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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

G3965

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

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

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

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

G3565

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H6944

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

G40

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Understanding the Hidden Spiritual Family 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:

  1. Father against his son
  2. Mother against her daughter
  3. 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”:

Structure

–noun

  1. mode of building, construction, or organization; arrangement of parts, elements, or constituents: a pyramidal structure.
  2. something built or constructed, as a building, bridge, or dam.
  3. 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 the Hidden Spiritual Family of God! Part 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DIVISION IN ABRAHAM’S FAMILY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Solving the Riddle of the Family Members in the Unseen Spiritual Family of God! A Godly Riddle that Will Challenge You! Part 3

(Ver 1.5)  Today is Part 3 of a series of lessons on Understanding the Structure of the Hidden Spiritual Family of God.  Today I will continue the subject, but speak more directly to show you verses that describe some very specific family members in a complex spiritual riddle form.  I will be discussing a revelation that God taught me over 10 years ago.   This is an extremely advanced Bible topic and it is certainly one that you know very little about, simply because it has never been taught before.  Perhaps you did not even know that God had a spiritual family and if you did not know this you should go back and start reading the first two lessons that I taught on this subject called “Understanding God’s Spiritual Family Structure”.  I have also updated the first two lessons so even if you did read them before they contain new information that you should familiarize yourself with intimately before continuing.  I get more people searching on my site for information about God’s spiritual family structure and design than any other search topic.   I believe that people are hungry to learn about the hidden spiritual things of God and the only way to learn about this is to read God’s Word with an open mind and have a heart that craves to know the truth.  I also find that because people search for this topic so much that it is a confirmation from God that people desire to learn about Him and that is why I teach a lot of things on this subject.   In the previous lessons I taught that a natural family found on the earth consists of a husband and a wife with children and I revealed that this was a natural pattern from God’s creation that exposes God’s spiritual family.  We also know from other Bible lessons that I have done (Understanding the Trinity of God) that the one true God is a Triune Spiritual Being called God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.   If you do not believe in the Trinity of God then you have already been deceived by the spirit of Anti-Christ who also does not want to believe that God had a Son:

1Jn 5:7  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

This is a controversial verse that is hotly debated by many deceived Christians.  Satan would like to delete this verse from the Bible and has tried to remove it from several manuscripts.  Therefore, it has been easily dismissible by people who are easily swayed.   However, I believe this verse because this information is confirmed in many other places in the Bible so it is not a solitary reference.  When the Antichrist shows up here on the earth Satan will use him to deny the existence of the Trinity and he will certainly say that God had no Son to everyone that he can persuade and he will claim to be God personally.  Have you ever considered why it is so important to Satan that the Son of God did not come to the earth and does not exist in the Bible?  Religions like Judaism and Islam teach that God had no Son.   You can clearly see a pattern being formed that it is important for Satan to get people to believe that the Son of God is an imaginary figure like Apollo.   Jesus confronted the Jewish leaders on this very subject in the book of Luke.  Perhaps you remember this question that Jesus asked them?  He asked them “Whose son is the Christ/Messiah?”  Jesus said this because they believed that the Messiah was the prophesied son of David.  Then Jesus asked them “How be it then that David wrote about Messiah in the Psalm and called him Lord”?   That was my paraphrase of Luke 20:42.   Wow, that was a loaded question for these men to answer?  After this experience with Jesus many of them never asked him anymore questions.  Jesus really has great questions if you listen to them.

As you continue to read these lessons you should begin to understand why this is so vital to Satan that God did not send His Son into the world.  You see, God accomplished several things by having a Son and one of them was the establishment of a new Spiritual Family through a Son who had never been in covenant with anyone else before.   There are also many spiritual truths that we can learn from the existence of the Trinity concerning God’s family structure.  For example, from the list of trinity members we have two direct male family members named and two implied indirect female family members not named.  Of course there is God the Father who is called the procreator of a child who is called the Son of God and then there is also God the Son who is the originator of the New Covenant.  It also means that since there is a Father and a Son, there has to be wife and a mother to the Son.  This is based upon very self-evident patterns found within creation.  A male and a female are always required to create a new life of the same kind.  If this is true in the natural realm, it has to be true about the spiritual realm and this will become clearer as we continue through these lessons.   We understand that Mary the Virgin is the physical mother of Jesus.  But, who is the spiritual mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Uh oh?  Who is the wife of God?  Finally in the first two lessons I taught you scripturally that a Son by the Hebrew definition of the word is called the “Builder of the Family Name”.   You always have a Son to keep your family name from disappearing off of the face of the planet.  This is also God’s design and plan for His spiritual family.  You might recall that I said Jesus Christ was a Son over His own house (family) (Heb 3:6).  I also showed you where Jesus said “His Father’s house was where He came from” and this implies the Son’s house is a new separate dwelling place.  These statements imply a new house that has never existed before with a new wife.  Uh Oh again?  Who is this implied new spiritual wife?  If Jesus has married a new spiritual wife; who are the spiritual parents of this new wife?  Who are all of these implied spiritual family members?  There are two or three implied spiritual women in the family of God by observing just the names of the Trinity of God titles.  I am about to explore this extremely new and potentially controversial subject in an attempt to solve these mysteries.   If you have already closed your mind to these spiritual things that I have stated in the introduction, then you will be wasting your time to continue reading the rest of these lessons.

God has written the Bible in a way that has vast amounts of hidden spiritual information and I call this “Hiding the Truth in Plain Sight”.  God has written plain text words and stories about real people, places and things that all have significance and meanings on the surface, but these same words also carry some hidden spiritual information that is greater than what we thought.   If you have never read that series I would strongly suggest that you go and do so to learn some of the techniques that God uses to hide information in the Bible and this will help you to understand the complexity of what I am about to teach you today.  So evaluate your spiritual maturity and make the determination if you are ready to learn some new things from the Spirit of God.

What is a family (spiritual or natural)?  What makes up a normal family unit or a household?  We know from the Bible that God created the first natural family on the earth in Genesis chapters 1 through 4.  I personally believe that this naturally created family in Genesis was a patterned model of the design of God’s existing spiritual family in heaven and also the future configuration for His new spiritual family that was to come through His Son Jesus Christ who is called the bridegroom of the church.  If you have not understood how the Church is the Bride, then you should go read my series called “The Bride of Christ Revealed”.

DISCOVERING THE RIDDLE OF GOD’S FAMILY

What I am going to do today is to show you some seldom taught scriptures in the Bible that reveal the family of God in a spiritually encoded hidden riddle format.  These scriptures that I am about to give you represent a monumental spiritual riddle and a perplexing puzzle that is very complex.   So if you are a puzzle solver you might enjoy this Bible lesson today.   What is a riddle?  According to the dictionary a riddle is a question or a statement that requires thought to answer or understand.  This is exactly the nature of God and His Word if you did not know it.  You can clearly see when you read the Bible that God has hidden spiritual information in the Bible, or at least I can.  But there is good news about this hidden information in the book of Matthew, Jesus made this promise to us:

Mat 10:26  Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

Jesus claims that everything that was hidden in the Word of God will be made known and I personally believe that this will be accomplished before He returns.  This belief contradicts with the popular doctrine of preeminence.   Preeminence is a belief that there is nothing left to be fulfilled prophetically in order for the Lord Jesus to return.  I strongly disagree with that belief.  I can see statements like this in the Bible that indicate there are many things left to be fulfilled.   Some try to explain this away by stating we will know the whole truth when we all get to heaven, but that does me no good in the here and now.   I am a firm believer that God will reveal the truth of His word to us all before Jesus returns and if that is true we still have a lot to learn.    You may disagree with that statement, but hopefully as you continue to read you will begin to see things differently.  Today’s lesson is the continuation of God revealing His hidden spiritual family.  Here are the foundational scriptures to today’s spiritual riddle:

Mat 10:34  “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

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

Mat 10:36  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

Jesus in the course of teaching His disciples about many spiritual subjects pulls out a hidden obscure prophecy verse from the writings of a very minor prophet of God in the Old Testament and He makes a statement that is totally off the charts of our current levels of spiritual understanding.   You should be able to see that in this revelation Jesus is describing to us that this is one of the main reasons that God has come to the earth in the flesh.  This verse is clearly not understood, because God has never revealed it to anyone before now.  I looked it up in every commentary that I could find and on the internet and no one had a clue what any of it meant.  Even Matthew Henry who always had something to say about every verse had some very weak comments on these verses that were clearly based upon his ignorance of the subjects being discussed.  So I started studying it in more depth and God begin to unfold it to me so that I could understand it and I was truly amazed at the hidden meanings.  I will therefore, attempt to teach this new information to you so that you can also see that Jesus is revealing the spiritual members in the family of God.

The first point that I need to make is to teach you a very interesting technique of how God sometimes conceals the truth in plain sight.  Here in these verses of Matthew 10:35-36, God is describing to us a seemingly random anonymous man and his family.  Nowhere in any of these verses or the context of these verses does God directly reveal to you who this family is or who each family member represents or even if they are actually fictional or real unnamed individuals.  Even if you go back and read the original prophecy you will not find a clue to who God is speaking about.  That makes it almost impossible for you to think that God is speaking about Himself or His family.   However, I will tell you that this is a repeated pattern that Jesus used in the Gospels when speaking about many of the secret things of God.  Jesus would speak to us in parables using symbolism about the Kingdom of Heaven and say “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed a grain of mustard seed in a field” (Mat 13:31).  Who is this random anonymous unnamed man who sowed this seed in his field and how does this information relate to God’s Kingdom?  This man is certainly a hidden symbol of God.  Then in Matthew 22:2 Jesus says “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king which made a marriage for his son”.  Who is this unnamed certain King and who is the son to be married in this parable?  We clearly have two unnamed males, an anonymous king and his son being described as the rulers of a kingdom.  You see these are examples of God’s family in hidden symbolic anonymous terms.  Here in this verse we are given God the Father to be the certain King and you should be able to see Jesus Christ as His Son.  We also should be able to conclude that there are at least two implied women who are also not named.  These two women are an implied mother of the son and an unnamed wife of the son.   We could also logically conclude that the son’s wife has a mother also that is not named directly and now we are arriving at a closer match to the family being described in Matthew 10:35.    I will tell you very clearly up front that God is talking about His family here in Matthew 10:35 and He is describing every spiritual member of His spiritual family household using symbolic natural family titles with amazing relationship accuracy and clarity.  Jesus who was God in the flesh is describing a major reason for Him being born here on the earth, so I have concluded that this family being described must be His family diagram given to us in complex riddle form.  Hopefully as we go through this study you will better understand this family at the end of the study, than you do right now at the beginning of the lesson.  So hang in there and keep reading.

God reveals so many things in these verses found in Matthew 10:34-36 that it is really awesome and almost overwhelming.  For example, my next point that I want to make is from Mathew 10:36 where God says “a man’s enemies are those of his own personal household or family”.  Did you know that God has enemies?  There are actually many confused Christians who do not know this.  You can read about this enemy of God in several places, but I would suggest you go read about him in another parable that Jesus taught us in Matthew 13:39.  Knowing that God has an enemy we should be able to understand that God is describing His spiritual enemy as being an internal family member of His household.  Do you get the significance of that statement?  God is basically making a play on the old saying that declares “You can choose your friends, but you can never choose your relatives”.  You probably do not understand this fully yet, but you will.  God is revealing to us that His enemy Satan is a member of His inner spiritual family.  This is one of the first revelations that you need to understand about who Satan was and is.  Satan was a key spiritual member of the family of God before the creation of man.  Satan pre-existed man and was called “Lucifer” the son of the Morning in Isaiah 14:12.  Son of the Morning is another symbolic reference containing much hidden spiritual informatoin.  The Hebrew word translated as “morning” means “early light”.  Since God is called Light in 1 John 1:5, you should be able to easily conclude that morning is just a reference to God a long time ago in the past.  Therefore, Lucifer is being called a son of God.  Not the Son of God, just a little son.  Technically Satan is actually more than that as you will learn later.  Did you know all of these facts already?

These lessons are really going to get very, very deep in this study, so please pay very close attention to every point being made.  I already revealed to you that God was speaking about His own family in these verses.  In other words Jesus is not speaking about an unknown random male’s family; He is talking about His personal family in an indirect writing or speaking style.  These verses in Matthew 10:34-36 are not allegorical, they are not an analogy, they are not symbolic and they are not a parable; they should be taken very literally in all of their interpretation.   You see Jesus never said the Kingdom of Heaven is like a family with family members like these, God is instead saying this is my family.  The only real tricky part of the verses is that God is referring to Himself in human terms as being a father who is the head of a family.  However this father is definitely not an earthly father, He is the head of the spiritual Household of God in heaven.  This is at the least one of the key factors of how God has concealed this information in these verses in Matthew from our view or spiritual understanding for thousands of years.  We have looked at them and thought only of natural things and we missed the fact that God is speaking of real spiritual things in these verses.  In order to see what Jesus is speaking of you must shift your focus from God speaking about a human man, to God is speaking of Himself in the terms of being a human man with a family.  Over 200 times in the N.T. God is called by the title “Father”.  Therefore,the father in this family is definitely the Father God and the other titles are the members within the Spiritual Family of God!  Over 200 times in the N.T. Jesus Christ is called by the title “Son”.  God is using familiar human created descriptive terms to reveal Himself and His family so that we can understand it.  Most of us understand the concepts of fathers and mothers, children and families, don’t we?   I mean think about this, God created this institution called family for a specific reason.  These family units are not here by chance or accident; they all have a designed purpose in the plan of God.  That is also why Satan is trying his best to redefine a family in the “modern” world as being between two men or two women.  You should really pay attention to what Satan does and then figure out why he is doing it and this will help you tremendously to understand the Bible.  Let’s go back and review verse 35 again:

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

What you should see in verse 35 is the fact that this verse contains a list of very typical family members found almost anywhere in the world.  So there is nothing unique or special about the list on the surface and this is also why many people assume it to be any regular natural family.  However on closer inspection and analysis of this family, this list is more unique than it appears on the surface and it subtly describes to us a set of family members that actually does not fit very many families found here on the earth anywhere.   This is the beginning of the puzzle.  After I studied this list, I could not think of any families on the earth that this information fits exactly.  Can you think of any?  You see you can go to almost anybody’s family reunion and find people with these titles present.  First, there is a very common relationship of a man and his father and every son on the earth has a father.  Next there is another common relationship of a daughter and her mother mentioned and every daughter on the earth has a mother.  Finally it starts to get more complex and it says there is a daughter-in-law and her mother-in-law and you can find these relationships in most every common family on the earth.  What we have is a list of six potential named individuals that need a resolution or identities assigned to them.  An identity is always a name and that is what we are ultimately after.  We are looking for the names of the family members in God’s family.  Here is the list of the 6 titles from Matthew 10:35:

  1. Man
  2. Father
  3. Daughter
  4. Mother
  5. Daughter-in-law
  6. Mother-in-law

If you analyze this list it is very tricky how God uses His words.  Always pay very close attention to every word spoken by God and look up the definitions and this will help you to understand what is being said.  For example the son is called a man, but then his father is not called a man.  You see the Bible says very clearly that God is not a man (Num 23:19), so we know that God the Father is a Spirit.  However the Bible repeatedly calls God by the male “Father” title (James 3:9, 1 Peter 1:2-3, 2 Peter 1:17, 1 Jn 3:1, 2 Jn 1:3, 2 Jn 1:9 to name a few) and this implies a male.  The complexity of God comes in when He becomes a man in His son and the Son of God is Jesus.  Jesus is called both the “Son of Man” and the “Son of God” repeatedly in the Bible, and they are easy to find so I will not give you a list of them here.   Looking at Matthew 10:35 again, since there are only two males mentioned, this information can still fit the patterns that we found in the Trinity, where there was God the Father and His Son, but we still have all of these unknown women being described to us?  I think that I told you already that this verse in Matthew 10:35 is a direct quotation of a verse from a minor prophet, but I do not think I told you that it was the prophet Micah.  I think this would be a good time to go back to the book of Micah and see what God says there.  If you go to chapter 7 of Micah and verse 6 you will see what Jesus was quoting from and you can read the original information that was given to the prophet:

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.

So basically we have the exact same information from Matthew using a few different descriptive terms and titles.  The man in Matthew, in this verse is clearly called a son here in Micah.  The father is still the father and the others are also still called by the same titles.  So we now have two major witnesses to this fact given to us in the Bible.  One witness is Jesus speaking in the book of Matthew and the other is a prophet of God named Micah.  If you read the context verses of Micah 7:6 you will probably be like me and scratch your head and wonder how Jesus pulled this verse out to teach us about the family of God, but He obviously knew more than we did.   Here is the list of family individuals using the titles given to us in Micah 7:6:

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

We have now looked at two witnesses of the same information given to us about a certain family.

Let me teach you a sound technique that I use in many of my Bible studies.  When searching for subjects in the Old Testament Hebrew Bible how can we know when God is speaking of the same exact subject in the New Testament Greek language and vice versa?  Since the New Testament was written in a completely different language than the Old Testament that presents a challenge of great significance for us to have to deal with.   Here in this Bible study is where we can learn how to overcome this challenge.  Fortunately for us Jesus was quoting an Old Testament Hebrew text.  So all we need to do is to take what Jesus said in the Greek language and match it with what the prophet said in the Hebrew language and that gives us a list of the words in each language that are a perfect match.  Let’s do that with the family members for a later lesson where this information will be used:

HEBREW

GREEK

Father = H1 Father = G3962
Son = H1121 Son = G????   Man=G444
Mother = H517 Mother = G3384
Daughter = H1323 Daughter = G2364
Mother-in-law = H2545 Mother-in-law = G3994
Daughter-in-law = H3618 Daughter-in-law = G3565

This list contains the Strong’s number of the Hebrew words found in Micah 7:6 that match the Greek words in Matthew.  As you can see there is only one language match that cannot be completed because Jesus chose a different Greek word in Matthew 10:35 used to describe this family son as a man.  However, I will resolve that very soon.   What we have just learned is how words from two different languages can be legally connected together as one subject.  Now from this information I will be able to search the Old Testament and the New Testament for subject references that might help us expand our understanding on what God is describing.  Remember these words because I will use them again.

We are technically no closer to finding a solution to the puzzle and in fact we are probably further away from it at this point.  We have just learned both the Greek and Hebrew words that apply to the family member titles and that will help us later.  However, there is a third witness to this information mentioned in the book of Luke, so let’s go and read these verses and see what changes:

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

I should emphasize that these words found spoken in Luke are also in red ink in my Bible, so they are the words coming directly from the mouth of God.  To me that makes them significantly more valuable for us to learn everything that we can about them.  Whenever God speaks something directly I believe that it has a higher degree of importance.  Do not misunderstand what I am saying, every Word in the Bible is important, but I place a higher priority on the direct Words of Jesus and that is just me and how I do it.  I believe that God’s words always have power, significance, purpose and meaning and they clearly give us direction, correction, knowledge, understanding and wisdom.  These words about a family must have some very significant meanings behind them to be included these 3 times in 3 different books of the Bible.  Do you understand this?  If you read verse 53 in Luke 12 you should be able to see that God gives us the same basic information found in both Matthew and Micah but with some subtle changes being made.  God uses a little bit different terminology, but the overall concept is still the same between the 6 given family titles.  We will notice that here in Luke Jesus chose the word “son” and this word is a precise match for the Micah son reference.  Therefore the Greek word G5207 will correspond to the Hebrew word H1121.   In every verse Micah, Matthew and Luke that we have reviewed the 6 titles are always paired together in the exact same order of mention.  But, in Luke each title is stated and then repeated in reverse order and I believe that this is a tricky way of bringing in more information.  We have the father divided against his son, the mother against her daughter and a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law.   While there is really nothing greatly apparent being changed in this verse there is some very important additional commentary information given by Jesus found in the verse prior to this one.  Jesus in verse 52 gives us some very important new information which changes almost everything about how we think of this family and this is really the beginning of the riddle.   Let’s read verse 52 and see what Jesus revealed to us:

Luk 12:52  For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.

Anytime God qualifies a noun description it narrows the scope of the possible interpretations.  It also makes it very specific to only one family that fits the exact picture being described.  We see for the very first time that God is directly speaking of a single family unit and not just any random family.  God also reveals the exact number of family members in this house and it is exactly 5.  Where did Jesus get this information?  It was not in Micah 7:6 at all on the surface.  What we are observing is the extreme intelligence of God at work.  We can clearly see that Jesus in this verse is stating that there will only be 5 and not 6 members of one family household that will be divided against each other.  They will be divided 3 against 2 or 2 against 3.  To me this information is very revealing, but I know what it means and you don’t.  Obviously we can see using simple math 2 + 3 = 5 or 3 + 2 = 5 and we know that 5 family members is definitely not equal to 6 titles.   So we have a major problem and a conflict that needs immediate resolution.  We have a list of 6 titles and Jesus told us there are only 5 members in this family.  That is an enormous problem and a gigantic puzzle, a complex spiritual riddle or you could call it a huge Godly mystery being presented.  Let’s look at the list of the titles given to us again knowing this new information.

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

I hope that you are beginning to see and understand the complexity of the riddle or puzzle being presented to us from God.  What I want you to do now, is to use some basic computer type logic to help you to decipher this multipart puzzle.   Let’s review the list of basic facts that have been given to us:

  1. God is describing One Family.
  2. There are 6 family titles described (Father, Son, Mother, Daughter, Daughter-in-law, Mother-in-law).
  3. There are only 5 total members in this 1 family.
  4. There are 2 direct males mentioned (son, father).
  5. There are up to 4 direct females mentioned (daughter, mother, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law).
  6. This family will be divided 3 against 2 or 2 against 3.
  7. The Father will be divided against his son.
  8. The mother against her daughter.
  9. The mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law.

If you do not understand that this informaton represents a very complex riddle, then you are probably reading the wrong Bible Study web-site.  So let me expand this basic factual information based upon the implications given but never directly named or described.  Any time that you have a reference to a woman with the title of “daughter-in-law”, you must have the existence of a wedding and a marriage to a male husband.   Out of the list of 6 possible named titles who can be married to who?   A son does not marry his mother so that is out.  A son does not marry his mother-in-law, so that is also ruled out.  A son would never marry his daughter, so that is also out.  A Son would also never marry his daughter-in-law and that is also out.  All of these statements would also hold true for the Father.  The father would never marry his mother, his mother-in-law, his daughter or his daughter-in-law so these are clearly ruled out relationships.  Now a father can marry the mother of his son and that is very normal.  A father can also marry the mother of his daughter and that is very normal.  But, the only way for his wife to become a mother-in-law is for their child to get married and this is again more complexity since we have only 5 possible candidates and only two males in the family.  Wow, this is tough, isn’t it?  Logically speaking we must conclude that it is the son who marries the woman who is called the daughter-in-law and this is the only possible correct fit for the limited relationships and titles given to us by God.  You will learn why this is so important as we continue to study.

I think I will end this Bible lesson here for today and leave you hanging.  You may still be debating in your mind that this is describing the spiritual family of God, but that is OK for now, it will come to clearer light as we continue.  Hopefully you can see that regardless of whose family is being described, it is a very significant riddle being presented to you.  What kind of family has 5 different family members and six different titles and fit exactly the pattern that your were given?  Therefore, see if you can use your brain and your logical reasoning power to come up with the answer to this riddle, if you can do this, you will impress me to no end.  Picture the facts that have been given to you and it might help you to draw the possible family tree diagrams that might fit the facts that were given to us.   I wish I could say this was easy to come up with and to solve but, it is not and this is a brain teasing challenge for you to work on this week.  If you can solve this puzzle before I post the solution you will certainly be led by the Spirit of God and I will be very impressed at your ability to see spiritual things as well as your puzzle solving capabilities.  I will also tell you that if you have read all of my other posts on this site, you have all of the information that you need to solve this perplexing puzzle.  Until next time, God Bless You!

If you want to start reading the solution to this riddle, you may continue with “Part 4“.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Does God Think of Homosexuality? Pt 2 Searching for the Modern God for the Modern Family in the Modern World?

(Ver 1.2)  This is Part 2 of a series of lessons about “What does God think about the subject of Homosexuality”.  This will be a little bit different today than my usual Bible lessons, but certainly not less controversial in any degree.   I am committed to tell the truth regardless of what it costs me, so if I lose readers today, I’m sorry, but I believe that someone has to tell you the truth.  You might ask, why do I write so much about this subject of homosexuality and not any other sin?  The primary reason that I write so much about it is because it is the only sin that I know of that is being preached and taught to be a normal reality of the truth and an acceptable alternative Christian lifestyle.   Homosexuality is the only sinful habit that is portrayed on TV, in movies, on the internet and in magazines to be normal.  You never see a murderer on TV as being someone who is normal.  It is only the Homosexual Community that has organized themselves into groups that promotes their agendas and their lifestyles as a minority group equivalent to the African American, Asian or Hispanic population of our country.   It is only the Homosexual community that is exalting their sin to be equivalent to the color of someone’s skin.  It is only the homosexual community that has support groups to help people to be and stay gay.  Alcoholics have AA which is a group to help them get free from alcohol.  But, now the Gay community wants everyone to believe this is just who we are and we can’t change.  If only the convicted rapists and child molesters in our country could learn how successful this is working for the Gay Community, I’m sure in the future we will see another organized sinful group come forward promoting themselves to everyone that this is just how I am and how God created me so you will just need to accept me like I am.  After all I have rights.  So this is why I will preach against homosexuality by proclaiming the truth of the Word of God and why I do not talk about other sins to this level.  As soon as murderers and rapists start to organize I’ll preach against them next.  It might shock you that I compare homosexuality to murder and rape, but according to the word of God sin is sin no matter what sin you are guilty of.  You will also note that God gave gay sinners in Sodom and Gomorrah the death penalty for their lifestyles so that is another good reason to lump them together.   You should read the law of God in Deuteronomy and Leviticus and find out what were death penalty acts in the eyes of God.  You might be surprised at what you find there.  Maybe I will show you some of these scriptures later in this lesson.  Therefore, according to God and the Bible I can lump your every sin in the same general wrong behavior category.  If you feel slighted and want to organize a movement for your sin to be accepted, I’ll give you the same level of attention as I do to homosexuality.  The louder the Gay Agenda gets, the louder I’ll get with the truth so that someone will hopefully hear it.  So this is Part 2 and if you did not read “Part 1” you should go and start there.

 Modern Family Cast Picture

I can look around in movies, on TV and on the internet and see that there is something that has been building that is still very disturbing to me.  It is nothing new, but it is a growing threat of deception to our world that we live in.  So I will talk about it and see what the Bible says, to hopefully change someone’s perspective on reality.  Here in America there is a popular award winning TV show that is called “Modern Family”.  It is humorous to me that they call it “modern” when it is actually not a new or modern situation at all.  The Bible tells us that there is nothing new under the sun (Ecc 1:9), so obviously anything they are claiming to be modern has already happened within our human history but they want to ignore this fact.  There is a famous quotation that states “Those that ignore the past are condemned to repeat it”.  This TV show is a basic redefinition of the classic Bible and God family which consists of a husband and a wife using humor to preach their Gay message of acceptance and tolerance.   Too many times modern people think that if you make sin funny then it is possible to say and do anything and we will buy into it.   If you watch this show and laugh at their jokes then you have already bought into their message of the existence of a normal sin.   Notice the picture that I included from the cast of this TV show.  Notice how they mix subtly the sin with the normal and dress them all alike in white portraying the message of normal and purity.  They have preached a deceived gospel that is designed to confuse people into acceptance.

I do not watch this show and the only reason that I know about it is from watching the morning news type programs that report about them and interview their actors or just talk about them.  In this morning’s show they interviewed some “modern families” that they discovered in America.  One modern family was a household that consisted of two women who now had two young sons.  This family had a sperm donor who was also a gay man in his own modern relationship in order to even have these children.  I do not know or understand that the fact that they had to go to an outside party to produce a child was a problem to them?  In interviewing one of the children, he told us that this family was just like every other family and that the house was built around love.  Of course he had two moms and when he called for mom, one would answer and he would have to say no, my other mom.  His dad (sperm donor) was not living in his house but would spend time with them on the weekends and none of this mattered to this child.  Obviously to him and his narrow perspective this was a normal family like everyone else.  So it is very clear to me that this family is deceived and highly confused to what the definition of normal is and what God thinks about this type of arrangement.  You see if you are raised in an abnormal house and you do not know the difference to what normal is then to your perception of reality and your circumstances become normal to you.  What if you were Tarzan, raised in the jungle by a family of apes, would you not think that your ape family was totally normal?  All that I can see is that if they have concluded that their family is no different than any other family in America, then Christians have done a very poor job of revealing God to the rest of the world to show what normal really is.  This TV show called Modern Family has won acclaim and awards and has a major following in America.  Forty years ago this show would not have even made it on TV, but today we have become so much more progressive (degenerate, perverted, debased, deviant, depraved, immoral) in our views of what is allowable and permissible that it is no wonder that this show is on TV.   This is because we live in a modern world and everything is different now, right?   This is certainly what people want you to think anyway, but technically speaking there is nothing that is different today than what it was four or five thousand years ago.  Of course we have technology, cell phones, cars and airplanes, sperm donors, en-vitro and all of these types of things that are new, but the people that are using them are the exact same kind of people who lived thousands of years ago.  Let me show you what God wrote a long time ago:

Ecc 1:9  The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Are you under the sun?  Is this talking about you?  According to the Bible and what it teaches us there is absolutely nothing that exists today that has not already happened yesterday.  People want to look at only external things and ignore people, their thoughts, emotions, intentions, desires, lusts and the other hidden things of the heart and say today we have different more modern challenges facing us.   No you see we still struggle with the exact same challenges as Solomon who wrote this verse in the Bible thousands of years ago.  We envy each other, we become jealous of each other and we still desire so many things that are only for our own individual purpose.  Do people still rob each other, kill each other and lie to each other?  Exactly what is different today than back then?  Can you really come up with any new or modern emotions, motivations or thoughts that anyone can think today?  Oh, sure you couldn’t text your message back then and you couldn’t blog about your thoughts back then, but what is different other than that?  Are not the messages still the same?  How you do something is not as important as what you are doing and why.  People today look at homosexuality as being a major change to the modern family.  People think that this is some new physical attraction that has never existed before.  It is funny how God wrote about homosexual men in Genesis the first book of the Bible and tells us how He destroyed this city called Sodom because of their immoral lifestyle.   If God writes about homosexuality in the first book of the Bible, this is proof that this is not something new just for today.  Go read the Genesis 19 account of the city of Sodom and see the story of how Lot and his wife and were a normal family who lived in a modern city of progressive homosexuals and then see that this is exactly what we are seeing on the news today.   The only thing that we are not seeing today that did happen then is God rained down fire and brimstone to kill them all and I’m sure that this is coming in the near future after God takes me out of here like he took Lot’s family.  There is truly nothing new under the sun.

People like to confuse and combine God’s love and forgiveness with God’s acceptance.  After all, the Bible says “God so loved the world that He gave…” (John 3:16).  So people have concluded in error that since God loves them how they are right now (which is true) that God also accepts them as they are right now (which is not true) and there is no growth process or changes to ever make in their lives.   However, you cannot find that in any verse in the Bible.  God loves you yes, but God loved you so much that He gave, so that you could change to love Him back.  You cannot ignore parts of the Bible you do not like to accept only the parts that you do like.  The Bible informs us that God is a Holy God and that must be balanced corretnly with a Loving God theology equally.   There is a central theological theme not found in many modern churches very often and this is the concept of repentance that goes with the concepts of God’s love and forgiveness.   I doubt very seriously if any modern gay church preaches about repentance.  They must tear these pages out of their Bibles in order not to offend anyone.   Everyone in the modern church wants to be forgiven, saved and not go to hell, but it seems that not very many actually want to repent and change to do it.  To be repentative is a divine concept that originates from you “being sorry” for your past.  Sorrow begins by recognizing what you were doing was wrong and then turning your boat around to make a new course of change and correction for your life.  As long as you are happy with your sin, you are not able to be repentant.  If I did not love you I would not try to tell you the truth.   I would not care and I would be like everyone else in the world.  It is only because I love that I write you a letter of truth to try to help you.

You see I got a long comment from a man that called himself a gay Christian and today is my response to his ignorant comment.  He is obviously confused and deceived into thinking he is a Christian and that God has saved him.  However, he told me very plainly that he had no intention of ever changing.   He was happy as a gay man and that this is just how God made him.   You see, he told me that he had these thoughts and feelings since he was just six years old and therefore he concluded this was just who he was.  This is a clear demonstration of how easy it is for the devil to deceive people in the world.  Because he did not understand that he was a spirit living in a body and how spiritual things work and how Satan can easily bring abnormal thoughts and feelings to natural humans from the supernatural realm, he had just learned to accept them as normal reflections of who he thought he was.  He allowed his abnormal thoughts and feelings dictate and define who he was, rather than attempting to learn the TRUTH from the Words of the Creator God who made him to be a man.  What people do not realize is that Satan can give you evil thoughts even from a young age and tell you whatever you want to hear.  Satan can tell you that you are just a monkey.  A man named Darwin believed this for a while and wrote a book about it; maybe you read his ignorant book also.  Why is this gay man not a Christian?  There is no repentance present; no sorrow and no desire to change.  Jesus said “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15).   Obviously my gay commenter does not love Jesus or he would not ignore God’s commandments.  Do you know what the commandments of God are?  The commandments of God say some very direct things about this subject that leaves no room for interpretation.    No the words homosexual and  homosexuality are not in the Bible.   Maybe you think you have searched your Bible and God is silent about this issue, or it could be that you just did not know what to look for.  Here is one of the commandments of God that you need to know:

Lev 20:13  If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

According to God’s Law, this verse says that homosexuality was a capital offense in Israel.  God gave these words to Moses for the people to learn what is acceptable and what an abomination in the eyes of God is.  This verse says that when a man has sex with another man in a manner designed for a woman that it is disgusting in His eyes.  So why do you not know how to read or see the truth presented right in front of you?  It is simply because you are not interested in seeing the truth.  If find the truth is not a priority in your life there will be no truth found.  Today too many people would rather live their lives of lies rather than to change to know the truth.  Let me give you another witness of what the Bible actually says:

Lev 18:22  Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

This says the same thing, but the Bible says let every word of truth be established in the mouths of two or three witnesses so I wanted to give you another Bible verse that speaks of males having sex with other males like they were females.  God still says it is a disgusting human act.   Let me give you another verse that applies to this subject today:

Deu 22:5  The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

The Bible says some pretty shocking things.  God pulls no punches nor does he ignore any sin.  God is smarter than you obviously think.  God says that if a man dresses like a woman or a woman dresses like a man, it is an abomination to God.  I see this everyday on TV and in movies.  Cross dressing fantasies are a normal type of behavior in the world today.  We have movies like “Tootsie” and others that have popularized this behavior as being normal.  You can walk down the street and see someone and think, is that a woman until you get up close to them and see that they are just a man dressed like a woman.  This is basic homosexual behavior and they view it as normal.  If you have ever seen a gay pride parade you will know what I am talking about.  If you have ever seen a gay convention or assembly it is easy to spot this behavior.  Are not these the commandments from God that Jesus said if you love me you will do my commandments?   If you do not think so you are more than confused you are deceived, and I cannot help you.  Do you suddenly think that God has changed to delete these words from the Bible or that they do not suddenly apply to the modern world?  Maybe you think that God has changed His Book of Commandments to the a modern Book of Suggestions.  Has God updated His theology to include a modern interpretation of this very old information?  This is what my gay commenter is hoping for.   There are many who try to teach the O..T. law is not valid anymore but I disagree with that wrong assessment.  Sodom and Gomorrah were both destroyed before the law of Moses was even given.   You can clearly see that if God destroyed these cities for their immoral acts of homosexuality and that this must still cause problems in the modern world.  Read this next verse in the N.T. very carefully:

Jud 1:7  Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

What does God still say about Sodom and Gomorrah here in the book of Jude in the New Testament?   God says that these were examples of men going after strange flesh who are now in the flames of eternal fire.   Do you think that they are happy in hell right now?  Do you think they are still having a party in hell right now, having sex with each other?  If you do you do not understand that the spirits of men and women in hell do not have physical sex anymore.  Plus the torment of hell is so great that there would be no way that you could have any pleasure even if you wanted it.

According to Malachi 3:6, God says “I am the Lord and change not”.   Then in James 1:17 it says “There is no variableness or shadow of turning” with God.  So if you are looking for a modern God to accept your modern sin lifestyle choices you are about to be greatly disappointed with your decisions that you have made.  You have placed all of your faith in a made up temporary fantasy world rather than accepting the truth.  Even if you were really gay and lived to be 99 years old, it would not matter billions of years from now if you are in hell.  Eternity in hell is a never ending place of torment.   You see if I did not love you I would not bother to tell you the truth.  It is only because I love you that I care where you spend your eternity.  So as long as there is a gay person standing up for equal rights, I will teach the truth.  As long you say this is just who I am, I will tell you that you have no idea who you really are.

I challenge you to search your Bible for your definition of the modern family and see if you can find it.  Then search your Bible for your definition of the modern God and see if you can find Him also.  Sure God loves you and died for your sins just like he died for my sins.  So I am definitely no better than you are.  But, there is a difference between us, I repented and changed and you are happy with the way you are.   Just because God loves you, does not mean that God will force salvation upon you.  Sure God is powerful enough to do this if He wanted to, however it is just the love of God that restrains Him from doing this to give you a freewill choice.  God will never use His force or power to make you change unless you ask Him to change you and that is totally different.  You see I had another commenter on my website who spoke of coming out of homosexuality.  So there is proof that this is possible in the world today if you look for it.  If you are happy with your life today then you have allowed Satan to deceive you into a temporary state that will not last very long.

Heb 11:25  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

Here is God’s reaction to the sin and lifestyle choices that you are making today.  Here in this verse God informs us what causes people to get noticed by Him.   Because Moses chose to be with the people of God He is included in the Bible as a hero of the faith.  If Moses would have chosen to live sinful in Egypt for what God calls a season, God says that he would have lost out on his good eternal outcome.  Sure sin has pleasure attached to it for a while.  But, pleasure for a short while and torment for an eternity is a crazy choice to make.  I am one of the ones that God says are His people and I have come to you with an old message of choice.  You can still choose today to have your pleasures in Egypt over entering into Kingdom of God with the people of God, but your eventual outcome will be a very sad one.    I’ll pray that you will make a higher choice to come out of Egypt.

Understanding Marriage, Can Our Marriage Continue Throughout Eternity?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1Co 13:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Understanding the Coming Anti-Christ! And the Homosexual Agenda! Part 4

(Ver 1.2)  This is Part 4 in a series of lessons on understanding the coming antichrist.  If you have not read this series from the beginning, I would recommend that you go and start with “Part 1”.

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

Today I may lose some readers, but I am going to speak the truth and I do not care what your response is to what I have to say today.  According to what Paul wrote in Galatians 4:16 he experienced what I may experience today also.  Paul wrote some tough words for the church at Galatia and many of the hearers were clearly offended and could not handle the truth.  I will warn you that today I will be very blunt at times and at times very direct in what I teach.  The country of America has been in a rapidly progressive moral decline for the past 50 years and recent events have only come to confirm this.  There is an evil spiritual agenda to erode and eventually erase the moral fiber of the established Biblical history and foundation of our country.  While the United States is by far not a perfect country, the establishment of a Christian nation caused God to bless us tremendously for over the past 250 years and to cause us to grow to be the leading power of the world.  Around 390 years ago, the people of Europe were tired of the religious oppression and control that was being forced upon them and so they came to America to worship God freely without persecution.   The United States and its founders were highly motivated by God and the Bible and they built and designed our government using established Bible principles.    While the founding fathers of the U.S. incorporated and defined the freedom of religion to be the moral background to worship the One True Living God of the Bible, they left in obvious loop holes that allow other choices to be made.  Obviously this is another Bible principle being written into our constitution that is backed up by God’s Word.  You see, God does not promote a Forced Salvation theology, despite what a lot of my ignorant commenters like to tell me.  Man was created with freewill to choose and this was a choice to either believe in Jesus or not to believe in Jesus as their Savior and Lord.   So while our country goes through these changes from the Godless leadership of our President and Congress, it saddens me tremendously while not surprising me in the least little bit.   I of course am speaking of the recent government decision to allow homosexuals in our military openly.  There has been an openly aggressive agenda from the spiritual realm to redefine morality and what is acceptable to God.  I call this the homosexual agenda and I will discuss this agenda in conjunction to its relationship of the subject of the coming antichrist.  Here are the progressive steps of the homosexual agenda that have transpired up until this point in time of the homosexual agenda:

  1. Pervert the human sexual orientation, identity and behavior and cause personal confusion.
  2. Redefine morality and sin to be an open minded concept free from the Bible’s input.
  3. Encourage sexual identity development using the coming our process.
  4. Highlight established social acceptance emphasizing diversity using the stars found in the media and television.
  5. Show the gay lifestyle in the movies and TV as being a viable reality.
  6. Nominate gay TV shows, movies and actors for awards to promote them as being great role models for our children.
  7. Introduce children to the gay life style early so that they can better determine their true identity.
  8. Shame any church or preacher that teaches against homosexuality as being a sin by calling them intolerant, biased, bigoted and hateful.
  9. Never show the consequences, hurt and true pain caused by the homosexual life style nor the suicides it causes.
  10. Overly emphasize any negative acts committed against a gay man or woman as being a hate crime of great evil against a good person and a clear violation of their civil rights to gain sympathy for the cause.
  11. Promote human sexuality as being a pre-ordained design pattern and not a human life choice.
  12. Elevate the homosexual life styles to be a legal civil right of a minority group of consensual adults.
  13. Hide or downplay the abusive perverted homosexual behavior of child molesters unless they are committed by a religious figure or leader.
  14. Never mention any serial killers as being homosexual even though they killed many young boys.
  15. Shift human choices off of the individual and alleviate any personal responsibility for sin.
  16. Redefine marriage to be between any two adults regardless of sex and ignore the Bible.

These are just a few of the observable patterns that I have personally witnessed in my life time on the earth from the homosexual agenda.  They are clearly represented in the news media, on TV talk shows, in movies, magazines and now on the internet and the determined purpose is to change the thinking minds of those who are being raised in the ignorance of the truth.  It is a clear technique in brain washing the people to accept the coming antichrist.  They are all cleverly designed ploys of deception to cause people to buy into a lie.

I had a commenter ask me why I used a blanked out picture of the face of the President in my recent article on the “Antichrist”?  Was I saying that Obama was the antichrist?  No, I was not saying that at all.  Obama does not fit the information given to us in the Bible about the antichrist.  I do not know who the antichrist is right now.  However, I have learned by studying the Bible how the antichrist will operate and what he will do to gain his power and control, to change the world and redefine the freedoms of our founding fathers.  No you see when a man rises rapidly to power that has no basis to be in power, and has done so in a fashion causing so many people to buy into his smooth way of talking, it says to me BEWARE A DECEIVER!  No I do not believe that Obama is the antichrist, but I do believe that he is a forerunner to the coming agenda of the antichrist and also a pattern of this man.  I believe the similarities are unmistakably recognizable.  I believe that this is the exact way the antichrist will come to power and that is why I used the picture and for no other reason.  What I see is a man who says one thing and then does something that is the opposite.  Here is a man that promotes himself as a Christian in speeches, but acts more like a godless non-believer in his decision processes.  You see Jesus said you will know them by their fruit and not by their words.  Anybody can say I am a Christian, but only a few will actually back up those words with appropriate corresponding actions to prove it.  According to Jesus you can tell who is a Christian and who is not a Christian simply by observing the external actions of a man.  Here is a man that promotes and drives abortions and the rights of women to choose, human genetic and stem cell research, homosexuality and I could go on and on.  All I know is that he does not act like a Christian so you decide what he is.  So, while I believe that Christians are not supposed to preach against sinners, I do believe that we should teach how not to be deceived by the words of someone who does not bear the fruit of righteousness.  There is absolutely no way that our President got voted into office without the clear support of a great number of deceived Christians who voted for him.  I can tell you plainly that I was not one of these.  So today’s lesson is about the coming deception of the antichrist and how the slow creeping infestation of the homosexual agenda being forced upon the world fits directly into his perverted plan.

We will begin our study of the antichrist using a couple of verses found in the Book of Daniel.  The book of Daniel has a lot of prophecies concerning this coming individual and these will be important to see and understand.  We will read beginning in Chapter 11 and verse 36:

Dan 11:36  And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

Daniel was God’s prophet and he speaks the words of God given to him.  Daniel is speaking of the coming antichrist king and tells us more about his personality and character.  We again see clear references to his ability to speak things against the “God of gods”.  That is a very interesting title and an important revelation to be understood, but I won’t get it into it in this blog.  The antichrist continues to magnify himself to be God and clearly is attempting to deceive the simple minded people of the earth.  It is interesting to note that this verse says that Satan is doing his will and not the will of God.  Too many ignorant Christian believe that God is in ultimate control of everything that happens in the world, but that is just not what the Bible says.  Here is a prime example of how another’s will is done and not God’s will.  The Hebrew word in this verse translated as “indignation” is a very strong word.  It means to “froth” or “foam” at the mouth.  In my last blog on this subject I taught you that this man will have power coming from his mouth and this verse is just further connection to his mouth and his words being a determining factor.  God says that this “indignation” of his mouth will continue until someone puts an end to it and shuts him up and I believe that someone is God and His Word.  The final word in this verse that I want to point out is the Hebrew word translated as “determined” and this word means “to wound”.  If you do not know it God prophesied in Genesis 3:15 that the woman and her seed would bruise his head and I believe that God is giving us a direct prophetic reference to this event in this verse.  The man of sin will continue to speak great boastful words against God until God bruises the head of the serpent under the feet of the church (Romans 16:20) and causes him to be wounded.  However, this will not be the end of the antichrist because he will later appear to miraculously recover from this head wound as we will see in Revelation.

Dan 11:37  Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

Here is the verse that I wanted to focus in on today in regard to the homosexual agenda being forced upon the world.  It is very clear to me that God is telling us in this verse that the antichrist is a male who is not interested in women.  What do you call a man like this, besides crazy?  You call him a homosexual.  This tells me that the antichrist will fully embrace the homosexual agenda and that he is actually the one that is behind it all in the first place.  If you think about this you will see why he is doing it.  The anti-Christ is opposed to everything that God does.  If God created them male and female then the anti-Christ is for the opposite which would be male and male or female and female.  Whatever Christ did or is doing, the anti-Christ will do the complete opposite.  The Bible clearly informs us that Christ the Lamb of God will clearly marry a bride in Revelation 21:9.  So it is very easy to assume that if Christ has a wife, the anti-Christ will have a same sex partner that will pervert what God has created.   Of course the anti-Christ is technically a spiritual being in a physical body and he will use this knowledge to try to get out of the sentence of being tormented in hell for an eternity.  But, this will not be successful.  We can see however, that when the antichrist comes on the scene he will definitely promote and embrace the homosexual lifestyle as a normal way of life and this is what is happening in the U.S. right now.

Let’s shift gears and talk about the easiest way to deceive people.  How do you get a dog to eat strychnine poison?   You always wrap the poison in a tasty steak before you give it to them.  This is what the homosexual community has been doing in America for the last 50 years.   The homosexual community saw how the civil rights movement worked to become so effective and they jumped on the same band wagon.  They chose to compare their sinful lifestyle to the color of someone’s skin and call them the same things.  Obviously no man chose the color of their skin in this world.  We were all born here without given a choice to being a male or a female.   We were all born in the world without selecting our nation of origin. We did not even get to choose our parents or our relatives; so obviously all of these factors transfer to morality, sin and other elements in life, or not!   They have introduced a fabrication of the truth to say “we were born homosexual” and they deny any choices ever being made on their own part.  The problem with this logic is how do you differentiate between a homosexual and a child molester type of pedophile?   Why can’t the pedophile use the same argument and just say this is the way I was born?  What about the murderer who just loves to kill people for fun?  Can’t they be smart enough to jump on the civil rights band wagon and say this is just how I was born?  I’ll bet you that homosexuals love the “Predestination Theology”  so that they can attribute that this was the way that God created them to be and they cannot change so we should just all accept them exactly like they are.   

In all fairness to homosexuals and other sinners in the world, most of them do what they do out of ignorance.  When Saul persecuted the church and threw them into jail and caused the death of some of them, Paul later wrote that what he had done was done out of ignorance (1 Tim 1:13).  In other words Paul didn’t know any better but he still sinned against God anyway.  While he thought he was doing the right thing before God, he was actually a direct enemy to God.  So sinners also do not understand that there are spiritual forces controlling and influencing what they do.  They do not understand demon possession and how that a spirit can cause you to do something like sin.   They do not understand that everything we do has consequences in this world good or bad.  Since they are oblivious to spiritual things, they do not even know who or what they really are.  Many say they are females trapped in a male body.  Others say they are a male trapped in a female body.  Heaven forbid that they are a spirit trapped in a human body?  Since they do not know they are a spiritual being and not just a body they simply are controlled to follow what feels good to them and what satisfies their thoughts of perverted fantasies that are being placed in their simple minds by evil spirits.  No, they choose to embrace a message that evil spirits do not exist and only what matters is what they want to do in this present world, so therefore you should be more open and tolerant to how God has created them to be.  I’m sorry but I just cannot do that.  While I love you, I do not love your sin and I will not receive it to be an acceptable lifestyle.  If I did that today, what would I do on judgment day?  There is coming a time of judgment from God when you could look at me and say, why didn’t you tell me the truth and I will be at the least able to say I tried to, why didn’t you listen and look for the truth while you could?  In this way your blood will not be on my hands.  If I remained silent your blood could be on my hands in the future.  What do you think I should do?  Am I being intolerant for speaking the truth?  Or am I just shooting a warning shot across your bow to get your attention before it’s too late?

The homosexual agenda wants the world to say “I understand and it’s OK!”  They think that by getting the majority of the world to agree that their lifestyle is acceptable that this will somehow affect the way God feels about them.   Unfortunately for all sinners in the world God does not run a democratic system of spiritual government where the majority rules.  God is the only one that makes the majority decisions and He is the only one whose opinion matters.  My opinion is worthless, your opinion is worthless and your lover’s opinion is also worthless.  In fact the Supreme Court’s opinion is worthless and so is the opinion of the lawmakers of our country.  Just because they passed a law this weekend that further promotes a sinful lifestyle to be a normal and an acceptable civil right freedom, does not and will not ever make it right or change what God thinks about it.  You can do whatever you like and ignore the Bible if that is what makes you feel justified in your life style choices.  You can rip the pages out of the Bible where it says that when a man lies with another man like a woman it is an abomination to God and they both should be put to death (Lev 18:22, Lev 20:13).  You can rip out the page that says when a woman dresses like a man or a man dresses like a woman that it is also an abomination to God (Deu 22:5).  You can rip out the pages of Genesis 13 where God sends two angels to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for living their ungodly homosexual lifestyles.  You can pretend that these two cities never existed, even when the Bible says that these cities were destroyed as an example for those who would come after who do the same (2 Peter 2:6).  This verse is a clear warning to those that desire to call their lifestyles normal.  These are verses that declare clearly the homosexual lifestyle to be a perversion and not the way that God created people to be.   If they only knew the truth, Jesus said the truth would set them free from their bondage.

The next key step in the homosexual agenda is the universal redefinition of marriage.  It is already started in many states and when the Vice President was asked about Gay marriage, he spoke on TV this morning about the country becoming an evolving community of openness.  This is exactly the homosexual agenda in action, however I call it the evolving level of deception, but I’m sure they do not see it this way.  Take away God’s Word and introduce a new world order for the definition of marriage and morality.  By allowing men to marry men and women to marry women it further enforces their normalcy in the minds of those that practice it.   The antichrist will love this work that is being accomplished for him and I’m sure he is watching anxiously for the completion of the deception.  I hope that you join with me in praying for those that are deceived so that they will come to know the truth before it is too late.  God Bless!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God Bless,

Understanding Spiritual Laws Found in the Bible! Part 2 The Law of Marriage!

(Ver 2.0)  This is now Part 2 of a series of studies about the reality of spiritual laws found in the Bible.   We have covered a lot of information that is not going to be repeated, so if you have not read these lessons from the beginning, I would recommend that you go back and start with “Part 1”.  In the first lesson that I did on this series I gave you 3 basic spiritual laws that I discovered in the Bible.  These were first the spiritual law of faith, the second was the law of the Spirit of Life vs. law of sin and death and third the spiritual law of sowing and reaping.  I know I did not fully cover any of these subjects extensively, but I believe I gave you enough information for you to go further and explore them in your Bible.  I will say upfront that this is an advanced lesson series that is intended only for spiritually mature Christians that have studied the Bible extensively.  If this is not you I would recommend that you go and read a more basic subject to learn things that will help you mature.  It is very much like Paul told the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 3:2 that he was unable to teach them meat because they were still in need of the basic milk from the Word of God.  Please be the judge of yourself before you continue.  I do not want to offend anyone with an advanced Bible subject that they are unable to spiritually chew.

I would like to warn you at the beginning of this lesson that I will primarily be addressing spiritual subject truths as the primary focus.  But in order to understand these advanced spiritual truths we really first need to understand some basic natural truths also.  Therefore, I will be jumping between the subjects of natural marriage and spiritual marriage.  It might appear confusing at first but this is the way Jesus taught using parables.  Jesus would teach very advanced spiritual subject using only simple farming tools and concepts.  So I thank you for your understanding in advance.

Today I want to readdress a Bible subject that I have blogged about before, but it bears repeating for those who have never studied the subject of the law of marriage.  Marriage is a spiritual law found in the Bible from cover to cover.  Often times Bible students only look at the Law of Moses and think that is the only law that God has established in the Bible.  However, when God created man, Adam and Eve, He established a multitude of spiritual laws which have only been revealed after Jesus was resurrected from the dead.  Why do you think that Jesus could not reveal and teach everything that He knew?  It was primarily the fact that God could not let the secrets of the Kingdom of God out of the bag until God had first died and established a Kingdom.  All Satan would have had to do was to not crucify Jesus Christ on the cross and that would have ended God’s plan of salvation and redemption for the human race.  Satan would have had a future and we would have had no hope for any type of future.  You must understand that even though God prophesied the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus hundreds of years before it occurred; Satan did not understand it or he would have not done it.  Here is a verse of scripture that I think is very relevant to this point of my conversation:

Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

You see the Law of faith that I talked about in the first lesson was a spiritual law that existed when God created Adam.  But, God never revealed this law until after Jesus was raised from the dead.  Faith was not a new concept; in fact the law of faith is recorded in every part of the Bible.  If you read Hebrews 11 this chapter is often times called the “Faith Hall of Fame”.  It goes through instance after instance, example after example, of men and women found in the Bible that had faith and used it.  So you can clearly see that just because faith was not revealed like Galatians 3:23 says, faith still played a key role in the life of every Old Testament saint.  They either believed God or they did not and the results that they got were demonstrated for us to learn by.  So the Law of Faith is not a new concept for the New Testament church, it is just one that we are better understanding.

Marriage was also a hidden spiritual Law of God.  However, I have discovered that God has placed great priority on this subject.  Why does God place such emphasis on a subject that modern men and women seem to take so casually today?  Why is the devil trying to pervert the God established institute of marriage between one male and one female into a same sex union?  Why do people get married today and divorced tomorrow like it was normal way of life?  It seems that way over half of the marriages in our world today end in divorce and this is happening even in the church.  I do not feel that these are things that please God.  How many have been married multiple times in our society?  Why is it that when a couple gets divorced that it appears to become the easy way out for the next time something is not going their way in their next marriage?  Do you realize that there are no perfect people in the world?  I think people get married to someone they do not know and eventually find out what they are really like and then realize that they shouldn’t have done that.  So they leave their spouse and go looking for mister wonderful or misses trophy but they will never satisfied because these people do not exist.   Divorce typically breeds more divorces.  Children learn divorce from their parents and the parents pass the curse of divorce down to their children.  Divorce becomes a repeated cycle because some think that just because their parents got divorced so that means it’s OK for me also.  So that was part of my non-popular introduction to a natural problem that I recognize in our society.  We simply do not understand the significance of a Godly marriage covenant contract.  

Many times I find that people do things out of ignorance and they think that ignorance is a valid excuse for why they did what they did.  You will find that this rarely works when you are standing before the judge in a natural court of law.  A judge sees the law, knows the law and sees the actions you took to break the law and then assigns the penalty for your transgressions of that law.   If you disregard the law and do what you want to you will eventually get caught and have to pay the price.  This is the way it is with spiritual laws in the Bible also.  In Hosea 4:6 God says “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge”.   Knowledge is the opposite of ignorance that God says destroys people.  So therefore, knowledge is the power and ability to do the right thing.  If you know speeding in a school zone will get you a huge fine, it is best to slow down and avoid that penalty.  Every law has benefits and every law has punishments or consequences.  This is true whether you are talking about the law of gravity or the law that says thou shalt NOT steal.  The attitude of many people is that they like to push the envelope of how far they can go and get away with violating the laws of nature.   They like the thrill of jumping out of airplanes and free-falling and they do it over and over until their parachute fails to open and then they do not do it anymore.  I wonder why?

So we talked all around a lot of the basics that surround laws.  I hope you can understand the importance of learning about spiritual laws in the Bible from my simple three or four paragraph introduction to today’s subject of the Law of Marriage.  God says many things about the covenant bond of marriage in the Bible and it is inadequate to take just one verse to try to think we understand the whole entire subject.  But I will need to start somewhere so I will look at a verse in Romans 7 first:

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.

This is a very easily misunderstood Bible verse?  A spiritual law is a designed principle of God that conveys a cause and effect observable and repeatable reality for all of those that are affected by the law.  In other words God says something and if you follow it you gain the benefits from it and if you ignore or abuse it you suffer the consequences from it if you abide under the jurisdiction of that law.  I do not know if you understood what I just said, but it was important.  In Romans 7:2 God teaches us that when two people are married according to the law of Moses that they were intended to be joined for life.  This verse was actually a two way street and it was not just applicable to only women. 

This verse was written to a covenant woman so that is why the male covenant husband is not directly mentioned.  You may not understand my last statement either, but you should read some of my other blogs and you could be closer to knowing these more advanced truths.  I will briefly try to explain.  You see the nation of Israel was designated to be God’s covenant wife in the Old Testament (Jer 31:32) and this verse here in Romans was written to those who were previously married to God the Father.  If you look at verse 1 of Romans 7 you will find Paul’s target audience to be those that “know” the law.  To “know” the law is a covenant relationship term written to only the Nation of Israel.  Gentiles did not “know” the law and were never in covenant with the Mosaic law or with the living God.  So these next verses in Romans 7 after verse 1 do not apply to ANY Gentile believer. But yet these verses can still teach us all and we all can learn from them.

God is always faithful to His covenants but God will break the marriage covenant if His covenant partner does not keep their part of the marriage agreement.   Like any natural marriage a spiritual marriage covenant takes two willing committed partners.  If only one is willingly committed and the other is not, then what is the other faithful partner supposed to do?  That is a new complicated twist to the equation, isn’t it?  This is what God was faced with in the Old Testament repeatedly.  The nation of Israel left God’s covenant so many times that it is difficult to count them all.  

If you look in Isaiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Jeremiah and other places you will soon discover language that called God’s wife Israel a “harlot”, “whore”, “adulteress” and many other very unflattering words.  Many people do not realize that a covenant is a marriage and that a marriage is a covenant.  Learning God’s definitions for words is a vital part of knowing about spiritual laws and we must do this by discovering God’s definitions of the subject.  We will begin with a verse in Malachi:

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

As you read the Bible you discover that God has placed very important and significant clues in some of the most unlikely spots like this minor prophet book of Malachi.  God says that your wife is the one that you are in covenant with.   Perhaps the problem is that you do not understand what a covenant is?  A covenant is a legally binding eternal contract that is legally divisible by death of one of the covenant partners.  When God makes a covenant with Abraham in Genesis 15 there are animals that are killed and split down the spine in two bloody pieces.  Then the two covenant parties are supposed to walk between the pieces and this signifies a blood covenant bond and union.  Now if one party breaks the covenant they are saying to the other party that it should be done to me what was done to these animals laying on the ground.  Wow, that gives each covenant partner a very strong motivation to keep the covenant.  If only marriages were done this way today.

God was married and in a blood covenant relationship with the natural nation of Israel in the O.T. but His wife Israel did not take this covenant relationship seriously and this resulted in Israel’s divorce (Isa 50:1 and Jer 3:8).  God ended the covenant marriage with Israel and this is also a pattern for natural divorce.  Anytime a spouse leaves their spouse I believe this is a legal pattern for when divorce is permissible.  Leaving your spouse shows your lack of commitment to the promises made.  God has done all of this however as a pattern to another coming covenant that would be established as an eternal spiritual contract between us the church and Jesus Christ and we’ll talk more about that in a bit.

Mal 2:15  And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

This next verse in Malachi alludes to a principle that is very important to understand.  It says “Did He not make one?”  Within the context we can surely see that God is speaking to us of the law of marriage found in Genesis 2 when God created Adam and Eve and Adam looked at his wife and said this is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh because she was taken from his body.  So reading and understanding Genesis God says that a woman is one with her husband.  You can also say that a man is one with his wife; it is definitely a two way street being referred to.  This was God’s original design and this was God’s original plan.  God took one body and made two and this was the physical and spiritual laws of marriage being defined.  When people get married, God declares that they have become one flesh:

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.

When we started reading this lesson we began with a verse found in Romans that said a woman was joined to her husband as long as he was alive.  This verse in Genesis 2 is the reason why God could say this.  This is the law of marriage covenants, the two will be one.  This is why God is writing to the Hebrews in Romans to tell them about this law.  Since Israel was married to God the Father in the O.T. we can therefore conclude that God had become one flesh with his wife Israel.  Do you understand that statement and the importance of understanding the implications behind that statement?   God was joined to a natural nation of people under the law.  Whenever you are one with someone whatever happens to you also happens to your spouse and vice versa.   Whatever you have they also have.  This is just the basis of a sound Biblical marriage.  I can see why Israel would want to join in this relationship, but why would God want to join in this relationship?  God was not under the law, but obviously He chose to join Himself to a woman who was.  That is an amazing question to ponder.  You might recall what Jesus said about this subject, he said “I did not come to do away with the law but to fulfill it”.   You see you probably do not understand the purpose of the law.  I wrote a lesson on this subject called “Understanding the Purpose of the Law of Moses”.  You might want to go read that and it might help you to understand what I’m going to say next.  In order for God to cast Satan into hell, God must first convict Satan of a punishable crime under the law.  Did you know that our courts cannot make up laws to throw you into jail?  Back in our history child pornography use to not be a crime, therefore no one went to jail for that obscene behavior until they passed a law making it a crime.  Did you know that applies to Satan also?  Just because he sinned, there is no punishment for sin until he is in a state that says that he committed a crime.  Even though child pornography has always been sinful and wrong, it was not a crime until the law was passed and you were convicted of it.  I just do not know if you understand what I’m saying or not?  But, it is so important that you try to get what I am teaching to you.

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.

The Bible has many difficult and hard sayings in it and this is surely one of them.   The direct implication is being given to us that God died in Jesus Christ.  We obviously understand that it is impossible for God to die and cease to exist.  This is certainly not what this verse is saying to us.  What this verse is saying is that because the Spirit of God was in Christ on the cross, these Hebrew people who this is directed at are now free from their Old Testament covenant marriage with God, so that they can now be legally “married to another”.  To be married to another is a clear reference to becoming the bride of Christ who was raised from the dead, the firstborn from the dead.  This allows Jewish believers to become legally married to our Savior Jesus Christ without becoming an adulteress like this chapter speaks of.  You see you cannot divorce someone and legally marry another because God says you are one flesh.  This is a complex puzzle and a riddle of Biblical proportions being given to us.  God, who is one God, tells us He died to implement a new covenant through Jesus Christ and one of the reasons He died was for the Hebrews sake.  Because of His death on the cross, it is now legal for any Old Testament Hebrew to enter into a new eternal spiritual union with Jesus Christ.  If Jesus hadn’t died then they would have been joined to God the Father and God the Son simultaneously and that would have been adultery according to the law.   Go through this chapter in Romans and read every verse very carefully, it says some things that are very powerful and they do apply to you regardless of who you are.  These verses apply to natural Israel and they apply to us the church.  These verses also apply to natural people being married to other natural people.  All of these are marriage covenant relationships.

From what I can read in the Bible, there are only two legal reasons for getting out of a marriage to marry another, and these are 1) infidelity or 2) death.  If your spouse is unfaithfully sleeping around on you, you should not be married to them.  Then God clearly tells us that marriage is a covenant contract “till death do us part”.   We can of course see our world is more complex than those two simple rules.  There are certainly cases where one spouse can be abusive physically or mentally and that is not a healthy environment for a safe peaceful family.  Recently in the news here a man shot his wife and then killed himself.  Clearly that was a tragedy that should never have happened.  If people knew more about God and the Bible, I believe these things would not ever happen.   People are guilty of making emotional illogical and irrational snap decisions out of anger or other emotions that do not convey the life and love of God.  So we live in a world that contains both good and evil and this is our greatest challenge.  Trying to determine what is right and good vs. what is wrong and evil and this is what we do every day of our life.  We can learn from God how to deal with every situation in life and this gives us hope of a positive outcome for our decisions.  I hope that you can at least begin to see that marriage is something that you should not enter into on a casual whim.  God says that once you are married, in the eyes of God you become one flesh with that person for the rest of your life.  Obviously today in our loose immoral society there are people like rock stars who are joined to hundreds of others and do not know it.

1Co 6:16  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

Marriage in the eyes of God is simply having sex with someone whether we believe it or not.  That statement really goes over big in our modern world of casual sex today, doesn’t it?   Please read this verse very carefully.  God only refers to the law of marriage found in Genesis 2:24, four times in the entire New Testament.   These can be found in Matthew   Why is this verse the only reference that is ignored by pastors, teachers and Christians today.  According to God’s Word, He says very plainly that if you go and have sex with a prostitute that you are now one flesh with her and in marriage covenant.  What if a man has had casual sex with 1000 prostitutes, is this still true?  I believe that it is.  Wow, how many times some people have been married in the eyes of God is probably unbelievable!  God is using a natural truth of sex to teach a spiritual truth that is greater.  God does this over and over and over in the Bible and this is just another example of that.

We can use the context of this verse to prove the last statement.  We should be able to learn that God is speaking about a spiritual marriage covenant relationships between Christ and the church.  Back up in verse 15 directly before this verse.  You should find that God is telling the church not to be joined to a harlot.  God teaches us directly in this chapter that we are members of His body and that we are one spirit with Him in verse 17.  Yet according to verse 16 we still have the choice to go make the members of His body to be one with a devil.  These verses are spiritual warnings from God.  But yet since men have been given a freewill by God, they are still capable of making wrong choices.

Natural things were created by God to provide views into unseen spiritual realities. These natural and spiritual things and laws of God were intended by God to be parallel truths with the greater truth always being the spiritual.  I believe that natural sex is equivalent to what the Bible says is spiritual knowledge of God.  Having simultaneous multiple natural sex partners in this world I believe is the equivalent to worshiping God and idols at the same time.  

There is a basic law of Bible interpretation called the “Law of First Mention”.  Using this law we can learn many facts about God’s Law of Marriage.  Adam and Eve were God’s established pattern for marriage and this was between one man and one woman.  God’s design of marriage was for it to last eternally.  If Adam had chosen not to sin and rebel against God, they could have been alive today to demonstrate the plan of God.  But since Adam failed in the natural realm, Jesus came to the natural realm to restore God’s law and plan for marriage in the spiritual realm.  The way it was in the beginning is how it will be in the end.  It should be the goal of every marriage to be patterned after the design of God’s purpose.  However, it still takes two that are committed to each other to fulfill this law.  A marriage with only one covenant member being committed like God to uncommitted natural Israel will always fail.

Please understand that I do not want to sound like I’m being self-righteous or condemning anyone that has been married more than once or that has had sex with multiple partners in this lesson.  The Bible says that to those who are “in-Christ” and walk after the Spirit, there is therefore no condemnation extended towards them (Romans 8:1).  There are many spiritual laws in the Bible and you cannot just teach one and omit all of the others.  In my first lesson on this subject I gave you a key verse that said “The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has freed us from the Law of Sin and Death” (Romans 8:2).  The Blood of Jesus covers all of our sins that we have committed and we all have sinned (Romans 3:22).  So just because someone has been married to one woman for over 50 years does not make them better than you, even if you have been married 6 times.  The mercy, compassion and love of God are very strong spiritual forces.  The faithfulness of God to forgive us of our past transgressions is one divine trait of God that we should all possess.  God said “I will not remember your sin, as far as the east is from the west I have put it away from me” (Psalm 103:12, Isa 43:15).  If even God does not remember our sin that you have already asked Him for forgiveness for, then the only part left is for you to not condemn yourself for your past.  God only expects us to learn and grow and to use our past mistakes so that we do not fall into them again.  So I do not know if I helped you today or said anything that was truly beneficial to your situation, but I pray that I did so that you will continue to follow after God and to keep trying to know Him better.  God Bless!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genesis 1:1

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

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

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

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

 

Genesis 1:15-19  Day 4 of Creation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Genesis 2  Adam and Eve

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Conclusion

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

The Book of Ruth, Types and Shadows Revealed

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

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

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

Themes Found in the Book of Ruth

Description

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

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

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

Name

Definition of the Name 

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

BETHLEHEM

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

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

MOAB

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

RUTH

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

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

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

BOAZ

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

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

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

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

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

The Marriage of Boaz and Ruth the Gentile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ELIMILECH

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

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

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

NAOMI

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

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

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

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

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

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

Death and Marriage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Coming Wheat Harvest

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

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

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

The Heir of the Dead

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

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

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

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

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

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

So Boaz before the witnesses of the elders of the city informs this relative that it is his responsibility and his decision to make.   He then informs him that besides them,  there are no other relatives that are able to redeem the land of Naomi.  This means that they are all either dead or there were just no other living male relatives born in the family.

Rth 4:5  Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.

Now Boaz starts in with the potential bad news.  I guess it depends upon your point of view, but it is either good or bad based upon how it will affect you personally.  Since Boaz was the younger brother in this relationship, it affects him differently than the older brother.   Let’s think about this and how it affects each man.  Boaz says that by buying the land from Naomi, they must also buy it from Ruth since she was married to the son of their brother.  According to the law of Moses, this involves marrying the widow of the dead so that the family name is not removed from the face of the earth.  Whatever son that Ruth and the redeemer has, becomes the heir of Elimelech ‘s land.   You see it starts to get a little complicated at this point, since the future heir is now the owner of the dead family’s property, the relative that married the widow has no family or heir.  I know this is not technically correct, but yet this is the way that these people viewed the situation.  You can see that by the reaction of the closer relative to the news of marrying the widow Ruth.

Rth 4:6  And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.

Did you see what the nearer kinsman said?   He told Boaz I can’t redeem this land or marry the widow, because it will mess up my inheritance.  In other words everything that he is in line for and everything his heirs are in line for will revert to the dead brother’s family and he would end up with nothing, so he thinks.  So the nearer kinsman tells Boaz, I won’t redeem it, so you redeem it.  This is of course what Boaz wanted to hear happen, yet the process had to be followed in the law and the procedures must be satisfied in the eyes of God and all legal actions satisfied with the elders of the city who were the witnesses.

Rth 4:7  Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.

Rth 4:8  Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.

As you can see, the nearer relative’s house is now called “the house of him who has his shoe loosed”.  In the eyes of the law, Boaz has satisfied all requirements and responsibilities and is now free to legally marry Ruth.  Boaz tells the elders and the people of the city that they are all witnesses to the fact that he has bought the property of Naomi and Ruth.

It might help you to understand what just happened based upon another story found in the Bible.  In Genesis chapter 38 there is a story of another family who is directly related to our story.  The story of the son of Israel named Judah.  He has three sons and the firstborn is named, Er.  When Er grows up big enough to marry, Judah gets him a wife named Tamar.  Remember Tamar?  The Bible says that Er was wicked in the eyes of God and so he died very young.  Judah then told Er’s brother to take the dead brother’s wife and have an heir for his dead brother, the firstborn Er.  But, the Bible says that Onan knew if he had sex with Tamar and had a child that it would be for his brother and he would not get anything.  So Onan basically refused to fulfill his requirements and the Bible says that he was found to be evil in the eyes of the Lord and he also died young.  So far not a good story, but yet this is how those in the Bible dealt with these matters.  Judah tells the widow Tamar to wait for the third and last son to grow up and she would become his wife and then that son would raise up an heir for the dead firstborn.  In the process of time, Tamar waits, but nothing happens.  Apparently Judah was not a man of his word.  Judah’s wife died and one day he went up to the city to do some business.  Tamar hears about this and takes off her widow garments and dresses up like a prostitute, covers her face and waits for Judah to come by.  She deceives Judah into having sex with her and she becomes pregnant.   Judah did not have the payment for the sex, so he left her his signet ring, a bracelet and his staff as collateral security until the agreed payment could be sent to her.

Tamar was not there for the sex or the payment that was promised to her.  She was there because Judah had not fulfilled what he had spoken to her and her dead husband, Judah’s firstborn had no heir to continue the family name.  So even though her methods were not very admirable her intentions before God were highly commendable.  So Judah eventually sends the payment back for the harlot that he could get back his collateral, but they could not find any prostitutes to pay.

Then time passes and three months later Judah is informed that Tamar has played the harlot and has become pregnant by harlotry.   Judah is outraged and tells them to get her and she will be killed for her error.  So she appears before Judah and tells him that before you do anything, I am guilty of nothing.  Here is the father of my child and she shows him, his signet, bracelet and staff.  Judah’s reaction is shock and immediately says she has been more righteous than him, because he had not given her to his younger son to be his wife.  Like I said, this is not a great or a highly positive moral standard Bible story that you want to teach your children in Sunday School, yet it has great significance to the story in the book of Ruth.  It helps to explain the dilemma that the nearer relative was experiencing.  Tamar is also a name mentioned in the Genealogy of Jesus so it must have some relevance to something we need to know.  If you search the Bible, you will discover that the term “daughter-in-law” is not widely used.  In fact Tamar and Ruth are only two of four women in the Bible called by this title.  So they are directly related and tied together meaning they share some commonalities that are very distinctive.   As we continue through Ruth chapter 4 you will see why I went over this story.

Rth 4:10  Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.

Boaz tells everyone to be witnesses to the fact that he has bought the land of the dead husband and he will marry the widow wife to raise up the name of the dead.

Rth 4:12  And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.

The people of the city now speak a blessing on the actions of Boaz.  Did you notice the name of Tamar being mentioned?  You see if it was not for the illicit actions of Tamar there would be no Bethlehem or people to witness these deeds of Boaz.  There would be no elders of the city, there would be no Elimilech, in fact there would be no Boaz.  Everyone present was a descendant of the house of Judah whom Tamar his daughter-in-law bore to him.   All of these people recognized that they would not be present if it were not for Tamar and they could foresee that down the road in the future there would be many people born on this planet who would be grateful that Ruth was there to raise up and continue the family name of the tribe of Judah.  In fact looking at the genealogy found in the Bible, if not for Ruth and Boaz, there would have been no King David and eventually no Jesus Christ.

Rth 4:15  And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.

Boaz fulfills the requirements of the law and marries one of the few women in the Bible that get mentioned by name in the genealogy of Jesus our Savior.  Boaz is called the redeemer, the restorer of life. and a nourisher.    These are all terms that could describe Jesus to us today.  The story of Ruth is different than what many people think of when thinking of Jesus and the church.  Yet it has many natural patterns in it that are very significant to this spiritual reality.  In my next blog I will try to explore more of these patterns given to us in the Book of Ruth.

You can continue reading this series, by going to “Part 5“.

The Book of Ruth, The Marriage Proposal! Chapter 3

(Ver 1.1)  We have already seen in chapter 2 where Ruth has found favor in the eyes of Boaz her potential kinsmen redeemer and she has even eaten with him in resemblance to a covenant type meal where they have shared bread.  We can tell that Boaz likes this woman and grants her grace beyond all others.  Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law knows the law and has recognized who Boaz is.   In this next chapter we will see that God has orchestrated the answer to Ruth’s problems because of Ruth’s faith.  God has answered her confidence in Him beyond her wildest imagination.   It is amazing what trusting God a little can do.  If you have not read the first part of this series I would suggest that you go back and start with “Part 1“.  Now, let’s now look at chapter 3:

Rth 3:2  And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor.

Apparently, Naomi has some inside scoop on what Boaz is up to.  Either Naomi is very nosy or Boaz has been dropping some clever clues in some obvious places.  You figure out which one it is.  Naomi knows that tonight Boaz will be working late in the threshing floor with the harvest.  Of course all of this is symbolic and has meaning.    Threshing in the Bible times was the harvest time activity by which the grain was removed from the husk.   The husk represented the tares (or false grain) when it was separated from the actual usable good pieces of the plant.  It really does not matter how this is done for this story, just the fact that it is being done is the part that is significant to what we need to know.  If you study the words of Jesus you find that there is another coming harvest of people in the world in Matthew 13.  Jesus informs us that the world is the field and that the wheat is the children of the kingdom of God.  The tares are the children of the evil one.  So we can see the Book of Ruth is prophetic in nature and speaking of something, an event that is coming soon.  You should go and read Matthew 13 and find out the pattern of things to come.  Then you will better understand the shadows contained in the book of Ruth.

Rth 3:3  Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.

Obviously Naomi knows the law of Moses and tells Ruth to clean up herself really good and dress in her best garments and then to go to the threshing floor to meet Boaz.  You can see that this is the picture of the church given to us in Revelation 19:7 where it says “his wife has made herself ready”.   But, she tells her not to do anything until after he has eaten and finished drinking.  It almost sounds like wait until the party is over and then do the following:

Rth 3:4  And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.

Here is where it gets complicated to understand.   Maybe Naomi knows something I don’t, but Ruth is instructed to uncover Boaz’s feet and then to lay down and wait for him to wake up or return to a sober state and see what he has to say and then do what he says.  The best that I have been able to figure out is that in Leviticus 18 God tells people not to uncover and make nude certain relatives for sexual purposes.  God gives us a long list of individuals including your children and your grand children and says the reason why is if you see them naked, it is your nakedness that you are looking at because they came from you.  What we can deduce from this, is that the practice of uncovering someone even partially is for sexual reasons and it is only OK for the husband and the wife.  So in effect, Ruth is saying you are my husband, I have seen you naked.  I know she only uncovered his feet, but it is a symbolic gesture that he realizes when he wakes to find her there at his feet.

Rth 3:7  And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.

So Ruth told Naomi that she will do what she has spoken and that is exactly what she does.   Remember Naomi is the one that knows the law and Boaz is the one that is suppose to follow the law and fulfill his obligation to the dead.  So Naomi is in effect speeding up the process and making it happen.  It would appear that Boaz is either dragging his feet (figuratively speaking) and not doing what he is required or there is more to the story than we know right now.

Rth 3:8  And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.

Now midnight comes around and we can assume it has been at least a couple of hours.  Ruth must have went to sleep also at the feet of Boaz waiting for him to wakeup.  Midnight is a very specific hour.  It is the 6th hour of the night, the beginning of the 3rd watch of the night and represents the middle of the darkness.  It is interesting to note that this is the hour when people are easily frightened and become scared.   It was around midnight when the death angel visited in Egypt and killed the firstborn who did not have the blood of the lamb on the doorposts.  It is also interesting to note that in Matthew 25, Jesus tells the parable of the 10 virgins.  It just so happens that the bridegroom shows up at midnight and 5 of the virgins had oil and 5 of the virgins did not and were called foolish.  So there is some significant parallels being given to us.  Jesus Christ is called the “bridegroom” and the church is His bride.  We can again see the connection between Jesus and the man called Boaz.

Rth 3:9  And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.

The word that is interesting in this verse, is the word for “skirt”.  This word actually refers to the wing of a feathered bird like an eagle and is translated like that many places.  It is also used to refer to the hem of a garment or robe.  The priests were required to sew tassels on the hem of their garments.  Then there is this reference in Deuteronomy that seems to be in reference to an elicit sexual encounter.

Deu 22:30  A man shall not take his father’s wife, nor discover his father’s skirt.

You can see that the man’s father and his father’s wife are spoken of in terms of being one.   By the son uncovering his father’s wife he is said to uncover his father.  So obviously Ruth must have learned something about the law herself.  Boaz wakes up and is startled and asks who are you in the middle of the night.  Ruth tells him I am Ruth and you are my near kinsmen redeemer.  Now here is the other part that you miss reading the English part of the translation from the KJV Bible.  This word “skirt” also occurs in the previous chapter, but is translated in a completely different way:

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

Reading this verse we can better understand what Ruth was trying to say to Boaz.  Ruth was telling Boaz you are God’s answer to my problem, spread your wings over me and I will put my trust in you.  If this is not a marriage proposal I do not know what you would call it.  Wings are spoken of as a covering, and a place of safety in the O.T. Bible like in the Psalms.   Many times this is God’s people under the wings of God’s protection.  This is the picture of Ruth and Boaz as well as the Church and Jesus.

Look at this verse in Ezekiel and see if this is not what the woman Ruth is saying for her Redeemer to do to her.

Eze 16:8  Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.

God says to Israel, when I looked upon you I spread my skirt over you.  You can again see the reference to nakedness and being unclothed.   In association with these words God says I have entered into a covenant with you and you have become mine by marriage.   This is a very clear picture of Christ and the church.   If you recall in the N.T. the church is said to be clothed with Christ.  We wear Christ as a symbolic garment.  This is a covenant marriage description when the husband covers his bride.

 Rth 3:10  And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.

A reference to the kindness of Ruth is exemplified by Boaz.  She is also portrayed to be a woman of character and integrity who is not doing things just for her on good.  Her thoughtfulness and the fact that she followed her wiser mother-in-law’s instructions all proved that Ruth was a great candidate for a wife.  We do not know how old Boaz is, but by implications given he is not a young man.  Based upon him potentially being one of Elimilech’s brothers who has already died, we can assume that he is closer to Naomi’s age than to Ruth’s age.  Nevertheless, Ruth is commended for doing what she has done.

Rth 3:11  And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.

Boaz says that the whole city knows that she is a virtuous woman.  Of course remember we are in Bethlehem, the future birthplace of Jesus.  The Hebrew word translated as “Bethlehem” means the House of Bread.  Another symbolic term for God’s spiritual house.  Boaz commits to Ruth to do whatever is  necessary to  accomplished what she needed to satisfy his Lawful duty.  Boaz has committed to do whatever is necessary to make her his wife.  This is a marriage commitment and a verbal contract.  Boaz has committed to redeem his dead brother’s debts and to raise up an heir for him, by marrying his dead brother’s son’s wife.  This is the law of God, but also the wisdom of God and a picture of Christ and the church.

If you would like to continue this series of lessons, you can go to “Part 4“.

Understanding God’s Spiritual Family Structure!

(Ver 1.9)  This is “Part 1” in a series of very important advanced spiritual Bible lessons that will change your life and outlook on God and His Holy Word.  Do you know what a family is?  How do we define a family in the modern world?  Satan is diligently attempting to pervert the family definition and corrupt God’s original design but these lies still do not take away from God’s truth.  Reading the Bible we can very clearly see that God created a specific family unit system and a very specific family structure here on the earth.  Was this family design something brand new or was it patterned after something in heaven that already existed?  God created the first family of our current world system and this event is described to us in Genesis chapters 1 and 2.  Take a moment and read these verses again.  You shold be able to observe that this created first family unit only consisted of one man called the husband and one woman called his wife.  It is also important to note where the woman came from.  The woman came from the body of her husband and was not created or formed separately or independently from the husband.  This truth will become more important as you learn what this represents in the family of God.   This earthly created family grew and expanded into numerous children and eventually became very large in numbers.  In the terms of the current estimated human population on the earth today, the family of Adam has now grown to and exceeded nearly 7 billion people.  We must therefore conclude from this very solid scriptural information that a real family by God’s definition and design is comprised of a single man, a soliatary woman and at least some children.  Does God have a spiritual family like this?  Did God ever have a spiritual family that was the pattern for this created family of Adam?  Here is a new question to also consider, what will the family of God look like at the end?  Will the ending spiritual family of God in Revelation 22 be the same pattern of what has already come before?  If you did not know it yet, God had a family exactly like this in heaven prior to creation and this is exactly how it will end up in the final chapter of Revelation.  Therefore the original design of God’s family in the spiritual realm will be how the final family of God will also be patterned in the eternal spiritual realm after this world that we live within is completed.

God in the Bible is defined to be an eternal Spirit being but, the natural universe that we are now a part of, it had a created starting origination point also called a beginning (Genesis 1:1, John 1:1).  Therefore, I believe that whatever God created here in the natural realm must have originated from the pre-existing spiritual realm.  Whatever was made manifest here in the natural realm had to be patterned from that which already existed in the eternal spiritual world.  I know that you may not yet understand patterns  and I will give you a good introduction to pattern concepts before I continue this lesson on the spiritual family of God.  Can we at least begin by agreeing that the spiritual realm existed prior to the physical/natural realm?  Surely we can understand the  concept of patterns by reading Genesis 1.  Lets talk about light in Genesis 1 and where it came from!   God is defined to us in the Bible as “light” where no darkness exists (1 Jn 1:5).  Using this information we can go and look at Genesis 1:2 and see that there was no light found to be present on the earth and darkness covered the face of the deep.  However, remember that the Creator God  was called a spiritual light and He definitely pre-existed in heaven before creation took place.  In Genesis 1:3 God said “Light Be” and light then came into existence within the natural realm.   What was this natural light patterned from?  If God was the spiritual light of heaven, then it must have been patterned after God.  How do I know that?  Well if you read the end of the book you will see in Revelation 22:5 that we will have no need for the sun, moon or stars or candles because God will be our source for eternal light again.  What I have tried to demonstrate is how light had to exist in the spiritual realm first, was then made manifest in the natural realm as a pattern of the spiritual and then will again finally be transferred back into the complete spiritual light in the end with no need for the natural anymore.   Did you understand that?  It is so important that you fully grasp these cycles of repeated pattern concepts.   What I am trying to do in this introduction to my subject is to establish that patterns were created by God for us to learn some new spiritual things from.  Spiritual Light had to eternally exist in heaven originating from God prior to the creation of the natural light here in this dimension.  God in heaven had to be their only source for light because that is how it will end up in the end.  Do remember what Jesus said?  Jesus said “I am the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end”.  Jesus was saying how it was in the beginning is how it will end up at the end because the Lord changes not (Mal 3:6).  Therefore what pre-existed in heaven has now come into existence on the temporary earth and after this age is completed the spiritual light of God will again be our only source for light.   Do you understand what I just said?  I basically said based upon the verse in Malachi 3:6 if how it was in heaven before the earth’s existence is not how it will be in the end then God has changed and must have lied to us in His word.   So let me ask you this “Which came first, spiritual or natural”?  Then let me ask you “How will it end up”?  Do you understand what I am trying to teach you here?  It is very much like the old human question which came first the chicken or the egg?  In this classic debate people ask how can a chicken arrive on the earth without coming through an egg?  Then the argument goes into a circular debate, how then did the egg get here without a chicken to lay it?   What people fail to understand is that there was a more intelligent God than they are that was also involved in the entire process.  That is a key point to remember in reading the rest of this lesson series.  This more intelligent God has some pretty amazing things hidden in the Bible that reveal many of the answers to the questions that we have all had at one time about things in the Bible and in the world around us.

I hope that you are beginning to see some new patterns revealed in the Bible how God teaches us that certain specific things existed in heaven before they ever existed here on the earth.  Perhaps I should regress and speak briefly about what humans use patterns for in our natural world.  A seamstress will use patterns to create new dresses, shirts, pants, or other pieces of clothing.  Each usage of the pattern replicates the original design using whatever fabric or customizations that are desired to produce the final product.  To the untrained eye it is often difficult to recognize several products that come from the same pattern.  However to the expert it is usually obvious.  This is exactly how the Bible is also, what I see as an obvious pattern will often be overlooked by a novice Bible student.  Where do you think man learned the use of design patterned concepts in what they create in the natural?  Since man was made in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26) it is clear to me that what man does that is successful and beneficial here in the natural must have originated from what God has previously done in the spiritual.  People use patterns in almost every manufacturing and building process.  It is a dominant business working model and best practice for success.  Therefore, learn the lesson of patterns because I will be talking about them a lot in this lesson series.

I could give you many other verses to help establish the pattern truth in the Bible, but I am going to skip most of these verses to keep this lesson manageable and give you a couple of examples that are directly related to what I am trying to teach about this subject on the spiritual family of God.  Begin today in this lesson by understanding that God created the natural things found in this world to give us insight into the unseen pre-existing spiritual things.  What God created and how God created it reveal things that have been hidden since the foundation of the world.  Another way to say this is that God created natural things as a vision, or view or a window into the unseen spiritual dimension.  Here is a verse that might help you to better follow what I am saying:

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

This is an amazing verse of truth being presented to us from God.  It speaks clearly and directly about the things that God created in the beginning.  God said that the hidden qualities of God can be clearly observed within the views of our current natural creation.  This would include the design, the components, the systems, the laws, the organization and the structure of our planet, the world and the universe around us.   That is some highly informative information.  God says that you can look around you and find the hidden characteristics of God in the things that surround you everywhere.  This of course does not mean that we worship creation and ignore the Creator and that is what many in the government, Hollywood and TV do.   What God is telling us in this verse is that the most isolated men in the darkest, deepest parts of the world who have never heard the Gospel preached are without excuse.  Meaning they could easily find God, if they only looked closely around them and saw Him.  This is technically only possible if the natural realm contains patterns from the spiritual realm.   In the book of Hebrews chapter 11, God speaks to us about Enoch who walked with God and was taken because of his extreme close relationship with God.   Let’s read this verse and then consider what it teaches us:

Heb 11:5  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Did you ever think and consider that there were no preachers, no churches, no Bibles, no witnesses to the truth and nobody to talk with to confirm that there was a God when Enoch was alive?  If you do the calculations from the dates and times of birth you will find that even Adam had died when Enoch was taken up to be with God.  Thereofre, even Adam who talked with God in the garden was no longer avaliable to consult on the existence of God.  In fact in John 6:46 Jesus teaches us that no man including Adam and Enoch had ever seen God directly.  How then did Enoch find this God and know Him so very well?  I think that is a really good question to consider.  Is this type of relationship with God still possible today for men to know God in this level of intimacy that God still takes us up?  If you did not know it, it will happen very soon again and you could be possibly left behind like those in Enoch’s day.  I believe it is possible for you to know God exactly like Enoch knew God and even greater!  So let’s get back on the subject of God’s Spiritual Family Structure and prove this concept using the Bible that God had one of these in heaven.

Mat 10:25  It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

Here in this verse in Matthew, Jesus is speaking to the disciples.  This verse has great information within it, as long as you do not overlook what it says.  Jesus is calling himself the Master and the Lord.  He then tells the disciples that if the Jews said that the Master of the House is “Satan”, how much more will the servants and the members of the household be also called “Satan”.  There are two very important key words found in this verse of scripture.  First, is the word “master of the house” and this Greek word means the “Head of the Family”.  Jesus is the Head of a New Family of God.  The next key word is “household”.  This Greek word means “relatives” and those that live in the same “house”.  It implies a close relationship between the “Head of the House” and those who are part of His family.

So apparently God does have a spiritual family, with family members, relatives if you please that live in the same house.  These relatives are us, the church now and here is another important verse that confirms this statement of truth:

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

We can clearly see two contrasting groups of people being spoken of in this verse.  One group of people are called “strangers” and “foreigners”.  Have you ever been to a family reunion and not known some of the people there?  Usually you know everyone that is present at the family reunion.  However, if you come from a really big family you might sometimes not know every new child that is born since the last time you have gotten together.  Then other family members marry new spouses and the family continues to grows and it can be challenging to keep track of everyone all the time.  Nevertheless, what would you call someone who just shows up at your family party that no one there knows?  They would be called a stranger to everyone.  This was the exact way of God’s spiritual family when we were not saved, we were once foreign strangers to God’s spiritual family.  Until we were saved, we were not members of that spiritual family, so something must have occured for us to be known by God’s family.  This verse in Ephesians ends with a statement that we (the church) are now in the “household” of God.  Again this Greek word, means that we are now a member of the family and even a close relative of the same family or household.  Something changed or happened to put you into this family of God.  Do you remember what that was?  If you do not you are in trouble.  If you have not been saved, you are not a member of this spiritual family.  These verses imply that not everyone will be saved, so those that teach Universal Salvation have a major theological problem that they must just ignore.

Now I am going to introduce you to a verse in the Bible that I have already alluded to.   Maybe you did not realize it, but Jesus has establish a New family of God.  Why do I say that?  Because the Bible seems to imply that the Old family of God had some significant problems with it.

Heb 3:6  But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

Here we have another important verse that has great revelation if we choose to see it.  Jesus Christ the risen Son of God is said to be the head or master of a new spiritual house (family).  Did you know the Hebrew word for Son (H1121) is “ben” and it literally means a builder of the family name?  Therefore, Jesus being a Hebrew walked the face of the planet and called Himself both the Son of God and the Son of Man.  What we discover from this new information is that Jesus is a unique product combination and the manifestation of a son from two separate and distinct dimensions.  One dimension was spiritual (Son of God) and the other dimension was physical (Son of Man) and Jesus embodies both of these realms simultaneously as a qualified Family Builder and name extender.  Wow, I do not really know if you heard  what I said but it was important.   Therefore, only Jesus was capable of rebuilding a new family and restoring the natural family of Adam after he sinned and the spiritual family of God to create a brand new family that consists of chosen select members of each of these previous dimensions, while omitting and leaving out those that God does not desire in.  That is very tricky and extremely intelligent, if you ask me.

Did God have a pre-existing spiritual family before the creation of Adam and Eve?   Did this family have a wife?  Was God her husband?  Who were the spiritual children in the previous Family of God before the creation of Adam?  What we must do is look at Revelation 20, 21, and 22 and see that if God has a bride and children there then He must have had those also before our world began or God has changed and we know that is not possible.  There are so many questions to consider and answer.  The Bible reveals a lot of information on this subject and I will continue it in another future lesson.   Thanks for taking the time to read and study the Bible with me and I pray that I helped you to see a new spiritual perspective of an old familiar subject.  God Bless!

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

Genesis 12: Was Abraham A Liar? Seeing the Truth in Genesis!

(Ver 1.3)  Today is a subject that contains some very deep water concepts.  As you can see from my diagram in this post, these are warning signs concerning water hazards.  So please be advised that this is an advanced Bible study lesson with some new concepts that forces you to get into things that may be over your head.  So many times I have heard ministers in the pulpit accuse Abraham of being a liar because of one story in the book of Genesis that they clearly misunderstood.   In this story, we find that Abraham is faced with what he perceives as a threatening situation and he makes a decision that many have thought was a lie.  But, what we have is an example of how preachers can take a part of a story and try to make it the whole story and as a result they have jumped to some erroneous conclusions and an incorrect interpretation of the Bible.  I do not attack these preachers personally, I just attack their ignorance.  Truth will always prevail if you want to see it.  We will pick up with the story of Abraham starting in Genesis chapter 12 and verse 11:

Gen 12:11  And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:

We can see in this verse that Abraham is traveling about and he comes near the country of Egypt.  Abram begins to speak to his wife and this is where it starts to get good.  Abram tells his wife Sarai that she is very beautiful and this must have been the truth.  No one that I know of has ever questioned the beauty of Sarai his wife.

Gen 12:12  Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.

Abram begins to speculate and imagine some very negative things as he approaches Egypt.  Egypt is a type of the world, if you did not know that, keep that in mind as you read accounts in the Old Testament about Egypt.  We can see that Abram’s fear is that the men of this country will see how beautiful his wife was and kill him in order to take her to be theirs.  So Abram was very concerned about his own personal well being and safety and did not think much beyond that, it appears.  So Abram comes up with a plan or so the ministers said, he lies about who his wife was.

Gen 12:13  Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

We can see that Abram asks his wife to tell everyone that she is his sister and not to mention that they are married.  Abram thinks that he will be spared and be safe if anyone in Egypt wants his wife Sarai.  So this was Abram’s plan, a plan or work of some sort of alleged deception to save himself from being killed, or was it?  You see if you only read these verses and come up with a sermon based upon this limited information you would probably conclude that Abraham was a liar.  That he out of fear chose to purposely lie to a group of people because he was afraid of being killed.  This would in affect make Abram a type of Satan, the deceiver.  I just can’t go along with that picture because it doesn’t fit his character.  Nowhere in the Bible that I know of is Abram ever called a liar.  So if God does not call Abram a liar, I do not feel it is right that a preacher should call him a liar.  So we have to come up with another explanation or interpretation of the verses or at least some more information that helps us to understand what the real truth is about Abram and Sarai.   So we continue to read the book of Genesis and we read chapter after chapter and finally come to the answer later in Genesis 20.  During these chapters and this time period, Abram and Sarai have a lot happen to them.  God changes their names.  Abraham enters into a covenant with God.   But, it seems that Abraham repeats the same plan when he comes to another country called Gerar, ruled by Abimelech the king of Gerar.  We can see that Abraham didn’t learn very much from his Egypt experience and he repeats the same plan.

Gen 20:2  And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

So Abimelech believed what Abraham said, that she is my sister and he takes Sarah to be one of his wives.  God again saves the day and keeps the king from doing anything to Sarah with a dream.

Gen 20:3  But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.

Apparently God frowns upon one man taking another man’s wife.  I guess that is putting it very lightly since God told Abimelech that he was a dead man.  Apparently God thinks it is very serious to take another man’s wife.  That would be a very strong lesson for many Christians to learn, I don’t think God has changed his mind any time in the last 6000 years.  So as we continue down the chapter we discover that Abraham gets his wife back and he is not killed.  God saves the day again and preserves the linage of Christ.  But did Abraham lie?  We still haven’t resolved the situation or the circumstances that he was faced with.  I believe the answer to the question and the solution to the problem is finally solved by reading Genesis 20:12:

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

You see from this verse the solution to the problem that Abraham never lied.  Abraham did marry his sister.  However, she was a half-sister, the daughter of his father, but not the daughter of his mother.  Abraham had a different mother than Sarah, but she is still called his sister, legally and truthfully.  Abraham could call her, his sister and omit the wife part and still not be called a liar.  If you omit part of the truth and only tell a different part that is true, what would you call that?  I call it being very tricky.  I do not defend what Abraham did at any time.  It seems if it was not for God saving the day that Sarah would have ended up in someone’s harem.  God is faithful though to save them both.

I had one reader write me a comment that Abram was guilty of the sin of omission.  In other words by not telling all of the truth he committed a sin.  I thought that was an interesting misinterpretation of the Bible again so I spent time studying the subject in more depth.  I looked for any scripture that said withholding information was a sin and I could not find any.  Then I went and studied the subject of deception and I learned some new things found in the Bible that are very profound.  While Satan is called a deceiver, the Bible does not indicate that every deception is a sin.  I could give you more examples found in the Bible, but I wrote a blog on this subject and you should go and read that to find out more about the subject of “Righteous Deception“. 

We can really learn a whole bunch from this story of Abraham if we look for it.  I will not go into all of it, but I will tell you that Abraham is a type of Christ a picture of Jesus the man born of the natural woman Mary.  God is both the spiritual and physical father of Jesus Christ.  Mary is Jesus’ natural mother in the flesh.  The church is called the spiritual children of the “heavenly Jerusalem” in Galatians 4.  We can see that if there is a spiritual mother there also has to be a spiritual father in order to have spiritual children.  So the picture of Abraham as being a type of Christ with the same father of his wife Sarah, but with different mothers, actually fits the pattern given to us of Christ and the church.  The Bible is full of little complex imbedded hidden truths like this.  If you understand how to look for them you can learn a lot.  In another blog I told you that Jesus married his sister.  I told you that Solomon was also a type of Jesus and that 3 or 4 times in the book of Songs that Solomon calls his lover bride to be his sister.  Interesting isn’t it?  Why are things like this written in the Bible for us to figure out?  So I’ll end this blog with a picture diagram of Abraham’s family and hopefully you will that this is a pattern of another family that I will talk about in the future: 

The Bride of Christ Revealed – Part 11 The New Jerusalem

(Ver 1.2)  This is now Part 11 in the series of advanced Bible lessons on the subject of the Bride of Christ Revealed.  In my last lesson in this series we came full circle back to the New Jerusalem and today I want to address this bride city in more depth.  This will probably be the last lesson in this series on this subject for now.  Today’s lesson will cover the city of New Jerusalem mentioned in Revelation 21 as the Bride of the Lamb and how she is representative of the church.  This city has long been a point of controversy since she is described symblically and these symbols can potentally be interpreted to mean many things.  However if we use the Bible to interpret the Bible we will only come up with one true identity that she can be.  We have really covered a tremendous amount of new information found in the Bible in this series.  If you have not read the first 10 parts of this series I would strongly recommend that you go back and start reading with Part 1.

I have already given you a lot of scriptures and references that the woman in Revelation 21 appears to represent the church.  But we have certainly not exhausted the scriptures on this subject and probably would not be able to if we tried.  The Bible is much more complex than what people see on the surface of the text.  So let’s go through some more of the scriptures in this blog and see if we can find other confirming verses of the identity of the New Jerusalem.

Let’s look at some other scripture that I’ve heard does reflect the identity of the bride.  In fact it is almost impossible to ignore since it directly reflects this title.

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

It is very interesting to note that God finds it necessary to create a new heaven and a new earth.  There is an implied problem with the old heaven and the old earth.  Why buy a new car if your old car is still in great shape and useful.  Why create a new family or a new covenant if the old is in such good relations.  There lies the problem that God had and the solution that He has implemented with the establishment of a new heaven and new earth.  If is also noteworthy that this verse says the “first” and not just the “old”.  That actually tells us there were none others before this first heaven and earth.  But yet it does tells us that there will be a second.

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

Rev 21:9  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

I can’t emphasis enough the reality that this city is called the wife of the Lamb.  We already have a good understanding of who the Lamb is, but many may still be struggling to figure out the identity of the city called New Jerusalem.  So let’s look at some other verses in this chapter that describe this city:

Rev 21:12  And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

Rev 21:13  On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

Rev 21:14  And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Revelation gives us significant additional information that I think we should take a look at now in some depth.  If the church is the bride and Jesus is the bridegroom, then God is also calling the church the “new Jerusalem” the new covenant city of God.  I’ve heard some say that here in these scriptures it proves that the “new Jerusalem” is the bride and not the church.  If this is true this doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.  I’ll put it to you this way why couldn’t the church be both?  In fact if you look at scriptures accurately I believe you will find out that the church is both.   Someone said that we are the body of Christ and therefore, if Christ has a bride we have a bride.  You know based upon scripture that I’ve shown you that this is not true.  We have been called the body of Christ, but we are never called the Lamb.  I don’t know of any scripture that says we are the Lamb of God and here in Revelation Jesus is referred to as the Lamb more than once.  I’ve given several scriptures that demonstrate how the church became the body of Christ and that was clearly by a marriage covenant.  So we have already established that the church is the bride of Christ, but now we need to further confirm that the church is also the New Jerusalem.

In Biblical days a city was usually a walled dwelling place where all the human people of a common nation lived.  The reason for building a wall was for safety to keep enemies from stealing from them and killing them.   This city is said to have 4 walls as if a square or a rectangular structure.   Each of the 4 walls has 3 gates.  Each Gate has an angel.  It still appears that God is guarding the way in an out of this city.  But all of these can also be taken symbolically.  If we are talking about a symbolic city with symbolic gates, symbolic walls and symbolic foundations we really have a lot more to learn.  I believe we make a mistake if we think of this spiritual city in terms that it is a physical place.

We have already discussed that a city represents a covenant and is referred to as a woman.  The covenant is not with the city however, it is with the inhabitants or residents of the city.  I could give you several good scriptures, but I’ll choose one that I liked and one that stood out to me.  Let’s review the Word of God in Isaiah:

Isa 54:11  O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.

Isa 54:12  And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.

Isa 54:13  And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

These scriptures are an amazing parallel to the description of the city found in Revelation 21 called the New Jerusalem.  We see the mention of many of the key qualities of a large city with stones, foundations, windows, gates and borders.  We also see the mention of key stone types meaning they are valuable, precious and rare.  These key elements describe a city for sure in verses 11 and 12 of Isaiah 54.  However, did you notice the reference found in verse 13?  It speaks of this city as a woman with children.  Isn’t that an interesting commentary.  I tell you when you see what the Bible is describing as a woman you begin to see a lot more clearly the things that are symbolized in the Word of God.  We again see in Isaiah that a city represents a woman and not just any woman in our case it is called the bride of the Lamb in Revelation 21:9.    A woman has children and that is one of the primary reasons for marriage.

There are so many good things within these scriptures in Revelations, but I saw a definite significance of the number 12 mentioned, did you notice that too?  It is not an accident that there were 12 tribes in the nation of Israel for this was a type and a shadow of the spiritual Israel to come.  It is no accident that Jesus choose 12 Apostles and the book of Revelations informs us that their names are written on the 12 foundations of this new city Jerusalem.  If the names of the 12 apostles are written on the foundation doesn’t that describe the church?  Who started the church if it wasn’t Jesus breathing on the apostles (John 20:22) I don’t know who it was.  We also see the reference of 12 angels and of the 12 tribes of Israel so the new Jerusalem is comprised I believe of, at the least a part of all three of these groups.  So if we get right down to it, I don’t think that the Gentile Church is the entire city, only a big part of it.  Hopefully you will understand this more as the Word of God is revealed further.  Let’s look at just one part of this new city and see the part that the church plays.  Once you finally realize that this woman represents a covenant marriage relationship, then you can easily associate the role of the church to this woman.

Here is a good time to remind you of what we read earlier when God said my wife “Jerusalem” committed adultery (Ezekiel 16:32).  Who did God call his female wife?  The earthly city Jerusalem was referred to as “her”.  This physical city is in no doubt a foreshadowing of the new Jerusalem the spiritual city that we just read about.  The reference to a city is the a reference to the people within the city who were in covenant with God, Yes?  The people living in the earthly city Jerusalem were in covenant and married to God.  God calls all of these people by a name of Jerusalem and says she is my wife.  This was the Old Covenant people or the earthly nation of Israel.  So, who is in the New Covenant with Jesus Christ?  It is those people in covenant or marriage with Jesus that are the residents of this new Jerusalem.  The distinct parallels between these two cities are very numerous and cannot be ignored, unless you just want to remain ignorant.

Do you remember in the Old Testament the life of David the king of natural Israel?  In the book of Acts David is called a type of God.  If you understand the significance of Biblical Typology these Old Testament stories have meaning for us in the church today.  The Bible in Acts 13:22 says that David was a man after God’s own heart.  David had it in his heart to build a temple in Jerusalem, but God said it was not for him to do, but for his son Solomon (1 Kings 8:17-19).  Solomon represents a type of Christ as I said before and he was the builder of the physical Temple of God in Jerusalem.  But Christ Jesus was the builder of a spiritual house for God.  Natural types are only God’s patterns or foreshadows of that which was to come.  Jesus today is the builder of a new spiritual temple and we can prove this by reading the New Testament:

2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Here is a most significant scripture with great revelation.  The implied reference is that of a building.  But buildings are many times built within cities.  It says God will live in them and walk in them.  That sounds like a really big house or a city to me.  If you live in Dallas Texas, and wanted to go for a walk, where would you be walking?  But this is not a physical building or temple, for God in the same context speaks of this temple in the terms of people.  In other words the temple is built with people.  People are the spiritual building blocks that make up this structure.  Do you understand that concept?

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Here is another scripture that says we are the dwelling place of the living God right here and right now.  There is a clear implication of a building or a house or even a city within both of these verses.  After all what does it mean to “dwell”?  When it says God dwells in us what does that mean to you?  If I said I dwell in Dallas Texas what does that mean?  It specifies the location of my home.  If I said I dwell in a big white house on Jones Rd.  What does that tell you?  It describes a building or house that I live in and helps give you the location of that house.  I don’t know how we can be the bride and the temple and the city and the body of Christ and all of these things at the same time, but I believe we are.

What is a temple?  A temple is a building or a structure that is created to be inhabited or occupied by someone.  Modern temples are called places of worship many times.  However, the original temple was put together by Moses according to God’s instructions and made out of tents.  A tent represents a temporary dwelling place.  It was not until Solomon, that the permanent dwelling place was built in the earthly Jerusalem.  Both of these are representative of what the church is experiencing now and foretells that which is to come.  Look at these scriptures:

2Pe 1:13  Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;

2Pe 1:14  Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

This is a very interesting pair of scriptures and I believe they give us some light on the subject of the temple of God.  These scriptures say that Peter was dwelling in a tabernacle.  This is not talking about a physical house or a building made by the hands of man.  In fact he is not talking about any kind of physical building at all with walls, doors and windows.  No, it is speaking of his body that he and God dwells in.  God has showed him that he was soon to die and leave his body and go and be with the Lord.  The tabernacle represents a temporary dwelling place.  The Greek word translated “tabernacle” comes from another root word that contains the meaning of a “tent”.  A tent represents a temporary dwelling place and we know that if Jesus doesn’t come we will all die.  However, when we are raised from the dead and given a new glorified body then we will have a permanent dwelling place for God.

2Co 5:1  For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

2Co 5:2  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

2Co 5:3  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

2Co 5:4  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

2Co 5:5  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

2Co 5:6  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

2Co 5:7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

2Co 5:8  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

These are very powerful scriptures and teach us many of the things that I’ve been attempting to convey.  They speak of our current mortal bodies as a temporary home and even calls them an earthly tabernacle or tent.    What is an earthly tabernacle?  It has to be a tabernacle made of earth or dust as it says in Genesis that God formed the body of man from the dust of the ground.  But it also gives us the hope of a new house that was not built with man’s hands, but it will come from God and will be immortal.  So we see a pattern from the Old Testament where Moses established a temporary tabernacle for God made of tents.  Then came Solomon and he built the permanent tabernacle.  These are types and shadows of what Jesus has done and is doing.

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

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

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

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

These are some of the most interesting scripture references comparing the church to a symbolic building and they say that we (the church) are ALLL the habitation of God.  Notice first in chapter 2 verse 19 God is referring to the church as being fellow citizens with the rest of the saints.  A citizen is a resident of a city.  Which city are we now citizens of?  Isn’t that very relevant to what we are talking about in Revelation?  God then implies that this city is where we were once on the outside of the walls being called strangers and foreigners but, we have now become a residential part of this implied city of God.  Then notice all of the symbolic architectural terms and references in these verses.  There is a clear reference to the act of constructing a building.  Also notice in verse 20 the reference to the symbolic foundation of the 12 Apostles and prophets.  Doesn’t that sound familiar?  What about the description of the city in Revelations coming down from Heaven?  It also had a foundation of the 12 Apostles of the Lamb.  This is no accident, but demonstrates a confirmation of the relationship of the church to the city New Jerusalem.  Going back to verse 19 you see the connection to the household of God and the spiritual building that God is putting together.  These verses also further imply the members of the church are symbolic building blocks in this construction being joined together laid upon the foundation.   These are amazing verses to remember for our study of the New Jerusalem.  Let’s review an earlier concept and remember what God said in 1 Corinthians using new light:

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Don’t you know that you are the temple of God?  What does that now mean to you?  That means to me that each and every one that is born again represents a living stone in a new temple dwelling place for the True Living God.  I know the natural earthly Jerusalem contained the temple of God as one of its key components.  So at the minimum the temple of God is within the new Jerusalem and to say it is not the entire city would be difficult in my perspective.  So if we are this new temple then we are at minimum a major or significant part of the new Jerusalem referred to in Revelation.

1Co 3:10  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

1Co 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

I included these scriptures as a contrast to what I was talking about previously.  For they contain more building and architectural terms, but the reference is given in much different context.  We see a foundation which is clearly Jesus Christ.  Then there are references to other builders that continue to reveal the word of God.  So does these scriptures contradict the others or complement them to give a different perspective or view.  I say they only complement.  I’ve spent a lot of time and effort showing multiple scriptures that at the minimum shows the church is a significant part of the new Jerusalem, if not the entire city.  I don’t feel like I’ve exhausted the subject but I feel I’ve given enough scriptural evidence to justify the claim.  So now I want to stir up a different point of view and look at some other scripture that seems to indicate to me that the church is this woman mentioned in Revelation 21.

Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Eph 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Verse 26 in Ephesians 5 specifically mentions the church as the bride and says she has been made clean by Christ.  In verse 27 we see another inference of marriage in direct relationship to the church with the word “present” her.   Present in the Greek means to stand beside.  So if the church was only the body of Christ then there would be a direct contradiction, because how can a man stand beside himself?  In a marriage ceremony usually the bride is standing beside the groom when taking the vows.  Finally in verse 27 there is a reference to the church not having spot or wrinkle, holy and without blemish.  I know that is speaking of God’s righteousness that was bestowed or given to the church and not something that we earned or achieved on our own.  But did you notice a distinct parallel to another verse in Revelation 19 where it speaks about the bride in this regard:

Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

This is a most interesting choice of words.  It speaks of a cleansing process that has taken place.  You might could infer a washing.  Fine linen infers a garment that is spotless without stains, imperfections, rips or holes.  Isn’t this what Ephesians was saying also?  Also notice that it says in the last part of verse 8, the righteousness of the saints, not the righteousness of God.   I fully understand it is God’s righteousness I’m just making a point.  The word “saints” is used in other places in direct reference to the church.  Look how God addresses His people in Rome:

Rom 1:7  To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I think the similarities and parallels between the scriptures in Revelation describing the bride as a city to other scriptures that are written directly to the church in the epistles are so amazingly related that they complement each other.  They simply give a different perspective of the same thing.  God simply uses symbolism that we can grasp hold of and shows us some natural things to help us to understand these spiritual realities.  In this verse in Romans 1:7 that is written to the church, we are called saints of God.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard anyone besides the church ever referred to as saints.  Have you?  Then I noticed something very interesting in this verse, God calls the church “His beloved”.  I don’t know if you  noticed this or not, but this is a term used some 27 times in the Song of Solomon.  The beloved is often times used in conjunction with a direct reference to his bride.  Is this a coincidence or a clue to God’s purpose and plan?  I believe it is a valuable clue to see.  The church is this beloved, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…”.   To love someone that much to give yourself for them is an incredibly unselfish act.

Before I end the discussion in this blog, let me show a verse of scripture that has tremendous significance to the identity of the “Lamb’s Wife”.  As you read this verse notice that Jesus is speaking and who Jesus is speaking to.  I believe you will see Jesus is talking to the church:

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

I don’t know how you can read this verse and not see clearly that Jesus is speaking to the church.  Jesus is telling the church some very specific things.  These specific details confirm in other words what we read in Revelation 19 and 21 about the New Jerusalem.  Again the city is referred to as the city of God and it comes from above.  But the name of this city will be written on or given to them that have overcome.  Who is it that has overcome?   What city name was it that was to be written on them?  Of course Jesus says that to those who overcome, He will write the name of the New Jerusalem upon them.  Jesus also said these same people will be living stones or pillars in the temple of God.  This confirms that the spiritual temple of God and the spiritual city New Jerusalem are one in the same thing.  These are totally complementary views of the exact same spiritual structure.  If you can see it you will understand some very powerful spiritual truths.  Then there is the whole name changing operation that takes place at a marriage between a husband and the wife.  The wife traditionally always takes the name of the husband and isn’t this what this verse is saying?  The church is taking the name “New Jerusalem” and becoming the wife of the Lamb.  This is all New Covenant language and spiritual truths that have been overlooked by many.  I hope you have enjoyed this lesson the identity of bride of Christ.  I know I did not cover everything that I could have, but hopefully I gave you some new things to think about and study.

The Bride of Christ Revealed – Part 10 The Bride in the Old Testament 2

(Ver 1.1) This is now Part 10 in the series of advanced Bible lossons on the subject of The Bride of Christ Revealed.  Today will be a lesson on more Old Testament references to the Bride of Christ.  I have already covered a lot of infromation in this series.  For example, if we are talking about someone being a bride then there are implied subjects that we needed to be covered.  For example, an implied bridegroom and an implied wedding or marriage.  I went over the subjest that Jesus was the Bridegroom of the bride providing you with many scriptures.  I then defined what a spiritual woman or a spiritual bride was in the eyes of God using the Bible to help us to understand her.  I further have defined the reality that a marriage in the eyes of God is a covenant between God and his bride using several verses.  If you have not been following this blog series from the beginning I would strongly suggest that you go back and read it from the beginning Part 1 The Introduction.

As we have seen, we know from the Old Testament prophets that God was married to the natural nation of Israel and the people of the earthly city of Jerusalem.  Maybe you didn’t realize that, but it is there.  What we see is a natural example of a marriage covenant between Israel and God the Father.  This is a pattern and a foreshadowing of the New Covenant that was to come.  When Jesus was crucified He implemented a new covenant, which represents a spiritual marriage to a spiritual woman called the new Jerusalem.  The parallels between these two women are numerous and I really think they are obvious if you look for them.  Here are just some of the parallels I found from studying these two women:

Old Covenant New Covenant
Physical People Spiritual People
Natural Nation of Israel Spiritual Nation of Israel
12 Sons of Jacob 12 Disciples of the Lamb
Earthly Jerusalem New Jerusalem
Unholy Jerusalem Holy Jerusalem
Solomon Builds God a Natural Temple Jesus Builds God a Spiritual Temple
Priests unto God Jesus our High Priest
Blood of the Lamb on the Doorposts Blood of the Lamb of God covers our Sins
Offers Yearly Sacrifices for Sin Jesus the Lamb of God once for all Sin
Described as a Natural Woman Described as a Spiritual Woman
Married to God the Father Married to Jesus the Son of God
Abraham The Natural Father Abraham the Spiritual Father
Called the Natural Seed of Abraham Called the Spiritual Seed of Abraham
Circumcised in the Flesh Circumcised in the Heart
Covenant of Mt Sinai in Arabia Covenant of Mt Zion in Heaven

So who is this new covenant with?  It has to be the church, those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  The parallels and patterns between these two women are very significant and intentional by God’s design.  God implemented an Old Covenant to give us patterns into the New Covenant.  Let’s go through some verses in the Old Testament now and look for the bride of Christ.  Here is an Old Testament scripture that I believe is very relevant to the subject of the identity of the bride:

Isa 54:5  For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

We see a clear reference that God our maker is called the husband.  I know this verse could be taken as directed at Israel and God, but I believe by the law of double reference it is referring to Jesus and the church.  This is a prophetic verse of scripture for it speaks of God being “our” husband.  How did I get to “our”?  Because it says “thy Husband” is also called “thy Redeemer”.  So who has redeemed us?  Did you know we were redeemed from something, maybe that ought to be my first question.  Here is a familiar scripture to some and others might not have seen it:

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

You see in this verse that Jesus is called our Redeemer.  God writes to the church and tells them that Jesus gave himself for them.  Jesus did this to free them from their captive state and from the consequences of their sin.  Here is another verse that speaks along these lines:

Gal 3:13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

So we see from Galatians 3:13 and Titus 2:14 that Christ has redeemed “US” the church.  So who did Isaiah say our husband would be?  He said our Redeemer would be our husband.  These kind of scriptures are all over the Bible if you look for them.  I know it can be like putting a big jig saw puzzle together, but the pieces of the puzzle only fit together correctly one way so keep trying them to figure out what is right and what works.  God didn’t give you a puzzle that couldn’t be solved.  I hope you can see why I included this scripture right here and how it also fits with the story of Ruth in the Old Testament.  I talked about the story of Ruth in the last blog.  Christ is our redeemer and he is now also our husband.  We can see that this verse is one of those that I referred to as applicable to the church by the law of double of reference.  It was historical and prophetical at the same time.  You can learn so much if you can accept these simple truths.  I think I should briefly talk about what “redeem” means.  If you look this word up and see the definition, it informs us that God buys us out of an impending doom or disastrous state.  The word states that the item being bought is on the verge of being lost and the buyer paid the price to save it.  We were that item on the verge of being eternally lost and Jesus Christ with His blood bought us out of our impending disaster.

So many times people do not think when they read the Bible.  If God had to buy us out of our sin and pay the price for our freedom, who did this payment go to?  If you have never been in a pawn shop perhaps you do not know how they work.  Someone takes in an item into the pawn shop that has some value to it.  This item is pawned for a specific time period.  The shop owner gives the owner of the item some amount of money, usually pennies on the dollar for the item and keeps the item in their vault until either the owner comes back and buys the item back or the time period elapses.  If the time period elapses the pawn shop owner is then free to take the item and sell it for more than he paid for it and that is one way that they make their money.  If the original owner of the item comes back for his item he usually has to pay what he was loaned plus interest to get the item back.  So what does this have to do with God redeeming us?  We were that item of value that was pawned and held for ransom.  God in His infinite mercy paid the price for our redemption.  Perhaps I’ll do a blog on this showing you the Bible verses in the future.

Let’s get back to the bride in the Old Testament.  The book of Isaiah has several scriptures that can be taken to heart by the church and here is another example of one of these:

Isa 62:5  For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

This verse gives us a scriptural comparison of a natural and a spiritual truth.  We can clearly see a reference given to a marriage between a natural man and a natural woman.  We can then see that compared to a covenant marriage between God and his wife.  By the law of double reference we can easily make the leap and see that this is Jesus and the church.  Jesus as you recall was called the bridegroom with a bride in book of John.  So as this verse says it says the bridegroom will rejoice over you.  Who do you think “you” is?  Of course it is the church.  Who do you think the bridegroom is, who rejoices?  Of course that is Jesus.  Verses like this are so easily overlooked and ignored and people do it every day.  But, when you see the truth it makes it easier to see other related truths in the Word of God.

We have seen two very significant verses in Isaiah that are relevant to the church, but there are also other verses and other prophets which can be viewed in more than one way by “the law of double reference”.   What does this law of double reference mean to us?  It simply means that it can be taken in a natural and a historical way according to the natural nation of Israel and then it can be taken in a spiritual or prophetic way that relates to the new Jerusalem and the new Covenant people of God.   Here are a couple of verses that I think further reflect what I am telling you.

Jer 50:4  In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God.

Jer 50:5  They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.

We know reading this scripture in verse 4 that this appears to be addressed to the natural people of Israel and Judah.  During this time period the prophet Jeremiah had seen the natural nation of Israel split into two opposing factions.  This involved the 10 tribes of Israel to the north and then the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin to the south.  Israel experienced a split and we won’t get into any of that because even though it is important, it is not relevant to the identity of the bride of Christ at least as far as we know right now.  For you see there is a verse in the New Testament that gives us some clues into this statement:

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

We can see from this verse written to the church that God is speaking of the New Covenant.  God states that this new covenant is with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  But, since this is written to the church we can very easily say that we are them, the spiritual Israel and the spiritual Judah.

Look back at Jeremiah 50.  We can see a stark change in context in Jeremiah 50:5 with these natural people being previously mentioned.  Did you notice what they said?  Probably you don’t fully grasp what was said without studying and finding out the significance of the words.  It starts by them asking the way to Zion.  They end with a statement that says let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant.  A perpetual covenant means an eternal, everlasting, never ending covenant.  We know from study that to join with another is a part of a marriage covenant.  The wife is joined to her husband they become one flesh by the law of marriage in Genesis 2.  So we are definitely talking about a bride and a her husband in this verse.  But, do you understand what Zion is?  It has far reaching implications that are very significant.  I do not feel I can fully explain everything in this blog, but I will try to give you enough information to help you see what I am talking about.  I’ll start by saying that Mt Zion has an earthly reference to a mountain in Palestine called Mt Hermon.  This is not the mountain in this verse that the people are asking for directions to.  If you think it is you are probably just confused.  Let’s look at some key verses in the New Testament that will help us unlock the meaning.  Here are two verses that are quotes from the Old Testament: 

Mat 21:5  Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

Joh 12:15  Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.

Both  of these verses say basically the same thing.  But, it give us a key phrase or wording that maybe you don’t understand fully yet.  These words are addressed to the daughter of Zion.  Do you know who the daughter of Zion is?  This may be news to many of you, but the daughter of Zion is the church.  I think several readers just choked on their drink.   Jesus is prophesied to be riding on a donkey into the city of Jerusalem.   But, it says look daughter of Zion here is your King.  Who is the King of kings and the Lord of lords?  If you don’t know the answer to that you may need to do more Bible study.  Who are the kings and lords that Jesus is King and Lord of?  This is not a trick question.   Let’s look at some more verses and this will become clearer as we do further study.  Let’s first establish the location of Mt Zion.  Where is Mt Zion, this mountain is not in Palestine or the natural nation of Israel.  Here is a clue and a verse that might help you see it.

Rom 9:33  As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Isa 8:14  And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

The Bible is so much more complex than we give it credit for many times.  When we read the Bible most of the time we see Israel and Jerusalem and only think in natural terms of the physical country and city on the earth.  However, there are more than one of both of these in the Bible.  From what I have seen in the Bible there are three cities in the Bible all called by the same name Jerusalem.  One is physical and two are spiritual.  I really don’t have time to teach you this in this lesson.  I have included more information on this in other blogs so go read and study.  So who or what are these verses speaking of?  Who is the stumbling stone?  Who is this rock of offence?    Here is another scripture from Isaiah that also speaks of this stone:

Isa 28:16  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

You can see that God has laid a stone in Zion to start a foundation for a building project.  This stone was tried, which has all kind of implications on it.  Jesus was tried by Pilot and sentenced to death.  Then it refers to this stone as a corner stone.  A corner stone in terms of  building is the stone that all the other stones are aligned from.  It is the first stone laid in a building project.  God is talking about a building project, yes?  Sure He is!   However, God is building a spiritual building, a spiritual city which is to be His eternal dwelling place.  This dwelling place is the church and it is called the New Jerusalem.  Let’s read some very important verses in Ephesians 2:

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

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

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

You can clearly see a reference to a very, very large building project in these verses.  This is a large building project because we have a really big God.  God is building an eternal city, a holy city to dwell in.  This city is of course the New Jerusalem.  This city will be His eternal dwelling place and will be a glorious place to be forever.  As you recall this city is described in great detail in Revelation and is called the Holy Jerusalem, the New Jerusalem.  It is New because the Old is going away and being replaced totally and completely. 

Heb 8:13  In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

So God tells us that the New replaces the Old.  The New is not an augmentation or a modification of the Old or even an upgrade from the Old.  The New is a better covenant, built upon better promises.  God tells us that the Old will soon vanish away completely.  We can see this repeated in the New Testament if you look for it.  God tells us there will be a new Heaven and new Earth.  So obviously both of these will also be completely replaced.  It would appear to me that God is preparing a new spiritual world that replaces the old spiritual world.

So we are still talking about Mt. Zion and where it is.  Who was this “Stumbling Stone” that Isaiah 8:14 is referring to?  Of course it is Jesus Christ?  Where is Jesus Christ today?  He is in heaven sitting at the right hand of the Father.  Do you agree?  So apparently Mt Zion is in heaven.    Here is a verse that will clear things up better for you since it tells us exactly where this Mt Zion is located:

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,

Heb 12:23  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

This verse is so clear and so informative that I wonder why we haven’t seen it before.  Of course this verse is written to the church and it declares us, the church as having come to this Mt Zion.  Then it reveals the location of this Mt Zion as being the city of the living God.  This time it names the city directly as the Heavenly Jerusalem.  As I hope you recall we have already seen this city named in Galatians 4, where it was called the Jerusalem that is Above.  Who was this city according to Galatians?  Wasn’t it the “Jerusalem from Above” that was the mother of the Church?  Uh Oh?  We are beginning to put together pieces of the puzzle that have huge implications to challenge our current understanding of God’s word.  If you use your brain a little bit you realize that every covenant of God has a corresponding mountain associated with it.  From reading in Galatians 4 the Earthly Jerusalem is tied to Mt Sinai where Moses received the law from God.  This heavenly Jerusalem also has a mountain associated with it inferring there was another covenant that most of us don’t know about.  If the heavenly Jerusalem contains the mountain named Zion and this city is said to be the mother of the church, could the daughter of Zion also be the church?  If you keep studying longer you will come to the conclusion that it is, as I have.

Son 3:11  Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.

The daughter of Zion is mentioned in the Song of Solomon when speaking of his wife that he loves.  Solomon is an O.T. type of Christ and a pattern for Jesus’ marriage to the church.  The “daughter of Zion” again is a reference to the church a spiritual name for a spiritual woman.

I have in a roundabout way gone in a complete circle in this teaching about the bride of Christ.  As you may remember, we started out very early with a definition of a woman coming from a description of the woman in Revelation called the New Jerusalem.  This woman has suddenly reappeared from Old Testament references thus completing the circle.  If you have been following this you will soon begin to understand the connection and the process of how we got to where we did.  God does things like this on purpose to teach us.  This woman called the New Jerusalem is the Holy City of God.  The eternal dwelling place for the Spirit of God.  The eternal covenant wife of Jesus Christ the Son of God.  This city is a new spiritual habitation for God because the Old spiritual city in heaven will soon pass away.  Why was it necessary for God to create a new spiritual city?  Why was is necessary to create a new heaven and a new Earth?  Why did God have to marry a new wife through His Son Jesus Christ?  Why was the Church a necessary part of God’s plan as a woman and a wife?   There are just so many questions to answer and research.  Before I close out this incredibly long lesson, I’ll leave you with one more set of scriptures about this city called “New Jerusalem”:

Isa 52:1  Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.

Isa 52:2  Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

Isa 52:3  For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.

Here God is speaking to the New Jerusalem.  If you noticed He again called it the “Holy Jerusalem” like He did in Revelation.  There is a parallel given to us of a spiritual truth.  We know the uncircumcised refers to those not in covenant.  But, in the New Testament God informs us that we who have been circumcised in our hearts are the true Jews (Rom 2:29).  So God is speaking prophetically as well as naturally.  Then in verse 2 it says to free ourselves from the captivity of sin.  Where we were bound in darkness to Satan we have been purchased and redeemed by God.  As you can see in verse 3 it says we sold ourselves for nothing to Satan, but God has bought us back without paying any money for us.  It didn’t cost God any money to redeem us, but it was not free either.  God shed His blood, which was more valuable than anything else that He could have given and paid the price to buy us out of our dilemma. 

So we have gone full circle and ended where we started.  Funny how God does that.  The City of New Jerusalem is the New Covenant wife of the Lamb of God and this spiritual woman is the church.  There are certainly many other scriptures that I did not cover, but I know I have run very long in today’s lesson, so I will stop here.

If you would like to continue reading this series, you can go to “Part 11“.

The Bride of Christ Revealed – Part 9 The Bride in the Old Testament

(Ver 1.1)  This has been a very long extensive advanced Bible study about the identity of the bride of Christ.  This is now Part 9 in the series and is my 100th blog on this site.  I have been going through an intentionally designed set of information to step you through a process so that you could clearly see and understand the identity of the Bride of Christ.  We have discussed a lot of subjects and a lot of scriptures.  These are absolutely critical for you to understand so that you know who you are in Christ.  By knowing who you are spiritually, it clearly indentifies you and your responsibility in the spiritual realm and helps you to understand your covenant relationship with Christ.  If you have not read these blogs from the beginning I would strongly recommend that you go back and start with Part 1 The Introduction and then continue forward in progressive blogs so that you can clearly see and understand what God is saying.

Within the Old Testament there are several styles of writings found within the pages.  First we should realize that God originally started by giving the first part of the Old Testament to Moses.  Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible and these are many times referred to as “the law”.  The law represents commandments and instructions given to the nation of Israel so that they would learn and know of God and His ways.    There is a lot of information contained within the law, but most of it does not apply directly to the church.   We know from the New Testament in verses like Romans 6:14 that it says the church is not under the law, but under grace.  So we have to understand the law, but not live thinking that by obeying the law that is what saved us.  Jesus also said that a new commandment I give to you and this was the commandment of Love.  Jesus told us that in this one new commandment was summed up all the other commandments of the Old Testament.  Next, we should see the Bible as a historical document with actual events, places and people recorded for our benefit.  The Bible says these things were written to us for examples (1 Cor 10:11) so that we could learn from what they did right or wrong.  Learning from History will help us to not repeat it, so the saying goes.  So we should read first and foremost for examples that we could learn from.  Next, there are prophetic words recorded of events and things which have not yet occurred.  Jesus of course fulfilled many of the prophetic writings when he was born a man and walked the earth.  Then he was killed and rose from the dead and these were all prophesied events.  Events that were written hundreds of years earlier.  So we should be reading the Old Testament for events that are soon to occur.  The next type of Old Testament writing that we should be aware of when reading, is the fact that God has developed patterns, types and shadows of future events and people.  Many times it is a natural occurrence of a specific event that parallels a future spiritual event.  God informs us that the thing that has been is the thing that shall be again  ( Ecc 1:9).  He told us that there is nothing new under the sun.  So what we can determine from this is that God has given us glimpses into future spiritual events by showing us previous natural events.   So as we read the Old Testament keep this in mind and look for natural patterns, types and shadows of people, places and events.  I believe there are many other types and styles of writings in the Old Testament, but there is only one more that I want to point out.  The last type of writing that I want to make you aware of are scriptures that many call double references.  In other words they may be words that are originally given to or directed at the natural nation of Israel, but these words can also be applied to the spiritual nation of Israel or the church as it is also known.  The law of double reference represents words that come from God that can be viewed historically and prophetically simultaneously.   The Bible declares that all of the promises of God are yes and amen to us (2 Cor 1:20).  For example, some of these promises were from the Old Testament given to Abraham and his seed (Gal 3:14).  But, we know from Galatians that now we (the church) are the seed of Abraham and whatever God said to him, he said to us also (Gal 3:29).  We can see from this example, that the story of Abraham has vast spiritual implications for the church.  However, without reading and understanding double references and O.T. writings styles, you would never know these promises were yours without Galatians 3.  So let’s look at some Old Testament scriptures and see what God has revealed about the identity of the bride of Christ.

There are so many Old Testament references as well as specific patterns, types and shadows that reveal the identity of this woman called the bride of Christ, but unless you are looking for them you will probably glide right over them and not even realize it.  For example, have you ever read the Song of Solomon?  This man goes on and on about a woman, describing her in detail and speaking of his deep feeling of love for her.  I really don’t know how you can read that and not realize that woman’s true identity, that woman is the church.  The man speaking is God in the flesh.  Jesus died and gave himself for payment to purchase the church with his blood.  I think for time sake I will not go through that book, but it does have many verses that are relevant.  I would strongly recommend that you read this book with a new perspective and focus and look for examples of the bride.  We can easily tell because we know who the author is, who the male or bridegroom is in the relationship.  Jesus made this statement,

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

So as you read stories about the man in the Song of Solomon, remember what Jesus said.  Search the scriptures, but keep this in mind for they are written about Him.  That will help you a whole bunch in figuring out what they mean.  I’ll give you a hint that will help you maybe in your study of the Song of Solomon.  The woman in the story is many times referred to as the “daughter of Jerusalem” or the “daughter of Zion”.  In the King James Translation it is incorrectly translated as “daughters of Jerusalem”, but if you look up the word you will see that it should have been singular.  So who was the daughter of Jerusalem?  If you recall we read in Galatians 4:26 that the Heavenly Jerusalem, is the spiritual mother of us all (the church).  That would of course help confirm the identity of the Bride as being the daughter of the Heavenly Jerusalem in the Song of Solomon.  There are many other interesting things to read in the book of Song of Solomon so I recommend that you spend time in studying this book in great depth.  For example, six times in the Song of Solomon the woman is called his “sister” and his “spouse”.  The term “spouse” is obvious and it means wife.  The term sister is of course is more difficult for religious people to grasp.  However, the church has to be a spiritual sister to Christ since we have the same spiritual mother and father.  But I guess I won’t elaborate anymore and get you upset at me.

Another classic Old Testament type and shadow of Christ and the Church is given to us in the book of Ruth.  The entire story is about a woman who is the primary named character.  This woman is a gentile woman and ends up marrying her Jewish Redeemer.  Sounds kind of familiar to another story in the New Testament.  People who don’t see the Church as this woman must be ignoring the obvious or just blinded by the enemy so that they won’t see it.  The book of Ruth is not a very big book, it is only 4 chapters and you can read it without spending much time doing it.  However, reading is not the same as understanding it.  You are going to have to study to show yourself approved a workman unto God.  Study involves digging for the big hidden nuggets of truth and not just scanning the surface for the easy stuff.  Study will always involve work on your part.  If you would like to read my blog series on this woman Ruth you can go to “The Book of Ruth“.

Here is a quick synopsis of the story of Ruth.  It seems that this story begins when there was a time of famine that existed in the land of Israel.  A man, his wife and two sons moved out of Israel to find food.  They went to the land of Moab and settled down.  The father of the family dies there.  His two sons marry Moabite women to start their own families.  However within 10 years time, the two sons also die leaving no heirs.  With all of the Hebrew men dead that left the mother-in-law and her two daughter-in-laws only.  Naomi, the older widow then attempts to convince her two daughter-in-laws to go back home and find new husbands because she can’t have any more children for them to marry.  One daughter-in-law takes her up on this and one does not.  The one daughter-in-law named Ruth declares where ever you go I will go, where ever you die I’ll die, your people will be my people and your God will by my God.  This is covenant talk if you didn’t realize that.  So Naomi and Ruth return to Naomi’s homeland where her relatives lived.  This so happens to be in and around the city of Bethlehem.   This is the exact future birth place of Jesus.  This is certainly not a coincidence.   Ruth must have become familiar with the law of Moses being married to a son of Israel or from her mother-in-law Naomi, because everything she does going forward follows the things written in the law. 

The law of Moses provided for a method of raising up an heir in the case and circumstances that Ruth was experiencing.  A man called a kinsman redeemer was responsible to marry the widow of the dead relative and have children with her.  This child would become an heir for the dead husbands family.  This kinsman redeemer was named Boaz in the book of Ruth.  Boaz was a very wealthy man and owned a large field that Ruth would gleam from in order to get food to survive.  Boaz ends up meeting this woman Ruth and finds out who she is.  The net result of this meeting is a marriage.  Boaz redeems Ruth from her widowhood and they have a child and an heir.  This natural child becomes the great grandfather of David the king and eventually directly in the lineage of the birth of Jesus, our redeemer.  You might be able to recognize the types of some of the characters in this story fairly easily and others will be much more difficult to see.  Boaz is definitely a type of Jesus, the redeemer.  Ruth the gentile is a type of the church.  Naomi the mother-in-law would be a type of the nation of Israel.  I don’t know of any type and shadow that is a perfect match otherwise it wouldn’t be a shadow it would be the object that is making the shadow.  Everything may not fit exactly like you think it should, but I guarantee you everything is significant and has meaning, you just don’t know what it means yet.  I could attempt to explain more things in this blog, but since it is not my primary subject it would just cloud the issue at hand.   If you go and read the story of Ruth closely you will find that I didn’t include every character mentioned.  I didn’t include every interaction between these characters either.  There are certainly many more things to learn from this book, but you will need to wait.

I would highly recommend if you haven’t read those two books that you go back and read them and pay very close attention to what is being said.  Take note of who the characters are and what they do.  The patterns, types and shadows given are very relevant to our subject of the identity of the bride of Christ.  Both books are about a male and a female relationship.  Both books are about love and marriage.  Both represent types of Jesus and the church.

So that was an introduction to two major patterns of Christ and the church in the Old Testament.  You should be intimately familiar with these stories and have a really good understanding of them so that you will know who you are in the spiritual world.  We will continue looking at other Old Testament scriptures for the bride in my next blog.

If you like to continue reading this series, you can go to “Part 10“.

The Bride of Christ Revealed – Part 8 The Bride in the New Testament 2

(Ver 1.1)   This is now Part 8 in the series of lessons on the Bride of Christ Revealed.  I have been going through an intentionally designed set of information to step you through a process so that you could clearly see and understand the identity of the Bride of Christ.  We have discussed a lot of subjects and a lot of scriptures.  These are absolutely critical for you to understand so that you know who you are in Christ.  By knowing who you are spiritually, it clearly indentifies you and your responsibility in the spiritual realm.  If you have not read these blogs from the beginning I would strongly recommend that you go back and start with Part 1 The Introduction and then continue forward in progressive blogs so that you can clearly see and understand what God is saying.

I heard a minister say that speaking of Saul in the book of Acts when Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus, that those scriptures prove we (the church) represents Christ.  Jesus says to Saul “why persecuteth thou me” in the book of Acts and if Jesus said you are doing something to me that proves we are Him.  But, you see the reason that Jesus could make that statement, is because it says in Corinthians that the church is one spirit with Christ because they were joined or married to him.  So we are not Christ, but have been joined to him by a marriage covenant, making us His body.  This is the law of Genesis 2 concerning marriage, where God said the two will become one body.  I tell you if you ignore these easy scriptures, you are going to have a lot of problems with the harder stuff in the Bible.  In the last lesson we looked at the verse in 1 Corinthians:

1 Cor 6:17  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

This verse says that the church was joined to the Lord and became one Spirit.  To be joined to someone is different than actually being someone.  A wife is always joined to her husband and she becomes his flesh and bone.  But that never means her role changes.  She is never the husband or the head in the relationship.  This is just basic reasoning and logic based upon scripture that we have read in Ephesians.  Look at the Greek G2853 word translated as “joined” in the Strong’s dictionary:

G2853

From κόλλα kolla (“glue”); to glue, that is, (passively or reflexively) to stick (figuratively): – cleave, join (self), keep company.

The word translated as “joined” means to glue, cleave, or to stick together.  This is another clear definition of marriage which is the act of taking two separate distinct people and making one out of them.  That’s marriage in the clearest form of God’s definition given to us by God himself in Genesis 2, Matthew 19:5, Mark 10:7-8 and Ephesians 5:31.  The two shall become one flesh.  Glue is the joining substance and this could very well represent the Holy Spirit.  But the purpose of glue is to take two separate and distinct pieces and join them or put them together and make one piece out of them.   It is interesting that this Greek word is different than the previous Greek word that we looked at and since I am not a Greek language expert I don’t really have an explanation of why and how it is different.  However, I did notice that the Greek word G4347 which is used in Ephesians 5:31, Matthew 19:5 and Mark 10:7 in the marriage law from Genesis comes from G2853 so they are definitely connected and definitely related and they definitely say and mean the same thing.

I don’t know how to make this any clearer.  So if you think the church is still not the bride based upon these great witnesses I sure hope you will begin to see it someday.   There are certainly more scriptures in the Bible that indicate that the church is the bride of Christ and I will give you some more for the stubborn and those who have chosen to close their eyes to the truth.  Here is one that I found that I thought was very interesting and certainly fits together with a bunch of what we have been studying.  This scripture is found in the book of Revelation and here we have Jesus himself again speaking to the church.  Notice the words are in Red and then notice closely what Jesus is saying to us.

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

I want you to first notice who this is written to, to whom is Jesus speaking?  According to verse 13 of chapter 3 it is written directly to the church.  That is certainly a critical point to understand up front.  Then let’s go back to verse 12 and see what Jesus said to the church.  The primary subject or theme of the verse appears to me to be a name changing operation.  He says to them that have overcome, He will do what?  He is going to give these people a new name.  From what I see it could be three different names or all three new name references could also be the same.  But did you notice the relationship to the new Jerusalem?  This is definitely a part of the naming process.  Who gets a new name in a normal wedding and marriage?  Of course it has traditionally been the bride that takes the name of their husband.  If the church was already the body of Christ, I don’t think there would be any need to write a new name on his body if the head already has a new name, then the body also has a new name.  But, somehow Jesus finds it necessary to write a new name on the church, that sure sounds like a marriage to me.  Putting the pieces of the puzzle together correctly sure seems to make things work together better.  One of the main take away from this verse would be to see the association of the name “New Jerusalem” to the church.  Are you one of the overcomers Jesus is speaking to?  Jesus is telling you if you are, then you are the New Jerusalem of God.  You are the city called New Jerusalem.  You are the new house and temple of God.  You have become a pillar in the temple of God.  A pillar is a key part of a structure that holds the other parts together and keeps it from falling down.  That is a major responsibility being given to us.  What I wanted you to see was a verse of scripture that implies a marriage between a bridegroom and a bride.  The bride should be willing to take the new name of her husband and this is what Jesus is telling us to do.  What we have is a confirmation to the fact that the bride of Christ is a spiritual city of people called the New Jerusalem.  This New Jerusalem is a New Covenant marriage between Jesus Christ and the church.

I want to show you some verses in the Bible written to the church that clearly reveal us to be a chosen woman.   Do you realize that when a man asks a woman to marry him, that man has already made a choice.   Out of all the women on the planet, that man chose this one.  That was a selection of one and the rejection of all the rest.   This is what Christ has done and you can find that in the Bible if you look for it.   Let’s read this verse:

2Jn 1:1  The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;

So what do you do with a verse like this?   It is easily explained away or it can be taken and understood to be very profound.  God is writing a letter to the church through the Apostle John and he calls all of us the “elect lady”.  If you think only naturally you will try to say this is a letter written to a dear friend of John or maybe his wife.  It is a great error to conclude that based upon the context of the words that are written. The “elect lady” being called “her” is the spiritual church of God.   A lady by definition is a woman with character and moral standards.  It would be the opposite of calling a woman a “whore”.  Uh oh, I guess I won’t go there.

2Jn 1:5  And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

As you can see John and God calls the church a lady.   The commandment of love was the same new commandment that Jesus gave to John and the rest of the disciples.  This commandment is now being passed on to the rest of the body of Christ.  However, you have to see that the church is called “a lady”.   A lady certainly qualifies to be the bride of Christ.

It seems that there are numerous other scriptures that imply marriage even though they don’t say it directly.  Here are some of those that I have found, you of course can disagree and ignore them if you like.  Remember in the Old Testament the word “Knew” was used numerous times for a sexual act between a husband and a wife.  It says “Adam knew his wife Eve and they had a son”.  That of course represents a covenant act between a husband and his wife as we have seen before.  There are numerous scriptures in the New Testament that could very easily be taken to mean the same thing but in a spiritual context, not a natural physical act.  After all God is a Spirit.  His Spirit resides in the believer and as we have seen they become one Spirit with Him.

Gal 4:9  But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

You can see from this verse that there is a two way street being spoken of.  We the church are now said to know God and now God also knows us.  This is spiritual knowledge and represents a spiritual consensual covenant act.  This is marriage in the purest spiritual form.  We can easily ignore verses like this or overlook them or we can figure out what they are saying and believe them.  Here is another example of God knowing us the church.

2Ti 2:19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

We can again see a covenant act of consensual spiritual knowledge being expressed in this verse.  It said the Lord “knows” them that are his.  It would be the same as saying Adam knows his wife and they had a son.  I guess some might say we shouldn’t be talking about this kind of stuff in a lesson about God.  I think they forget who invented and created sex.  You can see God all over it if you look at it the right way.  The other critical piece of information in this verse is the reference to a name change again.   Again this describes a marriage covenant act of a name change performed by the bride.  This verse in 2nd Timothy 2:19 says that they (everyone) have taken the name of Christ.  Here we can see another reference to how the church became the body of Christ, by taking his name in marriage.  Moving on to a couple of other example, I found in the book of 1 John these verses. 

1Jn 2:3  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

1Jn 4:7  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

As you may or may not know, John wrote and delivered a thematic message of Love.  Love was his primary theme throughout all of his writings.   We again see the covenant act portrayed in verses like these in direct relationship with love.  This of course fits precisely with God’s definition of a covenant marriage.  It’s amazing how many verses you can find that speak of the church in terms of the Bride if you look for them.  I hope I am helping you to see these verses in a new light.  Here is another interesting scripture reference that also speaks of the church as the bride of Christ in a clear but indirect reference:

Rom 9:24  Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

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

You can see in verse 24 of chapter 9 of Romans that it is speaking to those God has called?  I cannot speak for you, but I know that is me.   He then informs us that this group of called individuals are made up of both Jews and Gentiles.  That is correct, isn’t it?  Then in verse 25 He speaks of the prophecy of Hosea and that is an interesting reference that we really haven’t explored very much.  Let me first point out the last statement in that verse, that says I will call her my beloved who was not my beloved.  That sure sounds like a marriage to me.  If you recall, Hosea was commanded by God to marry a whore.   He went and bought her out of whoredom and married her.   While this could indirectly relate to the Gentiles, we know for sure that it is speaking of Israel as being the whore.  The Old Testament quote is given that I will call them my people who were not my people.  Right here we miss something that is implied and is dramatically different than what I’ve heard many teach.  Many preachers speak of the nation of Israel as being God’s people today.  I certainly believe that in the Old Testament, Israel were God’s people.  But this verse says that I will call those that are not my people, my people.  Do you understand the reciprocal truth given here?  What is an inverse or reciprocal truth?  I’m not sure if you’ve ever thought about that question or not.  It is mathematical in its roots.  The inverse or reciprocal of a number is the measurable opposite of what is given.  In other words it is the opposite or negative truth of the positive truth that is given.  It means the verse says more than what is on the surface.  If the people who were not God’s people are now God’s people, what happened to those that use to be God’s people?  The inference is that they are now not God’s people and can never be God’s people again because they were once God’s people.  You see something that is pretty hard to grasp if you are not a logical, mathematical type thinker, grasping concepts and laws that are based in these verses can be difficult.

Since Israel is not my primary subject, I really can’t elaborate any more on verses like that one in this blog.  I will recommend that you do some additional research on your own about Israel and their fate.   I think where we need to go now is to review some more Old Testament types and shadows of the bride of Christ.  So let’s dive into the Old Testament.  In my next blog we will go back into the Old Testament and look for patterns, types and shadows for Christ and the church as the bride.  We have already seen the Old Testament reference to the nation of Israel as being a woman, a wife and a bride to God in the Old Covenant.  That is certainly a great pattern for the New Covenant, but there are other verse in the Old Testament that we should also be aware of.  So until next time I hope you are having a great day.

If you would like to continue reading this series, you can go to “Part 9“.

The Bride of Christ Revealed – Part 7 The Bride in the New Testament

(Ver 1.1) This is now Part 7 in this series on the subject of the Bride of Christ Revealed and I have covered a lot of information on the subject.  In my last blog on this subject I introduced you to some very strong New Testament verses that confirm the identity of the Bride of Christ directly as being the church.  Ephesians chapter 5 is predominately about the subject of marriage and the relationships between husbands and wives.  We went verse by verse through key verses in this chapter and counted the references to see how many times natural husbands and wives were mentioned and then we looked at how these natural marriages fit a pattern for a greater spiritual truth.  Jesus is clearly given to be the head, the husband and the bridegroom in these verses.  The church is clearly given to be his bride, his wife and his body by marriage.  If you have not been following this series from the beginning I would strongly recommend that you go back and start reading from Part 1, The Introduction.  This series is designed to step you through the subjects in a way that you can more easily see and understand this very deep and complex topic.  So read each part of the series in order and hopefully you will grasp all of the spiritual concepts.

I heard more than one preacher say “search the Bible and you won’t find one scripture that says the church is the bride”.  I sometimes wonder what Bible they are looking at, for I found a bunch of verses that tell me the church is the bride of Christ.  These were well known ministers and men who have been teaching and studying the Bible for 50 years.  The main problem they are experiencing is one that Jesus said you will always find what you are seeking.  Jesus actually said seek and you shall find.  But the problem is when people seek wrong things you find wrong things.  If you are looking for no verses that say the church is the bride you will find no verses that say this.  You always get what you seek and not necessarily what is the truth.  That is how God designed the Bible to give you a choice to believe whatever you want to believe.  That is a law of Bible research and study.  Here is another law of  Bible interpretation, it tells us that in the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established.  I already showed you Ephesians 5 about Christ and His bride.  So what other scriptures can we find in the New Testament that reveal the church to be the bride of Christ?  Read these next scriptures very carefully, for they too are written directly to the church in Rome and they reveal very clearly the identity of the church as being the bride of Christ.

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?

This is an incredibly critical verse to understand fully.  It speaks about the law.  Here is the important thing to grasp, it says as long as a man is alive the law has dominion over him.  Do you understand that statement?  The implication is that when a man dies, the law is no longer in effect over his life.  But did you notice who Paul and God wrote this verse to?  It says “brethren” and that would be the church, except then it qualifies it further and says to only my brothers who know the law.  Do you understand that statement?  I bet you don’t fully get it.  You see to “know” is a covenant term between a husband and a wife.  Adam “knew” his wife and she had a son.   To “know” is a sexual type reference, but God is not talking about a physical intimacy but a spiritual intimacy.  What God is saying in this verse is, these next verses are written to members in the church who were previously under the law of Moses and the Old Covenant wife of God.

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.

So we see some more important information concerning marriage and the law.  If you recall in an earlier blog I discussed the law of marriage using Genesis 2.  This verse confirms that there are laws in the Old Testament that govern marriage relationships.  This verse says that a woman is bound by the law to her husband as long as her husband is alive.  Why is that?  The law of marriage said that they are one flesh.  You can’t cut off a piece of your own body and get rid of it and still be whole.  In most marriage ceremonies there is usually a phrase “until death do us part”.  God informs us that death is a legal separation of a marriage covenant.  There is really a tremendous number of applications of this scripture to the women in the Bible.  If you recall Israel was called a woman married to God.  That is exactly why God is using Paul to write these verses to Messianic Jewish believers.  He is informing them of something that is very profound and relevant so let’s keep reading:

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.

I really don’t want to get off of the subject and go into a lot of detail right here concerning Israel, but I guess I will mention it so that you can do further research and see that it does apply.  If you read Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Hosea to name a few good examples you will see God called Israel a whore because of her unfaithful interaction with foreign gods and idolatry.   God considered these acts as adulteress conduct of sexual perversion.  God also considered these acts as covenant acts of marriage to these foreign gods and idols.  So I gave you a lot to research, but let’s get back to this verse and what it says.  It is speaking to those under the law and it tells them that as long as their husband is alive if they are in covenant with another then they are committing adultery.   But then it says if a woman’s husband is dead, then she is free to marry or enter into covenant with another man.  Remember these verses are written to brothers, males and these men are referred to as a woman.  I think sometimes people don’t see this and miss out what God is saying. 

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.

I hope you are getting what these scriptures are saying for they end in a very clear statement in Romans 7:4 that says you are now married to another, the Lord Jesus Christ!  Try to explain that away!  I’m sure you’ll come up with something if you don’t want to see the truth.  I could say a lot more about these scriptures because they reveal so much more that we haven’t seen, but since that is not my primary purpose in this lesson, I will not weigh you down with any unnecessary things to think about.  The main thing to take away from these verses is the reference to a man married to woman and how she is bound to that husband until he is dead.  If she marries another while he is alive she is called an adulteress.  However, Paul clarifies the problem because he says the first husband died by the body of Jesus Christ.  So now they are free to be married to another and that is to him that was raised from the dead.  This is an incredibly detailed discussion about the law and the law in specific relation to marriage covenants.  Only people under the law would have been concerned to this level of detail.  Gentiles were never married to the law or God, so they are free to marry Jesus the same as a natural Jew is now free to marry the Lord.  The primary point to see is that the New Covenant is a marriage.  But instead of a covenant with the Father God, it is with the Son of God, Jesus Christ and that is a very important concept to note and pay attention to.  There is always a reason for everything that God says and does and this is no exception.

So is the church the bride of Christ?  Some sure have gone through great extents to try to prove that we are not.  I don’t know how they don’t see it, it sure seems to be there to me.  Are you seeing it?  Let’s start going through some more scriptures and continue by looking at this important verse:

 2Co 11:2  For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

This verse is another that some Bible teachers are determined to explain away not letting people know what it really says.  All the ingredients of marriage are mentioned in this verse.  The identity of the bridegroom is clearly given as Jesus Christ.  The mention of being married or “espoused” to Christ is a very clear reference.  So who is the verse directed to?  The verse is written to the bride.  Bible teachers who don’t believe this verse say it is just making a comparison with the word “As”.  You of course know if you can read that the word “as” is added by the translators and is not in the original Greek language so that argument is shot down pretty easily.  We can clearly see that it is not making a comparison but it is identifying the church to be the chaste virgin.  The Greek word translated as “virgin” has the following definition in the Strong’s:

G3933

Of unknown origin; a maiden; by implication an unmarried daughter:virgin.

The description of an unmarried woman is clear from this definition.  The reference is specifically to an unmarried daughter being presented to Christ.  The word “present” in this verse is the same word we looked at in Ephesians and it means to stand beside.  So we again see the reference to a marriage ceremony.  Then there is the Greek word translated as “chaste” in the King James Bible and here is what Strong’s says about it:

G53

From the same as G40; properly clean, that is, (figuratively) innocent, modest, perfect: – chaste, clean, pure.

Wow does that describe the church you know, it’s not a whole lot of the church I know.  So you can read this verse in 2 Corinthians and do what you want to with it.  But it clearly has all the necessary ingredients and parties of a wedding ceremony and a marriage covenant.  The clear inference is this bride is unmarried and a virgin that has not been touched by another man.  The reference is basically the same as a woman dressed in clean and white fine linen that has made herself ready for her husband.  But I guess that is just me speaking isn’t it?  I can’t prove it to you, either you see it or you don’t.  It is so funny how that you can’t make anyone see the truth if they don’t want to see it. 

I tell you if you look for scriptures that identify the church as the bride you will find them, the trouble is so many are just not looking for them.  I know sometimes that verse can say things indirectly and sometimes not be totally obvious when you read it.  Look closely at this scripture because you will find another reference to the church being the bride of Christ:

1Co 6:15  Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

1Co 6:16  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

1Co 6:17  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

Verse 15 starts with confirming the church is the body of Christ.  God tells us that our bodies are like individual cells in the bigger body of Christ.  We make up the pieces that His body is comprised of.  It is a spiritual truth using a natural pattern of the human body.  The natural human body consists of many different organs, tissues, bones, cells and other components that when working with each other make up a healthy living body.  But as we have already seen we know how we got to be the body of Christ was by the law of marriage found in Genesis 2.  That law states that two shall become one body after they are married.  This marriage covenant between Adam and Eve was a pattern for the Jesus and the church.  Finally, in this verse the subject of harlots come into play in direct relation to the body of Christ.  The implication is given that the church now that they are married in covenant with God can still have spiritual sexual relationships with other gods and other spiritual entities.  I will agree that these verse seems to go both for natural relations with whores as well as spiritual relations with whores.   I believe there is a clear application to the law of double reference.  Where a verse of scripture can be taken naturally and spiritually and both points of view are true.

Within the context of these scriptures here we see another direct reference to a physical relationship between a man and a woman.  The reference is purely sexual in nature and contains an inference of a woman being joined to her husband by covenant.  In 1 Corinthians 6:17, the husband is clearly the Lord Jesus so who is Paul writing to that has been joined to Him?  What does it mean to be joined together in Holy Matrimony?  Doesn’t this verse have the same contextual relevance to our subject of marriage between a man and a woman?  God contrasts the union of Christ and the church to that of a man to a harlot.  This is certainly a significant comparison and gives us a lot of information that we should be aware of.  For example, having a sexual relation with a whore is called a marriage in the eye’s of God.  The sexual act is a covenant act.  So if the man has a one night stand with a whore, it declares that in the eyes of God they are joined together as husband and wife.   I was watching TV and to my surprise there was a group of individuals sitting around a table and discussing how many sexual partners some of them had.  Of course in the unsaved world to men it is a matter of conquest to say they have had a lot of female partners.  Who knows who was lying and who was telling the truth, but a couple of them had estimated they had 40 to 60 different women in their lives.  According to scripture God sees each of these relations as a marriage covenant act.  Obviously men and women don’t see it the same way or they wouldn’t be so casual about who they married.  If the courts viewed sex as God views sex, there would be a lot more alimony going out of some of their pockets.

Going back to the verse in 1 Corinthians 6:17 we see the same sexual act reference given but this time to the Church with Jesus Christ.  If you don’t see this it is because you don’t want to see it.  The difference or contrast is given that we the church have become one spirit with Jesus and the man with the harlot has become one flesh with her.  Both have become one by a marriage covenant act.  There is a very clear statement of the church being joined to the Lord Jesus.  To be joined is of course a marriage.   A marriage is always where God takes one male and one female and makes one body out of them.  This is so critical to understand.

I have given you at the minimum three great witnesses found in the New Testament that all deal with the church being called the bride of Christ by a marriage covenant act of God.  The law of marriage is applicable and helps to explain a great number of other Bible verses, like how the church became the body of Christ?  So we have explored more than enough witnesses to confirm this truth, but I might give you some more unique points of view in my next blog on this subject.  I think I have said enough today so I hope you have a great day.

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

The Bride of Christ Revealed – Part 6 Presenting the Bride

(Ver 1.2)  Today I want to begin to explore the New Testament references for the identity of the bride of Christ.  I want to “present” you to the identity of the bride of Christ.  You will see later why I said that so look for it.  There are certinly many scriptures that identify the Bride to us, but I want to start with the strongest verses first.  If you have not been following this series from the beginning I would strongly recommend that you go back and start reading from Part 1, The Introduction.

Here it is, one of the strongest scriptural evidence that I’ve seen concerning the identity of the Bride of Christ and it’s found in the New Testament in the book of Ephesians and chapter 5.  These are words written directly to the church and specifically about the church so read them very, very carefully.   Understanding Ephesians 5 is critical for you understanding your identity in the spiritual world.   Pay close attention to the subject being discussed and then see how they fit together:   I will go verse by verse starting with verse 22.  I will keep a running total of references that I find on the primary noun subjects being discussed.  So help me count as we go.  Let’s start reading in Ephesians chapter 5 and verse 22:

Eph 5:22  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

We can clearly see that the primary subject of this verse is marriage because it is talking to wives and husbands.  But did you notice who this verse is written to?  It is written to the church, the wife of Christ.  If you notice in this verse, it ends with “as unto the Lord”.  The implied reference is that the church is the bride and Christ is the husband.  There are clearly two patterns given to us; one is a natural pattern and the other is a spiritual pattern.  The church is clearly commanded to submit to their husband, the Lord Jesus Christ.  So while “wives” are mentioned only once, the implication is given that we the church are also a wife to Christ.  If we count the references to noun subjects we have the following totals:

Direct Implied
Husbands 1
Wives 1
Church/Body 1
Christ 1

You will notice the primary nouns given in this verse is concerning wives, husbands and Christ.  There is one implied or indirect reference to the church as being a wife.  I hope you can see what this verse is talking about and who it is talking to.  So let’s go to the next verse and see what it says:

Eph 5:23  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

So we have a continuation of the primary subject of marriage still in the context of husbands and wives being given to us.  Again we see a direct relationship being established between the natural and the spiritual.  The husband is said to be the head of the wife in the natural world and I refuse to comment on that statement.  However, Christ is the implied husband of the church given the clear context of being the head of the body.  The church is clearly given to be the body of Christ which is a direct parallel that we learned about when we studied about Eve being the body of Adam.  We know that these are patterns for spiritual truths that God is communicating to us from natural truths.  So let’s update our total number of noun reference counts.

Direct Implied
Husbands 2
Wives 2
Church/Body 2 1
Christ 3

So we are up to 2 direct references to husbands and wives and 3 direct and indirect references to Christ and his bride.  Let’s continue with verse 24:

Eph 5:24  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

Again in this verse we have two parallels given to us.  Both of these patterns are implied covenant marriages given from the context of the subject being spoken of.  The church is said to be subject to Christ and that is just another way to say we are to submit.  We can clearly see that this implies Christ is the husband and the church is the wife, given the ending statement of the verse being directed to natural wives to be submitted to their natural husbands.  These are God’s words and not mine so don’t shoot the messenger.  Just read them and accept them.  Let’s update our total reference count from this verse:

Direct Implied
Husbands 3
Wives 3
Church/Body 3 1
Christ 4

I do not know how ministers have read these verses and refuse to  see what they clearly say, but that is the way the Bible is written, men see what they want to see.   Let’s continue with the next verse in the chapter:

Eph 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it (her, the Church);

This verse repeats the pattern and speaks to husbands and wives again.  It clearly implies that Christ is the husband that loves his bride, the church.  It clearly says that He proves his love for her by giving Himself as a sacrifice for her.  This verse should have used the personal pronoun “her” instead of “it”.  The church is not an “it”.  God did not send Jesus to die for an “it”.  Let’s update our total noun reference count:

Direct Implied
Husbands 4
Wives 4
Church/Body 5 1
Christ 6

Let’s take a brief look at verse 26 even though this is a bit off the main subject of marriage.  Take a look at what this verse is saying:

Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

According to this verse “it” is again mistranslated as being a reference to “her”, the church.   This verse is saying that Christ is sanctifying and cleaning the church by a washing process that involves the Word of God.  This implies that the Word of God is a liquid like pure water with a power to clean dirty spots out.   Isn’t that an interesting statement?  Aren’t we talking about the church?  I mean I can clearly understand it, but can you?  If the church is the body of Christ, why would Christ need to give himself a bath to make himself clean?  You see the problem with that logic, don’t you?  That is why people who teach that the church is the body of Christ and only the body of Christ are severely mistaken.  This is just further proof to me of how preachers have taught some incredibly stupid things.  If the church was just the body of Christ we wouldn’t need cleaning or washing.  Jesus is already clean and righteous.  We are the ones with the faults and blemishes, the dirty spots that need cleaning off.  But since we have become His body by a marriage covenant and we are a separate individual that still needs cleaning, we can more clearly see how we fit into all of these verses and not just some of them.  As we continue with verse 27 we see more marriage terminology given to us about Christ and the church:

Eph 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

In reading this verse I think of many weddings that I have been to.  The bride comes walking down the center aisle and is presented to the husband usually by the father of the bride.   Ephesians 5 is primarily about marriage so we can know that Christ is talking about His bride in this verse.  What we have seen in the last three verses are a extraordinary effort being put forth by Jesus to give himself completely for His wife.  This is a process that involved Him suffering and experiencing tremendous pain and death on a cross.  He shed His blood for us, because He loved us that much.  Verse 27 informs us why He was willing to go to this extraordinary effort.  Verse 27 declares so that He might present “it” to himself.  We of course lose a lot by not studying the Greek to determine what this actually means.  From the English translation in the KJV it sure sounds like a term for marriage.  In many marriage ceremonies I have heard it said by the minister  after the final vows, “may I present to you Mr. and Mrs. fill in the name.  However, the Greek word translated as “present” actually has a literal meaning “to stand beside“.  That is actually a fascinating contradiction of terms.  How can the body of Christ stand beside Himself?  You see it just doesn’t really make sense unless you put it into the context of a woman standing besides her husband in a marriage ceremony and the two becoming one flesh that way.  Several times in these verses the church is referred to as “it” and this again is a mistranslation and the same word should say and mean “her” and it is translated that way in the New Testament many times.  In fact it is translated as “her” in Revelation 19:8 when referring to the woman called the “New Jerusalem”.  Isn’t that a coincidence?   Let’s look at this verse just for grins:

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

I hope that you see why I included this verse, because it is so very similar to the one we just looked at in Ephesians 5:27.  The first thing I wanted to point out is the term “G846” is translated correctly this time as “her” and not “it”.  So how can translators make such obvious mistakes in one verse the word is “it” and another one it is “her”.  That is a question that I suppose we all need to understand and see that translators are just men capable of making mistakes.  Then the next thing I wanted to point out is what are the terms “clean and white” saying, is this describing what we read in Ephesians 5?  Obviously they are references to what she is wearing a type of extraordinary piece of clothing or fabric.  So how does that compare with what the woman in Ephesians 5 is wearing, it says “without spot or wrinkle” and this implies fine nice clothing also that does not have any dirty spots.  I think we can clearly see that these two verse are speaking of the exact same woman.  So again, what did Paul tell us that Christ was presenting to himself, a church without spot or wrinkle, clean by the washing of the water of the Word.  It’s amazing how the Bible fits together, isn’t it?  Both of these are describing the same wedding apparel if you ask me.  What we see is that both of these women are described as being in perfect condition, wearing the finest clean garments.  This is a clear picture of the church and this truth is reflected to us in the book of Revelation 19 when it speaks of the bride being adorned for her husband and how she has made herself ready.  These are all pictures and patterns into a spiritual truth that I hope you are seeing and understanding.  So let us update our running count of references that we have observed in these verses and see the new totals:

Direct Implied
Husbands 4
Wives 4
Church/Body 6 2
Christ 7

Let us continue with the next verse in Ephesians for it is really getting good now.  In this verse we start to again see the law of marriage being restated in context with the husband and the wife in marriage:

Eph 5:28  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

Are you understanding these concepts?  God is reaffirming the law of marriage from Genesis 2 in this simple verse of truth.  This verse speaks to men and instructs them to love their wives because they are his body.  Since Eve came from Adam’s body, so a wife is joined to her husband and the two are now said to be one flesh.  If a husband physically abuses his wife it is like him hitting himself in the head, and that is idiotic and crazy behavior.   In this verse we have several direct and indirect references to husbands and wives and this now is reflected in our total reference count in the following:

Direct Implied
Husbands 7
Wives 6
Church/Body 6 2
Christ 7

The next verse continues with more about the law of marriage from Genesis 2, but now concludes with the revelation that this also applies to Christ and the church:

Eph 5:29  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

You see from this verse further confirmation that the woman and the husband are said to be one flesh or one in the same body.  Whatever happens to one affects the other directly.  However one treats the other is how they treat themselves.  God is really saying to them to treat the other like he or she is you, because you two are one body.  God then concludes this verse with the revelation that this applies to Christ and the church.  Christ the husband and the church is the wife.  Christ cherishes His bride, the church with great love and affection.  The church is the Body of Christ.  Christ dwells in us right here and right now if you are born again.  Christ therefore loves the church because she is His body and His wife.

Direct Implied
Husbands 8
Wives 6 3
Church/Body 7 2
Christ 8

I hope you are following my count and seeing the references, both direct and indirect implications being given to us.  These scriptures are very important to understand.  We are finally getting to some great scriptures that we have been working up to and the anticipation has been building with great excitement:

Eph 5:30  For we (the church) are members of his (Jesus Christ) body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

You finally begin to see what God is speaking of about Christ and the church.  This verse informs us in very clear language that we are the body of Christ and indirectly tells us how we became His body.  But then did you notice that it also calls us his flesh and his bones.  Isn’t this what Adam said about Eve?  Adam said she is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.  Do you understand the context?   I put the description of who this verse was talking about in parenthesis so that you could better understand it.  What we clearly see is a reference to the natural law of marriage given to us by God in Genesis 2.  To reaffirm the connection to Adam, God repeats the law from Genesis in the next verse:

Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man (Jesus Christ) leave his father (God) and mother (Israel), and shall be joined unto his wife (the church), and they two shall be one flesh (body).

God is directly saying that what happened with Adam and Eve was a pattern for Christ and the church.  I included the participants in this verse and named names.  I put these in parenthesis so that you would not confuse them with the original verse.  I did not add to the verse I only clarified the subjects and references so that you could more easily see them.  Did you see them?  Did you understand them?  That is the main part we are going for, if you can understand them, then Satan can’t steal them away from you.   One of the key words in this verse is given to us and it is that the two will be “joined” together to be one flesh (body).  The Greek word for “joined” literally means “to glue”.  That is God’s definition of marriage, creating one body, taking two separate pieces and gluing them together to be one piece or one body.  This is again basic math God’s way.  With Adam he took one and made two, however God still called them one.   You can see this from a multiplication perspective.  One man times one wife equals 1 body.  I’ve done wood working before, and I have taken two pieces of wood and using dowels and glue I’ve put them together or “joined” them and clamped them and let them dry.  After sanding and staining it is incredible the strength and beauty of the one new piece of wood.  There are in fact some glues that are so strong that if you would try to pull them apart the wood would usually break in a new spot.   This is what God is trying to communicate to us.   To join together is a process of marriage.  Taking two separate individual pieces and creating one new piece.  Here is a revised count of direct and indirect scripture references to the subjects in marriage:

Direct Implied
Husbands 8
Wives 6 3
Church/Body 9 2
Christ 13

We can see that from this total sheet that we have an overwhelming number of witness to the subject matter of marriage in context with all of these participants.  God declares that just as husbands and wives are in covenant and become one flesh so it is with Jesus and the church.  The next verse in Ephesians actually declares to us some very valuable information.  This verse is the overwhelming climax to the subject of marriage in this chapter of Ephesians:

Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

You see in this verse Ephesians 5:32 God lets us in on a secret that has been kept hidden since the foundation of the world.  God had a plan and He patterned this plan after things that He created for us to see.  God created a man and a woman and established the law of marriage.  God declares that just as one wife becomes one flesh or body with her husband, so all wives become one flesh with their husbands.  God declares this to be a Great Mystery.    The Greek word for mystery here means “to shut the mouth” as in “keep a secret” from someone.  Did you know God had secrets?  God must have not wanted someone to see his plan and I believe this was Satan.  God says that all of this chapter is about marriage covenant relationships and that this is or was a great secret, but He lets the proverbial cat out of the bag so to speak by telling us that this all has to do with Christ and the church.  Jesus Christ is the bridegroom and the church, the bride.  The New Covenant is a marriage and the result is the establishment of new family unit.  Why did God have to establish a new family?  Apparently He had a major problem with his old family.  If you can see this and understand it you will be far beyond a lot of other Christians who do not yet know who they are.  Satan has tried to confuse the identity of the Bride for many reasons.  Even preachers have helped Satan to confuse us.  God is doing a new thing in these last days, He is getting the truth out for us to see and to understand.  I hope and pray that you can see it.  We will continue in the next blog on the mystery of the identity of the Bride using more New Testament verses that confirm our true identity.

If you would like to continue with this series, you can go to “Part 7“.

The Bride of Christ Revealed – Part 5 The Law of Marriage

(Ver 1.3)  In the last blog on this subject we talked about a covenant being a marriage.  Before that, I talked about a woman being a nation of people and a city.  We have been building our scriptural knowledge base to understand the identity of the bride of Christ and today I want to talk about the Law of Marriage.  I hope you realize that the Old Testament holds the law of God written down by Moses.  In these books God has established principles, concepts, definitions, and laws concerning every subject you can think of.  So today I want to establish what happens when God enters into a marriage blood covenant with a group of people.  If you have not been following this series from the beginning I would strongly recommend that you go back and start reading from Part 1, The Introduction.

I know this is a very new advanced study of a complex subject.  I know that it will be difficult for some to see and understand.  Based upon your current spiritual level of maturity, that alone will determine if you are able to fully grasp what is in this lesson series.  Many times I know people read my stuff and think it is not true.  It is funny how Jesus would go around and tell people “let him who has ears, hear”.  Jesus was not talking about just hearing sounds with their ears, he was talking about them understanding with their hearts and that is something completely different.   Too many people know how to read, but do not know how to see what was written.  Getting understanding is the key to growing in spiritual maturity.  Just as you cannot hand a first grader a college calculus book and say learn this, if you are struggling with the things that I have been saying you are probably not ready for this lesson.  I would recommend that you either go back and study the basics some more until you fully grasp the foundational truths before you attempt to tackle any of the advanced subjects found in the Bible.

Let’s get into the second chapter of Genesis and see the account of the creation of woman and the first recorded marriage covenant and what happened to all of the participants.  After all, we are talking about the identity of a woman called the bride of Christ, so where did the woman come from?

Gen 2:21  And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

Gen 2:22  And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

We can clearly see from these famous well known verses where God says woman came from?  You’ve read this before I’m sure, but I doubt if you really fully understood what you read.  You see these verses declare that woman was taken out of a man.  That is representative of a mathematical operation of division or subtraction.  You could say God took one and made two.  One divided by 2 gives the same answer as one subtracting one half.  Using either division or subtraction the result could still be two halves.  But here is another perspective of division and mathematics.  If you divide one by one you get one.  Isn’t that an interesting concept.  The reverse multiplicative principle would be to multiply one by one and you would still get a result of one.  One male times one female equals one flesh and here is why I say that.  Look at the next verses in Genesis in what Adam has to say about his wife:

Gen 2:23  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

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.

Since the woman was taken from his body, Adam then declares that she was his body.  Did you see that?  What is flesh and bones?  His flesh and bones is the same as his body.   Adam’s body consisted of flesh and bones.  God took a portion of his body and made her body.  Flesh and bones are the primary parts or pieces that make up his body.  I hope all kind of light bulbs are going off in your mind based upon this revelation.  Flesh and bone and the body are different terminology for the same thing.  There are so many ways to describe, label or name the same things that we have to be smart enough to know when they are the same and when they are not.  When Adam looked at his wife he called her the body of Adam.   This is a pattern for another New Testament marriage we will see later.  If God took a part of man out and created a woman who became the mother to all the natural living descendants on the planet earth, then you might say it would be legal for God to put back a woman into his son Jesus Christ.  I’m sure you are wondering how I came to that reasoning and conclusion.  It starts with this fact, did you know that Jesus is called the “last Adam” in the New Testament?  Read this verse:

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

Not only is Jesus called a quickening spirit in contrast to a living soul, but Jesus is specifically called the “last Adam”.  Meaning there is a direct and specific relationship and connection to the “first Adam”.   The distinct parallels and patterns between the two Adam’s are quite profound.  I hope you are grasping this concept.  2 different Adams, one natural and one spiritual.   If it was legal for God to take one man or as we have seen one Adam and create one male and one female, then the reverse logic would be to take one male and one female and multiply them together giving you one flesh again.  Multiplication and division of 1 and 1 always results in 1.  It is the only set of numbers that I know of that you can do this with.  2 times 2 doesn’t equal 2.  2 divided by 2 doesn’t equal 2.  This is of course, very basic math truths, but it is amazing how God does things.  Sometimes it is the really simple things that God uses to confound the wise.

When Jesus is called “Adam” in the New Testament, this of course is the same Hebrew word that we looked at earlier.  This Hebrew word can be translated either as “man” or it can be translated as “Adam”.  Both translations originate from the exact same word and this makes understanding the Bible much more complex.  It is a puzzle of sorts, but that is the way God works.  God is much smarter than we are and he could have chosen any words that fit, but he specifically selected these words to describe a man/Adam.

So, what other relationship do these two Adams share?  I’ll probably lose some of you right here, but here goes.  Both Adam’s were sons of God and therefore they are natural brothers.  Both Adam and Jesus had the same Father.  If you don’t understand that, don’t throw it away because it does have significance.   There are things in the Bible that are difficult to grasp and understand at first because they are so different.  The more religious you are the harder it will be for you to grasp certain things in the Bible and this is probably one of them and there are many others.  I did not say Adam was God, but I will say Jesus was.   Jesus the Last Adam was also the son of Adam.  Jesus walked the face of the planet and constantly called himself the “son of man”.  You lose the meaning and significance of that statement by reading an English translation.  Jesus being a Hebrew and of the house and lineage of David was saying I am a son of Adam.  The Hebrew word for “Adam” can and is translated as “man” several times.  It’s the same word “H120” and “H121”.  Sometimes translated as “Adam” and other times as “man”.  How can the Son of God also be the Son of Adam?  The Son of Adam and the brother of Adam?  It’s pretty tough to grasp, but nevertheless this is what the Bible says.  Nobody ever told you that the Bible was easy to understand.  If they did they lied to you.  If you look at the family lineage of Jesus given to us in Luke you will see that it goes all the way back to Adam and then to God.  There is a clear implication that Adam was also called a “son of God”.  Not God, not “The Son of God” either just a “son of God”.

Luk 3:38  Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

Reading this verse is very informative, even if the words “son of” are added by the translators.  Some say since these words are not in the original Greek we can explain away what actually is being conveyed.  However, I believe the words “son of” do assist us in correctly interpreting the meaning.  The clear implication is that Adam is called a son of God.  You don’t go through a long list of names in a genealogy and every named pair represents a father and a son relationship except the last one.  That would be idiotic to attempt such reasoning.  I’ll say it again, be consistent a list is a list and every entry in the list should be treated the exact same.  I know I got off of the subject for a side trip, but I believe it was important.  Let’s get back to the original husband and wife.

We can sometimes ask questions that help us in our discussion.  When God formed Adam’s body from the dust of the ground as it says he did, why didn’t God also make the female’s body from the dust of the ground?  He wasn’t out of dirt or dust?  It is of course an interesting puzzle?  Why take out a part of something you already made to make another complementary piece of work?  That of course is a hard question.  Obviously God had a good reason, or He wouldn’t have done it.   Let’s figure out why he did it?

Believe it or not the verses that we read in Genesis 2, gives us an established foundation of how we the church became the body of Christ.  If the first Adam has a wife, God is saying it is Ok, for the “last Adam” to have a wife.   The first Adam’s wife was a physical woman, the last Adam’s wife is a spiritual woman.  Let’s go back and reread verses 23 and 24 in Genesis 2, because these are absolutely critical to understand.

Gen 2:23  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

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.

We see again in verse 23 that Adam declares his wife’s body to be his body and obviously that is where it originated from.  God purposely selected this way to create the woman.  This was a prophetic event of Biblical proportions.  Again I will reemphasize that “flesh and bone” is the same terminology for the “body”.  In other words a human body consists of both flesh and bones.  Jesus actually confirms this with words in the New Testament when he used this terminology in the Gospels, he told his disciples, “handle me, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones”.(Luke 24:39).   So Jesus confirms that he has flesh and bones and the clear implication is that is also called his body.   If Jesus says “touch me” where would a man put his hand on Jesus to see if he was real?   It seems obvious to me that Jesus is referring to his body as being flesh and bones.  This is not rocket science, and you should be seeing something new by now.

Moving on to verse 24 in Genesis 2 we see God’s law of marriage being established.  This is the first reference in the Bible of the marriage covenant relationship between a man and a woman.  This again sets the “type” or “pattern” for every marriage relationship between a man and a woman in both the natural and the spirit worlds.  I call this God’s “Law of Marriage”.  God gives us a rule or a law for a blood covenant marriage.  God said that a man in this case Adam would leave his father (God) and his mother (the earth) and would cleave unto his wife (the woman).  I probably lost some of you again by including explanations in that preceding statement.  I’ve already dealt with who Adam’s father was so you should already understand that.  Since Adam did not have a birth mother and God formed his body from the dust of the ground I consider “the earth” to be his mother.   That of course is my opinion, since I don’t have a Bible verse for that statement.  You’ve heard the common term “mother earth” before haven’t you?  Then the verse finishes up with the most critical thing that you should learn on the subject of marriage with a woman and that is it says the two (the male and the female) would become one flesh (body).  This reveals how the church became the body of Christ, it was by marriage.  You can obviously still reject everything I’ve said up to this point and say I don’t believe it.  However, I’m not through though and I have many more scriptures that confirm what I just said.  Is this what God really meant?  Did Jesus believe this?  Well guess what, I think so, because here is what Jesus said to us on the subject.  If you notice these words are in Red, meaning Jesus in person spoke them directly.

Mat 19:5  And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

Mat 19:6  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Again we see a clear reference to the exact same words spoken by God in Genesis 2.  Within the context of these scriptures you will find that the subject being discussed is divorce and is it lawful?  Jesus’ attitude toward divorce is the same as it is today, he says “can’t you read?”, “didn’t God create them male and female in the beginning?”  “Aren’t the two joined together and are they not one flesh.”  How can a man cut off a part of his own body and get rid of it, isn’t that what he is really saying?  Are they not the same body?   Jesus said there should be no divorce if it was done right.  Jesus is saying that the man and the woman were two, but after they are married God considers them to be one body.  This is the Biblical law of covenant marriage.  Two people have become one body.  This is why Jesus when he married the church with the New Covenant has become one body with her.  We can now begin to see how the church became the body of Christ.  Just as Eve was the body of Adam, so the church is the body of Christ.  These are very important truths to learn and remember.  We will continue this study of the identity of the bride of Christ in my next blog.  I hope you are beginning to see and understand these important spiritual concepts.  We have now laid a foundation for getting into the subject of the identity of the bride of Christ using scriptures we can search for in the New Testament.  We have discovered that a covenant is a marriage.  God when in covenant is always the male in the relationship.  The people that God is in covenant with is always the female.  A female in covenant with God is a nation of people consisting of males and females and is always associated with a city named Jerusalem.  Then we discovered the law of marriage that states when they are joined together, they become one body.  I have another lesson that might be good to go read now that might help clarify some things or give you more information on the subject.  This lesson is called “How did the Church become the Body of Christ“. Within this lesson I actually answer many questions that I have presented in this series.  I hope that you are learning and we should be able to move into the identity of the bride in the next lesson in the series.

If you would like to continue reading this series, please go to “Part 6“.

The Bride of Christ Revealed – Part 4 God’s Definition of Marriage

(Ver 1.2)  This is now Part 4 in the series on this subject concerning the identity of the Bride of Christ.  We are building a foundational scriptural knowledge for the identity of this woman and we will continue to learn more in this blog.  Today, I have more new revelation from the Word of God on the subject of both what a woman is in the eyes of God and what a marriage is when in a relationship with God.  In my last blog I introduced you to God’s definition of a spiritual woman using some verses you probably would have never used before, from Revelation 17 about Mystery Babylon and in chapter 21 that spoke about the New Jerusalem, a city, a woman who is called the bride of the Lamb.  This was a New Testament definition so today I want to go back to the Old Testament and see what God says about marriage, expanding and  confirming the definition of a woman that I gave you from Revelation.  What we will be doing is looking for Old Testament patterns that confirm these New Testament truths that we have already discovered.  I hope that you are beginning to understand how important it is to get God’s definition on the scriptures and subjects that we study.  If you have not been following this series from the beginning I would strongly recommend that you go back and start reading from Part 1, The Introduction.

Did you know that God the Father was already married to a woman in the Old Testament?  Probably you have read it before or maybe heard it taught, God was married to the nation of Israel in the Old Testament?  So did God have a wife?  Was God married to a woman in the Old Testament?   Who was this woman?  Does she fit the pattern that I showed you of the woman in Revelation 21?   I wonder if you’ve ever seen this in the Old Testament, where God says to Israel I was your husband.  It’s certainly there if you look!

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

Here we have a very powerful verse of truth given to us by the prophet Jeremiah.  These are the words of God spoken through the prophet and they call the natural nation of Israel a woman and the wife of God.  I wonder what Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Moses, Joshua and the rest of the males in the nation of Israel thought about being called the female bride and wife of God?  Do you think they had a problem being called the female wife of God?   Do you think they even knew they were called a woman?  Do you think they really cared?  They were the physical bride of the Jehovah God?  The nation of Israel, a woman married to God, could this really be?  God said in this verse that He made a covenant with their fathers, the males in the family.  He then said He “took them by the hand” and led them out of Egypt.  When you take a woman by the hand that is a marriage terminology or statement for a wedding proposal.  God then made it very clear what this covenant represented, He says I was their “husband“.   The Hebrew word H1166 here translated as husband comes from a root word that means “to marry”.

H1166

A primitive root; to be master; hence (as denominative from H1167) to marry: – Beulah have dominion (over), be husband, marry (-ried, X wife).

God married to a physical nation which consisted of both males and females.  If you don’t see the significance in this scripture and the relationship implied to the New Covenant, I pray you will get it as we continue going forward.  I will tell you right here and now that if the Old Covenant was a marriage to God, then the New Covenant is also marriage, but to Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Are you in the New Covenant with Christ?  According to this verse a covenant is a marriage in the eyes of God.  I’m going to say that one more time so that you will get it, when God enters into a covenant, He enters into a marriage.  God is the Groom, the people in covenant are the bride.  We can see a confirming witness to this revelation by reading a verse found in the book of Malachi:

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

God is speaking to a husband in a clear reference to how he treated his wife.  He informs him that she is the wife of his youth.  You could apply this to many marriages today in the world and for that matter in the church.  I think that I read that the divorce rate within the church is close to 50%.  Meaning half of every marriage in the church is ending in divorce.  This certainly should not be.  Did you notice how Malachi 2:14 ended.  God said this is the wife of your covenant.  That is a powerful revelation which applies across the board to every marriage on the planet.  In the eyes of God a marriage is a covenant.  By the laws found in mathematics and algebra, we can also say that a covenant is a marriage.  Maybe you didn’t take Algebra, but the principle is, if A = B, then B = A also.  Some might think I’m making this stuff up, but we just read it in the Bible.  The implications to this verse are far reaching.  If the Old Covenant was a marriage to a people, the New Covenant would also be a marriage to a people.  I did say people, and not a city, even though we will learn more about this as we explore more scriptures.  We can clearly see that God said I was their husband in Jeremiah 31:32.  God the Father would therefore be the Old Covenant Bridegroom.  What is a husband except the one that was formerly known as the bridegroom.  We could further call Israel the wife the former Old Covenant bride.  We can also see in that verse that God has made a covenant with Israel and that He considered this covenant to be a marriage.  So what is a covenant?  The Strong’s definition of this word is as follows:

H1285

From H1262 (in the sense of cutting (like H1254)); a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh): – confederacy, [con-]feder[-ate], covenant, league.

We can see from this definition that it is describing the blood covenant event that occurred in Genesis 15, when God makes a covenant with Abraham.  During this chapter, Abraham took 3 animals and split them into two pieces and then laid the pieces on the ground.  We later read that the smoking furnace and the burning lamp pass through the pieces implementing the covenant.  This is a blood covenant and it is also a representative type and shadow of the New Testament blood covenant, implemented by Jesus Christ.  We know that the children of Israel while in captivity in Egypt, took a lamb and killed it and spread the blood on the doors of their houses and then they ate the lamb as a Passover meal.  All of those are key types and shadows of the New Covenant implemented by the blood of the Lamb of God.  I would certainly hope that all of this is not new to you and that you are intimately familiar with the subjects of blood covenants.  There are good teachers that have done good jobs of covering the subject and I would strongly suggest that you take time and the necessary effort to gain knowledge on this subject.

So the Bible as you are aware is divided into two Testaments or Covenants.  The first being the Old and the last being the New.  Could it be that both of these represent marriages to God in the eyes of God?  The first marriage was to a natural people, the last to a spiritual people.  The first to a natural Nation and the last to a spiritual Nation.  Could it possibly be?  I think as you go on you will have to say it is more than possible, it surely is.  Here is another scripture from the Old Testament prophets that we should be aware of:

Jer 3:20  Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD.

This scripture is another witness to the relationship of God and what is referred to as the house of Israel.  It speaks of a wife that is leaving her husband.  You can see that the word “as” was added by the translators thinking they were making a comparison, but the true identity of Israel as being the wife to God is there.  I heard one minister say don’t confuse identity with relationship.  He was attempting to explain away a valuable Bible truth by claiming that I guess the church’s relationship to Christ was suppose to be that of a wife to a husband, but that didn’t mean we were a bride or a woman.  But you know I always heard that if it looks like a duck, it walks like duck, it flies like a duck and quakes like a duck, then it in most likely hood, it is a duck.  I’ll tell you who is confused and that is someone who reads the Bible and then attempts to explain away what it says.  Heaven help that man for he is in danger of being held responsible for deceiving everyone that he has taught this to.  Here is the dilemma, Bible teachers have encountered  what appears to them as a major conflict on the surface.   How can the church be the body of Christ and still be the bride of Christ.  Rather, than looking for the Bible answer to the conflict they simply write off one position in favor of the other position and that is a wrong approach.  Let’s look at another witness to the identity of Israel as being a woman and the wife of God:

Eze 16:2  Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations,

Eze 16:8  Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.

Eze 16:22  And in all thine abominations and thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, and wast polluted in thy blood.

These scriptures are very revealing and again we see the clear reference to a husband and a wife relationship.  The wife this time is called “Jerusalem”.  Isn’t that interesting?  Could this be the “Old Jerusalem” that we saw from the last blog?  Doesn’t that sound familiar?  Didn’t we read about another wife, a woman in Revelation called the New Jerusalem?  We just read verses in Ezekiel that says God was married to a woman and a city named Jerusalem in the Old Covenant.  The earthly city Jerusalem was related to the identity of a woman and within the marriage context of the Old Covenant.  So was the covenant with the city or with the people in the city?  Does God care about cities and building architecture or does God care about people?  Did Jesus shed his blood for a city or for the people that make up the city?  Would God marry a city and not the people in the city?  I tell you there are so many questions that arise and I wonder if people have given any of these any thought?

There are really too many scriptures to give you all of them.  If you study the subject for yourself and search your Bible you will see what I mean.  Look for terms of marriage, look for the name of the women, Jerusalem.  Look for terms like husband and wife, bride and bridegroom.  Think of other terms that refer to covenants and marriages indirectly.  Look for Israel and Jerusalem being spoken of in female terms of “she” and “her”.  These scriptures will give you an expanded knowledge of what a woman and a marriage is to God.  If you have the time read Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Hosea and see all of the references to the nation of Israel as being a woman married to God.  Look for how many times she is called by adulteress names like, whore.  The Hebrew definition of a whore is a woman who commits adultery.   Did you know that you cannot be an adulteress unless you are married according to the Bible?  You will soon discover that a marriage is a covenant and a covenant is a marriage.  God is always the man and the husband and those in covenant with God are always the female, the bride and the wife.  That is the way it is, whether you like or not and whether you want to accept it or not.  I pray that you are learning these new radical concepts found in the Bible about God, the covenants of God and these women married to God named Jerusalem that are cities of people.

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

The Bride of Christ Revealed – Part 3 God’s Definition of a Woman

(Ver 1.2)  This is now Part 3 in the series of lessons on “The Bride of Christ Revealed”.  In my last lesson, I spoke about the identity of the Bridegroom and established several great scripture verses that taught us that Jesus Christ is the Groom that is getting married.  We have learned that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh and that He is marrying a wife.  We understand that a wife is always a woman.  These are just some of the basics and today I want to explore the subject of what is a woman in the eyes of God in more depth.   This will involve getting God’s definition of the subject which will change how we think about it.  Most of the time in my Bible studies, I have found that God’s definitions do not normally match what we think the definition of the subject is.   This is mainly because God is a Spirit and His ways are higher than our ways and we know the natural realm more than the spiritual realm normally.  If you have not been reading this series from the beginning I would strongly suggest that you go back and start with Part 1, The Introduction.

Today’s subject ought to be fun.  What does the Bible say a woman is?  Most people have studied the book of Genesis and found out where the first woman came from.   But, this woman Eve, was Adam’s natural wife and while she fits a pattern for God’s point of view, she is just a small example of what God considers to be a woman.   Since this series of blogs is about the identity of the Bride of Christ we must figure out if the church qualifies as being a candidate.  So, now we are ready to get past the basic introduction of the bride and the bridegroom and get into a brief explanation of what God says a woman is.  One of the greatest errors that people make is coming up with human definitions for spiritual realities.  Too many times a preacher will teach the Bible and not consult God, or even attempt to get God’s definition on the subject they are teaching.  Hopefully you can understand how foolish this is.   God has designed the Bible in a way that it interprets itself.   As a part of this process, God also gives us spiritual definitions and descriptions on every conceivable subject.   If the church is a woman and the bride of Christ this certainly will be relevant information and very important to know.  I think sometimes people look at a subject and think they already have it all figured out before they hear anything that is about to be said.  I’m sure this will be no different today.  I will warn you again that I do not follow traditional teaching, I simply go into the Bible and find out what it says and teach what God shows me and most of the time this does not match what you learn in any seminary.  I certainly realize that everything that I am about to say will probably be different than anything that you currently expect me to say.  But that does not mean what I am about to say is not in the Bible, it just means you haven’t seen it before.  Keep your eyes open and look for yourself.

Today I want to start with the second reason why ministers say the church is not the bride of Christ and go to the book of Revelation and see what we can learn on the subject of what God thinks a woman is, in the Bible?  So let’s turn to the book of Revelation in the 21st chapter and start to read with verse 2:

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

Reading this verse is very informative and it is very important to understand for many reasons.  Some Bible teachers have read this chapter and concluded that here is the bride of Christ.  They are usually thinking in natural terms and not spiritual terms when they see it.  Of course with their natural reasoning, if the church is the body of Christ, they also conclude here is the church’s bride.  They have raised the church in their mind to be the groom. But because they do not yet understand the scriptures they have jumped to an incorrect conclusion.  What does this verse actually say and reveal to us?  Let’s look at the verse and just simply see what it says.  Verse 2 says that John saw a holy city coming down out of heaven from God and it calls her by name the “New Jerusalem”.  That is a very interesting revelation right there and I could say several things about those words.  The first thing we should realize is these are all symbolic references in this verse.  If you do not understand what symbolism is you should go study how God uses symbolism from cover to cover and understand that the book of Revelation is almost all symbolic references to spiritual truths.  Otherwise, for now let’s just at least try to agree on this, there is a symbolic woman coming down out of heaven, she is called a holy city, she came from God and her name is the “New Jerusalem”.  Finally, it also says she is adorned or dressed for her husband.  Of course this is still all symbolism and purely figurative language since we have already discovered that this woman is said to be a symbolic city and not a natural physical woman at all.  The implication is given that this woman is dressed as a bride adorned for her husband.  Here is where many preachers get the wedding gown picture fixed in their minds, but that is not what it says.  I hope you can agree with those few statements that I just made about this first verse that describes this bride.  Let’s look at the next verse to see what God says immediately following these descriptive terms about this woman:

Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Wow, did God change the subject or did someone just misunderstand what He just said?   You see clearly within the context of a woman, the bride, a city being spoken of, God immediately starts talking about a group of people being the temple of God.  He calls this city the “tabernacle of God” within the context that this tabernacle is a group of people.   You can clearly see the implied meaning of the symbolic city as being a group of people who God indwells spiritually.  This is so significant that I cannot even begin tell you.  We will certainly explore what we have just learned later in much more depth.  But, let us skip down a few verses and go on to the next direct mention of the bride in this chapter in verses 9 and 10:

Rev 21:9  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

Rev 21:10  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

We will not go word for word through these 2 verses, because they basically say the same things that we just read in verse 2.  In verse 9, we do see the clear reference to the “Lamb of God” as being the Bridegroom.   You should remember that the Lamb refers to Jesus Christ (John 1:29, John 1:36).  Therefore, we have just identified again who the husband is.  I’m going to stop right there and ask you this question again and maybe you can answer it because I haven’t been able to yet, “have you ever heard or read any scripture that says the church is the Lamb”?  I haven’t seen any scriptures that say the church is the sacrificial lamb that takes away the sin of the world?  So are we “The” Lamb?  This city is called the bride of the Lamb, not the bride of Christ?  You can see that there are significant differences between those two contrasting statements, can’t you?  If it said it was the Bride of Christ, we know that the church is certainly the body of Christ, so we could conclude as others have, that this city must be the church’s bride also.  But, no, it says the Lamb’s wife and nowhere in the Bible that I have found is the church called the Lamb of God.  That is really a most interesting fact to put in your mind going forward.  Sometimes I think I can ask good questions.  I do know God asks really good questions and I’m trying to learn from the best.    Ok, so here we find the same basic confirming information we read in verse 2.  We have a woman, she is called a bride, she is called the wife of the Lamb, she is called a great city and her name is the “Holy Jerusalem”.  I also found it interesting in verse 10, when it says John was carried away in the spirit in order to see this city.  The implication is that we are looking at a spiritual reality and not a physical one.  Chapter 21 of Revelation says a lot more and describes other characteristics that we may get into later in this blog series.  But for now I just want you to agree with what I’ve said so far about what the Bible says about this woman.  Until you learn some more I can’t go into the other parts of the description of this woman.  Here is a quick synopsis of what we have just learned, see if you can agree with this:

  1. This woman is a city, this city is a woman
  2. This woman/city is to be married to her husband, who is the Lamb
  3. Her name is “New Jerusalem” or “Holy Jerusalem”
  4. This woman came down from God and Heaven
  5. This woman/city is a symbolic reference for a spiritual reality

Regardless of what else is in this chapter, can we agree with these basic facts from the scripture?  If you have problem with any of these statements you are not going to do well going forward.  If you can see what these verses are telling us then you will have a much easier time seeing the other verses that I will soon give you.  Truth many times builds upon truth.  So instead of attempting to figure out everything a verse or a chapter says all by itself, I try to write down the things that I learn from that verse and then go and look at other verses in the Bible that help to explain it.  The Bible, like I said before interprets itself.  That is why I reject men’s opinion so fast, if they can’t give me verses I really don’t want to hear what they thinks it says.

Where we are right now, if you did not realize it, we have just discovered the basic Bible definition for what a spiritual woman is in the eyes of God.  There are many other things still left to learn and we will continue to build upon this definition with other witnesses from the scripture, but hang on to this basic definition for what God thinks a woman is.  A woman is a city and a city represents a group of people who live there.  We can fruther undersand that based upon the identity of the groom being Jesus the Lamb, that the bride city has a marriage covenant relationship with God.  That is a spiritual definition of a woman to God and knowing this much changes our perspectives of many things found in the Bible and we will confirm what i have just talked about using many more scriptures.

Before I continue, I want to make a point and show what else these truths reveal to us from the verses that we just read.  Many times you can read verses and never see what they indirectly are teaching us so I want to show you an example of this.  Did you notice that the woman has been given a name?  She has a name and she is called “New Jerusalem” and “Holy Jerusalem”.  What does that tell you?  If you understand the Bible and especially the Old Testament you know there is more than one city called “Jerusalem” in the Bible.  Why would God call this city by the same name, but with qualifiers and prefixed descriptive adjectives?  An adjective is a word class that qualifies a noun.  So God uses adjectives of course to differentiate one city from any other city with the same name.  It is unnecessary to call something “New” if there is not an “Old”.  It is unnecessary to call it “Holy” if there is not an “Unholy” city with the same name.  Did you understand what I just said?  We have a city name being given to us with the clear implied truth that there is another city that is an opposite picture or a negative image of these positive adjective qualifiers.   Wow, that is very strong language and I wonder who God is talking about?  Or do you already know?  This Old Jerusalem and Unholy Jerusalem must be something or someone else, a different woman in the Bible.  I really hope you are understanding these very simple truths that you can read so plainly.  I think I will give you another reference in Revelation to an unholy city for you to think about and to further confirm what we have just learned.  This verse is found in Revelation 17 and verse 18 says:

Rev 17:18  And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Chapter 17 of Revelation is about a much different woman, but yet this woman still fits the pattern for our definition of a woman that we have just developed.  This last verse in Revelation chapter 17 reveals to us that the woman God has been talking about in this chapter is a “great city”.  This city is said to rule over the kings of the earth and I will not attempt to identify this woman at this time in this blog.  If you read the first part of the chapter you see her name is a symbolic reference to “Mystery Babylon”.  I just want you to see the pattern and the revelation that a city is a woman and a woman is a city.  A city is made up of people, normally a nation of people consisting of males and females.  A city can be the capitol of a nation.  This nation and group of individuals live together in a named city and this city is called a woman in the eyes of God.

I understand that these concepts and definitions are not that complex, but since what I am saying in this blog is so radically new and different than anything you have heard before, it will probably be hard to understand.  We have just seen two completely different cities described, these are two witnesses from the book of Revelation and both are called women.  In my next blog we will expand our definition of a woman and research God’s idea and definition of marriage.

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

The Bride of Christ Revealed – Part 2 Identifying the Bridegroom

(Ver 1.1)  It is almost obvious to me that if my primary subject of this series is the identity of the Bride of Christ, that weare talking about a marriage of a woman to a groom.  In every normal Bible marriage there are always two participants, the man and the woman.  This was and is God’s design and definition of a marriage.  We will talk about this in more depth later, but for now I want to continue this series by first identifying the groom using the Bible and the scriptures that speak specifically about this marriage event.  If you have not been reading this series from the beginning I would strongly recommend that you go back and start with Part 1, The Introduction.

In every normal wedding that I’ve ever attended, there are two primary participants.  The bride and the groom.  I did say a normal God kind of wedding.  A male and a female are said to be joined together in holy matrimony.   I thought that in order to establish the identity of the bride of Christ we might ought to start with the basics and find out is Jesus Christ the groom?   This of course shouldn’t be too difficult, but I would guess that some Christians have never studied the subject so they couldn’t tell you if He is or if He isn’t.   Even though I do not like to go through basic theology, we might want to start with something more basic, like who was Jesus Christ was he God or was he just a man?  Hopefully you do know that he was a man, but he was also God in the flesh of a male human.  Jesus was both 100% God and 100% a man.   While I was studying I counted over 30 times just in the book of Matthew that Jesus is referred to as “the son of man”.  Of course the term “son” clearly indicates that he was a male and then the reference to him being a child of Adam is also there.  You might not see that very clearly right now, but it is there and we will probably get into that in more depth later. 

When there are a lot of scriptures on a subject it seems it is easier for people to see what you are telling them.  I think God was making a point and emphasizing it with bold and exclamation points that Jesus Christ was a man due to the number of scriptures that are recorded with this revelation.  So let’s back up again and scripturally establish the deity of Jesus.  There are not as many clear references in the Bible that declare the specific deity of Jesus Christ.  Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any.  Let’s start with one in Matthew the first chapter:

Mat 1:23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

This verse is of course speaking about Mary becoming pregnant with Jesus Christ.  Here we have a very clear reference that he will be called “Emmanuel” which is a Hebrew name meaning “God with us”.  This of course is very controversial in various religions of the world and many of them would certainly deny that God would do something so ridiculous.   It is funny how God uses these foolish things to confound the wise.  So we need at least one more good reference that Jesus was God and I think there is a good one in the first chapter of John.

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

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

The first chapter of John is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, it is really amazing what it says.  In the very first verse of the chapter it describes God as being “the Word”.  This verse is a parallel to Genesis 1:1.  It just speaks of God in different terms.  If you see what John 1 says, it is almost a paradox, how can the Word be “With” God at the same time that it “Is” God.  It is an interesting theological predicament, much like trying to explain the Trinity of God.  I mostly just accept what it says and believe it just because it says it rather than attempt to explain it.  As you read down the chapter you find an amazing statement of truth in verse 14 about this God called “The Word”.  This verse informs us that “The Word” or “God” was made flesh and lived among us.  The God who has purposely hid himself throughout the ages from our physical view, would take on the form of a human male and walk around like He was just one of us.  That concept boggles the religious mind to no end.  What we can clearly see in this first chapter of John, is the fact that the man Jesus Christ was God in the flesh.  Let’s look at just one more reference in the Bible where Jesus himself makes a statement to some men who couldn’t understand or accept what he was saying:

Joh 10:30  I and my Father are one.

Joh 10:31  Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

Joh 10:32  Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

Joh 10:33  The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

From the mouth of Jesus himself, he spoke and said that God the Father and him were one in the same.  That is an awesome statement of revelation that you need to get a hold of and understand the full implications given.  The men that heard him wanted to kill him and took up stones to do so.  Jesus just asked for what good work are you going to stone me for?  But they said it wasn’t for anything that he did, just for what he said.  They could see that he was a man and based upon what he said they rejected what he told them.  Jesus in affect was saying I am the one that created the universe and you didn’t recognize me.  Jesus was God standing directly before them and they did not see it.  Obviously we can learn a lot from this lesson if we are open.  In another place in the Gospels, Jesus said “If you have seen me you have seen my Father.” (John 14:7-9).  Again, Jesus says He is God.  There are certainly a lot of other scriptures that I could include in this discussion, but I’ll stop there.

We could certainly say more and easily get off of the mainline of the subject, so let’s go ahead and look at verses about Jesus being the bridegroom.  So in every marriage, there should always be a male participant making a proposal to a female, followed by a wedding ceremony.   So who is this bridegroom?  

Later I will take you to an in depth study of Revelation 21 where the angel takes John in the spirit to view the Lamb’s wife.  In this chapter we are given a glimpse and a view into the spiritual realm to see a symbolic woman who is described in elaborate terms.  But like I said earlier it does not say she is ever called the Bride of Christ, it says she is the “Lamb’s Wife”.   As we know from the Book of John only Jesus is ever directly or indirectly called the Lamb of God.

Joh 1:29  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Joh 1:36  And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

Jesus is seen walking up to John and John stops in his tracks and says “Behold the Lamb of God”.  This is an awesome revelation.  John knew that Jesus would soon suffer and die and be the one time sacrifice for the payment of our sin.  Therefore, we can clearly see the reference that Jesus is indirectly called the bridegroom that will marry the bride shown to us in Revelation 21.  We will certainly get into this in more depth later.   We could talk a lot about the significance of the lamb and in the use of lamb’s blood  right here, because there are a number of significant parallels given to us in the Old Testament, but I will try to stay on target and stick with our primary subject.

Now I want to go through other scriptural conformations found in the New Testament concerning the identity of the Bridegroom.  There are really several scriptures and I will not attempt to include them all for the sake of time and space.  We can see the identity of the bridegroom in the words of Jesus himself speaking to the disciples of John:

Mat 9:14  Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?

Mat 9:15  And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

When the disciples of John ask Jesus why his disciples don’t fast like they do, Jesus replies with a very important, but simple truth.  How can the children of the bride chamber fast when they are with the bridegroom?  The inference is clearly given that Jesus is calling himself the bridegroom and since he was present with them they didn’t need to fast.  He then says there will come a time when the bridegroom would be taken from them and then they could fast.  We can see that Jesus is looking forward to his crucifixion, his subsequent resurrection and his ascension, when he would be taken from this earth.  These words in Matthew 19:14-15 are echoed in Mark 2:19 and Luke 5:34 also, so here we see three specific witnesses declaring Jesus Christ to be the bridegroom.  In fact all of these are quotes of Jesus himself declaring himself to be the bridegroom.  Also, if you look closely at this verse and the specific term “bridechamber” you will also see the implied inference to who the bride is.  If you have been following my other blogs you can also see an implication of the “seed of the woman” by the reference to the children of the bride.  But since we aren’t there yet, let’s look at another witness to the identity of the bridegroom.  We can see that Jesus is again called the bridegroom by John the Baptist in the Gospel of John. 

Joh 3:28  Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

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

We can see in verse 28 of John 3, that John the Baptist tells everyone that he is not the Greek word Christ, or the Hebrew equivalent word is Messiah.  However, we now know the identity of the one who John is about to talk about.  Then in verse 29, three times John the Baptist calls Jesus Christ the bridegroom.  This verse actually has more revelation, but that is the primary point that you should accept as a great additional witness.  John’s first statement is concerning the bride and declares that Jesus is the bridegroom that has her.   While John does not directly identify who the bride is, he definitely identifies who the Groom is.  Interesting isn’t it?    The Greek word translated as bride in this verse has the following definition in the Strong’s:

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

You can see that this word is related to the Latin word “Nupto” meaning to marry.  We get English words like nuptial from this word.  So clearly we can see the association of a woman that is being married to the Lord Jesus Christ.  This woman must be the bride of Christ.  So who is this woman that is married to the Lord Jesus Christ?  Knowing who the bridegroom is, gives us a firm foundation for us to start an in depth study of who the bride is.  But let’s list some of the basic facts that we have just learned from the preceding verses:

  1. Jesus Christ was God in the flesh
  2. Jesus Christ is a Man and is also called the Son of Man.
  3. Jesus Christ is called the Lamb of God.
  4. Jesus Christ is called the bridegroom.
  5. Jesus Christ is said to have a bride and a wife.
  6. A bride is always a female.
  7. There has to be a marriage and a wedding between Jesus and His bride.

I think these are basic scriptural facts, but yet maybe you haven’t seen them until now.  So knowing these facts we can now explore the identity of the bride of Christ so let us start by researching the subject in the Word of God.  Two questions come to my mind at this point in the study and I think these questions will help us point to where we should go next.  Here are the two questions that I thought of:

  1. What is a marriage in the eyes of God?
  2. What is a woman in the eyes of God?

I believe by focusing in on what God thinks are the answers to these two direct questions that it will help to provide us a firm foundation to the clear identity of the bride of Christ.  In my next blog we will begin to focus on these subjects.

If you would like to continue reading this series, you can go to “Part 3“.

The Bride of Christ Revealed – Part 1 The Introduction

(Ver 1.3)  This is Part 1 in the Bible Study series revealing the identity of the spiritual woman called the Bride of Christ.   I have actually heard several preachers stand up behind the pulpit and say “There is nothing in the Bible that says the church is the Bride of Christ”.  However, after I studied this subject I could not disagree more.  It is funny how one preacher will say something totally opposite to what another will teach.  All it does is prove that someone is wrong and possibly that both are wrong and only God is right.  It creates confusion, division and an atmosphere for deception.  Satan is all too ready to pounce on error and use it to cause a split or an offense against other Christians in the church.  I am going to start a new series today of lessons on why the Church is the Bride of Christ.  I will give you scriptural evidence and a bunch of it so that it is clearly understood.  This will probably be the most in depth and comprehensive Bible lesson that you have ever read on the subject of the Bride of Christ and it will probably take a long time and a lot of lessons to complete.

I want to start this lesson by confirming one thing, the term “Bride of Christ” is not found in the Bible anywhere.  That might shock some people to learn that truth.  But, neither are the terms abortion, homosexuality, rapture, demons or the trinity found in the Bible either.  Does that mean none of these exist either?   Do you think that God cares nothing about any of these subjects to discuss them directly?  Many times basic theological principles are not directly named or labeled with a clear title that can be found in the Bible.  Many times these theological terms come as a result of man naming them with titles that have stuck.  All this does is to make it easier to talk about them, teach them and for others to understand them.   So instead of looking for the term “Bride of Christ” in the Bible and saying it doesn’t exist and therefore the church is not the bride, be smart enough to learn the lesson of how God wrote the Bible and do a search for other information that is given to us.  The Bible contains an almost infinite number of mysteries, puzzles, riddles and hidden information.  God used this technique for two primary reasons.  First to hide this information from His enemies who were led by Satan and then second to conceal the truth for us (the Church) to find at the right time.  If you can understand this it will help you a whole bunch in trying to figure out what the Bible really means.

The “Bride of Christ” is of course a very deep subject with a lot of complex interwoven truths and it will be extremely challenging for me to get it across concisely in a blog format.  I guess I’ll do the best that I can and hope that you can understand it.  I think I will start this introduction to this subject by giving you the two main reasons why some preachers think that the church is not the Bride.  In this way I will be upfront with you and you can see this popular illogical reasoning as being an error.  I will not name any names so if you want to listen to any of these teachers who teach this error you are on your own in finding them.  The first reason that I have heard of directly, that predominately comes up to why the church is not the bride, is because they say the church is the Body of Christ.  You of course know, if you have ever studied the New Testament there are an overwhelming number of scriptures that confirm this basic truth.  Yes I believe them and I will also say that I firmly believe that the Church is the Body of Christ.  Their illogical thinking has stated that if we are the Body of Christ and if Christ has a Bride, then we also have a Bride.  That logic would make us the bridegroom with Christ.  Their illogical thinking places us on equal ground with Jesus Christ and they make us equivalent to God in every aspect and feature.   That logic should set off all kind of red flags in your mind, if you are smart at all.  We are not God and we never will be God.  What they have done is a classic error of Bible Interpretation that many have fallen into without knowing it.  They have taken “A” truth and exalted it and have made it “The” truth.  Do you understand what I just said?  You see there are many truths in the Bible and if you take just one of them and exclude the rest of them you are now in error.  That might be the most important thing that you learn today from this blog so don’t throw it away.

Now for the second reason why preachers think the church is not the bride of Christ.  They turn to the last chapters in Revelation and read about a city coming out of heaven from God.  This city is called the “New Jerusalem” and she is referred to as a woman.  She is also called specifically the “Lamb’s Wife”.    In their illogical reasoning they have determined that since we are the “Body of Christ”, this is our wife also.  In other words God came to the earth in the flesh, suffered and died on a cross, went to hell and arose back to heaven all so that he could marry a city with buildings and houses that we can all live in happily ever after.  What a fairy tale?  That logic is crazy to me and I don’t know how they even came up with that kind of teaching?  I guess I have seen worse, but nonetheless I hope you can at least question their thought process and logic.  You see based upon their logic and the verses in Revelation, if this city New Jerusalem is the bride of the church then we are the Lamb.  However, I have never seen any verses of scripture that says the church is the “Lamb of God”, have you?  I know I didn’t give you every scripture reference and I didn’t give you every reason they teach, but I really do not want to dilute the truth by telling more lies.  I’m sorry if I come across very blunt sometimes, I do not do it to offend anyone, it is just an attempt to wake some sleeping giants up to the truth.  Learn the lesson of the Secret Service.  You know they do not spend a lot of time studying how to make counterfeit money.  Instead they concentrate on studying the real money, its features, characteristics and qualities.  If you become intimately familiar with the real you can automatically recognize the counterfeit.  That principle works with the Bible in the same way.  The more you study the truth, the false teaching becomes laughable and easily recognizable.   What you have to do is to make sure that what you believe is firmly based upon 2 or 3 witnesses of scripture found in the Bible.  If you do this, then you are on good ground to recognize the false teaching of the enemy.

Mat 22:2  The kingdom  of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

As you can clearly see, Jesus is describing a spiritual reality using a descriptive story found in the form of a parable.  This marriage being described to us is what we will begin to study in this series of lessons.  Jesus is telling us of the “Kingdom of Heaven” so He must be speaking about spiritual truths using natural descriptive terms that we are all familiar with.   In this parable a certain King has arranged a marriage for His son.  So if you are the least bit intelligent you know that the King is representative of God the Father.   The Son in this parable is clearly Jesus Christ.   The marriage is to a bride.  The bride can be referred to as a future “daughter-in-law” or the “sons” wife.   So now we need to determine what is a spiritual woman, who is this spiritual woman and what is a spiritual marriage in the eyes of God.

Before we can accurately understand the identity of the bride of Christ we really need to step back and come to understand some spiritual basic concepts; like what does the Bible say a spiritual woman is and how does a woman relate to a spiritual family unit.  Obviously if we are talking about women and brides we are also talking about a marriage.  How is a marriage related to this subject in the eyes of God.  We also need to figure out scripturally who the bridegroom is.  What is a Blood Covenant?   I believe that Biblical blood covenants are also a key subject to study and understand in order to build a basic knowledge of the subject of the identity of the bride of Christ.  I cannot fully expound in this blog on all of the Bible basics that you should be aware of in order to fully understand this subject.  I will just warn you upfront that this is not an introductory lesson on the subject and it assumes that you already have some firm foundational understanding of the Bible and the subjects that I just mentioned.  Most advanced studies of any subject must assume some basic knowledge of the subject, so mine is no different.  When you go to college and take Calculus, they don’t start the class with 1 + 1 = 2, you should have already learned that in elementary school.  So it is in this blog, this is a college level Bible course and I won’t spend a lot of time on any elementary school basics.  The bottom line is that if I say something that you don’t agree with, I would hope that before you reject it or write it off, that you do some basic study to see how I arrived at that statement since I will not always attempt to teach you everything that I know in one blog series.  I just don’t have the time or enough space to cover everything.

So back to one of my key first points, taking a truth and trying to make it the truth, is a critical mistake because you close your mind and your spirit to any new knowledge that God wants to teach you on the subject.  You see here is God’s challenge to us, there is more than one truth in the Bible.  The truth in the Bible is much like a finely woven fabric or tapestry.  It consists of many different threads that fit together closely and that are overlapped with other threads that all reveal God to us.  In fact the Bible is so complex that it is difficult for us to fully comprehend everything that the Bible says.   Saying the church is only the body of Christ and that’s it, simply closes your mind to anything else that the Lord wants to teach you about the subject.

You see, in the Bible God describes the church using many, many different names, titles and descriptions with each revealing several different new characteristics, qualities and features.  We are described as “kings” and “priests” (Rev 1:6).   In 2 Corinthians 5:12 the church is called “ambassadors” for Christ.  In other places in the Bible we are described as “saints” (Romans 1:7).  The church is described as an “army” with armour and weapons (Eph 6:13).  We are described as “children” and even “sons” of God in the New Testament.  We are called “joint heirs” with Christ in Romans 8:17.  In Romans 2:29 the church is called the spiritual “Jews”.  In other places in the New Testament like 1 Corinthians 3:16 the church is called the “temple of God”.  I could go on and on with other scripture references, but I think you are getting the point.  You can’t take any one of those truths alone and attempt to make it and it alone the entire truth of God’s word.  If you do this you are in BIG trouble with trying to understand the Bible.  I would ask those who teach that the church is only the body of Christ a good question, how can we be “joint heirs” with Christ if we are “Christ”.  Uh oh?  I think that’s a problem maybe you haven’t thought about before.  A “joint heir” clearly implies a different heir and not the exact same one.   So how can the church be joint heirs at the same time they are the Body of Christ?  I tell you it is a very significant puzzle and a mystery and we will get into and solve.  Hopefully you are learning a few things from this short introduction, I have designed this series to introduce you to things in a specific order and sequence to hopefully help you to fully understand it.  If you desire to now more of the Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symols for the Church you can go to that lesson and research them in your Bible.

I guess I will stop right here and address another issue that I heard one minister say.  According to him he was struggling in thinking of himself as a spiritual woman or the bride of Christ, because he was a man and a normal natural man has a problem with identifying themselves as a spiritual female.  I can understand that thought process, because I am a man also.  There are so many natural people in the world that are so confused with their sexual identity, am I a man or am I a woman.  Am I a man in a woman’s body or vice versa.  It seems this identity crisis has crept into the church.   Is the church a man or is it a woman in the eyes of God?  That is certainly the great debate that seems to be raging.  You can so easily see why Satan wants to keep the church in confusion so that they don’t understand who they are and why they are here.  If the church doesn’t understand the truth then he is able to steal it away from their hearts and they will never be able to know it according to what Jesus taught us.  As you read the rest of this blog series you will soon discover why Satan wants to convince the Body of Christ that they are not the bride.  If he can convince them they are not the bride then they will not be able to fulfill the Biblical prophecy spoken by the words of God himself.

So normal men don’t like being thought of as a spiritual female.  However, what I like or don’t like and what you like or don’t like doesn’t really mean anything.  That also goes for how you and I feel about being called a woman.  I’ve heard that it brings out an image of a woman with combat boots on and wearing a wedding gown.   This one minister just couldn’t identify with such a thought being a male.  What an incredibly arrogant philosophy that is.  You are assuming that a woman wouldn’t have a problem if she is called a spiritual male (the body of Christ), but a male would have a problem if he was called a spiritual female (the bride).  That is about as natural thinking or carnally minded as you can possibly get and still attempt to call yourself a Christian.  What a male chauvinist attitude.  Did you know that the Bible says in Galatians 3:28 that there is neither “male” nor “female” in Christ?  If you are in Christ and you are worried about being a male or a female you are thinking carnally and naturally.  If you are a male and have a problem identifying yourself as a spiritual woman and I did say spiritual then you need to repent and figure out what God thinks about it and not worry about your appearance or feelings on the subject.

What we should ask ourselves, is there precedence in the Bible for the Church to be the bride of Christ?  Ok, that was a legal term and what I really meant to say was there a valid pattern, a type and shadow given to us in the Old Testament that would mirror and confirm to us this New Testament truth?    In Legal terms, precedence is when a judge gives a ruling, he is obligated to explain why he ruled that way.  Many times a judge will give established case histories where similar rulings were given and then explain why he ruled the way that he did.  Why does the Judge feel obligated to include similar case rulings in his decision process?  That is an interesting concept if you think about it.  When a judge provides supporting evidences for his decision, he is saying this is not just my lone opinion.  Precedence can also mean the order of priority or sequence of importance.  This is exactly how the Bible is written if you didn’t realize it.  God is the ultimate Supreme Judge and Jesus is our Lawyer or Advocate.  God does everything in an orderly legal fashion.  He explains His rulings giving us His precedence on the subject in His Word.  The Old Testament parallels the New Testament, as well as the Old Testament precedes the New.  The Old Testament helps us explain the New Testament and vice versa.  The Old Testament gives us natural pictures of actual living people that point us to spiritual truths.  There are many natural examples in the Old Testament that point us to spiritual New Testament truths.  In fact there is an Old Testament scripture that says “The thing that has been, that is the thing that shall be” (Ecc 1:9) and God said there is nothing new under the sun.  In this lesson series we will definitely explore some new foundational truths from both the Old and the New Testaments that confirm the true identity of the church, so get ready to learn.

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons, you can continue with “Part 2“.