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Understanding Hard Sayings in the Bible! Jacob Have I Loved and Esau Have I Hated! Part 6

(Ver 1.2) This is now “Part 6.1” in the series of very advanced Bible lessons on “Understanding Hard Sayings” found in the Bible.  Today’s lesson is technically Part 1 of a 2 part lesson on the subject part 6 of Hard Sayings.  This is also the beginning of an independent lesson in the series, meaning you do not have to read all of the other lessons to understand what I will discuss today in this lesson.  But, of course this does not mean that you will automatically understand all of the complex subjects being covered in this lesson either.  If you are interested in studying any of the other “Hard Sayings” that I have covered in the Bible you may want to start your reading with the first lesson in the series called “Part 1”.  What is a hard saying?  The Bible contains many statements that I labeled “Hard Sayings”.  I was not the inventor of this name for these types of scriptures.  The disciples actually coined the phrase “Hard Saying” in the Gospel of John 6:60 and I just took it from what they said to Jesus.  Hard Sayings are any words of declaration that when taken literally as they were spoken or written are very difficult for us to accept because they appears to conflict with many other verses that we also know to be true.  This is what the disciples struggled with when they heard Jesus speaking about drinking His blood and eating His flesh.  These words that they heard, they knew had to be the truth, but they also knew that they caused them great difficulty because they did not first fully understand what they meant and they knew that they directly conflicted with many verses found in the Old Testament that taught them not to eat flesh with the blood still in it.  That is exactly the same problem that many people in the world today still face.  They still see the verses but do not understand what they mean and thus they stumble over them and do not know how to resolve the conflicts.  The root cause of the problem occurs when men think carnally or naturally and God is usually speaking of spiritual things. There are so many of these types of hard saying verses found in the Bible. 

Introduction to Today’s Bible Hard Saying

I am going to talk about another VERY hard saying found in the New Testament.  I will warn you up front that this lesson will get into some very deep and new subjects that may be over your head right now.  Therefore, please make sure that you are a spiritually strong swimmer before you jump into the really deep waters found in this Bible lesson.  This lesson is an attempt to answer a very tough question that I got from someone on Facebook.  I have spent a lot of time in writing the response to this question and I discovered that it was so long that I needed to split it into two lessons.  So today I acknowledge my God and I am using my faith to answer another hard saying found in the Bible.   In the book of Romans God declares something that is extremely difficult for us to comprehend and this statement from God potentially conflicts with many of the other scriptures that most Christians should already know and believe.  Here is the basic hard saying that we will be dealing with today that comes from the mouth of God:

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

Let’s briefly talk about the framework of this verse in order to understand where it was written and to who it was written to insure that we are not studying the verse in isolation or taking it out of context.  We should first realize that this book of Romans was written directly to us in the church.   These are words inspired by God and written down by Paul for ONLY us in the church who are believers.  In other words these verses were not written to anyone outside of the church.  Do you understand that?  Therefore everything that was written in this book must either have some application to us or be useful for us to learn something that we need to know.  In this ninth chapter there are literally several very hard sayings to understand and I am only to concentrate on this one in verse 13.  These verses in chapter 9 of Romans are almost entirely spiritual concepts that are easily taken the wrong way or misapplied to speak of things that that they do not apply to.  This chapter of Romans speaks several times about the natural nation of Israel.  These natural people are called the children of the flesh in verse 8 and God clearly says that they are not my children and many Christians ignore these types of verses because they do not wish to see them.  However, the Apostle Paul begins the chapter with an important statement that sets the tone for the rest of the chapter about his great heaviness of heart and great sorrow for the natural nation of Israel in verse 2.  Paul the writer wished that he could do something to save them all.  Therefore understand what is happening in the context of verse 13.  There are two groups of people being spoken of, one is the church and one is the natural people of Israel.  One group is saved and one group is not.

There are at the least 4 O.T. direct quotes in this chapter.  One is the prophet Hosea saying “those that were not my people have become my people” in verse 25.  Then from the prophet Isaiah God quotes “Though the number of the natural people of Israel have been as the sands of the sea, only a remnant will be saved” in verse 27.   Then in verse 15 the prophet Moses is quoted “God will have mercy upon whom I will have mercy”.  Finally in the verse 13 God quotes the prophet Malachi about “Jacob I have loved and Esau I have hated”.  I personally believe that all of these verses are connected together for us to see and to learn something new.  I can see in this chapter that God is bringing in certain information from 4 different prophets written in the Old Testament linking them together into a new clearer perspective while shedding fresh light upon our relationship to God in the New Covenant.  I also believe that one of the main themes found within this chapter of Romans is a division between those that are saved and those that are not saved.  A division occurs when one person is separated from another.  You could view it like a divorce from the natural marriage perspective where those that were once one, have now split to become two separate individuals.  I see the emphasis of this chapter to be between two different opposing groups, those that are saved and those that are not saved.   I really do not have time to teach you that part of the subject fully, but that is how I view what I read in the chapter and I believe that this information will eventually help us to understand the meaning of the reason why God says that He hates a man named Esau who died approximately 4000 years ago.  

What Are the Bible Conflicts With Romans 9:13?

What are the controversies and scriptural conflicts found within this single reportedly simple verse in Romans 9:13?  When I read this I knew immediately that this verse disagreed with the revealed nature and the character of God demonstrated to us by the physical appearing of God in the flesh in Jesus.  In John 14:9 Jesus told Phillip “When you have seen me you have seen the Father”.  Jesus claimed to be the previously hidden Father God now revealed to man for the first time.  Therefore show me any verse in the Gospels that reveals Jesus to be a hater of any man living or dead.  I looked and I could not find one, therefore this information of the revealed God in the Gospels directly conflicts with this information stated in Romans 9:13.   Romans 9:13 also seems to imply that our God is a potential Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type of God.  A shifting God of either love or hate depending on something not revealed in this verse.  Is God theoretically good to one man while being inconsistently evil to another man?  I do not believe that He is.  How can a God who loved me, died for me and saved me also be a God that hates me?  I do not believe that He can.  You might try to say “I’m not Esau” and therefore God does not hate me.  But, that is the beginning of another conflicting problem to think that you are any better than Esau who was also a mere man, a lost unsaved son of Adam.  The Bible says “ALL have sinned and come short of the GLORY of GOD”! (Rom 3:23)  Then again in Romans 5:12 God repeats “ALL have sinned”.  “ALL” is an inclusive statement that excludes no one (me, you, Jacob or Esau).  That means you and I are sinners also.  We are each guilty of sin if we are judged upon our own personal state of righteousness.  Therefore according to Romans 3:23 and 5:13, there is no difference between me as a man before I was saved as to what Esau was in the book of Genesis.  If you think you were better than Esau then you are deceived.  Notice what Paul wrote to Timothy:

1Ti 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

As you can see Paul did not consider himself better than Esau and he was the one that wrote God hates Esau in Romans.  Paul calls himself a chief among all sinners.  That means that he thought that he was no better than any other man.  Paul had the correct perspective and view of himself and many Christians today would benefit if they would learn the example that Paul set as the humble standard.  Whenever a man or a woman believes themselves to be better than anyone else, it is a root of pride and self-righteousness. Therefore we have another conflict brewing that there is no stated difference between someone like me or a Paul, a Jacob or even an Esau in the natural realm of view.  We are just all sinners by God’s high standards.

What other scriptural conflicts arise from this verse in Romans 9:13?  The Bible declares in 1 John 4:16 that “God is Love”.  How then could a God that is Love also hate?  I believe that reveals a new problem. Then we read in John 3:16 “that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son” to save us.  So how can a loving God simultaneously hate someone still to this day after coming to die for them to save them?  Is not love the opposite of hate and vice versa?   John 3:16 did NOT say that “God so hated the world that He gave Jesus”.  Didn’t Jesus come into the world in His great love to die for every man?  Did this world declaration in John 3:16, not also include the natural man Esau?  Did Jesus die to save Esau?  I believe that Esau was a part of the exact same world that you and I were a part of.  Therefore, John 3:16 directly conflicts with the statement that God hates the natural man named Esau of this world.   Doesn’t God say in 1 Corinthians 15:22 “that in Christ ALL are made alive”?  Isn’t Esau a man forgiven by the shed blood of God the same as Jacob?  Did the shed blood of Jesus not include the sins of Esau?    I believe that these are major theological problems that we have encountered with the statement that God hates Esau.  Here is another interesting perspective on the subject of if God hates Esau:

1Jn 3:15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Let me explain again about who Jesus was.  I already told you that Jesus when born into the world was God in the flesh.  However it is much more complicated than that.  Jesus Christ was the only man that was ever born the Son of God and the Son of Man simultaneously.  In other words God joined His Word and His Spirit to the physical egg of a woman on the earth and the these two together became the body of the man Jesus Christ with the Spirit of God on the inside of Him.  God the creator in heaven literally came down to the earth and became an intimate part of His creation.  The Bible says in John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” and then in verse 1 it says God is the Word.  So Jesus was God made a man and if He ever hated anyone I can’t find it.  Then there is a deeper problem revealed here in 1 John 3:15 when the Bible says if any man hates his brother, then He has no life everlasting in Him.  Since Jesus was raised from the dead and is eternally alive now we know that it is impossible for Him to hate any of His natural brothers.  Uh oh?  What I am trying to say is that Jesus was a natural brother of Esau because they were both direct descendants of Adam.  If a human hates another human on the earth they in effect hate their own brother.  People do not see it this way because they did not share the same exact mothers, they think, but that is not true at all.  All people on the earth originated from the woman Eve and the man Adam so there is no one on the earth other than a human from this one family.  Do you see the problem that I am teaching you?    There is also another very deep and complex reality found in the Bible that directly applies to Jesus and to you and me.  Read these next two verses very carefully:

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.

God says Levi paid tithes because He was in his father Abraham when Abraham paid the titles.  Levi was not a direct son of Abraham.  Abraham had a son Isaac and Isaac had a son Jacob and Jacob had a son Levi.   Do you understand the far reaching concepts that these verses reveal?  God says anything that your father did, you did because you were in your father.  Therefore Jesus and Esau were both in their father Adam and therefore Jesus was a direct brother to Esau.  What we see are some natural things that teach us about some very complex principles that cannot be ignored.  If God hates Esau, then He hates His own brother and there is no eternal life in Him.  I find that to be a major problem with a literal interpretation of Romans 9:13.

Then there is this conflicting verse found in Acts 10:34 where God declares “that He is no respecter of persons”.   A respecter of persons is revealed when anyone treats one man differently from another man based upon what they do, what they say, how they look, what they own, etc.  Partiality is when a person is given special or favored status over another individual based upon any selective criteria either known or unknown.  According to verses like Acts 10:34 and Ephesians 6:9, God does not respect one person differently than another person.    Therefore, how could God NOT show any favoritism to one man over another while hating one man and loving the other?  Since that is not possible, then I have a problem with the statement that God hates Esau.  There are just too many verses in the Bible that conflict with the statement that God hates any single man.  Surely you can see that these truths that I just gave you are all incompatible verses in the Bible with the stated truth that God hates Esau.  Therefore we have a great theological issue that needs immediate resolution.  These issues can only be overcome by digging deeper to increase our spiritual knowledge and understanding on the given subjects and that is what I will attempt to do in the rest of this lesson.   Here again are some of the key conflicts revealed in the Bible:

  1. Esau is no different than me because Romans 3:23 says all have sinned.
  2. John 3:16 says God so loved Esau that He gave His only begotten son to save Esau.
  3. Acts 10:34 God is no respecter of any Esau or Jacob.
  4. Jesus said when you have seen me you have seen the father and Jesus never hated any man even asking God to forgive those that killed Him on the cross.
  5. Jesus was born a physical brother of Esau and therefore cannot hate His own brother or He has no eternal life.

These are five very good reasons why we should not take the verse in Romans 9:13 literally.  What we begin to see is the formation of certain specific central Bible truths that are apparently in direct opposition to a another misunderstood Bible truth which needs to be either re-balanced with the others or reinterpreted using the Bible in order to be correctly understood all together to eliminate all of the conflicts.  One very important rule of correct Bible interpretation is simply stated that in the true meaning of two verses, no one verse of the Bible will ever contradict with any other verse of the Bible because God is the same Author of both verses and He is a constant and a NEVER CHANGING being.  These are all complex statements and reasons that I just made.  But if we continue surely you will begin to see that our understanding of at least one of the truths need to be changed or adjusted so that our view of the entire truth is increased by allowing God to shine a new light on it that will help to show us that God is a consistently good and loving God to every human.  The mistake some fall into is to take one isolated Bible truth like God hates Esau and then try to exalt it to make it THE ENTIRE TRUTH that God hates homosexuals, murderers, rapists or whatever.   This is the common error of what some Christians try to teach using the misapplication of one verse based upon their own human interpretation.  Therefore the correct interpretation of every verse is absolutely essential to keep us from falling into error. 

What Does God Hate?

We must attempt to balance all of the truths that we know in order to resolve and completely remove any potential conflicts that have arisen.  Also understand that God is not the one that is confused; therefore it is only people that are currently experiencing the difficulty because of our current lack of complete knowledge and understanding.  We do not know everything that God knows and that is why we still struggle.  I think in order to begin to understand how to resolve these conflicts that we will first need to research in the Bible to see what it is that God says that He actually hates.  Does God hate people or is it stated to be something else?  If God hates people then that is where we need confirmation in the scriptures to establish a new truth.  However, If God does hate people like Esau, then we will establish that God is confused since He clearly told us that “He so loved the world to die for Esau”.  Let us discuss the subject of hate and find the stated things that God says that He hates.  I’ll give you some quick examples of what I found in the Bible that God hates: 

Zec 8:17  And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.

You can clearly see that God still hates both an evil imagination and lies.  These are two specific descriptive actions that we will see as repeated patterns of the behavior types of people that do not know or love God or His Word.  From this one verse, I can begin to see that it is the evil thoughts and the evil actions of the people that are hated and not specifically the people.  I still believe that God so loved us that He provided a way out of our certain death and eternal separation from God, if we would only accept this free gift of salvation.  Even Christians are still capable of thinking evil and doing evil, but simultaneously God’s shed blood is sufficiently powerful to cover all of our transgressions, past, present and future.  But, this does not mean as we know that we are free to intentionally sin all we want to after we become saved, it only means if we do accidently that we are not automatically lost.   Let me show you another verse in the Bible that speaks of God hating something:

Deu 12:31  Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

I think you can again see God’s stated hatred is directed at the evil actions of people killing their children.  This is clearly a parallel to the modern actions of abortionists today.  But, yet God does not say that He hates the people it only says that He hates the actions of the people killing their children.  There is a huge difference between those two stated positions and it causes much confusion in the church.  How can God love the sinner but still hate the sin?  That is because they are not the same things.  What you do is not necessarily always who you are.  If it was we would all be in prison right now.  There are churches in America that picket sinners and try to tell them that God hates them because of their sin, but that is foolishness and ignorance gone to seed.  God is not a hater of people that He died to save.  I keep saying that because I want to make sure that you get it and apply it to Esau.  That is a ludicrous thing to ascribe to a God who is called Love.   People just seem to forget that if God hates sinners then He must also hate them since God clearly says “all have sinned and come short of the His glory”.  It is only a person’s deceived state of self-righteousness that makes them believe that they are better than anyone else.  I’m only going to give you one more example of things that God hates since this could be a Bible lessons series all by itself:

Pro 6:16  These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

Pro 6:17  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Pro 6:18  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

Pro 6:19  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

There are seven direct things listed that God still hates, but none of them are directly named as people even though some can easily try to say that they represent people by the descriptive terms used like the tongue and the feet features that all people possess.  Read through the list and see if you can see where the emphasis is placed.  Is it on the people or on the actions of people?  So I believe that again we have confirmation that people can do these hated things but yet I believe that God will still loves them consistently even while hating their wrong actions.  Here is the list of the seven hated things that I saw: 

  1. Proud Look
  2. Lying Tongue
  3. Murder
  4. Wicked Imagination
  5. Mischief
  6. False Witness
  7. Sower of Discord

Wow, that is a tough list of things that people in the world and even in the church still do every day.   Speaking lies is mentioned twice and that makes it even more serious to me.  Thinking evil is again repeated as a hated action.  Being proud and sowing discord are two incredible things that speak volumes to me and helps to identify who God is speaking of using Esau.  We’ll get more to that soon.  I personally believe that God is trying to teach us something new about what we should hate.  If you go through your Bible God tells us to hate evil and to love good repeatedly (Psalm 34:14, 37:27, Isa 7:15, Amos 5:15).  This would appear to me to be the lesson learned from reading about what God hates in the Bible.  So I believe that God is trying to teach us to become more like Him in our thoughts and our actions.   There is an established Bible pattern that teaches us that if we think good Godly things we will do good things, if we think evil demonic things then we will do evil things.  Therefore, set your minds on the greater higher things above and God will direct you into the paths of life.

What I am trying to do is to show you that love and hate can coexist together simply because good and evil still coexist today in the world because of what Adam chose for us in Genesis 3.  Therefore, it is only important to learn and to know what it is that God hates and what it is that He loves to correctly understand what we should love and hate.  If God hates people we should hate people, but we clearly see that is not true.  If God hates sin, then we should hate sin and that is certainly true.  Go through your Bible and study the word “hate” and it’s forms.  There are approximately 179 verses that contain a form of this word.  Search them all and see what we are to hate and I believe you will conclude as I have that we should hate evil and not the evil doers.

We should love the good and we should hate the evil just like the God that never changes.  I believe that this principal is what God is teaching using the Jacob and Esau examples.  Based upon what we have just learned about hating evil and loving good, we would be forced to conclude that Esau was evil and that Jacob was good.  But, since God does not hate people I have to adjust my interpretation in Romans 9:13 to say Esau must be a symbolic representation for these evil thoughts and actions that are present in the world.  Any literal interpretation would force us to say that God hated Esau as a man and then God changed His mind and died to save this man.  Since God is not a being that changes that is impossible.  

Do you understand Bible symbolism?  Symbolism occurs when God calls one thing by a name, title or description that we have heard about, can see and we can know and understand, but He is actually speaking figuratively of another hidden thing that we have not heard of, cannot see and do not know or understand.  This is what I believe is happening in Romans 9:13 when God is speaking of two men that we can read about in Genesis, but have long since died and gone away from this physical reality.  Therefore the verse in Romans 9:13 must be a symbolic representation of something unknown and much greater in meaning.  If this is true, why was Esau used symbolically to represent evil deeds and why was Jacob used to represent what is done that is good?  What is God trying to reveal to us using this story?  That is why we need to go and read to find this out next.

What Does God Reveal About Jacob and Esau in Genesis?

Let’s go back to the story of the two brothers in Genesis quickly and go through the descriptive time before they were born to learn what God reveals about them.  In learning about the boys we should begin to formulate what God is doing using them to represent what He hates and what He loves:

Gen 25:21  And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

This story in Genesis is very interesting.  Let’s just first begin to look and observe at what is stated and then figure out what it all means later.  What we are interested in these verses are the facts that God presented to help us to better understand things we do not know yet.  You see there is nothing written in the Bible that is there by chance or accident.  Every word has a designed purpose and a meaning for being included.  Even the obscure stories of the people in Genesis contain more than just a history lesson for us to learn from.  Here in this verse, Isaac’s wife Rebekah is barren and Isaac prays to God and she becomes pregnant.  There is a lot of meaning behind this verse, but I cannot teach everything in one Bible lesson so let’s continue to the next verse:

Gen 25:22  And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.

While still in the womb there appears to be a great conflict arising between brothers even while they are still developing and growing.  We could call it the beginning of an internal war between brothers that continues on the external after their birth.  Wow that was a really important point that I just made, remember it.  Put these concepts into your mind; 1). these boys are siblings, 2). they are fighting brothers and 3). the battle started before they were physically born on the earth.  I will tell you that all of this information is symbolic and represents another spiritual battle and that this natural information appears to represent a much greater conflict than just a casual disagreement between natural brothers.  But, we will get to that more soon.  Notice that Rebekah the mother observes the fight occurring on the inside of her and prays to God to ask for the answer to what is happening and here is God’s reply that was given to her: 

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

God looks down into the realm of time to view the boys as two future nations.  God is not prophesying God is simply telling her of the future using His infinite foreknowledge.  Many times God sees things in a big picture simultaneously even while speaking or describing specific details.  Actually what God is doing is telling her of spiritual things to come, but we have not discovered that yet.  While describing this internal physical turmoil of the two brothers fighting each other, they are literally labeled using the future terms of being two nations of people.  Interesting concept isn’t it?  Knowing verses like these dispel the rights of a woman to abort her future child/nation.  Today how many nations of future children have been eliminated by ignorant mothers?  While a woman may see the fetus as only one insignificant future potential being, God clearly saw each child as being a different nation of people.  God combines every child with their descendants and speaks of them all collectively.   God describes that these brothers represent not only two nations, but two different kinds of people and that they will be separated from the womb.  God is revealing more than the obvious that they will be born and come out from their mother; He is saying they will not be the same people and even implies them to be opposed to each other and we can go further to call them opposing enemies.  The Hebrew word translated as “separated” means to divide yourself one from another.  This is a very important hidden Bible lesson subject to learn about division.  This is the second time I have mentioned this subject so far, but I still do not have the time to teach it to you fully today.  Just keep in mind, because it is very important.  I will do an individual Bible study on this subject soon. 

God also says that the older son will serve the younger son which completely reverses the normal course of inheritance where the first born son would always obtain the greater family blessing revealed in the O.T. Law of God.  God further implies that the younger son will become the stronger child than the older and gain preeminence over his elder brother.  These are all very key points to learn to associate with a greater hidden message than what is being presented from the surface historical story.  What have we learned about Jacob and Esau so far?  Here is my Top 10 List of things you should have learned: 

  1. There are two brothers in direct opposition to each other
  2. The opposition begins before they are born into the natural world
  3. The opposition continues after they are born into the natural world
  4. One brother will be divided against the other brother
  5. The younger son is stronger but is not born first
  6. The younger son becomes ruler of the older son
  7. The elder son is born first but does not inherit from the father
  8. Therefore the older son loses his stated birthright
  9. The younger son is born second but does inherit from the father
  10. Even though they are brothers from one father, they are two separate nations of people

The Hidden Allegory Aspect of Jacob and Esau

Let me introduce you to a potentially new hidden concept found in the Bible.  I briefly already mentioned that I believed that God was using Esau and Jacob as symbolism.  Symbolism is very prevalent in the Bible where God uses a natural object to convey a spiritual truth, like a field, a pearl, a seed, etc.  Allegory is like symbolism but it uses real people to introduce us to hidden spiritual beings we do not yet know fully.  Allegory is a concept that just takes symbolism a step further in the Bible.  Both allegory and symbolism use natural representations for spiritual realities.  I will attempt to briefly discuss this concept called “Allegory” or “Allegorical” information to help you better understand what God has written to us in the Bible.   If you have not already learned by now that not all of the information in the Bible is obviously presented then you have not studied the Bible for very long.  Allegory is always a hidden technique of God and it is used to conceal spiritual information in the Bible using real natural stories found within the course of human/Bible history.  Allegory is a technique that is actually very prevalent in the Bible but yet it is also well hidden at the same time.  What I have started to realize is that almost every Old Testament story written in the Bible has a greater hidden story behind it of something else that is not clearly known, obviously presented or even directly taught.  I have had people try to tell me that allegory was a manmade concept invented by people in the dark ages to try to dispel the things that I am trying to teach you about today.  These types of people are usually just naturally thinking or carnally minded categories of people who do not wish to see the spiritual things of God.  It is really not their entire fault because I believe that it is clearly Satan’s attempt at trying to keep them from knowing the truth.  Allegory is easily found in the Bible if you look for it.  Let me give you a dictionary definition of the word allegory: 

Allegory

a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.

Hopefully you can clearly see what is described in this definition of the word allegory.  Two key points need to be fully grasped from this definition.  Within an allegory, there is always a story that is given which is a figurative representation of another truer story that is not given.  The given allegorical information is always a symbolic treatment of a greater hidden story with transferring identical characters, characteristics, features, relationships and actions.  The only thing that is not relevant in an allegory is the timing of the physical occurrence.  In other words the order of events is important but not the time when they occurred.  I think I’m not saying that exactly correct.  You see everything certainly matters in the Bible.  However the allegorical story given to us in the Bible is always a past historical event and the hidden spiritual story that it contains may be a representative type of an event that is a past, present or even a future event and possibly all three at the same time since God lives outside of the dimension of time.   Allegory is an absolutely amazing way used by God to hide spiritual information in plain sight using easily understood words and stories.  God tells us one true natural story about Jacob and Esau and in that story is another hidden story of information about two beings that are not named.  Modern writers like C.S. Lewis in his books often used this technique or style of writing.  In the Narnia book, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe there was a hidden story of Jesus, the devil and a door to salvation with our continuing spiritual battle resulting in of final victory.  Therefore, C.S. Lewis understood the concepts of symbolism and allegory and he used it to tell a fictional child’s story that had a much greater hidden spiritual meaning for adults.  That is exactly what God is doing with the story of Jacob and Esau.  God writes a historical story that has direct meaning written to carnal men while hiding the real story that was written to spiritual men.  The spiritual story clearly has the greater precedence and meaning than the natural story.  But also it is impossible to understand the spiritual story without first understanding the natural story.  Therefore the two stories (natural and spiritual) are eternally married together.  This is the demonstrated wisdom of God and He invented this technique to teach us. 

The first time that I really learned about the concept of allegory, I was reading the Bible and the Spirit of God spoke to me in my spirit for me to notice what He said in Galatians chapter 4 about Abraham, Sarah and Hagar.  If you have never seen this you should stop and read this chapter right now.  In this chapter God explains in great detail that this real historical story of Abraham is actually an allegorical picture of His own spiritual family and family members.  There are five people mentioned in this story; one father, two mothers and two sons.  God reveals to us that these two women (Sarah and Hagar) represent two different covenants with God.  Since God is the initiator of these covenants, we can understand that God is the representative figure of the man Abraham in the story and Sarah as you can read in this chapter was the figurative representation of God’ first wife and she is revealed to be the “Jerusalem Above” (Gal 4:26).  Hagar the Egyptian slave woman is used as a figurative symbolic representation of God’s second younger slave wife and she is revealed to be the “Jerusalem that now is” (Gal 4:25).   That is an awesome revelation that God taught me so do not let it slip away from you.   Therefore Hagar the slave girl represents the present earthly natural nation of Israel that was in covenant with God the Father in the Old Testament.  What God does in this chapter is to reveal the existence of two spiritual women that were simultaneously in covenant with the Almighty God in the Old Testament.  The Heavenly Jerusalem was the older first covenant wife and she is called the mature barren woman that gives birth to us the church (Gal 4:26).  The second covenant wife of God is revealed to be the natural people of Israel and they are still in bondage to the law that God had given to them on Mt. Sinai until this very day.  What I want you to do is to start putting the puzzle pieces together that I am presenting to you today.  Did you notice in this allegory described in Galatians 4 that the story was about two sons and two separate nations?  There was one nation in heaven and one nation here on the earth.  Was that not what God said about Esau and Jacob?  The Bible is repeated patterns and these patterns teach us some amazing things. I do not have the time to fully elaborate on this entire allegory to teach you everything that is revealed in great detail.  What I want to do is to teach you the concepts that are revealed in this allegory to help you to transfer this knowledge to the allegorical information revealed in Rebekah’s two children Esau and Jacob. 

In every allegorical story found in the Bible (and there are many of them) there is always a real historical story containing real people with real relationships, doing real things, in real important ways, with a specific order of events and all of these recorded words reflect a hidden aspect of something in the spiritual dimension that you would normally not even know existed.  It is an absolutely masterful way of hiding the truth in plain sight used by God.  This method presents valid truthful natural information while simultaneously concealing the greater valid spiritual information.  So if you are reading in the Old Testament and only seeing the natural things that were written you are virtually missing the most important spiritual messages that God was trying to reveal to you.    I hope you understand the concept of allegory because I can see the story of Jacob and Esau to be highly allegorical with vast hidden spiritual information in everything written in the story.

I believe that I have gone long enough in this lesson.  I have introduced you to many new things to think about.  I have taught you that there are conflicts in the Bible that we need to resolve.  I showed you five conflicting scriptural points that contradict what God says about hating Esau.  Therefore, I have concluded that God was not speaking literally but figuratively when using these two brothers to describe what He loves and hates.  I showed you multiple verses and asked you to go through the other verses searching for what God hates in the Bible.  I believe I showed you enough verses that show that God hates sin while still loving the sinner.  I also went through a part of the birth of Esau and Jacob in Genesis to show what God reveals about them before they were born and then shortly after.  Finally I introduced you to the new concept of allegory and how God uses natural Bible stories to describe to us spiritual stories that we have never seen or heard before.  In the next lesson I will attempt to expand what the Bible says about whom Jacob and Esau represent figuratively.  These symbolic natural brothers are representative types of spiritual brothers.  These are really deep complex subjects found in the Bible.  If you understand what I am trying to say please let me know.  If you have questions about anything already stated, please let me know that also.  This is probably one of the most advanced Bible lessons on my whole website.  It will probably overwhelm many baby or carnal Christians.  I have worked a long time on trying to simplify the message, but that is truly very difficult.  In the next lesson we will continue to talk about more specifically who Jacob and Esau can represent.  I pray that you will hang in there and continue trying to learn even if you do not fully get every point yet.   Until next time may God enlighten the eyes of your spiritual understanding to see all that He has done.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue and read the next lesson in this series you can jump to “Part 6.2“.

 

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Hiding the Truth in Plain Sight — Understanding God’s Methods of Hiding Information in the Bible! Pt 9

(Ver 1.1)  This is Part 9 in a series of advanced Bible lessons on the complex methods that God has used to conceal spiritual information in the Bible for us to find.  If you like solving challenging puzzles, riddles and mysteries then you should enjoy studying the Bible.  The Bible is full of God’s hidden spiritual wisdom using words that we can plainly understand and I call this “Hiding the Truth in Plain Sight”.  Not too many people have studied this subject primarily because they did not know that God had done this.  But, by learning of the existence of these technical methods, what they are and how they work, we should greatly increase our ability to understand the truth of God’s Word.  Hiding the truth using standard plain text writings is a very complex system to recognize and to understand and it clearly demonstrates the extreme intelligent design of a God who is capable of doing these things using the words placed in plain view where any man has the opportunity to break the encoded messages.   Since I am a former computer programmer with over 25 years of experience and training I understand complex system design better than most laymen.  I have worked on and developed some very large and extremely complex computer systems which would have been a challenge for anyone to learn.  But, to introduce any new novice programmer to them it would have been overwhelming for them to try to learn and to understand them, much less to change or to maintain them without breaking the system.  Now if you are not a computer programmer, you would be more than overwhelmed with trying to figure out how the system works externally, much less trying to figure out how it works internally at the code instruction level.   This is why very few people understand the Bible when reading it.  You see the Bible has an external message using words that anyone can read, but it also has an internal spiritual message that only Christians can come to understand.   When I read the Bible, I can see God’s intelligent design using a series of complex system word components and concealing techniques that while He makes the words plainly readable, the underlying truth is completely hidden from the view of naturally minded men and women.   You have to be extremely intelligent to design a system like this and I believe God definitely qualifies for the job.   To me, learning about how God hides information in the Bible has furthered my beliefs that He is the author of this book.   Hopefully as you read and study these techniques you will be able to recognize these methods also and learn how to decipher the hidden spiritual meanings behind the words that you are reading.   I have covered a lot of subjects already in this series of lessons and I will not be repeating the information previously given in any detail.  So, if you have not read this series from the beginning I would strongly suggest that you go back and start your reading with “Part 1“.

Technique 9: Speaking in a Third Person Style of Writing about Yourself

meorheThis next technique for concealing the truth in the Bible is intermixed randomly in several different books, chapters and verses and it is often very difficult to find and recognize unless you know what to look for.   I call it God writing or telling a story about Himself from a seemingly unknown, unnamed or anonymous third person view point or perspective.   In other words in this style of writing God speaks about certain people, events or actions all the while referring to Himself as a nameless man who does something natural like sow a seed in a field, get a wife for his son, cut down a tree or some other physical action that portrays or reveals a greater hidden spiritual reality to us.   Authors in our world who write fictional books utilize this technique frequently when telling a story.  This writing style allows greater creativity and multiple viewpoints to be established and it greatly complicates the landscape when you want to conceal information.  I believe that God uses the anonymous third person writing style predominantly all throughout the Bible.   I want to start by teaching you examples of what it is, then how it works and finally give you some specific hidden examples of it in the Bible.   Let’s start at the beginning and read in the Book of Genesis, chapter 1, verse 1 that is written as if Moses was a witness to the creation events.

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Gen 1:2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Gen 1:3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

As you can read in these first three verses of Genesis there is someone watching or observing what is happening during creation who is never named directly.  The observer is clearly an anonymous hidden personality.  God is named directly by name in this example, but God is not the first person speaker or observer.  What you can see is someone else is watching what God says and then telling us about it.   Since Moses was not there to witness creation, we can assume that God is describing the events and He uses Moses to record them.   Therefore, God is using a third person perspective for the references to His personal point of view, but every name, place and event is mentioned is that of a real person place and thing that actually exists and happens.   In other words God names, names and describes actual events that transpired without saying “I saw the darkness” and “I did this”.  God is directly quoted saying words, but God is not speaking directly.  The words are heard as if someone was there to watch God create the world.   This is a very complex tricky way of telling you something without telling you something directly.  The writing style conveys implied and hidden information that is not directly mentioned.  I hope you understand this simple example that I just gave you because it does get more complicated than this as we go forward.

I want to stop here and make another point that is important for you to know about.  Just because God uses this writing style in Genesis 1 does not mean that God does not also utilize other techniques of concealing information in this same chapter.  For example, I have discovered that the book of Genesis is widely symbolic information especially in the first three chapters.  This use of symbolism allows God to hide the true identity of Satan as being the deceiving serpent for instance.   Satan is later revealed to be this ancient serpent in Revelation 12, but you would not really know that by just reading Genesis.  So clearly the serpent was a symbolic hidden reference name to conceal the identity of Satan.  Then there are hidden analogies found in Genesis that are clearly much greater complex spiritual truths that hide this information and makes it very hard to find.  This is just a small part of the complexity of the Bible and a demonstration of the intelligence of the design of God’s Word.  God can use multiple methods of hiding information in the same book, chapter or verse of the Bible and you have to become smart enough to recognize them all to get the real meaning.  Today’s lesson is about technique number 9 and I’m not convinced that I am done writing about them all.  So reading the first three chapters of Genesis you might encounter seven of the nine techniques used to conceal truth in the Bible intermixed.  For example:

  1. Widely dispersed Truths: Gen 3:1  The serpent is not revealed until Revelation 12.  Adam is first mentioned by name in Genesis 2, but he is also mentioned in the New Testament and many other places in the Bible.
  2. Symbolism:  Genesis 1:16, The Greater Light to Rule the Day, revealed to be Jesus the Sun of Righteous in Malachi 4:2 and other scriptures.  The serpent is clearly a symbolic reference in Genesis 3:1.
  3. Referring to the Same Thing Using Multiple Names or Titles:  The woman in Genesis 1, 2 and 3 is called “Adam” or “man” in Gen 1:27,  “help meet” in Gen 2:18,  “woman” in Gen 2:22,  “wife” in Gen 2:24,  “Eve” in Gen 3:20, “Mother” in Gen 3:20.
  4. Calling Multiple Things by the Same Name:  This is found in Genesis 2:20 where God names the man “Adam”.  This name is also given to Jesus the Last Adam in 1 Cor 15:45.
  5. Types and Shadows:  Adam and his wife are shadows of Jesus and his wife the Church.  Just as Eve was the Body of Adam, so the Church is the Body of Christ.
  6. Telling a Story Without Any Explanations:  There is clearly the story of creation in Genesis 1 without any explanation of how it was created or when it was created.  Genesis 2, God creates the woman from the man, but never explains why.
  7. Third Person Writing Style:  As I have pointed out you can see in Genesis 1 an unknown or unnamed witness to creation is narrating the events that occurred.  This clearly has to be God’s point of view but it is not spoken of or revealed to us directly.

This is the complexity of understanding the Bible.  If anybody told you that the Bible was easy to understand they lied to you intentionally or they were heavily deceived into thinking they knew more than they actually knew.  In just the first three chapters there are clearly seven or eight different concealing techniques intermixed to make the truth unrecognizable to the casual reader.  I did not attempt to list every example or to even explain them in any great detail.  So you either saw them or you didn’t.  I have learned that Bible study is like digging for gold; you might get lucky on the surface, but to really strike it rich you have to dig deep.  You must dig very deep and study for countless hours to come to the knowledge of the truth or you have to read the blogs of someone who has done this already and you will save yourself a lot of valuable time.  Let’s continue our study of the third person writing style and discover some other ways God has used this technique to conceal information in the Bible

Some modern day fictional writers have copied what God has done in writing about a seemingly unknown or an anonymous man when they are actually writing about themselves in hidden terms.  This technique is very similar to when Jesus would speak to us in parables describing new complex spiritual things in a story about a man who had a field.  Let me give you a quick review of a parable and how Jesus used it to describe Himself:

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

Here we have a statement that God is speaking a parable about some powerful spiritual truths using natural recognizable descriptions of some things that were found easily on the earth.  Most of the people that Jesus was speaking to understood farming concepts and where food came from and how it worked, however few to none of them understood how to transfer this information into the spiritual realm and determine what it meant.  So here in this verse Jesus is speaking using the technique of parables that I have covered before using encoded symbolic descriptors about the Kingdom of Heaven.  We therefore understand what to look for in the statement by knowing these two important facts.  Remember that a parable is almost always given to us in a statement that says “something” is like “something else” and this alerts us into a mental transition on how we think about the statements that are given next.   Here in this parable Jesus says that the kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed a grain of mustard seed in his field.  We know from this information that God is speaking of spiritual things using symbolism in a third person anonymous writing style.  In this chapter it just so happens that Jesus is telling the story about an unnamed man and this is the reverse logic we found in the first Chapter of Genesis where we saw an unnamed person telling a story of what God says.   However, this unnamed man in the parable is clearly God.  Therefore, we must make the mental transformation to see the man who sows the seed to be a hidden reference to God and what He will do or has done.  It further goes to say that God has a garden which is a place to plant seeds.  We can understand that the field is symbolic, the seed is symbolic, “sowing” is symbolic as well as the man is symbolic and we must convert these into their spiritual meanings in order to understand the story correctly.   If you have read my series of lessons on “Understanding Seeds” in the Bible you will better understand what is being taught.  So I will not go through and attempt to re-explain all of the elements in the parable in this lesson.  What I want you to see is my key point that God is speaking of Himself as being a symbolic unnamed man that sows a symbolic seed into His field and that these natural things reflect much greater hidden spiritual truths.

That last example wasn’t too hard to figure out since maybe you already understand the parable concepts that I taught earlier.  However, what if God took away the information about this is a parable and that something is like something else and He only told you the story?  Could you be smart enough to put it together and recognize what God is talking about?  By removing this information it would dramatically make it more complex to figure out what is being taught.  If you would allow me I’ll change this one verse and omit those introductory facts so can see how it might change it if God would have chosen to do this:

Mat 13:31  A man took a grain of mustard and sowed in his field:

You see without the key information given that this is a parable which is conveying spiritual things about the Kingdom of Heaven, how would you ever figure out what God is talking about?  I think you would not be able to put the two realities together without this information even though the information can still be determined by using some logical assumptions.  It just makes it significantly more difficult to come up with the correct interpretation if God would do this and guess what?  God has done this numerous times in the Bible.  Here is a good example of this found in a statement that Jesus makes in Matthew 19:

Mat 19:4  And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

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

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

Here is Jesus speaking again of marriage and the fact that God created them male and female in the beginning.  However, did you notice what Jesus said and how He said it?  Be precise and pay very close attention to every word spoken.  In verse 4 Jesus says “Have you not read” and then He says “that he which made them”.  Who was he that made them?   It was the speaker of the question, “he who made them” was Jesus.  The creator God is doing the speaking and He calls Himself an anonymous pronoun of “he”.   That is a prime example of an anonymous “third person” reference to Himself using the personal pronoun of “he”.  Think with me and see what is happening here in this statement.  God is not lying or fabricating information, He is just not revealing everything that He could have.   Jesus could have said “I created them male and female”, but this would have gotten Him stoned for claiming to be God.  God is using this style for several reasons, but you can see that it is very clever to speak this way.  It gives the information that you want to provide without revealing things that you do not wish to reveal.  Next, Jesus is basically quoting from Genesis 2:24 and this is a prime example of how God is writing something about a physical man who we can all relate to, named Adam and it directly applies to the spiritual man named Jesus (the Last Adam) also.  Remember that in Matthew 13:31 Jesus says the kingdom of heaven is like a “man” who sows a grain of mustard seed in a field.  I have concluded that the symbolic man being referred to is God.  Therefore, if you read this verse in Matthew 19:5 you will see another unnamed “man” being spoken of.  You can assume that Jesus is only speaking about Adam or you can open your eyes and see that Jesus is revealing more than you know right now.   Because Jesus does not name the man, the man is open to being a greater spiritual truth.  Jesus of course called himself the “son of man” frequently.  So Jesus was definitely a “man”.  Therefore, we can make the jump that Jesus could be talking about himself in this verse leaving His Father in heaven and coming to the earth.  We also know from studying the Bible that Jesus will soon be formally married to His bride and you can read about that in Revelation 19:7.  Therefore we can see very clearly how the church becomes the body of Christ since it is by the law of marriage given to us in Genesis 2:24 that make this possible.   God clearly tells us that the two shall be joined to become one flesh (body).  Finally, in verse 6 of Matthew 19, Jesus makes this statement “what God has joined together, let no man put asunder”.  This statement is not a quote from Genesis 2:24 and we must conclude that Jesus is associating this statement with Genesis 2:24 for a purpose.  God is using some more cleverly designed words to hide spiritual information in this verse.  Here, God is speaking and He says what God has joined together meaning God joined someone together by the law of covenant marriage.  Again if you only think that He is speaking of Adam you are limiting your perspective to a natural pattern that does not take into account the spiritual information being concealed in it.  Then Jesus says “Let no man put asunder”.   When Adam was created there were no other men on the planet to put them asunder, so you can obviously see that Jesus is not talking about Adam and Eve in this statement.  Who is Jesus speaking of here?  Wow, that is a very tough question to answer much less to see.  You see Jesus has come to the earth and taken on the form of His creation in the body of a man, for what purpose?   I personally believe that Jesus is the man that came to put asunder Satan from God.  I know you do not have enough information or knowledge to affirm what I have just told you.   We have to understand the law of marriage that Jesus is speaking of in Genesis 2:24 and see that when Jesus is joined to His bride, according to the law of marriage He must leave his Father and his mother and become one with His bride.   So covenant marriage is a dividing force that creates a new spiritual family.  The Son of God is in the process of creating a new spiritual family for God in order to eliminate the old family members of God which include Satan and his angels.  These are new concepts for many people, but if you study your Bible you will see that they true.

There are numerous examples in the Bible of this technique of writing indirectly about yourself that God uses and I will give you another classic example found in Isaiah 53.  This chapter should be very familiar to you because it is often referred to in many circles to be all about Jesus.  However, not one time is the name of Jesus directly mentioned and most of the references to Him are in a third person style of writing where a certain man is being described externally and anonymously.   I am not going to go through every verse in this chapter, if you desire to you may stop and read the entire chapter to verify that the name of Jesus is never mentioned.

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

Isa 53:7  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Isa 53:9  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Isa 53:12  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Chapter 53 of Isaiah is a very complex chapter to study.  The viewpoint of the writer seems to change from an unknown and unnamed group of people who are observing to the viewpoint of another unnamed individual at the end of the chapter.   This would appear to create a shifting landscape to how we should interpret these verses.  These are just a few sample verses found in this chapter of Isaiah.  You can clearly see a nameless man is being spoken of.  This is the common theme of the entire chapter regardless of the changing perspective.  In the beginning of the chapter, a group of people are mentioned as the observers.  There are numerous pronoun references of “our” and “we”.   Nowhere in this chapter is there the name of this primary individual being spoken of or the observers who are watching so clearly you can see a technique of concealing information by omitting some key details.   We could assume that the observing people are the natural nation of Israel, but you might be able to see that this group could also be the spiritual people of God, the church.   Throughout this chapter, God is using prophetic words about an anonymous man who will come to the earth in the future.  God is using a technique of a third person descriptive story to talk about Himself in a hidden way.  God inserts several clues that any Christian today would clearly recognize is Jesus, but to the scribes and the Pharisees they missed it and did not understand that they killed their Messiah.  Jesus was the Lamb of God sacrificed for the sins of mankind.  Jesus was hung on a cross among criminals on either side of Him.  There are just too many descriptive words in this writing of Isaiah that makes it obvious to me, but I can see the one that I know personally and it is easier for me to recognize than for someone who does not know Him.   As you continue down the reading in this chapter you see a change of perspective taking place.  Now we have another viewpoint being given to us.  This viewpoint seems to be a singular view point of a person being referred to as “I” and “My”.  Changing perspective in the middle of a chapter is a tricky way to conceal information.  It can be easily overlooked and even ignored when you casually read the words.  We are never told who the observers are; we just have to recognize that the observer changed.  These are complex puzzles to try to solve, but God has placed these things in the Bible for a purpose.  If you look closely in the Old Testament you will find this writing technique repeated in a very effective way to conceal the truth.  God speaks about somebody and prophesies events in their life, but never says who it is and never says who is observing it.  Usually when this is done it is always a reference to God Himself in a hidden plain text technique.  Also the hidden perspective can also be from God’s point of view and this is what you should look for first.  As you read your Bible look for it and see it and you will better understand what you are reading.

These are some of techniques that God has taught me from the Bible and these are not all of them that I can talk about.  We will talk about more of them sometime in the future.  Keep studying your Bible and digging for the truth and we will all find it together.

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons on understanding God’s spiritual hiding methods then please continue with “Part 10“.

Understanding the Coming Anti-Christ! The Different King! Part 2

(Ver 1.1)  This is Part 2 of a series of lessons on Understanding the coming Anti-Christ revealed to us in the Bible.  If you read the first lesson, you no doubt heard a few new things that were difficult to accept because they were mostly new concepts for many.  I have read some other teacher’s material and I am not alone in what I taught you in lesson 1.  In this first lesson I showed you several verses found in 2 Thessalonians that heavily indicates that the coming antichrist will be Satan incarnate.  If you have never thought about that before, then you probably drew back from those statements.  Does Satan have the power and ability to do what God does?  Does Satan have the knowledge to do what God does?  Can Satan learn from watching God and repeat or at the minimum mimic and mock God’s works and words with his own similar signs and wonders?   These of course are difficult questions to answer.  If Satan is capable of doing what God does, this would mean Satan when he was created was made to be like God in every aspect and feature.   We can only assume that Satan was made on a lower level or scale than God, but nonetheless still made to resemble the Most High God.  If you have not read from the beginning I would strongly suggest that you go and start you reading in this series with “Part 1”.

We learned in the first lesson that the coming antichrist is called the “man of sin” or the “man of lawlessness”.  We also saw that he is directly called the “son of perdition” or the “son of destruction”.  All of these names are terms that can be directly associated with Satan.  So today I will explore this subject of the antichrist from a different angle, giving you some new Bible verses about this coming man of sin.  I want to look at some verses found in the book of Daniel. The book of Daniel is a heavily symbolic book of information that contains both historical and future prophetic information.  The book of Daniel also ends with God telling the prophet to seal up the words that were written until the time of the end so that they can be revealed.  Since we are now living in the time of the end, I believe God has started revealing the meanings of this book to His people on the earth.  I mean what do we need to know this information in heaven for?  There will be no Satan, no enemy, no spiritual battles in heaven.  So this information will be virtually worthless when we all get there.  So we must be smart enough to allow God to show us what these verses mean now.

Dan 7:19  Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;

The book of Daniel paints a very bleak picture concerning a coming world kingdom.  Many in the world have been calling for this kingdom for decades not realizing what they are doing.  The term “A New World Order” has been a popular phrase that will help introduce this new satanic kingdom to the masses.  I’m not going to teach the entire book of Daniel today, there is just too much information to even try to do that.  I am only focused in on the coming one beast of the antichrist found in this book.  I will tell you briefly that Daniel in chapter 7 gives us a vision of four world kingdoms.  Three have already been raised up and have fallen in the past, but one is still left to come.  Here in this verse of Daniel 7:19, it says that this fourth coming kingdom will be different than the others that came before it.  So if you want to know how this kingdom is different you are going to have to do an in-depth study of the other three to see how they were.  I will not elaborate on all of the differences in that level of detail in this lesson.  I will however, address two factors that makes the coming kingdom different than any other previous kingdoms and these are my main points today.  You see while Daniel describes this beast and these kingdoms he gives us some valuable clues to what to look for.  In every previous world kingdom there has always been a limited scope of the definition of the inhabited world.  In other words, the main part of the world back in Daniel’s day was only parts of Europe, Asia and northern Africa.  No previous world ruler actually ruled the entire world, it was just geographically impossible for an army with so few soldiers to accomplish a true world kingdom.  So every world kingdom of that day never ruled North or South Americas or Australia and a few other places in the world.   So one of the key features of the coming new World Empire of the antichrist that will come is that it will have to rule as much of the inhabited world as possible and this is a very large area.  I believe that this will be one key difference of the coming empire from the past kingdoms, but not the only difference.

Dan 7:20  And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.

It is of course difficult for people to see what the Bible says if they have never studied it.  Verses like these and those found in the book of Revelation are extremely challenging to understand.  You can simply tell this by the number of idiot interpretations we can find on the internet for the exact same Bible information.  I can remember 40 years ago hearing preachers teach of the coming 10 nation alliance and they saw this as being 10 European nations that were going to form the European Union to create a new world super power.  Now that the EU has way more than 10 members, I do not know how they explain what they taught 40 years ago.  These were just crazy private interpretations of the Word of God that caused confusion and they are still being taught today in many church circles.  I learned from these preachers and teachers that you do not name names that are not found in the Bible.  Whenever you do this you get it wrong ten times out of ten attempts consistently.  What we can see is that the 10 horns represent 10 new Kings and you can read this in Revelation 17:12.  These kingdoms did not exist in the time of the writings of the book of Revelation and it implies that they will be new Kings and Kingdoms of only a very short duration in time.  Therefore to speculate who they are is pure conjecture and mindless rumors, so I will not participate in spreading these lies.  There is also always a reference to an eleventh coming King that will arise and I believe this man to be the actual antichrist.  Here in Daniel 7:20 it says this horn will have eyes and a mouth that speaks great things and will be stronger than the other ten kings. 

Dan 7:21  I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

As you can see the antichrist king will be opposed to God, Christ, the Bible and Christians everywhere.    He will be strong enough to pursue and persecute them heavily this verse says.  The antichrist knows that his time is very short left on the earth so he is doing whatever he thinks he can to either extend his time on the earth or to delay the coming end as long as he can.   Let’s skip down to verse 23:

Dan 7:23  Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

We can again see that this coming fourth world Kingdom will attempt to control and destroy the whole earth.  We can clearly see that the term “whole earth” is used to emphasize one of the ways how this kingdom will be different than those that came before it.  It also clearly states that this beast will be bent upon the spread of destruction and mayhem.  We can definitely see the hand of Satan personally at work in this kingdom.  These are just more scriptures that tell me that the coming antichrist will be Satan incarnate and this is what also makes this kingdom so different than all previous world kingdoms.  While Satan might have influenced and backed the previous world rulers of the past, he was never here to rule physically himself until this coming kingdom.  So I strongly believe that you can see how this coming kingdom will be so radically different than all of those that came before.

Dan 7:24  And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

Here we have another verse that informs us that the 10 horns are symbolically representative of 10 kings on the earth.  I believe that these ten are all naturally deceived men, the descendants of Adam who are here already but maybe not yet in power.  However, this verse then clearly tells us of another king who will arise that will be much different than the ten others.  This king will take three world rulers out or down in rapid succession.  I still believe that this new eleventh king is Satan incarnate who will remove 3 kings from power on the earth.  This will leave a total of 7 kings left with the eighth being the antichrist.  If the eleventh king is Satan incarnate it would help to explain why he is so different than all of the others mentioned and why he does what he is said to do.

Dan 7:25  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Here is more difficult information, but yet it is also confirming information for what we read in 2 Thessalonians in lesson 1 on the coming antichrist.  You can pretty clearly see that this man will be the one who speaks vehemently against everything that is Holy or that is God.  This verse also gives us Satan’s reasons and motivations for everything that he is attempting to do.  This verse says that Satan is motivated by two primary factors, first he is seeking to change the times set by God and second he wants to eliminate the law of God.  These are two very critical pieces of information to what is inspiring Satan’s great and fierce anger toward both God and mankind on the earth.  Satan hates everything and everyone, but Satan especially hates the Jews.  Why does Satan hate the Jews so much?  What do the Jews possess today that makes him hate them so much?  Why does Satan want to kill all of the Jews on the planet earth?  If you do not understand it is because of the Law of Moses, then you do not clearly understand what God has done and has accomplished with Jesus Christ coming to the planet in the flesh.  God had to do something to put Satan under the law in order to convict him of his sins.   You cannot convict anyone that is not under the law of the physical or spiritual nation where they are.   You do understand this, don’t you?  One country in our world can make it illegal for you to wear blue clothes, but unless you go to that country wearing blue clothes, you cannot be convicted of that crime even if you are wearing blue clothes right now.  This is called legal jurisdiction or authority.   Satan came to the earth which had been given to Adam and he became the god of this world, the Bible says.  Adam had legal jurisdiction for what happened in the world.  But, there were no laws so Satan was a free spiritual being able to do whatever he wanted practically until God showed up.  So God gave Israel the law for several reasons, but one of them was to get Satan under this law.  

The only way to eliminate the law of God is to eliminate those who are bound to it.  The natural nation of Israel is still bound by God’s O.T. laws.  So Satan is still highly motivated to kill them all so that he can hope to take himself out from under this law of God.  This is why Satan tried to kill every Jew with Adolf Hitler and this is why every Muslim nation in the world hates the natural nation of Israel and wants to drive them all into the sea today.  As soon as a nation like Iran gets nuclear weapons, Israel is in deep trouble, because I believe that they will not hesitate to use them against Israel.  Let’s back up in the book of Daniel and look at another vision being related to us about the coming antichrist’s kingdom.

Dan 2:32  This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,

Dan 2:33  His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.

Dan 2:34  Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

It is extremely interesting to study this picture puzzle being presented to us in the Bible.  God gives a dream vision to the king of Babylon and Daniel writes it down for us to read.   This is a vision of the same beasts that we looked at in Daniel 7 briefly but from a new and different perspective.  This image is of one human body type of a male, but made up of five different parts and materials.  You can read that the first part is said to be made of gold and this represents the makeup of the head.  I believe that this is a representative type of Satan’s original greatness.  If you recall in the Bible, Christ is also called the Head of the Body in Ephesian 5, but this body is the church and the body in Daniel 2 is a composite of the beasts.  I believe that this is not a coincidence comparison between Jesus and the King of Babylon or Satan.  This to me confirms that the coming antichrist will be another attempt of Satan to exalt himself to the same level of Christ.  The Bible tells us that the head is representative of the Babylonian King Nebucadnezzar.  I personally believe that this king is a symbolic type of a coming Satan figure.  There are actually 5 kingdoms described to us in this dream and they are listed below in this table:

Kingdom Description
Gold (Head) Babylonian Empire(Daniel 2:37-38)
Silver (Arms & Shoulders) Medo-Persian Empire
Bronze (Torso) Greek Empire
Iron (Legs) Roman Empire
Iron and clay  (Feet) Antichrist’s Empire

We can observe two things very quickly from this list of world kingdoms.  First, is the fact that they go from oldest head kingdom to most modern the futuristic feet kingdom.  I believe that metal is a symbolic representation of a spiritual power or force in this vision.  Metal has value and strength associated with it.   It is also interesting to note that the list of metals given goes from most valuable to least valuable in terms of monetary value and significance.  Meaning the last kingdom will be the least valuable from all of the others that came before it.  It actually reveals to us that Satan’s spiritual power has diminished from God’s perspective.  Metals of course are a highly used symbolic agent in the Bible and can represent many things.  Metals are tried by fire and are what remains from a smelting process which causes purification the Bible tells us.  These of course could apply to Satan’s world also.  Gold is of course outrageously priced in our current world economy and it is the most valuable metal given to us in the list.  The value of silver is of course the next most valuable metal in the list of five items given to us.  Bronze would be the next most valuable and then followed by iron which builds a lot of our cars and buildings that we use today.  The final kingdom which is described by the feet is said to be a new mixture that has never existed before and again this points us to the fact that this one will be Satan incarnate.  While these other kingdoms were backed by Satan, Satan was not here physically to rule in them.  What is clay?  Where does clay come from?  Was Adam’s body formed from the dust of the earth?  Clay, dirt, dust are all synonymous terms for what our bodies are made of.  So we can clearly see that the coming feet Kingdom will be a combination of the previous spiritual metal works that backed the Roman Empire, but this time it will be mixed with human flesh.  I believe that this is a clear prophetic picture of the incarnate Satan from a picture diagram and the hidden puzzle given to us in a vision and dream from God.

Isa 64:8  But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

A potter is the symbolic name for the creator of symbolic clay vessels.  This verse is pretty clear when it calls us the people of the earth these clay vessels that have been created by the potter, God.  It is very clear to me what God is saying to us now by seeing verses like this one in the Bible.  God is calling the last kingdom of the iron and clay feet a combined unification of the evil spiritual with the evil natural flesh.  This is exactly what God did in the reverse when He came to the earth in the form of Jesus Christ.  We can very clearly see the symbolic representations being given to us in these Old Testament prophecies found in Daniel concerning the last earthly kingdom.  The coming of this kingdom is not that far off from being established in the earth, so if you think it is not near you have already been deceived.  I have heard from several deceived commenters on the internet about things that I have written about and they claim many things like, all of the kingdoms in Daniel two and seven have already occurred and they have fallen already.  When Jesus was here he toppled the last kingdom so there are no others to come.  So many people have been deceived into believing so many crazy things that it is virtually impossible to help everyone.    I hope and pray that you have not fallen into any of these deceptions.  Satan’s coming world kingdom is very close at hand and he wants to cause you to have doubts that it is even possible for him to manifest in the flesh to present himself as a man that looks like one us.  This attitude of deception is exactly what caused the natural nation of Israel to miss the coming of their real Messiah, so do not let it be your downfall in believing that Satan is your coming Messiah when he shows up in person.

Satan when he shows up (is revealed) in the world will look like one of us, talk like one of us and even act like one of us to gain power and the control of the masses of nations.  You may wonder how it will be possible that one man can do so much, but you only have to look at our world and you will see how fragile a place we live in today.  The world’s economies are on the verge of bankruptcy and collapse.  The U.S. borrows money from communist countries to survive.   So when a man comes along who offers solutions on the surface to every world crisis, it will be very appealing to those who need answers fast.   Perhaps we will discuss the mark of the beast and how Satan will use this tool to gain control of the population of the world in the next lesson on the coming antichrist.   Also, in my next lesson on this man of sin I will give you verses that show us that he will possess supernatural powers to deceive and do lying miracles.  So God Bless you until next time!

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons on Understanding the Coming Antichrist, please go to “Part 3“.

The Riddle and the Puzzle in the Bible of the Missing Row on Satan’s Breastplate?

(Ver 1.1)  There are many people who do not understand how the Bible was written.  God has hidden a countless number of mysteries, riddles and puzzles in the Bible for us to solve with His help.  These riddles are always word based puzzles.  All of these puzzles are implemented with techniques that use hidden and spread out information that makes them very hard to find.  These mysteries are of course much more difficult to solve than they are to find but many of the puzzles are also very hard to recognize by just reading the Bible.  Today I am going to show you one of these very complex puzzles that I have been working on from the Bible for several years and so far have not completely solved the entire mystery of the puzzle.  I want to share what I know today with those on the Web to challenge you to see it and then to think and help me to see things that maybe I have not thought of.  There are certainly people on the web that have also found this puzzle, but clearly they have not understood it completely either.  I believe that since we are so very close to the time of the end, that God is intending that we should know what these puzzles mean before He returns for us.  The biggest problem that I have with most of the interpretations that I have found on the web concerning this mystery is that they are all someone’s opinion on what it means.  No one gave any Bible verses to establish the truth.  So that is a major problem with most interpretations, they are “Private Interpretations” and these are not allowed (1 Peter 1:20).  This however, does not stop men from coming up with their own personal interpretations of what they think the Bible means.  The Spirit of God began to show me this puzzle almost 20 years ago and even though I have studied it over and over, I have not come to a definite meaning to what is being taught.  So, I will share with you what I know and maybe God can use someone else to help solve the mystery.  In the Old Testament, Moses was given specific instructions of how to make the Temple of God and the garments of the Priests.  There are several articles of clothing of the priests with some very specific items that all must have symbolic meanings.  The garments of the priest are said to be holy.  One of the key pieces of the Priest’s wardrobe was a breastplate.  This breastplate was put on over the head and shoulders of the high priest and covered his chest and back areas of his body.  This resembles what many soldiers wore while they were in battle to protect themselves from blows to their bodies.  The breastplate was an outward covering of the body and specifically the upper torso. 

There are two places in Exodus that specifically lists the qualities found in the breastplate and these verses describe the breastplate to us in some detail.  One of the places this is found is in Exodus 28 and the other is in found Exodus 39.  We will only focus in on the description found in Exodus 28 in this lesson today:

Exo 28:15  And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it.

The priest’s breastplate is called the Breastplate of Judgment.  The word judgment means a judge’s verdict or degree, either for or against you.    Every mention of titles, names or specific qualities of the breastplate I believe all have symbolic meanings.  I believe that God is more interested in teaching us about spiritual things than He is making us look like we worship external manmade idols.  The breast plate consists of three colors of threads.  One is Blue, the second is purple and the third was scarlet.  I believe these colors also have symbolic meanings attached to them.  Now God begins to describe the stones that should be included on the external covering of the breastplate:

Exo 28:17  And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row.

As you can see God picks very specific stones and a very specific arrangement, placement and order to each stone.  The stones are arranged as we discover in 4 rows of 3 stones each for a total of 12 stones in all.  This is a very key number to remember.  I believe that the number 12 is also symbolic of spiritual things.  We know from study that Israel had 12 tribes, that there are 12 hours in a day,  Jesus picked 12 apostles and the foundation of the New Jerusalem has 12 specific parts that we may look at later.  Let’s continue through the rest of the rows of stones given by God:

Exo 28:18  And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.

Exo 28:19  And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.

Exo 28:20  And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings.

So we have a list of 12 unique individual stones with no duplicates arranged in a pattern of rows and columns.  It just so happens that rows and columns are a sommone type of computer database concept and terminology.  If you are familiar with Spread Sheets like Microsoft Excel, then you also can understand how rows and columns play a factor in what God is showing us by this specific diagramed information.  If you understand these concepts it may help you to see where we go later in this lesson.  Then in the next verse in Exodus we see another association being made.

Exo 28:21  And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.

Each stone is engraved with the name of the sons of Jacob.  What order to place the names, however is not given to us.  We could assume that it is in the order of birth given to us in Genesis 29 and 30, or we could assume it is in some other order like the names of the tribes given to us in Revelation 7:5-8 or even Ezekiel 48:31-34.  However, in each case example that I just gave you, God lists the 12 sons of Jacob in a different sequence.  So which is the right one and does it even matter?   Many have tried to come up with the sons of Israel names associated with each stone, but I am not convinced any of them are right.  I have read at least 3 or 4 possible renditions on the web of who they thought the stones were and they were all different and nobody could tell us why they picked one to be associated to the other.  It could be that the names being associated with each of the stones is not important, or it could be that it is still just hidden from our view and we have not found it yet.  Here are the stones we found on the Priest’s breastplate listed in the specific Row order given to us by God.

Row/Column

1

2

3

1

Sardius; H124 (3) Topaz; H6357 (4) Carbuncle; H1304 (3)

2

Emerald; H5306 (4) Sapphire; H5601 (11) Diamond; H3095 (3)

3

Ligure; H3958 (2) Agate; H7618 (2) Amethyst; H306 (2)

4

Beryl; H8658 (7) Onyx; H7718 (11)       Jasper; H3471 (3)

I have listed the name of the stone from the KJV Bible as well as the Hebrew Strong’s number followed by a parenthesized number of times this specific word is mentioned in the O.T.   As you can clearly see 3 stones are only mentioned a total of 2 times in the Bible and only in the description of the Priest’s breastplate in Exodus.  This is Row 3 of the list of 12 stones.  Next you can see that 4 stones are mentioned in the bible only 3 times, 2 stones are mentioned 4 times, 1 stone is mentioned 7 times and finally 2 stones are mentioned a total of 11 times.  That is the makeup of the 12 stones and their frequency of word usage occurrence in the O.T. Hebrew Bible.  All this tells me is that 7 stones are only mentioned in the descriptions of the breastplates and then 5 stones have varying references from 1 additional mention to 4 mentions and finally to 8 additional mentions.  In reading these references I only saw Jasper mentioned in relation to the throne of God.  I then noticed Topaz mentioned as coming from Cush.  I did not see any references to any of the tribes of Israel so we still have a major mystery with relating the stones to the individual tribes of Israel.  It would appear that God does not mention this in the Bible or it is definitely hidden using a method that God has implemented to conceal the information.

Heb 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.

So here we go with the beginning of the enormous mystery puzzle.  We know from the above verse in Hebrews that God gives us some valuable information of those things that were given to Moses in the O.T. Law.  God specifically tells us that those things that Moses created for God’s temple on the earth were shadows of the heavenly things that already preexisted in heaven.  That is very important information.  God has a temple in heaven that resembled the temple on the earth created by Moses.  This would have to mean that God had a high priest in heaven that also resembled the high priest here on earth.  Are you getting it so far?  We are now ready to see some more important clues found in Ezekiel 28:13 that seems to describe Lucifer or Satan as the type of or in the role of the high priest in heaven.  Satan is described to resemble the role of the high priest on the earth, but with 3 less stones on his covering.  Read this verse carefully:

Eze 28:13  Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

If you go through the list of stones and lookup each of the Strong’s Hebrew words, you discover that each stone listed in this verse is an exact match for a stone found on the Mosaic priest’s breastplate.  They are of course listed in a completely different order. Then as you can determine by looking and counting, there are exactly 3 stones less with a total of only 9 stones being listed.  So we have to reorder them to see which ones are present and which ones are missing.   So not only does Satan have stones in a different order, he is missing a total of 3 stones.  By closer comparison you can determine that it is Row 3 of the high priest’s breastplate that is missing from the covering of Satan.

Row/Column

1

2

3

1

Sardius; H124 (3) Topaz; H6357 (4) Carbuncle; H1304 (3)

2

Emerald; H5306 (4) Sapphire; H5601 (11) Diamond; H3095 (3)

3

     

4

Beryl; H8658 (7) Onyx; H7718 (11)       Jasper; H3471 (3)

All of this is just too amazing to be a simple coincidence.  If you understand God you will know that God purposely hides information like this for us to discover.  Using database concepts, this information would represent a missing record from a file.  A record always contains related field information that is grouped, organized and associated to form the information in the row.  A row would be like the name and address for a customer.   Therefore, in database terms, we would have a table that has 4 rows of people’s names and addresses  that we know.  Each row would represent one person that we know and the information that we want to relate to that person, like their stree address, city, state and phone number.  These are just basic database concepts, but they must certainly apply to the puzzle being presented to us by God.  God is definitely trying to reveal something to us, but what it is, is the major question of the day?  What can we derive from the fact that exactly Row 3 is missing and not Rows 1, 2, or 4?  It would appear to me that since Row 3 is missing that it seems to be an indication that something was taken away from Satan and not just simply being added to the high priest on the earth.  However, that is not a complete factual reality, since in any spread sheet or database you can add a row anywhere you like.  So that is the mystery of the missing row in a nutshell.  What is being added to the earthly priest that Satan did not have?  Or what is being taken away from Satan that man still has?   Since the Bible does not appear to answer the missing row question specifically from Satan’s breastplate, nor the names of the tribes of Israel can be directly tied to each stone, then this forced me to change my perspective and to look in the Bible for alternative related subjects and topics in order to come up with a better understanding for what God is trying to teach us.  Sometimes I have learned that if you can’t understand it from one perspective then you better change your perspective to see it differently and this is what I’ll do for the rest of this lesson.  I learned that the Bible says God does not change, so the Bible does not change either, it is only our view of the Bible that should be affected.  Did you understand what I just said?  It was very important!

You see, I believe the Bible clearly reveals to us that the people in the church are a spiritual pattern of the Old Testament Mosaic priests.  These O.T. natural Priests were given to us as natural views into the coming spiritual truths and realities found in the New Testament.   Let me briefly show you some scriptures in the N.T. that seem to indicate this to us:

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

As you can see this verse both calls people in the church living stones as well as being a people who are called a “holy priesthood”.   I do not think this is an accident that God mentions these two things in one verse.  It would appear that there is a definitive association to the stones found within the breastplate of the O.T. priest.  In this verse you can clearly see that we in the church are supposed to offer to God a spiritual sacrifice and not a physical one.  So the people in the church are the new spiritual priests of God.  Could we possibly be replacing Satan the original heavenly priest?  If the church is also the spiritual priests of God, what kind of spiritual breastplate are we now wearing?  If you noticed I did say a spiritual breastplate and not a physical breastplate.  The O.T. breastplate is clearly a symbolic representation of something that we cannot see with our natural eyes.

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

Here is another witness to the fact that the church is called a royal priesthood of God.  You see the word “priesthood” comes from a Greek word meaning to “execute the priest’s office”.  To do what the priest did physically, but do it now in the spiritual realm for real.   We have observed two major verses in the N.T. written to the church of God that tell us we are now God’s spiritual priests, but let’s look at one more for fun:

Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Here is another witness found in the Bible that says the members of the church have been placed into the office of a “priest” unto God.  You can clearly see from these three witnesses that the church is directly called priests.  So we are at the point now to try to figure out what the breastplate might represent to us as God’s priests.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

As you can clearly see, this verse describes Christians as wearing a “breastplate of righteousness”.  This statement is made in the clear context with a description of the armor of God and is starkly contrasted with the O.T. “breastplate of Judgment”.  So it is not directly a high priest type of breastplate or is it?  It still could be considered very similar.  As you recall in the description of the high priests breast plate it was labeled the breastplate of judgment a figurative named title just as our breastplate is stated to also be a figurative described title.  The one of judgment is obviously very different than the other that is given to us for righteousness.  However, the Bible says that we have been justified and redeemed and therefore we are not under the condemnation or judgment of the law.  Since we have been freely given the righteousness of Jesus, I believe that we would be wearing a different type of priest’s covering than the one found in the O.T. law.

1Th 5:8  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

I am convinced that the Bible gives us many clues in little pieces that we need to put together correctly.  Here we again see another reference to us wearing a breastplate, but this time it is mentioned in conjunction with two new terms called faith and love.  Do you realize that faith and love are two of the fruits of the spirit mentioned in the New Testament?   Do you also realize that there are 9 direct fruits of the spirit mentioned in this verse in Galatians?   I believe the reoccurrence of the number 9 is again more than a simple coincidence. 

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

So are these 9 fruits being mentioned in a list just a mere coincidence?  The only way you know there are nine is by us counting them.  Of course the only way you know there were only 9 stones on the breastplate of Satan was to count them also.  How many stones did Satan have?  You know by now that Satan had only 9 stones.  We can logically conclude that since the High priest’s breastplate had 12 stones, 3 more than Satan’s breastplate that God is trying to tell us something very important.  I personally believe that the 9 fruits of the spirit in Galatians are missing 3 fruits and here is one of the main reasons that I believe this:

Rev 22:2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruit, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

So I believe this verse has some more major clues in it that are applicable to our puzzle solution.  This verse clearly mentions the number 12 and this is the same number of stones on the O.T. High Priests breastplate.  Then there is a connection of the number 12 to fruit which we discovered this connection when looking at the fruits of the spirit and the breastplate of righteousness found in the N.T.  It is also interesting to note another connection found in this verse connecting these 12 fruits to the tree of life.  If you have ever read some of my other lessons you know that the tree of life is a clear reference to the people in the church.    Here is an example of one of these verses:

Pro 11:30  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

As you should be able to see this verse says that we have “fruit”, “righteousness” and the “tree of life” all mentioned in one verse and there is no way that this is there by chance or accident.  In the N.T. the people in the church are clearly those who have been given God’s righteousness.  We clearly saw verses that said the breastplate of righteousness was part of our spiritual wardrobe.   Then there is this very simple fact that almost all natural fruit grows  on trees.  You do not plant a fruit seed like an orange seed and get more oranges; you first get a tree and that tree will produce the oranges.  So where does spiritual fruit come from?  Spiritual fruit must also come from a spiritual tree.   I believe these righteous trees are those who have been given eternal life by God.

Pro 15:4  A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

We are given another clue to this fruit that we are to produce and this is by our mouth and the words that we speak.  This is one of the key reasons that I teach a lot on the importance of your spoken words.  There are many verses that I can give you that are related and I will give you a couple of them:

Pro 12:28  In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

Here in this verse we can see a reference to a pathway, righteousness and life and these are all being connected or linked together again.  We saw in Revelation 22:2 that the tree of life was in the middle of what?  This verse says that the tree of life was found in the middle of the street.  Is a street a pathway?  I believe it can be.  It is often times called a highway, a parkway, a drive or other words in our English language but a way to go is the clear reference being given to us.  So we can see in Proverbs 12:28 that the righteous are intended for life and this would imply the ability to produce the 12 kinds of fruit mentioned in Revelation 22:2 on the tree of life.  If you study the Bible in the Old Testament, trees are many times used as symbols for people.   So a symbolic a group of “trees of life” in Revelation 22 could also be a righteous group of God’s people.

It is also interesting to note that in Revelation 22:2 that there are 12 fruits that are produced every month.  How many months are there?  In our calendar there are 12 months in a year.  So we have two number twelve’s being related together.  If you multiply 12 x 12 you get 144 and this is a number that occurs other places in the bible.  If you add 12 + 12 you get 24 and this number also appears in the Bible multiple times.  So are these coincidences or simply clues to a greater mystery.  I think I’ll end this lesson here today, for I do not want to overwhelm you with too many questions to consider all at once.  What I want you to do is recognize that there are little clues found in the Bible that are repeated to display hidden information that has meaning and significance.  I believe very firmly that the righteous ones are those who are supposed to be producing 12 kinds of fruits of the spirit.  What the other 3 fruits are, represents the missing row on the breastplate of righteousness of Christians.  This is another mystery of Biblical proportions.  But, the patterns and information being given to us is clearly not by accident or chance.  What we must do is study to show ourselves approved and continue to ask God to reveal to us the mysteries of the Bible.  God Bless!

Understanding the Collapsing Timeline of the End of the World!

(Ver. 1.2)  This is Part 1 in a series of advanced Bible Lessons about the signs of the end times.  Many people in our world do not understand that we are at the end of the end of our age.  A time called the end of the “last days” on earth.   The door to this Age of Man’s dominance upon the earth in conjunction with the works of Satan is closing rapidly.  Most of the world proceeds in the darkness and grows more evil for they do not know the signs of the time.  It is true what the prophet Hosea said “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge”.  No doubt if people only had the right knowledge, they would also be able to see the times of God’s seasons are concluding quickly.   However, I heard a TV preacher the other day make a statement that I agreed with 100%.  This pastor of a church here in the U.S. prophesied a coming reveal of God’s Word; his statement said every mystery of God will be revealed in the next 2 years.  While I do not know if 2 years is the time frame for Christ’s return or not, I believe that there are countless numbers of mysteries in the Bible to be discovered by God’s people and that God will reveal them by His Spirit to His people before Jesus returns.  I mean think about it, why would God hide information in His book if it was not going to be revealed?   What do we need with mysteries and hidden information from the Bible in heaven?  I had a commenter say that it will sure be nice when we get to heaven and God can teach us all the things that we missed out on down here.  Why can’t God teach His people the truth, here and now?  Do you think that God is incapable of teaching His people what the truth is in the Bible?  All it takes is for God to show us some little keys and suddenly the whole book could unfold right before us like a giant puzzle solved.  You see when we get to heaven, there will be no enemies up there, no evil, no crime, and no deception and then what will we need with the truth?  From my vantage point on the earth, the church needs to know the truth now so that we can become one body in harmony and accord with each other.   That means we have a lot to learn in a very fast time frame.  If you are interested in learning these secrets of God with me, then get involved with what God is doing in these last remaining days on the earth.

1Th 5:1  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

Why did God not have to write about the times and the seasons to these His people?  What the Bible does is reveal something that implies we will be able to see these times and seasons and understand that the coming of the Lord is at hand.  You can certainly look at the world around us and see many of these things mentioned in the Bible about the end are happening all around us.  There have been earthquakes, wars, rumors of wars and many going here and there saying peace, peace!   The signs of the times surround us every day.  Technology, computers and the internet have made it possible for the Anti-Christ to take control of the world’s finances like never before.  The Arab nations are building nuclear weapons and the nation of Israel is in perilous times.   There are terrorists and people killing people and people dying all around us.  In our calendar year, the seasons are used to determine the times of planting and reaping.  God has been planting seeds for the last 2000 years.  The knowledge of God has exploded like never before, but there is also a coming time of harvest, where God says that’s it, it is finished!  How do you tell people this and not sound crazy in our world today?  You sound like a chicken little saying the sky is falling!   You come across as a fool, but at least you can be a fool for Christ.

1Th 5:2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

So we have a verse that contradicts the previous verse.  This verse says the coming of the Lord will be like a thief in the night.  You just never know when a thief will show up.   But, what we have here is the same event from two perspectives.  Those who know Christ will be able to see the coming times and for those who do not know Christ it will happen suddenly without any warning.

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.

We certainly see everyone today in the world calling for this illusive peace.  What they do not understand is who is behind these wars, the spiritual forces that manipulate and control people in doing the evil that they do.   This verse is again given in contrast to other verses in the Bible that reveal the church is not appointed to wrath.  Sudden destruction is not coming to the church, if you think it is then you are very confused in who wins this spiritual war.  Sudden destruction will come upon the evil people in the world who do not want to see the coming of Jesus.  The church of Jesus will be taken up and out of this destruction before it happens.

1Th 5:4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Here we have the previous verse to verse conflict resolution given to us very clearly.  We the church, are not those who are in the darkness.  The destruction is only for those in and of the darkness.  Those who walk in the darkness are those who have been blinded not to see the truth of God.  These are those who have been deceived into believing lies.  These verses in 1 Thessalonians 5 are contrasting the end events from two perspectives, one is light and the other is darkness.  Do you understand this?

1Th 5:5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

We again see that the church of God is those who walk in the light of God.  Anyone who has light can see what is happening in the world because of the light that God is shining upon us.  This is in stark contrast to those in the darkness who cannot perceive the times or the seasons.

1Th 5:6  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

God says let us therefore be awake while we are in the light of day.  This is a spiritual statement and not a physical statement.  People still sleep at night and work during the day physically.  But, these natural realities correspond to spiritual realities that we must understand clearly.  To watch and to be sober is another contrasting statement to those who like to party during the night and get drunk.  These concepts are not that difficult to grasp if you have eyes that see spiritual things.

1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

For God has not appointed us to wrath.  I spoke of this verse earlier because I wanted to show you that God is not angry at the church.  Wrath is a coming time of punishment for being evil and rejecting the truth.  Wrath will never be given to anyone who has been delivered from it by the blood of Jesus.  Jesus became sin that we might become the righteousness of God and this makes us saved from the impending doom of the world.  The Bible says that we (the church) have been reconciled back to God.  That means to be brought back into right relationship with Him.  I do not understand how people ignore verses like these in order to teach a mid-tribulation or post-tribulation rapture of the church.   The church will not be here during the time of wrath and that means we will be taken out of here very soon.   Jesus almost 2000 years ago said this about the times that we are living in:

Rev 22:20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

In being able to recognize the times and seasons, it requires that you understand the Bible and what it teaches on these subjects.  If Jesus could make this statement of coming soon almost 2000 years ago, how close do you think that we are today to the return of Jesus?  How could Jesus say this and it be a truthful statement?  To human perspectives 2000 years is almost an eternity.  But, we of course understand that God lives outside of the dimension of time in an eternal self-sustaining mode of existence.  God is called the ancient of days in the Bible, so time to God must be completely different than time to us.  To man 2000 years is a very long time since man only lives to be a 100 years old, but to God, it is just a yesterday.  If I said to you today, “I’ll see you tomorrow”, is that a long time to you?  To most people, tomorrow is not a long time.   We are simply talking about at the most 48 hours.  So when you see Jesus speaking of 2000 years as a short time you must find God’s definition of what time is in order for you to understand the real truth of the Bible.  This is called letting the Bible interpret itself:

2Pe 3:8  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

So by God’s definition of time on the earth, one day can represent a time period of 1000 years to Him.  What God is doing is changing our definition to His definition so that we can see things from His perspective.  This is one of the most important concepts for correct Bible interpretation that you can find.  This definition gives us a reference to time that was hidden in the Bible.  When you start analyzing the Bible using this information you can begin to see why Jesus could say that He would see us at the end of the day tomorrow and it be nearly 2000 years on our timeline.  Therefore 2000 years would not be a long time in God’s eyes.   Seeing things the way God sees them is one of the most important keys to understanding the Bible.  Let’s break down this information we just read for a future point of reference:

1000 / 24 = 41.6667 years = 1 God Hour.   So One hour in God’s timeline would be just over 41 years of our calendar.

41.6667 / 60 = 0.6944 years = 1 God Minute.  One minute to God would be approximately .7 of a calendar year to us.

0.6944 * 365 = 253.47 days = 1 God Minute.  One God minute is just over 8 months of our calendar.

253.47 / 60 = 4.2245 days = 1 God Second.  101.388 hours = 1 God Second.  6083.25 seconds = 1 God Second.

While I have not found a reason why these numbers are significant, the concepts behind them are what I am trying to convey.   To hear when God tells you to wait a minute, that it could mean wait up to 253 days for the answer.  Even God’s Wait a Second, could be over 4 days long.  It is a radical shift in our perspective of time concepts.  It causes us to come up to a higher dimension of spiritual understanding.  It forces us to renew our minds with some new spiritual facts and knowledge.   What I am attempting to show you is that many times in the Bible God is defining words differently than we do.  Do you understand that any verse in the Bible can change dramatically depending on the definitions of the words found in the verse?  If we use man’s definition of the word found in the verse, there is a high probability that we just got it wrong.

By the law of first mention, we must go back to Genesis 1:5 to see the first time the word “Day” is used in the Bible.  God goes through a series of 7 days of creation, doing something new every day that is unique to the world that we live in.  This is a God week by definition and according to the definition of what a day is it means a period of 7000 years.   However, we must also change our perspectives to see what else is hidden in this information.  I do not believe that it took God 7000 years to create our world; I believe that God is trying to teach us something else about these days of creation.    If you have read my other blogs, you already know that these 7 days of creations are prophetic statements of the history of man on the planet.  Every day of the creation account has symbolic meaning of something that transpired in the earth during that millennium.   The 7th day is a representative pattern of the coming millennial reign of Christ.  This is God’s day of rest upon the earth where we have no enemy to fight or defend against.  The first 6 days of creation are days of work for man, where we definitely have a great challenge presented to us by God.  Our enemy Satan has come with great fury knowing that his time is very short.  So while we do not know the exact day or hour for Christ’s return we can clearly see that the harvest season is fast approaching.  There is no way to know how long of time that we have exactly on the planet.  Our year 2010 is a corresponding year of 5771 in the Jewish calendar.  The Jewish people have supposedly calculated from the time of Adam’s creation to today and they think it has been just under 6000 years by a few hundred years.  I think that they are close but that it is much closer to that magic number of 6000 years than we think.  There is no way that God is going to wait over 200 years to come back to the earth, people would not survive that long.  If I had to guess a number I would say that the Jewish year is closer to 5985 to 5991.  But, that is just me pulling numbers out of the air that mean nothing.  It is only logical to see that Biblical prophecy is falling into place very rapidly around us.  I do not think that the coming of the Lord can wait more than a very few years.  If God does wait, then we are in trouble.  The world’s economies are declining and the wickedness in the world is increasing at rates that are off the charts.  I’m not going to explain the 6 day time line of creation like I have tried in other blogs.  So please if you do not understand these concepts go and search my website for additional information on this subject.  Using this information let’s look at some Bible verses that certainly apply:

Mat 17:1  And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,

When you realize that Jesus did nothing by chance or accident, you begin to see important prophetic verses in the Bible with hidden double meanings within them.  In this verse it says Jesus went up to a mountain top and took with him Peter, James and John.  The symbolic representations in this verse are very clear.  If a day is as a thousand years then after 6000 years (6 God Days) of time on the earth Jesus will come to take His church up to be with Him.  This is what I see that this verse implies, you of course can believe whatever you like.  While on the mountain top Jesus meets with Moses and Elijah.  These are also two symbolic representations of those who were dead (Moses) and those who were caught up alive (Elijah) to be with Christ.  This whole story in this chapter of Matthew is giving us a prophetic confirmation of God’s timeline on the earth in hidden terminology.   I hope and pray that you can see it and how it fits together with other Bible verses.

Mat 24:37  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Here Jesus is telling us some more secrets about His impending return.  It says that as it was in the days of Noah it will be again in the coming of the Lord.  So how was it in the days of Noah?  In Noah’s day, the people mocked Noah for building an ark.  They laughed because they knew not the impending coming disaster nor could they discern the times or the seasons because they were in darkness.  They lacked “knowledge” of the truth and perished because of this lack of knowledge.  Jesus says in this chapter of Matthew that they ate and drank and had parties.  They married, built houses and went about their ways ignoring the coming disaster.  This is a very important lesson for the coming of the end of the age that we are living within.   Noah was considered righteous and is a type of the church family of God.  Noah knew exactly when the disaster would start and how it would end.  Noah was prepared for the disaster, so Noah was saved from the disaster.  Noah escaped the wrath of God, and so it will also be with the church.  This is a clear pattern of the true church in the world today.  These are those who can read the signs of the times and understand the seasons.  The Lord’s coming will not come as a thief in the night just like the rain did not come as a thief in the night to Noah.  If you are prepared for Christ’s return then you will know and see His return clearly.  In the parable of the 10 virgins, there were 5 who were foolishly not prepared and went away for oil.  These are types of the people in the world who do not know God.  They will not perceive that the time is too short to try to get more oil.  While you are away Jesus will come back and those who are ready will go up.  This parable is an attempt by God to tell you to get ready now before you realize the time is too close at hand to get more oil.  Noah was 600 years old when the flood came, do you think that this could be a symbolic indication of the coming 6000 years of Christ’s return?   I certainly do.   Let’s look at one more verse about the end of time in relation to a historic type:

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;

I take these verses very literally.  When Jesus says the coming of the son of man will come like it happened in the days of Lot, what does that tells us?  The righteous were taken out and the destruction began to rain down immediately upon those cities.  This again gives us a picture of the pre-tribulation departure of the church.  God does not appoint the righteous to His wrath.  This verse says those in the earth will be eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building and their consumed focus on these activities will cause them to miss the coming of Jesus.

Joh 2:1  And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

God gives us little clues in the Bible in vastly spread out verses.  Here we have a reference to a real event that occurred during the days of Jesus on the earth, but God uses it to inform us of a spiritual event that is coming.  These types of verses are allegorical and they are real events that happened on the earth, but they show us a spiritual reality.  After two God days (2000 years) there is coming a wedding feast that will occur in heaven on the third day.  While the earth is experiencing the vials of Revelation, the church will be in heaven getting ready for a wedding feast.  Verses like these are very interesting and potentially controversial because it appears that I am pulling something out of context to teach a spiritual prophecy.  However, God uses this technique throughout the Bible in symbols, types and shadows and allegories.   I mean think about it, God could have used any number of days in this verse and it could have been accurate, but God chooses to use 2 days and then Jesus went to a weeding.  Do you think this is an accident?  I certainly do not!

Joh 4:43  Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.

Again we see that Jesus could have stayed however many days that he wanted, but it is recorded that Jesus stayed here 2 days and then the departure occurred.  Is this another coincidence or is this a prophetic picture of the coming departure of the church?  Only you can decide what you believe, it is.  I will believe that it is a prophecy.

Joh 6:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Approximately four times in this chapter, Jesus uses the term the “Last Day” in conjunction with a time of resurrection and new life.   What is the last day of the week?  The “Last Day” of the week would be to the Jewish people the Sabbath, also called the day of rest.  The God Sabbath is also called the Millennial Reign of Christ.  We can very clearly see that Jesus is saying that there is coming a God Last Day where some things will change dramatically for us.  There are a bunch of verses like this one in the Bible that make much more sense when viewed in the context of the prophetic creation week.   When you apply God’s definition correctly you can understand how they are telling us our time on this earth is closing to an end, when we return to reign with Christ on the 7th day.

Joh 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

Wow, there are so many verses that we could go into that give us this repetitive clue of the coming “Last Day” when the feast will come.  This of course will be the covenant marriage feast of the Lamb of God to His bride, the church.  You must search your Bibles for these little hidden clues and then you will begin to understand them.  God uses some very tricky methods of hiding information in the Bible in plain sight.

Joh 12:1  Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

Again we see an amazing coincidence of 6 days and then a feast.  The Passover was a representative symbolic meal of covenant between God and Israel.  This is a pattern of the coming Marriage Supper when the church eats and drinks with Christ.  So God could have put any number of days here in this verse but, chooses 6 as being significantly important for us to see.  This verse also speaks of being raised from the dead after these 6 days, so that is again too amazing to be an accident.  These are just more prophetic pictures of the coming to the end of our current earth age.

So while the Bible does not give us exact dates and times, it gives us enough information to discern the times and seasons that we are living in.  I hope that you are beginning to understand the concepts being taught and can see the references to the soon return of Christ.  God Bless!

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

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

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

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

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

Symbol

Description

Chapter Verse Reference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Understanding Spoken Words in the Bible! Elijah’s Words and Prayer for Rain! Part 11

(Ver 1.3)  Today is Part 11 of a series of very advanced lessons on Understanding Spoken Words in the Bible.  You may have noticed if you read my Bible lessons that I teach a lot on this subject and one reason is that the Bible says a lot about this subject.  I figured out that any subject that God emphasizes this much must be an important one for me to learn about and to know.  Therefore, I spend a lot of time looking at these verses on this subject and they have shocked me into changing what I say dramatically.  If you understand this subject just a little bit you will know this is true for you also.  I will warn you that today’s lesson is potentially very advanced and only for mature spiritual Christians.  This is because the topics and things said may be hard to swallow for younger immature Christians.  So please judge yourself before you continue reading this Bible lesson.  If you are not comfortable with controversial topics then please just go read someone else’s blog for today.  If you have never studied this series of lessons on Spoken Words, I would strongly suggest that you go back to “Part 1” and start your reading there first.

When you study the Bible, you do not read but 1 chapter in Genesis and you can see that God speaks words in order to create our world that we live in.  At least seven times in this chapter of Genesis it says “And God said” and God would say something and then shortly it would come to pass.  It is interesting to note and to analyze what God said and then to see who He was speaking it to.  Did you ever realize that in Genesis 1 you cannot find where it says that God was ever speaking to anyone in particular?  In other words God was not speaking to someone specifically in a conversation like we have them between ourselves.  God would speak words directed at no one but a problem that He perceived and then things would change based upon what He said.  Therefore, no one had to hear God’s words spoken for them to be effective and to cause something to change.  It’s kind of like the old saying if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?  According to what the Bible says, the tree heard it even if no one else did.  For example, God would look at the darkness that covered the earth and say “Light Be” and then light was.  So obviously the darkness heard what God said even though we did not.  So we learn from this that your words have the same potential and they do not have to be directed at or heard by anyone in order to effect changes in your personal world.  God spoke the answer before the problem and then the answer was made manifest.  Read Genesis 1 and see what God says “Let there be light”, “Let there be a firmament”, “Let the waters be divided”, “Let the earth bring forth grass” and on and on.   Every one of these cases represents a problem followed by a spoken solution.  This is a concept taught in the Bible where God describes as “calling those things that be not as though they were”.  Do you understand this concept?  If you do not understand this concept you should go and read Roman 4:17 and the surrounding verses to see what God says about this subject of speaking words before you see them happen.   The concept of calling for what is not seen is exactly what God did in Genesis 1.  God saw there was no light and said there was light and then the light came in.  You can see this principle demonstrated in Genesis 1:3, 1:6, 1:9, 1:11, 1:14, 1:20 and 1:24.  It is a very powerful lesson from God being given to us.  God plainly sets us an example of what we should be following in the world today.  Then in Genesis 1:26, God said “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness and let them have dominion…”.  So if God said this, did this happen like the other 7 times God said?  You can clearly see that everything God said in Genesis 1 came to pass exactly like he declared it, so these words spoken about man would be no different.  If man was designed by God to be like God, then we would have to be open to operate like God does.  We of course do not always have to believe this, but this is usually just because we have not been taught these concepts from the pulpit.

Today’s lesson is concerning prayer and spoken words; their relationship and their essential unified association to each other.  It is usually self-evident to most people that prayer should involve speaking words to God.  When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray like John taught his disciples, Jesus gave them some example words to speak to God.  Many times people take this example prayer that some call the “Lord’s Prayer” and just parrot the words back up to God like this is being effective.  However, this was not what Jesus was teaching us to do.  You can teach any parrot to say these words and that would not be praying at all.  God is not stupid; He has heard these words before, so these words are not intended to replace your words that you normally speak.   Also, Jesus taught more than one set of verses on the subject of prayer so we must try to put all of them together and then learn from them all.  Here is something else that Jesus said about prayer:

Mat 6:7  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

As you can see Jesus says for us not to be vain in repeating the same words over and over to God thinking that we will be heard.  This verse implies that it matters what we say in prayer.  If you pray the Lord’s Prayer repeatedly in your prayer life, are you not being vainly repetitive?   So that sounds like a problem to me.  Do not use a model prayer as the only basis for what you pray.  You may certainly at first use this prayer as a model construction for your prayer and then change it to your own words.  The Lord’s Prayer starts with praise to God and the acknowledgment to who God is and then the prayer asks for God’s will to be done in the earth.  Finally, the prayer gets to us asking for what we need in our lives and the forgiveness of our sins is one thing that we should ask for.  But then you should also understand that this prayer was taught to the disciples before Jesus died on the cross.  Therefore, this was a model of an Old Testament prayer to God and not necessarily a New Testament prayer to God.  For example, Jesus said to pray that the Kingdom of God be established in the earth; and guess what the Kingdom of God is inside of me right here and right now, so this prayer has been answered, so why would I pray that again?  I’m smart enough to know that the Kingdom of God has come inside of me already so I do not need to ask for this to happen again.  If God has already fulfilled it, then you do not need to pray for what has already occurred.  Do you understand this?  You might can pray that the kingdom of God be expanded and grow, but technically speaking Jesus never taught us to pray that sinners would get saved.  The only verse that I have found about praying for sinners in the Bible is when Jesus tells His disciples to “Pray the Lord of the Harvest to send forth laborers into His harvest”.  This is the salvation principle of God sending sowers, a preacher or worker to speak the truth in love to an unsaved person so that they can hear and believe in Jesus and then be saved.  So prayer is an awesome subject to study in the Bible and we will get to more of this subject later.  But, today I want to speak on specifically about spoken words in relation to prayer.  You cannot technically pray without using words, but we also speak words all day long and how do these words affect what we pray?

I cannot find anywhere in the Bible where God honors silence or silent prayer.  In fact when I was studying about angels it would appear that the scripture says if the man would have been silent, the angels would not have been sent.  You can read this in Daniel very clearly.  Daniel prayed to God and fasted for 21 days until the angel of God finally showed up with the answer to his prayer.  So Daniel’s silence would have resulted in no angels being sent, the angel Gabriel told Daniel for your words I was sent (Dan 10:12).  This is a problem in many religious circles where they hold a moment of silence for some individual that maybe has just died.  This might be considered giving someone respect or honor but your silence is doing no good other than that.  What if when Jesus went to the tomb of Lazarus and stood before it in a moment of silence and then left?  Would Lazarus had been raised from the dead?  No, I do not believe that he would have.  So we can then see what Jesus did to cause Lazarus to be raised, can’t we?  Jesus makes the statement to God, “I thank thee that you have heard me”.   Jesus implies something that is very important to our lesson today, and that is God is listening to your words.  You then see Jesus speaking to the dead man and calling his name “Lazarus come forth”.  Was Jesus calling Lazarus alive with his mouth and the words that just came out?   So silence would not have brought the answer to Lazarus.  To give honor or respect to someone is probably not a bad thing to do, but it will not change the situation.  It is like here in the south when we see a funeral procession going by we normally pull over in our cars and stop out of respect for those who are driving by.  This is a common practice in the southern parts of the United States and I believe it promotes an attitude of Christian love towards those who have just lost someone from this world, so I believe it is a positive thing to continue doing even though there are no Bible verses that say to do this.

Jas 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

This is one of my key Bible verses today that introduces the rest of the subject of prayer to come.  You can clearly see that God is instructing us to pray and not just for ourselves.  This verse ends in the statement that the prayers of a righteous man or woman have great power in them.  Because Christians do not believe this, they do not do it.  Many times it is a self-image problem; they do not feel like they are righteous enough to ask God to do anything.   Fortunately for us it is not our righteousness that we are depending on; if it was we would all be in trouble.  It is the righteousness of Jesus Christ that permits us to come boldly before the throne of God without guilt or shame (Heb 4:16).  So here is the next verse that follows this one about your prayer:

Jas 5:17  Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

So here I go today with the basics on this lesson about prayer and words.  As you can read in this verse, God says that Elijah was a man just like one of us.  What people should understand is that the people that God uses in the Bible were not special or different or unique in their appearance, characteristics, problems, situations, challenges or life’s little nuances from us today.   Too many Christians think in the terms that prophets like Elijah possessed something special that we do not have that allowed him to accomplish great things in the Bible that we simply cannot do.  However, that is certainly not what this verse is saying, is it?  Elijah according to God and James who is writing this account is said to have prayed to God and this caused it not to rain on the earth for a period of 42 months.  This is actually a very interesting statement that God makes to us, since if you have ever read the story of Elijah you can’t find where Elijah ever prayed this in a way that we would call prayer.  So what is God trying to teach us from this statement?  I believe God is saying sometimes we need to expand our definition of what prayer is.

Jas 5:18  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

So here is another verse that says Elijah prayed and God caused it to rain again.  We have now seen two verses that said Elijah prayed and God answered the prayers because they were effective.  It sounds like to me that this would be a good subject to go back into the Old Testament and see what God says to us about how Elijah accomplished these miracles of no rain and then rain again.  You can find this story of Elijah starting in chapter 17 of 1 Kings:

1Ki 17:1  And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

Here is the beginning of some words that Elijah spoke that almost floored me.  This is the exact same Elijah that James wrote about so get that first and foremost into your head.  Then realize that this verse is the very first verse in the Bible that mentions the name of Elijah.  So therefore, we can conclude that there are no prayers of Elijah to God that are mentioned in the Bible up to this point.  So we have a major problem that needs a resolution; either God did not record Elijah’s prayer in the Bible or Elijah did not pray the way that we would consider prayer to be performed.  I personally believe the second is true and God gave us the exact information in the Bible that we needed to know to learn about what prayer is and what prayer is not.   Remember what Jesus said “Father I thank thee that you heard me”.   Do you think that God was listening to the words that Elijah said to Ahab?  Let’s reexamine what Elijah says; God tells us that Elijah was speaking to Ahab and Elijah said “The Rain will obey my Words!”  I know this was my paraphrase of what he said, but it is very close to exactly what He says to Ahab.  I mean did you see it?  Elijah had to believe something in order for him to make this kind of statement; the drought had not started yet so these words could be considered to be a prophetic prediction of something that has not occurred.  Or as we have seen in Genesis 1, John 11 and Romans 4, it could be that Elijah was calling those things that be not as though they were.  We of course know that Elijah was a prophet of God, but remember what James said, the New Testament says Elijah was man just like one of us.  In other words what Elijah did, we can do.  Wow, I don’t know if you believe that or not, but I do.  I know that just blows the minds of religious people to think this way, but I’m just reading the Bible.

In reading this chapter of 1 Kings you can see that God speaks to Elijah and tells him what to do only after he has spoken to Ahab.  God tells Elijah to go to a brook where God will sustain him and Elijah goes there and stays until the brook dries up for a lack of rain on the earth.  God then tells Elijah to go to a city where a widow woman has been commanded by God to provide for him.  The widow is obedient and God blesses her and even when her son dies, the prophet of God raises the child back to life.  So God is definitely heavily involved in this chapter of the Bible and this is how this chapter ends:

1Ki 17:24  And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth.

The Widow woman says “The Words of the Lord in your mouth are true”.  It is very interesting to see what this woman saw and says.  Keep in mind that James said this was a man like us, and then reread this chapter with this in mind, looking for what he says.  Are the words that come out of your mouth, can they be considered the truth of God’s Word?  The words that you speak, will a stranger woman that you just met see that they are the words of God?  Your words that you speak are much more important than you can possibly imagine.  I believe your words help to identify you.

1Ki 18:1  And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

Here is the first time that God tells Elijah to go back to Ahab and tell him that it will rain again.  You cannot find where Elijah asked God to do this, can you?  This appears to be a God initiated  conversation and not Elijah’s prayer for God to send rain, doesn’t it?  So how did God tell Elijah this?  Was it some loud audible voice from heaven or is this not how God speaks to you?  God only spoke to me once in an audible voice so I believe this is not how God normally speaks to His people in the earth.  Every other time that God speaks to me it has been as a still small voice in my spirit and I believe this is how God spoke to Elijah in telling him what to do also.  Otherwise God is doing something different or something special for Elijah that he doesn’t do for us today and this is not what James told us in the New Testament.  It is also special to note and to understand that prayer is not about just you speaking to God.  If you are the only one speaking in a prayer conversation with the Almighty then you have a major problem on your hands.  You should be quiet enough to let God speak back to you since He is so much smarter than you are.  It would be much more valuable to hear what God says at prayer time than for Him to hear what you have to say constantly.  Do you understand this concept of listening in prayer?  Just pay attention and give God the opportunity to speak, you might be shocked at what He says for you to do.

1Ki 18:41  And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.

In this chapter of 1 Kings, Elijah goes to king Ahab after God told him it was going to rain and makes some more statements that are absolutely faith based words.  In this chapter Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal to a Godly duel of power exhibitions and demonstrations.   This was an exhibited display of the confidence that Elijah had in his God’s ability.  Why were there 450 prophets of Baal in the camp of Israel?  Why did Israel put any of their confidence in these false religions and religious leaders?  That is a very good question to consider!  In this chapter Elijah calls down the fire of God to consume the sacrifices that were drowned in water first.  Keep in mind we have just had a drought of over 3 years long and Elijah is pouring water on his altar.  Does this sound like the actions of a man in a drought?   Here we see in chapter 17 that Elijah told the king that it will not rain for my words and then in chapter 18 and verse 41 Elijah says that he hears the sound of the abundance of rain.  Yet it has not rained a drop in over 3 years.  Is this a problem?  Or can you see that what Elijah is doing is what God did in Genesis 1?  I’m going to ask you this more than once today; are you a man or a woman that is also like Elijah?  You should really read James 5 a few hundred times before you answer that question.

1Ki 18:43  And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.

These lessons found in the life of Elijah are very profound.  Elijah told Ahab there was a sound of rain when there was no rain.  Then Elijah tells his servant to go and look for the rain and the servant comes back and reports he did not find any rain and Elijah tells him to go and look seven more times.  What is Elijah doing?  Is there anything that you should learn when faced with a drought in your life?

1Ki 18:44  And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.

So the seventh time the servant went to look to the sea, he comes back to Elijah and tells him that he saw a small cloud coming out of the sea.  Do you understand how rain is formed?  These are the water cycles of the earth’s evaporation from the seas that forms clouds and then the weather patterns that carries this moisture in the atmosphere to then fall back down to the earth as rain?   Here we have Elijah knowing how this weather phenomenon works before there were any modern weather forecasters.   What was Elijah doing?  Do you remember what Elijah said in 1 Kings 17:1?  Elijah told the king that the rain would obey his words.  Elijah said that it would not rain for these years until he said it would rain.  The prophets of Baal and the things that God did to them were some of the reasons that Elijah could make these claims that God could back his words, but this is the lesson that Elijah and God is trying to teach us today.  I believe that this lesson applies to us in the modern world.  Elijah said he heard rain when there was not rain then said go and look for the rain until they say a cloud form.

1Ki 18:45  And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.

So what is God trying to say to us?  Elijah said it would not rain and it did not rain, Elijah then said it would rain and it did rain a bunch.  I did not see one time in these two chapters of 1 Kings, where it said Elijah prayed for no rain or rain.  Only James calls what Elijah did prayer and that is a very profound revelation.  I only saw one time where it could be implied that Elijah may have asked God for rain and this was in verse 42:

1Ki 18:42  So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,

You can clearly see in this verse that Elijah assumed a position of humility and this is associated with an attitude of prayerful inclination towards God.  However, I’m going to be really picky and tell you that it does not say Elijah prayed and it does not give us any words of prayer that Elijah said to God.  So what do we do with this lack of information?  We can assume that Elijah prayed and God thought that this prayer was not important enough to include in the Bible or we can assume that Elijah didn’t pray like we think of prayer and then we have to go back to James and figure out how did James know that Elijah did pray since God does not say he did in 1 Kings?  Did James assume like others or did God teach James a greater definition of what prayer was?  You also have to understand that God told Elijah that it was going to rain in 1 King 18:1 so why pray for what God has already said will happen.  Do you understand this concept?  I believe that these two chapters of 1 Kings should expand our definition of what prayer is in the eyes of God.  Your words are heard by God and then God uses these to fulfill what you have said.  I know that does not go over big with everyone, but I believe this is what God is saying.

So how do you apply this story of Elijah to us today?  I believe that it crosses over into many things that we do in many ways.  A couple of years ago the region of the country where I lived was going through a drought situation that was becoming significantly greater.  Over the course of a few months, the lake levels had dropped lower than they had been since I lived here.  Water rationing was mandatory and you could not water you grass or outdoor plants, wash your cars or do things to waste water.  It was getting crazy here so I finally decided to do something about it.  That sounds pretty arrogant doesn’t it?  That statement makes me sound like I am God or something.  However, I learned from the story of Elijah the principles given to us from James that I could do what Elijah did.  So one day during the drought I looked out at the clear blue sky and started talking to the weather patterns, jet streams, pressure zones and the climatological situations to change in order to bring us rain on my house and city.  So did it change overnight?   Like the story of Elijah I went out and looked at the sky several times before it finally rained but then the drought was over and it rained a bunch.  You see I believed the Word of God was true and that what God said Elijah did, I could do.  I never prayed a prayer and asked God to send rain; I only looked out at the problem and spoke to it to change to bring me rain.  You of course could say that this was just an amazing coincidence that I did what I did at just the right time before it rained or you can look at the Bible and declare with me that God is not a liar.  After over 3 years of no rain Elijah said he heard the sound of an abundance of rain and after a few more days it occurred.  So either what happened to Elijah was an amazing coincidence also or you are just stupid and don’t want to see what God is saying in the Bible to us.  Here is a verse found in the Bible that directly applies to what we just read about in the life of Elijah:

Mar 11:23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Jesus makes a radical statement here that most religious people readily reject.  Jesus says if you speak to a mountain and believe what you say will come to pass, it will happen.  So is speaking to rain any different than speaking to a mountain?  Are they not both inanimate objects without the ears for hearing?  However Jesus clearly implies that they can hear in this verse found in Mark.  This is a paradox of Biblical proportions.   You see if you are a commander in the army and issue an order you just expect it to be obeyed and carried out.  This is the same type of reasoning that Jesus is giving to us in this verse in Mark 11:23.  Jesus is implying that the mountain is waiting for an order to obey in order to be moved.  If no order is given, then no movement is made.  If you speak to it and tell it to go and believe what you say will happen, then Jesus clearly said the order will be carried out.  You are not concerned with how it is carried out, only the fact that it happens like you said.  Mountains can be symbolic representations of problems in your life, even like a real drought.   Can you see how this verse applies to what Elijah said in 1 Kings?  Everything that Elijah said was what happened in the earth, because he believed it would happen.  Elijah obviously believed in his words and they came to pass just as he had spoken.  God called this prayer in James 5 and you should understand this drastically changes what we should be saying in our daily lives.  Too many Christians pray and ask God for help and then go around speaking the opposite of what they prayed.  It would sound like to me based upon what we learned from Elijah that these words cancel each other out.  If you pray for God to help pay your bills and then look at your bills and say I can’t pay you, then you have canceled your prayer out.  What we have learned in the story of Elijah is God’s definition of prayer is much greater than our definition of prayer.  Your words of prayer could be the words that you speak to a king in the earth and tell him that it will not rain for your words.  These are powerful concepts that are being transferred to us from God and if you get a hold of them they will change what comes out of your mouth.  So I’ll end this lesson with this question again; Are you like an Elijah?  God Bless!

Understanding Symbolic Sheep in the Bible! Are You Once Saved and Always Saved?

(Ver 1.2)  This is Part 3 in the series of lesson on the subject Once Saved Always Saved and what others have called unconditional eternal security.  If you have not read all of the lessons from the beginning I would recommend that you go back and start reading with “Part 1“.  Today is a response to a reader’s comment, who thinks that I know nothing about sheep in the Bible among other topics that I may get into later.  However, this man wanted to chastise me for not following his steps of hermeneutical Bible study.  He claimed that I clearly did not know what I was talking about when I taught on Predestination and Once Saved Always Saved, because He had figured out the magic formula for Bible interpretation.  However, this man failed in one minor detail, he gave me no Bible verses for his method of interpretation so therefore I categorically reject his methods completely.  You can read from my other Bible lessons how I interpret scriptures based on other scriptures found in the Bible.  This is called letting the Bible interpret itself.  There are many basic laws of interpretation given to us in the Bible and I am totally guilty of following these the best that I know how to do.  So you can find many blogs on my methods of Bible interpretations so go and read them and learn.  Any man can invent rules for Bible interpretation and that is the problem with most of them that you find on the internet.  The Bible says that no scripture is of any private interpretation and this is what most people are guilty of.  Today’s lesson will be an obvious example of how two people can read the same scriptures and get two opposite interpretations and why.  You see all you have to do is ignore certain key words in these next verses and you can get the exact same interpretation that he gave me.  However, if you try to do it correctly and pay attention to every word you come up with a major difference in perspectives.   Here are some of the Bible verses that this man said I do not understand:

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

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

Joh 10:29  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

Joh 10:30  I and my Father are one.

In this chapter of John and John is one of my favorite books of the Bible which I have studied more than any other except maybe Genesis, I find a very interesting set of statements being made.  This man said that these verses prove that people are “once saved and always saved” by God and can never lose their salvation because that is just what it says.  However, if you look very closely and examine the wording and context that is not what it says at all.  Sheep are of course symbolic of people in this chapter.  The sheepfold is the symbolic world that we live in.  Jesus is of course the Chief Shepherd that is in charge of all of us sheep.  These verses start with the statement that “My sheep hear my voice”.  So right there we learn the first lesson.  Not everyone is “His” sheep.  You do not have to qualify the noun “sheep” with the adjective “My” if all sheep can hear His voice.  Do you get it?  So let me ask you a simple question, are you one of His sheep?  How can you tell if you are one of His sheep?  Is it just because you say you are?  I believe our current President proves that is a lie in his actions every day.  Saying you are a Christian does not make you a Christian ever.  You might recall in the book of Acts that some men came up to a demon possessed man and said “In the name of Jesus that Paul preaches come out of him”.  However, the demons said to them “Paul we know and Jesus we know but who are you” and they made them sorry that they confronted a being more powerful than they were (Act 19:13-15).  These were examples of men who were not His sheep, but tried to act like it anyway.  So you either are one of His sheep or you are not one of His sheep!  What is it that determines this fact?  It really is not that complicated, if you can hear His voice then you are, if you do not hear His voice then you are not.  So let me ask you this, do you hear His voice?  I know for certain that I hear His voice on a daily basis, what can you say about this?  So the first thing that you learn is not everyone is His sheep and then only His sheep can hear His voice.  So let me ask you this, if someone speaks and you are not paying attention do you ever miss what is said?  My wife accuses me of this every now and then.  She says something and I am sometimes distracted or not paying attention like I should and I miss what was said.  Has this ever happened to you?  Just because you can hear does not mean that you heard.  This is proved every day in church.  People sit in the congregation listening to the preacher and I would guess that only a small handful actually hear what is being said and understand it.  So hearing is not the complete answer given here, I believe it takes more than just hearing.  You can learn this from the Parable of the Sower when Jesus taught on the 6 types of soil, 3 types of soil produced some fruit and 3 types did not produce any fruit.  But, they all heard the same words of the sower who was planting the seeds.  So obviously there is much more involved than just hearing.  Do you get it?

So the next statement that Jesus makes is “I know them and they follow me”.  So if you hear His voice Jesus says “He knows you”.  However, then He says “They follow me”.  Uh oh?  Is that another potential problem?  What if they don’t follow Him or His voice?  Do sheep ever have a “freewill” choice of whether they follow the Shepherd or ignore the Shepherd’s voice?  I mean come on, do people ever lose the right to choose?  You see you clearly do still have a choice to make even after becoming one of His sheep.  There is a clear implied meaning given to us here in this verse that sheep still have choices to make even after being saved out of this crazy world.  I mean come on and think a little bit with your brain!  If they choose to follow Jesus they can choose not to follow Jesus also.  The only way that this would not be possible is if God tied a rope around the neck of every one of His sheep and then dragged them wherever He went whether they wanted to go or not.  That would be forced “predestination” and forced “eternal salvation”.  Does God forcibly enforce His will upon all Christians and all people in the world?  There are many confused Christians who think that He does.  If this is the type of God that you serve then you are highly deceived and very ignorant.  God is not forcing any of His sheep to follow Him.  If you know anything about being a good shepherd, they always walk ahead of their sheep calling to them and the sheep normally follow them.  The sheep are therefore highly trustworthy of their master that He is not going to lead them to the wolves.  However, sheep do still have a choice not to follow.  Once Jesus told this story found in the Bible that is very relevant to our current subject today about sheep:

Luk 15:4  What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

Is Jesus talking about sheep in this parable?  I don’t think so!  Jesus is again using sheep as an example of people.  However, it is very clear and self-evident that sheep can wander off and away from the voice of the shepherd that was guiding them.  This tells me that Jesus the Great Shepherd is not in complete control of everyone on this planet and what they do.  Any sheep at any time has the choice or chance to walk away.  Do you get this concept?  This is called “FREEWILL”.  These are saved people who have walked away from Jesus’ voice and no longer are able to hear it.  Do you GET IT?  Of course Jesus says any good shepherd will leave the 99 and go and look for the 1 that is LOST!  So here we go again.  Does this mean the shepherd when He finds this lost sheep drags him kicking and screaming back to the flock by force?  If you think it does then you again do not know the loving compassionate merciful God who allows His sheep to do as they will.  Sure a sheep could wander off accidently and be totally glad to get back to the safety of the flock and the shepherd.  But, still people are not sheep, they are people and they can do what they want, when they want, to who they want at any time.  If a sheep wanders off and commits suicide there is no getting that sheep back even if the shepherd wants it back really bad.  If while away from the safety of the shepherd a wolf comes and eats that sheep, it is also gone forever.  These are basic sheep principles of shepherds and their flocks.  People want to think that God is in control of everything, but if this was true and God is the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Almighty, He would have never let one of His sheep get lost in the first place.  In this parable, it is clear that a sheep got away and the shepherd did not know about it until He stopped and counted and said I only have 99 and I started with 100 so one got lost.  Wow, what do you do with people who ignore what the Bible says for their version of reality?  It sure makes it difficult if you can’t see the words that written on the pages, doesn’t it?

Let’s further examine the emphasized subject in verses 28 and 29 of John 10 that we were looking at first.  If you can see, then you can understand that both of these verses are about the Power of God vs. the power of Satan.  Both of these verses say that God is able to keep those that have chosen to follow Him.  Remember that choosing to follow was an important prerequisite to the next two verses.   So the next two verses are only applicable if you continue to follow by your freewill choices.  As long as you are with the shepherd you are clearly SAFE and no one including Satan can come and force you away.  This would be the opposite of forcible salvation; it would be called forcible damnation.  If it is illegal for Satan to force you to hell, guess what it would be illegal for God to force you to go to heaven.  This MUST be a two way street that goes both ways and the only determining factor which way you go is by your own choice of continuing to follow your faithful Shepherd.

So did we learn anything today?  I bet my commenter didn’t hear a thing that I said and that is really a sad state of the world that we live in.  My Bible says “Whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them that believe not”.  It is almost impossible to get a blind man to see.  What you must determine is a basic question; do sheep still have any freewill choices to make in the real world after being saved?  Can they do what they want rather than do what God says?  Before you answer this question you should go and read your Bible and see if there are any people in there who God said not to do this and they ignored it and went and did it anyway.  There is Balaam, there is all of natural Israel, there is even Moses who God said speak to the rock and he hit it instead.  There are too many examples in the Bible of people disobeying God’s voice.   Why did God pick sheep as a type or symbol of people in the world?  You should study more about sheep and learn how they are a picture of people.  For example, sheep are pretty dumb animals, I have to admit that and that speaks a lot for God’s opinion on what people think in the world.  You should be smart enough to first see that God’s intelligence is so far above your intelligence that it is barely comparable to a man vs. a sheep.  So having said that your opinion is worthless!  What you think about the Bible is totally irrelevant!  There is no significance to your thoughts unless they become God’s thoughts.  So what have we learned about sheep today?

  1. People like Sheep are DUMB!
  2. Sheep still have a free will!
  3. Not ALL Sheep belong to God!
  4. Sheep still have to pay attention and understand the words of the Shepherd.
  5. A Sheep can Get LOST accidently or on purpose!
  6. God will try to go and find the lost sheep!
  7. Not every sheep has to follow the Shepherd!
  8. No one can force a sheep away from His Shepherd as long as it hears and follows.

These are the basics found in these verses about sheep in the Bible.  You of course can disagree with what I just said and ignore the facts if you want to.  But, please do not write me any more ignorant comments about my lack of understanding of the Bible and go pull the plank out of your own eye before you try to take the speck out of mine.  God Bless!

If you want to continue reading about Once Saved Always Saved and the Eternal Security subjects you may go to “Part 4“.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Angel (s):

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

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