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Religion & Spirituality / I want to learn the Bible, Where do I start?
« on: Tuesday February 19, 2019, 04:32:18 PM »
Whether someone is new to scripture or not, the most important things to learn first are these:

1. Who is the Father?
2. What is the Fathers covenant (agreement) with mankind?

We all agreed to the covenant before we were naturally born. We signed the contract. It was our passport to the visible realm we live in. Go learn who the Father is and what the agreement is, and fulfill your end of the deal.

CLUE: We are looking for the invisible God in a visible world. It takes commitment and an act of God to accomplish. Just try...that’s the commitment. And if we try hard enough, our invisible God will “reveal” himself to us. That’s the act.

And IF we learn who the Father is, and what the agreement is that we signed, THEN the Father will sign the agreement also.  He is looking for a place to put his name. That place is YOU.

“Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.”

But understand, in this kingdom, the contract is a certificate of birth and a certificate of death. It is a synchronous contract. In means out, up means down, and life means death.

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Who is this mysterious Man Child we read about in The Book of Revelation chapter 12?

In the natural it has somewhat to do with planets and stars and heavenly alignments, but that is only the natural perspective of the spiritual reality. It’s a mirror image of what’s real. Let’s tear the veil and see what’s hidden beneath in the spirit realm.

The Apostle John wrote:

“And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.”

Where did he get this information? It had to be the Old Testament.

Isaiah 66: Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

Ask yourself...In a natural family is the father the man? Yes.

Is the son in a natural family the child? Yes.

So if the father is the man, and the Son is the child, then the Man Child must be the Father and the Son.

“Unless a MAN be born again he cannot SEE the kingdom of God.”

Unless you become as a little CHILD you cannot ENTER the kingdom of God.”

Father + Son = Holy Spirit
Man + Child = Man Child

What is the kingdom of God? The kingdom of God is the Holy Spirit we walk in when we express the Father in outward visible fashion by way of the Son.

Man Child = Holy Spirit

Love + the outward visible expression of Love through you towards others = Love

Love needs to be born again, brought forth in us. And Love (the Father) is brought forth by expressing Love in outward visible fashion (the Son) towards others. This expression is the Light of Life. (Need light to see, otherwise we are blind.)

The Father is Life. Expressing the Father is Light. Together they are the Light of Life. The Holy Spirit.

Life + Light = the Light of Life

Father + Son = a replica of the Father

The replica of the Father is the Holy Spirit

Love + the expression of Love = the visible manifestation of Love

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I was taking a walk with my wife one day and we came upon a neighbor woman we had not seen in a few months. The last time we saw her she was pregnant with child. And during this time she had brought forth a little boy. We met at a certain place where she had her son in the stroller. My wife said, Oh, look at your boy! He looks just like his Dad!

Father + Son = replica of the Father

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Malachi 4: Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:  And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers

Father —-> Children —-> Father

The man child in Isaiah and the man child in Revelation is the Holy Spirit we bring forth by hearing the Father and expressing him towards others. The outward visible expression of the Father is the Son. Together they are the Man Child. And when we walk in the Holy Spirit we can overcome our own worldly ways.

Rev 12: And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

Rev 2: And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Mystery solved. Thank you, O Mind of Christ.





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It’s interesting that Peter says to Jesus, I will not deny you even if I have to die with you. And not just Peter, but the other disciples said likewise. Then Jesus tells Peter, You’re going to deny me three times before the cock crow twice. This happens in Mark 14:30.

Immediately after in Mark 14:32, Jesus takes Peter, James and John with him to pray. And what’s the first thing Peter and the other disciples do? Between verses 14:33-42 they denied Jesus three times.

And after the resurrection, Peter denied the Lord three times again in John 21:15-19.

Wait..what?

In John 21, I thought Peter said he loved the Lord those three times? Peter did say that; but if Peter loved the Lord then he would have been following the Lord, and he wasn’t. The scripture says Peter girt about him a fishers coat because he was naked. Naked means his flesh was showing, he was doing carnal works, the works of the flesh. If Peter was following the Lord, the Lord wouldn’t need to say to Peter in verse 19, Follow me. However, just after “Follow me” was the moment of Peters conversion. The scripture says, “Peter turned around (and saw).”  This is when Peter took up his cross to begin crucifying his old ways.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

Understand, it’s not enough to verbalize Jesus as our savior like Peter tried doing. We cannot just claim victory by saying we love Jesus. If we want to overcome, we need to turn about and start doing the works of God. The Lord is the overcomer and if we want to overcome our worldly ways then we need to be just like the one that overcame the world, no?

But I thought Jesus died for my sins? Not exactly...the man Jesus died as an example for us to follow so we too can become sinless in the Holy Spirit. The only way to salvation in Jesus is by doing the works of God. That means we need to take up our own cross and crucify all those thing we do that are unlike Christ. Crucify the old ways as the new ways are brought forth.

 For example, anything we do that is not the Christ nature is therefore sin, the antichrist. And every man born in the flesh is born all together in sin. We are all born carnally minded. So what then is the Christ nature? Well, Christ is the Son of God, the Son of God is the outward visible expression of the Father, the Father is Love and all those good things his spirit produces.  Like this:  Our Father, God is patience. Patience is invisible. We can’t see patience, but we can see the outward visible expression of patience through you. And the outward visible expression of patience towards others is the Son of God. And if you express patience then you have followed patience, and therefore patience has been replicated by the Holy Spirit of patience you dwell in.

Patience + expression of patience = Patience
Father + Son = Holy Spirit.
Word + Works = Holy Spirit

If we follow the THOUGHT of patience, and then DO patience by expressing that same thought towards others, we therefore become the living personification of invisible patience in this visible world.

“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”

The Holy Spirit is a replica of the Father. Each one of these three, Father...Son...Holy Spirit, is a third part. Together they make the whole. “Be ye Holy, for I am Holy”. In other words, Be just like me says the Father. There is no possible way to be HOLY unless we do those things which cause us to dwell in the HOLY Spirit. The only way to get from the Father to the Holy Spirit is by the Son. “I am the way.” We can’t just do some of them and be partly holy, we need to do all the works of God. We need to produce all the Fruit of the Spirit. And once the Lord begins this process in us, he doesn’t stop until it is finished. He’s will not deny himself and leave us part Holy. That’s why he is called the author and the finisher.

So what does this have to do with Peter denying the Lord three times? Everything. All Peter really did was deny the Word, that is, the Father. He did not follow the instruction, the Voice. Therefore, it’s not possible to express the Son, or dwell in the Holy Spirit. If we deny the word then we have denied all three, we deny him thrice”.  If we don’t listen to what the Father teaches then we can’t do what is taught and therefore we cannot dwell in the teaching.

Look at it another way. The Lord commands us to be forgiving but we follow unforgiveness instead. We then have rejected forgiveness, we have rejected the expression of forgiveness towards others, and we have rejected the Holy Spirit of forgiveness. We have denied the Father, we have denied Christ, and now we can’t dwell in the Spirit of forgiveness.

So what did we do? We followed unforgiveness, did the WORKS of unforgiveness, and now we are given an unforgiving spirit to dwell in. What says the scripture? “Every man is given according to his works.” By following unforgiving thought, we used our carnal mind and did the thing that comes natural to man; we did the works of the flesh. In this instance, Flesh = Carnal. Carnal = Carni = carnivorous = meathead.

“No man can serve two masters...”. I either forgive or I don’t forgive. I’m either patient or I’m impatient. I am either kind or I am unkind. I’m either generous or I’m greedy. But I cannot be both generous and greedy simultaneously. If I follow generosity then I express generosity. And if I express generosity then I’m given the spirit of generosity to dwell in. This is true worship.

What does this have to do with speaking in tongues?

Everything. An unknown tongue is the spiritual, or hidden meaning of the scripture.  A known tongue is the natural version, something we read on the surface that the carnal mind understands. We don’t want the carnal version, we want the spiritual interpretation of the natural version. This is an exercise in using the mind of Christ (in you!) to do these same interpretations when you study.

Part 3 we’re going to look at Mark 14:66-72. This is the carnal account were Peter actually did deny the Lord three times and the cock crew twice. We’re going to tear that carnal veil in two and expose the spiritual meaning hidden beneath. Then we are going validate this gospel scripture with the old testament scripture from where it was fulfilled.

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There are several accounts of Peter denying the Lord three times. And of the several, three varying accounts have to do with him denying the Lord “before the rooster crow”. One account is in the gospel of Matthew, one in Mark, and one in Luke. I’m going to use the account in Mark because it’s more robust, it shows a whole pattern in scripture in a clear way.

Mark 14:30 And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.

And this is written as a parable. A parable means that the surface of the scripture isn’t the message, the underlying spiritual meaning is the message. The surface of the scripture is natural meaning.  The surface can be read and understood with the natural mind, but interpretation of the spiritual meaning requires the mind of Christ. The surface causes the natural reader to think this account of Peter happened at night, there was a real rooster, the rooster really crowed two times, etc. And I’m not saying it didn’t naturally happen. What I’m saying is the spiritual interpretation of the same account is a different picture all together. The spiritual picture gives us the hidden meaning. Paul explains this:

1Cor 2:6-8 [context v7]  ...But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world...

Further, we know that Jesus spoke in parables to the people and Jesus was here that the scripture (old testament) would be fulfilled.

Matthew 13 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
This was fulfilled from Ezekiel 20.

So we know that everything spoken by Jesus, and every event concerning Jesus in the gospels is written in a hidden language. New tongues. It’s written and spoken in “new or unknown tongues”. Unknown to the natural mind, but not unknown to the mind of Christ. The mind of Christ is our “new mind”, the natural mind is our “old mind”. Paul calls the old mind the carnal mind. But the mind of Christ supplies the interpretation to all these parables and unknown tongues, and when the interpretation is given it’s no longer unknown. It’s not the old way of thinking, it’s the new way. Comparing spiritual things with spiritual...or invisible with invisible.

Each and everyone of us has both the carnal mind and the mind of Christ. We are all double minded. It’s not a stable thought process. The mind we exercise most is the same one we use most often. If we want to understand any scripture we need to understand it using the mind of Christ.

We are going to pick up the interpretation concerning Peter in Mark 14:30 in part two.

But I’m requesting of any reader of this post, if everything concerning Jesus in the gospels is fulfilled from the the Old Testament,  then where does the account of Peter denying the Lord three times come from in the Old Testament? It’s there, it’s obvious, and it’s in the first Book of Samuel.

It’s also worth mentioning that there is a natural prayer language and a spiritual prayer language. The spiritual is also an unknown tongue, but that is a different topic.


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Religion & Spirituality / Noah’s ark found...AGAIN?
« on: Wednesday February 13, 2019, 11:41:10 AM »
I noticed another article just came out that says they believe they found Noah’s ark, but this time in Iraq. Pay no attention, it’s a distraction. Not that Noah’s ark isn’t a real thing, or that it’s not important....it’s just not the Noah’s ark we are supposed to be looking at. If anything is interesting about the discovery, it’s the number of times claims have been made that it’s been found before.

While they off running around looking for Noah’s ark, some already know where it is. It’s much closer than originally thought, even in a hidden place which no natural man would think to look. And the entire ark, even the sum of all the materials required to build it are not far from us. In truth they are inside each of us. Just like the materials for the Tabernacle of Moses, or Solomon’s Temple, or the rebuilt (NEW) Jersusalem.  Each of these dwellings represent the Holy Spirit.

Like this:

Invisible Love + the visible expression of Love = Holy Spirit <——that’s the ark where we find refuge. We abide in the Holy Spirit. Also called the Holy Ark, or Ark of the Covenant.

Wrapped up in Love is all kinds of good stuff. Like forgiveness, patience, kindness, humility, peace, joy, generosity, etc. If you want to build the ark, you need to use all these materials, else it doesn’t float.
And it doesn’t float because it’s not wholly built to specification.

For anyone with the unction to abide in the Holy Spirit today, here is a look at how you build your own ark.

1. Wait for the instructions and identify the materials needed:

- Instructions to build the ark: Word, Word = Love = the Father himself, the commands, that which is HEARD, the Voice.
- The materials used in building: Forgiveness, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, meekness (humility), temperance, generosity, thankfulness, and compassion (mercy). Each of these is a characteristic of the Father. When one of these characteristics is revealed to us, the Fathers instruction goes out: Be like me.

I AM compassion. Follow me and you be compassion also.

2. Begin the work:

The building process = the work that needs to be completed. The works of God are the outward visible expression of the materials used to stand up the ark. For example, since patience is on the materials list, the outward visible expression of patience is the work, that is to say, the Son of God. We need to DO patience. Like this:

Invisible patience (instruction/material)  + the visible expression of patience thru you (the building work) = patience replicated (a room or part of the ark, the place of refuge we abide in, the place of safety from impatience).

3. Enter the Ark

- The ark is your place of refuge, the same place where Noah was protected when the flood came and took away all the evil. Ark = Holy Spirit. The scripture says the ark “rose up”...it was risen.

The pattern is simple, just like the ark had three stories: A lower, a second, and a third story. Like this:

Instruction and Materials + building = Completed ark

Or these:
Word + Works = Holy Spirit
Father + Son = Holy Spirit
Invisible Love + the outward visible expression of Love towards others = Love replicated

So we see that it is the replication of Love, and all it’s invisible piece parts, into a visible earthly realm were we live, is our salvation. “In earth as it is in heaven.” See Matthew 6:10 & 2 Chronicles 6:41

Gen 6:14 ...and rooms shall you make in the ark, AND SHALL PITCH IT WITHIN AND WITHOUT with pitch. <——within is the Good Spirit in you. Without is when you express the Good Spirit, you now abide in it, it surrounds you round about.

Pitch it with pitch within  and without:

John 10:37-38  If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

Once you’re in the Holy Spirit, don’t jump ship:

Acts 27:30-31 And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship, Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.

Getting back to the number of times the ark has been discovered. It’s been found in scripture many times. Here are some study tips:

Other times in scripture the ark is found:

- Read the building of the tabernacle of Moses. There was the outer court, the holy place, the most holy place.
- Study the ark of the covenant and the contents (pattern) within and without
- Find the pattern in Solomon’s Temple.
- Study the rebuilding of Jerusalem and how the breaches in the wall and gates were repaired.
- Study the Apostle John’s description of New Jerusalem in the Book of Revelation.

These all speak of our ascension into the Holy Spirit while being yet here on earth.

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Religion & Spirituality / What happened in the Garden of Eden?
« on: Wednesday February 06, 2019, 09:01:33 PM »
What exactly happened in Eden? What do we know?

We know there were two named trees. The Tree of Life, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. There was a fig tree also. The serpent was there with Adam and Eve. They were “placed” in the garden. And when Adam fell from grace (“the fall of man”), God drove him out of the garden and placed at the entrance a flaming sword “which turned every way to keep the Tree of Life.”

This is about all we need to identify in order to understand what happened. When we think of it, it’s easy to get a visual of these things in our mind. And this visual is a natural perspective, and earthly perspective of what is represented. If we read Romans chpt 1, we find that the apostle Paul inserts a statement in verse 20 which seems to makes no sense at all within the context that surrounds it. But this one statement is the most significant clue in scripture which teaches us how to discern between the natural realm and the spiritual realm. We must look at the characteristics of the visible (things which are made) if we want to see the invisible realm...that is, if we want to see what is really happening behind the scenes.

For example: Let’s compare the Son and the sun. We need to look at some characteristics of the natural sun and see if those same characteristics apply to the spiritual Son. If they do, then we have unlocked a symbol (also called ‘type’ or ‘shadow’).

Natural characteristics of the sun: 1. It’s placed in the sky/heavenlies, and 2. The sun supplies light to the earth, and 3. The sun is one of two natural ways we receive light on the earth, and 4. It is a heat source of fire. There’s more.

Spiritual characteristics of the Son:
1. He’s in the heavenliess. “No man has ascended up to heaven except he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”

2. He supplies light “I am the light of the world”.

3. The Son is one of two spiritual light sources to enlighten us and help us understand. The Father is the other. “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day and the lesser to rule the night.”

4. The Son is fire, unquenchable heat. The Son is the outward expression of the Father through each of us. It is the Father, as expressed by the Son, which consumes everything in us that is unlike him. “Our God is a consuming fire.” Read about the burnt offerings in the Book of Leviticus. That’s you and me, our ways get burnt up by the Son as we express his ways. “I am the way.”
Read Isaiah 61:3 and read what John the Baptist says about the three baptisms, one of them is fire.

So looking at the natural or visible properties of the sun, we see it is a match with the spiritual properties of the Son. We just unlocked a symbol. The sun in scripture represents the Son. Malachi 4:2 calls him “ the sun of righteousness.”

Over the next several posts, using the method Paul gave us in Romans 1:20, we are going to break the seal on what the Garden is, what all these things are inside the garden, what really happened to Adam and Eve, and why God uses a flaming sword to maintain the entrance back into the Garden. (There is fire in the flaming sword, consider it.)

Read my post called ‘The Mirror”.


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Religion & Spirituality / The Mirror
« on: Tuesday February 05, 2019, 12:40:04 AM »
There is a natural and a spiritual, an earthly and a heavenly, a visible and an invisible, and there is that which is seen and that which is heard.

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