A World Of Illusion

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LOSE YOUR LIFE TO SAVE IT

Matthew 16:25
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

So what does it mean to save your life or to lose your life? Some have taught it means we must give up everything, home, clothes, life, fun, etc. etc. and live only for God. Others have said, we die to our ego and desires and seek only the things of God. And yes, even more have taught that we stop receiving and we live a life of giving.

Now all of these are all well and good, but what really do these scriptures mean? What is the great advice Jesus is giving us here? You see scripture is good for our instruction, and in it, is hidden the very KEY to living a fulfilled life and overcoming this world in Christ (the power and wisdom of God). For that is what CHRIST is…

1 Corinthians 1:24
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, CHRIST the POWER of GOD, and the WISDOM of God.

And the scriptures tells us the only way to find TRUE LIFE is in CHRIST.

Colossians 3:3
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Our LIFE is hid with CHRIST (the power and wisdom of God) IN GOD… So our life is IN GOD, and the power and wisdom that comes with knowing this… What it means to be dead would be the opposite of life, if life is in the power and wisdom of God, then death would be the opposite. Death would be ignorance. In fact, that is what death is… it is to be carnally minded.

Romans 8:6
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

To be focused on CARNAL things, temporal things, worldly things is IGNORANCE… Which equals spiritual death. Meaning when we are focused on things that don’t truly matter, instead of the TRUTH that does, we are not living our life, we are existing in darkness.

The world we live can almost be looked upon as an illusion. The world outside of us is TEMPORAL, SENSUAL, meaning it is not INFINITE, it will dissolve away. And the only way we know and experience this world is by our five senses. (sight, touch, taste, smell, hearing) There in lies the trap.

We focus so much of our attention on the cares of this world, which are the very THORNS that strangle the life within us. We worry so much about the cares of this world, the bills, the thrills, the lies, the ties, the ups, the downs, the smiles, the frowns, that we have been tricked into being it’s prisoner. These THORNS which were placed on JESUS’ head, are the same thorns thrust into ours. (Our Thinking)

Luke 8:14
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

There is not peace or hope in the sensual world. We are IN THE WORLD but we are NOT OF THE WORLD. Which is why this world will never bring us joy. Our joy must be found in LOVE and LIFE, in Christ (the power and wisdom of God)… but as long as we are IN THE WORD (which is the lusts of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life) we are meant to be LIGHTS OF IT!

Matthew 5:14
Ye are the light of the world

And we must find a way to let that light shine, we must find a way to LIFE OUR LIFE by finding the TRUTH that is HIDDEN WITHIN US…
Now, despite what many say we can find the TRUTH hidden away in many things, not just scripture. We don’t need the bible to know God, we don’t need the Torah to know God, or any other holy book. Abraham did not have a bible, nor did Isaac or Jacob, or many others for that matter. You see, God is within us all, and His HOLY SPIRIT is our teacher.

Let me briefly explain what the HOLY SPIRIT is… First of all, the word HOLY simply means “SET APART, SEPARATE”… The word SPIRIT literally translates into MIND… in fact Jesus said, his WORDS, which are spoken thoughts” are SPIRIT…
So the HOLY SPIRIT is a MINDSET that is SEPARATE from the world. The POWER and WISDOM of God, which is CHRIST, which is our LIFE is our guide, our savior, and our great reward.

And it is within us all… so it doesn’t matter if you have a bible or any holy book or not, what matters is the truth being revealed from within you… WHICH IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

The truth is taught/remembered regardless of where and when a person lives. In fact, God says, the time will come for us when we will need no other teacher than God Himself…

Jeremiah 31:34
And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

So is this world an illusion? Are we like Neo from the movie the MATRIX, slaves in a prison we cannot see? The answer is YES. The Result is death and the only way out is CHRIST. But here is the rub, you see humanity has been conditioned to put their faith on what their senses tell them is true. For most, SEEING IS BELIEVING… For me, however, Believing is UNDERSTANDING and seeing the world around me can also be looked at, as if a man be walking through a dream.

“Row, Row, Row, Your boat, Life is BUT A DREAM.”

A MAJORITY of scripture deals with SLEEP. Humanity spends 1/3 its life ASLEEP… Believe it or not, 1/3 of scripture deals with the SLEEP put on man.

When we sleep we are no longer CONSCIOUS of the temporal world. We drift off into nothingness (it seems) or we drift off and our mind creates new wonders, new worlds, our experiences in these dreams can be terrifying and wonderful, and in those moments we believe our experience to be real. yet the moment we wake from our SLEEP, we understand the NIGHTMARE OR DREAM was a FIGMENT of our IMAGINATION. It was not real. No loved ones were ever lost, no crimes were ever committed, no adultery, no sin, nothing, it was all MAKE BELIEVE.

But when we wake and re-enter this world, we call EARTH. We are snapped back into what we call REALITY. But the question should be asked… IS IT REAL?

THE LIFE WE LIVE HERE, regardless of what, and how, we live it. Is a mere shadow of eternity. It is whisp, here today and gone tomorrow. So what is it about OUR LIFE here that we should LOSE, so we can SAVE ourselves?

Many interpret dreams and their significance, but few pay attention to the SYMBOLS in the sensual world, the SYMBOLS and PARABLES humanity is living in. You want to find out what is going on spiritually, look at what is going on physically. For everything around you, where you livem, what you drive, how you eat, your relationships, how your children act, who you love, what you hate, to the name of the street you may be living on… THEY ARE ALL PIECES TO THE PUZZLE called THE MEANING OF LIFE!

Romans 1:20
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

We understand the things of God, also by understanding the things God has made. No matter where you turn, there is a lesson, God is teaching. Think of your life as a great adventure. You are lost in the Matrix of TEMPORAL THINGS. We know everything we see around us, will one day perish… But who we are, in ESSENCE does not and cannot end. The question we should ask, is, why then do we continue to put our faith in things that will fail us.

The great trick of the CARNAL MIND (Our ignorance/enemy/liar) is the belief that things of this world can save us. Jesus told us, to be in the world, but not of the world. We are commanded to OVERCOME THE WORLD.

And what is the WORLD? What are the CARES OF THIS WORLD? What is this WORLD we must OVERCOME as Christ overcame?

1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

The world is our SENSUAL CONNECTION to the ILLUSION created by the FALL.

Ephesians 5:14
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

We need to WAKE UP from the DEATH of our SLEEP. (Our ignorance) the dream tells us GOD IS FAR, FAR, AWAY. The DREAM tells us, we are horrible, terrible, sinners, doomed for destruction. But CHRIST came to SAVE not to CONDEMN.

As the LIGHT OF THE MORNING wakes us up after the long sleep in the NIGHT. The LIGHT of CHRIST wakes us from the IGNORANCE we have existed in.

Genesis 28:16
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.

When you wake up, when CHRIST (The power and wisdom of God) GIVES YOU LIGHT (THE TRUTH) you will know GOD is IN YOU. And you will no longer look outside of yourself for a SAVIOR, for you will know that CHRIST IN YOU is the HOPE and the GLORY.

So what does it mean to LOSE YOUR LIFE, to SAVE IT?

Does God want us to give up our homes, families, and lives pack our bags and become a missionary? Does he want us to turn our backs on our hopes and dreams of being a singer, actor, architect, chef, etc. etc… Does God want us to live a life that is not a life at all, OR… Does God want us to live a life that is full, filled with peace, and every one of our desires met, because it is God who placed those desires in our hearts to begin with?

There is more to us than we have believed. Who we THINK WE ARE, is NOT WHO WE ARE. Like NEO in the MATRIX, one day we will wake up and find out all of our labor, suffering, hardship, and pain, was in vain. We will LET GO OF THE REIGNS of our LIVES, FOR THE REIGN OF HEAVEN (God’s ways)

Which by the way, is the proper translation for KINGDOM. The KINGDOM (reign) of God, is not a literal castle, it is being bridled and led by the LORDS OF HOSTS.

In scientific terms, A HOST is simply a VESSEL used by ANOTHER. That is what we are in a nutshell, we are the HOST that GOD uses to fulfill His great purpose in OUR LIVES. But we have been conditioned that GOD IS SEPERATE FROM US, and that WE (our ignorant) ego is in control. We have been conditioned to seek salvation without, not within. It is this ANTICHRIST nature that sits in the TEMPLE of GOD (OUR MIND) and declares HIMSELF to be GOD. Mankind, in their SLEEP OF IGNORANCE (DEATH/CARNALITY) believes HE IS IN CONTROL of his LIFE. But he is A LIE, a creation of IGNORANCE.

You are not who you think you are, you are MORE.

Want to find out who you are? Seek first the Kingdom of God and EVERYTHING will be added unto you. And what is the Kingdom (Reign) of God that God commands us to seek? John tells us, The Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

We are meant to be ruled by Righteousness, Peace and Joy in God’s Holy Spirit. God desires us to live the life that he has ordered for us to live. So how do we achieve Righteousness and joy?

By dying to who we THINK WE ARE, and SAVING who we REALLY ARE in CHRIST.

2 Thessalonians 2:8
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming (revealing)

Scripture states, Christ cannot COME (be revealed, manifested in the flesh) UNTIL the ANTICHRIST (son of perdition) = OUR CARNAL EGO is revealed for what it is.

In other words, people, who we think we are, is the ENEMY OF GOD. And once we learn, that the OLD MAN MUST DIE, the NEW MAN is renewed within, and the OLD MAN (EGO/CARNAL MAN/1ST ADAM) is destroyed with the BRIGHTNESS (TRUTH) of his coming (revelation)

To find this, is not easy. It is not even an easy thing to write or tell. But God has a plan. Like a winepress, we will be tested until pure.

Jesus taught, there WILL be tribulation in this world. He told us to endure until the end, he taught us that to know the Kingdom we MUST pick up our cross daily and follow him. So there will be hard times, there will be pain and suffering, but how we react to those trials will directly affect whether we inherit the kingdom on earth. We will learn that we REAP WHAT WE SOW, we will learn, there is NO OTHER WAY IN, but the DEATH TO SELF (ego) and the RESURRECTION of Christ.

In the book of Hebrews 12:11, Paul writes, no chastening for the present seems joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

You see suffering, and enduring, produces humility and peace. Sounds crazy, but the truth is THERE IS SUFFERING AND TRIBULATION in the world. Everyone has hard times. We cannot control the tough blows that come our way. However, Jesus in the scriptures above was giving us great wisdom. Wisdom that will SAVE us, Wisdom, that will produce that joy and righteousness, wisdom that will lead us to the Kingdom of God. Everything in our lives, is a symbol. Look at it, pray about it, seek God to see why this or that has come upon you. Nothing happens by chance, and nothing is meaningless in this life.

OUR THOUGHTS are the key to freedom. The FREEDOM is found when OUR THOUGHTS ARE GOD’S.

“I only say what the Father tells me to say”

This is why, scriptures tells us that we will be judged for every idle thought and word. We must allow GOD TO TAKE THE REIGNS… We must LOSE OUR LIFE (EGO/CARNAL/THINKING WE ARE IN CONTROL) and WAKE UP and realize, “God is GOD and there is NO ONE BESIDE GOD.”

God has long promised a day of rest that he prepared for man where he will cease from his own labors. Pay close attention to those last words… CEASE FROM OUR LABORS… This is the Sabbath day rest and on this day we are to rest from OUR WORKS. That’s it. We are to REST. We are to CEASE OUR LABOR.

When Christ says, he that will save his life will lose it, he is not telling us to give up living the life God gave us. It is merely giving up the thought that we are in control, IT IS GIVING UP THE ILLUSION that salvation and TRUTH is found outside of us, FOUND IN MANMADE DOCTRINE AND RELIGION.

We are told “do NOT put our trust in man”. But, when trouble comes we immediately begin to work out how WE can fix these situations. We work out every twist and turn, and usually we enter into a wicked thought and way, where we begin to manipulate and lie, and most of the time we get angry and take our frustrations out on others. We put our trust in MAN, we put our trust in OURSELVES not God.

When trouble comes, WE try to SAVE our lives, but in our own pathetic effort, we end worse than we were to begin with. We end up LOSING the life God wants us to live, one filled with Righteousness, Peace and Joy.

You see this passage, found in all the gospels is teaching us that God is in control.

When we put on the flesh of our older brother Esau (self effort, carnal thinking, works) to try to trick the Father into delivering us our blessing, we end up suffering greatly because of it. We in fact, Lose our life by trying to save it.

Now I want to point out what our LIFE is to begin with. This will add yet another layer hidden from view to the literal scholar as opposed to the spiritual seeker. Scripture teaches us clearly, what our LIFE is…

Colossians 3:4
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Through self effort, we lose Christ, we lose the Truth and the Way into the Kingdom. Through self effort we put our faith in man and not God. This is why Jesus was so clear when speaking on this subject.

Paul understood and declared in Romans 14:7 “None lives to himself, and no man dies to himself.” You see, it is error to believe we are in control. We live unto the Lord and we die unto the Lord. We must give up the belief that this is “Our” life, and that we can rule it.

24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

To find the Kingdom we must give up TRYING to find the Kingdom to begin with. We must learn our lessons. We must willingly reap what we have sown. We must forgive those who hurt us, pray for those who use us, and love others as we love ourselves, do unto others as we would want done… This is a great truth and until we do these things we will never know that peace that passes understanding… Which means, we MUST first UNDERSTAND this lesson to find peace.

Truly, it shouldn’t matter if we lose out job, our relationships, if we get sick, if we are used and abused, if a storm takes our homes away, but it does matter to us and when tragedy comes, when hard times knock at our door, it hurts. But if we continue to put these Burdens on our own shoulders, and continue to try to “save our life” instead of understanding God is in control, and taking the yoke of Christ whose burden is light, we will only make things harder for ourselves.

Matthew 16:25
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

We need to lose our own efforts, we need to stop worrying about everything that happens, we need to give that up and let our suffering go. We need to LOSE OUR LIFE to save it. Jesus taught us we must lift up our cross and follow him.

We must do as Christ did, for he was our example. He didn’t blame others, he forgave them, he didn’t fight against his situations he gave into them by giving them over to God. He didn’t want to suffer and die, he prayed for the cup to pass, but Christ knew it was beyond his control. He knew to SAVE HIS LIFE was to ACCEPT that HIS LIFE WAS NOT HIS OWN. Which he so eloquently stated to his disciples, I can do NOTHING of myself. Without the word of God I can’t do anything, but with the Word of God I can do all things!

This is good advice that Jesus is giving us. It is given to us, so that we too can have heaven on earth.

In Romans 8:8, we are taught that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.

You see, we must realize that our trials are there for us, not to hurt us, but to teach us to GIVE UP THE REIGNS. The more we kick against the “pricks” the more we will suffer.

No one literally needs to die to have life, but we must get rid of the thought that we are in control, we must stop going to that tree of good and evil, and saying if I do this I get good, and when bad things happen believing we are being punished.

Look, it ALL works together for the good of those that love the Lord. If you Love the Lord you UNDERSTAND that EVERYTHING, even the bad, is there for YOUR GOOD!

In closing, if we take Christ’s advice to heart and if we TRULY give up our LIVES (Our efforts, will, worry, doubt, fear, anger, hate, etc. etc.) and believe that God is in control, than we WILL HAVE A LIFE INDEED.

Jacob
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FISHERS OF MEN

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FISHERS OF MEN

Mark 1:17-18
17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
18 And STRAIGHTWAY THEY FORSOOK THEIR NETS, and followed him.

In the gospels there is a wonderful story about how Jesus found men toiling under the sun trying to catch fish, but only catching some, with their nets.

Many have taken the story to mean that Jesus came over and told them that they should give up on their careers, follow him and spread the gospel instead. But this my friends is not only what this story means. In fact, what the revelation of this story could mean for your life is quite profound.

You see, not everything that you read about in Scripture is as it seems. There’s a hidden treasure that when revealed can change the very lives of those who read the stories to begin with.

For those of you new to “Jacob’s Ladder” you will find much of what I write here deals with the hidden mystery of scripture. For it is the SPIRIT of the scriptures that give life (enlightenment) to the reader. As the apostle Paul wrote, “the letter/literal kills”. The MEANING/SPIRIT of the story teaches a person something, while focusing on the literal aspects of the story (which were never meant to be taken that way) kills the very LIFE/ENLIGHTENMENT found within the revelation of what that story means.

So much of what we read in the scriptures are an allegory. Which is why Jesus said clearly to his disciples in the gospels, “it is given to you to know the MYSTERIES of the Kingdom of God and unto them who do not have this insight ALL THINGS are shared in PARABLE”.

Now does this all mean that there were not literal events that happened that we read about? Well, that is not really the point is it? What REALLY matters is what a person gains from the story. I often use the parable of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” to illustrate this point. It does not matter whether there was a boy or a wolf, what matters is the SPIRIT of this story, which is of course that one should not lie or exaggerate.

The same is true for the events surrounding these “Fishermen”. It does not matter whether there were literal fisherman or literal nets, what REALLY matters is WHAT THE STORY MEANS FOR US. What TRUTH is hidden within these verses. What is it that “GOD” is trying to say hidden within the context of these stories? That is what matters!

After all…


It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. (Proverbs 25:2 KJV)

The TRUTH is hidden within these stories and it is our great honor to find these treasures for ourselves. The revelation of which, comes only when one looks beyond the literal story until the spirit of the story clicks within and is revealed. When this happens it is like the “lights go on” and one finally understands the depth, and freedom, of the revelation that was once hidden within what seemed to be a pretty cut and dry story or a man telling a bunch of other men to follow him.

Now when this revelation hits it is like a LIGHT finally shining in a dark place allowing an individual to finally move about with the confidence, and wisdom, of where they should go next.

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:19-21 KJV)

Now I do want to point out that the truth can’t be forced. It must come from deep within, it must be revealed. And when the TRUTH is revealed it is like being healed of blindness spiritually. The TRUTH gives SIGHT to the blind, EARS to the deaf, strength to the lame, a tongue to the mute, brings to life what has been dead/ignorant, casts out the lies/demons that possess men and women, and much, much more.

We see this happening time and time again with every “miracle” Jesus performed. It DOES not matter whether they were literally healed or not, what mattered is that they HEARD THE TRUTH and UNDERSTOOD THE TRUTH.

Colossians 1:27
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

So it is the TRUE MEANING of this story that I wish to share today…

What does it really mean? Why did these men leave their chosen profession and forsake their nets? Are their nets symbolic of something else? Are the Fish A METAPHOR for more?

The answer to all of these questions is YES, YES, AND AMEN!

For years we have taken this story to mean that men and women everywhere should leave everything BEHIND to go out and preach the “message” their particular church says people must adhere to. Basically, bad religion has given people the idea that they should give up on all of their responsibilities to further religion’s agenda/message. Because “saving souls is more important than time with your family, friends, interests, or current employment.” The irony found when Jesus tells the bad religious elite… Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. (Matthew 23:15 KJV)

Bad Religion takes scriptures and twist them. Scriptures like Luke 18:29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, 30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting. … Bad Religion has used these scriptures to manipulate people into focusing on serving bad religion and bad religion alone regardless of how many families or lives are torn apart in the process.

And the ignorant fish in the sea take the bait and believe these passages are literal… but as Paul states, “These things are allegory!”

Sadly, people today have taken these things literally and have used even these scriptures to justify not living up to the responsibilities of being a parent or spouse. A great example of how the LETTER/LITERAL kills.

The tricks, snares and nets of religion can convince people that they would be rewarded for such nonsense like leaving jobs, homes, family and friends behind to serve Bad Religion’s version of the Kingdom of God. Which they present as some FUTURE award… when the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN AND GOD has always been and NOW EVENT.

Romans 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

The salvation of our souls is finding this RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, AND JOY within us. This is HEAVEN ABOVE. A higher form of thinking. RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE AND JOY are not found in selfish ambition, but by LOVE! If truth be told this HEAVEN that Bad Religion is selling today does not exist!

BEHOLD THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS WITHIN YOU. The POWER AND WISDOM OF GOD (Christ) saves us from the lies/nets bad religion has cast upon us to control us.

In Isaiah is the best example of what HEAVEN, and what EARTH, is…

Isaiah 55:9
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

HEAVEN = God’s Thoughts/TRUTH = PEACE
Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

EARTH = Man’s ignorant/carnal thoughts

God has thoughts of peace, power, and a sound mind. God does not give us the SPIRIT OF FEAR, yet man’s ways are below God’s ways… And one of the greatest NETS Bad Religion has used for far too long is FEAR. “Do this or that OR ELSE!” But the TRUTH delivers us from these nets, as Jesus delivered these men from their nets.

It is the TRUTH that sets a person free. No NET is needed to DRAG anyone to the truth. It’s YOKE is easy, it is not the NET/YOKE OF RELIGION which is a heavy burden. Jesus said, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest Matthew 11:28 and again when Jesus said… For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:30

THESE NETS THE FISHERMEN WERE USING BECOME THE YOKES AND BURDENS we all suffer with today. Which is why we are told to… Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14

There was no joy, peace, and righteousness/right-thinking found in casting net after net into the sea of ignorance we call this world for these men. This is the reason that when the TRUTH (Jesus) appeared to them they were ready to FORSAKE their nets once again for all and become fishers of men!

So it becomes clear, the story of the fishermen leaving their nets behind to follow JESUS is a symbol of so much more. Every piece of this story is rich in meaning and hope. These NETS have more to do with the lies of religion and this world than literally catching fish as you will soon see.

As Micah recalls…

Micah 7:2
The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright/honest among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a NET.

You will soon see these NETS are everywhere today, and they mean one thing for those caught and that is DEATH/SUFFERING. While the captors can enjoy the spoils of the catch (their money and devotion).

You see these FISH HAVE GOLD INSIDE! Controlling people means more than just devotion and blind faith, it means their wealth is your wealth. BAD RELIGION knew this and JESUS KNEW THIS.

Jesus proved this point when the religious leaders demanded temple tax and he told his disciple to catch a fish (which you will soon see is an ignorant person) and take the gold from its mouth.

Matthew 17:27
Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

BAD RELIGION wants that money, and to get it you had to HOOK or SNARE one of the ignorant fish/people in the sea to do so.

Let’s talk about some of those NETS
1) Net of FEAR- HELL, DAMNATION
2) Net of PRIDE – you are better than others
3) Net of Prosperity – You will be healthy and wealthy
4) Net of Power – You can become a super human
5) Net of future reward – You go to Heaven and it is all worth it
6) Net of Family or Friend pressure – If you aren’t like the bad religious you can’t be with them
7) Net of miracle healing
8) Net of prophetic words – people telling you they have heard from God directly

The list goes on and on… and they are ALWAYS CASTING THAT NET OUT ON THE WRONG SIDE

It’s all about money and power for the Bad Religious, and those NETS had to constantly be mended, because they were easily broken. Which is why in each encounter in the Gospels we see the fishermen either using their nets or tending to their nets. These NETS were important to their financial well-being. Yet, immediately following their encounter with this man Jesus they all left their nets. Mind you, they did not just leave their nets, they FORSOOK them.

Now why is this important? You may ask.

Well, these NETS by now you should see offer nothing in return but DEATH for fish. The NETS these fishermen were used to make their living is still practiced today, until the TRUTH shows up and shows them a better way.

Jesus came along and showed them THAT better way… the WAY… THE TRUTH… and LIFE! Jesus promised to make them fishers of men instead.

The difference being what Jesus offered did not mean death for these “fish/ignorant people” it meant life. And this LIFE was something that bad religion and politics has stolen away from them all.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 KJV)

So you see, those who have gotten the masses on their bad religious hooks, and caught the unaware in their bad religious nets only came to steal from those they catch and in return kill their true hope and peace.

Ecclesiastes 9:12
For MAN also knoweth not his time: as the FISHES that are taken in an evil NET, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

These thieves continue on this day using their lies and promises and fear to keep the ignorant FISH buying into their religious and political lies. These thieves who say as long as their FISH do as they say, give, obey, serve, make followers and don’t question, promise that when the FISH are finally in the grave they will finally enter the gates of heaven.

But these thieves that call themselves religious leaders offer nothing but the death of a fulfilled life. No one, and I repeat no one can enter into the kingdom of heaven under their rule. Mainly because they have twisted everything we read about in scripture into something else. They have created a fantastic narrative that only offers them the power and wealth they crave.

These thieves make false promises and put on grand shows tickling the ears of those who hear and like a net dragged in the sea anyone they catch finds nothing but promises that are never kept, pride, bigotry, intolerance, greed and much worse. One can never find Righteousness (right thinking) Peace, Joy and Power in corrupt thinking. And anyone who tries to enter into the kingdom any other way but through Loves gate and denying one’s self, the same becomes a thief and robber as well, who too will find themselves dragging the allegorical net trying to kill more in the name of a god bad religion made up.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:1, 10 KJV)

But Jesus showed them a better way. He revealed the truth to them and he did so using the bait of love and a more abundant life.

So right away they left their nets and followed him. They followed him not for worldly gain but for that peace that surpassed their current understanding.

I would like to state that they did not just leave their NETS behind to follow Jesus, they FORSOOK their nets!

That is quiet an interesting word used to describe them leaving their nets behind, if that is all we are meant to take from it. Let us look at what the word “Forsook” means.

Forsook in Greek – Aphiemi
Literal meaning: “to abandon, leave desolate SO ONE CAN GO FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER.”

This word, “forsook” offers us insight into the deeper meaning of the disciples leaving their nets to become “fishers of men”.

To get to the place of wisdom, to return to their first estate, to move from their current understanding to where they truly wanted to go they had to leave the LIES OF BAD RELIGION behind.

The apostle Paul spoke about this very thing, when he considered all he had learned from religion, all he had done in the name of religion, he called DUNG! Paul knew the snares and nets of bad religion as well as anyone. Paul and well as David knew how deadly these NETs could be. He knew a NET of LIES cast unto the ignorant fish of the world, meant death and hell (ignorant suffering)for the people.

Psalm 35:7,8
For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul. Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.

The “FISH” by now, you should understand are symbols of the ignorance holding MEN AND WOMEN EVERYWHERE captive. It is their carnal ignorance.

Jesus compared ignorant men and women to FISH, when promising to make his new recruits “Fishers of Men”.

Jonah was swallowed by a GREAT FISH, and resided in the FISH’S BELLY for three days much like Jesus did in the belly of the EARTH. Here we see a connection that must be made. The first obvious connection is that the belly of the fish is also a symbol for the belly of the earth, which we also now know from earlier, is also a symbol of MAN’S CARNAL WAYS AND THOUGHTS. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are Gods ways higher than man’s, God’s thoughts higher than man’s thoughts.”

Jonah is an allegory of the SPIRIT MAN trapped within the IGNORANCE OF THE CARNAL MAN (fish). Look also what the BELLY OF THE FISH is called by JONAH… HELL!

Jonah 2:1-3
2 Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly,
2 And 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.

In this verse we see the Fish’s Belly also called the belly of HELL. We know that HELL is the word used to describe the suffering that accompanies ignorance. The FISH are those that are ignorant and lost to the ways of this world (lust of eyes, flesh, pride of life).

We also find that Jesus was found in the belly of the EARTH.

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.

We are also told that when Jesus died he entered HELL (Ignorant suffering) to set the captives free in 1st Peter 3.

THE BELLY is also a punishment for the SERPENT (carnal ego man) who goes about on his belly digesting only dust/lies. The BELLY is a great symbol for the “womb of the carnal mind”. The BELLY of the FISH is a person’s carnal lust and ego. This is why we see the lying serpent cursed to go about on his belly.

Genesis 3:14
And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

THE BELLY is a symbol for the “womb of ignorance and carnal thinking” indeed as Job puts it… Job 15:35
They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their BELLY PREPARES DECEIT.

But just as JONAH was freed from his ignorant hell, just as Jesus was freed from the sins of the world that cast him into the depths of the earth/hell/grave, just as these fishermen were delivered from their miserable lives, so also are we when we stop trying to rule over others, make money from others, or get others to do what we want them to do. The instant we forsake the NETS of our past and become fishers of men ourselves by sharing the truth without wanting anything in return, then the heavens open up and we find the rest Jesus promised.

There are those who kill their FISH – The bad religious do this. There are those who fish men out of their ignorant despair and offer them life and hope.

When Jesus asked them to follow him he was leading them to the kingdom of heaven, and I pray we can do the same for others! Which are we? Fisher of Men or Killers of Fish?

John 10:10
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

IT’S TIME FOR THE FISH TO COME OUT OF THE WATER! IT’S TIME TO HELP OTHERS WALK UPON THE WATERS INSTEAD OF DROWING IN THEM… ONCE WE PULL THESE FISH OUT OF THEIR IGNORANCE, THE HEAVENS WILL OPEN UP AND THEY TOO WILL KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF.

Matthew 3:16
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

It’s time for Bad Religion to forsake their nets, let’s help them all become fishers of men by showing LOVE!

Jacob
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FEAR NOT!



“FEAR NOT”

You have to love those two words. “Fear Not”, is used, according to a simple Biblegateway search of the KiNg James, some 63 times. I wanted to point this out, because many “Christians” today say that Jesus mentioned the word “Hell” more than anything else in the scriptures, yet the word “hell” (which by the way literally translates into (Grave, Death, Hidden place, Valley, Lamentation, Pit) yet even this word appears far less than the words “Fear Not” in scripture. But what is more interesting is this false belief that Jesus spoke about “Hell” more than anything else. Search the scriptures and you will see the amount of times Jesus mentions, speaks about, or teaches about the word “Love” dwarfs the amount of times “hell” is mentioned in the entire canon of scripture.

Now this article isn’t meant to disprove the nonsense teaching today of infinite torture, read my article “To hell with Hell”, or the “Lake of Fire Revealed” for that. I am simply using that as a jumpstart to this essay. You, like many others, have probably never taken the time to see if Jesus really spoke about “hell” more than anything else as so many “Christians” claim. That is our problem as a body of believers really, and in society as a whole… we simply take people’s word for things instead of going and seeking the Truth for ourselves.

1 Corinthians 11:18-20
18…I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.


This is why we see so much division today, in the world, in religion, in our own hearts. We have been fed a steady diet of lies and fear that people truly don’t know what to believe, until it is “made manifest to them”, until these lies are revealed.

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of living a life of fear, worry, debate, and self loathing. I want to come out from under the hand of sorrow, get out of this valley of the shadow of death, and walk into that peace that passes understanding. The question is, how does one get there? How do we become HAPPY?

Proverbs 3:13
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding


1 Kings 10:8
Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom


Job 5:17
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty


John 13
15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.


So to be happy we MUST, listen to the truth, hear wisdom, allow God to correct us, and do as Jesus did. Simple right? AHHHHHH NOPE!

This is why our lives are so hard, because we are learning that OUR WAY is not the RIGHT WAY. In scripture we are warned of the “Strange Woman”, an allegorical character that represents our carnal ego. She is also known as the whore of Babylon, the adulterous woman, etc… she a representation of any thought process that leads you away from the Truth of God (path of life) into the ignorance of our carnal mind (hell). In this next proverb, pay attention to how we find out way out.

Proverbs 5
1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.


Our minds are flooded with thoughts that drag us into the pits of ignorance, pain, hate, and suffering. And it is easy when someone does us wrong to follow that thought process (strange woman’s lips) and end up in an emotional hell where you simply would rather end it all than live another day. BUT NOTICE HOW WE KEEP OURSELVES FROM THIS?

We keep the TRUTH, in our hearts and minds. We continue to ponder (think about) the path of Life (the truth of God). And most importantly we TRUST GOD, leaning not on our ignorance, but on the TRUTHS set before us… LOVE, LOVE, LOVE (that is the TRUTH, we must keep).

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding


I know how hard this is. But IF we want to be happy and have peace in this world, we MUST TRUST THAT EVERYTHING IS GOING ACCORDING TO GOD’S PLAN! When we are hurt, WE MUST NOT HURT BACK, we must find forgiveness immediately! When we begin to feel overwhelmed, and begin to hate our situations, we must understand that the moment is TEMPORARY and until we can simply TRUST THE PLAN and see each day, and each perceived problem in our lives as a necessary tool to get us to that place where we Trust God, Hold Unto Truth and Wisdom, and do as Jesus did. If we don’t TRUST GOD (who works all things together for HIS WILL, and HIS WILL is that all be saved from the pain in their lives (look it up)), if we don’t TRUST that all is well in the world and in our lives, we will never be free from the pain of FEAR.

This is why the words “Fear Not” as used so often. We are told to take no thought for our lives, basically we are told, stop worrying about your bills, your health, your children, your relationships, the weather, the government, the future… the list of fears go on and on. And if Religion were to have her way, you would also be tricked into fearing things that don’t even literally exist (infinite torture, a rapture, the end of the world, demons, and the scary character named the DEVIL (who is nothing more than YOUR CARNAL EGO).

You see, I understand how hard it is for us to have peace, when we are daily bombarded with everything that is wrong in our lives and in the world. Most people have such a problem with life that they want to find some sense of peace and what do they do, they do what I did, they go to Church and like me they then get more fears added unto them. They are told YOU ARE NO GOOD, you are a sinner doomed for hell, (not because of anything you did of course, it was Adam’s fault) LOL, then you are told that you have to do all these things to escape this future torture, WHICH YOU KNEW NOTHING ABOUT UNTIL YOU WERE LOOKING FOR THE GOOD NEWS AND PEACE! Life is HELL in this world as it for most of us, then to go looking for peace and to only find… WHAT? MORE BAD NEWS! Are you kidding me? How could anyone find peace in that? Then to be fed a constant diet of how people who don’t do what your particular church does, or believe what they believe, is damned. So of course, people don’t find peace and happiness in that. They become bitter and fill themselves with religious (I know better than you) pride, and then those people become more screwed up then they were before they darkened those church doors.

Matthew 23:15
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.


But becoming a member of a certain Church isn’t going to save you! Doing what religious men and women tell you, isn’t going to save you, all that does is keep you in a constant state of FEAR, where you worry you may lose your salvation if you don’t do this or pay that. The problem is, they are missing the point completely, THEY NEED TO BE SAVED FROM THE PAIN OF THEIR OWN LIVES AND THEIR IGNORANCE!

This is what we need salvation from, not the future which doesn’t exist for us, or our past which no longer exists for us. Yet isn’t it our future and past that CONSUMES US?

Another one of Jesus’ favorite expressions is “Take not thought” – take no thought about what you will wear, eat, drink, what you should say or not say, TAKE NO THOUGHT…

Matthew 6:34
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.


The RELIGIOUS want to keep you scared to death, and keep your eyes on the FUTURE FATE OF THE WORLD! They are constantly bragging about visions, and other nonsense about these so-called END OF DAYS!

AS IF PEOPLE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT IN THEIR OWN LIVES? These religious leaders just add piles and piles on bias, fear, condemnation, regret, shame, and more unto all the dumb sheep that haven’t yet learned, IT IS TIME TO SEEK GOD WITHIN FOR YOURSELF!

If God wanted us to constantly worry about our future fate, or feel bad about our past, he would have told us… YET the man Jesus spoke God’s truth in saying…

Matthew 6:34
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.


Take no thought! DON’T WORRY! FEAR NOT! It will ALL WORK OUT! One day because of all you are going through, when you TRUST GOD, KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE OF LOVE, and PUT OTHERS BEFORE YOURSELF, then you will HAPPY! And ALL THINGS ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO GET YOU THERE!

Romans 14:22
Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth


We have to STOP being so hard on ourselves people. We are not bad, we are not ugly, we are not despised or rejected, GOD HAS NOT LEFT US OR FORSAKEN US, God is correcting us, trying to wake us out of the slumber of fear, worry, and shame, that everyone from our parents, to our teachers, religious leaders, and even our neighbors have banged into our heads. If there was ever a nightmare called HELL it truly is the DEATH OF IGNORANCE!

And remember, the punishment for falling out of sync with God was never infinite torture it was DEATH!

Genesis 2:17
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.


And what is DEATH?

Romans 8:6
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace


Death is what we are ALL walking around in right now, if we suffer. I am not above it. There are days I don’t feel like I can go on, days I cry, days I wish I never came into this world, but in those days, ALWAYS in the back of my mind I KNOW THE TRUTH! I know that those thoughts of FEAR are not real, I know FEAR is not of God, so everything I have fear, shame, guilt or regret about something, I stop and remind myself, GOD IS IN CONTROL, and I start again. Because I know that the MOMENT is all that matters, not the past, not the future.

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


Here again we see what GOD GIVES US is LOVE, PEACE, LIFE, A SOUND MIND! So guess what, everything else AINT REAL! And we need to take our fearful thoughts captive, and cast those imaginations down. We need to say, THIS IS NOT THE TRUTH OF MY LIFE, I HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT, I AM A GOOD PERSON, I AM GODS CHILD IN WHOM GOD IS WELL PLEASED!

2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;


Any THOUGHT that becomes more important to you in the moment, besides thoughts of LIFE, LOVE, PEACE, than those “branches” of thought that are not rooted in “Christ”, LIFE, WISDOM, POWER, LOVE AND PEACE, as jesus said, must be cast into the fire (destroyed, wiped away from our thinking). Because these are not TREES GOD PLANTS!

John 15:5-7
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.


Many use this passage to back up the deceptive teacher of infinite torture, but really look at what the scripture is saying. Christ (the way, light, truth, love, power and wisdom of God) is the vine, we are EXTENSIONS of that VINE. MEANING WE ARE ALL ONE! Our root source, our life spring, where we come from is LIFE, LOVE, LIGHT, POWER, WISDOM, THE WAY! Now if we don’t abide (understand who we are at our center (Christ)) then we bring fruit and our lives are filled with purpose, and peace. But if we don’t abide (live) in the LIFE and we detach ourselves from the unity and trust that is only found in understanding who you really are at your core (Christ), then your life will becom a curse to you. Spiritually you will decay, and the thoughts that are causing you pain will eventually land you in trials like that of being cast into the fire. These trials, and hard times are meant to BURN AWAY the thoughts that have you thinking you are something you are not. But more importantly, this fire (which is the testing of your faith) is going to burn away all of your FEAR, because FEAR is truly the root of all suffering.

I know there will be many religious teachers that say FEAR IS IMPORTANT, it is the BEGINNING of wisdom, we should be scared of God, for he is a God to be feared! First let me point out what a Good Father is, a good father is a loving Father, a fair and just Father, a Father you trust and want to please not because you are scared of Him, but because HE LOVED YOU FIRST, SO YOU LOVE HIM!

And secondly, as I said, many people use FEAR to motivate people into believing particular religious beliefs. “fear if the Lord is the BEGINNING of WISDOM!” – NOTICE that scripture does not say, FEAR OF GOD IS THE END OF WISDOM, it is quiet the opposite, it is the BEGINNING!

In fact, when we begin anything in LIFE, fear is found at the beginning of that experience. Whether it is riding a bike for the first time, going on the school bus for the first time, starting a new job, ANYTHING THAT IS NEW begins with a sense of FEAR…. but that is not the middle of the experience, and definitely not the end of the experience…. No it is not the END where we find FEAR, IT IS THE BEGINNING. Because at the beginning of our coming to understand the truth about God and ourselves we fear, but when we become wise we learn there was nothing to fear, EVER!

The Beginning of Wisdom may be fear, BUT LOOK WHAT THE END IS!

Ecclesiastes 7:8
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof


Fear is the Beginning of our journey here, but the END IS LIFE, LOVE, POWER AND PEACE! And that is so much better than the beginning indeed!

I know things are hard for many of us right now. But I want you to trust that you are going to come out of this valley with Goodness and Mercy, for it is following you!

Isaiah 54:6-8
6 The LORD will call you back
as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit— a wife who married young,
only to be rejected,” says your God


We will return to His Rest, we will find joy and peace, God is calling us back, God is using all of our pain and hurt as a shepherd uses his staff to guide the Sheep to the Sheep gate. Like Paul, we must learn that it hurts to fight against the situations in our lives, we must simply accept them and keep our mind on the TRUTH, LOVE!

Acts 26:14
And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks


ONE DAY WE WILL WAKE UP AND REALIZE – it is YOU AND ME that we are PERSECUTING! Daily we ignorantly persecute our true nature (Christ), and in so doing we suffer, but one day we will see the vanity of such actions and we will stop fighting to hold unto our egotistical lives, and we will lose that, to save the TRUE LIFE of CHRIST WITHIN US!

So for a moment, things will be hard, but HAPPY will you be when you TRUST THE PLAN, LET GOD OF YOUR CONTROL, LOVE OTHERS, SERVE OTHERS, and most importantly HAPPY are those that don’t condemn themselves and do good! So LIVE your life, don’t let fear, shame, regret, or worry rob you of the TRUTH, that you are God’s Child in Whom He is Well Pleased! So stop beating yourself up and rejoice! Stop allowing other people’s issues to steal your joy, they are not your issues they are theirs, take criticism as an hour glass takes sand, let it pass right through you. Don’t believe the fearful things you hear people say, live for the moment, live for love, LIVE FOR YOUR LIFE and you will find death no more!

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