1. Introduction to “Jerusalem is the GARDEN of Eden”

I had begun to write about the River Pison when I decided to explore the Hebrew word for GARDEN .

I did so because I had been thinking about  Archangel Gabriel’s Words that  “Israel is Eden, Jerusalem is the Garden of  Eden” (#Archangel #Gabriel’s Question About The Garden Of #Eden).

As I reviewed the Hebrew word for “GARDEN”  my eyes were opened to  an astonishing discovery  which  confirmed Archangel Gabriel’s Words that “Israel is Eden, Jerusalem is the Garden of  Eden.”

Here are the key texts:

And the LORD God planted a GARDEN1588   and there he put the man whom he had formed.

And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the GARDEN1588, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

And a river went out of Eden to water the GARDEN1588; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads…

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the GARDEN1588 of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the GARDEN1588   thou mayest freely eat  (Genesis 2: 8 – 10; 15 & 16).


2. Gan, the Hebrew word for the GARDEN of Eden

A review of the cross references show that Gan,  the Hebrew word for GARDEN  was used specifically in reference to the:

  • GARDEN  of Eden
  •  GARDEN  of Eden, which was the point at which River Eden parted into four heads.
  • location of the Tree of Life
  • site of the temptation and fall of the human race into sin.

 The translators of the Hebrew text used other synonyms for  GanThese synonyms, when applied to Eden/Jerusalem, reveal that is was:

  • well watered – Genesis 13: 10; Isaiah 58: 11.
  • a garden of herbs – Deuteronomy 11: 10; 1 Kings 21: 2.
  • associated with Kings’ palaces or dwellings – 2 Kings 21: 18.
  • enclosed – Songs of Solomon 4: 12 (parallel in Isaiah 5).
  • a place where spices, pleasant fruit, flowers like lillies,  cedars and other trees grew – Songs of Solomon 4: 16 & 6: 2; Ezekiel 31: 8& 9.
  • the garden of the Lord/His place of relaxation – Genesis 13: 10; Isaiah 51: 3; Ezekiel 28: 13; Ezekiel 31: 8& 9.

As I completed this paragraphy, I heard ARCHANGEL GABRIEL SAY THAT HE IS CALLING ON ISRAEL TO RESTORE  JERUSALEM, HIS GARDEN /GAN,  BACK TO ITS FORMER  GLORY AND A PLACE WHERE THE FATHER CAN DWELL.

3. The secret that JERUSALEM IS EDEN is hidden in  GANAN/H 1598, the root word for GARDEN/Gan

As I read the texts related to  GAN/GARDEN  I decided to explore its root word  GANAN/H 1598.   GANAN/H 1598 occurs eight times in seven verses in the Hebrew concordance of the King James Version of the Bible.

GANAN/H 1598, the root word for GAN/GARDEN  is used specifically in reference to the city of Jerusalem:

  • For I will defend1598 this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake – 2 Kings 19: 34.
  • And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend1598 this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake – 2 Kings 2o: 6.
  • As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend1598 Jerusalem; defending1598 also he will deliver [it; and] passing over he will preserve it -  Isaiah 31: 5.
  • For I will defend1598 this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake – Isaiah 37: 35.
  • And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend1598 this city -  Isaiah 38: 6.
  • The LORD of hosts shall defend1598 them… –   Zechariah 9: 15.
  • In that day shall the LORD defend1598 the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David [shall be] as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.  – Zechariah 12: 8.

These texts serve to reveal that:

  1. Jerusalem is the GAN/GARDEN  of Eden.
  2. God will defend His GAN/GARDEN from extinction by enemies because of His Promise to David. I pray that Israel will take comfort in the Word of the Lord and look to Him for refuge and defense.

Father I ask now for blessings, peace, angelic prosperity and protection upon your people Israel.

4. Comparisons

I found three Hebrew and  one Greek word that are used for Garden. However,  they do not refer at all to Jerusalem as the Garden of  EdenGANAN/H 1598 is the only  word that does so very specifically -

  1. ginnah/H 1594
  2. gannah/H 1593
  3. garden of cucumbers 4750
  4. Greek word – garden 2779

 

 

RELATED READINGS

The Garden Of Eden

Keys to Understanding the Parable of the Garden of Eden

The Parable of the Garden of Eden – Secret One

#Archangel #Gabriel’s Question About The Garden Of #Eden

The Temptation And Fall Of Adam And Eve

The Tree of Life

1. On what day did God institute His Creation New Year?


Scriptures reveal that God established the Law of New Years by inaugurating Earth’s first New Year on SUNDAY JANUARY 1st on YEAR 1.  However, we see that humans have deviated from God’s established patterns:

  • The Gregorian calendar begins arbitrarily on any day of the week
  • The Jewish New Year (which is Nisan, according to scriptures), begins in the middle of the month of April.

Should we worry about the deviation from God’s established pattern?

Yes. God established patterns for light, darkness, days and years for a reason. I have seen, for example, a terrible consequence of beginning new days at midnight.  As I have shown, God’s pattern for new days or the 24 hour day cycle is sunrise to sunrise.   Here are FIVE consequences of starting days at midnight:

  • At least two days over lap.
  • For example, Monday 29th August “began” at midnight.
  • This means that we stole about 6 hours of Sunday
  • Sunday overlapped with Saturday
  • This is nothing but bedlam as far as God is concerned.

Detailed examination of the Holy Scriptures will reveal that people up to the time of Christ began days from sunrise to sunrise. Time therefore has “changed”, in a sense, under “newer and more modern” calculations.

2. On what day of the month did God command Moses to celebrate the Jewish New Year?

Exodus reveals that God gave the Jews a New Calendar system in order to reestablish His System for celebrating New Years on Sunday January 1st.   When God established the Jewish New Year He commanded Moses:

“This month shall be … the BEGINNING  of months… it shall be the  FIRST month of the year to you” (Exodus 12: 1)

On what day was that FIRST Jewish New Year?  The answer is revealed directly in the book of Exodus:

  • The Passover was celebrated in the evening of Saturday 14th Abib or Nisan
  • The Jews left Egypt on  Sunday 15th Nisan
  • This readily tells us that SUNDAY was the first day of the Jewish New Year and therefore the month of Nisan.

This is a perfect match with God’s Creation Calendar. I can easily show you other texts supporting this teaching that God always began New Years on Sunday 1st.

3. Is it important to follow the New Year pattern that God established?

Yes, it is:

  • God’s pattern of beginning New Years on Sunday 1st helps humans to keep accurate calculations of days, weeks, months and years.
  • Humans have disrupted God’s established order and chaos is the result.
  • We would have been able to match dates and days in history without using a calendar.
  • God uses NEW symbolically to refer to ENTIRELY NEW BEGINNINGS
  • Beginnings speak of new creation and renewal – God always starts on a new page.
  • People and nations that are renewed begin with God (three people with one name); God moving, God breathing or outpouring His Spirit, God speaking and establishing new things.

Most of all, when we follow God’s patterns, we begin to think like Him and understand how He thinks. I hear the Lord say that this is the MOST CRITICAL thing.  Blessings!

1. God commanded Adam to SUBDUE the earth

I wrote in the previous post that God made Adam in His image and likeness, thereby establishing proprietary rights to His creation.  Furthermore, God then made Adam King over the earth by first delegated the rights of  direct rule or DOMINION of the earth and its living creatures, including satan and his demons:

Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and SUBDUE it and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (Gen 1: 28).

 

2.  What  did God mean by this command to SUBDUE the earth? 

Kabash (H3533) is the Hebrew word for subdue. I again explored how the word was used in the scriptures in order to paint a picture of what God meant when He told Adam to subdue the earth.  I was relieved to discover that kabash occurs 15 times in 13 verses in the Hebrew concordance of the KJV

  • the second reference to the word subdue occurred when Moses spoke to three tribes telling them that they had to go over Jordan with the others and war against the Canaanites until the Lord had driven out His enemies and subdued the land (Num 32: 21-22).
  • Joshua 18: 1 showed that the Israelites warred against    the Caananites, taking possession of their cities and property and as a result the land was subdued before them. 
  • 2 Samuel 8 is a brief description of  how King David subdued enemy nations in war. He took possession of their territories, placed Israeli forces there, made the people  his servants, made them bring gifts/dues to him.  King David was a terror and his enemies feared him
  • King David commanded the people to help Solomon his son, since the Lord had helped him to conquer the nations and subdue them (1 Chronicles 22: 18)
  • To subdue means to bring someone else into bondage or make them a servant or slave (2 Chro 28: 10; Neh 5: 5; Jeremiah 34: 11, 16)
  • Weapons are used to subdue enemies (Zech 9: 15)

3.  Adam was therefore given the right to exercise military strength over God’s enemy satan

It is  important to twin the words subdue and have dominion because God twinned them in Genesis 1: 28.  In discovering their meanings, we find some important revelations:

  • God commanded Adam to treat satan as an enemy and not as a friend
  • Most of the references to the action of subduing  relate to the conquest of the Land of  Canaan in which ungodly, demon worshipping nations were replaced with people who God called “a Kingdom of  priests and a holy nation” (Ex 19: 6)
  • We can therefore infer that God’s intent when  He created Adam was the deposing of satan
  • God also intended that HIS  KINGDOM  OF RIGHTEOUSNESS would be transfered into the earth through an earthly ruler 
  • Adam’s job was to fill up the earth with God- like people who would worship and serve Him  AND keep the devil in his place so he would have no territory to occupy.
  • Adam and Eve were commanded to rule over the devil with strength;  prevail against him; run him out of their earth; and teach their descendants to rule as Kings and Princes in the earth. 
  • If  you scan through the Old Testament, you will discover that the nations of the earth understood the concept of ruling as Kings and Princes in the natural sense.  However, they gave up control  of the invisible realm to the devil, allowing him to subdue them and bring them into bondage of  many heinous sins.
  • Time does not permit, but you will see that God called Abraham a Father of  many nations.  Jacob was called a Prince because he had prevailed with God.  Ishmael was also a ruler who produced 12 princes, but ungodly men.

 

4.  There are two realms of  rulership – the natural and the invisible.

Here are some important questions that I would like you to answer:

  • Are you ruling  in the natural realm but a victim  to satan? 
  •  Are you like God or like satan?
  • Are you a member of  the Kingdom of  God or the Kingdom of  satan?
  • You will know whose Kingdom you belong to based on the beliefs and lifestyle practices that you pursue
  • God’s  Kingdom can be entered only by  a rebirth of that tainted, sinful spirit.  To read more about the transformation of  your spirit, please visit

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/07/17/jesus-said-tha…-be-born-again/

Blessings!

1. What was the covenant that God made with Adam?

The Lord drew to my attention the covenant that He had made with Adam.  By virtue of the fact that Adam had been created by God,  the following  truths were established:

 

  • God automatically had exclusive rights to  be called Adam’s  God.  
  • God did not sign a licensure agreement with the devil or   give “resale rights”  to satan.  Even in a natural sense, people retain rights to their inventions and ideas, patenting them for protection. 
  • Adam  had a right to love and obey God.
  • Genesis explains God’s patent rights on human beings

 

God demonstrated His rights to Adam in several ways. By:

  • making  Adam  a replica of  Himself
  • breathing “His”   Spirit into Adam
  • preparing  a  home, food, wealth, leisurely occupation and a companion for him
  • testing him in the naming of animals to see how well he would reflect  the wisdom, knowledge, understanding, discernment etc of  God.  Animals come in species, categories etc so this was not as simplistic as it appeared.
  • Teaching Adam His Word
  • giving him a commandment  to obey His Word only as well as the dangers of  rebellion
  • giving him blessings of the covenant

 

2. Blessings that come with obedience of the covenant  with God – dominion.

When God initially revealed His thoughts about man, he said that  He would create him in His own image and likeness and let them have DOMINION  in the earth (Gen 1: 26).  Here are some important revelations:

  • God made man like Him and to have dominion like Himself.  God rules in heaven and earth is His footstool.
  • The dominion of  man was spoken in a  command in the same way that  God said “let there be light etc”
  • The  dominion of man is the INITIAL  blessing that is revealed and is  important  to the  Law of   Prominence.  
  • Being like God is related to the dominion of man
  • Dominion is inherent  to God’s nature.
  • God established the covenant even before the man was actually formed – this is His prophetic plan for the human race. We are His and should love and obey NO OTHER GOD.
  • Dominion meant that God delegated rulership of the earth to Adam and he was given the  title of  Earth King under God   

 

3. What is dominion?

Radah  (H 7287) is the Hebrew word used for DOMINION in Genesis 1: 26.  I tracked its usage in scripture and found the fascinating results:

  • dominion over the fish of the sea,  fowl of the air, cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth (Gen 1: 26 & 28).  Since we are speaking in the spiritual and natural, God commanded man to rule over satan.  Humans portray demons in the form of  fishes, cattle (the Hindus worship cattle); serpents (the  Greek demon of  medicine was a serpent around a staff), scorpions and creeping things  etc.  Now do you  understand why the serpent was more subtil than any other beast of the field?  How about the signs of the zodiac?
  • Dominion refers to ruling
  • Reigning over enemies, killing them, causing them to flee even when no chase is being made (Psalm 18)
  • Ruling over people, the mighty, noble, geographic regions  (Psalm 149; Daniel 10)
  • Delegating  authority to Chiefs and Princes who would rule the  people
  • Rule with strength – no one would revolt
  • To prevail

I gave additional references to show that  God gave man dominion in BOTH the natural realm and  invisible realm.  Humans have learnt how to tame wild animals  and harness the natural resources of earth to a greater extent.  However,  we are still held captive to a tormenter who holds great power and ability to bring people into addiction and death.  If dominion related solely to being wealthy, educated etc tell me why many wealthy people are drug addicts etc  and why nations are at war. 

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H7287&t=KJV

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/25/adam-and-eve-w…ikeness-of-god/

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/god-created-th…ith-his-breath/

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/god-is-the-father-of-spirits/

Blessings and more to come!

1.  God told me to tell you that the temptation and fall of man is written in a parable 

It is important for us to understand that the account of the temptation and fall of man  is written in a parable.   God showed me that this parable is  parallel to  the way Jesus  taught  hidden truths about the Kingdom of  God by saying, “the Kingdom of heaven is like unto…”   

The parable of the temptation and fall of man is a behind the scenes view of the conflict between the Kingdom of heaven/God and the kingdom of  darkness.  It is written in a parable for several reasons:

  • to allow only seeing eyes to discover the truth
  • to show us the key players and scenarios in the conflict between the Kingdom of  God/heaven and satan
  • to show the ROOT  of the human condition – our spiritual eyes  that were designed to be open to God were ruthlessly gouged out by a merciless liar, murderer and thief.  Our fore parents were taken  into captivity and made to serve the devil, imprisoned in darkness of sin and ignorance of  God’ s  Word/truth.
  • to show that Adam came under satan’s control when he  broke his covenant with  God (say what? More on that later!)
  • to hide the sordid details of the sins and rebellion  of  Adam and Eve  (rated above R)
  • to show that  there is a natural and spiritual realm and how to identify the parallels in scriptures (only seeing eyes will see.  Father, please open my eyes).
  • to explain the nature of the conflict between the children of the kingdom of  God/heaven  and the kingdom of hell

 

 

2.   Key to the parable of the temptation and fall of man

  • the Lord God commanded the man =  Word of God; covenant with man
  • eat = practice; partake of;  believe the doctrine of  devils;  fellowship with devils (1 Corinthians 10)
  • surely die = your spirit will disconnect from Me; you will lose your purity;  you will die to truth; lose your authority to satan;  come under satan’s power and become his slave. 
  • Tree of life = Jesus, Word of God; Word of Life  
  • tree of the knowledge of good and evil = satan;  doctrine of devils, sin
  • fruit = doctrine; results; lifestyle
  • serpent = devil, satan
  • beast =   demon
  • field = earth

 

3. How do we explain the following events if the account of the  fall and temptation was written literally?

A. The death of  Adam and Eve by eating a fruit

  • Why didn’t Adam and Eve drop dead immediately after having eaten the fruit?
  • Would an apple kill anyone in the literal sense?
  • Wouldn’t it be more logical to say that the fruit was a  poison berry?
  • Why did satan make a new offer - you will not die but your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.

B. God told Adam and Eve that they would “surely die” the day that they ate the fruit. Did He mean instant,  physical death?  Not at all.  The aftermath revealed that  the results of the fall were  of a spiritual nature…

  • Adam and Eve did not drop dead immediately 
  • their eyes opened although they were not physically blind
  • they became aware of  their nakedness and became ashamed
  • They did not go to the grave immediately, but  God  killed an animal to atone for their sins  
  • Why didn’t God kill them Himself  if the “apple”  had failed to do so?  
  • God symbolically dressed them in leather in a climate that was perfect in order to help them cover their nakedness.  Humans are still obsessed over the issue of  external covering and  neglect the godly  growth and development  neglect the inner spirit. 
  • Why did God ban Adam and Eve from access to the literal tree of life if the initial death was intended to be a physical one? 

Blessings and more to come!

1. What did satan mean when he told Adam and Eve that their “eyes will be open”

Paqach (H6491) is word used for  the phrase “shall be opened” and is found 20 times in 18 verses in the KJV of the Old Testament.   I  read and categorized the usage of the word in each verse in order to understand what satan promised to eve. The opening of the eyes was  also used in these verses:

  • Adam and  Eve’s eyes were opened after they sinned (Gen 3: 7)
  • God opened Hagar’s eyes and she saw a well of water in the wilderness as she wandered with Ishmael her son (Gen 21: 19)
  • The son of the Shunnamite woman opened his eyes after Elijah resurrected him from the dead (2 Kings 4: 3 – 4)
  • Prophet Elisha prayed for his servant’s eyes to be opened, thus allowing him to see the invisible angels surrounding and protecting them  (2 Kings 6)
  • Prophet Elisha blinded the Syrian army then told them he could show them the way home, but led them instead to the  King of Israel (2 Kings 6: 18 – 20)
  • Prophet Isaiah spoke about Jesus who would open the blind eyes and bring the blind out of the prisons (Isa 42: 7)

 http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H6491&t=KJV

 

2.  What does the word  “paqach”  reveal about the opening of  the eyes?

Paqach is the same word used  in the phrase ““the opening the prison” in Isaiah 61: 1.  I wrote about this truth a few days ago at     http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/gods-exchange-…owledge-of-god/

In order to fully  understand the temptation and fall of Adam and Eve, we have to interpret the context  in a spiritual and not a natural sense.   This truth of interpretation will be supported when we answer  FIVE  questions:

  1. Were Adam and Eve were in full possession of their sight? Yes
  2. Since they were not physically blind, why did satan promise to open their eyes?
  3. Why did he promise them the knowledge of good and evil?
  4. Why do we commonly assume that the fruit of the tree was  an apple?
  5. Why would an apple kill two healthy people (“it keeps the doctor away”)

The current usage of  the word paqach reveals the following truths:

  • By telling Eve that her   eyes would be opened to good and evil, Satan suggested that God had hidden something from them, arousing resentment against God.
  • By telling them that their eyes would be opened to good and evil, satan suggested that they were dead.  God had told them they would die if they had this information.
  • Satan aroused lust for the knowledge of good and evil by giving  Eve a demonstration of power. This is suggested as  the dialogue said – “when the woman saw… “
  • Adam and Eve  received information that they had not know prior to  this exposure.  This is seen in the opening of Hagar’s eyes to a well that had either been hidden to her OR one that God had placed in her path.
  • They received information about the invisible realm that God wanted to protect them from
  • Satan promised them that the opening of  their eyes would make them become like God, implying a form of rebellion against God that was equal to the one that led to his exile from heaven.

 Blessings!!!

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/24/the-fruit-of-a…ir-descendents/

1. The goring out of the captive’s eyes

I’ve been writing about the horrific practices of  oppressors who would take captives  in war and other forms of aggression. The captives and their families would be bound and taken off  to foreign lands as slaves.  Not satisfied, the captors would in some cases GORE OUT THE EYES of the captive as in the catastrophic situation of  Samson and also King  Zedekiah of  Judah whose eyes were gored out by the Babylonians. 

These captives would not have been given an anesthetic and a hot metal  instrument would be used for this  procedure. The captors  would mercilessly restrain the captives as they kicked and screamed against the searing, relentless agony.  Dripping and bleeding, the captives would then be forced to walk  the long miles to the prison house, not afforded any privileges of their status. Samson was a President and Zedekiah a King. 

 

2. Adam and Eve were the first captives whose eyes were gored out  by satan 

According to Ezekiel 28, spurred by his own beauty, wisdom, influence and wealth, the devil said, “I am a God, I sit in the seat of God in the midst of the seas”.  This is the place where God’s throne is surrounded by the sea of glass (Rev 4: 6).   Satan had once been a very important person in heaven.   He had been present in the Garden of Eden and was at one time  a prodigious musician and priest who played a leading role in heaven.   Forgetting that he was a created being, satan warred against God, but  Archangel Michael threw him  out of heaven so fast that he and his demons fell to the earth with the speed and electricity of lightning (Lk 10: 18  Rev 12: 7-10 ).

Once in the earth, satan determined that he would rule the earth and its inhabitants and establish himself as god in the earth and its airspaces.  However, he had heard God telling Adam and Eve to subdue the earth and have dominion over all its living creatures.  He knew that that these were military tactics and that Adam and Eve had authority to overpower him with the word of  God and  rule him.  

Therefore, in order to rule the earth from them, satan had to EITHER to Kill  Adam and Eve OR take them into captivity, bind them hands and feet,  and gore out their eyes.  By blinding them to God’s  truth, they would be unable to obey God and he. satan, would have control of their power forever. 

Studying Adam and Eve carefully, he discovered that Eve was more likely to give up her power in exchange for something that he could give to her. 

Here are the tactics that satan used against Adam and Eve:

  • he introduced a suggestion of doubt to Eve when he asked “hath God said?”
  • He told Eve that she would not surely die if she ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  His first choice was to kill them.
  • He told her that her eyes would be opened 
  • Adam and Eve would be like God (The lust to be God and rule heaven and earth lay at the root of satan’s fall)
  • You will  know good and evil 

 Blessings!

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/26/the-tree-of-the-knowledge-of-good-and-evil/

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/24/why-did-adam-and-eve-sin/

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/24/the-fruit-of-a…ir-descendents/

Introduction

The Lord alerted me today that some people are having great difficulty believing that the devil is represented in the book of Genesis by the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This is because we have been taught, for some reason,  that Adam and Eve ate an apple in the garden.  I need therefore to add further clarity. If you read Genesis and the scriptures carefully, you will find that the word fruit, while meaning real fruits produced by trees, is also used to represent:

  1. teachings or doctrine
  2. evidence of the inner condition of the spirit
  3. people e.g. offspring
  4. productivity
  5. words are the fruit of the mouth
  6. work done for  God

1. Fruit or food (s) are used to refer to teachings or doctrines

God told the Jews that they had “… plowed wickedness … reaped iniquity… eaten the fruit of lies:” (Hosea 10: 13).  False prophets had been lying to them causing them to sin, just like the false prophet in the garden of Eden, who had appeared in such a pleasant and engaging manner to Eve. Jesus told us to beware of false prophets, because they are ravening wolves inside. Satan was a ravening wolf,  mercilessly killing  Adam and Eve, a murderer from the beginning as the Lord said.

Jesus also used the imagery of food if not fruit, to refer to His teachings. He said:

  • eat my flesh and drink my blood (Jn 6: 53-60)
  • I am the Bread of Life (Jn 6: 48-51). My teachings will give you life, but beware of the leaven of the scribes and Pharisees
  • I am the Living Bread (Jn 6: 53-60)
  • that the bread of the Last Supper represented his body while the wine represented HIs blood
  • I am the Water of Life (Jn 7: 37-39)

Apostle Peter also told the disciples to desire the sincere milk of the word for spiritual growth.

Science shows that the food that we eat will either nourish or harm our cells, leading to growth or death.  Poor nutrition will lead to obesity, cancer and other nutritional disorders. The devil’s diet led to the immediate death of Adam and  Eve’s spirit (loss of fellowship with God, infection with sin) AS WELL AS slow physical deterioration and death.  Will you eat or believe and practice the devil’s doctrine which is really based on half-truths OR will you believe the pure word of God and be saved? (Jn 8: 51).

2. Fruit is used to refer to the outward evidence of the inner condition of the spirit

People who obey God’s wisdom will produce its fruit such as an excellent spirit, prudence etc while those who refuse to follow His  wisdom will produce fruits of perversion, frowardness etc (Prov 8).

God told Jeremiah that He deals with people according to the “fruit of our doings”:

“I the LORD search the heart, [I] try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, [and] according to the fruit of his doings”  (Jer 17: 10)

We saw that Adam and Eve produced fruits of their sins. They began to cover up, hide from God an they became evasive. He had to deal with them accordingly by preventing access to the tree of Life.  While the fruit of sin will bring forth death and every evil work, the fruit or evidence of God in a believer will be God – like characteristics such as love, joy, peace etc (Gal 5: 22-23)

3. Fruit referred to  people

Fruit was used to refer to people such as offspring who were called “fruit of thy body” (Deut 28: 4); and fruit of the womb  (Ps 127: 3). God called the nation of Israel a “basket of summer fruit” that has only a temporary lifespan (Amos 8: 1,2).

Jesus referred in His teaching on false prophets, referred to two types -  good or bad false prophets or trees which produce good or bad fruit. In this parable, he said that we will know what is hidden in the prophet’s spirit by the fruit they produce. Good/true prophets trees will produce good fruit, while corrupt prophets/trees will produce corrupt fruit  (Mt 7: 15-20). If we apply Jesus’ revelation to the sin in the Garden, we will immediately understand that Adam and  Eve had no problems before they submitted to the temptation of  satan the false prophet.  He was false because he mixed truth with lies that would lead to eternal death.  Adam and Eve’s descendents were plagued by the knowledge of good and evil whose fruit was hatred, murder, lies, violence and all forms of rebellion against God.

 4. Fruit referred to productivity

Those who  fear the Lord will be productive  (Ps 1: 3) even  in their old age (Ps 92: 14).  In the parable of the Gardener and the vine, Jesus referred to unproductive believers who bore no  fruit. They had withered and dried up as a result of disconnecting from fellowship with Him. This was the situation of Adam and Eve as well as Cain. Like the branch in the parable of  John 15, they were now worthy of nothing but to be cast out of the Garden. God in His mercy, however, purged them, but did not permit them to physically live forever. Cain was cast out however, because he refused to bring forth fruits of repentance and remained obstinate about his sin.

Fruit referred to words that  we speak

Scriptures also refer to words as the fruit of the lips. If we speak good, we will reap good, but people speaking violence reap violence (Prov 12: 14  &13:2). We are also told that we will either live or die based on what we say with our lips. Proverbs 18: 21 teaches that if we love life we will speak life, but if we love death we will speak with the lips.

Jesus said that the things that come out of our mouths are really evidence of what we possess in our spirits. The spirit or the inner person is really a store house. If good is inside the spirit, we will speak good, while an evil person will bring forth evil from the spirit:

 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh (Lk 6: 45).

 Fruit referred to evidence of our work done for God

God expects believers to bring forth fruit, symbolic of other believers (Jn 15: 8).

Blessings and have a great day!

1. The devil is the serpent who tempted them

While the  word serpent is used literally in scriptures, it is used figuratively to represent wicked people who are venemous like serpents (Ps 58: 4); people who bite when they are not charmed (Ecc 10: 11). The word dragon  is also used in both Old and New Testament as a synonym for serpent. For example:

  • Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon (Strongs 8577 = tanniyn) shalt thou trample under feet   (Ps 91: 13)
  •  For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents (Strongs 8577 = tanniyn) : but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods (Ex 7: 12)

Rev 12: 9 is the scripture that clearly shows that the devil is the serpent that taught Adam and Eve to sin:

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

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

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man-child (Rev 12: 7, 9, 13)

This scripture refers also to past events when the devil rebelled and was cast out into the earth.  Chief Prince Michael cast him out of heaven so hard that Jesus chuckled and said that he fell like lightning (Luke 10: 18).  Once on the earth, Eve became a target.  

Genesis 3: 1 explains that the devil, the serpent (Strongs 5175 = nachash) was more subtil or crafty (Strongs H6175 = `aruwm) than any beast of the field.

2. Eve had befriended the devil, spending time with him

God called the devil a beast,  a derogatory statement.  Micheal told me that the devil is not even worthy to be called an “it”. That beast, the devil, used a friendly approach which led to Eve succumbing to his teachings.  God revealed this friendship between them when He  told the serpent that He would break up their friendship and cause them to hate each other:

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel (Gen 3: 15).

God’s words to the devil shows us that Eve and the devil had become great friends, although they had been expressly forbidden. The Lord had told them not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. However, Eve was presented with a mixture of truth and lies. The devil spoke  truth when he said that her eyes would open and that she would become like a god, knowing good and evil if she did what he said. However, she believed him rather than God when he lied and said that she would not die.  

She and the devil had become friends. She looked at his presentation and saw that the tree THE DEVIL, was pleasant (she did not discern the deception). Furthermore, she really believed that he had the ability to make them “wise” (Gen 3: 6). Eve became resentful, believing that God had hidden knowledge from them and that she and Adam should have access to this knowledge. Following the devil’s instructions, she and her husband did all kinds of things that God knew would harm their spirits and their relationship with Him.

3. The devil, representing the tree of knowledge of good and evil influenced them to do so

Why  did God permit the devil into the earth? That’s another discussion.  Why was he called the tree of knowledge of good and evil? (Gen 2: 9). What is bad about “good”? Minister Winston first taught me in 2006 that God used the imagery of a tree to represent people – Satan (tree of knowledge of good and evil) and Jesus (Tree of Life). Following God’s example, writers in Scripture continued with the imagery.  For example, the  writer of Psalm 1 compared those who walked in God’s ways to trees that bring forth fruit in his season (Ps 1: 3). Adam and Eve were warned not to eat from the tree. That is, do not eat its fruit.

4.  They sinned because they believed satan’s knowledge and submitting to his way of evil, gained access to death

Eve, having listened to this pleasant-looking devil, took what he said and invited Adam to join in the quest for his version of knowledge and wisdom.  However, we have spoken already about the disastrous effects. What was the fruit that Eve ate? Was it an apple, as we commonly say? As I said in the previous post, the word fruit is used literally in scripture until Proverbs 8, when it is used figuratively.  My mind blew when I read this chapter this morning and I had to do so repeatedly. 

God’s wisdom, which existed before the earth, is personified, crying to us to listen to it. The chapter does three things:

  1. highlights the characteristics of wisdom, which is really an element of God’s character or Spirit
  2. it contrasts God’s wisdom with the devil’s wisdom
  3. it reveals that God is the source of true wisdom (Prov 8: 22-34

Wisdom is a characteristic of God’s Spirit and those who respect Him will  also be wise. God, who is Wisdom, reveals this as follows. God:

  • has an excellent spirit (like Jesus and Daniel)
  • speaks right things, truth (satan lied), righteousness
  • hates to speak wickedness, or anything froward or perverse
  • instructs
  • is prudent
  • discovers witty inventions
  • hates evil, pride, arrogancy, a froward mouth
  • counsels right, gives sound wisdom, is understanding and strength
  • bestows power to kings, nobles and princes
  • gives judges the ability judge
  • loves those who love Him
  • reveals Himself to those who seek Him early
  • gives durable or lasting riches and honor (not one that is gained by foul means)
  • is the way of righteousness and judgement (Adam, Eve and the devil were judged fairly)

God is the source of wisdom/He is wisdom

In very eloquent and majestic  words, Proverbs 8: 22- 32 shows that God was wisdom before the beginning, from everlasting, even before the earth was created and at its creation. His way leads to joy,  blessings, wealth, life and favor with God.

Proverbs 8 shows some of the elements of the spirit of the devil. Satan is every thing that God is not. He is perverse, lacking understanding, a liar, perverse, speaks and does evil. He is froward (Strongs 8419) – lacking faith in God (Deut 32: 20); speaks evil things (Prov 2: 12); rejoices and delights in evil (Prov 2: 14),  plans evil and mischief and sows discord (Prov 6: 14 and 16: 30); does not speak what is acceptable (Prov 10: 32); spreads tales and separates chief  friends (Prov 16: 28); lusts after women and commits adultery in the heart  (Prov 23: 33).

Now I would like to ask if you know anyone with any of these characteristics. You do? Then think of what the devil is possibly like on a small scale. Using Proverbs 8 as reference, you can explore the Hebrew words relating to the elements of God’s wisdom. This will point you to all that the devil is not.  I hope that this teaching instructed you just as it instructed me.  Let us pray that God will give us the spirit of discernment that He possesses.  He answered all of the questions in the Garden, needing no one to tell Him exactly what had happened. If you are weak and falling to temptations, there are many ways in which you can be helped. Start by confessing, asking for cleansing, then walking with the Lord for protection and deliverance from the evil one.

Blessings

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1. Introduction

Adam and Eve were created in the image and likeness  of God (Gen 1: 26-27; 5: 1,2).   However, they followed the devil’s teachings and gave him access to their spirits by obeying him. They therefore took darkness in to their spirits when they sinned against  God.  Here is what happened:

  • Satan taught Adam and Eve godless, sinful behaviors that were not a part of their spirits at the creation. God had breathed His Spirit into them and they were pure and innocent when in the sinless state. As a result of sin, their spirits  lost the light of God and they came under the dominion of the kingdom of darkness. 1 John 1: 5b says that God is Light and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. In fact, Light was the first thing that God imparted to the earth.
  • The spiritual DNA of sin and rebellion against God was passed on to all humans and all humans came under the curse of sin (1 Cor 15: 22, 45). 
  • Satan and his ways represented the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  To explain further, the word “fruit”  is used literally in scriptures until  Proverbs 8: 19 when wisdom said that her fruit was better than life.  While good things are the fruit of wisdom,  Proverbs 8 showed that those who lack wisdom are wicked, perverse, lack understanding, pride, arrogancy among others. This is a true picture of the devil.  To illustrate further, Jesus also used the  imagery of fruit to describe the outward evidence of the true condition of wicked human spirits (Matt 7: 15-23). 

 2. The fruit of sin in Adam and Eve

What was the fruit of  Adam and Eve’s sin? They had eaten or partook of the devil’s doctrine and now showed evidences that they had learnt new behaviors:

* they became aware of sin – eyes opened and they knew they were naked, having become aware of  desire, lust and sin.

* they began to cover up – noone admitted to his/her role in the rebellion. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the devil.  We know that  Adam was fully aware of what he was doing (1 Tim 2: 14).

* They became afraid of God and began  to run from rather than  to Him – they hid and did not reveal their location to the Lord.

3.  Can sin be transferred?

Yes. There is a law of spiritual inheritance, just as there is a law of physical inheritance.  This is the reason that Cain, the first child, learnt to sin? Adam and Eve became infected with the sin trait and possessed the ability to pass on the sin DNA to their offspring. God had given them His DNA – which was every thing pertaining to life and godliness. Adam and Eve were created to be righteous, faithful, fearing God, understanding the fear of God fruitful, full of might, wise, self controlled etc. They were also created to be productive – to be fruitful, multiply, replenish  and subdue the earth. However, sin created blackened infection in Adam and Eve’s  spirits, causing their spirits to lose the light and life of God.  This was now an unnecessary burden for the human spirit to bear. The spirit of man now has a craving for wrongdoing and sin became the chronic infection of the spirit, in the same way that an untreated illness becomes chronic or even fatal. In the same way that offspring inherit all kinds of physical traits from parents, the trait of sin passed on to all of Adam and Eve’s offspring.  

 I’d like to use an example from scripture to illustrate.  Jesus warned the disciples to beware of the leaven or doctrine of the Pharisees (Mt 16: 11,12). Apostle Paul later warned the disciples that  a little leaven  or yeast leaveneth the whole lump (Gal 5: 9). In other words, it only takes a little bit of yeast in flour to make a large amount of bread. It only takes one wrong person or doctrine to lead others astray. Apostle Paul also aptly stated that ‘as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor 15: 22). First child Cain is a sad example of the effect of sin in the human race.

Here are other examples. Isaac’s wife Rebekah was a devious woman and taught her son Jacob to lie to his father and cheat his brother. She learnt from her father and brother Laban.  Jacob’s wife’s Rachel stole her father’s idol and lied about it. She learnt from her father Laban, the master trickster who was famous for cheating his nephew Jacob. OK. Enough of the soaps!  Jacob’s wives Rachel and Leah (who were sisters) vied violently with each other for Jacob’s favor, often involving their children. What kind of example were they setting?  We don’t know what transpired in the Adam and Eve home, but somehow Cain learnt from them. Moreover, the devil might have had conversations with him. I somehow feel that satan played a role in the murder of Abel, a true worshipper of God.

I think that I should stop here, but there is a lot more to cover. Thanks for reading. Blessings.

1. What is a lunar eclipse?

It occurs when  the Moon passes through some portion of Earth’s shadow and can take place at Full Moon  (Nasa 2001).  In a total lunar eclipse, the full moon turns a coppery red as it passes into Earth’s shadow. During the process, the moon’s bright glow dims, taking on a red hue because of shimmers of sunlight and sunsets seeping through the Earth’s atmosphere (CNN 2014).

God put the moon in the sky to

“divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and  seasons. A lunar eclipse is a one time merging of sunlight and sunsets or days and nights”  (Genesis 1: 14).

Symbolically,  a lunar eclipse seems to indicate that there is no division between night and day, may be a reference to eternity.

2. Does the bible speak about lunar eclipses?

a. Prophet Joel and Apostle John prophesied that the moon would become as red as blood in the latter days:

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come (Joel 2: 31)

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth G1623 seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood (Revelation 6: 12).

3. When was the first lunar eclipse in history?

According to NASA, the first  Lunar Eclipses of Historical Interest was on  747 Feb 06 BCE, with the last occurring on January 9th 2001. The 2001 eclipse was the first in 84 years.

Prophet Joel, who first spoke about lunar eclipses, may have prophesied during the time of King Uzziah, who lived about 809 to 757 BC. For some reason, modern  people counted time backwards before the birth of Christ. Therefore, the understanding is that the first lunar eclipse would have taken place 10 years after King Uzziah’s death.

Prophet Joel timed the eclipses with the “last days” or latter or later days of the Jewish nation and of the earth.  The 747 eclipse marked the beginnings of the latter days of the earth.  We need to review key events in Jewish and earth history from that time in order to better understand the prophesies and times in which we live.

Scriptures show that momentous historical events are marked by lunar eclipses.

Apostle Joel pleaded with Israel to weep and lament because of the Day of the Lord:

Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come (Joel 1: 15)

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come (Joel 2: 31

The Day of the Lord appears, at face value, to refer to a specific time of destruction. This is revealed between the texts of Joel 1: 15 to Joel 2: 31, which are both odd numbers,  which  I hear as I write. Prophet Joel warned Israel about  coming judgment and destruction including:

  • famine
  • drought
  • bush fires
  • low water levels in rivers
  • changes in the weather systems
  • invasion of the land by a destructive northern “people great and strong.”  Commentators believe that Joel prophesied about the destruction by locusts, as in Egypt.

Joel advised the nation that they could be saved by taking action. They priests, the  ministers of the Lord, were to:

… weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?  (Joel 2: 17).

Interestingly, rather than confirming that Joel’s  prophecy had been fully completed, Apostle Peter said that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was the fulfilment of Joel      before “that great and notable day of the Lord.”

Was Apostle Peter warning about the impending destruction in AD 70? On the Day of Pentecost, he paralleled the prophecy spoken by Prophet Joel in which the “last days” refers to a momentous day of destruction on a day to come in the future. Only those who called on the name of the Lord would be saved. History shows that those who remembered the Lord’s prophecy escaped from the destruction of Jerusalem:

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

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved  (Acts 2: 17, 20 & 21)

4.  Our brother Joel’s prophesy continues to be all time – Plagues of locusts still occur in Israel’s history & God is still pouring out His Spirit on nations.  We are living in the latter days of the earth

Curious as always, I searched online for “plagues of locusts in Israel’s history.”   The first headline read  Insect invasion: Israel battles plague of locusts  (Monday May 13th, 2013). This was amazing to me and indicates that the nation is not in the place where they should be. Apostle Moses had promised that none of the plagues of Egypt would come on the land if the people would obey God.

Israel also experienced locust plagues in 1915, 2013. I cannot at this time find the time of the first locust invasion. By the way, God permitted the Jews to eat locusts, so can a plague can be turned around into  locust harvesting?   Here are accounts of the 2013 invasion, which occurred three weeks before the Passover:

The ground was covered with what looked like a slow-moving green carpet. Millions of locusts, all moving in the same direction, made a loud rustling sound as they devoured everything in their path (World News 2013).

For many Israelis, the biblical comparisons were irresistible: locusts were swarming across the border from Egypt three weeks before Passover, like a vivid enactment of the eighth plague visited upon the obdurate  Pharaoh (Huffington Post).

5. Apostle John and lunar eclipses

Apostle John spoke in Revelation 6 about such terrible events on earth that humans referred to it as the “great day of His wrath” (Revelation 6: 17).  The lunar eclipse was associated with the opening of the 6th seal in heaven. It was accompanied by:

  • a great earthquake
  • the sun becoming blackened
  • untimely fall of the stars, symbolic of the Jewish nation (possibly the AD 70 destruction)
  • changes in the sky and shifting of land masses or plates of the earth which would result in earthquakes and tsunamis.
  • fear and terror of God

Should we be on the alert for any such events following this eclipse?

6. Future lunar eclipses

2014 marks 2761 years of lunar eclipses in the earth.  The 2014/2015 eclipses  are  five to six months apart and symbolize the sixth seal:

    • October  8 2014 – 7th Jewish  month (Day of Atonement on Day 10; Feast of Tabernacles)

    • April 4 2015 – 1st  Jewish  month

    • Sept 28 2015 – 6th Jewish month (Announcement of Jesus’ birth)

The April 14 2014 eclipse occurred on 1st Jewish month or Abib. If Moses’ calendar is followed,  April 14 would exactly be the Passover and day after the Crucifixion of Lord Jesus.  April or Abib also marks the original Jewish New Year ,  Resurrection of our Lord on the 15th Abib and Feast of Unleavened Bread.

A notable eclipse also occurred on  Apr 03rd in the 33rd Year AD. This is the month and year of Jesus’s crucifixion. It lasted for 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Scientist Dr. Jason Lile explained that lunar eclipses regularly coincide with Jewish holidays, since the Jewish calendar is based on the lunar cycle.  Eclipses that occur SIX MONTHS APART are referred to as tetrads  (Christian News 2014)  and several of these tetrads have occurred in history (NASA).

These tetrads seem to speak to the sixth seal of Revelation in relation to their spacing. Earth’s history may provide answers:

  • July 1, 828
  • December 25th, 828
  • July 31st, 1776
  • January  23rd, 1777
  • July 20th, 1777
  • December 4th, 1778

 

Blessings, peace and angelic prosperity.

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1. Faith in the scriptures

The word Faith first appears in Deuteronomy 32: 20 and it is spoken in the text in which Moses recounted God’s dealings with the Jews. In spite of His dealings with the nation, they provoked the Father to jealousy when they forsook Him and  sacrificed to devils. God exposed their actions as a lack of faith in Him:

And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith (‘emuwn/H 529) – Deuteronomy 32: 20.

 

2. ‘ EMUWN – FAITH= TRUTH

‘ EMUWN  shows that faith is based in truth.  Therefore, faith in humans is based on the truthfulness of God in performing the Word that He speaks:

  • A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful H529 ambassador is health – Proverbs 13: 17.
  • faithful H529 witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies – Proverbs 14: 5.
  • Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful H529 man who can find? – Proverbs 20: 6.
  • Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth H529 may enter in – Isaiah 26: 2.

 

3. There is a God element and a Human element of faith.

‘ EMUWN comes from the root word ‘aman (H539) which is used to mean believe, believed, trust and put trust.   ‘Aman shows that there are two elements of faith – God and Man (Table 1).

God’s responsibility is to instruct humans with His Word, then to confirm His Word with signs or evidence.  Scriptures show that there is sometimes a time delay between the speaking of the Word of God and the fulfillment thereof.

However,  the human element is to believe God and to live in accordance with the Word spoken in order to please the Father. Faith or trust in the Word of God must remain constant and must not fail even when eons of time have passed.

Table 1    The God and human elements of faith according to the usage of ‘aman  in scripture

THE GOD ELEMENT OF FAITH THE HUMAN ELEMENT OF FAITH
God makes promises of future eventsGod promised Abraham that the number of his descendants would be like the stars (Genesis 15: 5) Abraham believed God and God counted it to him for righteousness (Genesis 15: 6).And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith (NLT).
God performs miracles to motivate people to believe His Promise 

And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee

 

And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod

 

And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it

 

And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand

 

That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee (Exodus 4: 1 – 5)

 

And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe H539 thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe H539 the voice of the latter sign

And the people believed: H539 and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped (Exodus 4: 31). 

And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed H539 the LORD, and his servant Moses (Exodus 14: 31).

 

And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe H539 me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them? (Numbers 14: 11)

 

 

 

God is faithful to keeping His Word 

… the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful H539 God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations (Deuteronomy 7: 9).

 

And I will raise me up a faithful H539 priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure H539 house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever (1 Samuel 2: 35).

 

… the testimony of the LORD is sure, H539 (Psalm 19: 7)

 

My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast H539 with him (Psalm 89: 28)

 

Thy testimonies are very sure: H539 holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever (Psalm 93: 5)

 

The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. H539

(Psalm 111: 7)

Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure H539 mercies of David (Isaiah 55: 3)

 

Then they said to Jeremiah, The LORD be a true and faithful H539 witness between us… (Jeremiah 42: 5)

 

Remind God of His Promise 

And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, H539 which thouspakest unto thy servant David my father (1 Kings 8: 26). 

Let it even be established, H539 that thy name may be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and let the house of David thy servant be established before thee (1 Chronicles 17: 24).

 

 

Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: H539 for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude (2 Chronicles 1: 9)

Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe H539 in the LORD their God

(2 Kings 17: 14)

God gives instructions that seem impossible from a human standpoint 

Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you (2 Chronicles 20: 17)

Do what God says 

And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe H539 in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; H539 believe H539 his prophets, so shall ye prosper (2 Chronicles 20: 20)

Blessings, peace and angelic prosperity.

 

 

 

 

1. The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like A Field In Which A Crop Of Wheat Was planted in A Field:

Jesus gave another parable in which He compared the Kingdom of Heaven to a field in which a farmer planted a crop of wheat in a field:

24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn (Matthew 13: 24 – 30).

 

2. The Keys To The Parable of the Wheat (Matthew 13: 36 – 43):

After the crowd had dispersed, the disciples asked Jesus to interpret the Parable to them. This is His response:

a. The Farmer who sowed the good seed = the Son of man

b. The field = the world

c. The good seed = the children of the kingdom

d. The tares = the children of the wicked one

e. The enemy that sowed the tares = the devil

f. The harvest = the end of the world

g. The reapers = the angels

h. The fire = burning of the children of the wicked one in fire at the end of the world:

The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear (Mathew 13: 36 – 43).

 

3. Further understanding of the Parable of the wheat and tares

a. Sequencing of the Parable of the Wheat

First, I noted that the Parable of the Wheat immediately followed the Parable of the Sower. Jesus intentionally followed this sequence, because in the Parable of the Sower, He laid the foundation for the understanding of the Parable of the wheat and tares.

 

b. Jesus defined the Seed in the Parable as the Children of the Kingdom

In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus defined the  seed as the Word of God. However, Jesus compared the Seed (sperma/G 4690) to people, or the Children of the Kingdom, in the Parable of the Wheat. This is because He expects the Children of the Kingdom to reproduce His Kingdom in the earth and to bless the nations with the Word of God and Power and Lifestyle of the Kingdom.

c. More understanding about the tares (zizanion/G2215).

The word tares is found only in this Parable. The represent the children of the devil who planted them in the field or the world. Jesus The Son of Man revealed in the Parable that He never intended the earth to be populated with tares. This is important, because humans sometimes blame God for wicked actions that are instigated by satan and his children. Let’s be fair to God.

Note the progression in the parable. First, the wheat sprang up and produced fruit, THEN the tares  sprang up.

Easton’s Bible Dictionary defines the tare as the bearded darnel  (Lolium temulentum), a species of rye grass whose seeds are poisonous. It closely resembles the wheat until the ear appears and that is the time that the difference is discovered. Bionet – Earfrinet  makes the following comparisons between the tare/bearded darnel and wheat:

  • The ears on the real wheat are so heavy that it makes the entire plant droop downward, but L. temulentum, whose ears are light, stands up straight.
  • Wheat ripens to a brown colour, whereas L. temulentum turns black.
  • When L. temulentum matures, the spikelets turn edge ways to the main stem of the plan whereas the wheat spikelets remain as they grew previously.

 

4. What did Jesus teach us in the Parable of the wheat?

1. Wheat or good seed is more productive than the tare.

2. The tare appears and behaves differently from the wheat. It is known by its fruit, just as the wheat is known by the fruit and power of the Kingdom of God.

3. When the tare ripens, it becomes black, a symbol of sin. The tares that infiltrate the church are not transformed, but adherents to the doctrines of devils.

43. Jesus advised the Angels to allow the tares to grow rather than pulling them up since good wheat can also be destroyed. Bionet – Earfrinet  confirms that prevention is the best approach in managing this weed since hand weeding and chemical control can be difficult when tares grow among wheat because of the very close resemblance.

As a result, God will permit the Kingdom of God will be permitted to have “fakes” in order to spare the true believers from accidental destruction. Only those who operate in the discernment of God will be able to see the tares for who they are. However, sometimes, ruthless exposure can cause more harm than good to the true believers who may become discouraged and turn away from the faith.

This is a very difficult thing to understand. Is Jesus saying that false prophets and believers must be allowed to grow in His Church at all costs. Not really. He warned us to beware of false prophets and apostles and gave us the signs by which they should be known.

 

5. How to deal with tares in the Kingdom?

a. Deal with the issues not personalities or individuals, using the true Word of God as the basis for correction

  1. Jesus led by example by continually exposing the false doctrines and false religious system of the Scribes and Pharisees although He did not call anyone by name.
  2. The Apostles, especially Paul, also continued to instruct us on how to deal with false teachers and brethren in the church. Apostle Paul and Barnabas resisted the false doctrines of the teachers who tried to force the Gentile believers to be circumcised (Galatians 1 & 2). The issue was eventually addressed and corrected by the general assembly of the church (Acts 15).

b. Be patient with the tares and try to get a confession out of them

Jesus knew that Judas was a thief and betrayer but allowed him to fully operate in the ministry. Judas continually conspired with the Scribes and Pharisees to kill the Lord. In so doing, he became a child of the devil.  Jesus knew all of this and  warned the disciples that one of them was “a devil.”

As we study the progression of Judas’ downfall, we see that  he permitted satan to enter into him in order to gain the courage to betray his Lord. Jesus permitted him to eat the Lord’s Supper then set up a scenario of betrayal in which Judas confessed to being the one. We can ask the Lord for a strategy to get the tares out of the assembly.

 

c. Leadership of the Body of Christ has a responsibility towards the flock

1. The Church must ask for and embrace the leadership gifts that Christ gave to His church so that the Body of Christ receives true doctrine and revelation from the scriptures that is “rightly divided.”

The ministry of the true Apostle is particularly needed today, because the Apostle receives understanding of the mysteries of the Word that are hidden from the eyes of the other leaders. The Father is weary of people who call themselves Apostles who are no Apostle at all and who lead the church into error and bondage rather than truth.

2. Secondly, all false doctrine must be rooted out of the church as set forth by the examples of the Apostles (e.g. Acts 15).

3. The church must operate in the ministry gift of the DISCERNMENT of  God in order to prevent infiltration of false ministers as in the example of  Jesus, Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul:

  • Apostle Paul warned us about  “false brethren”  whose intention is to bring the Church into bondage.
  • Apostle Peter, under the Ministry of Discernment, exposed the duplicity of Ananias and Saphira in Acts 5.
  • Apostle Peter also exposed the motives of Simon the false prophet who tried to buy the power of Christ (Acts 8: 17 – 24).

4. The church must teach the believers the signs of fasle apostles in order to protect the flock and the leaders must not fellowship with ministers and ministries that are in error.

5. Leadership must warn the body about people in the Assembly who withstand the truth. This was the example of Apostle Paul who warned the believers not to fellowship with Alexander the coppersmith (2 Timothy 4: 14 – 16).

6. Sometimes the Church may need to excommunicate the tare after unsuccessfully dealing with the sin, as in the example of Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 5.

I believe that Jesus is warning about the “witch hunt” type of approach in which people go around seeking out information on ministers in order to expose and embarrass them. He will wait until the end of the world to give due reward of eternal fire to those tares who attempt to infiltrate His Kingdom.

God’s blessings, peace and angelic prosperity to you. Have a great weekend.

 

 

 

 

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1. Understanding the meaning of  the word “measure” 

Father told me to write on the topic “What Is The Equivalent Of Three Measures Of Meal? This question emerged because Jesus said that the woman in the Parable of the Leaven hid leaven in  “three measures G4568 of meal, till the whole was leavened” (Matthew 13: 33 & Luke 12: 21).   I was rather amused to discover from the crossmatch of scripture that “three measures of meal” appeared only three times in scripture.  In the first instance, Abraham told Sarah to quickly make cakes “with quickly three measures of fine meal.” 

The scenario was one in which the three members of the God family visited Abraham. Jesus must have had Sarah in mind when He spoke specifically about these three measures of meal. He must have remembered how a Kingdom of Kings and Priests was about to be established in the earth through the descendants of Abraham:

Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, H7058 knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth – Genesis 18: 6.

Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal (meal = aleuron), till the whole was leavened - Matthew 13: 33.

It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures G4568 of meal, till the whole was leavened. - Luke 13: 21.

 

2. New Testament meaning of measures

The word measures or saton (G4565) appears only twice in the King James Version of the New Testament.   According to Strong’s in blueletterbible.org, the Hebrew word cĕ’ah (H5429) is the root word for saton.  We see, however, that cĕ’ah does not indicate the value in weight of the measure:

Make ready quickly three measures H5429 of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes - Genesis 18: 6.

five measures H5429 of parched corn,  - 2 Samuel 25: 18.

two measuresH5429 of seed. - 1 Kings 18: 32.

To morrow about this time shall a measure H5429 of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures H5429 of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria. - 2 Kings 7: 1.

So a measure H5429 of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures H5429 of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD – 2 Kings 7: 16.

it came to pass as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, Two measures H5429 of barley for a shekel, and a measure H5429 of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria – 2 Kings 7: 16.

 

3. Ephah is the weight associated with the word meal or flour in the scriptures

I searched for the word meal in the scriptures in order to determine the measurements of weight used in association with it.  The word ephah was used three times:

  • three measures of fine meal, H7058 - Genesis 18: 6
  • the tenth part of an ephah (H374)  of barley meal H7058 - Numbers 5: 15.
  • an ephah (H374) of flour H7058 - Judges 6: 19
  • one ephah (H374) of flour H7058 - 1 Samuel 1: 24
  • and threescore measures of meal H7058 - 1 Kings 4: 22

 

a.  The ephah was a measure of weight in the scriptures

The Lord requires His people to have a perfect and just weight. In other words, the weight must be exact.

  • Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, H374 H374 - Deuteronomy 25: 14.
  • But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure H374 shalt thou have – Deuteronomy 25: 14.
  • Ye shall have just balances, and a just ephah, H374 and a just bath – Ezekiel 45: 10

 

b. The omer = the tenth part of an ephah.

The 10th, synonymous with a tithe, was an important weight given for special offerings. For example, the priests gave an omer on the day of their anointing and it was the weight of offerings for sin and jealousy. Sheaf and sheaves are also used as synonyms for the omer  which is thought to be equivalent to  2 litres (Strong’s in blueletterbible.org).

  • Now an omer (`omer /H6016) is the tenth part of an ephah H374 /Now an omer is one-tenth of an ephah – Exodus 16: 36.
  • then he that sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an ephah H374 – Leviticus 5: 11.
  • This is the offering of Aaron and of his sons, which they shall offer unto the LORD in the day when he is anointed; the tenth part of an ephah H374 of fine flour - Leviticus 6: 20.
  • Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, and he shall bring her offering for her, the tenth part of an ephah H374 of barley meal; he shall pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense thereon; for it is an offering of jealousy - Numbers 5: 15.
  • And a tenth part of an ephah H374 of flour for a meat offering – Numbers 28: 5.

c. The significance of the omer:

i. each Jew was commanded to collect one omer of manna daily except on the day before the sabbath when they collected two omers. Their daily bread was provided quite generously and they had no excess and no lack – Exodus 16: 16 -  22.

ii. God commanded the Jews to bring a sheaf (omer) of the firstfruit to the priest to be waved to the Lord on the day after the Sabbath. An unblemished lamb was also to be simultaneously offered. This was to be celebrated when they reaped the first harvest in Canaan – Leviticus 23: 10 – 12.

Leviticus 23: 14 seems to suggest that they would have begun to reap the harvest as soon as they entered the land. This is because the scriptures say that they would not “bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears” until the day that they brought that offering to the Lord.  This is a picture of God’s miraculous wealth transfer and provision of bread that one did not work for.

iii. The Jews were then commanded seven sabbaths from the Sunday of the sheaf offering. On the 50th day, they were to give a new offering to the Lord (two wave loaves of two tenth deals & burnt offerings) – Leviticus 23: 15 – 17). This symbolized multiplication and increase.

iv. Jews were also commanded to participate in a national social welfare program for the poor. During harvest time, they were leave sheafs in the fields for the stranger, fatherless and widow. The burden of provision for the needy was the responsibility of each Jew, not solely that the government or the church. The poor will be fed if each citizen open his/her hand and stretches out to take care of them (Deuteronomy 24: 19).

Boaz was such a caring provider that he commanded his employees to allow Ruth, his future wife, to gather up the omers/sheaves that fell as they harvested the crops (Ruth 2: 7 & 15).

d. Here is the prophetic parallel of the omer. 

The omer, or tithe of the ephah, was to be offered to God on the Sunday after that firsst sabbath after entry into Canaan. This is a picture of  the resurrected Jesus ascending to God.  He is the firstfruit of all those who will be resurrected.

Pentecost or the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is represented on the fiftieth day after the offering, with the doubling of the offering speaking to the addition of new souls to the Kingdom of God.

 

 c. The ephah and bath are equivalent measures

  • The ephah (‘eyphah /H374) and the bath (bath/H1324) shall be of one measure (token /H8506), that the bath may contain the tenth part of an homer (chomer/H2563) , and the ephah the tenth part of an homer: the measure (mathkoneth/H4971)  thereof shall be after the homer – Ezekiel 45: 11 
  • The homerfn will be your standard unit for measuring volume. The ephah and the bathfn will each measure one-tenth of a homer

 

4.  Conversion table (based on current understanding of scripture)

Epahah = 10

Omer = 1/10 of an ephah

bath = ephah

10 baths/10 ephah = 1 homer

(ten baths are an homer – Ezekiel 45: 14)

1 homer = 1 piece of silver.

Hosea bought his adulterous wife  “… for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley” (Hosea 3: 2). Her value was less than that of a  homer of barley seed which was valued in earlier times at fifty shekels of silver (Leviticus 27: 16).

Conclusion

Three measures of fine meal could be equivalent to 30 ephah. One ephah is estimated to be about 22 liters. This would have been a lot of flour with which to make bread. I have to assume that maybe Abraham invited all of his employees to eat with the God family after the meal was prepared.

We see later in scripture that his steward had a developed and cultivated a close relationship with the Father. This is revealed in his prayer for guidance and the specific way in which he decreed the kind of wife that Isaac should have. His acknowledgement of the guidance of the Father and His Angels are also very clear in the text of Genesis 24.

Blessings, peace and angelic prosperity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1. The parable in which Jesus painted a picture about bread making and the Kingdom of Heaven

Lord Jesus in the scriptures revealed a very interesting comparison between the Kingdom of God and bread making. He told the parable of a woman who took leaven or yeast and hid it in three measures of meal until the flour was leavened. The leaven was hidden in three measures of meal:

Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven (zymē/G2219), which a woman took, and hid (egkryptō/G1470) in three measures of meal till the whole was leavened (zymoō/G2220) – Matthew 13: 33.

And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven (zymē/G2219), which a woman took and hid (egkryptō/G1470)  in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened (zymoō/G2220)  – Luke 13: 20 – 21.

2. The meal with which the bread was made

Meal (H7058) was referred to four times in the Old Testament. One of these references was in relation to barley meal. In one other text, we learn that meal was made from a grain which was ground into flour.  The meal in bible times retained all of the constituents of the original seed and was not demineralized or changed in any way except by grinding.

3. The leaven that raised the meal

Leaven in bible times consisted of  “a lump of old dough in a high state of fermentation, which was mixed into the mass of dough prepared for baking” (Smith’s Bible Dictionary).  Before the bread was baked, another small portion was removed from the batch to be used the next day. Women repeated this process in order to maintain continuous and future bread production since the fermentation process completed its process in less than 48 hours (Van Winkle, nd).

The literature shows that the leaven that is eaten can either be beneficial or harmful. Langre (nd), wrote about the importance and benefits of bread that is naturally leavened with a lump of old dough in comparison to commercial yeast:

a. Wild yeast, or multi-micro flora are natural air-borne ferments that are generated or seeded in dough left exposed to a clean and cool atmosphere under specific conditions of moisture and temperature.

b. Various beneficial types of lactic bacteria are generated in this environment. These harmless bacteria consume little energy and multiply quite slowly. The growth of these bacteria duplicates the cycle of human breathing and that of wheat embryo germination. 

As I read this statement, I interpreted it to mean that  the body takes in healthy substances and excretes harmful ones when naturally fermented bread is eaten.

c. The rising of the dough corresponds to an oxidation (like wheat germ growth), followed by a reduction (during the baking of the loaf) identical to the development of the miniature sprout of wheat. Thus, naturally leavened bread faithfully follows God’s laws of the universe and is therefore healthier.

d. Natural leaven bread, because of its inherent beneficial ferments, slowly recreates the population of friendly lactobacillus digestive bacteria in the absorption tract. The end result is a recovery of digestion and proper elimination by the effective action of friendly bacteria.

e. Wild yeast also naturally enriches the bread, due to an additional development of nutrients by the beneficial enzymes and ferments.

 f. As it ages, naturally leavened bread will retain its moisture and keep well without refrigeration

4. Leaven can harm or help you spiritually

The kind of leaven is important because Jesus also used the picture of leaven to warn the disciples to beware of the corrupt and hypocritical doctrine or teachings of the religious teachers of the era. Their leaven was made with an old fermenting bread make the disciples spiritually sick  as it increased in size (Matthew 16: 6, 11 & 12). 

Apostle Paul also used the picture of  leaven to refer to the disastrous influence and impact of  unconfessed sin in the body of Christ

In this scenario, the Corinthian church had  a member who had committed incest with his father’s wife. Rather than reproving and correcting the brother, the believers had allowed him to continue in sin. Apostle Paul warned them of the danger of the sin spreading and infecting the lump or the church, referred to the sin as the “leaven of malice and wickedness.” He exhorted the brethren to undergo a purge by removing the brother from their midst (1 Corinthians 1, 2, 6 – 8).

The leaven or doctrine of the Kingdom of God is beneficial for spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health, ferments rapidly in the spirit, is not corrupt and will produce believers like God..

4. The woman hid the leaven in three measures of meal

According to Jesus, the woman hid (egkryptō/G1470) the leaven “in three measures of meal till the whole was leavened” (zymoō/G2220).  Egkryptō comes from two root words – en and kryptō. The usage of  En in scripture seems to show that the woman placed the leaven in a strategic position in the meal from which it could spread, maybe in a hollow area in the center:

  • Mary was “found with child G1722 of the Holy Ghost” – Matthew 1: 18. We understand this to mean that she conceived in the womb which is a hollow, protective place located in the pelvic cavity.
  • … he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in G1722 a ship with Zebedee their father – Matthew 4: 21.

Kryptō is used in scriptures to mean , things kept hid, secret. However, some things cannot be kept hidden, like the leaven which exerts its effects silently, but demonstrates its power in its results.

In the same way, the Kingdom of God may appear to be hidden, but its power is in its rapid expansion (like the leaven which ferments in 48 hours). The Kingdom of God, like leaven, rapidly expands in volume, signifying the numbers who would be added from all nations, tribes and languages.

For example:

  • ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid/KryptōG2928
  • I will utter things which have been kept secret G2928 from the foundation of the world – Matthew 13: 35.

Blessings, peace, angelic protection, favor on you!

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1.  Scriptures in which the Kingdom of God is compared to a Grain of Mustard seed
In the previous post, I wrote that “The “Kingdom Of God” And “Kingdom Of Heaven” Are Used Interchangeably In Scripture.”   As I wrote, the texts highlighted the Lord Jesus’ teachings in which He spoke about the Kingdom of God in parables. The Lord compared the Kingdom of God to a grain of mustard seed (sinapi)  in one of these parables (Table 1):
Table 1  Parables in which Lord Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to a grain of mustard seed
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain (kokkos) of mustard seed, (sinapi) which a man took, and sowed in his field:Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereofAnother parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened

All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

Matthew 13: 31 – 35

And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?It is like a grain (kokkos) of mustard seed (sinapi), which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earthBut when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it

And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it

 

But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples

(Mark 4: 30 – 34).

Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?It is like a grain (kokkos) of mustard seed (sinapi), which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?

 

It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened

(Luke 13: 18 – 21)

 
2.  In the parable, Jesus described the mustard seed as a grain (kokkos/G2848), a dual reference to its size and phenotype (physical appearance and biochemical characteristic). 
First, based on the usage of  kokkos, the Greek word for  grain ,  we see that grain refers to seeds that are small in size. I believe that  Jesus referred to size because mustard seeds “are very small… about 2 mm in diameter”  (Agricultural Products India 2014).  Apostle Paul’s reference to “…other grain” could also refer  to barley or corn, which were also small:

  • grain G2848 of mustard seed -  five times.
  • corn G2848 of wheat – John 12: 24.
  • bare grainG2848 it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain – 1 Corinthians 15: 37.
Secondly, the idea of the grain of the mustard seed as a phenotype was said to me by the Father as I studied.  A word search on “seed” reveals that humans were referred to as “seed” in the texts of scripture.  Apostle Paul appeared to continue this imagery when he   compared the dead body of the saint to a seed planted in the ground (1 Corinthians 15).
In his discourse, the Apostle spoke about Christ being the first fruits of  the resurrected dead (1 Corinthians 15: 20), then continued to teach the believers that each dead believer will be raised “in his own order (1 Corinthians 15: 23).   Order or tagma comes from a root word which means appointed, ordained, determined. In other words, God has appointed a form which will be given to the resurrected dead body of each saint, just like Christ received a spiritual body or form after His resurrection.
As Apostle Paul continued the teaching, he addressed this question,  “but someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?”  (1 Corinthians 15: 35).  He answered with the explanation that resurrection is preceded by death.
Apostle Paul further emphasized the mortal body that is buried in the ground like a seed is not the body that will be resurrected. The body that dies is like a grain of wheat or some other kind of grain and it is appointed to be raised with a form appointed by God.
This is the phenotype of the resurrected body. Each resurrected saint has already been assigned a unique and different  form that is celestial, incorruptible, powerful, spiritual, heavenly and immortal:
 “but someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?”  (NLT)
What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first. (NLT)
And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a bare seed of wheat or whatever you are planting (NLT)
And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain (ESV)
3.  Phenotypes of mustard seeds in the parable of  the mustard seed
In the same way that there are different kinds of resurrected bodies, there are also different types of grains in each seed family.  Jesus appeared to have referred to either one or more types of  mustard seeds in the parable. This appears in the variations of  the language used  by the writers when they recorded the parable. For example, both Apostles Matthew said that the mustard seed becomes a herb then a tree, Apostle Mark said that it shoots out “great branches,”  while Apostle Luke only said that the mustard seed becomes a great tree (Table 2).
The word herbs (G3001/lachanon) occurs only four times in the King James Version, has no root word and is interpreted by Strongs to mean garden herbs, which we know to be small plants. Both Apostles Matthew and Mark appear to say that the herb becomes a tree which shoot out great branches.  Can a herb become a great tree with great branches?
Table 2 Comparisons between the language of the writers on the nature of the mustard seed
.. it is the greatest among herbs (G3001/lachanon), and becometh a tree
Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs (G3001/lachanon), and becometh a tree (G1186/dendron), so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereofApostle Matthew
… is less than all the seeds that be in the earth, but when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs  (G3001/lachanon), and shooteth out great branches  Apostle Mark grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree (G1186/dendron)Apostle Luke
4.  Mustard as a herb and a tree – the potential explosive growth of  the Kingdom of God in the Earth
Mustard is classified as a “herbaceous annual,” hence the reference to it being a herb in the texts.   Although a herb, the plant can grow into  a tall tree IF CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE (fertile soil, sunlight and rain).  The mustard plant seedlings quickly emerge and sprout four to five weeks after planting, while the flowers appear 7 – 10 days after sprouting. The roots grow about 5 feet below the soil to store water and provide moisture to the plant.
Did the Jesus refer to the Black Mustard (Brassica nigra) when He spoke of the small seed becoming a huge tree?  This species of the mustard plant either grew wild or was cultivated in Israel. When conditions were favorable, the plant would grow to height of more than six feet, so that a man could climb it.  The seed is very small, about 1 –1.6 mm and was used to indicate the smallest measure of size.  (Jewish Virtual Library 2014).
Jesus may have referred to the common Egyptian or White Mustard (Sinapis Alba) since the word “seed” was rendered as sinapi in the Greek. The white mustard grows up to 30 in, although the  seed is larger than the black variety.
While mustard species in some parts of Europe and North America do not grow to more than 4 feet high, species in Egypt and Israel can exceed 8 – 10 feet (Israel Photos).  
I hereby record that it is prophetically significant that the mustard tree varieties in Israel grow from a tiny seed to tall heights (in comparison to other parts of the world).
Mustard seeds are powerful anti-microbial agents. They are rich in Isothiocyanates (anti cancer), selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, protein, niacin and dietary fiber  (Agricultural Products India 2014)The Kingdom of God, like the mustard seed, exerts a healthy and protective influence in the lives and nations of those who subscribe to and live according to its teachings
Like the mustard seed, the Kingdom of God started on a small-scale, introduced by John the Baptist and preached by the Lord  Jesus.
The Kingdom of God experienced rapid growth in the early era, but suffered suppression by anti – God aka anti – Christ human political and religious kingdoms throughout ages of time and in this era.
Whenever, it is cultivated and received, the Kingdom of God becomes a great political, moral, spiritual and social influence in the earth and causes nations to be blessed, healed and protected.

Blessings, peace, angelic protection and prosperity.

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Introduction
In the last post, I wrote that “The Kingdom of God Is A Place Called Heaven.”  I was further enthralled to discover that the terms “Kingdom Of God” And “Kingdom Of Heaven” are used interchangeably in the scriptures.
Jesus used the term “Kingdom Of Heaven” 31 times in His teachings while John the Baptist introduced the term and used it once. Basiliea is the Greek word used for Kingdom. Basiliea comes from a root word which means KING and KINGS.
Ouranos  (G3772) is used for heaven. Ouranos  refers to heaven being above the earth and is translated  as:

Table 1 Texts in which the Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven   are used interchangeably

THE KINGDOM OF GOD

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee …

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand – Matthew 4: 12 & 17

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God

And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel  – Mark 1: 14 & 15

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven – Matthew 5: 3 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God – Luke 6: 20
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven – Matthew 5: 10 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you – Matthew 5: 11 & 12

And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 8: 11 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God – Luke 13: 28 & 29.

And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand – Matthew 10: 7 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick – Luke 9: 2

And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you – Luke 10: 9.

Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you – Luke 10: 11.

Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he – Matthew 11: 11 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he – Luke 7: 28
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force – Matthew 11: 12 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it – Luke 16: 16
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given – Matthew 13: 11 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand – Luke 8: 10
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: – Matthew 13: 31 Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?

It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it – Luke 13: 18 & 19.

Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened – Matthew 13: 33 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?

It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened – Luke 13 :20  & 21.

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven – Matthew 18: 3 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein – Luke 18: 17
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven – Matthew 19: 4 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God – Luke 18: 16
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven – Matthew 19: 23 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! – Luke 18: 24.

And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! – Mark 10: 24

 

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