By Richard Duke:
2 Corinthians 4:18:
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
If you can see it, touch it, hit it or kick it, it is unreal in the spiritual world and age (eternity—outside the realm of time). What we can touch and see is not spiritual reality with God.
Heaven and earth passed away–the Jewish age of of the law and the real things on this earth–and were replaced by the spiritual age, which (spirit) cannot be seen, such as faith, promise, Jesus inside us, etc. SEE: Matthew 5:17-18:
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Matthew 5:17. Now read verse 18.
I am continuing on a journey of studies in the Bible which includes history in the Bible and related to the Bible, as well as both old and fairly new history. I am keeping up with the time I am spending on this, and I have spent more than 400 hours at this stage. I have blogs posted about parts of what I am studying.
These studies are based on writings and presentations of others, but for the last month or so I am studying silently—not looking at other’s statements. However, I do call Isa Bajalia (Isa has been thoroughly trained and taught by his two mentors on the subjects I am into—one from Virginia and one from New Jersey.), not for help but for confirmation on some issues I have struggled with, whenI believe I am completely satisfied with the correct interpretation. The interpretations are based on the Hebrew and Greek words in the Bible, alongside accurate and true history, as stated above (not from people’s opinions but from documents that were found such as those obtained from the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S. now).
AND interpretations ARE BASED ON ONE RULE:
That one rule, which as a lawyer I know is the only rule to follow: Only Scripture can interpret Scripture—with the proper Hebrew and Greek words used. I do not care what some “educated” man says. Neither did Paul.
Scripture MUST interpret Scripture, period.
This journey has led me to studying the words by Jesus to His disciples, as stated in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21: “All these things [that He had said to His disciples on the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem and the temple] will happen during your [disciples] generation.” Next verse “Heaven and earth will pass away but My words shall not pass away.”
I do know that Paul’s statement that “what is seen is unreal, and what is unseen is real,” totally applies after the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Heaven and earth did pass away, replaced by the spiritual. If you can see it, if you can touch it, if you can jump up and down on it, it is not spiritual. It is real in this age but it is not spiritual. One cannot see or feel the spiritual.
Faith cannot be seen. A promise or promises cannot be seen, but they are real in the spiritual world of God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus. THE promise in Galatians originates with Genesis 12:3, which states that “I will bless those who bless Abram and curse him who curses Abram,”
To repeat, one cannot touch or see faith. One cannot touch or see a promise. One may see the evidence of these things, but one cannot see the promise.
Pastor Chuck Baldwin said to read Galatians and then read it again and again, and then he said that after you have done that, get serious about studying Galatians. I agree with him that Galatians is the most important book in the entire Bible for people living today. It is clear under Galatians that we are either under the law or we are under the promise. No middle ground exists. (I have blogposts that explain what the promise is in Galatians and what the result of having that promise is. If you want to read and cannot find, let me know. Or you can Search on this blog post.)
Galatians states that those under the law have as their mother Hagar, the bondwoman. Those under the promise have as their mother “Jerusalem above.” Please understand that before the 70 A.D. destruction of Jerusalem, one understood on this earth the Law, which were written on a tablet or tablets. One living then saw Jerusalem and the Temple. (No one knows where Moses was buried nor where the tablets are located (Isa Bajalia’s teaching here)). Josephus saw and wrote about the destruction of what was real then: the city of Jerusalem and the Temple. Josephus saw chariots in the sky with swords shooting fire, as did General Titus (head of the Roman army). (The sword represents the Word of God–remember Jesus told His disciples that Heaven and earth were going to pass away during their generation but His word would stand forever.) These two witnesses, and others who were there, saw the fire come out of the swords that killed Jews and knocked down part of the wall so that Titus and his army could enter Jerusalem. God was very mad—because of the refusal of the Jews to give up the Law (and mad for other reasons) and follow Jesus by faith! The people refused to listen, as Galatians states, that Jesus redeemed them from the curse of the law that the blessing of Abraham might come upon them through Christ; that they and we might receive THE promise. Galatians 3:13-14. What was seen was destroyed–the the spiritual became only relevant to God. The former city of Jerusalem became total dirt. Not only were the buildings and the Temple destroyed but all foundations were removed. Jerusalem became total dirt. The Jewish age of keeping the law and seeing and touching things were destroyed because the spiritual replaced the law. God’s economy then and now is spiritual, except for one exception–money in this age answers all things:
19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
God was very mad that those in Jerusalem who refused to listen and continued to follow the law, not the grace of Jesus. (Those in Jerusalem who listened to the words of Jesus and to Paul got out before the destruction and went up into the mountains. Every other person—all of them-were killed, except for one who was imprisoned.)
The promise allows this verse to occur: “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Ab’ba, Father.” Galatians 4:6.
And: Colossians 1:26-27:
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: (the Kingdom of God)
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. (Fulfill what? The law and the prophets.)
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Heaven and earth disappeared as Jesus states—what you could see and the Jewish age of the law, and Jerusalem and the Temple. Everything that could be seen was replaced by the spiritual, which CANNOT BE SEEN—Jerusalem above or spiritual Jerusalem. But Jerusalem above, which is free, is the mother of us all (under the promise, not the law). Galatians 4:26. The mother of those under the law is Hagar, the bondwoman. Galatians 5:23: “But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. (see verse 25.)
And this, together with other Scriptures, clearly shows that after Heaven and earth (the Jewish age of the law, that which one could see, etc.) passed away, the Spirit of Jesus appeared inside of those under the promise bringing Heaven from above inside of us ON EARTH. “Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come … in earth as it is in Heaven.” Jesus brought His Kingdom inside us in the clouds DURING THE GENERATION OF THE DISCIPLES.
Everything after the destruction in 70 A.D. and Jesus returning in the clouds bringing His kingdom during the generation of the disciples, ended anything on this earth one can touch or see as spritual reality, because with God the spritual replaced the law and became real with God. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24.
If you can see it, touch it, hit it or kick it, it is unreal in the spiritual world. What we can touch and see is not spiritual reality with God.
The destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD:
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: