“For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by the bondmaid, the other by the freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants: the one from mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Hagar.” Galatians 4:22-24
Abraham had two sons. Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael is the father of Islam and Isaac is the father of Israel. The scripture is allegorical; symbolic, the spiritual language in which the Holy Bible is written, providing us with spiritual or mystical knowledge (gnosis), so that we may understand the two states of the soul symbolized by these two sons.
The mother of Ishmael was Hagar, who was an Egyptian. Egypt. Where the children of Israel spent 390 years in bondage, symbolizing the spiritual bondage we entered early on in life. Hagar symbolizes bondage.
“The children of Israel entered Egypt, where they remained free for *40 years, living under the rule of Joseph and the kings that knew Joseph, which is to be subject to truth and to spirits that identify with truth. Upon the death of these kings the children go into bondage for *390 years. We enter Egypt, symbolizing the World, at birth. As long as truth rules our heart, we remain free. But when the lies of our mind are accepted by our heart as truth, through the power of painful emotions, we go into bondage— into spiritual addiction. Most of us will remain in bondage to these beliefs for about *39 years, after which time we begin our journey toward a new way of life, which for many will be ushered in by a mid-life crisis— a time when we seek to recapture our youth. But what we are really seeking to recapture is the freedom we felt as a little child through our holy spirit, which we began extinguishing early on through our many fears and misconceptions…” —The Little Book for the soul
(Egyptian time differs from our own by a factor of 10 to 1).
Our soul remains in a free state for the first 4 years of our life, after which time it enters a state of bondage through false perceptions and beliefs.
“For this Hagar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem, which now is, and is in bondage with her children.” Galatians 4:25
It was at mount Sinai that the children of Israel (chosen to represent us) went into bondage by worshipping of the gold calf, symbolizing the false image or belief.
Jesus entered the temple, symbolizing the heart, and overturned the images. These images symbolize our false religious and personal beliefs that only Truth can overturn. This takes place through a spiritual or internal judgment.
“And Jesus said unto them. Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Matthew 19:28
“We sit upon twelve metaphorical thrones as we judge (overcome) the negative aspects of the twelve tribes of Israel, which is the regeneration; the restoration of truth, the throne symbolizing the heart. The Son sits in the throne of his glory when truth rules our heart, which is the outcome of this spiritual judgment. —The Bible Decoded
And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.” Genesis 49:1
The Holy Quran refers to it as “The Day of Gathering Together.”
The “last days” is more accurately called “the end of days.” There are seven days, and we are in the end of the seven days— in the seventh day; in the beginning of the seventh-thousandth year since the fall in garden, symbolizing man’s spiritual decline. A day is as thousand years (2 Peter 3:8). In the year 2000 we entered God’s one-time spiritual Sabbath Day, which we keep holy through the purification of our heart.
Jacob (though his last words to his sons) reveals what one encounters through this spiritual purification or healing process.
Our false beliefs form our word, which the prophet Jeremiah tells us is our burden (Jeremiah 23:36), symbolizing bondage. Through a sincere desire to heal spiritually (mentally and emotionally) we discover the false beliefs that have kept us in spiritual bondage for all these years. And with the discovery of our word of error (false beliefs) comes the discovery of the spirits associated with them, revealed through the sons of Jacob. Through our judgment (overcoming) of these false beliefs and unholy spirits we become the Jerusalem that is free. Sarah symbolizes freedom.
” But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” Galatians 4:26
The two covenants symbolize two states of the soul: bondage and free.
“For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by the bondmaid, the other by the freewoman.” But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants: “
As God’s word was made flesh, so too is man’s word. An invisible flesh formed inside of our physical flesh. Flesh is bondage.
The son of Hagar the bondmaid, symbolizing bondage is Ishmael, meaning God will hear, the first covenant fulfilled when we cry out from the depths of our heart to be delivered of the false beliefs that have formed an invisible flesh inside of our physical flesh.
The son of Sarah the freewoman, symbolizing freedom is Isaac.
“In Isaac shall the seed be called” (Romans 9:7), the seed symbolizing the truth that makes us free of our spiritual bondage.
Written by Sandra L. Butler (Copyright © 2019)