Friday, September 19, 2014

HEARING AND LIVING BY THE WORD OF GOD (01)

When most people hear the term “Word of God” their minds go to “the bible,” but in reality, if the bible represents the totality of God’s word, which translation will that be when all of them contradict each other? I mean if you’re used to reading the King James Version, it’s possible that when you read NIV, you’ll end up burning it, especially the one called “the Message Bible” translated by Eugene Peterson. These present day bible translations lead to different directions we must beware. Simon Peter says…

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories (2Peter2:1-3).

Destructive heresy has secretly sneaked into the modern bible versions; we should beware of the different translations of the bible, for instance, no English translation of the bible in this world is free from translation error.
I’m not suggesting for anyone to discontinue reading English translations of the bible, I believe in the prophets and apostles of God who were absolutely led and inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the Bible (The Original Manuscript)  We must be careful because some of these modern theological groups claim that they’re only upgrading English and grammar to make the bible “easy to read”, but after careful observation, you’ll discover that not only do they upgrade the old English, but also change words from its original meaning to suit their selfish philosophies. Don’t be deceived into believing that all bible versions are accurate. Christians are obligated to study the bible intensely, to study with one bible version is good, but that version should be compared to other translations. If possible, search for the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek bible, also including the so called Jewish Old and the New Testaments apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, Mishna, Talmud, and other Rabbinical literatures  in efforts to gain an accurate interpretation of the scripture with the help of the Holy Spirit.

It’s easily forgotten that the original Old Testament was written in Hebrew with a few chapters in Aramaic, and the New Testament as well was written in Hebrew, though it has been falsely claimed to be written and documented in Greek. Western scholars and translators most often translate the scriptures from the original language with a western mind-set, and some of the theologians who do the translation aren’t even spirit-filled born again Christians, just academicians! Most of what they translate from the original manuscript is based upon intellectual knowledge, which is why in most cases when reading particular bible verses the Spirit of God in you won’t accept the translation because the Holy Spirit knows that what has been translated isn’t accurate. For example, read and compare the following scriptures carefully to determine whether the translators’ translations are similar to the original manuscript, or whether they’re bringing similar messages from the original manuscript:

Luke 17:35-37 (King James Version): Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, wheresoever THE BODY is, thither will THE EAGLES be gathered together.

Luke 17:35-37 (New International Version): Two women will be grinding GRAIN together; one will be taken and the other left." "Where, Lord?" they asked. He replied, "Where there is A DEAD BODY, there THE VULTURES will gather."

Luke 17:34-37 (The Message): On that Day, two men will be in the same boat-fishingone taken, the other left. Two women will be working in the same kitchen—one taken, the other left." Trying to take all this in, the disciples said, "Master, where?" He told them, "Watch for the circling of THE VULTURES. They'll spot the corpse first. The action will begin around MY DEAD BODY."

Luke17:35-37(Worldwide English New Testament): Two women will be making flour together. One woman will be taken away and the other woman will be left. Two men will be in a field. One man will be taken away and the other man will be left.' They asked him, `Where will this be, Lord?' He said, `THE BIG BIRDS THAT EAT MEAT will go to the place where the DEAD BODY is.'

Luke 17:35-37 (Contemporary English Version): Two women will be together grinding wheat, but only one will be taken. The other will be left. Then Jesus' disciples spoke up, "But where will this happen, Lord?" Jesus said, "Where there is A CORPSE, there will always be BUZZARDS

Now, after reading and comparing the above translations, there’s no way to convince one to believe that they’re similar. To begin with, The NIV omitted verse 36 which states that: “Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left”

Again, the NIV translators translated “a dead body” and “vultures” in “verse 37” instead of “a body” and the Eagles”.

No one knows where the Message bible translator (Eugene H. Peterson) translated the following from: Two men will be in the same boat fishing and two women will be working in the same kitchen. I can assure you that the original Greek manuscript doesn’t mention anything similar to that, again; instead of translating a body in verse 37, the Message Bible translated “my dead body,” but we all know that Christ has no dead body, His resurrected body is immortal which can’t die, and His body on earth (the Church) can never die. The Worldwide English New Testament translated the big birds that eat meat and a dead body in verse 37 instead of a body and the eagles, as if there’s only one type of big bird that eats meat. The Contemporary English Version used a corpse and buzzards; now, buzzards include the North American turkey vulture. As we should know, animals and things used in the scriptures have a spiritual symbolism; let’s use the following as an example…

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him (matthew3:16).

The dove represents gentleness, peace, purity, accuracy, humility, meekness and so forth, Right? Think of it, if one should translate the above verse in this manner:

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like the Spirit of God descending like a parrot and lighting upon him…

Would that give the same spiritual meaning? Of course not! Why? Because a parrot represents one who’s talkative and is a backbiter. I don’t think that a Christian who has a spiritual insight would accept that the above translations are in agreement in Luke 17:35-37. The translators are all saying different things; prophetically, there’s an immense difference between a dead body, my dead body, and a body, and between the eagles and the vultures. A dead body and the vultures spiritually symbolize different things from a body and the eagles. For example, “EAGLES” stands for prophetic saints, those who can see clearly with the inner eyes of the heart; it takes a revelatory “prophetic” Spirit to discern the Body of Christ, because the true Body is mystical and different from Christian religious church groups (Roman Catholic, Protestant, Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal etc).

(Oh, the living Body is in Mount Zion and that’s where the eagles are gathering; they’re ascending unto Zion by the vision and inner power of the Almighty!)  

To say that a vulture and eagle spiritually have similar representation is like attempting to convince one to believe that darkness and light spiritually have similar symbolizations. Satan isn’t ignorant; he knows to attack the revelation behind the written word of God. It’s the rhema, or revelation that gives life, and that’s what the enemy is after. It’s imperative for theologians and translators to leave the words the way they were written in the original manuscript. If it’s written “field” or “farm” in the original manuscript, no one should change it to “kitchen” or “office”. If it’s written “lion” let it not be translated to “tiger” or “leopard” because changing it kills the spiritual meaning of the written word of God, and that’s the uppermost level of a spiritual attack of the antichrist against the children of God! More differences can be realized with more research. We must bear it in mind that the bible didn’t come to us in its present package; it has passed through many hands, therefore we’re to study it thoroughly and ask God for a better understanding. Theologians are trying to confuse and destroy the faith of many innocent truth seekers using bible translations. Christians must study the scriptures with extra care!

THE WORD OF GOD IS FAR BEYOND LETTERS

It’s important to understand that the word of the Lord isn’t limited to different bible versions, and it’s not systematic theology or human ideology. We have to understand that the expression “The word of God or Word of the Lord” is far beyond a book. The word of the Lord is translated from the Hebrew word Ha davar (dabbar) which represents the un-explainable personality of the immortal and invisible self existing God "YHVH," the creator of the whole universe who manifested Himself on earth through Jesus Christ…

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John1:1)

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John1:14)

He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God (Revelation19:13).

Now, since the Word of God represents the living God (YHVH) Himself that means that the word of God is so deep that no one can fathom all of His mysteries. Regardless of what we believe to have learned about the word of God, we must look beyond that and continue to grow in the knowledge of Him. Christ is so abundant that no one has known Him or has taught everything about Him. As we pursue purity and maturity we must remain flexible and be conscious of receiving daily revelations of Christ, with a clear understanding that God (YHVH) is beyond what we are able to see, feel, or touch. He is beyond our wildest imaginations or faintest dream. His greatness cannot be contained in a boxed mindset, belief, or anything in existence with boundaries. Let us avoid having a Sadducees and Pharisees mind-set. Both of these sects in their time knew the mysteries of God in part but assumed that they knew it all. It was very difficult for the Sadducees and the Pharisees to receive the present truth (a higher revelation of God) that came through Jesus Christ because of their “I know it all attitude”. It’s crucial that every Christian remain open to the truth because none of us have learned all that is needed to know about God. Whenever believers in God fail to realize that God’s revelation is progressive and acknowledge that they only know God in part, they will become antagonistic to the present truth of God. Let’s always be mindful that we are all still babies in Christ; no Christian has attained total maturity and perfection in Christ, so we all need to learn every day regardless of your religious degrees and titles.

HEARING THE WORD OF GOD

There's no doubt that God can speak to us through people; however, hearing God’s word is more than going to church every Sunday to hear textual or biblical sermons. We must remember the “Word” is the divine personality of Christ our savior who can appear and speak to us in person, dreams, visions, inward illumination, divine impression, inward and audible voices, sacred texts, and also through situations and circumstances. It is easy to read the bible and recite what is written in it, but it takes devotion and sacrifice to hear and remain in tune with the Living word of God (Christ), for instance, John the Baptist separated himself from all Jewish religious sects in the city of Jerusalem and moved into the desert where he spent the rest of his life alone fasting and praying for the sake of receiving and living by the inspiration of God’s Word (Luke1:80). To be in tune with the word of the Lord we must do more than church going and ordinary reading of the bible, we need true separation, effective prayers, fasting, studying of sacred text and active meditation. It is very good and important to pray with other believers, but for our individual growth, it‘s more important to spend time alone with the Spirit of God; we must make it a habit to separate ourselves at least once in a while from everyone and every activity to spend time alone with God in a secret quiet clean environment in order to hear the voice of the shepherd within our heart. It makes me sad when I hear Christians say that their faith is based on “the bible” or they are a “bible believing church” as if it is the totality of God; as if all of His revelations, mysteries and acts are just locked up in a book called the holy bible, but this is what John says…..
And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. (John21:25)
                             
And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.(John20:30-31)

Jesus didn’t select different books, bind them together and named it "holy bible," rather, He promised to send us the comforter

I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (John16:12-13)

The Holy Spirit is a personality; He speaks, and guides us into ALL TRUTH, which means that one who can’t read and write can still live a pure spiritual and holy lifestyle of Christ by just praying, meditating, listening to and following the inspiration of the Holy Spirit daily. Living a spiritual life is beyond carrying bibles around and quoting bible verses; we need to do more than cram and quote bible verses; it’s still possible in our time to say “thus saith the Lord”! It’s not just a matter of saying “my bible tells me”! What’s God telling you now? He spoke to Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Moses, Peter, Paul and many others, what about you? Think of it, what if rain, an earthquake or tornado is going to strike your community or village tomorrow and it’s not written in the bible, how will you warn your loved ones? You see! If you’re not hearing directly from God you can suffer calamities together with the ungodly which isn’t God’s will for you, because He the Sovereign LORD has promised that He’ll do nothing without first revealing His plans to his servants the prophets (Amos3:7). It’s more profitable to be in tune with Holy Spirit than memorizing and quoting bible verses! Despite how precise you are in quoting bible verses, without a personal encounter with God, your quotations mean nothing, because what God said specifically to Joshua, Peter, Paul, and others has already worked for them; so it doesn’t matter how much you “confess and claim” those scriptures nothing will happen, except you receive a rhema or revelation word from the Spirit. It’s good to read the bible, but we must understand that God is still speaking and working miracles today! Seven times in the book of Revelation, it reads, “let him that have ears listen to what the spirit of God is saying to the church” (Rev 2:7). We must pay the price and listen and hear what the spirit of God is saying today, and stop reciting bible dogmas and creeds.

MINISTRATION OF THE WORD OF GOD

Preaching of today is no longer influencing lives (in a positive way) as in the days of the early apostles due to dependency on static man-made bible doctrines instead of listening to the Living Christ. Since the beginning of the mortal age, God inspires His messengers to speak on His behalf. God gives a divine message to His messengers and sends them forth to proclaim it to the nations. Prophet Haggai revealed himself as the messenger of the Lord in the Lord’s message…

Then spake Haggai the LORD's messenger in the LORD's message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD (Haggai1:13).

In searching the scriptures from the Old Testament especially the writings of the prophets, you will always come across statements such as, “the word of the Lord came to me saying” see the following scriptures:

Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me (Jonah 1:1-2).

Let’s remember that the word of the Lord is Christ, so we can agree that in the Old Testament it was Jesus Christ who always revealed Himself to the prophets and inspired them to speak His mind to the people (1Peter1:11). There was no religious seminary where people were taught how to prepare sermons from the book; it has always been Yeshua (The Word) seeking for the right messengers, for example; John the Baptist was in the wilderness when “the word of the Lord” bypassed the Jewish synagogues (which today represents denominational churches) and came to him. The Sadducees, Pharisees, Scribes, and the high priest (like our pastors and bishops today) were there in the temple searching for God’s message in the scroll while the Living Word came to John in the wilderness and inspired him to preach about the kingdom of God, which the Pastors, Bishops, and Arch Bishop of his days knew nothing about…

While Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.  And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins (Luke3:1-3).

John was preaching to the experts of the law telling them to turn away from building religious institution to establish in God’s present reality. The religious leaders in the days of John the Baptist had knowledge of the scriptures, but lacked the accurate revelation of God. They believed that Moses and the prophets had spoken everything concerning God; they did not realize that God was still speaking to His children. We must return to the ancient landmark that the early apostles and prophets of God followed. God has never told us to preach the bible; and the gospel of Jesus Christ at no time will be replaced by the philosophies of men. The only message needed in our generation is the revelation of Jesus Christ, (Revelation1:1-2) which must be revealed to us directly from God, not from man. The comprehensive system of man’s ideas or intellectual knowledge cannot change a sinner; only the prophetic revelation of God can…

And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved (Hosea 12:13).

The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it (Psalm68:11).


Divine revelation of God is necessary to deliver one from the kingdom of darkness and establish that person in the everlasting righteousness of God….  (to be continued )

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