The Spiritual Meaning Of Words

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Hi K____,
Thank you for your very insightful questions.
The first question you ask is:
“How does Mike know that the words mean what he has printed them to mean (spiritual meaning of key words in scripture)?”
The answer is that, if you notice, it is not me saying what those words mean.  All I have done is give to you, and all who can receive it, the scriptural meaning of the words of scripture. What I have printed is what is already printed in God’s Word. I simply cut and paste scripture to demonstrate the scriptural meaning of any word. Hence the name of that part of the iswasandwillbe. com web site. It is the God given desire to stick only to “what is written” that distinguishes this site.
Let me give you a couple of examples of this principle in action. While thousands of other ministers are telling you that the beast of Revelation is a man either in Europe or in the Middle East, I merely point to the fact that the scriptures tell us what the word ‘beast’ means. Who better to interpret this symbol than the Word of God Himself? And who does He tells us is this beast that has marked “all men?”

Rev 13:16  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

Is there anyone on earth who is not part of “all?” Is there any person you can imagine who is not covered by the three categories given in Rev 13:16? No, of course not. There is no one excluded in those three categories. Now what do the scriptures reveal about all men?

Ecc 3:18  I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

There it is. God has manifested in His own scriptures that the beast of Rev 13 as well as the beasts around God’s throne are both “the sons of men… they themselves are beasts.” This is not speculation, it is scripture, “the sons of men… are beasts,” and that is the very point of Rev 13. It is “the sons of men” who are said to have this much feared and much misunderstood “mark in his right hand and in his forehead.”

Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has a mind calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is the number of mankind, and its number is six hundred sixty- six.” (CLV)

666 in not the number of any one particular person, “it is the number of mankind.” But that beast we all are cannot accept the truth of scripture. The scriptural meaning of the word ‘beast’ is “the sons of men.” Everyone who has ever lived has the mark of the beast by virtue of being born of Adam
Why is mankind’s number 666? There are three sixes to tell us that being a beast is a process that takes time to bring to maturity. But what is the significance of the number six?  Mankind and all beasts were all created on the same day, they were all  created on the sixth day, and are thereby identified as one less than seven and not yet complete as being “conformed to the image of the Son of God.”

Gen 1:24  And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
Gen 1:25  And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that [ it was] good.
Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27  So God created [ Hebrew – is creating] man in his own image, in the image of God created [ is creating] he him; male and female created [ is creating] he them.

Here is the Concordant version of verse 27:

(CLV) And creating is the Elohim humanity in His image. In the image of the Elohim He creates it. Male and female He creates them.

Man and beast; both created on day six.

Gen 1:31  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

The four “beasts” around the throne of God include both a lion and a man and all four are called beasts:

Rev 4:6  And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
Rev 4:7  And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

Now let’s look at our second example of how we use scripture to tell us what the words of scripture mean. In 2 Ths 2 we are told this:

2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
2Th 2:5  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

Even the ministers of Babylon recognize the connection between this “man of sin,” and the beast of Rev 13 who does this:

Rev 13:6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Rev 13:7  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Rev 13:9  If any man have an ear, let him hear.

Now let’s place these two verses side by side:

2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Rev 13:6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

Where is God temple? Where is His tabernacle?

Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

You might say this is talking of a future event. Well, if that is what you say, then that is when you will “keep the things written therein.” But for God’s elect these are words which must be kept here and now, simply because “the time is at hand.”

Rev 1:3  Blessed [ is] he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

It is you and I who, as a wild beast, sit on the throne of God in God’s own temple. We actually believe that we have free will and can say and do as we please. Little do we realize that we are simply carrying out God’s plan for each day we live as it was all written long before we were ever born.

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [ that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

1Co 6:19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

So the whole world is deceived, and thinks that the beast is a bad man who will someday arise in Europe or in the Middle East and wreak havoc on the nations of the earth, while the truth of God’s Word is that the beast of Rev 13 in sitting on the throne of God within each of us, chuckling to himself at how blinded and deceived he has us all.
It is not until we all have fallen away and come to see ourselves in that sad condition that the man of sin, the son of perdition has the light of God’s word shine in upon him as he sits there on the throne of God in God’s temple of our body. Then, and not until then, is that man of sin revealed and destroyed when Christ disposes of our fabled “free will” and we are made willing to put Christ on that throne and say “not my will but thine be done. That is when that man of sin is destroyed by the brightness of Christ’s coming into your life and into my life.

2Th 2:5  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [ Greek – restrain, as in restrain Christ from  coming into His own temple] will let [ Greek – restrain], until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

The misinterpretations of these verses have dispensationalists blaspheming and declaring that it is the body of Christ that must be raptured before Christ can come and take over His throne. What total nonsense. Christ coming and the resurrection of the dead cannot possibly be something either simply past or simply future, simply because He and His words are, were and will be, so that He is, was and will be coming in the lives of His elect all down through the centuries, until the redemption of the purchased possession know as the resurrection of the dead.
I hope what I have said here and the Biblical examples I have given you here will help you to see that it is only by allowing God’s Word to interpret its own symbols that we can even hope that the holy spirit will open our eyes to see what it means when we read:

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

I can and do point many people to the verses which interpret the symbols which are all through God’s Word, but that will give no one spiritual eyes and ears. Spiritual eyes that see and spiritual ears to hear are a work of the holy spirit exclusively:

Mat 16:17  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. 

“My Father which is in heaven, the holy spirit of God” is the only way we can even hope to understand those mysteries of the kingdom which Christ’s parables to this very day so well are hiding from the eyes of the multitudes of orthodox Christianity, just as it has done for so long in the lives of us all.
Your brother in Christ,

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