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Here is something that I am SO EXCITED to be sharing. I thank the Lord for this awesome privelage and I so thank you for reading this. I do hope you will share it with as many Bible-believing or just truth-seeking friends as you can. Let’s FEAST together.
By far, one of the MOST powerful things the Lord has revealed to his body has been what I have come to know as “types and shadows“. These can also be called metaphors or parables, but they can also be an actual event, person, place or thing that occurred in the Bible. The Old Testament is LOADED with them and begin to become unlocked once we understand the new covenant of Grace. These are so amazing and INCREDIBLE once you see this as it totally UNLOCKS the deeper meaning and truth found in God’s written Word. Let me give you an illustration from everyday life to show you what I am talking about.
Lets say you are going on a long road trip and you are driving down the highway and you are getting hungry. After a few miles you see a sign on the side of the road with a big hamburger on it that says “3 miles”. Now, do you stop and pullover by the sign and look for the hamburger there? Do you try to eat the SIGN? I am sure you won’t because you know it is only a “sign” or a pointer to show you or reveal to you where the REAL food is. The sign is not the “real substance” and will not feed you at all. It is only a “pointer” to where to find the food. Please, don’t try to eat the sign as it will give us terrible indigestion and may even cause us to get really sick. I am joking, but I think you will soon understand what I mean.
Why do signs exist? We NEED signs or we will starve. In our example, you were completely unaware of where to get food until you saw the sign. If you missed the sign, you will also miss the food because it is HIDDEN from your view at this point. If you see the sign, understand it, and go to where it sign says, you will get the REAL substance (food) and can EAT. This is EXACTLY what Gods Word is FULL OF!
And boy CAN YOU EAT! NON-STOP if you want to… Don’t worry, you will never get spiritually fat! 🙂 The great news is that you will become or really “manifest” (make appear in your everyday life) your “whole” or true person that you really are! You will live and love like never before. Who doesn’t want that?
Before we can do this, we have to learn how to recognize and then “read” or understand the signs in God’s Word or we will simply drive right by and go hungry. All of his real food or real truth (who IS Christ) is HIDDEN from our natural eyes and minds or “natural human thinking”. I have come to realize I have been driving right by HUGE signs that say “PRIME RIB” and “LOBSTER” for years while I was virtually starving for his suculent buffet. There is so much to eat and it is SO tasty and GOOD that I want to share it with you my friend. No matter how hungry you are there will always be baskets of leftovers.
Now, many of us are aware of some of these “signs” or “pointers” or “types and shadows” in God’s Word. However, we must be willing to keep looking and go MUCH DEEPER until the true picture (who IS Christ) begins to appear. This is the VERY key that unlocks the secrets of God’s plan! Let me show you what I mean with an example.
Have you ever read a verse and suddenly the word choices don’t make sense based on what you knew up to that point? For example, look at Matt 10:5
These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans (Matt 10:5)
Obviously, this is Jesus instructing his twelve disciples to go out and preach the Gospel. He tells them to not go the way of the “Gentiles”. What is a “Gentile”?
Most people know that in the Old Testament, a “gentile” is a non-Jewish person who was not given or under the Mosaic law and not part of the nation of Israel. Ok, now look at this other New Testament verse. It is telling us how to mediate a dispute with a fellow believer and how to handle if if they won’t cooperate.
“If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a “Gentile” and a tax collector (Matt 18:17)
We are told if a person refuses to listen to the Church, we should treat them as a “Gentile”. Doesn’t this seem strange? Is God telling us we should treat them like a “non-Jewish” person? NO! That’s crazy. All of us that are not physical Jews would technically be “Gentiles” under that definition. So, what does this mean? Why is it suddenly different?
This is very powerful to see. Under the New and one TRUE covenant of Grace, everything has changed! The term “Gentile” under the old PHYSICAL, NATURAL covenant of law meant “non-Jew” but under the new SPIRITUAL and TRUE covenant of Grace it means unbeliever! That may not seem like a big deal, but it really IS! It’s HUGE as I hope you will soon see. Believe me friend, under the new and TRUE covenant, EVERYTHING has changed! The old definition was NOT the truth. The truth was veiled during that (Old Covenant) time, but God is UNVEILING our minds to the TRUTH now. It can not be said ENOUGH! EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED! The very terms themselves have changed because the old covenant was only the “TYPE” or the sign (pointer) itself. It was not the actual FOOD! The REAL FOOD or REAL TRUTH or simply “the truth” (Christ) is so much better than eating a sign.
Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— 17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. (Col 2:17-18)
Anything we “do” or think while in a human body is but a mere shadow whereas Christ alone is the truth. ANYONE can eat this FOOD (believe the truth) no matter what religion or denomination they are part of! Real truth has NO religion and is completely free.
They just have to want to know the truth. It’s that simple. Be a seeker of the truth.
Now we can replace the word “GENTILE” in the Bible with the word “UNBELIEVER”! Watch what happens! You will begin to see things like you never did before. The Bible will truly come alive INSIDE you when these powerful truths come into your awareness. Now, you are seeing and eating the TRUE food of Christ and drinking of the LIVING WATERS within as Jesus promised us! And that is only ONE! Believe me friend, there are HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS more PURE GOLD NUGGETS to dig up and feast from in God’s Word. But, wait that is only the beginning. We are only getting started. It gets MUCH better. Let’s look at another one.
Guess what the word “Jew” truly means? If you are tracking along, I bet you already know…
For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. 29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God. (Romans 2:28-29)
Paul just told us not ONE but THREE powerful truths overwriting three lies we believed! First, true circumcision is not of the body or the flesh, but of the HEART or inner spiritual man. Second, it’s done by GOD and not man. Finally, A TRUE JEW is a person who’s heart (real Spirit man) and NOT his flesh has been circumcized or cut way from the body of the flesh by GOD himself (without hands). Who is this? This is a BELIEVER! Paul confirms this in Col 2:11 when he reminds us what happened to a true believer at new birth.
and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; (Col 2:11)
Friend, this one verse is so powerful. This is how a true believer has NO sin! God cut away their true person who is Spirit from the “body of flesh” that is old sinful nature. This “body of flesh” or “sinful nature” has been quarantined to their fallen, dead body and will be permanently destroyed when the natural body dies. In the meantime, all sins or wrong behaviors are no longer attached to the person in any way. The real person who is soul and spirit (but not yet physical body) was cut away or “spiritually circumcised” from their sin which is now only in the dead, natural body. God placed the powerful “firewall of Christ” between them and they truly can NEVER sin anymore. Amazing huh? Ok, let’s get back to our topic. 🙂 I get so excited about these things as they are SO good!
(End Side point)
So, you can see the POWERFUL nature of “types and shadows” or pointers that point to a powerful truth (in the Spirit realm but also here with us all the time). Please don’t think the “spirit realm” is some place “out there” or a place that we are not! Our current physical realm is INSIDE of Christ (God) and inside of ALL truth. We just don’t yet see it all, but we will! God is EVERYWHERE and Christ (truth) is ONE with the father. Any truth that we stumble upon in any situation ever is Christ himself being unveiled or revealed to our veiled minds. This is happening ALL the time and it’s as simple as “realizing the truth”. There is NO religion involved and “unbelievers” are seeing Christ EVERYTIME they understand or “see truth”! They are a “believer” in that moment. See Romans 2:26. As long as we are seeking truth, we are seeking Christ.
How can this be? Wasn’t Christ a man who walked the earth two thousand years ago and died for my sins? If that is all we think he is, we are not yet seeing the true Christ who is MUCH BIGGER!
Could we only be seeing and worshipping the pointer or the sign and not the REAL CHRIST?
Check these verses out:
For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way NO longer. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (2 Cor 5:14-19)
My friend. These verses have a LOT OF MEAT here that we could chew on for weeks or longer. However, truth can also come to us in one POWERFUL flash or deep “ah-ha” moment! Look at verse 16 again especially the part bolded in RED. This point is one we must allow God to reveal to us. I believe he wants to do that RIGHT HERE and NOW. Are you willing to allow him to? I sure hope so.
Christ is MUCH bigger than the man who walked the Earth! Christ is as BIG as God himself. Christ IS God himself in a human body. Christ is ALSO all LIFE and ALL truth. Christ is ALL and IN ALL! (Col 1:17, 3:11) He (truth and life) holds ALL CREATION together. Now, do you see why in verse 16 we are told to NO LONGER recognize Christ according to a human body or as a man? That would make him SO small and puny. He is not and is deserving of SO MUCH MORE! He is HUGE and POWERFUL and GLORIOUS! We are also told to NO LONGER recognize ANYONE, “believer” or “unbeliever” (or whatever label we put on them) according to the flesh (man’s understanding or “view” based on outward appearances).
Even though Christ manifested himself to mankind as a man, lets begin to think of him as ALL TRUTH and ALL LIFE that exists no matter where it exists. Try replacing the name “Christ” with the word “truth” (or light or life) once and see what happens. Here is what I am saying… Christ the man was a SIGN or a pointer just like I have been talking about.
(Powerful and DEEP side truth 2) Please skip this one if it makes no sense.
Jesus merged or brought together the entire OLD PHYSICAL Covenant of signs, shadows, and pointers with the TRUE reality or substance of the Spirit, or simply what we call the TRUTH. The man Jesus brought all men and all physical CREATION while God’s spirit inside Jesus brought all truth and all reality. Together they reconciled or made one all creation. The man Jesus was the sign, but God or the Spirit of Jesus, was the truth. Together they became ONE! Why don’t we know this? We have not yet experienced this because we can’t yet see it (fully). But, we are getting parts. Bits and pieces of truth. You are getting a LOT OF IT here, maybe TOO MUCH! If we get too much, we choke and won’t believe it. That would be DUANE’S fault and not God’s. Sorry. Each and every time God reveals a truth to us we are one step closer to seeing and personally experiencing this amazing merge of creation and God (truth). At the end the entire VEIL will be removed an we will all IMMEDIATELY SEE it at once! Can you imagine this? I am getting goose bumps.
(End Powerful and DEEP side truth 1)
(Powerful side thought 2)
Check out the OT where God says he will give Israel a “sign”. This “sign” will be born of a virgin, etc. The truth is that he is ALL TRUTH that exists whether we put a religious name on it or not. I pray God unveils our minds to see this. This is so powerful. We have put Christ in a little box for too long. It’s time to see the powerful truth.
(END Powerful side thought 2)
(Yet another powerful side thought)
One more that is irresistible. What if what we know of as the “written Word” or the Bible itself is actually a “sign” or “pointer” itself that really points to the TRUE and LIVING Word who is Christ himself and ALL truth?
(End of “yet another” powerful side thought)
Sorry, that was a VERY POWERFUL “side thought” that was irresistible. I do hope it will FEED you though! Christ (truth) will either OFFEND us or FEED us as there is no in-between I am sorry to say. Back to signs and pointers.
In the written Word (Bible) the sign or pointer will usually be something in this current physical realm (ENTIRE OLD TESTAMENT) that will point to a/the TRUTH in the spirit or TRUE realm. The pointer or sign is something or someone in the current, physical realm or natural existence and the true substance (truth) is in the spirit realm in Christ. As natural humans, we will understand the sign but will not see or understand the truth it points to unless it is revealed to our minds by God. The ENTIRE OLD TESTAMENT is LOADED with types, signs and pointers! Once a person’s eyes are opened and they begin to see what God is REALLY saying, they will NEVER read the Bible the SAME! They will not want to put it down because Christ will have unlocked the true meaning for them. They will feast beyond belief on HIS LIFE and will not SHUT up about the amazing things they find. They will look at their neighbors and think “if only you knew that you have won the lottery but you can’t see the check in your mailbox!” Let me show you how to see your check for 100 billion dollars that you can begin to enjoy right now.
We could go on for days and weeks and months on the amazing things God has been revealing and they all connect together like the most awesome puzzle you could ever imagine. Beyond what you can imagine! That is why people don’t believe them, they are so good. TOO GOOD. We are trained in this world and this flesh to expect the worst and believe the lies that convince us that we should be punished.
We will be so excited when God reveals to us what “Earth”, “stars”, “sun” and “moon” are. He will show us what the “mountains” and “beasts” and “nations” are. You will be amazed when you see what “wine” and “grain” and “grass” and “sea” and “trees” and “kings of the Earth” are! They can mean the physical things, but that is often but a mere shadow or pointer. The real truth of what they “point to” is much more awesome and amazing. We could be reading a story or an event from the physical world we live in or the Israelites lived in, but that’s not the true meaning. The true meaning is much more powerful and glorious. Each truth that is revealed to us builds and enlarges our vision of him and how beautiful and lovely God is. His amazing story of love gets BIGGER and BIGGER! Paul was not joking when he says “God can do anything BEYOND what we can ask or EVEN IMAGINE!”
Let me show you another example. Look at this very scary sounding verse in Revelation 8:7.
The first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. (Rev 8:7)
Once God opens our eyes and minds to signs and pointers, you will NO LONGER be afraid of verses like this! Look at the underlined “pointers” or signs in this verse. Our natural (human) mind sees them as physical things that are getting burned up causing pain and death. However, I am very confident God is talking about spiritual or TRUE (invisible) realities here and not physical things. What if God’s “fire” is not destructive? What if it really is refining and cleansing? What if the “bush does NOT burn up”? What if “hail” is what removes the lies we believe? What if “Earth” is not the physical Earth that we know but is the spiritual realm that contains both the physical creation and the spiritual creation? Imagine if the “Earth” that is burned up is the darkened spiritual side also called “Earth” where Satan still rules from (although defeated)?
Does God ever tell us in other places that Satan’s kingdom called “Earth” and “Edom” and “Babylon” will be FINALLY be fully destroyed? If so, Rev 8:7 is GREAT NEWS! Imagine if ALL of Satan’s DECEPTION that produced VEILED minds who are BLIND (to the truth) will be totally destroyed and all could see the lovely truth plainly? What if God revealed that “grass” really is “flesh” or self will or self-effort? What if “Green” meant anything powered by natural (green) human effort/life? Could “green” be simply what the Bible calls “works of the flesh”? If so, then anything that man has done himself will be DESTROYED! However, what will happen to man? What if God revealed to us the answer in 1 Corinthians 3:15 but we walked right by the sign?
My friend, there is so much more waiting. It is so exciting to see these most powerful truths. It is going to break down all the walls of separation we have in our own minds that play out in the world.
Want to be fed right now? Start replacing the word “gentile” with “unbeliever”. Better yet replace it with “someone who hasn’t yet seen the truth in this situation”. We can also replace “Jew” with “someone that God has revealed the truth to”. There are many more. Time to feast! You will be amazed and astounded. I pray the Lord is willing that it can be shared what he has revealed about Adam and Eve, Noah and MUCH more. The WHOLE entire BOOK of Genesis, Daniel and Revelation is being unlocked these days and we are seeing the truth for the first time. I am convinced we don’t need to fear any huge beasts. God is in total control and he loves us. He created us in HIS IMAGE! We just need to FEAR self righteousness and trying to earn ANY of our own salvation! We just need to rest and fully trust in his righteousness (Christ who is all Truth) and not any of our own while continuously seeking more and deeper truth. This is seeking HIM! Once we do, we will quickly realize we have NOTHING to FEAR and will begin to enter into his rest of the 7th day. These truly are very exciting times to be alive.
God bless you my friend.