Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JULY 9 (Jesus, Between The Lines?)

By admin On June 15th, 2015

 

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JULY 9

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Jesus, Between The Lines?

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“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:

and they are they which testify of Me.

And ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life.”

John 5:39, 40

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The above words are the very words of Jesus as He was confronted by the leaders of the Jews.

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They were challenging His authority, to which He responded… “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me. And ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life.” John 5:39, 40.

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And so, this little statement presents a giant concept which, when fully understood, dramatically changes our understanding of the Scriptures!  To put it very concisely, the entire Bible is about the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

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Jesus Speaks Near Treasury – James Tissot – courtesy Brooklyn Museum – US public domain

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A SPIRITUAL BOOK

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But many will answer this by saying, “Well of course the entire Bible is about Jesus!”

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But though most church-goers and teachers claim to believe this statement, very few realize the totality of it! Because today, more than any other time in history, Jesus has been removed from much of the Bible!

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FALSE HERMENEUTIC

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You see, today there is a totally non-biblical hermeneutic which demands that the Bible must be interpreted as literally as possible, unless the context demands an allegorical interpretation.

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And so, this theologian-contrived method of interpretation has shut up much of the Bible from ever being understood!

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BIBLE A PROPHETIC BOOK

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Listen …“worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Revelation 19:10

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Here again is a giant concept written in just a few words. But in somewhat veiled language it says that the Bible is the spirit of prophecy. And as such, it can only be truly understood prophetically! In other words, the Bible being the testimony of Jesus, is a prophetic book about the Gospel.

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Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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AN EXAMPLE OF ALLEGORIES

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For example. let’s examine the writings of Paul, as he spiritually interprets the story of Abraham in a way never before understood…“Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?” Galatians 4:21

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Now right here, Paul is asking the Galatians if they truly hear the Law. You see, the Galatians may have read the Law (the Old Testament). But Paul wanted to know if they really understood the true meaning of the Law (the Old Testament).

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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THE TWO COVENANTS

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And thehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpgn Paul continues by saying…“For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.” Galatians 4:22-24

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Now Paul is establishing this true historical account of Abraham and his folly with Hagar is actually an allegory, orchestrated by God to present a picture of the Old and New Covenants: Sarah being a picture of the New Covenant of faith, and Hagar, the Old Covenant of fleshly bondage.

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Sarah & Hagar – Foster Bible Pictures – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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JERUSALEM LOST & JERUSALEM SAVED

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But Paul doesn’t stop here! No, he goes on further by saying… “For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” Galatians 4:25, 26

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Now here Paul is dividing Jerusalem into two portions: “Jerusalem now”, which is a picture of those who are yet in bondage to their sins, and “Jerusalem above and free”, representing those who are truly born from above.

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The point to this revelation by Paul is that there is nothing that demands an allegorical interpretation of the account of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, and their sons. And yet Paul completely allegorizes the entire account, revealing that it is a picture of the Gospel of Jesus!

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Brooklyn Museum – The Foolish Virgins – James Tissot – US Public Domain

Five Wise Virgins – Matt 25 – www.thebiblerevival.com – Public Domain

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MANY ALLEGORICAL STORIES!

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Now this is not the only place in the Old Testament in which we can spiritually interpret as a picture of the Gospel. Actually the entire Old Testament is the Gospel of Jesus, howbeit veiled in types and shadows and proverbs and allegories!

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The Brazen Serpent - Wikipedia - US Public Domain

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And those who attempt to understand the Old Testament will never truly understand it until they see the Gospel written behind every line and precept of the Old Testament! Yes, the Gospel of Jesus is hidden between every line and historical account in the Old Testament!

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The Brazen Serpent – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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SAMSON, ESTHER, JEREMIAH, ETC…

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For instance, the many stories and Psalms of David are merely a prophetic picture of Christ and the New Testament Church. Or the story of Samson is an allegorical prophecy concerning Christ and His Church in the last days! Or the story of Esther is really a picture of the Church in the last days. Or the Book of Jeremiah. Or the book of Job. Or the story of the Exodus. Yes, all these, and much more are all pictures of various aspects of the Gospel in the last days!

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G. Dore – Death Of Samson – courtesy Creationism.org – Public Domain

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THE NATURAL MAN

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But the problem is, that those in the Church who are still in bondage to the flesh cannot spiritually discern all these Old Testament stories, because they are not of the Spirit, but of the flesh…

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Listen… “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.” 1st Corinthians 2:14

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Yes, as this above verse reveals, those who are yet natural (carnal) cannot rightly discern God’s Word. That is why there are so many Bible teachers who scorn anyone who spiritually interprets the Bible. These carnally-minded teachers cannot spiritually interpret much of the Bible and mock and scorn anyone who does!

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen – 1888 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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DOUBLE-MINDED DISCIPLES NOT NEEDED

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The very Good News is, that God is willing to open up the Bible to anyone who forsakes this present world, and begins to follow Jesus as a true disciple. Oh there are many who profess to follow Jesus. But as the Scripture reveals… “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33

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These are the very words of Jesus, as He is revealing the totality of what it means to be a true disciple of Christ! Only those who are ready to forsake their love of the things of the world, can truly become a disciple of Jesus. But there are many who have never come to the point of Salvation, because they are trying to hang on to this world and its many pleasures and pursuits.

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And those who promote this false hermeneutic that forbids a spiritual interpretation of so much of the Bible, only reveal to the world that they are yet carnal and not spiritual!

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A WORLD FALLING APART

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Burning Man - 2013 -Chapel - Wikimedia - Creative Commons License

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Right now, the world appears to be falling apart! The institutions which we depended upon now seem to be crumbling like old, decayed, broken pottery. Morality is on a rapid decline! Justice no longer prevails.

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If ever there was a time which begs for turning away from this world and beginning the upward journey out of this world, it is now! Everything is getting so bleak and hopeless in the world!

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Burning Man – 2013 -Chapel – Wikimedia – Creative Commons License

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HOPE FOUND IN ONE DIRECTION

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And so there are many, no doubt, who are looking for an alternative to this world.

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And those who do turn to Jesus with all the heart will begin to discover that the entire Bible is a spiritual book, with Jesus and His wonderful Gospel hidden between each and every line!

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THE READER IS ENCOURAGED TO LISTEN TO THIS 20 MINUTE AUDIO BIBLE STUDY ON JEREMIAH, CHAPTER 8, CONCERNING THE ALLEGORICAL NATURE OF THE BIBLE, CONDUCTED BY HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO, STUDY #188…

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me discernment as to my spiritual condition! Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy Word…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…November 25th (Gog and Magog: Proper Bible Interpretation!), or you can also read this other article…“October 10th (God’s Two-Edged Sword!)”

 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FIVE WISE VIRGINS STARS 

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“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

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Five Wise, Five Foolish Virgins Stars

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And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.”

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Matthew 25:1-4

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WIKIPEDIA STAR-CHART

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This constellation was identified on May 22nd, 2014. It is simply five stars, two from the Serpens Constellation, and three from the Hercules Constellation.

Wikipedia Star-Chart - Corona Borealis

Wikipedia Star-Chart – Corona Borealis

What gives this constellation impetus and significance is that it appears as five evenly positioned stars, in a slight oval pattern, as if they were sitting in a meeting, listening, or perhaps watching someone.

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Second, they appear to be gathered in front of The Crown of Revelation 12 Constellation. (just below Corona Borealis in this Wikipedia star-chart, in which the editor of this site sketched in these two constellations)

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… The Five Wise Virgins Stars

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TOMORROW…

JULY 10th (Flee To The Mountain! Part 3: “Remember Lot’s Wife!”)

 

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO STUDY IN JEREMIAH 

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YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

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THIS IS STUDY #555 PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING…

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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