PROVERBS 16

PROVERBS 16

If there was one book in the bible that I had to choose to read from for the next hundred years, it would be the book of Proverbs. This book of wisdom contains some of the most profound and life altering teachings one can find. In many cases, it is the key to unlocking many of the mysteries of scripture. Proverbs is a road map to finding the Kingdom (Reign) of God (Spirit of Truth/Life/Love/Power) within, and it is a guide to peace, power, and a perfectly lived life.

With that being said, if there was one book in the Proverbs that I believed everyone should understand clearly, that book would be Proverbs 16. Within this profound simple chapter lies the answers we have all been waiting for. The advice given in this great chapter is a life changer. If the words of this chapter are taken to heart and understood there is no telling what you could do with your life. If one lives by the words written here, no one will be able to contain your joy and nothing will be able to stand in your way. This is why wisdom is called a tree of life.

Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth WISDOM, and the man that getteth understanding. 14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. 16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her.

Wisdom in the scriptures is valued above all things… This is the TREE OF LIFE that we all circle around and pray to take hold of. It is WISDOM that breaks the chains of iniquity, wisdom that sets the captives free, wisdom that heals the broken and guides the lost. In all our getting, we are told to GET WISDOM!

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Wisdom is the PRINCIPLE THING… The question then becomes, what WISDOM must we find?

Is it the wisdom to rule your life? The wisdom to co-exist with others? The wisdom to do what is right? … It is my belief, it is all of these and more. In fact, it is the WISDOM of the TRUTH, knowing the truth and having it operate in your life, that sets a person free. It is the WISDOM of who you are… who you REALLY are… and what that means.

Lately, I have been in deep thought over what I should next write to you all. Within me there was a desire to share something, something of great importance, but what that was I did not yet know.  Over the years I have learned not to force things. We must allow these things to come to us, we must allow the process of birth to take place first within and then when the moment of birth is come, that gift is then to be shared without. So, after days of waiting upon the LORD (the existing one, the one who truly exists) proverbs 16 came to me in a most wonderful way.

I quickly opened this wonderful chapter and began to read. It was then I knew I MUST share this with all of you. So, in this short essay I will, line by line, break this chapter down. Because it is my great hope that understanding these words will in fact change everything for you.

PROVERBS 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.

This first line is quiet interesting, it tells us that the LORD is in control of all things. The word “Lord” in this passage literally translates into “the existing One”… The ONE true Lord. The ONE that is all… As Ephesians states, One Lord, One Baptism, One Faith, One God and Father, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Notice the word, ONE? This means, God is all there really is. We are all ONE with this great spirit of creation. It exists in all, through all, and is in control of all. God is all that really exists. Yet we have all been blinded to believe differently. We have believed that our EGO is in control, and we have allowed our EGO to create new Gods for us to worship, our Ego tempted us much like Jesus in the garden, stating if we worship it, (which most do), then all will be ours… The problem is, the EGO is a liar and the father of all lies. There is no peace to be found in lies, only destruction. Because a LIE only seems to exist. When the TRUTH comes the LIE will be destroyed. This, my friends, is why we suffer.

Everything is from the LORD, yet we don’t believe this. We have allowed our EGO to take over, and we have been filled with fear and greed and lust and hate and every evil thing because of it. This is why we are tormented day and night, because the TRUTH of who we all are is FIGHTING TO BREAK FREE. We will either come to the truth and be broken, or we will be broken by the TRUTH of LOVE. You see, in the TRUTH there is peace but when one is ruled by lies, there is great torment. There is a great war within us. Our Ego fights to keep us focused on everything but the truth. These are the cares of the world (lusts) that strangle the truth. Our Ego keeps us running scared, because when ruled by lies and fear one cannot think clear.

Our FEAR is the root cause of all of our suffering, and there is great torment/testing in fear. Which is why we must embrace LOVE for all, because we are the ALL and the ALL is ONE. When we LOVE we are free, because there is no torment in love.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Now why is LOVE so very important? The reason is simple, if there is only GOD and everyone is one with God, than what we do to others, we in fact do to ourselves. Let’s take that line of thinking a bit farther.

If you HATE your neighbor, you will experience hate. If you are not compassionate to another in their time of need, you will experience the same. If you judge, condemn, tear down, mock, hurt, rob, or murder another you will experience the suffering that goes along with it.

What you do to others, you do to yourself. This is why LOVE is the key. When we love we are patient, gentle, kind, long suffering, meak, we do not strive, we do not debate, we do not condemn, we do not fail, we overcome, we find peace, and we know God as God knows us, as ONE. When we LOVE we have no FEAR, because PERFECT LOVE casts out fear. There is power in LOVE, there is hope, there is inspiration, there is unlimited potential in Love. In fear, there is weakness, anger, regret, sorrow, envy, and every other evil thing.

The problem is we have left our TRUE LOVE, we have LEFT the TRUTH and followed after the LIAR. We have DIED to our true nature and now we suffer. We suffer because rebellion against the TRUTH brings fear and in fear their is torment. When ruled by the EGO, we are selfish and cruel, and we are hopeless. Sadly, we have become a people addicted to the torment of the EGO. We speak more of what we cannot do than what we can, we think more about what we don’t have than what we do. We are lost in the web of lies that the EGO has spun, and we (thinking we are our EGO) believes it is foolish to live any other way, or to think differently. This is the very definition of insanity.

2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.

When ruled by the EGO we think our actions are justified, but the ONE WHO TRULY EXISTS judges the thoughts and we are either justified by them or condemned by them. God is not mocked what ever a person sows they shall also reap.

3 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Scripture tells us time and time again that we must take our thoughts captive, to test these spirits (thoughts) to see if they are rooted in the LORD (the one who really exists/truth/love/peace), we are told what thoughts we should entertain… Thoughts of peace, hope, kindness, charity… When we commit ourselves to this, our thinking will change and we will operate out of truth instead of lies. Then we will have a bigger idea of who we are, and when we have this faith, all things will be possible.

Philippians 2:4-6
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

The same mind in Christ, is IN YOU… the same mind that tells you that we are equal to God, for we are ONE. In the Father and the Father in you… With this understanding, you will begin to see that you create the good and the bad that happens in your life.

Many refuse to accept this great truth. Convinced that the bad that happens is not our own doing, but that somehow we are victims of an outside force. Yet, the one who exists within you, who IS you, makes all things FOR YOU!

4 The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Notice, how the LORD MADE ALL THINGS…FOR HIMSELF! It does not state the LORD makes all things for his creation, but for HIMSELF… Because there only is GOD!

Everything we endure and experience in this life, is a creation of God… The good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly… The creative force within us creates all things through us, and for us. EVEN TERRIBLE THINGS. Because in the end, they will all have served their purpose.

We find in the scriptures that God created, and hardened the hearts of terrible men and women, like Pharoah so a great purpose could be carried out. And PHARAOH is an ALLEGORY of man’s EGO and HIS POWER IS YOUR SHAME…

Isa 30:3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.

We have been slaves to our EGO and prisoners in the LAND of confusion and ignorance for too long. The only way out is to boldly declare the name of the LORD to your EGO… I AM THAT I AM… and understand that LOVE is your salvation. To understand that how you judge situations and people will become your experience….Because by how we judge we will be judged… Whatever YOU believe in your heart WILL BECOME!

5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

To exist out of your EGO is to be proud in your heart, and this is a recipe for disaster. You must understand who you REALLY are, cannot hate, and so when you operate out of anything but love, you will be rewarded with the same.

6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

LOVE is the key to peace of mind, TRUTH and MERCY destroys the sin (foolish thoughts) in your heart and keeps you from making the same mistakes again. Which in turn makes the life you are living here more enjoyable.

7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

You will find that when you are at peace with everyone, you have no enemies. But mankind has been tricked into believing the individual matters more than the whole. This is why we see war, poverty, crime, tyranny, abuse, and worse… The more you care for others, the more you will be cared for.

9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

Your EGO may convince you to think that who you are in this world is in control, but it is WHO YOU REALLY ARE that is bringing every one of your experiences into existence. Sow hate you will receive suffering. Make peace and you will know peace. Act selfishly you will always have want and fear. Live humbly and the world is yours.

10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
11 A just weight and balance are the Lord’s: all the weights of the bag are his work. 12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness. 13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

Our thoughts and words have power… OUR TRUE NATURE is LOVE… So it is an abomination to act otherwise. When we transgress who we really are, we create a false reality for ourselves, we create a hell, within which we must suffer. The power of life and death is in our tongue. Our words and thoughts have great power.

14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

When we act out of ignorant rage, we create great hardship for ourselves… When we operate out of wisdom, when we operate out of truth and love we create peace in our lives… If only you could truly believe this, your whole life would change for the better, instead of creating a life of sorrow and pain.

15 In the light of the king’s countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

The LIGHT is a symbol of understanding, a person’s countenance is what is before and behind them, it is their experience, when we understand these things we find LIFE… and within this life is joy unspeakable. We must not act foolishly, we must no longer follow our fears and be snared by the lies of our ego. We must think before we speak, and we must test our thoughts before we set in our heart that these thoughts are true.

16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

To find the truth within you is the great treasure that has been hidden in the field, as the scriptures state. When we find this treasure we MUST rid ourselves of everything we foolishly valued before it. When we do we find REST!

18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

You may say you can’t forgive some, that some do not deserve your love, you may find that you want to hold onto past hurt feelings and say things like, I CANNOT FORGET OR FORGIVE… Well my friend this is the Pride that goes before the fall… You are setting yourself up for more heartache, more pain, more hate, more of the same. But to embrace love erases past wrongs and sets a person free.

19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Why is it better to put others, even your enemies above yourself? Because in so doing you lift yourself up out of your self created hell… we must embrace love to be free… How you think and act determines your experience and shapes your world…

20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

How you handle things decides whether you will find good or bad… it is all in your power. Whoever trusts in the wisdom of Love finds happiness, and will find never an end to what one may know.

22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

As above (what you think) so below (what you experience)… this is why the Proverbs state we must understand the power of our thoughts and words, and that the right words are sweet to the soul health to our bones. Now it may seem right to behave how everyone else behaves, to think the way everyone else thinks, but the world’s ways are not our ways… and when we act contrary to our nature, we suffer. Think of the torment of the drowning man who is meant to breath air, how he suffers if he tries to exist in an environment that is not natural for him. If we act out of our nature there are repercussions, and those repercussions are like the water flooding the drowning man’s lungs forcing him to return to his natural and perfect state of being.

Read these next lines and see how we actually imagine evil for ourselves because this world (our lusts) and the ruler of this world (our Ego) has convinced us that good is evil and evil is good.

25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

These four passages proclaim the state of mankind’s heart… we have been brainwashed to believe getting ahead of others is our right, that its a dog eat dog world, that nice guys finish last, and that the only way to happiness is the one who ends up with the most THINGS… We have been brainwashed to hate, to lie, to cheat, to do whatever we have to to get ahead… and this is why people hurt today. Because these terrible beliefs we bring to pass by believing this is just how things are. People plot, and scheme as to how they can get someone back for how they have been wronged. People plot and scheme and tempt people to be what they foolishly decided them to be in their hate filled hearts.

30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

Our EGO is the cause our suffering, it is that voice in our head saying… hate this person, get that person back, you will never be loved, you will never get ahead, you will never be happy… and when you believe these lies you bring this experience to pass. However, if you don’t… IF you take hold of the TRUTH and understand that… YOU ARE OF GOD… And who you REALLY are IS greater than who you think you are or have been… then you will know LIFE EVERLASTING!

1 John 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

There is nothing that can hurt you but you!

31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

It’s time to RULE WISELY! It’s time to wake up to your RIGHTEOUSNESS! It’s time to let go of hate and fear and embrace LOVE AND TRUTH! Because in the end, it is ALL IN YOUR POWER TO DO SO… one way or another. It’s always been up to you… RETURN TO THE LORD (The one who really exists) and LIVE!

33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.

Peace to you and yours,
Jacob
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Hidden Wisdom From Above



Hidden Wisdom From Above

This morning I just had a real strong desire to write. I did not know what to write, in fact the last time I had something that I truly wanted to share, I just didn’t have the time to write it as I started a new job and have been working many hours. Instead I posted a brief “thought for the day” on my facebook about it. It was something that I found to be truly wonderful and yet I was surprised it didn’t get the attention that I thought it would.

As you all know by now, I love it when the “SPIRIT” of the scriptures are uncovered. Because as we all know by now it is the SPIRIT OF THE STORY that gives us life, not the LETTER (literal) understanding of it. We are meant to be ministers of the SPIRIT, of the heart of truth and love, not ministers of historical fact or literal repetition.

2 Corinthians 3:6
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.


It is the SPIRIT that gives one peace. It is that AHA moment, when you finally understand what it all means that changes a person’s heart. The focus should never be on the reciting of a particular story or accepting it to be literally true. The focus should always be on what IT ALL MEANS. It is the SPIRIT of the story that has been hidden away within the story that we are destined to share.

We are to share the meaning of the GOSPEL (good news) not simply the repetition of it. What does it matter if you can repeat every single word of the nativity story, if you don’t realize that THIS STORY is YOUR STORY. What does it matter if you can repeat page after page of scripture if you don’t first know what it means?

WHAT IS THE MYSTERY THAT HAS BEEN HIDDEN? That is what we must share. THE SPIRIT of the mystery tucked away neatly within the author’s story.

1 Corinthians 2:7
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory


And this mystery is CHRIST IN YOU! But merely repeating those words means nothing, IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU!

Proverbs 26:7
The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.


This simple passage reveals a great mystery. The Author is telling you what a LAME man is. Re-read the passage… now what is the LAME man a symbol of?

RIGHT! A FOOL! One who does not know the TRUTH. One who has yet to have the SPIRIT of the PARABLE revealed. One who has yet to have the TRUTH heal his FOOLISH AFFLICTION. And CHRIST (the TRUTH reveals in mankind) HEALS the LAME.

So what I wanted to share recently was the parable of the man with the withered hand. Jesus healed him on the sabbath. This was the short poem I posted, in hopes someone would pick up on its hidden meaning.

When Jesus healed the man with the withered hand, the point wasn’t just to prove that on the Sabbath God had a different plan. The point was to show, that all it takes is compassion for anyone’s hand to grow. This is all allegory you see, for the spiritually and emotionally crippled to be free, all it takes is love and charity. This is why before the man was healed he was first told to “stretch forth his hand”… This for everyone is God’s plan. What we do for others we do for ourselves. This is the key to freedom and how all those hurting will be made well… Our Hand has been withered for far too long, our authority and power needs to be restored so we can begin to sing a new song. We too need to STRETCH FORTH OUR HAND to those in need and I promise when we do our hand that has been withered by lies and greed will be made whole and the peace we have all longed for we will finally see. So today I will Stretch forth your hand, not just for you but for me.

What I was trying to do was show people the SPIRIT of this story. Look, it doesn’t matter one bit whether a man named Jesus literally healed a person’s hand. HOW DOES BELIEVING THIS CHANGE A PERSON? The answer is… IT DOESN’T. All it creates is confusion. Because “as Jesus is so are we in this world.”

1 John 4:17
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.


Now if this be true, then why can’t you or I just go up to someone without a limb, or who is lame and instantly heal them? The answer is, because the literal healing of the person IS NOT WHAT IS IMPORTANT! God only wants two things from us, LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS. If you do this, all of God’s law and spirit is fulfilled.

So how does one see that LOVE is the answer in these stories of people being healed?

One must see the parable! One must learn the hidden wisdom of God.

We must look at each word in scripture and find out what they represent. For the sake of time, I will only share one scripture as a description.

Let’s look at that scripture.

Luke 6:6
And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.


The SABBATH is when we are meant to enter into REST. Meaning we have no more fear, we have hope, peace, we have stopped our works (vain effort) and we trust in God.

However, here we see that MAN (us) on the SABBATH (when we should be resting) found ourselves to have a right hand that was withered.

Now we understand that CHRIST (The TRUTH/Way/Life) of God is the RIGHT HAND OF GOD… So this must mean, that the TRUTH of God is of none effect in our lives. The authority of Love has withered, when it should be whole. Now watch how we begin to unravel the meaning of the withered hand.

The HAND = One Power, Ability, Influence

Exodus 15:6
Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in POWER


The MAN is the story, is always a representation of US. FOR we are the MEN AND WOMEN of scripture.

To have the Power of God withered in your life, means you are not ruled by the TRUTH. When something withers it is first starved of water (doctrine/teaching/understanding). The good news is, there is a way to heal this. And that is found in STRETCHING OUT YOUR HAND.

I hope by now you see that this ALLEGORY is about how the authority and power and love of God is restored when the MAN (us) begins to STRETCH OUT OUR HANDS!!!! Meaning we must LOVE OTHERS! When we do this we are made whole again and the power and authority of God’s truth is restored whole in our lives so we can finally do GOOD!

Because we MUST do good on the sabbath, not evil. We should be resting, we should be loving, we should be trusting, and to do this we MUST understand the SPIRIT of the story. Not just of scripture but of our lives.

Gal 4
23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants


The LITERAL is slavery, but the SPIRITUAL iS LIFE! It is time for us to look past the literal and see the SPIRIT of it all.

Every writer loves to delve into allegory as it does more than just paint the picture for you, it allows the picture to unfold into your imagination into something that lives.

Let me explain what I mean by using the classic “Moby Dick” to illustrate. In Melville’s amazing tale, the White Whale and the journey to hunt it down means so much more than just some man trying to get revenge.

For those that don’t know the story, here is a brief synopsis from good ole Wikipedia…

The story tells the adventures of wandering sailor Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab has one purpose on this voyage: to seek out Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab’s boat and bit off his leg, which now drives Ahab to take revenge.

Now on one level this story tells an exciting tale, but if one were to just take this story at face value, the true meaning would forever be lost. Because this “White Whale” is not just a literal whale. It symbolizes something greater. Whether it is inner conflict or worldly pressures, well that depends greatly on what the reader needs to learn at the moment.

Every element of Moby Dick, as well as many others classic tales, contain great hidden wisdom. That goes also for Ahab’s “Leg” which was more than just a literal leg but the ability to move on, or “The ship”, “The Crew”, “Ishmael” himself, all of which has a deeper, allegorical meaning.

When the greater truth of a story is uncovered the life of the reader can be changed… Or so that is the hope of every author.

Within my novel, The Calling, characters, locations and scenarios all have a deeper meaning. It was my desire for people to read this novel again and again and have the ability to take something new away from it. This is the same way I read the scriptures.

However, if one were to read my novel, strictly as a literal story, sure it would be an exciting ride but they would miss the “LIFE/SPIRIT” of the story, which I believe could truly make a difference in their lives, much like Melville’s tale, or “Tom Sawyer” and of course the greatest book of them all, The Bible (IN MY HUMBLE OPINION).

But how can one experience change and learn this great wisdom from above, if one doesn’t pray for IT and seek after the deeper meaning.

The question is, how do we SEE this deeper meaning? Who holds the keys to unlocking the treasures hidden away from “literal” sight?

Isaiah 48:6
…I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.


We are being shown things all the time. But in the past we didn’t really pay attention. However, today is different, today MANY are waking up. Many are seeing God and the truth of God in a new LIGHT (a new way of seeing the scriptures). Where once people didn’t know how to find the truth within now they are learning that all one needs to do is ask.

“Teach me the Truth Lord, No Matter What The Cost!” – This was my prayer, but that prayer was first a desire that was planted within me. I did not ask for this desire, it was a gift. A gift all of you have been wonderfully given as well.

Psalm 21:2
Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips.


This is the gift of God, lest any man should boast.

Proverbs 25:14
Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain


There is no one more anointed than you. There is no one more special or gifted than you. If only people could see that their salvation (freedom from their ignorant suffering and false ego) lies within. If only people could see that the truth of God does not live in others alone and that the truth of God is not for a special chosen lot who people flock to every sunday. If only people could see that the truth of God is not for those who parade around in the churches, wearing expensive clothes, who love the praise of men and the riches of the world…

Luke 20:46
Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts


If only people could see that TRUTH of God is for us all. It is within us all and waiting to be discovered by us all.

Yet, you will never be free, you will never have hope and peace, until you let go of everything you thought you knew about God and sincerely desire the truth of God.

The good news is many of you reading this right now are already there. In addition you also know it was not by your will alone that brought you to this point.

Romans 9:16
So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy


This is great news. This is reason for us all to stand up and shout…

Psalm 62:1
Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation


No matter what we are going through, regardless of where we are, THE HAND OF THE LORD is WITH US and there is a work taking place within us that no one can destroy.

Isaiah 14:27
For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?


Now that is great new, isn’t it? WE CAN’T FAIL PEOPLE! No one is too lost to be found, no one is to hurt to be healed, no one is to consumed with anger to forgive, NO ONE IS OUTSIDE OF THE PURPOSE THAT IS WITHIN US ALL.

Sure it may take time for others to see the Light, but that doesn’t mean the light isn’t within them already waiting for their experiences to open the door of their understanding so they can see it and express it to others.

You see God makes everything beautiful in its time. More importantly, God has ALREADY done it.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time
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Isn’t it time for us to stop arguing over what is literal and what is not. Isn’t it time for us to see to the heart of God so in turn we can show the heart of God to others. It is time for us to finally have HOPE!

Romans 5:5
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.


GOD IS LOVE AND TRUTH! And the HIDDEN WISDOM of God is found in every story, in every life, in every situation, in every heart, in every minute or every day. So seek the SPIRIT of the story, not the letter of it all. Seek the WISDOM from above and remember what God’s wisdom truly is.

JAMES 3
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.


For those that want to condemn others, persecute others, tear down others, this is the path to a life of despair. But for those who love all, accept all, and stretch their hands toward all… this is the wisdom that is above all.

It is my great hope, that this WISDOM which is PURE, PEACEABLE, GENTLE, EASY, FILLED WITH MERCY, WITHOUT PARTIALITY, AND WITHOUT HYPOCRISY… it is THIS WISDOM I pray you will seek, as you seek the SPIRIT OF IT ALL!

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Jacob
http://www.JacobIsrael.org

THE PRINCIPAL THING

THE PRINCIPAL THING

Over the years many Christians have been taught that the most important thing for them to do is to go around and get people to come to their particular churches, and then get them to confess Jesus as Lord. It doesn’t matter if you are Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist, Lutheran, Jehovah Witness, Mormon, Non-denominational, shoot the list goes on and on, there are so many division in this faith we call Christianity, but the point is, every single denomination teaches the same thing, “get those people to our faith, and get them to confess Jesus.” Now of course, each have different ways of doing this, different means of getting people into “heaven” as they say. For the Catholics its infant baptism then confirmation, for the Church of Christ baptism as an adult is the key, for the Pentecostal’s it’s all about confessing and then getting “spirit filled”, as if somehow the spirit of God is outside of us just waiting for us to say, “Come on in.” For many Evangelicals it’s the same, it’s the sinner’s prayer. You simply ask Jesus to come into your heart. Which of course places the spirit of God’s son somewhere far away, and renders God’s spirit powerless unless you first ask for it and want it. Let me let you all in on a little secret, God doesn’t need an invitation, and the Son of God is closer to all of you then you have ever thought. In fact, this essay is about getting that understanding for yourself. Because it is Wisdom and Understanding that brings you into the Kingdom of God, which by the way is NOT some Kingdom in the sky like the palaces and kingdoms man has made. The Kingdom of God is WITHIN YOU, and scripture tells us clearly what it is.

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

The word “Kingdom” in fact doesn’t mean a literal kingdom, but denotes a RULE OF AUTHORITY. The literal translation is “Reign or Rule”. Here is the Greek word for it, “basileiða” and it’s definition, royal power, kingship, dominion, rule not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom

I know that alone is a wake up call for some of you, but look it up. The Kingdom of God, simply means the RULE OF GOD, and that is WITHIN YOU ALREADY. But back to our essay.

So, for many the key is getting people to come to their places of “worship” and getting them to go up for an altar call, or to “accept Christ in their heart”. Then some churches, ironically will put these people through a training program and test them to see if they are “ready” to truly be baptised in their churches tap water. But the question I have, and you should have, is this what God meant when we read about preaching the Gospel. Is the good news to simply accept a man from two thousand years ago into your heart, get dunked, go to Church, tithe, and scour the earth to find others to join that church?

Matthew 23:15
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

Back in the day, it wasn’t much different. It was all about getting people to join the club. The problem Jesus saw with this is that these religious leaders were actually doing more harm than good.

Ecclesiastes 1:9
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Is Solomon right, could the same thing be happening today? Are religious leaders really bringing people into the Kingdom of God, which is the Rule of God, which is the Righteousness, Peace, Joy, and Power of God’s spirit? Well, for many that I know in the “religious system” the answer is no. Of course that doesn’t mean that everyone that goes to man-made “church” is in error, but let’s just say many, many people are missing the PRINCIPAL THING, many are missing the TRUTH, many are missing SALVATION. In fact, many people believe they are saved from some future event, they think that since they literally said “Jesus is Lord” that their afterlife is secure. How wrong they are. Salvation has nothing to do with avoiding a place of infinite torture (since such a place doesn’t exist read my article “to hell with hell” or “lake of fire revealed” for more info on that topic). No Salvation is for the HERE AND NOW!

Luke 19:9
And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham

2 Corinthians 6:2
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Yes, SALVATION is for the here and now. And if truth be told Salvation and Resurrection go hand in hand. In fact they are two sides of the same coin. Because to be Saved is to be Born from Above, and to be Born from Above (which means, a higher understanding of the things of God), is to be Resurrected. And like salvation it is in the HERE AND NOW!

John 11:25
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

So if we are not saved from some scary place after we literally die, what are we saved from?

Revelation 12:10
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

We are saved from our CARNAL OLD MAN, the FALSE IMAGE, the FATHER OF ALL LIES, we are saved from OURSELVES. The reason is, we have become ignorant of the TRUTH of who we are in Christ. We have forgotten who we are and believed ourselves to be something we are not. Ephesians puts it beautifully, both how we became LOST and what is done so we are SAVED.

Ephesians 4
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

Notice what the problem is, and was? Our understanding, like the Gentiles of past, was DARKENED. In other words we no longer understood the Light of the Truth, and because out understanding was Darkened, because we became ignorant we became ALIENATED from the LIFE OF GOD through our ignorance. And we began to believe God was somehow far from us, angry at us, we believed ourselves to be unworthy and because of this insecurity and fear we began to act ignorantly.

And unfortunately, religion perpetuates this darkness. As the scripture states, making the congregation TWICE THE CHILD OF HELL (ignorance) that their leaders are. Most churches only reinforce the belief that you need to work for God’s approval, when the OPPOSITE is true. We need to stop believing we are in control and simply put off the WORKS of the OLD IGNORANT MAN and come to the knowledge of the TRUTH OF WHO WE REALLY ARE!

Ephesians 4
13 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.

We MUST come to the measure of the STATURE of the FULNESS of CHRIST. We must become the PERFECT MAN. And you can’t do this if you only believe there is one from two thousand years ago. We can’t do this if we continue to believe Jesus is somehow special and we are not AS HE IS IN THIS WORLD. And we only come to understand this when we put off the former conversation of the OLD MAN, when we stop accusing ourselves and condemn ourselves and others, when we finally LOVE GOD, AND LOVE OTHERS, and our love is perfected. When this happens we understand, there is no difference between Jesus and Ourselves, in fact we are all ONE.

1 John 4:17
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because AS HE IS, SO ARE WE in this world.

If you have brothers or sisters, you don’t esteem one greater than another. The First Born isn’t somehow better than the middle child or the youngest. They are all the same.

Romans 8:29
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren (siblings).

Now, I know this is new for a lot of you. Jesus was condemned for saying he was God’s son. Years later, Christians said, okay, “It’s okay for Jesus to be God’s son, but he’s special and we are definitely not (as he is).” – You see today a greater mystery is unfolding. Many are coming to the knowledge of the truth and the stature of the perfect man. Many are beginning to see that Jesus is the pattern son, meaning we are the same, his story is our story, what he did we must do. And no I don’t mean literally be crucified, but spiritually we are to crucify this Flesh (carnal thinking).

Matthew 16:24
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Look at that verse carefully. Jesus took up the Cross, so must we, sure that is easy to see. But what you are missing is the most important part… YOU NEED TO DENY YOURSELF (old belief/ego/carnal nature).

Now this doesn’t mean DEPRIVE yourself which many have taught. It doesn’t mean that at all. In fact the definition of the word a DENY according to any dictionary is to “REFUSE to acknowledge something or someone EXISTS” – (de·ny/diˈnī/Verb 1. Refuse to admit the truth or existence of (something).

Now that opens the floodgates of revelation for those who have eyes to see. If any many will come after me, he must first deny that HE AS HE THINKS HE OR SHE IS does NOT EXIST! And then after the great revelation that who you think you are is nothing, and doesn’t really exist, you TAKE UP THE CROSS and you put that old nature to death and FOLLOW THE SAME PATH AS JESUS. – This my friends is how salvation is found, it is in PUTTING OFF your former beliefs and the belief in who you once thought you were and understanding that YOU ARE GOD’S CHILD! And if a child a JOINT HEIR IN ALL THINGS!

Ephesians 4
22That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.

We have to stop thinking of ourselves as less than, and start seeing ourselves through the eyes of grace. We need to stop condemning ourselves and listening to people who say “you aren’t worthy, you’re worthy of hellfire you darn sinner.” We need to stop listening to people who say, “Do this, join us, and you’ll be saved.” Because the truth is not found there and it never will be found there.

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

You can say Jesus is your Savior until you’re blue in the face. You will never KNOW SALVATION in you don’t know who you are in CHRIST, and the only way to do that is to DO THE WILL OF THE FATHER. And notice how Jesus DOESN’T say, whoever does the WILL OF THE FATHER is my servant or slave.

Mark 3:35
For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother

Once again we see, Jesus saying, WE ARE AS HE IS, brothers and sisters. The question is, what is GOD’S WILL?

John 7
16Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but His (FATHER’S) that sent me. 17If any man will do GOD’S will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

To do God’s Will is to know the DOCTRINE OF GOD, to know the TRUTH of GOD! This, this is the principal thing. This may come as a shock to you, but the PRINCIPAL THING, means MOST IMPORTANT THING. And according to the scriptures, the PRINCIPAL THING IS WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING.

Proverbs 4:7
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding

This is what we MUST get. WISDOM! It is a TREE OF LIFE! We MUST understand who we are and DENY who we thought we were to know Salvation. I know many will say, “Oh this is gnosticism!” and to be honest it doesn’t matter what you think, what matter is what you know and can confess!

When Jesus was saying “I am the way, the truth, and the life”, he was saying YOU MUST BE AS ME. He wasn’t saying worship me Jesus, he was saying BELIEVE IN ME AND WHAT I AM TELLING YOU! Many looked to Jesus (the man) as being the most important thing there is. The Rich man said…

Matthew 19
16And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God

Jesus always pointed to God, always pointed away from himself. He taught us how to pray “Our FATHER” not as some churches have you praying “our jesus”. We must come to the understanding the ONLY HOPE for our salvation is WITHIN US ALREADY! This is the mystery that has been hidden. Not Christ outside of you, but Christ within you.

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

Yes my friends it is all about wisdom and understanding. Some will say NO! It is about Christ, to which I will point out 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

To which I will point out what Christ BECOMES for us.

1 Corinthians 1:30
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption

OF HIM YOU ARE – in Christ Jesus! Jesus means (God is Salvation) – And in understanding you are God’s child and in no need of having to WORK YOUR WAY TO HIM. God delivers you IN HIM, through wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.

The very SPIRIT of God is WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING! When God’s spirit is revealed in you, it is UNDERSTANDING THE TRUTH OF WHO YOU ARE IN GOD THROUGH CHRIST that delivers you.

Exodus 31:3
And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.

So many people are waiting for their savior to come. They wait and they wait. But the longer you believe in salvation outside of you to come, the longer you will be deceived. Many are questioning to this day, WHEN WILL JESUS COME, and they did the same thousands of years ago.

Luke 17
20And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

In other words, STOP WAITING AND LOOKING IN THE SKY and start looking within, because salvation is here and now. And it is only found in understanding and having the faith that WITHIN YOU is every answer you will ever need.

Jesus never said, I MADE YOU WHOLE… He always said “YOUR FAITH” made you whole.

Luke 8:48
And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace

It’s time for everyone to stop listening to mankind and religion. It is time for people to turn to God and ask God to teach them the truth, to lead them into the truth. You don’t need to check with your Pastors or Religious teachers to find out if what God is revealing to you is truth, you simply need to continue to ask God and seek God and have faith. Because it is your FAITH that makes you whole. And that FAITH comes from the CHRIST IN YOU! The POWER AND WISDOM of God WITHIN YOU!

This is what every single apostle, disciple, prophet, etc, desires for you to know.

Colossians 1:9
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding

Like them, I too want you to know the TRUTH, I desire to know the TRUTH. But the only way to know the TRUTH is to have WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING.

Psalm 51:6
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

And why does God desire us to have WISDOM and TRUTH? Why is WISDOM the principal thing? Because without it, you can never be free.

John 8:32
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free

The TRUTH is, YOU ARE GOD’S CHILD and you died (became ignorant) as Adam did when he began to think he had to do something to be like God, when Adam was like God all along!

So pray for wisdom already! And don’t go to man for it, go to God!

James 1
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Jacob
http://www.JacobIsrael.org

ARE WE CHRIST?


ARE WE CHRIST?

Now I wasn’t planning to write an essay for awhile, but on my recent trip I couldn’t help but feel like a stranger in a strange land. So many wonderful people surrounding me, yet so very few that I was inspired to speak to about higher things. But what would a Sunday for me at home be without rolling up my sleeves and tackling another majorly controversial (howbeit true) topic. Hope the title got your attention, because there is more attention that will come, I pray.

On my recent trip I asked many “christians” who go to church, work for their church, attend bible study, etc, etc, just what they are saved from? And what is Salvation? And sadly, not one had a good answer to give. Truly many don’t understand salvation, in regards to the HERE AND NOW. Which is what salvation is.

Luke 19:9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

You are NOT saved from some future terrible torture, (see my article “To Hell with Hell.” NO! You are saved from the life you are living, you are saved from Yourself/hell. Your Ego and all the bells and whistles of pain and suffering that goes along with it. Now the question many will ask, is why haven’t these people found the TRUTH of God. (Christ) – More to the point, what is the Truth? And why haven’t they found it.

Well there is a great story in scripture that spells it out. (They are looking in the wrong place) You see, so many who are SEEKING JESUS among their Kinsfolk (friends, congregations, bible studies etc.)

Luke 2:44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

And yet, when they REALLY wanted to find the WAY and the TRUTH, it wasn’t there.

45And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

You will NEVER find the truth among your friends, family, congregations, etc… you will NOT find the TRUTH until you TURN BACK AGAIN toward JERUSALEM which is HEBREW means “TEACHING OF PEACE” – You cannot and WILL NOT find the TRUTH OF WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST, at your religious halls, in your bible studies, mosques, or man made temple’s… You will NOT find the TRUTH there at all. You will need to RETURN to the TEACHING OF PEACE, and go WITHIN (the Temple = YOUR HEART) to find Christ.

Luke 2:46 And it came to pass, that after THREE days they found him in the TEMPLE, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

There we see that number THREE again (Tri-Mester) A period of time before the child (CHRIST) is born IN YOU, from you. – This is the sign of Jonah, three days in the BELLY (WOMB) of the earth (MAN’S SOUL)… Just like all of that, after THREE DAYS Joseph and Mary FIND CHRIST. And where do they find Christ? (Their Child)

Isaiah 9:6 – For unto us a child is born,

We find this CHILD (CHRIST) their JESUS in the TEMPLE of God (Which is us).

Many may wonder why we, and they, couldn’t find the TRUTH (Christ) among their Kinfolk, in their churches and Temple’s and Mosque’s or Kingdom Halls, etc… Well, the reason is God’s ways are above man’s and you will never FIND the TRUTH among other men and women.

BECAUSE Christ is ALWAYS about HIS FATHER’S BUSINESS.

Luke 2:48,49 48And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 49And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

Like Mary and Joseph, many “religious” folk. Will not understand why they couldn’t find the TRUTH in the high places of Mankind like Religion. So many cry out in their man made Churches, seeking Christ, begging for Christ, and yet they cannot find Christ. The reason is you will never FIND THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD!

THE religious world is NOT about God’s business they are about church business, and for many, business it is booming! However, when you leave all that mess and return to Jerusalem (the teaching of Peace) you will find Christ, IN THE TEMPLE (Within You) – “the hope of Glory which is Christ In You” and you will learn, the reason you could NOT find Christ in those religious circles is because Christ is ALWAYS about the FATHER’S BUSINESS.

And what is the FATHER’S BUSINESS you ask? – Well God is in the IMAGE MAKING business, getting us to lay down our (carnal life in Adam) so we can take our TRUE LIFE back up.

John 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

God’s will is for ALL MANKIND to be SAVED. And nothing stops God’s will. This is the FATHER’S business.

Ephesians 1:8-10 8Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9Having made known unto us the MYSTERY OF HIS WILL, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one ALL things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

He is going to gather everything TOGETHER in HIS TRUTH and SPIRIT(Christ) we will ALL come to full stature of the perfect man. And nothing can stop the Father’s WILL.

Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Now I know what many of you are thinking… WE HAVE CHOICE! And I am NOT going to say we don’t. But I will say, that OUR choices will ALWAYS bring us back to God’s will come HELL or HEAVEN! This is what Reaping and Sowing is all about. When you follow the shepherd (Christ) our journey is pleasant, if we fall of path that sheepdog (Satan) will bite our rear ends and put us back in line.

And if we fall off the path enough times, the Shepherd may even break our leg and carry us for awhile, until we learn never to do it again. You see God works ALL things according to his plan and purpose, our CREATOR is IN CONTROL and this should give us hope. It takes the pressure is OFF US, we are no longer under the law of works but the grace of FAITH. And with FAITH we CANNOT FAIL. Because out of all the FATHER GAVE THE SON TO SAVE, the CHRIST INSIDE US ALL, has LOST NOT ONE!

2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

It has nothing to do with our works but God’s purpose and will, which is the ONLY THING CHRIST IS ABOUT! Bringing us all to that PLACE (the Kingdom of God) = Righteousness, Peace, and Joy, and power in the Holy Ghost. Ultimately, God is bringing us all to the same place, CHRIST (Beccoming his ANNOINTED ONE, his ONLY BEGOTTEN). Not a birth of Flesh and Blood from of SPIRIT.

John 1
13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

You see there is ONLY ONE SPIRIT, BAPTISM, LORD, AND GOD. ONE, not several as so many believe. Where many of us see Bob, Helen, Charlotte, and Larry, God only see’s CHRIST – his finished CREATION, WHICH despite what many religious leaders state, will be finished in VICTORY! “ALL OF CREATION WILL SING GOD’S PRAISES”

There is ONLY ONE IMAGE OF GOD. Humanity! “LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE!” – “Christ the express IMAGE OF GOD.”

Oh yes, we are either DEAD (ignorant) in ADAM or ALIVE (Enlightened) in CHRIST. We too are both, the 1st and the LAST.

1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The FIRST man Adam was made a living soul; the LAST Adam was made a quickening spirit.

The first MAN is a living SOUL (Jacob) the last MAN is a QUICKENING SPIRIT (CHRIST). You see when Jesus said, I am the First and the Last, he understood, he was both ADAM and JESUS.

I also, am the FIRST and the LAST, you are as well. We ALL are the FIRST AND THE LAST.

There is ONLY ONE SON of God (Israel). The first STATE of that ONE MAN is DEAD and the second state is ALIVE.

Revelation 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

I know this is a hard saying for many of you. You don’t see Jesus as being Adam as well, MUCH LESS as seeing JESUS AS YOURSELF… 🙂

But CLEARLY, Jesus was DEAD and is ALIVE. And, CLEARLY, this is our story as well. We are no different. For…

1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

We have to stop looking at this Jesus character from thousands of years ago as the SAVIOR of the WORLD, and stop putting our faith in a MAN from thousands of years ago who died, who was but a PATTERN for us…

1 Timothy 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a PATTERN to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

We have to STOP putting our faith in PAST EVENTS. As what is behind us, does NOT PROFIT US.

Philippians 3:13
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

It’s time to FORGET what is BEHIND US, and REACH for what is before us, ETERNAL LIFE (Knowing God the Father and CHRIST IN US)

We MUST put our FAITH in the SON OF GOD within, that DIED for us (So we could become Jacob, Bob, Helen, and Ruth) and now we die to our EGO’S so CHRIST (Our true Identity) can live. And NOTHING can seperate us from becoming CHRIST. – Don’t misunderstand me, God does the work however, we simply go along for the ride. 🙂 If we are IN HIS REST. And like I said, NOTHING shall prevent God’s will (to have all be saved)

Romans 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Now I know many of you do not want to believe, that you TOO are the SON/DAUGHTER of God, the ONLY BEGOTTEN of God. However, to believe that you are NOT THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF GOD is to DENY the TRUTH/GOD. So if people seeing and talking with you, and you are RISEN in CHRIST, they they are actually talking to and seeing Christ.

Matthew 10:40
He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

This is why we should not DENY this great mystery which has been hidden. CHRIST IN YOU, AS YOU, IS YOU. Instead, DENY who you THINK YOU ARE.

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

My Friend Larry (Uriah) and I had a nice talk about what it means to DENY yourself. For many years, many have believed this meant to DEPRIVE yourself, but that is NOT WHAT THE WORD DENY means.

The definition of the word DENY is as follows: “to declare untrue” When we are told to DENY our “SELF” we are actually being told, to DENY that “who we think we are” actually exists.

DENY your EGO, it isn’t real. IT IS UNTRUE.

After we do this then we TAKE UP THE CROSS (we move from IGNORANCE TO ENLIGHTENMENT/LIFE) So if we DENY (declare untrue) OURSELVES/HELL, then all that is left is CHRIST. (God’s son) OUR TRUE LIFE.

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

The word APPEAR is translated from the Hebrew as this: to make manifest or visible or known what has been hidden or unknown, to manifest, whether by words, or deeds, or in any other way

Now why must we believe that we are CHRIST? … And Members in particular? Because if you are NOT THE SON/DAUGHTER than you cannot know God. And you cannot be SAVED! Now does God see us this way? Well YES, God does.

2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

But if you were to tell another human being. That in fact they ARE JESUS CHRIST, meaning, they are NO DIFFERENT, than Christ. They would flip out, but the truth is, IF THEY DO NOT BELIEVE THAT CHRIST IS REVEALED IN THEM/US, than they are ANTI-CHRIST (opposite the truth) – They haven’t DENIED themselves.

1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come (revealed/manifested) in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

On my trip, I was very sad to see so few OF MY PEERS who desired to know God and the mysteries of the Kingdom. Everyone was so consumed with the bump and grind of the cares of the world that they hadn’t even bothered to take the time, to think of those things which TRULY MATTER.

There was a time when I was younger in my faith when I would witness to everyone, I didn’t care what any thought OF WHAT I SAID, and like Moses I was killing the Egyptians left and right. I too shared things with people that just weren’t ready. I was carnally doing what God was preparing to be spiritually done. It is true that God has perfected praise in the young (immature to their faith), but they are still babes and as excited as they are to share the deeper things of God, they must first mature to understand it. And they must have those growing pains, and man do they hurt.

We forget it is through much tribulation that we enter the kingdom of God, we forget, like the man Jesus we must take up our Cross (death to self) to enter into life. We must come to the place that PAUL came, DENYING PAUL… where he said. “It is no LONGER I PAUL that LIVE, but Christ.”

Now I want to be clear, there is Only One way to enter. Those who enter the sheep gate, the same become the shephard of the sheep. (Christ) No one knows the Father but the Son. So in order to know God you must be the Son (Gods only begotten).

Now when I share Who we really are, most people freak out. They refuse it. They will not accept the truth of who they are, because that Truth is in a far away country. Out of sight (understanding) out of mind. And when this truth is presented it is met with anger, hate, betrayal, and worse. Because the Anti Christ (your Ego) believes he or she really exists.

Revelation 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names (Natures/greed/lust/pride/etc) were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Our EGO is that BEAST. Ecclesiates calls men BRUTE BEASTS. the Beasts’ number is 666, the NUMBER OF MAN. You see, who you think you are, exists and yet doesn’t EXIST. It is simply who you THINK you are. It will only exist as long as you don’t DENY it’s very existence, which is a LIE to begin with.

Cane Killed Abel. This CARNAL nature IN us, wants to be REAL, and it will put down the TRUTH, but that is for but a moment. The first man, (which we all are, as well as the last) is always a KILLER. You’ll notice the first born in scripture Adam, Cane, Ishmael, Esau, etc, alway deal in death. They are hunters, seeking whom they may kill and then devour.

However, the second nature of man, the second born, Christ, Abel, isaac, Jacob who becomes Israel is Always a shephard. In the first ignorant nature of mankind there is death, this death is lived out in the external and temporal things of the world. But the second Goes Within. It’s life is found inside MANKIND. Their true LIFE is in fact CHRIST. I know for many, this still may be hard to believe but let us take a look at Gal 3 and 4.

Gal 3 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

You see, there is no more Jacob, Tim, Joanne, and Bertha… there is only ABRAHAMS SEED. Now, we see many, but scripture clearly states, there is but ONE SEED.

16Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is CHRIST.

Easy to see, that ABRAHAMS SEED is CHRIST. Now watch this… let’s read on a bit and see what this says about you and me and everyone else in the world.

29And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Now if you be CHRIST’S than you are ABRAHAMS’ SEED (christ). Here let me put this plainly, if CHRIST is REVEALED to you, within you, than you ARE CHRIST. No ifs ands or buts about it. Yeah, try sharing that if you are Catholic, Lutheran, or in any other church… This is the MESSIAH the JEWS were waiting for… IMMANUEL – GOD WITH/IN/AS YOU.

Now, don’t try and go and carnally tell the world you are Jesus, because that is NOT the TRUTH. You need to DENY who you THINK YOU ARE, die to your SELF, and CHRIST will THEN BE REVEALED. When you realize that your EGO NATURE (WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE) is actaully the SON OF PERDITION, that WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE, is actually the ANTICHRIST sitting on the THRONE OF GOD (YOUR MIND AND HEART) – then AND only then, can the TRUTH be REVEALED about who you REALLY ARE IN CHRIST, and it will destroy WHO YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE, and then my friends, you will know what it means to be saved! And to be a SON/DAUGHTER.

Now, to finish this essay off right, I want to show you how sharing this revelation can be met in not the nicest of ways –

John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

You see NO ONE is going to HEAVEN (ENLIGHTENMENT) but the ONE who CAME DOWN… There is only ONE (humanity) – We are the SON OF MAN and the SON OF GOD…. WE ARE. We are as the Prophet Obediah said, the SAVIORS OF THE WORLD.

Obediah 1 21And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’s.

So what Jacob? Are you saying we are ALL CHRIST? — Well if you are the body of Christ. You are given the name of Christ. And you have the Mind of Christ…. Who are you?

Now I understand this is a hard saying, but I want to show you in scripture how (there is nothing new under the sun) and since they rejected Jesus for saying he is the Son of God, many will reject you for saying the same. But be of good courage, for as CHRIST in YOU has overcome the world (carnal mind and it’s lusts) so shall we all. So when listening to Luke 22 some things shot out at me…. I began to see that this chapter, like so many chapters spoke more about me, than it did about some people who have long been dead and buried.

Scripture is better applied to our lives today as sons and daughters of God, and as a united people who have finally come out of the darkness and shouted into the light the Hope of Glory. So let’s start shall we?

Luke 22
1Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.

Leaven is used to Puff something up, since we are the Bread/body of Christ this takes on a whole new meaning. We are told a little leaven, leavens the whole lump, and to beware the Leaven (lies/pride) of the Pharasees. So here we are entering into a day where the body of believers will no longer be filled with these lies. It is called the Passover because “death” is passing over us. During this season we will no longer be ruled by the carnal leaven of religion. But this is a season that is still to come for some. And a scary day this will be for the religious leaders of the land.

2And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.

When the truth of who we are (CHRIST) is revealed, it threatens the religious system that is in place. People today are hungrier now to experience God and to know the Truth than I can remember. And when the winds (doctrines) change from being filled with leaven/lies/vanity/pride to humility and love, the religious leaders will be scared that they may lose their bank roll and so-called ministry, because at the Passover no one goes to temple, each man is to sacrafice and worship in His own house.

Now if word got out that mankind didn’t need religion, and that each would be enlightened to the truth of who they are without any effort on their behalf, we would say buh bye Babylon and hello Kingdom.

3Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot(meaning great man or masculine – Man of Kerioth), being of the number of the twelve. 4And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.

Now first let me get rid of this false belief that SATAN was some spirit outside of Judas and literally entered him. The word ENTERED is translated as “of thoughts that come into the mind” – So really, this THOUGHT arose from WITHIN. As Jesus said, “Nothing going into a man defiles him”… Yes that serpent is hanging in your garden (your soul)… So this thought arose inside JUDAS to deny AND betray the TRUTH, as opposed to DENYING HIMSELF.

Even reading this paper, there will be thoughts rising inside SOME OF YOU, thinking about all your religious leaders have taught you. You may even go and speak to them about this, seeing how you may BETRAY this great truth. – You see JUDAS, was of the same tribe as Jesus, looked like Jesus, acted like Jesus, but he carried the money bag. In the beginning, the Kingdom’s teaching were accepted BY HIM, but once the Carnal Man (Judas) was threatened, and that he had to deny himself… he wanted nothing to do with that. AS MANY OF YOU READING THIS WILL AS WELL.

21But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.

The One who BETRAYS the truth , is the same one the TRUTH is presented to. You see your Carnal Ego (who doesn’t really exist) will fight tooth and nail to hang unto the Field the Lord has given him. But when the TRUTH arises, they will seek to KILL IT, because to accept CHRIST AS LORD, is to accept that you are NO LONGER IN CONTROL.

1 Corinthians 4:4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.

BUT WHAT LIBERTY IS FOUND IN THIS! WHAT PEACE? WHAT FREEDOM?

48But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?

You see there are many here, who have greeted this TRUTH (with a kiss = accepting) but once CHRIST begins to move farther, they refuse. They don’t to stop worshipping the CREATURE (the man Jesus) as opposed to the Creator (Our Father and our Lord Christ Within, which is our life)

52Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?

You see there will come a time for all of us, where we will be rejected for coming to understand who we are. When once we were embraced and loved, soon we will be treated as THIEVES. ( a thief is someone who tries to get into the Kingdom another way) – They will call you heretic, liar, antichrist, but DON’T LOSE HOPE! For the day is here, when these things will be revealed. Nothing shall stop this mighty move of God. This is what the whole creation has been groaning for, the MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD (the first and the last)

53When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

Even though CHRIST is within all, teaching and leading at a pace that God has set… If they ask you plainly…

67Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe:

They will not believe the GREAT TRUTH of who we are. That in fact we are the SON/DAUGHTER of God. That JESUS was no different than any of us. “as he is so are we in this world”

2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

There will be many that will deny this great truth. But I say, turn them over to SATAN (thier own egotistical imagination) for the destruction of their flesh so their SPIRIT may be saved on the day of the Lord.

70Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.

When we all realize we are the SAME, there will be no more war, famine, hate, disease, we will be FREE!

SO JACOB ARE YOU THE SON OF GOD? — Yes I am, and so are you! Deal with it. 🙂 Peace to you all.