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1 Tape Six - part 1 on Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:01 pm

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The forum wouldn't let me put this all in one post, so I have to split it up.

Revelation 4
1Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me with the sound of a mighty trumpet blast. The voice said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after these things." 2And instantly I was in the Spirit,[1] and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it! 3The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones--jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled his throne like a rainbow. 4Twenty-four thrones surrounded him, and twenty-four elders sat on them. They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads. (Renewing of the mind) 5And from the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of the throne were seven lampstands with burning flames. They are the seven spirits of God. 6In front of the throne was a shiny sea of glass, sparkling like crystal. In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. 7The first of these living beings had the form of a lion; the second looked like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth had the form of an eagle with wings spread out as though in flight. 8Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty-- the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come." 9Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne, the one who lives forever and ever, 10the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one who lives forever and ever. And they lay their crowns before the throne and say, 11 "You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created

Poor Greek Translation
Of all of the New Testament books written in Greek, Revelation is the poorest Greek of them all. Reason being is because John, who was a Hebrew, didn’t have the ability to translate into Greek from his own Hebrew tongue. Unlike the Apostle Paul who was fluent in both, yet even then, even though the book was authored by Paul, often times he had others that did the writing for him, but not always. There are places in some of his letters where he makes it clear it’s being written by his own hand, that’s because there were other letters that he had others that took dictation from him as he received many of his revelations and such. This is why scholars claim that this book has the poorest Greek of the New Testament. This is not why it makes it difficult for us to understand however.

We’ve covered this before, but the reason why it’s hard for us to understand is because we try to read into it instead of reading out of it. We try to take our western culture and interpret a Hebrew picture. We also try to take a spiritual understanding and translate it through carnal mindsets. And thirdly, we try to take a message written for the people of the day back then, and make it fit with the changing times of our day. By utilizing those three avenues, it’s no wonder we’ve veered off the track.

Keep it in the context of that day
Instead of trying to take what is written and apply it to now, it’s absolutely necessary to first understand what it meant to them then. Once we have a clearer view of what the meaning was “then”, only then will we be able to accurately apply it’s truths for where we are now. Revelation has not been taught in this setting. As a result, the majority of the church has jumped on the band-wagon of teaching that a book intended to lift and bring great hope to a people in unimaginable persecution, is actually a book of warnings of destruction for those that are ungodly. Which brings another idea up.

Revelation Follows Pattern of Christ
It’s interesting that every book in the Bible points to Christ, the focus is on Christ, the symbolism is toward Christ, yet when we get to revelation, granted there is a chapter or two we’ll give a positive spin on, but the bulk of the book is about gloom and destruction of the earth that it’s inhabitants because of their failure to choose Christ. What an absolute turn-around from what the rest of the entire Bible has been so devoted on. That alone should be a warning that there’s something wrong with the interpretation. We need to continue to retrain our minds to stop “reading into” and start “reading out of” and let God be the one that reveals the secrets instead of our carnal mind.

Law of First Mention
Also keeping in mind that Revelation is a book full of symbols that all fit together to make one “revelation”. Not many different revelations, but one revelation of who Jesus is. This is important to understand because if we teach that it’s many revelations, then we’ll break it all up into pieces scattering the big picture off into a dozen different directions and miss the true revelation of who Christ is. The way to understand the meaning of the symbols is by finding where they originated in the rest of the Bible and let Scripture interpret itself. It’s there, it’s already happened, once we understand the original patterns from which this revelational house was built.

After this I looked, and, behold, a door [was] opened in heaven

When we think of a door, we think of a building with windows and walls. But if we keep this idea of a door in the context with who Christ is, we will be able to also understand that the door John was seeing wasn’t you’re ordinary door. Jesus says “he” is the door (John 10:7). In Matthew 28:2 the angels used the door as a place of rest . .what a great picture! The story there surrounds an empty tomb, but many of us read right past the door as a place of eternal rest because we're so caught up in the empty tomb. But just as the angels asked the disciples why are they seeking the living among the dead, the same applies to us as well. We need to stop focussing on the death contained in the law and turn our attention toward the door of life which will open unto us once we come in faith and simply knock.

Matthew 28
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. 5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

Religious Robbery
There is no other entrance into Christ, in fact, if you attempt to interpret Scripture by any other means, you are considered as a thief and a robber. Can you imagine that? John 1:1 The Word is Christ. The church that has been using carnal means to interpret the Revelation of Jesus Christ is actually the thief and robber? A wolf among the flock of sheep? John 10:1 says just that, if anyone enters into the flock by any other means other than Christ is a robber and a thief. For John to receive this revelation, he literally “had” to see the door because that is the entrance to the truth. Jesus is the door and he is opened to those that seek him to enter into his protective covering as well as his dimensional truth. Not a fence of religion, or a wall of tradition, not even through a hedge of the law, but only through the door of life.

Ruptured Rapture Theory
Another point to see here is there is no indication that this is a symbolic statement where God is calling up the church. There’s no reference here about a Rapture. In fact when John is “called up” into this vision, it’s a spiritual experience, not a physical one. John’s body doesn’t go anywhere, he’s still on Patmos where he’s been exiled to. But God is calling him to “come up here” in the spirit. Paul was “taken up” into the 3rd heaven, but he didn’t leave the earth either. When Peter saw the sheet with all sorts of animals in it, he had been caught up in the spirit as well, but his body was still on the roof where he fell asleep while waiting for dinner to be prepared.

The reason I’m hitting this so hard is because tradition has taught that this passage where John was “taken up” is also preached that this is where the church will be Raptured and everything John sees from here on in is what is going to happen in the future. But there is no indication at all, other than men’s interpretations, that indicates any rapture of any church. This is just the place where John was taken up into the spiritual realm where God was going to show him things that were soon to happen “there and then” with Israel and the old religious system.

They can see John was taken up Spiritually, but they immediately try to explain it physically by teaching that this is actually a picture of a physical rapture of the church.. Taking a spiritual experience and claiming physical events is backwards to Scripture. Romans 1:20 states that God uses physical to teach us spiritual concepts, not the other way around.

These things we see here do actually speak of physical experiences, but the difference is in the symbolism. There is no symbol established in Scripture that supports the act of a rapture. There is no pattern of a bride or church being caught “away”. We see Peter, Paul and others being caught “up”. Which is to say they’re spirit is transcended into another dimension, but the body always remains on earth.

The only two places where someone was taken away would be with Enoch and Elijah. But neither of these are establishing the removal of the church. Instead, they do show that we’re not as far away from our heavenly home as we think. Their relationship with God was so close that they simply went from the physical to the spiritual and never came back. A hard concept for our carnal minds to grasp, but the possibility is still the same.

Calling the Curse Upon Themselves
Keep in mind, when Israel did fall to Rome . . .the destruction was extreme. It wasn’t just a battle here and there with a political takeover. But it was total slaughter and annihilation of a nation and it’s entire foundation that would never recover fully as a nation again until 1,900 years later. Israel has never gone that long without any reconstruction or re-establishing it’s cultural foundation. But because the Jews chose, in Matthew 27:25, for the blood of judgement that Jesus came to redeem us from, to be instead upon them and their children, as much as it pained him, God let their words be their judgement.

Matthew 27
24When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. 25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

As Jesus died once and for all time for all men to remove our sins when we choose to become his servants, so the Jews identity also died that day, once and for all time as their identity as an Old Covenant nation was totally demolished, never to be rebuilt again. Even today, now that they have returned and regained national recognition by their neighbors as a nation again, they are still without a temple.

It’s their deepest desire to rebuild it, but I truly don’t believe it will ever happen because they want to re-establish a shadow that’s been done away with. They want to return to animal sacrifices, they want the tabernacle of Moses to be rebuilt. But because Christ is the substance and that was just the shadow, God will never allow the shadow to be rebuilt again.

If you’re off on the Rapture, Chances Are, You’re Off in Other Places As Well (vise-versa)
Many of us tend to shy from the thought of coming into full agreement with the idea that the rapture may not happen like we’ve been taught because our logical minds try to tell us that all those great men of the Gospel that went on before us as well as many that are still alive today haven’t expressed any support of this idea. But the truth is, those same people that you put so much faith in where they stand, are the same ones that also believe the will be a physical temple rebuilt in Jerusalem.

Missing the Mark
That’s what this kingdom message is all about, truth. And if you’re off a little in the beginning, you’re going to be off a lot in the end. The word “sin” doesn’t mean rebellion, pride, hatred, death or anything else. The word sin simply means, to miss the mark. Our Spiritual foundation is like a math problem. If you’re off by one little number in the process of equating out the problem, your answer is still going to be wrong. The church doesn’t have to come up with a new formula of interpreting God’s word. But we do need to know the old formula so that we can recognize patterns that don’t fit when we see them.

Revelation 4:6
6In front of the throne was a shiny sea of glass, sparkling like crystal. In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back

Sea of Glass
So as John is before the throne . .he’s sees the throne, but again, this is not like a throne in our carnal understanding. It’s not a huge high-back chair with gold and plush carpeting or marble floors like our current standards of what a throne is would point to. It’s simply the place where God lives in the Spirit. It’s God’s home. And at this place John sees what he calls a sea of glass again is not a vast watery image of something, but symbolization of something else.

Job 37
14"Listen, Job; stop and consider the wonderful miracles of God! 15Do you know how God controls the storm and causes the lightning to flash forth from his clouds? 16Do you understand how he balances the clouds with wonderful perfection and skill? 17When you are sweltering in your clothes and the south wind dies down and everything is still, 18he makes the skies reflect the heat like a giant mirror. Can you do that? (New Living Translation)

And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. Revelation 15:2

Sea of Glass
Sea
1) the sea
a) used of the sea in general
b) used specifically of the Mediterranean Sea or the Red Sea

Glass
hualinos {hoo-al'-ee-nos}
1) derives from the word hualos {hoo'-al-os}of glass or transparent like glass, glassy
1)[/b] any stone transparent like glass
[b]2)[/b] glass
from a primary huo (to rain)

Not the same as “glass” in the rest of the New Testament. This reference is only used here and again in Revelation 15:2. The other times when they refer to glass it’s the Greek word “esoptron” which then means mirror.

[b]James 1:23

For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass

Don’t Miss This Part!!
We see this same thing all the way back in Exodus 24:10, Ezekiel 1:26 and 10:1 are all giving us a picture of this same scene. It’s not a literal floor of glass or anything like that at all. These other passages that also give us this picture show us the vastness of the throne. It’s huge, beyond imagination. It’s also priceless.

But there is another place in Scripture where it actually ties this sea into the tabernacle.1 Kings 7:23 When Solomon built a permanent temple in Jerusalem, he didn’t use the original articles built by those that were under Moses instruction.

This is why we see the word “glass” is different here in Revelation than it is in other parts of the New Testament. The fact that it’s saying ‘sea’ isn’t just because of it’s size, but also because John could actually decipher it’s make-up was watery. Again, symbolism is strong here.

The Sea surrounding God’s throne here, is symbolizing the redemptive qualities or spiritual cleansing the laver represents. It contains water for the Priests to come and wash themselves from the process of sacrificing before entering into the temple. It’s a purifying sea, God is a purifying fire. Just as when Jesus ministry was finished, he spilled out blood and water, so also when the priests have finished offering sacrifices, they wash their hands in the laver and when they are finished with the sacrificial process, the laver’s contents are also, blood and water.

Sea of Glass in the Womb of a Woman
When a woman is about to give birth, we use the term “her water broke”. All mothers and most women understand this is to mean that the fluid in which the infant was maturing in has left the womb. But even that can be a picture of the throne of God. The infant is surrounded by a miniature sea of glass. It’s living in a watery environment. Is God’s throne literally emerged in water? No, again it’s symbolizing something. Water in Scripture depicts of life and the Spirit. God’s throne illuminates life through the spirit. As blood is symbolic for redemption from sin.

Wilderness –vs- Promise
When Moses Tabernacle was built, it was in the land of wilderness, not of promise. But when Solomon built his tabernacle, it was in the land God had promised to the Israelites. It was a blessed operation of obedience and willing sacrifice. As a result, we see everything was magnified in comparison to the original measurements of all the articles. The temple was more elaborate, everything was larger except for the ark itself. That was the original artifact. But the brazen laver is called the sea of glass. So in Revelation, we see the connection between the throne and the tabernacle. The first was constructed under the order of law, the second under the order of life.

Covered with eyes
Again the significance of the eyes covering the body is symbolizing completeness of what God knows and does. Who was, is, and is becoming. The Message Version puts it this way Prowling around the Throne were four animals all eyes. Eyes to look ahead, eyes to look behind. The things that have been, the things that are, shall be hereafter. It is clear, total, and comprehensive vision. The eyes resemble the fact that the whole picture is being seen.

Revelation 4
7The first of these living beings had the form of a lion; the second looked like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth had the form of an eagle with wings spread out as though in flight

Where do we come up with understanding these things? The first chapter of Ezekiel show the same thing. They are also in a specific order. There are four and there is a reason why there are four. There is also a reason why it’s specifically these four beast and that they are in this specific order. Nothing we read in Scripture is happenstance

Symbolism of Animals
Each one of these animal’s faces can be found on banners of the tribes of Israel. Remember when Israel was in the wilderness and God had them set up there tents in specific proxemities from the tabernacle. 3 to the north, 3 to the south, 3 to the east and 3 tribes to the west forming a cross within a cross. Each one of those innermost tribes had on their banner the same faces we see here. They were the ones facing the tabernacle. In John 1 where it says the Word was God, it also said that the Word dwelt among men. That word “dwelt” is the same word used for “tabernacled”.

If we’re going to get to any point on the compass, there are four directions, just as there are four winds, just as there are four seasons . . .there are four elements and four corners. . . if I’m going to get into the tabernacle of God which as we are understanding now it all I have to pass through one of those four banners. I have to come through Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Each of these are passage ways into the dimensional understanding of Jesus Christ.

Matthew- Jesus the King (Lion)
Matthew’s focus is on Jesus as the King of kings and Lord of lords. He speaks about his royalty, kingship. He even talks about kings coming from the east to worship him and he also focuses on King Herod who is jealous of him. When ever you have a king, it is the emblem of a lion.

Mark- Jesus the Sacrifice (Ox)
Next is the Ox, which is a sacrificial animal. Mark emphasizes Christ as the ultimate sacrifice for all mankind. Next is the man, Luke places emphasis on the humanity of Christ. His sufferings, his sorrow, all the temptations Jesus experienced as a man. Lastly is the flying eagle, which brings you to John which has a revelation of Jesus that is beyond the other three. It shows Jesus flying in the heavens, which is why John begins his gospel speaking of a heavenly dimension right off the top. It’s the form of the eagle.

Revelation 4
9Every time the Animals gave glory and honor and thanks to the One Seated on the Throne--the age-after-age Living One-- 10the Twenty-four Elders would fall prostrate before the One Seated on the Throne. They worshiped the age-after-age Living One. They threw their crowns at the foot of the Throne, chanting, 11Worthy, O Master! Yes, our God! Take the glory! the honor! the power! You created it all; It was created because you wanted it

Here to Stay
It’s important to notice the fact that they take time to acknowledge who created everything. And why it was created. What does that have to do with a book about atomic warheads? Or about the Rapture. That fact that the traditional Rapture theory is being challenged is bothering many people. The church doesn’t need to worry about their idealisms being dissolved. Jesus is still coming. But he’s just not leaving afterwards. He’s coming here to stay. He was already here once and left. But this time, he’s not leaving twice, he’s staying for good.

No “I” in Jesus
The church is so preoccupied of believing that they are going to “get out” of a situation than they are in understanding they are to receive strength to get “through” it. They are more in love with the coming of Jesus than they are with Jesus coming. It’s not that I’m excited about finally seeing him face to face, I’m more focussed on the fact that he’s coming to get me out of here. It’s all about me, instead of being about him.

Religious Terrorism
Many of us in the church were brought to God through some fear tactic, but the real terrorists are not those who have bombs or are in the middle east with evil on their minds toward other nations. The real terrorists are those that stand in their pulpits Sunday after Sunday declaring the day is coming when God’s wrath is going to be poured out on all those who he created. Granted it’s taught the church is going to be “kept” from the wrath that is to come, but it’s still declared that wrath is coming and those that a part of the “church” are going to be targeted . .so “you better get your heart right with God!!” Fear tactics.

Rainbow of PromiseT
his is why it’s so important the church understands the symbolism about the covenant of the rainbow. When we really see what that means when it says so will it be as it was in the days of Noah so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of man. God’s gonna put 8 souls into an ark. There’s going to be a new family God is going to put into an ark and this ark is not some big boat made of gopher wood. All that is a type of a spiritual ark which speaks of Jesus Christ. To build an ark, trees had to be cut down in order to make the boat, the vehicle that preserved them and gave them buoyancy up out of the waters of judgement that was raining upon the earth.

God has put us in an ark.
He has a new family through Jesus Christ that experience a new beginning every morning that, like Noah has found grace in the eyes of God. The ark that he’s put us in is not a boat but it’s in Christ Jesus. He is our ark of salvation and as the rains of judgement fall around us through our everyday lives, the ark we’re in allows us to ride on top of the judgement rather than drown and die in it. We’re not going to go out of here, we’re going to rise above it and when we come to rest, we’re coming to rest on a mountain called Aarrat which means God has reversed the curse. Noah means Rest!!

We’re going to step out of that ark like Noah did and we’re going to hear the same voice that spoke to Noah as Noah heard the same voice that spoke to Adam. He said be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth. We’re not leaving the earth, we’re going to replenish it through fathering sons and daughters of God from generation to generation. In fact, we’re about to see in chapter 5 that the earth has belonged to us all along. It’s ours.

The Dimensions of Noah’s Ark
With Noah’s ark, we’ve seen the physical flood, the physical rescue, the physical landing and releasing of a new start. This is all recorded in Genesis. But have we seen the spiritual? Yes and No. Just as there are three dimensions to every picture, so there are three here as well. The physical story itself is the first, the second is realizing the fact that Jesus is the ark, when he came as “the door” he opened himself to the Jews as their redemption, they rejected him, just as the people of Noah’s day rejected Noah’s message.

But Jesus crucifixion, his blood being given for us, that was the curse being reversed. The picture of the ark of Noah (rest) landing on the mountain plains of Ararat is a picture of the finished work of Christ. On the cross, Jesus death became mount Ararat. That is the second. The first is what was, the second is what is. We are now reaping the benefits of Jesus paying the price for our rest in him. As Hebrews 4 refers to this place of rest is not for the future, it’s now. Rest has been here for 2,000 years.

The Revealing of Dimensional Thinking
So again, the first is what was, the second dimension is what is, the third is what will be. Today, we are currently “in” the ark of Christ. He has consumed us. We no longer have our own identity, but we’re swallowed up by his finished works. There will literally be a day when there will be another curse lifted. This curse is the one on all of mankind, from the loins of Adam, as well as the earth and all that is in it. The curse of sin. When Jesus returns to this physical earth, his feet will come to rest on dry ground and when he does, sin, and all it’s affects will be totally removed forever and eternally.

It was on the seventh day when Noah was instructed to leave the ark. It was on the Sabbath day, it was on Jesus day. The day I refer to here is the age of a new revelation. The age of a New Jerusalem. The Millennium Revelation speaks of is the age of Christ, the day of the Lord. The second coming of Jesus will reverse the curse of sin on all mankind. So, we, walk into the ark, which is Jesus now, we will be in him until the day when the sea, the ocean, the wrath around us comes to an end and we’ll be introduced to a new heaven and a new earth. This again, is why we see the reference later in Revelation to the fact that the seas were no more. It’s to say the wrath and judgment against sin is over.

Editor’s NoteIn the process of writing out Randall’s comments and thoughts, it occurred to me that there truly is a specific way we should read and understand Scripture. It even lays it out to us how it’s to be read. When I went through the school of ministry years back, through the church I was affiliated with at the time, their class on “How to Study the Bible” dealt with an author of a book that came up with a method that was more of a code of symbols and signs you’d write in the margins of your Bible that would mean different things. This author also published an entire Bible with this method and it was more complicated than the Scripture itself.

I’ve often wondered why great men of God could be so effective in one area of their ministry, and yet so eschewed in their understanding Scripture in other areas. I now believe it’s quite simple, they take a spiritual truth and make a physical interpretation of it. You can’t do that and still assume it’s continuity is still intact. It’s not supposed to be applied to every physical application of your natural life. Women aren’t supposed to all literally be silent in the church any more than harvesting a field of wheat in the natural is a form of spiritual warfare in harvesting souls in the church.

It’s supposed to be understood and applied spiritually. Yes, Timothy was instructed by Paul to deal with the chaos that unschooled women were creating in the church, but that doesn’t mean that every church must have a class on how to behave in church. It was a personal situation that Paul was addressing to a specific church. What “we’re” supposed to do is, read and understand the story and apply the “spiritual principle” to our daily life.

I’m really getting ahead of myself, where this all actually stems from are Scriptures that correlate with Hebrews 13:8.

Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever.

That’s just a simple verse that has more profound meaning to it than any church actually understands. My denomination I’m currently a part of even set a rule that every church that’s affiliated with this denomination must have this verse on display somewhere in their sanctuary, but I doubt they understood it’s full meaning or purpose.

It’s actually a key that unlocks the kingdom message of Scripture. It’s the same exact thing we see in Revelation 1 where Jesus proclaims that he is that which was, which is, and that which is to come, 9 verses after that proclamation, John is then instructed to write down the things that were, that are, and that are to come. These are all saying the same thing. It’s a dimensional picture of Christ.

1st Dimension = What was. “Historically” The Scriptural account itself, history, surface value the physical experience when it transpired.

2nd Dimension= What is “Morally” How that historical story has true principles that transcend time and it’s application to me now, unlocking moral truths

3rd Dimension= What will be. “Spiritually”
How that story is a type of Christ. Every passage from Genesis to Revelation has a picture of the redemptive work of Christ. This is the kingdom message. It’s not something that man can teach you, only through the revealing by the spirit can you see Jesus emerge in the storyline of Scripture. It’s what Jesus said to Peter “Flesh and blood has not shown you this, but my father which is in heaven. Upon this rock . . .” (Matt 16:17)

If you read Scripture with this perspective and these keys, you will then see the truth and properly apply the things that were intended to be applied and also understand the things that were not to be naturally applied to your personal situation. But most importantly, you’ll see the picture of Christ in every storyline of Scripture. It’s what Randall does so much of. This study of Revelation is not to just give you a buzz or create diversity, it’s intent is to give you the ability to open the door of communication between you and the Holy Spirit.
End of Note

Sons of God in Genesis 6 intermingling with the daughters of men Spiritual picture of blending carnal with spiritual. As a results, giants that are perverted in truth.

Noah’s Vineyard
It’s also interesting as Noah left the ark, he became a “husbandman” of a vineyard. As spiritual settlers in our new lives which now are not ours, but Christ’s. We to are to be husbandmen over our own spiritual fields where we make an effort to keep our soil moist and ready for seeds of heaven to plant a spiritual vineyard within us and God can change our water into wine, living water. Noah got drunk on his own fruit, it became fermented and he became useless and drunk which led to incest. It’s the same for us, our fruit that God enables us with, is not for us to consume, but for others. But when we become drunk in ourselves we pervert the process of life.

My fruit is my actions and my ministries. I’m not to identify myself with my works or ministries, I’m to serve others through them. And, like wine, if I offer fermented works, others become drunk and distorted from truth. The only drunkenness that we’re to experience is spiritual drunkenness.

Pitch Within and Without
The ark was sealed within and without with pitch. Pitch means atonement. The blood of Jesus not only seals you within but it seals you without, you don’t have to worry about springing a leak. When the rain starts coming and judgement starts falling. .the thing is, it’s already here. There are trials and tribulations happening all around us on all sides on the just and the unjust. If we’re not inside of Jesus sealed within and without, with three stories and one door. If we weren’t in that right now, the judgement of God would be destroying us and everything associated with us.

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