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¿A Donde Están Los Que Han Muerto?


THE LIVING WORD CENTER, INC.

By Rev. Jay Werman


Actualizado en Febrero 08, 2020


“Y no temáis a los que matan el cuerpo, mas el alma no pueden matar; temed más bien a aquel que puede destruir el alma y el cuerpo en el infierno” Mateo 10:28



Una de las formas en las cuales satanás ha neutralizado a muchos es con la mezcla de ideas paganas con textos bíblicos. “Mi pueblo fue destruido, porque le faltó conocimiento. Por cuanto desechaste el conocimiento, yo te echaré del sacerdocio” Oseas 4:6

¿Que dicen las escrituras acerca de aquellos que han muerto?

¿Existe tal lugar como “El Purgatorio? No, ese lugar fue inventado por la iglesia católica.

¿Es el alma y espíritu humano eterno? Si, ambos fueron creados “inmortal”. Cada persona pasara la eternidad con Dios, o separado del mismo, dependiendo de las decisiones que tomo mientras estaba vivo.


Esta es una de las preguntas más importantes para cada ser viviente. Ya que todos hemos experimentado la perdida de un ser querido, y con frecuencia nos preguntamos ¿Que sucede después de morir? Muchas especulaciones han surgido a través de las años, ¿Pero, que pasa en realidad? Las Escrituras ofrecen las respuestas a estas preguntas. Trataremos de explicar de la manera mas sencilla este tema, usando solamente La Palabra de Dios y evitando fabulas y ficciones.


“Cesa, hijo mío, de oír las enseñanzas Que te hacen divagar de las razones de sabiduría” Prov. 19:27

Cuando Dios creo a Adán, lo creo perfecto en todo el sentido de la palabra. Adán fue colocado en el huerto del Edén para que probase su obediencia a Dios voluntariamente. Observemos lo que dice Génesis 2:16-17 y luego discutiremos las cosas indicadas en ese pasajes:

“Y mandó Jehová Dios al hombre, diciendo: De todo árbol del huerto podrás comer; mas del árbol de la ciencia del bien y del mal no comerás; porque el día que de él comieres, ciertamente morirás.”

En estos pasajes quedo establecido los parámetros en los cuales Adán debía de caminar. Dios no le sugirió a Adán el no comer del árbol de la ciencia del bien y del mal, sino que claramente le “Mando” abstenerse de comer de ese árbol específicamente. Adán debía elegir entre obedecer el comando divino, o desobedecerlo. Una cosa es clara, Adán sabia de las consecuencias de desobedecer a Dios; “porque el día que de él comieres, ciertamente morirás.”

¿A que se refieren las Escrituras con Morir en Gen. 2:17? Adán estaba en un periodo probatorio donde él tenia que elegir entre obedecer al mandato divino o no. Dependiendo de su decisión, Adán iba a recibir responsabilidades eternas, o muerte. Génesis 3 nos explica como Adán decidió voluntariamente desobedecer a Dios y fue expulsado del Edén.

En Génesis 2:17 dice “porque el día que de él comieres, ciertamente morirás”. Mientras Adán estuviera en ese periodo probatorio, Adán no era inmortal. Mientras que Adán no comiera del árbol de la ciencia del bien y del mal, él no moriría. El cuerpo físico de Adán estaba sujeto a la obediencia hacia el comando divino. Adán murió físicamente 930 años después que desobedeció a Dios.

“Y fueron todos los días que vivió Adán novecientos treinta años; y murió.” Gen. 5:5

¿A que se refiere en Gen. 2:17 cuando dice “porque el día que de él comieres, ciertamente morirás”. Aquí se hace referencia a “la muerte espiritual”, la cual “separación de Dios”. Adán fue separado de todo lo que lo conectaba a él con Dios. La muerte física fue consecuencia de la desobediencia al comando divino. ¿Que es muerte espiritual? Permítame proveerle la definición bíblica. Es simplemente la separación del hombre de Dios por causa del pecado. Observe el siguiente pasaje bíblico:

“pero vuestras iniquidades han hecho división (separación) entre vosotros y vuestro Dios, y vuestros pecados han hecho ocultar de vosotros su rostro para no oír.” Isaías 59:2

Otra referencia escriturar:

“Y él os dio vida a vosotros, cuando estabais muertos en vuestros delitos y pecados, en los cuales anduvisteis en otro tiempo, siguiendo la corriente de este mundo, conforme al príncipe de la potestad del aire, el espíritu que ahora opera en los hijos de desobediencia, entre los cuales también todos nosotros vivimos en otro tiempo en los deseos de nuestra carne, haciendo la voluntad de la carne y de los pensamientos, y éramos por naturaleza hijos de ira, lo mismo que los demás. Pero Dios, que es rico en misericordia, por su gran amor con que nos amó, aun estando nosotros muertos en pecados, nos dio vida juntamente con Cristo (por gracia sois salvos), y juntamente con él nos resucitó, y asimismo nos hizo sentar en los lugares celestiales con Cristo Jesús” Efesios 2:1-6

La penalidad de Adán por su desobediencia fue muerte, o separación de Dios y todos los privilegios que han recibido. Gen. 2:17 no hace referencia directa a morir físicamente sino a morir espiritualmente; Adán murió 930 anos después que desobedeció al mandato divino. Gen. 5:5. La muerte física es consecuencia de la muerte espiritual. El alma de Adán perdió vida en el momento de él pecar. La mejor definición de “muerte espiritual” es la separación espiritual de Dios. El espíritu humano existe pero no tiene relación con Dios. Observe la siguiente referencia dada por Jesús mismo en cuanto a la muerte espiritual.

“Jesús le dijo: Deja que los muertos entierren a sus muertos; y tú ve, y anuncia el reino de Dios.” Lucas 9:60

La referencia en ese pasaje es obvia; Dejen que los muertos espirituales entierren a sus muertos. Vida espiritual, o vida eternal no puede ser impartida al ser humano hasta que éste sea resucitado de sus pecados y transgresiones y unido con Dios. Todo pecador es considerado muerto espiritualmente aun cuando están vivos físicamente. Observe lo que Pablo dijo en 1 Tim. 5:6 “Pero la que se entrega a los placeres, viviendo está muerta”. Otro pasaje que expresa la misma idea:

“Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna.” Juan 3:16
“El que cree en el Hijo tiene vida eterna; pero el que rehúsa creer en el Hijo no verá la vida, sino que la ira de Dios está sobre él”. Juan 3:36

Vida Eterna es la naturaleza de Dios, y es impartida al nacer de nuevo al confesar a Jesús como Señor y Salvador.

“Estas cosas os he escrito a vosotros que creéis en el nombre del Hijo de Dios, para que sepáis que tenéis vida eterna, y para que creáis en el nombre del Hijo de Dios.” 1 Juan 5:13

Pasajes que corroboran la inmortalidad de el alma:

sino el interno, el del corazón, en el incorruptible ornato de un espíritu afable y apacible, que es de grande estima delante de Dios”. 1 Pedro 3:4
“Porque por esto también ha sido predicado el evangelio a los muertos, para que sean juzgados en carne según los hombres, pero vivan en espíritu según Dios“. 1 Pedro 4:6

Observe que Pedro dice que el evangelio ha sido predicado “a los muertos”. La referencia en este pasaje es en conexión con “todos aquellos que vieron la manifestación del poder de Dios al resucitar a Jesús de entre los muertos”. Aquellos que estaban en el infierno y los que estaban en el seno de Abraham presenciaron el cumplimiento de las promesas de Dios acerca del Mesías. Jesús resucito de ENTRE LOS MUERTOS. Al Jesús morir en la cruz, el fue al corazón de la tierra.

“Porque como estuvo Jonás en el vientre del gran pez tres días y tres noches, así estará el Hijo del Hombre en el corazón de la tierra tres días y tres noches” Mat. 12:40
“Y eso de que subió, ¿qué es, sino que también había descendido primero a las partes más bajas de la tierra? El que descendió, es el mismo que también subió por encima de todos los cielos para llenarlo todo” Efesios 4:9-10
“Y escribe al ángel de la iglesia en Esmirna: El primero y el postrero, el que estuvo muerto y vivió, dice esto” Apoc. 2:8

Antes de Jesús morir y resucitar de entre los muertos, todos aquellos que morían físicamente iban a “El seno de Abraham, o a el infierno”. De acuerdo a la historia (esta no es una parábola, o alegoría como muchos ensenan) expresada por Jesús mismo en Lucas 16:19-31, los justos son enviados al seno de Abraham, y los injustos al infierno para ser atormentados. Observe algunos puntos expresados en estos pasajes:

“Aconteció que murió el mendigo, y fue llevado por los ángeles al Seno de Abraham; y murió también el rico, y fue sepultado“. verso 22

Verso 22 Directamente conecta a los Ángeles como los agentes comisionados para llevar a todos aquellos que de acuerdo a la justicia divina deben ser llevados al seno de Abraham, el cual era el lugar estadía temporal de los justos. También expresa la muerte física y sepultura del cuerpo físico del hombre rico. Ya que en el verso 23 hace referencia directa a el hombre interior que cada ser humano posee, esto es al espíritu y alma. Observe como Jesús describe las acciones de este hombre después de haber experimentado la muerte física.

“Y en el Hades alzó sus ojos, estando en tormentos, y vio de lejos a Abraham, y a Lázaro en su seno”. verso 23

Todo individuo que ha partido de este mundo, ha experimentado la realidad expresada por Jesús en estos pasajes, bien sea en el infierno, o en el paraíso. Lo único que dejamos atrás es el cuerpo físico, lo cual es simplemente el lugar donde el alma y espíritu habitan. También observe como el hombre rico identifico a “Abraham y a Lázaro”. La memoria esta localizada en el alma de cada individuo y no en el cerebro. El cerebro es el órgano del cuerpo a través del cual la memoria colecta información. La memoria es una de las partes que conforman el alma. Tanto en el infierno, o el en paraíso, todos podremos reconocer a gente con la cual tuvimos comunicación mientras estuvimos en esta tierra. En el caso de el hombre rico, esas memorias produjeron en el mucha ansiedad. observe:

“Entonces le dijo: Te ruego, pues, padre, que le envíes a la casa de mi padre, (verso 27) porque tengo cinco hermanos, para que les testifique, a fin de que no vengan ellos también a este lugar de tormento“. verso 28

Peticiones no son respondidas en el infierno. Muchos han descendido al infierno con la memoria de que sus familiares quizás irán también a ese horrible lugar, y ese mismo conocimiento se convierte en un tormento.

“Entonces él, dando voces, dijo: Padre Abraham, ten misericordia de mí, y envía a Lázaro para que moje la punta de su dedo en agua, y refresque mi lengua; porque estoy atormentado en esta llama

“Observe lo que Jesús expreso acerca de aquellos que han muerto físicamente; “Entonces él, dando voces”. Las personas que han muerto no pierden la forma de comunicación verbal. De hecho, el hombre rico grito fuertemente a Abraham, quien estaba localizado al otro lado. Observe la referencia en el siguiente verso:

“Además de todo esto, una gran sima está puesta entre nosotros y vosotros, de manera que los que quisieren pasar de aquí a vosotros, no pueden, ni de allá pasar acá”. verso 26

La palabra Griega usada para “sima” es “chasma”, la cual significa “Una fisura muy profunda; un abismo. La respuesta de Abraham es muy explicita “de manera que los que quisieren pasar de aquí a vosotros, no pueden, ni de allá pasar acá”. verso 26

Abraham y el hombre rico se comunicaron, aun con la distancia que existía entre ambos. No solo se pueden comunicar, sino también reconocer. Allí no existen malos entendidos! Todos aquellos que están actualmente en el infierno se pueden reconocer. El lugar donde Abraham estaba esta actualmente vacío, ya que Cristo los rapto a ellos al tercer cielo, esto es al paraíso. Observe los siguientes pasajes:

“Por lo cual dice: Subiendo a lo alto, llevó cautiva la cautividad, Y dio dones a los hombres. Y eso de que subió, ¿qué es, sino que también había descendido primero a las partes más bajas de la tierra? El que descendió, es el mismo que también subió por encima de todos los cielos para llenarlo todo”. Efesios 4:8-10

Después de Jesús sella el nuevo pacto con su sangre, el rapto a todos aquellos que por causa de no poseer la naturaleza divina no podían entrar al tercer cielo, sino que estaban cautivos en la cautividad, o el seno de Abraham.

“Así que, por cuanto los hijos participaron de carne y sangre, él también participó de lo mismo, para destruir por medio de la muerte al que tenía el imperio de la muerte, esto es, al diablo, y librar a todos los que por el temor de la muerte estaban durante toda la vida sujetos a servidumbre“. Hebreos 2:14-15

Jesús participo de un cuerpo humano para de esa manera tomar dominio de la muerte, el pecado y satanás, y también liberar a todos aquellos que estaban esperando la libertad de ese lugar mencionado por Jesús en Lucas 16:19-31. Todos aquellos que mueren teniendo la naturaleza divina son llevados por los ángeles al paraíso en el tercer cielo. Gloria a Dios!

Otro pasaje que declara la liberación de todos los que estaban cautivos en la cautividad por el Mesías:

“El Espíritu de Jehová el Señor está sobre mí, porque me ungió Jehová; me ha enviado a predicar buenas nuevas a los abatidos, a vendar a los quebrantados de corazón, a publicar libertad a los cautivos, y a los presos apertura de la cárcel“. Isaías 61:1

Cuando alguien muere, solo el cuerpo físico muere, ya que el alma y espíritu de cada individua es inmortal. El diablo ha introducido falsa doctrina a través de los siglo, propagando confusión entre aquellos que ignoran las escrituras. Observe lo que las escrituras establecen acerca de la inmortalidad del hombre interior:

“Porque como el cuerpo sin espíritu está muerto, así también la fe sin obras está muerta”. Santiago 2:26

La referencia escriturar acerca de el cuerpo es volver al polvo de donde fue tomado y como estar dormido”

“Con el sudor de tu rostro comerás el pan hasta que vuelvas a la tierra, porque de ella fuiste tomado; pues polvo eres, y al polvo volverás“. Génesis 3:19

“les dijo: Apartaos, porque la niña no está muerta, sino duerme. Y se burlaban de él”. Mateo 9:24

“Dicho esto, les dijo después: Nuestro amigo Lázaro duerme; mas voy para despertarle”. Juan 11:11

“Por lo cual hay muchos enfermos y debilitados entre vosotros, y muchos duermen“. 1 Corintios 11:30

La implicación es 1 Corintios 11:30 es que “muchos han muerto prematuramente” por causa de participar de la cena del Señor indignamente.

“Después apareció a más de quinientos hermanos a la vez, de los cuales muchos viven aún y otros ya han muerto“. 1 Cor. 15:6

El espíritu de los justos va al tercer cielo después de morir:

“Así que vivimos confiados siempre, y sabiendo que entre tanto que estamos en el cuerpo, estamos ausentes del Señor (porque por fe andamos, no por vista). Pero estamos confiados, y más aún queremos estar ausentes del cuerpo y presentes al Señor. Por tanto, procuramos también, o ausentes o presentes, serle agradables”. 2 Cor. 5:6-9

“conforme a mi anhelo y esperanza de que en nada seré avergonzado; antes bien con toda confianza, como siempre, ahora también será magnificado Cristo en mi cuerpo, tanto si vivo como si muero, 21 porque para mí el vivir es Cristo y el morir, ganancia. Pero si el vivir en la carne resulta para mí en beneficio de la obra, no sé entonces qué escoger: 23 De ambas cosas estoy puesto en estrecho, teniendo deseo de partir y estar con Cristo, lo cual es muchísimo mejor“. Fil. 1:20-23

“a la congregación de los primogénitos que están inscritos en los cielos. Os habéis acercado a Dios, Juez de todos, a los espíritus de los justos hechos perfectos”. Heb. 12:23

Todos los que estaban cautivos en el seno de Abraham fueron justificados a través del sacrificio de Jesús y recibieron la naturaleza divina; haciéndolos elegibles para ser raptos al tercer cielo. Jesús fue el primer hombre en entrar al cielo con un cuerpo glorificado. Observe lo que Pablo expreso en el siguiente texto:

“Indiscutiblemente, grande es el misterio de la piedad: Dios fue manifestado en carne, justificado en el Espíritu, visto de los ángeles, predicado a los gentiles, creído en el mundo, recibido arriba en gloria”. 1 Tim. 3:16

“visto de los ángeles”, Al Jesús resucitar de entre los muertos, él ascendió al tercer cielo para presentar su sangre en el templo celestial y así sellar el nuevo pacto. Por esa razón Jesús le dijo a María Magdalena lo siguiente:

“Jesús le dijo: Mujer, ¿por qué lloras? ¿A quién buscas? Ella, pensando que era el hortelano, le dijo: Señor, si tú lo has llevado, dime dónde lo has puesto, y yo lo llevaré.

Jesús le dijo: !!María! Volviéndose ella, le dijo: !!Raboni! (que quiere decir, Maestro).

Jesús le dijo: No me toques, porque aún no he subido a mi Padre; mas ve a mis hermanos, y diles: Subo a mi Padre y a vuestro Padre, a mi Dios y a vuestro Dios”. Juan 20:15-17

Ahora bien, observe lo que sucedió después que Jesús subió al tercer cielo para sellar el nuevo pacto:

Cuando llegó la noche de aquel mismo día, el primero de la semana, estando las puertas cerradas en el lugar donde los discípulos estaban reunidos por miedo de los judíos, vino Jesús, y puesto en medio, les dijo: Paz a vosotros. Juan 20:19

“Y cuando les hubo dicho esto, les mostró las manos y el costado. Y los discípulos se regocijaron viendo al Señor” verso 20

24 Pero Tomás, uno de los doce, llamado Dídimo, no estaba con ellos cuando Jesús vino. 25 Le dijeron, pues, los otros discípulos: Al Señor hemos visto. El les dijo: Si no viere en sus manos la señal de los clavos, y metiere mi dedo en el lugar de los clavos, y metiere mi mano en su costado, no creeré. 26 Ocho días después, estaban otra vez sus discípulos dentro, y con ellos Tomás. Llegó Jesús, estando las puertas cerradas, y se puso en medio y les dijo: Paz a vosotros. 27 Luego dijo a Tomás: Pon aquí tu dedo, y mira mis manos; y acerca tu mano, y métela en mi costado; y no seas incrédulo, sino creyente”.

Jesús le prohibió a María Magdalena tocarlo por causa de que Jesús era el sumo sacerdote, el cual debía presentar el sacrificio ante el altar celestial.

“Pero estando ya presente Cristo, sumo sacerdote de los bienes venideros, por el más amplio y más perfecto tabernáculo, no hecho de manos, es decir, no de esta creación, y no por sangre de machos cabríos ni de becerros, sino por su propia sangre, entró una vez para siempre en el Lugar Santísimo, habiendo obtenido eterna redención“. Heb. 9:11-12

Debemos enfatizar que de acuerdo a las directrices relacionadas con el sacrificio expiatorio. El sumo sacerdote debía separarse completamente de todo aquello que lo podía contaminar, incluyendo el ser tocado. Todo lo que Jesús hizo fue de acuerdo a la ley mosaica, y también cumplir la ley.

“porque el fin de la ley es Cristo, para justicia a todo aquel que cree” Rom. 10:4

“y diciendo luego: He aquí que vengo, oh Dios, para hacer tu voluntad; quita lo primero, para establecer esto último” Heb. 10:9

Otra referencia en cuanto a la inmortalidad del hombre interior está en Apocalipsis 6:9-11

“Cuando abrió el quinto sello, vi bajo el altar las almas de los que habían sido muertos por causa de la palabra de Dios y por el testimonio que tenían. Y clamaban a gran voz, diciendo: ¿Hasta cuándo, Señor, santo y verdadero, no juzgas y vengas nuestra sangre en los que moran en la tierra? Y se les dieron vestiduras blancas, y se les dijo que descansasen todavía un poco de tiempo, hasta que se completara el número de sus consiervos y sus hermanos, que también habían de ser muertos como ellos”.

Algunas observaciones: “VI bajo el altar las almas de los que habían sido muertos”. Juan “Vio” las almas, indicando que estas se pueden ver, incluso dice en el verso 10 que “ Y se les dieron vestiduras blanca”. Muchos tienen una idea equivocada acerca de todos aquellos qué han muerto en el Señor, dichas creencias incluyen la inconsciencia del alma después de separarse del cuerpo. De hecho, ellos demandaban del Señor justicia en el verso 10 “clamaban a gran voz, diciendo: ¿Hasta cuándo, Señor, santo y verdadero, no juzgas y vengas nuestra sangre en los que moran en la tierra?. Tanto en Lucas 16:19-31 como en Apocalipsis 6:9-11 se enfatiza el estado consciente de aquellos que han muerto físicamente. Recordemos que la memoria es parte del alma; el cerebro es el órgano humano que facilita la transmisión de información que recibe a través de los sentidos físicos. Tanto los que están en el infierno como los que están en el paraíso mantienen plena conciencia.

En Lucas 16:19-31 claramente separa los justos y los malignos, enviando a cada unos de ellos a lugares diferentes.

“Los malos serán trasladados al Seol, Todas las gentes que se olvidan de Dios”. Salmo 9:17

“El camino de la vida es hacia arriba al entendido, Para apartarse del Seol abajo”. Prov. 15:24

“Y te haré descender con los que descienden al sepulcro, con los pueblos de otros siglos, y te pondré en las profundidades de la tierra, como los desiertos antiguos, con los que descienden al sepulcro, para que nunca más seas poblada; y daré gloria en la tierra de los vivientes”. Ezequiel 26:20

“para que no se exalten en su altura todos los árboles que crecen junto a las aguas, ni levanten su copa entre la espesura, ni confíen en su altura todos los que beben aguas; porque todos están destinados a muerte, a lo profundo de la tierra, entre los hijos de los hombres, con los que descienden a la fosa. Así ha dicho Jehová el Señor: El día que descendió al Seol, hice hacer luto, hice cubrir por él el abismo, y detuve sus ríos, y las muchas aguas fueron detenidas; al Líbano cubrí de tinieblas por él, y todos los árboles del campo se desmayaron. Del estruendo de su caída hice temblar a las naciones, cuando las hice descender al Seol con todos los que descienden a la sepultura; y todos los árboles escogidos del Edén, y los mejores del Líbano, todos los que beben aguas, fueron consolados en lo profundo de la tierra. También ellos descendieron con él al Seol, con los muertos a espada, los que fueron su brazo, los que estuvieron a su sombra en medio de las naciones. ¿A quién te has comparado así en gloria y en grandeza entre los árboles del Edén? Pues derribado serás con los árboles del Edén en lo profundo de la tierra; entre los incircuncisos yacerás, con los muertos a espada”. Ezequiel 31:14-18. Compare también Ezequiel 32:18-27; Isaías 14:9-15


5 distintos lugares en el centro de la tierra:

Las escrituras hacen referencia a 5 diferentes prisiones en las profundidades donde moran parte de aquellos que han partido y otros espíritus malignos. Expliquemos estos 5 departamentos:

  • El Tartarus: Esta es una prisión especial para ciertos ángeles caídos, quienes pecaron antes y después de el diluvio de Noé. Ningún registro bíblico existe que indique que algún ser humano, o demonio es encarcelado en esta prisión. Observe los siguientes pasajes:

“Porque también Cristo padeció una sola vez por los pecados, el justo por los injustos, para llevarnos a Dios, siendo a la verdad muerto en la carne, pero vivificado en espíritu; en el cual también fue y predicó a los espíritus encarcelados, los que en otro tiempo desobedecieron, cuando una vez esperaba la paciencia de Dios en los días de Noé, mientras se preparaba el arca, en la cual pocas personas, es decir, ocho, fueron salvadas por agua”. 1 Pedro 3:18-20

La expresión “en el cual fue y predicó a los espíritus encarcelados”, implica el evento después que Jesús fue “VIVIFICADO EN ESPÍRITU”, y fue a “ANUNCIAR” a esos ángeles caídos que el era el cumplimiento de Génesis 3:15. En Génesis 6:4 revela a ciertos ángeles caídos cometer “fornicación” con el propósito de crear una generación de gigantes y impedir el cumplimiento de Génesis 3:15, el cual profetiza la derrota de satanás y sus fuerzas diabólicas. Observe:

“Y pondré enemistad entre ti y la mujer, y entre tu simiente y la simiente suya; ésta te herirá en la cabeza, y tú le herirás en el calcañar” Gen. 3:15

Jesús es la simiente de la mujer, quien heriría la cabeza, o autoridad de satanás.

“Había gigantes en la tierra en aquellos días, y también después que se llegaron los hijos de Dios a las hijas de los hombres, y les engendraron hijos. Estos fueron los valientes que desde la antigüedad fueron varones de renombre

La palabra hebrea usada para gigantes es “nephı̂yl / nephil”; significa “Gigantes, Los Nephilim”. “en aquellos días, y también después”, estos es antes y después del diluvio de Noé.

“Porque si Dios no perdonó a los ángeles que pecaron, sino que arrojándolos al infierno (Gr. “tartaroō”) los entregó a prisiones de oscuridad, para ser reservados al juicio” 2 Pedro 2:4

¿Cual fue el pecado de estos ángeles? La respuesta es dada en el libro de Judas:

“Y a los ángeles que no guardaron su dignidad, sino que abandonaron su propia morada, los ha guardado bajo oscuridad, en prisiones eternas, para el juicio del gran día” verso 6

Observe el verso 7:

“como Sodoma y Gomorra y las ciudades vecinas, las cuales de la misma manera que aquéllos ( los ángeles que no guardaron su dignidad), habiendo fornicado e ido en pos de vicios contra naturaleza, fueron puestas por ejemplo, sufriendo el castigo del fuego eterno”

Sodoma y Gomorra y las ciudades vecinas fueron castigadas por haber “fornicado e ido en pos de vicios en contra naturaleza”. Un grupo de ángeles caídos decidieron envolverse en relaciones sexuales con las hijas de los hombres y crear un ejercito de gigantes con el propósito de corromper la linea geológica a través de la cual la simiente de la mujer iba a nacer. A la misma vez impedir la derrota de satanás por la semiente de la mujer, esto es Cristo. Vale la pena mencionar que hubieron 2 ocasiones donde estos ángeles caídos se envolvieron en esta trama satánica. La primera fue cuando Noé estaba edificando el Arca, y la promiscuidad sexual fue intolerable. Estos fueron destruidos por el diluvio. La segunda ocasión fue inmediatamente después del diluvio, y estos gigantes habitaron en canaan, y fueron eliminados por Israel. En la segunda ocasión, Dios castigo a este grupo de ángeles caídos encerrándolos en el Tartarus como es expresado en 2 Ped. 2:4; Judas 6-7


El Paraíso o Seno de Abraham: Permitame explicarle los 2 diferentes lugares donde los justos del A. T. eran enviados y los del N. T. son enviados:

  1. El Paraíso, o Seno de Abraham: Es un lugar localizado en el centro de la tierra; el cual es separado del infierno por un gran precipicio.

“Además de todo esto, una gran sima está puesta entre nosotros y vosotros, de manera que los que quisieren pasar de aquí a vosotros, no pueden, ni de allá pasar acá”. Lucas 16:26

  • Los justos son “Consolados”.

“Pero Abraham le dijo: Hijo, acuérdate que recibiste tus bienes en tu vida, y Lázaro también males; pero ahora éste es consolado aquí, y tú atormentado”. Lucas 16:25

  • Todos los justos estaban cautivos en el Seno de Abraham. Ellos fueron liberados y arrebatados al paraíso localizado en el tercer cielo:

“El Espíritu de Jehová el Señor está sobre mí (Cristo), porque me ungió Jehová; me ha enviado a predicar buenas nuevas a los abatidos, a vendar a los quebrantados de corazón, a publicar libertad a los cautivos, y a los presos apertura de la cárcel” Isaías 61:1

“a la congregación de los primogénitos que están inscritos en los cielos, a Dios el Juez de todos, a los espíritus de los justos hechos perfectos” Hebreos 12:27

Los espíritus de todos los justos fueron impartidos con la naturaleza divina y después fueron trasladados al paraíso localizado en el tercer cielo. Esto tomo lugar después de haber sellado el nuevo testamento.

“Entonces Jesús le dijo: De cierto te digo que hoy estarás conmigo en el paraíso” Lucas 23:43

La referencia aquí en Lucas 23:43 es al paraíso localizado en el centro de la tierra, y no el paraíso que esta en el Tercer Cielo. Es verdad que todos los que fueron al Seno de Abraham, fueron arrebatados por Cristo al Paraíso localizado en el Tercer Cielo.

Una cosa que debo de clarificar es la traducción que aparece en Lucas 23:43: “De cierto te digo que hoy estarás conmigo en el paraíso”. Debemos recordar que los manuscritos originales no contienen ninguna puntuación gramática sino hasta el noveno siglo, después solo era añadido un punto en el medio de la linea separando cada palabra. Todas las puntuaciones están sujetas debajo de autoridad humana. Entonces, el texto original griego es traducido así; “De cierto te digo: Hoy estarás conmigo en el paraíso”. Esto es, el paraíso localizado en el centro de la tierra.

  1. El Paraíso en el Tercer Cielo: El paraíso que esta localizado en el centro de la tierra esta actualmente vacío, es solo un lugar de evidencia histórica bíblica y como señal a todos los que están en el infierno.

“Ciertamente no me conviene gloriarme; pero vendré a las visiones y a las revelaciones del Señor. Conozco a un hombre en Cristo, que hace catorce años (si en el cuerpo, no lo sé; si fuera del cuerpo, no lo sé; Dios lo sabe) fue arrebatado hasta el tercer cielo. Y conozco al tal hombre (si en el cuerpo, o fuera del cuerpo, no lo sé; Dios lo sabe), que fue arrebatado al paraíso, donde oyó palabras inefables que no le es dado al hombre expresar”. 2 Cor. 12:1-4

“El que tiene oído, oiga lo que el Espíritu dice a las iglesias. Al que venciere, le daré a comer del árbol de la vida, el cual está en medio del paraíso de Dios” Apocalipsis 2:7

Jesús recibió la autoridad sobre la muerte y del Hades; todos los que mueren “en Cristo” van directamente al paraíso en el tercer cielo.

“y el que vivo, y estuve muerto; mas he aquí que vivo por los siglos de los siglos, amén. Y tengo las llaves de la muerte y del Hades” Apoc. 1:18


El Infierno: En Lucas 16:19-31 tenemos una descripción detallada por Jesús mismo acerca del infierno. Debo aclarar que Lucas 16:19-31 no es una parábola como muchos enseñan. En una parábola NUNCA se usan nombres propios como Jesús uso en estos pasajes. Los detalles mencionados por Jesús en Lucas 16:19-31 son reales y específicos. Expliquemos los pasajes bíblicos con relación a este lugar:

“Y en el Hades alzó sus ojos, estando en tormentos, y vio de lejos a Abraham, y a Lázaro en su seno” Lucas 16:23

El infierno es el lugar donde las almas y espíritus de todos los corrompidos por la naturaleza pecaminosa son enviados. Todos los pecadores que han muerto físicamente desde Abel hasta el final del milenio han descendido a este lugar de tormento. De acuerdo a Apocalipsis 20:11-15 todos ellos serán liberados y recibieran cuerpos inmortales, y serán juzgados antes de ser lanzados al lago de fuego y azufre. Observe la referencia bíblica:

“Y vi un gran trono blanco y al que estaba sentado en él, de delante del cual huyeron la tierra y el cielo, y ningún lugar se encontró para ellos” verso 11

Aquí se hace referencia a el juicio del gran trono blanco, donde todos aquellos que rechazaron a Dios y su palabra serán juzgados por sus obras.

“Y vi a los muertos, grandes y pequeños, de pie ante Dios; y los libros fueron abiertos, y otro libro fue abierto, el cual es el libro de la vida; y fueron juzgados los muertos por las cosas que estaban escritas en los libros, según sus obras” verso 12

“Los muertos” implica “Todos los que murieron con la naturaleza satánica, o pecaminosa. “De pie ante Dios” Expresa que estos individuos están listos para recibir la condena. En este juicio solo existe un veredicto, “culpable”. Todas las obras corruptas fueron resultados de sus almas corrompidas por el pecado.

“Y el mar entregó los muertos que había en él; y la muerte y el Hades entregaron los muertos que había en ellos; y fueron juzgados cada uno según sus obras” verso 13

El infierno es solo un lugar de tormento temporal hasta que sean juzgados y lanzados al lago de fuego.

“Y la muerte y el Hades fueron lanzados al lago de fuego. Esta es la muerte segunda” verso 14

La muerte y el hades están conectados con el pecado. Ambos serán lanzados al lago de fuego. En las escrituras siempre se conecta a la muerte y el hades con cooperación mutua.

“Que la muerte les sorprenda; Desciendan vivos al Seol, Porque hay maldades en sus moradas, en medio de ellos” Salmo 55:15

“Me rodearon ligaduras de muerte, Me encontraron las angustias del Seol; Angustia y dolor había yo hallado” Salmo 116:3

Compare también con Isa. 28:15, 18; Hab. 2:5; Apoc. 1:18; 6:8; 20:13-14

Y el que no se halló inscrito en el libro de la vida fue lanzado al lago de fuego” verso 15


El Abismo: En este lugar es donde demonios y ángeles caídos están prisioneros. Ningún ser humano ha sido alguna vez enviado a este lugar. La palabra hebrea usada en referencia a este lugar es “Abaddon”, la cual es traducida “destrucción” en Job 26:5,6; 28:22; 31:12; Salmo 88:11; Prov. 15:11; 27:30. La palabra del texto griego es “abussos” y es usada con referencia a “Un abismo inmensamente profundo”. Es un lugar bien profundo en las partes mas profunda de la tierra. Es un lugar de absolutas tinieblas. Es precisamente en este lugar donde Dios ha encarcelado ciertos ángeles caídos y demonios, los cuales serán liberados en la gran tribulación.

“El quinto ángel tocó la trompeta, y vi una estrella que cayó del cielo a la tierra; y se le dio la llave del pozo del abismo. Y abrió el pozo del abismo, y subió humo del pozo como humo de un gran horno; y se oscureció el sol y el aire por el humo del pozo. Apoc. 9:1-2

La estrella mencionada en el verso 1 es un simbolismo de un agente angelical. Allí no se refiere a una estrella o meteoro literal, ya que este agente angelical “y se le dio la llave (autoridad) del pozo del abismo. Y abrió el pozo del abismo”. versos 1-2. La implicación es de un ser con capacidades, e inteligencia y no un pedazo de roca. Ademas de esto, en Apoc. 12:3-4 se hace referencia a los ángeles que están asociados con satanás como “estrellas del cielos”.

“También apareció otra señal en el cielo: he aquí un gran dragón escarlata, que tenía siete cabezas y diez cuernos, y en sus cabezas siete diademas; y su cola arrastraba la tercera parte de las estrellas del cielo, y las arrojó sobre la tierra. Y el dragón se paró frente a la mujer que estaba para dar a luz, a fin de devorar a su hijo tan pronto como naciese”

“Y del humo salieron langostas sobre la tierra; y se les dio poder, como tienen poder los escorpiones de la tierra” Apoc. 9:3

Tampoco hay indicación de que la expresión “una estrella que cayó del cielo a la tierra” verso 1, se refiera a “Un ángel caído”; ya que el pasaje expresa que este agente celestial descenderá del cielo para abrir el abismo, liberando las criaturas mencionadas en Apoc. 9:7-10

“El aspecto de las langostas era semejante a caballos preparados para la guerra; en las cabezas tenían como coronas de oro; sus caras eran como caras humanas; tenían cabello como cabello de mujer; sus dientes eran como de leones; tenían corazas como corazas de hierro; el ruido de sus alas era como el estruendo de muchos carros de caballos corriendo a la batalla; tenían colas como de escorpiones, y también aguijones; y en sus colas tenían poder para dañar a los hombres durante cinco meses”

También en Apocalipsis 9 se hace referencia a el líder de estas criaturas diabólicas:

“Y tienen por rey sobre ellos al ángel del abismo, cuyo nombre en hebreo es Abadón, y en griego, Apolión” verso 11

Este líder es un ángel caído, el cual esta encarcelado y sera liberado en la gran tribulación. Ellos operaran bajo las siguientes directrices:

“Y se les mandó que no dañasen a la hierba de la tierra, ni a cosa verde alguna, ni a ningún árbol, sino solamente a los hombres que no tuviesen el sello de Dios en sus frentes” verso 4

La referencia en los versos 4-6 es de atormentar a todos los hombres con la excepción de los 144.000 judíos.

“Y les fue dado, no que los matasen, sino que los atormentasen cinco meses; y su tormento era como tormento de escorpión cuando hiere al hombre. Y en aquellos días los hombres buscarán la muerte, pero no la hallarán; y ansiarán morir, pero la muerte huirá de ellos” versos 5-6


El Lago de Fuego: Este es el lugar de tormento eterno para todos los que han sido sentenciados en el juicio del gran trono blanco, el cual es expresado en Apoc. 20:11-15. También Satanás, los ángeles caídos, y demonios. El anticristo y el falso profeta son los 2 únicos ser humanos que serán lanzados directamente al lago de fuego y azufre sin haber pasado por el juicio del gran trono blanco.

“Y el diablo que los engañaba fue lanzado en el lago de fuego y azufre, donde estaban la bestia y el falso profeta; y serán atormentados día y noche por los siglos de los siglos” Apoc. 20:10

La palabra griega usada con referencia al lago de fuego es “geenna”, la cual es traducida “infierno” en Mat. 5:22, 29; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15, 33; Marc. 9:43, 45, 47; Sant. 3:5-6. Este lugar es llamado “La muerte segunda”:

“El que tiene oído, oiga lo que el Espíritu dice a las iglesias. El que venciere, no sufrirá daño de la segunda muerte” Apoc. 2:11

“Bienaventurado y santo el que tiene parte en la primera resurrección; la segunda muerte no tiene potestad sobre éstos, sino que serán sacerdotes de Dios y de Cristo, y reinarán con él mil años” Apoc. 20:6

“Y la muerte y el Hades fueron lanzados al lago de fuego. Esta es la muerte segunda” Apoc. 20:14

El infierno eterno, o lago de fuego fue preparado originalmente para el diablo y sus ángeles caídos:

“Entonces dirá también a los de la izquierda: Apartaos de mí, malditos, al fuego eterno preparado para el diablo y sus ángeles” Mat. 25:41

Todos los que han sido infestado con el espíritu de desobediencia serán lanzados a ese lugar de tormento eterno.

“Y él os dio vida a vosotros, cuando estabais muertos en vuestros delitos y pecados, en los cuales anduvisteis en otro tiempo, siguiendo la corriente de este mundo, conforme al príncipe de la potestad del aire, el espíritu que ahora opera en los hijos de desobediencia, entre los cuales también todos nosotros vivimos en otro tiempo en los deseos de nuestra carne, haciendo la voluntad de la carne y de los pensamientos, y éramos por naturaleza hijos de ira, lo mismo que los demás” Efesios 2:1-3

Cualquier individuo que haya muerto sin haber aceptado a Jesús como Señor y Salvador, estando bajo la naturaleza satánica, tales no pudieron ser enviados al paraíso en el tercer cielo. Observe:

“que si confesares con tu boca que Jesús es el Señor, y creyeres en tu corazón que Dios le levantó de los muertos, serás salvo. Porque con el corazón se cree para justicia, pero con la boca se confiesa para salvación” Romanos 10:9-10

“Jesús le dijo: Yo soy el camino, y la verdad, y la vida; nadie viene al Padre, sino por mí” Juan 14:6

¿Que tal de todos aquellos que murieron sin nunca haber aceptado a Jesús como Señor, pero fueron personas muy buenas y ayudaron a los necesitados? Las escrituras son claras en cuanto a las obras de todos los hombres:

“Pero Dios, que es rico en misericordia, por su gran amor con que nos amó, aun estando nosotros muertos en pecados, nos dio vida juntamente con Cristo (por gracia sois salvos), y juntamente con él nos resucitó, y asimismo nos hizo sentar en los lugares celestiales con Cristo Jesús, para mostrar en los siglos venideros las abundantes riquezas de su gracia en su bondad para con nosotros en Cristo Jesús. Porque por gracia sois salvos por medio de la fe; y esto no de vosotros, pues es don de Dios; no por obras, para que nadie se gloríe“. Efesios 2:4-9

La salvación es un regalo de parte de Dios, y nadie puede ganarse con sus obras la entrada al paraíso. Ademas, todas las obras que hallamos hecho mientras estuvimos en esta tierra, han de ser juzgadas por Dios para determinar recompensas en el tribunal de Cristo. Pero primero todas esas personas deben de nacer de nuevo y cambia de naturaleza y de señor.

“Respondió Jesús y le dijo: De cierto, de cierto te digo, que el que no naciere de nuevo, no puede ver el reino de Dios” Juan 3:3

“Respondió Jesús: De cierto, de cierto te digo, que el que no naciere de agua y del Espíritu, no puede entrar en el reino de Dios” Juan 3:5

“De modo que si alguno está en Cristo, nueva criatura es; las cosas viejas pasaron; he aquí todas son hechas nuevas” 2 Corintios 5:17

Al recibir a Jesús como Señor y Salvador, esa persona recibe “vida eterna”, la cual es la naturaleza divina, y ese individuo es elegible para ir al tercer cielo bien sea al morir, o en el rapto de la iglesia. Las obras de tal individuo serán juzgadas de acuerdo al motivo del corazón de ese individuo y bajo a las directrices establecidas por Dios en su palabra.

¿Que es realmente el Lago de Fuego? Es el lugar de castigo eterno de todos aquellos que se han rebelado en contra de Dios. Allí serán castigados en espíritu, alma y cuerpo, por la eternidad. Observe:

“Pero yo os digo que cualquiera que se enoje contra su hermano, será culpable de juicio; y cualquiera que diga: Necio, a su hermano, será culpable ante el concilio; y cualquiera que le diga: Fatuo, quedará expuesto al infierno de fuego” Mat. 5:22

“Y si tu ojo te es ocasión de caer, sácalo y échalo de ti; mejor te es entrar con un solo ojo en la vida, que teniendo dos ojos ser echado en el infierno de fuego” Mat. 18:9

“Si tu mano te fuere ocasión de caer, córtala; mejor te es entrar en la vida manco, que teniendo dos manos ir al infierno, al fuego que no puede ser apagado, donde el gusano de ellos no muere, y el fuego nunca se apaga” Marc. 9:43-44

“mas los hijos del reino serán echados a las tinieblas de afuera; allí será el lloro y el crujir de dientes.” Mat. 8:12

“Enviará el Hijo del Hombre a sus ángeles, y recogerán de su reino a todos los que sirven de tropiezo, y a los que hacen iniquidad, y los echarán en el horno de fuego; allí será el lloro y el crujir de dientes” Mat. 13:41-42

Un lugar donde el cuerpo serán atormentado juntamente con el espíritu y el alma de tales individuos:

“Por tanto, si tu ojo derecho te es ocasión de caer, sácalo, y échalo de ti; pues mejor te es que se pierda uno de tus miembros, y no que todo tu cuerpo sea echado al infierno. Y si tu mano derecha te es ocasión de caer, córtala, y échala de ti; pues mejor te es que se pierda uno de tus miembros, y no que todo tu cuerpo sea echado al infierno.” Mat. 5:29-30

En ese lugar de tormento eterno el gusano nunca morirá:

“Porque como los cielos nuevos y la nueva tierra que yo hago permanecerán delante de mí, dice Jehová, así permanecerá vuestra descendencia y vuestro nombre. Y de mes en mes, y de día de reposo en día de reposo, vendrán todos a adorar delante de mí, dijo Jehová. Y saldrán, y verán los cadáveres de los hombres que se rebelaron contra mí; porque su gusano nunca morirá, ni su fuego se apagará, y serán abominables a todo hombre.” Isa. 66:22-24

Dicho sea de paso, en éstos pasajes, las escrituras muestran que sucederá en la nueva tierra. Los moradores de la nueva tierra irán a un lugar especifico donde habrán unos abiertos en la tierra, y desde allí verán a todos los que están en el lago de fuego y azufre. Observe las palabras claves en Isa. 66:22-24; “los cielos nuevos y la nueva tierra”, “vendrán”, “Y saldrán, y verán los cadáveres de los hombres que se rebelaron contra mí”, “porque su gusano nunca morirá”, “ni su fuego se apagará”, “y serán abominables a todo hombre”. La razón por la cual Dios establecerá éstos abiertos en la tierra nueva, es como recuerdo de lo que le paso a todos aquellos que se rebelaron en contra de Dios. La expresión “los cadáveres de los hombres” es una referencia a todos los serán lanzados con cuerpos corrompidos en el Lago de Fuego. Apoc. 20:11-15. Todos ellos serán vistos en tormento por toda la eternidad y serán como ejemplos de las consecuencias de cometer rebelión en contra de Dios y sus juicios.

Habrán diferentes niveles de castigos en el infierno y en el lago de fuego; No solo en remordimiento sino también en castigo. Mat. 10:15; 11:22; 12:41; 23:14; Marc. 6:11; 12:40; Luc. 10:14; 11:31-32; 20:47. Estos niveles de castigos serán aplicados de acuerdo a tipo de crimen, o pecado cometido por cada individuo. Ninguna persona podrá influenciar en ninguna forma el juicio divino en el cual todos los rebeldes compadecerán. Cada uno recibiera el castigo por los pecados cometidos, y solo él sera responsable delante de Dios. Allí nadie tendrá excusa alguna por los crímenes cometidos.

“Y vi a los muertos, grandes y pequeños, de pie ante Dios; y los libros fueron abiertos, y otro libro fue abierto, el cual es el libro de la vida; y fueron juzgados los muertos por las cosas que estaban escritas en los libros, según sus obras. Y el mar entregó los muertos que había en él; y la muerte y el Hades entregaron los muertos que había en ellos; y fueron juzgados cada uno según sus obras” Apoc. 20:12-13

El mismo principio es aplicado a todos los que recibieran recompensas. Unos recibieran recompensas mas grandes que otros, de acuerdo a el uso de el llamado ministerial.

“Así que ni el que planta es algo, ni el que riega, sino Dios, que da el crecimiento. Y el que planta y el que riega son una misma cosa; aunque cada uno recibirá su recompensa conforme a su labor. Porque nosotros somos colaboradores de Dios, y vosotros sois labranza de Dios, edificio de Dios. Conforme a la gracia de Dios que me ha sido dada, yo como perito arquitecto puse el fundamento, y otro edifica encima; pero cada uno mire cómo sobreedifica. Porque nadie puede poner otro fundamento que el que está puesto, el cual es Jesucristo. Y si sobre este fundamento alguno edificare oro, plata, piedras preciosas, madera, heno, hojarasca, la obra de cada uno se hará manifiesta; porque el día la declarará, pues por el fuego será revelada; y la obra de cada uno cuál sea, el fuego la probará. Si permaneciere la obra de alguno que sobreedificó, recibirá recompensa. Si la obra de alguno se quemare, él sufrirá pérdida, si bien él mismo será salvo, aunque así como por fuego.” 1 Cor.3:7-15

"Porque para mí el vivir es Cristo, y el morir es ganancia. Mas si el vivir en la carne resulta para mí en beneficio de la obra, no sé entonces qué escoger. Porque de ambas cosas estoy puesto en estrecho, teniendo deseo de partir y estar con Cristo, lo cual es muchísimo mejor; pero quedar en la carne es más necesario por causa de vosotros." Fil. 1:21-24

“EXÉGESIS Y SU USO”

THE LIVING WORD CENTER, INC.

By Rev. Jay Werman

“A critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture.”

El Arte de la Interpretación Bíblica!

Cualquier enseñanza que señale, o exprese que la biblia es muy difícil de entender, que es un misterio, que nunca significa lo que dice en el texto, que el significado debe ser cambiado para poder entender lo que dice”; estas teorías son completamente de procedencias satánicas!

La mujer le “Añadió” al mandato que Dios había expresado en Gen. 2:17. Ella dijo; “pero del fruto del árbol que está en medio del huerto dijo Dios: No comeréis de él, ni le tocaréis, para que no muráis.” Gen. 3:3

Satanás también cambio lo que Dios había mandado. “Entonces la serpiente dijo a la mujer: No moriréis”. Gen. 3:4. Dios le dijo a Adán “mas del árbol de la ciencia del bien y del mal no comerás; porque el día que de él comieres, ciertamente morirás.” Gen. 2:17. También sucedió en Gen. 3:5-6

Tenemos que decidir creerle a Dios, o creer las mentiras de satanás y de aquellos que están corrompidos. Debemos de rechazar toda enseñanza contraria a lo que las escrituras enseñan.

“Cesa, hijo mío, de oír las enseñanzas Que te hacen divagar de las razones de sabiduría” Proverbios 19:27

Tabla de Contenido: 

Introducción:
- Definición de Exégesis
- Puntos a considerar
- 12 reglas de Interpretación
- 5 Factores que deben ser usados algunos Métodos de Interpretación Definición del Método Alegórico

- Definición del Método Literal
- Los Símbolos y su Interpretación Las Parábolas y su uso Interpretación de las Profecías Consideraciones al interpretar las Profecías

- El uso de la Exégesis
- La Paráfrasis Libre
- Uso del contexto, trasfondo, Textos que suceden Y los que preceden.
- Uso de los Texto Paralelos


Conclusión

Introducción:

Exégesis es uno de los temas más fascinante que podemos encontrar en toda la teología, ya que nos ayuda a interpretar las escrituras. El uso correcto de esta herramienta nos facilita (siempre y cuando seamos imparcial en el uso) una buena interpretación de las escrituras. Lamentablemente, muchos han usado mal esta herramienta y han confundido a muchos llevándolos a confusión. Otros han usado esta herramienta para construir su propia religión o creencia, llevando a muchos a la condenación eterna. Muchos le han dado el sentido correcto y han bendecido a muchos, a través de los siglos y edades. Por experiencia propia creo que cada creyente es responsable por el uso que le dé a esta herramienta; que puede ser de bendición, como de maldición, dependiendo del uso que se le dé. Creo que debemos infundir en cada creyente la seriedad que implica interpretar las escrituras correctamente; ya que con ella podemos salvar vidas o simplemente hundirlas en la confusión. Es obvio entonces, que este valor debe ser infundido en el creyente desde su conversión a Jesús; sin embargo vemos que nunca nos hemos ocupado de esto.

No pretendo cubrir todo este basto tema en solo algunas clases, pero si, el poder colaborar en el desarrollo de cada persona que me dé una oportunidad, y también despertar en interés en cada estudiante. Creo que a través de este material, puedo cambiar la perspectiva de aquellos que no saben dónde buscar, o de aquellos que no saben que esta herramienta existe. Reconozco que hay muchos que se han dado a la tarea de llevar esta enseñanza a las personas y han bendecidos a muchos, pero en mi caso particular quiero ser colaborador juntamente con aquellos que ya lo han hecho. Entones pues, el motivo es el de ayudar a aquel que tiene el deseo de aprende como usar la exégesis, y también el poder sentir la satisfacción de que muchos serán guiados por el camino correcto. Si usted que esta estudiando en la Academia Ministerial es diligente en conocer como interpretar las escrituras y pone por delante al Señor y el compromiso de no esconder y torcer la verdad; creo que su futuro espiritual y ministerial serán prósperos. Pero hace falta para eso hacer una decisión firme de no compromete las cosas que el Señor nos revele con los hombres, religiones, filosofías, intereses personales, etc. Debemos poner todo lo que nos estorbe a un lado y cedernos al Espíritu de Dios y a su Palabra.

Salmo 119:105 dice…

“Lámpara es a mis pies tu Palabra, y lumbrera a mi Camino”

Definición:

Desarrollaremos primero el significado, comenzando por estudiar la raíz de la palabra original, y luego entraremos en detalles en cuanto al uso y aplicación. Usaremos un texto como base y fundamento para esta enseñanza, entraremos en más detalles a medida que avancemos.

Juan 1:38 que dice…

“Y volviéndose Jesús, y viendo que le seguían, les dijo ¿Qué buscáis? Ellos le dijeron: Rabí (que traducido es, Intérprete, Maestro), ¿dónde moras?”.

La palabra usada para “Intérprete” del texto original griego es “Hermeneuo” que significa; “Explicar en Palabras, Exponer, Interpretar”. Entonces, la definición de Hermenéutica es la siguiente; Es la Ciencia o arte de la Interpretación, especialmente de las escrituras. El sinónimo de hermenéutica es “Exégesis”, del griego original es “Exegeomai” que significa; Explicar, Exponer. En el mundo griego se usaba esta palabra “Exégesis”, a Experiencia Religiosas, particularmente a la Interpretación de oráculos, o Sueños. En la actualidad se aplica para expresar la practica de la Interpretación del texto, mientras que la hermenéutica determina los principios y reglas que deben regir la exégesis. Aplicada al campo de la teología, la hermenéutica tiene por objeto fijar “los principios y normas” que han de aplicarse en la Interpretación de los libros de la Biblia.

La Interpretación generalmente comenzó en el tiempo cuando Israel regresa del exilio babilónico bajo la dirección de Esdras. Lea Nehemías 8:1-8.

En la historia de la interpretación encontramos que usar el método correcto de interpretación no garantiza necesariamente conclusiones correctas por parte de aquellos que usaron este método. Por ejemplo; El rabinismo judío uso el método literal, produjo una hueste de puntos de vista e interpretaciones erróneas por el mal eso del método. Por esto es necesario establecer algunos principios de interpretación, aun después de establecer el método correcto, de manera que el método no sea mal aplicado como para producir falsas conclusiones.

“Same prophetical event; two different point of view”

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Sturdy guide for “Same prophetical event; two different views”

By Rev. Jay Werman

Text Based: Book of Daniel chapters 2 and 7

The Book of Daniel can be divided as follow:

Section 1: Daniel’s personal history. By the way, Daniel, Jeremiah and Ezekiel were contemporaries.  The text provide the record of Daniel and the three Hebrews children Chapter 1:1-21

Section 2: Nebuchadnezzar’s visions, which involved the great image. Belshazzar was the son of Nebonidus, who was Nebuchadnezzar’s son. Instead of using the word “grandfather”, “father” is used in Daniel 5:11, 18. The Hebrew text doesn’t use the word “grandfather”. This is the reason why Belshazzar could only offer Daniel to became the third ruler in Daniel 5:29. So, Nebonidus and Belshazzar were co-rulers. Chapter 2:1-4:37 

Section 3: Daniel’s personal history, which covers from the time of Belshazzar, king of Babylon to Darius, King of Medo-Persia. Chapter 5:1-6:28

Section 4: Daniel’s visions, which covers the prophetic future. Chapter 7:1-12:13

Daniel chapter 2 reveals 4 different kingdoms from the man’s perspective. While Daniel chapter 7 it shows how God sees these 4 different kingdoms, which are represent by 4 beasts.  

In the book of Daniel we have 2 chapters referring to the same prophetical event but the view in both chapters are completely different. The main focus of this post is to break down the prophetical event and the two perspectives under their proper context. Because of the extensiveness of the material in the subject involved in both chapters, we will focus only in the basic explanation. In another post we will get into more details.

  • First Daniel chapter two: Nebuchadnezzar’s dream; “But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days.” Dan. 2:28. In other words, this is prophetic dream given to a pagan king. The image in the dream explain by Daniel:

“Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” Dan. 2:31-35

The explanation of the dream:

“This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.” Dan. 2:36

  1. This image’s head was of gold: “Thou art this head of gold.” v. 38, which is the Babylonian kingdom
  2. his breast and his arms of silver: “And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior (silver)  to thee” v. 39, which is “Medo-Persia”
  3. his belly and his thighs of brass: “and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.” v.39, which is “Grecia”
  4. His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay: “And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth   all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.” v.40, which is The Roman Empire

Observe how the quality of the materials was diminishing from Gold to iron mixed with clay. This is one of the most important prophetic dreams and was given to a pagan king. Why? Because it had to do with the future of the gentiles nations, which covers from Nebuchadnezzar to the Old Roman Empire. Now, Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream didn’t finished in verse 40, for in verses 41-43 details the ten kingdom that will be formed in the latter days, from which the antichrist will rise. And verses 44-45 detail the establishing of The Messiah’s kingdom or Divine ruling over the earth.

Now, in the same book of Daniel chapter 7 expressed the same event but the elements used are different:

“In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.” Dan. 7:1-7

Let’s breakdown the passages:

  1. Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea
  2. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another
  3. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it: This is Babylonian Empire, which is compared to a “eagle” in Jer. 48:40; Ezek. 17. The rest of the passage is when Nebuchadnezzar become insane for a period of seven years and later restored. Dan. 4:31-36
  4.  And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh: The Medo-Persia Empire. Isa. 13:16-18 details how savage were their attack. Later become only The Persia Empire, which is expressed in the expression “and it raised up itself on one side”.  Daniel 8:3 is also connected with this beast.
  5. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it: The Grecian Empire; which had “four heads”. Indicating the four divisions of the Grecian Empire by Alexander 4 generals after his death. Their names are “Cassander in Macedonia and Greece; Lysimachus eastward in Thrace and Asia Minor; Ptolemy in Egypt, Cyprus and nearby Asia Minor; Seleucus (From the antichrist is coming from according to the book of Daniel) in Syria and portions of Asia (the Indus River).
  6. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it: The Old Roman Empire, which description here implied the characteristics and forms of ruling; “dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it.” In other words, there is nothing like it to compare it. The four beast is disclosed by name about 12 times in the New Testament. John 11:48; Acts 2:10; 16:21, 37-38; 22:25-27, 29; 23:27; 28:16-17

Definition of the term “beasts” “These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.” v. 17

In Daniel 7 the visions and dreams didn’t finished with the forth beast (v.7) but just exactly as it happened in “the image” of Nebuchadnezzar’ dream, this beast have ten horns, which according to the context of the text these ten horns are ten kings;

“And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” Dan. 7:24

Observe the origin of these ten horns “OUT OF THIS KINGDOM”. What kingdom is referring to? The fourth beast, which is The Old Roman Empire. So, these ten horns or kings will be rising from within The Old Roman Empire territory. Many have suggested that these kings are already exited but according to the same verse these ten kings haven’t existed yet, for it says “this kingdom are ten kings that SHALL ARISE.” When this event will happen? After or simultaneously with the rapture of the body of Christ.  For it says in 2 Th. 2:7:

“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth (retain) will let, until he (the body of Christ) be taken out of the way.”

What happens after that?

“And then (at the moment) shall that Wicked (the little horn of Daniel 7:20-26) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.” 2 Th. 2:8

Also in Daniel 7 as it happened in Daniel 2, the prophetic visions and dreams end with the establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven and The Eternal Kingdom of God.

“Until the Ancient of days (The Father) came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.” Dan. 7:22

“And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of The Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” Dan. 7:27

The image of Daniel 2 and the four beasts of Daniel 7 are part of a group of Empires that had persecuted Israel, which period is called in the Scriptures as:

“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” Luke 21:24

The same event of Daniel 2 is described in Daniel 7 but the graphics, elements, perspectives and methods of given the events are different. Why the used of an “image” in Daniel 2 and beasts in Daniel 7? Here is the explanation:

  • The image in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream: This is how men see themselves ruling. The image started with gold as the head and as the description of the image continued the used of lower quality of materials were used, so it was the quality of each kingdom.
  • The beasts in Daniel visions and dreams: This is how God sees men’s kingdoms on earth. The description of each beast emphasized the level of violence and destruction in their path.

In “the battle of Armageddon” God will destroy all these nations that had persecuted Israel. Isa. 34:1-8; 63:1-6; Ezek. 38-39; Zech. 14:1-5; Mat. 24:40-42

“And I saw the beast (the little horn), and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” Rev. 19:19-21

The deterioration of the moral values and corruption of the human governments will go increase until the antichrist is revealed. The prophecy given by Jesus in Luke 21:24 about “the time of the gentiles be fulfilled” will become to an end with the kingdom of the antichrist.

One more note: The rapture of the body of Christ and the second literal Advent of Christ are two different events; The first one will take place BEFORE the great tribulation and the second one AFTER it. We will explain both events in a separate topic.

May our God keep blessing you!

Sturdy guide for “The Power in God’s Word”

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Topic: The Power that sustain The Word of God

By Rev. Jay Werman

Text Based: Isaiah 55:8-11

Now, please allow me to breakdown the passages from Isaiah 55:8-11, so that we can have a better understanding of it:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Let’s breakdown each passage:

  • “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” What does it means? I had heard of people teaching and saying things that this passage doesn’t say. In order for me to understand what the passage is saying I need to go from where the writer started his line of thought. Which in this case is verse 7 ” Let the WICKED forsake his WAY, and the UNRIGHTEOUS man his THOUGHTS: and let him return unto the Lord”. Their THOUGHTS and WAYS are way far from The Lord’s thoughts and ways, as the heavens are far or higher than the earth”. (v.9) By the way, verse 8 is one of two contrasting points.
  • “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater” (v. 10).  second contrasting point, in which the comparison here is between the effect of the rain and snow upon the earth, which will produce a results; ” maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater.”
  • “SO SHALL MY WORD BE that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (v. 11) This passage expressed very clearly the power behind The Word of God. It CAN NOT return VOID. The Hebrew word used for “void” is “rêyqâm”, which mean “without effect”.  In other words, God’s Word will do what God had said about it. When we pray and nothing happens don’t blame God or His Word. God had never failed, never He will. The failed is our for not believing what God had said in His Word. The Scriptures are loaded with examples of people that believed in God’s Word and they saw the results of it. The whole chapter 11 of the books of Hebrews speak of them;

“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain.” Heb. 11:4

Many students of the Scriptures haven’t quite comprehend the power that God himself had placed on His own Word. Perhaps one of the factors that had unable many to reach this level of understanding is the lack of believe in what they read in the Scriptures. We must believe that what we are reading in The Word of God, it means exactly what it says, and not what I think it says in my own opinion or theory, which is exactly what most students do. If you take the challenge of believing what the Scriptures says, we will see the exact results that are meant to happen when faith is apply to it. Throughout this sturdy I will prove to you that God”s Word really works if you only add the most important element to it, which is your faith and trust in God. We will use only the Scriptures to prove such point, any other source is corrupted and polluted and it becomes useless in the definition and understanding of The Word of God. God doesn’t need out help to fulfill his own word, the only element that will unleash the power placed in The Word of God is faith. First let me prove this to you :

“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23

“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death.” Heb. 11:5

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house.” Heb. 11:7

“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” Heb. 11:8

“For he (Abraham) looked for a CITY which hath foundations, whose BUILDER and MAKER is God.” Heb. 11:10

26 times the word “faith” is used in Hebrews 11.

The Greek word used for “believeth” is pisteuō”, which is related to “pistis” that is translated “faith”. Some people had taken the biblical concept of faith way beyond the what the Scriptures says about it. Faith is NOT mental powers nor concentration nor visualization of things as many teach today. These people had written books based and twisted concepts of the Scriptures. So, what is FAITH? you may asked. In the book of Hebrew 11:1 you will find the answer;

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

“These ALL (mentioned above) DIED IN FAITH, not having RECEIVED the promises, but having SEEM them afar off, and were PERSUADED of them, and EMBRACED them, and CONFESSED that they were STRANGERS and PILGRIMS on the earth.” Heb. 11:13

Did you noticed how detached were these men from material possessions? Living, walking and even dying in FAITH. It’s not like today where all we see in churches around the planet revolved about “How much possessions you have? How much money is in your bank account? How BIG is the building that you call church? these are the kind of Christian people we are raising today. If The Lord will come today, thousands of Christians will be left behind alone with their leaders. We are not ready for the rapture of the church. Thousands of people are dying and going to hell everyday and what the church is doing? locked up in four walls preaching to each other and worrying about money, while the needy is lost. There MUST BE CHANGES before the rapture of the church. My prayer today is that God awake us up, so that we are ready for that great day. As it is stated in Luke 21:36;

“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things (great tribulation) that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

This is what God had said about the definition of Faith. What meaning of “substance” in Heb. 11:1? it comes from the Greek word “hupostasis”, which mean :

  • a setting or placing under
  • thing put under, substructure, foundation
  • that which has foundation, is firm
  • that which has actual existence
  • a substance, real being
  • the substantial quality, nature, of a person or thing
  • the steadfastness of mind, firmness, courage, resolution
  • confidence, firm trust, assurance

What is the meaning of “evidence” in Heb. 11:1? It comes from the Greek word “elegchos”, which mean “a proof, that by which a thing is proved or tested” and “conviction”. These concepts extend the meaning of the original word, so that we can have a better understanding when we ready the Scriptures. Faith is the foundation that will bring forth the results expressed in in each of God’s promises. Going back to the passage in Mark 9:23 that says “all things are possible to him that believeth. how is this possible? The answer is given in another passage;

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37

Everything that you believe MUST be in alignment with The Word of God, God’s perfect will and God’s purpose and these three are in COMPLETE HARMONY. Let’s observe another passage that will amplifier this subject:

“But without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to PLEASE him: for he that cometh to God MUST believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Heb. 11:6

This is a very simple statement about our approach in the subject of faith. “Without FAITH” you can not please God, it’s the only element that God required from you to unleash anything that He had said or promise. Later in the end of this sturdy I will point out all the things that unable faith to produce results in and through us.

The following passage refers to the Creation of the WORLDS by faith, which mean “that God designed everything within every realm and planned all things according to His perfect will.”

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Heb. 11:3

How do I grow in faith? The answer is found in Rom. 10:17;

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Let’s breakdown the passage so you can extract the divine principle in it:

  1. “So then faith cometh by”: meaning, “this is the channel from which faith is pass through and the result of it is faith”.
  2. “by hearing”: Faith is the ultimate result of hearing, but just hearing anything, because it point out what exactly develop the hearing.
  3. “hearing by the word of God”. This is the main element that ultimate will bring forth faith.

If you read the passage from the end to the beginning you can extract much better the meaning of it; “The word of God have the ability to develop your spiritual hearing, more Word, more ear, more ear, more Word, this cycle will produce faith. That is why Rom. 10:17 started with the words “So then faith cometh by”.

When praying you must believe:

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

The passage doesn’t say that you will receive whatsoever you ask in prayer…it says “whatsoever shall ask…BELIEVING, ye shall RECEIVE.” having your prayers answered by God is not based on your “positive thinking” as many have suggested in books. What will bring results into your prayer life is your conviction or certainty on the Word of God. Another passage that confirmed this line of teaching is found in Mark 11:24;

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, BELIEVE that ye RECEIVE them, and ye shall have them.”

At the moment of prayer you must believe in the power of God that will be unleash because of your faith in God’s Word.

Even salvation is given by faith:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Eph. 2:8-9

No surprisingly the Scripture says;

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Cor. 5:7

“Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” Hab. 2:4

Healing comes by faith;

“And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at HOME SICK OF THE PALSY, grievously TORMENTED. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and HEAL him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: BUT SPEAK THE WORD ONLY, and my servant shall be HEALED. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, GO THY WAYy; and as THOU HAST BELIEVED, so be it DONE UNTO THEE. And his servant was HEALED in the selfsame hour.” Mat. 8:6-13

“Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.” Mat. 9:29

“But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs, which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.” Mat. 15:26-28

“And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.” Mark 10:52

Unbelief is an obstacle for miracles;

“And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.” Mark 6:5-6

“And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” Mat. 13:58

“Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Mat. 17:19-20

The Word of God is so powerful that can sanctify us;

“Sanctify THEM through thy TRUTH: thy WORD is TRUTH.” John 17:17

“For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” 1 Tim. 4:4-5

“The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” Psalm 12:6

As silver is purified of all impurities in a furnace under extremism temperatures, the same way the Word of the Lord is pure.

12 reference of The Word of God:

  1. The Word is right. Psalm 33:4
  2. The Word creates. Psalm 33:6
  3. The Word heals. Psalm 107:20
  4. The Word is pure. Psalm 12:6; 119:140
  5. The Word is Truth. Psalm 119:160
  6. The Word rule the climate. Psalm 147:18
  7. The Word is tried. Psalm 12:6; 18:30
  8. The Word revive. Psalm 119:25, 50, 154
  9. The Word is eternal. Psalm 119:89
  10. The Word is sweet. Psalm 119:103
  11. The Word is lamp to our feet. Psalm 119:105
  12. The Word is light. Psalm 119:130

The Word MUST be ENGRAFTED in us;

“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:21

The Greek word used for “engrafted” is “emphutos”, which mean “implanted by nature, sprout”. Why do I engraft The Word of God in me? By becoming one with it.

The Word of The Lord Sustain all things together;

“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by THE WORD OF HIS POWER, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Heb. 1:3

“For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89

God’s power is behind God’s Word!

May our God keep blessing your life!!

God’s Breaking Through Process

“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you” Gal. 4:19

Subject: God’s Breaking Through – Process of Internal Formation

Based Text: John 12:24

Definition: God’s Breaking Through is the process through which God “Make die, crushed, removes, breaks down, extract” things in areas of our lives where He has no control or do not have the primacy. As New Creature, which you are in Christ (John 3:3-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17), having received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you must give him total control of your life. Obviously, this is not automatic, but rather “a process that involves an action on our part”. God uses the process of “Breaking Through” not only to rule in our lives, but also to “mold” our lives according to His plan and purpose for each of us. The breaking (of that specific area) will last as long as you understand that God has to be the “first” in all areas of your life. No one can experience the fullness of God’s manifestation in his or her life, unless God is in total and complete control. Paul said in Galatians 2:20 that “I am crucified with Christ and I no longer live (death of me), but Christ lives in (inside) on me … “. The formation of the character of God in us is also one of the reasons why we are process. Read Galatians 5:22-23.

Matthew 22:37 says:

“Jesus replied: ‘ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

The used of the word “Break down” in the language of the text expressed by Jesus in John 12:24, which is implicit in the expression “falls into the ground and die”;

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

As a rule of interpretation we must give the passenger the right direction, which is the literal application with reference to Jesus’ death on the cross. But there is also “The Law of Double Reference”, under the same rules of interpretation, where we can also apply the verse in question in a “spiritual sense”. We must bear in mind that when using this method of interpretation not misrepresent or take the original meaning of the same passage. In other words, we can give a “limited” to the context of the same spiritual sense, is not going to be that we take this interpretation to the extreme to take or obtain a “misconception or error“. Now what Jesus meant is: “I must die, to be glorified and bring much fruit. Jesus could not establish a glorified church first if he was not glorified. Using the law of double reference in John 12:24 regarding the believer ” must die (in those things which God has first place or Lordship) so we can see the glory of God in our lives.” All the elements involved in God’s Breaking Through process, are aligned to His Word and the Holy Spirit, God will never uses a sinful or unclean element (this include the devil and his demons) to form the believer to the image of his Son. Compare Rom. 8:29, 2 Corinthians 4:16, Eph. 2:10, Col. 3:10-14. Keep in mind that God created us in three parts “spirit” (Pneuma), “soul” (psuche) and “body” (soma). 1 Thess. 5:23, Heb. 4:12. Gal. 5:16-17. Our soul is divided into five major areas, which are: “your intellect, emotions, will, mind and reason.” When we received Jesus and we are born again, we received a new nature “eternal life” in our new spirit. John 1:13, 3:3-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Pet. 1:23. It is our soul that needs to be “renewed” after being born again, since it is here that lays the “inner conflict” of every believer after being born again.

In Galatians 5:16-17 expresses this internal conflict:

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would”.

Also in Matthew 16:24 Jesus said:

”…If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Three things involved in this passage:

1. “If anyone would come after me” implies a voluntary act. God won’t force you but rather He will persuade you by His love, Word and His Holy Spirit.

2. “Let him deny (completely surrender control to the Lord) himself.” Jesus makes a direct reference to the Breaking Through process when he used the term.

3. “Take up your cross and follow me”: The word “Cross” in this particular passage means, “Mission, purpose for which it was called and work.” In Jesus case his “cross” was not only to die in a literal cross, but also bear the sin and the curse that humanity possessed. Galatians 3:13, 2 Corinthians 5:21.

Defining the entire passage Jesus meant that ” If anyone wants to follow me, you should be aware that any plan, personal aspiration and earthly everything is temporary. The focus must now follow and willingly submit to the purpose and will of God. ”

In the book of Mark 8:35 talking within the same context Jesus said:

”For whoever would save his life (Gr. psuche for Soul) will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.”

The Greek word for soul is “psuche” implying our part where the will, mind, emotions, reason and intellect are. No one can save his soul. Only God has the power and the ability to change the sinful nature, through the new birth and the ability to provide the believer to renew your soul. Every believer has the responsibility to develop spiritually and through this experience renewal of his soul, thoughts, attitudes, bad habits, etc. . . . The combination of spiritual growth and renewal of our soul have resulted in a genuine transformation has even affect our physical body. In other words, we will reflect on the outside what we have inside. Explain about this later.

Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit mentioned in Romans 12:2 that we do in our “soul”:

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.

Explanation of the verse:

I. “Do not conform”: Greek text “suschematizo” which means conforming to the example of others. It implies that your attitude should be in opposition to that which is against your new nature. Also used in 1 Pet. 1:14.

II. “This world”: the Greek text “aion” is translated as “age” and means “Do not settle or be conforming to the corrupt system of this world.”

III. “Be transformed”: the original Greek “metamorphoo” meaning “be transformed or transfigured by a supernatural change”. And the term is used in Matthew 17:2, Mark 9:2, Rom. 12:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18. This change is the product of “renewing the mind” through the word of God. Compare also 2 Corinthians. 4:16, Eph. 4:23; Col. 3:10, Hebrew 6:6.

IV. “Through”: covers the method used to carry out what we want to achieve.

V. “Renewal”: means that we replace the old things that were stored for years by the new. This can only be achieved when our new spirit is fed with the Word of God. Col. 1:9-10, Heb. 5:12-14; James 1:21; 1 Pet. 2:1-3

VI. “Understanding”: refers to a part of our soul. In Ephesians 4:23 Paul said, “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” Indicating that we have a “spiritual attitude in our minds”, through saturate our lives in God’s Word. In Psalm 103 we see David reminding his soul about all the benefits he had received from the Lord.

VII. “That ye may prove”: the original Greek “dokimazo” which means to discern, distinguish, examine, and test. Implies that it is the only way to achieve and experience what has been expressed in verse. This word is also used in 1 Corinthians 3:13, Eph 5:10, 1 Timothy 3:10, 1 John 4:1, Luke 12:56 and 18 more.

VIII. “Good, acceptable, and perfect will of God”: experience three things everyone who is transformed by renewing your mind. If a believer does not know or have not experienced the good will of God correctly, is for the simple reason that you have not renewed your understanding. Notice that Paul says in verse 2 that God’s will is “good, pleasing and perfect”, and in line with the nature and character of God. Compare also Luke 11:2, Gal 1:4, 1 Thess. 4:3 and James. 1:17.

Summarizing Romans 12:2: No one may experience the full manifestation of the glory of God in their life if first has experienced “an inner transformation or metamorphosis”. In the language of the biblical text, we must remove, extract, break, crushed or die in those areas where God does not have full control, so that we can experience the flow of the Holy Spirit in and through us. “Process of Internal Formation” is the end result “a transformation of the inner man is reflected even in the soul (mind, will, emotions, reason, and intellect) and in our physical body. We must never forget that God’s Breaking Through is a process that involves our submission to God and that it will last the time we had to surrender to him completely in that specific area. God will never force us to do something we do not want, rather, God persuades us in love and through His word and His Holy Spirit: John 16:8-10, 2 Tim 3:16-17.

God has no favorites and given us all equally the same opportunity. Deut 10:17; Acts 10:34, Rom 2:11, Gal 2:6, Eph 6:9

In James 4:7 says:

Submit yourselves therefore to God Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

Being submitted to God is a sign that God has transformed the person. However, note that the passage states, “When we are submitted (rendered and controlled by God), the devil will flee from us”. Is not until we do our part that the second part of the verse is fulfilled. A believer that had surrender and is submitted under the guidance and direction of the Lord is an effective weapon to destroy the works of the devil. That is the reason why we have today so many false doctrines that feed the “ego” of the human being, to be ineffective in God. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. Speaking in the same line of thought The Holy Spirit spoke through Paul in 2 Tim. 3:1-5, warned us about the character of men in the latter days and we have to avoid them.

Examples of men who were processed by God:

In Genesis 32:22-32 we find a passage where we can use “the law of double reference” again, drawing a spiritual sense, to apply to the use of breaking through process.

Let’s consider all the verses of Genesis 32:22-32.

“And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.” verses 22-23

This is Jacob protecting his possessions, wives and sons.

“And Jacob was left alone…” verse 24

Implying that God was going to deal with him first. In the breaking through process, God will “separates you or left you alone” to thereby put all your “attention” to him. Although you apparently alone, God let you know that he is with you. When God confronts you, you have to be “isolate” so that is totally your dependence on it. Many times you have to “strip you of things that are weighing on your spiritual life, “only you” you take away or subtract speed in your ministry or Christian race. Hebrews 12:1 Things maybe are not “sin” but that can eventually turn into just that. It is only when you are in the process of breaking when you start seeing things that hinder you. God will put you in a position where you have to take the voluntary decision of wanting to be “transformed“ God will never force you to do something. 1 Peter 5:6 says; “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, (wraps purpose) that He may exalt you in due time; .. “. “Humble” implies that “God is in control and dominion in your life” , that is, in “all areas of your life.” Within the context of scripture a ‘ humble’ is “one on which God has full and complete control.” Humility has nothing to do with “poverty”, as this is part of the curse of the law. Read Deuteronomy 28:15-68, which encloses all the curse.

” … And wrestled with him (Jacob) a man until daybreak.” Verse 24

Several things wrapped up in the text:

The word “fought” the Hebrew text is “aw -bak ” which means “Being involved in a fight where there is physical struggle, and where any weapons are not used .” Word indicating that there was “a type of wrestling”. In addition, the custom at that time was that if you were someone on the road or place, and this stranger you kissed cheeks, implied he wanted a “friendship.” But if I started to ” wrestle ” with you , that meant that I was challenging a ” wrestling ” and the loser had to ” pay with material things”. Now, remember that Jacob had nothing with him, and all his possessions were across the creek. v. 22-23. Scripture does not say exactly how long they struggled physically, but the idea is to show “the persistence of Jacob ” and how God was going to change things for it . Throughout the struggle Jacob had not realized that it was God who was dealing with it. Is that case is not similar to ours? When God is dealing in certain areas of our lives and we are so focused on material things that we do not realize until God makes us know that He is himself who wants to change. Many times we have our eyes on things that just take away God first in our lives and everything that God remove the first place turns into “idolatry”. God does not share his place with anything or anyone or is all or nothing, there is no such thing as God has first place in some things and not others. Read Revelation 3:15-16.

“And he said unto him, what is thy name? And he said, Jacob. ” verse 27

Why God asks Jacob his name? (v. 27) did God not know? Why was it important to God that Jacob himself said his own name?

Let’s explain it:

Think of all that God could have said by way of reprimand. Instead, just ask the name of Jacob. God’s purpose in asking this question contains a lesson for all of us, too deep to ignore. In fact, it dramatically altered the history of the Old Testament. By asking God’s blessing, Jacob was forced by the question of God to live the last time you had asked a blessing, which had stolen his brother. The last time Jacob was asked for his name, the question came from his earthly father Isaac. Jacob had lied on that occasion and said, “I am Esau” and stole the blessing. It has now been found, after many lost years of running through life looking over his shoulder, before the all-knowing, all-seeing, Heavenly Father. Again after searching for a blessing, Jacob fully understands the reason and the indictment after God’s question and replied, “My name is Jacob”. “You have spoken the truth,” God said”… and you know very well what your name means . You have been a liar man with dirty tricks, fooling everyone wherever they’ve gone. But now that you make known your imperfect condition, I (God) can change you, and I will make of you a great nation.”

The greatness in the eyes of God is always preceded by humility before Him There is no way that you or I can achieve greatness until we come to it.
God changes Jacob of being “a liar, deceiver, crafty “to” Prince of God ” which is the meaning of the name “Israel”. The Hebrew word for Israel is “Yisael” which is taken from “sar” is ” Prince” (one who rules) and ” EL ” means ” God Force, Mighty, etc. . ” . Israel therefore be translated as; “Prince with God “, ” Soldier of God” and ”Prince of God”. The name Israel is used 2,450 times, and was given to Jacob. 2 kings 17:34; Hosea 12:3-4; their descendants. Exodus 9:7; and still is used with reference to Christ in Isaiah 49:3 where ” Jesus prevails with God and with men , in a deeper way and in a fuller sense than in the case of Jacob in Gen. 32:28

“And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.” verse 29

In other words; ” “Then Jacob asked him, and said, tell me your name. And the man answered: Why do you ask my name could you be so ignorant of who I am, “Did not you realize who I am”? That’s the implication in the answer God gives Jacob. God often is dealing with areas in our lives and we have not realized that it is the Lord who is struggling with us, to correct us and bless us obviously. In Apoc. 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21. All these verses refer directly to that “only those who overcome” get the reward, implying that we should be “diligent, hardworking, consistent, and persistent “to be blessed. Only those who overcome will come out winners, stating that “those who do not will not be rewarded.” Only the winners will achieve all the promises of God!

Genesis 32:26 implies “material reward “not only within the cultural context of the time, but within the same scriptural context. Jacob did great honor to his name “crafty” and God wanted to change it because through Jacob was to be constituted “the nation of Israel”, which was to represent God on earth. What Jacob did not imagine that his life was going to be “changed in a radical way?”. As this male as “touched the hollow of his thigh, and Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him”. v 25, God will deals with those things in which we rely, trust and thus depend absolutely Him.

The Hebrew word used in this passage is very interesting because it reveals that the contact was not physical and spiritual, and I make this observation because many have tried to spiritualize this passage, when it was actually “a physical struggle”. In the Hebrew text is used the word “Naga” for “Touch” meaning “Lay a hand on”, “beat”, “hurt” . By striking the hollow of the thigh caused Jacob’s leg the thigh was out of joint. This same Hebrew word is used 48 times and is only used in a “literal” sense where physical contact is obvious. Gen. 3:3; 20:6; Exodus 19:12-13, etc.

By the way, this appearance of God in the form of  “Man” is known as a “Theophany of God”. Theophany, from the Ancient Greek ( ἡ ) θεοφάνεια ( theophaneia ) – which means “appearance of God” – refers to the appearance of one of the persons of the deity in a natural or human-like form . Also used of a divine revelation.

Now notice what verse 31 says; “And as he passed over Peniel the sun came out ; limping because of his hip.”

2 Things reflected in the verse:

“And when he had passed Peniel …,” implies that until we don’t realize that it is God who is “working in those areas where He should be in control” and we need to surrender then: which means “we submit to God’s process”. Until we are not aware of it, we can not move to another level in our relationship with God and His plan and purpose with us. “And when he had passed Peniel “also implies that “when we understand that it is God who wants to pour out his blessings not only on us, but also through us. We must pass Peniel; which is just an expression to say; “We have to understand that is God the one that is breaking through inside of us, and He is using elements around us to mold (shape) us. In this context I am not making reference to either illness or something else that the devil uses to attack us.

Galatians 3:13 says; “Christ redeemed us (made ​​free) from the curse of the law (see Deut. 28:15-68 explains everything that involves cursing) being made a curse for us”.

We must recognize that God wants to “Changes us” and we shouldn’t “fight against him”. Jacob wrestled (resisted) for not knowing that it was God. Lets make sure that does not happens the same to us.

Another thing to notice in Genesis 32:31 is the phrase “… the sun came out,” which indicates that Jacob understood that it was God who he was resisting or wrestled with. The sun rose is simply an expression to indicate “the enlightenment or to understand”, the meaning of this expression apply to us imply how God process our lives. Many times we are fighting against things that God wants to process in our lives, and many times we do not realize it until the end of this process when “The sun comes out”. It is only through our spiritual growth that we can comprehend that it is God who is dealing with us.

 What is the purpose of God processing us?

 1) – Having God as first in our lives. This implied the correct order of our priorities
 2) – Take me to a deeper spiritual level and improve our relationship with Him
 3) – The breakdown brings us the same “strength and comfort us.”
 4) – Bring in itself “divine meaning and purpose to your life.”
 5) – Guide us in everyday decisions in our lives.
 6) – Bring also reflect the life of Christ through ours.
 7) – To prepare “beyond what we can understand” to the time when we are before the Lord at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

We should not resist or make opposition to God’s breaking process. All that God wants is to make our lives as “his Son Jesus”. Romans 8:29
there are certain questions to refer about the story in Genesis 32:22-32. “Why would God bother to go to all this effort just to turn the heart of Jacob? “. Why does not God just say, “Okay, you go your own way … trust your own strength … keep your own instincts and see where it takes you “? But do you realize that as soon as you examine these questions is no immediate follow them? Why bother God persist and fetch you? The answer is obvious. God cared about Jacob and He cares for you and me.
During the daily struggles and difficult times we face in life, God is making us a call to let Him take complete control of our lives. When this happens, then God through His Word and His Holy Spirit can guide us to the right solution. He also has surrounded us with people who teach us the truth. Ephesians 4:11-19

No one can get an answer from God if the “Peace of God” does not rule your life. A person who is disturbed, worried and anxious, can not get the answer that comes by the Spirit. John 14:26-27; 16:13-15. 1 Peter 5:6-7 recommended “cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”. In Philippians 4:7, Paul says:

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

In Galatians 2:20 Paul said death an expression indicating the “ego” and a total submission to God’s Breaking Through Process.

“With Christ I am crucified, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me; and I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”.

Death to the “ego” implies that “God has first place in your life”. We were purchased by the sacrifice of Jesus and our lives now belong to Him
Matthew 5:3 says; “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” There has been a misinterpretation of passages like this as they interpret the text as implicating “spiritual poverty”. This interpretation contradicts many Scriptures, as a believer with spiritual poverty is not considered blessed. When analyzed within the scriptural text and under “parallel texts” context indicates rather “those who spiritually depends on God”, or “those whose spiritual strength from God“. The Prophecies in Matthew 5:3-12 wrapped 8 wrap promises even have a partial fulfillment in these times, also have their complete fulfillment in the literal second coming of Christ to establish His millennial kingdom. With regard to breach a person whose life is controlled or governed by God, recognized that his strength comes from the Lord and fulfills the prophecy of Matthew 5:3 partially. There are other parallel passages where “broken spirit, humble spirit” imply that they have “given complete control of their lives to the Lord” and have the same use as in Matthew 5:3 . Read Psalm 51:17, Isaiah 57:15; 66:2 and Matthew 11:28-30.

In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul said, ” And said to me: My grace is sufficient; for my strength is made ​​perfect in weakness “. Indicating what Jesus said in Matthew 5:3.

In summary, the process of destruction not only gives the Lord first in our lives (complete), but it helps us in the following areas:
 – Mature: Since breaking through every experience helps us achieve a higher level of understanding about how God deals with us.
– Grow spiritually: Since we give priority to our spiritual life, not our soul or body.
– We get more spiritual sensitivity: Since we have a more intimate contact with God and perceive spiritual things further. – Expands the divine vision: Our vision of the spiritual world is extended to be controlled by the Lord. We see and understand the Lord’s plan and purpose for our lives. Brokenness “expand your spiritual capacity” in all areas, including the ministerial work that each of us has been commissioned in particular. A believer broken is not difficult to use it for the Lord.

Our cooperation with the Lord in brokenness, not only streamlines the process itself, but it helps us to grasp things that are happening around us and we can advise and help those who are going through similar situations. One thing is important that we should understand is that God wants to use us all , and shed his blessings to the fullest, but give full control to God alone be able to enjoy “little blessings”. Ourselves we become an “obstacle” in the plan of God, as if we have not been “broken” just do things our own “ego” wants and desires, and not what God has for us. We come to eat “crumbs “that fall from the table instead of eating as we are children of God. Compare Matthew 15:2.

– God’s Breaking Through Process in Moses’s life : Called and commission from God; exodus 3-4

3 stages in the process of God with Moses:

1. He Spent 40 years in Egypt. Acts 7:20-23
2. He Spent 40 years in the wilderness of mount Sina. Acts 7:30
3. He guided the people of Israel for 40 years in the desert. Numbers 14:33-34

Moses did not enter the Promised Land for hitting the rock instead of speaking to it as God commanded him to do. Numbers 20:8-11 and died at the age of 120. Deut. 34:1-7

There many other examples of God’s breaking Through Process recorded in the Scriptures in which we can see how God deals with His people.

May our God help us to surrender our lives to Him!

El Quebrantamiento; Proceso de formación interna.

“Hijitos míos, por quienes vuelvo a sufrir dolores de parto, hasta que Cristo sea formado en vosotros” Gal. 4:19

El Quebrantamiento es el proceso a través del cual Dios brega con áreas en nuestras vidas donde El no tiene el control o es tiene el primado. Una vez que recibimos a Jesús como señor, debemos de entregarle a él control total de nuestras vidas.  Obviamente, esto no es automático, sino mas bien “un proceso que envuelve una acción de nuestra parte”. Dios usa “El Quebrantamiento” no solo para tomar “El Señorío” en nuestras vidas, pero también “Moldear” nuestras vidas conforme a su plan y propósito para con cada uno de nosotros. El quebrantamiento (de esa área específica) va a durar el tiempo que tu entiendas que Dios “tiene que ser el primero”.

Mateo 22:37 dice;

“Jesús le dijo: Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, y con toda tu alma, y con toda tu mente”.

Juan 12:24 dice:

“De cierto, de cierto os digo, que si el grano de trigo no cae en la tierra y muere, queda solo; pero si muere, lleva mucho fruto”.

Como regla de interpretación debemos de darle al pasaje el sentido correcto, el cual es, la aplicación literal con referencia a la muerte de Jesús en la cruz. Pero existe “La Ley de doble referencia” también en la mismas reglas de interpretación, donde podemos aplicar el verso en cuestión en un “Sentido espiritual”. Debemos de tener en cuenta que cuando usamos este método de interpretación, no tergiversar o quitarle en sentido original del mismo pasaje. En otras palabras, podemos darle un sentido espiritual “Limitado” al contexto del mismo, no haya a ser que llevemos esta interpretación al extremo de sacar o obtener una “Idea errónea”.

Ahora bien, Jesús quiso decir “Debo de morir, para ser glorificado y llevar muchos frutos. No puedo establecer una iglesia glorificada, si primero yo soy glorificado”. Usando la ley de doble referencia en Juan 12:24 con relación al creyente; “Debemos morir (en aquellas cosas donde Dios no tiene el primer lugar o Señorío) para que podamos ver la gloria de Dios en nuestras vidas”.

En Génesis 32:22-32 encontramos un pasaje donde podemos usar nuevamente “La Ley de doble referencia”, extrayendo un sentido espiritual, para aplicarlo al uso del quebrantamiento.

Analicemos todos los versos de génesis 32:22-32.

“Y se levantó aquella noche, y tomó sus dos mujeres, y sus dos siervas, y sus once hijos, y pasó el vado de Jaboc. Los tomó, pues, e hizo pasar el arroyo a ellos y a todo lo que tenía. ” Versos 22-23.

En el verso 24 dice “Así se quedó Jacob solo;..”. implicando que Dios iba a tratar con él primeramente. En el proceso del Quebrantamiento Dios te “separa o quedas solo” para de esa manera pongas toda tu “Atención” hacia Dios. Aunque aparentemente estas solo, Dios te deja saber que El esta contigo. Cuando Dios te confronta, tiene que “Aislarte” para que tu dependencia sea totalmente de El. Muchas veces Tienes que “despojarte de cosas que son peso en tu vida espiritual”, que solo te “Quitan o restan” velocidad en tu carrera ministerial o cristiana. Hebreos 12:1. Cosas que quizás no son “Pecado”, pero que con el tiempo puede llegar a convertirse en eso mismo. No es sino cuando estas en el proceso del quebrantamiento cuando comienzas a ver que cosas te estorban. Dios va a colocarte en una posición donde tu tienes que tomar la decisión voluntaria de querer ser “Transformado”, Dios nunca te va a forzar a hacer algo. 1 pedro 5:6 dice; “Humillaos, pues, bajo la poderosa mano de Dios, para que él os exalte cuando fuere tiempo;..”. “Humillarse” implica que “Dios tenga el control y señorío en tu vida”, esto es, en “todas las áreas de tu vida”. Dentro del contexto de las escrituras un “Humilde” es “uno sobre el cual Dios tiene control total y completo”. Humildad no tiene nada que ver con “Pobreza”, ya que ésta es parte de la Maldición de la ley. Lea Deuteronomio 28:15-68, donde encierra toda la maldición.

“…y luchó con él (Jacobo) un varón hasta que rayaba el alba”. Verso 24

Varias cosas envueltas en el texto:

La palabra “Luchó” del texto hebreo es “abaq” que implica “El participar en una pelea donde hay forcejeo físico, y donde no se usan ningún tipo de armas”. Indicando esta palabra que hubo “Un tipo de lucha libre”. Además, la costumbre en ese tiempo era que si te encontrabas a alguien en el camino o lugar, y éste extraño te besaba las mejillas, implicaba que quería tu “Amistad” . Pero si comenzaba a “forcejear” contigo, eso implicaba que te estaba desafiando a “Una lucha libre” y el perdedor tenia que “Pagar con cosas materiales”. Ahora, recuerde que Jacobo no tenia nada con él, ya que todas sus posesiones estaban al otro lado del arroyo. V. 21-22. Las escrituras no dicen exactamente cuanto tiempo ellos forcejearon físicamente, pero la idea es mostrarte “la persistencia de Jacobo” y como “Dios iba a cambiar las cosas para éste”. En todo el forcejeo Jacobo no se había dado cuenta que era Dios el que estaba tratando con él. No se parece ese caso al nuestro? Cuando Dios esta tratando en ciertas áreas de nuestras vidas y estamos tan enfocados en cosas materiales, que no nos damos cuenta hasta que Dios nos hace saber, que es El mismo el que quiere cambiarnos. Muchas veces tenemos nuestras miradas en cosas que solo le quitan a Dios el primer lugar en nuestras vida y todo lo que le quite a Dios el primer lugar se convierte en “Idolatría”. Dios no comparte su lugar con nada, ni nadie, o es todo, o es nada, no existe tal cosa como que Dios tiene el primer lugar en algunas cosas y en otras no. Como esta expresado en los siguientes pasajes:

“Yo conozco tus obras, que ni eres frío ni caliente. !!Ojalá fueses frío o caliente! Pero por cuanto eres tibio, y no frío ni caliente, te vomitaré de mi boca.” Apoc. 3:15-16

Verso 27 dice “Y el varón le dijo: ¿Cuál es tu nombre? Y él respondió: Jacob.

¿Por qué el Dios le pregunta Jacob por su nombre (v. 27)? ¿acaso Dios no lo sabia? ¿Por que era importante para Dios que Jacobo mismo dijera su propio nombre?

Expliquemos eso:

Piensa en todo lo que Dios pudo haber dicho a modo de reprimenda. En cambio Simplemente pide el nombre de Jacob. El propósito de Dios al plantear esta pregunta contiene una lección para todos nosotros, demasiado profundo para ignorarlo. De hecho, se alteró dramáticamente la historia del Antiguo Testamento. Al pedir la bendición de Dios, Jacob fue obligado por la pregunta de Dios a vivir la última vez que había pedido una bendición, la que le había robado a su hermano. La última vez que Jacob se le preguntó por su nombre, la pregunta venía de su padre terrenal. Jacob había mentido en esa ocasión y dijo: “Yo soy Esaú”, y le robó la bendición. Ahora se ha encontrado, después de muchos años perdidos de correr por la vida mirando por encima del hombro, antes de que una todo lo sabe, todo lo ve, Padre celestial, una vez más la búsqueda de una bendición, Jacob entiende completamente la razón y la acusación tras la pregunta de Dios y respondió , “Mi nombre es Jacob”. “Has dicho la verdad”, dijo Dios, “y usted sabe muy bien lo que su nombre significa. Usted ha sido un hombre artero, engañando a todo el mundo donde quiera que iba. Pero ahora que usted reconoce su verdadero yo, puedo cambiar, y voy a hacer una gran nación de ti”.

La grandeza a los ojos de Dios es siempre precedida por la humildad delante de él. No hay manera de que usted o yo o cualquier otra persona para alcanzar la grandeza hasta que hemos llegado a él.

Dios lo cambia de ser “Mentiroso, engañador, astuto” a “Príncipe de Dios”, el cual es el significado del nombre “Israel”. La palabra hebrea para Israel es “Yisael”, la cual es extraída de “sar” que es “Príncipe” (uno que gobierna) y “EL” que significa “Dios, Fuerza, Poderoso, etc.”. Israel por tanto puede traducirse como; “Príncipe con Dios”, “Soldado de Dios” y también “Príncipe de Dios”. El nombre Israel es usado 2.450 veces, y fue dado a Jacobo. 2 reyes17:34; Oseas 12:3-4; a sus descendientes. Éxodo 9:7; y aun es usado con referencia a Cristo en Isaías 49:3 donde Jesús prevalece con Dios y con los hombres, en una forma mas Profunda y en un sentido mas completo que en el caso de Jacobo en Gen. 32:28.

Entonces Jacob le preguntó, y dijo: Declárame ahora tu nombre. Y el varón respondió: ¿Por qué me preguntas por mi nombre?. Verso 29. La respuesta de Dios fue ¿Puedes ser tan ignorante de quien Yo Soy?”, ¿No te has dado cuenta quien soy?”. Esa es la implicación en la respuesta que Dios le da a Jacobo. Dios muchas veces esta tratando con áreas en nuestras vidas y no nos hemos dado cuenta que es el Señor, el que esta bregando con nosotros, para corregirnos y obviamente bendecirnos. En Apoc. 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21. Todos estos versos hacen referencia directa a que “Solo los que Venzan” obtendrán la recompensa, implicando que debemos de ser “Diligentes, esforzados, consistentes, perseverantes” para ser bendecidos. Solo los que venzan saldrán galardonados, indicando que “Los que no lo hagan, no serán recompensados”. Solo Los Vencedores alcanzarán todas las promesas de Dios!

Génesis 32:26 implica “Una recompensa material” no solo dentro del contexto cultural de la época, pero dentro del mismo contexto escriturar. Jacob hacia mucha honra a su nombre “Astuto”, y Dios quería cambiarlo, ya que a través de Jacobo iba a ser constituido “La nación de Israel”, la cual iba a representar a Dios en la tierra. Lo que Jacobo no se imaginaba era que su vida iba a ser “Cambiada de una forma Radical”.

Al igual que este Varón lo “tocó en el sitio del encaje de su muslo, y se descoyuntó el muslo de Jacob mientras con él luchaba”. Verso 25. Dios “quebranta aquellas cosas en las cuáles nos apoyamos” y de esa manera dependamos de absolutamente de El.

La palabra hebrea usada en este pasaje es muy interesante ya que revela que el contacto fue físico y no espiritual, y hago esta observación ya que muchos han tratado de espiritualizar este pasaje, cuando en realidad fue “una Lucha física” . En el texto hebreo es usada la palabra “Naga” para “Toco”, que significa; “Poner una mano sobre”, “golpear”, “Herir”. Al golpear el sitio del encaje del muslo hizo que se descoyuntará la pierna de Jacob. Esta misma palabra hebrea es usada 48 veces y solo es usada en un sentido “Literal” donde el contacto físico es obvio. Gen. 3:3; 20:6; éxodo 19:12-13, etc.

Dicho sea de paso; esta aparición de Dios en forma de “Varón” es conocida como “Una Teofanía de Dios”. Teofanía, del griego antiguo (ἡ) θεοφάνεια (theophaneia, 1)- que significa “aparición de Dios”, 2)- se refiere a la aparición de una de las personas de la deidad en una forma física o de apariencia humana. También se usa acerca de una revelación divina.

Ahora observe lo que dice el verso 31; “Y cuando había pasado Peniel, le salió el sol; y cojeaba de su cadera”.

2 cosas reflejadas en el pasaje;

“Y cuando había pasado Peniel..”. Implica que hasta que no nos demos cuenta que es Dios, el que esta “Trabajando en aquellas áreas donde él debe tener el control” y “Rendirnos”, lo cual significa que “Nos sometemos al quebrantamiento”. Hasta que no nos percatemos de eso, no podemos pasar a otro nivel en nuestra relación con Dios, y con su plan y propósito con nosotros. “Y cuando había pasado Peniel” también implica que “Cuando comprendamos que es Dios el que nos quiere quebrantar para derramar bendiciones, no solo sobre nosotros sino también sobre los nuestros”. Debemos de “Pasar Peniel” lo cual es simplemente una expresión para decir “Que has comprendido que Dios es que esta Quebrantándote y usando las cosas que te rodean para moldearte”. En este contexto no estoy haciendo referencia ni a la enfermedad o a alguna otra cosa que el diablo usa para atacarnos. Gálatas 3:13 dice; “Cristo nos Redimió (Hizo Libres) de la Maldición de la ley (lea Deut. 28:15-68 que explica todo lo que implica la maldición) hecho por nosotros maldición”. Debemos reconocer que Dios quiere “Cambiarnos” y “no Luchar en contra de El”. Jacob luchó (resistió) por no saber que era Dios. Que no nos pase lo mismo a nosotros.

Otra cosa envuelta en Génesis 32:31 es la expresión “…le salió el Sol..”. Lo cual indica Que Jacob “entendió” que fue Dios el que estaba bregando con él. “Salió el Sol” es simplemente expresión para indicar “Iluminación” o el poder “comprender”, el significado del proceso de Dios para con tu vida. Cuantas veces estamos luchando en contra de cosas que Dios quiere tener procesar en nuestras vidas, y muchas veces no nos damos cuenta sino hasta el final de ese proceso, cuando nos “Salió el Sol”. No es sino a través de nuestro crecimiento espiritual que podemos percibir que es Dios el que está tratando con nosotros.

¿Cual es el propósito de Dios al quebrantarnos?

  1. Dios tener el Primer Lugar en nuestras vidas.
  2. Llevarnos a un nivel espiritual más profundo y mejorar nuestra relación con El.
  3. El quebrantamiento trae consigo mismo el darnos “Fuerzas y confortarnos”.
  4. Trae en si mismo “Significado y propósito divino a tu vida”.
  5. Guiarnos en decisiones diarias en nuestras vidas.
  6. Trae también “reflejar la vida de Cristo” a través de las nuestras.
  7. Prepararnos “Más allá de lo que podemos entender” para ese momento cuando estemos frente al Señor en el Tribunal de Cristo.

No debemos de resistir, o hacer oposición al quebrantamiento, ya que Dios, lo único que desea es que nuestras vidas sean como “La de su Hijo Jesús”.  

Hay una pregunta que hay que referir acerca de este texto en Génesis 32. Leí el texto y me pregunte: “¿Por qué Dios se molestó en ir a todo este esfuerzo sólo para volver el corazón de Jacob?” ¿Por qué Dios no acaba de decir: “Está bien, sigue tu propio camino … confiar en su propia fuerza. Sigue tu propio instinto y mira dónde te lleva.”
Pero, ¿te das cuenta que tan pronto como me hacen esa pregunta hay un seguimiento inmediato a ella? ¿Por qué Dios se molesta en buscarte y persistir conmigo? La respuesta es evidente. Dios se preocupaba por Jacob y Él se preocupa por ti y por mí.

Durante las luchas diarias que enfrentamos en la vida, Dios está haciendo un llamando a nosotros, a dejar que El tome control de ellas. Cuando pasamos por momentos difíciles, Dios desea que le demos a El, el control de nuestras vidas y de esa manera poder guiarnos a la solución más apropiada.
Durante los años que Dios nos ha visto a través de tiempos difíciles, él nos ha rodeado de gente que nos enseñe la verdad. Y él nos ha dado su Palabra y su Espíritu para guiarnos en todo momento y bajo cualquier situación. Para poder escuchar la voz de Dios debes de tener “La Paz de Dios” gobernando tu vida; Una persona que esta “Perturbada, afanada, y ansiosa, no puede escuchar la voz del Espíritu. 1 pedro 5:6-7 recomienda “Echar todas vuestras ansiedades sobre él, porque él tiene cuidado de vosotros”.

En filipense 4:7, Pablo dice:

“Y la paz de Dios, que sobrepasa todo entendimiento, guardará vuestros corazones y vuestros pensamientos en Cristo Jesús”.

El apóstol Pablo dijo una expresión que indica muerte al “ego” y un sometimiento total al “Quebrantamiento, él dijo en Gálatas 2:20;

“Con Cristo estoy juntamente crucificado, y ya no vivo yo, mas vive Cristo en mí; y lo que ahora vivo en la carne, lo vivo en la fe del Hijo de Dios, el cual me amó y se entregó a sí mismo por mí”.

La muerte al “ego” implica que “Dios tenga el primer lugar en tu vida”. Fuimos comprados por el sacrificio de Jesús y ahora nuestras vidas le pertenecen a él.

Mateo 5:3 dice; “Bienaventurados los pobres en espíritu, porque de ellos es el reino de los cielos”. Ha habido una muy mala interpretación de pasajes como éste, ya que interpretan el texto como que implicara “pobreza espiritual”. Esa interpretación contradice muchas escrituras, ya que un creyente con pobreza espiritual no es considerado bienaventurado. Cuando analizamos el texto dentro del contexto escriturar y bajo “los textos paralelos”, indica mas bien “aquellos que espiritualmente depende de Dios”, o “Aquellos cuyas fuerzas espirituales provienen de Dios. Las profecías envueltas en Mateo 5:3-12 envuelven 8 promesas que aunque tienen un cumplimiento parcial en éstos tiempos, también tendrán sus cumplimientos completos en la segunda venida literal de Cristo para establecer su reino Milenial. Con relación al quebrantamiento una persona cuya vida es controlada, o gobernada por Dios, reconoce que sus fuerzas provienen del Señor, y cumple la profecía de Mateo 5:3 de forma parcial. Existen otros pasajes paralelos donde “espíritu quebrantado”, “humilde de espíritu”, implican que ellos han “entregado el control de sus vidas completas al Señor” y tienen el mismo uso que en Mateo 5:3. Lea Salmo 51:17; Isaías 57:15; 66:2, Mateo 11:28-30.

En 2 corintios 12:9 Pablo dijo; “Y me ha dicho: Bástate mi gracia; porque mi poder se perfecciona en la debilidad…”. Indicando lo mismo que Jesús dijo en Mateo 5:3.

En resumen, el proceso del quebrantamiento no solo le da al Señor el primer lugar en nuestras vidas (completa), pero nos ayuda en las siguientes áreas:

Madurar. Ya que a través del quebrantamiento cada experiencia nos ayudan a alcanzar un grado mas alto de entendimiento acerca de cómo Dios trata con nosotros.

Crecer espiritualmente: Ya que le damos prioridad a nuestra vida espiritual, y no a nuestra alma, o cuerpo.

Obtenemos mas sensibilidad espiritual: Ya que tenemos un contacto mas intimo con Dios, y percibimos las cosas espirituales con mas profundidad.

Expande la visión divina: Nuestra visión del mundo espiritual se amplia al estar controlado por el Señor. Vemos y entendemos el plan y propósito del Señor para con nuestras vidas. El quebrantamiento “expande tu Capacidad espiritual” en todas las áreas, incluyendo la obra ministerial que a cada uno de nosotros ha sido comisionada en particular. Un creyente no quebrantado es dificultoso para el Señor poder usarlo.

Nuestra cooperación con el Señor en el Quebrantamiento, no solo agiliza el proceso mismo, pero nos ayuda a captar cosas que están sucediendo a nuestro alrededor, y podemos aconsejar y ayudar a aquellos que están posando por situaciones similares. Una cosa es importante que debemos entender y es que Dios desea poder usarnos a todos, y derramar sus bendiciones a plenitud, pero, sino le damos todo el control a Dios solo podremos disfrutar “pequeñas bendiciones”. Nosotros mismos venimos a ser un “Obstáculo” en el plan de Dios, ya que, sino hemos sido “Quebrantado” solo haremos las cosas nuestro propio “ego” quiere y desea, y no las que Dios tiene para nosotros. Venimos a comer “Las migajas” que caen de la mesa, en vez de comer como Hijos que somos de Dios. Compare Mateo 15:27.

Que el Dios del cielo te siga bendiciendo!

The U.S. is not mentioned in Prophecy

America in Crisis!
"The present state of the republic is perfect example of is its to come; more divisions among the same country. Hatred is raising between fellows citizens. The present state of this country is just the beginning of the end. The nation who used to stand against tyranny now is slowly submerging itself into one. By no mean this nation is perfect but it used to be a beacon of light in a dark world. Every single country throughout history that has had power to rule, has cave-in because of the same elements that are destroying today's nations, which includes The U.S"     

The levels of corruption creeping into the government has corroded the foundation in which this country was founded. Was is the number one motivation in The U.S. today? Money, Greed, Control, Power. We had forgotten about compassion toward those who are in need. Even christian leaders and churches are driven by money and greed, which has weaken our spiritual foundation. Evangelicals in the U.S. had being corrupted like never before, which is the reason for this country’s promiscuity. But lets concentrate in the future prophetical rule of this nation.

There is no mention of the future role of The United States in the bible. Why is that? There is no explanation for that either. Some writers and preachers have twisted the Scriptures to try to connect the future role of The United States, but at the end, these arguments are just fallacies and baseless claims. When we force a passage of the bible to try to find a meaning that isn’t there, we are no better than the people that use the bible to support their religions. We MUST remain silence on those subjects where God didn’t express any answer. One passage in the Old Testament provided to us with such silence:

“The secret (not revealed to us yet) things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed (God’s word) belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Deut. 29:29

There are many things that we are not yet able to comprehend, perhaps because of our human limitations but once we receive a glorified body at the rapture of the church, we will be able to grasp the things that now we can’t.

If you are familiar with the prophecy of Daniel 2, in which a pagan king dreamed of a great image that according to the interpretation given in the same chapter represent the future gentile empires on the earth. In the description of the dream each Empire was represent with a different type of material.

“Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image’s head was of FINE GOLD, his breast and his arms of SILVER, his belly and his thighs of BRASS, His legs of iron, his feet part of IRON and part of CLAY. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” 2:31-35

Notice how the quality of the material that represents each Empire weaken or decreased from the head to the toes. As one empire replace the next one the lowest the material decreased and the brutality and violence increased. The principles and humans values of each government had decreased as time passed by and the foundation in which such government was established becomes deteriorated. Perhaps the shifting of the principles and humans values, in which The United States was established by the founding fathers of this great nation, might be one the reason for the future role of the country. After the 2016 election results we are seeing a glimpse of the future of this nation, which might shift in a direction toward the scenario where the dominance and power will decrease. The changing of the laws that allows the promiscuity and perdition of those who are blinded by their own sinful lives will eventually doom our own principles. The silence of God in the future role of The United States isn’t a coincidence but rather a silence warning to all nations that The God of Heaven can’t be replaced. The United States had blessed many people by being a shelter in times of trouble but salvation is not based on works but in faith in the sacrifice of God’s son. Only the future will tell what direction this country will go and how each president will keep the principles of this nation, which are expressed in the Constitution. From 2007 to 2014 has been a increased in a non-Christian among Americans, especially among those called “Millennial”. Each generation is pulling away from that foundation and becoming more “Materialist” than “Spiritual”. This cold wind that are dragging many into the wrong path had even affected many Christians, which are spending more time in away from the heavenly Matters. I pray today that our God have mercy upon us!

The expression “America Great Again” is based on “material” point of view and NOT on the elements in which this nation was founded. America without God WON’T be the same again. This past presidential election left nothing but a divided nation, filled with the raising of hate against those who can’t defend themselves. God’s presence is slowly fading over a nation in which once a upon a time was the center of it. The shifting of the moral values and the pursuing of temporary pleasures are in the raising, which also had affected the body of Christ. The church is NO LONGER preaching about the rapture but instead we have replaced God’s message with “modern messages”, which are more “Intellectual” and connected with what people wants to hear and not spiritual in essence. How many preachers that we see on TV are preparing the church for the rapture? How many pastors are preaching the return of The Lord for the his church? I’ll let you to answer these questions. Some are calling the preaching of the rapture, “Too old fashion message”, which will is affecting the spiritual lives of many. The fact of the matter is that “the message of salvation, repentance, forgiveness and holiness” is no longer the heart of the message that once made this nation great. These principles are replaced by corruption, blasphemy, promiscuity, hates, waxed hearts, etc. What destroyed The Roman Empire? The same elements we had mentioned. At the time when The Romans reached its greatest expansion, no one would have conceived the idea of the banishment of such vast Empire. It doesn’t matter how big and powerful a country might be, if such greatness is use only to bring destruction, poverty and tyranny to those how are defenseless, which history has proven. At the end of the day God’s word will be fulfill as it was written, whether you believe it or not. God has never failed and He never will. Every prophecy related to God’s eternal purpose will be fulfilled and everyone who followed His word will be rewarded.

Here are some speculations of the future role of The United States:

− “The beast of Rev. 13:11-18 symbolized The United States”.  Those who claimed such fallacy use Rev. 13:1-10 to refer to “The pope of Rome” as the first beast and Rev. 13:11-18 to refer to the future role of The United States. But this theory is completely wrong and the supporters of this false teaching had taken the passages mentioned out of their context. Rev. 13 IS NOT referring neither to “The Pope” nor “The future role of The United States”. Rev. 13:1-10 refers to “The rise of the antichrist over the Old Roman Empire territory” and verses 11-18 refers to “The false prophet”, which is another MAN (Human being same as the antichrist) that will use his satanic powers to “Influence and control” people in the antichrist’s favor. Both of them are destroy in the second literal advent of Christ to the earth. Rev. 19:11-21. Observe what Rev. 19:20 says:

“And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.”

It mentioned, “The beast” not “the pope” and “The false Prophet” not “The United States”: These are two “Individuals” not two “Nations”. Also, The beast or antichrist will rise from “Syria” and not from Italy, which made a fallacy any reference to the pope and the roman church. The devil will cast into the lake of fire where the antichrist and the false prophet were cast down previously by Christ personally after they were defeated in the battle of Armageddon.

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Rev. 20:10

Others are referring Isaiah 18:1 as a reference of The United States in the bible, which says:

“Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia.”

But there is no reference in this passage of The United States but to “The land of Ethiopia”. Some writers connect “wings” with the symbol that represent The United States, which is “The eagle”, but in the language of the prophecy there is not such connection. In the contrary, the passage refers to “the rivers of Ethiopia”, which are “The white Nile and The blue Nile rivers”. Also, The Ethiopians used to be part of The Egyptian ruling. The results of these fallacies are poor use and comprehension of the context in which the passage was written. The Hebrew word used for “Ethiopia” is “Kush”, which is translated “cush” in some passages. One more note on this point: According to Daniel 11:43 Ethiopia will be conquer by the antichrist “and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.”. Back in WWII some biblical writers said that the prophecy of Daniel 11:43 was fulfilled when Mussolini invaded Ethiopia in Oct. 3, 1935 in a Italo-Ethiopian war, which turn out just to be another fallacy. We can’t just take a biblical passage out of context and apply to some random event and say that the prophecy is fulfilled. We MUST preserve the originality of the biblical text as God has expressed in His own word.

Another fallacy related to the future role of The United States is found in Rev. 12:14-16, where it is used the expression “the woman were given two wings of a great eagle”. We can’t assume that this eagle is referring to the future role of The United States just because the eagle is used in the emblem of The United States. This interpretation is the result of speculation e imagination without biblical support. If we READ in the book of Exodus 19:4-5 what God meant with the expression “eagles’ wings”, which is related to the liberation of slavery from Egypt:

“And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on EAGLE’S WING, and brought you unto myself.”

As you can see, it refers to God’s deliverance from the Egyptians and NOT to The United States as many had suggested. Therefore the application of Rev. 12:14 in connection with the future role of The United States is a fallacy. So, what is exactly the meaning of Rev. 12:14?

“And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time (1 year), and times (2 Years), and half a time (half of year), from the face of the serpent.”

It’s basically describing “the Flee of the Jews people out of Judea” into the Mountains, which was prophesied by Jesus in Mat. 24:16-20:

“Then (at that point) let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day.”

This prophecy will take place at the end of the first three and a half years of Daniel’s 70th week. Daniel 9:27. The remain three and a half years is refer in Rev. 12:14-16. One more note on this point: In Rev. 12:6 is the prophetic context in which Rev. 12:14 was written.

Another fallacy related to the future role of The United States is found in the application of Ezekiel 38:13, which says:

“Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? Hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? To carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?”

Some have used “Tarshish” as a symbol of “The British” and “the young lions” as all the nations that speak English, which made this theory so ridicules. The promoters of this fallacy claimed “The British and all the nations with British roots will speak against on invasion to Israel from Russia. This point is without biblical foundation since Ezekiel 38 and 39 DOES NOT refers to Russia invading Israel, but instead refers to “The invasion of Israel by the antichrist at the end of Daniel’s 70th week. The antichrist and his armies are the only ones to invade and defeat Israel according to the Ezekiel 38-39. They will come “from the north” after the antichrist conquered the nations that will raise against him, after he invaded Israel at the end of the first three and a half years, which is stated in Daniel 9:27. Once the antichrist had invaded Israel and had broken the covenant and he is about to wipe out Israel, the nations EAST and NORTH will raise against him, as it is stated in Daniel 11:44 that says:

“But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.”

These nations “East and North” refer to “all the countries that are NOT part of the Old Roman Empire territory, from which the antichrist will rule”. Who are these countries? England, Germany, Russia, China, Japan, South and North Korea, etc. The antichrist will raise from the 10 kingdoms prophesied by Daniel 7:24

“And the ten horns OUT OF THIS kingdom (The Old Roman Empire Territory) are ten kings that shall arise: and ANOTHER shall rise AFTER THEM; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.”

The antichrist will be reveal himself AFTER the 10 kingdoms are formed and NOT before them. These 10 kingdoms or governments will be formed in the near future and will be formed “The Old Roman Empire”, which is divided in 10 kingdoms. Russia was NOT nor even be part of The Old Roman Empire territory, neither is Germany. All the nations East and North will be defeated by the antichrist, which will take him the remain three and a half years of Daniel’s 70th week. The war between the antichrist and the nations east and north of the 10 kingdoms will serve a way for God to protect Israel from extermination in the hands of the antichrist. This period of time was prophesied by Jesus in Mat. 24:22

“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”

Ezekiel 38-39 will be fulfilled after the antichrist conquer the nations EAST and North of Daniel 11:44, after this event the antichrist will return to Israel to finished what he couldn’t because of “the tidings out of the east and out of the north”. So, the antichrist will come from the north only in the sense of “conquering” and not in the sense of “originating” in there. By the way, Russia is not mentioned directly the bible but Russia is mixed with the nations EAST and North of the 10 kingdoms. The power of The United Stated, Russia and other nations will diminish as the fulfillment of these prophecies are getting close, giving weight to the formation of the Old Roman Empire territory.    

Ezekiel contains two prophecies describing Israel’s trading relations with Tarshish. The first is retrospective in 27:12 “Tarshish did business with you because of your great wealth of every kind; silver, iron, tin, and lead they exchanged for your wares.” and 27:25 “The ships of Tarshish traveled for you with your merchandise. So you were filled and heavily laden in the heart of the seas.” The second in Ezekiel 38:13 is forward looking where “Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all its leaders will say to you, ‘Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled your hosts to carry off plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to seize great spoil?’”

There NO mention of The United States in the bible, neither is Russian is mentioned in the King James Version. The whole Russian mix up is the result of using word out of their prophetic context and chronological order. The same issue had happen with the antichrist role in the great tribulation period, he won’t be a world wide ruler as many teach, but rather his ruling will be limited to the Old Roman Empire territory. After he conquered the nations that will rise against him from the East and North of the 10 kingdoms, he will increase his territory but just for a short time, because once he defeat these nations, he will return to Jerusalem with THEM and the battle of Armageddon will be set up, as it is stated in Zach. 14

One more note on this point: The recent events in Europe and in the Middle east are shaping the prophetic landscape and setting the stage for the upcoming prophetical events, which will end “The human governments” and start “The Divine ruling upon the earth”.

Another fallacy that claimed about the future role of The United States is found in the word “Jerusalem”. This line of teaching is totally delusional and have absolutely no biblical based. This is what they claimed:

-“The United States is the New Jerusalem on earth at this present moment”. This conclusion came as the result of the word USA in the midst of the word Jerusalem. So, their argument is based on the word “JerUSAlem”, which is absurd and delusional in every sense of the word.

– They also believe that “The United States will be the ONLY remain nation on earth” and it will be “The New Jerusalem” on earth. This none sense idea have no place in the Scriptures. The United States is a country that had blessed many people and will do so until their power will diminish. How will that happen? No explanation is given in the Scriptures. One more point on the teaching of the word “JerUSAlem”, the Hebrew word used for “Jerusalem” is “ירוּשׁלם” or “yerûshâlaim”, which in the structure of the Hebrew language no USA is found. One of the most dangerous and scary things to do is to find HIDDEN CODE or MESSAGES in the bible, which had lead many into errors and confusion. There are neither secret codes nor hidden messages in the bible as many are teaching today but instead the bible is full of “Divine principles and laws”, which is totally different from “secret codes or hidden messages”. Some are using these pagan techniques in the church to deceive the believers and to rich themselves. These is one of many reason why we MUST study the Word of God and DISCERN every teaching as it is stated in 1 John 4:1, Eph. 4:12-16

From the prophetic point of view the power and dominance of The United States will decrease as the scenario for the antichrist will take shape. Why the antichrist rules The United States? No, the bible limits the antichrist ruling to the Old Roman Empire territory and after he rose as the leader of these 10 kingdoms, which will take him the first three and a half years of Daniel’s 70th week, he will expand his dominion when he will conquer the nations east and north of the 10 kingdoms. But the antichrist won’t rule The United States, neither South nor Central America. How can the superiority of most powerful nation in the world today will decrease? The details are not revealed but it will happen just how it had happen with all dominates nations in the past. Remember the Babylonian Empire, the Medo-Persian Empire, The Grecian Empire and the Roman Empire? Who would have thought back then that these Empires would vanish? No one, but the future prophecies will be fulfilled and God’s word will establish.

The delusion and twisted imagination of those who separates passages, words or expressions out of their own context in the bible to confuse and deceive will increase into the manifestation of the antichrist. As sad as this sound, no one can stopped it, because the influence of satanic powers through these fallacies are going to continue until all the enemies of God are destroyed, as it is stated in 1 Cor. 15:24-28. Any person that doesn’t spend time to search the Scriptures and find the truth in it, is a easy prey for these type of fallacies and delusions, which purposes is to deceive and cause confusion. We MUST rely on God’s word through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” 1 Tim. 4:1-2

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, raitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them.” 2 Tim. 3:1-14

The above passages expressed the demonic spirits that are influencing people today, which are allow and operating under “The time of the Gentiles”. Luke 21:24

Final Note: The bible DOES NOT predict an invasion of Israel by Russia as many have suggested or any other nation. Ezekiel 38-39 IS NOT a reference of Russia invading Israel but rather predict the invasion of Israel by the antichrist, who is returning to Palestine at the end of Daniel’s 70th week, after he defeated the nations “east and north” of the ten kingdoms. These nations include “Russia, Germany, China, Japan, India, and other nations who weren’t under the Old Roman Empire territory. Daniel 11:44. The antichrist will become “the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal” (Ezek. 38:2) after he conquered these nations east and north of the ten kingdoms, and He also becomes “The prince of the north”. After these events, he will return to Israel with all these nations he conquered to finish the Jews, which give place to Zach. 14 and Rev. 19:11-21

May our God have mercy upon us everyday of our lives while we are here on earth!

“666” the mark of the beast fallacy

THE LIVING WORD CENTER, INC.

Rev. Jay Werman, Director


“666” The Mark of The Beast Fallacy

I had always heard of preachers saying that the mark of the beast is “666”, which have no biblical support, if you read what it is stated in the book of Revelation. We have mislead not only by people taking the passages that refers to this event out of the prophetic context but also by movies like “666, The beast”, “The Omen”, “666 Damien”, etc. These fallacies had twisted the real meaning of the biblical context. What is even sadder about this is that Christians had fallen in the same hole as those that are in spiritual blindness, who should know better.

But let’s put aside what books, movies and people had said about this subject and see what exactly the Scriptures says about it. Because ate the end of the day what I preach, teach or believe is not based on the Scripture, then it is become just like any other fallacy, fable or fiction. Which by the way, the purpose of these movies and books, besides obtaining financial benefit, is to inject fear upon those who watch or read them. Here is an interesting question, How can a person rate (assign a standard or value to) about any specific subject of the Scriptures, when such person is completely ignorant of what the Scriptures says? Just because I had read a few books about medicine, does that made me a Doctor? The obvious answer is no! You see today hundreds of people writing about biblical subjects, in which at they have no clue or knowledge of them. Even famous Christians preachers, who should know better had fallen the same way. I always laugh when someone well known in the “Christian community”, writes a book and such book becomes “#1 seller” by the NY Times. No disrespect to any of these editors, whose had expend years in this field but again, when it come to the biblical arena it takes more than just reading a book and rated it. Such books are cause of many people been confused and sometimes deviated to a different path. At the end, the responsible isn’t the publisher but the writer. The bottom line is don’t waste your money buying a books because of the famous name of the writer but because of the spiritual essences of the book, which can only be measure in the spiritual realm and not by the reasons of the mind. I’m speaking concerning the Christian spiritual essences of what these books are supposed to express. I can’t speak for fiction because the bible doesn’t deals with it. Even the movie “Left Behind”, which is supposes to be about the rapture of the church is being categorized as “fiction”.

Let’s analyze in details what really the book of Revelation says about “666” as the mark of the beast:

Biblical reference:

“And he (The Antichrist) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive A MARK in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had THE MARK, or THE NAME OF THE BEAST, or THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST (It doesn’t say THE MARK OF THE BEAST): for it is the number of a man; and his (The Antichrist’s numeric name) number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Revelation 13:16-18

Nowhere in these passages said that “666” is the mark of the beast, if you read the passages in their proper order:

  1. “And he causeth all”: Two things here: 1)- The person mentioned here as “he” is the false prophet of verse 11. 2)- “all” is related to “the subjects of the antichrist kingdom”, which will cover the Old Roman Empire territory and not to “all” the inhabitants of the earth at the time of his ruling. I can’t get into details now but the antichrist won’t be a worldwide ruler as many had written in books. The Scriptures says the contrary, the antichrist won’t ruler The United States, South and Central America and other places. His kingdom is limited by the 7 years of tribulation, which is divided in 2 sections. The popular idea is the total ruling of the antichrist over the earth but this is not supported by the bible. The only one that will be ruling “All the earth” is the ruling of Christ when he returned to kill the antichrist and establish his Milenial kingdom. Rev. 19:11-21. “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” v. 20
  2. “both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads”: Here is specified who will branded and the location of such brand upon the subjects of the territory of the ruling of the antichrist.
  3. “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name”: Three brands are stated here and not just one; The mark, the number or the number of his name. What will be the use of these three brands is not stated in the bible. Many had speculated about these brands use according to the social status of the subjects of the antichrist’s kingdom but there no direct reference of it. If we can’t find any passage that support what we believe, we must refrain from twisting passages out of their own context to trying to prove us argument. It will become just that, an argument, fallacy, error or theory, and not a doctrine based on the Scripture. We must keep silence where God had kept silence, meaning; where God didn’t details an event, we must not search for any!
  4. “Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six”: What is stated here? the mark of the beast? No, for it says “the number of the beast” and not “the mark of the beast”. so, what is 666 then? According to the order given here in book of Revelation, 666 is the number of the beast. There is not reference in the bible that the antichrist will have the number 666 in the top of his head or spiritual meaning of the number 666. These are just speculations and fallacies. Deut. 29:29 says “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed (the Scriptures) belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

Let’s review another passages in the book of Revelation that refers to the 666:

“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” Rev. 14:9-11

  1. “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark (which is not stated in the bible) in his forehead, or in his hand”: These are warnings to those under the ruling the antichrist. This warnings were given after an angel preached the Gospel; “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Rev. 14:6-7
  2. The same (man) shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” These are the consequences for those that disobey the warnings.

Another passage that refers to the same subject:

“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled (Gr. “mignumi”, which mean “to mix”) with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.” Rev. 15:2

The passage refers to the great tribulation saints “And I SAW…and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over HIS MARK, and over THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME.” Also, this passage states their location in heaven; “stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.” Thousands of people will be refuse to be branded by the beast.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” Rev. 6:9-11

These 3 brands are literal brands and not spiritual or mystical as many had suggested. Two are not identified, which the mark and the name of the beast but the numeric number of his name id given. Many had tried to name the antichrist, which had been proving wrong. Why? Because the antichrist won’t be in action until two things happens:

  1. The rapture of the church: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (of the Lord, not the rapture) shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 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: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Th. 2:3-12. Two events precede the Second coming of The Lord: “a great falling away” and “the man of sin be revealed”. Noticed v. 6 “And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.” The Greek work used for “withholdeth” is “katechō”, which mean “to hold back, detain, retain, that which hinders, Antichrist from making his appearance.” and v. 7 says “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth (retain-holding back) will let, until he be taken out of the way.” The body of Christ here on earth is holding or hindering the manifestation of the antichrist. This passage is a direct reference to the rapture of the church. 
  2. The formation of the 10 kingdoms prophesied in Daniel 7:23-24: “Thus he said, the fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.”
  • The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth: The Old Roman Empire, which did as it was written here “which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.”
  • And the ten horns (ten kingdoms)  out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise”: The 10 horns or kings are coming OUT OF THIS KINGDOM, which basically means that the ten kingdoms from which the antichrist will arise are the formation of ten kingdoms from where the Old Roman Empire stood. So, These ten kingdoms will be form from within the boundaries of the Old Roman Empire territory.
  • and another shall rise after them: This is rising of the antichrist. but when he will arise? this passage said “AFTER THEM”. Why is THEM? the ten kingdoms. The antichrist can NOT be reveal until the ten kingdoms are formed inside the Old Roman Empire territory.

all these so called antichrist today are just a fallacy. Here are some names of people being called “antichrist”:

  • The pope of Rome
  • Hitler
  • Napoleon
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • JFK
  • Judas Iscariot (resurrected)
  • Ronald Regan
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Antiochus IV Epiphanes
  • Google (which is so ridicules)

Among others.

No one will know the identity of the antichrist until the rapture of the church or the 10 kingdoms are formed in the Old Roman Empire Territory.

24 And THE TEN HORNS OUT (From within) OF THIS KINGDOM (What kingdom is refer here? The fourth beast. read verse 23) are ten kings that shall arise: and ANOTHER SHALL RISE AFTER THEM (First the ten kingdoms and after them the antichrist will take over them); and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he (The little horn or future antichrist) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (These are the last three and a half years of Daniel 9:27).

The scriptures are very clear about all these details.

Praise to be to The Most High God!

“Las Estrategias Satánicas”

THE LIVING WORD CENTER, INC.

Rev. Jay Werman, Director


Tema: “Las Estrategias Satánicas”.


Textos Base: Efesios 6:10-17.

“Por lo demás, hermanos míos, fortaleceos en el Señor, y en el poder de su fuerza. Vestíos de toda la armadura de Dios, para que podáis estar firmes contra las asechanzas del diablo. Porque no tenemos lucha contra sangre y carne, sino contra principados, contra potestades, contra los gobernadores de las tinieblas de este siglo, contra huestes espirituales de maldad en las regiones celestes. Por tanto, tomad toda la armadura de Dios, para que podáis resistir en el día malo, y habiendo acabado todo, estar firmes. Estad, pues, firmes, ceñidos vuestros lomos con la verdad, y vestidos con la coraza de justicia, y calzados los pies con el apresto del evangelio de la paz. Sobre todo, tomad el escudo de la fe, con que podáis apagar todos los dardos de fuego del maligno. Y tomad el yelmo de la salvación, y la espada del Espíritu, que es la palabra de Dios.”

En el verso 10 del libro de Efesios Pablo hace referencia al poder que hemos recibido, y que en completa armonía lo que Jesús mismo dijo en Hechos 1:8;

La palabra del texto original griego usada para “fortaleceos” es “endunamoo (verbo)”, que implica “Adquirir o aumentar en fuerza o fortaleza”. Es traducida en otros pasajes como sigue;

“Pero recibiréis poder cuando haya venido sobre vosotros el Espíritu Santo, y me seréis testigos en Jerusalén, en toda Judea, en Samaria y hasta lo último de la tierra.” Hechos 1:8

  • Fortalece. Fil. 4:13; 1 Tim. 4:17.
  • Habilitar o también fortalecer dentro de ese concepto. 1 Tim. 1:12.
  • Ser fortalecido en Rom. 4:20; efes. 6:10; 2 Tim. 2:1; Heb. 11:34.
  • Aumentar o incrementar fuerzas en Hechos 9:22.

Otros pasajes paralelos con efesios 6:10-20 que también describen las batallas espirituales que confrontamos:

“Aunque andamos en la carne, no militamos según la carne, porque las armas de nuestra milicia no son carnales, sino poderosas en Dios para la destrucción de fortalezas, derribando argumentos y toda altivez que se levanta contra el conocimiento de Dios, y llevando cautivo todo pensamiento a la obediencia a Cristo” 2 Cor. 10:3-5

Compare también con ; Romanos 6:1-8; Gálatas 5:13-26

1 Pedro 5:8;

“Sed sobrios, y velad; porque vuestro adversario el diablo, como león rugiente, anda alrededor buscando a quien devorar.”

Enemigos de los creyentes:

“Si el mundo os aborrece, sabed que a mí me ha aborrecido antes que a vosotros.” Juan 15:18

Compare también con Rom. 8:1-8; Gálatas 5:16-21; Sant. 4:7; 1 Ped. 5:8; Marc. 16:17.

En Efesios 6:11 hace referencia a 3 Bendiciones que se reciben al usar toda “La Armadura de Dios”.

  1. La habilidad de Parase y hacerle frente a todos los enemigos. Versos 11-14
  2. La habilidad o Poder de resistir todos los ataques. Verso 13
  3. La habilidad de Poder “apagar todos los dardos de fuego del diablo. V. 16

En efesios 6:12 encontramos 4 tipos de espíritus rebeldes que operan con Satanás.

“Porque no tenemos lucha contra sangre y carne, sino contra PRINCIPADOS, contra POTESTADES, contra los GOBERNADORES DE LAS TINIEBLAS DE ESTE SIGLO, contra HUESTES ESPIRITUALES DE MALDAD en las regiones celestes”

Definición de cada uno:

  • PRINCIPADOS: del texto griego “Archas” y significa “Principados, Jefes que Gobiernan, o Seres de alta jerarquías en el reino satánico”. Efes. 6:12; 1:21; col. 2:10
  • POTESTADES: del griego “Exousias” y significa; “Autoridades” y son aquellos que obtienen su poder de aquel que es el Jefe en gobierno, las potestades también ejecutan la voluntad de los principados”.
  • Gobernadores de las tinieblas: del texto griego “Kosmokratopas”, son los que “Rigen el mundo de las tinieblas aquí en la tierra, o los espíritus que dictan y dominan en el mundo de las tinieblas”. Dan. 10:13-21; efes. 1:21; col. 1:16-18
  • Huestes: del griego “pneumatika ponerias” y son aquellos que transmiten o transfieren influencias espirituales malignas”.

El objetivo principal de los poderes satánicos es la de destruir todo lo que representa y tiene que ver con Dios. Esta es la causa por la cual estos espíritus rebeldes odian al hombre; Ya que este fue creado a imagen y semejanza de Dios. El hombre pasa a reinar en la tierra en lugar de lucifer después que éste se rebeló. Isa. 14:12-14; Ezeq. 28:11-17

Lucifer fue creado sin pecado y caminaba perfecto en el camino de Dios hasta que se halló en él maldad (Ezeq. 28:11-17). El cayo de la presencia de Dios y fue lazado del cielo (Isa. 14:12-14; Luc. 10:18). El vino a ser pecaminoso y su destino eterno en el infierno y el lago de fuego. (Mat. 25:41; Apoc. 20:1-10). Cuando Satanás se revelo, se trajo consigo una tercera parte de los ángeles del cielo (Apoc. 12:3-12), y el destino de estos ángeles caídos es el infierno junto a Satanás (Mat. 25:41; Isa. 24:21). Muchos de estos ángeles caído cometieron una acción que los separo del resto de los demás ángeles caídos, tuvieron sexo con las hijas de los hombre para de esta manera procrear una generación de gigantes que impidiera el nacimiento de la simiente de la mujer, el cual le quitaría el dominio a Satanás sobre el hombre. Lea gen. 3:15; 6:1-4; 2 Ped. 2:4; Judas 6-7


Métodos usados por el diablo y sus demonios:

Los demonios cubren ciertas áreas del creyente para tratar destruirlo. Para hacer esto, ellos planifican un ataque, minuciosamente detallado. En este segmento cubriremos estos ataques;

Los demonios desarrollan sus ataques en 3 formas:

  • Inspeccionan: Los espíritus inmundos revisan las acciones, confesiones, reacciones, sistema de vida, etc. del creyente y así tratar de romper la cobertura de protección que el creyente tiene. Este es el primer paso que los demonios dan para desarmar al creyente. Si los demonios haya el punto débil de la persona, avanzan al paso numero 2, todo ha de depender si el creyente le dio lugar al diablo. (efes. 4:27)
  • Influencian: Este es el segundo paso de ataque, teniendo como objetivo todas las áreas débiles que los demonios encontraron en la inspección. La influencia es básicamente el ataque directo de los demonios hacia el creyente. Los elementos usados por los demonios para influenciar al creyente pueden ser:
  • Elementos Humanos (Sexo,, drogas, poder, etc.)
  • Elementos Espirituales (Brujerías, adivinación, Transferencia de espíritus usando a personas cercanas o conocidas, etc.)
  • Objetos o Cosas (Posesiones, riquezas ilícitas, etc.)
  • Invaden: El tercer paso es el control de ese creyente por los demonios. Control lleva al creyente a ser poseído por estos espíritus inmundos, si estos espíritus logran que el creyente muera espiritualmente nuevamente (Sant. 1:12-16; 1 juan 3:14-15; 5:16; Heb. 6:1-8; 10:26-39; Mat. 13:1-17). La vida eterna en el creyente esta condicionada a la obediencia a Dios y a la separación del pecado. Mientras el creyente tenga vida eterna, y el Espíritu santo morando en él, ningún demonio puede poseerlo, pero al morir espiritualmente a través de envolverse en el pecado, entonces es presa fácil de los demonios.

No se puede decir con exactitud el tiempo envuelto en el proceso que los demonios usan, esto ha de depender de la fuerza de voluntad, fuerza espiritual, sensibilidad a las cosas de Dios, etc. que el creyente tenga.


Métodos de Satanás:

Aunque Satanás es un ángel caído, sus habilidades, poderes, estrategias y métodos de ataques, son limitados. En Lucas 10:19 vemos como el señor hace referencia a las limitaciones de satanás y de sus poderes, y como el creyente tiene autoridad y poder sobre las artimañas del diablo. La Concordancia de Young (Young’s analytical concordance to the bible page. 765) traduce del griego la palabra “Fuerza del enemigo” “dunamis” como “poder o habilidad”. Las maneras en la cual satanás ataca son repetidas, él usa las misma formas y métodos todo el tiempo. En 1 juan 2:16 vemos las 3 puertas a través de las cuales satanás ataca a todo creyente.

Las cuales son;

  • Los deseos de la Carne. Todo lo que envuelve la carne y sus apetitos. Gal. 5:19-21
  • Los deseos de los ojos.   – Deseos por mujeres, Hombres, o desear lo que no conviene. Mat. 5:28; Job 31:1

– ojos llenos de adulterio. Rom. 1:18-28

–  todo lo desean. Ec. 2:10

– Idolatran. Ezeq. 6:9; 18:6-15

– Sale toda clase de maldad. Mat. 6:23; 7:22

  • La vanagloria de la vida.

– Justicia propia. Job 32:1

– Orgullo. Lev. 26:19

– Acumular riquezas vanas. Salmo 39:6; Ezeq. 28:5

– Belleza vana. Ezeq. 28:12-17

– Fuerzas para pelear. 2 Cron. 26:16

– Satisfacción en sexo, placeres, y todas las vanidades de la vida. 1 Juan 2:15; Salmo 24:4; 36:2; isa. 3:16; Ec. 5:8-20

Estas son las 3 puertas que satanás usa para tentar a todo aquel que ha nacido de nuevo, con el fin de destruirlos.


Obras Presente de Satanás:

Las obras presente de Satanás están divididas en varias partes, pero la esencia y el propósito es el mismo; destruir todo lo que represente a Dios. Juan 10:10

  1. Pecado y rebelión: Gen. 3:2; 2 Cor. 11:3
  2. Obras de tinieblas: Incluyendo seducción moral y perversión sexual. Efes. 5:11; 6:12; hechos 26:18; Rom. 1
  3. Obras de Maldad: col. 1:21
  4. Ceguera espiritual: 2 Cor. 4:4
  5. Roba la palabra de Dios: Mat. 13:19
  6. Decepción y falsas religiones: 2 Cor. 11:14; 1 Tim. 4; Apoc. 12:9
  7. Mata y destruye: Juan 10:10
  8. Hace oposición al evangelio: Efes. 6:1-18
  9. Supervisa a los demonios: Juan 12:31
  10. Causa enfermedad: Mat. 4:23-24; 9:32-33; 15:22; hechos 10:38
  11. Hace a los hombres lunáticos: Mat. 4:23-245; 17:14-21; Marc. 5:1-18
  12. Produce el deseo de suicidio: Mat. 17:15; juan 10:10
  13. Mentira y falsas profecías: 1 reyes 22; Mat. 24:11,24; 2 Cor. 11:13-15
  14. Propaga Falsas doctrinas: 1 Tim. 4; 2 Tim. 4; 2 tes.2; Apoc. 13
  15. Oprime a los hombres: hechos 10:38
  16. Persigue a los cristianos y hace guerra en contra de los santos: Efes. 6:10-18; 1 Ped. 5:8-9
  17. Hace milagros para confundir a los hombres: 2 tes. 2:9
  18. Se aprovecha de las adversidades del hombre después que este peco para tenerlo cautivo: 2 Cor. 2:11; 1 Tim. 1:20; 5:11-15
  19. Impide y estorba las oraciones: dan. 10:12-21
  20. Satanás es el líder de todos los pecadores y traidores de toda la raza humana: 1 juan 3:8-10; 1 Tim. 5:15
  21. Estorba el evangelio: hechos 13:10; 1 Tes. 2:18
  22. Contiende con los mensajeros de Dios: Dan. 10:12-21; Judas 9
  23. Causa división y disensión: 1 Cor. 3:1-3; 1 Ped. 5:8
  24. Pone tropiezo para impedir la obra de Dios: Mateo 16:23
  25. Causa dudas e incredulidad: Gen. 3:4-5; Rom. 14:23

-Todas la obras de Satanás son el reflejo de su carácter y personalidad, es decir, perversa, mala, destructora, etc. Satanás no es un principio Malo, un error de la mente del hombre, un germen enfermo, un poder abstracto, o un ser con pezuñas, cuernos, cola, pies de oveja, con un cubierto  grande en la mano. El es un ángel caído que esta utilizando las fuerzas y poderes que Dios le dio cuando lo creo (los Poderes son corrompidos y limitados), para destruir todo lo que representa a Dios.


Como probar los espíritus:

En 1 Juan 4:1-3 encontramos en respaldo bíblico para este tópico:

“Amados, no creáis a todo espíritu, sino probad los espíritus si son de Dios; porque muchos falsos profetas han salido por el mundo. En esto conoced el Espíritu de Dios: todo espíritu que confiesa que Jesucristo ha venido en carne, es de Dios; y todo espíritu que no confiesa que Jesucristo ha venido en carne, no es de Dios; y este es el espíritu del anticristo, el cual vosotros habéis oído que viene, y que ahora ya esta en el mundo.”

Del texto griego es la palabra “dokimazō” y se traduce como “Probar”. En 2 Cor. 13:5 es usada también esta palabra “dokimazo” usada como “examinaos”, aquí tiene que ver con “Probar mentalmente”. Son usados también en los siguiente pasajes; 1 Cor. 3:13; 1 tes. 2:4; 1 Ped. 1:7; 1 Jn. 4:1; Luc. 12:56; 14:19; Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 8:8,22; 13:5; Gal. 6:4; Efes. 5:10; 1 Tes. 5:21; 1 Tim. 3:10; Heb. 3:9; 1 Cor. 11:28; Rom. 2:18; 1 Cor. 16:3; Fil. 1:10; Rom. 1:28; 14:22; 1 Tes. 2:4. en cada uno de estos pasajes la palabra “probar”, “examinar”,  “discernir”, etc. Debe ser interpretada de acuerdo al contexto en el cual la palabra es usada por el autor en el momento que fue inspirado por Dios para usar esa palabra especifica.

La razón por la cual se ordena probar los espíritus en 1 de Juan 4:1, es por causa de los falsos profetas.

Siete formas de probar los espíritus que hablan a través de los hombres:

  1. Sus confesiones de Jesús.1 Juan 4:2-3
  2. Sus relaciones con el Mundo.  v.5; 1 Juan 2:15-17; Sant. 4:4
  3. Como ellos reciben el Cristianismo.  v.6
  4. Cual actitud tiene desde que conocer los mandamientos de Dios. v.6; 1 Jn. 3:20-24; 14:15
  5. Si ellos aman a los hermanos. 1 Juan 4:7-21; 3:11-16; Juan 13:34-35; 15:12-15
  6. Aceptan y reconocen al Espíritu Santo. 1 Juan 4: 4-6
  7. Aceptan y profesan la genuina Palabra de Dios. v. 6; 1 Juan 5:10; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Cor. 4:4


Que el Dios de toda Sabiduría ilumine tu camino!!

The Ministry Designed by God

THE LIVING WORD CENTER, INC.

By Rev. Jay Werman

updated: 11/09/19

In-depth teaching of the ministries taught in the Scriptures.


The first thing we need to do is to extract the meaning of the word “ministry” according to Scriptural context.

Mat 20:26 “But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister”.

The Greek word used for minister is “diakonos”, which means has the following definitions:

  1. One who executes the commands of another, especially of a master, a servant, attendant, minister
  2. The servant of a king. Mt 22:13
  3. Servants of feasts. John 2:5-9
  4. A deacon, one who, by virtue of the office assigned to him by the church, cares for the poor and has
    charge of and distributes the money collected for their use as it is described in Acts 6:5-6
  5. It is used of “preachers of the gospel”. 1 Cor 3:5; 2 Cor 3:6; 6:4; 11:23.
  6. “diakonos” is used in 2 Cor 11:15 in reference to “the ministers of satan”, which purpose is to forged,
    deceive and to fake the true work of ministers of God.
    Nowadays the concept of a “Minister” has been corrupted and no longer is used to “serve others” as it is meant
    by Jesus in Mat 20:24-28. Any person called by God to do any specific work is with the purpose of “serving,”
    whether ministering to God or to others.
    The definition of “ministry” will be subject to the context in which it is used and by the calling that is upon
    such ministry. Let’s explain first why Jesus brought up the concept of “minister” among the disciples and then
    we can comprehend the usage of the word “minister” as used by Jesus according to Mat 20:24-28.
    In Mat 20:20 “Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring
    a certain thing of him”. The name of the mother of these 2 disciples is “Salome”. Compare Mat 27:56 with Mk 15:40.
    Mat 20:21 “And he (Jesus) said unto her (Salome), What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my
    two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom”. What she is asking is that
    her 2 sons to be seated in the highest position in the Messiah’s millennial reign. Compare with Mk 10:35-37.
    The Greek word used for “Kingdom” is “basileia”, which means “Having the right or authority to rule over a
    kingdom”.
    Mat 20:22 “But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall
    drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, we are able”. Jesus
    taught complete against seeking to be the greatest, they should have known this before they asked. Compare
    Mat 18:1-10; 20:16. Observe their answer “They say unto him, we are able”. Meaning they were willing to go
    through anything for “honor and position”, as many still do today. Look at the attitude of Daniel when the
    king offered gifts to him if Daniel was able to interpret the writing on the wall. Dan 5:17.
    Mat 20:23 “And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I
    am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them
    for whom it is prepared of my Father.” This passage speaks about of some prerogatives that The Father have
    and The Son doesn’t. Compare with Mk 13:32; John 8:28; Acts 1:7. Obviously, this must be understood under
    the redemption plan of God to redeem humanity.

This particular request from Salome and her sons provoked Jesus to explain what is the right concept of being
the greatest in the kingdom of God. Anyone who calls himself “minister” and doesn’t have the attitude of
being a Servant, such person hasn’t comprehended the purpose of his calling. We need to find out what is
the real concept of being a “Minister of God” and follow it. There’s a lot of polluted and corrupted ministers,
whose purpose is to be served by others and being placed in the highest position. Such people have already
received their own reward. If we don’t use “spiritual discernment” in our lives and ministry, we will end up
on the same path them. Spiritual discernment will help you to distinguish what is the motivation that moves
others to do what they do. 1 John 4:1.
Now, notice what happens when the other 10 disciples find out about the request of Salome and her 2 sons.
Mat 20:24 “And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren”. The
carnal reactions of the disciples are very noticeable. Satan took advantage of this situation to divide the disciples.
But Jesus right away moved to correct the issue and established the right concept of what really means to be
“the greatest.”
Mat 20:25 “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion
over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.”

  1. “The princes of the Gentiles”. Nations whose rulings are not aligned with God’s purpose. Pagan nations
    which purpose to enslave others for their own gain.
  2. “Exercise dominion over them”. Which means “to hold others in subjection”. The term literally means
    “To subjugate others by terrorizing and oppressing”. They are called Tyrant and oppressors. Just like the
    Egyptians treated the nation of Israel when they were captives. Gen 15:12-14; Ex 1:7-14; Acts 7:18-19.
    God will be the Supreme ruler of planet earth again, once all the enemies of God are defeated. 1 Cor 15:25
    “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet”.
    Mat 20:26 “But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister.”
    The idea expressed by Jesus is the opposite of what the pagans do. The principle here is that we must serve
    others to be rewarded by God and not the other way around. If this principle is not the basis of a ministry,
    then we are instead working under a pagan principle, as many still do today. Jesus even expanded this principle
    in the next passage, which says;
    Mat 20:27 “And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.” The Greek word used for
    “chief ” is “protos”, which means “First in time or place, first in rank and Principal or Honor”.
    Mat 20:28 “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a
    ransom for many.” This is the perfect example of having the right motivation to serve others. Until this principle
    is fully comprehended, we won’t achieve as church the purpose of our calling and ministry.

What is the definition of a calling? Let’s see what the Scriptures say:

Heb 3:1 “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest
of our profession, Christ Jesus”.

The Greek word used for “partakers” is “metochos”, which means “sharing in, partaking or a partner (in a work, office, dignity)”. It is used in the same sense Heb 3:1; 14; 6:4; 12:8. Every born again Christian has a heavenly calling, the earthy Israel had an earthly calling and both are in a different covenant and ethnic group. 1 Cor 10:32. The heavenly calling means that there will be no restriction when ruling under God’s government. In fact, the expression “heavenly calling” Heb 3:1, implied “an invitation to embrace a heavenly calling”. That applied to everyone who had been born again and it is part of the body of Christ. Also, Heb 3:1 made a reference to:

  • “Jesus heavenly calling” which made him better than Moses. Heb 3:1-6; Dt 18:15-19; John 1:17.
  • Mentioned Jesus as “The Apostle” and a “High Priest”. Heb 3:1
  • Php 3:12 “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus”. “ Follow after” from the Greek means “to make to run or flee, put to flight, drive away”, from the Greek word “dioko”. It is related to a “full commandment to follow after; someone”.
  • Php 3:13 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before”. 3 things are extracted from the text itself:

“This one thing I do”. V 13. Have a clear objective mind set.

“Forgetting those things which are behind”. V 13. “Forgetting” meaning, “no longer caring for it” why? New creature in Christ. 2 Cor 5:17

“No condemnation for those who are in Jesus Christ.” Rom 8:1.

  • Php 3:14 “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”. “I press” comes from the Greek word “dioko” as “I follow” in V 12 and it has the same meaning.“Toward” means “through out” or “according to” from the word “kata”. “ The Mark” comes from the Greek word “skopos” which means “the distant mark looked at, the goal or end one has in view.” Used only in this passage. The prize” comes from the Greek word “brabeion” meaning “the award to the victor in the games, a prize.” It is used in the same sense in 2 Cor 9:24.

Rom 11:29 “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance”.

The application of this passage can be used as follow:

– As relates to the gifts and calling of Israel as a nation, in which God will fulfill all his promises. Jos 21:45; 1 Chr 16:15; Jer 31:35-36; Ezek 36:22-23; Hosea 5:16; 6:1-2; Mat 24:35; Rom 4:21; 2 Tim 2:13; Heb 6:13-18 and James 1:17 says “The Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”. God does not change!

– As relates to any person that has received a “gift or calling” from God, to do a specific work. If such person failed to follow that calling but repents and comes back to God with a sincere heart, God will restore him to the early stage. The Greek expression “without repentance” basically means “not repentant of or un-regretted”, which implies that “God doesn’t change his mind as if He made a error”.

Eph 4:4 “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling”

It refers to “Unity in our calling” as it is expressed in the context of the passage.

“Ministerial gifts”. Definitions and functions of each one of them given to the church.

We will explain only the ministries that are based in the Scriptures and not any man made positions, which will produce nothing but losses, to be expanded upon further on this study.

Eph 4:11 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers”.

Here we have the 5 major ministries given to the church, which are aligned with the calling. We will define these 5 ministries and later the rest of them.

  1. The Apostle: From the Greek “apostolos”, which means “a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders”. Under the meaning of Scriptural text an apostle is “one that had been sent forth with a special abilities and powers to act and represent other”. Another complementary definition is “That one that has been sent is completely backed up and supported by the one who had sent him”. It basically means that the apostle counts with God support in every step of his mission and calling. The word “apostle” is used 81 times in the Scriptures. Observe what is it stated in Luke 6:13:

“And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles”.

Compare with Mat 10:2, Mar 6:30, Luk 6:13; 9:10; 11:49; 17:5; 22:14; 24:10; Act 1:2, 26; 2:37, 43; 4:33, 36; 5:12, 18, 29, 34, 40; 6:6; 8:1, 14; 9:27; 11:1; 14:14; 15:2, 4, 6, 22-23; 16:4; Rom. 16:7; 1Co 4:9; 9:5; 12:28-29; 15:7, 9; 2Co 11:5,13; 12:11; Gal 1:17; Eph 2:19-20; 3:5; 4:11; 1Th 2:6; 2Pe 3:2; Jud 1:17; Rev 2:2; 18:20; 21:14.

“The high calling of God” implies the type of calling we have received as born again Christians. It is related to all Christians and not just a few people, as some teach today. The Greek word used for “calling” is “klesis” which means “of the divine invitation to embrace salvation of God” and it is used in Rom 11:29; 1 Cor 1:26; 1 Cor 7:20; Eph 1:18; 4:4; Php 3:14; 2 Th 1:11; 2 Tim 1:9; Heb 3:1; 2 Pet 1:10. and Eph. It is used as “vocation”.

– Responsibilities, roles and abilities of The Apostle:

Compare Mat. 10:10; 28:19-20; Mk. 3:14-15; 6:7-13; 16:15-20; Lk. 9:1-5; 24:47-53; Jn. 20:22-23; 21:15-19; Acts 1:4-8.

The apostle has the ability to perform in all 4 ministries mentioned in Eph 4:11. This in ONE OF THE SIGNS that prove that a person has an “apostle ministry”, because IT IS NOT A TITLE. That’s why we need to TEST THEM according to:

Rev 2:2 “…and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars”.

Many falsely used a title of “apostle” in the early church and many still do today but they were tested by using “Spiritual discernment”. 1 Cor 12:10, 1 Jn 4:1. Jesus said the following absolute truth:

Mat 7:16 “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?”.

The principle applies to the ministerial gifts, which is “each tree will produce according to his kind” and Gen 1:11 expressed the same idea.

24 Apostles mentioned in the New Testament:

  1. Jesus Christ. Heb 3:1
  2. Simon Peter. Mat 10:2
  3. Andrew, the brother of Peter. Mat 10:2.
  4. John. Mat 10:2
  5. James. Mat 10:2.
  6. John and James are called “the sons of Zebedee”.
  7. Thomas. Mat 10:3
  8. Philip. Mat 10:3
  9. Bartholomew. Mat 10:3. Philip and Bartholomew were brothers.
  10. James. Lk 6:16
  11. Judas. Lk 6:16. James and Judas were “the sons of Alphaeus”.
  12. Matthew. Mk 2:14; Lk 6:15
  13. Simon Zelotes. Lk 6:15
  14. Judas Iscariots. Mat 10:4
  15. Barnabas. Acts 13:1-3; 14:4, 14; Gal 2:9; 1 Cor 9:5-6
  16. Andronicus. Rom 16:7
  17. Matthais. Acts 1:16
  18. Junia. Rom 16:7
  19. James. Gal 1:19; 2:9; Jas 1:1Timothy. 1 Th 1:1; 2:6
  20. Apollos. 1 Cor 4:6-9
  21. Silas. 1 Th 1:1; 2:6
  22. Titus. 2 Cor 8:23
  23. Paul. Gal 1:1; 2:8
  24. Epaphoditus. Php 2:25

– Evidence that confirm that someone is called to the apostle ministry:

Operates in all the ministries mentioned in Eph 4:11, which basically means that such person moves in the following ministerial areas:

  • Preacher Ministry. Operates as a Ministry of evangelism by bringing people into Christ. Mat 11:1
  • Teacher Ministry. Operates as a Ministry of teaching by forming people in Christ. Acts 5:42
  • Prophet Ministry. Operates as a Ministry of the Prophet by acting and moving in the gifts given to that specific ministry. All the gifts of Revelations, which are the gifts that use to “reveal an event that is connect with past, present or the future”. These gifts will be defined and explained in detail when we study “The gifts of the Holy Spirit to the Body of Christ”. The apostle will “rise and teach” prophets by guiding, forming and instructing them in the use of these gifts.
  • Pastoral Ministry. Operates as a Ministry of a Pastor by forming in different areas those that are called by God to execute this particular ministry.

Overall, The apostle has these abilities given by God to develop in a healthy way the Body of Christ.

Operates in ALL the ministerial gifts, All the gifts of the Holy Spirits as it is expressed in 1 Cor 12:8-10 and in the 7 ministries of the Holy Spirit given to the church. Isa 11:2. Nowadays this ministry had become a “fruitless” a title and position.

As we keep defining and explaining the others ministries, the responsibilities and commission of the ministry of the apostle are expanded with more details.

  1. The Prophet: From the Greek word “prophētēs” which means “one who, moved by the Spirit of God and it’s a channel and instrument.” Who solemnly declares to men what he has received by inspiration, especially concerning future events and in particular such as relate to the purpose of God. In the Scriptures there are 2 types of Prophets:
  • Prophets that spoke God’s message: These prophets appeared in the Scriptures as “vessels of God” with a specific message. Prophets like Samuel Acts 21:10; Nathan 2 Sam 7:2; 12:25, Abraham is called a “prophet” Gen 20:7. Elijah and Elisha were in charge of “school of the prophets” mentioned in 1 Sam 10:5, 10-12; 19:20-24; 1 Kings 12:29; 13:1-32; 20:35; 2 Kings 2:2-15; 4:1, 38; 5:22; 6:1-7; 9:1. Judges 6:8-10; 1 Sam 22:5. John the Baptist Mat 11:1-13; 14:4; 21:26; Mk 11:32; Lk 20:6. Jesus is mentioned as “prophet” Mat. 21:11, 46; Lk 7:16; 24:19; Jn. 4:19; 7:40; 9:17; Agabus Acts 21:10, among others. “The inspiration gifts” through which God says something to the church. 1 Cor 12:10. We will define and explain each one of these gifts when we study the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  • Prophets that wrote God’s message: Prophets that were inspired by God to write a divine prophetic message that will reveal God’s purpose for man. Prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Samuel, Ezekiel, Daniel, David’s writings like Psalms and he is called a prophet Acts 2:30, Moses was called prophet. Dt 34:10. God inspired the Scriptures. 2 Tim 3:16, which basically means that the writers of the scriptures had a special influence upon them at the moment when we were writing the divine message.

Responsibilities, roles and abilities of The Prophet:

One thing we need to understand is that the role of the prophets in the Old Testament is different than the one in the New Testament. So, the focus of this section will apply to only to the prophet ministry
that is given to the body of Christ in Eph. 4:11. Why? Because of the extensive material of the subject.
The main role of the ministry of the prophet is to be a communicator of God message, which involve the use of the following gifts:

1 Cor 12:10 “To another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues”.

Anyone who claims to be a prophet and doesn’t have the manifestation of the gifts is an impostor or false prophet. The following list of characteristics that will will help you to identify false prophets:

  • a. By the interior spiritual state: Mat 7:15-20
  • b. By demonic power or influence: Mat 7:22; 24:24; Acts 8:9-13; 13:6-13; 16:16-24; 2 Th 2:8-12; Rev 13:1-18; 16:13-16; 19:20.
  • c. By the type of fruit produced for their doctrinal teaching: Mat 7:15-20; 12:33-37; 15:1-9; 1 Tim 4:1-6; 6:3-5; 2 Tim 3:1-8; 4:1-4; 2 Pet. 2.
  • d. By the outer behavior. Mat 5:20; 6:1-24; 7:15; 23:1-33; 2 Tim 3:5. Jesus warned us about this type of false prophets that will rise in the latter days:

Mat 24:11 “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many”.

Mat 24:24 “For there shall arise false Christ, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect”. Compare with Micah 3:5

The lord rebuked the church of Pergamos for they allowed the influences of the doctrine of the Balaam the prophet, which put obstacles before Israel and to commit fornication. Rev 2:14; Num. 22, which can be compared with 2 Pet 2:15; Jud 1:11. This tells us that we have to search the Scriptures and compare any doctrine we hear or read if such is consistent with what God had said in His own word. Jn 5:39.

The prophet ministry has the responsibility to give God’s message with transparency and without pollution or corruption that the message might absorb while been given by the Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul spent one chapter of the first letter to the Corinthians to explain how the prophecy must be taken from The Holy Spirit and given to the church. 1 Cor 14.

– Evidence that confirm that someone is called to the prophet ministry:

» Operates in all “the inspiration and revelation gifts” mentioned in 1 Cor 12:8-10, which basically means that such person moves in the followings ministerial areas:

  • Operate in “the inspiration gifts”, which are as follow: Prophecy, different kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues. 1 Cor 12:10. Through these gifts God says something. 1 Cor 14:22

“Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe”.

  • Operate in “the revelation gifts”, which are as follow: Word of wisdom, word of knowledge, and discerning spirits. 1 Cor 12:8-10. Through these gifts God reveals something Basic elements that follows any prophet messages, which will determent if such message comes from The Holy Spirit.

1 Cor 14:3 “But he (the prophet) that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort”.

The Holy Spirit does not inspire any prophecy out this context.

No man, nor organization, nor university can give a prophet ministry. The scriptures say about it that ONLY Jesus gives ministry.

Eph 4:11 “And he (Jesus) gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers”.

Any person that had received a position or title from man it is totally useless. 1 Cor 3:10-15

To be continue…

Las escrituras fueron escritas bajo la inspiración del Espíritu Santo. La definición básica de “Inspiración” es “donde el Espíritu Santo influencia a los hombres a escribir, o hablar un mensaje divino”. No pretendo explicar en esta sección todo lo relacionado con a la palabra “Inspiración”. Solo hacer una breve referencia con relación a este tópico. Cubriremos el concepto de “Inspiración” de forma exhaustiva en otro posting.

En el libro de Salmos podemos observar como Dios a través de su Espíritu, usó a hombres a expresar palabras bajo ciertas circunstancias que iban a tener un impacto, no solamente en aquellos quienes expresaron tales palabras, sino también en aquellos que iban a leer esos escritos. Es efecto que experimentamos al leer pasajes de las escrituras, es por causa de esa influencia divina, la cual mantiene La Palabra de Dios viva. Como dice en Hebreos 4:12;

“Porque la palabra de Dios es VIVA y EFICAZ, y más cortante que toda espada de dos filos; y penetra hasta partir el alma y el espíritu, las coyunturas y los tuétanos, y discierne los pensamientos y las intenciones del corazón.”

Es la inspiración divina la que hace que las escrituras tenga un efecto transformador en las vidas de aquellos que la leen.

“El espíritu es el que da vida; la carne para nada aprovecha; las Palabras que yo os he hablado son espíritu y son vida.” Juan 6:63


Desarrollemos el contenido de el Salmo 86. Explicaremos la palabras claves que existen en cada texto expresado. En el caso de el libro de los Salmos estaremos analizando en profundidad las palabras originales del texto hebreo.

En este Salmo específicamente existen 8 solicitudes y 8 razones:


“Inclina, oh Jehová, tu oído, y escúchame, Porque estoy afligido y menesteroso.” Verso 1


La palabra “Inclina” procede de la palabra hebrea “nâṭâh”, que significa “estirar, extender, inclinar, girar, pervertir, doblar”.

De acuerdo a The Strong Concordance esta palabra significa:

“Una raíz primitiva; estirarse o extenderse; por implicación a doblegarse (incluida la desviación moral); Se utiliza en una gran variedad de aplicaciones: – + tarde, aplicar, inclinarse (bajar), llevar a un lado, rechazar, entregar, extender, bajar, desaparecer, inclinarse, pretender, recostarse, decepcionar, ofrecer, estirar, derrocado, pervertido, cabeceo, prolongar, guardar, mostrar, extender (extender), estirar (adelante, afuera), tomar (a un lado), girar (a un lado, alejar), arrebatar, hacer que ceda.”

La idea implica en la expresión “Inclina” simplemente denota el acto de Dios en escuchar tal petición, u oración. Esta implicación es por el uso de la palabra “Oído” y “Escúchame” usadas en el verso.

En el verso 1 vemos como David solicita que Dios preste atención a su oración, y seguidamente el expresa la razón que lo motivó a hacer tal solicitud de Dios.

También aparecen las palabras “Afligido” y “Menesteroso”. Expliquemos lo que significan ambas palabras.

La palabra hebrea usada para “Afligido” es “‛ânı̂y”, la cual es traducida como sigue:

“Pobre, afligido, humilde, miserable, necesitado, y débil”. La palabra adquiere el significa de acuerdo al contexto en la cual es usada. Implica “deprimido en mente, o en circunstancias” de acuerdo a The Strong Concordance. El uso puede ser literal o figurativo, dependiendo del contexto del pasaje. El estado de aflicción indicado en este pasaje tiene que ver con una depresión emocional, provocada por cierto tipo de circunstancia adversas que pueden ocurrir en determinados momentos en la vida de cada individuo. David sin lugar a dudas vivió este tipo de aflicción.

La palabra hebrea usada para “Menesteroso” es “‘ebyôn”, la cual es traducida como sigue:

“En necesidad, un necesitado, completamente pobre, una persona necesitada”,

“Una persona bajo opresión y abuso”,

“Una persona que necesita ayuda, liberación de problemas especialmente en la forma en la cual Dios actúa”.

También es usada con referencia a “Persona que son catalogadas como pobres en la sociedad”.

Según The Strong Concordance esta palabra significa:

“en el sentido de querer (especialmente en el sentimiento); indigente: – mendigo, necesitado, pobre (hombre).”


Hay 34 razones dadas desde el verso 1 hasta el verso 17 por la cual Dios responderá este tipo de solicitud.


“Guarda mi alma, porque soy piadoso; Salva tú, oh Dios mío, a tu siervo que en ti confía.” Verso 2


La palabra hebrea usada para “Guarda” es “shâmar”, y significa:

“Mantener, guardar, observar, prestar atención”, “para guardar, vigilar, vigilar y proteger, proteger, salvar vidas”, “observar, celebrar, guardar (sábado, o covalente u órdenes), realizar (voto)”, “estar en guardia, prestar atención, cuidar, tener cuidado”. Es usada 469 veces y la aplicación depende de el contexto del pasaje.

Según The Strong Concordance esta palabra significa:

“Una raíz primitiva; apropiadamente para cubrirse (como con espinas), es decir, guardar; en uso general para proteger, atender, etc.: tener cuidado, ser prudente, prestar atención (a sí mismo), mantenga (sí mismo), una marca, mirar con atención, observe, conserve, considere, reserve, salvar (sí mismo), seguro, espera (por algo), Vigilante.” Esta palabra es usada 468 veces. La palabra “Guardar” está asociada con “Alma” en el verso 2, lo indica la solicitud de David en su oración de que Dios protegiera su alma de la depresión que estaba experimentando por los ataques.

La palabra hebrea usada para “Piadoso” es “châsı̂yd”, la cual significa:

“Fiel, amable, piadoso, santo, separado para, piadoso”.

Según The Strong Concordance esta palabra significa:

“Propiamente piadoso (contexto religioso), Piadoso (un santo): Piadoso (hombre), Dios, Santo (unico en su clase), Misericordioso, Santo, (no) piadoso.” Esta palabra es usada 34 veces.

Solo han habido 2 que han declarados ser “Santos”.

1)- Dios. Lev. 19:2; 20:7, 26: 21:8

2)- David Salmo 86:2

La palabra del texto hebreo para “Salva” es “yâsha‛”, La cual es traducida:

“Ser librado, Poned en libertad, Ser salvado, Victorioso, Librado de problemas morales, Ser defendido”. Esta palabra es usada 205 veces. Recuerde que cada uno de estos significado es aplicado de acuerdo a el contexto en el cual es usado.


“Ten misericordia de mí, oh Jehová; Porque a ti clamo todo el día.” Verso 3


La palabra usada del texto origina hebreo para “Misericordia” es “chânan”, la cual significa:

“Mostrar favor, Ser amable (en el sentido del trato a otros), Alguien compasivo, Mostrar actos de misericordia, Mostrar consideración hacia otros, Pedir el favor de otros”. Esta palabra es usada 75 veces. Cuando esta palabra es usada con referencia a Dios, implica la naturaleza abolouta de Dios. En otras palabras, Dios es absoluto en misericordia. Esa es una de las razones por la cual, Dios no juzga, o condena, como los demas. La misericordia de Dios es sin límites, pero a la misma vez, no entra en conflicto con los juicios de Dios, y su Palabra. Dios es tan perfecto que solo él puede separar las cosas en perfecta harmonía.

“La ley de Jehová es perfecta, que convierte (Transforma) el alma; El testimonio de Jehová es fiel (Infalible),  que hace sabio (Lleno de sabiduría) al sencillo. (v.7)

Los mandamientos de Jehová son rectos (Que no varian), que alegran (Produce gozo) el corazón; El precepto de Jehová es puro (Incorruptivo), que alumbra (produce discernimiento al entendimiento) los ojos. (v.8)

El temor de Jehová es limpio (en todo el sentido de la palabra), que permanece para siempre (nunca dejara de ser) Los juicios de Jehová son verdad (absoluta verdad), todos justos (No existe injusticia ninguna en Dios). (v.9)

Deseables (porque nada se compara a ellos)son más que el oro, y más que mucho oro afinado; Y dulces más que miel, y que la que destila del panal. (v.10)

Tu siervo es además amonestado (Corregido) con ellos; En guardarlos hay grande galardón (Recompensas para aquellos que hacen lo mencionado en los pasajes anteriores). (v.11)

Según The Strong Concordance la palabra “Misericordiosa”, significa:

“chânan” Es una raíz primitiva; apropiadamente indica “agacharse o inclinarse con amabilidad hacia un inferior; favorecer, otorgar; implorar casualmente (es decir, pasar a favor por petición): – Suplicar, justo (ser, encontrar y mostrar), favor (-able), ser (tratar, dar y conceder), Implorar, o pedir) Ser Misericordioso (en tener y mostrar hacia otros), tener piedad, orar, hacer súplica.”


“Alegra el alma de tu siervo, Porque a ti, oh Señor, levanto mi alma.” Verso 4


La palabra clave en este verso es “Alegra”, que es traducida de la palabra hebrea “śâmach” y es traducida como:

“Alegría, Contentamiento”. Es usada 155 veces. Conectando la palabras anteriores con esta, concluimos que David hacía solicitud, o ruego al Señor para que ese contentamiento estuviese en su alma, la cual estaba deprimida. La depresión puede ser ocasionada por problemas externos, la cuales son provocado por demonios, y también por un desequilibrio en sistema hormonal de estas persona. Pero Dios puede restaurar cualquier condición en el alma del hombre.

Según The Strong Concordance la palabra “Alegría” es traducida así:

“śâmach” Es una raíz primitiva; probablemente para “alegrarse”, es decir, (figurativamente) ser (hacer casualmente) Alegre, o brillante: – Anímate, Ser alegre, Alegría Completa, Ser Feliz”.

David entrego su deprimida alma en manos de aquel que puede cambiar las cosas a su favor.


“Porque tú, Señor, eres bueno y perdonador, Y grande en misericordia para con todos los que te invocan.” Verso 5


La palabra hebrea usada para “Bueno” es “ṭôb”, la cual es traducida como; “Bueno, Agradable, Excelente, De mucho valor, Benigno, Correcto (en hacer la cosas), Amable, Beneficio, Bondadoso”. Es usada 566 veces. Cuando esta palabra es usada en relación a Dios siempre conlleva una connotación absoluta. Dios en su naturaleza es “Bueno”, mucho más allá que esta palabra pueda significar.

“Amados hermanos míos, no erréis. Toda buena dádiva y todo don perfecto desciende de lo alto, del Padre de las luces, en el cual no hay mudanza, ni sombra de variación.” Santiago 1:16-17

Según The Strong Concordance la palabra hebrea “ṭôb” significa:

“bueno (como adjetivo) en el sentido más amplio; utilizado igualmente como sustantivo, tanto en masculino como en femenino, singular y plural (bueno, bueno o bueno, un buen hombre o mujer; lo bueno, bienes o cosas buenas, buenos hombres o mujeres), también como un adverbio (bueno): – bello, mejor, mejor, generoso, alegre, tranquilo, X justo (palabra), (estar a favor), bien, contento, bueno, alegre, amable, bondadoso, amoroso, alegre, agradable, placer, precioso, prosperidad, listo, dulce, riqueza, bienestar, Estar bien (favorecido).

No existen palabras humanas para expresar lo profundo, e inmenso que es Dios. Nuestra capacidad humana nunca podrá comprender la inmensidad de un Dios tan grande. Las escrituras son simplemente una pequeña expresión de un inmenso Dios. 

La palabra usada en el verso 5 para “Perdonador” es “sallâch”. Recuerda la conexión entre la palabras usadas en el verso 5. “Bueno y Perdonador”. La palabra hebrea “sallâch” implica la disposicion de Dios para perdonar. Enfatizando la perfección de Dios como ser divino. También expresa lo rapido que Dios está para perdonar a aquellos que buscan su perdón. De hecho, el verso 5 describe la inmensidad del amor de Dios. Esto es ratificado por la otra parte del verso 5 “….Y grande en misericordia para con todos los que te invocan”. David experimentó el perdón y la misericordia de Dios constantemente. Como por ejemplo cuando el profeta Gad le dijo que eligiera entre 3 tipos de castigos por causa de haber contado al pueblo de Israel. 2 Samuel 24. pero observe lo que dijo David:

“Entonces David dijo a Gad: En grande angustia estoy; caigamos ahora en mano de Jehová, porque sus misericordias son muchas, mas no caiga yo en manos de hombres.” verso 14

La bondad y misericordia de Dios no tienen límites. La cual está expresaba a través del Salmo 86.


“Escucha, oh Jehová, mi oración, Y está atento a la voz de mis ruegos” Verso 6


La secuencia de los versos compagina en completa harmonía. desde el verso 1 podemos ver las solicitudes que David hace hacia Dios, y las razones por la cual él está haciendo las mismas.

La palabra hebrea usada para “esta atento”, es “qâshab” la cual implica; “La acción de oír con mucha atención”, “Inclinar el oído”. La palabra es usada 46 veces y 12 diferentes usos. Los cuales depender del contexto en el cual fueron usados.


“En el día de mi angustia te llamaré, Porque tú me respondes” Verso 7


Las escrituras son claras en cuanto a “El dia de angustia”, el cual es representativo de el momento en el cual somos atacados. Bien sea directo, o indirectamente por Satanas. Primero hagamos la definición de la palabra usado en el texto original, y después explicaremos la implicaciones en nuestras vidas.

En el texto hebreo la palabra usada para “Angustia”, es “tsârâh”, que significa:

“Estrecho, Angustia, y Problemas”.

Tambien es usada como; “La esposa rival” y “una persona que por alguna razón no es deseada, o bienvenida”. Esto es porque son considerados rivales, o enemigos.

La raíz de la palabra es “tsar” que es traducida como; “estrecho, apretado, angustia, adversario, enemigo, opresor, piedra dura, pedernal”.

Estas angustias, o problemas no vienen de parte de Dios, sino de Satanás y sus demonios. Al nosotros abrirle una puerta en nuestras vidas. Jesús expresó el motivo por el cual satanás está aquí:

“El ladrón no viene sino para hurtar y matar y destruir; yo he venido para que tengan vida, y para que la tengan en abundancia.” Juan 10:10

“El dia de angustia, o ataque” es inevitable que venga. Por eso las escrituras nos aconseja a estar preparados para cuando vengan. Porque es inevitable? Por qué es el dia cuando nuestra fe en la palabra de Dios será probada por satanas. Cuando llegue ese dia, Dios desea que seamos victoriosos, aunque mucha veces sucumbimos al ataque, pero es parte del crecimiento espiritual en el cual estamos. Existe otra escritura que también nos hace la misma advertencia acerca de estos días de ataques. En el libro de Efesios 6, Pablo expresa claramente acerca de quién es nuestro enemigo y sus firmas de ataques.

“Por lo demás, hermanos míos, fortaleceos (Gr. “endunamoō”) en el Señor, y en el poder (Gr. “kratos”) de su fuerza (Gr. “ischus”). Verso 10

3 tipos diferentes de poderes que han sido dados al creyente, para vencer en el dia malo, o dia de angustia. En el texto griego hay 5 palabras que expresan parte de el poder de Dios. Las otras 2 están expresadas en Efesios 1:19.

“Vestíos de toda la armadura de Dios, para que podáis estar firmes contra (Gr. “pros” empujar hacia adelante, como los “Spartan” empujaban a sus enemigos) las asechanzas del diablo”. Verso 11

Nota: “La entrenamiento constante y disciplina militar de los espartanos los convirtió en expertos en el antiguo estilo griego de lucha en una formación de falange (the ancient Greek style of fighting in a phalanx formation). En la falange (phalanx), el ejército trabajó como una unidad en una formación cercana y profunda, e hizo maniobras masivas coordinadas. Ningún soldado era considerado superior a otro.”

“Porque no tenemos (Los que hemos nacido de nuevo) lucha contra sangre y carne, sino contra principados (Gr. “archē”), contra potestades (Gr. “exousia”), contra los gobernadores (Gr. “kosmokratōr”) de las tinieblas de este siglo, contra huestes (Gr. “ponēria”) espirituales de maldad en las regiones celestes.” Verso 12

4 Tipos diferentes de rangos en el dominio satánico mencionados en el verso 12.

“Por tanto (Por lo mencionado en el verso 12), tomad toda la armadura de Dios, para que podáis resistir en el día malo, y habiendo acabado todo, estar firmes.” Verso 13

Aquí las escrituras hacen claro que vendrán “Días Malos”, donde satanás y sus demonios atacan nuestra vidas. Pero nos ofrece la solución de como vencer esos dias malos; “TOMAD TODA LA ARMADURA DE DIOS”. Sin esa Armadura, somos vulnerables a los ataques del diablo y sus demonios. También observe que Pablo no advierte de no cometer el error más grande que nosotros hemos cometido todo el tiempo; del cual, satanás ha tomado ventaja. En el verso 13 Pablo dijo;

“y habiendo acabado todo, estar firmes.”

Allí es donde todos fallamos. Una vez que vencemos el ataque, o tentación del diablo, nos confiamos y satanás regreso y nos encuentra descuidos y somos derrotados. Cuando ministros han caido alli? miles. Porque nos descuidamos en alguna área de nuestra vida, y satanás casi siempre la descubre y por alli mismo nos ataca. “Y Habiendo acabado todo..”. La expresión griega usada para “Habiendo acabado” es “katergazomai” y significa:

“Trabajo completo, es decir, Cumplido; por implicación indica; Terminado: – realizado, trabajado.” En el idioma implica que la obra fue totalmente ejecutada, completada.

Aplicada al texto, implica que la misión fue ejecuta con éxito. Pero la falla estuvo al no ejecutar la última palabra del verso 13. Dice…”Habiendo acabado todo, ESTAR FIRMES”. Allí es donde está la falla. Una vez que cumplimos con la misión que se nos ha comisionado, pensamos que todo termino y nos confiamos, sin darnos cuenta de que satanás regresar para volver a atacar. Muchas veces poseemos el conocimiento de esto y aun así nos descuidamos; quizás por nuestra naturaleza humana. La realidad es que cada dia, miles de cristianos están siendo atacados por espiritus diabolicos, cuya misión es la de destruir lo que Dios ha hecho. Y debemos enfatizar constantemente como satanás aprovecha nuestro descuidado para atacarnos. Estos ataques son un reflejo de la expresión “dia malo”, “dia de angustia”, expresados en Efesios 6:13; Salmo 86:7.

Volviendo al Salmo 86:7, dice “En el día de mi angustia te llamaré, Porque tú me respondes”. En ese dia de ataque, es cuando más, debemos clamar al Señor y pedir fuerzas. Y tener la convicción de que el Señor nos responderá. Esta confianza en el Señor se desarrolla a través de un creciendo espiritual diario. No es algo que se adquiere simplemente con decir unas palabras mágicas como muchos han enseñado. Es una relación íntima en su presencia, la cual, debe ser cultivada todos los días. Obviamente, satanás buscará la forma de hacer que esa relación íntima sea perturbada. Y por eso él provoca situaciones en las cuales nosotros no distraigamos y no pasemos tiempo íntimo en oración, ayuno y leyendo las escrituras. Desafortunadamente no nos damos cuenta de esto, hasta que nos desviamos y nos encontramos en una posición, lugar, o circunstancias, donde nos damos cuenta de donde hemos caído. Mi oración es que eso no te acontezca, sino por el contrario, que estés fuerte y firme en sus caminos.


“Oh Señor, ninguno hay como tú entre los dioses, Ni obras que igualen tus obras.” Verso 8


La palabra del texto hebreo usada para “Señor” es “Adonay” (‘ădônây), La cual es traducida como;

“Señor, Mi Señor” con referencia a Dios. La raiz de esta palabra es “‘âdôn / ‘âdôn” y es uasada como sigue:

1) firme, fuerte, señor, maestro, referencia a los hombres, superintendente de hogar (de asuntos concernientes a un casa), rey, referencia a Dios, el Señor Dios, Señor de toda la tierra, señores, reyes, referencia a los hombres, propietario del cerro de Samaria, referencia al esposo, referencia al profeta, gobernador, príncipe del pueblo, Señor de señores (probablemente = “tu marido, Jehova”), mi señor, mi maestro, Padre de familia como cabeza de la casa, Referencia a Moisés, Referencia al Sacerdote, ángel teofánico (Cuando Dios se ha manifestado en el A. T. y ha recibido el título de “Ángel del Señor“), capitán, reconocimiento general de superioridad, Adonai es paralelo a Jehová“. 

Pero “Adonay”, o “Señor” – Es un título usado en lugar de Jehová en exhibición judía de reverencia hacia Dios. Esa reverencia fue extraída por los Judíos de Éxodo 20:7.

“No tomarás el nombre de Jehová tu Dios en vano; porque no dará por inocente Jehová al que tomare su nombre en vano.”

La palabra del texto hebreo “Adonay, o ‘ădônây” es usada 432 veces, y el uso es de acuerdo al contexto de cada pasaje. Le recuerdo que Adonay es el equivalente a Jehova.

Continuando con el verso 8, la otra palabra usada es “dioses”, la cual en el texto hebreo -‘ĕlôhı̂ym-. La palabra es usada 213 veces como “dioses”. Los versos 8-10 expresan la incomparabilidad de Dios. ĕlôhı̂ym es aplicado de forma “plural” y la raiz de esta palabra es -‘ĕlôahh-.

Segun The Strong Concordance la palabra hebrea -ĕlôhı̂ym- significa;

“Plural de ‘ĕlôahh; dioses en el sentido ordinario; pero específicamente usado (en plural así, especialmente con el artículo) del Dios supremo; ocasionalmente aplicado como referencia a respecto a los magistrados; y a veces como superlativo: – ángeles, Dios, Sabios, jueces, poderosos”. dependiendo al contexto del pasaje.

Para resumir -‘ĕlôhı̂ym- cuando es usada en referencia a Dios, implica “la pluralidad de Dios como ser”. Como dice en los siguientes pasaje:

“Entonces dijo Dios -‘ĕlôhı̂ym-: HAGAMOS al hombre a NUESTRA imagen, conforme a NUESTRA semejanza; y señoree en los peces del mar, en las aves de los cielos, en las bestias, en toda la tierra, y en todo animal que se arrastra sobre la tierra.” Gen. 1:26

“Y dijo Jehová Dios: He aquí el hombre ES COMO UN DE NOSOTROS, sabiendo el bien y el mal; ahora, pues, que no alargue su mano, y tome también del árbol de la vida, y coma, y viva para siempre.” Gen. 3:22

“Y dijo Jehová: He aquí el pueblo es uno, y todos éstos tienen un solo lenguaje; y han comenzado la obra, y nada les hará desistir ahora de lo que han pensado hacer. Ahora, pues, DESCENDAMOS, y CONFUNDAMOS allí su lengua, para que ninguno entienda el habla de su compañero.” Ge. 11:6-7

En Génesis 19:24 hace referencia a 2 Jehovas. Jehová es un nombre dado a la deidad para indicar el Señorío de Dios. Ese titulo, o nombre aplica a cualquiera de las 3 personas de la trinidad divina. No pretendo cubrir todo lo referente a la deidad en esta sección, pero si hacer mención acerca de este tópico. En el Antiguo Testamento solo hace mencion de 2 personas llamadas Jehová, como ocurrió en Génesis 19:24. Observe”

“Entonces Jehová hizo llover sobre Sodoma y sobre Gomorra azufre y fuego de parte de Jehová desde los cielos’ Verso 24

Jehová que estaba con Abraham hizo la sentencia sobre Sodoma y Gomorra, y Jehová en el cielo hizo descender azufre y fuego desde los cielos. Piensa que estoy equivocado? Observe lo que dice el verso 27;

“Y subió Abraham por la mañana al lugar DONDE HABÍA ESTADO DELANTE DE JEHOVÁ”.

Uno de los miembros de la deidad vino y estuvo con Abraham. Lea Gen. 18. Observe:

“Después le APARECIÓ (visible) Jehová en el encinar de Mamre, estando él sentado a la puerta de su tienda en el calor del día. Verso 1

En los versos 2-5 detalla la recepción que Abraham le dio a una de las 3 personas de la trinidad de Dios.

En los versos 6-8 detalla la cena. Observe:

“Tomó (Abraham) también mantequilla y leche, y el becerro que había preparado, y lo puso DELANTE DE ELLOS (Lea el verso 2 que hace referencia a 3 personas); y él (Abraham)se estuvo con ELLOS (los 3 visitantes del verso 2) debajo del árbol, y COMIERON (Si, los seres celestiales comieron, incluyendo a uno de los miembros de la deidad).” verso 8

The Kenosis of Christ

THE LIVING WORD CENTER, INC.

By Rev. Jay Werman


This is one of the most fascinating topic of the Scriptures. There are a lots of details that are explained in the Scriptures relate to the Kenosis of Christ but those that are revealed are very interesting. So, I will do my best to explain these details that are revealed to us in the Scriptures. Now, I have to make something very clear before I begin this subject. If you belong to a certain denomination or religion and already have a preconceived ideas about it, don’t waste your time reading this. In order for the seed to produce results, it must fall in good ground, otherwise the seed won’t produce as it was meant it.

"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 an hundred." Mark 4:8

This is the reason why so many believers are not growing in the knowledge of The Word of God. Preconceived ideas, human philosophies, satanic doctrines, religions, and dogmas, will make the seed ineffective. Lack of spiritual growth is the direct result of being ignorant of what God has revealed in His own Word.

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." Hosea 4:6

So, What’s the meaning of the Greek word “Kenosis”? The Greek word is used in Philippians 2:7.

"But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men"

The Greek word is “Kenoo”, which means “to empty out of”, “to drain”. Thayer explain it as follow:

1) to empty, make empty – 1a) of Christ, he laid aside equality with or the form of God

2) to make void – 2a) deprive of force, render vain, useless, of no effect

3) to make void – 3b) cause a thing to be seen to be empty, hollow, false

Total KJV Occurrences: 8 – made, 2 Rom 4:14, 1Co 1:17; void, 2 Rom 4:14, 1Co 9:15; effect, 1 1Co 1:17; make, 1 1Co 9:15; none, 1 1Co 1:17; reputation, 1 Php 2:7

Now, observe how the expression “But made himself of no reputation” in Phil. 2:7 is located between 2 others expressions within the context of the text:

"Who (Christ), being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: (v.6) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (v.7) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." v.8

Verse 6 states that Christ “Made Himself of NO REPUTATION, or EMPTY OUT Himself”. The question is “Of what did Christ empty himself? verse 6 filled the gap. “Who, being in the FORM OF GOD”. This is what Christ empty out of. In the Scriptures no specification is found in details of the Kenosis of Christ, but one aspect is very clear; one of the members of The GodHead became a man. Christ willingly laid aside his divine abilities and powers, and he was born as a sinless man. To rescue humanity from eternal perdition, The second person of The GodHead “Made Himself of no Reputation”, even though He was in the form of God.

"In the beginning was the Word (Gr. Logos), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:1-3
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14

The second person of The GodHead became of man the day His was born of Mary. God became of Father that day, and Mary became a mother that day.

"I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee." Psalm 2:7
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." Matthew 1:18-23 

Mary gave birth to a child, who was an eternal God. She didn’t have birth a god as many are teaching today. Before Jesus was conceived by Mary, He exist as one of the three members of The divine Trinity; An everlasting God.

"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Micah 5:2
"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

God became a Father that day and Jesus became The Son of The Living God. The titles of “The Father and The Son” were put in place for reasons to redeem humanity. In the Scriptures are 247 names and titles use to all the three members of The GodHead.

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:8-11
"Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

Following the question we placed in the beginning of this post, which is “Of what did Jesus emptied Himself? Which is refer in Phil. 2:6. Jesus couldn’t emptied out Himself of His Divine nature, for He was God manifest in the flesh according to The Scriptures. Isa. 7:14; 9:6-7; Mat. 1:18-25; Jn. 1:1-2, 14; 1 Tim. 3:16. Before He “Took the form of a servant, and was made in the LIKENESS of men” Phil. 2:7, He was an eternal and everlasting God. Mic. 5:1-2; Jn. 1:1-2; Heb. 1:8; Rev. 1:8-11.

According to The Scriptures Jesus emptied out Himself of the following:

  1. His EQUALITY with God. Phil 2:6-7; Jn. 14:28; 1 Cor. 11:3
  2. His God Form, which is His bodily shape or form. God’s body is spiritual in essence like there is any other in the spiritual realm. Every member of The GodHead have a spiritual body, Jesus is the one member of the divine trinity with a different body. Phil. 2:6-8; 3:21; Mat. 1:18-25; Lk. 1:35; Jn. 1:14; Lk. 24:37-40; Gal. 4:4; Rom. 8:3. In fact, Jesus’s body will always have the evidences of His sacrifice:
"And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends." Zech. 13:6

Jesus’s body is different than the spiritual body of The Father and The
Holy Spirit. Observe how in the same chapter of Zechariah 13 The Messiah is called “MY FELLOW”.

"Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones." verse 7

The expression “My Fellow” in the context of the text implied “same kind and nature”. The Hebrew word used for Fellow is “‛âmı̂yth”, which in the context of the passage means “Fellow God, Another God, a Comrade God, An Associate God, a Kindred God”. Only in this passage is translated “Fellow”. The other passages where this Hebrew word is used: “neighbor” Lev 6:2; 19:15; 19:17; 24:19; 25:14-15; “Another” Lev 19:11; 25:17; The different meanings of this word still express the same idea, which is “Of ANOTHER PERSON of the SAME KIND and NATURE. Many different Scriptures shows behold doubts the doctrine of The Holy Trinity of The GodHead.

  1. Jesus emptied out of His Immortality. For God Cannot die, so the second person of The GodHead “Laid aside” His God-like body and took a human body. Phil. 2:7-8
"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures" 1 Cor. 15:3
"For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption." Psalms 16:10
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." 1 Peter 2:24
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:" 1 Peter 3:18
  1. Jesus Laid aside His Divine Glory; The Glory He possessed with The Father, and before He was conceived by Mary by the power of The Holy Spirit.
"But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." Mat. 1:20
"And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified." John 12:23
"And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." John 17:5
"For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." Mat. 16:27

The same idea is expressed by Paul in Phil. 2:5-11.


The Union of the two natures in Jesuschrist:

The two different natures were both complete in themselves, and yet, it didn’t formed a third nature. We are forbidden to teach the contrary. Jesus was the perfect representative of God and man, Jesus was a Divine human being. Christ often spoke of Himself as a single person, and not as two persons. In fact, there is no interchange of speech between the two natures, between two parts of the attributes and powers of both natures, which are accredited to one person. These are use as part of a single person, there is no dual personality as many are teaching today. One single unit of characteristics of both the human and the divine; just as any father and mother to their offspring, making a single person with a characteristics of both. Jesus was unique in His kind, He represented God and man, which is the role of the High Priest. Every single ministerial office introduced in the Old Testament was a shadow of Jesus’s mission to re-unite God and men.

"But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises." Hebrews 8:6
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" 1 Tim. 2:5

This passage proves that Jesus is a different and separate person from God. A Mediator is “a person who attempts to make people involved in a conflict come to an agreement; a go-between”. Jesus was born for that specific purpose; to create a New Covenant through which He re-conciliated God and men. No one else could done such task.

The Greek word used for “Mediator” is “mesitēs”, which means;

1) one who intervenes between two, either in order to make or restore peace and friendship, or form a compact, or for ratifying a covenant

2) a medium of communication, arbitrator

The word is used 6 times in the N. T. Gal. 3:19-29; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 8:6; 9:15; 12:24

DEMONOLOGÍA

Mundo Espiritual

THE LIVING WORD CENTER, INC.

By Rev. Jay Werman


Carácter y personalidad de los espíritus Malos

 


Tabla de Contenido:
 

Introducción:

Capítulo 1
Entendiendo el Mundo espiritual
Uso de palabra espíritus en la biblia
10 tipos diferentes de criaturas
Ángeles y Demonios como espíritus
4 tipos de espíritus Rebeldes
Los espíritus Inmundos
 

Capítulo 2
Cómo Probar los espíritus
Los espíritus encarcelados
Lucifer; su creación, Reino, Caída
Y destrucción
21 nombre atribuidos a Satanás
 

Capítulo 3
Obra presente de Satanás
Métodos de Satanás
La derrota de Satanás y sus Ángeles
Caídos
 
Conclusión 

Introducción:

En la actualidad hay mucho desconocimiento acerca del origen, reino, caída, carácter, etc. Acerca de Satanás. Quizás por que ha muchas personas le aterroriza la idea, de estudiar acerca de Satanás y sus demonios. O también, porque no les llama la atención. Pero cualquiera que sea el motivo, le estamos dando ventaja al enemigo. Ya que la ignorancia acerca de este tema, no nos favorece para nada. En este estudio, no pretendo cubrir todo en este curso, pero si, darle un conocimiento sólido y fresco. Hay mucho que estudiar, y que explicar acerca de Demonología, así que, este conocimiento establecerá en ti la base, o fundamento para un conocimiento mucho más profundo.

Hay muchas cosas en este curso que son muy controversiales para muchos, pero reales, y debemos de aceptarlas tal y como están en las escrituras. Por otra parte, el hecho que no esté en acuerdo en este tema, no debe esto, detenerlo en conocer la verdad. La cual es muchas veces incomprensible y profunda para la mente humana Creo que una actitud sumisa a la palabra de Dios y un espíritu hambriento de las cosas del Señor, son la clave principal para estudiar un curso como Demonología.

Estaremos estudiando tópicos como;

  •  Entendiendo el Mundo espiritual.
  • Uso de palabra espíritus en la biblia.
  •  10 tipos diferentes de criaturas.
  •  Ángeles y Demonios como espíritus.
  •  21 nombre atribuidos a Satanás. etc.

Recordemos una expresión en el libro de los hebreos que tiene mucha aplicación en este estudio. Hebreos 5:11-14.

“Acerca de esto tenemos mucho que decir y difícil de explicar, por cuanto os habéis hecho tardos para oír. Porque debiendo ser ya maestros, después de tanto tiempo, tenéis necesidad de que se os vuelva a enseñar cuales son los primeros rudimentos de la palabra de Dios; y habéis llegado a ser tales que tenéis necesidad de leche, y no de alimento sólido. Y todo aquel que participa de la leche es inexperto en la palabra de justicia, porque es niño. Pero el alimento sólido es para los que han alcanzado madurez, para los que por el uso tienen los sentidos ejercitados en el discernimiento del bien y del mal”.



Capítulo 1

Entendiendo el Mundo Espiritual:

El mundo espiritual es más real que el mundo físico, no solo por el hecho de que el primero creo el segundo (Heb.11:3); Si no porque Dios es espíritu. Juan 4:24. Existe un mundo espiritual maligno, al que, no podemos ignorar o hacernos de la vista gorda. Dios tiene su reino, sus ejércitos celestiales, los cuales están y operan en el mundo espiritual. De la misma manera, está el mundo de las tinieblas, el reino satánico, el cual es una copia o una forma de remedar el reino de Dios. En efesios 6:12 vemos como este reino de las tinieblas esta compuesto;

“Porque no tenemos lucha contra sangre y carne, sino contra principados, potestades, contra los gobernadores de las tinieblas de este siglo, contra huestes espirituales de maldad en las regiones celestes”.

Dios planifico en el plan de Redención destruir al diablo, yendo al mismo territorio del diablo, “el infierno”. En efesios 4:8-10, el apóstol Pablo describe el panorama por el cual Jesús pasó.

“Por lo cual dice: Subiendo a lo alto (Trono de Dios), llevó cautiva la cautividad, y dio dones a los hombres. Y eso de que subió, ¿qué es, sino que también había descendido primero (antes de subir al trono de Dios) a las partes más bajas de la tierra?. El que descendió (Jesús), es el mismo que también subió por encima de todos los cielos (después de vencer al diablo en su mismo territorio) para llenarlos todo”.

Es clara la descripción dada por Pablo acerca del lugar donde Jesús fue después que murió. En el libro del profeta Isaías capítulo 53:9 encontramos la complementación de este pasaje de efesios.

“Y se dispuso con los impíos su sepultura, mas con los ricos fue en su muerte; Aunque nunca hizo maldad, ni hubo engaño en su boca”.

En la biblia Ampliada (The Amplified bible) lo traduce de la manera siguiente;

“Le asignaron a él una sepultura con el malo, y con el hombre rico en su Muerte, aunque él no hizo violencia, ni hubo engaño en su boca”.

His grave was assigned with the wicked, But He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

Ahora bien, cuando comparamos las 2 traducciones, encontramos una diferencia. En biblia Ampliada (The Amplified bible) la sentencia “y con el hombre rico en su Muerte”, aparece en singular y no en singular. Otra traducción dice de la manera siguiente; “A el se le dio una tumba entre el malo, en su muerte él estaba con el hombre rico” Complete Jewish bible. De nuevo observamos que la expresión “y con el hombre rico en su Muerte”, esta en singular, no en plural. ¿A que el hombre rico estaba haciendo referencia el profeta Isaías? La respuesta la encontramos en Lucas 16:19-31 donde Jesús mismo habló acerca del Hombre Rico que fue al “Hades” después que murió. Ahora, esto suena fuerte para muchos, pero cuando Jesús murió, fue al lugar donde este hombre rico estaba. Además de esto, la historia relatada por Jesús acerca del rico y Lázaro, es una historia verdadera y no una invención de Jesús. También el texto original hebreo corrobora que la expresión “y con el hombre rico en su Muerte”, es paralelo con Lucas 16:19-31. ¿Porque Jesús fue a donde estaba este hombre rico? Por varias razones:

  1. Destruir al diablo en su misma casa.
  2. Pagar el precio por el hombre.
  3.  Cumplir todas las profecías bíblicas.
  4. Para liberar a todos los cautivos que estaban en la cautividad.

“Por lo cual dice: Subiendo a lo alto, llevó cautiva la cautividad, Y dio dones a los hombres. Y eso de que subió, ¿qué es, sino que también había descendido primero a las partes más bajas de la tierra? Efesios 4:8-9

También:

“Así que, por cuanto los hijos participaron de carne y sangre, él también participó de lo mismo, para destruir por medio de la muerte al que tenía el imperio de la muerte, esto es, al diablo, y librar a todos los que por el temor de la muerte estaban durante toda la vida sujetos a servidumbre” Hebreos 2:14-15

Jesús libero de la cautividad a todos aquellos que estaban cautivos en las partes profundas de las tierra. donde lázaro fue al momento de morir. Luc. 16:19-31. ¿qué impedía es estos justos entrar al tercer cielo? Necesitaban que alguien pagara el precio por ellos, alguien sin pecado y sobre quien satanás no tuviera autoridad. Ese hombre fue Jesús, Dios manifestado en carne!

“E indiscutiblemente, grande es el misterio de la piedad: Dios fue manifestado en carne, Justificado en el Espíritu, Visto de los ángeles, Predicado a los gentiles, Creído en el mundo, Recibido arriba en gloria” 1 Tim. 3:16

2 Corintios 5:21 dice.. “Al que no conoció pecado (Jesús) por Nosotros (Dios el padre) lo hizo pecado”.

Jesús destruyó al diablo en su mismo territorio, en las Tinieblas.

Uso de la Palabra espíritu en la biblia:

La Palabra “espíritu” es usada 778 veces en la biblia, 389 es usada la palabra hebrea “Ruach”, y 152 veces es usada la palabra griega “Pneuma”. Ambas palabra se traducen como “espíritu o Viento”. El significado primario de esta expresión “espíritu” es “Una fuerza Invisible”. El espíritu del hombre es la parte del hombre que se relaciona y tiene comunión con Dios. 1 Cor. 2:10-16; Rom. 8:15-16; Juan 4:26. El espíritu y el alma están muy relativamente unidos y es muy difícil distinguir los detalles que hacen la diferencia entre ellos. No cabe ninguna duda de que el alma y el espíritu son diferentes. 1 Tes. 5:23; Heb. 4:12; 1 Cor. 12,13,14.

El espíritu y el alma son inmortales y dependiendo de la decisión que hizo la persona mientras estaba viva, su espíritu y alma pasará la eternidad con Dios o en el lago de Fuego. Apoc. 20:11-15.

La Palabra hebrea “Ruach o espíritu” es usada de 8 diferentes maneras:

  • Dios. Salm. 139:7; 143:10; Isa. 30:1; 40:13.
  • Espíritu Santo. Gen. 1:2; Isa. 48:16; 61:1; Zac. 12:10.
  • Ángeles. Salm. 104:4
  • Querubines. Ezeq. 1:12-21; 10:17.
  • Demonios. Lev. 19:31; 20:6.
  • Otros seres Celestiales. Zac. 6:5.
  • La nueva naturaleza de los hijos de Dios. 1 Cor. 6:17.
  • Espíritu del hombre. Núm. 16:22; 27:16; Ecles. 3:21; prov. 18:14; 20:27.

La Palabra griega es “Pneuma, o espíritu” y es usada de 8 diferentes maneras: Pneuma es equivalente a la palabra hebrea “Ruach” y es usada 385 veces en el nuevo testamento.

  • Dios como espíritu. Juan 4:24; 2 Cor. 3:17.
  • Cristo. 1 Cor. 6:17; 15:45.
  • El Espíritu Santo. Mat. 1:18-20; 3:11,16; (es usada esta palabra 240 veces)
  • El espíritu personal de Jesús. Marc. 2:8; 8:12; Luc. 2:40; Juan 11:33; 19:30
  • Ángeles. Heb. 1:7, 14; Salm. 104:4
  • El espíritu de los hombres. Mat. 5:3; 1 Cor. 2:11; 6:20; 1 Tes. 5:23; Heb. 4:12; 12:23
  • Los espíritus Malos. Mat. 8:16; 10:1; 12:43; Hech. 8:7; 16:16; Apoc. 16:13; 18:2
  • La Resurrección de los cuerpos. 1 Cor. 15:44

10 tipos diferentes de Criaturas celestiales:

  1. Serafines. Isa. 6:1-7
  2. Querubines. Gen. 3:24; Ezeq. 1:5-28; 8:1-4; 10:1-22
  3. Zoa o Seres vivientes: Apoc. 4:6-5:14; 6:1-8; 7:11; 14:3,9-11; 15:7; 19:4
  4. Animales espirituales: Tienen la figura corporal como los animales que tenemos aquí en la tierra. Rom. 1:20; 2 reyes 2:11-12; 6:13-17; Zac. 1:8-11; 6:1-8; Apoc. 19:11-21
  5. Arcángel: o jefes de los Ángeles, quien gobierna reinos y planetas. Col. 1:15-18; 1 Tes. 4:16; Judas 9

Miguel: Uno de los Príncipes jefes, Príncipe de Israel. Dan. 10:13,21; 11:1; 12:1; 1 Tes. 4:16; judas 9; Apoc. 12:7-9

Gabriel: Quien esta delante de Dios. dan. 8:16-19; 9:20-23; 10:8-11:1; Luc. 1:19,26

Lucifer: El gobernador original del planeta tierra antes que Adán fuese creado, y el presente seudo gobernador del hombre en la tierra. Isa. 14:12-14; Ezeq. 28:11-17; Mat. 4:1-11; Luc. 10:18; efes. 2:2; Apoc. 12:7-9

Príncipe de Persia y Grecia: dan. 10:13-11:1; Apoc. 11:7; 17:8

  1. Ángeles comunes: Heb. 1:13-14
  2. Demonios: espíritus inmundos que andan vagando en la atmósfera. Mat. 12:43-45
  3. Demonios Destructores (representados por la Langosta): Apoc. 9:1-11
  4. Demonios en caballos: Apoc. 9:12-21
  5. El Hombre interior: espíritu del ser humana. 1 Tes. 5:23; 1 Cor. 2:11; 6:20

Ángeles y Demonios como espíritus:

Ángeles como espíritus: Ángel literalmente significa “Mensajero”, y es usada muchas veces con referencia a; “Cristo, Ángeles y a los hombres”. En Hebreo es usada la palabra “mal’âk”, la cual se usa en referencia a: “Mensajero, representante, ángel y en conexión o manifestación de la Deidad en una aparición Teofonica”. Estas teofanías son representadas en las escrituras por “El ángel del Señor”, la implicación en tal apariciones es la de hacer un decreto o mensaje directo por uno de los miembros de la Deidad en situaciones específicas. 

Naturaleza de los Ángeles: Son seres espirituales celestiales. Existen 2 tipos de Ángeles; Ángeles que sirven y adoran a Dios, y los Ángeles caídos o los que se rebelaron con lucifer. En esta sección analizaremos la parte de los Ángeles caídos.

“Entonces hubo una guerra en el cielo: Miguel y sus ángeles luchaban contra el dragón. Luchaban el dragón y sus ángeles, pero no prevalecieron ni se halló ya lugar para ellos en el cielo. Y fue lanzado fuera el gran dragón, la serpiente antigua, que se llama Diablo y Satanás, el cual engaña al mundo entero. Fue arrojado a la tierra y sus ángeles fueron arrojados con él.” Apoc. 12:7-9

Ángeles Caídos: Son los Ángeles que no quisieron obedecer a Dios cuando gobernaban la tierra con Lucifer antes que Dios creara al hombre. Lucifer mismo es un ángel caído, que en el periodo probatorio (periodo que es necesario para Dios probar a todo ser que él crea) fracaso a ser obediente a la ley divina. Este periodo en el cual los Ángeles gobernaban la tierra guiados por lucifer es también conocido como “Periodo Pre-adámico”. Algunas citas que corroboran el reino de lucifer y de los Ángeles caídos antes de ellos rebelarse. Gen. 1:1-2; Isa. 14:12-14; Ezeq. 28:11-17.

2 tipos de Ángeles caídos:

  1. Los que están Atados. Apoc. 9:11-14; 11:7; 17:8; 2 Ped. 2:4; Judas 6-7
  2. Los que todavía están sueltos. Los que están con Satanás, y quienes serán lanzados a la tierra en el medio de la semana 70 del profeta Daniel en la futura gran tribulación. Apoc. 12:7-12; efes. 6:10-17.

Demonios como espíritus: Los demonios son malos (jueces 9:23; 1 Sam. 18:9-10) tienen cierta inteligencia (1 Reyes 22:22-24; Hech. 16:16) ciertos poderes (Marc. 5:1-18), son espíritus incorpóreos (Apoc. 16:13-16), no son ángeles (Hech. 23:8-9), no son seres humanos porque pueden poseer a los hombres, y pueden ser echados fuera (Mat. 10:8; Marc. 16:17); son individuales (Marc. 16:9); Poseen conocimiento (Mat. 8:29; Luc. 4:41; Hech. 19:15); Creen (Sant. 2:19); Sienten (Mat. 8:29; Marc. 5:7); Tienen compañerismo (1 Cor. 10:20); Doctrinas (1 Tim. 4:1); Tienen voluntad (Mat. 12:43-45); Poseen ciertos poderes milagrosos (Apoc. 16:13-16); Tienen emociones (Hech. 8:7); Poseen deseos (Mat. 8:28-31; y facultades espirituales.

El trabajo de los Demonios: Ellos poseen a las personas y causan; sordera (Mat. 9:32-33), Ceguera (Mat. 12:22), atormentan (Mat. 15:22), manía y ponen a la gente lunática (4:23-24; 17:14-21; Marc. 5:1-8), impuros (son llamados 21 veces “espíritus inmundos”, Luc.4:36), poseen fuerza sobrenatural (Marc. 5:1-18), suicidan (Mat. 17:15; Jn. 10:10), provocan convulsiones (Marc.9:20), promueven el error (1 juan 4:1-6; 1 Tim. 4:1), trabajan con hechizos y brujerías (2 Cron. 33:6), dan falsa profecías (1 Sam. 18:8-10; 1 reyes 22:21-24). Y cada otra obra maligna que puedan hacer en contra de los Hombres y de Dios.

4 tipos de espíritus Rebeldes:

En efesios 6:12 encontramos 4 tipos de espíritus rebeldes que operan con Satanás.

“Porque no tenemos lucha contra sangre y carne, sino contra PRINCIPADOS, contra POTESTADES, contra los GOBERNADORES DE LAS TINIEBLAS DE ESTE SIGLO, contra HUESTES ESPIRITUALES DE MALDAD en las regiones celestes”.

Definición de cada uno de ellos:

  • PRINCIPADOS: del texto griego “Archas” y significa “Principados, Jefes que Gobiernan, o Seres de alta jerarquías en el reino satánico”. Efes. 6:12; 1:21; Col. 2:10
  • POTESTADES: del griego “Exousias” y significa; “Autoridades, y son aquellos que obtienen su poder de aquel que es el Jefe en gobierno, las potestades también ejecutan la voluntad de los principados”.
  • Gobernadores de las tinieblas: del texto griego “Kosmokratopas”, son los que “Rigen el mundo de las tinieblas aquí en la tierra, o los espíritus que dictan y dominan en el mundo de las tinieblas”. Dan. 10:13-21; Efes. 1:21; Col. 1:16-18
  • Huestes: del griego “pneumatika ponerias” y son aquellos que transmiten o transfieren influencias espirituales malignas”.

En el mundo espiritual de las tinieblas existe un orden de operaciones, el cual está dirigido por Satanás, quien es un ángel caído. Todo este orden de operación satánico es una copia del sistema operativo que Dios tiene. Recordemos que Satanás antes de caer fue el jefe de los ángeles que gobernaban la tierra antes que Adán fuese creado.

Propósito de estos espíritus rebeldes:

Es destruir todo lo que representa y tiene que ver con Dios. Esta es la causa por la cual estos espíritus rebeldes odian al hombre; Ya que este fue creado a imagen y semejanza de Dios. El hombre pasa a reinar en la tierra en lugar de lucifer después que este se rebeló. Isa. 14:12-14; Ezeq. 28:11-17

Lucifer era sin pecado y caminaba perfecto en el camino de Dios hasta que se halló en él maldad (Ezeq. 28:11-17). El cayo de la gracia de Dios y fue lanzado del cielo (Isa. 14:12-14; Luc. 10:18). El vino a ser pecaminoso y su destino eterno en el infierno y el lago de fuego. (Mat. 25:41; Apoc. 20:1-10). Cuando Satanás se reveló, se trajo consigo una tercera parte de los ángeles del cielo (Apoc. 12:3-12), y el destino de estos ángeles caídos es el infierno junto a Satanás (Mat. 25:41; Isa. 24:21). Muchos de estos ángeles caído cometieron una acción que los separó del resto de los demás ángeles caídos, tuvieron sexo con las hijas de los hombre para de esta manera procrear una generación de gigantes que impidiera el nacimiento de la simiente de la mujer, el cual le quitaría el dominio a Satanás sobre el hombre. Lea Gen. 3:15; 6:1-4; 2 Ped. 2:4; Judas 6-7.

Los espíritus inmundos:

Como la misma expresión lo dice “espíritus inmundos”, estos espíritus provocan una sensación de insatisfacción que lleva al hombre poseído por estos espíritus a buscar o hacer cosas que están en contra de la naturaleza de Dios. La procedencia de estos “espíritus inmundos” es desconocida desde el puntos de vista de busca textos que la especifiquen, aunque es obvia la relación con el mundo satánico. Lo que sí podemos decir es que eran parte del reino pre-adámico existente en la tierra donde Lucifer era el gobernante. Las 2 palabras usadas del texto griego para “espíritu inmundos” o “demonios”, son “diamonion” y “diamon”, ambas palabras significan “espíritus malos”. Las 76 veces que estas 2 palabras son usadas en el nuevo testamento nunca se usa con relación a los ángeles, ya que los ángeles tienen su propio cuerpo y los llamados “espíritus inmundos” no poseen cuerpos propios. Lucifer como ángel caído no posee a nadie, ya que él posee su propio cuerpo. Por que los espíritus inmundos son “espíritus incorpóreos” no pueden operar en el mundo Material o físico a menos que sea a través de la posesión del cuerpo de los hombres o de bestias.

Aspectos generales de los espíritus inmundos:

Los espíritus inmundos están sujetos a la autoridad de:

  • Cristo
  • Los Creyentes
  • El Espíritu Santo
  • El nombre de Jesús

lea los siguientes pasajes: Mat. 8:16-17; 12:28; Marc. 16:17; Luc. 10:17; Hech. 19:15

Los espíritus inmundos aparecen operando en el antiguo y nuevo testamento. Lev. 19:31; 20:6; Deut. 18:10; Isa. 8:19-21; 1 Cron. 10:13-14; Luc. 4:41; Hech. 16:16; 1 Tim. 4:1-5; 2 Ped. 2:1-3; Jn. 4:1-6.

Desarrollándonos en el espíritu

THE LIVING WORD CENTER, INC.

por Rev. Jay Werman

Colosenses 1:9-11.

“Por lo cual también nosotros, desde el día que lo oímos, no cesamos de orar por vosotros, y de pedir que seáis llenos del conocimiento de su voluntad en toda sabiduría e inteligencia espiritual,
para que andéis como es digno del Señor, agradándole en todo, llevando fruto en toda buena obra, y creciendo en el conocimiento de Dios; fortalecidos con todo poder, conforme a la potencia de su gloria, para toda paciencia y longanimidad;..”.

12 cosas sobre las cuales Pablo oró para que los Colosenses fuesen llenos:
I. Llenos del Conocimiento de su Voluntad,
II. llenos de toda Sabiduría,
III. Inteligencia espiritual. Verso 9
IV. Andéis como es digno del Señor,
V. Agradando al Señor en todo,
VI. llevando frutos en toda buena obra,
VII. Creciendo en el conocimiento de Dios. verso 10
VIII. Fortalecidos con todo poder,
IX. conforme a la potencia de su gloria,
X. Tener mucha paciencia,
XI. Tener longanimidad,
XII. con Gozo. Versos 11,12.

Dentro del contexto bíblico “Conocimiento” Implica algo mas que tener una simple información, incluye que ese conocimiento produzca una formación. El conocimiento que adquirimos a través de los 5 sentidos físicos son almacenados en el intelecto, el cual es simplemente parte de nuestra alma. La información que acumulamos a través de los años y que obviamente esta almacenada en el alma, es usada muchas veces por la misma razón para argumental todo.
Dicho sea de paso, el alma esta dividida o compuesta en 5 divisiones mayores: La razón, la Voluntad, el Intelecto, la Mente y las emociones. Una vez convertidos al Señor debemos de renovar nuestras mentes a través de la palabra. Efesios 4:23 dice:

“Y renovaos en el espíritu de vuestra mente”, en otras palabras que “Tengas una actitud espiritual en tu mente”.

La formación de nuestro vida espiritual depende que la “Revelación de la verdad de Dios a nuestro espíritu”. Conocimiento de Dios implica “Conocer el propósito y plan de Dios para nuestra vida”, eso quiere decir que mientras mas nos empapemos o saturemos nuestras vidas con la Palabra Revelada por el Espíritu de Dios, mas conoceremos que Dios hizo, hace y hará por nosotros.

En Oseas 4:6 dice: “Mi Pueblo fue destruido, por faltó de conocimiento..”.

Implicando que el no conocer la voluntad y planes de Dios conduce a la destrucción. La razón por la cual Jesús enseñó mas que predicar, es por que El estaba comunicando “la voluntad y plan de Dios” para con el hombre. De igual manera, Pablo dirige el 99% de sus cartas hacia la enseñanza, tanto así que en efesios 4:11 dice:

“El mismo constituyó a unos Apóstoles, evangelistas, profetas, pastores y Maestros”.

La conjunción copulativa “Y” indica “Unidad de Ministerios”, o sea, nadie puede ser llamado al ministerio pastoral sino tiene un vocación para enseñar.

Santiago 1:21 dice: “…Recibid con Mansedumbre la palabra Implantada, la cual puede salvar (Gr. Soteria que implica Cambiar) vuestras almas”.

La palabra del Texto griego para “Implantada” es “emphutos” que indica “Que la palabra tiene la habilidad en ella misma de transformar, siempre y cuando ella eche raíces”. Ese es el poder transformador de la palabra de Dios cuando cae en buena tierra. Mateo 12:3:30.

La palabra es llamada “Semilla” (1 pedro 1:23; 1 juan 3:9) y cuando esa semilla crece tiene el poder de cambiar y transformar nuestras almas. A esa misma transformación hace Pablo referencia en Romanos 12:2; “Transformaos a través de la renovación de vuestro entendimiento”. Es la palabra revelada por el Espíritu que va a hacer crecer nuestro espíritu y de esa manera nuestra alma (mente, voluntad, intelecto, razón, emociones, etc.) experimentará una transformación.
Gálatas 4:19 dice: “Hijitos míos, por quienes vuelvo a sufrir dolores de parto, hasta que Cristo sea formado en vosotros”. Cristo va a ser “formado” en nosotros cuando la palabra de Dios sea revelada a nuestro espíritu. En Isaías 11:2 habla de los 7 ministerios activos del Espíritu santo, los cuales son para revelar la palabra de Dios a nuestro espíritu, entre otras cosas. 1 Corintios 2:9-11 dice: “…Pero Dios nos las reveló a nosotros por el Espíritu;…”. Compare también Juan 14:26; 1 juan 2:27. Muchas personas tienen mucha “Información” de la palabra, pero no han sido “Formados” por la palabra. La información básicamente se almacena en nuestra mente la cual es parte de nuestra “Alma”. Una cosa que hay que aclarar es que la “Mente” no esta en el “Cerebro” ya que este es un órgano físico que deja de funcionar una vez el cuerpo muere. La mente es donde almacenados toda la información que recibimos a través de nuestros “Sentidos Físicos”. Observe por ejemplo en Historia del “Rico y Lázaro” a la cual Jesús hizo mención en Lucas 16:19-31, en esta historia (Esta no es una Parábola, explicare esto mas adelante) Jesús hace mención de este hombre Rico que al morir fue al Hades y estando allí reconoció a “Lázaro”, “Abraham” y aun se recordó de sus hermanos que todavía estaban “físicamente vivos”. Si la mente esta en el cerebro y el rico ya había muerto, como es que este hombre rico todavía poseía “Memoria” de las cosas pasadas? Según las escrituras la mente es parte del “Alma”, la cual esta dividida en 5 parte mayores; La voluntad, La Mente, las emociones, el Intelecto, y la Razón; todas estas divisiones mayores tienen obviamente sus sub-divisiones. El punto es que el “Cerebro” le envía la información que percibe a través de los sentidos físicos y las almacena en la “Mente”, este proceso ocurre a través de las neuronas almacenados en el mismo cerebro. Muchas personas almacenan mucha información acerca de Dios y su palabra, pero esa información no cambia a nadie, es solo la Palabra revelada que vienen por medio del Espíritu de Dios la que puede producir un “Cambio”. Muchos poseen mucha preparación Teológica, exegética, y con un buen léxico, pero espiritualmente están muertos, ya que la obra del Espíritu santo no ha hecho efectos en ellos. Muchos poseen muchos títulos pero esos títulos o Cargos no indican que estas personas poseen la revelación de la palabra de Dios.

Ahora bien, Tú me preguntaras, como yo puedo distinguir que alguien esta ministrando o hablando por revelación del Espíritu de Dios? Bueno, obviamente no podemos basarnos en títulos, sino, en los siguiente:

1)- Todo lo que dice y hace “Exalta y le da la Gloria a Dios”. Y no a su ministerio o titulo.
2)- La palabra que esta ministrando llega al “espíritu renacido de los creyentes”, y no solo información que solo va a alimentar nuestro “Ego”. Una persona que solo posee un titulo una de las características mas sobresaliente es que esta persona constantemente esta alabándose a si mismo. En Juan 3:1- 15 puedes observar mi punto donde Jesús esta compartiendo cosas espirituales con alguien que solo posee “información” y un “Titulo”.
3)- El enfoque principal de el mensaje de esta persona es la de cumplir Efesios 4:12-15 que señala siguiente: “Perfeccionar a los santos”, o “Hacer Madurar al cuerpo de Cristo”, para edificar el Cuerpo de Cristo (Todos los que han Nacido de Nuevo), No para “edificar su propio Ministerio”, ya que ese es el espíritu que mueve a todos aquellos que quieren edificar “La torre de Babel”. Gen. 11:1-9. Ese es un espíritu diabólico el que mueve a este tipo de personas, ya que todo lo que hagamos tiene que traer y producir “Gloria a Dios”. En Efesios 4:12-16 muestra 9 razones por las cuales los ministerios fueron dados, entre una de esas razones esta “hasta que todos lleguemos a la unidad de la fe y del Conocimiento del hijo de Dios..”. (v. 13). El ministerio que hallamos recibido debe tener como objetivo esas 9 razones, de otra manera tenemos nuestras prioridades invertidas.
Muchos mal interpretan 2 Corintios 3:6 diciendo que el estudio mata, sacando de contexto el texto donde Pablo dice “por que la Letra mata”, haciendo referencia en los mismo pasajes acerca de la “Letra de la Ley o La Ley Mosaica”, no el estudiar y prepararse.

Proverbios 2:6 dice; “Porque Jehová da la sabiduría, y de su boca viene el Conocimiento y la Sabiduría”.

Compare con Santiago 1:5.
Mientras mas desarrollemos nuestro espíritu con la palabra de Dios, menos efectos tendrán los problemas, ataques, y los mismos apetitos de la carne sobre nosotros. En gálatas 5:16 dice; “Digo, pues: Andad en el espíritu (a través de desarrollarnos espiritualmente) y no satisfagáis los deseos de la carne”. En otras palabras, mientras mas nuestro espíritu se desarrolle a través de la palabra de Dios, mas control tendremos sobre nuestra alma (donde esta la voluntad) y la carne y sus deseos se someterán. Por esta razón es imprescindible e importante nuestro desarrollo espiritual.

1 Pedro 2:2; “desead, como niños recién nacidos, la leche espiritual no adulterada (Sin opiniones y imposiciones de hombres), para que por ella crezcáis para salvación”.

2 Pedro 3:18 dice: “Antes bien, Creced en la gracia y el Conocimiento de nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo…”.

“The rapture and the second coming of Christ are not the same event”

THE LIVING WORD CENTER, INC.

Topic: The rapture and the second coming of Christ are not the same event

By Rev. Jay Werman

Text Based: 1 Thess. 4:13-17

Luke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE (Greek word “ekpheugō”, which mean “to flee out of, flee away”) all these things (The judgments of God upon the earth) that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

These two events are totally different in every sense of the word, because both are covered by different purposes, time, the people involved in them and the prophecies that surrender these two distinct events. Many have come up with theories and fallacies throughout the years, bringing confusion into those that are seeking the truth. This is why we MUST rely on the Word of God at all time, instead of seeking answers in books, which in must cases twist the context of the Scriptures to justified their theories and fallacies. We must exam every passage according to his own context and line of thought of the writer, without forcing the Scriptures to say something that is not written in them.  Let’s begin our journey through the Scriptures and find out what it really says about it.

The confusion about these two distinct events is because of the wrong use and application of the passages in which these events are based. The bible separate both events without any confusion, if we are willing to handle the prophecies in their proper context, language and chronological order in which each prophecy was given by God. If we don’t respect these elements then we are going to either create a fallacy or support one. Here is a common mistake that confuses both events:

The church is “Spiritual Israel”. This doctrine has absolute no scriptural; support. The identity of the church is expressed very clear in the New Testament as “The body of Christ”. Romans 12:4-5, 6-8; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 12:12-31; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:4, 11-16, 25; 5:29-30; Colossians 1:18, 24; 2:19; 3:15; Galatians 3:27. Israel is the nation that was “CHOSEN” by God to be His people and through them to show His glory and power.

“For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has CHOSEN you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. “The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt”. Deuteronomy 7:6-8 Compare also: Deuteronomy 14:2; 26:17-19; 2 Samuel 7:23-24; 1 Kings 8:53; 10:9; 1 Chronicles 17:20-21; Psalm 105:8-15; 135:4; Isaiah 43:1-3; 44:21; Jeremiah 31:1-4, 9-11; 46:27-28; Ezekiel 36:24-28; 37:21-25; Joel 3:1-2; Amos 3:1-2; Romans 11:1-2; Hebrews 8:8-13. Israel and the church are in two distinct lines of prophetical events. Israel has existed from Abraham’s covenant and they will continue until the millennial kingdom of Christ, in which all promises to the nation of Israel will be fulfilled. The church came into existence when Jesus resurrected from the dead and will continue until “The general rapture” 1 Cor. 15:23; 1 Tess. 4:13-17. The church period is with the purpose of providing salvation to “The gentiles” through God’s grace in Jesus Christ. Mark 16:16; John 3:16-17; Acts 2:38; 4:12; Romans 5:8; 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-9. Some Jews people are saved by receiving Jesus, as Lord and Savior in the period that cover the church but that doesn’t mean that Israel and the church are the same. The bible identify 3 distinct ethic groups:

“Give none offence, neither to the JEWS, nor to the GENTILES, nor to the CHURCH of God.” 1 Cor. 10:32

The Jews nation was chosen among the nations to bring salvation into the rest of them, through the birth of “The seed of the woman” Gen. 3:15. The Gentiles nations are well known by living according to the own lust desires, which is rooted in a sinful nature since Adam’s transgression. Rom. 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22; Psalm 51:5. The church or body of Christ came into existence to provide salvation to Jews and Gentiles. Rom. 1:16:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

“What then? Are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that THEY are ALL under SIN.” Rom 3:9

“Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. And again he saith, Rejoice, ye GENTILES, with HIS PEOPLE.” Rom. 15:8-10

“But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.” Acts 9:15

“That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto THE PEOPLE (Israel), and to THE GENTILES” Acts 26:23

Once the church is rapture, the Jews and the Gentiles will continue on earth and the fulfillment of the prophetical venets that involve each ethical group. Once the church is caught up in the air by Jesus (1 Tes. 4:13-17) the Jews nation will become the primary focus of God’s purpose, in which God will renew again His covenant with His People in a period known as “Daniel’s 70th week”. The purpose of this prophetical week or 7 years is to clearance or purges Israel of any rebels within Israel. Daniel’s 70th week doesn’t have nothing to do with the church as many have wrongfully suggested. Most of the Gentile nations will be under the antichrist ruling, especially the nations under the Old Roman Empire territory. By the way, the bible DOES NOT support the fallacy about the antichrist as the worldwide ruler, but instead the bible limited the kingdom of the beast to “ten kingdoms”. Compare Daniel 2:42-44 “ten toes”; Daniel 7:24 “ten horns”; Rev. 13:1; 17:16 “ten horns”. The antichrist won’t rule neither North America nor South and Central America and some other countries outside the Old Roman Empire territory. The only one that the bible predicts of worldwide ruling the earth is Jesus Christ and not the beast, who is killed by Christ personally in His second literal advent. Rev. 19:11-21. Also the kingdom of the antichrist is limited to “seven years” as it is stated in Daniel 9:27. These “seven years” are divided into two sections: the first three and a half years, the beast will defeat “three of the ten kingdoms or horns” Dan. 7:20-24; Rev. 17:17. At this point the antichrist will brake the covenant with Israel and he will invade them which will fulfill Daniel 9:27; Mat. 24:15-21; 2 Tess. 2:4. And the other three and a half years or forty two months, he will go to war against the nations “east and north” of the ten kingdoms, in which he conquered them and completed the seven years of tribulation stated in Daniel 9:27; 11:40-45. Most people get confused in the separation of the events that involve the great tribulation period but once we separated the events of the first three and half years, the other events belong to the second part of the three and a half years. which by the way is also refers as “time, times and time and a half” in Dan. 7:25 and 42 months in Rev. 13:5 and 1,260 days of Rev. 12:5-6. All these events are related to the nation of Israel and not to the church.

The rapture of the church IS NOT a “Phase or stage” of the second advent of Jesus. Both events are separated by “seven years” period, in which God will deal directly with the Jewish people and NOT with the gentiles. The gentiles will persecute Israel, lead by the antichrist. Mat. 24:15-20.

Are any gentiles saved in the tribulation period? Of course, Salvation doesn’t end with the rapture for it is stated in Acts 2:19-21:

“And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: (Mat. 24:29) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

The general rapture of 1 Tess. 4:13-17; 2 Tess. 2:7; John 14:1-3; will take of out the way to those who are part of the body of Christ and are ready to be rapture but won’t change salvation. In Rev. 6:9-11 refers to a group of people killed by the beast for the testimony, which they held:

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were SLAIN for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” Rev. 20:4

First, let’s define each event separately:

The Rapture of the church:

This event involve all “The members of the body of Christ”, which is also known as “The church”. By the way, the Greek word used for “church” is “ekklēsia”, which mean “an assembly of people”. It does not refer to a “building or material structural”. The general idea in the used of “ekklēsia” is to “Call out people” with a specific purpose.  Even Israel is called by Stephen “the church in the wilderness” in the sense of “called out” and not in the sense of body of Christ.

Acts 7:37-39 “This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel (God) which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt.”

In fact, the Hebrew word “hâlak” which is used for “to go or called out” in the Old Testament, it has the same meaning as the Greek word “ekklēsia”. The used of “hâlak” carried a purpose in itself with a specific person or group of people. For instance, like the calling out of Abraham in Gen. 12:1.

“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out (hâlak) of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee.”

The word “hâlak” is used 507 times in the Old Testament. The parallelism between Israel being called out and the body of Christ, to separate those who are called out to be God’s people.  Israel was called out through Moses and the church through Christ. So, the body of Christ was called out with a specific purpose and plan, which is separate from Israel purpose and plan. Because we are focus on the church, we are not going to get into Israel called out purpose in this section.

The Scriptures mention three ethnics groups that God are dealing with today:

1 Cor. 12:32 “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.”

The distinction and separation of each ethnic group according with God’s purpose is very important to comprehend the Scriptures. Many had mixed Israel’s plan and purpose with the church’s plan and purpose, creating confusion and fallacies.  1 Cor. 10:32 made the separation very clear. Here is the sequence that covers these three ethnic groups:

→ Israel: Called out to be God’s people and to bring through her “The seed of the woman” to redeem mankind. Gen. 3:15. At the time when God’s was dealing with Israel, there were only two ethnic groups: Israel and Gentiles. The church or body of Christ was not established until the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

→ Gentiles: The meaning word “Gentile” in the Scriptures relates to: “Pagans, sinners (Rom. 3:23), those are of the covenants, non-Jews”. Even the word “dogs” are used in reference to the gentiles in Mat. 7:6, in which passage “dogs” has 9 different figurative classes.  Observe how the gentiles took place replacing the nation of Israel in God’s plan: “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you (Israel), and given to a nation (race or gentiles nations) bringing forth the fruits thereof.” Compare with Acts 13:46-49; 15:13-18

→ The body of Christ: It’s formed form Jews or Gentiles converted to Christianity through the experience of being born again. John 3:3-6; Rom. 1:16. Observe this passage: “And that he (Christ) might reconcile both (Jews and Gentiles) unto God in one body (The church) by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.” Eph. 2:16

To understand the differences between the rapture and the second advent of Christ we must understand and separate the above ethnic groups, and put each event in their proper order according to God’s purpose for these groups. This is why I took the time to explain the differences that has been drawn in the Scriptures.

The three ethnic groups throughout the Scriptures:

→ The Jews were called out as God’s people and to be ruled by God, but instead they choose to be like the gentiles nations that were ruled by kings. 1 Samuel 8. God’s plan will eventually extend to the gentiles by the rejection of the Messiah from the Jews nation. John 1:11-12. Israel covenant with God was paused temporary to give place to the period called “Grace”, in which the gentile nations will have the opportunity to be blessed by God through the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross. The paused in the covenant with Israel was predicted in Daniel’s 70th week. The pause become in effect when Jesus died upon the cross and “the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.” Mat. 27:51. When the Jews covenant will be renew? Right after the rapture of the church, which involve the 7 years of great tribulation period. Compare Daniel 9:27. What Israel is receiving today are blessings, which are part of the promises to them, even though the full covenant as nation is paused.

→ The Gentiles were outside of the blessings of the covenant of Israel but God will provide a way for them to be blessed and saved, which is the period called “Grace” under Christ’s sacrifice. The gentiles in the Old Testament were oppressors of Israel and always will be that way until the fulfillment of Luke 21:24 “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” When this prophecy will be fulfilled? When the antichrist will surround Israel at the end of the seven years of great tribulation period and Jesus Christ will return for the second time and will destroy the beast, the false prophet and all the nations that persecuted Israel. The salvation of the gentiles under God’s program is through Jesus as it is stated in John 3:16-17; 14:6. The gentiles that would reject the three brands of the antichrist stated in Rev. 13:17 “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” these gentiles will be allow to enter into the Milenial kingdom of Christ and based on the way they help the Jews nation. Mat. 25:31-46

→ The body of Christ was called out of gentile’s nations and the Jews nation, to preach “Grace” through which they can be save. Many people are teaching that the commission of the church is preach “The kingdom”, but we are not announcing no kingdom but salvation through the grace of God. Jesus will establish His kingdom at the Second Advent and not at the rapture of the church. The confusion comes from the mixed of both events but when we read the passages under their correct context, we find no confusion but harmony in them. There is no doubts that God will establish His kingdom upon the earth but we were not called out to preach no kingdom, unless you are a Jehovah witness that are blinded by confusion. The message is very simple: “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Mark 16:15-16. I rather believe what Jesus said than what others are teaching based on their own benefits. The church or the called out started with the apostles and the rest at the upper room. Acts 1:13-15 and had kept going for over two thousand years through preaching the gospel. Once the church is raptured, God will resume His plan with the nation of Israel while the church is rewarded in the Bema or seat of judgment of Christ. Rom. 14:10-11; 1 Cor. 3:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:9-10; 1 John 2:28; Rev. 3:11-12. Also we will settle in our mansion, which was promised by Christ for those who are raptured and all the saints of all ages.  John 14:2-3 and the celebration of “The marriage supper of the lamb” as it’s stated in Rev. 19:9 “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.” After that we will come with The Lord Jesus in His second Advent to the planet earth to kill the antichrist and his armies as it’s stated in Rev. 19:11-21; 2 Th. 1:7; Mat. 24:29-31; Isa. 63:1-6; Dan. 7:13-14; Zech. 14:1-5; Jude 14 and to establish the kingdom of heaven or millennial kingdom of Christ on earth. Zech. 14:9; Mat. 13:40-43; Luke 1:32-33; 1 Cor. 15:24-28; Eph. 1:10; Rev. 1:5; 5:10; 11:15; 20:1-10.

Jesus will rule the earth and all the saints of all ages along with Him!

Passages in reference to the rapture before the great tribulation start:

Luke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE (Greek word “ekpheugō”, which mean “to flee out of, flee away”) all these things (The judgments of God upon the earth) that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

1 Th. 4:13-17 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 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. 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: 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.” We will meet Jesus on the air and from there to the third haven to meet The Father as well. Col. 4:4; 1Th. 5:23; Jas. 5:7-8; Rev. 5:8-10; 19:1-10

1 Th. 5:9-10 “For God hath not appointed us to wrath (anger, wrath, indignation), but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”

The following passage expressed the transformation of our bodies at the moment when we are taking out of this world:

Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

A reference to the rapture:

Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”

The big change at the moment of the rapture:

→ “For our conversation is in heaven.” v.20 The Greek word used for “conversation ” is “politeuma”, which mean “the commonwealth of citizens or a state”. What the expression is expressing is that “our citizenship is on the third heaven: and not on this corrupted system. Which is also empathized in the context of the text: “who mind earthly things.” v.19

→ “from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” v.20 this sentence states that the place or location from where our Lord Jesus depart at the moment of the rapture, which is the third heaven. We find numerous times about Jesus being sat down at “The right hand of God”, which is in the third haven. Mark 16:19; Luke 22:69; Acts 2:33; 5:31; Rom. 8:34; Col. 3:1; Heb. 10:12; 12:2; etc. There is only one time in the Scriptures where Jesus is STANDING at the right hand of God and it is in the following passage: “But he (Stephen), being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven (Third), and saw the glory of God, and Jesus STANDING on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man STANDING on the right hand of God.” Acts 7:55-56. Why Stephen saw Jesus standing? Honoring his death. 1 Sam. 2:30

→ “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body.” v. 21 The Greek word used for “change” is “metaschēmatizō”, which mean “to change the figure of, to transform”.  What will be change? Our vile bodies. The word “vile” connected to the body implied “the low state and shame in which our physical bodies become”. After Adam rebelled, he lost his perfect state and become mortal, sinful, degraded, and took Satan’s nature, which is spiritual death. Rom. 3:23; 6:23 the word “fashioned” used in the same passage and connected with our natural bodies, come from the Greek word “ginomai”, which mean, “to become or be made”. According to the next sentence in the passage we will become “like unto HIS GLORIOUS BODY”. In other words, at the moment of the rapture our bodies will be transform in the likeness of the glorified body of Jesus. Even more, the words “like unto” from the Greek is “summorphos”, which mean, “having the same form as another, similar, conformed to”. One more point on the word “summorphos”, is not only express the form in which our bodies will looks like but also the essence in which the body is made of. This event will take place at the moment of the rapture, which is a great display of God’s power.

Let’s breakdown the following passages:

Col. 3:1-4 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

→ “seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” v.1-2 the context of this expression is found in Col. 2:20-23, which refers, to refrain from all religious ordinances that opposes to the truth. “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances.” Col. 2:20 we are dead to “the rudiments of the world system, which is corrupted through sin. In Col. 3:1 stated that we are “Risen with Christ”, When this happened? When we were born again we were made free, but there is the possibility of backslide if we are not diligent. Gal. 3:1-4

→ “seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” Col. 3:1. Here is a passage for those that are teaching about material blessings. This section of the passage is connected with Mat. 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

→ “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” v.3 We are dead to: “The law, Sinful life and to the rudiments or elements of this corrupted system.”

→ “When Christ, who is our life, shall APPEAR, then shall ye also APPEAR with him in glory.” We have received “eternal life” through Jesus. John 14:6; 17:2-3; Rom. 5:10 and this is a direct reference to the rapture of the church, when He will appear in the air and we will be transform. 1 Th. 4:13-17. The Greek word used for “glory” is “doxa”, which is used 170 times in the New Testament, which mean among others “the kingly majesty which belongs to him as supreme ruler, majesty in the sense of the absolute perfection of the deity.” it’s also used as the third heaven in 1 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:17. Besides expressing splendor, magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace and majesty, also is connected with the place where God lives. Places like “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” John 14:2; “For he (Abraham) looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Heb. 11:10; “But now they desire a better country, that is, AN HEAVENLY: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he (God) hath prepared for them (The Old Testament saints) a city.” Heb. 11:16; and “For here have we (New Testament saints) no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” Heb. 13:14

Three things promised in the passage below: “I go to prepare a PLACE for you”, “I will COME BACK again”, and observe that Jesus connected a preparation of a place to “Lives” with this coming. There is not mention of Judgements related with this coming, which separate the event in the passage and the second literal coming of Christ to destroy God’s enemies. Also promised, “I will receive you UNTO MYSELF”. Right after have been raptured, all the resurrected saints and all those who were transformed will go to heaven to be rewarded while here on earth the great tribulation period starts. John 14:1-3 is the first reference of the rapture given by Christ.

John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME BACK AGAIN, and RECEIVE YOU UNTO MYSELF; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

The rapture of the church detailed:

1 Th. 4:13-17 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 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. 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: 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”. Many modern bible students are denying the rapture because the word “rapture” does not appear in the Scriptures, but that it’s just technically, because the word “Caught up” is used in relation with the “taking out this world of the church” in 1 Th. 4:17. If you’d like to know more about the 10 different raptures taught in the Scriptures just click on this link: 10 different raptures

In 1 Th. 4:13-17 there no reference of judgements in this event, which connect these passages with John 14:1-3. Instated of “Receive you unto myself” which was used by Jesus in John 14:3, Paul used “Caught up” in 1 Th. 4:17 but both expressions are detailing aspects of what will take place at the moment of the rapture. Paul was very familiar with the used of the word “Caught up”, since he experienced rapture to the paradise, which is located in the third heaven. 2 Cor. 12:1-3. Another passage that expand and connect the idea of the rapture and it’s in complete harmony with “Receive you unto myself” of John 14:3 and “Caught up” of 1 Th. 4:17, is found in 2 Th. 2:1:

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by OUR GATHERING TOGETHER UNTO HIM.”

What the language of these passages is saying is that the rapture will gather all the saints in one place, which is in THE AIR. 1 Th. 4:17. Jesus will no descend on the earth at this time, but just to gather the saints and take them to the third heaven. Jesus will be landing on the Mount of Olives at the Second Advent, which will take place after the great tribulation period.

The rapture will take place before the fall judgements of God upon the earth:

1 Th. 5:9 “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The following passages are one of the most important passages related to the “timing” of the rapture and the second advent of Christ.

2 Th. 2:2-8 “That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 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; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 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.”

Let’s analyze them:

→ “Let no man deceive you by any means” v.3 this clear warning to believer. Why? Because of the confusion that will rise as the result of man and demons replacing what the Scriptures says about it.  Compare with 1Tim. 4:1-2. The warning was given by Paul to the church of Thessalonian because of a letter that was used by false teachers confusing the believers. So, Paul wrote to corrected such confusion and to conform them by affirming them that the day of The Lord had not yet happen, which is preceded by two things: “The apostasy” and “The antichrist”. In other words, The Second Advent cannot happen until these two things occur first. These false teachers used a false letter as if Paul wrote, which was a lie. Also, in this chapter Paul explained that before “the apostasy or a falling away” and “The manifestation of the antichrist” take place, the rapture must come first before these to things.

→ “for that day shall not come” v.3 what day is refer in here? read verse 2, which says “The day of Christ”, which is the second literal advent of Christ to kill the antichrist and all the rebels at the Battle of Armageddon. Zech. 14; Rev. 19:11-21. Paul wrote: ” for that day (second coming of Christ) shall not come, except (unless) there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” v. 3. So, it’s very clear that these two things must happen before the Second Advent can take place. Let’s explain in the next section the two things that precede the day of Christ, which basically are two signs.

→ “except there come a falling away first” v. 3 The Greek word used for “falling away” is “apostasia”, which mean “a falling away, defection and apostasy”. The reference here applies to the “seven years” of great tribulation, where everything will be corrupted by the antichrist system. Observe what Jesus said in Mat. 24 related to this falling away: “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Mat. 24:24. By the way, “the very elect” in Mat. 24:24 are in reference to Israel and not to the church, for the church has already been raptured at this point. Please read the complete explanation of Mat. 24 and 25 in my blog page. This period of “falling away” starts in Rev. 6:1 and ends in Rev. 19:21.

→ “and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” v.3-4 This is the Beast of Rev. 13:1-18; 14:9-11; 15:2-4; 16:2-12; 19:20. Also Daniel spoke of this in Dan. 9:27; 11:35-45; 12:7; and Jesus confirmed what Daniel predicted in Mat. 24:15. The next passage expressed clearly what is “holding back” the manifestation of both things, especially the man of sin to be revealed.

→ “And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time” v. 6 it says “and ye know”, because Paul previously told them the details of these events. (v. 5) Now, what is “withholdeth” the manifestation of the man of sin? The Greek word used for “withholdeth” is “katechō”, which mean “to hold back; keep back; restrain”. There is something that is restraining the beast to manifest. What is it? Let’s find it in the language of the text expressed in verse 7.

→ “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only HE who now letteth will let, until HE be taken out of the way” v. 7 The word  “letteth” or “withholdeth”, which mean “to restrain or hinder” is apply to He, who is “Holding back or hinder” the manifestation of the man of sin. Who is He in verse 7?  Many fallacies have been circulated throughout the years but what the passage really expressed? I had read many books that said that He from 2 Th. 2:7 is “The Holy Spirit”, who is going to be taken out of the world before the manifestation of the man of sin, but that IS NOT what the verse refers to. Why I’m saying that? Because The Holy Spirit is not that one refers to in here and He is not going to be taken out of the world, that will contradict the Scriptures. Jesus said about the Holy Spirit “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that HE MAY ABIDE WITH YOU FOR EVER.” John 14:16. Also, The people that are going to be saved in the great tribulation period are going to be converted through the work of the Holy Spirit. Israel is going to be born again in one day (Isa. 66:7-8) after they are brought back to repentance through the message of the two witnesses of Rev. 11. Noticed that Isaiah 66:15-17 revealed the “Purged” of Israel of the false Jews, who are killed by the beast when Jerusalem is taken by the antichrist. Mat. 24:16-21. The gospel will be preach in the great tribulation period by an angel (Rev. 14:6-7) because the church has already been taken from the earth and many people are going to be save by the divine message. In Acts 2:21 says “ And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved”, which by the way is under the context of the great tribulation period. The Holy Spirit is the divine agent that perform the miracle of being born again, so He will never be removed from earth and He is not that one spoken in 2 Th. 2:7 as to be “taken out of the way”. So, the question remains, who is HE that is “Holding back” the manifestation of the man of sin? It’s the body of Christ, which presence here on earth is hindering or obstructing the manifestation of the man of sin. The Scriptures identify the church (which mean “Called out”) as the body of Christ, that’s the identity of the church, never as “female”. For example, in Ephesians 2:14-15 “For he is our peace, who hath made both (Jews and Gentiles) one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one NEW MAN, so making peace”. Also in the same book of Ephesians 4:12-13 “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of THE BODY OF CHRIST: Till we all (The body of Christ) come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto A PERFECT MAN, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. The church is NOT a female or woman as many had said. In fact, there is no reference in the Scriptures of such doctrine and yet many had taught about it and still do today. What about the bride of Christ? You may ask. I hate to burst your bubble but the church IS NOT THE BRIDE. So, with this in mind, let’s read again 2 Th. 2:7 “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only HE (The body of Chirst) who now letteth will let, until HE (The body of Christ) be taken out of the way (Raptured). This also proves that the rapture will take place before the manifestation of the man of sin. If you read Rev. 21:9-10 it will tell you who is the true bride of Christ. If you’d like to know about it click on the link: “The church is not the bride of Christ”

→ “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:” v.8 The destruction of the antichrist at the second literal advent of Christ with all the glorified saints. Rev. 19:11-21

One more note on the manifestation of the man of sin: No one will know the identity of this person until AFTER the formation of the 10 kingdoms predicted by Daniel. He CANNOT come until the church is raptured and these kingdoms be formed inside the Old Roman Empire territory. According to Daniel 7:24 “And the ten horns (10 kingdoms) out of this kingdom (out of the Old Roman Empire territory) are ten kings that shall arise: and ANOTHER (Kingdom) shall rise AFTER THEM (after the 10 kingdoms inside the Old Roman Empire Territory); and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” The antichrist cannot be manifested until AFTER these 10 kingdoms are formed. Any person that has been called “antichrist” is just speculation or fallacy.

More references to the rapture:

1 Cor. 1:7-8 “So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the COMING of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in THE DAY OF our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Cor. 1:14 “As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are our’s in THE DAY OF the Lord Jesus.”

Phil. 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until THE DAY OF Jesus Christ.”

Phil. 1:10 “That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till THE DAY OF Christ.”

Phil. 2:16 “Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in THE DAY OF Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain

Compare also: 1 Th. 1:10; 2:19-20; 3:13; 5:23; 1 Tim. 6:14; 2 Tim. 4:1, 8; Titus 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:5-13; 4:13; 5:1-8; 2 Pet. 1:3; Jude 24; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Rev. 5:8-10; 11:7-12; 12:5; 14:1-5; 15:1-4; 19:1-10; 20:4-8.

The second literal advent of Christ to the earth:

“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

According to the language expressed in the above passages, Jesus ascended to heaven in a literal and visible form, in a cloud, and the disciples saw Him when He ascended, which mean, that Christ will return in the same fashion as He left. The angels told the disciples “This same Jesus, which is taken you from you into Heaven, SHALL SO COME IN LIKE MANNER (same way) AS YE SEEN HIM TO GO INTO HEAVEN.” v. 11. The reference here is to the second advent of Christ to the earth in the clouds of heaven.

Parallel passages related to the second literal advent of Christ to the earth:

“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Mat. 24:27

We need to make a correction with reference to Mat 24 and 25, which many teach as related to the church, but they are NOT related to the church. In fact, there is not even one Scripture that suggest that the rapture is followed by any signs. The Scriptures Do Not teaches about any prophecy that needs to be fulfilled before the rapture can take place. In the contrary, the rapture can happen at any time, without any prophecy to be fulfilled. The rapture is also known as the imminent return of Jesus for the church. The confusion about the application of Mat. 24 and 25 with the church, it comes from the lack of distinguishing the two events. The rapture is neither one phase of the second advent of Jesus nor a second part of it; both events are distinct in every prophetic aspect. I have to repeat this again but the confusion is the result of people mixing: “The prophetical events”, “The timing of the events”, “The people involved in the events”, “Replacing the chronological order of the events placed by God on His own word”.  All you need to do is find where God had spoken about the subject in Hi Word and what He had said it. Nothing more! Don’t rely on books to find answers, rely on God, who is the writer of Hi own Word.

Rev. 1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

The following passage reveals the second advent of Christ with all the saints, who were previously raptured:

Rev. 19:11-21 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which WERE IN HEAVEN FOLLOWED HIM upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh”.

If we read the Scriptures and believed what we read wouldn’t so much confusion about what God had said in His Word.

Mat. 16:27 “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”

The 12 original Apostles will judge Israel under the Messiah’s Kingdom:

Mat. 19:28 “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Mat. 24:27-28 “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.”

Mark 14:62 “And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven”.

Luke 21:25-28 “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things (the signs of v. 25) begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

Second literal advent prophesied by Jesus himself:

Luke 17:22-37 “And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.”

→ Luke 17:22-25: expressed the means of His second literal advent

→ Luke 17:26-30: expressed the unexpected or anticipated destruction

→ Luke 17:31-33: expressed the warnings about His second literal advent

→ Luke 17:34-38: expressed the Battle of Armageddon

In Zechariah 14:1-7 expressed the details of Jesus landing on planet earth. Let’s underline the key sentences and break them down and extract what exactly it means:

“Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.”

Explanation below:

⇒ “the day of the Lord”: Is a reference to the second literal advent of Christ to judge the gentiles nations lead by the antichrist in the battle of Armageddon and to establish the kingdom of heaven, which is also known as the Milenial kingdom of Christ on earth. Compare with Zep. 1:7-8; Isa. 34:6; Jer. 46:10; Ezek. 39:17-21; Rev. 19:11-21

⇒ “I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle”: This refers to the gathering of all the gentiles nations that had persecuted Israel at the Battle of Armageddon, where the Lord will deliver Israel out of their hands and destroy the antichrist and his armies. Ezek. 38-39; Joel 3; Rev. 16:13-16; 19:11-21

⇒ ” the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished”: This will happen when the antichrist will come against Israel at the very end of the great tribulation period. To clarify the sequence of the events, The antichrist will come against Israel at the end of the first three and a half years of the great tribulation, as it was prophesied by Christ in Mat. 24:15-20. The city will be taken by the antichrist and his armies and Israel at the point would have been eradicated but God interfere and raised a new war against the antichrist’s armies in order to protect Israel, who fled to Jordan. This new war brought up by God to protect the Jews nation is prophesied by Daniel in chapter 11:44-45 “But tidings out of the east and out of the north (Nations north and east of the 10 kingdoms) shall trouble him (The antichrist): therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. And he(after he conquered them) shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end (at the battle of Armageddon), and none shall help him (Not even satan).” So, after the antichrist defeated all these nations, which took him about three and a half years, he will return to finish what do he came to do the first time, to annihilate Israel but that’s when Christ will return with all the glorified saints to save Israel and to destroy the antichrist and his armies.

→ “Then”: when everything seen lost for the Jews nation, the return of their Messiah to save them.

→ “shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle”: Just as The Lord fought the Egyptians to saved Israel. Exo. 14:14 “The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” After all God’s attention will be upon the Jews nation.

→ “his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives”: Christ will land upon the mount of Olives and as results of it, changes will be upon Palestine’s landscape to set up the stage for the battle of Armageddon. → “ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah”. Compare with Amos 1:1. Israel will run away as they did when the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah.

→ “the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee”: This might surprise you but the reference in here is to God, The Father, who will come along with Christ and all the glorified saints. Compare with Daniel 7:22; Titus 2:13; Jude 14-15; Rev. 19:11-21. In fact, the Scriptures mentioned two advents of God, The Father and Christ to destroy the enemies of God. In 1 Cor. 15:24-28 expressed that God The Father, will give to God The Son all dominion, power and all things shall be subdued unto him, except God The Father, Until” all the enemies of God are completely destroy.

→ “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light”: This section expressed the “Time and duration” of the Battle of Armageddon. What time it will happen? At the evening time. How long will the Battle of Armageddon last? One-day battle.

To concluded our subject, here is a summary of the events as their are expressed in the Scriptures:

⇒ The rapture of the church: which is imminent. There is no sign that precede this event.

⇒ The formation of the ten kingdoms inside the Old Roman Empire territory: symbolized by the “Ten toes” of Dan. 2 and by “Ten horns” of Dan. 7

⇒ The raising of the antichrist: Daniel 7:24. Who is coming from Syria? According to Dan. 8:8-9

⇒ The antichrist will defeated three kingdoms of the ten kingdoms. Dan. 7:24, which will take him three and a half years and after this he will raise against Israel as it is stated in Daniel 9:27:

“And he (The Antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (7 years): and in the midst of the week (three and a half years) he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

→ The antichrist at this point wanted to exterminate Israel but God interfere bringing another war against him and his 10 kingdoms. The nations north and east of the ten kingdoms will declare war against the antichrist and he will go against them “with great fury”. Daniel 11:44-45

→ After defeating them, He will return against Israel as “The prince of the north” of Dan. 11:36-39 and “The Gog” of Ezekiel 38-39.

→ The antichrist will take the city of Jerusalem for the second time (Zech. 14:2) and he will try against to annihilate the Jews nation but then Christ return visible to save Israel and to kill all the enemies of God. Zech. 14:1-7; Rev. 19:11-21

Rev. 1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen”.

Everyone that had gathered to fight against Israel shall see Christ returning visibly in the clouds and land upon the Mount of Olives. Zech. 14:4

Mat. 24:30 ” And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and THEY SHALL SEE the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

Final thoughts:

The rapture of the church will occur at any moment, while the second literal advent of Christ will be follow by signs.

Jesus will come to take all the saints of all ages before the great tribulation period, while the second advent of Christ will take place at the end of the great tribulation period.

For the rapture of the church, Jesus will descend in the air (1 Th. 4:17), while in the second literal advent, Christ will land at the mount of olives. Zech. 14:4

At the rapture Jesus will take the saints to be rewarded, while the second advent of The Lord will bring destruction upon all the enemies of God and Israel.

The whole mixed up about these two different events is the misinterpretation of the Scriptures.

Later I will add a list of fallacies related to these two events.

I pray that The Lord enlighten the eyes of your understanding as it is expressed in Ephesians 1:17-18:

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”

God keep blessing you!

Desarrollándonos en el espíritu.

Por el Rev. Jay Werman

Colosenses 1:9-11.

“Por lo cual también nosotros, desde el día que lo oímos, no cesamos de orar por vosotros, y de pedir que seáis llenos del conocimiento de su voluntad en toda sabiduría e inteligencia espiritual, para que andéis como es digno del Señor, agradándole en todo, llevando fruto en toda buena obra, y creciendo en el conocimiento de Dios; fortalecidos con todo poder, conforme a la potencia de su gloria, para toda paciencia y longanimidad”

12 cosas sobre las cuales Pablo oró para que los Colosenses fuesen llenos:

  • Llenos del Conocimiento de su Voluntad, llenos de toda Sabiduría, Inteligencia espiritual. Verso 9
  • Andéis como es digno del Señor, Agradando al Señor en todo, llevando frutos en toda buena obra, Creciendo en el conocimiento de Dios. verso 10
  • Fortalecidos con todo poder, conforme a la potencia de su gloria, Tener mucha paciencia, Tener longanimidad, con Gozo. Versos 11,12.

Dentro del contexto bíblico “Conocimiento” Implica algo mas que tener una simple información, incluye que ese conocimiento produzca una formación. El conocimiento que adquirimos a través de los 5 sentidos físicos son almacenados en el intelecto, el cual es simplemente parte de nuestra alma. La información que acumulamos a través de los años y que obviamente esta almacenada en el alma, es usada muchas veces por la misma razón para argumental todo. Dicho sea de paso, el alma esta dividida o compuesta en 5 divisiones mayores: La razón, la Voluntad, el Intelecto, la Mente y las emociones. Una vez convertidos al Señor debemos de renovar nuestras mentes a través de la palabra. Efesios 4:23 dice: “Y renovaos en el espíritu de vuestra mente”, en otras palabras que “Tengas una actitud espiritual en tu mente”.

La formación de nuestro vida espiritual depende que la “Revelación de la verdad de Dios a nuestro espíritu”. Conocimiento de Dios implica “Conocer el propósito y plan de Dios para nuestra vida”, eso quiere decir que mientras mas nos empapemos o saturemos nuestras vidas con la Palabra Revelada por el Espíritu de Dios, mas conoceremos que Dios hizo, hace y hará por nosotros.

En Oseas 4:6 dice: “Mi Pueblo fue destruido, por faltó de conocimiento..”. Implicando que el no conocer la voluntad y planes de Dios conduce a la destrucción. La razón por la cual Jesús enseñó mas que predicar, es por que El estaba comunicando “la voluntad y plan de Dios” para con el hombre. De igual manera, Pablo dirige el 99% de sus cartas hacia la enseñanza, tanto así que en efesios 4:11 dice: “El mismo constituyó a unos Apóstoles, evangelistas, profetas, pastores y Maestros”. La conjunción copulativa “Y” indica “Unidad de Ministerios”, o sea, nadie puede ser llamado al ministerio pastoral sino tiene un vocación para enseñar.

Santiago 1:21 dice: “…Recibid con Mansedumbre la palabra Implantada, la cual puede salvar (Gr. Soteria que implica Cambiar) vuestras almas”. La palabra del Texto griego para “Implantada” es “emphutos” que indica “Que la palabra tiene la habilidad en ella misma de transformar, siempre y cuando ella eche raíces”.  Ese es el poder transformador de la palabra de Dios cuando cae en buena tierra. Mateo 12:3:30. La palabra es llamada “Semilla” (1 pedro 1:23; 1 juan 3:9) y cuando esa semilla crece tiene el poder de cambiar y transformar nuestras almas. A esa misma transformación hace Pablo referencia en Romanos 12:2; “Transformaos a través de la renovación de vuestro entendimiento”. Es la palabra revelada por el Espíritu que va a hacer crecer nuestro espíritu y de esa manera nuestra alma (mente, voluntad, intelecto, razón, emociones, etc.) experimentará una transformación.

Gálatas 4:19 dice: “Hijitos míos, por quienes vuelvo a sufrir dolores de parto, hasta que Cristo sea formado en vosotros”. Cristo va a ser “formado” en nosotros cuando la palabra de Dios sea revelada a nuestro espíritu. En Isaías 11:2 habla de los 7 ministerios activos del Espíritu santo, los cuales son para revelar la palabra de Dios a nuestro espíritu, entre otras cosas. 1 Corintios 2:9-11 dice: “…Pero Dios nos las reveló a nosotros por el Espíritu;…”. Compare también Juan 14:26; 1 juan 2:27.

Muchos mal interpretan 2 Corintios 3:6 diciendo que el estudio mata, sacando de contexto el texto donde Pablo dice “por que la Letra mata”, haciendo referencia en los mismo pasajes acerca de la “Letra de la Ley”, no el estudiar y prepararse.

Proverbios 2:6 dice; “Porque Jehová da la sabiduría, y de su boca viene el conocimiento y la sabiduría”. Compare con Santiago 1:5.

En Efesios 4:12-16 muestra 9 razones por las cuales los ministerios fueron dados, entre una de esas razones esta “hasta que todos lleguemos a la unidad de la fe y del Conocimiento del hijo de Dios..”. (v. 13). El ministerio que hallamos recibido debe tener como objetivo esas 9 razones, de otra manera tenemos nuestras prioridades invertidas.

Mientras mas desarrollemos nuestro espíritu con la palabra de Dios, menos efectos tendrán los problemas, ataques, y los mismos apetitos de la carne sobre nosotros. En gálatas 5:16 dice; “Digo, pues: Andad en el espíritu (a través de desarrollarnos espiritualmente) y no satisfagáis los deseos de la carne”. En otras palabras, mientras mas nuestro espíritu se desarrolle a través de la palabra de Dios, mas control tendremos sobre nuestra alma (donde esta la voluntad) y la carne y sus deseos se someterán. Por esta razón es imprescindible e importante nuestro desarrollo espiritual.

1 Pedro 2:2; “desead, como niños recién nacidos, la leche espiritual no adulterada (Sin opiniones y imposiciones de hombres), para que por ella crezcáis para salvación”.

2 Pedro 3:18 dice: “Antes bien, Creced en la gracia y el Conocimiento de nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo…”.