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Blood Sacrifice and the Symbolism of the Death of Seal Team 6 (revised)

Dream interpretation, symbolism and visions are all forms of non-verbal communication (as are music and movies) but they contain messages none-the-less. Frequently we ignore them or spend a few minutes being puzzled and then give up. They need to be analyzed, identified and understood.

Certain basic rules apply. You don’t match apples with oranges; for example, a dream about an animal will not refer to a building unless that building’s logo is an animal. (Geico as an example.)

Biblical Symbolism goes back thousands of years

The Judeo-Christian Bible is a good start because it is the oldest book on this topic and because the symbolism has been well tested over the years. A notable example which has modern application is the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham 3,500 years ago. (Genesis 22) It is the portrait of the later sacrifice of Jesus and a warning and example of why we are not to sacrifice our children.

Blood Sacrifice for appeasing an angry God

Blood sacrifice is a long-standing principle in all societies. Let us apply this to a modern situation. Soon after Barak Obama ordered the death of Osama Bin Laden a group of terrorists “sacrificed” members of the Seal Team 6 – the group which carried out the assassination. See Deaths of Seal Team 6 Exposed

This was not merely revenge but that they provided Allah, their god, with a blood sacrifice. But who noticed? As far as I can tell, practically no one. But that is the core of any interpretation – the meaning of events. Islamic fundamentalists see this as a sacrifice to Allah since he is the source and destiny of their political religion. It also occurred on August 6, 2011, a Saturday, the high holy day for the Jews. Even though Seal Team members were probably mostly Christian, Muslims still think of their main enemy as Jews. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/aug/9/kuhner-who-betrayed-navy-seal-team-6/ The Taliban took the credit for the hit.

Abortion also is a blood sacrifice

Blood sacrifice, e.g. abortion, is a continuing factor in modern societies from the 13 million per year in modern China to the 4 million a year in the USA, and is a legal or illegal factor in most other nations. It is a practice going all the way back to the Moabites of the Bible who sacrificed to Moloch, the god of child sacrifice. God’s warning to them was that Israel was to wipe them off the face of the earth. Judging by the statistics above that hasn’t happened yet.

Since the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob does not accept child sacrifice, someone else does – Satan. The practice obligates us to him. By-the-by, he feels no such obligation to reward us. Our ignorance of these matters is of no concern. Like a small child who accidentally eats a chili pepper, the innocent act in no way affects the painful outcome – a burned mouth.

5 Principles of Islam

Obama’s flag (see Symbolism – What does Obama’s new flag mean?? http://wp.me/p1otAF-8M) contains a reference to the blood sacrifice which is a core belief in Islamic fundamentalism. – the voluntary death of the believer to please Allah and reach heaven with its carnal rewards. The horizontal stripes on his flag represent the 5 principles of Islam all won with the blood of martyrs, or of infidels. Islam believes and practices the theology which requires either the conversion or death of the infidels – that is, anyone who disagrees with them. Their martyrs’ deaths are proof of their sincerity.

The Sacrifice for Sins already paid

Judaism and Christianity unqualifiedly reject this theology believing the blood sacrifice has already been made – for the Jews at their High Holy Days, and the Christians in the sacrifice of Jesus. That puts these two groups at the top of the Islamic hit list. Jesus warns (Luke 21:20) But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near” so keep your eyes on Israel.

If all this seems arcane to you it is not to the middle eastern mind which has dominated this generation. For Muslims the year they were thrown out of Spain (1492) is just as real as yesterday. That was the same time that Christopher Columbus headed to the new World as a Christian missionary, a fact not often recognized. https://www.amazon.com/Light-Glory-1492-1793-Gods-America/dp/0800732715/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+light+and+the+glory+peter+marshall&qid=1561718841&s=books&sr=1-1 

Christopher Columbus was a Christian evangelist

Columbus’ first name means in Greek “Christ bearing” and the explorer received permission to take his crew to the “Indies” for the express purpose of evangelism. The fact that he was replaced by Spanish soldiers who brought with them venereal and European diseases does not negate his own better motives.

Islamists believe that they will rule the whole world so of course they want back into Spain. Their theology trumps every other concern. . The fervor of the military mission is enhanced by their 500 year failure to make any appreciable progress. Other than infiltrating many societies they have not managed to establish Sharia Law in any but those nations already committed to Sharia.

A culture that embraces death cannot breathe life into society.

Germany, England, and France originally welcomed Muslims but have changed their minds, seeing the obdurate refusal to accept any of the principles by which these European societies live. That Muslim nose in the tent was a mistake. And where Muslims have infiltrated they have not improved the society. They remain an isolated group, unwilling to change.

Victor David Hanson of the Hoover Institution (http://victorhanson.com/) has good comments on why this failure has motivated them to fight harder.

President Obama set the tone for a Muslim leader

Back to Mr. Obama. Media people were puzzled that his reaction to the death of the ambassador in Libya was so indifferent. He reacted as though it was none of his concern. And truly it is not if he considers himself “resident” of a state, America, which will be subsumed into the Islamic takeover. He flies another flag. The following picture shows a non-verbal verification of this.

But he does pledge the Russian flag. He and his wife do not put their hands over their heart when watching others say the pledge – they do not pledge. Their hands go over their right lung. They are citizens of another country. This is all non-verbal information, hence symbolism.

The America flag does not appear when Obama is speaking from the Oval Office.

With that in mind the “terrorists” who took down the twin towers on 9/11 are actually just helping to bring about the world government of Islam. The terrorists, who attacked the embassy and burned the flag, were not burning Obama’s flag, so why would he stand by America and its employees? If the Terrorists are bringing in the new world government why would Obama, their new leader, condemn them? They are doing Allah’s will.

Candidate Obama told the Media before he was elected that he wanted a society of government control, redistribution of assets, which means rich people will leave and the remaining citizens left will be poor- equally poor. https://www.amazon.com/Dreams-My-Father-Story-Inheritance/

All of his plans are in his autobiography.  Mr. Obama placed environment above the interests of people, poverty has increased, joblessness has increased, all part of the leveling process integral to Islamic fundamentalism. Like Marxist China, none are rich (except the rulers) and all others are poor – that is the meaning of equality: Equally in want. I worked and lived in China and that is what they have – and they don’t like it.

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Confusing Reality with Symbols

In a wonderfully sarcastic piece from Facebook, black politician and military veteran Allen West writes of how foolish the celebration over the removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina, confederateflagas though it had the least ability to effect the massive changes American needs in race relations and the ills of the minority communities, so I copy it here.

Alan West writes:

“Yippee, the Confederate battle flag has now been removed from the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol. And, just like that, it solves the problem of black-on-black crime and killings. Now we’ll see the out-of-wedlock birthrate in the black community drop from 75%. There will be better educational opportunities and schools in South Carolina’s black communities and all across America.

The black unemployment rate will drop —especially the almost 40% black teenage unemployment rate. We’ll now see an economic entrepreneurial boon in the inner cities because the Confederate battle flag’s been lowered. And there’ll be no more gangs of blacks beating on whites — as we saw in Ohio recently.

Yep, the liberal progressive media shouted “squirrel” and an entire nation went a running. All the yelling and shouting by the crowds was evidence of those who lack grace, respect and dignity. Former South Carolina Gamecocks football coach Lou Holtz remarked that when you get to the end zone, you should act like you’ve been there before. So what does the lowering of the Confederate battle flag have to do with the killing of little seven-year-old Amari Brown in Chicago — anyone know when his funeral is?”

We are already good at substituting for reality

Of course we don’t know where his funeral is because we have enjoyed a life of substitutions.  The Church, that great community change agent, allows Bible study to substitute for personal holiness, attendance at services to substitute for obeying God’s personal commands to us, and fellowship with believers as a substitute for fellowship with the Lord himself.

We barely pay attention anymore to the masses of lawbreakers released early from prison to commit fresh crimes.  79,000 illegal felons have been re-released into the population instead of being deported.  We have voted and instructed the Congress to act in one way and it looks the other way. Our President seems barely to notice the country or its wishes; he’s as determined to get a deal with Iran as Iran is determined to wipe America, The Great Satan, off the face of the earth.

And what has to be supreme nonsense, after 67% of the voters in over 30 states added to their Constitutions the verification that marriage was only between one man and one woman,(see Amendments by states ) the Supreme Court decides though lacking judicial authority to do so, because it did not originate marriage, that a union between two persons of the same sex is marriage in spite of the clear fact that they have no ability to procreate or continue the human race.

Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire[a]
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
    against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains
    and throw off their shackles.”

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
    the Lord scoffs at them.

We can join God in His humor but we should be joining Him in changing a culture that thinks because someone said something, that makes it true.  Or that taking down a flag has any effect on the major issues of our time.  The Supreme Court changed marriage not one whit; they only brought themselves into condemnation.  What they did can be undone by the Church ready to leave the womb of mother-church and join the fight for the sanity of our nation and its people.  Every time the Church has done this, she has won. It is long overdue.

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Symbolism of Seeds

One of the major symbols in the Holy Bible is the seed. It refers to many things, primarily human beings, as being created from a family seed, to Jesus as the promised Messiah and the seed of a woman who will save the world as early as the book Genesis and the deeds that are sown in society, our works, our words, our presence which makes its mark on the world. That is a lot of territory.

The Promised Seed

First, after Adam and Eve make such a disastrous decision to disobey God, He reveals to them His plan – that the seed of a woman will save the world. Genesis This seed is the offspring that is born thousands of years later in the land of Abraham. Mary had the proper seed (ovum) , and the Holy Spirit provided the sperm. What came forth was the person who would change the world. This is contrary to what human beings do – they create systems; God changes the world by bringing in a baby.

The Law of Sowing and Reaping

Second, we are told that seeds only reproduce their own kind. But to do this the plant must “die” or release the seeds from the pods into the ground. When Jesus died he made provision that a generation of people over the next several millennia could reproduce his works and His words to future societies. This explains his statement, “it will be counted to him for a generation. http://Psalm 22:30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

A generation comes from the word “gene” which refers to the imprint of the nature of Jesus on future human beings who will also be saviors and change agents. We have His DNA.

Finally there is you and me – that generation coming forth to replicate the life of Jesus in our own time with our own neighbors. What we are is in one small part a portion or reflection of that seed of the first seed, the Lord Himself. For one it might be music, another writing, another preaching, another an honorable businessman or politician or sports figure. We aren’t the whole package like the Lord, but we are part of it.

This last usage of the word seed is the substance of this song by Glen Campbell.

Planted by God (you and I if we are obedient servants of the Lord)
In a field without worth (in this fallen and evil world)
We are but seeds in His eyes
So He nurtures with grace
And His hands work the earth
That His fruit may be sanctified
(we are to bring forth holy fruit)
Come harvest time. (the duration of our life on earth and possibly after wards in our children and society.)

So when doubt dries the land (the world is hostile to God)
Or the cold war winds blow (the whole world lies in the wicked one)
When the floods of indifference rise (apathy is the enemy of progress and truth)
Oh the roots that faith grew (No one sees our roots of faith)
Will keep us strong
`Til our last sunset leaves the sky
(Our death leaves more seeds on the ground of our nation)
Come harvest time.

CHORUS: Come harvest time
What thanksgiving we will show
When the Plowman brings freedom
From the earth here below
Come harvest time
Oh what joy will be known
When He gathers the souls (that is us)
Of the seeds He has sown.


Glen Campbell’s Song about God’s Harvest

This is our real inheritance in God- that we leave a message, more precisely we are a message to be planted in future generations. When Jeremiah says, quoting God, “I have plans for you,” this is what he is talking about. Blessed are those who find the path God has for them.

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Symbolism of Women in Dream Interpretation – part 1

The Bible is filled with women participants. For the purposes of dream interpretation, these are pictures of various churches and personality types both for good or ill, depending on their history and profile. These three you will recognize –

The whore, the prostitute and the harlot.

The whore does it for carnal pleasure.

The prostitute does it for profit.

The harlot promises to do it but never comes through.

Whores and whoremongers are linked together. The “Mongers,” an old-timey term, are the salesmen – the pimps or the Johns in today’s language…that is, sex peddlers.  In the spiritual sense however, it refers to those who use religion to justify their behavior and expand their interests into the occult, like seances, and studying false religions or embracing false religions into either Jewish or Christian religious services. It might be exciting to talk about astrology in church but it is called whoring in the Bible.

The Profit motive

The prostitute does it for money; she (or he) brings profit either to themselves or others, the whoremongers. A prostituting church is one that condones sin because the people who are giving substantial tithes are supporting the church and “we con’t want to offend them.” But God is offended.  Keep in mind that the natural is never as offensive to God as the spiritual motive.

He looks on the heart as it says in 1 Samuel 16:7.  That does not mean that churches which ask for money are prostitutes; institutions need money to function. If churches which ask for money annoy you maybe God is reminding you of payments you owe Him!

The Harlot Church is mentioned in Revelation.  This religious system makes a big pretense of being the Truth but never has anything to show for it.  We wonder why 73% of Christians no longer go to church.  This might be the reason – all talk and no do.

A dream about any of these women, or women in the Bible who fit this profile should give you a chance to examine what you are doing religiously or morally and how it reflects something in your life that needs exposure or change. Dreams are God’s subtle way of speaking to us when He knows, if He talks to us directly it will probably scare us to death.

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The Power of Christmas to Evangelize Worldwide

Without fail every year there are complaints about the commercialization of Christmas and the emphasis on spending money – say for that $45,000 Lexus, while many families have nothing extra for children or adults. But after seven long years of want and unemployment across the land Christmas 2017, with added cash and hope, shoppers were not complaining about anything more than the traffic – and the prices. (A critic wrote to me to say there was no thing as a Lexus as cheap as $45,000.  I stand corrected.)

There is a hidden benefit to Christmas no matter how garish.

But that is the surface.  There is a hidden benefit to Christmas which is no doubt why God doesn’t seem to mind the glitz and over consumption of it all. And that is because aside from Christmas, how would so many people, especially foreigners in distant isolated lands, without American television or in most homes the Internet as well, know about Christianity?

No other religion has such a worldwide display. There is no birthday bash for Mohammed. Judaism has an interesting history with celebrations in September and October, but there is no glamour in it. Christianity alone takes a day off every year to recognize the birthday of someone very few people on this planet know anything about. The atheists join in the fun as well.

The Bible is forbidden & Christians persecuted in many areas.

Large swathes of the planet forbid the Bible or Christianity of any kind, some to the point of death or imprisonment.  There are no religious bookstores or friendly church suppers where the curious can learn anything new. Even at the birth of Jesus the political leader, Herod, was so terrified of this infant that he slaughtered 6,000 baby boys in Bethlehem. Information about Jesus causes a reaction.

Factory workers in China wonder as they make Christmas items, “Who are these wise men? This ornament cost 400 kuai! That is more than my daily pay!” They have no internet, and religious liberty is more talk than do. Possibly someone at the work table may know what a Christian is. The Chinese prize education and are full of questions.

The American Christmas raises questions.

Here is a chance for the lone Christian in that factory to tell the story to one’s fellows. Workers in Taiwan and Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines are also making trees, garlands, jewel studded ornaments, paper mache decor, blinking lights, some of them very expensive.

Christmas Symbolism.

Everything we have at Christmas has a spiritual dimension.  The tree is both the one that Jesus was crucified on, as well as representing the tree of life.  The other tree, The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, was the tree coveted by the First Pair.  Jesus is now that green tree of new life to replace the one we mistakenly chose previously. We learned about evil, but now we also have access to all the knowledge of good – the good God of salvation – as well.

The gifts represent those of the wise men; and those men were foreigners, just like so many worldwide foreign nations, also able to receive the works of God. Jesus also promised us gifts on his death – wisdom and knowledge, tongues and interpretation, prophecy and other anointings. God didn’t just give us a son, but also a provider, leader, the King of Kings. Our trinkets pale in comparison.

There is the music business too which reflects the praising angels on high.  I wonder how many unbelievers eventually in their lifetimes have a chance to think about the words they sang in a choir somewhere, or heard in the mall.  To sing The Messiah is to repeat the words of Isaiah about the coming ruler.  Do they contemplate the revelation in the lyrics?

Dollar for dollar this Christmas shows people care.

What does a person in impoverished Yemen for example, think of the richest nation in the world taking a day off in December to spend money like crazy, eat a fabulous meal, and exchange costly gifts all because of some tiny baby born in a barn in the Middle East 2,000 years ago?

It really makes no sense.  But God sees the influence of this outward show and can use it to raise questions in the minds of men and women worldwide.  They may ask, as so many already have, “What child is this?”

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Symbolism – What does Obama’s flag mean??

Obama takes no ownership of the events in the middle East (9/2012) because the flag that was burned was Bush’s symbol – the old America- the old regime going all the way back to the founding of the country. That nation, that flag was burned – not Obama’s.

His new flag has 9 stripes, red and white, indicating the 9 Shari-law managed nations just as the “57” states he visited during his 1st presidential campaign are the 57 Muslim Islamic states. The five red stripes are the 5 governing principles of the Muslim nations.

Allegiance to Islam

His new flag remains untouched by fire or rebellion. So when he said this flag-burning spree is the new Berlin Wall, that old wall is the USA and its entire history – got it?

You can’t say he didn’t tell you!

This photo shows the death scene where the Ambassador in Libya was murdered with the new Obama flag above it. Notice the 5 bloody stripes on the wall.

Compare this to the writing on the wall in the Old Testament; God informed a ruler that his rule was inadequate and his reign was over.

God judges political leaders and says:

You’re as arrogant as he ever was. Look at you, setting yourself up in competition against the Master of heaven! You had the sacred chalices from his Temple brought into your drunken party so that you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines, could drink from them. You used the sacred chalices to toast your gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone—blind, deaf, and imbecile gods. But you treat with contempt the living God who holds your entire life from birth to death in his hand.

24-26 “God sent the hand that wrote on the wall, and this is what is written: meneteqel, and peres. This is what the words mean:

Mene: God has numbered the days of your rule and they don’t add up.

27 Teqel: You have been weighed on the scales and you don’t weigh much.

Peres meant that he lost his throne, and his life that very night. The judgment for Benghazi is yet to be realized.

Click here for commentary regarding President Trump moving the US  Embassy controversy.

Click here for information linking Fascism, Islamism and Anti-semitism.

Link between Democratic Socialism and Antisemitism.

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Boycotting Israel – the Ultimate in Antisemitism

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Since such a large number of viewers visited this page I have continued the discussion about symbolism and Obama’s non-verbal behavior at Dream Interpretation, Symbolism and Visions Chapter 1 Blood Sacrifice http://wp.me/p1otAF-8Y

How to Pray for your Family

It sounds so simple, praying for your family, but there always is a catch. What you pray must line up with the Word of God. Some people at this point will duck the issue; they’ll go to priest, minister or trusted friend for prayer. But the authority in this situation belongs to Mom or Dad, or adopted parents- whoever is in charge. Praying according to the Word means actually knowing and believing what the Word says. So go to the Bible for the answers.

A great scripture is this: Proverbs 11:21 – The seed of the righteous shall be delivered. That sounds so quaint –the seed. Simply put, that is the offspring. Your children are your seed. No matter how far they stray – they can me living in Nepal; they are still your seed.

Are you righteous? Hopefully so, because now you have a platform on which to launch your prayers. A rather confusing prayer starts this way, “Lord I know I am a rotten sinner, but please deliver my kids.” Yes, God hears that, but how much better to ask God to save you from being rotten first and then praying for your kids?

Nevertheless, a parent’s cry God always hears. Years ago the father of a mutual friend was torn up because his 30 year old daughter had cancer. His prayers for her healing were heart-wrenching, and God heard. Today, 30 years later, I have no memory that the father ever lived a Christian life. But God still heard and the girl was cured.

You’ll not get anywhere praying with worry, fear or unbelief. All situations should be viewed as an opportunity for God to guide, correct, teach, etc.

Are you not seeking God because you think He will fail?

And you are not to pray saying, “I can’t pray because what if I fail?” You are not the healer, the deliverer, or the savoir, so that thought delete from your mind. You are praying to God not to yourself. So you cannot fail.

Job 1:10 – This is a very effective prayer for when we are separated. You “pray a hedge” around the person you are concerned for.  This hedge is made of thorns and when you put it around someone it helps keep bad influences away from someone. If the person is involved in the occult, with drugs, prostitution etc., that hedge should form a barricade against the contacts and the customers.

When I have been frustrated in a situation, especially when I’m unclear about the facts, I simply send angels. “Please God rush angels to the situation and have them act as you see fit.”

And how does this work? By faith of course. If you think your faith is weak go back to the Bible and get a new dose of juice. Faith comes by hearing and that by the Word Of God.  In fact, you can read it out loud to yourself and see if your faith does not increase.

Finally, one or two bullet prayers is nice, but pray often and then again.  God likes to know you are still on the case, and so is He.

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Symbols in the Mineral Kingdom

The things of the natural world are a reflection of spiritual truth. So if you want to know truths about God or life, look to the natural world for evidence.

The Bible is full of symbols

In the sometimes strange world of Biblical symbolism, things are upside down. The mineral world is superior to the vegetable and that is superior to the animal kingdom.  The lamb (Jesus) is sacrificed for the sins of the world, and those who join Him in heaven become stars in his crown.  Stars sing, which means they are personalities.  Living matter is brief whether man or elephant but diamonds are forever as the local jeweler advertises.

Diamonds

Diamonds are a symbol of suffering because they are formed under intense heat and pressure. The suffering is also hidden from public view.  Diamonds are very hard to locate and to extract from their mountains of dirt.

Dirt

Dirt represents natural man.  It is not to be confused with “being dirty” unless the dream specifically says so.  Earthiness is not evil in itself.  It is just not a spiritual substance.  However, a dream in which you see the need for a bath means just that- you need to find out what you have been involved with what has left you soiled.

Keep in mind that dreams are about truth, and need to be looked into in that light.  We are supposed to take baths regularly, but if we have been in the wrong place with the wrong people, a dream might indicate to get rid of that association and clean up your act.  Taking too many baths is also not a good sign.  In Shakespeare’s  play Lady Macbeth repeatedly washed her hands.  Her guilt was what she was trying to wash away.

Pearls

Pearls which are a symbol of suffering can be very expensive. The suffering image comes from the fact that an irritant enters the clam’s shell and the nacre forms around the sand.  As the oyster “suffers” (i.e. endures) the pearl forms.  The pearly gates of heaven allow those who also have suffered for others to enter.

Revelation 21:21 the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

Rocks

The animal kingdom however is temporary and temporal.  That kingdom dies and goes away.  The mineral kingdom is glorified.  Jesus is referred to as the rock.  Rocks are places of stability and permanence.  Often we find Jesus referred to as “The Rock.”  This is repeated by contemporary churches, i.e. The Rock Church.  Rocks are foundational material. In describing the experience of the Old Testament people, Paul uses three symbols here – water surrounding them as a “cloud” in the desert, and drinking from a rock, which is Christ Himself. Most of us do not go looking for water in rocks.

1 Corinthians 10:1-5 The Message (MSG)

10 1-5 Remember our history, friends, and be warned. All our ancestors were led by the providential Cloud and taken miraculously through the Sea. They went through the waters, in a baptism like ours, as Moses led them from enslaving death to salvation life. They all ate and drank identical food and drink, meals provided daily by God. They drank from the Rock, God’s fountain for them that stayed with them wherever they were. And the Rock was Christ.

Water

This passage shows that water which is call the “word of God” surrounded the chosen people wherever they went. This is true for us as well. Water is always a reference to the word of God which is Jesus Himself.

Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Jesus as water is present at the creation. Jesus is also referred to as the Word

Genesis 1 King James Version (KJV)1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Water baptism is symbolic of the person being born into the kingdom of God by being washed by the water of the word of God and also being saved by the blood of Jesus. Natural birth includes both a lot of blood and water when the birth sac is broken.  We can live a long time without food but not water.

Iron and Brass

Iron is the symbol of judgment. Chains are made of iron. Brass is also judgment and specifically refers to the problem of having one’s prayers ignored.

Deuteronomy 28:23 The heavens which are over your head will be bronze, and the earth that is under you will be iron.
This passage and most of Deuteronomy 28 is a group of curses on those who disobey the laws of God.

Precious Stones

Gems and precious stones have specific meanings as well usually reflected in their color.  (See the post on colors.) Many dreams are not in color but when they are, pay attention to what you see. I once had a dream about blue and white stripes.  The painter’s name was Tammy, which means purity, and white stands for holiness and blue for faith.  That was my message, to paint my life in those colors. Tamar in the Bible is the name of the date Palm tree, a symbol of praise. What made the dream memorable was also the fact that blue is my favorite color.
The purpose of these posts on dream interpretation is not to interpret your dreams, but to have you do them. God is, after all, talking to you not me.
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Symbolism in The Wizard of Oz

Some Christian believers who may only look at the surface of this movie have suggested that it is occult-leaning and should be avoided. But I see rather a picture of the search of man for reality. There are many fictional stories which reveal the hidden heart of man and his situation.Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City And they are always the most popular of our culture – in addition to Oz, there is The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast,  and Porgy and Bess all stories of man’s inner struggles.

The American Dream

It is also a broad statement of the hopes that under gird the American Dream. Many people fail to notice that ultimately this is a dream.

Third, it is the reflected political vision of the “tired and poor” of Europe tossed up on the shores of the USA. Several Jews played a major part in the creation of this movie and its music, esp. Somewhere over the Rainbow. Even after a decade of war, flapper-excess, the Great Depression and the blossoming of the mob thanks to Prohibition these upheavals could not stem the tide from Europe which drove thousands of Jews and many others to America after World War 1 and beyond.

America is still the land of promises where bluebirds fly. Jews working on the movie expressed their hopes for America where a lost girl and three other flawed creatures could join forces to locate the person who will realize their personal dreams. The Wizard of Oz continues to be one of the top box-office draws of all time because it expresses the individual dream of all people for a happy productive life.

Dorothy is Everyman

I prefer to see it as Man’s eternal search to answer the basic questions – who am I, where am I going, and what is truth. In this interpretation Dorothy becomes Every Man. Dissatisfied with life, feeling put upon authorities and contested by evil forces (the witchy-woman who wants to dispose of poor little Toto, the dog) she tries to run away when the tornado scoops her up.

Dorothy was a real orphan. Her dreams meant escaping her unhappy life; many people genuinely feel fatherless and unwanted. Psychologists say some people actually believe they are not the real children of their parents.

The problem of denial and image

Denial of who and what we are can continue into adult life. Dorothy ends up in a totally improbable world where she accidentally kills an evil witch, is applauded by scores of very small people, treated as an honored guest and sent on her way to find the Utopian Personage known as The Wizard.

And we all want that, to be appreciated, to be sent to someone who can solve all our problems with one sweep of the hand. Christians sing, “Earth is not my home, I’m only passing through.” This is true – we are all temporary, still we all want a life of happiness and fulfillment. On the Yellow Brick road to truth, which is the Kingdom of Oz, Dorothy must deal with the three parts of a human being symbolized by her three companions – the will, the intellect and the emotions, which in theology is known as the soul.

The soul needs rest

The Tin Man needs a heart, the Scarecrow needs a brain and the Lion needs a spirit consistent with his true nature, i.e. lionhearted. The Emerald City is both a symbol of American money, the greenbacks, but also of heaven for Christian believers, the New Jerusalem built of emeralds.

Christians will notice that Jesus is compared to the King of the Beasts, the ruler of man’s total nature.  Salvation to a believer is the union of those three disparate parts of his nature under the leadership of God. God in this movie is pictured as a Wizard, which we find out later actually is not a god-figure as his clay feet are exposed. Dorothy and her friends (her three part divided soul) have been looking for the wrong thing. As do we.

Oz admits to being a fraud

Poor Oz. He knows he’s only human and playing god so when Dorothy chews him out for being a hypocritical control freak he quickly repents and promises to make things right. He tells the four of them they already have their answers.

There is no Utopia

And that of course is life. The Utopian fix-all God is not available and all the smoke and mirrors of secular life cannot hide it in the end. Yellow is the symbol for holiness, the road they must take to get to a heavenly home and a true God.

Along the way Dorothy and her friends must deal with a devilish attack as do all humans and they escape with help, some of it other-worldly when the poppies put them to sleep. Yes, we have angels in attendance.

Self understanding

In fact, Jesus is that kryptonite which handles the enemy’s kingdom for us, as we come to realize that we cannot be as perfect as we would want and that everything we sought for ourselves was really inside all along; The lion had courage, the tin man was a softy, and the scarecrow solved problems. Not one of us is anywhere near as bad off as we think or as powerful as we had hoped. Nor are we as lost as we had assumed. There is a God. Those red shoes, symbol of the blood of Jesus, will take her back home.

And when Dorothy ends up in her own bed, surrounded by the same people and the same problems but with a new attitude of gratitude about herself and her family. Salvation for a believer is not an event but a process of coming to make peace with life, its limitations and of course, its final goal.

Dorothy makes it – and so can we.

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This will be a chapter in my forthcoming book Coming Fall, Dream Interpretation and Biblical Symbolism 

Coming Fall 2019

How to Interpret Scripture – a Prototype Lesson

Please read 1st Samuel 25 in The Message which you can find free at Bible Gateway.com  It is a modern translation and reads easily.

There are at a minimum three ways to interpret scripture.  In this story the 1st, basic way is to recognize that it is a historical piece about David before he became king of Judah, Nabal, a wealthy rancher, and Abigail, his wife.  Anyone who reads a Bible can understand the meaning level of the story.

The second level is the interpretation of the story as a model for good and bad management, several other lessons about human nature, what to do, and what not to do and why.  The third level is the spiritual interpretation which you can read in a piece about Nabal.

Going back to level 2, we learn that Nabal (whose name means “fool” reminding you that you should name your children wisely) owns a huge ranch with thousands of sheep and goats.  Here in Texas you need 25 acres for 100 sheep so Nabal needs 750 acres for his sheep alone plus 10 goats per acre at a very minimum, about 1000 acres including some for the humans.  In Texas there is a privately owned ranch larger than the State of Rhode Island; animals need large amounts of grazing land and supervision is difficult.

David has 600 followers guarding Nabal’s land mass the final stages of growth prior to the sheep shearing when rustlers could steal unguarded animals or even murder the herders.  For this season David’s unseen army has been their protector, so he asks Nabal for proper payment for his services.  Nabal brushes him off, saying since he didn’t see him how does he know he has actually done his job?  Nabal could not possibly have known whether his land was being protected and by whom given its size.

Last year a man brandished a gun against his ex-wife who was hiding out in my building, on my floor.  I knew nothing of it.  You do not have to see a crime in process to acknowledge you are being protected.  That is why we pay our army and the sheriff even though we may never see results with our own eyes.  The very fact that we live in peace means they are minding our business.

David becomes incensed and resolves to slaughter Nabal and his employees.  Abigail, a wife who is no fool, gathers together a meal for David’s men and takes it there to prevent any retribution.  David is properly thankful and his men enjoy their feast.

When Abigail returns home she finds her husband dead drunk after a giant party, but she waits to tell her husband how she paid off David until Nabal is sober.  He goes into a coma – we can project here that perhaps it is the DT’s – and after 10 days dies.  Abigail then becomes wife #2 for David.

Here are the lessons to learn.

  • Just because you don’t see the protection you have does not mean you are not responsible for blessing them.  That is why we pay our taxes.  A workman is worthy of his hire.  The size of the payment was equal to the size of the job they did.
  • The blessing must be equal the task.  Abgail did not show up with 3 sheep and a few loaves of bread, but enough for the entire crowd.  We are to pay what we owe.
  • When the proper authorities fail to do their duty you can step in to compensate.
  • Vengeance is mine says the Lord. David’s hot head reaction was about to do him in which he recognized (verse 30 ff). This could have cost him the throne of Israel.  see post on vengeance
  • Recognize, as David did, that someone was sent by God to prevent his planned revenge.  David was having a testosterone fit and defending his ego.  Don’t do it.  God will make things right.
  • Nabal acted rashly and so did David. Two wrongs don’t make a right.
  • Wait until someone is sober before telling them the truth.  I’ve used this on occasion and it works.  The person may not accept what you say but don’t waste good revelation on someone whose mind is damaged by drink or drugs.

Level 2 is where ministers get their sermon material, so you need not wait for them to preach – study it yourself.

The third level of interpretation is the one which looks at some spiritual truth in the story by digging into details.  I’ll cover that in another post on Nabal.

There is also a subsidiary lesson on the judgment of nations, about which  there appears to be little written. Nabal died after 10 days and ten is the number of The Law.  If someone died :under the “Law” that is without mercy or grace of God, the Law must be satisfied.  Jesus’ death satisfied the requirements of the Law, but we have traditionally applied that only to individuals.  But God judges nations too.

There are sheep nations and goat nations. One of my tasks for future study is to sort out what the Law requires for national status before God. We know that Israel is the chosen people and more importantly the chosen piece of real estate; we also know that the USA has special status and continues, in spite of its many sins, because she both protects other nations and is a zealous missionary nation. In 2012 there were 419,000 Christian foreign missionaries and if course many others inside the country.  Per capita South Korea has even more and she will be rewarded by reuniting with North Korea when the time comes.

The Bible states that “the iniquity of the Amorites” (Genesis 15:16) be fulfilled before God will judge them.  We, the readers, are not told how many days, weeks, or months it will take for “sin to be fulfilled” but we can be sure that it will be applied.  I’ve fumed over the fact that Syria has been allowed for so very long to murder its own citizens.  I’ve asked God to judge this nation, but it does not happen, because apparently Syria’s sin is not up to the brim in fulfilling the law.

Hence, 10 more days or periods of time, and 10 could easily be ten more years, or in the case of Syria, 10 more decades. I, as an American, am not told how long we must wait for Syria’s sin to be fulfilled, but if  I were a Syrian I’d ask God and if He revealed that, then I and my believing friends could pray according to the prophecies (1 Timothy 1:18) spoken over us  to bring down our corrupt government.  We do know that God tries to get every one out before He lowers His hammer.  Lot and his daughters got out of Sodom in the nick of time.  In fact he was so pokey the judgment rained down the very same day he left. Luke 17:29.

Abigail became the wife of the King of Israel as a result of her generous and also dangerous act.  Nabal had the authority in that culture, and certainly enough power, to kill his wife for taking family property to provide for David and 600 men.  Nabal’s coma protected Abigail, another blessing from God.

The Lord wants us to dig deep into His word.  We get to know Him, His plans, and Himself.

Hair – An Important Symbol

God speaks in many ways to human kind. Illiteracy has been and continues to be a problem world wide. So symbols, events (like earthquakes) and music still carry a message. This post on hair is an example of how important a symbol and how complex this can be. Hair as a symbol is badly misunderstood, or not at all. There are two main meanings in the Bible which you can apply to your dream discovery process.

Hair as Covering

First, it stands for a covering, either the glory of God or shame. Adam and Eve, previously covered with God’s glory, immediately covered themselves to hide their shame after they sinned. No one had to tell them to do this; it was automatic. Shame can also be seen in other coverings such as a beard or excessive makeup in women.

Psalm 69:7 Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Shame has covered my face.

Covering also means shame

Adam and Eve used fig leaves as a covering. Fig leaves are a symbol of good works, a substitute for what God really wants. (I’ll write on the fig tree another time.) Later God covered them with animal skins. As long as Hebrews (Jews) were under the Law they wore beards. The shame does not go away until after it is completely lifted by the sacrificial death of Jesus. Hence, Christians do not usually wear beards. When a formerly clean-shaven man sports a new beard, you might ask yourself, has he recently sinned? Of course, in some circles today it is just fashionable. I’ve been told Jesus in heaven has a small trimmed beard. Two children who went to heaven report this an accurate portrait. https://youtu.be/QdUGoFTfP7w

A handsome man of my acquaintance came to my office sporting a new beard and I was so shocked I said, ” My God,” which ordinarily I never say as a sign of respect. I knew then he had committed adultery. Furthermore he and the beard looked awful. Later facts proved my reaction true.

Women don’t have beards so they substitute hair shielding their eyes; shamed people do not want you to look into their eyes. Notice the people on TV with hair in their faces as they testify before Congress. The covering says more than the testimony, which we notice is usually a dodge. Political pundits tell you – quite truthfully – that it is never the crime that catches the chicanery, but the cover-up. The word “cover-up” tells us the tale! And they are always trapped by it.

Makeup and beards in excess

Excessive make-up is associated with a prostitute or perhaps excessive clothing to hide scars of which they are ashamed.

Psalm 44:15 My dishonor is continually before me, And the shame of my face has covered me.

Remember back in the 60s we made fun of teenagers who wore dark glasses indoors and at night. Baldness, in the spirit, means no ministry at all, although there are plenty of ministering believers as bald as an egg. Genes are not to be confused with the promises and symbols of the Almighty. Yes, we know they were often strung out on drugs, needing a guise to keep the Narcs away but it also was a sign of shame.

The Islamic burka does that for Muslim women. They are hidden by the shame of their religion, as well they should be, one which ordains murder as a rite of passage to heaven. The “glory” of women is their hair, and since the word woman symbolizes the church, the ministry of the church is its glory.

1 Corinthians 11:15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.

Islam has no desire for the Church of Jesus to be glorified or seen, nowadays even to exist, all signaled to us by the covering of the women. Symbols like this can easily be interpreted in ordinary life. If reflects theology.

Notice how quickly your child hides something as you enter his room suddenly. What have they hidden, and why? Smart mothers see this. There are even more scriptures about covering which I’ll include at the end.

Hair as Ministry

But hair also symbolizes ministry. This is a complex idea and probably a new thought to you. There is a good deal of Law in the Old Testament about hair, how long, how trimmed, when not to shave etc. It all seems quite arcane. But if you think of this having to do with God’s ministry through you it makes more sense. Hair, after all, grows by itself. There is not one thing you can do about it, as many a bald man has despaired.

The interpretation is that God does not want you tampering with your ministry, except under careful conditions. There are too many ministers (Christian included) who add to God’s word, or more often and worse, leave a good bit out. Neither pleases the Lord. He wants His word presented His way.

There are 89 references to hair in the New King James Bible, so obviously we can’t go to all of them. But take the time to look them up. Seeing that hair means ministry helps you understand God’s message, in this case, to mostly men who are the Old Testament ministers.

Trimmed hair is thrown into the fire – that means that you must be willing to see your ministry destroyed. We are not to hang on to even our best, divine successes. It shows our dedication. Or it may be a test. {If you do not have a Bible the web site Bible Gateway is free and easy to use. }

After a “time of separation” usually referring to a season of fasting, hair is sometimes shaved off and then regrown anew. This sort of thing happened to me. My ministry today is not a whit like 35 years ago. That old hair is gone. I am told that every cell in the body is replaced every 7 years, with the sole exception of the brain cells.

God promises that not one hair of our heads will be lost. That means ministry done for Him and in His name does not go away. I spent about 10 years working with inmates and victims of crime. Sometimes I look back and wonder if it worked. It’s God’s promise that He will keep these newbies in check and I need not worry.

This is a good promise from God.

Proverbs 16:31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness.

Silver as a symbol.

Silver is a symbol of salvation, just as gold means holiness. All those people that you led to the Lord are your silver-hair. You wondered what kind of crown you’ll have in heaven? It’s all those people you reached for Christ.

Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

1 Thessalonians 2:20 For ye are our glory and joy.

Perhaps the most important scripture involving hair is found in the New Testament. How many people have fallen into a deep ditch over this one.

1 Corinthians 11:6 For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered.

Why women have shorn hair

A woman whose husband is not a believing Christian or who has fallen away from following Christ for some reason should end her ministry until he is straightened out. That is the symbolic meaning of this passage. I happen to know a couple where this happened. The wife did not accept that she should stop and trouble ensued for her until she realized this passage was for her. Her problem simply was, she would not accept that her husband had turned his back on Jesus.

Following this logic, we can also assume that a congregation that has a fallen minister should also wait until they get a new one before continuing the church’s work. Ministers do not need to be saints, plastic or otherwise, but neither should they have a string of sinful failures. It takes time to rebuild one’s reputation and that is best done away from the limelight or spiritual leadership.

Passages on shame

Here are the additional passages I promised referring to shame and a covering. Look up Samson’s story too. {Judges 16} It is about hair.

Psalm 69:7 Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Shame has covered my face.

Psalm 89:45 The days of his youth You have shortened; You have covered him with shame. Selah {Selah means meditate or contemplate on this.}

Psalm 109:29 Let my accusers be clothed with shame, And let them cover themselves with their own disgrace as with a mantle.

Proverbs 12:16 A fool’s wrath is known at once, But a prudent man covers shame.

Jeremiah 3:25 We lie down in our shame, And our reproach covers us. For we have sinned against the Lord our God, We and our fathers, From our youth even to this day, And have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.”

Jeremiah 51:51
We are ashamed because we have heard reproach. Shame has covered our faces, For strangers have come into the sanctuaries of the Lord’s house.

Ezekiel 7:18 They will also be girded with sackcloth; Horror will cover them; Shame will be on every face, Baldness on all their heads.

Obadiah 1:10 [ Edom Mistreated His Brother ] “For violence against your brother Jacob, Shame shall cover you, And you shall be cut off forever.

Micah 7:10 Then she who is my enemy will see, And shame will cover her who said to me, “Where is the Lord your God?” My eyes will see her; Now she will be trampled down Like mud in the streets.

In conclusion, you can now have the information to recognize hair in your dream as a message.

Post Script: The scripture where the Lord says He knows the number of hairs on your head is

Matthew 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Meaning – He knows the extent of your ministry which, since you can’t count your head hairs, means He knows more than you do about what you should be doing.

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Dream and Symbol of the White House Breach that of the USA

This is a detailed dream and the symbolism of the security breach in the White House and its interpretation as a future of terrorism in the United States through Texas. It is long but for people who want to understand how dreams and symbols are interpreted it is a solid message based on current events.

Rick Joyner is a long time Christian teacher and known especially for his ministries to leaders in both the religious and secular worlds.

Click below or cut and paste. http://www.morningstarministries.org/resources/prophetic-bulletins/2014/prophetic-bulletin-border-war#.VC1F-BbDVz0

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John Paul Jackson – Dream Interpretation and Symbolism

You might like to check this person out. Click on these

http://instagram.com/dreams_mysteries

and

http://www.streamsministries.com/pages/about-john-paul-jackson

For additional study there is Dr. Paul Cox of California who goes into not only dream interpretation and symbolism, but also dimensions.

http://aslansplace.com/