– Introduction –
Parables are Prophecies
Did you know the Parables in the Bible are all prophecies and telling us the plan of YHVH and His will all along from the beginning? I have learned in my Bible study, especially in the past several years, that the Parables are indeed prophecies and so rich in mysteries and spiritual truths. Well, however, I also realize that this important fact has been suppressed and not taught in the Church, Bible colleges, or seminaries, just like in many other areas of the Bible teaching. The Parables are still taught as moral teaching and “good” stories, but not as prophecies as they should be, causing us to miss so much precious information our Father has given us.
So, I thought I would start this series to share what He has shown me about the Parables in the Bible, which I sincerely believe, in ways much closer to what they He originally intended to be. Parables are meant to appear simple and easy, but to those who have “eyes to see and ears to hear,” can be the treasure chests in which they can find all kinds of keys and hints to unlock the mysteries of God. They were intended to be vehicles of His message to his people, and to be the time capsules of His thoughts from the beginning, which were programed to be unlocked at certain time in the future. His plans and His heart for His people are the messages that are encoded and hidden in the Parables. And, the time is now … He is letting us unlock the Parables and release the prophecies and His plans that have been hidden, and giving us the answers to many mysteries we need to know in this End-Time.
I have been working on the deception topics a lot lately. No doubt that it is one of the most crucial things we need to be aware of at this hour. But, here is the reality …. We must know THE TRUTH to recognize and reject the false teaching. The Word of God is “seed” which will be supernaturally planted in our spirit as we read and give us the discernment ability and foundation of the truth that are essential to get through the perilous time ahead.
And, please hear this:
We must take back the Bible from the the Judeo-Masonic deceivers, who have completely dominated the Church and taught their version of the Bible. I am sorry to say this … but you cannot automatically trust your pastor either, or anyone else in teaching positions. I will write more articles on this issue in near future. I understand that is a hard reality we must accept. But the “key action” now is to take back the Truth. And, in order to do that, we must read the Bible for ourselves and receive the truth directly from our Father and unlearn the lies. We have been taught many more lies than we can count. We have to humble ourselves before our Father and receive the truth into our heart that is free of preconceived ideas and traditions.
What I say here in this article and all other articles also must be subject to “test” and need to be confirmed by each and every one of you before you receive. And, in order to do that, again, you will need to know the Bible. There is no short cut. The Spirit of our Father in you should also help with confirmation. And, how to communicate with Him in the spirit is another important skill to learn.
Here are a few steps I strongly recommend all of you to take:
First, stop listening to any TV preachers, YouTube false ministries and false prophets (practically all of them), and any Messianic and Hebrew Roots teachers. In many articles, I have reported false teachers and prophets. Please learn the patterns of them and familiarize yourselves with the occult symbolism, Judeo-Masonic hand signals, and the patterns of lies.
Second, read the Bible from cover to cover. Later, I will give some guidelines on better ways to read the Bible. If you have not been doing them, please do. We must read the Bible for ourselves.
Third, shed the notion that the Bible is difficult to understand. You can make it as difficult as you want if you try to read it by the power of your flesh, with the worldly knowledge, or according to the kabbalistic teaching that has been going around lately. But, the truth is that the Bible is written for the simple and the “poor in spirit,” and not for the worldly wise (. If you feel the Bible is confusing, it is because you have been taught the lies. If you are humble and ask Him for help, our Father will unlock it for you. Only thing He asks you is to read it, and read it diligently with a humble heart and zeal for the truth.
Matthew 5:3 NKJV
(3) “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
1 Corinthians 1:27
(27) But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
1 Corinthians 3:18-20
(18) Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. (19) For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; (20) and again, “The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”
I do not claim to have deciphered them all … of course not. But, by writing about the Parables that I have been able to decipher, or the parts of them that I was able to understand, I am hoping that other students, meaning you, will pick up on some tips and tricks to use in their own studies. It is my testimony that, as I was able to see some of the hidden messages in the Parable, my understanding of the prophecies have gone up a couple of levels … or gone deeper and more connected, may be I should rather say.
Of course, the Bible is much more than a collection of Parables. But, hopefully, I will be able to show you that the Parables are the main method our Father chose to speak to us, His children. The whole Bible being written in parables may be such a big concept to grasp in the beginning. I know … But, I am certain that, as you study along this series with me, you will see what I mean. It is not complicated. If you belong to Him, He will give you the key to unlock His Word, in a specially tailored way just for you.
The Bible is Written in Parables
Now, when we hear the word, “Parable,” we usually think of the New Testament, particularly the Gospels, do we not? The combination of “Jesus and the Parable” is like part and parcel, and the two words are almost synonymous to many of us who grew up in Church. Even some of those who are secular know that Jesus taught in parables. As a result, we all associate His teaching with many famous Parables, such as the “Parable of Prodigal Son” and the ”Parable of the Good Samaritan,” and more.
The word, “Parable,” originates in a Latin word, “parabola,” meaning, “comparison,” and actually, it seems to have a connotation of “juxtaposition.” And, in biblical Greek, it is defined as the following:
OK …. all these are true, and we know that. And, the Parables are supposed to teach us some spiritual and moral lessons … correct? But … Really? Is that it?
I can assure you that Yeshua did not give us the Parables only to make us feel guilty for not behaving perfectly. Some of them are surely to teach us what is expected of us as His disciples. But, if the Parables were given for the moral lessons, then, why aren’t all the Parables teaching us how to behave? How about the “Parable of the Dragnet” (Matt 13:47-50)? How about the “Parable of the Lost Sheep” (Lk 15:1-7)? … Clearly, there are many purposes for teaching with Parables. And, one thing in common, however, is that they are written in codes, and usually talking about the future. We will get to it later …
But, the question I have for you is … are you satisfied with being fed with “milk?” I was very unsatisfied for a long time. Allow me to share my personal experience …
Even after reading quite a few books on the biblical Parables, I remained very thirsty, and worse; I became more frustrated. And, even when I took a course on the Parables at a seminary, hoping that I would be enlightened, the teaching on the Parables of the New Testament did not go much deeper than this level. More frustration … Not only that, further complicating the matter, a sort of twisted and deceptive Judaistic and rabbinic teachings were added to the traditional teaching on the Parables of the Bible. Two out of the three assigned readings for the course were written with many Talmudic references, such as debates of sages and rabbis and Jewish traditional stories and customs, making Parables almost “yucky” to study and impossible to understand. Clearly, the Judaization of the Parables was also going on. No wonder I felt so dismayed thinking … “How can I possibly understand true meanings of the Parables, if ever … ?”
It was before the Father opened my eyes to the Deception of the Messianic Movement and the Illuminati control of most of the seminaries and the Christianity as a whole. I was naïvely expecting more, a lot more, from a graduate level of education … but, it was a wrong place to look for answers … I leaned the lesson. But, of course, I never gave up. I continued to believe that there must have been deeper, but less complicated, meanings than what we had been taught, which would help me receive the answers to the mysteries of God. There must be!
And, I began to “see” it … “the mystery,” as I kept meditating on them, sometimes for a couple hours a day for several days on just one parable, or even on one “word” in it, searching for the prophetic meaning for it. And, at times, I did it until I became absolutely tired of that Parable. But, I know that, every time I meditated on a Parable, some seeds were planted in my spirit. Then finally, after about 4 months, may be less, of over-dosing on Parables on and off, our Father began opening my eyes! I realized that the story lines of the New Testament Parables and the short accounts on the Old Testament matched the canonical message of the Bible. Each contained an aspect of the whole story of the Bible. I began seeing them everywhere, and all over the Bible! Yes, in the Old Testament also, from the very beginning.
The Bible in large part is written in parables!
Again, I learned .. the answer was in the Bible, not in any other books!
If you have read some of my other writings or watched my Revelation Timeline video, you know the way I read the Bible: I find and define key words, follow them to connect events and messages, and like a puzzle, create a montage and see the larger picture. And, it is closely connected to this fact that the Bible is written in parables with key words and code words. As I followed this method, little-by-little, over the years, many mysteries of our Father’s plan and His heart have been revealed to me. Those are the major part of what I have been sharing in this Blog. And, if you have found any of my articles useful and helpful in some way, and it has spoken to your spirit, then this method must have a merit or two … correct?
The best example may be the article, “You are the Treasure Hidden in the Field (Mat 13:44),” and also as an example for a prophetic study, “Genesis 14 War: An Encoded Prophecy of the Armageddon.” I strongly recommend that you read these short articles. You will see how a simple “one-verse” parable could contain the whole story of the Bible, and how the entire Genesis Chapter 14 could be a Parable. Also, I have written short sections with the prophetic meanings of the “Parable of the Prodigal Son” and the “Samaritan Woman at the Well.” When you read them, what I have explained in the previous paragraphs will make better sense to you.
I feel now that I have enough of the Parables decoded to at least start sharing with my brothers and sisters who want more from the Bible. Of course, what we can do here is only the beginning and is far from being enough to see the entire picture yet, but I strongly believe that learning how to understand the Parables, especially in a prophetic way, will help anyone to deepen his/her knowledge of the Bible, opening up a whole new way of “seeing” things as you study this precious Book, which is His Mind and Heart.
And, that has certainly been my experience.
The Parables are Prophecies
Most of the Parables are prophecies and prophetic allusions, or “hints,” you could call them, many of which can only be understood when one gains adequate knowledge of the Bible as a whole. We must read them and meditate on them with a sound “canonical” understanding of the Bible. And, a good canonical understanding of the Bible requires reading through of the Bible, from cover to cover, at least a few times.
For example, a daily Bible reading schedule of “two chapters of the Old Testament plus two chapters from the New Testament” would not help. It is a futile religious exercise the deceivers taught us. Some of you might have still benefited from a similar methods because of your diligent studying attitude. But, I promise you, trying this other method will help you deepen your knowledge and see things you have not seen before. Please remember that there is a “story,” a greatest love story of this Age, embedded in the Bible, which you can only see when you read through the Bible.
For those who are starting out, the most fruitful way I have learned, to read the Bible is this:
You must read book by book with understanding of the story line, as much as you can at that time. If you can do that when you are able to have a day or two afterward to meditate on what you’ve read, that would be the best. You can do the meditating while you do routine things, such as household choirs … but while working or driving is not recommended. I have made wrong turns more than a couple times as I meditated while driving … a true story. And, as you advance, add some timeline information to your reading. I have compiled some timeline information as a diagram, “History of Israel and the Prophets.” It shows the timeline of the events in the Old Testament on one page and saves you hundreds of hours of compiling the information. Please download it and use it as you read the Bible and keep yourself oriented as to where in the history you are at that moment. And, as it interests you or necessitates you, look up the words with Strong’s Concordance, online or otherwise. Furthermore, when you get used to it, try looking up certain words, such as “Sabbath,” “water,” “woman,” or any word that catches your attention and stirs up the curiosity in you, and see how they connect. Word study is very important to connect events and prophetic story lines.
And, here is the most important thing:
Be not discouraged even if you do not understand the details or do not remember what you read … that is normal. Please do not bang your head against the wall. It will hurt. Trust the Father and keep reading.
Please also remember this as you read, or re-read’ your Bible:
The Bible is not to be understood as a history book (though it contains history), manual, or a religious book with mysticism, but as a message from our God, our Father, to us about who we are and what His plan is for us, His people …, and they are called the “prophecies.”
Once you understand the message, His plan for us, all the Parables will begin to come alive and tell you even more stories and connect the dots.
You do not need to spend too much time memorizing verses and the addresses of the verses either. Such skills will come as you continue studying. But, just pay attention to “where you are” in the Bible and in the history of Israel as you read in the Old Testament. The Bible is designed in a way that you need to read and know the whole Book to understand the thread of the stories. Reading through it a couple times is the most important thing to do first. And, when you read it, keep in mind to pay attention to the difference between the House of Israel and the House of Judah after the division of the kingdoms. Reading Olivet Journal’s eBook, “Why Yeshua Had To Die,” especially Part 2 through 5 will also help you understand why it is important to know the difference between the two houses.
Of course, the Father will help you “supernaturally” with spiritual understanding. As you received His Spirit in you, some spiritual abilities to understand the mysteries were also given to you. You “know” that Yeshua is the Son of God and our Messiah … don’t you? Just as Apostle Peter did in Caesarea-Philippi, we already have received the revelation of the “Son of the Living God” from our Father in Heaven (Matt 16:16-17; Lk 9:20). You are receiving more than you know as you read … so please keep at it.
Not Milk but Solid Food
Just to help you with an illustrative example, and to encourage, it kind of works like this …. The Parables explain the “Mysteries of God,” that are being intricately woven into the stories, history, the prophets, and psalms, and the rest. The same theme appears like the same colored thread of the needlepoint appears here and there. We may not understand how each point of the thread of a certain color plays a role in the whole picture in the process, but we keep doing it. And, when it is all done, all the points combined, and we step back and look … now, we can see the beautiful story created on the canvas. By connecting the Parables, we can begin to see it forming.
It is a blessing and our privilege to find and receive His message that is hidden in the Bible.
(2) It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
If you are craving for deeper understanding, and thirsty for more “Living Water,” and thinking, “There’s got to be more!” … then, understanding the Parables as prophecies will be the refreshment you need. It is because that is where the “solid food” is, and that is where the gateway to the deeper truths is.
Apostle Paul admonished his disciples saying the following:
(12) For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. (13) For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
In addition to “the word of righteousness,” it is also time that we grow in the Word and build up the skills to delve into the much deeper Mysteries of the Kingdom and the prophecies. It is such a humbling experience to realize His plan for us, and the realization of His unsearchable wisdom and eternal love for us will also lead us to the path of righteousness.
The Word of Yeshua on Parables
Now, here is the scriptural back up for what I am saying. Yeshua our Messiah clearly said that He taught in parables purposefully, and why.
Matthew 13:10-13, 16
(10) And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” (11) He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. (12) “For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. (13) “Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. … (16) “But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;
The Mystery of the Kingdom of Heaven is hidden in the Parables!
And, we have been given the ability to “see” and “hear” them, while those who do not belong to YHVH have not.
So …. are you using the blessed gift?
Verse 12, “For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him” is repeated in the “Parable of the Talent” in Matthew 25. The main points of this parable he taught during the Olivet Discourse are the following:
“A man who traveled to a far country” gave his servants “talents,” “his goods,” to them.
(14) “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. (15) “And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.
And, while “the man” was away, the servant who had received five talents used his portion wisely and doubled the amount (Matt 25:16), and so did the one who had received two (Matt 25:17). But, the one who had received one talent did not use his talent; but instead, he hid the one talent in the ground (Matt 25:18). And, the man returns …
(19) “After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
“The lord” of the servants said to those who multiplied their talents the following:
Matthew 25:21, and repeated in 23
(21) and (23) “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
And, to the one who did not use his talent, he said the following:
(26) “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. (27) ‘So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. (28) ‘Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
Then, the same verse from Matthew 13:12 is repeated here.
(29) ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
Code words in this Parable are:
- “The man who traveled far country” and the “lord” of the servants ==> Our Messiah, and alluding to His ascension to Heaven and the Second Coming, and the long gap between (also in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, the Messiah, the man who saves the injured man, us, goes a way for a long time).
- “The Servants” ==> His disciples and believers, which is us.
- The “goods” and “talents” ==> The abilities, gifts, and callings we are entrusted with.
The message is clear:
While we wait for Him, use the ability that was given to you and multiply, then more will be given to you, but if you do not, whatever you have left will be taken away, as we are being “tested” to see what we would do with what we were given.
Combining this with the teaching on the Parable of the Seed (Matt 13:10-13) above, we can discern that this message is also applicable to the hearing and reading of the Word. The more you study, the more will be revealed to you. And, one of the ways He does this is by showing you the key words and code words in the Parables.
The Parables are Seeds
It is no accident that Yeshua taught His disciples this fact that He communicates with through Parables using the “Parable of the Seed.” I believe so because, from my personal experience, when I “crack” the code of a Parable, it is so much like a hard shell of a seed being cracked open and a pair of new baby leaves starting to spring up. And, all of a sudden, it begins to take a form of the tree it is suppose to grow up to be, and it is like a shadow of what is to come.
Parables are like “seeds” in which our Father carefully and lovingly packed and tucked in the different aspects of the whole story of the Bible, His message. When you crack a seed …. you will watch the tree grow out of it in awe.
He speaks to you through His Parables this way, by creating small versions of “image” and “likeness” of the spiritual truth and things to come …. just as He said,
“Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; …”
The whole mankind and our lives are created in “Their” Image and likeness; therefore, so is the Bible. The Bible is the juxtaposed images and likeness of the spiritual reality, which are the “prophecies” and are written in “Parables.” And, each Parable is a seed that contains a part of the whole story of the Bible. When you decode a Parable, you see the spiritual image, and that is the message from our Father.
This concept may be best understood as we actually decode some Parables together. So, I will remind you again as we go along.
The Secret Things Belong to our Father
Let me also briefly mention one more thing … Not all the Mysteries of the Kingdom are available to us, but there is more revealed to us than we will ever be able to fully understand in our lifetime, and they are in plain sight in the Bible.
Our Father told us the following through Moses:
(29) “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
We must pursue it. We need to decipher as many coded prophecies in the Parables as we can, and learn as many Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven as we possibly can. Even “the law,” the Five Books of Moses, also called “Torah” (NOT the ‘Oral Torah’ of Talmud), are mostly prophecies. The Tabernacles and the Levitical rituals are all enactments of prophecies, many of which were fulfilled upon the First Coming of our Messiah. And, Yes, much more will be revealed to us when He returns, but it is a mandate for us to understand His plans as much as possible before His return. We need to prepare so that we will know what is happening and where we are in the timeline, and so that we will not be deceived. And, as you are faithful with small things, when we stand before Him face-to-face, we will be given much more (Matt 13:12; 25:29).
Certainly … This could be an on-going project forever as the Mystery of the Kingdom is eternal. But, please join me in this endeavor as I tackle one Parable at a time between my other major projects.
Nevertheless, I think this will be a rewarding challenge, because I believe that many decoded Parables will turn out to be some of those crucial pieces of the puzzle we have been looking for. And the mysteries revealed will connect some significant dots … meaning, there will be many “Ah-ha!” moments to come.
Wherever you are in your growth in the understanding of the Word, I am sure you will receive new revelations as you study with us. Our Father will teach and show us individually according to each one’s ability, calling, where you are in your walk with Him, and the measure and the kind of the talents he or she is blessed with (Matt 25:15).
DOs and DONTs in Parable Study
Lastly, before we start, I would like you to first know a few basic, but important, things in studying the Parables:
1. Try to approach every Parable with a “fresh” and “cleared” mind without any preconceived ideas – We must unlearn the old way and deceptive teaching, especially the misunderstood traditional “fixed” interpretations of the Parables, which are overly dramatized or allegorized, and of course, have been taught over and over. We have been mind-controlled, no doubt. Therefore, we need to unlearn and forsake the old knowledge consciously and intentionally, or it will be very hard to receive new revelations. (There will be no story-telling images of the Parables in this series, such as the typical image of the naked Adam and Eve with a serpent wrapping around a tree. They are purposefully missing to avoid influencing your perceptions.)
2. Try to receive one layer of the truth at a time – When you try to understand a Parable in a complicated and overly detailed way, you will miss the point (e.g.: trying to figure out what the actual ‘mark’ on the Cain’s forehead will mislead you away from the meaning of the Parable). What a particular key word or person is spiritually representing is what we need to pay attention to (e.g.: Cain’s ‘mark’ represents the ‘mark,’ ‘seal,’ or ‘identification,’ comes up throughout the Bible, which YHVH places upon us, His people, especially the House of Israel). And, the key words are usually “hints” and “allusions” for the things which they are representing. Also, in the Old Testament Parables, the truth is overlaid on the actual story and on the characters’ lives. But, what the allusions and hints are meant to pointing to are usually not directly related to the actual story in the reality, or do not perfectly match the story line in detail … meaning, we must discern what the hints and allusions the key words are suggesting. If you are stuck with the literal storyline, you will miss the underline message. But, that is the point of telling things in parables, so that the Mysteries are well hidden, is it not? — For example: In Genesis 22, the story of Abraham’s attempt to sacrifice his son, Isaac, Abraham is a type of YHVH the Father, and Isaac the Son, alluding to the ultimate sacrifice of Yeshua, the Son, by the Father. The wood for the burnt offering is an allusion to the cross (Hebrew word, ‘etz,’ meaning ‘tree’), the two young men accompanied them are the types of the two men who would be crucified with Him, and donkey, and more … but who the young men actually were, whether Isaac rode on the donkey or not, or he was crucified or not, are all irrelevant for the allusion pointing to the actual future event. Yet, the whole Parable is giving us the main ingredients and characters of the actual scene of the Crucifixion, including the triumphant entry of the Messiah on a donkey, as it would happen about 2000 or more years later.
3. Try to understand each Parable in the canonical context – Although it is also important to read the Parables in their more immediate context, it is the ultimate importance to see them in the story of the entire Bible and His plan — For example: Today, we can decipher the previous example of Genesis 22, because we know that the prophecy was fulfilled upon His First Coming, learning from the New Testament. Until it actually happened, it must have been a complete mystery to the students of the Scripture. It had been “sealed up” (Dan 8:26; 9:24) until it came to pass. Also, at the same time, and in turn, understanding a Parable will greatly improve your understanding of the canonical plots and the message. The main purpose of the prophecies are confirmation as they are fulfilled. Yeshua opened the eyes of His disciples and showed the prophecies that spoke of Him for confirmation. … I imagine that the meanings of this Genesis 22 Parable might have been one of the things Yeshua revealed to the two men on the road to Emmaus (Lk 24:13-35).
4. Do not attach any allegorical or symbolic meaning to the code words and key words – Every code word, or key word, has to make sense in the story of the Bible, and it is defined somewhere in the Bible, unusually in multiple places. We are to find and learn the definition in the Bible, and not in any other books or in your imagination — For example: 1) A “woman” or a female figure, such as “daughter,” “wife,” “harlot,” etc. represents a group of people, or a nation, who are related by a religion or a belief system, and can be defined according to the context. Most frequently, a “woman” figure represents the biblical “Israel” (NOT the current State of Israel), or the Northern or Southern Kingdom. Therefore, “the seed of woman” (Gen 3:15) means “the seed of Israel,” and not “seed of Mary” the mother of Yeshua, as traditionally taught. Also, the seed of serpent are often called “daughters of Babylon” (Ps 137:8; Jer 51:33; et al.), or the infamous “Mystery Babylon, the Harlot” (Rev 17:5); 2) “The Samaritans” do not simply mean people who were hated by the Jews, and this is a historical and factual view; but more importantly they prophetically represent the House of Israel (Northern Kingdom), who are the Lost Sheep, and this is the canonical and more meaningful view. It is discussed in more detail in “The Lost Sheep of Israel – the Gospel.”
5. Use more directly translated versions of the Bible – This key word-matching method will not work with paraphrased Bibles. Especially, the Amplified, The Message Bible, NLT are not suitable for this purpose at all, as many “assumed” interpretations are infused into them, corrupting the precious Parables, and the structure of the original texts are destroyed. I recommend NKJV, KJV and NASB as they are translated more closely to the original languages and the sentence structures. In my studies, I have mainly used NKJV, consulting and comparing it with KJV. I have read through NASB a couple of times, and believe it is a great translation as well. But, I have found myself kept going back to NKJV, so I suppose it is “my” Bible to use daily. I will mention in this series some influences of the different versions and translations on the interpretation of the Parables, as-needed bases. And, I must say that there is no single translation that is infallible in terms of the accuracy of word choices, though the content of the Bible is inerrant and infallible.
6. Do meditate on them, with much prayer – Question Him about anything, and meditate. He is faithful and will show you many things and connects many dots.
I will point out more important tips as we go along. And, please, share your insight, revelation, and questions with us in the comment section or in the Forum. This is a learning process for all of us. I will certainly appreciate your input!
Now, let’s get started from Genesis 1:1 … –> coming in a few days, June 25, 2014 … : )