“For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by the bondmaid, the other by the 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 mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Hagar.”  Galatians 4:22-24.

Abraham had two sons.  Ishmael and Isaac.  Ishmael is the father of Islam and Isaac is the father of Israel.  The scripture is allegorical; symbolic, the spiritual language in which the Holy Bible is written, providing us with spiritual or mystical knowledge (gnosis), so that we may understand the two states of the soul symbolized by these two sons.  The mother of Ishmael was Hagar, who was an Egyptian.  Egypt, where the children of Israel spent 390 years in bondage, symbolizing the spiritual bondage we entered into early in life.  Ishmael was born of Hagar the bondwoman, symbolizes bondage.

The children of Israel entered Egypt, where they remained free for *40 years, living under the rule of Joseph and the kings that knew Joseph, which is to be subject to truth and to spirits associated with truth. Upon the death of these kings, the children go into bondage for *390 years. We enter Egypt, symbolizing the World, at birth.  As long as truth rules our heart we remain free. But when the lies of our mind are accepted by our heart as truth through the power of painful emotions we go into bondage; into spiritual addiction, which in the process of time moves out into the physical in the form of destructive behaviors…  Most of us will remain in bondage to these beliefs for about *39 years, after which time we begin our journey toward a new way of life, which for many will be ushered in by a mid-life crisis; a time when we seek to recapture our youth. But what we are really seeking to recapture is the freedom we felt as a little child through our holy spirit, which we began extinguishing early on through our many fears and misconceptions…  * Egyptian time differs from our own by a factor of 10 to 1.  – THE LITTLE BOOK for the soul

“For this Hagar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem, which now is, and is in bondage with her children.”  Galatians 4:25.  It was at mount Sinai that the children of Israel, chosen to represent us the people, went into bondage by worshipping of the gold calf, symbolizing the false image or belief.  Jesus illustrated this for us when he entered the temple, symbolizing the heart, and overturned the tables upon which the images had been erected. These images symbolize our false religious and personal beliefs, set up  upon “the fleshy tables of the heart” (2 Corinthians 3:3), which only truth can overturn. We tear down these false beliefs through a spiritual judgment.  “And Jesus said unto them.  Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”  Matthew 19:28

“We sit upon twelve metaphorical thrones as we judge (overcome) the negative aspects of the twelve tribes of Israel, which is the regeneration; the restoration of truth, the throne symbolizing the heart.  The Son sits in the throne of his glory when truth rules our heart, which is the outcome of this spiritual judgment… ”  – THE BIBLE DECODED

And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.”  Genesis 49:1.  The Holy Quran refers to it as “The Day of Gathering Together.”  The “last days” is more accurately called “the end of days.”  There are seven days, and we are in the end of the seven days— in the seventh day; in the beginning of the seventh-thousandth year since the fall in garden, symbolizing man’s spiritual decline.  A day is as thousand years (2 Peter 3:8).  In the year 2000 we entered God’s one-time spiritual Sabbath Day, which we keep holy through the purification of our heart.  Jacob, through his last words to his sons, reveals what we will encounter as we go through this spiritual purification or healing process, through which we become spiritual sons. Our false beliefs, the consequence of the evil seeds that have been sown in our heart, form our word, which the prophet Jeremiah tells us is will be our burden (Jeremiah 23:36), symbolizing bondage.  In this soul-state we fall under the first covenant, Ishmael, son of the bondwoman, the two sons or two covenants symbolizing the two states of the soul: bondage and free.  “For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by the bondmaid, the other by the 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: “

As God’s word was made flesh (John 1:14), so too has our word been made flesh; an invisible or spiritual flesh that has been formed inside of our physical flesh, which keeps us in spiritual bondage, which the son of Hagar the bondwoman, Ishmael, symbolizes. Hagar was an Egyptian. The word Ishmael means God will hear.  When the children of Israel cried out because of the bondage of Egypt, God heard them. When we cry out because of the burden of our word of false beliefs, as was written by the prophet Jeremiah, “man’s word shall be his burden,” the first covenant is fulfilled within us.  Sarah was a Chaldean, but left this land that worshipped images and went to Shechem, meaning to incline (the shoulder to a burden).  When we are inclined to carry our burden, which Jesus illustrated for us by carrying the cross, we have entered the second covenant. Through our sincere desire to heal spiritually; on a mental and emotional or soul-level, we discover our word of error, which has kept us in spiritual bondage for all these years.  And with the discovery of our false beliefs comes the discovery of the spirits associated with them, revealed to us through the sons of Jacob. It is through our judgment of these false beliefs and unholy spirits, which is the process of overcoming them, that we receive the promise, which Isaac symbolizes; the promise symbolizing the truth through which Jerusalem, symbolizing our Heart, enters a free state, fulfilling the second covenant from within us. ” But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.”   Galatians 4:26. 

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2019

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