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REVEALED — Volume Two — Free Today Only

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Have you been asking “What on Earth is happening here. . . on Earth?” This is a question which has been asked by people throughout history and has been speculated by both the wise and fools ever since the beginning of time. One of the most discussed and controversial books ever written, The Book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ to St. John, found in the Christian Holy Bible today stands in the midst of this question. Why is this book so important? Why is it written in an allegorical, “secretive” language which seems to cause more confusion than answers to the basic question? And even if this description the apostle tells is accurate how can we know where we are at in its forecasts?

This book is Volume Two of The Espirational Truth Ministries’ continuing series on the systematic research which its founders have been doing for over 50 years. Volume One was where the author explained what the prophetic, allegoric language is and how the definitions to the figurative language is found in Bible parables and prophecies as they were discovered and found. It contains a glossary of many of the common terms used in the Bible parables and The RevelationVolume Two of this series called REVEALED is a stand alone volume which builds on the theory presented in Volume One where the allegorical language of the prophecy as presented by John has been removed using the literal language as defined by the Bible itself. Then, as shown to be done by Old Testament prophets like Daniel the prophetic writing of The Revelation is carefully correlated with history. This current Kindle edition has footnotes showing how events which has occurred since this book’s original publication in 1988 have progressively pushed Earth’s history further along the path toward prophetic fulfillment as described by John.

This is not just another doom and gloom book of predictions which talks about the “end days” and the ultimate destruction of Earth and Earth’s inhabitants. If you read to the end of the book you will see how humans have a glorious future promised where we are returned to our proper place of being citizens of the Universe created by a loving God. We will finally realize that we are spiritual beings having a human experience who are invited into eternity by the creator of us all. Please read this book and share it with others. We all need hope in this chaotic world we live in today. That’s what this book offers.


 

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L- 04.08.01 – IT’s SPRING! — GARDEN TIME!

We’ve had a very mild winter here in northeast Oklahoma during the past few months. It’s been hard to wait for spring to actually get here so we can get out in our small yard and deck to piddle around in nature and get our hands, etc., dirty. But we’ve still been having some cold nights and we have not yet planted anything to give our home lives more color and taste – more life. That’s what spring and gardening is all about really, isn’t it? Regardless what scale you do it, as a huge multi-acre farmer, a patio flower potter or anywhere in between the idea of raising plants is much like the concept of raising one’s level of life to its next level. Gardening helps the gardener who has any sense of spirit to more fully allow that spirit to work. Here’s how:

The first thing a gardener must do is to decide where to place the garden. For most this is a simple task, simply deciding if they are going to place it in a more obvious place, like for a flower garden, for all to see or someplace more hidden where the vegetables can grow more freely. Others are more limited than this. The soil their working with may be rocky or root bound. It may not have the nutritional value needed by plants for them to thrive. In these cases the place to put a garden may be more limited and more work must be done.

Once the location for the garden is chosen, then we must plot out the area. This area must have access to sunlight at least part of the day. Water is essential and must be adequate enough to not cause the plants to dehydrate. Now if we are going to use and prepare the soil it must be prepared. This means removing the old grass and other plants and turning and loosening the soil to give the new plants the advantage to have loose and fresh soil to grow in. If the soil is seen to be missing some mineral or perhaps lacks a good source of water then we must find a way to provide this or the plants will be doomed from the beginning. Also some additional minerals may be necessary, as well as a acid/alkaline balance may be necessary to supplement in the ground for most plants to grow their best.

Once the dirt for your plants is properly prepared it is usually best to place border markers of some sort around the garden spot to prevent intruders, especially if you live in an area where rabbits and other critters run free. This boundary can be in the form of a low cost fence or a low wall, but it should be placed underground around the perimeter of the garden area since most critters and other plant life can burrow under a ground surface obstruction. Birds are notorious for flying over fences and scratching up the seed you so diligently sowed, so it’s best to plant a few extra as a precaution. If you end up with too many plants they can be thinned out later.

So, finally the garden plot, rather in your yard or in a flower pot, is ready. Where’s the seed? What do you plant? Hopefully you’ve figured that out a few weeks ago as you sat in your warm house dreaming of spring. You take the seed out to the garden, start poking holes in the dirt along the guide strings you’ve plotted and drop the seed into the holes with gentle sweeps of your hand to cover them with dirt. After spending some time doing this the garden is lovingly filled with seed and you go to get the hose. You spray water over the garden giving a little prayer for the gift of life to enter the seed and stand back looking at you’re day’s work and the awesome feeling of being a part of the creative process.

Then wait. We wait for the first visible signs of life as the little plants heads and first leaves appear above the ground proving that the process of life has been working even before it could be seen. Then we wait a while longer and see the plants grow into sturdy stalks and vines with full grown stems and leaves. And just a while longer those plants start to bloom with glorious colors and perhaps even fruit. Then, one day anticipated by all gardeners, comes harvest which for most is a glorious time of festivities rather the harvest comes from a field of orange trees in Florida or a single tomato plant in a Japanese balcony flower pot. Have a good, fresh meal, you deserve it.

What a wonderful experience gardening is. One which is much like the garden of our souls. We come into this world with little recognition or guidance as to what to do with it. We know we want to experience life and what is good in it. But how? How do we plant our spiritual garden? Where do we put it? Do we plant flowers for all to see, or vegetables and herbs to eat? How do we know the difference? How do we decide?

We watch others tending their own lives, their own plots of ground known as their bodies, and start learning how we want to live ourselves. We then start realizing that there are, indeed, different types of foods which come from different types of flowers, making it necessary for us to choose what we will plant in our own lives to grow spiritually. Some plants give beautiful flowers, but they either produce no fruit at all, or it is inedible. Some plants produce wonderful fruit, while others produce leaves, stems or even roots which are delicious. It is up to us to decide how we want our lives to fit into this world. But how do we plant our spiritual garden?

Much the same way as we planted our earthly garden, we must first decide if your spiritual garden is to be up front in our lives, for all to see, or will it be in the back yard kept as a more private experience. Either is fine. But keep in mind that while you may prefer not to openly wear your spirituality “on your shirt sleeve,” that people can see over your backyard fence and still see your garden is always a possibility. Likewise, having your spirituality in your “front yard” where you show it openly does not mean that you are necessarily growing spiritually, one must first experience a spiritual transformation within before the true beauty of spiritual flowers can begin to grow and blossom within one’s life to help and be appreciated by others.

The ground within your own life must be prepared. Through time as a young person your experiences have caused the “dirt,” that is the spiritual soil to become hardened. It has taken on much unnecessary and unwelcomed weeds and brambles which, if you are to be spiritually minded, must be uprooted and removed. The soil must be plowed and tilled to loosen your thoughts which have become hardened to “miracles” and unseen forces and boundaries must be placed upon who you allow to work in your garden and what you allow to enter it.

Then it is time to find the seed you want to plant, and to plant it carefully. Choose your mentors with much consideration and prayer. Read their written works as you would fertilize virgin ground. Cover these seeds completely with the loving ground of your soul’s faith and await the miracle of life. And if your faith is but as “a mustard seed,” as the Master Teacher said, your garden will begin to sprout and grow and flower and produce good fruits of righteousness so much desired by all those who seek spiritual things.

And what are the fruits of a spiritual life? The Apostle Paul told the Galatians what a spiritual person would be able to harvest in their lives:

“. . . the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  (GAL 5:22-23—NIV)

 

I hope everyone in the northern hemisphere has a wonderful spring with your planting time. Please, make it a promise to yourself to try a new spiritual plant this spring and summer. For those of you who live south of the equator, have a wonderful fall and I hope your harvest is bountiful. May your love be made perfect, your joy complete, your peace beyond measure, your forbearance toward all, your kindness shown purely, your goodness undeniable, your faithfulness absolute, your gentleness show strength and your self-control impeccable.

 

Shalom

 


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“Saved? Saved From What?”

Every popular religion on planet Earth has developed its own “language,” a form of “shop talk” by which its members communicate their faith. As referred to in an earlier post, the term “guru” means a person who disburses darkness according to Advayataraka Upanishad (thanks for this tidbit Mike). This Sanskrit term in popular language means “teacher,” but to a Hindu it more specifically represents a “counselor”, who helps mold values, shares experiential knowledge as much as literal knowledge, an exemplar in life, an inspirational source and who helps in the spiritual evolution of a student.” (Wikipedia, Pertz). Buddhism’s Buddha means, in its simplest form, “awakened one” or “one who has achieved enlightenment” (Wikipedia). In the Hebraic/Jewish world we find the promise of the Messiah which “is a title for a savior and liberator” (Wikipedia). And the Christian’s Christ, which the the Apostle John and the early church founders said was synonymous with the Hebrew Messiah (John 1:21 & 4:25), is defined by them as “The Anointed One” (Wikipedia). These prime examples are but just samples of the world religions’ “shop talk” which, combined with Islam, Confucius and numerous less well known religions, show that the Babel effect of language still survives within faiths. And thus the confusion, bitterness and conflict between these people of faith continue. This is the main reason for my book where I’ve put The Prophetic Dictionary.

The fact that a religious faith does have its own language or vocabulary of words specific to its own message of hope and vision becomes especially important to an evangelical type of faith like Christianity. The believers of such a faith speak to one another in terms which they know and understand quite easily, for if they have not grown up hearing these terms on a daily basis then they have heard them from the pulpits and in daily conversations through their daily lives since a time before they committed themselves to following their faith’s lifestyle.

But to the outsider, the coded words used within any faith sound much as just unfamiliar gibberish which seem to carry only hidden or perhaps no meaning. Thus the question as seen in the title of this article becomes quite relevant for many who are outside the Christian faith: “Saved? Saved from what?”

What is meant when believers in Jesus, the Christ, says one must be “saved”? This proclamation has been made by the Christian believer ever since the time when Jesus was witnessed to have been resurrected from his grave by apostles, prophets, evangelists, Christian teachers and preachers and others. Obviously the followers of Jesus seem to know what they mean, but how is such a proclamation relevant in today’s world to believers and followers of this faith who live in what seems to be relatively safe areas of the world? To understand the answer to this question we must know more about the faith message than the history books have recorded.

In the Old Testament, the Hebraic historical records show that when they spoke of salvation it was from Earthly, physical enemies; providing for the Hebrews freedom from bondage to those who would imprison or enslave them. But the New Testament seems to make the message of salvation more etheric, less on the physical realm. Let’s look at what Paul of the New Testament said one is saved from::

“Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” (ROM 5:9-NIV)

Oh, so Christians are saying that faith in Jesus, the Christ, gives the assurance of escaping God’s wrath. But wait a moment. How can it be that such salvation from God’s wrath is necessary. Have I not shown before that the Christian/Hebraic God is pure love — agape? Yes, that is true. But the very fact that the Supreme Creator is of pure logical love places upon that being the added limitations of not being able to condone nor even be in the presence of impurity (viz.: “sin”). And how does a pure god of perfect love express extreme anger or wrath? Perhaps through a worldwide flood as Moses recorded Noah experienced (GEN Ch 6 &7-NIV) when he had placed limitations upon the life span of mankind declaring, “My Spirit will not contend with[a] humans forever, for they are mortal[b]; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” The record in Genesis is quite clear about why the flood occurred with the record showing the Creator saying this as the reason for having the flood, “…for I regret that I have made them.” But Jesus stated it more precisely when he stated that the fallen angels and unbelievers would be cast into “outer darkness,” (KJV) where they would no longer be in the presence of God and eventually experience utter destruction. When the centurion went to Jesus asking that he heal his servant, Jesus said this:

“I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (MAT 8: 11-12 – NIV)

Well, while not the common description of the commonly preached Christian Hell, this is not a desirable picture to say the least, and one which most people would want to be “saved” from to say the least. To be cast from the presence of God, the source of all life, by the command of God himself?

So what determines who will be saved? The great judgment which determines who will be saved and who will not is allegorically pictured as being at the end of time when everyone is gathered at the “Great White Throne” to be judged. (REV 20:11) While this has a place in the prophetic historical account, the judgments actually occurs much before that and the one being judged is not the individual (ourselves) but instead it is Jesus. Thus, however we judge Jesus, the Christ, is how we will be judged. (MAT 7:1-2) If we accept him as our Savior against the wrath and total separation from God then we will be saved, but if we judge him as a myth or evil or even unbelievable then so shall we receive such judgement and sent to outer darkness awaiting our destruction. (MAT 10:32) Therefore the judgement is not so much our being judged by God, but Christ being judged by us. The question? Do we accept Christ’s act of salvation, or not?

So, “Saved from what?”

Christians believe we are saved from:

  • Darkness of an unbelieving world.
  • Confusion caused by innumerable teachers, faiths and theories.
  • Loneliness due to a soul which is disconnected from its Creator.
  • Absolute FEAR of everlasting separation from life (a death sentence) forever.

These are all spiritual types of conditions which must be understood spiritually, but here perhaps a parable is in order:

A person is abducted during a robbery and placed in a locked room with a few other people who had been abducted during other robberies. These people talked with one another and could see no way out of their situation. One of the thieves came in and made high promises of a form of freedom to anyone who would join the robbers on their ventures, then left to give them time to think about the offer. Later another man came into the room and said, “If you will trust me I can get you out of here and give you true freedom.”

However, while he was there, one of the thieves came in and heard what he was saying and dragged the man out of the room and killed him. But upon being dragged out, this one had dropped a key. A few days later some of the people said they heard a voice which sounded like this one offering freedom saying, “I am still with you. Use the key.” But it seemed that only one person was willing to believe he could  hear the voice, the rest were too afraid to listen for someone they thought dead.

So the one man reached under the bed where the key had been pushed and picked up the key, and in the middle of the night he walked out of that prison, free. But the others stayed in the unlocked room awaiting the next day. The following morning they heard a loud speaker announce the presence of the police outside of the building. A shoot-out began between the police and the gang of robbers where the robbers were killed, and since the prisoners were found in an unlocked room they were counted with the robbers and placed in jail to await trial.

At the trial the robbers’ prisoners found they had no proof that they were, indeed, not involved in the robberies and the fact that their fear kept them from leaving through the unlocked door where the police had found them. They were judged as guilty with the robbers gang because they did not accept the way of escape offered and were cast into the outer darkness with the robbers, which ends in their eventual death.

So what are we saved from? Eternal separation from our God. That is enough.


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REVEALED – The Prophetic Language and The Prophets’ Dictionary

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Have you ever been reading the Christian/Hebraic scriptures and have a bewilderment set in concerning what was really being said? Have you asked the questions many others have asked of why there is so many parables which seem to be simply stories which, while they give excellent moralistic guidance, seem to tell little about how to bring the Kingdom of God to Earth or even what that kingdom is. Much of the scriptures, as they are presented in today’s accepted holy writ, seem to be nothing more than poetic script, figurative language and all. So how do we really expect to understand it, hasn’t that allegorical language been lost or hidden centuries ago?

Well, yes it was. While not specifically intentionally, the poetic language of parables used by the prophets to proclaim their dreams and visions, was something which was not known by everyone, even in the “Old Testament times.” But when Jesus explained to his disciples why he taught his followers using parables he said, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.” (MAT 13:11-NIV) Obviously, there was a reason Jesus was giving the disciples more information than he was the rest of the crowd following him.

>>>    When Nicodemus asked Jesus about the parables he was using to teach  the people, Jesus explained  with some astonishment, “You are Israel’s teacher and do you not understand these things? Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?” (John 3:10-12-NIV)

Ah, but there’s the miracle of the allegorical language we find in the Holy Bible. While the stories in the parables and prophecies seem to tell one earthly view of life which we are all somewhat familiar with here on the Earthly, physical plain while there is a more obscure and seemingly hidden story or meaning behind the words which explain things more spiritual and “heavenly” if you will.

Jesus explained these things to the disciples in some detail and told them that “There is nothing covered that shall not be revealed, neither hid that shall not be made known.” (Luke 12:2-KJV). And since Jesus did much of his private, “advanced” teaching to the disciples after the crowds had either gone home or settled down in their beds at night, Jesus told his faithful friends that, “What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.” (MAT 10:27)

Why would Jesus have told his disciples to do such a thing? If such a coded language had acted to protect the Jews through the past while the Hebrews had suffered through the struggles they had as slaves, warriors and wanderers, why would Jesus have told his disciples to suddenly make this picturesque language known by all? Could it be that it had become something which only corrupted religious leaders then knew which gave them too much power over the people who sincerely were trying to follow the one true god?

Is it any different today? While most of the allegorical definitions are clearly recorded in the canonized Bible, as has been proclaimed by several denominational leaders, few have ever truly recognized the importance of this knowledge, and none have built a word for word listing of the allegorical word definitions as they can be found in the biblical scriptures. None until now.

A little over twenty-five years ago a book was published by an unknown student of truth who had spent the twenty-five years before that using most of his spare time, and the time of a few volunteers, searching the Holy Bible for the meanings of the prophetic words. He used the same technique of finding and understanding the figurative language as Jesus explained to his disciples when he explained the Parable of the Sower. A simple, but oft overlooked concept which reveals the truth of who God is and what spirituality is really all about. Nothing mysterious or really hidden here, one just has to understand that the words are defined by the  scribes and prophets within the pages of the Bible itself and take the time to find them.

Don’t have the time to do that yourself? Then you can get an online copy of Robert O. Robbins’ book through the Amazon.com Kindle bookstore which gives a more complete explanation of how the spiritual language of the scriptures interprets itself and gives a dictionary of over 200 terms. This is enough to interpret the whole book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ to St. John the Devine, plus some parables.

If you have ever wanted to understand the scriptures of the Christian/Hebraic faiths better, or are simply interested in how the phenomena of prophecy seems to have some real accuracy, please take this opportunity to read get your own copy of this book:

The Prophetic Language REVEALED

and The Prophets’ Dictionary.


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DISCUSSION ENDED!

“This discussion is ended,” declared the Creator to the High Spiritual Council. “I am sending my son to Eden. Someone must be their example as to how to live a life of purity or they will eventually destroy themselves. By sending my son, they will have evidence of a righteous life and will know, themselves, the Spirit of Truth.”

The courtroom was silent for the first time in days of what seemed to be endless debate between the seven most creative spirits in the universe. (1) Though now that the decision had been made the other spirits of the council would bow to his authority and make possible that which was declared to be done.

There had previously been extreme concerns expressed. “Surely we can teach mankind how to live peacefully together,” said the Spirit of Knowledge.

“But they do not comprehend such teachings. They believe that each of their tribes are the only ones who have the right to that knowledge,” declared the Spirit of Understanding. “They take the simple knowledge of everyone being created equal and make it something complicated, declaring the knowledge to be only for themselves and no one else.”

“We should teach specific ways of living and making decisions through carefully chosen people who can then teach them to others,” insisted the Spirit of Wisdom.

“Oh, but we’ve already tried that,” explained the Spirit of Counsel, “several times. We gave immutable wisdom to Solomon. Gautama will be an excellent student of such power even though he will not even know the history of Solomon, or even of Jehovah’s son. And how many others have there been or will there be? But their students pay little heed and actually confuse their teachings once they are gone to say only what the students want them to say. It’s like they have created our God into their own image.”

“To this,” declared the Spirit of Might, “it is obvious that in order for these people of Eden, which they call Earth, to ever be controllable then we must force them to observe our ways.”

But to this Jehovah, the Spirit of Agape Love, spoke up and said, “That too has been tried which only brought forth further chaos, war and unbelief. No we need to do it differently. I must send my son, the Spirit of Truth, to them that they might see that the things we’ve been trying to teach them are true and can lead them to peace and abundance.”

“They will kill him,” coldly stated the Spirit of Fear. This spirit, while consistently honoring of the Creator and the rest of the YHWH high council, seemed, as his name implied, cold and calculating and honoring to them only out of self-preservation. He was always attempting to persuade people that they must honor the Creator or be destroyed.

However this time Jehovah had a different idea. “True,” he declared, “they will kill him. So be it. If by the death of my son he can teach mankind the value of loving one another then our creation will thereby be perfected. Death is not the most powerful thing in the universe and cannot overcome my power of love.”

Okay, admittedly there is no evidence of such an event as the story given above ever happening. But it sets forth a scenario much more easily understood by the modern mind than often found in the world’s religions today. What if spirits, which are emotions, are actually simply other dimensional beings with their own powers, knowledge and ability to communicate? Are we ready to accept the idea that perhaps we are led by the wrong spirit and thus the chaotic condition of this world?

When the Spirit of Love declared that his son, the Spirit of Truth (which is already known to be Jesus, the Christ) was to be sent to Earth it was not without great consideration. But due to the Creator’s love for his creation he was willing to allow his son to come show us the way of the truth, and lead us to the life. A life of love, hope and peace.

This is the path that the wise ones of the ages have attempted to guide us to throughout the ages. It is the truth sought out by those who are wise. It is the hidden wisdom which is taught by the world’s truest religions. And it is that which is known by those who know the Spirit of God and who can hear that still, small voice within them.

During the coming holiday season, regardless the religious path you follow or the traditions you hold to, I hope you will contemplate upon the story I just told. While there is no evidence that it occurred as I told it in a universal courtroom, I feel assured that it did happen. And because of this major decision we humans of this planet can know the truth as we have an example of what the truth is, and what it can do. Please be aware and declare during this holiday season that the truth can be born in us, and that we can all live in harmony as our Creator intended.

 

 

  1. Isaiah 11:2-KJV


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What Is a Parable?

Last month I got slightly sidetracked from my normal questions about faith where I ask you, my readers, to consider what you believe and why and I told a story about Rogene and my cat. Now this may have certainly seemed like a strange thing to do on a blog centered on God, his son, his worshipers and the universe which he created. Or is it? I called this story a parable, separating it from just any other story a person might tell someone else as a joke or just something interesting they’ve experienced or heard about. So what then is a parable?

According to the Webster’s Online Dictionary (1), a parable is: “a short story that teaches a moral or spiritual lesson; especially: one of the stories told by Jesus Christ and recorded in the Bible.” While similar to the telling of a child’s bedtime story in hopes that the moral will, perhaps through osmosis, soak into the child’s mind and be part of who they become, parables are much more than that. After Jesus told the Parable of the Sower, his disciples came privately to him and asked him what the parable meant. While a sincere question from a student to a respected teacher, Jesus was somewhat surprised and dismayed by the question being asked.

The Holy Bible (King James Version – KJV) then records Jesus asking, “Know ye not this parable? and how then will you know all parables?” In other words, Jesus was disappointed that his disciples had not been taught what he considered even the very basics of spiritual communication and knowledge. He then goes on to lay the foundation of understanding his, and scriptural, teachings.

To do this he goes through the parable he had just told his audience line by line, word by word, showing how each word which had obvious meaning to everyone in the physical world had an equally, yet perhaps more important parallel meaning in the spiritual sense. Let’s look at how he did that as recorded in the King James Version of the Holy Bible in the books of Matthew and Mark:

 

First in the book of Mark, Chapter 4, he told the parable to a larger audience on a ship, and it was recorded by Mark (KJV) as follows:

 

  1. Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
  2. And it came to pass as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
  3. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
  4. But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away,
  5. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
  6. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some and hundred.
  7. And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (2)

 

Now notice that he did not give any explanation as to why he told this story to the gathering of people who were simply following him due to his reputation or stories about him. But when his disciples came privately to him they asked him why he taught them in parables to which he stated that it was given to them (his disciples) to know the “mysteries” of the kingdom but to others they would not be known. He then was asked to explain the sower parable to which he gave the following foundational teaching of how to understand the spiritual, allegorical language of parables and prophecy.

 

11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

14 The sower soweth the word.

15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;

17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.

18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

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.

20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. (2)

 

Now please notice what Jesus is doing here; he’s essentially giving a vocabulary lesson as if he were teaching the disciples a new language. He tells them that the “sower sows the word.” Now this makes the sower a believer or preacher, does it not; and the seed the sower scatters is the word of God. He then goes on to explain the concepts of the “wayside,” “stony ground” and “thorns.” The clearest definition is most obvious for the word, “thorns,” where Jesus states clearly that those who are actually thorny bushes are those who “hear the word (of God), 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.” It may be helpful to compare Mark’s record of this teaching with that found in Matthew’s telling of the event in Matthew 13:3-9. Now the words of the parable can take on a new meaning seldom taught even in the churches. The “interpreted” version, from Matthew’s record of the parable, would read as follows:

“Behold a Son of Man (Jesus) went forth to speak; and when he spoke some words fell by the ones without understanding, and the wicked ones came and (caught them away) catching them up: some fell upon tribulation where they had not much foundation: and forthwith they, with joy, received it, because they had no (maturity) root in self of foundation: And when the persecution, because of the Word, was up, they were (offended) and because they had no (maturity) in self they (were) offended. And some fell among the cares of the world and deceitfulness of riches: and the cares of the world and deceitfulness of riches with joy received it, and chocked them. But others fell into understanding, and brought forth righteousness, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who have ears to hear, let them hear.” (3)

 

What an amazing concept this was for Jesus to teach. That built within the parable was the spiritual meanings of the teachings which the Master Teacher was trying to convey. And as a person looks upon the scriptures in the Hebraic cultural origins it becomes obvious that all of their Scriptures were recorded in this way. While stories are used in all religious backgrounds to make spiritual points more clear, it has been the fact that the Hebrews recorded these things in writing, and have rigorously protected their historical accuracy, which makes it possible to, even today, be able to delve into the “mysteries” of the Word and learn what it truly means.

And the parables are just the beginning. This spiritual language can awaken one to an otherwise hidden universe only dreamed of by those less aware. The gift of prophecy becomes clear. The view of the mundane no longer is possible to be seen any longer as boring. A tree is no longer just a tree to be ground into paper, but represents things beyond nonspiritual man’s comprehension.

 

Have you had an experience with parables which has changed your life once you understood their “hidden” meanings? Has a story you’ve heard your parents, a preacher, or even some other spiritual leader such as the Buddha or the Christ, himself, has told helped change your life? Please take a few minutes to respond to this post and tell us about it here. Telling your story about hearing stories being told and how they affect you is much like the little child who experiences going to the Grand Canyon Park one summer, but never tells her friends or teachers nor anyone else what she saw. By the time she was a young woman, nearing thirty, she doubted that she had that experience at all, and even doubted that the Grand Canyon even existed even though her younger sister had told everyone she knew of her experience and had just got a job there as a park ranger.                 

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  1. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parable
  2. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+4&version=KJV
  3. Robbins, R.O., What the Righteous Desire to See, E.T.M. Publishing, 1990, pg. 50-51 (Out of Print).

 

TALE OF THE PRODIGAL CAT

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Callie at Patio Door Copyright 2015 by R.O. Robbins

Callie at Patio Door
Copyright 2015 by R.O. Robbins

It’s interesting and somewhat amazing how much animals are like we humans, or we are like them. Rogene and I have just recently experienced a prime example of the prodigal child as described by Jesus to his followers recently when our precious little calico cat disappeared.  Her story follows:

Callie had always been the typically normal curious cat, nosing herself into every crevice and trying to see what is in every corner of her living space. This has been true even to the point of getting into places where she could not get out without assistance, but we, her loving owners, always cared enough to crawl under the kitchen sink, move the refrigerator or washer/dryer or search through the stuffed walk-in closet.  But the curious cat nature is strong and some of these rescues have been necessary more than once unless measures were made making it impossible for the cat to try them again.

But what was inside her house held only a minor interest to Callie as compared to what was outside our windows. Callie did not have a great kittenhood. According to the Humane Society, she was borne into a family who not only had cats, but children and a dog which loved to torment the cats. This taught Callie to use her natural aggressiveness in a form of self-defense, and even her love nibbles were strong enough sometimes to draw blood. This caused her to be ejected from two families’ homes and taken to the shelter where we adopted her.

After we got her home, which at that time was an apartment, we opened the carrying box she was in and she raised up her head and looked all around the room. Then, suddenly, we saw what to us seemed to be excitement from this little creature. Callie jumps out of the box and runs all over the apartment exploring her new home. She quickly finds her corner of personal supplies and uses her necessary box, eats a snack and takes a drink, and then jumps up between us. She knew she had found a home.

What was outside did not seem to matter much to Callie while we were in the apartment, possibly because all she could see when looking out the patio door was a huge sea of asphalt parking lot with cars and people coming and going. But she was very interested in the birds which came to the bird feeders we had hanging on the patio.

All that changed when we moved to Oklahoma into a wooded area where outside our windows Callie could see all sorts of new things she never imagined existed. Green pasture with large black animals which make strange sounds (“Moo”). There were birds coming to our feeder she had never seen before, and squirrels and rabbits and other more unusual animals she had never had the chance to see while in the apartment.

Who wouldn’t be curious about what else was out there beyond the invisible shield which Callie looked through. We, her owners, would go outside regularly and come back sometimes with our arms loaded down with many good things; usually good things to eat. Why was she not allowed to go outside to explore?

Now when Callie decided she was going to do something, she became very determined to do it regardless the consequences, even if it meant getting in trouble and being placed in solitary confinement in her (laundry) room. So dreaming of what freedom in the wild would be like, one spring day Callie sneaks out of the house and takes out on her own to explore the neighborhood.

She quickly finds herself being stalked by humans who she did not know. She starts to run back home but then becomes distracted and confused as to which house she belonged in. She sees a bird and starts watching it and following it as she starts wandering up the hill into territory she had never been in before.

It started getting dark. What does she do? She finds a trailer to hide under and tries to sleep. But could not. The things she could hear somewhat in her own house were now quite clear, and spooky. How could anything sleep with noise like this?  Almost asleep she is awakened by the squeak of a mouse almost in her ear. While getting quite hungry, Callie did not recognize the little intruder as potential food because her food was always provided to her in a dish by a human. She had never been taught to be a hunter. This excursion in independence was becoming confusing. It seemed strange to her that the site and sound of the mouse made her hungry and instincts caused her to try to catch it, but once her paw was on it and it started screaming she, to put it simply, didn’t know what to do.

Very little sleep came to her that night, and the next morning movement around the community, both human and animal, brought a deluge of experiences which no domesticated animal can be prepared for. Dogs barking at her from a distance, a wildly strange looking animal with a rather long snout and a body which looked like a soldier’s armor (armadillo) came toward her but then veered away to avoid possible problems. But then one animal did not veer away.

Hungry, this ominous creature glared at Callie without a second thought of her being a human’s pet or a stranger to life in the woods. As it goes with coyotes this beast had only one thing in mind, lunch. He snaps at Callie, but the beast looked enough like a dog which she had tussles with before to quickly respond and run away. The beast chases after her and Callie knew she had to do something to get out of its reach. She had seen squirrels climb trees, she thought it could be her only chancer so, driven by her instincts, she thought she would give it a try. Struggling up the tree she finally gets up high enough to be able to look back and watch the coyote marching around the tree hoping she would fall.

Callie held onto the tree with all the strength she had until her hunter decided she was not worth waiting for, hardly big enough for a snack, and wandered away. Callie slowly tries to back down the tree and falls about halfway down, catching her harness on a protruding limb causing it to be pulled backward over her hind legs catching it on one leg not allowing it to be used properly. Callie realized she was in real trouble now and decides to go back home. But where was home? She had no idea where she was at. How could she find home?

That night she found another safe harbor under another trailer and tried to sleep, but who could sleep with all those weird sounds. Besides, she was hungry, and thirsty. Had she gone downhill on her venture she would have had plenty of water for the lake is only a block from our home, but she went uphill, far from the water she was needing now for survival. The night was long and at one point she stuck her nose out from under the trailer to see what she might see only to have a huge screaming bird (owl) swoop down upon her which caused her to quickly dash back under the trailer where she was spending the night.

The next day Callie spent most of her day trying to find her way back home, but actually only wandering further away. She goes up on a porch and begins to cry. A man came out and saw that her leg was caught up in the harness and got it out for her. She goes over to his door with an attempt to get into his house, but because he had a dog inside, he refused. He started to take the harness off of Callie, but this frightened her. Most likely she thought her mistress put that on her, she had to keep it on to be found.

This man who found Callie called us and Rogene immediately went up to his place and started searching. The search lasted for the rest of that day and sadly was halted at nightfall due to most likely not being able to see her.

That night there was a large thunderstorm go through our area. Callie evidently found a safe place like under a trailer or in an open shed to be in during this storm because the next morning when Rogene went up the hill to where the man told her she had last been seen, Callie was in the grass, her back was dry, and she was looking up at Rogene without a sound.

Callie was quite despondent and confused. It was obvious that she was suffering from her excursions and was hungry and dehydrated. She was limp, not responding to words, and allowing us to give her a bath and do other examination procedures with no reaction. We could not be certain that she would recover.

However, after a few hours of getting water back into her little body, she started moving around a little and recognizing better where she was at. After a couple of days of nourishment and recovering from the physical turmoil, she started acting more like the cat we knew before the incident. Even to the point of trying to get outside again a little over a week after being found.  But we still love her and will continue to try to protect her as best we can.

 

So what is it about curiosity? Why do creatures seek so hard to be independent? Is there a lesson in this story?

Please understand that yes, I did add some unknowable details to this story about the coyote and owl and a few other incidents to make it more interesting. However, I am a longtime observer of nature and animal psychology and these details are very plausible and with some of the things we saw and that were reported to us by neighbors could have happened. However these details do not affect the true message behind the story.

We must be careful when resting in the presence of God not to become too curious about the things outside the windows of God’s house. While if we wander away, regardless how often that occurs, we are placing ourselves in grave danger each time we do so. Rejoice in your relationship with God, and let him take care of the world outside.