Main reference: Hos 4:6 (Is 29:9-13)
The Word of Promise and Their Meanings
Every believer owns a Bible and carries the Bible and a hymnal (book) to church.
The content of the Bible can be categorized into four parts: history, moral instructions, prophecies, and fulfillment. The prophecies are mostly written in parables, for they are the secrets of heaven. It is written that if one does not perceive these parables, he will become an outsider and not receive atonement for his sins (Mk 4:11-12).
Prophet Isaiah said that the prophets and the seers will become blind and to them, the Bible will be nothing but a sealed scroll. As a result, people will learn and teach the commandments of men and be close to the Lord with their lips, but their hearts will be far from God (Is 29:9-13).
Jesus also said in Mark 12, “You are greatly mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures” (NKJV, Mk 12:18-27; Mt 22:23-30). It is also written in Revelation 5 that in the right hand of God is a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. There is no one in heaven or under the heavens who can open this book and the seven seals, no one who can see (read) inside it. Only Jesus, who has triumphed, can open the scroll and the seven seals. Jesus has opened this book and fulfilled it, and he gave it to the one who overcomes on earth today to testify to it. Thus, the one who reads this scroll is the one who overcomes and has received the scroll. And it is from the one who overcomes that people can hear the revealed word.
It is also recorded in Rv 22:18-19 that anyone who adds to or takes away from the Book of Revelation will not be enter the kingdom of heaven, but will receive curses (plagues). Therefore, we must be careful that we do not add to or subtract from it.
A believer must know the prophecies, in other words, the words of promise, and their meanings, so that when the prophecies fulfill, he can believe in them and act accordingly to receive salvation.
· Biblical Knowledge
The Word since the beginning is referred to as “the Way,” (Jn 1:1), because it is the path to heaven.
Just as there are laws (national and international laws) in this world, there are laws in the kingdom of heaven as well—the Holy Bible (refer to Jn 12:48; Rv 20:12). Just as there are people who are knowledgeable and who are ignorant in the world, there are those who are knowledgeable and those who are ignorant in the world of faith as well. God said, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge,” (Hos 4:6). This knowledge is referring to the knowledge of the words in the Bible. That is why if the one, due to his lack of Biblical knowledge, adds or takes away from Revelation he will not be able to enter the kingdom of heaven. Thus, if one does not know, he must learn.
· The Meaning of “Bible”
Meaning of “Bible”: The Bible is also referred to as “the Holy Scriptures,” and it is a collection of 66 books. The Bible is divided into the Old Testament (39 books) and the New Testament (27 books). The names of the people who recorded the books and the number of the chapters of each book can also be found.
Why is the Bible called, “the Holy Scriptures?” Although it is recorded by man, God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, spoke to them and showed them what to write. Because what are recorded are God’s words, it is called the Holy Scriptures, the Bible.
· Attitude when reading the Bible
What kind of attitude should a reader have when reading the Bible? What is recorded in the Bible are not words of man, such as the kings and presidents of the world. Therefore, the reader must read each word carefully and write it in the tablet of his heart. Furthermore, one must read the words of the Bible with a heart of prayer and faith, as if he is seeing God Himself.
· How to read the Bible
When reading the Bible, one should start from the cover of the Bible and the table of contents. Then, he should read in detail starting from the first book of the Old Testament, Genesis 1:1. He must pray before and after reading. The words he read must remain in his heart, and he must think about those words as if he is breathing them. The words of the Bible are the teachings of God, and they are the true food for one’s mind (heart).
The Bible explains who recorded the books, whose sons they are (lineage), and the content of what they saw and heard from God. By reading from the first to the last chapters, one can understand the content of the book.
Whenever someone reads or hears the Word, he must do so based on the 5 W’s and 1 H—meaning, he must always think, “Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How” when reading the Word.
God is in the “heavens,” while the people (entities) who appear throughout the content of the Bible are mostly the chosen people on “earth.” Those who saw and heard the things from God were the people who recorded the Bible (prophets, and others). And “I” (the one reading the Bible) am the one who reads the words recorded by those who heard and saw the things from God.
The reason for reading the Bible is to know what God and the prophets spoke about (the content). When the reader comes across content he does not understand or cannot know, he must make separate notes of those verses.
· The Content of the Bible
Recorded within the past history are what have occurred, the moral instructions from God, prophecies that will be fulfilled in the future, the promised pastor who fulfills the prophecies and the fulfillment of the prophecies themselves, and what are yet to be fulfilled.
In terms of the eras, there are the old things (past events) and the new things, and there also are the fulfillment of the old promises, and the promise which will be fulfilled. Events of the times of Noah, Moses, and Jesus’ first coming have been fulfilled, and what is promised in the New Testament, the Book of Revelation, is a prophecy that will be fulfilled. Within the Old and the New Testaments, everything has been fulfilled other than Revelation.
· The steps for understanding the true meanings in the Bible
1. First, one must read the Bible.
2. One must know the basic knowledge about the Bible (equivalent to the kindergarten level in the Bible study process).
3. Introductory Level Study: Study of the physical entities of the parables.
4. Intermediate Level Study: Study of the prophecies and their fulfillment in specific chapters of the Bible.
5. Advanced Level Study: Study of the prophecies and the fulfillment of the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. In every era, there were the chosen people who betrayed, the enemies (the ones who oppose), also known as the the destroyers, and the savior.
As seen in the prophecies, the chosen people betray and the gentile destroyers and the promised pastor, the savior, appear. Each fulfills all their work recorded in the Bible. By seeing the actions of these three entities, one can know who the betrayers and the destroyers are, and know who the savior is. The words of promise, the books of prophecies, make known these three entities. If one does not know about these three entities, he can mistake the savior as the destroyer or the betrayer.
As seen in the events of the 6,000 years of history since the time of Adam in Genesis, when one era becomes corrupt, a new era comes and things are created anew. When these events take place, one will be able to perceive and distinguish these things if he has the biblical knowledge.
Reading the Bible, the divine scripture, is reading to know God’s heart. And it is to know the era and the promise. The one who claims that he believes and perceives, and claims to carry a life of faith, will eventually suffer the consequences if he carries his life of faith for the purpose of gaining authority, wealth, worldly pride (boasting), or fame. The more one perceives, the more humble he becomes. He must deny himself with the heart of wanting to flee from death towards life, and be recreated into a new person of faith, a new creation.
Let us read a verse from the Bible (Jesus’ words).
(Lk 14:25-27) 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
When one perceives the true meaning of the Bible, he can understand the true meaning of Jesus’ words.
The purpose of our life of faith is to walk on the Way, away from the eternal punishment in hell toward eternal life in heaven.