Things in this world are not what they seem. Our perception, or lack thereof, causes us to see only what we have been told was there. So we only see what we expect to see. The rest of what really is available to see lays dormant to the eye. It waits for someone to perceive what was there all along.
Take reading the Bible, for instance. Every person who reads it, reads it through a matrix of past teachings and doctrines that they sat under, making it difficult to see it with fresh eyes. Every denomination has pet doctrines that serve as a prism for their followers to see through.
It is the “leaven that the woman took and hid in three measures of meal” (Mt 13:33). “Leaven” in scripture is hypocrisy. “Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy” (Luke 12:1). The key word here is “to hide.” Leaven is hid during the kingdom of heaven years after the resurrection and ascension. It is hid in the food that the followers of the Savior are to eat for their spiritual sustenance. Leaven is hid through false teachings about God.
False Doctrines Multiply
And “a little leaven leavens the whole lump” (Gal 5:9). A little false doctrine multiplies like a bit of yeast in a lump of bread. It soon spreads throughout the whole lump of dough. That is what the false religious system, symbolized as the “woman,” has done. Their false teachings cloud the truth so that the truth cannot be seen. They hide the truth with smoke and mirrors and spread confusion and a false sense of security. The Savior in the next verse after His warning about the leaven of hypocrisy says, “For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.” False teachings about God hide the truth from the eyes of casual onlookers.
You mean things really are covered up where the average person can’t see them? Yes, according to the Messiah. We are doctrinally to partake of the “unleavened bread of sincerity and truth,” Paul says. That would then make leaven insincerity and falsehoods. Bread is a symbol for sustenance. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” So leavened bread, spiritually speaking, is not the true word of God, but another doctrine.
Many say, “Doctrine is not the important. Just loving Jesus and each other is the important thing.” This is some of the old leaven we are to purge out. The apostle John was strong on the importance of sound doctrine. “Whosoever transgresses and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son.” Doctrine is translated from a Greek word that simply means “instruction.” We, then, are to abide, or to continue in the teachings and instruction of Christ, the Messiah. If we do not continue in them, then we “have not God,” according to the apostle John.
That is how important the doctrine of God is. But this takes us full circle to this dilemma: What is the teaching/instruction/doctrine of the Savior? If we have been eating of a tainted, leavened bread that seems to be truth, but is actually hiding the truth as seen above, then how will we be able to see the truth?
It is here that many will balk. They will think in their hearts that the old wine is better; the new wine we can’t trust because it is new. “I already know the truth. I’m set. Many will go on their way and not delve any deeper into this area.
But wait! Don’t throw this aside! I want to prove to you that there are things hidden right in your own Bibles that you have read a hundred times or more and never saw. How can I say this with conviction? Because I just experienced a profound revelation of truth in the Bible—a truth that was always there in black and white—literally there, but I had never seen it.
I was reading Paul’s writings in I Corinthians 10:4-9—what he said about the children of Israel in the wilderness. “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” A footnote loomed out at me on the word “followed.” It said, “that went with them.” In other words, “They drank of that spiritual Rock that went with them…” The children of Israel drank in the words of Christ, for He went along with them on their journey in the wilderness.
This intrigued me, so I turned to Exodus 17 to read about this. We have all heard of the story of the miracle of Moses smiting the rock and water coming out to quench the thirst of the people. In that passage, the children of Israel chided Moses for bringing them out “to cause us to die of thirst.” Moses then cried to YHWH and YHWH responded by saying, “And Yahweh said unto Moses, Go on before the people and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel” (Ex 17:5-6). Okay. Moses smites the rock and water comes out of it. A great miracle, indeed, but we have all read this passage many times. What’s new?
Go back to where Yahweh is speaking, “Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb…” I will stand before you there upon the rock in Horeb! Yahweh stated here that he was about to stand on the very rock that Moses was to smite. Picture it! God Almighty, in His glorified human form, the one He spoke through in the Garden of Eden to Adam and Eve, the one who appeared to the patriarchs and prophets—Yahweh said that He will stand on that rock that Moses would smite for water, and He would stand there in the sight of Moses and the elders of Israel. And Paul, getting the revelation of this wrote that the children of Israel saw and heard Christ; they drank for that spiritual Rock that went with them through the wilderness, and that Rock was Christ. The Anointed One was there in the wilderness. He is the arms, the legs, the body of the invisible God, Yahweh. Yahshua is the “expressed image of the invisible God.” When Yahweh said, “I will stand on the rock,” He would use His glorified form, Immanuel. Invisible Yahweh poured fully into His glorified form standing there on that rock that Moses struck! What a sight! What a glorious moment in the history of this world. The children of Israel had no excuse for acting the way they did, for He went with them and stood before them, His feet above where the water was gushing out!
I never saw that before. I have never heard this or read this before. This revelation was a complete utter gift that God gave to me for no merit of my own. I share this so that, yes, others may see the glorious appearing of the Savior in Moses’ day. But more importantly, I share this so that we all can see that there is more to all of this truth than what we first thought. It is the “unsearchable riches of Christ.” We all have not even scratched the surface. His works are so grand and glorious that John said that “if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written” (John 21:25).
Consequently, we must remain open to new revelation. We must open our minds and hearts and pray that God would lift the fog of old leaven teachings that conceal and hide the truth of what God is doing and will do in the earth shortly.
THERE IS MORE! The old teachings of the old denominations won’t get the job done in this day. God is doing something new in the earth. He is calling forth a group of men and women who will remain open to new revelations. He said, “Behold, I make all things new.” That’s a “new covenant…a new heart…new wine…new bottles…new testament…new cloth…new commandment…new doctrine…new creature…all things are become new…a new man…new creature…a new and living way…new heavens…a new earth…a new name…a new song…and a new Jerusalem.”
If there is nothing new in our spiritual life, then we are missing out on God’s work in the earth. And He will do all of this as He restores all things that He spoke through His prophets since the world began. What a God! KWH