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 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, an Egyptian. Egypt, where the children of Israel spent 390 years in bondage, symbolizing the spiritual bondage we entered early in life.  Just past the age of four according to the biblical text.

Hagar, the mother of Ishmael, was an Egyptian. Egypt, where the children of Israel spent 390 years in bondage, representing the spiritual bondage we entered early in life. Just past the age of four according to the biblical text.  Ishmael was born of 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, through which truth reigns supreme within our heart.

“And Jesus said unto them… 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 the spiritual decline of mankind.

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 judgment, purification, salvation, 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 many false images or beliefs, the first covenant is fulfilled within us.  Sarah was a Chaldean.  She left a 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, Isaac, the son of Sarah the freewoman, 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

THE STICK OF JUDAH & JOSEPH

“Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick: and they shall become one in thine hand… Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in my hand… Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them:… I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”  Ezekiel 37:16-19,26,27

It was Judah that prevailed above his brethren (1 Chronicles 5:2), as it was the tribe of Judah that enlarged, seen in Judah’s first king, Rehoboam, meaning a people has enlarged, the tribes of Israel dispersed in 722.  It is not only the tribe of Judah that has enlarged.  It is the religious doctrine of a Gentile Judah.  The first book of Kings reveals that Judah and Israel became as one (1 Kings 22:4);

“… take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions…”

This Gentile Israel became Judah by accepting the Pentecostal born again doctrine.  Judah proclaims to have the birthright.  But God’s Word plainly tells us that,

“…the birthright was Joseph’s.”  1 Chronicles 5:2

Let’s go back into biblical history and look at the relationship between Judah and Joseph.  It was Judah, and his brothers (who later made up Israel) that threw Joseph in the pit.  It is the Christian religion that has thrown the spiritual teachings of Jesus in a metaphorical pit or prison by accepting the carnal-minded teachings of Paul.  But when the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt, symbolizing the World, the brothers are forced to go down into Egypt and humble themselves before Joseph, just as Joseph’s dream had predicted (Genesis 37:9,10).  The corn that Joseph stored up during the seven good years symbolizes spiritual truth, which is feeding those that are spiritually hungry. Those that have entered the spiritual famine of which Amos prophesied (8:11).  Fast forward some 2000 years, to the Jews of Judaea (of Judah), and Jesus, the son of Joseph.  Jesus is allegory to Joseph, as we see through their parallels.


“Both were hated by their brothers, Joseph by his biological brothers and Jesus by his religious brothers. Both were falsely accused and thrown into prison. Both entered Egypt in order to preserve their lives. And both would bring salvation to the people.” 

 The Bible Decoded; “The Joseph Story”


Judah is companions with the children of Israel; the children symbolizing the unskilled.   Christians, the Gentile Judah, are unskilled in the spiritual Word of God.  Joseph is with all the house of Israel.  The house of Israel are the sons of Jacob, as Jacob was called Israel (Genesis 32:28). The sons of Jacob are the tribes of Israel (Genesis 49:28), the twelve tribes symbolizing the spiritual judgment through which one obtains true salvation (Matthew 19:28).  Christians have accepted a lie when it comes to their salvation, and according to the Prophet Jeremiah, they shall come to know it.

“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”  Jeremiah 8:20 

Jeremiah’s prophecies pertaining to Judah.  The stick of Judah is joined to the stick of Joseph when Christians renounce the carnal-minded teachings of Paul, and accept the spiritual teachings of Jesus, which is to eat of the corn.

“I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in my hand…”   

Ephraim, in the literal sense, was the leading tribe of the northern kingdom, which was Israel.  Ephraim means double-fruit.  What we think we are; and what we are

“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:”   Revelation 3:17

We become Ephraim when we become aware of this.  Those that thought they were born again and saved, now think differently.   Now they are ready to do the works of the first six churches, which they have unwittingly skipped over, through which they will experience true salvation.  

I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire…”   Revelation 3:18

The fire symbolizes the spiritual judgment, through which the mind and heart are made pure, which the gold symbolizes. Christians have unwittingly chosen religious iniquity over spiritual truth, which they have become quite firm in (the meaning of stick).  But through repentance, which means to think differently, they will become firm in spiritual truth, which the stick of Joseph symbolizes.

This is the joining of the stick of Judah to the stick of Joseph.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2015