The Covert Bible, part II:
Following are several examples.
I would not hesitate to say that there are probably hundreds more that would be beneficial as powerful teaching tools.
"And after these things David consulted the Lord, saying: Shall I go up into one of the cities of Juda?
And the Lord said to him: Go up. And David said: Whither shall I go up? And he answered him: Into Hebron."
"And David said to Nathan: I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said to David:
The Lord also hath taken away thy sin: thou shalt not die.
Those verses have a meaning that are overt to some but covert to others.
Do you see one of the seven sacraments typed in those two verses?
Sometimes extracting short phrases from the verses one at a time will help in understanding the messages they convey.
1. In the first verse, David spoke directly to GOD and asked Him two questions.
2. And GOD answered him directly both times.
3. In the second verse, David confessed his sin to Nathan, a mere man, but a man of GOD.
4. It was Nathan who said that GOD had taken away his sin.
5. David received GOD's forgiveness not by Him speaking directly to David, but through a human person.
6. It is the same today in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
7. The priest, acting 'In Persona Christi' (in the person of Christ, 2Corinthians 2:10),
conveys GOD's forgiveness of sins to the sinner.
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son and his name shall be called Emmanuel."
"And his name shall be called Emmanuel"?
I thought His name was to be called Jesus.
How can this be resolved?
Well the answer to that one is that Hebrew names had a meaning, a title, and that is explained very nicely in the following verses.
"And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus. For he shall save his people from their sins. (22) Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying: (23) Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (7) Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this."
These two verses are absolutely loaded with overt and covert meaning. It is a very overt prophesy of the coming of the Christ and His founding of His one Church.
1. Notice that the word 'government' is singular, and it can only refer to His Church.
2. Of the increase of His 'government' (His Church), there shall be no end. Don't non-Catholics teach that His Church went into apostasy early on at some unknown and unprovable time and without a shred of documentation on their part to prove that it ever happened? Also, by claiming this heresy, aren't they saying that what Isaiah prophesied is untrue?
His Church has been growing and increasing for almost 2000 years, despite the attacks from heretics and others.
Today it has at least 1.1 billion members, and is still adding more and more every day.
3. Even the word 'government' disarms those who say that Jesus founded an invisible church.
How can a governing body ever be invisible, (Matthew 5:14) what with legislatures, governors, courts, etc.?
4. The last part of verse 7 clearly says that He will establish His government and IT WILL LAST FOREVER.
And who will insure this? In the last line it is GOD Himself. Here is yet another verse that has to be denied by those who say His Church went into apostasy at some unknown time and with no documented proof whatsoever to support their false charge.
Since 'the LORD of hosts will perform this', does that mean that those who present these false charges are guilty of Acts 5:39, that they will be found to fight even against GOD?
"And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious."
"O Lord, my might, and my strength, and my refuge in the day of tribulation: to thee the Gentiles shall come from the ends of the earth, and shall say: Surely our fathers have possessed lies, a vanity which hath not profited them."
Micah 5:8, "And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, in the midst of many peoples, as a lion among the beasts of the forests, and as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, when he shall go through, and tread down, and take there is none to deliver."
"Be it known therefore to you that this salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles: and they will hear it."
"Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also."
"Even us, whom also he hath called, not only of the Jews but also of the Gentiles."
"Lest you be wise in your own conceits, I want you to understand this mystery, brethren: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles come in."
"That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs and of the same body: and copartners of his promise in Christ Jesus, by the gospel (7) Of which I am made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God, which is given to me according to the operation of his power."
Do you see a common thread among those verses?
Gentiles are mentioned in all of the verses.
Gentile: a person who is not of the Jewish faith, or is of a non-Jewish nation.
In the Old Testament it is prophesied that Gentiles will come to the same GOD of the Jews.
In the New Testament is the fulfillment of those prophesies.
Covertly they show that Christianity must be true.
"Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit. (15) And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:"
It is easy to see from the context (read Isaiah 65:1-13) that GOD is not pleased with His chosen people.
They will be slain (it happened in 70 A.D. by the hands of the Romans).
Now can you guess what 'another name' will be for His servants?
How about "Christians" (Acts 11:26)?
"O Lord, the hope of Israel: all that forsake thee shall be confounded: they that depart from thee, shall be written in the earth: because they have forsaken the Lord, the vein of living waters."
It has always been a mystery as to exactly what Jesus wrote in the dirt in John 8:6.
It is by conjecture that what He wrote might have been what Jeremiah said in the above verse.
Jesus certainly had many depart from Him. Read John 6:66 for one
verse out of many.
"And it came to pass that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. (42) And she cried out with a loud voice and said: Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb."
There is a very interesting covert message where Elizabeth 'cried out with a loud voice'. Here is an excellent example where reverting to the original Greek gives us much more to delve into and where the English translation falls short. The Greek word used here is 'Anaphoneo'. This is the only time this Greek word is used in the New Testament. This same Greek word appears five times in the Septuagint or LXX, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament where it describes Levitical priests praising GOD before the Ark of the Covenant.
"And all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of a horn, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, playing loudly (anaphoneo) on lutes and harps."
"And he appointed before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, Levites to minister and lift up the voice (anaphoneo), and to give thanks and praise the Lord God of Israel: (5) Asaph was the chief, and next to him Zacharias, Jeiel, Semiramoth, and Jeiel, Mattathias, Eliab, and Banaeas, and Abdedom: and Jeiel sounding with musical instruments, lutes and harps, and Asaph with cymbals: (anaphoneo)"
"And with them there were trumpets and cymbals to sound aloud (anaphoneo), and musical instruments for the songs of God: and the sons of Idithun were at the gate."
"And there was one voice in the trumpeting and in the psalm-singing, and in the loud utterance (anaphoneo) with one voice to give thanks and praise the Lord; and when they raised their voice together with trumpets and cymbals, and instruments of music, and said, Give thanks to the Lord, for it is good, for his mercy endures for ever: then the house was filled with the cloud of the glory of the Lord."
So what do you see as the covert message here? It is praise given to GOD in front of the old wooden Ark of the Covenant, and the same praise given before the New Ark of the Covenant, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
"My sheep hear my voice. And I know them: and they follow me. (28) And I give them life everlasting: and they shall not perish for ever. And no man shall pluck them out of my hand."
This the classic verse that some non-Catholic sects use to 'prove' their 'once saved, always saved' false teaching.
Let us put this into context.
First of all, 'My sheep hear my voice', means that they obey His commands and follow Him, as He said in the second sentence.
The last sentence says nothing about those who voluntarily jump out of His hand
and simply walk away from Him and His Church (John 6:66---again, for one).
"Jesus said to her, "Do not touch Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father. But go to My brothers and say to them, I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and My God, and your God." (18) Mary Magdalene came bringing word to the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He told her these things."
In this very overt set of verses, for those who say verse 17 'proved' that Jesus Christ had 'brothers', a covert message that they did not see proved them wrong.
Jesus told Mary Magdalen to go to His 'brothers'. But who did she go to in verse 18? She went to His 'disciples'.
Those 'disciples' were the Apostles, and they were certainly not His blood brothers.
Also, some people might be confused since throughout the New Testament, His Apostles are sometimes called His disciples.
A disciple is one who follows Christ as do the Apostles. There are many disciples, but few Apostles.
Apostles are disciples, but not all disciples are Apostles.
"We must not put the Lord to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents; (10) nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. (11) Now these things happened to them as a warning, but they were written down for our instruction, upon whom the end of the ages has come. (12) Therefore let any one who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall."
Wow! If I were a member of the 'once saved always saved' crowd,
those verses would have me shaking in fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).
If I claim that I am already saved, isn't that putting the Lord to the test?
After all, it is He and not any human person that determines who is saved and who is not.
Verse 12 drives the final nail in the 'once saved always saved' coffin.
"For, in the first place, when you assemble as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and I partly believe it, (19) for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized."
In John 10:16 Jesus said,
"And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice.
So there shall be one flock, one shepherd."
In John 17:21-23 Jesus prayed,
"I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, (21) that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (22) The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, (23) I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me."
In both of the quotes in the Gospel of John, Jesus said that we must be one and not divided.
That is GOD's way. Satan is the divider. Divide and conquer is his way. Division is evil since it comes from Satan.
However, from this evil arises good in that true and genuine Christians are manifested as shown in 1Corinthians 11:19 as shown above.
Heresy must exist, for in studying it we can separate the truth from the lie.
So what is the covert message here? It is revealed in the following verse:
"Even though you planned evil against me, God planned good to come out of it.
This was to keep many people alive, as he is doing now."
See also Romans 3:8 and 8:28.
"And the temple of God was opened in heaven: and the ark of his testament was seen in his temple. And there were lightnings and voices and an earthquake and great hail. (12:1) And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (2) And being with child, she cried travailing in birth: and was in pain to be delivered. (3) And there was seen another sign in heaven. And behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns and on his heads seven diadems. (4) And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered: that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son. (5) And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod. And her son was taken up to God and to His throne. (6) And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, that there they should feed her, a thousand two hundred sixty days. (7) And there was a great battle in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought, and his angels. (8) And they prevailed not: neither was their place found any more in heaven. (9) And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world. And he was cast unto the earth: and his angels were thrown down with him.
Whew! There is a lot of overt and covert meaning to those ten verses.
1. First of all, notice that we continue from the last verse of chapter 11 to the first verse of chapter 12.
This is because of that little word 'and' (kai in the Greek), the first word in 12:1, which ties the two chapters together, so that makes 12:1 a continuation of 11:9.
In 11:9 it is said that the Ark of the Covenant was seen in Heaven. Is that the wooden man-made ark of the Old Testament?
No, since the prophet Jeremiah hid it in Mount Nebo (2Maccabees 2:4-8). What was seen in Heaven is the New Ark.
Here is an interesting trivia question for you. Is there anything man-made in Heaven?
2. Who is the woman 'clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet'?
Remember to always hold to the context of a chapter.
There are four beings mentioned in those verses.
2a. There is a great red dragon mentioned in verse 3, and he is identified in verse 9 as the devil and Satan.
2b. There is the Archangel Michael, identified in verse 7.
2c. The man child who was to rule all nations with an iron rod in verse 5 could be none other than Jesus the Christ.
2d. The context demands that the fourth person be identified also as the Blessed Virgin Mary, who gave birth to Jesus the Christ.
Here is a flowchart representation of the 'woman' of Revelation 12:1.
3. Study of the book of Revelation could be likened to peeling back layers of a head of lettuce or an onion. As each layer is peeled back, it reveals a deeper layer of exegesis.
3a. The woman has been seen also as the Church as 'she cried travailing in birth: and was in pain to be delivered'. The Church which Jesus Christ founded has for almost 2000 years given birth to millions through Baptism, and not without travail, pain, and suffering.
3b. The woman has also been seen as Israel, since promised Messianic deliverance would come from inhabitants of Israel (Isaiah 26:16-21).
One lifetime is not long enough for any human
person to digest everything
written overtly or extracted covertly from the one book that we call the Bible.