COME IN THE LORD’S NAME?
So what does it mean to “come” in the name of the Lord? And who is the one who does this? Is it Jesus? Is it a prophet? Is it us? Is it God? Well, as always many religious organizations believe they have this figured out. However, and of this I am certain, not everything you hear from religious leaders is true. In fact, in my years of study I have found much of what is commonly held as the “gospel” truth couldn’t be farther than the good news I know many of you reading today have come to know. (Not of your doing of course!)
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
You don’t “come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the truth” by your own egotistical effort. As so many like you quote…
2 Peter 1
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
YES! It’s all about the REVELATION of things. And this is not of our own will, but these revelations are gifts given to us by God, reveald to us by that Holy Spirit within us which brings all things to our remembering. In other words, these are righteoues thoughts that flood our mind with truth, separating the DARK (ignorant thoughts) from the LIGHT (thoughts of truth), helping us to distinguish between them, and more importantly which thought we should heed and which we should discard.
To find out what it means to truly “Come in the name of the Lord”, I couldn’t just sit down and begin to write what “I believed” to be true. First I had an idea of what it might mean. Some people call it an epiphany (which by the way is defined as “something manifested”). And what a revelation I had. It began with the following scripture.
For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
At face value, this scripture sounds like it is speaking of Jesus the man. And that the unbelievers wouldn’t see JESUS the man, again until there were happy to see… Jesus the man. RIGHT?
Sorry but that is not the case. That is not even close to what that scripture means. So let’s go up a couple of verses here in Matthew to put some things in perspective.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
38Behold, YOUR HOUSE is left unto you desolate.
39For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Did you notice what is left Desolate? It is THE HOUSE of God which is left DESOLATE. And of course, we are the HOUSE OF GOD, for those that don’t know that, God dwells in us, we are the TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD… But let’s stick with that word, DESOLATE for a moment.
Now that word sounds like it means, God departs from us completely. UNTIL, of course, we say BLESSED IS “HE” that comes in the name of the Lord. First let me point out the WORD DESOLATE translates better into “SOLITARY, LONELY” – Like a wife left by her husband, OR sheep no longer being led by a Shephard…
Now why does a Hen gather her chicks under her wings? Well there are many reasons, warm is one, but the main reason is protection. Under the wings of a Hen, a baby chick which doesn’t know any better will bot follow after the fox and end up as lunch. And so this is a great allegory for us. Because without the guidance and protection of the Hen, the chicks lives are always in danger. Under the wing of the Hen, the chicks really cannot go where they want, they are fed, warm, and secure. But once they decide to follow after their own will and not after the will of one that knows better, they become lunch!
This is exactly what is happening in Religion today. It is no different than thousands of years ago. In Jerusalem, they were buying and selling in the temple, saving the choice seats for the important people in the temples, making long prayers, wearing expensive and gaudy outfits, bragging about all they do for the (body of believers), condemning those that aren’t part of their particular faith, the list goes on and on. Today we see the same thing, right outside of the “sanctuary” we see tables sets up with all sorts of books, videos, dvd’s, oils, tamboreens, etc. Today they are still selling the sacrifice in the outer court, within the choice seats are still saved for the “important people”, the leaders are still dressing to the nines and living like rock stars, and yes they still brag to their congregations about how important it is to give your money, and how much they themselves give. As the scripture says,
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
So it is nothing shocking that the HOUSE (mankind’s soul) is left desolate (LONELY, FEELING ALONE, DESERTED and WITHOUT GUIDANCE) … And the reason is simple. Religion teaches Man is in control, God teaches man has not control. So when man goes about to establish his own righteousness (which is as filthy rags) he begins to live out of the assumption that HE OR SHE is in control and that God is somehow far away, or waiting to come again. (Sound familiar?)
But in this scripture, Jesus said,
For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Now does this mean you won’t physically and literally see Jesus the man until you can say, YEAH JESUS YOU ARE THE BEST AND BLESSED? Once again the answer is NO!
Jesus is not speaking of literally SEEING HIM, what he is speaking of is understanding what he understands, knowing what he knows. It never EVER had anything to do with literally SEEING Jesus, as Jesus was always focused on showing GOD WITHIN!
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father
And since NO ONE CAN LITERALLY SEE GOD at any time, this has nothing to do with literally seeing Jesus as God. But it has everything to do with Jesus the man Revealing God through his words, his actions, and most importantly his fruit, LOVE!
No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him
So no one can literally SEE GOD, but the SON declares him, reveals him to others. And THAT is what Jesus was sent to do, as we are sent to do, to be LIVING EPISTLES READ OF ALL MEN!
So while this scripture may seem to indicate that Jesus is saying, “You won’t see me literally, physically again until you are happy to see me,” the truth of what is REALLY being said is far from that. In addition is has more to do with you, me, and humanity as a whole than it does one single man named Jesus.
Let’s look at the last part of this scripture, UNTIL we can say, “BLESSED IS “HE” THAT COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD”.
As I wrote earlier, this does not mean JESUS doesn’t return until we are excited and want to see him, WAITING FOR JESUS TO RETURN IS ACTUALLY THE PROBLEM. One of the biggest problems there is today. Because it takes our eyes off the true relationship with God within us, and places God outside of us, far from us, making this God not only seem distant for a God who forsakes us and leaves us. Which, many Christians teach today, sadly.
But what this REALLY MEANS is we WON’T SEE (UNDERSTAND/PERCIEVE) the TRUTH (that Jesus revealed)until “we” UNDERSTAND that IT IS US that WILL REVEAL CHRIST.
We will continue to believe we are ALONE in this world if we believe that God is somehow far from us. And the lies of religion aren’t doing us any favors, by teaching everyone to “invite” Christ to come in OUR HEART, as if WE DON’T ALL HAVE OUR EXISTENCE IN GOD AND CHRIST TO BEGIN WITH.
For in him we live, and move, and have our being.
Our life is HID in CHRIST. Which means WE HAVE LIFE! The problem is the ONLY WAY TO FIND THIS LIFE IS TO UNDERSTAND WHO WE ARE, AS CHRIST! To find our life, we must find Christ first! And we don’t have to look far.
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 for those religious leaders that teach that God’s holy Spirit which is Christ is somehow far away in a distant galaxy, waiting for you to say a certain “sinners prayer” you’re sadly mistaken. That belief is a believing in another god, one that hates, one that is distant, and one that is easily thwarted by man’s will. This distant Angry God Man created, so CARNAL MAN (who killed the TRUTH) could continue to rule, as God.
This is what the whole fall in the garden is all about. The Fall takes place in us, the instant we start eating from the TREE OF “WE ARE IN CONRTOL, WE KNOW WHAT PLEASES GOD AND WHAT DOESN’T, WE KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS WRONG” – Eating (becoming one with the fruit of this line of thinking), eating from this TREE (the carnal mind) indeed makes man believe man is god, in control, and that everything is dependent on the decisions man makes. But that is what the problem is.
If we begin to say that God is far from us, Christ is waiting to return, and we choose when and how. That makes us god in our deceived minds and keeps us from trusting God, as Jesus did.
Here are some of his greatest hits, “I can do nothing of myself”,”Not my will but thine”, “the words I speak the Father tells me to speak”, “the things I do the Father shows me to do”… Truly nothing can thwart God’s will, and this is what WE MUST UNDERSTAND! That God is in control of EVERYTHING, once we accept this than we enter into his rest, we cease from our labour and accept who he says we are… HIS CHILDREN!
I know this is very hard for many of you to receive, but WE are the VERY BODY in WHICH CHRIST will APPEAR! That is the mystery, CHRIST IS IN YOU, CHRIST IS YOU, CHRIST IS ALL THERE HAS EVER BEEN. The anointing of God’s Holy Spirit is our life! But if we are waiting for a separate man to return, we will be waiting a long time. We need to be excited about this, we need to accept who God has made us to be, and be with who made us to be by simply resting and trusting God is in control.
Now once you realize that WE are the BODY OF CHRIST, the MIND OF CHRIST, and have the NAME OF CHRIST… once we understand we are CHRIST, then we will be able to TRULY SAY, “BLESSED ARE THOSE that COME (ARE REVEALED) in the NAME (true nature) of the LORD” – We will see that those who understand the TRUTH of who they are, “GOD’S CHILD”, are blessed.
Now I know in scripture, we see Jesus arriving many different ways, in the clouds, (clouds are witnesses by the way), riding a white horse, as lightning, rain, etc. etc… But I want you to understand that each and every one of these are allegories, ARE US!
When Jesus came into town, many flipped out. They were so excited to see and hear this man, that they had heard was coming. Others expected to see a conquering savior riding a proud white stallion, yet this Savior came in riding a meek ass and colt.
Matthew 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
Okay, here’s a little nugget you might find interesting, a COLT is a HORSE under the AGE OF FOUR. The number four, forty, etc… are symbolic numbers of testing and trying, (a pregnancy of sorts (40 weeks)) before you WAKE out of your slumber of death (Ignorance). Lazarus was dead for FOUR days for example.
Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
You see the ANIMAL, Jesus comes riding in on in scripture isn’t yet fully mature, and we are not fully mature. This is an allegory of how that TRUTH begins its ministry in our heart.
Now even though it sounds like I am putting all the focus on the symbolism here. You have to remember that the physical, literal world is needed to relay these spiritual truths. That’s right, I am not saying there wasn’t a literal Jesus, sitting on a literal ass, not at all. I am simply stating what may, or may not, have literally happened, happened for us to UNDERSTAND the SPIRITUAL MEANING OF IT.
The Temporal (SEEN) world always bears witness of the ETERNAL UNSEEN world within.
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:
And yes, that goes for your life as well. From how you live your life, to where you work, how you behave, who you befriend, to what car you drive, pets you have, etc… All symbolism of what is going on SPIRITUALLY.
I know it sounds far out, but there is significance to whether your bedroom is a dirty mess or not. If it faces the sun or does not. If you live in a basement apart, or own a two-floor home.
Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING is here to teach us about the only TRUTH there is, GOD and HIS CHRIST (us) who we FORGOT WE ARE.
The CHRIST that DIED for US (Who we think we are/ Our CARNAL Ego).
The truth of who we are was killed by who we think we are. As Cane killed Abel, our first natural carnal man (OUR EGO), killed the spiritual nature (OUR LIFE/CHRIST).
The good news is, the first Man (Adamic thinking) will be last, and the last man (Christ is/as Us) will be First into the KINGDOM OF GOD.
4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom YOU crucified, whom God raised from the DEAD, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
People see this scripture and believe it speaks of something that happened two thousand years ago. That other’s crucified Christ and God raised Christ from one man’s death, as opposed to seeing that the DEAD that are raised is ALL OF HUMANITY (lost in Ignorant Carnal THINKING). We are the “DEAD” God raises Christ from.
1 Corinthians 15:22
For as in Adam ALL die, even so in Christ shall ALL be made alive.
We are the “GRAVE” Christ rises from.
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for YOU ARE AS GRAVES which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.
This is why when he (WE) is RESSURECTED, the BODY OF CHRIST, comes out of their GRAVES (tombs of false beliefs)
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which ALL that are in the graves (IGNORANCE/HELL) shall HEAR his voice.
Look a GRAVE is something that helps people remember THE LIFE THAT ONCE WAS… This is humanity in a nutshell, walking around DEAD wishing for LIFE. But those that are DEAD in their GRAVES (IGNORANCE) will HEAR (PERCIEVE) the Truth (his voice) and will LIVE! – Obviously this scripture is not talking about literal dead people, literal dead people cannot literally hear anything.
No the DEAD, are the CARNAL MINDED!
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Notice as long as you are ignorant (carnally minded) you are DEAD, but once you come to the TRUTH, you finally know LIFE AND PEACE! This is what we are all coming into, this day, this resurrection, REJOICE ALREADY!
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live
To be CARNALLY MINDED is DEATH. This is the DEATH Christ rises from, the TOMB of our false beliefs that CHRIST is LOOSED from.
We’re not talking Night of the Living Dead stuff here, we are talking about SYMBOLISM.
Just as the COLT’S ASS is also symbolism of US, in our IGNORANT state.
For vain MEN would be wise, though man be born like a wild ASS’S COLT.
Mankind is BORN like an ASS’S COLT… An immature BEAST OF BURDEN.
Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.
This is the way CHRIST comes into the world, riding US. But first we must be LOOSED of the ignorant chains that keep us bound.
Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
This is also our job as Sons and Daughters of God, to find those that are BURDENED and TIED and BOUND by the lies of the world, to LOOSE them and BRING THEM TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH, which is CHRIST IN THEM.
Salvation is not belief in a man from thousands of years ago, salvation is here and now, WITHIN YOU. You cannot find freedom believing in something OUTSIDE of yourself, or waiting for someone to come again. You can only know FREEDOM by understanding YOU NEED NOT WAIT to be Free.
Neither is there salvation in ANY OTHER: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
You WILL NOT FIND SALVATION in any OTHER. You will ONLY FIND SALVATION WITHIN… Yet, so many are trying to find salvation in ANOTHER. As opposed to the TRUTH that is WITHIN.
The ONLY way to be saved is to let go of everything that is NOT TRUE, AND TAKE HOLD of the TRUTH of GOD, which is ALL IN ALL.
We need to stop believing the lies we have been taught, we need to put our faith WITHIN GOD and stop placing GOD without. Stop waiting for someone to save you and understand that SALVATION is for ALL.
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
And ALL carnal people shall come to the KNOWLEDGE OF THIS GREAT TRUTH and the STATURE OF THE PERFECT MAN (CHRIST).
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ
This is our SALVATION, to have the KNOWLEDGE of WHO WE ARE… We WILL BECOME THE PERFECT MAN (image of God)
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins.
The whole point of Jesus’ ministry was to GIVE KNOWLEDGE of SALVATION to others, to show them that the only way to SALVATION was the REMISSION of SIN. But what does that mean?
The DISEASE of SIN must go into REMISSION, as any disease goes into remission. It’s signs and symptoms must go away.
So we must first understand what SIN is, to see why it needs to go bye, bye.
O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.
The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
It is our FOOLISH thinking that needs to go away. The lies we believe, the thoughts that God is far away, and not OUR LIFE. Who is the FOOL AGAIN?
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
To believe in a DISTANT God is to NOT BELIEVE in God, and to BE A FOOL. To believe MAN is GOD is to NOT BELIEVE in God and be a FOOL. Many say Jesus the man is God. But we know…
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Now, God may not BE A MAN, but GOD IS IN THE MAN. Because God is in CHRIST (the ANNOINTED ONE) and CHRIST is IN MAN.
2 Corinthians 5:19
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself.
Now, let’s use simple Logic. “Christ IN you” “God in Christ” – there is no need to be waiting for any return, God never left us, our thoughts left GOD. But even this was part of the plan.
So, to find salvation we need to stop putting faith in a dead flesh man named Jesus (OUTSIDE OF US), and UNDERSTAND we are in fact the DEAD JESUS thinking God forsook us, and the CHRIST that will RISE FROM OUR DEATH (ignorance) – We need to start putting our faith in the God that is WITHIN us all… this is our HOPE OF GLORY, CHRIST.
*The Glory by the ways is “The hidden thing” – It is the GLORY OF GOD TO CONCEAL A THING. Christ comes (is revealed) in the glory of God (the which was hidden within us)
And the glory (revealed truth) which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.
THERE IS NO DIVISION IN ONE. ONE is ALL THERE IS. And until you understand this, your house will be left DESOLATE – (you will believe God is far from you, and you will be as the prodigal starving from unity and love in a land of famine) – But once you understand that BLESSED IS HE (anyone) who COMES (who is revealed) IN THE NAME (nature) OF THE LORD… Then you will SEE THE SALVATION OF YOUR HEART. And YOU will know who you are, and GOD’s CHRIST will be GLORIFIED WITHIN YOU!
2 Thessalonians 1:10
When he shall come to be glorified IN HIS SAINTS, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
SO COME IN THE NAME OF THE LORD ALREADY WILL YOU?
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Jesus told his disciples that, “Unto you it is given to know the MYSTERIES of the KINGDOM OF GOD, but unto those that are without “Christ” ALL things are done in parable.”
Now first of all I want to point out two things.
Jesus did NOT say the things of God, or the Kingdom of God are easily, literally, and intellectually understood, quite the opposite. – Jesus said these things are a MYSTERY.
Let’s look at that word mystery, some other words for it are enigma, riddle, secret, puzzle. Mysteries cannot be taken at face value, they must be REVEALED. Now let’s look at the definition.
The literal definition of MYSTERY is: 1.Something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain 2.The condition or quality of being secret, strange, or difficult to explain — and I believe the best definition is the one they give for the MYSTERY of Christ 3.A religious belief based on divine revelation, esp. one regarded as beyond human understanding
Now those that were being discipled by Christ. Those led by the spirit of Truth, Christ (The Power and Wisdom of God) is given the UNDERSTANDING of these things. This of course, is NOT done by their intellect or soulish comprehension. This is also explained clearly in scripture.
2 Peter 1:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 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.
The word PROPHECY is a word few truly know the meaning of. People think of Nostradamus when they hear that word, they think of future events, and predictions. But a “PROPHECY of SCRIPTURE” is a true understanding of the mystery of it. And always the understanding (the prophecy) speaks of the CHRIST WITHIN YOU. Your true life which has been hidden, which some have come to realize and others have not. This in essence is what the “parable” of the Ten Virgins which I will soon get into.
So I hope by now you know, PROPHECY is merely the revelation, and true understanding of God’s Glory (hidden meaning of things, and scripture) – Remember it is the GLORY OF GOD to conceal a thing. And this hidden thing is the TRUTH that has been hidden WITHIN US, in his own SPIRIT OF TRUTH. And it is only be realizing the Christ Within that you can have prophecy to begin with, and know all things.
1 Corinthians 13:2
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge
I do get a kick out of all the Pastors, Bishops, Rabbi’s, Guru’s, Evangelists, and “Prophets” who give themselves these “Titles” by the way, or proudly wear them because other men have given them to them. A side note: If anyone has a “Title” before their name, Like Bishop, of The Evangelist so and so, or Prophetess or Prophet so and so, it’s a good call they haven’t received the “PROPHECY OF THE TRUTH”. No person who has a firm understanding of God’s grace, and truth, exalts themselves. Instead they humble themselves. They don’t make themselves out to be something greater, or seemingly more important than others. Scripture is clear on this as well.
For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself
As a former Catholic (as a young child) I was forced to call the Priest Father, Kiss the Ring of the Bishop, Cardinal, etc… and when I understood that scripture forbid such actions I was quite shocked no one picked up on it. But such is the way of religion.
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven
But I’m not simply pointing out problems with the Catholic Church. This problem is everywhere. Every religious leader it seems, wants to be called Pastor, Bishop, Evangelist, Prophet, Imam, Master, Teacher, etc and etc… I cringe when people write me and call me some of these things, and I immediately reply, “I am nothing but a simple guy who loves to seek, loves the mystery of life, and loves to love and encourage others.” And this IS NOT OF MYSELF! I didn’t give myself this desire, it was placed in me. I thank God for it.
In any event, common sense should dictate to these men and women, that it is pride that makes them believe they need to attach a “title” or “name” to themselves to be taken seriously as a “man of woman of God” – There is no need for such pride. It sends the wrong message to those listening, and corrupts the man. As the scripture verses surrounding the above verse dictate. Carry the burdens or others and prove your understanding of God with your humility, love, compassion, forgiveness, patience, and true wisdom.
2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
Not only do these men and women, boast a title, they also wear collars, outfits, and fancy jewelery, long chains, etc, to “set them apart from the people who listen”.
1 Peter 3:3-4
3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
Now I’m not saying it’s not okay to wear nice clothes, dress up, wear makeup, GOD FORBID you think that. I am saying those who claim to know the things of God should not DRESS UP FOR SHOW, there is no need for the fancy robes, gold chains, Bishop’s collars, etc… There is nothing wrong with wearing “your Sunday best”, so long as your Sunday best doesn’t set you above the rest. Meaning, if you are one people look to for understanding the things of God, wear humility, let compassion be your collars, and charity your jewelery.
There was nothing that set Jesus apart from his followers with the exception of his WORDS OF WISDOM. He didn’t look grand that we should be attracted to him, he didn’t have people wait on his hand and foot, in point of fact the opposite was true. The Greatest of All Is Servant to All.
Now that I got all that out-of-the-way. Let’s get back into what this paper is REALLY about.
“Unto you it is given to know the MYSTERIES of the KINGDOM OF GOD, but unto those that are without “Christ” ALL things are done in parable.”
Notice, Jesus said “to those” that DIDN’T KNOW THE MYSTERY OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD “ALL THINGS” I will repeat that, ALL THINGS ARE DONE IN PARABLE.
Notice the scripture verse did not state SOME THINGS, but ALL THINGS. Which means, EVERYTHING you read in scripture has more than one way to PERCEIVE it. The Literal which most likely will keep you in chains and KILL your wisdom/life, and the SPIRITUAL which will bring you LIFE (ENLIGHTENMENT).
Now many will say, “NO, SCRIPTURE IS LITERAL. God wouldn’t try to confuse us.”
But please consider, if scripture was easily understood than carnal mankind would have no need for God. And he could then justify himself in killing others, raping others, stoning others, condemning others, keeping slaves, beating women, and worse. NOW DOES THAT SOUND LIKE A GOD OF LOVE TO YOU?
You see every time we see something in scripture, we must SEEK the deeper meaning. By prayerfully considering it, and allowing God to reveal it. In fact, you should EXPECT God to reveal it, if he put the desire in your heart to know a thing, you will know the thing.
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 The respect and reverence of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
If this literal book “The Bible” wasn’t sealed up, MANKIND will never humble themselves. If our Book of DNA wasn’t sealed up, we would become immortal terrors walking the earth as well. This is an unveiling process we are all going to take part in.
Have ever done something really dumb, but at the time you thought you were in the right and had every reason to do what you did; But then, found out the truth of the situation and felt terrible that you had acted that way? Well this is why scripture has been sealed.
The good news is, the TRUTH of IT ALL, is already right inside each and every one of us. Not one single person on the planet earth doesn’t already have all the answers within them. WHICH IS WHY WE DON’T NEED TO GO DOOR TO DOOR TEACHING PEOPLE TO KNOW GOD!
And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
But for now, ALL things are done in PARABLE. Now let me explain what that means.
A PARABLE is a story that needs to be interpreted; it is one whose moral can only be found by uncovering the mystery hidden between the words written. To understand a parable, one must understand the SPIRIT of which the story is trying to convey. The STORY doesn’t need to be literal, it can be, but the point of the PARABLE is not that it literally happened, but WHAT IT MEANS!
As I wrote earlier, “No scripture is of private interpretation”, which means no one can read it at face value and declare the meaning of it. Our interpretation or understanding of a thing is much different from the interpretation given to us by the inspiration and revelation of it from God. (which once again, I must add, is what PROPHECY is! Not predicting future events)
The good thing is Christ has given his church the keys to unlocking these mysteries, and many of them are found in scripture itself. And when the meaning is uncovered, understanding what the parable means will indeed set you free.
The question is what are we set free from? The answer is our ignorance, our own misunderstanding. You see the reason we suffer, is because we DON’T KNOW ANY BETTER! It’s like we’re walking around in the dark bumping into things, we can’t seem to get anything right, we suffer, we cry, we DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY!!!!! If only we had a SPIRITUAL LAMP to guide us through the darkness of our ignorance, that would be something wouldn’t it? 🙂 Well the truth is, WE ALL DO INSIDE US!
And nothing speaks this better than the parable Jesus gave about the five wise and five foolish virgins. But to truly understand this parable WE HAVE to allow God to reveal it’s deeper meaning. The way I came to understand this, was not any great effort on my part. Not even close!
One day I was thinking, I wonder what that story really means. And then one day, IT SIMPLY CAME TO ME. It started with the though, “go in scripture and see what a lamp is compared to in scripture”, and “what is oil compared to” and “what does a virgin represent”… You get the idea.
So I began digging.
8 Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. 9 And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.
When the SPIRIT OF LIFE AND WISDOM with us, brings us to DIG DEEPER we uncover how corrupt the false teachings of the day are. We are amazed and shocked, but we are filled with JOY for all we have begun to understand.
SO LET’S TAKE A DEEPER LOOK SHALL WE?
1Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
So who are these Ten Virgins, what does their LAMP represent, and who is the bridegroom? The Bible speaks many times of a Virgin, the Virgin daughter of Zion, the Virgin of Israel, the Virgin of Babylon, the Virgin who gives birth to Immanuel (The Lord).
A VIRGIN is a symbol of someone who has not BECOME ONE WITH another, sexually, which can result in offspring. So spiritually, a VIRGIN is one who has not become ONE with a BELIEF SYSTEM that would produce a bunch of ideas about God, whether true or false. Offspring are symbolic of what we create within us when we become one with an IDEA.
For example, someone tells us, it is a SIN to eat meat on Friday. Now if we take what that person says as Gospel Truth, then we produce a CHILD (thought/belief) within that will condemn us IF we do eat meat. Get it? Remember we are dealing with ALLEGORY, PARABLE, MYSTERIES here, that MUST be looked at with SPIRITUAL EYES (UNDERSTANDING).
SO, the Virgin is US before we become ONE WITH IDEAS! Once we take on a bunch of false beliefs and traditions as Gospel Truth then we are no longer VIRGINS! We become like the woman at the well, who has many husbands, and not one of them produced good seed within her. Now, unlike the natural world, we can become VIRGINS again, when we get rid of all our LOVERS (RELIGIOUS VANITY)
For those who think this is still speaking of literal virgins, let me show you in scripture that this is a PARABLE, speaking of how we MUST BECOME AS VIRGINS ready to become ONE (marry) the TRUTH. Look at what Paul said to Corinth.
2 Corinthians 11
1 I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me! 2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure VIRGIN to him. 3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
It should be clear by now, that a VIRGIN is one who has NOT BEEN deceived.
The reason we must be AS VIRGINS is, IF we are holding onto the LOVERS OF LIES, TRADITION, AND RELIGION then we will NEVER RECEIVE TRUTH. We can only receive the TRUTH when we ARE divorced from the lies. Which is a clever way of saying, we don’t want lies no more, we want a relationship with the TRUTH.
Jesus said “he is the TRUTH” now lots of people think that “the man Jesus” is their HUSBAND. These people would be wrong. This is symbolic language, his words were TRUTH, the TRUTH was revealed IN THE MAN JESUS, as it is revealed in those God quickens today.
Truly it is the CHRIST (the power and wisdom of God), the WORD of God that was WITHIN JESUS the MAN that is our HUSBAND. The same spirit of Life that ruled Jesus the man, as he said “I can do nothing of myself” is the same spirit that is within us. This WORD is our true husband, and the HEAD OF THE BODY (BELIEF SYSTEM IN US, AND BELIEVERS AROUND THE WORLD)
This “Husband” talk is not literal, it is speaking spiritually (allegorically). Think of it this way, OUR THOUGHTS rule our lives, essentially OUR THOUGHTS in this case are the HUSBAND. This is why we must put on the MIND OF CHRIST, so we are ruled by the TRUTH, and so the HUSBAND (Christ) will lead the BODY (us). THE HUSBAND WE MUST MARRY (become one with) IS THE TRUTH OF GOD.
2 Corinthians 11:2
I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.
Christ is not a SINGLE MAN. But the SPIRIT OF LIFE within ALL MANKIND! And when we marry ourselves to it. (become one with this truth) we are led by our HUSBAND and submit ourselves to our HUSBAND (truth) IN ALL THINGS.
So indeed THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS is about humanity as a whole. And it speaks of the TWO NATURES in mankind that are obedient to the truth, and carnal (disobedient).
FIVE WISE – FIVE FOOLS
Remember, the WISE are those that trust that God is in control of all things. And the Fool are those that don’t believe in God being in control. And each of us, have these natures within.
Who we think we are in this world, and who we truly are IN CHRIST.
Now that we know who the Virgins are, let’s move unto the OIL AND LAMP.
The Bible is also clear also about what the LAMP is… It is not a literal Lamp.
Psalm 119 tells us that GODS WORD is a LAMP unto our feet.
So it clear that this LAMP that WE carry is GODS WORD.
And what is GODS WORD? The answer is found in John 17, Gods WORD is TRUTH. (Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.) It is This TRUTH that saves/sanctified us. And of course the BRIDEGROOM is GOD.
1Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
But five of these were WISE and five were FOOLISH.
So now the PARABLE becomes clearer. The Kingdom of God is like HUMANITY who hold unto God’s TRUTH and waits to find God.
Let’s again who the WISE ARE: Ecclesiastes 8:5: Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment
So you see a WISE person can DISCERN, he or she can understand. They have the REVELATION of THE TRUTH hidden in parable. They have the interpretation and the understanding.
Now if these VIRGINS are ALL OF HUMANITY and their LAMPS are the TRUTH, Well this parable is teaching us that HALF can understand the TRUTH God pours out upon all flesh, while the OTHER half does not. But this is NOT about literal people here, but natures in man.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Within each of us, are two NATURES at war. The Flesh and the Spirit. The EGO and the Christ. The Virgin parable speaks of these natures in man. The EGO may have the LAMP within, but will never understand it. Only the SPIRIT can ALLOW THAT LIGHT TO SHINE. As five virgins left the other five to go WITHIN and get MARRIED (BECOME ONE WITH THE TRUTH)… WE TOO, must leave our ignorant EGO in the world to be free. Our carnal mind can NEVER hear the call of the BRIDEGROOM. Because our EGO is simple, worldly, earthy (the first man = death = ignorant = unable to understand the PROPHECY of truth)
Proverbs 9:13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
So we begin to see that this is not a literal story of ten literal virgins with literal lamps, instead it is a story about us. And which category we fall into.
Now watch what those with no understanding do with GODS TRUTH that is poured upon them. For it is written, his TRUTH is poured out upon ALL FLESH, but not all have the UNDERSTANDING, not all ARE WISE and become Sanctified WITH IT.
3They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
There are some of us, that are unable to take the TRUTH of GOD and because they don’t have the proper interpretation, and don’t truly understand what it means. They don’t have the very fuel (revelation/wisdom) that gives that TRUTH LIGHT! They don’t have the very ESSENSE NEEDED to LIGHT the path, to LIGHT the way around them. They don’t have the understanding and so, they don’t have the SALVATION that comes with knowing and believing in the WORD of GOD, Gods TRUTH.
4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
But those who DID understand what God was teaching them, they were saved FROM THEIR IGNORANCE and their TRUTH was ready to BURN BRIGHT to show the world just who THEIR HUSBAND really IS. They had the OIL which you will see is WISDOM to see the truth for themselves. The others went off to try to buy it. (Sound like people in church tithing and such, doesn’t it?) But God wants us to SHINE THE TRUTH CONTINUALLY!
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually. 3 Without the vail of the testimony, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the LORD continually: it shall be a statute for ever in your generations.
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Indeed the Oil, is something that takes time to produce in all of us. It is a process, a difficult one, but one never the less that causes our face to shine with the interpretation of Gods word. As it did with Moses and Christ.
Psalm 104:15: And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and OIL to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.
So this OIL that we have in our VESSELS (Hearts/Spirits/Life) is the JOY and it causes our face to shine… WHY? Because we know THE TRUTH, that GOD IS IN CONTROL OF ALL THINGS, so we can rest in that salvation. And we know this GREAT SALVATION only comes through the UNDERSTANDING the TRUTH of GOD. So is there a scripture that says that UNDERSTANDING TRUTH causes our face to shine? SURE THERE IS:
Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a MAN’S WISDOM maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.
So is it any wonder that after Christ was transfigured before them, that he was seen with ELIJAH and MOSES… Could it is be, that this was to show the disciples AS HIS FACE SHINED BRIGHT that he indeed HAD THE INTREPRETATION and TOTAL UNDERSTANDING of GOD. Both of the LAW AND PROPHETS.
Matthew 17:2: And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
So now we can easily see, that the parable of Oil, Lamps, and Virgins. Deal specifically with TRUTH, UNDERSTANDING, INTERPRETATION, JOY, AND ULTIMATELY SALVATION.
OIL causes a man’s face to shine (ps 104) – Wisdom (which is a tree of life) causes a man face to shine (ecc 8) – OIL = WISDOM gained through understanding the revelation of the Word of GOD, which is TRUTH.
Now you may not be able to receive this, but isn’t it OIL that is supposed to be LIBERALLY APPLIED to the SICK? Aren’t we supposed to ANOINT OURSELVES WITH OIL… each day. WASN’T EVERY KING IN ISRAEL ANOINTED WITH OIL, BEFORE HE BECAME KING?
Of course WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING (oil) should be liberally applied to our thinking. How else can we inherit the KINGDOM OF GOD, unless we know his TRUTH and understand the PARABLE which is a MYSTERY to those that are without.
The sad thing is both sets of virgins were waiting for God. Both thought they were going to MARRY God, BOTH THOUGHT they would become ONE with GOD. But only those who understand the TRUTH, only those who had the proper INTERPRETATION are brought in to the KINGDOM.
Only those who had LAMPS with OIL, only those who had the RIGHT INTERPRETATION of GODS TRUTH, Only those WITH WISDOM which causes our face to shine… enter in.
But too many people today, are not able to hear the things that the Lord is speaking. Too many people are unprepared. This has nothing of course to do with WORKS, as many teach, but it has everything to do with UNDERSTANDING THE TRUTH!
There is a part of you that will accept the truth and become greater than the part of you that cannot. That part IN you will INCREASE and the part that has no OIL will decrease. So even if you don’t understand it all, don’t worry, it is my firm belief that ALL WILL ONE DAY!
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
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