There are a lot of preachers and teachers today, that read meanings into Scripture to mean what they want it to mean. Instead of people trying to draw out the meaning of Scripture, they are trying to read into it. (This is a very long read, so please be patient and read to the end.)
2 Peter 1:19-21, which says: We also have the prophetic word made more sure, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your heart; (Verse 20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, (Verse 21) for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
The Bible is full of symbolic words and being able to see these symbols helps our understanding. The Bible is a spiritual book written by a spiritual Being, to spiritual beings, and the “natural man,” not born again, cannot understand the Bible!
The Bible is Full of Spiritual Symbols
Psalm 105:40 – The people asked, and He brought quail and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. (Verse 41) He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
Bread, water, rock: The Bible interprets itself! Now, in the New Testament, the Bible will tell us what the symbols are: 1 Corinthians 10:1 – Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, (Verse 2) all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, (This represents the three baptisms. Into Moses, their deliver and we get baptized into Jesus after we are saved; in the cloud, Holy Spirit; and in the sea, represents water.) (Verse 3) all ate the same spiritual food, (Verse 4) and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. Bread representing Jesus, water representing Jesus, and the word of God and then the Rock representing Jesus. Spiritual symbols representing Jesus.
Revelation 11:8 – And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Now we can see how easy it is to let the Bible define symbols. Luke 10:17 – Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” (Verse 18) And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. (In other words, “I’m not impressed!”) (Verse 19) “Behold, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (The symbols here are serpents and scorpions.) (Verse 20) “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
Serpents and scorpions – demons and Satan – enemy and spirits. This is so plain what the symbols mean and they came from Jesus Himself. When we read Scripture, we have to keep it in context; read before and after the verses. Jesus was not talking about actual snakes and critters that sting. He’s talking about Satan and the enemy and that’s the context.
Yes, thirty-nine men wrote the Bible, but there is only One Author! So if serpents and scorpions represent demons in Luke 10, what are they in Revelation, Genesis, Ezekiel etc. The exact same thing. See how easy that is?
Back to Luke 10:21 – In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.
Hidden what things? Authority over demons from the wise, those that think they are so smart in their own eyes. And it was revealed to babes, the seventy believers that had come to Jesus.
Here is the point: When we start talking about “demonic spirits,” those with worldly intelligence will tell us, “Oh, there aren’t any demonic spirits!”
If you have a hard time understanding the Book of Revelation, just read it in the same context with the rest of the Bible. You will find the symbols throughout it. Serpents and scorpions are demons!
More symbols: Revelation 9:3 – Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. (Verse 4) They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
They were told not to harm the trees and any green thing: Psalm 1, verses 2 and 3 says, “A man who meditates day and night on God’s word shall be like a “tree” planted by the rivers of water. The locusts are demons and they cannot harm those who belong to God!
Sheep Have An Enemy
Psalm 100:3 – Know that the LORD, He is God. It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. (Believers are called sheep.)
Ezekiel 34:1 – And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, (Verse 2) “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD God to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
Shepherds are pastors or spiritual leaders and the flocks are the people of God. But there is another symbol: Ezekiel 34:5 – “So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered,…
Beasts of the field are demonic spirits. and we know that the “serpent” that is in Genesis 3:1, is the devil because of Revelation 12:19, which says, “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old,, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
For every symbol in the Bible, there will be a book, chapter, and verse to identify it.
Genesis 3:1 – Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made… Beast of the field – Satan is the most cunning of the “Fallen angels.” We know the beast of the field were demonic spirits from Ezekiel 34:5, but first they were the fallen angels, just like Satan was called Lucifer before he fell.
It makes sense now when I read and know the symbols, knowing “beast of the field” are not cattle or lions and tigers, doing the devouring. They are God’s enemies, demonic spirits.
Let me show you something else you may have never seen: Mark 1:13 – And He (Jesus ) was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beast; and the angels ministered to Him. Satan didn’t go to the wilderness by himself in order to go up against the Son of man. He took his fallen angels with him, demonic spirits – wild beast.
Now, did Jesus teach by parables? Yes, but He also said that He doesn’t do anything unless He first sees His Father do it (John 5:19). So when did Jesus first see the Father speak in parables? In the Old Testament, God was talking about the king of Egypt and the king of Babylon and the LORD said, “I’m going to break pharaohs arms.” But He never broke his “literal” arms. He meant, “I’m going to break his strength, his hold. And He also said, “I’m going to strengthen the king of Babylon’s arms.” He was speaking in a parable.
Look at this: Psalm 78:2 – I (God) will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old, (Verse 3) which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
So God spoke in parables first and when God spoke about shepherds, sheep, serpents, and beasts of the field all through the Bible, the Bible will explain what they represent. Bible interprets Bible.
Mark 4:2 – Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching: (Verse 3) “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. (Verse 4) “And it happened, as he sowed, that some fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it.
Later on, the disciples asked Jesus what this all meant: Mark 4:13 – and He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? (Verse 14) “The sower sows the word. (Verse 15) “And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. And when they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.
Here Jesus calls the “birds of the air” Satan and his army, demonic spirits that do his biding. And sometimes the Bible says “Satan” and sometimes it talks about the “work” of Satan.”
In the Book of Deuteronomy, the LORD is talking about blessings and curses, but look what He says: Deuteronomy 28:25, 26 – “The LORD will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them; and you shall become troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth. (Verse 26) “Your carcasses shall be food for all the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth and no one shall frighten them away.
This is what God told the Israelites what would happen if they did not observe all His commandments. Birds of the are demonic spirits and beasts of the field, also they are demonic fallen angels and they would devour them.
But God Has A Plan
In Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar has a dream. He dreams of a big tree and no one can interpret the dream except Daniel. Watch the symbolism:
Daniel 4:10 – “These were the visions of my head while on my bed: I was looking, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and its height was great.
When Daniel finishes, Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar that the tree is him and Babylon. Babylon represents a mixture of the world and the “Church.” The church went into bondage to Babylon, the world, and they so mixed and they were there 70 years (the Israelites), because they had disobeyed God. When God set them free, only 10% went back to Jerusalem. The majority stayed in Babylon. So when we read about Babylon, which is also mentioned in Revelation, it represents a mixture of the church and the world!
Back to Daniel. This tree growing up is a mixture of a worldly church. Daniel 4:11 – The tree grew and became strong; its height reached to the heavens, and it could be seen to the ends of all the earth. (Verse 12) Its leaves were lovely, its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, the birds of the heavens dwelt in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it. (A carnal body, because fleshly means carnal.)
(Verse 13) “I saw in the visions of my head while on my bed, and there was a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven. (Verse 14) He cried aloud and said thus: “Chop down the tree and cut off its branches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beast get out from under it, and the birds from its branches. (Verse 15) Nevertheless leave the stump and roots in the earth. Bound with a band of iron and bronze, in the tender grass of the field. Let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let him graze with the beasts on the grass of the earth.
Now we go to Isaiah where God is telling him that He’s going to send him to a people who are rebellious and they won’t listen. He is sending him to the captive in Babylon, but Isaiah wants to know for how long. And God answers him: Isaiah 6:13 – But yet a tenth will be in it, and will return and be for consuming, as a terebinth tree or as an oak, whose stump remains when it is cut down. So the holy seed shall be its stump.”
The true believers, the remnant, will be left when God brings judgment on this-worldly church. Ezekiel 31:6 – All the birds of the heavens made their nests in its boughs; under its branches all the beasts of the field brought forth their young: And in its shadows all great nations made their home.
The is a “Worldly Church” where all the religions are mixed. Where did the birds, demons, nest? In the branches and what are the branches? John 15:5 – “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
In this-worldly church, demons will come and build nests right in the house of the church! Why, because the church has allowed itself to become worldly! Think about what is being allowed in the church now, today. It will turn your stomach.
Revelation 18:1, 2 – After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. (Verse 2) And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a habitation of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
This church is the work of Satan and has become filled with every kind of demon and evil spirit.
Matthew 12:43 – “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. (Verse 44) “Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. (Verse 45) “Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of the man is worse than the first. so shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
So, how did this demonic spirit get back in? His house, body, was empty. He didn’t fill his house with Jesus. He tried to clean up on his own, his rules, his opinions, not God’s. Jesus, the word of God, and the Holy Spirit needed to fill his house and the demonic spirit could not have come back in!
To have an overcoming Christian life, we drive the enemies out, all enemies. Watch what God told the Israelites when they were about to enter the Promise Land:
Deuteronomy 7:22 – And the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you little by little; you will be unable to destroy them at once, lest the beasts of the field become too numerous for you.
Little by little we grow stronger in our faith, but look who drives them out. The more we commit to the Lord Almighty, the stronger we get. We keep walking with God; we keep reading the Bible; we keep learning; keep growing, because we are driving out the best of the field of the kingdom!
The Bible is a spiritual book, written by a spiritual Being, to spiritual beings!