THE BIBLE.

The Bible.

There are many who believe the Bible to contain a code, but a code so incredibly complex, that according to Michael Drosnin, author of the best-seller, The Bible Code;

Every scientist, every mathematician and physicist who understands the code, agrees that not even the fastest super-computers we have today-not all the Crays in the war room of the Pentagon, or all of the main-frames at IBM, not all of the computers now in the world working together-could have encoded the Bible in the way it was done 3000 years ago.

The author explains why the only possible explanation for how a code of such complexity could ever have . been encrypted into the Bible in the first place, is if it were accomplished instantaneously. In other words, although he didn’t quite get round to saying it, none apart from God himself could have put it there.

Personally, I have no idea if such a code even exists, but let’s just say that if it does, I for one, wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised. On every level, the Bible is a Supernatural book, and the Supernatural Author is full of surprises.

To be more precise, the Bible, or word of God, is of extra-terrestrial origin and outlines human history from its concept to its final end. But it also records how the world of mankind has been corrupted by, and is constantly influenced by an hostile extra-terrestrial presence.

However, and regardless of whether or not it contains a code, the Bible was given for the benefit of man, and given in a format by which man is both able to read and to understand.

The Bible explains why things are in the sorry state that they are, why there is death, and why each of us must eventually face it.

But it also gives reason as to why we are here in the first place, and gives direction for each to discover the Way, the Truth, and the Life, by which to return home to the Father.

For it’s an unfolding revelation of the one who is love, the most glorious,and the most powerful person ever imaginable, and yet one who is way beyond the boundary of the imagination. He is unsearchable, yet can be sought after and found. No man can see Him and live, yet men have seen him and lived. No man can see his face, yet we will see him face to face. He is the Word who was with God in the beginning, and who was God. He is the Creator of life, and the destroyer of worlds.

He emptied himself of his glory in a way we cannot comprehend, to become flesh, and to dwell amongst men. As a man, he was unlike all other men, for he was born of a virgin, and remained without sin. As a sinless man, but one acquainted with grief, he permitted himself to be led like a lamb to the slaughter, and all for the sake of other men’s sin.

He defeated Death and the Devil before rising from the dead, and returned to the glory from whence he came. He is the Word of God, and whilst impossible for us to understand “the mechanics,” the Word as the Person, can NOT be separated from the Word as it is written.

God is so jealous for his truth, that he has magnified his WORD above all his name, and his word is TRUTH.

Psalms 138:2. I will….. praise thy name for thy…. truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

Am I suggesting then, that He is words written in ink on paper? Not at all. But those words on paper are the Truth, and when the Word became flesh, and dwelt amongst men, one of the many claims that he made, was, “I am the Truth.”

There are countless things which are true, both within the Scripture and without, but there can be no such thing as a penultimate truth, and there can only be the one ultimate TRUTH.

If you love the the truth of the Word found in the Scriptures, then you love the Lord Jesus Christ. It is as simple and yet as profound as that, for they are completely inseparable.

So, why should God give mankind a book which is an unfolding revelation of this all-wondrous, all-powerful Person?

It’s all too easy for us in the 21st Century, with the complete word of God in a single volume, and the countless Bible commentaries, reference works, and study guides which are available, to sit back and castigate, the by far larger majority of the Jewish people for not recognizing their Messiah when he came unto his own.

It’s highly unlikely that the average person in Jesus day, owned the complete set of Scriptures, and at best probably had no more than an armful of carefully hand-copied scrolls.

Much of the truth contained within the Word of God, as it was given to Moses, and the prophets who were to come after him, was a concealed truth, a truth which could only be understood and realised by way of revelation. It would would remain concealed right up until the time of John the Baptist, for his ministry of repentance and water baptism, brought about the closure of the OT age.

Mysteries revealed.

The word ”mystery” is strictly a New Testament term, because whilst the secrets of God are concealed within the OT, the truth concerning them is only revealed in his Son. Therefore, without the revelation contained within the NT, the greatest Hebrew scholar in the world is unable to grasp a true understanding of much of the Old Testament..

During the few short years of the ministry of Jesus Christ, the age of the Law and the Prophets would be completed, and over for good, for all the righteousness of God was fulfilled in Him.

Out of all the billions of men and women who have ever walked upon the face of the earth since Adam, one Man, and one man alone, has been able to keep the commandments of God, and keep them to the perfect standard required by God.

Not only was God perfectly satisfied, because one man had finally kept them, and kept them in full, he was now completely justified for having issued the 10 commandments to man in the first place. Yet at this point in time, none realised that through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, God’s plan of redemption was unfolding, and to such an extent it would embrace all the nations of the world.

Jesus once informed his audience, that unless they came to realise just who it was that the law and the prophets pointed to and testified of, they could search the OT scriptures as much as they liked, but would not find eternal life by doing so.

John 5:39-40. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

This baffled the crowd however, particularly the spiritual leaders of Israel, and yet they understood perfectly well that by claiming to be the Son of God, Jesus had made himself equal with God. Although they were spot-on with their understanding, without divine revelation, the concept of ”God in the flesh” remained a complete mystery to them, and therefore were unable to take it to heart and . accept it as truth.

Hence, they had no alternative but to accuse Jesus of blasphemy, which according to the Law of Moses, was a sin punishable by death.

John 5:18. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he…… said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

On another occasion, a group of Sadducees, one of the three main political and religious movements, (and one who actually didn’t believe the doctrine of resurrection), attempted to catch Jesus out by posing what they considered to be a trick question concerning marriage in the afterlife.

In reply, Jesus effectively told them they were in error, and knew neither the scriptures nor the power of God, for if they did, they should know that those resurrected would be like the angels of God, and hence no marriage would take place in the resurrection.

Matthew 22:29-30. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

Therefore, according to Jesus, it should be possible to gain such insight by reasoning from the Old Testament, but I would challenge anybody to find it.

He then went on to quote from Exodus 3:6, and in so doing, revealed a truth concerning death and eternal life. Although the individual death of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, is each recorded, the three persons are still very much alive and well, and God is still their God.

Matthew 22:31-32. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?God is NOT the God of the dead, BUT of the living.

Without this and other revelation of truth given in the New Testament, would we be able to discern these things purely from reading the Old? I know I wouldn’t.

The Divinity of Jesus Christ, his purpose and mission, and the fact that it was he who created all things, both the visible and the invisible, is an unfolding revelation throughout the NT. He didn’t gradually evolve to become Lord and saviour during his time here on earth, but was already the Lord and a saviour from the day he entered this world.

Luke 2:11. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Whilst alluded to time and again, the term ”kingdom of heaven” and ”. kingdom of God” cannot be found anywhere in the OT, for these were also a mystery which God had kept secret from the beginning of the world.

1 Corinthians 2:7. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Even now, Jesus spoke of the ”kingdom” by way of parables, and which his disciples could only understand once he’d explained their true meaning. Others heard the parable, but remained clueless as to theit true spiritual meaning.

Mark 4:11. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

The Incarnation.

That the Word who was God would become .God in the flesh, was also a mystery kept secret since the beginning of the world.

According to the apostle Paul, even though he . was in the form of God, and equal with God, Jesus didn’t consider it to be a theft, but instead made himself of no reputation, became a man, and took on the role of a servant. Philippians,2:6-7. KJB(paraphrased).

Other versions read that; ”he emptied himself,” which perhaps gives more clarity to the passage. Although he was God, he ”emptied himself” before leaving heaven, to be born on earth as a man.

It is my personal understanding that just as you and I enter this world with no former memory, neither did Jesus have any recollection of his former glory, nor of his incarnation. But the truth of who he actually was, and how his arrival would be by way of a virgin, had already been recorded over the preceding centuries by Moses and the prophets.

With over 400 prophecies in the Old Testament which point to the coming Messiah and to His life and death, the truth as to who exactly Jesus was, and his purpose for being born into the world, had long since been recorded.

Little is written concerning his childhood years, although certainly by the age of twelve, Jesus knew exactly who his true Father was, and was already astounding his peers with his understanding of the Scriptures.

From Luke 2:42-49..And when he was twelve years old,….. the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. And….. after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

His mother and Joseph must have been frantic with worry the three days Jesus had been missing, but when questioned by his mother, Jesus replied; How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

The account goes on to say, that although neither Joseph or Mary understood the meaning of his words, his mother kept them within her heart.

Luke 2:50-51. And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

As highly favoured and blessed as she was amongst women, even the Lord’s own mother at that time was spiritually blind to the deeper aspect of truth.

Spiritual blindness.

Paul the apostle would later explain how due to a spiritual heart condition, (common to all mankind), a form of ”blindness” affected the minds of the Jewish people. This condition couldn’t be dealt with purely by reading the Old Testament, and could only be resolved when the ”inner man,” or the very heart of a person, would fully accept that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

From 2 Corinthians 3:14. But their minds were blinded: for …. even unto this day, when Moses[ is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

There is something dormant within man, which Paul describes as . ”another law,” that not only enables Satan to keep man blind to God’s truth, but also makes it extremely hard for a man to resist temptation.

Romans 7:23. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

The world into which we’ve been born, is a spiritual war-zone, in which the souls of men are at stake, and time and again, the battle is fought over the human mind. It’s not easy to understand just how ”spiritual blindness” operates, for it’s as though a supernatural power prevents the natural intellect from being able to perceive spiritual truth.

Neither is it easy to understand why the Lord God Almighty should allow the god of this world, Satan, to hold unbelievers in a type of spiritual bondage, and keep them ”blind” to the truth of the gospel.

2 Corinthians 4:4. In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

On the other hand, whilst faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross, and his resurrection from the dead, unites all individual believers, Satan is still able to blind each one of us to certain other aspects of Biblical truth.

Revelation.

At times over the course of his ministry, Jesus said or done something, and the veil was lifted, to bring forth the flash of divine revelation to the people, yet ”the lifting” remained only partial. A week prior to his death and resurrection, on the day which we refer to as ”Palm Sunday,” Jesus fulfilled Zechariah’s prophecy by entering into Jerusalem astride a donkey. Although completely unaware of the events still to come, the realization came upon the crowd that this was the promised Messiah.

Mark 11:9. And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

But perhaps the clearest example of Divine revelation can be seen when Peter was asked who he truly believed his master to be. Once he’d replied, Jesus explained to his disciple that whilst he’d been able to give the correct answer, it was only because the answer had been revealed to him..

Matthew 16:16-17. And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

But Jesus knew precisely who his true Father was, and how he was working on his Father’s behalf, and although he endured temptation to a degree we can’t imagine, he refused to give an inch. For he was pure and without sin, and there was not ”another law” within him that Satan could utilize.

John 14:30. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

I believe Jesus, as a man, became aware of who he really was, and who his true Father was by way of revelation from reading the Scriptures. He also understood the mission for which he had come into the world to accomplish, and the pain and the suffering which was set out before him. After his resurrection he made this quite clear to his disciples.

Luke 24:27. And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Luke 24:44. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

With the completion of the four gospels, and particularly the special revelation given to Paul and John, of the mystery of previous undisclosed truths, within the space of seventy or so years after his resurrection, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the written Word of God for mankind, was fully and finally established.

Romans 16:25. Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

We possibly at times, take for granted, and underestimate the privilege we’ve been given, for to this day, the finest Hebrew scholar in the world, cannot fully understand the truth concealed within the Old Testament, without the revelation given in the New Testament.

The King of Kings.

Jesus once spoke a parable concerning man’s attitude toward him, and how he would deal with it when he returned as the King of kings. He likened himself to a nobleman who would travel to a far country to receive a kingdom, and to return. During his absence his servants were to take care of his affairs, and at his return would be rewarded, or not, depending upon their faithfulness. With many of the citizens however, it was a different story altogether.

Luke 19:14. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

Luke 19:27. But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

At his return, he will come as the Word of God in all his glory, not with the name Jesus, but with a name unknown to man.

Revelation 19:12-13. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

Revelation 19:3. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Revelation 19:16.And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Because he knows full well it’s impossible for any other man to keep THE 10 commandments, God has made it easy. He now has ONE commandment for all; believe in my Son and REPENT.

  Acts 17:30   And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

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