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

 

The manifestations as the Son and Holy Ghost ?

Question: “1 Corinthians 15:28 states, “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” What does it mean that God may be all in all?  Does that mean His manifestations as the Son and Holy Ghost will no longer be necessary or something else?”


Answer: 1 Corinthians 15:28 parallels Zechariah 14:9 which reads, “And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.” So He doesn’t manifest Himself to you as one thing and to me as another. No need to be different things to different ones; all of God will be wrapped up in one. Not just confined in one (Colossians 2:9) but all of God revealed as one, in the light of all of His glory (1 Timothy 6:14-16).

The Picture of evil?

Question: “If the pictograph for shepherd and evil is the same, how did they know how to translate one shepherd and the other evil?”


Answer: They knew how to translate the pictographs because of the context (the same with the pronunciation relative to the vowels). This is no different than in English, a piece of pie is slice, not peace from pie. Another English example would be the word “bark”. When is it a dog and when is it a tree? Similarly, bass – when is it a fish and when is it an instrument? Context matters.

The Hebrew​ word for serpent & Messiah?

Question: “I heard that the Hebrew words for Serpent and Messiah equal the same number. Is there something to that?”


Answer: The Hebrew word for Messiah is mashiyach מָשִׁיחַ (S:4899) is equal to 358. From left to right, the letters and values are:

  • Mem is 40 
  • Shin is 300 
  • Yod is 10 
  • Chet is 8 

The Hebrew word for Serpent is Nachash נָחָשׁ (S:5175) is also 358. From right to left, the letters and values are: 

  • Nun is 50 
  • Chet is 8 
  • Shin is 800. 

The values are equal because the Messiah cancels out the Serpent. The serpent is a picture of the action (Nun – a seed, life, action) of being surrounded (Chet – fence) and devoured (Shin – teeth). The Messiah (also translated “anointed”) is the one who cancels out the effects of the Serpent and we see the yoke is destroyed in scripture because of the anointing (Isa. 10:27). Jesus and His work cancelling out the Serpent is a common theme with sin vs. salvation. Do you have the hardcover version of Born of Water? I’d suggest reading p. 118-119 for a similar example with “the release” vs. Satan being equal numerically because God’s release cancels or zeroes out Satan’s hold.

Perfection?

Question: “Psalm 138:8 says, “The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me…” Please explain God’s picture of “will perfect” and the “dots” around the Hebrew word.”


Answer:  First the dots are vowel markings and accents, the purpose of which was to standardize pronunciation. They help us know how to say the word but they do not change God’s picture of the word so we focus instead on the letters, which were originally drawn as pictures. 

As far as the picture of “will perfect,” you are correct in identifying the letters in Strong’s word gamar גָּמַר (S:1584) as gimel, mem, and resh (from right to left). S:1584 is translated in our Bible as perfect, come to an end, and perform. In the actual text of this verse, there is a yod before the word as well but we’re going to focus on the main three letters.

We want to look at the word / picture in the context of the verse. It reads: “The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” It is not saying God will perfect the things that concern me, but it’s saying God will perfect that which concerneth me or is relative to me, that which is assigned to my life, that which is connected to God’s purpose and plan for me. But what does perfect mean? The first two letters (gimel and mem) spell the word gam (S:1571) which is defined as to gather, properly assemblage. The last letter, resh, was originally a picture of a man’s head or a man. All together, the picture of God perfecting is about Him gathering and assembling (gam) everything concerning the man (resh). Pastor Harris compared it to legos. God will assemble, gather, put together, like lego pieces, everything that is needed for His assignment, purpose, and plan for my life – He will perfect that which concerneth me! His plan for my life and that which concerneth me is the work of His own hands. Him assembling it all is just like how He works ALL things together for good to them that love Him and are the called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28). He’ll get together all the pieces and will perfect that which concerneth us.

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Tree of Knowledge?

Question: “What GOOD was there in the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?”


Answer: on September 17, 2018 webinar video (maybe we can take a clip of that part?) The notes from the answer are below:

  • Genesis 1 – God makes everything and says that it is very good (v. 31) and they can eat of every tree of the garden (v. 29)
  • Genesis 2 – from the LORD’s perspective – the LORD always has requirements of His chosen people 
  • Tree of the knowledge of good and evil: Genesis 2:9, 17 
    • v. 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.”
  • What is EVIL (Gen. 2:17)?
    • Evil רע from two Hebrew letters: 
      • Resh ר – originally drawn as a picture of a man’s head 
      • Ayin ע – originally a picture of a man’s eye 
    • God’s Picture of Evil:
      • When you take it upon yourself to look out for yourself
      • Man’s eyes and head looking out for himself
    • Same two letters in Shepherd רע (Psa. 23:1) that are in Evil
      • Why? The shepherd is the man or head that looks out for the sheep
  • What is GOOD (Gen. 2:17)?
    • Good טוב has three letters / pictures: 
      • Tet ט – a serpent
      • Vau ו – nail 
      • Bet ב – house 
    • God’s picture of GOOD: Serpent nailed to the house
      • References: Heb. 3:6; 2 Cor. 5:1-2; Num. 21:8-9; John 3:14; Cp. medical symbol is a picture of a serpent on a pole
    • When we hear “GOOD” we think of a lucky charm or winning the lottery but God’s mindset is different: 
      • Rom. 2:4 – “…the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”
        • God’s “GOODNESS” is something that makes you want to repent
      • Rom. 7:12-13 – “…But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good…”
        • If when Adam had eaten of the tree of knowledge of good and evil and nothing happened to him, it could only be termed a tree of knowledge of evil 
        • Gen. 2:22-24 – The Tree of Life
          • If it was only the tree of knowledge of evil, God would have allowed them to eat of the tree of life and man would have lived in that state forever
        • When Adam ate he began to die because sin was working death in him by that which is good – consequences for sin
          • Natural examples:
            • A child being punished by a parent when they do something wrong is bringing something good. 
            • When someone smokes there are sicknesses that occur that can cause someone to turn and stop smoking.
      • It’s GOOD for us when God doesn’t allow our sin to be successful!
    • Psalm 119:65-71
      • This chapter is an acrostic poem – divided into 22 sections with eight verses in each. All of the verses in each section start with the same letter, consecutively. 
        • v. 1-8 start with Aleph א (the first Hebrew letter) 
        • v. 9-16 start with Beth ב (the second Hebrew letter) 
        • v. 17-24 start with Gimel ג (the third Hebrew letter) 
      • Tet ט Section: v. 65-72 are the good / well verses 
      • The psalmist says in v. 71: [It is] good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
        • It is good when we learn the Word of God, that God’s word is right and true, and that what God said is going to come to pass
        • His relationship with God grew from the consequences of the wrong he did
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spiritual vs natural?

Question: “In 1 Peter 3:20, when the Bible says saved, does it mean saved in a spiritual sense or a natural sense?  (VIDEO ANSWER ON February 25, 2019 WEBINAR)”

    • In the Old Testament, they were always saved from something (their enemy and trouble) and saved to something (life) 
    • In the Old Testament, Noah and his sons were saved alive physically and that is a like figure whereunto baptism doth also now save us spiritually (1 Pet. 3:20-21)
    • That is not a physical salvation but a spiritual salvation — not the putting away of the filth of the flesh 

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is important in our baptism — we come out different than we came in; we come out a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17

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Suffering as a Christian?

Question: “Do we all have to suffer or can I be just a regular Christian? (VIDEO ANSWER ON October 22, 2018 webinar)”

  • 2 Tim. 3:10-12 – “…Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 
  • Part of being saved and being a Christian means you’ll have to suffer things because you’re saved.
    • The devil is out to get Christians. He has waged war and wants to silence us.
    • He brings things on us because we’re doing what we’re supposed to do.
  • 2 Cor. 11:20-25 Paul’s sufferings 
    • v. 23 ministers of Christ 
    • His sufferings showed he was “more” (v. 23) a minister of CHRST 
    • To be like Christ and have HIM as the anointing you have to suffer
      • 1 John 2:27 — He is the anointing
  • 2 Cor. 12:2-10 Paul’s thorn in the flesh 
    • v. 2 – “I knew a man in Christ…” 
    • Some things you get by going through you can’t share 
    • v. 7 Paul’s thorn in the flesh was the messenger of Satan 
      • Messenger = Ángelos — an angel
      • Satan = Sataná  
      • The messenger of Satan was an angel of Satan to keep him from getting puffed up (pride)
    • v. 9 – “…Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 
    • v. 10 – “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
    • Paul recognized the power of the anointing 
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