Don’t miss tonight’s LIVE Premiere at 7pm EST on YouTube! Join Jacob Israel LIVE IN THE CHAT for this special event! If you don’t REALLY know what the Kingdom of God is You Cannot Inherit what is predetermined to be YOURS! Find out when the Kingdom Comes and How To Rule there by watching tonight’s Live Premiere. Please be prompt so we spread this message wide and far. Enjoy and God bless you all Jacob
Whether or not you are a Christian you have heard about a time when Jesus said he saw Satan falling as Lightning from Heaven.
And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven
Now many people will hear this passage and picture Satan as one of Gods most beautiful Angels being cast into the earth as punishment. As if the Lord God is crying out “Be Gone Satan, Be Thou Cast From Heaven into the earth!”
Others will say Jesus, in the Gospel of Luke was having a vision of Satan coming down to the earth in the end times to do torment on mankind as it states in Revelation.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
The prevailing idea is that when Jesus said he saw “Satan Fall As Lightning From Heaven” most believe this is in reference to the account of Lucifer Falling in the book of Isaiah – “How art thou fallen from heaven” and many think this is talking about Satan, but these are two distinctly different events and characters. (Watch my video Who Is Lucifer Really)
Now all of these incidents, ideas, are loosely connected in the spiritual sense but they are not quite as literal as you may think.
The goal of this essay is to make it clear what this one passage really means. My reasoning is simple, once you do, you too will see “Satan Fall Lightning Heaven Well”.
let’s paint the scene.
Jesus had just sent his disciples out as lambs among wolves because the harvest was plentiful (meaning many people were ready to be saved by the gospel of TRUTH and set free from the lies they have believed about themselves, the world around them, and the lord God) BUT…the Laborers were Few.
You see like today, there were A LOT OF RELIGIOUS PEOPLE IN THE LAND but NOT a lot of Children of God ready and set to deliver the Gospel of Truth to people who were possessed by the “devil” of lies they believe.
Well, after Jesus sent them out with the instructions, bring peace to those who will hear you and take your peace from those who won’t, 70 of these lambs among wolves returned super excited that even the “devils” were subject to them.
They couldn’t believe the power of the gospel that was given to them and how it literally cast out the devils (lies) that people believed.
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
Let me for a moment, explain what casting out devils in “your name” means.
Many people will teach you that you can go up to someone and cast out their “stutter” for example by saying, “Demon be gone in Jesus Name” but that is Not what this passage means.
The word “name” literally comes from two root words that means “To Come to Know” and “To be Useful”.
So you come to know the truth and you share it and it is useful.
But truly the real revelation of what this meant is, these disciples were taught the truth of God by Christ and they were led by Christ. What Christ knew they soon knew.
So, Christ sent them out into the world knowing that it would be as if he himself was going out. He sent them out in his “Name” which means everything Christ knew and was.
Legally, it would be like giving someone Power Of Attorney for you. It meant that they in fact, in all legal standing, were Christ.
Jesus actually said to them, that IF people received “them” they received Christ himself, and also God because God sent Christ.
Let me explain it this way, imagine a huge fire (that’s God), then a tree that is also part of that fire, a tree that catches fire from that fire, and no imagine and a branch of that tree which is also on fire…
If you received the branch who is now on FIRE for the Love of God, then you have also received the TREE and the Source of the Fire to begin with.
This is an important lesson for “Lambs” (young followers of Christ) to understand. When Jesus said if they receive “your teaching”, which I taught and inspired within you, which God taught and inspired within me, then it was done in JESUS’S NAME.
Now, how can this be Jacob? How can we come in Christ’s name?
Well that is because he gave us his name.
We are the Body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:27 – Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
We are to put on the Mind of Christ. We are given the Name of Christ.
THIS is why Jesus said, when we understand that He is in the Father and the Father is in Him and they IN YOU, that greater works than even these shall you do.
But you can’t get there without FAITH. Faith is essential, but how can you believe if you never knew who you were in Christ?
Now if we are children, then we are heirs —heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
the disciples were geeked about this. They were fired up that even the Devils were subject to them in Christ’s Name (authority/nature)
But Jesus wanted to put things in perspective, it was great that they were able to set so many people free, BUT that wasn’t what they should be excited about.
Let’s for a moment, look at the state the world was in before Jesus sent his Lambs out. The world was a mess and yet Jesus commanded them to …
Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
People were lost just like today. Hurting, spiritually SICK and WEAK. JUST LIKE TODAY! People needed to be warned because the KINGDOM OF GOD is once again present and the time is now for people to find the truth of who they are, and what and where the Kingdom of God is. Here’s a hint…. WITHIN YOU!
13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to b]
16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
Whoever rejects YOU rejects ME?! How can this be? IT’S THE SAME FIRE PEOPLE! Fire is not a bad thing, it is a wonderful symbol, as it devours the bad and uses its ashes to provide fertile ground for the Life that is to come.
In other words, the TRUTH may hurt but BABY its nothing compared to the Glory that is revealed because of it.
And so, the disciples came back excited. They were casting out devils everywhere they went. This act (if you aren’t new to me) you understand is a picture of people who have come to the knowledge of the truth of God through Christ who then simply shared the truth of God and Christ and Christ’s Kingdom to the lost sheep scattered throughout the land.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
There were people who were by “LIES” which is what devils in scriptures are. They are Lying and deceitful spirits and we know that “SPIRIT” is the same as saying THOUGHT… for Jesus declared, that his words are SPIRIT and they are LIFE, and words begin with thought… and some would say without thought there
It is the spirit that ; the flesh nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
they were pumped, “Jesus even the DEVILS were subject to us”
Now that word subject sounds like they could CONTROL the Demon and cast it out like Jesus did with the pigs that day. HOWEVER, this is yet again a religious idea that kills the true spirit of what is being shared here.
The DEVILS were SUBJECT to us… the word Subject U(/ in Greek, simple means to yield to someone’s ADVICE or admonition. Sort of like someone who is on drugs, you tell them how valuable they are, that they are not drug addicts, not losers, no criminals, not too far gone or lost, that they are PRICELESS, that they are VALUABLE, that they are GODS PRECIOUS STONES that are set to cry out in Glory and come back to life… and the LIES that person believed about themselves was CAST OUT… with the Godly ADVICE given thanks to the teaching of Christ (the power and wisdom of God).
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
And Jesus responds by saying, He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
You see, this has nothing to do with Lucifer, Or the Devil coming down in the End Times, this is a GREAT TRUTH that has been hidden from view and if it wasn’t for listening to a recommended preacher named Damon Thompson with a channel called Carolina Revival (I do not know the ins and outs of his ministry but I did like this video I watched and I realized how important it was for me to share this with everyone else.) who touched on the topic today I wouldn’t sharing.
You see, Jesus didn’t want to take the wind out of their sales, he wanted to put an even greater importance to it. Satan, which literally means adversary, taking residence in the heavens of our thinking. People are either children of God or children of the Devil.
The scripture clearly tells us where the Kingdom of Heaven is. You say look here or there, for behold the Kingdom of Heaven is within you!
They had the power to cast out DEVILS… but Jesus was pointed out what ACTUALLY was taking place spiritually within the people the disciples helped. THEY CAST SATAN OUT OF THEIR PERSONAL HEAVEN!
The war that takes place is taking place within our MINDS and HEARTS… the heavens and the earth… God’s ways and Man’s Ways.
Falling like LIGHTNING from HEAVEN is a picture of an INSTANT EXPLOSIVE EVENT! There is usually some fall out around the place LIGHTNING strikes… and when SATAN is cast out of THINKING… your HIGHEST form of thinking no less… it is instantaneous… THAT IS THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL (good news).
Now this is where the REAL message hits… Jesus goes on to say…
19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
22 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
23 Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
The question is DO YOU hear it?
A video with even more info is coming soon. Please do Subscribe, Like, Comment and Share. Make sure and click for notifications. I love you all, Jacob
Good day to all of you amazing, wonderful, gifted, strong and blessed people. I wanted to share my latest video on a topic that is sure to change your mind on a couple of things.
As always make sure and Buckle Up because the truth is always something that stirs a person up, shakes the dead branches of negative thoughts to the ground, and open the earth up for a new Tree that has LIFE within it.
Please do enjoy this video, please do subscribe to me on YouTube, like this post and leave a comment. Have the best day ever and don’t forget to tell your friends they are More Than They Know in Christ. Much love Jacob
The Story of Jonah is indeed our story. In the Gospels we are told that As Jonah was a sign for the Ninevites, so too will the Son of Man be for THIS GENERATION.
Did you catch that? That means that the SON OF MAN will be someone who is calling for REPENTANCE. Now what if I were to say, that is what you are witnessing as you read these words?
Now watch this, the scriptures teach us that as Jonah was in the Belly of the Great Fish so to will the SON OF MAN (The person speaking of repentance) be in the HEART OF THE EARTH.
Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Ironically, thanks to a friend of the channel BigD, I now can point out the irony as we have been 3 Months in our Homes – which happen to be the Heart is where the Home is … did you catch that?
Remember not to think so literally when it comes to literal times, as scripture teaches that a day to the Lord can be a Thousand years… so it is not far fetched to draw the 3 month in Isolation in the Heart/Home of the Earth with the 3 days of the Son of Man.
Id like to also point that “SON OF MAN” simply means a CHILD OF MANKIND. Are we not SONS AND DAUGHTERS of MANKIND as well?
The CHILD OF MANKIND in isolation in the HOME (which is the HEART of the EARTH) is it not?
Matthew 12:40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the fish’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
THE HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS! For 3 Months Mankinds Children have been in the Heart of the Earth. This is a Fulfillment of the Scriptures.
Now WATCH this Video and REJOICE! Please make sure and share this website link around so others can witness the day that we are all privileged to be apart of. I love you all Jacob!
Good day everyone,
Recently I was given a question by a viewer about the Sabbath. There is much debate over this promise of God. Some say the Sabbath is simply a day when you stop all your literal work on a certain day. Some take it so literally that they wont use an oven or even electricity on this day. There is also much debate over what literal day this is. Some declare the sabbath to be on Sunday, others say that day is Saturday, others say we use a different calendar today and that the Sabbath is another day all together.
However, this is not how I have come to understand what the Sabbath Rest is. This is a promise to us all from God. One, that we are all meant to enter into. So when I was asked to clarify what I believe the Sabbath is and how we should celebrate it I wrote a brief email breaking down how I understand it to be.
After responding, I felt it was important for me to also share this with all of you. I understand there are many people that will judge a person’s faith by whether or not they attend church, mosque, synagogue, and more. There are many religious leaders that will put their flock under the bondage of a literal law, which is actually meant to be a pattern for the spiritual law God has provided for all of us.
Whether or not a person keeps the Sabbath, and how they keep it, in religious circles seems to be more about the WORK of the individual not doing this or that on a certain day and less about the covenant we are meant to enter into with God, to keep God’s Sabbath Holy.
I myself have been criticized for my understanding of Gods Sabbath Rest, and my teaching on it by people who were taught that we MUST Literally not do a thing on Saturdays, or Sundays, or whatever days they believe it to be, with the exception of enjoying the food God blessed us with.
FOOD by the way is a wonderful allegory for God’s truth. Jesus made this clear to his disciples when they were worried he didn’t eat enough in the book of John. Jesus’s response to them reveals a mystery to us all.
John 4:33,34 – Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
To do God’s will is what we must eat (Becoming One With) – Our purpose is the food he provides essentially, along with his commandments, which you will soon see is how we are meant to keep the Sabbath Holy.
Now remember the Sabbath rest is a day we ALL must enter into. Like everything there is a physical representation and an eternal, spiritual, heavenly one. We understand the Heavens by what we see and experience in the literal Earth through faith.
Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
This means the temporal is NOT what truly matters, but what we learn from the temporal and incorporate into our spiritual lives.
So every Saturday ceasing from your labor is a pattern for the REAL SABBATH rest we are meant to enter into. This of course is how I understand it to be, as we are meant to enter into GOD’S REST not ours if the book of Hebrews be true. And the ONLY way to enter into this rest was by faith, by belief, not works.
HEBREWS 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Notice verse 9, there REMAINS A REST for God’s people. Meaning people hadnt yet entered into it spiritually. Many during the time the book of Hebrews was written were LITERALLY performing the tradition of not working and such on the “Sabbath” but this tradition, in my opinion, is yet more a carnal mankind taking the truth of God and turning it into another vain tradition that leads no one to the TRUE REST that awaits… we are to CEASE from OUR WORKS. It’s NOT about us, it’s about God and doing God’s will. This is why Jesus said, not my will Lord but thine be done.
Hebrews 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Now, unlike many who will tell people how they must serve God via rights, traditions, and works, I dont ever tell anyone how to practice their faith. Simply put, entering into Gods rest in my opinion is ceasing to do evil, to stop behaving wickedly… to have and hold faith above all else. To trust that God is in control and to not Kick against the Pricks that God uses to keep you on the straight and narrow path. To cease from doing evil and to do good, that is key.
Jesus healed on the LITERAL Sabbath day… and they gave him a hard time for that… his response was… the SABBATH REST is to do GOOD.
Matthew 12:12 – Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
How does one defile or pollute the Sabbath? It’s simple doing evil.
Isaiah 56:1-3 Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
It is also important to note that the Sabbath is a promise of God. That it is a gift for all of mankind to enter into. Jesus explained clearly that the Sabbath was made for MAN not the other way around.
Mark 2:27 – And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.
Now as I stated earlier, the literal tradition of keeping the Sabbath was a pattern. It was a physical representation of what it means to enter into God’s presence and Kingdom. Just as literal baptism and the laying on of hands and more. This is why we are told to move pass these temporal things and into the unity of the Holy Spirit. We are encouraged to move unto perfection. Not being justified in our works like getting literally baptized, fasting, or not working on Saturday, all of these things are as a pattern for us all.
Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Not laying again the foundation of dead works… you see these are a foundation. A building block, a pattern for us to learn from. They are as the book of Colossians states A SHADOW of the THINGS TO COME.
Colossians 2: 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the SABBATH days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ
Notice, we are instructed to not let anyone JUDGE US in what we eat or drink or how we celebrate holy days… or of SABBATHS… so not only is it wrong for Sabbath teachers to condemn others for not adhering to their interpretation of what the Sabbath is, but that this interpretation is called a SHADOW of THINGS TO COME… meaning ITS NOT THE LIGHT, it’s something that BLOCKS THE LIGHT. Get it?
We are also instructed not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. Believe it or not, a unbeliever would be someone who believes we can WORK our way to the Kingdom of God. An unbeliever is someone who will say to Jesus, how dare you eat without washing your hands first. Which once again is a shadow for us to learn from.
Eating we learned earlier is to do God’s will. Hands symbolic of our works. We are NOT MEANT to do God’s will with unclean hands, which quite clearly means a sinful life.
Hebrews 4:9 – There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
A day where we REST in the Spirit of God, no more doing what we will but what God wills for us… no more fear, no more hate, prejudice, no more worry and doubt and pain… as GOD RESTED from his WORK we must stop working ourselves and ENTER INTO HIS REST. Meaning, we have FAITH because it is impossible to please God without it.
I believe the traditional LITERAL Sabbath rest was a pattern that we are all meant to enter into on the SEVENTH DAY — which may not be a literal day of a literal week as well, but the close of God’s creation… The Thousand year reign of Christ if you will… a day when Gods Kingdom is Established in the earth… this is the DAY we ALL MUST ENTER INTO TO.
2 Peter 3:8
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one dayis with the Lord as athousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Now does that mean we cannot enter into God’s Rest now? God forbid. This REST is a promise for us all to enter into. It is important to note that to do this we MUST keep his Sabbath Holy.
Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
And how do we do this? The rest of Exodus gives us the commandments…
Exodus 20: 12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. 13 Thou shalt not kill. 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. 15 Thou shalt not steal. 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
I hope you all can see that the vain traditions and dead works of religion were all there for us to learn from. Like the boy who cried wolf, it is not about the literal boy or the literal wolf, it is about what do we learn from the SPIRIT of the STORY. Because it is the SPIRIT of the story that gives us LIFE AND TRUE UNDERSTANDING. And we are meant to be MINISTERS of a NEW TESTAMENT! One that doesn’t go here or there judging how religious traditions are kept. No, we are meant to move unto perfect and into the glorious Kingdom God has prepared for us in the here and now.
2 Corinthians 3:6 – Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, BUT THE SPIRIT GIVES LIFE.
Once again, this is simply the way I understand God’s Sabbath Rest and I do pray we ALL ENTER IN… I hope this helps, because I do know a lot of people want to make a whole religion over keeping the Sabbath… the problem is they are MAKING IT ABOUT THEIR WORKS… meaning NOT WORKING, NOT DOING THIS AND THAT… but in so doing they are DOING THEIR WORK instead of GODS to do that, this seems to be a religious tradition to me, which we are told to avoid.
However, to be HOLY to enter Gods Rest, to have Faith, to Keep His Commandments, this is what I believe it means to keep the Sabbath and I believe that day is coming for many, and I pray and hope it has come for ALL OF YOU.
Much love Jacob – Once again, I’m not the authority God is, always pray and seek and use Godly judgment, not worldly.
PLEASE DO LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, AND SUBSCRIBE and don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel for weekly insightful videos that you always should be buckled up for. 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/thomascalls
For hundreds of years bible scholars and prophecy “experts” have explained what they believe the Mark of the Beast is. They have made claims that this is a barcode, a rfid chip, or nanotechnology that can track you and more.
Sadly, this has become an idea that is widely accepted as “truth” around the world. However, there is much more to this story than meets the eye. In this eye opening video you will find just how devious the devil can be but it is my sincere belief this video will help set you free from their lies we’ve been taught and believe.
So buckle up, sit back, relax and pray for the truth no matter what the cost. I know this video will challenge you and bless you beyond what you have been told about this infamous passage from Revelation Chapter 13. Please do Subscribe, Like, Comment, and Share this video with others. I love you all Jacob Israel
My most recent YouTube video is not only a timely one, but it is one that reveals a great mystery that has been hidden for thousands of years. Please do enjoy this video, Like, Comment, and Share. God bless you all, stay Safe, Jacob
Want to know what the scripture “The Word Became Flesh” Means? This TRUTH changes everything you have been told. Please do share this video and let me know what you think. Much love Jacob Israel
Good morning everyone,
This is a video I shared recently on Youtube. The subject is so very important and understanding how to harness the power of faith and direct it properly is why I am sharing this video with all of you. Faith makes you whole after all. In the Book of Proverbs, chapter 23, verse 7 it is recorded that “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”. What we believe/know about ourselves and the world becomes our reality whether we like it or not. The Strong’s definition of Faith is a very revealing one, faith is the “conviction of the truth of anything”. This is more than just believing, this is CONVICTION which means you are prisoner to this understanding whether true or not, your faith makes it real for you. You can either be a prisoner of this world or a prisoner for Christ (which is the Power and Wisdom of God). It’s time to be grounded and settled in a Faith that is rooted in love, joy, peace, abundance and power. So join me by watching this short video and please do Subscribe to my Youtube channel, check the notification bell for all videos and share this around if it has been a blessing to you. I love you much, Jacob
BOOK OF JONAH REVEALED
Welcome everyone, I wrote this essay many years ago and felt like it was appropriate to share it with all of you once again. This paper will take the entire book of Jonah and break it down to reveal the “story beneath the story” which of course will deal directly with us. I will be translating some of the words from the Hebrew, which will open a great deal of insight to us, as well as looking at this story the way God intended, allegorically, which will Glorify God in the process.
Proverbs 25:2 – It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.
Now, remember no scripture is of private interpretation so everything I write below may be a bunch of nonsense, I doubt that, but you must go WITHIN, go to God to get the revelation of a thing. As I know…
James 1:5 – If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, without reproach; and it shall be given him.
So let’s get this party started with the BOOK OF JONAH.
Jonah 1:1 – Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
First, let’s look at what “came” to Jonah. It was the “WORD OF THE LORD”. And what is the WORD of God? It is the TRUTH, which is revealed in CHRIST (Our Enlightened state). Hopefully, by now, we know that the Hope of Glory is CHRIST WITHIN -NOT- without (outside of us or coming soon to a theater near you).
So this TRUTH of God was revealed within Jonah’s thoughts/mind. Because the WORD OF THE LORD is TRUTH
John 17:17 -Sanctify them through thy TRUTH: thy WORD IS TRUTH.
This TRUTH has the power to Sanctify (free mankind from error and lies) those that heard it and believed it. Which is God’s predestined plan for us all, regardless of what some “religious people” would have you to believe.
Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 HAVING PREDESTINED US unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
He chose us, before forming us, to be HOLY AND WITHOUT BLAME. Please catch that. We all have been predestined to the adoption of Christ to himself, for the good pleasure of God’s will. Which is… TO HAVE ALL SAVED AND COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH AND STATURE OF THE PERFECT MAN (christ)
So, this “TRUTH” came to Jonah. Now, how did it come? Was it a spoken word? Did the clouds literally part, and God say, “YO JONAH GET YOUR SKINNY BUT TO NINEVAH OR ELSE!” Of course not.
We are talking about TRUTH here, and TRUTH is only known as a THOUGHT or the THOUGHTS in our HEAD (thinking). There is the thought of Truth and the thought of Lies. The only way to HEAR (Understand) the TRUTH is to have the revelation of it within. Like a light goes on in your mind, and all of a sudden, YOU GET IT!…. So much for people hearing God LITERALLY speaking to them. God puts his words in our minds, so everything with God is truly happening within, while without there is a physical temporal representation to help us understand what is going on within.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
God’s word only comes to us through our MINDS, in our THOUGHTS. God’s word/TRUTH “came” to Jonah, the same way A THOUGHT comes to our mind. It was REVEALED. The thought of TRUTH and his PURPOSE ENTERED HIS MIND and he understood what it was he should do. Or should I say, He thought she should do this or that… He may not have known that the thought was God’s thought, in fact his actions prove he really didn’t know it was God’s will. Because nothing can thwart God’s will, Jonah knew that, all prophets know that, so if he REALLY KNEW it was God’s will for him to go to Ninevah, trust me he would have went. The same is true for us. We get the urge to do this or that, and then we think that can’t be what God wants of me, and our doubt keeps us from doing it and then things happen that eventually force us to do what we thought God didn’t want us to do to begin with. (Make sense? LOL)
Now I know the story reads as if Jonah was having a conversation with God. But God deals with us all the same. God is no respecter of persons. God communicates with us through what we some call our conscience, or through random thoughts that pop into our head. We believe them to be our thoughts, and they are, but God gave us those thoughts. (But I’m not going to explain that in this article, perhaps down the road.)
Sooooooo, Jonah did NOT hear a literal voice talking to him it was the THOUGHTS IN HIS HEAD, which Jonah had come to understand to be GOD. He learned what most of us learn through experience, to tell the difference between God’s truth and Satan’s (our carnal egotistical) lies.
But for those who don’t believe that this is how Jonah understood what he must do then is just look at what the word “CAME” from that 1st scripture means in Hebrew.
Came =”REVEALED, ENTER INTO, DRAW NEAR”.
Cool right? So the TRUTH was REVEALED within Jonah, much as things are revealed to us, about our lives, passions, and things we must do.
But here is where it gets REAL INTERESTING. Let’s look at the name JONAH and what it means. We can learn so much from the meaning of names and JONAH is yet another great example.
In Hebrew JONAH means “DOVE”.
Doves are MESSENGERS, they are the perfect picture of the HOLY SPIRIT, which “brings to remembrance the TRUTH to our heart that Christ spoke us”. Doves only eat SEED and FRUIT, a great symbol of love, truth, and obviously God.
Jonah was a MESSENGER indeed, and THIS DOVE had a Father whose name also opens the eyes of our understanding to this parable.
Jonah (Dove) is the SON of “AMITTAI” which translates into “MY TRUTH”…
Okay so let’s put it all together now.
So Jonah is God’s MESSENGER whose FATHER was GOD’S TRUTH. The TRUTH gave birth to the MESSENGER. (Just a neat little factoid for you all).
So it should be evident now that we are dealing with THOUGHT. And not just the thought of TRUTH revealed within Jonah, but this story is a picture of how the TRUTH/WORD/CHRIST comes to all of us. For we are all SONS AND DAUGHTER of GOD’S TRUTH when we are born again within. You will see this story is as much yours as it is Jonah’s and mine. God speaks to us in our MINDS and HEARTS.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be IN YOUR HEART:
The Trick is testing the spirits (thoughts) to see if they be God or not. Now I have a very simple method I use to do this.
1) Does the thought make me feel at peace OR fear? Since God doesn’t give us the spirit of fear, we
know fear is not of God. Only thoughts of peace are from God.
2) Does the thought encourage, forgive, love others?
3) Does this thought stretch me and encourage me to do the
right thing, even though the wrong thing would be easier?
I look at these examples and more, and this is how I know if these “words” be of God or not. And if the thought has me to do harm to anyone or anything I know it ain’t God speaking. God is GOOD all the time, and his thoughts for us are evident. If the thought gives us fear, worry, or dread, it is the voice of the DEAD (Adam/carnal man) or that Father of Lies, SATAN (Carnal man’s mind).
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
If the thoughts in our head empower us, help us to love, and we are at peace with these thoughts, they are the WORDS OF GOD (TRUTH)
Okay, moving on.
2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
God’s Messenger of TRUTH knew he had to go to NINEVAH because THE PEOPLE there were a hot mess.
Now, pay attention now because everything is an allegory in scripture. NINEVAH is a symbol of those in the world, and even those THOUGHTS in US that are not rooted in TRUTH.
But let’s check out what NINEVAH MEANS in the native tongue and what their people represent.
NINEVAH means “Abode of NINUS” – An abode/dwelling place/tabernacle – The word abode is the same that is used for God’s spirit which ABIDES with in us… So, the ABODE is the TEMPLE OF something, it should be the temple or dwelling place of GOD, but here we learn in the translation, that Ninevah means the ABODE OF NINUS….
And WHO IS NINUS? You ask… Well get ready, because it is quite a coinky dinky!
NINUS – Child of BAAL — So Ninevah literally means, it is the DWELLING PLACE OF BAAL’S CHILD or CHILDREN. And what is BAAL (Lord)( idolatry)
Baal was the false god that everyone was worshiping. Now here is where it gets a little eerie. Let me just describe Baal for you. For this BAAL bull (bull cult) – Think about what is standing outside wall street in New York City… that big old Golden Bull, the worship of money, material things, the temporal… But this BAAL strikes a similar resemblance to a “Son of God” we all know and love, Jesus. So why would so many would worship this false exterior God, BAAL. Well BAAL was said to be the SON OF EL. Jesus is said to the Son of God, same thing. Baal was said to give increase in all areas, harvest, livestock, love life etc. Today preachers teach comes to JESUS and he will give you increase in all the areas of your life… Hhhhmmmn…
The Canaanites were addicted to BAAL worship, where Priests would hold services for him in Temples. The same is true with how many worship Jesus today. But if that ain’t enough, “Baal was born of a virgin. Jesus born of a Virgin. Baal was killed as a propitiation for sin. Jesus was killed for the sins of the world. Baal was gloriously resurrected as God, and Son of God. Jesus resurrected as well. (Now these mythical legends date back 4000 years before Christ!) And check out this vain tradition, each year, the Canaanites celebrated the annual death and resurrection of Baal as a part of their fertility rituals… And yes, we do the same for Jesus. Also Baal was said to come again and defeat all his enemies and REIGN! – Quite a coincidence.
And we wonder why Elijah screamed, Lord they have torn down your altars… EVERYONE was into this LORD worship (Baal). They had statues, paintings, temples, altars, and Elijah looked around and not one stood for the TRUTH of God. I can relate to Elijah.
Isn’t that something? The whole world was mystified by worshiping this BAAL, which or course existed outside of themselves, a BAAL that is soon to come, not a Savior that exists within, but without. Sound’s a lot like the Jesus RELIGION teaches doesn’t it.
Remember Baal’s profits (misspelling on purpose) had to do all sorts of rituals, traditions, chanting, dancing, etc etc… They had to DO STUFF to get THEIR SAVIOR BAAL to answer them. And NOTHING HAPPENED. Because they believed in a SAVIOR that could not save. Like the majority today.
Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.
How many have fish on their cars, crosses on their necks, jesus rings, etc. etc. Our Savior is not a Man standing 6 feet tall with a rocking beard, piercing blue eyes, etc etc… Our SAVIOR is the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, the WORD OF GOD, God’s SON (CHILD/IMAGE) that LIGHTS everyone from the womb.
But let’s put that behind us, my only point in bringing this up, is that there are many today that believe they are worshiping Jesus, but are in fact worshiping BAAL (a FALSE LORD/JESUS) unknowingly. So test those spirits people. If you are worshiping a PHYSICAL MAN AFTER THE FLESH, and waiting for that PHYSICAL MAN to return, then you may want to rethink some things.
2 Corinthians 5:16
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
We need to worship and know JESUS CHRIST as SPIRIT(thoughts of Gods truth) not Flesh. And the HOPE OF THAT GLORY (Revealed mystery) is found WITHIN. Christ IN YOU. Not outside you, coming soon, etc etc.
But I digress,
So God tells Jonah to get over to those meatheads in Nineveh and tell them to repent, and seek GOD within and not without.
I like to think, WHAT IF Jonah’s story was mine? What would happen if one day I just knew (God’s word came to me) that I needed to stand up and tell the world how wrong they were worshipping a Savior that will never save, because it is not the TRUE CHRIST that is only found within.
We hear everyone talking of Christ coming again, as opposed to seeing(understanding) that the TRUTH will be REVEALED again in A REMNANT.
And let me quick point out something from the original text about Jesus coming again, and what that WORD “COME” means.
Matt 24: 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
When Christ “comes” you won’t literally see a SINGLE MAN. First of all, secondly, how does he “COME” AGAIN?
MATT 23: 27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Christ “comes” as POWERFUL BURSTS OF ILLUMINATION. Caused BY FRICTION between HEAVEN AND EARTH. Christ comes as ENLIGHTENMENT. Don’t believe me wait…
Now let me translate the WORD comes for you, as he “COMES” as it was in NOAH’S DAY… The WORD come in HEBREW, means “Presence, Revealed.” —
Look at this sentence to help you better understand this hidden mystery. In SHORT STORY.
“John once believe his Savior was outside of him, but ONE DAY, he CAME TO REALIZE that the SPIRIT OF CHRIST was within.”
This is the way CHRIST COMES (REVEALED, UNVEILED, PRESENCE IS KNOWN)
They shall see (perceive) the Son of man coming in the clouds (witnesses) of heaven (heaven is WITHIN YOU) with power and great glory.
But back to Jonah and what if, if was me, God was telling this too. What if I was supposed to go to some big name Church/Temple/Mosque/Kingdom Hall/etc and stand before them and say… “YOU’RE ALL WRONG and GOD IS GOING TO DESTROY your religion if you don’t repent!”
I would probably do what Jonah did, “Nah! God doesn’t want me to REALLY do that, I’m going to stay as far away from these “Ninevites” (children of Baal = children of idolatry and lies) as possible.
3But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
So the TRUTH of God is revealed to JONAH, and he flees to TARSHISH, which is known to be a MARKET PLACE, where silver, gold, and precious stones and metals are esteemed above everything else.
In Psalms 48, we see that even the KINGS who saw the great TRUTH of God feared and ran away as Jonah did, and guess where too? TARSHISH. It is a symbol of the world, finance, trade, FITTING IN. Like most of us, when we first hear (understand) what we must do, we don’t want to do it, we head in the opposite direction, not toward God, but toward the world and its ways.
4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.
And this is something we should all learn right here and now, for all you FREE WILLERS out there… Sure we have a choice, we choose God’s will eventually :). Because GOD’S WILL, will ALWAYS be done. And it is GOD’S WILL that ALL BE SAVED. And of course I don’t mean saved from some future horror (that doesn’t exist) I mean saved from the hellish thoughts that trouble us in the here and now. God will change people’s hearts, of this I am faithfully sure.
In fact, this was Jonah’s problem to begin with, he knew eventually God would change the Ninivites hearts, he didn’t want to be persecuted and hurt or killed by those who he knew well, that God’s will would be done regardless of what Jonah did. But you see, Jonah needed to be the Messenger he was born to be, and Jonah in fact needed to get over his own fear and bias, and learn something as well.
You see, Jonah could have listened and headed straight for that wicked (ignorant) place and their people. Who knows he might have had some Princess Cruise line to escort him over there, he might have even gotten to sing karaoke on board and dance the night away… BUT! He didn’t listen. HE RAN AWAY FROM GOD. – the reason is, God speaks to us in our thoughts. He probably thought it was a random dumb idea to warn these people. He probably didn’t trust that it was God that was giving him these instructions. Many times this happens to us as well. We are given the desire to speak up and we think of the consequences, and then say, Oh God really wouldn’t want me to do this. Jonah, like us, was a reluctant messenger. He had to REALLY KNOW that this was God’s will, and oh boy did he learn the hard way. There are times many of us don’t do the right thing because we think the consequence for us will stink, but soon we find ourselves in a worse situation doing what we originally thought we couldn’t do, because now, like Jonah WE ARE FORCED TO!
According to most religious leaders out there, if you run from God, GOD WILL LET YOU and then in the end he will BURN YOU FOREVER!
But we see this is not the case. God made sure Jonah would fulfill his purpose. So don’t any of you tell me, we can somehow RUN AWAY FROM GOD’S PLAN IN OUR LIVES. God will bring each of us to our purpose at the exact time we are meant to be there. This is good news. No one can fail. Because God is in control and God is no respecter of persons, what he did for Jonah he does for us.
God does not esteem one better than another as men do, so what he does for Jonah, he does for us. Jonah didn’t want to listen, so a GREAT WIND was sent out into the sea.
Now this is another great allegory –
WIND = Doctrine/teaching – SEA = Carnal Humanity… Proof?
Ephesians 4:14 – That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine
Revelation 17:15 -And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
Jonah left the TRUTH of God and his PURPOSE to go down to the SEA and do business in Tarshish. This is a picture of how God works all things to his good. Leaving the TRUTH of God is bad, the REBUKE from God is good and returns these “Mariners” back to their intended place. Take a look at this…
Pslams 107 – 23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; 24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. 25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. 26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. 27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end. 28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. 29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. 30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven. 31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Job said, his days of humanity were are swift as a SHIP.
A SHIP is a symbol of the VESSEL (our soul) that carries the CHRIST WITHIN. And when our SHIP enters the SEA (the ways of the world) than we are tossed back and forth, we are troubled and we cry out in those times of trouble. You see, we brought this upon ourselves by not listening to God’s purpose and plan for us to begin with, but the good news is GOD ONLY DOES WHAT HE WILLS… And it is GOD’S will that ALL BE SAVED… Which is why he sent Jonah his MESSENGER OF HIS TRUTH to Nineveh (dwelling place of BAAL’S kids)
5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. 6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.
So the troubles come upon JONAH, and when trouble come upon us, we too find CHRIST fast asleep. (Unconscious) of the distress. As Jonah was.
When you dream, everyone and everything you experience in your dream represents you…
So too, in scripture every detail represents us. Think about it, just like when we are in trouble, we WAKE UP THE CHRIST WITHIN… God help us, we cry! We may even know as Jonah knew what we did wrong to have this stuff brought upon us.
7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. 8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou? 9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. 10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.
JONAH, the DOVE OF GOD’S TRUTH fled from the presence of the LORD. Want to know who else did this? ADAM (all of MANKIND) –
We have all headed toward TARSHISH, we want to squeak out a living on our terms. We leave God’s WORD and instruction and head toward the world. And the instant our SHIP (soul) hits those waters the CHRIST WITHIN (God’s messenger of TRUTH) falls asleep… Becomes unconscious. Leaving the CARNAL MAN at the HELM. Those that worship MANY GODS.
11Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.
At this point in our lives, LIFE STINKS! We don’t know what to do, where to go, You see, this story is all about us. The WORLD around us, is crumbling before our eyes, debt is piling, marriages ending, fights, anger, hater, the SEA (man’s worldly thinking and ways) becomes a NIGHTMARE.
Ever wonder why Jesus walked ABOVE the WATERS OF THE WORLD. The TRUTH exists ABOVE the influence and nonsense of the sensual world. And once you take your eyes of the TRUTH, like Peter DID, you fall right back into old ways, thinking, and patterns.
So, the Mariners came to Jonah to wake him up. Much as the disciples did for and to Jesus when the storms arose for them… NOW PLEASE CATCH THE BEAUTY of this next line. You see, GOD’S MESSAGE OF TRUTH (Holy spirit) (Christ within) JONAH/DOVE knows exactly how to calm the STORMS OF OUR LIFE (ship in the sea)
12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.
DID YOU CATCH THAT? Read it again… this time, I am going to replace a couple of words to help you.
12 Take up THE TRUTH (raise it up, let it be your PRIMARY THOUGHT WITHIN YOU), and cast THE TRUTH into the HEART OF THE WORLD AND MANKIND; and the WORLD WILL NEVER TROUBLE YOU AGAIN…
So why did God send these storms again? TO WAKE UP THE TRUTH WITHIN YOU! Look at what Jonah says…
…for my sake (For THE TRUTH) this great tempest is upon you.
(This is why we see TROUBLE. God sends these STORMS, to GIVE BIRTH TO PREDETERMINED TRUE IDENTITY and PURPOSE in Christ)
READ IT AGAIN.
…for my sake (For THE TRUTH) this great tempest is upon you.
Picture the hard times in our lives as labor pain that attack us, and get so bad that we finally have to give up, bare down, and give birth!
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
Suffering is part of the process. Our suffering is meant to WAKE US UP to the TRUTH of who we are IN CHRIST. To take us OFF THE PATH of the world and put us back on track, with REPENTANCE. (To CHANGE our focus) from the sensual world to the spiritual TRUTH that is within all men from the womb. (John 1)
13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.
Here is where we mess us though. We allow the knucklehead Carnal EGO US to still make the moves. Even after understanding it is our self effort that got us in trouble. We still don’t return to God. We try to FIX it on our own, we still let ADAM handle it.
We screw up by leaving the will of God for our lives and tough times come, and most of us STAY THERE and try to fight against the tide pushing us to where God wants us to be.
A precious friend of mine Elaine Cooke once told me, “Let peace be your umpire”. The Eagle builds its nest so it will soon get uncomfortable for its babies, they get heavy enough and the nest starts cutting into them, they have no choice but to JUMP and FLY! God works the same way in our life. And Jonah is the perfect example of this. You see, God cannot fail. Despite what you have been told or heard, GOD WILL FINISH HIS CREATION IN VICTORY! – That’s written folks.
So if we, like Jonah, say “No way!” and then we head in the opposite direction. God will leave those 99 with him to chase your skinny or wrinkly but down to get you back into the fold.
And oh boy did Jonah get chased down. So much for total free will. Sure we can choose to go in a different direction, IF WE WANT TO SUFFER until we change direction and get back on course. “Church” That is what a good father does in the natural, he corrects. However, GOD IS PERFECT. And God ONLY does what he WILLS (predetermined)
1 Timothy 2:4
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
This isn’t lip service. God has a PURPOSE AND PLAN and that is to TURN the CARNAL MAN away from his wicked ways, to CAST OFF his old thinking and to embrace the TRUTH of WHO MANKIND IS, (God created child).
When we leave the TRUTH of God, the straight and narrow, you enter TORMENT and destruction. But that is good news people… because.
Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
This TRIBULATION that we find in the WORLD (mans carnal ways) eventually humbles us and lead us to the TRUTH. Even the most carnal of men will finally give up their fight and do what GOD has told them to do… WE ALL REAP WHAT WE SOW, and we will not leave until we pay the last farthing… (whatever the heck a farthing is!)
So the STORMS in our life come and we have to TAKE UP CHRIST (JONAH) – Take up the TRUTH and cast it INTO OUR TROUBLE SEA (wildly spinning worldly thoughts of worry, fear, hate, lust, etc)
15So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.
The INSTANT the MESSAGE of TRUTH is received in the SEA (the hearts of all carnal and worldly men and women) – The troubles cease.
They RAISED UP JONAH, as CHRIST WAS RAISED.
17Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
First let me address these 3 days and 3 nights. A SPIRITUAL TRIMESTER, after the TRIMESTER IS UP CHRIST IS BORN, and you are BORN AGAIN or RESURRECTED.
The GREAT FISH is simple to interpret – It is MANKIND. Once the TRUTH OF CHRIST is cast into the WORLD (mankind’s thoughts) it is SWALLOWED (INGESTED, ASSIMILATED, BECAME ONE WITH)
Jesus said, that we must EAT HIS FLESH and DRINK HIS BLOOD – to become one with him.
The problem is most people don’t know what to do with it. They take the TRUTH OF CHRIST and turn it into a LITERAL CARNAL thing.
Well when the GREAT FISH (Mankind’s EGO) swallowed the TRUTH, it ends up making that FISH SICK.
JONAH CHAPTER TWO
Jonah 2: 1Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly,
So for those of you literalists out there, we have YET ANOTHER allegory for you. The word BELLY! And no, this is not speaking of a FISH’S BELLY LITERALLY here, but it is talking about what swallowed up whole the MESSENGER OF GODS TRUTH (Jonah, Christ)
You see the BELLY is another allegory for the SOUL of mankind. The SOUL, our sense of being, don’t believe me?
The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.
They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.
THE BELLY is the SOUL/sense of being OF MAN. You see this is a picture of the TRUTH OF GOD, being buried deep into the depths of our SOUL. Our SOUL ruling, our SOUL reigning, and the TRUTH/CHRIST/JONAH trapped deep within it.
At first, we pray out of our SOULISH UNDERSTANDING. We may even recite prayers we were taught. We really don’t know how to pray or what to pray for. A great example is when someone hurts us, and we hate them for it, our SOULISH prayer for them is “Lord show them how wrong they are” HA! — What meatheads we are when the TRUTH OF GOD is trapped in our BELLY (inside out SOULISH/CARNAL UNDERSTANDING)
When we become spiritual, our prayer becomes, “Lord teach me what I need to learn from this, forgive me for being angry with them, help me to be light to others, and deliver me from my hate and lusts”
2And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
Here is another interesting tid bit, Jonah prayed our of the BELLY OF HELL. Man’s CARNAL SOUL is HELL, it is the place we are sent when we leave the TRUTH of God for Man’s ways. Christ also was sent to HELL (man’s carnal soul) to deliver those trapped there. (Seeing a trend yet?)
3For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. 4Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. 5The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
This is our story “Church” this is what happened to us all. We were all cast into the DEEP, in the midst of WORLDLY LUSTS AND WAYS, and the floods of lies, tradition and vanity passed over our true nature (Christ in us). We were lost, WEEDS (lies) strangling any bit of truth in our minds. We are in HELL indeed, trapped in the carnality of our soul, CORRUPT (ignorant)
6I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God. 7When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
For a moment we, like Jonah, were trapped, the TRUTH OF WHO WE ARE (GOD’S IMAGE AND CHILD) in the prison of our own carnal vanity. But because of our suffering, we begin to see, the VANITY of MANKINDS WAYS.
8They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
When we follow after LIES, when we pretend that we are in control, and continue on a path of separation (in our thinking) we forsake MERCY, PEACE, AND JOY. We are in control. We can choose the easy road to redemption, by giving in to what God is telling us is true, or we can follow after the world and suffer until we do.
9But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. 10And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
NOTICE THESE WORDS…. ; I will pay that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.
Now for those of you who say, we CHOOSE SALVATION, our WORKS are what get us in… you are like the Men on the Ship rowing and fighting against the storm that God is sending to TURN YOU AROUND (REPENT)
Because SALVATION is not of MAN, it is OF THE LORD!
The instant we realize our “lives” are out of our control, and GOD’S WILL, WILL BE DONE, the instant we say “Not my will Lord, but Yours” – That is the instant CHRIST IS REVEALED from within.
And then the TRUTH can stand on the SHORE (a firmer foundation of TRUTH and Understanding) AND we can then go off and teach others. As Jonah did, hopefully without all the FISH PUKE ON US. Although, we will have remnants of our soulish filth still clinging to us, because we are a work in progress.
JONAH is our story as much as it is his. Learn from Jonah, learn. Don’t continue to follow man toward riches and tradition, be Bold, proclaim GOD’S WILL BE DONE.
That way, if you turn right and it is wrong, you understand God will use your mistake to correct you. It is WIN WIN people. That is the GOOD NEWS, no one FAILS! But if we listen right away and turn the way God intended for us to begin with, then we get to that place without so much as a bad vibe.
We must Love, Forgive, Be Charitable, compassionate, and most importantly we must listen to what the Lord wants of our lives.
If storms arise and things get uncomfortable and no matter how hard you try things aren’t changing. Set your eyes on God, and your situation will change. I hope this simple essay has in some way helped. Much love to you and yours, Jacob