October 5th 2011 Wednesday Message Summary
Scriptures: Matthew 10:26, Matthew 13:35, John 11:25-26, Acts 1:8-11
If you misunderstand the meaning of the Lord’s words, both your spirit and body end up in the wrong world. As for the ‘meaning of words,’ there is the meaning ‘in terms of language,’ and there is the meaning ‘in a spiritual sense.’ The ‘spiritual meaning of words’ refers to understanding the message of the Lord’s Word. This is a different level from understanding the meaning of words in a linguistic sense. The Lord speaks in ‘parables,’ and He speaks ‘spiritually.’ If Jesus speaks about the ‘spirit’ but we understand it physically and think that it’s about ‘the body,’ we will only prepare our body, thinking that our body will rapture into Heaven.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 says, “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” People misunderstand its meaning and they believe that the dead bodies will come back to life and be raptured and that our bodies will rapture and go to Heaven. Here, the ‘trumpet’ refers to the ‘Word of the time period.’ It is saying that the dead spirits in the domain of death will come alive into the domain of life upon hearing the trumpet sound of the Word of the time period, and that the spirits of those who hear the Word and take action upon it will transform into the heavenly form.
In Revelation 2:10, Jesus said, “You will undergo tribulation for ten days.” People understood it as ten days, according to the way time is calculated in the world and they believed that the persecution would end in ten days. But when the persecution didn’t end even after ten days, they became discouraged and said that the Lord’s Word was wrong. The ‘ten days’ here may mean ‘ten months’ or ‘ten years,’ as one day can be calculated as one month or one year. But they failed to understand the true meaning of the words and simply calculated it as literally ‘ten days.’
In Matthew 7:6, Jesus said, “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” Reading this, they fail to understand the true meaning and ask a wrong question like, “Why would anyone give sacred things to dogs or throw pearls to pigs at all?” The true meaning of these words is this: “If you give the Lord’s Word of life to people who are like dogs and pigs, who block and slander without knowing the value of the Word, they will obstruct, oppose, and persecute. So be careful.”
Now, when people read Genesis 5:27, where it says that Methuselah lived until 969 years old, they misunderstand the meaning because they don’t know how people’s ages were calculated at that time. At that time, calendars were not invented yet, so the method of calculating ages was different. Ever since the invention of the calendar, a month has been considered to be from the first day of a month to the full moon, plus from the full moon to the first day of the next month. But in the ancient time, they considered a month as one year and calculated dates and ages accordingly. If we take the ages that were calculated in the method of the old time period and then recalculate them in the current method used since the invention of the calendar, we will see that the people of the Old Testament also lived for the duration of time that is similar to the lifespan of modern day people.
When Jesus says through a revelation, “I am here. So look carefully,” people think that the Lord will be visible to their eyes and only wait for the Lord to appear before them. The Lord meant to tell them to look carefully since He would appear in the form of the Word through the man-of-mission of the time period, but they failed to understand the meaning of His words correctly.
Here are 4 ways to understand the meaning of what the Lord says.
1. First, understand correctly the meaning of ‘the parables’ as God and Jesus, spoke through the prophets, central figures, or apostles in the Bible. Then you will be able to understand the meaning of what He says almost completely.
2. Second, in order to understand the meaning of the Lord’s words from a different aspect,
understand and realize, keeping ‘the times’ in mind.
3. Third, understand the meaning of what the Lord says, whether He speaks of ‘the spirit’ or of ‘the body.’
4. Fourth, Jesus, speaks words that pertain to ‘the times (Time, Times, and Half a Time)’ So I hope you will understand what He tells you.
Additionally, human beings have both ‘the spirit’ and ‘the body.’ Therefore, you need to examine what the Lord says, by dividing and discerning it, whether it is about the spirit or the body. The Bible is fulfilled in both ways (physical and spiritual); therefore, you must not interpret it in only one way.