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THE TRUE IDENTITY OF THE WOMAN IN REVELATION 12 Pt 9 – Why the Church Pt 2

(Ver 1.0) This is now “Part 9” in the advanced Bible study series of lessons revealing, “The True Identity of the woman in Revelation 12”. But today’s lesson is also “Part 2” of the miniseries within the full series called “Why the Church”. This mini-revealing series is designed to answer a lot of Christian’s deep questions to how this woman could possibly be the church. Many see the words written to indicate this woman could only be the virgin Mary, or the natural nation of Israel. This is based upon the fact that her child will rule with a rod of iron, and this MUST be Jesus in some form. No doubt this is the popular belief, and it logically stands to reason why it is believed to be this way.

What this lesson series is attempting to do, is to help you change your vision from a natural reasoning viewpoint into a heavenly God spiritual viewpoint. God sees things in ways that the carnal human does not even begin to comprehend. Therefore, it is again highly advised that you go and pray the prayer found in Ephesians 1:17-23. This will ask God to give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in knowing HIM who is Christ Jesus. Opening your spiritual eyes to see what has been accomplished by God in and through Jesus Christ. Make this prayer personal and believe God heard and answered you.

Today’s Bible lesson will deal with the Bible interpreting itself on the subject of what the pregnant woman represents and her child represents, from a Holy God perspective, and viewpoint. This should be of interest to a lot of Christians. Because it will answer a lot of questions about how this woman in Revelation 12 can represent the church. Are you excited and expecting to learn? If you really are, then you are ready to begin.

If you have not read the first part of the miniseries or the entire full series, please at least start with “Part 8 – Why the Church”, or “The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12 PART 1”. There are too many details already covered that are not able to be restated in this lesson.

First, we need to repeat the series warning.  This series was written for spiritually mature Christians. For those that are newly born again, or younger Christians, you may want to go study some more basic Bible foundational subjects before trying to digest some deep eschatological study that may be hard to swallow. This decision could possibly help you not to be offended at what will be a very deep spiritual subject filled with complex spiritual information and application, about a highly controversial topic. Thank you for judging yourself before continuing.

We pray that you love God, and His Word as much as we do. We are infinitely blessed to have the author of the Bible living on the inside of us to help us all understand the mysteries of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We want to say before you begin, we love you all very much. This lesson series is founded upon divine love and no other motivation is present or hidden. Please know this before you leave any mean or nasty comments.

One of the first things to answer about the woman in Revelation 12, is to determine, if she is natural or spiritual. Is she literal, or a figurative symbol for a greater hidden spiritual message? Answering this question, can only be established based upon the context descriptions of her.

We can remember, that she is seen in heaven in verse 1. This causes us to begin to lean to understand that she is a spiritual reality. But then we see she is clothed with the sun and standing on the moon. Both of these CANNOT be taken literally, and this almost seals the confirmation that she is a spiritual being. The major confirming sign that this chapter is speaking of spiritual realities, is the mention of the dragon and the ancient serpent, who God defines to be Satan and the devil. This being is certainly a spirit being, therefore, the woman can only be interpreted as spiritual also.

Please remember the basics of eschatological hermeneutical principles. Here is a fundamental rule to begin “If the plain sense, makes perfect sense, seek no other sense”. Because the first verse in Revelation 12, does not make plain and perfect sense, this forces us to seek God for the actual true sense. People have tried to answer this problem by searching the Bible for any references to the “sun, moon, and stars”. They have then found one reference in Genesis 37:9 in the dream of Joseph.

This was used rapidly to confirm in their minds that the woman can only be the natural nation of Israel, since that is what the dream was about. But they ignored the placement of these objects on and around the woman because these facts do not make plain sense. Because the placement of these objects is important, and they were defined by Jacob to be clear symbolic references to specific individuals, we should try to apply this information into the Revelation 12 interpretation of the symbolic elements. But few have tried to do this.

We will be exploring a lot of great new hidden secrets of God concerning the church. What we are discovering is that the woman in Revelation 12, represents a victorious church that has overcome the enemy Satan. It must be understood that the two key chapters to understanding Revelation 12, is to first understand Genesis 3 and then understand Galatians 4. These two chapters have direct connections to what God wants us to learn about Revelation 12. But we will also be going over other verses to help us. Let us look at some new insights about what we learned in the last lesson, before we continue to today’s subjects.

NEW REVELATION 12:1 INSIGHTS

In the last lesson we did an overview of some of the key aspects and descriptions found in Revelation 12:1. We all know there was a woman, that appeared in heaven. She is said to be clothed with the sun. We have learned that this means she is clothed with Jesus, the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2). But there is much more to this sun symbol than just this single great revelation. For example:

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 

Notice what this verse says to us. God says put on His armor. Then we find in the book of Romans:

Rom 13:12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light

Ok, now we are gaining important insight into what type of clothing we in the church are supposed to be wearing. Our spiritual armor is called “the armor of light”. Wow, what does the sun do for our world? The sun gives us light by day. Now we are confirming we are in God’s kingdom of Light and the Day (1 Thessalonians 5:5). We are supposed to take off the works of darkness, and put on this (sun) light armor.

By casting off our clothes (works) of darkness, what happens to them? They fall to the floor of course. If they fell, are they under us, or above us?  Uh oh? This is just more confirmation that the moon under our feet in Revelation 12:1, are things that we have put off and thrown down and this allows us to be standing above the moon. Do you see how this truth concerning the church matches the description of the woman so far very well?

This new information about clothing being like works for good or evil, implies that we are supposed to be doing works for God’s Kingdom of His dear Son, and not the works of the enemy. What we must conclude is that wearing the Sun in Revelation 12:1 is the same as wearing Light as an Armor in Romans 13:12, and this must be connected with doing good “works” for the Kingdom of God on the earth. Can we agree so far? This will get much clearer soon as you continue to read.

But also notice in Ephesians 6:11 God says by wearing His full armor, the church (we) will be able to stand against the enemy. Notice the mention of standing. Does this involve the feet? Of course, it does, and we see a woman in Revelation 12:1 with her feet, which are implied to be standing on, and above the moon. We have already determined very clearly; the moon is the representative symbol of the ruler of the darkness who God calls Satan (Ephesians 6:12).

Again, we have this connection being made in Romans 13:12, with the mention of “night” and “darkness”. Being connected with the armor of “light” and the mention of “day” being at hand. The woman in Revelation 12, is certainly standing in the Daylight of the Sun. We are experiencing another confirmation for who the woman in Revelation 12:1 really represents, and how the church is planned by God to overcome the devil, by wearing God’s defensive weapons and by wielding God Spiritual Sword, called the Word of God. Amen.

INTRODUCTION –
SEEING REVELATION 12
FROM GOD’S SPIRITUAL VIEWPOINT

Let us review one of the foundational verses for this miniseries of lessons about WHY the church is the woman in Revelation 12. We should be attempting to rise far above the normal natural human perspective of things that anyone can read in the Bible. We can read in Isaiah 55:8, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways are not your ways”. It is very clear from this statement that God claims to be smarter than us, and to think and see things different than we do as humans. This is one of the reasons, Jesus came to the earth to help reveal God’s higher thoughts and ways to us, and here is one thing that He said about this subject of perspectives:

John 3:12  If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 

Remember again that Jesus gave us this “key to help us in understanding God’s thoughts”. Knowing this will be a huge benefit to understanding a great portion of the book of Revelation. We must begin by understanding that God is a Spirit (John 5:24). If God is a Spirit, and it was Him who designed and authored the book of Revelation (2 Tim 3:16).  God selected a writing technique utilizing many major patterns from natural symbolic objects and realities, that reveal unseen existing higher spiritual truths, entities and realities.

But here is a potentially new revelation for you. God expects you to become a mature Christ follower. He expects His church to grow up spiritually (1 Peter 2:2). This simply means we are not supposed to remain as carnal thinking humans. This should help you to see the necessity to change our thoughts to conform to His. This is essential for understanding the book of Revelation.

Today we will focus on the natural subjects of the process of a physical woman’s pregnancy, labor, and delivery of a child. In this analysis, we will confirm and apply what this natural process represents, in the spiritual birth process that is taught to us in the Word of God. Probably most of you have never thought of this or studied this subject, until now. Is a spiritual woman’s process of giving spiritual birth, the same types of experiences as the natural birthing process? That should sound interesting to a lot of Christians who want to know the truth.

We will be going through additional verses in Revelation 12, starting with verse 2 and possibly continuing to verse 6. What will help you to see these verses differently, is by changing your perspective and expectation for who you may have ignorantly “pre-judged” her to represent. To “pre-determine” who she represents before you see all of the evidence, blocks your ability to see any truth that God really desired you to see. There are a lot of Christians that are closed minded to change any viewpoint. Some have called these types of people, “concrete Christians”, meaning they are thoroughly mixed up and firmly set, and almost impossible to change even with the greatest message of truth. We pray no one reading fits this description. Please, decide to be an Acts 17:11, more noble type of Bible student.

This is a common tactic of the devil, to block God’s revelation from being seen. As long as Satan can get us to seek words that makes this woman to be only natural Israel, then that is what we will see and find. This fact of what we seek for, determines what we find, is based upon the law Jesus spoke to us in Matthew 7:7. Therefore, instead of seeking to find natural Israel, just ask God to help you to seek the truth, and you are promised to find it (John 16:13).

Imagine in your spirit, that the Holy Spirit came to you in an audible voice and said “This woman is the Church”. Would you ignore this personal God visitation to help give you this revelation? Some people do this all the time. But not with an audible voice from God. No, God uses pastors and teachers of the Word of God by giving them the revelation, and then helping them to present it to the rest of the Body of Christ. This method of divine operation is so easy to bypass and ignore as false teaching, simply because a message did not conform to what you believed it said. Uh oh?

Therefore, allow the Holy Spirit that lives in you to bear witness with what you are reading today. If the Holy Spirit, makes you feel very unpeaceful, then please reject and ignore everything that this internal feeling occurs upon. It is possible, that God will give you peace with certain parts of the message and not every part. If that occurs, then be as wise as an old cow feeding in a pasture, eat the good green grass and spit out the bad tasting sticks. But if the Holy Spirit gives you perfect peace in your spirit, then that should be a sign to you, that this should be given your attention. Finally, are we ready to go? Let us turn to Revelation 12:2 and begin our study.

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

Rev 12:3  And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 

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

Rev 12:5  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne
Rev 12:6  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days

Ok, these are really awesome word selections displaying an intentional intelligent design and designer behind them. God’s intelligence is so far beyond ours, that we easily miss the spiritual truths that He is speaking using a naturally coded message. Remember that it is much easier for us to understand the spiritual truths, by first coming to understand the corresponding natural truths. Let us list some of the major new qualities and descriptions of the woman in Revelation 12 verses 2 through 5:

  1. Verse 1 informed us that there is a woman in heaven who is “with” child in verse 2.
  2. Therefore, she is crying out, while travailing in labor in the spirit realm.
  3. She is experiencing pain while waiting to be delivered.
  4. An evil dragon stood before or against her.
  5. The dragon waits to devour the male child as soon as he is born.
  6. After birth her child was caught up to God and to His throne.
  7. The woman goes into a wilderness prepared by God to be fed for 3 ½ years.

We will not go into tremendous detail, but we will try to take each point, one by one. However, this lesson will not be able to touch on every subject, because of the length of the lesson that this would cause. It is wise to warn you that this will still be a long Bible lesson. It is recommended that you break it into seven separate study sessions, unless you have the time to do it all in one study. Today we will focus our study upon seven sections of information which are:

  1. A Woman with child, which will take us to the next subject.
  2. Can the spiritual church of Jesus Christ, have a spiritual child or children?
  3. Then we will learn about how God reveals the spiritual woman the church has children.
  4. Next, we will review what are the differences between spiritual and physical births.
  5. Next, we will address, the spiritual concept of labor.
  6. Next, we will address the spiritual subject of fruit.
  7. Finally, we will address the spiritual subject of delivery.

If you notice these are all components found, or implied in the natural concepts of birth that were listed within Revelation 12, but instead of looking at them from the physical perspective, we are going to shift into the higher dimension of seeing them from God’s spiritual viewpoint, revealed in the Holy Bible. If you are ready, let us get started.

1. WOMAN WITH CHILD

What do these natural words, descriptions, and symbols teach us? First, we must begin by understanding that everything stated in these verses (1-6) are predominately spiritual truths that are being taught to us with a mixture of both supernatural, and common descriptions of natural realities. Please take notice that the words spoken DO NOT teach a natural how to guide for human pregnancy. No, God is only using concepts that most are already familiar with to help reveal the hidden unknown spiritual message.

Without this foundation, you will be very confused. Let us go over a quick list of what we should be able to see in Revelation 12:1-6:

  1. Remember that a woman (wife) in a relationship with God always represents a covenant partnership. We can learn this in several verses, but research Jeremiah 31:32 (Israel), and Matthew 9:15 (Church) to see two references.
  2. This statement implies that this woman was previously a physical reality upon the earth, before she was taken into heaven. We can confirm her simultaneous existence in both heaven and on the earth, reading verse 6.
  3. Therefore, we can conclude that God/Jesus must have taken this woman up to be with Him at the throne. Does this sound like a type of rapture for those that were ready with oil in their lamps? In this story 5 virgins were not prepared and did not enter into the wedding. These could represent the people that were left on the earth who repented and returned to Christ. We will find more evidence coming to support this view soon.
  4. Also, this verse implies that this woman’s appearance in heaven was because she is considered righteous and not of the kingdom of darkness. We will see this more clearly when we look again at her clothing.

QUESTIONS?

  1. Is the church viewed as a spiritual woman to God?
  2. Can a spiritual woman give birth?
  3. Is a spiritual woman’s child also spiritual?
  4. What does it mean to be spiritually pregnant?

2. DOES THE BIBLE SPEAK OF
SPIRITUAL CHILDREN THAT ARE
BIRTHED BY THE CHURCH?

This is a very major and significant question that must be answered accurately, in order for us to believe, and confirm that this woman in Revelation 12 could represent the church. It is plainly stated in Revelation 12:2, that this woman was pregnant, and she was crying out while travailing with labor pains, waiting to be delivered. Please remember that this Greek word used to describe the pregnant “woman”, is the same word used to describe the Lamb’s “wife” in Revelation 19.

This is a lot of amazing information that we just read. This clearly describes the natural process of birth. But does this information also have spiritual applications for the church? I believe with all of my heart that it ALL DOES. To begin, we will only focus upon answering the question, can the spiritual church body (Romans 12:5), have a spiritual child?

The Greek word G5043 that was translated as “child” twice in Revelation 12, verses 4 and 5, describes the male child that was born to the woman. But this same word is used many times in the New Testament to describe both natural, and spiritual children. A search of this word in the New Testament reveals a lot of valuable information.

Also, it is very interesting to notice that this exact Greek word is never used to describe the baby Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem of the virgin Mary (Israel). It is only used to described the physical child that was born of Elizabeth, whose name was John. But for Jesus, it is NOT used. This appears to be another strike against the child in Revelation 12 being the newborn baby Jesus. Let us go to the first book of the Corinthians next, to see what Paul wrote to the church:

1 Cor 4:14  I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. 

This is a very interesting verse of truth. Paul writing to the church in Corinth, calls them “his” beloved “sons”. It just so happens the Greek word translated as “sons” is the exact same word G5043 translated as “child” in Revelation 12. Is that a coincidence? I ask that question a lot, to get you to think. There are no coincidences in the Bible. If this is a spiritual parent child relationship, we should begin to ask, is Paul their spiritual father or mother? Uh oh? That sounds like satanic gender confusion.

We all should know the Apostle Paul was a human male. We also should all know that Paul was an unmarried bachelor (1 Cor 7:8). Therefore, it is impossible for Paul to have had natural children in this verse in 1 Corinthians 4:14, and he must be speaking spiritually. Let us read down a few verses and see another usage of this same Greek word:

1Co 4:17  For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church. 

Here, we can confirm again, that a male name Timotheus, is being called a spiritual child of his spiritual parent also a male named Paul. Wow, if that is not amazing, I do not know how to then get you awake. This described parent and child relationship is purely spiritual, and not physical. We should believe that these types of spiritual revelations, are the reason why Satan is bringing up the confusion of natural sexual identity. Satan will attempt to use this evil, to turn people away from the spiritual truth of God’s word.

It is interesting that this same pattern is repeated again in 1 Timothy 1:2, and 2 Timothy 1:2, where Paul calls Timothy his dear son (child) in the faith. This is again repeated in Titus 1:4 where Paul calls Titus, his own son (child) after the common faith. We are seeing a pattern of spiritual truth that must NOT be ignored. God confirms very clearly that there exist spiritual births that come by spiritual parents.

Now who is PAUL? Paul is a male member of the early corporate church body. He is one of the chief spiritual leaders of the Christian faith. He wrote 2/3 of the New Testament, so he definitely knows what he is talking about. Paul should be considered to be a representative of the spiritually mature part of the body of believers, since he was the one that was teaching them how to grow spiritually (1 Cor 3:2). Since Paul is one major member of the entire church, Paul qualifies to be called a spiritual woman bride. Paul is confirming that the church can have spiritual children with some of the body being a mature parent, and new believers of the body being their child (G5043). Can we all agree so far? It only gets more amazing from here.

3. HOW WOULD THE SPIRITUAL CHURCH
BRING FORTH SPIRITUAL CHILDREN?

Please take note that this is the next most significant question for us to answer, in order for us to determine if someone specific in the church, or the church as a combined whole can conceive, bare, and bring forth a spiritual child. Let us take a look at a verse in Philemon:

Phm 1:10  I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds: 

Here is Paul writing to the church and claiming to have given birth to a son while being bound in chains. The Greek word G1080 that is translated as “begotten” literally means to “procreate”. This word procreate can mean, “to multiply by sowing seed”. This word can certainly apply to both the natural methods of procreation, and the spiritual methods of procreation.

It can also be applied to the father as the seed supplier, or the mother as the seed receiver. Therefore, which one is Paul claiming to be? It is entirely possible that Paul is claiming to be both. That is a difficult new question to answer in detail, in this Bible study series, but it is answered in the Bible very clearly.

What is the answer? The answer comes from Genesis 2. This is where God gives us the details of Adam’s creation and how his wife came out of his side. This was the exact pattern that occurred in the Spirit realm when Christ died on the cross and was raised from the dead to become the second man (1 Corinthians 15:47). Jesus is also called the Last Adam in 1 Corinthians 15:45.

To help us confirm that what happened to the first Adam, is what happened to the second Adam (Jesus), we must also know Romans 5:14, where God teaches clearly that the first Adam was a “figure” of Jesus to come. The Greek word translated as “figure” means” a “sample type”, “pattern”, “model”, and “style”. Wow, that is powerful.

This knowledge teaches us that what was recorded to happen to Adam, will be the prophetical “pattern” for what must happen to Jesus during His manifested presence upon the earth. But Jesus will make the right choices and His wife and bride will NOT be deceived. Again, we have the prophesied victory of a woman over Satan spoken from God’s mouth in Genesis 3. God’s Words WILL come to pass, and the time is now for the victory.

But we did not answer the question, how can a natural male in the church be both the spiritual mother and the spiritual father of new spiritual children in the church?  The answer is still found in Genesis 2. Adam was put to sleep, and Jesus was put to sleep on the cross. Adam’s side was opened to remove Eve, Jesus’ side was opened to pour out blood and water to save His church bride. Because the first natural woman was taken out of Adam, the last spiritual woman was taken out of Jesus. But God said in the Law of Covenant Marriage in Genesis 2:24, the “two shall be one flesh”. We learn in 1 Corinthians 6:17, that whoever is joined (married in a covenant) to the LORD is ONE SPIRIT! This teaches the concept of two being called one, as long as one is a male, and the other is the female joined in matrimony.

Please remember Eve, is a prophesied pattern of the spiritual church and not natural Israel. Then recall in Genesis 3:10, Adam calls His wife by the name Eve, because she is the mother of all living. Wow! This is where Christians are missing a major revelation of the church’s role in the kingdom of God immensely. This pattern of Eve being the mother of all the natural living human race teaches us that the church must also be a mother to all the spiritually living born-again believers in Christ. How does this occur? How is this even possible?

If Eve is one pattern of who the church is, and she was a mother the natural living, then this matches the description of the pregnant woman in Revelation 12 being a spiritual mother of the spiritual living. It is possible a lot of people will not be able to comprehend this immediately. Especially spiritually immature Christians. But we will soon see more evidence for what is being taught by the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Jesus.

We do not have time to cover this part in depth. This should be a Bible study series, all by itself. But there are more than enough facts of spiritual truth being given to you to continue to study and confirm more of this with other scriptures. I would suggest that you go and read the Bible study about “How did the church became the body of Christ”.

You might also like to read and study verses like “Romans 12:5”, and “1 Corinthians 12:12, 27”. In these two verses, the church members are called the body of Christ on the earth. This clearly is God calling His female church bride by the male name Christ, also being His body. Therefore, we can confirm how the woman bride is being given the same name as He does (Christ) through the covenant that we have entered into with Him. Wow, this is awesome when you see it. How can spiritually born-again people on the earth be our risen savior’s body, while He is physically seated in heaven? This is how God reveals hidden spiritual mysteries. God reveals this problem and answered it very clearly in Ephesians 5. We need to move on to a new verse that may help people to see what is being taught.

My special reader asked, “How can the woman be the church, since we did not birth the Messiah”. My response should be, “SAYS WHO?” What we are about to confirm using the Bible, is that the church actually does birth the Messiah, but our spiritual child is not the physical Jesus born in the form of a baby, in a manger in Bethlehem. Remember to stop thinking carnally, and look for the spiritual realities of God in scripture.

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

This is one of the most amazingly obvious proof texts confirming the church to be the woman in Revelation 12:2. Notice that this is Paul writing to a different church in Galatia. He uses the same terminology “children” to describe his relationship with them. The Greek word G5040 translated as children comes from the Greek word G5043 used in Revelation 12. Therefore, God confirms that we have a direct connection that He is speaking of the same subject.

Then notice the Greek word G5605 that is translated “travail in birth”. Wow, this is the exact same Greek word used to describe the woman in Revelation 12:2. Now we have two direct word connections and this one is overwhelming and irrefutable. It just so happens that Galatians 4 and Revelation 12 are the only times this word is used by the Holy Spirit in the ENTIRE BIBLE. That makes this the ultimate qualified match.

Mary is never described using this word, and certainly not Israel either. This evidence of intelligent divine design, narrows the possibilities of choice that could have been easily changed by God, selecting and using different Greek words in either verse. There are many other possible word selections to describe child birth. This specific identical word choice, simply confirm that the woman in Revelation 12, can be NONE OTHER THAN THE CHURCH!

We must conclude that Paul by travailing the same as the woman in Revelation 12, is proclaiming to be that woman. Whether Paul knew this in his mind or not, it was what the Holy Spirit inspired him to write. Therefore, God is ultimately making the match.

Ok, here is what we MUST notice in this verse. My reader said the church never gave birth to Messiah, but here is the clear evidence proving the church does give birth to Messiah. The Greek word G5547 is translated as Christ. This is the Greek word for the Hebrew word translated as Messiah (H4889). Both words mean “the anointed one”.  Clearly God has just confirmed the Church does give birth to Messiah, but this Messiah is definitely not the natural child in Bethlehem. Are we all awake yet?

What else is important to learn from this verse? Notice that Paul said I travail in birth AGAIN, until Christ be formed in you. This is amazing! Paul is claiming to be a female that gives birth to children. Paul is also claiming this is NOT HIS first-time laboring to give birth. The word “again” clearly implies there have been MANY births, and we can see this from all of the children references that Paul claims to be the birth mother of. Wow, this is amazing if you will receive it.

4. THAT WHICH BORN OF FLESH IS FLESH
AND BORN OF SPIRIT IS SPIRIT

This is a majorly deep spiritual topic today, and our prayer is that it does not escape your understanding of God’s Truth. We have talked more than once in this series of lessons about this subject, that was brought to us by Jesus in John 3:3-6. Jesus taught clearly to Nicodemus and us, revealing that there are two types of “births” possible, and they DO NOT MIX. For humans, the natural comes first, and then and only then does the spiritual re-birth become possible. You should remember that we have already established from John 3 that only a spiritual woman can give birth to a spiritual child. Therefore, Paul as a born-again spiritual participant in the New Covenant, is qualified to give birth to new spiritual children who have the Spirit of Christ. Let us look at an important verse:

Rom 9:8  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. 

Here is an essential concept concerning two kinds of children that come from two kinds of seeds, resulting in two kinds of births. The first was the natural human child birth process, and the second is introducing us to the “promised spiritual re-birth” process, that was also mentioned by Jesus in John 3.  God begins by comparing children of the flesh that came from natural Israel, with the children of the promise. Uh oh? What God is doing is informing us, that He promised all humans, that He would have spiritual children. Please go and reread Galatians chapter 4. Because this is a vital chapter needed to understand Revelation 12. Here is just one verse to pay close attention to:

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

In chapter 4 of Galatians, God gave us an allegory using Abraham, Sarah and Hagar to confirm to us an exceedingly important spiritual truth. Sarah and Hagar had two types of children because of who they were naturally. These two symbolic sons that were birthed, by two different symbolic women, represent the concepts of flesh births, versus spirit births. The first son born was Ishmael, and he is called a son of the flesh and the son of the bond (slave) woman because he came by the will of man. But then came Isaac who is referred to as the promised son who came from Sarah, and she is called the “freewoman” who came by the will of God.

We learn in Galatians 4, that this son named Isaac, was a type of the spiritual Christ that the church comes out from. This makes this type of Isaac the promised child, who is the risen from the dead spiritual Jesus Christ (Romans 7:4).  I pray no one is choking on the meat that the Holy Spirit is trying to feed us. I will encourage you that once you see this truth, it is impossible not to see it everywhere in the Bible. Notice what else God said to us in Galatians 4:28:

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

Paul writing to the church (the members of the body of Christ) in Galatia, and he is calling them, both his brothers as well as children, is confirming that they were, as well as we are, the promised spiritual “Christ” child spoken of to Abraham. This is an amazing revelation. But you really need to go back to Galatians 3 and study to see that the promise given to Abraham was the promise of the Spirit that will be birthed in every believer in Christ. Please read this very carefully stated truth in Galatians 3:14. If you are lost with this new information, be patient and do not throw it away. It is the truth. Let us explore this more by explaining how we can be called simultaneous brothers with Christ and other believers, and be called promised children of God, and Christ at the same time.

We are named Christ, because we are the body of “Christ” (1 Corinthian 12:27). Each individual believer represents one spiritual member, in the one spiritual body of CHRIST with every believer being joined to Him and every other believer to form this ingenious new spiritual body (Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 5:4). This new growing body of the Spirit of Christ, can also be called the temple of God (1 Corinthians 6:19).

This new spiritual design of joining believers as cells in a human body, or bricks in a temple, is practically identical to the created human body consisting of potentially trillions of individual cells, and all of them being joined together are called by the name that was given to us by our natural parents, when we were born naturally. The human body comes from the union of just two physical cells. But from these two cells, they grow by division, and spread out to every other cell, increasing until full maturity. Even after maturity, cells die and are replaced with new cells in most tissues.

This human natural growth process from two joined cells, is the exact same process that is happening in the spiritual realm for the spiritual body of Christ. Jesus was called the firstborn from the dead in Colossians 1:18. In this same verse Jesus is also called the “head” of the body (of Christ) in order that He might have preeminence.

It is the head that controls the body and not the other way around. This makes HIM LORD and not any other individual spiritual cell joined to Him (in Covenant) in His spiritual body. Are you getting this, because this is an amazing new revelation for many Christians? In His new spiritual body, He is the head, and we are HIS body members (Ephesians 1:22-23), with all of us together being called Christ. There is no sane way to separate a person by naming His head Christ, and His body (the church) something else. They are called by ONE name.

Jas 2:7  Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 

In this verse James inspired by the Holy Spirit, writes about Christians being spoken of by other humans wrongfully. God is making the claim that when they do this, they are blaspheming the “worthy name” which they are called. This name has to be “Christ”, because no other human name can be worthy.  There are many spiritual aspects of being one with Christ, and here is another factor for us being called by His name as a born-again believer:

Rom 16:7  Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. 

Paul makes a comparison of order and likeness. Paul informs us that Andronicus and Junia were his kinsman. This Greek word G4773 literally means a relative by blood. But you can tell by the names of these people in Rome, they are probably not Jewish. Therefore, Paul is not speaking naturally and this can only be a spiritual relationship by the blood of Jesus. Yes? This was the message of these men were like me.

Then comes the mention of order. Paul is teaching us next how these Christians became members of the same spiritual family, by entering into CHRIST. But we also can notice that Paul said these entered into Christ, before he did. This truth is based upon our natural time line. We are recognizing another parallel, between the natural and the physical birth process of organized order that is noted by God.

Therefore, we are learning of two simultaneous realities that occur at a new spiritual birth into God’s Kingdom. This is a very essential truth to learn. When you are born-again by believing in Jesus being raised from the dead, and confessing Him as your Lord (Romans 10:9-10), you are reborn into a brand-new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). This means this had never existed before Jesus was raised from the dead. He became the first born from the dead and each of each us after enter into Him in order of believing.

When this happens to you by believing in Him, you enter into Christ, and the Spirit of Christ also enters into you, and you reside in both the natural, and heavenly dimensions simultaneously. WOW! Did you know this already? If you did, do you understand the power that was needed to accomplish this (Ephesians 1:19-20)?

What we are learning today is awesome.  We should now have begun to understand that Jesus seated in heaven right now, is the physical raised from the dead man, named Christ in the spirit realm. He is the mediator of the New Covenant (Hebrews 9:15) that we are in. But simultaneously born-again Christians living on the earth. are also called by His name Christ, because we have His Spirit on the inside of us. We are IN HIM, and HE is in us. This was God’s plan from the beginning and His wisdom is amazing!

If it would help you, please take note of Genesis 5:1 where God describes Himself creating man as a male and a female. God then says He called both of them by the name “Adam”. This matches what God did for Christ Jesus and His Church, by calling us both Christ.

Ok, everyone needs more verses to confirm the truth. God says in the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses, let every word be established. Notice in 2 Corinthians 6:15, God through Paul writes what fellowship does “Christ” have with “Belial”. The church is very clearly stated to be named “Christ”, and if we join ourself to a devil, we are joining the body of Christ to that same spirit. Paul is writing that this should never be. Do you see this?

Now look at 1 Corinthians 6:15, and see that this is the exact same truth. In this verse, God through Paul says the church as a member of the body of Christ, we must not allow Christ to be joined to a harlot. This is just one of several other places where the church is referred to by the name of Christ.

But how does this work? We learn another important piece of the puzzle in Romans 8:10. In this verse God reveals that it is the Spirit named “Christ” that comes to live on the inside of our human body. Wow, because every born-again Christian has the same Spirit of Christ, we are all of the same name of Christ and represent one living and growing spiritual body of a child on the earth.

This brings up another new point. What happens when a Christian dies? Their spirit departs the earth body of Christ and goes to be with the spiritual body of Christ in heaven (Philippians 1:23). This helps to solve how a spiritual woman in heaven in Revelation 12:1, can still have parts of her same body as a remnant left here on the earth to battle with the dragon in verses 6 and 17. But this is probably a different topic for later.

So, we have learned how the spiritual process of a child growth and development can be understood, by us viewing a natural child’s development process. This will be brought up again in this lesson later, so please do not forget it. But remember this is what we are seeing happen to the woman in Revelation 12 with a growing child in her womb.

God was a genius in transforming one natural seed named Jesus (John 12:24), into a growing corporate spiritual entity consisting of millions and even billions of individual spiritual cell members. He did this in His own one Body and then He calls us by the same name Christ. And this is legal because we all have the same Spirit of Christ abiding on the inside of us. Wow! This truth has a far-reaching application to help us understand, and explain how the church will end up victorious over the devil. It also teaches that God views us (the church) the same as HIM. Let us take a quick side journey to help someone that needs to know how their prayers can be answered:

Joh 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 

This verse shows us why we can come to The Father in prayer with confidence, and ask Him our request. We can do this boldly because we ask in His name, and the Father in heaven will answer, because of who we are in HIM, and not based upon who we are on the earth, or what we have done. It is also important to notice the mention of bring forth fruit. We will be talking about this concept in a soon coming section in much more detail. Just take note of the connection being made by God’s design.

Now that we are beginning to learn and understand, how the church can be represented to be one body of one spiritual growing child. We need to explain, how new spiritual cell members in this growing body, came to exist. In the natural realm there are a lot of cell divisions that occur and each are just grown into a new body component, but in the spiritual realm it is slightly different. But this helps to explain how we can be both brothers and children of the same cell that birthed us. This is actually very similar to the natural if you think about it.

We are spiritual brothers because we are from the same spiritual Father (Holy Spirit, also known as the Spirit of Christ in Romans 8:9). We are spiritual children of others in the church, because we have God’s Spirit of Christ that was birthed on the inside of us from sowed Word (seeds) into our hearts shared by others in the body of Christ. These spiritual laborers, got each of us born-again spiritually, while they were travailing in birth, to bring us out of the flesh, and into the spiritual Kingdom of God. Praise the LORD!

We can further confirm what was just taught by analyzing Galatians chapter 3 that is directly connected with Galatians 4. In this chapter we learn two very important concepts about Abraham. First, we learn Abraham’s promised seed (son) was CHRIST by reading Galatians 3:16. In this verse the LORD says the seed is singular and not plural that God was speaking. Wow, that truth is ignored by a lot of Bible teachers. The main take away is for you to know God said His promised seed was only CHRIST! Please take note the name JESUS was omitted from this verse, even if we understand this was who came first to be born as the CHRIST.

Galatians 3 continues with a discussion between the promise and the law that was unable to nullify the promise because it occurred over 400 years before the law came. Then notice in Galatians 3:26 where God says we in the church have all become His children through our faith in CHRIST Jesus! Pay attention to the flipping of the order of the names, and take a note that God did not say “Jesus CHRIST”! God is so specific to even the order of words, that reordering them has a meaning about things beyond our imagination.

Now pay close attention to Galatian 3:27. This is another direct connection to Revelation 12 where the woman was clothed with the sun. Here we see how when we now in the church, are baptized into CHRIST, we have put on CHRIST. Again, this is amazing spiritual information that occurred when we were born-again. But it still directs us to Revelation 12 to confirm it is the church that is represented there.

Now for the sake of time we will jump to Galatians 3:29. In this verse God wrote about the church again, and here He says “If you be CHRIST, then are you Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the “promise”. Ok, if you study you will notice that I changed the translated possessive tense word “Christ’s”, to “CHRIST” not being the possessive tense. However, this Greek word 5547, Christos is translated as “Christ” the majority of the times it occurs. In other words, this word occurs 569 times in the New Testament, and it is translated as Christ in 553 of them. It would therefore, be legal to make it fit the majority if it works, and makes plain sense in context. I believe it does.

Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that there are times that it does appear to be correctly translated as “Christ’s”, with something belonging to Him. This is legitimate either way in this verse of Galatians 3:29. Whether we belong to His spiritual body, or are being called by His name Christ, it is the same end result as we have learned.

Notice the mention of a promise again? These are amazing connections being made.  Do you understand what the LORD is saying? I mean really, do you? This is a radical statement of your identity, and who you now are to GOD! God just called you Christ! God just said you are Abraham’s promised seed. Being the promised seed child, you have become a spiritual heir and a joint-heir with CHRIST (Romans 8:17). Let us back up in Galatians 3 and see what you may have missed:

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. 

What may help you in understanding, is go back to Galatians 3:14. Notice again what this verse said. Also notice this time God included the name Jesus before CHRIST. This qualifies the reference of CHRIST, to be only the physical man Jesus who died for our sins. It is by our faith in His finished work for us, that Abraham’s “promised” blessing is able to come upon the entire human race. This we can learn was the promise of the Spirit to live on the inside of us through faith in JESUS CHRIST ALONE! It was only us being born of the Holy Spirit, and being joined with the Holy Spirit, that gives us this opportunity to be named CHRIST. This was the promised GOSPEL that was preached to Abraham (Galatians 3:8), even if he never understood it on the earth (Matthew 13:17).

This potentially new spiritual information may be overwhelming to some. It will take some a lot of prayerful thought and study to come up to a higher dimension of spiritual growth to see it. No one is claiming to be GOD.  No one is claiming to be JESUS. We are just reading what God has done for us and acknowledging this is an amazing gift of sonship being freely given by HIS GRACE and we receive it all by our faith.

Let us move to a new concept that was just introduced to us. This new concept is called “labor” and it is what the woman in Revelation 12 is described to be doing.

5. LABORING TOGETHER WITH AND FOR CHRIST

It is very important to know that when a woman is in travail producing a new child, she is said to be in “labor”. Uh oh? This is just another random coincidence, isn’t it? Absolutely not! There are many verses in the letters written to the church that describe us (the church) working laboriously and painstakingly for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Uh oh? Notice what Jesus said about this subject in Matthew:

Mat 9:37  Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 

Here we have Jesus speaking to the foundational church members of the Body of Christ. Jesus was focused upon the great need of so many people that needed to come to know HIM! He is making a prophetical statement concerning a future spiritual harvest of saved human spirits (James 5:7), and their saved souls (James 1:21).

However, He is expressly declaring the need for many “laborers” to accomplish this. Wow, this is amazing when you see how this is connected to Revelation 12, and the woman that is laboring in travail. In fact, you may already can see it, since we have already found where Paul was travailing in labor in Galatians 4, to give birth to Messiah, in the people coming into the church. This work of God is certainly sharing the Gospel good news with other people and sowing spiritual seeds to produce new spiritual fruit. Notice this verse next:

1Co 3:9  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 

Wow, again we see the concept of workers in labor together with God. As a Christian, we were created in CHRIST to do works for God (Ephesians 2:10). We do this with Him, because He lives in us to help. Notice the term husbandry to define the church, because this will come again in the next section. This means we are God’s spiritual garden on the earth.

God further calls us His physical building on the earth. The building corresponds with us being His temple that we saw earlier. The LORD is using multiple natural concepts to help us to understand how the spirit realm was created and is operating today. What we are discovering is the spiritual concept of Christians that perform labor for God is the spiritual realization of the natural description of a woman in Revelation 12 in labor.

This is becoming such an accurate picture of the woman in Revelation 12, that it can’t be denied. Can you begin to see the new spiritual perspective, of how this woman was given to us by the Holy Spirit using natural realities can fit with what we are doing in the church today? Can you understand, how excited I was to hear from God at 3 AM to receive this information?

Women could describe the experience of giving birth so much better than I could. But one noticeable feature of the process is the pain. This can result in loud outcries. Another observable quality of giving birth, is that the woman’s labor pains become more and more frequent, and closer together and they usually increase in intensity as the ending finale birth comes. Did any of this sound like what might happen before Jesus comes to take us out of the world and our labors to get people saved?

Can you potentially see that persecution from the world, has been increasing in intensity and come more frequently? If you have not, then you are not laboring for God’s cause. We need to see what else the Bible says about laboring, to take us into the next phase of the revelation.

1Co 3:5  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man

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

1Co 3:7  So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 

1Co 3:8  Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour

Notice these verses are using natural farming concepts. But farming is also an analogous concept to having a natural child in birth. Both of these subjects are parallel natural realities projecting information about the spiritual birth process that Paul was describing in his letter to the church.

The spiritual birth process is based upon the principle of “seed”, “time” and “harvest”. Wow that was a lot to process. But notice the ending statement in 1 Corinthians 3:8 is about each worker in the church receiving a reward for doing their labor. Wow, is that not more than amazing, with us seeing the woman in Revelation 12 being in labor? Connect this back to the Galatians 4 example of the labor with Paul working to get Christ the Messiah formed in the church in Galatia. Please tell me that you are seeing this.  If any of this is registering on your spirit, leave a comment to help encourage others.

Remember in Revelation 12, we had a woman wearing a victorious royal crown. Could this be a part of her reward for enduring her spiritual labors for CHRIST?  I personally believe this is a part of the reward as we can see from 2 Timothy 4:8, to name just one example. We need to move on to the next subject. Now we are going to add a new spiritual dimension to connect us to what is happening to the church and parallel to what is described about the woman in Revelation 12.

6. THE PRECIOUS FRUIT OF THE EARTH

We have been learning new spiritual God perspectives that come from the Word of God to understand the natural descriptions about a woman in Revelation 12. So far, we have discovered that the woman is standing on the devil in a position of victory in Revelation 12:1. We have also seen she is wearing a royal victor crown as a symbol of her reward for victory. We have also learned that she is wearing Jesus, the Sun of Righteousness as her clothing revealing to us her position of authority being IN CHRIST (Romans 5:17). This new information confirms that she is a spiritual being and her identity can only be the church.

But we are now beginning to see in Revelation 12:2, that she is pregnant and travailing to give birth to a spiritual Messiah in the hearts of people that are becoming new-born believers. We have also seen how this process begins to correlate together of her enduring signs of crying, travailing, being pained, waiting for the birthing full process to come to completion. We learned this could certainly be the combined natural and spiritual process of how the church “labors” in the world, for Christ to minister by spreading God’s Word (Seed), into the hearts of unbelievers, to get others saved out of the world of our spiritual enemy. Please realize that this time of completion for laboring for Christ, is soon coming to an end.

But now, let us think about the natural birth process to help us understand what else God could be teaching us from the spiritual process of producing a natural child by receiving His Seed in our hearts. Do you know what this natural and spiritual concept of childbirth, is referred to as, in the Bible? You are about to find out that it is called “producing fruit”. If you did not already know this, please get your spiritual eyes opened to what the Holy Spirit is about to say. Let us begin by reading a verse in James:

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. 

We were introduced to this topic in the previous sections. Notice this verse is about the coming of the LORD. This coming has to be for the catching away of His church bride. If this is the woman in Revelation 12, it is our hoped for “deliverance” from the world. Notice that this verse is speaking of God being a gardener, who has planted a lot of seed, and is waiting very patiently to produce something that is good for harvesting. Wow, did that turn on any lights in your mind and spirit? If not, Satan must have you very blinded with his darkness (2 Cor 4:4).

This verse in James is speaking of people. This is the only thing that is precious enough to cause God to wait and endure all of the evil of the world. God is looking for “precious fruit” to harvest. This fruit came first from Jesus sowing the Word in our hearts as taught to us in the Parable of the Sower. From God’s perspective, the end outcome of planting any of His good Seed is to produce good fruit, in the hearts of humans.

We confirmed in 1 Corinthians 3:5-8, that it is the church that has been assigned this responsibility to continue the sowing, and watering process to produce fruit in humans. Remember what Paul said in Galatians 4? “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again, until Christ be formed in you”. I believe sincerely that Paul was travailing, and waiting for these carnal Christians to become fruitful and to be on the path of spiritual maturity. Why do I say this? Because this “fruit” is what God is waiting for in James to harvest.

Now, here is another truth that helps to confirm this belief that this pregnant woman in Revelation is pregnant spiritually indicating she has produced a lot of fruit, and is waiting to be delivered. Let us remember Jesus’ natural birth to help us better understand this spiritual birthing process being described in Revelation 12.

Luke 1:42  And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 

Do you see how Elizabeth described the unborn natural baby Messiah child, that was in the belly of the virgin Mary? She called her baby inside her physical womb, to be her “fruit”. Wow, this is God revealing an amazing parallel concept between the natural and the spiritual ability to produce “fruit” from planted seed. It is very obvious that a natural child is called a woman’s fruit of her womb. God is again using natural farming concepts to describe the natural birthing process, and this means both of these are teaching us hidden spiritual concepts about fruit, that we cannot see with our natural eyes.

It is very interesting to remember what Jesus said about fruit in Matthew 7:15-16. God in the flesh who we see waiting and wanting to harvest the precious fruit of the earth in James, informs us that we will be able to determine who is real and who is fake by examining their fruits. What is He speaking of? It is NOT apples, cherries, or apricots. God is saying if what they say is a blessing to produce a new-birth in some other human, this will be a sign of their external fruit. By observing their labors to produce fruit, you will know if they are real Christians.

Let us go back to the Parable of the Sower again. In this parable that Jesus taught us, He said He was the Sower and He came to sow the Word of God! The soil in this natural to spiritual parable was the heart/spirit of a human. The parable compares soil (human spirit) types, differentiating between those that produced fruit and those that do not produce any harvestable fruit.

Matching this information with other parables, and the verse we just read in James about God being the ultimate farmer, waiting for fruit, we know that those that produce fruit belong to God, and those that do not produce fruit, must belong to the evil one, Satan. This is revealed more clearly by the parable of the wheat and tares (Matthew 13:24-35). The wheat is harvested into the barns of God, and tares are burned in the fires of hell.

Now we have determined there are two types of people in the world. Those that belong to God and produce fruit to be harvested and those that belong to Satan that are called weeds that are eternally separated from God. But applying this to what we have just learned we know the woman in Revelation 12 has fruit in her womb. We should now understand that the womb is soil of the spiritual heart of a human. The spiritual fruits that are produced in the spirit, represent a human’s good works for the kingdom of God, and the fruits of the spirit (Gal 5:22).

It is very interesting to see how in Galatians 5, this was God’s selected location to discuss and define “fruit” directly after chapter 4. In this chapter 5 spiritual comparison we find the differences between producing good versus evil fruits. This is definitely applicable to what we have been learning. Do you believe this is just a coincidence? It cannot be! This is just a confirming method of God’s intelligent spiritual design.

Finally, notice that a woman that is unable to bear fruit in her womb is called “barren”. This is also discussed in Galatians 4, but we don’t have the time to go into this part of the deeper lesson. Please just notice the fact that the woman being in travail in Revelation 12, has the visible evidence of having produced fruit in her spirit (the spiritual womb and soil) of God’s Garden (Genesis 2:8). This is the location of where His WORD was planted as a seed to produce “fruit”. Wow, that is an amazing new way of viewing the woman in Revelation 12. Can you see it?

7. DELIVERANCE

We need to wrap this lesson up quickly. We have been receiving the “Seed” of God into our spirits, while studying this subject. What we need to remember, is that in the natural process of childbirth, there is usually always a “deliverer” involved to catch the baby. This has occurred this way in every normal natural childbirth since Adam and Eve. This deliver is usually, a mid-wife, doctor, or nurse, or they could be the spouse’s husband. I believe the husband Joseph was the deliverer of Mary. But in the spirit realm this person who delivers the church, is definitely the LORD Jesus Christ.

What we find in Revelation 12, is two connected verses concerning the pregnant woman on this subject of delivery and an implied deliverer. In verse 2 and verse 4 God mentions the woman is waiting to be delivered. This is the Greek word G5088. This word has a very amazing definition that corresponds to what we have been learning about. Let us review the Strong’s definition:

G5088 to produce (from seed, as a mother, a plant, the earth, etc.), literal or figurative: – bear, be born, bring forth, be delivered, be in travail.

This Greek word contains a double wow factor. This only means it applies to the literal natural and to the spiritual by figurative application.  Notice this word applies to natural things being produced from physical seeds. This included a human mother (woman), a tree, a plant, etc. including the earth’s natural soil. All of these are naturally created realities that parallel the spiritual realm. Notice the spiritual woman in Revelation 12, is travailing in labor awaiting to be delivered. How does this apply to anything for the spiritual church? A lot of light bulbs should be illuminating in your spirit all of the sudden from this new description. Please let us read these verses and analyze them in the NEW light of what we are seeing in Revelation 12.

Luk 21:27  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Luk 21:28  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

These verses are obviously speaking of the physical man Jesus, with Him being referred to as one of His physical human titles the “Son of Adam”. As the risen Jesus departed from the earth in Acts 1 for a cloud to receive Him, He will also be returning in like manner from a cloud. But this return is for the catching away of His bride, as spoken about in the Parable of the 10 virgins (Matthew 25:1).

Jesus was teaching in this context about the signs of the times for His return. Please pay attention to the last command. Jesus speaking to His followers, told them when you see these things, “look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is very near”. Now look up the word “redemption” and see how Strong defines G629 as being a “deliverance”. This is another amazing parallel to the woman in Revelation 12 being pregnant.

Every time a woman experiences pregnancy, she goes from not being outwardly seen as pregnant, to being obviously seen to even be called big or great in her pregnancy. Or another way to look at it, is to say her delivery day is “drawing near”. The Greek word G1448 that was translated as “drawing near” is also defined as “soon approaching”. Consider what this is saying about the potential of a birth in Revelation 12.

If this woman is the spiritual church, and being delivered of this child represents the rapture, by God using naturally coded symbolic terms, this should dramatically change how we are to view what is being revealed. We should be able to see from God’s perspective, that this description of the woman in Revelation 12, could be a detailed view of the end-time church and the rapture event, followed by the mention of the people that have repented and were saved after the rapture.

It is just so essential to see that the Greek word G726, that was translated as “caught up” in Revelation 12:5, speaking of the child after He was delivered, is the word “harpazo”. It is this exact word that is used by God to describe the rapture event in 1 Thessalonians:

1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 

1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord

No place in the New Testament, is this Greek word “Harpazo” used to describe the physical risen from the dead man Jesus, being taken up to heaven. The absence of Jesus being taken as man and not as a baby, and the church being “caught up” to heaven to be with the LORD, are two amazing confirmations to the woman in Revelation 12 being the church.

Also, the Greek word G4536 that is translated as “trump” in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 announcing the rapture event, is the exact same word used by God to catch John up to heaven in Revelation 4:1. This is just another major connecting force, that cannot be denied. This would teach us that the woman’s labor of the child coming to completion, is the same event of deliverance that is being described in Revelation 4:1, and 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

It is highly recommended that you go search the New Testament and look for all of the verses that has anything to do with deliverance, or a deliverer. We should all know that the deliverer of the Church is Christ. There are also other key Greek words that mean to be delivered, like the woman in Revelation 12 is waiting for. These include “redemption”, “redeem”, “save”, “salvation”, and “savior”. Of course, there are many forms of these words and others that could not be mentioned today. But all of these confirm the spiritual truth, that the Church body of Christ, is a woman waiting to be fully delivered. For example, please remember this one:

Tit 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 

As you can read in Titus 2:13, the church is waiting for out savior Jesus Christ. The Greek word G4990 translated as “Savior” literally means a “deliverer”. That is what we could also call a person that is catching up a baby in a hospital. Wow, I don’t know how anyone can deny what the Holy Spirit is teaching today.

But notice again, that this day of deliverance is called a blessed expectation event. Again, we see a woman who is expecting to be delivered. The Greek word G1680 is the word translated as “hope”, and this word means “expectation of something good”. It can also be defined as a feeling of “pleasurable anticipation”. What this is describing occurs when a normal husband sees his wife after a long time of separation, and vice versa, the wife’s feeling for the appearance of her husband after a long separation, like a long trip. WOW!

I believe the woman in Revelation 12 represents the church from what the LORD has shown us. I believe the process of childbirth, represent every person that was, and is being born-again by planting seed in the hearts of unbelievers. I believe the growing child in the spiritual womb of the woman, represents the spiritual body of Christ growing to completion to be taken up to heaven. Therefore, I believe the woman’s final birth of the child is the completion of the church age. This soon coming completion or fulfilment of the 2 day or the 2000-year period of the church (2 Peter 3:8), is where God ends the current ongoing time of GRACE for salvation. After this God will return to the 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy to finalize His dealings, with another woman named natural Israel, for one week of years. If this is correct which I believe the scripture is teaching us, then the rapture is represented by the child’s finale birth in Revelation 12. This is why the child is immediately caught up into heaven and to the throne of God after the final birth has occurred.

In other words, the spiritual growth and birth process of the CHRIST child has been fulfilled and it is time for her to be taken up (Romans 11:25). The laboring has been accomplished. The birthing has been finalized. The woman has been brought to full safety and protection in heaven and the marriage supper of the LAMB can be celebrated. This would help us to understand how the description of the woman in Revelation 12:1, begins with a sight of a woman “appearing” in heaven. These words mean someone in the spiritual realm was looking on with wide open eyes viewing someone in heaven that was called very remarkable. Who else can this be but the body of Christ that the prophets and righteous men desired to see being fulfilled in total completion (Matthew 13:17)?

CONCLUSION

We have covered a lot in this lesson, and it has gone into so much new spiritual information that it is probably good to end now. Hopefully, the Holy Spirit has given you a lot of good spiritual meat to chew on for a long time. What God has taught us, is to look for His ways of understanding natural things so that we can apply them in the spiritual realm and find truth to see what He has prophesied in the book of Revelation. One question comes to mind that will mentioned in this discussion of a woman who is expecting deliverance. When will this occur? We can begin to learn this in this verse:

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 

As you can see God is speaking of the natural nation of Israel, and comparing them, to be separated from the largely spiritual Gentile church body of Christ. God calls His church a mystery, but He has been revealing us, with increased intensity in these last days. But notice in the last phrase of the verse. God indicates that there is coming a “fulness” to the Gentiles.

Now notice what the Greek word G4138 that was translated as “fulness” means. This word means “something that is filled as a place, a container, a time period, etc.”. Think of this in the terms of a pregnant woman. There is a limited capacity inside the womb. There is also a set time for delivery where her body just says I’m ready. God says in Matthew 24:36, that no man knows the exact day or hour of this event of Jesus coming to deliver us. But we all can see the signs and seasons, and know how close we are to this happening. I guarantee you, that it is closer than you think!

You should have a lot of take aways from this lesson. We were not able to answer every question, or go into every verse. This would definitely require many lessons to cover it all comprehensively. But remember the natural birth process of a woman, and a seed planted in a garden, should cause us to better understand what is happening in the unseen spiritual realm.

A child represents fruit using natural to spiritual symbolism. But it also represents the Spirit of Christ the Messiah being birthed inside humans to grow the church. Therefore, we have learned how the woman qualifies to be taken up into the spiritual realm of heaven to appear before God in Revelation 12:1 and 4:1.

There are multiple ways to react to what you have just learned? You can reject it completely or partially. You can also accept it partially or completely. If you have heard this taught before, I would love to hear about it and where it was shared. If you have never heard about this before, please share it with every Christian you know, if the Holy Spirit inside of you agrees with it. If not, that is OK, please just share why you feel something was not peaceful. No matter what, thank you for reading the lesson.

If you have any feedback, questions, or comments please leave them. They are greatly appreciated and encouraging. If you need prayer for any need, it is also nice to receive these requests. We will certainly pray if we are able to agree with you scripturally, and the request does not violate the written word of God according to His will for your life. We love you all very much no matter who you believe the Revelation 12 woman is. We hope and pray you will love us also. Love NEVER Fails!

SERPENT WITCHCRAFT PART 6 – AN OVERVIEW SUMMARY

(Ver 1.0) This is now “Part 6” in the Bible study series about one of the most important modern-day human experiences of evil revealed in the Bible, and potentially taking place in our world today. This lesson series is either very hated or very loved. But it is written in extreme love and has the potential to enlighten many that the devil would like to kill. Sharing this information from the Holy Spirit may cause the loss of friendships. People who you thought were friends may not want to be your friend anymore. It is truly amazing the level of deception the devil has been able to achieve, with his inspired manmade crisis.

Every serious student of the Bible should know that there is an evil devil, that was originally named Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12). He is first identified in the Bible, to be a symbolic moon, being called the “lesser light” in Genesis 1:16. This moon symbol represents the devil, and he is said to be the ruler of the darkness in Psalm 136:9, and Ephesians 6:12. Then in Genesis 3:1 we find this same spiritual dark creature being identified as a symbolic “serpent” that deceived mankind (1 Timothy 2:14).  We are never officially introduced to who this evil created symbolic serpent was, until he is defined by God in Revelation 12:9. In the first verse of this chapter, there just so happens to be “a woman” seen in heaven, who is standing with her feet in victory over him. Here in this chapter 12, verse 9, he is called the “old serpent”, and the “great red dragon”, and he is officially connected, to be named as 1) the devil, and 2) Satan. This makes all of these symbolic descriptions, and names to be equivalent for the being named Lucifer and it connects the first three chapters of Genesis to the book of Revelation directly.

We can now see, some of the ancient serpent’s related symbols and literal names, that we need to help us understand this revelation from the Holy Spirit. This confirms the identity of the spiritual power that has been planning, initiating and controlling all of the evil that has been taking place in our world. We can see and learn from reading 1 Timothy 2:26, that it is the devil, also known as the serpent, that is tricking and trapping humans to work out his will, and plan of evil on the earth.

If you have not read this study series from the beginning, it would be recommended that you go and start reading at “Part 1” first. But if you would like the quick general overview of what we have learned presented in summary form, you may read this lesson in isolation.

Before we begin, please understand what is being stated today in this lesson. This lesson series revolves around information provided by God from the book of Revelation. There are endless views and opinions that are taught, spoken, and written about on the internet about this information. It is one of the most controversial books of the Bible because of the vast numbers of views available.

This is where you must make the book come alive to you personally, through your own intimate study. For example, there are good Christians that teach a pre-tribulation rapture. Others teach a mid-tribulation rapture, and still others teach a post-tribulation rapture. We can study and see how all of these views could be seen as true. It is possible that whatever someone believes is true to them, is what will happen to them. We can base this upon the words of Jesus when He said; “According to your faith, be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29). Jesus appears to set a precedent in this statement that it is however you believe, that will determine what He will do for, or to you”. But you judge for yourself.

Always, be led by the Holy Spirit, and allow His Spirit to witness to your spirit. It does not matter what is said, here or from any other ministry, if it disagrees with what God is showing you personally. It is entirely possible, that there are multiple dimensions of available views that could be all true simultaneously based upon what God wants to say to us each at that moment.

This message series is agreed with by many Christians that are aware, and awake, and Satan is attempting to silence us all. There are two main objectives of the enemy that must be accomplished in order to succeed in a global conquest. The two necessary steps for evil to succeed are to 1) control all of the information available to the public, and 2) silence all of the opposing truth. If the enemy is able to continue fulfilling this plot of evil, the true church of the LORD Jesus Christ will all be required to die spreading the truth. Are you ready for this to happen? It is prophesied to occur later in the book of Revelation.

There are still limited freedoms in select parts of the world. But these are slowly being taken away step by step with the fear-based driven and coordinated propaganda message of the devil. This message consists of the original planned release of an exaggerated “crown” plague death, and is now continued with the serpent’s never-ending wave of one variation after the other. These have all been designed by the serpent to control the population and force us into compliance to the agenda.

What is the serpent’s agenda? It is not for anyone’s good. The serpent is still the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4), and he is not here to help you, or make you safe. He is only come into the world to deceive us all (Revelation 12:9) and to steal, kill and destroy us (John 10:10) through his deception. This means you must determine whose side you will desire to be with, God who wins, or Satan who has already lost (1 Kings 18:21).

ARE THERE COINCIDENCES IN THE BIBLE?

As you know, we have been studying the prophecies of the book of Revelation. We have focused upon key God given words in the verses found in largely chapters 1, 6, 9, 12, and 13. No one has claimed that we are living through any of these soon coming tribulation days, here now in 2021. But we should be able to see, that there are several potential prophesied patterns of future events that appear to be happening to the world and the church NOW! Hopefully, we should be able to agree that these events must be a surprise attack from the enemy serpent, trying to gain advantage over every Christian and our God.

Jesus gave us a basic pattern to NOT follow in life in John 16:3. In this verse Jesus said “Oh you hypocrites, you can discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the time”. Jesus had just spoken to people who could foretell the weather of tomorrow, by just looking at their evening sky today, and called them hypocrites. But these weather predicting people, could not discern where in God’s timeline they were, because they were missing the visible signs of the visitation of God in the flesh who was standing right in front of them. Wow, that was a very strong statement.

Do you realize we are living right before the time of the return of Jesus to the earth to catch away His church? I do not believe very many people have fully understood how soon this could be happening. Satan certainly understands the times we are in. This is why there is happening such a massive attempt at a global conquest that is taking place.

Many of the events that were written about almost 2000 years ago in Revelation, have a distinct and amazing pattern of things that we can see happening in front of our eyes. There are only two choices for a person’s response to comparing what is written, to what is happening.

First, many spiritually awake and aware Christians will definitely be able to see how there is an amazing match of Bible details to current world events. These people have the ability to discern between good and evil and recognize the hidden motives behind the word messages and the ruling demands to conform to.

For example, ask; who is trying to deceive you? Who is trying to hurt you? Who wants to kill you? Is it this website? Or could it be the governments of the world? What do we have to gain from our message of warning?  What do the governments and businesses have to gain from their forced demands? If you do not know the answers to these, please pray and ask God to show you the truth. Only people who can hear from God and can see the truth, will be able to pray and stand against the devil to overcome the evil plans.

But second, there are a lot of people, and even Christians that believe that the events that are happening now are for the good of the entire world, to save us all from death. These are the people listening to and agreeing with the false Jezebel government and media platforms. Ask yourself does the Jezebel rulers gain anything from their messages? Does the false prophet news gain anything from giving out the Jezebel ruler message?  Ask God to help keep you out of the deception that is occurring everywhere, and to open your eyes to see what is really happening in the spiritual dimension.

People who put their trust and confidence in their government to help them, to look out for their good, and to supply their needs, do not recognize that it is only God who is the source of anything good. Deceived people will passively accept anything that they are told to do by the rulers and the false-media, and will never resist the serpent’s witchcraft of deception.

Many will try to ignore these Bible and world event similarities completely. Many will try to explain away the patterned information, because of the deception that has overwhelmed them. Others will just claim these are simply a few coincidences, and they “all” do not really match what we are seeing.

But there are no Bible Hebrew words that can be defined as a “coincidence”. A coincidence is a concept that is just not easily found in the Hebrew Bible mindset or language. Believing in “coincidences” would violate Genesis 8:22, called God’s law of “seedtime and harvest”. In this verse God says things will occur in the future, because of the seeds that were planted in the past.

The Hebrew word H3588 is the basis of most human events that occurred in the Old Testament. This word is often translated as “because”. This word defines a causal connection of what is being stated now in a verse to what was found previously in the context. For example, in Genesis 3:14 God speaking to the serpent said “Because you have done this thing, cursed are you….”. As you can see God vocalizes a caused serpent curse, because of the evil deception that was found in his previous actions. This is just confirmation of the cause-and-effect relationships of Biblical events.

Also, there is God’s law of repeated patterns revealed to us in Ecclesiastes 1:10. In this verse God asks, “Is there anything new, no it has already been in old time”. This verse simply teaches us God potentially designs past or future repeated patterns to occur at other times.

Please go read these concepts, and study them for yourself to confirm that they are a very important factor for understanding everything in the Bible. What will occur in the future in the book of Revelation are things that have occurred somewhere already in a different place and time with different participants. These concepts simply teach us, God can use past patterns knowing that they will reoccur in the future. Knowing this we can see how Satan can also use patterns to get them to reoccur for his potential advantage. Finally, humans can also even act the same as before and repeat things that have happened or will happen in the future. Perhaps you have heard the saying those that do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

What is a coincidence? According to one online dictionary, the word coincidence, can mean a series of accidental events that appear to be planned. This is why some will explain away the book of Revelation events as just an accidental reoccurrence in the world’s current “crown” plan-demic. People who do things like this do not understand God or the study of probability.

The more accurate fulfillments of what was written by God to occur in the future, the less likely there are any coincidences. Today we will review, at least 26 matches of world events to verses found in Revelation that are potentially happening today. If only half of these are occurring, it is mathematically impossible that what is happening now is just a coincidence to what God said would happen in the tribulation. Therefore, we must conclude that what is happening today is a plan of someone to potentially copy what was written in the Bible for 2000 years.

So let us go through a list of some of these potential comparisons that some will try to convince us are just flukes.

WORD OF GOD /
WORLD EVENT COMPARISONS

We are not going to go through every found event comparison. We will only look at the most direct matches that appear to be happening today. Please read them over and study all of these for yourself. Read the verse references. Look up the Greek words and definitions. Study to show yourself approved; a workman that needs not to be ashamed before God (2 Timothy 2:15).

#ReferenceWorld Event
1Revelation 12:9 the Genesis 3:1 ancient serpent, is identified to be the devil, Satan and has grown into a Great Red Dragon.There is only one current world nation identified with the Great Red Dragon symbol, guess who? It was the nation that released the deadly pathogen on the world in 2019.
2Revelation 12:9 The ancient serpent revealed to be Satan and serpents have “two fangs” filled with poisonous deadly substances to paralyze and kill victims.“Two jab” remedies were the normal first solutions for a promised life of normalcy and the relief from the fear of death.
3Revelation 12:9 The serpent is defined to be the source of all global deception. This represents a heart filled with poisonous words that are spread to the world.The world’s governments, media, corporations, & entertainment, working together to deceive the entire world into a fear driven message to accept an unknown solution.
4Revelation 12:9 The dragon is defined as a “fabulous serpent” indicating a beast of vast increased ability to deceiveSatan needed to only deceive two people originally, but is now attempting to deceive nearly 7+ billion people with another message of lies.
5Acts 28:5 Paul was bitten by a beast with two fangs full of poison in his hand to kill him, while placing sticks on a fire. This is the same Greek word as the “beast” empowered by the serpent in Revelation 13:7.Majority of the world’s initial solution fang dosages were a two marked injection system. People today are offered a chip fang mark in their hands to confirm their participation in the two-fang mark.
6Revelation 13:15 All that do not worship the serpent’s beast are separated from the marked people on the earth by intentional death/murder (Revelation 20:4).Threats of separation and quarantined isolation for everyone not participating in the mandated worship of the fang marks.
7Revelation 13:16 Every human (100%), rich or poor, weak or powerful, free or slave, is required to take the “mark” of the beast.Tyrannical world leaders are now requiring every human (100%), the young or old, the sick or healthy, and even those immune, to take jabbed “mark” in their body with an unknown substance.
8Revelation 13:16 Marks received in right hand and foreheads. Right hand symbolizes source of power and authority, and forehead the position of freewill and free thought reasoning. This symbolizes Satan’s ultimate desire for all human control.Jezebel rulers are removing human rights to choose, and controlling the narrative to produce mind control. There are several researchers that say the injected serum to save us will affect the human mind and abilities to function in the future.
9Revelation 13:16 The serpent empowered beast, demands a forced mark, and taking this mark causes eternal spiritual death in hell (Revelation 14:11)Forced and mandated marks demanded by world governments, ruling powers, with a yet to be determined benefit or known negative impacts?
10Revelation 13:17 Refusal to take mark, results in the loss of the ability to buy or sellRefusal to take today’s crown marks, are resulting in loss of employment, travel, freedoms, etc.
11Revelation 13:17 taking the mark results in the ability to buy and sell freely in the global economy.Many nations issue passports after taking the “fang marks” allowing “some” promised freedoms of movement and ability to buy and sell
12Revelation 13 There is no mention of any personal expenses for taking the mark of the beast in the Bible, implying the marks are given out for free to all that will cooperate to take them. This further implies the government rulers are covering all of the costs.It is interesting to see how the governments are the ones that are paying the costs for development and distribution of the experimental pathogen jabs. This makes them free for every one that is cooperative. Another matching coincidence?
13Revelation 6:2 a rider on a white horse conquering the world looking like the return of Christ in Revelation 19:11. This clearly indicates a very prevalent deception is taking place by a false savior.Almost every world power system (government, business, news, etc) is coordinating together to push one massive devious plot to save every human. This is a false & exaggerated message of propaganda for an agenda.
14Revelation 6:2 a crown is given to the world ruler and is used to conquer the world as a part of the combined system.A corona (latin crown) was released from the Great Red Dragon nation (Rev 12:9) and it was used to rapidly conquer the entire world (2020-2021)
15Revelation 6:2 – a bow in the hand of a world conqueror, represents a device from which an arrow/dart is released and “shot” to spread a potential (toxic) poison, which is designed and intended to produce death.Over 5 million people have reportedly been murdered by the intentional release of the crown pathogen. The acceptance of taking the solution “fang mark” in the U.S. has reportedly killed at least 17,000 so far, but the true numbers are vastly under reported and silenced.
16Revelation 6:2 The conquest of the world is performed by the combined partnership of the controlling government rider, and the powerful horse instrument of war that is identified by them wearing a “white coat”.Today, the powerful white coated Big-Pharma industry (that created the crown pathogen), has made billions of dollars from their “fang marks” solutions that are being forced upon all people by the powerful controlling government(s).
17Revelation 6:2 The horse’s white color can present a perception of a peaceful world conquest, utilizing potentially unseen & unconventional weapons.It should be very clear that the pathogen is a modern-day biological weapon, designed to create massive fear for the people’s cooperative willingness to take the forced free marks.
18Revelation 6:2 The horse’s white coat, can also be called the horse’s “hide”. Combine this with the missing arrows would imply there is a vast potential for a hidden or deceptive purpose to what is happening in this world conquest.Today we are experiencing a new version of an older pathogen. The solutions being spread to counter this global bio-attack is very new, unknown, has never been tried on human subjects. Because it is being forced upon every living human, it shows there is a massive hidden reason for its purpose.
19Revelation 6:2 the rider has a bow in his hand, and is given a crown for his forehead. Both symbols confirm a Rev 13:16 conquest involving human mind control and loss of the ability for people to think or reason for themselvesThere are hidden substances that are given in the fang mark injections called nano-technologies and graphene oxides which are very harmful toxins. Nano particles are designed for mind control. The GO is designed to kill everyone slowly. Go do the research for yourself.
20Revelation 9:12 Scorpion like creatures released to torment humans with single stings in their tails.White coat industry creates repeated booster stinger marks for each new version of the crown disease. Many nations are up to 4 marks, without any end in sight.
21Revelation 9:18 1/3 of the world’s population is said to be murdered by the serpent’s plan5+ million have been murdered so far by the crown disease and an unknown hidden number of people have died from the fang marks so far.
22Revelation 9:20 God says there will be many people killed by a global plagueThe crown pathogen was released by the Great Red Dragon nation, and represents a designed plan for a global conquest
23Revelation 9:20 Those that have not been killed by the plague, do not repent for the “works of their hands” done in their occupational industry to cause it to occurThe white coated industry is furiously at work to rush to market an unproven, untested, solution product with unknown ingredients and unknown side effects and hidden consequences.
24Revelation 9:21 those that are involved in the global holocaust do not repent of their “murders”Globally over 5+ million have been murdered by the crown disease and the fang marks so far
25Revelation 9:20 Those guilty of the worldwide murders also do not repent for their committed massive “thefts”Billions of dollars have been funneled into the White Coat Industry profiting a few rich
26Revelation 9:21 The committed global murderers are connected with the witchcraft of humans, which is the Greek word “pharmakeia” that we get pharmacies, pharmaceuticals, and pharmacists from, and these are defined as the acts of distributing poisonous (toxins).This is the obvious climax to the clues. It is God’s deliberate mention of the white coated industry that needs to be watched very closely.

Here we can read through a quick overview of at least 26 eerie “coincidences?”, found spread out in primarily the book of Revelation. These are not every parallel from Revelation to what is potentially happening in our world today.  But it is amazing to see how all of these “coincidences?”, could have appeared in today’s false prophet news, if they chose to be honest.

It is interesting to learn, and know the layout of the book of Revelation. Many believe the book of Revelation is in complete chronological order. This would mean the current chapter’s events follow in sequence, after the events that were described before in the previous chapter’s events. But there is NO WAY this approach to interpretation can be understood to be completely true.

For example, chapter 11 describes events that take place in a time period of 42 months (Revelation 11:3), chapter 12 also describes a time period of events that occur in 42 months (Revelation 12:6). In fact, chapter 13 also describes events that are occurring in a time period of 42 months (Revelation 13:5). Adding these together we would get ten and a half years of the tribulation just in these 3 chapters and this would not include the other 19 chapters. Uh oh? That would be a major problem, because we should know the entire chapters from 4 to 18, takes place in a total of one week of years, called Daniel’s 70th week.

This knowledge simply teaches, there are significant overlaps in certain chapters occurring. This would be exactly like the first two chapters in the book of Genesis. Chapter 1 of Genesis was God’s world creation overview, and chapter two is just the specific end of the 6th day of man’s creation detailed account. This repeated pattern is definitely what is occurring in the book of Revelation.

For example, chapter 4 of Revelation, begins with the rapture, and initiates the events of the 7-year tribulation. Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10, appear to be sequential or chronological overviews of some of the events happening in both the spiritual realm, and the natural realms simultaneously. We know this by understanding there are 7 seals being opened in heaven in sequence, followed by 7 trumpets that are blown in heaven also in sequential order. Each heavenly event initiates events that occur on the earth.

This would imply to us, that chapters 4 through 10 occur within a potential 42-month time frame. But in chapters, 11, and 12, these appear to be specific details of certain specific places, people, and events, that also occur during the same 42-month events. Many good Bible teachers, call chapters like 11, and 12 parenthetical chapters.

Please just consider the possibilities of God writing a book using this format. And remember that we can find this technique found in the book of Genesis as a valid pattern for possible future books and chapters. If we can conclude this is at least possible, this may help allow our spiritual eyes, to see how many of these Revelation overlaps may correctly fit together. Let us start with Revelation 12, first.

If the church is caught up to heaven in Revelation 4:1 as believed by many thorough, and serious Bible teachers, Revelation 12:1 begins with a wonder “woman”, suddenly “appearing” in heaven. These two verses would certainly match together, to confirm the event of 4:1 as a type of rapture, that is potentially connecting with the event described in 12:1 of a spiritual woman suddenly appearing in heaven. If you can see it, great!

If you do not understand that the church is mentioned in the first 3 chapters and never again by the name “church” after Revelation 3, this should be your first clue. The omission of the name “church” (G1577, eklesia), from chapters 4 through 22, implies the formal organization of the body and bride of Christ upon the earth, has departed to be with Christ in the spirit realm. It is also very important to know that the church in Revelation 3:10 is promised to be kept from the adversities that will take place upon the people dwelling upon the earth. This clearly says at least some of the church will be gone during the tribulation.

Then if you don’t know the church is described to be a woman, a bride and wife, you should read verses like Matthew 9:15, Ephesians 5:31-32, and 2 Corinthians 11:2, just to list a few. It is very important to go and study these subjects. There are other lesson series that will help you learn these truths on this website, for example:

  1. Understanding Bible Covenants
  2. Revealing the Bride of Christ
  3. The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12
  4. Is the Rapture taught in the Bible?

Now look down to the end of chapter 12, where we find people that have either become Christ followers, or were not ready for the catching away, and were left on the earth during the tribulation. We can clearly read in Revelation 12:17, where the dragon is extremely wroth with the woman after being thrown down to the earth. He then makes war against her remaining remnant on the earth. Therefore, in this chapter 12, we first have the woman (the church), found in heaven, simultaneously with the remnant of the church on the earth.  We know this woman is the church because these people keep God’s commandments, and have the testimony of Christ Jesus in verse 12:17. Let us please, not get distracted with the rest of the information in this chapter for this study.

Now review chapter 11 quickly, to see what the main subject found is?  This chapter has to occur suddenly after the church disappears from the earth. We conclude this because, God brings down from heaven, 2 witnesses to preach and prophesy to the world from Jerusalem, for 42 months. Wow this just fits so well with the fact that the church has to have been taken out of the world and the preaching of the Gospel to the nations has suddenly ceased. God would logically send two witnesses, since He is still interested in saving all people from hell. This would confirm how the true saints, pastors, evangelists, missionaries, and the apostolic church members, were previously caught up to heaven. Do you see how this is fitting together, so well?

Now, consider some potential overlaps with the first verse in Revelation chapter 13, that describes in detail an event that may also fit to work together in the same overlapping timeframe. After the church is caught up into heaven, God reveals to us in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, how the “man of sin” will come to the earth to be revealed. Then, go and read Revelation 13:1. We have a “beast” which we found was a type of “serpent” who represents the origin of sin on the earth. This beast rises out of the sea. A sea is a symbolic representation for a mass of many people.

So, we have a sudden world ruler system powered by the serpent and/or the dragon, that has come upon the world seen, to rule it all. That is very interesting since this may correspond with the conquering rider, we can find in Revelation 6:2. God appears to be informing us that the mark of the beast may be a part of this world conquest for wielding power to conquer, and control all of the people in the world. This could possibly match the things that are occurring in Revelation 6:2, very well. Remember we saw a government who arose to sit upon a white coated horse of war. This government was given a “corona” / “crown” and had a “toxin” in his hand that will be used for his peaceful but deceptive, hidden weapon, global conquest.

Searching Revelation 13, there is no mention of any visible weapons being used to force people into taking the mark of the beast. Therefore, how are the people being threatened with death to cause them to want to take this mark of the beast? The answer is found in Revelation 13:5, the beast is given a mouth that is able to speak great things. This indicates there is great deception taking place, and the silencing of any opposing voices. That sounds a lot like the image we can read about in Revelation 6:2 of the white horse deceiving rider.

Another interesting point is found in Revelation 13:9. This verse says “Let him that has ears, hear”.  This phrase occurs 7 times in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. But in these verses God says “let those that have ears, hear what the Spirit says to the churches”. This appears to be another clue to indicate the church should be gone when all of this is occurring, since the words “says to the churches” are omitted.

It is very interesting how in the world today, that people who are unmarked are being said to be the source of all death and we are told they will all die very soon. How can the healthy be the problem for what is being spread, simply because they have not been marked? This very clearly teaches us there is a deceptive hidden agenda for forcing people to take the mark.

CONCLUSION

This Bible lesson was just a quick list of a few possibilities, for looking at the book of Revelation. No one is claiming we are living through this Revelation time in 2021. But it should show us how all of these prophesied real events could be a parallel pattern to what the serpent is prematurely causing to happen to us now. These parallels could be called a pre-cursor type of dress rehearsal for the real coming big events. Or the serpent could be trying to redirect us away from God, like he did to the church in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2. In this example, there was a false message that was being spread by the serpent to the church that the day of the LORD, had already passed. Paul quickly refutes this false message in his letter. But this same pattern has been reinitiated in many churches today, where they are claiming we are living in the tribulation right now.

This admittedly was a very controversial subject to address from the Bible and the book of Revelation. Many asleep Christians will reject it as being completely not true. Others may see parts of it has happening but still trust their rulers to help save them. Hopefully, most Christians are awakening to discern the hidden spiritual motivations for what is happening to them.

For the people that are becoming awake, they can begin to see how there must be very evil spirits behind all of what is happening in the world. Who is causing the massive fears? More Christians should begin to ask these questions of God to give them more discernment. If all of this coordinated effort is God conducting His heavenly work of salvation, no one should resist it. But if God is not committing these evils, it must be orchestrated for the serpent’s dark agenda.  Let us ask some questions:

  1. Is God a God of forced salvations?
  2. Is God a God of fear-based salvations?

The answers to both of these essential questions are NO. Therefore, nothing that is happening to produce death or fear in the world, can be of, or from God. God is not producing any massive fear.  God is not forcing people to get saved from natural or spiritual death.

Thank you for reading this lesson. If you have any questions or comments, you are free to leave it in a comment. Always remember God loves you so very much. It is His immense goodness that will lead people to repentance. It will never be a message of force or fear that will save you. Jesus Christ, is the King of kings, and the Lord of lords and He is coming very soon.

***Please do not allow anything written here to produce fear in you. If you have taken the marks that were given out freely, or forced upon you, they will NOT send you to hell. But please understand that many believe they are designed to send you to heaven sooner than God wanted you to show up.

Thank you for your prayers and if you would like us to join you in agreeing with your prayers, please let us know. God Bless you all very much.

SERPENT WITCHCRAFT PART 5 – A NEW MODERN SERPENT MAGIC THREAT

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

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

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

BRIEF REVIEW

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

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

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

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

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

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

A NEW PATTERN OF SCORPION POISON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INTRODUCTION TO POISON IN WITCHCRAFT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MODERN SORCERER WITCHCRAFTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONCLUSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thanksgiving 2021

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

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

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

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

SERPENT WITCHCRAFT PART 4 – SERPENT POISON FROM A CONQUERING RIDER

(Ver 1.1) This is now “Part 4” in one of the most demonically hated Bible study series ever published. If you have never seen any personal demon attacks, you have probably not done much to share the Gospel and Truth of Jesus Christ to the world. Satan has definitely manifested in so many new unexpected ways in the past few years, that it makes some wonder, is this the tribulation already?  But since many believe like us, that the rapture occurs prior to the beginning of the tribulation, we should rather conclude that this is just Satan knowing his time is very short, and bringing a surprise attack against the body of Christ. But we will find that what is happening today was foretold to us in God’s Word.

We have been going through information found in the book of Revelation concerning a spiritual enemy identified by God as the “ancient serpent” in Revelation 12:9. This symbolic trespassing ancient serpent, was originally a spiritual being named Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12). He has apparently now grown into the “great dragon” in these last of the last days. We learn of this significant spiritual growth from Strong’s definition of a “dragon” (G1404), as being a “fabulous serpent”. We then see how God combined this word Greek word “drakon” (G1404) with the Greek word “megas” (G3174), that was translated as “great”. If you understand computer terms, you know a megabyte is 1 million bytes. This is how God is describing the original serpent in the garden of Eden’s growth. This would reveal that Satan has increased in ability to deceive the world significantly. If you have not read this Bible lesson series from the beginning, it is highly recommended that you go and begin with “PART 1”.

One comment that was received about the last lesson, needs to be addressed for everyone. The comment implied that the “mark of the beast” described in Revelation 13, would need to be a more obvious choice before anyone would be willingly participating in receiving it. Unfortunately, we do not find that concept in the Bible. Take for example, the consequences of natural and spiritual death for every human, in Genesis 3? The serpent never mentioned any of this to Eve. Instead, he presented a false diversionary narrative of humans becoming more like God. There are numerous examples exactly like this throughout the Bible.

Please understand, the devil knows the Bible probably better than you do. He has had many more years to read and study it to see his future. This is what scares him so much. If he can read about the mark of the beast in Revelation 13, and see what God foretold, he is going to use that information to try to trick you. If you are only looking for a very obvious “666” tattoo on your right hand or on your forehead, he is not going to use that on purpose. No, Satan is crafting new modern ways of accomplishing the same end results. These technologies are the only way, he will be able to try to control over 7 billion people to cause them not to be able to work, buy, or sell. This is exactly why this Bible study series is showing some new hidden Bible ways of ultimate modern deception.

No, the current plan-demic of evil, is one of the most masterful deceptions, that demonstrates the increased level of the serpent’s ability to deceive everyone on the planet simultaneously. Instead of fooling just two humans to participate in the serpent’s deception in Genesis 3, he must now get over seven billion people to want and desire to participate in his purpose to steal, kill and destroy us (John 10:10). Again, this is much easier when it is done with a false narrative of a created crisis, and the unfillable promises hiding disguised evils in the mandated solutions. The serpent is using the promises of life, safety, security, freedom, health, normalcy, and other words of deception to inspire people to want to participate with a great passion and desire. Too many people want their freedom from fear, when this can only come through believing in the Word of God. Do you know how to say this more clearly?

If you are trusting all of your doctors, physicians, hospitals to do what is right and best for you, you are deceived already. If you are trusting everyone in the government to do what is best for you, you are extremely deceived. If you are trusting even your church ministers, teachers and pastors to tell you everything you should be doing to help make the world a united safe place, you are a very deceived individual. The Word of God is the ONLY SOURCE of TRUTH that can be trusted fully, and completely! If you do not read and study your Bible every day, you are becoming an easy target to receive the serpent’s “mark”.

EVERY WORD OF GOD
 IS AVAILABLE TO HELP US NOW

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 

It is essential for every Christian to understand this basic fundamental of the Bible. If you read this opening verse, you find that the Bible is “quick”, and “powerful”. The word “quick” in modern translation is “alive” or “living”. In one translation it says “living” and “active”. In another it says “living” and “working”. In another translation it says “alive” and “full of power”.

This is an awesome claim of divine participation in every human life that desires to partake in the Word of God. This teaches us that these Words that were written thousands of years before, have valid life meanings, and applications to what is happening to each of us now. Many times, people are not looking for how these things can apply to contemporary circumstances, and they miss out on what God wanted to say to help them get through life. This is why God says in Hosea 4:6, my people are destroyed for not knowing my Word. Now notice what this next verse teaches us:

Ecclesiastes 1:9 – The thing that has been–it is what will be again, and that which has been done is that which will be done again; and there is nothing new under the sun. (AMP)

This is another essential reason why this Bible lesson about Revelation is important, even if you don’t see what is written here to be happening now. God establishes a concept of law in this verse. God reveals everything occurring in the dimension of human time, repeats. What happened before, will be what happens again, today or in the future and vice versa. This means what will happen in the prophecy of the future, could be what is happening right now. God is just saying very clearly, events reoccur, like today’s fashions of clothing probably has already happened at some time in some form. Maybe not exactly, but the pattern is so similar that it is identifiable to the trained eye. Wow! We pray this truth is coming alive in your spirit.

What is amazing about the Word of God, is that if we have a situation that we need God’s help with, we can stop and pray, and ask God to show us a verse that will help us. He can then direct you to a place in the Bible that was written “for” someone else, “to” someone else, “about” someone else, and it can be just the message that causes us understanding and hope for NOW! This is what God is doing through these lessons. He is providing us verses, that apply to our current situations, using verses that were intended for a soon coming timed event.

We are about to learn a pattern of a “serpent” rider on a white horse. What we are doing in this Bible series, is examining clues given to us in the book of Revelation. Not one clue is sufficient to understand what is said is a “right now” truth. This is the law of 2 or 3 witnesses that must be used to understand ALL truth (Deuteronomy 17:6, Hebrews 10:28).  What we will find after going through all of the clues, should be a pattern of connected signs that at the very least, should help to guide us in the direction, that God wants us to go to learn the fullest form of truth.

Remember what Jesus said in John 8:32, “You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free”. This is why Satan silences the truth. As long as you are ignorant of what God has done for you, and given to you, you are an easy serpent captive prisoner. But don’t forget the verse before this one in John 8:31. Here Jesus said “If you continue in my Word, then are you my disciples indeed”.  Please notice, there is “NO” assurance of being a disciple of Jesus, if you are not IN THE WORD.

REVELATION 6
AN INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

In this Bible lesson, we will be focused upon a key verse in the sixth chapter of Revelation. God provides us a significant description of many of the events that will occur during the tribulation in the book of Revelation. This chapter 6, begins with a description of the Lamb of God in heaven, opening the first seal of a book, in verse 1. This heavenly action of the Lamb of God, causes a specific satanic serpent response on the earth. It is this exact scheduled response that appears to be prematurely thrown against us today. The serpent appears to be playing his cards before he is foretold to do so. This is actually a smart military move. It is like a surprise attack. Many military victories have occurred when the enemy was not expecting it. It would be like the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor and almost wiping out the entire naval force of the U.S. in WWII. But the serpent, like Japan has underestimated the knowledge, and power of God.

The book of Revelation is dominated with patterns, of sequences of sevens. First the tribulation lasts for 7 years, which is described to be the 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy concerning God’s dealings with the natural nation of Israel (Daniel 9:27). This time begins with the opening of a book sealed with 7 seals. Then comes the 7 trumpets. Then comes the terrible 7 bowl judgments. There is so much more that is mentioned that just cannot be studied here. All of this is not a part of this specific study on the subject of “Serpent Witchcraft”. No one should believe that any of this is happening as it is revealed for a future soon coming time.

But we are about to encounter a list of some of the most amazing “coincidences” possible with what is really happening in our world today. These are what some like to call, “Just so Happens” events. Seeing only one of these happening should not be sufficient evidence, to convince anyone that what is written in the Bible, could be the exact same as what we are experiencing. But combining all of these together, should begin to raise some significant concern, and awe with how God’s Word is so amazingly accurate and applicable for a right “NOW” warning to us all.

In Chapter 6 of Revelation, there are 4 horses listed with riders. These horses are primarily differentiated by the assigned color, and the rider’s qualities and descriptions. The order of mention of horse colors are 1) white, 2) red, 3) black, and 4) Pale (Green). It just so happens, that these 4 colors appear upon almost every Islamic nation flag. It is very interesting to learn how the events of the four horses, precisely correspond to the mention of events, described by Jesus in Matthew 24. Here is a list of references:

Matthew 24Revelation 6
A false Christ (v: 4-5)White Horse (v: 1-2)
Wars (v: 6)Red Horse – War (v: 3-4)
Famine (v: 7a)Black Horse – Famine (v: 5-6)
Death (v: 7b, 8)Pale Green Horse – (v: 7-8)

This is an amazing set of parallels from two writers. But it confirms how the white horse rider must represent an antichrist figure.

It is important to understand that a horse was an animal mostly for war. We can learn this from a lot of verses, but we will only mention Revelation 19:11-19. In this passage, Jesus is described coming back to the earth riding a white horse, to make war against the beast we were learning about in the last Bible lesson. This return, is a very sharply contrasted entrance to Jerusalem, to when Jesus rode a donkey in John 12:15.

It is VERY IMPORTANT to know here in Revelation 6:2, this rider of the white horse, is NOT JESUS CHRIST. Most Bible scholars agree the rider we will be focused upon is antichrist. He is the serpent pretending to be Christ to trick people into believing a lie, to worship him. Let us begin by reading our key Bible verse:

Revelation 6:2 – And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. 

There are 32 English translation words found in this verse. But there are only 22 Greek words that make up these 32 English words. That does not sound like a lot, but it is amazing how much God can say in just a few words. God’s prophetical word selections are infinitely well thought out to bring His designed plan to pass, and demonstrate His great ability of foreknowledge. We will focus upon the rider first. We also view his intentions and motivations. Then we will look at his descriptive items. Finally, we will focus upon the horse symbol and the color white.

THE RIDER OF THE WHITE HORSE

Revelation 6:2 – And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

We are being introduced to a rider, described as sitting upon a white horse. As mentioned before this rider’s description appears to be imitating the return of Jesus Christ, as coming to the earth. In fact, the exact same Greek words (G3022 = white, & G2462 = horse), are written only in these two verses in the N.T. (Revelation 6:2, & Revelation 19:11). This appears to say, that this rider has a role of Christ in mind, as conquering LORD and Savior of humanity, and the warring judge of evil.

From this information we can only conclude one of two possible interpretations. Either both verses refer to the same rider, or they reflect the reality that they are two different riders, with one trying to take the appearance of the other. Since we know the rider in Revelation 19:11, can describe only Jesus Christ, this other rider in Revelation 6:2, must be a false-Christ actor or imitator. That would agree with 2 Thessalonians 2:4, where Paul wrote about the antichrist setting himself up to be God.

It is interesting to see from the descriptions of Revelation 6:2 and 19:4, that both horse rider’s intentions are to conquer the entire world. Which one do you believe succeeds? If you are having trouble figuring this out, the serpent is going to be thrown out of our world in Revelation 20:2. This would teach us that any of the serpent’s victories during the tribulation, will only be temporary.

Therefore, we should understand our described conquering rider in Revelation 6:2, “WILL” achieve significant world conquests, but only for less than 7 years. He will be doing this using his subtle tricks of deception. But this will be terminated when the LORD returns. OK, if this rider is the antichrist, we know this is the “serpent” that we were introduced to in the previous lessons.

We can learn the most in the Bible from what is directly written. But we can also learn from what is NOT mentioned in a verse. There is no mention of a name, or even a symbolic description of who this rider might be. This would appear to teach us, that this person or system of power, could be anyone we could meet in the world today. In other words, the rider will not be wearing a red suit, with horns, and a long-pointed tail, like people envision the devil to look.

This missing information can confirm to us, that this rider is not obviously evil to the casual uneducated observer. Therefore, this person could look exactly like a normal human. It could also be a group of eloquently speaking political figures. In Daniel chapter 7, God gives us another prophecy about this system consisting of 10 kings (called horns) and stating another little horn (the antichrist) would rise above them. We can see this repeated in Revelation 13, but we did not discuss it previously.

God could be warning us that no one will be able to tell who this person or system of individual rulers are, by their physical descriptions or photographs. They may all look, and sound very good to many, while being very evil minded inside to all. Notice that our rider, is not called a dragon, a serpent, a beast, or by any other distinguishing physical characteristic. Therefore, this is a God clue to teach us, that humans must NOT blindly trust anyone.

RIDER INTENTION TO CONQUER THE WORLD

Revelation 6:2 – And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on himhad a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

Now notice what we have learned so far. There is someone taking the appearance to be like Jesus, who is riding a white horse of war. This person has their eyes upon conquering the entire world. But there is absolutely no mention of any weapons in hand to achieve this goal. Or is there? Let us confirm the rider system’s design is to conquer next.

We can confirm this with the Greek word G3528, that was translated as “conquering” and “conquer” in Revelation 6:2. This word literally means to “subdue” someone. It can also be translated as to “prevail” over someone, or “to get the victory” over someone. It occurs in the N.T. in 24 verses and the majority of the time it is translated in the form of the word to “overcome”, past or present tense.

Strategy is a key part of conquering. Therefore, let us look at this briefly in this section. Past world conquests have been attempted by many “want-to-be” rulers. Their conquering strategy has typically been to take the world piece by piece, over a drawn-out duration of significant time. There has been none that have conquered the entire planet, until possibly now. Uh oh!

Think of this modern fact about war. Things have certainly changed since Biblical warfare days, and God knew this. For example, if any obvious attack to conquer the world occurred, there could be some possible nations that would not willingly allow this to occur. With global nuclear proliferation of weapons, someone could possibly push the buttons, to destroy the attacking enemy, and in retaliation with them certainly being destroyed the same. This type of warfare leaves nothing to possess or control. This does not match this verse of Revelation 6:2. Clearly this would make a global nuclear conquest very unlikely. 

Even if there was a conventional warfare that took place for global conquest, this could be a very long and drawn-out affair, and this certainly does not correspond with what Revelation 6:2 describes. If you read later in Revelation 6:4 you will find a “red horse” rider that does take peace from the earth. These wars cause significant deaths. What we learn from these facts, is the conquests taking place in verse 2, are not based upon nuclear or conventional warfare violence. We will speak more about this unconventional work of conquest, when we analyze the “bow”.

Let us analyze the Greek word translated as “went forth” that comes before the word “conquering”. It is important to note that this same Greek word G1831, is used in Matthew 2:6, to describe Jesus “coming into” the world, to be born in Bethlehem, to eventually become the Governor of Israel in Revelation 19-20. This was a quotation from Micah 5:2. It seems to indicate another paralleled comparison of plans, between God and the serpent.  God brought forth the Christ to come to save and conquer and the serpent is counterfeiting this plan with his own. We need to actually look at all of the Strong’s definition of G1831, because this is very important to understand:

G1831- From G1537 and G2064; to issue (literally or figuratively): – come-(forth, out), depart (out of), escape, get out, go (abroad, away, forth, out, thence), proceed (forth), spread abroad.

This word definition teaches us that this world conquering system, was “sent-forth”, “departed-out”, “escaped”, and “spread-abroad”. This would at the least, imply this was an intentional planned world conquest, of whoever, or whatever it was that was being spread around the world. Uh oh?

Now see this information in the light of what we have learned about the current world pathogen, that suddenly, and unexpectantly “came forth” and was “spread-abroad” on our planet.  A popular false prophet narrative, claimed it had just accidently “escaped” to spread from a wet market in the Great Red Dragon nation, to “go abroad”. But other more reliable sources of potential truth, have claimed there was a deliberate release where it was intentionally designed to be spread abroad to every nation of the world, for a potential purpose of globalization conquest.

Whatever happened (and God knows), this pathogen has crisscrossed the entire globe, over and over, going forth rapidly conquering the entire planet, exploiting human “fear”. This appears to be just one more “just so happen” accurate implied descriptions found in Revelation 6:2.

Ok, we are not done with our verse word analysis. Let us look at the word “to”, that precedes the word “conquer”.  This is describing the horse, the rider and their intent. The Greek word G2443 that was translated as “to”, is defined as “intent”, “purpose”, or “planned result” for the rider and the horse. This simply confirms to us that this was, is, and will be, an intentional release for an intentional planned purpose and result. Right now, it appears that the serpent is winning, but fear not, because God is not done yet. What we have confirmed so far, is that when the rider of a white horse has gone forth into all of the world, their plan was only to conquer. Let us now move to the subject of the bow.

THE BOW

Revelation 6:2 – And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

Here, is the problem with the rider of the white horse in Revelation 6:2. We can read clearly; his motivation is to conquer the world. Then we can only find a “bow”, that represents a part of an ancient projectile delivery system. This type of weapon is not likely to be used in modern times. Therefore, it must be symbolic or have a hidden meaning.

Let us briefly discuss how a “bow” works. This device is used for hunting, target practice, or ancient war. This would make it useful for at least three, or four purposes. One purpose would be for obtaining food. The next would be for just pleasure for increasing skill. The final would be for potential defense against an enemy, or for the evil intent of murder.

A bow works by creating, and releasing kinetic energy through the application of human strength, being combined with the designed device’s power and tension. Usually, a bow consists of a strong piece of line that is connected to the ends of a flexible object, like a piece of wood, or modern type of strong plastic material. By bending the bow portion and connecting the line to each end, it creates tension, that can be increased by pulling back upon the line. A projectile device called an arrow has a groove at the end that is inserted into the line, and then the line is pulled back to create the greater tension, until it is released by the holder of the bow. This “release” causes the kinetic flow of the arrow at a high speed away from the “bowman”, going through the “air” to cause the sharp tip of the arrow to enter into the desired target, either, animal, target, human being aimed at.

This is an amazing description of what we have been experiencing with the pathogen. We have had a ruling system, that released a pathogen that is transmitted by predominantly air, thus the demand for masks to stop the transmissions, etc. Now the plan has progressed (flowed forward), to include a dart injection solution of who knows what. This weapon choice of Revelation 6:2, has some vast symbolic implications being associated with it. But notice our white horse rider is not described to have any arrows directly. Therefore, these arrows could be implied.

This would seem to teach us, the rider is not the main one, that is delivering the arrow, dart, spear, or the needle to the people to cause fear from deaths. It looks like he is possibly just the one, that may be giving the peaceful orders for a hidden and mandated greater delivery system. We talked briefly about the factors of modern methods used to control people, in the last lesson. However, notice how similar the patterns of conquest are in Revelation 6:2, with what we have been going through in the world today with the pathogen.

The rider has NO “full” visible weapons for conquest. This teaches us at least two very important things we must know. First, this means this rider, is not conquering the globe with airplanes, submarines, armies, intercontinental ballistic missiles, etc. Second this teaches us, that his conquests methods are not normal and visible. Uh oh!

We can only find a “bow” in his hand, which is totally useless without arrows. What does the omission of sharp pointed projectiles tell us? This description makes this rider either the most stupid world conqueror on the planet, or one of the shrewdest, and most crafty unconventional and unexpected, evil beings we have ever encountered. We should probably vote for the second choice.

The “bow” is one of the most fascinating words found in this verse. What we should understand is that a bow represents only a “delivery” system for whatever will be “shot” from this device. Stop and think about what the Holy Spirit just said. Is it just another coincidence, that people get “shot” (pierced) with a sharp dart or arrow from a bow?  If the “bow” is a figurative symbol, and not a literal item, then this could possibly change a lot of our views upon what could be figuratively “shot” into a human to control them. Let us take a look at this Greek word next translated as “bow”.

This Greek word G5115 translated as “bow”, only occurs here in this verse of the New Testament. There are no other verses to compare its application of usage, or its defined meanings. According to Thayer and Strong, this word means a bow. There is no other help that is given to us to understand it to be anything else. I read through nearly 30 different English translations of the Bible, and they were ALL translated as a “bow”. That consistency should almost scare us. It is very rare to see anything with 100% agreement, translated from the Word of God.

Perhaps the disagreement will come in only what the “bow” symbolically represents. Searching the internet for opinions, you can find a lot of people who do not have a clue what it is, and they guess. Therefore, let us only focus upon the transliterated Greek word to see what can be learned from this. The Greek letter sounds that can be transliterated into English represents the word “toxon”. This was God’s word choice for writing this verse and He knows everything about every word. This word choice will next become very amazing.

It just so happens, that from this Greek word, we get our English words “toxin” and “toxic”. Both of these describe and represent “poisonous” materials.  According to the Online Etymology this word toxon, can also be associated to be the equivalent with the Latin words toxicus, meaning poisonous, and toxicum, meaning poison. It is also noteworthy, that this online resource speaks of a “toxon” (bow) being associated with the ancient practice of dipping the tips of arrows into poison, before shooting them into an enemy from a bow. Wow!

Here again is the problem with the rider of the white horse in Revelation 6:2. We can read clearly; his driving motivation is to conquer the world. And now we can see the possible implied usage of peaceful hidden “poisonous” substances, to accomplish this. And this is coming from a symbolic device that will produce a “shot” pierce mark to potentially kill people (maybe some slowly or others instantly). Notice, no one is making this up, this is what we can potentially see from this verse. Then remember this verse is alive and potentially trying to help us all see what we might need to know now.

Hopefully, you are seeing something potentially very useful to know about how this seated, “want to be world conqueror”, could be intending to spread his power, to conquer the world. The serpent could very well be using a modern bio-weapon of poison to cause death. This would again appear agreeable with how it was spread and swept the globe as an invisible peaceful conqueror. Has anyone ever seen the devil? So similar is this, with the pathogen named as a crown.

No one here is claiming this is what is happening, but each of us will have to judge the facts given to us by God, and let the peace of God rule our choices, or the lack of peace overrule what we do, and believe.

But, if this rider is a disguised conquering warrior, we must at least admit he is capable of doing anything very evil to achieve his peaceful goal. This logic would include an unseen type of bio-weapon that could bring him, or them power and control of the planet’s large population without causing massive destruction of physical assets. This would also imply a very large motivation of “greed” to own everything. We will see this possibility more confirmed, later in the Bible series, when we move to a different chapter of Revelation, the Lord be willing. Let us now move to the “crown” gift next.

THE CROWN GIFT

Revelation 6:2 – And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

We can read in Revelation 6:2, where a crown gift is given to a potential one world, false Christ want to be ruler, for a possible coming system of global government. It is essential to notice, this crown was a “gift” given to the rider. It is at least, implied that this gift is given after he was seated and riding to conquer. Therefore, the crown source came from somewhere else. We can learn from reading in Revelation 13:2 that it was the “dragon” that gave the beast its power and authority. This appears to connect these two chapters together.

If you have been alive, and awake upon our planet for the last couple years, you have been introduced to a new word of fear by Satan’s design. Perhaps you have heard the word “corona” almost every day, being spoken constantly by the global false prophets. What does the word “corona” mean? This word has one definition of “being the area located at the top of the human head”. The coronal area extends from the front of the forehead moving around in a level circle to the back of the head. This would normally be where a hat, or a “crown” would sit upon the human head. For example, a “coronation” occurs when a prince is exalted to be king.

It is also very interesting to know that the word “corona”, is Latin and Spanish for a “crown”. Is this just another “amazing coincidence”? Are you keeping track of the number of coincidences we are observing? Did you know the Hebrew language does not have a word for “coincidences”? This would tend to teach us that God does not view things to be a coincidence. But you will have to judge for yourself, if you want to agree with the LORD, or not?

We should be able to see another pattern being repeated with this information, combining it with the previous section, about the bow. It should be becoming obvious we have both placements of the mark of the beast mentioned in this verse. The forehead would be where the crown could be placed, and the hand could be where a bow is held. This precisely matches the locations of the mark of the beast we read about in Revelation 13:16.

Now pay attention to where the governments of the world have focused upon to control their people. We have been forced fed a narrative for the need to wear a mask or face shield on our head, and constantly to wash her hands with sanitizer. Both of these requirements are in no way normal, or healthy. Nor do they stop the spread of what they claim is a severe priority. Now they are currently demanding a forced arrow “shot” participation from a type of bow.

Do you remember and understand the size of the crown pathogen? It is only 120 nm in size. The holes in a mask are over 100 times the size of that size. This would make it like stopping a mosquito with a chain link fence. Please say you do understand that comparison?

As we know a crown is one typical symbol for royalty, power, and authority. It is possible that this is the only thing that this word “crown” is referring to. But we should consider some other additional possible meanings, based upon what we read in Hebrews 4:12. Remember that it was this verse that describes the Word of God, to be a living active document, that is applicable to come alive to help us at every place, and time in our life. Why did the Lord direct us to this verse? This would also help to teach us to ask, how is what is written in Revelation 6:2 applicable, and useful for what is happening to us NOW!

Perhaps we can see the potential for a “toxin” being spread globally for world conquest? This “toxin” could be a combination of a man-made crown micro-weapon, that causes the alleged need for a new man-made serpent fang solution. Since no creator of this substance, clearly has fully tested it upon humans sufficiently, or will name all of the items that they contain, it should be more than a little concerning. We should all pay close attention to the fact that God chose these two words and put them together to describe a world conquest. Do you believe all of this is just a coincidence? How many coincidences does it take to make it real? Let us look at another potential coincidence with the color of the chosen horse.

THE WHITE HORSE

Revelation 6:2 – And I saw, and behold a white horse: and hethat sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

God could have chosen any colors to describe the 4 horses revealed in Revelation 6. But these were chosen to inform, teach and provide information for anyone that needed to know about what was happening, or was coming soon. Also think about this, perhaps the color of the horse is being selected by the evil rider, and not by God. This would be like God giving us the news warning, thousands of years before this selection would take place.

This should make the color “white” more than very important. We can believe God reported to us, this color to mean something that should be very recognizable and beneficial for us that are living at the time of the end. It could even have a meaning today, that has not ever been seen until recently.

The color white, can definitely be a symbolic message for peace or surrender. Anyone not wishing to fight, waves the white surrender flag to give up. This would appear to say, the rider takes the appearance of being very peaceful, while he is conquering. The color white is also a message of righteousness, purity, and cleanliness. For example, this would describe the clothing of the bride of Christ in Revelation 19:8. This would signify the evil intention of this ruler, is outwardly pure looking, while potentially being inwardly very evil.

But there is another current major world power system, that needs to be introduced, and addressed in this Bible study. Remember a horse represents a powerful system under the control of the government ruler rider. The rider must have the ability to steer the horse in the direction he wishes them to go. They typically do this by making laws and this steers the horse the way they wish it to turn. This describes the relationship with our next global horse industry.

This system has been around for a long time, but it has risen to become one of the most dominant modern influences in the last 100 years, for every human regardless of age. This industry was hopefully established as a good influence to our world to help hurting people, and many Christians worked in it. This industry worked together with governments to help get this beneficial help out. This industry was founded with a basic moral standard, and set of ethics and oaths, that profess they “will do their patient no harm”. They call this the Hippocratic oath. They normally swear this covenant before beginning to work in this field. However, greed has changed some powerful people in the upper management area, and even in the lower professional area of this good intended group, into another willing participating tool for deception. The Bible actually speaks about how this will be used to control people and we will hopefully, see this in the next lesson, the LORD be willing.

Governments have cooperated, and partnered with this industry extensively. This is done because this industry, is one of the largest political campaign contributors, and lobbyists that exists. It is also interesting that it is this industry that buys most of the advertisements to fund the false prophet voice platforms. Money is a clear factor for their intertwined, workings, power, and influence. The communicated narrative for these cooperative workings, has always been, for the perceived, “betterment of public safety, health, and for the prolonging of life expectancy”. Helping people to live longer and healthier lives, sounds really great, until it is turned into something else that is not for the narrative purpose still being claimed. This would appear to be what is happening in our world.

This is how deception works best. Create a history of good works, with respectable intentions of good, to ensure public safety, success, and to raise general public confidence to be high. Then create an intentional fear-based crisis, and then prepare a very similar sounding solution, that is totally new and different, but give it the exact same name of previous successes.  Then mandate that the new untested solution must be taken, for all of the good of yourself, and your family, and your friends, and your co-workers, and the world.

Let’s analyze this industry a little deeper. Many of the current highest levels of professional workers in our subject industry, predominately wear professional white lab coats, like God’s first Revelation 6:2 white coated horse. Please understand the similarities. The horse being chosen by the rider, and described by the LORD, is clothed with a coat of white. The human professionals in this industry have been clothed in a coat of white as their own personal choice. Could this be foreknowledge?

This trend of wearing white lab coats only began in the late 1800’s. That is interesting since that is clearly in the category of the last of the last days. The main reasons given for wearing this white coat, 1) is their clean appearance, and 2) how this white coat causes their patients to feel positive about seeing them. In other words, it is for external perception, and not for the fact that they are actually pure and clean. It would seem to give people a greater confidence, and level of security, that these were the good guys that were taking care of them. Uh oh! This is still true for some of this industry, thank God!

Now for an emphasis upon some well-known disturbing information. Take note that the primary symbol for this industry, just so happens to be one or two venomous serpents on a pole. Wow, did God know all of this when He wrote the Bible?  Of course, He did! He knew exactly who would wear white lab coats, and use the “serpent” idol as their symbol, after all they copied it from the Bible, and Moses in the book of Numbers.

Notice what God appears to teach us in Revelation 6:2. Here we can find an implied meaning, that it is the horse being ridden, that is increasing the power, and ability of the rider to conquer the world. In other words, if there were no white horse to ride, there would be a much different type of conquest. So there appears to be a direct cooperative partnership between whatever this horse represents (maybe this potential health industry), and the world government leader(s). Pay close attention to every horse being a different color, and every rider producing different results of evil. Also take note, no other rider is ever given a “crown”. Finally, notice that it is only this rider that conquers without the mention of evil things occurring. In other words, this makes it sound like a “peaceful” takeover. Doesn’t this sound like what we have been through recently?

Could it be the white coat animal that hands the “crown” (Latin corona) to the ruler to help with his conquests? Could it be the ruler using the toxin orders that help with this conquest? That is something very significant to begin to think about, and to see if that is really possible. There has been evidence revealed that it was the government (white horse rider) that funded the creation of the crown weapon, and white coated workers in the Great Red Dragon nation that developed, and released it. This implies that it was this cooperation between parts of the government (the rider) and the medical white horse under the influence of the “serpent”, that released it, that caused a global toxic evil to be spreading. It appears to have happened to eliminate an opposing President that was in office, who was not a part of their plan. There appears to be more of the Bible that is potentially happening now, then many currently fully comprehend.

We currently have a leadership of many, working and cooperating with a potential white-coat industry to produce acceptance of a “fang-mark”. The result of taking this, is an unproven, unknown and untested end. It has NOT been fully tested or fully authorized as safe by anyone other than the false prophets. No one but God and the manufacturers, knows all of the ingredients that are literally in these demanded arrow venoms. But if you are wise, you might go and search the patents and you may just find one ingredient just so happens to be a substance called “Luciferase”. Uh oh. What is that? This type of information is available if you search.  You just can’t make this stuff up.

It is also more than just a coincidence that the majority of the fang mark solutions are two shots. How many fangs are in a serpent’s mouth? It just so happens that there are two injections in every natural serpent poison bite.  Next there are coming booster shots that are being required for injection. We will see this happening in the next lesson, the Lord be willing.

How do so many people that are reporting to work every day to help save lives, want to participate in a fear driven propaganda serpent agenda? It is definitely called deception, but due to threats from employers, many are also being forced to participate or lose their jobs. We all do so very much appreciate the hard work of so many honest and good workers in this industry. There are a growing number of smart white coat industry workers, that have found ways to get out real working solutions for the weapon, without taking the “fang-mark”.  These are people that still have a heart of compassion, and they are needed everywhere, if you are one of those people, we all pray for you to stay strong in the LORD.

SUMMARY

We should have learned a lot of potential new information found in our Bibles, about things that could be currently happening in some form of a repetitious, or reoccurring pattern. Notice the photo at the beginning of this summary. A reader showed us this in a comment, and it was added to the lesson for confirmation. This was a photo created for a Genome Sequencing Lecture that is believed to have been held in the UK. This photo was a part of the company’s presentation discussing the pathogen crown sequencing discussion. Do you believe they knew what they had created, or was this just another coincidence? It appears to match a lot of the information that is contained within the Revelation 6:2 verse. Wow!

Many will call God and His Word, nothing but conspiracy theories, fiction and a book of misinformation. But, for those that want to see the truth, these can be eye opening words. We have been seeing a study of what just some of the book of Revelation, says will definitely happen in the end of this age. From what is happening now, it appears we are living very close to the time this could be happening next for real.

We have been introduced to a symbolic “serpent”, a spiritual being that has been around on the earth for at least 6000 years. We have seen a description of 4 types of “serpent” poisons that this evil being can use to deceive or kill people. We have seen the prophesied “mark of the serpent beast” in Revelation 13. We learned this was given with a hidden agenda and message. We learned that without this mark, people would not be able to work, buy, or sell. We have gone through only selected verses of Revelation, chapters 6, 12, & 13, so far.

In Revelation chapter 6, we were introduced to four horses of different colors, with our emphasis being on the first “white” horse. We should have learned this rider had intentions of globalization by world conquest. He appears to be a potential peaceful hero and world savior to be worshipped on the outside, but there is found the potential for a hidden toxin. This could possibly represent two poisons, the first being cleverly crafted words, and the other being a hidden poison control system created by a white coated powerful horse industry.

This should be a lot of information to cause many to begin to be awakened from the darkness that had covered their minds by the works of the serpent. We thank you all for taking the time to read and study the Bible with us. Please, ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you and guide you. Allow His guidance to rule your hearts and minds. At least understand, that it could have been the Holy Spirit to guide you to read this information. We have had so many testimonies from people that claimed this is what happened to them and we give God all of the glory for how He works.

Please, do not allow any of the words of this website, or the world false prophets, to place you into any fear. God is GOD, and there is no better source to trust in.  Please discern our heart’s motivation and desire is to just help people to see something that they may not have seen or known before about God’s Word. We are not telling you that this is the only way to view these Bible verses. But we are saying these are all more than enough coincidences that should cause us all to pray for people in our world.

We love you all very much and will continue to pray for each of you. If you have a personal prayer request, you are welcome to leave it in the comments. If you have any questions, or comments, please feel free to share them. Remember God loves us all, and Jesus is Coming Soon. Be Ready!

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SERPENT WITCHCRAFT PART 3 – THE SERPENT’S MARK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SERPENT’S IDENTITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INTRODUCTION TO THE SERPENT MARK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A SERPENT’S PURPOSE IS TO KILL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE HIDDEN REQUIRED SERPENT WORSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE SERPENT BEAST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A SERPENT MANDATED MARK FOR POPULATION CONTROL?

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

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

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

HUMAN CONTROL THROUGH IGNORANCE

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

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

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

HUMAN CONTROL THROUGH ADDICTION

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

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

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

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

SERPENT CONTROL THROUGH POISONOUS SUBSTANCES

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

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

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

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

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

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

A HUMAN MARKED FOR OWNERSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANCIENT HEBREW – MARK DEFINITIONS

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

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

  1. “H226”
  2. “H4307”

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

H226 – Mark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genesis 1:14 – And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 

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

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

H4307 – ‘Mark”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H1285 – The Covenant ‘Mark”

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

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

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

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

CONLUSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SERPENT WITCHCRAFT – PART 2 – FOUR TYPES OF SERPENT POISON

(Ver 1.0) Today is a vital prophetic Bible study, on an essential current world topic. This Bible subject concerns one of the most important end-time warnings that God wants to reveal to humans. This plan of evil is revealing Satan’s strategy of coordinated deception, and his plans to try to control every human. This will be a highly explosive controversial subject that will certainly offend Satan, but could also potentially offend a lot of readers and even Christians. Therefore, be warned up front, if you do not consider yourself to be a spiritually awake and mature Christian, judge yourself to determine if you should continue reading. It is recommended that you read this lesson series from the beginning. If you have not read this, click on “Part 1” to go there first.

In this series we are talking about a nefarious prophesied planned tactic of human control from an ancient evil serpent. Today’s short Bible lesson, will only focus on the subject of the types of “serpents” that God reveals in the Bible. There will be four different types of “serpents” that will introduced. Two types of serpents will be totally natural, and the other two types of serpents, will be a potential combination of both spiritual and natural. We will hopefully, go over who or what they are, and introduce how they are effective to hurt, harm, or even kill people in this lesson. 

Unless you have been living on a deserted island somewhere, you already are aware of something that is happening in the world that is “far” from good. Death has become the dominate topic of conversation. There appears to be a globally coordinated, and planned agenda to cause a one-world new ordered lifestyle, through fear driven words of deception, distortions, distractions, and biases. People today are intentionally being murdered, when they could have been quickly treated correctly, to live.

Please take note that this lesson will be taught using a lot of Biblical, spiritual terminology, representations and symbolism, to keep this message from being muzzled by Satan’s cooperative human IT workers of evil. I believe most mature Christians will understand it, and receive the spiritual message of warning from the LORD.

Let us go and study some of the key verses about who and what types of serpents, that are applicable for today’s plan of global deception.

#1- BIBLE OVERVIEW OF ENEMY SERPENTS

The first directly named mention of a serpent in the bible, occurs in Genesis 3:1, and this creature is defined to be Satan in Revelation 12:9 and 20:2. He is the main focus of this lesson series. But there are also other types of serpents, that are literal or figurative, that may be working with our main character to accomplish his great destructive evil.

There are at least four forms, or types of “serpents” mentioned in the Bible. These types represent natural, spiritual, and figurative patterns of serpents. There are spiritual serpents, and figurative serpents that are working together in the world today. Both of these categorized types of beings have amazing similarities and parallels. But it is important to know that they all represent sin, and evil.  Let us quickly go through an introductory overview of these 4 types of evil.

SERPENT #1

First, there are the natural types of God created serpents, that slither, and slide along the ground. Christians today are not fighting these natural beasts in mass, as the children of Israel did in Numbers 21. However, this natural story of fiery serpents moving through the camp, to kill many people is a shadow of what is happening now in the world. Like Moses did by lifting up a serpent on a pole, to have people look on it to be delivered, is also what is available today. But people today are required to repent and look to Jesus on the cross for their spiritual salvation, and He is the only hope anyone has.

When, and where did these natural reptiles come from? Christians should believe the Bible, because God created the world, and He wrote the Bible, and He answers these questions. In Genesis 1:24, God begins day 6 of creation. At the beginning of day 6, God creates land animals of every kind. This would logically include any natural snake. Many people consider these creatures a physical enemy, which is very logical and wise. But God said He created these beings to help us to understand His greater unseen spiritual realities, in John 3:12.

Natural serpents are mentioned a few times in the Bible. But we will only be focusing upon one occurrence found in the Book of Acts for this lesson series. In Acts 28:4, the apostle Paul is shipwrecked on an island called Melita, where he is placing a pile of sticks on a fire. While feeding the fire, a venomous beast attaches itself to the hand of Paul. Everyone that watched this happen, looked upon Paul in amazement when he shook the beast off, and did not fall down dead. This is an amazing story that reveals more than you know right now. We will be talking more about this event, later in the series. Here are some little facts about poisonous and venomous natural serpents:

  1. A poisonous serpent or viper has specifically designed venom producing glands.
  2. Poisonous serpents have hollow long fang sharpened teeth that are used to inject the mouth gland’s poison into their victim.
  3. There are over 700 types of poisonous serpents in the world today.
  4. Over 250 serpents have the ability to kill a human with one bite.
  5. Serpents are globally prevalent. There are only about 6 nations on earth where snakes do not live.
  6. Many snake venoms contain neurotoxins that attack the nervous system, that is designed to immobilize and, or kill the victim.
  7. Sea snakes are some of the most venomous in the world.
  8. Snakes smell with their tongues.
  9. Venomous snakes usually have elliptical or slotted pupils in their eyes.
  10. Snakes are considered “cold blooded” animals.
  11. Most snakes have very keen eyesight and night vision.

Most of us know that natural serpents are real, widespread globally, dangerous, designed to kill or cause harm, and should not be ignored, and treated like they do not exist. Therefore, if we should not ignore natural dangerous serpents, we better not ignore a far more powerful spiritual poisonous serpent named Satan. All of these descriptive qualities of naturally created serpents, have parallels into the other spiritual, and figurative serpent types.

Serpent #2

The next type of serpent mentioned in the Bible, is a spiritual being named Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12). This spiritual being is first referenced by God to be a symbolic serpent in Genesis 3:1, but his identity is not clearly revealed until Revelation 12:9. That fact causes these two books (the first, and the last), and these two chapters (3 and 9), to be very intimately connected. It also teaches us that this figurative serpent represents an unseen hidden enemy.

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

This symbolic serpent is our central figure of this Bible study, and he is also one of the secondary central themes of the entire Bible. He is identified in this verse, to have two names, and two figurative descriptive symbols. The two symbols are the “old serpent”, and “great dragon”. With these symbols is prefixed qualification of “old” and “great”. The two identifying names are the “Devil” and “Satan”.  “Devil” means “false accuser”, and “Satan” also means “adversary accuser”. Both of these names identify Satan to be a masterful slanderer using words. He uses words of deception craftily, like casting a spell upon a victim.

Today there is a battle of words taking place. It is a key part of what is happening in the strategy of the serpent in our world. There is an evil side that is producing words of fear, division, hatred, and redefinition of evil being called good, and good being called evil (Isaiah 5:20), and the God side is attempting to just tell the truth in love (Ephesians 4:5). Christians are going to become deceived, if they do not learn to pay attention to the words they hear.

A lot of Christians believe we should not spend time studying this spiritual enemy, but obviously they have not been a Christian long enough to know how evil, powerful, and tricky this enemy can be:

2 Corinthians 2:11 – so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes. (NASB)

It should be obvious from reading the Word of God and from our human experiences, that Satan has schemes of evil to work against humans. Paul wrote that we should NOT be ignorant of these strategies, yet too many people are. Any wise military general understands, the more they know about how an enemy can operate against them, the more likely they are to overcome them. Let us just read about one key part of Satan’s ability to control humans:

2 Corinthians 4:4 – In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 

Satan has an uncanny ability to produce a shadow of darkness that overwhelms the human mind, causing people the inability to see the truth. God says there are people in the world that do not believe the truth about Jesus to be saved, just because of this ability. But even some Christians can experience this darkness to not see certain Bible truths. We learn from this verse, that this deception is occurring in the unseen human mind, by an unseen spiritual serpent god. Wow!

Therefore, the number one strategic way Satan figuratively poisons people, is by thought filled words of deception. We learn that Eve was deceived by the serpent in Genesis 3:13, by her own admission, she said she was deceived by the serpent. But then we learn in the New Testament that God claims she was only deceived in her thoughts:

2 Corinthians 11:3  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 

Surely you can see that the modern church is being warned to control our thoughts. We learn from the Word of God, that any thought in our mind, could potentially come from Satan. Therefore, it must be evaluated by comparing it with the word of God in the Bible (2 Corinthians 10:5). This is your only guarantee that this thought is something that needs to be agreed with, spoken, or acted upon.

Then reading in a connecting verse in Revelation 12:9 we discover this same serpent, has deceived the entire world. Therefore, the words of the serpent represent poison, that causes spiritual death. Serpent words in Genesis left the entire world separated from God, spiritually dead. You have just been introduced to two types of poisons, in serpent types 1 and 2. A natural serpent has a natural poison substance in its mouth to kill people physically, and the spiritual serpent has poisonous words of deception in its mouth to spiritually kill people. Let us examine a new type of spirit serpent next.

Serpent #3

Ok, now for the next prevalent type of “serpent” that is mentioned in the Bible. This type of serpent is a figurative representation of another spiritual being. Can you guess what type of being this can be? Yes, it could be angels, devils, demons and other unclean spirits, but those fall into the serpent type 2 category. No serpent type 3, could be any human you hear speaking to you. This is why, we better learn this lesson from the Bible and learn from God’s Word. Paul wrote in Romans 3:4 “…let God be true, and every man a liar…”.  Let us review some verses that introduce this type of human serpent:

Psalm 140:1 – Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man
Psalm 140:2 – Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war
Psalm 140:3 – They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah. 

These verses describe a natural human being, that has an extremely evil heart. This would indicate this human is connected to be like the unseen spiritual serpent also named Satan. Notice in verse 3, God says this human has a sharp tongue like a serpent, and they have adders’ poison under their lips. These are clever symbolic representations of people who deceive, and hurt other humans, with their words, and actions.

Take a quick look at one other reference to how human words can be a deadly poisonous substance:

James 3:7 – For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 
James 3:8 – But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 

We find in verse 7 of James 3, that God speaks of humans being able to tame every kind of naturally created beast, including natural serpents (serpent type 1). But this natural reality, is being compared to an unruly spiritual evil full of deadly poison, called the human tongue. God is now teaching us how Satan is using the words of deceived humans, to deceive other humans. These types of humans can be just introducing us to false religions, Satanism, socialism, Marxism, communism, or atheism. And it could also be coming from anyone, including politicians. An injection of poisonous words, can be coming from any source, including your neighbor, a boss, the television, and the internet.

Currently in the world, there are literally billions of deceived people that have been buying into the untruths of Satan. These deceiving words are being spoken through people (like the false prophets), who have no real concept that they are being used by an evil spirit (Ephesians 2:2). It is amazing how a deceived person, can believe they are the one that is speaking the truth, and believe that those that are actually speaking truth are speaking the untruths (2 Corinthians 4:4). But God said this would happen, and warned us of it in Isaiah 5:20. In this verse God says “Woe to them that call evil, good and good, evil. Please let me give you another set of key verses that are very relevant to our subject of serpent witchcraft.

Act 13:6 – And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus
Act 13:7 – Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God
Act 13:8 – But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith

Found here in the Bible, is an amazing parallel to what is happening in our modern times. Satan always repeats the same strategies and plans, just to new people. Ecclesiastes 1:10 says, “Is there anything we can say, this is new? No, it has been already in old time, before us”. This is a wise principle to know and apply. This makes Bible study exponentially more important in these times that we are living. The more we learn about what Satan was doing in the past, the more we can be prepared to know what could be happening now. In this passage we are about to be introduced to the ancient concept of witchcraft and magic, to see how it was used then, and how it can be repeated now and in the future. 

Here in Acts 13, We can read, where Paul and Barnabas were going through the land preaching the Gospel of Jesus, when they came across a government ruler named Sergius Paulus. This man desired to hear the words of light and truth spoken from Paul. But there was opposition from a human, that was a false prophet, magician, and sorcerer named Barjesus. This evil man tried extensively to silence the truth. This man was attempting to sway the ruler away from hearing God’s words of truth to bring light, in order to keep him in Satan’s dominion of darkness (Acts 26:18). This is exactly what is happening today, but on a much larger scale. Here is what Paul said about this evil man:

Act 13:9 – Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him
Act 13:10 – And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 

This is an accurate description of people that are doing the same in our world today.  Notice the Greek word G1388 translated as “subtilty”, leads God’s descriptive terms. This word means, “a decoy”, “a trick bait”, or “a wile”. Wile is defined as a strategy to deceive in order to trap and ensnare a person into believing a lie. It is like placing a tasty piece of cheese on a trap, to get the mouse, to take the bait and die.

This is happening every day from the mouths of the modern false prophets, that we learned about in lesson 1. We can learn from this, that whatever a false prophet is claiming is the truth, is actually the opposite of the truth. In fact, whatever a false prophet accuses their enemy of doing, is what they are doing. The accusation is given just to distract the attention away from them.

The next Greek description is G4468, and it was translated as “mischief”. This Greek word is defined by Strong as “recklessness”. Recklessness can be defined as someone who gives little or no thought to the risk of danger. This would apply to any danger to themselves, as well as any danger to others. These types of people care very little about their safety, or about who else gets hurt. This could describe a terrorist suicide bomber. This is clearly a type of person that is deceived, and on their way to hell, and does not care how many others they take with them.

Now we get to the most important description of this type of individual. This man in Acts is called a “child of the devil”. Did you hear that? What is a child? One answer to what is a child, is a “seed” (Genesis 4:25). Who is the devil? We should all know, the answer to who is the devil, is he is the serpent (Revelation 12:9). Paul was calling him, “a seed of the serpent”. Where do we hear about this in the Bible for the first time? Perhaps you know it is Genesis 3:15. In this verse God is speaking directly to the “serpent”, as he says there will be enmity (hatred) between you and the woman, and between her seed and your seed. Wow, this is very important to understand.

Finally, notice the word description. to “pervert” the right way. This Greek word is G1294 and it means to “distort”. This could be exchanged with the synonym, to “twist” the true way to righteousness. God is saying there are people in the world that are intentionally, trying to turn you away from seeing the truth, to send you to hell with their lies and tricks. This is the antichrist spirit that has been working since Paul was preaching (2 John 1:7).

This type of serpent, being described is full of deceit, guile, subtilty, treachery, and great evil intentions. This type of serpent is a type of their serpent father’s pattern (Satan). This type of “serpent” uses words to deceive, and turn people in a direction they should not be in agreement with. Think of this type of person to be like a warlock or wizard magician that is casting a spell upon someone, they want to do harm to. This type of serpent is working with their father to bring magic, and witchcraft to the people of the world.

This type of serpent’s number one ways of deception; is to first distract from, or plainly silence the truth. This was like Barjesus, did to Paul. Then they will bring people hopeful words of hidden subtle poison. And they do this by hiding and disguising the lies with tasty labels that promote human flesh desires for relief from created threats of death, poverty, sickness, and etc. But whatever they are saying or doing, is actually leading people deeper into the problems that they claim they are being saved from.

Next, let us go through the fourth type of serpent, which is another figurative type to conclude this lesson.

SERPENT #4

Ok, there is a fourth type of figurative serpent, that is representative in the Bible. Serpent 4, characterizes any natural deadly type of poisonous substance. Like Satan and his seed sorcerers can use poisonous words to cause spiritual death, they also can use literal poison to intentionally cause physical death to humans. Satan is first interested in your spiritual death, but physical death becomes a greater priority after anyone becomes a Christian. But remember, Satan always wants to deceive you first.

Once a person is deceived, they can be used by Satan easily, to deceive or physically kill other people. Take for example, the late Jim Jones in 1978, who was a deceived cult preacher that killed a lot of his followers by giving them a deadly poison to drink. Here we had two types of poisons (one spiritual, and one natural) working together to kill a lot of people. This makes this type of spiritual and natural death, one of Satan’s greatest planned strategies, and we will be talking more about this in other lessons, because this is a repeated pattern of poisoning people by the evil one, and it is happening again today on a global scale.

Let us review a few examples of this type of physical poison in the Bible. In Exodus 15, God wrote of Moses and the children of Israel in the wilderness being very thirsty. They come upon a place named Marah, that had only bitter water. After Moses cast a tree branch into the water, it became sweet, and good to drink. It is implied, that drinking the bitter water would have been deadly. Fortunately for the children of Israel, Moses was a prophet of God that helped them, and not a Jim Jones that was trying to kill them.

In Mark 16:18, God informs us that if Christians drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them. In another place, in Revelation 8:10, we can read about a satanic star named Wormwood, that falls from heaven to the earth. This event of evil, poisons 1/3 of the drinkable waters in the world. This passage claims “many” people will die from this coming poisoning. This is just another example of the Jim Jones type of event, on a much larger scale. There are also other types of potential venomous substances, and poisoning methods, that can be given to people through massive deceptive tricks. We will address this subject more later in the series.

CONCLUSION

We have been discovering the Biblical subject of “serpents” and how they threaten the freedoms of human life with poisons of witchcraft. We have found that there were at least 4 types of serpents, that were introduced to us today in this lesson.

There was one type of naturally created serpent that depicts a warning pattern for the other types of figurative and symbolic serpents being given by God in His Holy Word. These naturally created serpents (type 1), are very subtle beings. They can appear not to be there and then suddenly strike without warning. Their poison can literally kill a human in a matter of minutes.

But there is also another type of natural serpent that was not mentioned. This type of natural serpent is very large and powerful. This serpent wraps around its victims, and then slowly squeezes until they are unable to breathe, and the victim dies from suffocation. People today have been dying this way in hospitals. Do you believe this is also related to the modern strategy of Satan?  We will be talking more about this in the future, the Lord be willing.

The next more prevalent serpent type number 2 was Satan. This was God’s chosen description of Lucifer who deceived Eve with his tricky words in Genesis 3. Because of Adam’s willful rebellion, spiritual and physical death, both entered into the world. This resulted in the first mention of fear (Genesis 3:10). This enemy deception, caused man to become fearful of their creator God, and He was their only hope. This act of the subtle serpent, made the devil believe that he was in control, but it was through this God created concept of “death”, that literally caused Satan’s defeat (Hebrews 2:14).

The third type of serpent was humans that were called a child of the type 2 serpent, named Satan. According to the law of Genesis 1:12, every seed is produced from the source of its own kind. Therefore, these types of people are almost exact patterns of their father the devil. These humans have been deceived by Satan’s words, and are now controlled to be used to deceive other humans from joining God’s Kingdom. Most of these people do not have a clue that they are deceived, and they are being used for evil, or that Satan even exists. But there are a few top leaders that have worship practices to exalt Lucifer to the position that he desires in his evil heart. Too many deceived people today have fallen into a trap of greed for money and power. But their end is not a good one, and hell will be a place of greater torment for these.

The fourth type of serpent is figurative for a natural poison. It has the similar characteristics of the other three types of serpents, in a more deceptive packaged presentation. This type of poison can be demon inspired, and human developed, distributed, and attractively presented as something good, and beneficial for life. It can be even praised, and worshipped by many. To those that are deceived by the false prophet narratives, it can be easily given out for free, and eagerly and willingly desired to be taken. But to others that can see what is happening, it can be forced upon them with threats of losing some essential modern necessity of survival.

We are nearing the time of the end of the world. The previous days of compromised middle ground harmony between those good and evil, has been removed. Fence sitting Christianity has been torn down, and which side of the world you wish to stand in, has been set before us as a plain choice. God is bringing out prophets today, that are standing with Him, and saying:

1 Kings 18:21 – … How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him… 

There has been a clear line drawn by God. Your choice to whose side, you are whole heartedly standing with, can, and will determine your eternal destiny in God’s kingdom, or the serpent’s kingdom in hell. But I do not want to end this lesson without giving people hope. Because God loves us so much, He has given us hope, that the serpent will not prevail in this plan against God’s church to overcome us.

According to the Word of God, we (the church) can overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus), and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11). We can also read when Jesus gave all Christians believers, His authority over all of the serpent types found in the Bible (Luke 10:19). We have been blessed by the LORD with an indwelling greater Spirit than he that is working in the world (1 John 4:4). But authority given over a serpent is useless, unless it is utilized and applied. Don’t allow the fear produced by a serpent plan, to cause motionlessness.

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

(Ver 1.1) This is Part 3 in the essential advanced Bible study series, about the subject “God is Love”.   If you have not read from the beginning, it is highly recommended that you begin the study with “Part 1”. This lesson will continue the first two lessons and will build upon them, but it will not repeat all of the same subject details. We should know by now that LOVE, is the most important of the subjects found in the entire Bible, because this represents God. We agree with this based upon the foundational truth from 1 John 4:8, where God declares “He is love”, which can also be mathematically stated as “GOD = LOVE”. This means these two subjects are mathematically identical, equivalent and interchangeable. Therefore, we have learned that our God, clearly reveals Himself, as LOVE. And in reverse, anytime we see GOD’s example of LOVE displayed, we can know this was our God manifested!

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

This verse is describing the LORD Jesus Christ. It is interesting to observe that Jesus considered Himself to be equal to GOD. This would make Jesus mathematically equivalent to LOVE also. By the Algebraic law If A=B, and A=C, then B=C “. This would be like us saying “If God = LOVE and God = Jesus, then Jesus = LOVE”. The Jews got extremely angry at Jesus in John 5:17-18. Here Jesus just claimed to be doing the works of His Father, and the Jews wanted to kill Him because He had made Himself equal to God. Wow, if they had only known who He was. The main point in this opening, is we much conclude that Jesus was equal to God, and this made Jesus equal to LOVE.

HOLY SPIRIT =
GOD = JESUS = LOVE

Now for a quick review of the series so far.  We should now know that we were introduced in lesson one, to two divine LOVE manifestations, expressions or we can also say, examples. The first in this lesson, occurred in the Old Covenant (Exodus 12), and this was God’s foundational and prophetical natural pattern, called the Passover. This was the sacrifice of a natural lamb, to save the family’s firstborn from death in Egypt.

Our New Covenant divine LOVE example, was the much greater spiritual fulfillment of God’s Old Covenant Passover shadowed display.  This one occurred when “God is Love” became a physical part of His creation by manifesting as a human male child, and growing into a man.  This man was called the Lamb of God in John 1:29,36, 1 Corinthians 5:7, and 28 times in the book of Revelation. Our New Covenant Lamb of God, was named “Jesus” by an angel from heaven (Matthew 1:21, Luke 1:31). This name was selected, because the angel of God claimed He would save His people from their sins. Therefore, we learn Jesus was manifested as LOVE, in the flesh to die in substitution for His lost, and separated human creation. God did this to offer every human salvation from an eternal spiritual death from Him. This salvation was a free gift (Ephesians 2:8). But this gift of LOVE, while available to everyone, is only receivable to a human that believes (John 3:15).

In lesson 2 we learned an introductory overview, of the plan of salvation from start to finish. In this divine plan of LOVE, God designed, created, and initiated the strategy and determined the ending long before humans, Satan, and sin had been joined together in covenant (Isaiah 28:15-18). In fact, if we read in Hebrews 4:3 God declares all of His works were finished from the foundation of our world. That is an amazing supernatural concept to fully grasp.

Nevertheless, we have seen where God’s words were seeds (Genesis 8:22, Luke 8:11) that produced the final outcome of human salvation and fruitfulness. This plan will take a total of 7000 years to fully complete.  It has been, and still is in progress. It was planned by God, to occur in phases of progressive steps. I compared this to be like a smart phone type of hardware and software release strategy, that was designed to keep people engaged, interested and participating with anticipation for the next greater version.

Today we are going to go back and expand on the lesson 1. We will be building upon the two examples of manifested LOVE, given to us by “God is LOVE”. Our goal is to learn something completely new, about the blood that was offered as payments in both displays.  We are going to review the two lambs, two bloods and the two trees. Hopefully we all remember the two lambs were one natural male animal, and the other greater was the LORD Jesus Christ. The blood of application came from these two sacrifice victims. So, we will focus in this lesson specifically on the two trees. What two trees, some will ask?

One tree was the doorposts, and the other tree was the much greater cross.  We will be focused upon some potential new hidden details, that may have been missed in reading these two LOVE presentations. We will attempt to observe, God’s selections, and directions, to help us find His intentions and messages found in each design. I will add a message at the beginning, that this may not be accepted by some people, and that is OK. Some may not be able to receive the message of this lesson, because it could be something that they have never heard taught before. Hopefully, there will be many that do see what God can teach us from comparing a doorpost to a cross. Let us get started.

#1 – INTRODUCTION

What we are about to discover, is at least some of the potential great reasons, why God instructed Moses to apply the blood of the natural lamb victim:

  1. on every post, and
  2. in two physical directions simultaneously.

We will soon discover that these God instructions, for “the how” that this was to be done, was spoken by God in Egypt, as a prophecy to teach us about His continuing plan, of Salvation. These spoken words declared:

  1. the current human problem created by sin,
  2. what was needed to temporarily fix it in the Old Covenant,
  3. what was potentially to happen in the future, for all of humanity, in Christ on the cross as our solution.

In both applications of LOVE, the blood was being applied on every post, in the exact same two physical directions. What we want to learn, is “how” this was potentially seen from God’s viewpoint. God’s instructions in Egypt, was NOT spoken to Israel at the first Passover, just for a temporary solution, to only deliver them from a problem of the death of their firstborn. This would have only been a temporary salvation, ignoring a far greater needed solution, for deliverance from eternal death, and ever-lasting separation from God.  No, God had a far greater positive divine outlook, and purpose for His instructions. His Exodus 12 commands were given to them, foreknowing His future heavenly plan of LOVE, to save the entire world.

Act 2:23 – Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 

Notice these words that Peter preached in Jerusalem, to the children of the Old Covenant Passover people, shortly after Jesus ascended into heaven. Those that were listening, were the offspring of the physical people that were delivered from Egypt. All of these people celebrated this event annually. It had just been celebrated 50 days earlier.

Now, remember in Lesson 1 of this series what we should have learned? Jerusalem, where Jesus was crucified is called by the name spiritual Egypt in Revelation 11:8. There are some very startling parallels to these two events hidden in scriptures.  Now let’s look at some of the key words found in Acts 2:23.

The Greek word G1012, translated as “counsel”, has the implied meaning of “purpose”. This word choice, teaches us that God had a design and a purpose for the cross. The Greek word G4267, that was translated as “foreknowledge”, means God “knew”, the cross was coming, long before it happened. Revelation 13:8, clearly teaches us that Jesus was already planned to be slain, before God created the foundation of our world. Therefore, the cross was not a sudden demonic surprise attack, that almost destroyed God’s plan of LOVE. It was rather the major part of God’s plan of LOVE, all along.

We will soon learn, that the natural Egypt lamb’s blood, was only a selected 2-D shadow of the spiritual Egypt sacrifice of the real Lamb of God. As a shadow it had outlined similarities, but not the 3-D realities of the real. Therefore, how did the shadow of the slain “natural” lamb in Egypt, represent the “real” divine LAMB, slain outside of Jerusalem?  What changed between these two chosen symbols made from wooden trees?

In determining this, we need to ask some questions. What were the differences in the designs of the two trees, with blood applications placed upon them? Always remember that God uses natural created things to teach us, greater unseen spiritual realities. Jesus taught us this truth, very plainly saying, “How can I teach you spiritual things, if you do not yet understand natural things?” (John 3:12). Jesus places a very strong emphasis upon understanding the naturally created things of this world, to be potentially powerful ways to understand greater and higher spiritual things, and that is what this lesson of LOVE, is focused upon today.

Let us get started, if everyone is ready to learn what I believe the Spirit of the Living God wants to say.  Please pause, pray, and ask the Holy Spirit to give you an open, receptive, and understanding heart. Ask the Holy Spirit of God, to illuminate your mind, having your spiritual eyes, and ears opened to be able to receive everything, that He is speaking to us. Finally, resist the devil’s plan to distract you, by demanding that he remove any preconceived blinders of demonic doctrines, that could be obstructing your ability to see what God, wants to say. Let us get started with our Bible lesson.

#2 – THE VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL DIRECTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

As noted by the title of today’s lesson, we will be learning about, “God is LOVE”, and His divine LOVE given to us, and for us, and to be received by us, and applied in us, in two directions. We will call these directions, His “Vertical LOVE” gift, given for His “Horizontal LOVE” manifestation. Our subject today will be God’s blood and Love being alive, and active in these two dimensions of human existence. This will cause us to ask; what does “vertical”, and “horizontal” represent in the Bible? Hopefully, these will be answered as we study, and learn.

But we need to go through some basic foundational information, to get everyone on the same page of understanding. Please do not allow some of the technical details of these natural things, that were created by our God, to cause you to be discouraged, if you do not follow them all immediately, or understand how they will apply later. Everything that will be covered in this section, will help us to understand the Word of God on LOVE. 

It is most interesting, to see and learn about one very unusual detail given to us by God’s Word. This is concerning the blood of the natural lamb, and the spiritual Lamb, that were found within both of these implementations of His, divine love displays. What we will discover, are the concepts of direction, given to us as types of sign posts, hidden in two blood sacrifices. These essential details, are found in the divine directions given to us in the Bible. These will be used by God to reveal, the potential meaning of the blood sprinkling of the lambs, that were directed by God, to be placed specifically upon the Passover wooden doorposts, and the cross. 

God knowing how Christ would die in the future, told the Israelites to apply the blood in a very exact way, on specifically chosen known wooden objects. I believe that God did this on purpose, to provide us all with visible signposts. These were given, to point us into turning from the path of selfishness, evil, and hate that we were on, leading us to destruction. These signposts, would help direct us, to now go into the pathway of “Knowing LOVE”.  When we choose to look for, and turn to LOVE, we would be able to recognize, LOVE in hidden Bible messages. We will be able to see “how” God applied the blood, in the Old Covenant Passover, to His New Covenant sacrificed Lamb’s blood. We will be discovering that the “how” blood application, was a direct prophecy, that teaches incredible revealed parallels, when it was fulfilled in Christ’s blood in the New Covenant. For instance, both the Old and New Covenant blood applications, were applied in a vertical direction, and in a horizontal direction, during the same timed event.

This information should make us wonder, why was it necessary for the lamb’s blood to be applied in two coexisting right-angle directions? Also, what do these two directions represent to God?  I believe we can learn the most about any Bible subject by paying close attention to the smallest details given to us, and then asking God why He did it that way. These answers are usually the hidden pearls of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom that God would like for us to know about Him. Absolutely nothing in the Bible is there by accident, or without meaning or purpose to either teach us, about who Jesus is, or who Jesus is not. God’s Word is Him, revealing Himself to us, for us to know Him (John 5:39).

Let us stop and define the word “direction”. This word can be thought of as: 1) “the spoken words of a leader for correction, instruction, or guidance given, to an individual, group, team, nation, etc., to help them achieve the desired positive outcome”. That is one very good definition for what we will be learning today. However, another definition of this word represents: 2) “a line leading us to turn in a specific movement for a desired location or destination”. This could be like someone receiving instructions on how to arrive at Los Angeles, driving from New York City.

Those that have driven an automobile, can relate to traffic signs that say; “Interstate Highway 10 West”, “Do Not Enter”, or “One Way”. These are just examples of three types of signs, that clearly show us a correct or incorrect “direction” to turn or travel. Wow, could these definitions, be related to the blood applied to the doorpost of the Passover house, and the cross?  I believe, they do. Notice what God said during the Egypt Love event of Passover:

Exo 8:23  And I will put a division between my people and thy people: tomorrow shall this sign be. 

Notice what God says will happen in Egypt. God made a division between His people and the people of Egypt. God used the Hebrew word H226 that was translated as “sign”. It is translated this way 33 times. That is a “sign” that we are on the right path in our study. There are many verses in both the Old and New Testament that demonstrates God’s usage of signs.

We should go over some additional concepts of “directions”, before we continue.  We have already seen a couple of the definitions, and applications of the word “direction”. But there are others, within our current world system created by God. This system that we are living within, consists of the basic concepts, of space and time. Many scientists, consider these to be four dimensions of space-time. Within these dimensions, we have the movement of direction, which can be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. Within all of these, we have multiple directions of differing sub-movements, these being, backward, forward, upward, and downward. We also have the unique quality of “time”, which is normally seen as a continual “forward” movement.

Here is another dictionary definition of the word “direction”. It is defined to be: 3) a noun, that means “the position in which someone or something faces (implied to be standing still)”. This definition also implies potential movement, for a possible travel route. Clearly all of our definitions, relate to personal choices, to travel within physical, mental or spiritual space. This traveling or facing direction in the physical realm of concept, can and does usually correspond to a human compass on the earth.

When viewing a compass, the needle pointer will always direct us towards magnetic north. Directly 90 degrees to the right of the direction north, is the direction east, and the opposite 90 degrees left of north, is the direction west. Finally, the 180 degrees from the direction north, is the direction of south. Almost everyone understands these concepts given to us by compass directions.  It is important to note that the 4 compass pointers form a shape like a cross.

When looking at a map of the world, these directions are beneficial to understanding “where” a place is, in relationship to “where” our current location is now. These directions are given to us in the Bible in several verses. For example, notice in 1 Chronicles 9:24 “In four quarters were the porters, towards the east, west, north and south”. Wow, that is an amazing verse that is related to our Bible study.

In 1 Chronicles 9:24, a “porter” is defined as a “gate” or “door” keeper. God is informing us that there are implied doors at each of these four directions of travel, that require a gate/door keeper.  Now remember what happened in Genesis 3. Adam sins, being rebellious against the command of the LORD, and submits to Satan to be his god (2 Corinthians 4:4). In rebelling, Adam turned over the authority of, all of the kingdoms of this world to Satan (Matthew 4:8).

After this occurs, God casts Adam out of the Garden of Eden, placing him back on the ground that He was taken from. Guess what direction this movement was?  Genesis 2:8 informs us that God planted a garden “eastward” from where Adam was created. The man was then moved from the “west”, into the garden that was planted to the east called “Eden”. Therefore, when God cast the man out of the Garden, he was again moved back to the “west” where he was created (Genesis 3:23). Wow, that is amazing. We have just been introduced to a new concept of “horizontal” movement.

But why did God choose east, and west as the location for these movements?  Also ask the question, why was it necessary in Genesis 3:24, for God to place cherubim on the east of the garden with flaming swords, to guard the way to the “tree of life”. Wow, these are amazing details that God included in the descriptions of sin’s origination on the earth. What we will soon discover in many verses of the Bible, is that “east and west” movement represents a symbolic “horizontal” human direction of travel. But there are literal physical movements recorded in all directions:

Mark 1:45 – But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter

Here in Mark 1:45, the news of Jesus coming, brought people to him from the east, west, north and south. It is interesting that God places all four directions in the word “quarter”. God’s design of these directions is amazing. We learn many places in scripture where 4 main directions are mentioned.

These 4 directions of movement, east, west, north, and south, are just fundamental knowledge about pointers and compass directions for potential movements, travels, schedules, routes, course corrections, etc. But this is important information, to help us to understand God’s vertical and horizontal applications, of love. Let us talk about the concepts of vertical versus horizontal directions, next.

Vertical is an adjective, and it is normally defined as a line, that is at a right angle to the horizon. Therefore, we normally do not understand the concept of “vertical”, without first understanding what the “horizon” means to us. The word horizon is a noun, that is normally defined as the human perspective of the line where the earth meets the sky, or the heavens. Wow!  Can you potentially begin to see, how these two lines we call vertical and horizontal, represent an intersection point?  Could a point of intersection, represent God’s plan to come down from heaven, to meet with humans on the earth?  I believe it does, and this information, just shouts LOVE to me. Maybe those that do not understand what an intersection is, are not as excited. So let us go over quickly, the concept of what an intersection is next.

An “intersection” represents a place, occasion, or position, where two lines cross. An intersection literally means a location where, two or more individuals, or groups can meet, or join together. The antithesis of “intersecting” lines, would be called “parallel” lines, where the two lines never cross. In this environment, there are no points of direct meeting.  Here are some important synonyms for the word “intersection”: “the connection point or subset”, “a joint location”, “the joining juncture”, “the union point”, “the common point or occasion”, and the most interesting one is, “the cross point”. Wow, remember that last one, because in one of our subjects, we are talking about a “cross”. Now we need to begin to understand more clearly, the concepts of “intersection”, “vertical”, and “horizontal” from a Bible view. Take a look at this verse, found in Psalms:

Psalms 53:2 – God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God

This verse announces the divine desire, for an intersection point for God’s LOVE expression. God, who is LOVE, said that He sits in the heaven above (the Vertical height of heaven), looking and searching downward (to the Human Horizontal), for anyone that seeks to know Him. Here we have the concept, of many humans on the horizon of the earth, with God sitting in a vertical position, a far distance above in heaven, seeking and searching for anyone to desire to know LOVE. Notice the order of mention. God is first. God’s action of looking down is second. God’s location is heaven third. Fourth, we then find God’s focus for searching, was to find just one human. Fifth, God’s purpose and desire was to find anyone, that was seeking to understand and seek Him. It should be self-evident, that God wanted a point of fulfilment of His desire for man to know Him as LOVE.

God shows us in this verse, that He is looking for those that are here living here in the Horizontal natural realm, that are looking up, for Him, in the heavenly spiritual Vertical direction. Therefore, I believe the direction of “vertical” represents, the God to human relationship that we may have noticed in other Bible verses.  We will see this in the design of the Passover doorposts and the cross, as we continue to learn. Now consider this verse found in Hebrews:

Hebrews 7:19  For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. 

I think this is very relevant to our Bible Study on LOVE. It demonstrates the concept of God’s great desire to be “NEAR” His human creation. In the Old Covenant, God came nearer to man to be with them, by coming down from the heights of heaven, to live with them on the horizontal earth realm in a tent tabernacle. But Hebrews 7:19 claims this was far from a perfect experience for God or humans. Reading the book of Hebrews, we find that our New Covenant with Jesus, was so much better, and gave us greater hope of always being with God.

We will soon further confirm, how this vertical line represents a pointer guiding natural humans to look up, into the spiritual heaven, to search for God, as we saw above in Psalm 53:2. But this directional pointer, also shows us how we needed God (the Spirit), to come down from heaven, to interact with the natural people on the earth first. We learned in the previous lesson, that this LOVE connection access, was made available by the shedding of animal blood at first. We learned this “Knowing LOVE” plan, was a process of divinely order steps.

We will also soon find, and confirm that the horizon line of direction, represents 1) man’s realm of existence, and 2) our natural limitations. We will additionally discover, that the horizontal line of direction, represents the human-to-human (natural-to-natural) relationships. These would include successful relationships with God, or failures, without God’s vertical participation. It was our fallen human nature, before salvation, and all of the massive displays of evil found in the world, that causes the LOVE of God, to become so desirable and needful.  Now let us continue through some additional created concepts of directions and dimensions.

We all should know from Genesis 1:1, that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  In this first Biblical statement, we have a stated beginning of the direction of time, moving forward towards, the future end of time. Time began from the beginning of creation in Genesis 1:1, and will continue to the end of time occurring in Revelation 22. But we also have the concept, of 3-dimensional space creation, joined within this statement of time creation. All of this introduces us to some new directions of possible movements, within the physical realm other than vertical and horizontal.

Within the 3-dimensions of space, we have the concepts of length, width, height, and depth. Two of these pointers, can be synonymous terms for our 2-D vertical, and horizontal directions.  The vertical, can be labeled as the height, or the depth; and the horizontal, can be labeled as either the length, or the width. These are the basic 2-dimensional God ideas, of a more complex reality of 3, 4 or more dimensions, that are not necessary to understand for this Bible study.

Let us look at another reference of confirmation, to the subjects of height, width, depth and length.

Proverbs 25:2 – It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter

Proverbs 25:3 – The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable. 

I literally love Proverbs 25:2. This verse should cause everyone, to become a Sherlock Holmes type, of diligent investigative Bible student. God informs us plainly, that He hides information about Himself, in His Word. God plainly says this divine hidden information, is intended for “kings” to search for. This should be describing, every reader of this lesson.

Now notice the next connected verse. Connected to God hiding information, and us finding it; is God saying the direction of height, is directly associated to the location of heaven. Then the next direction, “depth”, is then labeled to be directly associated, with the earth. Height, points us up, and depth, points us down. This clearly describes a “vertical” connection pathway and point of intersection, from heaven (the spiritual) to the earth (the natural), and vice versa. We can see this pathway being described, in a vision given to Jacob, in Genesis 28:12.

One last concept that will help us transition into our next subject, is the word “perpendicular”. This word can be defined as the line standing at a right angle to the horizon. Clearly that means this is a synonymous term, for the word “Vertical”. It also means, there is a 90-degree intersection point between these two lines of vertical and horizontal. This represents the “point” of commonality between two lines. This word “commonality” means a point of union, harmony or peace. Our English word “perpendicular” comes from the Latin language. It is noteworthy to analyze this for our Bible study.  The root words are “per”, meaning “to go through”, and “pendere”, which means to “hang”.  That sounds like a “door”, and or a “cross”, doesn’t it?

This has been a quick overview of the basics. Let us go on to the applications found in the Bible.

#3 – THE BLOOD AND THE O.T. DOOR POST DESIGN

Exodus 12:22 – And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. 

This is our key verse, for this section of our new topic on “GOD IS LOVE”. We should remember from the last lesson in the series, that we were introduced to God’s plan of salvation, being implemented in phases. In these phases, God went from walking, and talking with man personally in the garden, to being separated from His creation, because of the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2). This initial Adam sin, caused an eternal separation from our Holy Creator God, for every human (Romans 5:12). It was this eternal separation of spiritual death, that is being described by God’s LOVE, in the chosen Passover doorpost design.

God knowing and understanding the human sin dilemma, has already designed the solution, into His creation, as we learned in the last lesson. God in His omniscient compassion and love, must provide ignorant humans, some visible symbolic signposts. These were given, to help teach us, what was needed to reconcile us, back to God, because of His extreme Holiness.  God knowing the future plan of His death on the cross, has chosen a simple set of doorposts, as the Old Covenant shadow of the greater reality, of the New and better Covenant, found in the coming cross design. Therefore, let us first, study the doorpost design in some depth.

Please reread Exodus 12:22, to see the design of a doorpost, being given to us in a word picture. We will note initially, that the blood applications are described to only be applied by God’s instructions, in two dimensions. These are implied as 1) height or vertical, and 2) width, or horizontal. But we will soon discover that there is much more covered by God’s LOVE than just its two-dimensional height and width. I believe God intentionally limited us to two dimensions in Exodus 12, to emphasize and teach us LOVE. I also believe two dimensions are figuratively used, to teach us that these Old Covenant instructions, are just shadows of the coming reality in Jesus. I believe everyone now understands, that shadows are only two-dimensional outline representations, of the much more complex and greater 3-dimensional reality, that is casting the shadow? Let us continue to examine the shadow text.

In the first Passover, the blood shed by the natural innocent victim lamb, was placed upon the upper horizontal “lintel” post, as well as the two vertical doorposts. One of these vertical posts, was holding the nailed door. Every post had blood applied to it. How many posts were there? If you counted the posts mentioned in Exodus 12:22, you should have come up with a total of three door posts. They are described as the one single “Top” post, and the two “Side” posts. This description even gives us the implied design, of how they are laid out to form the construction. Believe it or not, this door design description, is a picture representation of the Old Covenant.

The door design of a Passover house, is illustrated in the above diagram. The key components of our study have been labeled. These are the “Top Horizontal” post, the “Vertical 1” side post, and “Vertical 2” side post. In the Egypt Passover, going through this blood sprinkled door post frame, where the door was hung, provided each person, temporary natural life, peace and safety.

Therefore, this application of blood was sprinkled, in two different directions simultaneously, and these were the “vertical”, and the “horizontal”. How many posts did you observe that were mentioned, that needed blood? There were three different wooden posts in total, and by the ordered command of God, He decreed that each one of them, required blood.  Why was this necessary?

Now notice there are at least two, very distinct parts of the design of a doorframe, that need to be understood. There is the TOP horizontal Lintel post, that uniquely:

  1. Separates,
  2. Limits, &
  3. Connects.

Then there are the two vertical SIDE posts. These two vertical posts are in parallel to each other. This truth symbolizes, that whatever these two posts represent, they are eternally separated. Then notice, without the presence of the dependent TOP connection post (called the Lintel), there is no pathway to each other. WOW, did anyone just see Jesus? God just described Him, using a shadow form. This is exactly the role of Jesus in the New Covenant. But here in the Old Covenant, this is an inferior shadow implementation, of the far better New Covenant.

Perhaps it will help us, to review some information we learned in the last lesson. In this lesson we should have seen God’s planned Phase 3 of the salvation process, where He personally came to live with humans in covenant with Him. In order to make this part of the plan work, there was a divinely created system of law, a temporary tent tabernacle location for the dwelling of the LORD, and a priest intermediary that went between the 2 separated Old Covenant participants. These two participants were:

  • the Old Covenant people of God named Israel,

<-the chosen mediator high priest->

  • God Himself.

Please attempt to see, that this just described the Passover doorframe, with great precision.  Did you see it? How many posts were there? The correct answer is still, three. How many participants were there, in the Old Covenant relationship system? The answer is three.  This makes a great match so far. Let us look at it, in more detail. Notice what God teaches us, about the Old Covenant compared to the New Covenant in Hebrews:

Hebrews 8:3 – For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. 
Hebrew 8:4 – For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: 
Hebrews 8:5 – Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. 

These are critical verses to examine for our subject of LOVE in two directions. Anytime we find the subjects of earth and heaven mentioned together, try to find how God is making a comparison of Heavenly Vertical realm to the lower human horizontal realm. Pay close attention to verse 5, because God clearly states the Old Covenant system of human covenant fellowship with the divine, was only a shadowed example type, of the real that is found in the spiritual heavenly domain in Jesus Christ.

Then notice in verse 3, that God required gifts and sacrifices in the Old Covenant. We find this offering was a man presenting God with blood in other verses. This matches the Passover door offering of a lamb’s blood. Then in verse 4, God says Jesus would not be able to offer His gifts to be a priest under this outdated law system. If we go back and read Hebrew 7:12, we find where God says the New Covenant system required a change of the Law, for Jesus Christ to be our New Covenant High Priest, and this will be the focus of the next lesson in the series, the Lord willing. Let us continue, going through our door diagram.

Notice, we have God on the right Side 2, of the three doorposts. This represents the Holy God, living in a physical tent on the earth. We have the sinful people on the left Side 1, that are in covenant with Him. But there is only one way to get from the left sinful to the right Holy, and this was by going through, the single man mediator, called the high priest. Wow, this is awesome, if you see it?  Now what made all of this possible? It was the application of the blood, on every post. Is this what God said to us in the Bible? Let us, take a look.

We can begin with Moses, sprinkling the blood of a sacrificed victim animal, on all of God’s covenant people in Exodus 24:8. That would be an example of placing the blood, on Side Post 1 of our Passover door frame. This same type of animal blood was further offered by the high priest, on the temple altar outside of the inner Holy place, for all of the people in Leviticus 16:15. This is also representative, for the side door Post 1.

We can then find, in Exodus 29:21, where the blood of the animal victim is sprinkled upon the high priest, Aaron and all of his clothing. This was done to cleanse himself from his sins. This blood would make the priest clean, and permit him to enter into the presence of the Most Holy God without the fear of death. That is, if everything was done according to the law correctly. This process represents the top connecting “Horizontal” post blood application.

Now finally, when the tabernacle was built, and the Spirit of God inhabited it, there was an inner Holy area, where God dwelt. This area behind a protective veil (Exodus 26:33), contained the Ark of the Covenant. This inner Holy dwelling place of God, was also called the “Mercy Seat” (Exodus 26:34). The High priest, after he had cleansed himself, and the people with blood, would take the blood and sprinkle it upon the “mercy seat”, seven times. This is described to us, in Leviticus 16:14, and it is interesting to notice that the High Priest is told to do this, while standing facing “eastward” towards the “ark of the covenant”. This would cause the high priest, to be standing on the west side of the ark of the covenant. So far, we have a continuing match to our doorframe design diagram, as being a picture representation of the Old Covenant.

Looking at our door diagram design, we should see, where the Side Post 1 could represent “West”, and God’s dwelling in the vertical Side Post 2, could represent “East”. This would mean the top of the vertical door post was “North”, and the bottom of the doorpost was “South”. And if you did not know it, the direction “north” is also a representation for the location of God, in the vertical heaven. We can read about this reality, in Psalm 75:6-7, to name one reference. But notice, in this Old Covenant diagram, there is no pathway to heaven. The two covenant partners, are still eternally separated because of sin.

Ok, here is the last point in the design of the doorposts. There is only one Horizontal post. This horizontal post, is located at the top of the doorframe. It represents, the limited nature of this type of covenant method, to be below heaven, at the earth’s natural level. Remember, horizontal comes from the word “horizon”, and this is the earth’s surface level for normal human existence. It teaches us, that this Passover method blood design, was only available for God to human, and human to God relationship within the natural realm. This was a severe limitation, and it was very inadequate for what God had pictured in His mind, for the complete salvation of humans, from His enemy. 

This was a very quick, but important description, of the doorpost design found in Passover. It can teach us some very profound hidden truths about the mind of God. This doorpost design was clearly known by God, when He selected it, to represent His “cross” shadowed type. We need to keep this information in our minds, when we review the cross design, in more detail. Now, let us sum up, what we have just learned.

Through someone entering the blood covered Passover house’s door frame, they were temporarily, and physically saved. This represented the individual’s entrance into the physical location to gain temporary life, peace and safety. This blood offering that was applied, was a natural lamb’s life that was taken, in exchange “for” the human life, that was spared and sustained.  Remember this safe location was only accessible by them entering into the door, that was nailed to the posts, where the applied lamb’s blood was visibly seen, on the three physical external wooden posts.

These three wooden door posts represented a temporary covenant system of law, that would permit God to live near His covenant people. It required blood to be applied in three locations, to satisfy access for one human male to enter into His Holy presence, on the earth. This man was the high priest, called a mediator. It was a better system than what was available up until this point, but it was nowhere close, to what was coming in the future with God’s real spiritual manifestation of LOVE.

#4 – THE BLOOD AND THE N.T. CROSS DESIGN

As we have learned in the first lessons, we now know that Jesus represents the type found in the O.T. Passover door.  We know this because Jesus claimed to be the door of His sheep (Christians) in John 10:7. Jesus defines sheep to be humans in John 10:9, by saying “I am the door, if any man enters through me, they shall go in and out and find pasture”. Notice Jesus restates the initial Passover plan and claims to be the door for the New Covenant salvation fulfilment. Finally notice the term “find pasture”, implies that those that entered Him will be fed by Him also. This is a direct comparison to the Passover lamb blood that saved them, and the body of the lamb that fed them the same night (Exodus 12:8). Wow, if this is not exciting and amazing to you, your wood must be wet.

We also know that Jesus our spiritual door, was hung on a wooden cross using nails, where the blood of the sinless Lamb of God (Jesus) was poured out from His body on two wooden crossed posts. But we should take notice that His blood was also applied to the wood posts of the cross, in the same two directions, like the Passover lamb was. Let us review a picture diagram of the cross design, and see if this represents, our New Covenant reality in any form?

Let us quickly understand the type of cross that Jesus was crucified upon. There were two basic types of crosses, used by Roman soldiers in the days of the LORD Jesus upon the earth. The first type, was in the shape of a capital “T”. The second type of cross, was in the shape of a lowercase “t”, without the bottom fishhook. There are arguments for either design being selected. But the majority of Christians in the world today, believe it is the lower-case “t” design, that was chosen by God. I have never seen an upper case “T” piece of jewelry design representing, the cross of Jesus. Neither, have I ever seen an upper case “T” design, that was hung on the top of a church, or found on the inside of a church, or placed in the ground outside of the church?

Also, please understand, that according to scripture, Jesus had to be crucified upon the cross, in the form of the lowercase “t”. We know this because, in Matthew 27:37, Mark 15:26, and Luke 23:28, there is given to us the fact, that above the head of Jesus, was hung a potentially large sign.  It had to be large enough to be seen, and read by the people, that were standing away, watching the event. This would require letters large enough to be readable.

In Luke 23:28, God said this sign was written in Greek, Latin and Hebrew, and it said “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS”. Wow, is that not incredible? First, notice the sign was written in three languages and one of them was Latin. Latin was an established world language, during the time of Jesus’ death on the cross. Greek was another common world language, used in the known conquered world. Alexander the Great, a Greek King, conquered much of the world and spread this Greek language.  Of course, the massive Roman Empire helped to spread the Latin language to the world also. This causes an interesting connection to help us ensure, that our word definition of Perpendicular coming from the Latin language, is a legitimate application for our Bible study.

The main point here, is for us to realize that it is a requirement of the vertical post to be extended above the head of Jesus and the horizontal post, in order for there to be a large sign, written in 3 languages, hung “above” Him. Why is this important? It is essential for us to understand the correct type of cross design, in order for us to understand the symbolism for each component of the design. Remember, God foreknew the cross that He would be hung upon. This caused Him, to intentionally select the house door, and frame as the perfect type of application for the symbolic lamb’s blood on the first Passover in Egypt. And all of this information, literally means something very profound.

It is very noteworthy to understand the ancient Hebrew alphabet. There were 22 letters in this alphabet. The ending letter was the “tav”, and in the ancient Hebrew it looks like a lower-case “t” cross design. I do not know of any ancient Hebrew letter that resembles a capital “T”.  Since Jesus claimed to be the Alpha and the Omega, in the New Testament, we know He was saying “I am the Alef and the Tav”, because I believe He was speaking Hebrew, when He said it. This appears to say to us; “I am the End, as well as the Beginning”. It also confirms to us, that the cross, plays a very significant ending role in our human salvation.

Notice our diagram of the cross above. Does this design have any direct meaning, and application to our New Covenant? Oh, yes it does! Like the doorpost of Passover being a picture diagram of the Old Covenant, the cross has the same hidden messages associated with it, containing new meanings. Notice, there are a number of similarities to the Passover shadow door post design, as well as there being significant prophetic modifications and transitions, that were given to us that changed from the door posts to the cross-design.

The first major similarity that is noteworthy, is that both designs, were made from wood and trees. It is also important to notice, that the wood being used in both, came from a tree, that use to be a living and growing thing, before it was cut down. Now the dead wood that was used to build both, became a non-living, corruptible or decayable substance. That sounds a lot like our current human body. Therefore, I see this to be God looking down for a non-living human that wants to know Him, and enter into a covenant with Him. There are too many verses to list here that compare humans to be like trees. One very interesting fact about trees and humans, is the fact that no two are identical. Every tree has a natural fingerprint that makes it uniquely beautiful. If you are interested, you can go, and search for trees and read about them.

Next, we will immediately notice, there are only two posts in our cross design. This eliminates one of the vertical Posts from the Passover door design entirely.  Or does it?  Could it be a different meaning than God just eliminated it? I believe there is something profoundly different that occurred in this New Covenant, and we will see this soon enough, in our next design comparison section.

The next significant part of the cross designs that stands out to me, is the “Horizontal” post is not at the top of the vertical post(s), like it was in the door design.  Could this mean, that there was something new, that has taken place? I believe it does. Finally, notice that the cross design has no terminating points, or any limitations of ending. With the exception of the vertical post being buried and terminated within the natural ground. Does any of this have a significant meaning, and application to our New Covenant? I believe it all does.

Was God’s Lamb blood sprinkled upon both of these wood cross posts, like it was sprinkled upon the three door posts? I believe this is exactly the same, on the cross, as it was on the door posts. It should be obvious that the blood of Jesus was sprinkled on the single vertical post, as well as the single horizontal post, simultaneously, as the body of Jesus hung there bleeding. Jesus had to have had at minimum, three nail wounds where blood was applied to the wooden cross posts. Three is an interesting number, because this is how many posts were found in the Passover door. There had to be two nails on the Horizontal post, in the right hand, and one in the left hand. Then there had to be at least one nail in the vertical post for the feet. This blood application is amazingly equal to the instructions that God gave to Israel during the first “Passover”, to apply blood in both the vertical, and the horizontal directions.

What we have seen so far, are God’s designs of two types of doors, hanging from wooden posts, utilizing nails, with blood spread in two directions. This section has been a quick overview of the cross design. Let us now do a review, of a post-to-post design comparison, between these two types of covenants, and see if they teach us anything new, that we might have missed.

#5 – COMPARING POST DESIGNS

We are now going to do a quick overview comparison, between God’s Old Covenant doorpost design, and His New Covenant cross reality. We should begin to notice how similar, and different the Passover door posts and the cross posts details were. I believe this information is very revealing. For example, let us go through the obvious similarities first.

  1. Both designs have only one post in the horizontal world direction.
  2. Both designs have at least one post, rising in the vertical perpendicular heavenly direction.
  3. Both designs had blood applied to them, in both the vertical and horizontal directions.
  4. Both designs had blood applied, to EVERY wooden Post that was present, and available.
  5. Both designs were made of decayable wood.

Now let us go through some of the fundamental differences of these two divinely selected designs. We learned a normal door frame had 2 longer vertical posts, and 1 separating and joining shorter horizontal post. Therefore, there were three wooden posts in total. We also learned, that the two vertical door posts, are parallel to each other, and that they never touch. This means that they have no common point, for an intersection of union. I believe that is a very important detail. We also noticed the position of the horizontal separating post, is at the very top of the two separated vertical posts. A human walking through the Passover door on the ground, was always below the horizontal post in order to enter the house. I believe all of this information has significant symbolic typological meaning. Let us list the clear differences found in these two designs, next:

  1. The cross has one less vertical post than the door
  2. The cross had one balanced common center point, of intersectional union between the vertical, and the horizontal, and the doorposts had only vertical and horizontal end-point connecters, that kept and held, it together.
  3. The door of Passover was designed for a spiritually dead human to enter, to be temporarily saved from physical death; and the cross was designed for one living man to die a physical death so that, every human could be saved from a permanent spiritual death.
  4. The cross vertical post had only one bottom direction, that was terminated, with all others being open ended; and every post of the Passover door, had only termination points.
  5. The cross was lifted higher above the earth’s surface, while the door post was meant for only human earth level access.
  6. The posts of the Passover door, were covered by an animal lamb’s blood, and the posts of the cross, were covered with only one male human’s blood called the Lamb of God.

That was only a few of the significant differences, and we will talk more about these as we go. Let us move our study to the specific single “Vertical” cross post next.

#6 – THE VERTICAL N.T. CROSS POST MEANING
GOD PRESENTING DIVINE LOVE TO MANKIND

After study of this subject of LOVE in the Bible, I have come to the conclusion that the vertical post represents, God’s LOVE in heaven being extended (poured out), to mankind on the earth below. In the Old Covenant, we discovered that the left post represented sinful humans on the earth, and the right post represented the Holy God, coming down to the natural earth, for His Spirit presence to be nearer, to those that were in covenant with Him. In this example of the Old Covenant LOVE, God needed a Horizontal post mediator, a human go-between, to bridge the gap of sinful division. God implemented this, using the blood of an innocent animal to pay the penalty of human sin, temporarily.

Therefore, in the Old Covenant, one post represented the Holy God on the earth, and the other post represented, the eternally separated sinful covenant humans. This would indicate that the Old Covenant people had some hope of knowing real LOVE with God, but it was not perfect enough, as we read in Hebrews 7. However, now with the cross in the New Covenant, there is only ONE vertical post.

I told you earlier, that this one vertical cross post, does not represent the removal of the sinful human, but rather it represents, the two posts of the Old Covenant which were: 1) the one Holy God, and 2) the sinful human, becoming one new man, in the man Jesus Christ. This does not sound very religious, but it will work out, and be confirmed with the Word of God.

The cross design had only 1 longer vertical post crossed at a central point by one shorter horizontal post. This design provided us with ONE single intersecting “crossed” point of union. Do you remember we mentioned this, when we were defining the words, vertical, horizontal and what perpendicular showed us? I believe this center point of union represents Jesus Christ, our spiritual door. But in order to confirm what this central union point represents; we need to better define, the meaning of the wooden new covenant vertical post.

I believe the single vertical post found in the cross design, represents the LOVE of God, being manifested in the form of the man named Jesus. Jesus was the Spirit of GOD (who is LOVE), becoming a man in the flesh (John 1:1-14). This also teaches us, that Spiritual LOVE became flesh, and dwelt among us physically. How do I conclude this? There are a lot of Bible verses that can confirm this truth.  For example, notice this verse:

John 3:13 – And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 

This is a radically powerful statement, that Jesus is making a claim to. It is clearly a statement of God’s vertical heavenly: 1) descension, and 2) ascension. This description, corresponds to our vertical cross post design. The TOP of the cross, points us the way, to heaven where Jesus came from, and the bottom of the vertical cross post, was buried into the ground, indicating that Jesus would die, and be buried for us as a human. This sounds, like an accurate description of Jesus so far. Now let us analyze the statement of Jesus in John 3:13, in more depth.

If this statement is not true, then Jesus is insane.  Because for any natural human, this is a crazy claim. Jesus states first, that no man had ever ascended up to heaven, the day when He spoke this on the earth approximately 2000 years ago. So far that is a believable statement. But the next statement is where things get crazy. Jesus then says; “except he that came down from heaven”. Jesus is speaking of Himself as a human male, using a third-person reference, has just claimed that, “He” has just come down from heaven, after previously ascending up to heaven. That sounds impossible, doesn’t it?

Now comes the final, and most outrages claim. Jesus calling Himself to be “the Son of Man”, says “He is still in the vertical Heaven”, while speaking this statement on the natural horizontal earth. Wow, this is amazing truth, being revealed. Jesus is claiming to be an intersection point between the natural and the spiritual. The Spirit of the Living Most Holy God, became a human male on the earth, and He legally was walking, and talking with sinful humans, in the form of a Man with the Spirit of God on the inside, and no one became a corpse, or a pile of ashes, in His presence. God designed a living flesh temple organism, that was a safe sanctuary for Himself, the Holy Spirit to personally interact with sinful humans. This statement teaches us that Jesus claimed, that He was God manifested in the horizontal human realm, equally with the Spirit of God in the heavenly vertical realm. And He claimed to be in both dimensions of existence, simultaneously. Jesus has just claimed to be God’s center point design of a divine union, with man, causing a new intersection that is only found in the cross design, but not the door design. This is the union of the “One God” who is “LOVE”, with One Man who was “LOVE” manifested.  Wow, this represents a God and human intersection reality, that is still in effect today.

This is a great time to let you in on another Old Testament symbolic prophecy type, given to us by the intelligent design of God. These instructions from God, are found in Numbers chapter 2. God instructed Israel exactly how to camp around the Tabernacle containing the Holy Spirit’s presence, while living in the wilderness. God just so happened to tell 3 tribes to camp to the east, three tribes to camp to the west, 3 tribes to camp to the north, and 3 tribes to camp to the south of the tabernacle. Did you notice in the diagram above, that this camping pattern looks like a cross? Of course, this pattern is only clearly seen and known by someone, that is looking down from heaven. Wow, God knew exactly what He was trying to vertically communicate to His human creation living in the horizontal world. This was clearly a hidden prophecy for the coming New Covenant union of intersection named Jesus.

Notice how all of these tribes in arrangement, created lines that met at the center point of intersection, where God was living with them.  This tabernacle was not accessible directly to them, but only by the High Priest as we have learned. But, because God became our High Priest, we are able now to enter the door to come boldly to the throne of Grace directly. I hope and pray that everyone can see how God works in plain sight using hidden ways. These O.T. instructions, clearly show God’s design of becoming the center intersection. But now let us move forward and look at some more New Testament verses that must be seen, and applied to what the single post, of the cross, confirms to us in the New Covenant.

Ephesians 2:11 – Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands
Ephesians 2:12 – That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 
Ephesians 2:13 – But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ
Ephesians 2:14 – For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 
Ephesians 2:15 – Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace
Ephesians 2:16 – And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby
Ephesians 2:17 – And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh
Ephesians 2:18  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father
Ephesians 2:19 – Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God
Ephesians 2:20 – And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 
Ephesians 2:21 – In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord
Ephesians 2:22 – In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit

Found here in these verses of Ephesians, are a lot of awesome words of truth and LOVE. These words, contain several subjects, but there are about two or three essential topics for our current study of, “GOD is LOVE”. The first subject, is that there were people in the Old Covenant, that were being separated from God, and were afar off from Him because of sin. These people were literally being called God’s enemies, in Ephesians 2:15. God uses the Greek word G2189, that was translated as “enmity” in the KJV Bible. This word means, there was a hostility and a hatred between God and these sinful humans. But it must also be noted in verse 16, God says this hatred for sin has been slain in the body of Jesus on the cross. That was one of the most awesome displays of divine LOVE, that was manifested on the vertical post of the cross, that anyone has ever observed. The God in heaven came down to the earth, as the Son of Man, and He was joined in complete union with the Son of God. This single union of intersection, was the cross common point, that was designed to die for our sins, to eliminate the divine hostility for all human transgressions. This allowed the divine God access to all humans, and all humans access to God.

These total enemy people, that were being spoken of, were all of those that lacked a covenant with God. This was the original condition, of every human on the earth, after Adam’s sin. But God chose one nation in the Old Covenant, out of all the nations of the earth, to make His own. This is important to remember, because this is the same pattern that is repeated in the New Covenant.

This brings us to subject number 2, in the Ephesians 2 passage. God came to a man named Abram, and began a different process of covenant relationship, to save us ALL. God continued to work the process of salvation, by establishing a relationship with the direct descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. These people were called the natural nation of Israel, and they were the participants in the Old Covenant, that we saw in picture form, found in the Passover Doorpost design.

In this subject 2, the Old Covenant people of God were called the “circumcision” in Ephesians 2:11. This covenant, brought God nearer to His people, living on the earth to be with them as described in Ephesians 2:17, being spoken of as those people that were nigh (made near). In this covenant God introduced, and utilized a brand-new concept. This new way of relationship, was to select one man as His human to divine, and divine to human mediator. This one chosen man was able to come into His Holy presence to represent the other sinful people that were in the covenant.  This covenant design, left every other nation of the world, “far” from God, without any hope, as we can read in Ephesians 2:12. These people without any hope, were called “Gentiles”, or the “uncircumcised”, by the Jewish Old Covenant people in Ephesians 2:11. So we have found two groups of sinful earth people being mentioned so far. These two groups of humans on the earth were divided by God into:

  1. A People in a Temporary Covenant with a Temporary Home and a Temporary Hope, to be near the God of LOVE, and
  2. All other People in the world that were not in any Covenant, were far from God’s spiritual home, and from being His spiritual Family, and were without any Hope of Knowing LOVE.

But now in the New Covenant, there is a new third group of people, that have been brought even nearer to God, and these are comprised of people from both of the above sinful groups of people. Therefore, we notice in Ephesians 2, that we have found two groups of sinful people, and they have now become “one” new man, by entering into the door of Jesus, our door of the New Covenant. This choice of entering into the Christ door, now gives those that believe in Him, a new Hope (Romans 15:13), and a new Home within the Family of LOVE (Ephesians 2:19). This Old Covenant pattern that excluded Gentiles, is duplicated in the New Covenant, to exclude everyone, that does not believe in Jesus Christ to enter the door of salvation. All of these unbelieving people are lost, without any eternal hope of knowing LOVE (2 Thessalonians 2:12).

Remember, in the Old Covenant we had two vertical doorposts. These two separated vertical doorposts (God and Israel), were joined by a temporary human mediator horizontal post. The two-separated-vertical become one single unified vertical, in the New Covenant cross. But this single unified vertical cross post, represents a more inclusive covenant union.

In the New Covenant, God not only allowed the Old Covenant people to be unified with the risen from the dead Christ (Romans 7:4), but He also was joining the ability for every other lost human on the earth, to be in full relationship with God in Christ (Colossians 1:26-27). Jesus Christ, is the center unified point of the cross. Since no sinful human, was able to fulfill the role of the required permanent high priesthood, God Himself became the needed center point unifier, between the vertical Holy divine and the horizontal sinful human realms. Therefore, this unified vertical “cross post”, has included the ability for everyone else, in the world, that never was in any covenant with God, to know Him, and love Him.

Did you notice that we just discussed the fact, that we MUST enter the door of Jesus, in order to be saved in the New Covenant? Where was this door hung, on the cross posts? Remember, in the Passover Post design picture, the door was nailed hanging to the God side of the doorframe, below the Horizontal Top Post. Therefore, in the Old Covenant, there were no nails placed to hold the door, in the left human side, or the top lintel human representative side of the door frame. Wow, doing this would have made the door unable to open.

We can conclude that this Old Covenant, was a severely limited divine encounter, bound to the human dimension of space, and time, to provide a temporary divine relationship at the human ground level, with no human access into heaven, to be with God. Many may wonder, where is this in the Bible? Jesus actually declares this need for a change of direction of human love and worship, in John 4:23.

In John 4:23 Jesus said “The hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers of the Father, shall worship Him, in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him”. This is a very clear reference to God desiring something greater than the Old Covenant method of worship.  In the Old Covenant, people were always on a Horizontal level of relationship with God. But, now in the New Covenant we can have a far greater Vertical Spiritual encounter with our Heavenly Father. Jesus said that hour for this to happen was coming forth, as He was speaking. Wow!

We can also find the Old Covenant Horizontal relationship with God, where there was no heavenly access, described by Jesus in Luke 16.  In these verses, Jesus describes a beggar named Lazarus, and a rich man, who both died. Lazarus died and went under the earth’s surface to a temporary place called “Abraham’s bosom”. The rich man died, and was carried beneath to a place in hell with flames. Both regions were close enough to see and talk with each other.  But neither were close to God’s throne in the Vertical heaven. It is very clear that neither of the men, went above the Horizon of the earth after death. This information plainly describes the need for a change, while declaring the Old Covenant was temporary (Hebrew 8:13).

All of this information can help confirm, that God’s Old Covenant doorframe design, and divine choice, was a covenant containing a message of incompleteness, and inadequacy. This information should have given those in the Old Covenant, a greater desire for a permanent way of knowing LOVE. There should have been the hopeful longing of a desired access to an eternal heaven, and fellowship with LOVE after death in every human heart that experienced God’s deliverance. This access was only provided to them, by the cross. Clearly God knew all of this, when He selected these objects, to represent the shadow temporary door, and His New Covenant permanent door access.

Everyone who has believed in Jesus, knows Him now, that He is our New Covenant door, as He was hanging there nailed, to both of the cross posts, the vertical and the horizontal, simultaneously. Because Jesus was nailed to both the Horizontal (human) and the Vertical (spiritual divine), the New Covenant sacrificial blood payment, could cover everyone, including the mediator human man named Jesus (Hebrews 2:17), who was made sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). The divine blood payment for sin further covered, every human sin in the horizontal earth realm including, all physical horizontal earth space locations, and all time from Adam (Romans 3:25), to the book of Revelation (Revelation 1:5). Finally, the blood payment for forgiveness, and redemption also, extended upward into heaven, and covered the vertical spiritual human realm payment in the heavenly Most Holy temple (Hebrews 9:23). The entire blood payment for all human sins, came at the same time, from the same man, named Jesus, during the same event located on the cross, outside of Jerusalem.

Please take note, that our door named Jesus, was also “raised up” from off of the ground level, as He was hanging on the cross. We learn this by reading John 3:14. Jesus said “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up”. Do you understand what this means? The serpent on the pole in Numbers 21, was a temporary example of natural salvation. It provided them again temporary restoration to health, and forgiveness of sin. This was another inferior shadow symbol of the much greater work of Jesus’ gift of eternal salvation on the cross.

By God telling Moses to lift up that serpent on a single vertical pole, it was raised up vertically higher, than all of the heads, of the old covenant people who were probably laying on the ground horizontally about to die. By them looking “up” to view the serpent, God was again teaching them the source of real grace came only from heaven. Notice, that this was only a one-time work as was the cross.

Now, compare this Old Covenant event to the people that were standing around to watch the hanging of Jesus higher than them on a cross. All of these people were on the lower horizontal ground level. Remember Jesus was hung not only on a cross, but also on a hill higher than the observers.  This would have included the Jews that cried out to demand His crucifixion, as well as the Roman soldiers that carried out the act. This was Jesus clearly, offering Himself for everyone in the world to witness, Jew and Gentile as we read in Ephesians 2. Everyone who received Jesus as their savior, would have to look up by faith into the raised heavenly direction, as they did in Moses’ day, with the serpent on the pole.

We learn from Jesus in the next verse John 3:15, that this lifting up represented Him becoming our spiritual door of salvation, through our believing in Him, by our faith. This spiritual belief (Galatians 3:2), grants us access into the vertical heaven. It is also representative, of Jesus becoming our spiritual Head, who is now seated in the vertical spiritual heavenly realm reigning (Hebrews 10:12). But we are blessed to enjoy the same, by the church becoming His body, living here on the horizontal physical earth (Colossians 1:18), reigning with Him in the Horizontal (Romans 5:17). This was all possible, because of the nails going through the body of Jesus hanging on both posts as our intersecting, New Covenant union (Ephesians 2:17). By this work, the divine life blood of God was being sprinkled, in both directions simultaneously, being a onetime blood application, in the combined vertical, and the horizontal dimensions.

Ok, let us go deeper still into the cross design. Notice that a cross design looks like a simple childlike drawing of a human stick figure. We have the focused center of union containing the heart of LOVE, that joins the divine vertical realm with the horizontal human realm. We saw this principle in God’s Israel camp design in the Old Testament. The entire nation camped in a crossed pattern centering upon the focal point of LOVE found in the Tabernacle. This looks like the decision point for human choice, and we will talk about this more soon.  

We have the top section of the cross, that could represent a human head. We should realize that this represents Jesus as being the head of all created things as revealed to us in Ephesians 1:22. It also causes us to see how Jesus was made the head or LORD, over both Jew and Greek (Romans 10:12). Jesus was also raised up, and given a name that is above every other name (Philippians 2:9). Jesus being the head caused Him to have preeminence over every spiritual being, whether on the earth (the Horizontal), or in heaven (the Vertical, Colossians 1:18). This design shows how God planned in Jesus on the cross, to make Him the LORD of ALL.

This helps us to confirm that the top of the cross represents the spiritual heaven realm route of access. With Jesus coming down to earth as a man first, to die on the cross, He gave us the opportunity after He was raised from the dead, for us to enter into Him by faith, to go up into heaven where He is also seated right now (Ephesians 1:20). By Jesus becoming the only way to get to the Father (John 14:6), this also limits access to all evil from entering into heaven, that the first Adam joined himself to. This was a brilliant design of the “Most High”, and wise God.

Then we see the head joining the shoulders with the two arms extended outward to each of the horizontal human sides. I believe this represents 3 different acts of love, that we will talk about soon. From this we can see how the human torso (body) that is going down, is being connected from the head to the shoulders, with the legs and feet tightly placed together, as if standing at attention. There were the two hands of Jesus (the Left and the Right), that were nailed to the opposite sides of the Horizontal post (the East and the West). Then there were the feet of Jesus, which was clearly located toward the south side of the cross, nearest to the earth.

The North Top part of the cross assuredly, represents the heavenly realm, where Jesus came down from. It also represents an opened ended invitation for every human to come up and be with God after death. How is this heavenly access made possible, without any blood being taken into heaven by a High Priest, like in the Old Covenant tabernacle?  We can find this answer in the New Testament, in Hebrews chapter 9.

In this chapter, we are told that Jesus took His own blood personally into heaven. This is when He performed a one-time act of offering blood to God in the Highest Vertical, fulfilling and initiating His everlasting role, as our eternal High Priest. This heavenly precious blood offering (1 Peter 1:18-19), was offered by Jesus in person, after He arose from the grave (John 20:17). This superior offering was only required to be presented once as our heavenly vertical payment, for all of our sins (Hebrews 9:26). And this one-time blood offering, provided us eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:12). Finally, this blood offering in the heavenly also established eternal peace (Romans 5:1).

There is a very interesting fact, about the blood of Jesus, found in Hebrews 12:24. Here in this verse we are told that the blood of Jesus that was taken into heaven, is still there speaking for everyone today. This far better blood of God is speaking better things than the blood of righteous Abel. This is an amazing, and an eye-opening revelation. Did you know blood speaks? God clearly informs us that the blood of a man that was killed by his brother nearly 6000 years ago is still speaking, even today. How much better than Abel’s voice, is the voice of God’s spoken words, coming forth from the eternal blood of Jesus today for us. The answer to that question, is more than you can imagine. Thank God for the Blood of Jesus that is speaking for us all.

Let us get back to our Cross Stick Figure representative. Almost forty days after the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-10), and sat down at the right hand of Majesty (Hebrews 1:3). We now have our Kingly High Priest (in the order of Melchizedek, Hebrew 7:21) seated in heaven reigning (Hebrews 10:12). Therefore, how does this truth relate to our cross design? We read about it, in the previous paragraphs.

We can relate this information to the cross, because of this awesome truth: Christ is called the Head (Ephesians 1:22), and we (the Church) are called the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:23). Now put this information into context with this verse in 1 Corinthians 5:14, where God says: “Since Jesus died for everyone, we all died with Him on the cross”. Ok, that was my paraphrase, but this is exactly what Paul claimed in Galatians 2:20, when he said “I was crucified, with Christ, nevertheless I live, but not I, but Christ lives in me”. Wow, these are more radical claims of being in two places at the same time, like we saw in Jesus’ claim in John 3. Let us see this principle again in another verse found in the New Testament:

1 John 3:24 – And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. 

Here is an awesome verse of truth about how God dwells in a human, and we live in Him, if we keep His commandments. This would appear to indicate, that staying in Christ, is our choice of obedience. I believe, this is why, Jesus said in Luke 6:46, “Why call me LORD, LORD, and do not do what I say?”. God has given to us His Spirit, and He lives in the temple of our physical body. And according to this verse we are with Him, in the heavens, if we do what He says. Sounds like a contradiction, but it is not. This is not an inconsistency; it is rather a statement of joint union of two becoming One, as written in the Genesis 2:24, law of marriage covenant. We are NOT saved by our works of the flesh, but He is our LORD, if we do what He says. Otherwise, we become like the first Adam, and become rebellious.

What we are learning, is that when a person becomes a Christian, Christ comes inside of them, and personally joins to become one spirit (1 Corinthians 1:16), to live in their body. This causes the human body, to become the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:17, and 6:19). Romans 12:4 says; “There are many members in One body”. God was communicating, how that many are called ONE, using the analogy of the human body.

The human body is an amazingly created complex living organism. How a new one comes into being, is from the union of two separate living cell contributors. These two separate living cells become joined together, to be one, and they then begin to multiply exponentially, over a short period of time. When a human is fully grown, modern scientists have estimated one human body contains approximately 30 trillion unique individual cells. These 30 trillion unique human cells, were designed by God to work together in LOVE. But since the advent of Satan, certain cells have been introduced into the world to cause some to be motivated by hate, to destroy the others. This is a perfect picture of our spiritual condition being in Christ today. There are some people, even in the body of Christ, that are yielding to the devil, and allowing hate, to fight against God’s LOVE design, and purpose for all humans.

We also read about this concept of many being ONE, in our opening verses of this section, found in Ephesians 2:21. In this discussion, the church is called to be built stones, being joined together upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophet stones, together with Christ being the chief cornerstone of the Holy Temple of LOVE. These are amazing facts of spiritual truth realities. God has established a clear law that states, many can be called by “one” name.

Now let us get back to our stick figure representation of the cross. The head of the body, Jesus Christ, who is LOVE, ascended up into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God. Before leaving the earth, He gave His body, His spiritual authority (Luke 10:19), and left us here to reach out to the rest of the lost world, with the Gospel (Mark 16:15). How does this information relate to the cross design? You may have already figured it out. The top of the cross above the horizontal post, represents the initial head’s access into heaven, followed by the rest of the attached body on the earth as they die. Since Jesus was raised from the dead, every other human has been given the same opportunity, to be raised up from the dead with Him, by faith (Colossians 2:12).

Therefore, the spiritual body of Christ on the earth, is potentially represented by the lower part of the cross, at and below the horizontal post. These people are in the process of salvation and still have the choice to go up to be with the LORD, or go down and end their lives in hell. But another difference, will be for us to realize, is that not everyone in the Horizontal post realm of existence, will be saved, and we may talk about this more soon. Salvation still requires entering the “door” of the cross, and getting into Christ in the vertical, to be back in potential full fellowship with God.

We have been going through just some of the possible meanings for the Single Vertical post of a cross design. This method of death was specifically selected for God’s method of Lamb sacrifice (Acts 2:23). Satan probably thought this killing of Jesus, was his guarantee for, success, self-rule, and kingship (Mark 12:7). But Satan soon learned that this act was His defeat (1 Corinthians 2:8).

What we have learned from the two vertical posts of the Old Covenant Passover door, being compared with the single vertical post of the cross is very profound. The Old Covenant appears to be closed ended and temporary, with no eternal heavenly access. These two vertical posts, appear to say humans were nearer to God, but still far enough away to motivate them to desire to know God more closely. It also taught us, that the mediator of the Old Covenant was temporary, his offerings were inferior, and the endless repetition had to create frustration for at least some. We further learned this Old Covenant was designed to be temporary, for a greater solution that was needed in Christ.

I am going to say something that maybe some have not understood now. Why does the vertical post on the Passover appear to represent sinful humans, when they never had an opportunity to actually die and go to heaven? After all, the God side of the door frame, post 2 was in heaven, wasn’t He? How could God be in heaven in two places and not the sinful, vertical human side post 1? I just asked a very deep question, one that may go over the head of many readers. 

What is the answer to why the O.T. Passover Door was vertical and not lost in the Horizontal? Ok, here is the quick answer. You can go and read the Bible study that I wrote called “Bible Answers: Solving the Mystery of God’s Chosen Son Versus God’s Covenant Wife”.  In this Bible lesson, I reveal, how Jesus was in Adam, Abraham, Noah, David, and every other human male that was listed by God, in the Luke 3 Genealogy of Jesus.  Because Jesus was equally human, a Son of Adam (Man) (Matthew 16:13), a Son of Abraham, a Son of David (Matthew 1:1), etc., while being the Son of God (Matthew 16:16), Jesus was in both vertical Passover doorposts in “Seed” form. Wow, this is what gave humans in covenant in Israel, hope for the future permanent salvation. I do not have the time to explain this further today. But it is amazing, when you see it.

Then in the New Covenant, we find only one combined single vertical post in the cross. This was a dramatic shift of post designs, that was pre-ordained before creation. We should now begin to understand that Jesus, the Word of God who created the world, placed Himself in the form of a “seed” in the created man Adam. Jesus was already pre-planned to save everyone that believed upon Him, before the world began (2 Timothy 1:9).

I am still amazed every time, I see the cross, how we have not seen this reality of Christ at the center, that provides us a point of intersection and union with God, and God with humans. We may be talking about this more in the next section of the lesson. But Christ Jesus has opened a new direct single-entry way of salvation, and extreme personal closeness with God by becoming God’s needed single human mediator, also known as the High Priest.

That was enough detail about the vertical post design meanings, from a Bible God perspective of LOVE. God came down to the earth, to die on a cross, and to be buried in the ground for 3 days. Then He arose from the dead, after shedding His blood for the forgiveness of our sins, and then He ascended into heaven to reconcile us back into full and normal fellowship with our Creator God. Let us now do an overview of the Horizontal Post meanings in more depth.

#7 – THE HORIZONTAL CROSS N.T. POST MEANING
GOD REACHING OUT HIS LOVE FOR HUMANITY

I believe, the horizontal post of the cross, represents multiple meanings. I will list them first and talk about them as we continue. The potential meanings of the horizontal post are:

  1. Divine vertical LOVE, coming down to the Horizontal human realm, to reach out to all of humanity
  2. The timeline within the human realm, containing the window of opportunity to make the right choice for our eternity
  3. God’s correct pattern for human realm social relationship
  4. The human limitations of environment, circumstances, and cross-road decisions for eternal outcomes

That was just the short list of subjects, that we will hopefully touch upon in this section. As we now know, in the cross design, there were no posts used for separation. Nor were there any posts that were being separated. There was also not one horizontal post, used as a connection bridge, between two far apart vertically separated posts. What changed and why? I believe, a lot of you have already seen the answers, in the diagrams, and from the verses given. In a cross design, there were only two posts, with a single intersecting, and overlapping point of unified connection. I know you all remember, we mentioned this before.

I believe sincerely that the vertical posts in both designs, represent spiritual beings. In the Passover, there were 2 separated doorposts, these were the human spiritual beings in covenant on the left side, and the Spirit of God on the right side. We just learned that Jesus was in these chosen people found on the left side of the covenant post configuration. Notice that we find, in the Passover covenant doorpost design, Jesus is never found in the top horizontal connector post. This is because Jesus did not descend from anyone in the tribe of Levi, where the high priests came from. Because Jesus descended from the natural tribe of Judah, He was legally found present in the left vertical door post.

But now in the Cross design, these two Old Covenant vertically separated posts, being connected by one horizontal post, have all become ONE unified vertical and horizontal center cross point (1 Corinthians 6:17). Because God made the New Covenant one with a single man named Jesus, who became the High Priest, we have a unified solution that will never fail. The sinful human component was permanently removed and we can now be saved by entering the covenant door that was hung on the cross, who was also named Jesus.  Wow, this NEW Covenant is all about JESUS!

This also truly represents God who is Spirit (John 4:24), becoming human flesh (John 1:1-14). The Spirit of God became a man, so that we could become a living spirit in union with Him. These are both great realities of two becoming one.

But we now need to understand the Horizontal post of the cross in much more detail. How does this portion of the cross, represent LOVE?  Let us discuss, potential meaning number 1, divine love coming down to reach out to save humanity. I believe everyone should already understand that the horizontal post of the cross, was where the hands of Jesus were nailed. Each of His arms were outstretched, and His left and right hands were placed upon opposite ends of the horizontal post. One side of the horizontal post could have pointed to the east, and the other to the west. Let us take a look at an interesting verse, that could apply to our subject of the Horizontal post of the cross.

Romans 10:21 – But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. 

Clearly Jesus, hanging on the cross, would have had both arms opened wide to be nailed to it. It is also interesting to note that Jesus was crucified about the 3rd hour of the day, and died shortly after the 9th hour of the day. This would be representative of Him hanging with outstretched hands a majority of the day. This verse implies that this was an act of LOVE, for Him to even allow this to happen to Him.

The Apostle Paul was quoting Isaiah 65:2 in this verse. It should be easy to see the heart of God, that was hurting for the Old Covenant people of Israel that were rebelling against His LOVE. In verse 20, directly before Romans 10:21, God contrasts a nation that was not called by His name becoming the majority of His New Covenant people. These were popularly, called the Gentiles. But everyone should see that this gift of LOVE was offered to anyone Jew or Greek (Romans 1:16). We learned this in the last section of the lesson about the vertical cross post, when we read verses in Ephesians 2.

Now let us go over potential meaning 2, the timeline of human history to make an eternal decision to receive LOVE. One of the key factors that can be used for understanding the horizontal post of the cross, occurs when we read about Jesus being crucified between two thieves. This would result in a total of three crosses that were present. It would also mean, that there was a total of six posts, when adding together 3 crosses multiplied by 2 posts each. The number six has long been thought of in the Bible, as the number for “man”. I find that very interesting, since everyone hanging, was a male about to die a human death.

But what was the configuration, and relationship of these three crosses?  We learn from Matthew 27:38, that there was one sinner crucified on the left hand of Jesus, and the other one being crucified on His right hand. Wow, that leaves Jesus on His cross, in the center. Do you believe, God knew this also? Do you believe that God could have utilized these details in His hidden symbolic presentation of the plan of salvation on a cross? Why do you believe, God wrote these details in the Bible text? Do they mean anything important? Or was God just filling up the Bible with things that do not mean much. I definitely believe that this was all foreknown by God, and all of these details carry significant hidden information, about what was happening.

It is also very interesting to see, where later hanging on the cross (Luke 23:42), that one thief believed in Jesus to be his Messiah, called Jesus LORD, and received salvation, and the other did not.  This description of their cross experience, would clearly signify the only two choices to make, for every human sinner right now, while still physically alive (Hebrews 3:15). Once they both died, the opportunity to make the right choice, had passed (Hebrews 9:27). I believe that these words, were all intentionally selected, to either teach us a strong message of hope for salvation and eternal life, or condemnation to eternal death.

Keep in your mind that on judgment day, Jesus described that there would be a clear human division, used by God for separating good from evil.  For example, in Matthew 25:32-46, Jesus said “His saved sheep would be placed on His right hand, and the lost goats on his left hand”. Those on the right hand entered into heaven, and those on the left, went to hell. This is not a coincidence. This message is repeated in the description, for the separation of the wheat and the tares, found in Matthew 13:23-30.

What we are observing in the Bible, is a concept of division, that has been occurring ever since the beginning of creation and Adam. The two thieves, that were hanging on a cross to the left and to the right of Jesus, represent a clear horizontal decision point of human freewill choice, to believe in Jesus or not to believe in Jesus. Jesus being in the center, means there are no other choices given, that mankind may be saved by (Acts 4:12). I believe this is a further confirmation, that the two bleeding hands of Jesus, hanging on the cross were correctly reaching out in LOVE, to save “all” of the lost humanity (John 3:16). This would include those that would be saved by believing and receiving on His right hand, and those that would be lost, by not believing on His left hand, and be damned (Mark 16:16).

What I see from the design of the cross, is a center point line of decision, where the left side represents everyone that is eternally separated from God. I then see the right side of the cross to represent those that choose to be saved. This is only one potential meaning of the horizontal post, now let us move to another.

Let us review the concept of meaning number 3, about correct human to human relationships. It is also interesting to note that before the crucifixion, two disciples asked Jesus to sit with Him, with one being at His right hand, and the other at His left hand. This is an entire teaching lesson in itself, but please note the position of Jesus in the center, with two humans requesting a position at each side of His hands.  I further believe, that the one-man Jesus, hanging on the cross, between two human men, represents a correct human-to-human relationship. Two humans in relationship, without Jesus in the center, will fail, but those that will be successful, will always make the choice to have Jesus (LOVE), in the center of them.

We can call all of this, God’s designs and plans for horizontal human decisions, choices and connections. God’s ultimate design would be for every human relationship, to be a Christ centered relationship. But this information also teaches us, a comparison between the two choices. The Jesus kind of LOVE, could only be correctly found to be in the center, if both individuals chose to make Jesus their LORD. But if only one individual, made Jesus their LORD, the other would be permanently, separated from them forever. Can you see how the choices we make, are only available, while we are here in the natural horizontal realm of earthly existence? Once both thieves on the cross died, there were no other opportunities given to them for relationship with Jesus, or with each other. Only one human thief, was told that he would be with Jesus in paradise that day, that they all died. I hope this is well received. This is what I believe the LORD is teaching us, about the meanings of the horizontal post of the cross.

While physically alive in the horizontal earth realm, we have only one possible successful choice for life to select from, and His name is Jesus. Making Jesus our LORD (Romans 10:9-10), grants us access to God the Father in the vertical Heaven, and grants the Holy Spirit access to live on the inside of our physical body in the human horizontal realm. This was God’s correctly designed and wise method for a divine vertical relationship, between a Holy God and the imperfect human. God desired this to happen (John 4:23). All other vertical choices of relationship with false gods, or evil spiritual beings, will only lead to death.

Likewise, there is only one successful choice for lasting human relationships. Everyone, we meet on this horizontal earth, we will either be with them forever, or apart from them, never to see them or hear from them again. This is a thought-provoking reality. I honestly, do not observe many people or Christians, coming close to the examples, that Jesus set before us to follow. Not treating everyone with the God kind of LOVE that we meet, will potentially be very regrettable.

There are two binary directions of choice, for a good or bad relationship. This choice is laid out in the cross design plainly in front of your eyes. But only one correct choice can be made, to possess success in both the vertical and horizontal realms of existence. Remember, on the vertical cross post, there is one open ended top pathway, that leads us to life eternal, and there is one bottom termination point, that only leads us to eternal death, and separation from God. Do you understand, that because Jesus was hanging at the center position of the cross, a location where He was not yet in heaven and not yet in hell, this made Him, and only Him, the focal point for the only available choice, for any direction that you want to go? This is the amazing truth of any door design. A door entered into, makes available the blessing behind the door, and the personal choice of not entering, leaves that person, by default, without these benefits.

You might remember a game show that showed three doors to two contestants. They called this the big deal of the day. One chose one door, and the other one chose another door, leaving one door not selected. Each door was opened to reveal which gifts they were potentially going home with. But only one contestant received their gift, and the other left with nothing. All of this was very similar to our eternal decisions to which path and door we choose. I think that is interesting.

Please think of the vertical cross post, to represent a highway leading people either north (heaven) or south (hell).  Then think of the horizontal post of the cross, to be a highway that leads through the timeline of human existences on the earth. Now consider the fact that the center union of these two highways is found the Jesus intersection point for the human choice decision. We can read about this in 2 Corinthians 6:2. In this verse the LORD says “At a time of welcome, I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation, I have succored you. Now is the time of loving welcome! Now is the day of salvation!” (WNT Bible).

Did you notice in 2 Corinthians 6:2, that God uses the “present” time to be the point for a decision for your salvation? Do you know the present time is a constant moving travel? By the time you read this sentence, the present moment when you started reading about that decision is already in the past, and “now” you have only another fleeting opportunity to decide again? Why is this? No scientist can explain this concept of time adequately. No one can return to the past to accept Jesus, so that leaves that time out. No one but God foresees the future, so that leaves that time out of the decision point realms of opportunity. This leaves us only “NOW”. You see, God says in His Word, we are not guaranteed a tomorrow (James 4:13-16).

By making the right choice, at the right time, everyone can be assured to be permitted to entered into Christ our door of Salvation. Making this choice in the horizontal path of life, will allow the turn lane for the vertical highway northward leading to heaven to be opened. By ignoring this “NOW” decision point, there is only one default highway that has an opening leading south to “hell”.  Now is time to choose.

Finally, let us discuss potential meaning number 4 of the horizontal cross post, the human realm of limitations. I believe the Horizontal post of the cross represents the human carnal realm of our natural life on the earth. This is signified by the term “Horizon”, the physical location where the sun rises every day, and sets every day (Ecclesiastes 1:5). This is the earth’s surface, where humans normally reside by God’s designed purpose. Remember, the English word “horizon” comes from the Greek word “horizo”, which is G3724. This word has the meaning of a boundary or limitation.  This is why the horizontal post on both the door and cross designs, can have the meaning of human limitations, and boundaries. These features represent God’s human physical realm of existence. This is our 3-D space-time created world. But it also can be more specific, to the dry ground, places where breathable air is found, food, water, warmth, light, and etc., are available.

This is why I believe, this information further confirms, why those entering into the door of the Old Covenant, had no access into heaven. I also see that on the Passover door, the horizontal post had two points of termination. This might mean this was a covenant of limited and short-term duration. Applying these concepts to the cross horizontal post design, we see something different when applying these standards. For example, the cross horizontal post was lower than the vertical post top. The cross horizontal post also had two open ended points, and this would indicate this New Covenant, was available to everyone, anywhere, at any time, in the horizontal realm of human natural duration. Can you see how this is possible, based upon the design of these two God selected natural objects?

Now remember we just learned that Jesus was hung at the center of the horizontal post on the cross, and I believe this represent the “NOW” point of decision. If this is true, then the horizontal post of the cross, represents the domain of natural existence while physically alive on the earth, past, present and future. Everyone before Jesus was raised from the dead, we learned went under the earth’s horizontal surface. But these people were preached to by the LORD Jesus the gospel (2 Peter 3;19), and He led captive these captive people vertically to heaven (Ephesians 4:8). This would represent the fact, that everyone on the left hand of the horizontal timeline (east) would have had the opportunity to be saved, by God’s divine grace.

If the center of the cross represents the present “now”, that only leaves the “west” right hand of the cross to represent the coming “future” time line.  These are people living at this moment, and those that will be born in the future. All of these people that are alive have the horizontal opportunity to hear about Jesus the door of Salvation at the “NOW” center point of choice. However, west is the direction that the “sun” sets.  Jesus is the “SUN of RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Malachi 4:2), and the opportunity to enter the door, is setting very soon.

Because the left of the horizontal post is open ended, this represents the fact that every person born from Adam to Jesus, had the opportunity to be saved. Because people at the time of the Lord’s crucifixion on the cross, had a chance to hear about Jesus’ death and resurrection, they all had the “now” moment to believe and receive salvation. Ever since Jesus was raised from the dead, the Gospel has been preached, and is still even “now” in this Bible lesson. Therefore, if you are reading this you can still choose to enter the door of salvation, before it shuts (Matthew 25:10). We do not know exactly when the right hand of the horizontal cross will set and close, therefore a decision point should be made with it being your greatest priority.

Let us review some of the key points from the Horizontal post representations that we have just learned.  While a person is alive in their physical body in the horizontal realm, they can move, travel, as well as decide and make choices. It is during this timeline of horizontal natural existence, that a person can be saved by entering into the door of Jesus. As we may have seen earlier; some humans, in the horizontal realm will choose, to enter into the “door” that God raised up and hung on the cross (aka Jesus), by placing their faith in Him (Ephesians 2:8). These people have now entered into an access point, leading into the vertical heavenly realm. This access is signified as an intersection point (aka Jesus) of the horizontal and the vertical cross posts.

Wherever there is a traffic intersection, there also represents a human choice or decision point. At any time on the horizon life line, a human has the right to choose, to enter into Christ, to not enter into Christ, to remain in Christ, or choose to leave the narrow path. The vertical post intersection, represents the choice of human eternal destination. Staying in Christ, will lead us to the upward direction of heaven, and departing, leaving or rejecting Christ, will lead us to the downward path to hell. This decision is always available as long as a person is alive on the horizontal cross time line. Once someone dies, the choices made before their death, predetermines the direction of spirit travel after death.

Please note, that making no choice, is the default path leading to eternal death and separation from God. This default choice, was made for you by your father Adam (1 Corinthians 15:22). This occurred, when he made the evil choice of eternal death, you were in him and made that choice also (Hebrews 7:9-10). While you had no way to vote for Adam’s first wrong choice, you have been given the right to make the most important choice to enter into Christ to be saved. I pray that everyone has already chosen to enter the Christ door (called the Last Adam, 1 Corinthians 15:45) and will stay in Him, so that you will travel up on the extended vertical post to heaven, when you die, or when He returns to take us to heaven.

We have been learning about the cross, with an emphasis on the Horizontal post and its potential meanings.  We found earlier that the word Horizon comes from the Greek word G3724. It is interesting to note that this Greek word G3724, is used in Acts to describe Jesus dying on the cross:

Acts 2:22 – Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 
Acts 2:23 – Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 

Notice that these verses are describing the LORD Jesus Christ being crucified on a cross. The Greek word translated as “crucified”, literally means, to be hung and fastened by nails or impaled. That can accurately describe what is done to a door, using hinges, and nails. Also, notice the declaration in this verse, that this was done, by the “foreknowledge” of God. This confirms to us that this was not a surprise, but rather a precisely planned event. In other words, God planned and knew, the precise way, the precise location, the exact year, the exact month, the exact day, the exact hour, and the precise minute that Jesus would give His life.

All of this planned precision, is confirmed by the next part of verse 23, where God uses the Greek word G3724 (horizo). But it is translated as “determinate”. This English word means “to have defined limits”. This word G3724, also carries the implication that, what is being described to happen, is occurring based upon the divinely created law of “cause and effect”, at a specific time, and a specific place of location. Another way to say this, in more Biblical terms, is that this crucifixion event, was the “fruit” produced from the “seeds” of God’s Word, that were coming forth by God’s design. Wow, this is getting really deep. What I believe God is saying to us, is that He foreknew everything that was happening, including the cross design, and He is using this to communicate to us, His LOVE!

Because Jesus redeemed us from Satan’s kingdom paying the ultimate price of His life, and blood for every human sin, anyone that chooses to believe, and enter God’s “door”, is able to become the physical temple of the Spirit of God, here on the earth (1 Corinthians 6:19).  Now post resurrection and ascension, God’s plan of finally living and dwelling with humans personally and intimately on the earth without any separators has come to be fulfilled and available to everyone.  God’s Kingdom in Heaven, now permanently resides in you and I, if we remain in Christ, and we allow Him to live in us. Wow, wow, wow!  This represents Adam’s sin problem being finally resolved and God’s desire to intimately and personally fellowship with each and every human without an intermediary component. This gift has been provided and made accessible and available through the blood of Jesus to anyone.

Therefore, after the completed fulfillment of the cross, humans now have been restored to an unobstructed single vertical two-way spiritual portal into the presence of God.  God lives inside of us here on the earth, and we are seated with Him in the heavenly realm simultaneously (Ephesians 2:6). There is the human full Horizontal access to God here, and now in the earth physical dimension, by His Spirit being One on the inside of us as His temple. Then there is also made available our full Vertical access of our spirit in union with God in heaven, because of us being in Jesus (Romans 8:1), and Him being seated at the right hand of God’s throne, we can come boldly to Him at any time (Hebrews 4:16). We can see all of this implied being made available now by the single vertical post, being in union with the single horizontal post of the cross.

#8 – CONCLUSION

We have been going long enough in this lesson, but we have potentially seen, and learned a lot of new things about LOVE, that we never saw before in the application of blood on the designs of door posts and cross posts.  All of this information concerning the vertical posts separation in the Passover door, and the transformation to be joined in unity in the one vertical cross post, teaches us how God chose designs found within humanity, to reveal to us, how He solved His separation from humans, that He loved. Sinful humans had a problem coming to a Holy God, and the Holy LOVE God, had a problem coming to sinful humans. God solved this problem, by Himself choosing to become a Man, then choosing as a Man to hang, and die on a cross to pay the penalty for all human sin. It was because of the human inability, to keep a covenant at the level of perfection that was required, that caused God to become “one of” us, to keep it, “for us”. This was a tremendous demonstration, of how much He LOVED us.

Now, humans have returned back on a unified path of communion with God, by God’s designed plan, through the manifestation of His divine LOVE.  LOVE created a way containing the plan of salvation and forgiveness for every sin, to “remove” the obstacles separating us “from Him”. God in heaven came up with this ingenious plan, to come down vertically to the horizontal earth as a human, to become a unified Son of Adam equally with being the Son of God. It was this quality of the O.T. Law, that gave Jesus the legal right to be our “near kinsman Redeemer” as described in the book of Ruth.

God did all of this, in order for Him to save humans, from eternal separation from Him.  He did this in LOVE, by giving us a door, to go back and forth “to Him”, and “through Him”. By Him doing this, He opened the only way for humans on the earth, to go where “He is”, and be with Him forever, and vice versa, and this was by us entering the door Jesus.

It is very interesting to learn this vertical and horizontal connection. There are so many verses that have this concept in them that there are too many to list. But please pay attention when you read the Bible and notice words that say above, and below. Look for verses that relate to “heaven” and the earth. All of these verses and more teach two dimensions of existence. One above in heaven is the vertical, and one below on the earth is the horizontal.

Thank you very much for taking the time, to read and study the Bible with us. We love you all, more than you know. But we should all love God much more “NOW”, than we did yesterday. This is because our love increase, will be accomplished by us learning about Him. We obtain more ability to receive His loving grace by spending time with Him in prayer and in His Word. 2 Peter 1:2 says “Grace and Peace, are multiplied through the knowledge of God and our LORD Jesus Christ”. By us learning about what God has accomplished and given to us freely in His Son Jesus, we can grow immeasurably in His loving favor. If you do not know Jesus Christ and His LOVE, you can ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Please do not delay, a tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone. He is coming back, much sooner than you think.

In the next lesson of the series, we will expand our foundation of the vertical and the horizontal gifts of divine LOVE. We will do this; the LORD be willing.  God bless you!

Are You Saved? Do you Know Jesus? Life is Short! Jesus wants to Know You! Please come and get to Know Him!

GOD IS LOVE – Pt 2 – REVEALING THE “KNOWING LOVE” PLAN OF SALVATION

(Ver 1.2) This is Part 2 in a very important Bible study series about the subject “God is Love”. If you have not read from the beginning, it is highly recommended that you begin the study with “Part 1”. This lesson will continue the series, building upon our subject LOVE. But it will not repeat the same exact points in the previous lesson. It is possible to read this lesson and gain new understanding from it, as a stand-alone subject; if you do not have the time to read from the beginning. Today’s lesson is long and could be split into 6 sections of reading, if that will help you.

LOVE is one of the most imperative subjects found in the entire Bible. It could possibly be stated that it is “THE MOST IMPORTANT” subject. God tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:13 that “Faith”, “Hope” and “Love” will abide (remain) forever, but the greatest of these three, is “Love”.  This lesson series is built upon God’s foundational truth from 1 John 4:8 where He declares “God is love” which can be mathematically stated as “GOD = LOVE”. This means these two subjects are precisely indistinguishable, equivalent and interchangeable.  

Based upon these truths we can conclude LOVE is essential to know because LOVE is God. As a reminder to those that may desire to read this lesson independently of “Part 1”, every time the word “LOVE” is typed in uppercase in this lesson, we can replace it with “GOD” and it does not change the designed meaning. This would be true for the opposite. Every time we find “GOD” in this lesson in all uppercase letters, we can legally replace it with LOVE. That will be the standard for this Bible lesson series.  But I would also remind everyone that this is true for the name of God in the Bible also. Replacing the name of God for “Love” would be a legal reading.

Let us get started, if everyone is ready to learn what I believe the Spirit of the Living God wants to say to us today.  Please pause, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give you an open, receptive and understanding heart. Also ask the Spirit of God to illuminate your mind providing you the spiritual eyesight to comprehend and receive everything that He desires to speak and reveal to us.

#1 – INTRODUCTION TO GOD’S “KNOWING LOVE” PLAN

Too often we want to limit God’s loving plan of salvation to be a simple recipe, combining God’s ingredients of 1) His death on the cross, 2) His burial in the grave for 3 days and 3) His resurrection from the dead. 1,2, & 3 sounds very simple. But, are these the entire works of divine human salvation? These three significant parts of God’s plan of salvation took place in less than 4 days.  But we are about to find out that this was not everything that occurred to save us. We will definitely be learning and hopefully begin to know that these few days of Jesus being manifested on the earth to die, required a much longer process of time even going back before Adam was created and sinned.

Act 15:18  Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world

Notice what God says here in the book of Acts.  God has revealed a truth that nothing He has accomplished on the earth occurred based upon an instant idea at the moment in our time. God is informing us that what He has done, was already determined and preplanned from before the beginning of our natural world. This truth further implies that His works to save us were very extensive and potentially a series of steps or phases placed together in a series.

One initial point of this lesson, is that the potential accumulated steps of God’s plan to save humanity, was designed by Him, before time existed for us. He did this, to save us from us not knowing Him! We will find when we study the Bible, that God is omniscient. Meaning God knows the end, from the beginning (Isa 46:10). We understand from this, that God already determined the solution for all sin, before sin existed.

We can see in John 1:18 that God declares “No man has ever seen Him at any time”. Colossians 1:15 and 1 Timothy 1:17 declare the fact that God is invisible to humans. Therefore, whatever it is that has never been seen by a human, is challenging to be thought of in the correct and proper way that they truly are. Is God kind, good and loving; or is God mean, evil and hateful? Down through human history people have concluded, that their perceived reality of the truth, can be or fall in either view. However, what people forget is that there could be another spiritual being that also exists, and is an enemy to God. In this light we must understand that this potential enemy is also an unseen spiritual being.  I am speaking of Satan (originally Lucifer). He was a created perfect, but fell and took 1/3 of the angels (Rev 12:4) with him to fight against God. Now he is deceiving all of the people in the world (Rev 12:9) into believing, it is God that is doing to them all of evil and hurt that is occurring in the world.

We are about to learn how the Plan of God to save humans, was a designed process of phases, where one event and step led to the next. We will also learn that each step reveals God’s desires to reveal Himself as LOVE in greater, and increasing measures. Some of the key points of the plan of LOVE to save humanity to look for in this lesson will be:

  1. A provision and an offer to humanity for an easy path out of being eternally separated from Him.
  2. The divine desire to reveal His true nature to His creation.
  3. The divine desire to come closer to His human creation and to development a personal relationship with each of them.
  4. The divine desire for His creation to know Him as being absolutely good and loving.
  5. To establish and follow every necessary legality for each phase of the plan of salvation to prevent Satan from accusing Him of being unjust.
  6. To communicate to humans clearly through the entire process, their need for a final completed phase of salvation, because of all of the inadequacies found within the previous phases.

This is just some of what God had planned from the very beginning, before Adam and his wife were even placed in the Garden of Eden, where his sin was first dealt with personally by God.

Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world

What we discover in the Bible, is that Jesus had already died for every human sin, even before the creation of our world (Rev 13:8). We know this because Jesus is referred to as the “Lamb” in this verse. A lamb was only necessary to be the substitutionary victim sacrifice, to provide life for someone else. We learned this in the first lesson in the account of Passover in Exodus 12. Therefore, if Jesus was called the “Lamb” before the world existed, God had already planned His death.

If we read Revelation 17:8 God reveals there is a book of life with names written in it. In this verse God says these names were also recorded from the foundation of the world. This would indicate that God made a plan that already included the known end, and He did this before He ever fashioned our natural environment. Wow! This teaches us that this plan was well thought-out and prearranged before human sin, and was put into action immediately after Adam’s sin. We should learn soon, that this plan does not conclude until end of the book of Revelation. What is awesome to know is that the first 3 chapters of the Bible, and the last 3 chapters are bookends with everything else in between being a description of God’s working plan about Jesus. Therefore, we can conclude that God’s plan of salvation lasts 7000 years of accumulated human history.

Therefore, we should discover that God’s plan of human salvation is currently in progress. This would make it to be progressive in nature. It had to be comprehensively thought-through even before the effects of human sin needed a solution. “Progressive” is not a bad word. It has only been perverted by the devil to make people that are not like God try to appear as gods. The word “progressive” simply describes something or someone that is “moving forward”, “onward advancing” as in a “motion that brings growth, improvements, new advances, new developments that will help improve the lives of those participating”.  

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me

This is an amazing verse, but we will only focus on the last part of the statement. God claims that we should live our lives by the faith of the Son of God. God then says “He loved us and gave Himself for us”.  Please notice the key word “for” at the end of Galatians 2:20. The preposition G5228 translated as “for” in this verse is a word representing “substitution”. We just saw this subject being referred to as the “Lamb”. Therefore, we are progressing in the flow of the subject of God’s plan of salvation.

This word “for” was defined by Strong to be “for the sake of” or “instead of” or “in the place of”. Thayer says this word can also mean “in behalf of” someone else. “Behalf” simply means one person represents another or is a proxy for the other. 

Therefore, “Jesus giving Himself for us” indicates that what He has accomplished, performed or experienced was something that was given to us or exchanged for us, in our place. Therefore, since He accomplished it, humans would potentially not have to repeat it, experience it or go through it personally. For example, we should all know, that because Jesus spiritually died after His death on the cross (Mat 27:46) and went to hell (Mat 12:40), we are not required to pay for what was already accomplished and paid for, “in” and “by” Him.

It is like if someone said, “I’ll make dinner ‘for’ you on Friday night at my house, see you there”. Clearly the person that is receiving the dinner invitation does not have to labor to make this dinner. No, “for” indicates the recipient is the one that comes to freely enjoy the food without extending any cost or the labor that was completed by the preparer and provider. No, the recipient only needs to believe (have faith in) that this cook is their friend and will be honest and trustworthy to do what they said. Then the receiver needs to act on that faith by going to their friend’s house, enter their door, sit down at the table and eat the already prepared food.

That is the basic conceptual idea behind God’s plan of revealing Himself to be LOVE in planned stages. God desired to help us, to “know to trust” Him and His “faithfulness”, so that we all could be saved. Notice how in the example that both the provider of the meal and the recipient of the meal had a progressive set of steps that were needed to work in cooperation together. When these two are working in unison at the appointed time to accomplish the free gift transfer there is not much anyone else can do to stop it from happening. This description sounds a lot like the “Passover” in Egypt experience, doesn’t it? This information was covered previously in “Part 1”.

However, a good dinner with tasty food is not an instantaneous outcome. Instant TV dinners, canned food or even drive through fast food hamburgers, or pizza delivery can never be as good as the home cooked meal. Some dinners made from scratch for family and friends, take all day or more to prepare. So, it is with God’s plan of salvation for every human. What we will find when we read and study the Bible closely, is that God’s love strategy for salvation was an extremely analyzed work and a specific strategic solution set into motion long before humans were created, sinned and needed a savior.

God already had all of His menus pre-planned. He already had all of the available ingredients prearranged in creation that were necessary for this dinner.  God began to prepare His dinner while He spoke the each day of creation. Then, immediately after Adam sinned, He continued to declare the outcome.. He already had written in His book of life, the personal names of every human, to be sent the invitations to His dinner. God sent out His invitations to everyone to come to His Salvation Wedding Dinner (Mat 22:2-14, Rev 19:9). But not everyone responded kingly to His kind invite to come and know LOVE (Matthew 22:1-14). Many names of people that did not want to know Him, had to be blotted out of the Lam’s book of life (Rev 3:5).

Immediately after God confronted the sin of Adam in the garden of Eden, He continues, the preplanned solution, by speaking more words prophetically. God decreed the future solution, for His finale outcomes to each participant in the rebellion. No one but God understood fully what was going to happen next, and no one had a clue when anything was going to actually occur in what order.

This is why Satan had to kill Abel using Cain (Genesis 4:8, 1 John 3:8).  Abel could have been the prophesied one. This is why Satan tried to pervert the human blood line, by having fallen angels take the daughters of men as wives in Genesis 6:1-4. This is why male children of Israel, were thrown into the Nile at the time of Moses’ birth (Exodus 1:22). This is why Satan had Herod kill all the children living in Bethlehem in the time that Jesus was born (Matthew 2:13). This is also why Satan is killing as many children as possible using abortion today. There are just too many examples, found in the Bible of Satan’s attempts to stop the plan of God from happening, to mention them all. But they begin in Genesis 3 and go all the way to Revelation 20:10.

God’s LOVE plan of salvation would patiently unfold and grow out of the direct “seeds” planted by the spoken words of God in creation and the Garden of Eden. At every opportunity Satan attempted to stop it from taking place. Like natural seeds have natural enemies, God’s spiritual seeds also have spiritual enemies. Each planned step could also take time to develop and grow to produce the desired outcome. Observable results could be very far out from the initial seed planting. Please let us get out of the “microwave” and “instant fast-food, drive through”, “instant delivery” type of thinking and let us begin to see things as God has created them.

After God’s prophetical decrees in Genesis 1, 2 and 3, His designed future determined outcomes were planted and started to grow. Now the Holy Spirit began to work to accomplish the divinely spoken Word plan of LOVE. We can see that we are being introduced to a potentially new way to view God’s plan of salvation. This design of LOVE, was well planned and provided for. God actually places it into full motion during the 6 days of creation, before man existed. God’s description of His world creation process in Genesis 1 and 2, provides a nice overview of things that would occur during the plan of Salvation. The plan was immediately activated after sin entered into the world. Every step was a phased in method growing over time. Our Creator God then patiently and carefully, implemented the plan over the movement and process of time, and this is still, taking place today (James 5:7).

Some of the planned “knowing LOVE” steps took place in the first 2000 years of human history. Other plan of “knowing LOVE” steps were initiated and took place in the next 2000 years of human history. Every pre-planned step of LOVE prior to the final completion showed and taught us, increasing signs for the greater need of an enhanced next phase of the divine solution. Then comes Jesus.

The next phase of God’s “Knowing HIM” plan of salvation, was found at the beginning of approximately 4000 years of human history. This corresponded to the “Day 4” of creation. This phase was initiated with the physical appearance of God in the flesh. He was called the “Sun of Righteousness, rising with healing in His wings”, in Malachi 4:2. This part of the plan only lasted 33 ½ years.  This was one of the shortest phases of the plan of God for human salvation, but by far it had the greatest positive impact.

Next God initiates what many call the church age of His divine Grace (Romans 5:20). The church is prophesied to live and reign on the earth for 2000 years (Hosea 6:2, Luke 10:35).  Then, we will be taken out of the world (1 Thessalonians 4:7), victorious over Satan (Luke 10:19, Romans 16:20, 1 Corinthians 15:57, 2 Corinthians 2:14). But the final “completeness” of the divine LOVE plan for human salvation, will not be fully observed, until the completion of the final 1000 years of human history. We call this soon coming period of time, the millennium. This is when God makes a new heaven and new earth (Rev 21:1), completely void of “sin” and “rebellion” (Rev 21:27).

Therefore, the finale of the planned divine LOVE solution, has not been totally fulfilled. We do not read about the elimination of all “evil”, and “hate” until the end of the book of Revelation. We also do not read about the full manifestation of completed fruitfulness until the very last chapter of Revelation. God’s first command to humans was for them to be “fruitful”, as in become “full of fruit” (Gen 1:22). While many Christians today have great “fruitfulness”, I do believe spiritual “fruit” capacity has a lot of room to grow, to be at its most full ability. I believe that this full fruit production, in full bursting capacity is finally fulfilled in Revelation 22:2. God’s desired beginning in Genesis, will be His purposed and prophesied ending, revealed in Revelation 22. Only then will it be a time that Satan, sin, curses, hate and death have been completely eliminated from the face of the planet and a new world (Hebrews 6:5), new heaven and new earth will be manifested fully.

Just like a cook’s meal takes a well-thought-out menu with planning, preparation, recipes and ingredients, and time to produce the final outcome to enjoy, so it is with God’s invitation and plan of salvation for humanity.  Next, let us go over a quick understanding of this lesson’s approach to describe the “Knowing LOVE” plan to save humans.

#2 – GOD’S PROGRESSIVE LOVE PLAN
THIS LESSON’S APPROACH TO DESCRIBE IT

We will be learning about “God is LOVE” today, by learning about His divine “Knowing LOVE” project for: 1) human salvation and 2) intimate relationship. This only means that God wanted us to know Him as LOVE, and He will work this plan slowly over the course of time using multiple progressive steps to reveal His love. I believe God could have possibly planned it this way, because humans could have been overwhelmed with too much information about Him all at once. We could find that this is possibly what caused Jesus to be killed by humans. It could be that because Jesus revealed too much of the true nature of God as being loving, compassionate, and kind, that this information, did not fit the picture of what they believed their Messiah should look and act like.

Please understand, that I do not want to lower God’s plan of salvation to be like an inferior type of human software project, dinner menu, or farming system. No, God is still LOVE, and He is the Creator of everything amazing that we can see all around us in this mind-blowing vast universe. He is the most intelligent and powerful Spirit being ever. What people call a “genius” on the earth, is like a two-year-old compared to God’s abilities. Lucifer made this mistake and he is soon going to regret it for an eternity.

I am attempting to teach this complex, and extensive divine “Knowing LOVE” plan of God, using simplified and hopefully familiar terminology that many people can understand. I will base this approach, upon our end time knowledge of technology. We will be utilizing advanced electronics and software engineering concepts, that are hopefully understood by a lot of people today. For example, if anyone owns a smart phone, a tablet or a computer, they should understand the concepts of how software versions are planned, developed and phased into implementation, over the course of time. Many times, smart phone creators implement new designed phones every year. Also, during the course of the year new software versions can continually be downloaded to run on every phone. These new versions constantly introduce designed improvements to help make the device more powerful, secure, useful, productive, feature rich and user friendly.

Now, just go on your smart phone and look for a selection called something like “Settings”. Select the “Settings” choice that looks like “About Phone”, and then select a choice like “Software Information”. Selecting this option usually gives you a list of software designed components and their version numbers. It should inform you of things like your UI version is 2.5.  It may tell you that your “Baseband version” is like G984993. It may tell you that your “Kernel Version” is like 4.14.117945”, etc. All of this information is simply revealing to us that what we have on our phone today, is potentially not what we may have had yesterday, or what we are able to receive tomorrow. In other words, this is what I believe is a simplified example of what God has done with His salvation plans. without giving us any direct version numbers other than Him saying, “this is the first of something or this is the last of something, this is the new something, this is a better something, or this is the second, etc.”.

From observing and studying God’s ways in His Holy Bible we, can learn how God implemented things in a phased in approach. This type of approach, might be compared to be like a modern-day technology hardware and software development project with multiple new releases. Or we could say to be more Biblical, God’s ways were like planting “seeds”. In Genesis 8:22 God declares as long as the earth remains there will be seed, time and harvest. This simply teaches us that developing and cultivating life, represents a process of steps. It also implies that everything that begins small, with God from a “seed”, can and will grow larger and stronger over the process of time. The end goal of every seed is to produce something potentially multiplied and very good for those that participate in it. I pray in today’s modern times that people still understand basic divinely created “farming concepts”.

Farming is not an instant result methodology. Sure, humans go to the grocery store today buy everything instantly. But this final transaction of receiving took a lot of time and work before, to make it available. Farming is an organized designed set of progressive steps. One of the greatest parts of successful farming is the God created dimension of time.  But within the needed time period between beginning to plant and eating the fruit, is a long series of progressive dependent steps. One step being completed is the requirement for the next step to be initiated and implemented, with potential time in between.

This will be my approach at describing God’s plan of “Knowing LOVE” today. I will be presenting the lesson in separate phases that I will be calling a step, phase or release. Here are the basic steps that will be covered:

  1. Knowing LOVE 1.0 – God’s Desire to be Known by Humans
  2. Knowing LOVE 2.0 – God’s Plan and Two Purposes for Using Blood
  3. Knowing LOVE 3.0 – God’s Desire to Live with Humans
  4. Knowing LOVE 4.0 – The Improved Knowing God in the Flesh Application
  5. Knowing LOVE 5.0 – The Vastly Improved Knowing God in the Spirit Application
  6. Knowing LOVE 6.0 – The Fruitful Grand Finale of Knowing LOVE

We have been going through a quick introduction to the concept of progressive steps and phases. Let us spend our time now to get a big picture overview of the problem that God was faced with and the progressive plan of God implemented to solve it. So let us get started with learning God’s “Knowing LOVE” plan.

#3 – KNOWING LOVE 1.0
GOD’S DESIRE TO BE KNOWN BY HUMANS

What was God’s problem to solve on the earth, after Adam’s creation?  We should all know that it was “sin” and Satan. We know God is Holy (Lev 19:2). We read later in the Bible, that a Holy God could not always be in the presence with an unholy and unrighteous sinner, without a provision to make them clean again, at least temporarily. This is first indicated in Genesis 3 after Adam sinned. Most teachers believe that God shed the blood of innocent animals in the garden of Eden to clothe Adam and Eve after sin (Genesis 3:21). If this is what occurred, then the blood of that animal would have certainly been shed. While this is not clearly stated, it is possible, since the son of Adam named “Abel” also offered God sacrifices of blood, from innocent animals in Genesis 4:4. Where did Abel learn to do this?  And why is he called “righteous” in Hebrews 11:4?

God indicates to us that before sin was on the earth, the voice of God could simply come down and walk and talk with Adam and Eve in the garden “one on one”. We learn this by reading Genesis 3 after Adam sinned, and he heard God’s voice was walking nearby, and he and Eve went and hid from God (Gen 3:8). It is very obvious, that Adam knew exactly what this sound of God was, and who it was that was walking in the garden to talk to them. This implies greatly, that there were a lot of previous meetings that had taken place, between God and His creation.

This hints to us that direct human relationship was God’s desired goal and it certainly demonstrates His initial LOVE for His creation. It further indicates that God wanted for His creation to “Know Him” as LOVE, because of His personal involvement with them. God appears to extend some specific effort, to come to them personally without sending a messenger angel, or other possible ways to communicate. This appears to teach us that God, desired a personal relationship with them. We can further conclude that God loved them, because everything God created was “very good” (Gen 1:31). Humans could easily observe His LOVE for them, being seen in His handy work, given to them (Romans 1:20). However, until Adam and Eve had their own children, they may not have appreciated this as much as they should have.

I have called this, God’s first or initial release or the phase 1.0 plan of “Knowing LOVE”. I believe this first phase of Knowing GOD, only lasted a few years. We are not told exactly how long it took Satan, to inspire them to sin and rebel against God. But after sin’s appearance upon the earth, God indicates that He required some significant changes by Him covering them with “skins” in order for Him to continue a fellowship with humans. Uh oh! This teaches something new was coming next. Let us explore Phase 2.0 of God’s divine “Knowing LOVE” plan.

#4 – KNOWING LOVE 2.0
GOD’S PLAN AND TWO PURPOSES FOR BLOOD

For the next approximate 2500 years of human history, from Adam until Moses, sin and death continued to reign in the world (Romans 5:14). We know the first death after sin was “Abel” being murdered by his brother. This initial death must have opened the eyes of Adam and Eve, and caused much sorrow. But God displays love and mercy even during this time. God appears to use the pattern of bloody animal sacrifices, to temporarily make humans clean enough, for Him to come down temporarily from heaven to still visit with them provisionally. I’ll call this the next step, phase or release 2.0 in the multi-phased plan of human salvation. We can also call this phase “Knowing LOVE 2.0”.

I believe this next phase of the plan of salvation was a significant enhancement helping us, to come to know Him as LOVE even more than Adam in the beginning. Without this revealed feature in God’s relationship plan with humans, we were under the control and influence of predominantly Satan. Hebrews 2:14 informs us that it was Satan that held the “power” of death during this time of human history. This meant dealing with sin, Satan and death, had to be a significant part of the plan to restore humans, back into us being able to know God. Satan became the literal “god” of this world in Genesis 3 and this is stated clearly in 2 Corinthians 4.4. Satan’s plan against God caused Adam and his wife to know two new concepts called “evil” (Genesis 3:22) and “death” when they had previously only known God’s “very good” and “life” (Genesis 1:31). Adam had no idea what he had gotten himself and us into, by his sin.

I view this new phase 2.0 of God’s pre-planned LOVE agenda to be like the release of a smart phone operating system, containing enhanced security features. You see, security enhancements on a smart phone are normally designed to keep our enemies out of our phone. Satan represents the ultimate enemy hacker of the entire human race (Jn 10:10). By God instigating blood substitutionary payments for sin, He placed severe limitations upon Satan’s abilities to willfully hurt humans.  God accomplished this by temporarily removing the immediate death sentence from the consequences for sin through inferior blood sacrifices. This too is a pattern we found in lesson 1 about “Passover”.

In this phase of the release of the divine plan “Knowing LOVE”, God introduced a new use to humans for innocent animal blood. This innocent animal blood would limit what was legal for the devil to do to us. This blood offering system enhancement was provided for us proactively, because God loved us.  By Him doing this, we could all see a side of “LOVE” that had never been necessary for us to know before sin. Therefore, by realizing what God had done for us, the human factor of “Knowing TRUE LOVE”, could potentially increase significantly.

This improved new feature of “Knowing LOVE” simultaneously provided us two complementary views of God = Love. First, humans gained the ability to learn to appreciate God’s power of protection from our enemy Satan. This gift was given to us by God through the principle of substitutionary blood/life exchanges. Because an innocent animal’s life could be substituted and their blood used as payment, our blood and lives were not immediately required for payment for our sins. This meant this inferior blood of this animal offered humans temporary grace through temporary atonement. 

Also, humans should have begun to realize that we needed this blood to regain our temporary access “for” our continued fellowship with God. However, these temporary protection and connection benefits paid “for” with inferior animal blood, should have also begun to teach humans that we needed a greater future solution for these new problems. Humans should have seen the need for the total removal of the consequences of our sin, and the permanent removal of this new unknown enemy and our added need for the ability to fully regain total access to knowing our creator God.

Think about your smart phone again. Most good phones have strong security built within them. One feature of the phone is the ability to set a security code, pass code or even a human biometric like a fingerprint or facial recognition. This feature was like God’s blood sacrifice system. By entering the correct code, the clean blood of an innocent animal, we could keep out, all the others that wanted to look inside our phone, to steal our personal information. But also, by entering this blood code, we gained access to the feature that allowed us to speak with the manufacturer (also known as our Creator). Wow, that is pretty amazing.

This pattern of new animal blood sacrifice in Genesis should have been viewed as an indicator, for a needed new future blood requirement and provision for permanent salvation, relationship and permanent safety. But this limited version of God’s plan still should have brought thankfulness to the human heart, for the features that were freely given to us in this release. We can observe from Adam to Moses where people were still able to walk with God long before the mention of any LAW that implements a more formal substitutionary blood sacrifice system. All of these examples of “Knowing LOVE” before Moses’ Law were humans interacting with God after sin was found present on the earth.

For example, we first saw God walking with the first man Adam in Genesis 3 without sin, in God’s “Knowing LOVE 1.0” release. We should also notice in Genesis 3 that the “serpent” enemy just freely showed up in the garden uninvited.  Obviously, this teaches us that there was no God security system to prevent this from happening. However, God did give man dominion over the planet (Genesis 1:26) and He commanded him to guard it (Genesis 2:15). So, it appears that God left the human’s security to the humans alone. This implies that Adam had this authority to choose this and do it. I believe this is why this version of “knowing GOD” failed fast. Man needed to call on his relationship with his creator before he made a decision to eat of the forbidden fruit.

Yet, we can find in Genesis 4 where God was still interacting with Adam’s children Cain and Abel, even after sin entered into the world. Here in this description, God was taking notice of their peace offerings. God clearly says Abel’s blood sacrifice was more pleasing, because he offered God his first and best animals (Genesis 4:4).  This caused Cain to become jealous, and he followed Satan’s plan to murder his brother (1 John 3:12). What we learn from this is that Satan has initiated a new strategy of attack against God’s plan of human salvation.

The next time someone is said to walk with God is Enoch in Genesis 5. This man walked with God so closely that God just took him off the planet in a rapture like experience. While there is no mention of direct sacrifices with Enoch, he is mentioned in Hebrews 11:5 as being a man that pleased God, and this certainly implies that blood was involved somewhere. We can also find Enoch in Jude 1:14 being described as potentially the first human “prophet” of God. Enoch appears to have had either a dream or a vision of Jesus returning to the earth with all of His saints. Wow, I do not believe that this man could have experienced God at this level of intimacy, without a lot of blood being in his life.

The next time we see someone walking with God is Noah. We should all know that God used this righteous man to save the planet from being totally void of humans. It is also clearly stated in Genesis 8:20 that Noah built an altar unto the LORD and offered clean animals as sacrifices. Again, this indicates to us, like Abel’s offering, the kind of sacrifice offered to God greatly mattered. Where did Noah get this type of wisdom? How did he know what a clean animal was and was not without the LAW? It had to have been passed down from Adam or directly from God, or from someone like Enoch, his great-grand-father.

Sometime in the course of early human history after Noah and before Abraham, we find “Job” being mentioned by God in heaven. God speaking to Satan called Job a perfect and upright man. We can clearly read how Job offered animal blood sacrifices of burnt offerings to God without any LAW requiring him to do so. God also reveals in Job 1:5 that Job performed these sacrifices in order to “sanctify” his children. This Hebrew word simply means to “make clean”. Again, WOW. How did Job know how to do this, and why did he think that this blood was even necessary without knowing something about the Holy God? Job must have known, that he personally needed, protection from the consequences of sin. It would appear that humans had figured out a lot more than we are told directly in the Bible about how to know God.

All of this is teaching us that God desired to have a relationship with His creation and He and we, both needed “blood” to gain this temporary access. This blood would also increase our level of protection. Satan in the book of Job complained to God about His “hedge of protection” that was placed around Job. It appears that “blood” definitely caused this hedge to be in place. But later we know from Job 3:25 that Job claimed it was the things that he feared, that came upon him. This teaches us that it is more than just “blood” and the quality of the offering, that is required to activate it and make it effective in our lives. It appears to indicate that it is also our “faith” in the blood that causes it to work, but that is a different lesson.

All of this appears to be God’s phase 2.0 approach at having a divine “LOVE” connection with His creation. This part of the Plan of God for humans to Know the true LOVE, must be considered to be a greatly inferior shadowed type of the coming planned steps of God in the future. There are many other examples of God’s EARLY LOVE types in Genesis that you can go find and read about.  But we will end this section with a quick review of the lesson 1 information found in Exodus concerning the first “Passover”.

We should now realize that God used a similar display of “Knowing LOVE 2.0” during the initial “Passover”, when the nation of Israel was being held captive in Egypt. Please understand that Israel was still being held as captive slaves in Egypt, when this plan of deliverance was given by God. Therefore, there was no law yet provided to Moses. This simply means God was still working with His phase 2.0 of “Knowing LOVE” plan, before Mt Sinai and His Law entered the earth.

Here in this Exodus example, we can clearly read about God’s direct mention of His early protection plan. God told the people of Israel to obtain a lamb and keep it in their house for 4 days. We talked about what the four days could represent in “Part 1” of the series. Also remember God specifically states that this lamb had to be perfect in outward appearance without any flaws. This is now the third mention that I know of, that stipulates the sacrifice type and quality mattered greatly to God.

Then the head of the house was supposed to take the innocent lamb victim and kill it. Then they were to place its’ blood on the doorposts of the house. God would then come near to the family and pass over them (Exo 12:13), not allowing death to enter their door because of the observed blood substitution. This clearly represented substitution protection to the family.

God was teaching humans several important concepts that existed in their world and their need for a relationship with Him. First, humans had an enemy that they needed protection from. We know this because Job the oldest book in the Bible was the first mention of Satan by name and it strongly describes what was taking place with Satan gaining legal access to temporarily destroy even God’s good man. Next, God wanted people to understand that they could depend upon Him for conditional protection from this enemy.

One of the major parts of the conditions for safety and protection from the enemy was blood, and the quality of their offerings was also critical. What we learn from this is that God is teaching us all, that only His “quality of sacrifice standard” could work permanently. We will learn soon that it was only the life and blood of Jesus that met God’s high standard. Let us stop and review a list of blessings and limitations of this phase of the “Knowing LOVE” plan:

Benefits:

  1. Temporary blood sacrifices of innocent animals gave the Holy God the opportunity to come down to earth to visit and/or walk with His creation after sin.
  2. God could temporarily protect humans from Satanic destruction, if they met and satisfied the requirements for innocent blood substitution.

Limitations:

  1. God still lived in Heaven far apart from His creation.
  2. Up to this point the majority of humans had never witnessed or met with their creator. 
  3. Sin separation from God, made knowing and experiencing God very challenging and only a few people in the O.T. are listed to have achieved a type of inferior but close relationship with God.
  4. There was no knowledge of sin because of the absence of law, but death was still dominating every human because of Adam’s sin.
  5. Humans learned the hard way that the quality of their offerings and their faith to God mattered tremendously.
  6. This level of protection from the enemy’s attacks were very inadequate and many suffered because of it.

All of this in Phase 2.0 of “Knowing LOVE” was some initial types and shadows of divine LOVE protection plan that was going to increase in future steps of revealed LOVE. Let us move to God’s phase 3.0 of His plan for “Knowing LOVE” next.

#5 – KNOWING LOVE 3.0
GOD’S DESIRE TO DWELL WITH HUMANS

Next God introduces a significantly improved approach to His plan of salvation. God demonstrates how He wanted to reveal more of His love to humanity in this release. In this phase, God desired an increased level of consistent closeness to His people. I call this “Knowing LOVE 3.0”. In this part of the plan of God, the people had a slightly increased opportunity to know and experience Him personally. It represents a significant enhancement, but definitely not the final desired outcome of God’s love project.

Psa 103:7  He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. 

In this phase of God’s release plan of “Knowing LOVE”, we can read here in Psalm 103, how God turned up the level of knowing Him significantly, for every human that was participating. Notice that this verse says “God made known His ways to Moses”. This indicates this phase of the plan greatly improved the level of knowing God, to at least one man named Moses. But notice that the general population of Israel could also be witnesses to God’s awesome works personally. This number in the nation of Israel, could have been from 1 to 3 million people. There appears to be a great quantity of new people, that are being introduced to “LOVE”.

Compare this to previous releases of someone “Knowing LOVE”.  Adam and Eve were just two people.  Enoch was only one man that was taken up by God. Noah, his wife, and his three sons and their wives were the only 8 people saved in the ark. Job and his wife were the only two that got to receive God’s blessings of restored protection and provision. Abraham had only his wife and his nephew and his wife that left to find the promise of God. It just seems like in Phase 2.0 God had severe limitation to the number of people that He could reveal Himself to.

But now in Phase 3.0, Moses learned personally about God’s ways, and the up to 3 million people of the nation of Israel could witness His miraculous works, to personally save them and provide for them in the wilderness. This sounds like a lot of new release features that were going out to a lot of new users. Let us look at one more verse about what God thought of this phase of His plan:

Hosea 6:6  For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. 

Wow, this verse described the heart of God and His motivation for this phase of the “Knowing LOVE 3.0” plan.  As we can see, this verse clearly states that all of the temporary sacrifices and burnt offerings that were implemented in this phase, were not what God really wanted. God plainly reveals His heart’s desire was for His selected people to grow in the “knowledge” of God. This would confirm to us that this was God’s heart and plan for the entire project and not just this single phase.

We should be able to see how this phase 3.0 of the “Knowing LOVE” Plan of Salvation, is like a new software release version containing things that had not previously been known or experienced by humans. However, while God’s new progressive step 3.0 phase of “Knowing LOVE” was meaningfully enhanced, it is still considered an inferior shadowed type of complete salvation and it continued to contain limitations (Hebrews 10:1).

This new phase 3.0 step of God’s plan was 1) providing humans with new opportunities to know about God, and 2) introduced additional opportunities to desire more of what could be possible in the future coming next phase of God’s plan. Every phase of God’s plan of Salvation had these qualities so far. There were always new and better features in each release. But with the new “good”, there also came a revived troublesome longing, of the need for coming improvements, and enhancements found within the next phase.

Have you ever desired and looked forward to the next release of a smart phone? There is so much advertised hype in the phone world to cause this “got to have it” feeling of desire.  A new phone design with new improved features often causes people to wait days, or for many hours in line to be the first person to get one. There is such an intense level of desired excitement for certain brands of phones with specific features that people literally go crazy to try to get one, no matter what the cost may be. But, God’s “Knowing LOVE” new releases were so much greater than having the latest smart phone, that it does not compare. Nevertheless, people have set their desires so low and are missing the incredible blessings of “Knowing the One that Created everything, including smart phones”.

We are now being exposed to the next new and enhanced presentation of a new version of divine “Knowing LOVE”.  God’s desire was then and still is now for a closer relationship with humans. God wanted more than just coming down from heaven and walking and talking with them occasionally. Sound familiar? God wants more of us every day, rather than just how some people only think of God one time on Sunday at church. We are about to find how God’s 3.0 next pre-planned step of “Knowing LOVE” was designed, to actually live with His creation personally on the natural planet earth, in the physical realm:

Exo 25:8  And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them

There were amazing enhanced features added in God’s phased release 3.0 plan of “Knowing LOVE”. This release of God’s LOVE plan changes things up dramatically. Instead of God just coming down to the earth occasionally to visit humans, God desired to end the long-distance relationship, to make it a closer friendly relationship between Him and His creation. God desired to live together on the natural earth for His people and Him to be nearer to each other. God said this part of His plan would require a “sanctuary”.  This is just another name for a “tabernacle” or “temple”. And it was initiated by God with a portable temporary “tent” designed system, that was made from a heavenly design, that was given to Moses directly from God on Mount Sinai.

This concept of God being near and with His children was described by Jesus when He was here in the flesh.  Jesus declares this was God’s desire to be very close to His children in Matthew 23:37 when He says:

Mat 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 

Jesus is figuratively speaking of God to be like a hen that gathers her chicks under her wings. This was done by a hen, to give the children comfort, covering and safety from any predator type of bird. This is clearly speaking of natural people on the earth as being under the wings of the “Most High” God. We can learn about this, by reading what God wrote and implied to us in Psalm 91. In Psalm 91:1 God says “He that dwells in the secret place (hidden under my wing) of the ‘Most High’, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty”. Then in verse 4 God gets more direct with the connection to Jesus’ words in Matthew:

Psa 91:4  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 

This verse contains a very similar pattern to the words spoken by Jesus in Matthew. These words represent the heart of LOVE desiring to be very close as a covering to His children. This is God’s desire to hide them from their enemies. This was God offering them a greater level of loving protection. This is clearly what God has desired from the beginning. But because of sin and Satan, God had a challenge in keeping humans ‘holy’ enough to be that near to Him and Him not kill them because of His great Holiness.

We will also find that God’s desire was to dwell with His creation as their covenant Husband (Jer 31:32), and for them to live with Him as His faithful wife. God’s plan was for an increased presence of covenant relationship, utilizing an amended temporary solution for the next approximate 1500 years. This designed improvement of “Knowing LOVE” was for Him to come down from heaven to be present and as close as He could to them without defiling Himself and harming them.

God needed an increased covering from their human sin, until the time He could implement His future far better solution through Jesus. For the temporary system, God implemented a structure based upon law, containing ordinances and promises. He put these into place with a temporary high priest interacting with a temporary blood offering substitution system, and bringing this blood into the presence of God.

The high priest would offer sacrifices of blood for himself, and he would act as a “bridge” type of representative of the people to God. This temporary high priest, would go between the one-sided cliff of sinful covenant people, and the other side of the sin gulf, containing the cliff of God’s infinite Holy presence. This high priest system was required to offer the blood of inferior, temporary, and unblemished animals for his own personal sins. This blood came from the outside of the inward Holy places, and then the blood was brought into the innermost Holy level alone. The high priest, would then apply the blood to the “ark of the covenant” (aka the mercy seat), where the Spirit of God abided temporarily in this phase.

The high priest after cleansing himself, would then do it again for the corporate sins of the entire nation. This high priest would perform this annually on the day of atonement, to make himself and the nation temporarily clean and sanctified enough for God’s glory to continue to live among, and near them without killing anyone. These separate sacrifices would allow the high priest and the nation to live another year in temporary “peace”, until more sacrifices for their new sins were required. Much of these sacrificial instructions were given to them in detail by Moses in the book of Leviticus.  We will not go through this for the sake of time.

However, we will mention Leviticus 10:1-2. In these verses, were two sons of Aaron, the first temporary high priest. These are two priests that do not follow the commandments of God accurately and they offered to God “strange fire”. This indicates it was not what God instructed for them to offer Him. It represented potentially an inferior quality offering. The consequence for this act of disobedience and rebellion, was their immediate deaths. Leviticus 10:2 clearly states that fire came out of the LORD and devoured them.

Please just understand that in this lesser Old Covenant system that I am calling “Knowing LOVE 3.0”, God utilized law. The Law was put into place to, 1) Give humans the knowledge of sin (Rom 3:20), and 2) to act as a school master to prove to us, that no human could be perfect enough to meet God’s standards (Gal 3:24). We also know from reading the promises of blessing in Deuteronomy 28, for people that kept the law by obeying it, these commandments would protect the people from the curses of disobedience. Finally, if we read in Joshua 1:8, we will find that meditating on God’s law, both day and night to see to do it, would cause great success and prosperity to come upon them that would obey God. Therefore, we can see that there were conditional provisions for obeying or disobeying God’s Laws.  One side of the coin was great blessings and the flip side was tremendous consequences.

Here we can see that sin, still had major costs, in this phase of the plan of GOD.  If the blood offerings were not properly followed, and sin was not at least at a minimum covered, many bad things happened.  

In this temporary Law system, God created a tabernacle tent arrangement containing an 1) outer fenced courtyard area, that contained a brazen altar to sacrifice animal burnt offerings. This area also had the washbowl to allow the priest to get his external body clean. Next came an 2) inward tent Holy location that contained a lampstand, a place for the shewbread, and a place for incense.  All of these tabernacle outer items could be accessed by the priestly order almost daily for their outward temple duties.

But one location named 3) the Holy of Holies had a separating veil for safety and protection, and only one representative man was made clean enough by blood offerings to actually enter into this Most Holy center place. This man was the selected mediator “from” the covenant people that was selected “for” the covenant people to represent them before God. This temporary high priest was a pattern for the coming permanent High Priest named Jesus (Hebrews 4:14). This Holy of Holies place was the one inner room where the Spirit of God chose to reside on the earth, to be as close as He could to His covenant people that He LOVED, without hurting them. But if any sin entered into His Holy of Holies presence without following the laws of sacrifice, that human life was ended immediately, as we just read.

God introduces in Release 3.0 of “Knowing LOVE” what we could call “God’s manifested presence on the earth” feature, but it still had severe limitations. It was still inferior to God being with Adam in the beginning Garden of Eden before sin, in the “Knowing God 1.0” phase.

Sin in the nation of Israel remained a constant separating power, that kept God from His covenant bride. In this Old Covenant Law system there were layers of divine pre-planned separators implemented by God’s design using walls, partitions, a veil, rules, processes, procedures, laws, offerings, sacrifices, and a lot of innocent blood, etc. All of these new features, patterns and promises in 3.0 were designed by God, to leave an empty desire for God’s people to want to know Him more, and to hopefully help them to desire to invite Him to come closer. Let us review some of the list of benefits and limitations of this release:

Benefits:

  1. No longer did God need to come down from Heaven to visit with any of His covenant humans occasionally.
  2. God lived in the physical center of the covenant people that He was married to.
  3. The people could personally witness the glory of God and His wonderous and loving works much closer, than when they were in the wilderness with Moses up on Mount Sinai alone.
  4. One man had the right, when all of the requirements were satisfied correctly, to go into the most Holy presence of their Covenant God.

Limitations:

  1. The people had the requirement for a “high priest” mediator type of bridge, between them and God.
  2. The people required animal blood sacrifices continually to appease the consequences of their sin for a Holy God.
  3. The people had a long list of commandments and laws that had to be obeyed, to meet the conditions for the continued blessings and protection of God.
  4. Disobedience opened the door for their enemy to come in and bring curses upon the people.

There were still so many limitations of full access in phase 3.0. So many restrictions and requirements to follow. It seemed like this phase of the LOVE plan was only designed to cause humans to work and learn that they needed something new, that was not yet available. Let us move to the next phased release, and learn what new features God had planned to release on the world for us to personally know Him more.

#6 – KNOWING LOVE 4.0
THE IMPROVED KNOWING GOD IN THE FLESH APPLICATION

The next planned phase of the “Knowing LOVE” app, represented a radical and totally unexpected event in human history. Most humans lacked any understanding of how this type of work of God could be possible. There were some people that suspected it could be, and saw glimpses of it, but only a very few that had any belief it would take place. Some of the people that believed in this phase were the limited Old Testament prophets including John the Baptist, Joseph and the mother of Jesus named Mary. God spoke to a few wise men that came following a star to give Jesus gifts. Angels appears to a few shepherds and made an announcement. But almost no one else knew who Jesus really was. I am not that convinced that even Satan or his angels fully understood who Jesus was either, at least at first.

But God was adding some major new features for “Knowing LOVE”. God desired to assist humans to move from “knowing less to knowing more about His LOVE”. God also wanted people to move from “a distant occasional relationship with LOVE, to Him becoming a closer personal relationship type of knowing LOVE firsthand”. This phase of the plan came much closer to solving these issues, than any of the previous phases. 

In this phase of the plan of “Knowing LOVE”, Jesus who was the creator God (John 1:3, Eph 3:9, Col 1:16) manifested as a “human” (Rom 8:3), “neighbor” (Mk 6:3) and “resident” (Jn 1:14), of the nation of Israel. Jesus Christ the man, was the physically reachable and touchable (Mat 14:36, Mk 5:30) version of LOVE. This part of the plan of salvation, I will call “Knowing LOVE 4.0”. This phase occurred nearly 4000 years after the original sin of Adam. This phase was an ever-improving new prophesied strategy of God (Gen 1:16). God implemented this phase for several good reasons. But one benefit was that, it had practically eliminated the sin separation force, that kept humans from touching their Holy God physically. It was also designed to remove the divine Holy defilement problem with the Holy God being in close proximity to sinful humans. God did all of this by entering into a physical body, so that He could have an intimate direct presence with all of His people.

This phase of the plan of God, was one of the greatest blessings that the natural people of Israel had ever imagined could have happened. Yet it would cause a vast majority of them to stumble because it did not contain the features that they thought they wanted. Uh, oh?

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

Have you ever gone to the smart phone store and bought a newer version and thought, what happened? This model is just not as good as the last version, that I thought was so great. I know, I have. Many years ago, I had a great phone with a lot of great features that I really liked. It is like my previous phone let me change the battery and put in a new one, and this new version removed this feature.  Then there was a phone that did not allow me to increase the memory by adding a SD card.  It seemed like this new phone that I bought suddenly took away features that I really liked and they vanished. We can all too often gain too much familiarity with the old features, that we miss the new features. This can cause us not to be so fully appreciative of the new features, that were added for us, providing us things we never had before. That is exactly what this version of the plan of God did to many of the Jewish people.

For example, the leaders in the temple set up exchange stations for commercial transactions for the people to purchase the “Law” required temple offerings. The people of Israel could simply bring some money and buy a lamb, dove or whatever offering type they needed instead of bringing their own from home. Think about what was happening in this O.T. system of offerings. People were abusing the system and ultimately disobeying the intent of the Knowing LOVE system. Many people got too accustomed to this abuse, and when Jesus came, he drove out these money changers from the temple, and they wanted to kill Him (Mk 11:18). Let us get back, to our prophetical verse of Jesus.

Notice in Isaiah 8:14 what God prophesied about Jesus. We should immediately notice that Jesus was prophesied to be a “sanctuary”. This is the same as a temple containing an outer court, an inner holy court area, and an inner interior Holy of Holies, where the Spirit of God lived.  God was literally informing people of something absolutely vital to understand and we will talk more about this soon. But notice the rest of the verse claims that Jesus will also be a “stumbling stone” and “rock of offence” to the people of Israel. Wow, this is exactly what we can find in the Gospels. These descriptions describe people that did not like the new release of their LOVE smart app. God is saying to us, that this walking and talking sanctuary will be mostly hated by these people.

As a major portion of this phase of God’s “Knowing LOVE” plan, God made a willful decision to make a personal appearance on the earth. He did this by manifesting in the physical form of a mortal human male named Jesus. While most Israelites were expecting a physical Messiah, this model of Messiah found in Jesus, did not match their expectations. That was one of their major problems. A lot in the nation of Israel were looking for a strong and conquering type of Son of David to be their Messiah. But when Jesus appeared as a lowly, meek and mild man (Mat 11:29) they became easily offended. However, notice this verse:

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

Clearly Jesus was called by this name to reveal exactly who He was. This human natural birth was the fulfillment of a prophecy from hundreds of years earlier from Isaiah 7:14. As is restated in Matthew 1:23. This name “Emmanuel” literally means “God with us”. Therefore, we learn that Jesus was the manifested presence of God on the physical earth in a completely legal and safe form. In this form, God could be much more than just near to humans like He was in tabernacle in the wilderness.  This appearance of God could even eat with people and He could touch humans physically. All of this, without the consequences of death for being in His presence or corruption to divine Holiness. Sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it?

Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 

We can confirm in Colossians 1:15 that Jesus is literally declared to be the “image of the invisible God”. This Greek word G1504 translated as “image” simply means that when people saw Jesus, they were witnessing the divine character, morals, attitudes, emotions, words, ways and actions of their LOVE God. No one had ever seen or known this God in this close way. Perhaps Moses came the nearest to this experience.  But yet Moses was never allowed to see the face of God while speaking with Moses. 

Jesus in the flesh had become a living human containing the hidden, and invisible Spirit of God. It was almost like Jesus came to show everyone the True nature of God as being loving. This comparison is similar to the wizard in the Wizard of Oz movie. The wizard would normally hide behind a curtain to keep his true self from being made known to people that visited him. This is similar to the character of God. We are told that God hides himself from us in Isaiah 45:15. But in the movie, the curtains were drawn back, so that the people seeking him could finally see him. In this movie, one man controlled the big scary image of what everyone wanted to believe that the wizard was. But when the curtain was removed, this type of wizard was not at all what anyone expected. This is very similar to the reaction that Jesus received when claiming to be the “Son of God” (Lk 22:70) and the great “I am” (Jn 8:58).

Why was this new and different revelation of God, so troubling to the people of Israel? It is probably because they had all read and heard the stories of experiencing God in His rescue of the nation from Egypt. Remember in this experience the people had just witnessed the Red Sea parted and they walked through on dry ground. These parted waters soon closed after they had crossed totally destroying the pursuing Egyptian army. They had been led by a pillar of fire at night and very large cloud by day.  They had seen 3000 people swallowed up by the earth after Moses came down from meeting with God on Mount Sinai.  They had witnessed so many awesome manifestations of God, but none were exactly like this humble carpenter man from Nazareth.

Now, during Jesus’ manifested times on the earth for 33 ½ years, instead of God speaking through other normal sinful humans, like prophets, priests or kings, God could speak directly and personally to anyone in His physical presence. Jesus verified this in John 14:9 when He told Phillip, “When you have seen me, you have seen the Father, why are you asking me to show you the Father?” This was such an awesome approach at revealing LOVE to the nation of Israel. Jesus showed the people such an extreme picture of a loving, kind and compassionate God. He did this by healing so many sick people (Mat 12:15), raising dead people back to life (Lk 8:54-55) and casting out devils (Mat 8:16) to name only a few. All of these examples of LOVE were God personally protecting His people from their unseen enemies.  Wow!

Jesus as a physical manifestation of God in the form of one man had a lot of human limitations. He could only be in one place at one time with only the few people that were there at that location. For example, Jesus was in His house in Mark 2:1-12. His house was already full of people and no one else could get in to be near to Him. We are told that a small group of 4 men brought a lame man to Jesus to get healed and they found no way into the house. They decided to climb on the roof and make a hole in it, to lower the lame man down to see Jesus.  Because of their faith and hard work this man was healed.  But this clearly demonstrates a major limitation that Jesus faced with people reaching out to know Him and experience His LOVE, mercy and compassion.

Jesus plainly had to travel by foot (Jn 1:36), donkey (Jn 12:14) or boat (Mt 14:13) extensively to try to see the people that He could be led to see. Jesus had normal human things to do like He needed to eat (Mat 9:10, Mat 26:26), sleep (Mk 4:34) and go to the bathroom (Mt 15:17). Jesus often stood in a boat and taught people on the shore to allow more people to hear Him (Lk 5:3). There was just one limitation after the other recorded in the Gospels. Also, God desired to reach out and save every person from every nation in the world, but physical Jesus was literally only sent by God to minister to the nation of Israel (Mat 15:24).

We can clearly see where the “Knowing LOVE” plan version 4.0 was better than anything previously. This release had awesome improvements and features.  But simultaneously it had severe constraints. Fortunately for God and humans, this release for “Knowing LOVE” only lasted for 33 ½ years. This was one of the shortest durations of time in the entire plan of God for salvation. The only other short duration in the plan, was phase 1.0 in the time of the first Adam (Romans 5:14). But these few years of God physically living with humans for us to “Know Him” would bring about the most radical next phase changes in His LOVE plan in the entire human history. No human, angel or devil had ever witnessed or imagined what was coming next in God’s agenda.

Let us talk briefly about what made Jesus (Knowing LOVE 4.0 – God in the flesh), legal to be manifested here on the earth without having people dropping dead all around Him when He touched them! Have you ever thought of this? Everywhere in the O.T. when a human came into the presence of their Holy God without the necessary blood sacrifices, death resulted quickly like Passover in Egypt. The Egyptians clearly regretted not listening to Moses and just letting these people leave their nation. Also in 2 Samuel 6:7 there was a man named Uzzah that was killed by the LORD for touching the ark while it was being moved. God clearly warns Aaron the High Priest in Leviticus 16:2, to not enter into the Holy of Holies at all times or he would die.

So, what gave Jesus who was the most High and Holy God living inside flesh, the right to be here on the earth walking and talking with people, without any consequences? Also why did the devils on the earth constantly question Jesus’ right to be there casting them out (Luke 4:34). If demons knew Jesus was the Holy One of God and wondered how He could manifest here on this sin filled earth and still be legal, I think we should find the answer. What is the answer? We briefly mentioned the correct answer at the beginning of this section.  Now we are about to see it being stated by Jesus next.

Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 

While Jesus was here on the earth in the flesh, He claimed to be the manifested temple (temporary tent tabernacle and sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit. He told the Jews “Destroy this temple, and in 3 days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). We are told in John 2:21 that the Jews thought He was speaking of their physical stone temple building, but Jesus was speaking of His body instead. This is a clear example of a major misunderstanding from two radically different perceptions of word definitions and viewpoints.

Wow, we have just learned that the physical body of Jesus was the improved fulfillment of the superior type of temporary temple of God found in the Old Covenant Phase 3.0 plan of God. What we are finding is that God took an inferior pattern from a previous release and enhanced it with awesome newly designed divine workings. Acts 7:48 teaches us that God’s ultimate plan was to not dwell in temples that were made with human hands. This simply tells us that it was God’s plan to live in human bodies that He designed and created making it all legal for God to manifest in a man’s body named Jesus.

Reading in John 1:14 Jesus is described as God coming into our physical world. Jesus came into our world, so that GOD could “dwell” among us. This is exactly what God said He desired to do in Exodus with the freed people of Israel. This Greek word G4637 translated as “dwell” actually means “to tent camp”. In other words, this is the same description as God “tabernacling” with His people in the O.T. except with Him being in a far greater living form of the old temporary tent. This redesigned old temple pattern, allowed God much greater and closer contact with sinful people than had ever taken place before.

Instead of God only allowing one high priest into the Holy of Holies to represent every human on the outside, Jesus could walk up to anyone and talk to them (even the worst sinner), without any consequences for Himself or for them. This was all possible and legal because Jesus was a fully self-contained temple for God. Every component and design of the O.T. temple had a parallel to the greater temple in found the body of Jesus.

Jesus asked the Pharisees a very tough question one day in Matthew 22. Jesus said to them, “What do you think of Messiah? Whose son, is he?”  They all answered to Him, “He is David’s son”. Now Jesus brings out the really tough question next. Jesus quotes Psalm 110:1 to them and says “If David by the Spirit, calls him LORD, how can he be his son?” Not one of them knew the answer to this riddle. If we can understand this mystery, it will help us to know, how the Holy God in Jesus was legal to be found on the earth, without any sinful contact consequences.

This answer is probably known by many Christians.  Jesus had two parents, one was His Father GOD and the other was His mother, Mary. God the Father, was completely Divine and Holy, and His mother was completely human. Mary’s genealogy was provided to us by Luke in chapter 3 of his Gospel. This information shows how Jesus descended from Mary, David, Judah, Jacob, Isaac, Abraham, Noah, Methuselah, Seth, Adam and God, to name just some of the key participants. This information shows how the man named Jesus came to be both human and divine in unison.

The temple body of Jesus, contained the complete high priest mediator system created by God in Leviticus. He could work outwardly to interact with the sinful people, and inwardly to speak to the Spirit of the Holy God. Physical Jesus was the “bridge” representative between the Spirit of God and the external humans. The physical body of Jesus, also internally possessed the ultimate, precious, substitutionary blood payment offering that was needed to sanctify and forgive them. This is why Jesus could legally forgive human sins while manifested in the flesh, prior to shedding His blood on the cross. We can see this demonstrated by Jesus in Matthew 9:2. This was when Jesus saw a lame man that was let down on ropes, and said to Him, “Son be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you”.

When the Pharisees questioned Jesus about His ability and authority to forgive human sin on the earth, Jesus said to them “Why do you think this evil in your hearts?”  These men of the Law were being inspired by Satan to question Jesus’ right to be there. The Pharisees obviously did not know who Jesus was, being God incarnate. But the evil spirits working in these religious people knew. Jesus answered their question in Matthew 9:6 and told them “That you might know the Son of Man, has authority on earth to forgive sin, (Jesus turned to the lame man) and said; Arise, take up your bed and walk”. Wow, can you see how the Hight Priest Jesus, just used the power of His internal blood and decreed a message from the Holy Spirit’s mercy seat inside of Him, and said ‘you are forgiven’?

Between the external sinful lame man, and His internal Father’s Holy Spirit there was a human High Priest mediator, named Jesus of Nazareth. This was just a vastly improved, totally ingenious, new and different concept while being practically the same as the Old Covenant priest and temple system.  Jesus was God on the earth living with His people in human form utilizing a far superior way to dwell with His people that had never occurred in this way before. This was totally awesome.

We can now see God’s direct connection to the temporary inferior Jewish temple and tabernacle that was given to them by God through Moses. This Old Covenant design, was by far an inferior type pointing us to the greater new manifestation of God in the body of Jesus. We should be able to understand that the temporary dwelling of God in the wilderness, was a prophetical type of the coming Jesus in the flesh. But this manifestation of human Jesus, was also a temporary tent dwelling of God with His people. However, Jesus offered humans a closer one on one relationship with God, without a sinful human priest, that was designed to be a bridged gap remover, between God and sinful humans. God, Himself became the needed human gap provider. But Jesus was really much more than all of this. All of these laws were designed by God to give Jesus legal access into the world without killing sinners that came near Him or their sins corrupting Him.

You see the body of Jesus like the temporary Mosaic tabernacle, contained a coat of external skin that kept people on the outside from defiling the presence of the Holy God on the inside. In the design given to Moses from God on mount Sinai (Exo 26), He was instructed to make 4 layers of coverings for the tabernacle as protection for the internal ark. The inner layer was hand crafted beauty and the outer layer was the least beautiful covering.  The outer layer represented a human skin covering. The inner layer represented the Heavenly Perfection and Holiness of God. One of the center layers was made of ram skins dyed red. It is interesting that a Ram is a symbol of God the Father, and a Ram was used as the substitutionary sacrifice when Abraham was offering Isaac (Gen 22:13). All of this corresponded to the body layers of a human, with God on the inside of them.

We can see that Jesus had the Holy Spirit on the inside of His body. We also know that Jesus internal Spirit, was clothed with an outer organ of external human skin.  It was this skin, that kept humans that came near Him, from being killed by the awesome presence of God on the inside. What made all of this possible? It was the living blood of GOD/LOVE. The external layer of human skin covered the flesh and bone layers of Jesus, and all of this covered, the most center internal Holy of Holies, that contained the Spirit of God. But flowing between the external skin, and the internal Spirit, was the living blood of the Holy God. This blood was NOT inferior animal blood. This blood was the “precious” Holy blood of God Himself (1 Pet 1:19).

The fact that this was God’s blood and not just the blood of a natural bull, goat or lamb, made this offering “infinitely” greater. This blood was powerful enough to accomplish things no created animal blood could ever do for us.  As we all have seen in past releases, God values the quality of the gift being sacrificed to Him, and this Jesus divine blood gift offering, was the ultimate presentation that could only be offered by God Himself. Thus, God in the flesh of Jesus was a complete self-contained safe environment for walking and talking with sinful humans.

What we find in the Bible is that Jesus is stated to be our High Priest (Heb 3:1). We also find that His Body was the manifested Tabernacle of the Most Holy God (Jn 2:19). We further discover that His flesh body was consider to be the veil that was torn, to later give us all permanent direct access to the Holy Spirit of God (Heb 10:20). We also can see how Jesus was our substitutionary sacrifice, and His blood was soon going to become the permanent payment for human redemption (1 Cor 5:7).

Jesus was a walking, talking and living tent tabernacle for God. He was designed to be a safe method of face-to-face relationship with His creation. This was very similar to when God could walk and talk with the first Adam in the garden. But this manifestation took into consideration and solved the sin separation problem. This made this release of LOVE significantly greater than any other phase of the plan, after sin entered the earth. But, a lot of people and devils, did not like this type of God manifestation, and they killed Him. This too was a part of the plan for Jesus to become God’s bleeding sacrifice. This pouring out of His blood was one of Satan’s greatest mistakes (1 Cor 2:8).

Jesus in His mortal flesh, had totally eliminated the barrier of sin separation between God and humans, when walking the face of the earth as a living natural man. Jesus could have lived on the earth indefinitely in this manifestation. Jesus was designed by God to be a manifested self-contained temple unit with a built in Prophet, King and High Priest. However, Jesus purposefully came to die, and He only tabernacled with humans for 33 and ½ years. During this time, He did not kill one sinner. Everyone that personally saw Him was totally safe.

Benefits:

  1. This was the closest to God any sinful human could be to Him so far.
  2. God manifested as a man named Jesus could demonstrate the character, nature, compassion and love of God like no other phase of God’s plan so far.
  3. The people in the world could personally witness the wonderous, miraculous and loving works of God face to face.
  4. There was never any risk of any human dropping dead, because their sin in the presence of the Holy God in Jesus.
  5. There was never any need for a blood sacrifice of an animal to talk with God face to face in Jesus.
  6. There was no need for any human temporary bridge to act as a “go between”, for us to desire to speak with God personally. God in Jesus, directly became our “High Priest”.

Limitations:

  1. God stripped Himself of His deity powers to die for us on the cross. It would have been impossible to kill an omnipotent God manifested in the world. This is why God had to anoint Jesus with the Holy Spirit to do miracles (Acts 10:38).
  2. God in Jesus had human physical limitations of being in one place at one time with only the people that could get near enough to be with Him.
  3. All human sin and its consequences had not been dealt with in this manifestation of God on the earth with His people.

All of these new features, seemed so great in God’s much-improved version of the divine “Knowing LOVE” application. No one had ever imagined this was even possible, except for God Himself. Surely there would be millions of people standing in line to get to experience this new version of face-to-face LOVE. But what made people reject this version of God’s LOVE? The main answer was it was not what they expected, and this version still did not have what God had promised that was coming next.

#7 – KNOWING LOVE 5.0
THE VASTLY IMPROVED KNOWING GOD APPLICATION IN THE SPIRIT

2Co 5:16 Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a [purely] human point of view [in terms of natural standards of value]. [No] even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now [we have such knowledge of Him that] we know Him no longer [in terms of the flesh]. (AMP)

God reveals to Paul, in the second letter to the Corinthians, that a change to “knowing LOVE”, had taken place. In the previous release, Jesus Christ made the TRUE living God physically apparent to people. Paul claims that we got to “know” Him in His flesh. But Paul, then claims this is not how we “know” Him anymore.  What changed? In this next phase of the “Knowing LOVE” plan of God, God is now able to come to every human on the face of the earth with His Holy Spirit, and speak to, walk with, and live in us all, Spirit to spirit.

There were only about 120 people gathered in an upper room in Jerusalem 50 days after Jesus was raised from the dead. Only these people wanted to possess and experience the next most awesome version 5.0, of His “Knowing LOVE” plan. In the mind of some people this may have been a great disappointment. But God knew and saw things differently. God knows this is how someone begins to plant seeds in a garden. God understood how things were created, and He knew that almost everything that becomes large, must begin with a small seed and grow. If you recall, Jesus claimed to be the single seed in John 12:24, that will produce more fruit containing more seeds. In this verse, Jesus speaking of Himself said, “unless a grain of wheat dies and fall into the ground, it remains alone, but it if dies, it bears much fruit”.

God planted a new single seed, named Jesus as a new sinless garden. Jesus was also the gardener of this garden. The first Adam, had it this way also, but he allowed sin to corrupt it. The first garden of this world, was in the first Adam, and sin caused this one to be cursed to produce thorns and thistles (Genesis 3:18).  But Jesus came to the earth as the new guaranteed “living Spirit”, to produce the insured fruit of God (Romans 7:4). Where the first Adam failed, the Last Adam succeeded (2 Corinthians 15:45).  Therefore, Jesus had to die, and this seed was buried in the ground for 3 days, and then arose to begin to bring forth new spiritual fruit bearers called the church (John 15:5). 

This church began small, but would grow significantly over time and this is what God knew would happen. For example, let’s do some math. We already know in Acts 2, the people that had a “I’ve got to know Him” heart to receive the next greater experience of His LOVE, began with 120. But in the world in the year 2021, there were around 2.5 billion professing Christians in number, and growing. Of this number there are almost 300 million professing to be Pentecostals, exactly like the early upper room church.

That is one of the factors of this phase of God’s plan of salvation, that Satan completely did not expect. He could not have imagined that he would have been far better off, only dealing with one living God temple in Jerusalem and Israel. Rather than now, with him trying to deal with more than 2.5 billion living, and moving God temples all over the globe. Let us now get introduced to some more of the details to God’s greatly enhanced release of “Knowing LOVE”. This phase of the divine plan is what is now available to receive freely by faith and participate in, and I have called this phase 5.0 for the sake of reference.

Hopefully everyone is fully excited and engaged with learning about God’s work of designing and implementing a divine plan for humans to know Him as LOVE.  God performed this work using phases and releases each coming from the awesome intelligent Designer, Creator and Giver of everything Good and Perfect (James 1:17). This was phase 5.0 of God’s plan. This phase contains such new radical improvements and enhancements, and these were so far above any of the previous phases that came before. I am very shocked today, when I do not see very many people that have a desire to rush out to experience this level of knowing His LOVE release personally.

This part of the divine plan, offered the most intimate and personal, fellowship and relationship between GOD and humans so far. This part of God’s plan made available things that could only be imagined by a few in humanity. In the past, only a select few humans could encounter God at a much lower level of knowing Him. It had taken over 4000 years to release this much higher level of His plan, but the effects of it will last for eternity to those that receive it. This phase of His plan involved Him being not only near every human in covenant with Him, but He actually planned to live “in” (John 14:17), every human in covenant with Him at the same exact time. This removed every separation and limitation that was previously found in every other phase of His plan.

This plan was only able to be made available for release, because in phase 4.0 Jesus came to not only make God known, but also to come here to die, be buried for 3 days, and then rise from the dead to implement the next phase of the plan. You see where humans throughout history had failed to meet the terms of God’s covenants, Jesus fulfilled the requirements, and now we can get into Him (John 14:20) as imperfect humans and obtain His same benefits for free.

Because Jesus died and offered His personal life blood as a permanent ransom sacrifice price, He could rise from the dead, to take back to heaven His blood, to place it on the true eternal altar, to pay for sins once and for all (Hebrews 9:12). This offering made eternal peace between God and humans (Colossians 1:20) and it gave His Father the legal right to send the Holy Spirit back to the earth in Jesus’ name (John 14:26) to be distributed to all of us.

Jesus declared in John 16:7 that this next phase 5.0 of the plan of “Knowing LOVE” would occur, when the Holy Spirit would come to live “in” potentially ALL humans. Jesus said this was so much better (significantly enhanced) then Him just physically living with a few people in the flesh in phase 4.0. Wow, this was a mind-blowing concept. What a radical transformation upward in powerful features. This was a divine revolutionary change, that could be made available to any human on the planet, being Jew or Gentile, bond or free, male or female (Galatians 3:28).

This radical unexpected change would be implemented using a new spiritual birth, that had never occurred before (John 3:3). This birth would change the spirit of the unclean physical natural human with sin limitations, into a brand-new, spiritually clean, new creation human (2 Corinthians 5:17).  God also said in 1 Corinthians 6:17, that when this occurred, our new clean, sinless spirit would be joined with Christ to be One Spirit with Him. Wow, all of this is occurring while humans were still living on the current earth, in the physical natural realm, where Satan is still a god (2 Corinthians 4:4).

It is essential to understand that this phase 5.0 part of God’s plan, was not possible until Jesus died, and after He shed His blood outwardly upon the cross, for the permanent one time, sacrifice payment for cleansing the entire whole world, from our sins. It was this superior Lamb offering in step 4.0, that allowed the implementation of this step 5.0 of God’s knowing LOVE plan. His personal blood sacrifice would permit the Holy Spirit to come, and legally live on the inside of thousands, millions and even billions of forgiven sinners without killing anyone. Jesus claimed that the internal presence of the Holy Spirit was far better for each born-again person because He would be our ever-present personal helper (John 14:16), guide (John 16:13) and teacher (John 14:26).

This phase of God’s plan of Grace, increased the human ability to experience a level of God’s heavenly power, presence, light, one-on-one fellowship and love influence, that had never been possible, after sin, and Satan had entered the world. Now any person, could hear directly from the Spirit of Truth, without any filters of earthly bridges like priests, scribes, preachers and teachers or the distractions from an external seen enemy, trying to deceive them. The people that were living in a dark hateful world, could allow the God of TRUTH, LIGHT and LOVE to become their internal counselor.  This was God’s awesome step in the “Revealing and Knowing LOVE” plan for human salvation. It is currently still available to anyone. No one but God could have imagined how great this part of the plan was going to be. This was actually prophesied in the Book of Jeremiah:

Jer 31:31  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 

Jer 31:33  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people

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

Wow these are some radically spoken words, that were hard to understand for the Old Covenant people of Israel.  God is clearly speaking of a need for a NEW and different Covenant. One that had never before occurred. This covenant would not be like it was in the wilderness with Moses, where only one man could hear from God and be in His Holy presence. This New Covenant speaks of a people living in a significantly higher condition where everyone “knows” God personally, and this would only be possible, if the Spirit of God comes to dwell on the inside of every human’s body. This is the exact promise that Jesus gave to us in the Gospels while personally visiting His people in the flesh.

This is also exactly why, when the Roman soldier pierced the side of Jesus, and blood and water flowed out of His body, the veil in the Jewish physical temple was also ripped into two pieces from top to bottom. The ripped veil, represented the removal of the hidden place of limitation, where only one representative could come near to God’s presence.  But by ripping open the veil, God was saying “I have opened the door for all to access me” and “anyone can now come in to know me personally”.  We also discover the body of Jesus was the fulfillment of this Old Covenant natural woven “veil” within the natural tabernacle in Hebrews 10:

Heb 10:19  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus

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

Heb 10:21  And having an high priest over the house of God

Christians now have complete confidence, because of the blood of Jesus to enter the ripped and torn flesh opening made by Jesus’ body (our door). After Jesus had risen from the dead Jesus looked at Thomas and told him to put his fist in His side, proving this door to the Spirit of God on the inside of Him had been permanently opened to allow anyone to still come into God’s presence by faith.  Because of the shed blood of Christ, and this new flesh opening, any forgiven and saved human can come into the Holy presence of God without fear of being struck down dead (Hebrews 10:19). Jesus has become our permanent High Priest over the “House of LOVE”.  WOW! Thank you, Jesus!

Joh 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

Think about what Ephesians 2:6 says and then notice what Jesus in John 14:20 says.  In Ephesians 2:6, God claims that people that have come “in Christ Jesus” are also sitting in heaven in Him, in a place of authority right NOW!  Wow! Wrap your mind around that truth. While I am typing this lesson to give to you, I am sitting in heaven in the body of Christ Jesus.  What does that mean?  It means more than you can imagine right now. It means first that you have two addresses, one in the physical and the other one in the much greater heavenly Spiritual dimension. Because we are “In Christ”, who is seated at the “Right Hand of Majesty”, we can be in the same presence completely safe from being struck down dead because of our current human imperfections.  God through Jesus, created a permanent safe environment.  He lives in us on the earth today, to help us become like Him, and we live in Him in heaven, to gain safe access to pray and fellowship with the most Holy God Almighty. Please tell me you are seeing the power of this release of “Knowing LOVE”.

Humans today can enter into Jesus to become a born-again new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and this makes us a part of a New Covenant family of Faith and Love. While we are still in our mortal bodies on the earth, we also become the combined temple of the Holy Spirit as stated in 1 Corinthians 6:19. Paul writes that our natural bodies are also like God’s temporary tent tabernacle (2 Corinthians 5:1). This combined mass of people body tents, were like the one tabernacle that He lived in alone in the Old Covenant. However, because we (the Church), were taken out of His side on the cross to be His covenant bride we are one Body with Him and His bride combined. This is exactly the repeated pattern that occurred in Adam in Genesis 2. God removed a natural woman, taken from the body of the first Adam, and God removed a spiritual woman taken from the body of the Last Adam. Now the church is One flesh and One Spirit corporately with Him (Ephesians 5:31-32).

Do you see the parallels, to God’s temporary tent tabernacle dwelling in the wilderness with the nation of Israel, to the church? We can read in Exodus that God instructed the external tabernacle skin to be made from “badger” skins. It took a lot of animals to make this unified covering. So it is with the Body of Christ now (1 Corinthians 12:27). We are all many members of One Body.

But God and Christians have it so much better than the children of Israel did living in the wilderness. Christians do not have God just being near us, with us being on the outside, we all have become His personal tabernacle, and He now lives on the inside of ALL of us that believe. Wow, wow, wow and wow!

Benefits:

  1. Total elimination of us speaking to anyone else except directly to God.
  2. God is available to everyone 24x7x365.
  3. This is God’s ultimate closeness to humans, and this permitted everyone on the planet, to be in His presence simultaneously.
  4. Every human can personally speak with God intimately and personally, all at the same time.
  5. There are no limitations of physical distance.
  6. There are no limitations of physical location.
  7. There is no limitation of physical space or size of the meeting place.
  8. There are no limitations of time, dates, days, months or years to meet with God.
  9. There was never any risk of any human dropping dead because their sin was in this close presence of the Holy God in our body.
  10. All human sin had been fully paid for once and for all time.
  11. The same power of God that raised Jesus from dead, was now resident inside of everyone of God’s believing people.
  12. God could use any believer in Jesus to do the work of Jesus anywhere on the earth.
  13. Every believer could be in the natural realm and the Holy spiritual realm of existence at the same time.

Limitations:

  1. Humans still have a physical body subject to death.
  2. Humans still have a spiritual enemy trying to gain access into their mind to deceive them.

While this release of God’s “Knowing LOVE” version 5.0 plan is totally awesome, this is not the end of the plan of salvation either.

#8 – KNOWING LOVE 6.0
GOD’S FRUITFUL GRAND FINALE

Our God has certainly exhibited great power, wisdom, and skill to get us to this point of human salvation. But God still has to deal with the exclusion of all enemies, the removal of all curses, and the elimination of the threat of death. We could call these solutions to these problems, release 6.0 of “Knowing God”. We are not able to cover this phase in depth today. However, we can get a quick and basic overview. Let us begin with a verse in 2nd Peter:

2 Peter 3:13  But having faith in his word, we are looking for a new heaven and a new earth, which will be the resting-place of righteousness. (BBE)

For this verse, I selected a Bible translation, that I do not normally use. I believe it says what God, desired to say in the English language, more clearly. Here, Peter by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is writing about a future time, that Christians are patiently waiting for. One of the main problems that all humans have today, is the fact that Satan, death and evil, still are legally present. Peter wrote about a future time where “righteousness” would rule to give people a type of “rest” from evil. This will certainly occur to the fullest measure, during the 1000-year reign of Jesus upon the earth. We call this period of time, the Millennium. There will be no presence or influence of evil spirits during time period (Revelation 20:2). However, Satan will be released from the pit, to tempt all of the people that were born during this time period (Revelation 20:7-8).

Notice in 2 Peter 3:13 that God declares, His people are waiting for a new heaven, and new earth to come. This represents one of the promises of salvation, that are yet to be fulfilled. There is coming a time in the future when the heavens and the earth are destroyed by “fire” (2 Peter 3:10). In this verse, God not only declares the earth to “pass away” by the melting of the elements, God also says, all of the works in it the earth, will be consumed in the same way.  This implies the evil works of Satan to corrupt our human world, have been completely removed.  But what else, has not happened yet?

There are a lot of things that Christians are still waiting for God to complete. One of the first, is found in Romans 16:20. In this verse of prophecy, God says “He will bruise Satan, under our feet shortly”. Since, it has been nearly 2000 years later after this verse was written, and this has not happened, I am expecting it to occur, very soon. This fulfillment, would cause the church, to go out of this world victorious over their enemy Satan, before the tribulation.

There is also this death problem, caused by sin. People, still die every day. After death, unsaved people, have no further hope (Ephesians 2:12). Christians, still die every day. Christians, when they die, depart and go to be with the LORD (2 Corinthians 5:8). But currently there is the issue of leaving our physical bodies here on the earth. To solve this, God promises Christians, a coming “resurrection from the dead” (Romans 6:5).  This is not a spiritual resurrection, but rather a physical body redemption (Romans 8:23). We, who have entered into the door of Jesus Christ, we are all going to get a new resurrected body that will never die (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). This will be the final fulfillment of the Old Covenant type of the permanent dwelling temple of God, that Solomon built for Him in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 6:10). This is just more prophetic typology of templates, and patterns, revealing God’s phased in plan for His final spiritual union with humans in the here and now, and in the soon manifesting eternity to come.

We need to understand that there have been placed curses upon our world because of human sin. Some try to claim that Galatians 3;13 teaches Christians, that Christ has redeemed us from all curses. However, this verse only states, that we are redeemed from the curses of the Law. Before there was Law in Genesis 3, God places curses, on the ground (the earth), Adam the man and Eve the woman. It appears from studying the Bible, that these curses have not been removed, until Revelation 22:3. This appears to be one of the last corrections caused from the sin fall. This happens, after the new heaven and the new earth occurs.

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. And the sea no longer is.

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

We can see how God says it will be at the end of our world. Here we can begin to understand, what Peter wrote of about the rest in righteousness. For during this time in Revelation 21, there will be the full elimination of all unrighteousness, with God’ re-creation of a new heaven and a new earth. Now Satan, sin, sickness, evil and everything not good has been eliminated from human interaction. This, was how God desired it to be with His relationship to humans in the Garden of Eden. Let us back up two more chapters, to see what happened before this anticipated new heaven and new earth:

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

Notice that God back in Revelation 19:7, informs us that the Lamb’s (Jesus’) bride (the church) has made herself ready. This is a truly revealing statement. It shows a people, that are loving God, with their obedience in return for the Lamb’s love for saving them. It shows a people that are excited to be with Him, forever. This was the heart of God at the beginning, and it is the ending that He planned, and planted, to obtain through, His spoken Word.

If we read in 1 Corinthians 13:8, we find one of the most amazing statements about LOVE ever found. God says here “LOVE NEVER FAILS”. By our beginning mathematical statement, we know “GOD NEVER FAILS”. This simply teaches us, that God will never be defeated by hate or evil. It also says, His faithfulness to His people will always, keep and protect us from these enemies if we abide “in Him”. This revelation of LOVE, which is divinely given to us, should draw us closer to Him. If we choose to continue to walk and remain in this LOVE, we will also never fail. Amen.

#9 – CONCLUSION

This has been a very rapid, but long overview of the plan of God to dwell in and with His creation and for them to KNOW HIM and HIS LOVE. This process of humans “Knowing LOVE” came about through a slow phased-in process, with multiple steps, that reveal it was not a “one and done work of God”. God’s plan for humans to “Know Him”, was rather a well thought out, perfectly designed, and powerfully implemented work that would be completed using a progressive set of multiple steps of ever-increasing developments. With each phase, containing new and improved features. These steps would consistently open the eyes of those that desired to know Him. And they would display His LOVE in radical surprising, new ways to those that were looking for them. Each of these steps, were built upon a foundation of the previous phase, to help us to understand things that were freely available to us from God in growing levels of features.  Each revealed detail of God’s plan of LOVE, was designed to help us to know Him better, and personally as LOVE.

Act 12:24  But the word of God grew and multiplied. 

Act 19:20  So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed. 

Notice what these two verses teach us about the early church in the book of Acts. The early church started in Acts 2 with only 120 people in an upper room. The Holy Spirit was initially poured out from heaven on just these few people. This was God’s amazing promise being fulfilled, declaring all people could personally know Him as LOVE. I called this phase of God’s progressive plan “Knowing LOVE 5.0”. Our Creator God moved through the past 6000 years of our human history making improvement after improvement allowing people to fellowship with Him in deeper ways. God went from Him knowing one man named Adam and his wife, and this one man and his wife knowing Him, to now being able to live inside of over 7 billion people at the exact same time, and for all of us to “Know Him”.

This awesome work of God for human salvation, was a designed process of steps. This plan for people to know Him as LOVE, was conceived before it was ever needed. All of the ingredients of this plan were pre-built into the design of creation, and could be accessed and released by God whenever His proper time occurred. This plan went through every transition necessary to legally give God full access to the entire natural human realm, that was ruled initially, completely by Satan. God did this to provide humans salvation from this enemy Satan. God did all of this in such a massive unexpected way that Satan could do nothing to stop it. And of course, we still know that “LOVE (our GOD) NEVER FAILS”.

Thank you for reading and studying the Bible at Agapegeek.com.  Please take the time to like and share this Bible lesson with anyone you know. Our heart is to reach the lost world and to help teach the body of Christ, His awesome word. We love you all and will be praying for each of you as the LORD leads.  We appreciate your prayers in return as the LORD leads you. Possibly in the next lesson, we will discuss this subject again revealing some new information about “GOD IS LOVE”, that some may have never seen before, God willing.

God Bless you. If you would like to continue reading in this Bible study series, you may go to “Part 3” next.

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THE DIVINE TRIUNE NATURE OF THE GODHEAD – PART 2 – THE TRINITY IN GENESIS 1

(Ver 1.2) Today’s Bible lesson is Part 2 in a series of very important studies concerning the described Triune nature of the Godhead. This lesson is a response to a reader who recently asked for more information on this essential subject. I had not written on this subject in ten years and it seems that it is time to revisit it. We can find God revealed and manifested in the Bible using three distinct titles. Two titles are direct family relationships and one is a completely spiritual name.  These three titles are 1) God the Father, 2) God the Son and 3) God the Holy Spirit. There are a lot of people in the modern church that struggle and are challenged because of some things that they have heard from their church ministers about the Godhead.  Some of these believe that God is a one indivisible deity.  Some believe Jesus Christ is either just a human prophet or an angelic being and not God. Some believe the Holy Spirit is the True God and the Father is just another name for Him. It is interesting that the Bible describes that the antichrist will claim God never had a Son that came in the flesh (2 Jn 1:7). This helps us know that any confusion on this subject is demonically inspired to discount the existence of the Godhead and the Son of God. I wonder why Satan fights this so very much? I believe it is to keep everyone in doubt to not place our faith and confidence fully in His saving Grace. There are diverse numbers of erroneous beliefs based upon selective and unbalanced verses of the Bible.  But when we observe all scriptures with a well balanced perspective, we must come to the conclusion that God is 3 manifested personalities at the same time.

We must all become Acts 17:11 “Berean” types of Christians.  Paul praised these people of Berea as being more noble than others in the church because they listened to his teachings with an open mind and heart and then went to the scriptures to find out if what Paul taught was actually what the scriptures said.  If people in Paul’s day needed to do this to a man who was the writer of 2/3 of the New Testament, how much more do you and I need to do this with every other Bible teacher and preacher that we read, listen to, watch live, see on TV, or on the internet?

Today’s subject is a continuation of the “Part 1” introduction with a very direct and special narrowed selection of the subject.  We will be discussing the Trinity of God and how they are often found together in the Bible, specifically in one chapter.  Please realize that God does not always directly name His individual titles of the Trinity like we might want Him to.  Often God refers to Himself using synonymous different names or titles that mean the same thing and these will refer us to the same part of the Godhead, but in hidden or challenging ways.  At other times one part of the Godhead can be implied as when God in heaven speaks and says “This is my beloved Son”.  Obviously these were two manifested members of the Godhead that are being referred to in this one statement even if God does specify directly that it is the Father that was speaking.  This is what I call God Hiding the Truth in Plain Sight.  In other words, there is no obvious encryption that keeps us from knowing or understanding what is being stated, but there is some layered steps of implication that are required to be seen, in order to achieve the full knowledge and understanding.  Let us get started with a quick introduction.

INTRODUCTION

I will begin by teaching you a special fact that the LORD has shown me in scripture.  The Trinity of God is a central theme found in the entire Bible.  The Trinity of God is taught to us from the very beginning of Genesis 1 to the very ending of Revelation 22.  In this lesson I will demonstrate how God does this. We will be focused upon Genesis 1:1 primarily but we will also see the Trinity briefly in Revelation 22. In addition we will go over verses in John that help us understand the bookend chapters.

Then I need to tell you this fact also.  These three deity manifestations called the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and they do not have to be used in those direct named terms like I mentioned in the opening.  You may not believe that God would do such a thing as making the Bible difficult to understand on purpose, but He does.  How then are we supposed to see or find all of these references?  The answer is through us being led by the Holy Spirit directly or by us learning how to see Him through teachings that God has taught others. 

There are some people who just want to open up their Bibles and then ask God to show them every answer to all of their questions instantly and personally.  God can and will do it this way if that is the limited little box that you want to put Him into, to force Him to answer the way you want and not allow Him to answer your question how He desires.  I personally recommend that we stay open to any method that God wants us to learn from.  I have learned a lot directly from the Holy Spirit, but I am also grateful for listening to new Bible teachers and preachers all the time.  By doing this I see what the Lord is speaking to them.  In this way I have learned to see how God gives others revelation that He has not given to anyone else that I have heard. I think that this is essential and it helps us to learn interdependent of others in the body of Christ. We can obviously see how this would be a very prideful attitude if we thought God could only speak to us personally.

We can study the Bible for 50 years and finally see the truth that God could have taught us in 60 minutes of reading or listening to someone that has already studied the Bible and been shown the answer to the question we desire to know.  This is just called common sense and redeeming our time.  Please take advantage of Bible Teachers.  God has anointed and gifted certain men and women in the Church body to help us through these teaching gifts.  You can clearly read this in Ephesians 4:11. Ok, that was just an encouragement to be open and save yourself a lot of time.  But that still does not relieve you of proving everything that is taught to you by your own Bible study of the verses being presented.  Right?  Let us get into our subject of the Trinity.

THE TRINITY IN GENESIS 1

I will introduce you to how we need to shift our focus in order to see God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in verses that do not directly name them together.  For example, let us read just the first three verses of Genesis:

Gen 1:1  In the beginning (H7225) God (H430) created (H1254) (H853) the heaven (H8064) and the earth.(H776) 

Gen 1:2  And the earth (H776) was (H1961) without form, (H8414) and void; (H922) and darkness (H2822) was upon (H5921) the face (H6440) of the deep. (H8415) And the Spirit (H7307) of God (H430) moved (H7363) upon (H5921) the face (H6440) of the waters. (H4325) 

Gen 1:3  And God (H430) said, (H559) Let there be (H1961) light: (H216) and there was (H1961) light.(H216) 

Whether you saw them or not, the Trinity was mentioned at least 3 times with God the Father being referred to three times, the Holy Spirit once and Jesus at least twice.  I can hear a lot more people asking “WHAT?”.  Let us start with the word “God”.  It occurs once in each of the three verses.  This is the Hebrew word H430 “Elohim” and it is a plural word.  Uh oh? Could God be talking about Himself as a plural God who is potentially three manifestations in One True God?  Yes, He is.  This Hebrew word occurs in at least 2247 verses of the Old Testament. The majority of these, it is referring to God (capital G) and it is always in a plural form.  This Hebrew word is the longer plural form of the words “El” or “Eloah”. This information should awaken you to look at this word in a new light from now on.  In every one of the 2247 verse where this word occurs it is an indirect way of referring to the Trinity.   That is a lot of verses, please go and read them all to see if I’m right if you like.

Now, God the Holy Spirit is a much more obvious direct reference in Genesis 1.  Therefore, we will deal with Him first.  In verse 2 you can clearly see how God described the earth to be formless and void with darkness covering the face of the deep.  Next, God describes His Spirit to be “moving” upon the face of the waters.  Ok, here we can begin to observe a clear and distinct separation being made between the God who created and sits in heaven above His creation and the manifestation of His Spirit being separately found present within His physical creation on the face of the earth.  This is a direct reference of two manifestations of the same God.

Perhaps we missed verse 1 and this will clear things up a little more.  In verse 1 God says “In beginning God (H430, Elohim) created the heaven and the earth”.  Therefore, we understand the creator God was outside of His creation and the limited 4-dimensions of the natural heaven (stars and planets) and the physical earth that came into existence in verse 1.  Now notice how in verse 2 God who is implied to still be in Heaven has revealed that His Spirit is moving upon the darkness that is covering the created Earth globe.  We know from reading 1 John 1:5 that God is light.  We also know from reading Revelation 22:5 that in the new heaven and the new earth to come, there will be no more night (darkness) because God will be the light for us all.  What I see from this information is that we have two manifestations of God being spoken of in two different dimensions as separate identities of the same God.  One manifestation of God is Him in His Glorious form sitting within the unlimited Spiritual Kingdom realm or the Kingdom of Heaven and the other manifestation is called the Spirit of God manifested and found within the limited physical domain of His creation. I find that very interesting to see how God is described as two manifestations in two locations.  This will be a pattern that will be repeated in many other verses.

Now let us begin to look for the hidden Jesus in these verses. While the KJV Bible contains 10 English words in Genesis 1, these originate from six Hebrew words.  Here is a quick list of these words:

NBRStrong NumberTranslation
1H7225In the Beginning
2H1254Created
3H430God
4H853A-Z, Alpha Omega, Alef Tav (Untranslated in English)
5H8064Heavens
6 And
7H776Earth

Ok, did you see Jesus the Son of God and God the Son of the trinity in these Hebrew words?  If you have read the other Bible lessons on this website, you should already know that Jesus is the 4th untranslated Hebrew word found in Genesis 1:1.  This fourth word is H853 and it consists of just two Hebrew letters which happen to be the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Jesus represents this hidden untranslated 2 letter reference.  It is very obvious that translators did not understand what this word meant and just ignored it completely. That is a major issue.  Let us look at another O.T. verse that helps us confirm who this word is referring to:

Zec 12:10  And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. 

Here we have another verse that describes Jesus precisely as a man that has been crucified on a cross. This verse describes the bodily piercings of the hands, feet and the wound in His side hanging on the cross in Gospels. Now notice what the translators did? They placed the word “me” where the Hebrew word H853 occurs. This “me” should read “the A-Z” whom they have pierced. I think this is a great confirmation that we are seeing Jesus in Genesis 1:1 very clearly now, but there is more evidence.

Remember Jesus called Himself the Alpha and Omega beginning in Revelation chapter 1.  Four times in the book of Revelation Jesus claims to be the Alpha and the Omega.  This claim is found in Revelation 1:8, 1:11, 21:6, and 22:13.  Notice the last reference to Jesus being the Alpha and Omega occurs in the last chapter of the Bible.  Also remember what I said earlier, the trinity is found in the first chapter and the last chapter and many, many other places in between.   Please, remember this for it is important to know.

If we translate these Revelation references of Alpha and Omega in the New Testament into the Hebrew alphabet, Jesus would have said “I am the Alef and the Tav”.  And if we translate the Old Testament Hebrew word “Alef & Tav” into Greek it would be “Alpha and Omega” and “A and Z” in English.  What we learn from this is that Jesus is claiming to be this God in Genesis that created the heaven and the earth.  Now let me challenge you with a new thought.  This untranslated Hebrew word “Alef and Tav” occurs over 7000 times in the Hebrew text, in over 5000 verses.  Could Jesus be found in all of these referenced verses?  I believe according to John 5:39 where Jesus was speaking to the Jewish people and He told them to search the scriptures because these were what testified about Him, we can find Him almost everywhere.  I mean that is a radical claim in light of we just learned about Jesus claiming to be this “Alef and Tav” in the book of Revelation 4 times.

This two letter Alef and  Tav Hebrew word is the fourth word in the original Hebrew text and it is normally untranslated in the KJV English Bible (Genesis 1:1). It is joined with “Elohim” (God) and “Created”. Genesis 1:1 should read in English “In Beginning the God Alef-Tav created the heavens and the earth”.  It is interesting to note that the Alef represents the beginning and the letter Tav represents the end. This concept would also apply the Greek Alpha meaning the “beginning” and the Greek Omega meaning the “ending”. Jesus makes this declaring in Revelation 1:8, 21:6 and 22:13. Wow, this confirms that Jesus was present in Genesis 1 the beginning and will be present in Revelation 22 the ending.

This may present a new potential problem for new Bible students.  As we know, Jesus was not born on the physical earth until 4000 years after Adam committed treason and gave the world to Satan to rule.  How do we resolve a New Testament Alpha and Omega Son of God Bible contradiction with the Old Testament God being the Alef-Tav in Genesis 1:1?. That is a great question and here is the starting point to discover the answer:

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

Joh 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God

Joh 1:3  All things were made by him (the Word); and without him was not any thing made that was made

Joh 1:4  In him (the Word) was life; and the life was the light of men

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

These verses are a divine commentary on Genesis 1 and the account of creation.  God declares “Everything was made by the Spoken Word of God and these Words were the same as God”.  Uh oh?  What did He say?  Here again we have two manifestations of the same God.  One is called God and the other is called His Word.  We should have been introduced to this concept in the first lesson of the series.  God is declaring that we cannot separate our God who created our world from His Word. Also, we cannot separate His Word from our creator God because they both created the heavens and the earth working together in the beginning.  I think a lot of people may be confused, so let us go over some new thoughts of what a trinity represents using a substance that was created in our natural realm. Let us look at verse in Revelation 22 to help us see this connection and comparison:

Rev 22:1  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb

I like to think of the divine Trinity to be like the concept of His created substance of “water”.  Notice two parts of the Trinity of God are directly named in this verse. One is called God and the other is called the Lamb (Jesus Christ the Son). We learn the Lamb of God is Jesus by reading John 1:29. Notice how in Revelation 22:1, both God and the Lamb are found present on the throne in heaven. Now notice a river that flows from them both. It is called a flowing that proceeds from the throne and this water is pure meaning Holy and it produces life. We have just seen a direct connection to Water and God and 2 of the members of the Trinity of God. So let us briefly analyze created water next.

Water is described in Chemical terms as H2O.  Each water molecule is comprised of 3 atoms.  Two atoms of Hydrogen and one atom of Oxygen.  Wow, do you think this is an accident that there are exactly THREE atoms that comprises ONE substance molecule named “water”?  Why are there two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom?  It is interesting to note that oxygen is absolutely essential for all human life on earth.  Without this element of oxygen on earth humans would not be here.  Therefore, this single element of Oxygen represents a life force like the water flowing from the throne of God. This oxygen substance appears to represent the Holy Spirit.  I say this, because without the Holy Spirit on the inside of us, we are spiritually dead (lifeless).  Now hydrogen is a colorless, odorless unobservable gas and I can see how these two atoms in water could represent a type of the Father and the Son working together with the Holy Spirit oxygen type of element to give us water, another essential element for human life on earth. This would also appear to correspond with the verse in Revelation 22:1 that we just read where two named representations of God are equally sitting on the Highest throne with life flowing out of them to us.

I do not believe water evolved to exist for one of our life sources and supply of refreshing drinkable liquid.  I believe in a higher Intelligent Designer and Creator of our world that put oxygen and water here on purpose to give us life. I do not believe that these three atoms being combined in this order to be just an accident of evolution either. 

Now consider these facts about the substance of water.  H2O on the earth exists in three distinct and separate manifestations.  The most abundant basic substance of H2O is named “water” on our planet and it is a clear liquid at normal room temperature.  Second, there is frozen water named “ice” that is a solid manifestation of the liquid substance when it reaches the temperature of 0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit.  Third, there is water that can manifest as a substance named steam or vapor which is water that is heated to 100 degrees Celsius or 212 degrees Fahrenheit.  These three named manifestations are all of the exact same substance known as water and comprised of our three atoms H2O.  How can one substance called water be seen as three such different manifestations?  This is the way God is presenting Himself in the Bible.  Does this information help you to see God in the Bible clearer and more understandable now?  I pray it does.

Based upon what we have learned from John 1, we can now begin to see Jesus with more clarity in the rest of the chapter of Genesis 1.  Every time in Genesis 1 where it says “And God said”, God is speaking His Word (vocal Jesus) that came from His mouth and this was with God and was God and it is the exact same as what became flesh to be manifested Jesus being born in a manger, living on the earth and dying on the cross.  This is essential information for our salvation.  If we do not know, understand or believe that Jesus was God on the earth that paid the price for our sins then I really do not see how we can be saved.  Let us look at another good verse that goes along with Genesis 1 and our discussion of the Triune nature of our God:

Joh 6:63  It is the Spirit that quickeneth (gives life); the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life.

In this verse we can see two directly named members of the Trinity being spoken of and the words that are spoken are radical beyond our full human mind’s comprehension.  Jesus the Son of God is the one doing the speaking to the people in this verse therefore this is the Son of God talking.  He begins by speaking and declaring a statement about the Holy Spirit as if He is not directly “Him” or as if “They” are separate.  Jesus said “It is He who is named God’s “Spirit” that gives all Life”.  Doesn’t this match with the river flowing from the throne? This description also parallels the words that we just read in John 1:4 where John wrote of God being the one that contained all life.  This verse stated in the KJV “In Him (God and the Word) was life”.  Then apply or compare this to what we just heard Jesus say from His own lips.  “My spoken words are Spirit and they are Life”.  Wow, if you are not getting what is being said here, you are missing some very major truths. It appears that we have just come across God the Father, God the Son and the God the Holy Spirit all being equal life sources.

Jesus in these spoken Words was declaring that He was the God of Creation and He who created Life was in Him simultaneously.  It should become more obvious to us that Jesus was claiming to be God the Creator and that God the Creator was also on the inside of Him speaking of God’s Spirit Words of Life being spoken to anyone that would listen to His words.  This is all confirmed by other words that Jesus spoke to us in John 10:38 where He claimed “His Father was in Him and that He was in His Father”.  Wow again, we have just found in scripture that Jesus claimed to be God and that God claimed to be Him and both spoke Their Spirit words that create Life.  There again is the trinity of God, ALL working together in complete harmony as separate but totally equal participants in the creation of our world.  There is so much more that could be taught here, but we will move on and go back to Genesis 1 to wrap this lesson up. 

I counted 10 times in Genesis 1 where it is written “God said” and then something happened. Almost every instance of divinely spoken words produce life or items that are necessary to sustain life.  I believe we have learned that whenever God spoke, He declared Spirit Words that caused something living to manifest in the natural realm.  It is also interesting that in the KJV Bible that they chose to make God plural when God said “Let US make man in our image and after our likeness”.  I believe this was a very accurate translations based upon God using the plural form of His name “Elohim” in this chapter exclusively.

You see humans are a triune being also.  We fit the pattern of our creator in many ways.  1 Thessalonians 5:23 the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write about humans as being a 1) spirit, 2 that has a soul, and 3) living in a physical body.  I like to say it this way, “We are not humans having a spiritual experience but rather we are spirits having a temporary human experience” in order to prepare us to be with Him or determine our eternal destiny away from Him.  Being with Him or eternally separated from Him will be our spiritual choice.  I hope and pray you have already made that choice to belong to His family by being born-again.  If not, you can go to the menu at the top of the website and select “Salvation” and follow the instructions, believe, confess, pray and then leave us a comment to testify about your great decision.  Jesus said in Matthew 10:32 “whoever confesses me before men, them will I confess before my Father”.  Do you see the trinity in that verse?  They are all there!  We have the Son confessing your name to His Father and Jesus’ words of declaration will provide you with Spirit Life status and the Holy Spirit will come to indwell you in your spirit.  What a great choice you have made.  Tell everyone you know what God has done for you.

CONCLUSION

I pray that you have a better understanding of how one God can be named and manifested in three different forms but still be the One True God.  We have been introduced to the Trinity in Genesis using verses from the book Revelation and the Book of John. We did this to learn how the Trinity is revealed and defined in multiple settings and learn how they compliment each other so that we can see their unity working together in creation. You should have seen in Genesis 1 God was creating life. He accomplished this by speaking His (Spirit) Word while His Holy Spirit hovered over the earth. We learned from John1 that Jesus was this same Spoken Word that became flesh (natural life) and He walked on the face of the earth among us. I find this truth so amazing.

This has only been “Part 2” in the series and I pray that it was well received and understood.  I pray that you will also go and look up all these Bible verses and Greek and Hebrew words for yourself to prove that they are really what is found in the Bible.  This will help you a lot to learn how to study the Bible for yourself.  One of the primary goals for this website is to teach you how to fish for God’s truth in the Word, rather than to give you a one-time fast food snack of His truth for a day. 

Thank you and God bless you very much for reading and studying the Words of the Living God with us at Agapegeek.Com.  I am always so blessed to have the privilege to share what the Holy Spirit has taught me in the Bible to anyone that wants to learn about God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit.  If you were blessed by this, please share it with all of your friends and relatives to help us get the Gospel of Jesus Christ out to a world that needs Him desperately.  Pressing “Like” will help people find us also. Leaving comments will help people find us and provide us with important feedback.

In the next lesson, (the Lord willing) we will go over some other great Bible verses about the triune nature and makeup of the Godhead. There are literally so many verses that are available in the Bible to teach about this subject, that we will need to focus in on only a few that are the best examples. I look forward to teaching this subject again soon. I hope it was a blessing to you and that you gained some insight that was a new and fresh perspective about our very Loving and Gracious God. If you need prayer for any reason, please leave a comment and we will add you to our prayer list. God Bless you!

~ TECH NOTE ~

Finally, big technology companies have begun to censor and silence the truth.  The limitations of search engine de-prioritization, shadow banning and just out and out censorship is a demonic attempt to keep the Gospel from being spread.  This is why I recommend to you and to everyone that you know to get off of these platforms and stop helping them to make money from your participation.  All people are to them is a product or commodity to control so that they are able to use you and sell you to advertisers.  I strongly recommend as a “Geek” type of Christian computer nerd that you try “DuckDuckGo” for your only internet search engine and app, Download and try “Parler” instead of Twitter, Download and try “Rumble” instead of YouTube. Also, download and try “MeWe” instead of Facebook.  These new technologies are getting stronger and able to grow as more people get on their platforms.   There are many ministries that are moving to “Rumble” because Youtube has deleted their conservative videos and voices.  All of these companies that I recommended are currently freedom-of-speech based apps that will not censor a message of God, Jesus or the Bible or even just basic conservative morality and truth. Please consider this move and take a stand against the evil that is trying to silence the voice of the Church.

Pray, Vote, and Stand for Life

(Ver 1.0) This is probably the most consequential election that America has ever had to go through.  Never has there been such a dramatic clear opposition and hatred for human life in our history.  People will rise and stand up to save whales, porpoises, turtles, puppies, migratory birds and other animal lives, but simultaneously allow and promote as normal the murder of human life before and now even after birth.  God is giving the U.S. another chance to reverse the curse that America has put themselves under.  I believe this is our last chance to repent, change and to allow Him to shift the course of over 60 million child murders.  If this offends you, that is incredibly sad.  But it is time for the church and Christians to awaken, pray, vote, and stand for Life! This should be your #1 priority in this election. Nothing is more important or sacred to God besides human life.

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

Jesus claimed that He came to give every human the right and freedom to receive His gift of life in abundance.  He contrasted His free offered gift of life with Satan’s plan to kill, steal and destroy every human life.  Therefore, life only comes from God and death comes from Satan.  It is a noticeably clear choice and decision that there is no other choice but that a believer in Jesus Christ must stand with Jesus Christ.  When Christians vote against life they are voting against the planned will of Jesus, His Word, and His promises for life. When a Christian votes for death or does NOT vote at all they are joining themselves (2 Cor 6:14, James 4:4) in covenant with Jesus’ last enemy called death (1 Cor 15:26).

We can go to the internet and search for the written platforms of each competing political party.  If you have difficulty finding these you can go to “prayvotestand.org” to read the comparisons of the two platforms. (I am not affiliated with this website, but I do agree with their position of standing for life completely). If you read these platforms and compare them with true Biblical morals and values only the Republican party comes close to supporting life at the nearest measurement of God’s Word.  The Democrats have, as we have seen an agenda to elevate abortion to even the 9th month just before birth and some have push it further to even after birth.  Either way it is senseless and baseless murder that goes against the plan of Jesus for everyone to have LIFE.

I pray that you will join with me in praying for this election.  Ask God to reveal His heart to you for every human life.  Then go and vote for LIFE instead of a personality or a man’s name.  Ask yourself, has our current leader done anything in the last 3 ½ years to support God’s agenda to promote and save lives?  Hasn’t he opposed the funding of Planned Parenthood? Hasn’t he appointed three conservative judges to the Supreme Court to help change this unconstitutional ruling in America?  Which political party has opposed and resisted these appointments and why?  If we read their political platform, we can clearly learn it is because they support death.  I may lose readers and subscribers by telling people the truth from God’s Word.  But I personally will pray to God, vote for God’s plan, and stand with Him in faith that LIFE will win in this election.

Pro 24:11  Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
Pro 24:12  If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?

Deu 30:19  I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,

God bless you no matter if you love me or hate me.  I do love you however you feel about me, God, or His Word.  I just need to tell people what God thinks and says about our thinking, decisions and the consequences we can face for making the wrong choices.  If you received this message and you live in another nation, please pray for our election in the U.S.A. that the will of God will be done on the earth as it is in heaven. There are NO abortions being performed in heaven.  If you have any other prayer requests for you or your nation, please leave them as a comment and we will pray for you and these specific needs.  Thank you and please be led by the Spirit of God to vote in the U.S. for God’s LIFE Agenda.

VOTE LIFE!

Bible Answers: Solving the Mystery of Israel – God’s Firstborn Versus God’s Covenant Wife

israel_sign(Ver 1.1) This Bible lesson is a reply to a great reader question about the natural nation of Israel. This is an advanced Bible subject. Therefore, this lesson is potentially offensive and is intended for mature Christians that desire to learn something new in the Bible with an open heart and an open mind.  Please judge yourself if this is your desire and motivation before continuing to read about a potential Bible subject from a fresh perspective.  This lesson will be about a conflict that occurs between scriptures concerning the natural nation of Israel.  We will learn several concepts about this name “Israel” that may have never been taught to you before.  I warn you up front to help set your expectations so that I do not become your enemy by showing you something new (Gal 4:16).  Please stop and pray and ask God to help everyone see what He wants us to learn in this Bible study.

Also, this is another in-depth Bible lesson with a lot of great Bible verses to study.  I would recommend that you break it into sections and maybe do one section a day and this will spread it out over a period of time and hopefully not overwhelm anyone with too much new information at once.  I give a lot of Bible verse references and I do not address them each in detail.  Therefore, it would be highly advisable that you go and look up each verse, read it carefully, study the context, look up each Greek or Hebrew word and verify in your mind that it is saying what you think it says and use that information to apply to this lesson.  This is being a noble Berean type of Bible student mentioned in Acts 17:11. Please do not believe a word I say in any Bible lessons without you verifying it in your own Bible study. Place your trust in God and the Spirit of God on the inside of you to help you see the truth.

Some Christians think a Bible study is just reading a chapter a day for 15 minutes and bang you are done.  But that is not what a real Bible study is, even if God says something to you that is helpful to get you through that day. No according 2 Timothy 2:15, God tells us to “Study to show yourself approved, a workman unto God that will not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth”.  This verse claims Bible study is more than a casual reading.  God has implied that we are to dig deep to be able to understand His Word correctly.  Meaning it is not easy and not automatically understood.

Finally I want to say something very important to help people not get offended easily.  I love the natural nation of Israel.  I love the people living in the natural nation of Israel.  I desire everyone both Jew and Gentile to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (Rom 1:16).  So if you read something in this lesson that causes you to think I am a racist or a hater of anyone, you are wrong.  Are you ready study now?  Let us step into an initiation of the controversy within scripture.

QUICK INTRODUCTION TO ISRAEL’S
FOUNDATION AND RELATIONSHIP TO GOD

According to Jeremiah 3:8, Jeremiah 3:14, Jeremiah 3:20, Jeremiah 31:32, Ezekiel 16:8, Ezekiel 16:32 and Isaiah 54:5-6 to name only a few verses, where the natural people of Israel are called the Old Covenant wife of the Lord God.  These teach us that God’s Old Covenant relationship between the natural blood line descendants of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and his 12 sons and all the natural people that descended from Jacob was that of a husband and a wife.  These people were called God’s covenant wife (H802) until they committed adultery and whoredom (Eze 16:17, Jer 3:9, Hos 2:2) with so many other gods and idols.  God finally handed these people a bill of divorce (Deut 24:1) that ended that covenant as we can read in Hosea 2:2, Jeremiah 3:8, Isaiah 50:1, and Galatians 4:30 to name just a few. These are simply basic facts of scriptures that need to be understood.

However, there are not a lot of ministers and teachers of the Bible that I know of, that have taught this part of the subject of Israel.  But the bottom-line conclusion is that the natural nation of Israel was considered by God to be His set apart woman and His wife (H802).  This officially occurred when she entered into a freewill covenant relationship with God on Mt Sinai where God gave them the Law (Jer 31:32, Gal 4:24).

There are several other Bible lessons that go into this in more detail on this website, if you have never studied this subject.  I would suggest that you begin with “Understanding Bible Covenants” first.  But we have seen enough verses to understand Israel was an Old Covenant female wife in covenant relationship with God her Husband.  Let us continue with this introduction to see the apparent contradiction of scripture about Israel.

INTRODUCTION TO AN ISRAEL
BIBLE CONTRADICTION

The opening lesson introduction statements and verses were probably very controversial to many new Bile students. But we now need to get into a deeper discussion that represents a suggested conflict within scripture.  This potential conflict characterizes the root of my reader’s question. Let us get started in learning what was the question and the mystery that is raised within our minds creating some difficult and potentially strong levels of confusion to many Christians.  For example, my reader pointed out that in Exodus 4:22-23, the natural nation of Israel while they were in bondage in Egypt, they were potentially called by God, His “firstborn son”. Here is my reader’s exact question and comment:

“I have a question and you can post this on the blog if you want. I understand how earthly Israel is one of the wives of God, but Israel is also called God’s firstborn son in the Old Testament (Exodus 4:22-23). How do you reconcile Israel being both a wife and a firstborn son to God the Father? I am having trouble figuring out the connection and would appreciate any info you could share on that.”

What a tremendously thoughtful and excellent deep Bible question about an apparent conflict of scripture.  How can a group of natural people be a male firstborn son and a female covenant wife simultaneously?  Can you see the potential confusion that this creates?  Let us continue this section of the lesson by reading the verses in question:

Exo 4:22  And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel (is) my son, (even) my firstborn:
Exo 4:23  And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.

It is clear from reading Jeremiah 31:32 and other verses that natural Israel was called God’s covenant wife making God their covenant Husband.  But here in Exodus 4 we can clearly see an apparent conflict emerging.  The people of Israel before entering the covenant marriage on Mt Sinai to God (Gal 4:24), were potentially referred to in Exodus 4 as God’s “son” and “firstborn”.  Therefore, we have God the Father declaring someone or a people His firstborn son in relation to their existence in Egypt.  That is an amazing contradiction.  Are they His wife? Or are they His son?  Or are they both simultaneously?  There appears to be a factor of great gender confusion being suggested in scriptures.

Anytime an apparent contradiction occurs in the scripture it is a time for rejoicing.  Every perceived conflict should be viewed as an expectant great opportunity to learn, because God does not make any mistakes and there are no conflicts when understood correctly.  I have found that whenever I encounter something that looks like a conflict at first in the Bible, it is caused because I do not understand the correct point of view of the subject from God’s spiritual perspective. In other words, I was usually thinking too naturally and not enough from a spiritual viewpoint.  We all know God is a Spirit (Jn 4:24) and we should know that His Spirit thoughts are much higher than our natural thoughts (Isa 55:8).  Therefore, I seek and ask God to reveal to me, His Word from His viewpoint.

For example, Jesus told us in John 5:39 that if anyone would search the scriptures of the Old Testament, we would find Him (everywhere) in them because they were (ALL of) those that testified of Him. This teaches us that Jesus is hidden in every word, sentence, paragraph, chapter, and book somewhere using some technique of spiritual concealment.  Wow, that means Jesus must be found here in Exodus 4 somewhere. Therefore, when I see any potential conflict, I immediately begin my hunt for conflict resolution by searching for Jesus.  Let us get started.

Let us begin this part of the lesson by removing the italicized translator added words and punctuation from the verses in question in Exodus.  This may help us to see something new.

Exo 4:22  And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh Thus saith the LORD Israel my son my firstborn: 

By the removal of two added words and from this verse and the translator’s commas, it changes the focus tremendously.  The translators believed they were adding focus to the natural people and nation, but they have only detracted from God’s statement that this verse was about Jesus.  “Thus, saith the LORD Israel My Son My Firstborn”.  By removing the added italicized words, it appears the word “Israel” is a name of God’s firstborn son.  This should begin to open our eyes to see something that we may have not seen before.  But let us verify this using scripture rather than my opinion.

We will begin the verification process with a dive into the Hebrew word used by God to describe Israel.  The first word H1121 was translated as “son”.  This Hebrew word literally means a male child that is born to carry the name and blood of the family into the next generation.  Without the continued male line in the family the family name ends.  This is why God created the law where if a firstborn son marries a wife and does not have any children, then his brother was to marry his brother’s widow.  They would then try to have children for his dead brother in order to carry on the family name.  Ok, we can see this concept first mentioned in Genesis 38 when Judah has 3 sons, and his oldest son marries a woman named Tamar, but he dies before having any children.  She then marries the next son, and he refuses to have children for his dead brother, and he dies.  The third son is never given to Tamar and so Tamar dresses as a prostitute to have a child through her dead husband’s father Judah.  Tamar does get pregnant thought Judah.  Thus, the family lineage of Jesus through Judah was preserved by a righteous act of Tamar’s deception (Gen 38:26).

All of this was a God designed connection called a “kinsman redeemer”.  This occurred when one blood relative took the wife of a dead relative to have children for him to continue the family name. We can read about this concept again in the Book of Ruth exclusively as a type of our redeemer “Jesus”.  Ruth was a Gentile, and a type of the church and Boaz was the type of Jesus the kinsman redeemer that redeemed humanity out of the chains of bondage of Satan’s dark kingdom..

It is also noteworthy that the Hebrew word “H1121” translated as “son” is what Jesus was called in the Bible repeatedly.  Every time in the Gospels when Jesus called Himself the “Son of man” or the “Son of God”, the word “Son” was equivalent to this Hebrew word H1121. Right there we have two possible connections to sonship in Exodus 4 and Jesus. First, Jesus was a “Son” (H1121) of Adam and second, He was the “Son” (H1121) of God simultaneously.  This was accomplished because Mary the mother of Jesus was a virgin daughter ancestor of Adam that was impregnated by the Holy Spirit (Mat 1:20).  Let us go to the word “firstborn” next.

H1060 that is translated as “firstborn”.  This Hebrew word comes from the Hebrew word H1069 and it does mean a natural childbirth that opens the womb of a physical women for the first time. Could this potentially also be a hidden reference to Jesus?  I believe it is.  We know this by reexamining the birth of Jesus in Matthew and Luke to confirm how Mary got pregnant and then notice what this resulting child is called.  Please go read both accounts and notice all the details.  Pay close attention to Matthew 1:25 and Luke 2:7 to begin.  Both verses claim that Mary brought forth her “firstborn” son.  Wow, that sounds like the exact wording and phrase used by God in Exodus 4, especially knowing who the Father was to this child by reading Matthew 1:18 and Luke 1:32.  Both verses claim Jesus’ Father was God the Holy Spirit!

Now ask God this question about our brand-new conflict rising before us in scripture.  Was Jesus Christ God’s firstborn Son or was natural Israel in Exodus 4 God’s firstborn son?  I mean it CANNOT BE BOTH!  It is impossible to have 2 firstborn sons.  Even when Jacob is described as birthing 12 sons from 4 different women, there was only 1 “firstborn” to Jacob.  According Genesis 35:23 the firstborn son of Jacob was Rueben. The second son’s birth regardless of the mother is always the second son to the father even if it was her first.  The first son’s birth regardless of the mother is always the first son. This is also true even if they were conceived simultaneously as twins, only one son can exit the womb first (Gen 25:24-25). There is always only one “first” and one “second”.  Therefore, a natural nation of Israel cannot be God’s “firstborn” son while we see Jesus also being called His “firstborn”.

We get the further resolution to this new conflict of two potential “firstborn” sons by reading John 3:16. In John 3:16 God says “For God so loved the world that He gave His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON…”  The Greek word G3439 translated as “ONLY BEGOTTEN” means “only born”.  John 3:16 defines Jesus to be God’s “ONLY” naturally born Son.  This truth of Jesus being the ONLY NATURAL BORN SON is further confirmed by God in John 1:14, John 1:18, John 3:16, John 3:18, and 1 John 4:9.

If Jesus was God’s ONLY naturally born Son, then He must also be God’s “FIRSTBORN” Son. This is basic logic and common sense.  An only child is both the first and the last child.  We can further confirm Jesus being the “Firstborn” of God by reading these verses: Romans 8:29, Collosians 1:15, 1:Collosians 1:18, Hebrews 1:6, Hebrews 12:23, and Revelations 1:5. In every verse the Greek word G4416 that was used to describe Jesus being Mary’s firstborn son is used to describe Jesus as being God’s “Firstborn” Son.  We have just confirmed using scripture that Jesus is the ONLY BORN SON of God and the FIRSTBORN SON of God.

Therefore, the natural nation of Israel would not qualify to be called by this name or title of “firstborn” even though it was the message that was given to us by translators in the English Old Testament. Uh oh!  The controversy continues unless both verses are about the same firstborn Son named Jesus with the same common name Israel. Could this be possible?  I believe it is.  God just gave us a great confirmation that it was His Son Jesus that He was referring to in Exodus 4.  But we are not done yet and there is more evidence to consider.  We need to continue our Sherlock Holmes type of Bible Study to discover and examine all the clues.

OUT OF EGYPT I HAVE CALLED MY SON

We have been going through Exodus 4:22 and 23 trying to learn who God is speaking of as being His firstborn son with a name of Israel.  I want us to examine some new clues given to us by God in the Gospels.  I hope you read and noticed that in the book of Matthew chapters 1 and 2, God provides us amazing evidence in the narrative of the natural birth of Jesus and His early childhood.  We will be reading some truly relevant verses about Jesus starting in Matthew 2:13. Please read these verses over carefully and notice how they appear to relate directly to Exodus 4:

Mat 2:13  And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
Mat 2:14  When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
Mat 2:15  And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son

Wow, we are discovering some especially important information about God’s Son and the natural nation of Egypt in verses 13, 14 and 15. God purposefully connects Jesus to the natural nation of Egypt very plainly. As we should know, the ruler Herod was angry that the wise men did not return to tell him of the location of Jesus.  Herod then killed every male child under two years old in Bethlehem and continued his search for Jesus in case he missed him in other locations of his ruling region.

The angel of the LORD was sent by God to warn Joseph of this plan and he told Joseph to take Jesus into the nation of Egypt. Joseph was told to stay there until he was given the word to leave and return to his home in Nazareth. Then Matthew makes an extraordinary claim. Matthew reveals that this action of Joseph would be the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy saying, “Out of Egypt, I have called my Son”.  This prophecy can be easily passed over or ignored by many Bible students.  Let us go back into the Old Testament and examine God’s original prophecy that is quoted by Matthew:

Hos 11:1  When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. 

The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge gives us the necessary links to the verse of Matthew 2:15 by connecting this fulfillment back to both this verse in Hosea 11:1 and the Exodus 4 verses in question.  The original Exodus 4 divine statement of Israel being God’s Son that was being called out of Egypt is indirectly related to being fulfilled in the child Jesus in Matthew 2. Therefore, the Hosea 11:1 verse that we just read is very plainly and directly related to Jesus and Egypt.  I find this amazing to see how God speaks many hundreds of years before Jesus was born on the earth and then tells us in Matthew all of this was fulfilled in the life of Jesus.  This just continues to confirm what Jesus said that all of the O.T. was written about Him.

We should realize that God’s spiritual timings are not based upon normal human expectations.  We learn from reading in 2 Peter 3:8 that one thousand years of human time is just the same as a single day to God.  We can logically deduce that God spoke of Jesus coming out of Egypt as if it were occurring when Moses took the people of Israel out Egypt.  But this interpretation creates the conflict with other scriptures that declare this woman being taken out was going to be His Old Covenant wife and that would still not qualify to be the fulfillment of Matthew 2.

I would suggest that you go and read Ezekiel 16 to help us see God has always viewed the natural nation of Israel to be a covenant female.  In this chapter of Ezekiel 16, God described the birth of a discarded baby child that is thrown away in the pool of her own blood. This chapter further goes to describe how God took pity on this baby girl and commanded her to live and took care of her to grow up.  We can then read how she matures sexually and how God clothed her with fine clothing and jewels. This is the description of these natural people being a woman that were saved out of Egypt.  But then we still have a problem with the contradiction of Israel being a male in Exodus 4 if we take the literal English translation as a present tense fact and not a future tense prophecy.

Romans 4:17 reveals and teaches us a divine principle that God calls things that are not yet visibly seen and observable as if they were already manifested into our natural reality. We first learn this concept from Genesis 1 where several times God would say something like “Light Be” and then “Light was”.  This is how God works throughout the Bible.  Before He does a thing, He would speak it and then it would come to pass only after He had spoken it.

After creation God reiterates this principle speaking through the prophet Amos.  In Amos 3:7 God says, “Surely the LORD God will do nothing except He reveal His secret to His servants the prophets”. We learn from this concept that the prophet Moses writing in Exodus was declaring a future secret concerning Jesus. This is the pattern of God declaring His secret plan for future years before the timing of them happening.  This principle was certainly repeated by the prophet Hosea 11:1 about Jesus coming out of Egypt and I believe it is the same being said by the prophet Moses writing in Exodus 4.

Let us get back to Hosea 11:1. Did you notice what Hosea 11:1 said?  It is easily missed.  We know from reading the quotation in Matthew 2 that this verse was a prophecy of the child Jesus being taken to Egypt and then back out of Egypt at God’s direction.  But this verse begins with a very radical declaration “When Israel was a Child…”. Notice that it does not say “When Yeshua (Jesus) was a Child”. Ok, that continues the subject and repeats the question that is vital to understanding a lot of the Bible.  Who exactly is Israel?  It appears from what we are seeing so far that Israel is a name of God and Jesus.  Let us analyze this Israel name subject in more depth in our next section.

WHO IS ISRAEL?

Most Bible preachers and teachers that I have learned from believe the name “Israel” is only defined in the Bible as a natural nation of people that originated from Jacob and his 12 sons. And it just so happens, that it was these people that moved to Egypt after their son and brother Joseph was sold into slavery (Gen 37:28) where he eventually became the second in command in Egypt. Remember there was a famine in the land but before it occurred a dream was given to Pharaoh and only Joseph was able to interpret the dream (Gen 41:14-15). It was this famine that was hidden in the dream that drove Joseph’s father to send some of his remaining sons into Egypt to buy them food. While in Egypt they met with Joseph and eventually reconciled, and the entire family moved to Egypt.  One of the key brothers of Joseph that is noteworthy was Judah.

Judah was the brother that saved Joseph from being killed by his other brothers.  It was Judah that suggested they all sell Joseph into slavery.  It was this act of salvation that caused them all to eventually be saved by Joseph from starvation and end up in Egypt.  But my key point in this story is that Judah is also the name of the son of Jacob that will bring forth their Messiah named Jesus the Christ. This is an extremely important point to remember. We will try to get to this in depth later. But, for now we have just confirmed how these people came to exist in Egypt.

Now, let us consider how all of these natural people obtained the name “Israel”.  To know this, we must read Genesis chapter 32:

Gen 32:24  And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
Gen 32:25  And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
Gen 32:26  And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
Gen 32:27  And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
Gen 32:28  And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
Gen 32:29  And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
Gen 32:30  And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

We can clearly see a divine encounter taking place between Jacob and a supernatural being in the form of a “man”.  I am not going to attempt to teach this entire encounter.  We only need to focus upon the name change that takes place. Here after wrestling this supernatural man, this man asks Jacob his name and says from henceforth your name will no longer be called “Jacob” but rather “Israel” because you have obtained “power” with God and men and have prevailed.  Jacob then asked this man his name and then uses the information given to him to name the place where he was wrestling “Peniel”.

Peniel is a Hebrew word that means the “Face of God”.  From what we have been reading and studying in Genesis 32, we can surmise that Jacob has just been with God or at the least a supernatural representative of God.  We can further deduce that Jacob was given God’s name during this encounter.  Wow, I hope you got that. I am totally convinced that “Israel” was one of God’s names first and that it was passed down to the earth as a marriage covenant name change for His chosen natural people that would come from him. Our traditional human marriage covenant name change, for the wife to take the husband’s name was a God created idea.  I do not know why so many people have not seen this before. The evidence for this conclusion is all over the Old Testament.  Read these verses to help us see what God is saying to us:

2Ch 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 

Isa 65:1  I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name

Jer 7:10  And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? 

Jer 7:11  Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD

Jer 7:30  For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it. 

Jer 32:34  But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it. 

Dan 9:19  O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name

I do not have time to go over every verse that I just listed.  There are plain references in these sample verses that claim God’s natural people on the earth are all called by His name.  This is probably one reason why Satan hates these natural people so very much. In a couple of these verses it may appear to indicate that it is just the city Jerusalem or the tribe of Judah alone that have His name, but that would be a rush to judgment without giving the verses enough thought.  For example, if I said the city of Jerusalem is my capital.  It requires me asking which Jerusalem and which nation is Jerusalem the capital of?  The correct answers would be that God is speaking of the natural Jerusalem on the earth in the middle east and it is the capital of the natural nation of Israel.  Therefore, the greater binding covenant name above Jerusalem would be Israel.  And all of the people living in the subset of the city of Jerusalem would still be called by the larger mathematical set name Israel also.  These are just basic laws of mathematical sets.  Every subset category is still a member of the larger encompassing set.

This is also true for the people within in the tribe of Judah.  Judah was the one brother that was used by God to bring Jesus into the world. The single tribe of Judah is still under the national heritage of their father Jacob who was renamed Israel.   All these people that came from natural Jacob would all be labeled by God as a part of Israel.  It is important to notice how the corporate nation containing all 12 tribes originated from one man that was renamed Israel by God.  But there are other verses that we may also need to consider helping us confirm the truth.  For example, read these verses and notice what they say:

Exo 5:1  And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. 

Jos 8:30  Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal, 

Jer 7:3  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. 

There are approximately 200 verses that have the similar phrase “God of Israel” in it.  Please think with me and consider what the word “of” means.  We should begin by defining the word “of”.  “Of” can generally mean the first noun comes from the source or origin of the following noun. It would be like us saying the people of Jerusalem.  That clearly would indicate that the people being spoken of came from a city named Jerusalem.  But when God says “the God of Israel” it would seem to be an indication that God came from Israel and that does not really make sense, does it?  That would appear to be another contradiction since we know someone from heaven came down to give Jacob this name and therefore the name definitely came from heaven.

The antithesis of saying “the God’ of Israel” is found in Galatians 6:16 where God wrote the “Israel of God”. The Galatians 6 verse is clearly speaking about an “Israel” that originated from God, but the phrase “God of Israel” seems to be saying something different or is it. In the first example the God of Israel appears to indicate that God is the lower object that is contained within the higher object that is named Israel.  But in the Galatians 6 example the “Israel of God” that cannot be the same type of relationship as Israel appears to be a lower object that is contained within the larger object God.  This is just getting too complicated, isn’t it?

I am going to propose another possible solution to this complexity.  I believe the word “of” can be eliminated completely and this might solve our problem and help us confirm Israel is God’s name at the same time. This is the same principle that we used earlier by removing translator added italicized words. If you analyze the original Hebrew text in parallel to the English words being stated, you will find that there is no Hebrew word that is translated as “of”.  Therefore, it appears to be a translator suggestion to what they thought the other actual words meant.  I mean the translator could have written “God in Israel”, “God by Israel”, “God from Israel” as well as the “God of Israel” or even a multitude of other prepositional English words.  These prepositions have been added by translators thinking they help us understand the words given to us by God, but sometimes they distract from the original intended meanings.

Let us go back and reread Exodus 5:1 removing the inserted English preposition “of” that is not in the Hebrew.  It would read “Thus saith the LORD GOD ISRAEL”.  That statement makes a tremendous amount of plain sense to me knowing what I know now. We all should know that God sits in the heavens (Mat 22:32, Heb 1:3).  We now have learned that God gave Jacob a name “Israel” that came from heaven (Gen 32:28). Therefore, we have a direct connection of the name Israel coming from God in heaven.  Based upon this information it would not be an abuse of scripture to say, “Thus says the LORD GOD ISRAEL”.

Most of the English prepositional words like “the”, “of”, “in”, “by”, “from”, “with”, etc. were added by translators thinking they were helping to clarify the Hebrew words mentioned in God’s ordered sequence.  Most of the time they did a great job and they do help us.  But please understand there was not a Hebrew word found in the original Hebrew language text that could be translated “of” or “the” in any of these verses. For example, back to Exodus 5:1 if we remove all the words added by translators, God said in the Hebrew “Thus(H3541) saith(H559) LORD(H3068) God(H430) Israel(H3478)”.

If you like the added word “of” in “God of Israel” more than the “God Israel” that is fine, and I will not debate you.  For now, I see it more clearly with the omission of the word “of” as being one of God’s names that was given to Jacob in Genesis 32.  If you are an advanced Hebrew scholar and would like to share your thoughts on this wording “God of Israel” versus “God Israel”, I would love to hear your comments to learn more about it. But, I now think that we need to move to a different and even deeper study of the name “Israel” that should turn up the intensity of the light on this subject.

UNDERSTANDING THE NAME ISRAEL – DEFINITION

Israel_MeaningThis part of the subject study of the word “Israel should be a Bible study all by itself. But I will give the shortened overview to help us understand that the name Israel is particularly important to our understanding of the Bible.  Let us analyze the definitions given to us by dictionaries like “Strong’s”.  The Hebrew word translated as “Israel” is H3478.  Here is the definition given to us by “Strong”:

H3478

יִשְׂרָאֵל
yiśrâ’êl
yis-raw-ale’

From H8280 and H410; he will rule as God; Jisrael, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity: – Israel.

First notice this word H3478 is made up from the combination of two other Hebrew words.  The first “H280” means “to prevail or to have power as a prince or a ruler”.  Then that word is combined with “H410”.  This word H410 literally means “to have strength or to be mighty” and it is translated as “God” over 200 times in the Old Testament. This Hebrew word is typically viewed as a shortened form (EL) of God’s plural name “Elohim” and is often found in many other Hebrew names.  In fact, this short form of God’s name occurs in at least 150 other names found in the Bible like “Samuel” that means “heard of God”.

What I would like you to consider for a takeaway is for us to see that Strong defines this word Israel as “He will rule as God”.  Then ask the obvious questions. Who is he?  And who can rule as God?  Is the answer the natural man Jacob? Is the answer Satan?  Or is it possible that He who will rule as God is the conquering and victorious Jesus?  I believe it can only be Jesus.  We can see several clues revealing this to us in the Bible.  For example, read Revelation 12:5 which is a description of male child that is birthed by a woman that is stated to rule with a rod of iron. This male child is not named but he must represent a form of God. Then read Revelation 19:15 where a grown man riding on a white horse comes back to the earth from heaven to rule all nations with a rod of iron.  Reading back up in Revelation 19:13 we find this man’s name is the “Word of God”.  This of course is another name for Jesus (God the Son).

From just these few examples, I have concluded that Israel (HE WHO WILL RULE AS GOD) is Jesus the risen from the dead Christ.  And if we are in Him and overcome our flesh, the devil and the world, then according to Revelation 2:25-26 we read this promise:

Rev 2:26  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. 

Here we have the Highest Ruler Jesus speaking to the churches and He says that whoever overcomes and keeps His works till the end, to them He will give power over the nations and they will rule with Him with a rod of iron.  That is an amazing statement of truth.  This should give us motivation and hope for a significantly better future. It is self-evident to me that only Jesus qualifies to rule over every nation on the earth. It further says to me that only Jesus is qualified to delegate this authority to anyone else.  Therefore, the name Israel can only be God’s name and only He will rule as God!  Let us conclude this lesson with a new particularly important perspective.

LET MY SON GO

We have been studying to determine who God was speaking of in Exodus 4:22-23 that is called His Son.  We have seen in these verses where God spoke to Pharaoh of Egypt through the prophet Moses and commanded him to let God’s Firstborn Son go or else Pharaoh’s firstborn son would be killed.  We all should know the context of this command.  This occurred during God’s first Passover.  Pharaoh made the wrong choice and did not let God’s Son go.  The children of Israel were then told to obtain a lamb to slay it, and to place it’s blood upon the doorposts of the houses.  We all should know that this slain lamb was a symbolic representation of Jesus the firstborn Son of God.  Jesus was God’s Lamb that would be crucified hundreds of years later, on a cross on Passover.  It was this lamb’s blood on the doorposts of homes in Egypt that instructed the death angel to bypass  their houses and all their firstborn were saved. But the firstborn of every house of Egypt without any lamb’s blood their firstborn child died, including Pharaoh’s.

Here is the main point. When God was speaking of His firstborn Son to be freed from bondage, He was looking forward in time seeing the Son of God that would be born from the people of the nation of Israel that were being held in bondage in Egypt. All the living descendants of Jacob/Israel were being held captive slaves in this natural nation of Egypt. And if they were never freed, how could their Messiah Jesus have been born in Bethlehem?  How could there have been a temple built in Jerusalem?  How could there have been David the King of Israel, and on and on we could go.  God was calling things that were not yet manifest as if they were already real when He commanded His Firstborn Son to be freed from Egyptian slavery.  Wow, I pray you are receiving what the Holy Spirit is saying to us.

I need to show you a principle that is revealed to us in the book of Hebrews that is a MUST to understanding a lot of the Bible.  I have taught this principle in other Bible lessons because it applies to many other subjects and it represents a fundamental law of God called the Law of Seeds.

Heb 7:5  And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
Heb 7:6  But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
Heb 7:7  And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
Heb 7:8  And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
Heb 7:9  And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
Heb 7:10  For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him

Verse 5 begins with a description of Levi and his descendants being given the responsibility of High Priests in Israel.  God then says these descendants were commanded to receive tithes of their brothers in the other tribes of Israel. God ends the verse with the radical statement that all of these people came out of the “loins” of Abraham their father. That was the fundamental law that you need to see.  When God showed me these concepts I was literally blown away.  Think of the implications that this truth is revealing to us.  For example, God knows the exact sperm cell and their order of impartation into a female to cause every impregnation of every born child down the entire family blood line.  We can clearly see that God is into every detail of our life.  This is a divine characteristic of Him.

family_tree1Notice what God said in verse 5.  Remember that Levi was the great-grandson of Abraham.  Levi came from the family lineage of his father Jacob/Israel.   Then Jacob going down the family tree came from his father Isaac.  Isaac continuing down the family tree then came from his father Abraham.  Yet God speaks of them all as a corporate single individual sperm cell being one together, from one source and one father.  Wow!  You may not understand this concept of a sperm cell.  A natural sperm cell is called a “seed” by God in the Bible.  You can read about this concept in Genesis 38:9 in the story we looked at earlier about Onan who married Tamar his dead brother Er’s wife to raise up a seed for him.  In the case of Jesus it was God’s word that was His Seed that impregnated the virgin Mary.  Read down to verse 9 to find out the most important concept that applies to our lesson.

Did you notice what God says in verses 9 and 10?  God makes it very plain that Levi who received tithes three generations later after Abraham also paid tithes to Melchisedec because he was that one sperm cell in the “loins” of his father Abraham when it happened.  Wow, Wow, and Wow!   This is the law of fruit with seeds inside itself given to us by God in Genesis 1:11.  There is an old concept that  says “No one knows how many apples are in one apple seed.  That is a part of what God is teaching us, “No one knows how many children are in one Abraham “seed” except God.  We notice this concept being repeated by God in 1 Corinthians 15:22 where God says “in Adam (his seed) all die, but in Christ (His Seed) all shall be made alive”.  What God is saying is because Levi was a seed inside Abraham, whatever Abraham did was what all of his descendants from that seed also did.  Again, Wow!

Can you see how this law of Seeds from Genesis 1 applies to what God said in Exodus 4:22-23?  Since Levi was in an Abraham seed, so also was his brother Judah.  Since Jesus came from the tribe of Judah, Jesus also paid tithes to Melchisedec like Levi. This is such a radical revelation. Why do you think it was so important for God to put Jesus’ genealogy in the books of Matthew and Luke?  These genealogies show us who Jesus was in all the way back to His natural father Adam.  Jesus was in Adam when he rebelled and caused everyone that comes from him to also die.  This teaches us that Jesus was born into the world to die.  It also helps us to understand how God says in Revelation 13:8 that Jesus was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  God had Jesus planned to come into the world when He created Adam.  Jesus was the preplanned seed of redemption inside of Adam before there was any need for Him to come.  This is a great descriptive example of the Omniscience of God.  He knew what was going to happen before it happened and it was already taken care of in His mind and His designed actions when creating our world.

Therefore, Jesus was the continuing seed in all of His natural family lineage loins including when they were being commanded to be released from Egyptian captivity and slavery in Exodus 4:22-23.  This confirms how God’s commandment to Pharaoh to let go His “firstborn” was a directive to speak of His coming Firstborn Son Jesus the Christ.  When God was speaking of releasing the nation of Israel in Egypt, there was present one seed (sperm cell) in this group of all the people that contained His firstborn Son.  Please understand that I am not making up facts of truth.  God teaches us very clearly in Galatians 3 this one seed concept speaking of Abraham.  Read this verse that confirms the one seed concept:

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

We can plainly read when the promises of God were given to Abraham and his seed that God was only focused upon a single seed that was Jesus Christ.  God again saw every detail and selected one sperm cell and made His promise to that one seed that would continue until Jesus came into the world.  Wow!  I don’t know how anybody is not totally amazed at God’s wisdom.  Praise the LORD!

CONCLUSION

We have been discovering some radical new information and how to understand and apply it to JESUS.  Thank you to my reader for a great Bible question.  We just learned how God commanded the entire nation of Israel from Pharaoh’s captivity while He was speaking of just one Seed that would become His, Firstborn Son, named Jesus being born in a manager in Bethlehem some 1400+ years later.  Is there anybody like God?  I don’t think so!  We have just given the resolution of a major conflict of scriptures simply by seeing the verses from God’s higher perspective.  We have discovered that Jesus said all of the verses in the Old Testament testify about Him and now we are beginning to see how this can be with a lot more clarity.  I pray that you can see how God could simultaneously be speaking of natural Israel, His covenant wife while declaring His natural born ONLY SON was in her to command a world ruler to let Him go.

Today we should have learned the following facts of information:

  1. Israel was a given name that came down from God in heaven.
  2. The name Israel was given to one man named Jacob
  3. But in Jacob were the seeds for the entire nation so everyone is called Israel
  4. Israel is a name that means “He will rule as God”
  5. Israel became God’s Old Covenant wife being a nation of people referred to as a single female bride
  6. Israel committed adultery and whoredoms with other gods
  7. Israel was divorced by God ending the covenant
  8. Israel became captive slaves to Egypt
  9. God raised up a deliverer of Israel named Moses that was faithful to God to bring His message to Egypt
  10. God commanded Pharaoh to let His Son His Firstborn go or else Pharaoh’s son would be killed
  11. We now know from the N.T. that Jesus is the “Only Born” Son of God
  12. We now know also from the N.T. that Jesus is the “First Born” Son of God
  13. Therefore we know that natural Israel the nation cannot be the same
  14. We can now conclude that God’s Firstborn Son that was being commanded to be freed was a prophetic reference to Jesus who was a single seed in the natural nation of Israel and whatever happened to them would happen to Jesus
  15. Pharaoh released the natural nation of Israel (God’s Son) without fully understanding who he was freeing.
  16. Israel is Jesus’ name and He will rule as God now and in the future 1000 year millennium. 

These were some of the key points that should have been understood in today’s advanced Bible lesson.  I would highly recommend that you go back and reread lessons like this more than once.  It was too much information to get it all with one reading.  I hope and pray that everyone gained some spiritual knowledge that helped them understand God’s Holy Word.  I also pray that you learned how to study the Bible more than just to read what the Bible says on the surface.  This desire should cause us to begin to see things more like God sees them and to look for Jesus in every word.

It is my number one goal to teach people how to fish for their everyday truth food in Bible study and not to just give someone a single fish snack Bible lesson for the day.  I love God and the Bible more than life itself.  The Word of God is the most amazing Book that is available anywhere in the world.  I pray that you saw something new in this Bible lesson that you have never seen before and that this increase in your spiritual knowledge.  I pray that every new revelation that you receive from God, will help to open your eyes to become a severely starving and thirsty Christian that only knowing more about Jesus will satisfy.

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What Does God Think of Abortion? Part 5 – The Womb

(Ver 1.1) This is now Part 5 in the essential Bible study series focused upon Christians and the people of the world obtaining an increased understanding of what God thinks about the subject of Abortion. We have covered a lot of Bible verses on this subject and we will not be repeating that information here today. Therefore, I would recommend that if you have not read from the beginning that you go and start with “Part 1” first. But also know that this lesson will stand alone revealing new information that is not dependent upon any of the previous lessons.

WARNING: I will tell you from the beginning this lesson subject and what God says about it will offend a lot of people. Truth has always been hated by the world. They crucified an innocent man named Jesus on a cross for only doing good and telling the truth. If they did that to Him without cause they can still do that today in the practice of abortion. Therefore, if you are easily offended at this subject of abortion, please go read somebody else that fits your beliefs (2 Ti 4:3).

It should be obvious to many that Christians have failed to protect the lives of the unborn in America and the world.  By Christian participation in this act of abortion or simply our passivity to permit it to occur, I believe the heart of God is tremendously grieved. This act that many call a “woman’s choice” has the most severe consequences possible for their voiceless victims.  This is not like taking drugs or alcohol that causes birth defects, even though that is not good for the child either. There is still opportunity for recovery using healthcare or prayer. But, this choice of abortion is not healthcare regardless of what someone tries to label it. These dismembered babies sold for parts and profit do not have their health considered.

These children in the womb have life, they can hear your voice speaking, they can feel the pain and they try to save themselves from being torn to pieces by moving away from the instruments of torture and death.  But these victims are limited from escape by the walls that surround them.  They cannot move far enough from the tools used by the hands that want to shed their innocent blood without a cause.

These are natural reactions for any human in the womb or out of the womb.  When faced with great pain and physical hard the natural response comes from the built in divinely designed process of self-preservation and survival.  Any human with feelings, will immediately remove their hand from a red hot stove.  This is the same for the child in the womb.  Death is still an enemy to every human born and unborn (1 Cor 15:26), yet people have become accustomed to this process of death when it is not happening to them. This comes from a deception of Satan that eliminates feelings of compassion. Just like rioters burning down businesses, it should concern everyone, but it does not because “it is not my business”.  The acts of evil people must be stopped.  

The thought that death should be acceptable for someone that is unseen and unable to be heard to scream is mind blowing.  God please forgive us. The tolerance for these acts can come from many reasons.  Satan has caused humans to believe the child is not a child until they breath air.  But we have seen in previous Bible lessons that this is NOT TRUE.  We can learn this from basic senses also.  A sonogram will show the child sucking their thumb, reacting to sounds, and moving around.  Any pregnant woman knows this baby is alive because they can move and kick her.  Any good doctor can confirm this life by listening to their heartbeat.    People today also have believed another lie that humans just evolved from monkeys.  Therefore, there is no difference from killing animals as it is to kill a human child in the womb.  But that is also not the truth and not how God created us.  Humans were made in the image of God and animals were NOT.

If the opening statements have no effect on your heart and you do not feel the pain of suffering for the over 60 million children that have been killed since this evil was legitimatized as normal and legalized as acceptable, then you may be very hard hearted.  If you are voting for politicians that will appoint judges to continue this insanity, you have been deceived.  If you are voting for politicians that are passing laws to kill babies right up to birth or after birth, you are far from knowing God’s heart of love and compassion.  People who think they are Christians may be shocked to find out that they will be held accountable for every innocent child’s blood that has been shed simply because they did not stand up against it.  I heard it put this way and I totally agree.  Every Planned Parenthood building should have a sign outside that says, “Abortions Performed by the Permission of Christians”.  Another man named Edmund Burke said it this way “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.  This is what too many Christians have been doing.

God’s way of dealing with this issue of abortion is peaceful, loving and kind.  The Bible teaches us that it is the goodness of God that will lead humans to repentance (Rom 2:4).  Therefore, this lesson is not intended to judge or condemn anyone for their participation in abortion.  If you have ever had an abortion the blood of Jesus is more than sufficient to forgive you and cleanse you from every unrighteous sin.  It should be this all-encompassing gift of forgiveness that should help us all.  I know I am grateful for what Jesus did for me and I pray you are also.

Today we are going to study God’s Word to find more of His perspective on the interior created parts of the woman that are called the “womb”.  We are going to learn that God designed this womb area as a vacant temporary dwelling space.  A place for the origination and continuation of life in safety, peace, and tranquility.  If it were not for this designed plan of the womb, Jesus could not have been born to enter into our world legally to save us.  I say thank you Jesus for being born as a human baby to save us.

However, Satan has always desired and planned to change this womb safe environment into being a place of war, death, violence, destruction, and chaos. Death is still Satan’s number one goal for every human. If Satan cannot stop the child from being born, he continues the plan to try to kill everyone on the outside of the womb.   Remember, what Jesus said to us in John 10:10, “The thief comes not but to kill steal and destroy, but I have come that you might have life and that life in abundance”.  These represent two opposing plans of death verses life and we can see this is still what is taking place within the womb of a woman today.  Let us get started with this study.  I pray that, I have not offended too many, already by this opening statement (Gal 4:16).

GOD DESIGNED THE WOMB TO BE A SAFE SPACE

Today’s Bible lesson will be different than any of the previous lessons in the series.  In this lesson we are going to focus entirely on learning our Creator God’s thoughts concerning the female “womb”.  For example, what was His divine purpose for this part of His creation and how does He define the womb.  For example, we as Christians should all know that Jesus came into the world through the womb of a woman named “Mary” (Marriam).  She was a virgin that had not yet known a man (Luke 1:34) when an angel of the LORD came to her with the news that she would have a son.  I suppose she could have said “NO” but she said, “Be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38). 

Can you imagine her thoughts and concerns with saying “YES”?  She was engaged to man named Joseph and she could have been stoned if found to be pregnant before the marriage (Lev 20:10).  If Joseph, her future engaged husband found out she was pregnant before the wedding he could have her stoned to death.  He must have loved her and decided to consider “divorce” instead of her “death”.  But God intervened and sent an angel to him so he would know this child was “the Son of God” and not from another human. 

Think about that.  Consider what would be said today on the internet if someone was claiming to be pregnant from the Holy Spirit and the claiming her child was the Son of God.  Can you imagine the pressure to get an abortion today?  What would they being saying about Mary today on social media? Can you imagine the wild rumors and gossiping that we could read about on the internet? What unimaginable pressure and bully words could you imagine being said about her?

Yet God trusted this woman named Mary and on the inside of her was formed “the Son of God”.  Not a zygote, not an embryo, not a fetus, not a blob of tissue, NO HE WAS CALLED THE SON OF GOD even before birth.  Think about that.  Compare this with what you may be facing today. Let us move to another woman in the Bible named Eve.

I believe we should go back and examine the creation of woman to build a foundation for this subject of the womb.   It interesting to learn from Genesis 2:22 what we can find in the original Hebrew when God takes a “woman” out of the side of the first created man Adam.    The Hebrew word translated as “woman” is H802 and is transliterated as “ishshah”.  The Hebrew word translated as “man” is H376 and is transliterated as “iysh”.  God adds the “ah” sound which is the Hebrew letter “Hey” and this letter means “Behold” in ancient Hebrew.  This would be like God saying “behold” or “wow” a different and new type of man.  In fact, the English language uses a similar type of pattern of letter addition by adding “wo” to the front of the word “man”.  It is noteworthy that “wo” can represent the shortened form for the word “womb” and thus a “woman” could be referred to as a “womb” “man”.  In other words, Eve was created as a complimentary type or pattern of man (Adam) but with a “womb”.  This caused her to have a specific type of miraculous “wow” factor in the eyes of God.  This “womb” difference is our primary focus in this lesson about abortion and this may sound unusual.  Yes, but this is where I believe the LORD led us today.  Hopefully, we will understand better after we have studied the entire lesson.

There are two primary Hebrew words that are translated as “womb” in the Old Testament.  The first word that we will focus upon is H990.  It is most often translated as “womb” 31 times and 30 times as “belly”.  It is interesting that this word is defined as a place that is hollow or empty.  And this is the case for a woman that is NOT pregnant.  There appears to be an implication given to us by God that He designed this specific location of the woman to be filled.  Of course, most of us know how this happens between a husband and his wife.  This infilling of the womb is a part of the physical nature that God designed to be pleasurable between a husband and his wife.  Pleasure was not necessary for human reproduction. However, pleasure was a gift from God and does motivate the process.  Evolutionists cannot explain the existence of beauty in a woman or the existence of pleasure in sexual reproduction.  Neither are a requirement for the continuance of humanity.  I guess it is an ignored topic. Let us get back on our subject of the womb.

From what we have learned so far in life and the Bible, we know that the womb was designed by God to be like a container that sits empty until it is filled.  To better understand this important subject of the womb, we are now going to explore the ancient Hebrew Language. To be more specific we are going to use the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet used prior to the Babylonian captivity. This letters will help us to better understand the concepts chosen by God in His design for the woman’s womb.  Here is a picture of these 22 Ancient Hebrew letters. 

You may already know that the Hebrew language and alphabet reads right to left, which is the opposite of the left to right English language and alphabet.  The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet is “alef” and the second letter is “beyt” and if we combine these two letters into one word, we get our English word “alphabet”.  That Ancient Hebrew study is a remarkably interesting subject.  This may be a new subject to many.  Please note that we are not going to be able to go through the entire ancient Hebrew alphabet in this lesson.  That would take us too long.  But we will concentrate upon the specific letters found in our 2 key words translated as “womb”. These words will be H990 first and H7358 second.

This word H990 is “beten” and is spelled with three Hebrew letters a “Bet”, “Tet” and “Nun”. It might be interesting to some that the German word “beten” means “prayer”. That could be a message that we need to pray more for women’s decisions concerning their “womb”.   God designed the Hebrew alphabet very intentionally with each letter in the alphabet having

  • a form,
  • a sound,
  • a name,
  • a meaning,
  • a number

This is unlike the English alphabet that normally just has 1) a form and 2) a sound.  The English alphabet does not generally contain a hidden meaning within the individual number order of the letter, the sound or the form or appearance of the letter.  Let us move on to the specific Hebrew letters in the word H990 “beten” translated as “womb” to see what we have been missing.

The “Bet” in the ancient Hebrew is the 2nd letter in the alphabet and was designed in pictogram form to look like a tent floor plan with a door.  It is like a remarkably simple modern architectural drawing for a home that is being built.  A tent represented in Bible times the basic family dwelling place in one of two states.  A tent can either be filled or empty or we could say that it is occupied or vacant.  This basic dwelling place for the family represented a place of safety especially for sleep at night in Bible days.  Every tent was designed with a door or entrance.  The tent door was further designed as a two-way flap and it was intended to be both the entrance into and the exit from the dwelling place.  In other words, there was only one designed way in and out of the dwelling place for the entire family.   Our key words in this part of the Hebrew study is this letter represents “a safe tent dwelling for a family containing a door”.  I pray that this information can be applied for us to see how it matches the pattern for the God created female “womb”.

We should also note that in Bible days a tent dwelling was normally made of skins.  Skins can be cut with a sharp knife instrument to produce an emergency exit.  Some in the medical field might call this a “C-Section” incision.  “C-section” is short for “Cesarean Section”.  It gets its name from Julius Caesar because some believe this was how he was born.   Nevertheless, the concept of cutting the skin tent wall to get someone out is what is interesting to understand.  This type of cutting of the skin of the tent dwelling was just an alternative emergency way to exit.  These are just some of the meanings found within the first letter of the word that can be applied to the female womb.  I am convinced this is why God chose this letter to begin this Hebrew word translated as “womb”? I know that this type of claim is not accepted by some people. But, I have become convinced that nothing in the Bible is there by accident or chance. Every little letter design was for a divine purpose.

The second letter of our word is the “Tet” and in ancient Hebrew it is the 9th letter in the Hebrew alphabet and is a pictogram that represents a basket.  A round basket is remarkably like a tent because it too can be either full or empty with one opening on top to fill it with something or take something out. It is interesting that the normal basket shape is round and can also be a representative type of the general female womb shape and more specifically the fundamental female “egg” needed for conception.  It is even more interesting to me that the female egg is like an empty basket container in its unfertilized state.  It is this status of not being filled that allows the penetration of the male sperm cell to create a new human.  Also, one basic Bible function for a basket was for the use of carrying bread, thus the term “breadbasket”.  We can read about how Jesus multiplied a child’s lunch in Matthew 14:20 and after feeding 5000 men plus their families, there was 12 baskets of leftover bread pieces.   

It is also interesting what people sometimes say when a woman is pregnant that she “has a bun in the oven”. That concept of bread and food making represents a key process of substance for one of the sources and supply of continued human life. Remember Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. Jesus also claimed to be the true bread that came down from heaven in John 6. I pray that you can see what Jesus was claiming with His coming through a womb.

Finally there are two concepts given to us between tents and baskets. First, we have a smaller basket found within a larger tent dwelling to keep the basket safe from exterior predators. This would be like the female ovum inside the womb that is also inside a safe space. The second concept found here is the idea of filling both an empty basket with bread or an empty tent with a person. Until bot are filled they are in an vacant state of existence. That brings us to the final Hebrew letter in the word “womb”. Notice even the order of each of the letters brings us meaning.

The third and last letter of the Hebrew word H990 is “Nun”.  The Nun in the ancient Hebrew is the 14th letter of the alphabet and is a pictogram form that represents the image like a tadpole or sprouting seed.  But, to be more specific and graphic it resembles the amazingly detailed picture of the male sperm cell which has a tail that enables it to swim up into the female empty basket (egg) that is inside the empty tent dwelling place to fertilize and produce the conception of a new family member. As soon as this occurs the dwelling and the basket inside are both filled. 

This process of filling begins with the successful joining of 2 cells. When this occurs I have heard some scientists claim there is a “spark” of light that occurs. I believe this spark is God placing the spirit of the baby inside. This process creates a new human child that will continue to live in the female tent womb for approximately 9 months or 37 to 42 weeks or 259 to 294 days.  The when this time is fulfilled, the child exits the tent door to be viewed by everyone in the natural world.  Wow, how was it possible that this word was written in the Bible over 3500 years ago and it could describe the impregnation process to such amazingly accurate detail?  There were no microscopes that many years ago.  No one knew what a sperm cell or the female egg cell looked like.  Yet we must conclude that God knew, and He communicated this detail to us so that we would be amazed today.

We have just discovered some deep hidden parts of the original Hebrew language and alphabet used to construct one Hebrew word H990 “beten” that many people may have never known existed.  The Hebrew language was uniquely designed with picture like characters that described details that only the Creator would know and understand how to put together to reveal such amazing hidden details.  Let us move on to the second Hebrew word that is often translated as “womb” to learn the additional hidden qualities that we need to understand about the female “womb”.

The second Hebrew word that is often translated as “womb” is H7358.  This Hebrew word is transliterated as “rechem” and is also three Hebrew letters.  It is spelled with a “resh”, a “chet” and a “mem”.   Ok, we will begin with just a quick overview of the meaning of each of these letters. 

A “resh” is a symbol of a man’s head.  It is the first part of a human that appears during the normal birth process.  However, the “resh” letter is designed as an image of a man’s head with a crown.  That is interesting to say the least.  When the normal birth process occurs for the baby’s exit from the internal female womb tent the process is described as the “crowning” of the baby’s head.  Most people that have had a baby know that there are three main steps during a normal birth.  These are the 1) dropping down or descent, 2) the rotation or turning and 3) the crowning phase before the exit.  Wow is that amazing since the letter resh is wearing a crown.  Do you recall what Jesus is called?  Jesus is called the King of kings in Revelation 19:16. Could it be that this one of the main reasons why humans are being aborted today in such large numbers?  Does the modern human have the potential to reign as a king in this life to defeat Satan’s plans?  I believe it is true according to the Bible and we may talk more about this soon.  Let us move to the next letter of the Hebrew word H7358.

The second Hebrew letter “chet” is a picture of a tent wall.  It represents a separating barrier where being on the inside of the tent wall there should dwell peace and safety.  This interior is in contrast to being outside where anything bad can attack or kill you.  We could call the inside of the wall to be a realm of protection from external potential enemies.  In other words, a wall was designed in Bible days as a separation barrier of protection from attack.  A wall represents two opposing states of existence.  The first is on the inside and is supposed to represent safety and on the outside is supposed to represent potential danger. 

However, Satan has recently in the last years of human history reversed the meanings concerning the womb wall.  Remember we talked about a tent with walls of skin in the first Hebrew word H990.  All tent dwellings were designed and constructed with walls of skin.  Even the first temple of God built by Moses from God’s designs, was a tent with walls of skins where He lived inside of skin walls.  I believe all of this was patterns for the coming conception and birth of Jesus who came into the world to be our “King”.  Remember when Jesus was crucified the veil inside of the temple was ripped from top to bottom signifying God’s exit from the temple. Let us move to the last Hebrew letter.

The last Hebrew letter “mem” in H7358 is the pictogram of water.  Wow, a child in the womb is surrounded by water.  When the child is ready to be delivered, the woman’s water breaks and this is one way she knows the time of exist has finally come.  That is another amazing coincidence or NOT!  I find it very interesting that the Word of God is likened to be “water”, and “seed” in the Bible and we have two of the main qualities of the Word of God being found in both of the ancient Hebrew spellings of two words that are translated as “womb”. 

Finally, this letter can also represent “blood” as a liquid that is passed down from generation to generation.  The family blood line comes from the father.  These are all facts of reproduction and basic biology. But remember who was the Father of Jesus?  It was God and therefore Jesus shed the blood of God on the cross to save us. Let us move on to what these words mean and represent in the God created childbirth process designed to produce new human life.

GOD’S ROOT DEFINITION FOR A WOMB
IS LOVE, MERCY AND COMPASSION

If we continue our study of the Hebrew word H7385, using a deeper research of the Hebrew definition from Strong’s and other dictionaries, we will discover the underlying foundation to this word is found in the essential divine concepts of “love”, “mercy”, and “compassion”.  This root definition offers to help us to understand God’s designed purpose for creating a woman’s womb.  A womb should be a place of walled inner peace and safety as we learned before but it should also be the object for great love that should come from the hearts of the mother and the father.  Love should be the surrounding force around the child’s beginning and continued existence. Love is the key factor for that child being nurtured and fed within the (family tent) womb walls.  One interesting fact about tent dwellings is that they are always temporary.  This is true for the baby in the womb as well as for the human body in which our spirit lives for a short time here on the earth.

We learn about the root of love being within the womb by looking at the Hebrew word H7385 again.  This word is translated “womb” 21 times and “matrix” 5 times in the KJV.  By reading the Strong’s definition we find that it comes from the root Hebrew word H7355. The root word H7355 is “racham” and it is translated as “mercy” 32 times and “compassion” 8 times and is founded upon the divine gift and capacity to love.  Wow, how many women feel real compassion for their child in their womb anymore?  I know there are some great mothers in the world and lot of them allow a God type of love to be their focus on the inside of them during their pregnancies.  Praise God for you if that is what you have experienced or are experiencing right now.  But maybe you are struggling to know what to do.  Maybe you do not feel loved and this reflection is being transferred down and placed upon your child in your womb?  Let us look at a verse that helps us to see things as God sees them.

Isa 49:15  Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee

God is making a direct comparison to how a woman should think and act towards the son of her womb and how He will think and act concerning His people.  God is strongly suggesting in these two comparisons, that they should be identical. Both should contain the same levels of mercy and love. Yet we know in a fallen world that many men and women are still capable of sinful acts that originate from wrong sinful thoughts and feelings.  Still God is NOT capable of sin!  God will not treat us the way some humans have treated their children.  Thank you, God! The Hebrew word translated as “compassion” is H7355 the root word that we saw created the word H7385 for the filled female womb. 

Notice how God structures this sentence in Isaiah 49.  Shall she not have compassion (H7355) on the son of her womb (H990)?  God uses the root for one of our “womb” words and the other word H990 directly for an empty “womb” that we studied at first.  Remember the first word H990 was implied to be an empty tent dwelling with a two-way door.  We can clearly see that the son that was inside the temporary safe womb tent (a home of love and compassion (H7358)) survived and is now at the mother’s breast feeding and her “womb” (H990) is again empty.  Yet God implies that the level of her compassion for her son should be identical whether he was inside or out. 

This is just a further confirmation that God views her son to be her son whether inside or outside the womb tent of safety.  The only difference was that the son on the inside was fed by the umbilical cord of the mother and the same son on the outside was fed with the breast of the same mother.  Wow, that is how God says He will treat us.  Next, I am going to go through a very profound example of this type of love that a mother is supposed to have for her child.  Let us please read Ezekiel 16 very closely and notice the contrasts of how God took an unwanted baby child and caused her to live and then loved her enough to show her equal compassion and mercy to care for her until she matured:

Eze 16:3  And say, So says the Lord Jehovah to Jerusalem, Your origin and your birth is of the land of Canaan. Your father was an Amorite, and your mother a Hittite.
Eze 16:4  And as for your birth, in the day you were born your navel was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you. And you were not salted, nor swaddled at all.
Eze 16:5  No eye pitied you, to do any of these to you, to have compassion on you. But you were thrown out into the open field, because your life was despised in the day that you were born.
Eze 16:6  And when I passed by you and saw you squirming in your blood, I said to you in your blood, Live! Yes, I said to you in your blood, Live!
Eze 16:7  I have caused you to multiply like the bud of the field, and you are grown, and you are great; and you come in the finest ornaments. Your breasts are formed, and hair is grown, yet you were naked and bare.
Eze 16:8  And I passed by you and looked on you, and, behold, your time was the time of love. And I spread my skirt over you and covered your nakedness. And I swore to you and entered into a covenant with you, says the Lord Jehovah. And you became Mine.
Eze 16:9  And I washed you with water; I washed away your blood from you, and I anointed you with oil.
Eze 16:10  I also clothed you with embroidered work, and I shod you with dugong sandals. And I wrapped you in fine linen, and I covered you with silk.
Eze 16:11  And I adorned you with ornaments, and I put bracelets on your hands and a chain on your neck.
Eze 16:12  And I put a ring on your nose, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head.
Eze 16:13  And you were adorned with gold and silver; and your clothing was of fine linen and silk and embroidered work. You ate fine flour and honey and oil; and you were exceedingly beautiful. And you advanced to regal estate.

Wow, I read this and almost cried.  Think about what was just described by God our creator. He said to a little girl named Jerusalem in verse 3 “Your origin and birth was….”.  God spoke to and about her and said that even before you were born, HE knew her origin.  This would literally represent her conception.  We know God is speaking figuratively to His Old Covenant wife, but everything in the Spirit realm still applies in the lesser natural realm as repeated patterns.

Verse 4 describes how God found her as an aborted child that was cast aside.  A child that was not wanted by either her mother or her father.  She was literally discarded in a field covered in her own blood not being cared for by her mother.  However, God saw her potential even laying in her own blood and commanded her to live twice.  Take notice of that statement.  I believe this is what Christians should do to babies that are about to be aborted.  See their potential in this world and speak to them and say “Live”.  This is a basic way of God that He taught us to do in the Bible.  For example, go and read Zechariah 4:7 where Zerubbabel was commanded to speak to the mountain that stood before him and call it level ground by shouting “Grace, Grace”!  Let us see this as an example to learn to change our view of an unwanted children to see their potential for God’s plans to be fulfilled in their lives.

Verses 4 through 6, teach us of how bad of shape she was.  Notice in verse 5 God described the heart of her mother towards the child.  Her mother had no love for her.  Therefore, it was not possible for her mother to show her any real pity to take her in and save her.   There was no compassion for this child.  It was as if her child was not human.  God is describing the agenda of Satan that we can see happening called “late term abortion” and “infanticide”.  Infanticide occurs after the child is born, where a woman can legally just throw them away after birth, as if they were a piece of trash.  The depraved human heart leads to the absence of love which leads to the loss or departure of any pity, mercy, and compassion.  The only God solution is to invite the Love of God in our hearts and He will help us to love them.  When these divine qualities, morals and characteristics are not found within a growing level of humanity, there should be a loud outcry from those that have these qualities.  Any child that is tossed in the trash could have been you.  Why are we not thankful enough that it was not us to speak up for them and command them to “live”?

We need to be like God and act like Him with great love, mercy, and compassion to stop the killing of innocent, defenseless and voiceless human beings.  We need to show the same level of love and mercy to help save these children, take care of these children, and help them grow and mature to what God wants them to become.

As you continue to read in Ezekiel with verses 7 through 13 you see the God kind of love being extended with great lovingkindness and tender mercies.  She is blessed by God and grows up and matures and is given fine jewelry and clothing, etc.  What a tremendous love our God had for this little girl laying in her own blood about to die.  Where are the Christians that will stand up and do the same for the children today?  Speak “Live” to them to help them to live and grow!

CONCLUSION
ENDING SATAN’S PLAN TO ABORT CHILDREN

There have been over 60 million abortions since 1973 in the U.S. and it does not sound like many Christians have given this enough consideration to make it a priority. It is time for Christians to unite in prayer and take a stand against this evil. We do not protest, we do not riot, we do not scream and yell at those that are doing this. But we must learn to come into agreement with God and allow Him to help us fix this crisis. If we do not doo this we will be judged someday for what is happening.  Let me give you a couple of verses that apply to our situation:

Pro 24:11  Rescue captives condemned to death, and spare those staggering toward their slaughter.
Pro 24:12  When you say, “We didn’t know this,” won’t the one who weighs hearts take note of it? Won’t the one who guards your soul know it? Won’t he pay back people for what they do?

I quoted this verse from the God’s Word translation to help us to see what the LORD is trying to teach us today. God commands us to rescue captives condemned to death. That sounds exactly like a baby in the womb to me. The next phrase further confirms this by calling a slaughter and this word confirms the dismemberment in the procedure tearing their limbs from their body or sucking their brains out of their skull. God says for us to “rescue” these from this fate. Then in verse 12 God informs us that we cannot say “We didn’t know or understand” that He would hold us accountable for the murders that others were committing.

Christians should have a caring heart. We must not do nothing anymore. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal or natural. We do not fight this with our hand or our fist. We need to unite in prayer and repent for our passivity. We must repent and ask for forgiveness for all of the innocent blood that is crying out from the grounds of our nation. Like “Abel’s blood” that cried out in Genesis, these children’s blood have the same outcry that desire justice. But, we should plead for mercy because we have the “Blood of Jesus” that speaks better things for us (Heb 12:24). Besides praying we can do something else to put actions to our faith in God. God will always do what we cannot do, but what we CAN do, He will not override our inaction and non-participation. Christians must work in cooperation with Him.

We are living right now just before a monumental election in the U.S.  It does not matter who you like or how you are registered to vote. It will only matter on judgment day who you voted for and if they stood for Biblical values and truths.  Does your candidate support God’s “pro-life” agenda that aligns itself with the Bible?  This is our essential part to work with God in solving the abortion issue. I recently heard that only 40% of Christians are even registered to vote. That is an evil work of deception taking place. It is your God given right and freedom to vote for people that will help the plan of God and promote His Biblical values. When you do not participate in this Satan is allowed to place his controlled leaders into office. It is Satan’s agenda to take everyone to hell by forcing you to take his mark. This is going to happen sooner than you think.

Read the political party platforms and then observe and research their past votes and actions.  Ignore what they say to get elected!  Most politicians say one thing to get elected and do something completely different after elected.  Their stated party platforms (plans) and their actions on the record are all the proof and evidence that you need.  Ask yourself, do their actions align with the thoughts and words of God almighty or Satan?  Whose team are they on.  What spirit are they working for or with?  Please use discernment from the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to understand who to vote for.

Ask yourself will your candidate appoint judges to the Supreme court that are for a child’s death or their life? Never, in history has it become so clear the opposite extremes being offered as 2 choices in this election.  Only one man has supported life and has already appointed 2 great pro-life judges.  One more judge could change history and help get us back towards God.  If you cannot tell the difference, please spend a lot of time in prayer and the Bible to get the mind of Christ before you vote. 

We can already clearly see where in New York and Virginia how they have voted to allow abortions up to and including 9 months of pregnancy.  These children in the womb are clearly able to survive if allowed to be born.  But instead they are being permitted to be murdered.  With modern technology in the medical field, children of only 22 weeks can survive a premature birth.  This is amazing.

In2018, twins Keely and Kambry Ewold from Iowa survived after being born 22 weeks and 1 day.  In April 2019, twins Everlei and Rylei survived being born 22 weeks and 2 days in the womb.  What a blessing these children are to the world.  What a testimony of modern capabilities to save life instead of to take life. 

God is on the side of “life”.  Let us stand with God and vote “PRO-LIFE” in 2020.  This issue of Life should be every Christian’s number one priority.  More than the economy.  More than your desire for financial prosperity.  More than your desire for a big house.  More than your desire for new car.  God promises us if we will seek first to advance His kingdom above all else all these other things will be added to us (Mat 6:33). But, please know that the only way God’s plan will be accomplished for life, is for you to vote!

Finally, I do not want to judge or condemn anyone that has had an abortion.  If you feel the pain from this and have repented to plead the Blood of Jesus to cleanse you from this sin, it is gone as far as the east is from the west.  I want to show you the same level of mercy that God showed to the little girl in Ezekiel 16.  God can use what you have been through to help someone else and hopefully cause them not to go through it.

God bless you and please share this lesson with all of your friends and relatives.  Sure, it might offend some and you might lose a friend.  But that is how truth operates in the world.  To some it will be eye opening and to others it will be offensive.  However, the blood of these children being murdered will not be on your hands anymore.  Thank you again and I love you and God loves you.  If you would like to be brave and share your testimony with us on this subject, I know God will use you to be a blessing to a lot of people. GOD and I vote for LIFE, please join us.

Deu 30:19  I call on heaven and earth as witnesses today that I have offered you life or death, blessings or curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants will live.

Modern Examples of Deception to Avoid Part 5 – The Deception of Criticism in the Church!

A SPIRIT OF CRITICISM!

(Ver 2.2) This is Part 5 in a Bible study series that is designed to help us to learn from examples of deception being used by Satan in the modern world that we as Christians should endeavor to avoid. Every Bible study in the series is intended to be helpful as an independent lesson. But if you would like to study the entire series of lessons from the beginning, you can go to “Part 1” first.  This lesson series should help Christians to learn that there is more than one type of deception being used by Satan to deceive them.  But, today’s lesson will focus only on how some Christians have been deceived into believing that they are the only Christians that are truly saved causing them to believe they are the only ones that are knowledgeable and right in all their doctrinal beliefs. 

This type of deception tends to cause these people to denounce all other Christians of differing beliefs to be called names such as “false prophets”, “false teachers”, “heretics”, “ministers of heresy”, etc.  Does that sound very Christian to you?  This type of behavior sounds more like the devil’s modern-day plot called “the cancel culture agenda”.  These people go so far with their mob mentality that if anyone does not agree with their beliefs, they are shouted down to silence them.  These types of mobs are very intolerant of any words that conflict with their beliefs.  They hate people that speak anything contrary and they call out their opponents with demeaning names for public shaming, like being called a “racist”.  If this does not shut the opposition up, they move to the extreme of mob violence and eventually to the even highest extreme of murder to silence people that disagree with them.  Wow, what a world we are experiencing. 

This lesson is a complete rewrite of an older lesson from years ago.  It has been completely updated and revised to hopefully be more kind and helpful.  Let us get started in our lesson.

INTRODUCTION

1Co 8:1  Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. 
1Co 8:2  And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

The writer of 2/3 of the New Testament recorded a word of warning inspired by the Holy Spirit for the church.  Please agree that Paul would qualify to have more knowledge of the truth than most other Christians both then and now.  But Paul who knew so much warns us to not allow our presumed knowledge of the truth to get us into Satan’s trap of pride.  The Holy Spirit instructs us clearly to walk in love when dealing with other Christians before we try to teach them what we think we know.  I have heard it said this way, that people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. 

Please notice what verse 2 said.  God says, if we think we know anything about a subject, we must first realize that we could be significantly ignorant to understand that we do not know the entire truth of the subject.  That was my paraphrase of the verse.  But we can see that this was what the all-knowing God was trying to teach us limited humans. I believe these two verses describe the initial stages of the downfall of Lucifer.  We can learn that it was this type of thinking that Lucifer was imagining in his heart reading in Isaiah 14.  Lucifer obviously was self-deceived into believing he knew as much as God.  This same pattern of self-deception can be repeated with humans and Christians also today. 

This truth teaches us that deception can occur two ways.  Christians can be deceived by others (1 Jn 3:7) or we can also deceive ourselves (1 Cor 3:18, James 1:26).  A Christian that studies the Bible can fall into the same Lucifer type of self-deception and self-exaltation because of our pride in what we think that we know about God and His Word.  You might recall that in 2 Corinthians 12:3, Paul informs us that God allowed a satanic thorn in his flesh to keep him from being self-exalted in pride from all of the revelation of the Word of God that was given to him. If Paul would have filled himself with pride for everything that he knew, he could have fallen to not fulfill what God’s plan was for His life. This is a great description of what happened to Lucifer, when he fell in pride.  Remember what Proverbs 16:18 says “Pride goes before destruction…”  Let us also recall what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:11-12:

1Co 13:11  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things
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

These verses teach us two truths about Paul’s knowledge of the Word of God.  First, spiritual knowledge is a process of growing out of an unlearned childish state who lacks any understanding and speaks a lot of childish ma ma, da da, and goo goo words to finally becoming a mature Christian that puts away all of this kind of baby speaking.  Then in verse 12 we can see how Paul who knew more than most of us about the Word of God declares he did not know it all.  He admits that we (Paul and us) still only know a small part. Wow, that is the opposite of a prideful attitude of thinking that he had a complete knowledge of the entire truth. Newborn Christians have such a limited capacity of seeing spiritual truth. And when these types of Christians criticize others, their words can be used as weapons to offend other Christians to fall away.

If you are a Christian, you should know that this prideful pattern of self-deception occurred several times in the Bible with humans.  For example, this is what the Pharisees did to Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior!  Religious Pharisees believed they knew so much about truth that they killed their Author of truth on a cross.  This type of deception is what is happening in the church and the world today.

We can see very clearly that there are still a lot of pride filled Pharisees types in the world.  Where did they get this command to criticize others? Who has exalted them to be the anointed, appointed, and called instrument of God’s swift justice? Is it God?  Where did these people obtain the gift of criticism? This must be a spiritual gift that we missed reading about in 1 Corinthians 12.  Did you find this gift in your Bible?  In 1 Corinthians 12:4 God does say there are many different Gifts but ONLY 1 GOD that gives them all. So, does it make sense to you, that if God has given some in the church gifts to build up the church, that there would also be other gifts that are designed to divide, destroy and tear it down?  That sounds like the works of two different opposing Gods to me.

There are deceived Christian people that believe that God is a God who is intolerant of human ignorance.  There are even Christians that seem to believe that God is swift to judge ignorant misguided Christians. Could it be that many of these types of Christians believe they know more about the Bible than they do?  Could it be possible that these types of people are not pleased with other Christians who are not as perfect as they believe they are? Could it be this is because of a type of prideful attitude towards others that we learned Lucifer had towards God?  Why do Christians judge other Christians just because there are differences in Bible knowledge and beliefs?  Could it be our pride or prejudices that cause us to call some Bible teachers false just because we do not agree with them? 

I believe that we are deceived if we believe that it is only us that have the mind of Christ and only we hear from God.  I believe we are deceived if we believe that the Spirit of God only resides in us.  I believe we are deceived if we believe the Spirit of God does not teach anyone else but us and our church leaders.  I believe that we are deceived if we believe the Spirit of God does not use anyone else but us and our denomination. I believe that we are deceived if we believe the Spirit of God shows favoritism and has selected only a choice few in our own group to carry forth the truth.

Surely you have noticed people who openly criticize and condemn TV and internet preachers as being false prophets and false teachers?  Do they do this to save others from going to hell? Could listening to something that is not true be the main reason for going to hell?  If it is, we are all going to hell because no one is teaching 100% of the truth because no one but God knows 100% of the truth!  I believe listening to these presumed false preachers and teachers is not a sin or going to send anyone to hell.  This is why God wrote us an instruction how to deal with this in Acts 17:11.  Here in this verse God said to be a more noble Berean type of Bible student and look up in your own Bible daily to prove if what was taught to you was the truth. 

If you hear someone criticizing and condemning Bible teachers for what they teach, please ask them “What is the basis that makes someone false or true teacher?”  If they say it is the Word of God, then that is the pathway to knowing the truth. Ask them next for the Bible verses for their beliefs that contradict what was taught.  If they give you some, go and read them and study them yourself.  See if this is what the Holy Spirit is saying to you about the truth.  But, if they say that it is their opinion of what they think the Word of God says, that could be a reason for deception.  Who says our opinion is right or complete enough to judge?  Are we God?

We can see so many of these types of Pharisee types all around us.  Especially on the internet.  But there are some on TV that make similar claims.  It is amazing how easy it is for Satan to deceive people to judge others that they do not know personally or have ever met in person.  I believe these types of criticizing judges are not examples for real Christians to follow or try to emulate. In fact, Jesus warned us that we should do surgery to remove the large beam from our own eye before we do some minor surgery to try to remove the small speck from our brother’s eye (Luke 6:42).

In 1 Corinthians 14:1 God commands us to “Pursue LOVE, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that we may prophesy.  In verse 3 Paul defines for us what it means to prophesy.  He says to prophesy is for us to speak to the church for 3 reasons:

  1. Edification
  2. Exhortation
  3. Comfort

The Greek word translated as “edification” literally means to build a house.  That is the opposite of tearing the church down with words of criticism.  The Greek word translated as “exhortation” means to “call someone to be near” as in give them an invitation based upon love to come in.  The Greek word translated as “comfort” is a word that implies that we need to “encourage” people.  This would include telling someone about what they are doing right, good, and well.  This means that Christians should bring an emphasis to what is positive in someone in the body of Christ and not negative. This would teach that we should be looking for what they are doing good and not spending all our time trying to tear them down.  In other words we should not be examining their every word spoken or written to look for something to trap them or to use to twist against them.  No, we should rather be focused to look for the good words that they say and let the others that we may not agree with right now, maybe either just let them go by or go and study the verses to see if they are a true and better choice for our beliefs.  I heard one wise preacher teach this concept by saying “Any old cow is smart enough to eat the good straw while spitting out the bad tasting sticks”.  So just because someone is not perfect and does not know everything perfectly as we view it, it is still not wise to reject everything that they teach.

  SOME EFFECTS OF THIS DECEPTION

My primary concern about these types of deceived people that attack Christian ministers the most, is the fact that there are so many new Christians that can be  easily influenced to stumble and fall away from moving forward to fulfill God’s plan for their lives.  I believe that it is essential for new Christians to grow up to be spiritually mature and to learn to hear from God for themselves.  But deceived Christians who share criticism of other Christians can change the direction of a new Christian’s life very easily.  Ungodly criticism gives the impression to some that we are fighting between each other while we ignore our real enemy Satan. Why would God desire for Christians to fight against Christians?  Are there not demonic spiritual enemies to war against (Eph 6:12)?

New Christians can be distracted by incomplete or unsupported words of condemnation given by people that claim to be believers.  These people can sound so intelligent and can sound so sure and confident in their minds of their judgments.  But confidence and intelligence does not make anything true. God may be attempting to lead a new Christian into learning something fresh that He desires them to learn.  But Satan’s deception can keep new or even some mature Christians from searching in their own Bible to know if what is said is true or not (Acts 17:11).  The ignorance of new believers to understanding advanced spiritual Bible truths makes them much simpler to deceive than someone who has studied the Bible for over 20+ years and was raised in a good church from a young age.  This is exactly why Paul was incredibly careful at times to only bring milk subjects to certain new Christians.  Paul knew that the deep meat subjects were potentially very highly offensive (1 Cor 3:12) to new babes in Christ. Notice what Paul warned the church in this verse:

Rom 14:13  Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. 

Could it be this is what is happening when people judge without having sufficient experience and understanding of the Bible?  I believe it is exactly what is happening in the modern church.  There is nothing new under the sun.

FOUR MAIN REASONS
WHY THERE ARE DIFFERENCES
IN UNDERSTANDING SOME BIBLE TEACHINGS

When any Christian judges a Bible teacher that teaches something different than what they are accustomed to, this can demonstrate a person’s pride in their own knowledge of the Bible.  Usually when someone hears some words that do not make sense they become easily offended at the message.  This type of becoming offended can then be followed by their rapid poor choice for speaking opinionated judgements to others.  When these rapid judgments are heard by others, they can cause them to become offended also. This can then result in the placement of a spiritual stumbling block that we just read about in the last section. 

But we need to see and learn that there are several potential reasons for why someone does not agree with what is taught by others.  Most rapid poor judgments are based upon a presumed belief that someone that is different is purposefully teaching something to deceive them. But in fact, there are other reasons that need to be considered to help eliminate our poor snap judgments.

Human disagreement of the Bible can come from one of four main areas of potential misunderstanding.  The first possibility is that the teacher may be confused on the subject or ignorant of something else in the Bible that you know that needs to be known by them to better understand the subject.  That is called ignorance on the part of the teacher and we are ALL ignorant about many things found in the Bible.   Ignorance is not a sin, nor does it make anyone a false teacher. In fact, I have learned a lot of things from Bible teachers that I did not agree with 100%.  These types of ministers were very sincere in studying and teaching the Bible but did not see certain things in the Bible that I had learned from my own study.  I figured out that these teachers were not intentionally deceiving anyone, and their heart was full of good intentions to provide their message to others.  But this is one of the primary reasons that disagreements of Bible truth can occur.  It is very normal to find this happening in any church and with any teacher. We are all on differing levels of knowing the Bible. I understand that you could know something that I have not yet learned and vice versa you may not know something that I have learned.  Also, some of us are on a first-grade level of learning the Bible and others of us are at the advanced doctorate level of learning the Bible and others of us are somewhere in between. Therefore, I have learned to give other Bible teachers a lot of grace and mercy and I pray that you will do the same for me and for other teachers.

The second possibility for a Bible disagreement is that the teacher could have just misspoken or written something in haste that was just an honest mistake or accident.  I have seen many teachers and speakers do this that were both Christian and non-Christian teachers.  If you have read all the Bible lessons on this website, no doubt you may have seen where I have made several unintentional errors, typing mistakes, misspellings, grammatical errors, etc.  These types of unintentional errors are also normal and do not make anyone a false or even a bad teacher.  This just proves that we are all still imperfect humans.

Once, I remember a man that pointed out that I attributed something to Luke in a lesson that he was reading that I should not have done.  After I read it, I knew that I had done this in haste and that I should not have written it in the way that I did.  I thanked him for his comment that pointed this out and I quickly made the correction.  Even though this error occurred in typing a lesson too fast, was without intent, and was corrected, he informed me that he would not be reading any more of my Bible lessons.  He was obviously looking for an extremely high standard of perfection that would only fit his level of acceptance in study material content and that was sad.  Because of him being offended, there is no telling what he might have missed out on that God wanted to show him. 

Imperfections in speech or in writing can cause someone to be offended and this keeps a lot of people from receiving and knowing a lot of truth.  But as we learned previously, mistakes do not make anyone a false teacher, it only shows they are learning mortal humans.  In fact, God purposefully uses the most foolish imperfect people in the world to confound the wise perfectionists (1Cor 1:27). 

Now for reason number 3 that causes people to be easily offended at the teachings of some ministers.  We must understand a simple basic truth that not everyone listens perfectly to hear what is really being said.  We can see an example of this in John 12:28-29.  Here Jesus was praying to the Father and the Father answers Him from heaven with an audible voice. Some that were standing around said it was just thunder and others claimed they heard a voice of an angel.  We can clearly learn that not everyone heard the same words, the same way.

There are many words that sound like other words.  There are literally many ways for some words to be used that do not mean what someone is hearing them to say.  Slang words are one simple way for messages to be easily misunderstood. Figures of speech are another way to misunderstand the teacher.  Other words just have multiple definitions and that is a great challenge.  Unless everyone is on the same level of every word’s meaning and application there are just a lot of potential ways for a message to be misunderstood.  Therefore, we all need to stop and think before we get offended at something that we think that someone said. 

Finally, for possibility number 4.  Some differences in agreement concerning the Bible subject being taught is possibly some bad news for many Christians. From my experience in studying and teaching the Bible over the last almost 30 years, “I have found that the more I learn, the more I discover that I yet do not know”.  This fourth possible conflict situation occurs when a teacher teaches something that someone may consider heresy, but it is only a revelation found in the Bible that they have never seen before.  I have found that baby Christians that know the least about the Bible are usually the most vocal critics of things they have never seen in the Bible.  Therefore, this type of Bible teacher is not even close to being a false teacher.  We learn that the root problem occurs because of the ignorance and improper attitude of the listener who was offended.

We find this type of conflict occurs with more than just the Bible.  I have observed this where doctors that are general practitioners are wise enough to not go into brain surgery without having been trained in that specialist field.  No, the general practitioner is smart enough to refer the patient to a trained specialist and there are almost never any conflicts between these two types of educated professionals. 

I have seen the medial conflict normally occurs between the ignorant unschooled patient that has only read one opinionated article on the internet and their doctor who is more knowledgeable. It is the doctor that has spent years of education and practice and has studied the subject constantly that is opposed by the ignorant patient.  Most doctors are only trying to help them. However, the doctor is usually never offended at the ignorance of the patient, it is almost always the patient that is offended at the trained and educated doctor.  Maybe the patient searched the internet and found an article that said to do something new and crazy to cure their problem. But when they approach the doctor with their proposed answer, the patient becomes easily offended because they believed a potential false internet article that was overruled by the doctor’s advanced training.  Do you see how this analogy of the doctor and patient could apply to Bible teachers and students?

Ok, I will admit that there is a possible fifth explanation for differences in Bible teachings and Bible understanding agreement that causes someone to be offended.  It is possible that Satan has deceived a minister to accept a lie and they are teaching it like it was a true revelation from the LORD.  These types of ministers come in two types.  The first is the one that is deceived and does not know it and the second is one that is just intentionally lying to be used as Satan’s tool for the deception of others.  I believe type two is a rare occurrence.  Most preachers and teachers desire to know and teach the truth in a loving and kind way, but they just do not know the entire truth. 

We can find examples of these types of preachers that preach and teach in the subject of the rapture.  Some believe there is no-rapture, others believe pre-trib, others mid-trib and others post-trib.  There is absolutely no way that all four types of ministers are teaching the truth.  At least three of the four must be teaching something that they believe is the truth but is not in actuality the truth.  This type of conflict does not make anyone of these ministers a false teacher, it should however teach us to go into our Bible and find out what the LORD is saying to us.  Do not follow people, follow the Holy Spirit and the Bible. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into the truth in His Word.  Then open your Bible and begin your search.  Jesus promised us that if we ask and seek, He will answer, and we will find (Luke 11:10).

I knew a minister that fell into deception once.  He started a church and it grew into an exceptionally large group of over 5000 people.  He was an excellent anointed Bible teacher, and this was why the church increased.  However, deception began to creep into the teachings many years later. This was probably from the people that he began to associate with. Within a short time, he was divorced, and the church went from over 5000 members to ZERO and does not exist anymore.  What do we learn from this example?  It did not take Christian criticism to topple his ministry.  The ministry collapsed on its own weight of deception.  Please do not misunderstand me.  There was Christian criticism.  There was worldly news media criticism.  There were government investigations into the church. But it was mostly people who knew the Bible that walked away from the church that caused it to go down.  Please read what this wise man said about some real God teachers in Acts:

Act 5:38  And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
Act 5:39  But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

Can we understand the wisdom being taught to us here?  These were the religious men of the day that believed in their heart that they were right, and they knew more than these unlearned men that were preaching Jesus.  But who was right? Was it the Pharisees or these called of God preachers?  Obviously, it was these called of God preachers named Peter and the other apostles that were with him that were teaching the truth.  What did this wise man say to do to them?  Notice that he recommended that everyone ignore them and see if it was the work of man or the work of God.  If it were the work of God, he said that they would be the ones that were guilty of fighting against God.  And if it were the work of only men, it would fail under its own weight and come to nothing. That is an amazing revelation to learn.

NEW REVELATION

What is revelation?  The Greek word G602 means “to reveal” or “to disclose”, or “to uncover”.  This implies something was previously hidden for it to be made available to be revealed.  G602 comes from the Greek word G601 that means “to uncover”.  Again, this implies something that was previously covered to not be seen or recognized because of a shield that hid it.  Proverbs 25:2 claims “It is the Glory of God to conceal a thing, and the honor of kings to search out a matter”.  It appears after studying verses like this that God has purposely hidden things for saved Christian people to search and find.

What we have learned is that God has concealed a lot of information in the Bible in order that He could take the cover off it at the appropriate time. He does this for two main reasons.  The first is for us to search His Word to learn, know, understand, and apply it to our lives.  The second is to keep the information from His enemies.

The Greek words G601 or G602 occur in 44 verses of the New Testament.  I believe God is trying to teach us that there are many secrets that were hidden in the Bible to be found.  God calls these “mysteries”.  God’s mysteries are the source for God’s revelations.  The Greek word G3466 translated as “mystery” means “secrets” as in to shut the mouth and not tell anyone.  This is the concept of keeping a silent.  But God’s design was not to eternally lock these secrets of His message up permanently by not speaking to us, but rather He designed His Word in a coded fashion to allow Him to uncover them in succession, to be known in His timing.   This Greek word occurs in 27 New Testament verses and occurs first in Matthew:

Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 

Jesus speaking to the foundation of His church builders tells them the secrets of the kingdom of heaven were given to them to know, but to others it was not been given.  Wow, this teaches us even more about the subject of how there exists some people that can see selected truths while others are unable to perceive them simultaneously.  What we are learning is the fact that two people can be reading or hearing the exact same words being taught from the Bible and both could be understanding an opposed meaning or interpretation of the exact same words.  How can this be?  Aren’t the word definitions and meanings the same for both?  However, we learn that the entire issue of understanding pivots upon the point of view of the reader or listener.  God teaches us this here:

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 

Here we discover the main factor for argumentative Bible conflicts. God describes factor for understanding truth to be dependent upon the human condition of being saved or being unsaved and potentially the issue of the duration of how long someone has been saved.  Unsaved people are completely natural minded with five senses dominating their thinking.  However, saved people are in varying levels and stages of spiritual growth, development, and maturity.  Therefore, a newborn baby Christian that needs to be fed only milk subjects may not be able to swallow (understand) very much of the deep meat (spiritual) type subjects that are hidden in the Bible.  God called this process a renewal of the Christian mind to be a process of transformation from thinking naturally to thinking spiritually (Rom 12:2, Eph 4:23). 

When a new Bible student begins to read the Bible in complete spiritual ignorance there is a never ending supply of revelation and uncovering available from the hidden spiritual words and meaning that God can make available if they desire to know the truth, learn how to look for them and ask God to reveal them.  The Holy Spirit on the inside of a Christian desires to lead every Christian into a deep and intimate personal understanding of the Word of God (Luke 12:2). 

This is one reason why many carnal thinking Christians can be easily offended at hearing something that the Holy Spirit has taught others on a higher level of spiritual understanding.  The main source of conflict and challenge is that this new Christian has not yet encountered, discovered, or seen the subject in their Bible yet.  Are we all together on this concept of why some people are offended at some teachers and why they may call them a false teacher, but they really are not?

There is this major problem with teaching new revelation from the Bible on the internet and on TV.  There is no filter on an advanced spiritual teaching to keep a natural thinking Christian from being offended by it. Therefore, many will reject and come against it like they did the message of Peter in Acts 5.  Christians do this based upon prejudices and a much too rapid rush to judgment before they can test the message using a deep study in their Bible.  I know I have said this several times in this lesson but this is a main take away for reading and studying this lesson.

There is almost always resistance to change or any new addition to traditional Bible teachings by human nature.  This resistance is like me trying to show my 2-year-old son how to tie his shoes and he says to me “No, I do it”.  Can you see how unlearned Christians can act the same way today?  This is an incredibly significant deception taking place in the church.

Please go back and read the Gospels again.  Notice how many times Jesus was teaching and giving people a message that was essential for them to know who He really was and the listeners’ reaction was to pick up stones to try to kill Him or to throw Him off a cliff to kill Him.  Was Jesus telling the Truth?  Of course, He was!  He was the author of the entire Bible and it was impossible for Him to lie.  Jesus proves that truth is not always seen or accepted, and it can even move people to commit murder.

This was a common pattern that occurred in all of church history.  Paul came out and taught things that offended many Jewish believers.  These early Jewish believers thought these new Gentile believers had to be physically circumcised.  But Paul opposed this by teaching a new revelation saying “He is not a Jew that is one outwardly circumcised in the flesh, but he is a Jew that is one circumcised inwardly in his heart” (Rom 2:28-29). Can you see the two natures in conflict in this example?  Paul was thinking on a higher level of spirituality than the natural Jewish believers that were focused on some outward visible flesh priorities. Paul won this argument because it was the truth. 

Then there were other church history examples.  When Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door, because he had found things in the Bible that were not agreeable with the church’s practices of selling indulgences, he sparked a nerve in deceived church leaders.   The deceived leaders excommunicated him from their church.  But, most of Martin Luther’s sound teachings are still being taught today in protestant denominations.  He experienced the same type of religious opposition as Jesus and Paul.

Well I have had the same issues.  I have had people leave me comments informing me I am of Satan.  They are so kind to tell me that I am teaching heresy.  They even claim to be praying to God to shut down my website because of the deception that I am teaching.  I have learned to ignore them and pray for them.  I know what God says in Numbers about Balaam speaking to King Balak who wanted him to curse natural Israel.  Balaam said “I have received a commandment to bless, and He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it” (Num 23:20). People cannot curse what God has blessed.  Thank you, Jesus.

CONCLUSION

I am not someone who claims to know everything in the Bible. But like most other Christians, I have learned a few things in my life. One truth that I have learned is that there is no one human on the earth that knows and understands the entire Bible perfectly. I do not know anyone on the earth today that understands even a majority of the truth of the Bible.  There have been many people that have written exhaustive commentaries on the Bible with a lot of good information that we can learn from.  However, none of these represent the complete truth or understanding of the Bible.  Many of these commentaries can even contradict each other in certain subjects and verses.  Also, there are usually a vast number of scriptures that have no explanation because the writer did not understand it enough to comment on it.

No one knows 100% of the truth and you should have the same realization.  We must begin every day of our life understanding that only God knows everything!   This attitude gives us a more complete perspective of our humanity limitations for us to become humbler to accept and learn something new from God every day.  With this type of adjustment in attitude we might just discover something new in the Bible that we have never seen before.

I have discovered through guidance by the Holy Spirit and deep study that the Bible is much more complex than many humans think.  Humans are incapable of understanding everything that the Bible says without God’s tremendous assistance.  Some do not believe this, but it is still true.  I recently heard of one gentleman who said, “there is nothing hidden in the Bible”.  He was implying everything could just be read and understood automatically in the surface text.  I wonder if this ease of understanding that he believes in, is why there are thousands of Christian denominations in our world? 

Here is a basic fact of truth that we must agree upon.  God’s intelligence is so far beyond our intelligence that there is no comparison to be made between us and Him.  Therefore, any human that claims that they are the only teacher of all truth is an instrument of the devil sent to confuse and deceive us.  Jesus in speaking to the Pharisees said this:

Mat 23:15  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Wow, these are very blunt and direct words, aren’t they?  I see Pharisees in our world at work today everywhere.  They sit in their arrogant churches, mosques and synagogues and seek converts to become a more diligent police force for the spread of their version of the truth.  These are the self-appointed thought police of their religions.  Instead of being like Jesus they want to ram their religion down our throats and if we do not submit, they will eventually try to kill the unbelievers who resist them.   Their philosophy is either you change to our beliefs or we will silence you.  That is a demonic attitude and does not resemble the true nature and character of God in any way.

Unfortunately, there are deceived people who try to control others. But I do not recall where God ever says for anyone to go into all the world and attack every teacher, prophet or religion that disagrees with your belief.   That is not LOVE! After Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead, He asked Peter three times “Do you Love Me?”  Peter said, “Yes Lord” every time.  Then Jesus said, “Go and FEED my SHEEP!”.   Notice, that in John 21, Jesus never told Peter to confront the false feedings of false shepherds.  No Jesus just implied for Peter to become a type of good shepherd and go “feed” His sheep with good healthy “food” of truth.  Jesus confirmed this before He left this world. 

I believe we have learned that one problem with most people who attack others is based upon the fact that they just do not know much of the truth to teach.  It is very much like modern politics.  If someone on the right makes a point of truth that cannot be countered with a higher or greater truth by the left, then that person on the left just begins to hurl accusations of racism to silence the speaker on the right.  So, these types of people like to tear down others around them using biased charges to distract from their own ignorance.  So, going forward Christians should only concentrate on doing this command of Jesus:

Mar 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

This is another selection of the last words spoken by Jesus to His followers.  Jesus said very clearly to “GO and PREACH”.  In other words, He did not command anyone to go and confront, or go and criticize, or go and persecute, or go and hate, or go and force feed, or go and teach against any perceived evil doers to their face.  Jesus never mentioned that Christians should go and try to silence the false teachers.  Jesus only said for us to go into all the world and spread the good news food of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  That means teach the GOOD TRUTH as we know it and understand it.  This is the opposite of condemning others.  The good message was that of reconciliation and salvation and not attacking those who are different.  By Christians attacking others we become the same as the unsaved world.  How does acting the same as evil people convince them to change to become Christians?  It does not and that is the problem.

By doing the sayings of Jesus, we can all become a better Christian.  Jesus said if we do His Word, we will be like a wise man that built his house on the rock and when the storms of life come upon us, we will withstand them and be unshaken and will not fall (Luke 6:38). Therefore, Christians should primarily focus on bringing the “Good News” to people.  The Truth of the Good News of Salvation is what is needed to help others change their beliefs.  If we are NOT speaking truth in love, then we are no different than a radical mobster hurling a brick.  The only difference is that we would be a deceived person attempting to hurl mean words.

PERSONAL APPLICATION

Let us pray a prayer and ask God to help us not fall into Satan’s trap of condemning other people by calling them a false teacher just because they do not say or teach everything that we believe in 100% agreement.

Heavenly Father forgive me for any words that I have spoken against any of your servants.  You said in Romans 14:4 that we should not judge your servants, because you are able to make them stand or fall.  Lord God help me to be humble enough to admit that I could be wrong in my beliefs and give me the grace to go and study your Word to see if there are things that I need to change in my personal beliefs.  Help my beliefs in your Word to conform and grow into the knowledge of your higher level of Spiritual Truth.  Oh, God do not let me be deceived.  Help me to discern between truths and lies quickly and accurately.  Help me to only accept your Truth and to reject any false teachings of deception.  But, also help me not to be critical of anyone that is not teaching what is 100% truth as you have shown me.  Help me to pray for any Bible teacher that is not 100% accurate in every area and I will pray that the God of my Lord Jesus Christ, the father of glory may give them the Spirit of wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of Jesus Christ to know your truth (Eph 1:17).

Dearest God help the body of Christ to unite in one accord in these last days as your Son prayed in John 17:20-21.  Allow the Spirit of truth, love, peace, and harmony to become the dominate common bond of unity between every believer.  Help us all to be faithful laborers within your harvest field to spread the Good News to anyone that you place across our path. Grant unto us the boldness to speak and declare the Gospel at every opportunity.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen!

If you would like to continue in the Deception series please go to “Part 6“.

UNDERSTANDING THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER – PART 5 – AN ESSENTIAL SOIL TYPE OVERVIEW

Parable_of_sower_5(Ver 1.1) This is Part 5 in the Bible Study series of the most significant Parable in the Bible.  Jesus said if you do not understand this parable, how then will you understand any parable (Mk 4:13)?  That makes this parable on a greater level or a higher plain of importance than all the others.  Of course, all of them are still important to us.   If you have not studied this subject from the beginning, I would highly recommend that you begin with “Part 1” first.  We will be unable to go over every detail previously provided in this series.  For example, in earlier lessons we obtained an excellent overview of the sower, the seed and the fruit.  These were three positive symbols given to us in the parable by Jesus.  In these lessons we should have learned that the Seed represents primarily God’s spoken Word, but that there was also an implied negative counterpart to it that comes from Satan.  This negative seed type will result in distractions and deceptions that we can label as “weeds”.  Spiritual “weeds” originated from the curse spoken to Adam in Genesis 3:18 when God said the soil would produce “thorns” and “thistles”.  Today we will learn more about what these represent.

Finally, we learned about fruit in our last lesson.  This subject is the positive intended outcome for God’s incredibly positive Word when planted in good soil.  I am convinced that “fruit” is God’s spiritual goal and plan for every human who will cooperate and receive His Word into their heart.  I am also convinced that fruit represents requirements or specifications for salvation.  This brings us to today’s subject of the soil.  The soil represents the unseen heart of a human.  However, this invisible heart is NOT the physical blood pumping organ that keeps our human body alive.  No, the heart of a human is the unseen captive eternal spirit being on the inside of our body.  Our human spirit becomes one with the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:17) after we receive the Word of God, believe, and confess Jesus as our Lord.  There was more to our lessons than that, but that was a quick review.  We will now continue with this subject and the specific topic of “soil” and “soil types”.

INTRODUCTION TO THE SOIL

I would like to begin this study of the “soil” with an overview of the soil types found in the Parable of the Sower.  Soil represents the heart also called the spirit of a human.  This is the internal unseen spiritual part of the triune composition of every human (1 Th 5:23).  Our heart element is the human portion that will never cease to exist (Lk 16:22-23).  We should also understand that Jesus gave us 4 specific divisions of spirit/soil types in the Parable of the Sower.  It is also important to note that this parable occurs in 3 Gospels Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke 8.  All accounts of the parable agree, but with some specific details only being mentioned in one parable.  This is a major reason why we should read every one given to combine them into an accumulated list of facts to conclude every truth that was taught.  It is very much like a crime that occurs with three different witnesses that observe the event from three different angles of perspective.  Each witness testimony must be true from each individual perspective but when it is balanced together the combined agreement of testimony provides the most accurate overall information of what happened.  Here are the main 4 soil types as described by Jesus:

  1. Way Side (Mat 13:4, Mk 4:4, Luk 8:5)
  2. Stony Ground (Mat 13:5, Mk 4:5, Luk 8:6)
  3. Thorny Ground (Mat 13:7, Mk 4:7, Luk 8:7)
  4. Good Ground (Mat 13:8, Mk 4:8, Luk 8:8)

We are going to go through each soil type individually picking out the details of Greek Words to help us understand what Jesus said.  We will list every descriptive explanatory verse from Matthew, Mark and Luke to learn from.  Let us get started with the wayside soil.

#1 – WAYSIDE SOIL OVERVIEW

highway of dirtThe first type of soil mentioned by Jesus is called the “way side” soil.  This soil type comes from the Greek word G3598 that literally means a “road” or “highway”.  That is an informative descriptive term with widespread implications attached to it.  Any well-traveled road in Bible days was a soil that was compacted from constant chariots, carts, and human foot traffic as well as other animal hoofs (horses, donkeys, and camels) loaded with people or goods.  The soil would be so compressed that scattering seed upon it would do no real good.  The seed would rest on the top of the packed surface and would be easily eaten by any birds that were nearby.  Let us review the three explanations that Jesus provided to help us understand what this soil type represents:

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

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

Luk 8:12  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 

Can we notice the symbolism?  This ground type is called “Wayside”.  Remember this is the Greek word G3598 that means a “road”.  How would this symbol correspond to a human heart/spirit?  What does it mean when someone or something is being walked on symbolically in the Bible?  This condition of being walked upon normally indicates a person or a nation that has been defeated, conquered, overcome, and beaten in a battle.  God told Joshua in the book of Joshua chapter 1 “Everywhere the sole of your feet shall tread, I have given you”.  God was representing to Joshua that wherever he chose to begin walking by faith in the promised land, he would be victorious over those people that were occupying it.  God used the symbolism of “treading” upon to describe this victory. Tread is an action verb that means to walk with your feet as in “step on”.

In the Parable of the Sower the wayside soil represents a human heart that has been hardened by Satan to not be able to hear and understand the Gospel.  We see this plainly stated in Matthew 13:19. In this verse God declares this soil type heard the Word of God but since they did not understand it, it was easily stolen by Satan.  This soil type indicates this person can be easily distracted, deceived, and defeated by Satan.  This is implied because of the reference to the “birds of the air” that represent the devils in the world.  Unclean and evil spirits can easily come to trick the wayside soil’s mind to prevent the seed from being sown.

Notice that in Luke 8:12 the primary objective of the Word being sown is to cause the human to believe it for their personal salvation.  In contrast, the primary objective for the devil’s work is to deceive the soil to not believe the Word so that they will not be saved.  This corresponds with 2 Corinthians 4:4 where God informs us “Whom the God of this world blinds the minds of them that believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel (Seeds) of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them”.  Pay close attention to presence of a spiritual battle of two opposing kingdoms.  One is of darkness (blindness from Satan) and the other is of the light (from God).  Now recall Psalm 119:130 that says, “the entrance of thy Word bringeth light and understanding to the simple”.  God’s plan is to help people receive and understand the Word and Satan’s focus is to make sure that this does not occur.

This “Wayside” soil type represents the only human heart that is incapable of being saved as it is because of the darkness covering their minds.  The inability of the Light of God’s Word to enter their minds causes this lack of understanding and this results in their continued captivity to the darkness.  This is exactly why Satan removed the Bible from public schools in the USA in the 1960s.  As a result of the elimination of God’s truth being taught in public-school the brains of ignorant children have grown up creating an easy age of deception.  Anything sounds good and true when it is not compared to the actual truth.  This blindness will remain unless parents teach the truth of the Bible at home.  I personally believe that this Wayside soil type was never saved through hearing the Word of God, nor can be.  But that does not mean this person cannot be changed to become a different soil type through prayer and a process of seed planting.  Let us review what we have just learned:

  1. The objective of God giving us His Word is for our salvation through hearing and believing.
  2. The objective of Satan stealing the Word is so that humans will not believe and be saved.
  3. One strategy for humans not to be saved is for the Word of God to never be heard.
  4. Another strategy for humans to not be saved is for the Words not to be understood.
  5. Wayside soil humans are already hard hearted defeated captives of the kingdom of darkness.

We will talk more about this soil type later when we get into some examples.  Let us move on to soil type #2.

#2 – STONY GROUND OVERVIEW

white stones and green grass on the wild stony ground

Mat 13:20  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it

Mat 13:21  Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended

Mar 4:16  And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness

Mar 4:17  And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended

Luk 8:13  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation (G3986) fall away.

The stony ground is the next soil type described by Jesus.  Jesus refers to this soil as a type of intermixed hardness of stone under the surface with an implied thin layer of softness of one human heart on the outside.  But clearly Jesus claims that the presence of the hard rocks and stones does not allow for the development of adequate roots from the seed to grow deep enough to endure the heat of being a Christian.  Jesus said when the sun comes up and shines on this growing seed, it lacks sufficient moisture, withers, fades, and is too weak and dies. Luke 8:13 describes the heat of the sun to be a time of temptation.  Literally this word represents a satanically inspired testing time to see if someone really believes the Word of God that was spoken to them.  However, Matthew describes it in a much clearer manner in Matthew 13:21. Here Matthew teaches us that the heat of the sun represents “tribulation” and “persecution”.  “Tribulation” represents satanically inspired “pressure”, “stress”, “worries”, etc.  The word “persecution” literally represents human “sufferings”, “oppressions”, “harassments”, “intimidations”, “discriminations” and can even be physical and mental “tortures” for believing in Jesus and letting others know about the same message that was sown in them.

Notice that Jesus said in Matthew and Luke that this soil type received the Word of God with “Joy”.  Jesus said in Mark this soil type had significant “gladness” after what they heard what was taught from the Word of God.  This is particularly important because the Word of God is called the Gospel, and this simply means “good news”.  The Word of God should make us extremely happy.  Why should we be happy?  The Good News is based upon Jesus paying the price for our sins dying on a cross, being raised from the dead and giving us His righteousness in exchange so that we do not have to go to hell.  Wow, that makes me happy!

I think everyone that has ever been saved has experienced persecution and satanic testing at one time or the other.  Notice this soil type indicates that the person began the Christian walk with joy at the beginning of the process of generating fruit.  But did not endure through the pressure of persecution to become fruitful.  This clearly teaches us this soil type was on the path to being saved but chose to not remain saved because of the pressures of friends, relatives, or other worldly people.  Jesus indicates strongly that this soil type heard the Word of God, believed it, and was saved for a short time but then turned away because of Satanic attacks and tests.

I want to quickly address two important facts of truth that were mentioned by Jesus in this soil type.  Jesus clearly teaches us that producing “roots” before we produce “fruits” is essential to the process of our salvation.  How is this accomplished?  Also, Jesus clearly said there is a stone and a rock that can be found that causes us not to remain saved.  How can we get these rock elements out of our hearts? Let us address removing the stone first.  We will turn to 1 Peter chapter 2 and read starting in verse 6:

1Pe 2:6  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded

1Pe 2:7  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 

1Pe 2:8  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 

Jesus is clearly observed to be compared with a stone.  This is an analogous typology that represents a potentially greater spiritual truth.  We clearly find the presence of believing the Word of God in this discussion.  Therefore, it is right in line with what we are studying and read in the stony ground explanations.  Notice the Holy Spirit teaches us that whoever remains in faith by believing in Him (Jesus) will not be confounded.  What does the Greek word G2617 translated as “confounded” mean?  Strong defines this word to mean “to shame down”.  Thayer says it means to “put to shame” or to “make ashamed”.  Uh oh!  We are catching on to some of the reasons why people fall away after believing the Good News with a joyful heart.  Remember this concept because it is important.  Feeling a sense of shame after believing the Word of God is what Satan will try to get a Christian to do by using persecution and pressures of the world.  It can also be the fact that some of the Words that were heard were not understood enough or at all.  We will see this later in an example.

“Persecution” is a major stratagem of Satan.  Many weak newly born-again believing Christians will not be able to withstand against the outward peer pressures when someone comes and calls them a stupid idiot for believing in an old book of fables and fantasies.  Of course, the Bible is not either of those, but that does not mean the devil is not going to try to convince someone that it is, with his lies.  I want us to also focus on the Greek word G4625 that is translated as “offence” in verse 8.  This word represents the inner-working mechanism of a trap that causes someone to become ensnared and trapped again, back into captivity that they were previously released and freed from after believing in Jesus.  Wow, this sounds important. Please recall what Jesus said that He came to do in Luke 4:18. In this verse Jesus said, “God had sent Him to preach deliverance to the captives”.  Preaching is sowing seeds and these seeds if they are believed, will release people from a spiritual prison that they did not even know they were in.   Satan will attempt to persecute new believers to get them to return to their past lifestyle and way of living in darkness.

Ok, we need to keep moving with the subject of producing roots.  Hopefully you learned that persecutions does come in this life and these are designed to try to get us to turn away from, believing, knowing and growing in the Truth of the Word of God.  What are roots and how do we cooperate with allowing them to grow.  I do want to emphasize that the first step after receiving and believing the Word of God is for us not to become offended at the words of other people that do not know the truth in the Bible.  But there is more to it than this.  We also need to pray and ask God to give us boldness to be able to share His Word with others free from any shame that could result by others rejecting it or laughing at it.  Getting rid of “stones” that cause the roots to fail will help us move closer to a fruit bearing season  Let’s move to root development next..

We must continue in the Word of God to allow God’s seed to be watered.  Without continued watering any natural or spiritual plant seed will wither and not continue to grow.  Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:6 “I planted, and Apollos watered, but God gave the increase”.  The word “increase” simply means God produced the “spiritual growth and maturity” through the continued entrance of every word of God spoken into our ears. We also learn from Ephesians 5:26 that the Word of God represents His Water.  Therefore, the continued watering of the Word of God, is an essential part of our spiritual growth to produce roots and fruits.   Let us review another part of the root subject by reading in Ephesians 3:17:

Eph 3:17  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love

Eph 3:18  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 

Eph 3:19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Ok, did you see the connections from the parable of the Sower?  We have the main subject of soil by the reference to the human heart.  We have the factor of faith remaining in the human heart by a human choice.  We also have the subject of deep developing unseen roots in the human heart that are connected to continued believing.  Remember what roots do for a seed and the developing plant that comes from the seed.  The roots provide essential nourishment for the plant production of eventual fruit when the plant becomes mature.  By continual hearing of the Word of God our faith grows stronger and the unseen roots are the symbol for this strength.  As we have seen essential nourishment of plants is water and that represents the never-ending flow of the Word of God.

Remember what Psalm 1 teaches us.  God says in Psalms 1, “blessed is the man that does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly”.  Counsel represents words of advice, guidance, and direction.  These words being referred to are obviously not the Words of God.  Then in verse 2 God says, “This man’s delight is in the law of the LORD”.  These are the wise words of God.  So, we have a battle of words being revealed to us.  There are two sources of words to choose from and continuing with the Word of God exclusively is the wise choice to make us strong.

Then in verse 3 God says this man is like a tree planted by the rivers (of water/His Word) that brings forth his fruit in season”.  Wow, we have some great connections being made by the Holy Spirit to the Parable of the Sower.  A tree feeds from the river because of the well-established root system.  The river represents the Word of God.  The continual supply of the Word of God will produce “fruit”, and this is the goal of salvation that God’s Word is designed for.  We have just discovered another trait of fruit failure.  This comes from Christians not developing good changed habits of putting God and His Word as their number one priority after first believing.  It would seem to imply that because of continued bad habits people are hardened in a part of their heart to become easily offended.  Ok, let us quickly review the major points of the stony ground.

  1. Stony Ground received and believed the Seed of God at first.
  2. Their hearts were initially filled with Joy and Gladness and began the process of producing roots and fruits.
  3. But when persecution, trials and tests came upon them to test their faith, they became offended and ashamed of the Word of God unable to stand strong and defend the Truth.
  4. The stony ground could not endure the test of Satan and fell away being dry leaving to go back into their previous way of life because of a lack of Water from the Word of God.
  5. The stony ground was initially saved but left the faith because of Satan’s attacks, temptations, tests, trials.
  6. Stony ground was not able to develop new habits that will result in new thinking, that will result eventually in new actions.

I pray that this was helpful in your understanding this Stony soil type.  We will review some of these types later in the examples.  But, for now let us move to the Thorny Ground overview.

#3 – THORNY GROUND OVERVIEW

THORNS1

Mat 13:22  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care (G3308) of this world, and the deceitfulness (G539) of riches, choke (G4846) the word, and he becometh unfruitful (G175).

Mar 4:18  And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word

Mar 4:19  And the cares (G3308) of this world, and the deceitfulness (G539) of riches (G4149), and the lusts (G1939) of other things entering in, choke (G4846) the word, and it becometh unfruitful (G175).

Luk 8:14  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches (G4149) and pleasures (G2237) of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection (G5052)

Ok, soil type 3 is called the “thorny ground”. Jesus teaches us that this thorny ground human was also able to receive the Word of God like the previous stony ground and it is implied that they believed it and were in the process of bringing forth fruit.  Also notice that it is implied that this soil type does not have hard places of offences or shame.  Jesus further implies this truth in Matthew 13:23 when the seed in this soil type begins the process of first taking root and then the next moving into the process of growth to initiate them producing fruit.  We know this because the Greek word G1096 that was translated as “becometh” before the word unfruitful implies the process of being fruitful must have been initiated, in order for it to be terminated and chocked out by the thorns that were growing in the same soil simultaneously.

What then were these thorns?  Jesus taught us that the thorns represented “worldly cares” and “deceitfulness of riches” in Matthew 13:23. And in Mark 4:19 Jesus adds the “lusts of other things” to the list of thorny issues.  Lust is a Greek word that means to set our heart on something that has the appearance of good in our sight but has evil motives and intentions resulting in our future destruction.  Luke 8:14 reveals the choking thorns to be the previously mentioned “cares” and “riches” and these are added to a new concept called the “pleasures” of this present life. This is a remarkably similar concept to “lusts” that do not satisfy us.

Let us start this with understanding the word “cares”. “Cares” is the Greek word G3308 and it represents the concept of “distraction” or “isolation”.  If Satan can distract a Christian with something that is not necessary and important but appears desirable, then he has their focus removed from what God desired them to see in His Word.  If that does not work, another strategy is to separate a Christian from obtaining support and encouragement from other Christians.  Both are tricks that can be used to cause a Christian’s fruits to be choked out.  But Christians can apply 1 Peter 5:7 and allow God to take all our cares that are attempting to distract or isolate us when we choose to cast them upon Him.  We allow Him to carry them and solve them.  We do this while we don’t even worry about them.

“Pleasures” is the Greek word G2237 that means “sensual delight and desires”.  This is a truly clear reference to a person that is walking in the flesh and not in the spirit. These wrong desires and lusts based upon the five physical senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound) appear to take control of the human heart to not allow God’s good seed to produce mature fruit.

The Greek word G5052 was translated as “fruit to perfection” but it literally means “to ripen fruit”. This Greek word that means “to ripen” was combined with the absolute negative G3756 word that declares no ripe fruit was produced.  God is teaching us that because of the presence of thorns (pleasures and lusts) distracting the believer from the Word of God, the human fruit of salvation begins but is never completed.   What other distracting and choking thorns apply to you?  What is taking your time away from the Word of God to focus most of your time on a 5 physical sense item in life?

Thorns could represent a lot of things in the human world.  But these could include a person that desires and lusts for wealth, fortune, fame, power, control, a celebrity status, stardom, recognition, casual physical sexual relations, highs from drugs or alcohol, maybe it is even cooking and eating too much, or dieting, etc.   There are many tricks of the devil used to entice a human away from God, His Word, and His salvation.  Let us go over a list of key points that we have observed about the thorny ground.

  1. The Thorny ground received the Word of God and is implied to have believed it to begin the process of producing fruit for their salvation.
  2. There are no mentions of being hardened by symbolic stones in this soil type and it is implied by this omission that Satan could not offend them to turn them away from God’s Word by using “persecution”.
  3. Therefore, Satan tried a new tactic and strategy to divert the believer away from God. Satan places enticing elements of fortune and fame before them and these elements tend to become a greater and greater distraction from being watered by the Word of God daily.
  4. The end-result of this soil type is a barren bush that has no matured ripe edible fruit. The thorn plants growing in the same soil has become their dominate desire and has completely choked out any possibility of “fruit”.
  5. Therefore, the thorny ground represents another unsaved human spirit.

We will see some examples of this soil type later in the Bible Study.   Let us now move to the good soil overview.

#4 – GOOD SOIL OVERVIEW

Crops grow on fertile farm land panoramic before harvest

Mat 13:23  But he that received seed into the good (G2570) ground is he that heareth (G191) the word, and understandeth (G4920) it; which also beareth fruit (G2592), and bringeth forth (G4160), some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Mar 4:20  And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

Luk 8:15  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience

Finally, soil type 4 called the “good ground” is the only human heart condition that produces the precious fruit that God is seeking (James 5:7).   I would like to go through a few of the key words selected by the Holy Spirit to describe this soil type.  The first is G191 that was translated as “heareth”.  This word literally means “to give audience”.  This is the deliberate choice of human participation to listen closely to what is being said.  If I go to church and while the preacher is speaking, I am looking at my phone to see who wants to do something after church, am I giving audience to the speaker.  It would be like someone paying $300 for ticket to a concert and they spend the whole evening outside the arena at the food and drink line.  When something else takes our priority over what is really the most important subject of the evening that is a wrong human choice.

One of our main subjects in this Bible study on the Parable of the Sower, is the Word of God called “Seed”.   This should be our number one desire whenever we can give audience to hear it.  Notice this topic specifies there are personal decisions and choices made to participate. This is important to know.  The next Greek word is G4920 and it was translated as “understandeth”.  This word means “to put together”.  It comes from another Greek word “G4862 that literally means to be in “union” with.  Wow, this is important even if we do not fully understand it.  To be in union is marriage covenant terminology.  It would be like Adam “knew” his wife and they had a son (Gen 4:1).  Having and participating in gaining knowledge and understanding of the Word of God contributes to the presence of a covenant relationship.  Finally, the Greek word G4920 translated as “understand” contains the implication “to act piously”.  In other words, after we understand the Word of God, we are supposed to be wise enough to apply it and do it.  Wow! Notice what Jesus said in this verse:

Mat 7:24  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine (Seeds), and doeth them (Act on them), I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

It would appear, that just hearing and beginning to learn the Word of God is only an initial part of the process for bearing fruit unto salvation.  This could be another factor for why some Christians only produce a 30-fold return.  These 30-fold soils may only be applying a small part of the Bible while ignoring other parts.  God is teaching us that we must “act piously” to continue the spiritual growth process.  This simply means that we should become wise enough to do what the Word of God tells us to do.  Never forget what Jesus says to some people, “Not everyone that says to me LORD LORD will enter into the kingdom heaven, but only he that does the will of the Father shall enter” (Mat 7:21).   How do we know the will of the Father?  We read His Word and do it.

The next Greek word in Matthew 13:23 is G2592.  This word was translated as “beareth fruit”.  It is defined by Strong as “to be fertile”.  There is an implied application that this is our responsibility of choice to make our self “to be fertile”.  I believe humans have a lot more accountability than we care to acknowledge in this fruit bearing process.

Let us move to the next Greek word G4160.  This Greek word was translated as “bringeth forth” in the KJV Bible.  But it is defined by Strong as “to make or do”.  In other words, this is another Greek word that is assigning human responsibility in the fruit producing process.  It represents a verb of human preference, choice, and action.  Jesus used this same word in Matthew 4:19 when He spoke to the future disciples in their boats and said, “Follow me and I will make (G4160) you fishers of men”.  Clearly, we can see Jesus’ commitment of personal responsibility to teach them to become a human fisherman.  But we can better understand that Jesus was not going to force them to do this and they needed to cooperate and begin to take steps to follow.  No, Jesus ask them to come, but it was their choice to follow.  This is exactly what the Parable of the Sower is teachings.  Jesus wanted to save us, so He chose to spread His Seed/Words in our ears so we could permit them to enter our hearts.  Then we are required to cooperate to listen to begin the process of receiving them and after believing them to begin the seed growth process by doing them.  The first soil type failed completely in this process.  The second and third soil types failed later during the ongoing process to not bring forth fruit.  But Jesus is talking about the good soil, these people have decided to be a faithful follower of Jesus and His Words to “bring forth” the fruit He desired.

This good soil type desires to hear the words of God, values the Word of God sown more than any other thing found in the world and overcomes every Satanic persecution and distraction to remove it from their heart.  This type of ground chooses to be well watered by participating in every opportunity where the Word of God is being spoken and focuses on absorbing and understanding every Word of God that was spoken.  What Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “I planted, and Apollos watered, but God gave the increase he was very clearly cooperating with the God designed process of salvation by planting God’s Word in their hearts and then Apollos continued the maturing growth process of the fruit by watering the initial seeds with more of the Word of God.  But the people that were listening had to be cooperating with this divine process by intensely listening with an open mind to hear and understand (Acts 17:11).  These are the types of good soil that produced fruit.   Fruitful people primarily concentrate on the Word more than anything or anyone else in the room that could disturb them.  These people do not get consumed or entangled with the short-term pleasures of sin in this world and they continue in the Word of God until they produce as much fruit for salvation as is possible.

It is particularly important to notice that Jesus taught us that some in the good soil type produced 100-fold, while others fell shorter at 60-fold and then finally others fell even shorter at producing only a 30-fold return of fruit to seed and water ratio.  This simply proves that not every Christian is going to produce the fruit level that God intended or desired for them to deliver to Him.  But we must ask and answer why this variation of fruit occurs.  Is it God’s choice, Satan’s work or a human choice that causes many to have no fruit and some to have varying levels from 30 to 100 times fruit production?  I believe we can find the answer confirmed in another parable that Jesus taught us:

Joh 15:5  I (Jesus the Word) am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me (human choice), and I in him (a divine choice), the same bringeth forth much fruit (30 fold 60 fold or 100 fold): for without me (Jesus the Word) ye can do nothing

Joh 15:6  If a man abide not in me (human negative choice), he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire (hell), and they are burned

Joh 15:7  If ye abide in me (human positive choice), and my words abide in you (human choice), ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you

We can see how Jesus claims to be a symbolic vine and His implied believers in Him are described to be His symbolic branches.  We can clearly see how these branches wither and die if they choose to not remain in Him.  The factor of human choice is mentioned directly 4 times in these three verses.  We can further see that there is an implication based upon verse 7 of John 15 that it is the amount of the Word of God that we let come in us and remain in us that will determine the level of fruit production.  Jesus is the living Word of God (Rev 19:13).  But I believe God is saying we are to keep His written Word in us every chance we get.  We can see this in other places in the Bible that confirm this truth (PS 1).  Therefore, I believe the key to no fruit, little fruit or much fruit is the amount of time that we spend in the Word of God.  Finally, notice this amount of Word remaining in us, is also a contributing factor for God answering our prayers.  But that is another topic.

Let us list some of the key points given to us by Jesus in the explanation of the good soil:

  1. The Good Soil Always Produces Fruit in season.
  2. Based upon previous soil types this fruit that is initiated endures to become matured fruit.
  3. This fruit is produced because they first heard the Word of God.
  4. This person chose to receive the Word (let it enter their minds and heart while ignoring every distraction)
  5. Keep the Word (regard the Word as Valuable and Important enough to try to remember it)
  6. Aggressively pursues to understand the Word of God.
  7. Ignores all persecution to continue in the Word of God.
  8. Exalts the Word of God far above any other natural or physical desire or pleasure.
  9. Chooses to “bring-forth” fruit with “patience” over an extended period of time.
  10. Continues in the Word of God to allow it to transform and renew their mind to water the seed that has been planted.

Let us move on to the subject of the human heart/spirit for a better understanding of soil types.

THE HUMAN SOIL/SPIRIT FIRST CONCEPTS

first_wordI would like in this Bible study to move next in the subject of the “soil” to God’s first mention of the word “heart” in the Bible.  This is one great, common, and fundamental technique of sound Bible interpretation and understanding God’s design of His Word.  It is very much like when a baby is born and the parents eagerly await the first word of their baby.  Will it be “mama” or “dada” or “big truck”.  God implemented this design on purpose to help us understand every major subject of the Bible.  We will use this established law of “First Mention” to discover some very important basics to the subject of the “heart” of man.  We will do this by searching for this word “heart” in our Bible program and then going to the verse where it is mentioned and read the context.  We will find that this word is first used by God in Genesis chapter 6 and reading with verses 5 and 6:

Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart (H3820) was only evil continually

Gen 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

This chapter of Genesis can be considered widely controversial to many Bible teachers and students.  God placed some things in this chapter that are exceedingly difficult for people today to accept.  The time frame of this chapter was shortly before the flood of Noah.  We read in verse 5 one part for the need for God’s judgment to practically destroy the entire earth and to start fresh with just 8 people that survived.  Notice in verse 5, that God was observing His human creation on the earth and He remarked that they were greatly wicked.   Many will assume that this was the physical acts of their flesh and I believe that was the external lack of positive fruits that could be observed.  But I believe God was more interested in what was happening in their internal spiritual condition first.  God teaches us that He sees things not as man sees them but since He is a Spirit, He judges’ a human spirit first.  Let us review an evidence of this truth:

1Sa 16:7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart (H3824).

We learn something especially important by reading 1 Samuel 16:7. God speaks to the prophet while he is looking on the outward qualities of the man standing before him.  God’s prophet was judging in his heart based upon the man’s outward appearance.  But God clearly tells us this is not His focus or His priority.  It is very clearly stated that God judges a human based upon their unseen heart.  Ok, we have just learned that the unseen part of the man is God’s principal focus.  All three verses that we have read so far have the key word “heart” (H3824 and H3820).  By the way H3820 is a form of the word H3824 so there is a direct connection.  Let us get back to Genesis 6 now.

In Genesis 6:5 we learn that God was genuinely concerned that man’s heart had become very wicked.   I would like to point out that the Hebrew word H120 that is translated as “man” can also be transliterated as “Adam”.  It is the same Hebrew Word.  But here God is not speaking of one Adam as an individual but rather as all humans collectively comprised of every descendant that came from Adam’s body. That would include people today.  Keep that in mind.  God then teaches us that these Adam descendants were very wicked.  Wicked is a Hebrew word (H7451) that means “bad or evil” in the sense of natural behavior or moral intent and desires.  God then begins to describe the initiating process for this wickedness.   God says that man’s wickedness originated from an internal spiritual process dealing with the human “imagination”.

What is imagination? And do people today still use this divine gift of imagination?  Perhaps you have been to Disney World.  They thrive on making a fortune taking advantage of their human imaginations.  Perhaps you have heard of Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Little Mermaid, and on and on.  Obviously, human imagination is still thriving in our world also.  This should give you some idea that imagination is alive and well in the modern age. But what is it exactly?

Here is where we begin to go much deeper into a complex subject.  Imagination can be either good or evil or positive or negative.  The Hebrew word H3336 that is translated as “imagination” literally means “a form”.  This Hebrew word comes from H3335 that literally means “to squeeze into a form” or “mold into a shape”.  This represents a process concept that can be visualized very well from the observable actions of a potter that is molding a shapeless useless lump of soft clay into a lovely pot which is useful.  A potter is normally using and applying their imagination to change a lump of useless stuff into something especially beneficial.  That concept of imagination represents creativity and design.   No exquisitely designed vase has ever “evolved” from a lump of clay of its own will power over a very long period of time.

God uses the Hebrew word H3335 in Genesis 2:7 when He formed the body of man from the dust of the ground.  Wow, I pray you are paying attention.  Remember God says in Genesis 1 everything that He created was good and was summarized to be collectively “very good” in Genesis 1:31.  But, before this we know that man was “made” in the image and likeness of God in Genesis 1:26. Therefore, we learn that God must have transferred a portion of His divine ability into humans to design and make non-functional things into useful objects. Exercising this ability can be considered human imagination being applied on a lesser level than the God kind of awesome imagination.  This human imaginative ability had to be a divine pattern of intelligent design.  A human that can manufacture good objects had to come originally from God the utmost imaginative intelligent designer and creator. However, man in Genesis 6 was not using this God given gift of their imagination for creating anything good.  No, we are told that all of man’s thoughts were coming up with designs and plans for only evil.  That is a major problem that required God’s attention.

Finally, Genesis 6:6 God gives us some new information that He has a heart.  God uses the identical Hebrew word H3820 translated as “heart” in verse 5 describing man’s heart to refer to His divine heart.  Therefore, we learn where man obtained their spirit from.  In verse 6 God’s heart is grieved for the current state of man’s heart being so evil.  Uh oh!  Did not God create humans in the state of good at the beginning?  Didn’t He use His omnipotent power to create them the exact way that He desired?  We just learned that man was created in a described state of “very good”.  But, now 5 chapters later in Genesis 6 God is very regretful that He even made them.  Does this sound familiar?  Do you remember what God said about Satan when He was created?  Reread Ezekiel 28:15 where God says, “You were perfect in the day you were created until iniquity was found in you”.   That is a remarkably similar description to what just happened to Adam’s lineage almost 1500 years later in Genesis 6.

What we are learning is the concept of “freewill”.  Apparently, God’s created angels and human both had been created with the ability to make their own independent decisions to do as they please even though they had everything that they already needed to be happy.  It was Satan’s choice to rebel even though it was not morally permissible or acceptable in the eyes of God to do so.  It was this way with God’s human creation also.  It is still this way in humans today.  Every person has the freewill to make whatever choices they wish either good or evil daily.  Adam and Eve had everything they needed including fellowship with their Creator but they too rebelled.  This concept of “freewill choice” will play a major role in us understanding the heart of man in the Parable of the Sower.  We have already seen this in Parable but now let us examine some relevant Bible examples to prove it further.

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EXAMPLE 1: SOIL TYPE 1 AND SOIL TYPE 4 COMPARISON

I would like us to go through a few Bible examples of these important soil types that the LORD has taught us about in this subject.  I love to use the Bible to understand the Bible.  God’s design of His Word is so immensely amazing. He has designed this book masterfully as a well-integrated set of truths using positive and negative examples for us to learn from.  For example, He teaches us a simple parable of sowing seed and that represents a great beginning, but then He places living models and patterns of these basic truths right in front of our eyes to confirm what was metaphorically taught in the parable.   We are going to begin this section by reading a story of Jesus teaching and healing a lame man.  In this story please look for the presence of at least two different soil types (humans) that Jesus (the Sower) is sowing His Father’s Words.  Notice how each of their hearts received the Word and then notice their responses and attitudes:

Mar 2:1  And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house

Mar 2:2  And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached (Sowed) the word (Seed of God) unto them (All Soil Types/hearts).

Luk 5:17  And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching (sowing Seeds from the Word of God), that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by (Soil Type 1), which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power (G1411) of the Lord was present to heal them (EVERY SOIL TYPE)

Luk 5:18  And, behold, men (Soil Type 4) brought in a bed a man (also Soil Type B) which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. 

Luk 5:19  And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus

Luk 5:20  And when he saw their faith (Soil Type 4), he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. 

Luk 5:21  And the scribes and the Pharisees (Soil Type 1) began to reason (In their Minds), saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone

Luk 5:22  But when Jesus perceived their thoughts (Negative Words of Unbelief in the Minds of Soil 1), he answering said unto them, What reason (Negative Judgments Based Upon Your Ignorance), ye in your hearts (Soil 1 spirits)

Luk 5:23  Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? 

Luk 5:24  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, he said unto the sick of the palsy, I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house

Luk 5:25  And immediately he (Soil 4) rose up before them (Soil 1), and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God

Luk 5:26  And they (Soil 1) were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.

Mar 2:12 And immediately he (Soil 4) arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all (Soil 1); insomuch that they (Soil 1) were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

Many times, in the Bible God uses direct comparisons of opposite beliefs, attitudes, motivations, desires, reactions and results to teach and confirm to us very profound truths.  In this story of a lame paralyzed man that could not walk, is found one of these examples of opposing soils types.  You probably noticed that I included a few verses from the story found in Mark to fill in details that were not included in Luke.  Please note that I do not plan to teach every verse.  I pray you read it over closely and paid attention to the underlined words and my added explanations in the parentheses to help identify a few of the important differences between these two soil types that I called Soil 1 and Soil 4.

What was the number one difference between these two types of soil?  Perhaps you noticed in Luke 5:17 that the Power of the LORD was present to heal everyone but only 1 lame man received anything from Jesus!  Please do not let that bypass your focused attention.  What was the reason for Jesus not healing everyone?  It should become obvious that it was the positive faith combined with their attitudes of purpose and determination within their hearts of the men in Soil Type 4 that were radically different from the negative attitudes found within the Soil Type 1 hearts.

The house where Jesus was teaching was jammed packed with people of Soil Type 1.  They were sitting everywhere and even blocking all the doors and windows.  On the surface this would appear to be a positive desire to hear the Words of God spoken by Jesus.  But we learn from other scriptures that many of the Sadducees and Pharisees desired to trap and trick Jesus into saying something that could be used against him in a kangaroo court (Mar 12:13, Luk 11:54, Luk 20:20).  We know the end of the story by reading the Gospels.  Jesus was taken before the Roman government and the demand for His execution was not going to be denied.  Therefore, we begin to understand what type of soil these religious leaders sitting with Jesus in the house represent.

Notice the especially important contrast of the 5 men we called Soil Type 4 on the top of the roof of the house. They possessed determination and confidence that Jesus was their answer to the lame man’s problem.  Pay close attention to verse 5.  This verse claims that Jesus saw their (the 5 men of Soil Type 4) faith.  What is faith?  I pray you have read the Bible Study Series called “Understanding Bible Faith”.  Romans 10:17 is where we learn how faith comes to every human.  According to this verse in Romans, God reveals that these 5 Soil Type 4 men, have already heard the Word of God from Jesus and have believed His Seeds planted in their hearts.  This is dramatically an opposite of the religious men sitting in the house and blocking the doors to not allow any others soil types to come in.

It should now be plain that these men on the inside of the house Soil Type 1 were the Wayside Soil type.  These were men that had a hardened surface of pride, that would not allow the Word of God to penetrate their hearts.  It was this trampled-on soil type that was easy for Satan to steal the Word Seeds up quickly before entering their hearts.  But, notice how Satan did this sly work.  Satan used their own thoughts and said to their minds “who is this that blasphemes, who can forgive sins except God”.  Do you understand that most of Satan’s thoughts that are placed in your mind are given to you as if you had thought of them?  This is a masterful trick of deception.  People are most easily tricked when a thought is believed to be from their own mind spoken in the first person about them self or someone else.  Satan’s thoughts are almost always spoken in the human mind as if it was our own personal thought.  That was a gift from the Holy Spirit and worth reading this entire lesson if you won’t forget it.

These men inside the house were simply distracted from believing this man named Jesus was more than a man, that had just forgiven a lame man’s sins and healed him.  In fact Jesus was the creator God in the flesh standing in front of them in a human form (John 1:1-14).  No one present in the house before the lame man was able to think correctly and choose to have an open mind to receiving the truth.  These religious men did not know enough and did not want to learn.  They did not know Jesus was born in Bethlehem the city of David (Micah 5:2).  They did not know His mother’s lineage was directly from King David (2 Sam 7:13, Luke 3:31).  They also did not know He was born of a woman that was a virgin who had never had physical sex with any male and according to Isaiah 7:14 this made Him God as well as a human son of David simultaneously.  By fulfilling just these 3 prophecies Jesus is proven to be a human child of Mary and the Son of God.  Therefore, according to Hosea 4:6, God says His people are destroyed for their ignorance and because they have no desire to learn the truth.  Finally, another reason other than pride, desire and ignorance is based upon their prejudicial beliefs.  Human beliefs based upon our personal preconceived information absent of the real facts is a major blindness that causes people’s eyes to be unable to receive the truth. It was only the lame man that received the healing through Jesus, even though the Bible clearly says, “the power of God was present to heal them all”.

Here is what I take away from this example of these two soil types.  Most of the people that were present listening to Jesus were unable to be saved because they refused to listen and see (receive) truth from the correct perspective.  Most of these men were educated and sophisticated religious types of leaders with roles of power and influence.  They also believed things mostly based upon their five physical senses.  We know this from reading Luke 5:26 and Mark 2:12. These two verses claim that they left Jesus being amazed saying, “we have seen strange things” and “we have never seen it done like this before”.  This confirms they only were looking at natural things and ignoring the spiritual words being spoken to them.

But, the five men that had faith from hearing the Word of God went away rejoicing and giving all the glory to God having received the healing that was always there. These 5 men with faith that I called Soil Type 4, they represent Jesus’ “Good Soil” and they were on the way to being saved.

Joh 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. 

The Greek word that is translated as “saved” in this verse is “sojo” G4982.  Mostly it is translated as “save” or “saved” but it also means “healed” or “made whole”.  According to the last statement in John 5:34 Jesus claimed that His words that were being sowed into the human lives on the earth, they were designed by God to “save” us.  We get a further confirmation of this truth by reading what Paul wrote to the Roman church:

Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power (G1411) of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Notice what God says in this verse.  The Gospel of Christ is the “power” of God which has the potential to produce human “salvation”, but only to those that believe it.  In other words, God’s Word is sovereignly powerful to save anyone, if they choose to receive it, believe it and act on it.    The Greek word translated as “power” in Romans 1:16 is the exact same word selected by God in Luke 5:17 to describe the “power of the Lord” that was available to heal everyone present.  This is not a coincidence.

We are gaining significant understanding that soil types have a role to play in the powerful Word of God seed sowing salvation process.  God clearly teaches us these concepts by giving us 4 soil types and only 1 good seed type being sown by one good sower.  Jesus was sowing seeds to the Jews first while walking the land of Israel.  But, after His death, burial, and resurrection, the Word of God Seed for salvation began to be spread to Gentiles.  Natural seeds work like Spiritual Word seeds.  The concepts are significantly similar in operation by God’s design.  A natural seed that remains in a packet unopened represents a preacher that keeps their mouths shut to never share their seeds inside them with anyone.

We know that everyone present in Luke 5 and Mark 2 when Jesus healed the lame man could have been healed by the same “Power of God” by receiving, believing and acting upon the same Words that were being spoken by Jesus.  This firmly convinces me that it is the human’s choice what type of soil we want to be. I do understand that it takes the Holy Spirit’s drawing of humans to also be saved (John 6:44).  But that does not mean God only draws to Him some to be saved and not others. This also does not mean that the Words (Power of God) are being spoken only to a few and not to everyone present at the same time.  That type of belief would be a doctrine of “bias” and “favoritism”. Many religious people put all the responsibility of who is saved and who is not only on God’s sovereign choice.  This belief eliminates a man’s responsibilities of choice and freewill to believe or not to believe like John 3:16 claims.  “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.

Can we begin to see how the choices to what we hear and believe and how we hear can result in our spiritual, mental, and physical outcomes?  I know speaking personally of my own experiences of making good and bad choices, I have either succeeded or failed to receive what God wanted for me for years because of my beliefs or unbelief.  Let us go on to a new example of two other soil types found in the Bible.

EXAMPLE 2: SOIL TYPE 3 AND SOIL TYPE 4 COMPARISON

To begin we will read from the book of Luke and chapter 10:

Luk 10:38  Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha (Soil 3) received him into her house

Luk 10:39  And she had a sister called Mary (Soil 4), which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word

Luk 10:40  But Martha was cumbered (G4049) about much serving (G1248), and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me

Luk 10:41  And Jesus (the Sower) answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful (G3309) and troubled (G5182) about many things

Luk 10:42  But one thing (G1520) is needful (G5532): and Mary (Soil 4) hath chosen (G1586) that good part (G3310), which shall not be taken away from her.

Here are two more of the basic four soil types being taught to us from one real life true Bible example.  We will call these the MARY (Type 4) and the Martha (Type 3) soils.  I am sure you can already begin to see which of the 4 soil types each woman represents from the Parable of the Sower.  We will deal with the positive Mary Soil Type 4 first.  She was described by Jesus in verse 42.  This verse contains two great Greek Words that need to be understood to appreciate the Parable of the Sower.

The first Greek word was G1586 and it was translated as “chosen”.  This word clearly teaches us that it is the human’s right and freedom to choose to listen to the Words of God being spoken or not to listen to the words of God.  Mary was intensely listening and paying attention to every word coming out of the mouth of Jesus.  Mary made Jesus and His Word her number one priority. We understand this by the Greek word G3310 that was translated as “part”.  This word informs us of Mary’s choice to be with Jesus instead of doing other things of less significance.  The Greek word G3310 shows us Mary was “participating” with receiving the Words of Jesus and Martha was not.  Mary made it her number one main concern to listen intently with her whole undistracted heart and Marth did not.  We understand this by the Greek word G1520 that was translated as “one thing”.  One thing means there were no other things on her mind.  In other words, Mary was only thinking of what Jesus said and not what she was going to eat for lunch or whatever else could distract her.  Wow, this is important.

Remember the focus of thoughts from the last soil type example of the religious rulers?  They appear to be focused on what Jesus said to accuse Him of blasphemy.  But Mary was listening with no wrong motives and was open to hear whatever was spoken even if she did not fully understand it all immediately, or agree with it, or receive it completely.

Mary “chooses” to be a type of good soil by focusing on Jesus and His words and making it her focused precedence without prejudicial judgments.  Also notice that she took a place of humility at His feet listening very closely to every Word that was being sown into heart.  Humility is a key to receiving anything from God and this attitude was the opposite of the position taken by the religious leaders in the house at Capernaum.  Mary clearly gave Jesus more of her selfless priority than anything else that she could have been doing to work, cook or serve him.  All these works can be good unless they cause us to become distracted from knowing and hearing from Jesus.  That is especially important to learn.  What we focus upon and place our priority upon in our mind will determine what type of soil we choose to become.  Also, the humbleness of our heart will allow the Word to enter while the pride of what we think we know already will close our mind from receiving.

Obviously, Martha was a representative type of a negative non-fruit producing soil.  She was very distracted by worldly priorities of doing good works of service for Jesus instead of sitting at His feet to make Him her priority.  These choices that Martha made choked out the Words of Jesus that were being spoken to everyone in the house.  The Martha Soil Type 3 fits the thorny ground soil type very well.  Jesus clearly said she had “cares” that caused her to think that hearing from Jesus was not as an important focus as her works of service for Him. What was the primary difference that caused the Marry soil Type 4 to be wiser than the Martha Soil Type 3? They were both sisters living in the same house.

Here is where some Bible teachers would attempt to claim that this was God’s sovereign selection or election.   One woman named Mary was created to be saved and the other named Martha was not chosen.  But that cannot be true.  Humans love the sovereign God belief that everything in life that happens to them was His choice.  This removes the responsibility for their bad choices and places them upon the shoulders of God to blame Him alone.  It is the classic blame shifting we read about in Genesis 3.  Adam said it was this woman that you gave me.  Eve said it was this serpent that deceived me.  This is a major deception of the enemy.  Satan likes humans to believe they have no responsibility for their own bad choices.  However, using God’s evidence given to us from the Bible proves this is NOT TRUE.

No, here we have an example of two soil types that were determined by their own individual priorities, desires, and choices.  One woman named Martha cared more about doing some worldly good serving things than listening to the Word of God.   Maybe you know people like this in your church?  They are great volunteers and servants but if you asked them about the Bible, they might have difficulty to know what it says or means.  Wow, does that mean we should not serve or do good works?  Absolutely not!   This only means the soil type should make the Word of God and fellowshipping with Jesus their number 1 priority above serving.  When God is speaking, we should shut up, stop what we are doing and listen.  We should change our focus off the world and make Him our goal.

Let us ask the question what would have happened if Martha had made the same choice as Mary?  Do you believe that Jesus would have let everyone in the house go hungry?  I remember when Jesus fed 5000 once and 3000 another time after everyone listened without complaining of their hunger.  These large numbers of people were further examples of the good soil type.  They were hungrier in their spirit for His Words than they were for any natural food in their stomachs.  What did Jesus finally do?  I know you remember that He fed them from a small amount and after this they had a lot of food left over.  God was able to multiply a small amount of natural substance to feed them all.  Let us move into another example of the thorny soil.

EXAMPLE 3: A DIFFERENT PATTERN OF SOIL TYPE 3

Mar 10:17  And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running (SOIL 3), and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life

Mar 10:18  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 

Mar 10:19  Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother

Mar 10:20  And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth

Mar 10:21  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me

Mar 10:22  And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions

Mar 10:23  And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God

Mar 10:24  And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

This is an incredibly significant example of how a man’s desires for his natural possessions and wealth overruled his desires for God’s Kingdom.  We can tell by the way the man approached Jesus, that he was humble, honest, and sincere.  He had a significant desire to know the truth.  He even knew a lot of the Bible commands and trusted in his service to obey them.  But when the truth was presented in love to him by Jesus it caused a new problematic change in his focus and attitude.  Suddenly the rich man took his eyes off Jesus and in his mind reflected on everything that he had accumulated to exalt them more than his desire for eternal life.  Jesus was deeply saddened by this man’s reaction and bad choice.  The rich man was also saddened but still turned away from following Jesus and longer.  This was not a wise choice.  In contrast we can read about Moses who was raised in Egypt by Pharaoh’s daughters and he obtained everything that the world could possibly offer, fortune, fame, a life of luxury and power, etc.  But, according to Hebrews 11:25:

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

According to God’s Word Moses made the right wise choice to suffer affliction rather than to enjoy temporary pleasures for a short season of his life.  The eternal rewards of making wise choices like Mary and Moses will pay off with far greater benefits than living life here on earth to get only get rich..

EXAMPLE 4: A BIBLE PATTERN OF SOIL TYPE 2

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

Joh 6:52  The Jews (Soil Type 1) therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat

Joh 6:53  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you

Joh 6:54  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day

Joh 6:55  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed

Joh 6:56  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him

Joh 6:57  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me

Joh 6:58  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever

Joh 6:59  These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. 

Joh 6:60  Many therefore of his disciples (Soil 2), when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it

Joh 6:61  When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples (Soil 2) murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you

Joh 6:62  What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 

Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words (Seeds) that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life

Joh 6:64  But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 

Joh 6:65  And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 

Joh 6:66  From that time many of his disciples (Soil 2) went back, and walked no more with him

 This is a long set of verses that center on the primary subject of “How to receive Eternal Life”.  Jesus is speaking about spiritual truths that are difficult to understand for unsaved and naturally minded Christians.  It is noticeably clear that Jesus is the Sower in this story. He is there in the synagogue teaching God’s Words.  This is clearly the “Seed” of God being spread verbally from His mouth.  If the soil (people present) received it, it would allow the fruit growing process to start or continue.  However, there are two major problems revealed in this passage taking place in the hearts of a lot of the people that were listening.  First, they did not understand that He was speaking of Spiritual things called “Bread” also known as “Words” and they were only thinking of physical natural bread.  They were also “ignorant that His flesh did come from heaven sent to them by the Word of God (John 1:1-14).  God did this by sending His Word to the heart of Mary who received it, believed it and conceived it to produce the male child Jesus in her womb (Luke 1:38).  Therefore, we have a factor of ignorance and a lack of understanding that caused a significant problem.  Let us look at the next problem.

Problem number two was revealed by Jesus in John 6:61. Here Jesus asks them “Does this offend you?”   This Greek word translated as “offend” is G4624 and it comes from G4625 that we have looked at earlier that means “to set a trap” in order to capture or recapture a free and living creature.  The Greek word G4624 means “to trip or cause to stumble”.  This is a fully accurate description of one of Satan’s key strategies to stop people from being saved.  Many of Christ’s followers admitted they did not understand what He was talking about in John 6:60. They said, “This is a hard saying, who can hear it”.  They were saying, “Who can participate with these words?”  It was the wrong thinking of these disciples that caused their offence in their heart.

John 6:66 is the final confirmation of which soil type these disciples that could not participate with the Word of God.  This verse says, “from this day they turned back and walked no longer with Jesus”.  These were obvious personal choices that they made to begin to “walk with Jesus” and to “walk no more with Him”.  It was the Words that Jesus spoke that caused them to make both decisions.  With the first words that they heard, they must have received and believed them with gladness.  But the later words in this example were suddenly offensive to cause them to be turned away.  What made them offensive?  We should have just learned it was their lack of understanding and their choice to not continue to participate to learn what they meant.  This was a great specific example of Soil Type 2 called the “Stony Ground”.  Jesus’ words became a stumbling block of offence and Satan used it masterfully to get them to all turn away.

CONCLUSION

We could go through example after example in the Bible of the four types of soil given to us in this Parable of the Sower, but I will leave that to you.  I would highly recommend that while you are reading the Bible, pay close attention to why some received, believed, and were saved and why others that heard the same words were not.  There are always reasons given in almost every reference.  Just look up the Greek words that are used to describe each situation and individual.  Notice what was said and how it was heard.  Was it taken as it was intended or was it misunderstood as something totally different like we read about in John 6 about Jesus’ body being Bread from Heaven?

I hope and pray that this lesson was a blessing to you.  I really am blessed to write them and give them to you to read, study and learn.  Also, I am blessed to hear your comments and questions.  I pray that everyone will be ready to meet Jesus, because I believe He is coming soon.  God Bless you all until the next lesson.

Ten Reasons Based Upon the Book of Revelation to Believe in the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church

Rapture Of The Church1(Ver 1.1) This is now Part 7 in the important Bible study series concerning the “Rapture” also called the “Catching Away” of the Church.  We have not studied together in this lesson series for a long time.  But I felt led to share some new thoughts on this subject.  I believe in the light of everything that has been occurring in the world recently with the coronavirus pandemic this subject should gain an increased value for our focus and awareness.  Personally, I believe we are rapidly approaching the end of the church age. There are too many signs that are happening in rapid succession for us not to realize Jesus is coming back to get us very soon.  Today’s subject is focused upon the catching away of the Church by Jesus Christ.  The Church is His Bride, His Body and His Building (Temple) and we should be looking forward to His soon appearance coming in the air to take us up to heaven.

I will warn you that this is another long Bible lesson.  Therefore, you may want to read and study it in sections.  There are approximately 13 section topics.  There are three foundational sections to begin the lesson, followed by ten reasons from the Book of Revelation to believe in a pre-tribulation rapture. Each section could be divided into a single day devotional if that is how you would like to study it.  Others might just like to read the entire lesson like a book.  However you choose to study, please be blessed as we learn to understand the awesome Word of God!

 

THE BLESSED HOPE IN TIMES OF EVIL

We will begin with a truth written by the Apostle Paul to a Pastor named Titus.  Paul was an encourager.  Paul had endured extreme persecution like few have ever had to endure.  Yet, Paul remained optimistic and positive throughout his life.  What caused this hopeful optimism?

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

hope_titus_2_13Christians are experiencing and observing such a rise of evil in the entire world.  But in the center of every evil, like Paul we can remain optimistic to expect Jesus could come and get us at any moment.  What kind of evil had Paul been going through serving Jesus that caused Him to be so cheerful and positive writing to Pastor Titus?  We can read in 1 Corinthians 11 that Pau had been given 39 stripes on his back, 5 times by Roman guards.  Three times Paul had been beaten with iron rods.  Paul was stoned at least once and dragged outside the city being left as dead.  Three times he was sailing in a ship that was shipwrecked.  Paul had to tread water for a long night and day in at least one of these shipwrecks.  Paul was threatened by robbers repeatedly.  Paul informs us that he had been in the condition of severe hunger and thirst frequently.  He also described experiencing extreme conditions of cold and being without clothes.  Paul wrote about all of this while in prison chained to guards.  These were not all the listed trials and troubles that Paul endured, but these words were written to help us to be encouraged to endure.

How many of us today have come close to what Paul had to go through?  Isn’t it amazing how encouraging Paul was despite all the evils that had been done to him?  Notice in Titus 2:13 how Paul encouraged Titus nearly 2000 years ago.  Paul instructs Titus to place his confidences in an unusual concept that was called the “blessed hope”.  Paul defines this as the appearance of Jesus Christ our Savior.  What does this mean to you?

Please allow me to tell what it means to me.  “Looking for” is the Greek word G4327 that means “to wait patiently with confidence”.   “Blessed” is the Greek word G3107 that means “to be supremely blest and happy”.  “Hope” is the Greek word G1680 that means “confidently expecting”.  “Appearing” is the Greek word G2015 that means “to come into visible manifestation”.  And “Savior” is the Greek word G4990 that means “a deliverer”.  So, what is a deliverer?  A “deliverer” is the person that provides something that has been promised and is now expected to arrive at any moment to fulfill the commitment.  Wow, why is this important?  This is what the verse means to me:

Paitiently waiting for the great God Jesus Christ, my supreme blessing with all of my confidence expecting His glorious promised personal appearance to rescue me at any moment!

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That is exactly what I believe God is saying to us in this verse.  But can we confirm what was the promise given to us by the LORD Jesus that will be delivered, honored and fulfilled soon?  I believe we can.  Here is one essential promise made by the LORD Jesus that will be fulfilled to the church very soon to answer our blessed hope:

Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 

Jesus, our bridegroom tells us that he must go up to His father’s house to prepare a place for us.  Before He goes, He promises us (His bride) that He will return for us.  And then when He returns, He will “receive” us up to be where He is.  Jesus does three things and tells us that we are the focus of what He will do three times.

1.    I go (ascension into heaven)
2.    And prepare a place (at my Father’s house) For you
3.    I will come again (at the trumpet sound) For you
4.    And receive (rapture, take) You
5.    So that where I am (in heaven) There you will be also

Where is Jesus right now?  According to New Testament Jesus went up to heaven (Acts 1:9).  Now notice the word translated as “receive”.  This is the Greek word G3880 and it is a compound word containing G2983 that literally means “to take” as in “to get hold of”.  This verb implies a divinely forced departure and that sounds a lot like the rapture to me.  Now remember what the angels told the church leaders while they were watching Jesus go up:

Act 1:11  Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

joyful-hope1No matter what you are experiencing today in the world, after reading this entire Bible lesson you should have this same confident joyful expectation of His soon appearance to take us up to be where He is away from all of this evil in our world today.  Let us all divert our eyes off of the temporary troubles, trials and tests of this world to focus them on the eternal things and Jesus Christ.  Let us move to the next reason to believe Jesus is coming soon.

 

 

SHOULD THE RAPTURE
TAKE CHRISTIANS BY TOTAL SURPRISE?

1Th 5:2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
1Th 5:3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
1Th 5:4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

surprise-faceWe have been experiencing a crisis in 2020 that literally has engulfed the entire planet very suddenly and unexpectedly.  People on earth have been dramatically affected in one way or the other.  The number of reported deaths from this plague seem to still be growing all around us.  I believe we are witnessing a significant warning sign of things that are prophesied to happen during the tribulation.  Major unexpected disastrous events and lawlessness will continue to arise with greater intensity and frequency. There will be plagues, famines, earthquakes, volcanos, droughts, floods, tsunamis, hail, tornados, cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons, meteors, etc.   These will be occurring more frequently leading up to and during the tribulation.  Here in 1 Thessalonians, Paul is writing to Christians in the church (you and I) and he says this time of tribulation will not come upon Christians like a thief as it will the rest of the world.  This is because Christians should be aware of the Bible prophecies that inform us of the general timing of this end.

Christians should be wiser than the unbelieving world and be able to observe the indicators that are occurring around us (Mat 16:13).  Christians must desire God’s illumination, receive His light, understand His light, love His light, and walk in His light in order to recognize these world events and to not be deceived by Satan’s attempt at darkening our minds.

I do not believe the church will leave this world as a beaten and defeated bride.  But I believe that we must be ready and expectant of Jesus’ return at any moment.  I pray we can agree and look forward to His soon return.  This Bible study will stand by itself if you would like to read it alone.  But, if you have not read this series from the beginning, you may want to go back and start with “Part 1”.  Let us get into our lesson on the catching away of the church and why we can believe and have confidence that this will happen before the Revelation description of the tribulation event begins.

 

INTRODUCTION:
AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF LOT!

sodoma and gomorraToday’s lesson will focus on ten key reasons from the Book of Revelation that the Rapture is a precursor (indicator, pointer, forerunner) event to the Tribulation and not an event that occurs during or even after the tribulation.  I believe that we the people in Christ can come to the firm belief that a “catching away” of the church must occur before the seven years of God’s judgment and world tribulation can commence.

I know there are other good people that believe differently.   I have heard several Bible teachers that claim the church is going through the tribulation either partially (mid-trib) or fully (post-trib).  But those beliefs just do not balance with what the LORD has shown a lot of other Bible scholars.  Even if you do not believe every reason that is given in this lesson, please at least keep an open mind and go and study what is stated here to see if this is what the Bible actually says.

Please allow me to provide a simple overview of basic end time eschatology as I understand it from my studies.  Jesus Christ is the Bridegroom (Mat 9:15, Mar 2:19) that has gone up into heaven to His Father’s house (John 14:2) to prepare a place (John 14:3) for His bride (the church, 2 Cor 11:2, Eph 5:32). Suddenly without warning He is going to come back for us (1 Cor 15:52), and the church is required to make herself ready (Rev 19:7) for His unexpected appearing (Mat 25:10).  Shortly after the catching away of the church the antichrist is revealed to the world (2 Th 2:3) and tribulation is initiated (Mar 13:19).  This time of tribulation will continue a total of 2520 days, which is equivalent to 84 months (Rev 11:2 + Rev 13:5), which is equivalent to 7 years.  While this judgment of the people on the earth is taking place (Rev 6:17), the wedding supper of the LAMB happens in heaven simultaneously (Rev 19:9).  Then Jesus riding on a white horse returns to the earth with the church saints riding behind Him to rid the earth of all evil (Rev 19:14).  Satan, the beast and the false prophets with all those that have taken his mark are cast into hell for 1000 years (Rev 19:20, Rev 20:2) while Jesus and His Saints rule a new kingdom of peace upon the earth.  Satan is then released from hell to deceive anyone that he can (Rev 20:7-8).  Satan with his new followers are finally defeated.  The Great White Throne Judgment of all unbelievers takes place (Rev 20:11) with a permanent end to the surface earth dwelling of all evil being thrown into hell (Rev 20:15).  This completes God’s recorded judgement of evil.   And then the earth and the heavens will be burned with fire (2 Pet 3:7) and a new heaven and new earth is established (Rev 21:1).  That was a lot of general overview information of end time events lacking many details.

But some believe that even though Jesus knows about the judgement that is coming upon the earth during the tribulation, He is going to permit His future bride (aka His body) to stay here on the earth to be raped, beaten, or even killed by a brutal evil world ruler.  They claim that “This will be used to test the bride before He can come save her”.  What loving husband who is knowledgeable and who could save His bride from His own judgments upon the unjust world would sit idly and allow this to happen to her?  Would any loving and caring husband who judges evil righteously do nothing to save His already justified and forgiven clean future wife?  What kind of sadistic husband would this make our God and Jesus our covenant husband?

These are incredibly good questions to consider.  Is God Love? Yes (1 John 4:16). Does Jesus Love His Bride? Yes! (Eph 5:25). If a sane natural husband would not permit this to happen to his future wife before the wedding, why would an infinitely greater supernatural God who is all knowing and all powerful not be far more gracious and kind?

Do you remember what Abraham asked God when he was negotiating for the life of his nephew Lot?  Abraham asked God “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”  Wow, do we NOT know that this statement still applies today to the subject of the church bride and the tribulation?  Abraham asked God in Genesis 18:24 and 25 these questions:

Gen 18:24  Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
Gen 18:25  That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 

What wisdom Abraham displays before our LORD.  Abraham is pleading his legal case before the supreme court of heaven and says to our JUDGE “To slay the righteous with the wicked, that be far from thee to do, shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”.  Wow again!  Yet we have Christian ministers even on TV that claim God will not do right and will commit or at least permit this kind of evil on His bride during the tribulation.  What kind of God are we serving today?  Is there a perverted justice system in heaven now?  Has the Judge now changed to be a different kind of God than Abraham’s God?  If our God has changed, then Malachi 3:6 is a lie.  Malachi 3:6 says very clearly “I am the LORD and I change not”.  Also, according to Jesus, we need to learn God’s commentary on this story of Lot.  He says something that is truly relevant to our discussion of the rapture:

Luk 17:28  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Luk 17:29  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Luk 17:30  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

According to the words of Jesus our LORD and Savior, He claims “as it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be when He will be again revealed to the earth”.  Jesus very clearly states the righteous were first taken out of the city before ANY judgments of God would begin.  This is a noticeably historical clear pattern of the righteous being removed the judgement of evil people.  This means this must be what occurs in any similar future situation before the judgment and demise of the unrighteous in the tribulation.  I believe that is an excellent foundational reason to believe in a “Pre-Tribulation” rapture and we have not even started to read and study in Revelation.

Let us go and explore some more good reasons found in the book of Revelation to believe in this Pre-Judgment catching away by force (G726=Harpazo) of God’s righteous saints.

 

REASON #1
CHURCH NOT MENTIONED BY NAME AFTER CHAPTER 3

missing_word_1The church is explicitly mentioned by name 19 times in the Book of Revelation.  Eighteen times the Greek word G1577 transliterated as “ekklesia” occurs in 18 verses of chapters 1, 2 and 3.  This word literally means “a called-out people”.  But suddenly this called out woman named the church is not referred to by name again until chapter 22 five verses before the end of the entire book. Therefore, the church is mentioned directly before the tribulation and directly after the tribulation at the end by name but never during the tribulation.  Ask yourself this basic question.  What happened to the church after Chapter 3 until chapter 22?  Why is the Holy Spirit suddenly no longer speaking directly about the “ekklesia” after chapter 3 by name?  Is this a hidden clue and indication for what happened to the church?  I believe this is exactly what is happening by God’s design.

I believe this is very important and we must remember there are 18 direct named references to the church on the earth (called “ekklesia”) in the first 3 chapters of Revelation and then not again until the end of the book after tribulation is completed. Could this be a sign and a hidden clue for what will happen to us? I believe it is.

Also remember that there are 7 specifically named churches by physical location given to us in chapters 2 and 3.  All the other references are general “church” or “churches” references.  I believe that the direct mention of this name is a revelation that confirms the church is physically present on the earth before the tribulation commences but not after.

There is no doubt in my mind that Jesus was speaking to physical born-again people in these 7 letters to the churches.  But beginning in chapter 4 a dramatic change takes place and none of these names or locations are referred to again.  Not the 1) “ekklesia” in general or, 2) not the specific local church in Ephesus (Rev 2:1), 3) not the specific church in Smyrna (Rev 2:8), 4) not the specific church in Pergamum (Rev 2:12), 5) not the specific church in Thyatira (Rev 2:18), 6) not the specific church in Sardis (Rev 3:1), 7) not the specific church in Philadelphia (Rev 3:7) and finally 8) not the specific church in Laodicea (Rev 3:14).  What must have occurred in the future prophecy starting in Revelation 4:1, for there to be no further direct physical mention of the church on the earth in the book of Revelation?

Ok, we are going to explore something new that also applies to our study.  If we search the Bible, we will not find the literal name “church” in the Old Testament either.  Why is the church name not found anywhere in the Old Testament?  However, maybe you have read O.T. verses and can see that many of these do apply to the modern church.  In fact, we should know that we can find many O.T. quotations in the New Testament that the Holy Spirit used to explain church principles, concepts and doctrines.  But the church is never directly named in the O.T.  This seems to indicate that the church was hidden and concealed in the O.T. and I believe this too is a pattern for why the church is not mentioned directly by name during the tribulation.

The only logical explanation that I have found for there to be no direct mention of the “ekklesia” after Revelation 3, is that the church has been taken up and off the earth into heaven by a divine forced sudden departure.  This lack of mention of the church appears to be an indicator for the sudden exit from within the natural realm to now be only seen within the hidden spiritual realm.  The lack of any further mention in Revelation provides us the foundation to believe we are hidden and concealed from natural human view and can only be seen by those in the spiritual dimension.  Let us get back to Lot and end this introduction.

A pre-tribulation rapture fits perfectly with the pattern described to happen to Lot being taken out of Sodom first by angels.  We could say Lot was saved by angels using a pre-fire and brimstone taking out.  In other words, if Lot had been removed out of the fire by angels during the middle of the fire and brimstone falling none of them would have survived.  Nor could Lot and his family be taken out after the end of the fire and brimstone judgment because survival would not have saved them.  I hope we are seeing something new in this that we have never seen before.

Therefore, these parallels from what has happened to Lot in the past teaches us that the church must be removed prior to the tribulation.  If this does not occur the pattern for what has occurred in the past does not align correctly with what must occur in the rapture of the church in our future (Ecclesiastes 1:9). I believe the church will be taken up into heaven by angels to be raised into an elevated new spiritual perspective.  If we read the story of Lot after the angels removed them from the city of Sodom, they were also told not to stay in the plain to be destroyed but rather “to go up” into the mountains.  Within typology “going up” into a mountain is like going up in a rapture event (Gen 19:17).  They were also told never to look back at the destruction.  I believe this is another of the direct parallel typology for us in the church while in heaven not being able to see the judgement that will be occurring on the earth.  Finally, in Genesis 19:22 the angel informs Lot that the destruction of Sodom cannot begin until they have fully departed.  All of this is types and shadows of things that will happen to us.

We will end this important foundational section with one final point.  The Greek word G1577 “ekklesia” is formed by combining two Greek words.  The first is “ek” G1537 and this was often times translated as “out”.  This word represents a prepositional term that means “origin” as in the point where motion or action proceeds.  I hope that did not pass you by.  We need to understand that a rapture is a “motion event”, moving us from point A on the earth to point B up in heaven.  The second Greek word “kaleo” G2564 literally means “to call aloud”.  It comes from another Greek root word G2753 “to incite by word”.  Two synonyms for incite could be to 1) “initiate” or 2) “cause” something to happen by speaking.  This is like a king giving a command and expecting it to be carried out immediately.  Is this name an accident or a divine design?  I believe it is the later.  We have just learned that the literal name of the church “ekklesia” signifies a rapture event.  That just cannot be a chance occurrence.  God is teaching us that our name “church” represents someone (God) giving a royal command to take us out of this world.

God’s word is filled with intentional connected design patterns.  And all this information is one of the most profound revelations that teaches the church has been physically removed from the earth and has gone up into heaven to be hidden with our Bridegroom after the end of chapter 3 of Revelation.

 

REASON #2
WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCHES
ENDS IN THE LAST VERSE OF CHAPTER 3

Rev 3:22  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

stoptalkingThere are 7 verses in chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation where John writes a command to the churches.  We can read this spoken command in Revelation 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:29, 3:6, 3:13 and 3:22.  This phrase always starts with “He that has an ear, let him hear”.  Who are these people that are supposed to hear? We find out the answer by continuing to read the end of the verse command.  “What the Spirit says to the churches” is how these verses all ended.  Therefore, we in the church are required to hear what the Spirit is saying to us here on the earth right here and now. Some people who believe they are Christians do not believe the Spirit of God ever speaks to them.  According to these verses He is speaking if we choose to tune our ears to listen and hear Him.  That sounds like it is a personal choice to listen.  It also implies God is speaking and trying to get us to hear even if we are not listening.  Why are we going over these verses and why are they important to us learning about a pretribulation rapture?  Great questions, I am so glad you asked.

Think about how the book of Revelation was laid out and designed by the Holy Spirit.  There is not one word given that is there by random chance.  Many Bible teachers and scholars believe that the list of 7 churches selected by Jesus to write to in Revelation 2 and 3, fit the pattern description of the entire 2000-year church age.  If Jesus had listed the churches in any other order or selected any different church, the pattern would not match according to these teachers and scholars.  While this is not firm evidence it is a significant matter to consider.  If this selected church pattern is true, it would cause us to easily believe that the church age has ended after chapter 3 and what follows is a different dispensation of time outside of God’s ordered period of Grace.

Think with me and consider this fact from Romans 5:20 where God declares “where sin abounds, Grace does much more abound”.  Where in reading the book of Revelation, does it ever appear that Grace is abounding to hold back the judgment of evil?  Can we see the potential conflict, if the church remains on the earth during this 7-year time?  Please do not misunderstand what was just said.  There are elements of divine grace being displayed many times in Revelation, but these are provided during a time of the simultaneous descriptions of divine destructive judgements like we read about in the story of Lot.  Did Lot have to hide in the city while the fire fell?  Did God have to put a divine umbrella over Lot before or while the fire fell?  No, the LORD took him and his family completely out of the city and then judgement started.

If the church is present during the book of Revelation judgments of God, that would appear to nullify verses found in Romans 5 and 6 and 2 Corinthians 8:7 and other that claim the Church is under God’s Grace. Let us continue and read another verse that will assist us in solving the issue of God’s grace versus His judgments and where the church is during this time of judgment:

Rev 13:9  If any man have an ear, let him hear. 

Here is another one of the main points that we need to see and understand.  The phrase “He that hath an ear, let him hear” occurs a total of 8 times in the Book of Revelation.  It occurs once in each of the letters to the seven churches where God includes the ending phrase “what the Spirit of God says to the churches”.  But there is a similar phrase that is used by God in Revelation 13:9 where the complete phrase has been modified significantly.  Let us analyze the two phrases to find the exact changes taking place by the Holy Spirit’s choice.  I will give Revelation 3:22 with all the Greek words first from the KJV.  Then we will see Revelation 13:9 from the KJV with all Greek words and then we will read from the NASB with all the Greek Words:

REV 3:22 He who has(G2192) an ear(G3775), let him hear(G191) what the Spirit says to the churches. (KJV)

(KJV)REV 13:9 If any man(G1536) have(G2192) an ear,(G3775) let him hear.(G191) (KJV)

REV 13:9 If(G1487) anyone(G5100) has(G2192_ an ear(G3775), let him hear(G191_ (NASB)

In Revelation 13:9 God adds at the beginning of the phrase a new word that means “whosoever”, “anyone” or “any man”. Then He completely removes the ending phrase “what the Spirit says to the churches” at the conclusion of the verse.  This is a radical change to who this verse is being written and spoken to.  It completely shifts the target audience that is instructed to listen and hear and converts the phrase to a conditional announcement with “If” in front of it.

In Revelation 13: 9 of the KJV God added one new Greek word G1536 and it is a composite of two other Greek words G1487 and G5100.  G1487 occurs in over 300 verses and it is most often translated as “if”.  If is a word that introduces conditionality to the next statement that follows.  Conditionality simply means there are requirements for one or more instructions to be met.  Wow, this was NOT the message given to the churches in the 7 church letters of Revelation 2 and 3 that had no conditions.

G5100 is the next compound word of G1536 and it is a word that is often translated as “any man”.  The Strong’s definition says it means “any” or “some”.  God appears to be asking “if any man” as in, “is there anyone that can still hear what I am trying to say on the earth?  This is what I believe, is God’s plea for a human still living on the earth to seek His love, mercy, and grace to be saved.

Revelation 13:9 informs us that God is no longer speaking direct words to His saved church and has shifted His message to anyone else on earth that still desires to want to listen to Him.  This clearly implies that the church is not present on the earth to hear these pleas but, it does indicate God is still available to save if any desire to hear Him.

What is God teaching us with this?  It must be the fact of truth that the churches are no longer physically present on the earth to be spoken to during this 7-year time of tribulation.  That is the only logical explanation of this clue that makes any common sense.  The only people that could possibly hear what the Spirit was saying on the earth during Revelation 13 would be those that needed to hear and wanted to listen to potentially get saved by believing in Jesus.  I believe this is the only valid interpretation for the shift of the intended audience from the exact same phrase “has an ear let him hear” being repeated 8 times in the book of Revelation.  I pray that everyone will see and agree.

There is truth in every verse of the Bible but often it is overlooked because of our lack of understanding of God’s designed requirement for us to search for it (Prov 25:2).  I do want to make a quick final point in this section.  I believe some people will get saved during the tribulation.  We can see indications of this in Revelation 7 when God speaks of 144,000 being sealed from 12 named tribes.  There are also other verses that indicate this like Revelation 20:4 describing people who had their heads chopped off for having the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Salvation will still be made available for anyone who has not taken the mark of the beast (Rev 19:20, Rev 20:4).    Let us move to reason 3.

 

REASON #3
JUDGMENT BEGINS AT THE HOUSE OF THE LORD

judgment_begins_house_of_GodToo many Christians today emphasize the Grace of God without balancing the Justice and Judgment of God.  We are living at the end of God’s Church Age of Grace.  However, the Bible clearly teaches that there are still consequences for Christian sin in the church today (Gal 6:7, Rom 6:23 1 Jn 5:16, Jas 1:15, Rom 6:16, etc.).  A lot of people ignore these verses and that is sad.  I could list many others for you, but I will focus on only a couple of scriptural examples that stand out in contrast to the extreme unbalanced Grace message.  Acts chapter five reveals 2 Christians named Ananias and Sapphira that fell down dead in a long church service being preached by Peter.  Extreme Grace teachers attempt to explain this away as two people that were not saved.  That make this God’s judgement upon unbelievers and we should read Revelation to know this judgment will not occur until these 7 years.  But if that were true and God judged sinners and liars in the world today, then everyone that ever lied or sinned would be dead and no one be available to get saved.  This unfounded interpretation that these two were not saved Christians would mean God would be unjust if He did not judge everyone that committed the same sin with the same verdict of immediate death.

No, these two people had to be saved, born again people that made a huge mistake while a gift of the Holy Spirit (a Word of Knowledge) was in manifestation.  I believe that Judgment fell on them as an example to other saved Christians in the church to not repeat the error.  As a result, a great “fear” of God came upon everyone that witnessed this judgment or heard about it.  This should include you and I also.  You see a fear coming on the church would not result from a sinner’s death.  If you do not believe this interpretation is correct that I just gave you, please keep reading to find out what Peter wrote about it in his letter to the churches.  I will go into that after one more example.

Another judgment of a saved Christian in the church of Corinth took place in 1 Corinthians 5.  Paul was not present in the flesh but still heard about a man that had taken his father’s wife so that he was committing fornication with his stepmother.  Paul was writing about this to the church as a warning for us in the church to not commit the same immorality.  Paul said I have turned him over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh that his soul might be saved (1 Cor 5:5).  Paul was speaking about a Christian man that was being judged for his sin while alive on the earth.  Paul claimed that he was going to die young before his old age as a consequence for his sin.  This is how God in the church age of grace operates.  If you go and read and study 2 Corinthians, you may learn that this young man changed and repented and did not die young.  This is a great example of how 1 John 1:9 works in the age of grace.  Sin can be confessed to Jesus and God is faithful and just to forgive us.

Yes, God does show us grace.  But God still says that sin has consequences if not confessed.  Ok, this information is potentially offensive to a lot of Christians.  I do not want to offend anyone.  But like Peter and Paul taught us we in the church must be warned.  Let us review a particularly important verse that applies to what this section is about.  This verse applies directly to the example we reviewed in Acts 5 because the Apostle Peter was present then and this is what he wrote about judgment falling on the unsaved world.  Uh oh, I mean the church.  Read this verse very carefully and see how it applied to Acts 5 and 1 Corinthians 5:

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 

God is warning the church through the Apostle Peter that the time to be judged for our willful intentional sins has already commenced during this age of Grace.  God is simply saying Christians should not be like the world.  We should not be doing what the world is doing. According to this verse the world will not be judged during this age of grace, but the church will be judged for doing what they do.  Wow, this is important.  We all need to analyze what the world is doing and make sure we are not following them.  Christians should be following the direction of the Holy Spirit and the Bible.

Notice what Peter wrote.  He divided people into two categories.  Those in the house of God and those not in it.  Therefore, we know that God’s judgment begins in the house and family of God long before it is initiated to those that are not in God’s family.  In fact, Peter implies that if it is hard for believers in Christ to be saved, how much harder will it be for those that do not obey at the end of age during the tribulation.  Wow, again.    Let us read another verse that comes to us from the next letter written by Peter.

2Pe 2:9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: 

Here is another verse that compares God’s different types of dealings between the righteous opposed to the unrighteous.  This verse again confirms that the righteous will not be judged and punished with the unrighteous people.  Did you notice the timing of the unrighteous judgment?  Peter wrote and called it the “day of judgment”.  That phrase is used 9 times in the New Testament from Matthew to Jude to describe God’s time of judgment during the tribulation.  Some might try to say this is the Great White Throne Judgment after the tribulation has ended, but that is a very limiting and restrictive definition of the phrase “a day”.  A day can many times represent more than a 12-hour period of daylight.  Figuratively a day can represent an entire period of time even up to a period of 7 days of years (one week of years).

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

Notice we have a revealed angel that we will talk more about later in another reason.  But he is going about the earth to preach the gospel to Christians.  Whops, that was a sarcastic slip.  No He was present on the earth to preach the gospel to “those that dwell on the earth”.  This is a frequent term used in  Revelation for people that are not saved.  This angel is preaching to every nation, race, and language of unsaved people.  That statement tells me the church is not here on the earth to hear this message.  Let us read the next verse:

Rev 14:7  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Notice what this angel, says to the people that are left here dwelling on the earth during the tribulation.  This supernatural being flying in the air about the earth uses the exact same Greek word G2920 that we read about in 2 Peter for “judgment” day.  Here we have a more narrowed viewpoint on the timing for God’s judgment to be limited to an “hour”.  I believe this still represents a greater expanse of time than just 60 literal minutes.  I believe this is also a figurative expression connoting a longer time but a time that is significantly shorter than a day that we read about in Peter’s letter.

Notice that this angel during the tribulation claims the “judgment of the LORD has come” to the earth.  That makes it sound like it is something new.  But this is the same type of judgment that we were told which first started at the House of God way back when Peter wrote this in his letter nearly 2000 years ago.  The only difference what is happening in the church today and what will happen in the tribulation then is the fact that the future judgment in the tribulation is only against the unrighteous (unsaved).

We just went through a lot of information that was not found in the book of Revelation to help us understand what the book of Revelation is saying.  God is informing the church that we will be judged long before this end time 7-year tribulation judgment of the unsaved world begins.  This is just another presentation of the evidence of God’s truth in His Word to say, “the righteous church will not be judged at the same time as the unrighteous world”.  That belief would be unjust and would not align with Lot’s removal from Sodom.  However, as we have seen that does not mean that we in the church will never be judged.  It only means God is working on His bride now here on the earth to help clean us up so that we can be ready for his catching away.

I would highly recommend that you go and reread chapters 2 and 3 of the Book of Revelation.  These 2 chapters contain the 7 letters written to the physical churches on the earth. Notice in the letters how Jesus speaks of what is good in the churches and what is not.  If any changes are required to cause them to fulfill their purpose and call, Jesus is very direct in warning them to repent.  For example, check out what Jesus says in this verse to a church:

Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

I am amazed at some modern extreme grace teachers who claim Christians never have the need of any repentance.   Jesus very clearly teaches us that if He loves us, He will rebuke and chasten us.  When Jesus does this to anyone, we need to listen, hear and obey to do what He says and be very quick to repent.

 

REASON #4
JESUS PROMISED US WE CAN BE SAVED
FROM THE TEMPTATION TO COME ON ALL THE WORLD

Rev 3:10  Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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We have looked at this verse before in a previous lesson, but it is so incredibly good that we will review it quickly as another confirmation from the book of Revelation for our belief in a pre-trib rapture.  This verse was written to the specific church of Philadelphia in Revelation chapter 3.  But it technically applies to every church as does each of the letters because of the statement “what the Spirit says to the churches (plural)”.  Notice what Jesus just said to this church in Philadelphia!  This is a very profound promise.  Jesus says because you have kept the Word of my patience, I will also keep you from the hour of temptation that will come to try them that dwell upon the earth. Remember we learned in the last section that “them that dwell on the earth” is a phrase that refers to unsaved earth inhabitants.  That information alone separates the church from the unsaved to be treated differently.

We learned in Part 5 of the series that God is not the tempter or tester of humans.  I will not repeat all the verses that were provided to prove that statement.  Here we understand Jesus is speaking of saving us from a coming time in the future and we can begin to read about this in Revelation 6:

Rev 6:15  And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Rev 6:16  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath (G3709) of the Lamb:
Rev 6:17  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand

These verses describe a horrific time to be alive on the earth.  It includes everyone physically alive by the description of every bondsman and every free man.  That leaves no one out.  What do these people cry?  They are crying for the mountains that they are hiding in to fall on them.  Why would anyone that is sane want such a thing to occur?  The answer is given to us in verse 16.  They say, “Hide us from the face of Him that sits on the throne”.  We could think that this is our Almighty God in general or God the Father in particular.  But, the focus of who is sitting on the throne is narrowed to the “LAMB” by the Holy Spirit’s choice.  Uh oh?  Isn’t He the One the church is in covenant with?  Isn’t He the Bridegroom of the church?  It appears to me that “wrath” coming down from heaven, from the LAMB and occurring in the first 42 months of the tribulation proves His church bride is not present on the earth to be judged with the unrighteous.

We must see this because this is essential.  The LAMB of God is pouring out His justice upon the earth and all its people.  But He is our covenant making and covenant keeping faithful Husband.  Does this sound right for Him to be pouring out wrath upon us with the world?  What is He mad and angry with us about?  I just do not understand why someone would claim the bride of the LAMB would be treated the same as the unsaved world.  Let us confirm this with scripture:

1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us (the church) to wrath (G3709), but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ (the LAMB),

Either God is a liar (NOT), or the church cannot be on the earth when Jesus our sacrifice LAMB pours out His wrath.  The exact same Greek word G3709 for wrath is used here in 1 Thessalonians as was selected by the Holy Spirit in Revelation 6:16 describing the wrath of the LAMB.  So, either Jesus Christ is not the LAMB (NOT), or the church is not in the flesh on the earth during these 7 years.  Which one do you believe is the truth?  Notice the Greek word translated as “salvation” in 1 Thessalonians is G4991 and this word could be translated as “rescue” or “safety”.  It comes from another Greek word G4990 that is used for titles of the LORD Jesus and it was translated as “Savior” and “Deliverer”.  We were introduced to this word in the first section of the lesson.  This word translated as “salvation” informs us that we will be removed from the place of danger and hurt like Lot was rescued and taken to safety prior to the destruction of Sodom.  Ok, Let us look at another verse that describes Jesus as “Savior” and confirm that we belong to Him.

Php 3:20  For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which also we are looking for the Savior (G4990), the Lord Jesus Christ,

Are you looking for your “Deliverer”?  Are you expecting your “Savior” to come and get you?  Are we expecting a “Rescue” out of the coming judgment wrath of the LAMB on this earth or are we expecting to be judged with the unrighteous?   Those are great questions to ask and answer while we still can.  I believe He is coming sooner than we think.

I would highly recommend that you go back and read “Part 5” in the series for more details on this subject of the church being saved from the tribulation to come.  This belief and interpretation will align very well with the patterns that we have found describing Lot being taken out of the city before the judgment fell on the ungodly.  God will NOT judge the righteous with the unrighteous.  That behavior would violate HIS character and nature and would cause Him to be unjust.  Since the judgement and penalty of our sins have been taken out on Jesus Christ on the cross, we will be spared from any future tribulation judgments.  To judge the church again would represent “double-jeopardy”.  God’s justice system demands that He does what is right and not judge the righteous with the evil people that have not accepted Jesus as Savior.  I will end this section with one more confirming verse:

Joh 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. 

Notice what Jesus says here.  There are two different types of people being compared.  One is called “believers” and other is called “unbelievers”.  The believing group has “eternal life” and the unbelievers do not.  Now notice the mention of our subject of “wrath”.  This is the same Greek word as the previous verses.  The Holy Spirit writes very clearly that it is ONLY the unbelievers that will have the wrath of God abiding on them.  This is just another way of teaching us the church cannot be present when God’s wrath is being poured out.  Remember this is Jesus speaking to us.  Are you a believer?  If you are not yet a believer, you can become one right now.  Let us move to the next reason.

 

REASON #5
COME UP HITHER!
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Rev 4:1  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

This is one of the strongest reasons for believing in a pretribulation rapture.  I believe this is a major factor for trusting in the LORD to rescue His church before the tribulation of God’s judgment.  Recall the design of the book of Revelation that was mentioned before.  The book begins in chapter 1 with the revealing of Jesus and is then followed by His praises, directions, and admonitions spoken directly to His churches in chapters 2 and 3.  After this , suddenly the references to the physical church on the earth stop.  The church by no further direct references can be said to disappear from the book until the end.  Wow, I believe this is a great general overview for the pattern of the entire church age.  Let us see if this fits with the life of Jesus on the earth.

Jesus was born and revealed to the world in a manger in Bethlehem.  After this He grew up in Nazareth in wisdom and age, was baptized by John when he was 30, and then he went about teaching, preaching, and healing everyone that would come to Him.  After this, He died, arose from the grave and after 40 days went up to heaven.  Does this seem to be a similar pattern for the church and the book of Revelation? Yes, I believe it does. Now let us see what God says by analyzing some of the details of Revelation 4:1, to learn how it could possibly fit into the pattern of the church age.  Let us read the beginning of verse 1 in chapter 4:

Rev 4:1  After this ….

Notice how Revelation chapter 4 begins by God’s design.   Verse 1 opens with the phrase “After this…”.  I want us to focus and ask the question about the first two words of the verse asking “After WHAT?”  This phrase “after this” indicates something that had previously happened has been terminated and something new is about to be initiated.  “After this” represents a progressive sequenced order of events.  This is like I did in the paragraph above describing the life of Jesus on the earth.  What has just happened before this statement?  Remember there are no chapter and verse divisions in the original writing.  The answer is Jesus was just speaking to His church and suddenly stopped.  These two words imply heavily what is about to happen next occurs only after Jesus has finished with His “church”.  This implies that the church age is done, finished, and completed.  The age of Grace has ceased.  Uh oh!  These two words appear to represent an important transition.  Let’s continue to the next phrase.

Rev 4:1  After this I looked,….

I just want to focus quickly on the word “I looked”.  This is G1492 and it means became aware, I saw, or I observed something.  It is generally used in the past tense.  It implies in this verse that John had observed something new that had not previously been seen or known to him.  We also get this impression by noticing the next word in the phrase:

Rev 4:1  After this I looked, and, behold….

Now notice the word translated as “behold”.  This is the Greek word G2400 that is used in 213 verses of the N.T.  It is a word that denotes a measure of surprise or awe.  Perhaps you noticed that I like to use the word “Wow” in my Bible lessons to express the same amount of emphasis and wonder.  In many of God’s usages of this Greek word we can clearly see the immediate supernatural involvement of God or angels sent by divine direction to do something that is unexpected, new, and amazing.  This word usage in Revelation 4:1 appears to imply that God is about to cause a departure from normal human affairs to do something supernaturally spectacular.  I would recommend that you go read through these verses to get the concept being described.  The idea being given to us by God in these combined initial phrases in Revelation 4:1 appears to say something sudden and unexpected is about to divinely occur at the end of and after the Church age.  I wonder what that could be?  Let us continue to read and find out:

Rev 4:1 …a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither,…
Rev 4:2  And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

Notice what just happened unexpectedly.  God provides us a description of five-steps in a process:

1). a door in heaven will be opened,
2). a voice like a trumpet sounds
3). shouts “Come up here”
4). immediately John was in the spiritual realm
5). Having been “taken up” to stand before the throne of Jesus.

Wow, that is amazing! Why is all of this mentioned directly before beginning the description of the seven years of tribulation? Does any of these words help us in the church to understand God’s timing of events?  I believe it does and that this literal past event that happened to John close to 2000 years ago, represents a prophecy of the soon coming event we call the “rapture” of the church.  God does this repeatedly in the Bible.  He uses one historic real and specific event to be a type, or we could call it a pattern of a greater future spiritual event that has not yet occurred.  Asking good questions is essential to understanding the Bible.  Therefore, let us ask some more good questions.

Why did God do this catching up of John?  Was it necessary for God to give John this vision of what would be happening later at the end of the church age in heaven?  Obviously, it was not necessary.  For example, we can read about Peter receiving a spiritual vision of future a future event on the earth, while he was praying on a rooftop in Acts 10:9-10.  There is no mention of Peter being taken up to heaven during this message from God. We need to understand the difference between these two visions within the early church leaders. Peter’s vision was given from the church’s perspective on the earth in the physical realm.  But John’s vision was given to him from the perspective of the church being transformed into the spiritual realm standing in heaven with Jesus personally.  Wow, that sounds important to know.

Also, I do not recall any O.T. prophet that was caught up into heaven to be shown what was going to happen to Israel in the future and then returning to the earth to write about it?  Moses going up on a mountain to meet with God is the closest event like this that I know of.  Can we see how John’s vision is a major change of how God had dealt with prophets many times before?  I believe that is a significant clue.  I will admit that Paul was caught up into the third heaven in 2 Cor 12:2-4. I believe that this was a confirming pattern of human experience for a future rapture event that could suddenly occurs to the church.  In fact, these verses use the exact same Greek word G726 (harpazo) that that we have been looking at in this series.  I believe 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 was given to us as a proof text to the fact that raptures have occurred in the past as well as it provides us evidence that they can and will happen again in the future.  But I still believe that Paul’s experience was for a different divine purpose and experience than John’s in Revelation 4:1. I believe this because Paul was not permitted to write much about his experiences in any detail.  I believe John’s experience of being taken up was for revealing God’s detailed plan for the timing of the rapture more than to just prove that a sudden going up could occur.  We all have a choice to believe this or not, but I choose to believe it this way.

God’s placement of this catching up of John is at the perfect location in the book of Revelation to reveal a pretribulation rapture.  I believe I have said this before but please notice that this catching away event occurs immediately after Jesus had finished dealing with the churches and before the beginning of the tribulation.  I believe that there cannot be any better placement within the book of Revelation that God could more clearly represent a “pre-tribulation” catching away of the church without just openly stating it in the plain text.

Please stop looking for every truth to be plainly stated.  That is NOT how God wrote the Bible.  Jesus proved this by informing the Jewish people to “search their scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, but these are they that testify of me” (John 5:39).  We can see from this one statement that the truth of Jesus was hidden and had to be searched out to find Him.

Rev 4:1  After this …. must be hereafter.

Ok we need to notice how the beginning and ending phrases of verse 1 match.  Notice these were translated as “After this” and “must be hereafter”.  The ending phrase “be hereafter” is identical to the beginning phrase “after this” in the original Greek.  Both phrases come from two Greek words G3326 (meta) and G5023 (tauta).  This phrase occurs several times in the Bible and it is often translated as “after this”, “after that” or “after these things”.  This phrase teaches us the truth concerning a series of events limited within the fourth dimension of time that must occur in a precise determined order.  We can learn that something new or different is about to happen that has followed something else that just concluded.  In other words what will happen next is something fresh that occurs after what has past, and these previous things are now implied to have ended.

I am going to ask again to make sure no one missed it.  What are the things that have ended that God was just talking about in chapter 2 and 3?  The easy answer from what we read must be God’s dealing with the church on the earth has ended.  That makes great logical sense to me.  Then at the end of the verse God uses “meta tauta” again to say, “after this event”.  What event did God just do to John?  God took John up in a rapture into heaven to stand before the throne of Jesus.  Therefore, what comes after this rapture by God’s design, begins to teach us of something brand new that has never previously occurred to this extent or in this order. These words and the combining of them with named precise events are describing the separate distinct and ordered pattern of events in succession that must occur.  I believe this is the plan of God.

  1. Jesus deals with the Churches
  2. After this the Church Age Ends
  3. Followed by the Rapture of the Church
  4. Followed by the 7 years of Tribulation and Judgment of Israel and the world

Let us review some other important descriptive facts found in Revelation 4:1 to add to our consideration of why this verse represents the church rapture.  If we read verse 1 carefully it appears to parallel the pattern description of the rapture found in 1 Thessalonians 4 because of God’s specific word usage and selection.  Read this verse in 1 Thessalonians 4 and see if you can agree there is a divine connection between these two verse event descriptions:

1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump (G4536) of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up (harpazo) together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 

God uses the exact same Greek word translated as “trumpet” both in Revelation 4:1 and here.  This Greek word is G4536 and it is only found in 11 verses in the entire N.T.  It occurs 4 times after Revelation 4:1 in chapters 8 and 9 dealing with 7 angels with 7 trumpets.  These are called the trumpet judgements.  After these verses, this Greek word is NOT used in any other verse of Revelation.  Uh oh?  I thought a great number of people believed in a mid or post-tribulation rapture?   Why would there be only a mention of a trumpet rapture event before the tribulation begins describing someone going up into heaven?  I think that should be a potential problem for believing in anything but a pretribulation catching away of the church.  We could talk a lot more about this, but we will move on to another connection to consider.

Notice the fact that in conjunction with a trumpet being mentioned a shout occurs.  1 Thessalonians does not mention the shout phrase but it does say clearly it occurs.  Now notice in Revelation 4:1 the actual shout is given “COME UP HERE!” but we are told it is a shout.  That appears to confirm another very profound parallel to the same descriptions.  Let us move quickly now to a rapture reference found in 1 Corinthians:

1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump (G4536): for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 

Notice the profound process being described here by the Holy Spirit.  God writes this is a mystery.  This teaches us that the message has been and potentially still is hidden. We all understand this because there is still such a great debate occurring in the church with us wondering when the rapture will occur.   Notice what Paul writes. Paul says not everyone will die a natural death.  But we shall be changed.  Changed is a Greek word that means made different and we know this is speaking of becoming incorruptible and immortal by reading the context.  Then the Holy Spirit says in a moment or a twinkling of the eye this change will take place.  The Greek word G823 (atomos) means something that is indivisible.  That is a description of such fast rapid event that we cannot even fully imagine it.

Notice the word selection of the Holy Spirit to select and use the exact same word found in Revelation 4:1 for “trumpet”.  This word was translated as “trump” in Thessalonians, but it is the same Greek word we just read here. God is connecting these verses by designed divine word choice.  Also note that this reference to the G4536 trumpet in Revelation 4:1 is the last trumpet blast used to call up people into heaven used by God.  That would appear to match what we are reading here in verse 52 of 1 Cor 15 saying the “last trump”.  The Greek word G2078 translated as “last” is not used this way in the book of Revelation at all.  It occurs 7 times in Revelation, twice to describe last plagues and 5 times to describe Jesus Christ as the “first and last”.

What I am trying to say is that Revelation 4:1 appears to be the “LAST” trumpet to call up anyone in the book of Revelation.  The other trumpet references appear to be judgments being released on the earth.  This information just appears to help confirm the timing of the rapture to occur before the tribulation begins.  Can we begin to see these parallels?  I do not believe this is an accident.  I believe all of this is a divinely designed pattern of repetition given to us by God to teach us.  Let us move on to the next reason.

 

REASON #6
CHURCH IS REWARDED IN HEAVEN
AT THE BEMA SEAT DURING THE TRIBULATION

1Co 3:12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward (G3408).
1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Receive_a_crown1According to the New Testament there is coming a judging of the works of Christians.  While works cannot ever save us, they do appear to cause us to be rewarded after this life is over.  The Greek word G3708 that was translated as “reward” literally means “pay for service”.  God is teaching us that we will receive a payment for what was done for His glory on this earth to fulfill His will.  Many theologians view this rewarding like a prize for running our race of life well on this earth as Paul wrote of in 1 Corinthians 9:24. That could be a part of it.  But these verses also speak of human works that will be burned up and consumed as if they did not matter to the reality of our eternal reward.  For example, many people are doing nice religious things, but I believe they are in vain to just make them look important. A lot of Christians do not ask or want to know what the will of God is to hear His plan for their life.  It is like the old joke, Jesus is Coming, look busy!  Ok I will give you a list of a few of these earthly types of works that will cause a heavenly reward.

  1. We Endure Persecution or False Accusation While Rejoicing (Mat 5:11-12)
  2. When We Love Others that Hate Us (Mat 5:46)
  3. When We Give to Others or the LORD in Secret (Mat 6:1)
  4. When We Pray Privately Hidden from Public View (Mat 6:5)
  5. When We Fast Secretly Not Making It Known Outwardly (Mat 6:16)

There are a lot of other examples given to us in the Bible.  None of these are normal human behavior that comes naturally.  I believe these works are totally different than the types of works we do in the natural and must be learned and acquired by repetition.  People go to work at a company and want to be acknowledged and praised by everyone.  Natural humans are proud of their accomplishments, promotions and enjoy the recognition of other people.  But, God’s reward system for what we will receive in heaven is far different.

When does this judgement of fire for rewards occur?  There are some who believe it occurs after the tribulation.  There are two main judgements described in the book of Revelation.  The final judgment occurs in Revelation 20:11 and it is called the Great White Throne Judgment (GWTJ).  This is the judgement that occurs for all unbelievers that have rejected God’s gift of salvation.  Their names are not recorded in the book of life (Rev 20:12).  This GWT Judgment is for the spiritually dead and not for the spiritually living.

We also should know that there is a judgment for believers.  This is called the Bema Seat Judgment (BSJ).  This judgment is for believers in Christ Jesus only.  These believers are the symbolic “wheat” and “sheep” that are gathered to be saved.  They are compared with the rejected tares and the goats in the parables that Jesus taught on about the division of people on the earth (Mat 13:25-31, Mat 25:32-33).  The righteous are described to be on His right hand and the unrighteous were on His left hand and these are the ones that will be judged in the GWT Judgment and then cast into hell.  It appears that we should all seek and learn how to be in those that are on His right hand.  So, let us analyze if there is any indication from scripture when this Bema judgement occurs.  Here is an especially important verse to learn:

Rev 11:18  And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward (G3708) unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

God describes the church being judged, during the tribulation here in Revelation 11:18. It would be logical for Christians to conclude that the church must already be present in heaven for this described event to occur.  How do we know we are there?  We can use the words given and search for them in the N.T. to see if the church is ever called by these names and titles or described with these characteristics.  For example, the Greek word G40 which was translated as “saints”.  This word is referred to multiple times in the New Testament and it is used to describe Christians.  Paul uses this word in almost every letter written to church members as a title and description of their character.  I would recommend you do a search and read these verses. But I will list a few to get you started.  Read Romans 16:15, 1 Corinthians 1:2, 6:2, 2 Corinthians 1:1, Ephesians 1:1, 3:8, Philippians 1:1, Colossians 1:2 to name a few that confirm how church members are called “saints”.

Next notice the key word G3708 that is again translated as “reward”.  This word alone connects us directly to what God described in 1 Corinthians 3.  Here are the “rewards of payment” for our labors on the earth being given out to His servants and saints.  The Greek wor