BIBLE STUDY INTRODUCTION
By Carolyn Mancos
This introduction is necessary, before the subject of any Scripture study begins, in order for the skeptic mind to prepare for its content.
With our finite minds, there is no way we can truly uncover the mysteries of the Bible and absolutely; we cannot truly know the truth without God revealing it to us. Have you ever discussed the Bible with someone and they said this, "I have read the Bible through from cover to cover"? They think it is like any other book you read, you read it from start to finish, you know it all and you are finished. People simply do not comprehend that it is the LIVING WORD OF GOD sharper than any two-edged sword and able to transform.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God [is]quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
It does not matter if you are the most educated person on the planet, without true faith in God; His Word is nothing but foolishness to you.
1 Corinthians 2:14 states, 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Spiritually discerned meaning, revealed by the Spirit of God, if you have not accepted the reality that there is only one true God and you do not even know what God that is, His truths will never be revealed to you. You can read the Torah and New Testament your entire life and it will be nothing but the carnal, dead letter with your own interruption. It means nothing to you and does nothing to change you. When it is revealed by the Spirit of God, only then does it have power and become the Living Word of God.
The Bible is so complex and encoded that if you lived for hundreds of years and God revealed its truths to you on a daily basis, you still could not learn it all. The mysteries of the entire creation down to molecular structures lay within its pages. Every single event that has ever occurred in the heavens and on the earth, every mathematical equation, every computer binary, every DNA code and any other mysteries you can think of lay within its pages yet, we still have not even figured out how to act as human beings.
The single most important scripture explaining who and what Yeshua/Jesus is can be found in John 1:1 In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. 4 In Him was life and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.
Most Christians simply skip over this or it just does not sink in that Yeshua/Jesus did not just come onto the scene in the New Testament. He is there in the first chapter of Genesis; He is what spoke everything into existence. Yeshua/Jesus is the WORD OF GOD THAT WHEN SPOKEN, CREATED. He is the second part of the trinity WORD OF GOD, SON, MESSIAH, WORD OF GOD SENT IN THE FLESH to redeem mankind back to God. Not just any man, the God-man that could not sin and could not lie.
God created mankind aka His children and loved them even after, they willing disobeyed and rejected Him for Satan's lie of being like God and having eternal life. They were too seduced to know that they already were made in the image of God and as long as they were His, death could not touch them.
God put His WORD into a mortal body that became HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON who was always with Him since the beginning to redeem us from the curse brought about by Adam and Eve's rejection of Him. Yeshua was sent as the pure Word of God, the pure TRUTH and the "religious" leaders hated Him because they were in darkness and they liked it in darkness.
Unfortunately, this is once again the condition of today's churches and true ones are very few and far between. Those who desire the deeper revelations of God have left the church and now seek Him on their own. The terrifying truth is this, the End Days remnant, that endures until the end, will be extremely small.
HOSEA 4:6 MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED FOR A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE: BECAUSE THOU HAST REJECTED KNOWLEDGE, I WILL ALSO REJECT THEE, THAT THOU SHALT BE NO MORE PRIEST TO ME: SEEING THAT THOU HAST FORGOTTEN THE LAW OF THY GOD, I WILL ALSO FORGET THY CHILDREN.
In this present day, in which we live, not only do people not want the deep knowledge of God, they do not want any knowledge of God or even acknowledge He exists at all. The name of Yeshua/Christ is hated, profaned and blasphemed. There is no other god of any religion that is hated the way Christ is which is just more confirmation to me that He is the true Messiah. Yeshua/Christ said, "If the world hated me, it will hate you." Persecution of Christians is rampant throughout the world with the most heinous of atrocities being done to them but not here in the United States...that is going to change very soon.
I digressed so back on subject. I refuse to get into any debate concerning the Trinity or should I say those who do not believe in the Trinity. If you cannot wrap your head around the fact that God can be one and three at the same time, then I just cannot help you because scripture is clear on this over and over again. He was GOD IN THE FLESH.
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Luke 3:23 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.
If we can just grasp the concept that Yeshua is the Word of God that was put into a body of flesh to suffer and die for our sins, then we have a better understanding of what He was, is and is to come. Not only did He come to take our punishment but He showed us by His crucifixion that we also must crucify our fleshly nature, take up our cross and walk in the Spirit of Truth. We are to be beacons of light in this dark world and light the way for whoever may listen.
Therefore, we are instructed by God in 2nd Timothy 2:15 "Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth."
Corinthians 1:18 states: For the message, of the crucifixion of Christ, is foolishness to those who are lost but to us...those that are being saved...it is the power of God.
If you do not believe in God, the Bible is just another fairy tale, just another mythological writing of ancient times, where ancient peoples had a very vivid imagination and bazaar taste in art.
If you say you believe in God and it ends there...you think...you have your, "Willie Wonka", Golden Ticket, you are deceiving yourself. Too many people, it is just a family tradition that they carry on, it is no more than being a member of the local V.F.W.
Then we have the professing "devout Christian". This person reads their Bible, goes to church every time the doors are open, participates and prays to God but when it comes to digging deeper and finding out as much truth as possible, they bulk at that. They are content right where they are and anything more is just way too "out there" for them. They are in danger because they refuse God's knowledge.
Do not mention to them the part in Genesis where Fallen Angels took mortal women and bred a race of evil Giants. Do not bring up that, somehow, these Fallen Angels were not only able to genetically corrupt the bloodline of mankind but they also genetically corrupted the animals, animal to animal and man to animal. That is the reason why God flooded the entire earth because of genetic corruption.
Do not bring up, "The Dead Sea Scrolls", because, to these type of Christians, if it is not in the Bible, it is irrelevant. After all, they do not want to appear anymore the lunatics then they already are.
They want God and the Salvation He has to offer but you can keep that "crazy" stuff to yourself.
Then there are Christians like me, we are tired of the milk and starving for some steak. We do not want to go to church and feel like we are still in Children's Sunday School, sitting there feeling immensely guilty because we are convinced we know more than the Pastor.
As I searched for a home church, I found them getting increasingly empty. Unless it was a Mega-Church, it had 10 to 20 adults and 100 children because, after all, there is no better Sunday morning babysitter than the church.
Then you go through the, "What's wrong with me, why don't I fit in", stage. This stage leaves you in utter defeat. I am not saying there is anything wrong with going to church, if you find a good one, by all means, stay. Personally, I was hitting a wall everywhere I went. Almost every one was empty, cold and indifferent to me. I even had the church Pastor, at a church, I went to off and on for years, literally turn his back on me and let me know in uncertain terms, I was not welcome there.
I am not attempting to say that all churches are fake but I am saying that the majority of them are. As it was in the days that Yahshua, (Jesus Christ), walked the earth, the churches are just as hypocritical, judgmental, self-righteous and out of touch with God now as they were then. He called them out on it, He called them a den of vipers, told them they were liars like their father, Satan, He told them they were like graves with dry dead bones in them. He told them the truth and they hated Him for it. This is the reason that the churches are empty, this is the reason that the world has turned against Christianity, because of what they see in so-called, "Christians". Remember, judgment will begin in the House of the Lord.
The Dead Sea Scrolls
"The Dead Sea Scrolls" were discovered in eleven caves between 1947 and 1956. Among this greatest discovery of our time are fragments of the Old Testament, which correlates exactly with what we already have and then some. The only book not included is, the book of Ester. In fact, the scrolls are the oldest group of Old Testament manuscripts ever found and included in this great find was, "The Book of Enoch".
A strict Jewish sect, The Essenes, hid the scrolls at the time of the First Jewish Revolt (66-70 A.D.) as the Roman army advanced on the revolting Jews. The scrolls contain previously unknown accounts about biblical figures such as Enoch, Abraham, and Noah.
After immense pressure from the public, it was not until 1991, 44 years after the find, that the scrolls are accessible to anyone who wanted to study them. This is God's time frame and not man's.
Why do I mention "The Dead Sea Scrolls?" Because, in order to believe what they contain, it is important to know their origin and realize that they remained hidden and not revealed, until the generation, the information meant for, was born. Ironically, their discovery also parallels the rebirth of the nation of Israel in 1948.
Among the discoveries of "The Dead Sea Scrolls" is the "Book of Enoch" which states from the beginning of the text: 1 The words of the blessing of Enoch, wherewith he blessed the elect and righteous, who will be 2 living in the day of tribulation, when all the wicked and godless are to be removed. And he took up his parable and said -Enoch a righteous man, whose eyes were opened by God, saw the vision of the Holy One in the heavens, which the angels showed me, and from them I heard everything, and from them I understood as I saw, but not for this generation, but for a remote one which is 3 for to come.
I personally believe that we are that generation.
If your mind is set that you will not read, "The Book of Enoch", because it is not in the Bible, take into consideration that chances are it was. Yeshua quoted it and so did His Disciples and it was never removed from the Ethiopian Canon.
There are three separate manuscripts of, "The Book of Enoch", and only one version has not been altered. If you decide to read, "The Book of Enoch", I suggest you read the R.H. Charles version.
The Book of Enoch was not included in the Bible because it is for this generation of believers and it was to remain unavailable to modern civilization, until now, for a reason. We now have the technology, resources, communications and all the tools we need to listen to what God is trying to tell us in this hour. We also have men that have been researching for decades able to share their research with us through the internet.
The Bible states in Daniel, that God instructed Daniel to "seal up" what He had just revealed to him. God instructs Daniel to “shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase”
You have to ask yourself if secular scientist say that humanity has been around for millions of years, why is it that only 150 years ago there was nothing we have right now?
There was no electricity, cell phones, computers, no planes, trains and automobiles and those things are nothing compared to what the space programs and governments of the world have that we know of and especially what we do not know of.
The point is, this is that time indicated in the Bible, and we are living in that time. Just as knowledge, rapidly increases for the world, it increases for God's people but only if we are open to it.
God is telling us that time is short and we better prepare for the Great Deception that is to come.
Matthew 24;24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; in so much that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Your chance of making it through depends on your relationship with God and that means End Days or no End Days, our deaths are eminent and the judgment of God draws near. Sadly, in the day we now live, very few have any connection to their Creator at all. In fact, the majority do not believe in God and hate the mention of Him and His followers...they have the spirit of anti-Christ within them.
Midnight strikes on the hour and it is last call. Still, our choice, just as it was Adam and Eve's choice on whom they will serve. They fell for the deception, the consequences still reverberate through time and we still live in those consequences until this day and as it was for them, there is another great deception coming to mankind. The level of Godly knowledge we possess and our faith will determine the choice we make as individuals. The same choice presented to Adam and Eve, will it be the hard narrow road to God or will it be the easy broad road to Anti-Christ?
The exact same choice is on the table since the beginning of time and always has been. As one man's sin caused all mankind to be cursed, one man's curse of hanging on a tree, redeemed us from that curse but unless you acknowledge and accept what that man did, you choose to remain in that curse.
God's Truth is a treasure we must work for and revelation comes only to those who earnestly seek it. You must ask yourself, "Do I have a true heart toward God?" God knows the intent of the heart. Not what we do but what we really want to do. there is nothing we can hide from Him. We have been sucked into and brainwashed by the "things of the world", lied to, seduced and our minds sedated. Lulled to the very place the enemy of our souls wants us. We are warned in scripture, "Narrow is the Gateway to Heaven and FEW there be that find it but WIDE is the Gateway to Hell and MANY there be that will go there." A true heart for God may stumble and fall but will always get back up reaching toward Him repeatedly grasping at whatever it takes to reach Him.
A lost soul is their own god; they do, as they will with little or no conscience. The basic structure of Satanism is, "Do as thou wilt." There is no in between with God, you are either, with Him or you are riding with the enemy.
Christ said, "He who is not with me, is against me, he who does not gather with me, scatters."
I stand accused of being a religious fanatic since my day of redemption, since the day, that I cannot deny, God actually made His presence know unto me. I am convinced there are those who consider me a hypocrite for vacillating between the world and God, it is a constant battle, for me, to reach and stay in the place I belong but that never changes the knowledge He gave me, or the true love I have for Him and His Son. When God truly touches you, the roots run much too deep to ever be ripped out and that is a good thing. Why it does not happen that way for everyone, I have no clue.