the connection to weeds again in this story.

Gen 3:18  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

Thorns and thistles are clearly both weeds produced from evil seeds.  They are not produced by the Word of God so we can assume that these are produced from the seeds that Satan has just sown in God’s Garden of man’s heart.  In the parable of the sower God repeated “thorns” for us to make the connection to this story in Genesis.  What were thorns in this parable?  God said thorns represented “the cares of this world” and the “deceitfulness of riches”.  Do you think these apply to Adam in this story?  I certainly do.  I believe that God had just given the man and his wife the earth and Adam now believed that he was self-sufficient and did not need God’s help anymore .  Adam at this time thought he had everything under control, but soon he would find out that he did not have anything under control when his Son Cain would kill his first born son Able.  This was the beginning of Adam’s realization that what he had done was not so great after all.  The sin that Adam introduced into the world was only beginning and the evil seed influence was only going to get worse before it got any better.

So God tells Adam that “IT” will produce thorns and thistles.  So let’s back up and determine what “IT” is?   If you recall the Bible says that Eve spoke words to her husband and God said that Adam “hearkened to the voice of his wife”.  To hearken means to obey or do what she said to do.  If Adam did something that he should not have done because his wife said for him to do it, what was this thing that God is talking about?  Let’s back up and see what the Bible says Eve said.

Gen 3:2  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

Gen 3:3  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

These are the only spoken words of Eve recorded in this chapter.  So either this is the key to what she said or it is not.  I believe that it is!  If Eve said to the serpent then she spoke words that potentially her husband could hear.  These words were partially correct but yet they contained some subtle differences to what God had said.  God did say you could eat of the trees of the garden, but God never said that you cannot touch it.  God simply said you shall not eat it or you will surely die.  So how is the middle of the garden different than the garden?  If God plants a garden and tells Adam every tree that is good for food I have given you for food but says this one in the middle of the garden is not for you, what is God saying?  If you read my other blogs you already know this answer, but I’ll go into some new perspectives to help you see it a new way.  I believe God was differentiating between two gardens in these statements.  There is a major difference between natural things and spiritual things and you should understand this if you are a Christian.  God gave man natural things as food and Jesus said that it is not what you put in your mouth that makes you unclean, so we know it was not anything that Adam physically ate that caused him to sin.  If you do not understand this you should go read my lessons on “Does Eating Fruit Kill You”.  So where is this middle garden that God is talking about where the tree of knowledge of good and evil is present?  Let’s do a word search for the Hebrew word translated as “midst” and see what we find.  I’ll start with one that I like in Proverbs because it is definitely related to my subject today:

Pro 4:20  My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

Pro 4:21  Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

Remember that the Word of God is the Good Seed of God.  So what does God tell us to do with this seed?  God starts by saying “attend” and this is a critically related word that can mean to “hearken”.  Sound familiar?  This is an intentional act of listening, hearing, understanding and doing.  God then follows this up with “incline” your ears unto my seeds (words).  Then God says for us to keep them before our eyes and then to keep them in the “midst” of our hearts.  The word “midst” is the exact same Hebrew word used to describe the location of the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil in Genesis 2 and 3.  Do you get a hold of what God is trying to say here?  It is the heart of man that is the location of God’s garden.  It is the heart of man where God wants His seeds to grow.  It is also the heart of man where weeds grow from the enemy of God, Satan.  You can read about the heart of man being the middle of man in Psalm 22:14, 40:8, 40:10, and 143:4.  Some of these are difficult to see because the same Hebrew word is translated as “within”.  But, you should be able to find it if you look for it and see that within you is the spiritual heart location of God’s garden.  Knowing this fact you can now begin to see that where spiritual fruit comes from as well as where spiritual weeds are also grown.  These are spiritual concepts of seeds and weeds and are completely relevant to our discussion today.

Please allow me to take you to some more words of Jesus that are clearly and directly related to the story of Adam and Eve in the garden and hopefully this will help us to see the connections a little clearer of seeds and weeds.  You might recall that I spoke these next words in connection to two groups of people in the world and here is what Jesus said to us about them:

Mat 7:13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at:

Mat 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

So we can clearly see that these two groups of people are traveling separate paths.  Those who are not of God are going down the easy path through the wide gate and the broad way to destruction.  Those who God calls saved are those that are traveling down the narrow path and way through the narrow minded gate of righteousness.  These are two distinct groups, two ways and two paths; one leading to life and the other leading to death everlasting.   These are symbolic representations of either seed paths of good or the seed path of evil.  There are many more opportunities in the world for evil seed than there is for the good seed.  God only wrote one book of Good Seed and the internet, libraries and book stores are full of millions of books that you can choose to read that distracts you from the good seed.  So let’s examine the next verse and see how it fits with what we are talking about in this lesson:

Mat 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Here is a word of warning from Jesus our God that we need to watch out for certain types of people in the world.  The people specifically mentioned in this verse are called “false prophets”.  A False Prophet would be the opposite of a True Prophet.   A prophet is always someone who prophesies so we learn that not everyone that prophesies is from God in this verse.  What are prophecies?   These are spoken words aren’t they?  Spoken words are a type of seeds, get it?  God says beware the seeds of the false prophet and do not allow them to grow in your heart.  These types of people will come in the form of harmless looking sheep, but they will secretly be wolves.  So they disguise themselves to appear harmless and this is the first part of deception that you should become aware of.  Now learn the connection in the next verse that I was attempting to get to in the previous 3 verses of Matthew:

Mat 7:16  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Jesus says you will know people by their fruit.  In other words when people come to you in sheep’s clothing and speak subtle words to you, stop and observe them for a time period to see what kind of fruit they are producing in their life.  In this verse Jesus connects or technically disconnects real fruit from weeds.  Jesus says that you do not get grapes from thorn bushes and you do not get figs from thistles.  Why did God use the exact same words in speaking to Adam that ‘it” would produce for him?  God clearly tells Adam that thorns and thistles would result from something that he has done and now we are clearly given the location of these weeds and as we can see from what Jesus said these are spiritual weeds and they are the opposite of bearing spiritual fruit.  Are you beginning to see and understand the connection that God is making to us in the Bible?  Do you understand spiritual weeds better today than you did before you read this?  I pray that you take this and continue to study the subject and go and find more verses that reveal and confirm this spiritual reality.  I hope you enjoyed my advanced Bible lesson on Seeds and Weeds and please go and tell a friend what you learned.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons on Seeds you can go to “Part 12“.

Understanding Angels! More About Put Your Angels to Work! Part 6

(Ver 1.1)  This is now Part 6 of a series of studies about the spiritual reality of angels found in the Bible.   We have covered a lot of information that is not all going to be repeated, so if you have not read these lessons from the beginning, I would recommend that you go back and start with “Part 1”.  I was planning on talking about the negative side of angels today, but God seemed to say that I wasn’t done teaching on the last subject about angels being servants of God.  You see I seemed to imply some things that could be taken wrong in my last lesson.  I seemed to say that you could tell an angel something to do and they would have to do it.  But, that is not the entire truth; usually you find that the truth is always more complicated than your first impressions.   In the last lesson I showed you where God said in Hebrews that angels are ministering spirits sent “for” those who are heirs of salvation.  The meaning of the word “ministering” meant a servant.  We have seen several times where angels were sent from God because of the words of men and women on the earth.  So obviously angels are not our personal servants, they are actually the servants of God who do things for us when we speak right words.  How do you know you are speaking right words?  That is why we need to learn more today.  I always like to think that you learn what God says in the Bible and speak what God says in order to be on the safe side.  You are much more likely to think and say the right things when you do this.  Do you recall what God said to Joshua?  God gave Joshua a formula for success.  I have heard many people try to preach against taking formulas from the Bible, but yet you must be spiritually blind to think that God would tell one person the way to be successful and this rule not to apply to everyone else also.  Read the words of Jehovah God and see what they say:

Jos 1:7  Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

To be strong and courageous is the opposite of being fearful and weak.  God is revealing a faith principle to Joshua without calling it faith.  God tells Joshua that by doing the Law of Moses and not deviating from it, he would be prosperous in whatever he did.  To turn to the right or to the left means to depart from going straight down the path that God has instructed you to go in.  This gets more Christians into trouble more than many other things.  To depart from God’s Words is sin.  However, God does not put any restrictions on how you can prosper unless you try to prosper by violating God’s law.  In other words you cannot lie, cheat or steal and think that God and the angels will cause you to be a success in life.  You see God always gets back to the basics.  The basics are always found in God’s Word.  If you can follow God’s spiritual laws you will succeed in the natural realm.  Apparently this is what Abraham did in our last lesson without having the Law of Moses to follow.  Because Abraham did the right thing before the eyes of God by finding a wife for his son among his own people God was able to send an angel to help make it happen.   So how do we insure that we do God’s Word?  God gives us some more clues in the very next verse in Joshua:

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.

Did you see what this verse says?  It says the Book of the Law will not depart from your mouth.  Where is the key to your success?  It is in your mouth according to God.  By reading, learning, memorizing and speaking God’s words constantly, God said you will make your way prosperous and always have good success here on the earth.  The term “meditate” means to murmur or mutter under your breath; to keep it in your mind by speaking it with your mouth.  It is very difficult to teach any subject in the Bible and not get back to the reality of the importance of your words that you speak.  So was the servant of Abraham successful and prosperous in his attempt to find a wife for Isaac?  He obviously was, so Abraham followed God’s law of success given to Joshua in order to make this happen.  Do you see and understand the connection that I just made and why this applies to a lesson on angels?  Do you also remember the verse that I gave you in Psalms?

Psa 103:20  Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Does this verse make any more sense to you now?  You see this verse does not say that angels only obey words.  It says angels hearken unto His Words.  But it does not say that God has to speak them?  It says “the voice” of His Word and that is totally different than the “voice of God”.  What if you begin to say what God says about you, are you now the voice of His word?  I believe that you become the “voice” of His word when you say what He says.  If you say what God says, I believe that allows angels to do what God said to do for you.  So what is the key to success in life?  It starts with first learning what God said and then saying and doing that whole heartedly in faith.   Remember God said to be strong and courageous and not weak and fearful.  There are just many factors in life that we need to learn about in studying this subject.  If Abraham was fearful that his servant would not find the wife for his son, guess what there would have been no wife found.  So you have a major part to play in being successful in life and you just cannot speak a command to the angels to do something that God has not already told them to do.

Here is another aspect about angels that I have already alluded to that you should learn.  While angels have been sent to the earth to minister for those who are heirs of salvation, they are not our direct servants.  As we have seen they work for God and only do what He says for them to do.  However, if we say what God has said then we have the ability to give voice to God’s commands and they will normally hearken to our words.  Here is another key factor to consider in this discussion on angels being servants.  Jesus in speaking to his disciples said the following:

Mat 10:24  The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.

Jesus was calling his followers both disciples and servants.  Meaning Jesus was the Master and Lord that this verse is referring to.  Paul in Romans 1:1 says “Paul a servant of Jesus Christ”.  If Christians are servants of God also, what does that make our relationship to the angels of God?  We are about to learn another key factor to angels:

Rev 22:8  And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

John in writing the book of Revelation says that an angel came to him and he fell down to worship him.  However, the angel stops John from doing this and says the following statement to him:

Rev 22:9  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

The angel of God says very clearly not to worship him, for he is a “fellowservant”.   In other words the angel says we both have the same Master and Lord.  The word translated as “fellowservant” means co-slave.  It can also mean “ministrant of the same master”.  You can clearly see that the correct order of things is that God is always the highest one over all others.  What we discover from this information is that we are all working for the same cause and good.  Angels can certainly do things that we cannot do and in many ways they have an advantage over us.  However, once you see that it is God’s purpose that we are working for, then we realize that both angels and Christians have a common enemy with God.  God’s enemies are now our enemies and we are working and fighting against these spiritual beings.  We who are Christians are also working to get more people into the kingdom of God, but that is not an angelic assignment to preach the gospel.  Preaching the Gospel is a human assignment from God.   So our roles are different because we are dominated by different realms of reality.  Humans are resident in a natural realm and angels primarily stay in the spiritual realm.  I have seen where men can cross into the spiritual realm in the form of a vision and see things that they normally do not see.  We of course in our studies have seen where angels can cross into the natural realm and do things for those who are heirs of salvation.  So the lines between these two realms can be blurred to some degree, but yet we still have specific primary responsibilities that have been placed upon us by God.  These roles will further blur in the future.  After the church is taken up to heaven, then who preaches in the earth?  Apparently according to Revelation, the angels will be allowed to preach to men on the earth:

Rev 14:6  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

So today there are no angels preaching in the world that I know of.  But, later I believe you can see that this verse says that will change.

Today I’m going to end this lesson from a story that I learned from a preacher that I consider one the greatest men of God in the past century.  This man said that God told him to stop praying for money and to command his angel to bring in his finances.  God gave him the verse in Hebrews that we looked at about angels being a minister and other verses that said the laborer was worthy of his pay (1 Tim 5:18).  He was struggling financially before this revelation from God and he read a verse in the Bible that said I “If you be willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land”.  He realized that he was not eating the good of the land so there must be a problem.  So this man was a full time minister of God and traveled to church to church speaking and teaching the Word of God.  He used to totally depend upon the pastor of the church to treat him fairly and pay him according to the offerings that were supposed to be given to him.  Sometime this worked and sometimes men were not as good of Christians as they appeared on the surface and withheld from him.  So this minister when he would go to a church would determine how much money he needed to meets his bills for the week and then place a demand on the angels of God to go and cause the money to come.  He would not pray to God and ask for any amounts of money, he would not tell the pastors of the church that he expected any amounts of money specifically; he would just say to his angel to go and work for him and they did it every time.  God was teaching this man a principle that is found in the Bible and it works regardless of your profession.  If you can find the same Bible verses and believe them, the angels will hearken to your voice also.  Just as Rebecca was influenced by an angel to come and minister to the servant of Abraham and all of his camels, the angels of the Lord can cause people to give to you also.  Angels will of course never make anyone do anything that they do not want to do already.  God will always use people to be a blessing to others who want to be a blessing.  In return God can bless them further.  You may recall in Genesis that God told Abraham that I will bless you so that you can be a blessing to others (Gen 12:2).  This is also not a license to steal or even a get rich overnight scheme.  You can take any truth found in the Bible to the extreme and make it a lie.  There are also many other truths in the Bible that apply; your heart condition, your attitude, your willingness, your obedience to God and His Word and I could go on and on.  This is the problem with many Christians, that they hear one good thing and jump on it like that is all there is.  God is not a lottery and we are not pulling a Heavenly Vegas slot machine trying to hit it big.  Keep balanced at all times and stay in the Word of God and allow God to teach you what else you need to know.

So here is the next part that you need to know.  This will not work if you only try it!  This preacher knew God’s word and believed God’s words and then he did them and spoke to the angel.  You better get the scriptures in your spirit so that they are resident and firmly set within you before you begin to say them and expect them to happen.   That was a very basic lesson in faith and believing God’s Word.  There are many who do not understand it in the world but yet there are also many others who do this every day.   I am not here to convince you of anything that you do not want to believe in.  If you read the Bible and see things differently than I do, that is fine with me.   Just do not criticize me like you are God and know everything.   How you believe in angels will not affect your salvation, but it might affect your finances.  If you have a story about how an angel has helped you, I would very happy to hear about it.  Later in these lessons I will try to give you some examples from my personal life of how I believe that angels have helped me in life.  I thank you for taking the time to study the Bible with me and pray that it was a blessing to your walk with God.

If you would like to continue to the next lesson you may select “Part 7“.

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“.

Understanding Angels! The Named Angels in the Bible! Part 3

(Ver 1.2)  This is Part 3 of a series of lessons on understanding Angels in the Bible.  If you have not read this series from the beginning I would recommend that you go back and start with “Part 1”.   Today I want to discuss not something new, but a basic concept surrounding angels.  This concept states that angels all have names and that these names mean something.  Just as people on earth have names which are given to them when they are born, angels also have very specific names that I assume was given to them by God.  Of course the Bible does not reveal the names of every angel and since there are an innumerable number of them, I’m glad that it does not.  Throughout the Bible you discover that people did not normally just make up their children’s names.  These names were given to their children for a reason and it often involved the circumstances surrounding their birth.  So we discover that we can learn things about people from looking up the definitions of their names.  I believe that this applies to angels also.  I do not think that the angels got their names by accident or chance.  We are not told but a few names of the angels, but we are told enough to help us to understand these concepts.  The Bible says there is nothing new under the sun.  I take this to mean that what God has designed in this world were patterns for things that already existed elsewhere or in past times.  So what we see and observe in our world are not new things, new ideas or new concepts, but are things that have existed before.  That is very hard thing for many people to accept and even Christians today because they have widely been taught that creation happened 6000 years ago and God created the angels and people, heaven and earth and everything else at this time.  That would really be good, if that was what the Bible actually said, unfortunately for many Bible teachers it is not; so their teaching produces nothing but points of confusion.  What I am going to do today is start in the book of Psalms and show you a verse that informs us that angels have names:

Psa 147:4  He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

You may recall that angels were symbolically called “stars” in Revelation 1:20, 12:4 and several other places in the Bible.  The stars seen in our heaven symbolically represent these created spiritual beings called angels.  They are also according to this verse all “named”.   God knows the names of every one of them and this is an amazing feat since there are so many of them.  Scientist can only roughly estimate the number of the stars in our universe; there is absolutely no way that they could count them all, since none of our telescopes reach to the ends of the entire universe.  So you cannot count what you cannot see.   Plus the fact that they estimate the number of stars to be between 10 raised to the 22nd power and 10 raised to the 24th power.  Both of those are huge numbers. 

Let’s turn to Luke and start to study about a named angel that you have already heard of.  This angel reveals some things that we have potentially already discussed as well as some new things to consider.  For example, this angel has a name and this is the first time we have discovered that reality.  In the first chapter of Luke is the story of Zacharias and his wife.  They are older mature people in Israel and Zacharias is a priest for God in the temple.  One day while he is in the temple suddenly something happens that he never experienced before:

Luk 1:11  And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

The angel of the Lord suddenly appears within the physical dimension of space and time and Zacharias sees him standing there.  We have seen the angel’s ability in the Bible to appear or manifest physically in our world and this is another example of this.  Since the context of this verse says that there are many people on the outside of the temple and none of them are said to have seen the angel enter the temple, we can only assume that this angel from God steps out of the spiritual dimension and into the temple at the appropriate exact place and time.  So what would be the normal human reaction to something like this?

Luk 1:12  And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

What would be your reaction if you were in a room alone and suddenly a man appears before you out of nowhere?  You can certainly understand that this would be troubling to say the least.  The natural human reaction would be the emotion of fear.   As you study angels many times when they appear to humans, they would have to say to them “fear not”.  In other words they were saying “we are not here to do you harm”.  This is probably why angels are not sent more often by God.  I just don’t think that people could handle the supernatural appearance of a spiritual being, even if they are sent from God.

Luk 1:13  But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

This angel starts speaking to Zacharias and tells him God has heard his prayers.  We can obviously see an example of another angel being sent to the earth in response to words/prayers of a man in this example.  I do want to point out that I do not believe that Zacharias prayed for God to send him an angel.  I have not found any verses in the Bible that anyone ever prayed for God to send angels to help them.  When Jesus was about to be crucified He did say this:

Mat 26:53  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

So Jesus said He could have prayed to His Father and God could have sent 12 legions of angels to help Him from being crucified.  A legion can vary in numbers but generally it would be anywhere from 3600 to 6000 men in a roman legion.  So you multiply that by 12 and you get a lot of angels.  As you have seen two angels were sent to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah so that many angels would be a very strong force.  It is interesting that Jesus said He could have done this but yet He never did.  I would still say from the Bible that God says “Those who are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God”.  Meaning we do not pray for guidance by angels.  If God chooses to send you an angel, then it is probably for a bigger reason than you want to know right now.

We have not talked about Daniel yet, but God sends him an angel for his prayer also.  We can very easily assume God has heard this man Zacharias’ prayers and has sent His messenger with the Words of God for him to hear.  The angel continues to tell Zacharias what will happen in the next 3 or 4 verses.  He is told that he will have a son and that he will be filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother’s womb.  He will not eat or drink unclean things and he will lead many people to God.  After hearing all of this Zacharias should have been very happy, however he starts to question the angel and basically asks “How do I know this is true?”  That was the wrong question to ask the representative of God.  Here is the angel’s response:

Luk 1:19  And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

The angel in effect says “Who do you think you are talking to?”  He then tells us and him his name and his normal daily duties.  This is the angel “Gabriel” and he normally stands in heaven in the presence of the Most High God.  In other words God the Most High sent one of the highest angels to bring him a personal message concerning his prayers and he wants to question and doubt us?  The angel implies “How do you think I knew about your prayers, what are stupid?”  Ok, I added some of my thoughts and interpretations to that response, but you can certainly understand why.   Zacharias was a priest of God was intimately familiar with the story of Abraham and Sarah and how old they were when they had their promised son Isaac.  So why would this old man doubt God’s ability to do what he has already proved that he could do?  Sarah was 90 years old when she had Isaac.  Age is not a determining factor for God’s ability to answer your prayer.  I believe this is what upset the angel more than anything; it was clearly Zacharias unbelief and total lack of faith in God that displeased God.

Luk 1:20  And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

So the angel gives Zacharias a sign that he was not expecting to happen.  Here we have another example of the supernatural power of angels.  In Genesis we saw how the angels blinded all of the men that wanted to have sex with them and here the angel tells Zacharias that he would not be able to speak until what was told him came to pass.  What was the difference in this story and the story of Abraham?  In Genesis God changed Abram’s name to Abraham which meant “Father of Nations”.  So God got Abraham to believe what was said to him, but Zacharias did not believe so his mouth was shut.  Abraham went around saying to everyone “My name is Abraham”, “I am the father of nations” which was what God said and then he had a son and it happened.  Zacharias could have done the same thing if he would have just believed the angel.  It is difficult not to talk about words even when you are studying angels because every subject in the Bible overlaps every other subject.  Your words and your beliefs have a determining factor to what occurs in your life.  Also note that the angel said that the words that he spoke would be fulfilled in the earth.  God spoke what was going to happen through an angel in the earth and then it happened.  Do you know this is how God works in our world?  God sends His words first into the world and only then do they come to pass.  We live within a Word Based World system.   This is why Gabriel shuts the mouth of Zacharias so that he could not counter the words that were spoken to him with his unbelief.  I could say a lot more on this subject, but I’m already off of the main subject of angels so I’ll leave it at that.

So the angel of God was named Gabriel and he had a problem and solved it by making Zacharias dumb.    So again we see supernatural powers being exhibited by an angelic being.  It is very interesting to note that the name “Gabriel” means “Man of God”.  It also has root words meaning a “warrior” and “strength”.   We can see from this information that again angels are not trivial beings to be ignored.   It is also interesting that they are called “men”.  If an angel appears to you and tells you that God has said something, I would suggest that you do not treat it with the same level of unbelief that Zacharias did.  If you question the words make sure you ask the right questions.  You might recall that when the angel appeared to Mary, she also questioned the words, but said it differently.  She asked “how will this be since I know not a man”.  That was a valid question and not one of unbelief.  She just wanted to know how God was going to do what he said to her.  Then after the angel told her how God was going to overshadow her with the Holy Ghost and she would conceive, then Mary said “Be it unto me as you have spoken”.  In other words she said “I believe it”!  Believing God is one of the most important things that you can ever do in life and this might have been the most important thing that I said in this whole lesson.  Let’s talk about Daniel’s experience now:

Dan 10:11  And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.

The angel Gabriel is sent to another man on the earth named Daniel.  While it does not name Gabriel directly in this chapter you can see this is who it is by reading Daniel 8:16 and 9:21.  Again Gabriel is being sent in answer to a man’s words/prayer.  God directs the angel Gabriel to bring Daniel an answer and this story reveals to us that sometimes answers from God take “time”.  We like to think that God lives outside of time and that God is omnipotent so He can do anything instantly, but this story proves God can’t do just anything in our world instantly like we would like to think.

Dan 10:12  Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

As you can read and see when Daniel prayed the angel was sent by God on the very first day.  However, we can learn in this chapter that Daniel has been fasting for 21 days before the angel actually shows up.  That is the problem with many religious minded people’s theology.  There is a 3 week delay from the time that Daniel prayed, God answered and the answer arrives.  Why is that?  That is the million dollar question of the day.  You see this chapter tells us that the “prince of Persia” withstood the angel Gabriel from coming to Daniel.  Persia of course is where modern day Iran is located.  But, this is not a human being and it has to be a powerful spiritual being with a spiritual army of resistance to keep another powerful spiritual being from coming from heaven. 

Here is the second most important thing that you should learn from today’s lesson.  Did you notice what the angel said?  The angel said I was sent for your “words”.  Uh oh?  We’re back to words again.  Did you know that angels get assignments based upon your words?  If you didn’t know this you just learned something new that is very important.  We’ll definitely talk more about this later so let’s keep looking at the name of the new angel in this story.

Dan 10:13  But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

So God dispatches Michael another chief angel from heaven to help Gabriel to get to Daniel.  So Michael and Gabriel are two chief named angels from God found in the Bible.  The name “Michael” has the following meaning in the Hebrew “Who is Like God”.  To me that tells me something new about angels.  Angels are made in the image and likeness of God like men were.  You can of course take this definition two ways I know, you could say it like a question or you can say it like a statement of fact.   However we have one angel Gabriel that means “Man of God” and another angel named Michael that means “Who is Like God” and both of these have implications of our descendant Adam described to us in Genesis 1 and 2.  So you do not have to believe it like I believe it but, based upon what we have learned I have to conclude that angels were created being before men and that they were made in God’s image first.  They are also called a “prince” of God.  You will see this is a term of authority and power.  They are rulers of some dominion or domain that I have already alluded to in the first lesson.  Since they came from heaven we can assume at least that this rule use to be the kingdom of heaven.  But, God told us in Gen 1:16 that the Moon and the Stars will rule the night on the fourth day of creation.  The Stars definitely symbolize angels.   So the fourth day was a symbolic time of when Jesus came to the earth.   However at this time of Daniel was before Jesus came to the earth and this prophecy of Genesis had not been fulfilled.  I do not know if you understand that statement and I don’t have time to explain it.  You are welcome to read my other blogs to see if you can grasp these concepts.

What we have seen is the names of two of God’s angels from heaven mentioned to us in the Bible directly.   These are actually the only two angels of God that are directly named that I know of.  The other angels mentioned in the Bible were angels of God, but have fallen so they are not God’s anymore and we will look at them briefly:

Isa 14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

I believe that Lucifer is the name for Satan before he fell from heaven.  I will do a more in-depth study of this spiritual being in a separate lesson.  What I do want to point out in this verse is something I find very interesting.  Lucifer is again called a son of God in this verse, but it is not a direct named instance.  It is more a symbolic name based upon information from other verses in the Bible and it reveals something to us in it that we would not have fully known otherwise.  What you surely realize is that God hides information in words using techniques that I describe in other blogs.  In 1 John 1:5 we see a verse that says “God is Light”.  Then what we learn from this verse in Isaiah is very important if you can accept it.  The word “morning” means “early light”.  This is a symbolic revelation of God and Satan.  We know that God has neither beginning nor any ending and the Bible calls Him the “Ancient of Days”.  All of this tells us that God has been around a very, very long time.  But, if you think symbolically about a day cycle, when the sun comes up and then sun goes down; God is describing the timeframe of Satan’s creation using these terms of a symbolic day.  God is saying Lucifer was a “son of the very early light”.  This informs us that Lucifer has been around not as long as God has but so much longer than Adam or the rest of us could ever have imagined.  Scientists tell us that the age of our universe is estimated to be in the billions of years.  I imagine that Lucifer has been around at the very least that long and probably longer just based upon this simple information.  It is important to note that Lucifer is called a son of God like we saw the other angels called in Genesis and Job.  It is also important to note the meaning of the name “Lucifer”.  The word “Lucifer” means to brightly shine as the morning star.  Wow, that is an amazing statement that almost boggles my mind.  You see in Revelation 22:16 Jesus says “I am the Bright and Morning Star”.  How can both Lucifer and Jesus have the same names?  That is of course a very difficult question to answer especially in a blog like this about angels so I will not even attempt to give you an answer to that.  What I do want you to do is see the hidden complexity within the Bible and to show you that we have only scratched the surface to what is written there in and what it all means.  So far we have seen angels named Gabriel, Michael and Lucifer so let’s continue quickly and look at the other name found in the Bible of angels:

Rev 9:11  And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

Here in Revelation 9 it speaks of too many things to go through them all.  The book of Revelation is a heavily symbolic book of references.  Most of this information found here is widely controversial since hardly anyone has been able to agree on what anything means.  However, this error is mostly attributable to man’s private interpretations of God’s Word.  What I see in this verse is the fact that God is speaking of an angel.  This angel has a name and is called “Abaddon” in the Hebrew and “Apollyon” in the Greek.    This name means “destroyer” or “destruction”.  I am fairly convinced that this is just another name for Satan personally.  I believe that Satan is the one that has destroyed kingdoms and laid waste to the earth making it null and void in Genesis 1:2.  When I talk about Satan in the next lesson I will try to show you scriptures that seem to indicate Satan is responsible for these things.

So we have seen potentially 4 angels directly named in the Bible.  Two Gabriel and Michael are on God’s side and the other two Lucifer and Abaddon are definitely not good angels.

We have learned a few new things in this lesson so let’s review them.

Angel (s):

  1. Have Names (Luke 1:19, Rev 9:11)
  2. Names mean something
  3. Gabriel  means “Man of God”
  4. Michael means “Who is Like God”
  5. Are called Princes (those who rule under the King) (Daniel 10:13)
  6. Stand in the Presence of God (Luke 1:19)
  7. Can make people dumb (Luke 1:20)
  8. Lucifer was called a son of the early light (Isa 14:12)
  9. Lucifer means “Bright Morning Star”
  10. Abaddon means “Destroyer” (Rev 9:11)
  11. Are sent by God because of the Words of Men on the earth (Daniel  10:12, Luke 1:13)
  12. Bring messages from God and it matters if you believe them (Luke 1:18-19)

If you would like to continue reading this series you can go to “Part 4“.

Understanding Angels! The Angels in Sodom! Part 2

(Ver 1.1)  This is Part 2 of a series of advanced studies about the reality of angels found in the Bible.  If you have not read this series from the beginning I would strongly suggest that you go back and start with “Part 1”.  In the first lesson I introduced you to some potentially new and very interesting concepts concerning angels.  The Bible certainly has a lot of information on this subject so it is only a matter of researching and seeing what it says in order for us to better understand this subject.  Today I want to start by expanding on the concepts that I gave you last time which stipulates that an angel can manifest in a physical form in our world.  Today will be another witness to this fact.  I believe that I clearly showed you scriptures in Genesis 6 that says the angels took human wives and had sex with them to create a race of giants.  So we learned that angels in the Bible directly resemble human males on the earth.  As you may recall the Hebrew word translated as “angel” is a word that means “messenger”.  In today’s lesson we will further explore a basic reality that has some important concepts in it.  In Genesis 19 we find the story of Lot in Sodom.  Lot and his family had parted company from Abraham and moved near a city of the plain called Sodom.  The next time we hear about Lot we find that Lot has moved into Sodom.   It turns out that this was not a good choice for Lot to make.  If it was not for Abram’s relationship with God, Lot would have been killed with all of the other people of this city.  But, we might also not have Jesus coming into the earth either, since Lot was the primary ancestor of Ruth who marries Boaz and from them comes David the King and later Jesus of Nazareth.   So that is where this next verse starts the story of the angels that visit Lot in Sodom:

Gen 19:1  And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

As you can see two angels have manifested or transformed into their physical form and can be seen in the physical dimension by Lot.  I have to assume that angels have physical glorified bodies that have the ability to be visible to natural people or to somehow change and not to be seen by natural people.  We know that Jesus today has a physical body, but it is a glorified natural eternal body.   Jesus in this glorified body was able to suddenly appear inside a locked room of the disciples after His resurrection.  Did Jesus walk thru the wall or just step into the 3 dimensional space at the just the right spot?  You see I do not believe that we fully understand the 3 dimensional space concept fully.   I believe you can find verses in the Bible that say this dimension can be folded up and that is a radical concept.  Jesus then told Thomas to touch and feel Him for He said “a spirit does not have flesh and bone”.  Jesus was saying I’m not a spirit alone, I have a physical body.  So we know the glorified body of Jesus at the least had skin, flesh and bones like we do and we can only assume all of the features that we have.  This could be like the bodies of angels also.  I sometimes like to think that the natural realm is a dimension of space that spiritual beings like Jesus and angels are capable of stepping into or stepping out of upon their will.  But, it is more complicated than that, because the unseen spiritual realm is also all around us in this natural realm that we live in.  The Bible seems to indicate that there are disembodied spirits in our world today who do not possess a physical body as these angels appear to have.  We will look at these beings in other lessons and we will further discuss these types of spirits, often called demons.  These two angels in Genesis 19 just happen to come to the city in the evening and Lot is right there to see them coming.  I never think that things like this are just coincidences.  Lot is very gracious to them and I do not know if Lot knows if they are angels or not at the beginning of his conversation.  I believe at the first, Lot did not know they were angels, but certainly at the end of the story Lot had no choice but to believe who they were.  Lot at first was probably just being cordial and hospitable to some strangers that are new to the city of Sodom. 

Gen 19:2  And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

Lot offers his house for them to stay the night since it is already very late in the evening.  It almost appears that Lot understands the immoral condition of the city and the dangers that these strangers have come into it.

Gen 19:3  And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

It fascinates me to no end that angels can eat physical natural human food.  This just goes a little further to show us that our bodies are not an original design or the first of their kind.  Angels existed before any humans existed.  So God already had a pattern and a design to form the body of Adam.  We know that Jesus after He was resurrected from the dead that He also ate physical food with His disciples (John 21:9-11).  Apparently eating and drinking is something we will be able to do in heaven and throughout eternity even with glorified eternal bodies.  Whatever we eat there I hope there are cakes a pies.

Psa 78:25  Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.

What is it that angels eat in heaven?  God gives us at least a partial clue in this verse in Psalms.  If you read the context of this verse it is speaking of God raining down manna from heaven to feed the children of Israel.  This is clearly called angel food.  So God’s mighty angels eat food even in heaven.

So we have seen and learned more information that angels have bodies that resemble our bodies.  They are physical and their look and feel must be very similar to our bodies and they must be able to walk among us and us not even know that they were angels.  Nowhere in this chapter does it say that these men glowed in the dark or radiated the glory of God or had any feature that made them different than us.  Nowhere does it say that they had wings or any appearance that did not resemble our appearance totally and completely.  These two angels here in Genesis 19, walked into the city like any other man would.  They sat and ate dinner like any other man would.  We have clearly seen that angels can eat human food and people can eat angel food.  So these are some amazing facts found in the Bible to consider.  So I think about stupid practical things sometimes.  If angels eat natural food do you go to the bathroom like we have to?  I do not technically know the answer to that question either.  It would appear to me that if you eat something and put it into your stomach, something must happen to it.   The natural stuff can’t just disappear and vanish?  So to me there must be some digestive process and some waste process to function correctly.  We have obviously seen that angels have the organs and bodily parts to produce semen so that means to me that they have other organs that are either similar or identical to ours also.  These are just funny things that I ask myself and maybe these are things you have asked yourself also?

Gen 19:4  But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

So I’m not planning on going through every verse in this chapter, just a few of the key verses, but continuing with the next verse you can see that it says the angels were going to lay down.  Now that is not something I have ever thought of extensively, do angels sleep?  Maybe they do and maybe they don’t and I cannot technically answer that either.  I know the Bible says that in the New Jerusalem to come that there will be no night because the light of God will be our light for eternity.  Was this the way it was in heaven before God created the earth?   I guess we will continue with our story of Lot and Sodom.  Now is where the story changes and is often used to teach about the perils of the homosexual life style.  The men of the city witness the fact that there are two new men in town.  So obviously they are visible to everyone and not just Lot and his family.  This proves that they are physical and that they looked like everyone else in the city.

Gen 19:3  And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

So the men of the city press Lot to know where the new men are that came into the city.  This verse says that they want to “know” them.  This does not mean to meet them and be friendly; it means to have homosexual sex with them.  This is exactly why the angels were there in Lot’s house to begin with.  These angels were sent to Lot to get him and his family out of the city before they destroyed it.  We will soon see that more clearly as we proceed forward.

Gen 19:6  And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

So Lot has a major problem, he goes to the men of the city and starts to talk to them to try to convince them to change their minds.

Gen 19:7  And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

Lot recognizes and knows of the evil of the city.  Lot having lived in this city has known what they do to each other.  This is one of the strongest witnesses in the Bible that homosexuality is a very perverted lifestyle and is wrong in the eyes of God.  Homosexuality is an abuse of the design of God’s intended usage of the human body.  Just as you can abuse drugs, alcohol, food, or anything else, you can abuse your own body.   An abuse is always the use of something for a purpose that it is not designed for.  People obviously just ignore verses like these in the Bible to promote and justify their own alternative modern life styles.  It appears to me that these modern lifestyles are the same old lifestyles that were destroyed in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  So Lot offers his virgin daughters to the men, but the men want only want more men.   The lusts of the flesh are very strong in the world.  Obviously these men had no self-control over their ways.

Gen 19:10  But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.

Here is another verse that confirms that these angels are not just spiritual beings.  They have physical presence to open the door and pull Lot back into the house and then to shut the door.  But, physical or natural power is not all of the power that they have as we are about to discover:

Gen 19:11  And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

You see angels also have supernatural powers and that is very important to note.  These angels came to Lot’s house on assignment from God to get him and his family out of that city.  When confronted with a large crowd of men who wanted to have sex with them, the angels solved Lot’s problem by causing all of the men to be blind.  Since they were unable to see Lot’s front door anymore, I guess sex was not as important to them as they thought before.  It is funny how stupid people can be, isn’t it?  As long is everything is normal they can only think about their desires, the only thing that these angels did was give these perverted men something new to think about and it was not a good thing for any of them.  When I read accounts like this in the Bible, I try to relate the information to other spiritual beings.  If God’s angels can cause physical changes to a body, can Satan and his angels also do this?  We will see later in this series that Satan can.

Let me summarize the remainder of this chapter.  The angels of God come and take Lot and his wife and two daughters out of the city by physical persuasion.   It also says that two of Lot’s daughters were married and Lot could not convince them to leave the city.  Their husbands thought Lot was crazy and it did not turn out very good for them.  The angels actually tell Lot the following:

Gen 19:13  For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.

As we study angels in the Bible you will see that angels have significant supernatural power and ability.  They are not something to ignore.  They clearly have the power to destroy entire cities of the earth as this verse says.   So we learn something new about angels, not only can they bring messages from God to people on the earth, but they can also fulfill assignments or tasks directed by God.  In other words they can do the will of God to people on the earth.  In this particular story God is the supreme Judge and has passed judgment upon the wicked people for their alternative lifestyles.  God sends just two angels to destroy both cities completely.  Certainly angels have great power especially when backed by God.

2Pe 2:11  Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

The Bible clearly teaches us that angels are not trivial little creatures.  Just for grins I searched the internet for pictures of angels.  Guess what I found?  The majority of the pictures on the internet were cute little harmless looking winged creatures or female angels with beautiful features.  I went through hundreds of pictures from people’s imagined conception of how they viewed angels and none of them match the Bible description of an angel which has great power and might.  In 2 Peter 2:11 God tells us that angels are much stronger than we are.  There really is no comparison to our might and their might and you should get a hold of this concept.   You are no physical or spiritual match for Satan and his angels without God in you.  Only with God the “Greater One” in you can you stand up to these spiritual beings.  So let’s review a list of features and characteristics that we have clearly learned about angels in the Bible so far.

Angels:

  1. Are Called sons of God (Gen 6, Job 1, 2)
  2. Of God are different than other Angels not of God. (Gen 16:7)
  3. Are the Symbolic Stars of Heaven (Gen 1:16, Rev 1:20, Rev 12:4)
  4. Rule the Night with the Symbolic Moon (Satan).  (Gen 1:16)
  5. Come From and live in Heaven (Heb 12:22)
  6.  Number are innumerable for a man to count (Heb 12:22)
  7. Are used as Messengers For God’s Word to Man (Gen 16, 19)
  8. Have the ability to Travel from Heaven to the Earth and back (Job 1, 2)
  9. Can Manifest and be Seen by the Natural Eye (Gen 16, 19)
  10. Look Like Human Males (Gen 19:5)
  11. Walk Like Men (Gen 19:1, Job 1:7)
  12. Are Able to be physically touched.  (Gen 19:16)
  13. Are Very Strong and Mighty (2 Peter 2:11)
  14. Were Sent to Destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.  (Gen 19:13)
  15. Have Supernatural Powers (Gen 19:11)
  16. Can Eat natural Food (Gen 19:3)
  17. Have the Ability to Have Sex with Human Females (Gen 6:4)
  18. Produced a race of Giants in the Earth. (Gen 6:4)
  19. That Had Sex with Natural Women are Locked In Hell (2 Peter 2:4)
  20. Of Satan will be swept to the earth and their number is 1/3 of the total population. (Rev 12:4)

In the next lesson we will continue to discover more information about these spiritual beings, so I hope that you will continue reading.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading the next lesson in this series you can go to “Part 3“.

Understanding Angels! A Bible Perspective to the Reality of Angels! Part 1

(Ver 1.0)  People generally do not believe in things that they have never seen or that they have any proof that they exist.  However, the Bible says a lot about these spiritual beings we call angels and it informs us that they definitely are real and that they exist.  The rest of this lesson will cover things found in the Bible about angels that you should know.  Who are they, what are they, where did they come from, when did they come into existence, what is their purpose and whatever else I can find to discuss about them.  I personally know people who claim to have seen angels and their descriptions of these creatures are not like the fat little baby angels you see in many books.  These creatures are generally very strong, large and tall.  Their strength is so much greater than the strongest man on the earth that there is no comparison that can be made.   In this lesson we will discuss a lot of scriptures and many of them you might or might not already know.  However, I will probably say some things that you probably have never heard or thought about before, so you should read the entire lesson series before you pass final judgment.  So let’s look at the first occurrence of the word “angel” in the English KJV Bible.  If you search your Bible you will find that the first direct mention is found in verse 7 of Genesis 16:

Gen 16:7  And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.

The Hebrew word translated as “angel” is used 213 times in the O.T. so that is a lot of scriptures to read and learn from.  That tells me that angels were widely active in the O.T. times and that these creatures are still active today.  While not every occurrence is translated as “angel” of the Hebrew word, there are enough that are this way that I cannot mention them all.  The word “angel” means “messenger” in the Hebrew; they are spiritual beings that are normally sent from God to deliver a message to man.  So an angel could be viewed as a “Word carrier”.  You could also say a “Word courier” or someone who delivers God’s Words to the people on the earth.  You could compare angels to an earthly company like “Fedex” who delivers messages around the world, but of course angels are much more than that as we will find out.   It is interesting to note two things found in this verse.  First is that God qualifies the word “angel” with “of the Lord”.  Meaning there are other types of angels that are not “of the Lord”.  We will discover more about this shortly, but note that God claims some angels to be His and others that are clearly not His.  Later we will also see that within the organization of angels, there exist ranks and order.    The next thing that is interesting to see in this verse is the Hebrew Word translated as “found” in this verse. This word does not mean the angel had to search for Hagar to find her.   According to Strong’s this word means “to appear” or “exist”.  Did you know that you cannot normally see angels in the world, but that this does not mean they do not exist around us at all times?  It is critical to note that this “angel of the Lord” came forth and appeared in the natural realm so that Hagar could see him and hear him with her physical eyes and ears.  Angels are normally not visible, but according to this verse and some others that we will look at later, they can become visible in the natural realm.  This means that angels can be visible when they want to or be invisible when they do not want to be seen.  How they do this, I have no idea?   There are many details in the Bible that we are not informed of directly and this is one of them.   We have to assume that they have some power or ability that allows them to do this.  You can read further in this chapter and also see that this angel of the Lord brings Hagar a message from God and he informs her of what will happen to her and her son Ishmael in the future.  God who sees the end from the beginning can tell you this information, but this is not the normal way that God does things most of the time; I believe that this is an exception to the way God does things.

So we have just looked at the first direct reference in the Bible about angels, however this is not the first time they are mentioned in the Bible so we will back up in Genesis and read some new very important verses about angels.  What you must realize when reading and studying the Bible, is that God calls the same things in the Bible by multiple names, titles, descriptions and each of these reveal new qualities or features of that person or object being referenced.  So let’s read a verse that reveals angels to us in a totally brand new way:

Gen 6:1  And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

God starts this chapter by informing us that the children of Adam and Eve began to multiply upon the face of the earth.  There were both males and females born to them and then these children married and had more children and thus continued the multiplication of the earth’s population.  This is of course what God told Adam and Eve to do; to be fruitful and multiply, and to replenish the earth’s population.  So they were being obedient in this part of God’s commandments, I wonder why?  Now we are going to get into the part about angels, for the preceding verse was put there to set up the next very important verse:

Gen 6:2  That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

In the next verse in the Bible we learn some very valuable information about angels.  I’ll start by giving you the time frame for this information.  These verses are occurring within the first 1000 years of human history.  Since Adam lived to be over 900 years old, he must have witnessed what was taking place on the earth in these verses.   The very next thing that you should recognize is that angels are called “sons of God”.  We know that Jesus was the Son of God, but angels are called “sons of God.  It is the same designation, but in an entirely different context.  Jesus was God but angels were never God.  Angels were more in the class of the born again man.  The Bible calls us (the church) “sons of God” also (1 Jo 3:2).  Why is this?  This is directly attributable because God is called our “Father”.  In Hebrews 12:9 God is called the Father of spirits.  Angels are spirit beings and people are spirit beings also, so God qualifies to be Father of both.   The next important thing to recognize about angels is that they can manifest themselves physically in this world; they can appear in the same form apparently as human males on the earth with the same sexual reproductive equipment.  Some try to explain that these “sons of Gods’ are not angels, but you can see that they are by other verses in the Bible.  This term “sons of God” is used only a very few times in the O.T.  Other than twice in Genesis 6, the term “sons of God” can be found only three times in the book of Job when Satan appears before God and the “sons of God” come with him.  Most knowledgeable Bible scholars will agree that this reference to “sons of God” is speaking of angels also.

It is very apparent in this verse that angels have physical bodies as well as spiritual bodies.  However they are clearly more dominate in the spiritual realm than they are in the natural realm.  I believe from what I have read in the Bible that angels are spiritual beings that are capable of traveling between the earth and heaven where the throne of God is located.  I also believe that these angels can manifest themselves in a physical form on this earth.  So this verse in Genesis 6 says the angels of God looked at the women on the earth and thought they were “hot” so they took them for their wives and as we continue reading this caused a perverted race of human and angelic beings to come to be in the earth.  It is interesting to note that it does not sound like these women had much choice in this matter.   To me it sounds like a victory of the spoils of war type of mentality that came upon the angels.  They clearly thought they had a right to these women.  Knowing the strength and power of angels I can understand why.  Read this next verse:

Gen 6:4  There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

So this is a very hard saying indeed.  One that is truly difficult to comprehend.  The “sons of God” are said to “come in unto” the daughters of men.  This is a very interesting concept being given to us by God.  It is spoken of in the terms of Noah “entering into” the ark (Gen 6:19).  This means God views the woman’s sexual organs as a door into her body.  In fact it is a two way door; a man enters in and babies come out.  These exact same words are used in Genesis 16:2 when Sarah tells Abraham “go in unto my maid so that I may have children of her”.  We can clearly see that this is natural sex using God’s perspective.  So we know that the angels (the sons of God) had physical sex with women on the earth and they created a race of giants.

I wonder sometimes, if there are male angels which clearly there are, do female angels exist?  That is a question that I do not know the direct answer to.  I do not ever recall reading any description of an angel in the Bible that resembled a female.  But, the Bible says that there are an innumerable number of these creatures in heaven so we do not know everything, do we?    From my Bible studies I have to conclude that there are female angels but the only proof that I have is that the Bible says Heaven existed first and it is called the “Heavenly Jerusalem” (Heb 12:22) and this city seems to be a pattern of the one that God created on the earth that I call the “earthly Jerusalem”.  If the earthly Jerusalem had females I can only guess that this is a pattern of the heavenly city Jerusalem also.  So in my opinion there has to be female angels, but I do not yet have a direct Bible verse for that, so you do not have to accept it.

Gen 6:4  There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

So where did all of these giants come from that were in the earth?  They had to come from the sexual union of Adam’s daughters (female descendants) and the angels (sons of God).  It is very apparent to me that this union between God’s new creation and the angels was an illegal sinful act and a perversion of creation, that God would have to do something about.  I can see two potential reasons for this union.  Some can try to say that Satan and the angels were attempting to pervert the bloodline of man and this is the reason for what they did.   It is very easy to assume or jump to the conclusion that they were in effect attempting to eliminate the pure blood line for Christ to come into the world.  However, I’m not convinced that Satan or the angels knew Jesus was coming into the world so their motivation for taking human women must have just been conquest or sexual desire and the fact that they thought they could get away with it.  Angels, Satan and demons are not “all knowing” and God has not yet prophesied the Messiah to come at this point in time.  It is true that the plan of God was already in place before the foundation of our world.  However, there is no written word, no recorded law of God, no prophets speaking the word in the earth and nothing but a few statements of God being spoken directly to Adam and Eve about the seed of the woman bruising the head of the serpent.  Now that is certainly motivational information, because what is the seed of the woman?   So unless Satan understood what God was saying about the seed of the woman, how would Satan know to start corrupting this bloodline?   We can assume that Satan understood the words of God and that is why the angels did what they did to the women on the earth, but I have no verses to confirm either of these motivations at this time.

In this same chapter of Genesis is the beginning of the story of Noah.  I do not believe that this was just a coincidence.  I believe that Noah was chosen by God to preserve the bloodline and the seed of Adam.  God decided that He must intervene into this perversion by wiping out the human race with a universal flood.  God selects Noah and his 3 sons as those who would preserve the seed of Adam.  Looking at the genealogy of Jesus given to us in Luke 3, God shows us that Jesus mother Mary lineage goes all the way back to Adam through Noah and Shem who have preserved God’s plan.  In other words there are no angels in the line that Jesus came from.  So what happened to the angels that sinned and took the women of the earth as their wives?  We are actually given a clue to this event in the N.T. when Peter writes the following:

2Pe 2:4  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

God tells us that the angels who sinned were forcibly thrown into hell and bound with “chains of darkness”.  It is interesting to note that this verse informs us something very important for you to understand.  Angels, demons, and Satan have never been to hell, do not want to go to hell and are trying everything in their power to stay out of hell.  Hell is not a good place that anyone that is half way normal wants to be.  Too many people think that Hell is Satan’s dominion or kingdom, but you can clearly read in Revelation that even Satan has to be forcibly thrown into this place.  So Satan and demons are not normal people, but they do not want to be in hell any more than I do.  Think about it, Satan was use to walking streets of gold in heaven why would he want to go to hell?  Did you notice that this verse said that these angels who sinned were cast into hell and chained so that they could not leave?  Does that sound like they wanted to be there, it does not!  The sin of the angels is not directly named in this verse found in 2nd Peter, but the next verse starts talking about Noah so we can clearly assume that the sin was having sex with the natural women on the earth when they clearly should not have in Genesis 6.  It is not rocket science to read Genesis 6 and 2 Peter 2 and figure this out.

So here we have Genesis 6 the first occurrence or mention of angels in the Bible, or is it?  You see I believe that the first mention of angels in the Bible is a symbolic occurrence way before this in the first chapter of Genesis.  The first two chapters of Genesis is the account of the creation of our world.  Within the first chapter of Genesis is a prophetic timeline of the entire history of mankind on the earth.  If you do not understand that statement you should read some of my other blogs on the subject.  God uses symbolism in the first chapter from the things that are mentioned and these things occur in a very specific ordered timeline that reveals a lot information to us.  I believe the first reference to angels occurs in verse 16 of Genesis 1:

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.

Where are the angels you ask?  That is the tricky part of the mysteries within the Bible; God has hidden significant information within verses that we do not understand until He reveals them to us.  In this verse God speaks of three heavenly objects found in our sky.  Did you notice I said “Heavenly”?  Where is God’s throne?  God’s throne is in “Heaven”.  So we have three natural symbols that convey spiritual beings and meanings.  I will not discuss the sun or the moon in this lesson, if you need to know who these objects represent you should go read some of my other lessons.  However, the “stars” are innumerable in our night sky.  That is a key word that describes the angels in heaven.

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,

God tells us in Hebrews that Heaven contains an innumerable number of angels.  This means that God only knows the number of them and we just do not have the time to count them all.  In other words the number of angels is not an infinite number; it is just a very big number.  So here is the reason that I bring “stars” into today’s lesson.  If you read later in the Bible in Revelation you will see how important it is note:

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

As you can clearly see the tail of the symbolic dragon who is revealed to be Satan causes a 1/3 part of the stars of heaven to fall to the earth.  These are not real stars in our night sky; these are only symbolic stars that represent angels.  In the Bible “stars” many times represents angels symbolically.  This is definitely true in Genesis 1 and Revelation 12 and many other places also.  In this verse of Revelation, it clearly tells us that the number of the angels is not an infinite number because a specific fraction 1/3 of them is fallen from heaven to the earth.  If you can divide a number by 3 you have to know what that number is that is being reduced.   Again this is just basic logic and the laws of mathematics. 

This has been a basic introduction to the subject of angels using the Bible.  I have only speculated about one thing and that is I believe that there must be female angels but that I have not found a direct Bible verse to prove that.  The other facts in this lesson definitely are scripture based teachings found in the Bible.  We have learned that there are many angels that exist, in fact more than we can count, however not as many as God can count.  We have learned that some of these angels do not belong to God anymore.  Those that are faithful to God are numbered in terms of 2/3 of the total population of angels.  The other 1/3 of the angels we are told are cast down to the earth.  We also learned from Peter’s writings that some angels have already been cast into hell for creating a perverted race of beings in an attempt to corrupt the seed of Adam.   So we have seen two witnesses so far that say that angels can manifest themselves in physical forms in our world.  That is a very important fact to keep in mind.  Here is another witness to this fact:

Heb 13:2  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

I’ll end today’s lesson with this thought, God says for us to treat strangers like they could be a heavenly representative from God.  It is very clear to me that God is saying you never know who you are entertaining and that they could potentially have a message for you from God.  I base this on the fact that I believe that an angel’s number one assignment is to be a messenger of God since that is what the name “angel” means.   We will discuss more scriptures about angels in my next lesson and hopefully see what else the Bible says that they can do.   God Bless!

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

Binary Systems in the Bible! God and Computer Concepts to Learn and Live By!

(Ver 1.2)  This is now “Part 2” of the lesson series concerning modern computer concepts found in the Bible.  In the first lesson I talked about how computers are rules based systems.  Nothing exists by chance or by random within a computer by design.  Every component of a computer system interacts with the other parts using strict rules and guidelines.  What I have been doing is attempting to show how these same principle conform to God’s design of the Bible.  Therefore I desire to teach computer concepts and show you how to apply them in your relationship with God and to increase your understanding of His Word.  I believe that God understands computers far better than we do and I also believe that He knew that we would have computers in these last days before He comes back to the earth.  I strongly believe that God created these amazing machines for us to learn with and to share the Gospel with others and that is why I take the time to write things that some of you may not fully understand if you are not a computer programmer also.  I have learned that computer programmers have a different approach to Bible study, usually more logical because we are forced by our jobs to think this way.  It is not necessarily a better way to think, but it is certainly very different.  In my last computer related post I talked about “Rules Based Systems”.  This is a vast complex subject that applies to the Bible and interpreting the Bible correctly in very direct ways.  If you would like to read this lesson first before continuing with today’s lesson, you can go and start with “Part 1”.

In today’s lesson I want to discuss some very basic computer concepts and show how they also apply to the Bible.  A computer in its simplest form is a binary machine.  What may you ask is a binary machine?  This is a machine that relies entirely on one of two numbers, either a 0 (zero) or a 1 (one).   At the most rudimentary levels of every computer that is all there is; just two numbers.   The computer is therefore solely dependent upon the simplest of all number systems the binary number system.  You see the most rudimentary element of a computer is a single “bit” of information and this “bit” can either be off or on (zero or one).  Computers of course are tremendously more complex by the sheer numbers of these “bits” that exist within a modern computer, but that is not my subject today.  What I want to do is focus on Binary concepts in relationship to the Bible.  The Bible is very much like a complex computer system.  It is probably the most complex book that you will ever attempt to understand, but many of the concepts given in it can be reduced to a simple binary number system choice.   Today I want you to focus on what is a Bible binary system?  Here are some definitions of a “Binary System” from the internet:

  • The number representation system, used in computers, with only two digits, 0 and 1
  • A system of arithmetic used with computers, also called base 2, that is based on the digits 0 and 1.
  • A system in which information can be expressed by combinations of the digits 0 and 1 (corresponding to “on” and “off” in computers).

Fortunately for most programmers today, we are not required to program a computer at the bit or binary machine level.  If you have ever done this you know how complex it can be.  We do not even use the computer machine’s language to program a computer anymore, because we have higher level languages that are translated to the machine level.  While some of today’s computer languages can still manipulate information at the binary level, most do not normally do this.  So why am I talking about binary systems in a Bible study Blog?  That is probably the biggest question that you have right now.   While not everything in the Bible can be simplified to a binary state, many things in the Bible can.  For example, God says this:

Deu 30:19  I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

If you do not yet understand binary concepts, you probably just read over this verse and missed the basics that God is trying to get you to see.  In this verse found in Deuteronomy God places before all people a choice.  A choice involves making a selection between two or more things.  In this case there are just two choices that can be selected and this is a binary decision.  One choice is “Life” and the other is “Death”.   This is a very basic binary concept; we could say that life is the number 1 (one) and death the number 0 (zero).   This is the way all computers work.  It is based upon a simple light switch on or off idea.  You flip the switch on you get light, you turn the switch the other way and you get darkness.  It is the most basic choice in life that you can make.   Another binary concept found in this verse is “blessings” = 1 and curses = 0.    So God suggests that we choose life and blessings and that sounds much better to me too.  There are a number of binary concepts like this found throughout the Bible.  Starting in Genesis 1, there is the mention of Light and Darkness.  Light = 1 and Darkness = 0.  Day and Night are the same concepts in different words.  Here is the binary concept in this verse:

Gen 1:5  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

The Binary theme in God’s Word is used extensively throughout the Bible.  You might also remember in Genesis 2 God put two trees in the Garden, one the Tree of Life and the other the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  What we can see from these trees is that they represent a choice.  God says do not eat from one or you will die, which implies the other is good to eat from.  These are very simple concepts given yet they have far reaching consequences based upon what you choose in this life as you can recognize from Adam’s poor choice to eat from the wrong tree.  What I find interesting about God is that He never forces you to solve a complex riddle to be saved for example.  God simply says here is my Son Jesus Christ sacrificed for your sins, make Him your Lord and believe I raised Him from the dead and live.  Don’t believe and die and go to hell. These are the basis of a simple binary choice but with very, very severe consequences to making the wrong choice.  A binary number can only be 0 or 1, off or on.  So they are directly opposed opposites.   You cannot be in both categories simultaneously.  It is a universal truth that you are either in one or the other states of existence.  It is a classic division of opposition.  Zeros are always the opposites of Ones.   Light is the complete opposite to darkness and you do not have both at once.  Back when I was an Assembler programmer I used binary bits as flags to the state of something.  If set to “off” the state would be false, “on” the state would be true.  That is probably too much computer terminology for many of my readers, but it is useful to describe what God has presented us in the Bible.  I pray that you understand the simplicity found in the Bible.  Here is a list of some of the Binary States that I have found as common themes in the Bible:

Binary 0

Binary 1

Evil Good
Death Life
Curses Blessings
Night Day
Darkness Light
Lies Truth
Unbelief Faith
Flesh Spirit
Sin Righteousness
Kingdom of Satan Kingdom of Heaven
Wide Path Narrow Path
Captivity Freedom

That of course is not a complete list, just introductions to some things that you can clearly see are taught in the Bible that represents a clear binary choice from every man or woman.  So I believe that the Bible is a highly complex book of information which also contains very simple binary choices being presented to everyone.  You just don’t have to understand the whole Bible to become saved!  It is more a simple choice or acceptance of some of the basic Bible information, called the Gospel.  Too many Christians want to say that people are not saved because they do not believe exactly like we do.  All that does is prove your ignorance of the Bible.  You assume that you are God and that you know everything when you preach with this attitude and you are sadly mistaken.  God will demonstrate your ignorance on judgment day if you are not very careful.  Do not cause other Christians to stumble because they do not believe what you do.  I try to teach this way, but I have had many religious spirited people attack me for what I say sometimes.  I have decided not to post negative critical comments on my blog anymore.  I read them, see if I can learn anything from them, and sometimes respond privately or in a follow-up post on my blog.  It is very difficult to help people who criticize other people because they think that they know everything already.  However, since they do not know everything that I know, or have experienced everything that I have experienced, they really should not try to judge me.   You can learn from Moses and the children of Israel in the wilderness.  What did they do right and what did they do wrong?  God only met with Moses on the mountain top and the others were not in on the private conversations unless Moses shared them.  The people one time gave up on God and Moses because Moses was gone too long for them.  They started to build idols and worship other false gods.  Why was this?  Was it a lack of Patience?  Was it a lack of knowledge?  I mean it could have been several problems combined.  They obviously mumbled and complained and probably criticized God and Moses while he was gone.  What was the net result of all of their opposition?  Most of them died in the wilderness and never saw the promise land.  So what is different today with some Christians mumbling and complaining about other Christians today?  What do you think the result will be for those who do this?  Do you think it will be the same as the children of Israel in the wilderness?  I guess I should get back on the subject that I’m supposed to be on.

Maybe I’ll wrap this up for today.  I do not want to overwhelm you with new concepts.  When I say that the Bible is like a large complex computer system most people will not understand my analogy.  However, I know it is true.  Within this complex spiritual book of information God has placed a series of simple Binary choices before all mankind.  These are the basics of life; the simplest choices can make the greatest differences in our life.  By choosing life, blessings, light, salvation and Jesus you have gone through a binary selection and made the right choice.  It is a simple choice that turns you from one state to another and I pray that you choose wisely.  God Bless you today as you learn to choose!

Understanding the Book of Job? An overview of what it is and what it is not! Part 3

(Ver 2.1)  This is Part 3 in a series of advanced Bible study lessons on understanding the book of Job.  I have been attempting to give you some new perspectives on the meanings behind the book of Job by showing you how it fits into other verses found in the Bible.  Only by using the Bible to interpret the Bible can we really see what God says in any other part of the Bible.  If we attempt to interpret a verse, chapter or book in isolation, we are forced to rely on our own opinions and natural thoughts to figure out what it all means.  But, I have noticed while studying the Bible that God was not stupid, He didn’t leave us in the dark with us trying to figure out what He said.  However, I believe that we are required to search and dig deep in order to find out what His definitions and comments are on the subjects that we are studying.  God says the natural man receives not the things written by the Spirit of God (1 Cor 2:14).  So, if you do not understand the Bible, it is because you are either not saved or it is simply just the fact that you are thinking naturally.  So if you have not read this series from the beginning I would strongly suggest that you go back and start with “Part 1” since I cannot repeat everything I teach in each lesson.  What I have been trying to emphasize in these lessons is the fact that God is the originator of blessings and that Satan is the author of the curses encountered in this world.  What I haven’t taught is why this transpires.

I will briefly make an attempt at a quick explanation of the origination of good and evil in the world before I continue with Job.  When Adam was created, God placed Adam in the Garden with his wife and told Adam that he may freely eat from every tree except one.  Everything created by God called “very good” by God’s own admission.  There God did not create anything evil, bad or harmful and Adam knew only the goodness of God.  There was one tree called symbolically the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that God say do not eat from.  God told Adam that the day that he ate from this tree he would surely die.  I personally know that this was a symbolic tree that represted a hidden spiritual reality because of what I have studied and found that the Bible says in other parts.  In the past I did a couple of lessons on this subject and if you are interested you can read them by going to “Does Eating Fruit Kill You?”.   I will not attempt to repeat these lessons here, but I will tell you that Adam made the wrong choice.  Isn’t it funny how we keep coming back to people making choices in the world?  If you recall I told you that Job made some wrong choices that opened the door for Satan to come in and attack him.  These choices of Job involved wrong spoken words, wrong believing, fear, and no peace or rest.  This attack of Job was a repeated pattern found from when Adam was given a choice by God and made the wrong selection to let Satan into this world.  Adam’s choice resulted in him knowing the evil of Satan’s power.  Adam already knew the blessings of God so this was nothing new.  It was only Satan and evil that Adam gained or obtained by letting Satan into the world.  So if God gave Adam a choice, he must also give every man the same choice after Adam.  God does not control the choices of men.  God gives each man the freewill to make their own selections.  Job therefore had a choice between blessings and cursing.  Job allowed Satan to continue working evil in his life.  Both Adam and Job experienced the loss of children.  I’m sure that both men regretted their decisions, but yet it was too late to take them back.

In the first two lessons on Job, I went through chapter 1, verses 1 through 19 on all of the bad things that happened in rapid succession to Job and his family.  I also spent time in trying to reveal the actions that opened the door for Satan to attack Job.   It is obvious to me that this was a staged planned attack by Satan to take away everything that God had blessed him with.  So what was Job’s reaction?  That is where we are going to start today?

Job 1:20  Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,

Job goes into a state of mourning and anguish; after all he just lost all of his children.  I do not know of any normal parent that loses their children that is not devastated.  To tear your clothing is a sign of sorrow, to shave your head is sign of mourning but, then Job still worships God.  This is one of the only good things that Job still does and it describes why he was blessed by God in the first place.  What we will find by reading is that even after all that has happened to Job, he does not turn against his God.  If you learn any lesson from Job you should learn this lesson, always stay on God’s side no matter what happens to you.  If you blame God and start to curse God, you are just digging your hole much deeper.  God did not kill Job’s kids, Satan did.  You see in the Bible it says this about kids:

Psa 127:3  Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

What would it mean to be a reward?  Children are clearly blessings from God.  I told you earlier if God blesses you with children and then kills them to take them away, His house is divided.  God would be both the author of the blessings and the author of the curses.  How would you ever follow a God who was so crazy and inconsistent?  I’m sorry but I could not.  I also tried to teach you that the Bible says God is a constant and does not change.  These verses prove that God is not the give of life and the destroyer of life simultaneously or God would have to change to do each.  God is truly only a giver of life and the devil is the taker of that life, but only by the allowed access of man’s choices do either happen.   So let’s see what Job was saying after all of this occurs to him and his family:

Job 1:21  And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

Here we have the famous classic Bible verse widely used at many funerals.  This is clearly a misguided application of the words of a man in sorrow.  If you just lost 10 kids, what would you be saying?  I am probably going to get some ignorant Christians mad at me, but I am going to tell you that not everything you read in the Bible is true.  These words of Job are truly in the Bible.  These words of Job were truly spoken by Job.  However, both of these facts together do not make his words the truth.  Job was a man without a church, a man without a Bible, a man without a spiritual leader or a pastor and a man who tried to blindly follow his God the best that he knew how to do under these circumstances.  It is true that Job had heard about God, but yet at this point in time no one knew that much about God.  God had not yet given man any written words to read about Him and to learn from.  The only words that Job could have had are the past experiences of Adam and the other descendants of Adam.  So why would you think that anything that Job says came from directly from God?  Did God come to Job and say I took your kids?  I took your possessions?  Did God say this or did Job say this?  What people say out of their limited state of knowledge and ignorance can be what they believe whole heartedly to be the truth; however, does that ever make it the truth because they believe it to be the truth?    Nowhere in this chapter does it ever say that God took anything from Job, only Job says this.

Here is where I should briefly discuss the fact that the Bible says that the Word of God was given by inspiration of the Holy Ghost (2 Tim 3:16).  The Greek word in this verse literally means the Bible was God breathed.  However, that does not mean everything in the Bible is true.  It is like watching the evening news on TV, the newsman is speaking and telling you things and events that were reported to happen that day, but does that mean everything that he says is the truth because it is on the news?  What if a news man quotes another man that says “I did not have sex with that intern”.  Does that make it the truth because it was on the news?  Obviously we learned that it does not.  This is the way the Bible was also written.  There are quotes in the Bible from men that were clearly ignorant or intentionally lying.  For example, in Acts 5, there was a man named Anainias and his wife that fall down dead for lying to the Holy Ghost.  Is what they said recorded in book of Acts the truth?  Again, obviously not.  I hope you can begin to see the struggle with reading the words of men in the Bible versus reading the words of God that were given to men.  If the Bible says “Thus saith the Lord” you can count it being the truth.  If the Bible says “thus saith Job” you are going to have great difficutly in convincing me this is the complete truth and I talk about this more in a minute.

Let’s talk briefly now about a hedge and the reason for a hedge to even exist.  Chapter 1 of Job clearly says that God had placed a hedge of protection around Job.  Therefore, who was God protecting Job from?  There are only two reasons to build a fence.   You do realize this yes?  First, you only need a fence around your property if there are animals, enemies or things that can come in and steal from you or hurt you.  Second, the only other reason to build a fence is to keep something in, like a prison.  I personally believe that both of these were true based upon my knowledge of the Bible.   I mean this is not rocket science; you just have to use your brain and think a little bit.   So let’s talk more about the first reason on keeping someone out.  Who is God guarding Job from?  It has to be from Satan!  Satan is a created spiritual being and he is capable of coming and going from the earth back and forth to the spiritual realm in heaven.  Satan is free to come and go and Job is not.  Job is definitely hedged into the earth’s natural and has never seen God or been to heaven.  For that matter Job has never seen Satan either, so clearly there is a hedge that prevents this view.  So what is a hedge by God’s definition?  This is where it really starts to get more interesting.  You see our definition is usually not’s God’s definition.  This word hedge is only found 3 times in the whole O.T.  This Hebrew word occurs twice in the book of Job and I personally believe this second usage of the word was the key to the definition:

Job 10:11  Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.

Let’s briefly discuss the context of this verse.  Job is speaking and he is describing his body and God’s intelligent design of it.  Notice what Job says, Job is telling us that he is clothed with a body and that this body of flesh and bones is a “fence” around him.  The Hebrew word translated as “fence” is the exact same Hebrew word that was translated as “hedge’ in chapter 1.  Wow, I find that fascinating.  This is what we discover happening when Adam sinned.  God clothed Adam with a coat of skin.  Pay close attention to the fact that the body as described is not Job nor Adam, but rather they were actually the spirit that is covered by the body.  Isn’t this the definition of a hedge?   To keep something in or to keep something out?  What is Satan?  Satan is a created spirit being.  Satan is not allowed by God’s law to come into the natural realm to tempt or test as I taught in the first lesson.  I believe that this physical body is our hedge of protection from the evil beings in the spirit realm.  It is also our physical bodies that keeps us present in this world.  But, I do not have time to fully expand that thought today in this lesson.  It was simply an introduction to get you to think about something new.  Think about this also, when Satan attacked Job, what did he attack?  Did not Satan attack Job in the physical realm and not Job in the spiritual realm?  Could Satan have hurt Job spiritually speaking?  It is impossible to kill or hurt a spirit being, so Job was incabple of being harmed spiritually.  Therefore, I believe that Satan attacked God’s designed hedge or protection that surrounded Job and this was the man’s body and his natural surroundings that he possessed.   It certainly changes your perspective dramatically when thinking in these terms and I hope you are seeing them.

So let’s get back to the words of Job and what he said in chaoter 1 about the Lord taking and the Lord giving and determine if that is the truth or just his words.  Do you understand that there are many accounts of people speaking in the Bible and some of these people are clearly ignorant and do not know what they are talking about.  There are also many clear accounts of people who intentionally lie in the Bible as I just talked about found in Acts 5.  Jesus taught us that Satan is the father of lies and the words of Satan are found throughout the Bible.  Based upon the shear presence of lies being recorded in the Bible, do you understand how this information makes correct Bible interpretation more difficult?  If it does not say “Thus Saith the Lord God” or the Words of Jesus in Red Letters, then you are taking the words that are potentially words of an ignorant man or woman and exalting them to the status of God’s words.  Having said all of that there are Prophets of God who do speak God’s words, but even they sometimes quote Pharaoh or Nebuchadnezzar or someone else who does not speak for God.  Correctly interpreting the Bible is not as easy as you think and it takes brains, thought, logic and seeing who is speaking, who they are talking to and then finally noticing exactly what they say.

So let me ask you this, is Job a prophet?  Is Job speaking for God?  I’ve been to too many funerals given by preachers who think that these are the Words of God Himself, just because they are written in the Bible.  These are tough questions to answer based upon just the small parts that we have read so far.  But let’s go to the end of the book of Job and see what opinion God has of the spoken words of Job.  After all it really shouldn’t matter what you or I think about the Words of Job, it should really only matter what God thinks about his spoken words:

Job 38:1  Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

As you can clearly see God is about to speak directly to Job and say something very significant to him.  You should pay very close attention to the next words that do come out of the mouth of God and then go back and apply these to what Job said in chapter 1 about God taking things away from him:

Job 38:2  Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

God basically tells Job you do not know what you are talking about, so why do you open your mouth and speak any of these words.  According to God Job is speaking empty words from an empty head.  Therefore, we can clearly see that Job is confirmed by God to be ignorant!  God says Job has no knowledge to speak in the areas that he is attempting to speak in.  So should Job be saying anything at all?  Or should Job being doing what most Christians in the world should be doing and listen to God in order to learn.  Instead of running their mouths on the internet, many people need to hear what God is saying and go get some knowledge before they try to speak anything.  There are virtually many chapters of Job and most of these verses are just the empty words of ignorant men who should not be talking.  Yet we have a vast number of preachers who want to quote Job’s words at funerals as if God had spoken them.  That is just more demonstrations of ignorance in action.  I hope that if you learned anything today you learned the lesson of what God thought of Job’s spoken words.

Job 1:22  In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

We finally see what the last verse in chapter 1 says, after all of Job’s accusations of God stealing his possessions and killing his kids God says that Job did not sin nor charge God foolishly.  You see what people do or say out of ignorance is often overlooked by God.  Especially in the case where there is no written laws of God to follow.  Since Job had no Bible and was doing the best that he could to figure out what was the right things to do, God overlooked his accusations.  Let’s see a verse that is applicable to what is stated in Job:

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

Clearly God says where there is not law there is no punishment for sins.  The law brings wrath and the law permits punishment, and this is true in the natural realm as well as the spiritual realm.  You see there was a time when child pornography was legal, but was it right?  Absolutely not, but yet because of the lack of laws, no one could be convicted of this crime.  It was only after laws were passed that now people are punished.  Because, Job lived during the time where there were no Mosaic laws of God written, there was no punishment that God could bring if He wanted to.  So Job did not transgress God’s laws even if he did not do or say everything right.

The next time you go to a funeral and they start to tell you how God took somebody, or their children, I hope that you can at least see this was not true.  God is not the thief who kills, steals and destroys.   The only two times I saw God take anyone in the Bible, God did not have to kill them to do it.  Enoch the Bible says was translated and poof he was gone.  Elijah was caught up in a chariot of fire and Elisha saw it happen.  So these are the only two times in the Bible that God is said to have taken anyone up beside the raised from the dead Jesus Christ.  If you can see somebody go up in a chariot of fire, then you can claim that God took them, otherwise do not accuse God of doing something that He did not do.  God does not have to kill anybody to take them to heaven; many people will find this out the hard way before too long when Jesus appears for the catching away of the church.  Then the dead in Christ will arise first and those that remain will be translated as Enoch and suddenly all disappear from the planet.   What a vast confusion this event will cause all over the world.

I guess I should briefly mention the subject of God’s judgment.  There are times in the Bible, like Noah’s flood or Sodom and Gomorrah that God is forced to exercise judgment upon the earth.  What happens when God exercises judgment?  In both cases, Noah and Lot the righteous were spared and the others perished completely.  So why do people want to apply God’s judgment to Job?  If Job was an unrighteous man and fell into judgment, he would not have been around at the end of the book.  Do not confuse judgment with attacks from Satan.  Satan does not have to ask permission to attack you, all he has to do is watch for you to open the door and Satan has learned he is now free to do to you what he can get away with.  In the book of Job you find that Satan is presenting himself with the other angels to learn what is valid and what is not valid for him to do.  Why is Satan being so careful?  You see you may recall that there are other references in the Bible to the “sons of God”.  In Genesis 6, before the flood, the sons of God are again referenced.  This time the “sons of God” see the daughters of men and see that they are physically beautiful.   These angels have physical sex with the human females and create races of giants on the earth.  This results in a polluted mixture of men and angels and God says this was an illegal perversion of God’s laws and design.  This was clearly an example of the angels crossing over the hedge.  You can see that by reading this verse in 2 Peter:

2Pe 2:4  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

If God threw some angels into hell (but not all of them), they must have violated some spiritual law or done something that was very perverted.  Having sex with natural women would be an example of this type of perversion.    The angels are obviously ignorant of what is permissible and what is not permissible for them to do.  So believing that Satan is appearing before God in Job chapter 1 to accuse Job and to find out what is permissible makes perfect sense to me.  Satan has certainly seen that some of his angels were already cast into darkness, locked up with spiritual chains.  Do you understand that Satan must learn what is permissible and what is not?  So I have gone long enough in this lesson for today and I have given you many new things to think about.  I appreciate greatly your time in studying the Bible and if you have any comments or question about anything I have taught, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment.  God Bless.

If you would like to continue to read in this series about Job, please go to “Part 4“.

 

Understanding the Book of Job! An overview of what it is and what it is not! Part 1

(Ver 1.3)  This is Part 1 of a series about understanding the Book of Job.  The book of Job is a highly controversial book of mostly confusing information.  The book of Job has been widely given the theme of patience and we see this mentioned in the New Testament book of James.  This reference in James is the only time Job is mentioned by name in the N.T.  The name Job is mentioned only 54 times and mostly just in the book of Job.  However, the name does occur in Genesis 46 and Ezekiel 14.    The book of Job is primarily about the afflictions of Job.  However, the initiator of the problems in Job’s life and the cause of the problems are widely misinterpreted.  The book of Job is often quoted at funerals and this is another misapplication of the scriptures and I will probably get into these verses later.   The first two chapters reveal the afflictions occurring to this righteous man and then starts the words of Job in chapter 3 in an apparent conversation with some of his friends that have come to tell him what to do and this continues for many chapters.  The discourse between Job and his friends go back and forth and finally end when God comes into the conversation with some new information that shuts everyone up.  The last chapter of Job ends with God’s blessings on him being restored more than he ever had before.   Most Bible scholars agree that Job is probably the oldest book of the Bible.  The timeframe of Job is probably somewhere between Noah and Moses since it does not refer to Israel, the Old Testament law or any reference to God’s covenant with Abraham.  The author of Job is probably the man Job himself, but we do not know this for sure.  There are several verses found in Job that reveal things to us that confirm that it belongs in the Bible and that it is the inspired information from the Spirit of God.    So I will not attempt to do a verse by verse study of the entire book, there is just too much unknown information found in this book to do this.  I will attempt to teach some key verses that I have seen and I will try to use other verses in the Bible to help us to interpret what we find in Job correctly.  Always remember that the Bible interprets itself.  Let’s start with verse 1:

Job 1:1  There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

The first verse informs us where Job lived and what his nature and character was in the eyes of God.  God calls the man Job a complete man, in other words a righteous man.  He was humble and feared God and resisted evil.  This is the type of man that God can stand behind as we will find out shortly.

Job 1:2  And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.

The man Job was married as we will also find out and he had 10 children.  In the next verse we will see that the blessing of God were upon him.

Job 1:3  His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

According to this verse Job was the greatest of all of the men of the east.  This is strictly in terms of wealth and the blessings of God on his life.  This is also a hidden hint to the reasons of things to come.  If God’s blessing are on someone, he will get the attention of everyeone else physcially and spiritually speaking.  When Satan sees the blessings of God upon Job, Job became a target.  In verse 4 of Job 1, you can see that Job had problems with his children.  They like to party, eat, drink and be merry.  They were into having fun more than they were into work and doing right.  This caused Job vast concern of what would happen to his children.   This is the introduction to what Job worried about the most.

Job 1:5  And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

So Job does some things that I find very interesting.  His kids have stopped their partying and Job is offering burnt offering for the number of his children to the Lord.  Where does Job get the idea for this?  I honestly do not know.  As far as I know there is no law, no priests and there was no precedence for doing what he is doing.  Is Job a priest of God?  I do not know?  We know from the N.T. that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins (Heb 9:22).  So Job was doing the right things, but where did he get this information?  Plus was it doing any good since it was his children that were sinning and not him?  This verse ends with the statement that Job did this continually so we assume that his kids were continually in a party mode.  There is another scripture in the N.T. that I believe should be applied to this information we are given, and it goes like this “God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” (Gal 6:7).  What were Job’s children sowing?  Will they reap what they sow regardless of what their father does?  I believe God says they will.

Job 1:6  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

So here we go with another introduction to some highly confusing information.  The book of Job seems to change dramatic focus from the earth to a place in heaven.  The “sons of God” are the angels of God and this would include all angels, the good and the bad.   This verse says Satan came with them like he is not included in the group of “sons of God”, but I totally disagree with that interpretation and I believe that Satan was their leader and the most high angel.  You can see this by reading verses in Ezekiel 28:14 that describe Satan as the anointed cherub and the covering cherub.  Then in Isaiah 14:12, Satan is called Lucifer, the son of the morning.  Morning is the “Early Light” and since God is Light we can see that Lucifer is called an early son of God.

Job 1:7  And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

We are now told that Satan has come from the earth, so we know that he is not on the earth while he is holding this conversation with God.  We also learn that Satan is not omnipresent.  He must walk across the earth and go from place to place.  We therefore know that Satan is not everywhere on the earth at once.  However, we do not know how many angels that Satan has under his control on the earth so there may be many angels tormenting people simultaneously and not just Satan doing everything.  However, many angels there are, the Bible says in Revelation 12 that 1/3 of them are fallen with Satan.  There is also another reality given to us found in the N.T. that helps to explain what is happing to Job.  In 1 Peter 5:8 God informs us that Satan is our adversary and he goes about as a roaring lion seeking who he may devour.  Is this not exactly describing what is happening here in Job?  Satan had just come from walking the earth and he came across Job.  He is obviously the adversary of Job that God has hedged out.  But, he is seeking to devour Job as we will see as we continue to read in this chapter.  We learn from reading 1 Peter 5:8 that Satan is not able to devour everyone if he is seeking ways to do this.  This indicates that Satan is not omnipotent and neither does he have direct access to anyone unless certain conditions are met to allow him to come in.  Keep 1 Peter 5:8 in your mind as we continue to read about Job:

Job 1:8  And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Why do you think that God brings up Job?  I believe it is because God knows what you are thinking.  God knows why Satan is there.  Job is a spiritually righteous blessed man of God; there is none like him on the earth.  In the eyes of God this is why Satan was there to contend for this man.

Job 1:9  Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

Satan starts to ask God questions about Job.  Why does Satan ask this question?  Does Job fear God for no reason or for nothing as he said to God?   This sounds like a complaint or accusation to me.

Job 1:10  Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

Now we begin to see the problem that Satan has and why he is there to see God.  Satan is questioning God’s authority to place a hedge of protection around Job and his family.  You can clearly see what God is being accused of, the fact that God has blessed Job and given him great wealth and placed a spiritual wall of protection around him so that Satan could not touch him.  What gives Satan the right to do this?  That is an excellent question to consider, we know that Job’s children are living in sin in a constant state of partying.  Job is continually offering sacrifices for his children who do not want sacrifices to be made or at least it appears that they do not care if they are made.  The children of Job are not repentant or sorry for what they are doing, they are just being wild crazy rich kids who can get away with whatever they want, or so they think.   We know that Satan is called the accuser of the brethren in the Revelation 12:10.  This verse in Revelation says that Satan accuses the people of God on the earth both day and night.  To accuse is a legal term that means “to charge with an offense”.  You do understand that God is the ultimate supreme Judge of the Universe?  Satan is the “Plaintiff” that brings accusations against righteous people before the Judge.  So why does Satan do this?  So these righteous people can be found guilty of violating the spiritual laws that God has established in the spiritual realm.  Do you understand this?  Satan is looking for a way into your life, he watches your every move, your every action, your every reaction and your every word to see what he can accuse you of doing that violates God’s laws.  This is how it works until Revelation 12 comes around and Satan is cast down and he is no longer welcome to come into the heavenly realm to accuse us anymore.

Job 1:11  But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

So here is where it starts to get even more difficult to understand and to interpret correctly.  Satan tells God to stretch His hand and touch all that he has and Job will curse God to His face.  So is God the curser or was God the one that blessed Job?  If you recall from reading earlier we know that God was the one that blessed Job and made him exceedingly wealthy.  It was God who had placed the hedge of protection around him and his family so what would happen if God changes and does the opposite like Satan just said for God to do?  If God does what Satan just said, then God becomes a liar.  That is pretty strong words, but that is what the Bibles says:

Mal 3:6  For I am the LORD, I change not;

According to the Bible, God is a constant never changing force of good.  If God would have blessed Job and suddenly bent to the pressure from Satan to change and curse Job then God is guilty of changing.  Do you understand that this is impossible?  The Bible describes God as being Light.  Do you know that the speed of light is a constant?  The speed of light does not diminish or change it always stays the same.  The distances of stars in our universe are measured in the terms of light years.  A light year is the distance that light travels in the course of a year’s time.  This is a constant value or we have a major problem on our hands.  If you do not understand laws of physics and science about light and the speed of light, just fix your mind on God.  If God blessed someone today and tomorrow takes it all away, then God changed and now God is a liar.  That is a major problem with most people’s Bible interpretations, they interpret a book of the Bible like Job in a vacuum and ignore the rest of the Bible and this is not a valid interpretation.  Here is another challenge for you to consider from something that God said in the book of Deuteronomy:

Deu 30:19  I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

If God sets before us life or death, blessing or cursing and says to us to choose between the two, whose fault is it which one we get?  Uh oh?  That is a problem isn’t it?  It would appear that if Job got curses instead of blessings, then he made the wrong choices to cause them to occur.  Do you understand this?

Job 1:12  And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

So we now have God giving permission, or so many people think it says.  This however, is not what this verse says.  Nowhere in this verse does it say you have won your case, I give you permission.  People just read this into the statement because that is what they want to see that it says.  All God said was “Behold” and that means look, open your eyes and see.  Do you understand that?  That is not a statement of permission; it is a directive for Satan to see what has already happened.  You cannot behold something that is not already there.  I mean God can see into the future, but Satan cannot.  If Satan is told to see something it has to be something that he can already see.  This is clearly not rocket science, so surely you can comprehend the simple words of the Bible.  Then God tells Satan that all that Job has is in his power.  Again this is not I give you the power; this is a simple statement that says you already have the power.  There is such a huge difference between those two perspectives.  The only thing God does is limit what Satan can do and this was not to touch Job.  So God was guilty of still trying to protect his righteous man Job.  God never gives Satan permission to do anything.  God simply said you already have the right to do what Job has chosen.

So who is the author of destruction?  Who causes death and tornadoes?  We will find out in our next lesson about the story of Job.  I hope that you will join me as I continue with this series of very different Bible lessons.  Thanks for your time and your comments.  God Bless.

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

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! The Seed of Resurrection! Part 7

(ver 1.2) This is now Part 7 of a series of lessons on the concepts and laws surrounding seeds found in the Bible.  The Seed is a naturally divinely inspired designed principle that demonstrates vast spiritual revelation and today will be another example of that.  In a previous lesson I taught on a parable that Jesus spoke on concerning the seed concept that if a seed ever produces fruit, it must first die and be planted (buried) in the ground (John 12:24).  We looked at Jesus being this seed, but of course He was also a man like you and I in the world.    The Spirit of God raised the man, Jesus Christ from the dead and He became the first man ever to be resurrected from the dead.  We know that the man Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross in Jerusalem.  We know that He hung there and died.  We know the Roman soldier pierced His side and His blood and water from His body flowed from His side onto the ground.  We then know His body was taken down and placed in a tomb.  We can now begin to understand the seed concepts being presented.  The body of Jesus was a seed.  This seed died and was buried in a earthly tomb.   But, after 3 days we know that God raised this man Jesus back to life in His own physical body.  So far I’m just stating things that you should already know, especially if you have been reading this series.  If you have not read this series from the beginning I would strongly suggest that you go back and start reading with “Part 1”.

Let us today start by discussing some basic seed concepts using a natural seed.  Did you know that a seed contains 3 main parts?  How many main parts does a man have?  A man also has 3 man parts; man is a 1). spirit that has a 2). soul, who lives in a 3). body.  So man has 3 main parts.  I believe the parallels to natural things and spiritual things are quite amazing.  God is also described as a 3 part spiritual being.  God the Father, God the Word and God the Holy Ghost are the three parts that comprise the One True God.   So what are the 3 main parts of a natural seed?  They are the 1). Seed Coat, the 2).  Endosperm and the 3). Embryo.   These are the 3 major components of a natural seed.   Let’s compare the makeup of a man to the makeup of a seed.   The outer portion that we can see would be the “human body” and this would correspond to the “seed coat” which is the outer shell membrane.    Then man’s next layer going from least important to most important would be his soul.  The soul of the man is his “mind” and this component corresponds to the seed “Endosperm”.   The final most important part of a man is his spirit.  The “spirit of man” corresponds to the most important part of a seed, the “Embryo”.   God can be very tricky to understand.  As you might have seen God calls the children of humans their “Seed”.   So God describes the human makeup of a man to be designed after a seed.  As you can see from the natural description of a seed this information corresponds very closely.   However, in another parable Jesus spoke of a man being the “Ground” that the seed is planted into.  However, this time the seed is the Word of God.  Jesus taught in the Parable of the Sower that man could be 6 different types of ground or natural earth.  This is the part that makes many people scratch their heads and say “how can we be both”, yet God clearly calls us both of these.  I believe it depends upon your perspective and the application that you are attempting to use it in.  Clearly there are different types of seeds and this is part of the difficulty of interpretation, being forced to determine the context and the correct type of everything being discussed by God.  No body that I know of says Bible interpretation is easy, if you think it is you have been deceived.

So I have gone through a long introduction, introducing some new things along with a review of some basic seed concepts that we should have all previously learned.  Today I want to show you something new in the Bible that applies to God’s design of us  being a type of seed.  The subject of the resurrection is of course a potentially controversial subject, since not to many people know much about it.  Some believe in it and some do not.  It is no different today than when Jesus walked the face of the earth.  You may remember in Matthew 22:23 that a group of people came to Jesus to ask Him a question.  These people were members of the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead.  So it is really no different today, we still have people who do not subscribe to what the Bible teaches.  So let’s discuss resurrection and what it is briefly.  The “Resurrection of the Dead” is a basic foundational truth taught in the Bible (Heb 6:2).  The Greek word in the Strong’s dictionary means to “raise up”, to “stand up again” or “to raise to life again”.   These are those which were once alive who are stated to have died and behold are alive again.   That is the concept of resurrection being described to us and this is a seed concept being clearly demonstrated.   A seed lives, a seed dies and is raised again to a new life after being planted.  So if a man is a seed and his makeup or design resembles a natural seed we should be able to see how God plans to use this concept in the resurrection of our physical bodies. 

1Co 15:35  But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?

In this verse Paul is writing to the church at Corinth and answering some basic theological questions.  There must have been some raging debate on the subject to cause God to respond in this manner.  Of course it also helps us to learn what was being taught since we were not present when Paul taught it to them personally.  Two questions are presented to God.  First, how are the dead “raised up” and second what kind of body will they have?  I think these are two very good questions and we will see if God answers these questions.

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

Backing up in the chapter we see some contextual verses that are also in reference to the seed resurrection principle.  Adam caused all men to die because we were all “in” Adam when he sinned.  Christ will cause all men to live again because we that are born again were in Christ when He was raised from the dead.  This is not a universal salvation, meaning that everyone will go to heaven however.  You see there are people trying to deceive others using these types of teachings where they only use the parts of the Bible that they like and then reject the parts that they do not like or that don’t fit what they desire to believe.   Here is a verse that Jesus gave us on this subject of resurrection. 

Joh 5:29  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

To “come forth” is a Seed concept.  You dig a hole in the soil, sow a seed in the ground, cover it with dirt and in the process of time it “comes forth” out of the ground.   Then Jesus tells us that some who have done good things will be resurrected into life and these are the good seeds that God planted.  However, then there is the bad news for the bad seeds, those that have done evil will be resurrected to damnation.  Wow, not very good news for some people.  Everyone is prophesied to be resurrected from the dead and come forth but there are two types of seeds being described and they are very different, even completely opposite.  We learned this concept when Jesus taught us the parable about the man who sowed good seed (Mat 13).  The enemy came and sowed tares among the seeds of wheat and they both came to bear fruit simultaneously.   What we discover is that the resurrection for the dead is a reality that everyone will face in the future; it is really dependent upon what type of seed you are in to where they end up.  Some will be very happy and some will be extremely sad.

1Co 15:32  If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

Here is a verse that I thought I would include simply because this is a common attitude found in the present evil world that we live in.  People are massively consumed with self-indulgence and have a self-centered attitude towards life.  If you have something and I want it I’ll just take it.  After all there are no consequences to life, we are just the same as every other animal on the planet, they think and have been taught.   If we evolved from monkeys and monkeys die that is the end of them so it is with us.  There is no God, no Judge, no hell, no way are we going to bear any responsibility for our actions so live it up and be all that you can be for tomorrow you may die.  People are so focused on themselves they do not know what they are doing to others.  That is really going to be the hardest lesson to learn when it comes to judgment day.

1Co 15:35  But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?

So let’s get back to finding the answers to the two questions being asked by the skeptics.  How is it possible that this resurrection will occur and what will I look like after it does occur?

1Co 15:36  Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:

God begins to answer the first question using the seed principle.  To quicken something means to be made alive.  This is a changing or reversal from death to life.  What God is describing is the basic seed concept we previously discussed.  A seed is useless unless it first dies.  Only after the death of a seed, can the new life come forth.  I like Paul a lot.  He is very straight forward and stands firmly behind what he teaches.  He says that those who are ignorant are fools because they purposely reject the truth.   You need to decide if you want to be a fool today or change to accept the wisdom of God.  God is revealing to us seed principles that are very profound and they apply directly to us in this subject of the resurrection of our physical bodies.  We wouldn’t be able to live again if Jesus did not die for us and plant the seed for our salvation.  Here is the next verse so pay close attention to what it says:

1Co 15:37  And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:

God almost gives us a contradiction of terms.  One of the seed principles from Genesis is every seed produces after its own kind.  An orange seed will produce only an orange tree.  But, now we see another extension to the puzzle.  You plant a seed and you get a tree and not just another set of seeds.  In other words you do not plant a tree and get a tree.  Or you do not plant a seed and just get more seeds.  No the basic law is that you plant a seed and you will get a new living plant.  God is saying in this verse in 1 Corinthians that the physical body that you have right now is nothing but a bare grain of seed.  What God is alluding to is that your physical body you have now is not the spiritual body that you will have after the resurrection.

1Co 15:38  But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.

While wheat seeds only produce wheat, God is saying that every human is still a uniquely designed individual.  So while we are all human seeds, we look differently and have unique natural features like individual fingerprints and DNA.   These unique features will produce a similar design in the resurrected us.  In other words everybody will not be clones in the resurrected spiritual realm.  You can clearly see in this verse God is calling us each a seed, but at the same time also calling us all unique seeds.  That makes our seed discussion a little bit more complex, but yet same seed principles and laws still apply.  So let’s go through some of the other information revealed to us:

1Co 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

I skipped down to verse 42 because it seemed relevant to our seed discussion.  God says He will take the corruptible natural part of us and sow it to produce the new incorruptible part us during the resurrection.  That is pretty cool stuff, if you ask me.

1Co 15:43  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

What was dishonorable and weak will become glorious and powerful.  God is giving you a clue comparison of the difference between the old and the new.  That which will become a new is highly better than that which was sown.  This is a result of being born again of the incorruptible seed of God and not the corruptible natural seed of man.

1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

Our natural bodies will planted as a seed that will produce the spiritual resurrected bodies.  God clearly declares that our future spiritual bodies are not the exact same as our current physical bodies.  The new spiritual body will not get sick, or grow old, will not fail, or even grow tired.  There are just too many new features to describe this new body.  The new body will certainly have many of the same features of the old body and still be able to do many of the things that old body could do.  The best of the old will continue to be present in the new.  Jesus after being resurrected from the dead would still eat natural food with his disciples.  So eating is a future good thing to look forward to and all the church people said amen!  So I think I have gone long enough on the subject of the “Seed of Resurrection”.  I hope and pray that you enjoyed the lesson and derived some benefit from reading it.  God continue to bless you until the next time.

If you like to continue reading this series you can go to “Part 8“.

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! Except a Seed Fall into the Ground and Die! Part 4

(Ver 2.2)  This is now Part 4 of a series of lessons on seeds.  Seeds are a vast complex subject found in the Bible.  God uses natural seed concepts and applies them to spiritual things in repeated references found in the Bible.  Today I will show you some more of the references that Jesus used to describe why He was here and how that He was both a physical and a spiritual “seed”.  In the last lesson we reviewed the parable of the Sower and examined the symbolic elements to gain an understanding of what Jesus called the most important “parable”.  In learning the concepts of this parable we can transfer much of that knowledge to other parables that Jesus taught us.  If you have not been reading this series from the beginning, I would suggest that you stop and go back and start reading with “Part 1”.    I have been going through the Bible showing you several different things that God calls seeds.  Here is the original list again:

  1. Natural Grass Seeds
  2. Natural Fruit Seeds
  3. The Seed of a Man, His Sperm
  4. The Seed of a Woman, Her Children
  5. The Seed of a Man and a Woman, their offspring
  6. The Word of God
  7. The Seed of your Mouth, Your Words
  8. The Body of Jesus Christ
  9. The Church
  10. Your Body

These are of course not every type of seed mentioned in the Bible, only some of the ones that I wanted to show you.  We have gone through and reviewed some verses about natural seeds in Genesis and learned some applicable laws that apply to every type of seed.  The first law was that a seed always produces after its own kind.   The second law of seeds is that the seed is always within itself.  Both of these concepts transfer to many other types of seeds revealed to us in the Bible and you should understand them.  If you recall I showed that every future generation or descendant of a man, is said to be in the man.  God shows us that whatever the father did, is what their descendants did.

Today I want to show you another parable that Jesus taught us about seeds.  After reading this you should become aware of why it is so important to know and to understand this subject.  Let’s begin by reading in Matthew 13:31:

Mat 13:31  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

Again, Jesus refers to the Kingdom of Heaven as being like a man who planted a seed.  However, this lesson while very similar is very different than the previous lesson of the Parable of the Sower.  Both are about a man, both are about seeds and both involve planting seed in the ground to grow something.  But, this time the seed is said to be singular.  This is a new perspective on an old subject about a new type of seed or a new concept about the nature of seeds.  In the Parable of the Sower the seed represented the Word of God (Luke 8:11).  However, in this parable the seed is something completely different while being completely the same thing at the same time.  Hopefully you will understand why I said that as we continue to learn.    Jesus said the Kingdom of God is like a man that plants “One” seed and it grows into a massive tree in a field.  Jesus is referring to a specific seed and qualifies it to be a “mustard” seed.   Any time you qualify a noun you limit the scope of the noun and narrow the meaning.  In other words, you exclude every other seed, for the type described.  What we can see is that Jesus was teaching that NOT just any seed will work; it has to be a mustard seed.  The mustard seed is not widely used in the Bible, but perhaps we will look at some more references to it later.  What we learn is a symbolic meaning that not just any type of seed will work for what God wants to accomplish.  God selected a specific seed to accomplish His plan and we will soon discover that Jesus was this seed:

Mat 13:32  Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

Jesus calls this type of seed to be the least among all seeds.  Jesus could be referring to the physical size of the seed, but yet I believe that is not what He is saying.   We know today that there are many seeds that are smaller seeds than a mustard seed in the world.   So Jesus must be referring to something else, a symbolic characteristic and not a physical attribute of the seed.  What we should learn from this verse is that most great things have very humble beginnings.    It is the classic analogy of the fact that the greatest oak trees come from little acorns.  I know of practically nothing that starts big and just stays big.  We are being presented a new perspective of the seed concept that all great things usually start as very small things.  This goes against human nature, doesn’t it?  Everyone wants to hit the lottery and win millions of dollars and then think that will solve all of their problems.  However, God is teaching us a different lesson using seeds.  This is part of the message that Jesus is attempting to get over to us.  This is some of the key reasons of why the natural nation of Israel missed the first coming of their Messiah.   Jesus did not come how they expected him to come, nor did He do what they desired Him to do.  They were looking for a great and powerful savior and not a humble man that would not even save Himself.  The disciples would ask Jesus “are you going to restore the kingdom of Israel now” (Acts 1:6).  Israel was looking for the grand restoration and not for a small beginning.  This is a classic example of the misunderstanding of the importance of how seeds work.  Israel did not recognize the Seed of God as He walked among them.  Jesus came to the earth as just a small, insignificant humble man.  Jesus was God almighty who became like the least of all the men on the planet.   Why would God almighty take the time to wash the feet of His disciples?  Why did Jesus do this?  It all goes back to seeds.  God was planting a seed that would grow into a great spiritual Kingdom and not a physical Kingdom.  This Kingdom did not come with a natural conquering mighty force, this Kingdom did not have a natural army with natural weapons, and this Kingdom did not come with much pomp and exalting circumstances.  In fact this Kingdom cannot be physically seen at all, unless Christians choose to display it to others.   Here is why Jesus said that He came to the earth:

Joh 12:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth muchfruit.

Wow!  That is a very deep statement about the reality of how seeds work.  Who is Jesus talking about?  Who is this seed?  You should be able to see that Jesus is this seed that He is referring to.    Jesus prophesied His death, His burial and the resulting fruit that would spring forth from that planting.  Jesus predicts that there will be much fruit that will come from His death.  How was Jesus able to do this?  It was because Jesus understood the concept of seeds.  Plant a little seed and get a great harvest.  From little humble beginnings can grow great and mighty things.  This is a key seed principle and law that applies to what God was doing on the earth through Jesus Christ.   In John 12:24, Jesus says that a kernel of corn (a seed) will be alone if it does not die.  I believe that God is trying to teach us that the Seed of Jesus has been planted to produce more people in the world like Jesus.  This is just a basic typology of how the seed produces more of itself in the earth.  Just ONE little seed planted can produce a huge harvest over time.  Let me show you some prophetic verses in the O.T. concerning Jesus:

Jer 23:5  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

You can read the Bible without studying and totally miss what is said.  In this verse if you do not look up the definition of the key words you will breeze right over what God is trying to teach you about.  The Key word that I want to look at is “Branch”.  It is qualified to be a righteous Branch so we know this is Jesus.  The Hebrew word “Branch” in this verse is a word that mean “sprouts”, “springs up”,  “buds”.  These are all “SEED” concept words.  You plant a righteous seed and you get a righteous harvest.  That is what God is attempting to get you to see.  The coming Messiah was a SEED man!  Let me show you another verse of prophecy about this seed of God:

Eze 34:29  And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.

Here is another verse about the coming Messiah and Israel missed it.  God is saying I will “raise up” a “PLANT” of character.  This word for “Plant” in the Hebrew means something that is planted in a garden.  Sure sounds like a seed to me, how about you?  I just wanted to show you some O.T. examples of this coming seed so that you would not think that I just make this stuff up.  It is really amazing what the Bible says when you can see it.

What have we learned?  We learned that God planted a seed and this was a lowly humble man called Jesus Christ.  But, through this humble beginning we see the growth that has transpired over the course of 2000 years.   The church of Jesus Christ is now greater in strength and numbers than at any time in the past 2000 years.  I am a firm believer that Jesus is expecting a triumphant church, a great church that has made herself ready.  God planted the original seed and it has grown over the course of time and developed further into this great prophesied tree that the birds of the air can now build nests within.

So maybe I should explain a little better the difference between the Parable of the Sower and the Parable of the Mustard Seed.   You see in the parable of the sower, the seed is the Word of God.   The Word of God is being spread by the teaching and preaching of Jesus Christ throughout the Gospels.  But, if you have studied the Bible you also know that Jesus Christ is the Word of God!.  According to John 1:1, “in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God”.  By simple laws of mathematics we can substitute “Seed” for “Word” in this verse and see that it now says this:

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Seed, and the Seed was with God, and the Seed was God.

From the laws of mathematics we can apply the truth that if A=B, then B=A and “Word” = “Seed” and see a new simple truth, that God is the Seed and that God had the Seed within Himself.  Then we can learn from reading down in the chapter the following:

Joh 1:14  And the Seed (Word) was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

God’s Seed takes on flesh and lives and walked among us.  We can now better understand how Jesus can call himself the Seed.  We can also better understand how God can plant this Seed Jesus and expect a spiritual harvest.  Jesus was a spiritual seed of God and God now expects a harvest of more spiritual fruit.  God believes that you can plant a seed and get a harvest.  The ending of a matter is always greater than its beginning.  I think where people get confused is in the fact that Jesus is multiple seeds simultaneously and this certainly makes our life more complicated in understanding the differences.   Let me give you a list of the types of Seed Jesus is Associated with in the Bible: 

  1. Word of God (Parable of Sower)
  2. Spiritual Seed of God (Mustard Seed)
  3. Natural Seed of God (Son of God)
  4. Natural Seed of Mary (Son of Man)
  5. Natural Seed of David (Son of David)
  6. Natural Seed of Abraham (Son of Abraham)
  7. Natural Seed of Adam (Son of Man)

This is probably not a complete list, but it is all that I can come up with right now.   If I locate other reference I will update this list.  I will end this blog here and hope that you have learned some new things from the Bible.  God Bless!

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

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! The Parable of the Sower! Part 3

(Ver 1.4)  This is a very advanced set of Bible lessons about the concepts, laws and information found in the Bible about “seeds”.  As we study this subject we discover how these principles apply both to the natural realm as well as the spiritual realm.  This is now Part 3 of the series and if you have not read from the beginning, I would suggest that you go and start your reading with “Part 1”.  We have already covered a lot of information found in the Bible, some of which you may have heard before, but certainly a lot that is new to you.  Studying the Bible on any subject is very difficult.  Because God has chosen to hide information, and finding every reference to a subject is very challenging.  To study the subject of “Seeds” we really need to search the Bible for every verse with that word in it and determine what it is saying.  Since there is more than one thing in the Bible called by the name “seed” we must learn what each one is and determine if they are related to any other.  But, that is not all of the verses on the subject.  What we must realize is that there are related subjects that go along with it, such as soil, earth, rain, water, light, warmth, planting, sowing, fruit and on and on I could go.  Then what about enemies to seeds, such as birds, insects, weeds, drought, rocks, heat, cold, floods and again on and on I could go.  There are a vast number of dependent subjects that you should learn to see how they apply to what we learn about “seeds”.  I am trying to demonstrate how complicated studying the Bible can be and why so many people do not know what the Bible actually says.  In order to study the Bible correctly, you must dig and research the subject as thoroughly as possible.  This also involves you doing a significant amount of work to find what God has hidden for you.

Today I am going to continue teaching on “seeds” in the Bible with a new perspective that is certainly very important to know.  Jesus taught us many things when He was here physically on the earth.  However, He placed an extraordinary emphasis on a certain subject as being a key to understanding all the other subjects found in the Bible.  Jesus said that this one concept that He taught was more important to understand than any of the others found in the Bible.  This critical subject was based upon “Seeds”.  You can find this teaching in three books of the Gospel; in Luke 8, Matthew 13 and Mark 4.  Let’s start our lesson by reading  Mark 4:26:

Mar 4:26  And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

Apparently the lesson is about the Kingdom of God, so right off of the bat we know it is of great importance.  We also understand it is a spiritual Kingdom and not a physical or natural kingdom.  At least I hope you understand these types of Bible basics.  What does God tell us the Kingdom of God is like?   God clearly says it is like a man who plants seeds into the ground.  Jesus is teaching using the format of a parable that contains natural things that we can see, to help explain spiritual things that we cannot see.  Then consider this, is Jesus a man?   Is Jesus THE man that this parable is referring to?  I think back and believe that when Jesus was on the earth, He was exactly this man.  Since Jesus has returned to heaven, it gets more complicated.  Jesus is still the man, but since He is not here physically anymore, He uses people like me who are here on the planet.  So while I’m not God, I am a tool used by God.   What I want you to see, is that God still uses people today to reach people.  Now let’s go back to Mark 4:3 and discover the key Seed lesson that Jesus wants you to see:

Mar 4:3  Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:

Jesus informs us that a sower went out to sow.  When you sow, you are doing what?  Of course you are planting seeds in a field or a garden.  Sowing involves a spreading of seeds into the ground.  So Jesus is discussing a farming lesson.  I want to jump down to the explanation of the parable and interject the important stuff that we need to see while we are studying the actual parable about seeds.  Here is what Jesus says about this parable being a key to understanding all the others:

Mar 4:13  And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

It would appear to me that if you can understand this parable, then you are at the crossroads of understanding every parable that Jesus taught.  This has some vast implications attached to it, so pay close attention.  So here is Jesus’ explanation of what the sower is and what the seed is:

Mar 4:14  The sower soweth the word.

Now Jesus begins to let us in on the secret, the sower is planting words.  Not just any words, though these are the Words of God according Luke 8:11.  However, we can also understand the concept that any words spoken can become seeds.  The problem is that many of these words are lies and half-truths and thus plant wrong things.  Only God’s Word is Absolute Truth.  What we have discovered is that words are seeds.  We can also say seeds are words.   We can also see that a sower is anyone that opens his or her mouth and speaks words.  How do the Genesis seed laws apply to words?  We have clearly learned that seeds always produce after their kind.  What is the Word of God a kind of?  What kind does the Word of God produce?  We have also learned that seeds are always in itself.  Now let’s examine some more of the parable:

Mar 4:4  And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

What Jesus does is give us some new related topics about the planting of these seed words.  However, Jesus starts to shift the focus off of the sower and the seed and they are not technically mentioned after the beginning.  Jesus begins to describe the types of soil or ground that are being planted in.  Jesus also starts to reveal that the soil, the seed and the sower all have enemies.  The fowls of the air come to devour the seed and thus render them harmless, non-productive or ineffective.   Since the parable involves symbolic natural representations, we know that the birds of the air represent spiritual beings that we cannot see or perceive with our natural senses.   So let’s examine the explanation of Jesus for these new symbolic factors given to us:

Mar 4:15  And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

Jesus informs us that the soil is representative type of the hearts of people.  The human heart is not the physical blood pump organ.  The human heart in the Bible is their spirits.   Jesus also says that Satan is the enemy that is trying to steal the words of God from our hearts.  Ephesians 2:2 calls Satan the prince of the power of the air.  The earth’s atomosphere is the current domain of Satan.  This verse says that Satan comes immediately to steal the seed from us and that would be really bad news, if Satan could just take the word sown at will.  However, by reading in Matthew we learn some additional details on this subject.

Mat 13:19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

This is why it is important to read every occurence of a lesson so that we can learn all of the details.  This information in Matthew does not contradict the account written down by Mark, it only helps us to see what God is talking about more clearly.  What are the potential outcomes whenever you sit to listen to anyone speak at a lecture or in a class room at school?  I beleive that there are potentially three possibilities that can occur and your determination will cause the teacher’s words to either be  effective or to be ineffective.  You can ignore the teacher, you can hear and listen to the words only, or you can hear the words and get the understanding of them.  Hearing anything valuable to know and not understanding any of it does you little to no good.  In other words you derive no benefit of knowing the information.   There are a lot of people in the world that know Einstein’s equation of E=MC2, but very few that can actually teach you anything about what it means.  So what we discover is that understanding what you hear is the greater key factor to whether the devil can come and take it away from you.  That is a very important factor to learn.  Understanding of any subject is the key to holding on to that subject.  Keep in mind that we are talking about spiritual things here and not natural things.  We have spiritual seed which are spiritual words being planted into spiritual beings, which are responsible to hear them and then to understand them or the spiritual enemy, will come and take them from you.  Read through the rest of the parable and then I will discuss the symbols given in more detail:

Mar 4:5  And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:

Mar 4:6  But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

Mar 4:7  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

Mar 4:8  And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.

As you read through the rest of the parable, you discover God’s goal for giving us His seed.  God is looking for a people to produce spiritual fruit.  The majority of the parable is a lesson of why people either produce this fruit or why they are unable to produce this fruit.  If you know anything about farming, you know that the soil is not the master of the seed, but the seed is the master of the soil.  Whatever is planted into the soil is that which is harvested.  If you are the soil that Jesus is speaking of, then it matters what you allow in your ears.  Do you understand why Satan has dominated the TV and radio air waves with lies and perversions?   I guess we should stop and examine the soil in more detail.   There are actually 6 different types of soil listed in the parable.  They are generally representative of 4 different types of people on the planet and the list of soil types does not exclude anyone.  If you analyze the list slosely you can see that there are actually two groups of 3 that are being mentioned.  There are three soils that are representative of saved fruitful Christians and 3 soils that did not receive the seed and let it produce any fruit at all: 

Type of Soil Description
Wayside These are those that can hear, but that do not understand what is said.  Therefore Satan can steal the truth away from them very easily.
Stony Ground These are those that turn away because of affliction or persecution.  They lack any depth or foundational root knowledge.   They are easily offended.
Among Thorns These are those that care more about the things in the world, the distraction of riches, the natural lusts of the world.
Good Soil These are those that produce fruit.  A return of seed is multiplied to produce a bountiful supply.  Some 30 times, some 60 times and some 100 times.

We can learn a significant amount of information about why some people produce fruit and others are unable to.   What have we learned?  We have learned that God uses people to teach the Word of God and these are those that are sowing “good seed”.  However, we have also learned that this good seed has many enemies.  These things are designed to keep you from hearing and understanding the truth.  Satan is hard at work trying to keep people from bearing spiritual fruit for God.  God is looking for the spiritual fruit of the earth and that is one of the key factors that is keeping Him from returning for us today.  God sees the harvest field is potentially great on the earth and God wants everyone to come to the knowledge of the truth of God’s Word (2 Peter 3:9).  The Bible says God has long patience for this spiritual harvest of fruit (James 5:7).   Here are the key symbolic elements listed in the parable and the descriptive meaning of each:

SYMBOL DESCRIPTION
SEEDS Spoken Word/Words
SOWER One who teaches with Words
Sowing The process of teaching people
SOIL The hearts/spirits of the people
Wayside Ground Those who are easily deceived, they have no understanding and barely hear it at all
Stony Ground Those that are easily tricked, those that have only a shallow understanding,  those that cave to pressure, those who are easily offended
Good Ground Those that hear and understand the Word of God and do not allow it to be stolen from them.
Evil Ground Those that are deceived, lost and asleep in the darkness.
Roots Those who have a strong foundation of the Word of God and are able to drink and partake of the Spirit of God.
Birds of the Air Spiritual enemies that try to take the truth from you.  Satan and his demons.
Thorns Natural and Carnal things that take your attention away from the truth.  It can be money, sex, drugs, alcohol, food, fame
Unfruitful Those that are spiritually barren, unable to produce spiritual fruit, those who are nigh to burning
Fruitful Spiritual Growth and Maturity, those who are doers of the Word of God and NOT hearers only.
Fruit Spiritual results of those which God is seeking to find and harvest into His barn

As you can see there are many valuable things to learn from this parable.  Seeds play a key role in the spread of the Kingdom of God.  Seed laws play a key role in understanding this teaching.  God’s word will always produce more people like God.  Those that let God’s word in, will grow and mature to be more like the one that gave us these SEED Words.  It is the spiritual seed law of Genesis repeated in the spiritual diemension.  A seed will always produce after its own kind.  The planting of God’s spiritual seed will always produce a spiritual harvest.  I think I will end this lesson here for now and expand it in my next lesson.

If you would like to continue reading this series, you can continue by going to “Part 4“.

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! Plant a Seed, Get a Harvest! Part 2

(ver 1.5)  This is now Part 2 in a series of lessons on the subject of understanding seeds in the Bible.  The Bible contains a vast amount of information on the concept of seeds.  There are actually several things in the Bible called seeds and I listed a few of them in the first blog on this subject.  If you have not read this from the beginning I would suggest that you go back and start reading with “Part 1”.  In the first lesson I talked about the first mention of “seed” in the Bible being found in Genesis 1:11-12.  What God gives us by the law of first mention are some general concepts that are relevant to the entire subject of seeds.  One of the concepts given was the fact that the “seed” is said to be “within itself”.  This is a concept with complex implications attached to it.    What we discover is that an apple tree produces apples that contain seeds.  These apple seeds produce other trees to come into existence which produce more apples and more seeds.  This represents a self-perpetuating system of apple reproduction.  No matter how many apples come from the seeds produced, they all originated from the one.  There is an old saying that goes “Only God knows how many apples are in an apple seed”.  I want to take this concept and expand it to show what the Bible says about how this relates to people and other concepts found in the Bible.  As you recall in the first lesson we also talked about children being seeds.  We saw Seth being called the seed of Eve.

Now let’s talk about the natural human seed of a man.  This is commonly referred to as sperm or semen in our world, but in the Bible God also calls it “seed”.  Why does God use the same word to describe something that we have other words to describe?  Either God didn’t understand any other words to use for this, or God is trying to teach us something new.  That is a common mistake that modern Bible translators and interpreters make constantly.  They take a word like “seed” and change it to “descendant” or a “child” and think they are helping us to understand what God said.  What they do is lose God’s intended lesson on what a seed is and therefore we do not learn what God wanted to teach us.  What we must do is be smart enough to realize that God could have selected any word to describe a subject and if He selects “seed” to describe the semen of a natureal man, then it has a purpose.  Could it be that the seed concept of planting and harvesting is a truth that occurs when a husband and wife have physical sex?  I think that we should see what God says:

Lev 12:2  Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.

The Hebrew word translated as “conceive seed” means “to sow” seed.  To sow seed is a farming and agriculture type of term and represents a metaphor for a concept that God says is related.  I doubt very seriously that many couples think of sex in these terms.  It could be that a few do, if they are trying to get pregnant and to have children.

Lev 15:16  And if any man’s seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even.

It is sometimes difficult to discuss every subject found in the Bible.  It seems that God did not leave out anything.  I assume since this is the way He created it, then we can assume that it has a purpose for existing.   In this verse in Leviticus we again see the sperm of the man being called his “seed”.   The term “copulation” means simply a sexual act like intercourse.   I have heard narrow minded preachers teach that since a man has seed, a woman cannot.  However, in the first lesson we saw that Eve called Seth her seed.  So we must conclude that there are different types of seed, and different definitions for seed.  This is truly one of the most complex factors of correct Bible interpretation that we are faced with.  We can learn one definition of “seed” and then must realize that there exists other definitions of the same word and they may or may not be related to each other.   So we have learned that the definition of a word can change based upon the usage and the context of the word.

We have now touched on the first five examples of the term “Seed” found in the Bible.  We have seen physical and natural plant seeds in Genesis.  We have seen the sperm of the man being called seed in Leviticus.  We have seen the children of natural parents being referred to as “Seeds” in Genesis and Ruth.  We have also seen that the offspring of other species of animals are also called “Seeds” in Genesis.  We have learned that every seed reproduces after its own kind from Genesis 1.  So dogs only produce dogs.  Orange seeds only produce orange trees.  Now I want to start discussing one of the most important concepts of seeds given to us in the Bible.  This concept is a spiritual law that God has revealed to us using these natural examples.  We have gone through the 5 natural examples, although not in a complete teaching but more in an overview high level pass of the subject, so that we can now focus on some spiritual applications.

We have learned that God calls the sperm of a man, his seed.  We have also learned that Adam “knew” his wife Eve and she had a seed named “Seth”.  What we see is a pattern of creation that God has designed to teach us.  Adam and Eve were the first two humans in the world that we live in.  They originated every other human being on the planet.  So from 2 people we now have almost 7 billion people on the planet.  That is what God calls being fruitful and multiplying.  But, I want to demonstrate a seed law to you from the Bible.  According to God, whatever happens to your parents is what happened to you.  You probably do not understand what I am talking about right now, but you will soon.

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

It truly amazes me how smart God is.  You can see many things in the Bible and then you can read right over them and not even know what they mean or how they apply to other stuff that you just read.  Did you notice that God says that YOU and I were “IN” Adam?  I don’t know about you, but my father was not named Adam, but yet God says I was “IN” Adam.  As you recall from Genesis 2, God told Adam do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in the day that you do, you will surely die.  Adam ignored God’s command and ate and we all die because of what he did.  Is that fair?  I do not know, but yet it is what God says happened.  What we see is a demonstrated application of the seed law of Genesis, that the “Seed is in itself”.    In other words Adam was walking around in the garden with the “seed” in his body that was everyone else in the world.   Did you understand what I just said?   God says that when Adam sinned, not only did he die, but he caused everyone that came from him to also die.  That is an awesome revelation of the Word of God, for you see it also tells you how we will live in return.   This verse ends with the statement “Even So in CHRIST shall all be made alive”.  So by the law of the “Seed Concept” from Genesis 1, if you are in Christ, you have been made alive.    We’ll talk about this more and how this works in a later lesson, but for now let’s confirm what I just taught you.

Heb 7:9  And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

When I read this verse and studied it for the first time, it truly amazed me.  God clearly shows us another conceptual application of the law “the Seed Being in Itself” in this verse.  So did you read the verse and did you see what God said?  God clearly states that Levi was “IN” Abraham.  So let’s figure out what God is talking about.  Who is Levi?  Levi was one of the 12 sons of Jacob and the head of a tribe of Israel.  That would make “Levi” a great-grandchild of Abraham.  We have Abraham who begat Isaac, then we have Isaac who begat Jacob and finally we have Jacob who begat “Levi” and his 11 other brothers.  What we see is a clear concept of family lineage being established.  Your ancestry represents a research into your past relatives that you descended from.  While not everyone on the earth can trace their natural ancestry to “Levi” or “Abraham, we can all trace our ancestry back to Adam.  What we are learning is some seed concepts describing our human family tree.

Heb 7:10  For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.

Now we have still further revelation of the seed mystery, Abraham is said to be the father of Levi, but yet Levi doesn’t come along for another couple of generations.  Do you understand how that applies to us and Adam?  Even though Adam was not our nearest father, he is by default the father of us all.  That also means that every father in between Adam and us is also called our father.  As you can clearly read God informs us that Levi was in the “loins” of his father Abraham.  The loin is defined to be the pelvic region or the sexual reproductive organs of Abraham.  That tells me that out of the millions and millions of sperm cells in Abraham, God knew which one that Levi would come from.  That is some amazing attention to the details, isn’t it?  This is God’s clear definition of the “Seed being within Itself” law from Genesis.   So now pay attention to what this says.  Levi is said to have paid tithes in Abraham, because he was in his father Abraham by God’s definition of a seed.  Do you understand this concept?  Whatever your fathers did, according to God, you did.  That is not always very good news for most of us.   You see a newborn baby, having just been born into the world has already done everything that their fathers have done even before they do anything themselves.  Not really good news is it?  I wish I would have learned this concept as a very young child, I might have done a few things differently as I grew up.   Oh well?

Lam 5:7  Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.

What we begin to discover in the Bible, is the law of seeds.  We can then better understand how family curses, generational abnormalities and physical diseases are often times inherited within a family tree.  Doctors constantly want to know if your parents had any diseases, because they want to see if they are appearing in you.  Why is this?  Why are some diseases contagious and others are more hereditary?   It would appear that what one parent does, is passed down to future children and this is the basis for the existence of these hereditary diseases.

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

You see the seed concept again being alluded to in this verse of the Bible.  The people of Israel are in the process of killing the Son of God and they say “Let His blood be on us and our children”.    In other words whatever they were doing was being handed down to every generation that would come after them.  That is not very good news for the children who were not there, is it?

The Genealogy of Jesus is given to us in Luke.  Have you ever wondered why God thought this was so important to include in the Bible?  You can clearly see every generation of Jesus going all the way back to Adam.   There around 74 generations listed.  Seventy four names of fathers of Jesus.  If you are a little bit intelligent you realize that God did this on purpose.  You can clearly see from what we have learned about seeds, whatever every father of Jesus did, Jesus is said to have done the same.  So Jesus was in David, Jesus was in Abraham, Jesus was in Adam and every other name mentioned.  This has far reaching consequences for Jesus, doesn’t it?  Let’s briefly explore a couple of the references in the Bible as Jesus being a seed in his natural fathers.

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

Jesus was born of the seed of David.  This is telling us that Jesus was in David when he was king of Israel.  Being a seed of David qualifies Jesus as an eternal ruler that will sit upon his father’s throne and that is pretty cool.

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

We can clearly see that Jesus Christ is called the Seed of Abraham.  This verse tells us that the intended usage of this word “seed” meant a singular example of the usage of this word.  In other words, this seed is not plural.   So now we can better understand the seed of Abraham being within him when God came to cut covenant with him.  It is very interesting to note that if Jesus was in Abraham his father, then was God making a covenant with himself?  I believe that is exactly what we can see happening.

Mat 26:64  Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Jesus called himself the “Son of Man” more than he called himself the “Son of God” in the Gospels.  Why is that?  Part of the reason why is to overcome the difficulty of man’s inability to accept God coming to the earth in the form of His creation.  Jesus Christ being a physical man on this planet was also informing us that He was the Son of Adam.   You know that Jesus was a Hebrew, yes?  Did you know that the Hebrew word for man and Adam are the same words?   This is why I can say that Jesus walked around and called Himself the son of Adam.   Do you realize what that means based upon what we have learned?  That means when God created Adam, Jesus was already in Adam as a future descendant of this first man.  Jesus Christ was a future seed in the physical man Adam.  What we can see is that God had a plan of salvation for man, even before man was created.  God had already designed Himself into the body of Adam.  God already knew when He was coming , how he was coming and where he was coming when He created Adam.  God could look at Adam and see 74 generations down his family tree and see Jesus.  That is some amazing forethought and planning.  That is some incredible attention to detail.  That is an amazing plan of salvation.

So what have we learned, since Jesus was “IN” Adam, whatever happens to Adam, now transfers to Jesus.  Since Jesus was born the Son of Adam, he must die the death that Adam passed upon all of his descendants (SEEDS).  These are the seed laws given to us by God in Genesis.  Everything produces after its own kind and the seed is always within itself.  Whatever happens to you happens to everyone that comes from you.  Whatever you did, is what your seed did.  I hope that you enjoyed learning some new concepts from the Bible on “seeds”.  I pray that you will learn to apply them to what you do going forward.  In my next blog in this series we will further explore spiritual seeds found in the Bible.

If you would like to continue reading this series of lesson on seeds you can go to “Part 3” now!

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! Plant a Seed, Get a Harvest! Part 1

(Ver 1.6)  This of course is a difficult subject to cover, yet one that I believe is very critical for every Christian to understand.   God said in the Bible some things that are very profound about seeds and if you can understand them, you will gain vast amounts of spiritual knowledge and understanding of how almost everything in the world works.  I know that sounds like a very broad statement but, you obviously do not know very much about seeds right now or you would have to agree with me.  Seeds represent concepts that apply both to the natural realm and the spiritual realm simultaneously.  When you begin to understand them, you will begin to understand why things have happened in your life and how to affect or change your future results.  Too many Christians think that what happens to them in life is predetermined by God.  If it is God’s will I will live to be an old man, if not only God knows.  While God does know your future, it is definitely wrong to say that you can not change it.  If you do not believe me you should read your Bible more often.  When you read in the Bible in 2 Kings 20, you will see Isaiah the prophet coming to King Hezekiah and telling him that the Lord says for him to “Set Your House in Order, for thou shalt Die and Not Live!”.  The prophet of God tells the King what God has already told him will happen and these are the sayings of the almighty God.  King Hezekiah ends up praying to God and as a result God tells Isaiah to tell the King he shall live 15 more years.  What would have happened if Hezekiah had not prayed?  He would have died.  Who changed, God or Hezekiah to cause him to live 15 more years?  The Bible tells us “I am the Lord and I Change Not” (Mal 3:6).  So obviously God did not change his mind, so what happened?  That certainly is a mystery that too many Christians do not understand.  It is not totally up to God what happens to you, it is more up to you than it is up to God.  However, since that is not my primary subject, we will continue learning about seeds and see if you can figure this mystery out for yourself.    Here is one of my foundational scriptures for this series of Bible lessons:

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

What God is revealing in this verse, is that there are established laws in the earth.  These laws consist of physical laws as well as spiritual laws.  These laws are representative of established natural patterns within creation and even reveal the hidden qualities of God.  These laws represent established cycles that will not cease unless God causes them to change in the future.    However, it is clear that God says these laws will persist as long as the earth is here, so they are not going away anytime soon.  God mentions 3 of these cycles and laws in this verse.  The first one mentioned is that of the law of seeds and harvests.   You plant a seed you reap a harvest.  The next cycle mentioned is that of our established pattern of annual seasons.  Winter and summer are just two of the 4 seasons mentioned.  Next we have the cycle of Day and Night and again this is representative of a 24 hour cycle of time that the earth revolves in every day.  What I want to focus on is just the subject of “Seeds” in this series of lessons.  You can read about Understanding Night and Day in another blog series that I have already done.

Planting seeds and getting harvests are a part of the essential design of God’s creation as well as being an essential part of God’s hidden nature and character.  Hopefully you will better understand this as we go through the Bible on this subject.  But, here is a challenge from God, there are multiple things in the Bible called “seeds” and this is one of the complexities found while studying the Bible.  God calls multiple things by the same name and we are required to figure out which one He is talking about to correctly understand each verse.  While the overall concepts behind each occurrence of the word can overlap, they are certainly not the same entity.  Let me give you some examples of seeds found in the Bible:

  1. Natural Grass Seeds
  2. Natural Fruit Seeds
  3. The Seed of a Man, His Sperm
  4. The Seed of a Woman, Her Children
  5. The Seed of a Man and a Woman, their offspring
  6. The Word of God
  7. The Seed of your Mouth, Your Words
  8. The Body of Jesus Christ
  9. The Church
  10. Your Body

So I just gave you 10 examples of a thing that the Bible calls seeds and that is certainly not a complete list of all of them.  Just for grins let’s start by looking up a dictionary definition of the word seed in a noun form:

A mature fertilized ovule of angiosperms and gymnosperms that contains an embryo and the food it will need to grow into a new plant. Seeds provide a great reproductive advantage in being able to survive for extended periods until conditions are favorable for germination and growth. The seeds of gymnosperms (such as the conifers) develop on scales of cones or similar structures, while the seeds of angiosperms are enclosed in an ovary that develops into a fruit, such as a pome or nut. The structure of seeds varies somewhat. All seeds are enclosed in a protective seed coat. In certain angiosperms the embryo is enclosed in or attached to an endosperm, a tissue that it uses as a food source either before or during germination. All angiosperm embryos also have at least one cotyledon. Many angiosperms were created with specific fruits for dispersal of seeds by the wind, water, or animals.

There are too many things in this description to take note of them all.  Also I changed the last sentence to state that seeds were created and did not evolve as some deceived scientists have theorized.   According to this definition a seed is a self-contained unit designed for the reproduction of a species.  A seed contains specific qualities that enables it to work even after extended times outside of the normal environment that they like to grow in.  We understand this because we can buy seeds at the farm and garden store to plant in our backyards to grow whatever we would like.

Seed is a unique word that can either be taken as a single unit or as a plural word meaning multiple instances of the same reproductive unit.  In other words if I said that I have a package of watermelon seed, we do not know how many I have in the package.  It is more than likely several and logically more than one, but yet it would be legal to just put one in the package and sell it with the same name.  The plural word for seed can also be stated as seeds, so the complexity of the words can be significant.  If you are a type of person who is into the details you will certainly get into these Bible lessons.

The first mention of seed in the Bible is within the context of the first chapter of Genesis when God creates the world that we all live in.  In Genesis 1:11 God says “Let the earth bring forth grass yielding seed”.   This is the first mention of seed and the first mention of the reproductive system for propagating the further existence of future plants in the world.  Within the same verse, God also tells us of “the earth bringing forth Fruit Trees yielding fruit after its kind, with the seed in its self”.  These are very important concepts being given to us from creation.  Some have called this the “Law of Genesis”.  Everything will reproduce after its own kind.  In other words a cat doesn’t come from a dog.  A watermelon doesn’t come from an orange.   Everything that God created comes from and reproduces after its own kind.  That means there was no evolution that took place at any time on the earth.  Evolution is a fantasy embraced by ignorant people who deny the design of God.  Everything that God created is self-sustaining and self-perpetuating.  Today on the evening news I watched a humorous story about which came first the chicken or the egg?   This has long been a debated controversial subject in the world.  However, according to the news, and a group of scientists in England who studied the subject, they have concluded that the chicken had to come first based upon scientific evidence.  They discovered that the shell of the egg comes from a protein found only in the ovary of a chicken.  Since this protein does not exist anywhere else in the world, they have concluded that the chicken had to come first.  But, they certainly did not say where the chicken came from.  Isn’t that interesting?  I can tell them where the chicken came from, but maybe another day.  I’m sure if you search the internet you can find more information on this scientific discovery and why they concluded this.

There are over 250 verses in the Bible that speak directly about seeds in the Bible.  I will not even attempt to go through all of these.  Then there are many other indirect references of seeds in the Bible so the total number of verses on the subject is by far greater than that.   We have already touched on the first occurrence in Genesis 1 of natural seeds from plants, so let’ move on to the second occurrence of seed found in Genesis 3 and it goes like this:

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

I have written a blog on this subject, so I will not attempt to repeat that information again.  If you want to learn about it you can go and read “The Seed of the Woman, the Seed of the Serpent!”   It is noteworthy to see that the woman has seed and so does Satan and I’ll leave it at that for now.  It is implied that these seeds are children, and we will find out more about this as we go.  The third occurrence of the word “Seed” arises in Chapter 4 of Genesis and this is Eve speaking and she says the following:

Gen 4:25  And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

Eve tells us that “Seth” is her Seed.  His brother Cain had killed his other brother Abel and now she has given birth to another “Seed”.  Obviously the implication is given to us that all of the other children are also her “seeds”.  So we see a clear pattern that children are called seeds of their parents.   Let’s find a confirming scripture to this fact from the book of Ruth:

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.

We can clearly see that God refers to children as seeds.  The term is related to a concept of planting and harvesting.  This concept was first introduced in Genesis 1 when God said to Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply.   You see two descriptive qualities of planting seeds, you always get a multiplied increase and it is always related to bearing fruit.  What we discover is that each child produced has the built in capability to reproduce more of its own kind in the earth.  The females carry the eggs, the males carry the sperms and they are joined together to produce more of the same kind as themselves.  What we have in the world is an exponential growth seed pattern of the population of the world.  From Adam and Eve, who were just two people on the planet just around 6000 years ago, we now have well over 6 billion and getting closer to 7 billion people on the planet.  That is God’s idea of a plentiful harvest field.  These are God’s plans and God’s designed laws of increase being demonstrated.  All of these are basic seed concepts, seed principles and seed laws.  I hope that you understand them.  Let’s look at the next occurrence of the word “seed” found in the book of Genesis.  You will find this one in the story of Noah and the flood:

Gen 7:3  Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

What we have is a reproductive biology lesson from the story of God’s creation.  The stated law of how God can create the original pairs of each species, both males and females so that they reproduce and multiply and still be here today for us to enjoy.  God informs Noah to gather and place on the ark, the male and the female of every species so that their “seed” would not vanish from the face of the earth.  What we learn from this verse is that all we have to do is kill every animal of a particular species and that species is not coming back.   That kind of kill’s evolution doesn’t it?  Man is doing a pretty good job at eliminating species on this planet so what will the results be?

Gen 12:7  And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

Obviously “seed” is a very important subject to understand.  God in speaking to Abram tells him that his seed will be given the land.   God is speaking about children or as we can read later in the N.T. God is speaking about a specific promised child.  Too many times people like to read a verse in the Bible in isolation and try to interpret it without using God’s helpful commentary and definitions.  This causes people to come up with erroneous teachings that results in confusion.  You see you can take this verse in many different ways.  Some try to take it literally and naturally and interpret it using their own human reasoning.  But, later we will discover that God gives us more information and we should always use the Bible to interpret the Bible.

Gen 13:15  For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

Again we have a great mystery presented to us.  Is the land given to a natural seed or to a spiritual seed?  You will notice that God did not tell Abram that it was his forever, because obviously Abram died and is no longer here to possess it.  What we have to conclude is that whoever this seed is that will be given the land, must be an eternal seed or a seed that will live forever.   That certainly changes the interpretation dramatically doesn’t it?

This has been an introduction to the subject of “Seeds” in the Bible.  I hope that you have learned something that you can begin to apply to your life and to your understanding of the Bible.  In the next lesson we will talk further about the other types of seeds that I have listed in the top of this lesson.

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

Understanding How to Become a Light to the Unsaved Dark World!

(Ver 1.3)  This is Part 1 in a series of Bible lessons about the subject of “How to be a Light to the Unsaved World”.  Most real Christians have a strong desire for others to come to the knowledge of Christ and accept the same salvation that they have experienced.  Why is that?   I think that it is a twofold motivation.   First knowing how good God is drives me to share with people His goodness.  Then second,  knowing the consequences for not accepting Jesus that also drives me.   But, how do you share something with someone you have absolutely no evidence or proof of  possessing?   If I could take you to a physical throne and show you God, that would be completely different than the system that God has designed for us to work within.  So, how do you get people saved?   Do you have a role to play in this happening?  Or can God just save anyone that He wants to with or without your help?  If you recall Jesus did not think so.  Jesus looked at the people on the earth and said, the “harvest is plenteous, but the laborers are few” (Mat 9:37).  That would indicate that we have a role to play in becoming a worker in God’s harvest field.  What works and what doesn’t work in this field?  Did you know every crop is not harvested in the same way?  How you harvest corn is different than how you harvest cotten or potatoes.  How does God define work?  It certainly is a very complex world that we live in.  Many people are distracted and deceived by many different things.  People have been deceived in so many ways, that I cannot even list them all.  Today I want to talk about how to be a light to the unsaved dark world using the definitions and methodologies revealed in the Bible.   I want to discuss what darkness is, what light is and how we can help people get from the darkness into the light.  I want to explore the correct meaning and interpretations of the symbolic references given to us in the Bible on this subject and help you to understand what God is saying.  This will no doubt be a long series that will take multiple lessons.  There is just too much information to cover in one blog, but I have to start somewhere.

The Moon Rules the Night!  The Sun Rules The Day!

Let’s start with the basics.  This is something that God taught me a few years ago and it has helped me tremendously in understanding these spiritual subjects.  God gives us some very important information in the first chapter of Genesis.  This chapter contains prophetic scriptures of future events.  In fact the first chapter of Genesis gives us a prophetic view of the entirety of Human history on this planet.  In Isaiah 46:10, the Bible tells us that God has made known the end from what was stated in the beginning.   Suddenly we can understand that God must have concealed information about the end of the world somewhere in the informaiont of the creation account.   Genesis chapter 1 is certainly representative of the beginning of our world, so it must inform us of the end of human history using symbolism or other methods of concealment.  If you want to learn about this in depth, I have other lessons that tell about creation events in Genesis in more detail.  I just want to focus on one verse for now, because it reveals to us something that we need to understand very clearly about the subject of light and darkness.  In Genesis 1:16, God is talking about the events on the 4th day of creation and this is what He says:

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.

God tells us of “Two Great Lights”.   Did you notice the number reference to “Two”?  As in more than One.  God clearly tells us there are multiple sources of light in this verse.  God mentions, the “Greater light“, the “lesser light” and the “stars“.  Then it says the Greater Light will rule the day and the lesser light will rule the night with the stars.  So what do we have?  We have the mention of “Day” and we have the mention of “Night”.   These are normally defined as two 12 hour periods of time, which comprise and make up a full 24 hour revolution of the earth.  So what is the “greater light” and what is this “lesser light”?  It would appear to me to be references to the sun and the moon.  What do you see when you look up into the night sky?   The stars and the moon is what I see.   I have been up in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and looked at the night sky in the total darkness with the absence of city lights that blocks our view and I have seen the night sky in its splendor.  It is very beautiful to see that clearly.  In looking at the night sky, there is only one light that is greater than the stars and it is the moon.  When the moon is in a phase of full illumination, it can be very bright, but yet nothing even close to the brilliance of the sun.   In looking at the sky during the day, the brilliance of the sun, causes the stars and the moon to disappear or become very, very minor.  So the Bible tells us in some indirect terminology, but yet very revealing terminology that the Sun is the Greater Light and it rules the day and the moon is the lesser light that rules the night.  But, let me give you some confirming verses of this reality and a clearer definition of each of these two lights from the Bible.  You can find them in Psalms:

Psa 136:7  To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:

As you can see God is again referring to these “great lights” that God created.   So let’s continue reading and find out what these lights are:

Psa 136:8  The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:

That is pretty clear now that God tells us his definition of the Greater Light.   This time it tells us in very certain terms that this greater light in Genesis 1:16 is the Sun that rules the day.   To rule means to “govern”, to have “power”,  and to have “dominion” over”.  Now let’s see who God says is the “lesser light”:

Psa 136:9  The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Finally, we see a very clear definition of the “lesser light” as being the “moon”.  It also confirms that the stars along with the moon will rule the realm of night.  These references are all clearly symbolic of natural truths that God is attempting to use to teach us about a greater spiritual reality.  If you do not understand symbolism in the Bible you can go find my lesson on the subject and review how God uses symbolism throughout the Bible to teach us.   The moon is again said to have dominion and control over the night.  Notice the moon does not rule the day nor does the sun rule the night in either of these examples.  That is actually very important to understand for later.  So what is this symbolic moon and what is the symbolic night?  What we need to do is to go and get the definitions of these symbolic words from the Bible in order to see it from God’s perspective and that is what I will attempt to do in the rest of this lesson.  I will start with the Sun and then attempt to define light and darkness.  Next I will talk about Day and Night.  Finally, I will end the lesson with the definition of moon.

Jesus Christ is the Sun and the Light of the World

What we should start to do when reading any Bible verse, is ask ourselves is God talking literally or symbolically or both simulataneously?   Is God talking internally or externally or again both concurrently?   Is God talking about physical things or spiritual things or as we will soon learn that God is usually using the natural things to teach us about the spiritual things so they are both technically relevant?  Many times people struggle with reading a Bible verse and being able to distinguish between these two major differences.  THis is why many people do not understand the Bible, they fail to rightly divide it.  Then we need to define the  terms found in any verse using only God’s definitions and ignoring man’s opinions.  The Bible is so much more complex than we give it credit to be.   God actually gave us all of the answers in His word, but yet they are not always easily found on the surface type of reading that most Christians do.

I believe it is very important to discuss Jesus first, that is why I selected to introduce you to the identity of the “Greater Light” first.  Jesus is the primary reason for every Bible lesson and this one is no different.   In the study of “Light” in the Bible we must find out where it comes from and then figure out what it is?   So, who or what is the source of all light and life?  According to the Bible it is Jesus Christ.  This reality is actually very parallel to the natural sun which is the source of all life, light and heat on our planet.  We should begin to see how God created the natural sun and see parallel characteristics of Jesus there.  Let’s examine some verses that teach these truths:

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

Jesus informs us very clearly that He is the light of the world.  I do not think that many people disagree with that point at all.  However, Jesus is not speaking naturally or physically, so He must be speaking symbolically and spiritually.   Jesus is informing us that He is the source of all of our spiritual light.   He then informs us that those who follow him, they will not walk in darkness, but they shall have the “Light” of Life.  We’ll talk more about that later.  On the earth, the primary source of all light and life on this planet comes from our natural sun.  Without the existence of the physical sun, there would be no life on our planet.  I believe this is representative of a pattern that God gives us in the natural realm that describes Jesus in the spiritual realm.   This verse in John certainly teaches us that they are both strikingly similar to each other by God’s design.

Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

You can see that God tells us that creation reveals to us the hidden qualities of even God.  By interpreting these natural qualities correctly you can understand spiritual things that you cannot see with your physical eyes.  Let’s review some known observable facts about our physical sun and see what they teach us about God:

  1. Our Sun is only one star out of billions.
  2. Our Sun is the closest Star to our planet.
  3. The Sun is our primary source of all light and heat.
  4. The Sun is the only object in our solar system that produces light of its own power.
  5. Without the Sun the earth could not support life.
  6. The Sun appears to Rise and Set daily because of the earth’s 24 hour rotation.
  7. The earth travels around a complete circle of the sun in approximately 365 days.

Reading this list of sun facts, shows us that the subject is truly more complicated than it appeared at first.   However, Jesus is still literally called the “Sun of Righteousness” in Malachi 4:2.  That is just one of the most direct confirmation to the identity of Jesus as being the Sun that rules the day.  The thing that we learn from studying the Bible is that God has purposely hidden information in the Bible, using several different techniques of concealment.   One of these techniques is to call one thing by many different names and descriptions so that you cannot just search the Bible for the obvious name and find all of the scripture references that talk about this single subject.  In other words, there are many names and ways that God uses to describe the sun and I will give you around 10 of them right now.  We have already seen that the Sun is called the “Greater Light” in Genesis 1:16.  Here are some of the names, titles and descriptive terms of Jesus Christ the Sun of God:

  1. The Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2)
  2. The Greater Light (Gen 1:16)
  3. The Day Star (2 Peter 1:19)
  4. The Bright and Morning Star (Rev 22:16)
  5. The Morning Star (Rev 2:28)
  6. The Dayspring (Luke 1:78)
  7. The True Light (John 1:9, 1 John 2:8)
  8. The Light of the World (John 8:12, John 9:5)
  9. The Light of Life (John 8:12)
  10. The Sun (Rev 1:16, Rev 12:1)

What I have just given you are some of the many different verses in the Bible that describe Jesus Christ in expressive synonymous names and terms of the “Sun”.   If you study these verses you will see they speak of Jesus Christ in terms described as a bright and shining light which emit rays like the Sun.   Jesus symbolically shining as rays of light to the people of the world.  We will define this reality and learn to understand what it means very soon.

Now I want to talk about another truth about Jesus and give you some new perspectives to look at and to think about.  If you study the Bible you can see that God and Jesus are described as being the Word of God.  In other words, God and His Word are one in the same:

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

What we learn from this verse, is that we cannot separate God and His word, then God tells us in John 1:14 that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.   You can by simple logic and the laws of mathematics substitute “Word” for “God” and “God” for “Word” and see that the Bible says “God” became flesh and dwelt among us.   In the laws of Algebra, if A=B then B=A.  You can also say if A=B and B=C, then A=C.  These are just basic mathematical laws that show how we can legally change the word of God to teach us a new truth.   The Bible says God is Light (1 John 1:5).  So we know that “God”=”Light” and “Light”=”God”.  From John 1:1 we have also learned that “God”=”Word” and “Word”=”God”.  So we now can make this change legally to John 1:1:

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with the LIGHT, and the Word was the LIGHT.

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was God, and God was with the LIGHT, and God was the LIGHT.

Wow!  This is really not that difficult to understand, is it?  I hope you understand algebra and the laws of mathematics.   Nevertheless,  we can also substitute in John 1:14 where the Bible says that “the LIGHT, became flesh” (Jesus) and dwelt among us.   So we have a little bit better understanding of how Jesus could legally call himself the light of the world while He walked the face of this planet.  What we just learned is that “Word of God” = “Light of God”.  This is just one new dimension and definition of Light.  I hope that you are understanding it.

Finally, Jesus is called the “True Light” in John 1:9 and 1 John 2:8.   This is a very important title given to Jesus and it has vast implications attached to it that I will discuss next.  But, notice this fact.  Jesus Christ is again called “The Word of God” in Revelation 19:13.  If God is the Word and the Word became Jesus in the flesh and Jesus is the True Light.  Then Jesus Christ also represents the “True Word”.  So we can say TRUE WORD” = “TRUE LIGHT” and “TRUE LIGHT” = “TRUE WORD”!   I’m really not sure if you followed my logic here, but it is a legal way to interpret and learn new things from the Bible.

Understanding There Must Exist a False Light!

Do you realize that you do not need to articulate an adjective of “True” before the noun of “Light”, if there is only one source of all light and only one kind of light?  An adjective always qualifies a noun and restricts or narrows the scope of inclusiveness of the definition.     If I said to you “Go pickup a red ball”.  You can automatically conclude that there are other colors of balls available for selection and that it matters which one you pickup.  In other words, if God only produces one kind of light and there is no other source of light, then God does not need to do anything but say “I am the Light” and everyone knows automatically what you are talking about because there exists only one light.  But, when God says “I am the True Light” that makes it a completely different light from the unstated implied antithesis “False Light”.   If you have a “True Light” described in the Bible (1 John 2:8, John 1:9), that would directly imply that there must exist a “False Light” by simple basic logic and understanding of the English language.  This is just basic logic, if you have a positive you know there exists a negative.  If there exists a North then there has to exist a South.   If you say “Left” you know there is also a “Right”.  If there exists Truth, then there must exist a Lie.  So who or what is the “False Light” of the world?  If Jesus Christ came into the world as the “True Light”, who or what is the “False Light”?   So that means we need to define “True” and “False” using the Bible also.  Now let me bring into the discussion another difficult subject to accept.  In John 8:12, Jesus informed us that He was the Light of the world and that those who followed him would not live in the darkness.   But, then He tells us that those who follow Him will have the “Light of Life”.  Wow, that is another one of those statements that has a direct opposite associated with it by logical connection.   What is the opposite of a “Light of Life”?  It would have to be a “light of death”.  Maybe we will get into that more later, just become aware of what it implies for now.  This is all derived from just a basic understanding of the English language constructs and simple basic logic.  What I hope to do is to give you a new perspective to see things differently using the Bible as the primary source for what we believe.   I will not discuss what the false light is here in this section, but I just wanted to logically establish the existence of this entity, so that we can look for it in the Bible later.

Understanding The Definition of Spiritual Light!

I’ve already given you some new perspectives on what Light is in the Bible by describing Jesus.  Right now I just want to focus on what the online dictionary says for this definition of the term “light”.   According to what I found light can be defined in very technical terms of physics and can be described as “electromagnetic” waves of illumination within the certain range of visible wavelengths.  That is a pretty technical definition and probably not what we are looking for in our discussion.   A light can be more generally defined as a source of “illumination” either natural or artificial that helps us to see other objects.  A light source produces illumination that reflects off of objects so that we can see them.   Without lights we would live in darkness.  Ok, that was just basic definitions of a simple light concept.   But, you do realize that “light” can have other meanings?   For example, if said that I shed some light on the subject of tractors.  What does that mean?  It means I was able to provide some intelligent information that supplied someone with some basis of understanding of the subject of tractors.   So when Jesus said “I am the light of the world, what kind of ‘light” was He calling himself using our definitions that we have seen so far?   Do any of these apply to the definition of spiritual light?  I do not believe that Jesus walked around the earth glowing in the dark.   No, Jesus was not a physical light emitting rays of light everywhere He walked.   Jesus was a person who held all knowledge and all understanding and was providing spiritual information for others to learn.  So while Jesus was here He gave what He knew to others so that they could HEAR it and begin to SEE and understand these spiritual things that He taught.  The Bible tells us that Jesus uttered things that were kept hidden from the foundation of the world.  Jesus revealed mysteries about the hidden things in the Kingdom of God (Mat 13:11).  This is why, he called himself the light of the world.   Jesus brought a new perspective to understanding God for all people to see.   So shining a “light” is giving information, knowledge and understanding to other people in the eyes of God.  God holds all knowledge, all understanding and therefore is the source of this light to everyone.  Later, I will give you scriptures to back all of this.  Right now I just want to introduce you to a new definition of light and shining the light to others as being the teaching of the truth of God’s Word.

The Definition of True Light and False Light!

Because we have a better definition for  what “light” is, we can now begin to see that there is certainly more than one light being present in the world.   If I possess a limited understanding of any specific Bible subject, then I can only provide you limited light on that subject to help you to understand it.  What we must realize is that both Jesus and the Bible were utilizing natural terms, descriptions and processes to describe spiritual things that you have never seen.   So when we see terms like “light” in the Bible, many times we have to transition to the symbolic meaning and see what else it is referring us to in the spiritual realm.  We can also begin to see what is referred to as a true light and how it can give new meaning to what a false light is.    A true light would be someone who teaches you something that is absolutely based upon the truth even though it is always a limited view of it based upon their current knowledge.   A false light would be someone who intentionally teaches you something that is a lie or contains lies and of course there is a big difference in these two types of lights, however, they both certainly exist in the world even today.  In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, it says at least 30 times that Jesus went around everywhere “teaching” the people, or that He “taught” them.  Why did Jesus spend so much of His valuable limited time on the the earth teaching these ignorant people?  I think I just answered my own question by how I phrased it, they were certainly ignornat and this is exactly why they needed to be taught the truth.  From reading these verses in the Gospel, it is implied that Jesus taught for hundreds of hours over the course of just 3 years.  Could this possibly be the way that He was displaying the Trie Light to the world?   Could it be that Jesus who held all knowledge and understanding, was trying to get others to see what He knew?  I believe this is exactly what Jesus was doing and how perfectly it fits the definition of being the true light of the world.  Jesus attempted to illuminate our minds with the words of truth coming from His mouth.  Later, I will give you scriptures about the false light, but we will end this lesson here for now.  Until next time, I hope you were blessed to learn and hear from God today.  God Bless!

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

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“.

Blessings and Cursing from the Same Mouth, This Ought Not to Be!

(Ver 1.2)  This is now Part 4 in the series of very important lessons on spoken words found in the Bible.  If you have not read this series from the beginning I would suggest that you go and start reading with “Part 1“.  The Bible contains some of the strongest language on what people say.  Either Christians are not aware of this or they simply ignore it and pretend that it does not apply to them.  God says in His Word that it is impossible for Him to lie.  We can obviously see that with men and women in the world this is entirely possible.  In my earlier blogs on spoken words I talked about the sword of your mouth and how it cuts two ways.  A double edged sword proceeding out of your mouths, is a symbolic representation that tells us words have spiritual power.  You can speak good things or you can speak evil things.  Speaking evil things is much more than just speaking lies, as well as speaking good things is more than just speaking the truth.  There is an established precedence in the Bible that spoken words establish blessings and in the opposite realm spoken words can also establish curses.  Today I will explore this subject in more depth.  Let me give you my foundational scripture reference s from the Book of James, let’s read them carefully:

Jas 3:8  But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Jas 3:9  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

Jas 3:10  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

You can clearly see that God is talking about your mouth, your tongue and the words that they produce. It is mentioned in verse 8, with the concept of the tongue being a potential poisonous serpent.  That does not sound good, does it?  Then in verse 10 it says your tongue can produce both blessings and curses.  What are the blessings and cursing that this tongue produces?  We are not talking about curse words, those 4 letter words that mature Christians do not normally say, although these could be a small part of what God is talking about.  Let’s get a Bible example of cursing something.  In the book of Mark, Jesus is visiting Jerusalem and traveling in and out of the city.  One day Jesus on his walk, views a fig tree and walks up to it and finding no fruit on it, Jesus does the following:

Mar 11:14  And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

Many people read these stories in the Bible, but ignore the point that is being made.   Was the words of Jesus a blessing to the tree or a cursing to the tree?  Jesus looks at the fig tree and does not find any fruit on it.  I do not believe that Jesus is angry at the tree, but I do believe that He chooses to use the barren fruitless fig tree to demonstrate a very powerful spiritual life and death lesson to His disciples.   Jesus does not pray, or ask anyone else to do anything.  Jesus simply looks at the tree and speaks words directly to it.  Please notice that these words were not positive.  The negative words were directed only at the bare fig tree, but they were loud enough for everyone near Him to hear them.  The next day Jesus and the same disciples are passing back by the same fig tree and Peter stops everyone and says this:

Mar 11:21  And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.

Peter tells Jesus, that the fig tree which He had cursed was dead.  Jesus had just spoken  negative words to something inanimate and living and Peter remembered it and called it speaking a curse.   Notice that Jesus did not dispute it or deny it.  The definition of this word “cursed” in the Strong’s means to “doom” and to “execrate”.   To speak words that have a very negative effect on something is a better definition of the word.  Jesus spoke some very simple words and said “No man eat fruit from you hereafter forever” and that resulted in the tree dying within 24 hours.  Of course Jesus was God and this does not apply to you and me, and if you think that is true then you are wrong.  Nowhere in the Bible does it say that God came to the earth in His omnipotent Godhead powers.  In fact if we study and search the Bible we will find the opposite being taught to us.  In Acts 10:38 it says God had to anoint Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost power to do miracles.  If Jesus was God in full power of the Godhead, Jesus would not need to be anointed by God, would he?  Then in Hebrews 2:17 it says Jesus was made like us, his brothers.  Jesus was a natural man and the Son of God at the same time.   Jesus Christ the God Man became like the rest of us and chooses to become like one of His creations:

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

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

These two verses in Philippians are very interesting.  The term that Jesus “made of himself no reputation”, can be taken as He removed or separated Himself from His Deity power.  Think about the “reputation of God” and then compare that with the reputation of Jesus Christ (the Anointed).  These verses tell us very clearly that God became like a man.  He looked like a man, he walked like a man, he talked like a man, he got tired like a man, he slept like a man, he ate like a man and went to the bathroom like a man.  If God was here in his full deity power, you would not see some of the things that we see in the Bible.    Jesus got hungry and thirsty, Jesus slept,  Jesus wept, I mean look at the characteristics of God and see how they change in the life of Jesus Christ.  While hanging on the cross Jesus said “I thirst”.  Would God in his omnipotent power ever be thirsty?  If Jesus Christ was here in the full deity power of the Almighty it would have been impossible to kill him physically, yet we see Jesus dying on a cross.  Then there is the temptation of Jesus in the Gospels that I mentioned in the last lesson in this series.  Jesus fasts for 40 days so he is obviously hungry and weak physically.   Satan tries to get Jesus to do something simple for an Almighty God to do, by turning stones into bread.  This is not something that is hard for God to do, is it?  Why is this consider a temptation to God the omnipotent?   It would only be a temptation if God had stripped himself of his deity power and was here on the earth operating within the limitations and constraints, like a normal human male.  Do you understand this?

Heb 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

How is it even possible to tempt an omniscient God?  A God who knows everything is unable to be tested or tried like a human yet that is what this verse said happened.  Therefore, we cannot believe Jesus was God in His full deity abilities or this would invalidate the truth found here in Hebrews 4:15.  If God is God and has the power and ability to create whatever He wants, whenever He wants how is it possible to ever tempt Him?  You see in this verse in Hebrews it clearly says that Jesus can identify with how we feel.  Because He was tempted in the exact same way that we are tempted, yet He did not sin.  Was it possible for Jesus to sin?  If it was not possible for Jesus to sin, it would not be a temptation to Him.  If He was here as God, it would have been impossible to tempt Jesus with anything.  Do people understand that Jesus was tempted in every way just like we are?  How is this even possible if He is here in His Omnipotent Glorious Ability?    Obviously it is not possible, so what does that teach us?

There are just so many references in the Bible to the man Jesus Christ not being in His omnipotent Godhead power that I cannot give you them all.  I will give you another couple of examples of Jesus healing the sick.  Was there anything that hindered or kept Jesus from healing anybody?   You see if Jesus was God in his omnipotent power, no one would ever not get healed, if that is what God wanted to do.  Do you agree?  However, we find some conflicts with this thinking in the scriptures.  If you read the 6th chapter of Mark you find some very interesting things occur.  Jesus is visiting his hometown and place where he was raised as a child.  But, when Jesus tries to heal people there, this is what the Bible says:

Mar 6:5  And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

So it did not say that Jesus would not heal anybody, it said He could not heal anybody.  A mighty work is easy by any of God’s omnipotent standards, yet Jesus is unable to do anything mighty here, so obviously we have a situation that is very hard to explain away.  Either Jesus was not operating in His Godhead Omnipotent power or there is a force greater than God that kept him from it.  What do you think it was?   I do not believe there is any force greater than God’s power so Jesus must have made the decision not to use this power.  There are many other scriptures that you should take note of, but I will stop there for now.

The Jewish O.T. Bible says “God is not a man” (Num 23:19), therefore, the majority of the Jews did not recognize Him when He became a man in Jesus.  Today we have the same foolish philosophy and reasoning in the reverse being projected that says Jesus was God in His full deity power and this is how He did all the miraculous things that He did.   People put God in their religious box and expect Him to abide by their rules and this is a major mistake.  Is God still God?  If God chooses to do something different than what you like to think about on how God is supposed to act, can He only do that?   If God wants to come to earth in the form of a man without using His deity powers in manifestation, can God do that?  Is it legal?  Is it even possible?  I believe it was God’s choice to what He did and how He does it without our input or consultation.  Obviously we need to realize that we have a lot to learn.

So let’s explore the flip side of the coin and look at the blessings.  A blessing like a curse is a word based expression that someone speaks out of their mouth that results in a positive outcome.  There are a lot of examples of this in the Bible and I will give you only a few of them:

Gen 1:22  And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

There is an established pattern of words of blessings found in this verse in Genesis.  Can you see how these words contrast with the example that Jesus showed the disciples when speaking a curse to the fig tree?  By the law of first reference also called the law of first mention, we can discover that Spoken words from God can contain blessings.  Blessing are what I will call “word containers” filled with love, favor, goodness and mercy within them.  The words of curses that Jesus spoke were containers filled with poison.  Uh oh.  I believe we are now learning something very profound.

If God would have said nothing, there would have been no blessing from Him given even if He thought great thoughts about them.  What we should realize is that silence is not always a blessing.  I just like to call silence “Empty” buckets waiting to be filled.  In many service times in churches people stand up for a moment of silence, thinking they are paying honor or respect to someone or something.   I have not found a Bible verse to confirm this practice, have you?   Could silence be something that Satan wants us to do instead of speaking a blessing over them?  Could this silence simply be those empty containers awaiting to be filled with a positive expression?  I believe that we can learn a very valuable spiritual lesson from this verse in Genesis.  God speaks positive words as full containers of blessing to His children and the result was a positive God given outcome that occurred in their lives or we could also say this was God’s vision of possibility that was being transferred to his creation.   I believe that this was the establishment of the spiritual law of either Blessings and Curses from spoken word containers being taught to us.  God was teaching Adam and Eve by His awesome example, however, I’m not really sure if they got it.

Let’s move into the 27th chapter of Genesis and see the story of Isaac and his son Jacob.  We know that Jacob became the Father of the natural nation of Israel.  But, how did this occur, since he was not the firstborn son of Isaac?  If you recall the story, I’ll shorten it in order to get to the part I need to get to.  Jacob got Esau to sell his birth right for a meal.  Later, Jacob’s mother helps Jacob implement a plan to get the blessing from his father Isaac.  Isaac comes to his father when he was very old and he brings him a meal and some drink.  Jacob is also dressed like Esau and smells like Esau.

Gen 27:23  And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him.

Isaac is tricked into blessing the younger son Jacob, thinking that he is blessing Esau.

Gen 27:27  And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed:

This is the beginning of the blessing, but not the end of it.  What we again see is the established pattern of God being passed down upon the generations.  Just as God blessed Adam and Eve with His words, Jacob is now getting the words of blessings of his father.

Gen 27:28  Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:

Gen 27:29  Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

Jacob receives the words of blessings from his father Isaac.  Jacob then goes out with the blessing and his brother Esau comes in from hunting and asking for the blessing.  But, Isaac is very surprised saying “who are you”?   Who was it that I blessed earlier?

Gen 27:33  And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.

If you read this carefully you will discover a principle, it is not as easy to take back your words after they have already been spoken.  There are just a lot of Christians who do not have a clue what I just said and how it applies to them.  If they say something by mistake they simply think it is OK to start over and do it again.  It’s funny Isaac did not take this position or attitude.   Isaac knew what was done was done.   The blessing was given and it would not be taken back.   Like I have said before, your words have more power and significance than you can imagine.

Gen 27:34  And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.

Esau pleads with his father for him to bless him also.  But, Isaac says that it is too late:

Gen 27:35  And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.

This chapter in Genesis contains some amazing information, if you learn to apply it to your life in the here and now.  Words are significantly powerful and can bless others, transfer blessings, transfer authority and ownership,  and they are a legal contract in the eyes of God.  Like Isaac you should learn to be a man or woman of your word, stand up and stand behind your words.  Mean what you say and only say what you mean.  Esau did not get a blessing from his father, because the blessing had already been given to Jacob.  This represents character and moral fiber that few have in our world today.

There are just so many stories in the Bible about the blessings of God, I’ll just give you one more example from the O.T.    This next story is also from Genesis and occurs in the 48th chapter.  Joseph brings his two sons to Israel to be blessed.  Israel is presented the sons with the older son on his right hand and the younger son on his left hand.  The older son is expected to receive the Right Hand of blessing and the younger the Left Hand of blessing.  But, Israel crosses his hands over and speaks the blessing upon his grandsons.   Again we see a principle that Words are the mechanism of blessing containers being transferred upon these children.  But, the hands are also being placed here with great significance and meaning.

Gen 48:20  And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

Joseph was not happy that his younger son got Israel’s right hand blessing.  So there must have been meaning and significance to what happened.  If it did not mean anything, it would not have mattered would it?  The right hand of blessing is intended for the older son and Israel gave it to the younger.  The net result was the younger son became a greater people in the eyes of God.  So what you do and what you say matters and makes a difference in the life’s of your children.   Learn the lessons from the Bible of the power of the blessing and then learn not to curse your children with your the words of your mouth and they will achieve and rise to level of what you have spoken over them.  Words are seeds that grow in young hearts.  If you tell your children they are nothing and nobody good, that is exactly what they become.

Mar 10:16  And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

People while Jesus walked the face of the earth realized the potential for the blessing still existed.  People would bring their little children to Jesus for Him to bless them.  There were those who tried to stop people from bringing their children to Jesus, but Jesus rebuked them and told them not to do this.  Jesus said this is a spiritual law and a foundational way of the Kingdom of Heaven.  To touch someone and speak positive words of blessings has a benefit that you probably do not fully understand.  Children today are growing up and their parents put curses upon them rather than blessings.  As a result the children grow up cursed.  Your children will live up to your words, either positive or negative.  What you transfer into them, is what they will achieve to.   What you speak over them, is what they will become.  It is a spiritual law found in the Bible.

If you like to continue reading this series of lessons on spoken words, you can go to “Part 5“.