LINEAGES OF MATTHEW & LUKE

OpenBible2The two lineages are the same for the 14 generations from Abraham to David. Then, the Matthew lineage takes us through the kings of Judah, while the Luke lineage goes through another line. But there were never to be kings in the first place. Israel rejected God as ruler over them when they rejected God’s mouthpiece, Samuel, meaning heard of God, demanding a king like the other nations, so God gave them Saul, the first king of Israel. God would later rend the kingdom from Saul and give it to David.  It is after David that the lineages diverge.  The Matthew lineage goes from David to Solomon, and the Luke lineage from David to Nathan, both sons by Bathsheba.

The reign of David is the type-and-shadow of the Messianic reign. The reign of Solomon is the reign of religious Christianity that followed the Messianic reign. Solomon had many strange women, representing the many strange (flesh or carnal minded) doctrines of religious Christianity. The majority of the kings of Judah do evil, with a good king periodically entering in to try to turn things around, but to no avail.

“Judah’s last prophet, told Zedekiah, Judah’s last king, that the people of Judah were to submit to the king of Babylon and serve him seventy years, after which time they would return to the holy city Jerusalem… But Zedekiah would not heed Jeremiah’s advice. He refused to submit to the king of Babylon, which would have saved his life, the life of his people, and Jerusalem. Zedekiah’s eyes were put out, and he was carried into Babylon where he died in prison.  In refusing to admit to our confusion we are left blinded to the truth, bound by our prison of lies, iniquity, or sin, the wages of which is death; death with regard to the full potential of our soul.  We are going into Babylon, whether we go willingly or forced by the circumstances of our reality.”   —THE BIBLE DECODED

It is after they are carried into Babylon that the two lineages come back together for two generations. The first son born after entering Babylon is Salathiel, meaning I have asked God.  This is where we return to a direct communication with God, which takes place when we humble ourselves by admitting we are confused. His son is Zorobabel, meaning, descended of (i.e. from) Babylon.  Then the lineages diverge again until they both return to Joseph.

What has led Jews into Babylon, and what has led Christians into Babylon, are different, so the path or generations back to Joseph will differ.  Both lineages go through Judah; through Pharez, meaning, breach, and therein lies the problem.

“For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph’s.” 1 Chronicles 5:1

Judah prevailed above Israel as seen in her first king, Rehoboam, which means “a people has enlarged,”  But the birthright was Joseph’s. Both camps, Jews and Christians (the Judah of today) have forfeited their spiritual birthright by skipping over the spiritual works, which has caused this breach or gap. To receive the birthright, they will both have to return to Joseph, as both lineages do. Judas is Greek for Judah, who bought a field with the reward of iniquity.  What is counted as iniquity for the Jews is revealed through the prophet Isaiah (1:13,14).  What is counted as iniquity for the Christians is the doctrine of Paul, the Saul of the New Testament. The 12 generations from Salathiel to Christ represents the spiritual judgment that brings us to the spiritual christ, through which we become true worshippers, worshipping God in spirit and in truth

“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”  John 4:23

The generations should have gone through Jacob’s son, Joseph, not through Judah, which is why both generations go back to Joseph, the father of Jesus through the power of adoption.  All that came in-between; from Judah, the son of Jacob to Jesus, the son of Joseph, shows us our disobedience, and God’s mercy, who gave us David, a man after God’s own heart, who came to turn the heart of the people back to God.  But we are a stubborn and stiff-necked people, which was said of the children of Israel, chosen to represent us the people.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2003

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, who was 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.  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 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 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 preservation.

“And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.”  Genesis 32:30 

It is our spiritual life that is preserved, through which we enter an invisible wall of protection, the measure of which is 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,” symbolizing a new mind and a new heart, 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 christ (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

2012 DECODED

iuO6Y15085“The Hopi and Mayan elders do not prophesy that everything will come to an end. Rather, this is a time of transition from one World Age into another. The message they give concerns our making a choice of how we enter the future ahead. Our moving through with either resistance or acceptance will determine whether the transition will happen with cataclysmic changes or gradual peace and tranquility. The same theme can be found reflected in the prophecies of many other Native American visionaries from Black Elk to Sun Bear…”

In the year 2000, the world made its transition from one biblical era to another.  From the carnal “era of Isaac” to the spiritual “era of Jacob”; a transition that was illustrated two thousand years ago when John the Baptist decreased and Jesus the Christ increased.  It was to be man’s transition from repentance to perfection through the spiritual works that Jesus spoke of and demonstrated for us while he was on this earth.  But mankind has not been performing these spiritual works for the past two thousand, making little spiritual advancement due to the carnal-minded doctrines of religion, which fail to teach these deeper works.  If man accepts this transition by doing the spiritual works, there will be peace and tranquility.  But if he resists, there will be more wars and destruction, causing much anxiety. 

“The Mayans prophesied that from 1999 we have 13 years to realize the changes in our conscious attitude to stray from the path of self-destruction and instead move onto a path that opens our consciousness to integrate us with all that exists.”  – Joseph Robert Jochmans

The biblical time of transition took place in the year 2000, giving us 12 years to actualize positive change through a spiritual judgment that takes place in the heart, the number 12 representing judgment.  At the end of these twelve years, a physical judgment will begin to take place in the earth. 

“And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea…  

This is the travailing of mother earth, revealing the spiritual travailing that should already be taking place in our spiritual mother— in our heart.  The time of trouble mentioned in the 12th chapter of Daniel, meaning judge of God, is to bring on the spiritual birth in those that have yet to begin this transition.  

Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.  And I heard the number of them that were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.”  Revelation 7:2-4  

144,000.  The number of days in a Baktun cycle.  But more importantly, it is a spiritual measure reached through the spiritual judgment Jesus spoke of. 

“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  

Each tribe has a positive and negative aspect.  We are to judge (overcome) the negative aspects.  The number 12 represents judgment. Judging the 12 tribes formulates to 12 x 12, which equals 144. 

“And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits”  Rev. 21:17

Those that complete this spiritual judgment enter a spiritual wall of protection. These have become pure in heart through a spiritual sacrifice, entering what is referred to as the 1,000 year reign of Christ: 144 + 1,000 = 144,000.

What do man’s carnal sacrifices have in common?
The sacrificing of the pure and of the innocent.

In the “era of Abraham” (4000 years ago) Abraham was instructed to sacrifice his innocent son.  Five hundred years later, the Hebrews would be instructed to sacrifice a lamb without spot or blemish, illustrating what would take place in the “era of Isaac” (2000 years ago), when a human lamb, one without spot or blemish (without sin) was sacrificed. Why would God first instruct Abraham to sacrifice his innocent son?  To show us, through the ancient language of biblical symbolism, the spiritual act that has taken place in our heart; the son symbolizing the word of God, which is truth, revealing the sacrificing of a spiritual innocence or purity, which according to scripture begins to take place just past the age of four.  In the end, it was not Abraham’s innocent son that was sacrificed, but the ram, symbolizing idolatry, the worshipping of images, which we continue to do as long as we give reverence to the false religious and personal images or beliefs of our heart. The Mayans misinterpreted the ancient spiritual knowledge given them in the way of symbols.  It was not the literal heart that was to be sacrificed, but the spiritual impurities of the heart. 

“When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.”  Proverbs 26:25.  “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:” Matthew 15:19

I can only hope that over the next 5 years many of us will become still, quieting our mind, entering that spiritual temple called the heart, discovering and sacrificing the false religious and personal beliefs, whose negative and destructive energy is bringing death.  Let us be diligent, setting aside beliefs and disciplines that serve only to bring us an illusion of peace.  Setting aside the things that distract us from the spiritual works that must be performed in order to spiritually prepare us for the dismal prophecies predicted for our future due to our fallen spiritual state.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2007

EAST & WEST

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The Holy Bible contains all the spiritual knowledge we need for the salvation or healing of our soul, combining ancient practices of the east with the ancient instruction found in the Sacred Text of the west.

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD…”  Exodus 14:13

The word still means quiet self, be silent, keep (put to) silence.

“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.”  Revelation 8:1

Silence in heaven is the key to opening the seventh seal.  Heaven symbolizes the mind. The seventh seal is the seventh chakra.

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”  Revelation 1:7

If this were about the physical eyes, it would be plural, not singular. This is about “the third eye,” the spiritual eye, through which we gain insight pertaining to the things we cannot see. The verse is clearly about Jesus, symbolizing truth, which “cometh with clouds;” coming with or through the thoughts of that spiritual heaven called the mind. Truth comes to us through our mind by way of the Spirit.  East and west, Spirit and word.  The Spirit is the power that delivers the word of truth, first to our mind, and then to our heart if we don’t resist it.

“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:27

The “lightning” and the “Son of man” share the same symbolic meaning, which is “truth.”  Jesus was called the Son of man, the son symbolizing the seed or word of truth through which man is spiritually healed.

The East is associated with the Spirit and the Mind. The Spirit works through mind-body disciplines or practices such as yoga to bring calmness to the mind, and wellness to the body. During the practice, one is encouraged to “trust the breath,” the breath symbolizing the spirit. When the children of Israel journeyed through the wilderness, they were to trust Moses, symbolizing the Spirit of God.  But they resisted, forfeiting what comes with the holy spirit working through the mind, which is tranquility.  In stark contrast, is the anxiety that is possessing the minds of so many these days, the cause of panic attacks.  So many on anti-anxiety and anti-depression drugs. Clearly, man is resisting the holy spirit, whose deepest purpose is to bring us into the truth regarding the source of this anxiety and depression.

“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do aways resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye.” Acts 7:51

In the eastern practice of yoga, one is often led to put his hands to the third or inner eye, which is associated with higher consciousness or spiritual sight— the meaning behind the mythological Cyclops.  Another example of the spirit working at a mind-level is the eastern practice of Reiki, performed through a technique similar to the laying on of hands for the treatment of physical, emotional, and mental disease.

It’s when we combine the ancient practices of the east with the ancient instruction found in the Sacred Text of the west, that we activate the ultimate healing power called christ.  When meditation is done according to the ancient instruction of the Holy Bible, the 7th chakra is opened, through which the deepest level of the soul is healed.  The Spirit, activated or manipulated through ancient practices of the east, while evoking a response that can heal mind and body, cannot, by itself, heal the sub-conscious, which is the heart— the deepest and most important aspect of the soul.  To heal the heart requires us to follow the ancient instruction of the Sacred Text of the west.

“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 the act or process of re-forming.  As Spirit and word formed the physical heaven and earth, spirit and word are needed to form our new spiritual heaven and earth.  The word is the works of creation.  Those that are in the process of the regeneration are metaphorically sitting upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel, which are the works that brings their new creation into existence, “a new heaven and a new earth” symbolizing a new mind and a new heart.  Revelation 21:1

Judgment is symbolized in scripture by fire.

“I counsel 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 eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”  Revelation 3:18

Perhaps you have heard new age teachers talking about the “violet flame,” their understanding of which will be limited to the source through which they received it, through the Spirit, which makes it an incomplete truth.  To receive complete truth on these spiritual matters will require us to incorporate the Word.  The gold tried in the fire symbolizes the purity that comes through the judgment.  A “flame” is part of the fire.  The seven colors associated with the twelve tribes of Israel or twelve sons of Jacob are the seven colors of the rainbow.  And what do we find at the end of the rainbow; upon the conclusion of our spiritual judgment?  Gold. Purity.  The color “violet” is associated with Naphtali, a son by Rachel’s bondmaid, symbolizing bondage.  This is the point in the trans-formation process where we go from seeing the bondage of our mind to seeing the bondage of our heart.  This is where we make the transition from the kingdom of heaven, symbolizing the realm of the mind to the kingdom of God, symbolizing the realm of the Heart; the throne of that healing power called christ.

Krishna or Christ, east or west, the meaning is the same: the source of all existence.

It is time to incorporate the Word, which provides us with the ancient instruction through which we are made holy.  It is time to bring a deeper meaning to the many religious ceremonies and celebrations through the Word.  Let’s look at the eastern festival called Holi, also known as the “Festival of Love,” the “Festival of Colors,” or the “Festival of Spring.”  It celebrates the eternal and divine love of Krishna, and signifies the triumph of good over the evil.  The east is associated with the Spirit of God, which is Love.  The west is associated with the Word of God, the Holy Bible containing the the spiritual works through which we reach Love, which is why Jesus said, “believe the works,”  the word believe meaning “to obey or put action to.”   And why Jesus, the truth personified, said, “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me,”  which is to say, we cannot come to Love except through truth, which being the word of God, is the spiritual works or instruction through which we are made holy, triumphing over evil.

East and West.  Spirit and Word.  Love and Truth, through which we are healed on a soul-level.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2001