THE TWO COVENANTS

“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. The scripture is allegorical; symbolic, the spiritual language in which the Holy Bible is written, providing us with spiritual or mystical knowledge  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, just past the age of four according to the biblical text.  Ishmael was born of Hagar the bondwoman, symbolizes bondage.

“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 that brings us into spiritual bondage, which only truth can overturn, freeing us from our bondage.  Jesus, the truth personified, demonstrated this for us when he entered the temple, symbolizing the heart, overturning the tables, symbolizing “the fleshy tables of the heart,” where we have set up these false images or beliefs, which are to be brought down through a spiritual judgment; by following the instruction given us by Jesus, through which truth reigns supreme from within our own heart.

“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

The twelve tribes of Israel are the sons of Jacob (Genesis 49:28), which are neither lost or extinct, but existing within.

“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 are to 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. Our false beliefs, the result of the evil seeds that have been sown in our heart, form our word, which the prophet Jeremiah (23:36) tells us is will be our burden, which is 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

As God’s word was made flesh (John 1:14), so too has man’s word been made flesh, an invisible or spiritual flesh that has been formed inside of our physical flesh, keeping us in spiritual bondage, which Ishmael, the son of Hagar the bondwoman, 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 or bondage caused by our false beliefs, the first covenant is fulfilled within us.  Sarah was a Chaldean. She 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 demonstrated 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 unholy 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, the son of Sarah the freewoman, symbolizes, the promise symbolizing the truth that makes us free, placing us under the second covenant.  Jerusalem, symbolizing the Heart, has been made free of all false beliefs.

” But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.”   Galatians 4:26. 

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2019

SIGNS in the END TIMES

SIGNS-END TIMESWe are in the end of [the seven] days; in the beginning of the seventh day or seventh-thousandth year since the beginning of the spiritual decline of mankind, symbolized by the fall in the garden.

“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” 2 Peter 3:8.

The number seven pertains to the spiritual, which coincides with what is the third and final “era of Jacob,” which the world entered with the new millennium. It is important that we understand the message in Jacob’s description of his sons in what is the last, or end of, days.

“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 Quran refers to it as “The Day of Gathering together.”

It is a spiritual or internal gathering of the 12 sons of Jacob or 12 tribes of Israel, which takes place as we judge (overcome) the negative aspects of these sons or tribes from within our own mind and heart.

“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

Let’s take a look at the first three unholy spirits or energies, born of Leah, symbolizing flesh. Because this spiritual judgment has not been taking place in mankind, the negative and destructive spirits or energies of what these sons or tribes represent, moves out into the physical where we can see the effects they are having upon mankind.  Leah’s first son is Reuben. The unholy spirit of Reuben is fear, a spiritual truth we find encoded in the story of Reuben, who lay with his father’s concubine, Bilhah, which means terror. The SIGN of this fear or terror was SEPTEMBER 11th, 2001. What follows fear are two more unholy spirits:

“Simeon and Levi are brethren: instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.” Genesis 49:5,6

Simeon and Levi, the unholy spirits of anger and control. They are brethren; kindred spirits. Where there is one, you will find the other. They are the source of every physical addiction, which is being driven by our spiritual bondage or addiction. The soul is not to come unto their “assembly,” referring, outwardly, to the religious assembly, as the church is filled with false beliefs, and as the temple was filled with false images in the days of Josiah. What is sustaining the anger and control that fuels our addictions, are the false images or beliefs we have set up in that spiritual temple called the heart.  It was in the temple that Jesus expressed righteous anger in response to the false images that were set up upon the tables, representing “the fleshy tables of the heart.”  Let us use our anger to do right, directing it toward the false image or belief, which through our sincere desire to overcome, will bring us the truth that destroys them; making us spiritually free. Many choose to accept these false religious beliefs because it gives them a feeling of empowerment, and peace, but it is a false empowerment, and a false peace, the false peace symbolized by the wall that should be brought down, and will be brought down when the reality of what is taking place in the world does not match the religious image they bought into.

“Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter: Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall…” Ezekiel 13:10,11.

And if you challenge their beliefs, you will see their anger rise up in an effort to maintain control, which they demonstrate by slaying you metaphorically with hateful words, just as the religious assembly slew Jesus for attempting to bring them a new, yet ancient, spiritual truth— “for in their anger they slew a man.”  It is through their anger and control that “they digged down a wall,” symbolizing the invisible wall of protection they would have entered through spiritual obedience to the spiritual or internal works that Jesus spoke of and demonstrated for us while he was on this earth. We are seeing this anger being unleashed upon our policemen, who serve as our physical wall of protection, a macrocosm of the WORLD-SIGN revealing the spirit of anger and control in the heart of mankind, which is giving power to the “instruments of cruelty;” those used to demonstrate this negative and destructive energy from without, which we have come to know as ISIS.  What do September 11th, 2001 and ISIS have in common? The nation they are associated with. The nation chosen to represent the spiritual bondage of mankind. The carnal interpretations being assigned to both the Holy Bible and the Holy Quran have kept those of Religion from obeying the spiritual laws or works through which they would have been made free of their spiritual bondage, which is why the Religion chosen to represent the bondage state of the soul, is gaining in power, exponentially. But it is not a peaceful power. It is a negative and destructive warring power, whose law will be oppressive, a law without mercy.  As within, as without.

“Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? “For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by the bondmaid, the other by a freewoman…which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants.”  Galatians 4:21, 22, 24. 

Islam and Israel. Two great nations, each serving as a SIGN, revealing the spiritual state of mankind. Ishmael and Isaac, existing without as Muslims and Jews. Existing side-by-side in the holy Land, symbolizing the Heart of man. The on-going war between Palestinians and Jews is the outward expression of the on-going internal war that has yet to be won in the heart of mankind. “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?” James 4:1, the “members” symbolizing our own mind and heart, the lusts of which are driven by the false beliefs that keep us in spiritual bondage, under the 1st covenant.  Israel and America are inherently linked by what they stand for, which is freedom, the 2nd covenant. They must stand in support of one another to preserve our physical freedom, as they represent the two witnesses that work together within to bring us spiritual freedom. America’s symbol is the eagle, representing the presence of God. Israel’s symbol is the star of David, whose six points represent our six days of spiritual works, through which we are made spiritually free. The country retreat for the President of the United States is called “Camp David,” which is no coincidence. David was a man after God’s own heart, which he became by slaying the Lion and the Bear, the lion symbolizing man’s unholy spirit, the bear symbolizing man’s unrighteous word, man’s word being the sum of his false religious and personal beliefs, which the prophet Jeremiah says will be his burden, which is bondage.  America, “the land of the free,” had to fight against England, whose symbol is the Lion, in order to preserve that freedom. The recent focus on Russia, whose symbol is the Bear, is yet another SIGN.  Having entered the spiritual “era of Jacob” with the new millennium, we must now fight against the spiritual bear by fighting against the unrighteous word of our own heart.  If mankind continues in its spiritual disobedience by refusing to fight this internal bear, the external Land that stands for freedom will become a Land of bondage, which we are already witnessing here in America through the enactment of more and more laws. To stop an oppressive government and religion from ruling us from without, we must stop the oppressive power that is ruling us from within.  Russia stands in support of Syria, another very important SIGN, pointing to the direction we are headed as a people and as nations if we do not get on with slaying the spiritual bear of false beliefs, the Holy Bible providing us with the instruction through which we will be delivered of this oppressive internal, and therefore external power, we are facing in these END TIMES.

“Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died.  And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows. And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king’s hands. And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance from Syria…” 2 Kings 13:14-17. 

Elisha received “the double portion,” symbolizing the spirit and word of God, the presence of God, the death of which took place within us when we replaced God’s holy spirit and word with an unholy spirit and word, symbolized by the lion and the bear that David slew. To be delivered of our word of false beliefs will require us to follow the instruction of Elisha, which is the resurrection of truth.  “And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood upon his feet.”  2 Kings 13:21. Jesus, symbolizing truth, said, “I am the resurrection.”  It is through the resurrection of truth from within our heart that we receive salvation; being saved from our own word of false beliefs, through which our heart is made clean, our holy spirit restored to the state in which we received it from God. “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” Psalms 51:10-12.  It is through God’s power that our heart is made clean. But as Joash called upon Elisha, we must call upon the spiritual power of our heart by activating it according to God’s ancient spiritual instruction. These are just a few of the many SIGNS that we have been given in these END TIMES.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2015