144,000

OpenBible2We find this number in the book of Revelation; a revelation for mankind, which came from Jesus through John.

And I heard the number of them which were sealed; and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of Israel.” Revelation 7:4

The word sealed means to stamp (with a signet or private mark (for security or preservation), referring to a spiritual security or protection, which the wall symbolizes, the measure of this invisible wall of protection being 144.

” And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.” Revelation 21:17. 

How does man reach this spiritual measure of 144?  By obeying Jesus’ instruction pertaining to the twelve tribes of Israel:

“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 word regeneration means anew; the process of forming again, referring to the forming of a new creation from within, “a new heaven and a new earth,” through which “the first heaven and the first earth” (formed in a darkness we mistook for light; through lies we mistook for truth) passing away through the process.

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away.” Revelation 21:1

The twelve tribes of Israel are neither lost nor extinct, but existing within us in the form of positive and negative aspects.  We are to judge the negative aspects of the tribes, which is to overcome them. The number twelve represents judgment, as we see in our own judicial system.  Judging the 12 tribes of Israel formulates to 12 x 12, which equals 144, “the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.”  An angel is a messenger. Those that hear, through obedience, the message of the angel of the first 6 churches in the book of Revelation, reach the spiritual measure of 144.  As God’s physical creation was formed through 6 days of works (not to be taken literally), our new spiritual creation is formed through 6 (metaphorical) days of (spiritual) works.  A day is 24 hours, 6 days formulating to 6 x 24, which equals 144. These spiritual works are the works of the spiritual judgment that is to take place within us— the act of overcoming all of our false religious and personal beliefs.

Those that reach the spiritual measure of 144 by executing God’s spiritual judgment upon themselves enter the 1,000-year reign of Christ: 144 + 1,000 = 144,000.

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them…  and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years…” Revelation 20:7.  

The reign of Christ begins within the individual when that which constitutes christ, which is spirit and word; love and truth, rules their mind and heart.  These make up the 144,000 mentioned in Chapter Seven of the book of Revelation.  Notice that the tribe of Dan is not listed among the tribes.  That is because the word Dan means judge, and the 144,000 have already judged themselves

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2008

FAITH: beginning and end

OpenBible2“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

In the definition of faith, is the beginning of faith (things hoped for, things not seen) and the end of faith (the substance, the evidence).  The beginning of faith is an analogy to the beginning of Creation.  God created heaven and earth in His mind, but there was no substance or evidence of His creation, no actualization, the earth was yet without form.  For God’s thought or idea of creation to become substance or matter would take God’s word, the works that brought His creation into existence.  Faith, like creation, requires works. There are works associated with the beginning of faith and there are works associated with the end of faith. We are given a number of examples of the works associated with the beginning of faith in the book of Hebrews, each one having to do with external salvation, which started with a thought. Noah, believing in his mind that a flood was coming began the works of building an ark.  Just believing something in our mind does not make it a reality.  Christians believe in the Son, which is the beginning of faith. And many still believe Jesus will return, which also falls under the beginning of faith, as there no evidence to support this belief.  They have been taught to have faith in Jesus Christ, and to accept him into their heart as their personal savior, a level of faith that, by itself, has no power, as was spoken by James, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” James 2:26.  As there could be no creation without works, there can be no salvation without works, the two allegorical. As it took works to bring God’s physical creation into existence, it takes works to bring our spiritual creation into existence, through which we receive internal salvation, which is the end of faith, as was spoken by Peter, “Receiving the end of your faitheven the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:9.

The carnal works of the law, a figure or type-and-shadow of the spiritual works, could not perfect them that did the service, as we see in Hebrews 9:9,10, but which were to be kept until the spiritual works could be completed, until  “the time of reformation,” when we form a new heaven and earth, through which our “first heaven and earth” passes away (Revelation 21:1). “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled,” Matthew 5:18, referring to this new spiritual heaven and earth.  Jesus said he came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil it, but it is not Jesus the person that fulfils or completes the law, but what Jesus personified, which is the word; the works of creation.  “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.”  John 1:3.   All things are made by a seed, and the seed is the word of God (Luke 8:11); the works through which the creation was made, which is the end of faith as our works have been completed, made perfect.  To bring our new creation into existence is going to take works, which is synonymous with the son, as is written in the book of John, “Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest, because I said, I am the Son of God?  If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.  But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works…”  The works of the Father are the works of creation, which is why Jesus, the seed or word of God, was with God in the beginning, through which the physical creation was made. Our spiritual works of creation are found in the beginning and end of the book of Genesis, which means creation. The beginning of Genesis gives us an overview of the creation process, the end of Genesis, where Jacob tells his twelve sons what will befall them in the end of days, providing the details of this creation or salvation process.

Jesus does not care if we believe in him, which falls under the beginning of faith.  He wants us to believe the works, the word believe meaning to obey or put action to. These are the works that perfect our faith, completing it, which is the end of faith. Salvation, like creation, requires works. It took God’s Spirit and word to bring His creation into existence.  It takes faith and works to make our salvation a reality. As there were six days of works in the physical creation of heaven and earth (not to be taken literally), there are six metaphorical days of spiritual works in the creation of our spiritual heaven and earth, through which we receive true salvation.  These works are found in the first six churches in the book of Revelation. The message of the seventh church is for those that have skipped over these six days of works.  What they think they are in their mind is not what they are in their heart, says Jesus.  They are lukewarm, not on fire for God, which they would demonstrate by doing these spiritual works. They have been taught to think that Jesus did the works for them by dying on the cross. They have been taught to think that they have received salvation by believing in Jesus, which is only the beginning of faith.  To reach the end of faith will require them to do the works, which Jesus instructs them to do through the message of the seventh church, saying, “I council thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyeslave, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”  Revelation 3:18,19.  The word repent means to think differently.  Changing the way they have been taught to think about salvation is the beginning of the spiritual works through which they will receive true salvation… “Receiving the end of your faitheven the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:9.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2000

THE GODHEAD

 

Father Son Holy SpiritThe Principles of Creation. The Foundation of Spiritual Truth.

Principle: a basic truth, which applies to both the physical and the spiritual.

Foundation: the basis on which a thing stands, is founded, or is supported.

“In the beginning God created heaven and earth.” Genesis 1:1. To create is to have the idea or concept of something.  Nothing has been made yet. And the earth was without form… ”  To bring heaven and earth into existence would take two things. Spirit and word: And the Spirit of God moved… “And God said…” Genesis 1:2,3.  The Spirit of God is the Energy of God.  The word of God is the seed of God.  “And the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. Luke 8:11. The two divine attributes of the Creator and Creation are symbolized in scripture by the “two witnesses,” and the “two olive trees” or “two olive branches,” which Moses and Aaron, Joshua and Caleb, Elijah and Elisha, and John and Jesus, personified. 

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:26,27.  We were physically made after this likeness when our father, sowed his seed, by his energy (male) into our mother (female), as God, sowed His word, by His Spirit (male) into mother earth (female).  We are spiritually made in the image of God when the holy spirit sows the seed or word of truth into our heart.  We see the image of God in the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, representing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  ELOHIM, the Hebrew name for God, also reveals God’s image:  EL = God the Father. OH = the Son. IM = the Holy Spirit; the I AM, revealing the Godhead. Some Christians claim there are three persons in the Godhead, others say there is one, proclaiming Jesus is God.  They are both wrong. The truth is, the three are of one, as God, spoke His word, through His Spirit.  And as man, sows his seed, through his energy.   

“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with the God, and a god was the word.”  John 1:1 (Original Greek translation)
“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the Word was God.”  John 1:1 (King James translation)

“A god was the word” has been changed to “the Word was God,” an error in translation that has Christians calling Jesus God, through which they are unwittingly denying the Son. “The same was in the beginning with God.” John 1:2.  Jesus was with God in the beginning, being the seed through which the physical creation was made.  “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.  John 1:3.  All things are made by a seed. When seed is sowed in the earth, as truth is sowed in the heart, it does not produce its fruit instantaneously. “Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once?” The words of the Prophet Isaiah, which admonish the teachings that we are saved or born again the moment we accept Jesus into our heart.  This is not the sowing of God’s seed or word into that spiritual earth called the heart.  “Is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods. If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came… [why] say ye of him, Thou blasphemest because I said, I am the Son of God.?  If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not… thou you believe not me, believe the works…”  John 10:34-38.  Here, Jesus is teaching us that the works are synonymous with the son. The way we bring fruit unto God, becoming a god or son, is through works. Christians who follow the teachings of Paul are unwittingly rejecting the Son by omitting the spiritual works, which the Son finished, and instructed us to finish, saying, believe the worksthe word believe meaning to obey or put action to.  These are the works of a spiritual creation, which as gods, being made in the image of the God, we have the power to bring into existence. 

The word of God is the seed of God.  Having the seed of God makes one a god, not God.  In like manner, if the seed of man is conceived in the womb of the woman, that seed becomes a son or daughter, not the father that sowed it.  Jesus is not God.  Blasphemy is to make oneself equal with God, or God’s power, which Jesus never did.  Jesus never said he was God.  There are two verses used to proclaim that Jesus is God. The first a mistranslation. The second, “I and my Father are one,” John 10:30, a misunderstanding.  Jesus was not saying he was God.  He was saying he and his Father are one with respect to the works of creation, as God’s physical creation is the pattern or instruction for the spiritual creation formed in us through spiritual works. 

“ No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”  John 1:18.  But Jesus was seen, being the seed or word of God made flesh.  Jesus said he proceeded and came from God.  The seed proceeded from the the Father, sown into the womb of Mary.  “…neither came I of myself, but he sent me” John 8:42.  The seed does not sow itself.  Energy or Spirit is needed to sow the seed, whether it be in the earth, or in the heart.  There are two fathers, two seeds, two energies, and two creations.  The good seed, sowed through holy spirit, is attributed to christ. The evil seed, sowed through unholy spirit, is attributed to antichrist.  “… He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” 1 John 2:22.  One denies the Father and the Son literally by saying Jesus is God.  One denies the Father and the Son spiritually by omitting the spiritual works that are synonymous with the Son.  Christ is not Jesus’ surname. It’s the spiritual power through which we perform these spiritual or internal works.  If you have not been doing the works because you have been taught that Jesus finished them for you, you are antichrist; against the spiritual power that is needed for your new spiritual creation to come into existence.  “ Ye are of your father the devil… When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”  John 8:44.  Each of us acts as a spiritual father, having sowed spiritual seed through spiritual energy into our spiritual mother.  We have all eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, sowing good and evil seed in that spiritual earth called the heart.  In the process of time, the evil seeds choked out the good seed, as we learn from Jesus’ parables.  The unholy creation that has been formed in us is called “the first heaven and earth,” which passes away upon the formation of our new holy creation through six (metaphorical) days of (spiritual) works.  “ And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and earth were passed away…”  Revelation 21:1.  

The Godhead reveals the principles of creation, the foundation upon which all spiritual truth is built.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2000