Let There Be Truth

The Genesis Code

 

Chapter 1

The Genesis Code Revealed

 

We will begin our study by establishing what life-sustaining quality God restored on each of the “seven days of creation” or, more accurately, the “seven days of restoration1” Then, we will decode their spiritual equivalents, one by one.

Genesis 1:3-5 states, “Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.”

On the first day of the restoration of the Earth God created light, which is necessary to see. In spiritual terms; however, light symbolizes truth (1 John 1:5-6; Ps. 119:105; 27:1).

Genesis 1:6-8 states, “Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.”

On the second day of the restoration of the Earth God created air, which is necessary to breath. In spiritual terms; however, air, which is invisible (Job 26:7), symbolizes faith. Hebrews 11:1 states, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (cf. Rom. 8:24-25; 1 Cor. 15:13) The expression, “a leap of faith” illustrates this point, as it accurately pictures a person leaping through the air in faith.

Genesis 1:10-13 states, “Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day.”

On the third day of the restoration of the Earth God created grass, herbs (vegetables), and fruit trees, which are necessary for food. In spiritual terms; however, food symbolizes the word of God. Matthew 4:4 states, “… It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (cf. Deut. 8:3; Luke 4:4)

Genesis 1:14-19 states, “Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; “and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”

On the fourth day of the restoration of the Earth God created seasons, days, and years, which are necessary to count the passage of time. In spiritual terms; however, time symbolizes repentance. Revelation 2:21 states, “And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.” (cf. Acts 17:30-31; 2 Cor. 2:10)

Genesis 1:20-23 states, “Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.”

On the fifth day of the restoration of the Earth God created life from the waters, which, in spiritual terms, symbolizes rebirth. Romans 6:4 states, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (cf. Titus 3:4-5)

Genesis 1:24-31 states, “Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. “Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

On the sixth day of the restoration of the Earth God created man, blessed him with unmerited dominion over His creation and commanded him to “Be fruitful and multiply” (Gen. 1:24-31) and, in effect, extend his blessing of dominion to all mankind.

In spiritual terms; however, God creates each believer a “new man” (Eph. 4:20-24; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:14; Col. 3:9-11), blesses them with unmerited dominion over the kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33; 25:34) and commands them to “Be fruitful and multiply” by preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 16:8-9; 2 Cor. 2:12; Col. 4:3-4), “... in all the world as a witness to all the nations…” (Matt. 24:14) and, in effect, extend his gift of grace to all mankind. Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

Genesis 2:1-3 states, “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”

On the seventh day of the restoration of the Earth God rested (Gen. 2:1). Of course, God’s purpose of resting on the seventh day was not because He was tired and needed to rest, but to provide an example for us in order that we would be restored to physical completeness. In spiritual terms; however, the

Sabbath symbolizes spiritual completeness because it is on the Sabbath that we are instructed in order to receive salvation (Lev. 23:1-3; Heb. 10:24-25; 1 Cor. 11:18; 14:23; Luke 4:16-20; 6:6-11; Acts 13:13-16, 27, 42-44; 17:2-4; 18:1-4).

 

The Life-Sustaining Qualities of the Tabernacle / Temple

The supernatural presence of God, the Shekinah Glory, “sat” on the mercy seat above the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies (Ex. 25:10-22). It provided light for the High Priest. In spiritual terms; however, the Shekinah Glory represents truth (1 John 1:5-6; Ps. 119:105; 27:1).

The altar of incense (Ex. 30:7-8) was located in the Holy Place of the tabernacle. It provided a sweet aroma for the priests. In spiritual terms; however, the altar of incense represents
“…the prayer of faith…” (James 5:13-15; cf. Rev. 5:8; 8:4), because prayers ascend through the air to God. Again, Hebrews 11:1 states, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (cf. Job 26:7) When the priest burnt incense, it rose into the air and permeated the Holy of Holies where the Shekinah glory resided, symbolizing God’s reception of our prayers.

The table of showbread (Ex, 25:23-30), which consisted of twelve loaves of bread, was located in the Holy Place of the tabernacle. It provided food for the priests (Ex. 29:32-34; Lev. 24:5-9). In spiritual terms; however, the table of showbread represents the word of God. Again, Matthew 4:4 states, “… It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (cf. Deut. 8:3; Luke 4:4) Since the table of showbread consisted of twelve loaves of bread, it represents the twelve tribes of Israel who were the custodians of God’s word, the Bible (Rom. 3:1-2).

The lampstand (Ex. 25:31-40), which consisted of seven branches, was located in the Holy Place of the tabernacle. It provided light for the priests. In spiritual terms; however, the seven-branched lampstand represents the church2 and its seven eras (Rev. 1:20; chapters 2-3), which symbolizes time and repentance.3 Again, Revelation 2:21 states, “And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.”

The laver (Ex. 30:17-21, 38:8) was located between the altar of sacrifice and the entrance of the tabernacle. It provided water for the priests to wash their hands and feet before offering sacrifices or entering the tabernacle. In spiritual terms; however, the laver represents cleansing from sin and rebirth. Again, Romans 6:4 states, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (cf. Titus 3:4-5)

The altar of burnt offerings (Ex. 27:1-8) was located in the courtyard of the tabernacle. It provided Israel with a temporary means by which God would forgive their sins and physically bless them. In spiritual terms; however, the altar of burnt offerings represents the perfect sacrifice of Christ (Heb. 9:14), “our Passover” (1 Cor. 5:7), who provides all mankind with the means by which God would forgive their sins (John 3:16) eternally (Heb. 10:10) through His grace. Again, Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

It was the responsibility of the Levitical Priesthood to teach God’s Law to Israel and bring them to a state of spiritual completeness just as it is the responsibility of God’s ministers today to teach His Law to the church and to bring us to a state of spiritual completeness. 1 Peter 5:1-5 states, “The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.” (cf. Heb. 13:17; Jer. 3:15)

Just as the spirit of God commenced the restoration of the Earth (Gen. 1:2), it also commenced the creation of the tabernacle (Ex. 35:31). Also, just as on each of the seven days of restoration God said, “let there be … and it was so”, the tabernacle was raised in seven stages, each ending with the phrase, “… as the Lord had commanded Moses.” (Ex. 39-40) Finally, just as God looked over all His work and blessed it (Gen. 1:31), Moses looked over all his work and blessed it (Ex. 40:33; 39:32, 43).

 

A Comparison of Both Sanctuaries

Clearly, God designed the Earth to be a sanctuary to sustain physical life. King David had great insight into this subject. Not only did he understand that the Earth is a sanctuary, but he also understood that it provided the pattern for the tabernacle that Moses built (Ex. 25 through 29). He wrote, “And He built His sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which He has established forever.” (Ps. 78:69) Thus, just as the Earth is a physical sanctuary designed to sustain physical life, the tabernacle was a physical sanctuary designed to sustain spiritual life.

A careful comparison of the physical life-sustaining qualities of the Earth with the spiritual life-sustaining qualities of tabernacle will reveal that they parallel one another perfectly. The light of first day of the restoration of the Earth is the equivalent of the Shekinah Glory of the tabernacle: truth. The air of the second day of the restoration of the Earth is the equivalent of the altar of incense of the tabernacle: faith. The grass, herbs, and fruit trees of the third day of the restoration of the Earth are the equivalents of the table of showbread of the tabernacle: the word of God. The seasons, days and years of the fourth day of the restoration of the Earth are the equivalents of the seven-branched lampstand of the tabernacle: repentance. The water abounding of fifth day of the restoration of the Earth is the equivalent of the laver of the tabernacle: rebirth. The creation of man of the sixth day of the restoration of the Earth is the equivalent of the altar of burnt sacrifices of the tabernacle: grace. Finally, the Sabbath of the seventh day of the restoration of the Earth is the equivalent of the Levitical Priesthood: spiritual completeness.

 

The Genesis Code

When the spiritual applications of the life-sustaining qualities of both sanctuaries are compiled in a list, they comprise a code that contains seven stages of spiritual progression. The code is: 1. truth; 2. faith; 3. the word of God; 4. repentance; 5. rebirth; 6. grace; and 7. spiritual completeness.

When we apply the code to the individual believer, it proves to contain seven stages in the process of salvation. The process starts with truth. Then, the believer builds faith, learns the word of God, falls away to one degree or another and repents, goes through a period of spiritual rebirth, receives God’s grace, and reaches spiritual completion through trials.

When we apply the code to mankind, it proves to contain seven eras in the process of salvation. The process began when God presented Adam with truth. Then, Abraham became the father of the faithful. Then, Moses delivered the word of God, the Torah. Then, David sinned with Bathsheba and repented (Ps. 51). Then, Esther intervened on behalf of the Jews who returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple, which represented rebirth. Then, Jesus saves us by grace. Finally, God brings us to spiritual completion.

When we apply the code to the Israel, it proves to contain seven eras in the process of salvation. The process began with Moses encounter with God at the burning bush, which represented truth. Then, Moses parted the waters of the Red Sea through faith. At Mt. Sinai, Moses mediated the covenant between God and Israel based on the Torah, the word of God. After the Israelites broke the Old Covenant with God, Moses went back up Mt. Sinai to make atonement for Israel’s sins, which represented repentance. Moses returned from Mt. Sinai with the New Covenant, which represented rebirth. God miraculously met Israel’s needs as they journeyed to the Promised Land, which represented grace. Finally, the Israelites fought their enemies to capture the Promised Land, which represented spiritual completeness.

When we apply the code to the individual believer, it proves to contain seven stages in the process of salvation. The first stage in the process of salvation starts when God reveals truth to him or her. Then, the individual builds faith during the second stage, studies the word of God during the third stage, repents for breaking God’s Law during the fourth stage, experiences rebirth through baptism during the fifth stage, receives grace during the sixth stage and, finally, achieves spiritual completeness during the seventh stage.

When we apply the code to the church, it proves to contain seven eras in the process of salvation. This precise application of the Genesis Code is the subject matter of this book!  

It is important to understand that while there are seven stages or eras to each application of the code, the theme associated with each stage or era is not limited strictly to that stage or era. Rather, each theme applies to a specific stage or era in general terms. In other words, for example, the theme “truth” is not limited to only the first stage or era of any given application. Surely, there are isolated examples of truth in every stage or era of every application. Still; however, isolated examples of truth do not constitute a theme! On the other hand, many examples of truth do!

Before we can apply the Genesis code to the church, we must first establish a few facts!

 

The Book of Revelation is Concealed in Symbolism

The first verse of the Book of Revelation states, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place.” (Rev. 1:1) Obviously, the fact that the book needs a revelator proves that it is a concealed book. And since Jesus, who is identified in Scripture as the living Word of God (John 1:1, 14; Heb. 4:12), is the Revelator of the book, we must refer to the Bible, the written word of God, for its proper interpretation. In other words, in order to reveal the proper interpretation of the Bible we must allow the Bible to interpret itself. Proverbs 25:2 states, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” Proverbs 3:5-6 states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Those who attempt to interpret the Bible based on their own understanding deceive themselves with their own vain opinions (2 Pet. 1:20). The Bible provides us with the key to unlocking its hidden treasures: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matt. 7:7-8; cf. Luke 11:9-10) Hebrews 11:6 states, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

A careful examination of the Book of Revelation will, not only reveal that the contents of the book are concealed in symbols, but also that the book itself provides us with a few examples on how to it interpret those symbols. We will examine a few of these examples.

Revelation 1:12 states, “Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands.” Verse 16 states, “He had in His right hand seven stars…” The symbols of the “seven golden lampstands” and the “seven stars” are interpreted in verse 20, which states, “The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.”

Revelation 12:7-8 states, “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.” The symbol of the “dragon” is interpreted in verse 9, which states, “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Revelation 17:1 states, “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters…” The symbol of the “many waters” is interpreted in verse 15, which states, “Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.”

Revelation 17:7 states, “But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.” The symbol of the “seven heads” is interpreted in verse 9, which states, “Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.” And the symbol of the “ten horns” is interpreted in verse 12, which states, “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.”

Remember, Jesus is both the Revelator of the book of Revelation and the living Word of God; therefore, the proper interpretation of the symbols of the book are not limited to the book itself- they can be found anywhere in the Bible, the written word of God. We will examine three of these examples.

Revelation 19:15 states, “Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.” The symbol of the “sword” is interpreted in Hebrews 4:12, which states, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Ephesians 6:17 adds, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…” (cf. Rev. 2:12; 19:15, 21; Isa. 11:4)

Revelation 13:1 states, “Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.” The symbol of the “beast” is interpreted Daniel 7:17 which states, “Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth.” In Bible prophecy, a king is synonymous with the kingdom over which he rules. Daniel 7:23 confirms this: “… The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on earth, Which shall be different from all other kingdoms, And shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces.” (cf. Daniel 7:18, 22, 24, 27) Not only is the symbol of the “ten horns” interpreted in Revelation 7:12, as we have proven earlier, but it is also interpreted in Daniel 7:24, which states, “The ten horns are ten kings Who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, And shall subdue three kings.”

 

Jesus’ Olivet Prophecies are Also Concealed in Symbolism

Just as the Book of Revelation is concealed in symbolism, so too are Jesus’ Olivet prophecies of Matthew chapter 24. Matthew 24:1-3 states, “Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Now 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?”

Despite the fact that the disciples asked for one sign, the context proves that Jesus’ actually gave them seven. They are: 1. false christs (vv. 4-5); 2. wars (vv. 6-7); 3. famines (vs. 7); 4. pestilences (vs. 7); 5. the great tribulation (vv. 9-28); 6. the mourning of heaven and Earth (vv. 29-30); and finally 7. the angels blowing trumpets to gather His elect (vs. 31).

History proves that the rise of dictators to power oftentimes sets in motion the universal sequence of war, famine, and death. Clearly, Jesus’ prophecies of Matthew chapter 24 are based on this principle, albeit with one fundamental difference; the prophecies of Matthew chapter 24 are initiated by false christs (Matt. 24:5), not by dictators. So just as dictators cause wars, and wars cause famines, and famines cause death, the false christs of Matthew chapter 24 cause wars of religion, wars of religion cause famines of the word of God and famines of the word of God cause spiritual death. Thus, the fact that the prophecies of Matthew chapter 24 are set in motion by false christs proves that its prophecies regarding wars, famines and death have a symbolic application.

A careful comparison of the seven “signs” of Matthew chapter 24 with the seven “seals” of Revelation chapters 6 through 11 will reveal that both prophetic outlines parallel one another. The false christs of Matthew 24:4-5 are the equivalent of the first seal of Revelation, the white horse (Rev. 6:2); the wars of Matthew 24:6-7 are the equivalent of the second seal of Revelation, the red horse (Rev. 6:3-4); the famines of Matthew 24:7 are the equivalent of the third seal of Revelation, the black horse (Rev. 6:5-6); the pestilences of Matthew 24:7 are the equivalent of the fourth seal of Revelation, the pale horse (Rev. 6:7); the great tribulation of Matthew 24:9-28 is the equivalent of the fifth seal of Revelation, the souls crying out from under the alter (Rev. 6:9-11); the mourning of heaven and Earth of Matthew 24:29-30 is the equivalent of the sixth seal of Revelation, the mourning of heaven and Earth (Rev. 6:12-7:17); and finally, Jesus sending His angels with a great sound of a trumpet to gather His elect of Matthew 24:31 is the equivalent of the seventh seal of Revelation, the trumpet plagues (Rev. 8 through 11:15). Thus, since the prophecies of the book of Revelation are symbolic, logic dictates that Jesus’ Olivet prophecies are also symbolic.

 

Symbolism and the Church

Scripture identifies the existence of two types of churches, the harlot church and the chaste church and uses symbolism to liken each church to a woman.

 

The Harlot Church

Revelation 17:1-6 states, “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, “with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.”

 

The Chaste Church

2 Corinthians 11:1-2 states, “Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly—and indeed you do bear with me. For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” Ephesians 5:22-27 states, “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” Revelation 12:1 states, “Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.” Revelation 14:4 states, “These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.” Revelation 19:7 adds, “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” Thus, Scripture identifies the chaste church as a glorious, chaste virgin preparing herself for her wedding to her bridegroom, Jesus Christ.

 

The Two Churches Contrasted

In this modern age many believers have identified the mark of the beast with the latest technological advancements, including Social Security cards, UPC codes and ATM cards. The most popular theory by far; though, is that the mark of the beast is a computer chip that the government will implant into the hand or the forehead. Sadly, those who teach this doctrine unwittingly reduce the message of the Bible to that of a cheap science fiction movie!

The phrase, the mark of the beast” is found two times in the Bible, both times in Book of Revelation: Revelation 16:20 and 19:20. A careful study of the Book of Revelation will reveal that the contents of the book are concealed in symbolism and that those symbols must be interpreted by the Bible. The “beast” is described in Revelation 13:1, which states, “Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.” The term “beast” is interpreted in Daniel 7:17, which states, “Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth.” In addition, the Bible also states that a king is synonymous with the kingdom over which he rules. Daniel 7:23 confirms this: “… The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on earth, Which shall be different from all other kingdoms, And shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces.” (cf.. Daniel 7:18, 22, 24, 27) Thus, the term “beast” symbolizes a kingdom or a nation, but in order to identify which kingdom or nation is associated with the mark of the beast, a little historical information is necessary.

When the Israelites inherited the Promised Land, they named their kingdom Israel and divided the land by lot between the twelve tribes (Num. 26:55; Josh. 7:14; 14:2; 1 Sam. 14:42). Later, under Rehoboam’s reign, the ten northern tribes seceded from the two southern tribes (1 Kings 11:11-13, 31-17; 12:1-24). The ten northern tribes retained the national name of Israel while the two southern tribes named their kingdom Judah, after the predominant tribe, Judah- the Jews.

In time, the northern nation of Israel broke their covenant with God so God terminated His covenant with them, sending them into captivity in Assyria in about 720 B.C. (2 Kings 17:5-29; 18:9-12). A short time later, the southern nation of Judah became sinful, which resulted in God allowing them to be taken into captivity in Babylon between 597 B.C. and 586 B.C. During their captivity, God gave the prophet Daniel a vision of four beasts rising up one after the other out of the sea. The first beast was like a lion, the second was like a bear, the third was like a leopard and the fourth was so “dreadful and terrible” it couldn’t be symbolized by any earthly beast (Dan. 7:1-7). Of course, the first beast, the lion, symbolizes Babylon, the first kingdom to rule over Judah; the second beast, the bear, symbolizes Medo-Persia, the second kingdom to rule over Judah; the third beast, the leopard, symbolizes Greece, the third kingdom to rule over Judah; and the fourth beast, the “dreadful and terrible” beast, symbolizes Rome, the fourth beast to rule over Judah. As each nation seized power from its predecessor it also, in effect, inherited rulership over Judah.

In about 90 A.D., centuries after Daniel received his vision, God gave the Apostle John a similar vision. John saw a single beast rising up out of the sea having the body of a leopard, the feet of the bear and the mouth of the lion, and “…The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. (Dan. 7:1-7) Of course, John’s beast is a grotesque composite of Daniel’s four beasts. The reason why Daniel’s four beasts rose up out of the sea individually is that he lived during the reign of the first beast, Babylon, when the reigns of the three successive beasts were awaiting their future fulfillments. Conversely, the reason why John’s beast is pictured as a grotesque composite of Daniel’s four beasts is that he lived during the reign of the fourth beast, Rome, after the successive reigns of the three preceding beasts. John’s beast had absorbed and included the dominant characteristics of its predecessors: the royal splendor and kingly power of ancient Babylon, symbolized by the mouth of the lion; the massiveness and numerically powerful army of the Persian empire, symbolized by the feet of the bear; the swiftness, cunningness and cruelty of the Greek army, symbolized by the body of a leopard; and the “dreadful and terrible” nature of the Roman empire which could not be represented by an earthly beast symbolizes a dragon. In speaking of this composite beast John states, “… The dragon gave him his power and authority.” (Rev 13:2) Of course, the dragon symbolizes Satan (Rev 12:9) who gives the beast his power and authority.

Thus, since the existence of the “beast” extends back to ancient Babylon, it follow that the mark of the beast does also. Revelation 20:4 proves this point: “And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” Notice that this Scripture describes the resurrection of the saints, which includes everyone from the time of Adam, and states that everyone who rejected the mark of the beast will be included in the resurrection. This means that the mark of the beast has always existed.

Revelation 13:16 explains that the mark of the beast is taken upon the hand and the forehead, symbolism that is based on a principle found in the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 6:1–2, 8 states, “Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, “that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. … “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” (cf. Ex. 13:9-10; 31:13; Deut. 11:1-18; Ezek. 9:1-8) Thus, just as believers who keep God’s commandments receive a “sign” on their hand, which is symbolic of action, and their forehead, which is symbolic of a person’s will, those who keep the beast’s commandments, in contrast, receive a “mark”. Acts 5:29 states, “We must obey God Rather than men.” The Apostle Paul said, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?” (Rom. 6:16) This symbolic “mark”, then, serves to identify those who worship the beast by breaking God’s Law.

Revelation 14:9-12 states, “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, “he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. “And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” Notice that verses 9 through 11 describes those who receive the mark of the beast on their foreheads or on his hands and contrasts them with in verse 12 with “… those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”

Revelation 14:10 reveals that those who receive the mark of the beast will suffer the wrath of God. Since Colossians 3:6 tells us that “the wrath of God” is coming upon the sons of disobedience”, it follows that the mark of the beast is a willful disobedience to God and His laws.

Thus, the harlot church, “BABYLON THE GREAT” (Rev. 17:5), which is identified as those “… who worship the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand” (Rev, 14:9), is contrasted with the chaste church, which is identified as “… those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” (Rev. 14:12).

 

The Seven Eras of the Two Churches

The prophetic histories of both the harlot church and the chaste church run parallel to one another and are outlined in Matthew chapter 24, Revelation chapters 6 through 11, and Revelation chapters 2 and 3. However, while Matthew chapter 24 and Revelation chapters 6 through 11 focus on the prophetic history of the harlot church as it persecutes the chaste church, Revelation chapters 2 and 3 focus on the prophetic history of the chaste church as it is persecuted by the harlot church.

 

The Harlot Church

Again, Matthew 24:1-3 states, “Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Now 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?” The disciples’ three-part question quoted above suggests that they believed that the destruction of the temple, the sign of Jesus’ coming and the end of the age would all be fulfilled in one prophetic event. Of course, they were wrong. The Romans destroyed the temple in 70 A.D. and yet we continue to wait for Jesus’ return to this day. This means that the seven signs of Jesus’ return in Matthew chapter 24 extend past the destruction of the temple to Christ’s second coming. And since the seven seals of Revelation chapters 6 through 11 parallel the seven signs in Matthew chapter 24, it follows that they too extend past the destruction of the temple to Christ’s second coming. Thus, both Matthew chapter 24 and Revelation chapters 6 through 11 outline the prophetic history of the harlot church.

 

The Chaste Church

Jesus instructed the Apostle John, who wrote the Book of Revelation, to: “Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.” (Rev. 1:19) The phrase, “the things which you have seen” refers to the prophecies that had already been fulfilled in John’s day; the phrase, “the things which are” refers to the prophecies that were currently being fulfilled; and the phrase, “the things which will take place after this” refers to the prophecies that were yet to be fulfilled. When this principle is applied to the seven churches of Revelation outlined in chapters 2 and 3, it reveals that the seven churches represent seven distinct church eras that began with the first advent of Christ, extend past John’s day and continue to the second coming of Christ. John Walvoord, a prominent Bible expositor, wrote, “Many expositors believe that in addition to the obvious implication of these messages the seven congregations represent the chronological development of church history viewed spiritually. They note that Ephesus seems to be characteristic of the Apostolic period in general and that the progression of evil climaxing in Laodicea seems to indicate the final state of apostasy of the church... The order of the messages to the churches seems to be divinely selected to give prophetically the main movement of church history” (John Walvoord, The Revelation of Jesus, the Messiah, 1989, pp. 51-52). Thus, not only is it true that the seven churches of Revelation represent seven distinct church eras, but it is also true that the characteristics of each church symbolizes the characteristics of each church era.

 

The Genesis Code Applied to the Seven Church Eras

God had ordained that those who disobey Him would receive curses while those who obey Him would receive blessings (Lev. 26; Deut. 27-28).

When we apply the Genesis code revealed above is to the seven churches of Revelation outlined in Revelation chapters 2 and 3, it reveals the specific blessing of the chaste church during each church era.


The Genesis Code and the Chaste Church

The
Genesis
Code

Seven
Church
Eras

The Chaste Church
Under Blessings
Revelation 2 and 3

Truth

Ephesus

“Tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars” (Rev. 2:2)

Faith

Smyrna

“Be faithful until death”
(Rev. 2:10)

Word of God

 

Pergamos

Taught the “doctrine of Balaam” and the “doctrine of the Nicolaitans”; however, overcomers given “hidden manna”
(Rev. 2:14-15)

Repentance

Thyatira

“I gave her time to repent”
(Rev. 2:21)

Rebirth

 

Sardis

 

“strengthen the things which remain” (Rev.3:2):
     Truth
     Faith
     Word of God
     Repentance (Death of self)

Grace

Philadelphia

“I have set before you an open door”
(Rev. 3:8)

Spiritual Completeness

Laodicea

 

“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire”
(Rev. 3:18)

When we apply the Genesis code revealed above to the seven signs of Matthew chapter 24 and the seven seals of Revelation chapters 6 through 11, it reveals, in contrast, the specific curse of the harlot church during each church era.


The Genesis Code and the Harlot Church

The
Genesis Code
Reversed

Seven Church
Eras

The Harlot Church Under Cursings
Matthew 24

Seven Church
Eras

The Harlot Church Under Cursings Revelation 6 -11

Lies

1st sign

False christs
(Matt. 24:4-5)

1st  seal

White horse (Rev. 6:2)

War

2nd sign

Wars and rumors of war
(Matt. 24:6-7)

2nd seal

Red horse
(Rev. 6:3-4)

Famine of Word of God

3rd sign

Famines
(Matt. 24:7)

3rd seal

Black horse
(Rev. 6:5-6)

Death

4th sign

Pestilences
(Matt. 24:7)

4th seal

Pale horse
(Rev. 6:7-8)

False Rebirth

5th sign

Great tribulation:
     False christs
     Killing
     Lawlessness
     Love grows cold
     (Matt. 24:8-28)

5th seal

Souls under altar: “who would be killed as they were”
(Rev. 6:9-11)

Mourning

6th sign

Heaven and Earth mourn
(Matt. 24:29-30)

6th seal

Heaven and Earth mourn
(Rev. 6:12-17)

Spiritual Incompleteness

7th sign

Angles sound trumpet
(Matt. 24:31)

7th seal

The seven trumpet plagues
(Rev. 7 – 11:15)

The difference between the two churches is that the chaste church receives blessings throughout the seven eras of the church while the harlot church receives curses. The “false christs” of Matthew chapter 24 are the equivalent of the first seal of Revelation, the white horse, which stands in contrast to the theme of the first church of Revelation: truth. The “wars and rumors of war” of Matthew chapter 24 are the equivalent of the second seal of Revelation, the red horse, which stands in contrast to the theme of the second church of Revelation: faith. The “famines” of Matthew chapter 24 are the equivalent of the third seal of Revelation, the black horse, which stands in contrast to the theme of the third church of Revelation: the word of God. The “pestilences” of Matthew chapter 24 are the equivalent of the fourth seal of Revelation, the pale horse, which stands in contrast to the theme of the fourth church of Revelation: repentance. The “great tribulation” of Matthew chapter 24 is the equivalent of the fifth seal of Revelation, the souls crying out from “under the altar”, which stands in contrast to the theme of the fifth church of Revelation: rebirth. The mourning of heaven and Earth of Matthew chapter 24 is the equivalent of the sixth seal of Revelation, the mourning of heaven and Earth, which stands in contrast to the theme of the sixth church of Revelation: grace. And finally, Jesus sending His angels with a great sound of a trumpet to gather His elect of Matthew chapter 24 is the equivalent of the seventh seal of Revelation, the trumpet plagues, which stands in contrast to the theme of the seventh church of Revelation: spiritual completion.

 

The Length of Each Church Era

In John’s day, the seven cities of Revelation chapters 2 and 3 were located in the western region of modern-day Turkey. A Roman road connected the seven cities. Just as riders would travel the road from city to city, so the church passed form era to era.

Map of the Seven Churches of Revelation

A careful examination of the curses and the blessings of Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 27 and 28 will prove that they are diametrically opposite from one another. Therefore, since Leviticus 26:18, 21, 24, 28 states that those who disobey God would receive curses “seven times”, it follows then that those who obey God would receive blessings “seven times.” Based on this principle, when we multiply the mileage between each city by seven, the length of time between each church era is revealed.

Today, archaeologists have excavated all seven cities where the seven churches were located to one degree or another. However, establishing the mileage between each city is complicated by the fact that we do not know the exact borders of the seven cities at the time John wrote the Book of Revelation. Since it is impossible to pinpoint the exact borders of the seven cities, it follows that it is also impossible to establish the exact mileage between each city and, more importantly, the exact length of time between each church era. Still, while it is beyond the scope of archaeology to provide us with the exact mileage between each city in John’s day, it does provide us with very close estimates. Moreover, when we examine these estimates in the light of church history, we are able to pinpoint better the beginning and the end of each church era.

In order to help us pinpoint the beginning and the end of each church era, God has provided us with another clue. In speaking of the four horsemen, whose “rides” correspond to the first four church eras, Revelation 6:8 states, “…And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.” Since mankind has existed for about 6000 years on Earth, the phrase, “…And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth…” reveals that the collective “rides” of the four horsemen were to last for about 1500 years.

The chart below displays the distance between each city as published by three independent sources: 1. vision.org; 2. The Bible and Archaeology (the United Church Of God) and; 3. sevenchurches.org. It also displays two other columns: 1. my personal distance estimates between each city based on the three sources cited above and church history and 2. my personal estimated start date and end date of each church era.


The Seven Churches of Revelation Distance Estimates

The
Progression
of
Cities

Vision
.org

The
Bible
and
Archaeology

Seven
churches
.org

My Estimates
Multiplied by Seven

Church
Eras
?

Ephesus
to
Smyrna

Must Equal
About
1500 Years. Rev. 6:8

40

40

50

45 x 7 = 315

- 4
to
311

Smyrna
to
Pergamos

68

Not given

69

74 x 7 = 518

312
to
830

Pergamos
to
Thyatira

28

40

47

54 x 7 = 377

830
to
1243

Thyatira
to
Sardis

25

30

39

37 x 7 = 257

1244
to
1501

Sardis
to
Philadelphia

Not given

25

28

21 x 7 = 147

1502
to
1649

Philadelphia
to
Laodicea

30

45

56

35 x 7 = 245

1650
to
1895

Laodicea
to
End-of-the-Age

Not given

Not given

Not given

16 x 7 = 112

1896
to
2008

Time of Delay

 

2008
to
?

According to my best estimates the first church era started about -4 B.C. and ended about 311 A.D. The second church era started about 312 A.D. and ended about in 865 A.D. The third church era started about 866 A.D. and ended about 1243 A.D. The fourth church era started about 1244 A.D. and ended about 1501 A.D. The fifth church era started about 1502 A.D. and ended about 1677 A.D. The sixth church era started in about 1678 A.D. and ended about 1895 A.D. The seventh church era started about 1896 B.C. and ended about 2008. Obviously, Jesus didn’t return in 2008. This is because the Bible tells us that Jesus’ Second Coming will be delayed (Ex. 32- in typology; Mark 13: 28-37; 2 Pet. 3:3-4). This delay is symbolized the messenger mentioned above who traveled from city to city. Just as the messenger’s task wasn’t complete until he reached the far end of the city, God will delay Jesus’ Second Coming until the Laodicean era of the church prepares herself for His return.

At this point, we will reveal the prophetic histories of both the chaste church and the harlot church based on: 1. the theme of each church era as revealed by the Genesis Code; 2. church history and; 3. my personal estimated dates of each church era.

 

Footnotes:

1. Scientists and theologians have been at odds for many years regarding the age of the Earth. Scientists insist that the Earth is approximately 4.5 billion years old based on carbon dating while most theologians insist that the Earth is approximately 6 thousand years old based on Genesis 1:1-2 and the genealogy of Adam and Eve. Sadly, this controversy was the result of the mistranslation of one word in the first chapter of the book of Genesis- the word “was.” Genesis 1:1-2 states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void…” The word “was” was improperly translated from the Hebrew word “hayah,” It should have been translated “became” as it is translated in Genesis 2:7; 9:15 and 19:26. The NIV and other study Bibles properly translate the word “hayah” as “became” in their alternate marginal renderings. Thus, this verse should read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth became…”

In addition, verse 2 states, “The earth was without form…” The words “without form, and void” were translated from the Hebrew words “tohu” and “bohu” and are better translated, “without form, and waste.” Isaiah 45:18 states, “For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain.” The word “vain” was translated from the Hebrew word “tohu,” the same exact Hebrew word translated as “without form” in Genesis 1:1. Notice that the alternate marginal renderings for the word “vain” in this verse are “waste” or “empty.” Adam Clarke’s Bible Commentary states, “The original terms tohu and bohu, which we translate without form and void, are of uncertain etymology; but in this place, and wherever else they are used, they convey the idea of confusion and disorder.” (cf. Jer 4:23; Isa 34:11; 45:18) The Rotherham translation is properly translated, “Now the earth had become waste and empty.”

The fact that Genesis 1:1 states that the Earth became “tohu” and that Isaiah 45:18 states that God did not create the Earth in “tohu” proves that something happened to cause the Earth to become waste and empty after God had created it. 1 Corinthians 14:33 states, “…God is not the author of confusion…”. Why would God create the Earth in confusion and disorder just to have to straighten it out?

Those who understand the truth regarding the proper translation of Genesis 1:1-2 also understand that science and religion are not really in conflict at all regarding the age of the Earth. The truth is that God created the Earth approximately 4.5 billion years ago. Then, after the Earth was destroyed, God restored it in seven days approximately six thousand years ago, creating Adam and Eve on the sixth day. Thus, the “seven days of creation” are, in reality, the “seven days of restoration.”

2. Toward the end of Jesus’ ministry He declared, “… I will build My church” (Matt. 16:18). Interestingly, the word “church” was not used anywhere in the Old Testament and Jesus’ apparent use of the word seems to suggest that He intended to start a new religion with a new people! Nothing could be further from the truth!

The word “church” was translated from the Greek word “ekklesia” which, according to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, is a compound word derived from two root words: “ejk” and “kaleo” The word “ejk” means, “out of, from, by and away from” and the word “kaleo” means, “to call, to call aloud, utter in a loud voice and to invite …” The combination of both words mean “gathering” or “assembly”. In Acts 7:38 the word “ekklesia” was translated in the King James Version as “church” in the phrase, “the church in the wilderness”. However, it was translated in the New King James Version as “congregation” in the phrase, “the congregation in the wilderness”. Since the phrase refers to Israel and Israel was never referred to as a church in the Old Testament, there is no question that the proper translation of the word “ekklesia” is “congregation”, a word that was consistently used to refer to Israel. Also, in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament published in the 3rd Century B.C., the Hebrew word “qahal”, which means, “assembly” or “congregation”, was translated into the Greek “ekklesia”. Thus, the evidence proves that the word “ekklesia” is properly translated “congregation” or “assembly”. Therefore, Jesus actually said, “I will build My congregation” or “I will build My assembly”.

A study of the word “church” will reveal that it was derived from the Old English or Anglo-Saxon root word “Circe”, which was the name of the goddess-daughter of Helios, the Sun-deity! The words “circus,” “circle,” “circuit,”, “circulate,” and every word that begins with the prefix, “circum”, are related to the word “circe”. They all include the meaning of something circular… like the sun. William Tyndale, in his English translation, consistently translated the Greek word “ekklesia” as “congregation” when it was used to describe the Body of Messiah and, in contrast, translated it as “churches” in Acts 19:37 when it was used to describe pagan temples! Thus, the evidence proves that the word church is of pagan origin.
The truth, then, is that Jesus didn’t start a new religion with a new people. Rather, He established the new covenant with Israel, thereby keeping God’s unconditional promise to Abraham to make his descendants a great nation forever. Again, Jeremiah 31:31-34 states, “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— “not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. “No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

Just as the old covenant was established with the twelve tribes, the new covenant was established with the twelve apostles (Luke 6:12-16). And just as the Israelites were God’s chosen people in the Old Testament, the Israelites in the Body of Messiah continue to be God’s chosen people in the New Testament. Jesus told His disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you” (John 15:16) He also said, “Many are called, but few are chosen (Matt. 20:16). Too, just as Israel was called God’s “elect” in the Old Testament, the Body of Messiah is called the “elect” in the New Testament (Rom. 11:7-8; etc.).

When Jesus’ message of repentance was rejected by the Judeans, God terminated His covenant with them and started over, establishing the new covenant through Jesus, “the mediator of the new covenant” (Heb. 8:6; 9:15). When Jesus declared, “… I will build My congregation” He was referring to the Body of Messiah. Jesus, like John the Baptist, was in the process of separating Israel into two groups: those who were willing to repent and establish a new covenant with God and those who weren’t willing.

3. Just as a lampstand that is without oil is useless and dead, the Gentiles were once, “…aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise…” (Eph. 2:12) and “… dead in [their] trespasses and sins…” (Eph. 2:1; cf. Col. 2:13; 1 Tim. 5:6; Rev. 3:1; Luke 9:60; Matt. 8:22; John 3:18; John 8:23-25) Also, just as a lampstand needs oil to produce light, the church needs the Holy Spirit, which is symbolized by oil (Zach. 4:1-6, 11-14; 1 John 2:20, 27), to produce light in order that it might be “the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14-16). Scripture teaches that Christians are imbued with the power of the Holy Spirit (1 John 3:24) and that in order to receive the Holy Spirit we must first repent. Acts 2:38 states, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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