Opening Your Understanding

Seventh Thunder July 15, 2019

A parable is basically an earthly story with a spiritual meaning. That’s how Jesus taught, and that is how the vast majority of spiritual truths in the scriptures have been sealed up, which can only be understood when REVEALED to you privately by the Holy Spirit (Revelation) or by Jesus himself like he did to his disciples, after he was crucified, and appeared to them in his transfigured form.

Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables
: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Most people mistakenly take an Earthly understanding from the scriptures, not to mention the New Testament, waiting for signs, and obsessing about events and people who dwell on this Earth. Debating for example about whether United States or Obama etc, etc is the great Babylon, the Antichrist, or some such.

Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

This is Satan world, all of it. And people mistakenly believe that this place is supposed to be good in the first place. All here is Anti-Christ. None are righteous, not one, but God. And the Living God of Heaven isn't in this creation rule by Satan. Who unknown to almost all, is man's own heart. Religious doctrine has man believing Satan or the Devil is some evil being that rivals the God of Heaven, and in this way man neglects to study their own evil within them attributing it to someone outside force.

John 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; 
I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

During the time of the Prophets, the Father used the Lord God who had set himself up as the only God and spoke through them many parables about Jesus, and what he would come to teach mankind. Obviously, before Jesus came into the flesh, none could interpret the scriptures correctly. And so with Jesus being the chief cornerstone, and the prophets the foundation of the true church (Meaning those called out of the Earth by the spirit), he opened the understanding of his disciples so that they too could be called out and chosen becoming part of the foundation of the true church. (Not the Earthly Church).

Acts 7:48-50 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? Hath not my hand made all these things?

Which again isn't any church or temple made with hands. 

Mark 14:58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.

But the church built upon receiving revelations from the Father, that not of flesh and blood, but of the spirit.

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

And what he opened was the understanding of the scriptures, teaching his followers that there was a way to understand them but only by using the spirit to perceive the truth, understanding that is revealed through the Holy Spirit, which wasn't given to man yet, since Jesus was not yet glorified, aka raised up in the spirit. 

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Man has to be transformed first by the spirit, to read and see with the spirit the truth written in the scriptures, which are a shadow of good things to come but not the very image of. For example, the Lord God was a shadow of Jesus Christ, and his words as testified by his prophets, prophesied about the Lord coming down into the flesh. 

Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

The Lord being crooked in his ways, both good and evil, and Jesus being made straight in his ways by the Father.

Luke 9:54-56 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

As Jesus said himself, the Lord's manner when it came to goodness was somewhat lacking, as anyone who has read the Old Testament would see.

Hebrews 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

Only the Father in Heaven can reveal to man the light that is hidden within the shadow of scripture, and in turn this whole world.

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Writings which are clouded in confusion and contradictions, behind parables, and similitude's.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

What that is saying is that the knowledge of Father is clear, light without a shadow, unlike the Lord God's knowledge which is variable as you can see reading the scriptures of the Law and the prophets, veiled to the mind. Turning to the Father removes that veil. 

Hosea 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

And even the prophets themselves didn't understand (Since the Father wasn't known to them), only the Lord God and his coming to the flesh, and yet they themselves are the foundation of understanding, since what they wrote needed to be fulfilled through Jesus first.

Matthew 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them;
and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

And what did God say to Daniel, probably the greatest seer of them all before Jesus.

Daniel 12:8-9 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, 
Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Nearly five to six hundred years later we come to Jesus after his resurrection, needing to open his disciples understanding.

Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding
, that they might understand the scriptures,

Meaning the Old Testament, which spoke of him, and the things he would teach.

Psalm 119:144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: 
give me understanding, and I shall live.

He did this after the resurrection, since before his followers could only believe, hence the reason why Peter denied him three times, and Judas betrayed him. The same men that had walked with him and seen his miracles.

Luke 24:15-
16 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

Jesus appeared to his disciples many times after his physical death, so one must wonder why these events have not been classed as second comings, third, etc, etc. He may have appeared many times afterwards without anyone knowing, like he did to Saul on the road to Damascus.

Act 9:4-5 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Jesus even had to use a parable of breaking bread to awaken his own followers to the fact that it was he facing them, when he appeared in another form and then vanished afterwards.

Luke 24:30-32 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and 
he vanished out of their sightAnd they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

This act reminded them of what he said to them while he was in the flesh. When he alluded to the fact that he was the bread they should eat, when they didn't understand about the loaves he broke to the 5000 thousand.

Mark 6:52 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread?
perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?

Would a man that can appear and vanish in any form, need a second coming? His own disciples barely figured out Jesus was before them alone. What hope does anyone else to do so? This is why it's important and why the primary thing should be to personally connect with the Father within, and not waste the chance of a lifetime to be raised up on your last day here, by idling around believing in some perceived promise of a second coming instead of pursuing the course Jesus laid out before us.

Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: 
but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

While Jesus was alive in the flesh, he spoke in parables to everyone but his own disciples. Hence why it they who wrote the Gospels, since only they could write them, since only they had understanding to write. So, what was he saying to them, if he only opened their understanding of the scriptures after HIS resurrection?

Mark 4:34 He did not say anything to them without a parable. 
But privately He explained all things to His own disciples.

And yet the experts in the law and prophets believed not. And thus, sought to have him killed. But as he said.

Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, 
ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Because the righteousness of them was off the Earth, the self-righteousness of man. Those who hold others in scorn because of their perceived superiority.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; 
the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

EVERYTHING that Jesus said or did was a parable ABOUT the spirit. Yes, there were clear parables but all his words were about the spirit, and that is where people misunderstand what he taught. He taught of the spirit, about the knowledge of the Kingdom, which is not of this Earth. He spoke of eternal life and how to obtain it.

2 Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; 
which vail is done away in Christ.

When your thoughts are of an Earthly understanding, knowledge of the Kingdom is sealed and hidden. Spiritual thoughts and Earthly thoughts cannot occupy the mind (spirit) at the same time. You cannot serve God and Mammon.

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: 
for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Again EVERYTHING he said or did in the Bible was a parable about the spirit, including his miracles. They were for that purpose. To bring understanding to those who can see, to those that can read and hear. For others, it just simply a parable, which normally one can only gain a human viewpoint of, because that’s all we know for the most part. Like he said, the flesh profits nothing, his words were about spirit and eternal life, and why come from Heaven to speak of the Earth, and then return to Heaven again?

John 6:44 No man can come to me, 
except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Above he clearly stating that his teachings are not for everyone, for others who are purely of the flesh, the Father decides when to give them. Now if even Prophets desired to know the things that he taught and didn’t know. Just how easy are his teachings to understand, if the minds of men are purely focused on the things of this Earth, and the events herein? Coupled with the fact that the leaven (memory) of religion is in the souls of men, affecting their mind’s understanding. Same goes for the Prophets and even some disciples back then.

Matthew 16.6 Then Jesus said unto them, 
Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

No one can fully understand what Jesus taught, unless the Father allows the mind (one that is seeking to understand in the first place) to comprehend the truth of his words.

John 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me
, except it were given unto him of my Father.

No one can do it on their own. Only the Father can help us (If only people but turn to him). You can’t think or emote your way into Heaven. It doesn’t matter how intelligent a person is, for all these things are devices of the soul (heart) which Satan uses to deceive ALL who dwell on this Earth, that he rules through the very hearts of men.

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, (Spirit) should shine unto them.

You are either ready to understand, or you are not. The Father decides, for he knows all hearts and intentions, not you, me, or any man, Pope, or any church built with hands, nor any of its children. Only the Father can guide a person to life everlasting and gift a righteousness of mind, a mind that will help you overcome this world.

2 Samuel 22:3 The God of my rock;
in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

Here in flesh we need to be made fit for Heaven by him THROUGH what Jesus taught.

Psalm 71:20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, 
shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

Notice the word AGAIN. Now, why do you think Jesus said;

Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

The Good News is that ALL can connect with the Father within, and be quickened, and have knowledge of the Kingdom REVEALED to them by the Father. If one wants to be of a righteous mind, which gives a peace that passes all understanding, because that knowledge and understanding helps set you free, because it renews the mind, helping it become transformed out of focusing on the things of the flesh, but instead refocuses it on the things of the Father, on the things of the spirit. Making us not being conformed to the world no longer, blindly walking the course of this world, fully lead by the Prince of this world that works within us the children of disobedience. The Living soul, the wicked one’s child, within us all.

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, 
according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit (counterfeit) that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Being born again, is a long slow process of the Father revealing knowledge into the mind, quickening it, Since the Father is mind (spirit) he seeks such to connect with him in spirit. Like attracting like.

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is
, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

We are spirit (mind), not Soul (Subconscious and Heart) like religions and various philosophies would have us believe, and you, me or the church members don’t decide we are born again of the spirit, the Father, and only the Father does.

1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, 
but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Our hearts lifts itself up, and say I’m like God, but God finds what’s in our hearts an abomination. It’s also what got us cast out of Heaven in the first place, that nature of superior thought.

Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men
; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Most religious people spend their time hoping and waiting for someone to come back and save them and punish the unjust, blindly unaware that they are here because they’re unjust in the first place, merely just believing on the foundation and doctrines of men built upon shifting sands. Where as the Rock of Revelation is the true church, and the members of that Church are the foundation. Few of them they be, in any generation.

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.

The aim of that Church, aka Ecclesia, which means Church in Greek. Meaning to call out, is to find those who are seeking, and thus we must become as Lighthouse to people.

Luke 11:33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle,
putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.

Below is an example, most people read this and take an Earthly understanding. Now translating into spirit.

Matthew 10:34-36 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

The sword is the Father’s words of truth (Revelation), against? Well, what did Jesus say about this world? The God of this World, and his Child, the Soul (heart, subconscious) within us all, ruling us, and holding us captive.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The unrighteous, crave war and destruction, and the punishment of the wicked. Those who know not what they do, who do not know their thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Matthew 10:35-36 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 
And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

Now in spirit he is clearly (to those who understand) telling us that our own foes are within us, our own thoughts and feelings, our memories and our imagination and dreams, plus the doctrines of men, that have infected our minds.

Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence;
for out of it are the issues of life.

Since within, out of the heart of man, comes forth all the issues of life and deeds of unrighteousness. Those are our family, those things within us that we love and serve, the things closest to us, and the things which we dwell upon the most, all things Earthly. That is what we should come out of, so we receive not her plagues. Those things of our own household.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful 
above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

We have to go to war (Resisting the Devil, not fighting him) with our own souls (heart) using Jesus’s sword his instructions of truth, which is the same as the Father’s, which is the Revelations given from the Father after much seeking. The understanding that he GIVES us and REVEALS to us, the mind, the spirit within, awakening us to the truth.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace (Revelations) are ye saved through faith; 
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (I am a Christian, I am born again, I have the Holy Spirit, you know, what the typical religious persons says, making themselves special, exalting themselves for their own purpose, but not of the Father, serving the church of man, and not the church of God)

Our own household is our mind, and it is the soul and its contents that spoil our house if we don't keep watch.That is the battle of Armageddon. Revelation is the sword we must use to fight that battle, in our Holy Place, The mind (spirit) and slay those unrighteous thoughts before us.

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

Those enemies which pollute our temple. The temple, made in the image of the Father, who is a spirit.

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: 
and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

So waiting around hoping for some earthly battle down here, people are throwing away their chance of a true life. The second coming is in the spirit, EVERY eye will see him, because at some point ALL will return to Heaven, since that what the Father desires, and has been stated as such, but not all at the same time.

Matthew 19:30 But many that are first shall be las
t; and the last shall be first.

To return to the Kingdom, meaning those cast out first will be the last to return, according to their level of unrighteousness, and of course the last cast out will return first, since their unrighteousness isn't as great as the first. 

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