(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.
For 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 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Jesus is comparing two different types of birth in this one verse; one is a natural birth and the other is spiritual birth. Jesus is saying that you are born naturally when your mother’s water breaks and you enter into the natural world through her physical door and then you are born spiritually by a similar patterned act from the Spirit of God. Do you remember that Jesus said “I am the door” (Jo 10:9)? Jesus is saying there is a spiritual door into the Kingdom of God and you will not enter into it unless you find it first. Wow, that is pretty radical for those who think there are many ways to God. Why is Jesus revealing that spiritual things are repeated patterns of the natural things that God created? You better get a hold of this concept very fast if you ever want to learn about what God is trying to teach you.
There is a spiritual law of Genesis about seeds that is very relevant to my lesson today. This law was a foundational principle found within the patterns of creation in Genesis. One of the key seed law principles states that everything that God created produces after its own kind (Genesis 1:11, 12, 21, 24, 25). Flesh produces only flesh. Cows produce only cows. Dogs produce only dogs. But, also Jesus teaches us in John 3 that a Spirit produces only spirits. It is very clear that spirits can give birth based upon the information revealed in John 3 and the natural patterns found in creation. For example, the sperm of a man is called his seed in the O.T (Lev 15:16). But the Word of God is also implied to be God’s spiritual sperm in 1 Peter 1:23. Both are “seeds” but one is natural and the other is spiritual. These are patterns that are being repeated for us to apply the concepts found in the natural to understand the concepts of the unseen spiritual dimension. Those are radical concepts from the Creator. What I am attempting to do is to give you verification from the scriptures that a spirit can give birth to a spirit. Therefore, if the church is a spiritual daughter and not a physical one, we are looking for another spiritual woman that is able to give birth to us. That statement will probably perplex many Christians who are not yet familiar with the Bible in this level of detail, but that is just the way it goes.
So far I have been giving you some basic facts of life concepts found both in creation and the Bible. These are important patterned concepts that you need to give your attention to today, because they are very relevant to understanding God and the Bible. God has replicated patterns from the spiritual realm into the created natural realm and these patterns will be further projected back into the new heaven and the new earth that are coming soon. I personally believe that God created all natural things from precise patterns found within spiritual things that previously existed in the divine realm. God then uses these temporary natural things to teach us about the spiritual concepts of eternal things to come. It is a circular configuration of a divine design with transferred patterns from the spiritual to the temporal and then finally back to the spiritual. It is the cycle of life as found within a progressively designed divine plan. Things that were found originally in the beginning are the things that shall be found again in the end. In the beginning of Genesis we see that God created everything good with the absence of all evil. This is exactly how it will end after chapter 20 of Revelation and after Satan, the beast and the false prophet are cast into their eternal torment. What God has created in the world is almost always an identifiable pattern for something in the spiritual realm that we have never seen.
Take the human body for example. The human body is comprised of millions and even billions of individual cells, systems, subsystems and individual parts that are working all together to form one body. Does any of that sound familiar? We have more than one thing that comprises or makes up to form one unified body working in harmony. The natural pattern of the human body’s design is the same concept that God reiterates when He describes us (the entire church) to be the spiritual body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13-27). The spiritual church is comprised of millions or even billions of people and yet we are still just one spiritually unified body. The concept of one being made up of many is a repeatable occurrence in the Bible that is foundational to understanding all of the identities of the women in the family of God. None of the women in the spiritual family of God are just one person or one female individual. Each spiritual woman is comprised of millions or even billions of people or spiritual beings that are joined together to become one spiritually named woman in covenant with God. This was one of my main subjects from the last lesson, so please try to follow along the best that you can, it will only get much deeper than this as we continue to dig into this subject.
It is now time to reveal the mature spiritual women (mothers) in the family of God. Both of these women were specifically described to be “mothers” therefore, both have children. One was the mother of the daughter (bride) and other one was the mother of the son (bridegroom). But, just as Eve is named the mother of all natural living descendants we are looking for a spiritual woman that all spiritual children can come from. I believe to solve this puzzle we will need to look for verses in the Bible that describe two mothers and hopefully in the same verse. Here is where it will start to get really interesting for some people and potentially more controversial for others. I am about to show you another O.T. prophecy about the family of God that is very important for you to understand fully, but is also very difficult to understand. This Old Testament verse reflects some more complex riddles, so be prepared for a set of new mental challenges. I want to take you to the prophet Isaiah and get you to read about two women in the family of God from a new perspective.
Isa 54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into inging, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
If you are not reading the Bible with your spiritual eyeglasses on you are reading it blindly. God is describing something very mysterious and profound here in another obscure prophecy found in the O.T. Have you ever heard anyone teach about what this verse means? I can honestly say that I have not! However it is very difficult for anyone to teach what they do not understand. I read some commentaries and they were all over the board to what they thought it meant. This verse was written in the major prophet Isaiah’s work for God. You will find in studying the Bible that God will use a technique of hiding information that I call “dissemination”. This technique incorporates the random spreading out of related information throughout the Bible to make it infinitely more difficult for us to find it and for us to then put them all together correctly. It is like when I sow new grass seed in my yard using a broadcast spreader, I put seeds in the hopper and adjust the flow and depending on the speed that I travel the seed is thrown out in random patterns over the spots that need it and I do not know what lands where. Dissemination of the Word of God is a random broadcasting seed concept and God does this throughout the Bible. You will never know where you will find some of the most valuable keys to understanding a subject in the Bible until you search for them. Many times it will appear to be a needle in a haystack concept when looking for the truth in the Bible. It might be found in Genesis or Revelation or anywhere in between. Without the Spirit of God, computers and modern technology it would be impossible for any man to find the clues and then put all of the pieces together correctly.
However look closely at this verse in Isaiah and tell me if you can see that God is speaking about two wives, two women and two mothers? There are definitely two different females being spoken of in this verse and they are directly being compared against each other. Both women we are told are mothers of children, but we are not told who the mothers or the children are. However the Hebrew word translated as children is actually the Hebrew word “ben” that means “son”. When Jesus was here on the earth He would call Himself a “ben” of man. I understand why the translators are confused and put the word for children here, but that is not the correct translation and you will understand why soon. In order to be a mother in the Bible you had to have been married. Of course our definition of marriage in the modern world has become biased or slanted based upon the legal definition of a piece of paper or a license or a ceremony that was performed. However, God clearly tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:16 that sex between a man and a woman constitutes a marriage in His eyes. If you have sexual relations with anyone, by the definition from the Word of God you are married to them. It does not matter how many partners that you have, it can be one or thousands. If our court systems went by God’s definition there would be a lot less people doing what they are doing. No doubt many people would benefit from this knowledge of the truth today. It is interesting to note that only one wife in this verse in Isaiah is called married, but they must both be married in order to have any children. Therefore, God is teaching us something else that is deeper with this statement. I will not be able to explain this in this lesson today because this will just cloud the main subject more than it has already.
Let me tell you that God gives us a lot of hidden information in this single verse of scripture found in Isaiah. We have two women being spoken of in very anonymous terms. No names are given and no identities are revealed. One woman is called barren, but she suddenly has a change of status to have many more sons than the other woman who is specifically called married. Wow, that is pretty tough to understand and it is another monumental riddle. What is God talking about in this statement? I personally believe that God gives us some of the most important information in the Bible in the form of riddles to challenge us to solve them. The way that this verse was written, it makes it completely illogical and even unsolvable unless God gives us some additional clues to what exactly He is talking about somewhere else in the Bible. Fortunately for us, God did give us some major clues to reveal the meaning of this prophecy when He taught Paul what it meant in the New Testament and Paul recorded it for us in the book of Galatians.
Before I go to the book of Galatians, I want to make another quick point about the Hebrew word translated as “barren” in this verse. This Hebrew word is not used extensively in the Bible and that is another clue for us. If you search your Bible you will find that the wives of the three patriarchs of Israel were all described with this exact same word and status. You will find Abram’s wife Sarai called barren in Genesis 11:30. You will find Isaac’s wife Rebekah called barren in Genesis 25:21. Finally, you will find that Jacob’s wife Rachel was called barren in Genesis 29:31. These are very important examples to understand, but I just do not have the time to explain them all today. I wanted to teach you how to look for clues in the Bible. That does not mean you will understand what all of the clues mean automatically just because you find them. I will tell you that they are all definitely related to what we are talking about today and that is all I can say about them for now. However, we will look at one of them in much more detail, because God reveals it to be directly related by what Paul wrote in Galatians. I have tried to teach you that there is a law of Bible interpretation that I call the “law of first mention”. In this law I have found that God always gives us some very important information about any subject the first time it is mentioned in the Bible. The subject of being barren is no different. The first woman in the Bible described to be barren is Abraham’s wife Sarah. So let’s go to Galatians and learn what this prophecy found in Isaiah means. This verse of prophecy is repeated almost exactly in Galatians 4:27, but we will have to back up in the chapter to read the context in order to understand what is being revealed to us, so let’s start reading with verse 22:
Gal 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
As you can see God is speaking directly about Abraham and who we are told had two sons. Do you see that God is speaking about two women again? Not just two random women, but specifically two mothers of two children who were called the wives of Abraham. You may recall that Sarah was Abraham’s wife first and that she was the barren wife that I showed you in Genesis 11:30. So this story of Abraham fits the pattern of the prophecy in Isaiah by the direct usage of the Hebrew word translated as “barren”. Two mothers are what we are looking for to solve our family of 5 mystery and Abraham is said to have had two wives. One is described to be a freewoman who is a representative type of his wife Sarah and the other wife was called the bondwoman, who is a woman that Sarah gave to her husband Abraham because she thought that she was unable to have children for him. This slave wife was named Hagar in this story and she can be found the first time in Genesis 16:1. Let me quickly show you a scripture concerning these two women:
Gen 16:3 And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
Sarai is directly called the wife of Abram first. Sarai is first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 11:29 so she was around for 5 chapters before the mention of Hagar. Keep this in mind! Hagar is the maid servant slave girl from Egypt. This will also become very important that she is a slave from Egypt latter when we discover who she is a type for. But, also notice what the result was of this gift from Sarai to her husband. God informs us that Hagar has also become Abram’s wife. God is revealing something very complex that has occurred in the spiritual realm by showing us the repeated patterns that have reoccurred in the natural realm. Here we have one man with two wives and two children and this is either an amazing coincidence or it is God pointing us to a match for the 5 in one family pattern.
- Abraham Father
- Sarah Mother Freewoman Barren
- Hagar Mother Bondwoman Married
- Ishmael Son Slave
- Isaac Son Free
We have three specific parents being described to us. One male and two females with two sons, but they are still all just one family. This is really going to get very deep as we continue through these coming verses, so please read them very carefully. Also notice for now that Abraham is the father and that he has two wives and two children and that definitely equals 5 in one family and this will generally fit the pattern of the family of 5 again with only some minor differences in family titles only. While these are not exact matches for the Micah 7:6 family of 5, it is similar enough for me to see that this is not a coincidence and that God is relating to us some new information that is definitely important for us to see. Have you ever made a dress using a pattern and a sewing machine? While I have never done this, I did watch my mother do this and I learned the concepts behind the work. You can choose any material and totally change the look and the feel of the dress, by using different fabrics with the same pattern. One pattern can produce many dresses that are similar but also they can look and feel completely different to each other. This is what God is doing in these verses of the two families of 5. God is using the same pattern with some different spiritual fabrics. Not everything is going to match perfectly when you do this, but the expert will still be able to identify the usage of the repeated patterns. Do you understand this? You probably do if you are a woman, but my example is probably not too easily identifiable to many men. It is the concept that is important for now and it is not important to get distracted by too many details at this level of the study. Let us continue to the next verse in the chapter of Galatians to see what God has revealed to Paul about Abraham’s family:
Gal 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
God is still speaking of two mothers and two children that came by the one father. All of this is very familiar so far! The only difference between these two children is that they are both males. So they do not get married to each other to start a new family and that changes nothing, but the creation of a new family. In this verse God further tells us that one son came by the deeds of the flesh and the other son came as a result of a promise. We could logically make the leap that one son came from the works of man in the natural realm and the other son came by spiritual faith in the promise of God, if you want to combine other information given to us by Paul found in Romans. But, for now we will see that we have a family of 5 that is again being divided, but this time they are being divided not by the marriage of the siblings, but by the command of Sarah to cast out the bond woman and her son, that we will soon see. Let me skip down quickly to verse 30 in Galatians 4 to connect you with what is being taught, so that you can see more clearly what I am talking about in combination with the pattern of division found within a family of 5.
Gal 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
This verse is a quote from Genesis 21:10. You can clearly see another pattern is developing or being repeated using a different two members in a family of 5; yet still resulting in the division of the family with 3 against 2. Isn’t this what Jesus said to us in Luke 12:52? Jesus is giving you a key pattern to look for in the Bible. Here in this verse in Galatians we are seeing the pattern being used again. The bond woman and her son are cast out of the family of Abraham and that leaves 3 family members still in the family and two family members on the outside of the family. It is a subtle change and it reflects more complex information that I will not be able to elaborate on at this point today. Just take note of the reuse of the pattern of 3 divided against 2 and we will leave it at that for now. Let me give you a new picture of what we have learned so far:
Hopefully you can see the basic patterns being redeployed in this picture digaram. There is a split or a divisin within the family of five that is dividing them 3 agains 2. Let’s go to the next verse in Galatians that I was going through to see how this information fits into the family of God. What we are seeing demonstrated to us by God is a Biblical typology using natural patterns to reveal existing and prophetic spiritual truths. Remember we are learning about the two women and how they are both called mothers. Also take note that God is using a real man and his real two wives to teach us about His spiritual family. In other words Abram, Sarai and Hagar are not God’s family only the examples used to show us God’s family. God is speaking about Sarai as being the freewoman and Hagar as being the bond woman and these are revealed to be something much more significant using God’s allegorically encoded information found in Genesis 16.
Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
We know this information would have been impossible for us to see or to understand by just reading the natural accounts of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar in the book of Genesis. People have read the story of Abraham for thousands of years and no one had any clue that it was allegorical information about God’s family. We would not have had any hint what was going on if God had not revealed it to Paul about what the story of Abraham in Genesis symbolically represented. An allegory in the Bible is always a real historical story about real people doing real things in real places that contains a hidden spiritual symbolic meaning encoded within every adjective, noun and verb selected by God to describe them. You can clearly see that this is God’s definition and not mine based upon what is being revealed to us in this chapter of Galatians. This is a principle that reveals to us the words of God in the Bible have been carefully chosen many times to contain parallel meanings. In other words God could have said many things about Abraham that He did not say, but since these words were selected, they were specifically designed with a hidden purpose. I once had a commenter try to tell me that the Bible did not contain allegory and that this was a man made concept invented in the dark ages. This commenter obviously never read the Bible very closely, did he?
We can clearly see from this story that there is a direct connection to God based upon what is being said about these two women representing two covenants. God is saying that these two women represent two different covenants and this is a Bible code word that means two marriages between God and two different women. Therefore we know that God the Father was in covenant with two different women simultaneously as this chapter of Galatians is revealing to you. You have to understand “Bible Covenants” in order to understand what is being taught. A covenant with God is always initiated by God. God is the author of all covenants by His design. A covenant with God is also a divine marriage (Jer 31:32, Mal 2:14) between God the husband and the chosen people His wife. In other words we do not go to God and ask will you make a covenant with me, He comes to us and says will you marry me? So when God initiates a covenant with mankind or any spiritual beings, it is always a marriage proposal. If you do not understand these concepts you should go and read my lessons on “Understanding Bible Covenants”.
Since the Bible is divided into two covenants, many people automatically assume in error that God is speaking about these two obvious prominent Bible covenants that practically everyone knows. We are being presented another mysterious riddle by God. We can clearly see in Galatians 4:24 that Hagar represents the covenant given to Israel on Mt. Sinai. Which covenant was that? This covenant is what most Christians today normally call the “Old Covenant”. It is very interesting to note that God says everyone that was in that Old Covenant was called slaves. You need to remember that because it is very important. Based upon this information people automatically conclude that the only other covenant being spoken of here is the “New Covenant” given to the church by Jesus Christ. However this is impossible based upon the allegorical information given to us in Genesis and the family of 5 revealed in Micah 7:6. In this story in Genesis you need to pay very closer attention to who the women are a type of in the allegory and then see the ages of the two women and find out who was married to whom first. Since a Covenant is a marriage, was Abraham married to Sarah or to Hagar first using God’s definition of marriage? Was Sarah older than the slave girl Hagar? Did Abraham have sex with Sarah or Hagar first? Who gave Hagar to Abraham to be his wife? All of this is very important and very relevant for you to understand which covenants God is speaking of. Hagar is revealed to be the bond woman and she is a much younger woman than Sarah, so keep that in mind as we continue through the rest of these verses in Galatians. Let’s continue down chapter 4 of Galatians and look at verse 25 to see the spiritual name of God’s younger wife given to us first. Again we are looking at the “last being first” concept and this is a repeated pattern that I am following to teach you this information in reverse order:
Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
Hagar is called the “Jerusalem that now is” and her name is given to us from a human viewpoint or perspective. Keep this in mind as we go forward. If Hagar is a representative pattern of a woman who answers to someone calling her “Jerusalem” that clearly tells us her name and it reveals to us the key duplicate features that we are looking for to solve our mystery. This wife is a named city and she has the same name “Jerusalem” and the inhabitants of this city will consist of both men and women in covenant with God the Father (Jer 31:32).
Are you beginning to see why I said what I said about the “New Jerusalem” in the last lesson? What I said before was if there exists a New Jerusalem there must also by logic exist an Old Jerusalem using the law of opposition or opposites. Here is God telling us about a woman, a wife, a mother and He figuratively names her “the Earthly Jerusalem”. This Earthly Jerusalem is the city that is still in the Middle East today and is called the capital of the natural nation of Israel and she is described to be a type of Hagar. Remember who Hagar was? She was the young slave woman still in bondage after coming out of Egypt. Uh oh? Some Christians are going to have some major difficulty starting to develop from what God is saying to us in this information. First off everyone thinks that God freed Israel when He brought them out of Egypt and God is clearly saying here in these verses that they are evidently still slaves from Egypt. Wow, that is really tough to accept, isn’t it? Is God lying to us? Is God confused? Did God forget that he freed them from Egypt? I personally believe that it is people who are confused. You see I do not believe God freed them, I believe that God bought them out of bondage. To be purchased is totally different than being freed. These concepts also apply to the future church, but I will not go there until a little later.
Are you beginning to see the riddle presented to us? Here in Galatians 4:26, most people think that God is referring to the New Covenant of Jesus Christ as being the second freewoman, but that is not what God is saying based upon the allegorical information given to us. Since the Bible is clearly divided into two covenants, an old and a new, everyone has assumed that God is telling us about these two covenants, but that does not work with the allegorical ages of the women given. The only way you could get that information is to change the roles of Sarah and Hagar and flip the titles of free versus slave. We know from studying Genesis that Sarah was the older barren woman and she was nearly 90 years old when she gave birth to Isaac, the promised child. Hagar was the much younger Egyptian slave girl that Sarah gave to Abraham as being the one to bring forth an heir for Abraham. So by the time Hagar had a child, Sarah was around 76 years old and she was in covenant marriage with Abraham for a long time prior to Hagar becoming a wife. The Bible says that Abraham was 86 years old when Hagar had Ishmael. Then the Bible says Abraham was 100 years old when his wife Sarah had Isaac. This means there was a long time in between the two children. That would tell me that there was 14 years that Abraham waited for the promised child. Fourteen years is equal to two 7 year periods of time. How many years did Jacob have to work for his wife Rachel? Jacob I believe worked 14 years or two weeks of years. I guess I won’t go there either today. I just find repeated patterns in the Bible and see all kind of interesting things to teach on.
This new information is going to cause many people to get confused. How could God be in covenant with someone else before the Old Covenant in the Bible? That is the divine mystery being presented for your analysis. Do you understand that Sarah could not represent the New Covenant; since Sarah was married first to Abraham? Sarah has to represent a previous even older covenant before God’s covenant with natural Israel and this knowledge changes things up dramatically. Remember that Abraham in this allegory is the type for God who initiates covenants. Hagar represents a type of God’s wife Israel in the Old Testament (Jer 31:32). So Sarah must represent a covenant that God had a long time prior to natural Israel and this is very important for you to see. We therefore know from these facts that an “Ancient Covenant” existed before the “Old Covenant” came into effect. I call it the ancient covenant because God is called the ancient of days in the Bible and I thought that term fit. God the Father had to be in covenant with someone prior to the nation of Israel, or this allegory falls apart rapidly and that makes God a liar. Let’s look at the next verse in Galatians and get the solution to the puzzle:
Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
Wow, here is another Jerusalem being spoken of as a woman. We can see in this verse that the free woman Sarah is being described to be a type of the spiritual woman that was up in heaven where God’s throne resides. You can know this because “Jerusalem which is above” is definitely not the “Jerusalem that now is” here on the earth. Remember the names of the women are given from a human perspective of a man standing on the surface of the planet. If you look up you are looking into the heavens and this is the general direction of God’s throne. It makes logical sense for me to think of heaven as a preexisting place. We know that God is a Spirit (Jo 4:24) and that God is eternal. So the spiritual realm has existed with God forever. Did you notice that this new mature spiritual free woman is also named “Jerusalem” surprise, surprise! However her name is qualified to be the “Jerusalem which is above” and she is being directly compared to or differentiated from another wife named the “Jerusalem that is down below” on the earth. Next, the end of this verse reveals who this spiritual woman is. She is called the mother of us all. Who is “us all”? Or I should ask who is the “us all” that the context of this verse was written to? If you think naturally you would be clearly a confused Christian. The “Heavenly Jerusalem” is said to be our spiritual mother; she is directly called the mother of the church of Jesus Christ since Galatians was written to the church. Who is the church? The church is the daughter, the last woman in the family of God. What exactly is God revealing to us in this very key verse? What we have just discovered is that the “Heavenly Jerusalem” is not the “New Jerusalem” that came down from heaven in Revelation 21. Yes the New Jerusalem came from spiritual heaven, but she is not heaven. It is just like when I was born or came down from my natural mother, but I am not my natural mother. The New Jerusalem is the daughter of the Heavenly Jerusalem and that make her our direct spiritual mother. Are you beginning to see how this information fits the picture diagram of the family of 5 and do you see that every woman in the family of God is named “Jerusalem”? Who or what was this spiritual Jerusalem from above? Just like the analogy that I gave you earlier of the needle in the haystack approach to Bible study, you have to search for the clues in the Bible in order to find the truth and since I have already done this, I will save you a lot of time looking for another needle. Here is one of the best descriptions of this spiritual woman that I found:
Heb 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
Speaking to the Church of Jesus Christ, Paul writes that we have come unto Mt Zion and unto the city of the Living God! Then she is clearly named the “Heavenly Jerusalem”. This is a synonymous name for the “Jerusalem that is above” found in Galatians 4. We are then told that this city consisted of an innumerable company of angels. Angels are created spiritual beings that were resident with God in heaven before man existed. We are told very clearly that this is a spiritual woman that is also a city and then we are told where this city was located and who lived there (God and the angels). All of this information when combined with the allegorical information in Genesis 16 and Galatians 4 tells us that the Heavenly woman was the freewoman and that God was in covenant with all of these free angels in heaven prior to making a covenant with the natural nation of Israel. We can further surmise that this heavenly free woman was also described to be barren and unable to have any spiritual children for a long time, until after Israel is given to God for a wife and then this Hagar (Israel) has the fleshly heir (Jesus of Nazareth) and they two are cast out of the family of God. What God is revealing to you is that the natural man Jesus and His natural mother Israel cannot be heirs with the promised son. Wow, is this deep stuff or what? I really was not sure if I was even going to try to teach you those things today because they will be so controversial to many. However, if you did not know it, the natural man Jesus was never intended to be the heir of God, it was imperative for Satan to kill Him and for Him to be raised from the dead in order to become the promised child or the spiritual seed. Satan thought he was killing the heir of God, but in actuality he was sealing his own fate and dooming his future within God’s old heavenly family. When Jesus said “You must be born again”, He was including Himself in that requirement. Jesus Christ is called the “Firstborn from the dead” (Col 1:18). If Jesus was born again and was the first to become this way, He now has spiritual preeminence over all other spiritual beings, including the angels and natural humans on the earth. It also tells us that Satan and the other angels that were in covenant with God the Father are no longer in a covenant with God the Son, the risen chosen heir. This is really cool stuff, so I hope you are grasping what God is revealing to you. It is much more important than I can ever try to tell you.
Let me briefly make another point on the definition of what free vs. being in bondage or a slave means from a Bible perspective. Natural slavery is of course not a positive reality so spiritual slavery is the same level of negativity. Why are we being told that the natural nation of Israel is still in bondage and are still “slaves” today and that the heavenly spiritual beings are being called “free”? The only explanation that makes logical sense is to see that Israel was given God’s law to fulfill in order to be called righteous. I assume by that knowledge that the angels were righteous by default and even after sin was found in Lucifer; God was unable to convict Satan of wrong doing since there was no law in place to convict him. If you read the next chapter of Galatians you will hopefully see that God is immediately after speaking of a free woman and a bond woman is speaking about the law in these terms of bondage. Therefore, Israel is still in bondage because they are attempting to establish their own righteousness by works. This was not God’s intention for them, the Law was designed to point them to a need for a savior, but yet they still for the most part have not embraced the plan of Redemption provided by Jesus Christ. Do you understand what the concepts of free and slave means now? Are we now free in the church today? Uh Oh? That is a trick question because the answer is yes and no. We are not under the Law of Moses nor are we under the bondage of sin, Satan or this world, but we are still under the New Law of Jesus Christ who said “A new commandment I give to you”. So technically the church is eternally bound to the law of Love! Therefore, this is also further confirmation what the church is not the covenant that is representative of the type o the woman Sarah. The Church is not a Free Woman! The church is a purchased bride and that make us His property. If you do not agree with those statements, I’m sorry I just do not have time to explain them all today.
What was the daughter’s name in the family of 5? We know that the daughter is called the “New Jerusalem” and we now know that her mother is called the “Jerusalem Above” or I’ll call her the “Heavenly Jerusalem” because that is what God calls her in Hebrew 12:22. We are told the “Heavenly Jerusalem” is the spiritual mother of the spiritual church in Galatians 4:26. The Heavenly Jerusalem is being differentiated from both the “Earthly Jerusalem” and the “New Jerusalem” by definition and adjective qualification. If a woman is a mother, she cannot be her own daughter. This is an amazingly complex Bible study as you can tell. If you are not careful you will get lost very easily. Do you see what God is teaching us? Why are all of the females in God’s family, named Jerusalem? That is a really tough question to try to answer in a short Bible lesson but, is this cool or what? I personally believe that every woman in the family of God is named Jerusalem because every male in the family of God is named “Israel”. I really do not have the time to explain all of the scriptures that this belief is based upon in today’s lesson fully. But, I will give you some basic clues. Several times in the Old Testament God calls the people of Israel those people that are “called by my name”. You can see statements like these in verses; for example 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Jeremiah 7:10-14 to name two places for you to research. What you should observe is that God is saying Israel is my name and I gave it to you because you married me. The name change of Jacob to Israel; was it God’s idea or Jacob’s idea? I think when you read in Genesis you will see the angel of God gave Jacob this name because Jacob wrestles with him and prevailed. Therefore the name Israel came from God. Knowing these facts should change your perspective on how you view any verses that speak about Israel or Jerusalem in the Bible. I think the way that God does things in His Word are very multifaceted and extremely complicated and for me to say that I understand them all would be a joke. But, we now have three women who are representative of 3 separate cities all named Jerusalem in 3 different covenants with a God named Israel and this makes interpreting Bible prophecy correctly infinitely more complex.
In the Bible the name Jerusalem occurs over 800 times in over 700 different verses. Now I’m going to blow your mind, the name “Israel” occurs over 2300 times in the Bible. Why is the name Israel a dominant name or subject found in the Bible? I believe that is it is because the name points us to the True Living God and God is certainly the dominant theme found in the entire Bible. Based upon what we have learned today, we can never read a verse in the Bible about either Israel or Jerusalem and not stop and immediately ask, which one is God speaking about? Is it natural or is it spiritual? Is it new or is it old? Is it holy or is it unholy? If you assume God is speaking about only the earthly city of Jerusalem in the Middle East or the natural nation of Israel you would be wrong many, many times. God further complicates this problem by calling Jerusalem by many code names, symbolic names and other descriptive titles that I also cannot go into in this lesson. If you are interested in seeing some of these other names for the earthly city of Jerusalem you can read my lesson on “Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of Jerusalem”.
I think I have gone long enough for one lesson. I know this is very complex and very new to you. I know you cannot find anyone else that is teaching it anywhere in the world. But, that does not mean it is not what is written in the Bible. All you have to do is to open your spiritual eyes and perceive what God is saying. This Bible study is probably the most important one that I have on my website. If you can understand this one, you can understand the rest of my lessons very easily. I’ll leave you today with a new picture of the spiritual family of God with all of the names of the women filled in:
I appologize for the long lesson today, I guess I had a lot to say. God Bless until next time!
If you would like to continue reading the next lesson in this series you may continue with “Part 8“.
Understanding the Hidden Spiritual Family Structure of God’s Household! 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:
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:
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.
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.
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!
(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?
- Start by Recognizing that the Bible is a Rules Based System.
- Then find out what the rules are!
- 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.
(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.
(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
|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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(ver 2.0) This is Part 4 in a series of reference documents revealing the multiple Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of Spiritual Individuals in the Bible. This lesson will focus only on the subject verses describing Jerusalem found in the Bible. This is a living document of references to Jerusalem and it will change and be updated as I am led to additional scriptures. A Name is a direct reference to the individual. A Title is a given direct identifying appellation signifying status or function. A Description is something that represents the individual in expressive words. A Type is a real named person, place or thing that can be viewed to apply to a pattern of the spiritual individual not directly named. A Symbol is a natural object that describes the characteristics or features of a spiritual being that you cannot see or understand without first understanding the symbol.
Jerusalem is a central subject of the Bible and the capital of Israel located in the Middle East today. Jerusalem is also a major city revealed in end time prophecy. This city has captured the attention of the entire world. Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible directly around 767 times and indirectly many other times. However, it is very important for you to know that there is more than one city named Jerusalem in the Bible. In fact there are 3 separate and distinct cities all with this exact name. Knowing this information complicates correct Bible interpretation significantly. You must be wise enough to know which Jerusalem God is talking about when you see the name “Jerusalem” by itself. You may be asking yourself what are these three cities named Jerusalem and I will give you a quick lesson on them:
- The Jerusalem that now is as revealed in Galatians 4:25 and in multiple other verses and the primary subject of this document.
- The Jerusalem Above revealed in Galatians 4:26 and is called the Heavenly Jerusalem in Hebrews 12:22.
- The New Jerusalem revealed as the Lamb’s wife in Revelation 3:12 and 21:2.
From these references you should be able to recognize the existence of three cities named Jerusalem. This document will primarily focus on the one reference of the Jerusalem on the earth that now is. If you have seen other verses that I have not found yet for Jerusalem, please share them with me in a comment. Thank you.
Name, Title, Symbol, Type for Jerusalem
|Abomination||Disgusting Idol Worshipper||Ezekiel 9:4; Ezekiel 16:2, 36, 51, 58; Ezekiel 22:2, 23:36; 33:29; Malachi 2:11; Revelation 17:4-5|
|Adulteress||Unfaithful Wife||Jeremiah 3:1; Jeremiah 5:7; Ezekiel 16:32; Ezekiel 23:45; Hosea 3:1|
|Afflicted||Depressed Woman||Isaiah 51:21|
|Aholibah||My Tent is In Her; Whore||Ezekiel 23:4|
|Ariel||The Symbolic Name of Jerusalem||Isaiah 29:1-7|
|Babylon||The Whore||1 Peter 5:13|
|Bad City||Wicked City||Ezra 4:12|
|Birthed in Land of Canaan||Where She was born||Eze 16:3;|
|Bloody City||Those that Kill the Prophets||Ezekiel 22:2, 24:6,9; Nahum 3:1|
|Bond Woman||Spiritual Hagar Egyptian Slave||Galatian 4:24-25, 30-31|
|Burdensome Stone||Load Carrier||Zec 12:3;|
|Castle of Zion||The Net or Snare of Zion||1 Chron 11:5;|
|City||Inhabited by the Children of Israel||Judges 1:8; 2 Kings 23:27; Psalm 122:3; Zec 14:2; Jeremiah 26:9|
|City, Chosen||Highly Favored of Jehovah||1 Kings 11:36; 1 Kings 14:21; 2 Kings 23:27; 2 Chron 12:13|
|City of a Stranger||Home of the Jebusites||Judges 19:12|
|City of David||David the Great King’s City||1 Kings 8:1; 2 Kings 9:28; 2 Kings 14:20’ 2 Kings 23:27; 1 Chron 11:5; 2 Chron 5:2; 2 Chron 21:20; Isaiah 22:9;|
|City, Faithful||She who is faithful to God||Isaiah 1:26;|
|City of Righteousness||The inhabitants have God’s righteousness||Isaiah 1:26;|
|City of the Great King||City of David||Matthew 5:35;|
|City of the Jebusites||Inhabited by the trodden||Judges 19:11; 1 Chron 11:4;|
|City Where David Dwelt||The City of David the King||Isaiah 29:1;|
|City Which Is Called By Thy Name||Married to Jehovah||Daniel 9:18;|
|City Which Killed Jesus our Lord||Those Who the shed Blood of God is On their Hands||Mat 16:21; Rev 11:8;|
|Covent Breakers||Those Who Broke Covent with God||Eze 16:59; Romans 1:31;|
|Curse, A||City which is cursed||Jeremiah 26:6;|
|Daughter||Female born of a woman||Ezekiel 23:2;|
|Daughter of an Amortie||Her Father was a Canaanitish Mountain Tribe;||Ezekiel 16:3, 45;|
|Daughter of a Hittite||Her Mother was a terrorist; Fear and Terror||Ezekiel 16:3, 45;|
|Desolate||Waste Land||Jeremiah 26:8|
|Desolate City||Jerusalem laid waste||Eze 26:19|
|Desolation||Waste Land||Zep 2:15;|
|Divorced Woman||She that was Put Away||Isaiah 50:1; Jeremiah 3:8; Hosea 2:2|
|Dross||Backsliders; Those who draw back; Refuse of the furnace||Ezekiel 22:18-19;|
|Drunken||She Who is Drunk||Isaiah 51:21: Jeremiah 13:13; Ezekiel 23:33;|
|Egypt||Spiritual Name for Jerusalem; Where she played the Whore in Her youth||Hosea 11:1; Revelation 11:8|
|Evil||Moral Wickedness||Jeremiah 25:5|
|Evil Figs||The Spoiled Fruit||Jeremiah 24:8;|
|Family Know of God||She who was married to Jehovah||Amos 3:2;|
|Faithful City||She who was faithful in Marriage||Isaiah 1:21;|
|Filthiness||Not Gold; uncleanness||Ezekiel 16:36; Ezekiel 22:15; Zephan 3:1; Revelation 17:4|
|Filthy||Disobedient and Rebellious||Zep 3:1;|
|Fornicator||Lover of Idols||2 Chronicles 21:11; Ezekiel 16:15;|
|Fuel to the Fire||She which is consumed by the Lord||Ezekiel 21:32;|
|Gomorrah||Spiritual name of Jerusalem;||Isaiah 1:9-10; Jeremiah 23:14;|
|Great City||She which was Great||Jeremiah 22:8; Revelation 11:8; Revelation 17:18;|
|Hagar||The Egyptian Bond Woman; slave girl||Galatian 4:24-25|
|Harlot||The unfaithful woman||Isaiah 1:21; Jeremiah 3:1: Ezekiel 16:15; Ezekiel 16:35, 41; Ezekiel 23:19;Ezekiel 23:44; Hosea 2:5; Hosea 4:15;|
|Harlot, Well-favored||Beautiful Adulteress||Nahum 3:4;|
|Heifer||Female Cow||Hosea 10:11|
|Her with My Name||The Name of Jehovah shall be on her||1 Kings 11:36; 1 Kings 14:21; 2 Kings 23:27; 2 Chron 12:13; Jeremiah 25:29|
|Holy City||Sacred||Neh 11:1|
|Imperious Whorish Woman||Vixen Adulteress||Ezekiel 16:30|
|Israel After the Flesh||Natural Nation of Israel||1 Cor 6:18;|
|Jebus||Aboriginal Name of Jerusalem; Trodden||Judges 19:10; 1 Chr 11:4;|
|Jebusi||Trodden inhabitants of Jerusalem||Joshua 18:28|
|Jebusite||Trodden Amorites||Joshua 15:8;|
|Jerusalem Which Now Is||Earthly Jerusalem||Galatians 4:25|
|Jeshurun||Symbolic Name of Israel||Deu 32:15, 33:5, 33:26; Isa 44:2;|
|Jews||Those of Judah||Romans 2:17;|
|Jezebel||A type of the False Religion of Adultery and Idols||Revelation 2:20;|
|Killer of the Prophets||Murderer of Those Who Are Sent To You||Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34|
|Lewd Woman||The Adulteress Wife||Ezekiel 23:44;|
|Married Wife||She who has a husband||Isaiah 54:1|
|Mistress of Witchcrafts||She who is deceived by Magic||Nahum 3:4|
|Mocking to All Nations||She who is ridiculed;||Ezekiel 22:4;|
|Mother||She who has born Children||Isaiah 50:1; Hosea 2:5; Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34; Galatian 4:25|
|Mother of Harlots||Her Children are like her||Revelation 17:5|
|Mother’s Daughter||The female child; like mother like daughter||Ezekiel 16:45;|
|Mt Sinai||Where the Law Given to Moses||Galatians 4:24-25;|
|Mystery Babylon the Great||The Whore||Revelation 17:5|
|Oppressing City||The City who is proud and violent||Zep 3:1;|
|Oppression, Wholly||She who has unjust gain; deceitfully obtained||Jeremiah 6:6;|
|Polluted||Trodden Down||Ezekiel 16:6; Zep 3:1|
|Rahab||The Harlot, spiritual type of Jerusalem||Psalm 89:10; Isaiah 51:9|
|Rebellious House||She who is disobedient and has become an enemy||Ezekiel 17:1, 24:3;|
|Rejoicing City||Joyous City||Zep 2:15;|
|Reproach to the Heathen||Disgrace to the Gentiles;||Ezekiel 22:4;|
|Salem||Peaceful the pattern and roots of Jerusalem||Genesis 14:18;|
|Seed of Evildoers||Fruit of Ungodliness||Isaiah 1:4;|
|Shalem||Early Name of Jerusalem||Gen 33:18;|
|Sinful Kingdom||A people to be destroyed||Amos 9:8;|
|Sinful Nation||A people led astray||Isaiah 1:4;|
|Sister||Woman with Siblings||Ezekiel 16:46;|
|Sister of Judah||The sister||Jeremiah 3:1;|
|Sister of thy Sisters||Sin runs in the family||Ezekiel 16:45;|
|Slayer of Innocent Blood||The City that Killed Jesus||Jeremiah 26:15;|
|Smitten||To Strike Down||Ezekiel 33:21;|
|Sodom||Spiritual Name for Jerusalem;||Isaiah 1:9-10; Jeremiah 23:14; Ezekiel 16:46-49; Revelation 11:8|
|Thy Mother’s Daughter||Daughter of a Hittite (terror)||Eze 16:45|
|Uncleanness||Religious filth||Ezekiel 36:17;|
|Where Our Lord Was Crucified||Jesus was hung on the cross there||Rev 11:8|
|Whore||Adulteress Idol Worshipper||Ezekiel 16:33-34|
|Whore, Great||Adulteress Idol Worshipper||Revelation 17:1;|
|Wife||She who is married to Jehovah||Jeremiah 3:20, 31:32; Ezekiel 16:8; Ezekiel 16:32;|
|Woman||The Great City||Ezekiel 23:44; Revelation 17:18|
|Woman, Removed||Unclean Woman||Ezekiel 36:17;|
|Woman Who Breaks Wedlock||The Unfaithful wife of Jehovah||Ezekiel 16:38;|
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(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“.
(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“.
(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.
Let’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,
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!