© John R. Nolan 27/11/07

Should Christians have an intimate knowledge of the Bible?

If not, how will people professing Christianity know the God in Whom they claim to believe, what He is doing today, and understand the complete revelation of God as He is revealed to this, the final age in Scripture, when Christ returns, to call out His bride and bring judgement on the earth?

Yes, religion, denominations, the daughters of the great whore who sits on seven hills, the mother of all denominations, all have done their best to cloud, to misrepresent God, through their personal interpretations.

Through their religious pursuits, these self appointed leaders, pastors, archbishops, general overseers, have placed themselves as the conduits of Spiritual revelation, between man and God, totally contrary to Bible teachings.

To further demonstrate the perversity of these religious, denominational spirits, they now even ordain women into their ministries, which is contrary to Scripture. 1Tim.2:11-14

This intrusion betwixt man and God duplicates the role Satan took in the Garden of Eden, when Lucifer offered Eve a better explanation, interpretation of what God had commanded Adam.

Denominations demand their congregations listen to their ministers, their doctrines, dogma and denominational interpretations, instead of the pure Word of God, just as the Pharisees and Sadducees did with their flocks, blinding their congregations to the revelation of Jesus Christ, in their day.

TYPES and SHADOWS

‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’, available on the net, will clarify this perversion of the Word, which act is now duplicated by all denominations.

Today, in the last moments of time, according to God’s Word, with the seven church ages complete, and Christ returning, in the clouds, Rev.1:7, to call out His bride from within the denominations, “Come out of her, My people, and be ye not partakers of her sins” Rev.18:4, we see the finish in sight.

He promised to return, to open the Seven Seals, which have hidden the mysteries of God, we find Christ has returned to earth, and spoken through a vindicated ministry, to fulfil His plan.

“In the days of the Voice of the seventh angel, when He shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished.” Rev.10:7

Do you know who this seventh angel is, and, if not, do you think it may be vital information to search out? Remember, God only speaks through prophets, Amos 3:7, so this man must have a Biblically vindicated ministry, as per Deut.18:18.

Gen.1:16 “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘of every tree in the garden thou mayest freely eat; 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.”

Is the Bible to be taken literally?

Many people suggest Scripture must be taken literally or It cannot be considered inerrant.

We know It is Perfect, though It is written in parables, which were hidden beneath the seven seals.

How then would those demanding literal interpretation be able to conclusively prove It to be either erroneous or of personal interpretation, if It has ongoing secrets?

This is why God promised to return, in the last days, to reveal the mysteries.

Excuse this small detour to more clearly encourage the reader, to ensure we comprehend the natural progression, the ongoing movement of God’s revelation of Himself.

Obviously, from Scripture, it would be easy to deduce Eve ate fruit from a specific tree, and her dietary excess bought about the fall of mankind from perfection into sin.

Yes, if It is taken literally in this, and other instances, it would be logical for any reader to become confused and doubtful of Biblical accuracy.

If it were proven that eating fruit from a tree caused sin to manifest in a human being, we need rapidly establish which tree, that we all may stop eating its fruit, lest we be found continuing in sin.

This also suggests that any person who never eats this particular fruit would remain sin free.

In Rev.10:7, we read “but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants, the prophets.”

Note that we are awaiting a Voice which will speak, through a man, which necessitates a prophetic ministry.

Amos 3:7 “Surely the LORD will do nothing except first He revealeth His secrets to His servants, the prophets.”

Having thus established the criteria by which we may judge how we can interpret Scripture, which is through a prophet, in what context we need maintain literal interpretation, using God’s rules of analysis, we find this conundrum.

How could eating fruit in the Garden have caused the fall from Grace?

The first response from the reader may well be that Eve was disobedient, and her rebellion was the cause of the fall.

Sounds good, but it does not line up with Scripture.

Eve was deceived, conned, tricked into partaking of this specific fruit, she was not wilfully disobedient, though Adam sinned, wilfully, when he shared this fruit. 1Tim.2:14

What we need discover, as quickly as possible, is what type of tree Eve partook of, lest we too partake of it. Was it an apple, a pear, pomegranate, mango, what sort of tree could it have been?

The Bible says it was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

We find also, that standing next to this tree of knowledge of good and evil, in the garden, was a tree of Life.

It is interesting that God created all the trees, which He caused to grow out of the ground, and were good for food, Gen.2:9, but there is a distinction betwixt those trees,  the Tree of Life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil from the other trees.

It appears these last two trees did not grow out of the ground; were either of these literal trees? They were already there; we have no Scriptural reference to their creation.  Adam and Eve’s partaking of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil made Adam “as one of us” Gen.3:22, then he and she were put out of the garden, lest they partake of the Tree of Life also, and live forever.

What species of tree was the one they partook of? Does this species still exist, and what type of fruit does it produce today?

Lucifer, sorry, the serpent, who is the Devil, in a form, Rev.20:2, categorically stated, contrary to God’s Word, that Eve would not die if she partook of the fruit of the tree of knowledge, but, it was a lie he told her, for she died, didn’t she?

It was the lie that Eve partook of, that she listened to the devil instead of God which instigated the ‘fall’, when the woman was deceived.

“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, she took of the fruit thereof and did eat and gave also unto her husband with her and he did eat” Gen.3:6-19

If it were a good tree it could not bring forth evil fruit, could it? Mt.7:18, 12:33; Lk. 6:43 so, we may deduce that this was not an ordinary, natural species of tree. It was a tree that produced death; it was poisonous, like a serpent, maybe?

Obviously this tree was corrupt, as it bought forth evil fruits, just as it was named. How can a tree produce fruit which will cause peoples’ consciousness, self awareness, and character, to change?

Remember, we are talking about trees in a garden just created by God, in Whom there is no evil so how could any plant life be evil?

God created all the trees in the Garden and He said, in Gen.1:31 “it was very good”, which denies the existence of a faulty tree, a poisonous one.

Let us continue with our research of literal typing.

Jesus is referred to as the Lamb of God. Jn.1:29, 36; does this imply He has four feet and produces a woolly white coat which need be sheared every season?

How many talking sheep do we know of?

He is also described as a rock, 1Cor.10:4; does that make Him a boulder?

He is the bread of Life; does that make Him a loaf of wheat?  Jn.6:48

Jn. 6:53 “Then Jesus said unto them, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you”

If taken in the literal sense, this clearly states that all those who follow the words of Christ must be cannibals, or they are lifeless.

The Bible is written in a way to not so much deceive people, but to prevent all but God’s children comprehending what is written. Mt.13:13-17

God says “Many are called but few are chosen.” Mt.20:16

“Strait is the gate and narrow is the way and few there be that find It” Mt.7:14Mt.7:13-29 is succinct in separating those who profess to believe God from those who are called, chosen, elect of God.

More typing;

We find Lucifer, the mightiest angel, next only to God in power, Ezk.28:2-19, under the pseudonym of the king of Tyre.

Does this imply that the residents of Tyre had a literal dragon sitting on the throne?

Satan is described as a serpent, a dragon, the beast, as well as being the father of lies. Rev.20:2.

One knows of no animals that are capable of speaking, let alone lying.

We see the Lord Jesus coming, on a white horse, “His eyes were like a flame of fire, and out of His mouth goeth a sharp, two edged sword,” Rev.19:12-15 Is that to be taken literally?

The Bible contains many mysteries, but, God’s Word says that in the days of the voice of the seventh messenger, the mystery of God should be finished. Rev.10:7

God’s Word cannot fail; all has to be fulfilled, including, especially for us, those Scriptures referring to this day.

That denominational followers refuse to believe what God has said, preferring to believe their church’s doctrines and teachings, the delusions of their pastors, is horrific, though it also fulfills Scripture. Mt.13:15-16; Mk.8:18; Lk.24:16; Jn.12:40; Acts 26:18; 28:25-27; Rom.11:8-10; Eph.1:18.

Yes, the Bible means exactly what It says, and we need understand that God said He would return, before the judgement, to reveal the mysteries and to call out His children, for the catching away of 1Thes. 4:15-16.

He has blinded the Gentiles, just as He blinded the Israelites, through Types and Shadows, at the time of His first coming, to prevent them seeing Who Jesus was.

Israel was blinded for the sake of the Gentiles; otherwise the Word could never have come to call out His Gentile bride, fulfilling various O.T. prophecies.

Now the Gentiles, who have refused His Parousia, have rejected His revelation of Himself, here, according to Rev.10:1-7, have been blinded, as was Israel previously, so the Word can leave the Gentiles, close out the Gentile dispensation, and return to Israel again, to call out the 144,000, through the two prophets, Elijah and Moses, Rev.11:3-13 and bring on the  Tribulation:

Types and Shadows.

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