JESUS teaches about a city set on a hill in Matthew 5:14.
Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
What was JESUS teaching in this parable? What is the spiritual meaning? We will look at the Bible so that we can get a better understanding of what JESUS was teaching.
In Matthew 7:6 JESUS teachers to cast not your pearls before swine. What does this all mean? We will use the Bible to decipher what JESUS meant.
Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
What is the Spiritual meaning of what JESUS is teaching us?
According to the Bible 'all die'.
1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
All die! But what did JESUS say death was?
Matthew 9:24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
The people knew that the girl was dead. So they laughed at JESUS. Let us see if JESUS mentioned that the dead sleep in another verse.
John 11:11-14 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
JESUS had to explain to the disciples that Lazarus was dead, when He said that he was sleeping. When we sleep we don't know anything. We don't go anywhere, as we wake up in the same place we went to sleep.
The Christian world says that when you die you go to Heaven or hell. You have an immortal soul. How can this be? The Bible does not teach this. It is only pagan religions that teach this!
Psalm 115:17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.
If one goes to Heaven when they die, then how come the Psalmist says that 'the dead praise not the LORD'? If the dead praise not the LORD, they have gone nowhere. They are still in their graves.
Psalm 6:5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?Isaiah 38:18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
Psalm 6:5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?
Isaiah 38:18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
Even Isaiah says that death cannot praise GOD. It is only the living that can praise GOD.
Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
Solomon, one of the wisest men that lived says:
Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
'The dead know not any thing'. So how did the Christian world come up with this false doctrine that comes from paganism? And yet the Christians mock those that believe in the Word of GOD. Just as the Jews 'laughed JESUS to scorn'. JESUS never mentioned that the dead are in Heaven or some other place. He said to the Sadducees:
Mark 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.
When do the dead rise? It is at the first and second resurrection. There would be no need for these resurrections if the dead are already in Heaven or a place called 'hell'.
John 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
If as the Christian world says that you go to Heaven (or 'hell') when you die, then why will the dead hear the voice of the Son of GOD? Would they not be in Heaven hearing JESUS speaking to them? This doctrine of the dead from the majority of the Christian world does not line up with what JESUS is saying. Yet at the same time they teach that you must do as JESUS did. Must you not also believe in the Words of JESUS? Of course!
So why do you believe that the dead have an immortal soul when there is not one Scripture to prove this?
1 Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
This is the only verse that comes up in a search for the word 'immortal'. No mention of man been immortal. We are made from dust and we go back to dust when we die.
Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Here are GOD's Words about what we are, DUST! No mention of some immortal spirit that is taught today in the Christian world. The only One with immortality is GOD!
Where did JESUS say the dead are?
John 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
JESUS never said that their fathers where in Heaven or 'hell'.
John 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
So how too we live forever? Strange question that JESUS asked considering that this is not what is taught in the majority of Christian denominations. The belief is that the soul lives forever. Yet JESUS says that to live forever is to eat the bread, His Words. How so we get eternal life?
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
JESUS never taught that the dead are anywhere, except in the grave. If JESUS taught that death is sleep, than why is there a teaching contrary to His teaching today?
Study the Word of GOD so that you can have eternal life as well. Check to see if what you have been taught is according to the Word of GOD!
The parable of the eye be single that JESUS is teaching us is in Matthew 6:22-23. We will have a look at what JESUS was saying in this parable. Using the Bible to decipher the meaning. We can then have a better understanding of the teachings of JESUS. Instead of thinking what JESUS was saying by using our own interpretation. We will use the Bible alone.
Matthew 6:22-23 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
JESUS speaks of the eye plucked out in Matthew 5:29. Using the Bible to interpret this parable we will see what JESUS is teaching us.
Matthew 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
This parable is were JESUS starts His teaching of hell.
In Matthew 7:1-3 JESUS has another parable. The eye with a beam in it. What is JESUS teaching us? Let us use the Bible to understand the teaching of JESUS.
Matthew 7:1-3 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
What does the parable of Matthew 9:16 mean? The Garment with the hole in it. We will use the Bible to decipher what JESUS was teaching us.
Matthew 9:16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
The similar parables are in Mark and Luke. You can do this using a concordance. Or computer software like e-Sword or SwordSearcher.
In the parable of 'the right hand cut off', found in Matthew 5:30. Was JESUS saying that we must physically cut off our right hand if it offends us? No, He had a spiritual meaning that we will have look at.
Matthew 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
We need to seek first the Kingdom of GOD. Our worldly business is not supposed to be first in a Christians life. We will take a closer look at the parable in Matthew 6:24-34.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Seek, Find, KnockIn the parable in Matthew 7:7-12 JESUS mentions that we must seek. find, knock. This is part of the Christian walk. Let us use the Bible to explain more of what JESUS was teaching us.Matthew 7:7-12 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
In the parable in Matthew 7:7-12 JESUS mentions that we must seek. find, knock. This is part of the Christian walk. Let us use the Bible to explain more of what JESUS was teaching us.
Matthew 7:7-12 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
What was JESUS teaching in the parable of the Bridegroom? Let us use the Bible to interpret this parable.
Matthew 9:14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?Matthew 9:15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
Matthew 9:14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
Matthew 9:15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
JESUS implies that the disciples are the 'children of the bridechamber' and that He is the 'bridegroom'.
JESUS speaks about hiding a candle under a bushel. What does this parable mean? Let us use the Bible to define what JESUS was teaching us.
Matthew 5:15-16 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
This parable is compared with the one in Luke that uses some different words.
Luke 8:16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
Let us look at what the meaning of this parable is from the Bible.
In the parable about the grain of mustard seed we will see what JESUS is teaching us. Using the Bible to interpret this parable.
Matthew 13:31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:Matthew 13:32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
Matthew 13:31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
Matthew 13:32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
This parable is about faith.
JESUS' parable of the man without the wedding garment in Matthew 22:1-14 will be deciphered using the Bible.
Matthew 22:1-14 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.
What is the parable about the old and new wine bottles about? Let us use the Bible to understand what JESUS is teaching us.
Matthew 9:17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
The other similar parables are in Luke and Mark.
Mark 2:22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.
The one in Mark uses 'marred' instead of 'perish'.
Luke 5:37-39 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.
There are a lot of theories that man has come up with that are not in the Bible. The Rapture is a popular theory among the Christian denominations. The question arises, “Is it Biblical?”. Let us study the Bible and look at the verses in the Bible that comprise this theory and let us look at what else the Bible has to say.
The Bible does not use the word rapture anywhere. So where does the theory come from.
John Nelson Darby first proposed and popularised the pre-tribulation rapture in 1827. He and the Plymouth Brethren popularised the theory in England. It was further popularised in the United States in the early 20th century by the wide circulation of the Scofield Reference Bible.
This belief was not taught by the apostles, and nowhere mentioned by any Christians until John Darby proposed this theory.
One of the reasons that can be used for a pre-tribulation (The tribulation is when the seven last plagues is going to come upon the earth), is that as a Christian I don’t have to see all the destruction that is going to happen and I will be safe in Heaven. Nowhere in the Bible did GOD take His people away as a group. The only times this happened is when Enoch and Elijah were taken to Heaven.
Genesis 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
2 Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
So if the apostles and JESUS never taught this rapture theory, then what is the truth? What does the Bible say?
We need to look at the verses that speak of when JESUS is coming. Also to look at one of the passages that JESUS spoke of, in been taken away and what did He mean. We need to look at the whole Bible as the Bible does not contradict itself. It is man that contradicts themselves and makes up fancy doctrines because they sound good.
Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.Matthew 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,Matthew 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.Matthew 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.Matthew 24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
In the days of Noah, who was taken away? And who was left behind? Noah and his family were in the ark when the flood came. He and His family were left behind! If they were not left behind then the earth would not be inhabited today. The people that were taken away were the wicked people. The flood came and destroyed them. In other words, the flood took them away.
So when JESUS says that there are two in the field and one shall be taken, and the other left. We must have a look at when this event is going to happen. We need to read further.
Matthew 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.Matthew 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
JESUS is speaking of the Second coming, not an event that is going to happen before that. This is were a lot of mistakes happen in the Christian world, we just don’t read everything in context!
JESUS speaks of Himself coming as a thief in the night in verse 43. If He comes as a thief in the night then how come Christians would have an advantage over the wicked and disappear before JESUS’ second coming? He says that nobody will know. If people are raptured away, will not the wicked then know that JESUS is coming soon?
Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
If the rapture is true then as it was said before that they would then know when JESUS is coming back. So what will JESUS’ second coming be like and what about the first resurrection? Has the first resurrection got anything to do with dispelling the rapture theory?
Let’s look at the second coming of JESUS and what the Bible says about this.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
The only hint we have of JESUS’ second coming is this revealing of the man of sin and a falling away first.
2 Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:2 Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;2 Thessalonians 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
JESUS comes with His mighty angels. If the saints are raptured to Heaven, don’t you think that JESUS would also come with His saints as well? But the Scriptures says that He comes He will be glorified in His saints. His saints are both alive and dead when JESUS comes beck for them. The wicked are to be destroyed, taken away.
2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
1 Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,1 Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.1 Corinthians 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
When does this scene that Paul is speaking about happen?
1 Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Paul never spoke of a rapture theory of been taken away before JESUS’ second coming. He says that ‘we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together’ with those that has been raised from the grave. So where is the rapture then?
Paul then goes onto say:
1 Thessalonians 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
These are the words we must comfort one another with. That we will see the LORD JESUS coming with His angels and that we will be caught up with the raised dead. The words of the rapture are not from GOD.
In the book of Revelation there is a group of people that go all through the plagues and will see JESUS coming with His angels.
Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
This verse also goes against the rapture theory. How can there be a people at the end if they have been raptured away! This is another reason that the people that are following GOD need to study their Bibles and to stop believing man made theories.
The Bible shows that when JESUS comes back He is going to come back for all His saints. The dead in Christ, and the living saints. This shows the theory of the rapture as been man made. For what purpose? The only purpose is that Satan does not want people saved and the more he can deceive the Christian world with his theories the more will be raised in the second resurrection. The resurrection that we as Christians do not want to be in. The best will be to see JESUS come with His mighty angels.
In parable of the salt of the earth in Matthew 5:13. JESUS teaches us some important lessons.
Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Who is supposed to be the salt of the earth? If Christians are the salt of the earth then what does this parable mean?
The parable of the sower is one that JESUS taught His disciples how to understand the parables that He taught.
Luke 8:5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.Luke 8:6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.Luke 8:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.Luke 8:8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.Luke 8:9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
Luke 8:5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
Luke 8:6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
Luke 8:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
Luke 8:8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Luke 8:9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
JESUS mentioned in Matthew 13:36-43 about the tares and the wheat. What does this parable mean? Using the Bible to interpret this parable. We will explain it.
Matthew 13:24-30 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.