So you would think, by naming my blog “Jacob’s Ladder” that I would actually have a paper written on the ladder. Well, in brief, I named this blog Jacob’s ladder because these essays were written after I had gone up (had revelation/understanding) of certain things, and then when I came back down, I would write what I had learned and share it with everyone here. We all have this LADDER inside of us, a place where we are constantly being taught by God, as he unravels the mysteries of the Kingdom (reign) and his will to us. So, today I felt the urge to tackle this chapter, with the hopes that it will open the eyes (understanding) of those reading, and I too will learn from it.
I’m going to start in Genesis 28, I want to take most of this chapter in Genesis and break it down, God willing. Because there is so much to this one chapter, that few see, and when the light shines, it will open your eyes (understanding) to something so profound, you may never think of this the way you have before.
So let’s begin with the backstory:
Now at this point in the story, Esau has already sold his inheritance, and now Jacob put on the “hairy Flesh” of his brother, to trick his FATHER ISAAC, into giving him the blessing.
Now I want to be clear, ESAU is a symbol of the Carnal Man, the man of the earth. He is a HUNTER (he kills), much like those first born men before him, Adam, Cane, Ishmael… the first Born NEVER inherits the Birthright/Kingdom. You’ll always find it is the second born (a symbol of being BORN AGAIN) And just like ABEL, ISAAC, and YESHUA, JACOB (The 2nd Born) pleases God. And here is how he goes about doing it. 1st he purchases the KINGDOM/REIGN from his older CARNAL BROTHER/NATURE. By appealing to his HUNGER, he fills him with LENTILS.
Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
Jacob saw the VALUE in what the OLDER/CARNAL brother had. But ESAU (man’s carnal nature) is too concerned with the things of the world and feeding their bellies, than things of heaven.
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
Now, what we must remember, is God already PROMISED all to the second born JACOB. But Jacob, like myself, and many others, feel there is something we NEED to do, to inherit what we have already been freely given. Much like Adam and Eve (already made in the image of God) believed they needed to do something to be LIKE GOD. (THEY ALREADY WERE, but died thinking they had to do something, know something, and be something to be what they ALREADY WERE) – Well Jacob was no different, and how did he, and how do we go about trying to trick God into giving us what we already were given? – Well by enticing our carnal nature to obey the FOOD our HIGHER SELF prepares. In other words, instead of killing off our carnal nature/ego we instead try to clean it up and try to inherit the Kingdom (rule of God) by carnal means. (going to church, reading enough, giving enough, doing this and not doing that)…. However trying to get what God has already promised us, by CARNAL MEANS will only get us to marry the wrong lady. (we’ll enter into the wrong spiritual relationship) – We see this later when Jacob is tricked into marrying LEAH, instead of the women he wanted, craved and loved, Rachel.
I for one, have been promised a best selling novel, that I would be a ground breaking, earth shattering light for all to see, humble, and at peace. Yet, I, like Jacob, like many of you… FOOLISHLY BELIEVE there is something I HAVE TO DO TO GET THIS. Which is probably why, I am not where I am, even though I have been promised this, and know it to be true, I’m still trying to WORK it out, and get it where “I” want it, instead of waiting on God’s promise in peace. (And the peanut gallery says, DUH!)
So, we do what Jacob did, we go into our carnal mind and try and TRICK GOD into giving us what he has already given. DUH! We believe we need to act carnally, to rely on our works, instead of faith. We believe we need to put on the FLESH (CARNAL MIND) to get what we want… But what happens in the END, is we too get tricked and marry the wrong GAL (leah = the law = with her poor eye sight (poor understading) and TEN KIDS (LAWS) – And then we get stuck working for LABAN a SHEEPSHEARER (religious system) because we ignorantly believe this is the only way we will find our wife of promise.
Now we’ve all made the mistake of ACTING out of the CARNAL to get the SPIRITUAL. Shoot every Religions teaches you how to do it. From childhood you are groomed to fear God and to “please” God by doing this, or not doing that! Religion teaches us, it’s all about our egotistical works, it’s all about putting on the FLESH (CARNAL MIND) and thinking our FATHER is too blind to SEE THIS.
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
So, God seals us with a promise, and our MOTHER (SOULISH UNDERSTANDING) – SAYS, quick go get one from the flock, I’ll cook it up, take the skins of goats, and cover you with it. Father won’t know the difference. Jacob knows this is wrong, but does it anyway. OUR SOULISH UNDERSTANDING (mother) what gives birth to (who we think we are) is a powerful influence on us. So much so we would rather disobey and deceive our Father than disobey our Mother SOUL.
19And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy first born; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me. 20And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to me. 21And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.
22And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
This last line is a powerful one. Because there are times, when we have the best of intentions (or so we think) – But we go about it the wrong the way completely. That is what his FATHER noticed, his VOICE (THOUGHTS/WORDS) were Jacob’s but his HANDS (WORKS) were CARNAL, LIES, DECEIT.
It is impossible to please God without Faith. Jacob wasn’t showing much faith here, the good news is, even in his DECIET he still was blessed. But this time it would come with a much higher price. Like Jonah, he went to Ninevah, but had he listened he wouldn’t have suffered. If Jacob’s trusted God and not his Soulish Ego, he wouldn’t have lived a life that was lived in constant fear of being killed (made carnal) by his older BROTHER (Esau) – When we all know the ELDER shall serve the YOUNGER. The 1st Man is of the EARTH (carnal/soulish) people, the 2nd man is from HEAVEN above. (Christ)
Esau 1st Born KILLER/HUNTER (Adam), Jacob 2nd Born SHEPHERD (Christ) = Types and shadows.
The 1st shall be last, but Jacob didn’t have faith. Then again, WHO TRULY DOES. But we can learn through this story…
So after all this immature deceit and betrayal and manipulation and WORKS. We are brought to where ISAAC sends Jacob to marry.
1And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
BIG QUESTION: Why wouldn’t he let Jacob marry one of the daughters of Canaan? Well CANAAN in HEBREW means “Lowland” – Jacob (the second born/Christ nature) is not meant to become ONE with the LOWER but with the HIGHER.
2Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother.
Notice, what Isaac says… ARISE! To ARISE means to GO UP! “ARISE AND LET CHRIST GIVEE YOU LIGHT”… Jacob is told to GO UP to PADANARAM (which means THE FIELD) — When we are given our inheritance (LIFE/UNDERSTANDING) WE ARE SENT out into the FIELD… which is the world. We are told to PURCHASE this field. And in the FIELD, Jacob is sent to the house of BETHUEL (which has two meanings, both of which are powerful, one) GOD DESTROYS and two) DWELLER IN GOD.
You see our salvation (coming to the full revelation of who we are – CHRIST :), takes time. God needs to destroy that CARNAL MAN, and you need to DWELL ONLY IN GOD… This is the place the FATHER commands Jacob to ARISE and go into THE FIELD and God will destroy that carnal nature and you shall dwell in GOD… This is the FATHER’S COMMAND…
3And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people; 4And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
And when you do this, as Jacob did, GOD WILL BLESS YOU (break you and make you fruitful)… multiply you (you will make an influence over the lives of others and begat sons and daughters for the kingdom’s sake.)
5And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.
Now here is the part many don’t see. The MOTHER’S BROTHER is LABAN (WHITE) is what the name literally means. Which is ironic because the dude is far from PURE. He is the brother of Jacob’s mother (soulish ego) Rebekah which literally means (ENSNARER).
Jacob is told to take a wife from their house, a daughter of LABAN (A SHEEPSHEARER, WHO HAS MANY GODS/FALSE BELIEFS) – LABAN is our religious system ladies and gentlemen. And this is where GOD sends JACOB. We find out why later, it is so Jacob can set the captives their free to follow the true God. The captives are represented by the speckeled flock… Jacob placed his ROD (authority/teaching/understanding/correction) into the water and this is what brought the flock to him. But we are getting way ahead of ourselves here. Jacob’s journey has just begun, and like us he will find many bumps in the road.
BUT, this is the main crux of this paper… and I tried to keep this one short for all of you. To show you this LADDER is within us all!
10And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. 11And he LIGHTED upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
The word LIGHTED means (encounter/reach/intercede). So Jacob ENCOUNTERED something. At this “certain place” and he stayed there ALL NIGHT. Meaning he could not leave this place (of understanding) until the LIGHT ROSE. But the SUN was set. Jacob was in DARKNESS, IGNORANT. LOST. But there were STONES in that “certain place” and he took them for a PILLOW (which means, to LAY A HEAD, DOMINION, RULE)
“Foxes have holes, birds have nests, but the son of man has nowhere to lay his head”
NoW are these LITERAL STONES? Ahhhhhh NO! Scripture is an allegory. To LAY YOUR HEAD on something means to PUT YOUR THOUGHTS TO IT. And remember, JACOB was in DARKNESS (Ignorance) – The SUN SET, it wasn’t rising.
Jacob had been sent into the field, unequipped. So he did what most of us did, because we didn’t know any better… he laid his head/ he put his faith in the stones (the law) = which will only put you further to SLEEP/DEATH.
And you shall write very clearly all the words of this law on these stones you have set up.
But there is good news, just like JACOB, I too, after sleeping on the STONES of LAWS AND DOCTRINES began to dream… And this dream was so great. That I would never again need to search for God, after it.
12And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
Now this LADDER was set up ON the EARTH (first man’s understanding), the lowest rung was carnality, the highest rung was CHRIST, As this ladder reached the HEAVENS! – meaning people, our carnal nature and our Christed nature are CONNECTED. And Jacob understood that the MESSAGE/TRUTH/ENVOYS of God ascend and descend on it… Which means, we will all have our ups and our downs. We all will be lifted to the heights of revelation and brought down to the depths of ignorance.
13And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
Now here is the best PART, above it ALL is GOD. And Jacob understood in this moment, GOD WAS IN CONTROL OF IT ALL! That God would NEVER leave him, and that God would make him a master of even the ground (lowest thinking) he laid upon.
Jacob understood, there was a plan, he understood that there was NO DISCONNECT between God and those that are ignorant. He knew GOD could never be separate, but more importantly that GOD WAS IN CONTROL.
16And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. 17And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
This is wonderfully symbolic of how when we WAKE OUT OF OUR SLEEP, we understand GOD IS IN US, AND WE IN GOD. The house of the Lord is the TEMPLE of God, Jacob, like you and I, are that TEMPLE… WE ARE THE GATE OF HEAVEN!
His dream took place WITHIN HIM, not outside of him. Jacob knew that the only way to GOD was to go within. And he also knew that HE COULD NO LONGER FAIL, BECAUSE IT WAS GOD THAT WILLED HIS LIFE AND ORDERED HIS STEPS.
I hope we all grab hold of this dream,