Now Paul is going to "Remember
the Days of Old" and show us the substance of what real faith is made of!
highlighted verses:Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things
hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped
for, the evidence of things not seen.
Since it is so important to understand what Paul
is teaching us here concerning faith,
let's dig a little to gain a deeper understanding, beginning
with taking a closer look at the word "substance"
which is translated from the Greek word hupostasis.
"Hupo" is a preposition which means "under" or
"underneath" (like "sub" in sub-stance)
and "stasis" (from histemi) means "to stand"
(like "stance" in sub-stance) or "support".
"Hupostasis" therefore means the foundation (under you)
upon which you stand to support your convictions (faith),
i.e. your belief in the faithfulness of God to keep His
promises (the things hoped for).
That foundational support had
better be the Rock, the Word of God,
or as it is written you will be
swept away in the great flood of lies and deception in these last days.
The question therefore is: "Do
you follow Christ, the Word of God,
or do you follow men's church traditions
like most Christians?"
The reason for the question
is that if you do not know
and do the things He commands,
why would you expect Him to reward you at His coming?
Consider what Jesus Christ has to say on the matter:
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Christ tells us in the following
verse what He wants us to do.
to me, and
heareth my sayings, and doeth them,
I will shew you to whom he is like:
Here is what to do: Open
your Bible and prayerfully go to Him, to Jesus Christ, the
Word of God, and hear His Voice, and then do
as He commands... not the commands of preachers and ministers who
tell you that following their church traditions are pleasing to God.
Because if all you ever do is go
to church and follow after the traditions of men,
though you "think" you stand (1
Cor. 10:11-13), you will have no "substance",
no foundation under you upon which
to "hold fast without wavering",
(Hebrews 10:23 "Let us hold fast
the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that
The point is, if you work in the
field, if you plow and dig deep into the Word of God
and lay that foundation under you,
then you are indeed a "wise"
and unshakable servant of God who
shall be able to hold fast without wavering.
 He is like
a man which built an house, and
digged deep, and
the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream
beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded
upon a rock.  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a
man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which
the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of
that house was great.
So ask yourself another question:
"How much substance supports my faith?"
Dr. Bullinger in his "Greek Lexicon
and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testament", Kregel Publications,
pg. 746, defines substance (hupostasis) as: "what is set or stands under;
underlayer, prop, foundation;
that which lies at the foundation of a
matter; confidence;". He also points out in the Companion Bible, pg.
1839, that the word "substance" was "used of title-deeds in the Papyri"
(Companion Bible, pg. 1839).
If you have a "deed" to something, it is the proof,
the evidence, that you own it!
You see, the Word of God (the
Bible) is that title-deed that is the proof
of your inheritance,
for if you are a child of God you
are an heir to the promises God has made to those who love
even the promise of eternal life
as a joint-heir with Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:17 "And if children, then
heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;
if so be that we
suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together."
Think about it for a moment.
If you possess the legal deed to an estate, for example,
even though you may have not even visited the mansion,
you still have the evidence in the title-deed you hold
that it belongs to you, right?
Paul is going to make the point that our forefathers
who had unwavering faith
because they "believed" God and what He said was true,
all died never having received all the promises.
For example, Abraham "who looked
for a city which has foundations,
whose builder and maker is God",
though he never possessed it had the faith,
i.e. he knew with certitude, that
someday he would!
For by it the elders obtained a good report.
11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
The phrase "obtained a good report" is derived from
the Greek word "martureo"
which means to "be a witness".
You "see", our elders not only pleased God as His faithful
servants but we have their testimony,
their "good report", their witness
to the immutable
fact that God keeps His promises... every single
one of them.
However, we must believe and endure,
having patience knowing that all things work according
to His will!
hat takes the exercising of "faith"!
Advertisers know well how that many people are convinced
even those of complete strangers like in an Infomercial,
that a product or service is good and worthwhile having
But we have the testimonials of
our own family,
our elders and forefathers who have all TESTIFIED to
faithfulness of the Word of God.
Seeing then the witness of their
trust and faith (belief in God),
serves to increase our faith by underlying the foundation
upon which we stand.
Again, that is why Paul exhorts us so in 1 Cor. 10:11-13
to "take heed"
to the things which are written because they show us
that God IS faithful to all
Here is what he writes after speaking about Moses and our
1 Cor. 10:11-13
Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written
for our admonition,
upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Wherefore let him thatthinketh he standethtake
heedlest he fall.
If you are going to make it to the end, through the
darkest hour of this final generation (Mk. 13:13),
you are going to have to have trust and faith in God...
not in believing some non-Biblical
fairy tale that He is going to rapture you away
and take you out of tribulation...
but in having the faith to "holdfast without wavering"
which is the subject Paul has been speaking about since
the 23rd verse of the last chapter (Heb. 10:23).
Therefore, if you take the time to read and understand
all the testimonials in the Word of God
you will find supporting evidence through the witness
of all those who have gone before us that the following
verse is true,
the point being that GOD IS FAITHFUL!
His promises to you, to be with
you unto the end and reward you for your faithfulness,
are as sure as the sun coming up
in the morning!
However, you must believe and step
forward and claim the title-deed to those promises.
 There hath
temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but
faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that
ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape,
ye may be able to bear it.
In other words, you are not
going to be tempted (tried) with anything not covered in the Word of God!
Furthermore, as the evidence of the witnesses
show He always does,
your Father will provide a way for you escape from falling
whereby you may stand
and holdfast without wavering,
and be able to endure unto the end!
(Matthew 24:13 "But he that shall
endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of
God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
11:3 Through faith we understand that the
worlds were framed
by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made
of things which do appear.
This is an example of where learning how to read
what is written
and just digging a little into the Word can increase
and also avoid error.
You "see", Paul is not talking
about the material creation, the "earth" itself,
but rather the worlds (plural),
the "aions" past, present, and future,
which are the three world ages
Peter speaks of in 2 Pet. 3.
Read verse one again and you will find that "faith" is
the evidence of things which are NOT SEEN,
not evidence of the things which are seen.Hebrews
11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped
for, the evidence of things not
In other words, it does not take faith
to believe in creation itself for if you can "see it" with your flesh eyes,
then common sense alone tells you that someone made it.
Go ahead, try it!
Look all around you and see what there is you can see
that was not made.
For example, if you look at a car you do not need faith
to tell you someone made it, do you?
Is not the thing made evidence
of a maker?
Of course it is!
Well, the same common sense that
tells you someone made the car
applies when see a much more intrinsically
complex vehicle, like a horse!
It doesn't take anymore faith to tell you that someone
made the horse
than it does to tell you someone made the car.
It's what we call a no-brainer!
In other words, it just takes good old common "horse
which is far superior to intellectual "non-sense"!
(Note: I am not insulting the intelligence
of horses when I use the phrase "no-brainer" for God knows they have more
sense than someone with a PhD who believes in evolution.)
So it is not creation itself
that requires faith, but rather the purpose,
the who and why of creation
that requires faith and understanding.
These things cannot be "seen" under a microscope for
they are invisible things.
However, Paul tells us in the Book of Romans
that spiritual things which are invisible things can
actually be understood by the creation, by nature itself.Romans
1:20 For the invisible things of him from
the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things
that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without
You see, what we know by faith
is not that the creation was made,
for we can see it, but rather that
it was the Word of God
who did all the creating of the
things which do appear.
John 1:1-3 "In
the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
Word was God.  The same was in the
beginning with God. All things were
made by him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made."
It is through faith, through the foundation we have laid
by digging deeper into His Word
and seeing "so great a cloud of witnesses" (Heb. 12:1)
testifying that all He says is true,
that God is Faithful to His promises, whereby we know
that the "worlds",
the three earth ages (aions) past, present, and future,
have been "framed",
i.e. fitly joined together in the Plan of God.
It is through that same faith then
that we know where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going!
To do God's will;
that's what "good works" is!
Let us now take heed to the teachings of Paul as he recaps
the testimony of the elders, the men and women who down through the ages
have demonstrated their "belief" in God by the exercising of their faith,
keeping in mind that the bottom line is God is Faithful to His every Word
and He is the rewarder of all those "good things
to come" to those who love Him! If you therefore
believe in Him, you hold the title-deed to all the blessings and promises
He has made. Imagine that! Just think about
Hebrews 11:4 By
faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain,
by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his
gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
Abel's excellent sacrifice, to
which God Himself gave witness, serves not only as testimony that he was
righteous, but it also serves as witness (testimony) against the unrighteousness
of Cain. You see, when judgment comes, all
of the testimony (witness) will be laid out in the open and everyone will
get exactly what he or she has got coming to them. For some, His
children who love Him, that judgment will be the reward of His promises.
For others, the children of disobedience, that judgment will be His vengeance,
a "reward of recompense" He also has promised. You see, our Father doesn't
forget and as it is written, all the witnessing and testimony is laid up
in store for judgment and the day vengeance! Remember we saw in our last
study where Paul quoted that very fact from the Song of Moses? (Hebrews
10:30 "For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will
recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.")
You see, God is completely fair (just and true are His
ways, Deut. 32:4) and He will judge no one without sufficient witness and
testimony according to their own doing... and you
know what... everyone's life is on record
in the courthouse of the Supreme Judge of the universe. Thank
God for repentance and the forgiveness of sins whereby He blots them out!Think
about it! And remember what Paul just said,
that the testimony of Abel still speaks to us today, for his blood still
cries out until that great day of judgment.
To that end, this first witness brings to mind the
promise of the "true sacrifice" which Paul so eloquently spoke
of in chapter 10. Hebrews 10:12-14 "But this man,
after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right
hand of God;  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his
footstool.  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them
that are sanctified."
faith Enoch was translated that
he should not see death;
and was not found, because God had translated him: for
he had this testimony, that he pleased
God "translated" Enoch, i.e. lifted him up from the
earth that he should not see death,
because he earned that just reward in demonstrating his
tremendous faith as a servant of God.
And although we are not given all the details of His
walk with God,
his testimony is written ("he had this testimony") and
what he did,
which became his testimony, PLEASED our Father greatly.
Yes, the test of one's belief and
love for God lies in his or her actions, not just words.
For example, you can tell your spouse that you love her
but if you never do anything that pleases the one you
claim to love,
then your words become vain, which means they are empty
and void of meaning.
The witness of Enoch's reward is so relative to these
in that it reminds us of the promise spoken through Paul
in 1 Cor. 15:51-53,
that we who endure unto the
end shall not all "sleep",
but shall be changed
in the moment and in twinkling of an eye into our spiritual bodies
and be given a crown of life (immortality).
Paul then says in conclusion to that great chapter: 1
"Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in
vain in the Lord."
Indeed, your faith is not in vain for "He is a rewarder of
them that diligently seek Him".
11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that
cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek him
without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he
that cometh to God
must believe that He is, and that He is
a rewarder of
them that diligently seek Him.
Many claim they believe in God, that He exists,
but they do not believe Him,
as in believe His Word because they do not know it.
In fact, many Christians rarely
even open the cover to His Word
much less do any plowing or digging.
It is for that very reason that
it can be truly said (Isa. 29:13-17) they do not know Him,
as in who He really is, for though
they say Lord, Lord, they do not "diligently seek Him" as Paul states above.
You "see", for one who has been
a Christian for some length of time
to claim that he or she knows Jesus
Christ, the "living" Word of God,
but does not know the "written"
Word of God, is itself "testimony" that he or she has forsaken Him.
It doesn't matter how many times
you go to church
or how much money you give to
this charity or that one,
if you ignore the Word of God,
you ignore Jesus Christ.
Is it any wonder that He will say
the following to those many Christians who try to cash in their goodly
deeds, having diligently followed the traditional things their preachers
and pastors told them to do instead of diligently seeking the Word of God:
Again, why will they not receive the rewards of His
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart
from me, ye that work iniquity.
They have no faith because they do not diligently (sincerely)
to hear His voice and do His will.
Remember we quoted Luke 6:47 earlier?
cometh to me,
and heareth my sayings, and doeth them,
I will shew you to whom he is like."
Here is what Christ said just prior
to "depart from me, ye that work iniquity":
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.  Many will say to me in that day,
Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have
cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then
will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work
Paul now reminds us of another witness relative to
(Hint: They all are!)
Matthew 24:37 "But as the days of Noe were, so shall
also the coming of the Son of man be.
Hebrews 11:7 By
being warned of God of things not seen as yet,
prepared an ark to the saving
of his house;
by the which he condemned the world, and became
heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
God warned Noah and Noah faithfully took action
(worked) as he moved with reverence (as a watchman)
because he believed God, not that He existed,
but that He would bring a flood upon the
earth because He said He would.
Thus Noah believed God
faith because neither he nor anyone else had ever seen rain,
much less witnessed a torrential
downpour and flooding!
And because Noah prepared an ark of salvation
for his house (exactly as per God's directions,
i.e. God's way) while at the same
time blowing the trumpet of warning to those who were "eating and drinking,
and marrying and giving in marriage",
his testimony and witness condemned (brought judgment against) the world.
Again, it is written that "as it was in the days of Noe,
so shall it be..."!
God has appointed His watchmen in these last days
and has "warned us of things not seen as yet"
which is the flood of lies and deception that will sweep
the whole world by storm
during the great tribulation (40 denotes "tribulation"
in Biblical numerics) when antichrist,
Satan and his death angels (nephilium),
come to this earth at the sound of 6th Trump as per Rev.
How has He warned us in these last days, you say?
Do you not remember how Paul opened this great Book of
He let us know first off that "God, who at sundry times
and in divers manners
spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
 Hath in these last days spoken unto
us by his Son,
whom He hath appointed heir of all things,
also he made the worlds".
In other words, God speaks to us through His Word in
these last days
and as "He says", i.e. as it is written
in Mark 13:23,
"But take ye heed: behold, I
have foretold you all things."
The questions are, "Do you know
about the worldwide "flood"
that our Father has warned us will
soon sweep the whole world?
If so, what are doing about
Are you making "preparations" for your house according
to the blue print our Father has laid out in His
You see, God said He would bring a flood during the days
of Noah, and HE DID!
God has also said He will bring
a flood (a storm of lies and deception)
upon this final generation, and HE SHALL!
In our next study we shall add some "concrete" evidence
to the "footers"
of our foundation with the witness of the faith of Abraham
Don't miss it!
It'll be a keeper!
It should also be pointed out
that in order to confess (fully acknowledge)
that one is a "stranger and pilgrim"
requires the foundational knowledge
of the three world ages
which by faith we know are "fitly
joined together" (Heb. 11:3) in the plan of God.
Are you "fully persuaded" that God is faithful to His
and that He will fulfill all the promises He has made
The reason to consider the question
is that there is a vast difference in just saying you believe,
which is a "blind" or "unsubstantiated"
and being "fully persuaded" from
and internalizing the preponderance
of evidence to the point there is no "staggering",
no doubt whatsoever in your mind,
that God is faithful and able to fulfill His promises.
It is that type of "full assurance" which is the "substance",
the confirmation, upon which true faith and trust in
Hebrews 11:1 Now
faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
of things not seen.
You see, there is nobody who has as
fully documented a "track record" of credibility as our Father,
even much of which is second witnessed to by secular
To that end in this great 11th chapter of Hebrews,
Paul is giving us but a short synopsis of the witnesses
to God's faithfulness
in keeping His EVERY PROMISE to those who love and serve
He has already summarized for us the faith and witness
of Abel, Enoch, and Noah
who became "heirs of the righteousness" which is by faith
We also learned and saw in our last study that God is
a rewarder of those who diligently (earnestly) love and obey Him
and that without believing that He is true to His Word
and exercising your faith, it is impossible to please Him.
Hebrews 11:6 But
faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God
believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of
that diligently seek Him.
In today's study we are going to witness the faith
and trust Abraham and Sarah had in believing God's promises,
especially in the face of seemingly impossible situations
The question is: "Why is it that Paul goes to such great
lengths to remind us of all this?"
It is to increase the foundation upon which we stand,
thereby strengthening our faith.
Consider Paul's words in the great Book of Romans concerning
And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when
he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's
God promised Abraham that he would have a son, even
though at his ripe old age of 100 and his wife Sarah's
age of 90,
whose womb was not only barren but now well past the
age of menopause,
it would certainly be obvious that it would now take
to bring to pass the promise of a "seed".
"So what?", a man or woman of faith
You "see", Abraham had the faith to know that "with God
nothing shall be impossible"
and so he wavered not one bit in his belief that God
was able to fulfill His promise.
That is true faith, dear ones!
not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was
in faith, giving glory to God;
Abraham was strong in faith and "staggered
which means he did not doubt nor waver to and fro in
And how is it he was so steadfast in his trust and belief
Do not miss the REASON which is contained in the next
 And being fully
persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform.
He was entirely convinced, fully persuaded, completely
that what God had promised He surely WOULD and WAS ABLE
That trust and strong faith in giving glory to God,
pleased His Father and was therefore imputed to him for
How "persuaded" are you?
 And thereforeit
was imputed to him for righteousness.
These next two verses are the reason we came here:
 Now it
was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
for us also, to whom it shall be imputed,
we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
The same thing applies to all of God's servants
in that the "full assurance"
of your faith in trusting and believing and giving glory
to God, is also imputed to you for righteousness!
That is why we have the written testimony of our elders,
i.e. to give us confidence and build up the foundation
upon which our faith firmly stands.
Let us now return to Hebrews and read what Paul has to
say concerning the faithfulness of Abraham, whose name means the "father
of many nations".
faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which
he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he
went out, not knowing whither he went.
It is that "full assurance", knowing that you have the
"title-deed" to the promises of His covenant,
that gives you the faith and trust in your Father to
obey whatsoever He commands you to do.
In Abraham's case he was willing to give up all that
he possessed in the land
to go out and sojourn in a foreign land!
You "see", he had enough faith to trust that God would
provide a better place,
a better inheritance, than the one he left behind!
Also, the very fact that Abraham was willing to trust
and follow God's commands
even though at the time he did not know "whither he went"
is very relative to God's elect today.
Well, just as Abraham did not fully know his "destination",
i.e. what God had in store for him to fulfill according
to His will,
many of God's elect also do not fully know their destiny
but are willing to trust and obey God's commands knowing
with "full assurance"
that He will, in His time, bring them to
fulfill their destiny according to His purpose!
he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country,
in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him
of the same promise:
The "same promise" of eternal inheritance which was
made to Abraham
was also made to Abraham's son, Isaac, and to his grandson,
whose name was later changed to Israel.
And would you believe that "same promise" to be His heirs
is also made to the sons and daughters in this final
generation of the fig tree?
That would be to you, if you love
and serve Him!
 For he looked
for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
To "look for" is to "look forward to", as in to eagerly
and God's elect today also "look for" that same great
city our father Abraham was focused on,
even New Jerusalem which we read about in Revelation
21, whose builder and maker is God.
[Speaking of foundations, "Did you know you can be made
a 'pillar' in the temple of God (Rev. 3:12)?"]
faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive
seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because
she judged Him faithful who had promised.
This verse emphasizes the very basis of what Paul
has been teaching us concerning one's faith.
You see, it is when a person "judges" in his or her own
knowing with "full assurance" that Almighty God is faithful
to His promises,
that he or she receives "strength" (dunamis, power).
In other words,
if you truly believe in God and His Christ,
that He is true to His Word regardless if what He says
to the flesh eyes to be impossible or beyond reach,
then you have the faith to receive strength
as did Sarah and Abraham
who were 90 and 100 years old respectively when Isaac
Think about it!
This was a really old couple as far as both
conceiving and bearing children is concerned.
Yet, it was to them that the promise of the "seed" was
and so it came to pass that the promise was fulfilled
exactly as God said!
there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars
of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
And so as it always has and always
God's promise came to pass exactly as He said and that
"seed" came forth even from one whose body was as good as dead.
Here is the promise to which Paul was referring in verse
That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply
thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the
sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
Of course Abraham was not only promised a son,
and that his children would become innumerable as the
sand of the sea,
he also knew that Messiah would come through his loins,
through Isaac and Jacob.
Keep that in mind as we complete today's study.
Hebrews 11:13 These
all died in faith, not having received the promises, but
having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them,
and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers
and pilgrims on the earth.
Though they received many blessings even while in
because they trusted and obeyed God,
the one promise they did not receive before they died
was the promised "seed"
who would come and pay the price on the cross.
However, when Messiah did come, immediately following
he went to those still bound by the penalty of sin and
all who would believe in Him,
even back to the antediluvian period (the days of Noah),
were set free by the blood of the Lamb (1 Pet. 3:19-22).
It should also be pointed out that in order to confess
that one is a "stranger and pilgrim" (resident foreigner)
requires the foundational knowledge of the three world
which by faith we know are "fitly joined together" (Heb.
11:3) in the plan of God.
In other words, we know that this temporal flesh age
is Satan's earth age
and so we look forward to the heavenly kingdom.
Those who have faith, who know with certitude the promises
of a "better inheritance",
embrace those promises and hold on to them endearingly,
knowing and confessing that they are not of this world,
but rather sojourners on the earth.
This is confirmed by the very words of Jesus Christ Himself
in that beautiful prayer to the Father in John 17.
Concerning His disciples He said:
John 17:16 They
are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Just like Abraham, we look forward to the city, the
eternal city described in Rev. 21.
And we know that there is NOTHING in this earth age that
can compare to that which is coming.
Even the trials and tribulations and sufferings in the
in these tabernacles in which we dwell for such a short
are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall
be revealed in us.
Romans 8:18 "For I reckon that the sufferings of this
present time are not worthy to be compared
with the glory which shall be revealed in us."
Hebrews 11:14 For
they that say such things declare plainly that they seek
When we say "we are not of this world", we "make
no bones about it"!
We seek an heavenly country wherein our heavenly Father
By the way, the Greek word for country
is "patris" which means father-land, figuratively a "heavenly home".
country = patris
From G3962; a father land,
that is, nativetown; (figuratively) heavenly home:—(own)
 And truly,
if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out,
they might have had opportunity to have returned.
Abraham could have returned to his former land and
but his "eyes" were no longer focused on earthly things,
on the things of this world!
Again, he knew that he was but a sojourner
in the "land", i.e. on this earth,
walking under the sun for a short time.
The point is, once your "eyes" are opened to the vision
of the Father land,
the heavenly country, that heavenly city that awaits
those who believe in God,
there is nothing worthwhile to look back upon!
So don't look back!
To wit, remember what happened to Lot's wife who looked
meaning she longed to return to the former life she had
Such a lack of faith, which is unbelief, is not pleasing
 But now they
desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed
to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city.
Your faith and trust in your Father, in His Word,
makes Him very happy and He is so delighted to call you
And remember Hebrews 11:6 which declares that He is a
"rewarder" of those who love and serve Him?
And so it is that He has prepared a beautiful new
for His faithful children, even that glorious New Jerusalem
we read about in Rev. 21.
You "see", that great city is not "wishful thinking"!
We have the concrete evidence that the Word of God is
true and accurate in every detail.
It always has been and so it always shall be!
you didn't know that your faith shall be put to the test?
How solid is your faith?
Is it founded upon the Rock, the Word of God?
Well, you will soon find out as we enter into the final
hour of the last days,
the period known as the great testing period... or if
your prefer, the great tribulation!
Oh, you didn't know that your faith shall be put to the
Abraham's faith was surely tested, wasn't it?
Hebrews 11:17 By
when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he
that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
This has got to be the ultimate test of one's faith!
However, remember we said earlier to keep in mind that
Abraham knew that the promised "seed",
not Isaac but Messiah Himself, would come through his
loins, through his son Isaac?
Therefore, because Abraham "staggered not" in His belief
that God is faithful to His promises and is able to perform
he just logically figured that God would "raise up Isaac
from the dead"!
In fact, verse 19 below documents that is precisely what
was on his mind when he lifted up that knife!
 Of whom it
was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
Again, Abraham knew this promise of God and believed
it to be true.
In other words, he judged God to be faithful to His Word!
That "full assurance" in his mind did not allow for doubt
but to logically conclude that since God certainly is
able to raise the dead,
that must be what He is going to do to Isaac, raise him
that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also
he received him in a figure.
Some people wonder why God would ask Abraham to do
such a thing,
but as we discussed in an earlier study, Abraham (whose
name means "father of many nations")
was a type of the Father who would sacrifice His only
begotten to pay the penalty for the sins of the world.
for today - We will all be tested -God
hasn't tested me, as yet, you say! You
think not! (Better read Psalms
17:3) - Then think about those
strange situations you sometimes find yourself in, in your dreams? Do
you remember what you had just done or said a moment before you woke up?
knows what you did or said!!! So, do
you still think you aren't being tested???
In conclusion, remember to stay
in your Father's Word every day
and become "fully assured" by the
"witness" and "testimony" of all those who have gone before us,
that our Father is faithful to
all of His promises and He is a rewarder of those who sincerely love and
Furthermore, know that it pleases Him so
much that when we are "tried",
though it be with fire, we "stagger not" and exercise
our faith by trusting and believing in Him!
How precious it is indeed!
1 Peter 1:7-9 That
the trial of your faith, being much more precious than
of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire,
might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing
of Jesus Christ:  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom,
though now ye see Him not,
yet believing, ye rejoice with
joy unspeakable and full of glory:
The joy of serving Him is beyond words.
end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
Next Paul will continue to present the testimonials of
who through faith gave witness and testified
to the fact that God is Faithful to His every word.
Are you "fully convinced"?
The evidence upon which you can stand
is truly overwhelming!
"know whose child you are" is quite a revelation to many of God's children!
One of the greatest "eye openers" to the sons and daughters
in this final generation occurs when they come to "see" the fulfillment
of the promises, the unbreakable covenant, that God made to Abraham (Gen.
17:4-7), established in Isaac (Gen. 26:1-5), and confirmed in Jacob (Gen.
35:10-12) whose name was changed to Israel. Therefore, let us begin today's
study by reading the confirmation that God Almighty gave
God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any
more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.
God said unto him, I amGod Almighty: be fruitful and multiply;
nation and a company
of nations shall be of thee, and kings
shall come out of thy loins;
Yes, for the "fatherless" and "orphans" of the "Lost
10 Tribes" of true Israel to discover the way back home to
their "fathers" literally fills their hearts with joy and gladness and
increases their faith tremendously. I mean, to "know whose child you are"
is quite a revelation to many of God's children! To that end, one of the
of God was that He would send "Elijah the prophet (teacher)" to
"turn back" the heart of the (lost) children to their fathers in these
last days before the "great and dreadful Day of the LORD"! And as you know
if you have faith, God ALWAYS keeps His promises.
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, lest [before]
I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Next we read of the faith that both Abraham and Sarah
had regarding the promised seed and how that Abraham, in knowing with certitude
that God's promise of both Messiah and an "innumerable multitude" would
come through Isaac, had the faith to obey God when He asked him to sacrifice
his only begotten son. Yes, Abraham believed that God could and would resurrect
his son! In today's study, Paul is going to acknowledge for our benefit
the faith of the Abraham's son and grandsons, the patri-archs (patri
= fathers) Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, through whom the blessings of national
greatness would come as promised.
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11:20 By faith Isaac blessed
Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
What is it we are to understand by this one short verse
concerning the faith of Isaac? Well for one thing, that the blessings concerned
future time, a time to come, even the last days when both
Jacob and Esau would become great nations, as in "superpowers".
the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of
people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be
stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
You "see", we cannot know very much unless we go back
and establish a firm foundation by learning all that transpired with Isaac
and Rebecca and Jacob and Esau and know who these two nations are today
that were in Rebecca's womb (Hint: They are America
and Russia). Then we can know why it is Isaac blessed the younger
over the elder as he blessed the future generations of these two! It is
written (Rom. 9:13) that God loved Jacob but hated (loved less by comparison)
Esau, even while they were still in their mother's womb. That is because
even in "the world that then was" (2 Pet. 3:6) Esau did not regard (as
in despised) his heritage, which he would once again prove in the flesh
by "selling out" for a mere bowl of red pottage. Esau simply
did not have the faith to truly trust God!
Also, a careful examination of the scriptures, knowing
that Isaac knew what transpired at his sons' births concerning the "heel
grabbing" and what God said in Gen. 25:23, will reveal that Isaac was aware
of and had faith in the plan of God, i.e. that the greater blessings would
go to Jacob.
Below is the blessing Isaac bestowed on Jacob after drawing
him near to "kiss" and "smell the smell of his raiment", determining the
smell to be that of a field.
he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment,
and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of
a field which the LORD hath blessed: 
God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness
of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:
The deeper student will refer to the Song of Moses, Deut.
32, in understanding the "dew of heaven", etc.
people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy
brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be
every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.
Again, Esau received the lesser of the blessings because
did not have faith, for when he was an hungered he literally
his birthright. There is nothing knew under the sun and Esau will
still "sell out" his people today for the same reason.
However, unlike his brother Esau, Jacob did have
faith as testified to next!
faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph;
leaning upon the top of his staff.
The word "staff" used in this verse
means a "sceptre" or "baton of royalty". In other words, this was a divine
blessing Jacob bestowed upon Joseph's sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, whom
he literally adopted and split the birthright (national blessings) between
the two. In so doing, Manasseh (whose name means "forgetful") actually
became the 13th tribe, which is quite interesting because a little homework
will reveal that the number "13" is stamped all over the Great Seal of
the United States of America. In fact, there are 13 sets of "13" between
the reverse and the obverse of our seal. Yes, Manasseh has become a "great
faith Joseph, when he died [was dying],
made mention of the departing of the children of Israel;
and gave commandment concerning his bones.
Joseph believed all the promises of God without "wavering"
and therefore knew, having no doubts whatsoever, that the
children of Israel would exodus the land and dwell in the land flowing
with milk and honey. He showed his faith along with his desire to be with
them when he "gave commandment concerning his bones". Here is the account
in Genesis where Joseph "makes mention" of the exodus:
Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God
will surely visit you, and bring
you out of this landunto the land
which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
And sure enough God did visit them to deliver them out
of the land. Exodus 3:8 "And I am come down to deliver them out
of the hand of the Egyptians, and
them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto
a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and
the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and
Here also is the commandment of Joseph concerning his
Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely
visit you, and
ye shall carry up my bones from hence.
You will find that because of Joseph's faith God
saw to it to bless the fulfillment of his desires: Joshua
24:32 "And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up
out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob
bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces
of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph."
in this final generation of the fig tree, must also make a "choosing"
as to whether they will patiently "endure to the end" or take the easier
softer way and "enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season"!
You "see", it is written that most
of our brothers and sisters "will sell out" (apostatize) to the peace and
prosperity brought about by the deception of the anti-christ.
Hebrews 11:23 By
faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents,
they saw he was a
proper child; and
not afraid of the king's commandment.
Moses' parents, Amram and Jochebed (Num. 26:59), "saw"
that "Divine Spirit" shining in the face of this child from the moment
he was born. You can document that by using your Strong's Concordance to
look up "exceeding fair" (theos asteios) in Acts 7:20.
Acts 7:20 In
which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished
up in his father's house three months:
Moses' parents therefore knew that the hand of God was
upon Moses and their faith was strengthened whereby they nourished him
three months without fear of the king's command in Ex. 1:22
to destroy all the male Hebrew newborns. You "see", they trusted in the
Lord to take care of His own for true servants of God who have faith in
Him know full well the answer to the question Paul poses in Rom. 8:31,
"... If God be for us, who can be against us?" The answer is "No One!"
Did not Jesus also tell us in Mat. 10:28 to "fear not them which kill the
body, but are not able to kill the soul"? He went on to say "rather love
your Father" who has all power over life and death, both
physical and spiritual! Kings of the earth... beware!
faith Moses, when he was
come to years, refused to
be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
Moses was at the point where the very throne of
Egypt was within his grasp when he discovered the truth of his
heritage, that he was truly of the House of Israel!
Many of God's elect today,
along with the kings and queens of the ethnos, can attest to the same revelation
and increase in faith when their "eyes are opened" to know the rich heritage
of God's people!
to suffer affliction
with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures
of sin for a season;
Take heed to what we are learning in this great "faith"
chapter and become well acquainted with all the men and women of faith
whose testimonials and witness are recorded for our benefit (1 Cor. 10:11-13).
The relevancy to what Paul just told us concerning Moses "choosing" rather
to suffer affliction, is that the sons and daughters, the brothers and
sisters in this final generation of the fig tree, must also
make a "choosing" as to whether they will patiently "endure to the end"
or take the easier softer way and "enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season"!
A word to the wise is sufficient.
You "see", it is written that most of our brothers and
sisters "will sell out" (apostatize) to the peace and prosperity brought
about by the deception of the false messiah who will come claiming he is
God. But the true servants of God, those who have
faith firmly rooted in the Word of God, who have the evidence sealed in
their minds whereby they know with certitude that they hold the "title-deed"
to the glorious riches of the kingdom of God, shall take a stand and suffer
spiritual affliction (trials and tribulation), knowing as did Moses (next
verse) that the "recompense of the reward" far exceeds the
tribulation we must endure for such a short time!
the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for
he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Have you ever read the great Book
of Ecclesiastes where wise old Solomon documents from his personal experience
as the wealthiest, wisest, and most powerful man on earth, that there is
simply not enough power, not enough money, not enough wine, not enough
women, etc., to satisfy the flesh for even a short season, much less for
Once a person's spiritual "eyes
and ears" are opened to the REALITY of the heavenly kingdom, then all there
is "under the sun" becomes vanity (emptiness, nothingness) by comparison.
faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king:
for he endured,
as seeing Him who is invisible.
Moses endured because he had faith! Will
you endure unto the end and be saved and receive a crown
Matthew 24:13 "But he that shall
endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."
faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he
that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
you have faith to know that when you "sprinkle that blood of the Lamb"
on the doors posts of your mind, the death angel (Satan) must pass over
you and cannot harm you?
Paul taught us well in this Book of Hebrews about "shadows",
didn't he? We therefore know how Jesus Christ became the fulfillment of
the types (shadows) and became the one and only true sacrificial
Lamb (our Passover, 1 Cor. 5:7) who shed His blood once and for all time
and has now entered into the heavenly Holy of Holies and sits at the right
hand of the throne of His Majesty on High as our advocate and compassionate
Do you have the faith to "keep
the Passover"? Do you have the faith to know
that as a child of the God when you "sprinkle that blood of the Lamb" on
the doors posts and lintels of your house and your mind, the death angel
(Satan) who shall soon come to destroy the "firstborn", i.e. the firstfruits,
must pass over you and cannot harm you?
faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the
Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
This is actually a good example showing that mere boldness
and bravery are not the same as the strength which comes by faith.
Faith is belief and trust in God which the Egyptians did not have! Therefore,
without faith, they were not pleasing to Him and brave though they may
have been in trying to "cross over", they all drowned in their unbelief!
faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed
about seven days.
One can only imagine what the inhabitants of Jericho
thought about these priests of God marching around the city blowing the
The point is, as the servants of God sound
the alarm that the walls of this flesh age and of Babylon the great shall
come "crashing down" at the sound of the 7th Trump, so shall they also
and jeered. No matter... for the servants
of God shall "endure unto the end" keeping focused on the "recompense of
the reward" that awaits them.
*2 Peter 3:3-4 "Knowing this first,
that there shall come
in the last days scoffers, walking
after their own lusts,  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?
for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from
the beginning of the creation."
makes you think your shortcomings are worse than others of your brethren?
Have you never read what David did?
The promise of all promises was that Messiah
would come and pay the price on the cross, so that all those who believe
in Him would not "perish" but receive eternal life. You see, these all
had faith even before that promised one, Jesus Christ, came
in that they knew and believed God's promise that Messiah would come.
In fact, the prophets testified of His coming. And as we discussed in a
previous study, it is written in 1 Peter 3:19-20 that they saw Him immediately
after the crucifixion and accepted Him and were set free from the penalty
of sin, which is death.
Thus they obtained a "good report" and that "good report"
has earned them the "recompense of reward" at His second coming when we
as a family, the family of God, all join together with Him!
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should
not be made perfect.
Yes, we are so privileged to give witness
and testimony for the Word of God, Jesus Christ, in this final generation
of the fig tree. Just think of the reward for going through and enduring
the "great tribulation" of these last days and "taking a stand" with the
full panoply of "gospel armor" on and in place against the adversary
himself! That will be some "testimony", won't it? Think about it!
As for all those who have gone before us and hold their "good report",
their testimony (which we also have written for us), they must rest (wait)
until this final season has ended and we have finished the work and given
our witness and testimony for Christ to this generation:
when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls
of them that were slain for the word of God, and
for the testimony
which they held: 
they cried with a loud voice, saying,
How long, O Lord, holy
and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on
the earth? 
white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them,
they should rest yet for a little season, until their
also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should
Do you have faith and trust in God as one of His servants?
you're so weak in the flesh, you say! Poor baby! The question wasn't are
you a "goody, goody two shoes"? To be sure, your not! None
of us is without sin for we all fall short in the flesh.
And besides, what makes you think your shortcomings are worse than others
of your brethren? Have you never read what David did?
You "see", that is why Paul so
thoroughly covered the 'sprinkling of the blood of Lamb' by our eternal
High Priest after the order of Melchisedec before he taught
us about real faith! The reality
is, if you are going to spend a lot of your time worrying and concentrating
on your sins, you aren't going to have much time to build a solid foundation
of faith because you don't believe in the power of His sacrifice to begin
with. Have you forgotten so quickly what
the PROMISE of the New Covenant is? When you diligently seek Him and
repent and ask for forgiveness, Hebrews 10:17-18
right in there! 
sins and iniquities will
I remember no more". And THAT'S
IT! Gone forever! So... are you now going to worry and doubt and ask for
forgiveness again... showing your unbelief in Him, i.e. showing
that you don't believe He is faithful to His Promise? 
"Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin."
Get with the program!
If you have faith, believing in
Him and obeying His commands, then you have absolutely NOTHING to fear
in this final generation. You "see", the One who has ALL POWER has promised
to be with you, even to the end of this flesh age! It is written!
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All
is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 
ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo,
am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
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