A Brief Illustration, for Memorization, of the;
The Seven Principles to Proper Interpretation: The Lost Method of Revelation from Yehvah God
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Proper Interpretation Required
Galatian 1:11,12; "I certify to you brethren, that the gospel that was preached by me, I did not receive it from man, neither was I taught it, except by the revelation of Ye'shua Mashiach (Jesus Christ)."
That is a very powerful testimony. He says that nothing he believes came from a man. As it was for Paul, it is my testimony as well, and it is supposed to be yours. Yet, I have found it to be non-existent among Christians, especially professional ones. Like us, Paul did not walk with Ye'shua, yet received revelation from Him. That is the way it was from the beginning. The Godly men of old received revelation from God, not men, before the scriptures were ever written. From Adam, to Noah, to Abraham, to Moses, all received revelation from God's Holy Spirit. The bible teaches that we are to do the same. Yet, most have never received a revelation from Ye' God for what they believe, not knowing they can. If one cannot give this verse as their personal testimony, having first tested whether their beliefs be of humans or Ye'hvah God, then they have no business in leadership or teaching capacity in the body. Otherwise, "the blind are leading the blind" (Mt. 15:14), and they both will fall into the ditch of lack, sickness and for some, eternal death. We are given dozens of warnings to beware the teachings of humans for this very reason. Ye'hvah knew that humankind could not be trusted to accurately and honestly convey His Word, therefore He provided the imparting of the Holy Spirit; which is, The New Covenant.
2 Peter 1:20-2:2; "Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any personal interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of Yehvah spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. But, there were false prophets also among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will subtlety bring in damnable heresies... And man will follow their destructive ways..."
1John 2:26,27; "These things I have written you concerning them that deceive you. The anointing (of the Holy Spirit) which you have received from Him (Yehovah) lives in you, so that you need no man to teach you, because the same anointing teaches you of all things, it is truth and no lies, and what it teaches you, you shall live it in Him."
John 14:26; "But the comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things..."
Eph. 1:17; Paul said, "...making mention of you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ... may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation knowledge of Him".
So clearly, we are to trust in God to teach us all things by the Holy Spirit, and not man. So how come it is then, that everyone that possesses the Holy Spirit, doesn't know all truth; believing different things? We are told to be like minded. 1Cor. 1:10 says, "Now, I beseech you brethren (fellow Christians), by the name of Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, that there be no divisions among you, that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgements." Why then are we all not in perfect alignment in our beliefs? Because of humans interpretation, in place of Yehvah's revelation. We've been indoctrinated by humans into believing what they believe, and then imposing those beliefs upon the scriptures. This is due to the deception that Lucifer has spread over the last 1800 years, that pastors are supposed to attend theological cemeteries (seminary's) to learn about God, then impose it upon us in church. This concept conflicts with the Word of God as illustrated in the scriptures above; it is a "world church" concept. It is not what Ye'hvah intended. If it was, He would have started a school. It is why thousands of humans read the same scriptures and come to different conclusions, creating a multitude of denominations; fracturing the body of Christ.
2Peter 2:20-21; "Knowing this first, that NO prophecy (revelation) of the scriptures is of any private (one's own) interpretation (explanation). For the prophecy (revelation) did not come in old time by the will (determining) of man, but holy men of God (Ye') spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."
The mystery of how these holy men of God received revelation, is revealed in the scriptures. Remember, all mysteries have been given us to know (Mt. 13:11; Luke 8:10; God does not move in unknown mysterious ways, except for those who don't know the scriptures). Ye'hvah is a God of law and order, and there is a legal method (principles) to receiving from the Holy Spirit that the majority of Christians are unaware of. It is the "Law of Covenant". Revelation of God's word is a promise, and all God's promises are in the form of covenant's; "if and then"; conditional. There are seven principles that must be followed in order to enable the Holy Spirit to impart revelation of Ye'hvah's Word. The first three are "Covenant Principles", making one to be "holy", in order to receive anything from God. And four are "Translational Principles", being necessary because we do not have the privilege of having the scriptures in our own language, but instead, we have man's translated, interpretation. These principles are as follows:
The Seven Principles to Properly Interpret Scripture
Covenant Principles: One must enter into covenant, making or receiving a promise to God and fulfilling it, by faith, until it comes to pass, to receive anything from God, including, to be heard by, and to hear from, Him. (Jms 1:7-9)
1) Invite and Promise: "The Prayer of Revelation"; One must invite, ask, inquire of God, and make a covenant promise to Him and keep it. God tells us that He is not in charge in this universe, but that we are (Gen. 1:26; Ps. 115:16), therefore we must ask. I recommend a prayer like this: "Father, I am going to open the bible and read something at least once a week (the more the better, but make the promise easily achievable to avoid breaking covenant) and you do the rest. I don't want to think or feel anything, I only want to know the truth, regardless of where it leads or what I have to give up." Repeat that prayer each time you read, and keep that promise and don't stop. You will reap in due season. If you do miss to do it at some point (breaking covenant), don't fret, just repent, say "I'm sorry", and recommit. Repentance reconciles you back to covenant; that's why Jesus said that one must repent (Lk. 13:3,5). And, one must ask by faith, believing that God will answer (Jms. 1:5-8). (Gen. 1:26; Josh. 1:7-8; Prov. 2:1(3)-6; 4:2-3; Mat. 6:8; Gal. 6:9) (Prayer: Hb.; t'phillah (tef-il-law); meaning ask, request, supply, intercede, perform). A note of warning; I recommend being cautious in listening to or confiding in others on this matter or any other, and from reading any other persons writings, or even from attending church, until God leads you to do so, relying totally on the Holy Spirit of Yeh to reveal the truth of His Word.
2) Sincere Pursuit: A genuine, sincere pursuit is diligent, persistent, daily and a never ending seeking for God (Deut. 14:29). One must be willing to come to God's Word uncommitted to all previously held beliefs, giving God a clean slate surrendered to His will, asking God to reveal the truth regarding each one before again believing anything as truth. Otherwise, they will impose those beliefs upon His Word. Again, avoid discussing your thoughts and this matter with others, keep it as a personal relationship between you and God, as Jesus did (Mk. 1:35). (Prov. 3:5; Gal. 1:11-12; Hb. 11:6; Mt. 18:3-4; 1Jn. 4:1; 1Thes. 5:21)
3) Obedience Required: God cannot hear from, nor speak to, those that are wilfully practicing known disobedience to His Word. One must confess their sin and repent (Homologio; GRK.: sorrowfully recognizing and confessing their mistake, and turning from, reversing the behaviour) from it to enter into covenant fellowship with God in order to receive anything from Him. (Prov. 2:7; Is. 59:2; Mt. 3:6-8; 2Cor. 7:9,10; 2Tm. 2:25; 1Jn. 1:9 (confess = homologio); 3:4-10)
4) Times and Intent: One must study the bible, as with any historical document, within the context of the times in which it was written, and within the intent of the one who wrote it. Otherwise, they will impose their will upon it. One must selah. Selah is a Hebrew word that God uses many times throughout the Old Testament, instructing us to stop and meditate, contemplate, think deeply on a particular scripture. That is necessary to truly envelope yourself in the times in which that scripture was written, and with the intent of the one who wrote it. God likely, as He did with me, will lead you to additional study to better understand the times and intent.
5) Who to? One must determine who is being spoken to, or about. God does not give the same instruction to all, therefore it is crucial that one determines who is being spoken to. A scripture falsely translated corrupts God's will and "The Church".
6) Define and Translate: One must read slowly, properly defining and re-translating certain "key words" back into the original. Not all words translate equally from one language to another, even from Old English to current English. To best achieve this, one must use the King James bible. Other translations have turned many key words into multiple words, making it impossible to re-translate back to the original. Also, some words have more than one definition. It is important to consider how the word is being used within the context of each scripture.
7) Let Scripture Interpret Scripture: One must study scripture within proper context to surrounding scripture, and comparative to entirety of scripture. Truth will be revealed by a preponderance of evidence, and certainty through resolution of seemingly adverse scripture.
These are seven principles that every person needs to know and follow, whether Christian or not, to be assured that everything they believe is the truth; to be assured of salvation; eternal spiritual life, and to be empowered to live the abundant life of love that Ye'hvah intended they live now; victorious in every area of life, blessed, having Galatians 1: 11,12 as their personal testimony. This I teach in the series; "In Pursuit of Truth Only". If you believed the popular religious myth of humans creation being one man and one woman, that God is in charge, or if you are confused about any part of Ye'hvah's Word, and you have a sincere desire and commitment to diligently seeking truth, only, becoming a genuine disciple, then you need this teaching. Paul said, "...because Ye'hvah is not the author of confusion" (1Cor. 14:33). And Peter said, "...be ready always to give an answer to everyone that asks you a reason (able to prove what you believe) of the hope (faith, certainty, expectation) that is in you, with humility and fear (caution)" (1Pt. 3:15). All of Ye'hvah's Word is meant to be understood (2Tm. 2:7).
Recommended Bibles and Books for In Depth Study:
See: "Proper Interpretation" for an in depth study of each principle.
Truth is in precision; and it is paramount for understanding the original scriptures.
An Amplified: Good beginner bible; it is translated in modern English and has many words already re-translated back to the original; not nearly enough, but it's a start.
King James Version: For advanced study; the truly best source toward the original. The best I've found, and is very affordable, is by Thomas Nelson Bibles; and is available at thomasnelson.com. Key words are: Holy Bible; KJV; Giant Print Edition; Words of Jesus in Red; with Concordance.
A Concordance; KJV: It is impossible to properly understand the truth of the original scriptures with out the ability to re-translate various keywords back to the original. That is done with a concordance. It contains all the words of a particular version for referencing, and the Hebrew and Greek definitions for each.
A Dictionary: I recommend a dictionary that pre-dates the 1980's; the older the better. Best of all is the original Noah Webster's, 1828, "American Dictionary of the English Language; Foundation for American Christian Education." It clearly states Noah Webster's, an American founding father's, original intent.
If the bible is relatively new to you and you don't know quite where to start, I recommend following my "Systematic Bible Study".