Bible Answers: Solving the Mystery of Israel – God’s Firstborn Versus God’s Covenant Wife
(Ver 1.1) This Bible lesson is a reply to a great reader question about the natural nation of Israel. This is an advanced Bible subject. Therefore, this lesson is potentially offensive and is intended for mature Christians that desire to learn something new in the Bible with an open heart and an open mind. Please judge yourself if this is your desire and motivation before continuing to read about a potential Bible subject from a fresh perspective. This lesson will be about a conflict that occurs between scriptures concerning the natural nation of Israel. We will learn several concepts about this name “Israel” that may have never been taught to you before. I warn you up front to help set your expectations so that I do not become your enemy by showing you something new (Gal 4:16). Please stop and pray and ask God to help everyone see what He wants us to learn in this Bible study.
Also, this is another in-depth Bible lesson with a lot of great Bible verses to study. I would recommend that you break it into sections and maybe do one section a day and this will spread it out over a period of time and hopefully not overwhelm anyone with too much new information at once. I give a lot of Bible verse references and I do not address them each in detail. Therefore, it would be highly advisable that you go and look up each verse, read it carefully, study the context, look up each Greek or Hebrew word and verify in your mind that it is saying what you think it says and use that information to apply to this lesson. This is being a noble Berean type of Bible student mentioned in Acts 17:11. Please do not believe a word I say in any Bible lessons without you verifying it in your own Bible study. Place your trust in God and the Spirit of God on the inside of you to help you see the truth.
Some Christians think a Bible study is just reading a chapter a day for 15 minutes and bang you are done. But that is not what a real Bible study is, even if God says something to you that is helpful to get you through that day. No according 2 Timothy 2:15, God tells us to “Study to show yourself approved, a workman unto God that will not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth”. This verse claims Bible study is more than a casual reading. God has implied that we are to dig deep to be able to understand His Word correctly. Meaning it is not easy and not automatically understood.
Finally I want to say something very important to help people not get offended easily. I love the natural nation of Israel. I love the people living in the natural nation of Israel. I desire everyone both Jew and Gentile to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (Rom 1:16). So if you read something in this lesson that causes you to think I am a racist or a hater of anyone, you are wrong. Are you ready study now? Let us step into an initiation of the controversy within scripture.
QUICK INTRODUCTION TO ISRAEL’S
FOUNDATION AND RELATIONSHIP TO GOD
According to Jeremiah 3:8, Jeremiah 3:14, Jeremiah 3:20, Jeremiah 31:32, Ezekiel 16:8, Ezekiel 16:32 and Isaiah 54:5-6 to name only a few verses, where the natural people of Israel are called the Old Covenant wife of the Lord God. These teach us that God’s Old Covenant relationship between the natural blood line descendants of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and his 12 sons and all the natural people that descended from Jacob was that of a husband and a wife. These people were called God’s covenant wife (H802) until they committed adultery and whoredom (Eze 16:17, Jer 3:9, Hos 2:2) with so many other gods and idols. God finally handed these people a bill of divorce (Deut 24:1) that ended that covenant as we can read in Hosea 2:2, Jeremiah 3:8, Isaiah 50:1, and Galatians 4:30 to name just a few. These are simply basic facts of scriptures that need to be understood.
However, there are not a lot of ministers and teachers of the Bible that I know of, that have taught this part of the subject of Israel. But the bottom-line conclusion is that the natural nation of Israel was considered by God to be His set apart woman and His wife (H802). This officially occurred when she entered into a freewill covenant relationship with God on Mt Sinai where God gave them the Law (Jer 31:32, Gal 4:24).
There are several other Bible lessons that go into this in more detail on this website, if you have never studied this subject. I would suggest that you begin with “Understanding Bible Covenants” first. But we have seen enough verses to understand Israel was an Old Covenant female wife in covenant relationship with God her Husband. Let us continue with this introduction to see the apparent contradiction of scripture about Israel.
INTRODUCTION TO AN ISRAEL
The opening lesson introduction statements and verses were probably very controversial to many new Bile students. But we now need to get into a deeper discussion that represents a suggested conflict within scripture. This potential conflict characterizes the root of my reader’s question. Let us get started in learning what was the question and the mystery that is raised within our minds creating some difficult and potentially strong levels of confusion to many Christians. For example, my reader pointed out that in Exodus 4:22-23, the natural nation of Israel while they were in bondage in Egypt, they were potentially called by God, His “firstborn son”. Here is my reader’s exact question and comment:
“I have a question and you can post this on the blog if you want. I understand how earthly Israel is one of the wives of God, but Israel is also called God’s firstborn son in the Old Testament (Exodus 4:22-23). How do you reconcile Israel being both a wife and a firstborn son to God the Father? I am having trouble figuring out the connection and would appreciate any info you could share on that.”
What a tremendously thoughtful and excellent deep Bible question about an apparent conflict of scripture. How can a group of natural people be a male firstborn son and a female covenant wife simultaneously? Can you see the potential confusion that this creates? Let us continue this section of the lesson by reading the verses in question:
Exo 4:22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel (is) my son, (even) my firstborn:
Exo 4:23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.
It is clear from reading Jeremiah 31:32 and other verses that natural Israel was called God’s covenant wife making God their covenant Husband. But here in Exodus 4 we can clearly see an apparent conflict emerging. The people of Israel before entering the covenant marriage on Mt Sinai to God (Gal 4:24), were potentially referred to in Exodus 4 as God’s “son” and “firstborn”. Therefore, we have God the Father declaring someone or a people His firstborn son in relation to their existence in Egypt. That is an amazing contradiction. Are they His wife? Or are they His son? Or are they both simultaneously? There appears to be a factor of great gender confusion being suggested in scriptures.
Anytime an apparent contradiction occurs in the scripture it is a time for rejoicing. Every perceived conflict should be viewed as an expectant great opportunity to learn, because God does not make any mistakes and there are no conflicts when understood correctly. I have found that whenever I encounter something that looks like a conflict at first in the Bible, it is caused because I do not understand the correct point of view of the subject from God’s spiritual perspective. In other words, I was usually thinking too naturally and not enough from a spiritual viewpoint. We all know God is a Spirit (Jn 4:24) and we should know that His Spirit thoughts are much higher than our natural thoughts (Isa 55:8). Therefore, I seek and ask God to reveal to me, His Word from His viewpoint.
For example, Jesus told us in John 5:39 that if anyone would search the scriptures of the Old Testament, we would find Him (everywhere) in them because they were (ALL of) those that testified of Him. This teaches us that Jesus is hidden in every word, sentence, paragraph, chapter, and book somewhere using some technique of spiritual concealment. Wow, that means Jesus must be found here in Exodus 4 somewhere. Therefore, when I see any potential conflict, I immediately begin my hunt for conflict resolution by searching for Jesus. Let us get started.
Let us begin this part of the lesson by removing the italicized translator added words and punctuation from the verses in question in Exodus. This may help us to see something new.
Exo 4:22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh Thus saith the LORD Israel my son my firstborn:
By the removal of two added words and from this verse and the translator’s commas, it changes the focus tremendously. The translators believed they were adding focus to the natural people and nation, but they have only detracted from God’s statement that this verse was about Jesus. “Thus, saith the LORD Israel My Son My Firstborn”. By removing the added italicized words, it appears the word “Israel” is a name of God’s firstborn son. This should begin to open our eyes to see something that we may have not seen before. But let us verify this using scripture rather than my opinion.
We will begin the verification process with a dive into the Hebrew word used by God to describe Israel. The first word H1121 was translated as “son”. This Hebrew word literally means a male child that is born to carry the name and blood of the family into the next generation. Without the continued male line in the family the family name ends. This is why God created the law where if a firstborn son marries a wife and does not have any children, then his brother was to marry his brother’s widow. They would then try to have children for his dead brother in order to carry on the family name. Ok, we can see this concept first mentioned in Genesis 38 when Judah has 3 sons, and his oldest son marries a woman named Tamar, but he dies before having any children. She then marries the next son, and he refuses to have children for his dead brother, and he dies. The third son is never given to Tamar and so Tamar dresses as a prostitute to have a child through her dead husband’s father Judah. Tamar does get pregnant thought Judah. Thus, the family lineage of Jesus through Judah was preserved by a righteous act of Tamar’s deception (Gen 38:26).
All of this was a God designed connection called a “kinsman redeemer”. This occurred when one blood relative took the wife of a dead relative to have children for him to continue the family name. We can read about this concept again in the Book of Ruth exclusively as a type of our redeemer “Jesus”. Ruth was a Gentile, and a type of the church and Boaz was the type of Jesus the kinsman redeemer that redeemed humanity out of the chains of bondage of Satan’s dark kingdom..
It is also noteworthy that the Hebrew word “H1121” translated as “son” is what Jesus was called in the Bible repeatedly. Every time in the Gospels when Jesus called Himself the “Son of man” or the “Son of God”, the word “Son” was equivalent to this Hebrew word H1121. Right there we have two possible connections to sonship in Exodus 4 and Jesus. First, Jesus was a “Son” (H1121) of Adam and second, He was the “Son” (H1121) of God simultaneously. This was accomplished because Mary the mother of Jesus was a virgin daughter ancestor of Adam that was impregnated by the Holy Spirit (Mat 1:20). Let us go to the word “firstborn” next.
H1060 that is translated as “firstborn”. This Hebrew word comes from the Hebrew word H1069 and it does mean a natural childbirth that opens the womb of a physical women for the first time. Could this potentially also be a hidden reference to Jesus? I believe it is. We know this by reexamining the birth of Jesus in Matthew and Luke to confirm how Mary got pregnant and then notice what this resulting child is called. Please go read both accounts and notice all the details. Pay close attention to Matthew 1:25 and Luke 2:7 to begin. Both verses claim that Mary brought forth her “firstborn” son. Wow, that sounds like the exact wording and phrase used by God in Exodus 4, especially knowing who the Father was to this child by reading Matthew 1:18 and Luke 1:32. Both verses claim Jesus’ Father was God the Holy Spirit!
Now ask God this question about our brand-new conflict rising before us in scripture. Was Jesus Christ God’s firstborn Son or was natural Israel in Exodus 4 God’s firstborn son? I mean it CANNOT BE BOTH! It is impossible to have 2 firstborn sons. Even when Jacob is described as birthing 12 sons from 4 different women, there was only 1 “firstborn” to Jacob. According Genesis 35:23 the firstborn son of Jacob was Rueben. The second son’s birth regardless of the mother is always the second son to the father even if it was her first. The first son’s birth regardless of the mother is always the first son. This is also true even if they were conceived simultaneously as twins, only one son can exit the womb first (Gen 25:24-25). There is always only one “first” and one “second”. Therefore, a natural nation of Israel cannot be God’s “firstborn” son while we see Jesus also being called His “firstborn”.
We get the further resolution to this new conflict of two potential “firstborn” sons by reading John 3:16. In John 3:16 God says “For God so loved the world that He gave His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON…” The Greek word G3439 translated as “ONLY BEGOTTEN” means “only born”. John 3:16 defines Jesus to be God’s “ONLY” naturally born Son. This truth of Jesus being the ONLY NATURAL BORN SON is further confirmed by God in John 1:14, John 1:18, John 3:16, John 3:18, and 1 John 4:9.
If Jesus was God’s ONLY naturally born Son, then He must also be God’s “FIRSTBORN” Son. This is basic logic and common sense. An only child is both the first and the last child. We can further confirm Jesus being the “Firstborn” of God by reading these verses: Romans 8:29, Collosians 1:15, 1:Collosians 1:18, Hebrews 1:6, Hebrews 12:23, and Revelations 1:5. In every verse the Greek word G4416 that was used to describe Jesus being Mary’s firstborn son is used to describe Jesus as being God’s “Firstborn” Son. We have just confirmed using scripture that Jesus is the ONLY BORN SON of God and the FIRSTBORN SON of God.
Therefore, the natural nation of Israel would not qualify to be called by this name or title of “firstborn” even though it was the message that was given to us by translators in the English Old Testament. Uh oh! The controversy continues unless both verses are about the same firstborn Son named Jesus with the same common name Israel. Could this be possible? I believe it is. God just gave us a great confirmation that it was His Son Jesus that He was referring to in Exodus 4. But we are not done yet and there is more evidence to consider. We need to continue our Sherlock Holmes type of Bible Study to discover and examine all the clues.
OUT OF EGYPT I HAVE CALLED MY SON
We have been going through Exodus 4:22 and 23 trying to learn who God is speaking of as being His firstborn son with a name of Israel. I want us to examine some new clues given to us by God in the Gospels. I hope you read and noticed that in the book of Matthew chapters 1 and 2, God provides us amazing evidence in the narrative of the natural birth of Jesus and His early childhood. We will be reading some truly relevant verses about Jesus starting in Matthew 2:13. Please read these verses over carefully and notice how they appear to relate directly to Exodus 4:
Mat 2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
Mat 2:14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
Mat 2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
Wow, we are discovering some especially important information about God’s Son and the natural nation of Egypt in verses 13, 14 and 15. God purposefully connects Jesus to the natural nation of Egypt very plainly. As we should know, the ruler Herod was angry that the wise men did not return to tell him of the location of Jesus. Herod then killed every male child under two years old in Bethlehem and continued his search for Jesus in case he missed him in other locations of his ruling region.
The angel of the LORD was sent by God to warn Joseph of this plan and he told Joseph to take Jesus into the nation of Egypt. Joseph was told to stay there until he was given the word to leave and return to his home in Nazareth. Then Matthew makes an extraordinary claim. Matthew reveals that this action of Joseph would be the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy saying, “Out of Egypt, I have called my Son”. This prophecy can be easily passed over or ignored by many Bible students. Let us go back into the Old Testament and examine God’s original prophecy that is quoted by Matthew:
Hos 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge gives us the necessary links to the verse of Matthew 2:15 by connecting this fulfillment back to both this verse in Hosea 11:1 and the Exodus 4 verses in question. The original Exodus 4 divine statement of Israel being God’s Son that was being called out of Egypt is indirectly related to being fulfilled in the child Jesus in Matthew 2. Therefore, the Hosea 11:1 verse that we just read is very plainly and directly related to Jesus and Egypt. I find this amazing to see how God speaks many hundreds of years before Jesus was born on the earth and then tells us in Matthew all of this was fulfilled in the life of Jesus. This just continues to confirm what Jesus said that all of the O.T. was written about Him.
We should realize that God’s spiritual timings are not based upon normal human expectations. We learn from reading in 2 Peter 3:8 that one thousand years of human time is just the same as a single day to God. We can logically deduce that God spoke of Jesus coming out of Egypt as if it were occurring when Moses took the people of Israel out Egypt. But this interpretation creates the conflict with other scriptures that declare this woman being taken out was going to be His Old Covenant wife and that would still not qualify to be the fulfillment of Matthew 2.
I would suggest that you go and read Ezekiel 16 to help us see God has always viewed the natural nation of Israel to be a covenant female. In this chapter of Ezekiel 16, God described the birth of a discarded baby child that is thrown away in the pool of her own blood. This chapter further goes to describe how God took pity on this baby girl and commanded her to live and took care of her to grow up. We can then read how she matures sexually and how God clothed her with fine clothing and jewels. This is the description of these natural people being a woman that were saved out of Egypt. But then we still have a problem with the contradiction of Israel being a male in Exodus 4 if we take the literal English translation as a present tense fact and not a future tense prophecy.
Romans 4:17 reveals and teaches us a divine principle that God calls things that are not yet visibly seen and observable as if they were already manifested into our natural reality. We first learn this concept from Genesis 1 where several times God would say something like “Light Be” and then “Light was”. This is how God works throughout the Bible. Before He does a thing, He would speak it and then it would come to pass only after He had spoken it.
After creation God reiterates this principle speaking through the prophet Amos. In Amos 3:7 God says, “Surely the LORD God will do nothing except He reveal His secret to His servants the prophets”. We learn from this concept that the prophet Moses writing in Exodus was declaring a future secret concerning Jesus. This is the pattern of God declaring His secret plan for future years before the timing of them happening. This principle was certainly repeated by the prophet Hosea 11:1 about Jesus coming out of Egypt and I believe it is the same being said by the prophet Moses writing in Exodus 4.
Let us get back to Hosea 11:1. Did you notice what Hosea 11:1 said? It is easily missed. We know from reading the quotation in Matthew 2 that this verse was a prophecy of the child Jesus being taken to Egypt and then back out of Egypt at God’s direction. But this verse begins with a very radical declaration “When Israel was a Child…”. Notice that it does not say “When Yeshua (Jesus) was a Child”. Ok, that continues the subject and repeats the question that is vital to understanding a lot of the Bible. Who exactly is Israel? It appears from what we are seeing so far that Israel is a name of God and Jesus. Let us analyze this Israel name subject in more depth in our next section.
WHO IS ISRAEL?
Most Bible preachers and teachers that I have learned from believe the name “Israel” is only defined in the Bible as a natural nation of people that originated from Jacob and his 12 sons. And it just so happens, that it was these people that moved to Egypt after their son and brother Joseph was sold into slavery (Gen 37:28) where he eventually became the second in command in Egypt. Remember there was a famine in the land but before it occurred a dream was given to Pharaoh and only Joseph was able to interpret the dream (Gen 41:14-15). It was this famine that was hidden in the dream that drove Joseph’s father to send some of his remaining sons into Egypt to buy them food. While in Egypt they met with Joseph and eventually reconciled, and the entire family moved to Egypt. One of the key brothers of Joseph that is noteworthy was Judah.
Judah was the brother that saved Joseph from being killed by his other brothers. It was Judah that suggested they all sell Joseph into slavery. It was this act of salvation that caused them all to eventually be saved by Joseph from starvation and end up in Egypt. But my key point in this story is that Judah is also the name of the son of Jacob that will bring forth their Messiah named Jesus the Christ. This is an extremely important point to remember. We will try to get to this in depth later. But, for now we have just confirmed how these people came to exist in Egypt.
Now, let us consider how all of these natural people obtained the name “Israel”. To know this, we must read Genesis chapter 32:
Gen 32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
Gen 32:25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
Gen 32:26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
Gen 32:27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
Gen 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
Gen 32:29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
Gen 32:30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
We can clearly see a divine encounter taking place between Jacob and a supernatural being in the form of a “man”. I am not going to attempt to teach this entire encounter. We only need to focus upon the name change that takes place. Here after wrestling this supernatural man, this man asks Jacob his name and says from henceforth your name will no longer be called “Jacob” but rather “Israel” because you have obtained “power” with God and men and have prevailed. Jacob then asked this man his name and then uses the information given to him to name the place where he was wrestling “Peniel”.
Peniel is a Hebrew word that means the “Face of God”. From what we have been reading and studying in Genesis 32, we can surmise that Jacob has just been with God or at the least a supernatural representative of God. We can further deduce that Jacob was given God’s name during this encounter. Wow, I hope you got that. I am totally convinced that “Israel” was one of God’s names first and that it was passed down to the earth as a marriage covenant name change for His chosen natural people that would come from him. Our traditional human marriage covenant name change, for the wife to take the husband’s name was a God created idea. I do not know why so many people have not seen this before. The evidence for this conclusion is all over the Old Testament. Read these verses to help us see what God is saying to us:
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Isa 65:1 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.
Jer 7:10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?
Jer 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.
Jer 7:30 For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it.
Jer 32:34 But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it.
Dan 9:19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
I do not have time to go over every verse that I just listed. There are plain references in these sample verses that claim God’s natural people on the earth are all called by His name. This is probably one reason why Satan hates these natural people so very much. In a couple of these verses it may appear to indicate that it is just the city Jerusalem or the tribe of Judah alone that have His name, but that would be a rush to judgment without giving the verses enough thought. For example, if I said the city of Jerusalem is my capital. It requires me asking which Jerusalem and which nation is Jerusalem the capital of? The correct answers would be that God is speaking of the natural Jerusalem on the earth in the middle east and it is the capital of the natural nation of Israel. Therefore, the greater binding covenant name above Jerusalem would be Israel. And all of the people living in the subset of the city of Jerusalem would still be called by the larger mathematical set name Israel also. These are just basic laws of mathematical sets. Every subset category is still a member of the larger encompassing set.
This is also true for the people within in the tribe of Judah. Judah was the one brother that was used by God to bring Jesus into the world. The single tribe of Judah is still under the national heritage of their father Jacob who was renamed Israel. All these people that came from natural Jacob would all be labeled by God as a part of Israel. It is important to notice how the corporate nation containing all 12 tribes originated from one man that was renamed Israel by God. But there are other verses that we may also need to consider helping us confirm the truth. For example, read these verses and notice what they say:
Exo 5:1 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.
Jos 8:30 Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal,
Jer 7:3 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.
There are approximately 200 verses that have the similar phrase “God of Israel” in it. Please think with me and consider what the word “of” means. We should begin by defining the word “of”. “Of” can generally mean the first noun comes from the source or origin of the following noun. It would be like us saying the people of Jerusalem. That clearly would indicate that the people being spoken of came from a city named Jerusalem. But when God says “the God of Israel” it would seem to be an indication that God came from Israel and that does not really make sense, does it? That would appear to be another contradiction since we know someone from heaven came down to give Jacob this name and therefore the name definitely came from heaven.
The antithesis of saying “the God’ of Israel” is found in Galatians 6:16 where God wrote the “Israel of God”. The Galatians 6 verse is clearly speaking about an “Israel” that originated from God, but the phrase “God of Israel” seems to be saying something different or is it. In the first example the God of Israel appears to indicate that God is the lower object that is contained within the higher object that is named Israel. But in the Galatians 6 example the “Israel of God” that cannot be the same type of relationship as Israel appears to be a lower object that is contained within the larger object God. This is just getting too complicated, isn’t it?
I am going to propose another possible solution to this complexity. I believe the word “of” can be eliminated completely and this might solve our problem and help us confirm Israel is God’s name at the same time. This is the same principle that we used earlier by removing translator added italicized words. If you analyze the original Hebrew text in parallel to the English words being stated, you will find that there is no Hebrew word that is translated as “of”. Therefore, it appears to be a translator suggestion to what they thought the other actual words meant. I mean the translator could have written “God in Israel”, “God by Israel”, “God from Israel” as well as the “God of Israel” or even a multitude of other prepositional English words. These prepositions have been added by translators thinking they help us understand the words given to us by God, but sometimes they distract from the original intended meanings.
Let us go back and reread Exodus 5:1 removing the inserted English preposition “of” that is not in the Hebrew. It would read “Thus saith the LORD GOD ISRAEL”. That statement makes a tremendous amount of plain sense to me knowing what I know now. We all should know that God sits in the heavens (Mat 22:32, Heb 1:3). We now have learned that God gave Jacob a name “Israel” that came from heaven (Gen 32:28). Therefore, we have a direct connection of the name Israel coming from God in heaven. Based upon this information it would not be an abuse of scripture to say, “Thus says the LORD GOD ISRAEL”.
Most of the English prepositional words like “the”, “of”, “in”, “by”, “from”, “with”, etc. were added by translators thinking they were helping to clarify the Hebrew words mentioned in God’s ordered sequence. Most of the time they did a great job and they do help us. But please understand there was not a Hebrew word found in the original Hebrew language text that could be translated “of” or “the” in any of these verses. For example, back to Exodus 5:1 if we remove all the words added by translators, God said in the Hebrew “Thus(H3541) saith(H559) LORD(H3068) God(H430) Israel(H3478)”.
If you like the added word “of” in “God of Israel” more than the “God Israel” that is fine, and I will not debate you. For now, I see it more clearly with the omission of the word “of” as being one of God’s names that was given to Jacob in Genesis 32. If you are an advanced Hebrew scholar and would like to share your thoughts on this wording “God of Israel” versus “God Israel”, I would love to hear your comments to learn more about it. But, I now think that we need to move to a different and even deeper study of the name “Israel” that should turn up the intensity of the light on this subject.
UNDERSTANDING THE NAME ISRAEL – DEFINITION
This part of the subject study of the word “Israel should be a Bible study all by itself. But I will give the shortened overview to help us understand that the name Israel is particularly important to our understanding of the Bible. Let us analyze the definitions given to us by dictionaries like “Strong’s”. The Hebrew word translated as “Israel” is H3478. Here is the definition given to us by “Strong”:
From H8280 and H410; he will rule as God; Jisrael, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity: – Israel.
First notice this word H3478 is made up from the combination of two other Hebrew words. The first “H280” means “to prevail or to have power as a prince or a ruler”. Then that word is combined with “H410”. This word H410 literally means “to have strength or to be mighty” and it is translated as “God” over 200 times in the Old Testament. This Hebrew word is typically viewed as a shortened form (EL) of God’s plural name “Elohim” and is often found in many other Hebrew names. In fact, this short form of God’s name occurs in at least 150 other names found in the Bible like “Samuel” that means “heard of God”.
What I would like you to consider for a takeaway is for us to see that Strong defines this word Israel as “He will rule as God”. Then ask the obvious questions. Who is he? And who can rule as God? Is the answer the natural man Jacob? Is the answer Satan? Or is it possible that He who will rule as God is the conquering and victorious Jesus? I believe it can only be Jesus. We can see several clues revealing this to us in the Bible. For example, read Revelation 12:5 which is a description of male child that is birthed by a woman that is stated to rule with a rod of iron. This male child is not named but he must represent a form of God. Then read Revelation 19:15 where a grown man riding on a white horse comes back to the earth from heaven to rule all nations with a rod of iron. Reading back up in Revelation 19:13 we find this man’s name is the “Word of God”. This of course is another name for Jesus (God the Son).
From just these few examples, I have concluded that Israel (HE WHO WILL RULE AS GOD) is Jesus the risen from the dead Christ. And if we are in Him and overcome our flesh, the devil and the world, then according to Revelation 2:25-26 we read this promise:
Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
Here we have the Highest Ruler Jesus speaking to the churches and He says that whoever overcomes and keeps His works till the end, to them He will give power over the nations and they will rule with Him with a rod of iron. That is an amazing statement of truth. This should give us motivation and hope for a significantly better future. It is self-evident to me that only Jesus qualifies to rule over every nation on the earth. It further says to me that only Jesus is qualified to delegate this authority to anyone else. Therefore, the name Israel can only be God’s name and only He will rule as God! Let us conclude this lesson with a new particularly important perspective.
LET MY SON GO
We have been studying to determine who God was speaking of in Exodus 4:22-23 that is called His Son. We have seen in these verses where God spoke to Pharaoh of Egypt through the prophet Moses and commanded him to let God’s Firstborn Son go or else Pharaoh’s firstborn son would be killed. We all should know the context of this command. This occurred during God’s first Passover. Pharaoh made the wrong choice and did not let God’s Son go. The children of Israel were then told to obtain a lamb to slay it, and to place it’s blood upon the doorposts of the houses. We all should know that this slain lamb was a symbolic representation of Jesus the firstborn Son of God. Jesus was God’s Lamb that would be crucified hundreds of years later, on a cross on Passover. It was this lamb’s blood on the doorposts of homes in Egypt that instructed the death angel to bypass their houses and all their firstborn were saved. But the firstborn of every house of Egypt without any lamb’s blood their firstborn child died, including Pharaoh’s.
Here is the main point. When God was speaking of His firstborn Son to be freed from bondage, He was looking forward in time seeing the Son of God that would be born from the people of the nation of Israel that were being held in bondage in Egypt. All the living descendants of Jacob/Israel were being held captive slaves in this natural nation of Egypt. And if they were never freed, how could their Messiah Jesus have been born in Bethlehem? How could there have been a temple built in Jerusalem? How could there have been David the King of Israel, and on and on we could go. God was calling things that were not yet manifest as if they were already real when He commanded His Firstborn Son to be freed from Egyptian slavery. Wow, I pray you are receiving what the Holy Spirit is saying to us.
I need to show you a principle that is revealed to us in the book of Hebrews that is a MUST to understanding a lot of the Bible. I have taught this principle in other Bible lessons because it applies to many other subjects and it represents a fundamental law of God called the Law of Seeds.
Heb 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
Heb 7:6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
Heb 7:7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
Heb 7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
Heb 7:9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
Heb 7:10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
Verse 5 begins with a description of Levi and his descendants being given the responsibility of High Priests in Israel. God then says these descendants were commanded to receive tithes of their brothers in the other tribes of Israel. God ends the verse with the radical statement that all of these people came out of the “loins” of Abraham their father. That was the fundamental law that you need to see. When God showed me these concepts I was literally blown away. Think of the implications that this truth is revealing to us. For example, God knows the exact sperm cell and their order of impartation into a female to cause every impregnation of every born child down the entire family blood line. We can clearly see that God is into every detail of our life. This is a divine characteristic of Him.
Notice what God said in verse 5. Remember that Levi was the great-grandson of Abraham. Levi came from the family lineage of his father Jacob/Israel. Then Jacob going down the family tree came from his father Isaac. Isaac continuing down the family tree then came from his father Abraham. Yet God speaks of them all as a corporate single individual sperm cell being one together, from one source and one father. Wow! You may not understand this concept of a sperm cell. A natural sperm cell is called a “seed” by God in the Bible. You can read about this concept in Genesis 38:9 in the story we looked at earlier about Onan who married Tamar his dead brother Er’s wife to raise up a seed for him. In the case of Jesus it was God’s word that was His Seed that impregnated the virgin Mary. Read down to verse 9 to find out the most important concept that applies to our lesson.
Did you notice what God says in verses 9 and 10? God makes it very plain that Levi who received tithes three generations later after Abraham also paid tithes to Melchisedec because he was that one sperm cell in the “loins” of his father Abraham when it happened. Wow, Wow, and Wow! This is the law of fruit with seeds inside itself given to us by God in Genesis 1:11. There is an old concept that says “No one knows how many apples are in one apple seed. That is a part of what God is teaching us, “No one knows how many children are in one Abraham “seed” except God. We notice this concept being repeated by God in 1 Corinthians 15:22 where God says “in Adam (his seed) all die, but in Christ (His Seed) all shall be made alive”. What God is saying is because Levi was a seed inside Abraham, whatever Abraham did was what all of his descendants from that seed also did. Again, Wow!
Can you see how this law of Seeds from Genesis 1 applies to what God said in Exodus 4:22-23? Since Levi was in an Abraham seed, so also was his brother Judah. Since Jesus came from the tribe of Judah, Jesus also paid tithes to Melchisedec like Levi. This is such a radical revelation. Why do you think it was so important for God to put Jesus’ genealogy in the books of Matthew and Luke? These genealogies show us who Jesus was in all the way back to His natural father Adam. Jesus was in Adam when he rebelled and caused everyone that comes from him to also die. This teaches us that Jesus was born into the world to die. It also helps us to understand how God says in Revelation 13:8 that Jesus was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. God had Jesus planned to come into the world when He created Adam. Jesus was the preplanned seed of redemption inside of Adam before there was any need for Him to come. This is a great descriptive example of the Omniscience of God. He knew what was going to happen before it happened and it was already taken care of in His mind and His designed actions when creating our world.
Therefore, Jesus was the continuing seed in all of His natural family lineage loins including when they were being commanded to be released from Egyptian captivity and slavery in Exodus 4:22-23. This confirms how God’s commandment to Pharaoh to let go His “firstborn” was a directive to speak of His coming Firstborn Son Jesus the Christ. When God was speaking of releasing the nation of Israel in Egypt, there was present one seed (sperm cell) in this group of all the people that contained His firstborn Son. Please understand that I am not making up facts of truth. God teaches us very clearly in Galatians 3 this one seed concept speaking of Abraham. Read this verse that confirms the one seed concept:
Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
We can plainly read when the promises of God were given to Abraham and his seed that God was only focused upon a single seed that was Jesus Christ. God again saw every detail and selected one sperm cell and made His promise to that one seed that would continue until Jesus came into the world. Wow! I don’t know how anybody is not totally amazed at God’s wisdom. Praise the LORD!
We have been discovering some radical new information and how to understand and apply it to JESUS. Thank you to my reader for a great Bible question. We just learned how God commanded the entire nation of Israel from Pharaoh’s captivity while He was speaking of just one Seed that would become His, Firstborn Son, named Jesus being born in a manager in Bethlehem some 1400+ years later. Is there anybody like God? I don’t think so! We have just given the resolution of a major conflict of scriptures simply by seeing the verses from God’s higher perspective. We have discovered that Jesus said all of the verses in the Old Testament testify about Him and now we are beginning to see how this can be with a lot more clarity. I pray that you can see how God could simultaneously be speaking of natural Israel, His covenant wife while declaring His natural born ONLY SON was in her to command a world ruler to let Him go.
Today we should have learned the following facts of information:
- Israel was a given name that came down from God in heaven.
- The name Israel was given to one man named Jacob
- But in Jacob were the seeds for the entire nation so everyone is called Israel
- Israel is a name that means “He will rule as God”
- Israel became God’s Old Covenant wife being a nation of people referred to as a single female bride
- Israel committed adultery and whoredoms with other gods
- Israel was divorced by God ending the covenant
- Israel became captive slaves to Egypt
- God raised up a deliverer of Israel named Moses that was faithful to God to bring His message to Egypt
- God commanded Pharaoh to let His Son His Firstborn go or else Pharaoh’s son would be killed
- We now know from the N.T. that Jesus is the “Only Born” Son of God
- We now know also from the N.T. that Jesus is the “First Born” Son of God
- Therefore we know that natural Israel the nation cannot be the same
- We can now conclude that God’s Firstborn Son that was being commanded to be freed was a prophetic reference to Jesus who was a single seed in the natural nation of Israel and whatever happened to them would happen to Jesus
- Pharaoh released the natural nation of Israel (God’s Son) without fully understanding who he was freeing.
- Israel is Jesus’ name and He will rule as God now and in the future 1000 year millennium.
These were some of the key points that should have been understood in today’s advanced Bible lesson. I would highly recommend that you go back and reread lessons like this more than once. It was too much information to get it all with one reading. I hope and pray that everyone gained some spiritual knowledge that helped them understand God’s Holy Word. I also pray that you learned how to study the Bible more than just to read what the Bible says on the surface. This desire should cause us to begin to see things more like God sees them and to look for Jesus in every word.
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Understanding the Hidden Spiritual Family Structure of God’s Household! The Mature Women in God’s Spiritual Family! Part 7
(Ver 1.2) This is now Part 7 in a series of extremely advanced Bible studies about a new subject that I call “The Hidden Spiritual Structure of the Family of God”. The spiritual information in this series will dramatically change your perspective of the Bible, if you can see them and if you will choose to accept them. I have covered a tremendous amount of new ideas and revelations and I cannot take the time to go back and repeat all of them today, so if you have not read this series from the beginning I would suggest that you go back and start reading with “Part 1” first. In the last lesson I introduced you to the last woman in the family of God as the church. She is the youngest woman called the daughter in a new covenant marriage with the risen Son of God, Jesus Christ. This woman was named the New Jerusalem in Revelation 3:12 and 21:2 and she is called the Holy Jerusalem in Revelation 21:10. Three times in Revelation she has the title of the “daughter-in-law” or the synonymous interpretation the “bride” (G3565) found in Revelation 21:2, 21:9 and 22:17 and this can be seen easily by looking at the original Greek word definition. Today I want to search the Bible for the identities of the other two mature women in the family of 5. As you recall, God said the “daughter” would be divided against her mother and the “daughter-in-law” would be divided against her mother-in-law in Micah 7:6, Matthew 10:35 and Luke 12:53. So we are now looking in the Bible for the information and the specific names to reveal who these two women are that are divided from our church daughter. I found the identity of the “daughter-in-law” simply by searching the Bible for the same Greek word (G3565) translated as “daughter-in-law” and I found her identity easily revealed in the books of John and Revelation because of the limited usage of this word in the N.T. She was described to be a city, a bride and the spiritual wife of the Lamb of God. This woman was also described to be a spiritual nation of people that consisted of both male and female individuals that reside now as a part of God’s new spiritual family. Therefore we are now searching for the other women with a similar pattern, make-up, characteristics or features. We are also searching for not just two women, but more specifically two mothers and that should narrow the scope of the search significantly. The Hebrew word used for “mother” in Micah 7:6 is H517 and there are over 200 verses in the Bible that contain this word. That is really too many verses to be useful. The Hebrew word translated as “mother in law” is H2545 and this word is only found in one other book of the Bible and that makes it very interesting to me. It just so happens that the “mother-in-law” H2545 is used 9 other times in the book of Ruth and only one time in Micah 7:6. I do not believe that this is a coincidence. I see it to be a direct hidden clue to the identity of at least one of the women in God’s family.
Do you recall the story of Ruth? If you do not, I have a more in-depth lesson series on this book of the Bible that will explore and explain many of the hidden typologies found there. I will for your benefit give you a quick synopsis of that lesson series to show you how it applies to Jesus the Son, the church the daughter and the mother-in-law of the church. Ruth was a Gentile woman who married a Hebrew husband after this Jewish family moved to her country of Moab from Bethlehem. Her husband and the other males in the family all died in Moab and that left two daughter-in-laws and their mother in law as the surviving widows. One daughter-in-law returns to her family, but the other one departs with her mother-in-law to go back to Bethlehem. This gentile “daughter-in-law” was named Ruth. She is the primary subject of the entire book. There in Bethlehem, while trying to survive Ruth is met by a man named Boaz. It just so happens, that Ruth is laboring in a harvest field that is owned by Boaz. Boaz is a near relative to Ruth’s mother-in-law’s dead husband. This means Boaz is a potential kinsman “Redeemer”. Ruth is given favor from Boaz and is blessed while she is working his harvest field. To make a long story shorter, Boaz marries the woman Ruth and redeems the land of the dead relative and they become the great grandparents of David the King. This natural story of Ruth is an amazing parallel to another New Testament spiritual story. Today’s church is largely comprised of Gentile people, so the church qualifies to be the symbolic type of this woman Ruth and both are called “daughter-in-laws”. We are now the laborers in God’s harvest field of the earth and He owns the field that we are working in right now. God has granted us His favor and blessings while we are working in His harvest field. We are of course not harvesting natural food, but we are harvesting symbolic wheat for God’s harvest and that is His people. Boaz the kinsman Redeemer was a Jew from Bethlehem and he is a type of the man Jesus Christ also a Jew born in Bethlehem. Of course Jesus Christ was God in the flesh that came down from heaven to the earth which is a type of the land of spiritual Moab. Jesus Christ was crucified and died in this realm of spiritual Moab on a cross and then He was raised from the dead to redeem us from our sins and to save us from this world. That makes Ruth’s mother-in-law a symbolic type of the nation of Israel. You will see why I say that very soon. In this story of Ruth we have a “daughter-in-law” who becomes a “bride”. We have a mother-in-law that is a Jew under the Law from Bethlehem. We also have a son from Bethlehem who becomes the husband (bridegroom) to redeem his bride. There are many other Bible patterns in this book, but I only hit the ones that we needed for this lesson. The story of Ruth is a story of natural Israel, God the Father, the Son of God and the church and each of these are demonstrated to us in amazing clarity in the book of Ruth using the keywords of the mother-in-law and the daughter in-law to direct us to this information. These are the two exact words from Micah 7:6 so they must contain related information that we need to know about. What we need is an additional witness to this hidden reality in another book of the Bible and that is where we are going soon.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Jesus taught us something that was very profound in the third chapter of John. When Jesus described the “new birth” He said “That which is born of the flesh is only flesh, but that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Jesus reveals a significant spiritual law here in this statement. First, Jesus says spirits can give birth to spirits and second, only a spirit can produce other spirits. Jesus goes on to say in this chapter of John, “Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God”. This verse stipulates a fixed requirement that a second birth must take place or you will never see God’s eternal kingdom. This statement of Jesus of course blew the mind of Nicodemus and this natural thinking man asked “How can a man be born again?” “Can he enter again into his mother’s womb?” Of course this was not what Jesus was saying at all. Neither was Jesus thinking naturally of another physical birth. Jesus is not teaching physical reincarnation. Here is a prime example of how people can hear what God is saying and totally miss it because they are not on the same level as the speaker. This is the greatest challenge new Christians have in the world today. To renew people’s minds to think spiritually instead of naturally is the biggest challenge that I am faced with while teaching on the internet. Most of my critics are dominated by naturally thinking carnal minds. They do not attempt to think outside of their little carnal box and thus they remain ignorant of what God wants them to know. Romans 8:7, says the carnal mind is an enemy against God. So when my critics tell me I’m wrong, they are speaking as an enemy of God. I certainly feel sorry for them, but I have learned that I cannot help them. Let’s see what Jesus was actually speaking of:
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Jesus is comparing two different types of birth in this one verse; one is a natural birth and the other is spiritual birth. Jesus is saying that you are born naturally when your mother’s water breaks and you enter into the natural world through her physical door and then you are born spiritually by a similar patterned act from the Spirit of God. Do you remember that Jesus said “I am the door” (Jo 10:9)? Jesus is saying there is a spiritual door into the Kingdom of God and you will not enter into it unless you find it first. Wow, that is pretty radical for those who think there are many ways to God. Why is Jesus revealing that spiritual things are repeated patterns of the natural things that God created? You better get a hold of this concept very fast if you ever want to learn about what God is trying to teach you.
There is a spiritual law of Genesis about seeds that is very relevant to my lesson today. This law was a foundational principle found within the patterns of creation in Genesis. One of the key seed law principles states that everything that God created produces after its own kind (Genesis 1:11, 12, 21, 24, 25). Flesh produces only flesh. Cows produce only cows. Dogs produce only dogs. But, also Jesus teaches us in John 3 that a Spirit produces only spirits. It is very clear that spirits can give birth based upon the information revealed in John 3 and the natural patterns found in creation. For example, the sperm of a man is called his seed in the O.T (Lev 15:16). But the Word of God is also implied to be God’s spiritual sperm in 1 Peter 1:23. Both are “seeds” but one is natural and the other is spiritual. These are patterns that are being repeated for us to apply the concepts found in the natural to understand the concepts of the unseen spiritual dimension. Those are radical concepts from the Creator. What I am attempting to do is to give you verification from the scriptures that a spirit can give birth to a spirit. Therefore, if the church is a spiritual daughter and not a physical one, we are looking for another spiritual woman that is able to give birth to us. That statement will probably perplex many Christians who are not yet familiar with the Bible in this level of detail, but that is just the way it goes.
So far I have been giving you some basic facts of life concepts found both in creation and the Bible. These are important patterned concepts that you need to give your attention to today, because they are very relevant to understanding God and the Bible. God has replicated patterns from the spiritual realm into the created natural realm and these patterns will be further projected back into the new heaven and the new earth that are coming soon. I personally believe that God created all natural things from precise patterns found within spiritual things that previously existed in the divine realm. God then uses these temporary natural things to teach us about the spiritual concepts of eternal things to come. It is a circular configuration of a divine design with transferred patterns from the spiritual to the temporal and then finally back to the spiritual. It is the cycle of life as found within a progressively designed divine plan. Things that were found originally in the beginning are the things that shall be found again in the end. In the beginning of Genesis we see that God created everything good with the absence of all evil. This is exactly how it will end after chapter 20 of Revelation and after Satan, the beast and the false prophet are cast into their eternal torment. What God has created in the world is almost always an identifiable pattern for something in the spiritual realm that we have never seen.
Take the human body for example. The human body is comprised of millions and even billions of individual cells, systems, subsystems and individual parts that are working all together to form one body. Does any of that sound familiar? We have more than one thing that comprises or makes up to form one unified body working in harmony. The natural pattern of the human body’s design is the same concept that God reiterates when He describes us (the entire church) to be the spiritual body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13-27). The spiritual church is comprised of millions or even billions of people and yet we are still just one spiritually unified body. The concept of one being made up of many is a repeatable occurrence in the Bible that is foundational to understanding all of the identities of the women in the family of God. None of the women in the spiritual family of God are just one person or one female individual. Each spiritual woman is comprised of millions or even billions of people or spiritual beings that are joined together to become one spiritually named woman in covenant with God. This was one of my main subjects from the last lesson, so please try to follow along the best that you can, it will only get much deeper than this as we continue to dig into this subject.
It is now time to reveal the mature spiritual women (mothers) in the family of God. Both of these women were specifically described to be “mothers” therefore, both have children. One was the mother of the daughter (bride) and other one was the mother of the son (bridegroom). But, just as Eve is named the mother of all natural living descendants we are looking for a spiritual woman that all spiritual children can come from. I believe to solve this puzzle we will need to look for verses in the Bible that describe two mothers and hopefully in the same verse. Here is where it will start to get really interesting for some people and potentially more controversial for others. I am about to show you another O.T. prophecy about the family of God that is very important for you to understand fully, but is also very difficult to understand. This Old Testament verse reflects some more complex riddles, so be prepared for a set of new mental challenges. I want to take you to the prophet Isaiah and get you to read about two women in the family of God from a new perspective.
Isa 54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into inging, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
If you are not reading the Bible with your spiritual eyeglasses on you are reading it blindly. God is describing something very mysterious and profound here in another obscure prophecy found in the O.T. Have you ever heard anyone teach about what this verse means? I can honestly say that I have not! However it is very difficult for anyone to teach what they do not understand. I read some commentaries and they were all over the board to what they thought it meant. This verse was written in the major prophet Isaiah’s work for God. You will find in studying the Bible that God will use a technique of hiding information that I call “dissemination”. This technique incorporates the random spreading out of related information throughout the Bible to make it infinitely more difficult for us to find it and for us to then put them all together correctly. It is like when I sow new grass seed in my yard using a broadcast spreader, I put seeds in the hopper and adjust the flow and depending on the speed that I travel the seed is thrown out in random patterns over the spots that need it and I do not know what lands where. Dissemination of the Word of God is a random broadcasting seed concept and God does this throughout the Bible. You will never know where you will find some of the most valuable keys to understanding a subject in the Bible until you search for them. Many times it will appear to be a needle in a haystack concept when looking for the truth in the Bible. It might be found in Genesis or Revelation or anywhere in between. Without the Spirit of God, computers and modern technology it would be impossible for any man to find the clues and then put all of the pieces together correctly.
However look closely at this verse in Isaiah and tell me if you can see that God is speaking about two wives, two women and two mothers? There are definitely two different females being spoken of in this verse and they are directly being compared against each other. Both women we are told are mothers of children, but we are not told who the mothers or the children are. However the Hebrew word translated as children is actually the Hebrew word “ben” that means “son”. When Jesus was here on the earth He would call Himself a “ben” of man. I understand why the translators are confused and put the word for children here, but that is not the correct translation and you will understand why soon. In order to be a mother in the Bible you had to have been married. Of course our definition of marriage in the modern world has become biased or slanted based upon the legal definition of a piece of paper or a license or a ceremony that was performed. However, God clearly tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:16 that sex between a man and a woman constitutes a marriage in His eyes. If you have sexual relations with anyone, by the definition from the Word of God you are married to them. It does not matter how many partners that you have, it can be one or thousands. If our court systems went by God’s definition there would be a lot less people doing what they are doing. No doubt many people would benefit from this knowledge of the truth today. It is interesting to note that only one wife in this verse in Isaiah is called married, but they must both be married in order to have any children. Therefore, God is teaching us something else that is deeper with this statement. I will not be able to explain this in this lesson today because this will just cloud the main subject more than it has already.
Let me tell you that God gives us a lot of hidden information in this single verse of scripture found in Isaiah. We have two women being spoken of in very anonymous terms. No names are given and no identities are revealed. One woman is called barren, but she suddenly has a change of status to have many more sons than the other woman who is specifically called married. Wow, that is pretty tough to understand and it is another monumental riddle. What is God talking about in this statement? I personally believe that God gives us some of the most important information in the Bible in the form of riddles to challenge us to solve them. The way that this verse was written, it makes it completely illogical and even unsolvable unless God gives us some additional clues to what exactly He is talking about somewhere else in the Bible. Fortunately for us, God did give us some major clues to reveal the meaning of this prophecy when He taught Paul what it meant in the New Testament and Paul recorded it for us in the book of Galatians.
Before I go to the book of Galatians, I want to make another quick point about the Hebrew word translated as “barren” in this verse. This Hebrew word is not used extensively in the Bible and that is another clue for us. If you search your Bible you will find that the wives of the three patriarchs of Israel were all described with this exact same word and status. You will find Abram’s wife Sarai called barren in Genesis 11:30. You will find Isaac’s wife Rebekah called barren in Genesis 25:21. Finally, you will find that Jacob’s wife Rachel was called barren in Genesis 29:31. These are very important examples to understand, but I just do not have the time to explain them all today. I wanted to teach you how to look for clues in the Bible. That does not mean you will understand what all of the clues mean automatically just because you find them. I will tell you that they are all definitely related to what we are talking about today and that is all I can say about them for now. However, we will look at one of them in much more detail, because God reveals it to be directly related by what Paul wrote in Galatians. I have tried to teach you that there is a law of Bible interpretation that I call the “law of first mention”. In this law I have found that God always gives us some very important information about any subject the first time it is mentioned in the Bible. The subject of being barren is no different. The first woman in the Bible described to be barren is Abraham’s wife Sarah. So let’s go to Galatians and learn what this prophecy found in Isaiah means. This verse of prophecy is repeated almost exactly in Galatians 4:27, but we will have to back up in the chapter to read the context in order to understand what is being revealed to us, so let’s start reading with verse 22:
Gal 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
As you can see God is speaking directly about Abraham and who we are told had two sons. Do you see that God is speaking about two women again? Not just two random women, but specifically two mothers of two children who were called the wives of Abraham. You may recall that Sarah was Abraham’s wife first and that she was the barren wife that I showed you in Genesis 11:30. So this story of Abraham fits the pattern of the prophecy in Isaiah by the direct usage of the Hebrew word translated as “barren”. Two mothers are what we are looking for to solve our family of 5 mystery and Abraham is said to have had two wives. One is described to be a freewoman who is a representative type of his wife Sarah and the other wife was called the bondwoman, who is a woman that Sarah gave to her husband Abraham because she thought that she was unable to have children for him. This slave wife was named Hagar in this story and she can be found the first time in Genesis 16:1. Let me quickly show you a scripture concerning these two women:
Gen 16:3 And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
Sarai is directly called the wife of Abram first. Sarai is first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 11:29 so she was around for 5 chapters before the mention of Hagar. Keep this in mind! Hagar is the maid servant slave girl from Egypt. This will also become very important that she is a slave from Egypt latter when we discover who she is a type for. But, also notice what the result was of this gift from Sarai to her husband. God informs us that Hagar has also become Abram’s wife. God is revealing something very complex that has occurred in the spiritual realm by showing us the repeated patterns that have reoccurred in the natural realm. Here we have one man with two wives and two children and this is either an amazing coincidence or it is God pointing us to a match for the 5 in one family pattern.
- Abraham Father
- Sarah Mother Freewoman Barren
- Hagar Mother Bondwoman Married
- Ishmael Son Slave
- Isaac Son Free
We have three specific parents being described to us. One male and two females with two sons, but they are still all just one family. This is really going to get very deep as we continue through these coming verses, so please read them very carefully. Also notice for now that Abraham is the father and that he has two wives and two children and that definitely equals 5 in one family and this will generally fit the pattern of the family of 5 again with only some minor differences in family titles only. While these are not exact matches for the Micah 7:6 family of 5, it is similar enough for me to see that this is not a coincidence and that God is relating to us some new information that is definitely important for us to see. Have you ever made a dress using a pattern and a sewing machine? While I have never done this, I did watch my mother do this and I learned the concepts behind the work. You can choose any material and totally change the look and the feel of the dress, by using different fabrics with the same pattern. One pattern can produce many dresses that are similar but also they can look and feel completely different to each other. This is what God is doing in these verses of the two families of 5. God is using the same pattern with some different spiritual fabrics. Not everything is going to match perfectly when you do this, but the expert will still be able to identify the usage of the repeated patterns. Do you understand this? You probably do if you are a woman, but my example is probably not too easily identifiable to many men. It is the concept that is important for now and it is not important to get distracted by too many details at this level of the study. Let us continue to the next verse in the chapter of Galatians to see what God has revealed to Paul about Abraham’s family:
Gal 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
God is still speaking of two mothers and two children that came by the one father. All of this is very familiar so far! The only difference between these two children is that they are both males. So they do not get married to each other to start a new family and that changes nothing, but the creation of a new family. In this verse God further tells us that one son came by the deeds of the flesh and the other son came as a result of a promise. We could logically make the leap that one son came from the works of man in the natural realm and the other son came by spiritual faith in the promise of God, if you want to combine other information given to us by Paul found in Romans. But, for now we will see that we have a family of 5 that is again being divided, but this time they are being divided not by the marriage of the siblings, but by the command of Sarah to cast out the bond woman and her son, that we will soon see. Let me skip down quickly to verse 30 in Galatians 4 to connect you with what is being taught, so that you can see more clearly what I am talking about in combination with the pattern of division found within a family of 5.
Gal 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
This verse is a quote from Genesis 21:10. You can clearly see another pattern is developing or being repeated using a different two members in a family of 5; yet still resulting in the division of the family with 3 against 2. Isn’t this what Jesus said to us in Luke 12:52? Jesus is giving you a key pattern to look for in the Bible. Here in this verse in Galatians we are seeing the pattern being used again. The bond woman and her son are cast out of the family of Abraham and that leaves 3 family members still in the family and two family members on the outside of the family. It is a subtle change and it reflects more complex information that I will not be able to elaborate on at this point today. Just take note of the reuse of the pattern of 3 divided against 2 and we will leave it at that for now. Let me give you a new picture of what we have learned so far:
Hopefully you can see the basic patterns being redeployed in this picture digaram. There is a split or a divisin within the family of five that is dividing them 3 agains 2. Let’s go to the next verse in Galatians that I was going through to see how this information fits into the family of God. What we are seeing demonstrated to us by God is a Biblical typology using natural patterns to reveal existing and prophetic spiritual truths. Remember we are learning about the two women and how they are both called mothers. Also take note that God is using a real man and his real two wives to teach us about His spiritual family. In other words Abram, Sarai and Hagar are not God’s family only the examples used to show us God’s family. God is speaking about Sarai as being the freewoman and Hagar as being the bond woman and these are revealed to be something much more significant using God’s allegorically encoded information found in Genesis 16.
Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
We know this information would have been impossible for us to see or to understand by just reading the natural accounts of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar in the book of Genesis. People have read the story of Abraham for thousands of years and no one had any clue that it was allegorical information about God’s family. We would not have had any hint what was going on if God had not revealed it to Paul about what the story of Abraham in Genesis symbolically represented. An allegory in the Bible is always a real historical story about real people doing real things in real places that contains a hidden spiritual symbolic meaning encoded within every adjective, noun and verb selected by God to describe them. You can clearly see that this is God’s definition and not mine based upon what is being revealed to us in this chapter of Galatians. This is a principle that reveals to us the words of God in the Bible have been carefully chosen many times to contain parallel meanings. In other words God could have said many things about Abraham that He did not say, but since these words were selected, they were specifically designed with a hidden purpose. I once had a commenter try to tell me that the Bible did not contain allegory and that this was a man made concept invented in the dark ages. This commenter obviously never read the Bible very closely, did he?
We can clearly see from this story that there is a direct connection to God based upon what is being said about these two women representing two covenants. God is saying that these two women represent two different covenants and this is a Bible code word that means two marriages between God and two different women. Therefore we know that God the Father was in covenant with two different women simultaneously as this chapter of Galatians is revealing to you. You have to understand “Bible Covenants” in order to understand what is being taught. A covenant with God is always initiated by God. God is the author of all covenants by His design. A covenant with God is also a divine marriage (Jer 31:32, Mal 2:14) between God the husband and the chosen people His wife. In other words we do not go to God and ask will you make a covenant with me, He comes to us and says will you marry me? So when God initiates a covenant with mankind or any spiritual beings, it is always a marriage proposal. If you do not understand these concepts you should go and read my lessons on “Understanding Bible Covenants”.
Since the Bible is divided into two covenants, many people automatically assume in error that God is speaking about these two obvious prominent Bible covenants that practically everyone knows. We are being presented another mysterious riddle by God. We can clearly see in Galatians 4:24 that Hagar represents the covenant given to Israel on Mt. Sinai. Which covenant was that? This covenant is what most Christians today normally call the “Old Covenant”. It is very interesting to note that God says everyone that was in that Old Covenant was called slaves. You need to remember that because it is very important. Based upon this information people automatically conclude that the only other covenant being spoken of here is the “New Covenant” given to the church by Jesus Christ. However this is impossible based upon the allegorical information given to us in Genesis and the family of 5 revealed in Micah 7:6. In this story in Genesis you need to pay very closer attention to who the women are a type of in the allegory and then see the ages of the two women and find out who was married to whom first. Since a Covenant is a marriage, was Abraham married to Sarah or to Hagar first using God’s definition of marriage? Was Sarah older than the slave girl Hagar? Did Abraham have sex with Sarah or Hagar first? Who gave Hagar to Abraham to be his wife? All of this is very important and very relevant for you to understand which covenants God is speaking of. Hagar is revealed to be the bond woman and she is a much younger woman than Sarah, so keep that in mind as we continue through the rest of these verses in Galatians. Let’s continue down chapter 4 of Galatians and look at verse 25 to see the spiritual name of God’s younger wife given to us first. Again we are looking at the “last being first” concept and this is a repeated pattern that I am following to teach you this information in reverse order:
Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
Hagar is called the “Jerusalem that now is” and her name is given to us from a human viewpoint or perspective. Keep this in mind as we go forward. If Hagar is a representative pattern of a woman who answers to someone calling her “Jerusalem” that clearly tells us her name and it reveals to us the key duplicate features that we are looking for to solve our mystery. This wife is a named city and she has the same name “Jerusalem” and the inhabitants of this city will consist of both men and women in covenant with God the Father (Jer 31:32).
Are you beginning to see why I said what I said about the “New Jerusalem” in the last lesson? What I said before was if there exists a New Jerusalem there must also by logic exist an Old Jerusalem using the law of opposition or opposites. Here is God telling us about a woman, a wife, a mother and He figuratively names her “the Earthly Jerusalem”. This Earthly Jerusalem is the city that is still in the Middle East today and is called the capital of the natural nation of Israel and she is described to be a type of Hagar. Remember who Hagar was? She was the young slave woman still in bondage after coming out of Egypt. Uh oh? Some Christians are going to have some major difficulty starting to develop from what God is saying to us in this information. First off everyone thinks that God freed Israel when He brought them out of Egypt and God is clearly saying here in these verses that they are evidently still slaves from Egypt. Wow, that is really tough to accept, isn’t it? Is God lying to us? Is God confused? Did God forget that he freed them from Egypt? I personally believe that it is people who are confused. You see I do not believe God freed them, I believe that God bought them out of bondage. To be purchased is totally different than being freed. These concepts also apply to the future church, but I will not go there until a little later.
Are you beginning to see the riddle presented to us? Here in Galatians 4:26, most people think that God is referring to the New Covenant of Jesus Christ as being the second freewoman, but that is not what God is saying based upon the allegorical information given to us. Since the Bible is clearly divided into two covenants, an old and a new, everyone has assumed that God is telling us about these two covenants, but that does not work with the allegorical ages of the women given. The only way you could get that information is to change the roles of Sarah and Hagar and flip the titles of free versus slave. We know from studying Genesis that Sarah was the older barren woman and she was nearly 90 years old when she gave birth to Isaac, the promised child. Hagar was the much younger Egyptian slave girl that Sarah gave to Abraham as being the one to bring forth an heir for Abraham. So by the time Hagar had a child, Sarah was around 76 years old and she was in covenant marriage with Abraham for a long time prior to Hagar becoming a wife. The Bible says that Abraham was 86 years old when Hagar had Ishmael. Then the Bible says Abraham was 100 years old when his wife Sarah had Isaac. This means there was a long time in between the two children. That would tell me that there was 14 years that Abraham waited for the promised child. Fourteen years is equal to two 7 year periods of time. How many years did Jacob have to work for his wife Rachel? Jacob I believe worked 14 years or two weeks of years. I guess I won’t go there either today. I just find repeated patterns in the Bible and see all kind of interesting things to teach on.
This new information is going to cause many people to get confused. How could God be in covenant with someone else before the Old Covenant in the Bible? That is the divine mystery being presented for your analysis. Do you understand that Sarah could not represent the New Covenant; since Sarah was married first to Abraham? Sarah has to represent a previous even older covenant before God’s covenant with natural Israel and this knowledge changes things up dramatically. Remember that Abraham in this allegory is the type for God who initiates covenants. Hagar represents a type of God’s wife Israel in the Old Testament (Jer 31:32). So Sarah must represent a covenant that God had a long time prior to natural Israel and this is very important for you to see. We therefore know from these facts that an “Ancient Covenant” existed before the “Old Covenant” came into effect. I call it the ancient covenant because God is called the ancient of days in the Bible and I thought that term fit. God the Father had to be in covenant with someone prior to the nation of Israel, or this allegory falls apart rapidly and that makes God a liar. Let’s look at the next verse in Galatians and get the solution to the puzzle:
Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
Wow, here is another Jerusalem being spoken of as a woman. We can see in this verse that the free woman Sarah is being described to be a type of the spiritual woman that was up in heaven where God’s throne resides. You can know this because “Jerusalem which is above” is definitely not the “Jerusalem that now is” here on the earth. Remember the names of the women are given from a human perspective of a man standing on the surface of the planet. If you look up you are looking into the heavens and this is the general direction of God’s throne. It makes logical sense for me to think of heaven as a preexisting place. We know that God is a Spirit (Jo 4:24) and that God is eternal. So the spiritual realm has existed with God forever. Did you notice that this new mature spiritual free woman is also named “Jerusalem” surprise, surprise! However her name is qualified to be the “Jerusalem which is above” and she is being directly compared to or differentiated from another wife named the “Jerusalem that is down below” on the earth. Next, the end of this verse reveals who this spiritual woman is. She is called the mother of us all. Who is “us all”? Or I should ask who is the “us all” that the context of this verse was written to? If you think naturally you would be clearly a confused Christian. The “Heavenly Jerusalem” is said to be our spiritual mother; she is directly called the mother of the church of Jesus Christ since Galatians was written to the church. Who is the church? The church is the daughter, the last woman in the family of God. What exactly is God revealing to us in this very key verse? What we have just discovered is that the “Heavenly Jerusalem” is not the “New Jerusalem” that came down from heaven in Revelation 21. Yes the New Jerusalem came from spiritual heaven, but she is not heaven. It is just like when I was born or came down from my natural mother, but I am not my natural mother. The New Jerusalem is the daughter of the Heavenly Jerusalem and that make her our direct spiritual mother. Are you beginning to see how this information fits the picture diagram of the family of 5 and do you see that every woman in the family of God is named “Jerusalem”? Who or what was this spiritual Jerusalem from above? Just like the analogy that I gave you earlier of the needle in the haystack approach to Bible study, you have to search for the clues in the Bible in order to find the truth and since I have already done this, I will save you a lot of time looking for another needle. Here is one of the best descriptions of this spiritual woman that I found:
Heb 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
Speaking to the Church of Jesus Christ, Paul writes that we have come unto Mt Zion and unto the city of the Living God! Then she is clearly named the “Heavenly Jerusalem”. This is a synonymous name for the “Jerusalem that is above” found in Galatians 4. We are then told that this city consisted of an innumerable company of angels. Angels are created spiritual beings that were resident with God in heaven before man existed. We are told very clearly that this is a spiritual woman that is also a city and then we are told where this city was located and who lived there (God and the angels). All of this information when combined with the allegorical information in Genesis 16 and Galatians 4 tells us that the Heavenly woman was the freewoman and that God was in covenant with all of these free angels in heaven prior to making a covenant with the natural nation of Israel. We can further surmise that this heavenly free woman was also described to be barren and unable to have any spiritual children for a long time, until after Israel is given to God for a wife and then this Hagar (Israel) has the fleshly heir (Jesus of Nazareth) and they two are cast out of the family of God. What God is revealing to you is that the natural man Jesus and His natural mother Israel cannot be heirs with the promised son. Wow, is this deep stuff or what? I really was not sure if I was even going to try to teach you those things today because they will be so controversial to many. However, if you did not know it, the natural man Jesus was never intended to be the heir of God, it was imperative for Satan to kill Him and for Him to be raised from the dead in order to become the promised child or the spiritual seed. Satan thought he was killing the heir of God, but in actuality he was sealing his own fate and dooming his future within God’s old heavenly family. When Jesus said “You must be born again”, He was including Himself in that requirement. Jesus Christ is called the “Firstborn from the dead” (Col 1:18). If Jesus was born again and was the first to become this way, He now has spiritual preeminence over all other spiritual beings, including the angels and natural humans on the earth. It also tells us that Satan and the other angels that were in covenant with God the Father are no longer in a covenant with God the Son, the risen chosen heir. This is really cool stuff, so I hope you are grasping what God is revealing to you. It is much more important than I can ever try to tell you.
Let me briefly make another point on the definition of what free vs. being in bondage or a slave means from a Bible perspective. Natural slavery is of course not a positive reality so spiritual slavery is the same level of negativity. Why are we being told that the natural nation of Israel is still in bondage and are still “slaves” today and that the heavenly spiritual beings are being called “free”? The only explanation that makes logical sense is to see that Israel was given God’s law to fulfill in order to be called righteous. I assume by that knowledge that the angels were righteous by default and even after sin was found in Lucifer; God was unable to convict Satan of wrong doing since there was no law in place to convict him. If you read the next chapter of Galatians you will hopefully see that God is immediately after speaking of a free woman and a bond woman is speaking about the law in these terms of bondage. Therefore, Israel is still in bondage because they are attempting to establish their own righteousness by works. This was not God’s intention for them, the Law was designed to point them to a need for a savior, but yet they still for the most part have not embraced the plan of Redemption provided by Jesus Christ. Do you understand what the concepts of free and slave means now? Are we now free in the church today? Uh Oh? That is a trick question because the answer is yes and no. We are not under the Law of Moses nor are we under the bondage of sin, Satan or this world, but we are still under the New Law of Jesus Christ who said “A new commandment I give to you”. So technically the church is eternally bound to the law of Love! Therefore, this is also further confirmation what the church is not the covenant that is representative of the type o the woman Sarah. The Church is not a Free Woman! The church is a purchased bride and that make us His property. If you do not agree with those statements, I’m sorry I just do not have time to explain them all today.
What was the daughter’s name in the family of 5? We know that the daughter is called the “New Jerusalem” and we now know that her mother is called the “Jerusalem Above” or I’ll call her the “Heavenly Jerusalem” because that is what God calls her in Hebrew 12:22. We are told the “Heavenly Jerusalem” is the spiritual mother of the spiritual church in Galatians 4:26. The Heavenly Jerusalem is being differentiated from both the “Earthly Jerusalem” and the “New Jerusalem” by definition and adjective qualification. If a woman is a mother, she cannot be her own daughter. This is an amazingly complex Bible study as you can tell. If you are not careful you will get lost very easily. Do you see what God is teaching us? Why are all of the females in God’s family, named Jerusalem? That is a really tough question to try to answer in a short Bible lesson but, is this cool or what? I personally believe that every woman in the family of God is named Jerusalem because every male in the family of God is named “Israel”. I really do not have the time to explain all of the scriptures that this belief is based upon in today’s lesson fully. But, I will give you some basic clues. Several times in the Old Testament God calls the people of Israel those people that are “called by my name”. You can see statements like these in verses; for example 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Jeremiah 7:10-14 to name two places for you to research. What you should observe is that God is saying Israel is my name and I gave it to you because you married me. The name change of Jacob to Israel; was it God’s idea or Jacob’s idea? I think when you read in Genesis you will see the angel of God gave Jacob this name because Jacob wrestles with him and prevailed. Therefore the name Israel came from God. Knowing these facts should change your perspective on how you view any verses that speak about Israel or Jerusalem in the Bible. I think the way that God does things in His Word are very multifaceted and extremely complicated and for me to say that I understand them all would be a joke. But, we now have three women who are representative of 3 separate cities all named Jerusalem in 3 different covenants with a God named Israel and this makes interpreting Bible prophecy correctly infinitely more complex.
In the Bible the name Jerusalem occurs over 800 times in over 700 different verses. Now I’m going to blow your mind, the name “Israel” occurs over 2300 times in the Bible. Why is the name Israel a dominant name or subject found in the Bible? I believe that is it is because the name points us to the True Living God and God is certainly the dominant theme found in the entire Bible. Based upon what we have learned today, we can never read a verse in the Bible about either Israel or Jerusalem and not stop and immediately ask, which one is God speaking about? Is it natural or is it spiritual? Is it new or is it old? Is it holy or is it unholy? If you assume God is speaking about only the earthly city of Jerusalem in the Middle East or the natural nation of Israel you would be wrong many, many times. God further complicates this problem by calling Jerusalem by many code names, symbolic names and other descriptive titles that I also cannot go into in this lesson. If you are interested in seeing some of these other names for the earthly city of Jerusalem you can read my lesson on “Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of Jerusalem”.
I think I have gone long enough for one lesson. I know this is very complex and very new to you. I know you cannot find anyone else that is teaching it anywhere in the world. But, that does not mean it is not what is written in the Bible. All you have to do is to open your spiritual eyes and perceive what God is saying. This Bible study is probably the most important one that I have on my website. If you can understand this one, you can understand the rest of my lessons very easily. I’ll leave you today with a new picture of the spiritual family of God with all of the names of the women filled in:
I appologize for the long lesson today, I guess I had a lot to say. God Bless until next time!
If you would like to continue reading the next lesson in this series you may continue with “Part 8“.
Understanding the Hidden Spiritual Family Structure of God’s Household! Major Concepts Review! Part 5
(Ver 1.3) This is now Part 5 in a series of extremely advanced spiritual Bible studies that reveal God’s wisdom as He uses several divine riddles, puzzles, allegories and symbolisms of enormous complexity to hide some truths in the Bible about the spiritual family of God. Since it has been a long time since I taught in this series, I plan on doing a review lesson of the important concepts given so far while I will also introduce some new perspectives on these topics to help us better understand them. If you think that you know everything that the Bible says because you have read it or even studied it for many years, you have probably fallen into a state of deception that has caused you to over estimate your knowledge of the hidden truth found in the Bible or under estimate God’s ability to hide information. This series of lessons should prove to you how little you actually know of God’s Word if nothing else. I have been studying the Bible for many years and one of the main things that God has revealed to me, is the fact that the more that I know the more I find out that I still need to learn. If you are not there yet, you have a long way to go and many things left to see. Perhaps you did not understand my last comment. I have spoken to many, many highly educated doctors in my life and I noticed one general trait that most all of them possessed. None of them thought they that knew everything. Whenever a doctor who has gone to school for many more years than most other professions, comes across a situation that goes beyond their current expertise, they most of the time pass you off to a specialist who knows more than they do in that area. This is a very humble approach to take for any human. Humans do not generally like to admit that they do not know everything. I wish more Christians would take this attitude. However, I have seen the opposite with many Christians, where those who know the least, think that they know the most and speak out the loudest about things they clearly do not understand. Why are people like that? I believe that it could be a pride issuewhere people lack humility to admit their own weaknesses. I wish I understood how to answer that. I think God looks at people with astonishment also when they think so highly of themselves. I remember when God was speaking to Job and He said to Job “Who is this that darkens counsel with words that have no knowledge (Job 38:2). I think Job forgot who he was speaking to. I also think that God was speaking a clear message to anyone today that thinks too highly of themselves and their opinions and since that was not my titled subject, I’ll move on. Sorry for the initial side trip.
The main goal of the next few lessons in this series will be to reveal the mystery of the hidden spiritual female family members of God’s household. I have already shown you that the male family members are God the Father and God the Son. But God has revealed to us in the Bible that He also has females in His heavenly family and this new information is potentially controversial because it is based upon new revelations that are not widely known nor taught anywhere and therefore they could easily be rejected by readers. People often times reject new things automatically because they cannot find any collaborating evidence other than the Bible for what is being taught. I have had people come to me asking me for my credentials, accreditation or for my mentoring or collaborating teachers that I learned what I was teaching from, but all I have to give them is the Spirit of God and the Words written in the Bible. This is the only evidence that should be necessary, but they are looking for a human expert in the world to confirm the message and this is a very dangerous approach to take when studying the Bible. Satan will send you an expert someday to fulfill your itching ears and you will fall for his deception, if you do not know what the Bible actually says.
However, this is the normal beginning for any new revelation from God; you will always be presented the opportunity to either see it or it will cause you to withdraw from it simply because it does not fit with your current church denomination’s doctrine or what your pastor teaches to you to be the truth. Too many Christians trust the words of man, instead of trusting the Word of God. What you must realize is that this is not something new for today. This was a major challenge that the early church was faced with continually. God brought out new revelation after new revelation and there were no seminaries or Bible experts present to confirm the message spoken by Paul. Paul would come and teach a completely new radical revelation to the church and they would have to first be open to hear the new information and then they were required to go and prove it using only the Old Testament books of the law and the prophets (Acts 17:11). If you think this was easy for them to do, you would be wrong. I’m convinced that Paul had as many problems as I have had and probably many more. If you think this part of the lesson does not apply to you today, you would again be wrong. I state all of this at the beginning as a warning in order to help set the expectation level in your mind for learning something new. God clearly tells us the thing that has been is the thing that shall be again (Ecc 1:9). So I believe that we are in a cycle of that which has happened to the early church is that which is happening again to us before Jesus returns. God clearly prophesies to us about the former and later rains in Joel 2:23 and Zec. 10:1. But, few Christians understand what spiritual rain is. God speaks of natural rain symbolically to help teach us about spiritual things that are poured out and fall from heaven. I take this type of rain to be revelation, knowledge and understanding from the Spirit of God and His word. What else can it be? God is not going to give us any new books to the Bible? So He must be going to tell us about the books that we already have that were written for our benefit and this information will help us to understand them.
In this series of lessons I will be teaching things from the Bible that are radically new and different, but that does not mean they are not what God has said, so open up your spiritual eyes and ears and perceive with your heart the things that God is about to say today. I think I said this before, but I’ll repeat it for emphasis; this is one of the most important revelations of the Word of God that God has given to me up until this point in time. If you study it closely you should begin to understand why I say that. I believe the knowledge found in this series will open up the Bible to you like never before as it has for me. Because of this revelation I am able to teach almost any other subject in the Bible with a greater understanding. It should cause you to understand several new things in the Bible also, like the identities of the women in the book of Revelation. There are two or three women in the book of Revelation that are not named directly nor identified spiritually or scripturally unless you understand who the women are in the family of God. This new knowledge should also help you to know your God like never before to see why He is doing certain things that you never understood before. If you have not read this series from the beginning, I would strongly recommend that you go back and start reading with Part 1. Let’s start by reviewing the family diagram that I gave you in the last lesson and then we will look at the original prophecy of the family found in Micah 7:6.
Mic 7:6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
Only this diagram will fit to solve the riddle given to us in Micah 7:6, Luke 12:53 and Matthew 10:35 where God tells us about the specific individuals in His spiritual family. You may not understand the diagram yet, but we can only learn new things in progressive steps. Of course we are challenged to find out who or what God is speaking of in Micah 7:6, because God clearly does not reveal it to us directly. This is the nature and just some of the methods that God uses for “Hiding the Truth in Plain Sight”. If you want to learn more about this subject you can go read that series of lessons where I discuss it in more depth. God does not always tell you everything in any one verse and since Micah 7:6 is presented to us in a riddle format it makes it almost impossible for a natural thinking man to figure out what is being revealed. What I have discovered in my Bible studies is that God spreads out information in seemingly random patterns; much like a farmer sowing seeds by hand. You scatter the seeds and you do not know exactly where any one of them will fall. However, God knew exactly where every seed would fall and He has designed the Bible in a fashion that is very intelligent. I have discovered that God will present to us clues in multiple books of the Bible and we are required to find them and to put them together correctly in order to understand the picture. This of course is impossible without God’s help.
God tells us that these are all family members from exactly one house and that they are related to each other using the 6 standard, but uniquely individual family relationship titles given to us in Micah 7:6. You will have to read the clues found in Luke 12:52 to find out how many family members these 6 titles actually represent. We are told by Jesus that there are exactly 5 different family members within God’s spiritual family instead of the 6 that we thought originally. Again, this information just makes the riddle more complex to narrow the scope of possible solutions to help us solve it. Let’s review the list of family titles given to us:
- Father against his son
- Mother against her daughter
- Mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
There are exactly two males given to us in the list, so we must conclude that the other four female titles represent only 3 women, in order to resolve the clue that said there were only a total of 5 members. Each family member is uniquely identifiable to show us their individual separation while concurrently demonstrating their distinctive common oneness at each specific level of their family relationships. I’m not sure if you understood that last statement or not. Let me try to briefly explain what I meant. First let’s examine their individual titles that separate them; there were three sets of pairs given to us; a father and his son, a mother and her daughter and finally a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law. Only the women’s titles are potentially overlapping where one woman can possess simultaneous titles. The father can never be his son and vice versa. A mother can never be her daughter and vice versa. Using this same logic we can determine that the mother-in-law can never be her daughter-in-law and vice versa. But, a mother can become a mother-in-law or a daughter could become a daughter-in-law simply by the association of a marriage.
Let me speak to another obvious but often missed part of logical problem solving. If one object is stated to be against or in opposition to another object, they cannot be the same object. Do you understand that statement? For example, God says the son will against the father and therefore we understand the son is not the father. This logic is repeated for each opposing pair. The daughter is against her mother so the daughter is not the mother. The daughter-in-law is against her mother-in-law so the daughter-in-law is not the mother-in-law. This was just basic common sense using logical observation of the stated words given to us by God. Using these types of logic I simply concluded that the daughter and the daughter-in-law were the only two that could be same woman. They are never mentioned to be opposed to each other and since they both contain a form of the “daughter” title they can be more easily associated to be the same woman. You see what I mean? Of course the mother and the mother-in-law both have the same name mother in common and they were both someone’s daughters so many will try to ask can they not be the same woman? That is a good question, why don’t you see if you can draw me a family diagram that has one father and one mother where the mother is both the mother and the mother-in-law and then all of the other titles are also present and the total number of people in the family is five. If you can do that I would love to see it. You see the only diagram that I came up like that was one like I gave you in an earlier lesson that duplicated Adam and Eve’s family with their son Seth and his wife. They would have all of the titles give to us but only be four in one family and the daughter and the daughter-in-law would be in opposition to each other twice in duplication. That just doesn’t make any sense to me.
Solving the riddle diagram was a major part of discovery process from the previous lessons. You see I tried to show you in the last lesson that a “daughter-in-law” title dictates a wedding has occurred. It further stipulates by definition that someone’s son has married the bride and that the bride has now become the son’s parents’ new daughter-in-law. In this spiritual family of God, who is the Son of God? We of course know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and therefore He is the only one qualified to marry the woman called the new daughter-in-law. If this is true, which it must logically be, only the daughter is qualified to become the daughter-in-law also called the son’s wife from the family of 5 titles that were given to us. You see you never as a son would marry your mother or your mother-in-law so I ruled those two women out immediately. This forces us to conclude that the unmarried daughter is also the daughter-in-law and this knowledge resolves the difference between the six titles and only 5 family members that the riddle presented to us. Wow, I hope and pray that you understood all of my logical reasoning in solving this riddle up until this point, because it only gets more complicated from here forward.
Before I get to the new subject of commonalities, let’s get into a new perspective found within a family called structure. Let’s stop and get some definitions for the word “structure”:
- mode of building, construction, or organization; arrangement of parts, elements, or constituents: a pyramidal structure.
- something built or constructed, as a building, bridge, or dam.
- complex system considered from the point of view of the whole rather than of any single part: the structure of modern science
All of these definitions are applicable to the family of God. God’s family is a designed construction effort. God’s family has organization and different parts that are specifically arranged to benefit the whole. God’s family as we have seen is a very complex system and God presents it in a riddle that no man was able to figure out until now. Within every normal and healthy family on the earth there is an organized structure of responsibility and authority. A father is called the head of the house and he holds ultimate responsibility for the entire family. The mother of the family comes next in authority and she helps raise the children with her husband. The children in the family are always the lowest on the authority food chain, yet they are very important because of the love that their parents have for them. From the Bible we also understand that children have ranking authority and responsibility. The first born child is always the oldest and will ultimately take the lead within the family after the father is gone. The next born is then the next in line if something should happen to the older sibling and etc. down the line of children to the youngest. Since I am teaching about the structure of God’s spiritual family, keep this authority structure information in mind as we continue. Practically everything that you read in the Bible about families will apply to God and His family in some way.
Within the family structure of the 5 individuals in the one family, we will discover the presence of several hierarchical sub-divisions that are present to establish order and organized structure. If you know anything about an orchestra, you have a conductor who is the head or the leader of everyone. You can also have different sections like a percussion section which contains a multiple tiered responsibility organization within itself. You can have a brass section also with another multi-tiered responsibility sub-division. There are other sub-divisions like wood-winds and strings. Every sub-group is an organized hierarchically structured group designed to give order for the good of the whole. All of these sub-groups are designed to work together for the good or the purpose of the whole with the conductor having ultimate responsibility to lead the way for the others. In a perfect spiritual world this would be how God’s family would have operated also. However, that is where God’s problem and solution begins to unfold and take place. Since God’s enemies are an integrated part of his organized orchestra, God has a major problem with some instruments being out of step with the ultimate plan of God who is the supreme conductor. If God’s organization was an orchestra, He could have fired Satan and his angels and replaced them with newly created ones and this would have been an acceptable solution. However, since we are speaking of a spiritual family structure we must realize that this complicates things very significantly.
Everything that I have said so far is a general review with some new enhanced details being presented to you to help you understand the concepts found within a family structure. These concepts here that I have given to you are actually very important to know. God is a highly structured and organized spiritual being. God does not create chaos. Everything that God has created had a designed purpose until individuals like Satan decided to create a new separate orchestra from God’s. Hopefully you understand the concept of design and purpose. For example, when you examine the human DNA, you cannot conclude this was accidental or came into being by chance. I learned as a computer programmer that every complex system that exists in the world dictates a designer who created it. The human DNA is so complex that it forces us to believe in a creator. Yet men still ignore it and think wrong. You see God has given us many clues within the things that He has created and His written word and we must learn from each.
So I have briefly covered family structure, organization, responsibility and individuality, but now I want to shift your focus to concentrate more on their commonalities. So let’s examine the subject of commonalities within the family members given. Since the daughter and the daughter-in-law are both the same woman we have one individual being called by two distinct titles or names. Every daughter is not a daughter-in-law, but every daughter-in-law is a daughter. These are interesting concepts that we will see in other parts of the Bible and this lesson. If you have ever studied the Bible you can easily understand that Satan is called by many different names, titles, descriptions and symbols. This is the concept of one individual being called by many identifiers and now I want to reverse that concept and teach you about one named individual consisting of many separately named personalities, entities or beings. It is a very similar concept of that given to us by the reality of the Trinity of God. There is one God who is referred or identified by 3 personalities, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Still one God, but viewed by a multi-tiered methodology. This concept is very prevalent in the world and in the Bible. Let’s examine the definition of “commonality”. According to the internet this word means “A shared feature or attribute between two or more individuals”. This is an interesting concept but it also goes beyond that definition. For example, a commonality can also be binding or non-binding. In other words a friendship between two people is a non-binding relationship, but a marriage between a husband and a wife is a type of binding relationship. Surely you understand what I am attempting to describe to you. It goes again to the old saying that you can choose your friends but you cannot choose your relatives. All of your relatives share a binding commonality that none of them can get out of. As long as you and your siblings are alive you will have that brother or sister in your family. Just because you move to another family or marry a husband or a wife to start a new family, you will still possess the designated titles of brothers and sisters with your old family members. This is a simple truth, but one that you need to apply to what is being described to you today about the spiritual family of God. Are you getting it?
Therefore, being in the family of God is the first unique qualifier of unified binding commonality. Every family member has the one family of God in common with the one spiritual head of the house, God the Father. Therefore, no family members came into the family from another family by marriage or from an external source of existence for instance. This is actually an important revelation to consider. When you think about God’s creation and the created spiritual beings like angels and humans, God is saying they were all an internal part of His personal family. They did not self-originate nor did they come into existence without the Father’s direct contribution to procreate. When God tells us in Micah 7:6 that a man’s enemies are those of His own house, He is revealing to us why He is doing what He is doing with having a son named Jesus. It also explains why it is so complicated for us to understand. If Satan was not in the family of God, God could have cast him into hell the moment any sin was found in Him. But, since Satan is a foundational and integral part of the organized family structure of God’s internal spiritual household, God cannot throw Satan into hell without moving Himself there at the same time. You will better understand that statement as I continue to describe to you who the women are in the family of God, so hang in there and let’s continue on.
The concept of multiple individuals being one is a foundational Bible truth scattered throughout the Bible and the world in various examples. Since God is describing 5 members in one family this is my next point to show you the patterned effect of this reality in our world. The United States is described to be One Nation under God and this reality involves millions of individual people who were either born there, moved there or lives there. Within the nation of the United States there exists a tiered structure of authority. We have a complex organized federal government followed by a system of State governments and finally the lower level county or city government structures. A baseball or a soccer team is one group that is comprised of several layers of individual players and coaches but they are often referred to in the term of being a single named entity, like the Chicago Cubs or the Portland Timbers. Each baseball team is organized with a head coach or team manager and then sub-divided levels of coaching responsibilities, like batting, fielding and pitching. Even the players can be organized into different leadership responsibilities like being given a team captain’s level of authority. The United States and a sports team are both representative entities of a highly organized group with structured levels of authority and responsibility. Does this occur in the Bible?
Think with me about the nation of Israel. They were described in the Bible to be one nation of people in covenant with God, but they were also sub-divided into 12 different tribes that came from the 12 sons of Jacob and this resulted in many, many individual people that were again one organized highly structured nation. This nation had a king who ruled like David. This nation had priests that ministered to God within the temple and these priests all came from the sons of Aaron which are a further sub-division within the structured nation. There was a chief priest and even a second priest mentioned in the Bible. So within the sub-division of priests there were was a ranking hierarchy. What I am attempting to do is to show you organized patterns that resemble God’s family structure. We can clearly see concepts where we must conclude that many individuals can be viewed as one named organized entity and that these people can be further divided or sub-divided and organized into many tiered levels of responsibility and authority. Being born in the nation of Israel was a binding commonality that you could not get out of. Once you were born a Jew you were always a Jew. This was either a good or a bad thing depending upon your point of view and your knowledge of the Bible, but I cannot go there today. Let’s review some other family commonalities that exist within the family of 5.
I guess I have taught this next concept in other Bible lessons, but for the sake of new readers I will repeat it for a clearer understanding of the subject of binding commonality. When God created the first man, in Genesis 1, He said that He made them male and female and that He called their name “Adam”. You can read that in the original Hebrew if you study it closely or you can also go and read it in Genesis 5:2. So God is basically revealing that two can be named as one. Then God shows us a more detailed creation account of the man and woman in Genesis 2. In this chapter the woman is taken from the side of the man and God presents the woman to the man where God continues to reveal the law of marriage to us in Genesis 2:24:
Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
This verse represents God’s established law of marriage. This was not a new concept for God as we will soon learn, but this concept of marriage existed a long time before God created Adam. Within the text God says the two individuals are separate while simultaneously being joined to become one. Therefore we have the concurrent occurrence of unique separation while being joined and named as one united entity. This is exactly the concept that I have been attempting to teach you today about a binding commonality. However, this law introduces to us a completely new aspect to consider. According to God’s law, the man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his new wife and the two of them will become one new family. This is a new concept that has never happened before! Uh oh? This is also a major religious problem for how many people in the church think today. God gives us this law for the first time in reference to the creation of man and his wife. But, God never says that all of this is a new principle. We can understand that Adam is forced to separate from his mother and father and is required by law to be joined to his wife to create a new separate family. But, who were Adam’s mother and father? You see this is another one of those hidden riddle types of mysteries found in the Bible where God tells you something without telling you everything. What we see is the establishment of a new earthly family structure being organized apart from the existing family of God in heaven. God as the creator has to be the Father of Adam by definition (Heb 12:9). We can also understand this fact by the way that God breathed into the created man Adam, His own Spirit (Gen 2:7) after God had formed his body from the dust of the ground. The body of Adam had no life until God had breathed into him. We can also understand from this reality that this is a natural patterned foreshadowing of that which will reoccur in the spiritual realm when Jesus Christ came to the earth as the Son of God and the Last Adam (1 Cor 15:45). I’m sorry this is so complicated, but I did not write it. This is the Wisdom of the Most High God and it is so advanced while being concurrently simple that it makes me stand in amazement at the awesome plan of God.
From this information, we know that a husband and his wife are always two individuals that God says have been joined to become one. Therefore, we know from the given titles found in Micah 7:6 that a “daughter-in-law” title informs us of the existence of a marriage as well as a unified husband and wife relationship with binding commonality. I showed you in a previous lesson that the unmarried daughter must logically marry the unmarried son and they therefore are the only two that can legitimately become a new one by marriage. But, we also understand that the Father, the mother as well as the mother-in-law in this diagram are already all married and they are also “one” with each other. The titles, father, mother and mother-in-law all imply that they have been married. So that is 3 different layers of binding commonality that I just mentioned. First, the parents and the children are all one family. The first level of binding commonality is the Father’s family unit. The parents (father, mother and mother-in-law) are another unit of binding commonality by the law of marriage and finally the unmarried children become a new husband and wife unified family unit when they get married. We can see that there is one Father with two wives. We can know from the concepts given to us by the law of marriage that these three are one unit bound by the law. We can further know that the son and the daughter when they get married, they will become a new one family by the same law of marriage where God informs us that they must leave their current family in order to create this new family. This helps us to understand why Jesus revealed in Luke 12:52 that the 5 in one house will be divided 3 against 2 and 2 against 3. All of this helps us to understand the explanation to the riddle being presented. God is stating in a coded message that He has implemented a complex plan to cause a legal separation to occur while simultaneously a new union of binding everlasting commonality. I call this dividing and uniting at the same time. This is how God eliminates himself and us from evil while eternally joining Himself to those who are good. I know this is strange and I know this is not normal, but it is in the Bible, so God has a purpose in doing it this way and it is certainly possible even in the natural realm so you cannot disqualify it because it is different. While it is highly unique you must at least admit it is not inconceivable. Hopefully as we continue through the lesson series you will better understand why this is happening. I think I have gone way too long for this lesson. I have been reviewing some previous information today while teaching you some new very important information and we will use all of this knowledge to understand the identities of the women in the Family of God. I will hopefully get to this subject in the next lesson, God willing. Until next time God bless you!
If you would like to continue learning in this series you may go to “Part 6” now!
Understanding Prophets in the Bible! Introduction to the Bible Concepts of Prophets! Part 1
(ver 1.2) This is a totally new subject for me and one that few people have studied. However, this is an essential subject to understand for many reasons. I recently got a comment from someone who brought up the subject and I thought it would be good to clarify what a prophet of God is and what they can and cannot do using the Bible. You see we have recently had a string of several false prophets that have proclaimed things to the world that are clearly false. But, these false prophets have had at least a few people who have easily fallen for their deception and that is what concerns me. Jesus actually warned us in the Bible that there would come false prophets (Mat 7:15). Therefore we should become smart enough to recognize the difference between the real and the fictitious. If we do not learn about real prophets, Jesus also warned us that even the very elect could be deceived by their trickery (Mat 24:24). Clearly Jesus had a lot to say about the subject. Yet there are still an extensive number of followers of the false who obviously do not see the deception that is taking place. One current false prophet said that the world was ending on May 21, 2011 and this obviously did not occur but I’m sure he had some good reason for this error. This man was sent millions of dollars that came from people who had given him their money and they were clearly lied to. It could be that this man who predicted the end of the world truly believed that he knew something or he could have been a charlatan who intentionally duped people for their money. I do not know if either of these is true, so I do not judge him. I do however see clearly that his message was false based upon my knowledge of the Bible so I was not deceived. Obviously this was not the case for many other people in the world.
Today we are going to explore Bible verses about prophets and see what God reveals to us about them. Here is a verse found in the New Testament that applies to my subject today directly:
1Co 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
Here we have God giving us some specific instruction and directions of the correct order within a church service. If prophets speak in church let it be limited to only 2 or 3 and then let the rest present judge what is said. This is pretty plain to me. It tells me first off that prophets still exist even in the modern church of God and that we do not accept the words of any one prophet just because he said something. This verse implies that there should be other prophets with the same witness. That is an interesting concept to consider. Did God always send more than one witness (prophet) to a city or a nation with the same message? I personally believe that God did do this. But, it would take hundreds of hours of Bible study to prove it. If you have knowledge in this area, I would appreciate hearing about it. If you look at the obvious Bible examples, I found several places where it would appear that God always sent more than one prophet with the same message. For example the prophets Isaiah, Jonah Nahum and Zephaniah all mention the city Nineveh. Of course they do not have to prophesy at the exact same moment in time, it could be during different times with the same general message. Then there is Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel who say a lot of the same things about the city of Jerusalem. I believe these are examples of God following His own word, which I believe God always does. God says “In the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established” (2 Cor 13:1). What is a witness? A witness is someone who has seen something and can testify of it in a court of law under oath. Guess what a prophet is called many times in the Bible? A prophet is called a “seer” (1 Sam 9:9). A seer is someone who is a witness and can see or has seen something that will happen in the future. How does a prophet see into future things? God does this using many methods. Sometimes a prophet gets a message from God by visions. Sometimes a prophet gets messages from God by dreams. Daniel and John the Revelator were both sent an angel from God with the message. Sometimes a prophet will hear the voice of God like Moses on the mountain top of Mt Sinai or the voice of God from the burning bush. Elijah taught us that God spoke to him in a still small voice in his spirit. It really does not matter right now how the message came, I believe that it primarily matters if there was more than one witness with the same message. I believe this is a very important concept to apply to modern day prophets. If a man stands up in the world and proclaims the end of the world will be on May 21, 2011 that is only the words of one man and that should be an automatic red flag warning that it is a false message. I’ll try to talk more about the concept of more than one witness with the message as I continue in this lesson. I want you to take away from 1 Corinthians 14:21 that we should be able to judge prophecy and that God has established rules to help us to know how to do this. One rule is to let every word be established in the mouths of 2 or 3 prophets and not just any one. Another rule of prophecy is no words of prophecy are open to private interpretation (2 Peter 1:20). This rule implies that God will interpret the prophecy and we cannot make up meaning using human reasoning or logic. These are two laws of correct Bible interpretation that cross over into the realm of prophecy since God has given both by His Spirit.
Another interesting fact of the New Testament is I do not know of any scripture that God says we as Christians should be led by prophecy or the words of a prophet. This of course is a challenge because I believe things have changed from the Old Testament into the New Testament on how God deals with His people. In the Old Testament, God gave the law written on tablets of stone, but in the New Covenant God has written the Law of Love upon our hearts. Clearly these were two different approaches with one being totally natural and the other being completely spiritual. God constantly used prophets in the Old Covenant to get the attention of the people of Israel. But, the church has God inside of them and God can speak directly to our hearts. The words of a prophet are not our God and they should not cause you to do anything that God has not already told you to do by His Spirit that is inside of you. The Bible clearly tells us as Christians “Those who are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God” (Rom 8:14). That means the Spirit of God will tell you personally what you should do, when you should do it and anything else that is important for you to know. This of course requires that you know how to hear the voice of God and that you will obey what He says. If you are a born again Christian and you refuse to listen to the voice of God, God just may send you a prophet to warn you that you are about to die for your lack of willingness to change. I heard the testimony of a man who was sent by God to another preacher to warn him that he needs to examine himself, but the preacher ignored the warning and as a result died a young man. Now a modern prophet can also come to you and confirm what God has already told you, but you will not hear it first from a prophet and then figure out if you should ask God if you should do it. However, this also does not mean we do not need to study the Bible and the words of the prophets to gain the understanding of God. I believe that we should definitely study the Bible and the words of God’s prophets. Here is another similar truth that is important to know. Christians are not to be led by prophecy, but you are supposed to be a doer of the Word of God. I’m not sure if you really understand the difference? I have heard of people in the world who have read about the coming war in Revelation and they have decided to be led by that prophecy to buy guns to help Christ defeat His enemies. This is clearly a misguided approach to being led by a prophecy to do something that God did not tell you to do. Just because God tells you what will happen in the future does not mean you are involved in causing it to happen. Get it? It is God’s responsibility to cause things to be fulfilled as He has spoken and not you. Jesus taught us that we should do what is written, but this was not an all-inclusive statement. If you tried to repeat everything that was written in the Bible you would do some very wrong things that God never told you to do. Being a doer of the Word of God requires that you know how to rightly divide the Word of God and also that you know the difference between good and evil. These are probably some of the most important things that I will say today, so I hope you understood them.
In order not to become deceived, it is best to become educated with as much of God’s truth as you can. Today we will look into the Bible to discover, what is a prophet? How does someone become a prophet? Can a person choose to become a prophet or is it God’s choice? How does God use a prophet? When does God use a prophet? What can a prophet do? Are there still prophets today? Does a prophet know and see everything? Can a prophet actually predict the future? If so, where does this knowledge come from? Is it from God or is it the prophet’s ability? If a prophet prophecies a coming event, can it be changed? These are tough questions to answer but they are all relevant to find the answer so that none of us will be deceived by someone who comes along and predicts an event that obviously contradicts the Bible. I’m not sure if I will be able to answer all of these questions today, but I will get it started so that you will begin to learn some of the basics. I have already tried to answer a couple of them in the introduction so let’s continue to learn.
I searched the Bible for references to prophets and found there were many. The Bible speaks of many men and women who are called prophets and prophetesses of God. Several of the prophets are named and many others are never named. I technically believe that there are more that are not named than those that are named, but it does us the most good to study only those that are named for now. There are actually too many references in the Bible for me to give you all of them so I will only focus in on a few of them. It is also interesting to note that a prophet is not isolated to the Old Testament only. There are many men and women even in the New Testament that do prophesy and speak for God about coming world events. Let me give you a few examples of the named prophets that I found in the Bible:
- Enoch (Jude 1:14)
- Abraham (Gen 18:17, Gen 20:7)
- Isaac (Luke 13:28, Heb 11:20)
- Jacob (Luke 13:28)
- Moses (Genesis – Deuteronomy, Psalms)
- Aaron (Exo 7:1)
- Joshua (Joshua)
- Balaam (2 Peter 2:15-16)
- Eldad (Numbers 11:27)
- Medad (Numbers 11:27)
- Samuel ( 1 Sam 3:20)
- Gad (1 Sam 22:5)
- Nathan (2 Sam 7:2)
- King David (Psalms, Acts 2:29-30)
- King Solomon (Song, Lamentations)
- Obadiah (Obadiah)
- Eliezer (2 Chron 20:27)
- Hosea (Hosea)
- Amos (Amos)
- Micah (Micah)
- Elijah (1 Kings 18:22)
- Elisha (2 Kings 2:15)
- Jonah (2 Kings 14:25, Jonah)
- Isaiah (2 Kings 19:2, Isaiah)
- Joel (Joel)
- Nahum (Nahum)
- Habakkuk (Habakkuk)
- Zephaniah (Ezra 5:1)
- Jeremiah the mouth of the Lord (2 Chron 36:12)
- Ezekiel (Ezekiel)
- Daniel (Daniel, Mark 13:14)
- Shemaiah (2 Chron 12:15)
- Iddo ( 2 Chron 13:22)
- Haggai (Ezra 5:1, Haggai)
- Zechariah (Zechariah)
- Malachi (Malachi)
- Mordecai (Esther)
- Chanani (2 Chron 19:2)
- Oded (2 Chron 15:8)
- Jehu ( 1 Kings 16:7)
- Ahijah (1 Kings
12:15, 1 Kings 14:18)
- Zacharias (Luke 1:67)
- John the Baptist (Luke 7:28)
- Caiaphas (John 11:49-51)
- Judas (Acts 15:32)
- Silas (Acts 15:32)
- Agabus (Acts 21:10)
- John the Revelator (Revelation)
- Miriam (sister to Moses) (Exo 15:20)
- Deborah (the only female among the Judges) (Judges 4:4)
- Huldah (2 Kings 22:14)
- Noadiah (Neh 6:14)
- Abigail (1 Sam 25:3-32)
- Esther (Esther)
- Anna (Luke 2:36)
Jesus called himself a prophet in Matthew 13:57 and John 4:44. The people of Israel called Jesus “the Prophet” in John 7:40. This was a reference to another prophecy of Moses that said “God will raise up a prophet from your brethren” spoken by Peter in Acts 3:22 when he quotes Moses from Deuteronomy 18:15. So when a man comes along and claims to be a prophet I always go back and judge what he says by what the greatest prophet Jesus has said. If the words of a modern day prophet contradict the words of Jesus, I run away from the modern day prophet very fast. Yes there are real modern day prophets of God. Yes they are called by God, appointed by God, anointed by God and used by God still today to bring out a new message or even a new revelation. But their words will never contradict the Bible, they will only reveal it. These modern day prophets are in existence and differ greatly from the false prophets and you need to understand the differences so that you are never deceived. My recent commenter quoted this next verse to me twice and it can easily be misunderstood so I will address it now:
Amo 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
As you can clearly see this verse seems to contradict another verse that I taught you recently that Jesus said in Matthew 24:36. You may recall that I told you Jesus said “No man knows the day or the hour” and yet we have a prophet of God saying God does nothing without revealing it to His prophets first. Which one is it? Or can they both be true at the same time? Here is where you can fall into error very fast, if you are not careful. If Jesus told us that no man will know when He returns to the earth and the prophet Amos seems to imply that God will not send Jesus back unless He first tells His prophets we have a major conflict that needs immediate resolution. The only way that I know of to solve this dilemma is for us to go into the Bible and actually see what God tells us about prophets and what they know and this will enlighten your confusion dramatically, I hope.
Let me start by asking you this question. What if Albert Einstein came to you about 70 years ago and said, “I am going to split an atom and with this act I will unleash such power that no nation will be able to withstand you”. At this point in time there were no nuclear weapons in the world. There were also no nuclear reactors and no one has a clue what is going to occur or how it is going to happen or even when it will happen. Nor does anyone have any comprehension to the hidden power that is about to be unleashed upon the world. Did Einstein not tell you exactly what he was going to do but, yet you would still be in the dark to what he was saying to you? I mean come on, are you a nuclear scientist? Do you have the understanding of how to split an atom? Back in the 1940’s when this was happening you certainly did not.
I believe that this is exactly the situation the human race was in whenever God came to them and tells them what He was going to do. You might know exactly what will happen, but how it will happen, when it will happen and the impact of why it was happening would cause you to still know very little. You have to understand that God’s intelligence is so far above your intelligence that He could tell you exactly what He was going to do and in your mind you would not be able to comprehend much of anything but the general concept of what might happen. Let me give you a direct Bible example of something that God told the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah was told by God that a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel (Isa 7:14). Nowhere did God tell Isaiah how this would occur, when this would occur or why this would occur so Isaiah was given some very important but limited future facts with a very limited capacity of understanding what any of it meant. No one had ever seen a woman have a child without the involvement of a human man, so this was a foreign impossibility. If you think that Isaiah knew more than this or understood more than this, you would be greatly mistaken. Isaiah was clearly one of the greatest Old Testament prophets and he was told many things but only in limited quantities and he understood almost none of them. He wrote down what God had said to him but there is absolutely no way that you can say Isaiah understood what was written. This is the nature of how God works. If God told you everything, you would not need to walk by faith because you could walk by sight. If you knew everything you would not need a God who does know everything. Interesting concept, isn’t it? But, since God teaches you a little bit here and there you are forced to use your faith and believe the things that He has told you without understanding how they will occur or even when they will occur.
Take the book of Revelation written down by John. John prophesies many complex things that will soon occur, yet this book of the Bible is clearly the most misunderstood and controversial book that I know of. The numbers of opinions that surround this book are so vast that it is humorous to search the internet to see what people are saying and thinking about it. It is obviously very clear that God gives us a lot of information in this book while not telling us much of what it actually means on the surface. This is the nature of the prophet! A prophet is a messenger that brings to us words from God, but that does not mean the prophet knows everything about what God said or meant. If John knew more than he wrote in the book of Revelation then he must have withheld the keys to understanding what he wrote. So a true prophet is a man with a message from God that he possibly does not fully comprehend. You need to see that a prophet can bring a word from God, but the message may be a riddle, a puzzle or a hidden secret that needs to be revealed by God in order to be accurately understood by men. This is one of the key reasons when I see someone giving us a prophecy of an exact date and time that I can say they are not a true prophet of God. I think I am going to prove these statements using the Bible to give you examples of how God uses a man to be one of His prophets. In this way you will hopefully see that I am not teaching you my opinion, but that I am teaching you what God has said in His Word.
Have you understood my points so far? Just because God tells the prophet what will happen, it does not mean God will have to tell the prophet when it will happen. Nor does it mean that God has to tell the prophet how it will happen. You cannot find this in the Bible. If you try to make Amos 3:7 say that you are clearly overstepping what the verse says and making it say something beyond what was actually stated by God. You must get very nit-picky when you read the Bible and you must pay attention to every word and then you must not add to them to make them say something additional. Here is a further confirmation to what I am attempting to teach you today about a prophet of God:
1Co 13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
Here is Paul calling himself a prophet. Paul tells us that people only know part of the whole truth and therefore they can only prophesy about the small part that they know. If a prophet can only prophesy in part then there is a great deal of information that is not known and not spoken of by the prophet. Do you understand this concept? A prophet of God is not God and therefore they will not know everything. A prophet will only know what he has been told and God is not going to tell one man everything. Let’s go back to the example of a witness to a crime that is called to testify in a court of law. Can a witness testify about the whole crime or only the part that they may have observed? Hopefully you can understand that if a witness testifies about anything that they did not see firsthand that their testimony becomes hearsay and speculation and it is invalid for them to speak in that area. This is how a prophet works also. They either will say what God says to be true or they will say what they want to say and this makes their words invalid.
Let me try to show what else the Bible says about prophets and I want to show you what the prophet Jesus says again on the subject because I believe these words take precedence over all the other words in the Bible and I don’t have time to explain that statement fully today. You can read the words written in the Bible in Red Ink as if they were not any more important than the rest if you want to, but I will not approach the Bible with this attitude. Jesus was God in the flesh, personally here on the earth physically for the first time. Never before had God made Himself known first hand to man in this manner. Sure the Spirit of God would speak to men and even tell them what to tell others, but this time God does not send an angel with a message, God does not tell a man a message to tell others, but God sends Jesus to speak firsthand. Since, I learned that God was so much smarter than I am, I learned that I better pay attention to what He said while He walked among us. Read this verse very carefully because God is speaking here directly to us first hand:
Mat 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
Here is Jesus speaking to His disciples about Himself and what did He say to them? He says the prophets desired to see what they were seeing. Obviously this means the prophets did not see what the disciples were seeing. You could take this to mean the physical manifestation of what they prophesied would come, but I believe this statement goes way beyond that. The Greek word translated as “see” in this verse is much more diverse than just physical sight. This word is more three dimensional and it has a spiritual and an intellectual side to it that is very profound. It actually means “knowledge” and “understanding”. To know something is a profound subject found in the Bible that conveys sexual intimacy. Adam “knew” his wife and she conceived a son. You see Jesus was telling the disciples that the prophets did not understand what they were told to prophesy about. It was over their head and beyond their capacity of spiritual and intellectual knowledge. Jesus came into the world to bring us light. It was only after the light had come into the world that men began to understand in part and come out of their darkness that they lived in. The Bible says that Jesus came and taught things that were kept hidden from the foundation of the world (Mat 13:35). These are clearly the things that the prophets and righteous men of old wrote about and desired to see but, were totally incapable of understanding because they were still secrets of God. Let me give you another witness to help establish the truth.
1Peter 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
Again we can see Peter this time writing about the prophets who searched diligently for what? Do you see the implied meaning within these words of God? The prophets of old prophesied about the coming Grace of God, but yet they did not have a clue how it would come or when it would come or even who it was to come to. If you do not understand that this is the way God operates with a prophet then you still have a lot to learn from the Bible. This is why many people are easily deceived in the world today. They do not understand that God does not tell His prophet’s everything, so when a man comes along saying I am a prophet and I have been told by God that the end of days will occur at 6 PM on May 21, 2011 they fall for it without seeking to know the real truth. They can easily misapply Amos 3:7 to say I am this prophet who knows the end. However, if the message contradicts what the other prophets of God have said you better run away from him fast.
Let me teach you an Old Testament example that is critical for you to understand how the prophets of God work. We are going to the book of 1 Samuel and read about the prophet Samuel and hopefully you will be able to see how God speaks to His prophet and what He tells them and more importantly what He does not tell him. We will begin with chapter 16 after Saul was anointed by Samuel to be king, but rejected by God for his failure in his character and other factors that I will not get into.
1Sa 16:1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.
God tells Samuel to go to Jesse’s house and he will anoint one of his sons to be the new king of Israel. Here is God speaking to the prophet and telling him what He was going to do before He did it as Amos 3:7 said to us. However, notice what God did not say! God did not tell Samuel which son was to be king. God does not name him or tell him what to look for or give him anything specific that I would think would be absolutely critical to know in order to fulfill the prophecy. Why does God leave out such important information as who is to be anointed as the next king of Israel? Did God not know or did God purposely choose not to say? I personally believe that Samuel was required to walk by faith and not by sight? Faith is a requirement in order to please God (Heb 11:6). Faith dictates that you must believe something without having the evidence to prove its existence. Samuel was required by God to go somewhere and believe that God would show him which son would be king. Obedience is another key factor. If Samuel had not gone to Jesse’s house there would have been no King David either. So Samuel is obedient and goes to Jesse’s house by faith:
1 Sa 16:6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD’S anointed is before him.
You can read every verse if you like, but I’m going to skip down to verse 6 next to show you that Samuel the prophet of God still did not know who the right son is yet. Samuel looks at the son named Eliah and thinks that this one must be him, but you will soon see that it is not. Truly the prophet of God is still walking by faith waiting for God to reveal the right son, but he almost made a mistake and got into the flesh. Samuel almost began to walk by sight by thinking he had found the new future king by observing his external appearance. But, God tells Samuel something very important:
1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
This is the profound wisdom from God. As Christians we should all learn the lesson being given. We should then apply it to how we elect a president. Ignore how he looks externally, what color he is, or how tall he is, or how skinny he is and see what kind of spiritual fruit that he is producing. I guess I won’t go there today, but you get the idea, I hope and pray. You can continue to read down in this chapter and see that Jesse sends his sons to the prophet one by one from the oldest to the youngest. Seven sons in and seven sons rejected by God. It sure would have saved a lot of Samuel’s time if God had only told him the name of the son that was to become king. Samuel looks at Jesse and asks are these all of the children? Jesse says the youngest is in the field watching the sheep. Sound’s familiar doesn’t it? Was not Jesus also called the Good Shepherd? What I want you to observe is the fact that the prophet of God is not told every detail and was required to walk by faith in order to please God with his obedience. God finally fulfills the original prophecy but it does not occur because of Samuel’s knowledge it only happens because of his faithful obedience. This is a very important key factor for anybody that is called to be a prophet. This is how God operates with every prophet. God never tells the prophet everything that He knows. God only tells the prophet enough to take him to the next step of faith. Faith is one of the most important subjects found in the entire Bible and people want to ignore it to try to figure out how God operates with people. You just cannot do that and correctly interpret the Bible. If you have read my other Bible lessons then you have probably heard me say this before, that there is more than one truth in the Bible and you must use them all to come up with the correct interpretation of God‘s Word. I’m going to keep saying that until everyone gets it.
So I have been going on in this lesson long enough today. I’ll end this lesson with this question. Who is a prophet and how do they become one? Let’s read from the words of the prophet Moses and see another great Old Testament example that is important to understand:
Num 11:29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD’S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!
This verse tells us that it is the Spirit of God that makes a man or a woman a prophet. Therefore they cannot make themselves a real prophet without God’s involvement. Just because someone calls themselves a prophet does not mean they are one. I found this fact crosses over to other offices of God in the church. There are people in the world that call themselves an Apostle and clearly this was a self-appointed title. Others assign themselves to be teachers and clearly they are not. But, let’s get back to Moses. You may remember that God selected Moses and Moses did not select himself to be a prophet. If you read the context of this verse in Numbers 11 you will find a man coming to Moses and complaining of others who were prophesying for God outside of Moses. In other words a man under Moses thought this should not be happening because Moses did not authorize it. It did not go in the proper chain of authority. It is funny that God does not have to follow what men think in order to do something new, especially if one of them is questioning God. In this chapter you will find that God was making a point to Moses. God told Moses the prophet what to say to the people and Moses questioned God’s ability to fulfill what He had spoken. You can read this in Numbers 11:18-22 and the surrounding verses. You need to figure out this was a major problem with God for Moses to question His ability. Moses did not want to walk by faith and he wanted the explanation of how God could possibly give the children of Israel flesh to eat for a month. Here is another example of how God desires faith from even His prophets. Since Moses refused to walk by faith God withdrew His Spirit and placed it upon other elders of Israel and they began to prophesy for God. Anyway that is a separate valuable lesson and another conformation that God does not tell even His prophet everything. But you can see what Moses’ reaction to the complaint was. Moses wished that God would put His Spirit upon everyone so that they all could prophesy and become prophets of God. I actually believe this was a prophetic statement of what God intended for us, the church. The prophet Joel actually says this:
Joe 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
This prophecy began to be fulfilled in Acts 2 when the Spirit of God was poured out on the first 120 church members in the upper room and it actually continues to be fulfilled even to today. To prophesy is the action of a prophet and this tells us that it was God’s intention that all could potentially do this. Wow, I do not know if you understand what this is saying. To me it is saying you do not have to be directly labeled a prophet in order to prophesy. If you have the Spirit of God on you and in you, you have everything that you need to prophesy. Wow, that is a tough concept for many Christians to accept and this is probably because they have the Spirit of God in them, but not on them and there is a major difference between these two experiences. If you do not understand that, I’m sorry I do not have time to explain it. Let me review some of my major points about prophets today:
- A prophet knows in part and prophesies only in part.
- A prophet is required to walk by faith.
- A prophet is required to be obedient.
- A prophet may tell you what will happen, but will probably not understand how it will happen, why it will happen or even when it will happen.
- A prophet is just one man and not God and does not know everything.
- The Spirit of God upon someone causes someone to be a real prophet that can prophesy.
- A real prophet’s message is always from God and not from a man and thus will not contradict any other real prophet or the Word of God.
- The words of a prophet should not be taken in isolation, but there should be two or three witnesses (seers) to the actual reality that agree with each other.
- The Bible says we have the capability to judge all prophecy to see if it is legitimate.
- Jesus warned us that there will be coming many false prophets.
- So not everyone that says they are a prophet is a prophet.
- God says look not at the external things of a man, but examine his heart to determine a real prophet.
- There are many, many prophets in the Bible.
- If you can find two or three of them that agree then believe what they say even if you do not understand how it will happen or even when it will happen.
- In the church we are not to be led by prophets or prophecy we are led by the Spirit of God instead.
These are the beginnings of some very important concepts to remember and to learn to live by. In a future lesson on prophets we will explore some more scriptures to expand our knowledge on this subject. Until next time, may God continue to bless you to see and understand His Word! If you have any questions or comments about prophets you are welcome to post them and I will try to respond to each of them. God Bless.
Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of Jerusalem in the Bible
(ver 2.0) This is Part 4 in a series of reference documents revealing the multiple Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of Spiritual Individuals in the Bible. This lesson will focus only on the subject verses describing Jerusalem found in the Bible. This is a living document of references to Jerusalem and it will change and be updated as I am led to additional scriptures. A Name is a direct reference to the individual. A Title is a given direct identifying appellation signifying status or function. A Description is something that represents the individual in expressive words. A Type is a real named person, place or thing that can be viewed to apply to a pattern of the spiritual individual not directly named. A Symbol is a natural object that describes the characteristics or features of a spiritual being that you cannot see or understand without first understanding the symbol.
Jerusalem is a central subject of the Bible and the capital of Israel located in the Middle East today. Jerusalem is also a major city revealed in end time prophecy. This city has captured the attention of the entire world. Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible directly around 767 times and indirectly many other times. However, it is very important for you to know that there is more than one city named Jerusalem in the Bible. In fact there are 3 separate and distinct cities all with this exact name. Knowing this information complicates correct Bible interpretation significantly. You must be wise enough to know which Jerusalem God is talking about when you see the name “Jerusalem” by itself. You may be asking yourself what are these three cities named Jerusalem and I will give you a quick lesson on them:
- The Jerusalem that now is as revealed in Galatians 4:25 and in multiple other verses and the primary subject of this document.
- The Jerusalem Above revealed in Galatians 4:26 and is called the Heavenly Jerusalem in Hebrews 12:22.
- The New Jerusalem revealed as the Lamb’s wife in Revelation 3:12 and 21:2.
From these references you should be able to recognize the existence of three cities named Jerusalem. This document will primarily focus on the one reference of the Jerusalem on the earth that now is. If you have seen other verses that I have not found yet for Jerusalem, please share them with me in a comment. Thank you.
Name, Title, Symbol, Type for Jerusalem
|Abomination||Disgusting Idol Worshipper||Ezekiel 9:4; Ezekiel 16:2, 36, 51, 58; Ezekiel 22:2, 23:36; 33:29; Malachi 2:11; Revelation 17:4-5|
|Adulteress||Unfaithful Wife||Jeremiah 3:1; Jeremiah 5:7; Ezekiel 16:32; Ezekiel 23:45; Hosea 3:1|
|Afflicted||Depressed Woman||Isaiah 51:21|
|Aholibah||My Tent is In Her; Whore||Ezekiel 23:4|
|Ariel||The Symbolic Name of Jerusalem||Isaiah 29:1-7|
|Babylon||The Whore||1 Peter 5:13|
|Bad City||Wicked City||Ezra 4:12|
|Birthed in Land of Canaan||Where She was born||Eze 16:3;|
|Bloody City||Those that Kill the Prophets||Ezekiel 22:2, 24:6,9; Nahum 3:1|
|Bond Woman||Spiritual Hagar Egyptian Slave||Galatian 4:24-25, 30-31|
|Burdensome Stone||Load Carrier||Zec 12:3;|
|Castle of Zion||The Net or Snare of Zion||1 Chron 11:5;|
|City||Inhabited by the Children of Israel||Judges 1:8; 2 Kings 23:27; Psalm 122:3; Zec 14:2; Jeremiah 26:9|
|City, Chosen||Highly Favored of Jehovah||1 Kings 11:36; 1 Kings 14:21; 2 Kings 23:27; 2 Chron 12:13|
|City of a Stranger||Home of the Jebusites||Judges 19:12|
|City of David||David the Great King’s City||1 Kings 8:1; 2 Kings 9:28; 2 Kings 14:20’ 2 Kings 23:27; 1 Chron 11:5; 2 Chron 5:2; 2 Chron 21:20; Isaiah 22:9;|
|City, Faithful||She who is faithful to God||Isaiah 1:26;|
|City of Righteousness||The inhabitants have God’s righteousness||Isaiah 1:26;|
|City of the Great King||City of David||Matthew 5:35;|
|City of the Jebusites||Inhabited by the trodden||Judges 19:11; 1 Chron 11:4;|
|City Where David Dwelt||The City of David the King||Isaiah 29:1;|
|City Which Is Called By Thy Name||Married to Jehovah||Daniel 9:18;|
|City Which Killed Jesus our Lord||Those Who the shed Blood of God is On their Hands||Mat 16:21; Rev 11:8;|
|Covent Breakers||Those Who Broke Covent with God||Eze 16:59; Romans 1:31;|
|Curse, A||City which is cursed||Jeremiah 26:6;|
|Daughter||Female born of a woman||Ezekiel 23:2;|
|Daughter of an Amortie||Her Father was a Canaanitish Mountain Tribe;||Ezekiel 16:3, 45;|
|Daughter of a Hittite||Her Mother was a terrorist; Fear and Terror||Ezekiel 16:3, 45;|
|Desolate||Waste Land||Jeremiah 26:8|
|Desolate City||Jerusalem laid waste||Eze 26:19|
|Desolation||Waste Land||Zep 2:15;|
|Divorced Woman||She that was Put Away||Isaiah 50:1; Jeremiah 3:8; Hosea 2:2|
|Dross||Backsliders; Those who draw back; Refuse of the furnace||Ezekiel 22:18-19;|
|Drunken||She Who is Drunk||Isaiah 51:21: Jeremiah 13:13; Ezekiel 23:33;|
|Egypt||Spiritual Name for Jerusalem; Where she played the Whore in Her youth||Hosea 11:1; Revelation 11:8|
|Evil||Moral Wickedness||Jeremiah 25:5|
|Evil Figs||The Spoiled Fruit||Jeremiah 24:8;|
|Family Know of God||She who was married to Jehovah||Amos 3:2;|
|Faithful City||She who was faithful in Marriage||Isaiah 1:21;|
|Filthiness||Not Gold; uncleanness||Ezekiel 16:36; Ezekiel 22:15; Zephan 3:1; Revelation 17:4|
|Filthy||Disobedient and Rebellious||Zep 3:1;|
|Fornicator||Lover of Idols||2 Chronicles 21:11; Ezekiel 16:15;|
|Fuel to the Fire||She which is consumed by the Lord||Ezekiel 21:32;|
|Gomorrah||Spiritual name of Jerusalem;||Isaiah 1:9-10; Jeremiah 23:14;|
|Great City||She which was Great||Jeremiah 22:8; Revelation 11:8; Revelation 17:18;|
|Hagar||The Egyptian Bond Woman; slave girl||Galatian 4:24-25|
|Harlot||The unfaithful woman||Isaiah 1:21; Jeremiah 3:1: Ezekiel 16:15; Ezekiel 16:35, 41; Ezekiel 23:19;Ezekiel 23:44; Hosea 2:5; Hosea 4:15;|
|Harlot, Well-favored||Beautiful Adulteress||Nahum 3:4;|
|Heifer||Female Cow||Hosea 10:11|
|Her with My Name||The Name of Jehovah shall be on her||1 Kings 11:36; 1 Kings 14:21; 2 Kings 23:27; 2 Chron 12:13; Jeremiah 25:29|
|Holy City||Sacred||Neh 11:1|
|Imperious Whorish Woman||Vixen Adulteress||Ezekiel 16:30|
|Israel After the Flesh||Natural Nation of Israel||1 Cor 6:18;|
|Jebus||Aboriginal Name of Jerusalem; Trodden||Judges 19:10; 1 Chr 11:4;|
|Jebusi||Trodden inhabitants of Jerusalem||Joshua 18:28|
|Jebusite||Trodden Amorites||Joshua 15:8;|
|Jerusalem Which Now Is||Earthly Jerusalem||Galatians 4:25|
|Jeshurun||Symbolic Name of Israel||Deu 32:15, 33:5, 33:26; Isa 44:2;|
|Jews||Those of Judah||Romans 2:17;|
|Jezebel||A type of the False Religion of Adultery and Idols||Revelation 2:20;|
|Killer of the Prophets||Murderer of Those Who Are Sent To You||Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34|
|Lewd Woman||The Adulteress Wife||Ezekiel 23:44;|
|Married Wife||She who has a husband||Isaiah 54:1|
|Mistress of Witchcrafts||She who is deceived by Magic||Nahum 3:4|
|Mocking to All Nations||She who is ridiculed;||Ezekiel 22:4;|
|Mother||She who has born Children||Isaiah 50:1; Hosea 2:5; Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34; Galatian 4:25|
|Mother of Harlots||Her Children are like her||Revelation 17:5|
|Mother’s Daughter||The female child; like mother like daughter||Ezekiel 16:45;|
|Mt Sinai||Where the Law Given to Moses||Galatians 4:24-25;|
|Mystery Babylon the Great||The Whore||Revelation 17:5|
|Oppressing City||The City who is proud and violent||Zep 3:1;|
|Oppression, Wholly||She who has unjust gain; deceitfully obtained||Jeremiah 6:6;|
|Polluted||Trodden Down||Ezekiel 16:6; Zep 3:1|
|Rahab||The Harlot, spiritual type of Jerusalem||Psalm 89:10; Isaiah 51:9|
|Rebellious House||She who is disobedient and has become an enemy||Ezekiel 17:1, 24:3;|
|Rejoicing City||Joyous City||Zep 2:15;|
|Reproach to the Heathen||Disgrace to the Gentiles;||Ezekiel 22:4;|
|Salem||Peaceful the pattern and roots of Jerusalem||Genesis 14:18;|
|Seed of Evildoers||Fruit of Ungodliness||Isaiah 1:4;|
|Shalem||Early Name of Jerusalem||Gen 33:18;|
|Sinful Kingdom||A people to be destroyed||Amos 9:8;|
|Sinful Nation||A people led astray||Isaiah 1:4;|
|Sister||Woman with Siblings||Ezekiel 16:46;|
|Sister of Judah||The sister||Jeremiah 3:1;|
|Sister of thy Sisters||Sin runs in the family||Ezekiel 16:45;|
|Slayer of Innocent Blood||The City that Killed Jesus||Jeremiah 26:15;|
|Smitten||To Strike Down||Ezekiel 33:21;|
|Sodom||Spiritual Name for Jerusalem;||Isaiah 1:9-10; Jeremiah 23:14; Ezekiel 16:46-49; Revelation 11:8|
|Thy Mother’s Daughter||Daughter of a Hittite (terror)||Eze 16:45|
|Uncleanness||Religious filth||Ezekiel 36:17;|
|Where Our Lord Was Crucified||Jesus was hung on the cross there||Rev 11:8|
|Whore||Adulteress Idol Worshipper||Ezekiel 16:33-34|
|Whore, Great||Adulteress Idol Worshipper||Revelation 17:1;|
|Wife||She who is married to Jehovah||Jeremiah 3:20, 31:32; Ezekiel 16:8; Ezekiel 16:32;|
|Woman||The Great City||Ezekiel 23:44; Revelation 17:18|
|Woman, Removed||Unclean Woman||Ezekiel 36:17;|
|Woman Who Breaks Wedlock||The Unfaithful wife of Jehovah||Ezekiel 16:38;|
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Understanding The Bible Definition and Purpose of the Law of Moses! PT 1
(Ver 1.3) This is Part 1 in a series of Bible lessons on Understanding the Purpose for the Law. Why was it necessary for God to give Moses the Old Testament Law? The reason for these spiritual rules of do’s and don’ts are critical for Christians to understand. While Christians do not rely on keeping the law to be saved, they should still be intimately familiar with what they mean and the underlying reasons for God giving them to the natural nation of Israel. God says my People are destroyed for a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6), so the more we learn and understand the less likely we are to being destroyed in this world. So let’s learn about the O.T. Law and determine what it is and why it was given using the Bible:
Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
God declares a truth about the law that is essential to understand. The O.T. law is based upon “Works”. Works is man’s attempt to do something that they think pleases God by doing without something that they really want to do. I hope you understand what I just said. Every religion in the world is “works” based. Man trying to achieve a state of self sacrifice in order to appear pious or worthy in the eyes of God. In some religions men beat themselves with whips and chains until they bleed. They think through this self inflicted pain and suffering that they have achieved favor with God. They have been deceived into stupidity and foolishness. This religion also teaches that life is like a balance scale and the good deeds that you do will be weighed against your bad deeds and if the good deeds outweighs the bad, you have earned your salvation. This is just another example of Satan’s deception. In Galatians 2:16, we see works being contrasted with true Christianity. True Christianity is based upon Faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done and provided for us. That is completely different than the law of works and the works of the law. This verse clearly tells us that nobody will make it to heaven based upon their works. That is not good news for natural Israel or the other religions of the world.
Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
We can clearly see one of the primary reasons that God gave the law. God declares that No flesh will be saved by obeying the law. So we immediately discover that the law was not given to save us. We can take this reason off of the list of potential reasons for the law. Then God says that by the law is the knowledge of sin. What does that tell you? Before the law was given into the world, no one really knew what sin was. It was only because the Bible said “Thou shalt not commit murder” that you would know that this is not an acceptable thing to do. To know that there is a law that has consequences for doing something and then to do it anyway is the act of a fool. However, to do something that is still not right, but there is no law against it is still sin, but yet God said how would you know it. So one of the primary reasons for God giving the law is to teach everyone what sin is and that these sins have consequences. With the Law comes the Knowledge of Sin!
Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
Here is another witness to what I just said. This verse clearly tells us the same thing and gives us another example. By God saying “thou shalt not covet”, we know it is a sin to lust after what our neighbor owns or possesses. So the Law is not an evil, bad or negative thing, but a good thing. It helps us to learn and know what is good and what is evil. The law helps to guide us into what are the right things to do.
Rom 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
So the Bible again confirms what I just said about the law. The law is Holy, the law is good and just. The law is a positive thing meant to teach us the difference between right and wrong. God gave us the law to show us that we cannot make up our own rules and think that we are good in our own sight. That is exactly what most people in the world do, they reason in their own minds what is good and what is right and they follow their own desires and God says that is wrong.
Rom 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
The word “transgression” means violation. If you get arrested in our world, it is usually because you violated some law that was passed by the lawmakers of the city, state or federal governments. So again we see a principle being established for why the law was necessary. Without law there is no “violation” being committed. People in the world usually pass laws to make people stop something that is potentially harmful or hurtful to themselves or others. For example, driving too fast in a car can cause loss of life and property. So people have developed laws to limit the speeds that cars can go in certain areas. The speed limit varies depending on where the area is located, like it is slower in front of school zones. If you are caught speeding you are charged and if found guilty, you pay fines and there are consequences such as points on your license. So without laws, people could go 100 MPH through a school zone and cause great damage and loss of life and there would be nothing that the government could do to them. This is a key lesson of why God gave the law, so take note of it.
Rom 5:13 For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Without laws in the world (physical, natural, spiritual and governments), the world would be in a state of chaos. Everybody doing whatever they felt like, whenever they wanted to, to whoever they wanted to and there would be no consequences legally speaking that they would ever be faced with. I do think that without law we would also see a vigilante retribution being enacted and people would be forced to come up with their own definition of justice. But, Romans 5:13 informs us that sin has been in the world, before the law existed. But, then it says that these sins would not be charged to their account without the existence of the law. When you read and learn verses from the Bible like these you should automatically think how do these apply to me? How does this apply to Israel? How do these apply to Satan? How do they apply to all of the other spiritual entities in God’s spiritual realm? If you do not think in these terms you will miss out on what God is trying to teach you. Let me ask you a question and get you to thinking. If it is as the Bible says and Satan was found with sin in him from the beginning, what can God do about this, if there is no law against it? I believe you can start to understand the problem that God had. Legally speaking there is nothing that God can do with Satan, unless he is put under the law. That is an amazing thing to consider and probably a key reason for why the law was given. Learn to think while you read and to ask questions and you will learn so much more than just reading it. I’ll get into this more later.
Rom 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
This is an interesting twist and is highly informative. God tells us that the law applies to the spiritual realm and not just the natural realm. We know that God gave Moses the law on Mt Sinai and that it was written down in the natural realm by a man. But, think about it, God is a Spirit and the words that He spoke to Moses came from the spiritual realm. God is clearly telling us that these words found in the law apply to all spiritual beings, including God himself, the angels, you and I and Satan and his demons.
Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
Here is a very scary statement about the O.T. Law. God says that anyone under the law is under a curse, if they do not obey all of the law. Do you know of anyone that has obeyed all of the law? For one thing I do not think you know all of the law and the other thing is you certainly can’t do it all consistently, I do not believe anyone on earth is capable of it. The law is more than following 10 simple commandments, the O.T. law is 5 large books of rules, commandments, instructions, and it is vastly not understood even by the Jews who read it every day. I may be wrong but I believe that this is one of the reasons for God giving the law, to show man that he is incapable of making a perfect score. It is impossible to bowl a perfect score in the game of life playing according to the rules of the “works of the law”. I assume natural Israel has not yet gotten the news yet, they must still think they are able to save themselves.
Jas 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Here is a second witness to the reality that man is required to keep all of the law. If any man offends or violates a single commandment, this verse in James says that he is found guilty of violating every commandment. I am certainly glad that is not the way our courts work. We would have to have everybody in a prison cell and there would be no free people in the world. If you drove your car too fast you could be sentenced to life in prison. That is what God says about his law in the O.T. Too many times people like to rate and compare sins. This sin is bigger, or greater than another. This sin is just a little one and that isn’t as bad as doing this or that. But, God says every sin is equal, there are no big ones, and no small ones. These are very tough rules to follow. In fact they are impossible for man to follow.
Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
So God says that the Law was designed to be a teaching tool for mankind. An instrument that was intended to point them to Christ. Is this the way the nation of Israel views the law? Obviously not! Is this the way you should view the O.T. law, absolutely. You should use it as a teacher who is pointing you to a savior, the Messiah.
1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient,for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
God tells us who the law was given for. To me every human would potentially qualify, but also this sounds more like Satan’s resume than anything else. You do realize that this is why our government passes laws, don’t you? If nobody did bad things you wouldn’t need any laws against doing them. So we pass laws to keep people from doing stupid, foolish things. This is another one of the key purposes of the O.T. law. Because, there are bad, evil people in the world, because there is a bad, evil spiritual force in the world, God was forced to enact spiritual laws. I hope you are getting what I am saying.
Let’s review briefly what we have learned so far and make a list of the key items concerning what the Bible says about the law:
- Sin will always Sin with or without the existence of Law.
- God’s Law is a Positive Thing that Helps us to see.
- The Law is Works Based. Obeying the Law is man’s attempt at earning Salvation.
- No Flesh can achieve Righteousness by the O.T. Law.
- Therefore, no one can be saved by observing the O.T. Law.
- However, Sin is not put on your account, if there is No law.
- Without the Law, no one knows what Sin Is.
- Without the existence of the Law there is no legal consequences for Sin.
- If you violate even one Law you are guilty of violating EVERY Laws!
- The Law given in the natural realm is Applicable in the Spiritual Realm.
- The Law was designed to teach us we need a savior and to point us to Christ.
- The Law was given because of the evil that existed prior to the law.
That was a quick synopsis of the information we have learned from the few verses about the law. We start to begin to understand what the law is and why it was given by understanding these verses. There is of course much more to learn about the law. There is different types of laws. Human laws, laws of nature, laws of science, and spiritual laws, just to name a few types of laws. Let’s continue this lesson with another verse found in Romans:
Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
This is one of the most outstanding and revealing verses in the Bible about the Law of Moses. It reveals some hidden spiritual principles that are critical for Christians to understand. The principle is given to us that the law only applies to them that are under the law. In other words Mexico cannot pass a law that affects me, because I live in the USA. Now, if I go to visit Mexico, then I am under that law system, but as long as I stay in the USA, nothing they do can affect me personally. That is what Romans 3:19 is saying. God tells us that the law is only effective over those that are under that system of spiritual government. USA laws do not affect Chinese citizens or companies unless they come to America. Think about that and ask the questions that I asked you to think about earlier. Does the O.T. law affect you? Does the O.T. law affect the natural Jews? Does the O.T. law affect Satan or any other spiritual entity? Is God bound by the Laws of the O.T.? These are all important questions to consider. You see if Satan is not under the O.T. law, then there is still no punishment for his sins that God can convict him of in any heavenly court. You need to consider these questions and determine, did God somehow put Satan under the Law in order to convict him of his sins? If you do not realize that God is a legal minded God who does everything in a fair and just way, you do not know God very well. God will not throw Satan into hell without him being found guilty and being convicted for his crimes of sin. If God did this, then he would be more like a foreign country that throws people into prison because they just don’t like the way they look. Think about the character of God and realize that God is the supreme judge of all spiritual matters. In the heavenly judicial system, there must be laws that can convict someone like Satan or God would be unjust. God says in Romans 3:9 that the law was given, so that every mouth could be stopped. You see if Satan was unjustly accused of God, he has a legal defense against such actions. However, if Satan is under the law and can see clearly that he is in violation and guilty, he no longer has a defense against such charges.
I think I will end this lesson on that note. I hope and pray that you learned something that was of benefit to your walk with Christ. I’ll try to continue this lesson in a future blog.
If you would like to continue reading this lesson, you can go to “Part 2“.
The Promises and Covenants of God are ALWAYS Conditional!
(Ver 1.1) I want to discuss a difficult subject found in the Bible that is hard for many Christians to get their minds around. Too many Christians like to put everything on God’s back and make Him completely responsible for everything that happens to them. It is like when a major storm comes and blows their house down and they believe God is in control and He had a higher purpose for doing this to me. However, when you read the Bible and study it closely we find out some very surprising things that should cause us to begin to think differently.
When God makes a covenant with a People on the earth, you will find that God is always capable of keeping the covenant and to Him it was a forever agreement and arrangement. However, what we find in the Bible is that it is not all completely up to God and that you and I have a part to play in the relationship for the continued blessings of God to manifest. Let’s review the principle and then establish this spiritual law Biblically and learn what we can:
Isa 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
In this verse in Isaiah, God puts forth a promise to His covenant people. But, this promise comes with conditions. In order for God’s people to eat the good of the land, they must first, be willing and obedient. These sound like two little requirements that are placed upon God’s People! But they really are larger than you think. If people fulfill only one condition such as being willing but not obedient or being not willing and obeying does that match the conditions necessary to eat good? Obviously not, they fail and do not eat the good of the land. This is the basis of a spiritual law, that I call the “IF YOU DO THEN I WILL DO” law! “IF” “THEN” is a popular computer programming construct that is widely used in programming languages. There is also a converse or inverse part of the law that goes something like this:
IF YOU DO THIS
THEN I WILL DO THIS
ELSE THIS HAPPENS!
God knew about IF THEN ELSE computer programming constructs before we knew there were computers. God uses this construction in the Bible in the promises that He makes with humans and the Covenants that He implements with the People. If we apply this construct to the verse we just read in Isaiah 1:19 we can see it more clearly:
IF (YOU ARE WILLING AND OBEDIENT)
YOU WILL EAT THE GOOD OF THE LAND
YOU WILL NOT EAT FROM THE GOOD LAND
This is some very basic Computer Logic applied to the Word of God and yet so profound! If you understand what I have said so far, then let’s go through some other verses in the Bible and determine what else God says about conditional requirements.
Let’s go back and review some words spoken to Natural Israel by Moses from God. These are the Words of God spoken directly to them, but if you look closely they are also prophetic and we can easily notice that they are very conditional:
Exo 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
What does it mean to be conditional? If I said I would give you $1000, if you would stay silent for 24 hours, is that $1000 conditional or automatically yours? No, it not guaranteed! We can see that conditional means, if you follow the instructions and rules you will get the $1000, otherwise you do not. The key word is “IF” you satisfy the requirements! Pretty simple concept isn’t it? However, Christians I guess do not understand these concepts, especially when it comes to God and the Bible.
When we read a verse like Exodus 19:5 and it says to Israel that “you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me and above all people”. What was the requirement for this to happen in the natural realm? God clearly said, “if you obey my voice and keep my covenant”, then I will do what I said and make you above all others. So when did natural Israel ever fulfill any of these requirements? If you searched your Bible and could not find it in the Bible, I have to admit that I couldn’t either. It would seem to me, that Israel has a major problem. Let’s continue with the next verse:
Exo 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
Exodus 19:6 continues to demonstrate what God will do, if Israel obeys and keeps the covenant. What we see in these two verses are a discovery of the fact that God’s blessings to Natural Israel are conditional. In order for those in covenant with God to obtain the best that He has for them, they must do something to qualify for them. Did any of the words in these two verses ring any bells to you? Did you see any parallels or glimpses into another reality that God is prophesying about? To me it was obvious, but to others they miss it, because they may be slightly dull of spiritual eyesight. These key words are echoed in a verse found in the New Testament:
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Peter writes to the church and declares to them that they are these “peculiar” people, the holy nation unto God, being priests and kings of the Most High. Isn’t that an amazing coincidence? Of course God doesn’t do anything by accident and this verse is put here to show you who the church really is. I know I haven’t introduced you to this concept yet. Many Christian people do not like to think or believe that the Church is a spiritual version of the natural nation of Israel, but yet it is so prevalent in the Bible I do not know how people miss it. This is based upon the concept of natural patterns that point us to greater or higher truths within the spiritual realm. Let us read another verse:
Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Again we see John this time writing about the church and to the church, calling them the kings and priests of God. That qualifies the church as being these royal rulers of the spiritual domain of God. That makes the church a new spiritual priesthood unto God. This is of course difficult to fully accept for many believers. Please do not let it offend you. I will not be offended if you believe something else.
Heb 8:9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
So as we have seen, the blessings of God are conditional. The human continuation and participation within the covenant of God is also conditional. People want to put all of the responsibility on God to whether or not a covenant is valid and that is not what God says in the Bible. You can always depend on God to be faithful and He will never fail you, but that does not relieve you of your responsibility in the relationship.
What if you are married to a spouse and you are the one that is faithful and they are not. Will that work for very long? I know my wife would not put up with it. If you think you can then you are a fool. Is faithfulness a two way street that is required of both marriage participants? Of course it is! So do not put all of the responsibility upon God, God will not fail the covenant. God is eternally faithful. However, humans are imperfect and fail, people make mistakes and God will forgive us. But only if we ask for forgiveness. Repentance is an essential and valuable key part of any Christian life. If we are not sorry for how we how we act and the things we use to do, we are not a Christian. We are just someone who doesn’t want to go to hell.
Hebrews 8:9 clearly tells us that God disregarded Israel, because Israel did not keep their covenant. The Bible says this, God says this and I did not write the Bible. Is God anti-Semitic? That is what some will try to call me for saying something like this. So you can accept it for what it says or you can attempt to explain it away. Covenants with God are always Conditional! Let’s review another Old Testament example of these conditional promises of God:
Deu 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
The key word “IF” is given to the nation of Israel again and God tells them that “IF” they would diligently follow the Word of God that “THEN” God would make them above all nations. There are very specific requirements to the blessings of God and if you continue to read down in this chapter you will also find that there are very specific curses for not following these instructions. This is a Bible principle and a spiritual law being established by God. This is how God works and this should inform us of our responsibilities to listen and obey. We start by recognizing that we have some responsibilities and then we go about finding out what they are and how to follow them or fulfill them.
Jer 4:1 If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, the shalt thou not remove.
You see in Jeremiah God says to Israel, if they would return and put away their abominations, that God would not remove them. There is a very strong statement with very direct consequences being made to the Natural Nation of Israel. There are just too many verses in the Bible like this that declare God will do something if you first do something.
We cannot pray and ask God for something and then when it does not come, think that God said NO! Many times things like praying for specific answers in the Bible have specific conditions and requirements attached them. You have to base your prayer on the Bible promises that provide the answer, pray the right way, believe the right things, do the right things, say the right things, act in the appropriate manner and then God will do His part. This is a staggering concept to many Christians, but yet it is in the Bible if we look.
God always tells us what to do and then expects us to do it. Then God will always step in and do the rest. Read the Old Testament very closely. Notice things that God instructs Joshua when taking Jericho and other such examples. God would always tell them to do something very specific and if they did it, God would come through and do the rest. When Moses went to God with a problem, either about Pharaoh or the children of Israel, God would always tell Moses to do something with very specific steps and requirements or conditions. If Moses followed and obeyed, God would always do His part faithfully. The Bible is full of examples like this.
Jer 31:36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.
I guess many Christians cannot comprehend that God would require humans to do anything in order to obtain God’s Grace. It is almost unimaginable that Israel could do anything that would cause God to end their Covenant. I have read in a few Bible lessons from other teachers that some people think that God’s love and all of the blessings of His Covenants are unconditionally guaranteed and nothing that anyone does can cause God to back out of it.
We should go back and reread the Bible and look for how many times the word “IF” is used in verses concerning Israel. We will discover that God has put conditions on many of the things that He has given to His people. God placed responsibility of the continuation of the covenant into the hands of those who He was trusting to do the right things and be obedient. If you study carefully you discover that Israel did a very bad job of fulfilling their end of the bargain. What a bargain they had, they had the fastest and most direct way to the Messiah, they had the first choice at Salvation, they were the keepers of the Holy Word of God and they blew it.
NEW COVENANT CONDITIONS
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Just as the Old Covenant was conditional, entrance into the New Covenant is also conditional. There is no such thing as Universal Salvation. There is no such thing that everyone is saved automatically, because God wants them to be. God always requires action by man. People need to realize that God has already done everything that He needs to do to get all of the people on the earth saved. However, that does not mean everyone is saved or will be saved. Jesus tells us clearly in Revelation that He is standing at the door of the heart of man, knocking and that clearly indicates that He wants to come in. However, the conditional part of the verse clearly states that the Man on the inside is required to hear the knock and open the door to let Him come in. There are conditions to people getting saved. People are required to act appropriately and let Christ in. There are also specific conditions to staying saved. I really do not want to get into this subject any deeper for I have touched on this subject in other lessons. Realize and understand that the Old Covenant of God with natural Israel was a conditional agreement. It was very clear in the Bible that in order for Israel to remain in Covenant with God, that Israel was required to be faithful to God. Just like in any natural human marriage contract, God’s covenant works this way also. Both parties are either faithful to the vows, commitments and conditions of the agreement or the agreement is terminated. If one party is faithful and the other party is not, the agreement is terminated. There are many very difficult things like this in life and they are also revealed to us in the Bible. Recently in national news several prominent men have been caught being unfaithful to their wives. They have discovered the hard way that there are consequences to their actions in life. Israel may learn very soon that she has also encountered the consequences of her actions.
Then pay attention to things God writes to the church in the New Testament. Why would Jesus and God say so many times a warning for us not be deceived? There appears to be some unseen consequences for being deceived. Perhaps a Christian does not live a long life. But perhaps the Christians finds out like one of the 5 foolish virgins that they were not really known by Jesus. Remember in the 10 Virgin parable there was a need to have oil for the lamps. This sounds like a major condition for entering into the divine wedding feast.
Thank you for reading this lesson. I know there are a of other Bible verses that come to mind that teach this concept that I did not get to include. I appreciate your time reading and I also appreciate your comments, and questions. If you have a prayer request, please leave it and we will pray for you and add you to our prayer list. God bless you until next time.
Understanding Bible Covenants! Part 5 Until Death Separates Me from Thee!
(Ver 2.3) This is now Part 5 in the advanced study series on Understanding Bible Covenants. If you have not read from the beginning, I would recommend that you go and start with “Part 1“. We have been discussing Bible covenants as being a marriage covenant relationship between two individuals. We can see that these individuals can be either spiritual beings, natural beings individuals or groups or any combination of them. Covenants with God always result in God being the husband and the people in covenant as being the wife in the relationship. We know that Jesus is the mediator of the New Covenant (Heb 12:24). Jesus is therefore the Bridegroom and the church is His bride. Many have agreed with the scriptures in the New Testament that declare the church to be the body of Christ without understanding how the church became the body. This transformation was accomplished by marriage, when God declared in Genesis “that the man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and they two will become one flesh”. One flesh is a synonymous term for one body. Therefore one flesh refers to one body. A body consists of flesh and bones. Adam was opened up and his wife was taken out of him and Jesus the Last Adam was opened up and His wife was joined to him on the cross. The Bible actually says we were crucified with Christ, yet none of us hung on the cross physically as He died.
So in the eyes of God a covenant is a marriage and a marriage is a covenant. I gave you many scriptures that confirm this reality. As a marriage God provided us natural things to help us to understand spiritual things. Marriage covenants are a complex system of many dependent and interrelated aspects. Sex is one aspect of a marriage that demands and expects faithfulness of those in the relationship. Faithfulness is an essential aspect of marriage that applies to a covenant relationship with God. As your spouse trusts and expects you to be faithful to them, God expects and trusts you to be faithful to Him.
We can clearly see that the natural nation of Israel was not faithful and as a result had spiritual intercourse with other gods, religions and idols. This unfaithful infidelity resulted in God divorcing His Old Covenant wife. The net result of the divorce was a termination of the marriage/covenant relationship without any hope of reconciliation. I base that statement on the law of divorce given to us in Deuteronomy 24 where it says the first husband is forbidden to marry his divorced wife again after she has been married to another. I then attempted to give several scriptures that showed that Israel according to established spiritual laws was in a covenant relationship to another spiritual being other than God.
These are all very deep things that God has taught us from the Bible and I know it will be difficult to get people to see them. It is not my responsibility to make you understand or to make you see the truth. I simply present the information found in the Bible the best that I can and it is up to you to prove it, accept it or reject it. That is the way God designed the system and I can’t improve on it. I have found that people can read the same verse of scripture and pull out whatever they want to hear and close their eyes to whatever they don’t agree with. It is funny that God wrote a book that allows people to believe wrong. God will always enforce our right to be ignorant and foolish. God never forces us into knowing the truth. We are free to act and believe foolishly and God will not stop us. Ok, let’s get back to our subject.
I know there are many other aspects of marriage that also apply to the subject of covenants and perhaps someday I will expand to include them in this teaching. A marriage covenant is the establishment of a new family unit. Marriage always results in a new household, with a new head of the house. These two married covenant individuals enjoy a sexual knowledge that is only experienced between the two in covenant. Physical sex is just a pattern of a spiritual knowledge that Jesus desires to have with His wife. I showed you earlier that Adam “Knew” his wife and they had a son and I told you this was a pattern for the Last Adam, Jesus and his wife. These are all new concepts, new ideas and new thoughts based upon a new perspective from God’s Word. You can read the Bible and study it for yourself. All of this has been a review of stuff that I have already covered so I hope you understand them.
UNTIL DEATH DO US PART!
In this lesson we want to explore another aspect of marriage and covenants to show us some new information based upon what we have learned about the subject so far. This section will be about the subject of death as a legal separating force/power that terminates a covenant relationship between two legally bound parties or individuals. I’d like to begin this section with the foundational verses from the book of Ruth:
Rth 1:16 And Ruth said, Do not beg me to leave you, to return from following after you. For where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
Rth 1:17 Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May Jehovah do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me.
These are covenant words being spoken by Ruth to her mother-in-law Naomi. Ruth pledges “faithfulness” to the God of her mother-in-law Jehovah. She places such a strong commitment that she claims that only death could separate her from the God and religious ways of over mother-in-law. If we read the rest of the book of Ruth and the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew we will discover that she is blessed and rewarded by God tremendously for making these covenant statements of commitment. She becomes the wife to Boaz, a type of Jesus Christ, and the great-grandmother to the great King David.
I believe this is a good time to introduce the fact that Bible covenants are entered into by speaking words. Words can be spoken to initiate a good covenant with God or an evil covenant with Satan. For example, if we read Romans 10:9-10 God informs us how we entered into a covenant with Jesus Christ by believing in Our heart and confessing with our mouth the LORD Jesus. Then in Proverbs 6:2 God informs us that humans are taken captive prisoners by also speaking words. In Proverbs 18:21 God declares that “life and death are in the power of our tongue”. Jesus informed us in John 10:10 that the thief came to kill, steal and destroy us, but that He came to give us life and that life in more abundance. God appears to be teaching us that our words spoken matter.
Knowing God gives us life and knowing Satan gives us the sin punishment of death (separation from God). Speaking right words are one key part of entering into Bible covenants wit God. These words can be called vows, promises, commitments, oaths, pledges or guarantees. Speaking words and entering into covenant relationships with anyone should be taken very seriously and never lightly or casually. I believe that God holds us responsible for our promises made to Him and to each other. There are numerous examples of this found in the Bible.
For example a famine of three years occurred to the nation of Israel in 2 Samuel 21:1-2. When David inquired of the LORD why this was happening, the LORD told him it was because of bloody Saul that attacked and killed the Gibeonites. God informs King David that Israel had made a covenant with these people a long time before. God obviously believed that this covenant that was made before Saul or David was born was still in effect and could not be terminated by either of the parties in the covenant. Therefore, judgement fell upon the natural nation of Israel for something that happened long before King David became king. Wow, this sounds very important to know in our education of understanding the serious nature of Vows and covenants. The covenant was entered into by Joshua and it was disavowed by Saul and the negative consequences fell upon Israel during King David.
Most modern marriage ceremonies include speaking words to each other. These words are often called “vows” and many of them are based upon Bible covenant principles. For example, many say “until death do us part” in their wedding vows. Wedding vows are considered covenant words of complete commitment made to each other. Just as Israel violating a covenant that they had made with another nation had consequences, I believe the breaking of covenant vows today will also result in negative verdicts of judgment at some time in the future. We just learned that Saul had murdered a people in covenant with Israel and Israel in the next King’s reign reaped a famine. I believe that this is possible even today that two people ending a marriage covenant can cause judgement to occur on future descendants. But, that is a different subject for another lesson.
We can clearly learn from the book of Ruth that death represents a legal termination of a covenant relationship and commitment. If one spouse dies, the other is said to be free to marry another. So death represents a legal point of covenant division. It represents a separation of the two that were said to be one when they were joined in covenant by the Law of Genesis 2:24. I’d like to cover an essential set of N.T. verses that confirm this truth. We will be reading from the book of Romans and chapter 7:
Rom 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
Rom 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
Rom 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Wow, these verses help explain our subject of covenants and the power of death separation precisely. Notice that Paul in verse 1 is speaking to believers that “know” the law. This phrase “to know” represents covenant relationship. Paul in this short passage was directing the next few verses to only former Jewish Old Covenant people. God writes this to teach them that because Jesus died (God in the flesh) on a cross, they were now freed from the bondage of that covenant in order to legally remarry in covenant the risen from the dead LORD Jesus Christ. There are people that claim Jesus was not God but 1 Timothy 3:16 informs us plainly that “God was manifested in the flesh”.
Paul was writing in Romans 7 by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to teach us the legal fact that since Jesus (God manifested in the flesh) experienced death for them all, they could now be legally joined in Covenant marriage with risen Jesus and not be called an adulteress. This truth simply confirms that a marriage is a covenant and a covenant is a marriage and if they enter into another covenant while their husband was still alive, God called this adultery. Therefore we have all the subjects that we have been learning, marriage covenants, faithfulness, death separation and termination and remarriage in a New Covenant. Wow, Wow & Wow!
Can we begin to see what these verses in Romans say and learn how they apply to covenants both natural and spiritual? I believe these are amazing and especially important to how God eliminated Himself from the covenant of Israel and the angelic beings.
MARRIAGE, DEATH AND WIDOWHOOD
I alluded in previous lessons to this subject when speaking of the Heavenly Jerusalem who was described to be a free woman that came from an allegory given to us from Galatians 4. This Genesis allegory used Sarah’s relationship to Abraham. This relationship was a physical picture and representation of God’s spiritual relationship to the city called the Heavenly Jerusalem. I concluded that this free woman was the first wife of Jehovah God and therefore in covenant with God long before Hagar. In looking at other verses in Hebrews 12 we determined that this Heavenly Jerusalem consisted of the angelic beings too numerous to count. This means that Lucifer the top angelic being in the past was included in this covenant relationship. So how does God terminate an eternal marriage covenant relationship to eternally created angelic beings without the law? We know that the earthly Jerusalem (type of Hagar) is now in bondage with the law and that God used the law to end/divorce the Old Covenant marriage relationship because of her continued unfaithfulness (Isa 50:1, Jer 3:8).
But the heavenly Jerusalem was called the free woman or the woman outside of the law. We also learned from verses in the New Testament that without the law there is no punishment for sin. So how does God terminate a marriage covenant relationship with a group of sinful eternal spiritual beings that cannot ever die, without any law or legal precedence? It is a fascinating problem to consider and it is very perplexing puzzle to solve, but God always has a plan and an answer. We should be able to answer this question already but there are two solutions presented to us that can be utilized. The first solution is to get Satan to place himself into a covenant with the Law. The second potential solution is for the husband in the covenant to become a a being that could experience death on a cross to terminate all previous covenants.
If we recall from the previous lessons, we saw numerous scriptures from Galatians 4 that spoke about these two women in marriage covenant with Jehovah God. The one bond woman (Hagar) was directly said to be the natural nation of Israel and corresponded to the earthly city of Jerusalem. We just read about her in the last section of this lesson that was now freed from her covenant by the death of Jesus. Wow again! Then the other woman was the free woman and she is called the heavenly Jerusalem. It is essential to understand that both covenant women were married to the same God Jehovah and their covenants overlapped for a short time just as the allegorical type of Hagar overlapped with Sarah’s marriage. Now recall this O.T. quotation concerning this allegory:
Gal 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren (Heavenly Jersualem) that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate (free woman Heavenly Jerusalem) hath many more children than she which hath an husband (bond woman: natural Israel).
What we can see in Galatians 4:27 the presentation that the bond woman had a husband with the implication that free woman did not. In fact the Greek word translated as “desolate” in this verse literally means “lonesome” and “solitary”. This is describing a woman that is not in covenant with anyone. Notice also the Greek word translated as “barren” is transliterated as “steiros” and we get our English word “sterile from it. These words are used by God to describe the Heavenly Jerusalem covenant wife. Finally, notice the prophecy that tells this woman to rejoice because her children will be many more than the children of the bond woman (Earthly Jerusalem). Who were we told that these many more children were? God teaches us in Galatians 4:26 that the spiritual free woman’s children were all of us in the church. That confirms and explains why Jesus said in John 3 that we must be “born again” in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. Everyone in the church has been first born naturally into the world and then next born supernaturally into the Spiritual Kingdom of God. It is important to note that if we are born once we can die twice, but if we are born twice we can only die once.
Galatians 4:27 seems like a paradox or a contradiction to what was said that both of these women were in covenant and married to God in the past. What happened to the husband of the woman in heaven? And I thought God divorced the woman natural Israel and here He says she has a husband. These are a really good questions. We have already explored how natural Israel may have entered into a covenant with Satan. But, let’s figure out the other question by going back to the Old Testament.
Isa 54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
We can see that these are the direct words of God himself spoken through the prophet Isaiah. We can see again this verse is speaking of two different women. I find it fascinating that nowhere in these verses does it claim this is an allegory of Sarah and Hagar. However, God reveals this to Paul in Galatians 4. This is just one way that God hides truth in the Bible.
We could conclude that only one of these women is now married by just reading this verse. However, we know from God’s explanation in Galatians that these women are Sarah and Hagar, and both were married to Abraham. If we recall from New Testament verses that were discussed in previous lessons, if anyone has sex with someone, God considers them to be married to that someone (1 Cor 6:16). Having casual sex has major covenant consequences in the eyes of God because of the experience of having “carnal knowledge” of that person. So far this was some review, but as we read down in the rest of Isaiah 54, we can begin to see the solution to God’s puzzle. The answer to what happened to the husband of the Heavenly Jerusalem is found in context of verse 1:
Isa 54:4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
Here in verse 54:4 of Isaiah we see the answer to the question. The heavenly Jerusalem who was called the barren wife and the free woman in Galatians 4, is now declared to be a widow in the context of Isaiah 54:1. What exactly is a widow? This is not a trick question. A widow is a wife whose husband has died. Uh oh? That sure makes life difficult for many ministers that we have heard, who claim that God can’t die. Have you ever heard this before? That claim appears to contradict verses that we have been studying.
What is death? That is of course the million dollar question? We know from the book of Ruth that the only separation of Ruth from her mother-in-law covenant was going to be by death. We know Ruth said to Naomi, “until death part me from thee”. Without death we know that the wife is bound to her husband and if she marries another while her husband is alive then she is considered an adulteress.
We saw in Romans 7 that Israel can only be called an adulteress if while her covenant husband God is alive, she has sex with another man and becomes his wife. We know this harlotry is what happened in the O.T. many, many times. But, Romans 7 says because Jesus died Israel was now freed from that covenant to marry the risen from the dead LORD Jesus in the New Covenant.
No one can deny that based upon scriptures in Jeremiah, Isaiah and Hosea that Israel is called a whore, harlot and adulteress because she has committed sexual union and become married to other idols and gods while God was alive and in covenant with her. The Living God then divorced Israel His wife, and ended that covenant using the law. We also know that this heavenly woman if she was married to God, she would be bound by the law of marriage as being one spirit with her husband also. So if this heavenly Jerusalem consisted of good and evil angelic beings, how would God get rid of the evil angels, while keeping the good angelic spirits? Fascinating, isn’t it?
By Jesus Christ being crucified, God accomplished a major accumulation and combination of things simultaneously. This was God’s demonstration of His true wisdom and power. Through the death of Jesus Christ, God multi-tasked salvation for us with the termination of His covenant relationship with Satan, simultaneously. Through this death, it resulted in the heavenly Jerusalem becoming a widow. She is now free to marry another. The heavenly Jerusalem was now the widow and that makes it legal for her to marry another by the definition from the Word of God. But by Satan becoming entangled with Israel under the law, we now see that his relationship with God has now completely ended being separated the separation of death. Because Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, God died in Jesus Christ. I guess I could say God tasted death through the body of His son Jesus Christ hanging on the cross (Heb. 2:9), since spirit beings do not actually die as in cease to exist. Nevertheless, we can see that Satan’s future was sealed due to what transpired on the cross. So while it is technically impossible for a spiritual being to cease to exist, it is not technically impossible for a spiritual being to experience death. Through death, He destroyed him that had the power over death (Heb 2:14). This is why the Bible says if Satan would have known the consequences, he would not have crucified the Lord of Glory (1 Cor 2:8).
We should be able to easily begin to understand now why the Heavenly Jerusalem is called a widow and why God did this. God would have been one with this spiritual city and all of its inhabitants (angels). So God could not have legally punished Satan without punishing Himself along with Satan.
God found himself with a problem that needed to be resolved. Without the law of divorce how did God terminate His covenant marriage with Satan and his evil angelic beings? I really hope we are seeing this spiritual reality. Death is a legitimate separation for every covenant. Because Christ died, we died. Why was it necessary to be born again? To be born again represents another new beginning and an opportunity for a fresh start. Jesus was called the first born from the dead, so being the firstborn He is the head of this new family. Jesus now had preeminence over all other spiritual beings. In heaven Lucifer/Satan use to be the one with the Father, but he is now no longer in covenant with God because of the death of Jesus Christ. Since we were also crucified with Christ, we too are no longer in covenant with death, hell or Satan, either. The work of God was full and comprehensive. By Jesus being crucified on the cross, God accomplished 1) salvation for us, 2) the full payment for sin past, present and future, 3) reconciliation of our relationship with God and 4) the termination of our and His former flesh covenant relationship with Satan. God is so much smarter than we are and if we can see these things that was just described, we will increase our understanding of the Word of God by leaps and bounds above where we use to be.
Jesus said if you continue in my Word, then you will be my disciples and then you will know the truth and then Jesus said the “truth” that you “know” will set you free. I pray that the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened in the knowledge of Him.
Understanding Bible Covenants! Part 4 Israel’s New Husband
(Ver 2.0) This is now Part 4 in a very advanced Bible study serious concerning Understanding Bible Covenants. This series is intended for spiritually mature Christians with an open mind that will commit to go and study the subject for themselves to verify if it is really true or not. Obviously by the title we have more controversial topics on covenants to discuss today. We have been discussing Bible covenants in some new terms using scriptures in the Bible that many have not seen before. I know this is a very deep subject and the complexities are vast. It is a very hard thing to accept new things when they are first revealed. I believe the natural human tendency is to reject the new, to fear the new, and to not believe the new. This is because I believe that we trust in our old understanding and beliefs so much more. The problem is that the majority of Christians do not have a clue what the Bible really says. Learning always involves growing in understanding. That implies an ever increasing and expanding knowledge process. Today’s knowledge should be building on what we learned yesterday. New truth should always fit balanced correctly with previous known truths. When it does not God is presenting us a new opportunity to come up to a higher spiritual level of thinking. Learning involves change. Being flexible and open is a key to growing with God. In my last blog I went into Old Testament verses that reveal the law of marriage and divorce. If you have not been following this series from the beginning, I would strongly suggest that you go back and start with Part 1 Covenants and Marriage.
In the last lesson we talked about Israel being divorced from God. Then we also were given several scriptures that strongly implied that Israel is now married to another spiritual being. This means that this spiritual being is now in covenant with the natural nation of Israel and God’s Law. Why was this necessary? Why would God want to get someone under the law? How would God accomplish such a task? These are all important questions to consider. But first let’s determine if this is even possible. Here are some interesting verses from the Old Testament:
Isa 28:14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
We can clearly see who the next words of God in verse 15 are addressing by looking at verse 14 and seeing that God is speaking directly to the rulers of Jerusalem. This is the earthly city Jerusalem and God is speaking directly to the men that ruled that city. These were the old covenant people that God was married to. So what does this next verse say?
Isa 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
We can again clearly see covenant words of marriage being spoken in regards to the natural nation of Israel to someone. This time it says that these people are in covenant with death and hell. That declaration does not sound very positive or good, does it? Who does the New Testament say had the power over death when this verse was written? This verse in Hebrews should help you:
Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
So we can see from what God reveals in Hebrews that Satan held the power of death in the Old Testament. We can therefore conclude that if Israel was in covenant with death and hell, that would mean they were in covenant with Satan. What does Jesus have to say about these Old Testament verses in Isaiah 28?
Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
We can see by this statement that Jesus implies these people in Jerusalem were married to a spiritual being that made them the children of hell. This implies a covenant relationship or marriage between a husband and a wife that has produced children of hell. Are you following these statements? Parents have children, produce families, and establish households. Basic physical biology dictates that a male and a female participate in order to produce children. If Israel is the woman who can have children, that was married to God, then who is the husband and the father in this relationship? Remember that it always takes two to tango. Jesus often times asked, if you don’t understand natural things, how will you ever understand spiritual things? So apparently these natural things are patterns into spiritual things to help us understand them. Here is another statement of Jesus to the natural nation of Israel:
Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.
Did you see what Jesus said to the natural nation of Israel? He said that they were children of their father and that their father was the devil. This makes it almost impossible for us not to realize that in order for them to be Satan’s children, Satan must be in covenant and married to natural Israel. What we see is the identity of the male in the covenant relationship to the natural nation of Israel being the female. A simple husband and wife relationship that has produced children. These are of course spiritual and not natural children. Satan is not having natural sex with natural women like they did in Genesis 6. Satan learned that this was illegal and many of his angels were cast into chains awaiting judgement for doing this (Jude 1:6). We know that Satan like God is a spiritual being. We can conclude that because God can be married to Israel any spiritual being can be married to Israel, it is only logical common sense.
Why Was the Law Given to Israel?
Let’s change subjects a bit here and continue by asking what was the purpose of God giving Israel the law? Why was the law given to Israel in the first place? I have heard many say it was to show man how bad they were and to teach them that they were incapable of living up to God’s standard of excellence. I do agree with that and I do not deny that could be a part of the purpose of the law. But, I have found that when God does something He usually accomplishes more than one thing at a time. Many humans tend to focus on getting one thing done at a time. But I have learned from being a computer programmer, that the true demonstration of power occurs when someone is able to accomplish many tasks simultaneously. In computer terminology this is called multi-tasking and God does this everyday just listening to billions of people praying simultaneously. Here is a verse that will help to shed some light on this subject of why God gave Israel the law:
Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
Here we begin to see some major clues to why God gave the law to Israel. It is a lot like our laws that our government makes for us to follow. You see there was a time when child pornography was not against the law. But did that make it right or OK to participate in? Of course not. But the government could not do anything about the people who participated in this until they passed a law. People were free to do wrong because there were no consequences for our erroneous choices and stupidity. Does that help to clear up the reason for God giving Israel the law? You see in this verse in Romans, it says we would not have known sin except that we were given the law. I sometimes wonder if people read the Bible and never think about how these words apply to other spiritual beings like Satan or Lucifer as he was named originally? Thinking and asking questions is absolutely essential when studying the Bible.
We know from Old Testament verses that sin was found in Lucifer (Eze 28:15), but according to Romans, if Lucifer didn’t know the law then he can’t face the consequences for his sin. Do you understand what I just said? God could not enforce Satan’s punishment without first getting him to know the law (be under the law). To be under the law means that you know the law and are now in covenant with that law or in covenant to those people who are in charge of keeping that the law. These are truly amazing things to consider. Here is another very important verse on our current subject of why God gave Israel the law:
Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Wow, these are powerful words when we apply them to Lucifer (Satan). In order to stop Satan’s mouth and cause him to be found guilty he must be put under the law. Are you still following this? The implication is given unless we are under the law, we cannot be found guilty and we will not face any punishment for our sin. I know that God is a just God and is just in whatever He does, He does everything in a fair and impartial legal way. He treats everyone the same. God applies the same principles and requirements to everyone and everywhere, including Himself or He would be showing favoritism and we should know that He does not do that.
Rom 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
God confirms the truth that declares “where there is no law there are no consequences for a sin”. Sin is still wrong, but no punishment is possible until taken to court and found guilty of violating specific law. This is divine justice and how God works. Most civil normal governments operate on this principle. Corrupt evil dictatorial controlling governments do not operate on this requirement. This verse helps us to understand why God could not convict Satan and throw him into hell the instant that sin was discovered in him. That would have been an unjust verdict since as far as I know there were no laws in heaven. Remember Lucifer was created in a state of perfection. What need is there, of any laws if everyone in your kingdom is created and acting perfectly? I believe this is what is important to know for us to understand why God created a new world with humans in Genesis 1. Then why God created a new separate nation of people called Israel born from a man named Abram in Genesis 12. Then why God gave Israel the Law in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Finally, we can better understand why it was necessary for God to come in the flesh as Jesus to die and save us from this dark Satan ruled world (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).
I have become convinced from Bible study that one major accomplishment of God giving the law to Israel was to get Lucifer under the law. There are very strong implications given to us in the Bible that this is one major accomplishment.
Is Israel in Covenant with Satan?
We were just introduced to a basic foundation for why it was necessary to get Satan to be in covenant with the natural nation of Israel. Before that we saw Israel itself admitting they were in covenant with the realm of death and hell. Then we saw several statements that Jesus made to Israel that would imply they were in covenant with Satan. We can now continue to analyze if this is what the Bible says happened. I’ll do this by going back to some scriptures that we saw in a previous lesson. In the previous lesson we emphasized the aspects of Galatians 4 and how Israel has been cast out of God’s covenant never to return. But hopefully we will bring out some new emphasis to the information for us to see what God is saying on this subject of: “Is Israel remarried to another man”?
Gal 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
If you recall this verse, you can see two women and two sons being referenced. The first woman is the bond woman and the other is said to be the free woman. This is the concept of slavery versus freedom. You may recall that slavery was a condition of being under the law. This would help us to understand that Lucifer was of the free woman. This meant Lucifer was not under any law. Abraham symbolizes a type or pattern of God the Father (Jehovah). It is essential to understand that these women represents patterns of two wives in covenant with God. I’ll say this again, these two woman represent two covenants as we will see in this next verse:
Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants (marriages); the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
We can see in this verse that God says these two women are allegorical and represent a far greater spiritual truth. In Biblical Allegory, God always uses a real historical natural occurrence to describe a parallel unseen spiritual reality. Most of the time if we read this story in the Old Testament we would not have a clue how it relates to any spiritual truth. However, since God gives us a specific example of how He encoded this information into the Bible in these verses in Galatians, we can begin to understand how this is possible. This is a very tricky method that God has chosen to hide these spiritual mysteries in the Bible.
Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
The bond woman is said to be Hagar and she corresponds to the law given to Moses on Mt Sinai. Therefore, Hagar represents a woman in covenant bondage to the law. God then tells us that she gives birth to a child after the flesh. Hagar is the natural nation of Israel and is directly called the “earthly city of Jerusalem”. This is in direct contrast to Sarah, the free woman who gives birth to the promised child after Hagar as we will read in verse 26 next. Who do you think the “promise child” represents? Of course it is the risen from the dead LORD Jesus Christ. However, Hagar who represents the natural Israel, gives birth to natural child Jesus of Nazareth the man after the flesh that gave His life for us to be saved. Mary called Jesus her “firstborn” son and God called Jesus His only begotten Son. But, Jesus is also called God’s firstborn from the dead. That would imply that Jesus Christ had two different births and two different mothers, one natural and one spiritual. These are very deep truths and can be very hard to see at first, simply because they are so new.
God just revealed to us that this Hagar is a type or pattern of the Earthly Jerusalem, who is now in bondage with all of her children under the law. Israel continuously tries to keep the law and earn their salvation by their works and have not realized that they are incapable of saving themselves. Remember we just read earlier that Jesus declared that Satan was the father of these natural children of Israel. Wow, that is so important. But, let’s continue with the next verse and look at Sarah:
Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
We can see that there is clearly a new and different woman, called the free woman that is called the “Heavenly Jerusalem”. This literally means that she is not under the law. This Freewoman (Type of Sarah) is said to be the spiritual mother of Jesus Christ and the church. So what have we seen? There is a bond woman called the Earthly Jerusalem who is in bondage to the law. We then see that there is another woman called the Heavenly Jerusalem who is free, meaning she is not under the law. We know from studying the Bible that these two women were in a covenant and married to God (Type of Abraham) at an overlapping period of time. We know that Sarah (Heavenly Jerusalem) was married first to Abraham (God). Then Abraham and Sarah moved to Egypt where they bought a slave girl for Sarah named Hagar. Later after many years of being barren (Childless) Sarah (Heavenly Jerusalem) gives her husband Hagar (the Earth Jerusalem) as a wife to have a child for her. Abraham did this and had Ishmael that had twelve sons a type and pattern of Jesus and his 12 disciples.
Finally Sarah (the Heavenly Jerusalem) the much older woman and first wife came along and had the promised child and she was free along with her child. The Heavenly Jerusalem (Sarah) existed prior to the younger Earthly Jerusalem (Hagar). The younger earthly Jerusalem (Hagar) has a son that is older than the promised son of the free woman (Sarah). These are all allegorical truths to a spiritual reality that has been right before us but one that we haven’t seen until now. Now take a look at the next verse, because I want to reemphasize something very important:
Gal 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
Who is the barren woman? It was a type of Sarah, the Heavenly Jerusalem, the free woman. According to Hebrews 12:22 the Heavenly Jerusalem consisted of an enumerable number of angels. We know from reading Job 38:4 that all of these angels sang for joy witnessing the creation of our world. Therefore, this Heavenly Jerusalem existed a long time before any earthly Jerusalem was formed. Are we all together on the same page?
What can we see by looking at this verse in light of the story of Abraham? We can see that this heavenly Jerusalem (Sarah) was God’s wife even before the earthly Jerusalem (young Hagar) ever came into the story. We can conclude logically that this covenant between God and the Heavenly Jerusalem (Sarah) existed before there was a natural nation of Israel. God (Abraham) was in covenant with this free woman (Sarah), not under the law for a long time before the bond woman was given to Him (Abraham) to have a child with. But we can also see this verse is telling her (the free woman Sarah) to rejoice because more are the children of the desolate woman than the other woman.
The desolate woman is a descriptive term for a woman incapable of having children as Sarah was for many years. Sarah eventually got pregnant but, only after many years passed beyond her normal child bearing years. But with God all things are possible, the barren woman now has many more children than the bond woman. God promised this free woman that her children will be of a much greater number than those of the woman in bondage to the law. We can then see the punch line in the last part of that verse. This verse ends with the statement “she which hath an husband”. Since God is only talking about two women in these verses, we can very easily determine who He is speaking of. God is speaking about the Earthly Jerusalem (Hagar) in the terms that she now has a new husband. The clear implication is given to us that the Heavenly Jerusalem (Sarah) does not have a husband when these verses were written.
We already know from reading verses in Isaiah and Jeremiah that God divorced Israel and ended His covenant relationship with the Earthly Jerusalem (Hagar). We even studied scriptures in Deuteronomy 24 that said it was now illegal for God to marry this same woman again. So we know that God is not in covenant or married to natural Israel. So who is? Who is the husband of the bond woman? Who is now in bondage under the law? Who wishes that they had never crucified the Lord Jesus Christ? If we don’t know this is Satan we need to go back and reread all of this again. Who wants to destroy Israel and wipe her from the face of the planet? How could Satan get out from under the law of his wife Israel? If his wife Israel were completely dead then Satan would be free from the law. If Satan were free from the law, then punishment of his sin could not be applied to him.
I have become a firm believer that Satan did not know what would happen to him if he crucified the LORD of Glory (1 Cor 2:8). I am also convinced that this is why Satan wants to destroy the natural nation of Israel and the Church. There are a lot of people in the world being used by Satan to get this done. Many of these people call the natural nation of Israel the little Satan and the USA and Christians the Great Satan. We could go into this subject much further but this lesson is long enough.
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If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons on Bible covenants you may go to “Part 5“.