Structures in the Bible
We have come up with some astonishing discoveries and would like to present them to the public here. In our Bible studies we find that the Bible mysteriously has inner connections that we have not yet known.
The starting shot for our research began when we realized that the 21 New Testament Epistles could be divided into two groups. The first group includes the Epistles of the apostle Paul and the second group includes the Epistles of James, Peter, John and Juda. It was also easy to see that Paul had written 14 Epistles and the other four a total of 7 Epistles.
Paul's 14 letters represent Ephraim and the letters of the others represent Juda, the two kingdons.
In the next step, we checked whether the 21 teaching letters were structurally related in any way to the letters from Revelation 2 and 3. We were able to determine that this was the case.
Furthermore, we checked whether the parables on Matthew 13 could also be assigned to the letters to the seven churches or not. Also this assignment must take place chronologically like all others also, and then it fits.
Later we assigned the building materials from Exodus 25 to the epistle, then the sons of Jacob were assigned in reverse order.
We also note that the seven churches from Revelation are on a circular path that have to be run three times before Jesus returns.
During our studies, we repeatedly ask ourselves the question: Why these structures? And again and again we came to the conclusion that the inner structures are highly significant for our text interpretations. Let us briefly give an example. The Letter to the Hebrews is probably one of the most difficult texts of the New Testament. If we assign the letter to the church of Laodicea and link the themes described in both letters, then we get more light. But first we should examine the following in revelation 3, verse 14 and following and in the letter to the Hebrew:
- Why does the Lord want to sell gold?
- What are the pathogenic causes that cause clouding of the eyes?
- What is this eye ointment?
- What does the Lord mean by cold and warm?
- What is described with the lukewarm state of the church?
- What does the Lord spit out? Water, bread or fish?
- And so on and so forth.
And in the letter to the Hebrews, among many other questions, the following questions should occupy us:
- What is the purpose of the letter?
- What time does the letter point to?
- To whom is the letter addressed?
- Who are the angels in chapter 1?
- What qualities are ascribed to our Lord?
- It follows from this that if we seek the opposing qualities of the high priest, we have unmasked the Antichrist.
- And many more questions should be asked.
And because we continue with our studies, we might still make some nice surprises.
First we show a graphic showing the 3 tours.
For the reader a short explanation to the graphic. In the outer ring the names of the seven assemblies from Revelation 2 and 3 in chronological order. Four things are assigned to each of these congregations:
1. a parable from Matthew 132. three letters of the New Testament.
The assignments are made in the order we find them in the texts. The first parable is assigned to the first letter from Revelation, likewise the first letter of the New Testament, that is the Epistle to the Romans, is assigned to the first Sending letter, that to Ephesus, and so on. The underlying systematics can be found in the second table.
- The grey ring forms the first circular route on the postal route in Asia Minor. It represents the period from Pentecost 2000 years ago untilthe Reformation.
- The salmon-coloured circle forms the second tour and represents the time from the Reformation to the Rapture.
- The red circle forms the third and final tour, which has to take place between the rapture of the firstborn and the return of the Messiah.
The 24th letter in the greek alphabet - Omega - symbolizes completness.
Translation of the first two lines of the following graphic: The 21 teaching letters of the New Testament form three groups. At the end of the second round the Rapture takes place and at the end of the third round Jesus returns visibly.
Three times the postal route is followed on the circular route in Asia Minor. After the first round Thyatira is completely sour, sadly also after the second round, but then not only Thyatira, but the entire Christian testimony. The Lord is nowhere in the middle anymore, but stands outside in front of the door. For this reason God orders a third round. After the third round, the Lord's work will be completed, symbolized by the letter Omega, the last letter in the Greek alphabet. The letter contents of the seven letters also from the model for the third and final round and are linked with the seven feasts of Exodus 23.
The postal route of Asia Minor is undergoing a change:
1. Laodiceans2. Ephesus3. Smyrna4. Philadelphia5. Sardis6. Pergamos7. Thyatira.
The order of the Letters prophetically points to the historical sequence of the testimony of the congregation. The parables indicate at what time they begin. But there is also a further sequence, and this is derived from the details of the seven Letters. If we properly bring the details into a new sequence, then we get a new order. The Letter to Laodicea is, on the one hand, the last letter and at the same time the first in a third and last cycle, the feasts of the Lord from Exodus 23. The feasts of Leviticus 23 can be divided into two partial cycles. Laodiceae, Ephesus, Smyrna and Philadelphia represent the Spring Festival. Sardis, Pergamos and Thyatira form the autumn festivals.
The seven churches connected with the teaching letters
The colours underneath the cells indicate the theme of the letters. The first line is about the righteousness of God, symbolized by gold. The second line is underlaid with silver, which speaks of atonement and forgiveness. We find the copper in the third line, it points to the service in the forecourt. Because Satan established his throne in Pergamos, we can now also understand why Paul speaks in the 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians that he did not interfere in the work of another. Just as the rotting of Korah presumed to serve, so also those who serve in the synagogue of Satan presumed to do so. The blue purple in the fourth line speaks of the heavenly, the covenant with Sarah. Whoever wants to return to the law, of whom Paul says, let him be cursed. And because both the blue and the red purple speak of royal dignity, it is not only the Catholic priests who rule, but also the Protestant priests who represent the red purple. Not only does Sardis have red purple, her name also emphasizes that she is "The Red".
Now we come to the sixth line, to which we have added the colour of crimson. Crimson resembles the colour of the blood and indicates that the friends, John 3, have become brothers, or is it the other way around, the brothers become friends? One thing is certain, they are united in Philadelphia. ( Philos - friend, Adelphos - brother).
The seventh line symbolizes Byssus with its white. What is promised to this group in any case is that God will clothe them with white clothes if they hold on to His name.
The Seven Assemblies and the 7 Parables from Matthew 13
1. Parable - Sower
Jesus is the sower who spreads the seed on the field of the world. Ephesus did a lot of work, but the Lord was pushed out of his first place by the work.
2 Parable - Tares
The enemy, Satan, has already sown the poisonous herb in the beginning. The enjoyment of the herb makes you sluggish, then later lets you fall into a kind of trance and finally leads to death. For Smyrna it becomes bitter in many ways, but the Lord comforts her and points to his suffering and death and that he nevertheless lives for eternity.
3. Parable - Mustard Seed
This herb symbolizes something foreign. Both the 2nd Corinthians and the 1st Timothy refer to foreign doctrine and Peter asks his readers not to follow artificial fictions, i.e., these are quietly imposed things during the consecration in a religious rite, such as the Catholic priestly ordination or the admission to a Masonic lodge. The name Pergamos means fortress. Yes, it is true, Satan has built his fortresses, yet the church of Pergamos can overcome the enemy with the help of the Lord.
4. Parable - Leaven
The leaven stands for much evil, such as immoral life, Jewish teachings that are not in accordance with the Bible, mixtures, these are things that add to the teaching of the Bible or from other worldviews.
5. Parable - Treasure in the Field
Only at the end, at the third round trip on the Asia Minor postal route and only at the beginning of the second festival cycle is the treasure recovered in the field.
6. Parable - Very precious Pearl
The value of this pearl can be seen in the fact that the merchant who acquires it sells all his possessions in order to possess this treasure.
7. Parable - The great fishing draught
The rapture will be a shock to many of those left behind. Some will ask themselves, "Why aren't we with them? and hopefully study the Epistle to the Hebrews thoroughly and then sort out their relationship with the Lord. And the others ...
The 7 Churches in Connection to the 7 Parable Matthew 13
Meaning of the Name
|Ephesus||approve, permitted||Sower||Four: Symbolic of the four corners of the earth: field, world;|
|Smyrna||bitter||Weeds||Enemy, devil, distress;|
|Pergamos||Fortness||Mustard Seed||tree, throne, Satan, Antipas;|
|Thyatira||Odour of pain||Sourdough||acidified, bread, spit out;|
|Sardis||The Red One||Treasure in the field||hidden treasure;|
|Philadelphia||Brotherly Love||Precious Pearl||perfect, unity|
|Laodicean||Justice of the People||Big Fishing Draught||The net does not tear, many large fish, water, blind, eye ointment for the fish.|
Materials for Building God's Temple - Exodus 25, 1-7
And the LORD spake unto Moses, and said, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they may bring me a heave offering: of every one that is willing of heart ye shall take my heave offering. And this is the sacrifice which ye shall take of them: gold, and silver, and brass, and blue, and red, and purple, and scarlet, and byssus, and goat hair, and rams' skins, and badger's skins, and acacia wood; oil for light, and spices for anointing oil, and for fragrant incense; onyx stones, and stones for the ephod, and for the breast shield.
The 14 Epistles of Paul combined
with the 14 materials from Genesis 25
|Goat hair||1. Thessalonians||Gad||Silpa|
|red ram skins||2. Thessalonians||Naphtali||Bilha|
|Acacia wood||2. Timothy||Judah||Lea|
|Onyx stones / Stones||Hebrew||Reuben||Lea|
We find the further links with the seven letters in the book Esther. Whenever I read this book, it was in my youth and or later, there always seemed to be a very special secret in its text. Heart and mind were always immersed in this text in a very special way. I could never explain it. Only slowly did my senses learn to feel the hidden and to lift the veil. The first chapter of the Book of Esther is the key, but not yet for all rooms, I mean chapters.
Without having read the texts again and again, one stands in front of a forest and still does not see it for the trees.
The Book Esther
Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:) That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace, In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him: When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honour of his excellent majesty many days, even an hundred and fourscore days.
And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace; Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble. And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels being diverse one from another,) and royal wine in abundance, according to the state of the king. And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel: for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure.
Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus. On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on. But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.
Then the king said to the wise men, which knew the times, (for so was the king's manner toward all that knew law and judgment:
And the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, which saw the king's face, and which sat the first in the kingdom;) What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law, because she hath not performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?
And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus. For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not. Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the king's princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus shall there arise too much contempt and wrath.
If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she. And when the king's decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small.
And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan:
For he sent letters into all the king's provinces, into every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house, and that it should be published according to the language of every people.
The 7 Churches and the 21 Epistles
Now we see the close interlocking of the New Testament letters of God to have to understand. The following text is intended to serve the interested person as a model for studying the Bible, no more but no less.
One or the other reader will have asked himself now and then why the post-route of Asia Minor should have taken place three times, when the entire history of the Christian testimony of the seven churches is described by their order, as we find it in Revelation 2 and 3. If we look back into church history, then we can actually see 7 incisive changes as presented by the words of the Lord.
The land needs fresh and unleavened bread
Now we have often pointed out in this book that Thyatira was completely acidified during its 1000 years of existence. God forms a new measure today. This began during the time of the reformers, God used Martin Luther first to make a new dough.
Now our first question:
What is the new dough made of? It consists of flour and water, according to the recipe of the Jewish matzah, which is eaten with Passover.
Our second question:
Where does God get the flour from? From wheat grains, of course. But before sufficient grain is available, it must be sown abundantly and harvested in good time. At the end of a period, God has his desired quantity and can put the flour in a jar and add water. Then the Lord kneads both together. At some point the dough is kneaded so that it can be formed and then given for baking. The traditional shape of a matze forms a circular and flat loaf of bread and is "transparent". We can assume that the Lord also forms a circular loaf of bread.
The oven is heated in good time before kneading. When it has reached the required temperature, the baker can take the formed dough and put it in the oven. How long does the whole procedure take? Wikipedia explains how the matze is made: "The baking process, from mixing the flour with water to the finished matze, must not take longer than 18 minutes. After a baking time of approx. 10 minutes, the mats are ready and can then be taken out of the oven.
The time for baking has come
God still needs flour for his matze and so the workers bring new sheaves from the field, from which the missing flour is finally made. In the end we will find out: The reformation has produced a new and unleavened dough, whose bread will already spread a fragrance in the house during baking.
In the beginning there was Passover
Thyatira is completely sour and so it goes during the first round back to the start. No? yes, it goes to Laodicäa, because everything started in Laodicäa, but nobody sees it. When the Lord began the Lord's Supper, the atmosphere in Israel was Laodicean. The rulers of the Jews were blind, poor and naked. Eye trouble in droves, the gold of their justice worthless and their shame naked. It was at this very time that the disciples celebrated a special Passover for the first time, at which the above-mentioned Matthew was presented. Jesus had long knocked at the door of the house of Judah, but only a few went out to the Lord and followed him.
A similar situation was seen in the Middle Ages, if not even worse. And so the Lord decreed a new beginning. This is already hinted at in Colossians, for the congregation had similar problems like the Roman Catholic Church. They are blind. What luck, God is an honest merchant, he delivers promptly when orders are placed. And so the Holy Spirit refers the Reformers to his overview of offers, which lists the truths as listed in the letter to Laodicea. However, it can only be ordered if one can read the small print. Therefore the grocer always offers his eye ointment first, because if one sat longer time in the darkness, the eyes can hurt already sometimes sensitively with sunlight. Therefore, the dose of the medication must be carefully observed.
1. The Gold
It points to the Letter to the Romans. Did Martin Luther not say: "Faith alone!" Did he not have his tower experience about exactly that truth? And so it happened like almost 2000 years ago, only a few left the religious system. But the small crowd followed their Lord Jesus Christ. They remained faithful to him and thus triggered a movement that spread across the entire earth.
2. The Silver
How miserable Martin had felt again and again, because sin was a daily burden to him and he often asked himself the question: "How can I find a gracious God?" In the first letter to the Corinthians we can still read it today. The Lord is just waiting for us to refer to his glorious work of Golgotha and bring him our guilt. The words of the apostle John sound like music to our ears: "If we confess our sins, He - the Lord - is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
3. The clothes
The Colossians should take off the body of the flesh. How is that supposed to work, to undress the body of the flesh? We already explained it when we described the belt of the truth. Adam and Eve had stripped off the truth when they believed the serpent, so they put on the lie. Everything the flesh desires since that time is infected with the poison. The term "the body of the flesh" expresses exactly that nudity of which we read in Genesis 3 and which the Lord speaks of in the Letter to Laodicea, telling her bluntly that she is naked. And when the Lord speaks of the shame of her nakedness, then the nakedness as such is not a shame, that would be nonsense. What Laodicea has done is a disgrace. And what did she do? The Lord speaks of idolatry, which he had already addressed in his letter to Thyatira. In the church there was the whore who should have been cast out. It becomes apparent that Jezebel is still there and is still doing her mischief, and so all Laodicea fell for her deception to idolatry.
If the Holy Spirit in Colossians mentions a church five times, another than the one to which the letter was actually addressed, then that is already very remarkable. Now the two places in Asia Minor were only a few kilometers apart, and it makes sense that both should read the letter of the other, as the apostle commands. But the deeper reason for his instruction was that both the Colossians and Laodicea were knitted in a similar way. The themes of the two letters complement each other in an ingenious way.
Now the Colossians' Letter is the last letter that the servant John is to deliver on the postal route of Asia Minor. The letter ends the first round trip. Now at the end of the first cycle the church seems to be completely helpless against the massive internal problems, just like the Roman Catholic church of the Middle Ages. But finally some people are enlightened that Paul gave them a tip a long time ago: read the letter to Laodicea, which the apostle John wrote about 40 years later. And just after 40 years, Laodicea was completely acidified. Also in Laodicea we can recognize it: God comes just in time. The 40 years, don't they seem somehow familiar to us? Isn't it written in Judges 13, 1, "And the children of Israel did again that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord; and the Lord gave them into the hand of the Philistines forty years. And then God sent them the last judge, Samson, sunlight.
Now one or the other reader will perhaps think reflexively: What does the time of the judges have to do with the Christians of Laodicea?
I now reveal a secret, even if some readers may not like it. Everything that has been written down about the earthly people has been put on paper by God because of us, the Christians. If we read the Bible and then not only get upset about the godless behaviour of the Jews of those times, but also condemn it, then in reality they looked in the mirror and still did not recognize themselves. This can cost them dearly.
From a prophetic point of view, Martin Luther read the letter to Laodicea, heeded it and consequently left the camp of the Philistines, that is Rome. And so a new marathon began with the Reformation. It will not last 1000 years, but only about 500 years. The next stop on the post-route of Asia Minor, we already mentioned it in connection with the gold, is the church of Ephesus, to which we assign the Letter to the Romans. The central verse to Rome is the quotation from Habakuk 2, 4 which we have already quoted and described:
But the Righteous shall live by faith.
And because we are still in the second round today, we take a look at the further teaching letters that refer to the corresponding congregations that are on this round course. The numbers after the names of the letters indicate the order in which they have been arranged in the accepted canon of the New Testament. These include the letters to the Thessalonians (8 and 9), Timothy (10 and 11), Titus (12), Philemon (13) and the Hebrews (14). Each describes the state of Christian witness on the second stage. Their qualities are mentioned, but also their problems which arise in the respective epoch are discussed. Of Paul's 14 teaching letters, the first letter to the Thessalonians, the eighth teaching letter, which points to a new beginning, must therefore be assigned to the congregation of Ephesus. The contents of the Epistles should be of help to the relevant Church from Revelation.
The Church of Ephesus
The Lord walks among seven candlesticks. What material were the candlesticks made of? Of course, they were made of gold. The righteousness of God shines in all its splendour, because all the lamps are glowing. But what did the Lord miss about Ephesus, what did he miss? Jesus says: "You have abandoned your first love. Now we look at the state of the church on its second round, which is described to us in the first letter to the Thessalonians. What does the apostle Paul praise? We always give thanks to God for all of you by remembering you in our prayers:
1. of your work of faith, and
2. the effort of love and
3. the perseverance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesus had left the first love and to the Thessalonians Paul writes of efforts of love. Efforts of Love? What is that? That sounds almost as if Paul wanted to formulate a work testimony: Mr. X was trying ... Do you know that? Actually, an employer wants to express: He hasn't put anything together. If you had to distribute school grades, then you would be forced to acknowledge a deficiency. The Greek expression for endeavor is kopos (κοπος Strong-No. G2873) and is translated with:
1. a cut;
2. laborious work, to struggle;
3. pain, sorrow and anguish.
Now every thing still has two sides and so we read from the beloved physician Luke about Paul's intimate relationship to the Ephesians in Acts 20:29:
Therefore watch and remember that for three years night and day I did not cease to admonish everyone with tears.
Are these the efforts of love? How often was he rejected and cut? How much pain may the Ephesians have inflicted on him, and what torment did Paul have to endure through them? And yet, Paul never ceased to admonish everyone in a loving way, to hear and be astonished, to admonish everyone with tears. Did the Ephesians ever read the letter to the Thessalonians? And if so, will they have recognized Paul's voice in it and have returned to their first love? We are not used to answering a question with a yes and a no, but here, as in similar cases, we have to do it.
A yes because some of the brothers and sisters of Ephesus remember the example of Paul and then return to their first love, Jesus. But also a "no", because the majority of churchgoers do not hear the loving admonitions of the Lord.
The first group will be raptured by the Lord in his time and the second group, because of their blindness, will have to undergo a very special healing treatment and go to Baden. Extensive water treatments are indicated. The letters of James, Peter and John and of the half-brother of the Lord, Judas, in particular, serve the bereaved for follow-up treatment. In the therapy plan for the after-cure the following gentle measures are on the program for Ephesus, after which the eyes got used to sunlight again:
Read, study and understand what the letter of James wants to tell them. James offers a well-tried tool for this purpose:
But if any of you lack wisdom, ask him of God, who willingly gives to all (and most importantly after the Rapture) reproaches nothing.
After the healing water treatment, the Lord then sends them on a third and final tour, after the great city of God's Nineveh, which symbolically again stands for Laodicea. By the way: After the rapture the 12 tribes of Israel will be revealed, because James writes to the 12 tribes or not? And so we find out, with James, we should better say with Jacob, God begins something new before the tribulation comes upon him.