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Bible Answers: Does the Bible Say Anything About How Women Should Dress?

getting_dressed(Ver 1.1) Here is a very common question that I received from two different women recently.  So I thought I would answer them both in one short Bible lesson.  This is a potentially controversial subject.   Many men try to dominate women to tell them what to do while ignoring their own inadequacies.  I do not want to ever place myself into a position of superiority that comes across that I am better than anyone else.  That is why I try to give people balanced answers from the Bible and I do not try to spin the verses into saying something that they do not say.  We all need to simply read the Bible and learn to follow what God says regardless of what we think is right or what others are doing around us.   However, many Christians will continue to do as they please today simply ignoring the Bible to satisfy their own pleasures.  Pride is a negative part of the fallen human nature that motivates Christians to say “Life is all about me”.   Christians need to begin to understand that this new life of Christianity is no longer focused on the “me” but should be now directed to focus on Christ and others.  Baby Christians are only immature self-centered me types.  Mature Christians are able to place the needs of others ahead of their own needs.   I’ve just started the answer to this question with the subject of pride and I will end it with the same subject but in the middle I will address why this is such an important part of how and why we dress the way that we do.

covered_women2For the answer of women’s dress I could go with either of two extremes or I could take a more middle of the road approach and that is what I will suggest that we all do.  Let’s talk briefly about the extreme positions of dress first.  One extreme is a law based dress code where religions like Islam command women to cover everything except for their eyes.   That is a very stupid solution for a very stupid problem.  Because men were created to like women undressed men have created rules of law that they think help them to keep themselves more pure.  They feel if a woman cannot be seen then she is no longer a temptation for me.  That is partially good logic but mostly a wrong approach to solving it.  Law based dress is one extreme and I do not agree with it at all.  Therefore I will give no rules in this lesson for dressing.  The law was introduced by God but law was never given by God to fix the problem; it was only presented to prove to all men that there was a better solution that was needed.  No one in history except for Jesus was ever able to keep all of the law.   Therefore we need to learn law is not our solution and that it only points us to a new and better way that was coming.  Not very many people have learned this truth but I stand by it firmly.  Stop passing idiotic laws and find the better new way to live in Christ Jesus.

The other extreme position is anything goes or I should rather say everything goes.  The antithesis of covering everything up on a woman is to uncover everything.  That is just another extreme example that falls into the identical level of error as the first extreme.  Being a male, I cannot begin to understand why any woman would willingly participate in either extreme.  I could theorize that a woman who likes to show off her skin could feel like she gained distinction, notoriety, fame or special attention by participating.  It is a normal human desire to be wanted and accepted and some people will do very foolish things to achieve it.    Modern peer pressure is a major contributing factor for people falling into error.   If everyone is doing something wrong it suddenly appears like you are the one that is a fool for not doing it.  If you would like to leave a comment and help me understand why someone would follow either of these two extremes from a female perspective I would appreciate hearing your point of view.

To me based upon what I know of the Bible a woman’s choice for wearing less and showing off more skin is her way of telling everyone that “life is all about her” without having any consideration for anyone else on the planet or for God.  I think that it screams the more people who are attracted to her, the more popular she feels like she becomes.  But that is a very selfish and self-centered approach for the way of dressing.  There are probably other ways to look at it and you are still free to tell me why you think either extreme exists today.  No matter what we think in this world, there will always be one extreme or the other.  One group of women will approach dress based upon the rules of law that attempts to alleviate the temptation factor for human desire.   This will gain them acceptance in one group while being labeled religious fanatics by the other group.  The other opposite dress extreme will be “I’m very desirable and I’m just here to tempt you”.  These women will be labeled whores by the strict law based group and scorned for their ways while being accepted by the loose moral crowd.  There is a level of acceptance and rejection in both extremes.    But clearly both of these are very wrong motivations for dress.   Where is the correct balance between two erroneous extremes?

What we could have learned from these extremes is that what people do reflects their motivations either known or unknown to other people.  Most people in the world only look at the outside actions of the person and typically ignore the motivations that caused them to do it.  That approach of analysis is very shallow and is the opposite of what God teaches us that He looks at.   I think we need to examine motivations more closely for what people do rather than try to judge what they did and this might help us to solve their dress problems. You can read about this concept in the Old Testament:

1Sa 16:7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Clearly God informs us that the inward parts of the man or woman are more important than the outward perceived portions of that person.   That means God cares more about your spiritual conditions like your motives, your desires, your hurts, your feelings, your emotions and your thoughts than He does about your actions or dress.  Now, you could jump to the wrong conclusion from that and conclude God does not care how we dress or if we dress and that is just ignorant foolishness.  No, what God is saying is if you have right intents on the inside, you will do right actions on the outside.    If you have wrong things going on in the inside parts these will manifest on the outside.   These truths teach us so much.  It also helps us to know bad actions can be solved with right internal corrections.  Therefore I’m not going to tell you how to dress so much as I am going to try to change how you think about dressing.

Christians first need to realize that they are a spirit living in a body and not just a body living on the earth.  Refocus your attention on spiritual things and the outwards things will automatically take care of themselves.   What are your motives for how you dress today?   Evaluate your intents first and if it is just for your benefit, pleasure or to draw attention to you, you have the wrong focused incentives.  Become the other person sitting in church by you before you put something on to go to church.  If the wife of another man sees you in that little apparel will it draw attention to you in a positive way or a negative way?  Is what you are wearing to church something that is loving and kind that honors your sister’s feelings and will not bring temptation to her husband?   We need to all learn the WWLD approach for dressing.   What is that you ask?   That is just a variation of WWJD and it says “What Would Love Do?”   If I love my Christian family would anyone be offended by this sleeveless or low cut short dress?  If you think someone could be offended and you still wear it then you were not motivated to do what Love would do and that is a major problem.  Let’s take a look at some Bible verses to help us learn to think differently about dressing:

1Pe 3:3  Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

1Pe 3:4  But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Here is God presenting you a refocused approach to dressing.  God through Peter writes directly about women dressing.  God very clearly says that your focus should be on the more important internal things and not on the inferior external things.  That goes against what most women do, doesn’t it?  If you are spending more time on fixing your hair and dressing than you spend in prayer and Bible reading then you are out of balance and lack correct focus.   God declares let your attention be upon the hidden man of the heart and that is simply your eternal spirit.  God directs us again to refocus our attention on spiritual things rather than emphasizing natural things.  If both males and females did this there would be no issues in the world concerning improper dress or behavior.   However since the majority of the world is not saved and are not focused internally the external will continue to dominate them and their behavior.   That is another interesting point to remember.  Before you put something on to wear, ask yourself is this what the people in the unsaved world wear?   Then ask yourself am I supposed to follow their example or are they supposed to follow my example?  Who is leading who?  Who determines your dress standards?  Is it Vogue fashion magazine, Sports Illustrated or is it the Bible?

There are two ways to learn how to dress in the Bible and I just gave you one way called the direct instruction.  The other way is to learn from indirect instruction.  These are verses that do not directly mention how you should dress but still apply to Christian behavior, character and moral values.  Take a close look at this next verse and see if you can tell how it applies to dress.

  • 1Jn 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

What does God claim is not from Him?  We know God created our flesh, but according to Him, He did not create the lust that is derived from its existence.   Why is there such a great lust problem in the world today?  It is primarily because of the great frequency for the display of human flesh.  You cannot go anywhere today that someone is not nearly naked either in public or on a billboard selling some product.  In this verse who is God saying that you are like if you are showing your flesh or are the one looking at other’s flesh?  Is it from God or from the world?   I think you can clearly see that is not what God desires.  Let’s look at another verse that is also indirectly about dress:

  • 2Pe 1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

You see God says that we have been saved from the world and therefore we should not conform to their ways.   If you are participating in the lust of someone’s flesh or you make yourself are the target for this lust then you have not yet escaped the world and still reside in its bondage.   Do you think it matters to God how you dress based upon this information?  Let me give you another verse that indirectly applies to how we dress that is rarely used to teach on the subject:

  • Php 2:15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

How can you be a light to the world if you act and look exactly like they do?  Do you think your words take priority over your looks?  I believe that it is impossible for your words to be heard if your looks and your actions are the same as theirs?  People are just not that stupid.   Based upon how you dress, you will either be called a Christian or a hypocrite by the unsaved world.  If you say “I’m a Christian” but still do not present them any evidence for being different, then you are just a hypocrite.   One unsaved man that talked with me recently said “If I wanted to go to church on Sunday, I’d go to the bars on Saturday night and meet with them all there”.  He was claiming that all Christians were hypocrites that put on a false act on Sunday for God but lived like the devil the rest of the week.  You need to ask yourself “How does the world dress?”  Then make sure that you are NOT dressing like them.   Let me confirm this with one more verse from the Bible:

  • 2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Here is another verse that is indirectly about how you dress.  This verse is very clear but you probably do not understand what it says because you have not researched the Greek word definitions.   This verse says for us as Christian believers to not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.  What does that mean?  A yoke is a common bond together.  What do we have in common with non-Christians?   Two oxen are yoked together to pull a plow in unison.   This means that they both are in a common bondage together so that what one does the other must also do.  God informs us not to be bound together with unsaved people in the world because we are not their equal.   If Christian music stars look like the world’s rock stars then they are being yoked together in common bondage.   The same applies to a Christian’s manner of dress to look like the world’s manner of dress.  If you are dressing like Lady Ga Ga or Madonna then you are yoked together with them and that is not good company to be associated with.

What do you think all of this verse means?  Let me give you another word that is a key to understanding this verse.  It says what “fellowship” has righteousness with unrighteousness?  Look this word up and you will see that it means to have “intercourse”.  Intercourse is defined as willing participation of a sexual nature.   That is a very strong sexual relationship you could be having with the world.  This is not speaking physically but rather spiritually when you think like the world does.  This Greek word literally means to participate with the world’s ways of thinking.  Go back and read the Old Testament prophets and you will see that this is what natural Israel was guilty of again and again.  They would become influenced by the world’s idols and then would do what God said not to do.   There thoughts were taken away from God’s word to what the people in the world were thinking and they easily fell into sin by doing this. This is verse contains far reaching information and it involves dressing like the world, acting like the world, thinking like the world and I could go on and on.  God is telling the church not to look like the people in the world.  Let me end this Bible study with one more direct verse on dressing:

  • 1Ti 2:9  In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
  • 1Ti 2:10  But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

There is one term given here that denotes a correct Christian middle of the road approach for dress.   God says to women let what you wear consist of “modest” apparel.   Uh oh?  Even in churches today I see women not following this guideline.    What is the opposite of modesty?   I believe you understand that it is a state of immodesty.   What does being modest or immodest mean and what are the root causes for both?  One online dictionary defined “modest” dress to be a state where the person is covered.  That definition implies that immodest dress is a state of a person to be uncovered or nude.   I think that speaks volumes to how you should dress according to the Bible.   I have already touched on motivation as a factor for why people dress appropriately or inappropriately undress for others to view their bodies.   One contributing factor for modesty is humility and one contributing factor for immodesty is pride.   Women who generally want to show off their bodies to others are very proud of themselves for some unknown satanic reason.

Practically everything that I said today can apply to both men and women.  Both need to judge their motivations for how they dress.   I primarily addressed the question from a woman’s viewpoint since they were the only ones brave enough to ask the question.  I could have spent more time on the contributing lust of the flesh factor for men that drives some women to want this kind of attention but that was not the question.  Your humility and your refocused attention to the real you on the inside of your body should help to guide you to the appropriate ways to dress on the outside.   Follow the guideline of modest behavior for dress and it will cause you to appear different than the people in the world. Your devoted consideration for “What Would LOVE Do?” will also help you to not become a stumbling block for others of your same sex or a temptation for those of the opposite sex.  Setting Godly examples to follow for younger women and girls is what is desperately needed in the world today.  The peer pressure today to take your clothes off is everywhere.   We are all still here in the world but you can still make the decision to not be like the world.  Always be led by the Spirit of God and His written Holy Word.  Thank you for your questions and I hope this helped someone to have some new wisdom for a modified way to think about dressing.  God Bless!

Understanding the Hidden Spiritual Family Structure of God’s Household! The Mature Women in God’s Spiritual Family! Part 7

(Ver 1.2)  This is now Part 7 in a series of extremely advanced Bible studies about a new subject that I call “The Hidden Spiritual Structure of the Family of God”.  The spiritual information in this series will dramatically change your perspective of the Bible, if you can see them and if you will choose to accept them.  I have covered a tremendous amount of new ideas and revelations and I cannot take the time to go back and repeat all of them today, so if you have not read this series from the beginning I would suggest that you go back and start reading with “Part 1” first.  In the last lesson I introduced you to the last woman in the family of God as the church.  She is the youngest woman called the daughter in a new covenant marriage with the risen Son of God, Jesus Christ.  This woman was named the New Jerusalem in Revelation 3:12 and 21:2 and she is called the Holy Jerusalem in Revelation 21:10.  Three times in Revelation she has the title of the “daughter-in-law” or the synonymous interpretation the “bride” (G3565) found in Revelation 21:2, 21:9 and 22:17 and this can be seen easily by looking at the original Greek word definition.  Today I want to search the Bible for the identities of the other two mature women in the family of 5.  As you recall, God said the “daughter” would be divided against her mother and the “daughter-in-law” would be divided against her mother-in-law in Micah 7:6, Matthew 10:35 and Luke 12:53.   So we are now looking in the Bible for the information and the specific names to reveal who these two women are that are divided from our church daughter.  I found the identity of the “daughter-in-law” simply by searching the Bible for the same Greek word (G3565) translated as “daughter-in-law” and I found her identity easily revealed in the books of John and Revelation because of the limited usage of this word in the N.T.  She was described to be a city, a bride and the spiritual wife of the Lamb of God.  This woman was also described to be a spiritual nation of people that consisted of both male and female individuals that reside now as a part of God’s new spiritual family.  Therefore we are now searching for the other women with a similar pattern, make-up, characteristics or features.  We are also searching for not just two women, but more specifically two mothers and that should narrow the scope of the search significantly.  The Hebrew word used for “mother” in Micah 7:6 is H517 and there are over 200 verses in the Bible that contain this word.  That is really too many verses to be useful.  The Hebrew word translated as “mother in law” is H2545 and this word is only found in one other book of the Bible and that makes it very interesting to me.  It just so happens that the “mother-in-law” H2545 is used 9 other times in the book of Ruth and only one time in Micah 7:6.  I do not believe that this is a coincidence.  I see it to be a direct hidden clue to the identity of at least one of the women in God’s family.

Do you recall the story of Ruth?  If you do not, I have a more in-depth lesson series on this book of the Bible that will explore and explain many of the hidden typologies found there.  I will for your benefit give you a quick synopsis of that lesson series to show you how it applies to Jesus the Son, the church the daughter and the mother-in-law of the church.  Ruth was a Gentile woman who married a Hebrew husband after this Jewish family moved to her country of Moab from Bethlehem.  Her husband and the other males in the family all died in Moab and that left two daughter-in-laws and their mother in law as the surviving widows.  One daughter-in-law returns to her family, but the other one departs with her mother-in-law to go back to Bethlehem.  This gentile “daughter-in-law” was named Ruth.  She is the primary subject of the entire book.  There in Bethlehem, while trying to survive Ruth is met by a man named Boaz.  It just so happens, that Ruth is laboring in a harvest field that is owned by Boaz.  Boaz is a near relative to Ruth’s mother-in-law’s dead husband.  This means Boaz is a potential kinsman “Redeemer”.  Ruth is given favor from Boaz and is blessed while she is working his harvest field.  To make a long story shorter, Boaz marries the woman Ruth and redeems the land of the dead relative and they become the great grandparents of David the King.  This natural story of Ruth is an amazing parallel to another New Testament spiritual story.  Today’s church is largely comprised of Gentile people, so the church qualifies to be the symbolic type of this woman Ruth and both are called “daughter-in-laws”.  We are now the laborers in God’s harvest field of the earth and He owns the field that we are working in right now.  God has granted us His favor and blessings while we are working in His harvest field.  We are of course not harvesting natural food, but we are harvesting symbolic wheat for God’s harvest and that is His people.  Boaz the kinsman Redeemer was a Jew from Bethlehem and he is a type of the man Jesus Christ also a Jew born in Bethlehem.  Of course Jesus Christ was God in the flesh that came down from heaven to the earth which is a type of the land of spiritual Moab.  Jesus Christ was crucified and died in this realm of spiritual Moab on a cross and then He was raised from the dead to redeem us from our sins and to save us from this world.  That makes Ruth’s mother-in-law a symbolic type of the nation of Israel.  You will see why I say that very soon.  In this story of Ruth we have a “daughter-in-law” who becomes a “bride”.  We have a mother-in-law that is a Jew under the Law from Bethlehem.  We also have a son from Bethlehem who becomes the husband (bridegroom) to redeem his bride.  There are many other Bible patterns in this book, but I only hit the ones that we needed for this lesson.  The story of Ruth is a story of natural Israel, God the Father, the Son of God and the church and each of these are demonstrated to us in amazing clarity in the book of Ruth using the keywords of the mother-in-law and the daughter in-law to direct us to this information.  These are the two exact words from Micah 7:6 so they must contain related information that we need to know about.  What we need is an additional witness to this hidden reality in another book of the Bible and that is where we are going soon.

John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Jesus taught us something that was very profound in the third chapter of John.  When Jesus described the “new birth” He said “That which is born of the flesh is only flesh, but that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Jesus reveals a significant spiritual law here in this statement.  First, Jesus says spirits can give birth to spirits and second, only a spirit can produce other spirits.  Jesus goes on to say in this chapter of John, “Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God”.  This verse stipulates a fixed requirement that a second birth must take place or you will never see God’s eternal kingdom.  This statement of Jesus of course blew the mind of Nicodemus and this natural thinking man asked “How can a man be born again?”  “Can he enter again into his mother’s womb?”  Of course this was not what Jesus was saying at all.  Neither was Jesus thinking naturally of another physical birth.  Jesus is not teaching physical reincarnation.  Here is a prime example of how people can hear what God is saying and totally miss it because they are not on the same level as the speaker.  This is the greatest challenge new Christians have in the world today.  To renew people’s minds to think spiritually instead of naturally is the biggest challenge that I am faced with while teaching on the internet.  Most of my critics are dominated by naturally thinking carnal minds.  They do not attempt to think outside of their little carnal box and thus they remain ignorant of what God wants them to know.   Romans 8:7, says the carnal mind is an enemy against God.  So when my critics tell me I’m wrong, they are speaking as an enemy of God.  I certainly feel sorry for them, but I have learned that I cannot help them.  Let’s see what Jesus was actually speaking of:

Joh 3:Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Jesus is comparing two different types of birth in this one verse; one is a natural birth and the other is spiritual birth.  Jesus is saying that you are born naturally when your mother’s water breaks and you enter into the natural world through her physical door and then you are born spiritually by a similar patterned act from the Spirit of God.  Do you remember that Jesus said “I am the door” (Jo 10:9)?  Jesus is saying there is a spiritual door into the Kingdom of God and you will not enter into it unless you find it first.  Wow, that is pretty radical for those who think there are many ways to God.  Why is Jesus revealing that spiritual things are repeated patterns of the natural things that God created?  You better get a hold of this concept very fast if you ever want to learn about what God is trying to teach you.

There is a spiritual law of Genesis about seeds that is very relevant to my lesson today.  This law was a foundational principle found within the patterns of creation in Genesis.  One of the key seed law principles states that everything that God created produces after its own kind (Genesis 1:11, 12, 21, 24, 25).  Flesh produces only flesh.  Cows produce only cows.  Dogs produce only dogs.  But, also Jesus teaches us in John 3 that a Spirit produces only spirits.  It is very clear that spirits can give birth based upon the information revealed in John 3 and the natural patterns found in creation.  For example, the sperm of a man is called his seed in the O.T (Lev 15:16).  But the Word of God is also implied to be God’s spiritual sperm in 1 Peter 1:23.  Both are “seeds” but one is natural and the other is spiritual.  These are patterns that are being repeated for us to apply the concepts found in the natural to understand the concepts of the unseen spiritual dimension.  Those are radical concepts from the Creator.  What I am attempting to do is to give you verification from the scriptures that a spirit can give birth to a spirit.  Therefore, if the church is a spiritual daughter and not a physical one, we are looking for another spiritual woman that is able to give birth to us.  That statement will probably perplex many Christians who are not yet familiar with the Bible in this level of detail, but that is just the way it goes.

So far I have been giving you some basic facts of life concepts found both in creation and the Bible.  These are important patterned concepts that you need to give your attention to today, because they are very relevant to understanding God and the Bible.  God has replicated patterns from the spiritual realm into the created natural realm and these patterns will be further projected back into the new heaven and the new earth that are coming soon.  I personally believe that God created all natural things from precise patterns found within spiritual things that previously existed in the divine realm.  God then uses these temporary natural things to teach us about the spiritual concepts of eternal things to come.   It is a circular configuration of a divine design with transferred patterns from the spiritual to the temporal and then finally back to the spiritual.  It is the cycle of life as found within a progressively designed divine plan.  Things that were found originally in the beginning are the things that shall be found again in the end.   In the beginning of Genesis we see that God created everything good with the absence of all evil.  This is exactly how it will end after chapter 20 of Revelation and after Satan, the beast and the false prophet are cast into their eternal torment.  What God has created in the world is almost always an identifiable pattern for something in the spiritual realm that we have never seen.

Take the human body for example.   The human body is comprised of millions and even billions of individual cells, systems, subsystems and individual parts that are working all together to form one body.  Does any of that sound familiar?  We have more than one thing that comprises or makes up to form one unified body working in harmony.  The natural pattern of the human body’s design is the same concept that God reiterates when He describes us (the entire church) to be the spiritual body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13-27).  The spiritual church is comprised of millions or even billions of people and yet we are still just one spiritually unified body.  The concept of one being made up of many is a repeatable occurrence in the Bible that is foundational to understanding all of the identities of the women in the family of God.  None of the women in the spiritual family of God are just one person or one female individual.  Each spiritual woman is comprised of millions or even billions of people or spiritual beings that are joined together to become one spiritually named woman in covenant with God.   This was one of my main subjects from the last lesson, so please try to follow along the best that you can, it will only get much deeper than this as we continue to dig into this subject.

It is now time to reveal the mature spiritual women (mothers) in the family of God.  Both of these women were specifically described to be “mothers” therefore, both have children.  One was the mother of the daughter (bride) and other one was the mother of the son (bridegroom).   But, just as Eve is named the mother of all natural living descendants we are looking for a spiritual woman that all spiritual children can come from.  I believe to solve this puzzle we will need to look for verses in the Bible that describe two mothers and hopefully in the same verse.  Here is where it will start to get really interesting for some people and potentially more controversial for others.  I am about to show you another O.T. prophecy about the family of God that is very important for you to understand fully, but is also very difficult to understand.  This Old Testament verse reflects some more complex riddles, so be prepared for a set of new mental challenges.  I want to take you to the prophet Isaiah and get you to read about two women in the family of God from a new perspective.

Isa 54:1  Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into inging, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.

If you are not reading the Bible with your spiritual eyeglasses on you are reading it blindly. God is describing something very mysterious and profound here in another obscure prophecy found in the O.T.  Have you ever heard anyone teach about what this verse means?  I can honestly say that I have not!  However it is very difficult for anyone to teach what they do not understand.  I read some commentaries and they were all over the board to what they thought it meant.  This verse was written in the major prophet Isaiah’s work for God.  You will find in studying the Bible that God will use a technique of hiding information that I call “dissemination”.  This technique incorporates the random spreading out of related information throughout the Bible to make it infinitely more difficult for us to find it and for us to then put them all together correctly.  It is like when I sow new grass seed in my yard using a broadcast spreader, I put seeds in the hopper and adjust the flow and depending on the speed that I travel the seed is thrown out in random patterns over the spots that need it and I do not know what lands where.  Dissemination of the Word of God is a random broadcasting seed concept and God does this throughout the Bible.  You will never know where you will find some of the most valuable keys to understanding a subject in the Bible until you search for them.  Many times it will appear to be a needle in a haystack concept when looking for the truth in the Bible.  It might be found in Genesis or Revelation or anywhere in between.  Without the Spirit of God, computers and modern technology it would be impossible for any man to find the clues and then put all of the pieces together correctly.

However look closely at this verse in Isaiah and tell me if you can see that God is speaking about two wives, two women and two mothers?  There are definitely two different females being spoken of in this verse and they are directly being compared against each other.  Both women we are told are mothers of children, but we are not told who the mothers or the children are.  However the Hebrew word translated as children is actually the Hebrew word “ben” that means “son”.  When Jesus was here on the earth He would call Himself a “ben” of man.  I understand why the translators are confused and put the word for children here, but that is not the correct translation and you will understand why soon. In order to be a mother in the Bible you had to have been married.  Of course our definition of marriage in the modern world has become biased or slanted based upon the legal definition of a piece of paper or a license or a ceremony that was performed.  However, God clearly tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:16 that sex between a man and a woman constitutes a marriage in His eyes.  If you have sexual relations with anyone, by the definition from the Word of God you are married to them.  It does not matter how many partners that you have, it can be one or thousands.  If our court systems went by God’s definition there would be a lot less people doing what they are doing.  No doubt many people would benefit from this knowledge of the truth today.  It is interesting to note that only one wife in this verse in Isaiah is called married, but they must both be married in order to have any children.  Therefore, God is teaching us something else that is deeper with this statement.  I will not be able to explain this in this lesson today because this will just cloud the main subject more than it has already.

Let me tell you that God gives us a lot of hidden information in this single verse of scripture found in Isaiah.  We have two women being spoken of in very anonymous terms.  No names are given and no identities are revealed.  One woman is called barren, but she suddenly has a change of status to have many more sons than the other woman who is specifically called married.  Wow, that is pretty tough to understand and it is another monumental riddle.  What is God talking about in this statement?  I personally believe that God gives us some of the most important information in the Bible in the form of riddles to challenge us to solve them.   The way that this verse was written, it makes it completely illogical and even unsolvable unless God gives us some additional clues to what exactly He is talking about somewhere else in the Bible.  Fortunately for us, God did give us some major clues to reveal the meaning of this prophecy when He taught Paul what it meant in the New Testament and Paul recorded it for us in the book of Galatians.

Before I go to the book of Galatians, I want to make another quick point about the Hebrew word translated as “barren” in this verse.  This Hebrew word is not used extensively in the Bible and that is another clue for us.  If you search your Bible you will find that the wives of the three patriarchs of Israel were all described with this exact same word and status.  You will find Abram’s wife Sarai called barren in Genesis 11:30.  You will find Isaac’s wife Rebekah called barren in Genesis 25:21.  Finally, you will find that Jacob’s wife Rachel was called barren in Genesis 29:31.  These are very important examples to understand, but I just do not have the time to explain them all today.  I wanted to teach you how to look for clues in the Bible.  That does not mean you will understand what all of the clues mean automatically just because you find them.  I will tell you that they are all definitely related to what we are talking about today and that is all I can say about them for now.  However, we will look at one of them in much more detail, because God reveals it to be directly related by what Paul wrote in Galatians.  I have tried to teach you that there is a law of Bible interpretation that I call the “law of first mention”.  In this law I have found that God always gives us some very important information about any subject the first time it is mentioned in the Bible.  The subject of being barren is no different.  The first woman in the Bible described to be barren is Abraham’s wife Sarah.  So let’s go to Galatians and learn what this prophecy found in Isaiah means.  This verse of prophecy is repeated almost exactly in Galatians 4:27, but we will have to back up in the chapter to read the context in order to understand what is being revealed to us, so let’s start reading with verse 22:

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

As you can see God is speaking directly about Abraham and who we are told had two sons.  Do you see that God is speaking about two women again?  Not just two random women, but specifically two mothers of two children who were called the wives of Abraham.  You may recall that Sarah was Abraham’s wife first and that she was the barren wife that I showed you in Genesis 11:30.  So this story of Abraham fits the pattern of the prophecy in Isaiah by the direct usage of the Hebrew word translated as “barren”.  Two mothers are what we are looking for to solve our family of 5 mystery and Abraham is said to have had two wives.  One is described to be a freewoman who is a representative type of his wife Sarah and the other wife was called the bondwoman, who is a woman that Sarah gave to her husband Abraham because she thought that she was unable to have children for him.  This slave wife was named Hagar in this story and she can be found the first time in Genesis 16:1.  Let me quickly show you a scripture concerning these two women:

Gen 16:3  And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

Sarai is directly called the wife of Abram first.  Sarai is first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 11:29 so she was around for 5 chapters before the mention of Hagar.  Keep this in mind!  Hagar is the maid servant slave girl from Egypt.  This will also become very important that she is a slave from Egypt latter when we discover who she is a type for.  But, also notice what the result was of this gift from Sarai to her husband.  God informs us that Hagar has also become Abram’s wife.  God is revealing something very complex that has occurred in the spiritual realm by showing us the repeated patterns that have reoccurred in the natural realm.  Here we have one man with two wives and two children and this is either an amazing coincidence or it is God pointing us to a match for the 5 in one family pattern.

  1. Abraham              Father
  2. Sarah                   Mother            Freewoman             Barren
  3. Hagar                   Mother            Bondwoman            Married
  4. Ishmael                Son                 Slave
  5. Isaac                    Son                  Free

We have three specific parents being described to us.  One male and two females with two sons, but they are still all just one family.  This is really going to get very deep as we continue through these coming verses, so please read them very carefully.  Also notice for now that Abraham is the father and that he has two wives and two children and that definitely equals 5 in one family and this will generally fit the pattern of the family of 5 again with only some minor differences in family titles only.  While these are not exact matches for the Micah 7:6 family of 5, it is similar enough for me to see that this is not a coincidence and that God is relating to us some new information that is definitely important for us to see.  Have you ever made a dress using a pattern and a sewing machine?  While I have never done this, I did watch my mother do this and I learned the concepts behind the work.  You can choose any material and totally change the look and the feel of the dress, by using different fabrics with the same pattern.  One pattern can produce many dresses that are similar but also they can look and feel completely different to each other.  This is what God is doing in these verses of the two families of 5.  God is using the same pattern with some different spiritual fabrics.  Not everything is going to match perfectly when you do this, but the expert will still be able to identify the usage of the repeated patterns.  Do you understand this?  You probably do if you are a woman, but my example is probably  not too easily identifiable to many men.  It is the concept that is important for now and it is not important to get distracted by too many details at this level of the study.  Let us continue to the next verse in the chapter of Galatians to see what God has revealed to Paul about Abraham’s family:

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

God is still speaking of two mothers and two children that came by the one father.  All of this is very familiar so far!  The only difference between these two children is that they are both males.  So they do not get married to each other to start a new family and that changes nothing, but the creation of a new family.  In this verse God further tells us that one son came by the deeds of the flesh and the other son came as a result of a promise.  We could logically make the leap that one son came from the works of man in the natural realm and the other son came by spiritual faith in the promise of God, if you want to combine other information given to us by Paul found in Romans.  But, for now we will see that we have a family of 5 that is again being divided, but this time they are being divided not by the marriage of the siblings, but by the command of Sarah to cast out the bond woman and her son, that we will soon see.  Let me skip down quickly to verse 30 in Galatians 4 to connect you with what is being taught, so that you can see more clearly what I am talking about in combination with the pattern of division found within a family of 5.

Gal 4:30  Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

This verse is a quote from Genesis 21:10.  You can clearly see another pattern is developing or being repeated using a different two members in a family of 5; yet still resulting in the division of the family with 3 against 2.  Isn’t this what Jesus said to us in Luke 12:52?  Jesus is giving you a key pattern to look for in the Bible.  Here in this verse in Galatians we are seeing the pattern being used again.  The bond woman and her son are cast out of the family of Abraham and that leaves 3 family members still in the family and two family members on the outside of the family.  It is a subtle change and it reflects more complex information that I will not be able to elaborate on at this point today.  Just take note of the reuse of the pattern of 3 divided against 2 and we will leave it at that for now.   Let me give you a new picture of what we have learned so far:

Hopefully you can see the basic patterns being redeployed in this picture digaram.  There is a split or a divisin within the family of five that is dividing them 3 agains 2.  Let’s go to the next verse in Galatians that I was going through to see how this information fits into the family of God.  What we are seeing demonstrated to us by God is a Biblical typology using natural patterns to reveal existing and prophetic spiritual truths.  Remember we are learning about the two women and how they are both called mothers.  Also take note that God is using a real man and his real two wives to teach us about His spiritual family.  In other words Abram, Sarai and Hagar are not God’s family only the examples used to show us God’s family.  God is speaking about Sarai as being the freewoman and Hagar as being the bond woman and these are revealed to be something much more significant using God’s allegorically encoded information found in Genesis 16.

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

We know this information would have been impossible for us to see or to understand by just reading the natural accounts of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar in the book of Genesis.  People have read the story of Abraham for thousands of years and no one had any clue that it was allegorical information about God’s family.  We would not have had any hint what was going on if God had not revealed it to Paul about what the story of Abraham in Genesis symbolically represented.  An allegory in the Bible is always a real historical story about real people doing real things in real places that contains a hidden spiritual symbolic meaning encoded within every adjective, noun and verb selected by God to describe them.  You can clearly see that this is God’s definition and not mine based upon what is being revealed to us in this chapter of Galatians.  This is a principle that reveals to us the words of God in the Bible have been carefully chosen many times to contain parallel meanings. In other words God could have said many things about Abraham that He did not say, but since these words were selected, they were specifically designed with a hidden purpose.  I once had a commenter try to tell me that the Bible did not contain allegory and that this was a man made concept invented in the dark ages.  This commenter obviously never read the Bible very closely, did he?

We can clearly see from this story that there is a direct connection to God based upon what is being said about these two women representing two covenants.  God is saying that these two women represent two different covenants and this is a Bible code word that means two marriages between God and two different women.  Therefore we know that God the Father was in covenant with two different women simultaneously as this chapter of Galatians is revealing to you.  You have to understand “Bible Covenants” in order to understand what is being taught.  A covenant with God is always initiated by God.  God is the author of all covenants by His design.  A covenant with God is also a divine marriage (Jer 31:32, Mal 2:14) between God the husband and the chosen people His wife.  In other words we do not go to God and ask will you make a covenant with me, He comes to us and says will you marry me?  So when God initiates a covenant with mankind or any spiritual beings, it is always a marriage proposal.  If you do not understand these concepts you should go and read my  lessons on “Understanding Bible Covenants”.

Since the Bible is divided into two covenants, many people automatically assume in error that God is speaking about these two obvious prominent Bible covenants that practically everyone knows. We are being presented another mysterious riddle by God.  We can clearly see in Galatians 4:24 that Hagar represents the covenant given to Israel on Mt. Sinai.  Which covenant was that?  This covenant is what most Christians today normally call the “Old Covenant”.  It is very interesting to note that God says everyone that was in that Old Covenant was called slaves.  You need to remember that because it is very important.  Based upon this information people automatically conclude that the only other covenant being spoken of here is the “New Covenant” given to the church by Jesus Christ.  However this is impossible based upon the allegorical information given to us in Genesis and the family of 5 revealed in Micah 7:6.  In this story in Genesis you need to pay very closer attention to who the women are a type of in the allegory and then see the ages of the two women and find out who was married to whom first.  Since a Covenant is a marriage, was Abraham married to Sarah or to Hagar first using God’s definition of marriage?  Was Sarah older than the slave girl Hagar?  Did Abraham have sex with Sarah or Hagar first?  Who gave Hagar to Abraham to be his wife?  All of this is very important and very relevant for you to understand which covenants God is speaking of.   Hagar is revealed to be the bond woman and she is a much younger woman than Sarah, so keep that in mind as we continue through the rest of these verses in Galatians.  Let’s continue down chapter 4 of Galatians and look at verse 25 to see the spiritual name of God’s younger wife given to us first.  Again we are looking at the “last being first” concept and this is a repeated pattern that I am following to teach you this information in reverse order:

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

Hagar is called the “Jerusalem that now is” and her name is given to us from a human viewpoint or perspective.  Keep this in mind as we go forward.   If Hagar is a representative pattern of a woman who answers to someone calling her “Jerusalem” that clearly tells us her name and it reveals to us the key duplicate features that we are looking for to solve our mystery.  This wife is a named city and she has the same name “Jerusalem” and the inhabitants of this city will consist of both men and women in covenant with God the Father (Jer 31:32).

Are you beginning to see why I said what I said about the “New Jerusalem” in the last lesson?  What I said before was if there exists a New Jerusalem there must also by logic exist an Old Jerusalem using the law of opposition or opposites. Here is God telling us about a woman, a wife, a mother and He figuratively names her “the Earthly Jerusalem”.  This Earthly Jerusalem is the city that is still in the Middle East today and is called the capital of the natural nation of Israel and she is described to be a type of Hagar.  Remember who Hagar was?  She was the young slave woman still in bondage after coming out of Egypt.  Uh oh?  Some Christians are going to have some major difficulty starting to develop from what God is saying to us in this information.  First off everyone thinks that God freed Israel when He brought them out of Egypt and God is clearly saying here in these verses that they are evidently still slaves from Egypt.  Wow, that is really tough to accept, isn’t it?  Is God lying to us?  Is God confused?  Did God forget that he freed them from Egypt?  I personally believe that it is people who are confused.  You see I do not believe God freed them, I believe that God bought them out of bondage.  To be purchased is totally different than being freed.  These concepts also apply to the future church, but I will not go there until a little later.

Are you beginning to see the riddle presented to us?  Here in Galatians 4:26, most people think that God is referring to the New Covenant of Jesus Christ as being the second freewoman, but that is not what God is saying based upon the allegorical information given to us.  Since the Bible is clearly divided into two covenants, an old and a new, everyone has assumed that God is telling us about these two covenants, but that does not work with the allegorical ages of the women given.  The only way you could get that information is to change the roles of Sarah and Hagar and flip the titles of free versus slave.  We know from studying Genesis that Sarah was the older barren woman and she was nearly 90 years old when she gave birth to Isaac, the promised child.  Hagar was the much younger Egyptian slave girl that Sarah gave to Abraham as being the one to bring forth an heir for Abraham.  So by the time Hagar had a child, Sarah was around 76 years old and she was in covenant marriage with Abraham for a long time prior to Hagar becoming a wife.  The Bible says that Abraham was 86 years old when Hagar had Ishmael.  Then the Bible says Abraham was 100 years old when his wife Sarah had Isaac.  This means there was a long time in between the two children.  That would tell me that there was 14 years that Abraham waited for the promised child.  Fourteen years is equal to two 7 year periods of time.  How many years did Jacob have to work for his wife Rachel?  Jacob I believe worked 14 years or two weeks of years.  I guess I won’t go there either today.  I just find repeated patterns in the Bible and see all kind of interesting things to teach on.

This new information is going to cause many people to get confused.  How could God be in covenant with someone else before the Old Covenant in the Bible?  That is the divine mystery being presented for your analysis.  Do you understand that Sarah could not represent the New Covenant; since Sarah was married first to Abraham?  Sarah has to represent a previous even older covenant before God’s covenant with natural Israel and this knowledge changes things up dramatically.  Remember that Abraham in this allegory is the type for God who initiates covenants.  Hagar  represents a type of God’s wife Israel in the Old Testament (Jer 31:32).  So Sarah must represent a covenant that God had a long time prior to natural Israel and this is very important for you to see.  We therefore know from these facts that an “Ancient Covenant” existed before the “Old Covenant” came into effect.   I call it the ancient covenant because God is called the ancient of days in the Bible and I thought that term fit.  God the Father had to be in covenant with someone prior to the nation of Israel, or this allegory falls apart rapidly and that makes God a liar.  Let’s look at the next verse in Galatians and get the solution to the puzzle:

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

Wow, here is another Jerusalem being spoken of as a woman.  We can see in this verse that the free woman Sarah is being described to be a type of the spiritual woman that was up in heaven where God’s throne resides.  You can know this because “Jerusalem which is above” is definitely not the “Jerusalem that now is” here on the earth.  Remember the names of the women are given from a human perspective of a man standing on the surface of the planet.  If you look up you are looking into the heavens and this is the general direction of God’s throne.   It makes logical sense for me to think of heaven as a preexisting place.  We know that God is a Spirit (Jo 4:24) and that God is eternal.  So the spiritual realm has existed with God forever.  Did you notice that this new mature spiritual free woman is also named “Jerusalem” surprise, surprise!  However her name is qualified to be the “Jerusalem which is above” and she is being directly compared to or differentiated from another wife named the “Jerusalem that is down below” on the earth.  Next, the end of this verse reveals who this spiritual woman is.  She is called the mother of us all.  Who is “us all”?  Or I should ask who is the “us all” that the context of this verse was written to?   If you think naturally you would be clearly a confused Christian.  The “Heavenly Jerusalem” is said to be our spiritual mother; she is directly called the mother of the church of Jesus Christ since Galatians was written to the church.  Who is the church?  The church is the daughter, the last woman in the family of God.  What exactly is God revealing to us in this very key verse?  What we have just discovered is that the “Heavenly Jerusalem” is not the “New Jerusalem” that came down from heaven in Revelation 21.  Yes the New Jerusalem came from spiritual heaven, but she is not heaven.  It is just like when I was born or came down from my natural mother, but I am not my natural mother.  The New Jerusalem is the daughter of the Heavenly Jerusalem and that make her our direct spiritual mother.  Are you beginning to see how this information fits the picture diagram of the family of 5 and do you see that every woman in the family of God is named “Jerusalem”?  Who or what was this spiritual Jerusalem from above?  Just like the analogy that I gave you earlier of the needle in the haystack approach to Bible study, you have to search for the clues in the Bible in order to find the truth and since I have already done this, I will save you a lot of time looking for another needle.  Here is one of the best descriptions of this spiritual woman that I found:

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

Speaking to the Church of Jesus Christ, Paul writes that we have come unto Mt Zion and unto the city of the Living God!  Then she is clearly named the “Heavenly Jerusalem”.  This is a synonymous name for the “Jerusalem that is above” found in Galatians 4.  We are then told that this city consisted of an innumerable company of angels.  Angels are created spiritual beings that were resident with God in heaven before man existed.  We are told very clearly that this is a spiritual woman that is also a city and then we are told where this city was located and who lived there (God and the angels).   All of this information when combined with the allegorical information in Genesis 16 and Galatians 4 tells us that the Heavenly woman was the freewoman and that God was in covenant with all of these free angels in heaven prior to making a covenant with the natural nation of Israel.  We can further surmise that this heavenly free woman was also described to be barren and unable to have any spiritual children for a long time, until after Israel is given to God for a wife and then this Hagar (Israel) has the fleshly heir (Jesus of Nazareth) and they two are cast out of the family of God.  What God is revealing to you is that the natural man Jesus and His natural mother Israel cannot be heirs with the promised son.  Wow, is this deep stuff or what?   I really was not sure if I was even going to try to teach you those things today because they will be so controversial to many.  However, if you did not know it, the natural man Jesus was never intended to be the heir of God, it was imperative for Satan to kill Him and for Him to be raised from the dead in order to become the promised child or the spiritual seed.  Satan thought he was killing the heir of God, but in actuality he was sealing his own fate and dooming his future within God’s old heavenly family.  When Jesus said “You must be born again”, He was including Himself in that requirement.  Jesus Christ is called the “Firstborn from the dead” (Col 1:18).  If Jesus was born again and was the first to become this way, He now has spiritual preeminence over all other spiritual beings, including the angels and natural humans on the earth.  It also tells us that Satan and the other angels that were in covenant with God the Father are no longer in a covenant with God the Son, the risen chosen heir.  This is really cool stuff, so I hope you are grasping what God is revealing to you.  It is much more important than I can ever try to tell you.

Let me briefly make another point on the definition of what free vs. being in bondage or a slave means from a Bible perspective.  Natural slavery is of course not a positive reality so spiritual slavery is the same level of negativity.  Why are we being told that the natural nation of Israel is still in bondage and are still “slaves” today and that the heavenly spiritual beings are being called “free”?  The only explanation that makes logical sense is to see that Israel was given God’s law to fulfill in order to be called righteous.  I assume by that knowledge that the angels were righteous by default and even after sin was found in Lucifer; God was unable to convict Satan of wrong doing since there was no law in place to convict him.  If you read the next chapter of Galatians you will hopefully see that God is immediately after speaking of a free woman and a bond woman is speaking about the law in these terms of bondage.  Therefore, Israel is still in bondage because they are attempting to establish their own righteousness by works.  This was not God’s intention for them, the Law was designed to point them to a need for a savior, but yet they still for the most part have not embraced the plan of Redemption provided by Jesus Christ.  Do you understand what the concepts of free and slave means now?  Are we now free in the church today?  Uh Oh?  That is a trick question because the answer is yes and no.  We are not under the Law of Moses nor are we under the bondage of sin, Satan or this world, but we are still under the New Law of Jesus Christ who said “A new commandment I give to you”.  So technically the church is eternally bound to the law of Love!  Therefore, this is also further confirmation what the church is not the covenant that is representative of the type o the woman Sarah.  The Church is not a Free Woman!  The church is a purchased bride and that make us His property.  If you do not agree with those statements, I’m sorry I just do not have time to explain them all today.

What was the daughter’s name in the family of 5?  We know that the daughter is called the “New Jerusalem” and we now know that her mother is called the “Jerusalem Above” or I’ll call her the “Heavenly Jerusalem” because that is what God calls her in Hebrew 12:22.  We are told the “Heavenly Jerusalem” is the spiritual mother of the spiritual church in Galatians 4:26.  The Heavenly Jerusalem is being differentiated from both the “Earthly Jerusalem” and the “New Jerusalem” by definition and adjective qualification.  If a woman is a mother, she cannot be her own daughter.  This is an amazingly complex Bible study as you can tell.  If you are not careful you will get lost very easily.  Do you see what God is teaching us?  Why are all of the females in God’s family, named Jerusalem?  That is a really tough question to try to answer in a short Bible lesson but, is this cool or what?  I personally believe that every woman in the family of God is named Jerusalem because every male in the family of God is named “Israel”.  I really do not have the time to explain all of the scriptures that this belief is based upon in today’s lesson fully.  But, I will give you some basic clues.  Several times in the Old Testament God calls the people of Israel those people that are “called by my name”.  You can see statements like these in verses; for example 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Jeremiah 7:10-14 to name two places for you to research.  What you should observe is that God is saying Israel is my name and I gave it to you because you married me.  The name change of Jacob to Israel; was it God’s idea or Jacob’s idea?  I think when you read in Genesis you will see the angel of God gave Jacob this name because Jacob wrestles with him and prevailed.  Therefore the name Israel came from God.  Knowing these facts should change your perspective on how you view any verses that speak about Israel or Jerusalem in the Bible.   I think the way that God does things in His Word are very multifaceted and extremely complicated and for me to say that I understand them all would be a joke.  But, we now have three women who are representative of 3 separate cities all named Jerusalem in 3 different covenants with a God named Israel and this makes interpreting Bible prophecy correctly infinitely more complex.

In the Bible the name Jerusalem occurs over 800 times in over 700 different verses.  Now I’m going to blow your mind, the name “Israel” occurs over 2300 times in the Bible.  Why is the name Israel a dominant name or subject found in the Bible?  I believe that is it is because the name points us to the True Living God and God is certainly the dominant theme found in the entire Bible.  Based upon what we have learned today, we can never read a verse in the Bible about either Israel or Jerusalem and not stop and immediately ask, which one is God speaking about?  Is it natural or is it spiritual?  Is it new or is it  old?  Is it holy or is it unholy?  If you assume God is speaking about only the earthly city of Jerusalem in the Middle East or the natural nation of Israel you would be wrong many, many times.  God further complicates this problem by calling Jerusalem by many code names, symbolic names and other descriptive titles that I also cannot go into in this lesson.  If you are interested in seeing some of these other names for the earthly city of Jerusalem you can read my lesson on “Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of Jerusalem”.

I think I have gone long enough for one lesson.  I know this is very complex and very new to you.  I know you cannot find anyone else that is teaching it anywhere in the world.  But, that does not mean it is not what is written in the Bible.  All you have to do is to open your spiritual eyes and perceive what God is saying.  This Bible study is probably the most important one that I have on my website.  If you can understand this one, you can understand the rest of my lessons very easily.  I’ll leave you today with a new picture of the spiritual family of God with all of the names of the women filled in:

I appologize for the long lesson today, I guess I had a lot to say.  God Bless until next time!

If you would like to continue reading the next lesson in this series you may continue with “Part 8“.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

G3965

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

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

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

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

G3565

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H6944

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

G40

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are there Any Rules in Life to Follow? A Rules Based System To Life!

(Ver 1.3)  This Part 1 in a series of lessons on modern computer concepts that are found in the Bible.  If I learned anything from being a computer programmer for over 20 years, I learned that everything in this life has very strict rules or it is useless. In this life you do not get to do everything that you can do just because you can do them.  You do not get to drive on any side of the street that you want to.  You do not get to drive through any intersection as fast as you want to when you want to.  You do not get to do many things because rules exist to keep you from hurting yourself and others.   This is the basis of the majority of the problems in this world today. The problems of the world are caused by people who do stuff to other people just because they have the ability or power to do them. It comes from a self-centered ME mentality! The world is all about ME! What I need, what I want, what feels good to ME! People then use their attitudes of Me to take what they need or want from others without thinking about what they are doing to the ones that they are hurting. If everyone takes this attitude, then only the strongest survive to live. This attitude of ME is a self-centered absence of the feelings of the God kind of “LOVE” for anyone else. As long as people care more about themselves than they do about others, they will remain apart from the life of God. Today I want to talk about a computer programming concept called “Rules Based Systems” in relationship to what God and the Bible say about the concepts of them or the absence from them. Why are rules important to live by? Why do rules exist? The Bible is a highly complex book of spiritual information and it cannot be interpreted correctly without knowing God’s rules for interpretation. I’ll start by giving you a definition of this term from the internet:

rule-based systems are used as a way to store and manipulate knowledge to interpret information in a useful way.

I believe that God taught me about rules based systems as I learned computer programming.  A rules based system is one that adheres to a strict set of laws in order to work correctly.  When I first started learning computer programming in High School, I started with the Basic programming language.  I also played with another early computer language called FORTRAN.  Then I started working for a company and going to night school to learn mainframe programming.  I learned Mainframe Assembler and COBOL and became an expert in both of these languages.  This was of course way before there were any PC’s in the world.  What I learned from programming languages, is that they have very strict rules that must be followed, or guess what they do not work.  You create your program and then compile your program and get nothing but a long list of errors back.  This is not fun, when this happens, but it happened a lot until I learned to follow the rules more closely.  As I became more detailed oriented, I learned to pay attention to the little things that use to be where I made most of my mistakes.  I would just automatically learn to look for them and try not to repeat them.  I do not think that I ever got so good that I wrote a new program that complied cleanly the first time, but I did get much better.  So why am I describing my work experience to you?  Because it helps me more with Bible interpretation and understanding the Bible that you can imagine.

Did you notice two key words in the definition of what a rules based system was?  The two key words are “knowledge” and the “interpretation” of the knowledge.  A rules based system helps us to process vast amounts of information and then come up with the correct interpretations of that information.  So what is the Bible?  The Bible is the Spiritual knowledge of God written down in a book for us to read.  However, the Bible is widely interpreted in many different ways resulting in contrasting and conflicting points of view.  That is probably the major problem in the church today.  Everybody has their own opinion to what the Bible means.  Why is that?  It is because of a complete disregard to the rules of Bible interpretation.  Some people know one rule and they sometimes follow it and then sometimes they do not.  They are very inconsistent.  Other people know of no rules and they are all over the board with their interpretations.  Only a few know more than one rule to Bible Interpretation and try to adhere to them consistently.

While I read and studied the Bible, I started to recognize patterns of a rules based system.  Since God does not give us a list of the rules in any one place in the Bible, the correct understanding of the Bible must start with figuring out what are the rules that God has established for us to follow.  You see I know that every computer language has their own individual set of rules to follow.  However, I also learned that many of these rules cross languages and apply to other languages.  Even though each language was uniquely defined, the application of the rules applied across the board.  So in order to even begin to understand the Bible, you must first establish God’s rules for interpretation and not your rules.  This is the first step of understanding God and the Bible.

Do you realize that God follows the rules that He has established?  That is the beauties of God; He is a highly intelligent being.  His ability is so far beyond our most powerful computer.    I see the world around us and I recognize an intelligently designed world full of natural laws, systems and sub-systems.   This is the basis of any large complex computer programming system also.  Anything with an intelligent design has organization and rules.  So why do people not recognize that the Bible is also an intelligently designed rules based system?  Obviously they do not understand the importance of rules and following them.  If you are a Christian you should be following rules in everything that you do.  Following rules does not save you; it just helps you live the life that God intended for you on this earth.  Christians who do not follow rules are no different than unsaved people who rob banks because they want money or rape women because it feels good to them.  I know that is an extreme examples of bad Bible interpretations, but yet I feel that strongly about the subject.  I do not mean to reduce rape and robbery to minor offenses, I hope you understand the point and forgive the analogy.

So what ire my main points today?

  1. Start by Recognizing that the Bible is a Rules Based System.
  2. Then find out what the rules are!
  3. Next follow the rules with all diligence!

When I was computer operator, on the top of our mainframe CPU, there was a big sign that said “THINK”.  Wow, if more people would do that one word!  To think before you act or speak is a widely ignored talent of many people in the world today.  I have many blogs on the subject of Bible Interpretation, I hope you that you will go and read them and then learn to follow them.  Life is a rules based system of existence.  This is the intelligent design of God.  If you learn the rules and follow them there will be great benefits to being a doer of the word of God and not just a hearer only.  By learning the rules and following rules I believe that the Body of Christ will finally come into agreement to what the Bible says.  So I challenge you today to apply what you’ve read today.  By learning rules and living within their guidelines you make the Bible useful as God had intended it to be.  You take the words of an intelligent God and you can finally begin to understand them.  There is no greater benefit than knowing the real God.

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

 

Must Women Keep Silent in the Church?

(Ver 1.2)  Some of you may have noticed that I do not avoid controversy, I take on difficult Bible subjects that many like to ignore.  The Bible has some very difficult things written in it and a woman teaching in the church is certainly one example of those.  Vast numbers of ignorant men have long proclaimed dominance over women, placing them in subservient roles that are clearly biased to what they like or feel is the proper order of things.  What these type of men do is jump on a very, very small number of scriptures that they whole hardly embrace and proclaim as the truth.  This of course forces them to ignore vast numbers of other scriptures that do not fit their desired outcome.  The Bible is a book of more than one scripture and you must balance every verse on the subject before you can say what is the truth.  Have you ever studied the Bible on every scripture reference to women in the Bible?  I say there is no way that you have done this.  The Bible is way too complicated for anyone to say they know it all.  So how is it that a man can get up and claim that women can’t preach or teach in the church based upon their limited knowledge?  I mean who died and made them God?  These men need to learn the lesson of Job.   God told Job, who is this that darkens my counsel with words with no knowledge?   When people teach that a woman is incapable of teaching or preaching in a church, I believe that this implies that women do not have the brains or mental capacity to know the truth.  It also means that women can’t hear from God and shouldn’t be praying to God because they should only go directly through their husbands or the men in the church.  People are so stupid when it comes to discussions like this that I find it baffling that those kinds of men are in charge of anything.  What we are going to do is go through some Bible verses and examine what they say in regard to references to women in the Bible and their roles.  I can personally speak for me and I will tell you that if it were not for Christian women in the church I would not be here today.  It was only because of their direct involvement and leading of God in the ministry that I am even here today to write this blog.  So I appreciate whoever God uses and I refuse to put limitations on what God can do through anyone.

1Ti 2:11  Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

So here we go with the classic, shut up and just learn speech.  However, I’m going to apply this verse to everyone today and not just women.  If you are distracted, talking to others while the Word of God is being taught, are you learning anything?  No, of course you are not!  This was the situation in this letter.  Paul was addressing a very specific problem in a very specific church and he was not establishing a law that women can’t talk.  If the problem was that the males were talking in church, then Paul would have said, men keep quiet and learn.  Humans both male and female were designed by God with a mouth and the ability to talk and communicate intelligently, so to say a woman can’t talk, is very stupid.  So now this verse ends in the word “subjection” and this is not a bad word.  It means you are “not in control” and you are “not the head”.  Everyone on this planet is in subjection to someone or something.  This word applies to men equally as strong as to women.  If you have ever been in the military you understand “subjection”.  You follow orders from the day you join to the day you leave.  You are not there to do anything but to follow orders.  The corporate business world is very similar but some people do get paid to be creative and come up with new ideas.  However, this does not mean they can do whatever they want, whenever they want to whoever they want.  They still have to be submissive to those that they are working for.  To be submissive is a normal way of life; it promotes order and chain of command and designates responsibility as well as accountability.  Even the CEO of large company is accountable to the stock holders.  There is really no one on the earth that is in complete control of anything.  Submission is not a negative thing and it should never be used to force anyone to do anything that they do not want to do.  Learn from God’s example, the utmost highest Spiritual Being came to the earth and washed the feet of His disciples.  Don’t make yourself better than God.  If you are not serving someone else, you have become deceived.

1Ti 2:12  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

So here we go with another “Thus saith the Lord”!  Oh yea, it doesn’t say God says this, it says I say this and that is certainly different, isn’t it?   Did you know that Paul could have an opinion that could be potentially wrong?  Was Paul God?  Did Paul know everything?  Were Paul’s views and words shaped by his life’s experiences and his surrounding world influences?  I have no doubt that these words were inspired by God to be written down, but that does not mean God said them.  Were women ever in charge of anything back then when Paul wrote this?  You can find a few instances of women like Jezebel, Cleopatra who seemed to have some power and authority, but for the most part, it was a total man’s world.  There are many religions in the world that still hold to this philosophy and I like to watch what the devil does and learn from how he wants to pervert things.  Satan wants to either keep women totally ignorant or exalt them to the top of the food chain and make them run everything independently of men.  It is either total submission like in countries like Afghanistan or total women’s liberation and independence like in Europe and parts of America.  Both are perverted wrongs.   Only a few Christian churches seem to have the correct perspective of a balanced approach of the truth being somewhere in the middle.  So here is another problem, I have with this interpretation that a woman should not teach and to keep silent.  According to correct Bible interpretation rules I need another witness that says this and so far I have not found it.  The Bible says in the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses let every word be established and here we read one verse and people want to make it the rule of their doctrine and force everyone to adhere to it.   I searched through every N.T. verse that had any form of the word “teach” and this is the only verse that I found with the word woman used in this regard.  I find that to be a major problem with your interpretation.  You are trying to take one verse out of context and make it a rule that does not apply to every situation.  So let’s look at some other verses in the Bible and see what they say about women and see if we can come up with a balanced approach to the subject:

Act 2:17  And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

In this verse in Acts, Peter is quoting the Word of God from the Prophet Joel.  Right there we know that means we possess two direct witnesses to what this verse says; so we are clearly on much safer ground for our interpretation of it.  Do you understand that concept?  It is so very important.  According to this verse, God will in the last days pour out His Spirit upon “ALL FLESH”!  This verse would certainly include both women as well as men as you can clearly see.  This verse continues to say that both your sons and your daughters would “prophesy”.  So let’s stop right there and ask the question what does it mean to “prophesy”?  Can you or I prophesy in silence?  What is the difference between teaching with words in a church and prophesying with words in a church?  Can you think of any differences?   Isn’t prophesying the act of speaking words out loud to someone else so that they can hear them?  Then what is the definition of teaching?  Isn’t teaching speaking out loud words for other people to hear?  It would be useless for a woman to prophesy without someone to hear her.  Uh oh?   You can automatically and quickly see that this verse directly conflicts with Paul’s command to keep silent.  You also have to remember that Paul did not really tell women to keep silent, he said to “learn in silence” and that is completely different than to never say anything.

Act 21:9  And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.

These 4 daughters were the children of Phillip the evangelist.  We are clearly told that they were able to prophesy to others.  This clearly means speaking out loud in an audible voice that can be heard and even directed at the men that were there in the house.  Did you know that the early church met in houses?  They did not have any synagogues, temples or church buildings to meet at, so they met in houses.  If the daughters of Phillip prophesied in the house they were probably doing it during a church service, so we have a huge issue with should a woman keep silent in the church.   So what is the technical difference between teaching and prophesying?   Is there a difference?  Are not both spoken words directed at listeners?  I will say this, if you do not have women prophesying in your church services, you do not have a complete New Testament church.  You have deviated from God’s plan observed in the book of Acts in favor of your ideas of order.

Gal 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

According to the Bible, God says that we are all His children.  So does God play favorites?  Are the male children preferred above the female children?  If you think that they are you are clearly ignorant.

Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

We can continue down this chapter and see that every Christian has been baptized into Christ and that makes us one with Him equally.  This is an all-inclusive statement that includes both males and females.

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

So here we go with another paradox and puzzle being presented.  In Christ males and females are not different, but in the world we clearly see that we are quite different.   This is the difference between naturally thinking and spiritually thinking.  We know in the world there are both males and females, but in Christ we are all just one and no different from each other.  Men who teach male dominance usually are just very carnally minded individuals who look at external things and do not try to see things spiritually as God sees things.   If these ignorant men would just read and study their Bible’s they would discover that the church is called the “Bride of the Lamb” and that means we are all one woman in the eyes of God.  So we are all in covenant and in subjection to our Head who is the Lord Jesus Christ.

So how can Paul write that women should not teach in one place in the Bible and then write there is no difference between men and women in Christ in another place?  If you do not understand the conflict between these two contrasting statements you have a major problem.  Here is my opinion and I usually do not give you my opinion so you do not have to take anything to heart that I say next.  I think from a natural perspective that men counseling women or women counseling men should never be done under any circumstance.  Here is the problem, men generally speaking like women too much.  I have seen the best married pastors get into physical affairs with women because of this natural attraction that God created us with.  Women should counsel women, and men should counsel men.  This just makes the most sense to me.  So I believe that counseling between opposite sexed individuals in the privacy of an office type setting should never be done under any circumstances.  By avoiding the appearance of evil, men and women will not fall into these types of traps that Satan can use against them.   However, what people do in a public church service is not limited by these natural types of rules. That was my opinion and there is no extra charge for that.  So let’s see what else the Bible says about women:

Tit 2:3  The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

This verse is directed at mature women, but I was shocked at how it ended.  To be a teacher of “good” things implies that women can teach.  In fact it clearly implies these women should be teachers.  Obviously we have another verse that goes against the “keep silent” verse that some men like to see.  So we have another conflict of whether women should teach or women should never teach.

Tit 2:4  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

Here we have the follow up to the previous verse and it clearly says that it is OK for women to teach other women.  Now it is interesting that this verse directly contradicts again that women should keep silent that some men try to teach as the gospel.  If a woman has the ability to teach another woman, then she has the ability to teach (PERIOD)!  I want you to go back and read chapter 1, because in this chapter it is talking about Bishops in the church.  God and Paul are clearly talking about women teaching in a church setting and not in a private setting.  So instead of denying women who are called of God the right to preach and teach, you should be smart enough to recognize when God is doing something.  If God is not behind it, it will not matter who it is that is teaching or preaching because there will be no anointing from the Spirit of God and it will eventually fail.  My Bible says that unless the Lord builds the house, those that build labor in vain.  So if God wants to use a woman, you better bow to the wisdom of God and keep your mouth closed while you learn.  Learn the lesson that people try to only apply to women, learn in silence and you might be amazed at what God says through a woman.  Let’s review our key verse that causes many to stumble again in the light of what we have just read in other parts of the Bible:

1Ti 2:12  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

Let me ask you how can a woman keep silent and still prophesy?  She can’t!  How can a woman teach other women in the church and still keep silent?  She can’t!  Did you know the word translated as “usurp authority over” is only in the entire Bible this one time in this verse and no other places?  According to Strong’s it means “a worker” who acts of themselves.  Do you know this is wrong for anyone to do regardless of gender?  To act of yourself means to be self-appointed.  To promote yourself and raise your ability to a level above where you should be.  Men are guilty of this more than women are guilty of it.  So I do not know of any verse in the Bible that says that a woman cannot be called by God, appointed by God, promoted by God and made to be a blessing to the church?  God has already promoted several women in the church with large ministries that are way beyond many men on the earth.  So be smart and recognize God and do not look at the gender of the person delivering the message.  Learn to see people as God sees people and you will be far ahead of others who want to remain in their ignorance.  I’ll end this lesson with an instruction that God gave to one man and you see if it is something that applies to you also:

1Sa 16:7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on  the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh  on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of the Church in the Bible

(ver 2.0) This is Part 3 in a series of reference documents about the multiple Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of named Spiritual Individuals in the Bible. This document will focus only on the subject verses of the Church found in the Bible. It is not designed to teach anything other than give you a place to search from to find references to the Church in the Bible. This is a living document of references and it will change and be updated as I am led to additional scriptures. A Name is a direct reference to the individual. A Title is a given direct identifying appellation signifying status or function. A Description is something that represents the individual in expressive words. A Type is a real named person, place or thing that can be viewed to apply to a pattern of the spiritual individual not directly named. A Symbol is a natural object that describes the characteristics or features of a spiritual being that you cannot see or understand without first understanding the symbol.   If you know of other references not named, please share them with me in a comment.  Thank you.

Name, Title, Symbol, Type for the Church

Description

Scripture Reference

Abraham’s Seed Those of Abraham’s Faith Gal 3:29;
Babes Newborn Children of God Mat 11:25; Luke 10:21;
Beloved, Her The Bride of Christ Romans 9:25;
Blessed of My Father The Sheep of God’s Pasture Mat 25:34;
Body, His Those married to Christ Eph 1:23; Col 1:24;
Body, The Those who are in Christ Eph 5:23;
Body of Christ She Who is Joined to Christ Rom 7:4; 1 Cor 10:16, 12:27; Eph 4:12; Col 2:17
Born Again Those Children of the Spirit John 3:3-6; 1 Peter 1:23;
Born of God Children of the Spirit 1 John 3:9, 4:7, 5:1, 4, 18;
Born of Him Born Again of the Spirit 1 John 2:29;
Bride Married to Jesus John 3:29; Revelation 21:2, 9;
Bridechamber, Children of the Those married to the Bridegroom Mat 9:15;
Brother Sibling of Christ Mat 10:50;
Called, The Those chosen by God Romans 1:6;
Candlestick The Light of the World Revelation 1:20;
Chosen Generation Highly Favored People 1 Peter 2:9;
Children Sons and daughters of God Roman 8:17;
Children, Dear Those Loved By God Eph 5:1;
Children of Abraham Spiritual Israel Gal 3:7;
Children of God Born of the Spirit Mat 5:9; Romans 8:16, 21; Gal 3:26; 1 John 3:10;
Children of Israel Spiritual Nation Exodus 19:6;
Children of Light God is Light, We are his children Luke 16:8; John 12:36; Eph 5:8; 1 Th 5:5;
Children of the Day Those in the Light of God 1 Th 5:5;
Children of the Free Woman Born of the spiritual Jerusalem Above Gal 4:31;
Children of the Living God Those Born of the Spirit Romans 9:26;
Children of the Kingdom Those Who Belong to God Mat 13:38;
Children of the Promise Children of God’s Spoken Word Romans 9:8
Chosen Those Favored By God Eph 1:4;
Church, Glorious Noble and Honorable Eph 5:27;
Church, My Those Who Belong to God Mat 16:18;
Church of Christ Those who Belong to Jesus Romans 16:16;
Church of God Called Out By God Acts 20:28; 1 Cor 1:2, 10:32; 2 Cor 1:1;
Church of the Firstborn Those of Christ Jesus Hebrews 12:23;
City The home of God’s people Mat 5:14; Revelation 21:23;
City, Faithful She who is faithful to God Isaiah 1:26;
City of My God Where God Resides; Revelation 3:12;
City of Righteousness The inhabits have God’s righteousness Isaiah 1:26;
City of the Lord Those of the New Jerusalem Isa 60:14
City Not Forsaken, A Those pursued by God Isaiah 62:12;
Daughter of Jerusalem She who is Born of the Spirit of God Micah 4:8; Zep 3:14; Zec 9:9; Gal 4:26;
Daughter of Zion She who is Born of God Isaiah 52:2, 62:11; Mat 21:5;
Disciple The Student of God Mat 10:24-25;
Ekklesia (Church) A Calling Out Mat 18:17; Acts 2:47; Revelation 22:16;
Elect, The Those Chosen of God Mat 24:31;
Faithful Brethren in Christ Those married to Christ Col 1:2;
Fellow Citizens Residents of the City of God Eph 2:10;
Fellow Servant Working Together in Unison Revelation 22:9;
Field, His God’s Garden Mat 13:24;
Flock of God Those in God’s Pasture 1 Peter 5:2;
Followers Those that that imitate the Godly examples of others 1 Cor 11:1;
Followers of God Led By the Spirit Eph 5:1;
Friends Jesus Laid Down His Life for Us John 15:13-14;
General Assembly Universal Congregation Hebrews 12:23;
Glory and Honor of the Nations Where God Resides Revelation 21:26
Good Soldier of Jesus Christ Those in God’s Army 2 Tim 2 :3;
Great City She Who is Mighty and Strong Revelation 21:10;
Ground, Good The Good Soil of the Kingdom of God Mat 13:23;
Habitation of God The New Jerusalem God’s City of Living Stones Eph 2:22;
Heir(s) He Who Inherits Roman 8:17; Gal 3:29; Gal 4:1; Tit 3:7; 1 Peter 3:7;
Heirs according to the Promise Those who inherit Galatian 3:29
Heirs of God Those Who Inherit Romans 8:17; Gal 4:7;
Heirs of Promise Those who inherit by an oath Hebrews 6:17;
Heirs of Salvation Those that inherit the Kingdom of God Hebrews 1:14;
Heirs of the Kingdom Those that inherit the Kingdom of God James 2:5;
Holy City He has made her clean and ready Isaiah 52:1; Revelation 21”2;
Holy Jerusalem Blameless City of Jehovah Revelation 21:10;
Holy Nation Blameless People Exodus 19:6; 1 Peter 2:9;
House, Christ’s The Dwelling of Christ Jesus Hebrews 3:6;
Household of Faith Those in the Family of God by Faith Gal 6:10;
Household of God Those in the Family of God Eph 2:19;
Household, His Those in the Family of God Mat 10:25;
House of God Where the Spirit of God Lives 1 Tim 3:15;
House of Israel The Spiritual Israel in Covenant with Jesus Hebrews 8:8
House of Judah The Spiritual Jews in Covenant with Jesus Hebrews 8:8
Jerusalem City Redeemed of the Lord Isaiah 52:2, 9; Daniel 9:25;
Jew Spiritual Israel; Circumcised of the Heart Romans 2:29;
Joined Unto the Lord The Bride of Christ 1 Cor 6:17;
Joint-Heirs With Christ Those who Inherit Romans 8:17;
Just, The Those Who are Blameless Mat 13:49;
Kingdom of Priests Spiritual People Exodus 19:6;
Kings God’s Royalty Rev 1:6;
Kings of the Earth Rulers of the Earth Rev 1:5, 21:24
Lamb’s Wife, The Married to Jesus Revelation 21:2, 9;
Light Those of the Day 2 Cor 6:14; Eph 5:8; Php 2:15;
Light of the World Those that Teach the Truth and demonstrate the Love of God Mat 5:14;
Living Stone The New Jerusalem of God 1 Peter 2:5
Members of Christ The Body of Christ 1 Cor 6:1;
Mother Spiritual Mother of God Mat 12:50;
Nation, A Those of Spiritual Israel Isa 55:5;
Nations of Them Which are Saved The Redeemed of the Lord from every nation Revelation 21:24;
New Creature Those Born of the Spirit 2 Cor 5:17;
New Jerusalem The Lamb’s Wife Revelation 3:12, 21:2;
One Body One With Christ by Covenant; 1 Cor 10:17, 12:12;
One Bread One With Christ by Covenant 1 Cor 10:17;
Peculiar People Purchased Possession Titus 2:15; 1 Peter 2:9;
People, A God’s Spiritual People Hebrews 8:10
People, Holy Those made blameless Isaiah 62:12;
People, My Spiritual Nation of Israel Hosea 2:23; Romans 9:25;
People Israel, My Children Born of the Sprit Matthew 2:6;
Pillar in the Temple of My God Living Stone Revelation 3:12;
Precious Fruit of the Earth That Which is to Be Harvested James 5:7;
Priests Those who bring the sacrifice of Praise to God Revelation 1:6;
Priesthood, Holy Those who bring the sacrifice of Praise to God 1 Peter 2:5;
Purchased (Possession) Those Bought with the Blood Acts 20:28;
Rachael The type of the Bride of God’s Week of Work Genesis 29:18
Ransomed of the Lord Those Bought with the Blood of Jesus Isaiah 35:10;
Redeemed of the Lord Those Purchased from the World of Darkness Psalm 107:2; Isaiah 51:11; 62:12;
Righteous, The Those Justified by God Mat 13:43; 1 Peter 3:12;
Righteousness Those Justified by God 2 Cor 6:14;
Righteousness, Servants of Those who Serve God’s Purpose Romans 6:18;
Royal Priesthood Those who praise and worship God 1 Peter 2:9;
Ruth A Type of the Bride of Christ Ruth
Saints Sacred, Pure, Blameless Romans 1:7, 15:25, 16:15; 1 Cor 1:2, 16:1, 15; 2 Cor 1:1, 13:13; Eph 1:1, 2:19, 3:18, 4:12, 6:18; Php 4:22; Col 1:2; 1 Th 3:13;
Saints In Christ Jesus Those blameless in Christ Php 1:1;
Saints in Light Those blameless in God Col 1:12;
Salt of the Earth Those who flavor and preserve Mat 5:12;
Seed, Abraham’s Those of spiritual Father Abraham Gal 3:29;
Seed, Good Those planted by God Mat 13:38;
Seed, The Those of the Promise of Abraham Roman 9:8;
Servant Those in service to God Mat 10:24;
Sheep Those in God’s Flock Mat 25:33; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25;
Sister The Sibling of Christ Mat 12:50;
Sister Spouse Sister Married to Christ Song 4:9-10, 12; 5:1
Sons of God Those Born of the Spirit 1 John 3:1-2;
Sons of the Living God Born of the Spirit Hosea 1:10;
Sought Out Those pursued by God Isaiah 62:12
Spiritual House The New Jerusalem God’s dwelling place 1 Peter 2:5;
Spouse The Bride of the Son of God Jesus Song 4:8, 11;
Tabernacle, The God’s Eternal Temple Revelation 21:3;
Temple of God, The God’s Dwelling Place 1 Cor 3:16;
Temple of the Holy Ghost, The God’s Holy Living City 1 Cor 3:19;
They which are written in the Lambs Book of Life The Church Revelation 21:27;
Tree, Good Those who produce Fruit of the Spirit Mat 7:17-18;
Twelve Tribes, The The Spiritual Israel of God James 1:1;
Vessels Those of the House in Honor 2 Tim 2:20
Wheat, The That which is planted by God for Harvest Mat 13:30;
Wife The Church Bride of Jesus Eph 5:25;
Woman, A The Bride of Christ Revelation 12:1
Workman, A God’s faithful servants 2 Tim 2:15;
Zion, The Those of the New Jerusalem Isa 60:14;

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Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of Jerusalem in the Bible

(ver 2.0)  This is Part 4 in a series of reference documents revealing the multiple Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of Spiritual Individuals in the Bible.  This lesson will focus only on the subject verses describing Jerusalem found in the Bible.  This is a living document of references to Jerusalem and it will change and be updated as I am led to additional scriptures.  A Name is a direct reference to the individual.  A Title is a given direct identifying appellation signifying status or function.  A Description is something that represents the individual in expressive words.  A Type is a real named person, place or thing that can be viewed to apply to a pattern of the spiritual individual not directly named.  A Symbol is a natural object that describes the characteristics or features of a spiritual being that you cannot see or understand without first understanding the symbol. 

Jerusalem is a central subject of the Bible and the capital of Israel located in the Middle East today.  Jerusalem is also a major city revealed in end time prophecy.  This city has captured the attention of the entire world.  Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible directly around 767 times and indirectly many other times.  However, it is very important for you to know that there is more than one city named Jerusalem in the Bible.  In fact there are 3 separate and distinct cities all with this exact name.  Knowing this information complicates correct Bible interpretation significantly.  You must be wise enough to know which Jerusalem God is talking about when you see the name “Jerusalem” by itself.  You may be asking yourself what are these three cities named Jerusalem and I will give you a quick lesson on them:

  1. The Jerusalem that now is as revealed in Galatians 4:25 and in multiple other verses and the primary subject of this document.
  2. The Jerusalem Above revealed in Galatians 4:26 and is called the Heavenly Jerusalem in Hebrews 12:22.
  3. The New Jerusalem revealed as the Lamb’s wife in Revelation 3:12 and 21:2.

From these references you should be able to recognize the existence of three cities named Jerusalem.  This document will primarily focus on the one reference of the Jerusalem on the earth that now is.  If you have seen other verses that I have not found yet for Jerusalem, please share them with me in a comment.  Thank you.

Name, Title, Symbol, Type for Jerusalem

Description

Scripture Reference

Abomination Disgusting Idol Worshipper Ezekiel 9:4; Ezekiel 16:2, 36, 51, 58; Ezekiel 22:2, 23:36; 33:29; Malachi 2:11; Revelation 17:4-5
Adulteress Unfaithful Wife Jeremiah 3:1; Jeremiah 5:7; Ezekiel 16:32; Ezekiel 23:45; Hosea 3:1
Afflicted Depressed Woman Isaiah 51:21
Aholibah My Tent is In Her; Whore Ezekiel 23:4
Ariel The Symbolic Name of Jerusalem Isaiah 29:1-7
Babylon The Whore 1 Peter 5:13
Bad City Wicked City Ezra 4:12
Birthed in Land of Canaan Where She was born Eze 16:3;
Bloody City Those that Kill the Prophets Ezekiel 22:2, 24:6,9; Nahum 3:1
Bond Woman Spiritual Hagar Egyptian Slave Galatian 4:24-25, 30-31
Burdensome Stone Load Carrier Zec 12:3;
Castle of Zion The Net or Snare of Zion 1 Chron 11:5;
City Inhabited by the Children of Israel Judges 1:8; 2 Kings 23:27; Psalm 122:3; Zec 14:2; Jeremiah 26:9
City, Chosen Highly Favored of Jehovah 1 Kings 11:36; 1 Kings 14:21; 2 Kings 23:27; 2 Chron 12:13
City of a Stranger Home of the Jebusites Judges 19:12
City of David David the Great King’s City 1 Kings 8:1; 2 Kings 9:28; 2 Kings 14:20’ 2 Kings 23:27; 1 Chron 11:5; 2 Chron 5:2; 2 Chron 21:20;  Isaiah 22:9;
City, Faithful She who is faithful to God Isaiah 1:26;
City of Righteousness The inhabitants have God’s righteousness Isaiah 1:26;
City of the Great King City of David Matthew 5:35;
City of the Jebusites Inhabited by the trodden Judges 19:11; 1 Chron 11:4;
City Where David Dwelt The City of David the King Isaiah 29:1;
City Which Is Called By Thy Name Married to Jehovah Daniel 9:18;
City Which Killed Jesus our Lord Those Who the shed Blood of God is On their Hands Mat 16:21; Rev 11:8;
Covent Breakers Those Who Broke Covent with God Eze 16:59; Romans 1:31;
Curse, A City which is cursed Jeremiah 26:6;
Daughter Female born of a woman Ezekiel 23:2;
Daughter of an Amortie Her Father was a Canaanitish Mountain Tribe; Ezekiel 16:3, 45;
Daughter of a Hittite Her Mother was a terrorist; Fear and Terror Ezekiel 16:3, 45;
Desolate Waste Land Jeremiah 26:8
Desolate City Jerusalem laid waste Eze 26:19
Desolation Waste Land Zep 2:15;
Divorced Woman She that was Put Away Isaiah 50:1; Jeremiah 3:8; Hosea 2:2
Dross Backsliders; Those who draw back; Refuse of the furnace Ezekiel 22:18-19;
Drunken She Who is Drunk Isaiah 51:21: Jeremiah 13:13; Ezekiel 23:33;
Egypt Spiritual Name for Jerusalem; Where she played the Whore in Her youth Hosea 11:1; Revelation 11:8
Evil Moral Wickedness Jeremiah 25:5
Evil Figs The Spoiled Fruit Jeremiah 24:8;
Family Know of God She who was married to Jehovah Amos 3:2;
Faithful City She who was faithful in Marriage Isaiah 1:21;
Filthiness Not Gold; uncleanness Ezekiel 16:36; Ezekiel 22:15; Zephan 3:1; Revelation 17:4
Filthy Disobedient and Rebellious Zep 3:1;
Fornicator Lover of Idols 2 Chronicles 21:11; Ezekiel 16:15;
Fuel to the Fire She which is consumed by the Lord Ezekiel 21:32;
Gomorrah Spiritual name of Jerusalem; Isaiah 1:9-10; Jeremiah 23:14;
Great City She which was Great Jeremiah 22:8; Revelation 11:8; Revelation 17:18;
Hagar The Egyptian Bond Woman; slave girl Galatian 4:24-25
Harlot The unfaithful woman Isaiah 1:21; Jeremiah 3:1: Ezekiel 16:15; Ezekiel 16:35, 41; Ezekiel 23:19;Ezekiel 23:44;  Hosea 2:5; Hosea 4:15;
Harlot, Well-favored Beautiful Adulteress Nahum 3:4;
Heifer Female Cow Hosea 10:11
Her with My Name The Name of Jehovah shall be on her 1 Kings 11:36; 1 Kings 14:21; 2 Kings 23:27; 2 Chron 12:13; Jeremiah 25:29
Holy City Sacred Neh 11:1
Imperious Whorish Woman Vixen Adulteress Ezekiel 16:30
Israel After the Flesh Natural Nation of Israel 1 Cor 6:18;
Jebus Aboriginal Name of Jerusalem; Trodden Judges 19:10; 1 Chr 11:4;
Jebusi Trodden inhabitants of Jerusalem Joshua 18:28
Jebusite Trodden Amorites Joshua 15:8;
Jerusalem Which Now Is Earthly Jerusalem Galatians 4:25
Jeshurun Symbolic Name of Israel Deu 32:15, 33:5, 33:26; Isa 44:2;
Jews Those of Judah Romans 2:17;
Jezebel A type of the False Religion of Adultery and Idols Revelation 2:20;
Killer of the Prophets Murderer of Those Who Are Sent To You Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34
Lewd Woman The Adulteress Wife Ezekiel 23:44;
Married Wife She who has a husband Isaiah 54:1
Mistress of Witchcrafts She who is deceived by Magic Nahum 3:4
Mocking to All Nations She who is ridiculed; Ezekiel 22:4;
Mother She who has born Children Isaiah 50:1; Hosea 2:5; Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34; Galatian 4:25
Mother of Harlots Her Children are like her Revelation 17:5
Mother’s Daughter The female child; like mother like daughter Ezekiel 16:45;
Mt Sinai Where the Law Given to Moses Galatians 4:24-25;
Mystery Babylon the Great The Whore Revelation 17:5
Oppressing City The City who is proud and violent Zep 3:1;
Oppression, Wholly She who has unjust gain; deceitfully obtained Jeremiah 6:6;
Polluted Trodden Down Ezekiel 16:6; Zep 3:1
Rahab The Harlot, spiritual type of Jerusalem Psalm 89:10; Isaiah 51:9
Rebellious House She who is disobedient and has become an enemy Ezekiel 17:1, 24:3;
Rejoicing City Joyous City Zep 2:15;
Reproach to the Heathen Disgrace to the Gentiles; Ezekiel 22:4;
Salem Peaceful the pattern and roots of Jerusalem Genesis 14:18;
Seed of Evildoers Fruit of Ungodliness Isaiah 1:4;
Shalem Early Name of Jerusalem Gen 33:18;
Sinful Kingdom A people to be destroyed Amos 9:8;
Sinful Nation A people led astray Isaiah 1:4;
Sister Woman with Siblings Ezekiel 16:46;
Sister of Judah The sister Jeremiah 3:1;
Sister of thy Sisters Sin runs in the family Ezekiel 16:45;
Slayer of Innocent Blood The City that Killed Jesus Jeremiah 26:15;
Smitten To Strike Down Ezekiel 33:21;
Sodom Spiritual Name for Jerusalem; Isaiah 1:9-10; Jeremiah 23:14; Ezekiel 16:46-49; Revelation 11:8
Thy Mother’s Daughter Daughter of a Hittite (terror) Eze 16:45
Uncleanness Religious filth Ezekiel 36:17;
Where Our Lord Was Crucified Jesus was hung on the cross there Rev 11:8
Whore Adulteress Idol Worshipper Ezekiel 16:33-34
Whore, Great Adulteress Idol Worshipper Revelation 17:1;
Wife She who is married to Jehovah Jeremiah 3:20, 31:32;  Ezekiel 16:8; Ezekiel 16:32;
Woman The Great City Ezekiel 23:44; Revelation 17:18
Woman, Removed Unclean Woman Ezekiel 36:17;
Woman Who Breaks Wedlock The Unfaithful wife of Jehovah Ezekiel 16:38;

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Understanding Seeds in the Bible! How are Spiritual Babies Conceived? Part 9

(Ver 1.4)  I have been doing a series of Bible lessons on the significance of understanding how Seeds work.  Only by understanding how natural seeds work, can we really ever focus on how spiritual things operate.  God gave us the natural things in our world to teach us about the unseen spiritual things using the wisdom of His intelligent design.  Using many Bible verses and the Seed laws from Genesis 1 I have explored several subjects applying the knowledge of seeds to other scriptures in the New Testament.  We have discovered that the Bible says there are multiple things that are all referred to by the title of a “seed”.  This is just one of God’s techniques of concealing the truth in plain sight.  God calls many things by the same name, title or description.  This makes it more difficult for the reader to determine what type of seed He is talking about.  From our study we have seen that there are natural seeds, like fruit seeds or grass seeds mentioned in the Bible.  We have seen children called seeds all over the Bible.  We have seen the male sperm called his seed.  We have seen spiritual spiritual things like God’s Word being labeled as the seeds that are spread by teachers in the spiritual soil of man’s heart.  We have discovered that there exists two types of seeds in the Bible; one is the Good Seed and other is called the Bad or Evil Seed.  By pattern association we can conlude these can be representative of the good words from God versus evil words from Satan.  The Good seed was always sown by God exclusively and the evil seed was always sown by his enemy Satan.  These are such important concepts to fully grasp.   If you have not been reading this series from the beginning you should stop and go back to start reading with “Part 1” first.  If you haven’t read from the beginning you have just missed more than I can possibly teach you in my simple introduction.

Today I want to discuss the previous seed concepts and seed laws in more detail to apply them to how a person becomes a Christian.  I have alluded to this subject before in other lessons, but I will address it more completely today filling in some gaps.  We have already seen that Jesus told us that the most important parable to fully understand is the Parable of the Sower.  From this parable we should now know that God’s Word was the seed that the sower was spreading.  We also learned that the soil in this parable was always the hearts or spirits of the men and women in the world.  There were 6 revealed types of soil presented to us in this parable; 3 types of soil did not produce spiritual fruit and 3 types of soil did produce spiritual fruit in varying degrees of multiplication.   This parable demonstrates Salvation to us very clearly and fully describes how you became a Christian.  Those that hear the Word of God and allow other factors (spirits, natural attartions, etc) over rule their decision to be a Christian are those that were not saved.  Those that hear the Word of God, understand it and choose to believe it, they are the ones that are saved and born again.  All of this is really not that complex to me but I guess many people have not understood it and therefore do not apply it to the subject of how people become Christians. 

So based upon the intimate knowledge of this parable of the sower, it would appear to me that the more Word of God we know the more fruitful we will become.  Conversely the less you know about God’s Word seals your fate to hell.  You do understand this don’t you?  Jesus teaching the parable of the sower was Jesus spreading the Word of God to the entire world.  Every man, woman and child born from Adam represents the symbolic soil that is responsible to allow or permit  God’s seed to be planted.  It is much more the human rejection of the Word of God (the Seed) from the soil (the spirit) that causes people to go to hell than anything else that they will ever do.  People like to think that sin is the key factor for going to hell, but this is simly not the case based upon the Word of God.  The Bible says that everyone has sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:22).  If everyone is a sinner there must be another factor for who is saved and who is not and it basically boils down to what type of soil we each choose to be.  Do you realize that only you make the choices in your own life and for your life?  I can’t do it for you, your wife can’t do it for you, your mother can’t do it for you and even God can’t and will not do it for you either.  Do you also know that you have a spiritual enemy that is helping you to make the wrong choices?  Only by studying the Bible can we better recognize the devices, plans and traps of this spiritual enemy.  Only by continuing to study in the Bible are you able to grow and mature to being the overcomer that God has designed you to be.  God is expecting to come back for a victorious church and not a defeated church.

So the Parable of the Sower gives us the basic overview for the whole plan of God for our Salvation.  Jesus told us to “Go into all of the world and Preach the Gospel AKA the Word of God” (Mk 16:15).  By preaching the Word of God you are sowing the Seed of the Word of God into the hearts of more people who can choose to let it grow.  This is salvation or damnation in action.  The soil decides its outcome and what kind of fruit that it produces.  Let’s look at this in action in the Bible:

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

The Apostle Paul is writing to the church at Corinth and to you and I.  Paul says that He has planted.  So what does it mean to plant something?  What was planted?  As you can clearly see these are seed concepts that are repeated for us.  Maybe you do not understand these concepts fully because you have never planted a natural garden in your back yard, but I have.  You always start the process by putting seeds in the soil and you then conintue the process by watering the soil and they grow over time into something that you desired to have.  If you look back at the previous verse you will see that Paul and Apollos were “ministers”.  A minister is anyone that sows God’s Word by God’s design.  If you hear someone speak in church that is not teaching from the Bible they are not a minister of God.  If you go to a church and the speaker is teaching from a Reader’s Digest you need to find another church that works like God said it should.  Paul sowed only from the Word of God to the people in Corinth and they believed it.  Then there came along another preacher named Apollos and he watered the seed that was in the hearts/spirits of the people  with more of the Word of God and this helped the seed to continue to grow.  But, it says that it was God that gave the increase.   In other words God caused His Word to Grow!  Therefore only God gets any glory in the salvation of any man.  Do you understand that no farmer can take credit for what is grown in his field?  Does the farmer understand how corn is produced from seed?  Did the farmer create the seed that produces the corn crop?  I think you can see that he did not.  Neither a farmer or a minister created the seed they are sowing or invented the growth process that takes place, only God did this.  They just plant the seeds, water them and watch them grow like it was magic.  However, this is just the designed seed process from God using His created Seed.   This is a really amazing concept of how the spiritual New Birth process works.  It is a partnership effort with God working through men and women who preach to spread the Seed of the Word of God.  So the man that is planting the seed is not that important, it is only the word of God being planted that is the critically important part of the process.  It is really a paradox and a puzzle, without men and women sowing the word of God no one would ever be saved.  However, without the Word of God no one is saved either.  If you are sowing seeds of Buddhism no one will be saved no matter how much you teach on it.  If you are sowing the seeds of Islam you are sowing words that never produce salvation.  If you are sowing the words of Judaism you are also not going to be saved.   It is not very good news for any world religion out there; God made only One Way into the Kingdom of Heaven and that was through His Son Jesus Christ.  So do not throw stones at me, I’m just a farm messenger.  I did not write the Bible!

1Pe 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

So I think I have given this verse before in another lesson on seeds, but it bears repeating for our current discussion on how people are born again.  The fact that we have been “Born Again” is attributable to us receiving the incorruptible Seed of the Word of God into our spirits.   There are two terms given to us by God in this verse that are critical to understand.  These are “Corruptible” vs. “Incorruptible”.   The term corruptible means able to “decay” and you can state this to be equivalent to a man’s mortal body.  The natural realm is a temporary realm of decaying particles.   The laws of thermodynamics dictate that everything around us is decaying and not reorganizing like evolutionists like to believe.  If you build a new car today and never drive it; it will become a pile of rusted metal in the course of time.  The opposite of mortal is immortal.  We have been born again from an immortal seed.  You may recall that Jesus said “heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Mat 24:35).  So the Word of God is immortal, and not capable of being eliminated.  The Word of God is the incorruptible SEED that causes us to be born again spiritually.

Corruptible seed can be viewed as either a physical or a spiritual type of seed.  The sperm of a man is a corruptible natural seed.  But also the spiritual words (seeds) of Satan are also considered to be corruptible towards the human spirit.  Jesus never says that the words of your enemy Satan will stand forever.  So every false teaching and false religion will be eliminated someday.   So we now have a dilemma of sorts of how to discuss natural things so that we do not offend anyone by comparing them to spiritual things.  You see if being Born Again is s comparable pattern to being born in the natural the first time, then how are natural babies conceived?  You can begin to see my difficulty, can’t you?  God created sex for a reason and it wasn’t just to make you feel good.  Sex is a part of the reproductive pattern of new life on our planet.  So sex must be related to new spiritual life also.   So how does natural sex relate to the spiritual New Birth?  That is where we are today in this discussion.  Get ready for a new concept that you may have never though of:

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

We are informed that Adam “knew” his wife Eve and she conceived his physical seed.  This is God’s definition of natural sex in the Bible.  By the law of first mention, God again gives us the definition of what it means to conceive revealed in terms of spiritual information and descriptions.  God could have described this act differently, but He specifically chose this Hebew word translated as “knew”.  The definition of this word is therefore very critical for us to understand in order to see how it applies to spiritual things like being born again.  The Hebrew Word translated as “knew” means “to ascertain by seeing”.   This is truly complex because men are visual types of people, they like to see.  Women are not visual people and they do not want to see anything generally speaking.  There is a widely used term for natural sex that is called “carnal knowledge” and this phrase is more in the line with the spiritual realm information that we need to apply correctly instead of thinking of the human term “intercourse”.  We need to correctly transfer God’s definition of sex as “knowling” into the spiritual New Birth process.   We should be able to see using our knowledge of the Parable of the Sower that in order for any human to be born again, they must have “spiritual knowledge” with the Lord God’s Word (Seed).  This is not sex as you are thinking right now is it?  However it is still spiritual sex according God’s definition of the act.   The human ability to “see spiritually” God’s Words causes them to conceive it.   However don’t forget there still exists an enemy to that salvation process trying to steal the seed from being sown.  The success or failure of the salvation seed process is completely dependent upon the fact that some people understand the Word of God and some people do not.  This enemy’s method of causing some people not to understand is revealed more clearly in the New Testament scripture that says “the god of this world has blinded the minds of them that believe not” (2 Cor 4:4).  You see spiritual blindness is the inability to see or literally understand spiritual things.   If you recall in the parable of the sower, Satan came immediately to steal the Word of God that was sown in their heart and he was able to do this only because they did not understand it (Mat 13:19).   Therefore, spiritual eyesight is the key to having spiritual knowledge and understanding.  I could talk a lot more about that part of the subject, but I’m running long in this lesson.  I do pray that you are following me on these points and beginning to understand how people are born again.  Let me end this lesson with one more verse from Paul:

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

So here we have another very difficult complex deep scripture to try to swim through.  The apostle Paul is not a natural female yet he speaks in the terms of being a spiritual female.  Can you see this?  Only females give birth, yes?  According to what I have seen in the Bible God created only females to give birth.  So what exactly is Paul talking about?  Paul is saying I have spread God’s seed into your hearts by teaching God’s Word to you and I am now waiting for Christ to be formed in you as a result.  What is the key to this spiritual birth happening?  It was the spiritual ability to see or the  “spiritual knowledge” of the person who heard the word of God that will determine whether they will conceive Christ and be born again.  Paul can sow all of the seed he wants to, but none of it will grow unless the soil of the hearer allows it to stay by understanding what was said.  You can easily see how that you can read verses in the Bible and totally miss what is said, can’t you?   You can also see that there is an implied reality that Paul is a part of a spiritual woman, called the Bride of Christ.  So the complexity of the Bible is so great that it causes many people to stumble.  People will never see the spiritual truth of God’s Word trying to figure it out using only their natural minds.  What we can see is that Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus was not the be all and end all for his Christian experience.  He was now responsible for getting more people born again by sowing the incorruptible seed of the Word of God.  Getting more people Born Again of the Incorruptible Seed, that is the goal of every Christian.  This is the expansion of the new spiritual family of God and the multiplication of the Spiritual Seed of God by sowing the Incorruptible Seed into new soil.  Today’s lesson has been some of the basic Bible ideas of how people are born again using the laws and concepts surrounding Seeds in the Bible.  I know I did not cover everything that I could have, I know I left out many verses that could have been included, but I did the best that I could in a limited time and space forum.   God Bless you to see and to understand His Word!  Thank you for your time in studying the Bible.

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons on seeds you can go to “Part 10“.

Understanding the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ! Part 2

(Ver 1.1)  This is now Part 2 of a series of Bible lessons on the importance of believing in the virgin birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Many people who call themselves Christians like to try to convince you that they are believers, however they have been deceived into believing a lie from Satan.  These are those that pretend that it is not important to believe in the Virgin Birth and they like to make you think that it doesn’t matter to your salvation either.  I believe I showed using the Bible how wrong they are in the first part of this lesson.  If you have no virgin birth, you have no basis for your salvation, you have no confidence in your savior then you are standing on very shaky ground.  These types of people are called the spirit of “Anti-Christ”, those who are controlled by spiritual beings that are not from God and who do not represent God.  They teach that God has not come into the world in the flesh and thus they nullify the salvation that was freely given to them.  If you have not read the first part of this series you should go back now and start with “Part 1“.  Today I want to talk about some other aspects of the virgin birth and give you some new perspectives to think about.  So let’s go back to Matthew and look at what God says to us about the virgin birth:

Mat 1:20  But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

Joseph the future husband of Mary is said to have had a dream where an angel from God appears to him.  In this dream the angel informs him that is OK to take this woman as his wife, because the child that is inside of her is from the Holy Ghost.  This is the key reason for why it is important to believe in the virgin birth.   The son that will be born of this natural woman, Mary will be the Son of God.  So the child was a result of a union between God’s seed and Mary’s human egg.  The resulting DNA would be unlike any man, except for Adam.  You have to think and ask questions when you study the Bible.  Where did Adam get his DNA?  Where did Adam get his blood?  Where did Adam get his spirit?   All of these had to originate from God.  So was Adam a son of God?  Was Adam an older brother of Jesus?  I believe according to the genealogy of Jesus in Luke, both of these are true.  The DNA of Jesus Christ had to be a combination of His natural father and mother, Adam and Eve and his heavenly Father God.  Jesus Christ was uniquely God and man in perfect unison.    The Blood of Jesus was a result of the union between God and Mary.  This is why God could promise David that one of his son’s would sit on his throne forever.  Jesus Christ was the Son of Adam, the Son of Abraham, the Son of David, and the Son of God all at the same time.  We know from scripture that being born of a virgin is God’s legal entrance into the world in a physical form.   God could not legally come into the world and pay for our sins any other way according to the Bible.  This is what Jesus taught us:

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

In this verse in John, Jesus is discussing the world and the legal entrances into the world.  The world is described as a symbolic sheepfold.  According to Jesus the only legal way into the world is to enter through the door/gate.  If you have never studied the Bible on the subject of gates, you should.  You see this word for door also means a gate.   You see if you build a fence around your house to keep stuff in or to keep stuff out of your yard, you always build into the fence gates that allows you to come and go easily.  That is a basic concept that God created and man just uses.  The subject of gates is a complex subject and one that covers many aspects that appear to be related, but yet are very different.  Jesus said “I am the door”, meaning He was the way to God, but this is not the same door that he is talking about in John 10:1.  The legal entrance into this world is being born here of a woman.   You see a physical woman’s body has a legal portal entry point into the world that we live in.  This natural gate is a two way gate, both an entrance and exit.   People’s mouths are also called gates in the Bible.  The mouth can allow food in and also speak words out, so it is also a two way gate of the human body.   Other orifices of the body are only one way gates.  Only expelling things or only taking things in.   If you never studied about gates, you should you might be surprised at what you learn from God.   Being born in the world gives you rights to salvation.   Jesus told us that “You must be born again”.  Meaning you must be born first naturally, and then born again spiritually if you want salvation.  Jesus being born of a woman gave God certain rights to provide salvation to all of humanity.

Let’s go back to the dream of Joseph and the first chapter of Matthew where it tells us about the birth of Jesus Christ.  In this dream the angel tells Joseph that the words of God must be fulfilled.  These words were spoken through the prophet Isaiah and we looked at these words in the first lesson on this subject.  So Joseph took hold of the words spoken to him by the angel in the dream and decided to take Mary to be his wife.  Then it tells us this about their relationship:

Mat 1:25  And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

I do not know any husbands who do not have sex with their wives.  But, clearly this is what this verse is saying.  However, it does not say he never had sex with Mary, it only says not until after Jesus was born.   Why is that important?  I asked myself that question and had a difficult time coming up with an answer.   Once you are pregnant, you cannot get pregnant again, no matter how many times you have sex.  This is just a basic fact on human biology that you might already know.   You see when God includes something in the Bible it is important, even though it is not mentioned again directly.  I really do not want to get graphic here, but I believe it is important to understand.  A woman as a virgin has a piece of skin that at least partially covers the opening to her vagina.  There is no medical purpose for this piece of skin, but yet it is mentioned in the Bible a few times as evidence that a woman was a virgin when she was on her honeymoon.  You can see that the bed sheets are presented as proof to her virginity.  This small covering piece of skin is designed by God to produce blood when broken or torn during intercourse.  Why did God do this?   Everything that God does, has a purpose and a reason for existing.  I believe that this is a natural pattern for a spiritual reality.  The breaking of the female skin and the shedding of blood is representative of a covenant act between a husband and a wife.  This is the foundation of a blood covenant relationship between two individuals.  But, what would happen to this small piece of skin during the birth of a child if it was present?  I believe that the same thing would have happened as  if her husband would have had sex with her the first time, it would be torn and bled.  Let us see what the Bible says about the birth of Jesus and see if this is in fact what happened:

1Jn 5:5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

As you can see God is talking about the virgin birth.  God then says that those who overcome the world are those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.   So did God think it was not important to believe in the virgin birth?   Obviously not!   You can clearly see that those who do not overcome the world are stated as being those who do not believe in the virgin birth.  Uh Oh?  I think some people have a real problem to think about.

1Jn 5:6  This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

So what does the Bible say about the virgin birth?  Again you have to use your brain, just a little bit to see what God is saying.   When a woman has a baby, and it comes time to deliver, she experiences something that is popularly called “her water breaking”.  This results in a mess and this is a normal part of every child born on this planet.  The water breaking is just another natural thing that God has designed to teach us something that we should see.   Did you notice what God said in this verse?   God says that Jesus did not come with just a water breaking mess, but Jesus came with the evidence of a virgin birth and that was the shedding of her blood.  Notice NOT Jesus’ blood, I said her blood.   Jesus when being birthed naturally would have broken the hymen of Mary and thus caused her blood to flow.  Why is this important to include in the Bible?  Obviously many people think that it is not important, however there it is.

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

Now why does God always change the subject?  Or did He?   God tells us that there exists three in heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost and these three are all One!  What we have is the trinity being described to us in very specific terms.  We can conclude that since the context of this verse is preceded with verses about the virgin birth of Christ that we are going to learn some new information about this.  Then we see this statement being made:

1Jn 5:8  And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

So we have a new mystery being presented to us, one that is certainly difficult to relate to.  Humans are described as being triune beings also but really we are just talking about Jesus and the virgin birth in a new light.  The Spirit in this verse is the Holy Spirit which impregnated the natural woman Mary.  The water is the natural birth process every human experiences in entering into this world.  But the blood is only present for Jesus, the son of God born of a virgin.  So we have God, the father, God the Word, and God the Holy Ghost coming into the world in the body of a man named Jesus, born of a virgin woman named Mary.

These 3 Bear Witness in Heaven

God the Father = God the Word = God the Holy Ghost

These 3 Bear Witness in the Earth

Spirit = Water = Blood

So what is God telling us about the virgin birth?  God is saying we have 3 witnesses in heaven and 3 witnesses in the earth that the virgin birth happened just like He said it did.  A witness is someone who testifies in a court of law to what they have seen.   Because Jesus was born of a virgin, He came into the world with witnesses that prove His works.  However, you still have an opportunity to not believe it and remain a spiritually blind man.  .  In my next blog we will review verses about how God used Paul to write about the virgin birth of Jesus Christ in indirect terminology.

If you would like to continue reading in this series you may go to “Part 3“.

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

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

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

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

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

Genesis 1:1

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

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

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

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

 

Genesis 1:15-19  Day 4 of Creation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Genesis 2  Adam and Eve

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Conclusion

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

Understanding God’s Spiritual Family Structure!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Pt 9

(Ver 1.1)  Just when I thought I had concluded this series, the Lord God shows me something new.  If you have not been reading this series from the beginning I would strongly suggest that you go back to Part 1 and start there.  If you have been following the series, then this is just some new insight into scriptures that we have already seen.  It is amazing how God can reveal something new even after you have read it for 100 times.  Reading is not understanding.  Reading is not seeing.  Seeing involves understanding, but it is with your spirit and not your mind.  The natural mind of man will never know the things of God.   That is why so many people read the Bible and never see what it says.  I’ve even seen many ministers read Bible verses and then go off on a tangent about what they thought they just read.   That is the nature of the Bible, you have to stick with it and read it over and over, until you see it correctly.  Many times that requires a time period to renew your mind and clean out the junk that is clouding your spiritual vision.  Eliminating the preconceived ideas and prejudices that you possess will help you to see the Bible more clearly, but this is not very easy to do.  Satan builds strongholds in people’s minds and as a result they do not see the truth even though it is presented to them clearly.  Too many Christians have two good eyes, but never use them to see anything.

I have spent a considerable effort in trying to show you the true identity of the symbolic woman in Revelation 12.  I have provided what I think is overwhelming scriptural evidence that the woman in Revelation 12 is the church.  That means the child that she is said to deliver cannot be Jesus Christ.  I’ve given you substantial logic and reasoning why this child is not Jesus and this woman is not Israel or Mary.   If you keep studying it for yourself you will have to agree.  I know there will be some that simply choose to shut their eyes and refuse to know the truth and I can’t do anything to help them.  I had one commenter that said what I said was simply just my opinion.  How unfortunate it is that people cannot tell the difference between Bible verses and someone’s opinion of what they might mean.  If you can read and understand what I have said with your spirit, you would see that what I have written is the truth and not my opinion.  Today I want to discuss verses 4 and 5 of Revelation 12 again giving you some new perspectives in what they say:

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

Here we have a verse that states, Satan caused 1/3 of the stars to fall from heaven.  These stars are symbolic references to angelic beings.  We know that the dragon is a symbolic reference to Satan.  This chapter is packed with symbolic references for spiritual individuals and truths.  We are not given the exact timing of this verse within our history or it could be a prophetic event that will soon occur.  We do know that as of the book of Job, Satan and his angels still appeared before the throne of God in heaven to discuss Job.  So it would be fair to assume that this action of sweeping them from heaven would occur later.  We also know that Jesus said “I saw Satan fall as lightning” (Luke 10:18).  So apparently Satan was thrown down to the earth during some time period prior to Jesus being born on this planet.  This means that Satan could have swept 1/3 of the angels with him at that time.  But I do not know that for sure, maybe you have an idea or a scripture that can shed some more light on this subject.  I’m open to hear Bible verses that I haven’t seen yet.  I do know that Revelation 4:1 says that the things written after that verse were suppose to be future prophetic events, so based upon that information I technically believe that the sweeping of 1/3 of the angels has not occurred.  Then the last part of this verse says that Satan is poised to devour this child as soon as it is born.  We know from Biblical accounts that Satan has always tried to kill, steal and destroy God’s children.  Starting with Able, then  Moses and even Jesus.  Why does Satan want to kill this child so badly?

If you recall from an earlier blog discussions I showed you that this child has to be either a natural child with a natural mother or it has to be a spiritual child with a spiritual mother.  This is clearly based upon the statements that Jesus made in John when he said that which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the spirit is spirit.  We can therefore logically surmise that this child is not Jesus and this woman is not Israel based upon this statement alone.  But let us go into these verses in Revelation and see what else they say to us.

Rev 12:5  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

So we see in this verse that the symbolic woman gives birth to a male child.  It then declares that this child is to rule all nations with a rod of iron.  Let’s stop right there and determine something, can this child be Jesus?  Is Jesus still a child?  Was Jesus caught up to the throne of God right after being born as a child like this verse says?  I think these are all relevant questions to ask and none of them apply to Jesus.  I hope you can begin to see the difficulty with saying this child is Jesus.  Jesus is not a child any more, He is a bridegroom.  Jesus Christ was not immediately caught up to heaven after being born because He grew up and matured here on earth for 33 years before being killed by Satan and Israel.  Then Jesus was never “caught up” to the throne of God.    Here is the Greek word used for “caught up” from the Strong’s:

From a derivative of G138; to seize (in various applications): – catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force) 

You can see clearly from this definition that this is an action of someone that is taken by force from the earth.  The would be representative as if you are pulling a plant from the ground like a weed is pulled up.  It is purposeful, direct and an intentional action being described and Jesus was never taken up in this way.  Then I go back to the reference that the child is taken up as a child.  This further disqualifies Jesus with these descriptive terms.  Jesus was a child at one time, but he grew up and became a mature man.   This word for “caught up” occurs some 13 times in the New Testament and it is never used to describe Jesus ascension into heaven.  This word for “caught up”,  is used to describe a rapture like events where people are forcibly removed or taken up without warning.  This would not describe Jesus ascension either since Jesus was surrounded by followers when he went up.  There were many witnesses to Jesus ascending into heaven and there was no forced exit.  There are just so many things to learn and we should dig deeper until we fully understand these words.

I will say it again, that I believe this child is God or the Spirit of God.  If the woman is the church as I have shown you using the Bible, then she is a spiritual woman who can give birth to a spiritual child.  That which is born of the spirit is spirit.  That would make Jesus the “Everlasting Father” of this spiritual child.  That would also make this child the heir to everything.  As I described from the book of Ruth, the purpose of Boaz marrying the gentile woman Ruth was to raise up an heir for the dead husband.  So who died?  God died in Jesus Christ and was the firstborn from all of the dead of the earth.   Jesus Christ the risen Lord and Savior implements a New Covenant and marries His sister.  I know I just lost a bunch of people with that statement, but you have to think if you want to figure out the Bible.  You also have to read.  If you look through the Song of Solomon you will find at least 3 or 4 times the woman that Solomon is infatuated with, is called his sister as well as his wife and lover.  I know in the natural this would not be normal for  or acceptable for you to marry your sister.  Nevertheless I’m just reading the Bible.  There are a lot of things in the Bible that are not normal and acceptable to the religious minded.  I strongly suggest you get your Bible search software and look for the word “sister” in the Song of Solomon.  You will probably be shocked that it is there recorded for us to read.  Solomon was a type of Jesus Christ.  He demonstrated a natural pattern for a spiritual reality.  Solomon built God a temple in Jerusalem. 

Act 7:47 But Solomon built him an house.  
Act 7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,   

According to the Bible David his father was not allowed to build the temple.  These are all patterns for God and His son Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ, the son of the living God was born in the earth to build God a spiritual temple in the New Jerusalem.  If you don’t believe that you should read your New Testament and see how many verses speak that we are the temple of God.  We are described as a living building with living blocks and stones within the spiritual house designed for God’s eternal dwelling place.  So we can clearly understand that Solomon is a type of Christ.  We can clearly see by reading the Song of Solomon that this book represents a love story.  This love story is a picture of Christ and the church, His bride and wife.  We can clearly see that this book says Solomon’s woman that he loves is called his sister.  You can if you want to, write this off or you can take it literally as I do.

If Solomon marries his sister whom he loves, then Christ would also marry his sister whom He loves.  One is a natural pattern the other a spiritual reality.  You can wonder how I arrived at this conclusion, but it is really very logical and extremely scriptural if you learn to read.   Jesus Christ is called the firstborn from the dead.  That means there is a second born, a third born, a fourth born, and on and on.  Who are all of these spiritual siblings of Jesus Christ the firstborn?   They would have to be either His brothers or His sisters.  But, in studying the Bible I found that both males and females can be called a woman in covenant with God.  The natural nation of Israel was a pattern of this spiritual reality.   The Old Covenant wife of God was a natural nation of people which consisted of both males and females, but God called them all his wife. 

I showed you earlier in a different blog, that the spiritual mother of Jesus and the church was the “heavenly Jerusalem”.  This spiritual city is called the mother of all that have been born from the dead.  This would make all of us, Jesus and the church siblings with the same spiritual mother and father.  But, as God did with the natural nation of Israel, Jesus Christ the initiator of the New Covenant also marries a spiritual nation of people who consist of both males and females.  The natural nation of Israel was a natural nation of people which originated from 12 natural brothers.   The spiritual nation of Israel was a spiritual nation of people that originated from 12 spiritual brothers.  The natural nation of Israel was circumcised in their flesh, the spiritual nation of Israel is circumcised in their hearts.  The natural nation of Israel was captive in Egypt for 400 years.  While the Spiritual Nation of Israel was captive to the world of sin and Satan for 4000 years.  The natural nation of Israel sacrificed lambs for atonement of their sins.   Jesus Christ the lamb of God, sacrificed himself one time for all of our sins.  These are just a few of the patterns found in the Bible that you will discover are invaluable when you are attempting to understand this spiritual Book of Truths.  You might not see all of them yet, but I have to tell you that you don’t know everything that I know yet so I would not throw it away just yet.  I know you can’t afford to follow every crazy Blog that is out there.  I would suggest that you just go back and read and study these things that I just described to you and see if they are true for yourself.  DO NOT take my word for anything.  If what you believe is not based upon your direct knowledge of  what is in the Bible, you are in trouble.  You will be an easy target for the enemy to come along and deceive you with something that is not in the Bible.

I listened to a well known television preacher today teaching on the identity of the woman in Revelation 12 as being Israel.  He preached the message with such conviction and such authority that I could tell that he truly thought this woman in Revelation 12 was Israel.  He gave a lot of sound reasoning of why he thought this way and I listened carefully to all of it.  However, after studying it from what I knew in the Bible I immediately threw it away.  He simply did not see the truth yet.  If I named his name, you would know who I was talking about, so I won’t do that.   You see I do not fault him for teaching what he thinks is the truth.  I do think that he needs to study a lot more and find out some other things and see what else the Bible really has to say.  Here is a mistake that many make, they get so focused into a few words that they think they know, that they totally ignore the other words that are right in front of them.  You see I did not disagree with any of the scriptures that he read, just his interpretation of them.  Men’s private interpretations will cause them more grief down the road when they finally do see there is more to learn.  We all have so much more to learn.  If you have not been very observant you might not have noticed that I do not give you my opinion.  I use scripture verses that help to explain other scripture verses.  You might still call this my opinion, but I would definitely disagree.  You see if I use God’s word to explain God’s word, I am much closer to the true meaning than anyone who doesn’t use this method of Bible Interpretation.

The Bride of Christ Revealed – Part 11 The New Jerusalem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Night and Day Defined! Understanding the Spiritual Heart of Man! Part 2

(Ver 1.2)  This is a series of lessons on a basic spiritual truth that reveals the hidden conditions of the hearts of men and women in the world.  God reveals this spiritual truth using the things created and found in the natural universe.  These natural things are clearly symbolic and represent a far greater spiritual truth.  I am convinced that this is an essential basic truth that every Christian should become intimately familiar with.  This is now part 2 of the series and I would suggest that if you have not read from the start that you go back and start with Part 1.

There is a real man or a real woman inside of the physical bodies of every person on the earth.  These real people are spirit beings that will live forever somewhere after their body dies.  However, most people in the world today don’t know about this fact and are oblivious to this stated reality found in the Bible.    The Bible often times speaks of these spiritual individuals in the hidden terms of the “heart”.  The “heart” of a man is the spirit of the man.  God is not talking about the physical blood pumping organ, God is talking about the center of your being, as in the heart of an apple or the heart of a tree.  The “heart” term used by God is a figurative Bible term and describes the center of a human.  This center of your being is the real you that you can not see.  When a physical body dies, the person’s spirit is immediately transported to one of two possible places.  One place is very good location called heaven and the other one is a very bad location called hell.   The spiritual things are the real eternal things, the natural things are the temporary things (2 Cor 4:18).  God has designed a system in the world that limits humans to a three dimensional realm with specific time constraints.  All of these constraints represents natural boundaries and laws.  When your body dies, you leave the natural realm you enter into the spiritual realm and you normally never come back (2 Cor 5:8).  I have heard of a few people dying and going into the spiritual realm and then they are revived or come back to life in their physical bodies, but I would not put all my eggs in this basket hoping that is what will happen to you.  Many times these people can see in both realms simultaneously.  These people can see the hospital room, the doctors, the nurses, their family and their body but usually they are above all of this looking down on it all.  These people are either sent back by God or God has allowed them to see and experience this in order to tell others that there is more to life than these few years we have on the earth.    So this was a brief explanation of the spiritual realm.

In my last blog I introduced you to a number of scriptures that reveal the hearts of people to be either in darkness or in the light of the knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Darkness and Light are symbolic references and are synonymous terms for Night and Day.  Today we will explore more scriptures found in the New Testament that further enlighten us to these truths.

Isa 9:2  The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

I’ll start with this prophecy from the Old Testament.  This verse is speaking about Jesus coming to the earth personally walking among us.  This verse calls Jesus Christ the “great light” and that is of course a very significant statement.  In my last blog we read verses that showed Jesus to be the spiritual Sun, the spiritual light of the world.  Just as the physical sun is the source for all natural light on our planet, Jesus is the only source for all spiritual light on our planet.  In this verse in Isaiah the people are described as being in the darkness.  The darkness is caused by something that is blocking the light and causing a shadow.  You do understand the concept of shadows?  A shadow is an area where the direct light is not shinning.  The direct light has been blocked by another object that casts a shadow on the ground.  We were the people in this shadow and this shadow was caused by “death” and Satan.  If you read the New Testament you will find verses that describe Satan as holding the power of death.  So that is why I related the two together.  The Bible says Jesus was made manifest in order to destroy him that had the power over death (Heb 2:14).  So we can clearly see who is causing the darkness in the spiritual realm, it is Satan.  So the term “great light” let’s explore that term to learn more about the spiritual hearts of men.

Gen 1:16  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser lightto rule the night: he made the stars also.

You see in the fourth day of creation God makes a prophetic and symbolic reference to spiritual things that were to come.  God makes the “greater light” AKA “great light” to rule the “day”.  God then makes a “lesser light” to rule the “night”.  These lights are very significant to see and understand for other Bible interpretations.  The “greater light” is the Sun and represents Jesus Christ.  The “lesser light” is the moon and represents Satan.  These two spiritual rulers are over their own separate domains or kingdoms.   The Sun rules the Day (Ps 136:8), the moon rules the night (Ps 136:9).  These separate 12 hour periods represent two different spiritual realms and conditions of the hearts of people.  So the planet earth is a type and pattern of the human heart.  The sun shines on the earth in a constant and consistent manner and the earth revolves and is either in the shadow or darkness or in the light depending on how it is positioned at any given time.  The earth represents the hearts of men that have the opportunity to change and allow the light to shine or to turn away and stay in the darkness.  When Jesus was walking the face of the planet some 2000 years ago he told us this:

Joh 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Jesus made a bold and direct statement that He was the Spiritual Sun, the Greater Light that shined in the world.  Jesus said by following Him we would never again walk in the darkness but always have the “light of life”.  So light represents Life and darkness represents death.  Life and death are very strong analogies and very important to understand.

Act 26:18  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

We can certainly see what I told you about the hearts of men having to be turned from darkness to light.  It is clearly the responsibility of the men and women to do the turning, God will not force you to turn, but He will help you if you ask.  Then there is another stark contrast given between these two realms.  Satan has the power to rule in the darkness.  To say Satan is powerless would be an error.  But what is important to note is that his power is limited to the realm of “darkness” and the “night”.  If you are in the light you are outside of the realm of his influence and power, or at least you should be.  Satan will still attempt to deceive you and influence power over you until you learn not to let him.

Col 1:12  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Col 1:13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

You see these two spiritual realms being starkly contrasted again.  The power of darkness is where, we the church use to be, but we are now called “saints in light”.  These two spiritual domains are also called different kingdoms.  The Kingdom of Light and the kingdom of darkness.  Again day and night are symbolic references to two separate and distinct spiritual states or places to be.  Even though we walk the same planet with those who are still in darkness we are not of the darkness and darkness is no longer ruling our hearts and minds.  To be in the world but not of the world as the Bible says.

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

So Satan and his demons are spiritual forces that rule the darkness of the world around us.  This verse clearly confirms that Satan is the moon, the lesser light, the ruler of the darkness that we referred to from Genesis 1.  A ruler clearly implies a kingdom, a kingdom of darkness.  Satan has been trying to establish his own dominion and kingdom outside of God since the beginning when sin was found in him.

1Jn 2:8  Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.

In this verse in 1st John we are told for those who are in the light that the darkness has passed.  It is interesting to note that when the lights are on you don’t have any darkness.  But this verse also tells us that Jesus is the “true light”.  The Sun of Righteousness has arisen in our hearts and He is shinning a true light that we might see the truth.  It is interesting that the characteristics of the moon is used to describe Satan symbolically.  The moon has no life or produces any light of itself.  The only reason we can see the moon at night is because it reflects or masquerades as an object of light.  The moon is a pretender and shadow caster and a false light.   It is so different than the sun that is the key to the source of our life on this planet.  But as the Bible says, men who love the darkness are deceived by it and succumb to the trickery of the ruler of the darkness.  But here is some good news and hope for those that are in the darkness:

Eph 5:14  Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

You see God says that those who are in the darkness are simply asleep and capable of waking up and seeing the light.  This is a very strong typology and the spiritual information is significant.  Pray for those in the darkness to wake up and see the light of day.  To turn and allow Christ to arise in their hearts.  Again if people do this they are translated into the light and the life of God.  If they refuse to turn they are already dead.  That is a very sad state of many people in the world today.

There are many other verses in the Bible that speak to us on this subject of Day and Night and I would suggest that you get your Bible search program and look for the key words, like day, night, darkness, light, sleep and any other word that you can think of that are associated with these spiritual realms.  By studying the subject you will better understand why people don’t see Christ like you see Christ.  Why they have been turned off when the light shines in on them.  Jesus told us that “now ye are the lights of the world” so it is our responsibility to be a light to others.  But this should be done in a Godly manner using the same ways that God worked through Jesus.  Learn to be like Jesus and walk like Jesus and you will get others attention by just being so radically different than they are.  Here is a quick chart of some of the lessons we have learned about the spiritual realms of Day and Night:

 Day And Night Characteristics

DAY NIGHT
Light Darkness
Sun Rules the Day Moon Rules the Night
See Blind
Awake Sleep
Sober Drunk
Life Death
Good Evil
Love Hate
True Light False Light
Greater Light Lesser Light
Righteousness Unrighteousness
Power of God Power of Satan

If you would like to continue reading in this series of lessons, you can continue with “Part 3“.

The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Pt 4

In reviewing my posts I realized I left this post out of the series on the identity of the woman in Revelation 12.  I apologize for being human and making this mistake.  If you have read the other blogs on this subject this one will probably help you to see the others.

I knew this subject would take a lot of blogging to get people to really understand it.  This is now my fourth blog on the identity of the woman in Revelation 12.  There is really so much more to explore and so many questions to answer.  Why is the woman pregnant?  Who is the child?   If you haven’t read from the beginning I would strongly recommend that you go to the beginning and start with Part 1.  I try to write and teach using progressive revelation, truth, that builds upon truth.  This means if you missed the beginning you missed the foundation to all the other building blocks.  I don’t claim to have all of the answers, but I’ll tell you what I do know and maybe you can help me figure out the rest with God’s help.  In my last blog I talked about the moon in relation to being under the feet of the woman.  I showed scriptures that spoke about the church bruising the head of the serpent.  I talked about Jesus delegating the authority to the church to tread on, walk over the serpent who is Satan.   I then showed how Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, waiting for His enemies to be made his footstool.  All of these are scriptural references and pointers to the identity of the woman in Revelation 12.

Along these same lines I want to readdress something that I left hanging to some extent.  I talked about the “seed of the woman” in Genesis 3:15 as possibly being a spiritual seed.  I cannot say with all certainty that this is accurate.   I need further study and research to find scriptures on this.  When I find something, I will include it in a future blog.  But for now I want to show you one thing that I found absolutely fascinating and completely related to the subject of the identity of the woman.  In Revelation 12, the very first verse is about the woman and the very last verse is also about the same woman.   Let’s look at it for what it reveals to us:

Rev 12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Same woman, right?  Sure it is!  Did you notice what it says?  This verse starts with a statement that declares Satan to be very angry with the woman.  The statement or word is actually “wroth” and it means to be enraged.  That really sounds like “enmity” and “hatred” to me?   I know it is a different word but it conveys a meaning of hatred toward an enemy.  We then see within the context of this verse that Satan is at war with the woman.  Again this signifies an adversary relationship.  Satan and the woman are direct enemies against each other.  The next statement is absolutely essential to see, “and went to make war with the remnant of her seed”.  Did you notice that I have been talking about the “seed of the woman”?  In my last blog we saw scripture from Genesis that God prophesies that Satan will be at odds with a woman and her seed.   Isn’t that what Genesis 3:15 said?  I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between her seed and your seed?   Fascinating isn’t it?   Here we have a specific mention to the “seed of the woman” again and this time it is in clear context and relationship to the  woman in Revelation 12.  I concluded from this that the woman, that God was talking about in Genesis 3:15 is the same woman that we see in Revelation 12.  This must be the same woman that God was talking about in Genesis 3:15, don’t you agree?   Now how does this verse end?  Who does this verse say the woman is?   This verse gives us two very specific qualifications for the identity of the woman.  These are two distinguishing characteristics that must be applied correctly to figure out the identity of the woman in Revelation 12 and here they are:

  1. Those who keep the commandments of God
  2. Those who have the Testimony of Jesus Christ

I don’t know how you can read these statements and not know who that is talking about.  There is absolutely NO WAY that natural Israel has ever qualified for either of those two characteristics.  Certain individuals in natural Israel may have tried to follow the commands of God, but I don’t recall any of them following Jesus Christ, unless you consider the 12 apostles of the Lamb who started the Church of Jesus Christ.  Then there is this verse in the middle of the chapter that is also related to the identity of the woman:

Rev 12:11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

When I read this verse, I see the church described as an overcoming, victorious body of believers.  Those that have received the Lamb of God as savior and Lord.  Those that have applied and appropriated the blood of the Lamb to the doorposts of their hearts.  When someone is described as having overcome something, that denotes a clear victory and someone else’s ominous defeat.  Here we have another picture of a woman with the moon (Satan) under her feet.  Currently there is still just one woman in the Bible that qualifies to be this woman and it still is only the church!   How many scriptures in the New Testament can you recall that speak of the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ?

Rom 5:9  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

1Co 10:16  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

Eph 1:7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Col 1:14  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Heb 9:12  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

There are just a representative sampling of verses in the Bible that speak of the work of the blood of Jesus for his church.  Understanding the power of the blood of Jesus is an essential part of a successful walk with Christ.  Knowing what the blood of the Lamb purchased is critical to knowing who you are in Christ.  Understanding the purpose of the blood of Christ is essential to a successful earthly Christian life.  Seeing these verses I can see a direct relationship to the descriptive qualities of the woman in Revelation 12:11.

Finally, here is what the Bible says in relation to the qualifications of the identity of the woman described in Rev 12:17:

1Jn 5:2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1Jn 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Joh 15:10  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

Joh 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Joh 14:21  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

We can see from these verses that the Church has been directed to keep God’s commandments.   They all say something like, if you love me you will keep my commandments.  This is how we know we love God, because we keep his commandments.  We know of course that this does not mean that the Church is suppose to keep the law of Moses, but the new law of Jesus Christ.  Jesus taught us that all the law is summarized in two statements.  Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and then love your neighbor as yourself.  Jesus gave the church a new commandment to love one another.  This new commandment replaces all of the Old Testament law.   If you love your neighbor you are not going to steal from them, you are not going to cheat them, you are not going to commit adultery with their spouse, you are not going to do anything that will harm them or cause them pain, emotionally, physically, mentally or spiritually.  This is the law of LOVE!  So let’s look at scriptures concerning those who have the testimony of Jesus Christ, who could this describe?

1Co 1:6  Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

 2Ti 1:8  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

 Rev 1:9  I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Here are just a few of the scriptures related to those who have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  We can see that the testimony of Jesus Christ was confirmed in the church members of Corinth.  We can see Paul’s instruction to Timothy for him not be ashamed of the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Then in Revelation 1:9 we can see that John was imprisoned on Patmos for having the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Finally in Revelation 19:10 in context with the description of the New Jerusalem, the bride of the Lamb, the angel of the Lord tells John not to worship him, but worship God with his brothers that also have the Testimony of Jesus Christ.

So we have seen numerous scriptures that indicate directly and indirectly that the church are the ones that keep God’s commandments and keep the testimony of Jesus Christ.  So we can see from all of these descriptive elements that this certainly narrows the potential identities of the woman in Revelation 12 to only one woman.  Using the Word of God to explain the Word of God is the key to understanding the Bible.   Perhaps in my next blog I will attempt to take on the biggest challenge so far, the identity of the child.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rom 7:1  Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

G3933

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

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

G53

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bride of Christ Revealed – Part 6 Presenting the Bride

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H1166

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

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

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

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

H1285

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bride of Christ Revealed – Part 1 The Introduction

(Ver 1.3)  This is Part 1 in the Bible Study series revealing the identity of the spiritual woman called the Bride of Christ.   I have actually heard several preachers stand up behind the pulpit and say “There is nothing in the Bible that says the church is the Bride of Christ”.  However, after I studied this subject I could not disagree more.  It is funny how one preacher will say something totally opposite to what another will teach.  All it does is prove that someone is wrong and possibly that both are wrong and only God is right.  It creates confusion, division and an atmosphere for deception.  Satan is all too ready to pounce on error and use it to cause a split or an offense against other Christians in the church.  I am going to start a new series today of lessons on why the Church is the Bride of Christ.  I will give you scriptural evidence and a bunch of it so that it is clearly understood.  This will probably be the most in depth and comprehensive Bible lesson that you have ever read on the subject of the Bride of Christ and it will probably take a long time and a lot of lessons to complete.

I want to start this lesson by confirming one thing, the term “Bride of Christ” is not found in the Bible anywhere.  That might shock some people to learn that truth.  But, neither are the terms abortion, homosexuality, rapture, demons or the trinity found in the Bible either.  Does that mean none of these exist either?   Do you think that God cares nothing about any of these subjects to discuss them directly?  Many times basic theological principles are not directly named or labeled with a clear title that can be found in the Bible.  Many times these theological terms come as a result of man naming them with titles that have stuck.  All this does is to make it easier to talk about them, teach them and for others to understand them.   So instead of looking for the term “Bride of Christ” in the Bible and saying it doesn’t exist and therefore the church is not the bride, be smart enough to learn the lesson of how God wrote the Bible and do a search for other information that is given to us.  The Bible contains an almost infinite number of mysteries, puzzles, riddles and hidden information.  God used this technique for two primary reasons.  First to hide this information from His enemies who were led by Satan and then second to conceal the truth for us (the Church) to find at the right time.  If you can understand this it will help you a whole bunch in trying to figure out what the Bible really means.

The “Bride of Christ” is of course a very deep subject with a lot of complex interwoven truths and it will be extremely challenging for me to get it across concisely in a blog format.  I guess I’ll do the best that I can and hope that you can understand it.  I think I will start this introduction to this subject by giving you the two main reasons why some preachers think that the church is not the Bride.  In this way I will be upfront with you and you can see this popular illogical reasoning as being an error.  I will not name any names so if you want to listen to any of these teachers who teach this error you are on your own in finding them.  The first reason that I have heard of directly, that predominately comes up to why the church is not the bride, is because they say the church is the Body of Christ.  You of course know, if you have ever studied the New Testament there are an overwhelming number of scriptures that confirm this basic truth.  Yes I believe them and I will also say that I firmly believe that the Church is the Body of Christ.  Their illogical thinking has stated that if we are the Body of Christ and if Christ has a Bride, then we also have a Bride.  That logic would make us the bridegroom with Christ.  Their illogical thinking places us on equal ground with Jesus Christ and they make us equivalent to God in every aspect and feature.   That logic should set off all kind of red flags in your mind, if you are smart at all.  We are not God and we never will be God.  What they have done is a classic error of Bible Interpretation that many have fallen into without knowing it.  They have taken “A” truth and exalted it and have made it “The” truth.  Do you understand what I just said?  You see there are many truths in the Bible and if you take just one of them and exclude the rest of them you are now in error.  That might be the most important thing that you learn today from this blog so don’t throw it away.

Now for the second reason why preachers think the church is not the bride of Christ.  They turn to the last chapters in Revelation and read about a city coming out of heaven from God.  This city is called the “New Jerusalem” and she is referred to as a woman.  She is also called specifically the “Lamb’s Wife”.    In their illogical reasoning they have determined that since we are the “Body of Christ”, this is our wife also.  In other words God came to the earth in the flesh, suffered and died on a cross, went to hell and arose back to heaven all so that he could marry a city with buildings and houses that we can all live in happily ever after.  What a fairy tale?  That logic is crazy to me and I don’t know how they even came up with that kind of teaching?  I guess I have seen worse, but nonetheless I hope you can at least question their thought process and logic.  You see based upon their logic and the verses in Revelation, if this city New Jerusalem is the bride of the church then we are the Lamb.  However, I have never seen any verses of scripture that says the church is the “Lamb of God”, have you?  I know I didn’t give you every scripture reference and I didn’t give you every reason they teach, but I really do not want to dilute the truth by telling more lies.  I’m sorry if I come across very blunt sometimes, I do not do it to offend anyone, it is just an attempt to wake some sleeping giants up to the truth.  Learn the lesson of the Secret Service.  You know they do not spend a lot of time studying how to make counterfeit money.  Instead they concentrate on studying the real money, its features, characteristics and qualities.  If you become intimately familiar with the real you can automatically recognize the counterfeit.  That principle works with the Bible in the same way.  The more you study the truth, the false teaching becomes laughable and easily recognizable.   What you have to do is to make sure that what you believe is firmly based upon 2 or 3 witnesses of scripture found in the Bible.  If you do this, then you are on good ground to recognize the false teaching of the enemy.

Mat 22:2  The kingdom  of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

As you can clearly see, Jesus is describing a spiritual reality using a descriptive story found in the form of a parable.  This marriage being described to us is what we will begin to study in this series of lessons.  Jesus is telling us of the “Kingdom of Heaven” so He must be speaking about spiritual truths using natural descriptive terms that we are all familiar with.   In this parable a certain King has arranged a marriage for His son.  So if you are the least bit intelligent you know that the King is representative of God the Father.   The Son in this parable is clearly Jesus Christ.   The marriage is to a bride.  The bride can be referred to as a future “daughter-in-law” or the “sons” wife.   So now we need to determine what is a spiritual woman, who is this spiritual woman and what is a spiritual marriage in the eyes of God.

Before we can accurately understand the identity of the bride of Christ we really need to step back and come to understand some spiritual basic concepts; like what does the Bible say a spiritual woman is and how does a woman relate to a spiritual family unit.  Obviously if we are talking about women and brides we are also talking about a marriage.  How is a marriage related to this subject in the eyes of God.  We also need to figure out scripturally who the bridegroom is.  What is a Blood Covenant?   I believe that Biblical blood covenants are also a key subject to study and understand in order to build a basic knowledge of the subject of the identity of the bride of Christ.  I cannot fully expound in this blog on all of the Bible basics that you should be aware of in order to fully understand this subject.  I will just warn you upfront that this is not an introductory lesson on the subject and it assumes that you already have some firm foundational understanding of the Bible and the subjects that I just mentioned.  Most advanced studies of any subject must assume some basic knowledge of the subject, so mine is no different.  When you go to college and take Calculus, they don’t start the class with 1 + 1 = 2, you should have already learned that in elementary school.  So it is in this blog, this is a college level Bible course and I won’t spend a lot of time on any elementary school basics.  The bottom line is that if I say something that you don’t agree with, I would hope that before you reject it or write it off, that you do some basic study to see how I arrived at that statement since I will not always attempt to teach you everything that I know in one blog series.  I just don’t have the time or enough space to cover everything.

So back to one of my key first points, taking a truth and trying to make it the truth, is a critical mistake because you close your mind and your spirit to any new knowledge that God wants to teach you on the subject.  You see here is God’s challenge to us, there is more than one truth in the Bible.  The truth in the Bible is much like a finely woven fabric or tapestry.  It consists of many different threads that fit together closely and that are overlapped with other threads that all reveal God to us.  In fact the Bible is so complex that it is difficult for us to fully comprehend everything that the Bible says.   Saying the church is only the body of Christ and that’s it, simply closes your mind to anything else that the Lord wants to teach you about the subject.

You see, in the Bible God describes the church using many, many different names, titles and descriptions with each revealing several different new characteristics, qualities and features.  We are described as “kings” and “priests” (Rev 1:6).   In 2 Corinthians 5:12 the church is called “ambassadors” for Christ.  In other places in the Bible we are described as “saints” (Romans 1:7).  The church is described as an “army” with armour and weapons (Eph 6:13).  We are described as “children” and even “sons” of God in the New Testament.  We are called “joint heirs” with Christ in Romans 8:17.  In Romans 2:29 the church is called the spiritual “Jews”.  In other places in the New Testament like 1 Corinthians 3:16 the church is called the “temple of God”.  I could go on and on with other scripture references, but I think you are getting the point.  You can’t take any one of those truths alone and attempt to make it and it alone the entire truth of God’s word.  If you do this you are in BIG trouble with trying to understand the Bible.  I would ask those who teach that the church is only the body of Christ a good question, how can we be “joint heirs” with Christ if we are “Christ”.  Uh oh?  I think that’s a problem maybe you haven’t thought about before.  A “joint heir” clearly implies a different heir and not the exact same one.   So how can the church be joint heirs at the same time they are the Body of Christ?  I tell you it is a very significant puzzle and a mystery and we will get into and solve.  Hopefully you are learning a few things from this short introduction, I have designed this series to introduce you to things in a specific order and sequence to hopefully help you to fully understand it.  If you desire to now more of the Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symols for the Church you can go to that lesson and research them in your Bible.

I guess I will stop right here and address another issue that I heard one minister say.  According to him he was struggling in thinking of himself as a spiritual woman or the bride of Christ, because he was a man and a normal natural man has a problem with identifying themselves as a spiritual female.  I can understand that thought process, because I am a man also.  There are so many natural people in the world that are so confused with their sexual identity, am I a man or am I a woman.  Am I a man in a woman’s body or vice versa.  It seems this identity crisis has crept into the church.   Is the church a man or is it a woman in the eyes of God?  That is certainly the great debate that seems to be raging.  You can so easily see why Satan wants to keep the church in confusion so that they don’t understand who they are and why they are here.  If the church doesn’t understand the truth then he is able to steal it away from their hearts and they will never be able to know it according to what Jesus taught us.  As you read the rest of this blog series you will soon discover why Satan wants to convince the Body of Christ that they are not the bride.  If he can convince them they are not the bride then they will not be able to fulfill the Biblical prophecy spoken by the words of God himself.

So normal men don’t like being thought of as a spiritual female.  However, what I like or don’t like and what you like or don’t like doesn’t really mean anything.  That also goes for how you and I feel about being called a woman.  I’ve heard that it brings out an image of a woman with combat boots on and wearing a wedding gown.   This one minister just couldn’t identify with such a thought being a male.  What an incredibly arrogant philosophy that is.  You are assuming that a woman wouldn’t have a problem if she is called a spiritual male (the body of Christ), but a male would have a problem if he was called a spiritual female (the bride).  That is about as natural thinking or carnally minded as you can possibly get and still attempt to call yourself a Christian.  What a male chauvinist attitude.  Did you know that the Bible says in Galatians 3:28 that there is neither “male” nor “female” in Christ?  If you are in Christ and you are worried about being a male or a female you are thinking carnally and naturally.  If you are a male and have a problem identifying yourself as a spiritual woman and I did say spiritual then you need to repent and figure out what God thinks about it and not worry about your appearance or feelings on the subject.

What we should ask ourselves, is there precedence in the Bible for the Church to be the bride of Christ?  Ok, that was a legal term and what I really meant to say was there a valid pattern, a type and shadow given to us in the Old Testament that would mirror and confirm to us this New Testament truth?    In Legal terms, precedence is when a judge gives a ruling, he is obligated to explain why he ruled that way.  Many times a judge will give established case histories where similar rulings were given and then explain why he ruled the way that he did.  Why does the Judge feel obligated to include similar case rulings in his decision process?  That is an interesting concept if you think about it.  When a judge provides supporting evidences for his decision, he is saying this is not just my lone opinion.  Precedence can also mean the order of priority or sequence of importance.  This is exactly how the Bible is written if you didn’t realize it.  God is the ultimate Supreme Judge and Jesus is our Lawyer or Advocate.  God does everything in an orderly legal fashion.  He explains His rulings giving us His precedence on the subject in His Word.  The Old Testament parallels the New Testament, as well as the Old Testament precedes the New.  The Old Testament helps us explain the New Testament and vice versa.  The Old Testament gives us natural pictures of actual living people that point us to spiritual truths.  There are many natural examples in the Old Testament that point us to spiritual New Testament truths.  In fact there is an Old Testament scripture that says “The thing that has been, that is the thing that shall be” (Ecc 1:9) and God said there is nothing new under the sun.  In this lesson series we will definitely explore some new foundational truths from both the Old and the New Testaments that confirm the true identity of the church, so get ready to learn.

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons, you can continue with “Part 2“.

Gen 3:22-24 Guarding The Way To The Tree of Life!

(Ver 1.5)  This is Part 6 of the Bible lesson series on Understanding Genesis 3.  I am going to take this subject out of sequence and teach a 2 part Bible Study series on the Tree of Life first mentioned in Genesis 2.  From reaching in this 3rd chapter of Genesis we discover the story of how Eve was deceived by the serpent into eating from the spiritual tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil.  Adam then listened to his wife’s voice and he also ate from the same tree.  The Bible says Adam was not deceived (1 Tim 2:14) so whatever he did was an intentional rebellious act of disobedience to commit sin.  If you have ever studied the Bible, you know that God shows up on the scene and places curses on each party involved in Genesis 3 and I have not taught on these subjects yet.  However, we know from scripture (1 Jn 4:12) that no man has ever seen God.  This fact would include Adam or 1 John 4:12 is not a true statement from God.  So how did God curse everyone without making himself visible to them?  That is an interesting point to consider, but since it is not my subject today, I’ll leave it alone for your consideration.   Now after Adam’s sin, we have the man and woman in covenant with Satan, the symbolic serpent of old.   We can now get to today’s subject from Genesis, guarding the way to the tree of life.    Who was God trying to keep from eating from the tree of life?  You can make the logical conclusion that if God wanted to guard the way to the tree of life, there must have been someone who was greatly interested in it.  You don’t place guards on your garbage piles so it must have been something of great value to someone.  So, who was after this tree of life?    What exactly is this tree of life?  Why is it important to keep it safely out of the hands of someone?  So many questions to consider?  Let’ start with the 22nd verse of Genesis 3 and see what God says to us:

Gen 3:22  And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

I’ve already addressed the 1st part of this verse in another blog so I will not rehash that part of the verse.  It is just important to note that God says the man has become like Him, in covenant with good and evil.  That is some very powerful information, and it helps give us some foundational information for why God came in the flesh.  If you need more information, please go back and read the Blog on “Gen 3:5 You Shall Be As God Knowing Good and Evil!“.  Now pay attention to how God ends that verse.  God says “because the man might also eat from the tree of life and live forever…”.   Then God abruptly stops talking.  This is one of the only places in the Bible that I know of where God doesn’t finish His sentence or His thought.  God stops talking and leaves us wondering what was He going to say?  Based upon the creation account in Genesis 1, we can see that whatever God says happens, so I would venture to guess that God did not want what He was thinking to come to pass so He shut His mouth and stopped talking about it.   But that is just my opinion on the verse.   But, I do think that is a powerful lesson for us all to learn from.

Let’s briefly address whether this is a physical tree or a spiritual tree.  If it was just a physical tree why couldn’t God have just cursed the tree like Jesus did with the fig tree in Mark and bam the tree would not be a problem anymore.   You see I do not believe it is a physical tree, with physical fruit.  In this verse God says that the man could have “put forth his hand” and taken from the tree.  What does that reference invoke in your mind?  Most would think that it is speaking of Adam’s physical hand reaching out and picking a natural apple from a natural fruit tree.  But I do not believe this is what God is saying.  The term “hand” is a reference to power and ability.  Adam had the power and ability to eat from the tree even after they had eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  The word hand is a very popular word in the Old Testament.  It occurs over 1400 times.  Many times it is used in reference to a individual’s power and ability.  Here is just one example of this found in the book of Job.  Satan is in conversation with God about Job and he makes this statement to God:

Job 1:11  But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

You can see the reference here to God putting forth his hand.  This is clearly the same terminology used in Genesis 3.  Satan was telling God if he used his power to “touch” all that Job had, Satan thought that Job would curse God.  Without getting into the story of Job, I will tell you that God did not take anything from Job.  God did not hearken to the voice of his wife and do the wrong thing, like Adam did.  What I want you to see is the reference that God has a hand that can be stretched forth.  If the Spirit of God has a hand it must be spiritual.  Just understand the difference between a spiritual hand and a physical hand and both are called a hand.  This is one of the trickiest ways God has used to conceal information in the Bible.  Speak of spiritual things in natural terms and then challenge your reader to figure it out.

Apparently, Adam had power and ability and was still capable of eating from the tree of life and living forever even after God said he would surely die.  Obviously Adam did not understand what had happened, much less how to eat from the tree of life.  We know from Genesis 2, that God had commanded the man not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  But God never said anything about not eating from the tree of life.  There appears to be an assumption that eating from the tree of life is good.  But now that Adam was in covenant with Satan, what does God do?  Who is God attempting to keep from the tree of life?

Gen 3:23  Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

We can see from this verse that the man and his wife are sent out of the garden of Eden.  They are returned to the ground from where he was originally created.  Exactly where was that?  Where was Adam created in relation to the Garden of Eden?  The Bible tells us if you look for it and pay close attention.  Let’s go back to Genesis 2 and read:

Gen 2:7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

You can clearly see that this is the creation account of the body of Adam.  Adam’s body was formed from the dust of the ground.  So where was Adam when this occurred?  All you have to do is read the next verse and pay attention to the compass directions given.

Gen 2:8  And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

If the garden of Eden is located to the East of where Adam’s physical body was formed, what direction was Adam and Eve returned to after they had sinned?  If you guessed back to the West, you would be correct.  Why is east and west and these direction so significant?  We can begin to ascertain the importance only after reading the last verse in Genesis 3.

Gen 3:24  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

So God drives the man out of the Garden and then it says God places a Cherubim at the east of the garden holding a flaming sword to keep the way of the tree of life.  Are you beginning to see the paradox?  Where did God drive Adam?  God put the man and his wife back to the ground where they were created and this was West of the Garden of Eden.  So where was the guarding Cherubim placed?  They were placed to the East of the Garden.  It is so fascinating when you see things correctly, isn’t it?  God is obviously not attempting to keep the man away from the tree of life, if he was he would have placed the Cherubim on the West side where the man was.

(North)

(West) Adam  ——-> Garden of Eden  ——>  Cherubim (East)

(South)

I wrote an earlier blog about the differences between the east and the west.  I will not rehash all of that, but if you study the earth from the context that Israel is the middle of the world, then east of Israel towards Asia you would see that the religions of the world become increasingly darker and in some countries non-existent.  Generally speaking if you move west from Israel you see the majority of the Christian nations in the world being to the West of Israel.  Knowing this fact alone should help you see who God is guarding from the way to the tree of life.  It is not from the Christians, but it is from the enemy of the church, the devil that God is keeping from the way to the tree of life.  If you didn’t realize it, Satan is still looking for a way out of judgment.  Eating from the tree of life would by association mean the establishment of a new covenant relationship with those for who it is intended.  If you have followed what I showed you earlier you know that by Adam eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, it established a covenant between Adam and Satan.  So whoever is intended to eat from the tree of life, Satan is looking to get into covenant with to save his rear end.  The tree of life is mentioned again in the last chapter of Revelation and this chapter starts with this statement:

Rev 22:1  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

We can see that this verse describes the throne of God and the Lamb.   It declares that there is a river of water of life flowing from the throne.  That of course is an interesting concept since Jesus told us in John 7:38, that out of our bellies will flow rivers of living water.  Our bellies is referring to our spirits, the true inner man.  This reference is about the words that we speak and them being a river of life to others in the world.  So the river of life flowing from the throne of God must also be the Words of God.

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 fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 22:2 now directly mentions the tree of life.  But did you notice where or what this tree is?  It says this tree grows in the middle of the streets around the throne of God.  Who walks the streets of heaven?  I personally believe this is a reference to Christians.  It further says that there are more than one of these trees of life.  In fact if you look closely it implies there are many, many trees of life everywhere surrounding the throne of God.  If you use your brain a little bit you might be able to see that the implication is given to us, that we are the trees of life.  But that might be hard for some to see.  Let’s approach it from a different perspective?  It says this tree is suppose to produce 12 fruits monthly.  Exactly what is fruit?  To the natural mid it is just apples, oranges, grapefruits, etc.  But to the spiritual mind it is much different.  God being a spiritual being is speaking of spiritual trees that produce spiritual fruit.  So what are the fruits of the spirit?  Oh, that changes everything doesn’t it?

I guess I’ll end this blog here and just leave you hanging.  Maybe I have given you some new things to consider and challenged you to think on a higher dimension.  God had to guard “the way” to the tree of life from Satan.  Satan is still after this tree, but I don’t believe he has a shot at it.  You see Jesus said “I am the Way”, so nobody can come to God except Jesus allows him access.  Jesus Christ is the only legal way to this tree of life and if you belong to Him, you now have access to this tree of life to produce the fruit of the spirit.  I’ll try to continue this in another blog to help expand our understanding of this deep subject.

If you would like to continue reading this series on Understanding Genesis 3 you can go to “Part 7“.

Understanding Bible Covenants! Part 3 Divorce and the Law

(Ver 1.1)  This is Part 3 in the series on Understanding Bible Covenants.  If you have not read this series from the beginning I would recommend that you go back and start read with “Part 1“.  We have covered the Bible subject of covenants in a new spiritual light.  In the first lesson I showed you scriptures that states a Bible God kind of covenant is a marriage relationship between a male and a female.  In God’s covenants He is always the husband and we the people are always the female.  In the second lesson I featured a modern unfamiliar qualitiy called “faithfulness” where trust is placed in each covenant participant to remain faithful to their covenant partner.  When unfaithfulness occurs the resulting infidelity nomally causes the intended everlasting relationship to fail.  Which brings us to today’s new topic called “divorce”.  Using this new perspective I have been exploring the Bible using God’s created concepts found around the subject of marriage.  Because it is so radically different than anything you have probably heard before it will be difficult for many to accept.  It is interesting that this is the same response that Paul got in many places that he went into to teach the Word of God.  Here is a scripture that describes Paul’s experiences:

Act 17:11  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

This scripture describes two different groups and types of people.  It speaks of one group being more noble than the other.  The term noble is a symbol of royalty, those of nobility.  These people were more noble than those in Thessalonica because of two things that they did or one featured quality and one action they performed.  The first difference was these more noble people received the Word of God with an “open mind”.  Meaning they were willing to listen and hear something totally new and radically different.  But instead of accepting everything that was taught them by faith and blindly following Paul, they did something else to prove what was being taught to them was actually what God said.  It says they searched the scriptures daily to see if what Paul was saying was really in the books they called God’s Word.  In those days they only had the Old Testament books and scrolls so that is the only thing that they had to search.  Today we can see that this also includes the New Testament writings.  You can learn so much by following the example of the more noble group of people.  You see there is nothing new under the sun, what was, is that, which shall be again.  What you have seen before, is that which will occur again.  God does things the same way today as He did in the days of the early church.  History has always run in cycles that repeat specific divine patterns in the human pattern of events.  So when someone like me comes along and teaches something so radically new, what should you do?  You should start by keeping an open mind to what is being said and then you must search your Bible to see if it is actually true.  That is all I’m asking you to do.

In my last blog we were talking about sex and infidelity in the context of a covenant marriage relationship.  We saw that physical things gives us patterns into spiritual things.  People who follow physical faithfulness probably have an easier time with spiritual faithfulness.  There has been an increased awareness of natural unfaithfulness due to a well know unnamed sports figure that has recently been caught up with the seeds that he had been sowing.  Without God no one really has a chance to be perfect, we have all been there and all share in the mistakes that we have made.  Also, in my last blog I referred to the fact that divorce was not permissible unless a spouse had been unfaithful.  I guess this golfer’s wife certainly has grounds for divorce.  I’m sure she is not a happy and content wife.  One thing that we can count on is the faithfulness of God.  God will always be faithful, so the only opportunity for failure falls on us.

So we were looking at Israel as being called the unfaithful wife in the Old Covenant.  She is accused of spiritual adultery by following other gods and worshiping idols.  There is really a very sincere lesson to learn from this, if you think about it.  Recently on the news I saw a story that spoke of many so called Christian churches starting to introduce other practices into their congregations.  I don’t know if they were attempting to draw more people in or what, but the net result will be disastrous.   These churches wanted to bring in yoga and far eastern mind religions.  Things like far east meditation and mind relaxation and control techniques that just open them up for Satanic interaction.  By introducing these foreign religions into their churches they are succumbing to the same result that the natural nation of Israel fell into.  This spiritual infidelity will result in sexual covenant relations with other gods just like Israel.  I hope you are hearing me and understand what I just said.

So today I want to open a new can of worms that I know will not go over with a lot of people, but I really have no choice but to teach what God has taught me from the Bible.  In my last blog I gave scriptures about God’s wife Israel being unfaithful to her husband and God said I divorced her.  If a covenant is a marriage, then a divorce is a termination of that covenant.  This is absolutely critical that you see this and understand it   God is not in covenant with Israel anymore or ever will be again.  I know that is a shocking statement, but look it up in the Bible and see what it says.  Israel has the same opportunity to marry into the new covenant with Jesus, but the old covenant is over.  Here is another witness to this fact:

Isa 50:1  Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.

We have seen that the prophets Jeremiah and Isaiah, both have declared the termination of the marriage covenant between God and Israel.  This verse in Isaiah also implies a selling of Israel to another buyer or owner.  This sounds like a new covenant relationship to me.  The Lord God says “I have Put Away your mother”.  Those are terms for divorce based upon Israel’s Godless acts of infidelity.   So we can conclude that the divorce is final in the eyes of God.

Today I want to show you what the law says about marriage and divorce.  It is so relevant to our discussion that I hope you can see it.  The law concerning divorce is found in the book of Deuteronomy in chapter 24:

Deu 24:1  When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

Here is what God did to Israel.  It is an exact representation of what happened to the nation of Israel.  This verse says a man shall take a wife and marry her.  We know that God took Israel by the hand and led her out of Egypt and married her.  Then it says if the man finds uncleanness in her and we know that God found his wife Israel unfaithfully following after other gods and worshipping idols.  So we know that according to the law, the man (God) then can write her a bill of divorcement and give it to her and God did this using his prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah, His two witnesses to Israel’s whoredom.   You then see that this verse says that the woman is now not a part of this husband’s household anymore.  She has been kicked out of the relationship due to her unclean acts of wickedness.  This is exactly what happened to the nation of Israel, if people choose to see it.

Deu 24:2  And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.

I read these words and see how God foretold what was about to transpire with his wife.  This verse says this divorced wife has become the wife of another man.  We saw scriptures that implied strongly that Israel was another man’s wife now.  I could give you many other scriptures that would also confirm this but I just don’t have the room in this blog to extend to these.  I’ll skip over verse 3 because it is about her new husband divorcing her.  What I want you to see is the next verse and what it says:

Deu 24:4  Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

You see according to the law, it would be illegal for God to marry Israel again.  God said it would be an abomination for Him to take back a wife that has defiled herself with another man.  It is therefore illegal, according to the law for God to enter into covenant with the nation of Israel again.  I am glad I didn’t write the Bible, I just read it and see what it says.  But, I don’t see how He could take her back and not make himself out to be a liar. 

I know these are very strong words and the implications are very far reaching.  Nevertheless I didn’t write the Bible so don’t shoot the messenger.  You have the opportunity to embrace what the Bible says or you now have an opportunity to reject it and ignore what God said.  I suspect I’ll have both reactions.  The Bible was written in an encoded fashion that forces us to correctly divide the words to come up with the truth.   That means some will see it and some will not.  That also means everything in the Bible is not always self evident or self revealing and since I don’t know everything maybe there is something that I don’t know yet that could change the outcome of Israel.  If God wants to keep something hidden it will remain hidden, if God wants to reveal the truth then nothing will stop Him from doing that either.

We have seen scripture that declares Israel’s relationship with God being terminated.  I then showed you the law of God that declares this relationship is over for good.  I’ll end this blog with this last statement, there is more in the Bible that you don’t know than what you do know.  I don’t care how long you have studied the Bible or how much you have memorized and you can quote.  Quoting scripture does not mean you know it.  The term to “Know” means understand and I guarantee you don’t understand very much of the Bible.  God’s intelligence level is so far beyond ours that every word in the Bible has significance and meaning and most of the time we just read them like they don’t mean anything.  The one reality that I am faced with every time I study the Bible is this:  The more I learn, the more I find out I don’t know.  If you are not there yet, you have a lot more to learn.  In my next blog I’ll attempt to explore natural Israel’s new covenant relationship.

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

Understanding Bible Covenants! Part 2 Sex, Infidelity and Divorce

(Ver 1.2) This is now Part 2 in the series of Understanding Bible Covenants.  The Word of God is so awesome, I just love studying the Bible more than anything.  I hope you are as excited about learning about God as I am.  In today’s lesson I want to continue talking about understanding Bible covenants.  I want to give you several new established scriptures to expand your foundation for a sound understanding of what a Bible God type of covenant is.  Today’s subject as you can tell by the title will certainly be different than most anything that you have probably heard before and represents an advanced study on the subject of covenants intended for mature Christians.  If you are not a mature Christian then please just go read someone else’s Bible lesson for today.  Also if you have not read from the beginning of this series I would strongly suggest that you go back and start with Part 1 dealing with Covenants and Marriage.

In my first blog in this series, I introduced you to some of the basic concepts and parts of what a Bible covenant is and some of what a Bible covenant is not.  I told you that a Bible covenant is like a legal contract relationship between two separate individuals but yet it is certainly much more than this.  I then described this legal contract to be equivalent to a natural marriage between a husband and a wife.  I also introduced you to the fact that a Bible covenant relationship can be between any two of the following:

  • A spiritual being (God the Father, Jesus, Lucifer, etc.)
  • A physical being (Abraham)
  • A group of natural beings (Israel)
  • A group of spiritual beings (church, angels, etc.)

A covenant will always be between two of these categories of individuals.  I should also point out that a covenant can be between two individuals of the same type, for example a spirit being to a spirit being or a physical being to a physical being, or even a nation of people with another nation of people.  It is of course difficult to think of a group of people as being a single united entity, but that is what the Bible declares so I’ll stick with that.  In my last lesson, I gave you examples of the natural nation of Israel being in covenant with the creator God.  In these verses, I then showed you scriptures that God called this covenant a marriage relationship.  We can see that in a covenant with God, God is always the husband representative and the nation, group or individual in covenant with God is always the female wife representative.  This pattern established in the Old Covenant was continued in the New Covenant with Jesus being the husband and the church being His wife.

In my last lesson I also introduced you to the concept that when two people or individuals are married, that they become one flesh and/or one spirit.  I gave you scriptures that describes God’s law of marriage first given to us in Genesis 2.  Today, I do not want to get too graphic and turn you off or on, but I will warn you that today’s subject matter is of a very mature nature.  If you didn’t realize it before now, God created physical things like sex as a pattern for us to understand a hidden spiritual truth.  If God created natural sex, it must be good and have a purpose.  I will begin by saying that sex was of course designed to be limited within the boundary of a covenant marriage between a husaband and his wife.  Since I have been talking about covenants as a marriage, it doesn’t take long to realize that sex is a integral part of the covenant relationship.  Satan wants to pervert sex and make it a casual normal practice for anyone and everyone, even young children dating.  You can’t watch TV or movies without seeing sex promoted in a very prevalent and a dominate fashion.  If Satan wants to pervert the subject, it must have a legitimate purpose and reason for existence for God’s glory.  What we need to begin to realize is that physical sex only points us to a spiritual truths within a much higher dimension.

So, what does sex have to do with Bible covenants?  We should start by understanding that spiritual beings do not have sex, yet natural sex is a pattern for a spiritual truth.  Let us go to the Bible and use the law of first mention and see what God reveals to us on the subject of sex.  The first mention of sex that I found in the Bible was Genesis 4:1:

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

Here we have a pattern of Christ and the church.  Adam, the first man was a created pattern of Jesus Christ who was going to marry the church.  This verse in Genesis represents God’s way of describing physical sex in the covenant relationship between Adam and his wife Eve.  There is however, a fascinating concept given to us.  To “know” something or someone, what does that mean?  I’ve often heard the term for sex to be described as having “carnal knowledge of” them.  Carnal knowledge is just another synonymous term for natural sex.  The actual Hebrew word YADA (H3045) that was translated as “knew” is defined as follows: “to ascertain by seeing”.  It seems to be a form of knowledge, but going further than just a casual surface knowledge something or someone but it rather means to understand the something or someone.

There are many varieties of knowledge in the world.  To know a friend is not the same as for you to know your wife, or at least it shouldn’t be.  Let’s think about a different form of knowledge other than physical sex for a moment.  You see you can also go to school to learn some specific subjects.  For example, you can sit in class to know algebra, to know geometry or to know trigonometry and these are all representative types of having sex within the confines of a physical marriage according to God’s selection and usage of the word.  This word to know (YADA) can apply to either type of interaction by God’s design.  You can know a subject intimately so that it becomes a part of you and you understand it and this is representative of a covenant relationship, to know and to understand husband or a wife subject intimately.  What we have to see and understand are the concepts given to us by God.  Understand that there are parallels to knowing a subject and how that is related to sex.  God when He was in covenant with the natural nation of Israel, wanted them to know Him so He gave them the law and the words of the prophets.  Jesus wants the church to know Him so He gave them the Epistles.  Us studying and having intimate knowledge of Jesus in His Holy Word is the spiritual form of a wife having a physical relationship with her husband.  In our covenant marriage case we are His wife and He is our husband.

You might be of course struggling with the concept of what I am teaching today so I’ll give you some more key scriptures to help us more fully understand the subject of sex and knowledge more clearly.  I’ll turn to a verse that you have probably never considered what God teaches us and we will look into it to learn about covenant marriage relationships:

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

This verse represents the very complex subject of covenants utilizing other phrases, words and terms.  We can see that there is an inferred meaning that the church is now married to Jesus Christ in this statement.  We can then see that since we have become the body of Christ by covenant marriage, that we can still go and commit adultery and become the members of a harlot.  We can see that it is still possible to be joined spiritually, physically and sexually with another.  This is God’s law of natural marriage from Genesis 2 being restated and applied using other words and a spiritual application.  According to God the author of the Bible to become one with a harlot is to be joined with her physically or spiritually through sex (to know or having knowledge of).  This statement is actually a parallel to some Old Testament realities that transpired many years before Paul wrote these words.  What we can observe and understand from this is an implication that if one wife can commit adultery then any wife in covenant can commit adultery.  Let’s look at the next verse to learn more confirmation to what is being taught by God:

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

In this next verse we can see some more outstanding spiritual implications being given to us by God.  We can very clearly  learn that sexual relations with a harlot in the eyes of God is the exact same thing as a covenant marriage.  That means that having casual sex or a one night stand with any woman or a whore will cause you to be in covenant relationship with her.  In the eyes of God sex is marriage and marriage means there should be sexual intimacy.  That is some very strong words I know, but you can read it for yourself.  Study it out and see if this is not what God is saying.  Even a casual one night stand causes the participants to be in covenant relationship.  We know recently in the news that a prominent sports figure was accused by several women to be in relationship with all of them.  These fourteen or more women all accused this married man of having had sex with them.  According to the scripture verses that we just read this man now has a bunch of wives.  These physical realities are parallel to the spiritual realities that God is attempting to get us to see and to understand.  We can see this in the next verse:

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

You see in verse 17 we see another implied reference to Christ being married to the church.  The verse speaks directly that the church is “JOINED” to the LORD.  That is a marriage term and is the same word that is translated in other places as “cleave” to his wife.  This verse then declares that the church is One Spirit with our husband Jesus Christ.  Again more marriage terminology.  We can understand that this new covenant marriage is suppose to be a sexual relationship just based upon the context of the surrounding verses speaking about people who have sex with harlots.  In fact these verses are a warning written to the spiritual bride of Jesus telling her not to be involved with joining herself with other gods, idols or whoever or whatever.  There are certainly many things to consider about these statements and we can apply them to both natural and spiritual covenant relationships.  These constitute concepts of physical faithfulness and they should apply to us in our spiritual relationship with Christ as well.  The bottom line of these verses in 1 Corinthians 6 point us to being faithful to Christ Jesus our husband and not to wander off with a deception of Satan.

There are some very stout words given to us in the Old Testament concerning the natural nation of Israel.  Remember that according to verses in Jeremiah an other ones that I could give you that the natural nation of Israel were the wife of their husband God.  These words it seems have not been clearly understood.  But, before we go to the Old Testament let me show the law of marriage again restated for us in the New Testament:

Rom 7:1  Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

We can see new meaning in these words when we apply what we have just learned about the term “know”.  To know something or someone is a sexual term that denotes a covenant act and relationship.  So this verse is written to those that were in covenant with God and the law and this could only be the natural nation of Israel because the Law was given to them by Moses on Mt Sinai after coming out of Egypt.  Let’s see what God is saying to them that “know” the law:

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

These are some interesting words given to us from God.  These words declare that a woman is bound to the covenant law of her husband as long as he is alive.  We know from previous study that Israel is called the wife of God in the Old Covenant.  So we are told by God that this group or nation of natural people were bound by the law of God as long as He lives.  God says very clearly that only when the husband is dead is she free to marry (enter covenant) again.

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

Here we have God’s definition of an adulteress.  I do not understand how people have not put these things together, but I guess they are just hard to accept so they refuse to see them.  Any way verse 3 of chapter 7 says if her husband is alive and she marries another man, then she shall be called an adulteress.  An adulteress is a noun title for a woman who has committed adultery.  Adultery is defined as “an extramarital sexual affair” and “infidelity” also known as unfaithfulness.   This is what is called the state of being unfaithful to your covenant spouse.  Are you following these concepts?  How do we apply these physical things to spiritual things?  We know that the natural nation of Israel did not have physical sex with other gods, idols or religions, but God said numerous times in the Old Testament that they were very unfaithful to Him.  So apparently spiritual sex follows after a pattern of natural sex and is treated no differently by God.  In fact in the eyes of God it is exactly the same.  Spiritual sex would involve worshipping false gods, idols and other such unfaithful acts.  These spiritual acts of the knowledge of foreign gods are covenant acts of infidelity in the eyes of God.  This was Israel His wife making herself in covenant relationship and being joined with other gods as we have just learned from the New Testament.  Let us start looking at some Key Old Testament verses that speak about this subject:

Jer 3:1  They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.

Yet more difficult words to swallow from God.  It is a struggle to understand how Israel the natural nation of people are said to have committed adultery with many lovers.  In fact this verse actually says that Israel has become the wife of another man by being unfaithful even while being married to the living covenant God.  Remember what we read in 1 Corinthians, that the sexual act itself causes you to become married in covenant with the harlot.   This verse in Jeremiah calls Israel the harlot and the wife of someone else and this husband is not God.  The implications to these statements are huge and very powerful.  The ramifications and consequences to Israel’s acts of unfaithfulness are enormous.  Who is this one that Israel is accused of having spiritual intercourse with, and is in covenant with, if it is not with God?  It will certainly be a new thing to research and consider using the Word of God.

Studying the Bible on this subject is incredibly difficult, because it implies so many heavy and deep things for us to consider.  Many ministers in the church teach and preach such favorable things about the nation of Israel and I guess that they gloss over and ignore statements in the Bible about her infidelity and unfaithfulness.   As we continue with this lesson it will not get any easier for me to teach or for you to accept.  Let’s continue with this verse also in Jeremiah 3:

Jer 3:8  And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

In Malachi 2:16 God makes the statement that he hates divorce, however in Jeremiah 3:8 we see a direct statement that God has just divorced Israel, because of her repeated adulteries.  If you recall from the definition of an adulteress in 1 Corinthians, an adulteress is any woman who has sexual knowledge outside of her covenant marriage while her husband still lives.  God says backsliding Israel has committed adultery while I yet lived as their husband.  What are the consequences of those transgressions?  Here is a statement by God that directly breaks and terminates the old covenant marriage with the natural nation of Israel and completely ends the relationship.  When God gave these words to His Prophet Jeremiah, the nation of Israel was divorced by law and no longer could be called the covenant wife of God but she is called the wife of another man in this book and others because of her sexual relationships with those gods.  Because of Israel’s infidelity she has become the wife of another by the simple act of spiritual adultery.   I told you that this wasn’t going to get any easier to accept.  We are now heavy duty into the subject of divorce as it relates to the subject of marriage covenants.  What gives God the right to divorce His unfaithful wife Israel?  Let us confirm the divorce for the naysayers so there is no confusion:  Please read another witness from the prophet Isaiah:

Isa 50:1  Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.

Here we can clearly see God speaking about His covenant wife Israel.   This verse was written to the Lord Jesus speaking to Him to ask His mother about her divorce.  What I want you to see that God very clearly says “I have put her away”.  This Hebrew word translated as put away means to cast out.   Also in this verse God uses the Hebrew word H3748 that is only used 4 times in the O.T.  This word is translated as “divorcement” here and it literally means a cutting of the marital bonds.  The only other time this word is used is found in Jeremiah 3:8 that we just looked at and in the Law of Moses written in Deuteronomy 24:1-3 where God permits divorce because of the hardness of the hearts of the people of Israel according to Jesus in Matthew.  Let’s look at that verse quickly:

Mat 19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

Notice what Jesus teaches about covenant relationships.  Jesus said there was a time when this was permitted but it was only because they were hard hearted.  Then Jesus says very clearly that this was not the intended design of God from the beginning.  This would help confirm to us why God wrote in Malachi 2:6 that it is written that God hates divorce.  God does not want to divorce anyone.  God also does not want anyone in the world to divorce each other either.  Divorce is far from the perfect will of God.  God only permitted divorce under the law because of Israel’s repeated unfaithfulness while committing whoredom over and over and over.  Let’s look at another verse that Jesus directly speaks concerning divorce in Matthew:

Mat 5:32  But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

Jesus enforces God’s right to divorce His unfaithful wife Israel here in this verse in Matthew.  Here we have Jesus speaking of divorce as not being a legitimate alternative to end any covenant relationship except for the reason of “fornication”.  The Greek word G4202 that was translated as “fornication” here actually means “Harlotry” or “whoredon”.  I have not heard many or any Christian leaders, preachers and teachers teaching these concepts.  I wonder why?  Do they exist in the Bible?  It is also interesting that harlotry is the physical or natural meaning of this Greek word, but it also conveys the spiritual meaning of “idolatry” in the case of natural Israel.  In the case of God’s relationship with natural Israel His wife, the sole legal reason for His divorce to her is based upon Israel’s constant interaction with other gods, religions and their idols.  They worshipped false gods and idols instead of the true and living God.  They became those that worshiped the creation more than the creator.  Wow does that sound familiar?

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

Here we have another incredible scripture that relates Israel to be the wife of God.  The word “as” is added to the verse by the translator thinking that they were making a comparison, but Israel was the covenant wife by God’s own admission that God was speaking to in this verse.  It goes on to describe her as a woman that has “departed” and “left” her husband.  God does not like that one bit.  A wife should not depart from her loving husband ever.  In this verse it is implies that she (Israel) has left her husband for another man.  I wonder why these scriptures are not taught and have been overlooked and ignored in the Bible?  Are these verses written in the Holy Book?  Did Israel commit adultery and fall into a covenant with another spiritual being?  How could this be and who is this spiritual being that is now in covenant with natural Israel?  If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you should.  They are truly important to your understanding of the Word of God.

I have to limit the number of verses that I could include on this subject due to lesson length.  But please understand that just because I gave you a few verses, it doesn’t mean that there are not many, many others that say the same thing.  You are welcome to search and find them out for yourself.   You can find many verses of the whoredom of Israel in Jeremiah  3,  16, Ezekiel 16, 20, 23 and 43 and the book of Hosea to name the major references.  Go read them and study them all for your self and learn what spiritual adultery represents.  This was a woman that has left her husband to go and commit an act of sexual knowledge with another god besides her husband.

What I did was attempt to give you a foundational overview of a very complex subject, showing you how natural things are directly related to spiritual things.  Marriage, sex, infidelity and divorce are all subjects that you should be familiar with in the natural.  But, knowing how to apply them to God’s designed spiritual things is the challenge we are all faced with.  I have shown you that God’s Old Covenant wife was unfaithful to Him and as a result, God has divorced her.  That at least implies that this old covenant is over and done with for God the Father but not for natural Israel because of the law.   Let’s go back to Romans and see a verse that I did not give you yet about this subject of covenant marriage:

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

Here is a complex verse that does not make any sense if you do not see that it was only written to those that “knew” the law.  God says you that knew the law have been freed from that bondage of covenant relationship because your husband God died on the cross in the flesh.  Then God says directly to these people that were bound to that covenant that they could be married in covenant with another man named the risen from the dead the Lord Jesus Christ.   You see this verse does not make any sense for a Gentile that was never in covenant marriage with God.  It can only apply to the natural nation of Israel.  Any way we look at it, the natural nation of Israel must enter into the marriage covenant with Jesus Christ or they will not enter into everlasting life.  Jesus declared quite literally that He was the only way to the Father and that no one could enter in by any other way and that means covenant also.

There are multiple implied verses given to us in the Bible that the woman natural Israel is now married to another spiritual being and this could be the reason why Satan wants to wipe Israel off of the face of the planet.  If you didn’t already know that you must have been living in a vacuum or a bubble.  Satan is trying diligently to wipe Israel off the map and probably will attempt something dramatic very soon.  As soon as countries like Iran develop nuclear weapons, Israel is in deep trouble.  These weapons are not for defense, they are for the sole purpose of eliminating Israel.  Many Christians view natural Israel and call them God’s chosen people and assume that is why Satan wants to kill them.  I would suggest that Satan may want to kill them for a different reason.  Perhaps in my next bible lesson we will get into more verses concerning this unfaithful woman that was in covenant with God but, appears to be married to another now.

If you would like to continue reading this series on Bible covenants, you can go to “Part 3“.

Understanding Bible Covenants! Part 1 Covenants and Marriage!

(Ver 1.2)  Most people who have read the Bible, know that the Bible is divided into 2 covenants.  The first is called the Old Testament and the other is called the New Testament.  The Word Testament is really just a synonymous term for the word covenant.   A last will and testament are what many people write to control what happens to their assets when they die.  This is an amazing realization of the Bible to some extent.  It is also important to know that these two covenants are completely different and separate from each other.  In fact each of these covenants involve 2 completely different individuals.  The two individuals of the Old Covenant are not the same two individuals of the New Covenant.  I know that statement will cause many to think.  What I am doing is being very specific and detailed oriented when I make that statement.   I don’t think a lot of people think that way when they read the Bible.  The Old Covenant was between God and the natural nation of Israel.   The New Covenant has been established between Jesus and His bride the church.  The old covenant was made with God the Father and the new covenant was made with God the Son.  I know it sounds like I’m nit picking because there is only one God that is made up of three revealed personalities, but it is a very important designated difference to understand.  There is a major difference between these two revealed covenants.  I have personally heard that many Christians think that the new covenant spiritual church was grafted into the old covenant natural Israel covenant and therefore God has produced a combined and integrated mixed up conglomeration of the natural and the spiritual individuals in a single combined covenant with God.  But this is not true and does not conform to scriptures.

God reveals to us in the Bible that the body of Christ (the new covenant people) are made up  of a widely diverse conglomeration of individual members from every natural race and creed that we can find on this planet.  But, even that does not mean that God has included the old covenant and combined it with the New Covenant.  However, I will say that new covenant Christianity is based upon the established morals and principles found within the Jewish Old Covenant, but God has implemented a New Covenant that is so unique and fresh that it is completely different while being completely the same simultaneously.   Always remember this establish truth, the old covenant a covenant with a natural people in the physical world and the other is a brand new covenant with a spiritual people in the spiritual realm.   If you do not know the difference between those two, you are reading Bible lessons from the wrong Bible teacher.

Let’s understand basic logic and apply it to God’s Word.  We never say that something is new without first understanding that it is NOT the same as what is called the old.  If I said that I bought a new car, you would automatically know and understand that the new car is not the old car that I use to drive or own.  I might still have an old car, but the car that I have now is newer and certainly much different than the car that I use to have.  When God said I will make a New Covenant in His Word, you must automatically conclude, know and understand that it is not the same as the old covenant.  These are basic principles based upon basic logic and grammatical syntax for adverbial qualification.  One never needs to place the adverb new qualifier before the noun covenant if there are no other covenants to distinguish it from.  But yet we have people teaching a wide variety of things that go against these truths.

Jer 31:31  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

Everyone that reads this verse almost always automatically assumes that God is talking about the natural nation of Israel.  However, this of course is a problem to make any assumptions without studying to find out who God is talking about.  Making assumption will normally lead to error 100 times out 100 attempts.  We have a widespread problem within the body of Christ of people taking one truth and attempting to make it all of the truth.  I really don’t know if you understood what I just said, or not?  But, we can find many truths in the Bible, but the Bible is much more complex than that.  For example, there are natural things and then there are spiritual things.  There are also multiple different things, items or people called by the exact same name in the Bible.  Sometimes one of them is a natural people, item or location that reflects an image or a pattern of a spiritual reality.  God uses a wide variety of methods of concealing information and truths in the Bible.  In order to correctly understand what you are reading, you must understand how the Bible was written and why God concealed things in this encoded fashion.

Let’s get back to our subject, what is a covenant?  If we look in the dictionary we can see several definitions for the word covenant.  The basic definition of the word covenant is a formal sealed agreement or legal contract.  In many commercial loans from banks, the legal document produced between the bank and the customer making the loan often times contains a list of covenants.  These are usually legal stipulations, restrictions and requirements concerning the terms and usages of the money that is loaned.  However, this type of covenant does not accurately represent a Bible covenant.  Then if you’ve ever bought a piece of property in an established organized neighborhood or development, most of the time the property comes with a set of covenants.  These are usually  restrictions and rules of property usage. These often time will tell you what kind of fences you can build, what kind of buildings you can add, even what colors you can paint your house.  This also does not represent a Bible covenant.

The Hebrew word translated as covenant occurs approximately 284 times in the Old Testament.  This Hebrew word is H1295 according to the Strong’s and it has the following definition:

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

We can see that this word also means a legal contract, but it also has a basis founded on division or the cutting of flesh.  You see in the definition that the word implies the presence of a knife that must be used to cut and produce blood.  This definition would also imply that there is the necessity for the flow of blood if someone were cutting flesh.  We can find this reality given to us as a pattern in the Old Testament.  For example, the Abrahamic covenant in Genesis 15 involved the killing and splitting down the back bone of 3 different 3 year old animals, a male ram, a female heifer and a female goat.  As you can imagine this would have been an extremely bloody mess after this cutting took place.  Abraham cut the animals into two pieces and they were then laid on the ground.  Then the covenant was made by walking between all of the pieces.  So a foundational principal of blood covenants involves cutting.  This is the concept of dividing one piece into two.  This is very significant whether you realize it or not right now.  There is a principle being established within a Bible covenant.  It involves the creation of a covenant relationship between two individuals.  But it also involves a separation of those who are in covenant from those who are not in that covenant.  Did you understand that statement?  It is very important that you do.  So why is this so significant?   In the Old Covenant, God made a covenant with the nation of Israel and they became God’s covenant people.  The establishment of this covenant made the natural nation of Israel God’s people and all those not in  this covenant excluded from being called God’s covenant people.  We can clearly observe the establishment of a division, or a partition of distinction between the covenant people and the non-covenant people.  What a powerful concept that God has implemented through is superior divine wisdom.

The closest thing that we have to a Bible blood covenant in this world is a marriage between a man and a woman.  Of course modern marriages today can come with pre-nups and other legal restrictions that disqualify them from being an example of a Bible covenant.  In an example of a Bible covenant, the one party making the covenant with the other says, what I have is yours and what you have is mine.  There are no exclusions, exemptions, or exceptions and it is an all or nothing proposition.   A Bible covenant is the 100% commitment from both participants in the covenant.  Each participant in the covenant can fully count on the resources of the other participant if they have need of them.  This was how Bible covenants worked and this is how marriages should work

You can also see by studying this subject that there are different strengths of covenants in the Bible.   One of these is the blood covenant, which is the strongest covenant that can be made between any two individuals or parties.  David made a blood covenant with Jonathan in the Old Testament.  Even though Jonathan’s father Saul tried to kill David, David never retaliated against that family because of the covenant.  Even after Saul and Jonathan were killed, David tried to establish the blessings of the covenant with the descendants of Jonathan.  You can read these accounts of David in 2 Samuel and it has a story of how David wanted to honor the covenant that he made with Jonathan.  David sends out his people to find a crippled boy named Mephibosheth to confirm and establish his covenant with Jonathan.  Mephibosheth was in hiding because he  thought that David the king was going to kill him, but David just wanted to bless him.  These are types and patterns of Jesus and the world.  Jesus came and died  to save the world and they are all afraid of Him becuase they think that He just wants to kill them also.  So we have a stand-off, the world is in hiding and those who are sent out to tell them that, Jesus loves them and wants to bless them because of the covenant.  Mephibosheth was eventually brought to the king’s palace and given the best of the best.  That was done only because of the covenant that David made with Jonathan, Mephibosheth enjoyed everything that David enjoyed.  This is an example of  a Bible covenant, a blood covenant that describes Jesus and the church.

I guess this should establish the fact that true Bible covenants have blessings attached to them.  If the one party of the covenant has any need of something that the other party in the covenant has, it is available for them to freely use and partake of.  This is one of the key ingredients to a Bible covenant.  I think in most people’s minds today, a marriage means you also take the bad or the curses along with the good and the blessings.  But with covenants with God, He is always good and only provides us with blessings.  God does not intend to do any harm or anything bad or evil for or to any of us.  He wants to bless us with only the good.  This is what a Bible covenant is all about.

Bible, covenants are always between two parties exactly like a marriage is only between a husband and a wife.   It is important to note that covenants can be between a diverse type of individuals.   You will understand this better as we go on in the series.  God many times considers a group of people such as the nation of Israel to be identified corporately as a single entity, personality or even named individual.  Everyone in the nation is treated the same, given the same benefits and blessings.

Covenants can be between any of the following three groups or classifications of individuals:

1.  spiritual being to another spiritual being or a spiritual group of beings

  • God and Lucifer
  • Jesus and the Church

2.  spiritual being to a physical being or a physical group of people

  • God and Abraham
  • Satan and Adam
  • God and Israel
  • Satan and Israel

3.  physical being to another physical being

  • Natural husband and wife
  • Adam and Eve
  • Abraham and Sarah
  • Abraham and Hagar
  • David and Jonathan

I tried to give you some examples of some of the possibilities of each of these types of covenant relationships.  I know you have probably never heard of many of these covenants that I mentioned, but yet that doesn’t mean they don’t exist, it just means you never researched them and studied them to see if they exist.  I have done the research and I am convinced that every example that I gave you is a valid covenant found in the Bible.  There is of course one noteworthy difference in some of these covenants.  Covenants with God are a blessing and covenants with Satan are a curse.  God wants to bless you and Satan wants to kill, steal and destroy you and everything you have.  There are major consequences, distinctions and differences between the party you are in covenant with and who you are not in covenant with.   I don’t know you personally and only you and God know where you are right now and who you are in covenant with.  But I can guarantee you that you are in covenant with someone right here and right now, either Satan or God.

Some have tried to differentiate between covenants that involve God and covenants that don’t involve God.  But the principles and practices of Bible covenants apply across the board to whoever is in covenant with another.  So there really is no difference in the basic concepts of Bible covenants, they apply equally across the board to all participants and all types of covenants mentioned in the Bible.

What I will do now, is to give you some scriptural backing for what these covenant types are to help you understand them more completely.  Let’s start with a physical or natural husband and wife type of covenant.  We call these covenants, marriages and in the eyes of God a marriage is a covenant relationship and a covenant relationship is a marriage.  If you asked me if I could prove that by the Bible, I would say yes.  Let’s look at a verse found in the book of Malachi to begin this part of the study.  This verse is a scripture that is certainly very relevant to our subject:

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

We can clearly see a relationship being established between a husband and his wife.  God chastises the man for mistreating his wife.  But he ends the verse with a statement that declares his wife to be in direct covenant relationship with him.   A husband and wife are the natural example of a Godly Bible blood covenant, or at least they should be.   It is funny how perverted our society has gotten.  So who were the first husband and wife?  Of course they were Adam and Eve in Genesis.  God created a natural covenant family as a pattern for us to see into the future spiritual realm.  Let us go back to Genesis 2 briefly and discover what God says about the law of marriage.

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

We can learn from this verse in Genesis that the woman was taken from a man and that her body was his body.  This is a natural pattern for a spiritual reality of Jesus and the church.  The church is called the body of Christ and most accept that reality without asking how the church got to be the body, if you want to learn more about this I would recommend that you  read my blog on the subject.  How the church became the body of Christ.

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

In these two verses in Genesis 2 a spiritual law is established by God that governs every true covenant relationship, both physical and spiritual.  God establishes a precedence that two will become one.  Either one flesh or one spirit, depending on the two parties in covenant.  If they are both physical, then they are one flesh.  If they are both spiritual then they are one spirit.  If one is a spirit being and one is a natural people, then they are the least common denominator, or one flesh but that is my opinion and I haven’t found that in the Bible yet.  I do know that the church is called the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27) and is also said to be one spirit with Christ (1 Cor 6:17).  We can learn from these two stated dimensions that Christ has been joined with the church both physically and spiritually.

So  a marriage covenant represents a union as well as a division.  The taking of two separate individuals and making one out of them, with the exclusion of all the rest.  That is the basis of a Bible covenant.  Now what one has the other has.  What one has need of the and the other has, it is automatically made available without conditions or cost.  This is the foundation of a Bible covenant, how well does it fit your marriage?    So let’s shift our focus to a spirit being in covenant to a natural physical people example and see if it fits the pattern that I have described for you:

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

Wow, this verse really blew me away!  The creator God of the entire universe was married to a natural people.  The verse speaks directly about a time when God led the people of Israel out of the country of Egypt and He says He took them by the hand.  That is what a man does to a woman when he proposes marriage.  We can clearly see that God intended it that way, but did Israel?  Obviously not.  Israel didn’t understand what they were getting into, even though it was the best offer they ever had, at least until Jesus came along.  God called himself the husband to the nation of Israel.   God directly links marriage to be a covenant and His covenant with Israel to be a marriage to them.  God does not with the association of words from H1285  translated as covenant and H1166 translated as husband.  An omnipotent God married to a physical natural nation of people, both males and females.  That would make the entire nation of Israel the female wife (bride) to the LORD GOD.  I truly hope you are grasping the concepts of this lesson because they are so very important.   Could it really be possible that a spirit being could be in covenant marriage to a natural nation of people.  Obviously it was true.  However, this was the Old Covenant, which was only a natural pattern for the coming New Covenant.

Now I will briefly show you the New Covenant so we can see if it also fits the pattern that I have described as being a husband to a wife.  There are many scriptures that I could give you but the best one is found in Ephesians 5:

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

These verses in Ephesians 5 starting around verse 22 are specifically directed to natural husband and wife relationships.  But, intermixed into this context of these natural marriage verse is also the spiritual relationship between Christ and the church.  So we can clearly see that God believes that the church is the bride of Jesus Christ and that Christ’s relationship wit the church is a marriage.  Here in verse 30 we can read that we are members of His body.  Then it declares the words of the law of marriage we read earlier in Genesis 2, we are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh.  These are marriage terms and direct conformation to how the church became the body of Christ.  Then in verse 31:

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

We again see the law of marriage being restated and applied for us.  I filled in the blanks and put in parentheses who God is talking about in this statement to help you see it.  I have had people question me about Jesus leaving His father and mother and being joined to His wife, but I just simply go by what the verse says. .  For we then see the realization to the truth in verse 32:

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

God declares this covenant relationship to be a great mystery.  Obviously it has been greatly misunderstood even today.  There are many who refuse to believe the church is the bride/wife in covenant with Jesus, yet God tells us directly in verse 32 that He is speaking of Christ and the church as being a husband and a wife.  I’ve noticed that you can’t make people see the truth, you can only tell it like it is and hope they see it eventually.  I have given you three really great examples that describe covenants to be marriages and marriages to be covenants.  These included 1) physical to physical marriages, 2)spiritual to physical marriages and 3) spiritual to spiritual marriages/marriages.  These are all examples of Bible covenants that fit the truth of the pattern given to us in the Word of God.

It is important to note who originates Bible covenants.  True Bible covenants are always initiated by the man and God the Father is always the male in every covenant relationship, except when we see the new covenant that was initiated between the risen Son of God and His bride the church.   Always remember that Jesus represents a male son within the Triune Godhead.  The Triune Godhead is actually made up of three male personalities and all of them are One God.  In a normal human marriage the male asks the female to be his wife.  The female then has the choice to become one with this man or to walk away.  This is a picture and a direct pattern of the New Covenant relationship with the bridegroom Jesus Christ.  He has invited everyone on the planet to be in this covenant, He has proposed marriage and everyone on the earth has a choice to make, either to accept or reject.  A non decisions is of course the same as a rejection and a mistake with eternal consequences.

I hope that you are grasping these concepts, because they are truly great spiritual realities.  God created and  implemented natural things, systems, types and patterns to help us to see and understand spiritual unseen things.  I think I will end this lesson today on that note for now and hopefully continue the lesson of what a Bible Covenant is in my next lesson in this series.  Thank you for reading and studying the Bible with me and I pray that you will continue to grow in all of the knowledge of Christ Jesus.  If you would like to continue reading this series, please goto “Part 2“.

The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Pt 8 Micah 4:6-10

(Ver 1.1)  This is now Part 8 in the series of lessons of “The True Identity of the Woman in REvelation 12”.  If you have not been following this blog series from the beginning I would strongly recommend that you start at the beginning and read “Part 1“.  I know there are still many who are struggling with what I have shown you in the Word of God.  It is so difficult to get people to see new things.  They have been taught the woman in Revelation 12 is Israel and the man child is Jesus by so many people.  Men have stood up and taught this like it was the truth and obviously that is what they believed.  However, I have given you overwhelming evidence to the contrary.   Yet still people like their traditions better than the Word of God.  Paul and the apostles had to deal with this attitude and this attitude still exists in the hearts of many today.  I welcome you to find me wrong, study the Bible for yourself and discover the truth.  DO NOT take my word for anything, you look it up in the Bible and see if that is what God is saying to you.  I thought that my last blog would be the last blog on this subject but I decided to help skeptics a little bit more.  You see there are many Old Testament scriptures that I didn’t cover.  I primarily focused on what the New Testament said, but the New gives us insight into the Old and vice versa.  So let me continue this subject with some more Old Testament scriptures that I was told are related to the woman’s identity in Revelation 12.  Let’s look at some verses in the fourth chapter of Micah, from the prophet of God:

Mic 4:10  Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

So who is this woman in labor?  Who is the child that she brings forth?  These are fascinating verses, but ones that are so easily misunderstood.  If you have been reading the blogs on this subject I am going to be forced to repeat myself in order to explain the identity of this woman found in Micah.  Most Christians automatically associate Zion and Jerusalem to natural Israel.  However, I have given you numerous scriptures that have shown you there are 3 cities called Jerusalem.  Perhaps I need to explain them again. 

Start by asking yourself this question?  Who are the children of Jerusalem?  Focus on the children of the city and not the city of Jerusalem.  We could of course say it is the Jews.  That would be correct if we were talking about the natural earthly city of Jerusalem.  But, who said that was the city that God was talking about?  You see people often times get into trouble by assuming too much, too fast.  There are three different cities in the Bible all called Jerusalem and here they are again:

  1.  Earthly Jerusalem
  2. Heavenly Jerusalem
  3. New Jerusalem

So when you read a verse of scripture about a city called Jerusalem you need to first ask God which one He is talking about.  All three of these cities represent Women in the family of God.  These are all separate, unique and distinct cities.  Everyone of these cities represent a different covenant relationship with God and a different family.  Children of the natural earthly Jerusalem are the natural Jewish people found on the earth still today.

Mat 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

These are the words of Jesus speaking about the earthly city of Jerusalem.  He speaks to her in terms of being a woman with children.  These are the natural children of the Jewish people that he was bringing the message of God to.  These are the children that mostly rejected the message and killed him.  What I want you to see from this verse is a woman with children.  Now let’s move on to the heavenly Jerusalem.

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

Now we see a direct contrast given to us.  This woman in Galatians is said to be a free woman.  Her location is given to us as being somewhere above this planet.  By reading the context of this verse we can see it is compared to the earthly Jerusalem who is the woman that is in bondage.  We can determine from these verses in Galatians that there are two distinct and separate cities, both called Jerusalem and both as we have seen are stated as having had children.  In fact the heavenly Jerusalem is said to be the mother of the church.  We can ascertain from that by simple logic that the heavenly Jerusalem is not the church.  We can see by further analysis of Galatians that the earthly Jerusalem is said to be a type of Hagar and that they heavenly Jerusalem is said to be a type of Sarah.  If you understand the story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar you know that Sarah was much, much older than the slave woman Hagar.  We can therefore conclude by using logic again that this heavenly Jerusalem existed prior to the establishment of the earthly Jerusalem came into existence.  Are you following all of this?  This is important stuff.

The Bible speaks about a new heaven and a new earth being created by God.  These verses also speak about the old heaven and old earth passing away.  Why is it necessary for God to do away with the old and start over?  It is a very perplexing question to ponder.  Nonetheless, that is what the Bible describes to us.  So I told you there were three cities in the Bible called Jerusalem so let’s find out about that one:

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

We can clearly see a revelation of God being described to us in this chapter.   Here is the new Jerusalem, a city coming down from God.  This city is also a woman who is adorned for her husband.  We can see from this that there is an implied marriage.  So let’s start by asking who is the husband?

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

We can see in the Bible that the husband is the lamb of God.  Jesus of course is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.  I’ve heard several ministers try to teach that since the church is the body of Christ, if Jesus has a bride then we have a bride also.  They try to place the church into the same class and gender as God.   You know the term bride of Christ technically doesn’t exist in the Bible.  No you see in Revelation it describes the bride as being the Lamb’s wife.  I don’t know about you but I have never heard the church called the Lamb of God, have you?  No, you see the church is not the groom, the church is the bride.  Here is what Jesus said on the subject of the identity of the bride:

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

Here we see Jesus speaking to the church, saying those that overcome He will write the name of this city called, the New Jerusalem.  If you don’t understand that statement.  I really can’t help you I guess.  The church is the New Jerusalem.  The church is the bride and wife of the Lamb of God.  The church is in covenant with Jesus.  A covenant in the eyes of God is a marriage.  God being the male, the people in covenant being the female.  This is how it worked in the Old Covenant and this is how it works in the New Covenant.

So who is the mother of the church?  It is the heavenly Jerusalem according to Galatians 4:26.  So who is the church?  The church is the bride of the Lamb.  We can then logically deduce that the church is the daughter of the heavenly Jerusalem.  Where have we seen that term before?  Daughter of Jerusalem occurs several times in the Old Testament in fact it occurs directly describing the woman in labor in Micah 4:8:

Mic 4:8  And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.

So who is the daughter of Zion?  Who is the daughter of Jerusalem?  It is the daughter of Jerusalem that is said to be in labor and not the mother Jerusalem.  Do you understand that statement?  Do you see that there is a difference between these two women?  If Jerusalem was pregnant, then she could be giving birth to a son or a daughter, but it says the daughter of Jerusalem is pregnant and she is about to give birth.  That is a different woman than those who have said this is Israel in Revelation 12.  If the woman in Revelation 12 is Israel, it would have said in Micah that Jerusalem is about to give birth.  It is critical that you understand who God is saying to be pregnant.

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

This statement written to the church of Jesus Christ informs us that we have come from Mt Zion, we are from the city of the living God called the heavenly Jerusalem.  The Heavenly Jerusalem is our mother, we are the daughter of the heavenly Jerusalem.  It also informs us that our mother is a spiritual mother, a city of spiritual beings.   Mary gave birth to Jesus, some 2000 years ago, the heavenly Jerusalem started giving birth to the church some 2000 years ago.  We can see from Revelation 12 that this is a prophetic birth that has not yet occurred.  This birth according to the prophet Micah is of the woman called the daughter of Jerusalem or we could also call her the New Jerusalem.  There is still so much to learn, if we open our hearts to the truth and let God teach us.  I know these lessons have been new and dramatically different than anything you  have ever heard before.  I know they are from God and not from me, so if you choose to reject them you are rejecting God and not me.  I have never been smart enough to think this stuff up.

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

The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Pt 7 The Book of Ruth

(Ver 1.1)  This is now my seventh blog on this subject and I hope you have been following it from the beginning.  If not go to the beginning and start with Part 1, before you try to read this blog.  It will make much more sense if you take them in order.  In my last blog I scripturally pursued evidence for if the Bible says anywhere that Jesus could be a spiritual father and have spiritual children.  You see if it says in the Bible anywhere that Jesus doesn’t have children or simply does not say, then we would have no basis for the woman in Revelation 12 being the church.  I believe I showed you a few good scriptures in my last blog that Jesus can and does have a spiritual family and that this spiritual family can have spiritual children.  One of these scriptures was a popular Christmas card verse  about Jesus being called the “Everlasting Father” in Isaiah 9:6.  I then brought up this point.  Why would God need to qualify the noun “father” with the adjective “everlasting”?  Here we have a noun (father) being modified using an adjective called “everlasting”.  I thought God the Father was the Everlasting Father?  Everlasting means eternal or the one that lasts forever.  The implication from that qualification is that God the Father is not the Eternal Father, Jesus is.  I don’t know everything, I just read and study the best that I know how.  I stay open to God and if He wants to teach me something about a verse I just try to listen.  So I try to stay open and pay close attention to every word that is written. 

Today, I want to take a turn and explore this subject from a completely different angle.  So many times God when he answers prayer He does so in a way that we were not expecting.  God gives us the answer to the prayer, but usually in a way that was different than what we would have done, or the way that we would have like it to be done.  This is a lot of the time, the trouble with our Bible study techniques.  Instead of studying a subject from God’s perspective we want the Bible to fit our idea of the way it should be.  But, we soon discover that God if he wanted us to know everything clearly could have written the Bible that way.  However, since God wrote the Bible in a concealed manner we must learn to work with what He has given to us.  In doing this we soon learn that we need to change how we think.  God is not like us, His ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts.  But that does not mean that we cannot change to learn His ways and think His thoughts.  It just takes a renewing of our mind to know and understand the things of God.

 I will start this blog by saying that the child in Revelation 12 is God.  Every male child in the family of God is always God.  Every female in the family of God is always the people in covenant with God.  So if a spiritual woman has a spiritual male child it can only be God.  I just gave you some very basic concepts of spiritual things that I know I did not explain scripturally.  Right now you will have to trust that I know what I’m talking about.  If you keep reading my blogs we will eventually get there but it will take time.

So today I want to explore the Book of Ruth.  The book of Ruth in the Old Testament has some absolutely fascinating information given to us in it.  If you have never read this book perhaps you should do that now, before you continue with my blog.  It is a short book, only 4 chapters so it will not take long to read through it and to gain a quick overview of it.  To those who have read it and think they know what it is about, let me briefly recap.  The primary subject of the book is a woman named Ruth.  This woman is a gentile woman, not in covenant with God, not born into or of the nation of Israel.   A gentile woman not in covenant with God, this is very important to understand.  The book of Ruth starts with the story of a family from Bethlehem.  Already we can see some parallels being developed.  Where was Jesus born?  Jesus was of course born in Bethlehem.   The story of Ruth starts with this family from Bethlehem leaving their home because of a famine.    Famine is a state of or the absence of natural food to eat. Natural food parallels spiritual food and gives us insight into a greater spiritual problem, but I won’t go there right now.  Any way this family consisted of the following family members:

  1. Elimelech, the father
  2. Naomi, the mother
  3. Mahlon,  a son
  4. Chilon, a son

This family of four members, rises up and moves to a place called Moab and settles down.  There in that land the father dies and the two sons marry gentile women and they also die.  Now we have a family that consists of nothing but three women who are left alone.  A Jewish mother with two daughter-in-laws.  One of the daughter-in-laws leaves and goes back to her family, but the other daughter-in-law made a wiser choice.  This woman named Ruth said to her Jewish mother-in-law, where you go I will go, where you live I will live and your people shall be my people and your God will be my God.  Ruth made a great choice and God honored her decision tremendously, by allowing her to become a great-great-grandmother of King David.  There are only 4 women directly mentioned by name in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1 and Ruth is one of them.  God bestowed a great honor upon this woman Ruth for trusting in His Word.

We can see a great story unfolding of a gentile woman not in covenant with God, speaking covenant words to be joined into the family of God.  These words spoken are a pattern of another spiritual woman to come.  In fact, all of these characters in this story I believe represent an allegory of a much higher spiritual reality.  God is giving us a look into the spiritual realm by analyzing this story.  This story is primarily about a gentile woman named Ruth and this woman is a type or pattern of the church.  Her mother-in-law Naomi is a type or pattern of the Nation of Israel.  Her Father-in-law is a type or pattern of God.  Earlier I told you that males in a family always represent God, females represent women in covenant with God.  In this story of Ruth, we see that the father as well as the sons all die.  When Jesus died on the cross who really knew what this meant?  Obviously Satan didn’t know.    I do want to explore this subject, but I cannot do that without a huge study that would cause me to get off of our current subject, so I have to leave that for a future blog.

Now let me go into what Ruth is primarily about.  You see everything that I said up until this point is just the introduction to the main subject found in Ruth.  The main story line concerns the law of the kinsman redeemer.  If you read chapter one of Ruth you saw Naomi make a statement to Ruth that she was too old to have children for Ruth to wait around and marry.  You see in Jewish families if a son married a wife and died without children it was the responsibility of the nearest relative, a brother to marry the widow to raise up heirs for his dead brother.  This is the foundational basis of the story of Ruth.  What hope does Ruth have by hanging around her mother-in-law?  Where does Ruth place her trust in for her destiny and future?  Ruth is placing all of her trust in the law of God.  God’s Word declared that a relative was responsible to come into the picture and marry the widow to have children.  Notice what I just said?  The reason for the marriage was to have children.  This is so significant that you cannot even begin to image what it all means.  Ruth is a type of the church, Boaz the kinsman redeemer is a type of Jesus Christ, our redeemer.  Boaz takes Ruth the gentile to be his wife with a covenant of marriage for the purpose of having children and they become the great-great-grand-parents to King David.  This is amazing stuff if you are understanding the implications.  All of these concepts are found in the law in the book of Numbers and if you read through them closely you should begin to understand some of the spiritual implications to these words:

Num 27:6  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Num 27:7  The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.

Num 27:8  And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter.

Num 27:9  And if he have no daughter, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his brethren.

Num 27:10  And if he have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his father’s brethren.

Num 27:11  And if his father have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it: and it shall be unto the children of Israel a statute of judgment, as the LORD commanded Moses.

You see God goes through a long discourse of how to distribute the inheritance of a family when the father dies.  Who is our spiritual Father?  Oh well I am sure I will have some say God the Father cannot die and I will not argue with you.  You either see it or reject it, you choose.  Any way in the law, if the father dies the inheritance begins to go to the children starting with the firstborn.  Then if there are no children it is interesting to note that we start with the nearest relatives, uncles and then cousins.  We can see a hierarchical order of inheritance being established.  God is establishing a law of precedence in the natural realm to demonstrate how He will do something later in the spirit realm.  I would like to ask those skeptics out there this question.  Did you ever notice in the New Testament that  we, the church are called the joint heirs with Christ?  What is an heir?  An heir is someone who inherits after someone else died.  Get it?  Uh oh?  Who died to leave us an inheritance?  What was that, which we inherited?  How did this inheritance follow the law in Numbers that we just read.  There are just so many questions to think about, isn’t there?

So the story of Ruth is a natural pattern to a much greater spiritual truth.  We can see Ruth, who is the pattern of the church, marries the redeemer Boaz a pattern of Messiah in order to raise up children for the dead husband and father.  Let me briefly give you some scriptures in Ruth that may help you to understand this story better:

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

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

It was the responsibility of the nearest relative to buy back the land that belonged to their family.  In this verse, Boaz approaches a nearer relative to ask him to buy the land of their brother Elimelech.  But as you read down you find this relative refuses, because it would mean that it would ruin his inheritance.  You can see in verse 4 that Boaz tells this other relative that if he didn’t buy the land that he would do it, because there are no other relatives that can legally do it.  But, did you notice the term “redeem”.  “Redemption” is a New Testament term and work of Christ. 

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

You can see in this verse of Ruth the problem that the other relative is faced with.  In order to redeem the land of Naomi, you must marry the gentile woman Ruth and have an heir for the dead relatives.  This is the law of God given to the nation of Israel and it is very significant to the story of Jesus and the church.

So how does all of this relate to other scriptures in the Bible?  I’ll end this blog with this related reference found in the New Testament:

Rom 7:1  Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

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

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

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

Here we have a passage related to the law of marriage.  These verses have widespread spiritual implications written all over them.  Did you notice who they were written to?  Paul writes these verses to those under the law.  He actually says those that “know” the law (Rom 7:1).  To “know” something is a statement related to a covenant relationship.  I’ll try to do a blog in the future explaining that statement in more depth.   We can see that Paul is writing these verses to his natural brothers of the nation of Israel.  So while the book of Romans was written to the church, these verses pertain only to the natural Jews.  It is very important to see this.  The law stated that a woman who was married could not be married to another man as long as the first husband was alive or she would be called an adulteress.  But, the woman whose husband is dead is free to marry another (Rom 7:3).  So what does God say to those who were under the law?  God told them that they are now free to marry another, and this one that they should marry is the one that God raised from the dead, Jesus Christ.  Are you following the reasoning and logic of these statements?  Because Jesus Christ was crucified, these verses claim that their former husband was killed or died.  That is what Romans 7:4 is telling them.  The crucifixion of Jesus now freed them from the law to be in covenant with the risen man Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  A marriage to the Son and not the Father.  We can clearly see that these verses do not apply to gentile believers because they were never under the law  or in covenant with God.  The gentiles were never in or under the law and therefore were free to be married to whomever they choose.  However, the natural nation of Israel was given the law on Mt Sinai through Moses and this law established many boundaries that they are forced to abide with as long as they refuse to accept their Messiah.   Let me briefly go back to the book of Ruth and tell you about a statement that Ruth makes that reveals to us the principal of these statements in Romans 7:

Rth 1:17  Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

Ruth makes a statement of truth that has widespread implications.  You can see from the statement that death represents a dividing line.  Death causes a separation of one connected person from another person.  Only death can separate us, Ruth said.  This is an incredible revelation if you apply it correctly and understand it fully.  Ruth gives us a secret to how God will separate himself from Satan.  Only by his death will the wife be freed from the law of her husband.  Death represents a division between two connected individuals.  Through death a legal separation occurs between two people who are in a marriage covenant.  It is important to know that God does all things in a legal, orderly manner.

There is so much more that we could discuss about these verses, but I wanted to show you another set of verses that speak about God experiencing death for us.  The death of Jesus has so much more meaning than we have ever imagined.  That means we have an inheritance that must be distributed according to the law.  Ruth is a story that has so many great truths in it, that I did not get to them all in this blog.  Hopefully you will continue to study the book and see the other details that God reveals to us.   For example, Boaz must go to a closer relative and ask him if he wants to marry the gentile woman.  The closer relative refuses to marry Ruth because it will mess up his inheritance, so he thinks.  Who is this closer relative representative of in the spiritual realm.  How does this pattern fit into the redemptive work of Christ?  Then there is this fact found again in the genealogy of Jesus.  I told you earlier this list only contains the names of 3 or 4 women and they all have significance and meaning to Jesus.  Boaz was a type of Jesus.  Who is Boaz’s mother?  Boaz is the son of Rahab the harlot.  That is also significant in the typology analysis.  Who was Jesus born of?  Israel is also called a harlot in Old Testament books like Hosea.  There are so many more things to consider.  If you dig really deep you can find so many valuable truths.

So I have attempted to give you scriptures that show why the woman in Revelation 12 is pregnant and who this child is and why He must be delivered.  The child in Revelation 12 has widely been taught to be Jesus Christ, but the typology and symbolism in the rest of the chapter does not fit the natural birth of the Messiah.  So we have to look for spiritual truths and spiritual reasons to identify the male child and hopefully I have pointed you in the right direction.  I know I did not cover everything in its entirety and I know there is absolutely no way that I could do that even if I wanted to.   Only God knows everything and we only see things through a glass darkly and only truly understand what God wants us to understand, when He wants us to understand it.  I believe that we have so much more to learn.

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons, please go to “Part 8“.

The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Pt 6

(Ver 1.1)  We have been exploring the identity of the woman in Revelation 12.  In my last blog I know I left a lot of people hanging because I just couldn’t go into the detail that I needed to explain it thoroughly.  It is very difficult and challenging to teach a subject that is highly complex and is so totally new to everyone.  I feel I need to give Bible reasons for everything that I say and I only can do that in a limited time and space.  So I try to balance not taking up too much of your time with getting enough details in to confirm everything that I say.  If you are a pastor, I am sure you know what I am talking about.  If you have not been following this series from the beginning, I would strongly recommend that you go back and start with Part 1.

So rather than rehashing my last blog, please allow me to approach this subject in a way that you might not expect.  I think that if it is as we have seen that this woman in Revelation 12 is the church and if she is married and in covenant with the risen savior Jesus Christ, that we should determine if this man Jesus can have any spiritual children?  I think you might be surprised to find that He can.  Let us first start with some Bible basics.  We know that Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the triune Godhead.  The Trinity of God being comprised of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  These three unique personalities make up the One True Living God.   Three personalities, but One God.  Three manifestations of One God.  So let’s start by confirming that God is called a Father in the Bible:

Heb 12:9  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

We can clearly see that God is called the Father of spirits in this verse in Hebrews.  We should immediately try to determine who are these spirits that God is said to be the Father of.  By implication we can see that this verse at least implies that every spirit has their origin from God.  We can say this includes every spirit of every man, woman and child on the planet.  But, I would also say that this includes every angelic or demonic spirit that exists also.  All of these are spirit beings, and had to originate from God, the Father of spirits.  That to me is just basic logic.  I think we also have to briefly examine the Biblical fact that Jesus the Son of God was born of a natural woman.  So we can clearly see that God the Father can also have natural physical children.  But because the Bible says in John 3:16 that Jesus was the “Only begotten Son” we know from the Greek word there that “begotten” means physically born.  God is not going to have any more physical children, ever!  Mary was the only virgin birth that God will ever participate in.   So if God is said to be the Father of spirits, can the Son also be a Father of spirits?  We know that Jesus was a natural male, and capable of having natural children in the normal way with a natural woman.  But, just because some idiots have tried to say Jesus had sex with someone and fathered a child, do not be so easily deceived.  Jesus never had any natural children on the earth.  If he did we would be in serious trouble, there would be no possibility for salvation for us then.  But, let us look at the other possibility.  Can Jesus now in heaven, the second part of the Trinity now have a spiritual child and become a new Father God?  I think that is an interesting concept to consider.  Think of it this way, God created natural physical things as a view into the spiritual dimension.  These natural things are shadows,  types or patterns of spiritual things that we cannot see.  These natural things point us to and give us glimpses into a realm of spiritual possibilities that we cannot see with our physical eyes or senses.

So what did God create in this world?  Adam and Eve were the beginning of the human race and they had children and probably lots of them.  Certainly, Cain and Abel came from Adam and Eve.  These two first parents were patterns of spiritual things to come.  God created the family of Adam and Eve as a separate and independent family unit from God’s family in Heaven.   Adam was created as a pattern of a father to every natural living human being on this planet.  Adam could be called the father of the human race.  Whatever happens to Adam, happens to everyone that comes from Adam.  Adam had a child and his son had a child.  This is also a pattern of something else to come.  There is a spiritual truth being implied here that anything that happens to God the Father happens to every spiritual descendant or male child of their spiritual Father.  That was a major clue to why Satan should not have killed Jesus Christ, if you didn’t understand it, I’m sorry.  I don’t have time to explain it right now.   The current subject is about spiritual fathers and sons and can they have children.  If God the Father can have children, then God the Son can also have children.   This is just basic reasoning and logic based upon patterns we see from God’s creation.  I do hope you are following my logic.  But, let us take a look at what the Bible says, here are some interesting verses that pertain to our current subject:

Eph 2:18  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

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

These verses in Ephesians gives us two valuable conformations, first that God is the Father and that He also has a family.  God’s household is comprised of a family of spiritual beings in heaven.  These are representative of the pattern that God implemented with Adam and Eve’s household and family household on the earth.   A natural family with natural parents giving birth to natural children.  All of these are patterns for spiritual truths concerning spiritual families.

Now let’s explore this logic scripturally and see if it holds water.  We need to see if there are any scriptures that speak about Jesus being a father.  Let’s start this analysis with this scripture in Hebrews:

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

When I read this verse I almost missed what it was saying.  It is so interesting that I studied it for a long time until God showed me what it was really saying.  You see this verse is speaking of Jesus our Lord, the Son of God.  This verse declares that Jesus has established a new house.  This is a new house that didn’t exist before.  But what does it mean when it says house?   A new house implies a new family.  In fact if you look up the word “house” in the Strong’s you will find that it means “a family”.  Why did God have to establish a new spiritual family through Jesus Christ?  Apparently there was some major problems with the old spiritual family of God.  Without getting into the details, because I would have to write you a book, we need to realize that God’s spiritual family included all of the spiritual beings, angels, Michael, Gabriel, and Satan (Lucifer) and his demons prior to Jesus coming and dying on the cross.  Remember that the Bible says that Satan would not have crucified Jesus if he had known the consequences for killing him (1 Cor 2:8).  You can see from that scripture that something happened on the cross to cause Satan to be very unhappy with the outcome.  Something happened that affected him directly and personally.  I wish I could go into in more depth but I just don’t have the time right now.  I did give you a major clue earlier on this subject so I hope you can put the pieces together and seek the answers for yourself or you can wait until I have time to get into it. 

So we can see from Hebrews 3:6 that Jesus has established a new family unit for God.  Let me ask you this basic question, that I guess many don’t know in the world today, but what constitutes a family?  What is a family defined as?   What does a family unit consist of?   I believe according to the Bible definition, a family is a man and his wife and their children.  If you try to define a family any other way, you are wrong.  Hollywood and television want to redefine marriage and modern families.  There is even a new TV show called Modern Family that promotes the homosexual lifestyle and other abnormal behaviors.  But we have to stick with what God thinks, God’s definition of marriage and family and only go by that.  Jesus when confronted on the subject of marriage and divorce said, “can’t you read?  in the beginning God created them male and female.”  That of course was my paraphrase, but nonetheless it is the basic concept that was conveyed.  We know that Adam and Eve were a natural pattern for Christ and the church.  At least, I know that.  We can see that God calls Jesus Christ the last Adam in the New Testament (1 Cor 15:45).  God connects Jesus to the pattern of Adam directly.  We can definitely see that Adam was a natural pattern of the spiritual Jesus.  Adam had one wife who was the body of Adam, Jesus has one wife who is the body of Christ.

Rom 5:14  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam‘s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

What is the subject of this verse?  It is directly related to Adam, and God says Adam is a pattern of Jesus to come.  There are many other parallels and patterns that we could explore, but let’s continue with our subject and study can Jesus have children.

We know from Hollywood and a non-Christian author named Dan Brown that Satan has attempted to say that Jesus who was a man, had a sexual relationship with a woman on the earth and had children.  I often times wondered why it was important for Satan to try to plant these misdirected seeds in the minds of people on the earth.  Satan rarely does anything that does not have a purpose.  I believe it is an attempt to distract us from the truth.  True Christians will always reject that Jesus had a sexual relationship with a natural woman, but what else does the words of Dan Brown do to us?  They automatically cause you to reject any other new assertion that Jesus could be a spiritual father of a spiritual child.  The automatic conclusion would be, if we reject the physical child birth we must also reject a spiritual child birth. But here is the main difference, we reject the physical child birth, because it is not in the Bible.  So we should see if the spiritual child birth is in the Bible.

We can see so many verses that give widespread implication of the establishment of a new family of God if we look for them.  Here is a verse that speaks to us along these lines:

Gal 6:10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Using logic again we can see this verse speaks of two divisions of people.  Those who believe and those who believe not.  Those who believe are a people in a new family or a new household of faith.  This word “household” literally means a close relative, those who are in the same family.  But this is not just any family this is His family, the family unit of Jesus Christ.  Those that have believed on Him.

So we have seen scriptures that indicate Jesus has established a new family of God and that this family is a new spiritual household with new family members.  So does Jesus Christ have children?  Here is another scripture that I found absolutely fascinating:

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

This verse is absolutely more proof that people read things and don’t see what it says.   I’ve had this Bible verse printed in a bunch of my Christmas cards and I didn’t see it for a long time.  Did you see it?  Is this verse about Jesus Christ?  Sure it is!  Jesus is the child that was born, and the son that was given.  Since it is currently the Christmas season, we can certainly see that Jesus, the Son of God is also being called a father.  This verse in Isaiah 9:6 calls Jesus Christ the “Everlasting Father“.  Do you understand the implications behind that little statement?  I doubt very seriously that you do.  Why does God need to put an adjective “everlasting” in front of the noun “father”?  The reason you do this is to differentiate one father from another father.  You see I thought God the Father was the Everlasting Father?  Oh well, I guess I won’t go there today. 

Did you know that you can’t be called a father or a mother, unless you have children.  That is just a basic Bible fact.  So if we read in Isaiah 9:6 that God calls Jesus the “Everlasting Father” we can conclude that he has children.  There are two kinds of fathers in the Bible, one is a natural father and the other is a spiritual father.  A natural father is only someone that has sown natural sperm into a natural woman and she has conceived and has given birth to a natural child.  Then he is a called a father.  Spiritually speaking a pastor, a priest or a bishop could be a spiritual father.  All of the apostles were considered spiritual fathers.  Paul was considered a spiritual father.  In fact any Christian can sow spiritual seed into a non-Christian and if they believe and Christ is conceived in them, then they also become a spiritual father.    You see there are spiritual families as well as natural families.  That means there are spiritual seeds that were sown into the hearts of men and women and they have believed and accepted Jesus as Lord.  The spiritual process follows a pattern of the natural process so that we can understand it.

So I have given you a lot of new information to think on.  I have given you direct and indirect scriptures that indicate Jesus Christ is a Son who has established a new family for God.  This family consists of Jesus the bridegroom, the Church his wife and some potential spiritual children.  You have to study the pattern of Adam and Eve and you have to put some pieces of the puzzle together so I know there are still some that don’t see what I’m saying.  Before I comclude let me quickly give you one more revelation from the Word of God.  Jesus called Himself the Son of God and the Son of Man.  The Hebrew word “Son” (and Jesus was a Hebrew) means “the builder of the family name”.  In other words Jesus said I am building a new family for God and for Adam.   Everytime Jesus said He was a Son, He implies that He will have children.  This basically leaves Satan and the other demons out of the new family established by Jesus and His bride.   I guess I’ll stop there in order not to overwhelm you with too much new information all at once.

I hope you realize how difficult it is to give you just a little bit and not cover a subject with adequate scriptural backing.  If what I write is just my opinion it is not worth a dime, but if it is God’s Word, then you cannot dismiss it or write it off, unless you are stupid.  All we have seen so far is the possibility that this child in Revelation 12 is a child of the church and Jesus, we have not really concluded who the child is, so please realize it will take more time for me to explain what God has taught me.  We will continue with the subject of the identity of the woman in Revelation 12 in my next blog.  I pray that you are thinking with your spiritual eyes open and that you can understand the Bible lessons being presented.  Thank You for taking the time to study the Word of God with me.

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

The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Pt 5

(Ver 1.1)  In my last blog I went into verses found in Revelation 12 that described qualities and features of the woman.  These descriptive terms spoke of those that overcame with the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, those that kept the commandments of God and those who possessed the testimony of Jesus Christ.  I provided a number of verses that all demonstrate these qualities are describing the church.  I also said that in this blog that I would start the process of identifying the man child that this woman in Revelation 12 delivers.  I do not think that I will be able to get to everything that I wanted to today, but we will get there eventually.  This is now the fifth part of a series of lessons on the “True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12” and if you have not read them from the beginning I would strongly suggest that you go back and start with Part 1.

First, I want to briefly address a difficult comparison without going into a lot details about the subject.  In other verses in chapter 12 we can clearly see that the woman is persecuted by Satan.  We can see a hatred and anger directed at the woman.  Satan is said to be at war with this woman.  I believe those statements can and do apply to both Israel and the Church equally and is therefore is one reason why people have said this woman in Revelation 12 must be natural Israel.  However, from my study in the Bible, there are two completely different reasons why Satan is persecuting these women.  Both of these reasons revolve around Satan being motivated by a need for self-preservation.  If you haven’t figure it out, Satan knows that his time is short (Rev 12:12).  He is doing everything that he can to stop the plan of God and save himself from being cast into hell.  I could go into this in much more depth, but I believe I will save that for possibly a future Bibles study topic.  Just keep in mind that both women are being persecuted by Satan so both qualify based upon that to be the woman in Revelation 12.  But, as we have seen in other verses in this chapter everything must line up in order to conclude the true identity of the woman.  We can’t just take a part of the chapter and say this is this woman based upon a part of the chapter and leave the rest out.  That is why I will now try to continue to explore the subject of why the woman is pregnant? 

This of course will be something new, as if nothing that I have said is something new.  Oh well, here we go.  Let me start by giving you the possible candidates for the identity of the male child in Revelation 12, some of these you have heard before and others you probably have not:

  1.  The natural male Jesus born in Bethlehem.
  2. The Risen Savior Jesus Christ born from Above
  3. The Spirit of God

As you can tell by my list of candidates, the child can only be God in some manifested form.  I am convinced that the child cannot be anyone else, but God.  So let us do some logical analysis of the verse in Revelation 12 that speak about this birth of a male child.

If the symbolic woman is a spiritual reality like I believe she is, being the church, then the child also has to be a spiritual child and not a physical child.  That is just basic logic and it is also what the Word of God says.   Jesus himself, said that which is born of flesh is flesh and that which is born of spirit is spirit (John 3:6).  Taking what Jesus said we can see that this woman has to be either one natural woman with a natural child or one spiritual woman with a spiritual child and you can’t mix them up.  If you try to mix them up you violate God’s Word!  You can’t have a spiritual woman giving birth to a physical child and you can’t have a natural woman giving birth to a spiritual child.  So who or what was Jesus born as?  Of course Jesus was born as a natural physical male child in Bethlehem from the natural physical woman called Mary.  The Bible says the Word was made flesh (John 1:14).  Jesus was born of the flesh as a natural man.  So Jesus was a physical man born of the flesh, even though he was still the Son of God.   Jesus always made a point of calling himself the “son of Adam” or the “son of Man”.  If you have read my other blogs you already know that “Adam” and “man” are the same Hebrew word.  So if it is as most Bible teachers have declared, that this child in Revelation 12 is Jesus the Christ, if that is true then we are forced to conclude that the symbolic woman has to be Mary his natural physical mother.  You see that which is born of flesh (Mary) is flesh (Jesus).  I don’t know if you are following my logic or not.  Me, being a computer programmer I am a highly logical thinker and God uses this to teach me things in the Bible.   If you are not a logical thinker then you are probably struggling with this paragraph.   What you should take away from this discussion is this, if this child in Rev 12 is Jesus the natural man he had to be born of a natural woman called Mary.  Then you have to look at every other verse in the chapter and determine how Mary could fit in with that interpretation.  If you are very smart you can immediately see that Mary doesn’t fit with any of the other descriptive qualities of the woman in Revelation 12, other than being a woman and being pregnant with a male child and that is just a small part of the whole knowledge revealed about this woman.

Next, we have to determine if the child is the risen Lord Jesus.  The Bible says that Jesus the risen Savior was born from above.  Jesus is called the firstborn from the dead (Col 1:18).  Jesus himself said that a man must be born again in order to see the kingdom of God (Jo 3:3).  Knowing that Jesus is a man, he must include himself into that statement.  Jesus being God in the flesh is forced to abide by His own statement of truth.  Jesus said a man must be born again or He cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.  So we have to conclude that Jesus was the first one born again from the dead.  It is just a simple fact, any man in heaven must have been spiritually born again in order to get there.  I know this is a difficult side trip, but one that has spiritual significance if you can see it.  If the child is a spiritual child, like I believe it is, then the mother has to be a spiritual mother and a spiritual wife.  I told you the Bible was complicated and there are many potential interpretations, but still only one truth.  Let us therefore strive to understand the truth.

So can a spiritual woman have spiritual children?  Of course she can and here is the scriptural precedence for that statement:

Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

Jesus in this verse is called the first born from the dead.  This is obviously a spiritual birth and not a natural birth, yes?   If Jesus is born of the Spirit, then that demands by logical deduction the existence of a spiritual mother.  That which is born of spirit is spirit!  Some have tried to conclude that the woman in Revelation is the Spirit of God.  But I have bad news for you, God is not a woman.  God does not give birth as a female.  God is the male, the Father, the Husband and the man in every covenant relationship.  If you try to think otherwise, you are wrong.  There is a very strong implication in thinking about Jesus being the firstborn from the dead, that a spiritual woman existed, prior to the resurrection of Jesus in order to  give birth to him.  This also shows us that a spiritual woman also existed prior to the church.  This woman is assumed to be mature enough to give birth to children.   Are you following my logic?  These are all awesome statements of truth.  So who is this woman that is mature enough to give birth to a risen Lord Jesus Christ?   Here is another verse that God gives us in Romans that sheds more light on the subject:

Rom 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Again we see Jesus called the firstborn, but this time it says there is a second born, a third born and on and on we go.  It actually says Jesus has many spiritual brothers and sisters.  What we see is another implied reference to a spiritual woman that gives birth to these spiritual children.  This is such an important concept to fully grasp and understand.  Now let us figure out who this mature spiritual woman is that gave birth to all of these spiritual children:

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

This of course is a scripture that has been bypassed for lack of understanding for a very long time.  We can see that this verse is speaking to the church directly so we can conclude that the church are the spiritual children that is being referred to.  If we apply the logic that only spirit beings can have spiritual babies, then the woman mentioned here, this Jerusalem has to be a mature spiritual woman.  We can also see the location of this woman as being somewhere above.  Meaning it is not the earthly Jerusalem or any other place on our planet.  Now some might try to conclude that this is the New Jerusalem, but it cannot be.  You see I haven’t told you directly yet, but the church is the New Jerusalem.  By using basic logic, a mother has to exist prior to having children.  A woman does not give birth to herself.   If Jesus was the firstborn from the dead, his spiritual mother had to exist prior to that birth.   If the church is the new Jerusalem, there is no way it could be the mother of Jesus, this woman is said to be his wife in Revelation 21:2.   If you continue to read chapter 4 of Galatians you can see that two different Jerusalem’s are mentioned.   One is said to be a type of Hagar and she is called the “earthly Jerusalem”.  The other Jerusalem from above is called a type of Sarah.  Both of these women were Abraham’s wife and I don’t have time to explain that, just go study your Bible.  If the earthly Jerusalem is called “Hagar” she is the younger woman and Sarah the Jerusalem from above is the much older barren woman.   In this story of Abraham, Sarah was around 90 years old when she had her first child.  Sarah is therefore the woman that has been around for much longer than Hagar.  These are all valid types and patterns that I know is difficult to grasp at first.  So what is this Jerusalem that is above?  We can see another reference to this woman in Hebrews:

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

You can clearly see that this city Jerusalem is said to be the city of the living God.  It is the current location of heaven where God has His throne.  This city as it says in this verse in comprised of an innumerable company of angels.  These were the only spiritual beings in the city prior to Jesus’ resurrection.  What we see is a pattern being given to us of a spiritual city, with a heavenly location with a lot of angels in it.  This is the spiritual mother of Jesus and the church.  This woman existed a long time before the earthly Jerusalem ever existed.  At Jesus’ birth the New Jerusalem did not exist so we know that this woman cannot be either of these two Jerusalem’s.  Here again are the cities that we have just identified:

  1. The Earthly Jerusalem
  2. The Heavenly Jerusalem
  3. The New Jerusalem

So what we have is the clear reference in the Bible to three completely different cities, all called Jerusalem and all three in covenant relationship with God at some point in time.  I know this is complicated and totally new to most of you, but you don’t know everything that I do and I can’t teach you everything that I know all at once.  What you need to realize is that there is a spiritual woman called the heavenly Jerusalem that has given birth to a spiritual daughter called the New Jerusalem and both of these women are not related to the earthly Jerusalem.  The next thing that you should realize is that, if one spiritual woman can have children, then another spiritual woman can also have children.  This is in fact a very significant statement to consider.  If the woman in Revelation 12 gives birth to a spiritual being, she has to be a spiritual woman.   The natural nation of Israel is a natural woman and not a spiritual woman.  The natural nation of Israel is a pattern for the church a spiritual woman in covenant with Jesus Christ.  I know I have a lot of explaining to do and hopefully I will get to it in a future blog.  I know I did not discuss my third candidate possibility yet either.  This child in Revelation 12 could still be the Spirit of God, but why would it be necessary for the spirit of God to be born from a new spiritual mother?  That is a very interesting question to consider.

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