I’ve got a question for you: Is the Bible our proof that our doctrine is sound? I dare say that it’s not, and that this is because the Bible is a book designed to lead people away from the truth as much as lead them into the truth – which way the readers go wholly dependent upon whether they try to access truth BY THE SPIRIT or over the threshold of the natural mind. “Cherubim” come to mind here, in that these are the things that God uses to guard over and protect His glory from adamic minded men. This is why “cherubim” were figuratively embroidered on the veil that separated men from the Holy of Holies, and this is why “cherubim” (figuratively) overshadowed the Ark of the Testimony and its Mercy Seat, and this is why “cherubim” (figuratively) wield the flaming sword that guards the way to the Tree of Life. Any thinking person has access to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, beloved. Access to the Tree of Life though, that’s another story.
Many Christian leaders today teach that there is nothing “hidden” that cannot be “plainly” found by believers in the scriptures. This is just not so, and is a major reason why there is so much erroneous teaching in Christendom today. I’m not saying that there are not beneficial and truthful things which can be found at a surface level in the scriptures. I am saying though that much of the Bible is still SEALED to most men (talking about “believers” here), and that there are APPOINTED TIMES when these seals are to be opened, this having a whole lot to do with the condition of men’s hearts.
Let me lay this on you…
God’s Wisdom has allowed for scripture corruption through man’s poor translations of them from their original form (sorry KJV’ers – that translation is “authorized” by king James, not King Jesus). I’m saying here that by and in His infinite wisdom, God has allowed carnal minded men to bring forth biased and spiritually unenlightened translations of the scriptures, and that He has done this to keep other carnally minded men from eating of the Tree of Life. I’m also saying here that Bible Cherubim figuratively represent this work (among other things).
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Beloved, the Bible is A SEALED BOOK, on one level it is sealed to the unbeliever, and on another level it is sealed to the believer, yes, to the believer, this until the believer’s heart is ready for a further unveiling of the truth. There are three references to a sealed book in the Old Testament. Here’s one…
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, even to the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:4)
Then there are two more references in Isaiah…
“Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.” (Isaiah 8:16)
Did you notice that that is not talking about unbelievers there but “disciples”? Yeah, disciples.
Here’s the other passage from Isaiah…
‘For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes; the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath He covered. And the vision of all has become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, “Read this, I pray thee”; and he saith, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, “Read this, I pray thee”; and he saith, “I am not learned.”’ (Isaiah 29:10-12)
Now, I know that some Christian writers and teachers claim that the book that is sealed is the book of Daniel. These obviously don’t see the connection between the reference found in Daniel and those which are found in Isaiah. Isaiah uses the words “testimony” and “law.” These words commonly refer to the whole of the scriptures.
In Isaiah 29 it says that the people had their eyes closed. They had no vision. Sadly, this also seems to be the case for most of Christendom today. Sure, the Bible is read and is studied in most churches today, but much of what is read and studied there is still sealed to the students and to the teachers. Why is this? Well, I think that it has a whole lot to do with lack of intimacy with the Father through fellowship in Christ’s sufferings, with an unwillingness to let go of and walk away from the religious dogma and erroneous traditions of men, and with an unwillingness to suffer reproach “outside of the camp” of Christendom. I’m sure that there’s a lot more to it still.
I guess that the gist of what is being said here is that men can read through the Bible cover to cover, a hundred times over, and still know almost nothing about THE WORD OF GOD. This is because KNOWING THE WORD OF GOD is about knowing the Father’s heart through fellowship in Christ’s Cross. It is about an experiential understanding of Father’s will, His purpose and His ways, and this is often attained by one coming through one dark night of the soul after another desperately clinging to God. Surely, the scriptures can be used as a tool and a means to the end of “knowing the Word.” They’ve been given to us for this purpose, as a MEANS OF COMMUNICATION between our Father and us. I think that the problem with them for men lies with them being used as A RESOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE for what is good and what is evil. In this way they become the WRONG TREE for men to feed from.
Religious men can have ravenous appetites, beloved, and unable to get past the Cherubim to eat from the Tree of Life, these men will often feed (to seemingly no end) from the Bible, but it as the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It seems that a religiously correct title that is often assigned to these ravenous eaters of scripture knowledge is “Bible Scholar.” Of course, I’m not saying that all “Bible Scholars” are carnal and uninspired in their thinking and their teaching. I am saying though that it is quite probable that most of them are “off” in many ways, them being LED AWAY FROM THE TRUTH by them trying to access the truth in scripture over the threshold of the carnal mind.