Leave the horses and enter the Castle
Acts 23:32 -
On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle:
People believe in Heaven there are animals and trees. God says He made man in His image and also says God is Spirit. Jesus says after Resurrection man will be like the Angels. Also Heaven is not made of gold or the precious stones which people think it is.
God gave us His word and His Word is for all times. So even those who did not have wisdom or were not blessed with the Spirit of Truth still had / have some level of message / understanding of the Bible. A perfect example is the Gospel of John which is the most favourite book of the Bible while preaching because it is most simple to understand yet if asked a real Bible student it is the most complex book in the whole Bible which explodes with revelation after revelation in almost every scripture.
When God made man He made him in His image. When He made the animals or trees He states sometimes after His kind or sometimes after their kind. The image was not in the physical looks but in the design. Like man God made everything in this creation from the animals to trees in an image so that by understand them man will understand the Kingdom of God. The twelve precious stones symbolize the twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit (one needs a little understanding of gemmology for this) and it was in symbolism of this that the Israelite tribes and the Apostles were always kept in that number.
When Satan came as a snake it did not mean he physically looked like a snake it meant the symbolism of the manner in which he came and that was deceit. If we study the manners of the snake like the way it moves and its properties like being a cold blooded animal and it's sensing its environment by its tongue will give a perfect understanding of how the spirit of deceit works. After greed and pride it was deceit which over took Satan. The study of these symbolisms is what the Lord thought me in the early stages of my Bible study with Him and I call it Image Study, without Image Study one will never understand the Old Testament.
God called an animal clean or unclean not because of the animal but because of the spirit they symbolized. It is because of this Jesus or His disciple never instructed about not eating unclean animals.
In the Bible horses are mentioned and in some places they are also described as coloured. Horses were a means of transport which meant were for fast movement from one place to another. Horses therefore symbolize moving from one phrase to another or another words progress. The colours defined the property / description of the progress. In some places it is recorded one kind of horse comes, then another and then another; that does not mean that the phrase changes for the return of the horses are not written. It means another phrase enters overlapping the previous.
In today's message the Lord is telling us those who run after worldly progress will loss the opportunity to enter His House which is Heaven.
Worldly prosperity is not bad but has to be within means of need. Any person who gathers wealth without purpose of blessing others will have an impossible task to enter Heaven. Paul says that wealth is the cause of fall of many. People who realize that God blesses us more than our needs with the purpose to bless others, the overflow has to fall unto those around you, whom the Lord has given you spiritually. It does not have to be only wealth but even luxury which is unnecessary can also become a great hurdle in one's spiritual live. Look at the calamity of great Men and Women of God worldwide who have fallen just because of this.
Those who have treasures in Heaven will not be able to build their treasures here on earth for themselves.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, your wisdom is beyond man's comprehension. In your wisdom You made everything and said all is good. Adam had understanding of all this before sin came into him and thus named all the animals and plants by their understanding. Lord, open the eyes of your people and let them see your instructions in your creations. Help them overcome the worldly desires and desire things of the real Spiritual world...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Genesis 6:20 - Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
Genesis 7:14 - They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
Genesis 3:1 - Now the serpent [enchanter] was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
26 And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?
27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
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