Help for the Lay Christian

by William Rawls

 

Chapter 1. Spiritually Understanding The Bible


The Old Testament contains about 8,000 different words, the New Testament about 6,000. This compares to the typical American high school graduate who knows and can use about 25,000 and the average college graduate who can use more than 50,000 words. With their limited vocabulary, it was necessary for Biblical authors to use the same words to convey both physical and spiritual concepts; and this they did. But, what does this have to do with us?
Today, many people read or study their Bible by applying only the common everyday sense to each word, and to be filled and satisfied with this understanding. Unfortunately, when reading the Bible in this manner so much of the more important spiritual truth, the rich precious wisdom given to men from heaven, remains hidden.

The folly of not desiring a spiritual understanding is illustrated by Jesus’ response to the crowds who followed him only out of curiosity. To them, Jesus spoke in parables. He saved priceless spiritual truth for those who yearned for it and who sought it. How do we know this? Look at what Jesus told his disciples when they asked why he spoke to the crowds in parables. (Matthew 13:10-15) He said the curious crowds were a fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy:

They will listen and listen, and never understand,
And they will look and look, and never see!
For this nation’s mind has grown dull,
And they hear faintly with their ears,
And they have shut their eyes,
So as never to see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,

And understand with their minds,
And repent, and let me cure them! Matthew13:15
An American Translation, Goodspeed, Ed.

This concept must be very important as it is recorded in Isaiah 6:10, Matthew 13:15, John 12:39-40, Acts 28:26-27
Notice that it was not because they were the lowest of sinners, that the crowd failed to understand Jesus’ teachings, nor because they were predestined to a life of ignorance. It was because they had shut their own eyes . Later, you will see and understand that Jesus was not citing their lack of visual perception. He was citing their unwillingness to seek spiritual wisdom. The crowd wanted physical bread to eat, and they wanted to see miracles, but they were not interested in the spiritual concepts that Jesus taught - even though he had told them:

It is the spirit that quickeneth (gives Life); the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are Life. John 6:63

Paul recognized the necessity of seeking a spiritual understanding. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5

To further emphasize the need for Christians to desire a spiritual understanding of scripture, look at these verses from Hebrews: On this subject we have many things to say, and they are difficult to explain because you have grown so slow at understanding. Really, when you should by this time have become masters (teachers), you need someone to teach you all over again the elementary principles of interpreting God’s oracles. Hebrews 5:12.. (The Jerusalem Bible.)

Paul was telling an established Christian Church, not new members, the importance of having a spiritual understanding of Christian doctrine. Now read Matthew 13:10-17 and Hebrews 5:11-14 in as many different translations as you can obtain. You will notice that while some are clearer than others, each translation adds to your understanding. It is for this reason that we recommend you use several translations when studying your Bible.

To the woman at the well, Jesus said that we must worship God in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24). Thus, we must not accept just any spiritual understanding; we must seek truth. Spiritual truth is obtained through the Holy Spirit from the Bible, by letting scripture interpret and define itself rather than by accepting what others think the Bible means.

This chapter will not make you a master of spiritual understanding, but it may open your mind to many truths that most Christians do not possess. It is the authors’ prayer that you will become interested in possessing these truths and will be eager to learn more. But wisdom is not obtained solely by your own efforts. It is a gift, and to receive this gift, the first step is to ask. The more you ask and the more you seek, the more you will be given. This is a promise of Jesus himself. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

In the first part of this chapter, you will be given the spiritual meaning of some easily understood words in great detail. Next you will be introduced to the meanings of more difficult words and phrases, and then you will be shown how this understanding can be used to comprehend more complex verses – even deep passages of Revelation. Additional words are listed which you can study and use to discover more spiritual truths for yourselves. May God richly reward your asking, seeking, and knocking.

The Spiritual Meaning of Some Easy to Understand Words

As a beginning, lets take a relatively easy word – one in which you may already have a partial understanding. Let’s take the word light. There are many references in scripture where light refers to its common everyday meaning; that is, the physical energy emitted by a very hot object, or by burning fuel, which is received by our eyes. For example: Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually. Leviticus 24:2
Obviously the word light in this sentence refers to the physical rays from an oil lamp visible to the eye. Now let’s look at the spiritual use of the word light.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:105

For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and
reproofs of instruction are the way of life. Proverbs 6:23
l this then is the message which we have heard of him, and
l declare unto you, that God is light. 1 John 1:5

Ye (Christians) are the light of the world. Matthew 5:14
l Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the
l world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

From these verses it is clear that spiritually, light can refer to God, anything pertaining to God, His son, His word, The Law, His true people, and righteousness. In contrast to light, the Bible often speaks of darkness. Sometimes darkness means the absence of the physical rays visible to our eyes. (See Exodus 10:22), but often it is used in its spiritual sense. Look at the following verses:

The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what
they stumble. Proverbs 4:19

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds
were evil. John 3:19

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

For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them
down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be
reserved unto judgment. 2 Peter 2:4

And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the
beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed
their tongues for pain. Revelation 16:10

These verses reveal that spiritual darkness is the desire and lifestyle of the wicked, evil deeds that sinful men love, Satan’s war against Christ, spiritual wickedness, sin that binds us with chains, and the character of the beast. All these conditions occur where there is no knowledge of God, where He and His righteousness (Jesus Christ) are excluded, or His teachings distorted. The Bible also refers to these conditions as blindness (Matthew 15:14, Matthew 23:26, Romans 2:19)
Next, let’s take three words (which actually are six concepts) that Christians frequently use but may not be aware of all that scripture reveals about them. The three words are life, death and blood; the three remaining concepts are Life, Death, and Blood. In the following paragraphs, the words beginning with small letters are to be understood in the physical sense, and the words beginning with capital letters in the spiritual sense. Unless you are able to distinguish which concept the Bible means, the most important meaning of the passage will not be clear as these words are always printed with small letters, whether physical or spiritual.

The word life refers to biological life here on earth, what many call the here and now, Paul refers to as, the life of flesh and blood which cannot inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 15:50)

In contrast, Jesus often used the word Life to refer to Spiritual Living. This would be the Life of one who has died to self, been born again - this time of spirit, and now Lives in Christ, or more noticeably permits the spirit of Christ to Live in him. (Read Romans 8:1). Jesus refers to spiritual Living when he said, I am come that they might have Life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) He had to have meant Spiritual Life as his listeners already had physical life. More about Life in the following paragraphs on Blood.

The word death is used to describe the end of physical life when our essential body functions cease. But, spiritual Death is a great deal more.

Because of Adam’s transgression, every human is born with a sinful nature; therefore is separated from God, and thus is Spiritually Dead. Everyone remains Dead, until he is reborn. Those who accept Christ as Savior and permit his spirit to live in them have Life. This concept is very clear in Jesus’ reply to the young man who requested permission to bury his father before becoming a disciple. Jesus replied,

“Let the Dead bury the dead.” Matthew 8:22 This is to say, let the Spiritually Dead bury the physical dead.

Similarly, there is a physical and a spiritual meaning for blood. Everyone understands physical blood, since we all have cut ourselves and experienced bleeding. But Spiritual Blood is of a different substance.

Spiritually, your Blood is a symbol of you, your lifestyle, your life. It is the history of you that is recorded in your mind and in the judgment-day books - if you are unrepentant. The Blood of the unrepentant sinner has no Life, only a record. Read this verse from Ezekiel, and when it speaks of blood, substitute “the record of his death.”

When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life ; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood (the record of his death) will I require at thine hand. Ezekiel 3:18

Blood is also shown to be a record by God’s speech to Cain after he slew Able. And he said, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. Genesis 4:10

The Spiritual Blood of those born again has been changed. They have the Blood (that is the Life) of Christ in them. Their physical blood has not changed; it still contains all the biological elements it did before, but its record has changed. The record of the repentant’s life (his sin) has been covered, and his life’s record now displays the record of Christ’s sinless life. (See Galatians 2:20) Christ’s Blood (the record of His life) covers our sin. This was understood by Isaiah when he wrote, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness. Ezekiel understood this when he wrote, He hath covered the naked with a garment. Paul understood it when he wrote to the Romans, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Romans 4:7

To summarize: Physically, blood is the part of man that delivers nourishment throughout his physical body. Spiritually, Blood is the record of a man’s life. Jesus’ Blood is the record of Jesus’ sinless life which covers a man’s sin and gives Life. When you understand that spiritually, drink means to perform or to do, then you can understand a little more clearly that Jesus meant more than just to partake of Communion when he said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his Blood, ye have no Life in you. John 6:53 Jesus was saying ‘unless you drink his Blood, that is do as he did in life, that is, to mirror his life style you have not Life in you.” You may live, but you do not have Life.

The Spiritual Meaning of More Words

For the second step in our learning let’s look at the word naked. The importance of not being naked is seen in Jesus’ letter to the sleeping church at Laodicea. He tells the members of this church that they are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked (Revelation 3:17). Remember this letter is to a church not to a group of unbelievers. Since these church members confessed to be rich, to have many goods, and to be in need of nothing, it is obvious that their nakedness was something more than not having a garment on their bodies. But what was it?

When Jesus was transfigured on the mount in the presence of Peter, James and John, His face shone as the sun and his raiment was as white as the light. Matthew 17:1 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai after being with God for forty days and forty nights, the skin of his face shone. Exodus 34:28, 29 The prophet Daniel tells us, that in the day that God’s people will be delivered, the wise will shine as the brightness of the firmament. Daniel 12:3 In the book of Revelation, John saw that New Jerusalem had no need of the sun for light for, the glory of God lighten it and the Lamb would be the light thereof. Revelation 2:23 In each of these instances, God’s righteousness caused those who loved Him and strived to please him to glow with His glory. It is this glow that we need to cover our nakedness - not some man made garment.

It was this glow that Adam and Eve lost when they sinned. Without this glow, their bodies were exposed, and They knew they were naked. Genesis 3:10 Since the fall of Adam and Eve, man has been trying to cover his own nakedness. However, God has told us, and history has confirmed that all human efforts will fail. The fig leaves that Adam and Eve used did not succeed. The tower of Babel did not succeed. Nor did the outward righteousness of the pious Pharisees succeed. The lamb skins which God used to clothe Adam and Eve provided only a temporary covering for man’s eyes. They did not remove their nakedness from God’s eyes. However, the manner used to obtain these skins did provide a foreshadowing of the method God would use to permanently cover man’s nakedness. This permanent covering is the garment of God’s own righteousness through the faith of Jesus Christ; and until a man accepts Jesus into his heart as his personal savior and drinks his Blood, he remains naked in the sight of God.

By now you should see that only Bible definitions are used to define and to illustrate the spiritual meaning of each word we study. And, hopefully you are becoming hungry and thirsty for more. So let’s take one or two more relatively easy words before we undertake the more difficult ones. Let’s take hungry and thirsty.

There are scores of verses in the Bible where these two words refer to the physical need and desire for food and water. Likewise, there are also many verses where a spiritual concept is intended and this concept is clearly revealed in both the Old and New Testaments.

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: Amos 8:11

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John 6:35

These verses show that to be spiritually hungry and thirsty means to have an intense desire to understand the word of God - not just to possess a copy of the Bible, nor even to read the scriptures, but to have a deep desire to comprehend and to live according to God’s word.

The verse in Amos yields even more spiritual understanding. If the famine of hearing God’s word is in the land, and it is people who hear words, then spiritually, land refers to a man or more specifically to a man’s mind since that is where words register. Thus a dry land (illustrating the absence of God’s word) would be a man or a group of people who do not possess, who suppress, or who distort God’s word. See Jeremiah 51:42, and Hosea 2:3 Likewise, a thirsty land, a desert, or a wilderness all spiritually refer to men who do not have, nor even desire to have, God’s word in their heart. Now lets move on to more difficult words.

Spiritual Meaning Of More Difficult words

Let’s examine the word, city.

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. Proverbs 25:28
A city whose walls are broken down is open to attack and destruction by its enemy. A man who does not or cannot rule his own spirit, that is his own mind, is like that city. Satan has broken down the defense (wall) of his mind and he is open to the destruction which sin brings. You will be interested to learn that the Bible tells us that our salvation forms the wall of our mind:

Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. Isaiah 60:18

This should not be interpreted as saying that something within us forms our salvation, but that our salvation, by the faith of Jesus Christ, kept constantly in our mind by ‘abiding in Christ’ will form a wall around our mind that cannot be penetrated by Satan.

In the book of Job, Satan complains to God that Job was safe from his attacks only because God had made a hedge (a fence or a wall) around him and his house. Job 1:10
As you increase in spiritual understanding, you will come to realize that true Christianity is not a set of outward appearances such as wearing the right clothes, singing the right songs, uttering long prayers, giving money or going to meetings. This is what the Pharisees were good at. Christianity is surrendering ones life to the complete will of God. Christianity is God’s message to all mankind to believe (1) that He is the only God, (2) that He loves us, (3) that contrary to Satan’s accusation He only wants what is best for us, and (4) that He sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, as the ransom for our sin. Christianity is a condition of the heart (the mind). This is what Jesus meant when he told the Pharisees to wash the inside of the cup (their minds) not just the outside (their outward show of piety). This is what he meant when he spoke of the merely curious crowds, and what Paul meant in his oft read Chapter on love.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter (perform visible acts of piety), but within (the mind) you are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter that the outside of them may be clean also. Matthew 23:25, 26

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matthew 15:8
l And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3, ASV

In each of the Gospel references above, Jesus was interested in what was in the people’s heart (their mind) – not their head (knowledge). While Biblical knowledge is desirable, spiritual understanding is essential. It is your heart that God desires, not church membership, - church membership counts for naught at the judgment, nor is he swayed by your tithe – He already owns all the gold. (Haggai 2:8) If you give Him your heart, then everything else will follow as it should. (Matthew 23:26) It is your mind (your city) walled up by a full and proper understanding of God’s love for you and your love for Him that will enable God to remove your nakedness.

Now that you understand that your mind can be liken unto a city, let’s examine a specific city, Babylon, for its physical and its spiritual meaning.

And Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon came against the city, and his servants did besiege it. 2 Kings 24:11
In this verse, it is perfectly clear that this Babylon refers to an actual city ruled by a specific historical king. This is an example of a word to be understood in its common every day sense - the physical city Babylon in Mesopotamia. Now, let’s look at another verse in the New Testament.

And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Revelations 14:8

Here Babylon is personified and is said to have made nations drink wine. This is clearly not referring to a physical city. It must be something else. But what? The Bible gives that answer in other verses.
And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: Revelation 17:4-6

The Greek word Babylon comes from the Hebrew word Babel and both words mean confusion, especially by mixing. In spiritual Bible terms this would mean presenting erroneous doctrine or more specifically mixing untruths with truth and presenting this half truth as the whole truth. Such a presentation is very insidious because by containing some recognized truth many are deceived to believe all of it. Satan frequently uses this method to break down the walls of your mind.
The verses in Revelation 17 above presents a picture of a women identified, (her characteristics are written on her forehead), as one who is or who offers a mystery, who issues confusion, who is the source (mother) of unfaithful daughters (harlots) and other abominations of the earth. There is more, but to understand the additional material, it is necessary to understand who this woman is and the spiritual meaning of purple, scarlet, gold, precious stones, pearls, a golden cup, in her hand, her fornication, her forehead, her name, harlots, drunken, blood and saints. When these are understood, you will see a vivid picture of the antichrist and will know what to believe to prevent destruction of the walls of your city. Notice that John did not see any evidence of clean white linen, frequently used in Scripture to represent the righteousness of God.

To give you a better understanding, of Revelation 17, the spiritual meanings of key words are provided in the following list. After you become familiar with these words, read the paraphrase of Revelation 17 on page 12 and see what the angel wanted John to understand.

Spiritual Meanings of Bible Words

An Angel is a messenger of God. Revelation 1:1

A Whore is an unfaithful woman, and more specifically a church which is unfaithful to God. Isaiah 57:3, Hosea
4:12, Revelation 17:5, Revelation 19:2. See Woman.

Water refers to God’s concepts. Psalm 1:3, Matthew 3:11, John 4:10, John 7:38. Water also refers to people, Revelation 17:15

Fornication is an act of unfaithfulness. For a church, it is sinful activities such disobedience or dissemination of false
doctrine. See harlots. Romans 1:29, Revelation 2:20

Drunk is having the minds of church leadership impaired by an detrimental external stimulus.

Wine is spiritual understanding and doctrine. Proverbs 9:5, Isaiah 28:7, 29:9-16, Jeremiah 51:7, Micah 2:11

Wilderness is a land devoid of God’s true word. Jeremiah 12:10-12, Jeremiah 17:5-6, Jeremiah 22:6-9, Mark 1:3

A Woman is a church. When seen in white, it is an obedient church; when called a harlot or whore, it is an unfaithful one. Ezekiel 36:17, Matthew 25:1, Rev. 12:6

Scarlet represents sin, Isaiah 1:18

A Beast is a man, a king, or an organization rooted in Satan’s concepts. Jude 10, 2 Peter 2:12, Psalms 73:22, Ecclesiastes 3:18. Revelation 11:7, Revelation 19:19

Purple is the color of wealth and honor. Judges 8:26, Mark 15:17

Gold illustrates the presence of God’s righteousness. The Israelites were instructed to use gold to adorn all of the
objects in the Holy of Holies. Exodus 25

Precious stones and pearls represent the priceless spiritual truths from God. Matthew 13:45

A Cup in her hand is the ability to carry out a plan. A cup is a plan or purpose. Matthew 26:27-28, & 39. The hand
is the ability to perform. Genesis 31:29, 2 Samuel 1:14, Proverbs 3:27, Isaiah 10:13

Abominations and filthiness are terrible sins that God especially hates.

Upon her forehead represents a church’s doctrine and Fundamental principals. Revelation 14:1 and 17:5

A name is the character of someone. Exodus 34:5-7 Mystery is exactly what it says, a mystery. Babylon (Gr.), Babel (Hebrew). Great mental or spiritual confusion. Satan produced the first great confusion by spreading lies about God. (Genesis 3:1-5). God calls it confusion and self-righteousness when man devises his own doctrines and his own ways to worship Him. 1 Corinthians 2:13-14

A Mother is the producer of daughters.

Harlots are churches who are unfaithful to God’s word.
Proverbs 14:1-23 & 27-33, Ezekiel 16:25; compared to
virgins who are faithful, Matthew 25:21

Blood is the record of a man’s life. Genesis 4:10-11,
Proverbs 6:17, Joel 3:20. The blood of Jesus (the record
of Jesus’ sinless life accepted by the Father) cleanses us
from all sin. Romans 3:25, 1 John 1:7-9

Saints are God’s people. Psalms 31:23, Deuteronomy 33:23,
Romans 1:7

By understanding the spiritual concepts of these words, the more important spiritual message of Revelation 17:1-6 can be understood. For ease of comparison, the two translations are presented side by side on the next page.

Revelation 17:1-6 — The King James Version

1. And there came one of the seven angels Which had the seven vials, talked with me saying unto me, come hether and; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

2. With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.


3. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

4. and the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

5 And upon her forehead was a name written, “Mystery. Babylon the Great, The mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.”

6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

Written With Spiritual Understanding

1. One of God’s messengers invited John to come and see a vision of God’s judgment of the great and unfaithful church that deceives many people with its unfaithfulness.


2. Earthly leaders have collaborated with this unfaithful church to commit wicked deeds and the church made many people believe and follow its unfaithful teachings.


3. God’s messenger gave John a vision of what he had told him. John saw a land (people) devoid of God’s word. He saw a church whose teachings are based on sinful concepts of man.

4. This church outwardly shows great worldly wealth and honor, but is filled with grievous sin.

This church possesses the priceless truth about God and His righteousness, and has the ability to disseminate this truth, however she commits great sin by her unfaithfulness.


5. This church’s basic doctrine is based on a ‘mystery’ known by the true church to be a false doctrine based on great confusion.

This sin-filled church produces daughter churches with wicked teachings that God hates.

6. John saw that this church was intoxicated with its power to punish righteous saints, and to kill anyone who would not forgo Jesus and swear allegiance to a man-made church. John marveled at what he saw. {Later he was shown he should not marvel, but be distressed. Read Revelation 17 & 18. }

All who desire to please God, and to abide in His son, the Lord Jesus, will want to learn the identity of this evil unfaithful church and to have nothing to do with her. For the Bible gives explicit instructions to those who discover they are in it. They should leave it! Here is what John recorded: And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. Revelation 18:4

Throughout this book, your will be given much information about this harlot church identified as Babylon and characterized by great spiritual confusion and sin.
It is important to know that the physical city Babylon was constructed of man-made bricks. Bricks are made of the earth’s dirt and water. Dirt symbolizes man, and water, as you know, represents the word of God. Here is a picture of man-made doctrines being mixed with the word of God. The man-formed bricks are then fired and the water driven off, leaving only that portion which came from man. Not only was the tower of Babel constructed of these bricks, but they were used to build the whole city. While not recorded in the Bible, other references state that Babylon was called, “Gateway to Heaven.” Here is another picture of man trying to reach God by his own efforts – just like the Jews were doing in Jesus’ time. It is useful to know that when God instructed Moses to build Him an altar, He specified unhewed stones, as hewing by man would pollute it. And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. Exodus 20:25

The magnificent Jerusalem temple in Jesus’ time was constructed of hewed stones. When the Apostles called Jesus’ attention to the wonderful buildings, Jesus responded by prophesying that not one stone would be left standing upon another. Most Bible readers think he was referring to the physical destruction by the Romans in 70 AD, but the spiritual man understands that Jesus was foretelling that one day all of Israel’s man-made doctrines, fabricated one upon another would be cast down and destroyed.

It is the same message throughout scripture: man cannot save himself – nor even help to do so. Salvation is by the faith of Jesus that God the Father would save him out of Death. The faith we have in Jesus comes as a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:8) Our part is to accept this gift. Further, we are not to hew nor modify God’s doctrines to suit our own concepts. When we change God’s word we produce confusion – Babylon.

There is another Babylon reference that needs mentioning. This reference will seem strange until it is fully understood.
0h Be in pain, and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies. Mica 4:10

What? Mica is telling us that we must go to Babylon and there be delivered? But, how can this be for we have just learned that Babylon is confusion? Must we go into confusion? This verse is perplexing until you understand that God does not accept anyone with a lofty, pride-filled, arrogant heart. He accepts us only when we realize how low we have fallen, when we realize how wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked we really are; when we realize that we cannot save ourselves; and that our own reasoning leads only to confusion. This is what Mica meant when he told us “we must go to Babylon.” When man realizes his totally depraved condition, then, and only then, will God guide him into His truth and into salvation. God will not leave in Babylon the meek and humble man who is seeking salvation: He will bring him out into the glorious light of the knowledge of His dear Son and what He did for us.

Spiritual Definition Of More Bible Words

The spiritual meanings and the Bible references of the following words are given to deepen your understanding. A leading of God’s Holy Spirit together with study and experience will enable you to know when the Bible desires to convey its precious spiritual truth.

abiding To be swift to hear Christ’s voice and to permit His spirit to
direct your life. The believer who abides in Christ, has the power
to completely overcome sin. 1 John 3:6, Galatians: 2:20

anoint To be poured upon with Christ’s faith and knowledge
1 John 2:20-27, Matthew 3:16, Hebrews 1:9

atonement A Hebrew word. The English equivalent is “a
covering.” Humanity is covered with the righteousness of God
through the faith of Jesus. His thoughts are to cover our thoughts
to bring forth love. Rom. 3:22-25. The Ark of the Covenant was
covered with an atonement that illustrated God’s mercy.
Exodus 25:21.

Babylon Babylon (Gr.), Babel (Hebrew) Great mental or spiritual
confusion. Satan produced the first great confusion by spreading
lies about God. Genesis 3:1-5, God calls it confusion and self
righteousness when man devises his own doctrines and ways to
worship Him. 1 Corinthians 2:13-14

beginning In both the Old and New Testaments, ‘the beginning’
refers to the creation of the physical world. Genesis1:1, Isaiah
40:21, John1:1

blind The inability to understand spiritual things of God.
Isaiah 29:18, Matthew13:15

blood The record of a man’s life. Genesis 4:10-11, Proverbs 6:17,
Joel 3:20. The blood (record of Jesus’ sinless life accepted by the
Father) of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. Romans 3:25, 1 John 1:7-9

bread Correct spiritual concepts about God and righteousness.
Spiritually, to eat bread is to hear, to believe and to permit
God’s word to guide all facets of your life. Jeremiah 15:16
Jesus is the living bread from heaven. John 6:48

bricks Concepts created by man. Isaiah 65:3. Ezekiel 4:1,
(Darby’s Translation)

city A man’s mind. Proverbs 10:15, and 25:28

cup A plan or purpose. Matthew 26:27-28, and 39

darkness The way of the wicked. An absence of the true
knowledge of God. Proverbs 4:19, Romans 1:21, Ephesians 5:8

death....Physical death, when the heart stops beating, the body
stops breathing, and decay sets in. John 11:39

Death Spiritual separation from God. Ezekiel 37:13-14,
Matthew 8:22, Luke 15:24, 1 Timothy 5:6

drink To do, or to perform. Matthew 20:22-24

eye A man’s understanding. Jeremiah 5:21, Matthew 6:22,
Ephesians 1:18.

figs The children of God (Israel). Jeremiah 24
fire Represents God's actions of cleansing, Deuteronomy
32:22-24, Zechariah 13:9; of instructing, Exodus 3:2-10; and
protecting His people, Isaiah 33:14, Luke 12:49, who will
be tried purified in fire. 1 Peter 1:7. It also illustrates God's
judgment and His sentencing on proud unrepentant sinners
Isaiah 66:16, Jeremiah 5:14, Luke 3:1). It can be the result
Of God's love, John 3:16, His anger, Zephaniah 3:8, His Jealousy,
Zephaniah 1:1), or His wrath, Jeremiah 4:4

forehead A symbol of the doctrines or thoughts of a church.
Revelation 14:1 and 17:5.

fornication Spiritual unfaithfulness to God. See harlots.

gold Pertaining to God. The Israelites were instructed to use gold
to adorn all of the items in the Holy of Holies. Exodus 25

hand The ability to perform. Genesis 31:29, 2 Samuel 1:14
Proverbs 3:27, Isaiah 10:13

harlots Women (churches) who are unfaithful to God’s word.
Proverbs 14:1-23 and 27-33, Ezekiel 16:25, compared to virgins
Who are faithful, Matthew 25:21

heart The direction that the mind is leading the body. Exodus 35:5,
Exodus 35:29, 1 kings 12:27, 2 Chronicles. 30:19, Psalm 119:112,
Matthew 15:19, Luke 10:27

hungry Possessing a desire to understand God’s word. Psalm 107:9,
John 6:35, Revelation 7:16-17

Israel ‘A Prince of God’ or One who rules (his mind) like God rather
Than permits his body to rule his mind. Genesis 32:29,
Romans 7:22-24

Jew One who walks in the steps of the faith of Abraham,
Romans 4:12:13

land A Man’s mind. A dry land, or desert or wilderness is a land
(man or group of men) who do not possess, nor desire to possess
God’s word, or who purposely alter his doctrine. Amos 8:11
Life Eternal life through Jesus Christ. 1 John 5:11-12

light Knowledge and understanding about God and His
righteousness. Psalm 119:105, Proverbs, 6:23, 1 John 1:5,
John 8:12

mother Origin of daughters. Revelation 17:5, Ezekiel 16:44,
Ezekiel 23:2, Revelation 17:5

naked The appearance of an unrepentant sinner in the sight of God.
Genesis 3:11, Revelation 3:17, and 16:15

pearls Precious spiritual truths. Matthew 13:45

poor Not possessing the riches of God’s truths (Note; poor in
spirit is to be humble; it is not destitute nor spiritually ignorant).
Matthew 5:3. Luke 4:18, Revelation 3:17

purple The color representing wealth and honor. Judges 8:26,
Mark 15:17

reed An unreliable support (a false message) which will break and
injure rather than sustain. 2 Kings 18:21, Isaiah 36:6

rod A message of correction. Isaiah 11:4, Mica 6:9

scarlet The color representing sin. Isaiah 1:18

sheep All mankind. Isaiah 53:6. There are lean sheep who are
spiritually undernourished. The fat sheep have a knowledge of
God, but do not share it, Ezekiel 34:1-24, and the sheep who
hear and follow Christ’s voice. John 10:27

shepherd One who has rule over God’s sheep. There are
good shepherds who collect, protect, and feed the sheep in
his charge, and there are evil shepherds who destroy and scatter
God’s sheep. Jeremiah 23:1-6, Ezekiel 34:1-17. Jesus is the very
best of shepherds. John 10:11 & 14

sword The word of God. Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12

thorns A symbol of the guilt and result of sin. Genesis 3:17-18,
Joshua 23:12, Matthew 13:7. The thorns placed on Jesus’ head
represent the guilt of the world’s sin which was in his mind and
produced a shedding of blood for mankind. Mark 15:17

thirsty A strong desire to drink in God ’s word. Psalm 42:2, John 7:37

wall Man’s mental defense against Satan formed by the correct
knowledge about God and His son. Proverbs 25:28, Isaiah 60:18

whore An unfaithful church. Isaiah 57:3, Hosea 4:12, Revelation 17:5,
Revelation 19:2

wine Spiritual Understanding. Proverbs 9:5, Isaiah 28:7,
Isaiah 29:9-16, Jeremiah 51:7, Micah 2:11, Revelation 17:5

woman A church. A virtuous woman is a faithful church. A harlot
or a whore is an unfaithful church. Ezekiel 36:17, Matthew 25:1,
Revelation12:6

water Words or concepts especially those that bring Life.
Proverbs 18:4-8, Jeremiah 2:13-17, John 4:10. Water can also
refer to people. Revelation 17:15

walk All aspects of a man’s life. Psalm 1:1, Psalm 78:10, Psalm
86:11, Micah 4:5, Luke 1:6, Romans 8:1

wisdom The possession and proper use of knowledge and
understanding leading to a righteous life. Wisdom is a gift
from God. Proverbs 2:6-9. Jesus was God’s wisdom personified.
1 Corinthian 1:24-30

wood (In all of its many forms) A symbol of man or man’s character,
righteous or unrighteous. Jeremiah 5:14, Song of Solomon 2:3

May you now see the great blessing that comes from understanding the spiritual meaning of Bible words; may you hunger for more; and may you use your new understanding to God’s glory. Amen.

 

Chapter 2. The New Testament Church Warned About Priesthood


Friend, you will have to research the material given in this chapter for yourself, for you will find no priest or preacher to help you. They either do not know it, or they do not care, or they wish it to remain hidden from you. Only God knows which.

In the later part of his life, the Apostle John was exiled to the island of Patmos for the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Through visions, he was shown the future of the church and of the world which he recorded in the Book of Revelation. This book contains some of the church’s first warning about the priesthood. It is found in Jesus’ letter to the church at Ephesus and is directed to that church while it was still in its infancy.
But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 2:6-7

Jesus commended the church at Ephesus for hating the deeds of the Nicolaitans just as he did. But, who were these Nicolaitans whose deeds Jesus detested so greatly? The word Nicolaitans comes from the Greek word Niko which means to conquer or to overthrow, and from the word Laos which means the people or the laity. The early Nicolaitans were establishing a hierarchy of priests (the clergy) to reign over common believers or laity in stark contrast to Christ’s teachings.

For example, when Jesus heard his disciples discussing among themselves who would be the greatest, he told them in no uncertain terms that their leaders must be humble men willing to serve, and not selfish lords.
And he said unto them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. Luke 22:25-26

At the last supper, when Jesus washed his disciple’s feet, he repeated these same instructions.
Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. John 13:13-15

Jesus wanted his apostles to be shepherds feeding and helping the flock, not authoritarian rulers lording it over them. This very same admonition is repeated in Jesus’ letter to the church at Pergamos.
So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly. Revelation 2: 15-16

This error must have been very important, for it caused Jesus to rebuked two churches. Note he said he hated both the Nicolaitans’ deeds and their doctrine. This very same warning was given to the first gentile churches by the Apostle Paul.
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Acts 20:28-29

Paul’s warning was not about external danger, but danger that would come from men who were within the church, and that the whole body of believers would be at risk. Paul called these men grievous wolves because they feasted on the flock rather than fed them. That is, they consumed, or took from them, rather than helped them and taught them the word of God. This is the same warning Jesus gave to the churches at Ephesus and Pergamos.
Indirectly, Paul gave the same warning to other early churches in his instructions for selecting an overseer. These instructions were given in a letter to Timothy but are applicable to all churches.

Note that Paul never established a priesthood, leaders yes, priesthood no.
An overseer must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy of filthy money, but patient, not a brawler, not covetous, one that rules well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity, not a novice. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without: lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (1Timothy 3:2-7)

Unfortunately, the early church did not heed the warnings of Jesus, John and Paul, for in a short time, the church established a hierarchy of leadership. The church became divided into the laity, and the clergy. The clergy was composed of priests, and super priests, or bishops. Initially, this presented no serious problems, for most of the very early leaders were humble pious men who would, and did, give their lives for their faith. But then something changed. Let’s look at history and examine the awful consequences of the establishment of the Christian priesthood.

The Christian Priesthood

For nearly 300 years, the Christian Church was persecuted by both Jews and Romans. Such persecution resulted in a small but faithful body of believers with dedicated and devoted leadership as recommended by the Apostle Paul. Then in 301 AD, the unexpected happened. Constantine became sole Emperor of the Roman Empire, moved his capital to Constantinople, and made Christianity the official state religion.

Soon bishops and priests were appointed for political as well as religious reasons, and the church became an arm of the government, with the Emperor as it leader. When Constantine realized that ‘his’ church was seriously divided by the theological question, ‘Was Jesus, God?’ he called for and financed a convention to find a solution. The convention was called ‘The Council of Nicaea’. A bitter debate lasted many months until Constantine sided with those who said that Jesus was God. That ended the debate, but not the conflict. Constantine banished the bishops of the opposition, and excommunicated the remaining priests as heretics.

The Nicaean Creed declared Jesus (but not the Holy Spirit) to be God. The inclusion of the Holy Spirit would come years later. Ironically two years later, Constantine reversed himself, declaring the Nicaean Creed to be in error. He recalled the banished bishops and banished the bishops who supported the creed.

Constantine died in 337 AD after which his son reinstated the Nicaean Creed. Forty-four years later in 381 AD, Roman priests at the Council of Constantinople decided that the Holy Spirit was also God. That version of that creed declares: That God the Father, God the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit to be co-eternal, co-equal, and co-substantive. It had taken 320 years from the death of Jesus, but the Trinity Doctrine, as we know it today, had finally been expressed. With the Trinity now officially recognized, church leaders and the state, spiritually and physically crushed all opposition. Non-Trinitarians were excommunicated, their property taken, and in some cases their lives forfeited. These measures approved and carried out by church priests as well as state authorities led to the period of European history known appropriately as the ‘Dark Age’.


Growth of Medieval
Roman Catholic Priest Hood

As time passed, the political strength of the Roman Empire moved west, with Rome again asserting its power and influence. The bishop of Rome declared that he had received leadership of the church directly from Peter and was therefore the supreme bishop, and that all other bishops and priests were subject to his authority. This assertion was met with fierce opposition from most churches and ultimately led to the split between the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox Churches. This split is yet to be healed. Churches in western Europe were finally subdued and yielded authority to the bishop of Rome, now called ‘Father’ or Pope with supreme and absolute authority over all clergy and laity in the Roman Church. The Roman church did all this even though the Bible specifically tells us not to do it. Read Matthew 23:9.

The following abstracts have been provided to show you just a few of the evil deeds priests, Popes, and the Roman Catholic Church have committed, and how church leaders time and time, and time again failed to followed biblical principals. Please read these accounts carefully as they will prepare you for an even more evil deed this church has committed. This more evil deed affects you greater than you realize.

• As early as 380 AD the church under Pope Damascus I denounced and ordered Ulfilas, a missionary to the Goths, to cease translation of the Bible into the Gothic language. Twenty-five years later, the church commissioned one of its own priests, Jerome, to translate the Bible into Latin (The Vulgate Version). The church demanded that the laity hear the word of God in a language they did not understand and rely on a priest to tell then what it meant. The church maintained this edit until 1200 AD when the Protestant Reformation forced it to provide Scripture in native tongues.

• From 500 to 1500 AD, the Roman church permitted only priests to own a Bible.

• Pope St. Sergius I (687-701) purchased his See by pawning the ornaments from St. Peter’s tomb. Later he was accused of adultery, but the church declared him innocent saying that the 8 day old child from the affair cried out, “The Pontiff Sergius is not my father,” as he was being baptized.

• Pope Leo III (795-816) had his eyes torn out and his tongue cut off by Roman citizens for committing adultery.

• In 872, the Roman Church again forbade the use of any native tongue in worship services.

• Pope Stephen VI (896-897) had the rotting body of Pope Formosus exhumed, dressed in Episcopal robes, placed on the pontifical chair, and charged with a long list of grievances. The “Cadaver Synod” found him guilty, excised his three blessing fingers and tossed his body into the Tiber River.

• Pope Stephen VIII (939-942 made himself so obnoxious to the
Romans that they mutilated him.

• Pope Urban II (1088-1099) ordered that heretics be tortured and killed. He condemned clerical marriages and sold priest’s wives into slavery. He proclaimed the first Crusade promising forgiveness of all sins to every warrior.

• Pope Innocent III (1198-1216) condemned the Magna Carta as contrary to moral law, and called himself the ruler of the world as Universal Bishop. He established the Dominican Friers to eliminate the Waldenses by plundering their villages. He ordered the killing of thousands of Albigensians in south France as heretics. He decreed that all church members must believe in Transubstantiation, a belief that the elements of the Eucharist actually turn into the flesh and blood of Christ.

• In 1380, John Wycliffe, a Roman Catholic priest/scholar at Oxford, England was so incensed with Papal corruption that he wrote, “It is supposed, and with great probability, that the Roman Pontiff is the great Antichrist.” The church wanted to kill him, but he was protected by aristocratic friends. The Roman Church hated him so much, that forty-four years after his death, the Pope had his bones exhumed, burned, and scattered on the River Swift.

• Pope Nicholas V (1447-1465) authorized the King of Portugal to wage war on African nations, to take their property, and to enslave their people.

• Pope Julius II (1503-1513) who bought the papacy was known as the Warrior Pope. He encouraged the sale of indulgences. He approved the killing of English Lollards for reading Wycliffe’s translation of the Bible. He was a notorious womanizer. His body was so eaten away with syphilis that he could not expose his foot to be kissed. He was Pope when Martin Luther visited Rome. Luther, shocked by Rome’s depravity said, “If there is a Hell, Rome is built over it. It is an abyss from whence issues every kind of sin.”

• Pope Clement VII (1523-1534) was Pontiff when the church burned William Tyndale for translating the Bible into English.

• Pope Sixtus V (1585-1590) ordered King Phillip II of Spain to invade England and return it to Roman rule.

• Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903) claimed that the Pope was the head of all rulers and holds on the earth the place of Almighty God. He emphasized Papal Infallibility and pronounced Protestants as enemies of Christianity.

• Pope Pius XII (1939-1958) said nothing when German and Italian Fascists slaughter over six million Jews. He said nothing when Vichy France deported 5,000 children for extermination. Winston Churchill called his silence, “One of the greatest crimes ever committed.”

The preceding 14 sordid accounts are but a very small portion of the atrocities committed by Roman Church leaders. Similar conduct is public knowledge for at least 61 more Popes, and if the truth be known, the number would probably swell to include many more. Seventy-five wicked Popes out of the total of 266 is 28 percent and cannot be considered ‘a few’ as the Romans would have you believe.

If you decide to read other references on the church’s atrocities be sure to select those not written by Roman Catholic historians as they are known to hide or distort the truth. For example: when a Catholic historian wrote of Pope Innocent III’s order to kill thousands of French Albigensians, he merely wrote “that the Pope took stern measures against them.” As Jesus said, “They are venomous vipers.”

 

Chapter 3. Israel’s Captivity

Most Christians know the Old Testament story of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers (Gen. 37:28), rising to become Egypt’s most powerful minister, second only to Pharaoh (Gen. 41:40), and preserving his family and all Egypt by wisely storing grain during the seven years of plenty (Gen. 41:48) so there would be food for the following seven years of drought (Gen. 41:54). Most Christians also know about the four hundred years of bondage the Hebrews endured after the death of Joseph and the Pharaoh who elevated him (Ex. 1:14, Acts 7:6). However, few Christians understand just how and why the Hebrews suffered such a tragedy. But, more importantly, few Christians understand the spiritual truths involved, and how these truths apply to their own lives. This chapter is written to push back the veil.

In order to grasp these spiritual truths, it is necessary to go back to Joseph’s great grandfather, Abraham. Genesis 12 tells the story of God’s call to Abram (his name before God changed it). At this time, the earth had lost knowledge of Jehovah, the one creator God, who made heaven and earth. Men worshiped many gods including heavenly bodies, the weather, fictitious characters, nature, and idols. To re-educate the earth, God called Abram to leave his home and go to a land that He would show him. God promised Abram that He would make of him a great name, a great nation, and that through him all the families of earth would be blessed (Gen. 12:1-3). Abram believed God and with his family and nephew Lot, he left his home. God lead Abram to the land of Canaan, and promised to give that land to him and his descendants forever (Gen. 12:7). Remember this promise by God, as it is very important.

Subsequent chapters of Genesis tell of Abram’s separation from and rescue of Lot (Gen. 14:16), the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19:24), the birth of Ishmael, God changing Abram’s name to Abraham (Gen. 17:5), and the birth of Isaac. Abraham passed God’s test of faith by his willingness to sacrifice Isaac (Gen.22:12), when once again God renewed His promises. Isaac married Rebecca, and they begat a son, Jacob. To Jacob, God renewed the promises first made to Abraham that his descendants would inherit the land of Canaan, and through his descendants all the earth would be blessed (Gen. 28:13). God changed Jacob’s name to Israel (Gen. 35:10). Israel had twelve sons one of whom was Joseph, which brings us back to our beginning.

The severe famine that plagued Egypt during the seven years of drought also plagued the land of Canaan. Genesis 42-47 tells how Joseph was able to persuade his entire family to join him in Egypt. With the blessing of Pharaoh, Israel’s family were given land in Goshen, a part of the Nile delta. This land was perfect for shepherds, well-watered, abundant grass, no hills, few if any predators and they enjoyed special favor from the Pharaoh. As a result Israel’s descendants prospered greatly.

When the seven years of drought and famine were over in Egypt, it was also over in the land of Canaan. At this time, or at least soon after, the Hebrews should have returned to Canaan and continued to follow God’s plan. They did not. There were two reasons why they did not: 1. The children of Israel did not want to leave the easy life in Goshen, and 2. There was a lack of spiritual leadership in Israel’s sons.
Except for Joseph, none of Israel’s sons seemed to have much regard for Jehovah and His plan for their family. The book of Genesis is filled with stories giving the true nature of these men; their envy, their desire to kill Joseph, his sale into slavery, their lying (Gen.37), Judah’s intercourse with a Canaan woman (Gen. 38:2), Simeon’s and Levi’s treachery against the Hivites (Gen.14). Even Jacob in his last days recognized the evil nature of many of his sons (Gen. 49). As you know, the Hebrew’s failure to return to Canaan caused considerable hardship in the years to come. This story contains two important lessons every Christian should know; 1. The necessity to do God’s will; and 2. The importance of avoiding bondage.

Lets take doing God’s will first. If the Hebrews had been less concerned about living an easy affluent life and had taken time to seek and to follow God’s plan for them, they would have returned to Canaan after the drought was over and avoided 400 years of bondage under the Egyptians. The years of bondage were difficult. Every able man, women and child was put to work. Some worked in the fields, but most made sun dried bricks to build walls, palaces, and forts for the Egyptian government (Ex. 1:14). If a worker was slack, he received a beating. Such a life was cruel and certainly undesirable.
How is it with us? Are we as a nation seeking and doing God’s will? Obviously not, since most Americans are obsessed with achieving an abundant lifestyle, large homes, expensive entertainment, exotic vacations, expensive food, and an immoral life style. In addition, many leaders of main-line Christian churches are leading their flock into gross sin by their promotion of sodomy as an acceptable life style. Further, as the years go by God is more and more excluded from this nation’s affairs by governmental decrees.
Fortunately, God does have a remnant that seeks to do His will. The question is; are you in this remnant? This is not the same question as; are you a member of some denomination, or do you go to church, or do you tithe? The question is; are you doing God’s will? Jesus made very clear the importance of this question when he told his disciples,

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)

God makes His will known to those who ask. Often He speaks through prayer, but answers are received only when we are listening, not when we do all the talking. Every day, each of us should request that the Holy Spirit show us how we can do God’s will that day, so that we do not repeat the error of Israel’s descendants.

Now let’s tackle the second truth, avoiding bondage. In America, there is low probability that anyone will be enslaved and placed into rigorous bondage as were the Hebrews thousands of years ago. However, there is another bondage which can ensnare any of us. That is, anyone who does not know how to remain free. The bondage is both a physical bondage on this earth and a spiritual bondage after the great judgment. We see this by Jesus’ answer to the Jews who were arguing with him. “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, every one that committeth sin is the bondservant of sin.” (John 8:34 ASV)

Physical examples of this bond service is the slavish addiction to alcohol, tobacco, and narcotics as sin against the body, the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians. 6:19). More serious are our un-repented sins of greed, lust, hate, envy, and pride. These sins not only enslave us on earth, but cause us to receive our due wage, Spiritual Death. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Bondage by Spiritual Death will last much longer than the four hundred years endured by the Hebrews.

But praise God for His goodness. For simply by believing that His Son, Jesus, shed his blood for our sin, and by seeking and doing our heavenly Father’s will, no one need dread the awfulness of eternal bondage.

 

Chapter 4. Jewish Priests Hide God’s Name

*For Hundreds of years Protestants and Catholics alike have been told that God’s name is ‘God’ and ‘The Lord’, and like trusting sheep we accepted this statement without questioning. But, now at long last many of God’s people are awaking to realize that something is wrong – very wrong. Basic English grammar tells us that the words ‘God’ and ‘Lord’ are titles, not names. In fact, it may surprise you to learn that the word, ‘god’ is derived from a Teutonic word for deity. Therefore it is absurd to believe that it is God’s name. This chapter explains how we got into this state of ignorance, and what we must discover so that we do not remain there.
First let’s see what God says about His name so that we are not led astray by those who continue to say that ‘God’ is His name, or by those who say that it does not make any difference. Listed below are just a few of the many Bible verses which speak of His name. You do not have to be a seminary graduate to see God’s name is important to Him.

l God told Moses that he was called so that His name
may be declared through all the earth. Exodus 9:16
l God declares that if His people which are called by
His name would humble themselves, and pray, and
seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways, then
He would hear, and forgive their sin, and heal their
land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
l God says that He will deliver the man who sets his
love on Him and knows His name. Psalm 91:14
l God instructs us to bless His Holy name. Psalm 103:1
l God says that His people shall know His name and
know it is He who speaks. Isaiah 52:6
l God says that He will cause His people and all the
Gentiles to know his name. Jeremiah 16:21
l God says it is deceitful prophets who cause His people
to forget His name. Jeremiah 23:26
l God promised to make His holy name known to His
people and not let them pollute it. Ezekiel 39:7
l God says that He is jealous for His holy name. Ezekiel 39:25
l God declares that He will hear those who call upon
His name. Zachariah 13:9
l God says, from the east to the west His name shall be
great among the Gentiles. Malachi. 1:11

From these verses it should be crystal clear that God’s wants His people to know and to use His name. Now lets turn to the Bible and see what God’s name really is, and how and why it was concealed for so long. God first mentions His name, not title, in Exodus 3:15.

“And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shall thou say unto the children of Israel, YHWH, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me unto you: this is my name forever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”
There it is. YHWH is His name.

The above translation contains the English equivalent of the four Hebrew consonants God gave Moses as His name, rather than the word ‘Lord’ as used in the KJV. God’s name, YHWH, appears over six thousand times in ancient Old Testament manuscripts; however you will not find it even once in most English Bibles. These four letters are called ‘The Tetragrammaton’ (Greek, for four letters) and people all over the world are eagerly learning about them. Further, they hold the key to understanding many seemingly ambiguous Bible verses which we will discuss later. God’s name was written with four consonants because in Moses’ day the writer wrote all words using only the consonants; the reader supplied the vowels. For centuries the Hebrews spoke God’s name, praised His name and even named their children after Him. Then His name began to be hidden.

Concealing God’s name began years before the Jews were carried into captivity to Babylon, when Jewish Priests, proclaimed (in spite of what the Scriptures said), it was forbidden to speak YHWH’s name. The Priests were charged with keeping the Scriptures and ‘protecting God’s name’. They wanted to protect it from abuse by the heathen. Their primary method of protecting it was, and is, to keep it a secret. This unscriptural desire for secrecy is what caused the problem in the first place. When the Priests read Scripture, they substituted the Hebrew Word, ‘Adonai’ (which is Hebrew for Lord) for God’s name.
Years later, when the Jews were in captivity, the Priests decided to translate their Scripture into Greek, as most Hebrews in the Diaspora spoke mainly Greek or Aramaic. This translation, completed in about 250 BC is called the Septuagint (meaning ‘seventy’ for the number of translators who took part). These translators wrote the body of the text in Greek, but wrote God’s name, YHWH, in Hebrew letters. However, the Priests continued to say Adonai. Later, copyist wrote God’s name in Greek Letters; and still later the copyist when they came to YHWH just wrote the Greek word kyrios which means ‘Lord’. The translators of the KJV had only copies of the Septuagint containing the Greek word kyrois and followed that practice. That is how you and I were led to believe that God’s name is ‘The Lord’. Very cunning on Satan’s part wasn’t it? Earlier copies of the Septuagint with YHWH in Hebrew letters have now been discovered.

Now just what does YHWH mean? The name comes from the root word ‘to be’ and encompasses ‘was, is, and will be’. This idea is presented again in Revelation 1:8. When God said, “I am Alpha and Omega, saith The Lord (YHWH), which is, and which was, and which is to come (will be), the Almighty.”

God’s name carries the concept of ‘The Living, Self Existing One’, or ‘The Eternal One’. It would be proper to call our God ‘The Living God’, or “The Eternal God”, but these would still be titles not a name. We have determined how to spell God’s name in ancient Hebrew and what God’s name means, now comes the difficult part. How do we pronounce it?

Before we tackle that task, it is necessary to understand two important processes; translation and transliteration. To translate from one language to another is the process of using words understood in the second language regardless how they sound, so that the idea or concept expressed in the original language is clearly understood in the second language. Note that the sounds and letters of the second language are not important.

To transliterate a name is to write the name in a second language using the letters of the second language’s alphabet which best enables the reader to speak the name as it sounds in the first language. No attempt is made to make it look like the name in the original language, nor convey any meaning which the name may have. Understanding these two processes will help you understand the remainder of this chapter.

There are many ideas being presented for the correct pronunciation of YHWH. Some based on tradition, history, and archeology, some on word entymology, and some based on other Old Testament names. So what name did God give Moses?

Let’s start by reviewing when, why, and how the pronunciation of some well known Bible names have changed over the centuries. Most changes were done by the Jewish Priests to keep anyone from accidentally pronouncing The Sacred Name. The table below gives several examples of how Bible names were changed as part of the plan to keep God’s name secret.

The Name Before The Name After The KJV
The Change The Change Name .

YEHO-chanan YO-chanan John
YEHO-seph YO-seph Joseph
YEHO-nathan YO-nathan Jonathan
YEHO-ash YO-ash Joash
YEHO-nadab YO-nadab Jonadab
YEHO-shua YO-shua Joshua

So, we have a start. From these changes we can concluded that YEHO is, or very close to, the pronunciation of the first portion of the Sacred Name. We can also conclude that Jewish Rabbis are not going to be any help in determining how to pronounce God’s name as they have placed a ban on it for more than two thousand years.

Scripture contains another key to help us. It is the name Judah, the fourth son of Leah and Jacob, whose name is written very similarly to The Sacred Name.

The Bible English Equivalents Of Modern Hebrew
Name The Hebrew Consonants Pronunciation

Judah YHWDH Ye hu’ Dah

As you can see from the chart, Judah’s name contains YHWH plus a D. Today It is pronounced Ye hu’ Dah. Now if we remove the ‘D’ sound, we have Ye hu’ ah. We are getting closer to the Sacred Name, but we must take into account the name changes of the first and second centuries, and the Hebrew consonant W. which the Rabbis have conveniently ignored in the name for Judah. Thus the sacred name most likely would have been pronounced Ye ho’ vah. Praise Ye ho’ vah! We cannot be one hundred percent certain, but this is the most rational and most Biblical based proposal we have ever seen.
The next step is to determine the name of God’s Son. In this regard, God said two important things: (1) that He (God) was Israel’s Savior and (2) that His name was in His Son. Further, the Son said that he came in his Father’s Name.

The Hebrew word for ‘saves’, is shuah. Thus the expression ‘God Saves’ or ‘Ye ho’ vah Saves’ when spoken in Hebrew, and using Ye, the shorten form of Ye ho’vah, would be Ye’ shu ah. This is the name of the messiah, the name the angel instructed Mary (actually Miryam) to call her Son. The one name under heaven whereby we must be saved Hallelujah !!! Thank- you Father. Praise and glory be unto The Father, Ye ho’vah, and His Son, Ye’ shuah, our Lord and Savior.

Christians have used the words ‘Lord’, ‘God’, and ‘Jesus’ for so long that it is going to be difficult to change, but that is not our decision to make. God has told us what He wants – no ifs, no ands, and no buts. We should begin using these names in our daily conversation and in our correspondence, so that in a short while it will become second nature for us to say Ye ho’ vah, and Ye’shuah.

We have not used these names in the other chapters in this book for a reason. It is our opinion that most readers, not possessing the material presented in this chapter, would reject the whole book before reading it because it contained strange Jewish names for God and His Son. But please know that we happily use God’s and His son’s given names, Ye ho’ vah and Ye’shuah, in our everyday life, and we encourage you to do so as well.

 

Chapter 5. The Garden of Gethsemane

Most Christians are familiar with Jesus’ visit to the Garden of Gethsemane after he and his disciples ate Passover in the upper room. Many remember some of the physical incidents that took place that evening, but precious few are aware of the unprecedented spiritual events which occurred.
If the Bible is read as the world reads books, it is very easy to miss the spiritual concepts of many passages. However, both the Old and the New Testaments tell us it is God’s desire that mankind comprehend not only His words, but the spiritual message they contain. Some of the concepts that God would have us to understand are:

• That the things of God are spiritually discerned.
(1 Corinthians 2:14)
• That we must not worship Him with only an
outward show of praise, but we must worship Him
in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23,24)
• That we should not learn man’s wisdom, but that
wisdom which the Holy Spirit teaches comparing the
spiritual with the spiritual. (1 Corinthians 2:13)
• That the words that Jesus spoke are spirit and they
are life. (John 6:63)

From these verses, it is clear that it is the spiritual things of scripture that are important, and it is God’s desire that we strive to discern them. However it is important to remember that God does not give spiritual understanding to the merely curious Bible reader; He gives it to those who are earnestly seeking truth, the ones who are truly hungry and thirsty. (See Chapter 1.)

This chapter on Gethsemane has been written so that, together with your Bible and the Holy Spirit, you may see not only the visible events which occurred, but comprehend the spiritual events as well. Jesus’ suffering in Gethsemane was significantly greater and more important then most realize.

Each of the four Gospels contain some record of events in the Garden, and when assembled produce the following account. ‘After keeping the Passover and instituting the ‘Lord’s Supper’, Jesus and his disciples sang a hymn, departed Jerusalem, crossed the Kidron Valley, and entered the garden. Judas was not among them. He had gone to meet the authorities having agreed to lead them to Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave.

In the garden, Jesus asked his disciples to watch and pray. Continuing on until he was alone, Jesus prayed to his Father to remove the burden which was about to be placed on him. Adding however, “Not my will, but thy will be done.” Upon returning to his disciples, Jesus found them not watching and praying, but sleeping. Three times this scene was repeated, and three times Jesus found his closest companions asleep. Then Judas and the authorities arrived, arrested Jesus, and the disciples fled for their safety’.

Background.

Before proceeding with the study of Gethsemane, it is essential to correctly comprehend several Bible concepts. These are: Death, Sin, and the Old Testament Passover. A clear understanding of these concepts will aid you in understanding just what Jesus endured and why.
Death. The spiritual understanding of Death is presented in detail in Chapter 1.
Sin Today, when most people hear the word sin, they immediately think of murder, adultery, robbery and similar activity of the hands. The people in Jesus’ time (especially the Pharisees) thought the same thing. However, Jesus corrected their thinking by telling them that the sin actually occurred in their hearts before any act was committed.

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time: Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, That whoso ever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (Matthew 5:28). See also, Matthew 23:25-26, 1 John 3:15, and James 1:15, 16.

You should see that the Bible does not confine sin to terrible acts: It is the condition of the heart, and mind. The terrible acts we commit only show the presence of sin in our mind. Sin just as wicked or maybe more wicked than the ones mentioned above are greed, hate, lust, envy, covertness, wicked imaginations, and pride. These sins all originate and reside in our minds. It is important for you to remember this in order to comprehend the terrible events of Gethsemane.


The First Passover

Here is a brief summary of the first Passover, Exodus 12.

• On the 14th day of the first month of the year Nisan), each Hebrew
family enslaved in Egypt removed all leaven from their home
(leaven was a symbol of sin), and at evening sacrificed a carefully
selected unblemished, year-old male lamb.
• They took the lamb’s blood and marked their door posts.
• They roasted the lamb, dressed for travel, and hastily ate the lamb
together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
• At midnight, God’s angel slew every first born in Egypt, of both
men and cattle, except the first born in the houses marked with
blood. That home was ‘passed over’, thus the name Passover.
• In the morning, any uneaten portion of the lamb was completely
burned, but no bones were broken.
• The loss of his first born son caused Pharaoh to permit the
Hebrews to leave Egypt.
• The Hebrews departed for the Promised Land, taking with them
gifts of gold, silver, precious stones, and clothing.

It is important for you to note that the lamb was slain in the evening and its body destroyed the following morning.

Returning to Gethsemane

Now that we have carefully thought about sin, death, and the first Passover, we are now ready to study the frightful events in the garden. Let us return to where Jesus left his disciples and requested that his Father remove the ‘cup’ he was about to drink. As you know, this cup was that he was to become the Sacrificial Lamb that takes away the sin of the world. We have previously learned that Jesus was not concerned about and did not fear physical death. Thus, when he requested that the cup be removed, he was not asking his Father to save him from death. Jesus knew that Spiritual Death lay ahead of him, that is, separation from his Father. Some translators have recognized this and have thus translated Hebrews 5:7-9 Jesus offered up both supplications and entreaties to Him who is able to save him out of death. (Darby, Williams) These translators understood that Jesus was concerned about Spiritual Death, not physical death. Jesus knew the awfulness of Spiritual Death. Three times he asked his Father, if possible, to remove this cup from him. Matthew 26:38-39

It was in the Garden of Gethsemane that God placed the sin of the world into the mind of Jesus. There it is - that momentous spiritual event we have been telling you about !! It is impossible for any human to even imagine the grief, pain, and loneliness that Jesus felt as the guilt of the world’s sin pressed upon his mind. Jesus’ mind, which previously had known only love and obedience to his Father, and love and care from his Father, now was filled with anguish.

His anguish was so great that blood flowed from his temples, as if it was sweat. Jesus would have physically died in Gethsemane had not his Father sent an angel to strengthen him. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling to the ground. Luke 22:43-45

Modern medicine now has a name for the condition when extreme anguish bursts blood vessels near sweat glands in the temple causing blood to flow from the forehead. It is called hematidrosis and is described in many modern medical books.
When the angel left, Jesus’ heavenly ties were broken. Gone was the abiding Spirit of his Father which had been with him throughout his ministry. Jesus was Spiritually Dead. Oh, he was still alive and suffering physical pain, but Jesus was Dead. For the first time in his life he could not see beyond the veil that sin had placed between him and his Father. All he had now was his faith that his Father would, as He had promised, save him out of Death! By accepting Spiritual Death, Jesus paid the sin debt for all mankind. But what about Calvary?

Calvary

We have just learned that Jesus paid the ransom for our sins in Gethsemane, not at Calvary as most Christians are taught. Well you say, “If that is true, what did Jesus do at Calvary? Why did Jesus have to suffer the agony of the cross if the debt was paid?” Do you remember that as a result of Adam’s sin, God removed His presence, and Adam’s flesh and blood became corrupt? Consequently, every human since, has been made of corruptible flesh and blood, including the Son of Man, Jesus.

Are you surprised to learn that Jesus was made of corruptible flesh and blood? Here is what Paul wrote. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.. . . . Romans 8:3
Corrupt flesh and blood is the result of sin. Sin originated in Satan, making corrupt flesh and blood the work of Satan. Here is what the Bible says Jesus did. For this purpose the son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

When Jesus suffered physical death at Calvary, his body was destroyed. Thus sinful flesh was destroyed. We know this also from Paul’s letter to the Romans. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed. Romans 6:6
This is the same plan of the first Passover. First the lamb was sacrificed, then his body was physically destroyed. See the table A on Page 38 .

Although Jesus was born with sinful-nature fleshly body, he never sinned. He was able to remain sinless because he always surrendered his will (his mind) to his Fathers’ will. Jesus spent his life showing us his Father’s love, doing the work of his Father, and giving us his Father’s message. Everything he did on earth was to please his Father. This is what is mean by abiding in the Father.

Because Jesus surrendered his will, the Father abided in him, enabling him to resist temptation and empowering him to do marvelous works.

Fulfilling Old Testament Prophecy
To better comprehend the prophecy in Isaiah 63, it is helpful to understand two things about Gethsemane: 1. The meaning of its name, and 2. Who was there and what they did. Gethsemane comes from two Hebrew words meaning winepress. The garden was a place where juice was separated from grapes, and oil pressed from olives. Both activities require pressure. Jesus used wine to represent his blood. For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:28

If you believe that Jesus is the sacrificial lamb for the world’s sin, then by believing, you ‘eat’ of the sacrificed lamb and escape slavery as did the Hebrews in the Old Testament. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. John 6:56.

We are told that there is life in the blood. This life or rather Spiritual Life was pressed from the Savior in Gethsemane. We know from other scripture that olive oil is frequently used to represent God’s Spirit. Just as oil is pressed from the olive, in Gethsemane, the pressure of sin in Jesus’ mind pressed God’s spirit from him.

Now let’s look and see who was at this sorrowful scene. 1. Satan was there in Judas, 2. The clergy was there in the High Priest’s Servants, 3. The secular government was there in the Roman Cohort, 4. The congregation of Israel was there in the Elders of the people, and 5. Jesus’ friends were there in his disciples. Satan, the clergy, the government and the congregation were there as enemies. His disciples were the only ones there as friends, but his friends first slept and then ran away, leaving no one to comfort and to support him. Jesus was alone. Now when we read Isaiah; it makes sense.

I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the
people there was none with me; Isaiah 63:3


Understanding Gethsemane Resolves A Bible ‘Discrepancy’

The so called discrepancy resolved by Gethsemane is the apparent problem that God told Adam on the day that he sinned, he would die. Yet the Bible says that after he sinned, Adam lived on and had many children. However, if you recognize that God referred to Spiritual Death (separation from God) as the result of sin, then all is made clear. God separated himself, and Adam Died the very day he sinned! The Bible is not in error. It is our understanding of the Bible that often is inadequate.


Table A
Old Testament Passover Jesus, The Lamb

At evening, the sacrificial lamb In Gethsemane, Jesus meek as a lamb
is killed. willingly accepts the sin of the world
and Spiritually Dies.

The sacrifice’s blood flows out, As the guilt of sin presses on Jesus’
And is used to mark the door mind, blood flows like sweat from
lintels. his brow and falls upon the ground.

At midnight God’s angel kills all In Gethsemane, God’s firstborn
first born males in Egypt except son, Jesus, Dies Spiritually, the
those protected by the blood of ransom for sinful mankind. His
the sacrificed lamb. The lamb is blood protects from Death all
roasted and eaten. Who believe on him.

In the morning, any uneaten Jesus’ physical body is killed at
portion of the lamb’s body is Calvary, but no bones are broken.
Destroyed by burning. No Thus, corrupt sinful flesh is
bones are to be broken. destroyed.

Israel is freed from slavery Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ
in Egypt and allowed to go are freed from slavery to sin,
to The Promised Land. and inherit eternal life in the
Promised Land.


Chapter 6. Prayer

Most Christians recognize the need for prayer, and most pastors encourage their congregations to pray. Furthermore, there are countless books and other helps on prayer readily available to English speaking Christians. But, in spite of all of this encouragement and help most believers, including the clergy, woefully lack one of the most, if not the most important ingredient of prayer.
We are given instructions concerning, the frequency of our prayers, the content, and our attitude when praying. Oft-times we are counseled to include each type of prayer such as adoration, supplication for others, requests for self, and thanksgiving. However, after doing all this we still have not touched on that vital missing element. If you were to ask your pastor what this vital element is, I doubt he would know: most do not. I say this because I have never heard it from a pulpit, on the radio, on TV, or read about it in any book on prayer. I am suspect that this missing element is not taught in seminaries. It can however, be deduced from careful Bible study.
Unlike the method used in other parts of this book, I am not going to spoon feed you. Instead of telling you what this ingredient is and then giving you Bible verses to support it, I am going to give you Bible verses and ask that you look for it yourself, at least initially. Here are a few verses.

l I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. John 8:26
l Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. John 8:28
l Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. John 8:55

l For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. John 12:49
l And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. John 12:50

l To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Hebrews 4:7
l But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26
l And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice. John 10:4

l And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. John 10:16
l My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: John 10:27

Did you read that the Father taught His son, that Jesus heard his Father, and that Jesus’ sheep hear his voice? Have you discovered the special ingredient yet? The first verses tell that everything Jesus spoke, and everything he did, he received from his Father. The later verses tell how we can receive the same directions ourselves. When you put all this together you have the necessary ingredient: Listening.
Most people describe prayer as talking to God, and that is certainly part of prayer, but only part of it. The best prayers are talking with God. There is a difference. Talking to God is when we do all the talking, say amen, and go our way, awaiting the answer to our petitions. Talking with God is first we talk; then we stop and listen for God’s answer. We listen ! We do not hear God with our ears. God speaks to us by the Holy Spirit which we hear with our heart, our mind, our conscious. Listening with the heart takes practice, a willingness to be led, and a desire to be obedient.

Most times we do not receive an immediate answer to a prayer. Sometimes hours or even days later, sometimes just ‘out of the blue’, the Holy Spirit answers our question, or provides the directions we sought. Sometimes the Holy Spirit, urges us to perform a task solely to help a stranger. A prayerful, spirit-filled Christian learns to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit (which is the voice of Jesus.) See chapter 7, and take delight in submitting to it.

I am well aware that many depraved men have said that Jesus told them to do their sordid deeds. However, just because Satan uses God’s method for sinful purposes does not mean that we should ignore Jesus’ instructions to listen for and follow his voice. This is why it is so important to read and understand the Bible for yourself. If you hear a voice telling you to violate a Biblical principle, that voice is not from Jesus. Jesus will never ask you to commit a sin, or act in a selfish manner. If you hear a voice requesting you to help someone out of love, you can be sure it is from heaven. Jesus always requests, he never demands. Someone once wrote;

“The greatest praise one can bring to God is to be
a channel through whom He can bless.”

This saying is well worth remembering.

The peace, joy and contentment that obedience brings are just what the world is looking for. However, the world never finds it, for it looks in the wrong places, and it always tries wrong methods. Christians find peace by praying, listening, and obeying.


Pray, Listen, Obey, Receive Joy.


The following prayer has been included for your study.

Dear Heavenly Father, According to thy will :

l Please show me my faults more clearly than I see faults in others.
l Please fill me with the Holy Spirit so there is room for no other.
l Please give me wisdom, that I can distinguish truth from error.

l Please strengthen me, that I can fulfill your purpose for my life.
l Please help me to bring good tidings to someone in darkness.
l Please give me the bread of life, that I can feed the hungry.

l Please fill my cup that I may quench the thirst of others.
l Please help me to die to self, to be reborn in the spirit.
l Please help me to share your gold with those in need.

l Please help me to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.
l Please shield me from all of Satan’s attacks.
l Please help me live so I hear those wonderful
words, “Well done good and faithful servant.”

l In Jesus Name, Amen

Chapter 7. God’s Voice

Many English speaking Christians are confronted with much confusion about God’s name and His voice. Chapter 4. deals with what the Bible tells us about God’s name and how to pronounce it. This chapter will deal with hearing God’s voice. Please study chapter 4 before beginning this one. God has promised us one pure language (Zephaniah 3:9); but as of now, we do not have it, so we must do with what we have. Further, Satan is doing everything he can to confuse us, but with the help of the Holy Spirit we can gain a correct understanding of God’s voice in scripture. So ask for help.
There are many problems in translating from one language to another, two of which are, (1) when there is no word or phrase in the second language which accurately describes the word in the original language, and (2) when there are many different concepts in the original language for a single word in the second language. Sometimes we have the second type problem within just one language. For example: when we say the word ‘church’ we could mean the fellowship of all believers, a denomination, a building, or a worship service. Most of the time, we know which concept the writer is referring to, but not always. So it is with the Bible.

Let’s start with a problem with the King James Version. For example in the KJV, Jesus said, man has neither heard God’s voice at any time, nor seen his shape. John 5:37 Yet in the Old Testament we read that, The Lord appeared to Abram and said unto him, I am the Almighty God, walk before me and be thou perfect. Genesis 17:1. From these two verses it appears that either Jesus did not tell the truth, or that the Old Testament is in error. However, as you continue this study, you will learn that there is a straight forward explanation which makes both verses true.

The difficulty begins with translation. One problem with the KJV and most other English and foreign language Bibles is that they translate many different Hebrew words simply as ‘God’. A few of these include El, elohim, eloah, YHWH, adonay, and Yehovih. There are others, but these will do to illustrate the principle involved. Sometimes these words actually mean ‘God’, but many times they have other meanings. Further, Hebrew Priests substituted the word ‘adonay’ (meaning Lord) for God’s name, YHWH, further complicating the issue. These words and some of their meanings and their Strong’s Reference Number are given in the following list.

l EL (410), God; also A god-like one; A mighty man;
A man of high rank.
l Elohim (430), God; also A ruler; A judge; Beings who
make up God’s heavenly host i.e. angels, cherubs, sons of
God, God’s only begotten son, perhaps other beings.
l Eloah (433), God; also a false god.
l YHWH (3068), YHWH; The Jewish spelling (using
consonants only) of the sacred name of the one true God.
Pronounced Ye’hovah.
l Yehovih (3069), A variation of 3068
l Adonay (0136), Originally a lord or owner of another
person, but later ‘Lord or God’ when Hebrew Priest
substituted this word for YHWH.

As you can easily see, translating all of these words as ‘God’ would certainly cause much confusion on the reader’s part if the writer actually meant one of the other meanings. In fact it can cause a reader to misunderstand the whole concept of the described event, and that is exactly what has happened. Let’s take one example in Exodus 3. The following underlined words are the Hebrew words which have been poorly translated as God, or Lord.

Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of elohim, even to Horeb. 2. And the angel of YHWH appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and behold the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4. And when YHWH saw that he turned aside to see, elohim called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. Exodus 3:1-4

Before we study the underlined words, let’s leave scripture for just a bit and examine a cultural difference between the near east and the western worlds. In the western world, a representative of an eminent person always makes it clear when he is speaking for himself and when he is speaking for his superior. He never speaks in first person as if he were his superior. However, this was not the case in Bible land when scripture was written. In Bible times, when a servant was on a mission, especially on a distant mission for his lord, he often spoke in first person just as if he were his actual master. Everyone understood he was not his master, but had full authority to speak for him. Also, the receiver of the message treated the messenger just as if he would have treated the messenger’s lord. It is important for you to understand and to remember this custom. It will enable you to understand many seemingly contradictions arising from the expression, ‘and God said’.

Understanding more fully two other Hebrew words will also help. One is the word. mal’ak ( Strong’s 4397). Mal’ak means messenger. It is translated as angel in the KJV. Messenger is a better translation as angel carries with it our preconceived notion of a human-like form dressed in white and flying about on wings. Actually, God’s messengers can be in any form. In the Bible, Mal’aks were God’s messengers sent on specific missions. We see an example of this in verse 2. which is better translated, “and the messenger of YHWH appeared unto Moses” . . . .
Understanding more fully the Hebrew word, elohim, will also be helpful. The word elohim is almost always translated as ‘God’ in the KJV, but often it refers to God’s heavenly host; that is, the other beings in heaven. It includes the angels, the cherubs, the sons of God, God’s only begotten Son, and perhaps others which we know nothing about. An example of how the Hebrews viewed God’s host is presented in 2 Samuel 5:10. And David went on, and grew great, and The LORD God of hosts was with him. (KJV)
With our new understanding of Hebrew words a better reading of this verse is, And David went on, and grew great, and Ye ho’va, elohim of hosts was with him. You can see this for yourself by examining the Strong numbers assigned to each word in this verse in the KJV. Actually the ASV, Darby’s, and Young’s translation have a more accurate translation except they use ‘God’ rather than elohim.

Now let’s go back and read Exodus 3. Notice in verse 3, it is the messenger of YHWH that appears to Moses, and in verse 4. An elohim (one of YHWH’S Host) speaks to Moses. This mal’ak or messenger of Ye’hova is none other than Yehova’s son, Ye’shuah (Jesus). In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians he tells us it was Ye’shuah who led the Hebrews out of Egypt. And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual rock that went with them: and that rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:4

It was Ye’shuah, the messiah, who speaks as Ye’hovah (His Father) to all men. God, never left heaven. He is represented to all men by His Son. His Son has full authority to speak for Him. He spoke in first person as God, to Adam and Eve, to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, all the prophets, and anyone who the Bible says talked with God.
Now you can understand how the Bible can say that God spoke to men of old, while His son said that no one has seen God nor heard His voice. Ye’shuah was the one bringing God’s message to mankind, and he still does it in spiritual form as the Holy Spirit. Ye’shuah has spent his whole life serving man: first at creation, next directing the chosen ones during Bible times, and then bringing us a perfect image of his Father when he came to make the final sacrifice at Gethsemane and Calvary. He now brings us his Fathers’ word as the Holy Spirit. Ye’shuah repeatedly said that he came from his Father, and that he spoke only what his Father had told him.

Now we understand just how God speaks to man. In Bible times He spoke through the prophets, through His messengers (angels), and through His Son. Today he speaks to man through His spirit, which He gave to His son, and ultimately to us as the Holy Spirit. That is why when we pray, it is imperative that we listen.


Chapter 8. The Seven Pillars Of Christianity

Most denominations require prospective members to confess certain beliefs before being accepted into fellowship. A careful comparison will show that many times these beliefs differ greatly, and sometimes are in direct conflict with each other. These differences may be related to such issues as church authority, baptism, the sanctioned day of worship, the Lords Supper, other sacraments, or the Holy Days. For a new Christian and for older ones as well, such conflict of tenets is often confusing. So the question is, “Does the Bible tell us the essential fundamental beliefs for all Christians?” The answer is, ‘Yes, it does’, and they are called “The Seven Pillars of Christianity”.

The Seven Pillars of Christianity are the necessary basic truths which man is to believe about God, His son, man, and God’s plan to rescue a dying world. Anything else is man’s addition to God’s fundamental requirements. These pillars were hewed by the son of God and revealed to man over a long period of time. They are not to be modified or distorted by any individual, or any denomination, but are to be accepted just as they were hewed and presented in the Bible. These pillars are not a list of the works we must do, the rituals we are to perform, the ceremonies we are to attend, or the liturgy we are to follow, but are the basic beliefs that all Christians are to hold in their hearts and minds. Correctly understood, these beliefs will compel us to love God, to obey His commandments, and to rely on the atonement of His son, Jesus the Christ.

Before studying these basic beliefs let us look at what the Bible says about truth from God.
l God will reveal to His people all the truth that is required to understand Him and His will for mankind. Read Deuteronomy 29:29 and 1 Corinthians 2:9-10.
l God does not give His followers all the truth at one time, but little by little as they use what they already have and continue to seek more. He gives it to the ones who are ‘drawn from the breast’, that is, those who can eat ‘solid food’ and not have to rely on ‘milk’. Read Isaiah 28:9-11, and Hebrews 5:12-14.
l God desires that we understand, not just the temporal meanings of Scripture, but comprehend the more important spiritual concepts. Read Colossians 1:9-10, Ephesians 1:3, 1 Corinthians 2:13, and
2 Corinthians 3:15-17.
l God does not want His truth maligned by unbelievers. Therefore as you learn and understand important spiritual truths, you must treat them as your dearest treasure. You are to keep them in the inner most part of your heart, but willingly and eagerly share them with those who express a genuine interest. Read Matthew 7:6.

l Evidence of the Seven Pillars: Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars. Proverbs 9:1

This is a verse where the spiritual concept is difficult for the casual reader to understand. In the Hebrew language, as in most European languages, many words have gender whether they are related to the sexes or not. In Hebrew, the word, wisdom is feminine. Thus, wisdom is spoken of as ‘her’. This inappropriate characterization blurs a clear spiritual understanding of Proverbs 9. Let’s see if we can clarify it. Paul said: But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1:24. Also Read 1 Corinthians. 1:30.
These two verses show that Christ is the wisdom of God. Combining this information with the knowledge that in English ‘wisdom’ is neuter thus can be applied to the masculine or feminine, we can paraphrase Proverbs 9 as follows:

Jesus Christ has built his house. He has hewn his seven pillars. He has prepared his food, has blended his wine, and has set his table. He has sent forth his servants with invitations: He calls from the heights of the city, ‘whoever is without understanding, let him turn in here’. As for him that wants understanding, he says unto him, ‘come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have blended. Forsake that which deceives and Live’. Proverbs 9. Paraphrased

Anyone who has studied the four Gospels will quickly see that Proverbs 9 presents an exact picture of Jesus during his earthly ministry. It says that Jesus has hewed his seven pillars; that is the seven most fundamental beliefs of the Christian faith. If we correctly comprehend these beliefs we will be able to discern truth from error, and to reject false teachings. We will be able to present to others a clear understanding of the Father and the son, and to lead others (with the aid of God’s spirit) into salvation, love, and service.

Pillar One: The One True God

The first and central pillar of the Christian faith has been the central doctrine revealed to Adam, to the Patriarchs, to Moses and to the Prophets. The Lord Jesus proclaimed it, and his disciples recorded it. It has been repeated again and again throughout the Bible. The first pillar in its simplest form is: There is but one God, not two, not three, not four or more, but one! This one God is self-existing and full of love. He is the source of all life and the creator of all things.
Here are some Bible verses that tell us about our one God.

l And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3
l But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 1 Corinthians 8:6
l For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 1 Timothy 2:5-6

Other verses which present the same truth are:
Deuteronomy 6:4-7, Mark 12:29-31, Mark 12:32, Isaiah 45:22,
John 5:44, Ephesians 4:6-7, Romans 3:30, and James 2:19.


Pillar Two: The Nature of God

The second pillar is to believe in God’s true nature. Satan goes to great extremes to depict God as harsh and demanding, one who intentionally withholds pleasure and joy from His creation, one who takes great delight in metering punishment, one who permits natural disasters to kill and to destroy, one who takes the lives of the innocent and who is indifferent to man’s suffering. Eons ago, Satan rebelled against God and His government. He declared God a liar and persuaded one-third of the angels to follow him. Read Genesis 3:4-5, Isaiah 14:12, Ezekiel 28:13-19, Revelation 12:7-10.

The history of man is God’s effort to show the whole universe what will happen by following Satan’s lead, and to lovingly win man’s affection and obedience by demonstrating His true nature. The following Bible verses give us God’s true nature.

l God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
l God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16
l Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever, Amen. 1 Timothy 1:17
l But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us. Ephesians 2:4
l The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. Psalm 145:8-9
l No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. John 1:18


And of course, the verse that beautifully sums up
God’s love for the whole world.


l For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:16-17


Pillar Three: The Only Begotten Son Of God

The third pillar is to believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah and the Son of God. The Bible tells us if we confess and repent of our sins and permit Jesus to wash us in his blood, we will become sons of God. We become sons by adoption, but the Bible tells us that God has a son, not by adoption, but a begotten son. We are not told how God birthed or generated His son; we must accept by faith that He did. Here are some Bible verses that tell us about the only begotten son.

l The Lord became my Father at the beginning of His way. Long ago before any of His works, I was set up from everlasting, from the first, before the earth was. Before there was any ocean, I was born, before there were springs, or sources of water, before the mountains were settled in their places and before the hills, I was born.
Proverbs 8:22-27
l He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God. John 3:18
l Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the son of God? 1 John 5:5
l Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear son: in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: Colossians 1:13-15


Pillar Four: The Nature Of The Son Of God

While many Christians think of God’s son only as he was flesh and blood, the Bible tells us considerably about the son before he was born in Bethlehem. The Bible says that God brought forth His son as the first of His works, as the origin of His creations, and through His son, He created everything spiritual and physical. Read Chapter 7 for more information about God’s son.
The Father loved the son and anointed him with His own spirit. Thus the son became the ‘anointed one’ or ‘Messiah’, or ‘Christ’. They all mean the same thing, that the son possessed the same spirit as God his Father. The son is the image of his Father, the brightness of His glory, and the expressed image of His person. When God brought His son to the angels, He instructed them to worship him, confirming the son’s divinity. (divinity is defined as one worthy of worship). It was the son who was the leader of the loyal angels in the war against Satan and the rebellious angels. The son is the power and the wisdom of God. The son has life in himself, but this life was given to him by his Father. Here are Bible verses that confirm these characteristics of the son.

l When there were no oceans, I was given birth. Prov. 8:24 NIV
l He is the likeness of the unseen God, born before any Creature. Colossians 1:16 ( An American Translation, Editor: Goodspeed)
l How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Acts 10:38
l And again, when He bringeth in the first begotten into the world, He saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. Hebrews 1:6
l For as the Father hath life in Himself; so hath He given to the son to have life in himself. John 5:26
l And there was war in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels. Rev. 12:7
l Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Hebrews 1:9


Pillar Five: The Faith Of The Son Of God

It is the son’s faith that his Father would raise him out of Death (Spiritual Death) that the Bible refers to as ‘the faith of the son of God. It is the faith of Jesus, not our faith in him that saves, because that faith would be of ourselves. The faith that saves is a gift, that is, from a source other than within. The son as High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary, made atonement for our sins and now sits at the right hand of God the Father as our advocate. The righteousness of God covers born-again believers, so that they will appear spotless before the Father and inherit eternal life. Here are Bible verses that confirm these points.

l For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of ourselves; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8
l Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe. Romans 3:22
l Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law; but by the faith of Jesus Christ. Galatians 2:16
l and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
l But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. Galatians 3:22
l Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
l Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Revelations 14:12


Pillar Six: The Nature Of Man

God made man in His own image, and designed him to live forever- as long as he trusted and obeyed Him. Unfortunately, Adam believed Satan rather than God and disobeyed by eating from the tree of good and evil. As a consequence, God removed Adam from His presence, resulting in Adam’s Spiritual Death, and God barred Adam from the Tree Of Life. Thus Adam’s body of flesh and blood, now corrupted by sin, died physically. As a result, all of Adam’s descendants inherited his corrupt flesh and blood, therefore are mortal. Man remains in this condition until he accepts God’s offer of redemption and is born again, this time born of the spirit.
The concept that all men are composed of a physical portion which will die, and a spiritual portion, which is immortal, is not Biblical. God made man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. Man was given a free will, that is, he was free to choose the source of the influence that would rule his mind. There are two sources of influence in the universe, one from God, and the other from Satan.
A person displaying a spirit (a mind set) of pride, hate, greed, lust, arrogance, envy or lawlessness has permitted Satan to control his mind. A person displaying a spirit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, goodness, faith, meekness, and mercy has permitted God’s spirit to guide him. The born-again believer who abides in the Father and the son will display the spirit of God in his earthly life and will have the wisdom, the desire, the courage, and the ability to overcome sin.
The concept that the inner man is a spiritual being separate from his physical being is from Greek mythology. It was adopted by the Romans, embraced by the Roman Catholic Church, and is taught by most Protestant Denominations. However, the Bible teaches that when a man dies, his body returns to dust to await the great judgment day when the Lord Jesus returns to gather his saints. Then the redeemed will receive new glorified bodies of uncorrupted flesh and blood and the unbelieving will become ashes. Here are some Bible verses describing man.

l And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a
living soul. Genesis 2:7
l For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:23
l The soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ezekiel 18:20
l Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming in the which all that are
in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that
have done good, unto the resurrection of Life; and they that have
done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. John 5:28-29
l But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness temperance; against such
there is no law. Galatians 5:22

Too often man tries to work his way into heaven. However, God has made it very clear that this is impossible. In the sight of God, the noblest man on earth, if dressed at all, is covered with filthy rags, but too often he is both blind, (does not see how depraved he really is), and naked (all of his unrighteousness is exposed). But what does this all mean?? It means that man cannot save himself. He must have a Savior, and the only Savior sent by our loving God is His son, the Lord Jesus Christ. It further means that the only way to this Savior is by God’s plan of salvation, without any help, modification or enlightenment from man himself. God’s plan of salvation is the seventh pillar.

Pillar Seven: God’s Plan Of Salvation

To show heaven the terrible results of following Lucifer (now Satan), God created another world, the physical world of flesh and blood. The inhabitants of this world, the earth, have a free will. The story of Adam’s and Eve’s failure to remain obedient and the anguish, pain, heartache despair, grief, torment agony, and untold suffering that followed well illustrates the results of following Satan. But God did not leave His creation without escape. Together with His son, He initiated His Plan of Salvation.

The Plan of Salvation began when the Father requested His son to relinquish his honored position in heaven, and take a body of flesh and blood, to accept Spiritual Death as atonement for man’s sin, and to endure physical death so that corrupt sinful flesh might be destroyed. The Father promised to raise His son Out of Death, and to establish Him as Lord and King over an earth made new. This re-made earth will be inhabited by all who repent and accept Jesus as their personal Savior. There is no alternate method. You cannot work, talk, sneak, or bribe your way into heaven. Nor do you obtain salvation as a birthright.

This Plan of Salvation is not just a New Testament doctrine. The Plan of Salvation was devised by the Father and agreed to by His son before creation. Some say that in Old Testament times, men were saved by works, and in New Testament times they are saved by grace. The Bible does not teach such a doctrine. Men have always been saved by God’s grace. It is true that man has tried to alter God’s plan and obtain salvation by works, but God does not accept this strategy. The only difference is that in Old Testament times, spiritual men looked forward with hope to the coming Messiah who would somehow save God’s people. In New Testament times we look back with love and thankfulness knowing not only our Savior’s name, but knowing exactly how he became the atonement for us. The following Bible verses refer to the Plan of Salvation.

l For thou (Satan) hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into the
heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. Isaiah
14:12
l Behold my servant (The Messiah), whom I uphold; mine elect,
in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him; he
shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. Isaiah 42-1

l For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man
should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
l Neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other
name under heaven given among men whereby we must be
saved. Acts 4:12
l To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive
the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent
forth the spirit of His son into your hearts. Galatians 4:5-6

Conclusion

There you have it: The seven essential beliefs of the Christian faith: The foundation of Christianity as hewed by the Lord Jesus himself. As seen in the following Table, John 3:16 sums it up so well. Anything else is man’s addition.

Pillar John 3:16
1. There is but one God For God
2. The nature of God So loved the world that He gave
3&4. The son of God His only begotten son
5. The faith of the son That whosoever beliveth in him
6. Sinful man is mortal Should not perish,
7. The Plan of Salvation But have Everlasting life.


Chapter 9. Wicked Priests

Unbelieving, uninformed, misinformed, or just plain wicked religious leaders have always been a curse to godly men. It was true in Old and New Testament times, in medieval times, and it is true today. The Christian Faith suffers greatly from the deeds of these men. This is a bold and sweeping statement, but it is true. This chapter will help you see it for yourself. You need only your Bible as a reference.

This author believes the Bible is the sole source of belief and authority for Christians, and that it should not be superseded, modified, perverted or subjugated by any denominational doctrine regardless who originated it, how old it is, how many members accept its precepts, or how many priests swear to its authenticity. This chapter expands on Jesus’ opinion of self appointed hypocritical priests and religious leaders of his day (the Pharisees and Sadducees). Both He and John the Baptist called them a generation of vipers. A viper is a venomous snake able to inject poison into its victim. Read Matthew 22 and 23.
Most of the time when Jesus used the word for ‘generation’, it is translated from the Greek word ‘genea’ (Strong’s word 1074 ) which describes ‘a group of men living at the same time’. However, when Jesus used the word ‘generation’ referring to the religious leaders who opposed him, the Greek text uses an entirely different word, ‘gennema’ (Strong’s No. 1081) used to denote ‘an offspring of”. Thus we can safely conclude that Jesus considered the hypocritical, selfish, wicked religious leaders of his day as children of vipers, ever ready to poison their victims.

Most Christians know what Jesus thought of NT religious leaders. However, too often they limit their vigilance to the religious leaders and priests Jesus spoke to. That is a mistake. For, wicked professional priests have repeatedly led the Christian Church into error and apostasy, and they have done it so skillfully that only a precious few souls realize what has happened. As you read this book, you will see why it is essential to study the Bible for yourself, and why you cannot, you must not, rely on a professional religious leader, priest or preacher, to tell you what to believe and what to think. You must not do it! You must rely on your Bible.



Wicked Priests


The Old Testament tells of numerous godly priests who taught the truth and did the will of God; but many did not. The problem began with the very first Hebrew high priest, Aaron. Aaron misled the Israelites by yielding to their demand and giving them a golden calf to worship in direct opposition to God’s instructions. Read Exodus 32 . Later, God killed Aaron’s priestly sons, Nadab and Abihu, when they offered ‘strange fire’ in the Tabernacle. Read Numbers 3.

Eli’s sons Hophni and Phinehas, were evil priests. Read 1 Samuel 2. By visions, God told Ezekiel of the evil paintings and other abominations wicked priests had painted on the inner walls of the temple. Read Ezekiel 8. God told Ezekiel that priests in his time had violated His law, and had profaned His holy things. Read Ezekiel 22. Jeremiah was told that the princes and priests of Judah would fight against him for preaching the word of God. Read Jeremiah 1. God told Jeremiah that many in Israel including its priests provoke Him to anger. Read Jeremiah 32. God told Mica that Jerusalem was filled with iniquity for her judges judge for reward, her prophets divine for money, and her priests teach for hire. Read Mica 3.

These are but a few of the evil deeds committed by Old Testament priests. but it should be more than sufficient to show that just because a man has been anointed a priest, or wears priestly clothes, or a denomination calls him a priest, does not necessarily mean he is telling the truth and doing God’s will.

It was extremely difficult for the common man in Bible times to ensure he knew the truth as his only access to Scripture was when it was read to him. Americans do not have this excuse as complete Bibles can be purchased for as little as five dollars, and many times are available just for the asking. The Bible says that God desires all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:4). Jesus said that the truth shall set you free. (John 8:31). Friend, seek truth; study your Bible; do not just read it, but study it. Do not allow yourself to be spoon fed. You can find truth by studying your Bible, but not necessarily from the lips of professional clergy.

It was not God’s desire that the Jewish priesthood, as we know, it to remain forever. He desired all Israelites to become priests. How do I know? Here it is recorded in Exodus.
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. Exodus 19:5-6

It is also God’s desire that all true believers
in Christ would become priests.

Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Rev. 1:5-6.


A Generation of Vipers In The New Testament

When Jesus began his earthly ministry, the Jewish priesthood was firmly established. There were priests, scribes, Levites, chief priests, and the High Priest, and maybe other divisions. Some priests were godly men, but unfortunately, many were more interested in maintaining their high status among the people, and in their temple sustenance rather than seeking God’s truth and guiding His people. This conclusion is evident by reading any of the four Gospels.

At first, priests merely inquired of Jesus by what authority he did his miracles and who gave him this authority. Jesus answered by asking them what was the source of John the Baptist’s authority. When the priests refused to answer Jesus’ question, he refused to disclose his source of authority, and from that moment on, Jewish priests and Jesus were adversaries.

The priests began seeking a method to eliminate this menace to their power and influence. They knowingly used false witnesses, and devious public questioning designed to incriminate Jesus. These methods failed. So they conspired with Judas, one of The Twelve, to betray him. That worked. On trial before the Sanhedrin, which was managed by chief priests and presided over by the High Priest, Jesus was found guilty of blasphemy, which under Jewish law carried the death penalty.

Forbidden to impose the death sentence themselves, the Jewish Priests appealed to the Roman governor, Pilate, demanding Jesus’ crucifixion. By making false accusations of Jesus’ kingship, and by stirring up the crowd that they had brought with them, Jewish priests coerced Pilate to give them their way. The priests even rejected an offer by Pilate to free Jesus as a Passover gesture. Jesus was crucified. As Jesus was hanging on the cross, the Chief Priest mocked him. (Matthew 27:41). They requested Pilate to place a guard on his tomb to prevent his resurrection. All these and more wicked acts of Jewish priests are recorded in Matthew 25–28, Mark 10-15, Luke 19–23, John 11–19.


The Growth Of The Christian Priesthood


The details of the growth of the early Christian Priesthood and the Medieval Roman Catholic Priesthood was presented in Chapter 2 (pages 18 to 23). Please read this material again so that you will have a good foundation for the next chapter.

Chapter 10. Deliberate Changes Made To The Bible

For one-thousand years, between 400 AD and the Reformation in 1400, the Roman Catholic Church, had a complete monopoly on Scripture. With this monopoly they did exactly as they willed. Unfortunately what they willed was not in harmony with God’s will. They forbade the translation of the Bible into native tongues. They forbade the laity from reading Scripture. They compelled the common people to hear God’s word in Latin, which they did not understand, and to rely solely on priests for interpretation. And worse of all, they took upon themselves to alter scripture to suit their own nefarious objectives. With this history in mind let’s look at how these men affected our beloved King James Version.

Many people believe that the King James Version of the New Testament is a perfect translation of the words and concepts of the original manuscripts into the English language. While the KJV is a very good translation, is beautifully written, and has been the most powerful spiritual tool for nearly 400 years, evidence discovered since 1611, have shed new light on some of its contents – not many, but some. It is these verses that we would like to review not because we love to find fault, but because these verses are used to support erroneous concepts which you need to be aware of. Let’s begin.

l This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 1 John 5:6-8

The lined-through words in the above verses are found in the Latin vulgate Bible translated by Jerome, a Roman Catholic monk, in 405 AD, and in many early English translations, including the KJV, all of which were based on the Vulgate. But, they have never been found in any Greek manuscript written before the sixteenth century. Erasmus, the translator of the first printed Greek New Testament (1516) omitted them from his first and second editions, but was deceived by the Roman Catholic Church to include them in subsequent editions. What happen is when the church objected to the omission of these words, Erasmus stated he would only include them in subsequent editions if he read them in an earlier Greek translation. Well, well, the Roman Church ‘found’ such a Greek text in Ireland. Erasmus true to his word, but reluctantly, incorporated them into the third and later editions. Most recent translators have seen through this deception and have mustered the courage to omit them.

l Go ye therefore, and teach all nation, baptizing them in the
name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghosts.
Matthew 28:19
The marked through words of this verse disagree with the baptismal instruction presented on three separate occasions in the book of Acts, two by Peter and one by Paul.

l Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one
of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38

l Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized,
which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he
commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.
Acts 10:47-48

l Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of
repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe
on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the
Lord Jesus. Acts 19:4-5

Eusebius, a third century church Bishop, in writing his massive works, quoted Matthew 28:19 twenty-one times. His quotes always read, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations and make disciples baptizing them in my name.” Honest scholars now recognize that the marked through words first appeared in the Latin Vulgate and carried through to early English versions including the KJV. Even the Roman Catholic New Jerusalem Bible has footnoted this verse casting doubt on the validity of its wording.


l Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: but
he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
1 John 2:23

The lined through words of this verse are printed in italics in the KJV signifying that the translators intentionally added them. The first addition of these words to the scriptures has been traced to the Latin Vulgate. They are not found in any of the oldest Greek manuscripts.
l I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great
voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first
and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it
unto the seven churches which are in Asia. Revelation 1:10-11


The lined through words in the verse above while present in some recent Greek manuscripts, are not found in the oldest and best preserved copies. They were added during the dark ages. They were added in an attempt to give the source of the voice that John heard (Jesus), the same characteristics ascribed in other verses to The Lord God Almighty (Isaiah 48:12, Revelation 1:8 and 21:4-7) in an effort to ‘prove’ that Jesus was God.

A careful examination of each of these changes will reveal one underlying motivation, to make Jesus the same as God, the Father. What a shameful way to handle the truth in God’s love letter to all mankind!

These are not all the changes that have been discovered in the KJV, but they are sufficient to demonstrate to any serious Bible student that the Roman Church has not always been careful with the truth, but often places tradition and the corrupt objectives of the visible church above the truth of Scripture.

Chapter 11. Today’s Clergy Controlled Churches

You have been presented with considerable detail from the Bible and from history how wicked religious leaders have shamefully misled God’s people. Unfortunately, it has not ceased. Just look at the activity of clergy-led abominations in present day churches.

The Anglican Church of Brittan, several American Episcopal denominations, several American Lutheran denominations, some Church of Christ denominations, several Presbyterian denominations, and others are openly ordaining practicing gay pastors, priests and bishops, and joining in wedlock, both gay and lesbian couples. This movement is not emerging from the laity, but from wicked leaders within the church’s clergy. The clergy is doing this even though they possess and supposedly study the Bible. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament state that such sexual activity as an abomination to God.

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Leviticus 18:22

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. Romans 1:26-27

The clergy of these denominations are able to mislead their congregations because they do not give them God’s word. They do not encourage the laity to study the Bible. They do not preach God’s truth, but man’s folly. As a result, these false shepherds are leading their sheep into sin and perdition. Both Matthew and Paul warned against such wicked leaders. They called them ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15, Acts 20:29) God said through His prophet, Hosea, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: Hose 4:6.
At the same time, the Roman Catholic Church has its own troubles. Roman priests, themselves, estimate that up to fifty percent of their members are homosexual. The public already knows that a large number are pedophiles. In recent years, the RCC has paid over a billion dollars in court ordered fines or as settlements of civil suits against their priests.
It is sad indeed that the very ones who should be leading and teaching God’s way have become ravenous wolves leading in the opposite direction. Sad indeed! If the congregations of these churches knew and believed their Bible, they would have dismissed these wicked leaders long ago, or would have separated themselves. They did not, and now they suffer the consequences. It is worthy of note that some Protestant denominations, under Baptist, Presbyterian and Pentecostal banners, in which the laity has a strong voice, have rejected homosexuality as contrary to God’s law. These Bible believing Christians have refused to permit a wicked clergy to mislead them. Praise God!

Has God given any directions to His people who find themselves in unfaithful denominations, and who are being devoured by ravenous wolves? Yes He has! Here is what he tells them to do straight from the Bible.

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Revelation 18:4- 5

What could be clearer? God said to leave that unfaithful church. If a believer finds he is in a sin-filled denomination, led by a generation of vipers, being devoured by ravenous wolves, he should remove himself. Let me repeat God’s instructions. If a believer finds he is in a sin-filled denomination, led by a generation of vipers, and being devoured by ravenous wolves, he should remove himself.

Friend, you have been taken by the hand and shown step by step what the Bible says, what history has recorded, and what the dangers are, to belong to an unfaithful church. God has given you instructions on how to respond. Please ask the Holy Spirit to give you the desire, the courage, and the spiritual strength to obey. That is my prayer. In the name of His wonderful Son, Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Chapter 12. A Close Look At A
Very Important Doctrine

Hopefully by now you should have discovered for yourself that everything a priest, a bishop, or a preacher says or everything a denomination proclaims is not necessarily what the Bible teaches. Many times these men speak untruths out of ignorance, but sometimes, they discover a truth contrary to their denomination’s tenants, but do not want to jeopardize their position in the hierarchy Thus, the error goes on and on. This is a good time to remind you that there are only two important things in this world: 1. What you believe about God and His son, and 2. What you do about it. Everything else is vanity. (Job 35:13, Psalms 94:11) This chapter is written to help you see a very important truth from the Bible.

In all likelihood, the doctrinal truth we are going to discuss will come as a shock to you, but please do not exclaim “heretics” and slam this book shut! All we ask is that you look at the evidence presented in the Bible. Be like the Bereans, who Paul complimented, for they searched the scripture to determine if he spoke the truth. After you have examined all the evidence, then ask the Holy Spirit what you should believe.

The basic question is: Is Jesus, the Son of God, or is Jesus God? Like me, I am sure you have heard thousands of times that he was God. Like me, I am sure you accepted it without question since your preacher and all the members of your congregation accept it. Like me, you may have taught it to others. In fact there was no question about it! Jesus was God, just like the church said. But friend, sorry to say, that is not what the Bible teaches. In fact, the Bible overwhelmingly refutes this teaching. To help you see this error, we will include the history of the Trinity, the Bible references which contradict the Trinity, and the Bible verses used to support the Trinity.


The History of the Trinity

In the first hundred years or so after Jesus’ crucifixion, the new church was persecuted by both Jewish and Roman authorities. Most believers, elders, and Bishops were godly men who loved the truth and would willingly give they lives for their faith in Jesus. Many did, including Bishops Ignatius, Alexander, Polycarp, and Justine Martyr to name only a few. But then something very strange happened. It happened after the Roman Emperor, Constantine, defeated his rivals, ‘embraced’ Christianity, and moved his capital eastward to the Byzantine city of Constantinople, now called Istanbul. Now for the first time, instead of persecution, Christianity was recognized as the official religion of an empire and enjoyed much freedom.

Constantine was able to unify his empire politically, but he soon realized that the Christian Church within his domain contained two antagonistic groups. The hostility centered on the understanding of the nature of the Father and the son. Some Bishops, basing their belief on the monotheistic concept of Scripture, reasoned that since the son was begotten of the Father, he did not have life of himself, and there was a time in which the son did not exist. Therefore, the Father was the only self-existing one, that is, the only God.

Other Bishops disagreed, reasoning that if the son was begotten of the Father, he was identical to the Father in all respects, so therefore he also was God. The debate had been simmering for years, but now was becoming open and threatening the unity of the empire.

Constantine quickly called and financed a council of church leaders to resolve their differences and to produce a unifying statement of faith. It is fully recognized that Constantine’s call was more for political reasons than religious ones, but it was an official Christian Church Council nevertheless.

In 325 AD this council met in Nicaea, Turkey with Constantine, the nation’s Emperor, not a church Bishop, as its highest authority. After months of bitter debate, the Bishops who believed that both the son and the Father were God succeeded in convincing Constantine they were correct and together, without agreement of the dissenters, they issued what is now called the Nicaean Creed. This creed recognized the existence of the Holy Spirit, but did not raise ‘him’ to the position of God. That would come fifty-six years later. Here is an English translation of the initial Nicaean creed.

“We believe in one God, the father almighty, maker of all things visible and invisible, and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only begotten of his Father, of the substance of the Father, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father.
By whom all things were made both which be in heaven and in earth. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate and was made man. He suffered, and the third day
he rose again and ascended into heaven. And he shall come again to judge both the quick and the dead.
And we believe in the Holy Ghost. And whosoever shall say, that there was a time when the Son of God was not, or that he is of a different substance or essence from the Father, or that he is a creature, or subject to change or conversion, all that so say, the Catholic and Apostolic Church anathematizes them.”

By an Imperial order, this creed was imposed on all church congregations. Those who did not accept it were excommunicated and their Bishops exiled. However, from exile these Bishops continued their opposition so effectively that ten years later in 335 Constantine changed his mind and proclaimed the Nicaean Creed to be in error. Notice that the creed was annulled by the Emperor and not by an assembly of church leaders illustrating how Constantine was it undisputed leader. He reinstated the exiled Bishops and exiled the Bishops who had led in the creed’s adoption.

Nevertheless, this ruling was short lived, as two years later; Constantine went to his deathbed (where he was at last baptized) with a sharply divided church. After Constantine’s death, his son and successor, Constantius, repealed his father’s last decree. He re-instituted the Nicaean Creed as the official doctrine of Christian faith within the Roman Empire, re-calling the exiled Bishops who favored it, and again exiling the Bishops who opposed it.
There are two things to note from these events. 1. That this creed was not given through the Holy Spirit to godly men for the edifying of the church, but was the product of long and heated debates by church bishops and political leaders and, 2. This creed has never been fully accepted by all Christendom. Chapter 9 explains how this creed gained widespread acceptance in spite of intense opposition to it.

Even though the new Emperor, Constantius, decreed that the Nicaean creed must be accepted by all churches, opposition to it continued. Twenty years later, in 357, another council, The Ecumenical Church Council of Antioch-Seleucia met and removed the co-substantive (homoousios) clause. This clause said that Jesus was of the same substance as the Father. But, twenty four years later in 381 still another council, The Council of Constantinople, repealed the Antioch-Seleucia deletion and went further by adding, “That God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit to be co-eternal, co-equal, and co-substantive.” Thus 320 years after Christ’s crucifixion
and after more than 50 years of fierce human controversy, the church and secular authorities arrived at a creed that is widely taught today.

With the new doctrine now officially recognized, church leaders and the state spiritually and physically crushed all opposition. Church leaders and members alike who did not accept church doctrine were excommunicated, their property taken, and in some cases their lives forfeited. These actions by the church and others like them, led to the period of European history known as the ‘Dark Ages’. And dark they were, for the Bible describes ‘darkness’ as the absence of God’s word, and the Roman Church certainly saw to it that no one other than church officials had access to Scripture.

Another controversy was with the Donatist. These Christians refused to reinstate church members who, when the church was under persecution, had renounced their faith and surrendered copies of Scripture to be destroyed. The state demanded that all local congregations welcome these members back into fellowship. From such an order, one can conclude that under the leadership of Imperial Rome, you were not to be disciplined if you turned your back on Christ, but if you did not believe the Nicaean Creed, you were worthy of death. Such was the heart of the highly organized visible church.

After the fourth century, the Nicaean Creed became the central doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church and thousands lost their lives when they refused to accept it. But, the ignoble deeds of those who insisted that all Christians believe this creed were not confined to the Roman Church. As late as 1553 John Calvin, considered the founder of Presbyterianism had a famous doctor, Michael Servetus, burned at the stake for openly declaring that the Trinity Doctrine to be a perversion of the gospel. And today, a Christian who refuses to accept the Nicaean creed is often considered by Roman Catholics and most mainline Protestants to be a lower infidel than one who rejects Christ all together.

While all this debating and excommunicating was going on, the church at Rome began declaring itself to be the ‘Mother Church’ and that it’s bishop was superior to all other bishops. It insisted all religious matters must ultimately be decided at Rome.


The Biblical View of God

The doctrine of the Trinity states that, “There is one God, existing in three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All three of these persons are co-equal, co-eternal, and of the same substance. There never was a time when all three did not exist.”

Now let’s see what the Bible says about God.

l But to us there is but one God, the Father, of who are all things,
and we in him, and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things,
and we by him. 1 Corinthians 8:6
l For there is one God, and one mediator between God and Men,
the man Christ Jesus: who gave himself a ransom for all to be
testified in due time. 1 Timothy 2:5, 6.
l And the scribe said unto him, “Well, Master, thou hast said the
truth: for there is one God: and there is none other but he:
Mark 12:32.
l And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:1
l Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus
Christ. Paul’s greeting in his letters to the Romans, Corinthians,
Galatians, and Ephesians. Note: Paul repeatedly considered The
Father as God, and Jesus as our Lord.
l Jesus saith unto her; “Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to
my Father; but go to my brethren and say unto them, ‘I ascend
unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.’
John 20:17

These six verses are more than sufficient to show an opened minded believer that the Bible considers only the Father as God, and that Jesus is the son of God, our mediator, our Lord, and the ransom God gave for our sins. Notice in the last example Jesus himself declares his Father to be his God. If the Trinity is true and Jesus is God, then God has a God. Such an idea is simply incongruous.

Next let’s look at the co-equal claim of the Trinity. If Jesus were co-equal with the Father, he would have the same authority, the same knowledge, judgment, power, and dominion, of himself, but Jesus says that he does not.

l Jesus said he did have life in himself, but it was given to him by his Father. John 5:26-27
l The authority that Jesus possessed was given to him by his
Father. Matthew 28:18, ASV
l Jesus came to earth to do the will of him who sent him.
John 6:38

l Jesus said that his doctrine was not his own, but his that sent
him. John 17:6
l Jesus said that he spoke not of himself, but what was
commanded by him who sent him. John 12:49
l Jesus said that he did nothing of himself, but what his Father
taught him. John 8:28
l God put His spirit into His son. Isaiah 42:1
l Jesus said that his Father was greater than he was. John 14:28
l God instructed the angels to worship His son. Hebrews 1:6


These nine verses prove beyond the shadow of doubt and most of them by Jesus’ own words the he was not co-equal with the Father. It is amazing how so many denominations can ignore so many Bible verses in order to save a false teaching. So far you have been show fifteen verses that contradict the Trinity, but there is more.
Next we will examine the co-eternal claim. The Trinity states that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are Co-eternal, that is, there never was a time when all three did not exist and none of them can die.

l The Bible tells us that God is immortal (cannot die). Read
1 Timothy 1:17. So, if Jesus is God, he cannot die. Yet, the Bible repeatedly tells us that Jesus died for our sins. Romans 5:6, 14:9,
1 Corinthians 5:13, Revelation 1:18
If the Trinity is true, we have a real problem: either Scripture is untruthful in claiming that God is immortal or untruthful in saying Jesus died for our sins. Both claims cannot be true. The solution is simple; Scripture is true on both accounts. It is the Trinity that is false.

l The Bible tells us that Jesus was God’s only begotten Son. (John 3:16). For Jesus to be begotten, there would have had to be time before he was begotten, therefore he cannot be co-eternal.
l The Bible says that God is omnipotent (all powerful) Revelation 19:6. But Jesus said that he could do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things so ever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. John 5:19. Jesus says that he is not omnipotent.

l Was Jesus all-knowing? Read the following verses and see that
Jesus himself tells us that he was not, and even upon his return to heaven in glory, he had to received from the Father ‘the things which must shortly come to pass’ in order to send them to John.

l But of that day and that hour knowest no man, no, not the angels
which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Mark 13:32
l The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to
show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass;
and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.
Revelation 1:1

You have now been presented with twenty-three verses that
contradict the Trinity, but there is more.

l The Bible says that God is invisible (Colossians 1:14-15,
1 Timothy 1:17). But Jesus was certainly visible to thousands in
and around Judea.

l The Bible says that God cannot be tempted. But, the Bible says
that Jesus was tempted.

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for
God cannot be tempted with evil. . . James 1:13

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be
tempted of the devil. Matthew 4:1; Mark 1:13; Luke 4:2


You have now read twenty-nine verses that show the error of the Trinity. Surely, you are convinced by now? If not, please read on.

l Since the Bible does not and cannot support the Trinity doctrine, church leaders and priests explain it as a mystery that we cannot understand. But, Jesus even contradicts that explanation. He told his disciples that they would know the mystery of the kingdom of God.

l And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables. Mark 4:11

The Apostle Paul presents another verse that disperses the myth that Christians are to be blinded by mystery especially regarding the Father and His son.

l That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the father and of Christ . Colossians 2:2
l
You have now been give over thirty-one verses which directly and clearly expose the Trinity as a false doctrine. Now lets see what the Trinitarians tell us.

Verses Used To Support The Trinity Doctrine.

l Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghosts. Matthew 28:19

l For in him the entire fullness of God's nature dwells bodily.
Colossians 2:9

l And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1 Timothy 3:16.

We have already discussed these three verses in Chapter 10 and shown that they have been purposely altered by Roman priests to show support for the Trinity. Therefore they cannot be considered as valid evidence in this matter.

l But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom. 9. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Hebrews 1:8-9

If you look closely you will see that there is conflicting concepts within these verses. Look at verse 9 where God is talking to his Son. Therefore God, even thy God. . . If Jesus was God then God has a God. Something is very wrong with these two verses. They conflict each other. Bible translator, James Moffatt (1922), understood this since he translated verse 8 as, God is thy throne forever and ever. Now verse 8 & 9 makes sense and agrees with nine other verses scattered throughout the New Testament: which say that Jesus will sit not on the center high throne, but at the right hand of God the Father. Acts 7:55, Romans 8:34, Ephesians 1:20, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 1:3, 8:1, 10:12, 12:2, 1 Peter 3:22. ‘At the right hand’ is a position of great honor, but does not carry the same honor, authority, and power as the throne where God sits.

Now John 1:1 The Prize Of All Trinitarians
“In the beginning was the Word,
And the Word was with God,
And the Word was God.” KJV

This is the wording that has come down to us through the Latin Vulgate and the King James Versions, and it begs a close examination. Notice that the KJV contains conflicting wording.

The conflicting wording is that verses 1. says that the word was with God. Then says he was God, and then verse 2. repeats that he was with God. Common sense does not permit you to be with someone if you are that person. John was not an ignorant man; nor, was he double-minded, or devious, or frivolous, or filled with guile. He would have never written such self-conflicting words about such a vital subject. But there is more to it that that.

Isn’t it strange that all the verses in the Bible used to support the Trinity have been discovered to contain words that were added by the Roman Church, or have conflicting words, or unwieldy sentence construction? Here are other translations of the last line of verse 1.

l The Logos was divine. (Moffett)
l And the Word was face to face with God. (Montgomery)
l What God was, the Word was. (NEB)
l And the Word is the essence of God. (Holy New Covenant)
l And the Word was like God. (New Simplified Bible)
l And the nature of the Word was the same as the nature of
God. (Barclay)

From these six translations (and there are many more which differ from the KJV), it is obvious that not all Bible translators agree with the wording of the Vulgate and the KJV that unequivocally states that Jesus is God.
If John really believed and wanted us to believe that Jesus was God, he could have and would have said it again and again. He did not. However, ten times he wrote that Jesus was the son of God. John 1:18, 1:34, 3:18, 5:25, 11:4, 20:31, 1 John 3:8, 4:15, 5:5, 5:20. Why would John have called Jesus “God” in verse 1:1, and then repeatedly tell us that he was writing to make us believe that Jesus was the son of God, not God, but the son of God. John would not have done that. John did acknowledge Jesus as the son of God, and the Messiah (the Christ) many times.

l But these are written , that ye might believe that Jesus is the
Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life
through his name. John 20:31
l I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but
because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar
but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? 1 John 2:21-22
l “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of
the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and
that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:13

It is unfathomable that John would have written that Jesus was God in John 1:1 and then never to write it again. John would have written such a startling revelation many times. Conclusion: You must come to the conclusion that The Latin Vulgate and KJ versions of the Bible do not contain an accurate translation of John 1:1.
Actually, the word order of John 1:1 in the KJV does not
follow the widely known Greek manuscripts, which is:

In the beginning was the Word,
And the Word was with God,
And God was the Word.

Now starting with this correct word order and restoring the ostensibly missing “in” into the last line, we have a wonderful, crystal-clear, non-conflicting, Bible-agreeing, Spirit-filling, beautiful opening by John.
“In the beginning was the Word,
And the Word was with God,
And God was in the Word.
The same was in the beginning with God.”

l This wording is now in complete agreement with Jesus’ teachings, as four times, Jesus said that the Father was in him. John 10:38, John 14:10, John 14:11, John 17:21.
l Five times the Apostle Paul said the same thing. Philippians 3:14. Romans 8:39, 2 Corinthians 5:19, 12:19, Galatians 3:17,
l This wording also agrees with the scores of Bible verses previously discussed.

From preceding chapters, we already know that over-zealous monks have changed Scripture many times to provide support for the Trinity, removing a little “in” would be nothing to them. No manuscript has been announced that contains the missing ‘in”. If one should be found, or has been found by The Roman Catholic Church, one wonders if it would be made public. Even now, many Trinitarian Scholars refuse to accept the clearly needed corrections previously discussed in this book.

In addition to the verses already quoted, the Bible contains more than 200 additional verses showing the error of the Trinity. To aid your study, they are listed in the table below.


Matthew: 11:27 12:18 16:16 20:23 24:36 26:29 26:53 26:64
27:46 28:18
Mark: 1:13 10:40 12:36 13:32 14:62 15:34 16:19
Luke: 2:52 4:2 4:34 9:20 10:22 22:42
John : 1:14 1:18, 1:29 1:34 3:16 3:17 3:34 3:35
5:19 5:20 5:22 5:23 5:24 5:26 5:27 5:30
5:36 5:37 5:43 6:27 6:29 6:37 6:38 6:39
6:40 6:46 6:57 7:28 7:29 7:33 8:16 8:18
8:28 8:29 8:42 10:18 10:29 10:32 10:36 11:4,
11:22 12:44 12:45 12:49 12:50 13:3 14:1 14:10
14:24 14:28 14:31 17:2 17:3 17:4 17:6 17:7
17:9 17:11 17:12 17:14 17:18 17:23 17:24 17:26
18:11 19:7 20:17 20:21 20:31 21:19
Acts 1:7 2:32 2:33 2:36 3:13 3:15 3:20 3:26
5:30 5:31 7:55 0:38 10:40 10:42 13:33
17:31 20:21
Romans: 1:4 1:7 5:1 6:23 7:25 8:11 8:17
8:34 10:9 5:6 15:27
1 Corinthians: 1:3 3:23 3:14 8:6, 11:3 15:2 15:27
2 Corinthians: 1:2 4:4 4:6 5:18 5:19 5:21 1:31
13:4 13:14
Galatians: 1:1 1:3 1:4 3:20 4:7
Ephesians: 1:2 1:3 1:17 4:6 6:23
Philippians: 1:2 2:11 4:19
Colossians: 1:2 1:3 1:13+ 3:1
1 Thessalonians: 1:1 1:3 3:11 3:13
2 Thessalonians: 1:1 1:2 1:12 2:16
1 Timothy: 1:2 2:5 5:21 6:13
2 Timothy: 1:2 4:1
Titus: 1:1 1:4
Philemon: 1:3
Hebrews: 1:2 1:3 1:6 1:9 2:9 2:13 5:5
5:10 9:24 10:12 11:19 12:2 13:20
James: 1:1 1:13 2:19 3:9
1 Peter: 1:3 2:5 3:18 3:22
2 Peter: 1:2 1:17
1 John: 2:22 3:8 4:9 4:12 4:15, 5:1 5:5
Revelation: 1:1 1:2 1:9 3:12 5:9 5:13 12:10
21:22


Rejection of The Trinity Doctrine is not a stumbling block to Christians who study their Bible with an open mind. They know that it is a false teaching and simply decline to accept it. Its rejection is a stumbling block to Christians who have permitted their professional clergy to tell them what to believe. But, there is no need for you to remain misinformed. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the truth. Jesus himself said,

And I say unto you, ask, and it shall be given you; seek ,
and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth;
and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Luke 11:9-10

Friend, you have been presented much evidence out of the Bible that clearly shows that you should, absolutely must, study the Bible for yourself. You must not rely on the spoon feeding most denominations provide. You must not depend on someone else just because he wears special clothing or has a religious title. You must study the Bible yourself and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. You must ask, seek, and knock. Remember Jesus did not explain his parables to the merely curious crowds, but only to his disciples who had committed their lives to him and sought the truth. Ask God to show you the truth. He will supply your every need.


WFR
Greenville, SC
December 2010