Bible Overview

INTRODUCTION

THE BIBLE

The Bible is the revelation of Jesus Christ. From start to finish this book is written to reveal Christ in you. The true experience of the Bible will happen in you when your perception of this book turns from natural to spiritual, or earthly to heavenly.

The Bible is not meant to be a book of history, it’s meant to be the words of God that everyone experiences by the Spirit, within themselves.

The Bible is the story of God. It’s more than a book of structure and laws, it’s the story of a Father revealing his son and teaching him the power of salvation and showing him who he is through the eyes of God. (You are that son!)

The Bible is full of the testimonies and works of faithful men and women, as well as unfaithful men and woman. That means that every act of faith towards God, or every act of wickedness against God is there in the Scriptures to help you discern the difference between good and evil. More importantly though, they are there to help you discern both good and evil in your own life and in your own thoughts.

Twelve Major Periods of the Bible

In this overview of the Bible we will look at twelve major time periods and their main events. This overview is to give you a simple and basic view of the key people and main events of the Bible. Without the Spirit of Christ it will just be another book filled with many stories and meaningless examples. But if you give yourself to the Spirit, this book will come alive in you and reveal to you that these were not just people or events that were of another time period, but they are alive in you now by the Spirit, speaking and teaching the truth to you to bring you to the fullness of salvation.

1. The Beginning

Creation – God created the heaven and the earth. Each day of creation is a day of division, it is God dividing and separating the heaven and the earth, the light and the darkness. God worked for six days and on the seventh day He rested.

The first man Adam – God forms man from the dust of the ground and he becomes a living soul. God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden and commands him to take care of it. In the midst of the garden of Eden is the tree of life, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

God tells the man that he can eat of every tree of the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This tree, he is commanded not to eat off of and when he does he will die. The name of that man is Adam.

2. The Fall of Adam

By one man sin entered the world.

The sleep – God puts Adam in a deep sleep and takes a rib from his side and gives him a wife. His wife’s name is called Eve because she is the mother of all living. Adam and Eve are both naked but not ashamed. In the deep sleep Eve is deceived by a serpent to eat of the tree that God commanded Adam not to eat from and Adam shared in the disobedience.

So when Adam disobeyed God’s commandment and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil their eyes were immediately opened and Adam and Eve’s thoughts entered into fear and hiding from God. They immediately knew that they were naked and covered themselves with fig leaves. Their perception of God completely changed after the knowledge of sin entered their consciousness. They now had the thoughts and consciousness of sin and death, which is the carnal mind.

Adam sent from the garden – Adam now has a knowledge of nakedness and sin, but because he doesn’t understand it, God has to send him out of the garden of God to live in the earth that now has been cursed. (By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin).

God gave Adam and Eve coats of skin to cover them and drove them from the garden of God to live in flesh and blood through sin and death. He placed cherubim’s (Angels) at the east of the garden of Eden and a flaming sword that turned every way to keep the way to the tree of life. The protection was so that no sin could enter in and defile the tree of life. Man was now separated from God in body and mind; which is true sin and death.

The first man born – Adam and Eve had their first child, Cain, who was followed by their second child Abel. Cain was of the wicked one, and Abel was righteous.

The first murder – Cain killed his brother Abel after Abel’s sacrifice was accepted by God and Cain’s wasn’t. Cain was marked by God and went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelled in the land of Nod. Adam gave Eve another son named Seth after Abel’s death.

3. The Flood

God flooded the earth.

Great wickedness in the earth – as man lived and multiplied in the earth the sons of God took the daughters of men as wives, and in doing so man’s heart was filled with wicked imaginations. The imaginations of their heart became very wicked and they would not hear God. Because of this, God says He will flood the earth and destroy all flesh, but He will save the righteous and preserve His seed.

Noah, the preacher of righteousness – in the midst of all this wickedness a man named Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

God called him to build an ark that would protect them from the flood. Noah preaches the gospel to man by building the ark for the salvation of God’s family. Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives entered into the ark before the flood.

God also told Noah that two of everything living would come to him and he would bring them all into the ark and keep them alive.

The flood – God sends down rain from heaven and floods the earth, saving only Noah’s family and two of each kind of animals, fowls, and creeping things. Forty days and forty nights it rained down and only those in the ark survived death. The ark saved God’s seed. God established His covenant by putting a rainbow in the sky to establish that He would never flood the earth again.

New beginning – as the flood waters subside, God makes a new covenant with Noah and his seed. Noah’s three sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth begin to have children and the earth begins to multiply. But as men began to increase, the ways of wickedness would soon follow them and the earth would yet again bring forth good and evil. (It would be through Shem’s generations that Christ would come forth.)

Tower of Babel – as man continued in the earth he would try to build a tower that reaches to heaven. God confused man’s language so that they could not continue to build the tower. (This teaches man that he will never get to heaven by his own language or by the works of his own hands.)

4. The Patriarchs

The fathers of Israel.

Abram called by God – the time of the Patriarchs is when God begins to establish his covenant with man. His covenant begins with Abram, to whom God told to leave his father’s house and land so that he could become a great nation in God.

God made promise to Abram that he would become a great nation and that his seed (children) would be as the stars of heaven. Those stars would begin to multiply with God’s promise to Abram that he would have one son who would be the example of the true Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Birth of Ishmael – before God fulfilled His promise, Sarai, Abram’s wife, pleaded unto Abram to give her a child through her bondmaid, which is her servant. In doing so Ishmael was born, a child of the flesh, born after the desire of man and not after the promise of God.

God still blessed Ishmael and told Abram that his seed would be as the stars of heaven and as the sands of the sea. And God visited Abram again and established to him that He would give him a Son named Isaac that would fulfill the promise.

Abrams named changed to Abraham – because Abraham is a father of many nations God changed his name from Abram to Abraham. He also changed his wife’s name from Sarai to Sarah.

Birth of Isaac – the promised seed that is born of Abraham and Sarah would be the example of the promise that would come forth in Jesus Christ. (If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.)

God tested Abraham’s faithfulness by telling him to sacrifice his only son to the Lord. Abraham believed God and made the attempt to sacrifice Isaac, but the angel of the Lord stopped him and confessed to him that he was trustworthy to be the true father of all the children of promise. God’s promise carried on in Isaac.

God makes covenant with Isaac – after Abraham died the Lord appeared to Isaac and made him a promise that He would be with him and bless him and his seed as He did his father Abraham. Isaac married Rebekah and had two sons named Esau and Jacob.

Birth of Esau and Jacob – these are the two sons born of Isaac and Rebekah. They are twin brothers, which God declares as two nations. Esau was older than Jacob, but God loved Jacob and hated Esau. (This is another example of the division of good and evil, just like Isaac and Ishmael were.)

Jacob blessed – when Jacob is of age he receives his father Isaac’s blessing. This is generally given to the older son, but Esau, who was unfaithful to God, sold his birthright to Jacob for food when he was hungry. Not receiving the blessing made Esau angry and Jacob had to flee to Laban for fear of his life.

Jacob’s vision of a ladder – while on his way he dreamt of a Ladder that reached from heaven to earth with angels ascending and descending on it. The Lord stood at the top of the ladder and spoke to Jacob concerning the blessings of God that he had spoken to his grandfather Abraham. Jacob with now carry-on that promise.

Jacob has twelve sons – while serving and working for a man named Laban, Jacob marries his oldest daughter Leah. Seven years later he married Rachel her younger sister.

Through Leah and Rachel he has twelve sons who are the patriarchs and the twelve tribes of Israel. (Israel becomes God’s people of promise through these twelve sons.) Jacob’s eleventh son is named Joseph and he would be the favorite son of Jacob.

Jacob’s name changed to Israel – As the Lord blesses Jacob he is given the name Israel by God, showing that He would continue the covenant with Jacob that He started with Abraham and Isaac.

Joseph is sold into Egypt – Jacob’s eleventh son is Joseph, who is loved greatly by his father. Jacob loved Joseph and made him a coat of colors. At that time Joseph began to dream dreams that would reveal to his family that they would all serve him according to the will and plan of God, for the future of the people of Israel.

At that time, Israel had yet to become a great nation and only consisted of the twelve children of Jacob. Because of envy, Joseph’s older brothers made a plan to kill Joseph. As the time came to carry out the plan they decided to spare his life and sold him into Egyptian slavery. They would return to their father and tell him that Joseph was killed by a beast. Jacob was very sorrowful over the death of his son.

Joseph goes to prison – in Egypt Joseph served Potiphar and was faithful in his house. But when Joseph refused to do wrong with Potiphar’s wife, as she requested of him, she immediately turned and falsely accused Joseph to her husband and he was cast into prison. Joseph never left serving God but was faithful to God even in prison. (It was there that he interpreted the chief butler and the chief baker’s dreams for them.)

Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream – while Joseph is in prison Pharaoh has a dream that neither he, nor any of his people could interpret. Because Joseph had already interpreted other peoples dreams while he was in prison, he is remembered and is called upon by king Pharaoh. Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream for him and is rewarded by being made the second man in all of Egypt.

Joseph is blessed in Egypt – After Joseph is promoted it is evident that God is blessing Joseph in Egypt by giving him favor with man, including King Pharaoh. Because the dream interpretation said that there would be famine in all the land, Joseph is put in charge of carrying out the interpretation of the dream so that there will increase in Egypt for seven years and save them from being desolate in seven years of famine.

When supplies are full in Egypt, the rest of the land is in famine. That’s when Joseph calls for his father and his brothers and their families to move to Egypt to be spared from the famine. (This is the beginning of the prophecy that Abraham saw about Israel (his seed) being in captivity for 400 years).

Captivity in Egypt – after Jacob is reunited with his son Joseph, he would soon die and Israel would increase in Egypt. As the grew they become a great nation unto themselves. Joseph, who has the favor of King Pharaoh, grows old and dies. It is then that Pharaoh, because of a fear that Israel will become strong, decides to put the sons of Israel into captivity for 400 years. (God told Abraham that this would happen.)

5. Israel Becomes a Nation

Israel journeys from Egypt to Canaan.

Birth of Moses – Abraham’s seed is now in Egyptian captivity. Pharaoh, king of Egypt gives a commandment to have all the newborn sons of Israel killed. One baby is spared by his parents when they hid him in the brush along the river bank. His name was called Moses, and he would be a great prophet of God and deliverer of Israel.

He was found by Pharaoh’s daughter in the brush and taken and raised in the high courts of Egypt. After many years Moses begins to realize that he is not of Egypt, and learns that he is of his Hebrew brethren that are now slaves in Egypt.

Moses flees Egypt – in an attempt to help his brethren, he kills an Egyptian and has to flee to the desert for refuge. (This is an effort of Moses trying to be a deliver before the Lord had called him to do so.)

Moses marries the daughter of Jethro – while in the desert Moses links with the family of Jethro, the priest of Midian, and marries his daughter and raises up children.

The people of God cry out – forty years after Moses fled Egypt the people of God are still in Egypt where they were forced into bondage as slaves for four hundred years. Their taskmasters are relentless to burden them with heavy burdens. But after they began to cry out to God, He hears their cry for help and has a visitation with Moses, the man that God choose to be their deliverer.

Moses sent to deliver Israel – while tending sheep Moses is called up to Mount Horeb where the angel of the Lord appears to him in a burning bush that is on fire but not consumed. God spares Moses’ life and sends him to be a deliverer of Israel from their captivity in Egypt. (Moses was said to be the prophet like unto Christ because he followed the pattern of a Christ in the old testament.)

Moses returns to Egypt – Moses enters Egypt with a word from God that will teach all nations that the Lord is the one true God. In this message from Moses Israel is given a promise by God of a new land and a new home and a mighty deliverance. This is the same promise He gave Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

When given a place to speak to king Pharaoh, Moses delivers the message to let God’s people go. At first, because God hardens his heart, Pharaoh rejects God’s word to let the people of Israel go.

Ten plagues in Egypt – through the prophet Moses God sends ten plagues upon Egypt because Pharaoh refuses to let God’s people go. When the ten plagues were finished Pharaoh decided to let the people leave Egypt.

Ten Plagues in Israel​
1. River turned to blood Exodus 7:14-24
2. Frogs Exodus 7:25-8:15
3. Lice Exodus 8:16-19
4. Swarm of flies Exodus 8:20-32
5. Cattle of Egypt died Exodus 9:1-7
6. Boils Exodus 9:8-12
7. Hail and fire mingled Exodus 9:13-35
8. Locust Exodus 10:1-20
9. Thick darkness Exodus 10:21-29
10. First born of Egypt died Exodus 11:1-10 , 12:29-32

Israel’s exodus from Egypt – after God finished the ten plagues that Moses sent upon the heart of Pharaoh and all of Egypt, Israel is finally delivered and sent by God into the wilderness to face testing and to be proven of God before entering into the land of Canaan, which God promised He would give them. This is a land that is very prosperous, and flows with milk and honey.

Israel enters the wilderness – after Pharaoh released God’s people they left Egypt and came to the red sea. Pharaoh regretted his decision to let Israel go and began to give chase. While at the red sea God began to teach Israel how to trust God and not to judge after the flesh by what they saw and heard.

The people saw no way out, as the red sea was in front of them and the armies of Egypt followed up behind them to kill them all. After much complaining by the people, God told Moses to lift his staff and to part the sea and show them dry land.

As the sea parted, Israel walked across on dry land to the other side. As Pharaoh and his army followed, the Lord released the sea and destroyed all of Egypt’s armies, which is the enemy of God’s people. (This is a great example of going into the waters of baptism and destroying the old man).

The wilderness journey – with the enemy of Israel destroyed, the people of God begin their journey in the wilderness to learn how to serve God and to have no other god’s before him. The message was clear; there is only One God, and he is the one true God.

As they traveled on, the people of God become very large, and by commandment they are grouped into the twelve tribes according to the twelve sons of Jacob.

As they journey to the land of Canaan they are put in many perilous situations that will teach them to look to the Lord and not trust in themselves. (This is why the wilderness is so important to the child of God. This is where you are taught God’s faithfulness and that His promises to you never fail.)

The ten commandments – God gives Moses ten commandments written by His own hand to teach the children of Israel how to live righteously before God. By giving commandments to men, they are taught the will of God, and the mind of God. These commandments were written in stone and given to men and are the pattern of the spiritual laws that God said he would write upon the your heart.

The tabernacle – while in the wilderness God instructs Moses to build him a tabernacle that he may abide in with Israel. This tabernacle is a shadow of the true tabernacle in heaven.

Israel is a rebellious people – after much time in the wilderness Israel had become a generation of evil and adulterous people and would not believe the promises of God. Through all the blessings God had given them, and all the mighty miracles that they had seen God do, they still wouldn’t turn to God and believe.

Even when they got to the land that God promised them they refused to take it. Moses sent twelve spies to spy out the land of Canaan, ten of those spies came back with an evil report saying they could not defeat the enemies there.

Only Joshua and Caleb brought back good reports but the people would not listen. Because of this they would not enter into the land of Canaan which God promised them, but instead wandered in the wilderness until they died there. But God was faithful to do what he promised so before they died He raised up a new generation to fear Him, a generation that would believe in Him and take the land that He gave them and possess it for their inheritance.

Moses dies – Moses eventually dies in the wilderness, but before he does he teaches this nation of Israel how to live in the new land that God promised them. He also anoints Joshua to be his successor in leading Israel. Joshua would be the one that guides Israel into Canaan to possess the land. (It was God that buried the body of Moses.)

The promised land – Through many battles, Israel conquers the inhabitants of the land of Canaan, including the great city of Jericho, and possess it for themselves. This is a fulfillment of the word that Abraham received from the Lord that God would give them a land to inherit that they would call their own. Joshua divides the land up for each tribe to take possession and prosper.

(This is a great example of the spiritual possession that God has given you. A new land that is fruitful and prosperous. That land is your soul, a land free from enemies, and over running with the abundance of God’s blessing. As a type and shadow, Israel did not fully enter into those blessings in the old testament, but it can be fulfilled in the new covenant with Jesus Christ.)

Joshua dies – Israel is now established in their new land. But after Joshua died, Israel rebelled against God again. Idolatry and adulteries are a common theme among Israel’s people. Even though Israel is in their own land they allowed enemies to co-exist in that land. Because of this Israel would be afflicted and overcome many times by those enemies. But God, who is faithful to His people, raised up judges to deliver Israel from his enemies and restore righteousness.

6. The Judges

God raises up deliverers to save Israel.

The Judges – now living in Canaan, Israel is commanded to serve God and be a blessed people. They conquered the city of Jerusalem which would be a dwelling place for the people of God. But soon after their faithful leader Joshua dies, Israel is continually seduced to work evil by the surrounding nations. Israel is taken into captivity by their enemies over and over again. Through many years God raised up Judges in Israel that would be saviors, delivering Israel from their enemies.

Every time a judge was in rule Israel was faithful, but when each judge died Israel would fall into wickedness and captivity, producing a continual cycle of disobedience followed by their repentance. There were 12 judges in Israel that ruled for the space of about four hundred and fifty years before the birth of Samuel the prophet. And still Israel would not be faithful to God. Judges 2:16-19; Acts 13:20

1. Othniel
2. Ehud
3. Shamgar
4. Deborah
5. Gideon
6. Tola
7. Jair
8. Jephthah
9. Isban
10. Elon
11. Abdon
12. Samson

The prophet Samuel – as the time of the judges neared its end God gave Hannah a son named Samuel. Because of this blessing, she gave Samuel to the Lord to be raised in the temple of God. Samuel would be a great prophet of God that would establish truth back to the house of Israel. It is said that not one prophecy of his ever fell to the ground.

7. Kings and Prophets

Israel is ruled by kings and prophets.

The people wanted a king – after the period of the Judges, Israel’s mistrust in God caused them to desire a King to reign in Israel like they saw other nations have. God’s desire was that He be the one true spiritual King of Israel, but they could not be obedient to the Spirit and needed a man to rule over them.

The period of the kings is a time where the land of Israel saw many kings and faced many enemies. There were very few faithful kings that would rule over God’s people, therefore the land of Israel saw great affliction and distress because of their wickedness. Only a few faithful men ruled Israel with righteous intent. The ones who did saw the great blessings of God.

The first King – because of Israel’s lust God told the prophet Samuel to anoint Saul as the first king of Israel. He reigned as king for forty years. Even though Saul had a well established prophet to help guide his rule as king he could not be faithful to God. Because of his disobedience Samuel told Saul that the kingdom had been taken away from him and would be given to another who was faithful to rule according to the will of God. The next king would be David.

David reigns as King of all Israel – God himself chose David, a man after his own heart, to rule Israel. Called and chosen as a young shepherd boy, David was a king that would fall into sin as others did, but because his heart was after God he would always find favor and repentance in the eyes of the Lord, something other kings would not do.

When God commanded David he would always do what was right before the Lord. It was because of David’s faithfulness to God that Israel was not forgotten by God. Jesus Christ, from David’s seed, would sit on his throne. Before David reigned as king Israel was divided as a land and as a people. It was King David that unified Israel as a people and a nation, showing us an example of a righteous king bringing together the body of Christ as one kingdom of God.

Solomon anointed King – God promised David that his heir would sit on his throne. God chose Solomon, David’s son, and gave him great wisdom to lead Israel. Solomon was the wisest of all kings and had much wealth and riches.

Solomon builds a temple in Jerusalem – By the word of the Lord Solomon built God a temple in Jerusalem. This was a type of Jesus Christ as the temple in the new Jerusalem. It differed from Moses’s tabernacle in that it is now a permanent building established in the city of God, Jerusalem, and not one that is wandering through the wilderness.

Solomon loved many women -Although most of Solomon’s life was in faithfulness to God, at the end of his life he loved and married many strange women of other nations, who served other gods. These woman turned his heart away from the Lord.

Because of this he set up strange gods in Israel and caused the people to worship and follow after these gods. There was much effect that followed Solomon’s rebellion. For the nation of Israel it would mean years of separation from God filled with much sorrow.

The Kingdom divided – because Solomon did not keep his covenant with the Lord the kingdom was taken from him and divided into two parts. North which is Israel, and south which is Judah, separating the twelve tribes. Ten tribes would abide in the north and two tribes would abide in the south. The seed of David (tribe of Judah) would abide in Jerusalem, in Judah, where the temple of God is.

The northern Kingdom of Israel – now ruled by King Jeroboam, the first of many kings of the north, Israel established itself in Samaria. Idols were set up in place of the Lord and Israel would not see one righteous King sit on it’s throne.

The southern Kingdom of Judah – now ruled by Rehoboam, the first king of the south, who was the son of Solomon, Judah established itself in Jerusalem. Wickedness would be a consistent pattern in Judah. Only a few kings would follow after the Lord to preserve the temple of God in Jerusalem.

Prophets of Israel – during the reign of the Kings, God raised up prophets, also known as seers, to reveal God’s will to all of Israel and Judah. They were seers because they could see in the Spirit through dreams and visions and could lead Israel accordingly.

They continued to bring the word of the Lord to Israel and Judah, to reprove them of their sin, and guide them in salvation, prosperity and deliverance from their enemies. All but a few prophets were rejected and killed, causing God to bring destruction upon his people, and using their enemies to do it.

The only time that the people of God were not being destroyed was when they obeyed the words of the prophets of God. This was a key to prosperity, it said that without a prophet, one who has the vision of God, the people will always be destroyed and perish.

8. Israel in Captivity

Israel spends 70 years in captivity.

The warnings – God warned Israel and Judah many times to return unto the Lord. But because Israel would not hear the prophets and turn to the Lord, they were turned over to their enemies.

Northern Kingdom of Israel conquered and scattered – after twenty wicked kings in Israel, God gave Israel over to the king of Assyria to be destroyed. The king of Assyria destroyed God’s people, only leaving a remnant scattered in enemy lands.

Southern Kingdom of Judah conquered and captured – even with a few righteous Kings, Judah continued to rebel as a people, denying the prophets that God sent them. God turned Judah over to the king of Babylon who destroyed Jerusalem and the temple, and burned it with fire, bringing them into captivity for 70 years.

70 years of captivity – Judah spent 70 years in captivity as prophesied by the prophet Jeremiah. But God made a promise that their seed would continue in Jerusalem, and that they would be a free people again as he promised David his servant, after the captivity ended.

In captivity, Daniel the prophet prophesies the continual disobedience of the people of God and that the saints would be given to desolations because of their abominations. But he also shows us that God would not let it end there. He also prophesies the destruction of the antichrist and the downfall of the kingdom of darkness, and that the saints of God would rise and rule the kingdom of God forever, never to enter bondage and captivity again. (These prophesies are only fulfilled in the Spirit in Jesus Christ.)

9. Israel Returns Home

Israel rebuilds Jerusalem and the temple of God.

God releases his people from captivity – after 70 years of captivity God put it in King Cyrus’s heart to release His people and to begin to send them back to Jerusalem to restore and rebuild the city and the temple that was destroyed.

The return home – they were led out of Babylon at three different times to return to Jerusalem. The first was led by Zerubbabel, the second was led by Ezra, and the third was led by Nehemiah.

Jerusalem rebuilt – upon returning, the construction of the city of God began. Through a process of time the walls of the city would be restored as well as the rebuilding of the temple of God. With Zerubbabel as the governor, Zechariah as the prophet, and Joshua as the high priest, God put forth His commandments to the people in an effort to cause them to remember the promises of God and to look for a savior that would come and rule God’s Kingdom forever.

10. Jesus Manifested

The birth and life of Jesus Christ.

The angel Gabriel visits Zechariah and then Mary – the prophets that were in the old testament spoke often of the coming messiah that would save God’s people from their sin and separation that began in Adam. They also prophesied a forerunner that would prepare the way of the Lord. When the time was fulfilled to bring these prophecies to pass God sent Gabriel, the angel of God that stands in the presence of the Lord, to deliver these messages.

~ He first visited Zechariah, who was a priest in the temple of God. Even though his wife Elizabeth’s womb was dead, Gabriel declares that they will bear a child that will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways and to give knowledge of salvation unto His people by the remission of their sins. Zechariah was commanded to call his name John.

~ After that he visited Mary to announce that, though she was a virgin, the Holy Ghost would overshadow her and she would conceive and bare a son and call His name Jesus, the Son of God, the Redeemer of Israel.

The birth of John the Baptist – John was born of Zechariah and Elizabeth. He was a prophet anointed by God to prepare the way of the Lord. He would prepare the people to receive Jesus.

For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord and make his paths straight.

John would go about preaching the gospel of repentance by baptism. He declares that his baptism is of water but there is one coming after him (Jesus) that will baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire.

The Birth of Jesus – conceived of the Holy Ghost, Jesus was born of a virgin in the town of Bethlehem fulfilling the prophecy that unto us a child is born, and 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. Jesus is Emmanuel, which being interpreted means God with us!

The Old Testament is filled with prophecies of the coming messiah that would dissolve the separation between God and man and restore Israel as a people of God. Jesus is the manifestation of a sinless God who provides a holy sacrifice for the sins of the world.

Jesus is manifested, fulfilling the word of the prophets that a savior would come and save the people from their sins. Jesus is the Son of God, the fullness of God manifested in the earth to mediate the separation between God and man. He is the fulfillment of God’s thoughts and God’s ways.

He being without sin, sacrifices himself in death that he may be the resurrection and life for all those who will believe. He is the door of heaven, the only way to the Father. By believing Him we have access to eternal life and will live in heaven for all eternity. After His resurrection His disciples (Apostles) continued His work as the sons of God and saviors of the world.

Jesus was manifested to show you who you are when your salvation is finished. When you look at Him it is revealed to you who you are in him.

Jesus is baptized by John to begin his ministry – as John preached and baptized all people in preparation of the coming Christ, Jesus was sent unto John to be baptized in water. Jesus said, this was to fulfill all righteousness. As Jesus came up out of the water the heavens were opened and the Spirit of God descended from heaven as a dove and sat upon Jesus. A voice also came out of heaven saying this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.

Jesus tempted in the wilderness – immediately after Jesus was baptized, the Spirit led him into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. After not eating for forty days the devil came to Jesus to tempt him. His temptations immediately challenged the word of God that Jesus received from heaven when he was baptized, that said he was the Son of God, in whom God was well pleased.

Jesus was faithful to the word He received from His Father and answered the devil by establishing that the devil serves God, not the other way around. The devil departed from Jesus defeated and the angels came and ministered unto the Lord.

Jesus calls his 12 disciples – As Jesus went forth to begin His ministry He immediately called each of His twelve disciples to follow Him. They continued with Him in the truth of the gospel as long as He was in the earth. Jesus spent over three years teaching them and preparing them to lay down their life for the sake of the Gospel of Christ. All but one disciple, Judas, followed Jesus to His death.

The transformation of these disciples became transparent to all as it was often stated that while these were unlearned and ignorant men, it was clear to all that they had been with Jesus because of the power and demonstration of the Spirit that they manifested.

Jesus begins his ministry – Jesus was the manifestation of God. He was the kingdom of heaven made known to man. He was sent to seek and save those that were lost. As He preached, He declared that He was born to bear witness to the truth, and that He was sent to destroy the works of the devil. He served His Father by doing only that which He had seen and heard of Him, declaring truth, and restoring the kingdom of God by doing the works of God.

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Acts 10:38

Jesus is His name, and there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.

Judas was the one that betrayed Jesus to the Pharisees in return for thirty pieces of silver. Judas’s betrayal turned Jesus over to be killed. Judas was called the son of perdition and betrayer of the Lord, who ended up hanging himself because he could not find repentance.

The death, burial and resurrection of Jesusfor God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Jesus said it was for this purpose that He was sent into the world. In simplicity Jesus was sent to be the death and the resurrection of the Son of God. Without His death and the shedding of His blood there would be no remission of sins. He is the one true mediator between God and man.

While man has been separated from God by sin and death, which is flesh and blood, Jesus took on the nature of flesh and put it to death by crucifying it on a cross. Jesus then buried that flesh in the earth and resurrected out of that body into a new body, to forever conquer the power of death and its stronghold over the sons of God.

Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we no longer have to serve sin and death. The old man is crucified with Christ so that we now can walk in newness of life. That means we can now walk in a new spiritual body not bound by the weakness of the flesh.

Jesus sends his disciple into the world – after Jesus is resurrected and ascends to the father He then begins to appear to His disciples. He is now a manifestation of a resurrected body, a Spirit body. Jesus commands His disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all nations, teaching them to be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

With this commandment the gospel would be preached to the whole world through the Apostles of Christ. They would turn the world upside down for the sake of Christ preaching and teaching the name of Jesus to all men.

11. The Apostles

The gospel of resurrection is preached in all the world.

Jesus ascends to heaven – before Jesus returns to heaven He gives His disciples one last charge; go tarry in Jerusalem until you be endowed with power from on high. Being filled with the Spirit would empower them to be the Apostles that Jesus had called them to be. This would give them power to preach the gospel and do the works of God as Jesus had commanded them to do in all the world.

Holy Ghost poured out – after the disciples tarried in the upper room for a hundred and twenty days they were all in one place and in one mind when they heard a sound from heaven as a rushing mighty wind. It filled the place where they were sitting and cloven tongues of fire sat upon each of them and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and spake with tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

By the filling of the Spirit of Christ they testified that they no longer knew Him after the flesh, but rather as He is in heaven, the Son of God, creator of heaven and earth. It was now time to go into all the world and declare the risen Christ.

The acts of the Apostles – immediately after the apostles were filled with the Holy Ghost they began to work the send of God and began to preach the power of the resurrection with signs following. They preached the gospel and many believed. They laid hands on the sick and they were healed. They spoke with new tongues and cast out devils with power and demonstration. Nothing was withheld from the Apostles of God as their message spread throughout the world. Their message was simple; Jesus is Alive!

Saul converted to the Apostle Paul – Saul was a very zealous man who, by the law and instruction of the high priest, went about persecuting the church of the living God. One day he was on a journey to continue his persecution of the church when the Lord appeared unto him in a great light. After falling to the ground Saul experienced one of the greatest conversions in the bible. He was chosen by God to be an Apostle and suffer many times for the name of Jesus.

After his conversion he went by the name Paul. He was taught his gospel by the revelation of Jesus and was made the Apostle of the Gentiles, who are non Jews. His ministry would defy the religious ordinances of his time and bring much glory to the kingdom of God.

Although Paul was a mighty man of God, his gospel caused much conflict among the religious churches (mostly the hard core Jews) and because of it he was greatly persecuted and often cast into prison. He never wavered in his faith in God and continued preaching the word of God with power and demonstration throughout the world. Most of the New Testament Bible that we have today was written by the apostle Paul.

The epistles of the Apostles – after the book of Acts there are many books written by the Apostles of Jesus Christ unto the people of God and the established churches. These epistle are written by the witness of the Holy Spirit and to this day have great impact in all who will believe.

12. Jesus Revealed

The revelation of Jesus Christ revealed to his servants

The revelation of Jesus – is revealed to show his servants the things that must shortly come to past. It’s a revelation of He who was, who He is, and who He will be. Though the revelation of Jesus Christ has been for fulfilled and finished in the Spirit it has now been given to reveal Jesus Christ in every man.

This is why the revelation of Jesus is the fulfillment of the whole bible. It is all of God revealed in man. While you could see Jesus manifested as in the gospels, He is not truly revealed until His revelation is made known to you by the Spirit. You can experience all that the book of Revelation says because it is the revelation of Jesus in you.

If we are going to reign with Him in His kingdom then we also will be a partaker of that same revelation as the Sons of God.

(Although the Book of Revelation is the last book of the bible, it is the whole revelation of Jesus from beginning to end, and will be experienced in every man.)

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