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Is that our goal?

Caution to students of God;s Word - Please remember two things when using our American Wisdom Series studies:
#1. Our commentary is not God's Word. It is only our interpretation or understanding of "His Word" and even though we try our best to be accurate we may or may not be correct. #2. The King James translation, or any other translation, of the original Hebrew text has some words which were given different translations at different places probably because of the interpreters preconceived ideas of what they think God meant to say. For example: According to the notes in the "Dake's Annotated Reference Bible" the Hebrew word hayah in the KJV is Trans. (became) 67 times, (becamest or came to pass) 505 times, (become) 66 times, and (come to pass) 131 times, but for some reason in Genesis 1:2 it is translated (was)! That sure changes the way a person perceives the original creation of the earth, doesn't it?  Gen. 1:2 And the earth was (became) without form, ... Having said that, let us continue with our "studies". These studies contain knowledge, we believe, you must have to fully and accurately unlock and understand the Word of God. 
May the Holy Spirit be your only guiding light. Sincerely, John Rhine

#1, #2, #3 earth ages. This one we're now living in is #2, but we were all there in #1, although not in these animal bodies we have now. What were you doing in the first earth age? Were you one of the approximately 8 billion of God's children who remained loyal to God back then, during Lucifer's rebellion, or were you one of the approximately 4 billion, of us, who followed Lucifer/Satan when he rebelled?

You haven't been taught that in your church, you say! Well the Bible teaches it!  Or, are you one of those people who claim there was no gap between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2, no matter if the Bible says there was.  Then, you must believe God is in the deception business? I know Jesus told us that in these end times many ministers/teachers would come in His name, saying, "Jesus is Christ, and then proceed to deceive many." Matthew 24:5 - KJV For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. I hope and pray you are not one of the deceived! I hope and pray your minister is not one of those people Jesus was talking about! Matthew 24:11 - KJVAnd many false prophets shall rise,  and shall deceive many. Luke 21:8 - KJVAnd he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them

Ministers, Yes!; But God, No! God is not out to deceive anyone!

This is John, I accepted Christ as my personal savior way back around 1950.  I remember I was only about 10 years old at the time. Some years ago, I believe it was in 1996, I had thought of questions I could not find answers for in my Bible. Like, who we really are? Are we just people living here on earth in a animal type (terrestrial) body, although with greater intelligence than animals? Do some of us, even though we are Christians and have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal savior, just continue on, hoping to, in our eternal life, live forever in a new and better animal (terrestrial) body, without pain or suffering of any kind?  Is that our goal?  I'm Sure you wonder, if you have spent much time on this web site, why I am so often down on our Christian churches; But you do the math, that's 46 years of church going and I did not learn the answers to my 1996 questions in all that time. If the churches I attended had been doing their job, the questions I thought of in 1996 should have been answered before I thought of them!

I've had Christians, even Christian ministers telling me the earth is only 6000 years old and that the age of the dinosaurs never existed. Yet the evidence is all around us, including fossil records, and museum displays of the remains of dinosaurs.  I live in Pennsylvania, I've visited the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. I've seen the size of those dinosaurs,plus just taking one trip north along the route 81 corridor from Harrisburg to the New York border, it doesn't take a scientist to plainly see the layers of the earths crust that had been cut away to build that road; And it is plain to see that millions of years ago glaciers moved through what is now Pennsylvania cutting through mountains and creating valleys.

Many people tried to tell me God could make the earth to seem to be millions, or even billions, of years old. and could also do that with any scientific discovery, and I must admit He could; But, My question for them is, "Why would God want to do that?"  I don't believe God is in the deception business!

Now I'm not near as smart as the evolution believing scientists think they are, or as smart as most of the learned theologians think they are!  So I got down on my knees and ask God to give me wisdom, and do you know what happened?  I received eyes to see that there is indeed a gap between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 even though most of us Christians are taught, that there isn't.

Live Link to->>>   If Conventional Biblical Teaching
Doesn't Fit or Make Sense to You,  "Consider This"

Some people in their Biblical ignorance call it "Gap Theory", but if you are one, let me tell you "The Holy Spirit" has given me eyes to see the reason they are mistaken! So if He has also given you "Eyes to See" and "Ears to Hear", Read Up! 
Live Link to->>>  "Find and Fill in the Gaps"
Live Link to->>>    Gaps in Scripture
Some people don't have "Eyes to See" and "Ears to Hear" and will not understand this. God has closed their eyes to protect them from being able to commit the unpardonable sin once Satan arrives here on earth, ahead of Christ's second coming, when he'll claim he is God!
Live Link to->>>   The Unpardonable Sin
To those people, as Peter called them "SCOFFERS", who don't have "eyes to see" the first earth age and that it took place prior to Genesis 1:2, I can only ask what you see in this running line below? II Peter 3:3 "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,"   
When did Lucifer sin if it wasn't in a previous earth age? He was already the fallen angel renamed "Satan", "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil", in the Garden of Eden. -/-/- When did God know Jeremiah if it wasn't in a previous earth age? He said in Jeremiah 1:5; "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou comest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet of nations." If it wasn't in a previous earth age, when was it? -/-/- When Esau and Jacob were born, the Lord said to Rebekah, their mother, in Genesis 25:23 "And 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 (Esau) shall serve the younger (Jacob). And in Malachi 1:2 The Lord said, ..."yet I loved Jacob", And in Malachi 1:3 He said, "I hated Esau", Why would God say Jacob He loved and Esau He hated if it wasn't from some event in a previous earth age? -/-/- Why would God say to Job, "Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?" If Job had not been there to witness it when it happened before a previous earth age, why would God ask him where he was, like he should know? -/-/- Why would Paul say, "He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation (destruction) of the world" if it hadn't happened in a previous earth age? -/-/- Why would he say in Hebrews 4:3 'For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation (destruction) of the world" and in Hebrews 9:26 "For then must He often have suffered since the foundation (destruction) of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself." if all this hadn't happened in a previous earth age? -/-/- Also, Read what Jesus has to say to Nicodemus in John 3:3 "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." - Of course,flesh and blood cannot literally enter the kingdom of God. You must first be born back into your celestial bodies when this flesh and blood life ends and we are no longer in our terrestrial bodies. - Cremated, buried, blown apart or vaporized by a nuclear bomb, it doesn't matter. When you are through with the flesh body, you are through with it forever. -/-/- For as Paul documents in I Cor. 15 there are two bodies, one is of flesh and one is of spirit. So when you die in the flesh you are raised, shall we even say born, into your spiritual body. 1 Cor. 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. He goes on to say that unless you are born back into a spiritual body, you cannot literally enter into the kingdom of God. - You can be saved, by repentance and claiming the blood of Christ to cover your sins, but you must, at the death of your flesh body, or at Christ's return, (which ever happens first) be reborn into a new spiritual (celestial) body to literally enter Christ's kingdom. -/-/- In 1 Cor. 15:50 Paul says, "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption." -/-/- And you tell me, what did Jeremiah have this vision of, if it wasn't of the first earth age If we look at Jeremiah's vision of the earth (Jer. 4:23-26) it was without form and void; and had no light and the mountains trembled and the hills moved. And there were no men and all the birds were gone. He said the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities were broken down because of the Lord's anger. He must have seen the earth as it is described in Gen. 1:2 and as Peter described it in 2 Peter 3:6 because the earth has never been empty and waste and dark since the six days of God's activity as described in Gen. 1:3 to 2:25. The only time the sun and stars were not allowed to give light was the period before the six days. They have been giving light ever since. There never has been a time or will be a time when there were no men on earth since then. Yet Jeremiah said all the cities were gone and no men were there.   Please remember two things when using our studies: #1. Our commentary is not God's Word. It is only our interpretation or understanding of "His Word" and even though we try our best to be accurate we may or may not be correct. #2. The King James translation, or any other translation, of the original Hebrew text has some words which were given different translations at different places probably because of the interpreters preconceived ideas of what they think God meant to say. For example: According to the notes in the "Dake's Annotated Reference Bible" the Hebrew word hayah in the KJV is Trans. (became) 67 times, (becamest or came to pass) 505 times, (become) 66 times, and (come to pass) 131 times, but for some reason in Genesis 1:2 it is translated (was)! That sure changes the way a person perceives the original creation of the earth, doesn't it?  Gen. 1:2 And the earth was (became) without form, ... Having said that, let us continue with our lesson. This pamphlet contains knowledge, we believe, you must have to fully and accurately unlock and understand the Word of God.
 
What you will read next are some of the things I've learned in those years of study since the "Holy Spirit" opened my eyes.

Who is God? When we think of God we most often think of Jesus, baby Jesus, who grew into the man we read about in the crucifixion accounts and that is ok. We are to approach Father God through His son Jesus. But, we would do well to also see God as He appeared to the apostle John, when John was taken spiritually into the future to see heaven personally and what goes on there.

John describes God in Revelation. We'll let you read his account for yourself: Revelation 1:13  And 
in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to 
the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14  His head and his hairs were white like 
wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15  And his feet like unto fine brass, as 
if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16  And he had in his right 
hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as 
the sun shineth in his strength.

That two-edged sword is the "Word of God", Jesus; What He had the prophets  record in Your Bible. You had better learn what He has to say, for He has told us all things! Especially about the "End Time" when Satan comes to earth claiming he is God. Mark 13:23 "But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things."

Jesus is telling us that there will be no excuses when He returns. Why? Because he has told you everything that will happen in His Word. It is written there and given in many different witnesses, If you have refused to study His Word than you have chosen to reject Him. It simply doesn't matter what your preacher says, but what matters is what Christ said. Have you read His Word with understanding?

Our Father, God, is a awesome God. Remember what God told Moses from the burning bush.   Read it for yourself.  Exodus 3:14   And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

God is anything He wants to be!

Live Link to->>>   God had wisdom

But, what about us? Who are we?  Why were we created? When were we created?  What type of body did we then have? Where did we first live? Why must we repent of our sins?, Believe in Christ?  Ask for His forgiveness? - In order to receive eternal Life!

If we were created spirit beings in incorruptible spirit (celestial) bodies, how did we end up in these flesh and blood (terrestrial) bodies that get sick, grow old and die?

Live Link to->>>   God's Children
((live link-) to-God's Angel controls situations according to His will.
(live link-) to-I also believe, Your angel in heaven is non other than you!
(live link-) to-We, you and me, were all created before the earth existed

Who are we? We are children of the One True God, created billions of years ago, as spirit beings with spirit (celestial) bodies like His own, before the earth was made. Yes, you and me, we are literally "older then the hills."


Some of us be
haved and some of us didn't!

  Live Link to->>>   "God's Elect"   

Oh, you never heard of such a thing, you say! Well you can stick around and let me completely document this from the Word of God OR you can reject it because you never heard it before and it sounds a little strange to you. It is your choice!.

Why were we created? Revelation 4:11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. We were created for God's pleasure. He wanted a family with children to love and who would love Him in return.

How would He know we loved Him if we had no choice but to love Him?  Because He created us with "Free Will". We could choose whether or not to love Him.

Wasn't He taking a risk that we might not return His love?  Well, He could have created us like robots, programed to love Him, but He found no pleasure in that option. He wanted children who would willingly return His love.

Where did we live? He created this earth for us to live on. At the time it was perfect, a tropical 
paradise all over the earth all year round.

Live Link to->>>   The age of the Dinosaurs

What happened? It's not that way now! One of our brothers, Lucifer, was given a special 
responsibility by God. He was made a priest and a protector of the mercy seat, which is where 
Christ sits. He had a very high position in the Kingdom of God, but he became evil and decided he could and would be like God. He wanted to sit on God's throne and be God. To make matters worse he convinced one third of us, approximately 4 billion of us to side with him in his scheme.

Live Link to->>>   The Pre-Adamic World

What did God do? God, in His fierce anger destroyed that first earth age. The age we now know as "age of the dinosaurs" God ended it with a catastrophic universal world wide flood, Lucifer's Flood, killing all life forms in existence on earth except  for us, his children.

Live Link to->>>   Lucifer's Flood

What happened to Lucifer. God  sentenced Lucifer to death, in" the lake of  fire", he will be no 
more, but, postponed the carrying out of  this death sentence until after He will use Lucifer to help 
him accomplish the negative part of His plan, and to provide a way for as many of us, His Children, to  by our own free will, prove our love for or rejection of Him.

Live Link to->>>    Lucifer's sentenced to die and to be no more

What was God's plan? God chose not to destroy us, his children, at that time, even the ones who 
followed Lucifer because He loves us and knew that non of us could fully realize what the finality of 
the death of our soul meant since no one, up until this time, had ever experienced the death of their 
soul, as in "cease to exist" We had seen animals die but non of us, the children of God had ever died. 
God decreed that all of us would experience life and death. The only stipulation being, we had to be born of water, as in born to a flesh and blood woman; live here on earth for a short time and then die, but only the shadow of death talked about in the 23rd. Psalm. 

Live Link to->>>  The Plan of God

What did God do next? He then restructured the earth to make it livable again.  Only this time, after 
wiping our memory clean, He would place us, one at a time, in our turn, over a period of time, in 
flesh and blood bodies similar to the bodies of animals which would age and die. This serves as a 
learning curve for us to realize the finality of death, when our loved ones die, in the flesh, and no 
longer are visible to us or allowed to communicate with us that their soul was still alive.

Live Link  to->>>   1st four days of New Creation

Where is Lucifer now? Lucifer who is now called Satan, the son of perdition, the son who will perish, is still in heaven, but no longer allowed, at this time, to come to earth in person without God's 
permission or to serve God's purpose. Yet he is in heaven and has God's ear constantly pointing out 
all our faults to God.

 Live Link  to->>>   Ezekiel 28

What about those 2/3 of us who remained faithful to our Father, God, when Lucifer rebelled? Many of us, having already proved our loyalty to God, He predestined for special assignments during this flesh age. Duties that will positively affect his future Kingdom.

 Live Link  to->>>   Predestination

What about the rest of us? Some remained faithful to God in the first earth age, some followed Lucifer/Satan, and a vast majority remained more or less neutral, not making any commitment either way. During this restructuring of the earth God started to replace life on what He calls the fifth day. The actual length of time based on our  concept of time, Only God knows, but many people believe based on scripture that a day equals approximately 1000 of our years.

Live Link  to->>> Fifth and sixth days of new creation

Then on the sixth day God first brought forth wild animals and reptiles. Then, still on day six, He 
started placing the souls of us, His children, creating mankind, all the different races, in bodies similar the bodies of animals.

On the seventh day God rested. During this time all the races of man continued to replenish the earth 
with like kind.

Live Link  to->>>  The day of rest

What happened next? Well as God planned from the beginning, He knew we would all fall short of 
the perfection He requires of His children, so He Himself  decided  to come to earth as a flesh and 
blood son, born through the womb of a pure blood descendant of a race of people He would create 
using souls of loyalists of His, during the first earth age. He as His flesh and blood son would live a 
perfectly sinless life and therefore, qualify as a perfect blood sacrifice where by all flesh and blood 
children could receive eternal life by his grace, if only they believed in His son, who He named Jesus, 
and decreed that through Him their sins be forgiven and forgotten..

 Live Link  to->>>   Eighth day man

So on another day- We'll call it the EIGHTH DAY God formed a new line of humans (Adam), the individual man and his wife, and their pure blood descendants, to be made up of only those of us from the first earth age who stuck by Him during Satan's uprising. God, Himself would come to earth through the womb of a pure blood descendant of this individual man Adam and his wife Eve, who God made from parts of Adam's own body.

Satan, who still thinks he is as powerful as God, intends to corrupt this Adamic line with his own 
seed. He did corrupt a branch of that new line before it ever got started when he seduced Eve in the 
garden and she bore Cain. A pure branch did survive through Adam's and Eve's son Seth.

Live Link  to->>>  What happened in the garden
Live Link  to->>>   Eve was not just any women, was she?
She had a special  purpose,
as did Adam

Over several generations Satan sent others of us who are loyal to him to earth without entering through the womb of flesh woman, to impregnate daughters of  Seth's descendants hoping to completely corrupt this new line of humans.

Live Link  to->>>    What happened after expulsion from the garden

The Situation got so bad that when there were only eight pure blood Adamic descendants left God again decided to destroy all human life, in that part of the world, except for those eight, with a second less devastating flood (Noah's Flood). Even after Noah's flood more of us continued to come to earth without entering through the womb (producing the giant species of man of which Goliath was one).

Live Link  to->>>  Noah's flood.
Live Link  to->>>    After Noah's Flood

A pure branch did survive through Abraham and  Sarah - Isaac - Jacob (Israel) and from that line 
God came to earth, through the womb of a virgin descendant, in the person of Jesus Christ, lived a 
perfect life, without sin, and became the ultimate sacrifice.

Live Link  to->>>   From House of Israel to Christian Nations of the World

After we have all been to earth through the womb Christ will return and we will all be changed back 
into our spirit bodies,memories of our existence in the first earth age restored. But five months prior 
to Christ's return, as part of God's plan to test our belief in Him,  Satan will once again be sent to 
earth. He will stand in the temple, in the church, and claim he is Jesus, God. Wanting people to 
worship him.

Live Link  to->>>    The Sixth Trump

Those of us who really know Christ and are saved will pass the test, waiting for Christ's actual return, endure until the end, won't worship Satan as if he is Christ, will be granted eternal life right at Christ's return (The First Resurrection). Receiving  both their incorruptible bodies and immortal souls.

Live Link  to->>>    Salvation - Saved by grace

Those who have not repented of their sins, not really knowing Christ,who do not wait for the real Christ, but instead worship Satan instead (called the "Walking Dead" in your Bible), will spend the next 1000 years in incorruptible spirit bodies, but still having mortal souls, while Satan is locked up for the full 1000 years unable to influences them, even in spirit. The elect with guidance from Jesus who will be here the whole time will be teaching the walking dead to once and for all time, tell the difference between what is Holy (Jesus) and what is profane (Satan)

Live Link  to->>>   The Seventh Trump

Note: It would be wise on your part to learn to tell the difference. Now, we're still in this period of grace! 

Live Link  to->>>  Endure til the end

Satan will be locked up for the full 1000 years but, prior to God carrying out his death sentence, he will again, one last time, be left loose for a short while to temp the walking dead. A final test, after 1000 years of summer school, so to speak, since they now have foreknowledge of what death really is and can better choose who to serve. They will then be judged at 'THE GREAT WHITE THRONE OF 
JUDGMENT" by their works. Not by faith, this time, since Christ will have been with us for the whole 
millennium. Will they again follow Satan, who is profane, or will they, this time, choose holiness and 
remain faithful to Christ?

Live Link  to->>>   The Millennium
Live Link  to->>>   The Walking Dead

If the answer is; Remained faithful to Christ, the verdict will be Eternal life, i.e. immotality (be part of 
the 2nd. resurrection).

Live Link  to->>>  The Great White Throne

If the answer is; followed Satan, yet again, the verdict will be to perish, with Satan, in the lake of fire 
and BE NO MORE! Not even a memory to their loved ones who were saved!

Then God will have achieved His goal of having children, for all of eternity, who are pure in heart, 
not because He created us without the ability to sin but knowing we loved Him and chose Him to 
purify our hearts from imperfection to perfection, not by His will alone, but by our own free will.

We will spend eternity here in a new heaven and a new earth (the third heaven and earth age) in 
spirit bodies, like our Father's and we will be His family and He will be our Father and our God.

Live Link  to->>>  New heaven and earth

That is a long drawn out process, but the only way God could create offspring who end up not only perfect, but who love Him, as He loves us, by our own free will.

  This is John again;, So to sum it all up, if you don't understand what happened "IN THE BEGINNING" especially in the first 11 chapters of Genesis, you will not understand your Bible at all! But provided you do know what happened in the first 11 chapters of the Bible, the remainder of the Bible will be easily understood; even the book of Revelation, which most ministers stay clear of. Because they do not understand it!

Live Link to->>> Genesis chapter 1
Live Link to->>> Genesis chapter 2  
Llive Link to->>> Genesis chapter 3
Live Link to->>>  Genesis chapter 4  
Live Link to->>>  Genesis chapter 5
Llive Link to->>>  Genesis chapter 6
Live Link to->>>   Genesis chapter 7
Live Link to->>>  Genesis chapter 8  
Llive Link to->>> Genesis chapter 9
Live Link to->>>  Genesis chapter 10  
Live Link to->>>  Genesis chapter 11 


Let's review some of the things we've learned that show a first earth age existed.

In Genesis 1:1 the Bible tells us God created the original world. This is definitely pre-Adamic because Adam was created much later. The following facts make it clear that the term 'in the beginning' used in Genesis 1:1-2 does not refer to the time or work of the six days of Genesis 1:3-2:25.regarding the original creation.
Thus, it is clear from Genesis 1:1-2 (and related scriptures) that:
In the beginning, the dateless pastnot in 6 days, about 6000 years ago, God created the heavens, including the sun, moon, and stars - all the heavenly bodies in space.

(Note) katabolē
kat-ab-ol-ay'
From G2598; a deposition, that is, founding; figuratively conception: - conceive, foundation.
Gr. Katabole, to cast or throw down (2 Cor.4:9; Rev.12:10) it should have been translated "overthrow" or casting down of the world" in v.35; 25:34; Lk.11:50; Jn.17:24;Eph.1:4; Heb.4:3;9:26;11:10;1 Pet.1:20; Rev.13:8;17:8. With the exception of Heb.11:10, katabole is used with kosmos, social world, and refers to the overthrow of the pre-Adamic world by the flood of Gen.1:2; 2 Pet.3:5-8;Ps.104:5-9; Jer.4:23-26 and the defeat of Lucifer and his earthly kingdom before Adam (Isa.14:12-14; Ezek.28:11-17; Lk.10:18). Katabole means the destruction or overthrow, or ruin of the social system before Adam

Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
Genesis 1:2 "And the earth was (became) without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. The use of the word (And) to start verse two means what follows it is a completely separate act from  that described in verse one!

Isaiah 45:18  For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

This is how God originally created the heavens and the earth. He formed the earth to be inhabited and it was. We'll show you shortly, he created men first and then this earth for them to live on.


3 world Ages

Peter 3:5  For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old,  and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished (Earth #1) II Peter 3:7 "But the heavens and the earth which are now,(Earth #2) by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men."
 
2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth,(Earth #3) wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Destruction of 
 (Earth #1)
Jeremiah 4:23  I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. 24  I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. 25  I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. 26  I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger

Revelation 13:8 "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation (destruction) of the world."

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 were not written in the book of life from the foundation (destruction) of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is [shall come]."

Genesis 1:10 "And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He Seas: and God saw that it was good."

Isaiah 45:18  For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

Ephesians 1:4 "According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation (destruction) of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:" Ephesians 1:5 "Having pre-destinated us unto the adoption of children of Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,"

Jeremiah was there in (Earth age  #1) 
Jeremiah 1:5; "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou comest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet of nations."

Jocob and Esau were there in (Earth age #1) 
Mal. 1:2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, [3] And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness When? In the first earth age!

Job was there in before 
(Earth age #1) or else GOD WOULD NOT HAVE ASK HIM WHERE HE WAS that he don't remember.
Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, [2] Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? [3] Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
[4] Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earthdeclare, if thou hast understanding. [5] Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? [6] Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; [7] When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:8 "Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?" Job 38:9 "When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it."

Satan"s sin in  (Earth age #1) 
Revelation 12:3 "And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, haven seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads." Revelation 12:4 "And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born."

That  was before (Earth age #1)
Matthew 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake He not unto them[35] 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 (destruction) of the world.

That  was before (Earth age #1)
Ephesians 1:4 "According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation (destruction) of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:" Ephesians 1:5 "Having pre destinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,"

That  was before (Earth age #1)
Hebrews 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation (destruction) of the world.

That  was before (Earth age #1)
Hebrews 9:26] For then must He often have suffered since the foundation (destruction) of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

That was before any  (Earth age)
Proverbs 8:23 "I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was." Proverbs 8:24 "When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water." Proverbs 8:25 "Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:" Proverbs 8:26 "While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the high part [beginning] of the dust of the world."

Proverbs 8:27 "When he prepared the heavens and set a compass (circle) upon the face of the depth:" Proverbs 8:28 "And when he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:" Proverbs 8:29 "When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the fountains of the earth:"

Revelation 12:1 "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:" Revelation 12:2 "And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered." Revelation 12:3 "And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads."  Revelation 12:4 "And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born."

Hebrews 9:27 tells us; "...It is appointed unto men once to die [in the flesh], but after this the judgment." (no mention of how soon, after dieing in the flesh) 

Whan John was taken to heaven, in the spirit

Rev. 22:8 And I John saw these things, and heard them.  And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. We can only imagine the overwhelming impact it must have had on John when the reality of being taken to heaven, to the very throne of God, and witnessing the awesome events described in this book, finally "hit home". And so he fell down to worship before the feet of the angel.   Rev. 22:9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
 Did you catch what the angel said? This is a very revealing verse. The angel makes it perfectly clear that he is "one of us" who has lived in the flesh, from among our brethren the prophets. 
Yes, I believe we, all of us who have ever lived in the flesh, or ever will, were angels (Sons of God) as originally created, in celestial bodies, many millions or even billions of years ago, even before the original earth was created (the age of the dinosaurs) for us to live on, after which 1/3 of us followed Lucifer/Satan at his rebellion during that first earth age, when God in his fierce anger destroyed that earth and all flesh and blood beings, in terrestrial bodies, living on it.  But, instead of sentencing each of, who followed Satan, to death, as He did with Satan, He again made the earth livable, realizing that only some of us were committed to remain loyal to Him. 

He determined we, the rest of us, needed to learn a lesson about life and permanency of the death of our soul.  What is really Holy, versus what is profane, and He needed to provide a way for us to salvage our souls by choosing, after learning this lesson, of our own free will, to remain faithful to Him or again follow Satan. To accomplish this, He decided not to carry out Satan's death sentence just yet and He chose to put us back on earth one at a time, in our turn, to be born of a woman who he created in a animal type body, as  "Sons of Man" and while here as flesh man, if and when we accept Christwho is God's only begotten Son,  as our Lord and savior we will again be adopted as "SONS OF GOD".

One think Ive seen and learned since that prayer several years ago is that Peter is right iwhen he asserts that their was a previous earth age to this one we now live in, Therefore, I am no longer a scoffer as Peter called us in 2 Peter 3:3 when he was referring to the three earth ages.

Live Link to->>>  The Pre-Adamic World of long ago
Live Link to->>>  The age of the Dinosaurs

II Peter 3:3 "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,"

I repeat, I don't believe God is in the deception business; But Satan is!

Satan does not want us to know there was a earth age before this one where he fell into sin, taking 1/3 of us with him.  He wants us to think we are only "flesh and blood" and always have been; And not to think about a world before this one where he enticed 1/3 of  us, God's children, to follow him in rebellion against God. 

Yes, Satan wants us to think we are nothing more than animals and that he, when Michael kicks him out of heaven, along with his angels, and he ends up here on earth claiming he is God. He will  come to earth to give you all those things your flesh body and mind desires, hoping that we will worship him.

Live Link to->>>  Does your Bible say this?
Live Link to->>>  There is a famine coming and it's being caused by Satan and his grandkids, The Kenites, Sons of Cain from Satan's sexual encounter with Eve in the "Garden of Eden"
Sexual encounter with Eve! What you talking about, John?
WE'LL GET TO THAT LATER BUT FIRST, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE FAMINE
Amos, tell us about it in Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

  This is John again; My fellow Christians, The Fifth Trumpet is Sounding, the Famine has Started, we are in the first phase of the Tribulation, Satan is spiritually at work, right now, influencing his grandkids, the Kenites, to corrupt the "Word of God", using altered Bibles and the 'One Verse Revs.', manning our pulpits, who teach from them, to deceive us; Satan has not yet appeared here on earth, in person, claiming he is Christ. That happens in the next phase of the Tribulation, when the Sixth Trump Sounds, five months before the real Christ's return!

The first thing out of the pit during the time of the blowing of the FIFTH TRUMPET is so great a cloud of smoke (read deception) that you can't see any truth anywhere.---WHEN THE FAMINE IS UPON US!---Everything is dark.--- And what is causing this humongous smoke screen of deception?---We'll let you read that yourself, from the links below!!!---Will you remain spiritually true as a "chaste virgin" and wait for your bridegroom, Jesus Christ, or will you spiritually hop in bed with Satan when he comes to earth performing miracles and claims to be God?----Most people, especially church goers, who are so rapped up in church tradition rather then the "Word of God", don't even realize the tribulation has started and they are already being deceived!  How many of you are already studying from one of Satan's corrupted Bibles where the blood Christ shed to wash away our sins has been removed., or where baptism is okay even if you have not repented of your sins or believe in Christ. Has Acts 8:37 been removed from your Bible? How  about the virgin conception or does your Bible call Joseph, the father of Jesus
Live Link to->>>   Does your Bible say this or have this missing?
Live Link to->>>  corrupted bible translations

And there are more corruptions yet to come as we get closer to the time when Michael kicks Satan out of heaven and Satan and his angels get here in person. Woe to us! Woe to you if you think you are no more than a animal! And that's what people who don't believe in the first earth age and us being in celestial bodies think.

My prayer is that not my will, but God's will be done in my life for the remainder of the time I spend trapped in this animal body , and throughout eternity when I am again born into my celestial body.

 See what Jesus has to say to Nicodemus.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Of course, flesh and blood cannot literally enter the kingdom of God.  You must first be born back into your celestial bodies when this flesh and blood life ends and we are no longer in our terrestrial bodies.

Cremated, buried, blown apart or vaporized by a nuclear bomb, it doesn't matter. When you are through with the flesh body, you are through with it forever. For as Paul documents in I Cor. 15 there are two bodies, one is of flesh and one is of spirit. So when you die in the flesh you are raised, shall we even say born, into your spiritual body.
1 Cor. 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
He goes on to say that unless you are back into a spiritual body, you cannot literally enter into the kingdom of God. You can be saved, by repentance and claiming the blood of Christ to cover your sins, but you must at the death of your flesh body, or at Christ's return, (which ever happens first) be reborn into a new spiritual (celestial) body to literally enter Christ's kingdom. 
1 Cor. 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
I pray that more of us have eyes to see what Ezekiel  taught us in charter 40 verse 4 & 5 of his book. You see, we will all be born again into our celestial bodies! But, we will not all be saved unless we repent of our sins and accept Christ as our personal savior while still in this animal body.

Ezekiel 40:4 And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee; ...

Ezekiel, use your spiritual eyes to see, and your spiritual ears to hear, and understand with your spiritual mind to discern what I am about to show you!

IF YOU MISS this verse, and the profound spiritual significance of verse 5, the rest of the Book of Ezekiel will be little more than a description of a temple building and a city. 1 Cor. 2:14 " But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

[4... continued] for to the intent that I might shew them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel
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"For to the intent", for THAT PURPOSE of spiritual understanding, art thou brought hither to see these things. And make that which you UNDERSTAND part of your teaching and declaration to your people.

Question: Do you believe the Millennial temple described here in Ezekiel is going to be a physical building, as in a structure, made of bricks and mortar? I rather think all the things we are told in the rest of Ezekiel are a vision Ezekiel sees of a temple our Lord has him describe in physical terminology to help us see into that spiritual dimension. Remember, the true temple is Christ; not a building made of bricks and mortar!

Now notice the very first thing Ezekiel SEES... behold a WALL round about the Temple.

[5] And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about,...
There will be a WALL around the Temple (that true temple being Christ) all during the Millennium. We know that the Glory of God is returning to the temple, even Jesus Christ, but the "spiritually dead" cannot partake of that "Tree of Life" until after the 1000 years is finished. Thus, there will be a "wall" or barrier between them and Christ (See Ezek. 43:8 now or wait until we get there). In other words, those who were not part of the first resurrection cannot approach Christ and receive eternal life until the time of second resurrection, the Great White Throne Judgment.
If you are like me you do not have the patience to wait until we get to chapter 43 to read verse 8, so here it is with yellow background color:

Notice also in Ezek. 43:7 that there will be no more defiling of God's House, nor idolatrous religious practices, nor worshipping of earthly kings, especially that abominable one! Jesus Christ shall RULE with a rod of iron as it is written in Rev. 12:5 & 19:15.

Here's what they did before:

Ezekiel 43:8
In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger.
They (i.e. our ancestors, the ancient Israelites) set up God's house their "own" way, "arranging" things with the traditions of men in place of God's Word, and they led everyone to worship the "abominable desolator", the false-christ, instead of the true Messiah (still do in many/most of our Christian churches of today). Christ is going to put an end to it once and for all at the sound of the 7th Trump, that Day of God's Wrath.
[9] Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever.
Have you ever known an alcoholic or an addicted person or heard him (or her) describe the day he "hit bottom" and came face to face with the reality of his condition and how ashamed he was of his actions and the hurt he caused to many of his loved ones? It is perhaps a fitting analogy to the "shame" that many of us will feel on the day we "hit bottom" and come face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ and realize that we have been nothing but a bunch of WHORES! For many of us, our shame will be so great that we will try to hide in the dens and rocks and would rather the mountains fall on us, than have to face Him.

Right now, during this dispensation of grace, when many do not even believe that God exists, all who WILL can approach Christ and enter the Holy of Holies, but during the Millennium that will not be the case. For everyone SHALL KNOW that He is Lord, for they shall see His Glory, but they must "learn" and "want" of their own free will to follow Him and His ways and not Satan and his ways. They will have NO CHOICE but to learn and follow His ways during the Millennium. (That's where we will see the Zadok and the saints of the 1st Resurrection come in.) After that, Satan will be released for a short season when they can PROVE on their own whether they still want to or not! THEN... the judgment!

Let's complete verse 5.

[verse 5... continued] and in the man's hand a measuring reed of six cubits long by the cubit and an hand breadth: so he measured the breadth of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed.
To understand this verse and its profound significance, one must know that a cubit is made up of 6 hand breadths. But LOOK, the cubit used here has an ADDED hand breadth, a SEVENTH one! The number "7" in Biblical Numerics means "Spiritual Perfection" (see appendix 10 in the Companion Bible).  Since the reed used here is one seventh larger than that used in Solomon's Temple, this gives the Millennium Temple an ADDED DIMENSION and that dimension and the measurements thereof are SPIRITUAL. Behold? (Remember, during the Millennium, which is the Lord's Day, the Sabbath Day, the 7th Day, we will all be in our spiritual bodies.) To understand the significance of this, remember in John 20:19 & 26 how Jesus after being born back into his spiritual body didn't need to open doors in order to enter a room. Therefore; of what purpose would a brick and mortar wall serve?.
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Let's recap what we have learned so far from the first five verses which, if you noticed, ALL contain something spiritual, or "supernatural", to set the stage from the beginning that what we are going to read in the closing Millennial Chapters of the Book of Ezekiel is spiritual not physical.
1. The hand of God came upon Ezekiel and took him in "visions" to "eretz Israel", the land of Israel, and set him upon the "north side" of the highest mountain where he was looking south.

2. He was then taken to the temple where a celestial being was waiting with measuring tools to be his spiritual instructor and SIZE-UP the temple for his understanding.

3. The angel then told Ezekiel to get his eyes and ears open and discern what he is about to be shown, then teach it to the house of Israel.

4. Then, the first thing Ezekiel was shown was a WALL outside the temple.

5. Ezekiel, now with his eyes open, saw that the measuring reed used by the angel was one seventh larger than usual and the wall was one reed by one reed.

Open your SPIRITUAL EYES and SEE what is to be learned in the rest of this book of EZEKIEL!
The physical descriptions are only used to help you see the spiritual significance of what is being taught.

I REPEAT

The physical descriptions are only used to help you see the spiritual significance of what is being taught.

Now I realize not everyone of us is going to be given eyes to see these things. That is for our own protection so that we can not commit the unforgivable sin. That is why Jesus always taught in parables. So that some who really wanted to see and understand could learn and see clearly the meaning of His parables and others would not be able to comprehend them.

Consider therefore the following question posed by His disciples who came to Him:

[10] And the disciples came, and said unto Him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Remember the unique characteristic of parables which allows them to both reveal and hide the truth at the same time?

You "see", they have much to do with the "stupor" God has allowed to be placed over the eyes of those who hear but have not the sincere desire to take action and seek Him for wisdom and understanding.

Paul documents this for us in Romans chapter 11 where he quotes from the same passage in Isaiah Christ will refer to a few verses hence.

Romans 11:8
(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
Are you beginning to see how the parables play a part in this?

"Whomsoever will" must wake up and take action and go to Him...for only Jesus Christ, the Word of God, can heal their deafness and heal their blindness.

So "Wake up" Christian before it is too late!
Stop listening to men who teach you to follow their church traditions and instead turn to your Father's Word "Today" and hear His voice!

If you do, then the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven shall be opened unto you!

Otherwise, you can just continue to suffer in ignorance and stumble in darkness.

Matthew 13:11
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you (my disciples) to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. (Are you one of his disciples or one of the multitudes?)
Would you like to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven?

Did you know that Jesus Christ gave the brotherhood, His family, the key of David (Rev. 3:7) to open and unlock the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, even those "mysteries" which are contained in the eight parables spoken in this 13th chapter of Matthew.

You were already told how to become part of that family, that brotherhood, in Matthew 12:50: "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."

That does not mean that God does not love those who do not seek Him to do His will.

On the contrary, it is precisely because He does love them that He speaks to them in parables, lest they should see and hear and become accountable to the point they could commit the unpardonable sin, the penalty of which is to follow the son of perdition into the lake of fire.

Matthew 13:12
For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Whosoever hath what?

Remember the subject is sowing the Word of God and the "whosoever" are those who have ears to hear and sow that Word!

That one shall reap the abundant blessings of God for bringing forth fruit for the harvest, not to mentioned that he or she will be as overjoyed and excited as the Queen of Sheba for seeking the wisdom of God.

Remember to what great lengths she went to seeking the wisdom God had bestowed upon Solomon?

Those who do not make and are not willing to make that journey shall lose out on the abundant blessings of the first resurrection (Rev. 20:6).

[13]Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
They do not have the spiritual understanding of God's Word because they listen to men instead of "hearing His voice"!

In other words, the "seed" either falls upon deaf ears and does not germinate, or it germinates but quickly withers away in the "heat" of things because it has no root, or the ears that could hear are just too busy "takin' care of business" to be bothered with studying Father's Word.

The following verses quoted from the Book of Isaiah (6:9-10) explain why it is God has placed that spirit of slumber upon them by speaking to them in parables which the blind cannot perceive.

[14] And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
They hear His words with their ears but they have no spiritual ears with understanding from above as to what they mean.

To that end, this next verse explains why they do not have those eyes to see and ears to hear.

[15] For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
The REASON they cannot understand the meaning of the parables is because THEY have closed their eyes to wisdom and understanding.

This is the "heart of the problem" in that their hearts (minds) are "waxed gross" which is akin to Ps. 95:8 where we read of our forefathers who "hardened their hearts".

However, should they have a change of heart and be converted (which means to "turn about", i.e. turn to Him) then He will heal their deaf ears and open their spiritually blind eyes to the truth!

Again, it cannot be emphasized enough that it is because of the love our Father has for His children that He has allowed their eyes to be glazed over whereby the spirit of slumber (stupor) has come over them.

For it is their ignorance of His Word that actually serves as a cloak of protection lest they begin to see and understand to the point of accountability and find themselves in the spiritual position of being able to commit the unpardonable sin.

However, the eyes of those who do "see" and the ears of those who do "hear" shall be blessed indeed.

Do you want to be blessed?

[16] But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Happy you will be if you seek Him to hear His voice...Today.
[17] For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
Do you understand how privileged and blessed we are in this final generation?

Many prophets and righteous men have desired to "see" Christ and "hear" His voice.

The prophets all wrote of Him and foretold of His coming and desired to see Him and understand the things He has revealed unto us here in the 21st. century.

Take the prophet Daniel for example: Daniel 12:8-9 "And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? [9] And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end."

However, in the time of the end, the "wise" shall understand (Dan. 12:10).

And now with the understanding of the importance and knowing what it takes to have ears to hear, are you ready to "hear" Christ explain the simplicity of the parable of the sower?
Matthew 13:18
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
Therefore, open your ears and "Hear ye"!
[19] When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
This is the explanation of verse 4 concerning the seed which fell by the wayside!

The wayside are people who listen to Satan's doubters and are caught away by the "birds of prey".

Matthew 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up.
[20] But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

[21] Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

This is the explanation of verses 5 & 6.

Note: Look up the Greek word translated "offended" (skandalizo) and you will find it means to "stumble", as in fall in the great apostasy.

Matthew 13:5-6 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: [6] And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
[22] He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
This is the explanation of verse 7 concerning the "thorns" which choke the word.
Matthew 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them.
Christ explains that the thorns represent the care of this world and the deceitful of riches.

My, this is real hard stuff, isn't it?!!!

[23] But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Those who hear with understanding, i.e. those with ears to hear, and then bear fruit and bring forth fruit, are those that receive seed "into the good ground".
Matthew 13:8-9 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. [9] Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
You must bring forth fruit else what good are you?

And there is no emphasis on the amount of fruit that you must bring forth, only that you do so, for you "see" it is the seed itself that grows and produces fruit and that is how you become blessed.

Unfortunately some teach that "sowing seeds" means you write big checks to their ministry and God will bless you for it.

More unfortunately than that, many of our spiritually blind and deaf brothers and sisters believe that what they say is true and are taken across by these charlatans.

Don't be a foolish virgin.

Today, this same day, open your eyes and put your ears on and listen to His voice and then you won't be a fooled by thieves and wolves who come to you in sheep's clothing claiming God's Word says this or that!

Always go to Him and let the Word of God interpret itself for the true Shepherd will never lead you astray.

Mark 4:10 And when He was alone, they that were about Him with the twelve asked of Him the parable.

[11] And He said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

You will also find this documented in Matthew 13:10-11
where the disciples asked Jesus face to face,
"Why speakest thou unto them in parables?"

His answer was twofold:

Mat. 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
(1) To simplify and make easy to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven to His disciples.

(2) To hide the mysteries of the kingdom to those who do not seek Him and do not have eyes to see nor ears to hear.

Until they are truly "converted" and turn and repent from forsaking Him,
from forsaking His Word and not coming to Him privately,
they shall remain unable to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.

Here are Christ's own words:

Mark 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
Then Jesus Christ told His disciples (which means you if you are one)
that unless they understood the Parable of the Sower
they would not be able to understand any of His parables.
[13] And He said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
Therefore we better take some time and lay some groundwork
and make sure we understand the Parable of the Sower
else per Christ's own words we cannot understand the parable of the fig tree [Pamphlet #1031],
which Christ told us in Mark 13:28 we must learn, right?

You see, the Parable of the Sower has to do with "seeds"
and "planting" and "fruit",
etc., all of which we shall be discussing in our study of the Parable of the Fig Tree
which actually begins in the "Fig Grove",
in the Garden of God called Eden,
where the first "sowings" took place
and the "cover-up" by the fig leaves themselves
have kept hidden what really happened in that grove.

Do you know?

Let us therefore go to the parable of the sowing in the beginning
and learn the truth from the words of Jesus Christ Himself.

You see, not all seeds were planted by God.

  This is John, again. Now I know I'm not the smartest guy in the world but I'm smart enough to know that the reason Adam and Eve knew they were naked after they sinned in the garden wasn't because they literally ate an apple they weren't suppose to eat. They took fig leaves to cover their nakedness and then God made them aprons. These surely weren't little bitty aprons to cover their mouths because they ate bad apples.

"The Parable of the Tares"
This parable is about a different sower!

Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

 
[25] But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
What are "tares"?

We need to know and understand the horticulture of "tares"
which is zizanion (dziz-an'-ee-on) in Greek (#2215) and means "darnel" or false grain :- tares.

Here is Dr. Smith's explanation:

Tares: A noxious plant, of the grass family, supposed to mean the darnel. It grows among the wheat everywhere in Palestine, and bears a great resemblance to it while growing - so closely that, before they head out, the two plants can hardly be distinguished. The grains are found, 2 or 3 together, in 12 small husks, scattered on a rather long head. The Arabs do not separate the darnel from the wheat, unless by means of a fan or sieve, after threshing (Mat. 13:25-30). If left to mingle with the bread, it occasions dizziness, and often acts as an emetic. ("Smith's Bible Dictionary", A. J. Holman Company, pg. 301.)
[26] But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
Only a trained person can distinguish the toxic tares from true wheat
while they are growing together in the field. However,
at harvest time the two are easily distinguishable.

The bearded darnel (Lolium temulentum) is a poisonous grass, almost indistinguishable from wheat while the two are only in blade, but which can be separated without difficulty when they come into ear (cp. mat. 13:29, 20). ("Davis Bible Dictionary", Baker Book House, pg. 759.)
Do you understand that most people would not be able to tell the difference
between a tare and a wheat plant?

This is important to our understanding of the parable of the fig tree [Pamphlet #1031],
which Christ told us we must learn in Mark 13:28, very important!

[27] So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
The "servants" of the house knew there were tares,
toxic look-alike false wheat plants, in the field!

You could call them anti-wheats!

[28] He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
Hmmm, it seems the sowing of the tares was the deliberate covert activity of the enemy.

Should we go round those suckers up?

[29] But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Let the tares alone! That's an order!
[30] Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Editor's Note: This sure proves "The Rapture Theory" to be false,
DOES IT NOT?
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The reapers, whoever they are, will handle those tares,
whoever they are, at harvest time, whenever that is!

We are about to learn the mystery.

You see, what we have just read from Mat. 13:24-30 is an actual parable,
which is a truth expressed in similitude using symbols
with characteristics analogous to something else.

Next, notice again the emphasis on the fact
that Jesus Christ spoke unto the multitudes in parables.

In fact, He didn't speak anything to them that was not in parable form.

Matthew 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:

[35] 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 is a quote and a fulfillment of Ps. 78:2:
Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
Are you able to see and understand from what we have learned so far
that contained in this parable of the sower of the tares is a "secret"
which has been kept from the "foundation of the world"?

Do you understand that the multitudes do not understand it?

They cannot tell the difference between tares and wheat in the field!

Now notice what happened next.

Jesus sent everyone away and went into the house,
but those eager-to-know-His-Word disciples followed Him
and ASKED HIM to "explain the parable of the tares of the field"!

[36] Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
Jesus granted their request to seek knowledge from the Living Word of God
and He answered and EXPLAINED the parable!

Therefore, what you are about to read is NOT A PARABLE!

It is the simple EXPLANATION of the parable by Jesus Christ
to His disciples who want to KNOW the parable of the tares.

[37] He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
Remember, this is not a parable nor a spiritual analogy!

It was God Himself who placed the "good seed" in the field.

What is the field?

[38] The field is the world;
The world is just that, the world, i.e. good old mother earth
which He Himself created.

What or who are the "good seed"?

[38 cont.] ... the good seed are the children of the kingdom;
The "good seed" are the children (real people) of the kingdom,
i.e. the children of the kingdom of God which He placed in the field,
which we now know is the world.

You MUST understand that Christ is giving an explanation here of the parable.

It is not a continuation of the parable nor is it a parable of the parable.

The "good seed" is simply symbolic terminology for His children
which should not be a complicated thing to understand at all.

He formed Adam and Eve and placed them in the garden!

It is that simple and any attempt to "spiritualize" it into something other than what Christ just said
is to change His explanation.

In other words "children" means "children" as in offspring.

[38 cont.] ... but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
Uh oh!

This is where we separate the men from the boys
or you might say the tares from the wheat.

It seems that many are willing to accept that the "good seed"
are the children of the kingdom but that the "tares", the "bad seed",
are not really the children "of" the wicked one, the devil himself.

Let us see and read from Christ's own words who it was that "sowed his wild oats"
and produced these tares, which we now know are also children (real people).

[39] The enemy that sowed them is the devil;
HOLD IT right there!

Is Jesus Christ saying that Satan actually has progeny "of" his own,
as in his own offspring?

Yes, that is EXACTLY what He is saying.

Remember, this has been hidden as in covered with figs leaves from the beginning,
and those who still "sleep" (vs. 25) will continue to look at the field and see no tares.

It is time to wake up, Christian!

The hour is late and harvest time is nigh indeed!

What is harvest time anyway?

[38 cont.] ... the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
What will eventually happen to the tares?

They shall be "burned in the fire" at the end of this world age.

[40] As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

[41] The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

[42] And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

[43] Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear?
Well get them on because we are about to
learn the minute details of when, where, and how the devil "sowed the tares" in the field.

It is the foundation and the beginning of wisdom
in learning the Parable of the Fig Tree
and therefore we are going to cast out the traditions of men
which have for so long obscured the truth of God's Word
and we are going to learn what REALLY happened in the fig grove in the midst of the Garden of God!

Keep in mind that what you are about to read and hear
may be so completely different than this illustrated "tradition"
handed down by the churches for many generations that it might "set you on your heels".

One of Satan's most effective and subtle tools in covering up the truth of God's Word
is to take that which is expressed figuratively
and cause people to take it literally, and vice versa.

And since it is of such extreme importance to understand what happened in the beginning of any book
in order to place that which follows in proper context,
you can be certain that Satan has worked real hard on the first few chapters of God's Word
to make sure it is misunderstood thereby throwing people off track,
by covering up his own tracks from the very start.

In other words (and never forget this):

If you do not know what really happened in the first few chapters of Genesis
and especially in garden of Eden
you will never truly understand the rest of God's Word.
That is why Jesus Christ said that if you do not understand the Parable of the Sower
you will not understand any of His other parables.

That is why we have come to the Book of Genesis in order that we might understand the sowing of the "seeds",
both the good and the bad,
so that we might then be able to understand the Parable of the Fig Tree
for it requires this understanding as background.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words", so let us "see" a visual of the typical "fairy tale" Satan would have the "little children" believe happened in the garden:

The narrative at the bottom of the picture reads:

"Adam and Eve were told by God not to eat apples from a certain tree in the garden. An evil serpent tempted Eve and she and Adam both ate the forbidden fruit. Because they disobeyed God, they were forced to leave the Garden of Eden."
What is said in the narrative and illustrated in this picture is as far from the truth of what happened in the garden as night is from day,
for it is the very twisted "interpretation" of God's Word by the prince of darkness himself, i.e. Satan.

It is an image created by "that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,
which deceiveth the whole world (Rev. 12:9)" to keep you in darkness, from learning the truth.

We intend to shed the "light" on this "snake" and expose him as the liar and fraud that he is.

Keep in mind that what you are about to read and hear may be so completely different than this illustrated "tradition" handed down by the churches for many generations that it might "set you on your heels", which is a figure of speech meaning it might astound you.

So do not say I didn't warn you!

Of course, if you are willing to believe fairy tales like the one in this picture
then perhaps you can believe some reality and truth which may appear stranger than fiction.

Go for it!

First of all, would it surprise you to know that the word "apple" is not even mentioned anywhere in the Book of Genesis?

Check it out for yourself.

You see, Satan wants you to believe that the "forbidden fruit"
Adam and Eve partook of was literal fruit just like an apple.



This is a prime example of taking that which is used figuratively to be the literal thing
(or place or person) used symbolically to graphically depict something else.

Figures of speech are so overlooked in God's Word
that I'm sure if we were to read in the New Testament that the apostle Paul "got into hot water"
that there would be churches teaching that in order to be in good standing
among their members you would have to "get into hot water" yourself.

Of course there would be division and disagreement among the denominations and "scholars"
as to what temperature actually constitutes "hot" as opposed to just "warm"
and how much hot water a person should actually get into,
i.e. should one step into hot water just up to his knees or waist or should one become totally immersed in hot water.

And if you looked up the word "water" in any Greek dictionary it would certainly mean H2O, like rain.

Yet the phrase he "got into hot water" has absolutely nothing to do with water!

It is a figure of speech which means he "got into trouble"!

Maybe this hot water scenario sounded a bit ridiculous to you
but you should just see some of the ludicrous things churches teach
and have their people do because of their ignorance of His Word.

Do you not think Satan would be laughing his fool head off at watching Christians getting into pools of "hot water"?


Well guess what?

He is laughing his fool head off at Christians who think Eve was deceived by a snake who talked her into eating an apple from a fruit tree!

Good grief Charlie Brown!

You see, the word "serpent" is simply one of the symbolic names of Satan
that describes him according to his low-life character.

He is also called the dragon, the little horn, the vile person, the son of perdition, the Devil, Satan, Lucifer, the morning star (Isa. 14), etc.

Spiritually speaking, he is a "snake" alright!

He is a sneaky, no-good, low-down, yellow-bellied, lying, conniving "serpent"!

Rev. 20:2 "And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years."

But you know what?

He is also the most beautiful and charismatic individual you will ever encounter, a charming one indeed!

You can read all about this highly intelligent glistening one, "perfect in beauty", in the 28th chapter of Ezekiel.

He does not look like this:

Ok, then what about the fruit and the trees?

They are also symbolic.

Trees are used throughout the scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, to symbolize people.

God's elect are called "Cedars of Lebanon" because the roots of the cedar go as deep as the tree is tall
and therefore those trees cannot be easily shaken or uprooted.

Jesus Christ is symbolized by the "Tree of Life" and the Vine, the branches of which bring forth good fruit.

And as we shall see, Satan is symbolized by the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil"
and he and his branches bring forth corrupt and evil fruit which we are NOT to EAT.

And so depending on what kind of "tree" you are determines what kind of fruit you produce.

Here are words of Jesus Christ:

Luke 6:43
For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
In God's nature there is no such thing as a literally corrupt tree, because you see,
trees have no brains and no knowledge of good and evil.

However, people do!

[44] For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
If you eat the fruit from that "corrupt tree", which brings forth no good fruit, you are going to be in big trouble.

Where should you get your fruit?

Here is what your Father says:

Hosea 14:8
Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.
Imagine that!

God even likens Himself to a tree, an evergreen fir symbolic of eternal life!

You are to get your fruit from Him and from His Word (Your Bible) and from NO ONE ELSE, no other tree (person, preacher. whatever!))!

[9] Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
The question is "Who is wise, and understands these things?"

Are you wise, or do you believe in fairy tales about snakes and apples?

Let's go to Genesis and see what happened in the garden.

Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
You now know who this "serpent" is who was more subtle, meaning cunningly wise, than any "beast" of the field,
which means any other living, created being, human or otherwise!

So the PICTURE you now need to place in your mind is one of a very smart, good looking,
handsome young man who is very, very charming and likeable and intelligent and well spoken.

Got it?

That old serpent has perpetuated a lie, a tradition, about the "snake" and the "apple" long enough.

Do not let him have the victory any more!

Again, it is his diabolical plan to deceive a Biblically ignorant people,
"because it ministers to the acceptance of his lie, the hiding of God's truth,
the jeers of the infidel, the opposition of the critics, and the stumbling of the weak in faith." (Companion Bible, appendix 19, last paragraph.)

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By the way, the apostle Paul also refers to this "serpent" in the garden in 2 Cor. 11:3:

2 Cor. 11:3
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
The Greek word for "serpent" is ophis, which means "an artful, malicious person; (figuratively a snake).
serpent =   ophis  of'-is   Strong's #3789
Probably from G3700 (through the idea of sharpness of vision); a snake, figuratively (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, especially Satan:—serpent.
Again, Satan appeared to Eve as a beautiful and charismatic charming young man,
truly a glorious "angel of light" (2 Cor. 11:14).

Let's repeat Gen. 3:1.

Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Notice that Satan is about to tempt Eve with God's Word
and He is quoting the Word of God, though he has slightly twisted what was actually said!

God told Adam that he could freely eat of every tree of the Garden.

See what a subtle twist this is, from a positive to a doubtful questionable negative?

Genesis 2:16
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
There was only one "tree" that he was "NOT to eat of"
and that was the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" in midst of the garden,
the corrupt one who bore "bad fruit" which ultimately causes "death".
[17] But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Have you ever read Ezekiel chapter 31 concerning the Assyrian (the te ashshur  meaning "box cedar") who was in Eden?
Ezekiel 31:3
Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs.
This is not a literal "tree" as we will see,
any more than the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was a literal "fruit" tree!
[4] The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent out her little rivers unto all the trees of the field.
"Waters" are symbolic of people (Rev. 17:15).

They made this tree great!

[5] Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth.
His influence extended worldwide, even unto all the nations (next verse).
[6] All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations.
All nations cannot "dwell" under an actual tree, can they?

Of course not!

And the fowls of heaven are those "dirty birds" which we will learn more about in our study of the fig tree parable.

[7] Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters.
The "great waters" are the children of God,
the House of Israel represented by the 12 stones that the Levite Priests wore.

In Ezek. 28 you will find that Satan, called the king of Tyre,
wore those same stones on his breastplate in the first earth age (before his rebellion)
and walked up and down in the midst of them (called the stones of fire.

God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29).

[8] The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chesnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty.
He was something else, this handsome intelligent preacher and leader of God's people!

Did you know that he drew a third of God's children away from Him
and caused them to follow and participate in his liberal ways!

(Rev. 12:4). Many, many people just love this guy!

Yes, the Devil, the serpent!

[9] I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him.
Trees do not envy other trees.

Remember they have no brains and no knowledge of good and evil.

Satan WAS the tree in the midst of the garden of Eden,
both in the first earth age as shown here, and in this earth age in Gen. 3!

It was Satan, that old serpent the devil, who tempted Eve and beguiled her.

Satan also tempted Jesus Christ in the wilderness with God's Word
by misquoting and twisting the scriptures to read and mean the "letter" of what is written,
instead of the "truth" of what is written.

Most Christians do not even know that Satan misquoted the Word of God when he tempted Jesus Christ.

Do you?

Let us go back to the garden.

Genesis 3:2
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Notice Eve also did not accurately quote God's Word
for she left out the word "freely",
probably due to the now negative tone Satan has injected into God's words.
[3] But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Eve again has not gotten it right!

God did not say "LEST ye die!"

There is no "lest" or "perhaps" about it!

It is not "questionable" at all!

God said "thou shalt surely die!" She also added "neither shall ye touch it"!

However, she will end up "touching" this tree who will literally "touch" her as in wholly seduce her.

Yes, she will lose her "virginity" to the serpent, to this handsome, smart young man!

Have you ever looked up the word "touch" in a Hebrew dictionary?

touch = ‡ˆnaga€naw-gah'  Strong's #5060
A primitive root; properly to touch, that is, laythehandupon (for any purpose; euphemistically, to lie with a woman); by implication to reach (figuratively to arrive, acquire); violently, to strike (punish, defeat, destroy, etc.):—beat, (X be able to) bring (down), cast, come (nigh), draw near (nigh), get up, happen, join, near, plague, reach (up), smite, strike, touch.
That is why Paul talks about presenting the church as a chaste virgin unto Christ,
unlike Eve who was "seduced" by the serpent and lost her virginity to him!
2 Cor. 11:2
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
The analogy is that you are to stay spiritually true as a "chaste virgin" and wait for your bridegroom, Jesus Christ.

Do not be like Eve who was "beguiled" by the handsome young intellectual preacher in the midst of the garden!

[3] But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

beguiled = dexapataoex-ap-at-ah'-o Strong's #1818
From G1537 and G538; to seduce wholly:—beguile, deceive.

Let us continue with the discussion in Genesis chapter 3:
Genesis 3:4
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Satan has now brought the Word of God into question and after leading a twisted discourse he smiles at Eve
and tells her that God didn't really mean that you will actually die!

This is the first of many, many lies, for he is the father of lies (John 8:44).

[5] For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
It is their "spiritual eyes" that will be opened!

In other words they will become enlightened through the expansion of their minds!

You see, what Satan is saying is that you do not need God's Word to be your standard for right and wrong.

No, you can be liberated, as in a "liberal", and you can determine for yourself what is right and wrong!

Yeah, that only makes good sense, doesn't it?

I mean, who is to say what is really right or wrong?

Furthermore, the argument goes, what right do you have to impose your beliefs on someone else?

Go by what "feels good", baby!

Live for today!

(Baby Boomers know the song, "Sha la, la, la, la, la, live for today!")

Note: If a person gets really filled with the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good an evil he or she can become an arrogant condescending liberal politician who believes he or she can also determine in his or her own "godly wisdom" what is best for other people (of lesser intelligence). Of course what is good for others would obviously have to exclude God's Word, any reference of which must be stricken from the halls of justice and any and all government and public institutions, especially those schools where the children go to learn.

[6] And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise,
Yeah baby!

It looks real good!

"Come on Eve, think about it!

What harm can come to you?

God is not going to "kill you" just for having a little fun!"

Now Think: When is the last time you saw an apple tree and said to yourself, "You know self,
if I eat the fruit from this tree it will instantly make me wiser.

I'll bet these are some kind of smart apples".

Get apples and grapes out of your mind.

It is the "leaven", the doctrine of Satan, his bad fruit, that Eve listened to.

In other words, she "ate up" Satan's philosophical reasonings and "interpretations" of God's Word
as he began to appeal to her ego and "desire".

It all started to make sense to her and she told Adam all the things she was learning and he began to eat it up also.

And before long, they were had!

... she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Thus was Eve "seduced" by the serpent in garden,
the truth of which has been hidden for a long time to those who cannot tell the difference between trees and people,
to those who have allowed the deceptive stories of the traditions of men to blind their eyes,
that in seeing they don't see and in hearing they don't hear.
[7] And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Their eyes were opened all right and they experienced something new,
NAKEDNESS, both spiritually and physically!

But why in the world do they now "know they're naked"?

You will find it is because of the SHAME they have brought upon themselves, for disobeying God,
yes, but in a much more perverted way than biting bad apples.

"And they sewed FIG LEAVES together, and made themselves aprons."

Do you suppose these were itty bitty little aprons that they sewed together to cover their mouths because they just ate a bad apple?

How stupid the traditions of men!

Learn to think for yourself and stick to God's Word, not the traditions of men.

[8] And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
Uh oh! There's big trouble in paradise now!

Adam and Eve hear their Father walking in the garden in the "ruach" (cool)!

And now that they know good and evil, they know they've done evil!

So they did what most people do, they HID THEMSELVES!

Today we would call it "FigGate".

You can read their excuses for disobeying God in verses 9 through 13 on your own.

Let us now see what judgment was made by our Father:

Genesis 3:14
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
"Upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life" are Hebraisms,
figures of speech, which are simply statements of "degradation"
and have nothing to do with snakes crawling!

In English we might say you will always be "lower than a snake's belly" and "eat dust" all your life!

Remember, the rotten snake seduced mother Eve right there in the fig grove!

And you know what?

She conceived!

Genesis 3:14
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
[15] And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Here we have it!

The two seeds of the Parable of the Tares in Mat. 13!

REMEMBER?

God is NOT talking about "apple seeds" here!

He is talking about progeny, children, the same thing Christ was talking about in Mat. 13!

Matthew 13:38
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
That's right?

Eve is about to give birth and one of those children will be the offspring of the Devil.

[39] The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
Satan sowed his "seed" right there in the fig grove!

How?

He seduced Eve and she participated in the "conception" of that bad seed (Cain)!

Now notice the sentence of "sorrow" (travail) related to child birth that Eve receives because of what she has done.

Genesis 3:16
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Well, how are you doing?

Are you still with us or have you decided to stick with "snakes and apples"?

Adam was not Cain's father!

I beg you,
please log unto the links below for a complete
study of the "Parable of the Fig Tree".
Jesus said, "Learn it!"

#1031The Good Figs of Judah
#1752 The age old question asked by the servants of God both "then" and "now" is, "When shall the end of this earth age be?
#1753   How many Christians do you know who go to Him privately, to His Word, and seek the answers to their questions?
#1754 Keep in mind that what you are about to read and hear may be so completely different than this illustrated "tradition" handed down by the churches for many generations that it might "set you on your heels".
#1755First of all, would it surprise you to know that the word "apple" is not even mentioned anywhere in the Book of Genesis?
#1756   Let's go to Genesis and see what happened in the garden.
#1757   Here we have it! The two seeds of the Parable of the Tares!
#1758"How long until the end when He returns?"
#1759And we now KNOW from history the exact "day" when the fig tree was planted, for it has already come to pass.
#1760   What ever happened to Cain after he "went out from the presence of the LORD"?
#1761   Lets take a look at Cain his children throughout the scriptures.
#1762   The Nethinim brought back some Levites, but they did not come back with very many.
#1763   The Israelites are TWO STICKS, not one!
#1764   The question is "Just who are those today who claim to be Jews (of Judah) but are NOT?"
#1765  Understand, there are both good figs and bad figs, as in edible figs and non-edible figs!
#1766 Who are the kenites of the house of Hemath?
#1767   Let us now go to the New Testament a learn from the Teacher of teachers.
#1768   Let us return to Mark 11 and to the teaching concerning the fig tree.
#1769Jesus said Learn it! Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree;...
#7006Some things you should know about "The Lord's Day"

Pause for reflection: We all realize that much of what has been presented in this study is not commonly taught by most churches, but as we discussed, it is up to each of us to check things out in His Word for ourselves. We are accountable for our own beliefs. Start by "checking out" the following scriptures which say "check things out for yourself".
1 Thes. 5:21
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

John 5:39
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

2 Tim. 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.


                     

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.  We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.


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Here at the American Wisdom Series our goal is to make you think about and question the wisdom of the current:
doctrine of many of our Christian churches, (The Man on a White Horse)
political direction of our country, (The Man on a Red Horse)
economic direction our country has taken, (The Man on a Black Horse)
 and teaching of our schools and media, (The Man on a Pale Horse)

The Four Hidden Dynasties of the New World Order Revelation 6:1-8
"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"
Did you know all four are being ridden by Satan?