The third and final book.
What started in the heavens and earth bore fruit in the garden of Eden, and finally, like every fruit on a tree, it falls this fall resulted in the fall of mankind.
In John 12:23-25.
Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life will lose it. And he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. M1
Through the fall of mankind, so many seeds have been planted. It is estimated that the population of the world is currently at around 7.5 billion people. However, who can determine the number of souls that walked this earth from the time man entered it with his wife, the mother of all living.
Even so, who can determine the amount that will continue to walk on the earth during the millennium rule of Jesus Christ?
Perhaps this is why in Genesis 22:16-18, the Lord God said.
“By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you and I will indeed multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens and as the sand that is on the seashore. Your descendants will possess the gate of their enemies. Through your offspring all the nations of the earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” M2
The seeds that will sprout will be like the sands of the earth and the stars of heaven, too numerous to count.
This book took the longest to complete by a factor of ten when compared to the previous two books. Each of the other two books took an average of four months to complete. This book, in contrast, took four years.
Yes, that’s right. Four years to complete!
The best analogy that can be used to describe and perhaps explain why is found in Matthew 13:31-32.
He told them another parable, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field. This indeed is the least of all seeds, but when it has grown, it is the greatest among herbs and is a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches.” M3
Hidden in the fall of mankind, is the seed of the kingdom of heaven. From inception in heaven to creation and placement in the garden of Eden, and finally to the planting on earth.
My hope is just like the birth of Israel as a nation made us re-examine scripture from a different perspective. These books, as a whole, will provide a divine aspect that the Holy Spirit intended us to understand for such a time as this.
Ever since Moses provided the commandments and the laws, the understanding or meaning of scripture got lost. Jesus had to correct the knowledge of scripture and the intent of the Kingdom, as we see in Matthew 19:7-9.
They said to Him, “Then why did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to send her away?”
He said to them, “Moses, for the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. But I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery. And whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.” M4
Even with this clarification by Jesus. The understanding of divorce and remarriage is not understood by many of the faith.
If what is not understood correctly is then practiced, does it make it correct?
Who will then bear the burden of these incorrect teachings?
In James 3:1, words of wisdom are provided along with the consequences.
My brothers, not many of you should become teachers, knowing that we shall receive the greater judgment. M5
Why did James give this advice to his fellow brothers in Christ?
He knew that they lacked understanding, and through incorrect teaching, would send people down different paths.
James 3:3-6, highlights how the tongue of teachers is similar to captains on a ship.
See how we put bits in the mouths of horses that they may obey us, and we control their whole bodies. And observe ships. Though they are so great and are driven by fierce winds, yet they are directed with a very small rudder wherever the captain pleases. Even so, the tongue is a little part of the body and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles. The tongue is a fire, a world of evil. The tongue is among the parts of the body, defiling the whole body, and setting the course of nature on fire, and it is set on fire by hell. M6
Over time many teachers or captains have created various ships called denominations that many have traveled on.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us.
For the word of God is alive, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart. M7
From the tongue comes words that the mouth speaks, and those words originate out of the heart. Jesus expands on this in Luke 6:44-45.
Each tree is known by its own fruit. Men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a wild bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bears what is good, and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bears what is evil. For of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. M8
In Luke 6:46, Jesus says this.
“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I say? M9
Those that do not do what He says will also hear these words from Jesus found in Matthew 7:21-23.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonderful works in Your name?’ But then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from Me, you who practice evil.’ M10
But many hear the words of the Lord, and even more that do what they have heard. Jesus spoke about them in Luke 6:47-49.
Whoever comes to Me and hears My words and does them, I will show whom he is like: He is like a man who built a house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation on rock. When the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, but could not shake it, for it was founded on rock. But he who hears and does not obey is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently. Immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” M11
Speaking of foundations, they are many teachers that have built upon the foundations that Jesus laid, and their works will be tested as written in 1 Corinthians 3:10-15.
According to the grace of God which has been given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, but another builds on it. Now let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no one can lay another foundation than that which was laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or stubble, each one’s work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If anyone’s work which he has built on the foundation endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss. But he himself will be saved, still going through the fire. M12
Throughout the ages, they have been many captains that took many believers on various voyages on different ships. Some were even shipbuilders. However, foundations are laid to withstand the storms, so that which is built can stand firm despite what the enemy throws our way.
When the tower of Babel was being constructed, the people spoke one language, and nothing was impossible for them to achieve as we learn in Genesis 11:1-9.
Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. As the people journeyed from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.
They said to each other, “Let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top will reach to heaven, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the sons of men built. The Lord said, “The people are one and they have one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do; now nothing that they propose to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they stopped building the city. Therefore the name of it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. From there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth. M13
The Lord spread people across the planet, to every continent and country. With language, He confused them. The tongue, like the rudder in a ship, steered people from building a tower that would reach heaven.
So, who is steering our tongue today?
Why is there more significant division among believers?
It is a sign of the appointed time.
IT IS A SIGN OF THE APPOINTED TIME
In Luke 12:49-53, Jesus tells us why He is here.
“I have come to send fire upon the earth and wish that it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how pressed I am until it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For there will be from now on five divided in one house, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, and mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” M14
Jesus came to send fire across the earth. This is why in Matthew 3:11-12, John the Baptist says this.
“I indeed baptize you with water to repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean His floor and gather His wheat into the granary, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” M15
Then later, in Acts 2:1-12, we see the fire spoken about, come to those gathered at Pentecost.
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a mighty rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. There appeared to them tongues as of fire, being distributed and resting on each of them, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
Now dwelling in Jerusalem were Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. When this sound occurred, the crowd came together and were confounded, because each man heard them speaking in his own language. They were all amazed and marveled, saying to each other, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? How is it that we hear, each in our own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites, residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the regions of Libya near Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own languages the mighty works of God.” They were all amazed and perplexed, saying to each other, “What does this mean?” M16
The Lord God Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit confused the language of the people during the building of the tower of Babel. This confusion was later reversed on the day of Pentecost. The reason for which is hidden in Luke 12:54-56, in the words of Jesus.
Then He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rise out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it is. And when a south wind blows, you say, ‘There will be heat,’ and it happens. You hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth. But why do you not know how to discern this time? M17
Are we able to discern the time?
Jesus came to send fire upon the earth, but the fire had not started, the word of God was in Hebrew with His people, it did not spread.
The Kingdom of God did not expand, and it did not grow and take dominion over all the earth as instituted as decreed in Genesis 1:26.
Then 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 birds of the air, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” M18
Jesus’s objective is to expand the dominion of the Kingdom of God. It is the dominion of God, the Father that Jesus came to grow on earth. For this is why the Pharisees asked Jesus in Luke 17:20-21, this very question.
When He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation. Nor will they say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For remember, the kingdom of God is within you.” M19
The disciples of Jesus asked Him how they should pray, and His response was this, as recorded in Matthew 6:9-13.
“Therefore pray in this manner:
Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come; Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
The prayers were to do the will of our Father in heaven, for the Kingdom of God to come, His will on earth as it is in heaven.
Jesus reiterates this in John 6:38 when He says.
For I came down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. M21
Why were the tongues of fire given at Pentecost?
So, the gospel of the kingdom could be preached to people in their native language and tongue.
Jesus came to spread the fire, and with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, that fire that rested on their tongues allowed them to preach the gospel to the world.
By doing so, it would usher in the Millennium age or the age when Jesus Christ will rule the world for a thousand years. As written about in Matthew 24:3-14.
As He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?”
Jesus answered them, “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled. For all these things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines, epidemics, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
“Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. And you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. Then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. And many false prophets will rise and will deceive many. Because iniquity will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. M22