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Jesus in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Part 13 – The Lamed

(Ver 1.1) This lesson is “Part 13” in the Bible study series revealing the Lord Jesus Christ, that was being hidden by the Spirit of God in His design of the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet. This is a truly amazing subject of immense revelation. If you have not read this series from the beginning, it is highly recommended that you go and do so with “Part 1” first. There is just too much information that has been given in each lesson that cannot be fully repeated in the others. Please also understand that “advanced spiritual lessons” from the word of God are potentially offensive to the unsaved, immature carnal, or newly born Christian. If you do not feel you are a spiritually growing and mature believer in Christ, please judge yourself and consider if it is your desire not to be hurt no matter what is said. No lesson published here is given to cause any person to stumble away from the LORD. Thank you in advance for your participation in desiring to know more about Jesus today, than you did yesterday.

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

  1. Introduction – The Lamed Shepherd Staff
  2. Jesus Found in the Lamed Letter Order of 12
  3. Jesus Found in the Lamed Gematria Value 30
  4. Important Bible Concepts of the Lamed Staff, Rod or Scepter
  5. GOD’S Name Connection with the LAMED
  6. Prophetical Patterns Found in Old Testament Shepherds
  7. Abel the Natural Type for One of Christ’s Main Purposes
  8. Moses Natural Deliverer of Israel from Egypt,
    Jesus Spiritual Deliverer of Church from World
  9. David the Pattern of Christ’s Shepherd’s Authority
  10. Jesus Our New Covenant Shepherd
  11. Jesus – His Shepherd’s Authority
  12. Personal Application of God’s Lamed Authority!
  13. The Conclusion

Let us get started with learning this incredible picture of God’s Lamed Authority in Christ Jesus.

1. Introduction – The Ancient Hebrew Lamed Pictogram

The ancient Hebrew letter “Lamed”, is the 12th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and has the gematria number value of “30”. We will be talking about these numbers more later. But it is very interesting that we can “first” find Jesus, learning and speaking with the Rabbis in the temple was at the age of 12. The Lamed letter has the sound that is similar, but slightly different to the English letter “L” depending upon the placement in the word. The letter “Lamed” is spelled as a root word with these three letters; “Lamed” + “Mem” + “Dalet”. The Hebrew root word H3925 that is made from these three letters, means to “goad”, and thus to teach or help the one being goaded to learn. This word is sounded as “Lamad” and it is mostly translated a form of “teach” or “learn” in the Old Testament. This is a very clear representation of what the ancient Hebrew letter “Lamed” represents.

Most can view the ancient Hebrew pictogram of the “Lamed” and see the clear image of a wooden “staff”.  This was a very common possession of many people in that time in history. The nomadic traveler that walked from place to place, would carry a staff as an aid for their journey of travel. We can see this in the life of Jesus in Mark 6:8. In this verse Jesus tells the 12 disciples to go cast out devils using the authority that He had given to them and for them to only take their “staff” with them. This staff was clearly a “sign” of their delegated authority, as well as being an aid for their travels.

The basic picture of a “staff” is also a very significant object found in the hand of shepherds in the Bible. This makes this letter Lamed a direct connection to a shepherd that watches over his sheep. This wooden object was constantly carried by a shepherd to help him guide, manage and protect his flock. The shepherd’s staff was generally used for the tasks of “goading”, “guiding”, “protecting”, “correcting”, “comforting”, “controlling”, “teaching”, etc. The shepherd’s “staff” also clearly carried the meaning of “authority”. This symbolism of authority and shepherds will grow increasingly as we connect this object as describing the LORD Jesus Christ.

The clearest symbolic meaning of a Lamed staff is “authority” over sheep. We can understand this by the connection of the shepherd having “sheep” under his authority, that need to be managed. Remember we learned the root word Lamad was spelled Lamed, Mem, Dalet, and it meant to “goad. This is certainly one usage of a staff to help train the animal to move to safety, water or food, or whatever was required to help them learn. A goad is a term, that denotes staff usage and application. The shepherd would need to train his flock by calling to them and potentially by goading them for their benefit.  When the holder of the staff pokes or prods an animal with the pointed end of their staff, they usually did so to encourage them to move forward to something good, or away from something harmful. From this we learn, that the goading by a good shepherd was based upon “love” of the sheep.  Therefore, the Lamed does represent a teacher of words.

If we analyze the letters of the word “Lamad” H3925 we learn the “Lamed” means “shepherd’s authority”, the “Mem” means “moving strong waters”, and the “Dalet” means “a door of entrance into the house”. Placing these together we arrive at “Shepherd with authority, speaking words to move His sheep into His house”. How did we arrive at that conclusion? We know that moving waters is defined by Jesus to be His spoken words in John 7:37-38. In verse 37 Jesus said, “If any man thirst let him come to me, and drink”. Then in verse 38 Jesus said, “He that believes on me, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water”. Finally, in verse 39, the writer reveals this was spoken of the Holy Spirit that those that receive that believed upon Him. This may not yet make sense to why this is words, until we find out how Jesus defined His words in the previous chapter. Jesus said in John 6:63 that His words were Spirit and Life. So, we have confirmed the connections of words to water. We can further confirm this with John 15:3 where Jesus said, “Now are you clean through the word that I have spoken to you”. This is clearly connecting spoken words to the cleaning power of water.

Now for the last letter “Dalet”. We learned in the “Dalet” lesson that this letter represents the picture of a “door”. We further learned that Jesus directly said that He was the “door” of the sheep in John 10:7. Hopefully, you can see the message connection to Jesus in all of these letters. In John 10:7, Jesus is implied to be the target location of entrance into ultimate safety for all sheep to go into. This would imply the Lamed staff of authority was being held by Jesus to help His sheep move towards the door. With the realization that water is words we now can see how authority is implemented in love with words. Therefore, we have “The Shepherd moves with His Words, the sheep into the Door of salvation”.

Let us confirm this with information from the New Covenant. It is very interesting that Jesus when appearing to Saul on the road to Damascus, said to him; “it is hard for you to kick against the prick”. This occurs in Acts 9:5, and the word “prick” (G2759) is defined as someone who is “goading” another. In this statement of Jesus, He is claiming to be the one that is using His Shepherd staff of authority to strongly encourage Saul to change his direction of travel. Jesus uses a stubborn animal analogy that means “those that are resisting His word of training are only kicking against Him personally and He is suggesting very strongly this is useless since Saul is the animal being trained and He is Chief Shepherd”. The order of intelligence, authority, and power was on Christ’s side, and not Saul’s.  

This is one of your first confirmations for Jesus being the Shepherd that is goading Saul with His Lamed “staff” of authority (Words) to change Saul’s direction. That is very amazing to relate to our study of Jesus the ultimate shepherd in authority. Let us continue with some other foundational concepts and connections to Jesus next by looking at the Lamed number values.

2. Jesus Found in the Lamed Letter Order of 12

Most Biblical scholars and diligent students of the Bible, recognize the awesome significance of the number 12. Therefore, we will begin this section of the lesson with a story of Jesus growing up after birth. It is interesting that Joseph and Mary took the child Jesus to the temple 8 days after His birth to be circumcised according to the Law of Moses (Luke 2:27, Lev 12:2-6). We also know from Luke 2:42 that it was the custom of Joseph and Mary to go back to the Jerusalem temple every year specifically to celebrate Passover. But it is not until Jesus was 12 years old that God mentions Him being personally in the temple by name. But something happened on this trip with Jesus at the age of 12 that was significant to God for Him to write about it. Could it be because of Jesus’ Lamed 12th letter connection? It appears that it could be based upon what we are about to learn.

Because God writes specifically about the age of 12 Passover trip of Jesus, we must understand that something had to have changed for God to mention only this one trip. There are no other mentions, that I know of where Jesus is again related to be in the temple, until after He turns 30. Wow, this is very significant since both of these numbers are associated with the letter “Lamed”. Because of these facts, we can connect Jesus directly to the number 12 by God writing about Him specifically to be at the temple in Jerusalem at the age of 12.

As we should know Jesus was present at Jerusalem for Passover like he had been for the past 11 years of His life. What was significant about this trip that made it different than the previous ones? We need to know that at the passing of the age of 12, and entering into the 13th year of life, the Jewish people traditionally considered the young male child to have moved into manhood. In other words, at this age a child has become accountable to the Law of Moses. This is actually very significant. Jesus was stated in Galatians 4:4 to have been born of a woman under the Law. We already know Jesus was circumcised on the 8th day of His natural life, so His parents followed the law very specifically. We also learned that this family’s custom was to present themselves according to the Law every year at Passover. We are observing the Law being followed very faithfully in the first 12 years of the life of Jesus.

But this trip things became radically different than all of the previous years. Jesus made the conscious choice to stay in the temple in Jerusalem when His parents Joseph and Mary left to go back home (Lk 2:43). It is interesting that they never worried about their eldest son for a long time after when they could not find him with any of the people that were traveling with them. It actually took 3 days for them to find Jesus again (Lk 2:46). Finally, Joseph and Mary found Jesus sitting in the temple in Jerusalem and Mary was not very happy.

Finding Jesus at the age of 12 in the Temple, brought the response to His mother, “Didn’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business” (Luke 2:49).  This answer to his mother Mary, appears to be a significant meaning to what was happening. Mary must have needed to be reminded who His Father was. With this passage of 12 years of His life, He had to understand that He was now responsible to be fully accountable to what was written about Him in the Law. No doubt Jesus had seen and heard things read about Him in the Law while at the temple for 12 years. The others at the temple were completely amazed at the things Jesus knew and understood in Law.

Jesus appears to be embracing the Father’s authority given to Him by staying to focus upon the Law. Yet it is clear that He still submitted to His mother’s and Joseph’s authority to continue in their house to mature until the age of 30 (Lk 2:51). It was age 30 when we find Jesus being baptized by John to begin His earthly ministry with His full authority power.

The number 12 is a dominate number from Genesis to Revelation. Here is a quick list of some of the most significant mentions of the number 12:

  1. There are 12 months in every year (Est 3:7)
  2. There are 12 hours in every day (Jn 11:9)
  3. There are 12 hours in every night
  4. Ishmael the first son of Abram and Hagar had 12 sons (Gen 25:16)
  5. Jacob had 12 sons (Gen 35:22)
  6. The 12 sons of Jacob become the 12 Tribes of natural Israel (1 Kings 19:31)
  7. Jesus had 12 apostles (Mat 12:10)
  8. Jesus healed a woman that had an issue of blood for 12 years (Mark 5:25)
  9. Jesus raises a daughter of 12 years old from the dead (Luke 8:42)
  10. One of the 12 disciples named Judas betrayed Jesus (Mat 26:14)
  11. Jesus going to the cross said He could call 12 legions of angels to save Him (Mat 26:53)
  12. Jesus fed 5000+ and had 12 baskets of fragments left over (Mat 14:20)
  13. The New Jerusalem has 12 foundations containing the names of the 12 apostles, 12 precious stones found in the walls, 12 gates made from 12 pearls guarded by 12 angels each containing a name of the 12 tribes of the children of Israel, and the size of the city is 12,000 furlongs high, wide and long. All of this is called the Lamb’s wife (Rev 21).

We can certainly see how the number 12 has great significance and application to being a pointer to the works of Jesus. Therefore, let us now briefly look at the number 12 and gematria number 30 of the Lamed to connect us with Jesus.

3. Jesus in the Lamed Gematria Value of 30

It is also most interesting that we are told by the Holy Ghost through Luke in chapter 3 and verse 29, that Jesus began His mortal life’s ministry at the physical age of 30 (Lk 3:23). When this occurred His spiritual Father in Heaven baptized Him with the Holy Spirit, being sent down from heaven in the form of a dove (John 1:32). It is fascinating that the name of the prophet “Jonah” means a “dove”. Jesus connects Himself to this prophet by saying “As Jonah was 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of whale, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”. During the baptism of Jesus, He goes under the water and the dove comes upon Him, and then Jesus begins His ministry preaching the Kingdom of God is near, repent. And in Jonah, the prophet is spit up out of the mouth of the whale, and he obeys God and goes to Nineveh to deliver the message from God for them to repent. Pretty amazing parallels.

Therefore, we have both number values of the letter “Lamed”, 12 and 30 being connected to Jesus directly. These even connect Jesus to His Heavenly Father. Th mortal ministry of Jesus only lasted for 3 ½ years but made more of an impact that anyone else in human history to the world. Therefore, we can see the number 30 definitely applies to Jesus.

It is also very amazing that Jesus was sold to be crucified for exactly 30 pieces of silver. We can read this very clearly in Matthew 26:15. In this verse we can see how Judas made a covenant with the leaders of natural Israel to betray the Christ. Remember Jesus calls the betrayer the “devil” in John 6:70. This was prophesied to occur in Psalm 41:9. In this verse God says “My own familiar friend in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me”. This appears to teach us something very deep that we are unable to get into any detail today. Just do not forget these verses.

But also remember that it was this betrayal by the one named “Judah” who was filled with the devil, that brought about the availability of the New Covenant for all humans. These were two covenants, two choices and two eternal consequences. Apply what 1 Corinthians 2:8 says to us about Jesus being betrayed and crucified. In this verse God says “Satan would not have crucified the LORD of glory had he known” what was going to happen to himself. That is also a very deep subject that cannot be taught any further.

In Genesis 41:44 we can read that Joseph was 30 years old when he stood before Pharoah. Joseph was a prophetical type of the Messiah Jesus.  Then according to 2 Samuel 5:4, David was 30 years old when he became the king of Israel. We should also be able to understand how David was a prophetical type of the coming seed of David called the Messiah, Jesus.  Finally, the Jewish priesthood normally never began their works in their priestly office in the temple until the age of 30.  All of these types point us to the work of Jesus, especially with Jesus being called the King of Kings in Revelation, and our “High Priest” of the New Covenant in Hebrews.

There are other cases for Christ as the type of the number 30, but we are trying to keep this lesson shorter.

4. Important New Bible Concept of a Staff Made from a Branch

Before we go further with learning about a “staff” being a representation of Jesus, we need to better understand how God uses the object and symbol in the Old Testament Hebrew writings. Two of these Hebrew words used by the LORD God that have the meaning of a “rod” or a “staff” are H7626. and H4294. These Hebrew words have the following meanings in Bible Lexicons, like Strong, BDB, and others:

  1. A Branch
  2. Staff
  3. Scepter
  4. Spear, Dart
  5. Writing Instrument, Pen(cil)
  6. Measuring Rod
  7. Tribe (figuratively)

These applications of the Hebrew concept of a branch are tremendous. We will begin by remembering that Jesus is called the “Branch” in Isaiah 11:1. And in Jeremiah 23:5 Jesus is called the righteous “Branch”. Therefore, we have two references to Jesus as being related to a “wooden” branch that can be made into many other objects, like a rod, a staff, etc. Never forget the number of uses for pieces of wood from a “tree”, they are practically endless. But also remember the essential fact that Jesus Christ was crucified on wooden posts made from a “tree” (Gal 3:13). God has just connected Jesus to being a figurative “branch” of a tree. Please remember this potentially new concept.

When we study more in-depth the Hebrew word H7626, it is not only used by God to describe a wooden “staff”, but also the descendants of a family. For example, in Genesis 49:28, God lists the names of the 12 sons of Jacob and calls them the 12 “tribes” of Israel. In Genesis 49:10 we find the same word being translated as “scepter” applying to only the royal line of Judah for which Jesus would come. The Hebrew word translated as “tribes” and “scepter” are the exact same word. God binds these two realities into one common word. What we are observing is the confirmation of Romans 1:20, where He reveals the invisible (spiritual) things of God are clearly understood by the natural things that He created, even His eternal Godhead powers.

It is also important to know these descendants that are called “tribes”, are also called “heirs”. An “heir” is simply a family descendant that inherits the family’s possession upon death of the parent(s). Remember Jesus is called the “Heir” of God in Hebrews 1:2. This truth could be a great stumbling block for some. Why would God the Creator, need to make His “Son” named Jesus, His pre-imminent heir? There are clues in the Bible everywhere to answer this question. The bottom-line answer is Lucifer. I apologize that this cannot be expanded any further today in this lesson due to the length of the subject. But, also remember that all saved Christians are called “joint-heirs” of God (Romans 8:17) by us entering into Christ (the Dalet Door).

We have just learned God’s connection of a natural tree branch to be the same as a branch of the family lineage, that God calls a “tribe”. God chose one human “branch” of the first Adam’s family tree. This chosen branch was named Abraham, and God used Him to bring forth His chosen Son. From this man Abraham, came Isaac, and from the Isaac branch, God chose the branch Jacob. From Jacob God selected one family tribe/branch called Judah. There were many branches of the First Adam tree but God only chose the Abraham branch family, to bring forth the Christ. From Christ came a New Creation (Gal 6:15) with the combined family of God from heaven and earth being joined in one united God/man named Jesus. 

Romans chapter 11 has God writing about several new concepts of branches being cut off or being grafted into a tree (family). What God is doing is using natural concepts of trees and branches to teach us about far greater hidden spiritual works that He was doing in His Spiritual family in Jesus Christ. Jesus repeated this process of cutting off branches when He described himself to be like a figurative vine and people being the figurative branches (Jn 15:5). All branches that did not produce fruit were cut off and thrown into the fire (hell). These are things that were happening in Jesus Christ to create a brand-new Kingdom of God.

But God’s New Creation in Christ (2 Cor 5:17) only occurred after Jesus was raised from the dead, to pay the sin penalty for everyone that would receive Him as LORD and produce fruit. Being raised from the dead first, Jesus became the “First born” from all the dead (Col 1:18) and thus a New Beginning for a new creation. This made the risen Lord Jesus the primary heir of God’s previous kingdom with all authority being passed to in heaven and on earth (Mat 28:18). God did this because Jesus was from both dimensions of reality. We are also saved like Him being born again, to become joint-heirs (Rom 8:17) with Him.  Remember Jesus was the firstborn of many brethren (Rom 8:29), and those that were born-again were made these many brothers and sisters of Christ.  Let us now shift our attention to another new concept hidden in the name of God, which contains the letter “Lamed”.

5. GOD’S Name Connections with the LAMED

We are first introduced to one primary name of God in Genesis 1:1. This verse says “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”. This name of “God” is the Strong’s Hebrew number H430. It can be transliterated into the English language as “Elohym”.  The second letter of this primary name of God is the “Lamed”. What we immediately see is this name is being called our Creator. This name H430 of God also occurs approximately 2600 times in the entire Old Testament.

We should also take notice this Hebrew name H430 is plural by the ending letter “mem”. H430 comes from the singular word “H433” that is transliterated as “Eloahh”. This word means, a “god” singular. This information confirms that God in His chosen revealed form is a “triune” plural being. Another way to possibly say this is, God reveals Himself to be a “complex unity” of three manifestations or divine nature roles, called, “God the Father”, “God the Son”, and “God the Holy Spirit”. This is similar to the human concept that calls one man, a father, a son, and a husband. These are just three roles of one man that has multiple relationship types.

Now we need to realize that the word/name “Elohym” is often shortened to “El” (H410). This name H410 “El” is recorded in the Bible approximately 242 times directly in the text as a name for God. Twelve times this word was translated as other words than “God”, like “mighty”, “power”, “great”, “might”, “strength” and others. What we are learning is very profound to our study of Jesus being the God of all “Power” and “Authority”.

The Hebrew shortened name of God “El” comes from two Hebrew letters. The word begins with the “Alef” which represents God as a strong “OX” head of power and strength.  We learned this represents the “servant” Jesus in the “Alef” lesson. This letter is connected by God to our study subject “Lamed”. We can begin to see that the “Lamed” staff picture represents a symbol of “authority” and “leadership”. Placing these pictures together we arrive at the meaning “Strong Power with Leadership Authority”. That is very interesting because it does describe who God is exactly. We can confirm that even the alphabet letters being placed together by God, tell us the truth.

Now here is another interesting concept found in the Bible. There are well over 100 names of people and places listed in the Bible that have the shortened name of God “El” (H410) imbedded within them. Some of these are very profoundly related to the LORD Jesus Christ. For example, in Isaiah 7:14 where God prophesies about Messiah being named “Immanuel”.  This is one of the most direct confirmations in the Bible, revealing Jesus was God.  This name literally means “God with Us”, and it is repeated in the Greek language as “Emmanuel” in Matthew 1:23

Another interesting name containing “El” is H1008 that is transliterated as “Bethel”. This Hebrew word means “House of God”. It comes by combining a new Hebrew word H1008 meaning “house”, with our H410 the short name of God. Remember, we learned in the “Beyt” letter lesson that this letter also means “house”. We can see the intelligent design of the construction of the Hebrew language. There is the basic building of words by God combining 2 or more root words together to form a new combined word meaning. Then there is the most fundamental building of root words by combining two or more letters together. Adding these letters together to form the root words, are built upon each letter having individual meanings that are being connected to form new combined word definitions. These are such interesting signs of intelligent design of the Hebrew language. This word “Bethel” simply means “the House with God’s Power and Authority”.

We could write book after book about Jesus being found in names with the “El” God name found in them. We will end this section with the name “Israel”.  This Hebrew word H3478, is derived from two other Hebrew root words like the “Bethel” word was. The first word is H8280, and this word means “to have power as a prince”. Isn’t that interesting because Jesus is called the “Prince of Peace” in Isaiah 9:6. This word H8280 is again combined with the H410 “el” short name of God. From this combination we get the fuller meaning, “He will rule as a prince of God”. This is a confirmation of Jesus’ claim in Matthew 28:18 where He said to have received from God all delegated authority within heaven and on the earth.  Some may try to reject this meaning, but it is further confirmed by the Holy Spirit’s writings through Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:27. In this verse it is written “He has put all things under His feet (Jesus)”.

We have just quickly explored the God (Alef) connection to the divine authority (Lamed), that is being given to the Son of God (Jesus) through one name of God “El”. These facts of truth, should cause you to think and ask a lot of questions. For example, why was it necessary for the Supreme Almighty Father God, to delegate all of His heavenly authority to Jesus the Son of God?  This question will need to be answered in a series of lessons all by itself. Let us continue with a short review of Old Testament prophecy patterns of shepherds that point us to Jesus next.

6. Prophetical Patterns Found in Old Testament Shepherds

Hopefully you already know some things about Bible patterns, types and shadows. These are just more of God’s designed tools using natural information that reveals His supernatural intelligent design hidden in His written Word. God uses real historical patterns of real people in real situations, and in real places to disclose greater hidden divine spiritual truth. This is where He uses historical hidden outlined information, like a sewing pattern to create a future dress, shirt, or pair of pants. Most of these were designed by God to teach us about far greater spiritual truths revealing His work to bring about His Son Jesus.

What we will discover by searching in the Old Testament, is that there are repeated types found containing natural shepherds with their “staff”, that represent prophetical patterns for the coming Messiah. Some of them should be very obvious and others have not been seen to be a pattern of Jesus because of their implied implications applying to the spiritual realms.  We will only go through a quick overview of a select few patterns, for the sake of time. Let us get started with Abel.

7. Abel a Natural Type of One of Christ’s Main Purposes

If we go and read the Old Testament, starting at Genesis 4:2, we find the second named son of Adam and Eve to be a son named “Abel”.  In this real historical account, there are two brothers. The elder son or we could also say the “firstborn” son of the first Adam was named “Cain”. This son “Cain’s” name is spelled “Qof”, “Yod”, “Nun” in Hebrew. These are the pictures of “the rising sun” (Qof), “the working hand” (Yod), and the “seed continues” (Nun). This is an interesting name. These letters have the implied meaning of “God’s (who is light) early work of His hand, to create a son (seed)”. This appears to be a hidden reference to Lucifer.

If we go and read Isaiah 14:12, we will discover the created being named Lucifer, is called the “son of the morning”. The Hebrew word H7837 is defined as “dawn” and thus the translation of “morning” meaning the rising of the sun. We know from God’s word that He claims to be “Light” in 1 John 1:5. So if Light (God) is rising in Isaiah 14:12 the implication is given that Lucifer was one of God’s earliest or even a “first” of all of His creation. It also is plainly stated that this created angelic being is called a “son” by the Hebrew H1121. This is the word “ben” formed with a “beyt” house joined with a “nun” seed to mean a son. We already learned in the “Beyt” lesson that this name is used to describe the LORD Jesus as the Son of Man and the Son of God.

Some are probably raising their eyebrows at this information. But it is confirmed in the book of Job, when the angels appear before God in heaven where they are clearly called by the title of the “sons of God” (Job 1:6). The same Hebrew word H1121 (ben) is used by God to describe Lucifer’s and the angelic descriptions as “a son” in both verses of Job and Isaiah. Job states directly the son title of angels is a direct reference to be of “Elohim”, and Isaiah makes Lucifer’s connection to God the Light by indirect symbolic reference. If you struggle with this, don’t let it keep you from continuing to read and see what else we can learn about who Cain could represent.

We have not yet fully covered the letter “Qof”, but this letter contains the meaning of the “gathering” of light at sunrise just as the Hebrew word H7837 means dawn of light. It represents a time of movement from darkness to light. Combining this letter “Qof” with the other two “Yod” and “Nun”, we can also get the meaning the “the early gathering hand of seed”. It is interesting that this is exactly what Cain brought as an offering to the LORD. Genesis 4:2 tells us Cain was a “seed” planter and in verse 3 we are informed Cain brought some of his planted “seed” produced “fruit” as an offering to the LORD. This type of work would involve “metal” tools for sowing the seed, as well as for harvesting the “seed” (Nun).

Another key point is Cain’s offerings of his “fruit” produced from “seed” was rejected by God (Gen 4:5). From this information we can again begin to see how Cain, appears to symbolically represent a pattern of Satan, another spiritual being whose “fruit” (labors) from his “seed” (words) have been rejected by God (Gen 3:15). We can more clearly conclude this by us knowing this man Cain, was the first natural murderer. This natural title for Cain corresponds with Satan being called the ultimate “murderer” by the LORD Jesus. In John 8:44, Jesus calls the “devil” a “murderer” from the beginning. This should be obvious that Jesus is giving us a pointer for us to go back and look at the book of “Beginnings” (Genesis) to find the first “murder”. We will find that we are studying about it right now in Genesis 4.

Abel’s is the name of the “younger” or “second” named son of Adam and Eve. Uh oh! Remember Jesus is called the second man in 1 Corinthians 15:47. If Cain the older son is a type of Satan the murderer from the beginning, then Abel does fit the pattern to be Jesus, since Jesus was not murdered by Satan until almost 4000 years after the death of the pattern type named Abel (1 Cor 2:8). This is still a good fit for Satan being Cain, because we are learning that Satan was created long before even the first man Adam was created. Jesus, the Last Adam (1 Cor 15:45) and Son of Adam (Lk 6:5), was born much later. Remember patterns are only outlines, and all of the details will be filled in by God with more revelations from other verses in the future.

The younger son’s name Abel, is spelled in Hebrew; “Hey”, “Beyt”, “Lamed”.  This name’s meaning becomes much more obvious to us by combining the ancient Hebrew picture language definitions of each letter. Abel’s name could be thought of as saying “Behold (Hey) the Son’s House (Beyt) of the Shepherd’s Authority (Lamed). Please just look up each ancient Hebrew letter’s meanings and you will find this combined application. It is amazing that this name Abel ends with our Bible study letter “Lamed”, meaning authority. It is also amazing the “Beyt” appears as the middle letter the picture of a father’s house where his son and heir is born. Finally, the letter Hey means what is being connected is a revelation to behold and to be amazed with. This is certainly an outlined picture of Jesus, because Jesus was significantly questioned about where He got His authority in the Gospels (Mat 21:23).

We can get a further confirmation about Abel being a type for Jesus by the description of both men’s blood being spilled onto the ground. This is just another parallel between these two individuals. God says to Cain, “the blood of your brother cries to me from the ground” (Gen 4;10).  We know the blood of Jesus certainly flowed onto the ground while hanging on a cross (Tav) (Jn 19:34). Then in Hebrews 12:24, God writes of Jesus “the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than the blood of Abel”. There is no doubt the shepherd Abel was a type of Jesus the “Good Shepherd”. It should become more obvious by how God connected Abel’s blood to Jesus’ blood with both speaking.

It would be great if we could go and study every letter, word, and verse of Genesis 4 to find Jesus in more specifics, but that is not possible in this introduction and overview of the “Lamed”. We should be able to see how one shepherd named Abel is a picture of the great Shepherd named Jesus Christ. Finally, please just realize that we can read in 1 Corinthians 2:8, that Satan would not have crucified the LORD of Glory, if he had known what was going to happen to him, and us in the world. This is truly an amazing application discovering how these will fit with Cain and Abel types found in Genesis 4. We will continue next with the overview and application of Moses as a type of Jesus.

8. Moses Natural Deliverer of Israel from Egypt,
Jesus Spiritual Deliverer of Church from World

The description of Moses being a prophetical pattern of the LORD Jesus is amazingly clear when found and seen in scripture. Moses himself prophesies to natural Israel in Deuteronomy 18:15, that God will raise up a Prophet from among the brothers of Israel, and Him should they hear. This is clearly the coming Jesus Messiah. Then in Hebrews 3:5-6, God compares the servant Moses’ faithfulness over his house, to Jesus the Son of God’s greater service over His own house. These are examples of Moses being type for Christ, and there are so many direct comparisons found in the Bible, that they cannot all be listed in this lesson. We will only touch on a very few.

For example, in Exodus 3:1, Moses is stated to be a servant (Alef) that keeps his father-in-law’s flock. The term flock implies Moses to be a shepherd of sheep. Remember who Moses was. Moses lived in the house of the ruling family of Egypt, before he left to become a shepherd of a “flock” in a wilderness. Moses moved from a life of wealth and luxury to a life of hard work and poverty. This sounds very similar as a type and pattern for the supreme ruling God the ruler in Heaven, coming to the earth as a man to become a “Good Shepherd” of His people. In 2 Corinthians 8:9, we find Jesus being called “a former rich man, but for our sakes He became poor that through His poverty, we might also become rich”. We can further see that this was God’s intent for the people that Moses delivered also. These people were taken out of the slave poverty of Egypt to be given a land flowing with milk and honey (Exo 3:8).

In this verse of Exodus 3:1, we are told that Moses “led” his flock. It just so happens that after the Hebrew word translated as “led” (H5090) there appears the hidden “Alef+Tav” untranslated word H853, which are the two letters that Jesus claimed to be in the book of Revelation. This is just another direct connection that God is prophesying about Jesus in this verse. This information clearly teaches us that Moses was a rich ruler that became a poor shepherd, and he was a pattern of the coming Alpha and Omega Lord Jesus. The parallels to Jesus should be becoming very clear already. Now we need to connect our study subject the “Lamed” staff to Moses as a pattern for Christ.

Then in Exodus 4:2 God asks Moses, “what do you have in your hand”?  The Hebrew word H3027 translated as hand, means “power”. Therefore, we discover another connection to Jesus who was anointed with the “power of God” (Acts 10:38). Moses replies; “A rod”. We already learned the Hebrew word H4294, translated as “rod” is defined by Strong to be a “branch” indicating it comes from the “wood” from a tree. But we can notice this word is also translated as “staff” as it probably should be in the context of “tending a flock”. This symbol of a staff and Moses designates that in the eyes of God, Moses had authority. Not just over sheep, but also in more powerful ways that Moses did not yet understand. This power and authority status of the type Moses is a continuation of prophecy that is only fulfilled in the coming Christ/Messiah. We will be learning more about how this is true as we continue to learn. We are now going to go through the example of David as a type of Christ.

9. David the Pattern of Christ’s Coming Shepherd’s Authority

It is definitely important to know that David was a key shepherd prophetic picture of Christ. This story of David and Goliath found in 1 Samuel 17, has many amazing parallels.  This real story is a battle between two opposing kingdoms, or nations who are enemies. The Philistines have gathered and arrayed themselves against God’s covenant people of Israel. The Philistines are clearly a figure of the kingdom of darkness in the world ruled by Satan. The natural nation of Israel is plainly a pictured type of the New Covenant church. Goliath the giant is called the “champion” of the evil nation without a covenant to God, and this can only represent Satan/Lucifer. The young boy named David was just a simple shepherd that only watched over his father’s sheep as his primary role in life. This image represents the humble servant of God called Jesus Christ who came into the world to help gather His father’s lost sheep back into His Father’s sheepfold (Mat 15:24). Remember Jesus is called God the Father’s Holy Child in Acts 4:30.

This battle takes place between two mountains, representing the two spiritual kingdoms: darkness and light. The area between them is called “Elah”, and this was a valley of potential death. David writes of this location in Psalm 23:4 when He says, “Lo though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil”.  This name “Elah” can be interpreted to mean a “mighty oak”. It is interesting that this is a tree that produces very strong wood. But notice one major root of this name “Elah”, is the name of God’ El” that we looked at earlier. Remember this root is spelled “Alef”, “Lamed”, and means “Strong Authority” or the “God with Authority”. This is because the “Alef” alone represents a picture of “God” who is strong and the “Lamed” alone represents a picture of the “authority” of a shepherd.

The Hebrew word transliterated as “Elah”, combines the name of God El with the letter “Hey”. The letter “Hey” represents an instruction for us to “behold”, “look”, “see” what is being connected and revealed. For example, we learned in previous lessons that the name of Jehovah translated as “LORD”, is spelled “Yod”, “Hey”, “Vav”, “Hey”. These combined letter meanings proclaim, “The hand, behold; the nail, behold”. This was a clear hidden prophecy of who Jesus was, and how he would die on a cross.

This name “Elah” also has the meaning of a “covenant oath” as well as the curses that take place when the oath if violated or broken. Can we think about what this is saying? It would appear that God places a story of two nations in His Word, that takes place in a valley of God’s strong oath of covenant.  But there was only one young boy named David that remembered God’s covenant. The rest of the nation of Israel was cowering in fear of this giant (1 Sam 17:13). This is sounding more like our Christ, when facing Satan and the cross, than many can see at first. Now let us look at some other interesting information concerning the Lamed connections being made by God.

In 1 Samuel 17:7, Goliath had in his hand a great “spear”.  In this verse, the shaft of this spear is called a “staff” in the KJV. It is described to be as great as a “beam”. All of these are symbols of someone who has great power and authority. Clearly this is significant to our discussion of the “Lamed”. God appears to be telling us that Satan has the same kind of ability in the spiritual realm of darkness. We can confirm this in the verse of Colossians 1:13, where we read Jesus has “delivered” us from Satan’s (Lamed) authority (G1849) ruling in the kingdom of darkness. Can we see the parallels being made? David delivered Israel from the authority of the Philistines and Goliath their champion, and Jesus has delivered us from the authority of Satan ruler of the darkness. Thank you, Jesus!

Notice how the battle takes place and see the application into our current times. When David was running to fight Goliath, the giant cursed David saying in 1 Samuel 17:43, “Am I a dog that you come at me with a stave (shepherd’s staff)”. This Hebrew word H4731 means a “stick” and Goliath’s words are a prideful demeaning reference to a weapon called a “staff” held in the hand of the young shepherd “David”. Goliath clearly underestimated David’s power and ability that was backed by God. This was the same for Satan who vastly underestimated God’s plan of deliverance through Jesus Christ.

Here again we see a young boy that tended sheep for his father, who is fighting a huge giant with far greater weapons of war and trained skills. This Goliath is clearly a type of Satan, that has grown in power and size from the earlier little serpent symbol found in Genesis 3:1 where he only defeated one man named Adam and his wife named Eve. It is also very important to see that this same devil has grown into a much larger “great red dragon” in the book of Revelation. This should inform and warn you that his tricks of deception have potentially significantly increased. However, to the Christian, we have still been removed from his authority over us, if we give him no place of entrance into our life.

If you read the entire story of David and Goliath, you will continue to find that David is very courageous and fearless of this great giant. The only weapons that he is running with to fight this giant is the tools of a common poor shepherd. David places 5 stones in his shepherd’s bag (1 Sam 17:40) and five is a number for God’s grace.  With God’s grace, David takes his staff of authority, and his sling, which projects the stone. This sling can be associated to be a symbol of the human mouth that speaks (the mouth representing a word projectile spiritual weapon system, against our spiritual enemy Satan). Notice, we can confirm this from David’s actions, while facing the giant. Count how many times David “speaks” confidently (projecting and releasing faith words) and says exactly what he is about to do, and then does it by God’s participation of grace. David remembered that this enemy giant had no covenant with his God, and he did.

Please go and read this chapter and we will notice, before the physical battle begins, there is a different war of wills and words fought. Goliath curses David with his symbolic spear of authority and power, using the power of his gods (the devil). We can see where Goliath’s trust and confidence was in his god, who was not named JEHOVAH LORD (1 Sam 17:43). Goliath then proclaims his will of intent to feed the flesh of David to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field. We can clearly see a spiritual battle that is taking place between two kingdoms and two gods.  One is Satan the god of this world, and the other is JEHOVAH, the creator of heaven and earth.

Remember we are learning of God’s Old Testament “shepherds” with “staffs” that are types and pointers to Jesus. One common prophetic thread between Abel, Moses, and David, is they all have brothers that are a problem to them. For example, David’s eldest brother is mentioned in 1 Samuel 17:28. In this verse David has to endure verbal abuse by his elder brother. It is very clear that David was not looked upon as a rightful member of their family. Then we can read in Exodus 32, about Moses’ brother Aaron, that gives in to the children of Israel to make them a false god in the image of a golden calf. This sin caused the wrath of God to fall on many.

All of this is in parallel with the very interesting fact that these correspond with Abel’s abuse and natural death committed by his older brother Cain. Now how are all of these types connected with Jesus? When we see Jesus walking the earth in the flesh, his physical brothers also reject him, abuse Him, and kill Him by nailing Him to a wooden cross by Satan’s leading. Wow, these are pretty amazing parallels between all of these shepherds.

There are many other types and shadows found in these stories of shepherds and others. But we will need to conclude this section for now. Hopefully you can see the comparisons from Abel, Moses, and David to Christ. It is essential that our Christ/Messiah is called the “Son of David” in Matthew 1:1. It is highly recommended that you go and read the 23rd Psalm of David about shepherds now. This Psalm will come to life when seen through the eyes of Jesus and His work to lead us into the path of righteousness, so that we can dwell in His house and family, forever and ever.

10. Jesus the New Covenant Lamed
and Shepherd of the Sheep

Remember the Lamed is a picture of a shepherd’s hook and a staff of authority. Interestingly, the letter picture is of a staff that is pointing down, as if held by someone that is in heaven holding the staff while reaching out to the people of the earth, trying to gather them. That cannot be a coincidence, it is more likely to be a “God Incidence” of prophecy. This picture looks very similar to the English uppercase letter “J”, depending upon the font style.

The essential connections that are implied with God’s selection of this symbol are great and should be obvious, if we know the Bible. We have learned a lot of them today. Let us analyze some of the Bible implied truths about a “staff”.  The “staff” of authority is a useless item without a “shepherd’s” hand to hold it. The main reason for the “shepherd” to have and hold his “staff” in his hand, is for him to guide and protect His sheep. Therefore, without “sheep” the authority symbol of the “staff” is only useful for personal travel. This concept reminds us an old saying “He who leads, without anyone following, only takes a walk”. There is a lot of wisdom in that message.

This section is about Jesus claiming to be the “Good Shepherd” (John 10:14). Jesus by making this faith declaration is claiming to have sheep that will follow Him. Further, by Him making this claim Jesus has just implied that He has come down from heaven to the earth to gather some of His potentially lost “sheep”. In order for Him to accomplish this He had to have been given authority to do so, and this is the symbol of a “Staff” (Lamed). We are all making these connections, right? Let us look at a couple of verses that apply to find His “lost sheep” first:

Jer 50:6  My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace. 

This verse in Jeremiah is a very obvious definition of who “lost sheep” are in God’s dictionary. This verse plainly says “God’s people” in the Old Covenant have become “lost sheep” and their shepherds have caused them to go astray. That is very profound information. God clearly defines “sheep” to be a symbol of people.  Then God informs us there are others in the world that were called to be “shepherds” with authority. It should be obvious by further implied references that a figurative “shepherd” in the natural world is someone that should lead, guide, and feed God’s people into the path of knowing God.

Jesus, we find in Matthew 9:36 had great compassion upon the people, because He saw them as sheep without a shepherd (G4166). This clearly teaches us that God saw the need for good “shepherds” as a requirement for His people. We can see this concept again repeated in the New Covenant. We will find that God has established “shepherds” in the church. This Greek word G4166 is most often translated as “shepherd” but it is also translated as a “pastor” in Ephesian 4:11. In this verse God writes that He has established some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some “pastors” and some teachers. That is very interesting information to remember. Let us now focus upon our first verse about Jesus claiming to be a “Shepherd”:

Mat 15:24  But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 

This verse is very applicable to our subject and contains a vast amount of implied information. This verse begins with Jesus saying He was “sent”. This simply implies He came from somewhere else, and we know from other verses that He came from Heaven (Jn 6:38).  Then Jesus narrows His reasons for His personal appearance to focus only on finding the “lost sheep” from the house of Israel. This clearly says the people of natural Israel were lost people that were apart from God and needed to return to Him. There are multiple parallels found in this statement, to the information we read about in the Old Testament shepherd types and shadows. Even though they were focused upon helping natural sheep, we can relate these to what Jesus was doing with spiritual lost sheep.

Now let us focus upon some other direct claims of Jesus that were spoken from His mouth to confirm His fulfillment of the prophecy of the ancient picture of the “Lamed”.  This should not be a lot of new information for most serious Bible students. We will turn to the book of John and chapter 10 to read some selected verses:

Joh 10:1  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
Joh 10:2  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 
Joh 10:3  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 
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. 

Reading from verse 1, we find Jesus claiming to be speaking in a “sheepfold”. His claim is that He has entered into the sheepfold by going through the legal doorway. His appearance is contrasted with someone else called a “thief” that entered illegally. We must understand Jesus is speaking of the “world” as the symbolic sheepfold. This is the realm of the earth’s atmosphere, where humans breathe air. Jesus says His entrance into the world was lawful and this was because He was born of a natural woman like every other human since Adam and Eve.  Jesus’ entrance into the world is being compared with someone that was not created here or born here legally. This can only be the devil.

Notice the concept given about a shepherd’s voice being known by his sheep. This is essential to understand. A shepherd is not a “cattle wrangler” forcing or driving his animals to go where he desires. Every sheep has their own freewill choice to follow. Because the good “shepherd” is so caring and loving to his flock, they will willingly learn his voice and follow him happily to the next green pasture to feed.

In these verses we can see Jesus, speaking and comparing His purpose for coming into the world’s sheepfold. This is being compared with someone called the “thief” that is being implied to be significantly evil and harmful to God’s sheep (people). This thief is not someone that a true sheep will want to follow, and they are usually tricked or forced to go where they would not really want to go. This “thief” we must know is Satan, and Jesus speaks more directly about His role as a shepherd versus this thief in verse 10:

Joh 10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 

Joh 10:11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 

We can see this more clearly in John 10:10 where the thief, who is Satan, only came into the world to steal, kill and destroy. But Jesus says His purpose was to give His sheep “life abundantly” and this will be achieved by His personal death. This is the basics of the Gospel being proclaimed. Let us move down to verse 14 next:

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

Joh 10:15  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 
Joh 10:15  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 

As you can further see, Jesus is now directly claiming to be the “Good Shepherd” of the sheep. As we saw in Jeremiah earlier, He came to show people the truth and the right way to the Father. Notice the intimate and personal relationship between Jesus and His sheep. The term “know” represents personal close fellowship. Jesus said I “know” my sheep and they will also “know” me. This represents “covenant” relationship, as between a husband and his wife. Let us move down to verse 26 next:

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

Joh 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 

Joh 10:28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 

We can clearly read that it is “believing” in Jesus that causes anyone to become a following known sheep of Jesus.  Jesus again in these verses, says all of my sheep can hear His voice and recognize Him as their Good Shepherd. These verses and the others that we did not cover prove Jesus to be a “Shepherd” that had authority to gather all of His believing people to save them. Therefore, let us go analyze the subject of Jesus’ authority to learn more about how this relates to the Lamed.

11. Messiah Jesus – The Shepherd’s Authority

One of the most key aspects of the physical ministry life of Jesus on the earth for three and half years was all of the people that took note of His authority. The fact that we can see Jesus had great authority over the kingdom of darkness, made Him unique above all others on earth.

Mat 7:29  For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 

A good shepherd is a guide to the blind, hurt, lame and hurting sheep. Jesus operated with this role by teaching His lost sheep things that had been kept secret since the foundation of the world. Jesus taught them using mostly parables that were on their level of natural understanding. When they came to the saving position of believing in Jesus being raised from the dead, and calling Him LORD, then they would be able to understand the spiritual applications of these natural truths. If they had not believed in Him or did not want to make Him their Messiah, they were unable to understand these truths.

Mat 21:23  And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?
Mat 21:27  And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things. 

Here is an example of the religious Jewish leadership demanding to know where Jesus got His authority to teach what He was teaching and to do what he was doing. Clearly, they were clueless to whom they were speaking. They had no idea that this was their God of the Torah in the flesh. Since these were men in authority, they recognized that Jesus was acting with greater authority than they even possessed. They could not go into towns and heal everyone. But Jesus did this more than once.

It is very interesting in this discourse, they asked Jesus one question and Jesus asked them one question back. Jesus said you answer me this question, I will tell you by what authority I do these things. But they refused to answer, because His question would have exposed them and answered their question simultaneously.

Mar 1:27  And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. 

Jesus constantly did things of such great authority, that He cast out evil spirits continually. Even when the devils questioned His authority to cast them out, Jesus only said “Shut up and come out of him” (Lk 4:35).

These were just a sampling of verses in the Gospels that declare Jesus was operating with great authority, in His teachings to His lost sheep, and in the casting out of evil spirits that possessed and oppressed the sheep. All of these verses clearly show Jesus was a guiding shepherd teacher and a protecting shepherd from the wolves that wanted to devour His lost sheep.  These facts show that there was a symbolic Lamed “staff” of very great authority present in the spiritual hand of Jesus. Praise the LORD!

12. Personal Application of God’s Lamed Authority!

We need to learn how to personalize each ancient alphabet letter picture.  How do we apply this ancient picture of a shepherd’s staff to us as Christians in these last days?  The first application is do you know Jesus the Great Shepherd? Can you recognize His voice? Do you follow where He is leading you?  If you answered no to any of these questions, it is time to turn your life over to the God who created you and knows everything about you and loves you enough to save you from an eternal existence separated from Him. There is a link at the bottom of this lesson that will help you to be introduced to Him. Please go and click on this and follow the basic instructions. Then leave a message to proclaim you accepted Him as your LORD. If you have already done this, then we need to begin to learn what God has given to us by entering into the LORD Jesus Christ. Here is one verse that will help us:

Luk 10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 

This verse is Jesus telling us to take a new look at how His “staff” of authority applies to us right now. In this declaration from the mouth of Jesus, came His personal authority that was given to Him by His Father. He has delegated the most awesome gifts of righteousness and authority that people could possibly imagine (Rom 5:17). Jesus says “I give unto you power”. This Greek word is G1849 (exousia) and it should be translated as “authority”. The applicable definition of this word comes from Thayer and it is defined as “the power of rule or government” and is further said to be “the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed”. Did you know Jesus gave you this ability over the devil?  

But many will say: I don’t feel like this is true! Others will say: “it doesn’t work for me”. But yet God is not a man that He should lie” (Num 23:19). Therefore, it must be true regardless of if we know it or believe it, or it looks like it is working or not. Do you remember the time when a man came to Jesus asking Him to help his lunatic son? This son had a spirit like “epilepsy” that would cause the child to fall on the ground and shake. His father said it oft times made him fall into waters or fires trying to kill him (Mat 17:15).

The disciples were given “authority” to heal this boy. But the disciples tried to cast out this spirit and failed because of the deception of the enemy. Jesus looked at His disciples and was very frustrated at them, calling them “a faithless generation” (Mat 17:17). He further informed them that it was because of their unbelief that they could not cast this spirit out! What caused their unbelief in this case, when their faith was sufficient in many other cases of deliverance? The reason they failed for this child, was because the demon in the boy made it look like it was not working this time, and they gave up.

When Jesus cast out this spirit, the same thing happened that must have happened with the disciples. When Jesus commanded the devil out, the child fell on the ground and looked dead (Mk 9:26). But Jesus just ignored what the devil made it look like, and simply took the boy by the hand and lifted him up totally free (Mk 9:27). This implies that when the disciples tried to cast out the demon, the devil tore the boy the same way and he fell on the ground. The boy could have appeared dead, or he just could have continued to make the child shake and foam at the mouth, and one of these delaying tactics caused their faith to change to unbelief. Do you see the difference?

We have been given this authority regardless of how it looks on the outside world, and in our personal circumstances. God says it will work, if you will not change when it is applied in your life. The devil will try to delay you to change your mind also. He will even try to distract you away from using your spiritual authority. But where is this authority and why have many not known about this before?

We need to give God a chance to reveal a new Hebrew word translated as “heart” in the Old Testament. This word is H3820, and it is only two letters. The first letter is the “Lamed” representing “authority”, and the second letter is the “Beyt”, representing the house where a family resides within. In this application we need to see that a tent must be entered into in order to be experienced. We can all look at the outside of a mansion, but never go inside to experience it. Therefore, the concept being taught by these two letters represents a man’s “Authority is Inside”. Or it can also be expressed as “the authority of the human is inside”.  Did you get what this is saying? Please don’t miss it. What God is expressing is the location of human authority is in our spirit.

When Jesus was physically present upon the earth in His mortal flesh, we saw that He had great authority, even over the demonic spirits. We have also seen how He could delegate this authority to His disciples. But this authority was spiritual and not a natural ability. It required spiritual “faith” to be effective to release God’s power. What is “faith”, or a better question would be “where is our faith”? Everyone has “faith” in something, but do we have any faith in the words of Jesus? God answered this question in many verses but Acts 8:37 is a good one. Here we are told to believe with all of our heart.

According to this Hebrew word, we discover a mystery of where Jesus obtained His authority. Remember the Hebrew word H3820 is normally translated as “heart”. This represents the center of a human being. This location is within the unseen spiritual interior of the physical body. Remember a tent is God’s symbol of the human body where the human spirit resides inside. This human body spirit container is called a tabernacle in the New Testament (2 Peter 1:14), because this is also where God’s Holy Spirit comes to live when we ask Him inside to sup with us. When God is invited into our tent, He joins with us to become one Spirit (1 Cor 6:17). Therefore, we have just learned and confirmed:

  1. Our Body is a Tent/Tabernacle
  2. The temporary tent residence of our human spirit
  3. The tabernacle that we invite God into,
    to be joined with our spirit to be One
  4. And God calls this place “inside” to be our heart (Lamed + Beyt)

Whose spirit did Jesus have on the inside of His physical Tabernacle body? You better answer God’s Holy Spirit, because that was the temporary temple residence of God in person. Jesus confirms this speaking in John 2:19. All of the people believed Jesus was speaking of their stone temple, but we are informed He was speaking of His mortal body, being buried for 3 days and being raised up again to eternal life. This is very amazing information.

But how does that help us? The answer is because Jesus died and was raised from the dead, He obtained all authority in heaven and on the earth (Mat 28:18). He immediately gave this fully obtained authority to everyone that believed on Him. He further sent the Holy Spirit to live inside of us, so that we would have the spiritual power and authority on the spiritual inside to release this on the outside in the physical realm. Do you see how Jesus was a pattern for us today? How He operated with power and authority is how every believer can do the same. Don’t believe this? Jesus said in John 14:12; “Whoever believes on me, the works that I do, shall you do also, and greater works will you do because I go to my Father”. Wow, when was the last time you raised anyone from the dead? Don’t feel bad, because we are all rising to a higher dimension of authority everyday by learning the truth.

Some may still say I don’t believe any of this. You may ask, why don’t I feel like I have any authority? Why doesn’t this authority seem to work over the devil in my life? Just don’t forget what we learned at the beginning of this section. The devil is going to try to make us doubt it is not working, even when it is working, to get us to fail.

Also remember what we have just learned from God’s chosen spelling of the Hebrew word “heart”. God gave us spiritual authority over our spiritual enemy only on the inside of our body, hidden within our spirit. It is NOT normally an external feeling that can be experienced with our five physical senses. God requires us to have “faith” in Him and His Word. This includes us believing in even how He chose to spell the words that have important revelation within them. Do you see the parallels in that last statement? There are hidden messages in letter definitions that were not understood for a long time. These were opened up now so that we could believe in our unseen human heart, about His spiritual works.

Another great Hebrew word that is created with the “Lamed” as the first letter is the Hebrew word H1980. This word has the root word “LK” which consists of the “Lamed” + “Kaf”.  The letter “Kaf” is a picture of a man’s open hand.  It is the letter that directly precedes the “Lamed” staff. Thus, they are already intimately connected by alignment, association, and usage.  It requires a Kaf “hand” to hold the Lamed “staff” of authority. These two letters together have the meaning of in the hand of a man. This certainly applies to Jesus, but it also applies to Christ followers called His sheep.

The word H1980 is most often translated as a form of to “walk”. This is because a man with a staff in his hand implies that he is traveling somewhere to arrive at his destination. In Biblical times, many travelers were the only source of information from other locations of the world. Thus, this word also means to be a “messenger” with a “message”. But this word is also used as a form of “relationship” between two individuals that were “walking together” in unity.

For example, in Genesis 3:8 we find God walking in the garden of Eden to fellowship with His created man and his wife. It is implied that God and Adam did this walk together often, because Adam recognized the sound of God’s voice walking in the garden and ran and hid because of their sin.  However, the second time this word is used it has a different ending result. In Genesis 5, we read of a man named Enoch. This man also walked with God, and their relationship was so very close that God took Enoch off of the planet without him seeing physical death. Wow!

Do you see how us having a staff in our hand has any application to our lives on this earth? God is saying to us, that we need to have close intimate relationship with Him personally daily, minute by minute. We must use our faith to walk with Him to get the messages that we need for our lives. A part of this must be fellowshipping with the Word of God, and the other part fellowshipping with the Spirit of God in prayer, worship and praise. But it does not stop there, because we still live in a natural world right now. We have this staff of authority in our hands to walk to others and bring them the “Good News” from the Kingdom of God. This is exactly what Jesus did personally in the flesh when He was here, and this is the example for us to follow.

Our spiritual authority has been given to us in our spirit, residing in a temporary spirit tent dwelling called our body. God accomplished this by joining our spirit with the Holy Spirit of Christ, and this was all defined by the Hebrew word “labe”, that is translated as “heart”. In or physical body, we have been given the “staff” of authority to walk with God and to bring His message to others.  Christians have been given great gifts from God that contain His authority. This authority is inside the house where the Spirit of God abides forever. We have been given a powerful “staff” of authority and we are told to hold it in our hands and never to turn loose of it. Jesus transferred this staff with His commands (words); “Go into all the world”, and “in my name you will cast out devils”.  God desires for us to continue finding and inviting lost people to become a part of His sheepfold.

13. CONCLUSION

We have been going through a brief study of the ancient Hebrew letter “Lamed”. We have learned that this letter is a picture of a shepherd’s staff. It represents God’s ultimate authority. We should have seen how this authority was given to the Son of God, named Jesus after His resurrection from the dead. This authority was further delegated to His body on the earth with Him being the “Head” (Resh) in heaven. We have not yet learned about the “Resh” letter, but that was your first introduction to Christ being the head of the body, called the church.

We have seen several verses that can help us to see Jesus as the ultimate “Good Shepherd” in this lesson. Every “Good Shepherd” will have a staff in His hand, and Jesus is no different.  Here is just another verse relating to Christians being “sheep” and Jesus being our Shepherd:

1Pe 2:25  For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. 

This verse in 1 Peter is an obvious reference to Jesus as the Shepherd that was being prophesied in the ancient Hebrew letter “Lamed”. This is just another confirmation that Jesus is our Shepherd that David wrote and prophesied about in Psalm 23. Remember this verse is a fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 53:6 where the prophet wrote that we were all like sheep that went astray. We can again confirm those saved in the church body, are the sheep that have returned to their true shepherd. Let us conclude this lesson with another ending prophecy of Jesus in the book of Revelation:

Rev 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 

Rev 19:12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 

Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 

Rev 19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 

Rev 19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 

Here is an awesome description of Jesus coming back to the earth to rule for 1000 years with His saints. We know this is Jesus because Jesus claims to be the Faithful and True witness in Revelation 3:14. Then we can confirm Jesus is God, because these identical terms were used to describe the LORD in Jeremiah 42:5.

Notice in these verses that the coming Lord Jesus is clothed in a robe dipped into blood (v13), and is riding a white horse (v11). God further describes a sharp sword in his mouth, which is a representation of His words of authority, eminence and power. We can also clearly see the church riding behind Jesus on more white horses, with clean and white robes, representing purity and righteousness. But it is verse 15, that we need to focus upon.

In verse 15 of Revelation 19, we are told Jesus will rule the nations of the world with a “rod” of iron. Notice the transition that has occurred during this context. Instead of a wooden shepherd’s staff, this one is made of strong iron. This iron rod/staff is for a much different purpose than the wooden staff of the Shepherd Jesus, that managed docile loving sheep that follows Him willingly. No, we are seeing two different rods, and purposes for two different groups of people.

Notice the Greek word G4464 that is translated as “rod” in this passage, means a stick or baton that presents the holder to be royalty in a kingdom. This certainly fits Jesus as the King of kings”. It is normally translated to be a “rod” like we saw in Moses’ hand of authority.  We again see in Revelation 17:14 that Jesus the Lamb of God is called the LORD of lords, and the King of kings. Clearly there are many references to the multiple roles of Jesus within God’s Kingdom.

What we are confirming is the fact that during this current church age of grace, Jesus offers humans a loving Shepherd. Anyone can join His flock by believing and confessing Jesus as their LORD. But when the age of Grace ends and the fulness of the gentiles come in, there is a new transitional time for judgment that will begin.  This time will initiate a 7-year period called the time of Jacob’s trouble. Jacob as you know is the foundational member of the natural nation of Israel. There were 490 years prophesied about these natural people by the prophet Daniel. This is 70 weeks of years. Every week has been fulfilled, except for the last week that many call the 3 ½ year “Tribulation”, followed by the 3 ½ year “Great Tribulation”.

This final week of prophecy to the natural people of the earth will end the ability to be saved during the 6 days (6000 years) of God’s work for humanity. There will be a 7th day of “Rest” called the Millennium, that will follow the “Great Tribulation”. These verses in Revelation 19 describe the ending battle to fully subdue the devil’s kingdoms ruled over the people on the earth. This is why this battle is brought about with the stronger authority of iron. The weapon that will ultimately defeat the devil, will be the sword coming out of the mouth of Jesus. It is this picture that represents His powerful words. We will hopefully talk about these concepts when we arrive at learning the ancient Hebrew letter “Zayin”, the LORD be willing.

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Jesus in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Part 5 – The Dalet

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Introduction – the Dalet Door

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Jesus Found in the Number 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. The 4th Son of Jacob – Judah

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. The Door Prophecy of Jesus’ Words

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Jesus the Ark Door of Our Salvation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Jesus Our Passover Door

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Jesus Our New Covenant Door

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. CONCLUSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Intro Alef Beyt-12 Gimel Dalet Hey Vav Zayin Chet Tet Yod Kaf Lamed Mem Nun Samekh Ayin Pey Tsade Qof Resh Shin Tav Chart (Series updated as LORD directs and permits)

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Jesus in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Part 15 – The Nun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. INTRODUCTION – THE NUN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Jesus the Word (Seed) of God

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. CONCLUSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jesus in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Part 3 – The Beyt Part 1

(Ver 1.2) This will be “Part 3” in the Bible study series, revealing the Lord Jesus hidden in the ancient Hebrew Alphabet. Today, will be “Part 1” of the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, called the “Beyt”. The current plan will be to go through each letter, as long as the LORD directs and permits. We may or may not go through every letter in the correct alphabetic order. God is appearing to direct us into the more significant alphabet letters first. That does not mean any are not important, it only means, that God appears to place significant emphasis upon selected letters, like the Alpha (Greek)/Alef (Hebrew), and the Omega (Greek) /Tav (Hebrew) as direct names and titles of Christ. We learned this in the book of Revelation. We are about to discover that the “Beyt” is another letter that God places extraordinary meanings that apply to Jesus within.

If you have not read this Bible series from the beginning, it is highly recommended that you go back to “Part 1” to start. Today’s lesson will be divided into at least two or three separate parts. There is an extraordinary amount of information, and revelation found in the Bible about today’s Hebrew alphabet letter “beyt”. Here is a list of today’s lesson subjects:

  1. Introduction to the Beyt
  2. Basic Bible Concepts of the Tent (beyt) “House” and “Family”
  3. Alef (Strength) + Beyt (House) = The Father
  4. Hey (Behold) + Beyt (House) = Love
  5. Tet (Surround) + Beyt (House) = Good
  6. Beyt (House) + Nun (Seed) = The Father’s House Continues in His Son
  7. The House (Beyt) Name of the LORD
  8. Conclusion

Finally, please be advised this entire lesson series may have potential new information, and revelation from the Bible, that you may have never seen, or heard before, or even imagined could be hidden in the Bible. It will also be a very spiritually mature lesson needing a lot of serious thought and study. This means it will take you significant time to begin to understand what the Lord desires us to see. Don’t plan to rush through it, and think you can get everything that is given.

Any new information is potentially offensive, and could result in your immediate judgment to condemn it as being false teachings. But that is exactly what God says would happen. In Acts 17:11, God gave praise to the church at Berea, because they were more noble than the church at Thessalonica. The Bereans did not automatically reject the new revelations given to Paul by God, simply because they had never heard them before. Rather, they studied daily in their Scriptures to confirm what was taught, was actually what their written Word of God said.

If by chance you disagree with any part of this lesson, or even find a typographical error, wrong Bible verse reference, or any other unintentional mistake, know everyone is human and can come short of perfection. Therefore, it would be a great blessing for you to share whatever you believe needs attention in a comment. Thank you in advance for your kind participation, in helping us to share the Word of God.

Please determine to be a Berean type of church member. Any new revelation will always be found in the Bible, if it is a true reality from God. Also, the Holy Spirit inside will always bear witness with your spirit when His written Word needs to be confirmed.

ALL new information brings to us knowledge, but new revelation from God, brings us the opportunity for the change of God that is needed in us!

1. Introduction to the Beyt

The Beyt is the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It has a number value of “2”. Two is significant because of the Law of Marriage found in Genesis 2:24, where God says two separated individuals (a male and a female), will become one new (united) family. Remember the first Hebrew alphabet letter was the alef. This letter was a picture of a single ox, and it represented “strength”. Therefore, using the number of the second letter, could represent two weaker individuals, that when joined together can be stronger in unity.

Perhaps you will recall that we learned about the first letter “alef” which represented a strong “ox” having a yoke to plow the field, as preparation for harvest. We learned that this letter has very strong pointers to Jesus. Remember in Matthew 11:29, Jesus called for us to take His “yoke”, indicating He was this letter’s prophetic ox servant. By Him using the call for us to be “yoked” with Him, we are symbolically being called out of the world, to be joined with Him in united marriage as one (alef).

This being joined with the Lord to labor with Him, is one of the very significant parts of the works of Christ to save humanity. We must understand this because Romans 5:14 declares Adam, to be a figure (modeled pattern or type) for Jesus to come. That subject alone could be a book by itself. But the short take away for this number of two, becoming one, is the fact that Jesus is now joined to His wife on the earth, and because of this union, we are saved and Him joined with us, makes us much stronger, than our enemy. We will speak about this more as we continue.

Today’s letter is transliterated into English as “beyt” or “bet”, but it has other potential sounds when combined with other letters. This letter is equivalent to the Greek letter “beta”. It is interesting that the complete set of letters that are used to make up the known language, are called the “alef” + “beyt”, or “alphabet”. From an alphabet all other words are formed and originate. Remember this as we continue to learn.

This letter “beyt” in the ancient Hebrew paleo pictogram representation, appears as the image of a “House” or “Tent”. It is noted by its characteristics of being like a simple architectural diagram, of the floorplan of a modest tent dwelling. One potential meaning for this simple beyt tent diagram, is to represent a “space” that needs to be filled by entering in.

To accommodate this need, the tent diagram has an entrance door at the top of the letter, that allows the outside individual to enter into the house to rest, sleep, eat, take shelter from weather, etc. Therefore, this letter beyt can represent the meaning of coming “in” to the house. Consequently, the letter diagram can represent an internal space for peace and safety. When this letter is used as a prefix, it has the application of being “in”.

Another key representative definition of this Hebrew letter is the “family” that resides in the house. Therefore, this letter can also mean, “coming into the family”. In God given family terms, there are two primary ways of permanent access into a family’s house. The first is by “covenant” invitation (marriage) (Eph 5:31-32), and the second is by being birthed inside the tent (family) (John 3:3). This is logical, sense this interior of the tent was also where the birthed child was normally conceived.

This was the quick overview of what this beyt letter represents in Bible terms. But it is a single little picture that contains literally vast amounts of implied application. There is an old quote that says, “A picture tells a thousand words”. This is the path the LORD is leading us into. We are discovering what one little picture of a tent means to God and how it applies to the LORD Jesus Christ. Let us get started.

2. Basic Bible Concepts of the “House” and “Family”
of the Tent (Beyt)

We have already learned that the “beyt” represents a tent house where a family resides (abides), grows, and originates from. In this section of the lesson, we will be introduced to some of the God inspired concepts hidden in the letter picture of a house (beyt). Some of these have been revealed to us in the Bible after Jesus arose from the dead, but the basic foundation will be found in the Old Covenant and with the combinations of other ancient Hebrew letters joined to the “beyt”.

As part of this individual letter study of the “beyt”, we are going to go through a small number of other Hebrew words that are created by joining another important letter to the “beyt”. Some of these letters, we have potentially not yet studied. This intelligent letter joining process, may introduce a new concept to some. We are about to see that each letter being combined to make up new words of the language, are done so by a purposeful strategy. Nothing is randomly selected in the Bible. There are no accidents, or coincidences of spelling or word choices. Everything in the Bible is present because of the extreme intelligence of a far superior intellect than any human.

This is a good time for an introduction, to this new concept of the joining of letters together in the Hebrew “alphabet” by intelligent design. We just learned in the letter introduction, that the word alphabet came from the combination of alef + beyt. And from the almost infinite combinations of these alphabet letters, can come every other word that could be formed and spoken. Wow! That is an awesome concept, but it becomes even more amazing when we learn “what” these two combined letters “alef” and “beyt” are defined to mean.

It is very important in our study to know that there is a two letter Hebrew word formed from these exact same letters, in the exact same placed order of “alef” + “beyt”. The “alef” begins a Hebrew word that when it is combined with the “beyt”, is most often translated as a “father” of the house. This word represents the head family member of the entire household. This is the Strong’s Hebrew word “H1”. This word occurs in the Old Testament over 1200 times, making it a very significant subject for God in His Word.

This is an excellent time to introduce you to a God selected key individual named Abraham. The name Abraham is H85 and is a contracted word that includes the word “H1” translated as “father”. The name actually means “a father of nations or a multitude”. This is exactly what God said to Abram in Genesis 15:5. God informed Abram to look at the stars and count them, because this number represents how many children he could have. Yet at this promise, Abram was an old man, and his wife Sarai was barren.

We could spend a lot of time studying the name Abram and Abraham. Both names contain the word H1 father (the alef + beyt). But God added one letter to Abraham, called the “hey” which means “behold”. This letter changed Abram’s name from “exalted father”, to Abraham meaning “father of many nations”. This was God naming Abraham to help cause His Genesis 15:5 prophecy, to happen. This will have to be another lesson, since we are focused only on the “beyt” of God today. But the subject of Abraham will return soon in this lesson for another major reason.

Abraham appears to be one of the most significant chosen men in the Old Testament. From him comes the nation of Israel, and many other nations of the earth. The Islamic religion and people came from his relationship with a slave girl from Egypt named Hagar. But it was the promised child through Sarah, that will bring forth the promised “seed” called the Messiah/Christ. And because of Christ, Abraham becomes the spiritual father of every believer in Christ (Rom 4:16). Therefore, Abraham becomes the father of 3 of the major world religions. But being in Christ as Christian, is the only nation that saves us.

Remember the “alef” letter represents an “ox” with great strength, and we have just learned that the “beyt” represents a tent house or the family in the tent. Therefore, the meaning of these combined letters is, “the strength of the family and the house”, and this is God pointing us to Himself as being the ultimate “Father” with the ultimate house. Remember that it was God the Father, that spoke all of the creation into being. It is God the Father, that progenerated every other spiritual being either angelic or human.

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

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

These two verses give us a foundation to the rest of this Bible lesson on the “beyt”. First, verse 14 begins with naming God as “Father” to whom every human should bow to. Then in the same verse it is written that it was this Father God who is the Father of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. The fact that Jesus is called LORD, designates that Jesus is also, God the Son.

Next, in verse 15, we have the confirmation that God has a family that is in both heaven and earth simultaneously. We have just discovered some amazing facts about God in the Holy Bible. These include the following statements:

  1. God is a Father (Hebrew H1 Alef+Beyt),
  2. God has a Son named Jesus
  3. God has a family
  4. Part of God’s family is in heaven
  5. Part of God’s family is on the earth

Let us observe a few other implied facts of truth from these two verses. Notice, because there is no mention of the realm of hell in these verses, we can logically conclude that there are no family members of God under the earth. Yet we still find people like in Luke 16, that go to hell. This would imply these people were not a part of God’s family, and this implies the existence of another possible family that belongs to someone else. We will find by studying the Bible correctly, that this spirit being is Satan, an adversary of God (John 8:44).

Next, we can further logically conclude that because God is stated to be a Father, with a son named the LORD Jesus Christ, He is implied to have a wife that gave birth to His son. Hopefully, you already know that a wife in a relationship with God represents the people, that are in covenant with God (Jer 31:32).

In verse 15, God is plainly revealed to have a family, and based upon our knowledge of the “beyt” so far, we must conclude that He must also have a house, where His family abides. This just further confirms that God has a covenant wife, and children that define a God designed family. Could this be why the devil is attempting to redefine the God created family unit? It would seem if the devil could convince everyone to rethink the family unit being one male, one female and their children, he could get people to throw out the rest of the Bible.

Then based upon John 4:24, we know God is a Spirit, and therefore His family, wife, children, and family house must be a spiritual certainty. However, we understand that we primarily learn about these unseen spiritual realities, by observing God’s created natural patterns of houses, and families that are firmly established in the Bible (John 3:12).

That was a quick introduction to the New Testament family of God. We have seen clearly God to be a spiritual “Father”, and the head of a house and family. We can begin to observe and understand how the ancient Hebrew letter applies to God the Father. But now let us go back to the Old Testament to analyze further, this Hebrew word H1 for father.

3. Alef (Strength) + Beyt (House) = The Father

Notice the order of mention of the letters. The ox alef is the first letter of the word “father” (H1) and the “beyt” the second. The ox-alef represents the strength of a father, and he is the head of the household, which is represented by the second letter the tent-beyt. This combination order signifies that “the father, and his strength is in his house”.

Throughout the Bible, it was always the strong father in a house, that made the key family decisions. This even included the choices of who their children would marry. Is there any reason why you cannot see how this description matches your knowledge of who is “God the Father”? We can actually find this patterned example of God the Father, written in the life of Abraham, by him sending a servant (type of an ox), to get a wife for his son Isaac in Genesis 24.

Please go and read this story to help you see the patterns of word selections that God uses to describe the life of Abraham and his son Isaac. We learn in Galatians 4, that this story of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar and their children were selected by God because they allegorically inform us of the hidden spiritual family of God the Father in heaven. If you don’t understand this, it is too much information to share here. There is another lesson series specifically written to describe this amazing revelation. Please go to “Understanding the Spiritual Family of God” to help you.

This story of Abraham sending his servant to obtain a wife shortly after Isaac was planned to be sacrificed by Abraham in Genesis 22, was a significant pattern for the coming work of God through His Son Jesus. Remember, that Jesus was both God’s sacrifice (Isaac), and His servant (ox), that would be sent into the world to save us. But it was also the Holy Spirit that would be sent into the world to live in the bride of Jesus, to help her get ready for the wedding. We learned about Jesus being as an ox servant in the first alphabet letter’s lesson on the “alef”. Knowing this gives us the strong indicator that God the Son, is planned to be a father of a coming house in the future, like Isaac was. It is interesting to read in Isaiah 9:6 that Jesus is prophesied to be the “Everlasting Father (H1)”.

It was God the Father, that selects the wife for His Son that He would die for, to save her. It was the blood of Jesus (God’s strong alef servant), that was used to purchase, and redeem her from another close relative’s family, like Isaac’s wife was. We need to transition into a new Hebrew word and learn about the subject of the “son”. This will be our foundational introduction to the “Son” title of Jesus. We are going to be introduced to a new ancient Hebrew letter that is combined with the “beyt”, by God’s awesome intelligent design. This new letter connects Jesus into the House of God.

4. Hey (Behold) + Beyt (House) = Love

We are going through a few words that are created by joining other letters to the “beyt” study letter. If we join the “hey” meaning “behold” with our “beyt” meaning house or family, we get “behold the house”. Or in other words we could say “look to the house”. This can also be defined as, “provide for the family”. It is interesting that children born into a family have absolutely no voice in determining who their parents are, or what house they will live in. This would include who their relatives will be, and what were their family tree origins (tribe, nation, etc.). No, this family birth decision must be considered only a gift from God.

Therefore, this Hebrew word carries the implied meaning of “gift” or “give”. This information defines the concept of “love”. The parents of the house should love the child that they were given from God. We know from reading 1 John 4:8, that “God is love”. Therefore, we must understand every human family must love each other and God, because God first loved them (1 John 4:19), and created them (Malachi 2:10). The fact that God declares that He is love, confirms that God has a house and a family that He can love. We just learned this by observing the Hebrew letters “behold” (hey), and “house” (beyt), that were combined to form the Hebrew word for “love”. It was this word H157, that gave us the meaning and definitions of the letter, to be the root of a “love gift” from God.

We are being introduced to a foundational “beyt” family concept. God has created the subject of love to be strongly tied to the subject of a beyt “house”. This would seem to imply that “love” was, and should continue to be the motivation for every God style “beyt” house and family.

This love concept would be initiated by a man loving a woman, and these two joining as a husband and a wife, to form a new family. Then love producing a family of children, with the wife becoming a mother, and the husband becoming a father (alef + beyt). These should be very simple basic concepts, but the devil is doing his best to try to destroy this foundation of true love, in a “beyt” type of God created house.

Let us now move to another basic characteristic of the God intended design for His “beyt” house.

5. Tet (Surround) + Beyt (House) = Good

We have just seen how God’s type of house and family is founded upon “Love”. This is an essential part of any “good” family. We can clearly learn from Genesis 1, that the entire world that He created for humans, contained only “good”. In fact, God called His creation at completion, “very good”. This teaches us there was “no” evil found in the work of the LORD. Adam and Eve had the manifested true nature of God the Father at the beginning.

What we learn from this is the Hebrew word H2896 that was translated as “good” is designed from the connection of two Hebrew letters. The first letter, is the “tet” and we have not yet studied this letter. But in ancient Hebrew it represents a picture of a “basket”. A basket represents a place of containment. When we place “fruit” in a “basket”, it is contained or surrounded by the basket. This is a very interesting selection of letters when placed together with the “beyt” our tent house letter that we are studying.

This Hebrew word H2896 simply means “to surround the house”. But it is the kind of father in the house as the chief authority, determines what kind of house and family someone experiences. This Hebrew word H2896 is normally translated, defined and associated in the context of being in God’s family. Therefore, God’s house is always defined to be “good”.

Psa 122:9  Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good. 

There are a lot of verses, that could be used to show God’s house and family to be good, but this one was a great example. Now, it is how we define “good”, that will determine what type of “god” we see Him to be? God warns us in Isaiah 5:2, “woe to those who call evil, good, and good, evil. This teaches us we better make the correct determination of this definition.

According to the Bible, and the ancient Hebrew definitions, to surround a house with “good” means the house is surrounded with “grace”, “beauty”, “love”, “health” and “prosperity”. This is very meaningful, because these characteristics describe the LORD God and the LORD Jesus precisely. Their heart is only “good” continually towards those in their “family” and “house”. A good house, is a functional and an organized house. There should never be any strife, confusion, or chaos in a “good” type of God house.

Let us now move to the God intended product, of the true love and good God based “beyt” house next.

6. Beyt (House) + Nun (Seed) = The Father’s House
 & His Name Continues in His Son (Seed)

Let us dive into another Hebrew word that is “very” significant to our God family, and house subject being about Jesus. Since we have seen in Ephesians 3:14, that God is the Father of the LORD Jesus, we need to look at the Hebrew word H1121 “ben”. Interestingly, this word begins with the letter “beyt” (the house) and is joined with the 14th letter of the alphabet the “nun”. We have not yet covered this letter, but it is a picture of a sprouting seed, and this letter represents continuance. The picture of the “nun” alphabet letter actually resembles the image of a magnified “sperm” cell, produced from a “father to be”.

The sperm cell in the Bible, is called a “seed” in Leviticus 15:16. It is the exiting of this sperm cell from the father’s body, that can cause a son to be formed. This information should help you to see what the Hebrew word “ben” (son) means.  Placing these two letters (beyt + nun) together we obtain the meaning “the house continues”, and this word is translated as “son” over 4000 times. Therefore, this concept and word is extremely important to God.

It is noteworthy to see that the “beyt” is the first letter in this Hebrew word “son”. This is the opposite of the Hebrew word for the Father where the “alef” ox was the first letter in the word H1. The Father is always greater than the house he lives within. He is the builder of the house and exists before the house. Therefore, the house while important comes second, representing the father coming into his house. But this word H1121, the son comes from his father’s house as a seed (Genesis 4:25). The son is born in the house, and in the family of his father, and then exits out of the house to create his own family house and dwelling. Do you see the importance of the order of the Hebrew letters? Even the order has prophetic meaning.

This was an introduction to a couple of new concepts called generations and inheritance. The firstborn son of every family was normally given the responsibility to continue the family name to the next generation. Every father was always pleased when they had a son, because he knew that his family and his name would continue. This was Abraham’s huge problem in Genesis chapters 12 to 16.

Sarah was barren and unable to have children. Abraham had resigned to make a child of one of his servants, his heir (Gen 15:3). But God had mercy and intervened in his situation and promised him that he would have a child from his own “seed” (Gen 15:4). Did you notice how God included the Hebrew letter “nun” (the seed) in His promise to Abraham? That is not an accident either and has huge hidden truths in it. We will get to this as we continue this series, the LORD be willing.

Let us look at another witness to confirm from the mouth of the Son of God named Jesus, personally that His Father (who is love), has a family house:

Joh 14:2  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 

This verse spoken by the Son of God, describes a very good house of His Father. These words confirm that Jesus was, and is the Son of God, and that His Father has a house (beyt) in heaven. We also notice that Jesus’ position on the earth, confirms that He had come out of His Father’s heavenly house as the promised “seed”. This confirms the design of the Hebrew word ben for “son” to be the “beyt” (God’s house) first, and the “seed” (son of the house) second. The word H1121, is very prophetical for the work of God, sending His Son Jesus Christ into the world.

The Greek word G3614, that is translated as “house” literally means a residence or an abode for a family. Thus, we have confirmation that God in heaven has a house (beyt). The word translated as “mansions” is a very poor translation of the Greek word G3438. This word only means “staying” as inside a residence. Both of these words imply a dwelling place for a family, and this aligns with the meaning of our Hebrew letter “beyt”.

This verse is also a covenant marriage union between a husband and his engaged wife. Thus, we are being introduced to the fact that the man Jesus, came to the earth to bring a woman as a covenant wife, back to His Father’s house in heaven.

We are observing another implied occurrence of the two becoming one. This is because the son, named Jesus is speaking to His future covenant bride, and telling her that He will be going to his Father’s house in heaven, to prepare for her a newly built house (beyt), for them both to be together in, as a new family. It is the Father’s role in heaven to determine when the time for His Son’s return to get His bride. Hopefully, this should all be familiar to you.

All of this information about God’s house and His Son are why we are now going to search and study the phrase “house of the LORD”.

7. The “House” (beyt) Name of the LORD

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

According to the Psalmist David, to have a desire to “dwell” in the “house of the LORD” forever, should be everyone’s primary goal to obtain to. However, notice that David begins with speaking of goodness and mercy, connecting this goodness with him dwelling in the house of the Lord. This would strongly imply, that humans on the earth when David wrote this were not currently living in God’s final house location or family.

Also, the Hebrew word H3427 that was translated as “dwell”, can be defined, “to marry”. Marriage is still one of the primary ways to enter into a “beyt” type of family house. Since this chapter 23 begins with saying the LORD is my Shepherd, should help you to see this chapter is a prophetic picture of the coming LORD Jesus’ house and family. We know this by reading John 10:11 where Jesus claims to be the ultimate “Good Shepherd”. But we will see more of this later.

In the past sections we were introduced to the concepts of the house and family of God the Father, and God the Son. We learned that God has a family in heaven and on the earth and that His Son Jesus came from the heavenly house, to bring back to His Father, a wife from the earth. This concept teaches the fact that God has a “beyt”, and Jesus will have a “beyt”. It therefore, makes logical sense to search for the phrase “House of the LORD” (JEHOVAH), to learn what God reveals about His personal family in the Old Covenant.

My Bible search program “eSword”, on the personal computer found this exact term “234” times in “213” verses. I highly recommend that you go and download “eSword” for free to use in your study of the Bible. The Microsoft Windows version of the software is a free download. But the Apple version has a cost, because Apple charges a significant fee to software developers to make their software available on their platform. However, the software is so good, I have it on my iPad and highly recommend this version also.

If you did not know that you could search for an exact phrase, this is a good thing to learn. In the search window of “eSword”, there are numerous options available. In one dropdown selection box, there are 4 options of search types. These include:

  1. “Search for all of the words”,
  2. “Search for any of the words”,
  3. “Search for the exact phrase”, and
  4. “Regular Expression”.

I selected the third option for this search. But the other options are useful depending upon what you are looking to find. Each search option is basically self-explanatory, with the exception of “Regular Expression”, and that option permits a much more complex search for a specific character pattern in the Bible. This type of exploration is a very advanced type of searching, and you should learn to master the simple, before you advance to try the complex.

It is important to know that using the selection of “Search for exact phrase”, does not work in the KJV+ translation or any other translation with embedded Strong reference numbers. Always do your phrase searches in a version of a Bible with only the basic Bible translated text like KJV.

It is also noteworthy to see, that by selecting the exact phrase option in my search for “house of the lord”, in the KJV Bible, I eliminated 319 verses that would come up if I had only searched for a verse that had every word. Knowing this, reduced my labor and effort of study, and this was a great time saver. If you do not care about the word order or the specific phrase, or amount of time you spend, then it is normal to only search using option 1, “search for all the words”.

In this lesson today we will only focus upon one word found in the phrase “House of the LORD”. In this phrase is found the Hebrew word H1004. This word was translated as “house”, and it comes from the root of a two-letter word that consists of the “beyt”meaning a house, and the “tav” meaning a mark. We have learned today that the “beyt” represents a house, and the family that lives in the house. You hopefully recall that we have learned in the “Part 1” lesson, that the “tav” is the symbol of the “cross” meaning the mark. Combining these two letters together we get “The Mark of the Family”. This is designating that the head patriarch’s “name”, is the individual “mark of their entire family” tree.

It is this family mark of the father’s name, that normally distinguishes one family from another family and today there are a lot of different families, but them all originating from Adam’s family. For example, in modern terms, the “Jones” family is different than the “Smith” family, because they had a different father. Wow! This teaches us a potential new concept about a house (tent). It teaches us there is one primary owner of the tent, and he is the builder of the family, as well as the father of the house, and the house is called by His name alone.

It also confirms why Jesus called God His Father (John 20:17), and said the father of the religious leaders of Israel, was Satan (John 8:44). In knowing this we have just revisited the existence of two spiritual “houses” (beyt), and two “family heads”. The greatest Father, is God’s house and family in heaven, and now in Christians (1 John 4:4), and the other was of the devil on the earth. In these two houses (beyt), we have one evil destroying father, and one good, loving and saving Father, God. Again, it was the blood of Jesus that redeemed humans from the bondage of being in Satan’s house through the rebellion of Adam.

This was only a short introduction to the subject of the “house of the LORD”. But we have just learned about the mark of the family’s name coming out of a house to move to his son in the next generation. Since this was selected by God as the symbol of the tav that represents a “cross”, this would strongly imply the cross, has a lot to do with the plan of God and His Son. It is only by God’s design that each fruitful father, has “seed” in himself, to continue his family name into the next generation, in his son. We will talk about this concept more as we continue to learn.

8. CONCLUSION

We have been going through a lot of potentially controversial new Bible information. If you have gone through this lesson today, without being offended at anything that was taught, it is a miracle of God. We give all praise to the LORD. If you have understood everything that was taught, you are by far a very spiritually awake and mature Christian. But it is wise to reread these lessons to receive what else the Holy Spirit may desire to say to you through them. We praise the LORD for giving you the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of Him. We have only seen the introduction to the subject of Jesus being represented by the tent house “beyt” letter.

We should now be coming into a relationship with some of the basic concepts found in the Ancient Hebrew “beyt” pictogram. This was a picture diagram of a very basic tent drawing with a single door. The door grants entrance, and provides exit to the family that lives within the tent house. We have discovered that Jehovah God has a house. We learned how to search for the exact phrase “house of the Lord” and we can find more than enough verses to confirm the existence of this God house truth.

Since God has a tent house, we understand God existed before the house was built. We further learned that this dwelling place was built by the Father to establish a location for His family. In God’s human design the father accomplishes this first, by bringing His bride into the house through a covenant “union”. Then the two of them can have children, to fill their house. We also learned the father of a house has a “name” and this name is the “mark” of the entire family that is produced from the seed that was “in” their father.

God had a Son as we read in Ephesians 3:14. His son is named the LORD Jesus Christ, making Him a new physical manifestation of God (1 Jn 4:9). This Son of God manifestation was our salvation. The name Jesus literally means “Jehovah Saved”. Wow, this is something to shout about!

We have also been introduced to several new Hebrew letters that have yet to be covered. Included in today’s lesson we saw the “Nun”, the “Dalet”, the “Lamed”, the “Tet”, and the “Tav”. Each of these letters have profound connections to Jesus Christ and our “beyt” letter. By combining these letters, we saw the father was the “Alef” + “Beyt”. We learned the son was the “Beyt” + “Nun”. We learned the house of the LORD had a named mark. The house of the Lord was the source of love. The house of the LORD was where goodness could be found. The common letter to all of these concepts was the “beyt”. This is causing the “beyt” to be very essential in the design of a good “God House”.

We will go through these new letters and more, the Lord be willing. But you should have seen enough to learn how connecting letters together can have great prophetic meanings.

Thank you for taking the time to study with us on Agapegeek.  We are extremely blessed to have you spend your valuable time to learn what the LORD has given for us all to see.

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Jesus in the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Part 2 – The Alef

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

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

INTRODUCTION TO THE ALEF

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

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

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

JESUS THE PROMISED SERVANT OF THE LORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TAKE MY YOKE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONCLUSION

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

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

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

God Bless you until next time, the LORD be willing.

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

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JESUS HIDDEN IN THE NAME OF GOD

(Ver 1.1) This will be a short lesson for our readers that do not have a lot of time to study the Bible. However, this will be a very important lesson about a hidden picture of the work of God in Jesus found in one of His most popular Old Covenant names.  What we discover in the Gospels is Jesus trying to reach the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 15:24). This was one way that God was trying to turn the natural nation of Israel back to knowing Him. This teaches us a lot about the heart of God to be LOVE! The heart, and Spirit of God who is LOVE (1 John 4:8), had continually tried to turn their hearts of His old covenant people back to Him, over and over!

When we discover that He placed clues to all of our salvation, in His name, He demonstrates to us that He was showing us how much He loved us all!  This is a very interesting and revealing Bible study, that will be eye opening to a lot of Christians. This study is designed to be open to everyone, even those that do not yet believe in Christ.

INTRODUCTION TO JEHOVAH

One of the primary names of God found in the Old Testament is Jehovah, which is an English transliteration for the Hebrew “Yehovah”. This is the Hebrew word H3068 and it occurs over 6000 times in the Old Testament. This name has been translated into the English word “LORD” for the majority of times it was recorded. Only twice was it translated in the KJV Bible as “GOD” and twice as “JEHOVAH”.

Think about how God selected this name.  Could God have wanted His people to “know” something more than just this is My name? Of course, He did. It appears God revealed Himself in the Bible using several different names, and each one possesses qualities that define His personality, ability, and nature. Therefore, we can conclude that we can learn more about God by just learning about His names. Do you want to “know” Him personally, more today than yesterday?

Remember the Hebrew word for “know” is “yada” (H3045). and this word represents a “covenant” relationship between two parties like a husband and a wife, or God and His people!

Exo 6:3  And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known (H3045) to them. 

In Exodus 6:3, during the time of Israel’s deliverance from their captivity in Egypt, God was desiring to show Himself to them through His covenant name. God very clearly informed them in Exodus, that none of their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac or Jacob knew (H3045) God by the name of JEHOVAH! This verse of Exodus informs us that God revealed Himself to the foundational family members of natural Israel, by the primary name of “God Almighty” (Gen 17:1, Gen 28:3, Gen 35:11, and Gen 48:3).  This was the name “El Shaddai”, another English transliteration.

Psa 91:14  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known (H3045) my name. 

We are not going to go through every verse that we could potentially find about knowing God’s name as Jehovah. But this one seemed good to the Holy Spirit to mention. The 91st Psalm is an awesome promise of God for protection from our enemies. Verse 14 is noteworthy because God says “IF we set our love upon Him by knowing His name, He will deliver us and set us on high above our enemy”. Wow that is awesome. Do you LOVE God? Do you LOVE His Spirit living on the inside of you? Do you LOVE His Word so much, that you cannot make it through a day without feeding on it? If you do just half as much as I do, then you also want to KNOW HIS NAME! We must have a hunger and thirst to know Him intimately and personally.

What we have seen in Psalm 91, is a strong indicator that knowing God’s name is one of the keys to His divine covenant provisions for peace, protection, safety, blessings, etc. This is not the only requirement, but it must be one of the most significant.

That is what this lesson will help to reveal to you. It is my heart’s desire to show you something in the name of the LORD that is truly amazing. You may or may not have learned this before, but even if this is not new, it should still be a blessing.

THE ANCIENT HEBREW ALPHABET

If you have read many of the lessons that the LORD has given to me on this website to share, then you already have a hint that the ancient Hebrew alphabet is a spectacular hidden treasure of specific design by the Holy Spirit. If you are new to this website, we will review some of the important foundational information needed to understand the remainder of the lesson. First, the Hebrew alphabet is composed of 22 letters. Each letter has a visual picture, a specific sound, a meaning, and an associated specific number value. This teaches us that even each alphabet letter has layers of potential hidden information.

For example, computer numbering systems can contain numbers and letters. The hexadecimal number system consists of 10 numbers (0-9), and 5 alphabet letters, A through F. Combining these causes a specific type of code that is unknown to anyone that is unaware of this number system. For example, the number 10 in hexadecimal, does not mean there are 10 items that have been counted, it actually means there have been 16 items counted. The number before 10 is 0F in Hex numbers.

Now consider another layer of code being placed upon the top of the hex coded number system.  Computer geeks created a system of exchange of characters called ASCII. This acronym means “American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII).  In this code system the hex number “41” has been assigned the meaning of the alphabet letter “A”. Do you follow how this could work? Believe it or not this is exactly how computers, smart phones and tablets work and you probably were clueless. That is exactly how the Bible was written. This teaches us God implemented a book of such immense intelligent design, that most humans are completely clueless of the hidden layers and complexity of valuable truth contained in it.

What we need to learn is that God knowing everything, can easily hide information using things that we think we understood, but did not see, because it was not obvious at first. This is what this lesson is about using only Hebrew letters for one major name of God.

HOW JESUS IDENTIFIED HIMSELF

We have learned in previous lessons, that Jesus associated Himself with the alphabet letters, by claiming in Revelation 1:8, 1:11, 21:6, and 22:13 to be the “Alpha” and “Omega”, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The translators were wise enough to capitalize the first letter of these words to represent names of God, and to be more specific Jesus.

The Holy Spirit who knows all languages, can speak through a Jewish man named John in any language. It is very clear from reading the book of Revelation that John understood both the Hebrew and Greek languages, because he gave us the names of some spirit beings in both tongues. For example, Revelation 9:11 says; a king over the bottomless pit is called by the name Abaddon in Hebrew, and the name Apollyon in Greek. Both names are identical, but only seen from two human languages.

God chose to write this clue of the Alpha and the Omega, for the world to receive using the Greek alphabet, which was one of the major world languages of that day. A very significant portion of the world had been conquered by a Grecian named Alexander the Great, and this caused the common language of Greek to be spread as a standard form of communication for governmental and economic business. God had prophesied to natural Israel, that through Abraham all the nations of the world, would be blessed, and this was being fulfilled with the Words of God being written in the Greek New Testament. This was by God’s design and not human reasoning.

What we are learning is a repetitious pattern found within the Bible, and especially the Old Covenant writings in ancient Hebrew. God was clever to only reveal this in the last book, to keep it a hidden secret for the majority of human history. I believe God did this to make it known to His people today in the world, just before the end of the age, which is coming very near. Let us quickly examine Jesus as the first and the last.

Please go and read Revelation 3:14, which is a letter spoken by Jesus and written by John to the church at Laodicea. In this verse Jesus makes the direct claim to be “the beginning of creation of God”. This statement further implies that He is also the end of God’s creation by logical understanding. This conclusion is based upon Him calling Himself the “Alpha” and the “Omega”, where one is the beginning alphabet letter, and the other is the ending alphabet letter. Wow, that is very interesting to think about. Let us look at another verse to help confirm this reality:

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

Here is further confirmation of Jesus’ role, to be the beginning of God’s words, and the completion of God’s words that cause our faith to first come, grow and to become fruitful to be harvested. We must understand what Romans 10:17 says, in order to understand the claims being taught. In this verse, God says “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”. Now place this fact together with the Hebrew 12:2 claim of Jesus being the beginning of faith and the ending of our faith.

Do you see the connections being made between words and faith? Do you remember where and how words are created? All words are formed by selecting, combining, and organizing the available alphabet letters necessary to achieve a thought, and idea, a concept, a picture, or a meaning that is desired to be communicated by someone to someone! It can be called communication or verbal intercourse.

One Hebrew dictionary defines a “spoken word” to be the arrangement or placement of letters, to create order or organization. Now think about this in the terms of the creation of our world in Genesis 1. God looked in Genesis 1:2-3, at the darkness, chaos, confusion and disorder that was covering the face of the earth, and then commanded with words the solution “Light Be”, and then light was. We can clearly see this is how God works to bring order out of disorder using organized letters of words, and this teaches us how the entire Bible is designed.

Where are we going with this? We should be drawing nearer to the conclusion, that if the beginning, and ending alphabet letters represent Jesus (God’s Word), then every other letter in between them, must also represent an image, form, pattern, or type of the same God named Jesus (the Word of God).

Because Jesus makes the direct claim to be the first, and last letters of the alphabet, it is very logical, practical, and even common sensical, to say all of the other letters, found in between these two, also represent Jesus the Christ in some form. God would not limit Jesus, to only two alphabet letters to form every word that needed to be commanded, spoken and communicated to His people. 

I have concluded from many years of Bible study, that every verse in the Bible is intelligently designed to teach us about Jesus in some potentially direct or hidden way (John 5:39). I have now further concluded that every letter of the alphabet is revealing something to us about Jesus. God has been attempting to communicate His good life, nature and character, to us to warn us about eternal death and separation from Him. He has been doing this, from the very beginning, even to the very ending opportunity, for us to come and learn about Him. WOW!

JEHOVAH – THE HIDDEN JESUS

You should know already, that the name of Jesus in the English language is a transliteration of the Greek name “Iesous”. The Greek name “Iesous” is a transliteration of the Hebrew name “Yehoshua” and this was translated in English as “Joshua”. However, this name of Jesus, and Joshua contains God’s Old Covenant name revealed as JEHOVAH to Israel in the Old Testament over 6000 times. The name of Jesus literally means “Jehovah-saved” and is a joining of two Hebrew words with the first meaning self-existent, and the name “Jehovah”, and the second meaning “salvation”. Clearly this is a very significant name that was given to Jesus by an angel sent from God, and it declares to the world, Jesus is JEHOVAH, and I WILL SAVE!

However, we are about to discover how God hid the identity of Jesus in His work to save us, directly in His Old Covenant name using just, 4 Hebrew alphabet letters. It is also very interesting to note that two of these letters were repeated, therefore there are only 3 unique letters in the name of JEHOVAH. So let us begin to learn how these 3 letters selected and organized by God, reveal Jesus’ identity.

It is very interesting that there are 3 unique alphabet letters selected by God to form His Old Covenant name. Three is a significant number depicting strength as noted by Ecclesiastes 4:12, where God says a threefold cord is not easily broken. Obviously three is the number for the trinity. This triune quality of God is found in several verses, with God being identified by the personalities of the Father, the Son or the Word, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17, 1 John 5:7).

The first Hebrew letter of the name Jehovah is the letter “Yod”.  In the ancient Hebrew paleo representation, it is an arm with its hand extended. This is very significant when used for God. It appears to teach us that it was God that worked to create us, and it will be God’s work that will save us. It was His Love that reached out to us, even while humans were sinful lost people going to hell.

The second letter of the name of Jehovah is the “Hey”. In the ancient Hebrew paleo representation, this is a picture of a man with both arms raised being amazed or in awe of what he is witnessing with his eyes. It contains the meaning of a surprised expression of words like “Lo” or “Behold”, meaning “Look” at that. What we are observing so far, is God’s proactive action of saving work, that is designed to be viewed by humans in awe!

The third letter of the name of Jehovah is the “Vav”. In the ancient Hebrew paleo representation, this is a picture of a “peg” or a “nail” that is driven into something to make it secure as in a joining together of two items. For example, if you desired to join two pieces of lumber together, you could use a nail to accomplish the work. Wow, this is getting really good.

Now the fourth letter of the name of Jehovah is the “Hey” again. Remember this is the letter that was a man with two hands raised, like we find in the praise of God in 1 Timothy 2:8. But the word meaning still represent “surprise and awe” as in “Behold”, “Look”, “See”, etc.

What message do we have, placing all of these letter pictures together? If we join the pictures together of the hand extended, and the behold, the nail, and another behold, we find God is saying “BEHOLD THE HAND, BEHOLD THE NAIL”. Who else can this be speaking of besides Jesus the Christ, who was crucified by being nailed to a cross? The nails in the hands of Jesus held his body to the tree. Today, if you go to heaven, Jesus can show you His hands and the nail prints in them, to prove His love for you in His saving work.

Can you see how there are two men standing in awe in this name of God? One man is the Hand of God reaching out. The other man represents the object that God is reaching for to save and this is the lost human. God joined these two separated men together by joining a human body to be nailed on a cross. Ok, both heaven, and earth are standing in awe, and amazement of God’s work that He planned before Adam was created, and has accomplished, for a people that did not deserve it. WOW! What we are seeing is the plan of human salvation from just one name containing 4 letters organized in a way to convey an important message.

We have now gone full circle. God Jehovah in heaven became a man named Jesus in the flesh, in order to save everyone that would believe in Him. He did this to receive nails in His hands. The name Jesus meant Jehovah saved and the name Jehovah means “Look at my hands, and look at the nails in my hands”. Is this enough to help anyone to see, how much God loved us?

CONCLUSION

One of the most amazing things about the Bible, is all of the evidence that we can find in its supernatural design. No book containing 66 books, and written over literally many hundreds of years by at least 40 authors, could have this amount of coordinated intricate design, unless the Spirit of the Living God wrote the book personally and told them what to say.

We have discovered profound evidence declaring the Work of God in the Old Covenant name of JEHOVAH. Doesn’t this make you think, about how anyone could have missed the death of Jesus to not be the death of their God on a cross? Doesn’t this information scream how much the God of all good creation, loved His creation, to personally get involved in fixing, and restoring our relationship with Him, when we were unable to do it ourself?

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and study the Bible with us. It is always a humbling pleasure to share the LOVE of God with others. His Word is the most amazing and awe-inspiring book that exists. There are no other books that even come close.

It would be a very interesting study, if you are able to do it, to take each letter of the ancient Hebrew alphabet and just see if you can find Jesus hidden in the picture, sound, meaning, or number of the letter. I believe it is possible. One great location to begin your study is Psalm 119. This is the longest chapter of the Bible, and it was designed by God using every letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Every 8 verses will go from the “alef” to the “tav” in their order. Every first word of each verse begins with that letter that is being featured by God to teach you something.  Do you believe that this was an accident? Or are you like many others, and can see Jesus everywhere in the Bible?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INTRODUCTION/REVIEW

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

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

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

COMMENT QUESTION AND ANSWER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHO IS MY MOTHER, AND BROTHERS?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONCLUSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SERPENT WITCHCRAFT PART 5 – A NEW MODERN SERPENT MAGIC THREAT

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

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

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

BRIEF REVIEW

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

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

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

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

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

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

A NEW PATTERN OF SCORPION POISON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INTRODUCTION TO POISON IN WITCHCRAFT

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

Revelation 9:20 – And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 

This verse, could be taken from today’s lead stories, and headline news, if the false prophets of the world were honest, and sincere enough to report on them. We notice first, God mentioning that there are people in the world that have not been killed by a “plague”. What is a plague? One dictionary defines this word as the spread of a “virulent infectious disease”. That certainly applies to what we have been experiencing.

Recently, there was a crown bio-weapon released from a red dragon worshipping nation, that was spread to the entire globe. This has been labeled by the false prophets to be a natural occurring “pandemic”. A pandemic is defined as a virulent epidemic, that crosses many national boundaries. This just so happens, to be an amazing example of an ingenious modern day evil strategy for a peaceful world conquest. This type of warfare can be easily won without firing one visible weapon. This type of warfare only needs a pathogen that is 120 nm in size. This cannot be observed with the natural human eye. Remember we learned about all of this type of technique with the rider of the white coated horse found in Revelation 6:2.

But, according to Strong’s definition a plague is not the only explanation of this Greek word. This word’s definition could also apply to what people have been taking, to try to cure the spread of a deadly plague like disease. This Greek word G4127 also means “a stroke”. What is a stroke? This word stroke is defined as “an act of striking the human skin with an instrument, or a weapon to potentially cause pain, bruising, and bleeding”. Certainly, this could describe a serpent fang or scorpion tail injection, could it not? This could be applied to be a way of potentially describing a person, that has taken several metal jabs in their arm with a sharp hollow injector, called a hypodermic needle.

Therefore, this Greek word G4127, can be 1) applied to be figuratively describing something as a widespread “calamity” as a possible virulent plague, or 2) equally as well as the application of a manmade instrument to produce a human pain using a stroked lacerations for the punctured release or access to human blood. It is used both of these ways in the New Testament. The disciples were beaten and wounded with stripes (weapon strokes) in the book of Acts (Acts 16:23-33), and plagues are used in the book of Revelation (Revelation 11:6, Revelation 16). This would appear to indicate that this Greek word, could have dual application and meaning to both types of plans that could cause human deaths in this chapter. Just read and study the whole chapter, and if you see it great, if you don’t, no worries. No one here, is forcing anyone to believe anything.

However, if you choose to view this information in Revelation, we must admit there is certainly something that will cause a major “calamity” in order for it to cause 1/3 of the world’s population to perish (Revelation 9:13). Any “disastrous event of this magnitude type would be marked to be clearly intentional for genocide. Did you know there are a lot of globalist people promoting a global warming narrative, that have called for a major population reduction? Isn’t that just another interesting coincidence? By releasing a cleverly designed bio-weapon, this would facilitate both the reduction in population and world conquest, simultaneously. Please, take another look at the beginning of this verse:

Revelation 9:20 – And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, …

Notice what verse 20 says next. “None” of those that have survived this massive “plague” of death, would repent for the “works of their hands”. God says these spiritual inspired evils are coming from the “works” of human hands. This Greek word G2041 that was translated as ‘works”, can be defined as a “job in a human occupational field”. Certainly, the white coated medical field and drug industry, would qualify to fit what God is speaking of. No one is making the claim everyone in this field is the devil, no that would be stupid if we thought that way. And we all should believe that there are many other people in other occupational fields, that could have jobs that also qualify to be cooperating with the evil agenda. However, please just, analyze the truths given to us by God’s Word and make your own personal determinations. To at least some there should be a seen connection to the white coated horse industry.

What type of occupational works do these people need to repent for? A need to repent implies that these surviving people are the ones that are working these evils. However, instead of repenting they choose to worship devils and idols of gold and silver, etc. Almost no one today, worships literal idols. No, these idols are symbolic modern-day items, like homes, possessions, powers, fortunes, and fame. However, this could be a strong potential reference and Bible description, of some people in the white coat industry. Do you remember what the Bible says in Mark? Let us stop and read a small part to refresh our memory:

Mark 5:25 – And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 

Mark 5:26 – And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, 

Here God selects one woman’s medical condition to teach us what happens to a lot of people. Notice this woman has a medical condition with a blood issue. There are a lot of medical conditions and issues, that disturb or attack the human blood, and the “crown” disease, and its fang solution both work through the blood. Verse 26 informs us this woman suffered a lot of different things, like treatments, and even possible medicine potions that were given to her by physicians. Finally, notice this woman had to spend every bit of money she had to receive this painful treatment. Notice even though none of the things the physicians did to help the woman worked, they gladly took her money. Now go back and compare this information to what we just read in Revelation 9:20.

Whoever, God is speaking of in Revelation 9, they refuse to repent for the work they are doing to, or for someone, and obtaining and worshiping objects of wealth and possessions seems to be their god? This could describe a lot of people, but use the other clues that are given to us to figure out what can narrow the possibilities. I think we need to go to verse 21 next to learn what else these people do not repent for doing.

Revelation 9:21 – Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts

In this verse, God is speaking of the same living people on the earth that are being used by the serpent Satan, to carry out his plan of evil depopulation and the control of humanity. We know already that in this chapter, 1/3 of the total world’s population are being killed through this phase of the evil plan. Using current (2021) population numbers, there are nearly 8 billion people living on the earth. This would indicate at least 2.5 billion people will be killed during these coming timed events. That qualifies as massive depopulation.

Now pay close attention to the next statement concerning the fruit of their works that are not being repented for.  The very first word is “murders”.  This Greek word G5408 literally means a “slaughter”. This is why the word “genocide” should rise up in our spirits. What happened in the 1940’s to the Jewish population in Europe and Asia? 

A lot of our national and world history is being removed from children’s textbooks in classrooms. This world conquest event was a planned attempt by one man possessed by the serpent, to become the world’s ruler. He did this at first by coming to power in only one nation peacefully portraying himself to be like a savior. He used the same techniques that we can observe that are happening today. There was the immediate taking control of the national media and the silencing of every opposing voice of opposition to portray only one acceptable version of truth.

This very nefarious and evil man was named Adolf Hitler, and he rose to power in Germany. But soon he tried to exterminate every Jew off of the face of the planet. He implemented a “mark” system of population identification. They were slaughtered, shot, burned, drowned, gassed, and had medical experimental surgeries done to them without consent or anesthesia, and on and on we could go. There appears to be a lot of matching patterns found in this information that are being repeated now, and in the book of Revelation.

He also created a vast and powerful army that went to conquer nation after nation. Millions of people died during this time of history.  But Adolf Hitler did not commit these murders by himself. He had a lot of people cooperating, tolerating, and committing these murders for him.  It appears that God says this will be repeated in the coming tribulation also. But in actuality Satan could be trying to get it to reoccur and happen now.

We will briefly skip to the last word in the verse translated as “thefts”.  This Greek word means to steal or take from someone something that is not rightfully or legally earned. We know from reading John 10:10, that Jesus declared; “the thief (Satan) only came to steal, kill and destroy”, and this describes the key strategic results of evil.  Could this possibly be related to our verses in Mark 5, where the woman with the issue of blood gave all of her money to physicians?

Can you see how this woman in Mark 5, was potentially driven by fear to do what she did for 12 years? Can you potentially see how people could use their “plan-demic” to keep us in bondage to fear for the next 12 years?  Can you potentially see how a lot of physicians, might become motivated to only help her knowing they have no cure, to only take her money? Again, not every Physician is this way. We all know the disciple Luke, who wrote the book of Luke and Acts, was a physician. So, if you are working in this profession and are not like those that do things to get rich for money, Praise the Lord. Let us now focus our attention on the pivotal phrase that needs our full attention.

MODERN SORCERER WITCHCRAFTS

Revelation 9:21 – Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts

We have arrived at the most important clue in this entire Bible discussion and study. Our climatic word involves the revelation of our key subject of witchcraft. God says in verse 21 of Revelation 9, no one repented for any of their “sorceries”.  What are “sorceries”? It is definitely NOT what you think, unless you already have studied this Greek word in your Bible. If Harry Potter is only what you think of when you see this word, you would be very wrong.

The Greek word translated as “sorceries” is G5331. This Greek word is transliterated as “pharmakeia”. This is one of the main Greek words that we get our English words: 1) Pharmacy, 2) Pharmacist, 3) Pharmacology, and 4) Pharmaceutical, from. Wow, this is the most major Bible clue we have come across in this study, and it helps us greatly narrow what is happening in many verses found in the book of Revelation. It is also an amazing parallel to the white coated horse being used by the rider to spread a deadly toxin to conquer the world.

The Strong’s concordance defines this word G5331 as “medication”, and mentions the “pharmacy” as the supplier source. The Thayer Bible dictionary defines this word as “the use or administering of a drug”. Thayer also defines this word to potentially represent, “poisoning” someone with a substance. It appears from this information that medicine can be used for either good or evil, depending upon the motivations of the one that is supplying it, or the one requesting it for a supply of some need or desire. But we must be led by the context of this word’s usage. It is being used and selected by God when describing people who refuse to repent for their thefts and murders during a plague event, containing global massive deaths.  I pray eyes are opening, minds are understanding, and spirits are discerning the differences between good and evil applications and intentions for drugs. No legitimate usage of a good medicine, requires a mandate to force someone to take it. Ask yourself why is this occurring? Think by not taking the mandated “fang” marks, the only person they are hurting, is themselves, unless this mark means and does something else, that we are NOT being informed of?

Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death

The Greek G5331 word, comes from G5332 transliterated as “pharmakeus”, and this word means a “drug”, as in a “spell giving potion”. This word also is applied to people that administer these magic potions called “pharmacists”, with extensions of implications to also be stretched to be called “sorcerers”, or “magician”. It is only used by the Holy Spirit in the above Revelation 21:8 verse. This verse very clearly states people who are participating in this group of like evil, will spend eternity in hell.

Both Greek words carry the implication to be the work of “magic” by “magicians”, called “pharmacists”. But these trained white coated individuals are only the distributors. Therefore, by extension we can apply these concepts to the modern people that are actually creating, and manufacturing these potions in mass for the mandated mark distribution. All of these white coated workers are casting potential spells upon people, by giving them human created treatments for some potential cure, or relief purposes, and in doing so, are obtaining a lot of money for their work. This is sounding more and more like the woman with the issue of blood in Mark.

It is also very noteworthy to see that the Greek word G5332, carries the meaning of a “poisoner”. If that does not match what a natural “serpent” does, I do not know how to convince anyone better. We have now increased our number of references to serpent “poisonous toxins” by one more, and there are potentially others that we will not cover in this lesson. But this one is major and real, and it has serious application to what we are living through right now.

Ok, these are some very hard and challenging clues to accept. The white coated industry field has potentially done a lot of great things for people in recent history. But like anything else good, when placed in the wrong hands, with the wrong motives, and wrong desires, it can easily be turned to do something very evil, so quickly. The white coated workers, have been viewed as a positive modern accomplishment, by the majority of humans. This trust is why so many humans are rushing to be given an untested and unproven, serpent fang injection into their arms. After all, all of us are being told that it is totally safe. We are being brainwashed to believe that we are only doing what is best to save everyone else around us?  Right? If we cared about others, we would all participate blindly in full confidence they were all smarter than we are.

However, anything that comes from an end-time government does not appear to be doing anything good for their people, according to the Bible. Can you find Bible verses in Revelation or other places that teaches any government in the last days is working to save you?  Here is the main challenge. Some man-made medicines do help some people if they are used perfectly. But no one knows of any man-made drug that has no potential side-effects. Every prescription or non-prescription drug has a warning label of potential deadly side effects, including death from an overdose. This should be obvious why the Bible says they are all potential poisons.

There are a lot of possible physical problems, caused because of evil attacks of intentional or unintentional drug usage, that cause chemical imbalances in the human blood, organs, and tissues. What we learn from drug usage, and misuses, is that there can be the potential for a drug to be designed to do someone evil. The worst-case scenario, would be to cause intentional death to occur to someone. Or a lesser evil case result, would be to get someone to be easily under the power, control, or authority of another to make them like a willing slave or servant.

We could literally talk for days about the positive and negative uses for drugs. But the motivation for creating every legitimate, and major drug, from a creator and manufacturer, appears to have become, a “greed” for money. We learn this fact, that any drug that is deemed useful to help people, after the patent has expired, it then becomes legal to be manufactured by generic medicine producing companies. Suddenly, all of these companies greatly reduce the cost for the drug because of the competition between the companies. Suddenly these types of drugs are not even considered as a solution for saving lives for a crisis situation. No, the only solutions are new patentable drugs that can make a company a lot of money.

Could it be this is why God said these people in Revelation 9, needed to repent for their idol worship of gold and silver objects? This at least implies the application of “greed” being a major factor for the plagues that occur even today. If big-pharma companies, did not make billions of dollars, would there have ever been a requirement to force people to be inoculated? It is hopefully becoming obvious how this information is coming to life to describe what is happening in our world right now.

I do not know of any of these white coated companies that are labels as a “non-profit” corporation. That makes them automatically in it for the “profit” of money. This is exactly why there are so “few” disease cures. If a disease is completely cured, there is no longer any future income to be made.  Even the illegal drug makers, sell their products to make a lot of money. The more addicting a product is, the more profit they are bringing in.

CONCLUSION

We will conclude this lesson series with a reminder. Satan is a master deceiver. He has been deceiving angels and people, exponentially longer than you have been alive. If you believe you can never be deceived by him or anyone being used by him, you simply prove you are already deceived. There are just too many words of God written to people and Christians to warn us of this possibility of becoming deceived.

In these last days, there is such a massive global level of deception occurring. It has been planned and coordinated in the dark spirit realm. There is no way that people are clever enough to have perpetrated this level of coordinated global evil without dark spirit influence. It has crossed national boundaries, ethnic boundaries, racial boundaries, media and political party boundaries, even financial corporate giant boundaries and technology company boundaries.

Do you believe evil people are smarter than God? That should be an obvious answer of NO!  Do you believe Satan, is smarter than God? That answers should also be an obvious NO! But why have these less intelligent beings, now appear to have defeated God’s people on the earth? That is what a lot of people believe based upon the current circumstances.

Is God a Liar? Is His Word True? These also better be obvious questions to answer correctly for you.  God is not a liar. God’s Word is Absolutely True. Ok, let us ask some tougher questions. Does God’s Church bride lose to Satan? Is the Church of the Living God, defeated and go through the tribulation?  This is where people with faith will stand strong, despite the circumstances and take their authority to end this global conquest plan. You are either with God, or you are fighting against Him. Which one is it? Join the battle to submit to God’s Lordship, and begin to resist the devil with the rest of us. Greater is He that is in US, than he that is in the world!

Be a strong believer, in victory and shun defeat. Resist the serpent agenda. Don’t cooperate with the serpent. Pray continually and praise God even more for His Powerful ability that can be trusted. Faith filled prayers, worship and praise should fill your homes, automobiles, work places, cities and nations.

Where will you place your faith? Will you trust the false prophet narrative? Will you trust the Jezebel ruling government leaders? Will you place your trust in the white coat horse industry to be your savior? Who is really being transparent with you? Who can you really trust? Will you base your faith on God and His WORD? Will you trust in Him, or take a fang mark? Will you trust your job for your supply, or your God? IT IS TIME TO CHOOSE A SIDE AND MAKE A STAND!

It is best to end with good news after hearing about all of the potential negative end time works of the enemy serpent. Christians have been given authority over the serpent and his scorpions, according to Luke 10:19. However, this delegated authority does not guarantee our safety or our victory over him. But it will work for us, if we believe it, and exercise it as a reigning king on the earth (Romans 5:17). According to Ephesians 6:12, we are not fighting against the people being used by the serpent to do his evil. It is always the spirits that influence and possess these people that we are in an unseen battle with. Please join in unity with all of the body of Christ, and come against these unseen spiritual workers of the world. Bind them according to Matthew 18:18 and stop their takeover of the world. In Romans 16:20 God prophesied He would bruise the serpent under our feet before we are raptured. Believe this is happening now!

Finally, if you are a Christian working in the White Coated industry, please accept our thanks and encouragement for your heart to help people live. This is what is needed today. It is an extreme blessing to go to someone that loves to be a blessing to people, and that will pray for us, as well as to help people get well. Thank you again for being led by the Spirit of God to make wise bold right choices to save lives.

If you are a worker in the Jezebel government and you know Jesus, it is time to take a stand for Him. Pray for those in authority over you and ask God to remove everyone that is not willing to repent and be saved. The same is true for the Jezebel false prophet propaganda networks. Pray for these people to have a laborer of God to be sent across their paths to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. If you are a Christians working with them, ask God to use you to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God’s end time harvest is taking place before He comes to take the church away. Time is becoming very short. Be led by the Spirit of God in every moment of the time we have left.

Thank you for taking the time to read and study the Bible with us. We love you all very much. Be blessed to be a blessing. Share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with the world. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal LORD and Savior, now is the time to ask Him. There is a link that follows to help you make that choice in believing faith. God bless each and everyone. If you have a question, comment, or prayer request, please feel free to leave it in a comment, and as the LORD, leads us we will do our best to acknowledge it. Thank you again for your prayers and we will pray for you.

If you have not read the summary overview of the series, you may like to continue to “Part 6” now.

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Thanksgiving 2021

(11-25-2021) Today as every day, should be a day of giving thanks to the LORD. We are so very blessed to know Him and to be known of Him. We are extremely thankful for Jesus Christ, who died for each of us, so that we could know God our Creator. We thank Him for His powerful blood, that was shed for us. It was His blood that was, and still is such a blessing to us, to purchase us out of the darkness of Satan. Being brough into the Light of His Word, is just another great benefit to being saved.

We LOVE you our God and Father of the LORD Jesus Christ. We thank you for your precious Holy Spirit, that indwells us. Help us to continually show our thanks to your faithfulness to save and deliver us from our enemies.

Colossians 3:17 – And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him

Psalms 107:22 – And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing

SERPENT WITCHCRAFT PART 3 – THE SERPENT’S MARK

(Ver 1.0) This is “Part 3” in the Bible study series about the subject of serpent witchcraft, deception, and a planned global conquest occurring in these times of the end of days. If you have not read this series from the beginning, it is highly recommended that you go to “Part 1” first. This series, builds upon the previous lessons as its foundation. There is so much dependent revelation, and each of this must be understood to better recognize any new revealed Bible verses. God usually layers truths upon truths to build a sound Biblical groundwork (Isaiah 28:10).

So far, we have been introduced to the concept of a Bible fear-based Jezebel ruling government system, that demands the silencing of the real prophets of God and truth. She establishes, and works with her unified false prophets who provide a deceptive cover of coordinated narratives. These false messages are designed to spread fake propaganda to us, for a dominated harmonized diversion. These diversions are causing many to be distracted away from the truth of knowing God, and His Word, and what is really happening in our nation, and to them, and the world. This is a very subtle way that an evil serpent operates (Genesis 3:1) to achieve deception. Then in the last lesson, we examined Bible truths surrounding 4 types of serpent poisoning. It now appears at least 3 out of the 4 types of these poisonings, are happening in the world today in massive coordination, working through the rulers, and the false prophets’ tricks.

Have you ever observed such a well-planned and orchestrated level of global corruption and evil, in your lifetime? Recently there occurred a purposeful designed leak of a manmade enhanced deadly micro-biological pathogen weapon. This warfare originated from the evilest of all of the Great Red Dragon nations. This beast is our primary named subject found in Revelation 12:3, and he must not be forgotten to be the original serpent of witchcraft and deception introduced in Genesis 3:1.

What has been happening is a masterful spell of serpent witchcraft for human mind control. Anyone with any spiritual discernment can observe that there is a global “plan-demic” for the control of every human on the earth. This plan originated as a strategy of spreading an exaggerated fear of certain demise. An evil man-created pathogen was released and the exaggerations of terminal conditions caused great cooperation to destroy a lot of the world’s economy, convincing people to believe they were safest being confined in isolation. This caused great emotional stress upon adults and children, causing mental instability and demonic desires for suicides.

Legitimate treatments for the pathogen have been intentionally prevented to be used by the Jezebel advisors. Proven prophylactic pathogen inhibitors were deliberately silenced. Even one nameless solution that was given authorization for internal usage, was given to people and it was known to intentionally kill them. What we are witnessing is a massive genocide, on the level of Nazi Germany in the 1940s. Vast numbers of people were purposely murdered, just to increase the fatality numbers, to cause more fears for human submissiveness.

But now we are seeing a major shift into the next phase of a nefarious global plan. The rest of this Bible series will be focusing upon this new potential strategy of evil. It has to do with taking a mark from a beast, in order to participate in the global economy. It is clearly the next level of human control.

As stated before, this Bible series is intended for spiritually awake, and aware mature Christians. Jesus consistently cried for people to hear, that plainly had ears to hear, and in making this statement openly, He claimed not everyone that was present to listen, was able to comprehend His words.  So it is, with any spiritual message from the Holy Spirit. There will be some that are just offended at the message of warnings. If you do not feel like you can receive a deep spiritual Bible prophecy warning from the LORD, please do not continue reading. Also know that everything that is presented here today, is not intended to produce fear, but rather faith and encouragement. And it is given only in, and for His great LOVE towards you! Let us start learning about the mark of the beast system.

SERPENT’S IDENTITY

Revelation 12:9 – And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 

This verse defines the “serpent” being in the Bible!  He is the reoccurring theme subject of this Bible study. This ancient spiritual being was clearly defined here to be Satan. In the next section, we will be looking at verses in Revelation chapter 13. This verse definition of the serpent, only precedes our main chapter subject, by less than 10 verses. Remember God did not write the Bible in a chapter and verse format originally. These divisions were added by humans to permit simplified referencing. Therefore, these words, and descriptions are all directly connected together.

Pay attention to the names of the spirit entity being defined. This is an essential verse definition for interpreting, and understanding the Bible correctly from Genesis to Revelation. In this verse God connects the names of “the devil” and “Satan” to be the exact same spiritual being. Then God connects these two synonymous names with the identifying symbols of a “great dragon” and an “ancient serpent”. Therefore, the serpent, and the dragon are also the exact same Satan spirit.

The Greek word G3789 is translated as “serpent”, and this word is simply defined as a “snake”. But it has additional implications attached with it. For example, it comes from the Greek word G3700, that means “eyes wide open”, implying sharpness of vision. This could be true for the observer of the serpent, and/or for the serpent as well. But Strong defines this word to figuratively be describing, someone that is sly, and a cunning artful malicious person. So, God is defining a spirit being who is exceedingly evil.

Now for the Greek word G1404 (drakon) that is translated as “dragon”. This word’s definition by Strong, is “a fabulous type of serpent”. This word teaches us that the original ancient serpent, from Genesis 3:1, has now grown into a larger ‘great dragon” in Revelation 12. This shows us this serpent’s increase in size, power, and ability to do greater evil, and deceive people more effectively. This is a very important point to understand. Since the beginning of Genesis, until Revelation 12, the serpent has assumedly increased from his experiences in dealing with God and humans to grow in influence, and ability to trick, and hurt humans who do not know, or understand their authority over him.

We can learn in this “dragon” word definition, from him being a “fabulous serpent”, that Satan possesses some amazing abilities to captivate, charm, attract, hypnotize, mesmerize, or enchant people through either mind control or thought manipulation. This concept, would be like a wizard that is trying to use witchcraft spells against humans. We can confirm this by reading 1 Corinthians 4:4, where we see God warning that people who do not believe His gospel have had their minds blinded from seeing His truth by the serpent. Another key verse is written to Christians in 2 Corinthians 2:5. In this verse God warns His saved people to cast down vain imaginations, and every high thought that tries to overrule the Word of God. This sounds very important. God is teaching how people, and Christians can all be deceived by the “serpent” in their minds.

LESSON TO LEARN: A SERPENT SPIRIT GIVES THE BEAST SYSTEM OF RULERSHIP, THEIR POWER, AND THEIR SEAT OF GREAT AUTHORITY. IT REQUIRES A COOPERATIVE COMBINED EFFORT OF THE UNIFIED GLOBAL LEADERS TO WORK THE SERPENT SYSTEM IN UNITED COORDINATION TO NOT FAIL (GENESIS 11:6).

Satan has tried this plan previously in Genesis 11. In this case God declared that there would be nothing that they would not be able to do, because they were all in one language, and with one purpose to defy God. However, God demonstrated to Satan how much wiser, and powerful He was than the serpent by confusing all of the languages and dividing the humans into separate nations. Satan watched this happen, and is trying today to reverse all of this for his plan against God.

LESSON TO LEARN: THERE IS GOOD NEWS! A SERPENT SPIRIT PLAN TO RULE THE WORLD WILL ULTIMATELY FAIL, BECAUSE GOD IS STILL GREATER, WISER AND MORE POWERFUL.

Finally, please note that it is here in this verse of Revelation 12:9, that we were warned again that it was this spirit being, that will be deceiving the entire world. Therefore, everything we are learning is directly connected together by God’s design to be about a hidden spirit being who:

  1. is someone that is very sly, tricky, cunning like a serpent,
  2. able to poison people’s hearts, and minds, with lies, or fear-based words,
  3. is even capable of injecting created physical poisonous substances into people.

Therefore, it is Satan that is working this plan, to destroy all humans. Next, we will find that it is also this serpent being, that will be giving out a “mark” for every human to take by either free choice, or by force.

INTRODUCTION TO THE SERPENT MARK

Revelation 13:15 – And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 

Revelation 13:16 – And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 

Revelation 13:17 – And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 

What the majority of the world has been experiencing in 2021, appears to be a very parallel reality to what was prophesied by God in Revelation 13. We can read clearly, that there was a demanded mandate in Revelation 13, where everyone will be forced to take a “mark” from “the serpent” ruler. You may think it just speaks of a “beast”, but we need to learn and remember where the symbolic beast gets its power. For example, in Revelation 13:2 we find this beast receives its power, seat, and great authority from the “dragon”. We have already learned the Revelation 12 dragon is a specific type of the original ancient serpent of Genesis 3:1. Therefore, this beast is operating with our “serpent’s” abilities and literally could be the serpent himself manifested in the flesh. Let us use this introductory information to compare with what is happening in the world now.

If you go and study how a natural serpent operates, it may shock you to how the design of his serpent fang and gland system, is almost identical to a modern-day medical device being used now by the millions. You see unless the natural serpent can get its poison under your skin, they are completely harmless. Remember a serpent’s fang must penetrate the human’s skin to be effective and deadly, and this will always leave an external mark. Uh oh? This is an interesting concept when compared to the two types of Bible poisons, we learned about in the previous lesson. These types of poisons were:

  1. words, (Proverbs 18:21)
  2. natural poisonous substances, (Numbers 21:6)

and both of these can cause death according to the Bible.

If the spiritual serpent can get his words in your heart and mind, then he has achieved his deception plan to change, control, and influence you. If the serpent can get you to say what he desires, he can even kill you (Proverbs 18:21). The same is true if a serpent inspired human, wanted to physically kill you. They must get their naturally created poison, into your physical body in order for it to be effective. This would cause them to resemble a naturally created serpent. What we are finding out is, the spiritual or physical poison is ineffective, unless it gets under our skin.

One modern term used for a device like this serpent fang, is “hypodermic”.  The general designs of these two realities, are almost identical. The word comes from two joined terms “hypo” meaning under, and “derma” meaning skin. Therefore, we are now contending with a modern device with an identical design of a serpent “fang”, that places substances of potential things that are good for life, or poison for death, under the skin of the human test subject. This will be just one of our combined subjects about the “mark” today.

We have just been introduced to a new “beast” system of government in Revelation 13, that demands “a mark” be given out and forced upon everyone. We are learning that this “beast” system of rule, is based upon the symbolic serpent with fangs concept. Notice that this system of rule, demands to be worshipped, or all those that resist it, will die. Without taking this “fang-mark” that is being mandated, the Bible says “no human will be able to buy or sell”. These are amazing modern parallels. These could be news headlines if the false prophets would tell the truth.

Ok, we are not going through everything in this chapter, or in these verses for the sake of time. This subject of a “mark”, is a significant theme found in the entire Bible, and should be a Bible study series, all by itself. But notice what is said by the Holy God. God declares, and warns us that many people will be killed in verse 15, if they do not worship a “beast”, and take his “mark” in verse 16.  Let us start with understanding, what “killed” means.

A SERPENT’S PURPOSE IS TO KILL

The Greek word translated as “killed” is G615. This word is defined by Strong as “slay”, “kill outright”, and “put to death”. It comes from the Greek word G575 which means “off”, or “away”, denoting someone to be permanently “separated” from someone else. Therefore, the term “killed”, is a description of people that are intentionally being murdered for permanent separation from earth’s human society. This means these deaths are NOT ACCIDENTS. It is implied in this setting that this is a mass killing of potentially millions of people. Remember we are not speculating anything, simply by reading what is said to happen in the Bible!

God says, and not us, that these people are intentionally murdered, simply because of their “refusal” to willingly comply, and cooperate, with the ruling world serpent authority’s demands for unquestioned obedience, conformity and uniformity. This threat alone makes the acceptance of the “mark” more than a mandatory request, and it dictates the need for a loss of most, if not all freedoms of personal choice.

LESSON TO LEARN: Murders will be occurring to produce fear for an ultimate forced control of all humans. These rulers will display their evil power to silence any opposing human influence.

Notice that these people are killed, because they are not willingly taking the beast’s mark. We are not told directly here how these people are killed. But later in Revelation 20:4, God informs us of the souls of people that had their heads cut off during these 7 years. These people were stated to be followers of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we can logically conclude, that they do not take the mark of the beast, and die a very bloody death. There are people being killed like this by extreme radical Islamists right now. That is just an important fact of truth to be aware of. This seems to imply that it is people like this that will be ruling the world during this time.

These verses in Revelation 13, show how these prophesied unmarked people are very hated by the antichrist ruler(s) that are demanding the mark. This could further imply that all of the people that have willingly taken the mark, could potentially be convinced to hate these “unmarked” people. We have seen this planned strategic narrative already occurring. Can you imagine how the mark mandators in Revelation 13, could accuse all of these people that are unmarked, to be the new source of an entire global crisis? It is a very masterful evil strategy to label good people as evil people, and evil people as good people. God warns us of this coming strategy in Isaiah 5:20.

LESSON TO LEARN: THROUGH THE TACTICS OF AN EVIL SERPENT GLOBAL GOVERNMENT SYSTEM, RULERS WILL BE LABELING GOD’S PEOPLE AS THE SOURCE OF THEIR EVERY EVIL PROBLEM. ALL OF THE SERPENT MARKED DECEIVED PEOPLE WILL EASILY TURN ON ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE “UNMARKED”.

Does any of this sound familiar yet? It should. Now let us move to the word “worship” mentioned in Revelation 13.

THE HIDDEN REQUIRED SERPENT WORSHIP

In Revelation 13, we find that “worship” is being demanded from all of the people on the earth, by a beast system of government. Uh oh! Just when we think that the mandate priority is to just take a mark to buy and sell, we find out about the real new “hidden” agenda. This secret new desire is for someone to be worshipped. Could this be true today in our world? It sure does give us that projected idea, if we are paying attention. There is definitely the appearance of a hidden reason for taking today’s mark, and it is not to make anyone safe or healthy.

This Greek word G4352 translated as “worship”, literally means “to kiss, or to be like a dog who licks their master’s hand”. That definition could change the viewed perspective of worship, considerably. Think about a dog’s determined exuberance, when their good and loving master, enters the house! That is how saved humans should react to a loving and saving God, that delivered them from an eternal existence in a lake of fire.  But what kind of a person do you need to be, to worship someone, that is deemed as “extreme evil”, and even a mass murderer, in the sight of God?

If we study this word “worship” in the New Testament, we discover that there are two opposing spiritual beings that are in a battle for the human worshipper. Did you know that every human is a worshipper of something or someone?  God created us this way, on purpose, to seek for Him.

We can read in John 4:23, where Jesus said “that God is seeking for true worshippers, and they must worship Him in spirit and in truth”. This is the exact same Greek word (G4352) that describes the beast’s desire in Revelation 13. There appears to be an evil serpent spirit rivalry against a good God to obtain human worshippers. Therefore, the serpent’s desire, must involve the attraction of every worshipper to be taken from God. Please remember this concept of redirected worship, because a serpent redirecting someone will soon reappear.

But now contrast the two spirit beings’ personalities. The serpent’s attempts are to force people to worship him, and if they do not, they die.  But God’s approach is to die in the human’s place, to show them extreme love. Then this saving love gift provides all humans, the choice to freely love, and worship Him, in response. It is a forced mandated worship versus, the freewill choice of returning love to a loving God. God offers His mark as a gift of salvation, and the serpent only forces his mark. It is a contrasting decision between love and hate, and life and death. It sounds like a really easy choice to make, but it is not because of the pressure that the serpent is placing upon people.

LESSON TO LEARN: ANYTHING BEING FORCED WITH THREATS IS NOT FROM GOD AND MUST BE WATCHED CLOSELY.

The story of the 3 Hebrew boys in Daniel 3, is a perfect parallel to what is happening today, and in Revelation 13. The entire nation, and these 3 Hebrews were commanded by the king to bow down like dogs, to worship a large idol. It will be interesting to see how the size of this statue is said to be 60 cubits tall, and 6 cubits in width. That would be 60x6x6. We will find that this has an interesting similarity to the coming number of the mark in Revelation 13. It is also very noteworthy that in both Daniel 3 and Revelation 13, the refusal to worship, results in death. These are repeated patterns of evil. In Daniel, a fiery furnace was heated up seven times hotter than normal, and everyone not falling on their face to worship the idol statue, will be killed in the fire. But there is good news, God saved them even after they were thrown into the fire. That should encourage people today to not bow down and take the mark.

LESSON TO LEARN: GOD IS ABLE AND WILL SAVE PEOPLE THAT WORSHIP HIM ALONE. EVEN IF GOD ALLOWED THE HEBREW CHILDREN TO DIE IN THE FIRE, THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN SAVED FROM HELL BY NOT WORSHIPPING THE FALSE GOD. EITHER WAY THEY WOULD WIN!

Do you remember when Jesus was tempted in Matthew 4:10 by the devil? Satan wanted to trade Jesus all of his authority over all of the kingdoms of our world, if only Jesus would worship (G4352) him.  This is the exact same word found in Revelation 13, so we can easily find a direct connection, to confirm this is Satan’s motivation, who longs to be worshipped. But Jesus quotes the Bible to the devil saying “It is written, thou shall worship the LORD your God only”.  Wow! We are discovering, that there is a possible direct connection to who we worship, to whose mark we will receive.

LESSON TO LEARN: WE ARE BEING INTRODUCED TO THE BIBLE REALITY THAT THERE ARE ONLY TWO MARKS TO TRAVEL TOWARDS! WHICH ONE WE CHOOSE WILL DETERMINE WHICH MARK WE OBTAIN.

Every human WILL BE marked by either Jesus, or the serpent depending upon the human choice to whom they will serve (Romans 6:16). There is only a binary choice, and no third option exists. By overcoming the devil, believers have the name of God and His city written upon them by Jesus (Revelation 3:12). But those that receive the serpent’s mark of the number of his name (Revelation 13:17) will be cast alive into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:20). Unfortunately, the making no choice option, is the default selection for worshipping the serpent, since he is still the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4).

What we have just learned is that there is a subtle serpent being, that is trying his best, to redirect us away by his crafty distractions. His desire is to keep us in his darkness, and from reaching the light in the door of Jesus, who was hung on the cross.  Let us move on to the beast next in this lesson.

THE SERPENT BEAST

Now we have already found that the figurative beast in Revelation 13, is described to be Satan, and also known as the ancient serpent, as defined in Revelation 12. But let us analyze this spirit being and confirm his identity and nature further.

The Greek word G2342, that was translated as a “beast”, is defined by Strong as a dangerous, wild and a venomous beast. This is the exact same Greek word, that was used by God to describe the physical creature that attached itself to the hand of Paul, while he was placing sticks on a fire in Acts 28:4. Do you remember we learned about this physical creature in the last lesson? This beast was described to be a “serpent”.

Do you remember, that everyone that witnessed this viper poison attack on Paul, watched him in amazement when Paul did not drop dead before their eyes? Therefore, we are gaining a pretty good understanding, of what type of creature, that this “beast” symbol represents, and the connection to it being deadly, and poisonous. We are also observing God’s power and ability to protect His people from the deadly effects of these types of poisons.

LESSON TO LEARN: LIKE THE HEBREW CHILDREN SAVED FROM THE FIRE, PAUL WAS SAVED FROM THE DEATH OF THE SERPENT’S FANG MARK AND POISON. GOD NEVER CHANGES, AND CAN, AND WILL DO THE SAME TODAY.

We must notice how this Revelation 13 “beast”, is defined, and why it was selected by God, to be described to be like the poisonous “serpent” that bites Paul. This connection, potentially teaches us a lot. We have already been introduced to the original trickster of death, to be the ancient serpent which now matches the future description of the “beast” in Revelation. The goal of causing intentional death to humanity, is one central connection in both of these stories of Genesis 3, and Revelation 13. It appears from what we are learning, that these two words, beast and serpent could be synonyms.

It is also very important to recall where God said Paul was bitten by the venomous beast in Acts 28. Paul was bitten by the fang of a serpent injecting its poison into his “hand”. Where did God say the mark of the beast would occur? You may recall God said the mark of the beast would be placed upon the person’s right hand or their forehead (Revelation 13:16). Now we can see how Paul’s serpent mark is further directly connected with the Revelation 13 serpent mark, with both cases, to be marked in their hand.  Later we will speak of the head location in more depth soon.

God appears to be using a pattern of reoccurring serpents, that are compared to be called venomous beasts. The Revelation 13 serpent is being describe as a coming system of deception, implemented through a natural hypnotic leader that is ultimately being controlled by a real internal spiritual serpent (Satan). This person’s purpose will be to deceive everyone in the world using clever words. His hidden goal is to cause people to voluntarily worship Satan. But for those that do not participate, his goal is to motivate them by extreme threats of starvation, or even death to get them to obey. Those that still do not worship him, are murdered.

A SERPENT MANDATED MARK FOR POPULATION CONTROL?

There appears to be other reasons besides the serpent’s ultimate desire to be worshipped. One major motivation for a forced mark in Revelation 13, seems to be for the ultimate control and ownership of humanity. Our chapter 13, teaches Satan’s plan of people division into two types of people on the earth. Everyone taking the mark is promised to live naturally, and everyone not taking the mark is promised to die naturally. Clearly this implies a type of population control for only a desired specific type of people taking the mark.

Think about this in light of the serpent’s desired global goal to abort every baby in the womb? Is this a serpent desire to lower the population on earth by any means? Is this desire, now being expanded by the serpent today for everyone? What is this serpent so afraid of? Could it be he is trying to stop God from using any and every human in the church, from potentially crushing his head, as it was prophesied to happen in Romans 16:20? This is an interesting concept to consider.

If control of only certain types of people on the earth are desired, there are multiple methods for a ruler to control these people. God’s method is love dominated. But Satan’s methods include threats, force, power, and fear, among others. We need to list a few of the ways someone can potentially control another human who has a right to choose who they will submit to.

HUMAN CONTROL THROUGH IGNORANCE

We can learn that one method of control, is to keep people ignorant of the truth. This is what God warns in Hosea 4:6. Here God says “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge”.  This is the ultimate reason why a Jezebel type of ruler system, desires to silence the true prophets with the words and message of truth. Today they do this by labeling the truth as being racist, misinformation, and conspiracy theory.

LESSON TO LEARN: SATAN WILL USE ULTIMATE CENSORSHIP TO TRY TO ELIMINATE THE MESSAGE OF GOD COMPLETELY.

This massive censorship is happening now globally. Entire nations have completely tried to silence every opposing voice. Ignorance is achieved only by eliminating the truth from being taught to children and adults. This is occurring on the societal media websites daily.  We have already spoken of the false prophet narrative that communicates the party propaganda faithfully parroting each other’s talking points. We also should understand that now we have people in the Jezebel ruling system that have armed the legal system, to silence every oppositional voice to the agenda, by labeling them as “homeland terrorists”. This is a small part of the antichrist agenda.

HUMAN CONTROL THROUGH ADDICTION

But, how else can an evil ruling power gain control over their people? One of the most modern prevalent methods is through “addiction”. It can be almost any type of human desire or substance abuse, that can lead to a person’s ultimate control. This is another method of deception.

Consider the concept of “addiction”. Think about the gambling game of poker. Have you ever been to a casino? This is a Satanic house of deception. It combines, external bright lights to attract, internal darkness, alcohol, liquor, sexual content, and the promise to potentially get rich without a lot of work. A person would really hate these games like poker, if they lost every time. If time after time, they just left their money with the others that were happily taking it, most intelligent people would just give up and find something else much better to do. But the devil ensures the new player wins enough to get them addicted, then he takes them for everything they have.

What gets a person addicted to this lifestyle? It could be the money, possible fame or fortune, it could be just the dark atmosphere, the booze, or a combination of all of the above. It can be very hard for people to get out, once they have entered the door.

LESSON TO LEARN: SATAN WILL POTENTIALLY USE UNFULFILLABLE PROMISES TO GET SOMEONE TO BECOME ADDICTED TO PLAY HIS GAME AND THEN HE HAS THEM.

SERPENT CONTROL THROUGH POISONOUS SUBSTANCES

Another very popular modern addiction source is coming from two different poison sources. It is difficult to imagine that a person could become addicted to a serpent’s deadly poison, but this is happening every day. This substance is called “drugs”. One type of drug is labeled as “medication” for possible good health, and the other is promoted as a recreational entertainment for a physical pleasure or euphoria. But either substance has potential negative, and adverse qualities, and many deaths have occurred from abuses. First, we will focus on the potential positive poison.

It should be very obvious that there is a major coordinated plan to get the world’s population to be injected with a type of universal substance “mark” through a manmade fang. This is appearing to have addictive qualities to it. It first began to be handed out as the savior from a real but exaggerated problem, and it was given out as the only ultimate solution. Then this one-time solution has become a potentially never-ending program of one dose after the next to keep people saved. What kind of deceptive addiction is this? It is called a combined physical, mental and emotional type of mind control.

The serpent’s incentivized strategy in today’s game, is to sucker people into a plan of false safety, security, and a temporary return to normalcy. This false narrative is a fake promise of a freedom from fear, and death. Surely you know what this means? Why are there so many diversions, distractions, and claims, that this “mark” is the only solution for returning to a lost “normal”?

How is it that the same people that created the problem, are the same ones that are proposing, creating, and distributing the claimed only solution? That sounds like a conflict of interests at best, and at worst the evilest plan possible. We can only wonder who is getting the richest, with this plot of evil? Perhaps you are unaware that it has been reported by the real prophets, that it was the governing Jezebel ruling system that created the crisis? Perhaps you are unaware of this because the Jezebel supporting “false prophet” system has been only reporting other untruths or meaningless information as a distraction. It is highly recommended that you go read about this concept in 1 Kings 18. This is the story where the prophet of God named Elijah calls out the false prophets, to see whose God will answer.

LESSON TO LEARN: GOD IS NOT DONE WITH AMERICA. GOD STILL HAS PROPHETS THAT ARE CALLING OUT JEZEBEL AND HER FALSE PROPHETS. LET US WAIT AND SEE WHOSE GOD WILL ANSWER AGAIN? OUR FAITH IS IN THE TRUE GOD OF THE BIBLE.

The final addictive drug poison that is used by the serpent, was previously illegal in most world locations, but yet still easily accessible. People are getting very rich off these deadly substances. Also, many people are being murdered by them. But the user of these poisons, are very easily controlled by the serpent rulers. People taking these, do so for pleasure, for relaxation, for relief from physical, emotional, or mental pain. Again, this is the same concept as the potential legal poison drugs. The serpent creates the problems for these people to seek the relief by drinking, swallowing, or injecting substances to get under their skins. These addictions offer no solutions, but rather only ease of control and eventually death the serpent’s ultimate control. Let’s analyze a different type of human control through ownership. This is another way of saying human slavery.

A HUMAN MARKED FOR OWNERSHIP

This Greek word translated as “mark” is G5480 (charagma), and it can be defined as an external stamp that implies a person’s ownership or property. We have only mentioned this topic briefly in the previous sections. But this sounds a lot like something Hitler did to the Jews in Nazi Germany. He began with identifiers like stars of David, but then moved to literal tattoos with numbers. This concept could be like a horse or a cow being branded with the ranch’s symbolic mark. Every animal that displays this mark are known to belong to only that specific owner. This would seem to describe this mark in Revelation 13, precisely. If you study the verses that speak of the mark, you will find that everyone that has taken the mark of the beast, is completely rejected by God, without hope.

This Greek word only appears in 9 N.T. verses, and 8 are found in the book of Revelation. Revelation 13:16-17, Revelation 14:9, Revelation 14:11, Revelation 16:2, Revelation 19:20, and Revelation 20:4. It is recommended that you go, and read all of these verses. But there is one other word usage found in the book of Acts:

Act 17:29  Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. 

Here in Acts 17, we find the word G5480 again, but it is translated as “graven” instead of “mark”. It should be very clear in this verse, that this is describing Christians and our attitudes towards idols made by the hands of man. Here in Acts 17:29, God is saying Christians “are His children”. This will become very important soon. This means we are born into His family. As part of being in the family of God, we can obtain His name. As mentioned before, in Revelation 3:12 we find overcoming Christians to be given God’s name written upon them. This is clearly the one named “Mark” that is of utmost importance to desire.

But in this verse, Christians are told that we should NOT think the Godhead is like engraved images made of gold, silver or stone that are just “cut out pieces of art”. Wow, that is saying a whole lot, in a few words. Notice the emphasis upon the human desired substances of “gold”, “silver” or even possible valuable stones. This information will come up in the main points of the lesson series in the future, to show how “money”, “greed”, “worth”, and “value” drive a lot of the evil that is occurring in the world today (1 Timothy 6:10).

Ok, let us notice how this Greek word G5480 is translated as “graven” in this verse. This word implies a tool is being used by the skilled and trained professional human hands, to place an engraved mark upon the desired object to be worshipped. Uh oh! This is very similar to what is happening in Revelation 13, where the beast is having his mark placed upon all people. But notice in both of these two verses, there are people who are worshipping someone besides God, by their own freewill, or they are being forced! Yet the concept of being engraved with some tool by a skilled, and trained professional human, can still be the same identical work in both examples. What we need to see in the Bible, are the repeated patterns of concepts and applications. This is one of the greatest ways that God hides information in His Word for us to find truth.

It should become clear that this Greek word G5480, implies the external presence of trained, and educated human skill, and their work performed through some crafting instrument, to produce an observable “mark” on the human skin. This would further imply that this “mark” would produce some type of bleeding to potentially occur. It is very difficult to get any type of puncture in the human skin, and for there not be at least minor blood leakage. Therefore, this mark in Revelation 13, might have something to do with the human blood. If it reaches the blood, it could also have, or cause a corresponding internal bodily reaction.

This could be describing someone getting a tattoo. Have you ever seen this artistic type of work done? In the Hitler example above, it was not for a pretty design, but was rather to number and identify the person. But in either case, there is normal blood leakage. But this process of marking a human is done with human created tools, to insert substances under the human skin. If by chance the artist’s tools contained a contamination, there could result a severe infection. Clearly this is just one type of artistry that leaves a permanent external “mark”.

We should have just learned a lot about a potential “mark” in Revelation 13, by studying the concept given by God in Acts 17. Could this be like receiving a puncture from the design of a serpent “fang”? This Greek word G5480, has its origin from the root word “charasso”, which means “to sharpen to a point”. Does that help anyone understand what God could potentially be speaking of in Revelation 13?

This is beginning to sound more and more like a modern man-made narrowed, sharpened metallic serpent fang like tool instrument, for inserting some type of potentially useful or poisonous liquid into the human body. This work could be performed by a trained and skilled professional, and that would match what we have learned so far.  If you do not yet know what is being said, we will try to make it clearer. Game wardens use this type of powerful dart device to tranquilize a dangerous animal. This means a more powerful wild animal, is being sedated or drugged, to be under the control of the weaker being. Uh oh? Are you awake yet?

All of this introductory Bible information, matches the description of a serpent’s fang type of mark precisely. Then remember the design of a “fang”, is like a natural injection system, for the purpose of inserting a poison into the snake’s enemy. Ok, please never forget who the original “serpent” was in Genesis 3:1 that deceived Eve. Let us now shift our study to some Old Testament root sources of types of a “mark” defined by God in His Word.

ANCIENT HEBREW – MARK DEFINITIONS

It is a great idea when studying the Bible on a word or a subject, to go back to God’s beginning Hebrew texts, and see what He says about the foundational mention of the subject. In most cases, the first time a subject is mentioned, God establishes a foundational truth needed to understand the entire subject. This is called the “Law of First Mention”. It is used here frequently. But also using this same concept, we can learn so much new about a subject, by analyzing the ancient Hebrew alphabet letters and meanings that make up the word.

Here are just two of the Hebrew words that were translated as “mark”.

  1. “H226”
  2. “H4307”

While there are other words translated as “mark”, we will only go over a these two briefly for the sake of time. We are primarily interested in the Biblical concepts that were introduced and used by God, for these words. In this part of the lesson, we will be analyzing the ancient Hebrew words, their spellings, and what each letter means. We will begin with the word H226.

H226 – Mark

If we go back and search the Old Testament, we will learn that the Hebrew word H226 is mentioned for the first time in Genesis 1:14 and Genesis 4:15.  In Genesis 1:14 the Hebrew word is translated into the English word “sign”. But in Genesis 4:15, it was translated as a “mark”. This word is very interesting, because this root word is comprised in the ancient Hebrew pictographic alphabet from the joined combination of an “ox” and a “cross”. Contained in this word, is an amazing revelation.

In the ancient Hebrew, the “ox” is the “alef”, the first letter of the alphabet, and it represents a lowly, but strong type of servant. This ox would be attached to a yoke (Matthew 11:29), and a plow (1 Corinthians 9:10), and then the servant ox, would be driven by their master (LORD) to a mark in the distance (physical place of growth in time), to make a straight line for planting the seeds (Isaiah 28:24).

The second Hebrew letter of this word, is the “tav”, and this is a picture of a cross, and this is the last letter in the Hebrew alphabet. This letter amazingly can mean “a mark”, as in “x” marks the spot.  So, we have a word with the letters, “alef” and the “tav”, and this translated into Greek, would be the “Alpha” and the “Omega”. Does that sound familiar? It “just so happens” that this is one of the names that identifies Jesus in the first chapter of the book of Revelation. Wow, none of this is an accident.

What we discover from these two clues, is that God has designed a predetermined end “mark” of the “cross”, for every human servant of His, to plow to. Paul uses this analogy of a plowing ox, to describe his work for Christ in 1 Corinthians 9:10. In doing this, Paul quotes from a verse written in Deuteronomy 25:4, about not muzzling a working ox. Using this verse Paul writes the ox in the O.T., symbolically represents God’s people. Paul in Romans 1:1 calls himself a “servant” of Jesus Christ. We can conclude from this information, that Paul was submitting himself to the LORD, to be his personal end of life targeted mark.

Our ultimate example of a “servant” to follow, was Jesus Christ (Zechariah 3:8). His destination was to die on a cross. He was born to die, and then to be raised from the dead. But it was His death on a “cross” that showed us the “mark” to follow after to be raised from the dead with Him. Remember the cross pictogram, is the last letter in the Hebrew alphabet, and God designed it this way to teach us about His end targeted mark plan for all of humanity.  Jesus, was given so that we could have a new beginning in eternity with Him forever.  

We can begin to see how God’s divine mark of the “Cross”, must become our sought-after desired target to move towards, during some part of our available life line. This desired target must also “remain” our priority goal for the end of our life line. By achieving God’s end-mark for a straight divinely designed life movement, this will always lead us towards the final mark of Jesus, and we will become His for eternity. But during this entire process, there is an unseen enemy that is doing his best to distract us from the path of life, to take us away from God’s mark.

This Hebrew word H226, appears to represent, a life filled with the successful work as His servant, that continued to move us toward the straight, and narrow future end target for a human destination of everlasting life. We can confirm this truth by reading what Jesus said in Matthew 7:14. In this verse Jesus said “Straight is the gate, and narrow is the path that leads us to life, and few are they that find it. Do you see how this corresponds to the goal of a plowman working an ox to a distant post mark target?

Since we are now observing the reality for the existence of two marks (Satan’s mark, & God’s Cross Mark), let us find the very first time this word was used by God to establish the foundation:

Genesis 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: 

As you can notice the English word “mark” is not included in this verse, but the Hebrew word H226 is found. This time the translators made the word to be “signs”. But this is still very profound if you understand who the lights in Genesis 1:14-16 are symbolic of.  In verse 16 God describes creating light on the earth that originates from two “great” divided lights. The greater light refers to the “sun”, and this represents “Jesus Christ, the Sun of Righteousness” (Malachi 4:2). The lesser light in these verses is describing the “moon”, and it (he) represents the ruler of the darkness of this world (Satan aka the serpent), (Ephesians 6:12).  We can confirm this with many verses, but please read 1 Thessalonians 5:5 where the LORD said “You (the church) are all children of the light and the day, we are not of the night or of the darkness”.  Wow, this is amazing information designating two separated kingdom paths, and two marks of ownership.

Therefore, we can logically conclude that any serpent “mark” forced upon a human is Satan’s attempt to get them off of the straight path from entering into the eternal life cross point found only in Jesus Christ. This can normally only occur, if a human is deceived to follow in a different path direction either veering away from Christ, to the right or to the left of a balanced, and straight center path. Let us now review another Hebrew word that was translated as “mark” in the O.T.

H4307 – ‘Mark”

1 Samuel 20:20 – And I will shoot three arrows on the side thereof, as though I shot at a mark. 

H4307 is the next Hebrew word, translated as “mark”, that needs to be understood. This word is first used in 1 Samuel 20:20, as you can read above, it was translated as “mark”.  But notice the context, because this will become very important as we continue to learn. Take a note, that in this verse a man named Jonathan told David, he would shoot arrows, from his bow, as if he was shooting at a target. Jonathan and David agree that if the arrow went in one direction from the mark, it meant David was welcome to come back to the king’s palace, but if it went in the other direction, David better run and hide. Why does God speak in such great details about stories that seem of such unimportance? Of course, everything is important in the Bible, because everything found can teach us concepts and patterns that can be repeated.

Again, we have the concept of a “mark” being a “target”. In this example, the man aiming at the target, must keep his eye on it in a careful, and watchful way being very steady handed, to release at the exact time to hit, or in this case to miss the intended mark for a specific purpose. But in these verses, that marked target that is being aimed at, contains a “hidden coded message”. This message would only have been discernable to David that understood the code. Anyone else watching the arrow fly towards the mark, would not have understood the meaning, unless they knew the code.  In our first example, there was an ox servant being aimed at a mark, and now an arrow using a “mark” to communicate a hidden code attached to it. Therefore, both examples represent a desired ending mark for an intentional purpose.

AN AIMED MARK CAN CONTAIN A HIDDEN CODE, OR PURPOSE, EITHER FOR GOOD OR FOR EVIL.  SATAN’S SERPENT MARK IS NOTHING BUT EVIL. PEOPLE IN REVELATION 13 TAKE THE MARK FOR THE GOOD PURPOSE TO BE ABLE TO BUY AND SELL FOR LIFE, BUT IT HAS A HIDDEN CODED MEANING TO BRING THEM ETERNAL DEATH.

Now let us analyze this new Hebrew word using the ancient Hebrew pictogram definitions. This Hebrew root word is also two letters. The first letter is the “tet”, which is the 9th Hebrew letter, and this letter represents a basket, or a type of container. If you look this up, you will find that the picture of this letter is a circle with an “x” or another “cross” on the inside of it. That must just be a coincidence also? This letter is how we get this to be another “target” and “mark” concept. The second letter of this Hebrew word H4307, is the “resh”, which is the 20th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and this is a picture of a man’s head.  

Placing these two letters together, we get the meaning of the word is to literally “target a man” or figuratively “contain the man”. Wow, that is very eye opening. Think again that the “resh” Hebrew letter, is a picture of a man’s head. This is also one of the location target placements, for the beast’s mark in Revelation 13. This must be just another “just so happens”. But also remember that the human’s head is the location of the brain and mind.

Therefore, we are being led to understand how that someone can become a target for a mark to be contained, through a method of controlling their mind. Before a human will take a mark, they must decide to yield to it in their mind. From the thoughts of the human heart working with their mind, come the motivations of all human beliefs, decisions, choices, etc. This seems very profound, based upon the subject of deception. Deception also occurs in the mind, and this becomes much easier to occur, when the words that are intended to deceive are the only words that are constantly presented to the human.

What do these concepts teach us? It says, that by a serpent placing a mark, upon a human, this is one of the possible ways of “limiting”, “restricting”, “restraining”, or “containing” that human. God is trying to warn us, of the devil’s plan of “mind and body containment” to confine their spirit. Perhaps you have experienced this recently? For example, the demand to stay at home. The demand to not attend public gatherings like church.  Clearly these are signs of being marked as a target by someone, and they are doing this through fear.

H1285 – The Covenant ‘Mark”

We need to understand another word that contains the “cross” mark. The English word “covenant” comes from the Hebrew word H1285. This Hebrew word consists of 4 Hebrew letters and the combination of these letter definitions is very profound in the ancient Hebrew.  These four Hebrew letters are the “beyt”, “resh”, “yod” and “tav”. These letters create the word “covenant” as in a permanent marriage. But let us list what each of these letters mean:

  1. Beyt = a tent, as in the family in the house
  2. Resh = a man’s head
  3. Yod = a man’s hand
  4. Tav = a mark

Wow, perhaps you already can see the meaning. God begins the word with a combined family unit under a single dwelling. This family unit would imply the existence of a father, a mother, and their children. Now notice the human head is the next letter. Where was one location of the mark of the beast in Revelation 13? Your right, it was the forehead. Now, notice the next Hebrew letter in H1285, is the “hand”. Where else does Revelation 13 say the mark of the beast will be placed? It just so happens to be the right hand. Now for the last letter in the H1285 word is the tav, which is the symbol of the cross and is defined to be a “mark”.

What we can conclude from this information, is the serpent mark in Revelation 13, appears to be an eternal covenant. Taking this mark on the hand or the forehead indicates you have become a permanent covenant family member with the serpent. This would completely explain why there is no repentance, or salvation available for these people after taking this “mark”.

CONLUSIONS

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

We have just gone through a limited overview lesson on the subject of a “mark”. In it we should have learned two words translated as “mark” in Hebrew. We should have learned a few important concepts from these two examples. We should have learned that a mark can be a potential good life goal, if it is directing us to Jesus. This is exactly what Paul was talking about in Philippians 3:14. Paul had set his life goal on obtaining that mark found only in Christ.

Recall that the Hebrew word translated as covenant, was a four-letter word consisting of a family, a head, a hand, and a mark. This was an amazing parallel to what we found in Revelation 13, describing the placement of the mark of the serpent. This appears to be a revelation that Satan’s mark is a permanent covenant that every human should avoid. Satan’s mark would be in direct opposition to the New Covenant in Jesus which should be our marked destination for salvation. Therefore, we should have learned that an evil mark can be used as a plan for limiting, controlling, or containing someone for a separation from God.

We also should have learned that a “mark” can be designed, and used for a secret coded message. The range of possibilities for this usage are staggering to think of. A code is a system of hiding information, that is not intended for just anyone to know. So, it is with the number “666”. This is a number that contains a hidden coded meaning, and many have been trying to figure this out since the book was written.  

Next, we should have learned that a human can be “marked” as a target for the purpose of their death. We can plainly see that the beast in Revelation 13 will physically kill anyone that does not take his mark, but this is a trick because everyone that takes it will die a spiritual eternal death. Therefore, we need to know there are two types of death mentioned in the Bible. We need to learn today, that Jesus taught us in Matthew 10:27, for us to not worry about those that can kill the natural physical body, but rather for us to just fear God who is able to throw your spirit, soul and body into hell after this death. Jesus was warning us of a greater spiritual death.

Do you remember the serpent beast’s primary threat for NOT taking his “fang-mark”? In Revelation 13:17, God says this coming satanic system will cause anyone that rejects the “mark”, to lose the ability (freedoms) to buy or sell. Wow, if anyone does not see that this is already beginning to happen now, they are blind, and deceived. Are these not the threats of losing freedoms? Is this not an example of containment and separation?  Currently there are several large private organizations, and governments, calling for everyone in their country, group, or company to take their current present-day fang “mark”, or lose their job and income. Uh oh? That means these people, will not have money to buy anything.

There are other calls for people to have to show a “I have taken the fang mark” ID card, in order to enter their store to participate in buying food, clothes, services, entertainment, etc. Uh oh?  There are others that are not allowing any global travel without confirmations of a “fang mark”. Isn’t it interesting these people do not want us to show an ID to vote, but if we do not get a “mark” we can’t go anywhere? It appears to say, it is all of the healthy people that are being targeted, and restricted the most today.

There are examples after examples, of how companies are being used by Satan, to bring great stress and pressure, to cause a fear of losing jobs, and to raise the possibility that people will not be able to pay their bills, without their full compliance of taking a “fang-mark”. This pressure is causing people to have no option, other than to take a type of sharp pointed mark, in order to keep them from a death that we are told is only occurring to less than 1% of the world’s population. Did you know more people use to die of the flu, and no one thought that was something to deal with, so that everyone would be forced to get a flu-mark?

This strategy appears to be an attempt at the spreading of multiple strategic messages of poison, to cause a convergence of two or more fear types. However, all human fears are rooted in death, but there are many ways of the serpent to present the information to cause fear and death to occur. And these methods of evil information seed sowing, are being played together to force everyone into unwavering compliance.

Please note, there is no claim that we are living in the tribulation right now (2021). There is no claim in this series that the permanent death mark of the beast, is being given out at this publication date. There is no claim that the final antichrist devil has come out into the open to make himself known.  But this lesson reveals diverse signs occurring everywhere that all of this could all begin to happen very soon. It is becoming evident that what is happening today through the serpent, is a forerunner, or just a dressed-up rehearsal for what will be repeated during the soon coming tribulation.

Is the serpent out of step with the Bible, or is this just a surprise attack when no one was expecting it to happen? If this is a surprise attack, could the serpent be trying to get an advantage over Christians or God? We believe that this coordinated plan-demic, is a premature surprise attack from the serpent. But there is absolutely no way that this will succeed or even gain any advantage over the church, or our God, because “Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Also remember the promise of God given through Jesus to the church:

Luke 10:19 – Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 

Thank you for reading and studying the Bible with us. We love you all very much and pray God’s blessing upon each of you and your families. Please do not allow anything said in this lesson, to cause you any fear. Please allow the Holy Spirit to give you His insight on what is happening in the world right now, and only be led by His peace in making your decisions. This information is only presenting God clues given to us in the Word of God, that teach us about what is possible to be happening in our world today.  It is far better for us to be informed by God’s Word, than to be ignorant of it.

If you would like to continue reading in this series, please go to “Part 4” now.

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GOD IS LOVE – Pt 3 – GOD’S VERTICAL LOVE GIFT FOR THE HORIZONTAL HUMAN WORLD

(Ver 1.1) This is Part 3 in the essential advanced Bible study series, about the subject “God is Love”.   If you have not read from the beginning, it is highly recommended that you begin the study with “Part 1”. This lesson will continue the first two lessons and will build upon them, but it will not repeat all of the same subject details. We should know by now that LOVE, is the most important of the subjects found in the entire Bible, because this represents God. We agree with this based upon the foundational truth from 1 John 4:8, where God declares “He is love”, which can also be mathematically stated as “GOD = LOVE”. This means these two subjects are mathematically identical, equivalent and interchangeable. Therefore, we have learned that our God, clearly reveals Himself, as LOVE. And in reverse, anytime we see GOD’s example of LOVE displayed, we can know this was our God manifested!

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

This verse is describing the LORD Jesus Christ. It is interesting to observe that Jesus considered Himself to be equal to GOD. This would make Jesus mathematically equivalent to LOVE also. By the Algebraic law If A=B, and A=C, then B=C “. This would be like us saying “If God = LOVE and God = Jesus, then Jesus = LOVE”. The Jews got extremely angry at Jesus in John 5:17-18. Here Jesus just claimed to be doing the works of His Father, and the Jews wanted to kill Him because He had made Himself equal to God. Wow, if they had only known who He was. The main point in this opening, is we much conclude that Jesus was equal to God, and this made Jesus equal to LOVE.

HOLY SPIRIT =
GOD = JESUS = LOVE

Now for a quick review of the series so far.  We should now know that we were introduced in lesson one, to two divine LOVE manifestations, expressions or we can also say, examples. The first in this lesson, occurred in the Old Covenant (Exodus 12), and this was God’s foundational and prophetical natural pattern, called the Passover. This was the sacrifice of a natural lamb, to save the family’s firstborn from death in Egypt.

Our New Covenant divine LOVE example, was the much greater spiritual fulfillment of God’s Old Covenant Passover shadowed display.  This one occurred when “God is Love” became a physical part of His creation by manifesting as a human male child, and growing into a man.  This man was called the Lamb of God in John 1:29,36, 1 Corinthians 5:7, and 28 times in the book of Revelation. Our New Covenant Lamb of God, was named “Jesus” by an angel from heaven (Matthew 1:21, Luke 1:31). This name was selected, because the angel of God claimed He would save His people from their sins. Therefore, we learn Jesus was manifested as LOVE, in the flesh to die in substitution for His lost, and separated human creation. God did this to offer every human salvation from an eternal spiritual death from Him. This salvation was a free gift (Ephesians 2:8). But this gift of LOVE, while available to everyone, is only receivable to a human that believes (John 3:15).

In lesson 2 we learned an introductory overview, of the plan of salvation from start to finish. In this divine plan of LOVE, God designed, created, and initiated the strategy and determined the ending long before humans, Satan, and sin had been joined together in covenant (Isaiah 28:15-18). In fact, if we read in Hebrews 4:3 God declares all of His works were finished from the foundation of our world. That is an amazing supernatural concept to fully grasp.

Nevertheless, we have seen where God’s words were seeds (Genesis 8:22, Luke 8:11) that produced the final outcome of human salvation and fruitfulness. This plan will take a total of 7000 years to fully complete.  It has been, and still is in progress. It was planned by God, to occur in phases of progressive steps. I compared this to be like a smart phone type of hardware and software release strategy, that was designed to keep people engaged, interested and participating with anticipation for the next greater version.

Today we are going to go back and expand on the lesson 1. We will be building upon the two examples of manifested LOVE, given to us by “God is LOVE”. Our goal is to learn something completely new, about the blood that was offered as payments in both displays.  We are going to review the two lambs, two bloods and the two trees. Hopefully we all remember the two lambs were one natural male animal, and the other greater was the LORD Jesus Christ. The blood of application came from these two sacrifice victims. So, we will focus in this lesson specifically on the two trees. What two trees, some will ask?

One tree was the doorposts, and the other tree was the much greater cross.  We will be focused upon some potential new hidden details, that may have been missed in reading these two LOVE presentations. We will attempt to observe, God’s selections, and directions, to help us find His intentions and messages found in each design. I will add a message at the beginning, that this may not be accepted by some people, and that is OK. Some may not be able to receive the message of this lesson, because it could be something that they have never heard taught before. Hopefully, there will be many that do see what God can teach us from comparing a doorpost to a cross. Let us get started.

#1 – INTRODUCTION

What we are about to discover, is at least some of the potential great reasons, why God instructed Moses to apply the blood of the natural lamb victim:

  1. on every post, and
  2. in two physical directions simultaneously.

We will soon discover that these God instructions, for “the how” that this was to be done, was spoken by God in Egypt, as a prophecy to teach us about His continuing plan, of Salvation. These spoken words declared:

  1. the current human problem created by sin,
  2. what was needed to temporarily fix it in the Old Covenant,
  3. what was potentially to happen in the future, for all of humanity, in Christ on the cross as our solution.

In both applications of LOVE, the blood was being applied on every post, in the exact same two physical directions. What we want to learn, is “how” this was potentially seen from God’s viewpoint. God’s instructions in Egypt, was NOT spoken to Israel at the first Passover, just for a temporary solution, to only deliver them from a problem of the death of their firstborn. This would have only been a temporary salvation, ignoring a far greater needed solution, for deliverance from eternal death, and ever-lasting separation from God.  No, God had a far greater positive divine outlook, and purpose for His instructions. His Exodus 12 commands were given to them, foreknowing His future heavenly plan of LOVE, to save the entire world.

Act 2:23 – Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 

Notice these words that Peter preached in Jerusalem, to the children of the Old Covenant Passover people, shortly after Jesus ascended into heaven. Those that were listening, were the offspring of the physical people that were delivered from Egypt. All of these people celebrated this event annually. It had just been celebrated 50 days earlier.

Now, remember in Lesson 1 of this series what we should have learned? Jerusalem, where Jesus was crucified is called by the name spiritual Egypt in Revelation 11:8. There are some very startling parallels to these two events hidden in scriptures.  Now let’s look at some of the key words found in Acts 2:23.

The Greek word G1012, translated as “counsel”, has the implied meaning of “purpose”. This word choice, teaches us that God had a design and a purpose for the cross. The Greek word G4267, that was translated as “foreknowledge”, means God “knew”, the cross was coming, long before it happened. Revelation 13:8, clearly teaches us that Jesus was already planned to be slain, before God created the foundation of our world. Therefore, the cross was not a sudden demonic surprise attack, that almost destroyed God’s plan of LOVE. It was rather the major part of God’s plan of LOVE, all along.

We will soon learn, that the natural Egypt lamb’s blood, was only a selected 2-D shadow of the spiritual Egypt sacrifice of the real Lamb of God. As a shadow it had outlined similarities, but not the 3-D realities of the real. Therefore, how did the shadow of the slain “natural” lamb in Egypt, represent the “real” divine LAMB, slain outside of Jerusalem?  What changed between these two chosen symbols made from wooden trees?

In determining this, we need to ask some questions. What were the differences in the designs of the two trees, with blood applications placed upon them? Always remember that God uses natural created things to teach us, greater unseen spiritual realities. Jesus taught us this truth, very plainly saying, “How can I teach you spiritual things, if you do not yet understand natural things?” (John 3:12). Jesus places a very strong emphasis upon understanding the naturally created things of this world, to be potentially powerful ways to understand greater and higher spiritual things, and that is what this lesson of LOVE, is focused upon today.

Let us get started, if everyone is ready to learn what I believe the Spirit of the Living God wants to say.  Please pause, pray, and ask the Holy Spirit to give you an open, receptive, and understanding heart. Ask the Holy Spirit of God, to illuminate your mind, having your spiritual eyes, and ears opened to be able to receive everything, that He is speaking to us. Finally, resist the devil’s plan to distract you, by demanding that he remove any preconceived blinders of demonic doctrines, that could be obstructing your ability to see what God, wants to say. Let us get started with our Bible lesson.

#2 – THE VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL DIRECTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

As noted by the title of today’s lesson, we will be learning about, “God is LOVE”, and His divine LOVE given to us, and for us, and to be received by us, and applied in us, in two directions. We will call these directions, His “Vertical LOVE” gift, given for His “Horizontal LOVE” manifestation. Our subject today will be God’s blood and Love being alive, and active in these two dimensions of human existence. This will cause us to ask; what does “vertical”, and “horizontal” represent in the Bible? Hopefully, these will be answered as we study, and learn.

But we need to go through some basic foundational information, to get everyone on the same page of understanding. Please do not allow some of the technical details of these natural things, that were created by our God, to cause you to be discouraged, if you do not follow them all immediately, or understand how they will apply later. Everything that will be covered in this section, will help us to understand the Word of God on LOVE. 

It is most interesting, to see and learn about one very unusual detail given to us by God’s Word. This is concerning the blood of the natural lamb, and the spiritual Lamb, that were found within both of these implementations of His, divine love displays. What we will discover, are the concepts of direction, given to us as types of sign posts, hidden in two blood sacrifices. These essential details, are found in the divine directions given to us in the Bible. These will be used by God to reveal, the potential meaning of the blood sprinkling of the lambs, that were directed by God, to be placed specifically upon the Passover wooden doorposts, and the cross. 

God knowing how Christ would die in the future, told the Israelites to apply the blood in a very exact way, on specifically chosen known wooden objects. I believe that God did this on purpose, to provide us all with visible signposts. These were given, to point us into turning from the path of selfishness, evil, and hate that we were on, leading us to destruction. These signposts, would help direct us, to now go into the pathway of “Knowing LOVE”.  When we choose to look for, and turn to LOVE, we would be able to recognize, LOVE in hidden Bible messages. We will be able to see “how” God applied the blood, in the Old Covenant Passover, to His New Covenant sacrificed Lamb’s blood. We will be discovering that the “how” blood application, was a direct prophecy, that teaches incredible revealed parallels, when it was fulfilled in Christ’s blood in the New Covenant. For instance, both the Old and New Covenant blood applications, were applied in a vertical direction, and in a horizontal direction, during the same timed event.

This information should make us wonder, why was it necessary for the lamb’s blood to be applied in two coexisting right-angle directions? Also, what do these two directions represent to God?  I believe we can learn the most about any Bible subject by paying close attention to the smallest details given to us, and then asking God why He did it that way. These answers are usually the hidden pearls of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom that God would like for us to know about Him. Absolutely nothing in the Bible is there by accident, or without meaning or purpose to either teach us, about who Jesus is, or who Jesus is not. God’s Word is Him, revealing Himself to us, for us to know Him (John 5:39).

Let us stop and define the word “direction”. This word can be thought of as: 1) “the spoken words of a leader for correction, instruction, or guidance given, to an individual, group, team, nation, etc., to help them achieve the desired positive outcome”. That is one very good definition for what we will be learning today. However, another definition of this word represents: 2) “a line leading us to turn in a specific movement for a desired location or destination”. This could be like someone receiving instructions on how to arrive at Los Angeles, driving from New York City.

Those that have driven an automobile, can relate to traffic signs that say; “Interstate Highway 10 West”, “Do Not Enter”, or “One Way”. These are just examples of three types of signs, that clearly show us a correct or incorrect “direction” to turn or travel. Wow, could these definitions, be related to the blood applied to the doorpost of the Passover house, and the cross?  I believe, they do. Notice what God said during the Egypt Love event of Passover:

Exo 8:23  And I will put a division between my people and thy people: tomorrow shall this sign be. 

Notice what God says will happen in Egypt. God made a division between His people and the people of Egypt. God used the Hebrew word H226 that was translated as “sign”. It is translated this way 33 times. That is a “sign” that we are on the right path in our study. There are many verses in both the Old and New Testament that demonstrates God’s usage of signs.

We should go over some additional concepts of “directions”, before we continue.  We have already seen a couple of the definitions, and applications of the word “direction”. But there are others, within our current world system created by God. This system that we are living within, consists of the basic concepts, of space and time. Many scientists, consider these to be four dimensions of space-time. Within these dimensions, we have the movement of direction, which can be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. Within all of these, we have multiple directions of differing sub-movements, these being, backward, forward, upward, and downward. We also have the unique quality of “time”, which is normally seen as a continual “forward” movement.

Here is another dictionary definition of the word “direction”. It is defined to be: 3) a noun, that means “the position in which someone or something faces (implied to be standing still)”. This definition also implies potential movement, for a possible travel route. Clearly all of our definitions, relate to personal choices, to travel within physical, mental or spiritual space. This traveling or facing direction in the physical realm of concept, can and does usually correspond to a human compass on the earth.

When viewing a compass, the needle pointer will always direct us towards magnetic north. Directly 90 degrees to the right of the direction north, is the direction east, and the opposite 90 degrees left of north, is the direction west. Finally, the 180 degrees from the direction north, is the direction of south. Almost everyone understands these concepts given to us by compass directions.  It is important to note that the 4 compass pointers form a shape like a cross.

When looking at a map of the world, these directions are beneficial to understanding “where” a place is, in relationship to “where” our current location is now. These directions are given to us in the Bible in several verses. For example, notice in 1 Chronicles 9:24 “In four quarters were the porters, towards the east, west, north and south”. Wow, that is an amazing verse that is related to our Bible study.

In 1 Chronicles 9:24, a “porter” is defined as a “gate” or “door” keeper. God is informing us that there are implied doors at each of these four directions of travel, that require a gate/door keeper.  Now remember what happened in Genesis 3. Adam sins, being rebellious against the command of the LORD, and submits to Satan to be his god (2 Corinthians 4:4). In rebelling, Adam turned over the authority of, all of the kingdoms of this world to Satan (Matthew 4:8).

After this occurs, God casts Adam out of the Garden of Eden, placing him back on the ground that He was taken from. Guess what direction this movement was?  Genesis 2:8 informs us that God planted a garden “eastward” from where Adam was created. The man was then moved from the “west”, into the garden that was planted to the east called “Eden”. Therefore, when God cast the man out of the Garden, he was again moved back to the “west” where he was created (Genesis 3:23). Wow, that is amazing. We have just been introduced to a new concept of “horizontal” movement.

But why did God choose east, and west as the location for these movements?  Also ask the question, why was it necessary in Genesis 3:24, for God to place cherubim on the east of the garden with flaming swords, to guard the way to the “tree of life”. Wow, these are amazing details that God included in the descriptions of sin’s origination on the earth. What we will soon discover in many verses of the Bible, is that “east and west” movement represents a symbolic “horizontal” human direction of travel. But there are literal physical movements recorded in all directions:

Mark 1:45 – But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter

Here in Mark 1:45, the news of Jesus coming, brought people to him from the east, west, north and south. It is interesting that God places all four directions in the word “quarter”. God’s design of these directions is amazing. We learn many places in scripture where 4 main directions are mentioned.

These 4 directions of movement, east, west, north, and south, are just fundamental knowledge about pointers and compass directions for potential movements, travels, schedules, routes, course corrections, etc. But this is important information, to help us to understand God’s vertical and horizontal applications, of love. Let us talk about the concepts of vertical versus horizontal directions, next.

Vertical is an adjective, and it is normally defined as a line, that is at a right angle to the horizon. Therefore, we normally do not understand the concept of “vertical”, without first understanding what the “horizon” means to us. The word horizon is a noun, that is normally defined as the human perspective of the line where the earth meets the sky, or the heavens. Wow!  Can you potentially begin to see, how these two lines we call vertical and horizontal, represent an intersection point?  Could a point of intersection, represent God’s plan to come down from heaven, to meet with humans on the earth?  I believe it does, and this information, just shouts LOVE to me. Maybe those that do not understand what an intersection is, are not as excited. So let us go over quickly, the concept of what an intersection is next.

An “intersection” represents a place, occasion, or position, where two lines cross. An intersection literally means a location where, two or more individuals, or groups can meet, or join together. The antithesis of “intersecting” lines, would be called “parallel” lines, where the two lines never cross. In this environment, there are no points of direct meeting.  Here are some important synonyms for the word “intersection”: “the connection point or subset”, “a joint location”, “the joining juncture”, “the union point”, “the common point or occasion”, and the most interesting one is, “the cross point”. Wow, remember that last one, because in one of our subjects, we are talking about a “cross”. Now we need to begin to understand more clearly, the concepts of “intersection”, “vertical”, and “horizontal” from a Bible view. Take a look at this verse, found in Psalms:

Psalms 53:2 – God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God

This verse announces the divine desire, for an intersection point for God’s LOVE expression. God, who is LOVE, said that He sits in the heaven above (the Vertical height of heaven), looking and searching downward (to the Human Horizontal), for anyone that seeks to know Him. Here we have the concept, of many humans on the horizon of the earth, with God sitting in a vertical position, a far distance above in heaven, seeking and searching for anyone to desire to know LOVE. Notice the order of mention. God is first. God’s action of looking down is second. God’s location is heaven third. Fourth, we then find God’s focus for searching, was to find just one human. Fifth, God’s purpose and desire was to find anyone, that was seeking to understand and seek Him. It should be self-evident, that God wanted a point of fulfilment of His desire for man to know Him as LOVE.

God shows us in this verse, that He is looking for those that are here living here in the Horizontal natural realm, that are looking up, for Him, in the heavenly spiritual Vertical direction. Therefore, I believe the direction of “vertical” represents, the God to human relationship that we may have noticed in other Bible verses.  We will see this in the design of the Passover doorposts and the cross, as we continue to learn. Now consider this verse found in Hebrews:

Hebrews 7:19  For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. 

I think this is very relevant to our Bible Study on LOVE. It demonstrates the concept of God’s great desire to be “NEAR” His human creation. In the Old Covenant, God came nearer to man to be with them, by coming down from the heights of heaven, to live with them on the horizontal earth realm in a tent tabernacle. But Hebrews 7:19 claims this was far from a perfect experience for God or humans. Reading the book of Hebrews, we find that our New Covenant with Jesus, was so much better, and gave us greater hope of always being with God.

We will soon further confirm, how this vertical line represents a pointer guiding natural humans to look up, into the spiritual heaven, to search for God, as we saw above in Psalm 53:2. But this directional pointer, also shows us how we needed God (the Spirit), to come down from heaven, to interact with the natural people on the earth first. We learned in the previous lesson, that this LOVE connection access, was made available by the shedding of animal blood at first. We learned this “Knowing LOVE” plan, was a process of divinely order steps.

We will also soon find, and confirm that the horizon line of direction, represents 1) man’s realm of existence, and 2) our natural limitations. We will additionally discover, that the horizontal line of direction, represents the human-to-human (natural-to-natural) relationships. These would include successful relationships with God, or failures, without God’s vertical participation. It was our fallen human nature, before salvation, and all of the massive displays of evil found in the world, that causes the LOVE of God, to become so desirable and needful.  Now let us continue through some additional created concepts of directions and dimensions.

We all should know from Genesis 1:1, that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  In this first Biblical statement, we have a stated beginning of the direction of time, moving forward towards, the future end of time. Time began from the beginning of creation in Genesis 1:1, and will continue to the end of time occurring in Revelation 22. But we also have the concept, of 3-dimensional space creation, joined within this statement of time creation. All of this introduces us to some new directions of possible movements, within the physical realm other than vertical and horizontal.

Within the 3-dimensions of space, we have the concepts of length, width, height, and depth. Two of these pointers, can be synonymous terms for our 2-D vertical, and horizontal directions.  The vertical, can be labeled as the height, or the depth; and the horizontal, can be labeled as either the length, or the width. These are the basic 2-dimensional God ideas, of a more complex reality of 3, 4 or more dimensions, that are not necessary to understand for this Bible study.

Let us look at another reference of confirmation, to the subjects of height, width, depth and length.

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

Proverbs 25:3 – The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable. 

I literally love Proverbs 25:2. This verse should cause everyone, to become a Sherlock Holmes type, of diligent investigative Bible student. God informs us plainly, that He hides information about Himself, in His Word. God plainly says this divine hidden information, is intended for “kings” to search for. This should be describing, every reader of this lesson.

Now notice the next connected verse. Connected to God hiding information, and us finding it; is God saying the direction of height, is directly associated to the location of heaven. Then the next direction, “depth”, is then labeled to be directly associated, with the earth. Height, points us up, and depth, points us down. This clearly describes a “vertical” connection pathway and point of intersection, from heaven (the spiritual) to the earth (the natural), and vice versa. We can see this pathway being described, in a vision given to Jacob, in Genesis 28:12.

One last concept that will help us transition into our next subject, is the word “perpendicular”. This word can be defined as the line standing at a right angle to the horizon. Clearly that means this is a synonymous term, for the word “Vertical”. It also means, there is a 90-degree intersection point between these two lines of vertical and horizontal. This represents the “point” of commonality between two lines. This word “commonality” means a point of union, harmony or peace. Our English word “perpendicular” comes from the Latin language. It is noteworthy to analyze this for our Bible study.  The root words are “per”, meaning “to go through”, and “pendere”, which means to “hang”.  That sounds like a “door”, and or a “cross”, doesn’t it?

This has been a quick overview of the basics. Let us go on to the applications found in the Bible.

#3 – THE BLOOD AND THE O.T. DOOR POST DESIGN

Exodus 12:22 – And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. 

This is our key verse, for this section of our new topic on “GOD IS LOVE”. We should remember from the last lesson in the series, that we were introduced to God’s plan of salvation, being implemented in phases. In these phases, God went from walking, and talking with man personally in the garden, to being separated from His creation, because of the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2). This initial Adam sin, caused an eternal separation from our Holy Creator God, for every human (Romans 5:12). It was this eternal separation of spiritual death, that is being described by God’s LOVE, in the chosen Passover doorpost design.

God knowing and understanding the human sin dilemma, has already designed the solution, into His creation, as we learned in the last lesson. God in His omniscient compassion and love, must provide ignorant humans, some visible symbolic signposts. These were given, to help teach us, what was needed to reconcile us, back to God, because of His extreme Holiness.  God knowing the future plan of His death on the cross, has chosen a simple set of doorposts, as the Old Covenant shadow of the greater reality, of the New and better Covenant, found in the coming cross design. Therefore, let us first, study the doorpost design in some depth.

Please reread Exodus 12:22, to see the design of a doorpost, being given to us in a word picture. We will note initially, that the blood applications are described to only be applied by God’s instructions, in two dimensions. These are implied as 1) height or vertical, and 2) width, or horizontal. But we will soon discover that there is much more covered by God’s LOVE than just its two-dimensional height and width. I believe God intentionally limited us to two dimensions in Exodus 12, to emphasize and teach us LOVE. I also believe two dimensions are figuratively used, to teach us that these Old Covenant instructions, are just shadows of the coming reality in Jesus. I believe everyone now understands, that shadows are only two-dimensional outline representations, of the much more complex and greater 3-dimensional reality, that is casting the shadow? Let us continue to examine the shadow text.

In the first Passover, the blood shed by the natural innocent victim lamb, was placed upon the upper horizontal “lintel” post, as well as the two vertical doorposts. One of these vertical posts, was holding the nailed door. Every post had blood applied to it. How many posts were there? If you counted the posts mentioned in Exodus 12:22, you should have come up with a total of three door posts. They are described as the one single “Top” post, and the two “Side” posts. This description even gives us the implied design, of how they are laid out to form the construction. Believe it or not, this door design description, is a picture representation of the Old Covenant.

The door design of a Passover house, is illustrated in the above diagram. The key components of our study have been labeled. These are the “Top Horizontal” post, the “Vertical 1” side post, and “Vertical 2” side post. In the Egypt Passover, going through this blood sprinkled door post frame, where the door was hung, provided each person, temporary natural life, peace and safety.

Therefore, this application of blood was sprinkled, in two different directions simultaneously, and these were the “vertical”, and the “horizontal”. How many posts did you observe that were mentioned, that needed blood? There were three different wooden posts in total, and by the ordered command of God, He decreed that each one of them, required blood.  Why was this necessary?

Now notice there are at least two, very distinct parts of the design of a doorframe, that need to be understood. There is the TOP horizontal Lintel post, that uniquely:

  1. Separates,
  2. Limits, &
  3. Connects.

Then there are the two vertical SIDE posts. These two vertical posts are in parallel to each other. This truth symbolizes, that whatever these two posts represent, they are eternally separated. Then notice, without the presence of the dependent TOP connection post (called the Lintel), there is no pathway to each other. WOW, did anyone just see Jesus? God just described Him, using a shadow form. This is exactly the role of Jesus in the New Covenant. But here in the Old Covenant, this is an inferior shadow implementation, of the far better New Covenant.

Perhaps it will help us, to review some information we learned in the last lesson. In this lesson we should have seen God’s planned Phase 3 of the salvation process, where He personally came to live with humans in covenant with Him. In order to make this part of the plan work, there was a divinely created system of law, a temporary tent tabernacle location for the dwelling of the LORD, and a priest intermediary that went between the 2 separated Old Covenant participants. These two participants were:

  • the Old Covenant people of God named Israel,

<-the chosen mediator high priest->

  • God Himself.

Please attempt to see, that this just described the Passover doorframe, with great precision.  Did you see it? How many posts were there? The correct answer is still, three. How many participants were there, in the Old Covenant relationship system? The answer is three.  This makes a great match so far. Let us look at it, in more detail. Notice what God teaches us, about the Old Covenant compared to the New Covenant in Hebrews:

Hebrews 8:3 – For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. 
Hebrew 8:4 – For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: 
Hebrews 8:5 – Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. 

These are critical verses to examine for our subject of LOVE in two directions. Anytime we find the subjects of earth and heaven mentioned together, try to find how God is making a comparison of Heavenly Vertical realm to the lower human horizontal realm. Pay close attention to verse 5, because God clearly states the Old Covenant system of human covenant fellowship with the divine, was only a shadowed example type, of the real that is found in the spiritual heavenly domain in Jesus Christ.

Then notice in verse 3, that God required gifts and sacrifices in the Old Covenant. We find this offering was a man presenting God with blood in other verses. This matches the Passover door offering of a lamb’s blood. Then in verse 4, God says Jesus would not be able to offer His gifts to be a priest under this outdated law system. If we go back and read Hebrew 7:12, we find where God says the New Covenant system required a change of the Law, for Jesus Christ to be our New Covenant High Priest, and this will be the focus of the next lesson in the series, the Lord willing. Let us continue, going through our door diagram.

Notice, we have God on the right Side 2, of the three doorposts. This represents the Holy God, living in a physical tent on the earth. We have the sinful people on the left Side 1, that are in covenant with Him. But there is only one way to get from the left sinful to the right Holy, and this was by going through, the single man mediator, called the high priest. Wow, this is awesome, if you see it?  Now what made all of this possible? It was the application of the blood, on every post. Is this what God said to us in the Bible? Let us, take a look.

We can begin with Moses, sprinkling the blood of a sacrificed victim animal, on all of God’s covenant people in Exodus 24:8. That would be an example of placing the blood, on Side Post 1 of our Passover door frame. This same type of animal blood was further offered by the high priest, on the temple altar outside of the inner Holy place, for all of the people in Leviticus 16:15. This is also representative, for the side door Post 1.

We can then find, in Exodus 29:21, where the blood of the animal victim is sprinkled upon the high priest, Aaron and all of his clothing. This was done to cleanse himself from his sins. This blood would make the priest clean, and permit him to enter into the presence of the Most Holy God without the fear of death. That is, if everything was done according to the law correctly. This process represents the top connecting “Horizontal” post blood application.

Now finally, when the tabernacle was built, and the Spirit of God inhabited it, there was an inner Holy area, where God dwelt. This area behind a protective veil (Exodus 26:33), contained the Ark of the Covenant. This inner Holy dwelling place of God, was also called the “Mercy Seat” (Exodus 26:34). The High priest, after he had cleansed himself, and the people with blood, would take the blood and sprinkle it upon the “mercy seat”, seven times. This is described to us, in Leviticus 16:14, and it is interesting to notice that the High Priest is told to do this, while standing facing “eastward” towards the “ark of the covenant”. This would cause the high priest, to be standing on the west side of the ark of the covenant. So far, we have a continuing match to our doorframe design diagram, as being a picture representation of the Old Covenant.

Looking at our door diagram design, we should see, where the Side Post 1 could represent “West”, and God’s dwelling in the vertical Side Post 2, could represent “East”. This would mean the top of the vertical door post was “North”, and the bottom of the doorpost was “South”. And if you did not know it, the direction “north” is also a representation for the location of God, in the vertical heaven. We can read about this reality, in Psalm 75:6-7, to name one reference. But notice, in this Old Covenant diagram, there is no pathway to heaven. The two covenant partners, are still eternally separated because of sin.

Ok, here is the last point in the design of the doorposts. There is only one Horizontal post. This horizontal post, is located at the top of the doorframe. It represents, the limited nature of this type of covenant method, to be below heaven, at the earth’s natural level. Remember, horizontal comes from the word “horizon”, and this is the earth’s surface level for normal human existence. It teaches us, that this Passover method blood design, was only available for God to human, and human to God relationship within the natural realm. This was a severe limitation, and it was very inadequate for what God had pictured in His mind, for the complete salvation of humans, from His enemy. 

This was a very quick, but important description, of the doorpost design found in Passover. It can teach us some very profound hidden truths about the mind of God. This doorpost design was clearly known by God, when He selected it, to represent His “cross” shadowed type. We need to keep this information in our minds, when we review the cross design, in more detail. Now, let us sum up, what we have just learned.

Through someone entering the blood covered Passover house’s door frame, they were temporarily, and physically saved. This represented the individual’s entrance into the physical location to gain temporary life, peace and safety. This blood offering that was applied, was a natural lamb’s life that was taken, in exchange “for” the human life, that was spared and sustained.  Remember this safe location was only accessible by them entering into the door, that was nailed to the posts, where the applied lamb’s blood was visibly seen, on the three physical external wooden posts.

These three wooden door posts represented a temporary covenant system of law, that would permit God to live near His covenant people. It required blood to be applied in three locations, to satisfy access for one human male to enter into His Holy presence, on the earth. This man was the high priest, called a mediator. It was a better system than what was available up until this point, but it was nowhere close, to what was coming in the future with God’s real spiritual manifestation of LOVE.

#4 – THE BLOOD AND THE N.T. CROSS DESIGN

As we have learned in the first lessons, we now know that Jesus represents the type found in the O.T. Passover door.  We know this because Jesus claimed to be the door of His sheep (Christians) in John 10:7. Jesus defines sheep to be humans in John 10:9, by saying “I am the door, if any man enters through me, they shall go in and out and find pasture”. Notice Jesus restates the initial Passover plan and claims to be the door for the New Covenant salvation fulfilment. Finally notice the term “find pasture”, implies that those that entered Him will be fed by Him also. This is a direct comparison to the Passover lamb blood that saved them, and the body of the lamb that fed them the same night (Exodus 12:8). Wow, if this is not exciting and amazing to you, your wood must be wet.

We also know that Jesus our spiritual door, was hung on a wooden cross using nails, where the blood of the sinless Lamb of God (Jesus) was poured out from His body on two wooden crossed posts. But we should take notice that His blood was also applied to the wood posts of the cross, in the same two directions, like the Passover lamb was. Let us review a picture diagram of the cross design, and see if this represents, our New Covenant reality in any form?

Let us quickly understand the type of cross that Jesus was crucified upon. There were two basic types of crosses, used by Roman soldiers in the days of the LORD Jesus upon the earth. The first type, was in the shape of a capital “T”. The second type of cross, was in the shape of a lowercase “t”, without the bottom fishhook. There are arguments for either design being selected. But the majority of Christians in the world today, believe it is the lower-case “t” design, that was chosen by God. I have never seen an upper case “T” piece of jewelry design representing, the cross of Jesus. Neither, have I ever seen an upper case “T” design, that was hung on the top of a church, or found on the inside of a church, or placed in the ground outside of the church?

Also, please understand, that according to scripture, Jesus had to be crucified upon the cross, in the form of the lowercase “t”. We know this because, in Matthew 27:37, Mark 15:26, and Luke 23:28, there is given to us the fact, that above the head of Jesus, was hung a potentially large sign.  It had to be large enough to be seen, and read by the people, that were standing away, watching the event. This would require letters large enough to be readable.

In Luke 23:28, God said this sign was written in Greek, Latin and Hebrew, and it said “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS”. Wow, is that not incredible? First, notice the sign was written in three languages and one of them was Latin. Latin was an established world language, during the time of Jesus’ death on the cross. Greek was another common world language, used in the known conquered world. Alexander the Great, a Greek King, conquered much of the world and spread this Greek language.  Of course, the massive Roman Empire helped to spread the Latin language to the world also. This causes an interesting connection to help us ensure, that our word definition of Perpendicular coming from the Latin language, is a legitimate application for our Bible study.

The main point here, is for us to realize that it is a requirement of the vertical post to be extended above the head of Jesus and the horizontal post, in order for there to be a large sign, written in 3 languages, hung “above” Him. Why is this important? It is essential for us to understand the correct type of cross design, in order for us to understand the symbolism for each component of the design. Remember, God foreknew the cross that He would be hung upon. This caused Him, to intentionally select the house door, and frame as the perfect type of application for the symbolic lamb’s blood on the first Passover in Egypt. And all of this information, literally means something very profound.

It is very noteworthy to understand the ancient Hebrew alphabet. There were 22 letters in this alphabet. The ending letter was the “tav”, and in the ancient Hebrew it looks like a lower-case “t” cross design. I do not know of any ancient Hebrew letter that resembles a capital “T”.  Since Jesus claimed to be the Alpha and the Omega, in the New Testament, we know He was saying “I am the Alef and the Tav”, because I believe He was speaking Hebrew, when He said it. This appears to say to us; “I am the End, as well as the Beginning”. It also confirms to us, that the cross, plays a very significant ending role in our human salvation.

Notice our diagram of the cross above. Does this design have any direct meaning, and application to our New Covenant? Oh, yes it does! Like the doorpost of Passover being a picture diagram of the Old Covenant, the cross has the same hidden messages associated with it, containing new meanings. Notice, there are a number of similarities to the Passover shadow door post design, as well as there being significant prophetic modifications and transitions, that were given to us that changed from the door posts to the cross-design.

The first major similarity that is noteworthy, is that both designs, were made from wood and trees. It is also important to notice, that the wood being used in both, came from a tree, that use to be a living and growing thing, before it was cut down. Now the dead wood that was used to build both, became a non-living, corruptible or decayable substance. That sounds a lot like our current human body. Therefore, I see this to be God looking down for a non-living human that wants to know Him, and enter into a covenant with Him. There are too many verses to list here that compare humans to be like trees. One very interesting fact about trees and humans, is the fact that no two are identical. Every tree has a natural fingerprint that makes it uniquely beautiful. If you are interested, you can go, and search for trees and read about them.

Next, we will immediately notice, there are only two posts in our cross design. This eliminates one of the vertical Posts from the Passover door design entirely.  Or does it?  Could it be a different meaning than God just eliminated it? I believe there is something profoundly different that occurred in this New Covenant, and we will see this soon enough, in our next design comparison section.

The next significant part of the cross designs that stands out to me, is the “Horizontal” post is not at the top of the vertical post(s), like it was in the door design.  Could this mean, that there was something new, that has taken place? I believe it does. Finally, notice that the cross design has no terminating points, or any limitations of ending. With the exception of the vertical post being buried and terminated within the natural ground. Does any of this have a significant meaning, and application to our New Covenant? I believe it all does.

Was God’s Lamb blood sprinkled upon both of these wood cross posts, like it was sprinkled upon the three door posts? I believe this is exactly the same, on the cross, as it was on the door posts. It should be obvious that the blood of Jesus was sprinkled on the single vertical post, as well as the single horizontal post, simultaneously, as the body of Jesus hung there bleeding. Jesus had to have had at minimum, three nail wounds where blood was applied to the wooden cross posts. Three is an interesting number, because this is how many posts were found in the Passover door. There had to be two nails on the Horizontal post, in the right hand, and one in the left hand. Then there had to be at least one nail in the vertical post for the feet. This blood application is amazingly equal to the instructions that God gave to Israel during the first “Passover”, to apply blood in both the vertical, and the horizontal directions.

What we have seen so far, are God’s designs of two types of doors, hanging from wooden posts, utilizing nails, with blood spread in two directions. This section has been a quick overview of the cross design. Let us now do a review, of a post-to-post design comparison, between these two types of covenants, and see if they teach us anything new, that we might have missed.

#5 – COMPARING POST DESIGNS

We are now going to do a quick overview comparison, between God’s Old Covenant doorpost design, and His New Covenant cross reality. We should begin to notice how similar, and different the Passover door posts and the cross posts details were. I believe this information is very revealing. For example, let us go through the obvious similarities first.

  1. Both designs have only one post in the horizontal world direction.
  2. Both designs have at least one post, rising in the vertical perpendicular heavenly direction.
  3. Both designs had blood applied to them, in both the vertical and horizontal directions.
  4. Both designs had blood applied, to EVERY wooden Post that was present, and available.
  5. Both designs were made of decayable wood.

Now let us go through some of the fundamental differences of these two divinely selected designs. We learned a normal door frame had 2 longer vertical posts, and 1 separating and joining shorter horizontal post. Therefore, there were three wooden posts in total. We also learned, that the two vertical door posts, are parallel to each other, and that they never touch. This means that they have no common point, for an intersection of union. I believe that is a very important detail. We also noticed the position of the horizontal separating post, is at the very top of the two separated vertical posts. A human walking through the Passover door on the ground, was always below the horizontal post in order to enter the house. I believe all of this information has significant symbolic typological meaning. Let us list the clear differences found in these two designs, next:

  1. The cross has one less vertical post than the door
  2. The cross had one balanced common center point, of intersectional union between the vertical, and the horizontal, and the doorposts had only vertical and horizontal end-point connecters, that kept and held, it together.
  3. The door of Passover was designed for a spiritually dead human to enter, to be temporarily saved from physical death; and the cross was designed for one living man to die a physical death so that, every human could be saved from a permanent spiritual death.
  4. The cross vertical post had only one bottom direction, that was terminated, with all others being open ended; and every post of the Passover door, had only termination points.
  5. The cross was lifted higher above the earth’s surface, while the door post was meant for only human earth level access.
  6. The posts of the Passover door, were covered by an animal lamb’s blood, and the posts of the cross, were covered with only one male human’s blood called the Lamb of God.

That was only a few of the significant differences, and we will talk more about these as we go. Let us move our study to the specific single “Vertical” cross post next.

#6 – THE VERTICAL N.T. CROSS POST MEANING
GOD PRESENTING DIVINE LOVE TO MANKIND

After study of this subject of LOVE in the Bible, I have come to the conclusion that the vertical post represents, God’s LOVE in heaven being extended (poured out), to mankind on the earth below. In the Old Covenant, we discovered that the left post represented sinful humans on the earth, and the right post represented the Holy God, coming down to the natural earth, for His Spirit presence to be nearer, to those that were in covenant with Him. In this example of the Old Covenant LOVE, God needed a Horizontal post mediator, a human go-between, to bridge the gap of sinful division. God implemented this, using the blood of an innocent animal to pay the penalty of human sin, temporarily.

Therefore, in the Old Covenant, one post represented the Holy God on the earth, and the other post represented, the eternally separated sinful covenant humans. This would indicate that the Old Covenant people had some hope of knowing real LOVE with God, but it was not perfect enough, as we read in Hebrews 7. However, now with the cross in the New Covenant, there is only ONE vertical post.

I told you earlier, that this one vertical cross post, does not represent the removal of the sinful human, but rather it represents, the two posts of the Old Covenant which were: 1) the one Holy God, and 2) the sinful human, becoming one new man, in the man Jesus Christ. This does not sound very religious, but it will work out, and be confirmed with the Word of God.

The cross design had only 1 longer vertical post crossed at a central point by one shorter horizontal post. This design provided us with ONE single intersecting “crossed” point of union. Do you remember we mentioned this, when we were defining the words, vertical, horizontal and what perpendicular showed us? I believe this center point of union represents Jesus Christ, our spiritual door. But in order to confirm what this central union point represents; we need to better define, the meaning of the wooden new covenant vertical post.

I believe the single vertical post found in the cross design, represents the LOVE of God, being manifested in the form of the man named Jesus. Jesus was the Spirit of GOD (who is LOVE), becoming a man in the flesh (John 1:1-14). This also teaches us, that Spiritual LOVE became flesh, and dwelt among us physically. How do I conclude this? There are a lot of Bible verses that can confirm this truth.  For example, notice this verse:

John 3:13 – And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 

This is a radically powerful statement, that Jesus is making a claim to. It is clearly a statement of God’s vertical heavenly: 1) descension, and 2) ascension. This description, corresponds to our vertical cross post design. The TOP of the cross, points us the way, to heaven where Jesus came from, and the bottom of the vertical cross post, was buried into the ground, indicating that Jesus would die, and be buried for us as a human. This sounds, like an accurate description of Jesus so far. Now let us analyze the statement of Jesus in John 3:13, in more depth.

If this statement is not true, then Jesus is insane.  Because for any natural human, this is a crazy claim. Jesus states first, that no man had ever ascended up to heaven, the day when He spoke this on the earth approximately 2000 years ago. So far that is a believable statement. But the next statement is where things get crazy. Jesus then says; “except he that came down from heaven”. Jesus is speaking of Himself as a human male, using a third-person reference, has just claimed that, “He” has just come down from heaven, after previously ascending up to heaven. That sounds impossible, doesn’t it?

Now comes the final, and most outrages claim. Jesus calling Himself to be “the Son of Man”, says “He is still in the vertical Heaven”, while speaking this statement on the natural horizontal earth. Wow, this is amazing truth, being revealed. Jesus is claiming to be an intersection point between the natural and the spiritual. The Spirit of the Living Most Holy God, became a human male on the earth, and He legally was walking, and talking with sinful humans, in the form of a Man with the Spirit of God on the inside, and no one became a corpse, or a pile of ashes, in His presence. God designed a living flesh temple organism, that was a safe sanctuary for Himself, the Holy Spirit to personally interact with sinful humans. This statement teaches us that Jesus claimed, that He was God manifested in the horizontal human realm, equally with the Spirit of God in the heavenly vertical realm. And He claimed to be in both dimensions of existence, simultaneously. Jesus has just claimed to be God’s center point design of a divine union, with man, causing a new intersection that is only found in the cross design, but not the door design. This is the union of the “One God” who is “LOVE”, with One Man who was “LOVE” manifested.  Wow, this represents a God and human intersection reality, that is still in effect today.

This is a great time to let you in on another Old Testament symbolic prophecy type, given to us by the intelligent design of God. These instructions from God, are found in Numbers chapter 2. God instructed Israel exactly how to camp around the Tabernacle containing the Holy Spirit’s presence, while living in the wilderness. God just so happened to tell 3 tribes to camp to the east, three tribes to camp to the west, 3 tribes to camp to the north, and 3 tribes to camp to the south of the tabernacle. Did you notice in the diagram above, that this camping pattern looks like a cross? Of course, this pattern is only clearly seen and known by someone, that is looking down from heaven. Wow, God knew exactly what He was trying to vertically communicate to His human creation living in the horizontal world. This was clearly a hidden prophecy for the coming New Covenant union of intersection named Jesus.

Notice how all of these tribes in arrangement, created lines that met at the center point of intersection, where God was living with them.  This tabernacle was not accessible directly to them, but only by the High Priest as we have learned. But, because God became our High Priest, we are able now to enter the door to come boldly to the throne of Grace directly. I hope and pray that everyone can see how God works in plain sight using hidden ways. These O.T. instructions, clearly show God’s design of becoming the center intersection. But now let us move forward and look at some more New Testament verses that must be seen, and applied to what the single post, of the cross, confirms to us in the New Covenant.

Ephesians 2:11 – Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands
Ephesians 2:12 – That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 
Ephesians 2:13 – But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ
Ephesians 2:14 – For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 
Ephesians 2:15 – Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace
Ephesians 2:16 – And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby
Ephesians 2:17 – And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh
Ephesians 2:18  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father
Ephesians 2:19 – Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God
Ephesians 2:20 – And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 
Ephesians 2:21 – In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord
Ephesians 2:22 – In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit

Found here in these verses of Ephesians, are a lot of awesome words of truth and LOVE. These words, contain several subjects, but there are about two or three essential topics for our current study of, “GOD is LOVE”. The first subject, is that there were people in the Old Covenant, that were being separated from God, and were afar off from Him because of sin. These people were literally being called God’s enemies, in Ephesians 2:15. God uses the Greek word G2189, that was translated as “enmity” in the KJV Bible. This word means, there was a hostility and a hatred between God and these sinful humans. But it must also be noted in verse 16, God says this hatred for sin has been slain in the body of Jesus on the cross. That was one of the most awesome displays of divine LOVE, that was manifested on the vertical post of the cross, that anyone has ever observed. The God in heaven came down to the earth, as the Son of Man, and He was joined in complete union with the Son of God. This single union of intersection, was the cross common point, that was designed to die for our sins, to eliminate the divine hostility for all human transgressions. This allowed the divine God access to all humans, and all humans access to God.

These total enemy people, that were being spoken of, were all of those that lacked a covenant with God. This was the original condition, of every human on the earth, after Adam’s sin. But God chose one nation in the Old Covenant, out of all the nations of the earth, to make His own. This is important to remember, because this is the same pattern that is repeated in the New Covenant.

This brings us to subject number 2, in the Ephesians 2 passage. God came to a man named Abram, and began a different process of covenant relationship, to save us ALL. God continued to work the process of salvation, by establishing a relationship with the direct descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. These people were called the natural nation of Israel, and they were the participants in the Old Covenant, that we saw in picture form, found in the Passover Doorpost design.

In this subject 2, the Old Covenant people of God were called the “circumcision” in Ephesians 2:11. This covenant, brought God nearer to His people, living on the earth to be with them as described in Ephesians 2:17, being spoken of as those people that were nigh (made near). In this covenant God introduced, and utilized a brand-new concept. This new way of relationship, was to select one man as His human to divine, and divine to human mediator. This one chosen man was able to come into His Holy presence to represent the other sinful people that were in the covenant.  This covenant design, left every other nation of the world, “far” from God, without any hope, as we can read in Ephesians 2:12. These people without any hope, were called “Gentiles”, or the “uncircumcised”, by the Jewish Old Covenant people in Ephesians 2:11. So we have found two groups of sinful earth people being mentioned so far. These two groups of humans on the earth were divided by God into:

  1. A People in a Temporary Covenant with a Temporary Home and a Temporary Hope, to be near the God of LOVE, and
  2. All other People in the world that were not in any Covenant, were far from God’s spiritual home, and from being His spiritual Family, and were without any Hope of Knowing LOVE.

But now in the New Covenant, there is a new third group of people, that have been brought even nearer to God, and these are comprised of people from both of the above sinful groups of people. Therefore, we notice in Ephesians 2, that we have found two groups of sinful people, and they have now become “one” new man, by entering into the door of Jesus, our door of the New Covenant. This choice of entering into the Christ door, now gives those that believe in Him, a new Hope (Romans 15:13), and a new Home within the Family of LOVE (Ephesians 2:19). This Old Covenant pattern that excluded Gentiles, is duplicated in the New Covenant, to exclude everyone, that does not believe in Jesus Christ to enter the door of salvation. All of these unbelieving people are lost, without any eternal hope of knowing LOVE (2 Thessalonians 2:12).

Remember, in the Old Covenant we had two vertical doorposts. These two separated vertical doorposts (God and Israel), were joined by a temporary human mediator horizontal post. The two-separated-vertical become one single unified vertical, in the New Covenant cross. But this single unified vertical cross post, represents a more inclusive covenant union.

In the New Covenant, God not only allowed the Old Covenant people to be unified with the risen from the dead Christ (Romans 7:4), but He also was joining the ability for every other lost human on the earth, to be in full relationship with God in Christ (Colossians 1:26-27). Jesus Christ, is the center unified point of the cross. Since no sinful human, was able to fulfill the role of the required permanent high priesthood, God Himself became the needed center point unifier, between the vertical Holy divine and the horizontal sinful human realms. Therefore, this unified vertical “cross post”, has included the ability for everyone else, in the world, that never was in any covenant with God, to know Him, and love Him.

Did you notice that we just discussed the fact, that we MUST enter the door of Jesus, in order to be saved in the New Covenant? Where was this door hung, on the cross posts? Remember, in the Passover Post design picture, the door was nailed hanging to the God side of the doorframe, below the Horizontal Top Post. Therefore, in the Old Covenant, there were no nails placed to hold the door, in the left human side, or the top lintel human representative side of the door frame. Wow, doing this would have made the door unable to open.

We can conclude that this Old Covenant, was a severely limited divine encounter, bound to the human dimension of space, and time, to provide a temporary divine relationship at the human ground level, with no human access into heaven, to be with God. Many may wonder, where is this in the Bible? Jesus actually declares this need for a change of direction of human love and worship, in John 4:23.

In John 4:23 Jesus said “The hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers of the Father, shall worship Him, in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him”. This is a very clear reference to God desiring something greater than the Old Covenant method of worship.  In the Old Covenant, people were always on a Horizontal level of relationship with God. But, now in the New Covenant we can have a far greater Vertical Spiritual encounter with our Heavenly Father. Jesus said that hour for this to happen was coming forth, as He was speaking. Wow!

We can also find the Old Covenant Horizontal relationship with God, where there was no heavenly access, described by Jesus in Luke 16.  In these verses, Jesus describes a beggar named Lazarus, and a rich man, who both died. Lazarus died and went under the earth’s surface to a temporary place called “Abraham’s bosom”. The rich man died, and was carried beneath to a place in hell with flames. Both regions were close enough to see and talk with each other.  But neither were close to God’s throne in the Vertical heaven. It is very clear that neither of the men, went above the Horizon of the earth after death. This information plainly describes the need for a change, while declaring the Old Covenant was temporary (Hebrew 8:13).

All of this information can help confirm, that God’s Old Covenant doorframe design, and divine choice, was a covenant containing a message of incompleteness, and inadequacy. This information should have given those in the Old Covenant, a greater desire for a permanent way of knowing LOVE. There should have been the hopeful longing of a desired access to an eternal heaven, and fellowship with LOVE after death in every human heart that experienced God’s deliverance. This access was only provided to them, by the cross. Clearly God knew all of this, when He selected these objects, to represent the shadow temporary door, and His New Covenant permanent door access.

Everyone who has believed in Jesus, knows Him now, that He is our New Covenant door, as He was hanging there nailed, to both of the cross posts, the vertical and the horizontal, simultaneously. Because Jesus was nailed to both the Horizontal (human) and the Vertical (spiritual divine), the New Covenant sacrificial blood payment, could cover everyone, including the mediator human man named Jesus (Hebrews 2:17), who was made sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). The divine blood payment for sin further covered, every human sin in the horizontal earth realm including, all physical horizontal earth space locations, and all time from Adam (Romans 3:25), to the book of Revelation (Revelation 1:5). Finally, the blood payment for forgiveness, and redemption also, extended upward into heaven, and covered the vertical spiritual human realm payment in the heavenly Most Holy temple (Hebrews 9:23). The entire blood payment for all human sins, came at the same time, from the same man, named Jesus, during the same event located on the cross, outside of Jerusalem.

Please take note, that our door named Jesus, was also “raised up” from off of the ground level, as He was hanging on the cross. We learn this by reading John 3:14. Jesus said “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up”. Do you understand what this means? The serpent on the pole in Numbers 21, was a temporary example of natural salvation. It provided them again temporary restoration to health, and forgiveness of sin. This was another inferior shadow symbol of the much greater work of Jesus’ gift of eternal salvation on the cross.

By God telling Moses to lift up that serpent on a single vertical pole, it was raised up vertically higher, than all of the heads, of the old covenant people who were probably laying on the ground horizontally about to die. By them looking “up” to view the serpent, God was again teaching them the source of real grace came only from heaven. Notice, that this was only a one-time work as was the cross.

Now, compare this Old Covenant event to the people that were standing around to watch the hanging of Jesus higher than them on a cross. All of these people were on the lower horizontal ground level. Remember Jesus was hung not only on a cross, but also on a hill higher than the observers.  This would have included the Jews that cried out to demand His crucifixion, as well as the Roman soldiers that carried out the act. This was Jesus clearly, offering Himself for everyone in the world to witness, Jew and Gentile as we read in Ephesians 2. Everyone who received Jesus as their savior, would have to look up by faith into the raised heavenly direction, as they did in Moses’ day, with the serpent on the pole.

We learn from Jesus in the next verse John 3:15, that this lifting up represented Him becoming our spiritual door of salvation, through our believing in Him, by our faith. This spiritual belief (Galatians 3:2), grants us access into the vertical heaven. It is also representative, of Jesus becoming our spiritual Head, who is now seated in the vertical spiritual heavenly realm reigning (Hebrews 10:12). But we are blessed to enjoy the same, by the church becoming His body, living here on the horizontal physical earth (Colossians 1:18), reigning with Him in the Horizontal (Romans 5:17). This was all possible, because of the nails going through the body of Jesus hanging on both posts as our intersecting, New Covenant union (Ephesians 2:17). By this work, the divine life blood of God was being sprinkled, in both directions simultaneously, being a onetime blood application, in the combined vertical, and the horizontal dimensions.

Ok, let us go deeper still into the cross design. Notice that a cross design looks like a simple childlike drawing of a human stick figure. We have the focused center of union containing the heart of LOVE, that joins the divine vertical realm with the horizontal human realm. We saw this principle in God’s Israel camp design in the Old Testament. The entire nation camped in a crossed pattern centering upon the focal point of LOVE found in the Tabernacle. This looks like the decision point for human choice, and we will talk about this more soon.  

We have the top section of the cross, that could represent a human head. We should realize that this represents Jesus as being the head of all created things as revealed to us in Ephesians 1:22. It also causes us to see how Jesus was made the head or LORD, over both Jew and Greek (Romans 10:12). Jesus was also raised up, and given a name that is above every other name (Philippians 2:9). Jesus being the head caused Him to have preeminence over every spiritual being, whether on the earth (the Horizontal), or in heaven (the Vertical, Colossians 1:18). This design shows how God planned in Jesus on the cross, to make Him the LORD of ALL.

This helps us to confirm that the top of the cross represents the spiritual heaven realm route of access. With Jesus coming down to earth as a man first, to die on the cross, He gave us the opportunity after He was raised from the dead, for us to enter into Him by faith, to go up into heaven where He is also seated right now (Ephesians 1:20). By Jesus becoming the only way to get to the Father (John 14:6), this also limits access to all evil from entering into heaven, that the first Adam joined himself to. This was a brilliant design of the “Most High”, and wise God.

Then we see the head joining the shoulders with the two arms extended outward to each of the horizontal human sides. I believe this represents 3 different acts of love, that we will talk about soon. From this we can see how the human torso (body) that is going down, is being connected from the head to the shoulders, with the legs and feet tightly placed together, as if standing at attention. There were the two hands of Jesus (the Left and the Right), that were nailed to the opposite sides of the Horizontal post (the East and the West). Then there were the feet of Jesus, which was clearly located toward the south side of the cross, nearest to the earth.

The North Top part of the cross assuredly, represents the heavenly realm, where Jesus came down from. It also represents an opened ended invitation for every human to come up and be with God after death. How is this heavenly access made possible, without any blood being taken into heaven by a High Priest, like in the Old Covenant tabernacle?  We can find this answer in the New Testament, in Hebrews chapter 9.

In this chapter, we are told that Jesus took His own blood personally into heaven. This is when He performed a one-time act of offering blood to God in the Highest Vertical, fulfilling and initiating His everlasting role, as our eternal High Priest. This heavenly precious blood offering (1 Peter 1:18-19), was offered by Jesus in person, after He arose from the grave (John 20:17). This superior offering was only required to be presented once as our heavenly vertical payment, for all of our sins (Hebrews 9:26). And this one-time blood offering, provided us eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:12). Finally, this blood offering in the heavenly also established eternal peace (Romans 5:1).

There is a very interesting fact, about the blood of Jesus, found in Hebrews 12:24. Here in this verse we are told that the blood of Jesus that was taken into heaven, is still there speaking for everyone today. This far better blood of God is speaking better things than the blood of righteous Abel. This is an amazing, and an eye-opening revelation. Did you know blood speaks? God clearly informs us that the blood of a man that was killed by his brother nearly 6000 years ago is still speaking, even today. How much better than Abel’s voice, is the voice of God’s spoken words, coming forth from the eternal blood of Jesus today for us. The answer to that question, is more than you can imagine. Thank God for the Blood of Jesus that is speaking for us all.

Let us get back to our Cross Stick Figure representative. Almost forty days after the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-10), and sat down at the right hand of Majesty (Hebrews 1:3). We now have our Kingly High Priest (in the order of Melchizedek, Hebrew 7:21) seated in heaven reigning (Hebrews 10:12). Therefore, how does this truth relate to our cross design? We read about it, in the previous paragraphs.

We can relate this information to the cross, because of this awesome truth: Christ is called the Head (Ephesians 1:22), and we (the Church) are called the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:23). Now put this information into context with this verse in 1 Corinthians 5:14, where God says: “Since Jesus died for everyone, we all died with Him on the cross”. Ok, that was my paraphrase, but this is exactly what Paul claimed in Galatians 2:20, when he said “I was crucified, with Christ, nevertheless I live, but not I, but Christ lives in me”. Wow, these are more radical claims of being in two places at the same time, like we saw in Jesus’ claim in John 3. Let us see this principle again in another verse found in the New Testament:

1 John 3:24 – And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. 

Here is an awesome verse of truth about how God dwells in a human, and we live in Him, if we keep His commandments. This would appear to indicate, that staying in Christ, is our choice of obedience. I believe, this is why, Jesus said in Luke 6:46, “Why call me LORD, LORD, and do not do what I say?”. God has given to us His Spirit, and He lives in the temple of our physical body. And according to this verse we are with Him, in the heavens, if we do what He says. Sounds like a contradiction, but it is not. This is not an inconsistency; it is rather a statement of joint union of two becoming One, as written in the Genesis 2:24, law of marriage covenant. We are NOT saved by our works of the flesh, but He is our LORD, if we do what He says. Otherwise, we become like the first Adam, and become rebellious.

What we are learning, is that when a person becomes a Christian, Christ comes inside of them, and personally joins to become one spirit (1 Corinthians 1:16), to live in their body. This causes the human body, to become the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:17, and 6:19). Romans 12:4 says; “There are many members in One body”. God was communicating, how that many are called ONE, using the analogy of the human body.

The human body is an amazingly created complex living organism. How a new one comes into being, is from the union of two separate living cell contributors. These two separate living cells become joined together, to be one, and they then begin to multiply exponentially, over a short period of time. When a human is fully grown, modern scientists have estimated one human body contains approximately 30 trillion unique individual cells. These 30 trillion unique human cells, were designed by God to work together in LOVE. But since the advent of Satan, certain cells have been introduced into the world to cause some to be motivated by hate, to destroy the others. This is a perfect picture of our spiritual condition being in Christ today. There are some people, even in the body of Christ, that are yielding to the devil, and allowing hate, to fight against God’s LOVE design, and purpose for all humans.

We also read about this concept of many being ONE, in our opening verses of this section, found in Ephesians 2:21. In this discussion, the church is called to be built stones, being joined together upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophet stones, together with Christ being the chief cornerstone of the Holy Temple of LOVE. These are amazing facts of spiritual truth realities. God has established a clear law that states, many can be called by “one” name.

Now let us get back to our stick figure representation of the cross. The head of the body, Jesus Christ, who is LOVE, ascended up into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God. Before leaving the earth, He gave His body, His spiritual authority (Luke 10:19), and left us here to reach out to the rest of the lost world, with the Gospel (Mark 16:15). How does this information relate to the cross design? You may have already figured it out. The top of the cross above the horizontal post, represents the initial head’s access into heaven, followed by the rest of the attached body on the earth as they die. Since Jesus was raised from the dead, every other human has been given the same opportunity, to be raised up from the dead with Him, by faith (Colossians 2:12).

Therefore, the spiritual body of Christ on the earth, is potentially represented by the lower part of the cross, at and below the horizontal post. These people are in the process of salvation and still have the choice to go up to be with the LORD, or go down and end their lives in hell. But another difference, will be for us to realize, is that not everyone in the Horizontal post realm of existence, will be saved, and we may talk about this more soon. Salvation still requires entering the “door” of the cross, and getting into Christ in the vertical, to be back in potential full fellowship with God.

We have been going through just some of the possible meanings for the Single Vertical post of a cross design. This method of death was specifically selected for God’s method of Lamb sacrifice (Acts 2:23). Satan probably thought this killing of Jesus, was his guarantee for, success, self-rule, and kingship (Mark 12:7). But Satan soon learned that this act was His defeat (1 Corinthians 2:8).

What we have learned from the two vertical posts of the Old Covenant Passover door, being compared with the single vertical post of the cross is very profound. The Old Covenant appears to be closed ended and temporary, with no eternal heavenly access. These two vertical posts, appear to say humans were nearer to God, but still far enough away to motivate them to desire to know God more closely. It also taught us, that the mediator of the Old Covenant was temporary, his offerings were inferior, and the endless repetition had to create frustration for at least some. We further learned this Old Covenant was designed to be temporary, for a greater solution that was needed in Christ.

I am going to say something that maybe some have not understood now. Why does the vertical post on the Passover appear to represent sinful humans, when they never had an opportunity to actually die and go to heaven? After all, the God side of the door frame, post 2 was in heaven, wasn’t He? How could God be in heaven in two places and not the sinful, vertical human side post 1? I just asked a very deep question, one that may go over the head of many readers. 

What is the answer to why the O.T. Passover Door was vertical and not lost in the Horizontal? Ok, here is the quick answer. You can go and read the Bible study that I wrote called “Bible Answers: Solving the Mystery of God’s Chosen Son Versus God’s Covenant Wife”.  In this Bible lesson, I reveal, how Jesus was in Adam, Abraham, Noah, David, and every other human male that was listed by God, in the Luke 3 Genealogy of Jesus.  Because Jesus was equally human, a Son of Adam (Man) (Matthew 16:13), a Son of Abraham, a Son of David (Matthew 1:1), etc., while being the Son of God (Matthew 16:16), Jesus was in both vertical Passover doorposts in “Seed” form. Wow, this is what gave humans in covenant in Israel, hope for the future permanent salvation. I do not have the time to explain this further today. But it is amazing, when you see it.

Then in the New Covenant, we find only one combined single vertical post in the cross. This was a dramatic shift of post designs, that was pre-ordained before creation. We should now begin to understand that Jesus, the Word of God who created the world, placed Himself in the form of a “seed” in the created man Adam. Jesus was already pre-planned to save everyone that believed upon Him, before the world began (2 Timothy 1:9).

I am still amazed every time, I see the cross, how we have not seen this reality of Christ at the center, that provides us a point of intersection and union with God, and God with humans. We may be talking about this more in the next section of the lesson. But Christ Jesus has opened a new direct single-entry way of salvation, and extreme personal closeness with God by becoming God’s needed single human mediator, also known as the High Priest.

That was enough detail about the vertical post design meanings, from a Bible God perspective of LOVE. God came down to the earth, to die on a cross, and to be buried in the ground for 3 days. Then He arose from the dead, after shedding His blood for the forgiveness of our sins, and then He ascended into heaven to reconcile us back into full and normal fellowship with our Creator God. Let us now do an overview of the Horizontal Post meanings in more depth.

#7 – THE HORIZONTAL CROSS N.T. POST MEANING
GOD REACHING OUT HIS LOVE FOR HUMANITY

I believe, the horizontal post of the cross, represents multiple meanings. I will list them first and talk about them as we continue. The potential meanings of the horizontal post are:

  1. Divine vertical LOVE, coming down to the Horizontal human realm, to reach out to all of humanity
  2. The timeline within the human realm, containing the window of opportunity to make the right choice for our eternity
  3. God’s correct pattern for human realm social relationship
  4. The human limitations of environment, circumstances, and cross-road decisions for eternal outcomes

That was just the short list of subjects, that we will hopefully touch upon in this section. As we now know, in the cross design, there were no posts used for separation. Nor were there any posts that were being separated. There was also not one horizontal post, used as a connection bridge, between two far apart vertically separated posts. What changed and why? I believe, a lot of you have already seen the answers, in the diagrams, and from the verses given. In a cross design, there were only two posts, with a single intersecting, and overlapping point of unified connection. I know you all remember, we mentioned this before.

I believe sincerely that the vertical posts in both designs, represent spiritual beings. In the Passover, there were 2 separated doorposts, these were the human spiritual beings in covenant on the left side, and the Spirit of God on the right side. We just learned that Jesus was in these chosen people found on the left side of the covenant post configuration. Notice that we find, in the Passover covenant doorpost design, Jesus is never found in the top horizontal connector post. This is because Jesus did not descend from anyone in the tribe of Levi, where the high priests came from. Because Jesus descended from the natural tribe of Judah, He was legally found present in the left vertical door post.

But now in the Cross design, these two Old Covenant vertically separated posts, being connected by one horizontal post, have all become ONE unified vertical and horizontal center cross point (1 Corinthians 6:17). Because God made the New Covenant one with a single man named Jesus, who became the High Priest, we have a unified solution that will never fail. The sinful human component was permanently removed and we can now be saved by entering the covenant door that was hung on the cross, who was also named Jesus.  Wow, this NEW Covenant is all about JESUS!

This also truly represents God who is Spirit (John 4:24), becoming human flesh (John 1:1-14). The Spirit of God became a man, so that we could become a living spirit in union with Him. These are both great realities of two becoming one.

But we now need to understand the Horizontal post of the cross in much more detail. How does this portion of the cross, represent LOVE?  Let us discuss, potential meaning number 1, divine love coming down to reach out to save humanity. I believe everyone should already understand that the horizontal post of the cross, was where the hands of Jesus were nailed. Each of His arms were outstretched, and His left and right hands were placed upon opposite ends of the horizontal post. One side of the horizontal post could have pointed to the east, and the other to the west. Let us take a look at an interesting verse, that could apply to our subject of the Horizontal post of the cross.

Romans 10:21 – But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. 

Clearly Jesus, hanging on the cross, would have had both arms opened wide to be nailed to it. It is also interesting to note that Jesus was crucified about the 3rd hour of the day, and died shortly after the 9th hour of the day. This would be representative of Him hanging with outstretched hands a majority of the day. This verse implies that this was an act of LOVE, for Him to even allow this to happen to Him.

The Apostle Paul was quoting Isaiah 65:2 in this verse. It should be easy to see the heart of God, that was hurting for the Old Covenant people of Israel that were rebelling against His LOVE. In verse 20, directly before Romans 10:21, God contrasts a nation that was not called by His name becoming the majority of His New Covenant people. These were popularly, called the Gentiles. But everyone should see that this gift of LOVE was offered to anyone Jew or Greek (Romans 1:16). We learned this in the last section of the lesson about the vertical cross post, when we read verses in Ephesians 2.

Now let us go over potential meaning 2, the timeline of human history to make an eternal decision to receive LOVE. One of the key factors that can be used for understanding the horizontal post of the cross, occurs when we read about Jesus being crucified between two thieves. This would result in a total of three crosses that were present. It would also mean, that there was a total of six posts, when adding together 3 crosses multiplied by 2 posts each. The number six has long been thought of in the Bible, as the number for “man”. I find that very interesting, since everyone hanging, was a male about to die a human death.

But what was the configuration, and relationship of these three crosses?  We learn from Matthew 27:38, that there was one sinner crucified on the left hand of Jesus, and the other one being crucified on His right hand. Wow, that leaves Jesus on His cross, in the center. Do you believe, God knew this also? Do you believe that God could have utilized these details in His hidden symbolic presentation of the plan of salvation on a cross? Why do you believe, God wrote these details in the Bible text? Do they mean anything important? Or was God just filling up the Bible with things that do not mean much. I definitely believe that this was all foreknown by God, and all of these details carry significant hidden information, about what was happening.

It is also very interesting to see, where later hanging on the cross (Luke 23:42), that one thief believed in Jesus to be his Messiah, called Jesus LORD, and received salvation, and the other did not.  This description of their cross experience, would clearly signify the only two choices to make, for every human sinner right now, while still physically alive (Hebrews 3:15). Once they both died, the opportunity to make the right choice, had passed (Hebrews 9:27). I believe that these words, were all intentionally selected, to either teach us a strong message of hope for salvation and eternal life, or condemnation to eternal death.

Keep in your mind that on judgment day, Jesus described that there would be a clear human division, used by God for separating good from evil.  For example, in Matthew 25:32-46, Jesus said “His saved sheep would be placed on His right hand, and the lost goats on his left hand”. Those on the right hand entered into heaven, and those on the left, went to hell. This is not a coincidence. This message is repeated in the description, for the separation of the wheat and the tares, found in Matthew 13:23-30.

What we are observing in the Bible, is a concept of division, that has been occurring ever since the beginning of creation and Adam. The two thieves, that were hanging on a cross to the left and to the right of Jesus, represent a clear horizontal decision point of human freewill choice, to believe in Jesus or not to believe in Jesus. Jesus being in the center, means there are no other choices given, that mankind may be saved by (Acts 4:12). I believe this is a further confirmation, that the two bleeding hands of Jesus, hanging on the cross were correctly reaching out in LOVE, to save “all” of the lost humanity (John 3:16). This would include those that would be saved by believing and receiving on His right hand, and those that would be lost, by not believing on His left hand, and be damned (Mark 16:16).

What I see from the design of the cross, is a center point line of decision, where the left side represents everyone that is eternally separated from God. I then see the right side of the cross to represent those that choose to be saved. This is only one potential meaning of the horizontal post, now let us move to another.

Let us review the concept of meaning number 3, about correct human to human relationships. It is also interesting to note that before the crucifixion, two disciples asked Jesus to sit with Him, with one being at His right hand, and the other at His left hand. This is an entire teaching lesson in itself, but please note the position of Jesus in the center, with two humans requesting a position at each side of His hands.  I further believe, that the one-man Jesus, hanging on the cross, between two human men, represents a correct human-to-human relationship. Two humans in relationship, without Jesus in the center, will fail, but those that will be successful, will always make the choice to have Jesus (LOVE), in the center of them.

We can call all of this, God’s designs and plans for horizontal human decisions, choices and connections. God’s ultimate design would be for every human relationship, to be a Christ centered relationship. But this information also teaches us, a comparison between the two choices. The Jesus kind of LOVE, could only be correctly found to be in the center, if both individuals chose to make Jesus their LORD. But if only one individual, made Jesus their LORD, the other would be permanently, separated from them forever. Can you see how the choices we make, are only available, while we are here in the natural horizontal realm of earthly existence? Once both thieves on the cross died, there were no other opportunities given to them for relationship with Jesus, or with each other. Only one human thief, was told that he would be with Jesus in paradise that day, that they all died. I hope this is well received. This is what I believe the LORD is teaching us, about the meanings of the horizontal post of the cross.

While physically alive in the horizontal earth realm, we have only one possible successful choice for life to select from, and His name is Jesus. Making Jesus our LORD (Romans 10:9-10), grants us access to God the Father in the vertical Heaven, and grants the Holy Spirit access to live on the inside of our physical body in the human horizontal realm. This was God’s correctly designed and wise method for a divine vertical relationship, between a Holy God and the imperfect human. God desired this to happen (John 4:23). All other vertical choices of relationship with false gods, or evil spiritual beings, will only lead to death.

Likewise, there is only one successful choice for lasting human relationships. Everyone, we meet on this horizontal earth, we will either be with them forever, or apart from them, never to see them or hear from them again. This is a thought-provoking reality. I honestly, do not observe many people or Christians, coming close to the examples, that Jesus set before us to follow. Not treating everyone with the God kind of LOVE that we meet, will potentially be very regrettable.

There are two binary directions of choice, for a good or bad relationship. This choice is laid out in the cross design plainly in front of your eyes. But only one correct choice can be made, to possess success in both the vertical and horizontal realms of existence. Remember, on the vertical cross post, there is one open ended top pathway, that leads us to life eternal, and there is one bottom termination point, that only leads us to eternal death, and separation from God. Do you understand, that because Jesus was hanging at the center position of the cross, a location where He was not yet in heaven and not yet in hell, this made Him, and only Him, the focal point for the only available choice, for any direction that you want to go? This is the amazing truth of any door design. A door entered into, makes available the blessing behind the door, and the personal choice of not entering, leaves that person, by default, without these benefits.

You might remember a game show that showed three doors to two contestants. They called this the big deal of the day. One chose one door, and the other one chose another door, leaving one door not selected. Each door was opened to reveal which gifts they were potentially going home with. But only one contestant received their gift, and the other left with nothing. All of this was very similar to our eternal decisions to which path and door we choose. I think that is interesting.

Please think of the vertical cross post, to represent a highway leading people either north (heaven) or south (hell).  Then think of the horizontal post of the cross, to be a highway that leads through the timeline of human existences on the earth. Now consider the fact that the center union of these two highways is found the Jesus intersection point for the human choice decision. We can read about this in 2 Corinthians 6:2. In this verse the LORD says “At a time of welcome, I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation, I have succored you. Now is the time of loving welcome! Now is the day of salvation!” (WNT Bible).

Did you notice in 2 Corinthians 6:2, that God uses the “present” time to be the point for a decision for your salvation? Do you know the present time is a constant moving travel? By the time you read this sentence, the present moment when you started reading about that decision is already in the past, and “now” you have only another fleeting opportunity to decide again? Why is this? No scientist can explain this concept of time adequately. No one can return to the past to accept Jesus, so that leaves that time out. No one but God foresees the future, so that leaves that time out of the decision point realms of opportunity. This leaves us only “NOW”. You see, God says in His Word, we are not guaranteed a tomorrow (James 4:13-16).

By making the right choice, at the right time, everyone can be assured to be permitted to entered into Christ our door of Salvation. Making this choice in the horizontal path of life, will allow the turn lane for the vertical highway northward leading to heaven to be opened. By ignoring this “NOW” decision point, there is only one default highway that has an opening leading south to “hell”.  Now is time to choose.

Finally, let us discuss potential meaning number 4 of the horizontal cross post, the human realm of limitations. I believe the Horizontal post of the cross represents the human carnal realm of our natural life on the earth. This is signified by the term “Horizon”, the physical location where the sun rises every day, and sets every day (Ecclesiastes 1:5). This is the earth’s surface, where humans normally reside by God’s designed purpose. Remember, the English word “horizon” comes from the Greek word “horizo”, which is G3724. This word has the meaning of a boundary or limitation.  This is why the horizontal post on both the door and cross designs, can have the meaning of human limitations, and boundaries. These features represent God’s human physical realm of existence. This is our 3-D space-time created world. But it also can be more specific, to the dry ground, places where breathable air is found, food, water, warmth, light, and etc., are available.

This is why I believe, this information further confirms, why those entering into the door of the Old Covenant, had no access into heaven. I also see that on the Passover door, the horizontal post had two points of termination. This might mean this was a covenant of limited and short-term duration. Applying these concepts to the cross horizontal post design, we see something different when applying these standards. For example, the cross horizontal post was lower than the vertical post top. The cross horizontal post also had two open ended points, and this would indicate this New Covenant, was available to everyone, anywhere, at any time, in the horizontal realm of human natural duration. Can you see how this is possible, based upon the design of these two God selected natural objects?

Now remember we just learned that Jesus was hung at the center of the horizontal post on the cross, and I believe this represent the “NOW” point of decision. If this is true, then the horizontal post of the cross, represents the domain of natural existence while physically alive on the earth, past, present and future. Everyone before Jesus was raised from the dead, we learned went under the earth’s horizontal surface. But these people were preached to by the LORD Jesus the gospel (2 Peter 3;19), and He led captive these captive people vertically to heaven (Ephesians 4:8). This would represent the fact, that everyone on the left hand of the horizontal timeline (east) would have had the opportunity to be saved, by God’s divine grace.

If the center of the cross represents the present “now”, that only leaves the “west” right hand of the cross to represent the coming “future” time line.  These are people living at this moment, and those that will be born in the future. All of these people that are alive have the horizontal opportunity to hear about Jesus the door of Salvation at the “NOW” center point of choice. However, west is the direction that the “sun” sets.  Jesus is the “SUN of RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Malachi 4:2), and the opportunity to enter the door, is setting very soon.

Because the left of the horizontal post is open ended, this represents the fact that every person born from Adam to Jesus, had the opportunity to be saved. Because people at the time of the Lord’s crucifixion on the cross, had a chance to hear about Jesus’ death and resurrection, they all had the “now” moment to believe and receive salvation. Ever since Jesus was raised from the dead, the Gospel has been preached, and is still even “now” in this Bible lesson. Therefore, if you are reading this you can still choose to enter the door of salvation, before it shuts (Matthew 25:10). We do not know exactly when the right hand of the horizontal cross will set and close, therefore a decision point should be made with it being your greatest priority.

Let us review some of the key points from the Horizontal post representations that we have just learned.  While a person is alive in their physical body in the horizontal realm, they can move, travel, as well as decide and make choices. It is during this timeline of horizontal natural existence, that a person can be saved by entering into the door of Jesus. As we may have seen earlier; some humans, in the horizontal realm will choose, to enter into the “door” that God raised up and hung on the cross (aka Jesus), by placing their faith in Him (Ephesians 2:8). These people have now entered into an access point, leading into the vertical heavenly realm. This access is signified as an intersection point (aka Jesus) of the horizontal and the vertical cross posts.

Wherever there is a traffic intersection, there also represents a human choice or decision point. At any time on the horizon life line, a human has the right to choose, to enter into Christ, to not enter into Christ, to remain in Christ, or choose to leave the narrow path. The vertical post intersection, represents the choice of human eternal destination. Staying in Christ, will lead us to the upward direction of heaven, and departing, leaving or rejecting Christ, will lead us to the downward path to hell. This decision is always available as long as a person is alive on the horizontal cross time line. Once someone dies, the choices made before their death, predetermines the direction of spirit travel after death.

Please note, that making no choice, is the default path leading to eternal death and separation from God. This default choice, was made for you by your father Adam (1 Corinthians 15:22). This occurred, when he made the evil choice of eternal death, you were in him and made that choice also (Hebrews 7:9-10). While you had no way to vote for Adam’s first wrong choice, you have been given the right to make the most important choice to enter into Christ to be saved. I pray that everyone has already chosen to enter the Christ door (called the Last Adam, 1 Corinthians 15:45) and will stay in Him, so that you will travel up on the extended vertical post to heaven, when you die, or when He returns to take us to heaven.

We have been learning about the cross, with an emphasis on the Horizontal post and its potential meanings.  We found earlier that the word Horizon comes from the Greek word G3724. It is interesting to note that this Greek word G3724, is used in Acts to describe Jesus dying on the cross:

Acts 2:22 – Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 
Acts 2:23 – Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 

Notice that these verses are describing the LORD Jesus Christ being crucified on a cross. The Greek word translated as “crucified”, literally means, to be hung and fastened by nails or impaled. That can accurately describe what is done to a door, using hinges, and nails. Also, notice the declaration in this verse, that this was done, by the “foreknowledge” of God. This confirms to us that this was not a surprise, but rather a precisely planned event. In other words, God planned and knew, the precise way, the precise location, the exact year, the exact month, the exact day, the exact hour, and the precise minute that Jesus would give His life.

All of this planned precision, is confirmed by the next part of verse 23, where God uses the Greek word G3724 (horizo). But it is translated as “determinate”. This English word means “to have defined limits”. This word G3724, also carries the implication that, what is being described to happen, is occurring based upon the divinely created law of “cause and effect”, at a specific time, and a specific place of location. Another way to say this, in more Biblical terms, is that this crucifixion event, was the “fruit” produced from the “seeds” of God’s Word, that were coming forth by God’s design. Wow, this is getting really deep. What I believe God is saying to us, is that He foreknew everything that was happening, including the cross design, and He is using this to communicate to us, His LOVE!

Because Jesus redeemed us from Satan’s kingdom paying the ultimate price of His life, and blood for every human sin, anyone that chooses to believe, and enter God’s “door”, is able to become the physical temple of the Spirit of God, here on the earth (1 Corinthians 6:19).  Now post resurrection and ascension, God’s plan of finally living and dwelling with humans personally and intimately on the earth without any separators has come to be fulfilled and available to everyone.  God’s Kingdom in Heaven, now permanently resides in you and I, if we remain in Christ, and we allow Him to live in us. Wow, wow, wow!  This represents Adam’s sin problem being finally resolved and God’s desire to intimately and personally fellowship with each and every human without an intermediary component. This gift has been provided and made accessible and available through the blood of Jesus to anyone.

Therefore, after the completed fulfillment of the cross, humans now have been restored to an unobstructed single vertical two-way spiritual portal into the presence of God.  God lives inside of us here on the earth, and we are seated with Him in the heavenly realm simultaneously (Ephesians 2:6). There is the human full Horizontal access to God here, and now in the earth physical dimension, by His Spirit being One on the inside of us as His temple. Then there is also made available our full Vertical access of our spirit in union with God in heaven, because of us being in Jesus (Romans 8:1), and Him being seated at the right hand of God’s throne, we can come boldly to Him at any time (Hebrews 4:16). We can see all of this implied being made available now by the single vertical post, being in union with the single horizontal post of the cross.

#8 – CONCLUSION

We have been going long enough in this lesson, but we have potentially seen, and learned a lot of new things about LOVE, that we never saw before in the application of blood on the designs of door posts and cross posts.  All of this information concerning the vertical posts separation in the Passover door, and the transformation to be joined in unity in the one vertical cross post, teaches us how God chose designs found within humanity, to reveal to us, how He solved His separation from humans, that He loved. Sinful humans had a problem coming to a Holy God, and the Holy LOVE God, had a problem coming to sinful humans. God solved this problem, by Himself choosing to become a Man, then choosing as a Man to hang, and die on a cross to pay the penalty for all human sin. It was because of the human inability, to keep a covenant at the level of perfection that was required, that caused God to become “one of” us, to keep it, “for us”. This was a tremendous demonstration, of how much He LOVED us.

Now, humans have returned back on a unified path of communion with God, by God’s designed plan, through the manifestation of His divine LOVE.  LOVE created a way containing the plan of salvation and forgiveness for every sin, to “remove” the obstacles separating us “from Him”. God in heaven came up with this ingenious plan, to come down vertically to the horizontal earth as a human, to become a unified Son of Adam equally with being the Son of God. It was this quality of the O.T. Law, that gave Jesus the legal right to be our “near kinsman Redeemer” as described in the book of Ruth.

God did all of this, in order for Him to save humans, from eternal separation from Him.  He did this in LOVE, by giving us a door, to go back and forth “to Him”, and “through Him”. By Him doing this, He opened the only way for humans on the earth, to go where “He is”, and be with Him forever, and vice versa, and this was by us entering the door Jesus.

It is very interesting to learn this vertical and horizontal connection. There are so many verses that have this concept in them that there are too many to list. But please pay attention when you read the Bible and notice words that say above, and below. Look for verses that relate to “heaven” and the earth. All of these verses and more teach two dimensions of existence. One above in heaven is the vertical, and one below on the earth is the horizontal.

Thank you very much for taking the time, to read and study the Bible with us. We love you all, more than you know. But we should all love God much more “NOW”, than we did yesterday. This is because our love increase, will be accomplished by us learning about Him. We obtain more ability to receive His loving grace by spending time with Him in prayer and in His Word. 2 Peter 1:2 says “Grace and Peace, are multiplied through the knowledge of God and our LORD Jesus Christ”. By us learning about what God has accomplished and given to us freely in His Son Jesus, we can grow immeasurably in His loving favor. If you do not know Jesus Christ and His LOVE, you can ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Please do not delay, a tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone. He is coming back, much sooner than you think.

In the next lesson of the series, we will expand our foundation of the vertical and the horizontal gifts of divine LOVE. We will do this; the LORD be willing.  God bless you!

Are You Saved? Do you Know Jesus? Life is Short! Jesus wants to Know You! Please come and get to Know Him!

GOD IS LOVE – Pt 2 – REVEALING THE “KNOWING LOVE” PLAN OF SALVATION

(Ver 1.2) This is Part 2 in a very important Bible study series about the subject “God is Love”. If you have not read from the beginning, it is highly recommended that you begin the study with “Part 1”. This lesson will continue the series, building upon our subject LOVE. But it will not repeat the same exact points in the previous lesson. It is possible to read this lesson and gain new understanding from it, as a stand-alone subject; if you do not have the time to read from the beginning. Today’s lesson is long and could be split into 6 sections of reading, if that will help you.

LOVE is one of the most imperative subjects found in the entire Bible. It could possibly be stated that it is “THE MOST IMPORTANT” subject. God tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:13 that “Faith”, “Hope” and “Love” will abide (remain) forever, but the greatest of these three, is “Love”.  This lesson series is built upon God’s foundational truth from 1 John 4:8 where He declares “God is love” which can be mathematically stated as “GOD = LOVE”. This means these two subjects are precisely indistinguishable, equivalent and interchangeable.  

Based upon these truths we can conclude LOVE is essential to know because LOVE is God. As a reminder to those that may desire to read this lesson independently of “Part 1”, every time the word “LOVE” is typed in uppercase in this lesson, we can replace it with “GOD” and it does not change the designed meaning. This would be true for the opposite. Every time we find “GOD” in this lesson in all uppercase letters, we can legally replace it with LOVE. That will be the standard for this Bible lesson series.  But I would also remind everyone that this is true for the name of God in the Bible also. Replacing the name of God for “Love” would be a legal reading.

Let us get started, if everyone is ready to learn what I believe the Spirit of the Living God wants to say to us today.  Please pause, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give you an open, receptive and understanding heart. Also ask the Spirit of God to illuminate your mind providing you the spiritual eyesight to comprehend and receive everything that He desires to speak and reveal to us.

#1 – INTRODUCTION TO GOD’S “KNOWING LOVE” PLAN

Too often we want to limit God’s loving plan of salvation to be a simple recipe, combining God’s ingredients of 1) His death on the cross, 2) His burial in the grave for 3 days and 3) His resurrection from the dead. 1,2, & 3 sounds very simple. But, are these the entire works of divine human salvation? These three significant parts of God’s plan of salvation took place in less than 4 days.  But we are about to find out that this was not everything that occurred to save us. We will definitely be learning and hopefully begin to know that these few days of Jesus being manifested on the earth to die, required a much longer process of time even going back before Adam was created and sinned.

Act 15:18  Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world

Notice what God says here in the book of Acts.  God has revealed a truth that nothing He has accomplished on the earth occurred based upon an instant idea at the moment in our time. God is informing us that what He has done, was already determined and preplanned from before the beginning of our natural world. This truth further implies that His works to save us were very extensive and potentially a series of steps or phases placed together in a series.

One initial point of this lesson, is that the potential accumulated steps of God’s plan to save humanity, was designed by Him, before time existed for us. He did this, to save us from us not knowing Him! We will find when we study the Bible, that God is omniscient. Meaning God knows the end, from the beginning (Isa 46:10). We understand from this, that God already determined the solution for all sin, before sin existed.

We can see in John 1:18 that God declares “No man has ever seen Him at any time”. Colossians 1:15 and 1 Timothy 1:17 declare the fact that God is invisible to humans. Therefore, whatever it is that has never been seen by a human, is challenging to be thought of in the correct and proper way that they truly are. Is God kind, good and loving; or is God mean, evil and hateful? Down through human history people have concluded, that their perceived reality of the truth, can be or fall in either view. However, what people forget is that there could be another spiritual being that also exists, and is an enemy to God. In this light we must understand that this potential enemy is also an unseen spiritual being.  I am speaking of Satan (originally Lucifer). He was a created perfect, but fell and took 1/3 of the angels (Rev 12:4) with him to fight against God. Now he is deceiving all of the people in the world (Rev 12:9) into believing, it is God that is doing to them all of evil and hurt that is occurring in the world.

We are about to learn how the Plan of God to save humans, was a designed process of phases, where one event and step led to the next. We will also learn that each step reveals God’s desires to reveal Himself as LOVE in greater, and increasing measures. Some of the key points of the plan of LOVE to save humanity to look for in this lesson will be:

  1. A provision and an offer to humanity for an easy path out of being eternally separated from Him.
  2. The divine desire to reveal His true nature to His creation.
  3. The divine desire to come closer to His human creation and to development a personal relationship with each of them.
  4. The divine desire for His creation to know Him as being absolutely good and loving.
  5. To establish and follow every necessary legality for each phase of the plan of salvation to prevent Satan from accusing Him of being unjust.
  6. To communicate to humans clearly through the entire process, their need for a final completed phase of salvation, because of all of the inadequacies found within the previous phases.

This is just some of what God had planned from the very beginning, before Adam and his wife were even placed in the Garden of Eden, where his sin was first dealt with personally by God.

Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world

What we discover in the Bible, is that Jesus had already died for every human sin, even before the creation of our world (Rev 13:8). We know this because Jesus is referred to as the “Lamb” in this verse. A lamb was only necessary to be the substitutionary victim sacrifice, to provide life for someone else. We learned this in the first lesson in the account of Passover in Exodus 12. Therefore, if Jesus was called the “Lamb” before the world existed, God had already planned His death.

If we read Revelation 17:8 God reveals there is a book of life with names written in it. In this verse God says these names were also recorded from the foundation of the world. This would indicate that God made a plan that already included the known end, and He did this before He ever fashioned our natural environment. Wow! This teaches us that this plan was well thought-out and prearranged before human sin, and was put into action immediately after Adam’s sin. We should learn soon, that this plan does not conclude until end of the book of Revelation. What is awesome to know is that the first 3 chapters of the Bible, and the last 3 chapters are bookends with everything else in between being a description of God’s working plan about Jesus. Therefore, we can conclude that God’s plan of salvation lasts 7000 years of accumulated human history.

Therefore, we should discover that God’s plan of human salvation is currently in progress. This would make it to be progressive in nature. It had to be comprehensively thought-through even before the effects of human sin needed a solution. “Progressive” is not a bad word. It has only been perverted by the devil to make people that are not like God try to appear as gods. The word “progressive” simply describes something or someone that is “moving forward”, “onward advancing” as in a “motion that brings growth, improvements, new advances, new developments that will help improve the lives of those participating”.  

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me

This is an amazing verse, but we will only focus on the last part of the statement. God claims that we should live our lives by the faith of the Son of God. God then says “He loved us and gave Himself for us”.  Please notice the key word “for” at the end of Galatians 2:20. The preposition G5228 translated as “for” in this verse is a word representing “substitution”. We just saw this subject being referred to as the “Lamb”. Therefore, we are progressing in the flow of the subject of God’s plan of salvation.

This word “for” was defined by Strong to be “for the sake of” or “instead of” or “in the place of”. Thayer says this word can also mean “in behalf of” someone else. “Behalf” simply means one person represents another or is a proxy for the other. 

Therefore, “Jesus giving Himself for us” indicates that what He has accomplished, performed or experienced was something that was given to us or exchanged for us, in our place. Therefore, since He accomplished it, humans would potentially not have to repeat it, experience it or go through it personally. For example, we should all know, that because Jesus spiritually died after His death on the cross (Mat 27:46) and went to hell (Mat 12:40), we are not required to pay for what was already accomplished and paid for, “in” and “by” Him.

It is like if someone said, “I’ll make dinner ‘for’ you on Friday night at my house, see you there”. Clearly the person that is receiving the dinner invitation does not have to labor to make this dinner. No, “for” indicates the recipient is the one that comes to freely enjoy the food without extending any cost or the labor that was completed by the preparer and provider. No, the recipient only needs to believe (have faith in) that this cook is their friend and will be honest and trustworthy to do what they said. Then the receiver needs to act on that faith by going to their friend’s house, enter their door, sit down at the table and eat the already prepared food.

That is the basic conceptual idea behind God’s plan of revealing Himself to be LOVE in planned stages. God desired to help us, to “know to trust” Him and His “faithfulness”, so that we all could be saved. Notice how in the example that both the provider of the meal and the recipient of the meal had a progressive set of steps that were needed to work in cooperation together. When these two are working in unison at the appointed time to accomplish the free gift transfer there is not much anyone else can do to stop it from happening. This description sounds a lot like the “Passover” in Egypt experience, doesn’t it? This information was covered previously in “Part 1”.

However, a good dinner with tasty food is not an instantaneous outcome. Instant TV dinners, canned food or even drive through fast food hamburgers, or pizza delivery can never be as good as the home cooked meal. Some dinners made from scratch for family and friends, take all day or more to prepare. So, it is with God’s plan of salvation for every human. What we will find when we read and study the Bible closely, is that God’s love strategy for salvation was an extremely analyzed work and a specific strategic solution set into motion long before humans were created, sinned and needed a savior.

God already had all of His menus pre-planned. He already had all of the available ingredients prearranged in creation that were necessary for this dinner.  God began to prepare His dinner while He spoke the each day of creation. Then, immediately after Adam sinned, He continued to declare the outcome.. He already had written in His book of life, the personal names of every human, to be sent the invitations to His dinner. God sent out His invitations to everyone to come to His Salvation Wedding Dinner (Mat 22:2-14, Rev 19:9). But not everyone responded kingly to His kind invite to come and know LOVE (Matthew 22:1-14). Many names of people that did not want to know Him, had to be blotted out of the Lam’s book of life (Rev 3:5).

Immediately after God confronted the sin of Adam in the garden of Eden, He continues, the preplanned solution, by speaking more words prophetically. God decreed the future solution, for His finale outcomes to each participant in the rebellion. No one but God understood fully what was going to happen next, and no one had a clue when anything was going to actually occur in what order.

This is why Satan had to kill Abel using Cain (Genesis 4:8, 1 John 3:8).  Abel could have been the prophesied one. This is why Satan tried to pervert the human blood line, by having fallen angels take the daughters of men as wives in Genesis 6:1-4. This is why male children of Israel, were thrown into the Nile at the time of Moses’ birth (Exodus 1:22). This is why Satan had Herod kill all the children living in Bethlehem in the time that Jesus was born (Matthew 2:13). This is also why Satan is killing as many children as possible using abortion today. There are just too many examples, found in the Bible of Satan’s attempts to stop the plan of God from happening, to mention them all. But they begin in Genesis 3 and go all the way to Revelation 20:10.

God’s LOVE plan of salvation would patiently unfold and grow out of the direct “seeds” planted by the spoken words of God in creation and the Garden of Eden. At every opportunity Satan attempted to stop it from taking place. Like natural seeds have natural enemies, God’s spiritual seeds also have spiritual enemies. Each planned step could also take time to develop and grow to produce the desired outcome. Observable results could be very far out from the initial seed planting. Please let us get out of the “microwave” and “instant fast-food, drive through”, “instant delivery” type of thinking and let us begin to see things as God has created them.

After God’s prophetical decrees in Genesis 1, 2 and 3, His designed future determined outcomes were planted and started to grow. Now the Holy Spirit began to work to accomplish the divinely spoken Word plan of LOVE. We can see that we are being introduced to a potentially new way to view God’s plan of salvation. This design of LOVE, was well planned and provided for. God actually places it into full motion during the 6 days of creation, before man existed. God’s description of His world creation process in Genesis 1 and 2, provides a nice overview of things that would occur during the plan of Salvation. The plan was immediately activated after sin entered into the world. Every step was a phased in method growing over time. Our Creator God then patiently and carefully, implemented the plan over the movement and process of time, and this is still, taking place today (James 5:7).

Some of the planned “knowing LOVE” steps took place in the first 2000 years of human history. Other plan of “knowing LOVE” steps were initiated and took place in the next 2000 years of human history. Every pre-planned step of LOVE prior to the final completion showed and taught us, increasing signs for the greater need of an enhanced next phase of the divine solution. Then comes Jesus.

The next phase of God’s “Knowing HIM” plan of salvation, was found at the beginning of approximately 4000 years of human history. This corresponded to the “Day 4” of creation. This phase was initiated with the physical appearance of God in the flesh. He was called the “Sun of Righteousness, rising with healing in His wings”, in Malachi 4:2. This part of the plan only lasted 33 ½ years.  This was one of the shortest phases of the plan of God for human salvation, but by far it had the greatest positive impact.

Next God initiates what many call the church age of His divine Grace (Romans 5:20). The church is prophesied to live and reign on the earth for 2000 years (Hosea 6:2, Luke 10:35).  Then, we will be taken out of the world (1 Thessalonians 4:7), victorious over Satan (Luke 10:19, Romans 16:20, 1 Corinthians 15:57, 2 Corinthians 2:14). But the final “completeness” of the divine LOVE plan for human salvation, will not be fully observed, until the completion of the final 1000 years of human history. We call this soon coming period of time, the millennium. This is when God makes a new heaven and new earth (Rev 21:1), completely void of “sin” and “rebellion” (Rev 21:27).

Therefore, the finale of the planned divine LOVE solution, has not been totally fulfilled. We do not read about the elimination of all “evil”, and “hate” until the end of the book of Revelation. We also do not read about the full manifestation of completed fruitfulness until the very last chapter of Revelation. God’s first command to humans was for them to be “fruitful”, as in become “full of fruit” (Gen 1:22). While many Christians today have great “fruitfulness”, I do believe spiritual “fruit” capacity has a lot of room to grow, to be at its most full ability. I believe that this full fruit production, in full bursting capacity is finally fulfilled in Revelation 22:2. God’s desired beginning in Genesis, will be His purposed and prophesied ending, revealed in Revelation 22. Only then will it be a time that Satan, sin, curses, hate and death have been completely eliminated from the face of the planet and a new world (Hebrews 6:5), new heaven and new earth will be manifested fully.

Just like a cook’s meal takes a well-thought-out menu with planning, preparation, recipes and ingredients, and time to produce the final outcome to enjoy, so it is with God’s invitation and plan of salvation for humanity.  Next, let us go over a quick understanding of this lesson’s approach to describe the “Knowing LOVE” plan to save humans.

#2 – GOD’S PROGRESSIVE LOVE PLAN
THIS LESSON’S APPROACH TO DESCRIBE IT

We will be learning about “God is LOVE” today, by learning about His divine “Knowing LOVE” project for: 1) human salvation and 2) intimate relationship. This only means that God wanted us to know Him as LOVE, and He will work this plan slowly over the course of time using multiple progressive steps to reveal His love. I believe God could have possibly planned it this way, because humans could have been overwhelmed with too much information about Him all at once. We could find that this is possibly what caused Jesus to be killed by humans. It could be that because Jesus revealed too much of the true nature of God as being loving, compassionate, and kind, that this information, did not fit the picture of what they believed their Messiah should look and act like.

Please understand, that I do not want to lower God’s plan of salvation to be like an inferior type of human software project, dinner menu, or farming system. No, God is still LOVE, and He is the Creator of everything amazing that we can see all around us in this mind-blowing vast universe. He is the most intelligent and powerful Spirit being ever. What people call a “genius” on the earth, is like a two-year-old compared to God’s abilities. Lucifer made this mistake and he is soon going to regret it for an eternity.

I am attempting to teach this complex, and extensive divine “Knowing LOVE” plan of God, using simplified and hopefully familiar terminology that many people can understand. I will base this approach, upon our end time knowledge of technology. We will be utilizing advanced electronics and software engineering concepts, that are hopefully understood by a lot of people today. For example, if anyone owns a smart phone, a tablet or a computer, they should understand the concepts of how software versions are planned, developed and phased into implementation, over the course of time. Many times, smart phone creators implement new designed phones every year. Also, during the course of the year new software versions can continually be downloaded to run on every phone. These new versions constantly introduce designed improvements to help make the device more powerful, secure, useful, productive, feature rich and user friendly.

Now, just go on your smart phone and look for a selection called something like “Settings”. Select the “Settings” choice that looks like “About Phone”, and then select a choice like “Software Information”. Selecting this option usually gives you a list of software designed components and their version numbers. It should inform you of things like your UI version is 2.5.  It may tell you that your “Baseband version” is like G984993. It may tell you that your “Kernel Version” is like 4.14.117945”, etc. All of this information is simply revealing to us that what we have on our phone today, is potentially not what we may have had yesterday, or what we are able to receive tomorrow. In other words, this is what I believe is a simplified example of what God has done with His salvation plans. without giving us any direct version numbers other than Him saying, “this is the first of something or this is the last of something, this is the new something, this is a better something, or this is the second, etc.”.

From observing and studying God’s ways in His Holy Bible we, can learn how God implemented things in a phased in approach. This type of approach, might be compared to be like a modern-day technology hardware and software development project with multiple new releases. Or we could say to be more Biblical, God’s ways were like planting “seeds”. In Genesis 8:22 God declares as long as the earth remains there will be seed, time and harvest. This simply teaches us that developing and cultivating life, represents a process of steps. It also implies that everything that begins small, with God from a “seed”, can and will grow larger and stronger over the process of time. The end goal of every seed is to produce something potentially multiplied and very good for those that participate in it. I pray in today’s modern times that people still understand basic divinely created “farming concepts”.

Farming is not an instant result methodology. Sure, humans go to the grocery store today buy everything instantly. But this final transaction of receiving took a lot of time and work before, to make it available. Farming is an organized designed set of progressive steps. One of the greatest parts of successful farming is the God created dimension of time.  But within the needed time period between beginning to plant and eating the fruit, is a long series of progressive dependent steps. One step being completed is the requirement for the next step to be initiated and implemented, with potential time in between.

This will be my approach at describing God’s plan of “Knowing LOVE” today. I will be presenting the lesson in separate phases that I will be calling a step, phase or release. Here are the basic steps that will be covered:

  1. Knowing LOVE 1.0 – God’s Desire to be Known by Humans
  2. Knowing LOVE 2.0 – God’s Plan and Two Purposes for Using Blood
  3. Knowing LOVE 3.0 – God’s Desire to Live with Humans
  4. Knowing LOVE 4.0 – The Improved Knowing God in the Flesh Application
  5. Knowing LOVE 5.0 – The Vastly Improved Knowing God in the Spirit Application
  6. Knowing LOVE 6.0 – The Fruitful Grand Finale of Knowing LOVE

We have been going through a quick introduction to the concept of progressive steps and phases. Let us spend our time now to get a big picture overview of the problem that God was faced with and the progressive plan of God implemented to solve it. So let us get started with learning God’s “Knowing LOVE” plan.

#3 – KNOWING LOVE 1.0
GOD’S DESIRE TO BE KNOWN BY HUMANS

What was God’s problem to solve on the earth, after Adam’s creation?  We should all know that it was “sin” and Satan. We know God is Holy (Lev 19:2). We read later in the Bible, that a Holy God could not always be in the presence with an unholy and unrighteous sinner, without a provision to make them clean again, at least temporarily. This is first indicated in Genesis 3 after Adam sinned. Most teachers believe that God shed the blood of innocent animals in the garden of Eden to clothe Adam and Eve after sin (Genesis 3:21). If this is what occurred, then the blood of that animal would have certainly been shed. While this is not clearly stated, it is possible, since the son of Adam named “Abel” also offered God sacrifices of blood, from innocent animals in Genesis 4:4. Where did Abel learn to do this?  And why is he called “righteous” in Hebrews 11:4?

God indicates to us that before sin was on the earth, the voice of God could simply come down and walk and talk with Adam and Eve in the garden “one on one”. We learn this by reading Genesis 3 after Adam sinned, and he heard God’s voice was walking nearby, and he and Eve went and hid from God (Gen 3:8). It is very obvious, that Adam knew exactly what this sound of God was, and who it was that was walking in the garden to talk to them. This implies greatly, that there were a lot of previous meetings that had taken place, between God and His creation.

This hints to us that direct human relationship was God’s desired goal and it certainly demonstrates His initial LOVE for His creation. It further indicates that God wanted for His creation to “Know Him” as LOVE, because of His personal involvement with them. God appears to extend some specific effort, to come to them personally without sending a messenger angel, or other possible ways to communicate. This appears to teach us that God, desired a personal relationship with them. We can further conclude that God loved them, because everything God created was “very good” (Gen 1:31). Humans could easily observe His LOVE for them, being seen in His handy work, given to them (Romans 1:20). However, until Adam and Eve had their own children, they may not have appreciated this as much as they should have.

I have called this, God’s first or initial release or the phase 1.0 plan of “Knowing LOVE”. I believe this first phase of Knowing GOD, only lasted a few years. We are not told exactly how long it took Satan, to inspire them to sin and rebel against God. But after sin’s appearance upon the earth, God indicates that He required some significant changes by Him covering them with “skins” in order for Him to continue a fellowship with humans. Uh oh! This teaches something new was coming next. Let us explore Phase 2.0 of God’s divine “Knowing LOVE” plan.

#4 – KNOWING LOVE 2.0
GOD’S PLAN AND TWO PURPOSES FOR BLOOD

For the next approximate 2500 years of human history, from Adam until Moses, sin and death continued to reign in the world (Romans 5:14). We know the first death after sin was “Abel” being murdered by his brother. This initial death must have opened the eyes of Adam and Eve, and caused much sorrow. But God displays love and mercy even during this time. God appears to use the pattern of bloody animal sacrifices, to temporarily make humans clean enough, for Him to come down temporarily from heaven to still visit with them provisionally. I’ll call this the next step, phase or release 2.0 in the multi-phased plan of human salvation. We can also call this phase “Knowing LOVE 2.0”.

I believe this next phase of the plan of salvation was a significant enhancement helping us, to come to know Him as LOVE even more than Adam in the beginning. Without this revealed feature in God’s relationship plan with humans, we were under the control and influence of predominantly Satan. Hebrews 2:14 informs us that it was Satan that held the “power” of death during this time of human history. This meant dealing with sin, Satan and death, had to be a significant part of the plan to restore humans, back into us being able to know God. Satan became the literal “god” of this world in Genesis 3 and this is stated clearly in 2 Corinthians 4.4. Satan’s plan against God caused Adam and his wife to know two new concepts called “evil” (Genesis 3:22) and “death” when they had previously only known God’s “very good” and “life” (Genesis 1:31). Adam had no idea what he had gotten himself and us into, by his sin.

I view this new phase 2.0 of God’s pre-planned LOVE agenda to be like the release of a smart phone operating system, containing enhanced security features. You see, security enhancements on a smart phone are normally designed to keep our enemies out of our phone. Satan represents the ultimate enemy hacker of the entire human race (Jn 10:10). By God instigating blood substitutionary payments for sin, He placed severe limitations upon Satan’s abilities to willfully hurt humans.  God accomplished this by temporarily removing the immediate death sentence from the consequences for sin through inferior blood sacrifices. This too is a pattern we found in lesson 1 about “Passover”.

In this phase of the release of the divine plan “Knowing LOVE”, God introduced a new use to humans for innocent animal blood. This innocent animal blood would limit what was legal for the devil to do to us. This blood offering system enhancement was provided for us proactively, because God loved us.  By Him doing this, we could all see a side of “LOVE” that had never been necessary for us to know before sin. Therefore, by realizing what God had done for us, the human factor of “Knowing TRUE LOVE”, could potentially increase significantly.

This improved new feature of “Knowing LOVE” simultaneously provided us two complementary views of God = Love. First, humans gained the ability to learn to appreciate God’s power of protection from our enemy Satan. This gift was given to us by God through the principle of substitutionary blood/life exchanges. Because an innocent animal’s life could be substituted and their blood used as payment, our blood and lives were not immediately required for payment for our sins. This meant this inferior blood of this animal offered humans temporary grace through temporary atonement. 

Also, humans should have begun to realize that we needed this blood to regain our temporary access “for” our continued fellowship with God. However, these temporary protection and connection benefits paid “for” with inferior animal blood, should have also begun to teach humans that we needed a greater future solution for these new problems. Humans should have seen the need for the total removal of the consequences of our sin, and the permanent removal of this new unknown enemy and our added need for the ability to fully regain total access to knowing our creator God.

Think about your smart phone again. Most good phones have strong security built within them. One feature of the phone is the ability to set a security code, pass code or even a human biometric like a fingerprint or facial recognition. This feature was like God’s blood sacrifice system. By entering the correct code, the clean blood of an innocent animal, we could keep out, all the others that wanted to look inside our phone, to steal our personal information. But also, by entering this blood code, we gained access to the feature that allowed us to speak with the manufacturer (also known as our Creator). Wow, that is pretty amazing.

This pattern of new animal blood sacrifice in Genesis should have been viewed as an indicator, for a needed new future blood requirement and provision for permanent salvation, relationship and permanent safety. But this limited version of God’s plan still should have brought thankfulness to the human heart, for the features that were freely given to us in this release. We can observe from Adam to Moses where people were still able to walk with God long before the mention of any LAW that implements a more formal substitutionary blood sacrifice system. All of these examples of “Knowing LOVE” before Moses’ Law were humans interacting with God after sin was found present on the earth.

For example, we first saw God walking with the first man Adam in Genesis 3 without sin, in God’s “Knowing LOVE 1.0” release. We should also notice in Genesis 3 that the “serpent” enemy just freely showed up in the garden uninvited.  Obviously, this teaches us that there was no God security system to prevent this from happening. However, God did give man dominion over the planet (Genesis 1:26) and He commanded him to guard it (Genesis 2:15). So, it appears that God left the human’s security to the humans alone. This implies that Adam had this authority to choose this and do it. I believe this is why this version of “knowing GOD” failed fast. Man needed to call on his relationship with his creator before he made a decision to eat of the forbidden fruit.

Yet, we can find in Genesis 4 where God was still interacting with Adam’s children Cain and Abel, even after sin entered into the world. Here in this description, God was taking notice of their peace offerings. God clearly says Abel’s blood sacrifice was more pleasing, because he offered God his first and best animals (Genesis 4:4).  This caused Cain to become jealous, and he followed Satan’s plan to murder his brother (1 John 3:12). What we learn from this is that Satan has initiated a new strategy of attack against God’s plan of human salvation.

The next time someone is said to walk with God is Enoch in Genesis 5. This man walked with God so closely that God just took him off the planet in a rapture like experience. While there is no mention of direct sacrifices with Enoch, he is mentioned in Hebrews 11:5 as being a man that pleased God, and this certainly implies that blood was involved somewhere. We can also find Enoch in Jude 1:14 being described as potentially the first human “prophet” of God. Enoch appears to have had either a dream or a vision of Jesus returning to the earth with all of His saints. Wow, I do not believe that this man could have experienced God at this level of intimacy, without a lot of blood being in his life.

The next time we see someone walking with God is Noah. We should all know that God used this righteous man to save the planet from being totally void of humans. It is also clearly stated in Genesis 8:20 that Noah built an altar unto the LORD and offered clean animals as sacrifices. Again, this indicates to us, like Abel’s offering, the kind of sacrifice offered to God greatly mattered. Where did Noah get this type of wisdom? How did he know what a clean animal was and was not without the LAW? It had to have been passed down from Adam or directly from God, or from someone like Enoch, his great-grand-father.

Sometime in the course of early human history after Noah and before Abraham, we find “Job” being mentioned by God in heaven. God speaking to Satan called Job a perfect and upright man. We can clearly read how Job offered animal blood sacrifices of burnt offerings to God without any LAW requiring him to do so. God also reveals in Job 1:5 that Job performed these sacrifices in order to “sanctify” his children. This Hebrew word simply means to “make clean”. Again, WOW. How did Job know how to do this, and why did he think that this blood was even necessary without knowing something about the Holy God? Job must have known, that he personally needed, protection from the consequences of sin. It would appear that humans had figured out a lot more than we are told directly in the Bible about how to know God.

All of this is teaching us that God desired to have a relationship with His creation and He and we, both needed “blood” to gain this temporary access. This blood would also increase our level of protection. Satan in the book of Job complained to God about His “hedge of protection” that was placed around Job. It appears that “blood” definitely caused this hedge to be in place. But later we know from Job 3:25 that Job claimed it was the things that he feared, that came upon him. This teaches us that it is more than just “blood” and the quality of the offering, that is required to activate it and make it effective in our lives. It appears to indicate that it is also our “faith” in the blood that causes it to work, but that is a different lesson.

All of this appears to be God’s phase 2.0 approach at having a divine “LOVE” connection with His creation. This part of the Plan of God for humans to Know the true LOVE, must be considered to be a greatly inferior shadowed type of the coming planned steps of God in the future. There are many other examples of God’s EARLY LOVE types in Genesis that you can go find and read about.  But we will end this section with a quick review of the lesson 1 information found in Exodus concerning the first “Passover”.

We should now realize that God used a similar display of “Knowing LOVE 2.0” during the initial “Passover”, when the nation of Israel was being held captive in Egypt. Please understand that Israel was still being held as captive slaves in Egypt, when this plan of deliverance was given by God. Therefore, there was no law yet provided to Moses. This simply means God was still working with His phase 2.0 of “Knowing LOVE” plan, before Mt Sinai and His Law entered the earth.

Here in this Exodus example, we can clearly read about God’s direct mention of His early protection plan. God told the people of Israel to obtain a lamb and keep it in their house for 4 days. We talked about what the four days could represent in “Part 1” of the series. Also remember God specifically states that this lamb had to be perfect in outward appearance without any flaws. This is now the third mention that I know of, that stipulates the sacrifice type and quality mattered greatly to God.

Then the head of the house was supposed to take the innocent lamb victim and kill it. Then they were to place its’ blood on the doorposts of the house. God would then come near to the family and pass over them (Exo 12:13), not allowing death to enter their door because of the observed blood substitution. This clearly represented substitution protection to the family.

God was teaching humans several important concepts that existed in their world and their need for a relationship with Him. First, humans had an enemy that they needed protection from. We know this because Job the oldest book in the Bible was the first mention of Satan by name and it strongly describes what was taking place with Satan gaining legal access to temporarily destroy even God’s good man. Next, God wanted people to understand that they could depend upon Him for conditional protection from this enemy.

One of the major parts of the conditions for safety and protection from the enemy was blood, and the quality of their offerings was also critical. What we learn from this is that God is teaching us all, that only His “quality of sacrifice standard” could work permanently. We will learn soon that it was only the life and blood of Jesus that met God’s high standard. Let us stop and review a list of blessings and limitations of this phase of the “Knowing LOVE” plan:

Benefits:

  1. Temporary blood sacrifices of innocent animals gave the Holy God the opportunity to come down to earth to visit and/or walk with His creation after sin.
  2. God could temporarily protect humans from Satanic destruction, if they met and satisfied the requirements for innocent blood substitution.

Limitations:

  1. God still lived in Heaven far apart from His creation.
  2. Up to this point the majority of humans had never witnessed or met with their creator. 
  3. Sin separation from God, made knowing and experiencing God very challenging and only a few people in the O.T. are listed to have achieved a type of inferior but close relationship with God.
  4. There was no knowledge of sin because of the absence of law, but death was still dominating every human because of Adam’s sin.
  5. Humans learned the hard way that the quality of their offerings and their faith to God mattered tremendously.
  6. This level of protection from the enemy’s attacks were very inadequate and many suffered because of it.

All of this in Phase 2.0 of “Knowing LOVE” was some initial types and shadows of divine LOVE protection plan that was going to increase in future steps of revealed LOVE. Let us move to God’s phase 3.0 of His plan for “Knowing LOVE” next.

#5 – KNOWING LOVE 3.0
GOD’S DESIRE TO DWELL WITH HUMANS

Next God introduces a significantly improved approach to His plan of salvation. God demonstrates how He wanted to reveal more of His love to humanity in this release. In this phase, God desired an increased level of consistent closeness to His people. I call this “Knowing LOVE 3.0”. In this part of the plan of God, the people had a slightly increased opportunity to know and experience Him personally. It represents a significant enhancement, but definitely not the final desired outcome of God’s love project.

Psa 103:7  He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. 

In this phase of God’s release plan of “Knowing LOVE”, we can read here in Psalm 103, how God turned up the level of knowing Him significantly, for every human that was participating. Notice that this verse says “God made known His ways to Moses”. This indicates this phase of the plan greatly improved the level of knowing God, to at least one man named Moses. But notice that the general population of Israel could also be witnesses to God’s awesome works personally. This number in the nation of Israel, could have been from 1 to 3 million people. There appears to be a great quantity of new people, that are being introduced to “LOVE”.

Compare this to previous releases of someone “Knowing LOVE”.  Adam and Eve were just two people.  Enoch was only one man that was taken up by God. Noah, his wife, and his three sons and their wives were the only 8 people saved in the ark. Job and his wife were the only two that got to receive God’s blessings of restored protection and provision. Abraham had only his wife and his nephew and his wife that left to find the promise of God. It just seems like in Phase 2.0 God had severe limitation to the number of people that He could reveal Himself to.

But now in Phase 3.0, Moses learned personally about God’s ways, and the up to 3 million people of the nation of Israel could witness His miraculous works, to personally save them and provide for them in the wilderness. This sounds like a lot of new release features that were going out to a lot of new users. Let us look at one more verse about what God thought of this phase of His plan:

Hosea 6:6  For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. 

Wow, this verse described the heart of God and His motivation for this phase of the “Knowing LOVE 3.0” plan.  As we can see, this verse clearly states that all of the temporary sacrifices and burnt offerings that were implemented in this phase, were not what God really wanted. God plainly reveals His heart’s desire was for His selected people to grow in the “knowledge” of God. This would confirm to us that this was God’s heart and plan for the entire project and not just this single phase.

We should be able to see how this phase 3.0 of the “Knowing LOVE” Plan of Salvation, is like a new software release version containing things that had not previously been known or experienced by humans. However, while God’s new progressive step 3.0 phase of “Knowing LOVE” was meaningfully enhanced, it is still considered an inferior shadowed type of complete salvation and it continued to contain limitations (Hebrews 10:1).

This new phase 3.0 step of God’s plan was 1) providing humans with new opportunities to know about God, and 2) introduced additional opportunities to desire more of what could be possible in the future coming next phase of God’s plan. Every phase of God’s plan of Salvation had these qualities so far. There were always new and better features in each release. But with the new “good”, there also came a revived troublesome longing, of the need for coming improvements, and enhancements found within the next phase.

Have you ever desired and looked forward to the next release of a smart phone? There is so much advertised hype in the phone world to cause this “got to have it” feeling of desire.  A new phone design with new improved features often causes people to wait days, or for many hours in line to be the first person to get one. There is such an intense level of desired excitement for certain brands of phones with specific features that people literally go crazy to try to get one, no matter what the cost may be. But, God’s “Knowing LOVE” new releases were so much greater than having the latest smart phone, that it does not compare. Nevertheless, people have set their desires so low and are missing the incredible blessings of “Knowing the One that Created everything, including smart phones”.

We are now being exposed to the next new and enhanced presentation of a new version of divine “Knowing LOVE”.  God’s desire was then and still is now for a closer relationship with humans. God wanted more than just coming down from heaven and walking and talking with them occasionally. Sound familiar? God wants more of us every day, rather than just how some people only think of God one time on Sunday at church. We are about to find how God’s 3.0 next pre-planned step of “Knowing LOVE” was designed, to actually live with His creation personally on the natural planet earth, in the physical realm:

Exo 25:8  And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them

There were amazing enhanced features added in God’s phased release 3.0 plan of “Knowing LOVE”. This release of God’s LOVE plan changes things up dramatically. Instead of God just coming down to the earth occasionally to visit humans, God desired to end the long-distance relationship, to make it a closer friendly relationship between Him and His creation. God desired to live together on the natural earth for His people and Him to be nearer to each other. God said this part of His plan would require a “sanctuary”.  This is just another name for a “tabernacle” or “temple”. And it was initiated by God with a portable temporary “tent” designed system, that was made from a heavenly design, that was given to Moses directly from God on Mount Sinai.

This concept of God being near and with His children was described by Jesus when He was here in the flesh.  Jesus declares this was God’s desire to be very close to His children in Matthew 23:37 when He says:

Mat 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 

Jesus is figuratively speaking of God to be like a hen that gathers her chicks under her wings. This was done by a hen, to give the children comfort, covering and safety from any predator type of bird. This is clearly speaking of natural people on the earth as being under the wings of the “Most High” God. We can learn about this, by reading what God wrote and implied to us in Psalm 91. In Psalm 91:1 God says “He that dwells in the secret place (hidden under my wing) of the ‘Most High’, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty”. Then in verse 4 God gets more direct with the connection to Jesus’ words in Matthew:

Psa 91:4  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 

This verse contains a very similar pattern to the words spoken by Jesus in Matthew. These words represent the heart of LOVE desiring to be very close as a covering to His children. This is God’s desire to hide them from their enemies. This was God offering them a greater level of loving protection. This is clearly what God has desired from the beginning. But because of sin and Satan, God had a challenge in keeping humans ‘holy’ enough to be that near to Him and Him not kill them because of His great Holiness.

We will also find that God’s desire was to dwell with His creation as their covenant Husband (Jer 31:32), and for them to live with Him as His faithful wife. God’s plan was for an increased presence of covenant relationship, utilizing an amended temporary solution for the next approximate 1500 years. This designed improvement of “Knowing LOVE” was for Him to come down from heaven to be present and as close as He could to them without defiling Himself and harming them.

God needed an increased covering from their human sin, until the time He could implement His future far better solution through Jesus. For the temporary system, God implemented a structure based upon law, containing ordinances and promises. He put these into place with a temporary high priest interacting with a temporary blood offering substitution system, and bringing this blood into the presence of God.

The high priest would offer sacrifices of blood for himself, and he would act as a “bridge” type of representative of the people to God. This temporary high priest, would go between the one-sided cliff of sinful covenant people, and the other side of the sin gulf, containing the cliff of God’s infinite Holy presence. This high priest system was required to offer the blood of inferior, temporary, and unblemished animals for his own personal sins. This blood came from the outside of the inward Holy places, and then the blood was brought into the innermost Holy level alone. The high priest, would then apply the blood to the “ark of the covenant” (aka the mercy seat), where the Spirit of God abided temporarily in this phase.

The high priest after cleansing himself, would then do it again for the corporate sins of the entire nation. This high priest would perform this annually on the day of atonement, to make himself and the nation temporarily clean and sanctified enough for God’s glory to continue to live among, and near them without killing anyone. These separate sacrifices would allow the high priest and the nation to live another year in temporary “peace”, until more sacrifices for their new sins were required. Much of these sacrificial instructions were given to them in detail by Moses in the book of Leviticus.  We will not go through this for the sake of time.

However, we will mention Leviticus 10:1-2. In these verses, were two sons of Aaron, the first temporary high priest. These are two priests that do not follow the commandments of God accurately and they offered to God “strange fire”. This indicates it was not what God instructed for them to offer Him. It represented potentially an inferior quality offering. The consequence for this act of disobedience and rebellion, was their immediate deaths. Leviticus 10:2 clearly states that fire came out of the LORD and devoured them.

Please just understand that in this lesser Old Covenant system that I am calling “Knowing LOVE 3.0”, God utilized law. The Law was put into place to, 1) Give humans the knowledge of sin (Rom 3:20), and 2) to act as a school master to prove to us, that no human could be perfect enough to meet God’s standards (Gal 3:24). We also know from reading the promises of blessing in Deuteronomy 28, for people that kept the law by obeying it, these commandments would protect the people from the curses of disobedience. Finally, if we read in Joshua 1:8, we will find that meditating on God’s law, both day and night to see to do it, would cause great success and prosperity to come upon them that would obey God. Therefore, we can see that there were conditional provisions for obeying or disobeying God’s Laws.  One side of the coin was great blessings and the flip side was tremendous consequences.

Here we can see that sin, still had major costs, in this phase of the plan of GOD.  If the blood offerings were not properly followed, and sin was not at least at a minimum covered, many bad things happened.  

In this temporary Law system, God created a tabernacle tent arrangement containing an 1) outer fenced courtyard area, that contained a brazen altar to sacrifice animal burnt offerings. This area also had the washbowl to allow the priest to get his external body clean. Next came an 2) inward tent Holy location that contained a lampstand, a place for the shewbread, and a place for incense.  All of these tabernacle outer items could be accessed by the priestly order almost daily for their outward temple duties.

But one location named 3) the Holy of Holies had a separating veil for safety and protection, and only one representative man was made clean enough by blood offerings to actually enter into this Most Holy center place. This man was the selected mediator “from” the covenant people that was selected “for” the covenant people to represent them before God. This temporary high priest was a pattern for the coming permanent High Priest named Jesus (Hebrews 4:14). This Holy of Holies place was the one inner room where the Spirit of God chose to reside on the earth, to be as close as He could to His covenant people that He LOVED, without hurting them. But if any sin entered into His Holy of Holies presence without following the laws of sacrifice, that human life was ended immediately, as we just read.

God introduces in Release 3.0 of “Knowing LOVE” what we could call “God’s manifested presence on the earth” feature, but it still had severe limitations. It was still inferior to God being with Adam in the beginning Garden of Eden before sin, in the “Knowing God 1.0” phase.

Sin in the nation of Israel remained a constant separating power, that kept God from His covenant bride. In this Old Covenant Law system there were layers of divine pre-planned separators implemented by God’s design using walls, partitions, a veil, rules, processes, procedures, laws, offerings, sacrifices, and a lot of innocent blood, etc. All of these new features, patterns and promises in 3.0 were designed by God, to leave an empty desire for God’s people to want to know Him more, and to hopefully help them to desire to invite Him to come closer. Let us review some of the list of benefits and limitations of this release:

Benefits:

  1. No longer did God need to come down from Heaven to visit with any of His covenant humans occasionally.
  2. God lived in the physical center of the covenant people that He was married to.
  3. The people could personally witness the glory of God and His wonderous and loving works much closer, than when they were in the wilderness with Moses up on Mount Sinai alone.
  4. One man had the right, when all of the requirements were satisfied correctly, to go into the most Holy presence of their Covenant God.

Limitations:

  1. The people had the requirement for a “high priest” mediator type of bridge, between them and God.
  2. The people required animal blood sacrifices continually to appease the consequences of their sin for a Holy God.
  3. The people had a long list of commandments and laws that had to be obeyed, to meet the conditions for the continued blessings and protection of God.
  4. Disobedience opened the door for their enemy to come in and bring curses upon the people.

There were still so many limitations of full access in phase 3.0. So many restrictions and requirements to follow. It seemed like this phase of the LOVE plan was only designed to cause humans to work and learn that they needed something new, that was not yet available. Let us move to the next phased release, and learn what new features God had planned to release on the world for us to personally know Him more.

#6 – KNOWING LOVE 4.0
THE IMPROVED KNOWING GOD IN THE FLESH APPLICATION

The next planned phase of the “Knowing LOVE” app, represented a radical and totally unexpected event in human history. Most humans lacked any understanding of how this type of work of God could be possible. There were some people that suspected it could be, and saw glimpses of it, but only a very few that had any belief it would take place. Some of the people that believed in this phase were the limited Old Testament prophets including John the Baptist, Joseph and the mother of Jesus named Mary. God spoke to a few wise men that came following a star to give Jesus gifts. Angels appears to a few shepherds and made an announcement. But almost no one else knew who Jesus really was. I am not that convinced that even Satan or his angels fully understood who Jesus was either, at least at first.

But God was adding some major new features for “Knowing LOVE”. God desired to assist humans to move from “knowing less to knowing more about His LOVE”. God also wanted people to move from “a distant occasional relationship with LOVE, to Him becoming a closer personal relationship type of knowing LOVE firsthand”. This phase of the plan came much closer to solving these issues, than any of the previous phases. 

In this phase of the plan of “Knowing LOVE”, Jesus who was the creator God (John 1:3, Eph 3:9, Col 1:16) manifested as a “human” (Rom 8:3), “neighbor” (Mk 6:3) and “resident” (Jn 1:14), of the nation of Israel. Jesus Christ the man, was the physically reachable and touchable (Mat 14:36, Mk 5:30) version of LOVE. This part of the plan of salvation, I will call “Knowing LOVE 4.0”. This phase occurred nearly 4000 years after the original sin of Adam. This phase was an ever-improving new prophesied strategy of God (Gen 1:16). God implemented this phase for several good reasons. But one benefit was that, it had practically eliminated the sin separation force, that kept humans from touching their Holy God physically. It was also designed to remove the divine Holy defilement problem with the Holy God being in close proximity to sinful humans. God did all of this by entering into a physical body, so that He could have an intimate direct presence with all of His people.

This phase of the plan of God, was one of the greatest blessings that the natural people of Israel had ever imagined could have happened. Yet it would cause a vast majority of them to stumble because it did not contain the features that they thought they wanted. Uh, oh?

Isa 8:14  And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem

Have you ever gone to the smart phone store and bought a newer version and thought, what happened? This model is just not as good as the last version, that I thought was so great. I know, I have. Many years ago, I had a great phone with a lot of great features that I really liked. It is like my previous phone let me change the battery and put in a new one, and this new version removed this feature.  Then there was a phone that did not allow me to increase the memory by adding a SD card.  It seemed like this new phone that I bought suddenly took away features that I really liked and they vanished. We can all too often gain too much familiarity with the old features, that we miss the new features. This can cause us not to be so fully appreciative of the new features, that were added for us, providing us things we never had before. That is exactly what this version of the plan of God did to many of the Jewish people.

For example, the leaders in the temple set up exchange stations for commercial transactions for the people to purchase the “Law” required temple offerings. The people of Israel could simply bring some money and buy a lamb, dove or whatever offering type they needed instead of bringing their own from home. Think about what was happening in this O.T. system of offerings. People were abusing the system and ultimately disobeying the intent of the Knowing LOVE system. Many people got too accustomed to this abuse, and when Jesus came, he drove out these money changers from the temple, and they wanted to kill Him (Mk 11:18). Let us get back, to our prophetical verse of Jesus.

Notice in Isaiah 8:14 what God prophesied about Jesus. We should immediately notice that Jesus was prophesied to be a “sanctuary”. This is the same as a temple containing an outer court, an inner holy court area, and an inner interior Holy of Holies, where the Spirit of God lived.  God was literally informing people of something absolutely vital to understand and we will talk more about this soon. But notice the rest of the verse claims that Jesus will also be a “stumbling stone” and “rock of offence” to the people of Israel. Wow, this is exactly what we can find in the Gospels. These descriptions describe people that did not like the new release of their LOVE smart app. God is saying to us, that this walking and talking sanctuary will be mostly hated by these people.

As a major portion of this phase of God’s “Knowing LOVE” plan, God made a willful decision to make a personal appearance on the earth. He did this by manifesting in the physical form of a mortal human male named Jesus. While most Israelites were expecting a physical Messiah, this model of Messiah found in Jesus, did not match their expectations. That was one of their major problems. A lot in the nation of Israel were looking for a strong and conquering type of Son of David to be their Messiah. But when Jesus appeared as a lowly, meek and mild man (Mat 11:29) they became easily offended. However, notice this verse:

Mat 1:23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us

Clearly Jesus was called by this name to reveal exactly who He was. This human natural birth was the fulfillment of a prophecy from hundreds of years earlier from Isaiah 7:14. As is restated in Matthew 1:23. This name “Emmanuel” literally means “God with us”. Therefore, we learn that Jesus was the manifested presence of God on the physical earth in a completely legal and safe form. In this form, God could be much more than just near to humans like He was in tabernacle in the wilderness.  This appearance of God could even eat with people and He could touch humans physically. All of this, without the consequences of death for being in His presence or corruption to divine Holiness. Sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it?

Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 

We can confirm in Colossians 1:15 that Jesus is literally declared to be the “image of the invisible God”. This Greek word G1504 translated as “image” simply means that when people saw Jesus, they were witnessing the divine character, morals, attitudes, emotions, words, ways and actions of their LOVE God. No one had ever seen or known this God in this close way. Perhaps Moses came the nearest to this experience.  But yet Moses was never allowed to see the face of God while speaking with Moses. 

Jesus in the flesh had become a living human containing the hidden, and invisible Spirit of God. It was almost like Jesus came to show everyone the True nature of God as being loving. This comparison is similar to the wizard in the Wizard of Oz movie. The wizard would normally hide behind a curtain to keep his true self from being made known to people that visited him. This is similar to the character of God. We are told that God hides himself from us in Isaiah 45:15. But in the movie, the curtains were drawn back, so that the people seeking him could finally see him. In this movie, one man controlled the big scary image of what everyone wanted to believe that the wizard was. But when the curtain was removed, this type of wizard was not at all what anyone expected. This is very similar to the reaction that Jesus received when claiming to be the “Son of God” (Lk 22:70) and the great “I am” (Jn 8:58).

Why was this new and different revelation of God, so troubling to the people of Israel? It is probably because they had all read and heard the stories of experiencing God in His rescue of the nation from Egypt. Remember in this experience the people had just witnessed the Red Sea parted and they walked through on dry ground. These parted waters soon closed after they had crossed totally destroying the pursuing Egyptian army. They had been led by a pillar of fire at night and very large cloud by day.  They had seen 3000 people swallowed up by the earth after Moses came down from meeting with God on Mount Sinai.  They had witnessed so many awesome manifestations of God, but none were exactly like this humble carpenter man from Nazareth.

Now, during Jesus’ manifested times on the earth for 33 ½ years, instead of God speaking through other normal sinful humans, like prophets, priests or kings, God could speak directly and personally to anyone in His physical presence. Jesus verified this in John 14:9 when He told Phillip, “When you have seen me, you have seen the Father, why are you asking me to show you the Father?” This was such an awesome approach at revealing LOVE to the nation of Israel. Jesus showed the people such an extreme picture of a loving, kind and compassionate God. He did this by healing so many sick people (Mat 12:15), raising dead people back to life (Lk 8:54-55) and casting out devils (Mat 8:16) to name only a few. All of these examples of LOVE were God personally protecting His people from their unseen enemies.  Wow!

Jesus as a physical manifestation of God in the form of one man had a lot of human limitations. He could only be in one place at one time with only the few people that were there at that location. For example, Jesus was in His house in Mark 2:1-12. His house was already full of people and no one else could get in to be near to Him. We are told that a small group of 4 men brought a lame man to Jesus to get healed and they found no way into the house. They decided to climb on the roof and make a hole in it, to lower the lame man down to see Jesus.  Because of their faith and hard work this man was healed.  But this clearly demonstrates a major limitation that Jesus faced with people reaching out to know Him and experience His LOVE, mercy and compassion.

Jesus plainly had to travel by foot (Jn 1:36), donkey (Jn 12:14) or boat (Mt 14:13) extensively to try to see the people that He could be led to see. Jesus had normal human things to do like He needed to eat (Mat 9:10, Mat 26:26), sleep (Mk 4:34) and go to the bathroom (Mt 15:17). Jesus often stood in a boat and taught people on the shore to allow more people to hear Him (Lk 5:3). There was just one limitation after the other recorded in the Gospels. Also, God desired to reach out and save every person from every nation in the world, but physical Jesus was literally only sent by God to minister to the nation of Israel (Mat 15:24).

We can clearly see where the “Knowing LOVE” plan version 4.0 was better than anything previously. This release had awesome improvements and features.  But simultaneously it had severe constraints. Fortunately for God and humans, this release for “Knowing LOVE” only lasted for 33 ½ years. This was one of the shortest durations of time in the entire plan of God for salvation. The only other short duration in the plan, was phase 1.0 in the time of the first Adam (Romans 5:14). But these few years of God physically living with humans for us to “Know Him” would bring about the most radical next phase changes in His LOVE plan in the entire human history. No human, angel or devil had ever witnessed or imagined what was coming next in God’s agenda.

Let us talk briefly about what made Jesus (Knowing LOVE 4.0 – God in the flesh), legal to be manifested here on the earth without having people dropping dead all around Him when He touched them! Have you ever thought of this? Everywhere in the O.T. when a human came into the presence of their Holy God without the necessary blood sacrifices, death resulted quickly like Passover in Egypt. The Egyptians clearly regretted not listening to Moses and just letting these people leave their nation. Also in 2 Samuel 6:7 there was a man named Uzzah that was killed by the LORD for touching the ark while it was being moved. God clearly warns Aaron the High Priest in Leviticus 16:2, to not enter into the Holy of Holies at all times or he would die.

So, what gave Jesus who was the most High and Holy God living inside flesh, the right to be here on the earth walking and talking with people, without any consequences? Also why did the devils on the earth constantly question Jesus’ right to be there casting them out (Luke 4:34). If demons knew Jesus was the Holy One of God and wondered how He could manifest here on this sin filled earth and still be legal, I think we should find the answer. What is the answer? We briefly mentioned the correct answer at the beginning of this section.  Now we are about to see it being stated by Jesus next.

Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 

While Jesus was here on the earth in the flesh, He claimed to be the manifested temple (temporary tent tabernacle and sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit. He told the Jews “Destroy this temple, and in 3 days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). We are told in John 2:21 that the Jews thought He was speaking of their physical stone temple building, but Jesus was speaking of His body instead. This is a clear example of a major misunderstanding from two radically different perceptions of word definitions and viewpoints.

Wow, we have just learned that the physical body of Jesus was the improved fulfillment of the superior type of temporary temple of God found in the Old Covenant Phase 3.0 plan of God. What we are finding is that God took an inferior pattern from a previous release and enhanced it with awesome newly designed divine workings. Acts 7:48 teaches us that God’s ultimate plan was to not dwell in temples that were made with human hands. This simply tells us that it was God’s plan to live in human bodies that He designed and created making it all legal for God to manifest in a man’s body named Jesus.

Reading in John 1:14 Jesus is described as God coming into our physical world. Jesus came into our world, so that GOD could “dwell” among us. This is exactly what God said He desired to do in Exodus with the freed people of Israel. This Greek word G4637 translated as “dwell” actually means “to tent camp”. In other words, this is the same description as God “tabernacling” with His people in the O.T. except with Him being in a far greater living form of the old temporary tent. This redesigned old temple pattern, allowed God much greater and closer contact with sinful people than had ever taken place before.

Instead of God only allowing one high priest into the Holy of Holies to represent every human on the outside, Jesus could walk up to anyone and talk to them (even the worst sinner), without any consequences for Himself or for them. This was all possible and legal because Jesus was a fully self-contained temple for God. Every component and design of the O.T. temple had a parallel to the greater temple in found the body of Jesus.

Jesus asked the Pharisees a very tough question one day in Matthew 22. Jesus said to them, “What do you think of Messiah? Whose son, is he?”  They all answered to Him, “He is David’s son”. Now Jesus brings out the really tough question next. Jesus quotes Psalm 110:1 to them and says “If David by the Spirit, calls him LORD, how can he be his son?” Not one of them knew the answer to this riddle. If we can understand this mystery, it will help us to know, how the Holy God in Jesus was legal to be found on the earth, without any sinful contact consequences.

This answer is probably known by many Christians.  Jesus had two parents, one was His Father GOD and the other was His mother, Mary. God the Father, was completely Divine and Holy, and His mother was completely human. Mary’s genealogy was provided to us by Luke in chapter 3 of his Gospel. This information shows how Jesus descended from Mary, David, Judah, Jacob, Isaac, Abraham, Noah, Methuselah, Seth, Adam and God, to name just some of the key participants. This information shows how the man named Jesus came to be both human and divine in unison.

The temple body of Jesus, contained the complete high priest mediator system created by God in Leviticus. He could work outwardly to interact with the sinful people, and inwardly to speak to the Spirit of the Holy God. Physical Jesus was the “bridge” representative between the Spirit of God and the external humans. The physical body of Jesus, also internally possessed the ultimate, precious, substitutionary blood payment offering that was needed to sanctify and forgive them. This is why Jesus could legally forgive human sins while manifested in the flesh, prior to shedding His blood on the cross. We can see this demonstrated by Jesus in Matthew 9:2. This was when Jesus saw a lame man that was let down on ropes, and said to Him, “Son be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you”.

When the Pharisees questioned Jesus about His ability and authority to forgive human sin on the earth, Jesus said to them “Why do you think this evil in your hearts?”  These men of the Law were being inspired by Satan to question Jesus’ right to be there. The Pharisees obviously did not know who Jesus was, being God incarnate. But the evil spirits working in these religious people knew. Jesus answered their question in Matthew 9:6 and told them “That you might know the Son of Man, has authority on earth to forgive sin, (Jesus turned to the lame man) and said; Arise, take up your bed and walk”. Wow, can you see how the Hight Priest Jesus, just used the power of His internal blood and decreed a message from the Holy Spirit’s mercy seat inside of Him, and said ‘you are forgiven’?

Between the external sinful lame man, and His internal Father’s Holy Spirit there was a human High Priest mediator, named Jesus of Nazareth. This was just a vastly improved, totally ingenious, new and different concept while being practically the same as the Old Covenant priest and temple system.  Jesus was God on the earth living with His people in human form utilizing a far superior way to dwell with His people that had never occurred in this way before. This was totally awesome.

We can now see God’s direct connection to the temporary inferior Jewish temple and tabernacle that was given to them by God through Moses. This Old Covenant design, was by far an inferior type pointing us to the greater new manifestation of God in the body of Jesus. We should be able to understand that the temporary dwelling of God in the wilderness, was a prophetical type of the coming Jesus in the flesh. But this manifestation of human Jesus, was also a temporary tent dwelling of God with His people. However, Jesus offered humans a closer one on one relationship with God, without a sinful human priest, that was designed to be a bridged gap remover, between God and sinful humans. God, Himself became the needed human gap provider. But Jesus was really much more than all of this. All of these laws were designed by God to give Jesus legal access into the world without killing sinners that came near Him or their sins corrupting Him.

You see the body of Jesus like the temporary Mosaic tabernacle, contained a coat of external skin that kept people on the outside from defiling the presence of the Holy God on the inside. In the design given to Moses from God on mount Sinai (Exo 26), He was instructed to make 4 layers of coverings for the tabernacle as protection for the internal ark. The inner layer was hand crafted beauty and the outer layer was the least beautiful covering.  The outer layer represented a human skin covering. The inner layer represented the Heavenly Perfection and Holiness of God. One of the center layers was made of ram skins dyed red. It is interesting that a Ram is a symbol of God the Father, and a Ram was used as the substitutionary sacrifice when Abraham was offering Isaac (Gen 22:13). All of this corresponded to the body layers of a human, with God on the inside of them.

We can see that Jesus had the Holy Spirit on the inside of His body. We also know that Jesus internal Spirit, was clothed with an outer organ of external human skin.  It was this skin, that kept humans that came near Him, from being killed by the awesome presence of God on the inside. What made all of this possible? It was the living blood of GOD/LOVE. The external layer of human skin covered the flesh and bone layers of Jesus, and all of this covered, the most center internal Holy of Holies, that contained the Spirit of God. But flowing between the external skin, and the internal Spirit, was the living blood of the Holy God. This blood was NOT inferior animal blood. This blood was the “precious” Holy blood of God Himself (1 Pet 1:19).

The fact that this was God’s blood and not just the blood of a natural bull, goat or lamb, made this offering “infinitely” greater. This blood was powerful enough to accomplish things no created animal blood could ever do for us.  As we all have seen in past releases, God values the quality of the gift being sacrificed to Him, and this Jesus divine blood gift offering, was the ultimate presentation that could only be offered by God Himself. Thus, God in the flesh of Jesus was a complete self-contained safe environment for walking and talking with sinful humans.

What we find in the Bible is that Jesus is stated to be our High Priest (Heb 3:1). We also find that His Body was the manifested Tabernacle of the Most Holy God (Jn 2:19). We further discover that His flesh body was consider to be the veil that was torn, to later give us all permanent direct access to the Holy Spirit of God (Heb 10:20). We also can see how Jesus was our substitutionary sacrifice, and His blood was soon going to become the permanent payment for human redemption (1 Cor 5:7).

Jesus was a walking, talking and living tent tabernacle for God. He was designed to be a safe method of face-to-face relationship with His creation. This was very similar to when God could walk and talk with the first Adam in the garden. But this manifestation took into consideration and solved the sin separation problem. This made this release of LOVE significantly greater than any other phase of the plan, after sin entered the earth. But, a lot of people and devils, did not like this type of God manifestation, and they killed Him. This too was a part of the plan for Jesus to become God’s bleeding sacrifice. This pouring out of His blood was one of Satan’s greatest mistakes (1 Cor 2:8).

Jesus in His mortal flesh, had totally eliminated the barrier of sin separation between God and humans, when walking the face of the earth as a living natural man. Jesus could have lived on the earth indefinitely in this manifestation. Jesus was designed by God to be a manifested self-contained temple unit with a built in Prophet, King and High Priest. However, Jesus purposefully came to die, and He only tabernacled with humans for 33 and ½ years. During this time, He did not kill one sinner. Everyone that personally saw Him was totally safe.

Benefits:

  1. This was the closest to God any sinful human could be to Him so far.
  2. God manifested as a man named Jesus could demonstrate the character, nature, compassion and love of God like no other phase of God’s plan so far.
  3. The people in the world could personally witness the wonderous, miraculous and loving works of God face to face.
  4. There was never any risk of any human dropping dead, because their sin in the presence of the Holy God in Jesus.
  5. There was never any need for a blood sacrifice of an animal to talk with God face to face in Jesus.
  6. There was no need for any human temporary bridge to act as a “go between”, for us to desire to speak with God personally. God in Jesus, directly became our “High Priest”.

Limitations:

  1. God stripped Himself of His deity powers to die for us on the cross. It would have been impossible to kill an omnipotent God manifested in the world. This is why God had to anoint Jesus with the Holy Spirit to do miracles (Acts 10:38).
  2. God in Jesus had human physical limitations of being in one place at one time with only the people that could get near enough to be with Him.
  3. All human sin and its consequences had not been dealt with in this manifestation of God on the earth with His people.

All of these new features, seemed so great in God’s much-improved version of the divine “Knowing LOVE” application. No one had ever imagined this was even possible, except for God Himself. Surely there would be millions of people standing in line to get to experience this new version of face-to-face LOVE. But what made people reject this version of God’s LOVE? The main answer was it was not what they expected, and this version still did not have what God had promised that was coming next.

#7 – KNOWING LOVE 5.0
THE VASTLY IMPROVED KNOWING GOD APPLICATION IN THE SPIRIT

2Co 5:16 Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a [purely] human point of view [in terms of natural standards of value]. [No] even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now [we have such knowledge of Him that] we know Him no longer [in terms of the flesh]. (AMP)

God reveals to Paul, in the second letter to the Corinthians, that a change to “knowing LOVE”, had taken place. In the previous release, Jesus Christ made the TRUE living God physically apparent to people. Paul claims that we got to “know” Him in His flesh. But Paul, then claims this is not how we “know” Him anymore.  What changed? In this next phase of the “Knowing LOVE” plan of God, God is now able to come to every human on the face of the earth with His Holy Spirit, and speak to, walk with, and live in us all, Spirit to spirit.

There were only about 120 people gathered in an upper room in Jerusalem 50 days after Jesus was raised from the dead. Only these people wanted to possess and experience the next most awesome version 5.0, of His “Knowing LOVE” plan. In the mind of some people this may have been a great disappointment. But God knew and saw things differently. God knows this is how someone begins to plant seeds in a garden. God understood how things were created, and He knew that almost everything that becomes large, must begin with a small seed and grow. If you recall, Jesus claimed to be the single seed in John 12:24, that will produce more fruit containing more seeds. In this verse, Jesus speaking of Himself said, “unless a grain of wheat dies and fall into the ground, it remains alone, but it if dies, it bears much fruit”.

God planted a new single seed, named Jesus as a new sinless garden. Jesus was also the gardener of this garden. The first Adam, had it this way also, but he allowed sin to corrupt it. The first garden of this world, was in the first Adam, and sin caused this one to be cursed to produce thorns and thistles (Genesis 3:18).  But Jesus came to the earth as the new guaranteed “living Spirit”, to produce the insured fruit of God (Romans 7:4). Where the first Adam failed, the Last Adam succeeded (2 Corinthians 15:45).  Therefore, Jesus had to die, and this seed was buried in the ground for 3 days, and then arose to begin to bring forth new spiritual fruit bearers called the church (John 15:5). 

This church began small, but would grow significantly over time and this is what God knew would happen. For example, let’s do some math. We already know in Acts 2, the people that had a “I’ve got to know Him” heart to receive the next greater experience of His LOVE, began with 120. But in the world in the year 2021, there were around 2.5 billion professing Christians in number, and growing. Of this number there are almost 300 million professing to be Pentecostals, exactly like the early upper room church.

That is one of the factors of this phase of God’s plan of salvation, that Satan completely did not expect. He could not have imagined that he would have been far better off, only dealing with one living God temple in Jerusalem and Israel. Rather than now, with him trying to deal with more than 2.5 billion living, and moving God temples all over the globe. Let us now get introduced to some more of the details to God’s greatly enhanced release of “Knowing LOVE”. This phase of the divine plan is what is now available to receive freely by faith and participate in, and I have called this phase 5.0 for the sake of reference.

Hopefully everyone is fully excited and engaged with learning about God’s work of designing and implementing a divine plan for humans to know Him as LOVE.  God performed this work using phases and releases each coming from the awesome intelligent Designer, Creator and Giver of everything Good and Perfect (James 1:17). This was phase 5.0 of God’s plan. This phase contains such new radical improvements and enhancements, and these were so far above any of the previous phases that came before. I am very shocked today, when I do not see very many people that have a desire to rush out to experience this level of knowing His LOVE release personally.

This part of the divine plan, offered the most intimate and personal, fellowship and relationship between GOD and humans so far. This part of God’s plan made available things that could only be imagined by a few in humanity. In the past, only a select few humans could encounter God at a much lower level of knowing Him. It had taken over 4000 years to release this much higher level of His plan, but the effects of it will last for eternity to those that receive it. This phase of His plan involved Him being not only near every human in covenant with Him, but He actually planned to live “in” (John 14:17), every human in covenant with Him at the same exact time. This removed every separation and limitation that was previously found in every other phase of His plan.

This plan was only able to be made available for release, because in phase 4.0 Jesus came to not only make God known, but also to come here to die, be buried for 3 days, and then rise from the dead to implement the next phase of the plan. You see where humans throughout history had failed to meet the terms of God’s covenants, Jesus fulfilled the requirements, and now we can get into Him (John 14:20) as imperfect humans and obtain His same benefits for free.

Because Jesus died and offered His personal life blood as a permanent ransom sacrifice price, He could rise from the dead, to take back to heaven His blood, to place it on the true eternal altar, to pay for sins once and for all (Hebrews 9:12). This offering made eternal peace between God and humans (Colossians 1:20) and it gave His Father the legal right to send the Holy Spirit back to the earth in Jesus’ name (John 14:26) to be distributed to all of us.

Jesus declared in John 16:7 that this next phase 5.0 of the plan of “Knowing LOVE” would occur, when the Holy Spirit would come to live “in” potentially ALL humans. Jesus said this was so much better (significantly enhanced) then Him just physically living with a few people in the flesh in phase 4.0. Wow, this was a mind-blowing concept. What a radical transformation upward in powerful features. This was a divine revolutionary change, that could be made available to any human on the planet, being Jew or Gentile, bond or free, male or female (Galatians 3:28).

This radical unexpected change would be implemented using a new spiritual birth, that had never occurred before (John 3:3). This birth would change the spirit of the unclean physical natural human with sin limitations, into a brand-new, spiritually clean, new creation human (2 Corinthians 5:17).  God also said in 1 Corinthians 6:17, that when this occurred, our new clean, sinless spirit would be joined with Christ to be One Spirit with Him. Wow, all of this is occurring while humans were still living on the current earth, in the physical natural realm, where Satan is still a god (2 Corinthians 4:4).

It is essential to understand that this phase 5.0 part of God’s plan, was not possible until Jesus died, and after He shed His blood outwardly upon the cross, for the permanent one time, sacrifice payment for cleansing the entire whole world, from our sins. It was this superior Lamb offering in step 4.0, that allowed the implementation of this step 5.0 of God’s knowing LOVE plan. His personal blood sacrifice would permit the Holy Spirit to come, and legally live on the inside of thousands, millions and even billions of forgiven sinners without killing anyone. Jesus claimed that the internal presence of the Holy Spirit was far better for each born-again person because He would be our ever-present personal helper (John 14:16), guide (John 16:13) and teacher (John 14:26).

This phase of God’s plan of Grace, increased the human ability to experience a level of God’s heavenly power, presence, light, one-on-one fellowship and love influence, that had never been possible, after sin, and Satan had entered the world. Now any person, could hear directly from the Spirit of Truth, without any filters of earthly bridges like priests, scribes, preachers and teachers or the distractions from an external seen enemy, trying to deceive them. The people that were living in a dark hateful world, could allow the God of TRUTH, LIGHT and LOVE to become their internal counselor.  This was God’s awesome step in the “Revealing and Knowing LOVE” plan for human salvation. It is currently still available to anyone. No one but God could have imagined how great this part of the plan was going to be. This was actually prophesied in the Book of Jeremiah:

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

Jer 31:33  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people

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

Wow these are some radically spoken words, that were hard to understand for the Old Covenant people of Israel.  God is clearly speaking of a need for a NEW and different Covenant. One that had never before occurred. This covenant would not be like it was in the wilderness with Moses, where only one man could hear from God and be in His Holy presence. This New Covenant speaks of a people living in a significantly higher condition where everyone “knows” God personally, and this would only be possible, if the Spirit of God comes to dwell on the inside of every human’s body. This is the exact promise that Jesus gave to us in the Gospels while personally visiting His people in the flesh.

This is also exactly why, when the Roman soldier pierced the side of Jesus, and blood and water flowed out of His body, the veil in the Jewish physical temple was also ripped into two pieces from top to bottom. The ripped veil, represented the removal of the hidden place of limitation, where only one representative could come near to God’s presence.  But by ripping open the veil, God was saying “I have opened the door for all to access me” and “anyone can now come in to know me personally”.  We also discover the body of Jesus was the fulfillment of this Old Covenant natural woven “veil” within the natural tabernacle in Hebrews 10:

Heb 10:19  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus

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

Heb 10:21  And having an high priest over the house of God

Christians now have complete confidence, because of the blood of Jesus to enter the ripped and torn flesh opening made by Jesus’ body (our door). After Jesus had risen from the dead Jesus looked at Thomas and told him to put his fist in His side, proving this door to the Spirit of God on the inside of Him had been permanently opened to allow anyone to still come into God’s presence by faith.  Because of the shed blood of Christ, and this new flesh opening, any forgiven and saved human can come into the Holy presence of God without fear of being struck down dead (Hebrews 10:19). Jesus has become our permanent High Priest over the “House of LOVE”.  WOW! Thank you, Jesus!

Joh 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

Think about what Ephesians 2:6 says and then notice what Jesus in John 14:20 says.  In Ephesians 2:6, God claims that people that have come “in Christ Jesus” are also sitting in heaven in Him, in a place of authority right NOW!  Wow! Wrap your mind around that truth. While I am typing this lesson to give to you, I am sitting in heaven in the body of Christ Jesus.  What does that mean?  It means more than you can imagine right now. It means first that you have two addresses, one in the physical and the other one in the much greater heavenly Spiritual dimension. Because we are “In Christ”, who is seated at the “Right Hand of Majesty”, we can be in the same presence completely safe from being struck down dead because of our current human imperfections.  God through Jesus, created a permanent safe environment.  He lives in us on the earth today, to help us become like Him, and we live in Him in heaven, to gain safe access to pray and fellowship with the most Holy God Almighty. Please tell me you are seeing the power of this release of “Knowing LOVE”.

Humans today can enter into Jesus to become a born-again new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and this makes us a part of a New Covenant family of Faith and Love. While we are still in our mortal bodies on the earth, we also become the combined temple of the Holy Spirit as stated in 1 Corinthians 6:19. Paul writes that our natural bodies are also like God’s temporary tent tabernacle (2 Corinthians 5:1). This combined mass of people body tents, were like the one tabernacle that He lived in alone in the Old Covenant. However, because we (the Church), were taken out of His side on the cross to be His covenant bride we are one Body with Him and His bride combined. This is exactly the repeated pattern that occurred in Adam in Genesis 2. God removed a natural woman, taken from the body of the first Adam, and God removed a spiritual woman taken from the body of the Last Adam. Now the church is One flesh and One Spirit corporately with Him (Ephesians 5:31-32).

Do you see the parallels, to God’s temporary tent tabernacle dwelling in the wilderness with the nation of Israel, to the church? We can read in Exodus that God instructed the external tabernacle skin to be made from “badger” skins. It took a lot of animals to make this unified covering. So it is with the Body of Christ now (1 Corinthians 12:27). We are all many members of One Body.

But God and Christians have it so much better than the children of Israel did living in the wilderness. Christians do not have God just being near us, with us being on the outside, we all have become His personal tabernacle, and He now lives on the inside of ALL of us that believe. Wow, wow, wow and wow!

Benefits:

  1. Total elimination of us speaking to anyone else except directly to God.
  2. God is available to everyone 24x7x365.
  3. This is God’s ultimate closeness to humans, and this permitted everyone on the planet, to be in His presence simultaneously.
  4. Every human can personally speak with God intimately and personally, all at the same time.
  5. There are no limitations of physical distance.
  6. There are no limitations of physical location.
  7. There is no limitation of physical space or size of the meeting place.
  8. There are no limitations of time, dates, days, months or years to meet with God.
  9. There was never any risk of any human dropping dead because their sin was in this close presence of the Holy God in our body.
  10. All human sin had been fully paid for once and for all time.
  11. The same power of God that raised Jesus from dead, was now resident inside of everyone of God’s believing people.
  12. God could use any believer in Jesus to do the work of Jesus anywhere on the earth.
  13. Every believer could be in the natural realm and the Holy spiritual realm of existence at the same time.

Limitations:

  1. Humans still have a physical body subject to death.
  2. Humans still have a spiritual enemy trying to gain access into their mind to deceive them.

While this release of God’s “Knowing LOVE” version 5.0 plan is totally awesome, this is not the end of the plan of salvation either.

#8 – KNOWING LOVE 6.0
GOD’S FRUITFUL GRAND FINALE

Our God has certainly exhibited great power, wisdom, and skill to get us to this point of human salvation. But God still has to deal with the exclusion of all enemies, the removal of all curses, and the elimination of the threat of death. We could call these solutions to these problems, release 6.0 of “Knowing God”. We are not able to cover this phase in depth today. However, we can get a quick and basic overview. Let us begin with a verse in 2nd Peter:

2 Peter 3:13  But having faith in his word, we are looking for a new heaven and a new earth, which will be the resting-place of righteousness. (BBE)

For this verse, I selected a Bible translation, that I do not normally use. I believe it says what God, desired to say in the English language, more clearly. Here, Peter by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is writing about a future time, that Christians are patiently waiting for. One of the main problems that all humans have today, is the fact that Satan, death and evil, still are legally present. Peter wrote about a future time where “righteousness” would rule to give people a type of “rest” from evil. This will certainly occur to the fullest measure, during the 1000-year reign of Jesus upon the earth. We call this period of time, the Millennium. There will be no presence or influence of evil spirits during time period (Revelation 20:2). However, Satan will be released from the pit, to tempt all of the people that were born during this time period (Revelation 20:7-8).

Notice in 2 Peter 3:13 that God declares, His people are waiting for a new heaven, and new earth to come. This represents one of the promises of salvation, that are yet to be fulfilled. There is coming a time in the future when the heavens and the earth are destroyed by “fire” (2 Peter 3:10). In this verse, God not only declares the earth to “pass away” by the melting of the elements, God also says, all of the works in it the earth, will be consumed in the same way.  This implies the evil works of Satan to corrupt our human world, have been completely removed.  But what else, has not happened yet?

There are a lot of things that Christians are still waiting for God to complete. One of the first, is found in Romans 16:20. In this verse of prophecy, God says “He will bruise Satan, under our feet shortly”. Since, it has been nearly 2000 years later after this verse was written, and this has not happened, I am expecting it to occur, very soon. This fulfillment, would cause the church, to go out of this world victorious over their enemy Satan, before the tribulation.

There is also this death problem, caused by sin. People, still die every day. After death, unsaved people, have no further hope (Ephesians 2:12). Christians, still die every day. Christians, when they die, depart and go to be with the LORD (2 Corinthians 5:8). But currently there is the issue of leaving our physical bodies here on the earth. To solve this, God promises Christians, a coming “resurrection from the dead” (Romans 6:5).  This is not a spiritual resurrection, but rather a physical body redemption (Romans 8:23). We, who have entered into the door of Jesus Christ, we are all going to get a new resurrected body that will never die (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). This will be the final fulfillment of the Old Covenant type of the permanent dwelling temple of God, that Solomon built for Him in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 6:10). This is just more prophetic typology of templates, and patterns, revealing God’s phased in plan for His final spiritual union with humans in the here and now, and in the soon manifesting eternity to come.

We need to understand that there have been placed curses upon our world because of human sin. Some try to claim that Galatians 3;13 teaches Christians, that Christ has redeemed us from all curses. However, this verse only states, that we are redeemed from the curses of the Law. Before there was Law in Genesis 3, God places curses, on the ground (the earth), Adam the man and Eve the woman. It appears from studying the Bible, that these curses have not been removed, until Revelation 22:3. This appears to be one of the last corrections caused from the sin fall. This happens, after the new heaven and the new earth occurs.

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. And the sea no longer is.

Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 

We can see how God says it will be at the end of our world. Here we can begin to understand, what Peter wrote of about the rest in righteousness. For during this time in Revelation 21, there will be the full elimination of all unrighteousness, with God’ re-creation of a new heaven and a new earth. Now Satan, sin, sickness, evil and everything not good has been eliminated from human interaction. This, was how God desired it to be with His relationship to humans in the Garden of Eden. Let us back up two more chapters, to see what happened before this anticipated new heaven and new earth:

Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 

Notice that God back in Revelation 19:7, informs us that the Lamb’s (Jesus’) bride (the church) has made herself ready. This is a truly revealing statement. It shows a people, that are loving God, with their obedience in return for the Lamb’s love for saving them. It shows a people that are excited to be with Him, forever. This was the heart of God at the beginning, and it is the ending that He planned, and planted, to obtain through, His spoken Word.

If we read in 1 Corinthians 13:8, we find one of the most amazing statements about LOVE ever found. God says here “LOVE NEVER FAILS”. By our beginning mathematical statement, we know “GOD NEVER FAILS”. This simply teaches us, that God will never be defeated by hate or evil. It also says, His faithfulness to His people will always, keep and protect us from these enemies if we abide “in Him”. This revelation of LOVE, which is divinely given to us, should draw us closer to Him. If we choose to continue to walk and remain in this LOVE, we will also never fail. Amen.

#9 – CONCLUSION

This has been a very rapid, but long overview of the plan of God to dwell in and with His creation and for them to KNOW HIM and HIS LOVE. This process of humans “Knowing LOVE” came about through a slow phased-in process, with multiple steps, that reveal it was not a “one and done work of God”. God’s plan for humans to “Know Him”, was rather a well thought out, perfectly designed, and powerfully implemented work that would be completed using a progressive set of multiple steps of ever-increasing developments. With each phase, containing new and improved features. These steps would consistently open the eyes of those that desired to know Him. And they would display His LOVE in radical surprising, new ways to those that were looking for them. Each of these steps, were built upon a foundation of the previous phase, to help us to understand things that were freely available to us from God in growing levels of features.  Each revealed detail of God’s plan of LOVE, was designed to help us to know Him better, and personally as LOVE.

Act 12:24  But the word of God grew and multiplied. 

Act 19:20  So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed. 

Notice what these two verses teach us about the early church in the book of Acts. The early church started in Acts 2 with only 120 people in an upper room. The Holy Spirit was initially poured out from heaven on just these few people. This was God’s amazing promise being fulfilled, declaring all people could personally know Him as LOVE. I called this phase of God’s progressive plan “Knowing LOVE 5.0”. Our Creator God moved through the past 6000 years of our human history making improvement after improvement allowing people to fellowship with Him in deeper ways. God went from Him knowing one man named Adam and his wife, and this one man and his wife knowing Him, to now being able to live inside of over 7 billion people at the exact same time, and for all of us to “Know Him”.

This awesome work of God for human salvation, was a designed process of steps. This plan for people to know Him as LOVE, was conceived before it was ever needed. All of the ingredients of this plan were pre-built into the design of creation, and could be accessed and released by God whenever His proper time occurred. This plan went through every transition necessary to legally give God full access to the entire natural human realm, that was ruled initially, completely by Satan. God did this to provide humans salvation from this enemy Satan. God did all of this in such a massive unexpected way that Satan could do nothing to stop it. And of course, we still know that “LOVE (our GOD) NEVER FAILS”.

Thank you for reading and studying the Bible at Agapegeek.com.  Please take the time to like and share this Bible lesson with anyone you know. Our heart is to reach the lost world and to help teach the body of Christ, His awesome word. We love you all and will be praying for each of you as the LORD leads.  We appreciate your prayers in return as the LORD leads you. Possibly in the next lesson, we will discuss this subject again revealing some new information about “GOD IS LOVE”, that some may have never seen before, God willing.

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“GOD IS LOVE” PT 1 – TWO DIVINE LOVE EXPRESSIONS

(ver 1.1) This is Part 1 in a series of new Bible lessons on the most important subject found in the Bible. Many may try to say this must be about the subject of salvation. But without today’s main subject, salvation would not be possible. This Bible lesson as seen by the title, is about God’s KIND of LOVE. But that does not fully express the complete truth. God does not have love like many humans believe, because God is LOVE! Or we can also say, God is AGAPE using the Greek language. We understand that this Greek word is not the same as the English word definition of love. In the English dictionary the word “love” is mainly stated to be a “strong feeling of affection for someone”.  But there are 3 or 4 Greek words that relate to the subject of “love” types in the Bible and the English has only one primary word.  This makes it challenging to know what kind of love is being spoken of. I will let you know up front that none of the English dictionaries or definitions, come close to describing the God definition of LOVE. We will hopefully be able to learn this later in the series, God willing.

The God created law of “mathematical equality” (=) states that two objects, quantities or expressions declared to be equal, can be replaced or substituted one with the other legally, without any change in the final solution, outcome or end answer.  For example, in 1 John 4:8 God teaches us that if anyone on earth does not love another human or Christian, then they do not “know” God, because “God is Love”.  In this statement God uses the law of equality to exchange two expressions, while stating and proving the equality of the statement simultaneously. God declares the equality by saying “GOD = LOVE”. Then God applies the equality proof definition by stating, any human that does not love other Christians and humans, does not know Him.  God established this by saying, LOVE = GOD and GOD = LOVE and since GOD LOVES every HUMAN (Jn 3:16), a real Christians that say they know God, will do the same.

The Bible is an amazingly complex book. But God applies created laws, logic and rules defined in the Bible, so that we can learn what is permissible for a good understanding of His Word with the help of the Holy Spirit’s internal superior guidance and knowledge. I have learned that by using fundamental rules found in creation, Christians can begin to understand so much more about what He hid for us to know (1 Cor 2:7).

The Lord began to teach me this truth after reading Romans 1:20. In this verse God says very clearly that His amazing power and Godhead are clearly revealed in the things that He has created. He also says humans are without excuse for not knowing Him because of these created observable qualities and laws. I have learned that since “God is Love”, He would be unjust if everyone was not able to come to know Him, if they chose to seek Him. Therefore, God uses divine methods to hide Himself and His truth in the Word, but He also uses defined rules with the Holy Spirit’s help to allow us to find Him and know Him intimately and personally. This also applies for how we find all of His truth in His Word (Jn 16:13).

 What I suggest is that whenever we read the Bible and see the name “God” mentioned in the Old or New Covenants, replace it with the equal expression “LOVE” to see how it might add value to what God is saying or teaching. The same method is also possible whenever we see the word “LOVE” replace it with the equal “GOD” because God is love and love is God. Go back to 1 John 4:8 and do this.  “whoever does not God (love) his brother, does not know love (God)”. This may or may not make sense to you but it is very interesting and we can learn a lot if we can see how it applies.

In my example, God is simply saying, He will be in a Christian and because He is LOVE inside, the Christian will be able to LOVE everyone. In other words, if a Christian does not have love for their neighbor, they do not have “God” because God will always be LOVE on the inside available to shine on the outside. Later in the lesson series, we hopefully will apply this principle of equality to help us learn some other new concepts about GOD IS LOVE.  Please notice that whenever I use the word “LOVE” in all CAPS, I am speaking of GOD and vice versa.

#1 – INTRODUCTION TO TWO “GOD = LOVE” MANIFESTATIONS

Today the focus is LOVE = GOD and GOD = LOVE being expressed or manifested from a completely fresh perspective. This is one of the primary goals of today’s lesson. This lesson’s main subject on GOD IS LOVE will be an introduction and an overview of two Bible described expressions or manifestations of GOD and LOVE in saving humans from death. This first Bible lesson in the series on the subject of GOD IS LOVE is written to everyone that desires to know and experience God by learning about two of God’s extraordinary demonstrations of divine love. I believe it was given by the Lord to remind Christians that demonstrated LOVE is GOD and this LOVE when observed, expresses His fundamental appearance, essential nature, primary characteristic and His plan for every Christ follower that they also will be able to express His same LOVE to all others.

I believe God being love was the compelling reason for Him saving lost humans.  And this observable LOVE expression should be the compelling reason for a human’s desire to know and love God.  1 John 4:19, reveals that we love Him, only because He loved us first. Now ask some questions.  How and when was “GOD is LOVE” personally revealed to humans? Why doesn’t everyone want to receive Him, experience Him and know Him once He showed Himself to be LOVE for ALL? Hopefully we will learn more to help answer these important questions today.

Part of the answer is found in Genesis creation. Reading in Genesis 1, God challenges us to see that everything that He created in the world was declared to be “very good”. God supplied the created human male and female with everything they needed preloaded and available. All that was necessary to do was for humans, just to enjoy it. If they were hungry, they just went to a tree and picked some fruit and ate it. This is where we start to learn that God is good all the time and all the time God is good. It was only after Satan entered into the world and Adam’s sin, that evil came into the world to be a counter manifestation to LOVE’s initial exhibited creative God. We will learn more about Adam’s poor choice and God’s LOVE solution as we go today.

We have recently been through the season for the celebration of two similar Covenant expressions of divine LOVE. The first was the Jewish people going through Passover, a celebration of LOVE’s deliverance of one nation named Israel, saved and delivered from their captivity in another nation named Egypt. The second, was a Christian celebration that some call Easter (Acts 12:4 KJV), but I prefer to call the “Resurrection of Jesus Christ” celebration (1 Pet 3:21). This day was LOVE’s ultimate expression to deliver the people of every nation in the world from the bondage of Satan and eternal death.  Both were great displays of divine loving deliverance. The first being a natural physical salvation with great spiritual benefits to learn about LOVE and the last being primarily a the ultimate spiritual salvation with great natural benefits to know LOVE personally. Let us get into the introductory truths behind these two divine realities of divine manifested LOVE.

#2 – INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD COVENANT LAMB

Passover Lamb

One of the greatest of God’s Old Covenant divine LOVE displays (manifestations) was called “Passover”.  This event as we know, was the time of Israel’s deliverance and freedom from captivity and slavery within the ancient nation of Egypt. It began on the first month and the tenth day of the month (Exo 12:2-3). This event lasted for 7 days or 1 week (Exo 12:15, 19).  During this final tenth plague of Egypt, a lamb was selected by each family and for each house (Exo 12:3). The lamb (or goat kid, but we will focus on the lamb only in this lesson) was required to be a male less than 1 year old and be without any spot or blemish (Exo 12:5). The lamb will be kept in the house for four days and then will be killed (Exo 12:6).  The blood of the slain innocent lamb must be applied to the doorposts of every family’s house (Exo 12:7).  These were the basic protection directions given by God, being spoken through Moses to keep the “death” angel from killing the firstborn of their family (Exo 12:12). Learn from the principles of LOVE that could have been heard, followed and obeyed by everyone in Egypt and then learn from what actually happened:

  1. ANYBODY IN EGYPT COULD HAVE CHOSEN TO BELIEVE AND OBEY GOD
  2. ONLY A MINORITY PEOPLE LIVING IN EGYPT, NAMED ISRAEL CHOSE TO BELIEVE, OBEY GOD AND BE SAVED
  3. THEREFORE, EVERYONE IN EGYPT DID NOT BELIEVE AND OBEY GOD AND THE MAJORITY PERISHED

Moses spoke God’s instructions to the people and it can be implied that these words were available for “everyone” in Egypt to hear, follow and obey. This would include all of the Egyptians and all of the people of Israel. First this judgment only came upon the nation of Egypt because of Pharoah’s refusal to set the people of Israel free. If Pharaoh would have listened to God and obeyed the command, no plagues would have been necessary and no one would need to die. It was Pharaoh’s hard heartedness (Exo 8:15) and pride that caused Him to resist God.  This is why Pharoah represents a type of Satan and the nation of Egypt represents a type of the world.

I do not believe it would be possible for over a million people in Egypt to take lambs, kill them and put its blood on the outsides of their homes, in a hidden way where no one in Egypt would not have noticed it taking place.  Just the fact that there were lambs living in the houses of the people of Israel for 4 days alone had to be something that someone in Egypt would have taken notice of.  I believe someone in Egypt would have asked their slaves, what are you doing and why are you doing this?  This answered information would have certainly been spread to others in Egypt. Therefore, “anyone” in Egypt could have chosen to listen, believe and obey God and be saved from the coming death by ignoring Pharaoh. But during the first Passover as far as we know, only the people of Israel chose to hear, believe and obey God.

The Egyptian people represent a negative “whosoever” type of world unbelieving people that had the choice to hear the same words, believe and obey them. But they chose not to do it. They must have been focused on other priorities, idols and gods. Or they may have just been following the normal and the majority of the nation, bowing to leadership or peer pressures to conform and be accepted. Sounds a lot like what is happening in the world today. The nation of Israel represents a positive type of “whosoever” believing saved people with faith in the Word of God.  While Israelites were slaves under extreme evil oppression, pressure and influence, they chose to believe GOD, by taking an innocent lamb and obeying LOVE (Exo 12:28). This knowledge confirms the truth that life or death was a human choice that God sets before everyone (Deu 30:19).

It is very important to note the fact that Israel kept the lamb in their house for 4 days (Exo 12:3). We will talk about what this means more soon. But this gave the family, especially the children the time to fall in love with this cute, gentle and innocent lamb before it was killed. Imagine if God asked you to kill your cute little puppy you just got 4 days ago? This is what was happening in the home of the people of Israel in Egypt. Nevertheless, 1) this loved lamb had to be slain, 2) the blood of the lamb had to be applied to the exterior door supports to be seen by the death angel and the world, 3) the lamb’s body had to be roasted in fire and 4) then it had to be completely eaten by everyone in the house.  Seriously, think about what was happening!  Could you do this today to your loved puppy? 

It was necessary for the people of Israel to possess a greater fear of God and the warning of death in the family, than to allow their emotional attachment to temporary things of this world to guide or overrule their decisions. They could have let their emotional attachment to a loved little lamb take preference over the command of God. People always have the freewill right to choose. God will never force salvation or deliverance upon anyone. I believe that God wanted people to see that He knew best and they did not.  And if they did not obey Him, they would have to face the consequences of losing someone of greater value, that may have had a longer and closer relationship to them, someone that they loved significantly more than an innocent lamb. God clearly says in Hebrew 11:26-28 that Moses made these choices correctly.

Egypt did not have this fear and respect for LOVE and they soon regretted their choices. But Israel believed in their hearts the words of LOVE and activated an externally displayed faith in God’s Word. These faith actions could be seen by the unbelieving Egyptians and were definitely ignored. I believe the Egyptians must have thought these people of Israel were very foolish and crazy people. But the believer’s obedience to obey and apply the lamb’s blood to their doorposts saved them and the unbelievers’ firstborn died.  Who looked foolish the next morning?  Who was weeping for the loss of their sons and daughters, brothers and sisters after the sun came up?  Who had to plan funerals for their family members?  It was not the million+ believers who obeyed God. Therefore, we can see how by their own choices and decisions, not everyone was saved.

It was this kind of faith, belief and obedience that saved and delivered the entire family behind the bloody door. They were blessed by LOVE, removed from not experiencing the pain and sorrow of the physical death of the firstborn (Exo 12:12).  This natural salvation from a physical death through believing the Word of God and in the power of a natural sinless lamb’s blood was a designed pattern used by LOVE to reveal a much greater expression and celebration to come.  This greater display of LOVE would occur when Jesus died to save and deliver all of humanity.

We will soon learn that GOD/LOVE became a human child born in Bethlehem (Mat 2:6). This manifested LOVE grew to become a man named Jesus of Nazareth (Mat 21:11). LOVE came into the world to be God’s Lamb to save anyone that believed in Him (John 1:29).  Jesus’ Hebrew name Yeshua, came from the Hebrew word H3091 and it is defined by Strong’s as “Jehovah Saved”. Jehovah is the Hebrew word H3068 and is one of the primary O.T. names for God. Jehovah is the recorded name of God seen speaking to Moses in Exodus 12.  We can clearly see the message being given to us, by analyzing just the names of God that are chosen by LOVE.  Jehovah (LOVE) in heaven becomes a Son name Jehovah Saved (Yeshua) in the flesh. Therefore, Jesus was His Father’s Heavenly LOVE in physical manifestation on the earth (John 1:1-14).

Jesus was slain so that humans could be saved from their slavery and captivity within the kingdom of Satan also known as the kingdom of darkness (Col 1:13). We will find that all of the Old Covenant Passover displays of LOVE demonstrate types, shadows, patterns and outlined forms of infinitely greater displays of God’s love, mercy and grace in the New Covenant (Heb 10:1).  We will learn that Egypt was a type of the world.  Pharaoh was a type of Satan the ruler of the world. The people of Egypt are type of the unbelieving people in the world. The people of Israel were a type of the saved believing Church. Moses the deliverer of Israel was a type of Jesus the spiritual deliverer of all humans. The slain lamb also represents Jesus. The number of days has a symbolic meaning and on and on.  Next, let us go through the introduction to the New Covenant Lamb to learn more about this amazing divine greater expression of LOVE.

#3 – INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW COVENANT LAMB

Behold the Lamb of God

It was potentially 1500 to 1600 years after Israel’s first LOVE Passover deliverance from Egypt that Jesus the Christ was led into Jerusalem on the 10th of Nissan. This occurred during Israel’s annual Passover feast celebration. This day was the normal God chosen time for Passover lamb selection. God’s Lamb would need to be inspected and observed for at least 4 days by the people of Israel and this is why He entered Jerusalem on this day.

I believe this timing was an amazing event that was prophesied by GOD through the captive people of Israel in Egypt when they selected and carried their young natural lamb into their houses for four days. The four days of observation and inspection was specifically designed by God in Exodus 12 to teach us multiple parallels of coming truths. 

I would like to shift into a brief explanation for why God could have chosen 4 days of the lamb being in the house for inspection. Four days was a very specific God choice of words based upon what we learn from reading in 2 Peter 3:8. In this verse God declares His definition for a spiritual day. This verse is not applicable to every reference to a day in the Bible. But it does apply to many prophetical predictions of future events. In this verse God says 1 day is a thousand years and 1000 years is 1 day.  This is another example of mathematical equality in the eyes of God. If a lamb is housed for 4 days what is that teaching us?  What happened potentially 4000 years before this Passover with Jesus riding into Jerusalem? 

Every word selection in the Bible is purposefully chosen by extreme intelligent design. This proves the Bible could have only been written by God. Anyone can find this intelligent design with diligent search, study and the help of the Holy Spirit. This is why I love God and His Word. There is no other book in existence that even compares to the Bible. What am I saying?  I claim the entire Bible is about Jesus from cover to cover.  It begins with Jesus and it ends with Jesus. This is why Jesus claims to be the beginning and the ending in Revelation 1:8. Since we all should believe this, we should be able to find Jesus in every book, chapter, verse, word and even letter (Hebrew alef to tav, to Greek alpha to omega). So, let’s ask the question again?  What happened 4000 years before Jesus?

I believe Adam was created 4000 years before Jesus. It was Adam’s rebellion and death penalty that caused the death of every human descendant (1 Cor 15:22). Also, Romans 5;14 teaches us that Adam was a “figure” of Christ to come. What does this mean? The Greek word G5179 translated as “figure” means a model or a pattern. This means Adam was not Christ, but he displayed qualities, features, characteristics, signals and activities that reveal what Christ would be and do. In other words, Adam was like a natural stone statue without life. Yet looking at the statue’s appearance we can get a picture of what Christ would be like in the future.

We can observe the shadow of an object and understand it is not the real object, yet we can still learn a lot by studying and analyzing the shadow to learn about the real. This is God’s intention for the Adam to Jesus reality also. This typology is exemplified in 1 Corinthians 15:45 where God says the first Adam was made a living soul and Christ the Last Adam came as quickening Spirit. In this verse Christ is called the “Last Adam” and the Genesis 1-4 Adam the first Adam. Clearly the first of the two Adam’s was a lesser example of the greater final Adam to come.

Knowing this revealed information from the New Testament, we can now see a lot about Christ from learning what God wrote about Adam. In fact we can begin to see the outline of the divine plan of LOVE to save mankind by what is written that happened to Adam. I will provide a short list of some of these patterns and parallels of truth:

ADAM JESUS
Gen 2:7 God formed man (Adam’s body) from the dust of the earth.Heb 10:5 Wherefore when he (Jesus) cometh into the world…, a body has thou prepared for him.
Gen 2:8 God planted a garden eastward in Eden and there He put Adam who He formed.John 18:1-2 Jesus went forth to a garden where he went many times to pray and speak with His Father.
Gen 2:15 And the Lord God put the man into the garden to work and keep it.John 5:36 Jesus said “the works that my Father has given me to finish, bear witness that the Father has sent me”. Mat 13:37 He that soweth the good seed (works in the garden) is the Son of Adam (Man, Jesus)
Gen 2:16-17 And the Lord God commanded the man not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.Mat 5:17 Think not that I came to destroy the law (God commands), but to fulfil. (Where Adam failed Jesus succeeds).
Gen 2:18 The Lord God said “it is not good for man to be alone”.John 12:24 Unless a corn of wheat (Jesus) falls into the ground and die, He abides alone…
Gen 2:20 and Adam gave names to the beasts of the field
Gen 2:23 Adam said she shall be called woman because she was taken from Adam. Gen 3:20 Adam called his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
Mat 16:18 Jesus said “thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build by church (bride). Gal 4:19 little children, whom I travail in birth until Christ be formed in you… Rev 2:17 Jesus gives a new name to overcomers in the church
Gen 2:20 …but a suitable wife was not found for Adam (the 1st bridegroom)Mat 9:15 … the day will come when the bridegroom (last Adam) will be taken away …
Gen 2:21 The Lord God caused Adam to fall into deep sleep…John 19:30 Jesus said it is finished and gave up the ghost (died, aka slept).
Gen 2:21 …and took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh…John 19:34 one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side and there came out blood and water.
Gen 2:22 and with the rib taken from the man, made him a woman (wife) God brought her unto the man after he was awaken…John 20:20 Jesus showed unto them his hands and his side (rib) and they were glad when they saw the LORD. Eph 5:26 Church bride was made clean by the water of the Word. 1 Jn 1:7 The blood of Christ purified the church from all sins.
Gen 2:23 Adam said “this is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh…”Eph 5:30 For we (the Church Bride) are members of His (Jesus) body, His flesh and His bones
Gen 2:24 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and the two shall be one flesh (body).Eph 5:31-32 for this reason shall a man be joined to his wife and become one flesh. This is a great mystery but I speak of Christ (Last Adam) and the church.
1 Cor 6:17 He that is joined to the LORD is one Spirit.
Gen 3:22-23 The Lord drove Adam from the garden to prevent him from eating from the tree of life also.Rev 2:7 Whoever overcomes I (Jesus) will give to eat of the tree of life (where first Adam failed, Jesus the Last Adam succeeds)

These revelations are truly amazing. The parallels between the God relationship with the first Adam who failed to God’s relationship with the Last Adam who succeeds, are astonishing.  God laid out the outlined plan of victory for Jesus the Last Adam, from his birth, to His sacrificial death, including His plan to take His bride out of His side and His plan to give us all life using the words describing Adam in Genesis 2. The word selections and descriptions were specially designed to convey two amazing truths simultaneously. Genesis 2 is an accurate description of the creation details within Genesis 1, as well as being the prophesied spiritual descriptions of what the Last Adam would accomplish and correct. This is what I call “hiding the truth in plain sight”. None of this was unplanned, coincidental, spontaneous, or just came to be by accident. This is confirmation that God’s Word contains vast intelligent design, beyond the human ability to create it in isolation without divine inspiration. Think about what is being said.  Then realize it was said by 4 or 5 different writers over a period of 2000 years.  Wow, thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

What we have found are two Adams. I believe the first Adam was a similar age when created, as Jesus the last Adam was, when He started His ministry.  I believe Jesus read the prophet Moses and knew exactly why He was born to give His life, and to pay for the first Adam’s original sin. Jesus being our Passover lamb was God’s solution for the original “law of sin and death” (Gen 2:17).

Jesus died in our place and implemented a new law called the “law of spirit and life” in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:2). In the Last Adam we have been set free from the first Adam’s sin penalty. I’ll stop this part of our learning from Genesis, by saying, there were two lambs and now we see clearly why there were two Adams. The first Adam and the first lamb were natural and died a physical death.  The Last Adam and the Last Lamb named Jesus was killed physically, but arose from the dead to spiritually give us eternal life.  We have just observed a great potential reason why there were 4 days of the lamb being taken into the house at Passover.

To briefly confirm this pattern, we can also learn from Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus purposefully waited where he was and did not go to where Lazarus was buried until after he was dead for 4 days. Ok, why was there a 4 day delay? Then see the parallel to why God waited 4000 years before coming into the world in the flesh. Everyone at Lazarus’ tomb said, he stinks when Jesus said to roll away the stone. I sincerely believe this was a plan to show how God after 4000 years came into the world to raise from the dead, all of us sin stinking humans.

Now consider the Genesis 22 story of Abraham being told to sacrifice Isaac. I believe this is another example of the type of Passover Lamb and 4 days of time passing delay. Abraham was told by God to go and sacrifice his only son (type of Jesus) in a place where God would show him. Abraham traveled 3 days before God showed him the mountain from a distance, but it was still very far to travel to get there.  We can logically assume that it took at least another day for Abraham and Isaac to get to the mountain with Isaac carrying the wood (type of cross), climb it and to build the altar. This would make the time passing to be 4 days. Then notice that God stops Abraham and provides a ram, to be a substitute for the sacrifice of Isaac.  The ram is the father of a lamb and this was a symbolic reference for God coming to the earth personally to die for all sin. Most Bible scholars believe the mountain selected by God was the exact mountain that Jesus would be crucified on.

After completing the sacrifice, Isaac is not mentioned for a time. And Abraham is immediately, focused on getting Isaac a bride that he has never seen before.  All of this is a symbolic representation of God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit’s work in the Son’s bride the church.  That is a lot to consider and think about. But we will now talk more about just the two LOVE covenants and the two selected lambs.

For Jesus to be selected as the Lamb, He needed to fulfill prophecy by entering Jerusalem riding on a donkey (Mat 21:9) with shouts of “hosanna” from the people. This was prophesied in Genesis 49:11 and Zechariah 9:9. Zechariah 9:9 prophesied that the people of Israel would be shouting and rejoicing at His arrival. The people of Israel in Jesus’ day must have truly loved their LAMB of God riding into their city this day. This must have been similar to the pattern of the families of Israel in Egypt, when they received the little innocent lamb into the house. Can you imagine the excitement of all of the young children in the Passover home in Egypt? The first day the lamb came inside to live had to be so thrilling. They must have been so happy to have this cute little new lamb in their house and they were probably shouting with joy.

In Matthew 21 Jesus was criticized by the Jewish leaders about these people’s joyous reactions and Jesus quoted Psalm 8:2 back to them saying “Out of the mouths of young children and nursing babies, God has perfected praise”. Jesus was claiming this was just how normal children at the Passover were supposed to act when their innocent Lamb first comes into their house. Reading the passages about Jesus’ days before His crucifixion Jesus was seen in the temple every day to teach the people. This was a parallel to the Exodus 12 account of the lamb being in their house for four days to be observed.

Reading in Luke 19:45-46 we read about one day in the temple where Jesus overturns the tables of the money changers and drives them out with a whip. It is amazing that Jesus quotes Isaiah 56:7 about this being God’s house and it should be a house of prayer and not a den of thieves (Jer 7:11).  Wow, this is directly related to what was happening in the Passover homes of Exodus 12. Israelites were supposed to remove all of the leaven from their houses during Passover.  Leaven represents sin and wrong Satanic doctrines from the Word of God.  We also know Satan is referred to as a thief in John 10:10. So we see the parallels to God’s temple house having become a type of Satan’s house that needed serious clearing. We can clearly see how the first and only begotten Son of the Father in Heaven came to clean His Father’s house. Wow, we could spend books writing about all of the things God is saying here.

But after four days of cleaning the fathers house with righteous teachings and driving out sinful thieves, the Jewish leaders could not take anymore.  Jesus was put on trial and like a lamb taken to slaughter, He kept silent (Isa 53:7). However, it is very important to notice that the man holding the trial named Pilate, said to everyone “I find no fault” in Him (Jn 18:32). Nothing was found in Jesus for Him to be worthy of this death.  However, this truth made Him worthy in the eyes of God to pay for Adam’s sin that fell upon all the descendants of Adam.  Wow, thank you Jesus.

Jesus was slain outside of the gates of Jerusalem as a lamb prepared for slaughter (Acts 8:32) and His blood would be poured out on a wooden cross as an outward display of LOVE for the whole world to observe. This could not have been a very happy time for God’s future family and children during this Passover. The once beloved Lamb was being killed and its blood being shed. Can you imagine the dramatic shift in emotions being experienced by these children? They go from joy to sadness eating their pet? 

There are many N.T. Jesus’ blood and LOVE parallels found in types recorded in the O.T. Passover lamb’s blood on the doorposts and they are all extraordinary.  I will not list them all today:

1.) Two Lambs Born for the Ultimate Purpose to Die

a. The Jewish Passover lamb was specifically selected for the ultimate purpose to shed its blood, die and experience death for the people in the house (Exo 12:3, 6).

b. Jesus (God come down from heaven) was also born in this natural world specifically for the ultimate purpose to shed His blood, die and to experience death for everyone (Mar 8:31, Heb 2:14).

2.) Two Lambs Selected

a. In Exodus 12:3 God instructs each house to select a lamb.
b. In Matthew 12:18 Matthew quotes from Isaiah saying “Behold my servant I have chosen, my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased…”. God was specifically confirming His selected LAMB. John the Baptist was also selected by God to introduce His selected LAMB to Israel. John confirmed Jesus was the Lamb in John 1:33-34.

3.) Two Lambs Spotless w/o Blemish

a. The lamb of Passover in Egypt had to be without observable physical blemishes, spots or imperfections (Exo 12:5).
b. In John 1:29, Jesus is seen by John the Baptist and John calls Him “Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world”. Clearly this is a confirmation to Jesus being God’s selected New Covenant Lamb. This was prophesied in Isaiah 53:7. Jesus was the far superior pattern of the O.T. Passover lamb. God’s New Covenant Lamb also had to be spotless and without the blemish of sin, defect or imperfection (Heb 4:15, 1 Pet 1:19).

4.) Two Substitutionary Deaths

a. Because a natural lamb in Egypt died for every house that believed, the firstborn human’s death in the family was exchanged for the prearranged judgment and death of the innocent lamb (Exo 12:21, 23). This was a clear expression of LOVE, used as a “substitution” of one death for potentially many lives.  This occurred when the innocent little lamb died to satisfy the penalty to save the life of the firstborn human(s) within the household. God’s righteous justice system demanded that He treat everyone equally without favoritism or partiality, bias or prejudice. God must kill every firstborn from every family, both in Israel and Egypt in order to satisfy and be impartial to everyone. If God would have only killed the firstborn in Egypt, God would have violated His own nature of impartiality to save everyone in the coming New Covenant (Acts 10:34). But God offers a solution to the death sentence for everyone, called “substitution”. This free offer of mercy is obtainable by anyone, but only became effective to the someone that would believe Him. The people of Israel chose to believe and obey God who would save them from His firstborn death requirement. Because Israel accepted His substitute by faith, they exchanged the life of one innocent lamb that did not deserve this death, and their firstborn(s) in the house lived.  Wow! Now think about the Egyptians that did NOT believe and obey. Their first-born children were slain and the living became separated from their firstborn(s). They would suddenly not be able to see them alive again after that night.
b. Because the Lamb of God died on a cross every human that believes in Him obtains eternal life (1 Pet 3:18, Jn 3:16) and escapes eternal death (Mk 16:16).  Everyone that does not believe in Jesus will die and be forever separated apart from God’s family (Jn 3:36).  Jesus Christ’s death on a cross was another clear expression of a substitutionary LOVE exchange.  This trade consisted of the death of one Lamb (Jesus), in exchange for saving the lives of many people that believe (2 Cor 5:21). Thank you, Jesus.

5.) Two Doors of Salvation 

a. The children of Israel had to enter into the door of the house and remain behind the blood which was outside on the doorposts in order to be saved (Exo 12:22).
b. In John 10:7 Jesus claims to be the door of the sheep in the New Covenant.  God’s sheep aka His people have to enter into Jesus the doorway to see the Father God (Jn 14:6) in heaven to be saved. It was Jesus’ blood being poured out from His torn flesh that opened the only possible way to be saved (Heb 10:19-20). It was this shedding of blood and tearing of His flesh being hung on wooden posts of the cross that parallels the Passover precisely.

6.) Two Doors Hung by Nails

a. Doors in the O.T. houses were naturally hung on wooden doorposts using nails (1 Chr 22:3). This is a prophetical picture of the future coming Christ door for eternal salvation.
b. Jesus our New Covenant door (Jn 10:7) and described torn veil of entrance into God’s Holy of Holies for salvation was naturally crucified by Romans using nails to hang Him on wooden posts (Mk 15:25, Jn 20:25).

7.) Two Sets of Posts Covered with Blood

a. The O.T. slain lamb’s blood was placed on the wooden doorposts holding the door of the house of the family desiring salvation and deliverance during Passover in Egypt (Exo 12:7, 22)
b. Jesus the Spiritual Lamb poured out His blood on wooden posts outside the gates of the city (Heb 13:12) of Jerusalem making peace between all humans and God (Col 1:20).

8.) One God, Freeing Two Nations of Israel, from Two Captivities, in Two Egypts, using Two Bloods

a. God spoke to Moses to deliver the nation of Israel from their bondage of slavery in Egypt (Exo 3:7). God used the blood of a natural lamb to save all Israelites from natural death. The freed natural people of Israel were declared to be God’s natural nation of priests and to be His holy nation in Exodus 19:6. This was a natural nation named Israel being freed from a natural nation named Egypt. By God using the blood of a natural lamb to save them from a natural death.
b. Notice that Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified is called spiritual Egypt in Revelation 11:8. This is not a coincidence. Through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus being slain outside of Spiritual Egypt, a new spiritually free people from every nation held captive in the world (Jn 8:36) becomes God’s New Covenant holy nation with a new royal priesthood of people (1 Peter 2:9). These people are called Christians (Acts 11:26) and have been set free by Jesus from their spiritual bondage in the kingdom of Satan (Col 1:13). Christians are also labeled “the Israel of GOD” in Galatians 6:16. That is not a coincidence either. Through the shed blood of Jesus on a wooden cross Christians have been delivered from an eternal death. Praise the Lord.

9.) Two Applications of Blood using Two Applicators

a. The blood of the slain lamb in Egypt at the first Passover was applied to the doorposts using hyssop (Exo 12:22). Hyssop represents the applicator for the activation of the power of the blood to save. If the blood had not been applied as directed by God there would have been death in the house. In other words, without the head of the house obeying and placing the blood on the post using the hyssop, the firstborn would have not been saved. This natural hyssop applicator is a symbolic reference to a spiritual blood applicator needed in the New Covenant.
b. During this crucifixion event, Jesus said, “I thirst” (Jn 19:28) and was given vinegar to drink while hanging on the cross (Lk 23:36). This fulfilled a prophecy found in Psalm 69:21. The Roman soldiers used an applicator of hyssop to reach the mouth of Jesus (John 19:29). Jesus tasted the vinegar offered and did not drink it (Mat 27:34). God makes a new connection of the O.T. applicator of blood by placing it in the mouth and tongue of our Christ.  I believe God was teaching us that this is how Christians must apply and activate the power of the blood of Jesus in the New Covenant. Revelation 12:11 teaches us that Christians overcome Satan by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony.  Therefore, Christians must apply the blood of Jesus by faith to be saved from the kingdom of Satan.  Christians are saved by hearing and believing the Word of God about Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection and by confessing Jesus as Lord we are saved (Rom 10:9-10).  The hyssop represents the tongue in the New Covenant and by a Christian speaking with this applicator about the Blood of Jesus they overcome every enemy.

10.) Two Lambs that loved their Family to the End

a. If you have never seen how lambs act around children and their shepherd owners, please go and watch some videos.  There are countless numbers of videos showing frolicking, leaping, and excited lambs that come immediately when called by the people that take care of them and feed them. It is so very close to how a dog reacts to their owners and family. The unconditional love that a natural lamb displays was clearly a God created pattern for the coming Jesus.  A lamb loves their family even when they are being killed by them (Isa 53:7). We get this picture of love and loyalty by reading Psalm 23. The LORD is my shepherd and I shall not want…
b. John 13:1  Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. Notice what LOVE says about Himself. The LAMB of GOD knew He was about to give His life and He continued to love everyone that GOD had given to Him. It is truly an amazing parallel.

11.) Two Lambs going through Flames of Fire.

a. The natural O.T. lamb was killed and its flesh had to be roasted completely in fire (Exo 12:9). After roasting the entire lamb’s flesh, it had to be completely consumed and eaten by the saved family.
b. The body of the Lamb of God was killed and the Spirit of the Lamb (Jesus) went to hell (Mat 12:40) a place of flame (Luk 16:24). Believers in Christ must now eat the body and drink the blood of the Lamb of God to receive eternal spiritual life (Jn 6:54-56). Like Psalm 34:8 where God says “taste and see the Lord is good”, Jesus was speaking metaphorically about Christians consuming the Word of God.

12.) Two Rising New Sun Lights and 2 New Days of WALKING Out to Freedom

a. The children of Israel left the house after the sun was risen in the morning and they exited Egypt with great wealth and health (Exo 12:34-41).
b. Jesus is called the Sun of Righteousness rising with healing in His wings in Malachi 4:2 and He is called the Day Star that rises in people’s heart in 2 Peter 1:19. After the resurrection of Jesus, the Spirit of Jesus arose from hell and went to the grave to get His body.  People receive Him now to arise in the hearts of those that believe in Him. Then we continue to walk by faith (2 Cor 5:7) and to be led step by step by the Holy Spirit.

13.) Two Kinds of Darkness during Two Times of Death

a. All the people of Israel remained naturally safe while remaining behind the blood. Both peace and safety from natural death were available as long as they were in the house eating the lamb.  But outside the house there was the darkness of night and the presence of death. The blood caused death to pass over them and it only fell on everyone without the blood in the land Egypt (Exo 12:22). The Israelites were saved from a physical death by the blood of one lamb on their house doorposts.
b. Jesus hanging nailed to the cross from the third to the ninth hour bleeding.  At the sixth hour darkness covered the land of Israel and His death to save all humans, came during the cover of darkness before the ninth hour (Mat 27:45-50, Mark 15:33-39). But Jesus’ bloody and painful death saves every human that believes in Him the experience of spiritual death which is a separation eternally from God in hell.

That was just a short list of comparisons between two amazingly similar parallel events that occurred in the past 4000 years of human history. Every human was destined for hell because of the sin of just one man named Adam 6000 years ago (1 Cor 15:22).  But, now because of Jesus’ death 2000 years ago, “whosoever” believes in this one-time LAMB substitution sacrifice offered by God will be spiritually saved from spiritual eternal death (1 Cor 15:22, Jn 3:16). The Passover was a supernatural salvation from a natural death. But the supernatural salvation implemented in Jesus is a far superior Covenant with greater promises (Heb 8:6).

The Old Covenant first Passover clearly corresponds as a representative shadowed patterned event for God’s saving Jesus LAMB sacrifice. The original first Passover has significant natural pointers by God’s intelligent design, showing us the way to the greater New Covenant. By, seeing the lamb in the Passover as being an expression of God’s love for natural life and believing that this represents the coming Jesus sacrifice for eternal life, it will help us individually to receive the free gift that was offered to everyone in the world. By having faith in Jesus and His shed blood, we become a wise and positive example of a God kind of “whosoever”.

Remember what John 3:16 says? This is where Jesus declared “For God (LOVE) so loved the world (Everyone) that He gave His only begotten Son (the LAMB), that WHOSOEVER (Anyone) believes (the individual Someone who chooses to have faith) in Him (the LAMB) will not perish but have eternal life (will be saved from spiritual death)”.  Israel enjoyed a physical life free gift and any Christ believer receives the divine free gift of spiritual life for an eternity to know Him.  These were just some of the New Covenant parallels found in the Jewish Passover. But the comparisons are truly amazing.

CONCLUSION

I hope and pray that you enjoyed the lesson today and learned a little more about the God who is LOVE and how He LOVED us. Let us review the main concept that GOD IS LOVE and LOVE has provided us a door to enter Salvation to know His LOVE:

  • ANY HUMAN IS ABLE TO BELIEVE IN GOD’S LOVE SACRIFICE
  • SOME HUMANS WILL CHOOSE TO BELIEVE IN THE MANIFESTATION OF LOVE THROUGH JESUS THE LAMB OF GOD & BE SAVED
  • EVERY HUMAN WILL NOT BELIEVE AND THOSE THAT DO NOT WILL BE ETERNALLY LOST

We should know like in Egypt at Passover, not every human in the world will choose to believe and place their faith in Jesus (the Lamb of God) and His shed Blood. God gives us this warning in the Passover story and Jesus confirmed this in Matthew 7:13-14.  In 1 Corinthians 1:18 God says that for everyone that perishes (who chooses to not believe), the cross is foolishness to them.  However, this saving faith in God’s willing sacrifice is totally available to the entire world and can save any human that wants to embrace the LOVE made available by entering Jesus. Like Israel in Egypt the people of the world will probably call believers in Christ ignorant fools. To be called a fool by the people in the world is normal, but this ridicule should not be placed in high regard as being important enough to cause us to not apply the blood and miss out on God’s gift of free saving life.  What is lost here in this world is far outweighed by what is gained in eternity knowing LOVE (Heb 11:25, 1 Cor 2:9)

Only the wise “whosoever” that believes, will be saved from an eternal experience of spiritual death (an eternal separation from God) and damnation in hell (Mk 16:16, 2 Th 2:12). This personal sacrifice given to humans by God’s Lamb named Jesus was the most expressed radical example of divine LOVE that has ever taken place and can be witnessed, heard or experienced by any human.  “All” that choose to receive this free gift will be grateful to Jesus for shedding His blood forever.  I know I will be, please join me. Thank you for reading and studying the Bible with Agapegeek.com.  God willing this lesson series will be continued.

If you would like to continue reading in this series of lessons, go to “Part 2“.

Understanding Bible Faith – Faith, Patience and Time Delays Part 19

(Ver 1.1) Today is “Part 19” in the Bible study series describing the subject “Understanding Bible Faith”.  Faith is a Bible essential theme and topic. I will warn you up front that I have been working on this lesson very fast for only a short time today.  It probably has more than one typing and grammar items that is less than perfect and needs to be fixed and I will attempt to do that in subsequent revisions, the Lord willing. Please just extend me mercy as God does to us all and forgive my haste to get out what I believe, the Lord was saying to me today and wanted to say to everyone around the world and especially in the United States during these challenging times.  As a reminder the document version number begins every Bible lesson.  Version 1.0 (Ver 1.0) is the initial publication and this is what is emailed to everyone initially who subscribes.  But later I will usually make changes and improvements as time and the Lord permits me..  Therefore, if you get an emailed version it is still advisable that you go and review the online version because this one will be improved over time.  I hope that helps new readers and subscribers understand my geek computer programmer style of writing updates.  Let us go back to the subject of faith.

Faith can be found and has been described by God from Genesis to Revelation. We should have learned from reading Hebrew 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please God”. That should cause us all to stop and evaluate yourself and ask “Am I in Faith?”  In 2 Corinthians 13:5 we are all commanded to “Self-evaluate or do a self-examination to determine if we are in the faith”. This means if we are worried about what we prayed for, or in fear it is not going to happen in time, or just simply doubt that God hear or will answer us, then we are not in faith and must change course as soon as possible.  I know that we can all be challenged to fall into Satan’s trap of doubt and unbelief almost daily.  I’ve been there and if you have been saved very long, you also have been through the exact same test.  This is why we must learn to recognize the signs of faith failure during the tests of time and delays.

Uh oh? What did God say to us?  Are there delays?  What does the factor of extensive time do to cause us to doubt God?  What is different about today from when we first started to believe and stand over 70)\+ days earlier?  Are we feeling any stress?  Are we experiencing any pressures, or fear of what might happen if God does not come through to answer us?  Wow, if you are human like I am, we all have been there and done that and can buy and wear that faith vacation T-Shirt.   I am trying to recommend that we do not depart from the lifestyle of faith to leave it and take a vacation from it.  Amen!

INTRODUCTION TO FOCUSED FAITH

This election process that we have been going through in the United States of America is one of the greatest trials of faith that I have ever witnessed. It appears that evil has declared victory and appears to have won at every turn removing our natural hope.  Just when we appear to have seen a way to victory a door is slammed shut by the devil.  Do you know God allows this to happen on purpose to cause our “faith” to be stretched? Satan tries to break our faith by turning every hopeful situations into sudden defeat and lost opportunity for victory.  This happens in almost every trial of our faith whether, physical illness, emotional challenges, financial needs, relationships, jobs, etc.

What we must begin to learn is that when all of the natural possibilities for human solutions have been exhausted, it should be the beginning for us to finally stop and just relax to trust in God’s supernatural possibility of us believing in His Word only. It is a severe mistake to leave God as our last resort possibility for our solution.  Do you know what I mean?  I recall the story in 2 Chronicles 16:12 where King Asa was diseased in his feet.  Asa failed to seek the Lord first and to expect God to answer to what he should do about his problem.  Instead, Asa went to physicians and he died, never seeking or trusting God.

In another example found in 1 Chronicles 10:13-14 King Saul enquired of an evil spirit rather than focusing upon the LORD only and he was also killed for doing evil in the eyes of God.  God turned over the kingdom of Saul to David.  These were just two examples of humans not seeking and trusting in God first but they teach us what we should not be doing right now by not seeking God first and ignoring the other possible solutions.

Now let us examine a different type of challenge.  God came to Abraham in Genesis 15 and promised him personally that he would have children that numbered like the visible stars of heaven.  That was an incredible promise directly from the mouth of God.  That sure sounds like that should have caused Abram to never doubt what was going to happen.  Then over the course of time and many years going without the promised son coming from his wife Sarah, they began to waiver and look for their own solutions.  Sarah gives up completely that she will have the child and she turns over her slave woman Hagar to her husband and they had a child of the flesh named Ishmael in Genesis 16.

It only took one chapter for Abram and Sarai to lose their faith and try a human possible solution without trusting in God.  It would appear from reading this that it was the factor of time that played into causing their belief that they needed to have God solve their problem.  Wow, is that not what is happening in the church today?  Are not one Christian after another giving up the fight and losing heart not to believe and trust in God? I believe it is exactly what is happening in the U.S. 2020 elections.

We have placed all of our focused confidence and trust in looking for human possibilities instead of just focusing our faith and trusting in the Word of the LORD only.  Just as Abram and Sarai got their eyes off of God’s promise and trusting that He would fulfill His promise so are many people doing the exact same thing right now because of what the circumstances and long delays appear to be saying.  We are focused upon only what is possible and failing to focus only upon the God of the impossible.

OUR GOD IS STILL A GOD OF THE IMPOSSIBLE

Luk 18:27  And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

God has been waiting for the church believers and the world to get their eyes off of all of the possible human avenues of winning the election to defeat evil. We have placed our confidence in the election, the vote counters, the President, the Vice President, the Attorney General, the Justice Department, the FBI, the state legislatures, the State and Federal Courts, the Supreme Court, Congressmen, Senators, the Electoral College, etc. and have had our hopes dashed every time.  I wonder why?  Could this be our wrong focus?

Now finally with only a couple of days before the apparent looming deadline, a lot of Christians have totally given up all hope and resigned to believe the evil will rule us for the next 2 or 4 years completely.  So many have abandoned their faith in God’s promises to hear and answer their prayers simply because it looks so bad and too much time has passed.  Wow, but this is when God always comes through for His people if they do not give up.

Over and over in the Bible God waited patiently for all possibilities of human solutions to be eliminated so that He would receive all of the Glory for the victory that He is about to give us.  Did you hear what I just said?  I am sticking out my neck in faith saying God’s victorious breakthrough is about to come to pass, don’t give up!

What do I base my faith upon?  How can I claim victory is still going to happen?  I first have learned from reading the Bible that this is exactly when God never failed to show up for His people and show off His majestic hand and arm of power.  Remember Abraham and Sarah?  Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 when their victory came.  It was totally impossible for them to have a baby for themselves.  Yet they DID!  That was just one example of a God miraculous victory being placed upon display as an example to learn from.  Only God could get the praise for their son named Isaac.

Take the children of Israel being freed from captivity from Egypt. There was 400 years delay of them in captivity before God’s process of deliverance was initiated.  There was pharaoh’s edict for murdering all of the male children so that a deliverer could not be born.  There was a delay of the deliverer escaping Egypt for 40 years because he killed an Egyptian.  There was the intense delay with the battle of wills between the ruler Pharaoh and the man of God Moses.  Whose will, would give in or give up first?

There was the display of God’s power in 10 plagues.  Yet the evil ruler lied and did not let the people of Israel go until the last plague.  Finally, the death angel took the first born of every creature except those that had the blood on the door post.  That was finally the straw that broke the back to defeat the evil ruler’s will.  Moses led the children of Israel from Egypt and proceeded to go forth following God.  Then the evil Pharaoh had a change of heart and started to pursue them.  He brought his soldiers and chariots and overtook them.

The children of Israel were at the ends of their pathways of human possibilities for escape, freedom and victory and faced certain death.  Their backs were up against the Red Sea and the Egyptians were on the other side of them.  There was no possible way to escape the apparent end. From the natural perspective of circumstances, it would be certain defeat. Yet God was not concerned and when the human possibilities were ended, the supernatural possibility opened up by God’s design.

Do you see how this is a perfect parallel to how we are right now on January 16, 2021?  There are only three days till evil triumphs and we can choose to believe that report of impossibility or we can stop and take our eyes off of the human impossible pathways for victory, to remain looking at only the unseen God of the supernatural possible pathways to victory. He can open a brand new way where we have not even imagined just as He did for the children of Israel and the Red Sear. This will allow God to get all of the Glory and all we need to do is believe.  Why is that hard to stop looking at the natural and praise God for the victory?

Do you trust God?  Do you believe God is still powerful enough to be able make a way when there appears to be no way?  I do!  I choose to believe in a God of miracles and it really does not matter if January 20, 2021 comes and goes and I still do not see the answer.  I’m not going to allow the circumstances to overcome my beliefs.  By beliefs in God’s Words and Promises will overcome my circumstances.  I will stand with God’s promises until I see the victory. Aman!

BELIEVE IN HOPE

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

Rom 4:19  And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb

Rom 4:20  He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God

Rom 4:21  And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform

Remind yourself of these verses for every faith situation you find yourself in.  God uses Abraham in these verses as our example of a man to be repeated and followed because, he believed in supernatural hope when in the natural realm of possibilities there was no other hope available to him.  Again, this is when victory can manifest and only God is given the glory.

These are some of the most amazing verses of faith in the Bible. God teaches how one man took his eyes off of his natural circumstances to place all of his beliefs and confidence only in his God’s ability to answer no matter what the world declared against his victory.  Abraham is commended to not waiver in his faith by giving all of the Glory to God even before he saw his child named Isaac be born.  Can you believe and praise God even before the answer comes?  Can you say “Glory to God for the answer” even if you do not see how it could happen?  If you can, then you are in the right place at the right time for victory.  If you can praise God and say glory to God you are strong in faith no matter if you feel strong or not.  Clearly the 100 year old Abraham did not feel strong and he still had a child.

Let us not go by our feelings.  Let us ignore the news media and circumstances.  Let us ignore the calendar.  Let us ignore what our spouse, family and friends are telling us to do, to give up.  Please just join with me and get back into faith and give God all of your praise and give Him all of the glory just believing He is the same God that He was to Moses, Abraham, Joseph, David, etc.  All of these people had significant delays before their victory came forth.

CONCLUSION

I’m not going to have time to tell you everything that I base my faith upon in this quick encouraging faith lesson.  But I will tell you that on December 8, 2020 God woke me up in the middle of the night and said “Joe Biden would admit defeat and fraud had taken place”.  Wow, does that sound impossible or possible?  Most people would say that is impossible.  Yet I believe that this is what the LORD said to me and I choose to believe Him and not what I see.  God tells us that the “just” shall live by faith and not walk according to what we see.  There are other things that I have been encouraging myself daily with, but I will end upon this that occurred recently.  I listen to the Bible almost every night using an MP3 player while I fall asleep. Whenever I wake up, I become conscious that the Word of God is still playing in my ear and many times God is saying something to me that really stands out and this is what I recently was given by the LORD:

Luk 1:49  For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
Luk 1:50  And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
Luk 1:51  He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
Luk 1:52  He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
Luk 1:53  He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
Luk 1:54  He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy

Wow, these verses spoke volumes of hope to me.  I know these verses come from the Song of Mary in Luke and they do not appear to directly apply to our faith lesson or the current election. But until we analyze what was really said don’t throw these words away too quickly.  I believe these words were given as a prophetical statement for what is about to happen in the United States.

Verse 49 starts with God has done mighty things for us and this is exactly what is needed against this evil enemy trying to overtake us.  Next notice verse 50 is spoken to a people that fear Him and they are given His mercy.  We qualify for this to be written to us because we should fear the LORD and this will cause His mercy to be extended in our current situation. Next verse 51 was what caught my attention in the middle of the night.  The arm of the LORD is not mentioned that many times in the N.T.

The first time the arm of God is mentioned is here in Luke.  The next time it is mentioned is in John 12:38. John quotes a verse from Isaiah concerning the church.  “Who has believed our report and to who is the arm of the Lord revealed”.  This is a verse about a people that have faith and that should be the church.  God clearly says that His arm will be revealed to people that believe Him.  Wow, that is encouraging.  Finally, God’s arm is mentioned in the book of Acts.  In Acts 13:17 Paul is preaching and informing people that the arm of the Lord was displayed to them when God took the children of Israel out of Egypt.

Therefore, God has made a direct connection to Israel’s deliverance being parallel to the church’s deliverance from the bondage of this world and the ruling god of this world (2 Cor 4:4) as being a type of Pharaoh.  This makes the prophecy of Luke 1 spoken and sung by Mary apply to us.  So what else does God claim to do with His arm to help these people?

Verse 51 ends with “He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts”. Wow, we can observe very proud people in the government that appear to be very unconcerned with being caught in doing obvious evil acts within our government. I have not seen any of these crimes that have been committed in the last 12 years be judged.  It appears they are covered up or either just ignored like noting ever happened.  But that is about to change according to God.

Verse 52 continues with judgments of evil people taking place.  God says “He has put down the mighty from their seats”.  Wow, again we see people in government today that are so consumed with having their power that they will do anything illegal to take it and keep it.  These people are about to be put down and removed from their seats of power permanently.  Verse 52 ends with God’s exaltation of the lowly people with humility that have a servant’s heart not containing a motivation for greed or power to be raised up to these positions of authority.  The Bible says when the righteous rule it will bring forth joy to all that have elected them to office (Prov 25:2).

Finally verses 53 and 54 prophecy a reversal of the financial classes.  God declares the hungry will be filled with God’s good things and those that are extremely wealthy will be taken away void of their money that used to corrupt and try to overthrow our nation.  God’s mercy of deliverance has been extended in these last days.  It will be our time for victory and celebration before He returns.  No this is NOT ALL ABOUT US!  God is doing this to show mercy to the nations of the world.  God wants to show mercy to the unborn children in the womb that have not had the opportunity to be born.  God wants a great end-time harvest and revival in the church to go into the entire world to preach the gospel to every nation.

I am believing God for over 1 billion views on this website. Wow, that is stretching our faith since so far, we are only working on 4 million views.  But please join your faith with us and agree that God will do great and mighty things to get His Gospel out to these billion people.  God has already given us views from over 250 nations.  There were over 25 nations just today that read something on this website. We already have subscribers on every inhabited continent North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. People even in China have been viewing these Bible lessons. Pray that the seeds sown here will produce a lot of new believers with spiritual fruits.

We love you and hope this Bible lesson was encouraging.  I have really declared some very bold things that God said would happen.  I believe I heard from God and I believe they will happen in His perfect timing.  I have not heard that this will happen in the next 3 days.  I can only tell you what I heard and leave it at that trusting Him to make it happen.

Remember the principle of Hebrews 6:12 that it is through faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God.  This literally means faith is required and there will be delays to God bringing us the answer in most situations because, Satan is trying to keep it from coming to pass.  Satan has been doing everything possible to keep God’s chosen servant out of the White House.  But it will not work this time.  It is not yet time for the antichrist to manifest and control the world.  How do I know that?  Because you and I are still here.  It is time for church to overcome the devil and then we will be taken out of the world and then Satan will be allowed to rise to world domination and control.  That will only be a short time of 7 years when we come back to the earth with Jesus and Satan will be thrown into hell for 1000 years.

Keep the faith!  Stand strong!  Do not let the circumstances sway your faith. Do not allow the absence of human solutions get you down either. Do not allow delay to discourage you.  Remember when it looks impossible for man, it is still entirely Possible for God.  All we are required to do is to give Him all of the Glory and praise Him for the victory before we see it happen.  This is a Bible principle.  Joshua and the people of Israel marched for days around the walls of Jericho and then shouted and blew the trumpets to sound the victory and then the walls fell down.

God bless you and if this lesson offends you, stand back and just watch what God will do and then leave us your  comment after a month or so.  If this encouraged you then please like it at the bottom of the webpage and share it with all of your friends.  Be a blessing to us and to others.  God is working whether you see what He is doing or not.  Be patient!  Be kind! Walk in LOVE!  Shout the Victory! Praise the LORD! Rejoice in the LORD and I again I say REJOICE!  It is time to Celebrate.  Amen

THE DIVINE TRIUNE NATURE OF THE GODHEAD – PART 2 – THE TRINITY IN GENESIS 1

(Ver 1.2) Today’s Bible lesson is Part 2 in a series of very important studies concerning the described Triune nature of the Godhead. This lesson is a response to a reader who recently asked for more information on this essential subject. I had not written on this subject in ten years and it seems that it is time to revisit it. We can find God revealed and manifested in the Bible using three distinct titles. Two titles are direct family relationships and one is a completely spiritual name.  These three titles are 1) God the Father, 2) God the Son and 3) God the Holy Spirit. There are a lot of people in the modern church that struggle and are challenged because of some things that they have heard from their church ministers about the Godhead.  Some of these believe that God is a one indivisible deity.  Some believe Jesus Christ is either just a human prophet or an angelic being and not God. Some believe the Holy Spirit is the True God and the Father is just another name for Him. It is interesting that the Bible describes that the antichrist will claim God never had a Son that came in the flesh (2 Jn 1:7). This helps us know that any confusion on this subject is demonically inspired to discount the existence of the Godhead and the Son of God. I wonder why Satan fights this so very much? I believe it is to keep everyone in doubt to not place our faith and confidence fully in His saving Grace. There are diverse numbers of erroneous beliefs based upon selective and unbalanced verses of the Bible.  But when we observe all scriptures with a well balanced perspective, we must come to the conclusion that God is 3 manifested personalities at the same time.

We must all become Acts 17:11 “Berean” types of Christians.  Paul praised these people of Berea as being more noble than others in the church because they listened to his teachings with an open mind and heart and then went to the scriptures to find out if what Paul taught was actually what the scriptures said.  If people in Paul’s day needed to do this to a man who was the writer of 2/3 of the New Testament, how much more do you and I need to do this with every other Bible teacher and preacher that we read, listen to, watch live, see on TV, or on the internet?

Today’s subject is a continuation of the “Part 1” introduction with a very direct and special narrowed selection of the subject.  We will be discussing the Trinity of God and how they are often found together in the Bible, specifically in one chapter.  Please realize that God does not always directly name His individual titles of the Trinity like we might want Him to.  Often God refers to Himself using synonymous different names or titles that mean the same thing and these will refer us to the same part of the Godhead, but in hidden or challenging ways.  At other times one part of the Godhead can be implied as when God in heaven speaks and says “This is my beloved Son”.  Obviously these were two manifested members of the Godhead that are being referred to in this one statement even if God does specify directly that it is the Father that was speaking.  This is what I call God Hiding the Truth in Plain Sight.  In other words, there is no obvious encryption that keeps us from knowing or understanding what is being stated, but there is some layered steps of implication that are required to be seen, in order to achieve the full knowledge and understanding.  Let us get started with a quick introduction.

INTRODUCTION

I will begin by teaching you a special fact that the LORD has shown me in scripture.  The Trinity of God is a central theme found in the entire Bible.  The Trinity of God is taught to us from the very beginning of Genesis 1 to the very ending of Revelation 22.  In this lesson I will demonstrate how God does this. We will be focused upon Genesis 1:1 primarily but we will also see the Trinity briefly in Revelation 22. In addition we will go over verses in John that help us understand the bookend chapters.

Then I need to tell you this fact also.  These three deity manifestations called the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and they do not have to be used in those direct named terms like I mentioned in the opening.  You may not believe that God would do such a thing as making the Bible difficult to understand on purpose, but He does.  How then are we supposed to see or find all of these references?  The answer is through us being led by the Holy Spirit directly or by us learning how to see Him through teachings that God has taught others. 

There are some people who just want to open up their Bibles and then ask God to show them every answer to all of their questions instantly and personally.  God can and will do it this way if that is the limited little box that you want to put Him into, to force Him to answer the way you want and not allow Him to answer your question how He desires.  I personally recommend that we stay open to any method that God wants us to learn from.  I have learned a lot directly from the Holy Spirit, but I am also grateful for listening to new Bible teachers and preachers all the time.  By doing this I see what the Lord is speaking to them.  In this way I have learned to see how God gives others revelation that He has not given to anyone else that I have heard. I think that this is essential and it helps us to learn interdependent of others in the body of Christ. We can obviously see how this would be a very prideful attitude if we thought God could only speak to us personally.

We can study the Bible for 50 years and finally see the truth that God could have taught us in 60 minutes of reading or listening to someone that has already studied the Bible and been shown the answer to the question we desire to know.  This is just called common sense and redeeming our time.  Please take advantage of Bible Teachers.  God has anointed and gifted certain men and women in the Church body to help us through these teaching gifts.  You can clearly read this in Ephesians 4:11. Ok, that was just an encouragement to be open and save yourself a lot of time.  But that still does not relieve you of proving everything that is taught to you by your own Bible study of the verses being presented.  Right?  Let us get into our subject of the Trinity.

THE TRINITY IN GENESIS 1

I will introduce you to how we need to shift our focus in order to see God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in verses that do not directly name them together.  For example, let us read just the first three verses of Genesis:

Gen 1:1  In the beginning (H7225) God (H430) created (H1254) (H853) the heaven (H8064) and the earth.(H776) 

Gen 1:2  And the earth (H776) was (H1961) without form, (H8414) and void; (H922) and darkness (H2822) was upon (H5921) the face (H6440) of the deep. (H8415) And the Spirit (H7307) of God (H430) moved (H7363) upon (H5921) the face (H6440) of the waters. (H4325) 

Gen 1:3  And God (H430) said, (H559) Let there be (H1961) light: (H216) and there was (H1961) light.(H216) 

Whether you saw them or not, the Trinity was mentioned at least 3 times with God the Father being referred to three times, the Holy Spirit once and Jesus at least twice.  I can hear a lot more people asking “WHAT?”.  Let us start with the word “God”.  It occurs once in each of the three verses.  This is the Hebrew word H430 “Elohim” and it is a plural word.  Uh oh? Could God be talking about Himself as a plural God who is potentially three manifestations in One True God?  Yes, He is.  This Hebrew word occurs in at least 2247 verses of the Old Testament. The majority of these, it is referring to God (capital G) and it is always in a plural form.  This Hebrew word is the longer plural form of the words “El” or “Eloah”. This information should awaken you to look at this word in a new light from now on.  In every one of the 2247 verse where this word occurs it is an indirect way of referring to the Trinity.   That is a lot of verses, please go and read them all to see if I’m right if you like.

Now, God the Holy Spirit is a much more obvious direct reference in Genesis 1.  Therefore, we will deal with Him first.  In verse 2 you can clearly see how God described the earth to be formless and void with darkness covering the face of the deep.  Next, God describes His Spirit to be “moving” upon the face of the waters.  Ok, here we can begin to observe a clear and distinct separation being made between the God who created and sits in heaven above His creation and the manifestation of His Spirit being separately found present within His physical creation on the face of the earth.  This is a direct reference of two manifestations of the same God.

Perhaps we missed verse 1 and this will clear things up a little more.  In verse 1 God says “In beginning God (H430, Elohim) created the heaven and the earth”.  Therefore, we understand the creator God was outside of His creation and the limited 4-dimensions of the natural heaven (stars and planets) and the physical earth that came into existence in verse 1.  Now notice how in verse 2 God who is implied to still be in Heaven has revealed that His Spirit is moving upon the darkness that is covering the created Earth globe.  We know from reading 1 John 1:5 that God is light.  We also know from reading Revelation 22:5 that in the new heaven and the new earth to come, there will be no more night (darkness) because God will be the light for us all.  What I see from this information is that we have two manifestations of God being spoken of in two different dimensions as separate identities of the same God.  One manifestation of God is Him in His Glorious form sitting within the unlimited Spiritual Kingdom realm or the Kingdom of Heaven and the other manifestation is called the Spirit of God manifested and found within the limited physical domain of His creation. I find that very interesting to see how God is described as two manifestations in two locations.  This will be a pattern that will be repeated in many other verses.

Now let us begin to look for the hidden Jesus in these verses. While the KJV Bible contains 10 English words in Genesis 1, these originate from six Hebrew words.  Here is a quick list of these words:

NBRStrong NumberTranslation
1H7225In the Beginning
2H1254Created
3H430God
4H853A-Z, Alpha Omega, Alef Tav (Untranslated in English)
5H8064Heavens
6 And
7H776Earth

Ok, did you see Jesus the Son of God and God the Son of the trinity in these Hebrew words?  If you have read the other Bible lessons on this website, you should already know that Jesus is the 4th untranslated Hebrew word found in Genesis 1:1.  This fourth word is H853 and it consists of just two Hebrew letters which happen to be the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Jesus represents this hidden untranslated 2 letter reference.  It is very obvious that translators did not understand what this word meant and just ignored it completely. That is a major issue.  Let us look at another O.T. verse that helps us confirm who this word is referring to:

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

Here we have another verse that describes Jesus precisely as a man that has been crucified on a cross. This verse describes the bodily piercings of the hands, feet and the wound in His side hanging on the cross in Gospels. Now notice what the translators did? They placed the word “me” where the Hebrew word H853 occurs. This “me” should read “the A-Z” whom they have pierced. I think this is a great confirmation that we are seeing Jesus in Genesis 1:1 very clearly now, but there is more evidence.

Remember Jesus called Himself the Alpha and Omega beginning in Revelation chapter 1.  Four times in the book of Revelation Jesus claims to be the Alpha and the Omega.  This claim is found in Revelation 1:8, 1:11, 21:6, and 22:13.  Notice the last reference to Jesus being the Alpha and Omega occurs in the last chapter of the Bible.  Also remember what I said earlier, the trinity is found in the first chapter and the last chapter and many, many other places in between.   Please, remember this for it is important to know.

If we translate these Revelation references of Alpha and Omega in the New Testament into the Hebrew alphabet, Jesus would have said “I am the Alef and the Tav”.  And if we translate the Old Testament Hebrew word “Alef & Tav” into Greek it would be “Alpha and Omega” and “A and Z” in English.  What we learn from this is that Jesus is claiming to be this God in Genesis that created the heaven and the earth.  Now let me challenge you with a new thought.  This untranslated Hebrew word “Alef and Tav” occurs over 7000 times in the Hebrew text, in over 5000 verses.  Could Jesus be found in all of these referenced verses?  I believe according to John 5:39 where Jesus was speaking to the Jewish people and He told them to search the scriptures because these were what testified about Him, we can find Him almost everywhere.  I mean that is a radical claim in light of we just learned about Jesus claiming to be this “Alef and Tav” in the book of Revelation 4 times.

This two letter Alef and  Tav Hebrew word is the fourth word in the original Hebrew text and it is normally untranslated in the KJV English Bible (Genesis 1:1). It is joined with “Elohim” (God) and “Created”. Genesis 1:1 should read in English “In Beginning the God Alef-Tav created the heavens and the earth”.  It is interesting to note that the Alef represents the beginning and the letter Tav represents the end. This concept would also apply the Greek Alpha meaning the “beginning” and the Greek Omega meaning the “ending”. Jesus makes this declaring in Revelation 1:8, 21:6 and 22:13. Wow, this confirms that Jesus was present in Genesis 1 the beginning and will be present in Revelation 22 the ending.

This may present a new potential problem for new Bible students.  As we know, Jesus was not born on the physical earth until 4000 years after Adam committed treason and gave the world to Satan to rule.  How do we resolve a New Testament Alpha and Omega Son of God Bible contradiction with the Old Testament God being the Alef-Tav in Genesis 1:1?. That is a great question and here is the starting point to discover the answer:

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

Joh 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God

Joh 1:3  All things were made by him (the Word); and without him was not any thing made that was made

Joh 1:4  In him (the Word) was life; and the life was the light of men

Joh 1:14  And the Word (God) 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. 

These verses are a divine commentary on Genesis 1 and the account of creation.  God declares “Everything was made by the Spoken Word of God and these Words were the same as God”.  Uh oh?  What did He say?  Here again we have two manifestations of the same God.  One is called God and the other is called His Word.  We should have been introduced to this concept in the first lesson of the series.  God is declaring that we cannot separate our God who created our world from His Word. Also, we cannot separate His Word from our creator God because they both created the heavens and the earth working together in the beginning.  I think a lot of people may be confused, so let us go over some new thoughts of what a trinity represents using a substance that was created in our natural realm. Let us look at verse in Revelation 22 to help us see this connection and comparison:

Rev 22:1  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb

I like to think of the divine Trinity to be like the concept of His created substance of “water”.  Notice two parts of the Trinity of God are directly named in this verse. One is called God and the other is called the Lamb (Jesus Christ the Son). We learn the Lamb of God is Jesus by reading John 1:29. Notice how in Revelation 22:1, both God and the Lamb are found present on the throne in heaven. Now notice a river that flows from them both. It is called a flowing that proceeds from the throne and this water is pure meaning Holy and it produces life. We have just seen a direct connection to Water and God and 2 of the members of the Trinity of God. So let us briefly analyze created water next.

Water is described in Chemical terms as H2O.  Each water molecule is comprised of 3 atoms.  Two atoms of Hydrogen and one atom of Oxygen.  Wow, do you think this is an accident that there are exactly THREE atoms that comprises ONE substance molecule named “water”?  Why are there two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom?  It is interesting to note that oxygen is absolutely essential for all human life on earth.  Without this element of oxygen on earth humans would not be here.  Therefore, this single element of Oxygen represents a life force like the water flowing from the throne of God. This oxygen substance appears to represent the Holy Spirit.  I say this, because without the Holy Spirit on the inside of us, we are spiritually dead (lifeless).  Now hydrogen is a colorless, odorless unobservable gas and I can see how these two atoms in water could represent a type of the Father and the Son working together with the Holy Spirit oxygen type of element to give us water, another essential element for human life on earth. This would also appear to correspond with the verse in Revelation 22:1 that we just read where two named representations of God are equally sitting on the Highest throne with life flowing out of them to us.

I do not believe water evolved to exist for one of our life sources and supply of refreshing drinkable liquid.  I believe in a higher Intelligent Designer and Creator of our world that put oxygen and water here on purpose to give us life. I do not believe that these three atoms being combined in this order to be just an accident of evolution either. 

Now consider these facts about the substance of water.  H2O on the earth exists in three distinct and separate manifestations.  The most abundant basic substance of H2O is named “water” on our planet and it is a clear liquid at normal room temperature.  Second, there is frozen water named “ice” that is a solid manifestation of the liquid substance when it reaches the temperature of 0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit.  Third, there is water that can manifest as a substance named steam or vapor which is water that is heated to 100 degrees Celsius or 212 degrees Fahrenheit.  These three named manifestations are all of the exact same substance known as water and comprised of our three atoms H2O.  How can one substance called water be seen as three such different manifestations?  This is the way God is presenting Himself in the Bible.  Does this information help you to see God in the Bible clearer and more understandable now?  I pray it does.

Based upon what we have learned from John 1, we can now begin to see Jesus with more clarity in the rest of the chapter of Genesis 1.  Every time in Genesis 1 where it says “And God said”, God is speaking His Word (vocal Jesus) that came from His mouth and this was with God and was God and it is the exact same as what became flesh to be manifested Jesus being born in a manger, living on the earth and dying on the cross.  This is essential information for our salvation.  If we do not know, understand or believe that Jesus was God on the earth that paid the price for our sins then I really do not see how we can be saved.  Let us look at another good verse that goes along with Genesis 1 and our discussion of the Triune nature of our God:

Joh 6:63  It is the Spirit that quickeneth (gives life); the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life.

In this verse we can see two directly named members of the Trinity being spoken of and the words that are spoken are radical beyond our full human mind’s comprehension.  Jesus the Son of God is the one doing the speaking to the people in this verse therefore this is the Son of God talking.  He begins by speaking and declaring a statement about the Holy Spirit as if He is not directly “Him” or as if “They” are separate.  Jesus said “It is He who is named God’s “Spirit” that gives all Life”.  Doesn’t this match with the river flowing from the throne? This description also parallels the words that we just read in John 1:4 where John wrote of God being the one that contained all life.  This verse stated in the KJV “In Him (God and the Word) was life”.  Then apply or compare this to what we just heard Jesus say from His own lips.  “My spoken words are Spirit and they are Life”.  Wow, if you are not getting what is being said here, you are missing some very major truths. It appears that we have just come across God the Father, God the Son and the God the Holy Spirit all being equal life sources.

Jesus in these spoken Words was declaring that He was the God of Creation and He who created Life was in Him simultaneously.  It should become more obvious to us that Jesus was claiming to be God the Creator and that God the Creator was also on the inside of Him speaking of God’s Spirit Words of Life being spoken to anyone that would listen to His words.  This is all confirmed by other words that Jesus spoke to us in John 10:38 where He claimed “His Father was in Him and that He was in His Father”.  Wow again, we have just found in scripture that Jesus claimed to be God and that God claimed to be Him and both spoke Their Spirit words that create Life.  There again is the trinity of God, ALL working together in complete harmony as separate but totally equal participants in the creation of our world.  There is so much more that could be taught here, but we will move on and go back to Genesis 1 to wrap this lesson up. 

I counted 10 times in Genesis 1 where it is written “God said” and then something happened. Almost every instance of divinely spoken words produce life or items that are necessary to sustain life.  I believe we have learned that whenever God spoke, He declared Spirit Words that caused something living to manifest in the natural realm.  It is also interesting that in the KJV Bible that they chose to make God plural when God said “Let US make man in our image and after our likeness”.  I believe this was a very accurate translations based upon God using the plural form of His name “Elohim” in this chapter exclusively.

You see humans are a triune being also.  We fit the pattern of our creator in many ways.  1 Thessalonians 5:23 the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write about humans as being a 1) spirit, 2 that has a soul, and 3) living in a physical body.  I like to say it this way, “We are not humans having a spiritual experience but rather we are spirits having a temporary human experience” in order to prepare us to be with Him or determine our eternal destiny away from Him.  Being with Him or eternally separated from Him will be our spiritual choice.  I hope and pray you have already made that choice to belong to His family by being born-again.  If not, you can go to the menu at the top of the website and select “Salvation” and follow the instructions, believe, confess, pray and then leave us a comment to testify about your great decision.  Jesus said in Matthew 10:32 “whoever confesses me before men, them will I confess before my Father”.  Do you see the trinity in that verse?  They are all there!  We have the Son confessing your name to His Father and Jesus’ words of declaration will provide you with Spirit Life status and the Holy Spirit will come to indwell you in your spirit.  What a great choice you have made.  Tell everyone you know what God has done for you.

CONCLUSION

I pray that you have a better understanding of how one God can be named and manifested in three different forms but still be the One True God.  We have been introduced to the Trinity in Genesis using verses from the book Revelation and the Book of John. We did this to learn how the Trinity is revealed and defined in multiple settings and learn how they compliment each other so that we can see their unity working together in creation. You should have seen in Genesis 1 God was creating life. He accomplished this by speaking His (Spirit) Word while His Holy Spirit hovered over the earth. We learned from John1 that Jesus was this same Spoken Word that became flesh (natural life) and He walked on the face of the earth among us. I find this truth so amazing.

This has only been “Part 2” in the series and I pray that it was well received and understood.  I pray that you will also go and look up all these Bible verses and Greek and Hebrew words for yourself to prove that they are really what is found in the Bible.  This will help you a lot to learn how to study the Bible for yourself.  One of the primary goals for this website is to teach you how to fish for God’s truth in the Word, rather than to give you a one-time fast food snack of His truth for a day. 

Thank you and God bless you very much for reading and studying the Words of the Living God with us at Agapegeek.Com.  I am always so blessed to have the privilege to share what the Holy Spirit has taught me in the Bible to anyone that wants to learn about God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit.  If you were blessed by this, please share it with all of your friends and relatives to help us get the Gospel of Jesus Christ out to a world that needs Him desperately.  Pressing “Like” will help people find us also. Leaving comments will help people find us and provide us with important feedback.

In the next lesson, (the Lord willing) we will go over some other great Bible verses about the triune nature and makeup of the Godhead. There are literally so many verses that are available in the Bible to teach about this subject, that we will need to focus in on only a few that are the best examples. I look forward to teaching this subject again soon. I hope it was a blessing to you and that you gained some insight that was a new and fresh perspective about our very Loving and Gracious God. If you need prayer for any reason, please leave a comment and we will add you to our prayer list. God Bless you!

~ TECH NOTE ~

Finally, big technology companies have begun to censor and silence the truth.  The limitations of search engine de-prioritization, shadow banning and just out and out censorship is a demonic attempt to keep the Gospel from being spread.  This is why I recommend to you and to everyone that you know to get off of these platforms and stop helping them to make money from your participation.  All people are to them is a product or commodity to control so that they are able to use you and sell you to advertisers.  I strongly recommend as a “Geek” type of Christian computer nerd that you try “DuckDuckGo” for your only internet search engine and app, Download and try “Parler” instead of Twitter, Download and try “Rumble” instead of YouTube. Also, download and try “MeWe” instead of Facebook.  These new technologies are getting stronger and able to grow as more people get on their platforms.   There are many ministries that are moving to “Rumble” because Youtube has deleted their conservative videos and voices.  All of these companies that I recommended are currently freedom-of-speech based apps that will not censor a message of God, Jesus or the Bible or even just basic conservative morality and truth. Please consider this move and take a stand against the evil that is trying to silence the voice of the Church.

GOD GETS ALL OF THE GLORY! HE IS LOOKING FOR A BELIEVING 300!

(Ver 1.1) I was not gong to post any more about the United States election.  However, I believe with all of my heart that God is not finished yet and is waiting to see who will stand with Him in faith, patiently expecting Him to fulfill what the church of Jesus Christ has prayed.  I know it looks really bad like the evil has won. It looks like we are against an overpowering enemy that has defeated us. But this is when God works best and our God is still doing some amazing things in these last days, even if it does not always seem that way to our human viewpoint based upon circumstances.   Has God ever really done that before?  Read your Bible and tell me a story where God answered a problem in the way that a human wanted Him to answer it or when they wanted Him to answer it? 

God is very gracious and kind, but His love is also balanced with the need for our faith’s participation to receive His free Grace heavenly provisions.  We are never to tell God how or when He should answer our prayers.  That is not our choice.  We just know that God will answer and many times it will be at the last second before we think the world is about to end and Satan is about to win.  Remember God is faithful (Deu 7:9) and He will always answer believing prayers(Mk 11:24), so let’s believe, stand (Eph 6:13) and fight a good fight of faith (1 Tim 6:12) until we see the answer.  Because it will be our faith that will give us the victory to overcome Satan and the evil world (1 Jn 5:4).

If God would have answered our prayers immediately, the way we all thought He would on election day, November 3, 2020, we would not have seen all the works and plans of the devil.  We would also not have seen how Satan overplayed his hand of cards to expose himself.  This delay by God was an exceedingly wise plan but it looks like a very foolish plan to the carnal human mind.  Watch and see God continue to work and see what He is desiring to accomplish in the world and simultaneously in the church. 

If God would have answered our prayer on election day, He would not have been able to expose all of the crime, evil, corruption and fraud in our government, politicians and the election processes.  God would not have been able to expose the lengths that Satan was able to overreach to use evil people to try to steal all of the votes for our President to get him out of office. God would not have been able to expose the Jezebel false prophets in the media as being such corrupt liars.  These are people being used by demons to prophesy lies of propaganda to attempt to brain wash the American people and the world to cause us to get into fear.  God would not have been able to expose the corrupt Tech-companies that have been used by Satan on a mission to silence the truth of the righteous people on the earth. 

WILL GOD GET THE GLORY OR MAN?

Now that brings me to today’s main topic.  God would not have been able to get all of the Glory for re-electing the President, if He had won the election in a landslide without the criminal fraud, foreign interference and all of the hidden activity taking place in the collusion under the disguise of hidden darkness.  Our President could have claimed that it was him, his personality, his accomplishments, his fame or fortune, etc. that gave him the election results of victory.  But those that know God realize that it is only God that put him into office in 2016 because of prayers and it will only be God that gets him back into office in 2020 because of faithful prayers.  Yes, God heard our prayers and God answered our prayers to save human lives.  I still believe that 100%.  I am not moved by what is going on in the news. In fact I don’t watch fake news anymore. But God’s answer was not done immediately as we expected and this is causing a lot of people who call themselves Christians to not stand with God anymore agreeing with the evil report of the 10 spies that said “we are not able to take the land because we are just grasshoppers”.

Now that brings us to topic number two about a faithful remnant with faith that did get the victory even if the majority failed to enter into it. Remember the two spies with the good report “we are well able to overcome this enemy so let us go up and take it now” had to experience a delay of 40 years because of all of the unbelief. yet they still got the victory. Ok, I’m not saying we must wait 40 years to see the victory. I’m not even saying we have to wait another 4 years. No, I’m saying there will be a delay but victory will take place sooner than you think. Let us go and read another story that shows us what is happening in this delay period.

ARE YOU ONE OF GOD’S 300?

This is one of the main messages that God spoke to me this morning.  In the book of Judges chapter 7 we will find a man named Gideon.  This man had an army of 32,000 soldiers.  This army seemed big enough to defeat the enemy quickly with no problems. But God told Gideon it was too many and they would think they got the victory without the need of Him.  That is how it would have been if the landslide for our President took place on Nov 3 without any crimes being committed.  But God told Gideon to gather the army and ask them “whoever is fearful and afraid depart and go home” in verse 3.  That left 10,000 soldiers.  Those that left the army were never in faith and they represent Christians that have already admitted defeat or are afraid of what might happen if God does not answer our prayers.  These are usually types of Christians that know very little about the Word of God. We will see why I said this next.

10,000 soldiers were still too many for God and God told Gideon to take all of them down to the water.  Water usually represents the Word of God in the Bible.  For example, Jesus told the disciples now you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you (Jn 15:3).  To a woman at the well Jesus said “If you knew who it was that spoke with you, you would ask of me a drink, I would give to you living water…” (Jn 4:10).  And I could give you other examples.  The men that never came to the water going home did not get to come to the Word of God. But the 10,000 men of Gideon that remained were instructed to come to the water and drink. God said to Gideon that He would “try” them there. That Hebrew (H6886) word literally means to refine/melt metal. I think you may have heard that in the New Testament regarding our faith being tried by fire in 1 Peter 1:7. Our faith is being tested and we are in need to remain bold and courageous.

In Judges 7, God was showing there was a special way that the qualified must drink. Those that lapped the water like a dog were accepted for the battle. How does a dog drink water? They are always on their feet. They use their tongue as a scoop to bring the water up into their mouth. But there were those that drank laying on the ground which required them to get on their knees first and then lay down on the ground to reach their mouths to the water like a snake. These people were rejected. The Hebrew word translated as “bowed down” (H3776) in verse 6 means they needed to be prostrate on the ground in a laying position with their face down to reach the water. These were the ones that disqualified for battle.  There were only 300 men that used their hand to scoop the water with their heads up, feet on the ground looking alertly for the enemy that were approved by God for battle (v6).

Wow, I hope you saw the typology in this example.  Those that lapped water like a dog were prepared for a surprise attack of the enemy.  These were the 300 that had wisdom to stay alert, aware and were ready for the fight of faith no matter if it happened at that moment or many days later. They were ready no matter if there was a delay or the fight was now.  This is the type of Christian that God is hoping we are.  He is calling out a people that are ready at every moment and remain in faith no matter how long it takes to achieve the victory.  We must be prepared because the enemy can surprise us at any unexpected moment. 

Did you notice what type of Christian did not go to battle and get the victory?  These were people that were worldly and acted like a snake laying on their belly on the ground unaware.  It is virtually impossible for a human drinking on their belly to see what is happening around them and they can easily be surprised and killed by a sly predator.  A Christian with one foot in the world and one foot in church is not going to be able to stand with God.  God wants someone who spiritually alert and aware and is fully committed to Him.  These are too many Christians that are trying to please the world to not offend them with the truth, while going to church to try and make God happy.  Jesus said to the church in Revelation 3:15-16, “I would that you be hot or cold, because you are lukewarm, I will spew you out of my mouth”.  Wow, that is a very strong warning.

This election delay is causing a lot of Christians to depart from their faith and become joined with Satan and his world agenda.  Christian have been sitting on a fence with one foot in the world’s party system and one foot in the Kingdom of God party on Sunday and this is still unacceptable to God.  God desires a victorious church (Rom 8:37), but first, He is returning to the earth to see if there is anyone that still has the faith to receive the victory (Lk 18:8).  Remember God eliminated the fearful and those that were afraid from Gideon’s army FIRST!  These were people with NO faith in Him.  Then God got rid of the carnal worldly people that wanted life in the world with a future hope of going to heaven with His victory too.  These were types of people that were double minded and easily swayed between two opinions. But only the faithful that believed God and were constantly alert, aware, believing, and faithful were the soldiers that received the victory of God.

Which one of the Christian types are you?  Do you believe God is still “ABLE” to give us the victory?  Do you believe God “Will” give us the victory even if it looks like we are totally outnumbered and about to get slaughtered with only our 300-soldier army?  God is giving everyone that says they are a Christian a chance to choose right now.  Whose report will you believe?  Will you believe the report of the Jezebel false lying prophet media?  Or will you believe and stand with the God that is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask or think (Eph 3:20)?  God is still God! God still rules! God is still for Life (Jn 10:10)!  God is not a liar (Num 23:19).

I’m standing with God no matter what happens or how long it takes to win the spiritual battle.  Just like the Hebrew children in Babylon in the book of Daniel, when the king told everyone to bow or burn. They said to the king “Our God is able and will deliver us and even if He does not we will not bow”.  This is what God is looking for today.  I would rather die in faith without receiving the promised answer rather than to bow and allow death to take another innocent life from the womb.

CONCLUSION

If this strong message offends you, that is very sad and heartbreaking to God and myself. But please take your negative comments somewhere else! You are free to go and bow to the false gods of Baal in the world and join them in their slaughter and sacrifice of innocent babies. My God will deliver us, some us will believe and have faith no matter what the world says.  IT IS TIME TO KEEP STANDING! God has already started the exposure of the massive crimes that were committed in this election.  Justice is coming as God the Supreme Judge in heaven has already ruled in our favor. All we do now is stand and praise Him for the victory! Thank you Jesus!   Please rise up and continue to stand with God.  There are more in the spiritual realm that are for us than there are against us.  God bless you.  I love you and God loves you.  He has given to us the victory and He receives all of the glory.  Be one of God’s 300!

TIME TO STAND!

(Ver 1.1) In the last blog posted before the election of Nov 3 in the United States, I had a short message asking Christians with faith to “Pray, Vote and Stand for Life”.  Since this day has come and gone and it seems like God has not answered our prayers (to many people), I wanted to come to you again to say “it is not over”.  Do you need to hear a message from the LORD to encourage you today? Do you believe it is over?  Today is His reminder that we are now in the third phase of God’s design for us praying and receiving our answers. This 3rd phase is called “the Stand”.  God is saying “Through faith and patience we inherit His promises” (Heb 6:12). I believe God is NOT DONE!  God is hardly ever early, never late, but will always deliver the answer on His perfect time schedule, if we do not give up.

I believe that God has permitted this delay period for His divine purposes.  First, to teach us to never give up.   And second, to expose the evil plans of Satan in the United States of America.  The last four years has shown us an increased level of evil like I have never seen before in my lifetime.  If you have not been able to see this occurring, please pray and ask God to open your eyes.   It is so obvious that when you see it you will wonder how you could have ever missed it.

The act of “standing” simply means to not be moved by what the circumstances of what the enemy looks like around you.  “To Stand” literally means to continue to “face down” your enemy and NOT to turn and run away from them like a coward.  Running is what Satan is supposed to be doing from us, according to James 4:7. God wants His people to believe that He heard their prayers, is able to answer and that He answered us even when it does not look like that it is possible.  Wow!  That is called having faith and confidence in Him instead of what we see with our eyes or hear with our ears. 

Remember Daniel prayed to God and God sent the answer immediately but to Daniel’s perspective the answer did not arrive for 21 days because of an unseen spiritual warfare that was occurring in the spiritual realm.  That is exactly what is taking place in our election.  I believe Christians forget that there is still a devil and that he is doing everything possible to resist the plans of God from coming to pass. 

Satan has had control of our Jezebel led false-prophet media for many years.  So please do not listen to them or believe anything that they say.  I estimate that most of the news from the mass majority of worldly media is at least 90% biased against real truth.  There appears to be a hidden spirit of witchcraft controlling the news feed with identical talking points to fuel a hidden demonic agenda of brainwashing and deception.  From what limited views that I have heard from these sources, I have learned that whatever the news is promoting in mass, that is usually what the other side is guilty of and the opposite of what is actually true.

STAND

Let us get into our first Bible verse on “Standing” and it comes from the book of Ephesians.  In this context God describes the spiritual battle of warfare that Christians are in.  We are told that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and rulers of the darkness of this world.   God also said that our weapons are not carnal or natural.  No, our weapons are primarily exercising our authority in prayer and praising God for the answer.  Our spiritual enemies are not going to give in without a fight to test our stand of faith.  The enemies of God and His church are defeated but still must be put under our feet in order to stand (Rom 16:20).  I claim it is time for this to happen right now.  Let us read our first verse:

Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to STAND.

We are in this position of warfare because the days we are living are certainly evil.  But Jesus is still LORD and we are His body on the earth with the authority to resist the evil (Luk 10:19, Jas 4:7).   This means we must “Stand” strong and not allow our faith to waiver because of any delay in His justice or righteousness.  We live in an instant microwave it and eat it up NOW world.  If there is ever any delay, we could easily think we are in trouble, but we must still believe that God has heard and answered us.  We need to be more like a Daniel and keep praying in faith until the answer comes.  Daniel was very confident and persistent.  He knew that God is working whether he saw Him working or not for many days.  Even though Daniel did not see it, things were happening in the unseen spiritual realm.  The victory must be won in the spiritual realm before it is ever manifested in the physical realm.   

God is telling His people today to guard our gates. Don’t allow the enemy an access to enter into our minds to defeat us. These human gates are our eyes, our ears and our mouth. When we hear or see evil reports, they cause many to move into fear, worry, and doubt. Then when some one speaks that fear out of their mouth it allows Satan to bring it to pass. Remember this lesson from the Old Testament. There were 12 spies sent into the Promised Land. Only two spies named Joshua and Caleb brought back a “Good” report that was designed by God to prophesy and produce faith in the rest of the nation. But there were these other false and fake media spies that came back with the “Evil” report and Satan filled their mouth with the majority report of “defeat”. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? The majority of the nation is buying into the majority opinion of defeat. As Christ followers we do not have to do that. We can choose to follow CHRIST and LIFE and see the glory of God wipe out our spiritual unseen enemies placing them under our feet. That is my encouragement for all of my readers. Please “STAND” for “LIFE” unwavering in your faith. What happens if we do this? Here is another verse about standing and believing God:

Exo 14:13  And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, STAND still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 

This is a Word from God for such a time as this.  That which has been is that which shall be again (Ecc 1;9), but this time in the church age, we have the opportunity to enter into our Promised Land in victory.  Stand and watch the hand of the LORD expose the corruption, the fake voting process, the lies, the voter fraud, votes of the dead, the illegal and those that were unable to vote fairly.  Watch how it is exposed how easy it was for Satan to try to steal an election using a false fear agenda from a pandemic.   This year has been planned and coordinated by Satan, but this will be exposed in full and the victory will be the LORD’S.

If you are offended by this message, that is very sad to me and I believe to God. Joshua and Caleb were the only two with a good report that entered into the promised land of that generation. Please do not be a participant with the majority of the unsaved world that are dying in the wilderness and not entering into what God had already given to us by faith. Whose report will YOU believe? As for me and my house we will believe the report of the LORD. God is not done! Remember, if God is for us and life, who can be against us (Rom 8:31). Believe Him and see the salvation of the LORD for the voiceless unborn. Thank you and God bless you.

Pray, Vote, and Stand for Life

(Ver 1.0) This is probably the most consequential election that America has ever had to go through.  Never has there been such a dramatic clear opposition and hatred for human life in our history.  People will rise and stand up to save whales, porpoises, turtles, puppies, migratory birds and other animal lives, but simultaneously allow and promote as normal the murder of human life before and now even after birth.  God is giving the U.S. another chance to reverse the curse that America has put themselves under.  I believe this is our last chance to repent, change and to allow Him to shift the course of over 60 million child murders.  If this offends you, that is incredibly sad.  But it is time for the church and Christians to awaken, pray, vote, and stand for Life! This should be your #1 priority in this election. Nothing is more important or sacred to God besides human life.

Joh 10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have LIFE, and that they might have it more abundantly. 

Jesus claimed that He came to give every human the right and freedom to receive His gift of life in abundance.  He contrasted His free offered gift of life with Satan’s plan to kill, steal and destroy every human life.  Therefore, life only comes from God and death comes from Satan.  It is a noticeably clear choice and decision that there is no other choice but that a believer in Jesus Christ must stand with Jesus Christ.  When Christians vote against life they are voting against the planned will of Jesus, His Word, and His promises for life. When a Christian votes for death or does NOT vote at all they are joining themselves (2 Cor 6:14, James 4:4) in covenant with Jesus’ last enemy called death (1 Cor 15:26).

We can go to the internet and search for the written platforms of each competing political party.  If you have difficulty finding these you can go to “prayvotestand.org” to read the comparisons of the two platforms. (I am not affiliated with this website, but I do agree with their position of standing for life completely). If you read these platforms and compare them with true Biblical morals and values only the Republican party comes close to supporting life at the nearest measurement of God’s Word.  The Democrats have, as we have seen an agenda to elevate abortion to even the 9th month just before birth and some have push it further to even after birth.  Either way it is senseless and baseless murder that goes against the plan of Jesus for everyone to have LIFE.

I pray that you will join with me in praying for this election.  Ask God to reveal His heart to you for every human life.  Then go and vote for LIFE instead of a personality or a man’s name.  Ask yourself, has our current leader done anything in the last 3 ½ years to support God’s agenda to promote and save lives?  Hasn’t he opposed the funding of Planned Parenthood? Hasn’t he appointed three conservative judges to the Supreme Court to help change this unconstitutional ruling in America?  Which political party has opposed and resisted these appointments and why?  If we read their political platform, we can clearly learn it is because they support death.  I may lose readers and subscribers by telling people the truth from God’s Word.  But I personally will pray to God, vote for God’s plan, and stand with Him in faith that LIFE will win in this election.

Pro 24:11  Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
Pro 24:12  If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?

Deu 30:19  I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,

God bless you no matter if you love me or hate me.  I do love you however you feel about me, God, or His Word.  I just need to tell people what God thinks and says about our thinking, decisions and the consequences we can face for making the wrong choices.  If you received this message and you live in another nation, please pray for our election in the U.S.A. that the will of God will be done on the earth as it is in heaven. There are NO abortions being performed in heaven.  If you have any other prayer requests for you or your nation, please leave them as a comment and we will pray for you and these specific needs.  Thank you and please be led by the Spirit of God to vote in the U.S. for God’s LIFE Agenda.

VOTE LIFE!

My Reason to Celebrate Christmas

Merry Christmas – 2019

Jesus_the_Reason(Ver 1.2) Merry Christmas to all my faithful readers. I’d like to speak a blessing over every faithful Bible lesson reader and Bible student that takes the time to study and learn God’s Word with an open mind and then the determination to confirm if what was taught here was really what is found in your own Bible.   As I have said many other times, please don’t take my word for anything. I desire for any positive benefit for what is taught on this website to be for the glory of God only. Today in this Christmas season I want to express  my personal reasoning why I choose to give thanks at Christmas to God for saving me. Here is a list of Biblical Facts that should cause us all to be Thankful for the existence of a Christmas Day:

  1. God Saved Us from the Death Penalty of Our Sin (Rom 6:23).
  2. He Accomplished this through the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross (1 Peter 2:24).
  3. But this Salvation work would Not have been possible if it were Not for His Birth, First in a Manager in Bethlehem.

I usually get comments when I publish a Christmas blessing, from people trying to inform me that we don’t know when Jesus was officially born and we should all understand how our modern observance of Christmas has become so commercialized and is based upon so many pagan traditional practices of humans. We all should understand how a “Santa” could become a representative type, form or variation of the name “Satan”.  Just as the Easter bunny and eggs are a pagan distraction from the death burial and resurrection of Jesus. Based upon these and several other distractions, I am usually informed that no real Christian should participate in this pagan type of false holiday and celebration. We must understand that this is just Satan’s attempt to totally remove the holiday celebrations entirely from our memory. I agree that we could easily slip into patterns of poor judgement during these celebrations very easily.  But, I still believe that we should always attempt to place Jesus Christ as the center focus for these Days of Holiday Celebration.  Jesus Christ is the only reason for these days.

I believe that Christmas should not be primarily about us getting gifts and it should not even be about us giving gifts. While giving and receiving can be a part of the modern event celebration, we should celebrate these Holiday events as a remembrance and a memorial for what God has done for all of us. This is a common pattern initiated by the Lord in the Old Covenant. For example, God instructed His people to keep a certain feast of unleavened bread day in Exodus 13:9-10 yearly. In this command God said that they should observe this day every year as a memorial (H2146) and a sign (H226) for all the people. Wow, it sounds like remembering God’s special days were important not for God, but for us who easily forget what He has done for us over time.

I believe that we should Celebrate the Christmas Holiday yearly the same as was commanded for Israel to observe God’s special feast days annually. But, our focus should primarily be on the event and not the traditions of man. I believe that we should first start Christmas day with a prayer before opening presents and it would also be wise to read the accounts in the Bible about the divine birth event before we begin the day of celebration with any other practice such as gift giving.  We can even bring into our gift giving, God’s ultimate gift given to us through Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

I am continually growing spiritually to view Christmas to be a personal celebration and a personal remembrance of the promised hope that was prophesied to come by Jehovah God. These Bible prophecies promised us a savior to come and these consisted of God coming into the world as a child in the flesh (Isa 9:6) to die on a cross to redeem us from our sins (Gal 3:13) through His shed blood (Heb 9:22). If Jesus, the incarnate Word of God that was made flesh (Jn 1:1-14) had not legally come personally into the world as a human baby boy (Isa 7:14) there could have been no future salvation through His death (Heb 2:14) and we would all be headed to hell with Satan.

Thank God for His Love, His Wisdom, His Mercy, His Grace and His Holiness to become a perfect unblemished Sacrifice Lamb (John 1:29) without sin (Heb 4:15) became our sin and who was willing to die for all of humanity hanging naked nailed to a tree so that we could be made the righteousness of God (1 Peter 2:24) in Him. God our creator accomplished our salvation by choosing to become an intimate part of His creation (Isa 7:14, Mat 1:23) to personally pay the very high price with His Blood (Isa 52:3) and this was necessary and fair to satisfy His justice standards for the legal penalty and payment of our eternally separating sin. Through His personal blood payment (Mat 26:28), God provided a pathway out of our bondage and condemnation from our sins to be fully reconciled (Col 1:20) into a potential for a continual personal relationship with Him. In order to accomplish all of this the Bible says these things had to be fulfilled:

  1. A Virgin had to conceive a Male Child (Isa 7:14, Mat 1:23)
  2. The conceived Male Child had to be born in Bethlehem (Mic 5:2, Mat 2:1)
  3. This Male Child Had to be God in the Flesh (Mic 5:2, Isa 7:14, Mat 1:23, John 1:1-14)

Without these truths there is no salvation. If we believe none of this was necessary or true or important to keep and remember then I do not know who we are placing our faith for our salvation. There is NO OTHER ENTRANCE into the presence of Jehovah God (John 14:6) other than through Jesus Christ. I pray that you will join me in Celebrating NOT just the promised Savior’s birth but the fulfillment of that promise JESUS CHRIST God in the flesh that died for our sins. This is why I am eternally grateful and love to celebrate Christmas.  God Bless you in this time before the very soon return of the LORD to take us up to heaven. Be blessed and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  But please let us all remember Jesus during this time.

Lessons of Love and Forgiveness from a Testimony

(Ver 1.1) Today I believe that I am led to share a testimony from a friend.  I personally believe the Bible very strongly.  I believe the Bible is the inspired spoken word of an Almighty God that has been written down by human men for our spiritual benefit to learn and grow from it.  God’s word says in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that there is nothing new under the sun.  This verse informs me very clearly that history repeats itself.  What has been will be again.  And this lesson also teaches us that if we do not learn what has happened to others we can very easily fall into the same trap of Satan our self.  I believe that any one of us should say “if not for the grace of God there go I” when reading about what others have done or not done.  I ask you to read this testimony with an open mind but also with a heart of love, mercy and forgiveness.  I know there will be some that will feel superior and self-righteous while reading this like the Pharisee in Luke 18:11 that prayed and said “I thank you God that I am not as other men” and named sins that others were guilty of like a true hypocrite would.  However, this self-righteous Pharisee was condemned by Jesus for his attitude and his words and I believe that it would be very wise for us all to not to choose to do the same.  Please allow me to give you the foundational Bible verse for this short lesson:

2Co 2:10  To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; 

2Co 2:11  Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

 

In verse 11 is found the primary focused warning written to Christians concerning for us to not be ignorant of Satan’s traps, plans and pursuits. But, the context of this statement is clearly about our forgiveness and more specifically about us forgiving other men for what they have done.  According to the inspired word of God in Mark 11:25, if we do not forgive what others have done, God will not forgive us either of our sins.  I believe this teaches us that there is a divine spiritual law of reciprocal activity. I believe that how we treat others will be how God will treat us and this is His divine reciprocal choice. Therefore, if we forgive others we will be forgiven and if we do not forgive others we are in serious trouble. Please learn to forgive others, it is an absolute necessity.

Before we read the testimony I would like us to learn another very important truth from this verse 11.  This verse plainly states that if we do not forgive others it will open the door for our enemy Satan to come in and attack us.  This truth is very similar to what occurred in the life of Job but Job’s sin was different than what is being spoken of here in Verse 11.  Here in verse 11 God informs us that Satan is able to take advantage over any Christian if we allow Him to do so by our wrong actions of implied un-forgiveness.   Perhaps soon the Lord will lead me to write a more complete Study on the subject of how we open the door for the enemy but that is really not the main subject today.

Let’s read the testimony and learn what the enemy did to one of our dear brothers in Christ.  Try to think about what is said from his perspective and not your own personal viewpoint like a Pharisee.

 

LOST & FOUND

 

This is my testimony:

“I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.

Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch, like me.

Through many dangers toils and snares, I have already come.

How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.”

(lyrics, from the song, Amazing Grace)

 

In the safe recesses of my memory is that time so many years ago cuddling on my mother’s lap while she read to me the classic children story, “The Little Engine that Could,” by Watty Piper. I would have her read it every night if my way prevailed, and sometimes mom would read it two times in one sitting: “Again, again,” my young voice pled.  It was such a monumental struggle for that little engine to pull those cars full of toys up that mountain for delivery to the children on the other side. That captivating thought flooded my mind: “I think I can, I think I can.”  Despite its size, the little engine triumphantly pulls the train up that mountain. Would it? Could it? The image was real and I sensed even then that life at times could be a challenge and a true struggle.  As a mere child of four, I began to grasp this lesson that life may at times be a struggle reaching the other side to that place of joy and victory.

Two decades later, in my early twenties, I found myself singing in a Christian band. Often we sang this somewhat country classic, “Life is Like a Mountain Railway.” In this song the lyrics warn, “…we must make the run successful from the cradle to the grave.  Watch the curves that fill the tunnel, never falter never fail; keep your hands upon the throttle and your eyes upon the rail. Blessed Savior there to guide us, Till we reach that blissful shore, And the angels there to join us, In God’s grace…, forevermore…” I see a thread and theme from early life. Many years from those moments that single message of struggle I have surely known. Yet, the Savior of my soul has never left or forsaken me, though at times I had strayed, wandered, and taken my eyes off the rails, He has always kept His eyes upon me.

I learned early the fallacy of believing that once you confess Jesus as your personal Lord, and personally accept His sacrificial crucifixion, that life will be an effortless and pain-free endeavor. No, it has not been that. I learned a phrase when acquiring my pilot license. This phrase was a seasoned pilot’s definition of flying: “Flying,” he said, “are hours of boredom, broken up by moments of sheer terror!” Christian life might be like that too.

Another analogy which helps explains how I experience life as a Christian is to recall the two years spent in a war zone. A variation to the old pilots’ thoughts was an enemy strategy of deliberately leading us into a state of lethargy. Days would go by, weeks, and maybe a month and his presence seemed to vanish. There would be little or no confrontations. The enemy would lay low, hide, retreat, allowing the thought to develop in us that he was either beaten or uninterested. Slipping into relative peacefulness you never saw hell dropping on top of you. In the middle of a fitful sleep, the sky would explode with light and fire, concussions of rockets knocking you from your bunk. Noises of confusion as people ran yelling orders, weapons rattling as everyone scrambled for orientation, the smell of sulfurs and fears all combined in that dark. For days following such attacks, we would again become hyper vigilant to movement, sounds, and imaginations. You had to realize that the enemy was unpredictable and ruthless. No matter the seeming peaceful state you enjoyed, in a war zone you had to always remain prepared.

Clearly, a harsh reality was to know that though many people loved you at home, there were well-armed people very close by who hated you for simply being you. This was a hard concept to embrace emotionally – that another living person actually would kill you without any regret or regard. Over the two years in that place I had to be reminded on many occasions this was a war zone and blood could be spilt at any moment. Today I am reminded that Christians may struggle with the idea someone hates them and labors to harm them. We mostly tend to see ourselves as lovable, kind, sensitive, and peaceable; why would anyone hate you or desire your ruin?

I became a Christian one year after I was discharge from the U.S. Army. Although I’d never known the true Gospel or the acceptance of Jesus’ personal gift to me, memories of childhood are full of a consciousness of God’s existence and even His presence. I believed in God, I simply didn’t know His Word or just how deep and profound was my need for His righteousness and acceptance. By His plan I was led to hear the Gospel of Jesus preached, and my heart opened to ‘hear’ the Truth. With a faith, only gained as a gift, I was willing and able to call out and ask for forgiveness and acceptance, embracing Jesus’ sacrifice and the provision of His eternal life indwelling me daily. At twenty-one, my feet and heart were set on a new course. The Word of God was coming alive in me, a passion and gratefulness washed over me. I was free from guilt, free from wandering in the darkness of life and given a purpose and qualification to pursue my Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus, with the help and power of the Holy Spirit. I began to run.

After becoming ‘saved’ my resume,’ so to speak, began to grow and included a number of wonderful activities and accomplishments. I’d become the president of the Christian Fellowship in college, and the co-founder of a contemporary Christian band and theatrical ministry travelling much of New England proclaiming the good news on college campuses, coffee houses, park concerts and churches. Out of that ministry came a radio ministry which I hosted for five years. Eventually I was trained and prepared to launch out on a new church ministry. The church began with approximately twelve dedicated people as we began ministering in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Over the following fifteen years our family at home increased, and the church too grew in new members and growing outreaches. In some ways it all seemed quite successful, with lots of effective outreaches, joys, and progress – perhaps as men judge progress. Though it was understood struggles could and did come, most things were manageable and the enemy seemed at bay and easily contained. In hindsight, and with further spiritual growth, I think too much of our methods for handling conflict were undertaken in fleshly and carnal ways, depending on our human capabilities and gifting. I had thought I was prepared and equipped for a prosperous Christian life and ministry, I don’t believe I ever would have imagined the viciousness and true spiritual battles yet to be faced in life. Though I’d studied ‘spiritual warfare’ through reading books, hearing sermons, and of course studying the Bible, the battles to come would compound beyond my imagination.

Certainly in those years simple and relatively ineffective skirmishes had to be faced. However, the first and most devastating battle and conflict came when my wife and I endured the still birth of our full term baby son, Jedidiah. The agony of losing him was unimaginable. The enemy made a move, he had a foothold. Between guilt, anger, uncertainty, hurt, loss, and unending questions living in my mind, this attack wounded deeply. In further hindsight, it was a harbinger of intense battles yet to be waged.

The toll of poor choices, such as putting other interests before our marital union, including but not limited to inattention, alienation of affections, over commitments to many so-called important activities, including ‘Christian work,’ led to the degeneration and finally dissolution of marriage. While the marriage was failing the church suffered greatly. Eventually, as people began to leave, the ministry came to a close. Not only had the battle raged externally, the inward condition was too troubled to continue reaching out to others. This seemed total devastation, and life began a further downward spiral. I sincerely began to doubt if “I could.” One might wonder if the battles were over.

No, it was far from over. Doubts flooded my soul; how could God let these things happen? How far away from God’s will had I been? Could I ever really hear God’s will and know how to follow? Had I been so unfaithful God simply did not desire my fellowship any longer? I was in a wilderness, it was hard to hear, hard to feel, sometimes hard to care. I questioned my prayer, honestly thinking perhaps I had committed an unpardonable sin (I realize today how this sounds, yet then it was overwhelming). Feeling and believing myself unworthy, with a strong sense of failure, satan was relentless. He knew I was one struggling to stay off the mat, like a fighter pummeled. Perhaps I was heading for the final knock-out. Surely it appeared faith to believe God loved me was being knocked out of me under a relentless flurry of strikes. Not only was I not able to love myself, surely God no longer cared either. Satanic influence was overwhelming. A sad consequence was running from God’s Word. What I began to see in Scripture was condemnation and judgment of so many failures. My mind was being blinded, my eyes shutting under the force of so many punches.

My behaviors reflected this loss. I became reclusive. I was afraid to speak the truth – even to myself. Little did I know, but an incident which occurred a year after the marriage ended, would soon be used as a complete knock-out punch. Not only had I been rejected by a wife, I surely must be rejected by God. Desperate for companionship and acceptance I was now susceptible to even more poor choices. What began as an innocent moment of consolation with a vulnerable woman, lapsed into inappropriate intimacy. This was but a momentary mutual action, and one which did not consummate in other than brief petting, however, it would be more than enough for Satan to throw the haymaker and accuse me of behavior which never took place. Seven years later the story had escalated and false accusations were brought against me. I was accused and convicted of an indecent assault.

The day I heard the judge pronounce a prison sentence, I certainly knew my life was finally and perhaps mercifully over. I was so alone and afraid. Clearly God must now despise me. I must have been cast out. I had some defect which I may have been unaware and which meant God could not love me. Did I bring this on myself? Nothing was clear. Would clarity ever come to me?

Within the first twenty-four hours of prison, perhaps that which I feared most seemed to face me. I was being confronted by a large African man in a prison cell block, accompanied by a Spanish speaking Porte Rican. The previous twenty-four hours found me plunging into a deep abyss of darkness, fear, anxiety, and despair believing that I would never know God’s love or care again. This seemed the ultimate abandonment, the bottom, a profound loss of hope and self abhorrence; it was a dreadful aloneness. What would become of me? What would my grandchildren think? What about my children, how could they manage this horror?

And there he was, towering over me, a huge man, speaking to me in such a thick African accent I could barely understand. His question, “Are you okay?” “Are you okay?” over and over he asked. He was blocking me and I couldn’t see anything but this giant and threatening looking man. Finally I said, “No, I am not okay!” And then as he looked at me, with what I now know were deeply compassionate eyes, the most amazing sounds came from him. He began to minister wonderful, loving words to me, expressing that God knows where I am, and that He is here with me, that He has never left me or forsaken me. He began to share that through all of this, God had a big plan for me, and He was going to use this to shape me anew….

And then his voice seemed to slip away and I no longer actually heard his continued speaking or the terrible sounds of the cell block. Rather, I seemed to leave that cell block and went someplace in my spirit that was quite, safe and peaceful. There I faced the Holy Spirit One on one. Though my questions were not directly addressed, I knew He was aware, and what He did was fill me with peace, with confidence, and with the assurance of His love and clearly His acceptance and compassionate comfort. Though I realized the answers I needed so desperately wouldn’t happen then, I knew an assurance of His control coming alive in me again. I actually knew the reality was that “all things work together for those who love Him…” Though burdened with guilt, doubts, and a sense of abandonment, and feeling profoundly lost during this season of battle, I now knew He was not going to let me go! I knew more and more would be revealed as I trusted in Him once again, fully and without apprehension or insecurity.

The suffering did not end completely that night, but the awareness I was really no longer in chains, no longer a prisoner to what I could only imagine to be failure, guilt, shame, and to letting my Lord down, began to flood my life, and has continued to this very day. And then, as if awakening from a dream, the awareness of my terrible surroundings came in to focus again and I spoke once more to this man, his name I learned was Adam. I simply said, “I am okay now!” Though still facing many unknowns, there was within a new courage, a sure hope and that certain assurance He was with me through it all.

Is it biblical as a Christian to be touched a second time, a third time, again and again? This is a question you may ask yourself. When we speak of salvation is it a one-time event, or is this an ongoing saving? Though I’ve walked through a deep and dark valley, I have found the battle is won and our Lord’s grace is sufficient for me. What I have found is that “Greater is He which is in me than he that is in the world.” What I have found is that “What (satan) intends for evil, God intends for good.” What I have found is that “When I am truly weak, He is truly strong.” What I have found is that when others forsake and bare false witness, with harsh judgment, He embraces and accepts and walks with you. What I have found is that He has a balm of healing and restoration in which He brings double, triple, and unknown levels of restoration, hope, confidence and love. All of these testify that when He saves you it is an everlasting salvation and one which Satan cannot snatch, though he may expend wicked energies and efforts to destroy us at any opportunity.

I have found we really do live in a world of spiritual battles, and unless we stand prepared to engage, with God’s Word, with unwavering faith and without doubt, anyone can stumble, anyone can fall. And there are many biblical warnings that we should never stand proud in ourselves believing we could never fall or let the Lord down. I have found the evil one is paying close attention and he is crouched at the door. But, I have found that though a child of God fall, our Father will not walk past and look elsewhere. He will stoop to our lowest place and with the heart of the Good Samaritan, He will bind our wounds, He will bring us to a safe place, and He will pay whatever the price to see we are rewarded our place with Him in His everlasting Kingdom of love and peace.   And finally, for now, I have found that the Callings of God are without repentance (without a change of His heart), and that “what He began in us He is faithful to bring to pass.”

 

CONCLUSION

We all have failed and come short of the Glory of God. If you have never failed then you are free to cast the first stone at my friend. But for me I will not be picking up any stones. Love will always restore a brother and help a brother that is turned around and is making the effort to do what is right. There was only one sinless man on the earth and His name was Jesus Christ. He did not come into the world to condemn the world and this was the main lesson from John 8:11 and John 3:17.

Gal 6:1  Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

We could spend days on this verse alone. We all too often look at another man’s faults while ignoring our own.  The problem with this verse is that it is extremely conditional.  Only a few people that I have seen in my life qualify to ever be called truly “spiritual”.  It would take me more time to explain this truth than I also have today.  I will simply inform you that I do not yet feel that I qualify to be at this level of this category.  I am human as well as my friend.  I have made mistakes and have been in the flesh sometime too often.  It is my heart’s desire to become more spiritual and I pray that it will be yours as well.

My main point from Galatians 6:1 is that we should be on a pathway that helps to restore people back into the fellowship with Christ. If anyone that calls themselves a Christian and is not trying to build up a brother that has fallen then I believe that they are either extremely carnal Christians or I doubt seriously that they are a Christian at all.

I would like to end this mini lesson with the warning that is given to us in Galatians 6:1. Here we find a similar bit of wise counsel that we read first in 2 Corinthians 2:11.  Remember when Paul said Satan could get an advantage over us?  That is the similar advice being transferred to us in this statement “lest we also be tempted”.  The implied words not being directly related to us is that if we don’t forgive someone for what they have done and then pursue (make an effort) to restore them back to the LORD, we our self could be carried away by the same trap of deception.  I find that very powerful and more than just a suggestion to follow after.

I pray that this testimony has been an encouragement to someone.  Perhaps you have fallen in a similar way.  It is not too late for you to turn your life around as my friend did.

If you have a comment about this lesson, you are free to share it. However, if you are going to be mean spirited and unforgiving, I will warn you that I will probably not publish your comment.  Also, if you have a good testimony like my friend about how God has worked and changed you, I would love for you to share that.

My friend that wrote his testimony is doing well.  God has helped him tremendously and blessed him. He reads his Bible, and studies it.  He goes to church.  He prays for me and others.  He has been a great encouragement to me.  I believe that the Spirit of God led my new friend to contact me and get to know me.  I am very happy to call him my friend and I praise God for a new brother in Christ that I will hopefully meet here or in heaven soon.

Thank you for reading and studying the Bible with me on this website. I am always amazed at the love and grace of God that permits me to do this for Him.   May God bless you and keep you.

 

 

Understanding Persecution: Part 1 Beware the Rise of the Spirit of Saul

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Persecution

(Ver 1.1)  What a strange title for a Bible study? What could this possibly mean to us here in this modern world?  Who was Saul?  What is this spirit of Saul reference?  I was recently awakened in the middle of the night at exactly 3 AM and suddenly these words arose up in my spirit saying “Beware the rise of the spirit of Saul”.  Then Bible verses came to my memory about this actual historical man named Saul and this Bible lesson is the result of my middle of the night awakening.  I believe this message was from God speaking to us all a warning according to His stated works in John 16:13.  I believe God was informing us of a coming resurgence of an old spiritual force that persecuted the early church and I believe it will become as “great as” or even greater than what the early church encountered and endured.  I believe that it is obvious that this is the increasing trend and movement found within the present unsaved world, all those living in darkness (Eph 2:2).

Modern unsaved people living in the world today are identical to all others that came before them. They are all opening a door to allow the repeat of a pattern of ignorance that causes them to not comprehend the difference between that which is called “good” or that which is called “evil”.  In them there is no understanding or acknowledgement of who or what represents the true God of good or who or what represents the false deceiving god of evil (Satan).  That which God called evil in His Word is being tremendously magnified and exalted by the unsaved world to be called normal and good and everything that God called “good” is being called evil at the same time (Isa 5:20). Anyone that speaks against what is called evil by God is being persecuted and called a bigoted intolerant hate monger.  What a sad condition the world has fallen into and I believe by observation that it is getting worse.

Today Christians that are simply speaking the truth in love warning those that are on the way to hell are being labeled as evil. This must break the heart of God greatly and we will see an example of this in the lesson.  If you knew that the highway that you were traveling on had a major bridge on it and that it had just collapsed, would you not try to stop everyone that was about to fall to their death because of the deep drop off?  The drivers of the cars on the road at night are about to die because of their ignorance and inability to see the truth.  Wouldn’t you warn them?  That is what every mature believing Christian is faced with today.  We can shut up and be silent or we can cry out and try to save them.  It is our choice but any warning given may be ridiculed and laughed at by those being warned because probably most will not believe it.

Jesus gave us many warnings about these end times before His return to the earth. One warning to us was very clear when He said “As it was in the days of Noah and of Lot so shall it also be again in the days right before the coming of the Son of Man” (Luke 17:26-30).  I am very sure that this statement describes the exact days that we live in right now.  It is by no chance or accident that Jesus (God in the Flesh) chose these two biblical events to describe the times directly before His return (2 Peter 2:5-6).  However, that is really not what this Bible lesson message is concerning directly.  The message of Noah’s flood and Sodom’s destruction is however an indirect applicable truth to this lesson of warning about the subject of coming persecution.  Noah was laughed at and the angels in Sodom were commanded to come out and have sex with the men.  How appropriate are these two witnesses of truth?

 

Introduction to the Spirit of Saul

Let us now get to God’s basic message concerning the “spirit of Saul” warning spoken to me. The main subject of today’s lesson is concerning the theme of persecution.  We will be looking at this subject from at least three or four different perspectives.  The first perspective is that of the persecutor.  The second perspective is that of the Almighty God.    The third perspective of persecution will be driven from the one being persecuted and these are Christians.   And the final perspective introduced today is that of the enemy Satan..

  1.  The Persecutor’s Perspective
  2. Almighty God’s Perspective
  3. The Persecuted Church’s Perspective
  4. Satan’s Perspective

We will similarly be addressing basic definitions and questions concerning this very important and timely subject. We will also look for scriptural answers in the Bible for why persecution occurs and who is ultimately behind it all.  As part of the study we will briefly introduce why God allows persecution to occur and see what His attitude and response was in the past and could be again today since we know God does not change (Malachi 3:6).  As a final part of the Christian perspective discussion in today’s lesson we will introduce how a Christian’s expectations should already be preset before this persecution occurs to them.  Please don’t be surprise when God warns us that persecution will occur if we are living for God and obeying His Word and boldly declaring His truth in love to the lost and dying world.

2Ti 3:12  Yea, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

God promises us that we will be persecuted if we are living for Him and following after Christ’s example.  It would be wise based upon these words to check if you are being persecuted.  If you are not I would then check to see if you are following Jesus.  In Luke chapter 21 Jesus informs us of the coming end of the age describing wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines that are already occurring and then in verse 12 Jesus said before the end of all these things you will be persecuted.  Jesus’ warning to us in the Gospels is just another witness to the message that I heard from God personally.

Bible basics teach us that humans are designed by our creator God as a triune being made in the image of the Almighty God. A human is a freewill spirit being that possesses a soul (a mind, a will and our emotions) that lives in mortal human body (1 Thes 5:23).  However, this spirit of Saul warning was not a warning that the natural man Saul written about in the Bible will return to the earth because that would violate scriptures and make God a liar (Heb 9:27). Therefore, we need to learn more about what the message could mean by rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Tim 2:15). We will however, briefly study the life of Saul to learn from it the persecutor’s perspective and I will begin by reading a verse concerning the stoning death of Stephen in the early church description found in Acts 7.

Act 7:58  And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.

Please allow me to provide a very quick overview of the context of this verse so we can better understand this part of the message. The context actually begins back in chapter 6 and it is a story concerning a Christian man named Stephen.  He was ministering to people and doing many signs, wonders and miracles the same as Jesus did before him here on the earth.  It is important to know that Stephen was not one of the original 12 disciples of Jesus yet he did the same types of miraculous works as Jesus did.  I find that fact very important and fascinating as many in the church today teach miracles passed away with the death of the 12 disciples.  Oh well?  Oh Lord, please help us all to see the truth.

These supernatural miraculous works done by God through Stephen were not well received because of the accompanying message being preached concerning salvation only through faith in Jesus Christ who was recently condemned to death by a similar type of court with made up evidence that Stephen stood before. Men from the synagogue accused Stephen of blasphemy and soon he was on trial before the leadership of the Jewish synagogue.  It is during this trial that Stephen gives a great overview of the Old Testament and how it applies to the gospel message of Jesus Christ.  However, this message was not well received either.  The Jewish leaders refused to listen and stopped up their ears and then took up stones to kill Stephen.  Stephen sees a vision of heaven while being stoned of Jesus standing at the right hand of God as they hurl their deadly stones.  That brings us now to verse 58 which was just quoted.

This verse 58 is the first time that the name “Saul” is mentioned in the N.T. The Hebrew name Saul occurs approximately 26 times in the book of Acts alone.  This N.T. Saul is the exact same Hebrew name as the first king of the O.T. nation of Israel.  By the number of mentions in the book of Acts we can easily see that the man Saul was a very prominent figure to learn about and learn from.  We learn from reading the N.T. that Saul was a young devout religious man and a very self-righteous zealot man during this time of the birth of the church in the first 8 chapters of Acts.  We can learn more about the background of this man named Saul by reading in his writings because he wrote nearly 2/3 of the N.T.:

Php 3:4  Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

Php 3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;

Php 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

Reading here Saul/Paul claims to be of a very noble stock of the natural nation of Israel. He was circumcised according to Mosaic Law on the 8th day after his birth.  He was by no doubt raised in a very strict home that observed all of the Jewish Holy days, laws and Sabbaths.  He also must have spent a very significant time in reading the Law of Moses growing up in the strict order to become a Pharisee.  I can speculate that Saul must have thought very highly of himself, during this time and he must have been very proud of his learned position of authority.  However, if we read in Proverbs 16:18 we see a verse that Saul appears to have possibly ignored.  This verse says “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall”.

We can learn while studying his life that Saul spent a great amount of his time persecuting, hunting down, imprisoning and even killing any of those that confessed faith in Jesus Christ. However, was this natural man named Saul the actual main source of the problem of the persecution to the church?  Could there have been a greater force of influential power behind this evil man persuading and even controlling his thoughts and actions?  I believe according to the future writings of this man named Saul there was certainly a much greater spiritual force that helped influence him to do all this evil to other people on the earth.  Let’s read one verse to confirm this reality:

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

What we must glean in the beginning of this lesson is that physical natural people that are persecuting us are not our real problem even though it looks like it on the visible surface. Saul/Paul in this verse teaches us that Christians are not at odds with anyone of the divinely created flesh and blood design order.  However, he does reveal very clearly earlier in this chapter that we are at war and he names the enemy here in verse 12 of Ephesians 6 to be hidden unseen spiritual forces and the evil invisible rulers of this present world that rule the kingdom of darkness.  This truth will become considerably more important as we continue this lesson to learn how we should react to persecution.  This information helps to better comprehend who and what the “spirit of Saul” is referring to in the warning.  I am completely convinced that the “spirit of Saul” reference on the rise in our world is a reference to Satan our adversary and all of his demonic followers.  Let’s review what we should have just learned in this section:

  • People Persecute Other People
  • We Will Be Persecuted if We Live Right
  • We are at War
  • It Appears That Humans are Our Enemies
  • But, Our Actual Enemy is Not a Human
  • We are at War With Unseen Spiritual Beings
  • These Invisible Spiritual Beings Influence Humans To Do Evil

 

 

Persecuting the Church Today is still the same as Personally Persecuting Jesus

If the naturally born Hebrew man named Saul was not the real problem being spoken of by the LORD, why would God say “Beware the return of the spirit of Saul” to us? The answer to that question is because as we should have learned that unseen spirit beings are at the root of every seen evil event occurring in the world.  I am convinced that the natural man Saul was not who the early church was wresting against based upon what he later wrote in Ephesians 6.  However, why would a man do something so evil and suddenly then change and not do it anymore?  That is a really good and important question.  I believe the answer to that is that the natural man Saul was unmistakably a very deceived man who bought into and believed in so many lies given to him from the real enemy Satan.  I believe the natural man Saul was doing what he thought was right in his own blinded mind (2 Cor 4:4) and was performing what he thought was pleasing towards God even though what he was doing against Christians on the earth was very wrong and taken very personally by Jesus.  Let’s continue reading additional truth in the book of Acts about the death of Stephen:

Act 7:56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

These are some of the last recorded words spoken by Stephen the first martyr of the early church to his murderers and they reveal how their wrong actions were being received by the LORD Jesus. Please notice when reading this verse that in Colossians 3:1, Paul teaches us that the LORD Jesus ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God in heaven but here in this recorded vision of heaven Jesus is intentionally standing up on his feet observing the wrong being done to his servant Stephen.  Wow this verse speaks literal volumes to me.  Jesus showed such great love and concern for what is happening to Stephen that He makes the personal choice to stand up from His seated position of rest and authority to welcome Stephen into His spiritual realm presence.  I believe that this position of Jesus standing teaches us that Jesus wanted to do more to stop it from occurring but did not again by choice.   You might remember that later Paul formerly Saul would teach us “to be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD” (2 Cor 5:8). Therefore, when Stephen was killed, his spirit immediately departed his physical body to be in the presence of Jesus where Jesus was personally standing up to observe and welcome him into heaven.

Since the murder of Stephen there have been countless numbers of other Christ followers that have been killed and have gone to be with the LORD simply because of their beliefs in Jesus. No actual crime was necessary for either Stephen or any other saint to be persecuted with evil acts.  We should learn from “how was Stephen persecuted” in order to know what to expect again today.  If you read the context of the chapter you will find that leaders gathered false witnesses to accuse Stephen (Acts 6:13-14).   These false accusers used the semblance of law and order to justify their evil done to others.  They were clearly disobeying their laws by speaking their lies and perjuring themselves before man and God but in their minds they were justified to do so.  I recently learned this is taking place in people in Islam.  They are taught that it is permitted for them to lie to others in the world in order to promote the greater cause of spreading Islam.  This is clearly of demonic influence since the Bible teaches Christians that “all liars will have their part in the lake of fire” (Rev 21:8).

This is what is coming now to Christians here in this world whether you believe it or not. It is already occurring in many nations of the world right now.  Terrorists kill many people just because they are Christian.  Islamic governments and their extremist religious people of that nation are persecuting, imprisoning, torturing and killing Christians daily.  Communist nations also throw into prisons people who are reading their Bibles and being a Christian that walks in love trying to save others from hell.  Who could have seen all of this coming?  I believe only Jesus and this is why the warning is being given to us today.  Let’s please continue reading in the book of Acts:

Act 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

Act 8:2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

Act 8:3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

Act 8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

The Greek word G4909 that was translated as “consented” in Acts 8:1 is a word that means Saul was “very pleased” by the murder of Stephen. In fact this Greek word implies that Saul took great pleasure in watching Stephen die.  The zealot Saul after the death of Stephen then takes out after other Christians to do the same with them.   Saul is very intent upon forcing his will and reason upon everyone that is preaching Jesus to be the only way.  This is a very common motivation for persecution.  The demand is frequently made to Christians to deny the Lord Jesus Christ, convert or die.

Look at Acts 8:3 and notice what begins to happen to the Church of Jesus Christ.   Both men and women were taken to prison just for being a professing Christian.  Also notice in this chapter the complete removal of basic human rights of privacy by the people committing these evil acts.   Acts 8:3 tells us clearly that there was a house to house search for Christians done by Saul.  This is exactly what is about to happen and even has started to shine on the horizon here in America.  For example, there have been Christian people who refused to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples because of their beliefs in God, Jesus, the TRUTH of the Bible and they have spent time in jail.  I believe the house to house search for Christians will also come as the world continues to slip into greater realms of deceived darkness.  It already has taken place in other nations.

Act 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

Act 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

Act 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

Act 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Act 9:5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Saul continued speaking his great threats of violence directed at and towards all Christians. He began moving out of the city of Jerusalem to other nearby regions.  Notice that the persecution taking place was with the authority of the law givers and administrators.  Wow, is this not happening now?  Law givers and judges in America are making so many decisions that violate the Truth of the Word of God that it is literally shocking to me.  Evil now is prevailing by the misguided interpretation of the law and the wrong definition of what is good vs. evil.  Watch for laws to continue to come to support this evil behavior.  Watch for the removal of basic human rights that have been guaranteed up until this point in time.

Saul was on the road to a city named Damascus in these verses of chapter 9 of Acts to bring about more evil in the name of good.  However, things this time didn’t go so well for Saul’s way when the LORD interrupted his journey with a very personal touch and a very strong message of truth.  Instantly a great light shown down from heaven and a powerful voice came down clearly saying to Saul alone “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me”.  As in the death of Stephen again we can recognize how Jesus was taking personal notice of what was being done to Christians by this natural man named Saul.  We can learn a very important lesson from these awesome words of truth.  The first thing that we should have just learned from reading these verses is that coming against any Christian for any negative reason is the exact same thing as coming against the risen divine LORD Jesus Christ.  The second thing that we should have just learned from this is that Jesus takes these acts of evil personally. Why does Jesus take persecuting a Christian the same as persecuting Him?  Saul/Paul clearly writes to us later in the New Testament and informs us in 1 Corinthians 12:7 that “Christians here in this world are the body of Christ”.  Natural people who choose to persecute Christians must learn and realize before it is too late that it is not wise to come against Jesus’ body here on the earth.  Jesus Christ is a far greater Spiritual Force than the spiritual force that is tricking them to do this evil (1 Jn 4:4).   Wow, I do not believe that very many people understand this truth yet.

I will go further and also say that this revealed truth is true regardless of your salvation state, being either saved or unsaved. If you are not a Christian and you are persecuting a Christian mentally, physically, emotionally, legally or verbally you are coming against the greatest spiritual force of power which is much greater than you can possibly imagine.  My point is that this same message of warning is true for a Christian that comes against other Christians as it is for an unbeliever to come against a believer.  This is still true even though you may believe that you are totally right and they are totally teaching false doctrines that you do not believe in.  Let’s review a summary of the major points in this section of the lesson:

Persecutor’s Perspective

  1. Persecutors believe they are doing “good” in their own minds.
  2. Persecutors are very pleased when they are victorious over and even cause the death of a Christian.
  3. Persecutors are deceived people that believe they are good and Christians are evil.
  4. Persecutors obviously do not believe, know or understand that they are deceived.
  5. Persecutors will use the law to back their agenda of persecution.
  6. Persecutors love to force their will and beliefs upon others.
  7. Persecutors feel justified to do evil because their rule of law is in agreement with them.
  8. Persecutors will use lies and break laws if there is a greater good for the expansion of their beliefs to occur.
  9. Persecutor’s goals are the complete removal of all Christian freedoms and privacy and eventually the end of all Christians.

God’s Perspective

  1. God takes note and watches all persecution that occurs to the Church.
  2. God takes all human persecution of the church personally.
  3. God says to persecutors coming against the church “Why are you persecuting me?”

Christian Perspective

  1. A Christian is the Body of Christ on the earth.
  2. Anyone persecuting a Christian is persecuting the LORD personally.
  3. A Christian when killed by persecution goes to be with the LORD instantly.
  4. Christians will be persecuted falsely without doing any evil.

 

THE CONVERSION OF SAUL THE PERSECUTOR

God showed the evil man Saul some very great mercy by appearing to him on the road to Damascus. Paul the former Saul will forever be grateful for the exceeding great compassion given to him.  While I believe it is within God’s power and ability for the Lord Jesus to do this with everyone that persecutes His body, I do not believe that He will and I may try to talk about this later but if not you will have to wait for another opportunity for me to try to explain why the Lord may not come down to save you from every evil doer on the planet personally.  We should have learned this truth when reading about the death of Stephen.

Act 9:5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Act 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

I personally believe from understanding Romans 10:9-10 that Saul became a Christian falling on his knees on the road to Damascus.  I hope you understand how you and I became a Christian.  To be saved we must believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that God raised the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead after being crucified and buried 3 days and we must then confess Him as our LORD and Saul certainly did both of these while on the road to Damascus.  We can confirm this belief simply by reading Acts 9:17 when God sends a disciple named Ananias to Saul for him to receive his sight and to be filled with the Spirit of God.  Upon entering the house where Saul was waiting, Ananias calls the man Saul his spiritual brother and this is only possible and true if Saul has already received the Spirit of God being born again on the road to Damascus.   Therefore, Saul became exactly what he was fighting against and persecuting and that was very fortunate for him.

1Co 15:8  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

God gives us another quick confirmation for what was just taught concerning Saul’s salvation on the road to Damascus written directly from the hand of Paul. Here in this chapter and verse Paul tells us about several others seeing Jesus personally  after His resurrection.   Then Saul says that he also saw him providing us an incredible revelation that he was then reborn “abnormally” during this encounter.  Saul was speaking of his spiritual rebirth (John 3:3) but I do not have the time to explain all of this more fully in this lesson.  Please just accept the facts that 1) Jesus appears to Saul, 2) Saul asks who he was, 3) Jesus identifies Himself, and 4) Saul then believes what he heard and acknowledges Him as his LORD and that was the definition of an abnormal spiritual rebirth.

We are extremely blessed to have Saul the former evil persecutor of Christians become a Christ follower.   After his salvation, Saul was given such great revelation from Jesus Christ of the Truth.  Saul would go on in his life of Christian ministry to write approximately 2/3 of the New Testament.  I believe that without Saul’s conversion that we would not have all of the information that we needed for us to be victorious Christians.  I know that this salvation of a persecutor seems to be off the mainline subject but I believe it is very important to know as a Christian. Let’s look at some writings of Saul/Paul and learn from him what he thought of this great transformation that he experienced:

1Ti 1:12  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

1Ti 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

1Ti 1:14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

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

We can learn the most valuable information concerning a persecutor’s perspective by reading the N.T. since Paul was a former persecutor and he writes about it. As we can read in verse 12, Paul is so very thankful.  Here is a man that has now realized that he was headed for an eternal existence of pain and suffering in hell but now suddenly has been given the free gift of eternal life, a purpose and a new destiny. I can identify with Saul’s heartfelt change.  I know I am also eternally grateful for the free gift of God’s salvation and I know I don’t deserve it and neither did Saul.  We are all sinners (Rom 3:23) and deserve hell but God paid the penalty price for our sins (2 Cor 5:21).  Thank you Jesus!

Paul lists just a few of his guilty sins in verse 13 that he was personally participating in while persecuting Christians. Let’s go through these to better understand the dramatic change that took place in the heart of Saul.  The first sin listed was Saul calling himself a “blasphemer” and this is a Greek word that reveals significant amounts of new information that we should learn from.  According to the Strong’s definition of G989 translated as “blasphemer” it means to be scurrilous towards someone.  This word scurrilous has the following dictionary definition:

 Scurrilous : making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation

This is exactly what Saul was doing to the early church. He used the words of his mouth to slander, accuse, condemn and judge the church falsely.  But even though Saul thought he was fighting against evil human people that were deceived, Jesus informed Saul that He was blaspheming against God personally.  This is pretty amazing information and I pray that it will hopefully cause someone to shut their mouth when speaking against Christians.

However, this Greek word G989 has some deeper more specific meanings for sinning against God with the words coming out of our mouths. Remember what Acts 8:1 and Acts 9:1 said that we looked at earlier?  Acts 8:1 used the word that was translated as “consented”.  This implies that Saul consented to words of others spoken against Stephen in addition to the actual murder of Stephen.  Saul did both of these willingly, physically, emotionally, mentally as well as verbally as both a willing direct instigator and participant and as an indirect accessory that watched others cast the stones.  These represent sins of both commission and omission.

Acts 9:1 is much clearer when it informed us that Saul spoke direct “threats” against Jesus and His body and this is a strong example of what blasphemy is defined to be in the Bible. I personally believe that a man or woman on the earth that speaks against a preacher or prophet of God or even just against one of God’s children is risking great consequences and danger if they do not repent like Saul did and change.  Jesus will certainly take all of these words personally either now in this world or later at judgment day.  Words have power and words have consequences.

The second sin that Paul lists is being a “persecutor” of the church, which is the body of Christ. This Greek word translated as “persecutor” means someone who is in pursuit of another.  However, this type of pursuit can not be for the good of the individual(s) being pursued as revealed to us by God in the passages we read about Saul in Acts chapters 7, 8 and 9.  Let’s quickly examine some synonyms for the word “persecute”.  Persecute is the same as words like “oppress”, “abuse”, “accuse”, “condemn”, “ill-treatment”, “torment”, “torture”, “martyr” and others could be added and we get this idea of truth because these are exactly what Saul did to the Christian members in the early church.   It is very important to note that Saul thought that what he was doing was what was right and good in the eyes of God and the government leadership of that day.

The third sin listed by Paul in verse 13 is “injurious” and this again is synonymous with the word persecute. Being injurious was a further explanation for what great evil sin he was guilty of.  I believe this word literally means physical injuries were taking place upon men and women in the name of good.  However, this word can also mean a verbal assault as well as a physical assault.  I am convinced that doing any Christian hurt and harm physically, mentally or emotionally is equivalent to the abuse and persecution of Jesus Christ that the Jews did to Him personally when they crucified Him on the cross in the eyes of God.

If we continue to read past Saul’s list of sins in verse 13 we will observe Saul’s stated appreciation for the Lord’s mercy being provided to him. Saul informs us that he received mercy instead of what he should have been given.  Wow, that is the amazing love of God being displayed to a very deceived and evil man.

Did you also notice in this written passage that Saul declared why he was given this great mercy from God? Why was this unthinkable mercy available to Saul even after all he had done?  Why was the judgment of the Almighty God not immediately given to Saul?  Why instead was mercy given? Paul tells us the answers in verse 13 that God’s mercy was available to him because of his own great “ignorance” of the truth.

This revelation of mercy based upon ignorance reveals so very much to us about God, people who persecute the church and about the Christian people who are being persecuted. According to God’s inspired Holy Word written through Paul, his ignorance and his unbelief were two of the main reasons that the church was then being persecuted and I believe these are the two main reasons the church is still going to be persecuted today.

Even though Saul was a very learned and educated man, he was extremely ignorant of the truth that really mattered. Yet Saul did not know how ignorant he was while he was sinning killing Stephen.  Please understand that no one that is ever deceived believes that they are deceived.  This is impossible simply because of the existence of their ignorance of the truth.  That is everyone’s problem “we simply don’t know what we don’t know yet”.   That is the mysterious advantage of the deceiver Satan.  Satan uses the weapon of human ignorance to destroy us (Hosea 4:6).  Satan can present enough lies with some basic mixed truth to allow a human to think that they are doing good for God when they are actually doing the evil plan that Satan desires them to do.  Satan is a revealed master deceiver (Rev 12:9)

Persecutors justify their evil actions in their minds overruling the evidence for clear evil acts with the belief that they are doing a greater good for a higher power of authority. Recently here in North Carolina, USA we have been in the news around the world because our state passed a law that disallowed men from going into women’s restrooms and women from going into men’s restrooms.  This law was designed to protect innocent children from predators. Yet, North Carolina has been accused of being biased, prejudiced, intolerant, discriminatory, bigoted and even hate filled towards a select few people who demand the right to go into any restroom that they sexually currently “identify” with.  Wow, where has truth gone?  Absolute truth, reason and morality have certainly passed highly over the minds of everyone that has been protesting against the law.  All of these deceived people are extremely ignorant of God’s truth.  We should ask ourselves a simple basic question, if truth is based simply upon how someone thinks and feels today; how and when will truth all change when they think and feel differently tomorrow?  Where do we ever draw the line of absolute?  It sounds like a constant moving target.  If we change the line of truth drawn today that was established then tomorrow it will become even more distant away from the standard of truth tomorrow.  I could teach an entire series on this but this is not the subject and I will not go there today.

Saul did such significant evil and justified it because he believed he was knowledgeable, correct and backed by the law. Saul was greatly deceived into believing in their popular religious human traditions. Satan filled the mind of Saul with replacement knowledge that sounded good to him.  However, it was still Saul’s ignorance of the actual truth that caused him to carry out the will and plan of Satan.  Once Saul came to the saving knowledge of the truth, suddenly the thoughts he had as a persecutor were gone.  Wow, that is good news for persecutor’s today.  There remains hope for everyone to be saved.

Just as Satan influenced and controlled the unsaved people like Saul nearly two thousand years ago to persecute the church, this is the same warning being given to us today. The spirit of Saul (Satan) is still at work in people today and these deceived people will rise up and begin to persecute the church with increasing enthusiasm before Jesus returns.  It has already started and we can clearly learn this from the Spirit of God’s message of warning or we can remain an ostrich Christian and bury our heads in the sand and choose to ignore it pretending it is not happening. I would recommend that we do not ignore it or pretend that it is not happening already.

I personally expect some very negative comments for the truth that I published today. You will receive the same soon if you are speaking the truth to anyone in the world today concerning their life style personal choices.  The spirit of Saul is alive and well on the planet.

Hos 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Did you know that God allows people to be ignorant, wrong and to even do evil and sin? This truth has always been an extreme mystery in the minds of many Christians “Why doesn’t God stop all of this evil?”  This would take another series of lesson’s to explain this to you today.  Therefore, I will leave that to another day also.  But we must at least first begin to understand that God does allow evil to occur in the world and is not the one that is causing it to occur and we can simply learn this truth by reading the story of the stoning of Stephen in Acts.  Jesus was found standing at the right hand of God observing the evil being done and did nothing to cause it or to stop it.  Wow, that boggles the mind of many religious people in the world.  I believe that God’s passive observation made it appear to Saul that he was doing what God desires and that He is for them and it temporarily reinforces their wrong behavior.  However, the wages of their sin will still overcome them and they will be judged for what they have done on the earth according to the truth found in the Bible.  The main point in this paragraph is that God will allow this persecution to continue so we better learn it is coming.

I have talked briefly about the persecutor’s reasoning and justification for persecuting the church as well as the superior divine perspective on the persecution situation to allow it to occur. Now in conclusion I want to speak to the church’s reaction to this coming persecution.  What was the reaction to this evil in the early church and what will probably happen in these end times?  I believe that the early church’s reaction was both natural and supernatural.

Act 8:4  Therefore they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word.

Reread Acts 8:4. God reveals to us all the two fold reaction to the great havoc being perpetrated upon the church.  First notice the fact that it did not stop the Gospel from being preached.  It did however cause the people to scatter.  What does scatter mean?  This Greek word is a based upon a farming concept of “sowing” seed.  This is a great revelation since it is concerning the “Word” of God being spread to the entire world.  Remember when Jesus taught the parable of the Sower in Mark 4?  The sower sowed the Word of God.  The seed being sown was God’s Word and this is the only thing possible today in the world that can save people and turn them from hell.

The end result of persecution in the early church was a greater spread of the Word of God, an explosion of salvations in many new locations and this is exactly what will happen today in the end of the church age.

The Greek word translated as “preaching” in this verse is a word that means “to announce good news” to someone. What kind of person would still be trying their best to preach the good news of God’s salvation to anyone that was or still is trying to imprison and kill them?  The normal human tendency or reaction against persecution is for us to fight back, or to defend oneself or even to run away and hide in a cave to not be found.  I have seen people plan and do all of these in this modern world.  Which would you do?  Wow, that is a very great question to consider.  If you are a Christian would you be able to do nothing but be forgiving and loving to the persecutor and turn your other cheek? Consider the warning and then make a good choice now before being faced with it.

Persecutor’s Perspective

  • Persecutors believe they are doing what pleases God and their lawgivers.
  • Persecutors don’t believe they are sinning.
  • Persecutors believe their words spoken against Christians are good.
  • Persecutor’s goals are to damage the reputation of God and Christians.
  • Persecutors believe causing physical injury to Christians is good.
  • Persecutors believe they know the truth and are not ignorant.
  • Persecutors believe others are deceived and they are not.
  • Persecutors believe there is no God to answer to or Satan influencing them.

 

God’s Perspective

  • God sees all of the sins of everyone including persecutors.
  • A persecutor can be saved and change their evil ways.
  • God says speaking against a Christian is equivalent to “blasphemy”.
  • God says killing a Christian is the same as nailing Jesus to the cross.
  • God will show mercy to any sinner including murderous persecutors.
  • God tells us that persecutors are extremely ignorant of the truth.

 

Christian Perspective

  • A Christian has gained saving knowledge of the truth.
  • A Christian was shown great mercy by God and is thankful for it.
  • A Christian desires to share this saving knowledge of Jesus with others even though it costs them their own life.
  • A real and maturing Christian begins seeing things happening in the world from God’s perspective.

 

 

CONCLUSION

In conclusion I want us to see a future prophecy concerning the coming persecution of the church. Revelation chapter 4 and verse 1 God calls for John to come up to heaven so that he can be shown things that will happen in the future and this includes this prophetic chapter of Revelation 12.  Let’s read just verse 12 and 13 concerning our main subject study to learn Satan’s motivating factor for increasing persecution upon the church during the end time.

Rev 12:12  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Rev 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

This chapter in Revelation 12 totally fascinates me. I could spend a long time trying to convince you who the woman in this chapter symbolically represents but I have already tried to do this in another lesson series.  I will summarize briefly that lesson series by saying this woman being described can only fit the pattern of the church that is being persecuted by Satan.  We learn this easily by the symbolism that she is clothed with at the beginning of the chapter and by the statements within the chapter.  For example read verse 11:

Rev 12:11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

This is the immediate preceding contextual verse and it can only apply to those that are in the church. I have heard this verse quoted in many church services and they are applying these words to themselves and their struggles in this life with the devil.  It is the Word of God and the Blood of Jesus that were given to us by Jesus in the church to insure us we will overcome Satan.  If you have not read the Revelation 12 series of lessons I would strongly recommend that you do so.   I do not have the time to repeat every detailed verse.

Let’s go back quickly to verse 12 and review the message from God. This is clearly a warning from God given to the inhabitants of the earth through the apostle John.  In this verse Satan has been cast down from heaven after a great spiritual warfare and according to this prophecy he is in a furious way committing murder on the earth.  If you look up and study the Greek word that is translated as “wrath” it comes from a root word that can mean to slaughter, kill or sacrifice someone.  This sounds a lot like what Saul was doing doesn’t it?  This simply confirms what we learned earlier.  It was the spirit of Satan influencing and controlling Saul through his ignorance that caused the persecution of the church to begin on the earth.

As it was in the beginning of the church age so shall it also be at the end of the church age. Persecution is the key word found in verse 13 of Revelation 12.  Satan in this verse is still persecuting the same woman that he was persecuting using Saul that we read about in Acts.  We in the church are not a different woman; we just have newly grown members within the same body of Christ. If you are confused about what I just said I would strongly recommend you read the Bible lesson that I wrote a long time ago about “How the Church Became the Body of Christ”.

During this end-time persecution it will also be Satan using new ignorant people with the exact same spirit behind it all. If you look up the Greek word in verse 13 translated as “persecute” it is G1377 which was also the word spoken to Saul while on the road to Damascus by Jesus “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”   God connects the two verses with His word selection and the message is very plain to me that God is speaking of the same subject being done to the same church body.

Today’s lesson was just a basic introduction to the broad subject of “persecution” and the spirit of Saul that is behind it. I believe God awakened me in the night to bring this message of warning to those that would receive it and learn from it.  There is a rising of evil on the earth taking place.  The enemy’s rage is increasing as the end of the age draws closer.  How you react to it may just determine where you spend eternity.  A Christian that withdraws and conforms to the world view may be greatly disappointed with their choice.  However, standing up for the truth of God’s Word and proclaiming it boldly will certainly cause us to be persecuted.   I will conclude today’s Bible message with these words from my Lord Jesus:

Mat 5:10  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Mat 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

I wanted to talk more about Satan’s perspective for persecution today but I will try my best (the LORD willing) to cover this part of the topic in the next lesson Part 2.

Thank you for reading and studying the Bible with me. I hope this word of warning given by the Lord Jesus will be taken to heart and it will help you to prepare for what is certainly coming.   God bless you all very much and thank you for your prayers for me as I will continue to pray for you also.

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